Semi-finalists announced for Sperrin Springs Winter Cup

The semi-final line-up for the Sperrin Springs Winter Cup at Strabane Golf Club was completed last Sunday. In Section A, Freddie Patterson and Mark McDermott had already booked their place but, nonetheless, produced another excellent performance at the weekend by way of underlining their superiority in the group. The real battle was for the remaining place and it was Paul McGarrigle and Sean McCrossan who stepped up to the plate. Pitted against the strong pairing of Foncie McNally and Anthony Brennan in the final qualifying stage, McGarrigle and McCrossan produced their best golf of the campaign to snatch the runner’s-up position in the section and so book their place in the play-offs.
The top of Section A reads:
1. Freddie Patterson and Mark McDermott 24 points
2. Paul McGarrigle and Sean McCrossan 19 points
3. Foncie McNally and Anthony Brennan 18.5 points

In Section B, David Mullen and Bernard McShane duly made it through to the semis, the couple of points they gleaned from last Sunday’s match ensuring that they would top the group. Roy Patterson and Brian Millar put together a couple of spirited performances in the closing weeks to make sure that they too would figure in the deciding stages.
The top of Section B is:
1. David Mullen and Bernard McShane 21.5 points
2. Roy Patterson and Brian Millar 20 points
3. Jonathan McGonigle and Brian Kelly 18 points

The semi-final draw is:
Mullen/McShane v McGarrigle/McCrossan
F. Patterson/McDermott v R. Patterson/Millar

A combination of the recent atrocious weather and ongoing ground improvements meant that the Saturday Singles event last Saturday was reduced to eleven holes. Garvan Godfrey was in outstanding form as he amassed an impressive 29 points to win by one from Gerry Quinn. Albert McNally posted 27 points to finish third while Keith Patterson took the gross award with 26 points.

Latest results from the Monday JJ team series were:
1. J. Arbuckle, M. Harkin, P. McGillian, S. Diamond 74 points
2. Angus Callaghan, L. McCool, C. Doherty, D. McGinley 72 points
3. K. Keegan, P. Gallagher, E. McDonnell, N. Redden 71.5 points

This Friday night in the clubhouse (December 4) the ladies’ annual Club Dinner will be held. Music afterwards will be provided by “T-Junction”.

Strabane Golf Club Looks Forward To Play-Offs Of Sperrin Springs Winter Cup

Freddie Patterson and Mark McDermott booked their place in the play-off stages of the Sperrin Springs Winter Cup on Sunday last at Strabane Golf Club, their two point haul at the weekend ensuring that they are guaranteed to finish in one of the two qualifying places in Section A of the competition. Their task on Sunday next will be to pick up at least a point to make sure that they top the group.  The picture behind them is a little bit more complicated with three pairings vying for the other qualifying spot.  Foncie McNally and Anthony Brennan are currently in second place and will surely be favourites to go through.  However, they play third-placed Paul McGarrigle and Sean McCrossan this week and must win to be absolutely certain of making the semi-finals. Noel and Jason Kelly, who occupy fourth place, are not out of it and if they win and results in other matches go their way they can still qualify for the final rounds.
Current standings in Section A are:
1. Freddie Patterson/Mark McDermott    21pts
2. Foncie McNally/Anthony Brennan        17.5pts
3. Paul McGarrigle/Sean McCrossan        16pts
4. Noel Kelly/Jason Kelly            15.5pts

Key matches in Section A this upcoming week are:
Patterson and McDermott v Kelly and Kelly
McNally and Brennan v McGarrigle and McCrossan

In Section B, the battle for the coveted qualifying spots will be even more intense this week with any two of the top five pairs capable of progressing.  David Mullen and Bernard McShane are presently in the vanguard, but they are far from impregnable.  Should they slip up on Sunday next, they could well be overhauled in the final stretch.  Roy Patterson and Brian Millar put themselves right back in contention at the weekend, their maximum four-point haul taking them into joint second place, level on points with Jonathan McGonigle and Brian Kelly.
The top of Section B reads:
1. David Mullen/Bernard McShane        19.5pts
2. Roy Patterson/Brian Millar            17pts
3. Jonathan McGonagle/Brian Kelly        17pts
4. John Brolly/Niall Coulter            16pts
5. William Potts/Johnny Potts            15pts

All eyes will be on these matches on Sunday next:
Mullen and McShane v Potts and Potts
Patterson and Millar v Brolly and Coulter
McGonigle and Kelly v B. O’Neill and M. Keys.

In ladies’ golf, Shauna Patton won the first of the “Weekly Vouchers” events, her 20 point total just getting her home on the break of a tie.  Anne Sharkey topped the 0-24 category with 17 points, while Mary Casey’s 20 points was best in the 25-36 category.

With Christmas very much on the horizon, the club’s festive entertainment programme has been drawn up, including a generous two night package deal for Boxing Night and New Year’s Eve. The ‘twin ticket’ can be purchased for a reduced tariff (£10 members, £12 visitors) and is available from Tommy Forbes at the clubhouse.

Week 6 Of League Stages Of Sperrin Springs Winter Cup

The league stages of the Sperrin Springs Winter Cup reached Week 6 at Strabane Golf Club on Sunday last.  The domination of Section A by Freddie Patterson and Mark MeDermott is such that they now hold a massive five point advantage over the field.  Despite dropping a rare half point at the weekend they extended their lead at the top of the table and would appear to be well on their way to the play-offs.  Paul McGarrigle and Sean McCrossan picked up three points to move into a share of second place with Denis Porter and Jimmy Wasson.
The section A table reads:
1. Freddie Patterson/Mark McDermott    19pts
2. Paul McGarrigle/Sean McCrossan        14pts
3. Denis Porter/Jimmy Wasson        14pts
4. Foncie McNally/Anthony Brennan        13.5pts

Long time leaders in Section B, David Mullen and Bernard McShane, kept up their momentum by picking up maximum points on Sunday last.  Jonathan McGonigle and Brian Kelly maintained their strong challenge, moving into second place ahead of Sean MacIntyre and Chris Timoney.  The picture here, though, is far less clear-cut with a host of pairings capable of mounting a significant challenge. Indeed, a mere half-point separates the pair in third place from those in sixth position.
The top of Section B is:
1. David Mullen/Bernard McShane        17.5pts
2. Jonathan McGonigle/Brian Kelly        15pts
3. Sean MacIntyre/Chris Timoney        13.5pts

This weekend coming up has the look of a “Super Sunday” about it with the top two teams in each section pitted against one another.

The John Duffy sponsored Junior Winter Cup is nearing its final stages.  Damian Roarty and Aaron Gillespie have already booked their place in the final, even though there is still one qualifying round to be played. Barring a major upset they should be joined in the decider by Ryan McGowan and Ciaran Neeson, though they will look to pick up points this week to make sure of their final berth.
The league table reads:
1. Damian Roarty/Aaron Gillespie        17.5pts
2. Ryan McGowan/Ciaran Neeson        15pts
3.Brendan McCrory/Kevin Gallagher        12pts.

The JJ Monday team event produced the following result:
1. K. Keegan, S. Stirling, C. Patton, T. McDermott            91pts
2. H. McCusker, J. Shiels, E. Patton, J. Henderson            87pts
3. K. Gallagher, S. McFeeters, L. Doherty, M. McColgan        86pts

Brian Haughey’s 25 point return was good enough to take Week 8 of the Thursday Club.  He finished one point ahead of runner-up Liam Doherty, with Mark Sharkey a further couple of points back in third place.

Sperrin Springs Winter Cup Reaches Half-Way

The Sperrin Springs Winter Cup reached the half-way stage on Sunday last at Strabane Golf Club.  Though conditions were far from perfect after the rains of the past few weeks, players were able to complete the Week Five series.  Freddie Patterson and Mark McDermott are in a fairly commanding position at the head of Section A after taking their second successive maximum haul.  They lead on 15.5 points, with Foncie McNally and Anthony Brennan in second place with 13 points.  Noel and Jason Kelly moved into third place with 11.5 points. They could well benefit from the fact that the two leading pairings will contest the top match in the section this Sunday.

David Mullen and Bernard McShane have a slender advantage in Section B, their 13.5 total giving them only half a point to spare over Roy Patterson and Brian Millar, with a handful of other pairings very much within striking distance. Saturday’s Singles was played over a shortened course, yet winner Brian Cairns amasses an impressive 28 points to win by one from the consistent Foncie McNally.  Kieran O’Neill was a further shot back in third pace, with Enda Kennedy taking the gross award with 23 points.

Pat McDaid was a recent winner of the Men’s Singles, showing good form to hold off the challenge of Paddy Doyle and Declan O’Hare.  All three players posted excellent tallies of 34 points, while Danny Duffy took the gross prize with 33 points.

In Week 7 of the Thursday Club, the winners were:
1. Pat Sharkey         26 points
2. Cahir Doherty    26 points
3. Jim Arbuckle    25 points

The JJ Team event played on Monday last produced the following result:
1. K. Keegan, R. Wylie, R. Allen                    77 points
2. D. McGinley, N. McCrory, L. McCool, Angus Callaghan        68 points
C. Klam, Paul McGarrigle, J. Roarty`                65 points

Finally, players should note that from this week, the use of ‘mats’ is obligatory.