Club Notes – 27th February 2012


With the 2012 golfing season less than a month away the countdown to the season is in full swing, the final touches and jigging of fixture schedules is currently being done with the new Golfing programme booklet hopefully available to members from next week.

The current unseasonably wet conditions has greatly affected the Winter programme with the Greenkeepers and members alike now hoping for better drying conditions with more members getting back out to play, this was the case on Saturday when 85 cards were taken out for the 15 holes stableford event, the winner was the ever consistent Kevin Keegan (13) who has continued to post great returns all winter, this time with an excellent 41 pts which was three clear of the runner up Declan Doherty (20) with Martin Gormley (14) third with 37 pts, the gross prize went to eight handicapper Declan Lynch with 30 pts.

The previous weeks event went to Brian Kelly with 37 pts with Foncie McNally runner up with 36 pts with Mark Rouse third with 36 pts, the gross went to Keith Patterson with 29 pts.

The Thursday club has progressed to Week 5 in the second phase
Results Week 4 – 1st John Brolly 41pts, 2nd Kevin Keegan 38pts & 3rd Chris McDermott 38 pts.
Week 5 – 1st Foncie McNally 41pts, 2nd Martin Finlay 39pts, 3rd Mark Sharkey 38 pts.
The current Golfer of the Year table is very close to date with several players in close contention, just out in front on 56 pts is Jim Arbuckle with Denis Porter 2nd with 53 pts, who is one ahead of third place Michael Baldrick on 52 with Kevin Keegan 4th on 51 pts.

The Super-Valu Springers league has progressed to week 6 and remains a very close affair at the top of the table with “The 2 PR’S” Currently out in front with 241 pts the team made up of Eric and Barry Reid and William and Johnny Potts have scored very consistently throughout and may take a bit of catching with the team score format in play for the final two weeks.
Currently in second position are “4 Men this year” on 239 pts Michael Baldrick, John Brolly, John Maxwell and Freddie Patterson also playing very steady golf, however the low man Freddie Patterson is out injured for the rest of the campaign and the team will have to choose a replacement well to stay in the frame. In third place are “2 up 2 down” a further 4 shots back on 235, Denis Porter, George Turner, Joe Doherty and Pat McAneny will still have high hopes of winning this title.
There is always an interesting race for the dreaded Wooden Spoon for last place in the event and that unenviable position is currently occupied by the experienced quartet of Eamon McCay, Martin Rouse, Nigel Houston and Brian O’Kane with 213 pts, it is hoped that they can pull out of their current slump and move upwards in the table. The presentation for this event will take place on Friday 23rd March and a sheet is currently available to players to indicate if they are attending the meal.

Congratulations to Brendan McCrory and to Rachel McNally who have been selected as the Junior Captains for 2012.

Well done to regular Golf club performer Jim Devine who has reached the Live shows in the “Voice of Ireland” Jim will be competing on Sunday 11th March hopefully everyone will get behind him and vote.

Tickets are Currently on Sale for the Flash Harry Show on Sunday 8th April priced at Members £13- visitors £15, don’t miss this remarkable opportunity to see one of Europe’s top Tribute Bands.

Saturday Singles – 15 holes

Saturday Singles – 25th February 2012 – 15 holes

1st Kevin Keegan (13) 41pts
2nd Declan Doherty (20) 38pts
3rd Martin Gormley (14) 37pts
Gross Declan Lynch (8) 22pts


R.I.P. John Joe

It is with the deepest regret that we have learned this afternoon of the death of our life-long member and former President, Mr John Joe Christy.
John had been very ill recently but still managed to call to the club for a wee drink and a chat as often as he could, without ever a complaint.
Our sincere condolences to all his family who will miss him greatly as will so many of his great friends at Strabane Golf Club..RIP..John Joe…

Saturday Singles – 15 holes

Saturday Singles – 18th February 2012 – 15 holes

1st Brian Kelly (21) 37pts
2nd Foncie McNally (14) 36pts BOT
3rd Mark Rouse (22) 36pts
Gross Keith Patterson (22) 24pts

Saturday Singles – 15 holes

Saturday Singles – 11th February 2012 – 15 holes

1st Albert McNally (21) 36pts BOT
2nd Hugo McCusker (12) 36pts BOT
3rd Martin Finlay (20) 36pts
Gross Ryan McGowan (6) 22pts

Bridge Club

Don’t forget that there is a Bridge Club that meets every Thursday at 8pm in the clubhouse.

New members welcome.

If you are a beginner why not contact Frankie Houston or Garvin Godfrey for some lessons.

Results from previous weeks can be found in the Competitions Tab or click the link below

Flash Harry – Easter Sunday Night

Don’t miss out on a great nights entertainment when Flash Harry makes a welcome return to our club.  Tickets are going fast, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Ticket are priced at £15.

Club Notes – 6th February 2011


The unseasonably mild but very wet spell of weather has continued to disrupt the local golfing programme at Strabane and in fact it is true testament to the marvellous work on the drainage on the course in recent years that any play has been possible at all.

The delayed Sperrin Springs Winter cup has finally concluded. 
With both semi-finals firstly being up for decision, in a very close encounter Oliver Creswell and Aidan Corry just got the better of Ronnie Wiley and Mark Sharkey at the 18th hole while the Father and Son combination of Eric and Barry Reid used their shots well to defeat Fred McGavigan and Maurice Doherty at the 16th hole, leaving the two victors to slog it out for this years title, the match proved to be a very tense affair with Eric and Barry again using their shots well at important times and despite a strong rally from their opponents the Reid duo wrapped the match up at the final hole with a testing six footer from Barry Reid who held his nerve well many congratulations to the winners who proudly lifted the Leo Kavanagh Memorial Cup.

Thursday Club
The clubs popular Thursday club competition had also fallen victim to the inclement weather at the back end of the phase one stage with five weeks being lost in total, however the weather stayed reasonable for the final day proceedings with 60 players competing for the great prizes up for grabs with first and second place winning a pass for all days of the up coming Irish Open at Portrush.

The winner on the day was Adrian McGonagle who’s golf has improved to no end over the Winter months his total of 36 pts on the day was good enough to win by one Shot from John Brolly who’s blank at the final hole cost him his chance and leaving him a shot back on 35 pts, third went to Ronnie Wiley with 34 pts the same total as Jim Wasson and Hugo McCusker who finished 4th and 5th respectively.

Denis Porter duly wrapped up the Golfer of the Year title with 134 pts, with a tie for second place between Pascal McGillian and Hugh Casey with 124 pts.

Phase two has now started with all club members welcome to join, the final day will be to Greencastle Golf club on Thursday 26th April.

Phase two results to date: week 1
1st Denis Porter 39 pts
2nd Oliver McNally 37 pts
3rd Michael Baldrick 37 pts

Week 2
1st Pascal mcGillian 38pts
2nd Hugo mcCusker 37 pts
3rd Jim Arbuckle 36pts

Saturday competitions like all others have been badly affected also with much reduced turnouts as a result.

Latest Saturday results

Sat 21st January
1st John Brolly 42 pts
2nd Liam Patton 39 pts
3rd Kevin Keegan 38 pts 
Gross Martin McDermott

Sat 28th January
1st Denis Porter 37 pts
2nd Kevin Keegan 37 pts
Gross Enda Kennedy

Saturday 4th February
1st Kevin Keegan 41 pts
2nd Declan Doherty 38 pts

The Super-Valu Springers league is also underway with week two already being lost to the weather conditions..

The early Leaders are “Snooker Loopies” on 89 pts who have a narrow lead of two points from “4 men this year” with “The 2 PR’S” third just a further half point behind.

The Greensomes sweep this week went to Neil Alcock and Michael O’Neill with an eye catching total of 50pts, 2nd went to Dermott Cairns and Aidan Coyle with 47pts with Denis Porter and Pat McAneny 3rd with 46pts

Look out for a great night on Easter Sunday night when the brilliant “Flash Harry” make a welcome return to the club, the band recently played a sell out concert in the Odyssey arena with the Ulster Orchestra and the famous Magee Choir and tickets are now on sale to members priced at £15.They will go on general sale from Monday 20th February, don’t miss this brilliant occasion!!

The proposed Talent competition on Sunday nights has been postponed for the present due to lack of entries, good luck to regular entertainer in the club Jim Devine with his quest in “The Voice of Ireland” show, Jim will appear again in the show in late February and we wish him well.

You can see Jim in the club on St Patrick’s night 17th March and again on Mother’s Day 18th March.

Saturday Singles – 15 holes

Saturday Singles – 15 holes – 4th February 2012

1st Kevin Keegan (13) 41pts
2nd Declan Doherty (20) 38pts