Scoring Spree Continues

The continuing dry spell and the excellent playing conditions at Strabane Golf Club have combined to produce an unprecedented scoring spree across all competitions.  To figure at the top end of any event at the moment requires a score well in excess of 40 points.  Such was the case in Saturday’s Modern Tyre Service stableford as Terence McGranaghan posted a superb 43 points to take the top prize, the second time in as many weeks that McGranaghan has carded a winning 40+ points.  Runner-up on Saturday was Philip Miller, with Terence McDermott finishing third, both players returning good scores of 41 points.  Patsy Rouse is on a tremendous run of form at the moment, topping Category One on this occasion with 38 points.  Eddie McBrearty and Brian Millar were best in Category Two and Three respectively, each with a score of 40 points. The nines went to Michael Etherson and Barry Reid, with Paddy Kennedy heading the gross category on three over par (72).

Patsy Rouse, playing some of the best golf of his life at present, dominated Thursday’s MD Oils event, his tremendous 43 point tally giving him a couple to spare over the field. Paul O’Neill was next best with 41 points while Fred McShane finished third with 40 points. Enda Kennedy produced his usual flawless performance to top the gross section with a two-under 67.  The visitors’ category was won by Castlehume’s David Robertson.

The Monday Open produced arguably the round of the week.  Paul O’Reilly, playing off a handicap of 6, fired a magnificent two-under par 67 (44 points) to take the top award.  Not far behind was Damian McGranaghan who, off a handicap of 5, shot 68 (42 points) to push the winner all the way.  In-form Garrick Wood was a further point adrift in third place, with Martin McDermott claiming the gross award with a round of 72.  Ballybofey and Stranorlar’s Sean Carlin compiled an impressive 41 points to win the visitors’ prize.

In ladies’ golf, Adeline Shiels won the Gallagher Cup and in the process racked up valuable points in the race for “Golfer of the Year”.  Adeline amassed a marvellous 40 point total to take the top prize but only on the break of a tie.  Young Lisa Patton, the rising star in the ladies’ section, matched the winner’s score but had to content herself with the Category 25-36 award.  Mandy Coyne posted 37 points to finish top of the 0-24 category.

The Wednesday Mixed Scramble went to the experienced quartet of Oliver McNally, Denis Porter, Maureen O’Donnell and Margaret Bonnar.  They combined to produce a winning score of 44.9, while Ryan McGowan, Tommy Sharkey, Mary Duffy and Theresa Casey carded a score of 45.8 to finish second.

Sunday’s mixed foursomes heralded the opening of Mr Seamus Friel’s Captain’s Week. Liam McDevitt and Margaret Bonner were in outstanding form, their brilliant nett 62 being, by far, the best round of the day.  Some way back in second place were Nigel Houston and Therese Flanagan who overcame a disastrous start to post a nett 66, while Ryan McGowan and Theresa Casey finished third, also with a nett 66.  The gross award went to Foncie McNally and Anne Sharkey with a round of 83.

In representative golf, Joe Doherty’s Ulster Cup team produced a spirited performance to push Murvagh all the way.  However, having gone down by six matches to one in the first leg, they fell just short, losing out by just one match at the end.  Tommy Forbes’ Lawson Cup team had an emphatic victory over Killymoon, winning 14-2 at home, while the Phair Cup squad could only muster 2.5 points away to Castlehume.

This week’s activities at the club are dominated by Saturday’s upcoming Captain’s Day.  With the largest entry of the season predicted, players are asked to be present well in advance of their tee-off time.  For the evening function, doors will open at approx. 10.30pm while visitors should only attend by prior arrangement.  Music will be provided by “Mr Men”.  We wish Seamus the very best for what is sure to be a memorable occasion for himself and his family.

Fixtures:

Thursday June 17 Captain’s Betterball

Saturday June 19 Mr Seamus Friel’s Captain’s Day

Sunday June 20 Open Day for Juniors

Monday June 21 Monday Open

Tuesday June 22 Eileen Keery Memorial Cup (ladies)

Wednesday June 23 Mixed

Narrow Defeat for Holy Cross College

Holy Cross College golfers played in the final of the Darren Clarke Golf League last Wednesday and were narrowly defeated by Coleraine Inst. The team had previously come through the group qualifying stages undefeated, having accounted for Rainey Endowed, St. Pats, Maghera, St Mary’s, Magherafelt and a drawn game with Cambridge House. This saw them progress to the quarter-final against St Pats, Armagh. This went to the wire and after losing the first 3 games, the tail “wagged” and Holy Cross squeezed through on a 4-3 scoreline to face Newbridge Integrated. Travelling to Dungannon, the team produced a high standard of golf to ensure their first appearance in the final, with a 5-2 victory. The final just proved a bridge too far against Coleraine, the team going down on a countback, the Bannsiders having won 4 more holes than Strabane. Team coach, Mark Mc Crea, complimented his whole team for their endeavours throughout the whole campaign, displaying impeccable manners and temperament, something that Strabane should be proud of.

Team names, Ciaran Roarty, Lisa Patton, Caolan Crawford, Ciaran Neeson, Eoin O’Neill, Kevin Gallagher, Shay Callaghan.

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