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!!

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