Club Notes – 12th August 2014

Jimmy Bruen Ulster Final on Friday
All roads lead to Allen Park Antrim for Strabane members on Friday when the club will compete in their first Jimmy Bruen Foresomes Shield Ulster final since 1984, when they take on Galgorm Castle G.C hoping to make it through to the National Finals at Carlton House on 17th September. Team captain Aidan Boyle has without doubt a very impressive squad at his disposal with a lot of very much in form players, although Galgorm Castle will definitely be more familiar with the Antrim Town course where the final will kick off at 2.40pm on Friday, the club are running a supporters bus for the occasion those interested should put their names forward as soon as possible.

J B Carr Trophy
The senior golfers of Strabane have already qualified for the national finals of their competition, the prestigious J.B.Carr Trophy which as always will be played at Woodenbridge Co.Wicklow on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th September, this is an over 60’s greensomes competition with 176 clubs having entered originally nationwide its now whittled down to just four. Hopefully Garvin Godfrey’s men can draw on their experience in this event having also qualified for the finals in 2007 & 2008. Last Thursday’s Ulster Final match against Co.Cavan turned out to be a war of attrition and the battle of all battles, Strabane led by 4-1 from the first leg played at Strabane the previous week, and needed to secure two matches from the away leg. With all the matches extremely tight hopes were high in the Strabane camp but the advantage started to slip away losing two matches on the 18th one on the 17th and the fourth match on the 16th, Team Captain Garvin partnering Foncie McNally in the final game were dormie two up but a blip at the 17th sent this game up the last too, but the experienced Tyrone pair saw the match out with a steady par to tie the match overall. Each side had already nominated a pair to contest any play-off that might occur, Denis Porter & Oliver McNally were selected for Strabane and they too rose to the occasion with a brilliant drive from the latter and approach shot from Denis, the Cavan pairing had missed the green but still had a par putt from seven feet but couldn’t hole out to send the Strabane side triumphantly through to Woodenbridge for the third time.

The annual Pat O’Neill Open took place at the club on Saturday with the usual array of fantastic prizes on offer 170 cards were taken out for the event. Stephen Curry (11) was declared the winner on the day after the original leading card was disqualified being returned with no player signature, a lesson to all golfers to observe, check your card after play!! Stephen’s round of 66 nett was one of five on the same total and a multi break of tie was required to identify the final placing’s. Second place went to Declan O’Hare (6) who has been in tremendous form this season and now leads the golfer of the year standings by 28pts. John McMenamin (22) has shown great improvement this year and he too returned 66 nett to take third place, Eddie Patton (10) is another model of consistency and he took fourth on this occasion, Paddy O’Kane (8) took fifth with 67 nett. The categories went to Shane McLaughlin (10 ) Michael Neeson (13) & Jim Harley(19) all with 67 nett. Kieran o’Neill (12) took the visitors prize with 69 Nett and Enda Kennedy (-1) took the gross with a level par round of 69.

McGoldrick’s Sports
Michael Kelly (10) was in superb form last Thursday in lifting the McGoldrick’s Sports Open Stableford with an excellent total of 43 pts which won on break of tie from Jordan Arthur (7) Conor Sharkey (6) took third with 40pts with Patrick McCrossan keeping up his great season’s form to take the gross with a three over par 33pts.

Monday Open
Last week’s Monday open was won by Declan Lynch (13) with 39pts, just getting the better of Damien mcCrossan (17) on break of tie, third went to visiting player Paul Nee with 38 pts. Keith Patterson (5) took the gross prize. Congratulations to Liam Patton who holed his tee shot with a brilliant 6 iron shot at the par three 12th hole, to be the latest recipient of an exclusive Boss watch for his troubles.

Ladies Golf
Commiserations to Anne Sharkey and her Intermediate Cup team who lost out on Sunday past at Templepatrick in the Ulster Semi-final going down by four matches to one. The local ladies had looked in control at the turn leading in all five games, but with the deteriorating weather conditions and a lot off bad luck they finally lost out to Edenmore Ladies who now advance to the finals.

In Ladies competition Heather Mitchell (22) was the winner of the Bank of Ireland Stableford with a good 38pts, the category winners were Lorna Duffy with 36 pts and Donna Doherty (31) with 37 pts. Sixteen pairs played in last weeks Mixed Greensomes with Kathleen Hoynes partnering Stewart mcFeeters to top spot with 38 pts over the 15 holes, second were Mary Gallagher & Brian O’Kane with 35 pts, Orla Quinn & Sean MacIntyre were in third with 34 pts.

The club are running another Last Man Standing which gets underway on Saturday with the onset of the new premiership, entry is £10 with a guaranteed prize of £1000, all members are urged to support this fundraiser either by entering or selling a few to friends and family, the sheets are available at the bar.

Music in the clubhouse this Sunday evening 6.30pm-8.30pm with the brilliant Brian Lindsay with another £50 bar credit draw taking place, last week’s winner was Gary McElwee.

Please ensure that all tickets ordered for Bagatelle are collected and paid for by 31st August, those that are not will be reallocated to a huge waiting list of people looking to purchase them.

Thursday 14th August – The Farmers Home Open
Saturday 16th August –  Strabane Training Services Open
Monday 18th August – Monday Open
Tuesday 19th August – Donnas Flowerbox Ladies Open
Wednesday 20th August – Mixed Foursomes

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