Club News – 27th October 2015


The season’s final qualifying competition was played on Saturday last attracting a decent sized entry of 130 players. Best of the day was Albert McNally (24) with a great total of 42pts from the white markers and losing three shots of his handicap in the process, the runner up was Paul McGill (7) a point back with an excellent 41 pts which was just two over par gross, the highlight of Paul’s round was the accumulation of three birdie twos at the 7th, 12th & 16th holes.  Paul O’Reilly (5) kept his good form going taking third place with 39pts in this one. Paddy Kennedy (3) was the gross winner with a three over par 33 gross points and the nines went to Paul O’Neill (15) and to Dr John Etherson.

The previous Saturday 17th October had a reduced entry due to the very heavy early morning fog that lingered until midday, however 89 cards were still taken out which was creditable in the conditions. The winner was Martin Keyes (19) with a fine total of 41pts which was good enough by four clear shots from the runner up, one handicapper Conal Cooke who got round in level par. George McCay (17) finished third also with 37 pts, Paddy Kennedy had again taken the gross prize this time with 31 gross points.

Thursday Club
Week 6 of the Thursday club was won by Oliver McNally(18) with a fine 37pts over 16 holes, the runner up was Ronnie Wiley (11) with 34 pts with Liam McCool (20) in third also with 34 pts. There were only 4 two’s on the day.
In week seven of the Thursday club played last week over 15 holes the competition was dominated by left-handers! First was Francie Devine (12) with 36 pts, the runner up was Declan Doherty (12) also with 36 pts with Chris McDermott in third also playing of 12 with 35 pts to make up the trio of prize winning lefthanders. The early leader in the golfer of the season is Foncie McNally with Freddie Patterson the leader in the “King of the twos”.
Congratulations to John Blee who is the first Thursday club member to record a hole in one in this terms play, holing out at the par three 8th hole with a perfect five iron shot. Play this week is over 16 holes with the 15th & 16th holes omitted.

Monday Club
There was a great entry of 11 teams for this week’s Monday club competition with the winners being declared as E McHugh, S White, O McGettigan & L McGinley with 90 pts, the runners up were C McDermott,  K Keegan,  O McNally & C Patton with 87pts, third went to  S Taylor, G Gordon, J Malcolm & K Gallagher also with 87pts

Congratulations to Freddie Patterson and his Donegal Junior League team who overturned a 6-1 away leg at Portsalon Golf club to record a resounding 7-0 win in the home leg on 17th October and take the title for the first time, well done to all involved.

Tickets remain on sale for the club dinner dance on Saturday 7th November music with the brilliant “Lee Roy Brown Band” they are priced at an attractive £20. This event is for all our members and should be supported if at all possible, it should be a fantastic night at the club, get your tickets at the club office as soon as possible.

Strabane Radio online are hosting their fourth birthday party on Thursday 12th November at the club in a fund raiser for our local Community Search and Rescue Team, there are 14 great country acts on the bill at a cost of only £10 per ticket, they are currently on sale at the club bar and office.

This week’s £50 bar credit winner was Brian Forester. There are only 11 players left in last man Standing, all still in contention for the £1000 first prize.

Finally on a sad note, our deepest condolences are sent to the family and friends of the late Derek Fletcher who passed away suddenly this week, Derek is the older brother of office secretary Carole, may he rest in peace.

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