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

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