Club Notes – 27th September 2016


Saturday’s competition the Vivo Stores Ballycolman competition fell foul of the recent wet weather conditions and had to be postponed as the course was badly flooded in the morning and was rightly declared unplayable. This event will now be rescheduled for Sat 15th October.

There was a good entry for week three of the Thursday club which was reduced to 15 holes also due to the wet conditions, this week’s winner was Oliver McNally (19) with 36 pts, the runner up was Dr Paul Armstrong (16) with 34pts just ahead on break of tie from Francie Devine (11) on the same total.  The early pacesetter in the golfer of the year stakes is Neil Conroy with 52 pts from Liam Patton in second with 37pts. Shane McLaughlin currently leads the “King of the 2’s” competition currently with three. New members are most welcome.

Eleven teams participated in this week’s Monday team’s event with the winners being declared as Denis Porter, Jim Wasson, Hugh Casey & George Turner with 83 pts for the 15 holes in play, the runners up were Robert Bell, Oliver McNally and Chris McDermott with 82.5 pts with Freddie Patterson, Ronnie Wiley, Liam Patton and Clarke Klam in third with 81pts.

Some matchplay ties are badly behind schedule an effort must be made to complete these competitions as soon as possible with two of the events only being at the semi-final stages! time is running out as the Winter Cup is set to get underway on Sunday 8th October.

Last week’s ladies event was the rescheduled Members Cup and it went the way of Lauren Patton (16) who made it two wins in a row and both with the same total of 37 pts, category one went to Lorna Duffy (21) also with 37 pts with category two going to Olive Reid (29) with 32 pts. Next Tuesday is the closing competition for the Ladies it’s a 10 holes scramble followed by a presentation buffet at 7.30pm.

Good luck to everyone going to the Captains Outing to Donegal Golf club on Saturday, hopefully we will have a decent day’s weather for the event, the presentations will take place back in the club at approximately 9.30pm.

Club Notes – 20th September 2016

Michael Etherson (13) had the best return of the day in Saturday’s Medicare Open stableford with 41pts which was a great score on a day when the course was playing as long as it can with the soft conditions which prevail, the runner up was the very consistent Mark McCrea (9) with 40pts, student member Alan McGinley (24) took third place on the same total with Martin Elliot (17) playing out of Newtownstewart this year in fourth place with 39 pts, the final nett prize went to Mickey Kelly (9) with a very steady 38 pts, the gross once again went to Mr consistency himself Fred McGavigan (4) with 34 gross pts and with it surely the Golfer of the Year title for 2016, as he has moved on to 115 pts which is 35 pts clear of his nearest challenger the afore mentioned Mark McCrea on 80 pts, there are only two weeks remaining and a total of 40 pts possible for any player to add to their totals, the latter of these being the rearranged BMcNamee Ltd Open on Saturday 8th October, the Saturday after the Captains outing to Donegal Golf club. The nines last Saturday went to Patsy Logue (25) who won the front nine and to Kevin Neeson (10) who took the back nine prize.

Thursday Club week 2
Shane McLaughlin playing in the last four-ball out on Thursday was the winner of week 2 of the Thursday Club with a good total in the conditions of 40 pts.  Shane’s round was all the more remarkable in that he converted no less than three birdie two’s to the delight of his four-ball, I might add, and an early lead in “The King of the Two’s” competition.  The runner up was Neil Conroy (11) who has come on leaps and bounds with his game lately and he was ahead only on break of tie from Charlie Patton (18) on break of tie, despite Charlie’s miraculous chip in at the final hole. The only other player to manage a two on his card on Thursday was Ronnie Wiley.
All members may join the Thursday club this week, it will be played over 15 holes with the “Loop” left out in an effort to rest that area of the course.

Monday Club teams
With the Donegal seniors event on at Murvagh there was a smaller than usual entry for the Monday team’s event, a very close competition ensued however, with the winners declared as Jim Arbuckle, Pascal McGillion, Martin Finlay and Terence McDermott with 101.75 nett, the runners up were Chris McDermott, Robert Bell, Charlie Patton and Oliver McNally with 101.5 nett and third were Denis Porter, Jim Wasson, Hugh Casey and George Turner with 101 Nett

Entries are now being taken for the Leo Kavanagh Memorial Winter Cup sponsored by Sperrin Springs which is set to get underway on Sunday 9th October the fee is £12.50 per player

The Captains outing to Murvagh’s timesheet is at a maximum at present, other players wanting to attend should keep an eye on the board for any cancellations as unfortunately no further times are available at Donegal golf club for the day, Attendees are reminded to have the relevant fee of £40 payed in advance to the Gents box.

Congratulations to Gerard Walsh and his Lawson Cup team who won the Tyrone & Fermanagh title on Sunday past wrapping up their tie with Enniskillen Golf Club, although the games were for the most part close, Strabane got the necessary 4 pts needed early on and the match was called in.
Commiserations however to Shane McLaughlin and his Phair Cup team who really faced an uphill battle in their final with Aughnacloy G.C. having had a very poor first leg home result the team rallied and really looked in the closing stages that they would take the cup, but Aughnacloy got back into the third game on the course to take three points and a five foot missed putt in the bottom match on the last green saw the title go their way, nonetheless a fine effort from the Captain and players of the Strabane team.

This week’s £50 bar credit draw winner was Seamus Flannagan.

Only nine players were eliminated in week 5 of Last Man Standing, week 6 continues this week with the hunt for the £1000 prize.

There is music in the club this Saturday and Sunday with “Me Myself & I” back by popular demand on Saturday night and “Klassix Disco” on Sunday Night at the Vivo Stores Golf and Football presentation night 10pm-12.30am.
Watch out for Conor mcGinty on the  six chair Challenge this weekend on X-Factor where he will be featured ,Conor has played in the club on a few occasions and will be back here next Sunday 2nd October 6pm -8pm with his brilliant one man show, we wish him all the very best in the competition all are most welcome to come along to show their support, there is no admission fee.

Our Christmas entertainment and party Programme is now available on Facebook, the club website and at the clubhouse.

Thursday 22nd September – Thursday club week 3  -15 holes
Saturday 24th September – Vivo Stores Ballycolman Open
Monday 26th September – Monday Teams

Club Notes – 13th September 2016

After a spell of uncharacteristic inconsistent golf Nigel Houston (12) bounced back in great style to take the Claims Assist Insurance Services Open on Saturday at Strabane. Nigel had been out of the game for some weeks with injury so his fine total of 40pts on a difficult day was most welcome, the runner up was Mark McColgan (5) with a fine two over par round that converted to 39pts, Terence McCay (23) was third with a very steady 38pts, fourth went to Philip Miller (22) with 37pts with Mark McCrea (9) taking the final nett prize also with 37 pts.  The best gross on the day went to Sean Forbes (6) with 31 gross pts, the nines went to Joe Kennedy (20) with 21pts for the first nine and to Ciaran Murphy (9) with 20pts for the back nine.
The Thursday Club got underway on Thursday past and we had some fine scoring on the day, the winner of week one was Paul Given (17) with 42pts, Paul is a relatively new member at the club and one who is already showing massive potential, the runner up was the ever consistent Michael Neeson (11) with 41pts with veteran, Danny Duffy (15), in third with 40 pts. The best score of the day was recorded by Brendan O’Neill (24) playing as a non- Thursday Club member he accumulated an eye catching 45 pts. New members are most welcome to join.

Last week’s ladies event was the Bertie Colhoun Cup and it was won by Lauren Patton (16) with 37pts, again in difficult conditions, the categories went to Norma Brogan (15) with 35pts and to Mary Gallagher (31) with 33pts.

The mixed foursomes season is nearing the end of its schedule also. The latest Wednesday evening winners were Margaret Wolfe & Paddy O’Kane with 20 pts, the runners up were Monica McIntyre and Jason Gourley with 18 pts and Marion & Paul O’Reilly in third on the same total.
Our deepest condolences this week are extended to our Lady Captain Anne Sharkey, and the entire Pollock family, on the death of their mother Bridie, Mrs Pollock was laid to rest at St Marys Church Cloughcor on Wednesday morning, may she rest in peace.
This week’s £50 bar credit winner was Kevin Neeson.
Only 141 players remain in contention for the £1000 prize in last man standing after week fours results.

Club Notes – 6th September 2016

There was great disappointment from players and supporters alike on Friday past at Shandon Park, when our mixed foursomes team so narrowly missed out on a place in Saturdays All-Ireland Final in their match with Gort Co. Galway. It is a format of golf where things can change so quickly and nothing can ever be taken for granted and this was certainly the case in Friday’s encounter. Gort had got off to a lightning start and found themselves very much in control in the top two matches 5 up and 4 up at the turn although Strabane were more than holding their own in the other ties. It looked like being the Ulster champions day when Cathal Patton and Heather Mitchell came back in the top match to level proceedings after 16 holes and added to that Conor Sharkey and Bernie O’Kane had also turned their match in their favour coming from 4 down to win the match by 2/1, with the other games nip and tuck Strabane were strong favourites but, as can happen and unfortunately did, the pendulum swung once again and this time very much in favour of the Galway team. They won the first match at the final hole to level affairs and then went ahead when Patrick McCrossan and Lauren Patton lost 2 down at the final hole, Gort had also came surging back from 3 down in match four and they also took that match against Declan Devine and Lisa Patton on the final green, Strabane just failing to make par to take the match to tie holes, the final game with Peter Doherty and Lorna Duffy were 1 up and in good position playing the last hole, however victory had dramatically turned to narrow defeat and Strabane were to leave on the day empty handed although the Ulster Champions pennant will hang proudly in the clubhouse for evermore. Gort suffered defeat in the final then on Saturday when the Leinster Champions Greystones took the overall title with a 3.5-1.5 win, congratulations to them.

There was still a very good entry for Saturday’s rearranged open stroke competition kindly sponsored by new sponsors Tru Glory Menswear Main Street, it also provided the score of the year when Liam Callaghan (15) totally dominated proceedings to return a brilliant 60 nett to win by an amazing five shots, Liam has this year returned to the game and has shown great potential especially in matchplay games but everything went right for him on Saturday reducing his handicap by three shots in the process, the runner up was Kevin Heffernan (18) another player who has improved out of all recognition this season so far losing a total of nine shots of his handicap which is no mean feat in one year, his return of 65 nett just got the better of third placed Colin McCafferty (11) on break of tie, Martin Finlay (20) was fourth with 66 nett with the consistant David Friel (11) in fifth place with 67 nett, the categories went to Declan O’Hare (8) with 67 nett, John McMenamin (16) 67 nett and to George Hunter (23) with 68 nett, the gross prize was claimed by Patrick Kennedy (2) with 74 Gross.

Bank Holiday Monday Open
The final Monday open for the season was played the previous Monday and brought a win for Mark Quinn (13) with 41 pts which was good enough by two points from the runner up veteran Hugo mcCusker (12) with thirty nine with super senior Jimmy Coyle (24) third with 38 pts, the gross winner was visiting player from Canada Paul Doherty.

Thursday Open
Last week’s Thursday open was also the last for this season and it went to Vincent Bradley (19) with an excellent 43 pts a real return to the golf he is capable of for Vincent, the runner up was Kevin McGinley (10) with 41 pts another player on a great late season run of form, Conor McGettigan (9) took third with 39 pts, the gross went to Stephen McCay (5) with 32 gross pts.

Monday Teams
The popular close season Monday teams event got underway on Monday past withy 8 teams entering, the winners were Kevin McGinley, Foncie McNally, Gerry Quinn and Dermot Corry with 112 pts the runners up were Charlie Patton, Ollie McNally, Chris McDermott and Eddie McHugh with 110 pts, congratulations to Charlie who had a hole in one at the second hole.

Lady Presidents Day
Jennifer Rouse continued to dominate matters in the ladies section this week making it four big wins in a row when she added Mrs Rosaleen Dohertys Lady Presidents Prize to, the Lady Captains prize and the Brian Patton Ladies open, this time with an excellent 40 pts playing of 10 handicap, the runner up on the day was Mandy Coyne (8) with 39 pts with Lorna Duffy in third with 36 pts, The category winners were Catherine Neeson, Olive Turner and Caren Corry with the nines going to Mary McCrory and Margaret Duddy.

Mixed Foursomes
The regular Wednesday night mixed foursomes went to Carmel McElwee and Gerard Stewart with 23pts the runners up were Olive Reid and Eric Reid with 22 pts with Mary Duffy and Stephen Donaghey third with 21 pts. The ladies timesheet for their three ladies team event is now posted it takes place on Friday 16th September.

Gerard Walsh and his Lawson Cup team hold a 12.5-3.5 advantage over Enniskillen after the first leg of their final good luck to them in the second leg this weekend. Friday night is presentation night with numerous events being presented please check the noticeboard for further details,a good turnout of winners is requested at 8.00pm