Oscar Knox Appeal

Siobhan McShane, Joe & Josh Clarke

Strabane Golf club recently ran a very successful Local Unplugged acoustic night for the Oscar Knox Appeal in total £1140.00 was raised for the fund.

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Winter Cup – Week 6

The fixtures for Week 6 has been rescheduled for Sunday 2nd December 2012. 
The top two in each league, after this week, will go into the semi-finals.

Top of League A will play runner up in League B and vice versa.

Everyone else will play league fixtures

The Heads of State bound for Strabane GC

THIS Saturday sees Donegal band The Heads of State play their first Strabane gig since making the final of Sounds Like Summer 2012.

Providing a Mumford and Son-esque folk sound mixed with indie rock and jazz, the Heads of State are by far one of the finest unsigned live acts anywhere in Ireland today.

On Saturday night they take centre stage at Strabane Golf Club, their first local performance since being pipped by Gerard i2 to this year’s Sounds Like Summer title.

Responsible for bringing The Heads of State back to Tyrone is Tommy Forbes. He said it was real coup to have secured the services of such an electrifying live act.

“I’m delighted that the lads have agreed to play at the Golf Club. To secure the booking of such a powerful band is huge for us and hopefully it’s well supported.

“Having seen them at the Alley Theatre earlier this year I can honestly say they provide one heck of a live experience. It should be great night of original material and covers and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Tommy.

The Heads of State will light up the Golf Club from 11pm this Saturday and entry is a steal at just £4.


Club Notes – 19th November 2012


Sunday will be crunch week in this years Sperrin Springs Winter Cup with the four semi-final positions up for decision.
In section (A) long time leaders Paddy O’Kane and Senan Roarty continue to head the table and remain unbeaten after 4 series of matches,  they lead by 1.5pts from their closest rivals who they met this week, Aidan Boyle and John McGettigan, a half match or a win will guarantee their place in the semi-finals although their opponents will also be seeking a win that will also secure their last four place.  Stephen McCay and Ciaran Duffy are currently in third place and also remain unbeaten after taking maximum points last Sunday, they will play Stephen Curry and Gerard Foley knowing that their semi final ambitions are very much still in their own hands. The remaining pairs towards the top of the table will be hoping for a bizarre sequence of results in the other fixtures that will keep their faint hopes alive.

In Section (B) Cathal McLaughlin and Joey Roulstone have only dropped 1 point to date, but still have not secured their top 4 spot although one more point from their fixture with Paul O’Neill and Brendan O’Neill will take them through, although 3.5 pts will secure a place for the O’Neill duo. Dermott Corry and Club Captain, Sean Macintyre still remain with hope despite losing in week two if they can take maximum points from their tie with Martin Keys and Lyndsay Boyd they may just qualify.
A few other pairs are not without ambition too but need to win well and hope for other favourable results.

Winter Cup participants are cordially reminded that the Swiss system of matchplay must be strictly adhered to, all matches must be decided by one point for each nine and two points for the match, any deviation from these rules will see both teams having deemed to have gained no points!

Saturday Competitions
Saturday Stableford competitions have been reduced to 15 holes for the winter months and from this week will be played off mats and off the winter indexes.

Recent results:
Sat 10th Nov
1st Gerry Quinn 37pts
2nd Jim Malcolm 36 pts
3rd Robert Bell 35 pts
Gross Patrick Kennedy.

Sat 17th Nov
1st Jim Arbuckle 35pts
2nd Foncie McNally 35 pts
3rd Kevin Keegan 35 pts
Gross Peter Doherty.

Thursday Club
The Thursday Club continues to go from strength to strength with 73 members joined up for the first phase, which has now reached week 7.

Week 6 Results 16 holes
1st Charlie Patton 41 pts
2nd Ciaran Kelly 39 pts
3rd Jimmy Callan 37 pts

Week 7 results:
1st Pascal McGillian 41 pts
2nd Eddie Patton 37 pts
3rd Liam Curry 37 pts.

The golfer of the year stakes is extremely close at the halfway point of this series.  
1st Denis Porter 78pts
2nd Pascal McGillian 73 pts
3rd Gerry Quinn 72 pts
4th Hugh Casey 67 pts
5th Oliver McNally 62 pts.

Monday Club
The Monday Club was cancelled this week due to the condition of the course last weeks winners were Hugo McCusker, Eugene Patton, Jimmy Henderson and John Shiels with 86 pts, in second were Aidan Coyle, Jimmy Wasson, Dermott Corry and Hugh Casey with 84.5pts Nett.

The final day for this years Monday Club first phase is on Monday 17th December with the usual meal and cabaret evening.

The Thursday Night Quiz gets underway this Thursday at 10.00pm everyone is very welcome to come along.

The full Christmas entertainment programme is now posted in the clubhouse.

Don’t miss the superb Live Rock Band Donegal’s own “Heads Of State” who make their first appearance in the club on Saturday night, the band play a brilliant two hour set of original and superb pop and rock covers, admission is a cut price £4, Klassix Disco will also be lending its support from 10pm with the band on stage at 11pm.

Club Notes – 6th November 2012


Thankfully the weather had improved somewhat to allow play to proceed in week two of the Sperrin Springs Leo Kavanagh Winter Cup, after the washout of the last week, as clearly stated in the rules all matches from the previous week had to replayed no matter what the previous result was this weeks result was the one that counted as last weeks play was now deemed to be cancelled.

In section one the formidable pairing of club president Paddy O’Kane and assistant secretary Senan Roarty have won their opening two games, taking 3.5 pts from their close encounter with Declan Lynch and Pat McAneny on Sunday, and in fact they had to win the last two holes to secure the points, they will play another fancied pairing of Keith Patterson and Joe Breslin this week who also have two opening victories, this should be a very close contest with Roarty and O’Kane just tipped to take the majority of the points on offer. Languishing just behind having won both their opening matches are Darren Crawford and John Brolly and Stephen McCay and Ciaran Duffy who will also meet with the former pair tipped here to edge out their opponents, also with six points from their two opening matches are Barry Patterson and Billy Doherty they will play the fancied pairing of Fred mcGavigan and Maurice Doherty.

In section 2 only one pair have maximum points Martin Keyes and Lindsey Boyd they will play second placed Mickey Neeson and Brian Kelly in the top game and may have their work cut out to remain unbeaten here. The pairings currently in third and fourth also meet both are on 7 points with Gerry Casey and Sean Devine just getting my tip to beat Cathal McLaughlin and Joey Roulstone, Foncie McNally and Brian Forrester look a strong pairing in this section they too have won their two opening matches and should have a very close contest this week with William and Johnny Potts which could go all the way.

Saturday’s single Stableford event is now reduced to 15 holes with a new winter handicapping system in operation.  Saturdays winner was Hugo McCusker (14) one of four players to record 35 pts on the day, the runner up was Declan Lynch (10) with Damian Carey (12) in third, Fred McGavigan took the gross prize with 25 gross points.

Week five of the Thursday club just about survived the wet conditions with only 10 brave souls completing the 15 holes in play, the best card was returned by Michael Doyle with 34 pts with Gerry Quinn featuring for the third week in a row taking second with an amended 31 pts and Kevin Gallagher taking third also with 31 pts, there were only 5 twos recorded.

The weekly quiz resumes this Thursday at 10.00pm with Tommy Forbes asking the questions this week all-welcome!

A big thanks to everyone who attended our brilliant Unplugged Acoustic night for Oscar Knox with the money from the Ryder cup day £1140.00 was raised well done to all concerned.

The Ladies branch are running a Christmas Fayre evening in the clubhouse on Friday 16th November with lots off local businesses in attendance to show off their available products for the Christmas Market it begins at 7.00pm and tickets are available from and Lady committee member or at the bar.

Don’t miss the Brilliant “Heads of State” from Donegal who are playing in the club on Saturday 24th November, they are a brilliant live band who play a mix of excellent covers and their own impressive original music, admission is only £4 for the gig.

Finally on a very sad note we would like to express our sincere condolences to the wife and family of the late Patsy McGarrigle who was a long time member of our club although in poor health in recent years Patsy loved to get out for a few holes whenever he possibly could, he was a very popular and a great character who will be sadly missed by all who knew him, may he rest in peace.