Golf Notes – 4th September 2012

TEENAGER RYAN TAKES CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturdays Total Golf Club Championship needed a three way break of tie to decide the destination of this years title after three players returned best of the day 71 gross on an extremely difficult day for good scoring the strong cross breeze making it a great test of golf on the day. After a Count-Back the winner was declared as very promising teenager Ryan McGowan (4) this title a true testament to the enormous work and practice that he has added to his game in recent years and becoming the youngest ever Club Champion titleholder. Ryan reached the turn in a modest 2 over par but an excellent level par inward nine set him up to take the title from unlucky runner up Keith Patterson (5) who will regret a closing bogey 5 at the final hole, in third was Conal Cooke (2) who had reached the turn in one under par but a poor start by his standard to the back nine robbed him of his chance on the day.
In the Nett section there was also a blanket finish with no fewer than nine players equalling the best of the day 68 Nett, after much sorting and checking the winner was declared as Stephen Curry (11) who had got off to a horrible start finding himself 6 over par after only three holes but hung in there well to finish only 4 over par for the remaining holes, the runner up was John Doherty (18) with Kieran Martin (12) taking third place, the nines went to Declan Devine and Senan Roarty.

B.P Memorial Day
There was a brilliant turnout of Ladies and Gents for Sundays competition the Brian Patton Memorial with 169 cards being taken out of the day with a lot of visitors also in attendance to celebrate the memory of Strabane’s finest ever golfer, it was a magnificent sight on the course to see so many of Brian’s friends all in the commerative tee shirt on the day with over 120 people in total wearing this years selected colours and also helping to boost the charity funds on the day that all went to Macmillan Cancer Relief, great credit goes to Brian Cairns who organised this task so well.
The winner in the gents was a visitor from Silverwood Golf club Christopher Lamont (26) with 42 pts with John Gallagher (22) the runner up one shot back on 41 pts, third went to the consistent Keith Patterson (4) with 40 pts with Mark Neely (13) fourth also with 40 pts. The gross prizes went to Cathal Patton (5) with 34 gross pts beating Ben Corry (4) into second gross on break of tie.
In the Ladies Section Caroline Connolly was the winner with 36 pts.

India House Restaurant Open
There was a great midweek entry for Thursdays competition the India House Open Stableford with the win going to Fred McGavigan (6) with an excellent 41 pts, John Doherty (19) was the runner up with 39 pts with Jimmy Callan (11) in third also with 39 pts, the gross went to Patrick Kennedy with a level par 69.

Monday Open
The Monday Open competitions are shortly coming to an end for the season, this weeks event saw Ronan Foley (5) maintain his excellent recent form returning a winning 40 pts two clear of the runner up Terence McGranaghan (12) with Tommy Sharkey (19) third also with 38 pts, Conal Cooke took the gross prize with gross 71.

Classic Beauty Ladies Open
Last Tuesdays Ladies event was the Classic Beauty Ladies Open which was won in fine style by visiting player from Newtownstewart golf club Patricia McLaughlin (17) with 39 pts, the runner up was also a visiting player Sadie O’Kane (20) with 37 pts with Anne Sharkey (20) in third with 35 pts,

The gross went to Mandy Coyne (9) with 22 gross pts, the categories went to Helen McGaughey Cat 1 with 32 pts, Catherine Neeson (19) Cat 2 with 34 pts and to Roisin Corry (29) Cat 3 with 34 pts also, the nines were claimed by Bernie O’Kane and Geraldine McCrory.

Fixtures
Thur 6th Sept – J.D Print Open
Fri 7th Sept – Past Ladies Captains Day 11.00am-1.00pm
Sat 8th Sept – Dixie’s Bar Open S/Ford
Sun 9th Sept – Owen Roes Team Classic
Mon 10th Sept – Monday Open
Tue 11th Sept – Foyle Hospice-Ladies

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