Brian Patton Day – Open

Brian Patton Day – Sunday 29th August 2010

1st Paul McGarrigle 42pts
2nd Olive Reid 40pts
3rd Ben Corry 37pts BOT
4th Chris McDermott 37pts
Gross Enda Kennedy 31pts
Ladies Mandy Coyne 34pts
Visitor Bobby O’Shea (Donegal GC) 33pts
1st nine Jim Potts 22pts
2nd nine Seamus Foley 21pts
Nearest Pin Kieran Doherty 22 inches
Drive Male Damien McGranaghan
Drive Female Geraldine Crossan

Congratulations to Lorna Duffy for getting a Hole in One at the 8th hole.

Double Header at the Weekend

The “Felix’s Bar Medal” played on Saturday at Strabane Golf Club was the first leg of a double header over the weekend.  Despite the frequent downpours which persisted throughout the day scoring was of the usual high quality.  Portsalon’s Paul McGettigan seemed to revel in the conditions, evidenced by his excellent winning score of 63 nett which gave him a comfortable margin over the field.  Club President Ben Corry maintained his recent good form in dropping only a couple of shots to par in taking second place with a fine nett 66.  Aidan Boyle’s game appears also to be in good shape as he claimed third place with a 67 nett. The gross prize went to consistent Keith Patterson with a two over par 71.  Paul McGill topped Category One with a steady 69 nett, while Dermot Cairns and Mervyn Moore were best in Categories Two and Three respectively, each with good scores of 67 nett.  The nines went to Sean McCrossan and Jude O’Neill, with Mark McCullagh taking the visitors’ prize.

Sunday’s “Brian Patton Golf Day” attracted an excellent entry of 180.  In conditions which were far from easy, as a stiff breeze swept across the course throughout the day, it was last Monday’s hero, Paul McGarrigle, who again emerged victorious.  Whilst most were predicting a winning score in the high thirties, McGarrigle produced a stunning 42 points take the top prize.  Olive Reid showed tremendous grit in battling through the winds to post 40 points and claim the runner’s-up spot. Third place went to Ben Corry with 37 points with Chris McDermott on a similar mark in fourth. Enda Kennedy took the gross award with 31 points.

Other prizes went to:

First nine         Jim Potts                     22 points

Second nine    Seamus Foley              21 points

Visitor             Bobby O’Shea                        33 points

Ladies                         Mandy Coyne             34 points

Nearest pin      Kieran Doherty           21 inches

Longest Drive (Men)              Damian McGranaghan

Longest Drive (Ladies)           Geraldine Crossan

Lorna Duffy had a hole-in-one at the difficult par three eighth during Sunday’s play.

After a protracted absence from the game, Adrian McGonagle played some of his best golf since his return to post a winning score of 42 points in last Thursday’s TBF McElholm Open.  Young Kevin Gallagher showed much promise in taking second place with 39 points, a score replicated by third placed Joe Elliott.  Enda Kennedy conceded only one shot to par in taking the gross award with a round of 70, while Newtownstewart’s Sean Glackin took the visitors’ prize with 35 points.

Paul McGarrigle claimed his second Monday Open crown of the month by carding 38 points in last week’s event, enough to see him home by two points from runner-up Garrick Wood.  Also on 36 points was third-placed Keith Patterson, while Enda Kennedy amassed 35 points to top the gross category.

There was a close finish to last Wednesday’s mixed greensomes, with Pat McAneny and Theresa Casey just getting up ahead of Ryan McGowan and Teresa Logue.  Both pairings posted rounds of 33 points, one better than the third-placed duo of Freddie Patterson and Caroline Connolly.

The last of the season’s Ladies’ Opens was the prestigious Donna’s Flowerbox competition.  Best performer on the day was Catherine Neeson whose superb 40 point return gave her a two point winning cushion over runner-up, Lady Captain Dympna Doherty.  Third place went to Olive Reid with 37 points, with Lorna Armstrong taking the gross award with 24 points.  Roe Park’s M. O’Kane had the best Category 0-18 score of 35 points, with Mary McCrory heading the 19-28 Category on 36 points.  The 29-36 Category award went to Geraldine McCrory with 35 points.

Other winners were:

First Nine        Annette Patton            20 points

Second Nine   Angela Houston          19 points

Visitor             Rosie Agnew (Redcastle).

Congratulations to Freddie Patterson and his Roberts Cup team on their convincing victory in the final of the competition.  The hard work really was done in the away leg at Killymoon, with the Strabane men only dropping a couple of points.  With that impressive foundation laid, it was no surprise that they quickly racked up the necessary points at home to secure a well-merited success.

Tommy Forbes’ Lawson Cup team would seem to be well on their way to mirroring that success as they produced a battling performance in Dungannon to trail by only a point with the home leg still to come.  No doubt the team captain, though, will be preaching the dangers of complacency before this week’s crucial return leg.


Thursday September 2            Club Shop Stableford

Saturday September 4             Daly’s Service Station Open

Sunday September 5               Foyle Hospice Team Classic Open

Monday September 6              Monday Open

Tuesday September 7              Bertie Colhoun (ladies’)

Wednesday September 8        Mixed

Felix’s Bar – Medal

Felix’s Bar – Saturday 28th August 2010

1st Paul McGettigan (Portsalon G.C.) 63
2nd Ben Corry 66
3rd Aidan Boyle 67
Gross Gross 71 gross
Cat 1 Paul McGill 69
Cat2 Dermot Cairns 67
Cat 3 Mervyn Moore 67
Visitor Mark McCullagh 70
1st nine Sean McCrossan  
2nd nine Jude O’Neill  

Weekly Competition – Ladies

Ladies Weekly Competition – Tuesday 14th September 2010

Club Competition

Club Competition – Thursday 9th September 2010

1st Martin Elliott 41pts (BOT)
2nd Enda McDonnell 41pts
3rd Martin McCallion 39pts
Gross Paddy Kennedy 37pts
Visitor Francis McGranaghan (Newtownstewart G. C.) 32pts

Wednesday Night Mixed

Wednesday Night Mixed – 8th September 2010

Bertie Colhoun – Ladies

Bertie Colhoun – Tuesday 7th September 2010

Monday Open

Monday Open – 6th September 2010

Foyle Hospice Team Classic – Open

Foyle Hospice Team Classic – Sunday 5th September 2010

1st Oliver Cresswell,  Seamus Foley, Francey Conwell, Liam Mc Cool – 103 pts BOT

2nd Chris Mc Dermott, Liam Patton, Seamus Devenney, Hugh Casey – 103 pts BOT

3rd James Mc Allister, Eddie Mc Hugh, John Mc Gaughan, Patsy O’Donnell – 103 pts

4th Oliver Doherty, James Doherty, Robert Doherty, Raymond Gallagher – 102 pts 

Ladies Lauren Patton, Laura Mc Cay, Angela Houston, Lisa Patton – 98 pts

Dalys Service Station – Open

Dalys Service Station – 4th September 2010

1st Raymond McDermott 40pts
2nd Terence McGranaghan 39pts BOT
3rd Ryan McGowan 39pts
Gross Sean Forbes 36pts
Cat 1 David Mullen 37pts
Cat 2 Brian Forester 35pts
Cat 3 William Potts 37pts
Visitor Jim Harley 35pts
1st nine Brian O’Neill  
2nd nine Keith Patterson  

Club Shop

Club Shop Sponsored Competition – Thursday 2nd September 2010

TBF McElholm & Co – Open

TBF McElholm & Co – Thursday 26th August 2010

1st Adrian McGonagle 42pts
2nd Kevin Gallagher 39pts BOT
3rd Joe Elliott 39
Gross Enda Kennedy 70 Gross
Visitor Sean Glackin (Newtownstewart G.C.) 35pts

Donnas Flowerbox Open – Ladies

Donnas Flowerbox Open – Tuesday 24th August 2010

1st Catherine Neeson 40 pts
2nd Lady Captain, Dympna Doherty 38 pts
3rd Olive Reid 37 pts BOT
Gross L Armstrong 24 gross pts
Cat 0 – 18 M O’Kane Roe Pk 35 pts
Cat 19 – 28 M McCrory 36 pts
Cat 29 – 36 G McCrory 35 pts
1st nine Annette Patton 20 pts
2nd nine Angela Houston 19 pts
Visitor Rosie Agnew (Redcastle)  

Pat Kirk Open

Pat Kirk Open – 21st August 2010

1st Michael Etherson 44 pts
2nd Jim Malcolm 40 pts BOT
3rd Frankie Houston 40 pts
Gross Declan O’Hare 74 gross
Cat 1 Chris McDermott 38pts
Cat 2 Ryan Kelly 39 pts
Cat 3 Eric Reid 39 pts
1st nine Brian Millar  
2nd nine Kieran O’Neill  

Runaway Winner in Pat Kirk Open

The Pat Kirk Open was the main attraction at Strabane Golf Club last week and produced a runaway victory for young Michael Etherson.  Playing off a handicap of 14, Michael compiled a magnificent 44 points to leave almost 200 players trailing in his wake.  In second place, though some distance back, was Jim Malcolm who just got up on the break of a tie from third placed Frankie Houston, with both players posting 40 points apiece. Also on 40 points and claiming the gross award was Declan O’Hare, his round of 74 representing good golf in conditions which were far from easy. Chris McDermott was best in Category One with 38 points, while Ryan Kelly and Eric Reid topped Categories Two and Three respectively, each with impressive scores of 39 points.  Brian Millar holed his tee shot at the par three second on his way to carding the best score on the first nine, with Kieran O’Neill taking the second nine prize.

James Callan was in fine form in last Thursday’s Northern Confectionery Open, his excellent 43 points giving him a two-point winning margin over runner-up Cathal McLaughlin. Club President Ben Corry dropped only one shot to par in taking third place with 40 points. Keith Patterson had the best gross return of 71, while Sean Faulkner, Donegal GC, won the visitors’ section with 37 points.

In ladies’ golf, Shauna Patton and Jennifer Rouse combined to return a winning card of 40 points in the Daily Mail Fourball Betterball.  In second place, a couple of points adrift of the winners, were Anne Sharkey and Bernie O’Kane.

Wednesday’s Mixed Greensomes went to the mother and son combination of Rory and Donna Doherty.  Their 34 point tally left them two points ahead of runners-up Stephen McCay and Caroline Connolly.  Also on 32 points, and in third place, were Conor Sharkey and Bernie O’Kane.

Strabane’s hopes of landing this year’s prestigious Senior Cup were dashed on Sunday last as they went down at the semi-final stage to Lurgan GC. Despite taking the first two matches, the local side could not land the elusive third which would have seen them through.  But they came so close, with Sean Forbes taking his match to the nineteenth before finally succumbing.  Nonetheless, Strabane can take much satisfaction from this campaign and, with a relatively young side, they will undoubtedly be again in the thick of things in the future.


Thursday August 26              TB McElholm & Co Open

Saturday August 28              Felix’s Bar Medal

Monday August 30                 Monday Open

Tuesday August 31                 Foyle Hospice Charity (ladies)

Wednesday September 1        Mixed

Customized Training Services

Customized Training Services – Prize Winners

Monday Open

Monday Open – Monday 30th August 2010

Ladies Past Captains

Ladies Past Captains – 27th August 2010

Wednesday Night Mixed

Wednesday Night Mixed – 25th August 2010


1st Pat McAneny & Teresa Casey 33 pts BOT
2nd Ryan McGowan & Teresa Logue 33 pts
3rd Freddie Patterson & Caroline Connolly 32 pts 


Monday Open

Monday Open – 23rd August 2010

Northern Confectionary Open

Northern Confectionary Open – 19th August 2010

1st James Callan 43 pts
2nd Cathal McLaughlin 41 pts
3rd Ben Corry 40 pts BOT
Gross Keith Patterson 71 gross
Visitor Sean Faulkner (Donegal G.C.) 37 pts

Wednesday Night Mixed

Wednesday Night Mixed – 18th August 2010


1st Rory Doherty & Donna Doherty  34 points

2nd Stephen Mc Cay & Caroline Connolly  32 points BOT

 3rd Conor Sharkey  & Bernie O’Kane  32 Points

 22  pairs played

Daily Mail 4 Ball Betterball (ladies)

Daily Mail 4 Ball Betterball – 17th August 2010

Monday Open

Monday Open – 16th August 2010

Fir Trees Open

Fir Trees Open – 14th August 2010

1st Sean Forbes 45 pts
2nd James Harron 43 pts
3rd Conor Sharkey 42 pts
Cat 1 Michael Kelly 40 pts
Cat 2 Mark McDermott 42 pts
Cat 3 Brian O’Kane 41 pts
Gross Conal Cooke 67 gross
1st nine Declan McColgan  
2nd nine Brian O’Neill

Fir Trees Open for Fantastic Forbes

Sean Forbes produced one of the best rounds of the year at Strabane Golf Club on Saturday last to claim victory the Fir Trees Open.  Playing off a handicap of four, Forbes shot at brilliant five under par 64 to post a magnificent stableford score of 45 points, enough to give him a comfortable two point winning advantage.  Eight-handicapper James Harron was also in tremendous form as he carded a one over par score of 43 points to take second place, one point better than third-placed Conor Sharkey.  Heading Category One, with 40 points, was Michael Kelly, while the best return in Category Two was Mark McDermott’s 42 points.  Brian O’Kane compiled a steady 41 points to take the Category Three award, with the gross prize going to Conal Cooke who shot a two-under par 67.

Low handicappers were also very much to the fore in last Thursday’s Nugent’s Open.  Leading the way, with a superb level par 69 (43 points), was Freddie Patterson, while runner-up Stephen McCay likewise carded a level par round to finish just one point adrift of the winner.  Third place went to in-form Shane McLaughlin who returned 39 points.  Darren Crawford dropped just one shot to par in topping the gross category, while Letterkenny’s Robert Bell took his second visitor’s prize in as many weeks, this time with a 39 point return.

Tommy Forbes has been threatening to return a winning score for some time now and it finally happened in last week’s Monday Open, his excellent 40 points giving him a winning margin of two points over runner-up Aidan Corry.  Shane McLaughlin again figured at the head of the leaderboard, his 38 points again giving him a third place finish. Keith Patterson continued his recent successful run in the gross category as he posted a three-over par 72 to top that section.  The visitors’ prize went to City of Derry’s Robert McKimm.

Sunday’s Mr and Mrs Mixed Foursomes event went to the Limerick twosome of Pat and Mary Byrne.  Playing for the first time over the Ballycolman course, they combined to produce a winning 43 points, a point better than second placed Cahir and Rosaleen Doherty.  Eamon and Laura McCay were also on 42 points in third place while the winners of the “Tarzan and Jane” section were Liam Curry and Ann Duffy who amassed an impressive best-of-the-day 45 points.

Wednesday’ regular mixed competition was a team format with the top two quartets returning 43 points.  On count-back the winners were Frankie Connolly, Rachel Devenney, William Potts and Olive Reid.  Just edged out into second place were Nigel and Angela Houston, Rory Doherty and Laura McCay.

The Lady Herdman Cup was the feature event in ladies’ golf last week and was won by Betty Kelly with a solid 72 nett.  Anne Sharkey was best in Category 0-24 with a nett 75, while top performer in the 25-36 Category was Margaret Bonner who matched the winner’s score of 72 nett.


Thursday August 19              Northern Confectionery Open

Saturday August 21               Felix’s Bar Medal

Sunday August 22                  Owen Roe’s Team Classic

Monday August 23                 Monday Open

Tuesday August 24                Donna’s Flowerbox Open (Ladies)

Wednesday August 25           Mixed

Wednesday Night Mixed

Wednesday Night Mixed – 11th August 2010 

1st Frankie Connolly, Rachel Devenney, William Potts & Olive Reid 43pts BOT 

2nd Nigel Houston, Angela Houston, Rory Doherty & Laura Mc Cay 43pts9 teams played

Tommy O’Doherty Memorial Outing

Strabane Golf Club ran a very successful outing to Donegal Golf Club at Murvagh.

Winner of the outing was our own club Captain, Seamus Friel 39pts BOT, 2nd was Denis Porter 39pts, 3rd Denis Kelly 39pts and 4th Sean Sweeney 39pts. (47 played)

Thanks to Angus Callaghan for organising the outing.  Hopefully this competition will continue for years to come, in memory of one of Strabane’s true gentlmen.
Tommy, himself, organised this outing for years so it is a fitting tribute to him that the members of the club continue to support it.

Gerry Glover, James O'Reilly, Tommy O'Doherty and Jimmy Duncan at last year's Centenary GUI Day

“Snowball” Snatches STS

There was an excellent entry for the STS Open at Strabane Golf Club on Saturday last.  In conditions which were far from easy, a course softened by the rains of the previous days aligned to a stiff north-westerly breeze, Anthony “Snowball” Callaghan emerged as the winner with an excellent 18-hole tally of 40 points.  That gave him a one-point winning margin over runner-up John Etherson, who just held off third-placed Paddy Doyle on the break of a tie.  Cathal Patton played very well on the day to only concede two shots to par as he claimed the gross award with a fine round of 71.  Consistent Adrian McLaughlin posted 38 points to top Category One, while Aidan Coyle matched that score to emerge as Category Two winner.  Dermot Corry’s 37 points was the best return in Category Three, with George McCay and Rory Doherty having the best nines. 

Players found good scores in Thursday’s Doherty’s Fuels Open almost as difficult to come by.  George Turner was a notable exception, his superb 42 point return ensuring that he picked up the top award.  Martin Foley was a point back in second place, with Ronan Foley a further point adrift in third position. Keith Patterson shot an impressive level par 69 to return the best gross score of the day, while Letterkenny’s Robert Bell carded 37 points to claim the visitors’ prize.

The Monday Open fell to a brilliant score of 44 points, carded by big-hitting Paul McGarrigle.  In second place and claiming all the plaudits for posting the round-of-the-week was Conal Cooke whose 43 point return reflected superb a four under par round of 65. Pearse McLaughlin was third with a fine 42 points, while Keith Patterson again took the gross honours with a one over par 70.  The visitors’ prize went to Delwyn Montgomery with a solid 38 points.

Bernie O’Kane was in sensational form in Tuesday’s Bank of Ireland Trophy.  She amassed a magnificent 42 points to put the rest of the field in the shade and, in the process, notched up valuable points in the race for the ‘Golfer of the Year’ accolade.  Rosemary Wilson had a 36 point return to top the 0-24 category, while Caroline Connolly carded the second-best score of the day, 38 points, to win the 25-36 category prize.

Wednesday’s Mixed Teams event produced the following result:

1. Ronan Foley, Mary McCrory, Noel McCrory, Shauna Patton                   43 points

2. Martin Rouse, Teresa Casey, Stephen Quinn, Mary Duffy                        41 points


Thursday August 12             Nugent’s Open

Saturday August 14                Fir Trees Open

Monday August 16                 Monday Open

Tuesday August 17                 Daily Mail Betterball (Ladies)

Wednesday August 18           Mixed

Strabane Training Services – Open

Strabane Training Services – 7th August 2010

1st Anthony Callaghan 40pts
2nd John Etherson 39pts BOT
3rd Paddy Doyle 39pts
Gross Cathal Patton 71 gross
Cat 1 Adrian McLaughlin 38pts
Cat 2 Aidan Coyle 38pts
Cat 3 Dermot Corry 37pts BOT
1st Nine George McCay
2nd Nine Rory Doherty

Pictures from President’s Day

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Doherty Fuels – Open

Doherty Fuels – 5th August 2010

1st George Turner 42pts
2nd Martin Foley 41pts
3rd Ronan Foley 40pts BOT
Gross Keith Patterson 40pts
Visitor Robert Bell (Letterkenny G.C.) 37pts

Nugents Open

Nugents Open – 12th August 2010

1st Freddie Patterson 43 pts
2nd Stephen McCay 42 pts
3rd Shane McLaughlin 39 pts
Gross Darren Crawford 70 gross
Visitor Robert Bell (Letterkenny) 39 pts

Lady Herdman Cup – Ladies

Lady Herdman Cup – 10th August 2010

Monday Open

Monday Open – 9th August

1st Tommy Forbes 40 pts
2nd Aidan Corry 38 pts BOT
3rd Shane McLaughlin 38 pts BOT
Gross Keith Patterson 72 gross
Visitor Robert McKimm (City of Derry) 35 pts

Mixed Open plus Mr & Mrs Competition

Mixed Open & Mr & Mrs Competition – Sunday 8th August 2010

Timesheet in operation – contact club for a time

Monday Open

Monday Open – 2nd August 2010

1st Paul McGarrigle 44pts
2nd Conal Cooke 43pts
3rd Pearse McLaughlin 42pts
Gross Keith Patterson 70 gross
Visitor Delwyn Montgomery 38pts

Bureau Express – Medal

Bureau Express – 31st July 2010

Bureau Express competition was Martin Rouse with Captain Seamus Friel


1st Martin Rouse 62 nett
2nd Pat Cooke Jnr 65 nett BOT
3rd Barry Patterson 65 nett
Gross Keith Patterson 75 gross
Cat 1 Garrick Wood 66 nett
Cat 2 Joe Elliott 67 nett
Cat 3 George Hunter 66 nett
1st nine Senan Roarty  
2nd nine Maurice Doherty  

Medal for Martin

Saturday’s medal event at Strabane Golf Club, sponsored by Bureau Express, was won in tremendous style by 12-handicapper Martin Rouse.  In conditions which were far from easy, Rouse dropped only a handful of shots to par in posting a winning nett 62 and distanced himself by three clear shots from the field.  Paul Cooke and Barry Patterson each carded rounds of 65 nett to finish second and third respectively.  Patterson’s cause was helped in no small measure by his ace at the par three second.  Category One went to Garrick Wood with a 67 nett, a score matched by Category Two winner Joe Elliott.  George Hunter went one better, posting a nett 66 to finish top of Category Three.  Keith Patterson shot a 75 to take the gross prize, with Maurice Doherty and Senan Roarty claiming the nines.

Foyle Golf Club’s Ryan Kerr amassed an impressive 44 points to claim the spoils in last Monday’s Open.  A couple of points in arrears was the rapidly improving David Mullen, his 42 points just ousting the similar return of Jason Gourley on count-back.  Conal Cooke took the gross award with a two over par 71, while Letterkenny’s Roy McCrory won the visitors’ prize with 29 points.

Wednesday’s mixed scramble produced the following result:

1. Gerard Stewart, Shauna Patton, Conal Cooke, Annette Patton                 42.3 nett

2. Darren Crawford, Bernie O’Kane, Rory Doherty, Anne Sharkey             43.5 nett

Top performer in Thursday’s Quinn’s Spirits Open was Aidan Corry whose superb 45 point return gave him a couple of points to spare over runner-up Paul O’Hare.  Kieran Doherty’s level par round of 69 converted to 42 points and gained him the third spot.  Also on level par was gross winner Darren Crawford.

Lady Captain, Dympna Doherty, was in excellent form in Sunday’s Ladies/Gents stableford event.  Her winning 39 point return was two points better than second-placed Bernie O’Kane, who just edged out Lorna Armstrong on the break of a tie.

Results of Sunday’s St. Patrick’s GAA Open Teams:

1. Kevin McGinley, Shane McLaughlin, Pearse McLaughlin, Daniel Toland    98pts

2. Martin Patton, Paul McConway, Adrian Baldrick, Brian Cairns                     97pts

3. Garrick Woods, Sean McCrossan, Paul McGarrigle, John Tinney                    96pts

Garvan Godfrey’s O’Haire Cup team travelled to Omagh and racked up the points necessary to confirm their place in this year’s final.  Tommy Forbes’ Lawson Cup team have also made it through to their final. No such good news from the Conway Cup camp as they lost out in their semi-final encounter with Blacklion.

To assist in the preparations for the club’s tilt at the Senior Cup, a raffle with a difference has been organised by Entertainments convenor, Tommy Forbes.  Members and visitors with a couple of pounds to spare could walk away with a flat screen television.  Details are available in the clubhouse.


Thursday August 5                 Doherty’s Fuels Open

Saturday August 7                  Strabane Training Services Open

Sunday August 8                    Linton & Robinson Mr & Mrs

Monday August 9                   Monday Open (T & F Ladies 10am-12.30pm)

Tuesday August 10                 Lady Herdman Cup (ladies)

Wednesday August 11           Mixed/Donegal Seniors