Strabane Mourns The Passing Of Brian Patton

The death of Brian Patton this week has cast a long shadow across Strabane Golf Club.  Brian was not only the most gifted golfer Strabane has ever produced but he was also one of the town’s finest ambassadors.  His exploits on golf courses across the country are well documented but beyond those talents, for those who knew him well, his most enduring qualities were his warmth and good humour. He reached out to many at the club, from the hopeful to the hopeless, and shared his knowledge of the game he loved.  He took especial satisfaction from seeing those who availed of his advice fulfilling their potential.  He will be sadly missed.  Our sincerest condolences go to his wife Anna and family, with the assurance that Brian’s name will always be fondly remembered and inextricably linked with the history of Strabane Golf Club.

It is somehow appropriate that in the week of Brian Patton’s passing, the final of the Leo Kavanagh Memorial “Sperrin Springs” Winter Cup should be won by one of his protégé’s.  Freddie Patterson would be the first to admit that had it not been for Brian’s encouragement he would never have become involved in the game.  Yet on Sunday last Freddie, in partnership with Mark McDermott, claimed the Winter Cup after an epic battle with the gallant duo of David Mullen and Bernard McShane.  Both pairings had dominated their qualifying sections from the outset and the showdown between the two was always going to be a close run thing.  And it could not have been closer.  In a final that was nip and tuck for most of the way, Patterson and McDermott eventually put their stamp on it on the final green, winning by a one-hole margin. In the third place play-off, Roy Patterson and Brian Millar just edged out Paul McGarrigle and Sean McCrossan.

The league winners were:
Section A
1.    Foncie McNally and Anthony Brennan
2.    Martin Gormley and Matt Keyes
3.    Denis Porter and Jimmy Wasson

Section B
1.    John Maxwell and Francie Conwell
2.    Jonathan McGonigle and Brian Kelly
3.    Joe Elliott and Martin McCallion

The Winter Cup Committee would like to express their thanks to the sponsors of the competition, “Sperrin Springs”.  Their continuing support is much appreciated.

Last Saturday’s stableford was won in impressive fashion by Kieran Martin, his 36 point return (over 15 holes) giving him a one point advantage over runner-up Maurice Doherty. Terence McDermott carded 34 points to finish third while Fred McGavigan’s 33 points gave him the gross award.

The latest round of the Thursday Club series saw Denis Porter post a winning score of 37 points.  Keith Patterson took second place with 35 points, a couple of points better than third-placed Pat McAneny.

The JJ Team event last Monday produced the following result:
1. J. Arbuckle, P. McGillian, M. Harkin            69 points
2. J. Callan, H. McGarrigle, F. O’Kane, J. Coyle        65 points
3. F. McNally, P. McGarrigle, G. Quinn, M. Forbes        64 points

The entertainment programme for the festive season continues with:
Thursday December 17:     Christmas Table Quiz
Saturday December 19:         Winter Cup Dinner
Music by “T-Junction”
Door admission from 10.00pm
Sunday December 20:         Kids’ Christmas Party & Disco (4-6.30pm)
Strabane Concert Brass at 9.00pm
followed by the Jim Devine Karaoke Show.

Prize Draw Results

GRAND DRAW Prize Winner
2ND £ 3,000.00 HUGO MCHUGH
3RD £ 2,500.00 SELWYN TAYLOR
4TH £ 1,500.00 SUSAN ROARTY
10TH £100.00 VERA O’GORMAN

Upcoming Final – Sperrin Springs Winter Cup

Freddie Patterson and Mark McDermott will meet David Mullen and Bernard McShane in the final of the Sperrin Springs Winter Cup at Strabane Golf Club on Sunday next.  Patterson and McDermott stormed to an impressive 5 and 4 semi-final victory over Roy Patterson and Brian Millar, while Mullen and McShane were taken to the seventeenth by Paul McGarrigle and Sean McCrossan before their berth in the final was secured.  Patterson and McDermott will go into the decider as slight favourites, but Mullen and McShane have shown good form throughout the league stage and could well spring a surprise.  Last week’s beaten semi-finalists will contest the third place play-off, also on Sunday.

While most of the focus is on the match-play stages the league race continues.  Standings at the penultimate stage are as follows:
Section A
1. Foncie McNally and Anthony Brennan        22.5 points
2. Martin Gormley and Matt Keyes            21.5 points
3. Keith Patterson and Joe Breslin            19 points
3. Denis Porter and Jimmy Wasson            19 points

Section B
1. Jonathan McGonigle and Brian Kelly        21 points
2. Michael Forbes and Seamus McPhilemy         20 points
2. John Maxwell and Francie Conwell        20 points

Saturday’s Stableford was played over 15 holes this week with the in-form Stuart McFeeters posting a fine winning tally of 37 points.  One point back in second place was Charlie Patton while Jonathan McGonigle took third place with 35 points.  Denis Porter had the best gross return of 30 points.

Stuart McFeeters was again at the head of affairs in last week’s Thursday Club, taking the top award on the break of a tie with 33 points.  Runner-up was Kevin Gallagher, with Jimmy Wasson in third place, also with 33 points.
Winners in last Monday’s JJ Team event were:
1. D. Porter, G. Turner, J. Wasson, H. Casey            79pts
2. F. McNally, P. McGarrigle, G. Quinn, M. Forbes        71pts
3. J. Callan, D. Cairns, D. Cairns, J. Coyle            69pts

The final of the John Duffy Junior Winter Cup saw Ryan McGowan and Ciaran Neeson pitted against Damian Roarty and Aaron Gillespie.  The match was played in a wonderful spirit and produced some golf of the highest quality.  McGowan and Neeson eventually got their noses in front and a superb tee shot from young Neeson at the sixteenth put paid to any hopes that of a comeback that Roarty and Gillespie might have harboured.  McGowan and Neeson took the title on a three and two scoreline.  Rachid Rihane and Ciaran Roarty came through the league stages to take third place, though only on countback from Brendan McCrory and Kevin Gallagher. The Junior Convenor, Kevin Neeson, and his Committee paid tribute to the competition sponsor, John Duffy, without whose generosity the tournament would simply not have happened.

On the entertainment front, this Saturday night promises to be one of the highlights of the festive programme with “The Bizz” providing the music for the Christmas Party Night.  There are still a few available bookings for the meal and entertainment, while door admission will be from 10.30pm.

A reminder also that the “twin ticket” can still be purchased from Tommy Forbes at the clubhouse, providing reduced fee admission to both the Boxing Night and New Year’s Eve entertainment.  It is on offer for £10 to members, and £12 to visitors.