Junior Winter Cup

A selection of photos from the junior boys and junior girls Winter Cups that were Sponsored by John Duffy Roofing.  The prizes were presented by Pat Patton who represented the sponsors.

See Gallery  for photos

AGM – Wednesday 15th December

The Annual General Meeting of the Club will be held at 8.00pm on Wednesday December 15.

Snow wipes out Weekend Programme

The weekend snowfall put paid to any hopes of play at Strabane Golf Club on Saturday and Sunday.  Thankfully, some of the scheduled fixtures earlier in the week were able to proceed.  Tommy Forbes was in tremendous form in Week 8 of the Thursday Club racking up an outstanding 39 points to win the competition by a point from Frank McKay, with Jim Arbuckle a further point back in third place.

Current standings in the race for the coveted “Golfer of the Series” title are:

1. Jimmy Wasson         40 points

2. Denis Porter              23 points

3. Kevin Keegan           20 points

Last week’s JJ Teams event produced the following result:

1. F. McCay, B. McDonald, S. Taylor, J. Malcolm                      98 points

2. J. Arbuckle, M. Harkin, P. McGillian, J. Duncan                   98 points

3. K. Gallagher, C. McGrath, S. McFeeters, M. McColgan       98 points

The Sperrin Springs Winter Cup has reached the play-off stages, the draw for the first of the knockout rounds reading as follows:

Michael and Aidan Baldrick v Cathal McLaughlin and Noel O’Kane

Dermot Corry and Sean McInyre v Ciaran Duffy and Andy Connolly

Jim Potts and Declan Doherty can count themselves very unlucky to lose out on a place in the ‘semis’ despite finishing in joint second place in their group.

On the entertainment front, there are still a few tickets available for the Club Dinner which will be held in the clubhouse this Saturday (December 4), with the music provided by “Friends”.

Next Thursday (December 9) is the annual Christmas Quiz Night, commencing at 10.00pm. Members and visitors should note that a discounted double ticket is available for the Boxing Night and New Year’s Eve celebrations at the club.

Looking further ahead, the Annual General Meeting of the Club will be held at 8.00pm on Wednesday December 15.

Saturday Singles – 15 Holes

Saturday Singles – 20th November 2010

1st Hugo McCusker 39pts
2nd John Brolly 36pts
3rd Brian Kelly 35pts
Gross Keith Patterson 32pts

McCusker in Inspired Form

Hugo McCusker’s tremendous run of form continued at Strabane Golf Club on Saturday last as he produced a sparkling 39 points to comfortably win the weekly singles event.  Runner-up with 36 points was John Brolly who continues to improve with every round played, on this occasion just edging out Brian Kelly who carded 35 points to finish third.

The Sperrin Springs Winter Cup is nearing the end of the league stage with all the qualifying places still up for grabs.  Last week’s leaders of Section A, Fred McGavigan and Maurice Doherty, crashed to defeat at the hands of Michael and Aidan Baldrick who now head the table with 18 points.  Ciaran Duffy and Andy Connolly are well in touch in second place with Keith Patterson and Noel Kelly very much in the hunt in third place.

The positions after Week Six are:

1. Michael and Aidan Baldrick                          18 points

2. Ciaran Duffy and Andy Connolly Jnr        17 points

3. Keith Patterson and Noel Kelly                   16.5 points

The key matches in Section A this coming week are:

Michael and Aidan Baldrick v Brian O’Kane and Damian Carey

Ciaran Duffy and Andy Connolly v Fred McShane and Frankie Gallagher

In Section B, Dermot Corry and Sean MacIntyre got the best possible result in Sunday’s round of matches.  Lying in third place going into last weekend, Corry and MacIntyre picked up maximum points while the two pairings above halved their match to leave the top of Section B thus:

1. Dermot Corry and Sean MacIntyre               19 points

2. Jim Potts and Declan Doherty                         17.5 points

2. Cathal McLaughlin and Noel O’Kane            17.5 points

The draw for this Sunday sees Corry and MacIntyre take on McLaughlin and O’Kane, while Potts and Doherty have a difficult tie against John Brolly and Niall Coulter who are themselves still well placed to make the semi-finals.

Congratulations to Eoin O’Neill and Shay Callaghan on their victory in the final of the John J Duffy Junior Winter Cup.  In a close fought decider, they defeated Ciaran Roary and Brendan McCrory by 2 and 1 to lift the title.  Third place went to Jordan Arthur and Colin Campbell.

In the Section B Team Event, Ronan McHugh, Conor Byrne and Conor Bratton came out on top, just ahead of Brandon O’Neill, Michael P. Doherty and Conor Taylor.

Prize-winners in the Junior Winter Cup should attend the presentation of awards in the club-house this Saturday (November 27) at 3pm.

Last week’s Thursday Club winner was Fred McShane who just got home on count-back from second-placed Jimmy Wasson, both players posting excellent scores of 37 points.  Dennis Porter was a couple of points back in third place.

The latest JJ Team event, played on Monday last, produce the following result:

1. Declan McDonnell, Dermot Cairns, Enda McDonnell, Pat Gallagher   90 points

2. Dennis Porter, Jimmy Wasson, George Turner, Hugh Casey                  84 points

3. Foncie McNally, Paddy McGarrigle, Gerry Quinn, Michael Forbes     82 points

The latest Bridge Club winners were Mary Gallagher and Claire McGrath, with Dympna Boyle and Dora Forbes filling the runner’s-up berth.

Saturday Singles – 13th November

Saturday Singles – 13th November 2010

1st Stewart McFeeters 37 pts
2nd Declan Doherty 36 pts
3rd Hugo McCusker 35 pts  BOT
Gross Keith Patterson 35 pts

McFeeters Impresses in Saturday Singles

Stuart McFeeters amassed an impressive 37 point tally to win the weekend singles event at Strabane Golf Club by a point from runner-up Declan Doherty.  Hugo McCusker carded a typically solid 35 points to take third place with the gross prize going to the ever-consistent Keith Patterson.

In Sunday’s Sperrin Springs Winter Cup, Section A leaders Keith Patterson and Noel Kelly crashed to defeat against the new front-runners in the division, Fred McGavigan and Maurice Doherty. Michael and Aidan Baldrick seem to have lost their momentum a bit over the past couple of weeks.  They lost again on Sunday last and spurned the opportunity to re-establish themselves at the head of affairs.  A significant move came from Ciaran Duffy and Andy Connolly who have come through the pack to mount a serious challenge.  The top fixture in this section next week sees McGavigan and Doherty take on the Baldrick brothers.

The top of Section A reads thus:

1. Fred McGavigan and Maurice Doherty      15.5 points

2. Keith Patterson and Noel Kelly                     14.5 points

3. Michael and Aidan Baldrick                           14.0 points

3. Ciaran Duffy and Andy Connolly Jun.       14.0 points

The top of Section B is even more congested with a half-point separating the leading three contenders. Jim Potts and Declan Doherty have been joined at the top by Cathal McLaughlin and Noel O’Kane. Last week’s leaders, Dermot Corry and Sean MacIntyre slipped back into third place though are far from out of it at this stage.  Indeed, with the two leaders drawn to play each other this coming Sunday, the appearance of head of the table could change dramatically.

Current standings in Section B are:

1. Jim Potts and Declan Doherty                       15.5 points

1. Cathal McLaughlin and Noel O’Kane           15.5 points

3. Dermot Corry and Sean MacIntyre             15.0 points

In the John J. Duffy Junior Winter Cup, Brendan McCrory and Ciaran Roarty have won through to the final where they will meet Eoin O’Neill and Shay Callaghan, with the decider scheduled for Sunday next.

Positions in the ongoing Junior League are as follows:

Section A

1. Ryan McGowan and Adam Cole                  13 points

2. Jordan Arthur and Colin Campbell                11.5 points

Section B

1. Ronan McHugh, Conor Byrne, Conor Bratton                      34 points

2. Brandon O’Neill, Michael P Doherty, Conor Taylor           28 points

Despite the storms which rampaged across the course in mid-week, the intrepid Thursday Club stalwarts managed to complete Week Six of the series.  Kevin Keegan’s 30 points was the best of the day, just edging out Jason Kelly and Jimmy Henderson who each carded 29 points and finished second and third respectively.

The latest round of JJ’s Monday team event produced the following result:

1. Oliver McNally, Michael Doyle, Tommy Forbes, Dermot Cairns        103 points

2. Keith Patterson, Noel Kelly, David Mullan, Billy Doherty                     97.5 points

3, Niall Coulter, Michael Baldrick, John Brolly                                               92 points

Happy 50th – Pat Sharkey

We don’t do this very often on this site, but this one is very worthy.

Our old friend and club member Pat Sharkey is 50 today (10th November).  I don’t have any photos from his younger days, but here is a few from the last few years.

Saturday Singles Competition

Saturday Singles Competition – 15 holes

1st Albert McNally 38pts
2nd Oliver McNally 35pts BOT
3rd Dermot Corry 35pts
Gross Ryan McGowan 34pts

McNally One-Two on Saturday

Albert McNally produced a stunning 38 points over 15 holes to comfortably win the Saturday Singles at Strabane Golf Club. In second place, just getting home on the break of a tie, was Oliver McNally, his 35 point return matched by third placed Dermot Corry.  Young Ryan McGowan continued his great run of form by the taking the gross award with a solid 34 points.  Winners in the coming weeks should note that the presentation of prizes for the Saturday events will be held the next day (Sunday) at 6.30pm.

Trying to predict the likely outcome of the group stages in this year’s Sperrin Springs Winter Cup is virtually impossible.  After Sunday’s round of games the situation in both groups is far from clear.  Group A is headed by Keith Patterson and Noel Kelly who inflicted the first defeat of the campaign on Michael and Aidan Baldrick, and in the process relegating them to second place in the table.  Fred McGavigan and Maurice Doherty moved into contention and in next week’s top clash will meet the current leaders.

The top of Table A reads:

1. Noel Kelly and Keith Patterson                     14 points

2. Michael and Aidan Baldrick                            13 points

3. Fred McGavigan and Maurice Doherty      12 points

In Group B, leaders Dermot Corry and Sean MacIntyre consolidated their position, dropping only a half point to their nearest challengers.  Jim Potts and Declan Doherty moved into a share of second place with John Brolly and Niall Coulter.

The position in Table B is:

1. Dermot Corry and Sean MacIntyre 14 points

2. Jim Potts and Declan Doherty                       12.5 points

3. John Brolly and Niall Coulter                        12.5 points

In the John J. Duffy Junior Winter Cup, the situation after four weeks is:

1. Ryan McGowan and Adam Cole      11 points

2. Eoin O’Neill and Shay Callaghan      10.5 points

3. Patrick Roarty and Lisa Patton          9.5 points

The Thursday Club reached Week 5 last week with Jimmy Wasson posting a winning score of 38 points, one better than runner-up Liam McCool.  On the same mark, and in third place, was Michael Baldrick.

Highlight of the week at the club was undoubtedly the flood-lit tournament in aid of the CRY charity, a seven-hole event which drew a huge entry of 80 players.  Frankie Connolly’s 15 point return was best on the night, with Gary Duffy and Sharon Haughey finishing second and third respectively with 14 points.  Pat McAneny and Kevin Neeson each recorded a birdie on the par three.

Recent results from the Bridge Club:

  1. Garvin Godfrey and Frankie Houston
  2. Declan Doherty and Susan Doherty

Night Golf – 5th November 2010

Night Golf – 5th November 2010

1st Frankie Connolly (22)       15 pts
2nd Gary Duffy (9)        14 pts
3rd Sharon Haughey (36)   14 pts BOT

2’s – Pat “the pup” McAneny & Kevin Neeson

C.R.Y. Night Golf – Result

What a night!!!

Last night – Friday 5th November (Guy Fawkes night), Strabane Golf Club had some fireworks of their own.

70+ golfers played in the first Night Golf competition held in the north of Ireland.
We were blessed with a great night which helped make this a night to remember.

When James Patton approached our Captain Seamus Friel about having a golf competition at night time, Seamus thought he was mad!!  Anyway a few months  later, after a lot preparation, we played in in the dark.  Glow-in-the-dark balls were being launched into the air and golfers were having a brilliant time, we even had a few birdies!!!!

Along with all the craic there was a serious side to the night, this year the Captain’s chosen charity was C.R.Y., and all proceeds went to this worthy cause. Louise McShane from the charity was there last night selling tickets and adding to the total.  Even her daughter, got into the act by winning first prize 🙂  http://www.c-r-y.org.uk/ni.htm

Results
1st Frankie Connolly 15pts
2nd  Gary Duffy  14pts BOT
3rd Sharon Haughey 14pts

Birdies – Pat ‘The Pub’ McAneny and Kevin Neeson

Congratulation to Frankie, hopefully this isn’t the last ‘Night Golf’ competition and he can defend his title in the future.

Night Golf Update

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.
7 – As you can see from above rules a torch is need, please bring one with you.

Please come early to get kitted out with your nightglow braclets etc..

This competition is for C.R.Y. charity.  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 by Dougie Breslin in the clubhouse afterwards, presentation should be around 11pm.

Winter Golf

Unfortunately it’s that time of year again, winter is upon us. 

So from tomorrow, Saturday 6th November, we will be teeing off from the winter tee-boxes and from Saturday 13th November we will be using mats.

See noticeboard for local rules and which holes are in play.

Night Golf Entertainment

As well as a great night’s entertainment on the golf course, there will be a great nights entertainment in the clubhouse.

‘Rat Pack’ tribute act, Dougie Breslin, will be entertaining everyone on Friday night with all your favourites from Frank, Dean and Sammy, with a few more thrown in for good measure.

www.dougiebreslin.com