Club News June 25th 2013

BUSY WEEK AT STRABANE IN BUILD UP TO CAPTAINS DAY

The week in the lead up to DR Ciaran Kelly’s Captains day which takes place this coming Saturday has been a very busy one on the Golf Course with several competitions taking place.
Saturdays event was sponsored by MK’S Bar and despite some damp squally conditions it still attracted an entry of 150 golfers.
The winner was Damian McCrossan (19) who showed a return to better form posting an excellent 41 pts on a difficult day for good scoring, the runner up was the in form Joe Elliot (16) who followed up last Mondays eye catching performance with another good 40 pts, leaving him subject to the new exceptional play rule which further reduced his handicap by a further two shots leaving him of 12 handicap a full 6 shots less than last week!
In third was Nicky Patton (7) also with 40 pts with Gerry Casey in fourth with 39 pts; Martin Rouse (9) took fifth place with 38 pts
Enough to reduce his handicap to single figures for the first time. The gross winner was Cathal Patton (5) with a three over par 33 pts; Noel O’Kane (28) took the first nine with 21 pts with Frankie Connolly (24) taking the back nine also with 21 pts.
Thursday Open
Jim Malcolm (17) took last Thursdays Open with an excellent 44 pts with Keith Patterson (5) the runner up with 43 pts which was in fact a brilliant two under par gross round, in third was Martin Elliot also with 43 pts with the Gross going to Fred McGavigan (6) with a one under par round of 37 gross pts. The Hugh Harley Cup that had been scheduled for Thursday will now be played on Thursday 25th July

ST Vincent de Paul Ladies and Gents Singles
There was a new event played on Friday last with the St Vincent De Paul Ladies and Gents opens up for grabs, the winner in the men’s section was Lindsay Boyd (23) one in front of the in form Peter Doherty (6) with a good one over par return of 41 pts third went to Paul O’Neill (17) with the same score of 41 pts.
The winner in the ladies section was Kathleen Hoynes with Rosemary Wilson and Olive Reid in second and third.
Monday Open
Ben Corry (5) took the latest Monday Open with a great score of 43 pts which was 2 under par, the runner up was visiting player Declan Ryan (15) with 42 pts with Gerard Stewart (20) in third with 41 pts also, City of Derry’s Kealan Quigg (-1) took the gross prize with a two over par 34 gross pts.
In Club Representative Golf this week our Junior Cup team continue to fly the flag with a good 4-1 win over close neighbours Newtownstewart at Killymoon G.C .to advance to the Last 16 in Ulster. Not such good news to report of Conor Sharkey’s Donegal League Junior Squad who despite building up a 6-1 home leg advantage went down by the same score at Buncrana G.C and lost in a play-off. Aidan Coyle’s Lawson cup team have only a very slender advantage over Newtownstewart taking Sunday Mornings first leg by 8.5-7.5 and will have their work cut out to advance further in this one, also in major bother are Chris McDermott’s Phair cup team who lost the home leg to Omagh golf club by 11.5 –4.5 and will need a major reversal of fortunes in this event.
In Ladies Team golf Rosemary Wilson’s Minor Cup team have a slender 3.5 pts –1.5 pts to protect after their home leg with Narin & Portnoo G.C.

Ladies Gallagher Cup
Jennifer Rouse was the runaway winner in last weeks ladies event the Gallagher cup with an excellent 41 pts, Heather Mitchell took category one with 36 pts with Olive Reid taking category two with 36 pts also.

Captains Mixed Foursomes
Dr Ciaran Kelly’s Captains week got off to a wet and blustery start for the traditional Captains Mixed Foursomes which was reduced to 15 holes because of the morning conditions, thankfully though the weather relented somewhat and the competition was successfully completed, the winners were Anne Sharkey and Denis Porter with 32 pts with Jennifer Rouse and Brian O’Kane the runners up with 31pts Geraldine McCrory and Martin Rouse took third also with 31 pts with the gross going to Catherine Neeson and President Francie Devine.
Worcester Cup pairings remaining in that competition should note that remaining first round match-play fixtures must be played by 30th June.
Tickets are going very steadily for the JP Mac Johnny Cash Show, which takes place in the clubhouse on Saturday 24th August
This show has sold out the Crumlin Road Gaol complex now on six occasions and is a real must see! There is full support on the evening and members are urged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible are numbers are limited when they are gone they are gone!
Finally best wishes to our Captain DR Ciaran Kelly for his Captains day on Sat 29th June, the forecast at present is very good and a great day for all is anticipated for an excellent Club Captain, the entry fee for competitors will be taken from cards on Friday Evening so please ensure sufficient funds are available
Music on the night will be provided by” Friends”
The doors will open at approximately 10.30pm for members not attending the Captains Dinner.

Barry Reid recently became the fifth member in the hole in one club in recent weeks holing out at the Par three 12th hole with the perfect 9 iron shot during the St Pats GAA event, Barry is the latest member to secure a beautiful Boss Watch for his efforts.

Also finishing on a very sad note , the club lost one of its long serving members last weekend with the death of Pat Gallagher Owenreagh drive, Pat was a great character and a great supporter of the club, our sincere condolences are sent to Ruby and to all the Gallagher family may he rest in peace.

Fixtures
Thursday 27th –Captains Betterball
Sat 29th Dr Ciaran Kelly’s Captains Prize
Sun-30th Ulster Senior Cup matchplay
Mon 1st July Monday Open
Tue 2nd July Ladies Day.

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