Club Notes – 28th September 2015


On many occasions all club golfers have days they would just rather forget but Saturday’s Claims Assist Open, is a day four handicap player Fred McGavigan will remember for all the right reasons when he bagged himself a fantastic triple crown of golfing memories. It seemed maybe just one of those other days after he had completed his first hole with a messy bogey five but the drama was all ahead of him as he firstly played a knockdown seven iron onto the green and rolled it straight into the hole for a hole in one to start his great day, birdies followed at the 4th  5th  6th and 7th holes to get him to the turn in 5 under gross and a spectacular 25pts for the outward nine, pars followed at the next four holes before a few late dropped shots including bogies at the final two holes, however Fred had done enough and his final total of 67 equalled a competition winning total of 42pts, and with it, the much sought Golfer of the Year title which he had trailed at the onset by eight points from the eventual runner up Nicky Patton. In fairness few would argue that Fred hasn’t deserve that title as his level of consistency this season has been remarkable for all the open events, not just Saturday competitions, on which the Golfer of the Year title is decided. Saturday’s runner up in the Claims Assist Insurance Services event was Fred’s playing partner Stephen McCay (6) who came home in level par for the second nine for a total of 41pts, third was relative newcomer to the game Neil Holmes (25) who played his best golf to date returning 40pts despite three blank holes, the consistent John Maxwell (10) saw his handicap go to single figures for the first time also returning 40pts,with Gerry Casey (16) in fifth another player with 40pts. Saturdays gross went to Conal Cooke (1) with a fine one under total of 37 pts, Eugene Patton (24) took the first nine with an eye-catching 25 pts and Jim Potts(18) the second nine with 20pts.
Congratulations also to Martin McCallion who also scored a hole in one at the 7th hole in Saturdays claims assist Open hitting the perfect 7 iron shot.

Thursday Club
Week 3 of the Thursday club went to Rory Doherty(12) with a good 39pts in tricky conditions, the runner up was Declan McDonnell (9) with 38pts with Foncie McNally (15) third with 37pts.
This week’s competition is over 18 holes but is non-qualifying.

Monday Club
There were 9 teams for last week’s Monday club team event, the winners were Jim Arbuckle, Pascal McGillian, Foncie McNally & Jim Duncan with 100pts nett, the runners up were Charlie Patton, Oliver McNally, Chris McDermott and Seamus McPhilemy with 98.5 nett.

In inter club golf this week Strabane lost out to Castlehume G.C. in the Phair Cup final. The home side had it all to do after a poor away performance where they suffered a very heavy defeat, despite this the team gave it a great go leading comfortably through the turn in the three opening ties, but when team Captain Kieran Martin and Kevin Neeson surrendered the opening nine the match was over and play was halted for the day.

Ladies Golf
The Ladies Season is also rapidly drawing to a close with next week’s Scramble the final Tuesday before the Autumn and Winter season kicks in. Last week’s competition was the rearranged Breast Cancer charity event and was won by Margaret Wolfe (36) with 32 pts for the 15 holes in play, the category winners were Lorna Duffy (21) with 29 pts the third consecutive week for Lorna to feature and to Maura McBeth (36) with 28pts.

The final mixed event of the season was played on Sunday past with the Killyhelvin Hotel Mr & Mrs Greensomes, this went to Caroline & Frankie Connolly with 38pts for the 16 holes, retaining the title the pair won last year, the runners up were Lady Secretary and Club Captain, Maeve & Pat Corry with 36pts, with Lady Captain Monica McGettigan & her husband Maurice third with 35pts. In the subsidiary competition Mandy Coyne partnered Denis Porter to the win with 35 pts with Mary Duffy & Francie Devine the runners up with 34 pts.

The Worcester Cup final was played last Friday evening and saw Margaret & Nicky Wolfe lift the trophy in a great encounter with Carmel McElwee and Senan Roarty the match was eventually decided at the final hole.

Neil Conroy has won this year’s Lawson Cup defeating Stephen Alexander in the final.  The Gallagher Memorial Trophy will be decided between Conor Meehan & Declan Lynch whilst in the Jones Cup, Caolan Crawford awaits his opponent it will either be Eoin O’Neill or Ciaran Duffy.

The Captains Outing is being played this Saturday at Portsalon Golf Club with approximately 125 members making the trip, the forecast is very favourable and a great days golf is anticipated.  The presentation will take place at around 9pm at Strabane with music later with Conor McGinty who appeared on X-Factor’s bootcamp show last week.

Tickets for the Club Dinner are now on sale priced at a very reasonable £20, music on the night with the fantastic “Lee Roy Brown Band”.

Rory Doherty’s luck seems to be in as he again won the £50 bar credit draw.

There are only 44 left in Last Man Standing with a further 20 exiting the competition after last week’s fixtures, in total 400 have now gone out in just three weeks!

Club News – 22nd September 2015


North-West G.C. One handicapper James Lindsay captured his first ever senior scratch cup title when he lifted the Frylite Ltd sponsored event at Strabane on Sunday past in a thrilling finish that saw a three way play-off to decide the final destination of this year’s trophy. Rainy conditions that prevailed for almost the entire day had made good scoring difficult with the three players in final contention James Lindsay(North-West), Enda Kennedy (Rosapenna) and Kealan Quigg (City of Derry, all tying on a two round total of 143 which was an aggregate of +5. With the light fading rapidly the organisers quickly gathered the trio on the first tee for the deciding sudden death holes, all three players managed par at the first of these with all three attacking looking for the exclusive birdie, at the par three 2nd, all three players played loose tee shots, Lindsay well short at the front, Kennedy in the right hand bunker and Quigg in all sorts of bother on the left side with very little green to aim at, Lindsay was first to play and delivered an immaculate low running chip to three feet, Keelan Quigg tried to play a deft flop shot that just landed short and his ball came back off the side of the green, Enda Kennedy had a difficult shot with the wet sand hard to negotiate and he landed 15 feet short of the pin, Quigg had a valiant attempt at his par hitting the back of the hole with his chip but the pace saw it pop up and just stay out, ten times winner Enda Kennedy then held his nerve to stroke home a tremendous putt to leave two players still in it. Kennedy had the honour at the par 4 -18th hole, choosing to play up the 1st fairway to seek a better angle for his second, he didn’t get far enough right and left himself somewhat blocked out with the green not an option from his position, and with Lindsay driving 15 yards past the days longest drive at that hole all day he was odds on favourite again, especially when the Rosapenna player left his resulting chip from right of the green  10 feet short. James who is resident in Eglington Co. Derry grabbed his chance leaving his 2nd shot 6 feet away and with two for the title at last he got over the line after 5 previous scratch cup play-off losses and one break of tie runner up spot much to the young man’s delight. James a golf scholarship student at Jordanstown University, and also a member at City of Derry Golf club thanked all the organisers, greens-staff and especially his playing partners on the day for the wonderful sporting manner in which the tournament was played in his winner’s speech saying how grateful he was to finally win a Scratch Cup especially after so many previous disappointments, it will surely be the first of many! Narrowly missing out on a place in the play-off was young Jack Madden, who was the defending champion he finished on 144 to take the overall nett prize, with Strabane’s Peter Doherty the runner up in this category from Nicky Patton in third.

Medicare Open Stableford
Last Saturday’s event attracted a large entry with 160 players taking out cards for the season’s last Blue Markers event, thankfully it was played in decent weather conditions. The winner was Billy “Box” Doherty (14) with a great score of 41pts despite registering two blank holes on the outward nine at the 5th and 9th holes, this aside Billy still got to the turn with 20pts with birdies at the 3rd and the 6th holes, and despite a nervy finish he won overall by a single point from Francie Devine (13) the runner-up finishing with closing bogies at the final two holes where a par would have been good enough. Paul O’Reilly runner up the previous Saturday finished third this time with 38pts with veteran Hugo McCusker (11) still playing great golf and taking fourth here also with 38pts, fifth went to Andrew Connolly (9) with 37pts with Paddy Kennedy (3) winning the gross with 34 gross pts, the nines prizes went to Club Captain Pat Corry (11) with 20pts for the outward nine and to James Harron (10) with 21pts for the inward nine. The presentation for this and other recent competitions is this coming Sunday 27th September at 7.30pm.

Thursday Club week 2
Last week’s Thursday club again attracted a large field with 70 players competing, this week’s winner was Hugo McCusker (12) with 41pts, the runner up was Liam McGinley (20) with 40pts and Declan McDonnell (9) in third also with 40pts.The winning non Thursday club member was Aiden O’Neill (19) with a fine total of 41pts. New members are still very welcome to join.

Inter-Club Golf
Congratulations to Sean MacIntyre and his Lawson Cup team who took the overall title in that Tyrone & Fermanagh event after getting the necessary points in their away leg with Castlehume G.C. having already built up an impressive lead in the home leg a fortnight ago. Well done also to Freddie Patterson and his Donegal Junior League team who overturned a 6-1 away leg deficit to advance to this year’s final, Paddy McCrossan the hero firstly winning his own match at the 19th hole and then the overall play-off tie at the 20th hole.

Ladies Golf
The ladies season is also rapidly drawing to a close with just two rescheduled events left on the calendar both of which will be played over 15 holes. Last week’s winner was the fast improving Caren Corry (34) with an excellent round of 42pts, in category one Lorna Duffy (21) followed up her win last week with another prize winning total of 37 pts whilst in Category two Ann Coyle (36) took the prize with 37 pts also.

The final mixed event of the season takes place this Sunday with the Killyhevlin Mr & Mrs Event, there is also a separate mixed event which coincides with this tournament, the first tee is reserved from 1pm -3pm, please adhere strictly to these tee off times.

The tickets for the club dinner on 7th November are booking up well and they are now available to purchase from the club office, music on the night is by the brilliant Lee Roy Brown Band.

In the Last man standing there was decimation last weekend with no fewer than 298 players being eliminated leaving just 64 in contention for the £1000 prize.

This week’s £50 bar credit draw winner was Rory Doherty

Bridge Club News

The new season got under way on Thursday 17th September and will continue every Thursday night.
Bridge lessons will commence on Monday 21st September at 7.30pm.
Contact Garvin or Frankie.

Updated results here

Frylite Scratch Cup – Draw

Frylite Scratch Cup – Draw for Sunday 20th September
Competitors are reminded they should sign in 15 mins before tee off time!!

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Club Notes – 15th September 2015


The clubs lower handicap golfers took the majority of the prizes in Saturday’s Pat Kirk Open Stableford, which for the most part was played in un-forecast dry but blustery conditions, making scoring difficult especially on the outward nine holes, essential greens maintenance work on eight of the greens also added to the difficulty tariff on the day. The winner was the clubs current lowest handicap golfer, playing off two Conal got it round in a brilliant 67 gross which was two under par and converted to 40 stableford points this was made up with 3 birdies one bogey and fourteen pars to claim an unusual nett win for someone of such a low mark! The runner up was Paul O’Reilly (5) who has had a fantastic first season back at the game after a few years absence, Paul also carded 40pts but was narrowly beaten on countback despite a fantastic finish. Gary King (16) finished in third place with a steady 38 pts with Cathal Patton (5) taking the gross prize with 33 gross pts, Mark Brolly (10) was fourth with 38 pts with Martin Rouse (8) taking fifth also with 38 pts, the nines went to Vincent Bradley with 21 pts for the front nine and to Paddy O’Kane (10) with 20pts for the back nine. The presentation for this event will take place on Sunday 27th September at 7.30pm.

Thursday Club
A sure sign of the summer golfing season is coming to an end is the beginning of the Thursday club and it duly got underway on Thursday past with a very good first week entry which is set to increase even more this week.  The winner of week one was Declan Lynch (11) with a very good 40pts, Kieran McAleer (23) took second place with 38 pts with Martin Corry (16) in third with 37pts, this week is another qualifying event over 18 holes, all members are invited to join the Thursday society, the joining fee is only £5 for the entire season!

Monday Club
With other counter attractions this week’s Monday club saw a smaller than normal entry, the winners were Jim Arbuckle, Pascal McGillian, Michael Forbes and Jimmy Duncan with 99 pts.

Ladies Golf
The Tyrone & Fermanagh Ladies betterball team lost their title they had won over the past two seasons in a nail biting finish against Dungannon G.C. Ladies on Sunday past. Trailing 5-0 and 14 holes behind from the first leg the Strabane Ladies never gave up and for a while looked favourites to overturn the huge deficit. They secured two matches early on by large margins to practically wipe out the holes advantage and when the third match on the course also won 3/2 the local ladies looked to be in the ascendancy as they led one up in the first match out going up the last hole and were dormie two up in the last match, however a brilliant up and down on the final green from one of the visiting Ladies saw Dungannon secure a half match and the title, this a brilliant effort from the local ladies who showed great determination and no small amount of grit on the evening and were ultimately very unlucky indeed.

Last week’s Ladies event was the Members Cup and saw a first win of season for Lorna Duffy (21) with an excellent 38pts, the categories went to Mandy Coyne (7) with 36pts and to Caren Corry also with 36pts. The final Wednesday night mixed event took place on Wednesday past with the win going to Lady Captain Monica McGettigan and Denis Porter with 22pts, Lady President Adeline Shiels partnered Maurice McGettigan to the runners up spot with 20pts with Kathleen Hoynes and Foncie McNally third with 20pts.  The closing mixed event of the season will be played on Sunday 27th September with the Killyhevlin Hotel Open Mr & Mrs event, there is also the usual mixed pairs competition which runs simultaneously, the entry sheet for this is now posted and a timesheet that is available between 1pm-3pm for the day.

The rearranged Frylite Senior Scratch Cup takes place this Sunday 20th Sept at the club, entries can be taken up until Friday of this week.

The new game of “Last Man standing” got underway last weekend with a brilliant entry of 444, eighty five of those departed in weekend one. There has been dedicated text number created for entrants to submit their weekly selection, you text 87007-LMS at the beginning of the text followed by your promotors name, your name and then your team.

The winner of this weeks £50 bar credit draw was Club President Frankie Houston. Another attractive draw at the club over the next couple of weeks is a draw for a fourball at Lough Erne including the use of buggies, this is sponsored by our own Lynn McCool with the proceeds going to the Captains Charity.

There is music in the club this Sunday evening at 8pm with Niall Gallagher after the Scratch Cup presentations.

The Club dinner tickets are now available to book from the office or directly from Tommy, it takes place on Sat 7th November, music on the night is by the brilliant “Lee Roy Brown Band” the tickets are £20 and there are limited numbers available so book early!!

Tuesday 15th September – Foyle Hospice Charity – Ladies
Thursday 17th September – Thursday Club
Saturday 19th September – Medicare Strabane Open
Sunday 20th September – Frylite Senior Scratch Cup
Monday 21st September – JJ Monday Club
Tuesday 22nd September – Weekly Competition – Ladies (15 hole)

Photos from BP Day



Photos from this year’s competition on Sunday 6th September



Club News – 8th September 2015


Once again the golfers of Strabane turned out in their numbers for the annual Brian Patton Memorial Day, an event that continues to go from strength to strength with players always keen to show their respect and admiration for one of Strabane Golf Club’s greatest ever players, and one who was always on hand to help others with their game at times when they may have struggled.  In addition to the good home support on Sunday there was also a fantastic entry from Faughan Valley G.C. with no fewer than 51 players from there registering as visitors, many thanks also to the 16 visiting players from Silverwood Golf Club Co.Armagh who also made the journey. The winner on the day was Faughan Valley member Glen Hinds who returned a fine 4 over par round to record a very impressive 42pts, just edging Strabane player Paul Bogle (11) who finished one shot back on 40pts, the same total as Faughan Valley greens-keeper Kevin Hunter (10) who took third with the same total. Strabane’s brightest young prospect Conor Byrne (8) carded a magnificent 23 pts on his inward nine to total 39pts and take fourth with greens convenor Ben Corry (7) in fifth also with 39pts. Enda Kennedy (-1) started with an uncharacteristic blank hole at the first hole but went on to finish on level par to take first gross with Bernard Kelly (4) the runner up in this category with 35 gross pts. The nines went to Johnny Potts and Sean MacIntyre respectively, John McMenamin was the winner of the guests prize with 37pts.
In the Ladies section Mary McCrory was the winner with 36pts with Rosemary Wilson the runner up with 34 pts.
Congratulations to Paul McGill who recorded a hole in one in the event holing out at the par three 7th hole with the perfect 6 iron shot, Paul is the 6th club member this year to have won the coveted Boss hole in one watch.

Bistro 49 September Medal
There was a good entry for last Saturday’s event the Bistro 49 September medal which was won in fine style by Robert Bell (15) with an excellent total of 63 nett in the breezy conditions, Kevin Heffernan (27) was the runner up with 65 nett with the very consistent David Friel (11)  again featuring in third place with 67 nett, the same total as fourth placed Michael Thompson (13) with Martin Patton (12) in fifth with 68 Nett.
There was a first in the category prizes with the afore mentioned 13 year old Conor Byrne taking category one with nett 68 and his dad Hugh Byrne (17) taking category two with the same score, category three was claimed by Gus McCay (21) with 69 nett.  Conal Cooke was the winner of the gross prize with a two over par round, Denis Porter took the over 60’s prize with 69 nett.

With the Thursday Club due to get underway this Thursday 10th September the committee ran an 18 holes Thursday Club sweep last week. The winner was Johnny Potts (22) with 41pts, with Declan Doherty (12) the runner up with 39pts, John Blee was third with 38pts.
All cub members are invited to join the Thursday Club which continues right throughout the autumn and winter months. The entry fee is £5 and then £3.50 per week which includes twos, a full list of Thursday Club rules can be found on the noticeboard.

The Monday Club teams also got underway this week with the first one going to Denis Porter, Jimmy Wasson, Hugh Casey and George Turner with 111 pts.

In club representative golf this week there were mixed fortunes for Strabane. There was an excellent performance from Oliver McNally’s O’Hare Cup team who once again lifted this trophy defeating a good Blacklion GC side 18-16 overall, not such good news for Kieran Martin’s Phair Cup team as they suffered a very heavy 15½ – ½pts defeat in their final against Castlehume GC.
Freddie Patterson’s Donegal Junior Cup team also trail after their semi-final first leg against Gweedore golf club going down by six matches to one at the Donegal venue.

The entry sheets are again posted for the rescheduled Frylite Senior Scratch Cup which is set for Sunday Week the 20th September.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s Ladies event was the Bertie Colhoun Cup and was claimed by Mandy Coyne(8) who is in great golfing form lately.  Mandy’s great total of 39pts added to her recent Lady Presidents day triumph, she ran out the clear winner in this one by an impressive 5 shots from the category winners Catherine Neeson (18) and Mary McCrory (34).

In mixed golf this week the winners were Adeline Shiels and Mark Sharkey who teamed up with Mary McCrory and Brian O’Kane to win the team competition.

Tickets are now on sale for the Club Dinner on 7th November very reasonably priced at £20 there are limited numbers only so members are advised to book early with either the office or directly with Tommy. Music on the night is by the brilliant Lee Roy Brown Band.

The winner of this week’s £50 bar credit draw was Lisa Patton.

Last Man Standing  gets underway this weekend  with all the profits being directed at essential, on course, machinery, all members and guests are urged to participate, the cost is a one off payment of £10 with £1000 to the eventual winner.

Thursday 10th September – Thursday club week 1 -18 holes Qualifying
Saturday 12th September – Pat Kirk Ltd Open
Monday 14th September – Monday Teams week 2
Tuesday 15th September – Ladies Foyle Hospice Charity

Bridge Lessons

Bridge Club


Bridge lessons will commence in the club on Monday 21st September 2015 at 7.00pm.
Anyone interested should contact Frank Houston or Garvin Godfrey

Bridge Club – 17th September 2015

Bridge Club

The Bridge Club will recommence on Thursday 17th September at 7.30pm.
Contact Frankie Houston or Garvin Godfrey for more details

All welcome

Frankie & Garvin will be providing bridge lessons for anyone who is interested commencing on Monday 21 September at 7.00pm.

Club Notes – 1st September 2015


Joe Kennedy (21) was the popular winner of Mr Frankie Houston’s Presidents Prize on Saturday past, which thankfully was played on a beautiful day weather wise.  Joe returned an excellent total of 42 pts, despite a blank hole at the first, Joe had raced to the turn carding 22pts and a further 20pts on the back nine saw him set his winning total that held up for the remainder of the day. Joe, a relative newcomer to the game, expressed his gratitude to the President on the wonderful prize, and then going on to thank all who had congratulated him on his win and added he felt he was inspired from above as he felt his dad Vincent who passed away a fortnight ago was looking down on him and would have been a very proud man at his achievement. The unlucky runner up was Nicky Patton (6) who had put a faultless back nine together of two under playing the last but an uncharacteristic loose drive left him largely blocked out and led to a bogey 5 which ultimately cost him the win, nevertheless his total of 41 pts was excellent golf and only one over par on the day. Garvin Godfrey (13) finished in third place also with 41pts thanks mainly to a very strong finish where he parred the last four holes although he may point to a double bogey 6 at the 14th hole which also may have cost him dearly. Gary King (17) was one of the early starters and his morning return of 39 pts held on to take fourth position with Michael Thompson (14) fifth with 38 pts. Fred McGavigan (4) took yet another gross prize in a fantastic season for him once again, his 33 pts being just enough on the day. The nines went to Jason Gourley (10) with 22 pts for the outward nine and to Mark McCrea (10) who had a similar total for the inward nine.
The President received many plaudits for his excellent post dinner speech thanking everyone who had not only helped him on his big day but throughout his tenure to date.

As a prelude to Presidents Day the Presidents Mixed Foursomes was played on Wednesday past with 26 pairs competing despite the incessant rainy and cold conditions on the night. The winners were Margaret Wolfe and Gerry Casey with 31pts for the 13 holes in play, the runners up were Mary McCrory and Maurice McGettigan with 29 pts with Kathleen Hoynes and Francie Devine in third with 28pts, the gross prize went to Lorna Duffy and Dr Ciaran Kelly.

Saffron Indian Restaurant Open
The final Thursday open event of the season also went to Dr Ciaran Kelly (11) with 38 pts, Ciaran has thankfully bounced back from his recent illness in great fashion, the runner up was Fred McGavigan also with 38 pts with Dr Paul Armstrong (18)  third with 37pts,the gross prize went to Conal Cooke (2) with 32 gross pts.

Bank of Ireland Holiday Open
The final Monday open of the season was also played this week sponsored by the Bank of Ireland Open, the winner was Martin Patton (12) with 38pts, with Fred McGavigan (4) again featuring to take second place with 37 pts, Hugo McCusker (12) took third place also with 37 pts with Paddy Kennedy taking the gross prize with on this occasion with 33 pts.

Last week’s Ladies competition was for the Lady Captains Charity and saw Catherine Connolly (20) take the top prize with 36pts, the categories went to Bernie O’Kane (20) with 35pts and Carole McFeeters who had 35pts in category two.

In club representative golf this week Sean MacIntyres Lawson Cup team had a good first leg final result on Sunday against Castlehume, putting in a very strong finish to secure a 13-3 lead. Oliver McNally’s O’Hare Cup team have a tough task in their final after a narrow 10-6 win over Black Lion G.C and will have to play well in Thursday’s second leg at the Co. Cavan venue. Peter Doherty’s Donegal Senior League team have also advanced beating Portsalon GC. after Conal Cooke won in a play-off at the Donegal venue almost holing his second shot, the match having previously finished level overall at 7 matches each and the teams had run out of time to complete the tie.

The popular JJ’s Monday Club team event will commence on Monday next the 7th September with the Thursday club set to begin on Thursday 10th September. The Thursday club are running an 186 holes qualifying sweep this Thursday 3rd September £3 which includes 2’s.

The timesheet for the Captains Outing to Portsalon G.C. on Saturday 4th October will be posted this weekend

This week’s £50 bar credit winner was Deane Wolfe
Entries are still being taken for Last Man Standing which begins on Sat 12th September.
Tommy has organised the return of the Club Dinner this year on Saturday 7th November with tickets costing £20, music will follow the meal with the fantastic “Lee Roy Brown band” this event is aimed at all members with both the ladies and gents section invited to attend.

Wednesday 02 September – Mixed
Thursday 03 September – Thursday Club
Friday 04 September – Lady Past Captain’s Day
Saturday 05 September – Bistro 49 – Medal
Sunday 06 September – BP Day – Open
Monday 07 September – JJ Monday Club
Tuesday 08 September – Members’ Cup Ladies