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.

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