Club Notes – 30th October 2012


The heavy early afternoon rain on Sunday put paid to any chances of completing the matches on week 2 of The Sperrin Springs Winter Cup.  A few of the earlier matches had been completed but they must all be replayed next Sunday when hopefully conditions will be much better.  The shot of the day of the golf that was played went to Stephen McCay who aced the par three 16th hole playing a perfect 6 iron shot.

Saturday Stableford
Saturdays planned stableford event was also a victim of the weather with the early morning frost leaving the greens unplayable, and as a result the temporary winter greens were in use, this as expected led to a much smaller than expected entry with the competition reverting to a Saturday Sweep non-qualifying event. Off the 63 cards that were taken out Foncie McNally (15) led the field home with a good 42 pts winning on break of tie from Aidan Corry (10) with John J Duffy in third with 41 pts.

Next weeks event will be a 15 holes Stableford with the new winter handicap system in operation, further details of this are available from the club web site.

Thursday Club
Week four of the Thursday Club did proceed as planned with Brian Haughey the winner with 40pts over the 16 holes in play, club vice-Captain Ciaran Kelly was the runner up with 39pts with Gerry Quinn taking third place with 38pts.

The early leader in the Golfer of the Year stakes is Dennis Porter from Oliver McNally in second place.

The weekly Club Quiz will start back on Thursday night 7th November beginning at 10.00pm.

Acoustic Night
The club are hosting a brilliant Unplugged Acoustic Night this Friday night at 9.00pm with all the proceeds going to the Oscar Knox appeal.  Some of the town’s best live acts are kindly giving up their time to be there and it would be great to see a big turnout of club members to support this great cause.

Young Oscar has recently returned from Philadelphia after severe complications in his treatment and this have left his family with reported medical bills in excess off £400,000 so continued fundraising is essential.

“The Three Fivers” Bobby, Brian and Terry will be in the club on Sunday evening from 6-30pm- 8-30pm everyone very welcome!!

Saturday Winter Golf Rules

Saturday Winter Golf – Non Qualifying

The following will be trialled for Saturday non-qualifying until the end of December 2012. A points deduction system for all of the prize winners will be applied as shown below. 

Place Points Deduction
1st Place 2
2nd Place 1
3rd Place ½
Gross ½

1       Players will play off their own handicap
2       Points to be ducted will be accumulative
Any Player in a prize winning position will have points deducted from their score the following week and on subsequent weeks of Saturday Non Qualifying.

Example:- If player ‘Joe Bloggs’ is placed 1st, his score the following week will be reduced by 2 points. If he is again placed 1st even with the 2 points deducted then his points deducted in subsequent weeks following his second win will have increased to 4 points. 

The committee’s decision on all matters is final


Saturday Qualifying – 18 Holes

Saturday Qualifying – 27th October 2012

1st Foncie McNally (15) 42pts BOT
2nd Aidan Corry (10) 42pts
3rd John J Duffy (17) 41pts
Gross Ben Corry (4) 30pts

Club Notes – 23rd October 2012

Newcomer Sean wins Mc Goldrick’s Sports Open.

The golfing seasons final Saturday open the Mc Goldrick’s Sports Open was finally completed on Saturday last at Strabane at the third time of asking, having previously fallen victim to the heavy rain on the two previous scheduled occasions, thankfully conditions on the day were near perfect although the heavy underfoot conditions in certain places made the course once again play to its full length.
The winner on Saturday was relative newcomer Sean Elliot (18) who has been threatening to return a big score lately having won several nines prizes in recent weeks, Sean’s card registered an impressive 43pts and was good enough on the day by a clear three shot margin from the runner up the very consistent Damien Carey (13) with 40 pts with Gerard “Skipper” Mullen who was unfortunate to lose a ball at the last hole just off the fairway on his way to 39 pts, Kevin Connolly (13) took fourth place with 38 pts with Frankie Houston (15) completing the nett prize winners with 37 pts.  The gross prize went to Patrick Kennedy (2) with a one over par return of 35 gross pts, with the nines going to Michael Baldrick (17) with 22 pts for the outward nine and to junior member Eoin O’Neill (9) with 21 pts for the inward nine, in total 145 cards were entered on the day which was an excellent entry for so late in the golfing calendar.

Thursday Club
Week three of the Thursday Club  was able to proceed last week despite the previous two days heavy rain although played over 15 holes to allow essential maintenance to the first three holes. The winner was Fred McShane with 36 pts, one clear of Hugh Casey with 35 pts and Gerry Quinn who returned 34pts, there were only 4 two’s recorded on the day, membership is still open and all club members are most welcome to join.

Monday Club Teams.
The winners of this weeks Monday Club were Ronnie Wiley, Brian Forrester, Clarke Klam and Dermott Corry with 93 pts, with Seamus McPhilemy, Michael Forbes, Foncie McNally and Gerry Quinn the runners up with 92 pts.
A date for the diaries, the final day has been set for Monday 17th December for this competition

Matchplay Events
The final matchplay final was played on Friday last with Tommy Sharkey defeating Jim Potts 3/2 in a good Lawson Cup final, this is the fourth time in five years Tommy has won this trophy.

The other Matchplay winners were-
Worcester Cup Lisa Patton & Conal Cooke
Jones Cup –Sean Forbes
Gallagher Memorial Cup- Eoin o’Neill

Thursday 25th Oct-Thursday Club week 4
Sat 27th Oct- 18 Holes S/ford- Qualifying
Sunday 28th Oct –Sperrin Springs Winter Cup – Week 2
Monday 29th Monday Club teams
Tue 30th Oct Ladies Autumn League.

As part of this week Johnny Crampsie Festival in the town the local “Craic” musicians will be appearing in the clubhouse this Sunday from 6pm-9pm including many guest artists, everyone is very welcome to a great night of Irish Traditional Music.

There is a brilliant Unplugged Acoustic night arranged for the club on Friday 2nd November with some of Strabane’s finest artists taking part with all the proceeds going to The Oscar Knox Appeal, there is major interest in this event and everyone is advised to come early to avoid disappointment, further details are available on the clubs facebook page and on the website.

Finally on a very sad note, we learned of the death of former club member Eamon Henderson last week. Eamon was a long time member of the club and a wonderful character, our sincere condolences are sent to his wife Bernie and family and to club member Jimmy, his brother, on your very sad loss, may he rest in peace.

McGoldricks Sport

McGoldricks Sport Open – Saturday 20th October 2012

1st Sean Elliott (18) 43pts
2nd Damien Carey (13) 40pts
3rd Gerard Mullen ( 39pts
4th Kevin Connolly (13) 38pts
5th Frankie Houston (15) 37pts
Gross Patrick Kennedy (2) 35pts gross
1st nine Michael Baldrick (17) 22pts
2nd nine Eoin O’Neill (9) 21pts

Winter Cup – Group 2 Draw

Final – P O’Kane & S Roarty V S McCay & C Duffy

3 & 4 – S MacIntyre & D Corry V Paul O’Neill & B O’Neill

Group 2
Draw – Round 8

These fixtures will be played on Sunday 16th December

Winter Cup – Group 1 Draw

Final – P O’Kane & S Roarty V S McCay & C Duffy 

3 & 4 – S MacIntyre & D Corry V Paul O’Neill & B O’Neill

Group 1
Draw – Round 8

These fixtures will be played on Sunday 16th December

Winter Cup 2012 – Group 2 Table

Winter Cup 2012 – Group 1 Table

Club Notes – 16th October 2012


With the golfing season rapidly drawing to a close Philip Miller (23) took the penultimate sponsored Saturday event in winning the inaugural Modern Man Open at Strabane on Saturday last with his best round in some time an excellent 40 points saw him get the verdict by a shot from Patrick McCrossan (9) with John Brolly (20) third with the same total of 39 pts, Aidan Corry (10) kept his good run intact taking fourth place with 38 pts the same total as fifth placed Declan McDonnell (8), the gross prize went to Kieran Doherty who returned a three over par 33 gross points. 
The nines went to Matt Keyes (17) with 22 pts for the front nine and to Odran McGettigan (25) with 21 pts for the back nine, in total 158 cards were taken out which was a brilliant entry for so late in the golfing calendar.

Monday Club
There were eight teams for this weeks Monday team event with the winners being Chris McDermott, Charlie Patton, Oliver McNally and Paul McNally with 113 pts, seven point clear of their nearest challengers.

Ladies Golf
The Ladies played a 10 hole competition on Tuesday last with Lorna Duffy (26) the winner with 23 pts, the categories went to Jennifer Rouse (19) also with 23 pts and to Rosaleen Doherty with 20 pts, the Ladies Autumn league begins this week.

Leo Kavanagh Winter Cup
The Sperrin Springs Sponsored Leo Kavanagh Winter Cup begins this Sunday with 44 pairs in the draw; the competition will as usual be played in two sections divided by handicap total, the first timesheet for the event is now posted on the notice board.

The twice postponedMc Goldbrick’s Sports Open takes place this Saturday haven fallen foul of the weather on two previous occasions, given that Saturday is the 25th Anniversary of the floods in Strabane we certainly hope history does not repeat itself this weekend.

Club Entertainment
There is a brilliant weekend of entertainment in the club over this weekend. On Friday night we are playing host to Knockavoe School and their annual Talent presentation “Knockavoe’s Got Talent” the Compere will be Tommy Forbes and the music is by Jim Devine with Special Guests Stacey Earley and Shonagh Forbes, everyone is very welcome at 8pm.

On Saturday the Jim Devine Band provide the entertainment at 10.30pm, whilst on Sunday, Strabane Concert Brass will play a charity concert from 7pm-8pm with all the proceeds going to the Captains Charity the Local Alzheimer’s branch.

Modern Man Stableford

Modern Man Stableford – Saturday 13th October 2012

1st Philip Miller (23) 40pts
2nd Paddy McCrossan (9) 39pts BOT
3rd John Brolly (20) 39pts
4th Aidan Corry (10) 38pts BOT
5th Declan McDonnell (8) 38pts
Gross Kieran Doherty (5) 33pts
1st nine Matt Keyes (17) 22pts
2nd nine Odran McGettigan (25) 21pts

Strabane Concert Brass

We are delighted to announce that Strabane Concert Brass
are playing in the clubhouse on Sunday 21st October @ 7pm
with all the proceeds on the night going to the Strabane Branch of the Alzheimer’s Group

Club News – 9th October 2012


There was a mass exodus from the club on Saturday last with no fewer than 137 members travelling to Greencastle Golf Club CO. Donegal for Sean MacIntyre’s Captains Outing with the members of Greencastle travelling to Strabane to have their day out on the Ballycolman course.

On a relatively calm and dry day on the seaside course the scoring was predictably good with no fewer than 40 players either equalling or bettering the par of the course. The popular winner on the day was Sean Sweeney (23) one of three players who recorded 43 pts and getting the decision thanks to a sparkling back nine performance, the runner up was Eddie McHugh (13) with Liam Curry (11) in third place, the gross winner was Paul Gallagher with a three over par round, John J Duffy took fourth place with 42 pts with Liam McGinley in fifth with 41 pts.

The Captain thanked everyone from Greencastle Golf for their tremendous hospitality and to all who made the day such a success.

Thursday Club
This years Thursday Club got underway on Thursday in very pleasant conditions and 55 players competing Only 15 holes were in play due to the heavy underfoot conditions although the scoring was particularly good, Oliver McNally (16) led the field home with an excellent 39 pts a point clear of the runner up Denis Porter (9) and Pascal McGillian (24) both with 38 pts.

Monday Club
Thankfully conditions were much better than the previous two Mondays for the Monday teams event, the winners were Jim Arbuckle , Pascal mcGillian, Seamus McPhilemy and Jimmy Duncan with 94 pts, the runners up were Denis Porter, Jim Wasson, George Turner and Hugh Casey one point further back.

Matchplay events
Double congratulations to Sean Forbes this week who not only won the Jones Cup defeating Peter Doherty 4/3 but also had a hole in one in the process acing the par three 12th hole.

Congratulations also to Eoin O’Neill who took the Gallagher Memorial Trophy with a good win over Aidan Corry.

Thursday 11th Oct –Thursday club week 2
Saturday 12th Oct- Modern Man open.
Sunday 13th Mixed Greensomes 1pm-3pm
Monday 14th Monday Teams
Tuesday 15th Ladies Autumn League.

The entry sheet for this year’s winter cup is now posted on the notice board with the draw due to take place next Wednesday 17th Oct.

Knockavoe School are hosting their annual talent night on Friday 19th October in the clubhouse at 8.30 pm everyone is welcome to this brilliant night.

Strabane Concert Brass are holding a charity concert in the clubhouse on Sun 21st October at 7pm with all the proceeds on the night going to the Local Alzheimer’s Group.


Don’t forget that the timesheets will be going up in the clubhouse this afternoon at 6pm for the last two competitions.

Saturday 13th October – Modern Man Open
Saturday 20th October – McGoldricks Sports Open

Golfer of the Year – Final Standings

Order Of Merit Results 02/10/2012

1 Ryan McGowan 111
2 Keith Patterson 106
3 Peter Doherty 97
4 Martin Rouse 83
5 Ben Corry 83
6 Sean Forbes 77
7 Michael O’Neill 74
8 Aidan Corry 72
9 Gerard Foley 72
10 Paul McGill 72
11 Gerry Casey 72
12 Martin McGrellis 70
13 Andrew Connolly 69
14 Conal Cooke 66
15 Conor Sharkey 66
16 Kevin Gallagher 65
17 John Langan 62
18 Enda Kennedy 59
19 Declan Doherty 56
20 Stephen Curry 56

Congratulations to Ryan McGowan on being the Golfer of the Year 2012.

Club Notes – Tuesday 2nd October 2012


Chris “Chipper” McDermott(11) rolled back the clock on Saturday past to record a fine victory in the Fletcher Golf Open with an excellent 41 pts in breezy conditions.  Having looked set to win the previous week until a disastrous 15th hole Chris, made no mistake on this occasion closing out his round with a strong finish to take the honours by a shot from Eamon McGlinchey (17) who has been having a very successful first year, Cathal Patton (5) took third position with 38 pts with Paul Gallagher (8) taking fourth and Cathal McLaughlin taking fifth both with 38 pts also, Saturdays gross prize went to Stephen McCay (5) with 32 gross pts, the nines went to Mickey Neeson with 22 pts for the outward nine and to Neil Alcock who had 21 pts for the inward nine, the presentation for this event is on Fri 5th October at 7.30pm sharp.

With none of the leading contenders in the race for the Golfer of the Year title things remained as they were with Ryan McGowan adding to his impressive golfing C.V taking the title to add to his recent club championship win, Keith Patterson finished second with Peter Doherty in third position.

What’s on your Wall Open
The club Captain Sean MacIntyre showed a welcome return to form in Thursdays Open event, kindly sponsored by local Company, What’s on Your Wall, Sean’s return of 43 pts was an excellent total on the day and was good enough by a shot from the in form Robert Bell (13) who in turn was a further shot ahead of third placed Kevin McGinley (11) with 41 pts, the gross went to Peter Doherty (5) with 31 gross pts.

Final Mixed Event
Sunday last saw the final Mixed Greensomes event of the year and was dominated by husband and wife duos, the winners were the combination of Olive and Eric Reid with 38 pts over the 15 holes in play, two clear of the runners up Caroline and Frankie Connolly with 36 pts, much credit and thanks is extended to Caroline and Frankie for all their hard work in looking after all the mixed events over the golfing season, they were run most professionally and had great variety for the players. In third place in Sunday’s event were Noreen and Oliver McNally who are always the pair to beat in this format they finished with 35 pts.

The popular Thursday Club phase one will begin this Thursday 4th October, the weekly entry is £3.50, which includes 2’s and the joining fee, is £5.00 all members are invited to join, there are no major changes in rules from last year.

The club draw took place on Saturday night in the clubhouse.
1st Orla & Patricia Coyle £3000
2nd Patsy Fullerton £2000
3rd Audrey Preston £1000
4th Seamus mcGarrigle £500
5th Sean Callaghan £400
6th Geraldine Diver £300
7th Agnes Devenney £200
£100 Frances Harkin, Paul Duddy, John Quinn ,John Wylie ,Teresa McCauley and Ned & Shane (DOE)

Again a massive thank-you to all who supported our draw.

The Captains Outing is this Saturday to Greencastle Golf Club with 140 players down to play, everyone is asked to be in good time for their tee off time with such large numbers, the meal will also be served in Greencastle.
Greencastle Golf Club are swapping with Strabane and using our facilities for the day, to accommodate this the first tee is booked from 9.00am-2.00pm.  The presentation of the Captains Outing will back in Strabane at around 10pm, there is music on the night with the brilliant Jim Devine Band at 10.45pm admission is free and everyone is very welcome to attend.

Finally well done to all involved in last Sunday mornings Strider Cup where the clubs over 35’s played their younger counterparts in a charity event played similar to the Ryder Cup, the competition finished in a very tense tie with both teams trying to claim victory on technicalities, the real winner however in this was the selected charity The Oscar Knox Appeal which is better off so far to the tune of £490, Tommy Forbes and a few of the younger club members are organising an Acoustic night on Friday 26th October for the same charity appeal with some great acts already confirming their appearance.

Closing Day Ladies Scramble – Draw

CLOSING DAY SCRAMBLE – 10 Holes   Tuesday 2nd October 2012
Holes 1-5 14-18
1/5 handicap (combined)

Entry Fee £3.00

Shauna Stewart, Rosaleen Doherty, Joan Reid
Olive Turner, Teresa Logue, Maureen Gillespie
Heather Mitchell, Imelda Doherty, Kathleen Hoynes
Mary Mc Crory, Ger McCrory, M O’Reilly
Patricia Kelly, M Mc Guigan, C Corry
M Mc Colgan, G Masterson, C Russell

Jean Mc Ginley, A O’Hagan, Lady President
Mary Gallagher, A Houston, C Mc Feeters
E Mc Morran, Lady Captain, P Gallagher
Loretta Coyne, M Bonner, S Harley

Mandy Coyne, Donna Doherty, Mary Duffy
Norma Brogan, Annette Patton, Olive Reid
Dympna Doherty, Lorna Duffy, L Mc Cay
Catherine Neeson, Rachel Devenney, M Casey
A Shiels, R Wilson, M Duddy

Final Mixed

Final Mixed – Sunday 30th September 2012

1st – Eric & Olive Reid 38pts
2nd – Frankie & Caroline Connolly 36pts
3rd – Oliver & Noreen McNally 35pts

15 pairs played

Fletcher Golf Open

Fletcher Golf Open – Saturday 29th September 2012

1st Chris McDermott (11) 41pts
2nd Eamon McGlinchey (17) 40pts
3rd Cathal Patton (5) 38pts BOT
4th Paul Gallagher (8) 38pts BOT
5th Cathal McLaughlin (16) 38pts
Gross Stephen McCay (5) 32pts
1st nine Michael Neeson (11) 22pts
2nd nine Neil Alcock (15) 21pts