Club Notes – 30th September 2014


The summer golfing season came to an end on Saturday past with the Velux Co. Monthly Medal, which was one in fine style by 15 yr old Connor Meehan (12) another one of our highly rated junior players who put in a storming finish to take the event by two strokes, six over par to the turn his round seemed pretty ordinary but with birdies at the 14th & 16th young Connor got home in level par for the inward nine to take his first big Saturday win with an excellent 63 nett. The runner up was Donal Cairns (16) who has had a fantastic golfing season shaving an impressive six shots off his handicap, his 65 nett was good enough for second by a shot from Conal Cooke (1) who had a fantastic two under par gross round which included birdies at the 14th,15th,16th & 18th. This fantastic round capped off a wonderful season for the local postman who as a result moved to a scratch handicap for the first time ever. Stephen Alexander (20) took fourth with 68 nett with Brian Millar (23) in fifth also with 68 nett. Saturdays gross prize was claimed by Ryan McGowan (5) with 73 gross, this despite dropping three shots to par over the last three holes.
The category prize winners on Saturday were Eddie Patton (10) 68 Nett, Matt Curran (15) 68 Nett and Jimmy Coyle (25) with 70 Nett, the over 60’s prize went to Francie Devine (10) with 68 Nett. This competition was also the final qualifier for the Golfer of the Year and with none of the main contenders scoring Kevin Neeson took the title finishing on 112 pts overall. This marked a brilliant and unique double for the Neeson household as Kevin’s wife Catherine also won the Golfer of the Year 2014 in the Ladies section. The runner up in the men’s section was Donal Cairns who thanks to his second place on Saturday moved through the field from 5th to 2nd place to finish on 111 pts a solitary point in arrears.

Thursday Club week 4
The latest Thursday Club event went to Hugo mcCusker (12) with an excellent total of 43 pts the runner up was Terence McGranaghan (15) with 42 pts with Brian Haughey (11) in third place with 40pts, the best non- member return was made by Brian Forrester (18) with 41pts. This week’s event will be over 16 holes and is non- Qualifying.

Captains Outing to Greencastle
There will be a mass exodus from the club next Saturday to the picturesque Greencastle G.C in Donegal for our Captain Senan Roarty’s outing with close to 150 players making the trip. Unfortunately insufficient numbers wished to travel by coach so this has been cancelled, drivers should be aware that the main Derry Road is closed with diversions at Bready and it may be a better alternative to travel via St Johnstone. The cost for the trip is £30 which includes a three course meal, Golf & Prizes, all money must be put in an envelope and left clearly marked in the gents box by Thursday of this week. The prize presentation will take place later at the club.

Monday Club
An excellent entry of 13 teams participated in this week’s Monday Club teams, the winners with 116.5 nett were Chris McDermott, Charlie Patton, Oliver McNally & Kevin Keegan, the runners up with 115.25 Nett were Jim Arbuckle, Pascal McGillian, Terence McDermott, & Jimmy Duncan.

Ladies Golf
The Ladies Summer season is also at an end with last week’s competition played as a weekly event over 15 holes, the winner was Maura McBeth with 31 pts, Category one went to Shauna Stewart with 27 pts with Teresa Logue winning category two with 30 pts.

Last weeks mixed greensomes teams was also the final Wednesday night event of the season the winners were Nigel Houston & Lady Captain Bernie O’Kane who partnered Brian O’Kane and Adeline Shiels to a winning 23 pts.
The final day of the mixed is set for this coming Sunday 5th Oct between 1pm & 3 pm.

Many thanks to all who came to our big night with “Bagatelle” last Saturday a record crowd were in attendance and the band certainly did not disappoint. Our next big band night will be with Jim Devine & his band on Saturday 22nd November, tickets priced at £10 will be available next week. The club is available for Christmas parties and menus & dates are now available.

There will be music in the clubhouse this weekend also, on Saturday night the music will be provided by “The Bizz” and on Sunday evening Niall Gallagher will supply the tunes & the craic from 7pm. Last week’s £50 bar credit winner was Sean McCartney.

Thursday 2nd October – Thursday Club week 5 -16 holes
Saturday 4th October –  Captains outing to Greencastle
Saturday 4th October – 18 holes club Sweep
Sunday 5th October –  Closing mixed foursomes 1pm-3pm.


Captain’s Outing – Road Closure

Just a reminder that there is roadworks on the  A5 -Victoria Road,
this could cause problems on Saturday morning when travelling to
Greencastle for the Captain’s Outing

Taken from TrafficWatch NI

A5, Victoria Road – Strabane A5 Victoria Rd (Cloughcor), Traffic Control 9.30-16.30 Daily

From Lowrys Lane to Burndennet
A5 Victoria Road (Cloughcor), from Lowrys Lane to Burndennet – Traffic Control in place (Daily 09:30 to 16:30 hrs) – Delays Expected

Work being carried out by
Transport N. I. Contractor
Estimated delay
Over 15 minutes

Photos from Bagatelle

Some photos from Saturday 27th September.

Brilliant night and big crowd!!


Club Notes – 23rd September 2014


The question on everyone’s lips at 5.15pm on Friday past was “How did Strabane not win that?” the answer though is simpler, when the golfing breaks go against you then it’s not your day and unfortunately for Aiden Boyle and his valiant Jimmy Bruen team this proved to be the case at Carton House against Waterford Golf Club in the All –Ireland Semi-final. In truth Strabane had made a very nervy start and were up against it early in the tie in most of the five matches but as had happened in the Ulster Semi-final they fought their way back into affairs and with a few holes to go looked to be on the way to the final. In the last game, match five, both Ciaran & Gary Duffy were in inspired form and always looked like taking the tie which they eventually did by a 4\3 margin. Damian McGranaghan and 17 years old Shay Callaghan, also took their match by a 3\2 margin. In match three the Castlederg pairing of Declan Devine & Kevin Connolly made a late surge to come from three down to only one down by the 16th tee, but a loose hole here put an end to their chances and they went down 3\2. In match two Franke Gallagher & Andrew Connolly had been four down after 11 holes and looked like suffering a heavy defeat, but they too rallied and found themselves all square after 15 holes winning four in a row, but with an element of bad fortune they also lost the par three 16th hole to go one down with two to play. Match one had always looked like being the crucial match of the tie as the day progressed. The experienced Liam Curry had been paired with late addition 15 years old, Connor McCool, in a bold call by the team Captain Aiden Boyle, the Strabane pairing found themselves three down after four holes to Waterford’s Gary Dunphy & Pat Murphy who had previously won every match they’d played by the 15th hole, young Dunphy now plays of a one handicap  having played of 7 last year and his massive ball striking gave the Leinster champions a massive advantage. However the Strabane pair took the fight to them and with some sparkling golf had tied the match by the turn. Nothing separated the two, Strabane having lost a hole and then getting it back, by the 17th tee. Strabane looked like moving ahead on this hole for the first time as it looked like the Waterford pair had gone out of bounds off the tee, however the ball was recovered still in play by centimetres and they halved the hole with pars. The 18th proved to be the cruellest blow for Strabane, Curry having found the centre of yet another fairway Conor McCool hit what looked like the shot of the day under pressure a five iron from 205 yards it made its way up the sloping green and looked to have stopped 10 feet from the pin till seconds later it agonisingly trickled off the slope and down the back to rest against the apron of the big green, the experienced Curry was forced to putt over the collar and did well to get within 8 feet but with McCool’s putt sliding past Strabane lost it at the final hole in what many onlookers described as one of the best Jimmy Bruen matches in recent times.
Coming down the last hole were Strabane’s last hopes, Andrew Connolly and Franke Gallager who were forced to attack the hole to gain the win they needed to take the match to tie holes but again lady luck deserted them and they went under by a margin of 2 down and the Tyrone men’s All Ireland hopes were at an end.
Congratulations to Waterford Golf Club who are a fine team with a good mix of experience and youth also, they went on to very comfortably take the National title on Saturday, they were  totally dominant in the final against  Munster Champions Lisselan. Hopefully great experience has been gained from a tremendous run in this year’s tournament and to win an Ulster title is a fantastic achievement that cannot be understated.

Fred Daly
Fred Daly

Commiserations also to our Fred Daly team who bowed out on Sunday to Warrenpoint G.C. at the semi-final stages in Tandragee. The boys looked to be making their way to the afternoon’s final leading in five of the seven ties but Warrenpoint finished strongly to deny Strabane who lost one match at the 19th hole and another at the 20th hole to go down narrowly 4-3. This was the last Fred Daly match for five of the starting seven as they move into senior golf next year.  The club would like to thank them for all their hard work and dedication over the years which also extends to team captain Stephen McCay who has done some sterling work with the team over this past three years but will step aside next term

Medicare Open
On the domestic front Saturday’s big event was the Medicare Open Stableford played from the blue tees. The winner was early morning starter Don Callan (22) with a fine round of 41 pts in the warm fresh conditions that prevailed, the runner up was the ever improving Hugh Byrne (16) a point behind with 40 pts, a double bogey six at the 17th hole costing him the win. Eddie Finlay (17) is another player having a really good season and he took third on this occasion also with 40 pts, Nigel Houston (13) finished in 4th place with 39 pts with Stephen Alexander in 5th with 38 pts. The gross winner was Keith Patterson with 32 gross pts which also included an eagle two at the par 4 15th hole. The nines went to John Duffy(15) with 21 pts for the outward nine and to Francie Devine (9) with 21 pts for the inward nine, the over 60’s prize went to Chris McDermott (12) with 37 pts. Next Saturday’s event the Velux Company Open is the final counting week for the Golfer of the Year competition which is narrowly lead by Kevin Neeson from Aidan Corry & Declan O’Hare, good luck to all three players as they battle for the title.

Strabane A.F.C
Strabane A.F.C.
held a Ladies & Gents open on Sunday which was kindly sponsored by  “iConnect” the Richmond Centre Derry. The winner was John “Bootsy” mcMenamin with a clear winning total of 41pts which was good enough on the day by three points from the runner up Kevin Gallagher (5) who had earlier represented the club in Tandragee in the Fred Daly plate, third went to Chris Timoney (21) with 38pts also, the gross went to Conal Cooke (1) with a one over par 35pts with the nines going to Warner Mullan (19) and Brendan O’Neill (23).   The ladies prize went to Roisin Corry with 42pts

Thursday Club week 3
The winner of week three of the popular Thursday club was Martin Finlay (18) with 40pts, Gabriel Gordon(24) was the runner up also with 40 pts with Noel McCrory (15) in third with 39 pts, there were five 2’s on the day two of which went to Noel. The day’s best score was recorded by Patsy Rouse (16) playing as a non- Thursday club member he signed for a brilliant 45 pts. Week four will be again 18 holes qualifying and all members are most welcome to play.

Monday Club
Ten teams participated in this week’s Monday teams, the winners were Aidan Corry Pat Corry, Sammy Devenney & Eric Reid with 113.5 pts nett, the runners up were Oliver McNally, Chris McDermott, Kevin Keegan & Seamus McPhilemy with 111.5 nett.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s ladies event was the Lady Presidents Charity competition played over 15 holes and was won by Mary Casey (30) with 34pts, the category one winner was Anne Sharkey (18) with 33 pts with Annette Patton (32) the category two winner with 32 pts.

Last Wednesday’s mixed foursomes winners were Danny & Lorna Duffy who partnered Enda McDonnell and Isobel Duffy to a winning 28pts. Please note that the final day for the mixed has been moved to Sunday 5th October 1pm-3pm.

Last weekend’s £50 bar credit draw winner was Patsy Rouse.

The Fantastic “Bagatelle” are the long awaited visitors to the clubhouse this Saturday night with the doors opening from 8pm, there is a huge crowd attending for this sold out event, the music gets underway at 9pm with Klassix Disco with Liam Reilly & the lads on stage at 10.30pm.

Unfortunately it would seem we have lost our facebook page as it has been removed, watch out for an even bigger and better Golf Club page in the very near future.

Thursday 25th September – Thursday club week 4 18 holes Qualifying
Saturday 26th September – Velux Company L.T.D. Open S/F
Monday 28th September – Monday Teams
Tuesday 29th September – Ladies closing scramble.

AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield


Good luck to everyone involved in the Jimmy Bruen Team.  They left this morning (Wednesday) to head to carton House in Maynooth for the semi-final of the AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield.
Whatever happens there will be new champions.

Strabane G.C., captained by Aiden Boyle, play Waterford in the semi-final and the winners play either the Munster champions, Lisselan, or Connacht champions, Strandhill, in the final.

Friday 19th September
Lisselan v Strandhill (12pm)
Strabane v Waterford (12.50pm)

Saturday 20th September
AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield Final (10.30am)

Club Notes – 16th September 2014

All roads lead this weekend to the beautiful setting of Carton House in Maynooth Co.Kildare the national headquarters for the G.U.I where our Jimmy Bruen squad will attempt to create a piece of history and claim the first ever All-Ireland Pennant for the club.  We find ourselves in some very talented company this weekend although none of the clubs involved have actually won the title in the past, the nearest were our semi-final opponents Waterford G.C who were beaten semi-finalists as recent as 2012.  The other semi-final will be contested by Connacht champions Strandhill G.C. from Sligo, who will take on the surprise package of the provincial champions Lisselan G.C. who are a nine hole club from Clonakilty Co.Cork with less than 200 members, although they have chalked up some notable wins in the defeats of Spanish Point and Tralee. Our opponents Waterford defeated Ardee G.C. 3.5-1.5 in the Leinster semi-final and then Killeen G.C. in the final in a match that was halted mid-round due to the weather conditions on the first occasion with the players having to return the following week to complete the final which Waterford won 4-1.

013The very best of luck to Aiden Boyle and his team play well and hopefully the breaks will come our way. The semi-final match will tee off at 12.50pm on Friday all support will be most welcome.



On the domestic front this week Saturdays big singles competition was the Pat Kirk Open stableford, with the win going to Martin Rouse (8) who won on break of tie despite a bogey 5 at the 18th hole, earlier birdies at the 8th,14th & 15th were the platform for his excellent round and the win, the unlucky runner up was Stephen Curry(10) who has been in fantastic form lately Stephen finished with an excellent birdie 3 at the 18th that catapulted him up the leader board, third place went to veteran Jimmy Henderson (27) who recorded 40 pts and will regret a couple of double bogeys on the final two holes. Fourth went to Charlie Patton(16) with 38pts with fifth going to Paul McGill (6) also with 38pts. The gross prize went to Conal Cooke (1) with a level par round, the nines went to Ben Corry (5) with 20pts for the first nine and to Cahir Doherty (18) with 23 pts for the back nine.

Owen Roes Team Scramble
There were  again some fantastic prizes on offer on Sunday for the annual Owen Roes G.F.C. team scramble with 35 teams participating.
The winners with a fantastic final score of 52.5 nett were Declan O’Hare, Frankie Connolly, David Friel & Martin Rouse who was completing a fantastic weekend double. The runners up with 53.75 nett were Enda Kennedy, Freddie Patterson, John Brolly & John Sweeney. Third were Denis Porter, Kevin Keegan, Joe Doherty & George Turner with 54.75 and fourth were Brian Haughey, Paul O’ Neill, Kieran O’Neill & Pat O’Neill.
The winner of the Ladies singles event that ran concurrently was Olive Reid with an excellent 39 pts with Madeline McColgan in second with 36 pts. The best non player was Mal Houston with Gary Curran from Faughan Valley winning the days longest drive at the 18th hole.

Thursday Club Week Two
The Thursday club continues to go from strength to strength with 70 members now having joined for phase one. The latest winner was Brian Brolly(9) with an excellent 42 pts, just ahead of Colin McCafferty (13) with 41 pts with Martin Finlay (19) in third also with 41 pts, there were 13 two’s recorded on the day with the most eye catching an eagle two at the par 4- 15th hole from Thursday club co-ordinator Tommy Forbes.

Monday Club
Week 3 of the popular Monday club event saw Denis Porter, Jim Wasson, Hugh Casey and George Turner take the win with a runaway 111 pts from Aidan Coyle, Dermott Corry, Colin McCafferty & Warner Mullen back on 104 pts, third went to Paddy Doyle, Terence McGranaghan, Declan Lynch & Anthony Callaghan with 102 pts.

Ladies Golf
Congratulations to our Ladies Better-ball team who comfortably retained their Tyrone & Fermanagh title on Sunday wrapping up the tie against Killymoon, having gained a first leg home advantage of 15pts-5pts a very strong Ladies team duly got the necessary points early on and the tie was called in early. 
The latest ladies competition was the Foyle Hospice Charity event played over a reduced 15 holes, the win went to Heather Mitchell (21) with 33 pts, the category winners were new ladies Golfer of the Year, Catherine Neeson (17) with 32 pts and Rosemary Wilson (26) with 31pts.

In mixed golf this week the winners were Maurice McGettigan & Jennifer Rouse Frankie Connolly & Monica Mcgettigan with 26pts, with Denis Porter & Orla Quinn and Oliver McNally & Carmel McElwee also with 26 pts.
Please note that the final day of this seasons mixed foursomes has been rescheduled for Sunday 5th October 1pm-3pm as not to clash with the final day of this year’s Ryder cup coverage.

Best wishes this weekend also to our very talented Fred Daly team who will be at finals day in Tandragee G.C this weekend to play in the Plate event, their semi-final opponents will be Warrenpoint G.C good luck to team Captain Stephen & all concerned.

 The timesheet is posted for next Sundays team event the Strabane A.F.C. ladies & gents open singles the competition is sponsored by Strabane man John McEvoy who opens his new store  “I-Connect”  in Foyleside very soon, there are some fantastic prizes on offer and members are urged to support the event for our local soccer club.

Only one player went out of Last Man Standing  last weekend which leaves 10 still chasing the £1000 first prize. The winner of last weekend’s £50 bar credit draw was George Hunter.

A Goldliner coach going to the Captains Outing at Greencastle will be available if we can secure sufficient interest, the fare is £10 return the minimum numbers we need are 28 players, more details are available on the information sheet on the noticeboard.

Thursday 18th September – Thursday Club week 3 18 holes.
Saturday 20th September – Medicare Open Stableford.
Sunday 21st September – Strabane A.F.C. Ladies & Gents open singles
Monday 22nd September – Monday Teams
Tuesday 23rd September – Ladies weekly event 15 holes

Lady President’s Charity – Draw

Tuesday 16th September 2014
15 HOLES STABLEFORD  (1 – 4     8 – 18)

Please SWIPE CARD and put fee in the box.   All cards must be returned

1 – Shauna Stewart, Mary McGuigan, & Kathleen Hoynes
2 – Rachel Devenney, Caren Corry & Maura Shannon
3 – Madeline McColgan, Rosaleen Doherty &  Ann McCrory
4 – Mary McCrory, Mary O’Reilly
5 – Imelda Doherty & Maura Mc Beth

1 – Monica Mc Gettigan, Noreen McNally & Teresa Casey
2 – Ben Friel, Margaret Bonner & Carole McFeeters
3 – Betty Kelly, Mary Gallagher & Celia Russell
4 – Lady President Jean & Eleanor McMorran

1 – Mandy Coyne, Maeve Crowe & Teresa Logue
2 – Norma Brogan, Maeve Corry & Olive Reid
3 – Lisa Patton, Heather Mitchell & Mary Casey
4 – Ann Sharkey, Rosemary Wilson & Donna Doherty
5 – Lady Captain Bernie, Alison Curry & Mary Duffy
6 – Lorna Duffy, Adeline Shiels & Annette Patton

1 – Caroline Connolly & Debbie McDaid
2 – Geraldine McCrory & Margaret Duddy

Club Notes – 9th September 2014

photo JB Carr

Our over 60’s JB.Carr team lost out in last Sunday’s national final at Woodenbridge Golf Club Co.Wicklow, against Adare Manor from Co.Limerick in what turned out to be a disappointing final for the Strabane side who never really got in a blow to trouble their opponents.  The match had begun relatively closely but as the game proceeded the Limerick men drew away to lead comfortably in four of the five ties and despite a gallant effort Garvin Godfrey’s men went down eventually by 3.5 matches to 1.5. The weekend had got off to a great start on Saturday morning when Strabane defeated Castlewarden Golf Club by three matches to two in a titanic struggle that seemed to be going comfortably the Tyrone men’s way until the Leinster champions came with a Titanic finish to almost snatch the tie, Maurice McGettigan and Pat Patton finally settling the match in Strabane’s favour at the 19th hole. Despite the disappointment of the final defeat the team can take great consolation from getting so far, winning the provincial title and finishing second from 176 competing clubs is no mean feat and hopefully they can go one better next time!

Dixies Bar Open
Meanwhile on the domestic front at Strabane the weekends big competition was the Dixie’s Bar Open stableford that attracted a field of 178 players, the winner was Pat McGuigan (22) with a solid 40pts which was good enough by a shot from Barry Callaghan(18) who will regret a double bogey six at the final hole where a five would have seen him win the event.  John Maxwell (11) took third also with 39pts with another of our up and coming juniors Connor Meehan(13) in fourth also with 39pts.  Peter Doherty (6) was another with 39pts and he finished in fifth position, new club Champion Keith Patterson (5) had another day to remember taking the gross prize with 33 gross pts and also becoming the 8th club member to score a hole in one this season holing his nine iron tee shot at the 12th hole. Saturday’s over 60’s prize went to Danny Duffy (13) with 37pts with the nines going to Gerry Glover (18) with 21pts for the outward nine and to Mark McCrea (10) with the same total on the inward nine. Please note that the presentation for this event is next Sunday at 8pm.
On the subject of hole in one shots congratulations also to Rory Doherty who had become the 7th member of that club this season on the previous Saturday in the Golf Store Europe Stroke event also holing his tee shot at the 12th hole.

Thursday Club Week One
A sure sign of the golfing season coming to a close was the commencement of the Thursday Club last week, there was a very encouraging entry with quite a few first time members. There was a blanket finish with the top three all returning 41 pts.  The winner was Johnny Potts (21) from Paul ‘O Hare(12) with Mark Sharkey (20) in third place, all new members are most welcome to play in the weekly event which will remain a qualifying competition until the end of September.

Monday Club
Week two of the Monday club saw Kevin Keegan, Michael Forbes, Frank McKay and Eddie McHugh take first place with 108.5 nett, the runners up were Hugo McCusker, Eugene Patton, John Shiels and Jimmy Henderson with 106 pts.

Ladies Golf
Best of luck to our ladies Tyrone & Fermanagh Betterball team who are in action in the final of that event this coming Sunday at Killymoon G.C, the Strabane Ladies secured a 15-5 pts lead from the recent home first leg and will be hopeful of retaining the title they won last year.

The winner of last Tuesday’s ladies event the Bertie Colhoun Cup was Catherine Neeson (17) with 36 pts, the category winners were Mandy Coyne (9) also with 36pts and Teresa Logue (33) with 34pts. This win also secured the Golfer of the year title for Catherine and with husband Kevin also leading the men’s golfer of the year standings a unique double could possibly be on the cards.
Last Friday was also Ladies Past Captains Day and saw Maeve Corry take this year’s award with 36pts, the runner up was Maeve Crowe with 32 pts with Annette Patton in third with 31pts. 

The mixed golfing season is also rapidly coming to a close, the latest winners were Orla Quinn & Eddie Patton with 26 pts over the 10 holes in play, Geraldine McCrory and Liam McDevitt were the runners up with 25 pts with Margaret & Nicky Wolfe third with 24 pts.

It was with great sadness this week that we learnt of the death of lady member Mary Dempsey, Mary had only taken up golf  on her retirement and took great enjoyment in playing the game, we pass on our sincere condolences from everyone at Strabane Golf Club to her friends and family.

Conway Cup
Congratulations to Frankie Connolly and his Conway Cup team who had a fantastic reversal of fortunes in last Sunday’s final second leg.  Trailing by 13.5 pts to 2.5 pts to Clougher Valley the team secured the same winning margin at home to leave the tie to be eventually settled on holes won, after much deliberation it was finally established that the Strabane side had won by 2 holes to retain the trophy they also won last year.

Well done also to our Fred Daly team who have reached the Ulster Semi-finals of the Plate event with a 4.5-2.5 win over Donegal Golf Club on Sunday past, they will now meet Warrenpoint Golf Club in the Ulster finals day on Sunday 21st September at Tandragee Golf Club.

Most of this year’s club Matchplay events are at the finals stage, one that has been completed is the Jones Cup, that went the way off Nicky Patton with a good 2/1 win over Patrick McCrossan. In the Gallagher Cup, Eddie McHugh awaits the winner of the tie between Andrew Connolly and Eddie Finlay, while in the Lawson Cup Martin Finlay will take on Mark Gillespie in the final. The Worcester Cup final will be contested by Jean McGinley and Denis Porter who will take on Patricia and Dr Ciaran Kelly in that decider.

After only three weeks of the “Last Man Standing” competition only 10 players remain from an initial 315 good luck to all in pursuit of the £1000 first prize.

All members that have not yet collected their tickets for Bagatelle on Sat 27th September please do so this weekend, quite a few tickets have already been reallocated as they were not collected, the demand is extremely high for this sold out show. There will be music in the club this Friday night with Country star Trevor Loughrey who will be on stage at 10.30pm and on Sunday with Martin McColgan who makes a return visit, last week £50 bar credit draw winner was Jimmy Duncan. 

Thursday 11th September – Thursday Club week 2
Saturday 13th September – Pat Kirk Open Stroke
Sunday 14th September – Owen Roes Open Team Scramble & Ladies singles.
Monday 15th September – Monday Club week 3
Tuesday 16th September – Lady Presidents Charity 15 holes.

Foyle Hospice Charity Draw – Ladies

TUESDAY 9th September 2014
ENTRY FEE £ 3.00

15 Hole Stableford         HOLES 1 – 4           8 – 18

Please swipe before play and return all cards

1 – Shauna Stewart, Maura McBeth & Mary O’Reilly
2 – Lauren Patton, Mary McGuigan &Maureen Gillespie
3 – Maeve Corry, Isobel Duffy & Ann McCrory
4 – Rachel Devenney, Geraldine McCrory & Kathleen Hoynes
5 – Mary McCrory &  Caren Corry
6 – Madeline McColgan & Imelda Doherty

1 – Monica McGettigan, Rosaleen Doherty & Carole McFeeters
2 – Ben Friel, Phyllis Gallagher & Maureen O’Donnell
3 – Lady President Jean, Noreen McNally &  Teresa Casey
4 – Mary Gallagher, Eleanor McMorran & Celia Russell

1 – Mandy Coyne, Heather Mitchell & Mary Casey
2 – Norma Brogan,   Maeve Crowe & Teresa Logue
3 – Lisa Patton, Rosemary Wilson & Annette Patton
4 – Catherine Neeson, Alison Curry & Donna Doherty
5 – Dympna Doherty, Olive Reid & Mary Duffy
6 – Caroline Connolly & Adeline Shiels

1 – Lorna Duffy, Margaret Wolfe & Orla Quinn
2 – Catherine Connolly, Debbie McDaid & Monica MacIntyre

1 – Lady Captain Bernie & Margaret Duddy

Club Notes – 2nd September 2014

Widely regarded as one of the most talented home players at Strabane, Keith Patterson(5) added this year’s Golf Store Europe Club Championship to his list of achievements in this year’s golfing season with an excellent two over par 71 gross, in difficult conditions, on Saturday past. Keith raced to the turn in level par and despite dropped shots at the 15th & 17th holes, he had done enough to secure this year’s title by a single shot from Fred McGavigan (4) who has himself been in superb form this past month, Ciaran Duffy took third place with 75 gross.
In the Club Championship nett section, Adrian McDermott (17) produced the day’s best total the early morning starter bringing in a fine score of 63 nett, which with the worsening late morning weather conditions was never likely to be challenged. Mark Neely (13) is another who has shown some great late season form and he took the runners up spot with 66 nett just ahead of Kevin Neeson (10) who moved to the top of the Season order of merit table with 16 valued golfer of the year points.  Kevin now leads the table by three points from Declan O’Hare with four qualifying competitions remaining with Donal Cairns also still in contention.
The category winners in The Golf Store Europe event were Mark Brolly (11) with 68 nett, Hugo McCusker (12) with 68 nett and Pat McGuigan (23) also with the same score.

Brian Patton Memorial Day
There was a great turnout of both members and visitors for Sunday’s Brian Patton Memorial Day event with almost 150 cards being taken out. The winner was visiting player Robert Smallwoods (12) from Faughan Valley Golf Club, where Brian also had a huge association in the clubs infancy. Robert found the front nine to his liking getting off to a fine start getting to the turn in two over par which converted to 22 pts, a steady inward nine of 18 further pts saw him post his winning total of 40pts which on the day was good enough by two pts from Ben Corry (5) with another visiting player Eddie McDermott (11) in third also with 38pts. Jimmy Bruen team Captain Aidan Boyle (6) took the gross prize with a four over 32 pts gross, Johnny Potts (21) finished fourth another with 38pts and Mark Neely took fifth with 37 pts. The nines winners were John Maxwell (11) with 21 pts for the front nine and Eamon McGlinchey (13) with the same score on the back nine.

Saffron Indian Restaurant Open
There was a decent turnout for the final Thursday Open of the season the Saffron Indian Restaurant, Fred McGavigan (5 ) again led the way with a good 39 pts again in testing conditions the north west wind that prevailed for the entire day making good scoring extremely difficult. The runner up was Junior Captain Caolan Crawford (4) a couple of shots back on 37 pts, with Peter Doherty (6) making it a trio of category one golfers in the frame, Keith Patterson (5) took the gross prize with 31 pts gross.

The Thursday Club gets underway this Thursday 4th September all members are welcome to join, a full list of rules are posted on the club noticeboard.

The first Monday Club team event got underway on Monday past with Kevin Gallagher, Stewart McFeeters, Liam McCool and Pat McGuigan the opening day winners.

photo JB Carr

The very best of luck to Garvin Godfrey & his J.B.Carr squad who travel to Co.Wicklow to the beautiful Woodenbridge Golf club to represent Tyrone & Ulster in this year’s national finals with high hopes of success, they carry the best wishes of Council and members on their journey and we are most confident they will acquit themselves very well.

Congratulations to Liam Curry and his O’Hare Cup team who retained their trophy on Friday past, defeating Castlehume Golf Club in the final securing the necessary points in the first match on the course.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s ladies event was the Members Cup which was won by early morning starter Madeline McColgan (29) with 73 nett, the Category winners were Adeline Shiels (23) also with 73 nett & Ben Friel with 77 nett.
Next Tuesdays Ladies event will be the final 18 hole event of the season.

In last Wednesday’s mixed Greensomes team event the winners were Lorna Duffy & Senan Roarty who partnered Donna Doherty & Francie Devine to 35 pts with the runners up Carmel McElwee & Oliver McNally with Orla Quinn and Denis Porter with 33 pts.

Many thanks to everyone who supported our Night at the Races last Friday it was a huge success. Special thanks to all who purchased horses and to the many local businesses who sponsored the races.

Members should note a late change in the fixture list on Sunday 21st September when Strabane Athletic A.F.C will be hosting a Ladies & Gents Open Stableford, the timesheet will be available this coming weekend.

Thursday 4th September – Thursday Club Week (1) 18 holes Qualifying
Friday 5th September – Past Ladies Captains day.
Saturdy 6th September – Dixies Bar Open S/F
Monday 7th September – Monday Teams
Tuesady 8th September – Foyle Ladies Hospice Charity.