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.

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