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)

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