Club Notes – 29th August 2017


The seventh annual Brian Patton Memorial Day went ahead at Strabane on Sunday despite the continued closure of the “river holes” due to the severe on course flooding along that stretch of the river Mourne last Tuesday evening. The competition was reduced to 15 holes, many thanks to our green-staff who worked tirelessly to get the course playable at all!  As always for this event there was an excellent entry with many visitors coming to play in honour of possibly Strabane’s greatest ever golfer the legendary Brian Patton. It was fitting that another Brian led the field home on Sunday, Brian Forrester (16) took the perpetual trophy with an excellent total of 36 pts which was good enough on the day by two points from the runner up Johnny McGillion (20) who has been in fantastic form lately in his first full season of golf, third went to Paul McNally (15) another player with 34 pts, Mark Sharkey (18) took fourth also with 34 pts, Frankie Connolly (22) took the final nett prize with 33 pts, first gross went to Paul McGill with 2nd gross going to Patrick McCrossan, the nines prizes went to Seamus Flannagan and Stephen Dalzell with Kevin McGinley taking the guest prize with 33 pts.
In the ladies section the winner from Faughan Vallet G.C. was L. Smallwoods with Margaret Wolfe the runner up and Kathleen Hoynes in third place.Special thanks to John Cleghorn who once again organised so many players from Faughan Valley G.C. to play, to the Patton family for the wonderful prizes, the many sponsors that donated raffle prizes and not forgetting Brian Cairns for his efforts organising this year’s commemorative polo shirts which added so much to a great day and evening.

Flood water around the 10th fairway

Saturday’s planned event the Valerie Manning Club Championship had to be postponed with the 9th & 10th holes out of action and a 15 holes sweep was played in its place, the winner was Brian O’Kane (20) with 36 pts, one clear of Neil Alcock (16) in second place with Noel O’Kane (27) in third with 33 pts, Fred McGavigan (4) picked up the gross prize, the vouchers for this competition can be collected at the bar. The Club Championship will hopefully be played on Saturday 23rd September.

Thursday’s Topaz event also fell to the weather with an eleven holes sweep in its place, this was won by Jonathan McGillian with 27pts on break of tie from Kevin Keegan, with Denis Porter in third with 26 pts.

Please note: that this Thursdays Greg Mitchell Motors competition will now be played on Thursday 28th September at the request of the sponsor.

Golf Fixtures.
Other necessary changes to the late season fixtures are also in place in both the men’s and ladies sections, please check the club Facebook page for further details on these.

Best wishes to Pat Corry and his JB. Carr side who travel to Woodenbridge  Co.Wicklow this week to represent Ulster in the All-Ireland finals and to our Conway and Phair Cup teams who are also in action in their respective finals on Sunday.

Congratulations to Club member Declan Devine who won the Ultra championship at Newtownstewart on Sunday past, leading the field home with 40 pts and winning a fourball around next year’s Open venue Carnoustie and £1000 in cash for his nominated charity which he selected as Liam McHugh’s London marathon fund for Cystic Fybrosis.

We have lost more than half the field in week one of the latest Last Man Standing with 304 players exiting the competition out of an initial entry of 515.   The sellers prize was won by Declan Devine, the next series of matches begin on Saturday 9th September.

Declan Doherty was the winner of this weeks £50 bar credit draw.

This year’s Thursday Club will begin on Thursday 14th September over 18 holes, the Monday teams competition will get underway this coming Monday 4th September.

Thursday 31st August – Stableford Competition
Saturday 2nd September – Applegreen Station-Lifford S/Ford Open
Sunday 3rd September – Societies and Conway & Phair Cup finals
Monday 4th September – Monday Teams
Tuesday 5th September – Claire’s Hair Salon Ladies Open

Club Notes – 22nd August 2017


Martin Finlay led a field of over two hundred golfers home on Saturday at Strabane on the occasion of Mr Stewart McFeeters Presidents Day. Martin got to the turn with 19 pts on his card and played very steady over his closing holes despite a double bogey 5 at the 16th hole to accumulate a further 21pts and a winning total of 40pts, which was good enough on the day from runner up KJ Patterson (7), Ryan McGowan (5) took third place with a tidy two over par round of 38pts, just getting the better of fourth placed Denis Porter (12) on a break of tie, the final nett prize went to Nigel Houston (11) with 37 pts also on break of tie. Saturday’s gross prize winner was Aidan Boyle (5) who is always a player for the big occasion, his three over par total was good enough on the day giving him 33 gross pts. Michael Doyle took the over 60’s prize with 37 pts with the nines going to Michael Neeson (11) with 22pts for the outward nine and William Potts (24) also with 22 pts for the inward nine. President Stewart delivered an excellent speech thanking all those that had made his tenure to date a great honour and going on to wish all our teams left in domestic and All-Ireland finals the very best of luck in their endeavours to bring further honours to the club.

Thursday Singles Stableford
Stephen McCay (6) hit a great piece of late season form to take last Thursday’s stableford competition with an excellent 42pts, it probably seemed like an average day getting to the turn with 18pts but an amazing run of birdies at the 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th & 16th holes set him up for a great win and a superb back nine of 24pts.  Gerard Bradley (17) kept his great season going to take the runners up spot with 40pts with Adrian McLaughlin (12) in third place with 39pts, Conal Cooke (1) was the gross winner with yet another under par round of 37 gross pts. Just a note on Thursday competitions, the Thursday Club begins on Thursday 14th September but will not run on Thursday 28th September to facilitate the rescheduling of the Greg Mitchell Motors competition at the request of our sponsor.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s Ladies event was the Eileen Keery Memorial stroke event, the winner was Heather Mitchell (21) with a total of 70 nett, the categories went to Jennifer Rouse(8) with 76 nett in category one and to Mary Casey (32) with 73 nett in category two.

Last weeks mixed foursomes was won by Lady Captain Patricia Kelly playing with Dan Downey with 32 pts for the 13 holes in play, the runners up were Geraldine & John Masterson with 29 pts.

The sausage sizzle barbecue will take place on Wednesday 29th August.

Team News
Congratulations to Pat Corry and his JB.Carr team who have qualified for the All-Ireland Finals in Woodenbridge Co.Wicklow beginning on 2nd September. The team travelled to their Ulster Final second leg at Dunmurray G.C. last Wednesday with a healthy 5-0 first leg advantage, the game however was still very close with the Belfast team winning the first three matches, however the later games rallied well with both the pairings of Liam Curry & Maurice McGettigan and Francie Devine & Oliver McNally winning their ties on the final green to take Strabane through. 

Frankie Connolly and his Conway Cup team have a lot of work to do in their final with Aughnacloy G.C as they succumbed to a 11.5-4.5 defeat in the first leg final away from home last Sunday, the second leg will take place at Strabane at 1pm on Sunday 3rd September.

“Last Man Standing” begins this weekend at the club, all club members guests and friends are invited to participate in the hunt for the guaranteed £1000 first prize, entries should be with Brian Brolly for Friday night no later than 9pm.

Last week’s £50 bar credit winner was Paddy O’Kane.

Don’t miss the fantastic “Gary Fitzpatrick” this Saturday night at the club, this young man is packing venues all over the country and is an act not to be missed admission is only £3.00- doors open at 9pm with support from 9.30pm-late bar.

There will be a series of recent presentations in the clubhouse this Friday night 24th August at 7.00pm sharp.

Wednesday 23rd August – Presidents Mixed foursomes
Thursday 24th August – Topaz Stableford
Saturday 26th August – Valerie Manning Jewellers Club Championship (s)
Sunday 27th August – Brian Patton Memorial Day (S/F)
Monday 28th August – Bank Holiday Open

Club News – 15th August 2017

Conal Cooke (1) made the local golfing headlines last week with a gross 64 and an “Albatross” to finish as the competition runner up, this week with a gross 65 he actually went one better surviving a three way break of tie to take first place in the JC.Barbers stableford competition with 41pts. It is extremely unusual to see a  winner of such a low handicap, as local scratch golfer Enda Kennedy will testify, really there is no room for any errors whatsoever and everything must go for you on the day, even to have a chance with so many shots to concede to other players, so to achieve this of Conal Cooke’s handicap is indeed a rare occurrence. 
Conal got to the turn in level par after setting out with seven straight pars before a birdie two and a bogey five completed his outward nine, further birdies followed at the 10th, 12th & 15th holes to amass 21pts on the inward nine which was just enough to secure the win. The runner up on the day was the ever improving Rodney Dolan (20) who had led for most of the day until the winner finished late in the evening, the third of the trio of players with 41pts was Francis Canning (18) Billy Doherty (15) took fourth place with 40pts with Ciaran Murphy (8) taking the final nett prize with 39 pts.  The gross award went to Nicky Patton with 32 gross pts, Terry Doherty (12) took the over 60’s prize for the second consecutive week, Brian O’Kane (21) was the front nine winner with 23pts, with Paul McLaughlin (19) the back nine winner with 21 pts. Many thank’s to the sponsor of the event Johnny McGillion a new sponsor to the club who put up a wonderful array of prizes for the competition.

FMC Accountants stableford
Last Thursdays event was the annual FMC Accountants stableford event which was won by the very much in form Eddie O’Kane (26) with a great return of 43 pts, Paul Given (12) is another player in hot form and he took the runners up spot with 42pts, Fred McGavigan (5) got it round in level par to take third place with 40pts with Conal Cooke (2) the gross winner also with a level par total of 36 gross pts.

Monday Open
There was a Monday open event played on Monday past with Patrick McGranaghan (5) the winner with a tidy 40 pts, the runner up was Billy Doherty (14) with 38pts with Gary O’Connell (6) third with 37 pts the gross winner was Stephen Conroy (7) with 30 gross pts.

Lady Presidents Charity
The ladies competition last Tuesday was the Lady President’s Charity event which this year is Horse Riding for the Disabled. The winner with a fantastic 42 pts was Jennifer Rouse (9) this was only three over par for the day. The category winners were Lisa Patton (12) with her third consecutive total of 41 pts and Annette Patton (30) who took category two with 36 pts.

Mixed Foursomes
Last weeks mixed foursomes went to Carmel mcElwee and Sean MacIntyre with 34pts for the 15 holes in play, the runners up were Debbie McDaid and Liam McDevitt with 30pts, Monica MacIntyre and Paddy O’Kane took third with 27 pts. Please note that the Presidents Mixed foursomes will now be played on Wednesday 23rd August and the Sausage Sizzle Barbecue will be played on Wednesday 30th August, there is an entry sheet posted for the latter event!

Good luck to our Phair Cup team and our Conway Cup team who have upcoming finals to play in the coming weeks. Pat Corry’s JB.Carr team had a super result in the first leg of last Wednesday’s Ulster final winning all five matches against their opponents Dunmurray G.C. the return match is Wednesday 16th where Strabane need one match to take their place in the All-Ireland final at Woodenbridge, Co. Kildare at the start of  September, best wishes go to everyone concerned.

Next week will see the start of the next edition of Last Man Standing with once again a prize of £1000  up for grabs, members are asked to support this vital fundraising venture once again as the proceeds are used for on course & machinery maintenance.
The winner of this weeks £50 bar credit draw was Martin Gormley.

Don’t miss the first appearance at the club of the fantastic Gary Fitzpatrick next Saturday 26th August, Gary is without doubt one of the finest young entertainers on the circuit right now and his show is booked two years in advance! Admission is only £3.00.

The Brian Patton Day is on Sunday 27th August and members who wish to play are urged to reserve their times on the BRS System as it is filling up very quickly.

Finally, good luck to Club President Stewart McFeeters who hosts his President’s Day this coming Saturday 19th August, best wishes and congratulations are also extended to the President’s wife Carole who retires from her secretarial duties at the club this Friday and also celebrates her 70th birthday this weekend, good luck Carole from all the members and many thanks for your dedication to the club in recent years.

Friday 18th August – Societies 12-5.30pm
Saturday 19th August – Mr Stewart McFeeters Presidents day.
Monday 21st August – Open Stableford
Tuesday 22nd August – Foyle Hospice Charity – Ladies
Wednesday 23rd August – Presidents mixed foursomes (select own partner)

Club Notes – 8th August 2017

Sammy Devenney’s (19) fine season of golf continued on Saturday in the Pat O’Neill’s Scaffolding stableford competition with a fantastic total of 44pts to take the win.  Sammy started this year at (21) but has obviously found retirement very much to his liking as he has tumbled to an excellent new mark of (16).  The key on Saturday was just very steady golf over his entire round putting together matching nines of 22pts.The unlucky runner up on the day was Conal Cooke (2) with a truly remarkable round of golf of five under par gross 64 which equated to 43pts, the outstanding feature of which was an Albatross at the par five 10th hole, where he holed his three wood second shot, the first time this has been achieved at Strabane playing a par five hole! Conal went on to add further birdies at the 12th hole & 14th hole to register only 30 shots for his inward nine and an unconfirmed new course record! Third on the day went to Patsy Logue(24) with 41 pts, his best round to date, Patsy unfortunately incurred a two shot penalty for teeing off from the wrong marker at the 4th hole, so did remarkably well to keep his round going! Alan McGinley (16) is a relatively new young player to the game and he is making great strides forward, his 40pts built on a great second nine of 22pts gave him fourth place.  Long hitter Gary O’Connell (7) is another having a great season and he took the final nett prize with 40pts. The gross on the day went to sponsor’s guest Enda Kennedy (0) with a one over par total of 35 pts, the over 60’s prize went to Gerry Quinn (19) with 40pts with the nines going to Jimmy Callan (12) with 22pts for the front nine and to Charlie Patton (16) with 21 pts for the back nine.

Mitchell Meats Stableford
There was a good midweek entry for the Mitchell Meats stableford competition played last Thursday, with the win going to Pat O’Doherty (20) with 41pts,the runner up was Stephen Donaghey (10) with 39pts with Ronnie Wiley (12) in third with 38 pts, Rory Doherty (8) was the gross winner with 30 gross points.

Monday Open
There was a Monday open competition played this week with single figure players featuring in the prizes! Gary O’Connell (6) topped the leader board this time with 40pts the runner up was Patrick McCrossan (6) with 38 pts with Ryan McGowan (5) in third also with 38pts, the gross went to Patrick McGranaghan (5) with 30 gross points.

Mrs Maura McBeths Lady Presidents Day.
Mrs Maura McBeth celebrated her Lady Presidents day on Friday past at the club. Thankfully the weather remained pleasant for the most part of the day and a very enjoyable day and evening was had by all the players and guests.  The winner was Lisa Patton (14) with an excellent return of 41pts, just getting the better of Catherine Neeson (16) by a single point, third place went to Heather Mitchell (21) with 37 pts with the gross prize going to Jennifer Rouse (9) with 24 gross points.
The category winners were Dympna Doherty (22) with 31pts in category one and Imelda Doherty (32) with 37 pts in category two. The nines went to Olive Reid with 19pts for the front nine and to Carole McFeeters with the same total for her back nine. Club President Stewart McFeeters won the men’s guest prize with other prizes going to Mary Duffy-granny prize, Olive Turner-Senior prize, Mary Casey-Committee prize and Carmel McElwee –House Committee prize.

Knockavoe Charity weekly
Last week’s weekly event for ladies in support of Knockavoe School was also won by Lisa Patton, again with 41 pts, category one went to Catherine Neeson with 40pts with category two going to Monica McGettigan with 39pts.

Mixed Foursomes
Last Wednesdays mixed foursomes winners were Bernie & Brian O’Kane with 32 pts with Lady Captain Patricia Kelly and her husband Dr Ciaran Kelly in second with 30pts.

Commiserations to Monica McGettigan and her Ladies Foursomes team who went out in a close tie with Malone Golf club at the Ulster Quarter final stage and to Mary Duffy and her Challenge Cup team who have also exited that one in a very close encounter with Letterkenny G.C.

“Last Man Standing” begins in three weeks with a guaranteed prize of £1000 once again, entry is a one off payment of £10, the competition is of course open to non-members also.

This week’s £50 bar credit draw winner was Garvin Godfrey

Thursday 10th August – F.M.C. Accountants (S/F)
Friday 11th August – Past Captains & Presidents Day
Saturday 12th August – J.C. Barbers (S/F)
Monday 13th August – Mon Competition
Tuesday 14th August – Eileen Keery Memorial Cup – Ladies.

Club Notes – 1st August 2017

Liam Curry rolled back the years at Strabane on Saturday in the Ballycolman Vivo stroke competition, shooting an amazing 62 nett to spread eagle the challenging field in extremely tough conditions. Liam got to the turn in four over par but really got it going on the back nine dropping only one more shot to par giving him a three stroke winning margin from the runner up another veteran Gerry Quinn (21) who finished on 65 nett despite two triple bogeys on his card.  David Friel (10) took fourth spot two shots further back on 67 nett with Michael Etherson (11) fourth with 68 nett, John Blee (13) took the final nett prize with 69 nett. The gross winner was Conal Cooke with 74 gross, with the categories being picked up by Paddy O’Kane (8) with 70 nett in category one, Eddie McCrea (16) with 69 nett in category two and Ciaran Patton (19) with 70 nett in category three. Terry Doherty (12) won the over 60’s prize with 70 nett, a reflection on how hard conditions were on the day was the eventual C.S.S which drifted to 71 on the day.

Tommy Forbes Catering
There was an excellent midweek entry for the Tommy Forbes Catering competition with more than 90 cards being taken out for the event. The winner playing in the first group out on the course in early morning was John McMenamin (15) one of three players with 39pts.  The runner up was Paddy Doyle (17) with Conal Cooke (2) also with 39 pts which was a brilliant one under gross for him, with Conal in third Aidan Boyle (5) took the gross prize with 33 gross points. Congratulations to Fred McGavigan who recorded a hole in one at the second hole with the perfect nine iron shot, it was drinks all round at the bar courtesy of Fred!

Ladies Golf
The winner of last week Ladies event the Gallagher Cup was Lisa Patton (15) with a brilliant 42 pts to win by five clear points, the category winners were Bernie O’Kane in category one with 36 pts and Monica McGettigan in category two with 37 pts.
Many congratulations to Jennifer Rouse from the ladies section who won the overall nett prize in the Mabel Harrison Scratch Open at Royal Portrush G.C. on Saturday past.
Best wishes are extended to Lady President Maura McBeth who hosts her ladies Presidents this Friday 4th August, hopefully the weather will be kind on the day!

Team News
Commiserations to Eddie McHugh and his All-Ireland Fourball team who exited that competition on Sunday past with overall defeat to Letterkenny G.C. at the Ulster quarter-final stage in a very close encounter.
Shane McLaughlin’s Phair Cup team have made it through to the final of that event with a narrow victory over Enniskillen Golf Club on Friday night winning the tie winning by a solitary point over the two legs. Also making their final are Frankie Connolly’s Conway Cup side, they also won by a single point overall against Newtownstewart G.C.

The winner of this weeks £50 bar credit draw was Bernie O’Kane.
Please note the main bar is private this Friday night until 10pm to facilitate Lady President’s night, music will follow later with Thomas Gillespie.
The lines are now on sale for the next edition of last man Standing with a guaranteed first prize of £1000, the entry fee is a one off £10.

Thursday 3rd August – Mitchell meats S/F
Friday 4th August – Mrs Maura McBeths Lady Presidents Day
Saturday 5th August – Pat O’Neill Scaffolding S/F
Monday 7th August – Betterball pairs.