Club Notes – 7th July 2015


Lisa Patton (16) was the very popular winner on Saturday in Lady Captain, Monica McGettigan’s Captains prize day which proved to be a fantastic day for our Ladies Branch from start to finish. Heavy early morning downpours had threatened to destroy a day that was second to none in preparation but thankfully the rains receded allowing most of the players to enjoy a wonderful day’s golf.
Lisa at the age of 20 is the youngest ever winner of a Lady Captains prize at Strabane and seldom has a winner been more popular. Lisa having represented the club at every level and despite her youth she is a very experienced golfer having played for many years under the tuition of her grandad Packie Patton (R.I.P.) who would have been a very proud man on Saturday. Lisa’s total was 69 Nett was good enough by one shot from Rosemary Wilson (27) a recent Captains prize winner herself and a very deserving runner up on the day. Jennifer Rouse (12) has recently returned to the game and picked up where she left off, again in the frame taking third place also with 70 nett. The gross prize winner was Mandy Coyne (8) with an excellent 79 gross. The categories went to Shauna Stewart (12) in category one with 77 Nett, Caroline Connolly (22) 71 nett in category two and to Carole McFeeters (36) with 71 Nett in category three. The nines went to Adeline Shiels and to Isobel Duffy. Denis Porter was the runaway winner of the men’s prize with an eye catching 37 pts over 14 holes, second in this category was Ciaran Doherty with 32 pts.

Other winners: Committee Heather Mitchell 72 Nett, Granny Imelda Doherty 73 nett, Senior Plus Madeline McColgan 74 nett, Junior Abbey Maxwell 74 nett, Lady Guest Philomena Cooke 30 pts, Male Guest Noel McCrory 30 pts, Longest drive Mandy Coyne and nearest the pin Norma Brogan.

The lady Captain at her presentations thanked all who had been at her side for her tenure to date going on to thank all the workmen who have completed some fantastic renovations and additions to our club this season and again thanked all the local businesses who had been instrumental in helping fundraise for the new on course toilets which were officially opened in this last week.

There had been a great turnout also for the first ever Lady Captains mixed event sponsored by the Travellers Rest Lifford Road, which had taken place as a prelude to the big day on Wednesday past with 28 pairs competing. The winners were Catherine Neeson and Pat McAneny with 34 pts over the 15 holes in play, the runners up were Annette Patton and Sean MacIntyre with 33 pts with lady vice-Captain Anne Sharkey and Captain Pat Corry were  in third also with 33 pts. The gross winners were Norma Brogan and Denis Porter.

Last Tuesday’s Ladies event was the Eileen Keery Memorial Cup and was won by Geradine McCrory (31) with 69 nett, Bernie O’Kane (20) took category one with 71 nett and category two went to Annette Patton with 73 Nett.

“Quickfire double for Declan”
Declan Lynch has been showing sure signs of a return to his best golfing form off late, and he emphasised this with a great double in last week’s midweek events. Winning first the weekly Monday open with a fine 41 pts playing off 13 handicap and then another winning total of 39 pts in the Foothill Restaurant sponsored competition on Thursday past. Mondays runner up was Conal Cooke (2) who got it around in one under gross for 39pts with Michael Mathers (17) again featuring this time in third place with 37 pts, Paul O’Reilly had taken the gross with 30 gross pts.
Over 90 cards had been taken out for the Foothill’s of Gortin event, the runner up here was Terry Doherty (13) on the same total as the winner 39pts with Ronnie Wiley (12) in third on 38pts, young Connor Meehan who featured very highly in last week’s Ulster Boys competition held in Omagh took his first ever gross prize, congratulations to Connor who has recently achieved single figures and is undoubtedly one of the clubs brightest young prospects.

Open Week
Sunday Past saw the beginning of Open Week at the club with the traditional opener the Frylite team event attracting 30 teams, it was played of a very popular new format a Champagne Scramble where all four players drive off and then selected the best tee shot finishing out with their own ball from the selected spot, two scores then to count. The winners with a great total off 98 pts were Brian Forester, Paul Kavanagh, Ciaran Murphy and Ciaran Doherty winning the fantastic new cart bags supplied by the Strabane Golf Store. The runners up just one point behind were Hugo McCusker, Pat Patton, Eugene Patton and John Duffy with Brian Brolly, Mark Sharkey, Ronnie Wiley, and Francie Devine in third with 96 pts.

Tickets remain on sale at the clubhouse for a great night with Jim Brown and his Elvis spectacular priced at only £10, this show recently played at Belfast’s Crumlin Road and Europa hotel priced at £18.50 and is certainly not one to be missed. Last week’s £50 bar credit draw winner was Danny Simpson

Wednesday 8th July – JD Print Open Mixed
Thursday 9th July – Murphy’s on the Green Open
Friday 10th July – Bertie Colhoun Gents Greensomes
Saturday 11th July – Mark James Open
Monday 13th July – Monday Open
Tuesday 14th July – Herdman Cup Ladies


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