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!

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