Club News – 16th July 2013


A full week of competitions came to a finish on Saturday past with the conclusion of Open week at the Ballycolman course, the weather remained fantastic for the entire weeks proceedings and if anything at times may have been to warm to attract a large amount of visiting players. Once again throughout the week the main talking point was the superb condition of the course both greens and fairways being in immaculate condition much praise again to our Greens staff for the wonderful preparation and presentation as always.
Thursdays event was The Strabane Catering Open Stableford with almost 100 golfers taking out cards for the event, the winner was Patrick McCrossan (7) who has been in a great run of form this season adding to his two holes in one off late with victory in this one with an excellent 41 pts which was only two over par for his round, the runner up was Terence McGranaghan (14) with 40 pts with Kevin P Gallagher (24) in third with 38 pts, the gross prize went to Keith Patterson (5) with 31 gross pts with the nines going to Conor McGettigan(15) and to John Doherty (18), the presentation date for this competition has yet to be arranged.
Fridays Event was The Mark James Open, which had been rescheduled from 18th May, and again almost 100 competitors took part. The winner with an excellent 42 pts was Michael Neeson (12) with Billy Doherty (17) taking the runners up spot also with 42 pts, Eamon mcGlinchey (14) continued his good run taking third place with 41 pts, with Terry Doherty (13) in fourth also with 41 pts, Declan Devine (12) took fifth with 40 pts with the gross on this occasion going to Aidan Boyle (5) with 32 gross pts, Declan Catterson (11) took the first nine with 23 pts with Aidan Langan (16) taking the second nine.

Mc Hugh’s Oil Stableford
Saturdays closing tournament was the Mc Hugh’s Oil Stableford which was claimed by Darrell Meadows (14) with 41 pts, just ahead of the very consistent Eddie Patton (12) with 40 pts, Garvin Godfrey (12) took third also with 40 pts with Paul mcConway (15) in fourth with 39 pts, Paul McGill (7) was in fifth with 38 pts, The gross went to Patrick Kennedy (2) with 35 gross pts which was just one over par, the nines went to Adrian McLaughlin and to James Langan.

Medicare mixed Open foursomes
There was an excellent turnout for last Wednesdays Medicare mixed Foursomes with the winners being the Husband and wife partnership of Frankie and Caroline Connolly with a brilliant Nett 62 three clear off the runners up Conal Cooke and Lisa Patton with Eddie McHugh and Imelda Doherty, the gross went to Paul McGill and Norma Brogan.

Donna’s Flowerbox Ladies Open
There was a great turnout for last Tuesdays Ladies open sponsored by Donnas Flowerbox LTD. The winner was Lisa Patton (17) with a brilliant 43 pts, the runner up was Abbie Maxwell (30) with 41 pts with Jennifer Rouse (16) with 40 pts, the categories went to Lauren Patton, Caroline Connolly and to Mary Casey, the gross went to Shauna Stewart with 24 gross pts, the nines went to Roisin Corry and to Catherine Connolly with Hilary mcIlroy winning the Visitors prize.

In club representative golf this week our Fred Daly team deserve much credit for opening up a narrow lead over a very Talented Lurgan Golf club junior team, all our lads would have been conceding many shots in handicap but performed admirably to give themselves hope in the away leg next week, special mention to young Connor mcCool who overcame his opponent who plays of 5 in the final match, Connors handicap is 14 which shows the severity of the challenge the Strabane lads encountered.
Our Conway cup team have it all to do after a 11.5-4.5 pts defeat in the away leg to Enniskillen on Sunday past, The Ulster Fourball team also have quite a bit of work to do taking three of the 5 matches at home on Sunday against Castlehume in the Ulster quarter-final but are not without hope for the away leg next week.
Finally Good luck to our President Francie Devine who hosts his presidents day this Sunday at he club, the weather forecast is for extremely hot conditions for Saturdays competition, music after the Presidents dinner will be provided by “Riff Raff”

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