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.


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