Anne Sharkey Wins President’s Prize

Mrs Olive Turner’s Lady President’s Day was the highlight of the ladies’ programme at Strabane Golf Club last week.  As anticipated, there was a large entry as the ladies turned out in force to pay tribute to a popular Lady President who has been a dedicated and enthusiastic supporter of ladies’ golf at the club over many years.

Anne Sharkey, playing off a handicap of 19, posted the winning score in last Tuesday’s event, her excellent 66 nett giving her a two stroke advantage over runner-up Adeline Shiels. Third place, with a nett score of 69, went to Caroline Connolly, with Lorna Duffy a further shot adrift in fourth place.  Monica McGettigan finished in fifth place with a nett 72, while the best gross return of the day was Lorna Armstrong’s steady 87.

Shauna Patton took the 0-20 category award with a nett 75; the 21-28 category went to Mary McCrory with a nett 72; Mary McGuigan carded a nett 76 to top the 29-36 category. The nines went to Donna Doherty (32.5) and Maura McBeth (35). 

Other winners were:

Committee Prize         Geraldine McCrory     75 nett

Seniors                            Mary Duffy                 81 nett

Granny                            Betty Kelly                 74 nett

Guests                              Elizabeth Wilson         22 points

Non-qualifiers             Catherine O’Reilly      14 points

The feature event in men’s golf this week was Saturday’s Ulster Bank Open.  The top performer on the day was Pat McDaid who posted an impressive winning score of 42 points, a tally equalled by runner-up Cyril Downey.  Ronnie Wiley was just a point back in third place, with Enda Kennedy shooting a level par 69 to claim yet another gross prize. The categories went to Liam Curry (Category One: 40 points), Jim Callaghan (Category Two: 39 points) and John Tinney (Category Three: 38 points).  David Mullen and Eugene Patton had the best first and second nines respectively.

The Monday Open this week was won in emphatic fashion by Brian Devlin.  The talented seven-handicapper returned a one under par 44 points (gross 68) to storm home by a point from gallant runner-up John Brolly whose 43 points would probably have won most other weeks. Kevin McGinley returned 42 points to take third place, with the gross prize going to Keith Patterson for his level par 69 (41 points).

The incessant rain which caused the cancellation of Wednesday’s mixed competition did not prevent Thursday’s Men’s Open from proceeding as scheduled.  Indeed, considering the torrential downpours, the course was in exceptional condition, borne out by the excellent scores returned on the day.  Marc Brolly, playing off 11, posted a winning 42 points, one point better than runner-up Martin McDermott.  Aaron McGinn carded 40 points to finish third, while Paddy Kennedy’s 39 point return constituted the best gross score.  Ballybofey’s Shane Bonner claimed the visitors’ prize, also with 39 points.

Sunday’s Open Singles threw up an amazing performance by young Andy Connolly.  Playing off a handicap of 18, Andy amassed an incredible 48 points to win the event by the proverbial country mile.  He had seven shots to spare over Noel McConnell and Frankie Houston who finished second and third, each with 41 points.  The gross category was won by Damian McGranaghan with a three over par 72.

In inter-club competition, Garvan Godfrey’s O’Haire Cup team progressed after picking up the requisite five points at Omagh.  The Lawson Cup outfit, led by Tommy Forbes, had an excellent 13-3 first leg home victory over Omagh and must fancy their chances of making it through to the latter stages.  On the other hand, the Conway Cup squad just about scraped a home leg win over Blacklion (8½ – 7½) and team captain, Frankie Connolly, has his work cut out to conjure up an overall victory after that less than inspiring performance.

Finally, the club’s Monthly Draw will take place this Saturday.  Fully paid-up members can avail of an additional draw.

Fixtures:

Thursday July 29                   Quinn’s Spirits Open (stableford)

Saturday July 31                     Bureau Express (stroke)

Sunday August 1                     St. Patrick’s GAA Team Classic (stableford)

Monday August 2                   Monday Open (stableford)

Tuesday August 3                   Bank of Ireland Trophy (ladies)

Wednesday August 4             Mixed

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