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

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