Club Notes – 28th September 2015

TRIPLE CROWN FOR FRED

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!

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