Club News – 3rd May 2016

Conor wins “Sweeno McGinty’s Open”
The inaugural running of the Sweeno McGinty’s Bar Open stableford was held at Strabane on Saturday, the winner was 5 handicapper Conor Sharkey who rediscovered a bit of form to take the win posting an early total of 39pts that was never matched for the remainder of the day. Conditions were breezy throughout with a few extremely heavy hail showers early on leaving decent scores at a premium, this added to the lightning fast greens and near impossible pin placement on the 18th the three players that did manage to beat par on the day had to play extremely well to do so. Conor started in fine fashion with an opening birdie three but then uncharacteristically dropped five shots over the next three holes, however he steadied the ship to birdie the sixth hole and never looked back shooting 12 consecutive pars to top the leader-board. The runner up on the day just one point behind was Stephen Donaghey (13) a great run saw him score 22pts for the back nine and only a bogey at the final hole saw him miss out on top spot. Third went to last Saturday’s winner, Paddy O’Kane (8), who is definitely one to watch at present a fine second nine of 21pts catapulted him through the field, fourth place went to the ever improving Mickey Arnold (16) the best of four players with 36pts, Damian McGranaghan (7) took the final nett prize also with 36pts, Nicky Patton (6) took the gross prize with 30 gross pts with the nines going to Oliver McNally (18) with 21 pts for the outward nine and Peter Etherson (21) with 21pts for the inward nine. The presentation for this and other events held in April will take place in the clubhouse this Friday evening at 8-30pm sharp.

Tennents Bank Holiday Open
Monday’s Bank Holiday Open saw no let-up in the recent wet & windy conditions with only the winner John McMenamin (18) managing to break par on the day returning an excellent 38pts, this was a notable double for John who on the previous night, with his daughter, danced his way to success in the Strictly weekend at the Fir Trees hotel.  The runner up on Monday was young Patrick McGranaghan (13) who continues to improve, his total of 36pts was two in front of Dermot Corry(16) in third, with the gross going to Mark McColgan(6) with 26 gross pts. This competition was reduction only with the C.S.S. going to 33pts reflecting the difficulties faced on the day.

Thursday Club Final Day
This year’s Thursday Club final day was held at Donegal Golf club at Murvagh with 75 players travelling in total. Again the conditions were far from ideal in a breezy biting cold morning and afternoon. Declan Doherty (12) however put all of this aside to return an eye catching 42 pts a great score over the links course, the runner up was Pascal McGillion (24) with a very steady 39pts with Kevin Gallagher (17) third with 38pts just getting the better of Kevin McGinley (11) on countback, Freddie Patterson (8) took fifth with 37 pts. In total there were 25 nett prizes, only two 2’s were recorded on the day one to Thursday club visitor Brian Kelly and to Liam Patton who eagled the par 4- 17th hole to scoop the entire Thursday Club two’s fund pot. Many thanks to Donegal Golf club for the great hospitality shown to our party, we look forward to the Captains Outing back there on Saturday 1st Oct.

Well done to Aidan Boyle and his Jimmy Bruen team who qualified for the matchplay stages of that G.U.I. event on Sunday at Letterkenny G.C. they will now meet Ballybofey back at Letterkenny Golf Club in the coming weeks. Best wishes to Mark Sharkey and his Ulster Fourball side who are in action in Armagh this coming Sunday, and to Paddy O’Kane and his Pierce Purcell team who are in Newtownstewart at their qualifying event also on Sunday.

Ladies Golf
The ladies first open of the season was kindly sponsored by Mark James Menswear, there was a relatively good turnout again in tough conditions, the winner was Adeline Shiels (24)with 37pts just getting the better of Mary McCrory (30) on countback, third place went to Heather Mitchell (21) with 36pts with the gross going to Mandy Coyne (7),the category winners were Lisa Patton, Rosemary Wilson and Annette Patton with the nines prizes going to Margaret Wolfe and Carole McFeeters. Only one “2” was recorded this by Lisa Patton at the 16th hole.

The mixed foursomes is now underway with last week’s winners being declared as Margaret Wolfe and Gerry Casey with 29pts over the 13 holes in play, the runners up were Patricia and Dr Ciaran Kelly also with 29 pts with Debbie McDaid and Donal Cairns third with 27pts.

Please Note
Members are reminded that if you are not able to play on a Saturday you must remove your name from the time slot through the B.R.S. system, failure to do so will see payment for that event still taken from your card!

Fixtures:
Thursday 5th May – Topaz Open (Tee booked 12 noon-2pm)
Saturday 7th May – Sports Centre Open
Monday 8th May – Monday Open
Tuesday 9th May – P.G.A. Tankard – Ladies
Wednesday 10th May -Mixed foursomes
Friday 13th May – Habinteg Housing Association Open Scramble

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