Club Notes – 15th May 2012

ENDA TAKES 9th SCRATCH CUP

Enda Kennedy added a record breaking 9th Scratch Cup to his already bulging portfolio on Sunday, by taking the Frylite Ltd sponsored event by two shots, on a day when even the local elite golfers struggled to return creditable scores from the difficult full length blue markers. With the horrendous weather forecast and eventual near unplayable conditions the organisers took the sensible decision to reduce the event to 31 holes with only 13 in play for the second round, Enda returned a joint best first 18 of 74, five over par and despite a relative modest second round of the same total of 5 over he ran out the clear winner on a total of 129 to add to his impeccable record of Strabane Scratch Cup wins.
The runner up on the day was James McNulty from Ballybofey G.C., who will regret an untidy finish to his round which scuppered his chance of victory, another visitor Eamon McDermott from Portsalon Golf Club took third place whilst last years winner City of Derry’s Kealan Quigg took the prize for the first round and Seamus McGranaghan, now playing out of Castlehume Golf Club, took the prize for the second round.
In the nett section, Declan Lynch had a notable performance in his first ever Scratch Cup appearance taking first place ahead of Cormac McGeady from Foyle Golf Club with junior member Jordan Arthur taking third position in the section, Sean Edmundson playing out of Letterkenny took the nett first round with Nicky Wolfe taking the nett prize for the second round.

Sports Centre Open
Saturday’s big event was the Sports Centre Open, which is tradionally, played from the furthest back blue markers and is regarded by club members as one of the years major competitions the event attracted a huge entry with 211 cards being taken out.
Best of the day was Joe Breslin (20) who had a lifetime best return of 44 pts to spread eagle the field with only Enda Kennedy (1) getting anywhere close some 3 shots behind after a great preparation for his Scratch Cup win with a brilliant score of four under par which equated to 41 pts, in third was the ever improving Gerry Casey (16) with 37 pts with Mark Corry (17) taking fourth also with 37 and Garvan Godfrey (10) fifth also with the same total, the gross went to Peter Doherty (5) who has been in a rich vein of form lately, the nines prizes went to Daniel Madden (14) and Pat McAneny (17) with Jack Madden taking the visitors prize, the presentation for this event takes place this Friday night at 8.30 pm sharp and all winners are asked to be in attendance.

Monday Open
This weeks Monday open went to visiting player Christopher Gallagher (5), with 37 pts with Paul McConway (15) taking second with 35 pts and Keith Patterson taking third with 34 pts, the gross went to Damian McGranaghan with 28 pts.

Ladies Golf
The Ladies competition this week was the Daily Mail Foursomes event with Mary McCrory partnering Geraldine McCrory to a win with 39 pts ahead of Catherine Neeson and Imelda Doherty on break of Tie.

Inter Club golf.
It was a busy week in club representative golf with pride of place going to club President Paddy O’Kane’s Pearse Purcell team, who qualified in second place at Fintona Golf club in very difficult conditions and now meet Killymoon G.C in the first round of the matchplay.

Our Conway Cup team under the guidance of Dermott Corry, also had a favourable result picking up a 8.5 pts to 7.5 pts win at Omagh Golf Club and will now be strong favourites to progress.

Senan Roarty’s Jimmy Bruen team also had an excellent outing in their first round matchplay tie with Roe Park at Omagh on Saturday running out the eventual winners after a very spirited comeback and a really strong finish to their match.

Good luck to our Fred Daly team who are in second round action this week against Kirkstown Castle G.C, a very difficult tie for our very talented squad and the boys will have to rise to the occasion to progress.

Also best wishes to our Ulster Cup side under the leadership of Joe Doherty who make their first appearance in that Competition on Sunday against Edenmore Golf Club from Craigavon.

It was with great sadness this week that we learned of the death of Former Lady Captain Mona Christy our sincere condolences are sent to the Christy family, and also to the family of Binky Mc Intyre who also passed away this week after a short illness.

Fixtures
Thurs 17th May – Kelly’s Mace store Open
Sat 19th May – Mark James Open S/ford
Mon 21st May – Monday Open
Tues 22nd May – Mary Peters Trust – Ladies
Wed 23rd May-  Club Shop – Worcester Cup Qualifying – Mixed
Thurs 24th May – Subway Open

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