Club Notes – 15th September 2015

LOW HANDICAP PLAYERS DOMINATE PAT KIRK OPEN

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!!

Fixtures
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)

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