Club Notes – Monday 24th September

NICKY WINS HERALD OPEN ON COUNTBACK

Nicky Wolfe (9) showed a great return to form at the weekend taking the Strabane/Finn Valley Herald Open medal with an excellent 65 nett on a day when good scoring was at a premium, the sustained south east breeze again making conditions extremely difficult with the course playing regularly to its maximum length with only eight players in a field of 160 breaking par on the day.  A one over par second nine set Wolfe up for his big win just getting the verdict from the runner up Denis Porter (10) who had very uncharacteristically three putted the final green on his way to 65 nett also, in third place two further shots back was Martin Rouse (11) who has been in sparkling form lately, fourth was Peter McKee (16) also again on break of tie with his playing partner on the day Cahir Doherty (17) fifth, also with 67 Nett, Ryan McGowan took the gross with a good three over par round that has done him no harm in the Golfer of the Year merit table with one week to go, Ryan now leads his closest challenger Keith Patterson by five points. The nines on Saturday went to Chris McDermott (12) with 28 ntt for the first nine and Martin Finlay who had 30.5 for the second nine. The Captain in his presentation speech paid tribute to Mr Bernard Vaughan from the Herald for the stunning prizes once again put forward by his company.

W.J. Mc Cormack Open
Billy Doherty (17) took the weekly Thursday Open this week kindly sponsored by W.J Mc Cormack with a welcome return to form posting an excellent 42 pts again on a difficult day for good scoring, the runner up was the very consistent Peter Doherty (5) with 40 pts again both players were in the same fourball and had a good battle for the honours, in third came Dr Ciaran Kelly (12) the club Vice-Captain who seems to be getting his game in great shape for his Captains year in 2013 with some great scoring off late, beaten on break of tie on this occasion for 2nd place finishing with 40 pts. Not too many of the low handicappers were entered on the day and it was left for Robert Bell(14) to claim his first gross prize at Strabane with 24 gross pts!

Strabane Playclub Team Classic
There were 20 teams entered for the final team classic of the season with all the funds going to the local Strabane Playclub, with the main sponsors on the day being Customized Training Services.

The winners not for the first time were the team of Denis Porter (9) Kevin Keegan (15) Pat McAneny (17) and Joe Doherty (16) with an excellent total of 98 pts which was one clear of the runners up Freddie Patterson (5) Barry Patterson (10) Gerry Casey (14) and Donal Cairns (20) who had 97 pts.
Third went to Paul O’Neill, Brendan O’Neill , Lyndsay Boyd and Jimmy Henderson back on 92 pts the same total as fourth placed Oliver McNally, Noreen McNally, Frankie Connolly and Caroline Connolly.

Ladies Golf
The Ladies competition was reduced to 15 holes last Tuesday with Teresa Logue (31) taking this weeks honours with 29 pts, Category one went to Maeve Crowe with 26 pts and Category two was won by Geraldine McCrory with 29 pts.

In mixed golf the competition was down to 10 holes with players only allowed 3 clubs, the runaway winners were Sammy and Rachel Devenney who partnered Olive and Eric Reid to a brilliant 31 pts an amazing score in this format, the runners up Were Jennifer and Martin Rouse with Frankie and Caroline Connolly with 26 pts, next Sunday will see the final Mixed event of the season with the tee available from 1pm –3pm.

In girls Junior Golf the recent results were –
Kathleen Hoynes Competition

Cat 1 Abbey Maxwell
Cat 2 Megan mcGonagle
Cat 3 Megan McGettigan

Lady Presidents prize
1st Elena Byrne
2nd Aine Houston
3rd Orlagh Neeson

The presentations for these and any other outstanding junior competitions will take place this Friday evening at 7.30pm all parents are invited to attend.

There will be music and dancing in the club this Saturday night after the Sponsors Meal also on is the Clubs big £8000 draw night with a cool £3000 up for grabs for first prize, all promoters are asked to get any outstanding monies to the office ASAP, some tickets are still available for the draw and all club members are asked to have purchased one if possible.

The timesheet for the Captains Outing to Greencastle Golf Club is still posted and is nearly filled to capacity, members should note that due to a change in arrangements the meal will now be served at Greencastle.

Finally on a particularly sad note the death recently took place of Past Club Captain John Weir who was captain in 1976 our deepest sympathies are sent to his family may he rest in peace.

We were also deeply saddened on the death of life long social member Sonny Magee who passed away last week after a long illness, Sonny was a great member of the club who supported all our social functions especially dances, he was a regular on the snooker table and a great character, our sincere sympathies are sent to his wife Kathleen and all the family he will be sadly missed RIP.

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