Club Notes – 28th April 2015


Play on Saturday past was from the blue tees, that fact added to the cold northerly wind that prevailed for the entire day made good scoring particularly difficult. Last season’s Golfer of the Year runner up Donal Cairns(14) braved the elements best of all however to post an excellent 39pts late in the day, Donal got to the turn with a very steady 18pts and came home with a further 21pts which included a very strong finish to take the day’s top prize. The runner up was Matt Keyes(20) who returned to some form with an excellent 38 pts, with early leader, veteran Jimmy Henderson (26) in third, a further point back with 37 pts, Keith Patterson (5) was his usual consistent self to take fourth also with 37pts which was only four over par for the day, Aidan Coyle(14) took fifth with a steady 36pts with the gross going to Patrick Kennedy (3) with 33 gross pts, the nines went to Gary Duffy and Kevin McChrystal. The presentation for this event is on Sunday 10th May at 8.30pm.

Lady Captains Fundraiser
Twenty eight teams took part in the Lady Captains fundraiser team classic on Sunday which was to raise funds for on course toilet facilities. The Lady Captain, Monica, has worked tirelessly for this objective and her marvellous efforts brought in a total in excess of £5500 on the day. The winners were Denis Porter, Kevin Keegan, Joe Doherty and George Turner, a team who have more or less dominated this format in recent years and again were the clear winners by a margin of three points with a score of 105. The runners up were Rory McColgan, Aidy McDermott, Raymond McDermott and Gerry McColgan with 102 pts, the lady teams turned out in great numbers for the event and it was pleasing to see one of their quartets finishing in third place with 97pts, the Lady Captain Monica, Geraldine McCrory, Heather Mitchell and Mary Casey playing great golf on the day. There was also a prize for the best all ladies team and this went to Caroline Connolly, Catherine Connolly, Carole McFeeters and Imelda Doherty with 93pts.

The final home day in this year’s Thursday Club season took place on Thursday last with George Turner (27) taking the plaudits with 38 pts, Jimmy Wasson (23) was the runner up with 37pts and John Blee in third also with 37 pts. The Golfer of the Year title was decided with Denis Porter adding a further ten points to his total to finish on 147 to pip Foncie McNally on 140, third went to Tommy Forbes on 132. “The king of the two’s” title was shared between Brian Haughey and Tommy Forbes both on eight two’s each. The final Day to Murvagh Golf club is this Thursday 30th April a three course meal will be provided at the Donegal venue at the end of your round and the presentation will take place back at Strabane at approximately 8pm.

The closing day of this year’s JJ Monday teams took place on Monday past with Gerry Quinn, Foncie McNally, Paddy McGarrigle and Paul McNally the winners with 88pts three ahead of the nearest challengers Shane McLaughlin, Liam Patton, Joe Kennedy and Clark Klam.

There were 17 pairs for last Wednesday nights mixed greensomes played over 10 holes, the winners were Anne Sharkey and Brian O’Kane on 19pts with Mary Duffy and Senan Roarty the runners up with 18pts, Orla Quinn and Declan Lynch were third also with 18pts.

Ladies Golf
Last Tuesday’s ladies event was the Lady Captains Charity Event and was won by Isobel Duffy with an excellent 39pts,the category winners were Lisa Patton with 38pts and Caren Corry with 39pts.

It was with much regret this week that we learned of the death of one of the Ladies branches most colourful characters Aileen Shortt who was 97 years old. A very vibrant character even in her later years and she still loved to play her few holes of golf when possible.  Ms Shortt was the life and soul at most of the ladies nights out at the club, she will be fondly remembered by all who knew her and our sincere condolences are sent to her family. There is a Memorial Service at Melmount Chapel for Aileen at 2pm this Saturday 2nd May.

The winner of this weeks £50 bar credit draw was Sean MacIntyre.

The 500 club draw remains on sale and members are urged to support this by playing for a ticket in your fourball matches. Timesheets have now been posted for two further events the Habinteg Housing Development Team Scramble £40 per team for members and the “Rachel Fund” ladies and gents open on Sunday 17th May £5 for members.

Our entertainments convenor Tommy Forbes is also hosting a night of exceptional young north-west talent at the Alley Theatre on Wed 20th May at 7.30pm with all the proceeds also going to the “Rachel Fund” please support this event if you can, bookings can be made at the Alley Box Office 02871384444.

Finally a reminder to members to please observe the dress code inside and on the golf course at all times.

Saturday 2nd May – PG McGillion Motors open s/f
Monday 4th May – Tennents bank holiday open
Tuesday 5th May – Camus Cup –Ladies
Wednesday 6th May – Mixed Foursomes
Thursday 7th May – Topaz Open

Club Notes – 21st April 2015


Marc Brolly (11) saw his way to first place in Saturdays Gormley’s Opticians Open Stableford event that attracted a sizeable entry of 180 players, and although a beautiful spring day, the south-easterly wind swirling on the course throughout the duration made good scoring difficult. As a result Marc’s return of 39pts was good enough to lead a tightly bunched field. The runner up playing in his first competition in some time was Damian Roarty (9) who only missed out on top spot on break of tie. Third went to George Turner (28) with a good total of 38pts with Brian Brolly (8) 38pts, taking fourth to add a father and son element to the leader board, Ciaran Doherty took the final nett prize, the best of a few 37pts. Keith Patterson (6) took Saturday’s gross prize with an excellent four over par total that converted to 32 gross points, with the nines going to Gerry Glover(18) and to Jimmy Duncan(28).

Thursday Club
Last Thursday was the penultimate home outing for the popular Thursday club with 65 cards being taken out. This week’s winner was Pat McGuigan(20)with 39pts, with Rory Doherty the runner up with 37.75 nett and Colin mcCafferty in third with 37pts, a non Thursday club members prize went to Conal Cooke (1) with 39pts. This Thursday is the final home day with a few issues to be decided, the golfer of the year title is between Foncie McNally on 143 pts and Denis Porter on 140 pts, with the king of the two’s title also close, Tommy Forbes leads on 8 from Denis Porter and Brian Haughey both on 7.  The timesheet is posted for the final day at Donegal Golf Club on Thursday 30th April, non Thursday club members are welcome to play on the day with the entry £35 which includes golf, three course meal and visitors prize.

Monday Club
The final Monday teams event of the season took place on Monday past with nine teams entering, the final winners were Foncie McNally, Gerry Quinn, Paddy McGarrigle and Seamus McPhilemy with 97pts, the runners up also on the same total were Paul McGill,   Jim Arbuckle, Martin Finlay and Jimmy Duncan. The final day is this coming Monday 27th April, with the presentation dinner set for 6pm a list for those attending is posted on the notice board.

In inter club representative golf last weekend brought mixed fortunes with Declan Devine’s Ulster Cup team going out at the first hurdle losing out to near neighbours City of Derry despite getting two matches at the Derry Venue, they lost three of Sundays ties at Strabane to lose out by 8-6 overall. Better news however for Pat McAneny’s Ulster-Fourball players as they came from 4-1 down to take the home leg 5-0 against City of Belfast with a fine team performance, they now meet Massereene Golf Club in the next round.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s ladies competition was the Daily Mail Foursomes event which went to the pairing of Betty Kelly and Maura McBeth with 39pts four clear of their nearest challengers Mary McCrory and Geraldine McCrory. Mandy Coyne’s Junior Cup squad have gone out of their event losing out 4.5-0.5 to Larne G.C on Sunday at the away venue.
The mixed foursomes season is now underway on Wednesday evenings with 19 pairings entering last week, the winners were Carole McFeeters and Oliver McNally with 25 pts, the runners up were Bernie and Brian O’Kane with 21 pts on break of tie from Debbie McDaid and Mark Gillespie.

There is a special team event being hosted by the Lady Captain on Sunday coming with all the proceeds to raise funds to provide on course toilet facilities, Maura has worked tirelessly in seeking a lot of sponsorship for this event and all members that can do so are asked to show your support.

Tickets for the upcoming Red Hurley and Gary McEvoy double bill on Saturday 16th May remain on sale at the club, members and friends intending to go are asked to purchase or reserve your tickets as soon as possible, ticket sales are not as good as hoped for and a decision whether this will go ahead or not will be made next week depending on sales or bookings!

Thursday 23rd April – Thursday Club week 15
Saturday 25th April – Strabane Electrics S/F
Sunday 26th April – Club Funraising team event
Monday 27th April – Monday Club final day
Tuesday 28th April – McGettigan’s Open – Ladies

Club Notes – 14th April 2015


The first monthly medal of the new golfing season kindly sponsored by long time club supporters B McNamee & Co was won by early morning starter Francey Conwell(19) with an excellent return of 64 net, a great total to post early on in the conditions especially with the wind picking up throughout the morning and in to the early afternoon, probably playing in the most difficult conditions was the runner up, the ever improving Stephen Donaghey (16)  he got to within one shot of the winner posting an impressive 65 nett with a six on his card at the 17th which ultimately cost him the win. Third went to the consistent Stewart McFeeters (16) with a good total of 67 nett, fourth went to John Doherty (15) with 68 nett just relegating David Friel (13) into fifth on the same total. Paul McGill (6) has shown some excellent early season form and he took a notable gross prize with a six over par score of 75. The categories went to Sean Forbes (6) Category 1 with 69 nett, Tommy Forbes (12) with 70 nett and to Patsy Wilson(20) with 69 Nett. The C.S.S for this competition went to 71 with 157 cards being taken out in total.

Thursday Club week 13
Conditions were excellent despite a stiff breeze for week 13 of the Thursday Club, Billy Doherty (14) had the score of the day with a fine 42pts, the runner up was Ryan O’Neill (22) with 37 pts with Tommy Forbes in third with 36.25 nett. In the race for the golfer of the year plaudits, Denis Porter remains out in front on a total of 150 pts just 4 in front of Foncie McNally on 146 with Tommy Forbes in third with 117.  The timesheet for the final day at Donegal Golf Club will be available from this Thursday from the committee, visitors are very welcome to come along for the day out for a cost of £35 which includes golf, 3 course meal and visitors prize, all  Thursday Club members should ensure they are fully paid up this includes for the weeks the closed was closed.

Monday Club
The popular Monday club returned this week with the winners being Foncie McNally, Gerry Quinn, Paddy McGarrigle & Michael Forbes with 97.5 nett, edging out the three man team of club Captain Pat Corry, Patsy Wilson and Eric Reid who had 96 pts. The final day for this year’s Monday club is on Monday 27th April followed by a meal at 6pm an attending sheet is posted on the noticeboard.

Lady Captain Monica McGettigan (24) has not only got off to a great start in office but also on the course picking up her second consecutive Tuesday win with 35 pts in last week’s Easter Basket event, the category one winner was Caroline Connolly (29) with 29 pts and the category two winner Caren Corry (34) also with 29 pts. The ladies also got started this week in club representative golf with firstly Mary Duffys Challenge Cup team took a 4-1 advantage over Roe Park ladies , while Mandy Coyne’s Junior Cup team have a slender 3-2 lead over Lurgan G.C ladies. The timesheet is posted for the Lady Captains fundraiser team event to secure toilet facilities on the course it takes place on Sunday 26th April.

Ulster Cup
Declan Devines Ulster Cup team are 5-2 behind to close neighbours City of Derry G.C after last Sundays first round first leg tie, wins for Denis Porter and Oliver Creswell have given the team a realistic opportunity to progress in this Sundays home leg.

Also in action last Sunday were Pat McAneny’s Ulster Fourball side they went down  by 4 matches to one against Royal Belfast with Jim and Johnny Potts picking up the solitary win giving the team hope, the return leg is also this Sunday at Strabane.

Tickets remain on sale for our next big entertainment blockbuster with Red Hurley and Gary McEvoy on Saturday 16th May, tickets are priced at a very reasonable £12.50 and those wishing to attend are again urged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.

There are some fantastic party deals available at the club at present with 25% off all party menus and great deals on music for your event, please show your support where you can as this revenue is vitally important to the finances of our club.

Thursday 16th April – Thursday club week 14 Qualifying
Saturday 18th April – Gormley’s Opticians 18 holes S/F
Monday 20th April – Monday Teams
Tuesday 21st April – Lady Captains Charity event

Club News – 7th April 2015

Liam McGinley returned a life-times best on Saturday to capture the Caffe Fresco Open Stableford by a convincing margin of four points from his nearest challenger. The  twenty-three handicapper bringing home an eye catching 46pts, shooting twenty three for each of the nines. The runner up was the inform Martin Patton (11) with a fine 42pts in the tricky conditions. Kevin Connolly (6) took third position with an excellent three over par which converted to 39 pts. John Doherty (16) finished fourth also with 39pts edging out Sean MacIntyre (11) who came fifth also with 39pts. The gross for the second consecutive week went to Conal Cooke (scr) with 35 gross pts which was only one over par. The nines went to Eddie Finlay (16) with 22 for the outward nine and to Sammy Devenney (19) with 22 pts for the inward nine.

Easter Monday Open
There were 88 cards taken out for the Bank Holiday Monday open with the ever improving Michael Mathers (18) topping the leader board with 40pts, Stephen Curry (9) took second place with 39pts with Eddie Finlay(16) in third with 38pts, Peter Doherty took the gross prize with 31 gross pts.

Thursday Club week 13
Mark Sharkey(18) was this week’s winner in the Thursday Club which is now a qualifying event up to Thursday 23rd April and as always open to all members. The runner up in last week’s competition was Shane McLaughlin (11) with 38pts nett with Tommy Forbes (12) taking third with 37.5 nett. The final day is at Murvagh on Thursday 30th April visitors are welcome to play on the day with the fee set at £35 which includes golf three course meal and visitors prize, the timesheet will be available next week.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s Ladies event fell foul; of the weather and will be replayed at a later date yet to be rescheduled. The previous weeks 15 hole event was the R.N.L.I Charity event and was won by Lady Captain Monica McGettigan(24) with 31 pts, the section winners were Lisa Patton (16) with 28 pts and Olive Turner (25) with 29 pts.

Congratulations to Frankie Foley and his hard working team who raised well in excess of £3000 for his nominated charities Foyle Hospice and Habitat N.I on Sunday for the charity shave off.

Tickets remain on sale for the Red Hurley and Gary McEvoy Show on Sat 16th May, members intending to attend should purchase tickets as soon as possible they are priced at £12.50 each.

This Sunday the 12th April is presentation evening for the recent Super-Valu Springers it begins at 7pm sharp followed by the Masters Golf on the big screens.

Thursday 9th April – Thursday Club 18 holes Qualifying
Saturday 11th April – BMcNamee Ltd Open
Tuesday 14th April – Daily Mail Foursomes-Ladies


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