Club Notes – 26th September 2017

The recent spell of very wet weather locally has played havoc with the end of season competition schedule, with three recent Saturday events now having to be postponed, last Saturdays Club Championship became the latest competition not to be played as the holes along the river were not in a condition where they could be played without causing major damage to the fairways on that stretch of the course. Sundays competition The Mourne river Search & Rescue stableford however did get the go ahead and was played over a reduced 15 holes with the 9th 10th & 11th again being omitted. The winner with a tidy 35 pts was Eddie Finlay (14) with junior Captain Patrick McGranaghan (4) the runner up with 33pts, third went to Brian Kelly (18) with 32pts whilst Barry Patterson picked up the gross prize with 26 gross points.
In place of the club Championship on Saturday a 12 holes sweep competition was held with Brian Forrester (16) continuing his excellent late season surge to take first place with 28 pts, Jimmy Callan(12) was next with 27 pts with Charlie Patton (16) in third with 26 pts, Patrick Kennedy (2) was the gross winner on this occasion with 21 pts.

Thursday Club
The Thursday club has got underway for the Autumn & Winter seasons with a decent entry so far, the weather has also been a factor in the first two weeks with both weeks being reduced to 12 holes also. In week one the winner was Paul O’Hare (12) with 29pts, second came Francie Devine (11) with 28pts with Liam Patton in third with 27 pts, Freddie Patterson was the gross winner. In week two the winner was Jim Harley (18) with 30pts, Francie Devine (12) was again the runner up with 29 pts on this occasion and Foncie McNally (16) took third with 28pts, Paul McGill (5) was the gross winner. Please note there will be no Thursday Club this week as the Greg Mitchell motors was rescheduled for this date to facilitate the sponsors.

The Monday Club is now in to it’s third week. 15 holes were possible this week with Barry Patterson, Dermott Corry, John McMenamin and Johnathan McGillion this week’s winners with 88.5 pts.

Best wishes are sent to our Captain Pat McAneny has he continues to recover from serious illness we all wish him a speedy recovery. At Pat’s request the Captains outing to Greencastle will go ahead as planned on Saturday with at present in excess of 130 players travelling, please ensure that the entry fee of £40 is paid by Thursday at the latest as we need to exchange the currency to pay for green fees and food, the presentations will take place later back at Strabane provisionally at 9.30pm.

The clubs Last Man Standing after only three weeks is rapidly getting down to the business side of things with 492 players eliminated after the first three weeks, only one more went out last weekend leaving a total of only 26 players still in contention for the £1000 prize.

Last weekend’s £50 bar credit draw went to Mark Gillespie.

The entry sheet and format for this year’s Winter cup will be posted on the club noticeboard after this weekend.

Club Notes – 12th September 2017

Conal Cooke playing of one handicap again took the honours at Strabane, on Saturday past, in the Medicare sponsored event with yet another superb under par round of 66 gross which transferred to a winning 40 pts bringing Conal to a new scratch handicap! One over par after three holes Cooke then added 3 birdies in a row to get his round in great shape, only one more bogey was to follow, that at the par four 11th hole but birdies at the 10th & 15th holes more than made up for any slips and he ran out the winner by a single point from a host of players on 39 pts, the very much back in form Vincent Bradley (17) who, fresh from his “Pavarotti tour” win, took the runners up spot, he has featured frequently on the scoreboard in recent weeks, third place went to Ryan McGowan (5) with a solid two over par round, Adrian McDermott (18) took fourth again with 39 pts, Stephen McCay (5) was the final nett prize winner with 38 pts, the gross went to Fred McGavigan (4) with an excellent one over par round, the over 60’s prize winner was Francie Devine (11) with 38 pts, Barry Callaghan (17) was the winner of the front nine with 22 pts with Mark McCrea (8) winning the back nine with a similar score.

Last Thursday’s event was the rescheduled Topaz stableford and it went the way of Kevin Heffernan (18) with 40pts, just ahead on break of tie from Kieran McAleer (24) with Vincent Bradley (18) in third this time with 39 pts, Fred McGavigan (4) took his first of two gross prizes this week this time with a two over par 34 pts.

Monday Club
The Winter season Monday teams got underway on Monday past over just 13 holes. The winners were Denis Porter, Jimmy Wasson, Hugh Casey and George Turner with 67 pts, the runners up were Kevin Keegan, Odhran McGettigan, Dermott Corry and Charlie Patton with 66 pts.

Mixed Foursomes
The penultimate mixed foursomes of the season was played last Wednesday evening with 10 pairs participating, the winners were Margaret Wolfe & Gerry Casey with 22pts for the 10 holes in play, the runners up were Mary Duffy & Paul O’Hare with 21pts.

The final Ladies open competition of the season was played last Tuesday, the winner with  37pts was Rosemary Wilson (28) Maeve Crowe (30) was the runner up with 36 pts with Lorna Duffy (18) in third with 35 pts, the gross winner was Jennifer Rouse (8) 25 pts with the categories going to Norma Brogan (14) with 34 pts in category one, Heather Mitchell (20) with 32 pts in category two and Geraldine McCrory (32) with 35 pts in category three, Caren Corry with 20 pts won the first nine with Dympna Doherty with 19 pts winning the second nine, the leading Visitor was Patricia Devine from Newtownstewart golf club. 

The Thursday Club gets underway weather permitting this Thursday 14th September over 15 holes, please use the computer at the shop to enter and deposit entry fee and joining fee of £5 to the gents box.

This week’s £50 bar credit draw winner was Jim Potts.

The timesheet for the Captain’s outing is currently posted on the notice-board, the cost is £40 for the day.

A further  62 players were eliminated this weekend from Last Man Standing leaving 151 still in contention for the prize of £1000, all selections this week should be sent to your promoter by Friday at 6pm as there is a Friday Night fixture.

Thursday 14th September – Thursday club week 1
Saturday 16th September – Kennedy Independent Financial Advice Stableford
Monday 18th September – Monday Teams
Sunday 23rd September – Mourne Search and Rescue Open(BRS)         


Club Notes – 5th September 2017

Tremendous work by our greens staff over this past 11 days after the severe flooding enabled the McGettigans Applegreen competition to proceed over all 18 holes on Saturday past. The winner was Denis Porter (12) with 40pts which was an excellent total on a breezy day, the runner up was Mark McAneny (19) with 39pts, just ahead of Kevin Keegan (19) on break of tie, Shaun McGonagle (13) took fourth spot with 37 pts with John Langan (12) in fifth with 37 pts also.  The gross prize went to Patrick Kennedy (3) with 34 gross points which was only two over par for his round, the nines were claimed by Jim Potts (16) and Gary King (13), Brian Kelly (18) was the over 60’s prize winner with 35 pts.

Thursday Sweep
Thursdays scheduled event was cancelled and a 15 holes vouchers sweep was held in its place.  The competition was dominated by category three players with Kevin Keegan (19) the winner with 38 pts, Peter Doherty Sen.(28) was the runner up with 36 pts and John Tinney (27) third with 34 pts, Freddie Patterson was the gross winner.

The winners of Mr Stewart McFeeters Presidents Mixed foursomes were Carmel McElwee and Ronnie Wiley, with 31pts over the 13 holes in play, the runners up were Lady Captain Patricia Kelly and Dr Ciaran Kelly with 30 pts with Catherine Neeson and Paul Bogle in third place with 28 pts, the gross winners were Jenifer Rouse and Freddie Patterson

Ladies Golf
The Ladies Breast Cancer Charity competition was played recently over a reduced 11 holes with Norma Brogan (14) the winner with 25 pts, Bernie O’Kane (20) was the category one winner with 20 pts with Olive Reid (30) the winner in category two with 22 pts.

Teams News
Pat Corry’s JB.Carr team lost out on Saturday in Woodenbridge in the All Ireland semi-final against Portumna G.C. by the narrowest of margins eventually going down by three matches to two, after Garvin Godfrey and Declan McDonnell lost at the 19th hole.  The Strabane pairing had fought back from four down to take the game to extra holes despite conceding four shots to their Co. Galway opponents. Strabane eventually finished in third place when they defeated Fermoy Co.Cork 4-1 in Sundays third/fourth place play-off, the eventual winners were Portumna G.C who beat the K.Club 4-1 in the final, to make it a very successful day indeed for Galway teams. Disappointment yes, but still a very successful campaign for Pat’s side putting Strabane Golf club firmly on the map and with another Ulster title in the bag!

Congratulations to Frankie Connolly and his Conway Cup team who took the honours in Sundays Conway Cup final against Aughnacloy golf club turning around a 11.5-4.5 deficit from the first leg to win the home leg in dramatic fashion and an overall win of 19-13.

Not so good news for Shane McLaughlin and his Phair Cup team in their final as they were comprehensively beaten at home by Aughnacloy by a 11.5-4.5 margin and will need something very special to turn the match around in their favour.

The entry sheet for the Captains Outing to Greencastle on Saturday 30th September is now posted on the notice-board, the cost for the day is £40 which should be paid to the gents box in advance the times booked are from 8am until 2.30pm.

The Monday Club team’s event begins this coming Monday 11th September with the Thursday Club getting underway on Thursday 14th September.

Last Man Standing resumes this weekend after 304 exited the competition in week one, please get the selections to Brian Brolly as soon as possible.

This week’s £50 bar credit winner was Declan Devine.

Finally congratulations to Conor Sharkey and Lauren Patton who got married on Saturday past we wish you many years of happiness together from all at Strabane golf club.

Thursday 7th September – Topaz 18 holes stableford.
Saturday 9th September – Kennedy Independent Financial Advice S/F
Monday 11th September – Monday Teams
Tuesday 12th September – Ladies competition
Wednesday 13th September – Mixed foursomes 10 holes
Thursday 14th September – Thursday Club, week 1 – 18 holes qualifying.