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.

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