Club News – 14th August 2012

MARTIN TAKES FIR TREES HOTEL OPEN
Martin Rouse (11) was the man on form in Saturdays big event the Fir Trees Open Stableford winning with an excellent 41 pts, a modest opening of 17 pts for the first nine would not have suggested a successful day for the player but a scintillating inward nine returning in level par set up an excellent 24 pts including a winning birdie at the final hole, getting home with one shot to spare on a total of 41pts from Paul O’Neill (18) whose 40 pts looked like a very challenging total on a warm but blustery day that had kept scores in general pretty high. Third place went to Brian Kelly (21) with 39 pts the same total as Conor Sharkey (7) and Kieran Doherty (5) in fifth with the same totals, Fred McGavigan (6) took a welcome gross prize with 34 gross pts with the nines going to Michael Kennedy (21) with 21 pts for the outward nine and to Gerard Walsh who came home with 22 pts for the inward nine.

Foothills Restaurant Open
Thursday’s Competition was kindly sponsored by the Foothill’s Restaurant Gortin and saw an excellent midweek entry on perfect day weather wise for golfers. The winner was Mark Sharkey (21) who romped home in some style in the first fourball of the morning, with a brilliant 44 pts a total that was never likely to be headed for the remainder of the day.  Darrell Meadows (15) has been in the winners enclosure in recent weeks and he kept up his good run taking the runners up spot with 41 pts just ahead of third placed Ryan McColgan (15) on break of tie the gross went to Enda Kennedy with another excellent round of 66, three under par.

Monday Open
This weeks Monday Open went to yet another one of our promising young junior players Kieran Neeson (13) who has improved beyond recognition in recent months and his total of 44 pts despite having two blank holes was the clear winner on the day, his two birdies and an eagle (at the 17th!!!) in the last four holes giving him a dream finish, the runner up a full 5 shots back was Aidan Corry (10) another player who has impressed this season Declan O’Hare (10) took third also with 39 pts returning him to single figures in the process, the gross went to another promising junior golfer Kevin Gallagher (6) with 32 gross pts.

Match play events
The clubs premier match play events played over the summer months have all mostly reached the semi-final stages with some very interesting ties to come.
In the Jones Cup 0-9 handicap range, Sean Forbes awaits the winner of the crunch tie between Patrick McCrossan and Peter Doherty, while in the Gallagher Cup 10-17 handicap range, Oliver Creswell will play Aidan Corry, with Eoin O’Neill awaiting the result of a well over due quarter final to discover his next opponent. In the Lawson Cup 18-28 handicap range Gerard Stewart will meet Jim Potts in one semi-final with Tommy Sharkey taking on George McCay in the other encounter.

In the mixed foursomes Worcester Cup Lorna Duffy and Declan Lynch await their next opponents in the final, all of these over due matches should be played as soon as possible to avoid disqualification from the events.

Ladies results
The Ladies big event last week was the Bank of Ireland Trophy with first prize going to junior girls convenor Geraldine McCrory with an excellent 38 pts, Shauna Stewart took category one with 34 pts, category two going to Caroline Connolly with 37 pts. The entry sheet for the Lady Captains outing is now posted on the ladies notice board, as is the timesheet for the final Ladies Open Day on Tuesday 28th August. 

Best wishes are extended to Lady President Teresa Casey whose Lady President’s day is next Tuesday 21st August.

Junior Captains Days
Congratulations to both our Junior Captain Brendan McCrory and to Rachael McNally who last Friday celebrated their Junior Captains day with a good turnout of players in each of the categories

In the Boys section the winner with 42 pts was the very promising Connor McCool with Kieran Neeson second with 41 pts and Jordan Arthur third also with 41 pts, in Category 2 the winner was Conor Byrne with Category three going to Ross Gallagher

In the Girls section 1st went to Abbey Maxwell, with Hannah McCrory the runner up and Orlagh Neeson in third place.
In Category (a) Aine Houston was the winner from Toni McColgan in second, in Category (b) Eimear McNally was first with Sarah Bradley the runner up.

Jimmy Carroll Team
Congratulations to our Jimmy Carroll team who have again reached the Ulster final to be played at Westmanstown Co. Dublin at the start of September after winning the area final at Omagh last week.

Please note a few fixture changes, the Cystic Fibrosis which will now be played as a ladies and gents open will take place on Sunday week 26th August, there are some brilliant prizes on offer for this event in both sections and members are asked to support the Local Branch of the charity by participating, there will also be music later that evening with Jim Devine and his two piece band making a welcome appearance, admission will be by way of voluntary donation at the door.

Fixtures
Thursday 16th – Northern Confectionary open
Sat 18th – Oysters Restaurant open
Sun 19th – Mr & Mrs mixed foursomes
Mon 20th – Monday Open
Tue 21st – Mrs Teresa Casey’s Lady Presidents Day

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