Excellent Scoring Conditions at the Club

Over the past week there has been some phenomenal scoring at Strabane Golf Club, due in no small part to the beautiful condition of the course.  Throw in the spell of fine weather that we have experienced of late and you have necessary elements for golf of the highest order.

Saturday’s Strabane/Finn Valley Herald Open attracted the usual huge entry with 200 players vying for the excellent prizes on offer.  Portsalon’s John McGettigan landed the spoils, his fine 41 point tally, off a handicap of 17, giving him a point to spare over runner-up Michael Neeson,  Paul Gallagher also compiled a 40 point total to finish third, while Stephen Alexander and Jim Potts had 38 point returns to fill the minor placings.  Conal Cooke is back to something approaching his very best form and he took the gross award on this occasion with a solid 35 points.  The nines went to Martin McDermott and Denis Porter.

Ronnie Wiley set the scoring standard for the week when he posted a superb 44 points to take the Monday Open.  Such was the competitive nature of the event, however, that such a massive tally only got home on the break of a tie, with second-placed Shane Brown form Letterkenny matching the winner’s score.  A point back in third place was John Brolly, with Conal Cooke again claiming the gross prize with a two-under par 67.  The visitors’ prize was won by Letterkenny’s Vincent McDaid.

Tuesday’s event was the ladies’ “Mary Peters Trust”. Lisa Patton, the brightest young talent in the ladies’ section at the moment, was in fine form as she surged to victory with a 40 point haul.  Rachel Devenney carded 39 points to top the 0-24 category, while the rapidly improving Jenny Rouse was best in the 25-36 category with 37 points.

The Worchester Cup (Mixed Foursomes) competition on Wednesday produced the following qualifiers for the knock-out stages:

1. Declan Lynch and Lorna Duffy                     63.5 nett

2. Ryan McGowan and Teresa Logue              67 nett

3. Liam Curry and Maureen O’Donnell          68.5 nett

4. Liam Doherty and Imelda Doherty            68.5 nett

5. Maurice and Monica McGettigan                69 nett

6. Michael Kelly and Adeline Shiels                69.5 nett

7. Kieran Doherty and Dympna Doherty       70 nett

8. Tommy Forbes and Philomena Cooke        70 nett

Aidan Coyle was the top scorer in Thursday’s Tennents Open, his marvellous 44 point return seeing him home by a point from runner-up Michael O’Neill.  Shane Bonnar from Ballybofey took third place with 41 points, the gross prize going to Enda Kennedy with a one under par 68.  Best visitor on the day was Portsalon’s Conor McGettigan.

In representative golf, Strabane teams have notched up an impressive array of victories over the week.  Joe Doherty’s Ulster Cup squad travelled to Greenacres GC and gained the single point required to take them through to the next round. 

Senan Roarty’s Jimmy Bruen team also progressed after beating Silverwood GC at Tandragee. 

In the prestigious Senior Cup, Strabane made full use of home advantage in the qualifying round as they posted the best score of the day to emerge as top qualifiers.

The best four scores were:

Strabane            292

Foyle                   292

Portstewart      295

City of Derry    297

Strabane have been drawn to meet City of Derry in the semi-final at the Ballycolman course on June 27.

A note for the social calendar.  Strabane and District MS Society will host their annual “Hot and Cold Buffet” in Strabane Golf Club on Saturday June 5.  Music will be provided by “T-Junction”.  Tickets are now available for this much anticipated event.

Fixtures:

Thursday May 27        Subway Open

Saturday May 29          Mark James Menswear Open

Monday May 31            Monday Open

Tuesday June 1           O2 Challenge (ladies)

Wednesday June 2      Mixed Teams

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