McGinley tops the field on President’s Day

presidents_day_04_smallMR Michael G Kennedy’s President’s Day at Strabane Golf Club attracted an entry in excess of 200, a fitting tribute to a president who has worked tirelessly throughout the year. With his enthusiasm for local history, the president’s efforts have been most conspicuous in highlighting the glorious hundred years of the club’s existence.

Saturday’s event produced a popular winner in Liam McGinley who posted his best score for some time in topping the leaderboard with a fine 41 points. Runner-up Ben Corry has been in tremendous form over the past months. On Saturday the accomplished four-handicapper posted a level par round of 40 points, with birdies at three of the five par threes.

presidents_day_03_smallThird-placed Terence McDermott matched Corry’s score but was edged out on the break of a tie. Garvan Godfrey and Mervyn Moore each carded 39 points to take the category one and two awards respectively, while category three went to Gerard Doherty with 37 points.

Enda Kennedy’s putter let him down badly but he still managed a one-over-par 70 to take the gross award. Best visitor was City of Derry’s John McCormack who amassed a marvellous 41 points off a 19 handicap. Thursday’s Signal Signs (Omagh) open stableford went to Ballybofey and Stranorlar’s Gavin Reilly who compiled a magnificent one-over-par round of 44 points to gain a two point cushion over gallant runner-up Barney Vaughan. John Doherty was a point further back in third place, with Martin McDermott’s 38 points being the best gross return of the day. Mark Cocks, from North West GC, posted a fine 39 points to take the visitors’ prize. Unlike the rest of the week, nobody managed to break the 40 point barrier in last week’s Monday Open. Winner Paul McGill came close, his 39 points giving him a one point victory over improving Stephen Quinn. Noel O’Kane carded 37 points to take third place, while the gross award went to Conal Cooke with 34 points.

presidents_day_01_smallThe violent thunderstorms that raged for much of last Tuesday put paid to the ladies’ scheduled event. However, they did manage to team up with their male counterparts for Wednesday’s ‘Oyster’s Sausage Sizzle’ mixed foursomes. From the 34 pairings that participated, Mary and Hugh Casey came out on top, their 33 point tally getting up by a point from lady president, Eleanor McMorran and Mark Sharkey. Norma Brogan and Paul McGill finished third with 29 points. Congratulations to Rachel Devenney and Frankie Connolly on being adjudged best dress female and male as an adjunct to the event.

Sunday’s Marie Curie charity team event was contested by 26 teams-of-four. It produced the following result: 1, Fred McGavigan, Adrian Nelson, Patrick McCrossan, Cathal Griffin, 93 points; 2, Paddy O’Kane, Chris McDermott, Senan Roarty, Frankie Connolly, 91; 3, Denis Porter, Kevin Keegan, Joe Doherty, George Turner, 90; 4, Declan Lynch, Martin Rouse, Eamon McCay, Brian O’Kane, 89; 5, Connor Sharkey, Marc Brolly, Conal Cooke, Mark Sharkey, 88. Strabane teams fared well in inter-club events this week. The O’Haire Cup team had a resounding 15-1 victory at home in the first leg of their match against Newtownstewart GC, while the Senior Donegal League side beat Ballybofey 5-2 in the home leg of their tie.

With the holiday season upon us, entertainment at the club is at a bit of a lull. Patrons should note, however, that Gary Gamble will be on stage on August 15, an appearance that is sure to prove popular.

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