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.

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