Club Notes – 9th August 2016

Our Mixed Foursomes team have advanced to the Ulster final with a great 5-0 win over Cushendall Golf Club on Sunday at Roe Park.  We will meet Mahee Island Golf club in the decider at Shandon Park Belfast on Friday 19th August after the Co.Down club overcame 2014 Ulster champions Rosapenna by three matches to two in their semi-final. Strabane got their noses in front early on in Sunday’s tense encounter at Limavady taking a significant advantage in four of the ties and with the weather conditions worsening as the afternoon progressed their opponents never really looked like turning the match around, a fantastic performance from the entire team with everyone very much at the top of their game. Team captains Senan & Patricia have asked for as much support as possible from club members and supporters for the final in Belfast.
Best wishes also to Mark Sharkey and his Ulster Fourball team who will play their Ulster Semi-Final against Black Lion Golf Club this coming Sunday at the Co.Cavan club.

Pat O’Neill Open
The winner of the Pat O’Neill Open on Saturday was Ciaran Doherty (9) with a brilliant return of 41 pts in blustery conditions, the runner up was Gary O’Connell (10) just a point behind, third went to Michael Kelly (10) also with 40 pts with the very much in form Paul O’Hare (11) in fourth with 39 pts, Martin Rouse (9) took the final nett prize with 38 pts, the gross prize winner was Fred McGavigan (4) with 33 gross pts with the nines going to Gerard McCrory (23) and to Ciaran Murphy (8)

Captains Betterball
The Captains Betterball competition postponed due to the weather was played on Thursday past although for the most part conditions were again poor the winners were Gary O’Connell & Stephen Conroy with an excellent return of 45 pts, the runners up were Gerard Walsh & Stephen Acheson with 44 pts with Damian Carey & Declan Doherty in third place a further point in arrears with 43 pts.
The Thursday open competition sponsored by “Tru Glory” Menswear will now take place on Saturday 3rd September.

Monday Open
There are only three Monday Opens left for this season with the final one the Bank Holiday Open on Monday 29th August. Mondays competition saw Stephen Conroy (10) pick up his first singles win since his recent return to the game his total of 42 pts was two clear of junior starlet Conor Byrne (6) with 40 pts with Kevin McGinley (12) in third with 38pts, Franke Gallagher (8) took the gross prize.

Past Captains & Presidents Day
Terry Doherty was the recent winner of the Past Captains & Presidents day with 42 pts just getting the better of Michael Doyle on break of tie, Oliver McNally took third spot with 41 pts.

Best wishes to our President, Jim Arbuckle who will host his President’s Day this coming Saturday 13th August, there have been a few rearranged later tee-off times to accommodate the Presidents guests from 1pm, regular tee off times after 12.50pm are all pushed back around 45 minutes. Also just a reminder that new members who have availed of membership deals can play on Presidents Day, but cannot win first prize as stipulated in the various joining criteria. There will Music later with a fantastic new up and coming star “David James” admission is free after 10.30pm.
The Presidents Mixed foursomes event has be rearranged for Wednesday 17th August the draw for partners will take place on Friday 12th August.

The new game of “Last Man Standing”gets underway this coming weekend entry is a one off payment of £10 with a £1000 prize to the winner, all members are urged to participate in this essential fundraiser for the club.
This week’s £50 bar tab winner was club Secretary Senan Roarty.

Thursday 11th August – Farmers Home Bar & Off sales (s/f)
Saturday 13th August – Mr Jim Arbuckles Presidents Day
Monday 15th August – Monday Open
Tuesday 16th August – Ladies Open Day – Claire’s Hair Salon
Wednesday 17th August – Presidents Mixed Foursomes

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