Double Bill of Weekend Golf

Medicare winners

Medicare winner Roy Patterson. Also in photo Johnny McGonagle from Medicare, Michael Etherson (2nd), Cathal Patton (Gross) Johnny Potts (3rd) and Captain Seamus Friel

The first of the weekend’s double bill at Strabane Golf Club over the weekend was the Medicare Open played on Saturday.  Though the course was in excellent condition, a cool northerly breeze ensured that players would have to work hard to compile their scores.  As it turned out, four excellent scores of 40 points were posted, the best of these returned by the winner Roy Patterson.  This was Patterson’s second victory within a matter of weeks, having already excelled in the Hugh Harley Open in mid-April.  Young Michael Etherson picked up the second prize with Johnny Potts coming in third.  Cathal Patton seemed to have the competition at his mercy after a blistering opening nine which saw him reach the turn four under par.  However, his challenge faltered on the inward half and he eventually carded a one over par round of 70 to take the gross award. Adrian Nelson topped Category One, and Frankie Houston was best in Category Two each with fine scores of 39 points.  Seamus Devenney headed Category Three with 38 points, with the nines going to Cyril Downey and Eddie McBrearty.

Kennedy secures Scratch Cup

Sunday’s prestigious fixture was the Frylite Scratch Cup which attracted an excellent entry made up of the most talented golfers in the north-west and beyond.  66 players set out for the 36 hole event representing, in total, 17 clubs.  Strabane’s Enda Kennedy was installed as favourite for the competition and he did not disappoint.  A solid level par 69 put him in pole position and he followed up with a one-over 70 to post a winning score of 139.  At one point it looked like a Kennedy one-two with cousin Paddy posting a four over par total of 142, but City of Derry’s Kealin Quigg matched that score and snatched the runner’s-up spot on the break of a tie, relegating Paddy Kennedy to third.  Foyle’s Damian McKenna took fourth place with a 145 return.

In the nett section, Ballybofey’s Matthew McCauley took the honours with a nett 136, one shot better than Strabane’s Mark McColgan.  Another of the home players, Gary Duffy posted 139 nett to finish third.

Other winners were:

Gross Round 1            John McCaughan (Ballybofey) 72

Gross Round 2            Martin McDermott (Strabane) 71

Nett Round 1              Cathal Patton (Strabane) 68 nett

Nett Round 2              Seamus McGranaghan (Castle Hume) 67 nett

The CRY Charity Open kicked off the week’s programme and it was another Patterson, this time Barry, who led the way.  On a day when the course gave up very few good scores Patterson’s 38 points was enough to seal victory.  Kevin Gallagher and Jason Kelly each returned 37 points to finish second and third respectively, with Paul McGill taking the gross prize with a tally of 35 points.

The Tuesday competition, the ladies’ NSPCC Betterball was won by the experienced duo of Philomena Cooke and Lady Captain, Dympna Doherty.  In what was a close run thing, they just got the better of Shauna Patton and Jennifer Rouse, with both pairings returning 41 points.

Sammy Devenney and Lorna Duffy took the Wednesday mixed pairs event, their 31 point card giving them a couple to spare over runners-up Barry and Olive Reid.  Third place went to Patsy Wilson and Dympna Doherty, again with a total of 29 points.

The T. Oscar Rollins Open on Thursday turned out to be a family affair with brothers Martin and Joe Elliott battling it out for the top slot.  Martin prevailed on this occasion, his 41 point card giving him a two point winning margin over Joe.  Pat Corry took third place with 38 points, with Enda Kennedy picking up the gross award after shooting a level par 69.  Newtownstewart’s Ian Ashenhurst took the visitors’ prize with a 38 point return.

In representative golf, Joe Doherty’s Ulster Cup squad made it safely through to the next round with a hard-earned victory over Cushendall.  After going down by five matches to two in the away leg, the team bounced back to secure victory by almost completing a shut-out at home, dropping only half a point on the Ballycolman course.

In the Jimmy Bruen tournament, Strabane played well to make it through the qualifying stages at Tandragee and Senan Roarty’s team will confront Silverwood in the first of the matchplay rounds.

The Pearse Purcell team travelled to Omagh for their qualifying attempt, but failed to progress to the play-off stages.

The Ulster Fourball squad fared a bit better as they gleaned a  3-2 advantage from the home leg of their tie with Castlehume.  With seven holes up, Maurice Harkin’s team have given themselves a chance of making it through to the next round.

Finally, the  Fred Daly team went down to a strong Banbridge squad, a result that was almost inevitable after Strabane lost the home leg by a 5-2 margin.

Fixtures:

Thursday May 13        JD Print Open

Saturday May 15        Sports Centre Open

Sunday May 16           Otters Open

Monday May 17         Monday Open

Tuesday May 18         Mary Peters Trust (ladies)

Wednesday May 19    Mixed Pairs

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