Club Notes – 12th September 2011



Ben Corry followed up his gross prize win at last month’s TBF McElholm by taking first place overall at this week’s Gormley’s Optician’s Open from Paul Gallagher (2nd) and David Mullen (3rd). A break of tie was required with the first three each returning 39 points on a day when the low handicappers dominated in the face of strong winds and some very difficult pin placements. Declan (Guy) McDonnell took his second prize of the week claiming the Gross prize with 36 pts.

Frankie Gallagher took 4th with 37pts and Sean Callaghan, playing out of Narin & Portnoo Golf Club took 5th with 36pts. There was a high turnout of visitors for Strabane’s latest open competition and Newtownstewart’s Roy Kee took the Visitor’s prize with34 pts. Declan O’Hare and Martin Keys took the Nines.

The low handicappers also dominated early in the week as Declan McDonnell emerged the winner in the Monday Open with 39pts. Gadgetman Stephen McCay just failed to emulate his father George’s recent win, coming in 2nd on 38 pts. (must be listening at last to his Sky Caddie Thingy!). Playing partner Paddy Kennedy took 3rd with 38 pts with Peter Doherty (Jun) claiming the Gross on 34 pts. The Visitor’s prize was won by Chris Breen from Ballybofey/Stranorlar.

Liam Curry made a welcome return to the winner’s roster with a fantastic 43 pts to take first place at Thursday’s JD Print Open. Enda Kennedy took 2nd with an equally impressive 41 pts playing of a 1 handicap and Liam Mc Devitt took 3rd also with 41 pts. Keith Patterson claimed the Gross prize with 40 pts.

Forty One Teams played in Sunday’s Owen Roes Golf Classic. Dermott and Mark Corry, Dermott Cairns and Jim Duffy took the first team prize with 92 points. The recent winning team of Caroline and Frankie Connolly (note which name comes first!) and Martin and Jennifer Rouse came in second with 89 points. The Baldrick “Buggy” Brothers Aidan and Michael, playing alongside Gerard Stewart and John Brolly took 3rd whilst Nigel and Angela Houston, Gerard Casey and Ryan McGowan took 4th.

The Team of Connor O’Neill, Kieran Kelly, Ryan McShane and Cathal McShane took the Non-Players prize.

The Ladies Team prize was won by Norma Brogan (Lady Captain), Dympna Doherty, Lorna Duffy and Adeline Shields with a score of 81 pts.

The 1st Nine prize went to the team of Paul McGarrigle, Garrick Wood, Sean McCrossan, and John Tinney. Sammy and Rachel Devenny, playing with Eric and Olive Reid took the 2nd Nine.

Longest Drive went to Ryan McGowan and Pat O’Neill took Nearest the Pin.

The poor weather meant there was no ladies competition on Tuesday and only a reduced mixed competition on Wednesday. It was all worthwhile however for Catherine Neeson who, after numerous unsuccessful attempts playing with husband Kevin, secured a first place playing alongside son Ciaran. Declan Lynch and Mary McGuigan took 2nd place.

Congratulations to Freddie Patterson’s team who secured his second win as Captain of the Roberts Cup in the final against Castlehume. The over 60’s Jimmy Carroll team could only manage 4th place out of 8 in the final but ran out winners of the Ulster title.

This Friday, Strabane Golf Club, in association with India House – Derry, presents “A NIGHT OF INDIAN FOOD” starting at 8pm. Starters-Main Course-Buffet Dessert available for £12.95pp. Early bookings recommended for this popular event. Call Tommy on 07719422463.

Sunday sees the WHSCT Respiratory Services Fund Open 4 ball Better Ball. A very worthwhile event with fantastic prizes for £20 per pair (£30 Visitors per pair). Entertainment following provided by Jim Devine and The Forbes Sisters at 8.30pm.

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