Club Notes – 21st November 2011

GOLF COURSE GLOWS IN THE DARK!

Night time golf proved a great success on Friday night past, with heightened Media Coverage of the event adding even more to the enjoyment of the spectacle, including Sky Sports News who were present to record clips and interviews from the evening.  In all 75 players, both Ladies and Gents, took to the fairways armed with a clear golf ball with a luminous stick inside, their necklace glow stick and some with miners type lights which had to be switched off while playing their shots.  The top five holes were lit up with beacons like an airport runway showing the competitors the route to take, the greens and bunkers were similarly lit up in different colours and putting was aided by further glowing sticks in the holes. Almost £1500 was raised on the evening for the local Branch of C.R.Y., Cardiac Risk in the Young, with the present chairperson of the group, former Tyrone GAA Captain Brian Dooher also competing in the event. There was a close finish to the event with no fewer than seven players equalling the best score of the night nine points and on break of tie. The winner was declared as Oliver McNally, with Denis Porter and Kevin Keegan second and third.

Many thanks to all the sponsors of the night and to the organising committee headed by Vice –President Seamus Friel aided by James Patton, Jimmy Duncan, Sean McIntyre, Michael Kennedy, Gerry Glover and Brian O’Kane.  Hopefully this will become an annual event in the future. 

Saturday Stableford competitions.
The previous weeks Saturday Stableford Competition had a good entry of over 90 players with Joe Doherty taking the honours with an excellent 37 pts ahead of Maurice Doherty on 35 pts with Mickey Kelly 3rd also with 35 pts, the gross went to Enda Kennedy with level par 30 pts.

Last Saturday’s similar event went to Joey Roulstone with an eye catching 39 pts, one ahead of John Brolly on 38 pts and Denis Porter on 36 pts the gross went to Martin Rouse with 24 pts. 

Thursday club
Last weeks Thursday club was a near washout with only a handful of brave souls completing the course in the horrendous weather conditions.

First went to Adrian McGonagle with 33 pts, 2nd Mark Sharkey 32 pts and 3rd Frankie Gallagher with 31 pts, the visitors prize went to Mark Rouse with 32 pts. The previous weeks competition was dominated by Pascal McGillian who’s 42 pts won by a country mile, the runner up was Danny Duffy with 36 pts and third went to Hugh Casey with 35 pts.

In the race for the golfer of the year title Ronnie Wiley is out in front on 99 pts with Denis Porter 2nd on 90 pts and Hugh Casey 3rd with 86 pts with 6 weeks remaining of the first phase. 

Sperrin Springs Winter Cup
This Sunday will see the final week of qualifying in The Sperrin Springs Winter cup with all the semi-final places still up for grabs in what should be an intriguing weeks play with several key fixtures set to determine the eventual qualifiers in either of the sections.

In section (A) Keith Patterson and Billy Doherty lead the way on 19.5 pts after some great results in recent weeks including inflicting the first defeat of the campaign on early pacesetters Fred McGavigan and Maurice Doherty on Sunday past, their opponents this week are Oliver Creswell and Aidan Corry and if Patterson and Doherty can avoid defeat they will Qualify for the last four, probably along with the winners of the match between Fred McGavigan and Maurice Doherty who take on Freddie Patterson and Michael Baldrick, with John Maxwell and John Brolly still in the frame looking to take advantage of any late slip ups!

In section (B) the proceedings are slightly more clear cut with Ronnie Wiley and Mark Sharkey back on top on 20 pts after two back to back wins they will qualify if they take a solitary point from this weeks match against John Hegarty and John Tinney, they will be joined in the semi-final by William Potts and Johnny Potts if they can win their last fixture against Stephen Curry and Gerard Foley, with Eric and Barry Reid also still in contention despite losing to the leaders on Sunday Past.

Section (A)
1st K. Patterson & B. Doherty 19.5
2nd F mcGavigan & M.Doherty 18.5
3rd O.Creswell & A.Corry 17.0
4th J.Maxwell & J.Brolly 16.5
5th F.Patterson & M.Baldrick 16.0

Section (B)
1st R.Wiley & M.Sharkey 20.0
2nd W.Potts & J.Potts 17.0
3rd B.Reid & E.Reid 16.5
4th J.Hegarty &J.Tinney 16.5
5th S.Curry & G.Foley 15.0

Junior John Duffy Winter Cup
Play has progressed now to the final week of the John Duffy Junior Winter Cup with all the various section up for decision in this the upcoming final week. In section (a) Caolan Crawford and Conor McCool lead the way on 17 pts and look strong favourites to close out the section this week the left handed duo remaining unbeaten to date in the competition, in second place are Ryan McGowan and Shay Callaghan on 15 pts with Jordan Arthur and Lee McClelland 3rd on 12 pts.

In section (b) Singles…Hayden mcNamee and P McGranaghan are joint leaders on 28 pts Matt Campbell is 3rd with 26 pts with Adam McGill 4th with 22 pts. In section 3Cormac Hamilton is the clear leader on 38 pts, with Thomas McConnell 2nd with 28 pts and Conor Bratton 3rd with Garbhan Roulstone with 24 pts respectively.

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