Club Notes – 9th September 2014

JB.CARR LOSE IN NATIONAL FINAL
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. 

Fixtures
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.

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