Bernie clear winner as ladies turn out in force for Lady Captain’s Day

lady_captains_03_smallSATURDAY at Strabane Golf Club was Mrs Imelda Doherty’s Lady Captain’s Day when, not surprisingly, the ladies turned out in force to pay tribute to a most popular and industrious lady captain who has worked tirelessly throughout this centenary year to raise the profile, not just of the ladies’ section, but of the club as a whole.

The Lady Captain’s Prize was won by Bernie O’Kane who produced by far the best round of the day, her nett 68 off a handicap of 20 giving her a four shot advantage over the field.

lady_captains_02_smallRunner-up was Shauna Patton (12) with a 72 nett, one better than third-placed Mandy Coyne. Rachel Devenney took fourth prize with a 75 nett, while the gross award went to Lorna Armstrong who carded a score of 89.

Dympna Doherty’s nett 76 gained her the 0-18 category prize, Mary Gallagher topped the 19-28 category with 75 nett, while the 29-36 category was won by Noreen McNally with 76 nett.

lady_captains_01_smallOther winners on the day were: first nine, Patricia Kelly; second nine, Lorna Duffy; nearest pin (at second hole), Philomena Cooke; longest drive (at hole 18), Adeline Shiels; putting, Aileen Shortt; non-qualifiers prize, Kathleen Hoynes; committee, Ann Sharkey; granny prize, Mary Casey; senior, Loretta Coyne; category one, Lisa Patton; category two, Eilish McCay; guest, Frankie Corr; visitor, Sylvia Hamilton-Allen; men (10 holes); 1, Declan Lynch (22 points); 2, Terry Doherty (20 points).

Congratulations to young Abbey Maxwell on her hole-in-one at the sixth hole (junior tee), while competing in the junior section of the Lady Captain’s Prize.

The ladies were also in competition for the Gallagher Cup this week, the winner being Shauna Patton with an excellent 66 nett. Catherine Neeson took the 0-24 category prize with a nett 70, with Mary McCrory going a shot better to take the 25-36 category award.

It was a significant week for the junior golfers, as they held their first ever Junior Captain’s Day on Friday. In the boys’ section (Damian Roarty, captain), Michael Etherson posted a great 44 points to take the Captain’s Prize.

The section winners were: A, 1, Eoin O’Neill, 42 points; 2, Lee Hannigan, 41 points; B, 1, Ciaran Roarty, 40 points; 2, Shay Callaghan, 36 points.

Lauren Patton’s Junior Captain’s Prize for girls produced the following result: Section A, 1, Ellen McCullagh; 2, Lisa Patton; Section B, 1, Abbey Maxwell; 2, Orlagh Neeson.


In men’s golf, the club’s Open Week got off to a stuttering start on Sunday when a violent afternoon thunderstorm caused the abandonment of play. It should be noted that the Frylite Open Team event has been re-scheduled for this coming Sunday, July 12.

The Sion Swifts Open team event produced the result: 1, Freddie Patterson, Denis Porter, Foncie McNally, Brian Forester, 94 points; 2, Peter Doherty, Barry Patterson, Roy Patterson, Barney Vaughan, 94 points; 3, Mark Neely, Alwyn Donnell, San McCrossan, Paul McGarrigle, 93 points; Ladies: Angela Houston, Laura McCay, Lorna Duffy, Donna Doherty; Juniors: 1, Jordan Arthur, 46 points; 2, Plunkett Langan, 41 points.

Vincent Bradley (16) won last week’s Monday Open with a fine round of 42 points. Paul McLaughlin was just a point adrift in second place, while Aidan Coyle took third place, also with 41 points.

The gross prize went to Paul McGill with 34 points and Portnoo’s Kevin Patton won the visitors’ prize, also with 34 points.

Oliver Cresswell posted a huge tally of 46 points to comfortably take Thursday’s India House Open. Kieran Martin’s 42 points gained him second place, a point ahead of third-placed Mervyn Reid. Enda Kennedy took the gross prize with a one-under par return of 68.

The Red Pepper Restaurant (Castlederg) sponsored mixed pairs event on Wednesday produced the following result: 1, Angela Houston and Nigel Houston, 43 points; 2, Karl Barr and Mary Duffy, 42 points; 3, Oliver McNally and Norma Brogan, 40 points.

In representative golf, the Roberts Cup team progressed at the expense of Omagh, while the Donegal Senior Championship team had a resounding victory over Murvagh, winning the tie 9-5 on aggregate.

The Fred Daly Plate squad had a good first leg result in their tie against Omagh, winning the away match by 4.5-2.5.

In the Donegal Youth League, Strabane beat Letterkenny 2.5 – 0.5 to progress. They will meet either Murvagh or Portsalon in the next round.

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