Upcoming Entertainment

After the very successful Jim Brown Elvis Spectacular, entertainments convenor Tommy Forbes,  has added a few more nights of entertainment.

Music in the club on Sunday evening 7pm-9pm ith the brilliant Niall Gallagher.

Brian Lindsay will be with us on Sunday 11th May at 7-30-9.30pm

On Saturday 14th June, Ireland’s top comedy hypnotist, Terry Powers.  This is a night not to be missed!!

And finally, the brilliant Bagatelle, will be in the club on Saturday 27th September 2014,  tickets go on sale soon, watch this space for more details.

Club Notes – 29th April 2014

GORMLEYS OPTICIANS OPEN STABLEFORD

Declan O’ Hare (11) was the man with his eye in on Saturday at Strabane in the Gormley’s Opticians Open Stableford returning the day’s best nett total of 42pts in excellent but windy conditions, this signalled a great return of form for a player who has been dogged with injury in this past three seasons. Declan got off to a great start with two opening birdies setting the platform for his round and giving him 22pts for the outward nine a further 20 on the inward nine with the highlight another birdie at the 17th hole set the standard that was not bettered for the rest of the day. The runner up was also a man showing great signs of improvement lately, Brian Millar (26) finished just one shot back on 41pts despite a nervy six, five finish to his round, Eric Reid (27) was also a popular prize winner beaten only on break of tie for second and will regret a blank hole at the 18th. Ciaran Doherty (11) was in fourth place with 40pts and will also rue a poor hole at the 16th where he failed to registrar any points. Donal Cairns(37) finished fifth three shots back and one of several players to return 37pts on the day. The best gross of the day 33pts came from the very much in form Ben Corry (4) with the nines going to Patsy Wilson (18) who had 23pts for the first nine and to Warner Mullen (21) with 21 pts for the back nine. The senior’s prize went to Jim Potts with 37pts. In total 174 cards were taken out for the event with the presentation set for Friday 9th May at 8.00pm sharp.

Thursday Club Final Day
Fifty nine golfers in total set off for Greencastle G.C. on Thursday past for the final day of this year’s Thursday Club series.  A better day’s weather could not have been asked for, with the golf played in glorious sunshine for the entire day, with essential early season maintenance on the greens they proved rather tricky but there was no shortage of excellent scoring on the day. The winner was Liam Curry (11) who mastered the greens particularly well in returning a fine 42pts, Liam McGinley (21) took second place with 41pts with Declan Devine (10) third with 41pts, Jim Arbuckle (18) finished fourth with 40pts with Terence McDermott (21) in fifth with 39pts.

Many thanks to Greencastle for their excellent hospitality especially to Alison for the beautiful food. The Thursday Club now takes a summer break and returns in late September.

Captains Charity
There was a Better-Ball competition played on Monday past with the proceeds going to the Captains charity which this year is Motor Neurone Disease. The competition was sponsored by Tommy Forbes and Declan Devine and in total 31 pairs participated. The winners were Denis Porter and Jimmy Wasson with a brilliant 47pts, Club Vice-Captain Pat Corry and Eric Reid were the runners up with 46pts with Hugo mcCusker and Eugene Patton in third with 45pts, many thanks to Jimmy Duncan who looked after the event.

Club Representative Golf
It wasn’t a great week for the club in representative golf with our Ulster Cup side captained by Paddy O’Kane going out at the first hurdle to Narin & Portnoo G.C, trailing by five matches to two from Saturdays away leg at the Donegal links hopes were high for Sundays return leg but despite some very good performances which saw a reverse of Saturdays scoreline Strabane eventually lost out by five holes to exit this year’s competition at a very early stage.

No joy either for our Fred Daly team who also made an early exit going down to Dungannon G.C. boys. After a very narrow home leg 4-3 win the local juniors were always up against it and despite a sterling effort in Sundays match they eventually went out by an overall scoreline of 8-6.
Stephen McCays charges will get another opportunity in the Fred Daly Plate and with a very youthful squad this year the experience should stand them in good stead for the future.

On a brighter note Mark Sharkey’s Ulster Fourball team had a resounding 5-0 away win at Silverwood G.C Lurgan and should complete the task with a minimum of fuss in this Sunday’s home leg.

Good luck to our Jimmy Bruen team captained by Aidan Boyle who are at this year’s qualifying tournament, this Sunday, at Castlehume Enniskillen.  All players should be ready to leave from the clubhouse at 7.30a.m.

Ladies Golf
The winner of last Tuesdays Easter Basket was Maeve Crowe (29) with an excellent 42pts, Maeve Corry (23) took category one with 40pts and Vice- Captain Monica McGettigan took category two with 39pts.

In last weeks mixed greensomes the husband and wife pairing of Margaret & Nicky Wolfe teamed up to post the winning total of 32pts over 13 holes, second came Geraldine McCrory and Kevin Neeson with 30pts on break of tie from third placed Mary & Noel mcCrory.

The ladies Intermediate Cup team captained by Anne Sharkey wrapped up their first round match with Clones G.C in Co.Cavan in convincing fashion on Sunday past.

There is music in the clubhouse on Sunday evening when Brian Lindsay will be entertaining from 7pm-9-pm everyone is very welcome to come along.

In the Last man Standing competition which has been running this past three months the field has been whittled down to seven from the original 560 starters with all seven successfully negotiating their path through last Saturdays tough premier league fixture list, all selections for this week’s matches should be with Brian Brolly by 9pm on Friday night.  Good luck to all that are left in pursuit of the brilliant £1000 prize.

Fixtures
Thursday 1st May – Bank of Ireland Open
Saturday 3rd May – PG McGillion Motors open
Monday 5th May – Topaz bank Holiday open S/ford
Tuesday 6th May – Ladies Camus Cup
Wednesday 7th May – Mixed Greensomes.

Seniors Golf

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2014 Seniors Over 50’s Open

Dates
MONDAY 14TH APRIL 2014
MONDAY 19TH MAY 2014
MONDAY 16TH JUNE 2014
MONDAY 21ST JULY 2014
MONDAY 18TH AUGUST 2014
MONDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2014
MONDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2014

ENTRANCE FEE:
VISITORS: £10 or €12 INCLUDES 2’s
MEMBERS: £3 INCLUDES 2’s

TIME SHEET IN OPERATION
TIMES AVAILABLE FROM 7.30am – 3.00pm

(CATERING AVAILABLE)

Club Notes – 22nd April 2014

CLOSE FINISH IN STRABANE ELECTRICS EVENT

It took a break of tie to decide the outcome of the Strabane Electrics Stableford event on Saturday the first competition of the year played off the Blue Markers. The winner was early morning starter Adrian McDermott (19) who returned his best score for some time a brilliant 43pts thanks mainly to a superb back nine return of 24pts which saw him pip the unlucky runner up Ben Corry (5) who was round in two under par gross on the day with his score including three two’s with birdies at the 2nd , the 7th and the 16th holes, third on the day went to Patrick o’Doherty (24) one shot back on 42pts with Eugene Patton fourth with 41pts with an eye catching 25pts on the inward nine. Fifth place went to Jim Malcolm(14) also with 41pts with the gross prize going to Conal Cooke (1) who was three over par despite a dreaded shank at the 18th hole that almost took him out of bounds! The nines winners were Brian Forrester (19) who had 22pts for the first nine and the in form Nigel Houston (14) who had 22pts for the back nine.The over 60’s prize went to Enda McDonnell (22) who had a solid return of 39pts. In total a seasons best entry of 182 cards were taken out testament to the great upturn in the weather which also reflected in the superb early season condition of the course.

Easter Monday Open
Paddy Doyle (14) has been in excellent form off late and he duly returned the winning total in Mondays Bank Holiday open with a total of 40pts, greens convenor Ben Corry(5) took his fine weekend scoring into Mondays event to finish as runner up yet again with 39pts on this occasion, third place went to Sean McGonagle (14) also with 39pts, Fred McGavigan picked up his first gross prize of the season with a two over par round after almost dominating this category last season. Mark Reilly(10) from Ballybofey and Stranorlar took the visitors prize with 38 pts.

Thursday club week 13
The final week at home for the Thursday club competition was played on Thursday last with the final winner being Martin Finlay with 42pts, Dr Ciaran Kelly finished in second place with 36.75 nett with Liam Curry at last making a visit to the winners enclosure with a hard fought 36 pts. Denis Porter took the golfer of the year prize with a final total of 93pts with Hugo McCusker the runner up on 90 pts.

The King of the 2’s crown was shared between Chris McDermott and Tommy Forbes both with a total of seven. All roads lead to Greencastle Golf Club this Thursday for the final day outing with 60 players travelling to the popular Donegal venue, the presentation will take place back at Strabane at approximately 9pm.

Mixed Foursomes
Catherine and Kevin Neeson were last week’s winners in Wednesdays mixed foursomes event with an impressive 33pts played over 13 holes, the runners up were Geraldine McCrory and Liam McDevitt with 30pts just ahead of third placed Patricia and Dr Ciaran Kelly also with 30pts.

Ladies Golf
The ladies competition last Tuesday was the Daily Mail Foursomes with victory going to Imelda Doherty and Catherine Neeson with 37pts, the runners up were Annette Patton and Donna Doherty with 36 pts.

Well done to Anne Sharkey’s intermediate cup side who had a resounding 5-0 and 32 holes up win over Clones in the first round ,first leg of that event.

Fixtures
Thursday 24th April – Thursday Club final day at Greencastle
Saturday 26th April – Gormley’s Opticians Stableford Open
Monday 28th April – Betterball – Captains Charity
Tuesday 29th April – Ladies Open Day sponsor (Derg Commercials LTD)
Wednesday 30th April – Mixed Foursomes.

Young Conor heading to the World Golf Championships

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Junior member, Conor Byrne, has qualified to compete in the US Kids Championships at the prestigious Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, as one of the world’s best 11-12 year old golfers. The competition takes place from July 31st until August 2nd this summer and Conor says it will ‘mean a lot to him’ to be playing Pinehurst No.8 course, the same venue as the US Open this year.

See more at: Strabane Chronicle

Masters Competition

Congratulations to Kirstin O’Kane who won the Masters Golf sweep winning £520, the joint runners up were James McGranaghan and Jude O’Neill all three finished on -14 with their selections but Kirstin took the main prize correctly forecasting the correct winning score of -8.

Many thanks to Vice Captain Pat Corry for organising the proceedings.

Club Notes – 15th April 2015

GARY DUFFY TAKES B McNAMEE MEDAL

Conditions at Strabane on Saturday were extremely difficult with the course playing particularly tough in the south westerly wind that prevailed for the entire day making good scores hard to come by. Gary Duffy (10) returned the days best score to take the top prize kindly sponsored by long time club sponsors B McNamee and Co. with a steady 67 nett which was good enough on break of tie from Foncie McNally (13) who for the second consecutive week featured in the top three. Third went to John Wylie (10) with 68 nett just ahead of Ronnie Wylie(10) on the same total, Jim Malcolm (15) was the best of several returns of 69 nett to take fifth place.  The categories were won by Paddy o’Kane (8) 71 nett in Category one, Kevin Neeson(13) 69 nett in Category Two and Gerard Foley(18) with 70 nett in Category three. The C.S.S in the event was 71 which again reflected how difficult the course was playing.

The presentation for this tournament and the Caffe Freco event will take place in the clubhouse on Friday 25th April at 8pm sharp.

Thursday Club week 12
There is now just one week remaining in this seasons Thursday club with the latest winner being Brian Haughey (10) with an excellent 41 pts, Brian has started the new season in sparkling form losing 5 shots of his handicap to bring him to single figures. The runner up was Danny Duffy (14) with 36pts with Sammy Devenney taking third with 36pts also.

In the Golfer of the year stakes with one week left Hugo McCusker has regained a narrow three point lead from Denis Porter on 90pts, in the King of the Two’s Chris McDermott and Tommy Forbes are tied on seven each. The timesheet for the final day to Greencastle on Thursday 24th April is now posted, other club members are welcome to attend with the fee being £35 which includes a three course meal, a separate visitors 2’s competition and prizes. All Thursday club members are reminded that all back monies must be paid up in full this Thursday.

MONDAY SENIORS OVER 50’s
The club are hosting a Seniors event once a month throughout the summer months with 38 players participating in the first competition, the winner on Monday was Martin Finlay with 40pts on break of tie from Peter Doherty (sen). The organising team have switched this to a qualifying event from the next tournament on Monday 19th May.

The Wednesday evening mixed foursomes have made a somewhat slow start and hopefully the participants will increase significantly in the coming weeks .Last week’s winners were Noreen McNally and Denis Porter who returned 19pts , with the runners up the husband and wife pairing of Lady Vice Captain Monica McGettigan and Maurice McGettigan with 18pts.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s Ladies Competition was The Lady Captains Charity event which was won by the very much in form Mandy Coyne (10) with 36pts over the 18 holes, this was Mandy’s second win in as many weeks, the Category 1 winner was Adeline Shiels (22) with 34pts while Mary Casey (30) took category two with 29pts B.O.T.

Congratulations to Kirstin O’Kane who won the Masters Golf Sweep winning £520, the joint runners up were James McGranaghan and Jude O’Neill all three finished on -14 with their selections but Kirstin took the main prize correctly forecasting the correct winning score of -8. Many thanks to Vice Captain Pat Corry for organising the proceedings.

In the Last Man Standing out of the 560 Starters 21 remain in the race for the £1000 first prize.

Entertainment at the club this weekend is highlighted by the return of the brilliant Jim Brown with his full band. Jim is currently on a nationwide tour of Germany and this is his first N.Ireland date on his return, Jim has won the title of Best Elvis tribute show in Europe on a few occasions tickets are priced at only £10 for this quite amazing show! Limited tickets are still available at the club.

Sunday Lunch will be served as normal on Easter Sunday although booking is highly recommended.

Fixtures
Thursday 17th April – Thursday club week 13
Saturday 19th April – Strabane Electrics Stableford
Monday 21st April – Bank Holiday Open singles
Tuesday 22nd April – Ladies Easter Basket
Wednesday 23rd April – Mixed Foursomes.

Elvis will be in the building!!

Tickets are currently on sale for one of the best nights entertainment you are likely to see
locally when the brilliant Jim Brown makes a very welcome return visit to the club on
Easter Sunday Night, tickets are £10 each and the night features Jim in his
Elvis the King Show with his full six piece band. Tickets are limited so don’t miss out!!

Club Notes – 8th April 2014

MATT TAKES CAFFE FRESCO OPEN
It was a notable weekend for golfers with the name Matt! with Matt Jones defeating Matt Kuchar in an epic play-off decider at the Shell Houston Open, while at home Matt Curran (17) was the man lifting the honours at the Caffe Fresco Open at Strabane heading a field of 177 players to take the event, with a commendable return of 42 pts, 21 pts on both nines giving him a first big win at the club. The runner up who like the winner also played late on in the afternoon was the ever improving Eddie Finlay (18) making a return of 41pts with long time leader Foncie McNally (15) eventually having to settle for third place also with 41pts, Sammy Devenney (19) took fourth spot thanks to an eye catching 26pts on the inward nine finishing with a total of 40pts, Michael O’Neill (20) was fifth also with 40pts. The Caffe Fresco gross prize went to young Starlet Ryan McGowan (4) with a one over par 39pts, with the nines going to Paul Bogle (13) with 22pts for the front nine and to Martin Finlay (21) who had also 22 pts for the back nine. The new Seniors prize went to Robert Bell (14) with 38pts.

ST MARY’S P.T.F.A TEAM CLASSIC
The first team classic of the year took place on Sunday past with the St Mary’s Primary School PTFA Open teams. There was a great entry of 34 teams despite a miserable morning’s weather, with gales and heavy rain not adding much optimism to the proceedings, but thankfully the conditions did relent somewhat leading to a fine afternoon in which an all Ladies team combination took the main honours with a fantastic score of 97pts, Norma Brogan, Monica McGettigan, Alison Curry and Noreen McNally teaming up to take the wonderful first prize which was kindly sponsored by McGettigan’s Builders Strabane.
The runners up were Jim Harley, Maurice McGettigan, Odran McGettigan and David McLaughlin with 93 pts with Gary Duffy, Liam Patton, Ciaran Patton and Hugh Casey finishing third with 92 pts on break of tie.
Mark Gillespie won the longest drive prize on the 18th hole.

Thursday Club week 11
Only two weeks remain until the Thursday club final day on Thursday 24th April at Greencastle Golf Club. The latest results from week 10 played over 18 holes were
1st Francie Devine (11) 42pts
2nd Jim Potts (19) 36 pts
3rd Tommy Forbes (12) 35 pts Nett

Denis Porter now leads the Golfer of the Year table on 81pts from Hugo McCusker in second with 73 pts.

Monday Club Teams
The final Monday Club team event was played on Monday past with the quartet of Chris McDermott, Oliver McNally, Kevin Keegan and Charlie Patton recording the day’s best score of 112 pts. Shane McLaughlin, Liam Patton, Brian Miller and Seamus McPhilemy were the runners up one point back on 111 pts.  Third went to Kevin Gallagher, Liam McCool, Stewart McFeeters and Pat McGuigan with 108 pts.

Ladies Golf
The Ladies played their first event of the season last Tuesday over 15 holes with the proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Charity.  The opening winner was Mandy Coyne (10) with 28pts, in section(1) the winner was Norma Brogan (14) also with 28 pts with Imelda Doherty taking the prize in section(2).

Please Note: The Strabane AFC Ladies and Gents Singles scheduled for this Sunday had been cancelled to unforeseen circumstances, a mixed foursomes open from 1pm-3pm will now take its place.

Tickets remain on sale for our Elvis Spectacular on Easter Sunday night with the brilliant Mr Jim Brown, this show comes highly recommended and is selling out venues all over Ireland at present, Jim Brown is currently on a nationwide tour of Germany. Tickets are very keenly priced at £10 Jim will be on stage at 9pm on the night and the show is followed by a 60’s, 70’s and country disco with Tommy’s Klassix Disco.

Fixtures
Thursday 10th April – Thurs Club 18 holes Qualifying
Sat 12th April – BMcNamee Open medal
Sun 13th April – Mixed Foursomes 1pm-3pm
Mon 14th April – Seniors Open
Tue 15th April – Ladies Daily Mail Foursomes
Wed 15th April – Mixed Foursomes.

Strabane Training Services – Open

Strabane Training Services
Saturday 16th August 2014

Farmers Home Open

Farmers Home Open
Thursday 14th August 2014

Wednesday Mixed

Wednesday Mixed
13th August 2014

Knockavoe School Weekly – Ladies

Knockavoe  School Weekly
Tuesday 12th August 2014

Monday Open

Monday Open
11th August 2014

Glenelly GFC Team Classic Open

Glenelly GFC Team Classic Open
Sunday 10th August 2014

Pat O’Neill Ltd Open

Pat O’Neill Ltd Open (Medal)
Saturday 9th August 2013

Scratch Cup – 11th May 2014

Scratch Cup

Masters Golf Competition

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The club are running a Master Competition
All you have to do is select 10 players from the list, and the person with the lowest aggregate score (from their best 7 players) on Sunday evening wins the prize – see attached entry form for more details.

Entry fee £5 or €5

Contact the bar or Pat Corry for more details.

Entry Form

Final Thursday Night Quiz

The weekly Thursday Quiz comes to an end this Thursday (3rd April)
It’ll be the usual mix of General Knowledge, Sports, Music, Picture Round etc…

The quiz starts around 10pm

Club Notes – 1st April 2014

NEW GOLF SEASON UNDERWAY

The new golf season got underway at Strabane on Saturday last, with the traditional season opener the John Kelly Stableford event with an excellent 179 cards being taken out on the day.

The winner starting off as he finished last year in excellent form was Brian Haughey (13) one of three players to record 40 pts in difficult windy conditions that saw the course play very long indeed. The runner up on the break of tie was Joey Roulstone (22) who will feel he should have won this one after a very nervy finish dropping quite a few shots over the closing holes, third went to the ever improving Hugh Byrne (19) who played very steadily throughout for his total of 40 pts. Ciaran Duffy (9) took fourth place a shot back on 39pts with Damian McGranaghan (6) in fifth with 38 pts. The gross went to Conal Cooke (1) who was round in three over par .Eddie McHugh(15) took the first nine with 22pts with John Duffy (16) winning the second nine with 22pts also.

There had been an 18 holes qualifier on the previous Saturday which was the first competition without the Winter mats in play, great credit must go to our greens staff for having the course ready despite the very wet weather we had endured throughout the previous month. The best card on the day came from Colin McCafferty (15) with 41pts despite having two blanks at the 7th and 11th holes respectively. The runner up was club Assistant Secretary Peter Doherty (5) with an excellent 39pts with Paul McGill (6) third with 36pts. The gross prize went to Ryan McGowan (4) who had 31 gross pts.

Thursday Club
The Thursday Club has reached week 10 in the second phase and unfortunately like so many other club events has been badly hampered by the heavy rainfall of the past month or so losing four days play in this phase alone. Last week’s event was played over 16 holes with Hugo McCusker the winner with a final total of 34pts nett, Denis Porter was second also with 34pts nett with Seamus McPhilemy in third place with 33 pts.

In the Golfer of the Year standings Hugo McCusker leads with 72pts one in front of Charlie Patton with 71 pts with Michael Baldrick currently third with 60 pts.

In the race to be king of the Two’s Chris McDermott and Tommy Forbes are currently tied on 6 each.

The final day is scheduled for Greencastle Golf club on Thursday 24th April and members are asked to have all back monies paid up to date by the 17th April.

Monday Club
This week’s Monday club had to be abandoned after the security alert on the course on Monday morning, the final day for this event is next Monday with the end of season meal and entertainment to follow later in the evening at 6pm.

The new fixture booklet will be available to members from this week at the clubhouse.

There is to be a new Seniors event over 50’s on one Monday in every month commencing on Monday 14th Apri,l a timesheet is posted for this competition the entry is Members £3 and Visitors £10 which includes a two’s competition.

Fixtures
Thursday 3rd April – Thursday Club 18 holes Qualifying
Saturday 5th April – Caffe Fresco 18 holes S/Ford
Sunday 6th April – St Mary’s Primary school Team classic
Ladies and Gents. Members £20 per team. Visitors £60 per team.
Monday 7th April – Monday Teams Final day
Tue 8th April – Lady Captains Charity
Wed 9th April – Mixed Foursomes.

Tickets are currently on sale for one of the best nights entertainment you are likely to see locally when the brilliant Jim Brown makes a very welcome return visit to the club on Easter Sunday Night tickets are £10 each and the night features Jim in his Elvis the King Show with his full six piece band. Tickets are limited so don’t miss out!!