Club Notes – 14th June 2011

ARBUCKLE PASSES THE TEST

Local driving instructor Paddy Arbuckle (21) held his nerve to take the weekends big competition the Modern Tyre Services Open thanks to a storming finish making par at the difficult 17th hole and finishing with an excellent Birdie 3 at the 18th where the pin position on Saturday was almost impossible, giving him a fine total of 42 pts, a relative newcomer to the game Paddy has come on leaps and bounds over the summer months culminating in this his first ever competition win, the unlucky runner up on Saturday was Aidan Boyle (5) who returned a seasons best 68 gross also resulting in 42 pts but he missed out on break of tie over the last 6 holes, also in fine form was Chris McDermott (12) who’s level par second 9 gave him a total of 41 pts for 3rd place, Peter Doherty Jnr (7) has been featuring strongly off late and he took 4th place with 40 pts  the same total as 5th placed David Mullen(11).
The gross prize went to Cathal Patton with 34 pts with the nines going to Adrian McGonagle (19) with 22pts for the first 9 and to Chris Timoney with an eye catching 25 pts for the second 9, in total there were 210 entries testament to the improved weather conditions on the day.

Mc Goldrick Sports Open
There was also an excellent entry of just over 100 players for the McGoldrick Sports Open on Thursday last with Ryan McGowan (7) taking the honours the long hitting junior member was in fine form getting home in level par to record a winning 43 pts which was well ahead of the rest of the field, 2nd place went to Martin McDermott (5) with 39pts with Paddy Arbuckle (21) serving notice of what was to follow with 39 pts also, Patrick Kennedy (2) took the gross prize with a 1 over par 35 pts.

Monday Open
Last weeks Monday Open went to visiting player Daniel Patton (14) with an excellent 44 pts with John Maxwell (15) in second place with 42 pts and Shane McLaughlin (12) 3rd with 40 pts Paddy Kennedy again took the gross prize.

CAPTAINS MIXED FOURSOMES
The start of Mr Brian O’Kanes Captains week   got underway on Sunday with the traditional Captains Mixed event and despite the horrendous afternoon downpours plays proceeded with 31 pairs braving the elements.

The winning total was posted by Annette Patton and Patsy Wilson with a brilliant 64 nett with Rachael Devenney and Frankie Connolly the runners up with 65.5 nett third went to Geraldine Mc Crory and Pat Corry with 66.5 nett with Dympna Doherty and Ben Corry with 81 gross, the Stableford prize went to Olive Reid and Denis Porter with 38 pts. The Captain thanked the sponsors of the event the local Multiple Sclerosis Society who will be the Captain’s nominated charity for the year.

Last Wednesdays mixed scramble event was won my Lauren and Lisa Patton, Conal Cooke and Conor Sharkey with a fantastic return of 45.2 nett with Dympna Doherty, Lorna Duffy Rory Doherty and Ciaran Doherty with 46.6 nett.

Inter Club golf
Our Barton Shield team captained by Mark Donaghey bowed out of this years event at the second stage to Foyle G.C despite a fine first round win over a fancied Letterkenny G.C. team in the morning match.

Better news however of our Junior Fred Daly team who secured their third win in this years competition at the weekend with a comprehensive  defeat of   Ballymena G.C.   Stephen McCay’s charges took a strong 6—1 advantage from Saturdays home leg and comfortably took the necessary points in the away tie on Sunday past, the lads now meet Ballyclare  in the Ulster last 16 on at home on Sunday and best of luck is extended to them and their mentors.

Chris McDermotts Phair Cup team have progressed to the Semi-final of their event after securing 5 pts in Last Fridays away leg.

Good luck also to our Senior Cup team who attempt to Qualify for the matchplay stages at Portstewart on Sunday next.

Captains Day
This Saturday is Mr Brian O’Kanes Captains Day best of luck is extended to Brian for his big day hopefully the weather will be kind, entertainment at the presentation dance will be provided by the “Mr Men.” Members are requested to use the Carricklee room bar until the conclusion of the meal at approximately 10.30pm.

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