Club Notes – 17th July 2012


A successful Open week came to a conclusion on Saturday past with the Mc Hughs Oil Open Stableford which attracted the largest entry of the week with almost 180 cards being taken out for the event which was played in very blustery but thankfully dry conditions, the winning score was posted amongst the early starters with Jim Arbuckle’s (18) setting the mark with an excellent 40 pts that was never headed for the remainder of the day, getting closest was club secretary Brian O’Kane (20) who was also among the early starters his 39 pts beating third placed Daryl Meadows(17) after a count-back Conal Cooke (3) took the gross prize with a one over par round of 35 pts with junior member Caolan Crawford (8) taking fourth just ahead of Joe Elliot (17) a break of tie also required to split these two with 38 pts, the nines went to Ben Corry (5) with 21 pts for the outward nine holes and to visiting player Connor McKenna (6) with 20 pts for the inward nine. The best visitor on the day went to former member Brian Devlin (6) with 37 pts.

Congratulations to club caterer Tommy Forbes who had a hole in one at the second hole playing the perfect three wood shot into the strong breeze.

Strabane Catering Open Stableford
Thursdays event was the Strabane Catering Open which also attracted an excellent field with almost 130 entries, best on the day was four handicapper Martin McDermott who was in terrific form on his way to posting a one under gross round that converted to a winning 41 pts, the runner up was Stephen Quinn (14) from Newtownstewart Golf Club and only beaten on break of tie, third went to Declan O’Hare (10) with a good 39 pts whilst Paddy Kennedy took the gross on this occasion with 35 gross points.

Bertie Colhoun Cup Greensomes
47 pairs took part in Friday’s Greensomes event with the winning total of 43pts going to the visiting Ballybofey pair of Freddie Wilson and John Caughan, with Conor Sharkey and Eamon McCay the runners up with 42 pts, Paul McNally and Paul Gallagher completed the prizewinners with 41 pts

Medicare Open Mixed.
There were 30 pairs for Wednesday nights Medicare Open Mixed Foursomes with the spoils going to Dympna Doherty and Denis Porter with 65 nett, with the runners up Noreen & Oliver McNally with nett 66.5, third went to Mary Duffy and Francie Devine with Nett 67.5, the gross went to Norma Brogan and Paul McGill with gross 83.

Carol O’Neill Open
The Ladies branch had their open day on Tuesday past with the prizes sponsored by Carol O’Neill from Melmount Chippy, there was an excellent turnout with a lot of visiting lady players on the day and indeed one of them had the days best return, Violet Spratt (17) from Newtownstewart compiling a winning 37 pts on another difficult day for golf.  The very much in form Jennifer Rouse (19) took second spot with 36 pts with Monica McGettigan (25) taking third with 35 pts, the gross went to Lorna Armstrong (13) with 20 gross pts with the Categories going to Lisa Patton (17) Catherine Neeson (19) and to Teresa Logue (31) all with 33 pts.

President Mixed Greensomes
This week is Presidents week and it kicked off in wonderful weather conditions for Sundays Mixed Greensomes with 30 pairs taking part.
The winners were Jennifer Rouse and Frankie Connolly with a brilliant 45 pts one clear of runners up Lorna Duffy and Declan McDonnell with 44 pts third went to Noreen McNally who teamed up with Declan Lynch with Mary McCrory partnering Declan Devine to fourth place with 43 pts, best wishes are extended from all our members for Paddy’s Presidents day this Saturday

Hopefully the weather will be kind to all the competitors and a great day and night can be had by all, music will be provided by the Bizz from 11 pm.

Inter Club News
Our Ulster Cup team unfortunately made their exit from this years competition at the last 16 stages, going down to Clover Hill G.C
A disappointing 4-3 reverse in Thursday’s home leg could not be turned around and Joe Doherty’s charges went down 9 matches to five overall.

Our Roberts Cup team have also got it all to do after a narrow 7.5 pts to 4.5 pts home leg win over Dungannon and the away leg will be very interesting.

Bad lines also to our Conway Cup team who also made their exit going down in the play-off match with Eniskillen by 8.5 pts to 7.5 pts after the two legs had finished completely even.

Past Captains Day
Last week saw our Past Captains and Presidents in action for their yearly battle with the honours this year going to Liam Patton with 38 pts one clear of Oliver McNally with Garvan Godfrey in third place with 36 pts.

Thurs 19th – Kelly’s Bakery Open S/FORD
Sat 21st – Mr Paddy O’Kanes Presidents Prize
Mon 23rd – Monday Open
Tue 24th – Ladies day.

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