Ladies’ Open a Great Success

The first of the season’s ladies’ opens, The Well-Being Clinic Open, was held at Strabane Golf Club on Tuesday last and attracted a marvellous entry of almost 100 players, nearly half of whom were visitors from clubs across the north-west.  In all, eleven different clubs had representatives at the highly competitive event. Best on the day was Castlerock’s Edna Derrick who posted a fine 40 points to just get home on the break of a tie from the best of the home contingent, Angela Houston. Portnoo’s Marie Callaghan, no stranger to the Ballycolman course, had a fine 39 point return to take third place, while Geraldine Crossan from City of Derry carded the best gross score off a handicap of nine.

Category winners were:

Category 0-18             Dympna Doherty (Strabane)               34 points

Category 19-28           Elizabeth Bennett (Castlerock)           38 points

Category 29-36           Maeve Crowe (Strabane)                    39 points

Mary McCullagh (Newtownstewart) won the first nine with 22 points, with Roe Park’s Rosemary Doogan having the best return in the second nine, 19 points.  Ann McNickle from Castlerock won the visitors’ prize with 36 points.  A trio of Strabane players picked up the final awards. Olive Turner finished nearest the pin at the second hole, Shauna Patton had the longest drive on the eighteenth and Adeline Shiels picked up the ‘twos’ prize.

The ladies were again to the fore in Wednesday’s mixed event, with Pat and Maeve Corry accumulating a winning 26 points, one better than runners-up Denis Porter and Noreen McNally.  Freddie Wilson teamed up with Caroline Connolly to card 24 points and finish third.

Stephen Quinn was in dominant form in last week’s Monday Open, his tremendous 45 point return ensuring that nobody could get within striking distance.  Best of the rest was Paul Armstrong with a commendable 40 points, a score also posted by third placed Liam McDevitt.  Paddy Kennedy seems to threaten par every time he competes these days, and he topped the gross category on this occasion with a level par 69. Ballybofey’s Frank McBrearty picked up the award for best visitor with a solid 38 points.

In the Thursday Open, Junior Boys’ Captain Ryan McGowan produced a sparkling 42 points to take the top award by a point. Runner-up was Bernard McShane who is beginning to recapture the form that previously marked him out as one of the club’s most improving players.  The ever-consistent Paddy Doyle took third place with another rock-solid 41 points.  Kieran Doherty had the best gross score on the day as he dropped only one shot to par in carding a near flawless round of 70.


Cliento's David McGoldrick with prize winners. Brian OKane standing in for winner Liam McGinley, 2nd Noel OKane and 3rd David Mullen with Captain Seamus Friel

Saturday’s Cilento Designer Wear Open drew a huge entry for one of the most attractive fixtures on the season’s schedule. No fewer that eight players breached the 40 point barrier, the best of these being a superb winning 43 points posted by Liam McGinley. Noel O’Kane’s excellent 42 points gained him second place with David Mullen taking third place with yet another fine score of 41 points.  Enda Kennedy, playing off scratch, carded 38 points to take the gross award.  Kevin McGinley (41 points), Mervyn Moore (39 points) and Angus Callaghan (40 points) topped categories one, two and three respectively.  The nines went to Johnny Potts and Joey Roulston.

The top four teams to emerge from Sunday’s Team Challenge and so earn automatic qualification into the play-off stages were Haughey’s Costcutter, Tommy Forbes Catering, Toot Takes All and Frylite One. Best betterball score on the day, a brilliant 49 points, was posted by Ryan McGowan and Mark McDermott.


Thursday April 29                   Thursday Open

Saturday May 1                      PG McGillion Motors

Sunday May 2                         Special Olympics Open Teams

Monday May 3                       CRY Charity Open

Tuesday May 4                       NSPCC Betterball (Ladies)

Wednesday May 5                  Mixed

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