Club Notes – 9th May 2016

Stephen wins Sports Centre Open

Once again trying weather conditions were encountered by Saturday’s golfers for the Sports Centre Open, which was played from the blue tees. The incessant rain that prevailed throughout the day settled in from mid-morning and never relented making good scoring almost impossible. Best to handle the conditions was Stephen Donaghey (12) who has been having a fine early season as he continues to improve his game rapidly, Stephen’s total of 39pts was highly unlikely to have been matched, nineteen to the turn and a very steady inward nine registering another twenty and a card that featured two birdie two’s at the 7th & 12th holes saw him take top spot in this long established competition. Runner up was early morning starter Pat McGuigan (21) with an excellent 38pts total despite a nervy finish that saw a few extra points get away from him, nevertheless a fine total on the day. Third place went to Mark McCrea (10) with 37pts, again out early in slightly more favourable conditions, Mark recorded a best of the day 22pts for his second nine.  Paul Kavanagh (22) took fourth nett also with 37pts, with Eddie McCrea (17) taking fifth, one of six players to score 36pts.  Conal Cooke(2) took the gross prize with a three over par round of 33 gross points, the nines were claimed by Michael Houston (14) with 21pts to the turn and Nicky Patton (5) who had 19pts for his back nine, despite the awful conditions 156 players in total entered the event.

TOPAZ OPEN
The first Thursday Open of the new season was played on Thursday last with relative newcomer Rodney Dolan (25) topping the leaderboard with 39pts, again the conditions had dictated that good scoring would be at a premium, the runner up was Marty McDermott (4) with 37pts just getting the better of Neil Conroy (13) on countback, Jordan Arthur (6) took his first gross prize in some time with 30 gross points.

Our Pearce Purcell team, under the captaincy of Paddy O’Kane, narrowly missed out on qualification at Dunfanaghy Golf Club on Sunday despite a good showing by all the pairs on the more difficult second nine, the team only missed out by a single shot overall.

Mark Sharkey’s Ulster-Fourball team are still in with a strong shout after their first leg tie with Armagh Golf club also on Sunday past, they unluckily went down by four matches to one at the away venue, Paul Kavanagh & Brian Forrester securing what could be a vital win for Strabane, the second leg is this coming Sunday at 12 noon.

Ladies Golf
Margaret Wolfe (35) has been a regular winner in mixed foursomes competitions in recent weeks, but last Tuesday she did it all on her own to take the ladies event the “Camus Cup” in fine style, an eye-catching 63 nett giving her a comfortable seven shot win over her nearest challenger, Lady Captain Anne Sharkey(19) who took category one with 70 nett, category two was claimed Geraldine McCrory (31) with 72 nett.

Last weeks mixed greensomes was played over 15 holes with Heather Mitchell and Aidan Boyle the winners with 34pts, Bernie O’Kane and Dr Ciaran Kelly were runners up with 33 pts and Lauren Patton and Conor Sharkey took third with 32 pts.

Best wishes to our Irish Mixed Foursomes team who are at Newtownstewart Golf club this coming Sunday for the qualifying competition there.

The winner of this weeks £50 bar credit draw was Lauren Patton.
There is a night at the races planned by The Lifford Players in the clubhouse on Friday 27th May everyone is most welcome to come along and show your support.

Fixtures:
Thursday 12th May – Charlies Bar Open
Friday 13th May – Habinteg Housing Association team scramble – Time-sheet in operation
Saturday 14th May – Oysters Restaurant Open (s/f)
Monday 16th May – Monday Open
Tuesday 17th May – Georgina Gregg – Ladies.

Finally this week on a particularly sad note, on Saturday past, Strabane Golf club lost one of its most loved and respected members as we learned of the death of our former President Jimmy Duncan. Jimmy had been ill for a few weeks with serious heart trouble but after major surgery we had all hoped he was on the road to recovery but, alas, this was not to be as he had suffered a major setback early last week and sadly passed away on Saturday afternoon. Some members of our club will never be forgotten and Jimmy Duncan certainly fits into this category, an endless worker in every task he undertook. He was delighted to be asked to become club president in 2008, a task he undertook in his own humble fashion, going to and attending as many matches and functions as possible and always there when called upon, he was the convenor of our Monday Club teams event where he had succeeded John Christy.  Jimmy was a regular here on Friday nights where he assisted Declan Doherty with our very successful punters club, another role he enjoyed immensely. Maybe above all Jimmy Duncan was one of life’s true gentlemen, a friend to everyone with whom he encountered, no one ever had a bad word to say about him, he was truly a wonderful character and friend to so many. Our most sincere condolences are extended to Jimmy’s wife Marie and his entire family circle on his passing, the fairways of Strabane Golf club will be never be the same without Jimmy’s famous shining “Jimmy-mobile” Golf buggy, may he rest in peace. Jimmy was layed to his rest on Tuesday which would have been the occasion of his 77th birthday.

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