Club Notes – 16th August 2016

President's Prize Declan O'HareDeclan O’Hare (9) was the winner on Saturday of Mr Jim Arbuckle’s Presidents Prize with a total of 40pts, a great score on the day with all agreeing that the course was playing to its maximum length with fairly soft conditions due to the continued wet spell of weather, that said however, the course was presented in its usual pristine condition with the greens immaculate as always. Declan started his round with three successive bogies but steadied the ship to reach the turn with 21pts and a run of four closing pars was good enough to take the day’s beautiful first prize just eclipsing the runner up Joe Doherty (19),who, despite a double bogey six at the 17th hole amassed 21pts on the back nine to finish on 39 pts, the same total as third placed Michael Neeson (11) who had also ran into bother at the penultimate par 4 hole. Fourth went to early morning starter Marc Brolly (10) also with 39 pts, the final nett prize went to Francie Devine (11) with 38 pts, Patrick Kennedy was the gross winner with 35 gross pts, a notable double for Patrick as he had two weeks previous taken the gross prize on Captains Day. The nines went to Johnny McGillion (23) with 22 pts for the outward nine and to Brian Cairns who had 23 pts for the back nine, the Presidents guests winner on the day was Pat Corry (11) with 35 pts. The President thanked all who had endeavoured to keep the club running so successfully throughout his tenure and thanked all the members for their good wishes on his day.

Farmers Home Open Stableford
Kevin McGinley (12) was the impressive winner of last Thursdays Farmers Home Open Stableford with a fine total of 43pts which was good enough by three points on the day from runner up Oliver Creswell (12) and from third placed Jim Harley (19) also with 40 pts. The gross went to Ryan McGowan (6) with 32 gross pts.

Monday Open
This week’s Monday Open went to Caolan Crawford (6) with 40pts which was a winner by three points from the runner up Adrian McLaughlin (11) with 37 pts and Kevin Heffernan (18) third with 36 pts, Peter Doherty (5) took the gross prize.

Team News
Mark Sharkey’s Ulster Fourball team were in action at Black Lion Golf Club Co.Cavan on Sunday against very formidable opponents, they came away with a 4-1 defeat on the day with Gerry Quinn and Eddie McHugh putting the point on the board for Strabane, the second leg is at home this Sunday with all to play for with the prize an Ulster title decider next month, good luck to all.

Best wishes to our Mixed Foursomes Captains and team who this Friday take on Mahee Island Co.Down at Shandon Park Belfast, in the Ulster Final hopefully as many members as possible will make the trip to lend their support.

Good luck also to Shane McLaughlin’s Phair Cup team who play their first leg of the Tyrone & Fermanagh final on Sunday against Aughnacloy Golf club. Members should note that next week’s Brian Patton day is booking up fast and you should reserve your time on the BRS System.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s ladies event was the Lady Captain’ss Marie Curie Charity competition,the winner was Lady Secretary Maeve Corry (22) with 35 pts, category one was won by Adeline Shiels with 32 pts, with Olive Reid taking category two with 35 pts.

There was a small entry for the weekly mixed event due to the terrible weather conditions, the best on the day were Carole McFeeters and Foncie McNally with 25 pts.

“Last man Standing” got underway at the weekend with around 200 players falling at the very first hurdle, the £50 bar credit winner this week was Albert McNally.

Thursday 18th August – FMC Acountants Open S/F
Saturday 20th August – Valerie Manning Jewellers Club Championship (S)
Monday 22nd August – Monday Open
Tuesday 23rd August – Ladies Foyle Hospice Charity.

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