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.

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