Superb Score Takes President’s Prize

Saturday’s feature event at Strabane Golf Club was Mr Ben Corry’s President’s Prize.  As was to be expected, there was a huge entry for the competition, a reflection of the esteem in which Ben is held by all at the club.  Not only has he worked tirelessly behind the scenes in various roles over the years, but as a talented golfer he has been one of the mainstays of inter-club competition, and invariably vies for the gross prize in club events week in-week out.  It was somehow appropriate, then, that the winner of the President’s Prize registered not only the best nett score, but shot the best gross score on the day also, a fact which undoubtedly gave Ben great satisfaction.  Fred McGavigan, playing off a handicap of 5, shot a superb level par 69 (64 nett) to top the leaderboard, one shot better than second-placed Chris McDermott.  Also on 65 nett, and in third place, was Michael Baldrick, while Paddy Kennedy dropped only one shot to par in taking the gross award with a solid 70.  Paddy O’Kane posted a nett 65 to take category one, while categories two and three went to Cathal McLaughlin and Chris Timoney, each with a nett 67.  Liam McCool and Mark Neely claimed the nines.  Bob McCurry notched the latest hole-in-one during Saturday’s play, acing the par three twelfth.

While most of the focus was on the President this week, it was the Junior Captain who caught the eye on Thursday last.  Young Ryan McGowan returned a brilliant 44 points to win the Mitchell Meats Stableford, taking the top prize with a couple of points to spare over runner-up Michael Neeson.  David Mullen carded 41 points to take third place, with Keith Patterson topping the gross category with a four over par 73.  Newtownstewart’s Mark Corry was best visitor with a return of 36 points.

The low round of the week was recorded by Letterkenny’s David McCormack.  Playing in last Monday’s Open, four-handicapper McCormack shot a marvellous 66 (43 stableford points) to win by two points from runner-up Pat McDaid.  Martin McDermott posted a level par 69 (41 points) to finish third.  Enda Kennedy matched that round of 69 to take the gross category, with Pauric Dunleavy from Letterkenny winning the visitors’ prize with a fine round of 40 points.

Tuesday’s ladies’ event was the Eileen Logue Memorial Trophy.  On a day of low scoring, Lorna Duffy emerged victorious, winning with an excellent score of 66 nett.  Rosemary Wilson was best in the 0-24 category with a nett 69, while Donna Doherty’s 67 nett assured her of the 25-36 category award. 

Wednesday’s Mixed event turned out to be something of a family affair, with all three prizes going to husband and wife combinations.  Leading the way with a massive winning score of 41 points were Frankie and Caroline Connolly.  A measure of their domination can be gauged from the fact that runners-up Eric and Olive Reid were a full six points back on 35 points.  They in turn had a point to spare over third-placed Eamon and Laura McCay.

Sunday’s Club Teams event produced the following result:

1. Neil Alcock, Paul McLaughlin, Michael O’Neill, Chris Timoney                101pts

2. Freddie Patterson, Conor Sharkey, Martin McDermott, Lisa Patton         100pts

3. Denis Porter, Kevin Keegan, Joe Doherty, George Turner                        99pts

There were mixed fortunes for Strabane representative teams this week.  Having lost heavily in the away leg, the Phair Cup team bowed out at home to Castlehume.  The JB Carr side, despite having the advantage of a home draw, struggled to a half-match against Rossmore only to be eliminated on extra holes.

There was better news for the O’Haire Cup and Donegal Seniors teams after their home legs, though neither will be taking anything for granted going into the away ties.  The O’Haire Cup team lead Omagh 12-4, while the Donegal Senior squad go into their second leg against Ballybofey with a 5-2 advantage.

In the ongoing “Team Challenge”, Dixies defeated “Toots” in what proved to be a nail-biting affair.  After regular play the teams were tied and the winners were only decided on the 20th hole. “Dixies” will meet “Tommy Forbes Catering” at the semi-final stage of the tournament.

Fixtures:

Thursday July 22         Club Open

Saturday July 24         Ulster Bank Open

Sunday July 25           Ladies / Gents Open Singles Competition

Monday July 26          Monday Open

Tuesday July 27          Knockavoe Special Care School (weekly)

Wednesday July 28     Mixed

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