Club Notes – 29th August 2017

BRIAN PATTON MEMORIAL DAY

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.

LAST MAN STANDING CARNAGE!
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.

FIXTURES:
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

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