Club Notes – 21st June 2016

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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