Bank of Ireland Stableford

The Bank of Ireland stableford was the feature event at Strabane Golf Club last Saturday.  In conditions which were probably as good as there has been this summer, Keith Patterson posted a superb winning level par round of 41 points.  Young Ryan McGowan was just a point adrift in second place, while Garvan Godfrey claimed third place with a solid 38 points.  The gross prize went to Sean Forbes with 37 points.  James Harron, with 36 points, topped Category One, John J. Duffy was best in Category Two with 35 points, and Gerry Casey’s 36 points gained him the Category Three award.

Whilst Saturday’s competition was played in ideal conditions, the same could not be said of the early week events.  After Sunday’s torrential rains, the course was heavy as play got under way for the Monday Open.  Cahir Doherty, though, seemed to revel in the testing conditions, his excellent 37 points assuring him of the top prize. Jason Kelly claimed the runners-up spot with 36 points, just edging out Castlehume’s Seamus McGranaghan on the break of a tie. Keith Patterson took the gross prize on this occasion with 27 points.

The ladies held their “Golfer of the Year” competition (The Bertie Colhoun Cup) on Tuesday.  Norma Brogan was in outstanding form, her winning return of nett 66 giving her a comfortable cushion over the field.  Olive Turner was next best, her 70 nett giving her the 0-24 category prize.  The 25-36 category went to G. Masterson with a nett 73.
The regular ladies’ weekly competition was won this week by Maeve Corry with 30 points.  One point back, and topping the 0-24 category, was Lorna Armstrong, while Rosemary Wilson was best in the 25-36 category with 27 points.

With the nights closing in, there are only a few Wednesday mixed pairs events left.  However, there was a very good entry of 19 pairs last week, the best of these being Ann Sharkey and Karl Barr who won with 24 points.  Caroline Connolly and Freddie Wilson finished a point back in second place, with Mary and Noel McCrory a further point adrift in third place.

The Thursday competition this week was sponsored by Kirk’s Bar and Off Sales.  Martin Patton and Martin McCallion tied at the top with marvellous scores of 42 points.  Patton was declared winner after countback, with John Etherson finishing third with a fine 41 point tally.  The ever-consistent Ben Corry took the gross prize with an excellent two-over par return of 37 points.

With Autumn upon us, the popular JJ Team event makes its seasonal reappearance on Monday next, September 21, and will run right through the winter months.

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