Competition news September


George McCay (20) was the winner of Saturdays event the Modern Man Menswear Open with a great score of 40 pts considering the course was playing to it’s full length and with some tricky but excellent pin positions. George as been steadily improving his game in the past year and this was his second Saturday Open win. The unlucky runner up was two handicapper Conal Cooke who returned a brilliant one under par round of 68 which converted to 39 pts, Conal played tremendous golf on the day from tee to green but just couldn’t hole his usual tally off putts which would have seen him top the podium. In third place was the consistent Paul McNally (14) also with 39 pts, Ciaran Duffy (9) took fourth with 38 pts with Mark mcCrea (10) fifth with 37 pts. Ryan McGowan was the gross prize winner with a three over 33 pts, with the nines going to Matt Keyes (18) with 21pts for the outward nine and to Chris McDermott (11) with 20 pts for the inward nine, please note the C.S.S for this event was 35 pts.
Thursday Open
The final Thursday competition of the Season was played as a sweep on Thursday last in very difficult conditions, which kept the entries low on the day.
The winner was John Doherty (19) with 39 pts, Talented junior player Eoin O’Neill (6) was the runner up also with 39 pts with Martin Patton third with 38 pts, the gross went to Declan McDonnell (7) with 30 gross pts.
The Thursday club Phase 1 is due to begin this Thursday and will be a qualifying event, all members can either play as Thursday club participants or daily visitors and are entitled to win any of the daily prizes, members playing as visitors are subject to the same recorded reductions as Thursday club entrants, please check the notice board where all this years rules are displayed.

Monday Club
With the very wet and windy weather on Monday there were only six teams entered in this weeks Monday Club with the runaway winners being declared as Foncie McNally, Gerry Quinn, Michael Forbes and Seamus mcPhilemy with 101 pts, the runners up were Jim Arbuckle, Pascal mcGillian, Terence McDermott and Jimmy Duncan back on 89 pts.
Ladies Golf
Last weeks Ladies competition was played over 15 holes with the proceeds going to Foyle Hospice, the winner was Mary Casey with 33 pts, Category one went to Norma Brogan with 29 pts with Category 2 going to Rachel Devenney also with 29 pts.
The winner of the recent Ladies Past Captains day was Dympna Doherty; the runner up was Norma Brogan with Rachel Devenney in third place.
The Lady Captain Annette led a very successful Lady Captains outing to Bundoran Golf club Last Saturday with the Ladies being blessed with a beautiful autumn day for the event, The winner was Jennifer Rouse with Maeve Corry the runner up on the day.
The timesheet is now posted for the Killyhelvin Hotel Mr & Mrs competition on Sunday 29th which is also the final day of this years mixed events.
Winter Cup
Entries are now being taken for this years Leo Kavanagh Winter Cup pairs event with play due to start on Sunday 13th October.
Junior Captains Day is scheduled for Sunday 6th October
The entry sheet is on the Junior notice board.

Good luck on Friday to Rosapenna Senior Cup squad who qualified on our Course back in May and have since become Ulster Champions as they play in the All Ireland semi- Final at Royal Tara Golf club Co. Meath where their opponents will be Carlton House from Leinster, the team includes Strabane men Patrick Kennedy, Enda Kennedy and Marty McDermott.

Donegal League
Our Donegal League team finished as runners up in this years competition on Sunday as they were unable to overturn a poor first leg home showing where they had gone down 3-2.The Strabane team put up a spirited display at Ballybofey on Sunday winning 1.5 matches with all the other games extremely close. Congratulations to Ballybofey on their Victory.

Culture Night
As part of the Northern Ireland Culture night celebration this Friday 20th September North-West Brass band Champions Strabane Concert brass will be giving a performance in the clubhouse at 8.30pm, admission is by voluntary admission with all proceeds going to the Captains charity The Irish Kidney Association everyone is most welcome.
Saturday 28th September there will be music and dancing to one of the North West’s top duos- “Friends”
Thursday 19th Sept Thursday Club-Week 1
Sat 20th Sept Saturday Open Stableford
Sunday 22nd Knockavoe Lady and Gents Singles
Monday 23rd Monday Club
Tue 24th Ladies Day.

Culture Night 2013


We are delighted to announce that Strabane Concert Brass
are playing in the clubhouse on Friday 20th September 2013 as part of Culture Night 2013

There is a voluntary donation with the proceeds going to the Captains charity The Irish Kidney association!

For more details on Culture Night 2013 see Alley Theatre webite

Bridge Club – Thursday 5th September

BridgeThe Bridge Club will recommence this Thursday 5th September at 7.30pm.
All welcome.

Pat Kirk Open

Joe Kennedy wins Pat Kirk Open

Joe Kennedy took his first ever singles competition at the weekend
In winning the Pat Kirk Open the 26 handicapper a relative newcomer to the game got to the turn with great total of 24 pts and held on bravely for 18 on the back nine for 42 pts which was good enough on the day by two points from Ryan McGowan (6) who had led from very early morning with an excellent two over par round of Golf, in third was David Friel (11) also with 40 pts, Ronan Foley (6) took fourth the best of seven players on 39 pts on break of tie from Liam McGinley (21) in fifth place. Fred mcGavigan (4) kept his remarkable run of form going taking yet another gross prize in the process with a one over 35 gross total. The nines prizes went to Liam mcDevitt (18) and to Sean macIntyre (11)
John Fahy & Co Open
There was a great midweek turnout for last Thursdays John Fahy & Company Open Stableford with the honours going to John Hegarty (18) with a massive 45 pts which was a clear 4 pts ahead of his nearest challenger Kevin McGinley (11) with 41 pts Junior member Connor mcCool (12) took third place with 40pts, Fred mcGavigan once again was the gross prize winner with 35 pts once again.

Murphy’s on the Green Monday Open
The Murphy’s on the Green Bank Holiday Open which was the seasons final open day Monday went to Ryan McGowan (5) with a brilliant total of 43 pts which was two under par gross for his round, Dr Paul Armstrong (15) took the runners spot with an excellent 42 pts, with club president Francie Devine (11) in third place with 40 pts, Conal Cooke took the gross on this occasion with a fine gross total of 67 which was 38 gross pts.

Ladies Golf
Last Tuesdays Ladies open was played in extremely testing conditions with a strong breeze and persistent rain from mid- afternoon making life very difficult for the players. First prize went to Deirdre Patton playing out off Narin & Portnoo Golf club with 35 pts with Norma Brogan (15) in second also with 35 pts, Geraldine Masterson (33) took third place with 33 pts with the Categories going to Lisa Patton, Alison Curry and to Bernie mcGirr.
The front nine was claimed by Adeline Shiels with Imelda Doherty taking the back nine, the visitors prize went to Lorna Thompson from Foyle Golf club.
In last week mixed event was a team competition and was won by Lady President Mary Duffy Caroline Connolly, Ronnie Wiley and Frankie Connolly with 38 pts
The runners up were Olive Reid, Sammy Devenney, Eric Reid and Rachael Devenney with 37 pts.
Club Representative Golf
Pride of Place in match play golf this week goes to Our Donegal league team who overcame a first leg deficit of 4.5- to 0.5 matches to completely overwhelm their Ballyliffin Opponents comfortably taking all five matches in Saturdays home leg to advance to the final of this competition for the first time in many years, well done to Team Captain Sean MacIntyre and the entire squad.
Garvin Godfrey’s O’Hare cup team are on course to retain that cup after last Thursdays first leg played at home, securing a 12-4 lead over opponents Black Lion Golf Club, the return leg is next Sat 31st August at The Co. Fermanagh Venue.

There was tragic news this week at the club with the death of Lifelong club member Raymond who passed away very suddenly in England last Sunday Morning, our sincere condolences are extended to Raymond’s wife Bernie and his children, also to his mum Kathleen who worked here at the club for many years arrangements for the funeral service have not yet been made at the time of writing and will appear on the clubs Facebook page when available.
Also our deepest condolences to the entire family circle of John Kelly who also passed away on Sunday, john was without doubt one of the finest golfers to have ever graced the fairways o Strabane golf club and was still a regular and very popular visitor in his later years
RIP John.
Our sympathies are also extended to the O’Kane family on the death of Seamus O’Kane also on Sunday morning after a short illness; Seamus was the oldest brother of our secretary Brian. RIP Seamus.

Entertainment News
There was a marvellous turnout for last Saturdays JP Mac Johnny Cash tribute show, thank you to all who attended.
On Saturday 7th September outstanding Country Artist Kathy Kane and her band Breakaway are performing in the clubhouse, a real must see for fans of Country music, check Kathy out on You Tube or on Facebook, admission on the evening is only £5 and support will be by Klassix Disco.
Thur 29th India House Open Stableford
Sat 31st Total Golf Club Championship-Confined.
Sun 1st Sept Brian Patton Day-Singles Ladies & Gents
Mon 2nd Sept JJ’S Monday Teams
Tue Ladies day.

Club Championship and other Competitions


Martin Rouse (8) became the new club champion securing the Total Golf Club Championship on Saturday last with a blistering round of one over par which would have won both the Gross and the Nett section on the day Martins score converted to a very impressive 62 Nett, he has been in brilliant form this season and has seen his handicap plummet as a result to a very impressive new mark off 6. The runner up in the event was Paul McGill (6) with a total of 71which was only two over par despite a triple bogey at the par four 14th hole which eventually saw him miss out on the coveted title. On the plus side however Paul became the 12th player at the club this season to record a hole in one which makes Strabane the most successful club in this respect in the whole of Britain & Ireland! Although this has to be confirmed. Paul struck the perfect six iron shot at the par three 7th hole to become the latest recipient of an exclusive Boss watch valued at £225.
In the Nett section of Saturdays event Mark Neely (13) took the honours with 65 Nett with Damian Carey (13) the runner up with 67 Nett, just Ahead on break of tie from Adrian McLaughlin (10) with Ciaran Duffy (10) fourth with Nett 68.
The category winners were Connor mcCool (9) Nigel Houston (13) and Brian Kelly (20).

Brian Patton Memorial Day
There was the customary huge turnout for the 3rd annual Brian Patton Memorial day, testament to the high regard in which Brian was held not just at our own club but throughout the North of Ireland and beyond.
The winner was visiting player Frank mcClintock (13) playing out of University College Cork, with an excellent total of 42 pts, the runner up was Brian Kelly (20) with a great total of 41 pts, Colin mcCafferty (19) continues to improve in his first season as a member and he took third with 40 pts, the very consistent Eddie Patton (10) was again in the prizes taking fourth place with 39 pts and Declan Devine (12) taking fifth also with 39 pts. There was no surprise in the Gross winner on the day with Fred mcGavigan (3) again taking the prize continuing a sensational run of scores, taking this one with a one over par 35 gross pts.
The ladies section on Sunday went to Jennifer Rouse with 36pts with Norma Brogan the runner up with 35 pts

India House Open
Junior member Connor mcCool (11) has been posting some very impressive scores lately, evidence of the continued improvement and is certainly beginning to realise his huge potential moving to single figures for the first time.
Connor took the India House Stableford with a fine return of 43 pts which was good enough only on break of tie From Fred McShane (15), Joe Curry (16) took third place with 40 pts with another junior member Caolan Crawford (5) taking the gross on this occasion. Sponsors guest Dermott Grant became the 11th player to record a hole in one in competition in this event holing out at the 7th Hole.
Monday Club
With the Monday Open competitions now at an end The popular Monday Club teams began on Monday past with 9 teams entering the Autumn season opener.
The winners were Hugo mcCusker, Eugene Patton, John Shiels, and Jimmy Henderson with 114 pts. The runners up were Jim Arbuckle, Pascal mcGillian, Jimmy Duncan and Terence McDermott with 112 pts.
The Thursday Club will also begin soon with the first competition scheduled for Thursday 19th September.
Lady Presidents Day
Lady president Mary Duffy celebrated her Lady Presidents day last Tuesday with an excellent turnout on the day for a very popular Lady who always has bit of banter and a smile for everyone.
The winner was Lauren Patton (17) with 71Nett with Mary Casey (31) the runner up with 72 Nett, third went to Anne Sharkey (19) also with 72 Nett, The gross winner was Norma Brogan (14) with the Categories going to Jennifer Rouse (13)
Catherine Neeson (19) and Donna Doherty (31).
The winners of the nines were Alison Curry and Catherine Connolly.
Other prizewinners were Maeve Crowe, Jean McGinley Betty Kelly and visitor Colette Conway.
The men’s guest prize went to Danny Duffy with 35pts.
In last Wednesday’s mixed event Noreen McNally teamed up with club President Francie Devine to record the winning total of 29 pts over 13 holes, the runners up were Catherine Neeson and Ronnie Wiley with 27pts.
Congratulations to Rachael & Sammy Devenney who took the
Worcester Cup title last Friday defeating Caroline & Frankie Connolly in the final.

SGC win three Tyrone & Fermanagh Cup Finals.
There was a week of great success for our club in club representative golf this week taking no less than three Tyrone & Fermanagh finals. Firstly the Roberts Cup was wrapped up at Omagh G.C but not without a nervous finish the host club giving a great showing on the day before Freddie Patterson’s charges finally took the trophy 14-10 overall.
Garvin Godfrey’s O’Hare Cup team successfully retained their cup wrapping up their final tie at Blacklion Golf club on Saturday at the Co. Fermanagh venue, leading 12-4 from the home leg the match was called in late on in the back nine with enough pts then on the board.
Congratulations also to Aidan Coyle and his Lawson Cup squad who also retained their trophy with a fine display at Aughnacloy Golf club the outcome never really looked in doubt after a blistering first nine holes from the middle two pairings.
Our Ladies Tyrone & Fermanagh betterball team captained by Adeline Shiels are in a great position after their first leg of their final against Killymoon G.C. taking 16-5 pts from a possible 20
And will be hopeful
Of finishing the task in next Sunday’s second leg in Cookstown.

Entertainment News
Don’t miss a great night of Country Music in the Clubhouse this Saturday night when Country Star Kathy Kane makes her first appearance, Check Kathy out on you tube she is without doubt one of the entire country’s leading lady Country singers and she will appear with her band Breakaway, admission is only £5.00 and everyone is most welcome.