Successful Open Week Concludes

Strabane Golf Club’s Open Week ended on Saturday with the Pat O’Neill Singles, played in conditions which rapidly deteriorated as the evening set in.  Indeed, had the incessant rain arrived any earlier, it is extremely doubtful if the event could have been completed due to waterlogged greens.  Luckily, the rains held off long enough and it was Keith Patterson who took full advantage as he posted a superb sub par 42 points, off a handicap of 5, to take the top award.  He was followed closely by Albert McNally and Nicky Patton who carded 41 points and 40 points to finish second and third respectively. Enda Kennedy dropped only one shot to par on his way to the gross prize.  Category One went to Kevin Keegan with 40 points; Category Two was won by Jim Malcolm with 38 points, while Jim Arbuckle headed Category Three with a similar return. The nines went to Brian Kelly and John Langan.

Monday’s Open event was the GMG Betterball.  In-form Kevin Keegan joined forces with Maurice Harkin to post a winning 45 points, one better than Paul McGill and Adrian McDermott.  The big-hitting duo of Freddie Patterson and Martin McDermott returned 43 points to take third place, with Foncie McNally and Seamus McPhilemy in fourth place, also with 43 points.  The gross prize went to Enda Kennedy and Kieran O’Neill with a solid 66.

The Ladies’ Open on Tuesday was jointly sponsored by Shades Boutique and Orlaigh’s Hair Salon.  Rosaleen Doherty returned to her very best form as she amassed an excellent winning score of 42 points.  That gave her two to spare over runner-up, Newtownstewart’s Margaret Miller.  Jennifer Rouse maintained her good recent performances by taking third place with 37 points.  The gross award was claimed by Philomena Cooke.  Therese Mullan (Newtownstewart) topped the 0-18 category with 32 points, while Rosemary Wilson was best in the 19-28 category with 37 points.  Angela Houston’s 34 points assured her of the 29-36 category.  Jean Forbes (Castlerock) and Alison Curry took the nines, with the Visitors’ Prize going to Ballybofey’s Christine Lynch.

Wednesday’s Medicare Mixed Foursomes went to Mary and Noel McCrory, their nett 64 return seeing them home from Denis Porter and Annette Patton who carded 65.5 nett. That score was matched by third-placed Ryan McGowan and Lauren Patton, with the gross prize being claimed by Damian McGranaghan and Shauna Patton with a combined total of 80.

James Harron, playing off a handicap of 9, had the best of a trio of scores of 42 points in Thursday’s Munchies Singles. After a count-back, he just got home ahead of Kevin Keegan, while Enda Kennedy finished third to pick up one of the few nett awards he receives in the course of a season.  A prolific gross winner, Enda fired a magnificent six under par 63 off a scratch handicap, a score which converted to the third of the 42 point cards.  Martin McDermott won the gross award with a one-over 70, while Letterkenny’s Kevin McHugh returned 41 points to take the visitors’ prize.

There was good quality scoring in Friday’s Greensomes.  The winners were:

1. E. McHugh and P. O’Donnell                       47 points

2. Denis Porter and Hugh Casey                    46 points

3. Oliver McNally and Jim Arbuckle           45 points

The gross went to Kevin McGinley and Shane McLaughlin with a return of 74.

Mr Ben Corry’s President’s Mixed Foursomes on Sunday was the curtain-raiser for the President’s Week which will culminate on Saturday with the President’s Prize.  Liam McDevitt and Teresa Logue took the honours, posting the best score on the day of 41 points, enough to give them a slender one point victory over second-placed Denis Porter and Imelda Doherty. Barry Reid and Jennifer Rouse were a further point back in third place, while the gross category was won by Roy Patterson and Lorna Armstrong with a score of 83.  Garvan Godfrey stole the show, though, by holing his tee shot at the par three seventh, the first time the newly constructed hole has been aced since it opened earlier this year.

Finally, congratulations also to Enda McDonnell on registering a hole-in-one at the tricky 12th, his five iron into a stiff breeze rattling the flag on its way to the bottom of the cup.


Thursday July 15         Mitchell Meats Open

Saturday July 17         President’s Day

Sunday July 18           Sion Swifts Open Teams

Monday July 19          Monday Open

Tuesday July 20          Lady President’s Day

Wednesday July 21     Mixed

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