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.

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