Club Notes – 19th September 2011

Strabane Golf Club Report – W/E 18 September 2011

Michael Baldrick continued the form that took him to third place last weekend with a 42 points score to win Saturday’s Strabane & Finn Valley Open. On a soft wet course only two players bettered forty on the day with Damien Carey securing second place on 41 pts. Joe Elliott and Brian Brolly took 3rd and 4th respectively on 38pts and 37pts, whilst Ronnie Wiley warmed up for Sunday as he claimed 5th also on 37pts. In another good performance the in-form 3-handicapper Darren Crawford claimed the gross prize with 33pts. With only two competitions remaining, Darren leads the Golfer of the Year race by 6pts. Martin Keys and Noel McConnell took the Nines.

Ronnie Wiley enjoyed one of his best weekends of golf for a long time as he followed up his Saturday performance in the Finn Valley Open to win Sunday’s WHSCT Respiratory Services Fund Betterball alongside partner Conor Sharkey on 47 pts. Paul McGill and Brian Kelly were 2nd with 46pts with Denis Porter and George Turner in 3rd on 45pts.

Noel McConnell also had a solid weekend with his second consecutive placing, taking 4th alongside Jim Duffy, whilst recent individual winners Ben Corry and George McCay teamed up to take 5th place. Other winners were:

6th Place – Eddie McHugh & Frank McBrearty; 7th Place – Gerry Casey & Sean Devine; 8th Place – Kevin Keegan & Joe Doherty; 9th Place- Aidan Baldrick & Martin Patton; 10th Place- Freddie Wilson & John Gaughan. Catherine Nesson and Geraldine McCrory took the Ladies Team with 41pts.

City of Derry’s Mark Mohan claimed first place at Thursday’s PA School of Motoring Open with a very fine score of 43 pts. Conor Sharkey showed a consistent form this week also as the 8-handicapper took 2nd place with an excellent 42 pts ahead of his win on Sunday. Once again there was a high turnout of visiting golfers to Strabane and it was a good day for them as Letterkenny’s Conor Friel took 3rd with 41pts and Rosapenna’s Enda Kennedy took the Gross with 38pts. The actual Visitor’s prize went to Moyola’s Gerry Martin with 39pts.

The Ladies Bertie Colhoun was played on Tuesday and Patricia Kelly came home in first place with 38pts. The categories were won by Mandy Coyne and Caroline Connolly who is really enjoying a purple patch at present.

Darren Crawford’s Donegal Senior League team have a narrow lead over Ballybofey going into the second leg next Sunday.

Congratulations to junior member Ryan McGowan who took the first round of the Donegal Alliance at Letterkenny with 41 pts, helped by an ace at the 16th hole.

Thursday’s Bridge Results:
1st Susan Doherty and Declan Doherty
2nd Garvin Godfrey and Frankie Houston
3rd Brian Houston and Pat Corry.

Music in the clubhouse next Saturday 24th September, with Toby Wilders.

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