Club Notes – 25th August 2015


Four handicapper Darren Crawford lifted his third ever club champion title on Saturday past in the Valerie Manning Jewellers sponsored Club Championship. Darren had played super steady golf all day reaching the turn in one under gross with birdies at the 2nd & 6th holes but he gave these back on the 10th & 11th with bogies and seemed to have lost his chance with an uncharacteristic double bogey 6 at the par 4 – 17th hole but a miraculous par at the last after a superb up and down saw him hang on to take the prestigious title by a single shot from runner up Conal Cooke (1), two closing bogies for Conal denied him the 2015 title, third in the gross section was Nicky Wolfe (7) with a good four over par return of 73. In the nett section Martin Keyes (21) was the winner with an excellent 64 Nett despite a six at the last hole, just finishing ahead of Barry Henderson (17) on break of tie, a triple bogey 7 at the 15th hole eventually proving costly for Barry, third Nett was Jimmy Callan (11) who continues to defy his years with yet another prize winning day returning a fine 65 Nett in this one.
The category prizes were claimed by Nicky Patton 66 Nett in category one, Gerard Walsh (16) 66 Nett in Category two and Declan Doherty (19) with 68 Nett in Category three.

This competition was played in warm but extremely windy conditions with the strong southerly wind prevailing for most of the day, particularly in the late afternoon thus making good scoring very difficult especially as this was a stroke event, this duly reflected in the scores with the competition showing up as a reduction only tournament. The best of the day was Martin McDermott (3) with an excellent 71 Nett which was good enough on break of tie only from Adrian McLaughlin (12), John Blee (16) took third spot with 72 Nett with Paddy Kennedy taking the gross prize with 76 Gross.

Monday Open
The course was still very wet in many places and the greens holding well on Monday after the enforced cancellation of the Frylite Senior Scratch Cup the previous day due to the torrential rain for most of Sunday, Paul O’Reilly (6) took full advantage of these conditions to shoot a remarkable lifetime best of 66 gross that equated to 45pts, Pauls fantastic display included no less than six birdies with three of these in the last four holes eventually running out the competition winner by an amazing 7pts from Runner up Patrick McCrossan (5) with 38 pts with young Conor Byrne (9) in third with 37 pts, Conal Cooke took the gross prize.

Ladies Golf
The big Ladies event this week was the Claire’s Hair Salon Open Stableford. Following on from her great victory on Lady Captains Day, Lisa Patton (16) again topped the leader board this time with 39 pts which saw her the clear winner by three points from runner up Catherine Connolly (20) with Jennifer Rouse (12) third a shot further back on 35 pts. The gross went to Mandy Coyne (8) with the categories going to Catherine Neeson (18) 33 pts, Olive Reid (28) with 34 pts and to Geraldine Masterson (31) also with 34 pts, the nines prizes went to Mary Gallagher 20pts and to Patricia Kelly with 17 pts.

In club representative golf Oliver McNally’s O’Hare Cup team have reached yet another final in an event that Strabane have totally dominated in recent years, wrapping up their match with Castlehume G.C .  The first leg of this year’s final decider will take place this Thursday at home against Black Lion G.C with a 3.00pm tee off time.
Freddie Patterson’s Donegal Junior League team have also progressed in their event after Saturdays home leg win over Letterkenny G.C.

The postponed Frylite Scratch Cup has been reschedules for Sunday 20th September, the entry sheet for members shall remain with a new visitors sheet required. This week’s £50 bar credit winner was Ciaran Murphy.
Last Man Standing gets underway on Saturday 12th September.
Bagatelle make their final ever visit on their last ever tour to the golf club on Sunday night, tickets are currently on sale priced at £14 with a two pounds concession to club members. The band are on stage at 10pm with support from Klassix Disco.

Finally best wishes to our President Frankie Houston for his big day this Saturday hopefully the weather will be kind for him and all participating, there will be music later with “The Bizz”.

Wednesday 26th August – President’s Mixed
Thursday 27th August – Saffron Indian Restaurant
August 31st August – Bank of Ireland Bank Holiday Open
Tuesday 1st September – Bertie Colhoun Ladies

Scratch Cup – Tee Times – Cancelled

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Club Notes – 18th August 2015


There was reason for double celebration for the ladies sections lowest handicapper Mandy Coyne last Tuesday as she lifted Ms Adeline Shiels Lady President’s Prize and in the process helped herself to a hole in one at the par three 12th hole. Mandy’s winning total of 73 nett is a reflection on how difficult the course is currently playing, the roughs being particularly difficult to play out off at present due to the late Summer growth spurt. The runner up on Adeline’s big day was lady vice-Captain Anne Sharkey with 74 nett, just relegating Caren Corry on break of tie to third place, Jennifer Rouse picked up the gross prize, the categories went to Catherine Neeson, Lorna Duffy and Kathleen Hoynes with the nines being claimed by Imelda Doherty and Mary Gallagher, the men’s prize was won by Maurice McGettigan. The Lady President thanked all who had made her year to date such a pleasant experience in particular the staff of the club who she thanked  for all their hard work.

Strabane Training Services Open
Young player Daniel Duffy (23) took his first ever senior win on Saturday in the Strabane Training Services Open with an eye-catching total of 44 pts which included no less than five four point holes and two blank holes, the very unlucky runner up was Patrick Kennedy (3) who carded a fantastic two under par gross on his card with 16 pars and two birdies leaving him a nett total of 41pts, a great score by any standards especially from the blue markers.
Mark Quinn (14) took third spot with his early morning total of 40pts with the ever improving Stephen Donaghey (14) in fourth with 39pts, David Friel took fifth place with 38pts. Visiting player Conor Friel (6) took the gross prize with 31 gross pts. Denis Porter (12) took the first nine with 22pts with Seamus Devenney(20) winning the back nine also with 22pts. The presentation for this and other recent competitions is this coming Sunday at 9pm.

Farmers Home Open
Eddie O’Kane (28) was the winner of last Thursdays Open competition kindly sponsored by the Farmers Home Strabane with a good total of 40pts, Paul O’Hare (12) covered the inward nine in great fashion to take the runners up berth with 39pts, the very consistent John Maxwell took third also with 39pts,  Enda Kennedy (-1) warmed up for this week’s Frylite Senior Scratch Cup to take the gross prize with a two over par round.

Members please note that the course is booked from 7am-4pm for the hosting of the scratch cup, spectators are most welcome, there will be music following the presentations with Niall Gallagher.

Tickets remain on sale for our final date with one of the country’s biggest ever super groups Bagatelle on Sunday 30th August.
The winner of the USPGA Sweep was Aiden Patton who made it a double having won the British Open sweep also, Kerrie Farrell was this week’s £50 bar credit winner, the next game of Last Man Standing gets underway on Sat 12th September.

Finally on a sad note our deepest condolences are sent to our senior bar steward Stephen on the death of his father Vincent Kennedy this week, Vincent was a life-long member of the club and really enjoyed his golf when his health allowed in past years, our best wishes are extended to his wife Betty and club member Joe and to all the Kennedy family may he rest in peace.

Thursday 20th August – FMC Accountants – Open
Saturday 22nd August – Valerie Manning Jewellers – Club Championship
Sunday 23rd August – Frylite Scratch Cup – Open
Monday 24th August – Monday Open
Tuesday 25th August – Lady President’s Charity
Wednesday 26th August – President’s Mixed

Club Notes – 11th August 2015

Shane McLaughlin (9) again topped the leader board on Saturday in the Pat O’Neill Building Services Open, his third big win of the season adding to his victories in the Murphy’s on the Green Open and the McHugh’s Oil Open.
Shane was one of four players who recorded 39 pts on the day a score that looked beyond him with two blank holes recorded on the front nine at the 5th and the 9th holes, but a fine level par second nine including birdies at the 10th & 18th holes saw him secure his triple crown of wins this season thus far. The runner up in the multiple break of tie was Fred McGavigan (5) who again has been having a remarkable season a bogey five at his least favourite hole at present the par 4- 17th maybe costing him the win. Michael Neeson (11) is another player who has found some fine form and he duly took third place in this one, fourth was John Maxwell (12) he had raced to the turn with 22pts but a poor finish saw him fourth of the quartet of 39pts. John Wylie (10) took fifth place with 38pts with the very much in form Jimmy Callan taking the over 60’s prize with 38pts, the nines prizes went to Franke Gallagher (9) with 22pts for the outward nine and to Paul O’Hare(12) with the same total on the inward nine.

Last Thursday’s event was won by relative newcomer Eoghan Farrell (21) who picked up his second recent win with a fine total of 42 pts to win by a two from the runner up Eddie Patton (10) with 40 pts, Shay Callaghan (7) took third also with 40 pts with the gross going to Fred McGavigan (5) with an excellent two over par round that converted to 39pts.

Commiserations to Garvin Godfrey and his JB.Carr team who lost out in the semi-final to close neighbours Ballybofey & Stranorlar in the Ulster final played on Monday past, trailing 4-1 from the first leg the home side never really looked like reversing the scoreline and our Donegal neighbours ran out fairly comfortable winners in the end.

Better news on the Tyrone and Fermanagh Lawson Cup front where Sean MacIntyre’s team did more than reverse their first leg score line winning 14pts-2pts at home to qualify for this year’s final on a margin of 18-16 overall.

Entries are being taken for the Frylite Senior Scratch Cup which takes place on Sunday 23rd August.
Tickets for Bagatelle’s final year tour on Sunday 30thAugust, remain on sale at the club priced at £14.
There is a golf sweep for the final major of the season the USPGA available at the bar priced at £10 and last man standing is set to get underway on Sat 12th September.

Thursday 13th August – Farmers Home Open
Saturday 15th August – Strabane Training Services Open
Monday 17th August – Monday Open
Tuesday 18th August –  Claire’s Hair Salon Ladies Open


Club Notes – 4th August 2015


Long hitter Jason Gourley (11) got his game under control for Saturday’s monthly medal that was kindly sponsored by Irish Road Motors Repair Centre Campsie, playing in good early morning conditions Jason got it round in 63 Nett scoring par at every hole from the 8th onwards, the only shots he dropped to par for his entire round came between the fourth and seventh holes where five shots were lost, four of those going around the “loop”, his fine finish however saw him run out a clear two shot winner on the day from Mark Neely (12) another player having a very steady golf season his score of 65 nett and just got the better of Jordan Arthur (6) on break of tie, young Jordan however will be bitterly disappointed with his back nine total having raced to the turn with four birdies including three two’s at the second, seventh and eighth holes to turn in three under gross 31, a run of four consecutive inward nine bogeys from the thirteenth put pay to a potential lifetime best. Another of our young guns Conor Byrne(10) took fourth place with 67 nett reducing the  13 year old to single figures for the first time as he continues to improve rapidly.  Garvin Godfrey (14) was in fifth place also with 67 nett a triple bogey eight at the par 5 tenth hole the only real blemish on his card. The categories went to Martin Rouse 68 Nett, Terry Doherty (12) 67 nett and to Noel o’Kane with 68 nett. The gross prize went to Conal Cooke with a three over par total of 72, the over 60’s winner was Ben Corry with 69 nett. The presentation for this and other recent competitions is this coming Sunday night 9th August at 9pm sharp.

Forbes Plumbing Open
Thursdays event was the Forbes Plumbing and Home Heating Open Stableford and it provided a notable double for Stephen McCay (7) as he had earlier in the week won the Monday open and he added this one to his tally with a good 39 pts just getting the better of Ronnie Wiley (12) on break of tie, third place went to Andrew Connolly with 38 pts, Paddy Kennedy (3) took the gross prize with a two over total of 34 gross pts.

Jimmy Callan (13) scored another marker for the club veterans with a runaway win in this week’s Monday Open with a five shot winning margin of 41 pts, the runner up with 36 pts was Kevin McGinley (10) with Fred McGavigan (5) again featuring taking third also with 36 pts, the gross went to Jordan Arthur (6) with 29 gross pts.

Well done this week to George Turner and his Jimmy Carroll Team who lifted the All-Ireland title in that event last Monday at Westmanstown G.C Co.Dublin edging out the other seven participating provincial qualifiers in the seniors better-ball event.
The team registered scores of 44pts, 44pts and 41 pts to win the title by two shots, many congratulations to all involved.

Please note the first tee is strictly booked from 12.15pm this Sunday as we are hosting the Ulster Finals of both Junior Cup and Pearce Purcell between 1pm and 3pm,hopefully the weather will eventually turn for the better for the running of these prestigious tournament finals.

Ladies Golf
Heather Mitchell (20) made it a recent quick fire double having won the recent Ladies open she added the Bank of Ireland trophy to her list last Tuesday with a score of 34 pts in very difficult conditions, the categories went to Jennifer Rouse (12) with 33 pts and to Rosemary Wilson (26) with 32 pts.

Fourteen pairs played in last weeks mixed greensomes, the winners were Carole McFeeters and Eddie McHugh with 35 pts, the runners up were Adeline Shiels and Maurice McGettigan with 34 pts and third went to Caroline and Frankie Connolly with 34 pts also.

Congratulations to the Ladies Tyrone & Fermanagh Betterball team who have qualified for the final of that event once again after a great battle with Dungannon on Sunday past, the ladies secured two away wins to qualify on holes by a margin of three up. Best wishes to our Lady President Adeline Shiels who hosts her Lady Presidents next Tuesday hopefully the weather will be kind.

Garvin Godfrey’s J.B Carr squad are in Ulster final action this Thursday against close neighbours Ballybofey to determine who will represent the province at Woodenbridge Golf club Co.Wicklow in early September, the home leg of the encounter will follow next Monday at Strabane.
Also well done to Oliver McNally’s O’Hare Cup team who are in a very commanding position against Castlehume G.C after the first leg of their semi-final having won at the Co Fermanagh venue by 11pts-5pts.
Kieran Martins Phair Cup team were made to fight all the way before securing their final berth against a very determined Newtownstewart team on Sunday past having led 9.5-6.5 from the away leg they only just got the points they needed to progress in a very tight encounter having advanced 17-15 overall.
Sean MacIntyre’s Lawson Cup team are 12-4 down to Aughnacloy G.C after their first leg match at the South Tyrone venue and have it all to do in next Sunday’s second leg.

Entries are now being taken for this year’s Frylite Senior Scratch Cup on 23rd August.

The winner of this week’s £50 bar credit draw was Brian Kelly .

Our Last Man Standing competition is set to get underway the weekend beginning 12th September, the entry is £10 with a prize of £1000 to the winner, all members and their friends are invited to participate all the proceeds will be directed at essential new on course machinery, if you can sell a few lines please take a sheet that is provided in the bar area on the board.

Tickets are now on general sale for Bagatelle at the Golf club on Sunday 30th August this is the bands final year tour and a bank Holiday night not to be missed, tickets are £14 each with support from Klassix Disco.

Thursday 6th August – WJ Mc Cormack & Sons open S/F
Saturday 8th August – Pat O’Neill Ltd Open S/F
Sunday 9th August – G.U.I. Ulster finals 1pm-3pm
Monday 10th August – Monday open
Tuesday 11th August – Mrs Adeline Shiels Lady Presidents day.