Club Notes – 17th May 2016

Super Going by Eoin.
A superb two under gross round which transferred to 44pts gave teenager Eoin O’Neill (6) a great win in the Oysters Restaurant Open Stableford last Saturday. The season’s best entry to date 198 players took cards out for Saturday’s event with the condition of the course reflecting the beautiful weather that had prevailed throughout last week. One over par to the turn Eoin picked up birdies at the 11th & 12th holes and finished in fine style having recorded a trio of threes for his last three holes reducing his handicap to a new low for him of 4.8. As well as the winner played he needed every point as the runner up Dermott Cairns (18) finished only a single point behind him a great round from Dermott who seems to have sorted out a few problems with his game of late and will be glad to be reducing his handicap again. James Patton (14) also found a bit of form to take third place despite a blank hole at the 16th hole he managed to accumulate 24 pts on the inward nine to finish on a total of 41pts, Neil Conroy (12) has been having a brilliant season so far and he also returned 41pts to take 4th place just ahead of Stephen Whyte (15) on the same points total. The gross went to the ever reliable Fred McGavigan (4) who was just one over par in recording 39pts, the nines went to Paul O’Reilly (5) and to John Hegarty (18) respectively. Many thanks to Kevin Clarke at Oysters Restaurant for again sponsoring the competition the fifth occasion he has done so.

Charlies Bar Strabane
The inaugural running of the Charlies Bar Open stableford took place last Thursday with in excess of 100 cards being taken out on another fine day for golfing. The winner was Keith Patterson (7) with 41pts, a one under par second nine that included an eagle three at the par five 10th hole set up his win. Neil Conroy (13) was the runner up three points of the winners pace with 38pts with Oliver Creswell (12) in third, again on 38pts, the gross on this occasion went to Peter Doherty (5) with 31 gross points.

Habinteg Team Scramble
31 teams took part in last Fridays Habinteg Housing Association teams scramble, again played in beautiful conditions, the winners were a team from Portsalon Golf Club – Sean McCormack, Johnny Strain, Brian O’Reilly and Cathal Toland with 56 nett, the runners up were Ben Corry, Eamon McCay, Ciaran Duffy, and George McCay with 56.9 nett.  The best mixed team were Denis Porter, Kevin Keegan, Maurice McGettigan and Monica McGettigan, the top all ladies team were Norma Brogan, Anne Sharkey, Dympna Doherty and Adeline Shiels.

Monday Open
This week’s Monday Open went to visiting player Brendan Gallagher (16) with 39pts, a fantastic 25pts being recorded on the back nine to give him the win on break of tie from young club starlet Conor Byrne (8) with Shay Callaghan (7) third with 37 pts, Peter Doherty (5) again took the gross this time with 32 gross points.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s Ladies event was the Curtis Cup and went the way of early morning starter Shauna Stewart (13) with 37pts, the categories went to Lady Captain Anne Sharkey (19) and to Geraldine Masterson with 34pts.

16 pairs took part in last Wednesday’s mixed competition with Adeline Shiels & Nigel Houston the winners with 35 pts over the 15 holes in play. The runners up were Annette Patton and Liam McGinley with 33 pt, third went to Mary and Noel McCrory with 32pts.

In Club representative golf, this week there were mixed fortunes for our teams, on a positive note our Irish Mixed Foursomes have qualified for the first matchplay stage, where they will meet Sunday’s hosts and leading qualifiers Newtownstewart G.C., the date and venue are yet to be decided.
Mark Sharkey’s Ulster Fourball side have advanced to the second round with a win overall against Armagh G.C. also on Sunday past, trailing by four matches to one from the away leg they reversed that score line at home and ran out the winner by a narrow margin of 5 holes.
Mark Brolly’s Ulster Cup team however did not fare so well, having held a 5-2 first leg score line in their favour they went down 6.5-0.5 at Templepatrick G.C. although it was much closer than the result would suggest as they lost no fewer than 3 matches on the final green.
Declan Doherty and his Conway Cup team had an excellent first leg win at Aughnacloy G.C taking a 10-6 advantage into the home leg this Sunday.
Well done also to the clubs Jimmy Carroll team who made the first step in defending their All –Ireland crown in this event by qualifying comfortably in first place at the recent qualification day at Ballybofey golf club recently.

This week’s winner of the £50 bar credit draw was Shane McLaughlin.
Don’t miss “A Night at the Races” on Friday 27th May being organised by the local drama group the “Lifford Players”, please show your support by attending.

The new B.R.S. in place at the club is, to date, running very well.  Members should access it for all singles competitions to reserve your time, not only for a Saturday, but for a Monday and Thursday as well.  Once you have booked in that is your designated time for that day, so please use it, as it will ensure you of preference on the tee in that allotted slot.

Fixtures:
Thursday 19th May – T.Oscar Rollins Stableford S/F
Saturday 21st May – Strabane Golf Shop – stroke
Monday 23rd May – Monday Open
Tuesday 24th May – Mac Millan Cancer Charity Event – Ladies
Wednesday 25th May – Mixed Greensomes

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