Club Notes 2nd August 2016

CAPTAINS PRIZE FOR CATHAL

captains day b brolly 032Five handicapper Cathal Patton was a very popular winner of Mr Brian Brolly’s Captains Prize on Saturday with a winning total of 67 nett, Cathal is still recovering from a major work related injury that put him out of the game for an entire season but the grit and determination he has shown to get back playing to his own very high standards speaks volumes for the man and the countless congratulations and best wishes that have come his way with this great win are all richly deserved. There had been an element of confusion on the day with actual overall finishing positions, as for the first time all our new membership categories had been allowed to participate on the day although the rule that only a premium rate category member or O.A.P. rate can win first prize on both, Captains Day and indeed Presidents Day, although all members could compete for all the other great prizes up for grabs on the day. Second season member John McCallion (21) has been making huge inroads into the game of golf and he continued his fantastic season with an eye-catching total of 62 nett on Saturday which saw him awarded second place and his handicap reduced to 18 a fact he was most delighted about, John is certainly a player to watch out for in the coming years. Also in this category was third placed Sean Elliot (13) who, with his huge power of the tee, got round in 65 nett, again, Sean has been having a great season since his return to the game and I’d say another player destined for single figures in the not too distant future.
Paul Given (18) is also a new category member with huge potential, and he had his best round to date on Saturday to capture fourth place with 67 nett, veteran Hugo McCusker (12) always a model of consistency took fifth place with 68 nett. Patrick Kennedy (2) took the gross prize on Saturday with a fine total of one over par continuing his great season to date, the nines went to Jimmy Henderson (25) who won the outward nine and to Paul Bogle (12) who took the inward nine. The winner of the Captains guests prize was Fred McGavigan (4) with 37 pts with Marc Brolly (10) second with 36 pts. Gary O’Connell took a great double at the final hole not only winning the longest drive but also winning the nearest the pin on his way to a tap in birdie putt. In his speech the Captain thanked everyone who had helped him throughout his tenure to date and to all that had given up their time on the day and had helped in anyway.

Captains Mixed Foursomes
Twenty seven pairs participated on Wednesday evening for the Captain’s Mixed Foursomes with Debbie Mc Daid and Conor Sharkey the winning duo with 34pts for the 15 holes in play, this was a notable double for Debbie who two weeks previous had teamed up with Oliver McNally to win the Lady Captains Mixed event. In second place on Wednesday also with 34 pts were Monica Mc Gettigan and Patrick McCrossan with third place going to Carole Mc Feeters and Senan Roarty with 32 pts, Lisa Patton and Danny Duffy were the winners of the gross prize. The Captains better-ball that had been scheduled for last Thursday was postponed due to heavy rain and will now be played this Thursday 4th August.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s Ladies event was the Captain’s Prize to the Ladies, the winner was this year’s Ladies Captains prize winner Jennifer Rouse (12) with 71 nett an excellent total in the inclement weather conditions that prevailed throughout the day, the category one winner was Lady Captain Anne Sharkey (19) with 72 nett with Caren Corry (30) winning category two with 78 Nett.

Monday Open
Monday’s Open competition went the way off 14 year old Conor Byrne (6) with a fine two over par round that equated to 40pts, the runner up was Adrian McLaughlin (11) with 38pts, Adrian was a great winner last week at Slieve Russell golf club winning their midweek open with a fine 41pts, third on Monday was Paul O’Reilly (5) also with 38 pts. Fred McGavigan won yet another gross prize to add to his collection with 31 gross points.

Great week for Inter-club events for Strabane.
Mark Sharkey’s All-Ireland Fourball have advanced to the Ulster Semi-Finals where they will play Co.Cavan club Blacklion after they completed their second leg quarter final tie with Carnalea G.C. on Sunday past getting the required 2.5 matches up on the board, the match was then called to a halt with two matches still on the course. The match was played in a tremendous spirit with each of the teams enjoying each others wonderful hospitality.

In Tyrone and Fermanagh ties it was also a great week for Strabane, on Monday Night Gerard Walsh’s Lawson Cup team won their tie with Fintona Golf Club by 14.5 – 1.5 pts overturning last Fridays away leg result of 14 – 2 to win by the narrowest of margins, a tremendous fight back in a very exciting game of golf. Also advancing to the final are Shane McLaughlin’s Phair Cup team who were also in action against Fintona on Monday night in their away leg having been well ahead from the first match they wrapped up the tie but not without a scare or two from their opponents on the night. Good luck to both teams in their respective finals.
Best wishes also to Patricia Kelly and Senan Roarty the joint Captains of our  All-Ireland Mixed team who play in their Ulster Semi-Final on Sunday at Roe Park golf club Limavady, where their opponents will be Cushendall Golf club from Co.Antrim.

The £50 bar credit draw winner this week was Sean Sweeney, the next game of Last Man Standing is set to get underway on the first weekend of the new premier season with a £1000 guaranteed first prize.

Many thanks to all who purchased in our latest fundraising draw the winners were as follows:
1st Prize Lucy Connolly
2nd Angelee Barr
3rd Brian Rabbett
4th Cliona O’Hagan
5th Jacqueline Elliot
6th John Duffy
7th Aidan Boyle
8th Peter O’Neill
9th Joe McNamee
10th Denis McCrory.

Fixtures:
Thursday 4th August – Captains Better-Ball
Saturday 6th August –  Pat O’Neill Open
Monday 8th August – Monday Open
Tuesday 8th August – Lady Presidents Charity
Wednesday 10th August – Donegal Senior Alliance 8am-3pm
Wednesday 10th August – Presidents Mixed foursomes from 5pm

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