Club Notes – 19th April 2011


Saturdays P.G.McGillion Motors Open Stableford saw another huge turnout at Strabane with 192 players taking out cards, with the course in pristine condition and with  favourable weather conditions there were some fantastic scores returned on the day, with a break of tie needed to separate the top four players who all finished on 43 pts. Thanks to a superior back nine of 24 pts the winner was Dr John Etherson (17) who picked up his first major competition win thanks mainly to his fine finish, which contained birdies at the 15th and 16th holes. Finishing in the runners up berth was Seamus Foley (13) who had been in the first Fourball of the day and almost managed to hold on for an overdue win, third place went to Eugene Patton (23) who has been showing steady signs of improvement lately and fourth was Conor Sharkey (9) who will regret a double bogey six at the 14th hole which tainted an otherwise flawless card and cost him a lifetime best return of level par. The final Nett prize went to Declan McColgan (12) with 42 pts with the gross going to Enda Kennedy (scr) with a brilliant three under par round which yielded 39 pts, the nines went to Anthony Callaghan with 23 pts for the first nine and to Terry Doherty (12) with 23 pts for the second nine. 

Ronnie Wiley led the field home in Mondays Open competition with an excellent 42 pts thanks to a remarkable back nine that contained a hole in one at the par three 12th hole followed by a birdie 2 at the par 3 16th hole, runner up in the event was Terence McGranaghan (13) with 40 pts with third going to the ever improving Aidan Corry (14) with 39 pts Enda Kennedy again claimed the gross prize with 33 gross pts. 

Week 13 of the Thursday Club was again played in beautiful Spring weather with some excellent returns once again, the winner was Franke Gallagher (11) with 43 pts with Tommy Forbes (12) maintaining his great run of form to take second with 42 pts and Brian Haughey (12) third with 40 pts

The best visitor on the day was Ryan McGowan who had a brilliant 44 pts.

This Thursday is the final week of phase two of the Thursday Club with only a point separating the top two in the golfer of the year table Foncie McNally leading on 49 pts with Tommy Forbes in second place, the timesheet is posted for the final day to Rosapenna on Thursday 5th May

All members are welcome to attend.

The Ladies section had a great turnout on Tuesday for their Open day Sponsored by The Well Being Clinic with in excess of 80 players entering.

The winner on the day finished in the final Fourball Lorna Duffy (32) ran out the clear winner with an excellent 42 pts three clear of the runner up Teresa Casey (36) with Caroline Connolly (30) third with 37 pts, the gross prize went to Margaret Roarty (11) with 23 gross pts.

The category prizes went to Shelia Breen (13) who took category one with 34 pts Betty Kelly (23) category 2 with 34 pts and to Noreen McNally (30) who took category 3 with 37 pts Catherine Neeson (20) and Lisa Patton (18) took the best nines prizes.

Wednesday nights mixed Greensomes saw Caroline Connolly team up with Aidan Boyle to take first place with 23 pts, Donna Doherty and David Mullen were the runners up with 23 pts also, the same total as third placed Anne Duffy and Tommy Forbes. 

There was a good turnout of 31 teams for the Marie Curie Open team event on Sunday sponsored again by P.J.McGillion Motors with the winners prize going to Nigel and Angela Houston, Laura McCay and Gerry Casey with 102 pts, two clear of second placed Adrian and Michael Baldrick, John Brolly and Niall Coulter. Third went to Stephen McCay, Ciaran Duffy, Andrew Connolly, and George McCay with 98 pts and fourth to Bernie O’Kane, Ann Sharkey, Adeline Shiels and Lorna Duffy with 97 pts.

The final of the Winter Cup was eventually played on Friday night with Ciaran Duffy and Andrew Connolly emerging as the clear winners over Michael and Adrian Baldrick.

In Inter club golf our Junior Fred Daly team had a fantastic 7-0 home leg win over Fintona G.C and Stephen McCay’s young guns will be resounding favourites to progress to the next round.

Our Ulster Cup team had a disappointing 6-1 defeat away to Killymoon G.C. with Declan Lynch the sole winner for Strabane although with the home leg to come in a fortnights time all is not yet lost.

This Saturday’s competition is The Caffé Fresco Open Stableford with an Easter Monday Open on the 25th April.

 Entertainment in the club this Sunday night- Easter Sunday with the return of the very popular Mr Men with support from “Sister Act “ at 10.00pm

Doors open at 9.00pm and admission are: Members £4 and visitors £5 all welcome.

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