Club Notes – 25th July 2017


William Potts (27) was Saturdays winner of the Irish Road Motors Accident and Repair Centre stableford with an excellent return of 43pts, a fine opening nine of 22pts being undone somewhat with no further addition at the par 5 10th hole, but William rallied well to score a further 21pts over the last 8 holes to give him a one point win from the unlucky runner up Ciaran Doherty (9) who was just three over par for his round, a blank hole at the par 3 sixteenth hole possibly doing the damage although he was one of the very few to record a birdie on the final hole with the pin in a treacherous position. Third place went to Paul Houston (28) one of the early morning starters also with 42pts, fourth went to Brian Kelly (19) who has maintained his great run, with Charlie Patton (17) taking the final nett prize with 41 pts.  Caolan Crawford (5) took yet another gross prize with an excellent level par round which consisted of 4 birdies, 4 bogeys and 10 pars!  Jim Potts (18) was the over 60’s winner with 39pts with the nines going to Johnny McGonagle and to Stephen Conroy.

McGoldrickSports Stableford
There was a good midweek entry for the annual McGoldrick Sports competition which was won by Don Callan (23) with a score of 40pts, Eddie O’Kane(27) was the runner up with 39pts with Brandon O’Neill (15) in third place with 38pts, Patrick McGranaghan (5)took the gross prize with 32 gross points.  Many thanks to Raymond at McGoldricks Sports for his continued sponsorship of this event.

Bank of Ireland Trophy
The ladies competition last week was the Bank of Ireland Trophy and it was won by Geraldine Masterson (32) with a fine 40pts, category one went to Catherine Neeson (16) with 38pts with category two going to Monica MacIntyre (36) with 36pts.

Mary Duffy’s Challenge Cup team have it all to do in their second leg match with Letterkenny ladies after the teams tied 2.5-2.5 in last Saturdays home encounter.

Our Mixed Foursomes team have gone out at the Ulster quarter-final stage to Castlerock golf club on Sunday at City of Derry, in a very close game the Co. Derry team just finished the strongest to get the verdict.

Pat Corry’s JB.Carr side are through to the Ulster semi-finals getting the better of Co.Monaghan champions Concrawood at Castleblaney on Monday in another tight match, Strabane got the two matches they needed, the second of which was at the 20th hole with another pair ready to tee off down the 19th hole if required, they will now meet either Ballybofey G.C or Dunmurray G.C.

Eddie McHugh’s All-Ireland Four-ball have serious work to do if they are to progress to the Ulster Semi-final after losing out 4-1 at Letterkenny on Sunday past, best wishes to them in the home-leg this Sunday at Strabane.

The winner of the £50 bar credit draw this week was Peter Doherty Jnr.
Look out for the new series of Last Man Standing which begins in the coming weeks.
The sausage sizzle barbecue has been postponed until Wed 9th August.

There is a presentation night this Friday at 8.30pm sharp when the prizes for the following events will be presented:  GMG Logos, Murphy’s on the Green, Sean Devine Sand and Gravel, Mark James Menswear, Declan Devine Frozen Foods and the Hugh Harley Cup.

We have our next big country night at the club this coming Saturday night when “Friends” will be on stage from 10.30pm, admission as always only £3.
Watch out for the brilliant Gary Fitzpatrick on Sat 26th August who is our next country act to debut at the club.

Thursday 27th July – Tommy Forbes catering S/F
Saturday 29th July – Ballycolman Vivo Stroke
Monday 31st July – Pairs competition
Tuesday 1st August – Claire’s Salon ladies open S/F
Thursday 3rd August – Mitchell Meats S/F
Friday 4th August – Mrs Maura McBeths Lady Presidents Day.

Club Notes – 18th July 2017


The winner of Mrs Patricia Kelly’s Ladies Captains prize was Annette Patton, pictured with the Lady Captain

Annette Patton (31) was the very popular winner of Mrs Patricia Kelly’s Lady Captains prize at Strabane on Saturday with an excellent score of 68 nett, everything was set up perfect for the big day the only disappointing factor was the weather as it remained breezy, and somewhat wet, for most of the day and umbrellas were up for most of the afternoon. Annette played very steady throughout her round and kept it going right to the finish to eventually win by a clear margin of three shots from the runner up Mary Gallagher (29), who in her own words has hit somewhat of a purple patch off late and has featured in most competition presentations throughout the past month.  The reception Mary received for her efforts on the day spoke highly of the regard in which this “super –senior” is held by her fellow lady golfers at the club. Third place on the day went to Lauren Patton (16) who was also one of four players with nett 71, the gross prize went to the always consistent Jennifer Rouse (10). 
In category one the winner was Lisa Patton (15) one of the players with nett 71, the runner up in this category was Catherine Neeson (16) with nett 72.  In category two the winner was Monica McGettigan (25) with 74 nett with Dympna Doherty (22) in second with 75 nett, in category three the honours went to Donna Doherty (32) with 74 nett with Caren Corry the runner up with 75 nett. Other winners on the day in the many categories were Maeve Corry who won the front nine with 34.5 nett, Geraldine Masterson who took the back nine prize with 37 nett, the Lady guest winner was Mandy Coyne, the leading visitor was Theresa Mullen from Newtownstewart, the “Granny prize” went to Anne Sharkey, the Committee prize to Geraldine McCrory and the seniors prize went to Olive Turner. 
The men were also involved on the day playing the first 11 holes, the winner of the male guest was the Lady Captains husband Dr Ciaran Kelly with 23 pts, with Francie Devine the runner up also with 23 pts, in the separate gents competition Martin Rouse was the winner with 27 pts with Jim Potts in second with 21 pts. The longest drive prize was collected by Lauren Patton with Jennifer Rouse the nearest the pin winner. The Lady Captain, in an excellent and concise speech, thanked all who had initially got her to start playing golf, going on to thank the clubs committees for all their efforts throughout the season and thanking her family friends and fellow golfers for being there to celebrate her big golfing day.

Lady Captains Mixed Foursomes
In a prelude to Lady Captain’s Day there was a good turnout of competitors for the Lady Captains Mixed foursomes event played on Wednesday evening, the winners were Geraldine Masterson and Danny Duffy with 31 pts, the runners up were Mary Gallagher and Mark Sharkey with 30 pts, third went to Norma Brogan and club Captain Pat McAneny also with 30 pts with the gross prize going to Mandy Coyne and Patrick McCrossan with 22 pts.

Mc Breartys Mace Stableford.
Last Thursdays sponsor was Mr Martin McBrearty from Melmount Mace Store, the winner with an excellent return of 41 pts was Aidan Boyle (6) a fine inward nine of one under gross setting up the win, the runner up was Michael Etherson (12) just one point behind with 40pts with Stephen McCay (6) in third place with 39 pts, Peter Doherty took the gross prize with 31 gross.

In team golf this week the Ladies  Foursomes team will have it all to do in their second leg Ulster quarter final with Malone ladies from Belfast after losing out by two matches to one in last Fridays encounter.
Frankie Connolly’s Conway Cup team hold a 12-4 lead after their first leg match with Newtownstewart G.C.

The winner of this week’s £50 bar credit draw was Declan Devine.

The next of our Country nights is on Saturday 29th July with the brilliant Thomas Gillespie and Kieran McColgan at 10.30pm, watch out for the first club appearance of Gary Fitzpatrick on Saturday 26th August another night that should not be missed, Gary is without doubt one of the top young entertainers in the country at present.

Wednesday 19th July –Mixed foursomes
Thursday 20th July – McGoldricks Sports Stableford.
Saturday 22nd July – Irish Road Motors ARC Stableford
Sunday 23rd July – Mourne Search and Rescue Open
Monday 24th July – Pairs 15 holes competition
Tuesday 25th July – Ladies Gallagher Cup
Wednesday 26th July – Mixed foursomes ‘Sausage Sizzle’ and barbecue.

Club Notes – 11th July 2017


Open week came to a close on Saturday past at Strabane with the Mark James Menswear open which was won by Matt Keyes (18) with a solid 40pts which was a good total in the strong southerly breeze that prevailed throughout the day.  Mickey Arnold also playing of 18 handicap was the runner up just one shot in arrears on 39 pts on break of tie from third placed Martin Rouse (10) also on 39 pts was fourth placed Martin Finlay (20) with the very consistent Stephen Donaghey (10) in fifth with 38 pts, Enda Kennedy(scr) took the gross prize with a fine two under par total of 67 which added up to 38 pts. The nines on Saturday went to Brian O’Kane (21) with 21pts for the first nine and to Peter Etherson (20) who had 22 pts for the back nine.

Murphy’s on the Green Open
Local bar and restaurant Murphy’s on the Green were the sponsors of Thursday’s open competition, the winner of this one was Martin Keys (18) with 39 pts, the runner up was Brian Brolly (10) beaten only on break of tie, Paul Given (13) was third with 38 pts, Caolan Crawford (5)took the gross prize with a tidy three over par round of 38 pts. Congratulations to Chris mc Dermott who scored a hole in one at the 12th hole in this competition holing out with a perfect 7 iron shot.

The GMG Logos open stroke was played on Monday with Paul McGill (6) declared the winner with a 65 nett which was just two over par, the runner up was Sean Elliot (12) with 66 nett the same total as Conal Cooke (3) who got it round in level par. Caolan Crawford was also the gross winner in this one with 75 gross.

JD Print Mixed Foursomes
Wednesdays competition was the JD Print open mixed foursomes which was won by Mary McGuigan and Oliver McNally with 34 pts for the 15 holes in play, the runners up were Jennifer and Martin Rouse with 31 pts with Maeve & Howard Crowe in third with 30pts, the gross prize went to Lorna Duffy and Jim Harley.

Bertie Colhoun Cup and Open Greensomes
The penultimate competition in open week was the Open Mens Greensomes coupled with the Bertie Colhoun Cup, it was won by a clear margin of three points by Gerard Walsh and Liam Doherty with 45 pts, second were Declan O’Hare and Frankie Connolly with 42 pts on break of tie from Rory and Gerry McColgan.

With lack of entries the Monday single competitions have been discontinued and are being replaced by betterball, greensomes and team events played over 15 holes weekly, Mondays betterball winners were Ciaran Neeson & Kieran McBride with 37 pts with Dermott Corry and Robert Bell second also with 37 pts.

Donna’s Flowerbox Ladies Open.
The winner of the ladies open event in open week sponsored by Donna’s Flowerbox Ltd was Newtownstewart G.C. lady member Theresa Mullen with 39 pts, the runner up was Betty Kelly with 38 pts with Lorna Duffy in third with 36 pts, the gross winner was Jennifer Rouse, with the categories going to Catherine Neeson 35 pts, Heather Mitchell 36 pts, the front nine was won with 21 pts by Wendy Marshall from Omagh G.C. and the back nine by Susan Anderson with 18 pts also from Omagh, the visitors prize went to Anne-Speers Crooks from Newtownstewart G.C.

On Thursday evening it was our pleasure to welcome Geoff Loughrey back to Strabane, Geoff teaches out of the Michael Bandon School of Golf and played all his junior golf at the club before turning professional. Geoff had brought some of his very talented protogees to play the course before they all made their first appearance at the North of Ireland Championship this week at Portrush, they teamed them up with some of our own up and coming junior players, the students who hailed from Holland, Wales, England, South Korea, Austria and Ireland all thoroughly enjoyed the course with much praise for the wonderful greens. The lads held their own mini tournament and it was won by 16 year old Jake Hapgood playing of +3 handicap, he got to the turn with 2 birdies at the first and 6th holes and came back with a further five birdies to shoot an incredible 62 gross, which would without doubt have been a course record if it had of been in a club competition. Vice- Captain Frankie Houston presented their trophy to Jake wishing all the lads the very best of luck for this week’s championship at Portrush and thanking Geoff for bringing the players to Strabane.

In club teams news this week our All- Ireland Fourball team comfortably made it through to the last eight were they will now meet Letterkenny G.C.  Eddie McHugh’s side were much too strong on Sunday for Foyle G.C. winning the first four matches and having the other game then called in.

Pat Corry’s J.B.Carr team hold a 4-1 advantage over Concrawood from Castleblaney after Mondays encounter and will have a tough task ahead at the Co Monaghan venue next week, we wish them well.

The £50 bar credit winner this week was Michael Neeson.

This Saturday is Lady Captains Day at the club, best wishes to Lady Captain, Patricia, and to all the ladies playing. There will be a 13 holes Gents competition in the evening.

Club Notes – 4th July 2017

The winner of Saturday’s Devine Sand & Gravel stableford competition was Gary King who was out in the very first four-ball of the day, it surely looked like just one of those ordinary days when he reached the turn with 16 points on his card, but two successive birdies to begin the back nine moved him into contention and with only one poor hole at the 17th hole, Gary managed to accumulate 40 pts, a total that wasn’t bettered for the remainder of the day. The runner up was also playing in the same four-ball Ciaran Patton (20) has had a lean time on the course of late and it’s good to see him back in the winners enclosure, his 39 pts good enough on break of tie from two similar scores, that of Hugo McCusker (12) who was third and James Harron (10) who finished fourth, James Bradley (18) took the final nett prize with 38 pts, the gross prize winner was Patrick McCrossan (6) with 32 gross points, this week’s over 60’s winner was Paddy Doyle (17) with 36 pts, Gerry Glover (16) won the first nine with Brian O’Kane (21) the back nine.

Frylite Ltd. Champagne Scramble.
Sunday past saw the beginning of Open Week at the club with the traditional starter the Frylite Open teams which was played in a champagne scramble format, i.e. all four players drive off with ideally the best drive selected each time, although each player must have their drive used at least three times, play then commences as normal from the chosen drive with all four players finishing the hole with their own ball, 2 scores then count at each hole, all 5 par 3’s are played as normal with again 2 scores to count.
The winners thanks mainly to a terrific final hole where they added a massive nine points with two birdies were Ciaran Murphy, Ciaran Doherty, Paul Kavanagh and Seamus Flannagan with a total score of 100 pts, two clear of the runners up Brian Brolly, Ronnie Wiley, John McMenamin and Mark Sharkey, Sean Elliot, Niall Coulter, Alan McGinley and Hugh McGinley were third also with 98 pts. The best ladies team were Norma Brogan, Dympna Doherty, Adeline Gibson and Catherine Neeson with 89 pts,the nearest the pin was claimed by Paul McGill with Peter Doherty hitting the longest drive.

Hugh Harley Memorial
Last Thursdays competition was the annual Hugh Harley Memorial Cup and was won by early starter Neil Conroy (10) with 39pts, the runner up was Paul Given (13) one point in arrears with 38 pts with Jordan Arthur (7) finishing in third with 36 pts, Patrick McCrossan kept his great run going to secure yet another gross prize this time with 29 gross pts.

Team News
Vice- Captain Frankie Houston’s Donegal League team suffered a 3-2 reverse on Friday evening in their match with Cloughanneely from Falcarragh and will have it all to do in the away leg this coming Friday evening at the Donegal venue.
Two of our Ladies teams have again advanced in their competitions, Monica McGettigans Ulster Fourball side have made it through to the quarter finals of that event and Mary Duffy’s Challenge Cup team also won on Friday night past.

There will be a few outstanding presentations this Friday night 7th July at 8.30pm with the following events being presented, The Foothills Restaurant, Oysters Restaurant, Charlies Bar, McHughs Oil, Northern Confectionary and John Fahy’s Solicitors, it is hoped to wrap up and other outstanding presentations the following Friday 14th July.

The winner of this week’s £50 bar credit was Gerard Patterson and the shop Lotto draw winner was Shane McLaughlin
Wednesday 5th July – J.D.Print Mixed open
Thursday 6th July – Murphy’s on the Green Restaurant open
Friday 7th July – Bertie Colhoun Cup and Greensomes open
Saturday 8th July – Mark James Menswear Open