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.

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