Testing conditions for Fir Trees Open in Strabane

Saturday’s Fir Trees Open at Strabane Golf Club proved to be one of the stiffest tests of the season. A stiff southerly breeze, which whipped across the Ballycolman course ensured that good scoring would be at a premium.
It transpired that not one player managed to break 40 points, one of the few occasions that this has happened this season. Best round of the day was posted by 11-handicapper Senan Roarty, his winning score of 39 points giving him a point to spare over runner-up Paul Duddy.

Darren Crawford produced a superb round of two over par to card 38 points in finishing third. Category one went to Noel McConnell with 37 points, while Frankie Houston went one better in taking category two. Cecil Kerr topped category three with 36 points with Cathal Patton claiming the gross prize with a four over par tally of 36 points.
Conditions for last Thursday’s Nugent’s Stableford were much easier and in a close finish which saw the top dozen or so players separated by only a couple of points Cathal McLaughlin emerged as the victor with an excellent 42 points.

Conal Cooke, playing off a two handicap, had a brilliant three-under par round of 41 points to take second place on the break of a tie from third placed Ronnie Wiley. Kieran Doherty continued his fine run of form to take the gross award with 40 points.

Top points tally of the week was posted by Declan Lynch in the Monday Open, his excellent 43 points getting him home ahead of Karl Barr who dropped only one shot to par in compiling 41 points. Terence McGranaghan took third place with a typically solid 39 points, while Stephen McCay had the best gross score – a two over return of 39 points.
Mary Duffy won the ladies’ Georgina Gregg Cup on Tuesday, her gritty 74 nett giving her a one shot advantage over the field. Jean McGinley’s nett 77 gained her the 0-24 category award, while Mary Casey was best in the 25-36 category with a 75 nett.

Wednesday’s mixed foursomes, sponsored by Murphy’s on the Green, went to Dympna Coyle and Declan Lynch ahead of Mary Duffy and Patsy Rouse. Both pairings carded scores of 36 points, one better than third placed Kathleen Hoynes and Liam McDevitt.

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