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.

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