Olive Turner takes the honours on Lady President’s Day at Strabane

image_03_06_08_09_smallCONDITIONS were far from ideal for last Tuesday’s Lady President’s Day at Strabane Golf Club, with heavy and persistent rain never far away. Nonetheless, players turned out in force to honour Eleanor McMorran who has been such a driving force behind ladies’ golf at the club for many years.

Top performer on the day was Olive Turner, her 74 nett winning score giving her a shot to spare over Geraldine McCrory and Adeline Shiels who finished second and third respectively. Ann Sharkey was a close fourth with 76 nett, with the gross prize going to Shauna Patton with a gritty 92. Other winners were: category 0-18, Norma Brogan, 78 nett; category 19-28, Mary Gallagher, 78 nett; category 29-36, Oliver Reid, 80 nett; senior, Rosemary Wilson, 77 nett; committee, Catherine Neeson, 82 nett. Betty Kelly and Ann Duffy won the nines with Newtownstewart’s Ivy Humes taking the visitor’s prize.

image_01_06_08_09_smallSaturday’s ‘Bureau Express’ stableford was won in emphatic fashion by Foncie McNally, his 42 point tally giving him an impressive three point cushion over the field. Runner-up, with 39 points, was Michael McColgan, with Freddie Patterson a point adrift in third place. Neil Alcock carded 38 points to take the category one award, Martin Elliott topped category two with 36 points, and Mickey O’Neill’s 34 point return gained him the category three prize. Paddy Kennedy’s three-over par return of 35 points was the best gross score of the day.

The Monday Open produced a photo finish with Dougie Patterson just edging out Martin McDermott, as each player posted excellent scores of 42 points. Letterkenny’s Marty Quinn took third place with 40 points, while Conal Cooke dropped only one shot to par in taking the gross prize. Ronan Brennan of Foyle GC headed the visitor’s category with 35 points.

The husband and wife pairing of Frankie and Caroline Connolly took the honours in Wednesday’s Mixed Foursomes, their total of 39 points getting them home by a point from Peter Doherty and Lorna Duffy. Stephen Curry and Annette Patton finished third with 36 points.

image_02_06_08_09_smallStephen Quinn’s form over the past few weeks suggested that there might be a victory on the horizon and that proved to be the case on Thursday last as he amassed a fine 41 points to take the Quinn’s Spirits Open. Runner-up Pat Gallagher pushed him all the way only to lose out on the break of a tie. Conor Sharkey was a point back in third place, with in-form Ben Corry’s round of 71 assuring him of the gross prize.

The St Patrick’s GAA team event on Sunday produced the following result: 1, Keith Patterson, Barry Patterson, Cathal Griffin, Roy Patterson, 96 points; 2, Kevin McGinley, Shane McLaughlin, Pearse McLaughlin, Danny Toland, 94 points; 3, Foncie McNally, Michael Forbes, Brian Forester, Seamus McPhilemy, 91 points; 4, AT Moore, C Neff, N Allen, A Neff, 91 points.

The club’s representative teams were in outstanding form during the week, notching up a trio of notable successes. Pride of place goes to the Irish Mixed Foursomes squad who have made it through to the provincial final after a titanic tussle with Foyle GC at the City of Derry course. Enda Kennedy and Angela Houston got the team off to a dream start winning the opening encounter by an impressive seven and six margin. Darren Crawford and Caroline Connolly lost their unbeaten tag in the second match out, losing out on the final green by one hole.

Things took a turn for the worse when Martin Roarty and Mary McCrory lost the third match four and three. At this stage, even experienced team captain Liam Curry was looking decidedly twitchy. However, Aidan Boyle and Ann Duffy levelled matters with a steady four and three victory, so all attention was on the last match out.

After 18 holes the match was still all square and, with tension almost tangible, the combatants set off down the 19th. After halving the first extra hole, Conal Cooke and Bernie O’Kane seized their opportunity at the 20th and struck the vital blow to take Strabane through to a final against either Castleblaney or Greenisland. Also through to the final is the Donegal Senior League team which travelled to Ballybofey on Thursday evening needing three matches to progress. Those three necessary points were duly racked up and Strabane will meet Rosapenna GC in the decider, a match which will be interesting to say the least.

Brian Patton’s Roberts Cup team had an excellent 7.5-4.5 victory in the away leg of their match against Killymoon, a result which will make them hot favourites to take the tie overall with the home leg still to come.

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