Club Notes – 19th November 2013

LEO KAVANAGH WINTER CUP REACHES SEMI- FINALS

The Leo Kavanagh Memorial Winter Cup competition has reached the semi final stages with the qualifiers now identified after a very close tussle which saw four or five pairs still in with a chance going into the final qualification Sunday.
In Section A, leaders Connor Sharkey and Mark Brolly have won the section despite losing for the first time on Sunday at the hands off Fred mcGavigan and Maurice Doherty who played brilliant golf on the day overwhelming their opponents and looked at one stage likely to take all four points, but the leaders rallied to take the inward nine and take a point from the fixture that saw them hold on to qualify as group leaders, Fred McGavigan and Maurice Doherty’s win was also good enough to see that duo qualify as runners up after Freddie Patterson and Michael Baldrick lost their tie with Aidan Corry and Jason Gourley where a victory would have seen them advance.
In Section B, Foncie McNally and Brian Forrester returned to winning ways after a hiccup last week taking three points from their match with Neil Alcock and Mickey o’Neill to go through as table toppers on 19 pts, John Doherty and Francie Conwell finished the group as the in- form partnership after gaining zero points in week one the rallied to win their next five matches to qualify as group runners up with Eamon McGlinchey and Paul Kavanagh losing their game on Sunday.

Semi- Final fixtures
Conor Sharkey (6) & Mark Brolly (17)
                               V
John Doherty (17) & Francie Conwell (19)

Fred McGavigan (3) & Maurice Doherty (17)
                                V
Foncie McNally (15) & Brian Forrester (19)

The remaining pairings in each section will now play off for the other category prizes in each section with the presentation off the event scheduled for Sunday 8th Dec at 6.30pm. A meal will also be available for entrants on the day, details of cost etc will be posted on the Winter Cup notice board this Sunday.

Saturday Sweep
The first Saturday sweep played off the winter mats was played on Saturday last in excellent conditions.
The winner was John Brolly (19) who seemed to be going nowhere until the turn from there he could do no wrong compiling an amazing 26pts for the back nine to finish on 37 pts. Competition Secretary Kevin McGinley (11) maintained his excellent winter form, getting round in two over par to compile 39 pts but having already picked up a two point penalty for a previous win his score was reduced to 37 pts and he lost out on break off tie. Martin Patton (12) took third place with 35 pts with Keith Patterson (6) taking third with 29 gross pts.

Thursday Club Week 9
The latest Thursday Club winner was Jimmy Wasson with 37 pts, Michael Doyle was second with 35 pts the same total as third placed Jim Arbuckle. Kevin Keegan continues to lead the Golfer of the Year standings, from Hugh Casey in second place.

Monday Club
Ten teams went to post for the most recent Monday Club team competition with Pat Corry, Aidan Corry, Ronnie Wiley and Eric Reid the winners with 87.75 nett. The runners up were Chris McDermott, Oliver McNally ,Kevin Keegan and Gerry Quinn with 85 Nett.

The final day for this event is on Monday 16th December with a meal and entertainment afterwards.

There is a Charity Quiz in the club this Thursday night at 9pm with all proceeds going to the Koram Centre who do such a lot of important work within Strabane, the entry fee is £3 per person and everyone is very welcome.

Tickets are still on Sale for the JP Mac Johnny Cash Tribute Christmas show, that takes place in the clubhouse on Sat 21st Dec, this show was a complete sell out in August members are urged to pick up their tickets ASAP as demand is high.

A full list of Christmas Party nights is posted in the club contact Tommy for details.

Finally this week on an extremely sad note, the club very recently lost one of it’s great stalwarts with the death of former Captain and President Jim O’Donnell.  Jim was a highly regarded gentleman within our club who always made time for everyone, he was always a great source of encouragement to new members, a wonderful ambassador for Strabane when representing the club, he will be very sadly missed by so many of us, our deepest sympathies are sent to his wife Maureen and all of the O’Donnell family, may he rest in peace.

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