Club Notes – 29th June 2016

OPEN WEEK CONCLUDES AT STRABANE
Open week at Strabane came to an end on Saturday past with the Mark James Menswear Open stableford played off the blue markers. 185 cards were taken out for the event with the win going to Ciaran Murphy (10) who is another player having a very good season to date, his total of 41pts saw him take the win by a single shot from the ever improving Mark Gillespie (15) who with third placed Mark McColgan (6) returned 40pts, John J Duffy (16) took fourth position back on 38pts with Michael Houston (11) again featuring to take the final nett prize also with 38pts.  The gross again went to Eoin O’Neill (4) with a four over par total of 32 gross points, the nines went to Martin Keyes (17) and to Seamus Friel (23) with Foncie McNally (16) taking the over 60’s prize on this occasion with 35pts.
The presentation for this and other outstanding Open Week events will take place on Sunday 3rd July at 8pm, the rescheduled June prize giving takes place on Friday 1st July at 8.30pm.

Special mention to our green-keeping staff who as always had the course in pristine condition for the entire week.

JD Print Open Mixed Foursomes
There was a good turnout of players for last Wednesday’s Open mixed foursomes sponsored by local printing company JD Print. The runaway winners were the pairing off Lisa Patton who teamed up with Frankie Connolly to post a brilliant 41pts, all the more impressive as Frankie has just returned to the game after a lengthy absence due to injury. The runners up some five points in arrears were Debbie McDaid and Mark Gillespie with Lauren Patton and Conal Cooke in third also back on 36pts, the gross winners were Jennifer Rouse and Freddie Patterson.

Murphy’s on the Green Open Stableford
Thursdays competition was the Murphy’s on the Green Open Stableford with 110 players taking out cards, the winner was Matthew Curran (13) with 41pts just getting the better of Sean Elliot (15) on break of tie, Patrick McGranaghan (11) another of our talented up and coming junior players took third place with 39pts, the gross went to Fred McGavigan(4) with a fine one over par total giving him 35 gross points, the best visitor on the day was Ciaran McGuinness (9) with 35pts.

Bertie Colhoun Open Greensomes
The weather unfortunately had taken a turn for the worse decimating the field for Friday’s competition the Open Greensomes, especially the morning and afternoon competitors who had to endure some extremely heavy downpours. The conditions had relented somewhat to allow play to proceed by early evening. The winners were Aidan Boyle and Andrew Connolly with 40pts,which won on break of tie from Peter Doherty and Johnny McGillian.

Donna’s Flowerbox Ladies Open.
The ladies open on Tuesday was sponsored by Donna’s Flowerbox Ltd and, as always, some beautiful prizes were on display for the Ladies branch. The winner with a fantastic total was Bernie O’Kane with 41pts, the runner up with 37pts was Jennifer Rouse, Patricia Kelly took third place with the gross prize going to Margaret Roarty playing out of Narin & Portnoo golf club. The category winners were Lisa Patton, Debbie McDaid and Maeve Corry.

Irish Mixed Foursomes
Our Irish Mixed Foursomes team will play Knock Golf Club in the round of 16, after a great win on Monday past in Dungannon against Co. Cavan Golf club by three matches to two, after looking out of the tie early on the local team fought back brilliantly to take the tie after a win at the 19th hole and then securing a half in the final match to win 1 up in that game and a very narrow win overall.

Congratulations to Gerard Walsh’s Lawson Cup team who made it through to the next round, after a hard fought won against Castlehume G.C.  Gerard’s team will now play Fintona G.C. in the semi-final.

Strabane AFC are hosting a Ladies & Gents Open Stableford on Sunday, again a brand new car is up for grabs for anyone managing to score a hole in one at the 16th hole, entries are through the BRS System, there are many other great prizes also on offer, please support our local Soccer club.

There is an 8o’s themed night in the clubhouse on Saturday night with Klassix Disco, all the proceeds will go to the local Melmount Community Forum who do such great work for the pensioners in our area with regular bus trips and generally looking after their needs, all support would be greatly appreciated you can pay at the door and admission is £5.00

The winner of this week’s £50 bar Credit draw was Jim Malcolm.

Fixtures:
Thursday 30th June – Hugh Harley Memorial Cup s/f
Saturday 2nd July – Foothills Restaurant Open stroke
Sunday 3rd July – Strabane AFC Ladies & gents open s/f
Monday 5th July – Monday Open
Tuesday 6th July – Herdmans Cup Ladies Stroke

Eileen Keery Draw – Ladies

EILEEN KEERY MEMORIAL CUP
28th JUNE 2016 – 18 HOLES STROKE (GOLFER OF THE YEAR)
ENTRY FEE £4
Please swipe card and put fee in the box. All cards must be returned

10am
1 – Isobel Duffy, Lady President Rosaleen Doherty & Sheena Harley
2 – Caren Corry, Rachel Devenney & Mary O’Reilly
3 – Betty Crotty, Kathleen Hoynes & Mary Casey
4 – Madeleine McColgan, Mary McCrory & Ann McCrory
5 – Maureen Gillespie & Mary McGuigan
6 – Olive Turner & Geraldine Quigley

2.30pm
1 – Imelda Doherty, Rita MacLochlainn & Alison Curry
2 – Teresa Casey, Noreen McNally & Mary Gallagher
3 – Margaret Bonner, Carole McFeeters & Ben Friel

4pm
1 – Lady Captain Ann Sharkey, Lauren Patton & Maeve Corry
2 – Olive Reid,  Monica McGettigan & Heather Mitchell
3 – Dympna Doherty, Teresa Logue & Rosemary Wilson
4 – Lisa Patton, Donna Doherty & Catherine Neeson
5 – Patricia Kelly, Mary Duffy & Adeline Shiels
7 – Norma Brogan & Maeve Crowe

5.30pm
1 – Monica MacIntyre, Ann Coyle & Margaret Wolfe
2 – Margaret Duddy, Geraldine McCrory & Jennifer Rouse
3 – Bernie O’Kane & Lorna Duffy

Club Notes – 21st June 2016

RETURN TO FORM FOR BRIAN
Brian Cairns (20) was Saturday’s winner in the Devines Sand & Gravel Open stableford with a great total of 42pts, Brian has seen his handicap move in the wrong direction in recent years making this return to form very welcome, a steady outward nine with 20 pts on his card despite a blank hole at the first set him on his way and 22pts on the inward nine gave him a one point advantage over his nearest challenger Albert McNally (22) another player making a return to something near his best, a six at the last hole costing Albert the overall win. Dermott Corry (15) has featured regularly this season and he took third place also with 41pts, Stephen Acheson (16) took fourth place with 40pts with Paul O’Hare taking the final nett prize also with 40pts, the gross prize went to the undoubted player of the season thus far Eoin O’Neill (4) who got round in one over par, Dr Paul Armstrong (18) took the first nine prize with 22pts with Declan Lynch(8) taking the second nine with 21pts.  The over 60’s prize went to Jim Malcolm (18) with 40pts.

FLETCHER GOLF STROKE
Last Thursday’s event was the Fletcher Golf Open stroke and resulted in a win for the afore mentioned Dermott Corry (17) with an excellent 64 nett giving him a two shot win from runner up James Patton (12) with Patrick McCrossan in third place with 68 nett, the gross on this occasion went to Fred McGavigan (4) with a four over total of 73.

Monday Open
Last week’s Monday Open was won by Michael Houston (12) another player who has featured frequently in recent weeks, Michael just got the better of Paddy Doyle (16) on countback both players finishing level on 42pts.

Gallagher Cup Ladies
Last week’s ladies competition was the Gallagher Cup, unfortunately the early morning weather left conditions almost impossible for the early starters, thankfully conditions had improved significantly for the afternoon players, the winner was Mandy Coyne (8) with a great total of 38pts, the runner up was Geraldine McCrory with 36pts.

The ladies better-ball team have exited this year’s Tyrone & Fermanagh competition losing out on Friday past to Castlehume ladies, trailing 5-0 from the away leg the local ladies went very close to overturning the deficit before going down 4-1.

The men’s Donegal League team have also gone out after failing to overturn their first leg deficit against Ballybofey on Friday night, they won the tie 3-2 but lost out 3.5-6.5 overall.

The final qualifying for this year’s Jimmy Carroll All-Ireland event took place at Omagh golf club last Wednesday, despite a very good performance and some great scores Strabane lost out by a narrow two points overall to Ballybofey who will go on to represent Ulster in the finals.

Liam Curry’s J.B Carr team have it all to do as well after losing out to Rossmore G.C in last Thursdays away leg a 5-0 deficit will be extremely difficult to overcome as they are quite a few holes in arrears too.

Shane McLaughlin’s Phair Cup team have every chance of progressing after last Saturdays away leg at Castlehume golf club they lost the tie 9-7 but should be in pole position to turn that result in their favour in the second leg this Sunday at Strabane.

OPEN WEEK
Open week at the club got underway on Sunday at Strabane and will continue through until Saturday. The opening event was the Frylite Champagne Scramble. Unfortunately the weather had a distinct effect on the level of entries for the competition with persistent rain falling for almost the entire day, nevertheless the format was enjoyed by all that participated. The winners were the mixed combination team of Nicky and Margaret Wolfe, Mark Gillespie and Debbie McDaid with a great total of 99pts an eye-catching 10pts at the 13th hole setting them on their way, the unlucky runners up just one point adrift were Lindsay Boyd, Martin Keys, Paul O’Neill and Brendan O’Neill this quartet only managed two points at the 18th  possibly costing them the win, third place went to Jude O’Neill, Joe Elliot, John Hegarty and Martin McCallion also with 98pts, the longest drive went to Ciaran Murphy and the nearest the pin challenge to Brian Cairns.

GMG LOGOS STROKE
Open week continued on Monday with the GMG Logos Open stroke. Teenager Connor McCool (10) has been having a break from the game in recent months whilst studying for exams, but he came back with a bang to record his best ever total of one over par which was a remarkable 60 nett!!, he played some great golf which included three birdies giving him a runaway six shot win over the runner up Dan Downey (20) with 66 nett, Caolan Crawford (6) finished in third place with 67 nett, Enda Kennedy (scr) took the gross with a one over par total of 70 with Stephen Henderson (9) taking the visitors prize with 69 Nett.

This Sunday night will be the presentation for competitions played so far in June and will also include all outstanding presentations from Open week, all winners should try to be in attendance.

The winner of the £50 bar credit draw this week was Johnny McGillion. There is an 80’s Disco in the clubhouse on Saturday 2nd July at 10pm with “Klassix Disco” all proceeds are going to our local Melmount Community Forum who do such great work locally for the pensioners in our area, admission is £5 and there will be a draw on the night, everyone is most welcome.

Fixtures:
Thursday 23rd June – Murphys on the Green Stableford
Friday 24th June – Bertie Colhoun Open Greensomes
Saturday 25th June – Mark James Menswear Stableford
Sunday 26th June – B McNamee Open Stableford

Club Notes – 14th June 2016

GREAT WIN FOR PAUL

Paul Kavanagh (21) was the clear winner of last Saturdays event the Declan Devine Foods Open Stableford with an excellent return of 43pts, a great first nine which yielded 23pts set him on his way and a steady inward nine with a further 20pts saw him take the win by two points from his nearest challenger the very much in form Gerry Glover (17) back on 41pts, David Mullen(12) who has recently made a return to the game took third place with 40pts the same total as fourth placed Damien McCrossan(19) and fifth placed Andrew Connolly (9).  The gross winner was Eoin O’Neill (4) with 32 gross pts with the nines going to Mervyn Moore (22)with 22pts for the first nine and to Frankie Houston (12) who also had 22pts on the back nine. Jim Potts was the over 60’s prize winner.

N.I.S.S. Local Stableford
Last Thursday’s competition was kindly sponsored by Stephen Kerlin from N.I.S.A. Local Urney Road, the winner was Peter Doherty (6) with an excellent one over par round that added up to 40pts, Peter just got the better of Marty Houston (17) on a break of tie with Aidan Boyle (6) in third place with 39pts, Fred McGavigan (4) was the gross prize winner with 33 gross points.

Monday Open
Last week’s Monday Open was again played in fantastic summer weather, the winner was Mark Gillespie (16) with 40pts, with Michael Houston (13) in second with the same total, third went to Patrick McGranaghan(12) also with 40pts.  Patrick McCrossan took the gross prize with 30 gross pts.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s ladies event was the 02 Challenge Trophy and it went to Mary McGuigan (33) with a super round of 40pts, the category one winner was Catherine Neeson (18) with 37pts with Isobel Duffy (32) the winner in category two with 32pts.

Worcester Cup
There was a great entry for the Worcester Cup qualifying mixed foursomes with 26 pairs taking part. The leading duo were Lorna Duffy and Declan Lynch with 65.5 Nett, two clear of the runners up Mary and Noel McCrory with 67.5 nett, third place went to Adeline Shiels and Nigel Houston with 68 nett. The draw for the matchplay stages is now posted on the notice-board.

Junior Cup
Unfortunately our Junior Cup team lost out to Castlerock last Sunday at City of Derry going down by 3 matches to two, Eoin o’Neill and Stephen McCay were the Strabane winners on the day. Our All-Ireland Fourball team have advanced to round three after completing their tie with City of Derry, holding a substantial first  leg lead Mark Sharkey’s charges duly wrapped up the encounter winning the first match on the course. Our Conway Cup under the captaincy of Declan Doherty had a poor first leg home result against Enniskillen losing out 5.5-10.5.
Gerard Walsh’s Lawson Cup team hold a 11.5-4.5 lead over Castlehume after their first round home leg also played last Sunday.

Open Week
Open week gets underway this Sunday with the Frylite Champagne Scramble, bookings can be made through the B.R.S System.

The winner of the £50 bar credit draw this week was Nicky Wolfe.

Fixtures:
Thursday 16th June – Fletcher Golf S/F
Saturday 18th June – Devine Sand & Gravel Open S/F
Sunday 19th June – Frylite Champagne Scramble
Monday 20th June – GMG Logos Stroke
Tuesday 21st June – Donna’s Flowerbox Ladies open
Wednesday 22nd June – JD Print Open Mixed foursomes
Thursday 23rd June – Murphys on the Green S/F
Friday 24th June – Bertie Colhoun Open Greensomes
Saturday 25th June – Mark James Menswear Open S/F

Gallagher Cup – Ladies Draw

GALLAGHER CUP – 14th June 2016
GOLFER OF THE YEAR
18 HOLE STABLEFORD
ENTRY FEE £4
Please swipe card and put fee in the box.   All cards must be returned

10am
1 – Shauna Stewart, Imelda Doherty & Kathleen Hoynes
2 – Abbey Maxwell, Isobel Duffy & Sheena Harley
3 – Olive Turner, Betty Crotty & Geraldine Quigley
4 – Caren Corry & Maureen Gillespie
5 – Mary McGuigan & Maura MacBeth

2.30pm
1 – Alison Curry, Mary Gallagher & Phyllis Gallagher
2 – Betty Kelly, Lady President Rosaleen Doherty & Celia Russell
3 – Ben Friel & Carole McFeeters

4pm
1 – Norma Brogan, Monica McGettigan & Geraldine McCrory
2 – Lisa Patton, Maeve Crowe & Teresa Logue
3 – Lauren Patton, Rosemary Wilson & Olive Reid
4 – Catherine Neeson & Heather Mitchell
5 – Catherine Connolly & Maeve Corry

5pm
1 – Mandy Coyne & Margaret Duddy
2 – Jennifer Rouse & Lorna Duffy

5.30pm
1 – Bernie O’Kane, Margaret Wolfe & Ann Coyle

Club Notes – 7th June 2016

scratch cup 027STOTHERS WINS FRYLITE SCRATCH CUP AFTER A PLAY-OFF

It took a three holes play-off, in tropical like conditions, to decide the destination of this year’s Frylite Ltd Senior Scratch Cup after Strabane’s Patrick Kennedy and Tandragee golf club’s Jamie Stothers tied on a two round total of 172, both players had returned level par 69 after the mornings play and when Patrick Kennedy posted a total of 73 for his second round the pressure was on the Co. Armagh player who was already four over par playing the 15th hole, however he stepped up to the challenge and returned pars at his final four holes just missing out on a birdie at the final hole to win outright, this send the competition in to an aggregate three holes shoot-out.
Both men matched each other at the first two holes but both found a bit of bother at the 18th hole, Jamie driving towards the heavy bush on the left side of the hole but gaining a most fortuitous bounce out to the semi-rough which in the end up may have given him the win despite hitting the left greenside bunker with his second shot. Patrick had hooked left to the left side of the 17th semi-rough and unfortunately for him thinned his next shot over the green from a heavy lie leaving a near impossible chip back, as it turned out Stothers took five at the hole but this was good enough to take the title, although disappointed the local player was full of praise for his opponent in the play-off, Kennedy without doubt played the best golf of the day from tee to green but found no luck whatsoever over the two rounds with his putter. There was much praise for the winner from all quarters and thanks too for travelling to participate in the event, this being the 23yr olds first ever Senior Scratch cup win. Third place on the day went to last year’s winner and defending champion James Lindsay North-West G.C. with ten times winner Enda Kennedy rallying superbly in his second round to finish fourth overall, Enda’s score of 72 being the best total returned in the afternoon, City of Derry’s Peter Hasson took fourth place with Kealan Quigg also from City of Derry in fifth,6th place went to Cathal Patton. The first round gross prize was picked up by Niall Carroll from Athlone G.C. with Wes Lindsay from Belvoir Park G.C. was the second round gross winner. In the nett section all the prizes went to local players with Rory Doherty a most popular winner having played some fantastic golf especially in the afternoon where he returned nett 66, the runner up in this section was Ryan McGowan with Paul O’Reilly third, Declan Lynch took fourth with Connor Meehan in fifth, special word of praise for young Connor, who returned a brilliant nett 64 in the morning, a young player who is another outstanding prospect for the future, Eoin O’Neill was sixth nett with Barry Patterson winning the first round nett and Competition Co-ordinator Damian McGranaghan the round two nett winner.
Jack Madden won the longest drive which was again sponsored by Tommy Forbes.  Frylite Managing director Eamon McCay was present to make the presentations and thanked all who participated in this, his company’s 9th consecutive year to sponsor this event, he especially thanked all who travelled to be there on the day, there was much praise for our greenkeeper Paul McFadden and his team for the truly wonderful presentation of the course and to the competition Damian McGranaghan and his hard working team for all their work in making things run so smoothly on the day.

McHughs Oil Medal
179 players took out cards for Saturday’s McHughs Oil sponsored monthly medal event. The winner was Eugene Patton (24) with a fine 62 nett despite a nervy finish Eugene held on to pip Patrick Kennedy (3) to the top spot, a brilliant round of 63 nett from Patrick which contained 15 pars and three birdies.  Jim Potts (18) finished fourth also with 63 nett with Brian Forrester (17) in fourth also on the same total, Paul Gallagher (9) took the final nett prize with 64 nett. The categories went to Ben Corry (7) with 65 nett, Francie Devine(12) also with 65 nett and to Rodney Dolan (24) with 64 nett. Eoin O’Neill (5) kept his great season going to take the gross prize with a two over par 71 gross.

Northern Confectionary Stroke
There was an excellent turnout of 115 players for last Thursday’s Northern Confectionary Open Stroke event , the winner was Hugh Byrne (17) with an super total of 63 Nett, Hugh works tirelessly on his game and it’s great to see the hard work paying off for him, the runner up was Jimmy Henderson (27) with 64 nett with Jim Harley (20) in third also withy 64 nett, Conor Sharkey (6) took the gross on this occasion with a three over 72 gross.

Ladies Golf
Catherine Neeson (18) topped the leader-board in last Tuesday’s ladies event, the Eileen Devine Memorial with a good score of 70 nett, with Geraldine Masterson (32) in second place with 72 nett.

In last week’s mixed competition 16 pairs turned out with the winners being all husband and wife combinations coincidentally they all finished on the same total of 33 pts over the 15 holes in play. First were Noreen & Oliver McNally, the runners up were Rosaleen & Cahir Doherty with Patricia and Ciaran Kelly in third.

Congratulations to our All Ireland Mixed Foursomes teams who defeated close neighbours Newtownstewart G.C at Ballybofey Golf club on Friday past to book their place in the hat for the open draw next round after a titanic tussle, finally securing the win by three matches to two after Peter Doherty and Lorna Duffy won at the 21st hole.

Patricia Kelly’s Intermediate Cup Team made a strong start in their home leg against North-West winning 4.5-0.5.  There was a fine performance from Mark Sharkey’s Ulster Four-Ball Team on Friday night securing a 5-0 and 20 holes advantage over City of Derry in their second round match.
Terry Doherty’s O’Hare Cup team lost out to Enniskillen G.C by 11-6 after the away leg last week and will hope to overturn that deficit in the home leg next week. Good luck to our Lawson and Conway Cup teams who are in action on Sunday in the home leg of the respective matches.

The winner of this week’s £50 bar credit was Liam McDevitt.

Players are reminded that the new B.R.S. System is in use throughout the week, to secure your tee-off time simply book your time, as registered times on the system will have preference on the tee!

Fixtures

O2 Challenge Draw – Ladies

O2 CHALLENGE – 7th JUNE 2016
GOLFER OF THE YEAR
18 HOLE STABLEFORD – ENTRY FEE £4
Please swipe card and put fee in the box. All cards must be returned

10am
1 – Lisa Patton, Isobel Duffy & Maureen Gillespie
2 – Olive Turner, Mary Casey & Ann McCrory
3 – Madeline McColgan, Imelda Doherty & Betty Crotty
4 – Mary McCrory, Mary McGuigan & Kathleen Hoynes
5 – Caren Corry, Mary O’Reilly & Celia Russell

2.30pm
1 – Alison Curry, Noreen McNally & Carole McFeeters
2 – Ben Friel & Teresa Casey
3 – Mary Gallagher & Rita MacLochlainn

4pm
1 – Jennifer Rouse, Heather Mitchell & Maeve Crowe
2 – Norma Brogan, Adeline Shiels & Geraldine Masterson
3 – Lauren Patton, Maeve Corry & Teresa Logue
4 – Catherine Connolly, Monica McGettigan & Patricia Kelly
5 – Catherine Neeson, Geraldine McCrory & Mary Duffy
6 – Lady Captain Ann Sharkey & Olive Reid

5pm
1 – Mandy Coyne, Bernie O’Kane & Debbie McDaid
2 – Lorna Duffy & Margaret Wolfe

5.30pm
1 – Carmel McElwee & Monica MacIntyre