Club Notes – 7th November 2011

Course Slowly Recovering

As a result of the recent monsoon like conditions the golf course has taken an early Winter battering from the rains, leaving parts of the course extremely wet especially in the semi-roughs which have become particularly difficult to play from and as a result the Winter mats have had to be introduced somewhat earlier this year than was anticipated, however thanks to the sterling work from our greens-staff play has been possible for the most part.

Denis Porter (9) took the previous weeks 15 holes Stableford event with a fine 37 pts thanks to an eye catching one under gross back nine to finish ahead of Declan Lynch (8) who’s score of 34 pts was creditable in the conditions, third went to Dermott Corry (19) with 33 pts, while the gross prize was claimed by Ben Corry (4) with 28 gross pts.

With the more favourable conditions for play on Saturday past there was a much better entry for the weekly Stableford event which went to Shane McLaughlin (12), who has taken his great summer form into the Autumn returning a blistering 39 pts to romp home from the runner up Eugene Patton (22) who had 36 pts, the same total as third placed Noel Kelly (13) with the gross on this occasion going to Keith Patterson with 27pts.

Thursday Club
The popular Thursday Club event is in full swing and has reached week 6 in the first phase. Week fives competition went to Charlie Patton with 36 pts with Aidan Corry the runner up with 35 pts and Hugo McCusker third with 34 pts. Week six went to Denis Porter with 36 pts with Brian Haughey the runner up with 35 pts and Jimmy Henderson claiming 3rd with 35pts also.

Denis Porter now leads the way in the golfer of the year table with 84 pts just one clear of Ronnie Wiley with 83 pts.

Winter Cup
The Sperrin Springs Winter Cup has progressed through week 4 with the league tables in both sections very close affairs. In section (A)

Fred McGavigan and Maurice Doherty currently lead the way on 14 pts having won all four off their matches to date the latest win seeing them overcoming the challenge of the highly fancied David Mullen and Ryan Stevenson securing 3.5 pts, their opponent this week will be John Maxwell and John Brolly who have quietly moved into second place despite losing their match in week 3, these two will meet in this weeks series of matches in what should be a close encounter. Currently third in the section are Keith Patterson and Billy Doherty on 12 pts and they take on 4th placed David Friel and George McCay this week.

In section (B) There is a three way tie at the table summit after leaders Ronnie Wiley and Mark Sharkey lost on Sunday past to Stephen Curry and Gerard Foley who themselves have moved into contention just half a point behind the leaders. This weeks fixtures will see Wiley and Sharkey against fellow table toppers William Potts and Johnny Potts with Eric and Barry Reid taking on Curry and Foley.

Monday Club
Ten teams took part in last weeks Monday Club event with Kevin Keegan, Charlie Patton, Oliver McNally and Chris McDermott the winners with 79.5 pts, the runners up were Denis Porter, George Turner, Jim Wasson and Hugh Casey with 78.75 pts.

Michael Bannon Coaching Day
Rory McIlroys golf coach Michael Bannon made a full days visit to the club on Wednesday last for a coaching session with 50 of our junior members, a very enjoyable day was had by all and hopefully our junior section will reap the benefits of this brilliant day with both Michael Bannon and P.G.A professional Geoff Loughrey who was instrumental in setting this day up for his former club,

Many thanks also to Sean McGonagle who gave a very inspirational talk on the mind side of the game later in the evening, a talk that was thoroughly enjoyed by the large crowd of golfers that attended.

John Duffy Junior Winter Cup
In section (A) the left handed duo of Caolan Crawford and Conor mcCool lead the way on 7 pts, with Ryan McGowan and Shay Callaghan second on 6 pts, while in section (B) Matthew Campbell has built an early lead on 18 pts with Adam McGill second on 12 pts, In section (C) Thomas McConnell leads on 14 pts with Conor Bratton and Cormac Hamilton joint second on 10 pts.

Texas Hold’em Poker Classic
There is a Texas Hold’em poker classic in the main room this Friday night beginning at 9.15pm the entry fee is £10 per person and everyone is welcome.

Quiz night also returns for the winter season on Thursday 16th Nov at sharp

A great programme of festive entertainment has been arranged over the Christmas period further details are available on the club website or on our Facebook page.

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