Only Hugo Breaks 40 point Barrier

The change in playing conditions at Strabane Golf Club seemed to take its toll on competitors in Saturday’s B. McNamee Ltd. Open stableford event.  After one of the driest winter periods for many years, the change to heavier underfoot conditions was certainly reflected in the scoring in the weekend’s competition.  Unlike the previous few weeks when scoring soared into the mid-forties, only one player on Saturday managed to break the 40 point barrier.  Hugo McCusker’s excellent winning 41 point return, off a handicap of 11, gave him a couple of points to spare over runner-up Adrian McDermott, playing off a 21 handicap. On the same 39 point mark was third-placed John Brolly, while Club President Ben Corry conceded only three shots to par in taking the gross award.  Peter Doherty, David Mullen and Cecil Kerr won the category awards, each with a score of 38 points while William Potts and John J. Duffy had the best nines.

The penultimate JJ Team Event was held last week and produced the following result:

1. H. McCusker, E. Patton, J. Shiels, J. Henderson                97 points

2. J. Wasson, Paul McGarrigle, H. Casey, T. Forbes              96 points

3. F. McNally, M. Forbes, S. McPhilemy,  J. Duncan            94 points

The Thursday Club is also nearing completion.  Week 10 of the series went to Anthony Callaghan with a fine 40 point return.  Jason Kelly finished second with 37 points, three points ahead of third-placed Kevin Keegan.

In ladies’ golf, Lorna Duffy posted 32 points to take the top award in the Breast Cancer Charity competition. Anne Sharkey’s 31 points was best in the 0-24 category, with Angela Houston claiming the 25-36 category prize with 30 points.

Lorna Duffy completed a notable double by winning the “Australian Spoons” in partnership with Lisa Patton.  Together they combined to amass a score of 37 points giving them a comfortable three points to spare over runners-up Catherine Neeson and Imelda Doherty.

Entries for the club’s “Team Challenge” must be submitted over the next fortnight, with the qualifying event due to take place on Sunday April 25.

The “Captain’s Drive-In” on Sunday April 11 will launch this season’s mixed foursomes programme.  The first of the weekly mixed events will be held the following Wednesday, April 14 (not April 7 as indicated in the fixture book).

Upcoming Fixtures:

Saturday, April 3 – Donegal Sports Open (stableford)

Easter Monday, April 5 – Brian Patton Day Open (stableford)

There will be a double bill of night-time entertainment over the Easter holiday period.  On Easter Sunday, “THE BIZZ” will provide the music supplemented by Klassix Disco (Members £3, Visitors £4).  JIM DEVINE will be on stage on Easter Monday to close the Brian Patton Day.

Finally, patrons should note that the regular Sunday lunch service will operate as usual on Easter Sunday.  Bookings can be made by contacting the club.

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