Club Notes – 18th December 2012

Postman Paddy and Vice-Captain Senan Deliver

The 2012 Sperrin Springs Leo Kavanagh Winter Cup came to an exciting conclusion on Sunday past, with Paddy O’Kane and new Vice-Captain Senan Roarty, taking the honours in a very close encounter with Stephen McCay and Ciaran Duffy so close in fact that the match was finally decided on the 20th hole when the latter pair failed to make a par. The match ebbed and flowed throughout and was played to a superb standard with McCay and Duffy having the edge for the most part and indeed looked the likely winners when they led by 2 holes with three left to play, but a sloppy two holes saw the match level standing on the 18th, two great approach shots from O’Kane and McCay gave them an opportunity from 12 feet to win it, with Paddy’s putt horseshoeing out off the cup leaving Stephen a chance to seal the win but he was unable to close it out, the first extra hole was halved in par but the tie was sealed at the second tie hole when Roarty holed from ten feet for par and the trophy.
In the third and fourth place play-off, Past Captain Sean MacIntyre and Dermott Corry took the win with a good display against Paul O’Neill and Brendan O’Neill.   In Section A – Frankie Connolly and Chris McDermott came out on top from Conal Cooke and John Brolly in second spot, while in Section B the winners were Michael Neeson and Brian Kelly with Cathal McLaughlin and Joey Roulstone the runners up.
Please note the presentation for this event is now on Sunday 23rd December at 8pm Sharp.

Saturday’s Singles 15 holes
Eugene Patton was Saturday’s winner over the 15 holes in play with 38.5nett, from John Duddy with 38 pts and Joe Doherty with 37 pts, Enda Kennedy took the gross prize. The previous weeks singles went to Michael Baldrick with 39 pts with Paul McLaughlin the runner up with 38 pts and Kevin Keegan in third also with 38 pts, Paul McGill was the gross winner on this occasion.

Thursday Club
The Thursday club has moved on to week 11 with three weeks so far being lost to the weather conditions.

Week 9
1st Olive McNally 41 pts
2nd Martin Finlay 38 pts
3rd Liam mcCool 38 pts

Week 11
1st Jim Arbuckle 41 pts
2nd Kevin Gallagher 40 pts
3rd Liam mcCool 39 pts

In the golfer of the year table Pascal McGillian is the new leader by 5pts from Denis Porter with Oliver McNally in third place a further 15 pts behind.

The final day of the first session of the popular Monday Club event was played on Monday past with 12 teams participating.

The winners were Cahir Doherty, Patsy Wilson, Martin Finlay and Angus Callaghan with 90 pts, the runners up were Eddie McHugh, Eugene Patton Liam Curry and Robert Bell with 86 pts with Foncie McNally, Gerry Quinn, Michael Forbes and Seamus McPhilemy in third with 85 pts, the second phase gets underway on Monday 7th January.

Look out for a packed entertainment programme over the festive period. The Jim Devine Band are in the club this Saturday night 22nd Dec at 10.30pm all welcome, on Sunday night get in early for the very popular Strabane Concert Brass night which gets underway at 9.00pm sharp! On Boxing Night 26th Dec the brilliant “Mr Men” will provide the music with music also from “Klassix” Disco and on New Years Eve the music will be from “Friends” with a Traditional Piper seeing in the midnight hour everyone is most welcome.

The Captain, Council and Staff  would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members and friends a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Golf Notes – 4th December 2012


After last weeks forced cancellation the Sperrin Springs Winter Cup has now reached the semi-final stages after Sundays play was able to proceed albeit on the temporary Winter Greens due to the early morning frost.

The leading qualifiers from Section (A) were Paddy O’ Kane and Senan Roarty who got the better of Aidan Boyle and John McGettigan to head the table with five straight victories, their semi-final opponents will be Dermot Corry and Club Captain Sean MacIntyre who finished their league campaign very strongly to grasp their semi-final position.
The other semi-final will be between Stephen McCay and Ciaran Duffy who were also unbeaten throughout the qualifying stages and their opponents Paul and Brendan O’Neill who despite losing on the opening week battled on to eventually top their group taking an impressive 4 points from Sundays match with long time leaders Cathal mc Laughlin and Joe Roulstone.
There are also continuing group prizes to be secured with the presentation of this year’s event scheduled for Saturday 22nd December where a presentation buffets is available for all players and club members who wish to attend.

The recent wet spell of weather has saw play now confined to the mats and off winter tees, Saturday entries have stayed relatively steady with 70 entries.
Last weekend, the winner was Michael Baldrick with an impressive 39 pts over the 15 holes in play; the runner up was Kevin Keegan with 38pts with Paul McLaughlin third also with 38 pts the gross prize went to Paul McGill who was level par for his round. There were 3 eagle 2’s recorded in Saturdays play with Gerry Quinn at the 17th hole, John Duffy at the 18th hole and Ryan McGowan at the 15th hole all holing their second shots!

The previous Saturday Competition winner was Dermott Corry with 41 pts with Seamus McPhilemy the runner up with 39 pts and Danny Duffy in third with 37 pts, the gross on this occasion went to Keith Patterson with 30 gross pts. 

Thursday Club
After an enforced break due to the conditions the Thursday Club resumed last week with Oliver McNally picking up his second win with an impressive 39 pts, runner up was Martin Finlay with 38 pts with Liam McCool 3rd also with 38 pts, Denis Porter continues to lead the golfer of the year table but only by two pts from Pascal McGillian.

There were 9 teams involved in the latest Monday club competition with the winners being Jim Arbuckle, Pascal McGillian, Maurice Harkin and Jimmy Duncan with 93.5pts.
The final day for the John Christy Memorial Trophy will be Monday 17th December with a meal and entertainment to follow.

Junior Boys Golf
The John Duffy Junior Boys Winter Cup has also reached the semi-final stages with Shay Callaghan playing Hayden McNamee and Caolan Crawford playing Kevin Gallagher in the deciders.
In Category two Paul Doherty narrowly leads the way on 28pts with Adam McElwee on 26 pts and Rhys Logue in third on 24 pts.

The Ladies Club dinner and presentation is in the club on Friday night with music from Anthony Redstone.
Saturday night is the first of our Christmas party nights with music from The Forbes Sisters and the brilliant Jim Devine Band.
Don’t miss the annual Strabane Concert Brass evening on Sunday 23rd December.
The Mr Men will be in the club on Boxing night with “Friends” providing the music for our New Years Eve Party.

A full list of Christmas of festive entertainment is available on the notice board or on the club web-site or Facebook page.

Also please note the annual Club A.G.M is on Thursday 13th Dec at 8pm.


Captain’s Charity this year was the Strabane branch of the Alzheimers Society.  The Captain and a few friends decided to use Movember (growing a moustache for the month of November) as a way of raising a few pounds for the charity.  Below is a picture of the Captain and some of the mo bros  presenting a cheque for £1087 to Fiona Brown.

You can still donate at the Justgiving site

Winter Cup – Semi Finals

Semi Finals

P O’Kane & S Roarty V S MacIntyre & D Corry

S McCay & C Duffy V Paul O’Neill & B O’Neill


Fixtures to be played Sunday 9th December 2012