Club Notes – 19th August 2014

STRABANE CELEBRATE HISTORIC ULSTER TITLE

There was much cause for celebration at Strabane Golf Club on Friday evening, as the clubs Jimmy Bruen team secured an epic Ulster Final victory over the bookies favourites Galgorm Castle G.C. at Allen Park Antrim, eventually seeing out the tie by three matches to two.
The five Strabane pairs had got off to a rather nervous start trailing early on in four of the five ties, Declan Devine and Kevin Connolly in fact found themselves in all sorts of bother losing three of the opening six holes but to their credit the Castlederg men rallied with some superb foursomes golf, not only to level affairs by the 11th hole but going on to wrap up a 4\2 win having not lost another hole to their opponents.
The first match out had saw Paddy O’Kane & Liam Curry in a great match with the unbeaten Galgorm number one pairing, the Strabane duo battled back from two down early on to level the tie by the 18th hole, but an unfortunate second shot at the final hole saw the Strabane men lose 1 down to give first blood to the Co. Antrim men. It wasn’t long however before it was tied at 1-1 as some sparkling golf from Franke Gallagher & Andrew Connolly in the fourth match saw them register on the scoreboard with a fine 4\3 victory. Strabane then moved ahead when Connolly and Devine wrapped their match at the 16th hole.
Young Shay Callaghan had come into the starting line up at the semi-finals stage and he again justified his selection alongside Damien McGranaghan, the pairing overwhelming their opponents at the latter stages with some fantastic golf that saw them also win at the 16th hole by a 4/2 margin, to give Strabane Golf Club the magic total of three on the board and secure the Ulster title, the final game on the course had saw Ciaran Duffy & Gary Duffy 2 down at the 15th hole, this match was then conceded by Strabane captain Aidan Boyle to leave the final score 3-2 and saw the Ulster pennant making its way to Tyrone, where a rapturous welcome awaited the victorious team on their return where Captain Senan Roarty who had been there hitting every ball at every match gave an emotional speech congratulating the team, and their Captain, Aiden, in their tremendous achievement. Incidentally the last time Strabane were successful in this competition was exactly 30 years ago in 1984 when the club Captain was Jimmy Roarty, the current captain Senan’s father another unique achievement in Irish Golf surely?

The next step for the squad is the National Finals, which this year will be played at the luxurious Carlton House Complex in Maynooth Co.Kildare, where the Irish Open was staged in 2006. Strabane will take on Co. Waterford Golf club from Newrath in the All-Ireland Semi-finals on the 17th September.
Much fund raising will be need to be implemented in the coming weeks to help finance our success, one major step towards this is a gala Night at the Races which will take place on Friday 29th August in the clubhouse, members and friends are urged to come out in their numbers to support this venture either by sponsoring a race, buying a horse or attending on the night, a supper barbecue will also be provided with Klassix Disco and Karaoke to follow in a great fun packed night.

Strabane Training Services Open
Celebrations had eventually died down somewhat to allow Saturdays event The Strabane Training Services Open stableford to take place, albeit, in particularly tough conditions. The strong northwest breeze combined with play from the back blue markers, keeping good scoring to the bare minimum. The winner on the day was relative newcomer to the game Stephen Donaghey (17) who was the clear winner on the day by a clear three shot margin shooting an excellent 22 pts on the inward nine including a particularly tidy finish, the runner up was the very consistent Donal Cairns (17) with 37 pts, this placing has seen Donal move back into contention in the golfer of the year merit table where he now trails Declan O’Hare by only 12pts. Third on the day was the very much in form Stephen Curry (10) who added to his recent medal victory with 36pts in this one, fourth came Brian Forrester (18) who despite having an unfortunate accident at the 13th tee with his driver, battled well for 35pts, Aidan Corry took the final nett prize with 35pts also.

FARMERS HOME STABLEFORD
Conditions had again been tough for last Thursdays event The Farmers Home Open stableford which went to Martin Patton (12) with a modest winning total of 37pts, visiting player Cathal Canning (7) was the runner up also with 37pts with Peter Doherty (6) in third a shot back on 36pts, Fred McGavigan (4) took the gross prize with 31pts. Only two more Thursday opens remain this season with the Thursday club start date set for Thursday 4th September.

Monday Open
The Monday Opens are also coming to an end with only one remaining, the latest results saw John McMenamin (20) top the leader board with 39pts, Rory Doherty kept up his fine run of scores taking the runners up spot with 36pts, with Declan Lynch (13) in third also with 36 pts, the gross went to Keith Patterson with 29 gross pts. Congratulations to club competition secretary Gerard Walsh who became the sixth club member to record a hole in one this season, holing out at the par three 12th hole with a superb 6 iron stroke, Gerard will receive a superb Boss limited edition “Hole in one club” watch for his efforts.

In mixed Greensomes golf this week 22 pairs entered Wednesday nights competition played over 15 holes, the winners were Donna Doherty and Mark Sharkey with 35 pts break of tie, the runners up were Annette Patton & Oliver McNally with Catherine Neeson & Joe Elliot in third also with 35 pts.

In Ladies Golf last weeks competition was the Knockavoe School event which was a weekly competition with play & re-entry permitted on any day, the winner was Lady Captain Bernie O’Kane (19) with 35pts, the category winners were Norma Brogan (14) with 33 pts and the in form Donna Doherty (30) with 34 pts.

The entry sheet for the Captains Outing to Greencastle Golf Club on Saturday 4th October will be available this week, the outing will cost £30 which includes golf, 3 course meal at Greencastle & prizes!

Music in the clubhouse this Sunday Evening with Niall Gallagher at 7pm, plus the weekly draw for £50 bar credit, last week’s winner was Rory McColgan.

Please ensure that all ordered tickets for Bagatelle are both paid for and collected by 31st August as the demand for this sold out show is extremely high any uncollected tickets by this date will be reallocted.

Fixtures
Thursday 21st August – TBF McElholm & Co open S/F
Saturday 23rd August – WJ. Mc Cormack & Sons open s/f
Monday 25th August – Tennents Bank Holiday open s/f
Tuesday 26th August –  Ladies Members Cup

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