Golf Notes – 30th May 2017


The severe change in the summer conditions on Saturday threatened to derail Saturday’s competition the McHughs Oil Stableford, as had been predicted the heavy rain arrived early morning and remained for most of the day decimating the entry and the number of completed cards. Joe Doherty (20) seemed to ignore the conditions however returning an excellent 41pts, in the worst of the days elements, Fred McGavigan (4) was another who wrapped up and got on with it to shoot a fine one over par round which converted to 39pts giving him second place on the day on break of tie from Seamus Flanagan (28) in third and Brian Forrester (16) in fourth, the final nett prize some three points in arrears on 36 pts was Eddie McHugh (17), Paddy Kennedy (2) claimed the gross prize with 32 gross points with the nines going to Dr John Etherson and Michael Doherty, Enda McDonnell (22) won the over 60’s category with 35pts. The presentation for this and other recent competitions is this coming Friday 2nd June at 8.30pm sharp.

Tennents Stableford
Last Thursday’s completion in contrast was played in mediterranean like weather conditions with on course temperatures soaring to 30 degrees. Francie Conwell (16) playing in the very last four-ball of the day claimed top spot with an excellent return of 42pts, which was good enough by three from the runner up Freddie Patterson (8) with 39 pts and Conal Cooke (3) who got it round in level par to take third place also on 39pts. The gross prize went to Patrick McCrossan (6) with 28 gross points.

Bank Holiday Open
Lewis Jones (13) was the winner on Monday of the Bank Holiday Open with an impressive 42pts, the runner up was Liam Callaghan (12) with 41pts with Mark Sharkey (20) in third with 40pts, Stephen Conroy (6) took the gross on this occasion with 33 gross points.

Ladies Members Cup
Margaret Wolfe (31) was the convincing winner of the Ladies members cup on Tuesday with a fine score of 42pts, the category winners were Mandy Coyne (7) with 38 pts and Donna Doherty (32) with 38ps also.

Worcester Cup
The leading qualifiers in the Worcester cup mixed foursomes on Wednesday were Annette Patton and Ronnie Wiley with a great score of 48.0 nett which led the field home by a massive four shots from the runners up Monica and Sean MacIntyre with Margaret and Nicky Wolfe in third on 52.5 Nett. The full list of qualifiers and fixtures is on the men’s noticeboard.

Team’s news
Eddie McHugh’s All Ireland Fourball team hold a 4-1 advantage over Co. Cavan golf club after Sunday’s first leg played at Strabane, there is no doubt there is still work to be done in the second leg which takes place this Sunday in Cavan.

Our Jimmy Bruen team have progressed to the next round of that competition having just got the better of Faughan Valley G.C. at City of Derry on Friday night past. The first two matches were beaten but Strabane staged a good fight back to take the remaining three games the final one on the last green.

The Ladies Tyrone and Fermanagh Better-ball team suffered a heavy defeat at home on Sunday going down 4-1 to near neighbours Newtownstewart G.C.

Martin Rouse’s Donegal Junior team took lost 3-2 on Saturday to Letterkenny golf club a result that gives them a good chance of qualifying for the next round with the home leg to come on Friday 16th June.

The winner of this week’s £50 bar credit draw was Gerard Patterson, the winner of the Shop Lotto Draw for the golf bag was Lewis Jones.

Thursday 1st June – Charlies Bar Stableford
Saturday 3rd June – Foothills Restaurant Stableford
Monday 5th June – Monday Open
Tuesday 6th June – Ladies Day-Eileen Devine Stroke
Wednesday 7th June – Mixed Foursomes.

Club Notes – 23rd May 2017


Several competitions took place over this past week at Strabane with 175 cards being taken out for Saturday’s stableford event sponsored by J.A.Gamble & Co Ltd. The best of the day was set in the early morning by Sammy Devenney (20) with an excellent 42pts which was equaled but not bettered for the remainder of the day, Sammy winning on break of tie with a brilliant 23pts on the inward nine 13 of which he scored on the final four holes! The unlucky runner up was John Duddy (16) another player to hit some great form off late, John may well look back on two front nine blank holes on his card over the front nine that cost him the win. Third went to John McCallion (17) with 39pts, with Dan Downey (15) featuring in the prizes again in fourth, also with 39pts, the final nett prize went to Stephen Donaghey (11) with 38pts.  The gross was picked up by Cathal Patton with 34 gross pts and the over 60’s prize to Liam McGinley (20) with 38pts, Johnny McCrea (24) took the first nine prize with 21pts with John White (26) winning the best back nine with 24pts.

As always there was a very good turnout for the annual Habinteg Housing Association open scramble with many great prizes up for grabs. The overall winners were Michael Kelly, Gary King, Ciaran Patton and Roddy Campbell with a total of 53.7 nett, the winners in the men’s section were Declan Doherty, John Doherty, Paul Bogle and Francie Conwell with 54.3 nett, second were Mark Gillespie, Nicky Wolfe, Martin Patton and James Patton with 54.4 nett. In the ladies section the winners were Geraldine McCrory, Heather Mitchell, Catherine Neeson and Ann McCrory with 61.7 nett.  The best mixed team were Paddy O’Kane, Margaret Wolfe, Gerry Casey and Debbie McDaid with 58.9 nett. The organiser Dr Paul Armstrong thanked everyone for again supporting the event with a special thanks to the many sponsors especially the competition main sponsor “The Pharmacy” Lifford. A full list of prize winners is available to view on the club facebook page.

There was an excellent midweek entry for last week’s T.Oscar Rollins stableford played last Thursday, with in excess of 100 playing on the day a quadruple break of tie was required to separate the top four. The winner was another player in a rich vein of form Declan Doherty (9) with 39pts, another player on top of his game at present is Gerard Bradley (18) and he was declared  the runner up, third went to Patrick McGranaghan (7) with Caolan Crawford (5) the gross winner with 34 gross pts.

Monday Stableford
The winner of this week’s Monday Stableford was Billy Doherty (16) with 41pts, runner up was Hugh Byrne (14) with 40pts with Rory McColgan in third with 38pts,  Conal Cooke (3) was the gross winner with 34 gross pts.

Mixed Foursomes
Well done to our Irish Mixed Foursomes side the current Ulster Champions who were leading qualifiers on Sunday at Omagh Golf Club with an impressive total of 281, this led the way by 6.5 shots from the host club Omagh.  Strabane will now play Newtownstewart back at Omagh in the matchplay stages.

In other club representative golf Marc Brollys Ulster Cup have exited this year’s competition going down to a very good Castlehume side on Saturday past.

In last Wednesday’s mixed event Margaret Wolfe and Paddy O’Kane combined to lead the way with 30pts over the 13 holes in play, the runners up were Annette Patton and Francie Devine with 27pts the same total as third placed Patricia Kelly (Lady Captain) and Oliver McNally. The Worcester Cup qualifying has been switched to this Wednesday night 24th May, pick your own partner.

The winner of last Tuesday’s Ladies day competition The Georgina Gregg was Monica McGettigan (24) with 71 Nett, the category winners were Jennifer Rouse (10) with 73 Nett and Mary Gallagher (31) with 74 Nett.

Congratulations to 13yr old Oran Donaghy(30) who recorded a hole in one last week in the junior competition holing out at the par three 16th hole from the men’s tee ,a great feat for someone so young!!

The outright winner of the last Man Standing £1000 prize was Ciaran Martin who selected Swansea to win on Sunday, the seller was Marc Brolly, thank-you to all who supported the competition.

The £50 bar credit winner this week was Billy Doherty.

There is brilliant Entertainment in the club this Bank Holiday weekend with David James making a return on Sunday night supported by Klassix Disco, the doors open at 9pm with David on stage at 10.30pm, admission is £4.00.

The next presentation night will be Friday 2nd June at 8pm sharp, please indicate on the noticeboard if you can or cannot attend.

Thursday 25th May – Tennents Stableford
Saturday 27th May – Mc Hughs Oil Stableford
Monday 29th May – Bank Holiday Open
Tuesday 30th May – Macmillan Cancer Relief
Wednesday 31st – Mixed Foursomes

Club Notes – 16th May 2017


Playing in the first fourball on the course on Saturday morning Mark McCrea (8) posted the winning score of nett 64 in the Golf Club Shop Stroke event, his total was equalled but not bettered throughout the day, Mark’s score was probably all the more remarkable as he played in the days worse conditions, with early morning rain prevailing for the entirety of his round.  Mark reached the turn in a decent total of four over par but turned it on in the back nine recording birdies at the 10th & 13th holes whilst conceding only one shot to par at the 17th for a one under par back nine total. Saturday’s unlucky runner up was John McMenamin (17) another player who has improved his game rapidly this season, with Patrick Kennedy (3)in third place with an excellent return of one under par on the day that converted to 65 nett, fourth went to another in form player Martin McGeehan (19) with 66 nett with Hugh McGinley (26) taking his first nett prize in fifth place also with 66 net. Saturday’s gross prize winner was Cathal Patton (6) with 73 gross. The categories went to Paul Gallagher (9) with 69 nett in category one, Eddie McCrea (17) with 67 nett in category two and to Sammy Devenney (21) with 70 nett in category 3.  Many thanks to Freddie Patterson at the club shop who kindly sponsored this event.

Seamus Duffy Golf Academy.
Almost 100 cards were taken out for Thursdays competition the Seamus Duffy Academy Stableford, the winner was Mark Gillespie (15) another player who has improved significantly this season.  Mark has devoted much more time to his golf since his cricket retirement last year, on Thursday he posted his best round to date with an eye catching 44pts which was good enough by one from the runner up Patrick O’Doherty (22) with Conor Sharkey (6) in third with 41 pts which was only a single shot over par on the day, the gross prize was picked up by Peter Doherty (6) with 32 gross pts.  

Monday Stableford
With a major deterioration in the weather there was a mediocre entry for Mondays Stableford event, but it went the way off Mark Gillespie once again, now playing of his new handicap of 12 his 37 pts was good enough by two from his playing partner Nicky Wolfe (9).

Commiserations to Paddy O’Kane and his Pierce Purcell team who narrowly failed to qualify for the matchplay stages on Sunday beaten on countback for fourth place by the host club Killymoon on Sunday at the Co.Tyrone venue. Mark Brolly’s Ulster Cup team trail 5-2 after their first leg second round match with Castlehume golf club, they will endeavour to overturn the deficit in the home leg this Saturday afternoon.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s Camus Cup winner was Heather Mitchell (22) with 66 nett, the category winners were Anne Sharkey (18) in category one with 69 nett and Caren Corry (29) with 69 nett in category two.

13 pairs played in last Wednesdays mixed foursomes event were Rosaleen and Cahir Doherty with a fantastic total of 29 pts for the ten holes in play, the runners up were Carmel McElwee and Freddie Patterson with 24 pts with Debbie McDaid and Liam McDevitt in third with 23 pts.

The Worcester cup qualifying in the Mixed will be played on Wednesday 31st May. 

Best wishes to our Mixed Foursomes team, the current Ulster Champions, who will be at the qualifying heat at Omagh Golf club this coming Sunday.

This week’s winner of the £50 bar credit draw was John McMenamin.

This Sunday will see the finale of the Last Man Standing competition with four players still remaining, all four advanced from last weekend’s fixtures with a winning selection, if there is no outright winner the £1000 prize will be shared between the survivors!

Thursday 18th May – T.Oscar Rollins S/F
Friday 19th May – Habinteg Open Scramble
Saturday 20th May – JA Gamble & Co Ltd
Monday 22nd May – Monday Stableford


Club Notes – 9th May 2017

Paul McGill (6) kept his good Winter form going in brilliant conditions to take the Sports Centre sponsored competition on Saturday past with 40pts, one of three players on the same total.  Runner up Aidan Boyle, also playing of six, had the same back nine total as the winner but the competition was decided on a break of tie on the last three holes, a stand out birdie 3 at the par 4- 17th hole just getting the winner the verdict in an extremely close call. Third went to the very much in form Liam Patton (15) who had got to the turn with 23 pts and he too birdied the 17th hole whilst compiling his 40pts.  Fourth place went to Gerard Bradley (18) another player producing good scores, he had 38 pts with the final nett prize going to David Irvine (10) also with 38 pts.  The gross winner was Patrick McCrossan (6) with 30 gross pts with the nines being claimed by Declan McDonnell (10) with 20 pts for the front nine and to Stephen Alexander (19) with 20pts for the back nine, John Duddy (14) took the over 60’s prize with 36pts.

Dan Downey (16) playing the very last fourball on the course took the first Thursday stableford competition with an excellent total of 42 pts, veteran Jimmy Coyle at 87 years of age, had led the way for most of the day with 39pts, taking into consideration this event was played from the back white markers Jimmy’s total was a remarkable one indeed an ageless competitor who always gives it his all in any conditions, Well done Jimmy!  Third place on the day went to another veteran Jim Malcolm (18) with a very tidy 38 pts, Connor Meehan took the gross prize with 30 gross pts.

Ladies open teams.
The winners of the Strabane Electrics Open teams were Dympna Doherty, Imelda Doherty and Carole McFeeters, the runners up were Jennifer Rouse, Catherine Connolly and Marion O’Reilly, further congratulations to Marion who recorded a hole in one at the 12th hole, third place went to Geraldine McCrory, Catherine Neeson and Heather Mitchell.

Mixed Foursomes
There were 14 pairs for last week mixed foursomes event played over 10 holes, the winners were Geraldine Masterson and Francie Devine with 26pts with Annette Patton and Freddie Patterson the runners up with 24pts, third went to Rosaleen and Cahir Doherty with 23pts.

Pride of place in team events goes to Aidan Boyle and his Jimmy Bruen side who led the qualifyers home at Ballycastle on Sunday, topping the leader board by an incredible 9 shots despite having to endure thick coastal fog for much of the duration of their round, the stand out performance on the day went to Ryan McGowan and his partner Paul Bogle who got it round in three over par despite dropping three late shots, Strabane will now meet Faughan Valley back at Ballycastle in the next couple of weeks.

Well done also to Eddie McHugh and his All Ireland Fourball side who have advanced to the next round of that competition with a comfortable overall win over Banbridge.

The Last Man Standing competition still goes on with none of the four remaining players picking a winning side last weekend, all four are readmitted to battle on for the £1000 prize. The £50 bar credit draw this week was won by Liam Doherty and the lotto ball for the Adidas shoes went to Liam Patton.

Music in the clubhouse this Saturday night with Sharon Nixon at 10.30pm,Don’t miss the brilliant David James back with us on Sunday 28th May at 10pm

Thursday 11th May – Seamus Duffy Golf Academy Stableford.
Saturday 13th May – Golf Shop Stroke -sponsored by Freddie Patterson
Monday 15th May – Club Competition 18 holes Stableford.
Friday 19th May – Habinteg Open teams scramble.

Club Notes – 2nd May 2017

Strabane Ladies Win National Title
Many congratulations to our Ladies branch this week as their team representing Tyrone won the inaugural National teams title at Killeen Castle Co.Meath, the team were Lady Captain Patricia Kelly, Anne Sharkey, Mandy Coyne, Lauren Patton and Geraldine Masterson, the team have been invited back to defend the title next year.

Farmers Home & Off Sales
New member Liam Doherty (24) picked up his first win at Strabane at the weekend taking the Farmers Home & Off Sales stableford event with a highly impressive 44pts in very windy conditions.  Liam got to the turn with 21pts despite a blank hole at the 4th, and came back with an excellent 23pts with some very steady golf giving him a three point margin from his nearest challenger, John Blee (14), who also carded 23 pts on his inward nine holes, third place also with 41 pts came the very consistent Martin Gormley (14) with Liam Patton (15) in fourth with 39pts.  Pat O’Neill (15) kept his great run going to take fifth place also with 39pts.  The over 60’s prize on Saturday went to Michael Doyle (21) another player with 39 pts, the gross prize went to Cathal Patton (5) with 31 gross pts with the nines going to Kieran McAleer (23) and Declan McDonnell (10).  Many congratulations to Michael Kelly and to Colin McCafferty, who both recorded a hole in one in this competition and both at the same hole, the par three 7th, incidentally both players also used an eight iron for their perfect shot!  Colin’s feat was all the more pleasing as it was his first and on the occasion of his 50th birthday.  The presentation for this and other recent competitions will be this coming Friday night 5th May at 8pm sharp.

Bank Holiday Monday Open
Conditions were superb with the course really coming in to its own for Monday’s Bank Holiday Open which was won by junior player Patrick McGranaghan (8).  Patrick’s game has really moved on since he recently got to single figures and is a young golfer with a great attitude and huge potential and he’s one who seems very dedicated to the sport, Patrick got round with 40pts which was good enough by one from the runner up Alan McGinley (19) another student member who is improving rapidly this season, third place went to Martin Houston (16) also with 39 pts with the gross prize on this occasion going to Conal Cooke (2) with 32 gross pts.

Thursday Club Final Day
Sixty eight golfers travelled to the beautiful Donegal Golf Club last Thursday for the final day of the Thursday Club series. The course was in excellent condition although the prevailing north-west wind made scoring very difficult on the day. The winner was Pat O’Neill with 35pts, with Eugene Patton the runner up with 34pts, third went to Jimmy Callan with Jim Harley in fourth place. The brilliant nett prizes went right down to 26th place, the first of the visitors on the day was Ronnie Young with 34 pts with Seamus Flanagan the runner up, Ronnie Young also had the only visitors two on the day. The other two’s were recorded by Paul O’Hare, Brian Kelly and Francie Devine who shared the £100 two’s pot. The Captain, Pat McAneny, thanked all the players for making the entire Thursday Club such a successful event, Donegal Golf club for their fantastic hospitality and Tommy Forbes, the Thursday Club convenor for all his work.
The popular Habinteg Housing Association will take place on Friday 19th May, players may now book their times online using the BRS system through the clubs website page, this is always a very popular fundraiser and you are advised to book early.

Ladies Golf
The winner of last week’s Lady Captains Charity event was Jennifer Rouse (9) with 34pts, the category winners were Monica McGettigan (24) with 33 pts and Margaret Wolfe (32) also with 33 pts.

The mixed foursomes winners were Anne and Mark Sharkey with 24 pts.

The clubs Last man standing competition is really getting to the business end of things as regards the £1000 prizemoney with only four players remaining in the hunt.

Last week’s £50 bar credit winner was Joe Doherty.

It is expected that placing on fairways will cease after this weekend please watch for notice on Facebook or on the noticeboards.

The Seamus Duffy Golf Academy will begin properly this Friday 5th May from 2pm with a tutorial and get together in the Caricklee room with professionals Seamus Duffy, Michael McGeady and Sean Devenney.

There is a charity night in aid of “Inspire” in the clubhouse this coming Saturday night with music from local artists and DJ Mickey Ferry with a late bar.

Upcoming events include Saturday 13th May “Sharon Nixon band” and Sunday 28th May the return of the very popular “David James Show”

Saturday 6th May – Sports Centre Open s/f
Monday 8th May – 18 holes S/F
Tuesday 9th May – Ladies Camus Cup
Wednesday 10th May – Mixed foursomes
Thursday 11th May – Seamus Duffy Golf Academy S/F