Club Notes – 31st October 2017

Thirty-five teams lined up on Saturday in an end of season fundraising day for Caoimhe Harkin, with a most enjoyable day had by all playing in a team scramble format. Thankfully the weather was reasonable allowing the day to proceed with no hitches which was just reward for the tremendous efforts put in by the organising committee headed by Billy Doherty, many thanks go to the multitude of tee sponsors on the day, at least four at every hole on the course and to so many of the businesses near and far who made great contributions towards the amazing prizes that were up for grabs on the day.
The winners of the event were actually in the very first four-ball on the course just after 8am in the morning, others got extremely close but their total was never bettered, the winners were Marty Houston, Peter O’Connell, Dan Downey and Jonathan McGonagle who all left with new M2 Taylor-made drivers for their efforts! Their round started off very ordinarily for this particular format, opening with four straight pars but a fantastic run from the 5th hole where they recorded an Eagle 3, saw them birdie the following 5 holes and despite a bogey at the 17th hole they added a birdie 3 at the last hole to post an eyecatching 54.5. The unlucky runners up just one tenth of a shot behind on 54.6 were Fred McGavigan, Stephen Donaghey, Liam Callaghan and Kevin Neeson, this team had a remarkable start to their round managing to record birdie at the first seven holes! Third place went to Senan Roarty, Damian Roarty, Adrian McLaughlin and Shaun McGonagle with another great score of 55.4. The leading ladies team were Anne Sharkey, Donna Doherty, Adeline Gibson and Dympna Doherty, the prize for nearest the pin went to Ronnie Wiley with the longest drive going to Martin McDermott. Again many thanks to the members and visitors who gave great support to the competition the final total raised will be announced as soon as possible.

Thursday Club.
With better weather the sixth week of the Thursday club had its best entry to date with 58 players taking out cards, the winner in an extremely close finish was Joe Doherty with 34pts for the 15 holes in play, the runner up was Jimmy Henderson also with 34pts with Brian Brolly third again with 34pts, Paul McGill was this week’s gross winner.

Monday Club
This week’s Monday club saw 12 teams going to post, the winners were Dermott Corry, John McCallion, John White and Oliver McNally with 85.25 Nett, the runners up were Vincent Bradley, Patsy Wilson, Eric Reid and Seamus McPhilemy with 84.25 nett.

The three remaining players in “Last man standing” all progressed to week nine after they all selected Liverpool last weekend, this week’s fixtures would appear difficult to predict and we could well have a £1000 winner very soon!

This weeks’ £50 bar credit draw winner was Margaret Wolfe.

The Winter mats have now been introduced to save the course from any further damage after the recent inclement spell, all member and visitors must use them as directed with no exceptions.

Club Notes – 24th October 2017

Stephen Donaghey (9) scooped the Golfer of the Year title on Saturday with a sixth place finish in the Kennedy Independent Financial Advice stableford event, the final qualifying competition of the season. Going into Saturday’s final day the overwhelming favourite was scratch golfer Conal Cooke who has had a remarkable season himself, but he came to grief when losing a ball at the par 4 – 15th hole, when there looked to be no danger from the tee, a poor finish by his standards subsequently saw him finish outside the points whereas Donaghey had a splendid finish covering the last six holes in level par to record a vital 15 Golfer of the Year points to win overall by just a single point having trailed by fourteen at the start of the day, many congratulations to Stephen for hanging in there to be still in a position to muster a challenge after Conal’s remarkable recent run of form.
In the competition itself, our Junior Captain, Patrick McGranaghan, continued to write headlines getting it round on the day in 67 gross which equated to 41 stableford points, Patrick only achieved single figures at the end of last year and his improvement has been remarkable thus far, and this great win was very deserving after a great golfing season. The runner up was Martin Rouse (10) with an excellent 40pts his best total for some time, third went to the consistent Paul McNally (14) with 39pts, with Vincent Bradley (17) continuing his recent revival in fourth place also with 39pts, Stephen Donaghey’s 38pts was good enough to take the final nett prize. Barry Patterson (6) is another player who’s recent form has caught the eye and he took Saturday’s gross prize with an excellent three over par 33 gross points, Johnny McGonagle (22) lifted the first nine prize with Shaun McGonagle (13) winning the back nine.

Thursday Club week 5
Last Thursday’s winner in the Thursday club was Foncie McNally (16) with a solid 34pts on a difficult day for golf, the runner up was Ronnie Wiley (12) with 32pts with Dr Ciaran Kelly (11) in third with 31 pts. Keith Patterson (7) was the gross winner, the early pacesetter in the Golfer of the Year stakes is Liam Patton with several players tied on a couple of two’s in the race to be “King of the Two’s”.
A note for the diaries this year’s final day will be played at Dunfanaghy Golf Club on the 19th April 2018

Monday Club
The Monday team event this week was a scramble event with ten teams participating, the winners were declared as Frankie Connolly, Patsy Wilson and Eric Reid with 40.75 pts, the runners up were Shane McLaughlin, Martin Finlay, Jim Arbuckle and Liam McGinley with 39 pts.

Congratulations to Carole McFeeter’s and Foncie McNally who last week won the final matchplay trophy, the Worcester Cup, defeating Mary Duffy and Francie Devine in the decider.

The Ladies golfing season is rapidly coming to a finish also, last week’s competition was a 10 holes event with Dympna Doherty the winner with 20 pts, category one went to Catherine Neeson, Geraldine McCrory was the best in category two.
Our Ladies Section are currently launching a fundraising draw with some great prizes up for grabs tickets are priced at £5 each.

There are now only three players left in the hunt for the £1000 prize in the “Last man standing” competition after week seven, good luck to those still remaining!

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

There is a major team scramble taking place this Saturday at the club with all proceeds going to the “Caoimhe Harkin Fund” there are still a couple of slots left on the B.R.S. timesheet, the presentation will also take place on Saturday night for the fabulous prizes that are on offer!

There is an 80’s themed disco in the clubhouse on Friday night from 9.30pm with a prize for the best 80’s outfit, the night is being hosted by the local Autism Awareness group S.A.N.N.A.S. and tickets are £6.00

Club Notes – 17th October 2017

A superb round on Saturday at Strabane saw Nigel Houston (11) produce his best round in many years to dominate the competition in The Label Men’s Fashions stableford event, the winner got to the turn with 22pts on his card which was only two over par despite a double bogey at the 3rd hole, birdies followed at the 12th & 13th holes and despite dropping three late shots his total of 43 pts was never likely to be bettered! Closest to the winner came Gerard Stewart (19) fresh from his win at the Captain’s outing he kept his great form going with a solid 40pts despite two blank holes and two double bogeys on his card! Third place went to the very steady Paul McNally (15) with 39pts with Seamus Flannagan (26) in fourth spot with 38pts, Mark Neeley (12) took the final nett prize with 38pts, the gross once again went to Conal Cooke (scr) this time with 35 pts, the over 60’s prize was claimed by Enda McDonnell (22) with 36 pts, the nines were won by Jimmy Patton and Peter Donaghey, many thanks to Stephen and Gary for their sponsorship of this event.

Thursday Club week 4
Last week’s Thursday club returned to a 15 holes competition and was won by Liam Patton (14) with an excellent 37 pts nett, the runner up with 36 pts was Johnathan McGillion (20) with 36 pts with Damian Carey (13) in third place with 35 pts, Barry Patterson (7) was this week’s gross winner.

The £50 bar credit draw winner this week was Liam McGinley.

There are now only five players in the hunt to scoop the £1000 prize in Last Man Standing out of an initial entry of 519!

The club are hosting a major team scramble event on Sat 28th October with £1,500 in prizes up for grabs on the day, the entry fee is £100 and includes a main course meal, barbecue and goody-bag.  All proceeds are going to the Caoimhe Harkin Fund contact Patrick McCrossan or Freddie Patterson at the shop for entries.

This Saturdays competition is the final qualifying event of the season and is kindly sponsored by Michael Kennedy Financial Services.

Club Notes – 10th October 2017

Conal Cooke’s amazing golfing season continued on Saturday as he added the Valerie Manning Club Championship to his litany of wins this season with yet another sub-par round of 66 gross which included four birdies and two dropped shots.  Playing of scratch handicap, Conal not only won the club championship gross by eight shots, but would also have topped the nett section as well!  Runner up in the gross section was the very much in form Barry Patterson (7) he had led the competition for most of the day with a six over par total which indicates how difficult conditions were on the course, third gross went to Gary O’Connell (6) with 76. The eventual winner in the nett section on Saturday was David Friel (10) with 67 nett, with Jim Arbuckle (19) the runner up one shot back on 68 nett, Damian Roarty (9) was third also with 68 nett, the over 60’s winner was James Callan (12) also with 68 nett, the nines went to Seamus Flannagan (27) and to Barry Callaghan (17)

The Thursday club was again reduced to 13 holes owing to the heavy rainfall on Wednesday last, this week’s winner was Vincent Bradley (16) with a solid return of 30 pts, Neil Conroy (9) was the runner up with 29 pts the same total as third placed Liam Doherty (18) the gross winner was Damian McGranaghan (6).  It is hoped to play week four over 15 holes this week leaving out the loop! Please note that the BRS System is in use for this competition!

Monday Club
This week’s Monday teams event was won by Freddie Patterson, Ronnie Wiley, John McMenamin and Vincent Bradley with 89.5 nett, the runners up were Chris Mc Dermott, Foncie McNally, Robert Bell and Niall Coulter with the same total.

Most of the matchplay competitions have now been settled with the presentation for these at 6pm this coming Sunday 15th October, congratulations to Michael Arnold who defeated Vincent Bradley at the 18th hole in the final of the Gallagher Cup and to Kevin Heffernan who just got the better of Brian Kelly at the final hole in the final of the Lawson cup, the final of the Worcester cup is to be played this week where Carole McFeeters and Foncie McNally will play Mary Duffy and Francie Devine in the decider.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s winner in the ladies section was Norma Brogan with 19 pts over the ten holes in play Heather Mitchell took category one also with 19 pts with Ann McCrory the winner in category two with 18 pts. The ladies summer season wraps up next Tuesday with the annual three ball scramble followed by a buffet served at 6.30pm

The Winter Cup is set to start this coming Sunday with 25 pairs currently entered, please note that the entry fee of £12.50 per player will be deducted from swipe cards this weekend.

Last Man Standing resumes this weekend please have selections to your seller by Friday at 8pm

The winner of the £50 bar credit draw this week was Freddie Patterson
The shop Lotto draw winner was Mark Quinn.
There is music in the clubhouse on Saturday night with Klassix Disco and on Sunday at 6.30pm with Adam Dolan.


Club Notes – 3rd October 2017


There was once again a fantastic turnout for the annual Captains outing which this year was played at the picturesque Greencastle golf club, in all 135 players made the trip to the Donegal venue and were greeted with a wonderful days weather and a course to match. The only downside to the day was that our Captain Pat was unable to attend as he continues to recover from his recent illness, we wish him well and hope to have him back at the reigns soon.  The best return on the day was posted by Gerard Stewart (21) with an excellent 41 pts, the winner had got off to a fantastic start scoring 23pts over the first nine holes and held his nerve to return a further 18pts on the back nine to win by two clear points from the runner up Terry Doherty (12) who was the best of three players on 39pts, third went to Ronnie Wiley (12) with Andrew Wolfe (12) in fourth also with 39pts, Stephen Kennedy (10) took fifth with 38pts and Brian Brolly (10) sixth also with 38pts, Neil Conroy (10) was the final nett prize winner again with 38 pts, first gross went to Fred McGavigan (4) with Barry Patterson (7)  the runner up in this section, the best of the over 60’s players on the day was Liam McGinley (20) with 37pts with the nines going to Glen Roulston and to Brian Cairns. Many thanks to the staff at Greencastle Golf club for their fantastic hospitality a most enjoyable day and night was had by all!

Greg Mitchell Motors
The Greg Mitchell Motors Stableford event had been rescheduled to last Thursday with Fred McGavigan (4) the winner with 37 pts which on the day was a very good total as the course was playing it’s full length due to the underfoot conditions, the strong wind and some strange tee positions, Fred actually played in the worst of the days weather out in the last group on the course and having to contend with the strengthening gale that blew in, the runner up and long-time leader was Pat Corry (12) with 36pts with Kevin Heffernan (17) third, also with 36pts, Conor Byrne (5) took the gross prize with 30 gross points.

There was a stableford sweep competition played on Saturday for golfers who were not travelling to the Captains outing, the winner was Conor Byrne (4) with 40pts which was level par for his round, the runner up was Conal Cooke (0) who posted another under par round this time a gross 66 to give him 39pts.

Junior Captains Day
Junior Captains day was played on Sunday and unfortunately the weather had taken a turn for the worst leading to a reduced field of players. The winner in the boys section was Conor Byrne with Mark Roarty the runner up, the girl’s winner was Emer Houston, many thanks to our Junior Captain’s Patrick McGranaghan and Sarah Bradley for being great hosts on the day.

Club Matchplay
Disappointingly  only one of the club Matchplay Cup tournaments have been completed, that being the Jones Cup which was played last Sunday between Conal Cooke and Patrick McCrossan, the match lived up to its billing as the two inform players slugged it out, there were eight birdies in the game but the turning point that probably swung the match in Cooke’s favour came at the 14th hole where McCrossan double bogeyed with a shot at the hole to lose it, however he did finish strongly to win the final two holes to take the match to the 19th where Cooke eventually won with a par 4. The other finals should all be played by next week as the presentation date is Friday 13th October, there will be no further extensions! Weather permitting the Club Championship will be played this coming Saturday 7th October.

The entry sheet for the Leo Kavanagh Memorial Winter Cup has been posted on the noticeboard it is set to get underway on Sunday 15th October.

 In last man standing there were a further eight fatalities this week leaving only 18 players in the hunt for the £1000 prize. 

he £50 bar credit winner this week was Liam McDevitt. 

The club are currently taking bookings for Christmas parties which are booking well, one fantastic night of interest is Saturday 16th December where the very popular “David James” with support from “Klassix disco” will be providing the entertainment, the full price for the night is £22.50 per person which includes a full four course Christmas fayre dinner, contact Tommy for reservations.

Thursday 5th October – Thursday club week 3—15 holes.
Saturday 7th October – Valerie Manning Club Championship (s)
Monday 9th October – Monday teams
Tuesday 10th October – Ladies closing day scramble