Club News – 10th April 2012

McGILL TAKES DALY TOPAZ OPEN

Eight handicapper Paul McGill took the Daly Topaz Open with an excellent return of 65 nett on a day that saw the course back to its full length, and playing particularly difficult in the northerly breeze that prevailed for most of the day, almost 200 golfers took out cards for the event with only a dozen managing to break par, Paul got off to a steady start getting to the turn in three over par and an excellent home nine which saw him concede only one more shot to par saw him top the leader board.
Runner up on the day, just one shot behind, was Jim Malcolm (16) who had his best day for some time with Joey Roulstone (22) also finishing on 66 nett to take third.  Junior member Kevin Gallagher (7) continues to show huge potential and he took fourth on break of tie with 67 nett with Gerard Foley (22) playing well to take fifth place.  The gross prize went to Conal Cooke (3) with an excellent two over par return and the nines prizes went to Liam Curry (9) and to club President, Paddy O’Kane (9).

Monday Open
There was a decent turnout for the Bank Holiday Easter Monday Open with almost 90 entering despite the continued inclement holiday weather.

The winner with a brilliant score of 44 pts was Johnny Potts (23) his score greatly helped by registering two 2’s on the opening nine and getting to the turn with an eye catching 25 pts, the score saw Johnny’s handicap reduced by a welcome three shots. The runner up on Monday was the very consistent Ronnie Wiley (11), who has shown some great early season form missing out only by one shot on this occasion with an excellent 43 pts, Ryan McGowan (6) is another of our Fred Daly team who is playing well at present and he took third place with a one over par round that converted to 41 pts, the gross went to Keith Patterson (5) with 35 pts and the best of the days visitors was Clive Davison with 39 pts.

Thursday Club
This weeks Thursday club event was reduced to 17 holes after the 7th hole was vandalised on the previous night and was left unplayable, the markers were well forward on the tees and that coupled with a very calm day the scoring was of the highest standard, best of the day saw a great return to form for Seamus McPhilemy (25) who returned 45 pts on the day to win by a couple of strokes from Enda Mc Donnell (18) with 43 pts with Hugh Casey (22) third with 41 pts, with two weeks to go in the golfer of the year.  Michael Baldrick has recaptured the lead on 129 pts from Denis Porter on 117 pts, Oliver McNally is third with 86 pts.
The timesheet for the final day to Greencastle Golf club is now available, the allotted times are between 11am to 2 pm, visitors are also welcome to attend at a cost of £35 for the day which includes the meal golf and Visitors prizes.

Mixed Foursomes
The opening night of the popular mixed foursomes got underway on Wednesday last with a 10 holes Greensomes event and saw Lady Captain Noreen McNally partner Denis Porter to a win with 25 pts, one clear of runners up Lorna Duffy and Tommy Forbes.

Ladies Easter Basket
There were some beautiful prizes up for grabs in last weeks Ladies event kindly sponsored and put together by Donna’s Flowerbox Ltd, the winner was Lorna Duffy (28) with a solid return of 38 pts on a dreadful day weather wise for golf, category one went to Dympna Doherty (17) with 35 pts and third went to Maeve Crowe (28) with 33 pts

Presentations
The presentation of the Super Valu Springers league takes place this Friday night 13th April at 9.00 pm, anyone going to the presentation buffet should indicate so on the sheet provided on the notice board, the cost for the evening for the buffet style meal and dessert is only £9.00.

Lessons for the Fred Daly team continue on Friday evenings at 7.00pm at Hill Valley all squad players are requested to attend.

Congratulations once again to regular club entertainer Jim Devine, on his continued progress on the Voice of Ireland, Jim gave a flawless performance of Shane Wards version of Over the Rainbow last Sunday to progress to the quarter finals.  Tune in to RTE on Sunday night and give Jim Your support.

Finishing on a very sad note this week by expressing our sincere condolences to Kevin and Deirdre Martin on the recent death of their daughter Maureen Tourish (nee Martin), our heartfelt sympathies are extended to all your family at this extremely sad time may she rest in peace?

Also, to the family of long time member Noel Alexander who passed away on Sunday past, Noel was a brilliant character and one of life’s gentlemen.  His many friends at Strabane Golf Club will always remember his humour and his beautiful singing voice. RIP Noel.

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