Club Notes – 26th June 2017

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


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