Club Notes May 28th

STRABANE HOSTS ULSTER SENIOR CUP QUALIFYING EVENT

For the second time in four years Strabane Golf Club was chosen to be one of the eight Ulster Qualifying venues and once again the course was turned out in pristine condition with many golfers paying special compliments to the fantastic condition of the greens on the day. In a blustery and sometimes showery day good scoring was tough to say the least, Strabane were out in the first match of the day and after losing a few senior players were not really expected to qualify in the senior cup company they found themselves in, however the local lads rallied well and stuck at the task in hand to make the top four in a nail biting conclusion, North west G.C almost taking the final spot. The top Qualifiers
On a brilliant 298 were Rosapenna G.C with Enda and Patrick Kennedy in their ranks they used their vast course knowledge to great advantage, next were City of Derry followed by Portstewart with the local Strabane side fourth on 308. The next round is matchplay at Strabane on Sun 30th June where Rosapenna will play Strabane and City of Derry will take on Portstewart with the two winners meeting in the afternoon final.
Haugheys Costcutters Open
Many thanks to Brian Haughey and Costcutters who were the sponsors on Saturday, there was once again a great entry on quite a difficult day for golf and this reflected in the overall totals with the best of the day going to Martin Gormley (13) with 40 pts just getting the decision from Barry Patterson (8) also with 40 pts,
Joey Roulstone (22) took third with 39 pts with Martin McDermott (5) fourth with 38 pts Pat O’Neill (15) finished in fifth with 37 pts with the Gross going to Enda Kennedy (-1) with a fine one over par round, The nines went to John Gallagher (20) and to Jude O’Neill (16), the presentation for this and other recent competitions is on Friday night in the clubhouse.

Last Thursdays event was the Subway open with almost 80 cards being taken out. Ciaran Duffy (10) was the winner with 39 pts in almost the last four ball beating long time leader Ronnie Wiley (11) into second place with 38 pts with Adrian McDermott (19) in third also with 38 pts, Patrick Kennedy (2) took the gross prize with a two over par round.
Tennents Open
The Tennents Open was played on Bank Holiday Monday with Fred mcGavigan (6) the winner with an excellent one over par round which converted to 41 pts on the day, the runner up was Eoin O’Neill (9) with 39 pts with Terence McGranaghan (14) third also with 39 pts, Stephen McCay took the gross prize with 31 gross pts.
There was a fantastic entry on Friday for the Habinteg Open Scramble with 45 teams taking part; the winners were Damian Roarty, Kevin O’Gorman, Kieran Doherty and Jordan Arthur.
Second went to Denis Porter, George Turner, Joe Doherty and Kevin Keegan.
Ulster Cup
Joe Doherty’s Ulster Cup team have exited that competition after defeat to Cairndhu G.C, the damage all being done in the away leg where they lost all seven matches and despite a brave effort to retrieve the tie they bowed out with the match finishing early.
Better news for Brian o’Kane’s Ulster Fourball side who have reached round three of that event for the first time in several years after seeing of the challenge of Aughnacloy G.C on Sunday, trailing 3.5 to 1.5 matches from the away leg the home team found some great form to overwhelm their opponents in a comfortable 5-0 home leg victory.
Liam Curry’s J.B Carr team are also in a tidy position in that event defeating Cairnlea in Last Wednesdays home encounter by 5 matches to nil and will fancy their chances of progressing to the next stage.
Ladies Golf
The Ladies completed their two week competition on Tuesday Last with Catherine Connolly the lady in form winning with an excellent 141 total Lisa Patton took Category 1 with 146 and Monica McGettigan took Category 2 with an aggregate of 158.
In the Meningitis Trust competition, which ran simultaneously Catherine Connolly again took the top prize with a brilliant 64 Nett on Tuesday, Shauna Stewart took Category 1 with 70 Nett with Eleanor mcMorran taking category 2 with 75 Nett.
In the latest mixed foursomes event Geraldine McCrory and Brian O’Kane were the runaway winners with 37 pts for the 13 holes, Monica and Sean Macintyre were in second with 34 pts with Adeline Shiels and Frankie Connolly in third with 30 pts.
Juniors should please note that the Fred Daly match scheduled for Sunday afternoon has been cancelled and Strabane have advance to round three.
The club are pleased to welcome Strabane A.F.C to the clubhouse on Saturday night 1st June for their annual dinner dance and presentation night, music is by the Apollo’s.
There is music in the club on Sunday night 2nd June with Bobby Moore and guests for the ST Theresa’s Church competition presentations.
Look out for a great band making their first appearance at the club on Sat 15th June when the “Logues” will be on Stage, this is a band not to be missed.
Also tickets are now on sale for the JP.Mac Johnny Cash Tribute show in the club on Sat 24th August, there is a full support on the evening and tickets are priced at £10.

Fixtures
Thur 30th May Northern Confectionary open
Sat 1st June Masala & Mamma Masala Open S/F
Sun 2nd June St Theresa’s Church Sion Mills Restoration fund Ladies and Gents open.
Mon 3rd June Monday Open
Tue Ladies o2 Challenge.

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