Club Notes – 23rd August 2016

All Ireland Mixed Team

There was much cause for celebration on Friday night at Strabane Golf Club when the Irish Mixed Foursomes team became Ulster Champions defeating Mahee Island Co.Down in a titanic encounter at Shandon Park Belfast, finally coming out the three matches to two winners. Play had initially been delayed for 30 mins due to the weather conditions, and when matters got underway, Strabane made a relatively slow start and trailed in three of the matches through halfway, our opponents continued to lead in the opening two ties and were 2-0 up in the match winning 4/3 and 2/1in those games.  The local side quickly levelled things when Conor Sharkey and Bernie O’Kane closed their match out 4/3 and that was quickly followed by a win for Declan Devine & Lisa Patton winning 4/2, all eyes turned to the final tie where Pete Doherty and Lorna Duffy were very much back in contention having been two down through 11 holes, but a great run from the Strabane pair saw them two up after 15 holes winning four in a row, a chance was missed at the 16th to take the match but the pair made no mistake at the 17th hole, Peter launching a thumping drive straight down the middle from where Lorna got him to the apron of the green, Peter decided to putt rather than chip and left his effort right on the edge of the hole to spark off great celebration in the Strabane camp and a place in the All-Ireland Finals back at Shandon Park next Friday, 2nd September, where they will represent Ulster and play Gort Golf Club from Co.Galway.  This is in fact the second time in seven years Strabane have taken the title with only one survivor on the side from 2009, hopefully there will be plenty of support for the team in Belfast in their quest to bring home a first ever All-Ireland title to the club.

All Ireland Fourball
Strabane just missed out on Sunday in another Ulster Final appearance this time in the All-Ireland Fourball Ulster semi-final against Black Lion Golf Club from Co.Cavan.  Trailing 4-1 after last week’s away leg Strabane quickly put two matches on the board firstly with an emphatic 7/6 win followed by a 4/3 win. It was three matches soon after with a 2 up win in match three.  In match four our pair were 1 down playing the 17th but a par there from our opponents saw them put a mark on the scoreboard, all attention then turned to the final match where Strabane were two up through 14 holes, and a two holes win would be good enough to send Mark Sharkey’s charges through, however, they lost the 15th hole and were only 1 up playing the 17th, the match was then levelled when the Co.Cavan player struck home a 30ft birdie putt, Strabane needed to win the final hole to send the match into a play-off but unfortunately it wasn’t to be as the hole was halved in five and it was Black Lion that were through to the Ulster Final at Roe Park in a fortnights time, commiserations to the entire team a great effort over the summer was put in by all with many memorable and successful encounters.
In other Inter Club competitions Shane McLaughlin’s Phair Cup team have it all to do losing out by 10.5-5.5 after the first leg of their final played at home, although the matches were close their opponents Aughnacloy Golf Club will feel they have already one hand on the trophy.  Freddie Patterson’s Donegal Junior team had a convincing win over Buncrana winning 5-0 but will still need to win a match at the very tricky Inishowen links to advance.

Special mention this week for our young golfing starlet Conor Byrne who won the Munster Under 14’s Boys Championship at Tipperary Golf Club, the only player on the day to go under par out of the 110 strong field returning a brilliant one under round.











Valerie Manning Club Championship
Domestic matters were to the fore on Saturday with the prestigious Club Championship 2016 up for decision, it eventually went to a very deserving winner in Fred McGavigan (4) a player who again this year has been a model of consistency and his level par round on Saturday was good enough to take the title by one stroke from his playing partner Patrick Kennedy.  Third went to Mark McColgan with 72 gross. In the nett section Stephen Conroy (9) has come back to the game with a bang and his stunning 62 nett was the outright winner in this section by three points from his playing partner Gary O’Connell (8) with 65 nett, third place went to the very much in form Kevin McGinley (10) with 66 nett. The nines on the day went to Sammy Devenney (21) and to Paul Bogle (12).

There was a good turnout for the Thursday Open kindly sponsored by FMC Accountants, the winner was Rory Doherty (10) who returned to single figures with a good 40pts, Paul O’Reilly (5) was the runner up with 39pts with Kevin Gallagher (15) in third with 38pts, Keith Patterson was the gross winner on this occasion with 32 gross pts.

Monday Open
This week’s Monday Open was the penultimate one of the season and it went to Ronnie Wiley (12) with 40pts, Jonathan McGillion (23) was the runner up with 39pts with Paul O’Reilly (5) in third this time with 38pts, Eoin O’Neill (5) took the gross prize with 32 gross pts.

Ladies open Sponsored by Claire’s Hair Salon
There was a quite stunning score in the Claire’s Hair Salon Ladies Open event on Tuesday past when Marion O’Reilly (24) got round in eleven over par to post an incredible 49 pts.  Marion has only recently returned to the game and what a way to announce it, she was the clear 13pts winner from the runner up Catherine Neeson (16) with 36pts with Debbie McDaid (36) third with 35 pts, the gross winner was Mandy Coyne with the categories going to Norma Brogan, Monica McGettigan and Ann McCrory, the nines went to Mary Gallagher and to Mary Duffy.

Presidents Mixed foursomes
The Presidents Mixed Foursomes was finally played on Wednesday with Geraldine Masterson & Senan Roarty the winners with 23pts over the ten holes in play, the runners up were Mary Duffy & Ciaran Kelly with 22 pts with Patricia Kelly & Foncie McNally in third with 20 pts, the gross prize went to Norma Brogan and Pat McAneny.

The winner of the £50 bar draw this week was Conor McCool, there is music in the clubhouse on Sunday night with Kieran McColgan 10pm-12 midnight when the presentations for the Brian Patton Golf Day will take place.

Thursday 25th August – Saffron Restaurant Open
Saturday 27th August – Strabane Training Services Open
Sunday 28th August – Brian Patton Day
Monday 29th August – Bank Holiday Open
Tuesday 30th August –  Mrs Rosaleen Doherty’s Lady Presidents Day

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