Club Notes – 30th April 2013


James Harron playing of nine was the big winner at Strabane Golf Club this week taking the Caffe Fresco Open stableford with a good total of 39 pts in tough conditions. Only 10 players managed to break par on the day with a strong easterly wind making the course play particularly difficult.  The unlucky runner up on the day beaten only on break of tie was Noel McCrory (14) who had led the event for most of the day, Pat Corry (10) returned to a bit of form to take third place with 38 pts with Kieran Doherty (5) fourth also with 38 pts, Martin Foley (20) took the final nett prize with 37pts with the gross going to Patrick Kennedy who was only two over par for his round. The nines went to Eoin O’Neill and to Terence McGranaghan.

The final day of this years Thursday Club was played last Thursday at Greencastle Golf Club with over 70 players making the journey to the Donegal links on a fine day for Golf.  The winner was Charlie Patton (14) with 43 pts with James Callan (10) the runner up with 41 pts Hugo mcCusker (13) took third spot with Gerry Quinn (21) in fourth with 40 pts.

The Captain thanked Tommy Forbes and his committee for another successful Thursday club season,

Ladies Golf
In Ladies Golf, The Camus Cup went to lady vice-captain Bernie O’Kane with a good score of 69 nett, with the categories going to Norma Brogan with Nett 70 and to Roisin Corry with Nett 71.  The ladies were also busy on the team front and also had a successful week, Noreen McNally’s Challenge Cup team already had 4.5 matches from their away leg to Killymoon and comfortably wrapped the tie up on Friday last.   Ann Sharkey’s Minor Cup team also had a great result taking all five matches against City of Derry.  On Saturday, Rosemary Wilson’s Intermediate selection had a 3.5 to 1.5 win over City of Derry which leaves a bit of work to do in the away leg to their close neighbours.

Stephen McCay’s talented Fred Daly team had a resounding first round first leg win over Ballycastle Juniors taking all seven matches in the home encounter and should wrap up the tie next week with a very strong holes advantage also up their sleeve. 

Brian O’Kane’s Ulster Fourball team had a great victory over Clandeboye Golf Club on Saturday taking all five matches, they went on to complete the win in the away leg on Sunday with Eamon McCay and Mark Sharkey having a resounding away leg win.

Members are reminded that the Annual Scratch Cup takes place on Sun 12th May, entries should be in as soon as possible to facilitate the draw which will take place early next week.

Thursday 2nd – May Bank of Ireland Open.
Sat 4th May – Farmers Home Open
Mon 5th May – Bank Holiday open

Ladies Results

Ladies Captain Charity  09/04/13

1st  Mrs Jennifer Rouse    43 pts

2nd Mrs Shauna Stewart 40 pts

3rd Mrs Maeve Crowe     39 pts


Daily Mail Foursomes 16/04/13 

1st Mary McCrory & Geraldine McCrory    38 pts

2nd Bernie O’Kane & Ann Sharkey              35 pts


Camus Cup 24/04/13 Stroke 

1st  Mrs Bernie O’Kane     69 Net

2nd Mrs Norma Brogan  70 Net

3rd Ms Roisin Corry          71 Net



Club News



There was A record entry for a team classic at Strabane on Sunday past when an unbelievable 63 teams lined up for the inaugural Meningitis Research Trust Team Classic a total of 252 golfers in all

Which was a  fitting response for the very hard working committee, who put the event together with marvellous prizes and unequalled sponsorship,

The final total raised was in excess of £13,000, which is also a new record amount for a team classic on the Ballycolman links.

The winners of the event were team classic specialists Freddie Patterson, Michael Baldrick, John Brolly and newcomer the fast improving John mcMemamin with a total of 109 pts, which just got up on the line from long time clubhouse leaders Eoin O’Neill, Brian Boyle, Pat O’Neill and Brian Haughey who accumulated 108 pts, in third place were Martin McDermott, Jimmy Callan Kieran O’Neill and Kevin Connolly with 107 pts, fourth went to Eamon and Laura McCay who teamed up with Frankie and Caroline Connolly for 105 pts, in fifth were Denis Porter, Kevin Keegan, Joe Doherty and George Turner with 104 pts the final team prize going to G Curran, D.Hinds, S. Sommers and R. Godfrey from City of Derry with 103 pts. Club Captain Dr. Ciaran Kelly congratulated the organising committee led by Sean Devine on their tremendous work in making the event such a success and added that he hoped the competition would become a major feature on the fixture list in years to come.


Strabane Electrics Open

There was another huge entry for Last Saturdays Strabane Electrics competition when 183 cards were taken out.

The event was won by early morning starter Damian Carey (12) who standing on the last tee would not have expected to be in the days prize frame until after a good drive he proceeded to hole his second shot for a welcome Eagle two which gave him a further five points at the hole and a winning total on a difficult day of 42 pts, The unlucky Runner up was Paddy O’Kane (9) who had an excellent total of 41 pts late in the day, back in third spot on 38 pts was Stephen Curry (10) with Frankie Houston (14) in fourth with the same total fifth went to Darrell Meadows(14), the gross prize went to Stephen McCay (5) with 31 gross pts with the nines being collected by Paul McGill (7) with 21 pts for the outward nine and to Jim Callaghan (16) with 21 pts for the inward nine .There was quite a bit of confusion whether or not  the placing on fairways rule was still in operation, members are reminded that unless there are notices to inform you of a change in course conditions by the greens convenor then no changes are in place and the current rule applies.!

A notable event that was missed in the golf column a couple of weeks back in the P.G mcGillion open where Nigel Houston had a hole in one at the 12th hole, this was Nigel’s first ever ace in competitive play.

Thursday Club

The final weeks play at home for the Thursday club took place on Thursday last once again in particularly difficult conditions, the winner with a very good 39 pts was Ronnie Wiley (11) the runner up on 34 pts was Johnny Potts (22) with third place going to Brian Haughey (12) with 34.25 nett.

Hugh Casey as expected wrapped up the Golfer of the year title adding 9 pts to his total to finish on 158 pts, the runner up was Kevin Keegan with 145 pts with Denis Porter taking third with 120 pts.

There was no change in the King of the Twos competition with Keith Patterson taking that crown with 8 twos throughout the series.

The final day is To Greencastle this Thursday with almost 80 golfers travelling fingers crossed for decent day weather wise.


Monday Club

The final day of the Monday club took place last Monday with 11 teams taking part, the final winners were Jim Arbuckle, Pascal mcGillian, Jimmy Duncan and Terence McDermott with 85 pts nett.

The runners up were Cahir Doherty, Angus Callaghan, Patsy Wilson and Martin Finlay with 84.75 Nett with third going to Jimmy Callan, Jimmy Coyle, Frank Friel and Hugo mcGarrigle with 83.5 Nett.

Wednesday night mixed.

The winners of last Wednesday night mixed greensomes were Conal Cooke and Lisa Patton with 23 pts with Freddie Patterson and Lorna Duffy second with 21.5 Nett.

Last Tuesdays ladies event was the Daily Mail Foursomes event and it went to Mary McCrory and Geraldine McCrory with 38 pts three clear of the runners up Bernie O’Kane and Anne Sharkey with 35 pts.

This Sunday evening at 8pm a DVD will be shown of the 1995 back to back competition which was held in the clubhouse between a team representing the Golf Club and one representing Strabane Concert Brass, there are some fantastic performances on it and many great memories too, everyone is welcome.



Sat 27th  Caffe Fresco open S/ford

Sun 28th Cystic Fibrosis Ladies and Gents Open

Mon 29th 18 holes Qualifying

Tue 30th Ladies Open Day-Classic Beauty

Wed 1st May Mixed Greensomes

Thursday 2nd May Bank of Ireland Open s/ford

Club News 17th April 2013

Golf club Greens convenor Ben Corry (5) was the man who adjusted best to the particularly difficult and windy conditions which greeted the large field of 181 golfers especially from the back blue tees, in the B McNamee Monthly Medal on Saturday past.  Ben’s excellent return of 68nett was good enough for a three shot win, he got to the turn dropping only two shots to par and had a similar return for the inward nine despite a double bogey at the final hole although the particularly difficult pin position there destroyed quite a few cards on the day. The runner up with 71 Nett was the in form Jim Potts (19) who got the better of his playing partner Martin Gormley (15) on break of tie, the gross prize went to Cathal Patton (5) with 77 gross, fourth went to Ronnie Wiley (11) also with nett 71 and fifth to Aidan Langan (16) he too recording a nett 71.  As with all stroke competitions there will be category prizes in place of nines and Saturday’s winners in this section were Category 1 – Franke Gallagher (8)  73nett, Category 2 – Dr Paul Armstrong (17) 72 nett and Category 3- Johnny Potts (23) 72 nett.   The C.S.S for the event was 72.

Strabane AFC FryliteTeam Classic
The first team event of the year The Strabane AFC Classic was played on Sunday and attracted a decent entry of 35 teams despite the very trying weather conditions, once again high winds and heavy showers making good scoring very difficult.
The winners by a clear 5 point margin were a team who have revelled in this team format in recent years Neil Alcock, Paul McLaughlin, Mickey O’Neill and Chris Timoney with a brilliant score on the day of 99 pts, the runners up were Gerry Casey, Donal Cairns, Tommy Kelly and Sean Devine with 94 pts with Paul McGill, Michael Neeson, Maurice Doherty and Brian Kelly third back on 90 pts. The best Non-Player was Peter O’Connell with 42 pts and closest to the pin was Conor Sharkey.  Club Vice-captain Senan Roarty wished the local club continued success in their progression in N.Ireland soccer.

Thursday Club
Week 13 of the Thursday club was also played in testing conditions which reflected in the scores, the winner was Brian Brolly with 35 pts with Selwyn Taylor second also with 35 pts, Adrian mcGonagle took third with 34 pts Nett, the best Visitor was Barry Patterson with an excellent 38 pts, the C.S.S was 33 pts.
With one week to go Hugh Casey on 149 pts would seem to have the golfer of the year trophy wrapped up 19 pts clear of his nearest rival Kevin Keegan. The King of the two’s prize is still not clear-cut with Keith Patterson leading by one from Denis Porter.
The timesheet for the final day to Greencastle is available from Tommy Forbes; non-Thursday club members are welcome to go with the cost at £35.

Monday Club
The latest Monday club team event went to Robert Bell, Eddie Patton, Brian Forester and Donal Cairns.
The final day will take place next Monday with the presentation meal set for 6pm followed by a Fun Karaoke with Shane and Kevin.

Ladies Golf
The latest Ladies competition was The Lady Captains Charity event and was won in some style by Jennifer Rouse (19) with 43 pts, category one went to Shauna Stewart (13) with 40 pts and category two went to Maeve Crowe (30) with 39 pts.

The timesheet for the first Ladies Open of the season on Tuesday 30th April is now posted.

Rosemary Wilson’s Ladies team had a good victory over Omagh Ladies on Friday having had an impressive 4 –1 away win the previous week the ladies duly wrapped up the tie in the home leg.

Wednesday nights mixed greensomes went to Caroline and Frankie Connolly with 33pts over the 13 holes, the runners up were Lorna Duffy and Club Captain Dr Ciaran Kelly with 32 pts.

The club are organising an excellent draw geared at purchasing new Greens machinery with the prizes some excellent golfing equipment, all members are asked to participate and sell as many books as possible.

Thur 18th April –Thursday club week 14 Qualifying
Sat 20th April – Strabane Electric’s Stableford
Sun 21st April – Meningitis Research Team Classic
Mon 22nd April – Monday club final day
Tue 23rd April – Ladies Camus Cup
Wed 24th April – Mixed Foursomes.

There is great music in the club on Sunday Night when the Brilliant Mr Men will be providing the entertainment at the Meningitis Research presentations, admission is by voluntary donation to the fund, the music gets underway at 9pm with Klassix Disco.

Finally this week,  regards to our barman Gerard Stewart who has moved on after 5 years service, the best of luck from all at Strabane Golf Club in your new position.

Club Notes – 10th April 2013

Corry wins P.G McGillion Motors Open.

Last seasons Captains prize winner Mark Corry(13) has taken last seasons good form forward with him, taking the weekends big event the P.G McGillion Motors Stableford with a superb total of 43 pts for his round, which included 4 birdies giving him a very strong finish which saw him get the better of Damien Roarty (9) on countback a bogey five at the final hole costing the nine handicapper his chance of the win, but a great effort all the same as Damian has been out of the game for a couple of seasons, obviously the recent lessons from Dad, Senan, are paying off. In third place was Past Captain Sean MacIntyre(14) with a good total of 41 pts with Chris Timoney(22) also taking his impressive Winter form into the new season to finish fourth also with 41 pts, the final nett prize went to John Hegarty (19) also with 41 pts. The Gross prize on Saturday went to Aidan Boyle (5) with 34 gross pts and the nines to Foncie McNally (13) with 23pts for the outward nine and to Franke Gallagher (8) who had 23 pts for the inward nine.
Congratulations to Declan Doherty who had a hole in one at the par three 8th hole in the event.

Opening Mixed Greensomes
There was a decent turnout of 24 pairs for the opening mixed greensomes of the season on Sunday past with the honours going to husband and wife partnership, Laura and Eamon McCay, with an impressive 37 pts for the 15 holes.  The runner up were mixed specialists, Noreen and Oliver McNally with 36pts, with Geraldine McCrory and Liam mcDevitt teaming up to take third with 34 pts.
The mixed events will now feature on a Wednesday evening for the remainder of the season.

Monday Club
There were 11 teams participating in this weeks Monday club which was won by Kevin Gallager, Liam McCool, Liam Doherty and Michael McColgan with 76 pts.
The final day is on Monday 22nd April and a menu and entry sheet have now been posted, all members are very welcome to play on the day.

Thursday Club
This years Thursday club is also drawing to a close with the final day on Thursday 25th April at Greencastle golf club, the timesheet for the day is now available. The latest winner was Jim Arbuckle with 40.5 nett, the runner up with 39.5 nett was Eddie Patton with Jim Malcolm in third with 38 pts, the best visitor was Ryan McGowan with 39 pts.

Thursday 11th – Thursday Club Week 13
Sat 13th – BMcNamee Ltd
Sun 14th – Strabane Athletic Team Classic, sponsored by Frylite

Machinery Replacement Draw

Club Notes – 3rd April 2013


The traditional new golfing season opener the John Kelly Stableford got underway on Saturday last albeit a week behind schedule with a great entry of 183 players participating.

The winner after a close count-back with 42 pts was declared as local golf mind coach Shaun McGonagle (13) who has obviously has been taking on board his own teachings finishing strongly to take the top prize with an excellent 23 pts on the back nine including two birdie two’s at the 12th and 16th holes. The unlucky runner up was Sean’s playing partner on the day Adrian McLaughlin (12) also with 42 pts with 22 of them on the inward nine a bogey five at the final hole costing him the win, third also with the same total was Foncie McNally (15) two closing bogies also putting pay to his chances in the event The gross went to last years Club Champion Ryan McGowan (5) who picked up where he left off last year with a level par round of 36 gross pts.

Fourth went to early morning starter Brian O’Neill (24) with 41pts with fifth going to John Clarke (25) who continues to improve rapidly with 40 pts, Paul Gallagher (8) took the first nine prize with 21pts with Chris Timoney the second nine with 22 pts.

Thursday Club
The Thursday club has reached week 11 of the second phase with the latest winner Chris Timoney with an eye catching 47 pts –46nett although was to the courses temporary greens, the runner up with 43.5 nett was Foncie McNally with Denis Porter third with 42.5 nett, the golfer of the year table with 3 weeks to go is headed by Hughie Casey with 118 pts from Kevin Keegan on 108 pts, Keith Patterson is out in front in the race to be the King of the Two’s having recorded eight so far.

Monday Club
Terence McGranaghan, Frankie Connolly, Pat McAneny and Paddy Doyle with 97 pts, won the latest Monday Club event with runners-up Michael Forbes, Foncie McNally, Seamus McPhilemy and Eddie Patton up with 96 pts. The final day for this event is on Monday 21st April.

Ladies Golf
The latest ladies competition was The Easter Basket played over 16 holes the winner was Olive Turner with 33 pts with the categories going to Dympna Doherty also with 33pts and to Olive Reid with 29 pts. The previous weeks competition was the Breast Cancer charity 15 holes event and was won by Lisa Patton with 27pts with Ben Friel the runner up with 23 pts. 

Junior Springers
The Tommy Forbes Catering Junior Springers also concluded last week with first prize in Section (A) going to Lewis Jones with 26 pts the runner up was Conor Meehan with 22 pts and third went to Kevin Gallagher with 18 pts.
In Section (B) the winner was Paul Doherty with 32 pts, the runner up Keelim McLaughlin with 20 pts and third went to Conor Taylor with 18pts, the presentation for this event is on Friday evening at 7.00pm all parents are very welcome to come.

Sat 6th April PG McGillion Motors Open s/f
Sun 7th Opening Mixed Foursomes 12 noon-3pm 15 holes
Monday 8th Monday Teams
Tue 9th Lady Captain’s Charity 18 holes
Wed 10th Mixed Greensomes
Thursday 11th Thursday Club week 13 18 holes Qualifying.

Finally on a very sad note, our deepest sympathies are extended to the family, and many friends, of the late Jimmy Haughey who passed away suddenly last Friday.  Jimmy was a great club man at Strabane Golf club and a very popular member for many years, he was a very common sight on the course in his one man buggy and he truly loved the game, he will be sadly missed.  R.I.P.