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”.

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