Club News – 29th October 2013


The golfing seasons final qualifying competition on Saturday last was badly affected by the recent inclement weather with less than fifty golfers braving the elements many off which did not finish!
Freddie Patterson(5) claimed the honours with a good return of 37 pts in the conditions that prevailed, Mark McColgan(6) took second with 36 pts with Dermott Corry (18) in third with 35 pts, the gross went to Paul Gallagher (8) with 25 gross pts.

Thursday Club Week 6
There was a great turnout of 62 players for week six of the Thursday club which was played over 15 holes.There was also an exceptionally close finish with the top three divided on break of tie. First went to Keith Patterson (6) with 36 pts which was a great level par round, the runner up was John Brolly (20) who had a hole in one at the 2nd hole holing the perfect 8 iron shot! With Gerry Quinn (21) in third place.  The early leader in the Golfer of the Year table is Kevin Keegan (16) 59 pts followed by Hugh Casey (22) 56 pts and Danny Duffy (13) 49 pts.

Monday Club
The most recent winners of the Monday club Teams were Eddie McHugh, Ronnie Wiley, Martin Finlay and Patsy Wilson with 85.25 nett
The runners up were Chris CcDermott, Robert Bell, Oliver McNally and Gerry Quinn with 82.75 Nett. The final day for this competition is scheduled for Monday 16th December.

Leo Kavanagh Winter Cup.
After three weeks play in the Leo Kavanagh Winter Cup, Freddie Patterson and Mickey Baldrick lead the way in section (A) with three straight wins and are on 11.5 pts, closely followed on 10pts by their opponents next Sunday Conor Sharkey and Mark Brolly.  In section (B) Foncie McNally and Brian Forrester have a clear record and sit out in front on 12 pts, they meet Declan Doherty and Jim Potts this week who are in second place on 11 pts.

On the entertainment front the Strabane Radio Online 2nd anniversary concert takes place in the club on Thursday 7th Nov at 9pm sharp! There is a great line up of artists on the night with all the proceeds going to the new Strabane Community Rescue group, tickets are priced at £8 or two for £15 and are available at the clubhouse.

Tickets are also on sale for the JP Mac Johnny Cash show which returns to the club on Sat 21st Dec after a brilliant sell out show with us in August. Tickets are £8 for members and £10 for visitors and there is sure to be another strong demmand.

Congratulations to all concerned with last weeks “Friends Of Cancer” table quiz at the club, in the region of £800 was raised on the evening, many thanks to Caren Corry and the Doherty family who organised and hosted the event.

The Ladies Branch at the club have organised a fashion and flower show for this Friday night 1st Nov at 7.30pm, with fashion from DV 8, Glitz “N” Glamour, LA Moda, Bon Marche and the Sports Centre plus flowers by Donna’s Flowerbox Ltd. Admission is £5 and everyone is very welcome to attend.

A full list of Christmas party nights and all festive events is now available at the club with another fantastic line up of food and entertainment.

Thursday 31st Oct – Thur Club week 7
Sat 2nd Nov – Saturday sweep  Non Qualifying
Sun 3rd – Winter Cup week 4
                   Junior Winter Cup week 2 – 12.oopm
Mon 4th – Monday Teams.

Club News – 22nd October 2013

Successful golfing season draws to a close.

A very successful Golfing season under the captaincies of Dr Ciaran Kelly and Lady Captain Annette Patton is rapidly drawing to a close at the Ballycolman links.  The club claimed a record five Tyrone & Fermanagh trophies this season and finished as runners up in the Donegal League.  The Jimmy Carroll team finished fourth in Ireland and lifted an Ulster Pennant, our Ladies Betterball had a magnificent win in the Tyrone & Fermanagh Betterball Trophy and not forgetting our Junior Golfers who reached the last eight in Ulster in the Fred Daly.

The Dixies Open, which was the final sponsored Saturday open, was played on Saturday 12th October with an excellent late season entry of 150 golfers.

The winner was Ronnie Wiley(11) with an excellent 41 pts, the runner up was Hugh Byrne (20) with 40 pts, Gerry Quinn (22) finished third with 39 pts, with Brian Brolly (11) also with 39 pts with Freddie Patterson (6) fifth with 38 pts, the gross in this one went to Patrick kennedy with a level par round of 36pts.

Junior member Eoin O’Neill became the 13th golfer to record a hole in one this season holing a perfect 8 iron shot at the second hole, Eoin will now recieve an exclusive Boss watch for his achievement.

Saturday Sweep
Last Saturdays event was a club sweep played off the yellow markers and saw some very good scoring.
The winner was Paul McLaughlin (18) with 42 pts just getting the better of Liam Curry (11) on break of tie, third place went to Paul O’Neill (16) with 41 pts, the gross went to Conor Sharkey (6) with 33 gross pts.

Thursday Club week 4
The winner of the fourh series in the Thursday Club was Foncie McNally (15) with 37 pts, the runner up was Jim Arbuckle (18) with 36 pts with Liam McCool (19) third with 36 pts, the winning visitor was Declan Lynch (10) with 38 pts.

Last weeks competition was played over 15 holes and was non Qualifying, Brian Haughey(14) produced a remarkable round scoring a brilliant 41 pts, the runner up was Hugo McCusker (13) with 38 pts with Connor McNamee third with 36 pts.

There was a great turnout of 14 teams for this weeks Monday club, with the winners being Chris McDermott, Kevin Keegan, Oliver mcNally & Noel McCrory with 89 pts Nett, the runners up were Ronnie Wiley, Brian Brolly, Liam Curry & Mark Sharkey with 87 pts.

In The Leo Kavanagh Winter Cup after two weeks the early leaders in Section 1 are Freddie Patterson & Michael Baldrick with 7.5 pts, with the early leaders in section 2 being John Gallagher and Paul Houston with a Maximum 8 pts, tied with Foncie Mc Nally and Brian Forrester.

There is a Charity quiz for the Friends Cancer Centre in the club this Thursday night (24th October) at 9.30pm sharp everyone is very welcome.

Congratulation to John Farrell who hosted his 60th birthday party in the clubhouse last Saturday night, and raised an amazing £8000 for his charity Cancer Research UK, a fantastic night and a great effort from all involved.

We are pleased to announce that added to our fantastic Christmas entertainment programme, is the superb JP Mac Johnny Cash tribute show which makes a wecome return after a sell out show in August in the club. Tickets are now on sale! Members £8 and visitors £10.

Thur 24th Oct – Thursday club week 6- 15 holes
Sat 26th Oct – Saturday Sweep 18 holes qualifying
Sun 27th Oct – Leo Kavanagh Winter Cup 9am-12 noon.
                              Junior Winter Cup 12-15pm-1-15pm

Captain’s Outing to Portsalon

Captain’s Outing to Portsalon
Saturday 5th October 2013

1st Paddy O’Kane (9) 40pts BOT
2nd Maurice Doherty (18) 40pts
3rd Joe Elliott (14) 38pts BOT
4th Pat Patton (14) 38pts BOT
5th Gerry Casey (14) 38pts
Gross Ben Corry (5) 31pts gross
1st nine President Francie Devine  
2nd nine Gary King  

Club News – 8th October 2013

Successful Captains Outing
Club Captain, Dr Ciaran Kelly, led his Captains outing to North Donegal to the beautiful Portsalon links with a total of 129 golfers making the trip on a perfect sunny day and the entire occasion proved to be a fantastic success. The Captain himself was a man in great form, putting his local course knowledge to great use returning a brilliant 43pts thanks to a superb level par back nine the joint best gross score of the day!

The winner of the outing was Paddy O’Kane (9) with 40 pts, Paddy is somewhat of a course specialist also, this being his third Captains Outing win on this links!, the runner up was Maurice Doherty (18) also with 40 pts, third went to Joe Elliot (14) with 38 pts, with fourth going to Pat Patton (14) with 38 pts, fifth place was claimed by Gerry Casey (14) with yet another total of 38pts. The gross went to Ben Corry (5) with 31 gross pts, the nines went to Francie Devine and to Gary King who had a remarkable eagle, birdie finish.

The Captain thanked all the members for attending the outing in such numbers and the host club for their hospitality on the day.

With so many golfers away a club 18 holes sweep was played in Strabane with Frankie Gallagher (7) the winner with 41pts, Martin Foley (21) took second with 39 pts with James Harron (10)t hird also with 39pts, the gross was claimed by Conal Cooke (1) with a one over par round.

Thursday Club – Week 2
Week 2 of the Thursday club went to Noel McCrory (15) with 40 pts, the runner up was Chris McDermott (11) with 40 pts with Dr Paul Armstrong (14) third with 39 pts, the visitors prize went to Johnny Potts (21) with an excellent 42 pts.

Monday Club
11 teams took part in this weeks Monday Teams with Denis Porter, Jimmy Wasson, Hugh Casey and George Turner the winners with 97 Nett, second place went to Jim Arbuckle, Pascal McGillian, Terence McDermott and Jimmy Duncan also with 97 pts Nett.

Club Matchplay
The club matchplay events also came to a close at the weekend with Michael Baldrick winning the Gallagher Memorial Cup with a close fought win over Brian Cairns which finished on the last green. Nicky Patton took the Jones Cup with a win over Freddie Patterson.

The Leo Kavanagh Winter Cup gets underway this Sunday 13th with 32 pairings having entered.

Thur 10th Oct – Thursday club week 3. 18 holes Qualifying.
Sat 12th Oct – Dixies Bar Open.
Sun 13th – Leo Kavanagh Memorial Winter Cup.
Mon 14th – Monday teams.


Quiz Nights – start Thursday 3rd October

Charity Quizzes start this Thursday night (3rd October) at 10pm

Everyone welcome.

Thursday Quiz Night

Thursday Quiz Night

Club Notes – 1st October 2013


Last Saturday’s Medicare Open event was the final counting Saturday for this years Golfer of the Year title which began back on 23rd March and was played for over 26 weeks. Paul McGill had edged in front in the race for the title in recent weeks and despite a good challenge from his closest rivals on Saturday, Paul was up to the task finishing second overall on the day and securing 19 extra pts to guarantee the title which he dedicated to his close friend, Raymond Allen, who sadly passed away recently. Conal Cooke also featured in Saturdays frame giving him the runners up spot with Ryan McGowan last years winner in third.

Saturdays competition results were doninated by lower handicap golfers with Ryan McGowan(4) taking the event with a brilliant 2 under par gross round that converted to 63 Nett, as mentioned Paul McGill (6) was in second place with Jim Arbuckle (18) taking third also with 65 Nett, Conal Cooke(1) was also round in 2 under par to take the gross prize with Kevin Gallagher(16) taking fourth with 66 Nett, John Wylie (10) took fifth with the categories going to Damian McGranaghan (7) 66 Nett ,Cathal McLaughlin(17) 67 Nett and Pat McAneny(19) 67 Nett.

Thursday Club
Week 2 of the Thursday Club was reduced to 15 holes due to essential maintenance taking place on the first fairway and as a result was a non qualifying event. The winner was Kevin Keegan (16) with 36 pts, with Stewart McFeeters(16) the runner up with 35 pts and Paddy Doyle(13) third with 34 pts.

Monday Club
There was a good turnout of 11 teams for this weeks Monday Club.
The winners were the three man team off Chris mcDermott, Charlie Patton and Declan Lynch with 111 pts, the runners up were Robert Bell, Dermott Corry, Donal Cairns and John Clarke with 110 pts.

Killyhelvin Mixed Foursomes
There was a decent turnout for the annual Killyhelvin Hotel Mr & Mrs mixed foursomes with the title going to Noreen and Oliver mcNally with 37pts, second went to Jennifer and Martin Rouse with 36 pts, with Mary and Hugh Casey in 3rd with 35pts, fourth went to Catherine and Kevin Neeson also with 35pts.

In the non qualifying mixed section the winners were Lady Captain Annette Patton and Eddie McHugh with an excellent return off 41pts,which was easily the best off the day, the runners up were Lady President Mary Duffy and President Francie Devine with 36 pts.

Ladies Golf
The final ladies singles was played last Tuesday with Catherine Neeson winning the 15 holes competition with 34 pts, category one went to Lauren Patton with 32 pts with category two going to Olive Reid with 27 pts.

This Saturday will see a mass exodus from the club to Portsalon for the annual Captains Outing with no fewer than 136 playes travelling to the Donegal venue.  Good luck to the Captain Ciaran Kelly for his day hopefully the weather will be kind.

The presentation will take place later back at Strabane and the music later will be by a new band to the club “Footloose”

The regular Thursday night Charity Quizzes resume this Thursday in the clubhouse at 10pm, where Sean MacIntyre will be asking the questions on this occasion.  Look out for the big charity quiz organised by Asda on Thursday 24th Oct with the proceeds going to The Friends of Cancer Centre.

Entries are still being taken for the Leo Kavanagh Memorial Winter Cup, the entry sheet is on the noticeboard.

The Tyrone and Fermanagh final day takes place this Sunday at Dungannon with Strabane having no less than five cups to lift on the occasion. This is a betterball event , select your own partner, contact the host club for timesheet details.

Thursday 3rd Thursday club week 3-18 holes Qualifying
Sat 5th Captains Outing to Portsalon
Sun 6th Junior Captains Day
Mon 7th Monday Club
Tue 8th Ladies Autumn Teams