Club Notes – 25th August 2015

CRAWFORD TAKES CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

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.

FMC ACCOUNTANTS OPEN STROKE.
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”.

Fixtures
Wednesday 26th August – President’s Mixed
Thursday 27th August – Saffron Indian Restaurant
Saturday 29th August – FRANKIE HOUSTON’S PRESIDENTS DAY
August 31st August – Bank of Ireland Bank Holiday Open
Tuesday 1st September – Bertie Colhoun Ladies

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