Club Notes – 17th May 2011

TOUGH CONDITIONS AGAIN AT STRABANE

Conditions for Saturdays Sports Centre Open Stroke were again extremely tough with heavy showers and a strong easterly breeze making scoring very difficult once again.  Despite this however, there was a fantastic entry for this long established event with some 205 members and visitors taking out cards to battle the elements from the back blue markers. 
       The winning score on the day came from new member Robert Bell (12) who has now lost a massive 4 shots since joining from Letterkenny in October last year, with a great run of consistent returns, his winning total on Saturday of 39pts being by far the most notable, the runner up was Karl Barr (9) with an excellent 38 pts with the fast improving Gerry Casey (19) in third place with the same total, Franke Gallagher (9) made yet another visit to the winning enclosure securing fourth spot with 37 pts with James Patton (jnr) (12) in fifth place with 36 pts, Mark McColgan (6) took his first gross prize of the season with a solid 5 over par round with the categories going to Peter Doherty Jnr (6) Brian Haughey (13) and Eddie mcCrea (19) with the nines going to Patrick Harper (18) and Frankie Connolly(23),  the visitors prize went to Seamus Patton from Silverwood G.C. with 34 pts.

The presentation for this event is on Friday night 20th May, this presentation night also includes the recent Medicare Open Stroke, and T Oscar Rollins Open, all winners are asked to be in attendance.

 T Oscar Rollins Thursday open.
Thursday’s open was sponsored by T Oscar Rollins with a good field of almost 100 players, once again the tough conditions were a major factor in the relatively modest returns, the best of which was Brian Millar (22) with 39 pts which was two clear of Cyril Downey (22) with 37pts with Jimmy Coyle third with 36 pts, Jimmy now in his 80’s has been playing some of his best ever golf recently and seems to be improving with age!.  Enda Kennedy(scr) took the gross prize with a three over round which converted to 33 pts while Joe Harley (16) was the days best visitor with 34 pts.

Monday Open
Last weeks Monday Open went to Sean Glackin (16) from Newtownstewart with 37 pts on break of tie from Stephen Curry (12) with Darren Kelly (13) from Faughan Valley G.C. third with 34 pts. The gross prize went to Franke Gallagher (9)  and the visitors to Eddie McHugh (16) from Letterkenny G.C.

 Georgina Gregg Cup-Ladies
Conditions for Tuesdays Ladies competition the Georgina Gregg Cup were also extremely difficult with high winds and heavy showers prevailing for most of the day, the winner was Mandy Coyne (9) with a good return of 74 nett with Lisa Patton (18) taking category one with 77 nett and Jenifer Rouse (25) category two with 74 nett.

 Mixed Foursomes
Unfortunately our Mixed Foursomes team failed to Qualify for the Match-play stages of this years GUI event missing out by a single shot on Sunday at Omagh G.C.

In Wednesdays mixed foursomes event Laura McCay and Frankie Connolly were the winners with a great total of 33 pts which was 3 clear of the runners up Denis Porter and Mary McCrory with Tommy Sharkey and Teresa Casey Third in the same total of 30 pts.

Inter Club Golf
Maurice Harkins Ulster Fourball team went down by 3.5 matches to 1.5 matches on Saturday in their match with Lisburn G.C and have it all to do in the second leg next Saturday at home good luck to them. 
Club President Pat Patton can be well satisfied with his Lawson Cup teams performance securing 7.5 pts in the away leg against Aughnacloy G.C and should be favourites to progress to the next round. 

Timesheets are now posted for the Habinteg Housing Association open Teams on Friday 27th May and for the Knockavoe Special Care School Team Classic on Sunday 29th May.

Fixtures.
Sat 21st May Bank of Ireland Open S/ford
Mon 23rd May Monday Open S/Ford
Thur 19th May Thursday Open S/Ford

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