Wylie clinches Final Qualifier

John Wylie was the clear winner of the final qualifier of the season at Strabane Golf Club.  Playing in the Saturday Singles, Wylie posted a superb 43 points to win by four from runner-up Fred McGavigan, who had the best of several scores of 39 points. On the same mark were third-placed Sean Sweeney and Jim Harley who finished fourth.   The gross category was won by Ben Corry with 34 points, while Chris Timoney and Roy Patterson took the nines.

In Week 4 of the Thursday Club, Enda McDonnell carded 39 points to take the top award.  Paul McGarrigle had a similar return to finish as runner-up while Noel Kelly was just a point back in third place.

Monday’s JJ Team event produced the following result:

1. J. Callan, H. McGarrigle, J. Coyle, P. McGillian              104 points

2. N. Coulter, J. Brolly, M. Baldrick                                         100.5 points

3. D. Porter, G. Turner, J. Wasson, H. Casey                        100 points

Section A of the Sperrin Springs Winter Cup is led by the only pairing yet to drop a point in the league.  Michael and Aidan Baldrick’s unblemished record extended to three matches on Sunday last and consequently they lead the section with 12 points.  Just a point back, though, is the experienced duo of Keith Patterson and Noel Kelly who themselves remain unbeaten.  The leading two pairings have already drawn away from the rest of the field, with the nearest challengers on 8 points. They are Noel McConnell and Roy Patterson, Stephen and George McCay, Fred McGavigan and Maurice Doherty.  This coming Sunday could be highly significant with the top two matched up against each other and no doubt those in the chasing pack will be hoping that the leaders both drop points.

Things are a lot tighter in Section B with a couple of points covering the top half-dozen teams.  Leading the way at the moments, with 10.5 points, are Dermot Corry and Sean MacIntyre.  Liam Doherty and Ryan Patton are just a half-point back in second place, with Paul and Pat Cooke on 9.5 points in third place.  As in Section A, the top two contenders face one another on Sunday, a contest that will impact considerably on the top of the league table.

Latest results from the Bridge Club:

Winners: Mary Gallagher and Claire McGrath

Second: Garvan Godfrey and Frankie Houston

Finally, the annual Club Dinner has been re-scheduled for Saturday December 4.

Saturday Singles Competition

Singles Competition – Saturday 30th October 2010

1st John Wylie 43 pts
2nd Fred McGavigan 39 pts BOT
3rd Sean Sweeney 39 pts BOT
4th Jim Harley 39 pts
Gross Ben Corry 34 pts
1st nine Chris Timoney
2nd nine Roy Patterson

Charity Night Golf – Rules :-)

Strabane Golf Club members can have fun as they test their skills in a unique competition – Night Golf Challenge on Friday 18th November 2010, open to ladies & gents.

Golfers will play seven holes using glow-in-the-dark golf balls and follow a course marked with glowing markers to guide them from hole to hole.

Night Golf Rules

1 Play all shots with your club face parallel to the glowstick in the ball ( this prevents the glowstick falling out), please check that the glowstick is secure when you are placing it on the mat.
2 Always use your winter mat – normal winter rules apply
3 No DRIVERS (3 woods are ok).  The ball can damage the face of the drivers
4 Do not shine torches on the ball when hitting or putting
5 No torches allowed on the green to read putts or when putting
6 When leaving the green, flash your torches on and off so that the fourball behind know when you are leaving the green.

We want people to enjoy themselves, and have a bit of fun.  But safety is our No 1 priority, please be very careful.  Make sure you stay away when people in your fourball are taking their shot.  Also make sure that the fourball in front has moved away and signalled to you, before playing your shot.

There will be entertainment in the club afterwards, presentation should be around 11pm.

First Win for McGinley

The Saturday Singles at Strabane Golf Club produced a close finish with Kevin McGinley and Junior Captain Ryan McGowan each posting superb scores of 43 points.  On count-back, McGinley was adjudged the winner, recording his first victory at the club.  Jim Callaghan was back in third place on 40 points, the same score as fourth placed Cathal McLaughlin.  Stephen McCay carded a three over par 72 to take the gross award, while the nines went to Dermot Corry and Stephen Quinn.

After two weeks of the Sperrin Springs Winter Cup, the league tables are beginning to take shape. In Section A, Noel McConnell and Roy Patterson are joint leaders with Michael and Aidan Baldrick, with both pairings having a maximum return of 8 points.  Just a half point back are the ever-dangerous Keith Patterson and Noel Kelly.

John Brolly and Niall Coulter are the only pair in Section B who have yet to drop a point.  They lead on 8 points with Dermot Corry and Sean MacIntyre in second place on 7.  A further half point back are Liam Doherty and Ryan Patton who share the third spot with Michael Forbes Sen. and Billy Doherty.

The JJ Teams event on Monday continues to attract a large entry. Last week’s results were:

1. J. Arbuckle, M. Harkin, P. McGillian, S. Diamond    112 points

2. D. Mullan, M. Baldrick, N. Coulter, J. Brolly               110 points

3. D. McGinley, L. McCool, C. Doherty, A. Callaghan   110 points

Danny Duffy was in great form in Week Three of the Thursday Club, winning comfortably with an excellent score of 41 points.  Paul McGarrigle just edged out Cahir Doherty for second place, both players finishing on the 37 point mark.  Also on 37 points, and leading the visitors’ section, was Michael Neeson.

Latest results from the Thursday bridge competitions are:

Week 1:           Winners:              Mary Gallagher and Claire McGrath

                           Runners-up:      Declan Doherty and Susan Doherty

Week 2:           Winners:              Roisin McGonagle and Margaret Bonnar

                           Runners-up:      Dympna Boyle and Dora Foley

Singles Competition

Singles Competition – 23rd October 2010

1st Kevin McGinley 43 pts BOT
2nd Ryan McGowan 43 pts
3rd Jim Callaghan 40 pts BOT
4th Cathal McLaughlin 40 pts
Gross Stephen McCay 38 pts
1st nine Dermot Corry
2nd nine Stephen Quinn

Winter Season Opener

The first of the Winter Saturday Singles events at Strabane Golf Club on Saturday went to 11-handicapper Danny Duffy who posted 41 points to just get home on the break of a tie from Sean Devine.  Kieran Martin finished third on 39 points, a tally matched by fourth-placed Pat Patton.  Paddy Kennedy produced a flawless level par 69 to wrap up the gross category, with Eddie McCrea and Noel O’Kane taking the first and second nine awards respectively.

The latest round of the Thursday Club was won by Jim Douglas, his 41 point return giving him a two point winning margin over George Turner.  A further point back was third-placed Tommy Falconer.

Week Two of the JJ Team Competition produced the following result:

1. N. Coulter, A. Baldrick, J. Brolly                              117 points

2. J. Coyle, F. Friel, F. O’Kane, H. McGarrigle            107 points

3. K. Keegan, J. McDermott, C. Klam, R, Wiley          106 points

The first series of matches in the Sperrin Springs Winter League were played on Sunday last and, while there were some very impressive opening performances, it will take another week or two before the table begins to take shape.

The final of the Teams Classic was held on Saturday with most pundits predicating a close fought encounter.  Whilst some of the individual matches did indeed go down to the wire, the overall result was never really in doubt as the Tommy Forbes Catering squad ran out as comfortable winners over a gallant, but ultimately outgunned, Haughey’s Costcutters outfit.

Finally, congratulations to Keith Patterson on his elevation to the “Golfer of the Year” pedestal, a position richly deserved given his consistency over the season when hardly a week went by without his name figuring in a nett or gross category.  A mention also of runner-up David Mullen who has made such strides over the season and is now recognised as one of the club’s bright new talents.

Singles Competition

Singles Competition – 16th September 2010

1st Danny Duffy 41 pts BOT
2nd Sean Devine 41pts
3rd Kieran Martin 39pts BOT
4th Pat Patton 39pts BOT
Gross Paddy Kennedy 38pts
1st nine Eddie McCrea
2nd nine Noel O’Kane

Section B – Winter Cup

Final & 3rd & 4th play-offs – dates to be arranged

M Baldrick & A Baldrick    v    C Duffy & A Connolly

3rd & 4th place play-off
D Corry & S MacIntyre        v    C McLaughlin & N O’Kane

Section Prizes
1st  John Brolly & Niall Coulter
2nd Paddy O’Kane & Frankie Connolly
3rd  Mickey Forbes (Snr.) & Billy Doherty

League Table – This will open a spreadsheet with update league table – Final League Table

Section A – Winter Cup

Final & 3rd & 4th play-offs – dates to be arranged

M Baldrick & A Baldrick    v    C Duffy & A Connolly

3rd & 4th place play-off
D Corry & S MacIntyre        v    C McLaughlin & N O’Kane

Section Prizes
1st  Keith Patterson & Noel Kelly
2nd Brian O’Kane & Damien Carey
3rd Brian Kelly & Mickey Neeson

League Table – This will open a Spreadsheet with updated league table – Final League Table

Sperrin Springs Winter Cup Leagues & Fixtures

Section A

Section B

Can you  indicate on the sheet on the noticeboard if you are attending the dinner next week.

CT takes Final Event

The McHugh Oils Medal brought to a close the regular season at Strabane Golf Club on Saturday last.  Despite a stiff easterly breeze which swept across the course throughout the day, scoring was of the highest quality.  Best round of the day was Chris Timoney’s superb nett 63, his winning effort giving him a one shot advantage over runner-up Barry Whyte.  John Brolly carded a nett 65 to finish in third place while Conal Cooke dropped only one shot to par in securing the gross prize with an excellent 70.  Mark McCrea continued in his current rich vein of form by taking the Category One award with a nett 66.  The Category Two prize went to Paul McConway with a 68 nett, with Martin McCallion topping Category Three with a nett 66.  Adrian McLaughlin and Jim Callaghan had the best first and second nines respectively.

As summer golf ends, so the winter season gets under way.  The Monday JJ Teams event kicked off last week and produced the following result.

1. D. Porter, M. Arnold, J. Wasson, H. Casey                        94 points

2. K. Gallagher, S. McFeeters, J. Douglas, L. Doherty          92 points

Week One of the Thursday Club was won by Adrian McGonagle, his fine 40 point return getting him home by a point from Ronnie Wiley.  Frankie Gallagher marked his return to the game by compiling an impressive 39 points to finish third.

In ladies’ golf, the Final Day Scramble was won by the trio of Mandy Coyne, Lisa Patton and Mary Casey, their 26 point total giving them a point to spare over Norma Brogan, Maeve Corry and Lorna Duffy.  In third place, and also on 26 points, were Catherine Neeson, Loretta Coyne and Noreen McNally.

Congratulations to Mandy Coyne whose consistently high performances over the summer have deservedly earned her the prestigious “Golfer of the Year” accolade.

 Last week’s bridge competition was won by Anna O’Doherty, with Margaret Bonnar in second place.

Tickets for the annual Club Dinner which will be held on Saturday October 30 are available in the clubhouse.

McHugh Oils

McHugh Oils – Saturday 9th October

1st Chris Timoney 63 nett
2nd Barry Whyte 64 nett
3rd John Brolly 65 nett
Gross Conal Cooke 70 gross
Cat 1 Mark McCrea 66 nett
Cat 2 Paul McConway 68 nett
Cat 3 Martin McCallion 66 nett
1st nine Adrian McLaughlin
2nd nine Jim Callaghan

Ladies Night Out

The Lady Captain, Dympna Doherty,  held a very successful ‘Ladies Night’ in the club recently.  The big crowd in attendance were treated to a flower arranging show and fashion show.
There was stalls offering a wide range of products from clothing to jewellery, some even availed of the facials and manicures on offer.

Photos from the night can be seen in our gallery section.

Ryder Cup – Update


Graeme McDowell sinking what turned out to be the winning putt on the 16th


Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell wins the final singles match to give Europe a 14½-13½ victory over the United States

Game 17  Westwood beat 2 & 1 Stricker  
Game 18  McIlroy A/S Cink  
Game 19  Donald won 1 up Furyk  
Game 20 Kaymer lost 6 & 4 D Johnson  
Game 21 Poulter won 5 & 4 Kuchar  
Game 22 Fisher lost 3 & 2 Overton  
Game 23 Jimenez won 4 & 3 Watson  
Game 24 F Molinari lost 5 & 3 Woods  
Game 25 E Molinari A/S Fowler  
Game 26 Hanson lost 4 & 2 Mickelson  
Game 27 Harrington lost 3 & 2 Z Johnson  
Game 28 McDowell won 2 & 1 Mahan  


Rory McIlroy embraces Vice Captain Sergio Garcia on the 18th green after he halved his match in the singles matches

Successful Outing to Greencastle

Strabane Golf Club’s annual Captain’s Outing was held at Greencastle GC on Saturday last.  One hundred and twenty players made the journey to the excellent North Donegal venue to participate in Mr Seamus Friel’s event, a fitting tribute to a Captain who has devoted himself tirelessly to the Club throughout the season.  Thankfully, the miserable weather which had been forecast earlier in the week did not materialise and play was able to proceed in fairly benign conditions.  Top scorer on the day was Hugo McCusker, his fine effort of 41 points just getting him home on the break of a tie from Jim Callaghan.  Jude O’Neill was just a point back in third place with Kevin Keegan a further point adrift in fourth.  Aidan Boyle had the best gross return of the day, while Pat and Martin Patton took the first and second nines respectively.

The last of the season’s regular Thursday competitions was won by Danny Duffy who posted 40 points to hold off the challenge of runner-up Joe Elliott by a single point.  Vincent Bradley continued his recent run of form to take third place with 38 points, while Enda Kennedy’s 36 point return assured him of the gross category.

The final Monday Open, held on September 27, went to Martin McDermott with a fine haul of 40 points.  The ever-consistent Keith Patterson had a 39 point return to fill the runner’s-up berth while Michael Doyle took third spot with 38 points.  Kieran Doherty topped the gross category with 34 points.

Sunday’s mixed foursomes celebrated the success of that format throughout the season, with the regular Wednesday event having attracted an enthusiastic and loyal following over the summer months.  Darren Crawford and Lisa Patton took the honours in the season’s finale, helped in no small measure by Darren’s hole-in-one at the par three seventh. Their combined tally of 40 points gave them a point to spare over Noel and Mary McCrory.  Denis Porter and Annie O’Hagan took third place with 37 points, while Aidan Boyle and Lauren Patton had the best gross return.

The previous Wednesday event was won by the husband and wife pairing of Pat and Maeve Corry.  They posted 23 points over the shortened course, one better than Kevin Keegan and Alison Curry.  Joe Elliott and Annie O’Hagan were a further point back in third place.

The penultimate event of the official season was the Club Championship.  In the gross section, Paddy Kennedy and Ben Corry each shot excellent scores of 67, with the former getting up on count-back to claim the “champion” accolade.  Keith Patterson had a steady 70 to take third place. 

The nett section ended in a three-way tie, with Mark McCrea declared the winner after a count-back.  Runner-up was Denis Porter with Liam Patton underlining his return to form by taking third.  All three players had excellent returns of 65 nett. Eddie McCrea carded a nett 66 to finish fourth.

Last week’s Thursday Club Competition was won by Damian McGranaghan with a score of 38 points, one better than second-placed Adrian McLaughlin.  Jimmy Henderson was third with 35 points, while Enda Kennedy topped the gross section with a two-over par 71.

In ladies’ golf, the MacMillan Cancer Relief competition was won with 30 points by Mandy Coyne.  Lauren Patton had the best return, 27 points, in the 0-24 handicap section, with Lorna Duffy topping the 25-36 category with 28 points.

Lisa Patton was the runaway winner of Tuesday’s Members’ Prize, her 35 point return giving her plenty to spare over the field.  Anne Sharkey carded 31 points to head the 0-24 category, with Caroline Connolly’s 29 points best in the 25-36 section.

The last of the season’s matchplay events to be decided, the Worchester Cup, was won by Lorna Duffy and Declan Lynch who just shaded Monica and Maurice McGettigan in a tense decider.

The latest Bridge Club results are:

Winners:          Mary Gallagher and Claire McGrath

Runners up:     Dora Forbes and Dympna Boyle

Bridge lessons will be held in the club-house every Monday @ 8.00pm.


  1. The JJ Monday Teams event will run throughout the winter months.
  2. The Thursday Club commences on October 7 and will run through to March.
  3. Entries are now being taken for the Leo Kavanagh Memorial Winter Cup

Finally, the McHugh Oils competition, which was a victim of the weather a couple of weeks ago, has been re-scheduled for this coming Saturday, October 9.  The usual timesheet will be in operation.

Captain’s Away Day

Captain’s Outing to Greencastle  – 2nd October 2010

1st Hugo McCusker 41 pts BOT
2nd Jim Callaghan 41 pts
3rd Jude O’Neill 40 pts
4th Kevin Keegan 39pts
Gross Aidan Boyle
1st nine Pat Patton
2nd nine Martin Patton

Thursday Club Competition

Thursday Club Competition – 30th September 2010

1st Danny Duffy 40pts
2nd Joe Elliott 39pts
3rd Vincent Bradley 38pts
Gross Enda Kennedy 36pts