Club News – 22nd September 2015

LINDSAY WINS FIRST SENIOR SCRATCH CUP

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

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