“Pecker” Posts Winning Score

The Bank of Ireland Open, held at Strabane Golf Club on Saturday, was won by Liam “Pecker” Doherty who posted an excellent score of 41 points to get home by a point from Noel Kelly.  Keith Patterson shot yet another tremendous one over par round to take third place with 39 points, while Conal Cooke went one better to take the gross award with a superb level par 69.  Club President, Ben Corry, dropped only one shot to par in taking the Category One prize with 39 points, a tally matched by Category Two winner Gerard Walsh.  Eddie McCrea topped Category Three with 37 points, while the nines were won by Jason Kelly and Freddie Patterson.  Portsalon’s Clive Davidson was best visitor with 34 points.

The Owen Roe’s Classic on Sunday was the last of this season’s open team events.  The competition attracted a good entry of 31 teams and produced the following result:

1. Sean Devine, Sean Sweeney, Neil McGlinchey, Brian O’Kane                 99 points

2. Pat Corry, Sammy Devenney, Patsy Wilson, Eric Reid                             98 points

3. Denis Porter, Kevin Keegan, Joe Doherty, George Turner                        97 points

4. Chris McDermott, Frankie Houston, Frankie Connolly, Hugh Casey        95 points

In Thursday’s Club Competition, Martin Elliott and Enda McDonnell were tied at the top with 41 points apiece.  On count-back, Elliott was deemed the winner with Martin McCallion completing the podium, finishing third with 39 points.  Paddy Kennedy conceded only a shot to par in taking the gross prize with 37 points, while Francis McGranaghan from Newtownstewart GC was the best of the visiting players with a score of 32 points.

The torrential rain of Monday played havoc with the early week’s schedule, though Wednesday’s mixed event, the Sausage Sizzle Foursomes, was able to proceed in conditions which were remarkable given the amount of rain that fell on the course. Peter Doherty and Lisa Patton posted the best score of the day, their 25 points seeing them home by one from Joe Doherty and Noreen McNally.  Also on 24 points, and in third place, were Brian O’Kane and Annette Patton.

The semi-finals of the Club’s Team Challenge were played over the weekend.  First up was the shoot-out between “Dixies” and Tommy Forbes Catering.  In a tense finale, with the scores tied at two each, Sean Forbes produced a superb approach to the final green to register a tap-in birdie and send the Caterers through to the final on a 3-2 scoreline. 

In the second ‘semi’, Haughey’s Costcutters went through with a 4-1 victory over Frylite One. Whilst the final score suggests a comfortable win for Haughey’s, it was far from that.  Indeed, at one stage Frylite One were well in command, leading in four of the five matches.  However, they were unable to sustain that momentum and it will be Haughey’s who contest the final in a couple of week’s time.

The Club’s Bridge Group had their inaugural meeting for the new season on Thursday last.  Results were:

  1. Oliver McNally and Pat McAneny
  2. Mary Gallagher and Claire McGrath


Thursday September 16          Club Competition

Saturday September 18           McHugh Oils Medal

Monday September 20            Monday Open

Tuesday September 21            Ladies’ Weekly Competition

Wednesday September 22       Mixed

Looking a little further ahead, the Captain’s Outing to Greencastle GC will take place on Saturday, October 2, while the first of the popular JJ Team events has been scheduled for Monday, October 4.

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