September Round up, Irish Mixed Foursomes team and Club’s centenary reach a climax

The Daly’s Service Station stableford at Strabane Golf Club was played in difficult conditions on Saturday last.  A stiff breeze and a course playing to its full length conspired to ensure that not one player from a field of 175 managed to break the 40-point barrier.  Francey Conwell came closest, his fine 39 point tally earning him the top prize.  One point off the pace was runner-up Jim Malcolm who go up on countback from third-placed George McCay.  Kieran Doherty is probably playing the best golf of his life at the moment and he took Saturday’s gross award with a solid 36 point return.  Martin Rouse continues to impress and on this occasion he claimed the Category One prize with 37 points.  Category Two went to Mark McDermott with 36 points, while Frankie Connolly topped Category Three with 37 points.

By Sunday the weather had, unsurprisingly, taken a turn for the worse.  However, the scheduled “Foyle Hospice” Open Team event was still able to proceed and produced the following result:

1. Denis Porter, Kevin Keegan, Joe Doherty, George Turner  – 93 pts

2. Paddy O’Kane, Senan Roarty, Frankie Connolly, Stephen Alexander – 93 pts

3. Gerard Duffy, P McCafferty, Brian McAteer, Denis O’Donnell  – 92 pts

4. Kevin McGinley, Shane McLaughlin, Pierce McLaughlin, D. Toland – 92 pts

Ladies: Mary McCrory, Annette Patton, Geraldine McCrory, Noreen McNally – 79pts

In total, there was a tremendous entry of 43 teams.

Kieran Doherty posted 38 points to win the “Golf Club Shop” Open on Thursday last, beating off the challenge of second-placed Cahir Doherty on the break of a tie.  Paddy Kennedy took third place with a two-over par offering of 37 points, while Paul McGill won the gross category with 32 points.

Wednesday’s Mixed Foursomes was won by Rachel Devenney and Eric Reid, their 23 point return giving them a five point cushion over Rosemary and Patsy Wilson.

The Irish Mixed Foursomes team failed to make it through to the all-Ireland final, going down by three matches to two against a strong Mullingar unit.  The Ulster champions got off to a flier, winning the first two matches and at one stage leading in two of the other three.  However, Mullingar came back strongly, finally clinching victory on the seventeenth green of the final match.  Whilst there was an element of disappointment in the Strabane ranks, they can look back with pride on a season that saw them sweep all before them in claiming their Ulster title.

Celebrations of the Club’s centenary reach a climax with a gala entertainment weekend – the “Marquee on the Tee”.  On Friday, local bands will be on stage, followed on Saturday by ‘John McNicholl & his Band’. On Sunday it will be the turn of the ‘Robert Mizzell Band’.  There are also a couple of bonus appearances when, from three o’clock until five on Sunday afternoon, there will be a 5-piece jazz band live on stage, followed immediately by the ever-popular Strabane Concert Brass playing “swing” until 7.15pm.  It promises to be a feast of high quality entertainment.  Tickets can be purchased at the club (Tel. 02871382271), or patrons may pay at the door.

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