Club News 17th April 2013

WINNING TIME FOR BIG BEN
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.

Fixtures
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.

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