Patterson enjoys welcome return to form at Strabane

image_02_13_08_09_smallBARRY Patterson had a welcome return to form in the Highland Bakery stableford at Strabane Golf Club on Saturday. Playing off a 12 handicap, Patterson compiled an excellent 42 points to win the event by a point from rapidly improving George McCay. Paul McGill continued his current fine run of form by dropping only a shot to par in posting 40 points to take third place.

Noel McConnell’s game has been in a bit of a lull recently but he got his season on track again by taking fourth place, also with 40 points. Fifth place, again with 40 points, went to Stephen Alexander, while Conal Cooke produced a brilliant sub-par 68 to take the gross prize. Other winners were: category one, Ben Corry, 40 points (level par 69); category two, John Langan, 39 points; category three, Seamus Walsh, 39 points; first nine, Damian Roarty; second nine, Liam Curry; best visitor was North West Golf Club’s Delwyn Montgomery.

image_01_13_08_09_smallLast Monday’s Open went to Freddie Patterson who, after a long sabbatical from the game, has quickly regained his optimum form. Off a handicap of seven, Patterson conceded only a couple of shots to par in carding a winning 41 points. Runner-up, with 39 points was Foyle Golf Club’s John McDowell, with Paddy Kennedy in third place, his level par round of 69 gaining him 38 points. Stuart McClelland, also from Foyle GC won the visitor’s prize with 38 points, while Karl Barr took the gross award with a four over par return of 38 points.

It was the turn of the ladies on Tuesday as they turned their attention to the Lady Herdman Cup. Anne Sharkey has been on a run of decent form lately and she finally made it to the top of the leaderboard, taking the top award with plenty to spare. Her winning score of 72 nett gave her a three point cushion over Geraldine McCrory who settled for the category 25-36 award. Norma Brogan’s 78 nett was enough to assure her of the 0-24 category prize.

image_03_13_08_09_smallThe Tommy Forbes sponsored mixed teams competition on Wednesday went to the quartet of Aidan Boyle, Mary Duffy, Conor Sharkey and Theresa Casey. Together they amassed 44 points to comfortably win by three points from Denis Porter, Mary Gallagher, Frankie Houston and Eleanor McMorran.

The best scoring of the week came in Thursday’s Doherty’s Fuels stableford with no fewer than eight players smashing the 40 point barrier. Martin Rouse is undoubtedly the most improved player in the club this year having lowered his handicap by an amazing seven shots over the past five months. His marvellous 43 point return on Thursday saw him home by a point from Ciaran Duffy, who dropped less than a handful of shots to par in posting his best score of the season. Paul McGill was again in the mix, his 41 point return (one over par 70) giving him third place. Enda Kennedy took the gross prize with a one-under par round of 68.

In inter-club events this week, Strabane’s O’Haire Cup team made it through to their final at the expense of Newtownstewart. Having dominated the earlier home leg, Strabane soon racked up the necessary points to ensure their participation in the decider. The Ballycolman club will play host this week to the Ulster Final of the Jimmy Bruen tournament, with Killymoon and Foyle locking horns tomorrow (Friday).

One of the highlights of the entertainment year will take place in the clubhouse this Saturday night when Gary Gamble takes to the stage. Doors open at 9.30pm.

Leave a Reply