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

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