Club Notes – 3rd April 2013

SEASON OPENER WON BY SHAUN ON TIE- BREAK 

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.

Fixtures
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.

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