Happy New Year

The Captain, President and Staff would like to wish all our Members and Visitors a Happy and Prosperous
New Year. 

New Year’s Mixed Greensomes – Sunday 2nd January 2011

Mixed greensomes competition this Sunday from 11.00am to 1.00pm  – 15 holes – organise your own partners.

Christmas Greetings

The Captain, President and Council would like to wish all our members a Merry Christmas and Peaceful New Year.

Weather Forecast

have a look at ‘The Course’ page for a five-day weather forecast.


Happy 50th Busty

Liam ‘Busty’ Doherty, the trombone playing, Strictly Come Dancing, Chelsea supporter is 50!!!
Above are a few pictures from his early years, and yes he is a Chelsea supporter, what he is doing at Old Trafford is anybody’s guess!

Christmas Entertainment

It’s that time of year again when people go out with their friend and relatives, wether it is a group of work collegues or just a few friends, there is no better place than Strabane Golf Club.  Our entertainment convenyor, Tommy Forbes, has put together a great programme of events. 
Why not come along to one of the nights you are sure to have a great night.

Thursday 16th – Christmas Quiz – Everyone welcome

Saturday 18th
– Winter Club Dinner, music afterwards with Jim Devine Karaoke. Everyone welcome

Sunday 19th
– Kids Christmas Party 4pm – 6:30pm, Santa arrives at 5pm.

Sunday 19th
– Strabane Concert Brass @ 9pm followed by Jim Devine Karaoke.

Monday 20th
– Monday Club Final day – Music with Bobby & Noel @ 7pm

Boxing Day
– Music by Mr Men & Klassix Disco.  Members £6  Visitors £7
New Years Eve – Music by Blondie & Friends.  Members £6  Visitors £7
Please note: Boxing Day & New Years Eve Deal –
Members two-night ticket £10.  Visitors two-night ticket £12.

Strabane Golf Club would like to wish all our members and visitors a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year

Busty & Imelda for Strictly

Liam ‘Busty’ Doherty and past Lady Captain (and his sister-in-law) Imelda Doherty are going to be strutting their stuff in the Strictly Come Dancing competition, organised by Strabane Shamrocks Hurling Club.

Practice has begun and the show will be on in the Fir Trees on  Saturday 26th February.

Winter Cup Finalists Decided

The final of the Sperrin Springs Winter Cup at Strabane Golf Club will be contested this year by Ciaran Duffy and Andy Connolly who will take on Michael and Aidan Baldrick in what promises to be an intriguing encounter. The rapid thaw which followed the recent snows allowed play to proceed on Sunday last on a course which was in remarkably good condition.  Duffy and Connolly made it through to this year’s decider by seeing off the spirited challenge of Dermot Corry and Sean McIntyre, while Cathal McLaughlin and Noel O’Kane came up just a bit short in their match against the Baldrick’s.  The date for the final, and the third and fourth place play-off, has yet to be arranged and will depend very much on the weather, given that a return to wintry conditions is forecast for the end of the week.

The recipients of the section awards from the league stages of the competition have been finalised and are as follows:

Section A

  1. Keith Patterson and Noel Kelly
  2. Brian O’Kane and Damien Carey
  3. Brian Kelly and Michael Neeson


Section B

  1. John Brolly and Niall Coulter
  2. Paddy O’Kane and Frankie Connolly
  3. Michael Forbes (Sen.) and Billy Doherty


The Leo Kavanagh Memorial “Sperrin Springs” Winter Cup Dinner will be held in the clubhouse on Saturday (December 18) and, to facilitate the preparations of the catering staff, players are asked to indicate on the sheet posted on the club notice-board whether or not they will be attending.  Music will be provided by the Jim Devine Karaoke Show.

A reminder that the Annual General Meeting of the Club will be held on Wednesday of this week, December 15, commencing at 8.00pm.

Finally, the discounted ticket offer for attending the Boxing Night and New Year’s Eve celebrations is still in place.  Tickets are available at the clubhouse.

Course News – Sunday 12th

The course is open – 15 holes with temporary greens.
Holes closed are 9th, 10th and 11th.  So please walk from 8th green to 12th tee-box.

Winter Cup
1st to 8th will be the first nine and 12th to 18th will be second nine.

Remember – temporary greens, shots will be  ½ the difference and mats to be used in the semi-rough also.

Is there a thaw ahead?

Not to get any of your hopes up, but there is a thaw forecast for the weekend, weather (see what I did there) it comes quick enough for us to play golf is another question, so fingers crossed for the weekend.

 Check out the BBC for a 5-day forecast.

BBC Weather

Winter Cup Update

Weather permitting, the Sperrin Springs Winter Cup semi-finals will be played on Saturday, December 11, with the final played on the following day. The current timesheet will operate on Sunday.

If no play is possible this coming weekend, the Winter Cup dinner will still go ahead on Saturday, December 18, at which section prizes will be presented.  The semi-finals and final will then be played on dates to be arranged

Bridge results:

Thursday  November 25

1st Pat Mc Aneny & Oliver Mc Nally

1st Declan Doherty & Susan Doherty

Christmas Party – Thursday December 2

1st Pat Mc Aneny & Oliver Mc Nally

1st Garvin Godfrey & Frank Houston

3rd Mary Gallagher & Claire Mc Grath

4th Declan Doherty & Susan Doherty

Junior Winter Cup

A selection of photos from the junior boys and junior girls Winter Cups that were Sponsored by John Duffy Roofing.  The prizes were presented by Pat Patton who represented the sponsors.

See Gallery  for photos

AGM – Wednesday 15th December

The Annual General Meeting of the Club will be held at 8.00pm on Wednesday December 15.

Snow wipes out Weekend Programme

The weekend snowfall put paid to any hopes of play at Strabane Golf Club on Saturday and Sunday.  Thankfully, some of the scheduled fixtures earlier in the week were able to proceed.  Tommy Forbes was in tremendous form in Week 8 of the Thursday Club racking up an outstanding 39 points to win the competition by a point from Frank McKay, with Jim Arbuckle a further point back in third place.

Current standings in the race for the coveted “Golfer of the Series” title are:

1. Jimmy Wasson         40 points

2. Denis Porter              23 points

3. Kevin Keegan           20 points

Last week’s JJ Teams event produced the following result:

1. F. McCay, B. McDonald, S. Taylor, J. Malcolm                      98 points

2. J. Arbuckle, M. Harkin, P. McGillian, J. Duncan                   98 points

3. K. Gallagher, C. McGrath, S. McFeeters, M. McColgan       98 points

The Sperrin Springs Winter Cup has reached the play-off stages, the draw for the first of the knockout rounds reading as follows:

Michael and Aidan Baldrick v Cathal McLaughlin and Noel O’Kane

Dermot Corry and Sean McInyre v Ciaran Duffy and Andy Connolly

Jim Potts and Declan Doherty can count themselves very unlucky to lose out on a place in the ‘semis’ despite finishing in joint second place in their group.

On the entertainment front, there are still a few tickets available for the Club Dinner which will be held in the clubhouse this Saturday (December 4), with the music provided by “Friends”.

Next Thursday (December 9) is the annual Christmas Quiz Night, commencing at 10.00pm. Members and visitors should note that a discounted double ticket is available for the Boxing Night and New Year’s Eve celebrations at the club.

Looking further ahead, the Annual General Meeting of the Club will be held at 8.00pm on Wednesday December 15.

Saturday Singles – 15 Holes

Saturday Singles – 20th November 2010

1st Hugo McCusker 39pts
2nd John Brolly 36pts
3rd Brian Kelly 35pts
Gross Keith Patterson 32pts

McCusker in Inspired Form

Hugo McCusker’s tremendous run of form continued at Strabane Golf Club on Saturday last as he produced a sparkling 39 points to comfortably win the weekly singles event.  Runner-up with 36 points was John Brolly who continues to improve with every round played, on this occasion just edging out Brian Kelly who carded 35 points to finish third.

The Sperrin Springs Winter Cup is nearing the end of the league stage with all the qualifying places still up for grabs.  Last week’s leaders of Section A, Fred McGavigan and Maurice Doherty, crashed to defeat at the hands of Michael and Aidan Baldrick who now head the table with 18 points.  Ciaran Duffy and Andy Connolly are well in touch in second place with Keith Patterson and Noel Kelly very much in the hunt in third place.

The positions after Week Six are:

1. Michael and Aidan Baldrick                          18 points

2. Ciaran Duffy and Andy Connolly Jnr        17 points

3. Keith Patterson and Noel Kelly                   16.5 points

The key matches in Section A this coming week are:

Michael and Aidan Baldrick v Brian O’Kane and Damian Carey

Ciaran Duffy and Andy Connolly v Fred McShane and Frankie Gallagher

In Section B, Dermot Corry and Sean MacIntyre got the best possible result in Sunday’s round of matches.  Lying in third place going into last weekend, Corry and MacIntyre picked up maximum points while the two pairings above halved their match to leave the top of Section B thus:

1. Dermot Corry and Sean MacIntyre               19 points

2. Jim Potts and Declan Doherty                         17.5 points

2. Cathal McLaughlin and Noel O’Kane            17.5 points

The draw for this Sunday sees Corry and MacIntyre take on McLaughlin and O’Kane, while Potts and Doherty have a difficult tie against John Brolly and Niall Coulter who are themselves still well placed to make the semi-finals.

Congratulations to Eoin O’Neill and Shay Callaghan on their victory in the final of the John J Duffy Junior Winter Cup.  In a close fought decider, they defeated Ciaran Roary and Brendan McCrory by 2 and 1 to lift the title.  Third place went to Jordan Arthur and Colin Campbell.

In the Section B Team Event, Ronan McHugh, Conor Byrne and Conor Bratton came out on top, just ahead of Brandon O’Neill, Michael P. Doherty and Conor Taylor.

Prize-winners in the Junior Winter Cup should attend the presentation of awards in the club-house this Saturday (November 27) at 3pm.

Last week’s Thursday Club winner was Fred McShane who just got home on count-back from second-placed Jimmy Wasson, both players posting excellent scores of 37 points.  Dennis Porter was a couple of points back in third place.

The latest JJ Team event, played on Monday last, produce the following result:

1. Declan McDonnell, Dermot Cairns, Enda McDonnell, Pat Gallagher   90 points

2. Dennis Porter, Jimmy Wasson, George Turner, Hugh Casey                  84 points

3. Foncie McNally, Paddy McGarrigle, Gerry Quinn, Michael Forbes     82 points

The latest Bridge Club winners were Mary Gallagher and Claire McGrath, with Dympna Boyle and Dora Forbes filling the runner’s-up berth.

Saturday Singles – 13th November

Saturday Singles – 13th November 2010

1st Stewart McFeeters 37 pts
2nd Declan Doherty 36 pts
3rd Hugo McCusker 35 pts  BOT
Gross Keith Patterson 35 pts

McFeeters Impresses in Saturday Singles

Stuart McFeeters amassed an impressive 37 point tally to win the weekend singles event at Strabane Golf Club by a point from runner-up Declan Doherty.  Hugo McCusker carded a typically solid 35 points to take third place with the gross prize going to the ever-consistent Keith Patterson.

In Sunday’s Sperrin Springs Winter Cup, Section A leaders Keith Patterson and Noel Kelly crashed to defeat against the new front-runners in the division, Fred McGavigan and Maurice Doherty. Michael and Aidan Baldrick seem to have lost their momentum a bit over the past couple of weeks.  They lost again on Sunday last and spurned the opportunity to re-establish themselves at the head of affairs.  A significant move came from Ciaran Duffy and Andy Connolly who have come through the pack to mount a serious challenge.  The top fixture in this section next week sees McGavigan and Doherty take on the Baldrick brothers.

The top of Section A reads thus:

1. Fred McGavigan and Maurice Doherty      15.5 points

2. Keith Patterson and Noel Kelly                     14.5 points

3. Michael and Aidan Baldrick                           14.0 points

3. Ciaran Duffy and Andy Connolly Jun.       14.0 points

The top of Section B is even more congested with a half-point separating the leading three contenders. Jim Potts and Declan Doherty have been joined at the top by Cathal McLaughlin and Noel O’Kane. Last week’s leaders, Dermot Corry and Sean MacIntyre slipped back into third place though are far from out of it at this stage.  Indeed, with the two leaders drawn to play each other this coming Sunday, the appearance of head of the table could change dramatically.

Current standings in Section B are:

1. Jim Potts and Declan Doherty                       15.5 points

1. Cathal McLaughlin and Noel O’Kane           15.5 points

3. Dermot Corry and Sean MacIntyre             15.0 points

In the John J. Duffy Junior Winter Cup, Brendan McCrory and Ciaran Roarty have won through to the final where they will meet Eoin O’Neill and Shay Callaghan, with the decider scheduled for Sunday next.

Positions in the ongoing Junior League are as follows:

Section A

1. Ryan McGowan and Adam Cole                  13 points

2. Jordan Arthur and Colin Campbell                11.5 points

Section B

1. Ronan McHugh, Conor Byrne, Conor Bratton                      34 points

2. Brandon O’Neill, Michael P Doherty, Conor Taylor           28 points

Despite the storms which rampaged across the course in mid-week, the intrepid Thursday Club stalwarts managed to complete Week Six of the series.  Kevin Keegan’s 30 points was the best of the day, just edging out Jason Kelly and Jimmy Henderson who each carded 29 points and finished second and third respectively.

The latest round of JJ’s Monday team event produced the following result:

1. Oliver McNally, Michael Doyle, Tommy Forbes, Dermot Cairns        103 points

2. Keith Patterson, Noel Kelly, David Mullan, Billy Doherty                     97.5 points

3, Niall Coulter, Michael Baldrick, John Brolly                                               92 points

Happy 50th – Pat Sharkey

We don’t do this very often on this site, but this one is very worthy.

Our old friend and club member Pat Sharkey is 50 today (10th November).  I don’t have any photos from his younger days, but here is a few from the last few years.

Saturday Singles Competition

Saturday Singles Competition – 15 holes

1st Albert McNally 38pts
2nd Oliver McNally 35pts BOT
3rd Dermot Corry 35pts
Gross Ryan McGowan 34pts

McNally One-Two on Saturday

Albert McNally produced a stunning 38 points over 15 holes to comfortably win the Saturday Singles at Strabane Golf Club. In second place, just getting home on the break of a tie, was Oliver McNally, his 35 point return matched by third placed Dermot Corry.  Young Ryan McGowan continued his great run of form by the taking the gross award with a solid 34 points.  Winners in the coming weeks should note that the presentation of prizes for the Saturday events will be held the next day (Sunday) at 6.30pm.

Trying to predict the likely outcome of the group stages in this year’s Sperrin Springs Winter Cup is virtually impossible.  After Sunday’s round of games the situation in both groups is far from clear.  Group A is headed by Keith Patterson and Noel Kelly who inflicted the first defeat of the campaign on Michael and Aidan Baldrick, and in the process relegating them to second place in the table.  Fred McGavigan and Maurice Doherty moved into contention and in next week’s top clash will meet the current leaders.

The top of Table A reads:

1. Noel Kelly and Keith Patterson                     14 points

2. Michael and Aidan Baldrick                            13 points

3. Fred McGavigan and Maurice Doherty      12 points

In Group B, leaders Dermot Corry and Sean MacIntyre consolidated their position, dropping only a half point to their nearest challengers.  Jim Potts and Declan Doherty moved into a share of second place with John Brolly and Niall Coulter.

The position in Table B is:

1. Dermot Corry and Sean MacIntyre 14 points

2. Jim Potts and Declan Doherty                       12.5 points

3. John Brolly and Niall Coulter                        12.5 points

In the John J. Duffy Junior Winter Cup, the situation after four weeks is:

1. Ryan McGowan and Adam Cole      11 points

2. Eoin O’Neill and Shay Callaghan      10.5 points

3. Patrick Roarty and Lisa Patton          9.5 points

The Thursday Club reached Week 5 last week with Jimmy Wasson posting a winning score of 38 points, one better than runner-up Liam McCool.  On the same mark, and in third place, was Michael Baldrick.

Highlight of the week at the club was undoubtedly the flood-lit tournament in aid of the CRY charity, a seven-hole event which drew a huge entry of 80 players.  Frankie Connolly’s 15 point return was best on the night, with Gary Duffy and Sharon Haughey finishing second and third respectively with 14 points.  Pat McAneny and Kevin Neeson each recorded a birdie on the par three.

Recent results from the Bridge Club:

  1. Garvin Godfrey and Frankie Houston
  2. Declan Doherty and Susan Doherty

Night Golf – 5th November 2010

Night Golf – 5th November 2010

1st Frankie Connolly (22)       15 pts
2nd Gary Duffy (9)        14 pts
3rd Sharon Haughey (36)   14 pts BOT

2’s – Pat “the pup” McAneny & Kevin Neeson

C.R.Y. Night Golf – Result

What a night!!!

Last night – Friday 5th November (Guy Fawkes night), Strabane Golf Club had some fireworks of their own.

70+ golfers played in the first Night Golf competition held in the north of Ireland.
We were blessed with a great night which helped make this a night to remember.

When James Patton approached our Captain Seamus Friel about having a golf competition at night time, Seamus thought he was mad!!  Anyway a few months  later, after a lot preparation, we played in in the dark.  Glow-in-the-dark balls were being launched into the air and golfers were having a brilliant time, we even had a few birdies!!!!

Along with all the craic there was a serious side to the night, this year the Captain’s chosen charity was C.R.Y., and all proceeds went to this worthy cause. Louise McShane from the charity was there last night selling tickets and adding to the total.  Even her daughter, got into the act by winning first prize 🙂  http://www.c-r-y.org.uk/ni.htm

1st Frankie Connolly 15pts
2nd  Gary Duffy  14pts BOT
3rd Sharon Haughey 14pts

Birdies – Pat ‘The Pub’ McAneny and Kevin Neeson

Congratulation to Frankie, hopefully this isn’t the last ‘Night Golf’ competition and he can defend his title in the future.

Night Golf Update

Night Golf Rules

1 – Play all shots with your club face parallel to the glowstick in the ball ( this prevents the glowstick falling out), please check that the glowstick is secure when you are placing it on the mat.
2 – Always use your winter mat – normal winter rules apply
3 – No DRIVERS (3 woods are ok).  The ball can damage the face of the drivers
4 – Do not shine torches on the ball when hitting or putting
5 – No torches allowed on the green to read putts or when putting
6 – When leaving the green, flash your torches on and off so that the fourball  behind know when you are leaving the green.
7 – As you can see from above rules a torch is need, please bring one with you.

Please come early to get kitted out with your nightglow braclets etc..

This competition is for C.R.Y. charity.  We want people to enjoy themselves, and have a bit of fun.  But safety is our No 1 priority, please be very careful.  Make sure you stay away when people in your fourball are taking their shot.  Also make sure that the fourball in front has moved away and signalled to you, before playing your shot.

There will be entertainment by Dougie Breslin in the clubhouse afterwards, presentation should be around 11pm.

Winter Golf

Unfortunately it’s that time of year again, winter is upon us. 

So from tomorrow, Saturday 6th November, we will be teeing off from the winter tee-boxes and from Saturday 13th November we will be using mats.

See noticeboard for local rules and which holes are in play.

Night Golf Entertainment

As well as a great night’s entertainment on the golf course, there will be a great nights entertainment in the clubhouse.

‘Rat Pack’ tribute act, Dougie Breslin, will be entertaining everyone on Friday night with all your favourites from Frank, Dean and Sammy, with a few more thrown in for good measure.


Wylie clinches Final Qualifier

John Wylie was the clear winner of the final qualifier of the season at Strabane Golf Club.  Playing in the Saturday Singles, Wylie posted a superb 43 points to win by four from runner-up Fred McGavigan, who had the best of several scores of 39 points. On the same mark were third-placed Sean Sweeney and Jim Harley who finished fourth.   The gross category was won by Ben Corry with 34 points, while Chris Timoney and Roy Patterson took the nines.

In Week 4 of the Thursday Club, Enda McDonnell carded 39 points to take the top award.  Paul McGarrigle had a similar return to finish as runner-up while Noel Kelly was just a point back in third place.

Monday’s JJ Team event produced the following result:

1. J. Callan, H. McGarrigle, J. Coyle, P. McGillian              104 points

2. N. Coulter, J. Brolly, M. Baldrick                                         100.5 points

3. D. Porter, G. Turner, J. Wasson, H. Casey                        100 points

Section A of the Sperrin Springs Winter Cup is led by the only pairing yet to drop a point in the league.  Michael and Aidan Baldrick’s unblemished record extended to three matches on Sunday last and consequently they lead the section with 12 points.  Just a point back, though, is the experienced duo of Keith Patterson and Noel Kelly who themselves remain unbeaten.  The leading two pairings have already drawn away from the rest of the field, with the nearest challengers on 8 points. They are Noel McConnell and Roy Patterson, Stephen and George McCay, Fred McGavigan and Maurice Doherty.  This coming Sunday could be highly significant with the top two matched up against each other and no doubt those in the chasing pack will be hoping that the leaders both drop points.

Things are a lot tighter in Section B with a couple of points covering the top half-dozen teams.  Leading the way at the moments, with 10.5 points, are Dermot Corry and Sean MacIntyre.  Liam Doherty and Ryan Patton are just a half-point back in second place, with Paul and Pat Cooke on 9.5 points in third place.  As in Section A, the top two contenders face one another on Sunday, a contest that will impact considerably on the top of the league table.

Latest results from the Bridge Club:

Winners: Mary Gallagher and Claire McGrath

Second: Garvan Godfrey and Frankie Houston

Finally, the annual Club Dinner has been re-scheduled for Saturday December 4.

Saturday Singles Competition

Singles Competition – Saturday 30th October 2010

1st John Wylie 43 pts
2nd Fred McGavigan 39 pts BOT
3rd Sean Sweeney 39 pts BOT
4th Jim Harley 39 pts
Gross Ben Corry 34 pts
1st nine Chris Timoney
2nd nine Roy Patterson

Charity Night Golf – Rules :-)

Strabane Golf Club members can have fun as they test their skills in a unique competition – Night Golf Challenge on Friday 18th November 2010, open to ladies & gents.

Golfers will play seven holes using glow-in-the-dark golf balls and follow a course marked with glowing markers to guide them from hole to hole.

Night Golf Rules

1 Play all shots with your club face parallel to the glowstick in the ball ( this prevents the glowstick falling out), please check that the glowstick is secure when you are placing it on the mat.
2 Always use your winter mat – normal winter rules apply
3 No DRIVERS (3 woods are ok).  The ball can damage the face of the drivers
4 Do not shine torches on the ball when hitting or putting
5 No torches allowed on the green to read putts or when putting
6 When leaving the green, flash your torches on and off so that the fourball behind know when you are leaving the green.

We want people to enjoy themselves, and have a bit of fun.  But safety is our No 1 priority, please be very careful.  Make sure you stay away when people in your fourball are taking their shot.  Also make sure that the fourball in front has moved away and signalled to you, before playing your shot.

There will be entertainment in the club afterwards, presentation should be around 11pm.

First Win for McGinley

The Saturday Singles at Strabane Golf Club produced a close finish with Kevin McGinley and Junior Captain Ryan McGowan each posting superb scores of 43 points.  On count-back, McGinley was adjudged the winner, recording his first victory at the club.  Jim Callaghan was back in third place on 40 points, the same score as fourth placed Cathal McLaughlin.  Stephen McCay carded a three over par 72 to take the gross award, while the nines went to Dermot Corry and Stephen Quinn.

After two weeks of the Sperrin Springs Winter Cup, the league tables are beginning to take shape. In Section A, Noel McConnell and Roy Patterson are joint leaders with Michael and Aidan Baldrick, with both pairings having a maximum return of 8 points.  Just a half point back are the ever-dangerous Keith Patterson and Noel Kelly.

John Brolly and Niall Coulter are the only pair in Section B who have yet to drop a point.  They lead on 8 points with Dermot Corry and Sean MacIntyre in second place on 7.  A further half point back are Liam Doherty and Ryan Patton who share the third spot with Michael Forbes Sen. and Billy Doherty.

The JJ Teams event on Monday continues to attract a large entry. Last week’s results were:

1. J. Arbuckle, M. Harkin, P. McGillian, S. Diamond    112 points

2. D. Mullan, M. Baldrick, N. Coulter, J. Brolly               110 points

3. D. McGinley, L. McCool, C. Doherty, A. Callaghan   110 points

Danny Duffy was in great form in Week Three of the Thursday Club, winning comfortably with an excellent score of 41 points.  Paul McGarrigle just edged out Cahir Doherty for second place, both players finishing on the 37 point mark.  Also on 37 points, and leading the visitors’ section, was Michael Neeson.

Latest results from the Thursday bridge competitions are:

Week 1:           Winners:              Mary Gallagher and Claire McGrath

                           Runners-up:      Declan Doherty and Susan Doherty

Week 2:           Winners:              Roisin McGonagle and Margaret Bonnar

                           Runners-up:      Dympna Boyle and Dora Foley

Singles Competition

Singles Competition – 23rd October 2010

1st Kevin McGinley 43 pts BOT
2nd Ryan McGowan 43 pts
3rd Jim Callaghan 40 pts BOT
4th Cathal McLaughlin 40 pts
Gross Stephen McCay 38 pts
1st nine Dermot Corry
2nd nine Stephen Quinn

Winter Season Opener

The first of the Winter Saturday Singles events at Strabane Golf Club on Saturday went to 11-handicapper Danny Duffy who posted 41 points to just get home on the break of a tie from Sean Devine.  Kieran Martin finished third on 39 points, a tally matched by fourth-placed Pat Patton.  Paddy Kennedy produced a flawless level par 69 to wrap up the gross category, with Eddie McCrea and Noel O’Kane taking the first and second nine awards respectively.

The latest round of the Thursday Club was won by Jim Douglas, his 41 point return giving him a two point winning margin over George Turner.  A further point back was third-placed Tommy Falconer.

Week Two of the JJ Team Competition produced the following result:

1. N. Coulter, A. Baldrick, J. Brolly                              117 points

2. J. Coyle, F. Friel, F. O’Kane, H. McGarrigle            107 points

3. K. Keegan, J. McDermott, C. Klam, R, Wiley          106 points

The first series of matches in the Sperrin Springs Winter League were played on Sunday last and, while there were some very impressive opening performances, it will take another week or two before the table begins to take shape.

The final of the Teams Classic was held on Saturday with most pundits predicating a close fought encounter.  Whilst some of the individual matches did indeed go down to the wire, the overall result was never really in doubt as the Tommy Forbes Catering squad ran out as comfortable winners over a gallant, but ultimately outgunned, Haughey’s Costcutters outfit.

Finally, congratulations to Keith Patterson on his elevation to the “Golfer of the Year” pedestal, a position richly deserved given his consistency over the season when hardly a week went by without his name figuring in a nett or gross category.  A mention also of runner-up David Mullen who has made such strides over the season and is now recognised as one of the club’s bright new talents.

Singles Competition

Singles Competition – 16th September 2010

1st Danny Duffy 41 pts BOT
2nd Sean Devine 41pts
3rd Kieran Martin 39pts BOT
4th Pat Patton 39pts BOT
Gross Paddy Kennedy 38pts
1st nine Eddie McCrea
2nd nine Noel O’Kane

Section B – Winter Cup

Final & 3rd & 4th play-offs – dates to be arranged

M Baldrick & A Baldrick    v    C Duffy & A Connolly

3rd & 4th place play-off
D Corry & S MacIntyre        v    C McLaughlin & N O’Kane

Section Prizes
1st  John Brolly & Niall Coulter
2nd Paddy O’Kane & Frankie Connolly
3rd  Mickey Forbes (Snr.) & Billy Doherty

League Table – This will open a spreadsheet with update league table – Final League Table

Section A – Winter Cup

Final & 3rd & 4th play-offs – dates to be arranged

M Baldrick & A Baldrick    v    C Duffy & A Connolly

3rd & 4th place play-off
D Corry & S MacIntyre        v    C McLaughlin & N O’Kane

Section Prizes
1st  Keith Patterson & Noel Kelly
2nd Brian O’Kane & Damien Carey
3rd Brian Kelly & Mickey Neeson

League Table – This will open a Spreadsheet with updated league table – Final League Table

Sperrin Springs Winter Cup Leagues & Fixtures

Section A

Section B

Can you  indicate on the sheet on the noticeboard if you are attending the dinner next week.

CT takes Final Event

The McHugh Oils Medal brought to a close the regular season at Strabane Golf Club on Saturday last.  Despite a stiff easterly breeze which swept across the course throughout the day, scoring was of the highest quality.  Best round of the day was Chris Timoney’s superb nett 63, his winning effort giving him a one shot advantage over runner-up Barry Whyte.  John Brolly carded a nett 65 to finish in third place while Conal Cooke dropped only one shot to par in securing the gross prize with an excellent 70.  Mark McCrea continued in his current rich vein of form by taking the Category One award with a nett 66.  The Category Two prize went to Paul McConway with a 68 nett, with Martin McCallion topping Category Three with a nett 66.  Adrian McLaughlin and Jim Callaghan had the best first and second nines respectively.

As summer golf ends, so the winter season gets under way.  The Monday JJ Teams event kicked off last week and produced the following result.

1. D. Porter, M. Arnold, J. Wasson, H. Casey                        94 points

2. K. Gallagher, S. McFeeters, J. Douglas, L. Doherty          92 points

Week One of the Thursday Club was won by Adrian McGonagle, his fine 40 point return getting him home by a point from Ronnie Wiley.  Frankie Gallagher marked his return to the game by compiling an impressive 39 points to finish third.

In ladies’ golf, the Final Day Scramble was won by the trio of Mandy Coyne, Lisa Patton and Mary Casey, their 26 point total giving them a point to spare over Norma Brogan, Maeve Corry and Lorna Duffy.  In third place, and also on 26 points, were Catherine Neeson, Loretta Coyne and Noreen McNally.

Congratulations to Mandy Coyne whose consistently high performances over the summer have deservedly earned her the prestigious “Golfer of the Year” accolade.

 Last week’s bridge competition was won by Anna O’Doherty, with Margaret Bonnar in second place.

Tickets for the annual Club Dinner which will be held on Saturday October 30 are available in the clubhouse.

McHugh Oils

McHugh Oils – Saturday 9th October

1st Chris Timoney 63 nett
2nd Barry Whyte 64 nett
3rd John Brolly 65 nett
Gross Conal Cooke 70 gross
Cat 1 Mark McCrea 66 nett
Cat 2 Paul McConway 68 nett
Cat 3 Martin McCallion 66 nett
1st nine Adrian McLaughlin
2nd nine Jim Callaghan

Ladies Night Out

The Lady Captain, Dympna Doherty,  held a very successful ‘Ladies Night’ in the club recently.  The big crowd in attendance were treated to a flower arranging show and fashion show.
There was stalls offering a wide range of products from clothing to jewellery, some even availed of the facials and manicures on offer.

Photos from the night can be seen in our gallery section.

Ryder Cup – Update


Graeme McDowell sinking what turned out to be the winning putt on the 16th


Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell wins the final singles match to give Europe a 14½-13½ victory over the United States

Game 17  Westwood beat 2 & 1 Stricker  
Game 18  McIlroy A/S Cink  
Game 19  Donald won 1 up Furyk  
Game 20 Kaymer lost 6 & 4 D Johnson  
Game 21 Poulter won 5 & 4 Kuchar  
Game 22 Fisher lost 3 & 2 Overton  
Game 23 Jimenez won 4 & 3 Watson  
Game 24 F Molinari lost 5 & 3 Woods  
Game 25 E Molinari A/S Fowler  
Game 26 Hanson lost 4 & 2 Mickelson  
Game 27 Harrington lost 3 & 2 Z Johnson  
Game 28 McDowell won 2 & 1 Mahan  


Rory McIlroy embraces Vice Captain Sergio Garcia on the 18th green after he halved his match in the singles matches

Successful Outing to Greencastle

Strabane Golf Club’s annual Captain’s Outing was held at Greencastle GC on Saturday last.  One hundred and twenty players made the journey to the excellent North Donegal venue to participate in Mr Seamus Friel’s event, a fitting tribute to a Captain who has devoted himself tirelessly to the Club throughout the season.  Thankfully, the miserable weather which had been forecast earlier in the week did not materialise and play was able to proceed in fairly benign conditions.  Top scorer on the day was Hugo McCusker, his fine effort of 41 points just getting him home on the break of a tie from Jim Callaghan.  Jude O’Neill was just a point back in third place with Kevin Keegan a further point adrift in fourth.  Aidan Boyle had the best gross return of the day, while Pat and Martin Patton took the first and second nines respectively.

The last of the season’s regular Thursday competitions was won by Danny Duffy who posted 40 points to hold off the challenge of runner-up Joe Elliott by a single point.  Vincent Bradley continued his recent run of form to take third place with 38 points, while Enda Kennedy’s 36 point return assured him of the gross category.

The final Monday Open, held on September 27, went to Martin McDermott with a fine haul of 40 points.  The ever-consistent Keith Patterson had a 39 point return to fill the runner’s-up berth while Michael Doyle took third spot with 38 points.  Kieran Doherty topped the gross category with 34 points.

Sunday’s mixed foursomes celebrated the success of that format throughout the season, with the regular Wednesday event having attracted an enthusiastic and loyal following over the summer months.  Darren Crawford and Lisa Patton took the honours in the season’s finale, helped in no small measure by Darren’s hole-in-one at the par three seventh. Their combined tally of 40 points gave them a point to spare over Noel and Mary McCrory.  Denis Porter and Annie O’Hagan took third place with 37 points, while Aidan Boyle and Lauren Patton had the best gross return.

The previous Wednesday event was won by the husband and wife pairing of Pat and Maeve Corry.  They posted 23 points over the shortened course, one better than Kevin Keegan and Alison Curry.  Joe Elliott and Annie O’Hagan were a further point back in third place.

The penultimate event of the official season was the Club Championship.  In the gross section, Paddy Kennedy and Ben Corry each shot excellent scores of 67, with the former getting up on count-back to claim the “champion” accolade.  Keith Patterson had a steady 70 to take third place. 

The nett section ended in a three-way tie, with Mark McCrea declared the winner after a count-back.  Runner-up was Denis Porter with Liam Patton underlining his return to form by taking third.  All three players had excellent returns of 65 nett. Eddie McCrea carded a nett 66 to finish fourth.

Last week’s Thursday Club Competition was won by Damian McGranaghan with a score of 38 points, one better than second-placed Adrian McLaughlin.  Jimmy Henderson was third with 35 points, while Enda Kennedy topped the gross section with a two-over par 71.

In ladies’ golf, the MacMillan Cancer Relief competition was won with 30 points by Mandy Coyne.  Lauren Patton had the best return, 27 points, in the 0-24 handicap section, with Lorna Duffy topping the 25-36 category with 28 points.

Lisa Patton was the runaway winner of Tuesday’s Members’ Prize, her 35 point return giving her plenty to spare over the field.  Anne Sharkey carded 31 points to head the 0-24 category, with Caroline Connolly’s 29 points best in the 25-36 section.

The last of the season’s matchplay events to be decided, the Worchester Cup, was won by Lorna Duffy and Declan Lynch who just shaded Monica and Maurice McGettigan in a tense decider.

The latest Bridge Club results are:

Winners:          Mary Gallagher and Claire McGrath

Runners up:     Dora Forbes and Dympna Boyle

Bridge lessons will be held in the club-house every Monday @ 8.00pm.


  1. The JJ Monday Teams event will run throughout the winter months.
  2. The Thursday Club commences on October 7 and will run through to March.
  3. Entries are now being taken for the Leo Kavanagh Memorial Winter Cup

Finally, the McHugh Oils competition, which was a victim of the weather a couple of weeks ago, has been re-scheduled for this coming Saturday, October 9.  The usual timesheet will be in operation.

Captain’s Away Day

Captain’s Outing to Greencastle  – 2nd October 2010

1st Hugo McCusker 41 pts BOT
2nd Jim Callaghan 41 pts
3rd Jude O’Neill 40 pts
4th Kevin Keegan 39pts
Gross Aidan Boyle
1st nine Pat Patton
2nd nine Martin Patton

Thursday Club Competition

Thursday Club Competition – 30th September 2010

1st Danny Duffy 40pts
2nd Joe Elliott 39pts
3rd Vincent Bradley 38pts
Gross Enda Kennedy 36pts

Grand Draw Winners

  Prize Winner
1st Prize    Car   Hugo McCusker
2nd Prize  £3,000   Rory Mangan
3rd Prize    5 Year. Membership Of SGC   Donal Cairns
4th Prize      3 Year Membership Of SGC   Lucy McGonagle
5th Prize     5 Day Holiday Break Plus 2 Rounds Of Golf   Anne Devine
6th Prize     Weekend Hotel Break Plus 1 Round Of Golf   Jim Arbuckle
7th Prize  £400   Colin McFeeters
8th Prize    £400   Martin Potts
9th Prize     £300   Majella McGill
10th Prize   £200   John A Duffy
11th Prize  £100   Dearbhla Langan
  Promoters Prize- £500   Brian Haughey

Junior Prizegiving

Check out the Gallery for photos from the recent prizegiving
or click on the link below.


Final Mixed

Final Mixed – Sunday 26th September 2010


1st Darren Crawford & Lisa Patton – 40 pts
2nd Noel Mc Crory & Mary Mc Crory – 39 pts
3rd Denis Porter & Annie O’Hagan – 37 pts
Gross Aidan Boyle & Lauren Patton Gross 22 BOT
32  pairs played

Conratulations to Darren Crawford (7th) and Mary McCrory (2nd) who both had a hole-in-one yesterday

Club Championship

Club Championship – Saturday 25th September 2010

1st nett Mark McCrea 65 BOT
2nd nett Denis Porter 65 BOT
3rd nett Liam Patton 65
4th nett Edward McCrea 66
1st gross Paddy Kennedy 67
2nd gross Ben Corry 67
3rd gross Keith Patterson 70
Over 65 Hugo McCusker 69

Bridge Club – News & Results

There is a new section to the site. To access the page go to Competitions tab and click on Bridge Club News & Results tab or
click on link below to take you to the Bridge Club page. 

They meet every Thursday night in the clubhouse.  Everyone is welcome from beginners to seasoned professionals.


Club Competition

Club Competition – 23rd September 2010

1st Damian McGranaghan 38pts
2nd Adrian McLaughlin 37pts
3rd James Henderson 35pts
Gross Enda Kennedy 34pts

Strabane Golf Club Grand Draw

Please note: Draw is on Saturday 25th September 2010.  A few tickets still available, contact club for details.

The club is running a draw this year, proceeds will be going to fund the 7th green that was opened last month.

1st prize –   New Car
2nd prize – £3000
3rd prize –  5 years membership or cash equivalent
4th prize –   3 years membership or cash equivalent
5th prize –   5 day holiday break plus 2 rounds of golf
6th prize –   Weekend hotel break plus 1 round of golf
7th prize –   £400
8th prize –   £300
9th prize –   £200
10th prize – £100

There will also be monthly prizes of £100.

Ticket prices are £60 which can be paid in 6 monthly instalments

If you want to buy a ticket contact the club on 028 71382007 or any member of council.

April – Ticket 627    Rory & Conor Patton £100
May – Ticket 202    Terence McGranaghan £100
June – Ticket 287   Seamus Devenney  £100
July – Ticket 720    Keith Mc Daid £100
Fully paid up ticket by end of June – Ticket 523  John Mc Ginley