Club championship proves fitting finale at Strabane

The Club Championship brought the official golf season at Strabane Golf Club to a conclusion.  And what a fitting finale it proved to be!  Star man on the day was Darren Crawford who was in imperious form as he claimed the title with an outstanding sub-par round of 68.  The round really took off at the start of the back nine, Darren clocking up two birdies and an eagle from the tenth to the twelfth.  The eagle was, in fact, an ace at the par three twelfth, the winner cutting an exquisite five iron onto the green, the ball tracking unerringly into the hole.

Runner-up was Paddy Kennedy with a fine level par round of 69, two shots better than third-placed Mark McColgan. In the nett section of the event, Kevin McGinley produced a sensational 62 nett to win by one from Eddie McBrearty.  Also on the 63 nett mark was David Mullen while the category winners were:
Category One        Frankie Devine    67 nett
Category Two        Joe Elliott        66 nett
Category Three    Johnny Potts        67 nett

The Thursday Club got under way last week and will run right through the winter months.  Pat O’Neill got off to a successful start, his steady 40 points proving to be best of the day.  Paddy Doyle and David Mullen posted 39 points apiece to take the minor placings. Wednesday’s mixed team competition went to the quartet of Caroline Connolly, Adeline Shiels, Mark Donaghey and Frankie Connolly.  Their combined total of 26 points got them home on countback from Angela Houston, Laura McCay, Sammy Devenney and Eric Reid. Next Sunday (October 4) brings the mixed season to a close.  A timesheet will be in operation for the “flag” event, commencing at 1.30pm.

In ladies’ golf, Ann Sharkey and Teresa Logue carded 32 points to win the Daily Mail Fourball stableford.  Norma Brogan and Adeline Shiels were a couple of points adrift in second place.  The ladies’ singles competition, the Foyle Hospice Charity, was won by young Lisa Patton with a fine 36 point return.  Mandy Coyne posted 32 points to take the 0-24 category, with Caroline Connolly showing good form in taking the 25-36 category with 35 points.

The final team event of the year, the Owen Roes Classic, produced the following result:

  1. Mark McColgan, Pat O’Neill, Paul McGarrigle, Peter O’Neill .. 97pts
  2. Oliver Cresswell, Seamus Foley, Francie Conwell, Liam McCool .. 97pts
  3. Paddy Doyle, Terence McGranaghan, Danny McGinley, Pat McAneny .. 96pts
  4. Pat Corry, Sammy Devenney, Patsy Wilson, Eric Reid .. 94pts

The best all-ladies team, with a score of 88 points, comprised Adeline Shiels, Betty Kelly, Geraldine Masterson and Donna Doherty.

Sunday last was set aside for the finals of the various club matchplay tournaments.  In the Jones Cup, Freddie Patterson was in tremendous form as he overwhelmed Cathal Patton, the match finishing at the thirteenth.  Equally emphatic was Oliver Cresswell’s victory over Kevin Neeson as he claimed the Gallagher Cup by 5 and 4.  In the Lawson Cup, Tommy Sharkey held his nerve to edge out William Potts.  The match went all the way to the eighteenth with Sharkey eventually getting home by a two up margin.

The prestigious “Golfer of the Year” title proved to be something of a season-long duel between Martin Rouse and Ben Corry.  Both players have shown exemplary consistency over the summer, with first one and then the other edging ahead in the race.  Rouse finally managed to put a bit of daylight between them as he ran out the victor with a tally of 127 points.  The gallant Corry compiled 120 points to take second place, with Cathal Patton finishing third on 107 points.  David Friel deserves a mention also, being the only other player to break the 100 point barrier.

Strabane teams have taken a couple of titles in recent weeks.  The Roberts Cup team saw off the challenge of Enniskillen in the final, while the O’Haire Cup squad completed the double by defeating Castlehume GC.  The other outstanding final involving Strabane is the Senior Donegal Championship and the two-leg decider has been pencilled in for the 10th and 17th of October.

As the summer season concludes, we move seamlessly into winter golf.  Players intending to participate in the Sperrin Springs Winter Cup should note that entries close on Thursday October 1. Entries for the Junior Winter Cup close on Wednesday October 7.  The event will commence on Sunday, October 11.

This Saturday (October 3) is the Captain’s Outing to Dunfanaghey.  Players are requested to place entry fees in the competition box at Strabane before departure to the north Donegal venue.  On return, it should be noted that a beautiful set of irons will be available to one lucky player present in the clubhouse.  Music on Saturday evening will be provided by “Sharon and Gary Nixon”.

Another notable entertainment date for the diary is Saturday October 24, when the fabulous “Chevys” will be on stage headlining a Rock ‘n Roll night.  Tickets are available at the club.

Finally, it should be noted that there will be no more Saturday timesheets until the spring 2010.

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