Club Notes – 29th June 2015

VETERAN JIMMY GRABS THE HEADLINES.

Veteran golfer, Jimmy Coyle, was the man grabbing all the headlines in local golfing circles this week, playing in the Hugh Harley Memorial Cup, Jimmy firmly stamped his name on the great list of club achievements when he returned a truly memorable score of 47pts which would convert to 59 nett, taking that Jimmy is 85yrs old he actually bettered his age with his gross score of 84 on a day when the course was playing at its full length with play from the white markers and a good breeze that prevailed for the entirety of his remarkable round. We are not sure if this feat is actually a nationwide record for someone of Jimmy’s vintage to win a top qualifying event but we certainly suspect that it indeed is. Joe Harley, the sponsor of the event gave his congratulations to Jimmy at Sunday night’s presentation having added that the winner was actually born in the same year as his late father Hugh who was a lifelong sponsor here at Strabane Golf Club. Jimmy thanked all at the club who had taken to the clubs Facebook page and had stopped him in recent days to add their congratulations on his achievement. The unlucky runner up in the competition was Neil Conroy (17) who returned a total that would have one on any normal day a fine 44pts, with Andrew Connolly third back on 38pts, Fred McGavigan again took the gross prize with 30 gross pts.

Mc Hughs Oil Open
There was an excellent turnout for Saturday’s event the McHugh’s Oil Open Stableford with 180 cards being taken out. The winner was the very much in form Shane McLaughlin(11) who has been having a wonderful golfing season to date, his total of 40pts held up throughout the day with a stiff breeze again making playing conditions rather tricky, the runner up was Matt Keyes (19) two back on 38pts with John McMenamin (18) another of four players on the same score in third, fourth went to Gerry McColgan (19) with young Connor Meehan (10) again featuring finishing fifth with 37 pts getting himself ever closer to single figures. Fred McGavigan (4) was again the man to lift the gross prize this time with a two over par 34 pts. Rory McColgan (12) took the first nine prize with Mark Neely (12) taking the prize for the back nine.

Strabane A.F. C. Ladies and Gents Open
The hole in one prize at the 16th hole for this event unfortunately was not won much to the relief I suspect of the insurers, but it did help attract a sizeable entry, the winner with a fine round of 41 pts which was just one over par was Peter Doherty (6) Colin McCafferty (14) was the runner up with 39 pts with David Friel in third with 38 pts. The Ladies winner was Roisin Corry with 35 pts and the best non GUI Player was Wils Patterson.

Monday Open
Last week’s Monday open event went to another of the clubs outstanding young prospects Conor Byrne (11) to mark a week when we had the youngest winner to date and the oldest as Conor is only 12 years old, his return of 40 pts was the clear winner by three shots from the runner up Declan Lynch (13) with Tommy Sharkey (21) in third with the same total of 37 pts.

Ladies Golf
The ladies branch are looking forward to Lady Captains Day this coming Saturday, we wish them, and Lady Captain Mrs Monica McGettigan, all the best for the big day hopefully the weather will be kind.
In competitive golf last week’s winner making it an altogether fabulous week for senior golfers was Mrs Isobel Duffy(32) who rolled back the years to record a fine winning total of 38 pts, Heather Mitchell (22) took category one with 35 pts with Mrs Imelda Doherty (30) winning category two with the same return.

Last weeks mixed event was the qualifying competition for the Worcester cup with 26 pairs competing, best on the night were Carole McFeeters and Foncie McNally with a great return of 52 nett for the 15 holes in play, the runners up were Isobel and Danny Duffy with 52.5 nett with Lady Captain Monica McGettigan and her husband Maurice in third on the same total, the full draw for the matchplay is now displayed on Pat McAneny’s blind noticeboard!

Good luck to Martin Rouse and his Junior Cup team who take on Rosapenna G.C at Ballybofey in the Ulster last 16 match on Thursday evening. Well done to Sean MacIntyre and Gerard Walsh and thier Lawson Cup team who had a great result on Friday evening defeating close neighbours Newtownstewart in a very close contest.

A reminder that Open Week starts at the club on Sunday with the Frylite Scramble event, timesheets for all days are posted on the noticeboard. Tickets remain on sale for a great night with Jim Brown and his Elvis Spectacular show, on Sat 25th July priced at a very reasonable £10. This week’s £50 bar credit draw winner was Darren Crawford.

Fixtures
Thursday 2nd July – Foothills Restaurant Open
Saturday 4th July – Mrs Monica mcGettigans Lady Captains day
Sunday 5th July – Frylite Champagne Scramble
Monday 6th July – GMG Logos Stroke
Tuesday 7th July – Donna’s Flowerbox Ladies open
Wednesday 8th July – JD Print Open Mixed foursomes
Thursday 9th July – Murphy’s on the Green Open stableford
Friday 10th July – Bertie Colhoun Memorial Open Greensomes
Saturday 11th July – Mark James Open Stableford

Open Week – 5th to 11th July

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Club Notes – 23rd June 2015

FRANKIE TAKES CAPTAINS PRIZE.

Club Captain, Pat Corry, was blessed with a most beautiful day of great weather and sunshine for his Captains Day on Saturday past at Strabane, this was most befitting for a Captain who has put so much work into his year to date, not only with club matters but also in his representation of the club, always being there to support the teams throughout the season no matter about travelling distances and time. The winner of the Captains fantastic prize was 24 handicapper Frankie Connolly with a fine 64 nett. Frankie rediscovering a bit of form that he is well capable off just at the right time and on the right day, playing a very steady round with some excellent chipping and putting on the inward nine to take the big day’s honours, the unlucky runner up was last year’s Captain Senan Roarty (13) who led for a good part of the afternoon also with the same total of 64 nett, Senan will look back at a rare loose shot on the 15th where he lost his drive to the right in heavy rough which ultimately may have cost him the top award. Third place went to Michael Neeson (11) one of the earlier morning starters a triple bogey seven at the 17th hole putting a black mark on an otherwise excellent round although Michael rallied well to birdie the last. Paul McGill (6) took fourth position with a fine three over par round that equalled 66 nett, with Marc Brolly (11) fifth with the same total of 66 nett. Conal Cooke (2) took the gross prize with the round of the day a one under par 68 gross also recording a fine birdie three at the last, set up with a massive strike from the tee that was also long enough to take the longest drive prize. In category one Cathal Patton took the prize with a 66 nett also, Category 2 went to Foncie McNally (15) with 68 nett and Vincent Bradley(19) took category three with 70 nett. The closest to the pin at the 18th went to the Captains son Aidan Corry leaving his second shot extremely close. The Captain thanked all who had helped make his year to date such a success and reserved special praise for the ladies branch at the club who have worked tirelessly to improve the clubhouse which is looking fantastic with all the great recent additions. He thanked all the members for their courtesy and respect throughout his tenure to date and thanked all council, convenors and council bodies for their excellent work. The captain and all the speakers on the evening reserved special praise for our Greenkeeper Paul McFadden and his staff for the immaculate condition of the course, we have without any doubt greens to rival any course in the country.

Captains Betterball
The annual prelude to Captains Day the Captains betterball competition was as customary held on Thursday last with 47 pairs participating. The winners were Patrick McCrossan and Aaron Boyle with an excellent return of 45pts which just got the better off Hugo McCusker and Eugene Patton who finished on the same total, third went to Stephen McCay and Fred McGavigan with 42 pts.

Captains Mixed Foursomes
Twenty seven pairs took cards out on Wednesday evening for the Captains mixed foursomes which was won in commanding fashion by Imelda Doherty and Denis Porter with a fine 36pts over the 15 holes in play, the runners up back on 32pts were Catherine Neeson and Paddy O’Kane with Lorna Duffy and Oliver McNally in third also with 32 pts. The gross prize went to Mandy Coyne and Senan Roarty.

Ladies Golf
The ladies branch turned out in numbers for last Tuesday’s event which was the Captains prize to the Ladies. Ironically the winner was the Captains wife, lady secretary Maeve Corry who took the award returning an excellent 69 nett. Alison Curry was the category one winner with 71 nett with the very much in form Orla Quinn featuring again in category two to take that prize.

In representative golf the Ladies Meille Bup team bowed out in the third round of that competition losing out by only four holes to close neighbours Ballybofey. In men’s team news Peter Doherty’s Donegal Senior League squad hold a 5 matches to 2 advantage over Portsalon G.C. and will have to play very well in the return match to advance further.  Sean MacIntyre’s Lawson Cup team have it all to do, picking up a slender 9-7 advantage over Newtownstewart G.C. and will need to pull out all the stops in the return encounter this week.

Well done to Peter Doherty who on the previous weekend in the Devines Sand and Gravel competition scored a hole in one at the 12th hole, holing out with a perfect nine iron shot, Peter’s ace is the fourth recorded at the club this season so far and oddly enough they have all came at the 12th hole.

Don’t forget there is a £12,000 car for a hole in one at the 16th in next Sundays Strabane A.F.C. Ladies and Gents open the timesheet for this one is rapidly filling up. The timesheets for Open week are now also all posted.

Don’t forget to get your tickets for our next big show the fantastic Jim Brown and his band appearing with us on Saturday 25th July the tickets are keenly priced at only £10 and are now available to purchase. There will be music in the club this Sunday evening with the brilliant Conor McGinty from Derry the recent winner of the Drive F.M Factor.

Fixtures
Thursday 25th June – Hugh Harley Cup
Saturday 27th June – McHugh’s Oil Open S/F
Sunday 28th June – Strabane A.F.C Ladies & gents open
Monday 29th June – Monday open
Tuesday 30th June – Eileen Keery Memorial Cup – ladies

Captain’s Mixed

Please note:
The Captain’s mixed has been re – arranged for Wednesday 17th June.
There will be a sheet on the mens & ladies noticeboards for anyone who would like to play in this competition.

Strabane Golf Club on Youtube

Thanks to DJK Ariel photography who spent three days around the course and came up with this brilliant video

Club Notes – 2nd June 2015

EOIN GOES UNDER PAR

18yrs old Eoin O’Neill (6) was the worthy winner of the Masala & Mama Masala Open and perpetual trophy at Strabane on Saturday, leading home a field of 171 players returning his first ever under par score of gross 68 with two birdies in either nine to set up a massive winning total of 43 stableford points. Declan Devine (12) showed a bit of long awaited form to take the runners up spot with a fine total of 41pts which was just ahead of the very consistent Fred McGavigan (5) who was home in level par for his day. Fourth went to Kieran McBride who had slipped out to 21 handicap, his 40pts could be a sign of good things to come, another of our teenage players Jordan Arthur (6) took fifth with 39pts with the gross also going to the “young guns” with Caolan Crawford taking this category with a tidy one over par round. The nines went to Eddie McCrea (18) with 21pts for the outward nine and to Mark Corry (13) with an eye catching 23pts for the inward nine. The presentation for this event is set for Sunday 14th June at 7.30pm

Enda at last
Local golf star, and scratch player, Enda Kennedy (0) achieved a major milestone of his bucket list in last Thursdays Northern Confectionary Open, when for the first time ever in over 30 years of playing at Strabane, and winning so many titles including numerous Strabane Scratch Cups, he finally managed to win a competition outright, beating all the handicaps to take first place with a great round of 66 which transferred to 39 stableford pts. New member Kieran McAleer (24) showed good potential taking the runners up spot also with 39pts with Patrick O’Doherty (21) taking third also with 39pts, Paul O’Reilly (7) took his first prize since his return to the game earlier this season with 31 gross pts.

Ladies & Gents Open
Last Friday we had a Ladies and gents open organized by past Captain Sean MacIntyre as part of his 50th Birthday celebrations, all the proceeds were split between Alzheimers Strabane and the Omagh Hospital Renal Unit with over £1000 going to each.

In the men’s section Kevin Neeson (9) continued his blistering form with 39 pts to take first place just ahead of Kieran Murphy (12) also with the same total, third went to Eoin O’Neill (6) with 37pts, Conal Cooke(1) took the gross with 30 gross pts. In the Ladies section Orla Quinn (34) was the winner with 39pts.

Mondays Open Stableford was cancelled when the course became severely flooded in the late afternoon.

Ladies Golf
Well done to Lady Vice-Captain Anne-Sharkey and her Intermediate Cup team who have again progressed in their event getting the better of Rockmount Ladies in the home leg on Saturday to run out 6-4 winners overall, they now meet close neighbours Newtownstewart Ladies in the next round.
Last Tuesdays ladies event was the MacMillan Cancer Relief competition and was won by Orla Quinn (36) who took her first win ever, and first of two in the week, with a brilliant 42pts. The unlucky Mandy Coyne playing of 8 handicap who was round in 4 over par for 40pts to take Category One, with Category Two going to Geraldine Masterson (31) with 36pts.
In mixed golf last Wednesday the competition was two men and a lady scramble for the Captains Charity over 14 holes, the winners were Debbie McDaid, Mark Gillespie & Gerry Quinn with 40.4 pts, the runners up were Carole McFeeters, Pat McAneny and Oliver McNally with 40.2 pts.

Well done to Martin Rouse and his Junior Cup team who made it through the qualifying at Roe Park last Sunday in very tough conditions, advancing to the matchplay stages where they will now play Newtownstewart.

We have got an ariel video put together by local company DJK Photography that is now on our facebook page and website, please share this if you can as its aim is to market and promote our wonderful golf course to visitors and societies, many thanks to Gavin Kelly for his work on this project.

Many congratulation to the lads who completed their golf marathon on Sunday for the Mark Farren Appeal, and to all who helped with the fundraising behind the scenes, Mark Brolly, Ryan McGowan Rory Doherty & Caolan Crawford completing 72 holes in one day.

We have an Open Team Classic on Friday at the club in support of St Patrick’s Primary School  Newtownstewart, the timesheet for this is posted its £100 for visitors which includes a meal and £60 for members teams, the event is open to both ladies and gents of any combination.

Fixtures
Thursday 4th June – Greg Mitchell Motors S/F
Friday 5th June – St Patrick’s School Team Classic ladies & Gents.
Saturday 6th June – Devines Sand & Gravel Medal (s)
Monday 8th June – Monday Open S/F