Club Notes – 31st October 2017

CAOIMHE TEAM SCRAMBLE A GREAT SUCCESS
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

DONAGHEY SCOOPS GOLFER OF THE YEAR TITLE.
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

NIGEL WINS THE LABEL
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

LOCAL POSTMAN CONAL DELIVERS AGAIN
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)

THURSDAY CLUB WEEK 3
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

GREAT DAY AT GREENCASTLE

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.

Fixtures: 
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

Club Notes – 26th September 2017

WET WEATHER PLAYS HAVOC
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

COOKE WITH RECIPE FOR SUCCESS!
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.

TOPAZ STABLEFORD
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.

CLAIRES HAIR SALON OPEN
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.

Fixtures
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

COURSE BACK TO 18 HOLES FOR APPLEGREEN COMPETITION
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.

PRESIDENTS MIXED FOURSOMES
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.

Fixtures:
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.

 

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

Club Notes – 22nd August 2017

MARTIN WINS PRESIDENTS DAY AT STRABANE

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.

Fixtures:
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

COOKE GOES ONE BETTER!
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.

Fixtures:
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

PAT O’ NEILL SCAFFOLDING
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

Fixtures:
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

“CURRY IS HOT AT STRABANE!”
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.

Fixtures:
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.

Club Notes – 25th July 2017

IRISH ROAD MOTORS A.R.C WIN FOR WILLIAM

William Potts (27) was Saturdays winner of the Irish Road Motors Accident and Repair Centre stableford with an excellent return of 43pts, a fine opening nine of 22pts being undone somewhat with no further addition at the par 5 10th hole, but William rallied well to score a further 21pts over the last 8 holes to give him a one point win from the unlucky runner up Ciaran Doherty (9) who was just three over par for his round, a blank hole at the par 3 sixteenth hole possibly doing the damage although he was one of the very few to record a birdie on the final hole with the pin in a treacherous position. Third place went to Paul Houston (28) one of the early morning starters also with 42pts, fourth went to Brian Kelly (19) who has maintained his great run, with Charlie Patton (17) taking the final nett prize with 41 pts.  Caolan Crawford (5) took yet another gross prize with an excellent level par round which consisted of 4 birdies, 4 bogeys and 10 pars!  Jim Potts (18) was the over 60’s winner with 39pts with the nines going to Johnny McGonagle and to Stephen Conroy.

McGoldrickSports Stableford
There was a good midweek entry for the annual McGoldrick Sports competition which was won by Don Callan (23) with a score of 40pts, Eddie O’Kane(27) was the runner up with 39pts with Brandon O’Neill (15) in third place with 38pts, Patrick McGranaghan (5)took the gross prize with 32 gross points.  Many thanks to Raymond at McGoldricks Sports for his continued sponsorship of this event.

Bank of Ireland Trophy
The ladies competition last week was the Bank of Ireland Trophy and it was won by Geraldine Masterson (32) with a fine 40pts, category one went to Catherine Neeson (16) with 38pts with category two going to Monica MacIntyre (36) with 36pts.

Mary Duffy’s Challenge Cup team have it all to do in their second leg match with Letterkenny ladies after the teams tied 2.5-2.5 in last Saturdays home encounter.

Our Mixed Foursomes team have gone out at the Ulster quarter-final stage to Castlerock golf club on Sunday at City of Derry, in a very close game the Co. Derry team just finished the strongest to get the verdict.

Pat Corry’s JB.Carr side are through to the Ulster semi-finals getting the better of Co.Monaghan champions Concrawood at Castleblaney on Monday in another tight match, Strabane got the two matches they needed, the second of which was at the 20th hole with another pair ready to tee off down the 19th hole if required, they will now meet either Ballybofey G.C or Dunmurray G.C.

Eddie McHugh’s All-Ireland Four-ball have serious work to do if they are to progress to the Ulster Semi-final after losing out 4-1 at Letterkenny on Sunday past, best wishes to them in the home-leg this Sunday at Strabane.

The winner of the £50 bar credit draw this week was Peter Doherty Jnr.
Look out for the new series of Last Man Standing which begins in the coming weeks.
The sausage sizzle barbecue has been postponed until Wed 9th August.

There is a presentation night this Friday at 8.30pm sharp when the prizes for the following events will be presented:  GMG Logos, Murphy’s on the Green, Sean Devine Sand and Gravel, Mark James Menswear, Declan Devine Frozen Foods and the Hugh Harley Cup.

We have our next big country night at the club this coming Saturday night when “Friends” will be on stage from 10.30pm, admission as always only £3.
Watch out for the brilliant Gary Fitzpatrick on Sat 26th August who is our next country act to debut at the club.

Fixtures:
Thursday 27th July – Tommy Forbes catering S/F
Saturday 29th July – Ballycolman Vivo Stroke
Monday 31st July – Pairs competition
Tuesday 1st August – Claire’s Salon ladies open S/F
Thursday 3rd August – Mitchell Meats S/F
Friday 4th August – Mrs Maura McBeths Lady Presidents Day.

Club Notes – 18th July 2017

LADY CAPTAINS WINNER ANNETTE

The winner of Mrs Patricia Kelly’s Ladies Captains prize was Annette Patton, pictured with the Lady Captain

Annette Patton (31) was the very popular winner of Mrs Patricia Kelly’s Lady Captains prize at Strabane on Saturday with an excellent score of 68 nett, everything was set up perfect for the big day the only disappointing factor was the weather as it remained breezy, and somewhat wet, for most of the day and umbrellas were up for most of the afternoon. Annette played very steady throughout her round and kept it going right to the finish to eventually win by a clear margin of three shots from the runner up Mary Gallagher (29), who in her own words has hit somewhat of a purple patch off late and has featured in most competition presentations throughout the past month.  The reception Mary received for her efforts on the day spoke highly of the regard in which this “super –senior” is held by her fellow lady golfers at the club. Third place on the day went to Lauren Patton (16) who was also one of four players with nett 71, the gross prize went to the always consistent Jennifer Rouse (10). 
In category one the winner was Lisa Patton (15) one of the players with nett 71, the runner up in this category was Catherine Neeson (16) with nett 72.  In category two the winner was Monica McGettigan (25) with 74 nett with Dympna Doherty (22) in second with 75 nett, in category three the honours went to Donna Doherty (32) with 74 nett with Caren Corry the runner up with 75 nett. Other winners on the day in the many categories were Maeve Corry who won the front nine with 34.5 nett, Geraldine Masterson who took the back nine prize with 37 nett, the Lady guest winner was Mandy Coyne, the leading visitor was Theresa Mullen from Newtownstewart, the “Granny prize” went to Anne Sharkey, the Committee prize to Geraldine McCrory and the seniors prize went to Olive Turner. 
The men were also involved on the day playing the first 11 holes, the winner of the male guest was the Lady Captains husband Dr Ciaran Kelly with 23 pts, with Francie Devine the runner up also with 23 pts, in the separate gents competition Martin Rouse was the winner with 27 pts with Jim Potts in second with 21 pts. The longest drive prize was collected by Lauren Patton with Jennifer Rouse the nearest the pin winner. The Lady Captain, in an excellent and concise speech, thanked all who had initially got her to start playing golf, going on to thank the clubs committees for all their efforts throughout the season and thanking her family friends and fellow golfers for being there to celebrate her big golfing day.

Lady Captains Mixed Foursomes
In a prelude to Lady Captain’s Day there was a good turnout of competitors for the Lady Captains Mixed foursomes event played on Wednesday evening, the winners were Geraldine Masterson and Danny Duffy with 31 pts, the runners up were Mary Gallagher and Mark Sharkey with 30 pts, third went to Norma Brogan and club Captain Pat McAneny also with 30 pts with the gross prize going to Mandy Coyne and Patrick McCrossan with 22 pts.

Mc Breartys Mace Stableford.
Last Thursdays sponsor was Mr Martin McBrearty from Melmount Mace Store, the winner with an excellent return of 41 pts was Aidan Boyle (6) a fine inward nine of one under gross setting up the win, the runner up was Michael Etherson (12) just one point behind with 40pts with Stephen McCay (6) in third place with 39 pts, Peter Doherty took the gross prize with 31 gross.

In team golf this week the Ladies  Foursomes team will have it all to do in their second leg Ulster quarter final with Malone ladies from Belfast after losing out by two matches to one in last Fridays encounter.
Frankie Connolly’s Conway Cup team hold a 12-4 lead after their first leg match with Newtownstewart G.C.

The winner of this week’s £50 bar credit draw was Declan Devine.

The next of our Country nights is on Saturday 29th July with the brilliant Thomas Gillespie and Kieran McColgan at 10.30pm, watch out for the first club appearance of Gary Fitzpatrick on Saturday 26th August another night that should not be missed, Gary is without doubt one of the top young entertainers in the country at present.

Fixtures:
Wednesday 19th July –Mixed foursomes
Thursday 20th July – McGoldricks Sports Stableford.
Saturday 22nd July – Irish Road Motors ARC Stableford
Sunday 23rd July – Mourne Search and Rescue Open
Monday 24th July – Pairs 15 holes competition
Tuesday 25th July – Ladies Gallagher Cup
Wednesday 26th July – Mixed foursomes ‘Sausage Sizzle’ and barbecue.

Club Notes – 11th July 2017

OPEN WEEK CONCLUDES AT STRABANE

Open week came to a close on Saturday past at Strabane with the Mark James Menswear open which was won by Matt Keyes (18) with a solid 40pts which was a good total in the strong southerly breeze that prevailed throughout the day.  Mickey Arnold also playing of 18 handicap was the runner up just one shot in arrears on 39 pts on break of tie from third placed Martin Rouse (10) also on 39 pts was fourth placed Martin Finlay (20) with the very consistent Stephen Donaghey (10) in fifth with 38 pts, Enda Kennedy(scr) took the gross prize with a fine two under par total of 67 which added up to 38 pts. The nines on Saturday went to Brian O’Kane (21) with 21pts for the first nine and to Peter Etherson (20) who had 22 pts for the back nine.

Murphy’s on the Green Open
Local bar and restaurant Murphy’s on the Green were the sponsors of Thursday’s open competition, the winner of this one was Martin Keys (18) with 39 pts, the runner up was Brian Brolly (10) beaten only on break of tie, Paul Given (13) was third with 38 pts, Caolan Crawford (5)took the gross prize with a tidy three over par round of 38 pts. Congratulations to Chris mc Dermott who scored a hole in one at the 12th hole in this competition holing out with a perfect 7 iron shot.

GMG LOGOS OPEN STROKE
The GMG Logos open stroke was played on Monday with Paul McGill (6) declared the winner with a 65 nett which was just two over par, the runner up was Sean Elliot (12) with 66 nett the same total as Conal Cooke (3) who got it round in level par. Caolan Crawford was also the gross winner in this one with 75 gross.

JD Print Mixed Foursomes
Wednesdays competition was the JD Print open mixed foursomes which was won by Mary McGuigan and Oliver McNally with 34 pts for the 15 holes in play, the runners up were Jennifer and Martin Rouse with 31 pts with Maeve & Howard Crowe in third with 30pts, the gross prize went to Lorna Duffy and Jim Harley.

Bertie Colhoun Cup and Open Greensomes
The penultimate competition in open week was the Open Mens Greensomes coupled with the Bertie Colhoun Cup, it was won by a clear margin of three points by Gerard Walsh and Liam Doherty with 45 pts, second were Declan O’Hare and Frankie Connolly with 42 pts on break of tie from Rory and Gerry McColgan.

With lack of entries the Monday single competitions have been discontinued and are being replaced by betterball, greensomes and team events played over 15 holes weekly, Mondays betterball winners were Ciaran Neeson & Kieran McBride with 37 pts with Dermott Corry and Robert Bell second also with 37 pts.

Donna’s Flowerbox Ladies Open.
The winner of the ladies open event in open week sponsored by Donna’s Flowerbox Ltd was Newtownstewart G.C. lady member Theresa Mullen with 39 pts, the runner up was Betty Kelly with 38 pts with Lorna Duffy in third with 36 pts, the gross winner was Jennifer Rouse, with the categories going to Catherine Neeson 35 pts, Heather Mitchell 36 pts, the front nine was won with 21 pts by Wendy Marshall from Omagh G.C. and the back nine by Susan Anderson with 18 pts also from Omagh, the visitors prize went to Anne-Speers Crooks from Newtownstewart G.C.

On Thursday evening it was our pleasure to welcome Geoff Loughrey back to Strabane, Geoff teaches out of the Michael Bandon School of Golf and played all his junior golf at the club before turning professional. Geoff had brought some of his very talented protogees to play the course before they all made their first appearance at the North of Ireland Championship this week at Portrush, they teamed them up with some of our own up and coming junior players, the students who hailed from Holland, Wales, England, South Korea, Austria and Ireland all thoroughly enjoyed the course with much praise for the wonderful greens. The lads held their own mini tournament and it was won by 16 year old Jake Hapgood playing of +3 handicap, he got to the turn with 2 birdies at the first and 6th holes and came back with a further five birdies to shoot an incredible 62 gross, which would without doubt have been a course record if it had of been in a club competition. Vice- Captain Frankie Houston presented their trophy to Jake wishing all the lads the very best of luck for this week’s championship at Portrush and thanking Geoff for bringing the players to Strabane.

In club teams news this week our All- Ireland Fourball team comfortably made it through to the last eight were they will now meet Letterkenny G.C.  Eddie McHugh’s side were much too strong on Sunday for Foyle G.C. winning the first four matches and having the other game then called in.

Pat Corry’s J.B.Carr team hold a 4-1 advantage over Concrawood from Castleblaney after Mondays encounter and will have a tough task ahead at the Co Monaghan venue next week, we wish them well.

The £50 bar credit winner this week was Michael Neeson.

This Saturday is Lady Captains Day at the club, best wishes to Lady Captain, Patricia, and to all the ladies playing. There will be a 13 holes Gents competition in the evening.

Club Notes – 4th July 2017

GREAT BACK NINE WINS IT FOR GARY
The winner of Saturday’s Devine Sand & Gravel stableford competition was Gary King who was out in the very first four-ball of the day, it surely looked like just one of those ordinary days when he reached the turn with 16 points on his card, but two successive birdies to begin the back nine moved him into contention and with only one poor hole at the 17th hole, Gary managed to accumulate 40 pts, a total that wasn’t bettered for the remainder of the day. The runner up was also playing in the same four-ball Ciaran Patton (20) has had a lean time on the course of late and it’s good to see him back in the winners enclosure, his 39 pts good enough on break of tie from two similar scores, that of Hugo McCusker (12) who was third and James Harron (10) who finished fourth, James Bradley (18) took the final nett prize with 38 pts, the gross prize winner was Patrick McCrossan (6) with 32 gross points, this week’s over 60’s winner was Paddy Doyle (17) with 36 pts, Gerry Glover (16) won the first nine with Brian O’Kane (21) the back nine.

Frylite Ltd. Champagne Scramble.
Sunday past saw the beginning of Open Week at the club with the traditional starter the Frylite Open teams which was played in a champagne scramble format, i.e. all four players drive off with ideally the best drive selected each time, although each player must have their drive used at least three times, play then commences as normal from the chosen drive with all four players finishing the hole with their own ball, 2 scores then count at each hole, all 5 par 3’s are played as normal with again 2 scores to count.
The winners thanks mainly to a terrific final hole where they added a massive nine points with two birdies were Ciaran Murphy, Ciaran Doherty, Paul Kavanagh and Seamus Flannagan with a total score of 100 pts, two clear of the runners up Brian Brolly, Ronnie Wiley, John McMenamin and Mark Sharkey, Sean Elliot, Niall Coulter, Alan McGinley and Hugh McGinley were third also with 98 pts. The best ladies team were Norma Brogan, Dympna Doherty, Adeline Gibson and Catherine Neeson with 89 pts,the nearest the pin was claimed by Paul McGill with Peter Doherty hitting the longest drive.

Hugh Harley Memorial
Last Thursdays competition was the annual Hugh Harley Memorial Cup and was won by early starter Neil Conroy (10) with 39pts, the runner up was Paul Given (13) one point in arrears with 38 pts with Jordan Arthur (7) finishing in third with 36 pts, Patrick McCrossan kept his great run going to secure yet another gross prize this time with 29 gross pts.

Team News
Vice- Captain Frankie Houston’s Donegal League team suffered a 3-2 reverse on Friday evening in their match with Cloughanneely from Falcarragh and will have it all to do in the away leg this coming Friday evening at the Donegal venue.
Two of our Ladies teams have again advanced in their competitions, Monica McGettigans Ulster Fourball side have made it through to the quarter finals of that event and Mary Duffy’s Challenge Cup team also won on Friday night past.

Presentations
There will be a few outstanding presentations this Friday night 7th July at 8.30pm with the following events being presented, The Foothills Restaurant, Oysters Restaurant, Charlies Bar, McHughs Oil, Northern Confectionary and John Fahy’s Solicitors, it is hoped to wrap up and other outstanding presentations the following Friday 14th July.

The winner of this week’s £50 bar credit was Gerard Patterson and the shop Lotto draw winner was Shane McLaughlin
Fixtures:
Wednesday 5th July – J.D.Print Mixed open
Thursday 6th July – Murphy’s on the Green Restaurant open
Friday 7th July – Bertie Colhoun Cup and Greensomes open
Saturday 8th July – Mark James Menswear Open

Club Notes – 26th June 2017

2 OUT OF 3 AIN’T BAD FOR FRANKIE
Playing in the very last three-ball on the course Frankie Connolly (26) added Mr Pat McAneny’s Captains prize to his list of big wins on Saturday past, the second time in three years Frankie has won the clubs most coveted title. It’s indeed true to say that Frankie’s handicap has soared in recent years and of twenty-six it’s also fair to say he was one of the favourites to win on the day and he duly delivered with an eye-catching return of 58 nett to get home by a massive five strokes and set an all time low score for Captains day at the club. Conditions were far from easy on a very blustery but dry day making the winning mark all the more remarkable, Frankie reached the turn in nine over par and managed to get home dropping only another six shots to blow the challenging field away! The unlucky runner up was Brian Kelly (20), he had led from early morning with a brilliant 63 nett and could have been excused for beginning to prepare his winners speech, third on the day was Stephen Acheson (15) with 65 nett with John McCallion (16) a further two strokes back with 67 nett in fourth, Martin McCallion (20) took the final nett prize with the same score of 67 nett. The gross went to last year’s overall winner Cathal Patton (5) who is always the man for the big occasion, his gross score of 74 again a sign of how difficult conditions were. The category winners were Kevin Neeson (11) with 68 nett in category one, Paul O’Neill (14) with 68 nett in category two and Eamonn Duffy (28) also with 68 nett in category three. The Captain had many members playing in the guests section, Martin McCallion took the sweep leaving Declan Devine as the Captains guest winner with 68 nett, with Liam McGinley (20) 70 nett and Dr Ciaran Kelly 72 nett taking the other prizes. The Captain thanked everyone who had contributed to his big day and had helped in anyway, with special thanks to the greenkeepers who presented the course in magnificent condition.  He went on to thank everyone who has worked so hard in his tenure to date making the club the great success, it undoubtedly is, Pat thanked all his friends family and guests for being there to make his big day so memorable.

Captains Mixed Foursomes
There was a terrific turnout on Wednesday night for the Captains mixed foursomes event with 34 pairs participating, the winners, again in the last fourball on the course, were Bernie O’Kane and Sean MacIntyre with 32 pts for the 14 holes in play, the runners up were Maeve Crowe and Martin Houston with 30 Pts, with Ann McCrory and Gerry Casey in third place with 28 pts, the gross prize winners were Mandy Coyne and Foncie McNally.

Captains Betterball
Thursday, as a prelude to Captains day, the Captains annual better-ball was played with an excellent entry of over 40 pairs, Frankie Connolly was sending out signs of what was to come when he teamed up with Declan O’Hare to win with 45 pts on break of tie from Barry Patterson and John Blee, who had got off to a remarkable triple birdie start from Barry helping the pair reach the turn with 26 pts, Lewis Jones and Seamus Flanagan were third with 43 pts with the gross going to Conal Cooke and Paul Bogle with 37 gross points, one under par!

Ladies Golf
The Captains prize to the ladies was played on Tuesday past and was won by Mary Gallagher (31) who was a most popular winner, scoring one for the super seniors in the ladies branch, Mary returned a brilliant 66 Nett.  Jennifer Rouse (10) was the winner in category one with 72 Nett with Ann McCrory (36) the winner in category two with 68 Nett.

Monday Singles
The winner of last week’s Monday singles stableford was Jim Arbuckle (19) with 38 pts with Paul McConway (14) second with 36 pts and Hugo McCusker (12) in third also with 36 pts.

Inter Club Golf
Eddie McHugh’s All Ireland Fourball team picked up two matches in their last 16 tie with Foyle Golf club on Sunday and have every chance of advancing to the Ulster quarter final when the meet again at Strabane on Sunday. Gerard Walsh’s Lawson Cup team have exited that competition losing out 16.5-15.5 overall against Black Lion golf club. Pat Corry’s J.B.Carr team won all five matches on Friday past in their tie with Castlehume Golf Club and hold a healthy 5-0 advantage going in to the away leg at the Enniskillen course.

The winner of the £50 bar credit draw this week was Liam mcKane.

Open Week
Open Week begins this Sunday at the club with the traditional opener the
Sunday 2nd July – Frylite Champagne Scramble
Monday 3rd July – GMG Logos Open
Tuesday 4th July – Donna’s Flowerbox Open
Wednesday 5th July – JD Print Open Mixed Foursomes
Thursday 6th July – Murphy’s on the Green Bar and Restaurant Open
Friday 7th July – Bertie Colhoun Cup and Gents Greensomes
Saturday 8th July – Mark James Open

 

Club Notes – 20th June 2017

CAPTAINS DAY WEEKEND AT STRABANE
Fingers are crossed and prayers said, for some summer weather for Mr Pat McAneny’s Captains Day which will take place this Saturday 24th June at the club, the full draw is now available both online and on the members noticeboard with play set to get underway from 7am.  Competitors are asked to be on the tee 10 mins before their allotted tee time, the main room will be private from 7pm for final preparations for the Captains dinner, music after the presentations will be by “David James”, members are welcome to attend after 10pm.
There will be a divot patrol on Friday evening at 6pm from the first tee if any member can help out, the course will be closed from 6pm onwards on Friday with the exception of the J.B.Carr match which will be teeing off at 3pm.

John Fahy & Co Stableford.
In domestic golf last week Denis Porter (13) was the winner in the John Fahy & Co Solicitors stableford event with 40 pts, one clear of the runner up Michael Houston (11) with Gerry Casey (16) in third place with 38pts, Paul Gallagher (9) took fourth spot with 38pts,the final nett prize went to Francey Conwell (15) also with 38 pts. The gross prize was won by Patrick Kennedy(3) with 33 gross points whilst the nines went to Alan McGinley (16) and to Rory Doherty (8), the over 60’s prize went to club President Stewart McFeeters.

Oysters Restaurant Stableford
Eoin O’Neill (5) playing in the last four-ball on the course was the winner of last Thursday’s Oysters Restaurant competition with 39 pts which was a good total in difficult conditions that had prevailed from early morning, the runner up was Paul O’Hare (12) with 37pts with Martin Patton (13) third with 36 pts, Caolan Crawford (5) took the gross prize with 30 gross points.

Ladies Golf
Last Tuesday’s Ladies winner in the O2 Challenge was Annette Patton with 38 pts, the category winners were Lauren Patton with 35 pts in category one and Mary McCrory with 33 pts in category two.

There was a good turnout of 19 pairs for last Wednesday’s mixed foursomes played over 13 holes, the winners were Bernie & Brian O’Kane with 31pts, three clear of the runners up Annette Patton and Michael Houston with Debbie McDaid and Liam McDevitt in third place also with 28pts.
This Wednesday’s competition is the Captains Mixed foursomes with 35 pairs entered, play will be over the first 14 holes, the competition is stableford, please note there is a G.U.I. Junior cup singles match booked on the first tee from 4.30pm-5pm

Inter-Club Golf
It hasn’t been a good week for our G.U.I. teams who were in action this week. Our Jimmy Bruen team lost on Sunday to Malone G.C at Moyola by three matches to two, losing two matches at the 19th hole, Strabane had looked strong favourites to go through with a few holes to go and it was more a case of seizing a loss from the jaws of victory!
Our Junior Cup team have also gone out losing to Portsalon at Ballybofey on Monday night also by three matches to two, losing the final game, the decider at the 18th hole. No luck either for our Barton Shield team who gave a great account of themselves against a strong Rosapenna team, after finishing level we lost out in a tie hole once again.
In Tyrone and Fermanagh competition Gerard Walsh’s Lawson Cup team hold an 11-5 first leg lead over Black Lion G.C with the away leg still to come, Terry Doherty’s O’Hare Cup team have gone out at the first hurdle to Newtownstewart, better news for Frankie Connolly’s Conway Cup team who have advanced after beating Omagh G.C. 22-10 overall.

This week’s £50 bar credit winner was Paul McConway.
Lewis Jones won this week’s shop lotto, his third time to do so in recent weeks.
Declan Pollock was the clear winner of the U.S Open sweep, Rachael Lowry was the runner up with Frank Friel in third place.

Fixtures:
Thursday 22nd June – Captains Betterball
Saturday 24th June – Mr Pat McAneny’s Captains prize
Monday 26th June – Monday Stableford
Tuesday 27th June – Herdman Cup (Ladies)

Club Notes – 13th June 2017

KENNEDY WINS 11th STRABANE SCRATCH CUP
Enda Kennedy was Sundays winner in the Frylite Senior Scratch Cup after a dramatic three way play-off over three holes, he finished level on 148 with Strabane’s Patrick McGranaghan and Conal Cooke, all three players managed par 4’s at the first play-off hole but a brilliant chip at the 2nd from the Rosapenna representative saw him hole out for a birdie two to take the advantage from Cooke up the 18th hole the third in the playoff by a shot with young Patrick two in arrears having bogeyed the second hole. Enda had a chance to wrap it up on the green when he played in to 15 feet but missed the putt on the right leaving Conal a chance to convert from 8 feet uphill but the Strabane player left it agonisingly short to give Enda another Strabane Scratch Cup title, his first in recent years since he won the inaugural title in 1994 and his 22nd Scratch cup in total, 11 of these in this event.

Special mention to Patrick who only a year ago wasn’t even in single figures and here he was mixing it up with the best players about and what an account he gave of himself, at only 18 years old he has a great future in the game and came so close to winning the title.  Conal will look back at a short putt missed at his 35th hole running up an uncharacteristic double bogey six, which likely cost him the win. In total 70 players played in the 36 holes competition with visitors from far and wide, many thanks once again to the sponsor Mr Eamon McCay, Managing Director at Frylite Ireland for once again sponsoring the event.

Declan Devine Frozen Foods
Martin McGeehan (17) continued his run of good form in Saturday’s competition the Declan Devine’s Frozen Foods stableford with a good total of 41pts on a difficult day for golf, the runner up was Club Secretary Senan Roarty with 39pts with Ciaran Murphy in third with the same total, Eddie O’Kane (28) took fourth place with 38pts and Jimmy Patton (13) fifth also with 38pts. The gross prize winner was Conor Meehan (6) with 29 gross points, the nines went to Paul Bogle (10) and to Kevin Gallagher (16) who took the back nine.

Northern Confectionary
Andy Wolfe (12) was Thursday’s winner in the Northern Confectionery Stableford with an excellent 43pts, Dr Ciaran Kelly (12) was the unlucky runner up with 41pts ,an eye-catching level par front nine of 24pts slipped a little on the inward nine, third went to Eoin O’Neill (5) with 39pts, the gross went to Conal Cooke (3).

LADIES EILEEN DEVINE STROKE
Conditions were very tough for last Tuesday’s ladies competition the Eileen Devine Stroke, the winner with 71 nett was Geraldine Masterson (33), the category winners were Lorna Duffy with 76 nett and Rosemary Wilson with 72 nett.

Well done to the Mixed Foursomes team who have advanced to the next stage of the matchplay after defeating close neighbours Newtownstewart last Wednesday at Omagh golf club. The opening nine favoured the Baronscourt team with some excellent golf played in all of the ties, Strabane got their game together on the back nine to take the first three matches and were all square in the final two on the course when play was called in.

In other team news Terry Doherty’s O’Hare Cup team have it all to do in Friday’s return leg with Newtownstewart losing out 9.5-6.5 in Mondays home leg. Better news of Patrick McCrossan’s Roberts Cup team who won 10 of the 12 points on offer on the same night in their tie at Newtownstewart.

The draw will be made for Captain’s Day this weekend a reminder that only full member categories can win the Captains prize.

This week’s £50 bar credit winner was Brian Miller and the shop lotto winner for the Adidas shoes was Tommy Forbes.

Fixtures:
Thursday 15th June – Oysters Restaurant stableford
Saturday 17th June – John Fahy & Co Stableford
Tuesday 20th June – Captains Prize to the Ladies
Wednesday 21st June – Captains Mixed
Thursday 22nd June – Captains Betterball

Club Notes – 6th June 2017

LOW HANDICAPS PREVAIL IN THE FOOTHILLS

Low handicap golfers were to the fore on Saturday past in the Foothills Bar & Restaurant stableford competition with scoring noticeably low despite decent playing conditions throughout the day. The winning score of 37pts was recorded by Mark McColgan playing off five handicap winning on a triple break of tie. Mark looked to be having one of those days when he reached the turn with only 15 points on his card but turned on the style over the inward nine with four birdies including one at the 18th hole which was a real rarity on the day with the pin in an almost impossible position on the lightning fast green, this added up to 22pts, a remarkable finish that catapulted him to the leader-board summit! The runner up on the day was another five handicap player Cathal Patton, he finished with a pair of Bogey fives which ultimately cost him the win, in third was Stephen Donaghey (10) one of many who double bogeyed the final hole. Kieran McAleer (23) was the only high handicap player to feature in the main prizes finishing in fourth place with 36pts with Patrick McCrossan (5) in fifth also with 36pts.  The gross went to Aidan Boyle (5) with 31 gross points. Declan McDonnell (10) won the over 60’s prize with the nines going to Paul Gallagher (9 )with 21pts for the outward nine and to Johnny McCrea (24) with 19pts for the inward nine, in total 177 cards were taken out for the event.

CHARLIES BAR STRABANE
Conditions were particularly tough last Thursday for the Charlies Bar stableford but the rain had relented somewhat for play to continue in the late afternoon. The winner was Competition Secretary Patrick McCrossan (6)who has been in the form of his life lately and it was no surprise to see him top the board in this one with a fine level par round that converted to 42 pts, a fine birdie three at the 17th hole the highlight adding four pts to his total, the runner up was Keith Patterson (7) with 41pts despite two blank holes on his first nine, new club Vice-Captain Frankie Houston (13) took third spot also with 41pts, with Conal Cooke getting it round in one under par to take the gross prize with 39pts.

Monday Open
Mondays competition this week was an open event the winner was Caolan Crawford (6) with 42pts which was level par for his round, this was good enough by three points from the runner up Conor Byrne (5) on 39pts with Marty Houston (15) in third two further back with 37pts.

Ladies Golf-Macmillan Cancer
Last week’s Ladies winner in the Macmillan Cancer charity event  was Norma Brogan (15) with an excellent return of 42pts, Lorna Duffy(19) took category one with 41pts with Debbie McDaid (36) taking category two with 39pts.

Seventeen pairs played in Wednesdays mixed foursomes, with Lorna Duffy and Ronnie Wiley the winners with 32pts for the 13 holes in play, the runners up a point behind were Bernie & Brian O’Kane with Carmel McElwee and Sean MacIntyre in third place on the same total of 31 pts. Note there is no mixed foursomes competition this Wednesday 7th June as the Mixed foursomes are playing their match against Newtownstewart at Omagh on the same evening.

Well done to the Ladies Junior Foresomes team who are through to the next round after a good win at Newtownstewart on Saturday past by two matches to one and have advanced 3.5 Matches to 2.5 matches overall.

Our Junior Cup team have made it through to the matchplay stages of that event qualifying at Ballybofey on Sunday morning past in second place, they will now meet Portsalon back at Ballybofey on a date yet to be confirmed. Eddie McHugh’s All Ireland Fourball team have made it through to the last 16 also on Sunday past, in a very tight game John mcMenamin and Frankie Connolly won their game and with the other games tight Strabane eventually went through on holes up!

The sheet is now up for Captains day, as always only full members can win the Captains prize although all Category of senior members are welcome to play on the day!

The winner of this weeks £50 bar tab was Paul O’Neill.

Good luck to everyone playing in this Sunday’s Frylite Senior scratch cup there is a full entry and players are asked to be there in good time, the full draw is posted on the noticeboard.

Some games have got very far behind in the open Snooker competition, a serious effort should be made to get these played as soon as possible or both players may be eliminated!

FIXTURES:
Thursday 8th June – Northern Confectionary S/Ford
Saturday 10th June – Declan Devine Frozen Foods
Sunday 11th June – Frylite Senior Scratch Cup
Monday 12th June – Monday Competition
Wednesday 14th June – Mixed Foursomes.

Golf Notes – 30th May 2017

JOE WINS Mc HUGHS OIL STABLEFORD

The severe change in the summer conditions on Saturday threatened to derail Saturday’s competition the McHughs Oil Stableford, as had been predicted the heavy rain arrived early morning and remained for most of the day decimating the entry and the number of completed cards. Joe Doherty (20) seemed to ignore the conditions however returning an excellent 41pts, in the worst of the days elements, Fred McGavigan (4) was another who wrapped up and got on with it to shoot a fine one over par round which converted to 39pts giving him second place on the day on break of tie from Seamus Flanagan (28) in third and Brian Forrester (16) in fourth, the final nett prize some three points in arrears on 36 pts was Eddie McHugh (17), Paddy Kennedy (2) claimed the gross prize with 32 gross points with the nines going to Dr John Etherson and Michael Doherty, Enda McDonnell (22) won the over 60’s category with 35pts. The presentation for this and other recent competitions is this coming Friday 2nd June at 8.30pm sharp.

Tennents Stableford
Last Thursday’s completion in contrast was played in mediterranean like weather conditions with on course temperatures soaring to 30 degrees. Francie Conwell (16) playing in the very last four-ball of the day claimed top spot with an excellent return of 42pts, which was good enough by three from the runner up Freddie Patterson (8) with 39 pts and Conal Cooke (3) who got it round in level par to take third place also on 39pts. The gross prize went to Patrick McCrossan (6) with 28 gross points.

Bank Holiday Open
Lewis Jones (13) was the winner on Monday of the Bank Holiday Open with an impressive 42pts, the runner up was Liam Callaghan (12) with 41pts with Mark Sharkey (20) in third with 40pts, Stephen Conroy (6) took the gross on this occasion with 33 gross points.

Ladies Members Cup
Margaret Wolfe (31) was the convincing winner of the Ladies members cup on Tuesday with a fine score of 42pts, the category winners were Mandy Coyne (7) with 38 pts and Donna Doherty (32) with 38ps also.

Worcester Cup
The leading qualifiers in the Worcester cup mixed foursomes on Wednesday were Annette Patton and Ronnie Wiley with a great score of 48.0 nett which led the field home by a massive four shots from the runners up Monica and Sean MacIntyre with Margaret and Nicky Wolfe in third on 52.5 Nett. The full list of qualifiers and fixtures is on the men’s noticeboard.

Team’s news
Eddie McHugh’s All Ireland Fourball team hold a 4-1 advantage over Co. Cavan golf club after Sunday’s first leg played at Strabane, there is no doubt there is still work to be done in the second leg which takes place this Sunday in Cavan.

Our Jimmy Bruen team have progressed to the next round of that competition having just got the better of Faughan Valley G.C. at City of Derry on Friday night past. The first two matches were beaten but Strabane staged a good fight back to take the remaining three games the final one on the last green.

The Ladies Tyrone and Fermanagh Better-ball team suffered a heavy defeat at home on Sunday going down 4-1 to near neighbours Newtownstewart G.C.

Martin Rouse’s Donegal Junior team took lost 3-2 on Saturday to Letterkenny golf club a result that gives them a good chance of qualifying for the next round with the home leg to come on Friday 16th June.

The winner of this week’s £50 bar credit draw was Gerard Patterson, the winner of the Shop Lotto Draw for the golf bag was Lewis Jones.

Fixtures:
Thursday 1st June – Charlies Bar Stableford
Saturday 3rd June – Foothills Restaurant Stableford
Monday 5th June – Monday Open
Tuesday 6th June – Ladies Day-Eileen Devine Stroke
Wednesday 7th June – Mixed Foursomes.

Club Notes – 23rd May 2017

BUSY WEEK AT STRABANE GOLF CLUB.

Several competitions took place over this past week at Strabane with 175 cards being taken out for Saturday’s stableford event sponsored by J.A.Gamble & Co Ltd. The best of the day was set in the early morning by Sammy Devenney (20) with an excellent 42pts which was equaled but not bettered for the remainder of the day, Sammy winning on break of tie with a brilliant 23pts on the inward nine 13 of which he scored on the final four holes! The unlucky runner up was John Duddy (16) another player to hit some great form off late, John may well look back on two front nine blank holes on his card over the front nine that cost him the win. Third went to John McCallion (17) with 39pts, with Dan Downey (15) featuring in the prizes again in fourth, also with 39pts, the final nett prize went to Stephen Donaghey (11) with 38pts.  The gross was picked up by Cathal Patton with 34 gross pts and the over 60’s prize to Liam McGinley (20) with 38pts, Johnny McCrea (24) took the first nine prize with 21pts with John White (26) winning the best back nine with 24pts.

HABINTEG OPEN SCRAMBLE
As always there was a very good turnout for the annual Habinteg Housing Association open scramble with many great prizes up for grabs. The overall winners were Michael Kelly, Gary King, Ciaran Patton and Roddy Campbell with a total of 53.7 nett, the winners in the men’s section were Declan Doherty, John Doherty, Paul Bogle and Francie Conwell with 54.3 nett, second were Mark Gillespie, Nicky Wolfe, Martin Patton and James Patton with 54.4 nett. In the ladies section the winners were Geraldine McCrory, Heather Mitchell, Catherine Neeson and Ann McCrory with 61.7 nett.  The best mixed team were Paddy O’Kane, Margaret Wolfe, Gerry Casey and Debbie McDaid with 58.9 nett. The organiser Dr Paul Armstrong thanked everyone for again supporting the event with a special thanks to the many sponsors especially the competition main sponsor “The Pharmacy” Lifford. A full list of prize winners is available to view on the club facebook page.

T.OSCAR ROLLINS STABLEFORD
There was an excellent midweek entry for last week’s T.Oscar Rollins stableford played last Thursday, with in excess of 100 playing on the day a quadruple break of tie was required to separate the top four. The winner was another player in a rich vein of form Declan Doherty (9) with 39pts, another player on top of his game at present is Gerard Bradley (18) and he was declared  the runner up, third went to Patrick McGranaghan (7) with Caolan Crawford (5) the gross winner with 34 gross pts.

Monday Stableford
The winner of this week’s Monday Stableford was Billy Doherty (16) with 41pts, runner up was Hugh Byrne (14) with 40pts with Rory McColgan in third with 38pts,  Conal Cooke (3) was the gross winner with 34 gross pts.

Mixed Foursomes
Well done to our Irish Mixed Foursomes side the current Ulster Champions who were leading qualifiers on Sunday at Omagh Golf Club with an impressive total of 281, this led the way by 6.5 shots from the host club Omagh.  Strabane will now play Newtownstewart back at Omagh in the matchplay stages.

In other club representative golf Marc Brollys Ulster Cup have exited this year’s competition going down to a very good Castlehume side on Saturday past.

In last Wednesday’s mixed event Margaret Wolfe and Paddy O’Kane combined to lead the way with 30pts over the 13 holes in play, the runners up were Annette Patton and Francie Devine with 27pts the same total as third placed Patricia Kelly (Lady Captain) and Oliver McNally. The Worcester Cup qualifying has been switched to this Wednesday night 24th May, pick your own partner.

The winner of last Tuesday’s Ladies day competition The Georgina Gregg was Monica McGettigan (24) with 71 Nett, the category winners were Jennifer Rouse (10) with 73 Nett and Mary Gallagher (31) with 74 Nett.

Congratulations to 13yr old Oran Donaghy(30) who recorded a hole in one last week in the junior competition holing out at the par three 16th hole from the men’s tee ,a great feat for someone so young!!

The outright winner of the last Man Standing £1000 prize was Ciaran Martin who selected Swansea to win on Sunday, the seller was Marc Brolly, thank-you to all who supported the competition.

The £50 bar credit winner this week was Billy Doherty.

There is brilliant Entertainment in the club this Bank Holiday weekend with David James making a return on Sunday night supported by Klassix Disco, the doors open at 9pm with David on stage at 10.30pm, admission is £4.00.

The next presentation night will be Friday 2nd June at 8pm sharp, please indicate on the noticeboard if you can or cannot attend.

Fixtures:
Thursday 25th May – Tennents Stableford
Saturday 27th May – Mc Hughs Oil Stableford
Monday 29th May – Bank Holiday Open
Tuesday 30th May – Macmillan Cancer Relief
Wednesday 31st – Mixed Foursomes

Club Notes – 16th May 2017

McCREA ON BREAK OF TIE

Playing in the first fourball on the course on Saturday morning Mark McCrea (8) posted the winning score of nett 64 in the Golf Club Shop Stroke event, his total was equalled but not bettered throughout the day, Mark’s score was probably all the more remarkable as he played in the days worse conditions, with early morning rain prevailing for the entirety of his round.  Mark reached the turn in a decent total of four over par but turned it on in the back nine recording birdies at the 10th & 13th holes whilst conceding only one shot to par at the 17th for a one under par back nine total. Saturday’s unlucky runner up was John McMenamin (17) another player who has improved his game rapidly this season, with Patrick Kennedy (3)in third place with an excellent return of one under par on the day that converted to 65 nett, fourth went to another in form player Martin McGeehan (19) with 66 nett with Hugh McGinley (26) taking his first nett prize in fifth place also with 66 net. Saturday’s gross prize winner was Cathal Patton (6) with 73 gross. The categories went to Paul Gallagher (9) with 69 nett in category one, Eddie McCrea (17) with 67 nett in category two and to Sammy Devenney (21) with 70 nett in category 3.  Many thanks to Freddie Patterson at the club shop who kindly sponsored this event.

Seamus Duffy Golf Academy.
Almost 100 cards were taken out for Thursdays competition the Seamus Duffy Academy Stableford, the winner was Mark Gillespie (15) another player who has improved significantly this season.  Mark has devoted much more time to his golf since his cricket retirement last year, on Thursday he posted his best round to date with an eye catching 44pts which was good enough by one from the runner up Patrick O’Doherty (22) with Conor Sharkey (6) in third with 41 pts which was only a single shot over par on the day, the gross prize was picked up by Peter Doherty (6) with 32 gross pts.  

Monday Stableford
With a major deterioration in the weather there was a mediocre entry for Mondays Stableford event, but it went the way off Mark Gillespie once again, now playing of his new handicap of 12 his 37 pts was good enough by two from his playing partner Nicky Wolfe (9).

TEAM NEWS
Commiserations to Paddy O’Kane and his Pierce Purcell team who narrowly failed to qualify for the matchplay stages on Sunday beaten on countback for fourth place by the host club Killymoon on Sunday at the Co.Tyrone venue. Mark Brolly’s Ulster Cup team trail 5-2 after their first leg second round match with Castlehume golf club, they will endeavour to overturn the deficit in the home leg this Saturday afternoon.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s Camus Cup winner was Heather Mitchell (22) with 66 nett, the category winners were Anne Sharkey (18) in category one with 69 nett and Caren Corry (29) with 69 nett in category two.

13 pairs played in last Wednesdays mixed foursomes event were Rosaleen and Cahir Doherty with a fantastic total of 29 pts for the ten holes in play, the runners up were Carmel McElwee and Freddie Patterson with 24 pts with Debbie McDaid and Liam McDevitt in third with 23 pts.

The Worcester cup qualifying in the Mixed will be played on Wednesday 31st May. 

Best wishes to our Mixed Foursomes team, the current Ulster Champions, who will be at the qualifying heat at Omagh Golf club this coming Sunday.

This week’s winner of the £50 bar credit draw was John McMenamin.

This Sunday will see the finale of the Last Man Standing competition with four players still remaining, all four advanced from last weekend’s fixtures with a winning selection, if there is no outright winner the £1000 prize will be shared between the survivors!

Fixtures:
Thursday 18th May – T.Oscar Rollins S/F
Friday 19th May – Habinteg Open Scramble
Saturday 20th May – JA Gamble & Co Ltd
Monday 22nd May – Monday Stableford

 

Club Notes – 9th May 2017

McGILL WINS SPORTS CENTRE STABLEFORD
Paul McGill (6) kept his good Winter form going in brilliant conditions to take the Sports Centre sponsored competition on Saturday past with 40pts, one of three players on the same total.  Runner up Aidan Boyle, also playing of six, had the same back nine total as the winner but the competition was decided on a break of tie on the last three holes, a stand out birdie 3 at the par 4- 17th hole just getting the winner the verdict in an extremely close call. Third went to the very much in form Liam Patton (15) who had got to the turn with 23 pts and he too birdied the 17th hole whilst compiling his 40pts.  Fourth place went to Gerard Bradley (18) another player producing good scores, he had 38 pts with the final nett prize going to David Irvine (10) also with 38 pts.  The gross winner was Patrick McCrossan (6) with 30 gross pts with the nines being claimed by Declan McDonnell (10) with 20 pts for the front nine and to Stephen Alexander (19) with 20pts for the back nine, John Duddy (14) took the over 60’s prize with 36pts.

THURSDAY STABLEFORD
Dan Downey (16) playing the very last fourball on the course took the first Thursday stableford competition with an excellent total of 42 pts, veteran Jimmy Coyle at 87 years of age, had led the way for most of the day with 39pts, taking into consideration this event was played from the back white markers Jimmy’s total was a remarkable one indeed an ageless competitor who always gives it his all in any conditions, Well done Jimmy!  Third place on the day went to another veteran Jim Malcolm (18) with a very tidy 38 pts, Connor Meehan took the gross prize with 30 gross pts.

Ladies open teams.
The winners of the Strabane Electrics Open teams were Dympna Doherty, Imelda Doherty and Carole McFeeters, the runners up were Jennifer Rouse, Catherine Connolly and Marion O’Reilly, further congratulations to Marion who recorded a hole in one at the 12th hole, third place went to Geraldine McCrory, Catherine Neeson and Heather Mitchell.

Mixed Foursomes
There were 14 pairs for last week mixed foursomes event played over 10 holes, the winners were Geraldine Masterson and Francie Devine with 26pts with Annette Patton and Freddie Patterson the runners up with 24pts, third went to Rosaleen and Cahir Doherty with 23pts.

Pride of place in team events goes to Aidan Boyle and his Jimmy Bruen side who led the qualifyers home at Ballycastle on Sunday, topping the leader board by an incredible 9 shots despite having to endure thick coastal fog for much of the duration of their round, the stand out performance on the day went to Ryan McGowan and his partner Paul Bogle who got it round in three over par despite dropping three late shots, Strabane will now meet Faughan Valley back at Ballycastle in the next couple of weeks.

Well done also to Eddie McHugh and his All Ireland Fourball side who have advanced to the next round of that competition with a comfortable overall win over Banbridge.

The Last Man Standing competition still goes on with none of the four remaining players picking a winning side last weekend, all four are readmitted to battle on for the £1000 prize. The £50 bar credit draw this week was won by Liam Doherty and the lotto ball for the Adidas shoes went to Liam Patton.

Music in the clubhouse this Saturday night with Sharon Nixon at 10.30pm,Don’t miss the brilliant David James back with us on Sunday 28th May at 10pm

Fixtures:
Thursday 11th May – Seamus Duffy Golf Academy Stableford.
Saturday 13th May – Golf Shop Stroke -sponsored by Freddie Patterson
Monday 15th May – Club Competition 18 holes Stableford.
Friday 19th May – Habinteg Open teams scramble.

Club Notes – 2nd May 2017

Strabane Ladies Win National Title
Many congratulations to our Ladies branch this week as their team representing Tyrone won the inaugural National teams title at Killeen Castle Co.Meath, the team were Lady Captain Patricia Kelly, Anne Sharkey, Mandy Coyne, Lauren Patton and Geraldine Masterson, the team have been invited back to defend the title next year.

Farmers Home & Off Sales
New member Liam Doherty (24) picked up his first win at Strabane at the weekend taking the Farmers Home & Off Sales stableford event with a highly impressive 44pts in very windy conditions.  Liam got to the turn with 21pts despite a blank hole at the 4th, and came back with an excellent 23pts with some very steady golf giving him a three point margin from his nearest challenger, John Blee (14), who also carded 23 pts on his inward nine holes, third place also with 41 pts came the very consistent Martin Gormley (14) with Liam Patton (15) in fourth with 39pts.  Pat O’Neill (15) kept his great run going to take fifth place also with 39pts.  The over 60’s prize on Saturday went to Michael Doyle (21) another player with 39 pts, the gross prize went to Cathal Patton (5) with 31 gross pts with the nines going to Kieran McAleer (23) and Declan McDonnell (10).  Many congratulations to Michael Kelly and to Colin McCafferty, who both recorded a hole in one in this competition and both at the same hole, the par three 7th, incidentally both players also used an eight iron for their perfect shot!  Colin’s feat was all the more pleasing as it was his first and on the occasion of his 50th birthday.  The presentation for this and other recent competitions will be this coming Friday night 5th May at 8pm sharp.

Bank Holiday Monday Open
Conditions were superb with the course really coming in to its own for Monday’s Bank Holiday Open which was won by junior player Patrick McGranaghan (8).  Patrick’s game has really moved on since he recently got to single figures and is a young golfer with a great attitude and huge potential and he’s one who seems very dedicated to the sport, Patrick got round with 40pts which was good enough by one from the runner up Alan McGinley (19) another student member who is improving rapidly this season, third place went to Martin Houston (16) also with 39 pts with the gross prize on this occasion going to Conal Cooke (2) with 32 gross pts.

Thursday Club Final Day
Sixty eight golfers travelled to the beautiful Donegal Golf Club last Thursday for the final day of the Thursday Club series. The course was in excellent condition although the prevailing north-west wind made scoring very difficult on the day. The winner was Pat O’Neill with 35pts, with Eugene Patton the runner up with 34pts, third went to Jimmy Callan with Jim Harley in fourth place. The brilliant nett prizes went right down to 26th place, the first of the visitors on the day was Ronnie Young with 34 pts with Seamus Flanagan the runner up, Ronnie Young also had the only visitors two on the day. The other two’s were recorded by Paul O’Hare, Brian Kelly and Francie Devine who shared the £100 two’s pot. The Captain, Pat McAneny, thanked all the players for making the entire Thursday Club such a successful event, Donegal Golf club for their fantastic hospitality and Tommy Forbes, the Thursday Club convenor for all his work.
The popular Habinteg Housing Association will take place on Friday 19th May, players may now book their times online using the BRS system through the clubs website page, this is always a very popular fundraiser and you are advised to book early.

Ladies Golf
The winner of last week’s Lady Captains Charity event was Jennifer Rouse (9) with 34pts, the category winners were Monica McGettigan (24) with 33 pts and Margaret Wolfe (32) also with 33 pts.

The mixed foursomes winners were Anne and Mark Sharkey with 24 pts.

The clubs Last man standing competition is really getting to the business end of things as regards the £1000 prizemoney with only four players remaining in the hunt.

Last week’s £50 bar credit winner was Joe Doherty.

It is expected that placing on fairways will cease after this weekend please watch for notice on Facebook or on the noticeboards.

The Seamus Duffy Golf Academy will begin properly this Friday 5th May from 2pm with a tutorial and get together in the Caricklee room with professionals Seamus Duffy, Michael McGeady and Sean Devenney.

There is a charity night in aid of “Inspire” in the clubhouse this coming Saturday night with music from local artists and DJ Mickey Ferry with a late bar.

Upcoming events include Saturday 13th May “Sharon Nixon band” and Sunday 28th May the return of the very popular “David James Show”

Fixtures:
Saturday 6th May – Sports Centre Open s/f
Monday 8th May – 18 holes S/F
Tuesday 9th May – Ladies Camus Cup
Wednesday 10th May – Mixed foursomes
Thursday 11th May – Seamus Duffy Golf Academy S/F

Club notes – 25th April 2017

BUSY WEEKEND AT STRABANE

There was a very busy schedule of events at Strabane Golf club this past week with big turnouts for the competitions and several ladies & gents matches played.

Sunday’s competition was the inaugural Jimmy Duncan Memorial Ladies and Gents Open which saw in excess of 120 players taking out cards. The winner of the men’s section was David Friel (11) with an excellent 41pts, David became the first recipient of the beautiful crystal trophy presented to the club by the Duncan family in memory of Jimmy, who was one of our finest ever clubmen. The runner up on the day was the tournament co-ordinator Paddy O’Kane (9) just a point back on 40pts with Ryan McGowan (7) in third spot with 39pts, just ahead of Brian Kelly (21) on break of tie, Sean MacIntyre (12) took fifth place with 38pts, the nines went to Lewis Jones (13) and to Barry Patterson (9), the gross award went to Paul McGill (6) with 31 gross points. In the Ladies section victory went to Roisin Corry who now plays out of Aughnacloy G.C with 40 pts with the runner up Maeve Corry with 37pts, the nines went to Mary O’Reilly and to Heather Mitchell.

Strabane Electrics Open
Rory Doherty (9) was the man in great form on Saturday morning posting a winning 43pts which was never surpassed for the remainder of the day, a great score that was only two over par.  The unlucky runner up with another great total was Aidan Coyle (16) with 42pts, third, three points further back came Ronnie Wiley (12) with Damian Carey in fourth with 37pts, Peter Etherson (20) took the final nett prize also with 37 pts, the gross went to Ben Corry (6) with 31 gross pts with the nines going to Peter Doherty (5) and to Conor Sharkey, the presentations for this and other recent events is set for Friday 5th May at 8pm.

Monday Club
The Monday club final day winners were Kevin Keegan, Joe Doherty, Rodney Dolan and Odran McGettigan with 101 pts, an eye catching 12 points ahead of their nearest challengers Kevin Gallagher, Stewart McFeeters, Liam McCool and Pat McGuigan on 89 pts.

Thursday Club Week 12
The final weeks play at Strabane for this year’s Thursday club took place last week with John McCallion picking up the win with an excellent 44pts, the same total as the runner up Garvin Godfrey with Barry Patterson in third with 40pts, Jonathan McGillion was the leading non Thursday club member with a fine 45 pts. The final day is to Murvagh Golf Club this Thursday 27th April with the presentation back at Strabane at 8.45pm, all competitors are asked to be present!

Mixed Foursomes
The latest winners of the Wednesday night mixed foursomes were Monica MacIntyre and Freddie Patterson with 23 pts, the runners up were Margaret Wolfe and Mark Gillespie with the same total with Geraldine McCrory and Kevin Neeson in third a point behind on 22 pts.

Team News
Marc Brolly’s Ulster Cup team have advanced to the next round with a comprehensive win over North-West golf club, taking the first four matches on the course to wrap up the tie. Eddie McHugh’s All –Ireland Fourball have a commanding 5-0 advantage after their first round home leg in that event. Our youthful Fred Daly team went down by four matches to one in their home leg to Donegal Golf Club.

The winner of this week’s £50 bar credit draw was Declan Devine. There will be entertainment in the clubhouse on Saturday night as our Country nights continue with the first ever appearance of Francis Donnelly at 10.30pm.  Kieran mcColgan will be back in the club on Sunday evening at 6pm-8pm.

Fixtures:
Thursday 27th April – Thursday Club away day.
Saturday 29th April – Farmers Home Bar and Off sales (s/f)
Sunday 30th April – Societies
Monday 1st May – Stableford Open
Tuesday 2nd May – Ladies Open Teams
Wednesday 3rd May – Mixed Foursomes

Club Notes – 18th April 2017

RECORD ENTRY FOR MOPACK OPEN

The largest entry in recent seasons participated in Saturdays Boran Mopack stroke competition with 213 members taking out cards for the event. The winner playing late in the afternoon was Damian McGranaghan (7) with a fine one over par round which gave him a clear margin of victory on 63 nett from the runner up Johnny Potts (20) on 66 nett, Paul Bogle (11) continues to impress and he also finished on 66 nett in third, Paul McGill (6) took fourth spot with 67 nett with Nigel Houston (11) taking the final nett prize also with 67 nett.  The category prizes went to Caolan Crawford (6) with 67 nett in category one, the category two prize went to Andy Wolfe (12) also with 67 nett with category three going to Tommy Sharkey (23) another player with 67 nett.  The over 60’s prize went to John J Duffy (15) with Conal Cooke (2) taking the gross with a three over par 72.  Many thanks to the sponsors of the event who came on board at the last minute which is very much appreciated.

Easter Monday Open
The winner of the Easter Monday open competition was Paul Kavanagh (18) with an excellent return of 43 pts which gave him a two points margin from the runner up Sean Elliot (12) with Jordan Arthur (6) in third place with 39 pts, the gross went to Conor Byrne (5) with a three over par 38pts.
Congratulations to Conor who recently added the Rosapenna Junior scratch cup to his rapidly filling up golfing C.V.

Thursday Club week 11
The penultimate Thursday club of the season took place on Thursday last and saw a win for Brian Kelly (21) with a score of 40 pts, the runner up was veteran Liam Curry (13) with 39 pts with Oliver McNally(18) in third place also with 39 pts, Peter Doherty (5) took a non- Thursday club member prize also with 39 pts. Neil Conroy still tops the golfer of the year table on 107 pts with Martin Finlay in second on 95 pts.  This week will be the last of the series with the final day the following week played at Donegal Golf Club, non- Thursday club members are very welcome to participate at a cost of £38 which covers green fee’s, visitors prize and three course meal, the timesheet is posted on the noticeboard. Next Monday 24th April will be the final day for the Monday Teams event with the meal to follow at 6.00pm.

Ladies Easter Basket
The winner of the Ladies Easter basket event last Tuesday was Lady Captain Patricia Kelly (32) with an excellent total of 42 pts, Jennifer Rouse (9) was the winner of category one with 36 pts with Caren Corry (30) the winner in category two with 39 pts. This week’s scheduled competition the Breast Cancer Charity event has been put back to a later date. The ladies open teams has also been switched, it will be played on Tuesday 2nd May and is kindly sponsored by Strabane Electrics.

Mixed Foursomes
The Wednesday evening mixed foursomes competition was won last week by Monica & Sean MacIntyre with 25 pts for the 10 holes in play, the runners up were Debbie McDaid and Nicky Wolfe with 24pts, Margaret Wolfe and Gerry Casey were in third also with 24pts

The clubs Last Man Standing event has now come down to the last 24 players all still in the hunt for the £1000 prize, this week’s fixtures have been posted on the clubs Facebook page.

Fixtures:
Thursday 20th April – Thursday Club week 12-18 holes qualifying
Saturday 22nd April – Strabane Electrics Open
Sunday 23rd April – The Jimmy Duncan Ladies & Gents Open
Monday 24th April – Monday Teams final day
Tuesday 25th April – Lady Presidents Charity
Wednesday 26th April -Mixed Foursomes

 

Jimmy Duncan Memorial Trophy – Sunday 23rd April

Club Notes – 11th April 2017

Young Alan the Master.

Another of the clubs up and coming young golfers, Adam McGinley (21), led the way in Saturdays BMcNamee Ltd sponsored competition. The event was originally scheduled to be a stroke competition but because of computer server problems it was switched in the early morning to a stableford event.  Alan is a young man with bags of potential as he showed here, managing an excellent 41pts despite not scoring at three of the holes. Runner up was Paul McConway (16) just beaten on break of tie with the same total and turning in his best performance for quite some time, third place went to Martin McGeehan (20) a point back with 40pts, Club President Stewart McFeeters (17) was fourth with 38pts with Declan Doherty (9) continuing his good form with 37pts in fifth place. Fred McGavigan (4) took his first gross prize of the new season with 32 gross pts with Terence McDermott (21) winning the over 60’s prize, the nines went to John Duddy (16) and to John Blee (16) – 170 cards were taken out for the event.

There was a fantastic turnout for the new Captains Drive-in last Wednesday evening with 32 pairs competing then in the 10 holes mixed foursomes event which was won by Debbie McDaid and Gerry Casey.

Thursday Club
Last week’s Thursday Club week 10 was dominated by the very much in form Neil Conroy (10) with a fine 42 pts taking him to single figures for the first time, Neil’s four shot win also moved him to the top of the Golfer of the Year standings on 107 pts. The runner up on the day was Dr Paul Armstrong (17) with 38 pts on break of tie from third placed Chris McDermott, Damian McGranaghan was this week’s gross prize winner. The timesheet for the final day is now posted, non Thursday Club members are welcome to attend at a cost of £38 for meal, golf and visitors prize, this does not include the 2’s competition.

Monday Club
Seven teams participated in this week’s Monday club with the winners declared as Joe Doherty, Kevin Keegan, John McCallion and Foncie McNally with 98.75 nett.  The runners up were Jim Arbuckle, Pascal McGillian, Liam McGinley and Chris McDermott. The final day is set for Monday 24th April, the cost is £10 which includes a two course meal.

Only two players exited Last Man Standing this weekend leaving a total of 35 still in the hunt for the £1000 prize.

The £50 bar draw this week was won by Freddie Patterson.

The club is open for Sunday Lunch on Easter Sunday 12.30pm-3.30pm booking is strongly advised.

Fixtures: 
Wednesday 12th April – Mixed Foursomes
Thursday 13th April – Thursday Club week 11(Qual)
Saturday 15th April – Gormleys Opticians (S/F)
Monday 17th April – Easter Monday Open (S/F)
Tuesday 18th April – Ladies Breast Cancer Charity

Club Notes – 4th April 2017

BIG BRADS WINS CAFFE FRESCO

Gerard Bradley playing of 19 was the winner of the new seasons first sponsored competition the Caffe Fresco stableford with a good total of 39 pts, an excellent score on a very difficult day for golf with the fairways very wet, with very little run after the past weeks heavy rain coupled with the breezy conditions that prevailed throughout the day.  Gerard played very steady to reach the turn with 20 pts and added a further 19 on the more difficult back nine including a very important par putt at the last, the runner up was John Langan (13) who was in great shape playing the 18th but encountered a couple of trees on his way to record a six which cost him the win beaten on break of tie, third place one point back came Declan Doherty (10) with 38 pts, a fine birdie three at the last elevating him well up the leaderboard with the same total as early morning starter Mark McCrea (8) and Chris McDermott (13) who finished fourth and fifth respectively. A pointer to the conditions on the day can be made in the gross section which was won by Conal Cooke (2) who signed for 31 gross pts which was a massive eleven shots less than his winning total the previous week, but still was good enough this week in the gross section. The nines went to Nigel Houston (11) with 22 pts for the front nine and to Charlie Patton (17) with the same total on the back nine. The C.S.S. for this event was 71 or 34 pts!

Thursday Club week 9
Last week’s Thursday club winner was Pat O’Neill (16) with 40pts, the runner up was Neil Conroy (11) beaten only on break of tie with Shane McLaughlin (9) third on 38 pts, the gross winner was Freddie Patterson. Martin Finlay despite not playing last week retains his lead in the Golfer of the Year chase on 96 pts but only by six points now from Jim Harley with Neil Conroy in third with 87 pts. Only three weeks remain with the final day at Murvagh G.C. on Thursday 27th April, see Tommy Forbes to confirm your spot on the timesheet.

Monday Club
With the continuing poor weather only five teams braved the elements last Monday , the winners were Ronnie Wiley, Liam Patton, Foncie McNally and John McMenamin with 85.25 Nett, the runners up were Chris McDermott, Robert Bell and Oliver McNally with 81.5 Nett. The final day of this years event is confirmed as Monday 24th April.

There were many fallers from the 197 left in at the weekend in the Last Man Standing competition with Man United and Chelsea being the downfall of so many and Southampton chipping in for good measure too! The field is now whittled down to 71 players for this week’s midweek games, someone is getting closer to the £1000 prize!

This week’s £50 bar credit winner was Martin McGeehan. Club Captain Pat McAneny was the winner of this week shop bonus ball winning a new Waterproof Golf suit!

There is a Masters Golf selection sheet available at the bar with any profits made going to course development and machinery, priced at £10, we would ask as members as possible to participate.

Fixtures:
Wednesday 5th April – Captains Drive in
Thursday 6th April – Thursday club 18 holes qualifying.
Saturday 8th April – BMcNamee LTD (S)
Monday 10th April – Monday club
Tuesday 11th April – Easter Basket( Ladies)

Club Notes 25th March 2017

NEW GOLF SEASON SWINGS IN TO ACTION 2

Scratch Cup 2017

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Club Notes – 15th November 2016

WINTER MATS IN USE AT STRABANE
The winter mats will be in use on the course on both fairways and semi-roughs from Thursday 17th November, for all competitions, until further notice.  However, play will continue to proceed from the summer yellow tees and summer cards will still be used for a while yet as the yellow tees were only moderately used this year greens convenor Ben Corry stated.

On the course Saturday’s competitions have now been reduced to 15 holes, last Saturday’s winner was Oliver McNally (19) with 37pts, just ahead of runner up Liam Callaghan (12) with 36 pts, Chris McDermott (13) finished in third place with the gross prize going to Paul McGill (6) with 26 gross pts.
Congratulations to Paul who had a hole in one at the second hole in the Saturday 15 holes competition on Sat 22nd October, there was also another hole in one recorded on the same day by Sean Elliot at the 12th hole.

The winner of the 15 holes event on Saturday 5th November was Stephen Donaghey (11) with 35 pts, relegating James Patton (12) to the runners up spot on break of tie, third was Martin Finlay (20) with 34 pts, the gross winner on this occasion was Patrick Kennedy (2) with 28 gross pts.

The final Saturday qualifier was played on Saturday 29th October and saw a great win for Cathal Patton (6) who got it round in a fine level par score giving him 42 pts, the runner up was Paul Kavanagh (19) a point behind with 41pts with Liam Callaghan (13) in third with 40pts, the gross winner was again Patrick Kennedy.

Thursday Club
The Thursday club has very quickly moved on to week 10, the most recent winner was Shane McLaughlin (9) with 36 pts over the 15 holes in play, the runner up was Jim Harley (18) with 33 pts with Chris McDermott (13) in third with 33 pts nett.
The previous weeks winner was Stewart McFeeters (17) with 35 pts with Liam Patton (15) the runner up with 34.5 nett, third went to Neil Conroy (11) with 34 pts. In the race to be crowned Golfer of the Year for the first term Oliver McNally leads the way with 132 pts, from Liam Patton on 114pts, with Neil Conroy in third at present with 110 pts.
In the “King of the two’s” section last year’s winner Freddie Patterson has hit the front scoring two deuces in each of his past two weeks play, he leads on a total of six from both Shane McLaughlin and Paul McGill on five.
This week’s competition will again be played over 15 holes with the “Loop” omitted.

Monday Club
The Monday Team’s event continues to attract a very good weekly entry

The latest winners were club President Jim Arbuckle, Pascal McGillion, Martin Finlay and Patsy Wilson with 92 pts nett, the runners up were Kevin Gallagher, Frank McKay, Danny McGinley and Gabriel Gordon with 89.25 Nett.
The date for the Christmas Monday Club is set for Monday 19th December with the traditional meal and music to follow.

Sperrin Springs Winter Cup
This coming Sunday will be the last qualifying week of the matchplay event, section one is the closest to call of the three sections with no less than five pairs still in with a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals. Stephen Conroy and Mark Quinn currently lead the way on 14.5 pts with four further pairings awaiting any slip up’s they are all on 12 pts.
In Section 2, Anthony Brennan and Frankie Houston will wrap up the section if the score a half point in their last tie as they lead on 18.5 pts, even if they score zero they will still reach the semi-finals as the highest scoring runners up, Paul Kavanagh and Ciaran Murphy are in second place and if they win on Sunday they too will guarantee a semi-final berth. In section three Paul O’Neill and Brendan O’Neill ensured their place in the next stage on Sunday past having moved on to 18.5 pts. There will be an open draw when all four pairs have been identified, the final two weeks for the remaining pairs will be played as a better ball aggregate.

Congratulations to Martin “Pop” McGeehan who secured the £1000 Last Man Standing prize to himself selecting Sunderland to win in the final week, the winning promotor was Damian McGranaghan.
Look out for another game of Last Man Standing in early January.

Last week’s £50 bar credit draw winner was Claire Keys.

Tickets are on sale in the club for our members night on Saturday 3rd December with a two course hot buffet and 70’ 80’s disco to follow, tickets are available at the office, bar, or from any team captain from 2016 and are keenly priced at £10. Members are welcome to bring their guests on the night.

Club Notes – 18th October 2016

BOGLE WINS BALLYCOLMAN VIVO EVENT
At the second time of asking the rescheduled Ballycolman Vivo Open, kindly sponsored by Mark McDermott, got underway.  Although at times the weather resembled the original date with the wind and rain that prevailed throughout late morning and early afternoon making life very difficult for competitiors. The winner was Paul Bogle (12) with an excellent 40pts in the conditions although he just got the better of Raymond Arnold (21) on countback, two points further back with 38 pts came Shaun McGonagle (14) with 38pts the same total as fourth placed Paul Kavanagh (19), junior member Patrick McGranaghan (10) took fifth place and the final nett prize with 37 pts, Conal Cooke (3) took the gross prize with a three over par 33 pts, with the nines going to Stephen Donaghey (10) and to Philip Miller (21) who took the back nine.

B McNamee Open
The previous week’s competition was rescheduled from April this year with many thanks to long time golf club sponsors B Mc Namee Ltd. The winner was Matt Keyes (20) who returned to a bit of form with 41 pts to win by a shot from the very much in form Dermott Corry (12), Adrian McLaughlin (12) kept his good run going taking third place also with 40 pts with Gerry Quinn (22) in fourth with 39 pts, Martin Houston (17) was in fifth place with the gross on this occasion going to Mark McColgan with 31 gross pts.

Thursday Club results
Week five of the Thursday club was won by Ronnie Wiley (12) with 36pts for the 15 holes in play, the runner up was Dr Ciaran Kelly (12) with 33.75 Nett, with Chris McDermott (13) in third with 33 pts. There were eleven two’s recorded on the day.
Last week’s Thursday club, week 6 was claimed by Pascal McGillion (24) with 36 pts over the first 16 holes, second went to Liam Patton (15) with 35 pts with Liam McGinley (21) in third with 34 pts. The best overall return of the day was made by non-Thursday member Declan Doherty who had a fine 38 pts to take that prize. Surprisingly with all the par threes in  play only four twos were carded.

Monday club
There was a delayed start due to the early morning rain for this week’s Monday club event which was eventually played over 10 holes. The winners were Hugo McCusker, Eugene Patton, Jimmy Henderson and John Shiels with 52.25 Nett, the runners up were Chris McDermott, Oliver McNally and Robert Bell with 52 Nett.

Commiserations to Freddie Patterson and his Donegal Junior Cup team who narrowly lost to Gweedore Golf Club at Rosapenna on Saturday past, having to forfeit the opening game due to illness Strabane lost out on the final Green by three matches to two overall.

In Club Matchplay tournaments there are still some matches badly overdue completition! Those that have finished saw Kevin Heffernan taking his first matchplay title defeating Gerard Stewart in the final of the Lawson Cup, Betty Kelly and Tommy Sharkey caused somewhat of an upset in defeating Debbie McDaid and Gerry Casey in the final of the Worcester Cup.
Congratulations to Fred McGavigan who as expected wrapped up another Golfer of the Year title an award richly deserved for his consistency this season.

There were five further fallers in this week’s “Last Man Standing” competition with the race for the £1000 prize getting ever closer, only 19 players now remain.

Dermott Corry was the winner of the £50 bar credit draw.

There is music in the club on Saturday night with Klassix Disco & “The Mad Arabs” all the proceeds will go to the Foyle Hospice.
On Sunday at 6pm we have X-Factor 2016 contestant Conor McGinty with his two hour show, everyone is most welcome, there is no cover charge.
Our Christmas Brochures are now available at the club with a list of entertainment and party nights available.

Tickets are also now available for the brilliant “Clubsound” who will be with us on Saturday 18th February 2017,these would make a fantastic Christmas present, tickets are very reasonably priced at £12.50

Club News – 2nd October 2016

CAPTAINS OUTING TO MURVAGH
Barry Callaghan (19) totally dominated Saturdays Captains outing to Donegal Golf club with a fantastic 44 pts, which saw him the clear winner on the day by an eye-catching seven points from his nearest challenger. Barry raced to the turn in a most impressive 25pts and held his nerve well to record a further 19pts on the inward nine to easily take the win, the runner up was Nicky Patton(6) with a very steady 37 pts, with the consistent Michael Neeson (10) in third also with 37 pts, fourth went to veteran player Danny Duffy (15) another with 37 pts with Eddie Finlay (14) fifth with 36 pts.  The winner of the gross was competition secretary Patrick McCrossan (6) with 31 gross pts with Patrick Kennedy (2) the runner up in the gross category, Kevin Neeson (10) was sixth with Paul McConway (15) taking the final nett prize with 35 pts. The category prizes went to Nicky Wolfe (8), Kevin Gallagher (16) and Patsy Logue (24).  The Captain thanked all who had traveled on the day 140 had made their way to Murvagh G.C. for the day and were greeted by a course in its usual pristine condition.

Thursday Club week 4
Last week’s Thursday club winner was Martin Finlay with 34pts over the 15 holes in play and was the winner by two points from the runner up Paul McGill with 32pts the same total as third placed Dr C. Kelly, there were eight two’s recorded on the day.
Well done to Freddie Patterson’s Donegal Junior league team who have qualified for the final of that event with a great 3-2 win over Rosapenna at the Donegal venue, they now meet Gweedore Golf club in next week’s decider.
Last week’s Ladies event was the final competition of the summer programme and was won by Lorna Duffy with 30 pts, the category one winner was Mandy Coyne with 28 pts with Caren Corry winning category two with 26pts.
The Winter Cup is set to get underway this coming Sunday 9th October.

Club Notes – 27th September 2016

WEATHER PLAYS HAVOC WITH FIXTURES

Saturday’s competition the Vivo Stores Ballycolman competition fell foul of the recent wet weather conditions and had to be postponed as the course was badly flooded in the morning and was rightly declared unplayable. This event will now be rescheduled for Sat 15th October.

There was a good entry for week three of the Thursday club which was reduced to 15 holes also due to the wet conditions, this week’s winner was Oliver McNally (19) with 36 pts, the runner up was Dr Paul Armstrong (16) with 34pts just ahead on break of tie from Francie Devine (11) on the same total.  The early pacesetter in the golfer of the year stakes is Neil Conroy with 52 pts from Liam Patton in second with 37pts. Shane McLaughlin currently leads the “King of the 2’s” competition currently with three. New members are most welcome.

Eleven teams participated in this week’s Monday team’s event with the winners being declared as Denis Porter, Jim Wasson, Hugh Casey & George Turner with 83 pts for the 15 holes in play, the runners up were Robert Bell, Oliver McNally and Chris McDermott with 82.5 pts with Freddie Patterson, Ronnie Wiley, Liam Patton and Clarke Klam in third with 81pts.

Some matchplay ties are badly behind schedule an effort must be made to complete these competitions as soon as possible with two of the events only being at the semi-final stages! time is running out as the Winter Cup is set to get underway on Sunday 8th October.

Last week’s ladies event was the rescheduled Members Cup and it went the way of Lauren Patton (16) who made it two wins in a row and both with the same total of 37 pts, category one went to Lorna Duffy (21) also with 37 pts with category two going to Olive Reid (29) with 32 pts. Next Tuesday is the closing competition for the Ladies it’s a 10 holes scramble followed by a presentation buffet at 7.30pm.

Good luck to everyone going to the Captains Outing to Donegal Golf club on Saturday, hopefully we will have a decent day’s weather for the event, the presentations will take place back in the club at approximately 9.30pm.

Club Notes – 20th September 2016

MEDICARE WIN FOR MICHAEL
Michael Etherson (13) had the best return of the day in Saturday’s Medicare Open stableford with 41pts which was a great score on a day when the course was playing as long as it can with the soft conditions which prevail, the runner up was the very consistent Mark McCrea (9) with 40pts, student member Alan McGinley (24) took third place on the same total with Martin Elliot (17) playing out of Newtownstewart this year in fourth place with 39 pts, the final nett prize went to Mickey Kelly (9) with a very steady 38 pts, the gross once again went to Mr consistency himself Fred McGavigan (4) with 34 gross pts and with it surely the Golfer of the Year title for 2016, as he has moved on to 115 pts which is 35 pts clear of his nearest challenger the afore mentioned Mark McCrea on 80 pts, there are only two weeks remaining and a total of 40 pts possible for any player to add to their totals, the latter of these being the rearranged BMcNamee Ltd Open on Saturday 8th October, the Saturday after the Captains outing to Donegal Golf club. The nines last Saturday went to Patsy Logue (25) who won the front nine and to Kevin Neeson (10) who took the back nine prize.

Thursday Club week 2
Shane McLaughlin playing in the last four-ball out on Thursday was the winner of week 2 of the Thursday Club with a good total in the conditions of 40 pts.  Shane’s round was all the more remarkable in that he converted no less than three birdie two’s to the delight of his four-ball, I might add, and an early lead in “The King of the Two’s” competition.  The runner up was Neil Conroy (11) who has come on leaps and bounds with his game lately and he was ahead only on break of tie from Charlie Patton (18) on break of tie, despite Charlie’s miraculous chip in at the final hole. The only other player to manage a two on his card on Thursday was Ronnie Wiley.
All members may join the Thursday club this week, it will be played over 15 holes with the “Loop” left out in an effort to rest that area of the course.

Monday Club teams
With the Donegal seniors event on at Murvagh there was a smaller than usual entry for the Monday team’s event, a very close competition ensued however, with the winners declared as Jim Arbuckle, Pascal McGillion, Martin Finlay and Terence McDermott with 101.75 nett, the runners up were Chris McDermott, Robert Bell, Charlie Patton and Oliver McNally with 101.5 nett and third were Denis Porter, Jim Wasson, Hugh Casey and George Turner with 101 Nett

Entries are now being taken for the Leo Kavanagh Memorial Winter Cup sponsored by Sperrin Springs which is set to get underway on Sunday 9th October the fee is £12.50 per player

The Captains outing to Murvagh’s timesheet is at a maximum at present, other players wanting to attend should keep an eye on the board for any cancellations as unfortunately no further times are available at Donegal golf club for the day, Attendees are reminded to have the relevant fee of £40 payed in advance to the Gents box.

Congratulations to Gerard Walsh and his Lawson Cup team who won the Tyrone & Fermanagh title on Sunday past wrapping up their tie with Enniskillen Golf Club, although the games were for the most part close, Strabane got the necessary 4 pts needed early on and the match was called in.
Commiserations however to Shane McLaughlin and his Phair Cup team who really faced an uphill battle in their final with Aughnacloy G.C. having had a very poor first leg home result the team rallied and really looked in the closing stages that they would take the cup, but Aughnacloy got back into the third game on the course to take three points and a five foot missed putt in the bottom match on the last green saw the title go their way, nonetheless a fine effort from the Captain and players of the Strabane team.

This week’s £50 bar credit draw winner was Seamus Flannagan.

Only nine players were eliminated in week 5 of Last Man Standing, week 6 continues this week with the hunt for the £1000 prize.

There is music in the club this Saturday and Sunday with “Me Myself & I” back by popular demand on Saturday night and “Klassix Disco” on Sunday Night at the Vivo Stores Golf and Football presentation night 10pm-12.30am.
Watch out for Conor mcGinty on the  six chair Challenge this weekend on X-Factor where he will be featured ,Conor has played in the club on a few occasions and will be back here next Sunday 2nd October 6pm -8pm with his brilliant one man show, we wish him all the very best in the competition all are most welcome to come along to show their support, there is no admission fee.

Our Christmas entertainment and party Programme is now available on Facebook, the club website and at the clubhouse.

Fixtures:
Thursday 22nd September – Thursday club week 3  -15 holes
Saturday 24th September – Vivo Stores Ballycolman Open
Monday 26th September – Monday Teams

Club Notes – 13th September 2016

NIGEL BACK IN THE FORM
After a spell of uncharacteristic inconsistent golf Nigel Houston (12) bounced back in great style to take the Claims Assist Insurance Services Open on Saturday at Strabane. Nigel had been out of the game for some weeks with injury so his fine total of 40pts on a difficult day was most welcome, the runner up was Mark McColgan (5) with a fine two over par round that converted to 39pts, Terence McCay (23) was third with a very steady 38pts, fourth went to Philip Miller (22) with 37pts with Mark McCrea (9) taking the final nett prize also with 37 pts.  The best gross on the day went to Sean Forbes (6) with 31 gross pts, the nines went to Joe Kennedy (20) with 21pts for the first nine and to Ciaran Murphy (9) with 20pts for the back nine.
The Thursday Club got underway on Thursday past and we had some fine scoring on the day, the winner of week one was Paul Given (17) with 42pts, Paul is a relatively new member at the club and one who is already showing massive potential, the runner up was the ever consistent Michael Neeson (11) with 41pts with veteran, Danny Duffy (15), in third with 40 pts. The best score of the day was recorded by Brendan O’Neill (24) playing as a non- Thursday Club member he accumulated an eye catching 45 pts. New members are most welcome to join.

Ladies
Last week’s ladies event was the Bertie Colhoun Cup and it was won by Lauren Patton (16) with 37pts, again in difficult conditions, the categories went to Norma Brogan (15) with 35pts and to Mary Gallagher (31) with 33pts.

The mixed foursomes season is nearing the end of its schedule also. The latest Wednesday evening winners were Margaret Wolfe & Paddy O’Kane with 20 pts, the runners up were Monica McIntyre and Jason Gourley with 18 pts and Marion & Paul O’Reilly in third on the same total.
Our deepest condolences this week are extended to our Lady Captain Anne Sharkey, and the entire Pollock family, on the death of their mother Bridie, Mrs Pollock was laid to rest at St Marys Church Cloughcor on Wednesday morning, may she rest in peace.
This week’s £50 bar credit winner was Kevin Neeson.
Only 141 players remain in contention for the £1000 prize in last man standing after week fours results.

Club Notes – 6th September 2016

DISAPPOINTMENT AS MIXED TEAM MISS OUT.
There was great disappointment from players and supporters alike on Friday past at Shandon Park, when our mixed foursomes team so narrowly missed out on a place in Saturdays All-Ireland Final in their match with Gort Co. Galway. It is a format of golf where things can change so quickly and nothing can ever be taken for granted and this was certainly the case in Friday’s encounter. Gort had got off to a lightning start and found themselves very much in control in the top two matches 5 up and 4 up at the turn although Strabane were more than holding their own in the other ties. It looked like being the Ulster champions day when Cathal Patton and Heather Mitchell came back in the top match to level proceedings after 16 holes and added to that Conor Sharkey and Bernie O’Kane had also turned their match in their favour coming from 4 down to win the match by 2/1, with the other games nip and tuck Strabane were strong favourites but, as can happen and unfortunately did, the pendulum swung once again and this time very much in favour of the Galway team. They won the first match at the final hole to level affairs and then went ahead when Patrick McCrossan and Lauren Patton lost 2 down at the final hole, Gort had also came surging back from 3 down in match four and they also took that match against Declan Devine and Lisa Patton on the final green, Strabane just failing to make par to take the match to tie holes, the final game with Peter Doherty and Lorna Duffy were 1 up and in good position playing the last hole, however victory had dramatically turned to narrow defeat and Strabane were to leave on the day empty handed although the Ulster Champions pennant will hang proudly in the clubhouse for evermore. Gort suffered defeat in the final then on Saturday when the Leinster Champions Greystones took the overall title with a 3.5-1.5 win, congratulations to them.

TRU GLORY MENSWEAR STROKE
There was still a very good entry for Saturday’s rearranged open stroke competition kindly sponsored by new sponsors Tru Glory Menswear Main Street, it also provided the score of the year when Liam Callaghan (15) totally dominated proceedings to return a brilliant 60 nett to win by an amazing five shots, Liam has this year returned to the game and has shown great potential especially in matchplay games but everything went right for him on Saturday reducing his handicap by three shots in the process, the runner up was Kevin Heffernan (18) another player who has improved out of all recognition this season so far losing a total of nine shots of his handicap which is no mean feat in one year, his return of 65 nett just got the better of third placed Colin McCafferty (11) on break of tie, Martin Finlay (20) was fourth with 66 nett with the consistant David Friel (11) in fifth place with 67 nett, the categories went to Declan O’Hare (8) with 67 nett, John McMenamin (16) 67 nett and to George Hunter (23) with 68 nett, the gross prize was claimed by Patrick Kennedy (2) with 74 Gross.

Bank Holiday Monday Open
The final Monday open for the season was played the previous Monday and brought a win for Mark Quinn (13) with 41 pts which was good enough by two points from the runner up veteran Hugo mcCusker (12) with thirty nine with super senior Jimmy Coyle (24) third with 38 pts, the gross winner was visiting player from Canada Paul Doherty.

Thursday Open
Last week’s Thursday open was also the last for this season and it went to Vincent Bradley (19) with an excellent 43 pts a real return to the golf he is capable of for Vincent, the runner up was Kevin McGinley (10) with 41 pts another player on a great late season run of form, Conor McGettigan (9) took third with 39 pts, the gross went to Stephen McCay (5) with 32 gross pts.

Monday Teams
The popular close season Monday teams event got underway on Monday past withy 8 teams entering, the winners were Kevin McGinley, Foncie McNally, Gerry Quinn and Dermot Corry with 112 pts the runners up were Charlie Patton, Ollie McNally, Chris McDermott and Eddie McHugh with 110 pts, congratulations to Charlie who had a hole in one at the second hole.

Lady Presidents Day
Jennifer Rouse continued to dominate matters in the ladies section this week making it four big wins in a row when she added Mrs Rosaleen Dohertys Lady Presidents Prize to, the Lady Captains prize and the Brian Patton Ladies open, this time with an excellent 40 pts playing of 10 handicap, the runner up on the day was Mandy Coyne (8) with 39 pts with Lorna Duffy in third with 36 pts, The category winners were Catherine Neeson, Olive Turner and Caren Corry with the nines going to Mary McCrory and Margaret Duddy.

Mixed Foursomes
The regular Wednesday night mixed foursomes went to Carmel McElwee and Gerard Stewart with 23pts the runners up were Olive Reid and Eric Reid with 22 pts with Mary Duffy and Stephen Donaghey third with 21 pts. The ladies timesheet for their three ladies team event is now posted it takes place on Friday 16th September.

Gerard Walsh and his Lawson Cup team hold a 12.5-3.5 advantage over Enniskillen after the first leg of their final good luck to them in the second leg this weekend. Friday night is presentation night with numerous events being presented please check the noticeboard for further details,a good turnout of winners is requested at 8.00pm

Golf Notes – 30th August 2016

FONCIE WINS 7th ANNUAL BRIAN PATTON DAY

Veteran golfer Foncie McNally (16) was a popular winner of the weekends big event the 7th running of the Brian Patton Memorial Day, which was superbly supported with 178 cards being taken out for the competition, again testament to Brian who was such a great friend and tutor to so many players at the golf club. Foncie returned an excellent score of 42 pts on a day when scoring was particularly good, the runner up was another of the clubs veterans George Hunter (25)  with 41 pts with Michael Kelly (15) from Faughan Valley Golf Club in third place also with 41 pts, junior member Patrick McGranaghan (11) has being featuring regularly and his 41 pts took him to within touching distance of single figures for the first time, fifth went to Raymond Arnold (22) with a solid 40 pts, the gross went to Eoin O’Neill with a two over par round the same total as second gross Enda Kennedy (scr) the nines were claimed by Colin McCafferty (11) who took the first nine and Ben Corry (6) who took the second nine. In the Ladies Section Jennifer Rouse(10) again dominated proceedings and topped the leader board with 39pts, Catherine Neeson (16) was the runner up with 38 pts with Roisin Corry in third with 37 pts.

Strabane Training Services Open
Six handicapper Paul McGill kept his excellent recent run going on Saturday to lift the Strabane Training Services Open with an excellent 41 pts off the blue markers, the runner up was Patsy McHugh (17) also with 41pts, with Ciaran Patton (20) in third place three points further in arrears with 38 pts.  Gerry Quinn (23) was fourth also with 38 pts with James Harron (9) in fifth with the same score. Patrick McCrossan (5) was the gross winner with 31 gross pts with the nines going to Gus McCay (20) and to Charlie Patton.

Saffron Indian Restaurant Open
There was a good entry for last week’s Saffron Indian Restaurant Open with 90 players signing in, unfortunately weather conditions took a major turn for the worst in the late evening with a heavy prolonged downpour coupled with a spectacular electrical storm although the course emptied the competition was declared valid as enough of the total entry had completed their rounds and the course was not declared closed. The winner was Shay Callaghan (8) with 40 pts, the runner up was Stephen McCay (6) with 38pts Martin Keyes (17) was third with 37pts and Paul McGill (6) was the gross winner on this occasion with 37 pts.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s ladies winner was once again Jennifer Rouse (12) who is having a remarkable golfing season, her total of 42 pts was only six over the par for the course, the category one winner was Lady Captain Anne Sharkey (19) with 37 pts with Lady Vice-Captain Patricia Kelly winning category two with 35 pts.

The entire club will be wishing our Irish Mixed Foursomes team the very best of luck on Friday when the tee it up at Shandon Park in the All Ireland Semi-finals against Gort Golf Club Co.Galway with a 10.30am start, hopefully as many members as possible can travel to lend their support.

The £50 bar credit winner this week was Mark Sharkey
A further 26 players exited Last Man Standing this week to leave a total of 190 surviving till week four.

The Monday Teams will begin this Monday with the Thursday club set to get underway on Thursday 8th September.
The Captains outing this year will be in Donegal Golf Club Murvagh on Saturday 1st October the entry sheet will be on the notice board next week.

There will be music in the Clubhouse on Saturday night with Klassix disco, admission is free and everyone is most welcome.

Lady President’s Day Draw

MRS ROSALEEN DOHERTY
LADY PRESIDENT’S DAY
(Golfer of the Year points)

TUESDAY 30TH AUGUST 2016 18 HOLES STABLEFORD
ENTRY FEE £4
PLEASE SWIPE CARD AND PUT FEE IN BOX. ALL CARDS MUST BE RETURNED

10am
1 – Olive Turner, Kathleen Hoynes & Maureen Gillespie
2 – Caren Corry, Madeleine McColgan & Mary O’Reilly
3 – Mary McCrory, Ann McCrory & Celia Russell

2.30pm
1 – Alison Curry & Carole McFeeters
2 – Betty Kelly & Teresa Casey
3 – Mary Gallagher, Rita MacLochlainn & Noreen McNally
4 – Mary Casey, Ben Friel & Ann Coyle

3pm
Lady President’s Guests

4.00pm
1 – Mandy Coyne, Maeve Crowe & Geraldine Masterson
2 – Jennifer Rouse, Monica McGettigan & Donna Doherty
3 – Lady Captain Ann Sharkey, Rosemary Wilson & Geraldine McCrory
4 – Norma Brogan, Lorna Duffy & Patricia Kelly
6 – Catherine Neeson, Rachel Devenney & Teresa Duffy
6 – Bernie O’Kane, Maeve Corry & Mary Duffy
7 – Dympna Doherty & Olive Reid

5.00pm
1 – Catherine Connolly, Carmel McElwee & Margaret Duddy

Club Notes – 23rd August 2016

MIXED FOURSOMES TEAM ARE ULSTER CHAMPIONS
All Ireland Mixed Team

There was much cause for celebration on Friday night at Strabane Golf Club when the Irish Mixed Foursomes team became Ulster Champions defeating Mahee Island Co.Down in a titanic encounter at Shandon Park Belfast, finally coming out the three matches to two winners. Play had initially been delayed for 30 mins due to the weather conditions, and when matters got underway, Strabane made a relatively slow start and trailed in three of the matches through halfway, our opponents continued to lead in the opening two ties and were 2-0 up in the match winning 4/3 and 2/1in those games.  The local side quickly levelled things when Conor Sharkey and Bernie O’Kane closed their match out 4/3 and that was quickly followed by a win for Declan Devine & Lisa Patton winning 4/2, all eyes turned to the final tie where Pete Doherty and Lorna Duffy were very much back in contention having been two down through 11 holes, but a great run from the Strabane pair saw them two up after 15 holes winning four in a row, a chance was missed at the 16th to take the match but the pair made no mistake at the 17th hole, Peter launching a thumping drive straight down the middle from where Lorna got him to the apron of the green, Peter decided to putt rather than chip and left his effort right on the edge of the hole to spark off great celebration in the Strabane camp and a place in the All-Ireland Finals back at Shandon Park next Friday, 2nd September, where they will represent Ulster and play Gort Golf Club from Co.Galway.  This is in fact the second time in seven years Strabane have taken the title with only one survivor on the side from 2009, hopefully there will be plenty of support for the team in Belfast in their quest to bring home a first ever All-Ireland title to the club.

All Ireland Fourball
Strabane just missed out on Sunday in another Ulster Final appearance this time in the All-Ireland Fourball Ulster semi-final against Black Lion Golf Club from Co.Cavan.  Trailing 4-1 after last week’s away leg Strabane quickly put two matches on the board firstly with an emphatic 7/6 win followed by a 4/3 win. It was three matches soon after with a 2 up win in match three.  In match four our pair were 1 down playing the 17th but a par there from our opponents saw them put a mark on the scoreboard, all attention then turned to the final match where Strabane were two up through 14 holes, and a two holes win would be good enough to send Mark Sharkey’s charges through, however, they lost the 15th hole and were only 1 up playing the 17th, the match was then levelled when the Co.Cavan player struck home a 30ft birdie putt, Strabane needed to win the final hole to send the match into a play-off but unfortunately it wasn’t to be as the hole was halved in five and it was Black Lion that were through to the Ulster Final at Roe Park in a fortnights time, commiserations to the entire team a great effort over the summer was put in by all with many memorable and successful encounters.
In other Inter Club competitions Shane McLaughlin’s Phair Cup team have it all to do losing out by 10.5-5.5 after the first leg of their final played at home, although the matches were close their opponents Aughnacloy Golf Club will feel they have already one hand on the trophy.  Freddie Patterson’s Donegal Junior team had a convincing win over Buncrana winning 5-0 but will still need to win a match at the very tricky Inishowen links to advance.
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Special mention this week for our young golfing starlet Conor Byrne who won the Munster Under 14’s Boys Championship at Tipperary Golf Club, the only player on the day to go under par out of the 110 strong field returning a brilliant one under round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valerie Manning Club Championship
Domestic matters were to the fore on Saturday with the prestigious Club Championship 2016 up for decision, it eventually went to a very deserving winner in Fred McGavigan (4) a player who again this year has been a model of consistency and his level par round on Saturday was good enough to take the title by one stroke from his playing partner Patrick Kennedy.  Third went to Mark McColgan with 72 gross. In the nett section Stephen Conroy (9) has come back to the game with a bang and his stunning 62 nett was the outright winner in this section by three points from his playing partner Gary O’Connell (8) with 65 nett, third place went to the very much in form Kevin McGinley (10) with 66 nett. The nines on the day went to Sammy Devenney (21) and to Paul Bogle (12).

FMC ACCOUNTANTS
There was a good turnout for the Thursday Open kindly sponsored by FMC Accountants, the winner was Rory Doherty (10) who returned to single figures with a good 40pts, Paul O’Reilly (5) was the runner up with 39pts with Kevin Gallagher (15) in third with 38pts, Keith Patterson was the gross winner on this occasion with 32 gross pts.

Monday Open
This week’s Monday Open was the penultimate one of the season and it went to Ronnie Wiley (12) with 40pts, Jonathan McGillion (23) was the runner up with 39pts with Paul O’Reilly (5) in third this time with 38pts, Eoin O’Neill (5) took the gross prize with 32 gross pts.

Ladies open Sponsored by Claire’s Hair Salon
There was a quite stunning score in the Claire’s Hair Salon Ladies Open event on Tuesday past when Marion O’Reilly (24) got round in eleven over par to post an incredible 49 pts.  Marion has only recently returned to the game and what a way to announce it, she was the clear 13pts winner from the runner up Catherine Neeson (16) with 36pts with Debbie McDaid (36) third with 35 pts, the gross winner was Mandy Coyne with the categories going to Norma Brogan, Monica McGettigan and Ann McCrory, the nines went to Mary Gallagher and to Mary Duffy.

Presidents Mixed foursomes
The Presidents Mixed Foursomes was finally played on Wednesday with Geraldine Masterson & Senan Roarty the winners with 23pts over the ten holes in play, the runners up were Mary Duffy & Ciaran Kelly with 22 pts with Patricia Kelly & Foncie McNally in third with 20 pts, the gross prize went to Norma Brogan and Pat McAneny.

The winner of the £50 bar draw this week was Conor McCool, there is music in the clubhouse on Sunday night with Kieran McColgan 10pm-12 midnight when the presentations for the Brian Patton Golf Day will take place.

Fixtures:
Thursday 25th August – Saffron Restaurant Open
Saturday 27th August – Strabane Training Services Open
Sunday 28th August – Brian Patton Day
Monday 29th August – Bank Holiday Open
Tuesday 30th August –  Mrs Rosaleen Doherty’s Lady Presidents Day

Club Notes – 16th August 2016

PRESIDENTS PRIZE FOR DECLAN
President's Prize Declan O'HareDeclan O’Hare (9) was the winner on Saturday of Mr Jim Arbuckle’s Presidents Prize with a total of 40pts, a great score on the day with all agreeing that the course was playing to its maximum length with fairly soft conditions due to the continued wet spell of weather, that said however, the course was presented in its usual pristine condition with the greens immaculate as always. Declan started his round with three successive bogies but steadied the ship to reach the turn with 21pts and a run of four closing pars was good enough to take the day’s beautiful first prize just eclipsing the runner up Joe Doherty (19),who, despite a double bogey six at the 17th hole amassed 21pts on the back nine to finish on 39 pts, the same total as third placed Michael Neeson (11) who had also ran into bother at the penultimate par 4 hole. Fourth went to early morning starter Marc Brolly (10) also with 39 pts, the final nett prize went to Francie Devine (11) with 38 pts, Patrick Kennedy was the gross winner with 35 gross pts, a notable double for Patrick as he had two weeks previous taken the gross prize on Captains Day. The nines went to Johnny McGillion (23) with 22 pts for the outward nine and to Brian Cairns who had 23 pts for the back nine, the Presidents guests winner on the day was Pat Corry (11) with 35 pts. The President thanked all who had endeavoured to keep the club running so successfully throughout his tenure and thanked all the members for their good wishes on his day.

Farmers Home Open Stableford
Kevin McGinley (12) was the impressive winner of last Thursdays Farmers Home Open Stableford with a fine total of 43pts which was good enough by three points on the day from runner up Oliver Creswell (12) and from third placed Jim Harley (19) also with 40 pts. The gross went to Ryan McGowan (6) with 32 gross pts.

Monday Open
This week’s Monday Open went to Caolan Crawford (6) with 40pts which was a winner by three points from the runner up Adrian McLaughlin (11) with 37 pts and Kevin Heffernan (18) third with 36 pts, Peter Doherty (5) took the gross prize.

Team News
Mark Sharkey’s Ulster Fourball team were in action at Black Lion Golf Club Co.Cavan on Sunday against very formidable opponents, they came away with a 4-1 defeat on the day with Gerry Quinn and Eddie McHugh putting the point on the board for Strabane, the second leg is at home this Sunday with all to play for with the prize an Ulster title decider next month, good luck to all.

Best wishes to our Mixed Foursomes Captains and team who this Friday take on Mahee Island Co.Down at Shandon Park Belfast, in the Ulster Final hopefully as many members as possible will make the trip to lend their support.

Good luck also to Shane McLaughlin’s Phair Cup team who play their first leg of the Tyrone & Fermanagh final on Sunday against Aughnacloy Golf club. Members should note that next week’s Brian Patton day is booking up fast and you should reserve your time on the BRS System.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s ladies event was the Lady Captain’ss Marie Curie Charity competition,the winner was Lady Secretary Maeve Corry (22) with 35 pts, category one was won by Adeline Shiels with 32 pts, with Olive Reid taking category two with 35 pts.

There was a small entry for the weekly mixed event due to the terrible weather conditions, the best on the day were Carole McFeeters and Foncie McNally with 25 pts.

“Last man Standing” got underway at the weekend with around 200 players falling at the very first hurdle, the £50 bar credit winner this week was Albert McNally.

Fixtures:
Thursday 18th August – FMC Acountants Open S/F
Saturday 20th August – Valerie Manning Jewellers Club Championship (S)
Monday 22nd August – Monday Open
Tuesday 23rd August – Ladies Foyle Hospice Charity.

Club Notes – 9th August 2016

STRABANE ADVANCE TO ULSTER FINAL
Our Mixed Foursomes team have advanced to the Ulster final with a great 5-0 win over Cushendall Golf Club on Sunday at Roe Park.  We will meet Mahee Island Golf club in the decider at Shandon Park Belfast on Friday 19th August after the Co.Down club overcame 2014 Ulster champions Rosapenna by three matches to two in their semi-final. Strabane got their noses in front early on in Sunday’s tense encounter at Limavady taking a significant advantage in four of the ties and with the weather conditions worsening as the afternoon progressed their opponents never really looked like turning the match around, a fantastic performance from the entire team with everyone very much at the top of their game. Team captains Senan & Patricia have asked for as much support as possible from club members and supporters for the final in Belfast.
Best wishes also to Mark Sharkey and his Ulster Fourball team who will play their Ulster Semi-Final against Black Lion Golf Club this coming Sunday at the Co.Cavan club.

Pat O’Neill Open
The winner of the Pat O’Neill Open on Saturday was Ciaran Doherty (9) with a brilliant return of 41 pts in blustery conditions, the runner up was Gary O’Connell (10) just a point behind, third went to Michael Kelly (10) also with 40 pts with the very much in form Paul O’Hare (11) in fourth with 39 pts, Martin Rouse (9) took the final nett prize with 38 pts, the gross prize winner was Fred McGavigan (4) with 33 gross pts with the nines going to Gerard McCrory (23) and to Ciaran Murphy (8)

Captains Betterball
The Captains Betterball competition postponed due to the weather was played on Thursday past although for the most part conditions were again poor the winners were Gary O’Connell & Stephen Conroy with an excellent return of 45 pts, the runners up were Gerard Walsh & Stephen Acheson with 44 pts with Damian Carey & Declan Doherty in third place a further point in arrears with 43 pts.
The Thursday open competition sponsored by “Tru Glory” Menswear will now take place on Saturday 3rd September.

Monday Open
There are only three Monday Opens left for this season with the final one the Bank Holiday Open on Monday 29th August. Mondays competition saw Stephen Conroy (10) pick up his first singles win since his recent return to the game his total of 42 pts was two clear of junior starlet Conor Byrne (6) with 40 pts with Kevin McGinley (12) in third with 38pts, Franke Gallagher (8) took the gross prize.

Past Captains & Presidents Day
Terry Doherty was the recent winner of the Past Captains & Presidents day with 42 pts just getting the better of Michael Doyle on break of tie, Oliver McNally took third spot with 41 pts.

Best wishes to our President, Jim Arbuckle who will host his President’s Day this coming Saturday 13th August, there have been a few rearranged later tee-off times to accommodate the Presidents guests from 1pm, regular tee off times after 12.50pm are all pushed back around 45 minutes. Also just a reminder that new members who have availed of membership deals can play on Presidents Day, but cannot win first prize as stipulated in the various joining criteria. There will Music later with a fantastic new up and coming star “David James” admission is free after 10.30pm.
The Presidents Mixed foursomes event has be rearranged for Wednesday 17th August the draw for partners will take place on Friday 12th August.

The new game of “Last Man Standing”gets underway this coming weekend entry is a one off payment of £10 with a £1000 prize to the winner, all members are urged to participate in this essential fundraiser for the club.
This week’s £50 bar tab winner was club Secretary Senan Roarty.

Fixtures:
Thursday 11th August – Farmers Home Bar & Off sales (s/f)
Saturday 13th August – Mr Jim Arbuckles Presidents Day
Monday 15th August – Monday Open
Tuesday 16th August – Ladies Open Day – Claire’s Hair Salon
Wednesday 17th August – Presidents Mixed Foursomes

Lady President’s Charity Draw – Ladies

LADY PRESIDENT’S CHARITY
(Friends of the Cancer Society)
TUESDAY 9th AUGUST 2016 – ENTRY FEE £4.00
18 HOLES STABLEFORD
Please SWIPE CARD and put fee in the box. All cards must be returned

10.00am
1 – Olive Turner, Kathleen Hoynes & Carmel McElwee
2 – Mary McCrory, Rosaleen Doherty & Margaret Duddy
3 – Madeleine McColgan & Mary Casey & Mary O’Reilly

2.30pm
1 – Alison Curry, Carole McFeeters & Celia Russell
2 – Ben Friel & Noreen McNally
3 – Mary Gallagher & Teresa Casey

4.00pm
1 – Jennifer Rouse, Rosemary Wilson & Patricia Kelly
2 – Shauna Stewart, Adeline Gibson & Teresa Logue
3 – Norma Brogan, Olive Reid & Mary Duffy
4 – Lady Captain Ann Sharkey & Maeve Corry & Maeve Crowe
5 – Dympna Doherty, Lorna Duffy & Imelda Doherty

5.00pm
1 – Catherine Neeson, Margaret Wolfe & Debbie McDaid
2 – Bernie o’Kane, Geraldine McCrory & Monica MacIntyre

Club Notes 2nd August 2016

CAPTAINS PRIZE FOR CATHAL

captains day b brolly 032Five handicapper Cathal Patton was a very popular winner of Mr Brian Brolly’s Captains Prize on Saturday with a winning total of 67 nett, Cathal is still recovering from a major work related injury that put him out of the game for an entire season but the grit and determination he has shown to get back playing to his own very high standards speaks volumes for the man and the countless congratulations and best wishes that have come his way with this great win are all richly deserved. There had been an element of confusion on the day with actual overall finishing positions, as for the first time all our new membership categories had been allowed to participate on the day although the rule that only a premium rate category member or O.A.P. rate can win first prize on both, Captains Day and indeed Presidents Day, although all members could compete for all the other great prizes up for grabs on the day. Second season member John McCallion (21) has been making huge inroads into the game of golf and he continued his fantastic season with an eye-catching total of 62 nett on Saturday which saw him awarded second place and his handicap reduced to 18 a fact he was most delighted about, John is certainly a player to watch out for in the coming years. Also in this category was third placed Sean Elliot (13) who, with his huge power of the tee, got round in 65 nett, again, Sean has been having a great season since his return to the game and I’d say another player destined for single figures in the not too distant future.
Paul Given (18) is also a new category member with huge potential, and he had his best round to date on Saturday to capture fourth place with 67 nett, veteran Hugo McCusker (12) always a model of consistency took fifth place with 68 nett. Patrick Kennedy (2) took the gross prize on Saturday with a fine total of one over par continuing his great season to date, the nines went to Jimmy Henderson (25) who won the outward nine and to Paul Bogle (12) who took the inward nine. The winner of the Captains guests prize was Fred McGavigan (4) with 37 pts with Marc Brolly (10) second with 36 pts. Gary O’Connell took a great double at the final hole not only winning the longest drive but also winning the nearest the pin on his way to a tap in birdie putt. In his speech the Captain thanked everyone who had helped him throughout his tenure to date and to all that had given up their time on the day and had helped in anyway.

Captains Mixed Foursomes
Twenty seven pairs participated on Wednesday evening for the Captain’s Mixed Foursomes with Debbie Mc Daid and Conor Sharkey the winning duo with 34pts for the 15 holes in play, this was a notable double for Debbie who two weeks previous had teamed up with Oliver McNally to win the Lady Captains Mixed event. In second place on Wednesday also with 34 pts were Monica Mc Gettigan and Patrick McCrossan with third place going to Carole Mc Feeters and Senan Roarty with 32 pts, Lisa Patton and Danny Duffy were the winners of the gross prize. The Captains better-ball that had been scheduled for last Thursday was postponed due to heavy rain and will now be played this Thursday 4th August.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s Ladies event was the Captain’s Prize to the Ladies, the winner was this year’s Ladies Captains prize winner Jennifer Rouse (12) with 71 nett an excellent total in the inclement weather conditions that prevailed throughout the day, the category one winner was Lady Captain Anne Sharkey (19) with 72 nett with Caren Corry (30) winning category two with 78 Nett.

Monday Open
Monday’s Open competition went the way off 14 year old Conor Byrne (6) with a fine two over par round that equated to 40pts, the runner up was Adrian McLaughlin (11) with 38pts, Adrian was a great winner last week at Slieve Russell golf club winning their midweek open with a fine 41pts, third on Monday was Paul O’Reilly (5) also with 38 pts. Fred McGavigan won yet another gross prize to add to his collection with 31 gross points.

Great week for Inter-club events for Strabane.
Mark Sharkey’s All-Ireland Fourball have advanced to the Ulster Semi-Finals where they will play Co.Cavan club Blacklion after they completed their second leg quarter final tie with Carnalea G.C. on Sunday past getting the required 2.5 matches up on the board, the match was then called to a halt with two matches still on the course. The match was played in a tremendous spirit with each of the teams enjoying each others wonderful hospitality.

In Tyrone and Fermanagh ties it was also a great week for Strabane, on Monday Night Gerard Walsh’s Lawson Cup team won their tie with Fintona Golf Club by 14.5 – 1.5 pts overturning last Fridays away leg result of 14 – 2 to win by the narrowest of margins, a tremendous fight back in a very exciting game of golf. Also advancing to the final are Shane McLaughlin’s Phair Cup team who were also in action against Fintona on Monday night in their away leg having been well ahead from the first match they wrapped up the tie but not without a scare or two from their opponents on the night. Good luck to both teams in their respective finals.
Best wishes also to Patricia Kelly and Senan Roarty the joint Captains of our  All-Ireland Mixed team who play in their Ulster Semi-Final on Sunday at Roe Park golf club Limavady, where their opponents will be Cushendall Golf club from Co.Antrim.

The £50 bar credit draw winner this week was Sean Sweeney, the next game of Last Man Standing is set to get underway on the first weekend of the new premier season with a £1000 guaranteed first prize.

Many thanks to all who purchased in our latest fundraising draw the winners were as follows:
1st Prize Lucy Connolly
2nd Angelee Barr
3rd Brian Rabbett
4th Cliona O’Hagan
5th Jacqueline Elliot
6th John Duffy
7th Aidan Boyle
8th Peter O’Neill
9th Joe McNamee
10th Denis McCrory.

Fixtures:
Thursday 4th August – Captains Better-Ball
Saturday 6th August –  Pat O’Neill Open
Monday 8th August – Monday Open
Tuesday 8th August – Lady Presidents Charity
Wednesday 10th August – Donegal Senior Alliance 8am-3pm
Wednesday 10th August – Presidents Mixed foursomes from 5pm

Updated Captain’s Day Draw

MR BRIAN BROLLY’S
CAPTAIN’S DAY
SATURDAY 30th JULY 2016
7.00
7.08
7.16 Declan Lynch Mark Gillespie Paul O’Reilly
7.24 Robin McMullin Sean Forbes Conor McNamee
7.32 Edward O’Kane Liam Callaghan Ryan McColgan Mark Neely
7.40 Marty Houston Rodney Dolan Damien McCrossan Brian Ferguson
7.48 Mark McCrea Dan Downey Hugh Byrne John McCallion
7.56 Philip Millar Gary O’Connell Mark Quinn Brian McLaughlin
8.04 Stephen Conroy John Quinn Seamus Devenney Paul Houston
8.12 James Henderson Michael Houston John Etherson John Wylie
8.20 Enda McDonnell Peter Etherson Ciaran Martin Francey Conwell
8.28 Declan McDonnell Stephen Whyte Mickey Arnold Gerard McCrory
8.36 Brian Millar Peter Doherty (Snr) Paul Given Michael Neeson
8.44
8.52
9.00 Peter O’Connell Stephen Alexander Sean Elliott
9.08 Ciaran Duffy Neil Conroy Jim Malcolm Stewart McFeeters
9.16 Kevin Connolly Kevin Gallagher Damien Carey Brendan O’Neill
9.24 Edward McCrea Gerard Mullen Lee Hannigan Conor Doherty
9.32 Johny McCrea Paddy Kennedy Danny Duffy Brian O’Kane
9.40 Paul Gallagher John Doherty Shaun McGonagle Paul O’Hare
9.48 Jim Harley Stephen Donaghey Martin Rouse Paul McGill
9.56 Liam McGinley Oliver Cresswell Adrian McLaughlin Chris McDermott
10.04 Eddie McHugh Martin Patton Kevin McGinley Matthew Curran
10.12 Albert McNally Barry Calllaghan Donal Cairns Brian Kelly
10.20 Cathal Patton Andy Connolly Rory Doherty Gary Duffy
10.28 Ciaran Doherty Nicky Wolfe Stephen McCay Declan Doherty
10.36 Charlie Patton George McCay Martin Keys Vincent Bradley
10.44 Nicky Patton Gerry Casey Mark Corry Cahir Doherty
10.52
11.00
11.08
11.16 Jimmy Coyle Don Callan Kevin Heffernan Patsy Logue
11.24 Brian Forrester Paul Kavanagh David Friel Frankie Connolly
11.32 Johnny Potts Seamus Flanagan Liam McDevitt Seamus McPhilemy
11.40 Jim Potts Foncie Mcnally Joe Kennedy Aidan Corry
11.48 Garvin Godfrey Sean MacIntyre Eddie Finlay Michael Kennedy
11.56 Dermot Corry Franke Gallagher Paul Bogle Ciaran Patton
12.04 Eddie Patton Aidan Coyle Anthony Brennan Gus McCay
12.12 Stephen Acheson Joe Curry Michael Doyle Kevin Neeson
12.20
12.28
12.36
12.44
12.52
13.00
13.08
13.16
13.24
13.32 CAPTAIN’S GUESTS
13.40
13.48
13.56
14.04
14.12
14.20
14.28
14.36
14.44
14.52
15.00 Hugh McGinley Hugo McCusker Niall Kelly
15.08 Cathal McLaughlin Patsy Wilson Stephen O’Neill Matt Keyes
15.16 Gerard Stewart Johnathon McGillion Eric Reid William Potts
15.24 Tommy Sharkey Seamus Friel John Blee Martin Gormley
15.32

Club Notes – 26th July 2016

MAXWELL WINS JOHN FAHY & CO OPEN
John Maxwell (10) playing in one of the last fourballs of the day was the winner of the John Fahy & Co Open Stableford played on Saturday past, with a score of 40 pts which was an excellent total on a day of frequent showers and breezy conditions, the unlucky runner up beaten on break of tie was Kieran McBride (23).  Kieran got to the turn with a massive 26pts on his card but added only 14 more on the back nine when it seemed all the hard work had been already done, third place just a point behind was the very consistent Mark Neely (12) with another player who has been a model of consistency since his return to the game Michael Houston (11) in fourth with 38pts, Brian Kelly (21) took the final nett prize also with 38pts, Ryan McGowan (7) was the gross winner with 30 gross pts, Liam McGinley (21) was the first nine winner with 24pts and Jordan Arthur (6) won the back nine with 21pts.  The over 60’s winner was Charlie Patton(18) with 36pts.

Mitchell Meats Open
Last Thursday’s event was the Mitchell’s Meats Open which had an entry of over 100, the winner was Eoghan Farrell (19) who continues to improve rapidly and his 42pts was good enough here by two points from the runner up Ryan McGowan (7) with 40pts, John McMenamin (17) had been the early clubhouse leader returning an early morning 39pts but had to settle for third in the end, the gross prize went to Peter Doherty (5) with 32 gross pts.

 Monday Open
Rory McColgan (13) was the clear winner of Monday’s open competition with an excellent 44pts, relegating the unfortunate Stephen McCay (6) to second place with 42pts which was a fine level par round for Stephen and a welcome return to form, third went to Gary O’Connell (10) also with 42 pts, Martin McDermott (5) was the gross winner with 32 gross pts.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s ladies event was the Bank of Ireland Trophy and it went in resounding fashion to Catherine Neeson (17) with an eye-catching 43 pts, Catherine was a clear five points winner from category one winner Mandy Coyne (8) with Mary Gallagher (31) winning category two with 36 pts.

Last week’s mixed event was a team greensomes, the winners were Olive Reid & Sammy Devenney who teamed up with Rachel Devenney & Eric Reid to record a best of the evening 41pts, the runners up were Carmel mcElwee & Francie Devine and their partners Monica MacIntyre & Jason Gourley a point behind on 40pts.

The Lady Captains Charity was breast cancer awareness to which members contributions were made on Lady Captain’s day a total of £1125.00 was amassed, the Lady Captain Anne would like to thank everyone who contributed to her nominated charity.

ALL IRELAND FOURBALL
Mark Sharkey’s All-Ireland Fourball team were in action on Sunday at the Ulster quarter final stage in Carnalea Golf Club Co. Down and came away with a tremendous result winning the tie by three matches to two, the home leg is this Sunday, tee off time 1pm and although Strabane will be resounding favourites to progress nothing will be taken for granted.

Our Roberts Cup team under the captaincy of Ryan McGowan exited that event on Monday night just failing to overturn the first leg deficit against a talented Omagh G.C. team.

Shane McLaughlin’s Phair Cup team managed to win their first leg semi-final tie against Fintona G.C.12.5 pts – 3.5 pts in what was a very close match despite what the scoreline would suggest.

The next game of Last Man Standing gets underway on the opening Saturday of the new Premier League season, entry is again £10 with £1000 guaranteed to the winner.

Finally, this Saturday is Captains Day at the club, good luck to all competitors and best wishes to Captain Brian Brolly for a great day.
Music will be provided after the presentation by “RIFF-RAFF.”  There is also music in the club on Sunday evening at 6pm with Niall Gallagher.

Captain’s Mixed Foursomes – Draw

We could do with a few more players, especially ladies,
anyone interested contact Pat McAneny in the club

Captain’s Mixed Foursomes
Wednesday 27th July 2016
Pairings
Name Name
1 BETTY KELLY & PAT MCANENY
2 MARY MCCRORY & TOMMY FORBES
3 THERESA CASEY & MAURICE MCGETTIGAN
4 ROSALEEN DOHERTY (LADY PRES) & FONCIE MCNALLY
5 GERALDINE MASTERSON & CAHIR DOHERTY
6 KATHLEEN HOYNES & FRANCIE DEVINE
7 BERNIE O’KANE & MARK SHARKEY
8 MARY DUFFY & BRIAN O’KANE
9 MARY GALLAGHER & LIAM MCGINLEY
10 ISOBEL DUFFY & SEAN MACINTYRE
11 CAROLE MCFEETERS & SENAN ROARTY
12 LAUREN PATTON & DONAL CAIRNS
13 MAURA MCBETH & RONNIE WILEY
14 MARGARET WOLFE & STEPHEN KENNEDY
15 NORMA BROGAN & JOHN MCMENAMIN
16 TBC (2) & LIAM MCDEVITT
17 LISA PATTON & DANNY DUFFY
18 ANNE SHARKEY ( LADY CAPT.) & COLIN MCCAFFERTY
19 TBC (4) & EDDIE MCHUGH
20 TBC (3) & PAUL KAVANAGH
21 CARMEL MCELWEE & JIM HARLEY
22 DONNA DOHERTY & FRANKIE CONNOLLY
23 DEBBIE MCDAID & CONOR SHARKEY
24 MONICA MCGEETIGAN & PADDY MCCROSSAN
25 MONICA MACINTYRE & EDDIE PATTON
26 CATHERINE NEESON & LIAM PATTON
27 ADELINE GIBSON & JONATHAN MCGILLION
28 TBC (5) & NICKY WOLFE
29 TBC (6) & DEAN WOLFE
30 TBC (7) & TBC(1)