Raymond Reigns in the Rain

The Daley’s Service Station Open at Strabane Golf Club on Saturday last almost fell victim to heavy rains which caused many of the morning starters to hoist the white flag and head for the shelter of the clubhouse.  Not so Raymond McDermott, who played through the worst of the conditions to post an impressive winning points tally of 40.  Whilst the afternoon players enjoyed much better weather, none were able to match McDermott’s fine effort.  A few came very close, notably Terence McGranaghan and Ryan McGowan who each returned 39 point cards to finish second and third respectively. David Mullen’s 37 point total was best in Category One, while Brian Forester topped Category Two with 35 points.  William Potts claimed the Category Three award with 37 points, and Brian O’Neill and Keith Patterson returned the best nines.  Sean Forbes continued his recent run of good form to take the gross prize with a solid 74, while Portnoo’s Jim Harley was best visitor with 35 points.

Sunday’s Foyle Hospice Team Event, one of the biggest attractions of the season, produced one of the closest finishes in years.  Three teams tied for the top spot, and after a lengthy count-back, the result was declared as follows:

1. Oliver Cresswell, Seamus Foley, Francie Conwell, Liam McCool 103 pts

2. Chris McDermott, Liam Patton, Seamus Devenney, Hugh Casey             103 pts

3. James McAllister, Eddie McHugh, John McGaughan, Patsy O’Donnell   103 pts

4. Oliver Doherty, James Doherty, Robert Doherty, Raymond Gallagher     102 pts

Ladies: Lauren Patton, Laura McCay, Angela Houston, Lisa Patton                        98 pts

Thursday’s Club Shop Open was dominated by Damian Carey whose marvellous 43 points gave him a comfortable three points to spare over the field.  Martin Elliott compiled a steady 40 points to take second place with Damien McCrossan in third place with a similar score. Ballybofey’s Bryan Reilly dropped only three shots to par in taking the gross prize with an excellent 72, while Newtownstewart’s John Bimson won the visitors’ prize with 36 points.

Keith Patterson has been a model of consistency through the summer season and his excellence was again rewarded in last Monday’s Open as he produced yet another level par 69 (40 points) to take the top award.  Runner-up was Paul O’Reilly, also with 40 points, with Joe Elliott a point adrift in third place.  The gross award went to Stephen McCay with a round of 74, while Matthew McGowan, playing out of Ballybofey, topped the visitors’ category with 32 points.

Lady President Olive Turner was in outstanding form in last Tuesday’s Foyle Hospice Charity, her winning score of 42 points seeing her home, though with little to spare.  Alison Curry was best in the 0-24 category with 39 points, while the category 25-36 victor, Mary McCrory, pushed the winner all the way coming up short by a single point as she returned 41 points.

The popular Wednesday mixed event, which has proved to be so successful throughout the season, entered its final month of competition last week with victory going to Nigel Houston, Lisa Patton, Neil McGlinchey and Angela Houston with 40 points.  Three points back in second place were Frankie and Caroline Connolly, Rory Doherty and Lauren Patton.

Congratulation to Tommy Forbes and his Lawson Cup Squad on their hard-fought victory over Dungannon in the final of the competition.  After a tremendous away performance which saw them trailing by a single point, it would have been easy to assume that the trophy was in the bag.  However, as to be expected, Dungannon came to the Ballycolman venue with a very different mind-set.  Far from rolling over, the visitors put up a magnificent struggle and almost pulled off a memorable win.  However, the Strabane team showed admirable composure to ride out the Dungannon storm and edge home to a deserved victory.

Finally, the Competition Committee ask that all matchplay semi-finalists ensure that their ties are played on or before September 17 so that the “Finals Day” can proceed as scheduled.


Thursday September 9            Club Competition

Saturday September 11           Bank of Ireland Open

Sunday September 12             Owen Roe’s Open Team Classic

Monday September 13            Monday Open

Tuesday September 14            Ladies Weekly Event

Wednesday September 15      Mixed

One Response to “Raymond Reigns in the Rain”

  1. Pat Sharkey says:

    Hearty Congratulations to Tommy and his Lawson Cup squad well done lads you all must be very proud !

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