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

Fixtures
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.

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