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

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