Golf Club News – 29th August 2011

Strabane Golf Club Report – w/e 28 August 2011

George Gets His First Win
The Pat Kirk Open was the stage for George McCay’s first ever competition win on Saturday past.  Lefthander George took first place with 40 points, thanks in some part to a driver he bought two years ago from his brother Eamon, who was equally delighted with the win as George has consistently refused to pay for the purchase until it proved its worth on the course!

Brian Cairns took second place with a very credible 39 points and Barry Whyte hit the right notes to take 3rd with 38 points on a break of tie. Aidan Coyle (38 pts) took 4th and Paul Gallagher took 5th following a six way count back with 37pts. One handicapper Paddy Kennedy claimed another gross prize with a round of 33 points, playing alongside Stephen “Gadget Man” McCay who, despite the use of the electronic aid Sky Caddie failed to feature in the prizes! Paul O’Hare’s putting form returned at last to allow him to take the First Nine prize with Ciaran Patton taking the Second Nine.

Monday Open – The disqualification of a higher score saw Monday’s Open won by John Brolly with 39 points on a BOT from Declan “The Guy” McDonnell.  Joe Elliott’s 38 pts was enough to take 3rd place. Six handicapper, Fred McGavigan took the Gross prize with 37 points. Members are reminded that all scorecards must be signed by both player and marker before being returned.

Donna’s Flowerbox Ladies Open – The Lady Captain, Norma Brogan (12), took first place in Donna’s Flowerbox Open on Tuesday with 38 points, from Greencastle’s Philomena Cooke (15) on 37 pts following another break of tie. Lorna Duffy took 3rd place and the Gross prize went to 2 handicapper, Helen Jones with 29 pts. Catherine Neeson, Madeline McColgan and Ballybofey’s Christine Lynch took the category prizes. The Nines were secured by Helen McGaughy from Newtownstewart and Rosemary Wilson with Violet Spratt taking the visitor’s prize with 33 points.

The results continues a series of wins for middle range handicappers on what is becoming regarded as a fairly difficult course for lady golfers.

Wednesday Night Mixed Eighteen pairs participated in Wednesday Night’s Mixed Competition and 35 points was enough to secure first place for Nigel and Angela Houston. Damien Mullen and Lorna Duffy took 2nd with 34 pts and Sammy Devenney took 3rd place for the second consecutive week but with Olive Reed as his partner this time (33pts).

TBF McElholm Open – Barber Paul McGarrigle trimmed his handicap to 12 after winning Thursday’s TBF McElholm Open with an exceptional 46 points. Paddy Kennedy’s superb 3 under par 66 converted to 40 points to secure 2nd place with James Langan taking 3rd with 39 pts. Ben Corry returned to the prizes with 36 points to take the gross.

Sunday’s “Baby Hope” Competition – Caroline Connolly carried husband Frankie (as usual) as they teamed up with Martin and Jennifer Rouse to win Sunday’s Baby Hope competition with an incredible 102 points. Micky Neeson, joined the Three Stoogies Team of Martin Patton, Aidan Baldrick and Brian Cairns to take 2nd with 98 pts on a BOT. Stephen Curry, Francie Conwell, Liam and Gerald Foley took 3rd place. Congratulations to Johnny Potts who aced the second hole to take the Nearest The Pin prize. The Non-Golfers first prize was won by the team of Eamon and Peter McGrellis and Victor and Raymond Brolly with 91 points.

Inter Club News President Pat Patton’s Lawson Cup team took a slender 9-7 lead over near neighbours Newtownstewart after the first leg of the final played in Strabane last Friday but fell 12 – 4 on Monday in the return leg to lose 19 – 13 overall.

Freddie Patterson’s Robert’s Cup team have it all to do to retain that trophy after going down 9.5–2.5 to Castlehume on Sunday whilst Chipper McDermott’s Phair Cup team suffered a 13—3 defeat away to Killymoon to lose that final by 20—12 overall.

It was better news on the junior side with the Junior Donegal League team winning the first leg of their semi final with Letterkenny 2—1. The second leg will be played next Saturday.

Upcoming Events – This weekend sees the Daly’s Topaz Open on Saturday whilst Sunday is the date for the second annual Brian Patton Memorial Open in aid of McMillan Cancer. There are still some times available for the competition and commemorative T-Shirts are available by pre-order through Strabane Golf Club (Tel: 71382271).

The Ladies Past Captains competition will be held on Friday 2nd September and the JD Print Open on Thursday 8th.

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