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

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