Club Notes – 26th June 2017

2 OUT OF 3 AIN’T BAD FOR FRANKIE
Playing in the very last three-ball on the course Frankie Connolly (26) added Mr Pat McAneny’s Captains prize to his list of big wins on Saturday past, the second time in three years Frankie has won the clubs most coveted title. It’s indeed true to say that Frankie’s handicap has soared in recent years and of twenty-six it’s also fair to say he was one of the favourites to win on the day and he duly delivered with an eye-catching return of 58 nett to get home by a massive five strokes and set an all time low score for Captains day at the club. Conditions were far from easy on a very blustery but dry day making the winning mark all the more remarkable, Frankie reached the turn in nine over par and managed to get home dropping only another six shots to blow the challenging field away! The unlucky runner up was Brian Kelly (20), he had led from early morning with a brilliant 63 nett and could have been excused for beginning to prepare his winners speech, third on the day was Stephen Acheson (15) with 65 nett with John McCallion (16) a further two strokes back with 67 nett in fourth, Martin McCallion (20) took the final nett prize with the same score of 67 nett. The gross went to last year’s overall winner Cathal Patton (5) who is always the man for the big occasion, his gross score of 74 again a sign of how difficult conditions were. The category winners were Kevin Neeson (11) with 68 nett in category one, Paul O’Neill (14) with 68 nett in category two and Eamonn Duffy (28) also with 68 nett in category three. The Captain had many members playing in the guests section, Martin McCallion took the sweep leaving Declan Devine as the Captains guest winner with 68 nett, with Liam McGinley (20) 70 nett and Dr Ciaran Kelly 72 nett taking the other prizes. The Captain thanked everyone who had contributed to his big day and had helped in anyway, with special thanks to the greenkeepers who presented the course in magnificent condition.  He went on to thank everyone who has worked so hard in his tenure to date making the club the great success, it undoubtedly is, Pat thanked all his friends family and guests for being there to make his big day so memorable.

Captains Mixed Foursomes
There was a terrific turnout on Wednesday night for the Captains mixed foursomes event with 34 pairs participating, the winners, again in the last fourball on the course, were Bernie O’Kane and Sean MacIntyre with 32 pts for the 14 holes in play, the runners up were Maeve Crowe and Martin Houston with 30 Pts, with Ann McCrory and Gerry Casey in third place with 28 pts, the gross prize winners were Mandy Coyne and Foncie McNally.

Captains Betterball
Thursday, as a prelude to Captains day, the Captains annual better-ball was played with an excellent entry of over 40 pairs, Frankie Connolly was sending out signs of what was to come when he teamed up with Declan O’Hare to win with 45 pts on break of tie from Barry Patterson and John Blee, who had got off to a remarkable triple birdie start from Barry helping the pair reach the turn with 26 pts, Lewis Jones and Seamus Flanagan were third with 43 pts with the gross going to Conal Cooke and Paul Bogle with 37 gross points, one under par!

Ladies Golf
The Captains prize to the ladies was played on Tuesday past and was won by Mary Gallagher (31) who was a most popular winner, scoring one for the super seniors in the ladies branch, Mary returned a brilliant 66 Nett.  Jennifer Rouse (10) was the winner in category one with 72 Nett with Ann McCrory (36) the winner in category two with 68 Nett.

Monday Singles
The winner of last week’s Monday singles stableford was Jim Arbuckle (19) with 38 pts with Paul McConway (14) second with 36 pts and Hugo McCusker (12) in third also with 36 pts.

Inter Club Golf
Eddie McHugh’s All Ireland Fourball team picked up two matches in their last 16 tie with Foyle Golf club on Sunday and have every chance of advancing to the Ulster quarter final when the meet again at Strabane on Sunday. Gerard Walsh’s Lawson Cup team have exited that competition losing out 16.5-15.5 overall against Black Lion golf club. Pat Corry’s J.B.Carr team won all five matches on Friday past in their tie with Castlehume Golf Club and hold a healthy 5-0 advantage going in to the away leg at the Enniskillen course.

The winner of the £50 bar credit draw this week was Liam mcKane.

Open Week
Open Week begins this Sunday at the club with the traditional opener the
Sunday 2nd July – Frylite Champagne Scramble
Monday 3rd July – GMG Logos Open
Tuesday 4th July – Donna’s Flowerbox Open
Wednesday 5th July – JD Print Open Mixed Foursomes
Thursday 6th July – Murphy’s on the Green Bar and Restaurant Open
Friday 7th July – Bertie Colhoun Cup and Gents Greensomes
Saturday 8th July – Mark James Open

 

Club Notes – 20th June 2017

CAPTAINS DAY WEEKEND AT STRABANE
Fingers are crossed and prayers said, for some summer weather for Mr Pat McAneny’s Captains Day which will take place this Saturday 24th June at the club, the full draw is now available both online and on the members noticeboard with play set to get underway from 7am.  Competitors are asked to be on the tee 10 mins before their allotted tee time, the main room will be private from 7pm for final preparations for the Captains dinner, music after the presentations will be by “David James”, members are welcome to attend after 10pm.
There will be a divot patrol on Friday evening at 6pm from the first tee if any member can help out, the course will be closed from 6pm onwards on Friday with the exception of the J.B.Carr match which will be teeing off at 3pm.

John Fahy & Co Stableford.
In domestic golf last week Denis Porter (13) was the winner in the John Fahy & Co Solicitors stableford event with 40 pts, one clear of the runner up Michael Houston (11) with Gerry Casey (16) in third place with 38pts, Paul Gallagher (9) took fourth spot with 38pts,the final nett prize went to Francey Conwell (15) also with 38 pts. The gross prize was won by Patrick Kennedy(3) with 33 gross points whilst the nines went to Alan McGinley (16) and to Rory Doherty (8), the over 60’s prize went to club President Stewart McFeeters.

Oysters Restaurant Stableford
Eoin O’Neill (5) playing in the last four-ball on the course was the winner of last Thursday’s Oysters Restaurant competition with 39 pts which was a good total in difficult conditions that had prevailed from early morning, the runner up was Paul O’Hare (12) with 37pts with Martin Patton (13) third with 36 pts, Caolan Crawford (5) took the gross prize with 30 gross points.

Ladies Golf
Last Tuesday’s Ladies winner in the O2 Challenge was Annette Patton with 38 pts, the category winners were Lauren Patton with 35 pts in category one and Mary McCrory with 33 pts in category two.

There was a good turnout of 19 pairs for last Wednesday’s mixed foursomes played over 13 holes, the winners were Bernie & Brian O’Kane with 31pts, three clear of the runners up Annette Patton and Michael Houston with Debbie McDaid and Liam McDevitt in third place also with 28pts.
This Wednesday’s competition is the Captains Mixed foursomes with 35 pairs entered, play will be over the first 14 holes, the competition is stableford, please note there is a G.U.I. Junior cup singles match booked on the first tee from 4.30pm-5pm

Inter-Club Golf
It hasn’t been a good week for our G.U.I. teams who were in action this week. Our Jimmy Bruen team lost on Sunday to Malone G.C at Moyola by three matches to two, losing two matches at the 19th hole, Strabane had looked strong favourites to go through with a few holes to go and it was more a case of seizing a loss from the jaws of victory!
Our Junior Cup team have also gone out losing to Portsalon at Ballybofey on Monday night also by three matches to two, losing the final game, the decider at the 18th hole. No luck either for our Barton Shield team who gave a great account of themselves against a strong Rosapenna team, after finishing level we lost out in a tie hole once again.
In Tyrone and Fermanagh competition Gerard Walsh’s Lawson Cup team hold an 11-5 first leg lead over Black Lion G.C with the away leg still to come, Terry Doherty’s O’Hare Cup team have gone out at the first hurdle to Newtownstewart, better news for Frankie Connolly’s Conway Cup team who have advanced after beating Omagh G.C. 22-10 overall.

This week’s £50 bar credit winner was Paul McConway.
Lewis Jones won this week’s shop lotto, his third time to do so in recent weeks.
Declan Pollock was the clear winner of the U.S Open sweep, Rachael Lowry was the runner up with Frank Friel in third place.

Fixtures:
Thursday 22nd June – Captains Betterball
Saturday 24th June – Mr Pat McAneny’s Captains prize
Monday 26th June – Monday Stableford
Tuesday 27th June – Herdman Cup (Ladies)

Club Notes – 13th June 2017

KENNEDY WINS 11th STRABANE SCRATCH CUP
Enda Kennedy was Sundays winner in the Frylite Senior Scratch Cup after a dramatic three way play-off over three holes, he finished level on 148 with Strabane’s Patrick McGranaghan and Conal Cooke, all three players managed par 4’s at the first play-off hole but a brilliant chip at the 2nd from the Rosapenna representative saw him hole out for a birdie two to take the advantage from Cooke up the 18th hole the third in the playoff by a shot with young Patrick two in arrears having bogeyed the second hole. Enda had a chance to wrap it up on the green when he played in to 15 feet but missed the putt on the right leaving Conal a chance to convert from 8 feet uphill but the Strabane player left it agonisingly short to give Enda another Strabane Scratch Cup title, his first in recent years since he won the inaugural title in 1994 and his 22nd Scratch cup in total, 11 of these in this event.

Special mention to Patrick who only a year ago wasn’t even in single figures and here he was mixing it up with the best players about and what an account he gave of himself, at only 18 years old he has a great future in the game and came so close to winning the title.  Conal will look back at a short putt missed at his 35th hole running up an uncharacteristic double bogey six, which likely cost him the win. In total 70 players played in the 36 holes competition with visitors from far and wide, many thanks once again to the sponsor Mr Eamon McCay, Managing Director at Frylite Ireland for once again sponsoring the event.

Declan Devine Frozen Foods
Martin McGeehan (17) continued his run of good form in Saturday’s competition the Declan Devine’s Frozen Foods stableford with a good total of 41pts on a difficult day for golf, the runner up was Club Secretary Senan Roarty with 39pts with Ciaran Murphy in third with the same total, Eddie O’Kane (28) took fourth place with 38pts and Jimmy Patton (13) fifth also with 38pts. The gross prize winner was Conor Meehan (6) with 29 gross points, the nines went to Paul Bogle (10) and to Kevin Gallagher (16) who took the back nine.

Northern Confectionary
Andy Wolfe (12) was Thursday’s winner in the Northern Confectionery Stableford with an excellent 43pts, Dr Ciaran Kelly (12) was the unlucky runner up with 41pts ,an eye-catching level par front nine of 24pts slipped a little on the inward nine, third went to Eoin O’Neill (5) with 39pts, the gross went to Conal Cooke (3).

LADIES EILEEN DEVINE STROKE
Conditions were very tough for last Tuesday’s ladies competition the Eileen Devine Stroke, the winner with 71 nett was Geraldine Masterson (33), the category winners were Lorna Duffy with 76 nett and Rosemary Wilson with 72 nett.

Well done to the Mixed Foursomes team who have advanced to the next stage of the matchplay after defeating close neighbours Newtownstewart last Wednesday at Omagh golf club. The opening nine favoured the Baronscourt team with some excellent golf played in all of the ties, Strabane got their game together on the back nine to take the first three matches and were all square in the final two on the course when play was called in.

In other team news Terry Doherty’s O’Hare Cup team have it all to do in Friday’s return leg with Newtownstewart losing out 9.5-6.5 in Mondays home leg. Better news of Patrick McCrossan’s Roberts Cup team who won 10 of the 12 points on offer on the same night in their tie at Newtownstewart.

The draw will be made for Captain’s Day this weekend a reminder that only full member categories can win the Captains prize.

This week’s £50 bar credit winner was Brian Miller and the shop lotto winner for the Adidas shoes was Tommy Forbes.

Fixtures:
Thursday 15th June – Oysters Restaurant stableford
Saturday 17th June – John Fahy & Co Stableford
Tuesday 20th June – Captains Prize to the Ladies
Wednesday 21st June – Captains Mixed
Thursday 22nd June – Captains Betterball

Club Notes – 6th June 2017

LOW HANDICAPS PREVAIL IN THE FOOTHILLS

Low handicap golfers were to the fore on Saturday past in the Foothills Bar & Restaurant stableford competition with scoring noticeably low despite decent playing conditions throughout the day. The winning score of 37pts was recorded by Mark McColgan playing off five handicap winning on a triple break of tie. Mark looked to be having one of those days when he reached the turn with only 15 points on his card but turned on the style over the inward nine with four birdies including one at the 18th hole which was a real rarity on the day with the pin in an almost impossible position on the lightning fast green, this added up to 22pts, a remarkable finish that catapulted him to the leader-board summit! The runner up on the day was another five handicap player Cathal Patton, he finished with a pair of Bogey fives which ultimately cost him the win, in third was Stephen Donaghey (10) one of many who double bogeyed the final hole. Kieran McAleer (23) was the only high handicap player to feature in the main prizes finishing in fourth place with 36pts with Patrick McCrossan (5) in fifth also with 36pts.  The gross went to Aidan Boyle (5) with 31 gross points. Declan McDonnell (10) won the over 60’s prize with the nines going to Paul Gallagher (9 )with 21pts for the outward nine and to Johnny McCrea (24) with 19pts for the inward nine, in total 177 cards were taken out for the event.

CHARLIES BAR STRABANE
Conditions were particularly tough last Thursday for the Charlies Bar stableford but the rain had relented somewhat for play to continue in the late afternoon. The winner was Competition Secretary Patrick McCrossan (6)who has been in the form of his life lately and it was no surprise to see him top the board in this one with a fine level par round that converted to 42 pts, a fine birdie three at the 17th hole the highlight adding four pts to his total, the runner up was Keith Patterson (7) with 41pts despite two blank holes on his first nine, new club Vice-Captain Frankie Houston (13) took third spot also with 41pts, with Conal Cooke getting it round in one under par to take the gross prize with 39pts.

Monday Open
Mondays competition this week was an open event the winner was Caolan Crawford (6) with 42pts which was level par for his round, this was good enough by three points from the runner up Conor Byrne (5) on 39pts with Marty Houston (15) in third two further back with 37pts.

Ladies Golf-Macmillan Cancer
Last week’s Ladies winner in the Macmillan Cancer charity event  was Norma Brogan (15) with an excellent return of 42pts, Lorna Duffy(19) took category one with 41pts with Debbie McDaid (36) taking category two with 39pts.

Seventeen pairs played in Wednesdays mixed foursomes, with Lorna Duffy and Ronnie Wiley the winners with 32pts for the 13 holes in play, the runners up a point behind were Bernie & Brian O’Kane with Carmel McElwee and Sean MacIntyre in third place on the same total of 31 pts. Note there is no mixed foursomes competition this Wednesday 7th June as the Mixed foursomes are playing their match against Newtownstewart at Omagh on the same evening.

Well done to the Ladies Junior Foresomes team who are through to the next round after a good win at Newtownstewart on Saturday past by two matches to one and have advanced 3.5 Matches to 2.5 matches overall.

Our Junior Cup team have made it through to the matchplay stages of that event qualifying at Ballybofey on Sunday morning past in second place, they will now meet Portsalon back at Ballybofey on a date yet to be confirmed. Eddie McHugh’s All Ireland Fourball team have made it through to the last 16 also on Sunday past, in a very tight game John mcMenamin and Frankie Connolly won their game and with the other games tight Strabane eventually went through on holes up!

The sheet is now up for Captains day, as always only full members can win the Captains prize although all Category of senior members are welcome to play on the day!

The winner of this weeks £50 bar tab was Paul O’Neill.

Good luck to everyone playing in this Sunday’s Frylite Senior scratch cup there is a full entry and players are asked to be there in good time, the full draw is posted on the noticeboard.

Some games have got very far behind in the open Snooker competition, a serious effort should be made to get these played as soon as possible or both players may be eliminated!

FIXTURES:
Thursday 8th June – Northern Confectionary S/Ford
Saturday 10th June – Declan Devine Frozen Foods
Sunday 11th June – Frylite Senior Scratch Cup
Monday 12th June – Monday Competition
Wednesday 14th June – Mixed Foursomes.