Presidents Day

GLORIOUS PRESIDENTS DAY AT STRABANE

There was again glorious weather for Mr Francie Devine’s Presidents day with 182 members taking out cards for the event.
The President was on the tee from early morning for photographs and to greet each of the players before the off despite the on course temperatures reaching heights of 38 degrees C.
The winner on the day completing a notable double was Frankie Connolly (24) with a great score of 42 pts adding the prize to the Presidents Mixed first place from last Wednesday where he had successfully teamed up with Lady Captain Annette Patton. Frankie had a fantastic front nine on his way to the big win scoring 23 pts and despite a blank hole at the par 5, 10th and a messy 15th hole he gathered himself to finish well and post his winning total. The runner up on the day was Mark Sharkey (19) with a good 40 pts the best of three players on that total on break of tie, 22 pts on the inward nine getting Mark the verdict. Third went to Declan Lynch (12) with Bernard McShane taking fourth place, Chris McDermott (10) took fifth spot the best of a few scores of 39 pts. The gross prize went to Patrick McCrossan ( 6) who has been in sensational form this season taking three shots off his handicap and his return of three over par proved the best total on Saturday.
The Category prizes went to Freddie Patterson (6), Patsy Rouse (14) and Jim Harley (19), the nines prizes went to Barry Patterson with 22 for the front nine and to Denis Porter with 21 pts for the back nine, the longest drive at the 17th hole went to Joe Elliot with Aidan Boyle winning the closest to the pin award at the 18th hole, the guest prize went to Club secretary Brian O’Kane with the visitors prize going to Robbie Kennelly.
The President thanked all the members for their courtesy throughout the year thanking all the committee and staff for their help during the season.
The Presidents mixed foursomes had been rescheduled from the previous Sunday and was played on Wednesday evening with 28 pairs competing, as Mentioned the winning total was compiled by Lady Captain Annette Patton and Presidents prize champion Frankie Connolly with 38 pts over the 15 holes in play, the runners up were Patricia Kelly and Eamon McCay with 35 pts with Kathleen Hoynes and Chris McDermott teaming up to take third with 33 pts, Bernie O’Kane and Paddy O’Kane took the gross prize.
Monday opens
The previous weeks Monday open was won by Frankie Houston (14) with 42 pts on break of tie from Jimmy Duncan (28) with Michael Doyle (19) in third place with 39 pts, junior member Connor mcCool has seen his handicap slip to 15 which unfortunately left him ineligible and his fantastic return of 47 pts did not count, although Connor was delighted to get his handicap reduced to 12.
This weeks Mitchell’s Butchers Monday open saw yet another hole in one recorded at the club this being the 8th one of the season to date, the lucky recipitant off a £225 Boss watch courtesy of “How did I do.com” on this occasion was Eddie Patton with the perfect 7 iron shot at the 16th hole. The competition was won however by Fred mcGavigan (5) with a brilliant one under par round that converted to 42 pts, Eddie Patton thanks to his hole in one took the runners up spot with 41 pts with Kevin P Gallagher (20) in third with 40 pts, Conal Cooke took the gross with 34 gross pts.

Kelly’s Bakery Open

Last Thursdays event was the Kelly’s Bakery open Stableford and went to Peter Doherty Sen (28) with 45 pts, Martin Keyes took second with 43 pts with Aidan Boyle (5) in third with a level par 41 pts, Fred mcGavigan took the gross with a three over 33 pts.
Ladies Golf
The ladies competition this week was the Eileen Logue Memorial Cup and was won in some style by Alison Curry (26) with a brilliant 62 Nett to win by four clear shots, the Category winners were Shauna Stewart (12) with 66 Nett and Geraldine McCrory (31) with 67 Nett.
In representative Golf in the Ladies section Anne Sharkey’s Intermediate cup team suffered a heavy defeat in last Saturdays away match at Armagh G.C losing all five ties in this Ulster Quarter final match and will have to reverse that score line in Wednesdays home leg.
The Ladies Tyrone and Fermanagh Betterball team had a much better score taking the home leg with Killymoon G.C By 17.5pts-2.5 pts and will be fancied now to make the County Final.
In the Gents Representative golf scene Brian o’Kanes Ulster Fourball squad have bowed out of that event at the Quarter final stage losing all five matches on Sunday past to Castlehume G.C.
Aidan Coyle’s Lawson cup team have reached the Final of that event quite comfortably over Clougher Valley with the ground work being done at home with an excellent 15-1 win, the away leg on Sunday was duly wrapped after the first nine holes.
Tickets remain on Sale for the next big entertainment event at the Club The JP Mac Johnny Cash Tribute show an evening not to be missed, Members who have tickets booked are urged to collect them as soon as possible they are priced at members £8 and Visitors £10.

Fixtures Thur Harleys open S/F
Sat 27th Christy’s Bar Open
Sun 28th Foyle Hospice Ladies and gents singles
Mon 29th Monday Open
Tue 30th Ladies Knockavoe School s/f
Wed 31st Mixed Foursomes
Thur 1st Aug Strabane Printing Services
Fri 2nd Past Captains and Presidents day

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