Club Notes – 29th March 2016

BUSY OPENING WEEK AT STRABANE GOLF CLUB

The new golfing season got underway last weekend at Strabane Golf Club with a busy opening weekend. Saturdays event was the traditional season opener The John Kelly Stableford, named in memory of one of the clubs greatest ever golfers. The best return of the day was recorded by Martin Gormley (14) with 40pts in extremely testing conditions, although thankfully we did well to miss the worst of “Storm Katie” she sent a gentle reminder around 2pm in the afternoon when winds and hail battered the course for a 15 minute spell resulting in many players retiring early with badly twisted umbrella’s to the comfort of the clubhouse, Martin Gormley however prevailed through it to top the leader-board from a shot from the next four players, Kevin Heffernan (25) has been improving rapidly and it was no surprise when he posted 39pts with 24 of those coming in the inward nine to take the runners up position, Noel McCrory(16) was an early starter and he posted 39pts also to take third, on break of tie from Franke Gallagher (9) with Declan Doherty (18) in fifth also on the same total, the gross went to Fred McGavigan (4) with a three over par round of 33 gross pts, the nines went to Don Callan (22) who took the opening nine and to Kevin Gallagher who was best on the return nine, in total 155 cards were taken out on the day.

Thursday Club week 10
The Thursday club has reached week 10 in the second half with now only four weeks remaining to play at home before the final day to Donegal Golf club on Thursday 28th April, the timesheet for which will be available from this Thursday from the committee. The latest winner was Seamus McPhilemy with a very good 34 pts over the 15 holes in play, the runner up was Noel McCrory with 33pts nett with Neil Conroy finishing third with 33 pts, the Golfer of the year table is headed by Kevin Heffernan who has a commanding lead of 24 pts from Foncie McNally in second. Freddie Patterson seems to have the “King of the Two’s title in the bag currently on ten and four clear of his nearest rival.

Good Friday Sweep
The final competition played of the winter tees was held on Good Friday and resulted in a win for relative newcomer John McCallion (25) with an excellent total of 42pts and two clear from the runner up Dermott Corry (16) with 40 pts John Doherty took third with 39 pts and Nicky Patton the gross with 32 gross pts.

Bank Holiday Monday Open
Brian Forrester (18) took the Bank Holiday Monday open with 42pts, a winner by one from Declan Devine (11) with Michael Neeson (11) in third place with 39pts, Nicky Patton again took the gross prize with 31 gross pts on this occasion.

Tickets remain on sale for our big 70’s night on Sat 16th April at the club with tributes to Smokie and the Bay City Rollers, tickets are very reasonably priced at £10.

All outstanding fees for the 2016 season should be paid no later than Friday 1st April.

The new club shop is now up and running and looks fantastic, a real plus for the club, there are many great opening bargains to be had in golf clothing, shoes & clubs.

The new Fixture book is now available at the clubhouse, the timesheet is posted for the Sion Swifts Ladies Champagne Scramble team event with £1000 in prizes up for grabs, all members are welcome to play with any combination of ladies & gents being permitted.

Fixtures
Thursday 31st March – Thursday Club week 11 -16 holes
Saturday 2nd April – Caffe Fresco Open   Book on BRS,through the club website)
Monday 4th April – Monday Teams
Tuesday 5th April – Breast Cancer Care-Ladies
Wednesday 6th April – Opening Wed night mixed.

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