Club Notes – 21st March 2011

14-year-old takes first prize in John Kelly Competition

The first Senior Qualifying competition of the year got underway on Saturday, and there was a great  turnout of 169 players for the John Kelly Competition. It was a calm, bright day for the event, and it was played off the Summer  tees.

The John Kelly is traditionally,  the first competition of the new season  and  was won by  14-year-old junior member  Caolan Crawford, who returned a fantastic 42 points. A score of +8 gross at the tender age of 14.  Caolan is a huge talent with a bright future, and it certainly won’t be his only  win in senior golf.  Runner-up with 41 points was Martin McCallion. Picking up where he left off last year, 2010 Golfer of the Year, Keith Patterson was in third with 41 points. The Gross Prize went to 2 Handicapper Paddy Kennedy, who shot 35 gross  points.

Meanwhile Category One went to Kevin Neeson on  who had 40 points. Category two was won by Cahir Doherty who shot 38 points and Category three was won by Jim Potts who shot 42 points. The front and back nine prizes went to Freddie Patterson and Martin Gormley respectfully.

There was also a big turnout for the St Patricks Day competition. Thursdays Open was played over 16 holes and played off the yellow tees for the first time this year. The winner with a brilliant 42 pts  was Adrian McGonagle, runner-up was Oliver McNally with 37 points and third was Seamus McPhilemy with 34 points. The visitors  prizes were  won by Johnny Potts, who shot 38 points and Oliver Creswell who returned 37 pts.

The New Captains drive in took place on Sunday last with 30 pairs playing in the Mixed greensomes event that followed, the clear  winners were Annette Patton and Oliver McNally with a brilliant 49 pts a full seven points clear of the runners up Caroline and Frankie Connolly with 42 pts the same total as third placed Teresa Logue and Paul McGill, the gross prize went to Lauren Patton and Conor Sharkey with 27 gross points..

Strabane Golf Clubs Junior Fred Daly team played Royal Belfast Golf Club on Sunday morning in the first round of this year’s event and came out victorious, 6.5 points to 0.5 points. The Strabane team will travel to Belfast with a healthy advantage in a  fortnights  time for the second leg.

This weeks competition the B. McNamee Open will be the first off the back  White markers.

Next Monday will be the final Monday club competition of the Winter season and will be followed by a buffet and entertainment.

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