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The last week of the Punters will be this Friday 28th November

Cheques will be available from behind the bar from Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Club Notes – 25th November 2014


The Leo Kavanagh Memorial Winter cup Semi-finals are down for decision this weekend with the four section winners now identified.
In Section (A) Scratch player Conal Cooke and Donal Cairns are through to the deciders after their match was cancelled on Sunday but this became irrelevant when their only challengers Fred McGavigan and Maurice Doherty lost out in their tie with Kevin Neeson & Eddie Patton.
                    They will take on the winners of section (B) Shane McLaughlin & Brian Forrester who qualified from a very close section with their win over Aidan Corry & Michael Mathers. This will be a very tight match to call with the shot holes being the deciding factor, Cooke & Cairns will certainly be favourites to progress but their opponents cannot be ruled out either.
                   In Section (C) probably the closest of all, Michael Neeson and Brian Kelly put last week’s disappointing performance behind them to bounce back in Sundays match with John Doherty & Francie Conwell taking all four points, they will meet Neil Alcock and Chris Timoney who ended the clear winners of this section by 6 pts finishing unbeaten on 26 pts. This one is hard to predict as Chris has been unwell over this past week and may not be fit to play, Neeson & Kelly have qualified from a more difficult section and will certainly be dangerous opponents for Alcock and whoever plays alongside him.
The rest of the non–qualifying field will play a better-ball event over the next two weeks and all are asked to participate. The presentation of this year’s Winter Cup will take place on Sunday 7th December at 6pm there are attractive Sunday lunch offers for all competitors on the day and there will be music immediately after with the fantastic Mr Niall Gallagher.

Saturday Sweep
Jason Gourley (12) was the man in form in last Saturdays 15 holes sweep returning an eye-catching 39 pts which was a very solid three over par returning 12 pars and three bogeys in his impressive round, The runner up was Michael Neeson (11) with 37 pts with Brian Cairns (18) in third with 36 pts, Stephen McCay took the gross prize with 27 gross pts.

Thursday Club
For the first time in three weeks due to the recent wet weather the Thursday Club proceeded with Denis Porter this week’s winner with a final total of 35.75 nett, the runner up was Danny Duffy (13) with 35 pts with Rory Doherty (11) in third also with 35 pts. For the first time in memory no two’s were recorded on the day which is most unusual to say the least.

Commiserations to Peter Doherty and his Donegal Senior league team who finally got to play their final on Saturday last having qualified back in August! Unfortunately it was not Strabane’s day and the senior golfers suffered a heavy defeat at Rosapenna against a very talented North-West Squad.

The winner of this weeks £50 bar credit draw was Lisa Patton.

Thanks to the fantastic crowd who came to the club on Saturday past for the Jim Devine Country night it was a memorable night for the club many thanks to Jim and his band for a marvellous performance.

Tickets are now on sale at the club bar & office for our next big show the JP Mac Johnny Cash Tribute Show featuring JP and his sister Caroline on Boxing Night this gig has been receiving rave reviews all over the country and is great value at £10, support will be from the “Forbes Sisters” and Klassix Disco.

This weekend will see the beginning of our latest fundraiser game two of Last Man Standing, all members are asked to participate and involve friends & family you can enter right up to Friday evening for £10.00 the prize is £1000 with £200 for the winning promoter.

Club Notes – 18th November 2014


This Sunday is the final week of qualification matches to identify the four semi-finalists in the Sperrin Spring Winter Cup with none of the four groups clear cut after last Sundays results, all the matches having been reduced to 13 holes with the river Mourne once again bursting its banks on to the course. Hopefully all holes will be in play for tis weekends crucial ties.                                              
In Section (A) Conal Cooke & Donal Cairns lead the way on 19.5 pts one clear of Fred McGavigan and Maurice Doherty both have difficult fixtures this week but the leaders will be slight favourites to progress to the last four.
Section (B) is somewhat less straight forward with four pairings within half a point of each other, none of the four in contention play each other so all will be looking for a maximum haul of four points to keep their hopes alive.                  
Section (C) is also extremely close again four pairings are still in contention but the semi-final position should go to either Brian Kelly & Michael Neeson or Paul Kavanagh & Eamon McGlinchey the latter pair having made significant inroads in the past fort-night, both are tied on 16pts each.
Section (D) is the most clear cut Neil Alcock & Chris Timoney lead the way on 22 pts two clear of Frankie Connolly & Eric Reid these pairings meet each other in what will be the deciding fixture.

Play was reduced to 11 holes for last Saturdays sweep with the river holes out and the 17th being used for pre-arranged professional coaching for our juniors. 53 cards were taken out with the win going to Denis Porter (11) with 28 pts, Brian O’Kane(19) was the runner up with 27pts with third going to Declan Doherty(18) with 24 pts Fred mc Gavigan (5) was round in one over par and he took the gross prize.

There was a good entry for this week’s Monday Club team’s event with 12 teams going to post. The winners were Shane McLaughlin, Freddie Patterson, Ronnie Wiley & Liam Patton with 63.75 nett, the runners up were Niall Coulter, John Brolly & Michael Baldrick with 63 pts.

Last week’s £50 bar credit draw winner was Lady Captain Bernie O’Kane.
Our second Last Man Standing game of the season gets underway this weekend all members are urged to participate and involve friends & family, entry is £10 with a guaranteed prize of £1000 and £200 to the winning seller!!

Don’t miss our big band night at the Golf Club this Saturday night with the brilliant Jim Devine and his band, for anyone who would like to brush up on their jiving skills there are free professional lessons at 9.30pm-10.30pm, tickets to ensure entry on the night are still available to members priced at £10.00 but this is also a pay at the door event ,doors open at 9.00pm and patrons are advised to arrive early!!

A full list of Christmas Entertainment in the Golf club is now available at the club, on the website or facebook page, there are still some places left at the Christmas Party nights on Sat 13th Dec and Friday 19th December, contact Tommy for details.

Christmas Schedule

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Friday 5th              Ladies Club Dinner :8pm Music with Sharon Nixon
Sunday 7th           Music in the club with Niall Gallagher 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Wednesday 10th Club AGM @8pm sharp

Thursday 11th     Christmas Party Night – Music with Klassix Disco – Late Bar
Friday 12th           Punters Draw Night @9pm
Saturday 13th      Christmas Party Night – Music with Klassix Disco (See Tommy Forbes for more details)
Sunday 14th         Childrens Christmas Party & Disco – 4pm to 6.60pm. Santa arrives at 5pm
Monday 15th       Monday Club Final Day – Meal & Carbaret with Bobby, Brian & Noel
Friday 19th           Christmas Party Night – Music with Klassix Disco
Sunday 22nd        Annual Strabane Concert Brass Concert @ 9pm (late bar)


Friday 26th           JP Mac & Caroline – Johnny Cash Tribute Show

                                Support from The Forbes Sisters & Klassix Disco
                                Tickets now available. £10 (late bar)

Wednesday 31st New Years Eve – Music with Friends & Klassix Disco (late Bar)
                                Admission – Members £4 Visitors £5

Club Notes – 11th November 2014

UntitledSaturday’s play at Strabane was reduced to 13 holes when the River Mourne burst its banks on Thursday past flooding the 9th & 10th holes along the river. The winner with 30 pts was the very much in form John Brolly (18) who just got up on break of tie from Ronnie Wiley (12) with Damian Carey (14) in third place with 29 pts, Fred McGavigan(5) took the gross prize with a one over par return of 25 gross pts.
This coming Saturday will weather permitting be back to 15 holes.

No play was possible at all in the Thursday club but it should also resume with a 15 holes competition this week.

Nine teams took part in the Latest Monday teams Competition with Dermott Corry, Rory McColgan, Colin McCafferty and Kevin McGinley the winners with 87.75 nett, the runners up were Denis Porter, Jimmy Wasson, Hugh Casey and George Turner with 83 pts nett.

Sperrin Springs Winter Cup
Thankfully the flood waters had relented somewhat by Sunday to allow play in the Sperrin Springs Winter Cup to proceed as planned.
In Section (A) Conal Cooke and Donal Cairns are tied at the top of the table on 15.5 pts with Fred McGavigan & Maurice Doherty, the latter pair having beaten long time leaders Michael Kelly and Sean Macintyre on Sunday. The leading two are not drawn to meet in the section so their results against other opposition will decide the final outcome of this one.
In Section (B) the leaders also tasted defeat for the first time David Friel & George McCay going down to Joe & Ciaran Doherty only picking up half a point, as a result the Doherty Pairing have moved into a joint lead with Shane McLaughlin and Brian Forrester on 12.5 pts there are some interesting matches to come in this section with four pairings still right in contention.   
Section (C) looks to be a two horse race between Michael Neeson & Brian Kelly who are tied on 15 pts with Oliver Creswell and Joe Kennedy who dropped two points on Sunday playing out a tied match. Again here the leading pairs are not scheduled to meet and their other results will be vital in determining the final outcome in a fort-nights time.       
Section (D) is also between the leading two pairings with Chris Timoney and Neil Alcock just in front on 17 pts just clear of Frankie Connolly and Eric Reid these pairings are due to play each other on the final week which should decide the outcome of the section.

Ladies Golf
Congratulation to the following who won the Ladies Autumn Teams event, Anne Sharkey, Mary Gallagher, Madeline McColgan, Carole McFeeters & Monica MacIntyre finishing on 29pts, the runners up on 27pts were Mandy Coyne, Betty Kelly, Mary McCrory, Maura McBeth and Geraldine Quigley.

In the first week of the Ladies Christmas vouchers Annette Patton was the winner with 19pts, Category (1) went to Shauna Stewart with 17 pts and Category (2) to Mary Casey with 19pts.

The Ladies Club presentation night and Christmas dinner will take place on Friday 5th December at 8pm, the menu is now posted on the noticeboard, the music will be provided later by Sharon Nixon.

All ordered tickets for the Jim Devine Show on Sat 22nd November should be collected as soon as possible they are priced at £10 and available at the office or Bar.

Tickets for the JP Mac Christmas show on Boxing night are also on general sale from today Thursday.

The Strabane Radio Online Dance featuring 12 Artists takes place in the clubhouse on Thursday 13th November at 8.30pm admission is £7.50 and all proceeds are going to the Castlederg /Newtownstewart Autism group. Everyone is most welcome for a great night of country music.

Club Notes – 4th November 2014


With only one of the four section leaders managing a win in their ties last Sunday the top of the various tables show much change.               
In Section (A) leaders Mickey Kelly and Sean MacIntyre tasted defeat for the first time just managing a half point in their tie with Kevin Neeson and Eddie Patton but still hold the narrowest of advantages on 12 pts over Conal Cooke and Donal Cairns who defeated Freddie Patterson and Michael Baldrick by three points to one.
In Section (B) David Friel and George McCay are the new leaders after their close win over Nicky Wolfe and Mark Gillespie, this section is also very close with the new leaders just in front on 11.5 pts.
Section(c) probably saw the biggest shock of the day when John Brolly and Niall Coulter surprisingly defeated the unbeaten leaders Michael Neeson and Brian Kelly taking all four points, as a result they have been replaced at the summit by Oliver Creswell and Joe Kennedy who defeated Jim Harley and Noel McCrory to move on to 13 pts.
In Section (D) the leaders Chris Timoney and Neil Alcock managed a half match against Ed Patton and Angelo McGranaghan and hold a slender lead on 13 pts to date. There are still three weeks left in the sections weather permitting before the semi-finalists can all be identified but the general consensus from participants is that the new system is working very well.

Saturday Sweep
Seventy five cards were taken out for Saturday’s sweep competition played over 15 holes, the winner in pretty tough conditions was Aidan Coyle (14) with a solid 34pts which was good enough by one from the runner up Stewart McFeeters (16) and third placed Fred McGavigan(5) both on 33 pts, the gross went to Peter Doherty (5) with 28 gross pts.

Thursday Club week 9
The second half of the first phase of the Thursday club was played last Thursday over 15 holes, Oliver McNally (17) turned the clock back with some sparkling golf to registrar an impressive 40pts and even after his deduction of 1.5 was implemented he still had a winning 38.5pts from his brother Foncie McNally (13) who returned 37pts, third went to Frank McKay (24) with a very good total of 35 pts. This week’s play weather permitting will again be over the same 15 holes with the “Loop” left out.

Monday Club
There were 10 teams entered for this week’s Monday club with the win going to Robert Bell, Shane McLaughlin, Liam Patton and Clarke Klam with 97pts, the runners up were Jimmy Callan, Paddy Doyle, Terence McGranaghan and Pat McAneny with 94.5 pts Nett.

Last week’s £50 bar credit draw winner was Nicky Wolfe. The next game of “Last man Standing” gets underway on Saturday 29th November and is open to all members and their friends, the entry is again £10 with a guaranteed winning prize of £1000, if any member feels he or she may be able to sell some lines please let the committee know there is also a promoters prize of £200.

All tickets that have been pre-ordered for the Jim Devine Show on the 22nd November should be collected by Monday 10th November as the remainder will then go on general sale, don’t miss out on this great homecoming show for Jim who will appear with his full band tickets are well priced at only £10.

Tickets will also be available for The JP.Mac Johnny Cash Show on Friday 26th December next Monday also priced at only £10, support on the night from the “Forbes Sisters” and Klassix Disco.

GOTY and Matchplay Winners

The Golfer of the Year for 2014 was Kevin Neeson with the runner up Donal Cairns and club Captain Senan Roarty.

The winner of the Jones Cup 0-9 handicap matchplay was Nicky Patton with runner up Patrick McCrossan.

The winner of the Gallagher Memorial Cup 10-17 handicap  was Andrew Connolly with runner up Eddie McHugh.

The winner of the Lawson Cup 18-28 handicap was Martin Finlay with runner up Mark Gillespie