Club Notes – 6th November 2012

WINTER CUP LEAGUE TABLE TAKING SHAPE

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.

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