Club Notes – 19th June 2012

SUCCESSFUL CAPTAINS DAY AT STRABANE.

Saturday last proved to be very successful day for Club Captain Sean MacIntyre with well in excess of 200 players competing despite the very poor weather, almost constant rainfall and a stiff northerly breeze making conditions pretty unpleasant for most of the day, despite this however only one name was on everyone’s lips when the results were disclosed, 21 year old Mark Corry, playing of 17 he totally decimated the huge field with a remarkable return of 58 nett which was only 6 over for his round.  Mark a first year member at Strabane having recently played at Newtownstewart Golf Club, has been having by his own admission a pretty mediocre golf season to date not taking advantage of his huge distance off the tee, but he put all that behind him in some style on Saturday completing both nines in three over par to win on the day with a record nine shot margin despite finishing with two bogeys. The runner up on the day was John Langan (14) playing in one of the very late fourballs John returned a very creditable Nett 67 with a very strong back nine despite an untidy double bogey at the par three 16th hole he rallied well to finish with two pars to relegate Mark McColgan (6) to third place, a bogey at the last hole costing Mark dearly but he will be highly satisfied with his two birdie two’s at the 7th and 12th holes, which helped greatly with his final total of only four over par nett 67. Ben Corry(5) also had a day to remember not only winning the Gross prize but also recording a fabulous hole in one at the 16th hole with the perfect 5 wood shot straight into the wind and into the cup. Fourth place on the day went to Pat McGuigan (21) also one of the early morning starters ,Pat has shown great consistency all season and his podium finish also with nett 67 was no real surprise, the final nett prize went to Gerard (Skipper) Mullan (25) also with nett 67.
The nines on Captains day went to Conal Cooke (3) with 32.5 for the first nine and to Stephen Alexander (22) with nett 33 for the second nine, the highest placed Captains guest was Noel McConnell (9) with 71 nett,  Brian Cairns took the longest drive at the 18th prize with Liam Curry winning nearest the pin at the same hole, the Student prize was won for the second consecutive year by Eoin O’Neill with 36 pts.

Following the fantastic Captains meal for his guests the Captain delivered a rousing and at times emotional speech thanking everyone who had helped him in any way throughout his very successful year, especially his wife and famil,y and thanking all the members for their marvellous support throughout his tenure to date.

Captains Mixed Greensomes
There was an excellent turnout for the Captains Mixed event on Wednesday night with 33 pairs taking part, this was the first time in recent years that this competition had reverted back to a mid-week slot and it proved a very enjoyable evening. The winners on the night were Geraldine McCrory and Liam Curry with 37pts over the 15 holes in play the same total as runners up Mary Gallagher and Oliver McNally with Catherine Neeson and Denis Porter taking third place also on break of tie with the same total of 37 pts.
The gross prize went to Jennifer Rouse and Ben Corry with 21 gross pts.

Captains Betterball
There were 44 pairs entered on Thursday for the Captains Betterball which went to Denis Porter and Seamus McPhilemy with 44 pts a shot ahead of the runners up Kieran Martin and Chris Timoney with 43 pts with Paul McLaughlin and Michael O’Neill taking third with 42 pts.

Captains prize to the Ladies
The Ladies section had their opportunity to play for the Captains prize on Tuesday with Jennifer Rouse taking first place with 69 nett, the categories went to Heather Mitchell and To Abbie Maxwell.

Well done also to the Ladies Tyrone and Fermanagh Betterball team who progressed to the next round with a good win over Omagh Ladies on Sunday evening past. In the Novice section the winner of the Captains prize to the Ladies was Orla Friel with Pauline McBride the runner- up.

Other recent Novice results were Week 1 – Karen Carlin, Week 2 – Pauline McBride, Week 3 – Geniveve O’Neill, Week 4 – Maura Shannon, Week 5 – Carmel McElwee and Week 6 – Maura Shannon.

The winner of the recent Junior Girls Competition was Shannon Rice with Sarah Bradley in second place.

There was much interest in Fridays Junior and Adult foursomes event which was kindly sponsored by Sean Sweeney, the winners were the Father and Daughter combination of John and Abbie Maxwell, with Paul and Zara McLaughlin the runners up and Oliver McNally and his grand daughter Emer McNally in third place.

Monday open
There was a much-reduced field for Mondays open Competition due to the rain and thunderstorms in the early evening, nonetheless Conal Cooke (3) had a brilliant gross 66 three under par round which contained no less than five birdies, this converted to 42 pts to win by 4 clear shots from runner up Ryan McGowan (5) with 38 pts with Ryan McColgan taking third with 36 pts Frankie Gallagher (7) took the gross prize.

Inter Club Golf
Our Junior Cup team bowed out of the competition at the first match-play stage going down to Portstewart G.C at Roe Park by three matches to two.

Our Phair Cup team, under the captaincy of Kevin McGinley, have it all to do in the second leg of their match with near neighbours Newtownstewart G.C. going down to a disappointing 9-7 defeat at home on Sunday last.

And commiserations also to the Holy Cross under –16 golf team who went down to St Malachy’s of Belfast in last Fridays final at Moyola Park.

Finally good luck this Saturday to our Lady Captain Noreen McNally, for her Captains day hopefully there will be an improvement in the weather for her and all the competitors.

Fixtures
Thur 21st June – Hugh Harley Memorial Cup Open s/ford
Sat 23 rd June – Mrs Noreen McNally’s Lady Captains Prize
Sun 24th – St Patrick’s Gortin Team Classic
Mon 25th – Monday Open S/ford
Tues 26th – Eileen Keery Memorial Cup – Ladies

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