Saturday Singles at Strabane Golf Club

Despite the horrendous conditions which prevailed throughout last Saturday, a couple of dozen players braved the wind and rain to compete in the Saturday Singles at Strabane Golf Club. Jason Kelly produced a near-miraculous 38 points to take the spoils ahead of Denis Porter who mustered a creditable 35 points.  Stephen McCay posted 33 points to finish third, with the gross category prize going to Paddy Kennedy with 32 points.

The week began with the usual JJ’s Team competition on Monday last which produced the following result:
1. D. Porter, G. Turner, J. Wasson, H. Casey            83 points
2. F. McNally, M. Forbes, P. McGarrigle, J. Duncan        79 points
3. P. Doyle, P. McDaid, T. McGranaghan, P. McAneny    75 points.

Kevin Keegan won Series 5 of the Thursday Club with a steady 37 points, one better than runner-up Stuart McFeeters.  Brian Haughey was a further point back in third place.

In Section A of the Sperrin Springs Winter Cup, Freddie Patterson and Mark McDermott took maximum points from Sunday’s match to reclaim top spot in the league.  They took their tally to 11.5 points while Peter Doherty (Jun) and Barry Patterson moved into second place with 10 points.  Foncie McNally and Anthony Brennan are a point behind in third place, with Patrick McCrossan and John Tinney currently in a tie for fourth place with Chris McDermott and Michael Neeson.  Each of these pairings has 8 points.  The key match in this section next Sunday will be the match-up between the two leading contenders.

Things are a bit tighter at the head of Section B, with half a point covering the top four protagonists.  David Mullen and Bernard McShane lead the way with 10 points with the next three pairing all on 9.5 points.  They are: Roy Patterson and Brian Millar; Sean MacIntyre and Chris Timoney; Cathal McLaughlin and Noel O’Kane.  This coming Sunday should provide clarify the situation somewhat as the draw for Week 4 has thrown up the following duels:
Mullen and McShane v MacIntyre and Timoney
Patterson and Millar v McLaughlin and O’Kane.

There is a double bill on entertainment in the clubhouse this coming weekend.  On Friday night there is a special charity table quiz in memory of Joe Patton, with all proceeds going to the Foyle Hospice.  On Saturday, “T-Junction” will provide the music for the Hallowe’en celebrations.

The Chevy’s @ Strabane Golf Club

This Saturday evening (October 24) in the clubhouse promises to be one of the entertainment highlights of the year.  On stage will be the brilliant “Chevys” who will play their unique brand of Rock ‘n Roll. Tickets are available at the clubhouse throughout this week, though there may be a few available on the night.

Sperrin Springs Winter Cup at Strabane Golf Club

Though only into its second week, the Sperrin Springs Winter Cup at Strabane Golf Club has already thrown up clear leaders in each section. Current standings are:

Section A
1. P. McCrossan & J. Tinney        8pts
2. F. Patterson & M. McDermott    7.5 pts
3. P. Doherty & B. Patterson         7pts
3. C. McDermott & M. Neeson    7 pts

Section B
1. D. Mullen & B. McShane        8pts
2. R. Patterson & B. Millar        7.5pts
3. J. Maxwell & F. Conwell        6.5 pts
3. S. McIntyre & C. Timoney        6.5 pts

Despite the fact that the course was reduced to 17 holes due to essential maintenance on the par three seventh, the 40 point barrier was breached in Saturday’s Members’ Sponsored stableford.  Michael Neeson posted an excellent 40 point total to take the top prize. Ciaran Patton showed a welcome return to form in carding 39 points to finish second, with Noel McConnell a further point back in third place.  The consistent Paul McGill took the gross award with his 34 point tally.

Jason Kelly was the clear winner of the latest round of the Thursday club, his 37 point return giving him four points to spare over the field.  Kieran Doherty and Eugene Patton filled the minor places, each with 33 points.

JJ’s Monday team event is attracting its usual dedicated following.  The winning teams last week were:

1.    Team Captain: Ronnie Wiley        95 points
2.    Team Captain: Liam McCool        95 points
3.    Team Captain: Pat McAneny         94 points

The Donegal Senior Championship side just missed out on the title, losing a close encounter with Rosapenna.  Strabane will look back on an indifferent home performance when they laboured to build a slender 4-3 advantage, as perhaps their undoing.  In the away leg on Saturday on the north coast they showed great application but just missed on the final accolade.

This Saturday evening (October 23) in the clubhouse promises to be one of the entertainment highlights of the year.  On stage will be the brilliant “Chevys” who will play their unique brand of Rock ‘n Roll. Tickets are available at the clubhouse throughout this week, though there may be a few available on the night.

Patterson in dominant form in Saturday’s Hugh Harley Cup

11-handicapper Barry Patterson was in dominant form in Saturday’s Hugh Harley Cup at Strabane Golf Club.  Patterson dropped only a couple of shots to par in compiling a tremendous 45 point tally to win by six from runner-up Senan Roarty.  Danny Duffy took third place with 37 points, aided in no small measure by an ace at the par three sixteenth. Keith Patterson claimed the gross award with a steady 33 points while the nines went to Stuart McFeeters and Charlie Patton.

The Sperrin Springs Winter Cup got under way on Sunday at the club and, while it is early days yet, there would appear to be a number of formidable duos who will no doubt figure prominently as the league unfolds.

Last week’s JJ’s Monday Club produced the following result:

1. Angus Callaghan, C. Doherty, D. McGinley, L. McCool        89 points
2. P. Rouse, M. Forbes, Paddy McGarrigle, J. Duncan        84 points
3. T. McGranaghan, P. Doyle, P. McDaid, P. McAneny        84 points

Hugh Casey was the latest winner in the Thursday Club, his excellent 42 points getting him home by a point from Paul Armstrong and Mark Sharkey.

The final event of the regular season in the ladies’ section saw Mandy Coyne, Rachel Devenney and Donna Doherty post a winning 26 points to take the Closing Day Scramble.  A point adrift in second place were Adeline Shiels, Maeve Crowe and Mary Duffy, while Shauna Patton, Lorna Duffy and Lisa Patton finished third, also with 25 points.

The final of the Worchester Cup, the last of the season’s matchplay tournaments to be decided, lived up to its billing with the match being decided on the eighteenth green.  Freddie Wilson and Ann Duffy held their nerve to take the trophy by a slender ‘one up’ margin over the gallant pairing of Garvan Godfrey and Margaret Bonner.

Strabane’s Donegal Senior Championship side eked out a slender 4-3 advantage in the first leg of the final at home against a strong Rosapenna team.  The second leg will be played this Saturday at the north Donegal venue and the Ballycolman squad will have to be at their very best if they are to bring home the spoils.

Jim Devine will provide the music in the clubhouse this Saturday.  Tickets are currently available for the “Chevys Rock ‘n Roll Night” on Saturday October 24, an event which promises to be one of the highlights on the club’s entertainment calendar this year.

Strabane Golfers Battle The Elements in Dunfanaghy

One hundred and thirty six Strabane golfers headed off to Dunfanaghy on Saturday last for Mr Eamon McCay’s Captain’s Outing and encountered some of the worst conditions of the year.  Gale force winds swept across the north Donegal course ensuring that scoring would be far removed from the 40 plus tallies that have been the norm throughout the summer season.  Only a handful of scores struggled into the low thirties, with three players posting respectable totals of 33 points.  Best of these on countback was Freddie Patterson who duly collected the top award. Johnny Potts and Jim Callaghan finished second and third respectively, also with 33 points, while the consistent Jason Kelly took fourth place, a point adrift of the leading trio. Not unexpectedly, Ben Corry had the best gross return of 26 points. The categories went to Barry Patterson (30 points), Eddie McBrearty (32 points) and William Potts (31 points), while Odran McGettigan (20 points) and Patsy Wilson (19 points) picked up the nines.  Only three players managed two’s – Mark McColgan, Sammy Devenney and Stephen Alexander.

The weekend’s double header was completed on Sunday with the final day of the mixed pairs season.  There was an excellent entry of 30 pairs for the competition which featured both a flag and stableford format.

The winners were:

Flag Format
1. Lisa Patton and Ben Corry        19th green
2. Maeve Crowe and Liam Curry    19th fairway
3. Lorna Duffy and Karl Barr        19th fairway

Stableford Format
1. Sharon Haughey and Martin Roarty    36 points
2. Laura McCay and Liam Doherty        35 points
3. Ann Duffy and Sean MacIntyre        35 points

JJ’s Monday Club finally got off the ground last week after the abandonment of play the previous week. The results were:
1. K. Gallagher, M. McColgan, S. McFeeters, C. McGrath        86 points
2. H. McCusker, E. Patton, J. Shiels, J. Henderson            85 points
3. D. Porter, J. Wasson and H. Casey                    84 points

Week Two of the Thursday Club produced high quality golf with George Turner just getting home ahead of Danny Duffy, with both players carding excellent scores of 42 points.  One point back in third place was Noel Redden.

In ladies’ golf, Rosemary Wilson was the top performer in the O2 Challenge, her 32 points giving her a couple to spare over the field. Mandy Coyne posted 30 points to take the 0-24 category prize, with Maeve Crowe (28 points) the leading player in the 25-36 category.

While the men were battling the elements in Dunfanaghy on Saturday, the ladies enjoyed a “Men Away – Ladies Play” stableford event at the Ballycolman course. It produced the following result:

1. Dympna Doherty    27 points
2. Lorna Duffy    25 points
3. Mary Casey        25 points

The last of the mid-week pairs events was held on Wednesday last.  The top three pairings all finished on 16 points with Philomena Cooke and Sammy Devenney declared winners on the break of a tie. Bernie and Brian O’Kane finished second, Imelda Doherty and Denis Porter taking the third spot.

This Friday night in the clubhouse there is a charity “Knockavoe’s Got Talent” evening.  Music will be provided by Jim Devine and the event kicks off at 8 o’clock.

Finally, there are bridge lessons for beginners in the clubhouse every Monday evening at 8 o’clock, with everybody welcome.  The weekly bridge games are on Thursday evenings, also at 8.00pm.