Club News 14 May 13

ENDA TAKES 10TH STRABANE SCRATCH CUP.

 

Local golfing circles were again dominated by Enda Kennedy who for the 10th time took the Strabane Golf Club Scratch cup which was kindly sponsored by Local Company Frylite LTD.

As in recent years again the weather was a major factor as a strong north west wind coupled with heavy prolonged showers for most of the day made good scoring almost impossible and if it had not been for the diligence of the organising committee sweeping the water of greens it is somewhat doubtful weather play could have continued with the deluge of water falling persistently  upon it .

There was however a great renaissance in this years Scratch cup with Damian mcGranaghan and his hard working committee going all out top attract a top field in both the Senior and junior sections with a lot of great prizes being offered on the day, a total of 98  entries were received with only about 10 golfers not showing due to the conditions which still made the final entry of 88 the best in recent years.

Enda Kennedy had gone out in the final fourball in round one in strong company which include City of Derry’s Kealan Quigg who has been in sparkling form at his home course in recent weeks  like Enda winning a nett competition recently with his gross score of seven under par, and it was the Derry man who led after round one with the best score of the day a one over par 70 which was one shot ahead of the Strabane man Kennedy who this year was playing out of Rosapenna Golf club. however with the weather deteriorating even further at the beginning of the second round Quigg’s challenge seemed to wane somewhat and he would eventually sign for a nine over 78. By the 10th hole Kennedy had built a two shot lead and although Lindsay and Morris kept their challenge going awaiting any major mistakes from the experienced Strabane man, an uncharacteristic bogey six looked to have opened the door for Belvoir Park scratch player Andrew Morris who with par at the 17th hole lay only one shot adrift playing the last, Kennedy went slightly long at the last leaving an awkward chip from the back left apron and with Morris nicely on the green with a 20 foot attempt to come for birdie nothing was decided, Kennedy was first to play and his deft chip stayed four feet above the hole, Morris feeling he would need to hole his putt to force a playoff went too strong narrowly missing the cup but rolled on some 10 feet downhill, unfortunately for him he missed the return leaving Enda to tidy up for par to eventually win by two on 146  and record an historic 23rd Scratch cup win of his golfing career. James Lindsay with par at the last finished as the runner up on break of tie from Andrew Morris with Kealan Quigg next also with the same total of 148

In the Junior section of the Frylite event Freddie Patterson took the plaudits with a great total off 157 with Conor Sharkey the runner up on 160. The Captain thanked the Sponsor Mr Eamon mcCay for his continued invaluable support and paid great tribute to Damian mcGranaghan, Peter Doherty and David McGrath for their superb organisation and paid special mention to Paul Mc Fadden and his Greens staff for presenting the course in such great condition despite the recent inclement weather and many players agreed with these sentiments adding the the greens are probably the best in Ireland at present.

Full Results can be found on the SGC scratch cup facebook page or on the clubs website.

 

SPORTS CENTRE OPEN

Saturdays event was the Sports Centre Open highly regarded as one of the clubs leading competitions .Conditions were better than Sunday but were still extremely tough with none of the 185 competitors managing to break par on the day from the Blue Markers. The winner was Patsy McHugh (16) who won on break of tie with an excellent 69 Nett just taking the honours from runner up Mark Neely (12) and Oliver Creswell (10) who finished on the same total. Martin Rouse (11) finished in 4th with 70 Nett with Junior player Eoin O’Neill (10) in 5th also with 70 Nett. The Categories went to Patrick mcCrossan (8) 71 Nett,Maurice Doherty (17) 70 Nett and to Joe Kennedy( 25) also with 70 Nett, the gross went to Patrick Kennedy(1) with a six over 75.

 

LADIES GOLF

Well done to the ladies Minor Cup team captained by Rosemary Wilson who are through to the next round of that event with n excellent win over City of Derry Ladies last week securing the two matches they needed for victory in the away leg.

The latest Ladies competition was the McMillan Cancer charity event which was won by Olive Reid(30) with an excellent 40 pts, category one went to Maeve Corry (23) with 38 pts with Category two went to Catherine Connolly (27) with 37 pts.

The latest mixed foursomes event went to Anne Sharkey and Ronnie Wiley with 29 pts, the runners up were Norma Brogan and Eddie Patton with 29pts also.

Best of luck to our Mixed foursomes team who will be trying to qualify for the match play stages of this event this Sunday at Foyle Golf Club Derry.

Unfortunately Paddy ‘oKanes Pearce Purcell team failed to qualify at Letterkenny Golf club missing out by three shots.

Congratulations to Patrick mcCrossan who achieved his first ever hole in one with the perfect three wood shot at the 8th hole during last weeks Farmers home open.

There is a presentation night in the clubhouse next Sunday at 9.00pm.

Don’t miss Next Saturday 25th May when the brilliant Heads of State will be making a return visit to the Golf Club, definitely one of the best live bands in the country at present, admission is only £4.00.

 

Fixtures

Thur 16th May Foothills Restaurant Open

Sat 18th May-Mark James Open

Sun 19th May-Shamrocks Hurling Club Teams

Mon 20th May Monday Open.

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