Holes-in-one and a close finish at Strabane

SATURDAY’S Ulster Bank Open at Strabane Golf Club provided one of the season’s closest finishes with only two shots separating the top eight players. Plunkett Langan (12) and Maurice Doherty both fired excellent scores of 63 nett to top the leaderboard, with the former adjudged the winner on the break of a tie.

Pat McGuigan carded a nett 64 to take third place, while Ben Corry’s three-over-par 72 was the best gross score of the day. Nicky Patton was best in category one with a nett 65. Billy Doherty had a second successive par-busting round to take category two with a nett 64, while Raymond McDermott’s 65 nett assured him of the category three award.

Congratulations to Ben Corry and Cahir Doherty on recording holes-in-one during Saturday’s play. Corry aced the second hole, while Doherty’s came at the eighth.

Thursday’s Mitchell Meats Open was just as tight with the first three players home all producing marvellous rounds of 42 points. Billy Doherty had the best of the back nines and was declared the winner ahead of Frankie Devine and Jim Potts. Paddy Kennedy picked up the gross prize with a fine one-over par 70.

In difficult conditions, it was no surprise that scores in last week’s Monday Open were harder to come by. Cathal Griffin compiled a steady 37 points to take the top prize, with George McCay and Ben Corry finishing second and third respectively, both with cards of 36 points. Brian McCarthaigh, playing out of Bundoran GC took the visitor’s award, with Aidan Boyle having the best gross return of the day, 32 points.

Tuesday’s Member’s Cup for ladies went to Catherine Neeson, her nett 67 easily being the best return of the day. Mandy Coyne was best in the 0-24 category with a nett 76, while Mary McGuigan’s nett 70 gained her the 25-36 category award.

Heavy rain

Heavy rain on Wednesday threatened to wash out the scheduled mixed pairs event, but thankfully the elements relented long enough for the competition to be completed. Oliver McNally and Teresa Logue posted 39 points to fill the top spot, a couple of points ahead of second-placed Patsy Rouse and Annette Patton. Denis Porter and Noreen McNally were third with 34 points.

The second mixed pairs event of the week was Sunday’s President’s Mixed Foursomes, a prelude to Michael G Kennedy’s President’s Day on Saturday coming. Top performers on Sunday were Angela Houston and Charlie Patton who posted a winning 63 nett. Annie O’Hagan and Nigel Houston carded a 65.5 nett to take second place with Philomena Cooke and Foncie McNally in third place with a nett 69. The best gross score of the day was the round of 82 by Bernie O’Kane and Freddie Patterson.

It was a week of mixed fortunes in representative golf. The Barton Shield team bowed out of the competition after suffering defeat at the hands of Dungannon in Murvagh.

The Irish Mixed Foursomes squad, though, fared much better as they put up a battling performance to see off the challenge of Dunmurry. The Strabane outfit got off to a flier, notching up victories in the first two matches completed. Things turned decidedly sour after that as they lost the next two matches and appeared to be heading for defeat in the fifth and final rubber.

At one stage Martin Roarty and Mary McCrory were four holes down and seemingly on their knees. However, they staged a remarkable comeback reeling off hole after hole until they eventually clinched the tie with an unlikely two and one victory, to set up a semi-final encounter with Foyle GC. The match has been pencilled in for City of Derry, though a date has yet to be arranged.

Upcoming fixtures: Saturday, Mr Michael G Kennedy’s President’s Day; Sunday, Marie Curie Cancer Care Open.

There will be entertainment in the clubhouse on Saturday night as part of the President’s Day celebrations.

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