Baldrick takes “Mark James”

That a spate of excellent scoring has characterised play at Strabane Golf Club over the past couple of weeks comes as no surprise given the superb condition of the Ballycolman course at present for which Paul McFadden and his green-keeping staff must take great credit.

The “Mark James Menswear” stableford, one of the most popular events on the summer schedule, produced a deserving winner in Aidan Baldrick who was a model of consistency in carding two nines of 22 points apiece to post a brilliant 44 points.  After a break from the game, Declan McDonnell is back at his best evidenced by the 42 point return which gained him the runners-up spot.  John Langan, Michael Kelly and Kieran Martin all matched that score but on the break of a tie they were awarded third, fourth and fifth place respectively. Declan Lynch was the Category One winner with 41 points, Martin Patton was best in Category Two with 39 points, with Seamus Walsh continuing his good run of form to take Category Three with 40 points.  Despite a hiccup at the par four ninth, Keith Patterson covered the back nine in one under par to claim the gross prize with 39 points.

Saturday’s “Dixie’s Bar” medal event was won in tremendous style by Adrian McLaughlin.  Playing off a handicap of 12, Adrian dropped three shots to par in the opening nine, but conceded only two in the back nine.  His five over round converted to a marvellous winning 62 nett.  Ryan Kelly showed tremendous promise in taking second place with a 65 nett.  There is little doubt that we shall be hearing more of Ryan over the coming weeks. The ever-consistent Fred McGavigan will rue finishing bogey-bogey, when a level par round was there for the taking.  He finished third with another nett 65. Conor Sharkey (Category One) and Gerard Walsh (Category Two) each carded scores of 66 nett, while Pearse McDevitt went one better in taking Category Three with a nett 65.  The first nine was won by Liam Patton, with Nicky Patton best in the back nine.

Garrick Wood was the latest winner of the Monday Opens, his fine 39 points just getting him home on the break of a tie ahead of Eddie McBrearty.  Cathal McLaughlin was a point adrift in third place, with Portsalon’s Joe Coyle taking the visitor’s prize, also with 38 points.  Paul O’Reilly made a welcome return to form in claiming the gross award with another 38 point return.

The Bank Holiday Open was emphatically won by Ciaran Kelly who dropped only three shots to par in compiling a superb 44 point winning tally. Newtownstewart’s Danny Devine posted 41 points to finish second with Tommy Forbes in third place on 39 points.  Martin McDermott’s 36 point haul gained him the gross award, while Foyle’s John Spence returned to familiar surroundings to claim the visitor’s prize with 35 points.

Castlehume Golf Club’s Rodney Breen made his journey a fruitful one as he topped the leaderboard in the Subway Open. His 39 point return just edged him ahead of Kevin McGinley on count-back. Dermot Corry was a point adrift of the top two in third place, with Lisburn’s WJ Cregge carding 37 points to top the visitor’s section.  The gross category was won by Enda Kennedy who had a 34 point return off a +1 handicap.

The “Noraut” Planners Cup again saw scoring of the highest order, with the top three contenders all comfortably breaking the 40 point barrier.  Despite missing a trio of short putts, T McGranaghan still compiled an impressive 44 points to hold off the challenge of Stephen Quinn who finished just one point shy of the winner.  Pat Corry was a couple of points back on third place, while Enda Kennedy fired a one-under 68 to take the gross prize.

Sunday’s team competition marked the 50th Anniversary of St. Mary’s Boys’ Primary School.  It produced the following result:

1. Oliver McNally, Sammy Devenney, Rachel Devenney, Olive Reid          100pts

2. Paul McGill, Raymond McDermott, Michael McColgan, Aidy McDermott 98pts

3. Kevin Patton, Deirdre Patton, Cathal Begley, Anne-Marie Begley           97pts

4. Paddy O’Kane, Noel McCrory, Mary McCrory, Geraldine Quigley         97pts

Congratulations to Patsy Rouse on claiming the top award in the Past Captains competition on Friday night to ensure him of bragging rights for the next twelve months.  Patsy’s marvellous 40 point winning score was not unexpected as he has shown signs of his very best form over the past month or so.

In ladies’ golf, Mandy Coyne was the clear winner of the Eileen Devine Memorial Cup, one of the qualifying events for the Golfer of the Year title.  Mandy’s excellent 69 nett gave her a couple of shots to spare over the field.  Rosemary Wilson was best in the 0-24 category with a round of 71 nett, with Betty Kelly topping the 25-36 category with a 73 nett return.

The O2 Challenge on Tuesday last produced a much tighter finish, with Catherine Neeson, Heather Mitchell and Teresa Logue all vying for the top spot, each with a good score of 37 points.  On count-back, Neeson was declared the winner with the category awards going to the other two ladies.

The Wednesday mixed team results are:

  1. Mary Duffy, Theresa Casey, Ryan McGowan, Tommy Sharkey.
  2. Angela Houston, Laura McCay, Nigel Houston, Pat Corry.


The Mixed Greensomes event finished thus:

  1. Noreen McNally, Annette Patton, Oliver McNally, Noel McCrory
  2. 2. Angela Houston, Mary Duffy, Nigel Houston, Billy Doherty

In the Junior Section, Kevin Gallagher produced a brilliant 43 points to take the Bank Holiday event.  Second place went to Plunkett Langan with a good 40 points, while Shay Callaghan took third place with 31 points.

In inter-club competitions, Strabane representatives had a disappointing week, the tone being set by the failure of the Junior Cup team to make it past the qualifying stages. Senan Roarty’s Jimmy Bruen team travelled to Dungannon on Friday evening to meet Lisburn GC.  Despite a brave performance, Strabane went down by a 3-2 margin.  Having failed to shine away to Cloughineely in the Donegal League, Strabane need a good performance to overhaul a 4-1 deficit.  They managed to arrive at parity with their visitors in the home leg but were eliminated on a count-back of holes.

The Ulster Cup squad are just about hanging in, though a 6-1 defeat in the away leg does not bode well.  Team captain Joe Doherty will have to use all his motivational skills to galvanise his squad before next Sunday’s return and send them out in a positive frame of mind.

To complete a fairly miserable week, the Irish Mixed Foursomes squad went down 3-2 in the first round to neighbours Newtownstewart, the match being played at Omagh.


Thursday June 10        MD Oils Open

Saturday June 12        Modern Tyre Service Open

Sunday June 13           Captain’s Mixed Foursomes

Monday June 14         Monday Open

Tuesday June 15         Captain’s Prize to Ladies

Wednesday June 16    Mixed

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