Oliver Couldn’t Ask for More

A surprising number of players made light of difficult conditions to post excellent scores in Saturday’s Harkin Fireplaces medal event at Strabane Golf Club.  Though the course was in beautiful condition, a stiff breeze ensured that it was a real test. Yet almost a dozen players managed to break par, the best of these being competition winner Oliver Cresswell. His superb 64 nett, off a handicap of 11, gave him a one shot victory over Aidan Langan.  John Brolly also carded a round of 65 to take third place, while the in-form Jason Kelly shot a nett 67 to take Category One.  After his enforced lay-off, Liam Patton is returning to his best, confirmed by the nett 65 he posted to top Category Two.  Johnny Potts was best in Category Three with a 70 nett, with Kieran O’Neill and Michael Baldrick taking the first and second nines respectively.  Paddy Kennedy’s four over par 73 gained him the gross award.

The mixed foursomes season got underway on Sunday with the traditional curtain-raiser, the “Captains’ Drive-In.”  Lady Captain Dympna Doherty and Captain Seamus Friel set the ball rolling and were followed by a magnificent entry of 37 pairs.  In the ensuing highly competitive event Lorna Duffy and Rory Doherty had a solid 39 point return to win the season opener.  A shot behind, in second place, were Noreen and Oliver McNally, with third place going to Alice Houston and Foncie McNally with 35 points.  The best gross score (9 over par) was carded by Norma Brogan and Paul McGill.

The dreadful conditions which prevailed on Easter Monday meant the postponement of the scheduled Brian Patton Day.  The event will now take place on Sunday 29th August.

The latest round of the Thursday Club (Week 12) was dominated by Hugo McCusker who amassed a fine 36 points over the 15 allotted holes.  Enda McDonnell was four points adrift of the winner in second place, with Cahir Doherty taking third place with 31 points.

In junior golf, Keelan Crawford carded 31 points to win the Donegal Sports Easter Stableford.  Shay Callaghan had a similar return in finishing second, with Junior Captain Ryan McGowan third on 26 points.

Fixtures:

Saturday April 17:      Hugh Harley Open

Sunday April 18:         Holy Cross College Tanzania Open

Monday April 19:       Monday Open

Tuesday April 20:       WellBeing Ladies’ Open

Wednesday April 21:  Wednesday Mixed

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