Club Notes – 15th November 2016

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

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

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


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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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


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

(Golfer of the Year points)


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

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

Lady President’s Guests

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

1 – Catherine Connolly, Carmel McElwee & Margaret Duddy

Club Notes – 23rd August 2016

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.

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).

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

(Friends of the Cancer Society)
Please SWIPE CARD and put fee in the box. All cards must be returned

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

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

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

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

Club Notes 2nd August 2016


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.

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

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
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
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
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

Club Notes – 26th July 2016

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.

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
Name Name
30 TBC (7) & TBC(1)

Captain’s Day Draw – Saturday 30th July

Please Note: Any changes will be posted on the clubs Facebook page.

7.24 Robin McMullin Sean Forbes Conor McNamee
7.32 Edward O’Kane Martin McDermott Ryan McColgan
7.40 Marty Houston Rodney Dolan Damien McCrossan
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
9.00 Peter O’Connell Stephen Alexander Sean Elliott
9.08 Ciaran Duffy Neil Conroy Stewart McFeeters
9.16 Kevin Connolly Jim Malcolm Paul O’neill
9.24 Edward McCrea Gerard Mullen Kevin P Gallagher Damien Carey
9.32 Johny McCrea Paddy Kennedy Lee Hannigan Brian O’Kane
9.40 Danny Duffy John Doherty Shaun McGonagle Paul O’Hare
9.48 Paul Gallagher Stephen Donaghey Martin Rouse Jim Harley
9.56 Liam McGinley Oliver Cresswell Paul McGill Odhran McGettigan
10.04 Noel McCrory Martin Patton Adrian McLaughlin Chris McDermott
10.12 Albert McNally Barry Calllaghan Matthew Curran Kevin McGinley
10.20 Nicky Wolfe Eddie McHugh Donal Cairns Brian Kelly
10.28 Cathal Patton Mark Gillespie Rory Doherty Gary Duffy
10.36 Ciaran Doherty Mark Neely Stephen McCay Andy Connolly
10.44 Charlie Patton George McCay Martin Keys Vincent Bradley
10.52 Nicky Patton Gerry Casey Mark Corry Cahir Doherty
11.08 Jimmy Coyle Don Callan Kevin Heffernan
11.16 Brian Forrester Paul Kavanagh David Friel
11.24 Patsy Logue Paul O’Reilly Ciaran Neeson
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
15.00 Cathal McLaughlin Danny McGinley Matt Keyes
15.08 Hugh McGinley Hugo McCusker Niall Kelly
15.16 Noel O’Kane Patsy Wilson Stephen O’Neill
15.24 Gerard Stewart Johnathon McGillion Eric Reid
15.32 Tommy Sharkey Seamus Friel John Blee Martin Gormley

Club Notes – 19th July 2016


Jennifer Rouse (13) kept her best golf of the season for exactly the right occasion to win Mrs Anne Sharkey’s Lady Captains Prize in great style on Saturday, eventually running out the winner by a clear margin of four strokes with an eye catching total of 66 net.  Thankfully the near monsoon conditions from the previous day had relented and the ladies got a great day for golf with the course presented in immaculate condition as always. The runner up on the day was Shauna Stewart (14) just getting the better of Junior Girls Captain Abbey Maxwell (25) on break of tie both players recording good totals of 70 Nett. The gross prize was claimed by Mandy Coyne (8) with 84 gross. In category one the winner was Bernie O’Kane (19) with 71 nett and the runner up Lauren Patton (15) with 73 nett, in category two the winner was Heather Mitchell (22) with 73 nett with Monica McGettigan (24) in second place with 78 nett.
In category three, lady Vice-Captain Patricia Kelly (30) took the honours with 72 nett with Mary Casey (31)the runner up here with 73 net.  The nines prizes went to Debbie McDaid who won the first nine and to Olive Reid who claimed the back nine prize. Other prize winners were Kathleen Hoynes who won the senior category, Geraldine McCrory the committee prize, the granny prize went to Maeve Crowe, best lady visitor went to Yvonne Armstrong, Lady Captain of Newtownstewart, the prize for the best male guest went to the Lady Captains husband Mark Sharkey with Martin Corry the runner up here. The best male novice category went to Declan Pollock, the best lady novice prize was won by Olive Gillespie with Aine Sharkey in second place. The prize for the longest drive went to Shauna Stewart and Mandy Coyne won the nearest the pin challenge.

There was also an 11 holes competition for the men played in the evening the winner here was Eddie Finlay with 27 pts and Mark Gillespie the runner up with 24pts. Just before the presentations the Lady Captain made a wonderful speech sincerely thanking everyone who had contributed in making her year as Lady Captain so memorable and to all who had participated in making her big day the huge success that it was.

In a prelude to Lady Captains day 30 pairs turned out for the Lady Captains Mixed greensomes competition played on Wednesday evening and kindly sponsored by Dolan’s Nisa Stores Lifford road, the winners were Debbie McDaid and Oliver McNally with 35 pts over the 13 holes in play, the runners up were Heather Mitchell and Frankie Connolly with 33 pts with Catherine Neeson and Ciaran Patton in third with 32 pts, the gross prize winners were Lorna Duffy and Ronnie Wiley.

Eileen Logue Memorial Cup
The ladies weekly competition played on Tuesday last was the Eileen Logue Memorial Cup which was claimed by Lauren Patton (17) with a fine 65 nett, Lady Captain Anne Sharkey (19) was the winner in category one with 71 nett with Ann McCrory (36) the winner in category two with 75 nett.

Our All-Ireland Mixed Foursomes had a tremendous win on Monday night in Armagh in their Ulster Quarter-final tie with Knock G.C. leading well throughout the tie none of the matches were lost as the Strabane squad put the necessary three points on the board to advance to the semi-finals, a fantastic performance from everyone on the night!

Good luck to Mark Sharkey and his Ulster Fourball team who take on Carnalea G.C. in Co.Down this Sunday in the first leg of their Ulster quarter final, as a result of this match being played the Captains mixed foursomes has been moved until next Wednesday 27th July.

McGoldrick’s Sports Open
There was an excellent turnout for last Thursday’s men’s open stableford which was kindly sponsored by Raymond McGoldrick of McGoldricks Sports Main Street Strabane. The winner was relative newcomer to the club Stephen Acheson (16) with a great total of 41pts, Sean Elliot (14) kept up his excellent recent form to take second place with 39pts with Paddy McGranaghan (10) again in the frame in third with 38pts.The gross went to Eoin O’Neill (4) with 33 gross pts.

The winner of this week £50 bar credit draw was Billy Doherty,
The clubs fundraising draw has been postponed for a few weeks
Another Last Man Standing competition is set to get underway on the opening Saturday of the new Premiership season, entry is £10 with a guaranteed £1000 for the winner.

Thursday 21st July – Mitchells Meats Open Stableford
Saturday 23rd July – John Fahy & Co Open Stableford
Monday 25th July – Monday Open
Tuesday 26th July – Captains Prize to the Ladies
Wednesday 24th July – Captains Mixed

Bank of Ireland Draw – Ladies






5.30 PM

Lady Captain’s Draw – Ladies


16th July 2016 – 18 Hole Stroke
Entry fee £4

9.00 – Lady Vice Captain Patricia Kelly, Maeve Crowe & Mary O’Reilly
9.15 – Maeve Corry, Geraldine Masterson & Ann Coyle
9.23 – Alison Curry, Lady President Rosaleen Doherty & Carole McFeeters
9.31 – Olive Turner, Mary Casey & Ann McCrory
9.39 – Madeleine McColgan, Annette Patton & Carmel McElwee
9.47 – Mary McCrory, Isobel Duffy & Geraldine Quigley
9.55 – Caren Corry, Kathleen Hoynes & Phyllis Gallagher

10.03 – Mary McGuigan & Noreen McNally
10.11 – Imelda Doherty & Sheena Harley

11.15 – Mandy Coyne, Heather Mitchell & Rachel Devenney
11.23 – Jennifer Rouse, Olive Reid & Mary Duffy
11.31 – Norma Brogan, Abbey Maxwell & Teresa Logue
11.39 – Catherine Neeson, Monica McGettigan & Donna Doherty
11.47 – Bernie O’Kane, Adeline Gibson & Geraldine McCrory
11.55 – Dympna Doherty & Rosemary Wilson

1.00 – Shauna Stewart, Orla Quinn & Celia Russell
1.08 – Lisa Patton, Rita MacLochlainn & Monica MacIntyre
1.16 – Lauren Patton, Mary Gallagher & Debbie McDaid
1.24 – Lorna Duffy, Margaret Bonner & Margaret Duddy
1.32 – Betty Kelly & Margaret Wolfe




Club Notes – 12th July 2016

A brilliant performance from Mark Sharkey’s charges on Sunday has seen his side advance to the Ulster Fourball quarter finals after overturning a 4.5-0.5 deficit from the previous weeks match against  Clones G.C. the Strabane team winning all five matches on Sunday in convincing fashion racking up a twenty two holes advantage in the process, they will now meet Carnalea G.C from County Down in the last eight.

Irish Road Motors Open
Despite the showery & windy conditions for Saturday’s Irish Road Motors Accident and Repair Centre Open 169 cards were still taken out for the event. The winner was relative newcomer to the game John Gallagher (19) with an excellent total of 42pts, twenty-three of which came on the inward nine holes giving him a great score on the day and a clear winner by four points from his nearest challenger Peter Etherson (21), Mark Quinn (14) also recorded 38 pts to take third place, the top three players all being early morning starters and possibly enjoying the best of the days weather elements. Lee Hannigan (12) is definitely another fairly new member showing great potential and he took fourth spot on Saturday again with 38pts, the final nett prize went to visiting player Jason Donnell (19) with 37pts, the gross prize went to Paddy McCrossan (5) with an excellent 33 gross pts, the nines were claimed by Maurice mcGettigan (17) with 21pts for the first nine and to John McCallion (20) who had the same total for the back nine holes.

McBrearty’s Mace Store Open
There was a very good midweek entry for the Martin McBrearty’s Mace Store Open played on Thursday past. The winner was the very much in form Patrick McCrossan (6) with 41pts which was a clear three shot winner from the runner up Aidan Boyle (6) with Andrew Connolly (9) in third also with 38pts and making it a clean sweep for the single figure handicappers on a difficult day for golf. The gross prize went to Patrick Kennedy (2) with 33 gross pts.

Monday Open
Hugh McGinley (25) was the narrow winner in Monday’s open stableford with 40pts, just getting the better of Barry Patterson (10) on break of tie, Patrick McGranaghan (10) was in third place back on 38pts, Darren Crawford (4) took the gross prize with 32 gross pts.

Past Captain’s & President’s Day.
Twenty six past Captains and Presidents played in Last Fridays annual competition, the winner on break of tie was Terry Doherty with 42 pts just ahead of Michael Doyle with Ollie McNally in third with 38pts.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s Ladies winner was Geraldine McCrory (31) who won the Lady Herdman Cup with 71 nett, the category one winner was Lisa Patton (15) with 73 nett with Kathleen Hoynes recording nett 72 to take the category two prize for the second consecutive week.

Best wishes to Lady Captain Anne Sharkey who hosts her Lady Captains day this Saturday, hopefully the weather will be kind and a great day will be had by all. Music later by “Friends”

The £50 bar credit draw winner this week was Claire Keys.

Thursday 14th July – McGoldrick’s Sports open
Saturday 16th July – Mrs Anne Sharkey’s Lady Captains prize
Sunday 17th July – Societies & Club fundraiser
Monday 18th July – Monday Open

Lady Herman Cup Draw – Ladies

Entry fee £4

Please swipe card and put fee in the box. All cards must be returned

1 – Carmel McElwee, Madeline McColgan & Mary Casey
2 – Kathleen Hoynes, Imelda Doherty & Caren Corry
3 – Mary McGuigan, Mary O’Reilly & Sheena Harley
4 – Maureen Gillespie, Geraldine Quigley & Celia Russell
5 – Lady President Rosaleen Doherty & Annette Patton

1 – Mary Gallagher, Carole McFeeters & Ben Friel
2 – Phyllis Gallagher & Teresa Casey
3 – Maureen O’Donnell & Betty Kelly

1 – Lauren Patton, Teresa Logue & Patricia Kelly
2 – Donna Doherty, Mandy Coyne & Monica McGettigan
3 – Maeve Crowe, Olive Reid & Bernie O’Kane
4 – Lorna Duffy, Norma Brogan & Lisa Patton
5 – Mary Duffy, Geraldine McCrory & Rosemary Wilson
6 – Lady Captain Ann Sharkey, Rachel Devenney & Catherine Neeson

1 – Margaret Wolfe, Catherine Connolly & Monica MacIntyre
2 – Heather Mitchell & Margaret Duddy

Club Notes – 29th June 2016

Open week at Strabane came to an end on Saturday past with the Mark James Menswear Open stableford played off the blue markers. 185 cards were taken out for the event with the win going to Ciaran Murphy (10) who is another player having a very good season to date, his total of 41pts saw him take the win by a single shot from the ever improving Mark Gillespie (15) who with third placed Mark McColgan (6) returned 40pts, John J Duffy (16) took fourth position back on 38pts with Michael Houston (11) again featuring to take the final nett prize also with 38pts.  The gross again went to Eoin O’Neill (4) with a four over par total of 32 gross points, the nines went to Martin Keyes (17) and to Seamus Friel (23) with Foncie McNally (16) taking the over 60’s prize on this occasion with 35pts.
The presentation for this and other outstanding Open Week events will take place on Sunday 3rd July at 8pm, the rescheduled June prize giving takes place on Friday 1st July at 8.30pm.

Special mention to our green-keeping staff who as always had the course in pristine condition for the entire week.

JD Print Open Mixed Foursomes
There was a good turnout of players for last Wednesday’s Open mixed foursomes sponsored by local printing company JD Print. The runaway winners were the pairing off Lisa Patton who teamed up with Frankie Connolly to post a brilliant 41pts, all the more impressive as Frankie has just returned to the game after a lengthy absence due to injury. The runners up some five points in arrears were Debbie McDaid and Mark Gillespie with Lauren Patton and Conal Cooke in third also back on 36pts, the gross winners were Jennifer Rouse and Freddie Patterson.

Murphy’s on the Green Open Stableford
Thursdays competition was the Murphy’s on the Green Open Stableford with 110 players taking out cards, the winner was Matthew Curran (13) with 41pts just getting the better of Sean Elliot (15) on break of tie, Patrick McGranaghan (11) another of our talented up and coming junior players took third place with 39pts, the gross went to Fred McGavigan(4) with a fine one over par total giving him 35 gross points, the best visitor on the day was Ciaran McGuinness (9) with 35pts.

Bertie Colhoun Open Greensomes
The weather unfortunately had taken a turn for the worse decimating the field for Friday’s competition the Open Greensomes, especially the morning and afternoon competitors who had to endure some extremely heavy downpours. The conditions had relented somewhat to allow play to proceed by early evening. The winners were Aidan Boyle and Andrew Connolly with 40pts,which won on break of tie from Peter Doherty and Johnny McGillian.

Donna’s Flowerbox Ladies Open.
The ladies open on Tuesday was sponsored by Donna’s Flowerbox Ltd and, as always, some beautiful prizes were on display for the Ladies branch. The winner with a fantastic total was Bernie O’Kane with 41pts, the runner up with 37pts was Jennifer Rouse, Patricia Kelly took third place with the gross prize going to Margaret Roarty playing out of Narin & Portnoo golf club. The category winners were Lisa Patton, Debbie McDaid and Maeve Corry.

Irish Mixed Foursomes
Our Irish Mixed Foursomes team will play Knock Golf Club in the round of 16, after a great win on Monday past in Dungannon against Co. Cavan Golf club by three matches to two, after looking out of the tie early on the local team fought back brilliantly to take the tie after a win at the 19th hole and then securing a half in the final match to win 1 up in that game and a very narrow win overall.

Congratulations to Gerard Walsh’s Lawson Cup team who made it through to the next round, after a hard fought won against Castlehume G.C.  Gerard’s team will now play Fintona G.C. in the semi-final.

Strabane AFC are hosting a Ladies & Gents Open Stableford on Sunday, again a brand new car is up for grabs for anyone managing to score a hole in one at the 16th hole, entries are through the BRS System, there are many other great prizes also on offer, please support our local Soccer club.

There is an 8o’s themed night in the clubhouse on Saturday night with Klassix Disco, all the proceeds will go to the local Melmount Community Forum who do such great work for the pensioners in our area with regular bus trips and generally looking after their needs, all support would be greatly appreciated you can pay at the door and admission is £5.00

The winner of this week’s £50 bar Credit draw was Jim Malcolm.

Thursday 30th June – Hugh Harley Memorial Cup s/f
Saturday 2nd July – Foothills Restaurant Open stroke
Sunday 3rd July – Strabane AFC Ladies & gents open s/f
Monday 5th July – Monday Open
Tuesday 6th July – Herdmans Cup Ladies Stroke

Eileen Keery Draw – Ladies

Please swipe card and put fee in the box. All cards must be returned

1 – Isobel Duffy, Lady President Rosaleen Doherty & Sheena Harley
2 – Caren Corry, Rachel Devenney & Mary O’Reilly
3 – Betty Crotty, Kathleen Hoynes & Mary Casey
4 – Madeleine McColgan, Mary McCrory & Ann McCrory
5 – Maureen Gillespie & Mary McGuigan
6 – Olive Turner & Geraldine Quigley

1 – Imelda Doherty, Rita MacLochlainn & Alison Curry
2 – Teresa Casey, Noreen McNally & Mary Gallagher
3 – Margaret Bonner, Carole McFeeters & Ben Friel

1 – Lady Captain Ann Sharkey, Lauren Patton & Maeve Corry
2 – Olive Reid,  Monica McGettigan & Heather Mitchell
3 – Dympna Doherty, Teresa Logue & Rosemary Wilson
4 – Lisa Patton, Donna Doherty & Catherine Neeson
5 – Patricia Kelly, Mary Duffy & Adeline Shiels
7 – Norma Brogan & Maeve Crowe

1 – Monica MacIntyre, Ann Coyle & Margaret Wolfe
2 – Margaret Duddy, Geraldine McCrory & Jennifer Rouse
3 – Bernie O’Kane & Lorna Duffy

Club Notes – 21st June 2016

Brian Cairns (20) was Saturday’s winner in the Devines Sand & Gravel Open stableford with a great total of 42pts, Brian has seen his handicap move in the wrong direction in recent years making this return to form very welcome, a steady outward nine with 20 pts on his card despite a blank hole at the first set him on his way and 22pts on the inward nine gave him a one point advantage over his nearest challenger Albert McNally (22) another player making a return to something near his best, a six at the last hole costing Albert the overall win. Dermott Corry (15) has featured regularly this season and he took third place also with 41pts, Stephen Acheson (16) took fourth place with 40pts with Paul O’Hare taking the final nett prize also with 40pts, the gross prize went to the undoubted player of the season thus far Eoin O’Neill (4) who got round in one over par, Dr Paul Armstrong (18) took the first nine prize with 22pts with Declan Lynch(8) taking the second nine with 21pts.  The over 60’s prize went to Jim Malcolm (18) with 40pts.

Last Thursday’s event was the Fletcher Golf Open stroke and resulted in a win for the afore mentioned Dermott Corry (17) with an excellent 64 nett giving him a two shot win from runner up James Patton (12) with Patrick McCrossan in third place with 68 nett, the gross on this occasion went to Fred McGavigan (4) with a four over total of 73.

Monday Open
Last week’s Monday Open was won by Michael Houston (12) another player who has featured frequently in recent weeks, Michael just got the better of Paddy Doyle (16) on countback both players finishing level on 42pts.

Gallagher Cup Ladies
Last week’s ladies competition was the Gallagher Cup, unfortunately the early morning weather left conditions almost impossible for the early starters, thankfully conditions had improved significantly for the afternoon players, the winner was Mandy Coyne (8) with a great total of 38pts, the runner up was Geraldine McCrory with 36pts.

The ladies better-ball team have exited this year’s Tyrone & Fermanagh competition losing out on Friday past to Castlehume ladies, trailing 5-0 from the away leg the local ladies went very close to overturning the deficit before going down 4-1.

The men’s Donegal League team have also gone out after failing to overturn their first leg deficit against Ballybofey on Friday night, they won the tie 3-2 but lost out 3.5-6.5 overall.

The final qualifying for this year’s Jimmy Carroll All-Ireland event took place at Omagh golf club last Wednesday, despite a very good performance and some great scores Strabane lost out by a narrow two points overall to Ballybofey who will go on to represent Ulster in the finals.

Liam Curry’s J.B Carr team have it all to do as well after losing out to Rossmore G.C in last Thursdays away leg a 5-0 deficit will be extremely difficult to overcome as they are quite a few holes in arrears too.

Shane McLaughlin’s Phair Cup team have every chance of progressing after last Saturdays away leg at Castlehume golf club they lost the tie 9-7 but should be in pole position to turn that result in their favour in the second leg this Sunday at Strabane.

Open week at the club got underway on Sunday at Strabane and will continue through until Saturday. The opening event was the Frylite Champagne Scramble. Unfortunately the weather had a distinct effect on the level of entries for the competition with persistent rain falling for almost the entire day, nevertheless the format was enjoyed by all that participated. The winners were the mixed combination team of Nicky and Margaret Wolfe, Mark Gillespie and Debbie McDaid with a great total of 99pts an eye-catching 10pts at the 13th hole setting them on their way, the unlucky runners up just one point adrift were Lindsay Boyd, Martin Keys, Paul O’Neill and Brendan O’Neill this quartet only managed two points at the 18th  possibly costing them the win, third place went to Jude O’Neill, Joe Elliot, John Hegarty and Martin McCallion also with 98pts, the longest drive went to Ciaran Murphy and the nearest the pin challenge to Brian Cairns.

Open week continued on Monday with the GMG Logos Open stroke. Teenager Connor McCool (10) has been having a break from the game in recent months whilst studying for exams, but he came back with a bang to record his best ever total of one over par which was a remarkable 60 nett!!, he played some great golf which included three birdies giving him a runaway six shot win over the runner up Dan Downey (20) with 66 nett, Caolan Crawford (6) finished in third place with 67 nett, Enda Kennedy (scr) took the gross with a one over par total of 70 with Stephen Henderson (9) taking the visitors prize with 69 Nett.

This Sunday night will be the presentation for competitions played so far in June and will also include all outstanding presentations from Open week, all winners should try to be in attendance.

The winner of the £50 bar credit draw this week was Johnny McGillion. There is an 80’s Disco in the clubhouse on Saturday 2nd July at 10pm with “Klassix Disco” all proceeds are going to our local Melmount Community Forum who do such great work locally for the pensioners in our area, admission is £5 and there will be a draw on the night, everyone is most welcome.

Thursday 23rd June – Murphys on the Green Stableford
Friday 24th June – Bertie Colhoun Open Greensomes
Saturday 25th June – Mark James Menswear Stableford
Sunday 26th June – B McNamee Open Stableford

Club Notes – 14th June 2016


Paul Kavanagh (21) was the clear winner of last Saturdays event the Declan Devine Foods Open Stableford with an excellent return of 43pts, a great first nine which yielded 23pts set him on his way and a steady inward nine with a further 20pts saw him take the win by two points from his nearest challenger the very much in form Gerry Glover (17) back on 41pts, David Mullen(12) who has recently made a return to the game took third place with 40pts the same total as fourth placed Damien McCrossan(19) and fifth placed Andrew Connolly (9).  The gross winner was Eoin O’Neill (4) with 32 gross pts with the nines going to Mervyn Moore (22)with 22pts for the first nine and to Frankie Houston (12) who also had 22pts on the back nine. Jim Potts was the over 60’s prize winner.

N.I.S.S. Local Stableford
Last Thursday’s competition was kindly sponsored by Stephen Kerlin from N.I.S.A. Local Urney Road, the winner was Peter Doherty (6) with an excellent one over par round that added up to 40pts, Peter just got the better of Marty Houston (17) on a break of tie with Aidan Boyle (6) in third place with 39pts, Fred McGavigan (4) was the gross prize winner with 33 gross points.

Monday Open
Last week’s Monday Open was again played in fantastic summer weather, the winner was Mark Gillespie (16) with 40pts, with Michael Houston (13) in second with the same total, third went to Patrick McGranaghan(12) also with 40pts.  Patrick McCrossan took the gross prize with 30 gross pts.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s ladies event was the 02 Challenge Trophy and it went to Mary McGuigan (33) with a super round of 40pts, the category one winner was Catherine Neeson (18) with 37pts with Isobel Duffy (32) the winner in category two with 32pts.

Worcester Cup
There was a great entry for the Worcester Cup qualifying mixed foursomes with 26 pairs taking part. The leading duo were Lorna Duffy and Declan Lynch with 65.5 Nett, two clear of the runners up Mary and Noel McCrory with 67.5 nett, third place went to Adeline Shiels and Nigel Houston with 68 nett. The draw for the matchplay stages is now posted on the notice-board.

Junior Cup
Unfortunately our Junior Cup team lost out to Castlerock last Sunday at City of Derry going down by 3 matches to two, Eoin o’Neill and Stephen McCay were the Strabane winners on the day. Our All-Ireland Fourball team have advanced to round three after completing their tie with City of Derry, holding a substantial first  leg lead Mark Sharkey’s charges duly wrapped up the encounter winning the first match on the course. Our Conway Cup under the captaincy of Declan Doherty had a poor first leg home result against Enniskillen losing out 5.5-10.5.
Gerard Walsh’s Lawson Cup team hold a 11.5-4.5 lead over Castlehume after their first round home leg also played last Sunday.

Open Week
Open week gets underway this Sunday with the Frylite Champagne Scramble, bookings can be made through the B.R.S System.

The winner of the £50 bar credit draw this week was Nicky Wolfe.

Thursday 16th June – Fletcher Golf S/F
Saturday 18th June – Devine Sand & Gravel Open S/F
Sunday 19th June – Frylite Champagne Scramble
Monday 20th June – GMG Logos Stroke
Tuesday 21st June – Donna’s Flowerbox Ladies open
Wednesday 22nd June – JD Print Open Mixed foursomes
Thursday 23rd June – Murphys on the Green S/F
Friday 24th June – Bertie Colhoun Open Greensomes
Saturday 25th June – Mark James Menswear Open S/F

Gallagher Cup – Ladies Draw

GALLAGHER CUP – 14th June 2016
Please swipe card and put fee in the box.   All cards must be returned

1 – Shauna Stewart, Imelda Doherty & Kathleen Hoynes
2 – Abbey Maxwell, Isobel Duffy & Sheena Harley
3 – Olive Turner, Betty Crotty & Geraldine Quigley
4 – Caren Corry & Maureen Gillespie
5 – Mary McGuigan & Maura MacBeth

1 – Alison Curry, Mary Gallagher & Phyllis Gallagher
2 – Betty Kelly, Lady President Rosaleen Doherty & Celia Russell
3 – Ben Friel & Carole McFeeters

1 – Norma Brogan, Monica McGettigan & Geraldine McCrory
2 – Lisa Patton, Maeve Crowe & Teresa Logue
3 – Lauren Patton, Rosemary Wilson & Olive Reid
4 – Catherine Neeson & Heather Mitchell
5 – Catherine Connolly & Maeve Corry

1 – Mandy Coyne & Margaret Duddy
2 – Jennifer Rouse & Lorna Duffy

1 – Bernie O’Kane, Margaret Wolfe & Ann Coyle

Club Notes – 7th June 2016


It took a three holes play-off, in tropical like conditions, to decide the destination of this year’s Frylite Ltd Senior Scratch Cup after Strabane’s Patrick Kennedy and Tandragee golf club’s Jamie Stothers tied on a two round total of 172, both players had returned level par 69 after the mornings play and when Patrick Kennedy posted a total of 73 for his second round the pressure was on the Co. Armagh player who was already four over par playing the 15th hole, however he stepped up to the challenge and returned pars at his final four holes just missing out on a birdie at the final hole to win outright, this send the competition in to an aggregate three holes shoot-out.
Both men matched each other at the first two holes but both found a bit of bother at the 18th hole, Jamie driving towards the heavy bush on the left side of the hole but gaining a most fortuitous bounce out to the semi-rough which in the end up may have given him the win despite hitting the left greenside bunker with his second shot. Patrick had hooked left to the left side of the 17th semi-rough and unfortunately for him thinned his next shot over the green from a heavy lie leaving a near impossible chip back, as it turned out Stothers took five at the hole but this was good enough to take the title, although disappointed the local player was full of praise for his opponent in the play-off, Kennedy without doubt played the best golf of the day from tee to green but found no luck whatsoever over the two rounds with his putter. There was much praise for the winner from all quarters and thanks too for travelling to participate in the event, this being the 23yr olds first ever Senior Scratch cup win. Third place on the day went to last year’s winner and defending champion James Lindsay North-West G.C. with ten times winner Enda Kennedy rallying superbly in his second round to finish fourth overall, Enda’s score of 72 being the best total returned in the afternoon, City of Derry’s Peter Hasson took fourth place with Kealan Quigg also from City of Derry in fifth,6th place went to Cathal Patton. The first round gross prize was picked up by Niall Carroll from Athlone G.C. with Wes Lindsay from Belvoir Park G.C. was the second round gross winner. In the nett section all the prizes went to local players with Rory Doherty a most popular winner having played some fantastic golf especially in the afternoon where he returned nett 66, the runner up in this section was Ryan McGowan with Paul O’Reilly third, Declan Lynch took fourth with Connor Meehan in fifth, special word of praise for young Connor, who returned a brilliant nett 64 in the morning, a young player who is another outstanding prospect for the future, Eoin O’Neill was sixth nett with Barry Patterson winning the first round nett and Competition Co-ordinator Damian McGranaghan the round two nett winner.
Jack Madden won the longest drive which was again sponsored by Tommy Forbes.  Frylite Managing director Eamon McCay was present to make the presentations and thanked all who participated in this, his company’s 9th consecutive year to sponsor this event, he especially thanked all who travelled to be there on the day, there was much praise for our greenkeeper Paul McFadden and his team for the truly wonderful presentation of the course and to the competition Damian McGranaghan and his hard working team for all their work in making things run so smoothly on the day.

McHughs Oil Medal
179 players took out cards for Saturday’s McHughs Oil sponsored monthly medal event. The winner was Eugene Patton (24) with a fine 62 nett despite a nervy finish Eugene held on to pip Patrick Kennedy (3) to the top spot, a brilliant round of 63 nett from Patrick which contained 15 pars and three birdies.  Jim Potts (18) finished fourth also with 63 nett with Brian Forrester (17) in fourth also on the same total, Paul Gallagher (9) took the final nett prize with 64 nett. The categories went to Ben Corry (7) with 65 nett, Francie Devine(12) also with 65 nett and to Rodney Dolan (24) with 64 nett. Eoin O’Neill (5) kept his great season going to take the gross prize with a two over par 71 gross.

Northern Confectionary Stroke
There was an excellent turnout of 115 players for last Thursday’s Northern Confectionary Open Stroke event , the winner was Hugh Byrne (17) with an super total of 63 Nett, Hugh works tirelessly on his game and it’s great to see the hard work paying off for him, the runner up was Jimmy Henderson (27) with 64 nett with Jim Harley (20) in third also withy 64 nett, Conor Sharkey (6) took the gross on this occasion with a three over 72 gross.

Ladies Golf
Catherine Neeson (18) topped the leader-board in last Tuesday’s ladies event, the Eileen Devine Memorial with a good score of 70 nett, with Geraldine Masterson (32) in second place with 72 nett.

In last week’s mixed competition 16 pairs turned out with the winners being all husband and wife combinations coincidentally they all finished on the same total of 33 pts over the 15 holes in play. First were Noreen & Oliver McNally, the runners up were Rosaleen & Cahir Doherty with Patricia and Ciaran Kelly in third.

Congratulations to our All Ireland Mixed Foursomes teams who defeated close neighbours Newtownstewart G.C at Ballybofey Golf club on Friday past to book their place in the hat for the open draw next round after a titanic tussle, finally securing the win by three matches to two after Peter Doherty and Lorna Duffy won at the 21st hole.

Patricia Kelly’s Intermediate Cup Team made a strong start in their home leg against North-West winning 4.5-0.5.  There was a fine performance from Mark Sharkey’s Ulster Four-Ball Team on Friday night securing a 5-0 and 20 holes advantage over City of Derry in their second round match.
Terry Doherty’s O’Hare Cup team lost out to Enniskillen G.C by 11-6 after the away leg last week and will hope to overturn that deficit in the home leg next week. Good luck to our Lawson and Conway Cup teams who are in action on Sunday in the home leg of the respective matches.

The winner of this week’s £50 bar credit was Liam McDevitt.

Players are reminded that the new B.R.S. System is in use throughout the week, to secure your tee-off time simply book your time, as registered times on the system will have preference on the tee!


O2 Challenge Draw – Ladies

O2 CHALLENGE – 7th JUNE 2016
Please swipe card and put fee in the box. All cards must be returned

1 – Lisa Patton, Isobel Duffy & Maureen Gillespie
2 – Olive Turner, Mary Casey & Ann McCrory
3 – Madeline McColgan, Imelda Doherty & Betty Crotty
4 – Mary McCrory, Mary McGuigan & Kathleen Hoynes
5 – Caren Corry, Mary O’Reilly & Celia Russell

1 – Alison Curry, Noreen McNally & Carole McFeeters
2 – Ben Friel & Teresa Casey
3 – Mary Gallagher & Rita MacLochlainn

1 – Jennifer Rouse, Heather Mitchell & Maeve Crowe
2 – Norma Brogan, Adeline Shiels & Geraldine Masterson
3 – Lauren Patton, Maeve Corry & Teresa Logue
4 – Catherine Connolly, Monica McGettigan & Patricia Kelly
5 – Catherine Neeson, Geraldine McCrory & Mary Duffy
6 – Lady Captain Ann Sharkey & Olive Reid

1 – Mandy Coyne, Bernie O’Kane & Debbie McDaid
2 – Lorna Duffy & Margaret Wolfe

1 – Carmel McElwee & Monica MacIntyre

Club Notes – 1st May 2016


Gerard Conaty (18) took the honours at Strabane on Saturday past winning the J.A.Gamble Open stableford, with a very tidy return of 41pts.  Although the weather conditions were excellent for the entire day it was still noted that all the nett prize winners began their rounds in the afternoon finishing in the early evening, and in fact the winner was in the second last four-ball on the course, the unlucky runner up on the day was Gerry Glover (18) beaten only on break of tie, Gus McCay (20) had a very good round to finish in third two points back on 39pts, just ahead of Seamus Friel (24) on countback.  Michael Kelly (10) had also 39pts and finished fifth, congratulations also to Michael for winning the Tommy Falconer Trophy the next day at Ballybofey G.C. a really well attended outing organised by Dixies Bar in memory of Tommy, over £4000 was also raised in the draw, a fantastic effort by the organisers.
The gross prize on Saturday went to Patrick Kennedy (3) with 32 gross pts with the nines being claimed by Don Callan and Mark McCrea respectively. Congratulations also to Hugh McGinley who recorded his first ever hole in one, holing out at the par 3 second hole with a fine 5 iron shot winning for himself a beautiful Boss watch compliments of “How Did I Do and Boss Ltd.”

Greg Mitchell Motors
Thursday’s competition was kindly sponsored by Greg Mitchell Motors and saw a win for Freddie Patterson (8) who had been showing signs of a return to his best form over the winter months.  A fine three over par round gave him the win with 41pts from the ever improving Lee Hannigan (14) who equalled Freddie’s total of 41pts but just lost out on countback. Ciaran Murphy (13) finished in third just a point behind, with Conal Cooke (2) taking the gross prize with a one over 35 gross total.

Monday Open
There were again glorious conditions for Mondays Bank Holiday Open with long hitter Ciaran Murphy (11) remaining in great form to take the win with a fine 42pts.  The runner up was 14 year old Conor Byrne (8) who is without doubt our most outstanding young prospect, he got round here in three over par to post 41pts and move to a new low for him of seven handicap. Third place went to Kevin Gallagher (15) also with 41pts, Kevin is another player that is having a fine golfing season to date. Paul O’Reilly (6) took the gross with 32 gross pts and Daryl Patton (15) from Silverwood golf club took the visitors prize with 36pts.

Ladies Golf
The winner of last week’s Ladies competition the Georgina Gregg Memorial was Catherine Neeson (18) with 70 nett, the category winners were Lady Captain Anne Sharkey (19) who won her category for the fourth successive week and Geraldine McCrory (31) who had the same score as Anne, 71 nett, to win category two.

Mixed Golf
Fifteen Pairs played in last Wednesday nights Reverse Mixed foursomes with Monica and Maurice McGettigan running out the winners with 33pts for the 15 holes the same total as Annette Patton and Freddie Patterson in second, and Carmel mcElwee and Jim Potts in third place.
The Worcester Cup qualifying event will be played on Wednesday 8th June and the popular “Sausage Sizzle” on Wed 29th June.
Good luck to our Mixed foursomes team who play Newtownstewart at Ballybofey G.C. this Friday3rd June.

Strabane G.C was one of the qualifying venues for this year’s Irish Junior Cup with ten clubs attempting to qualify for the matchplay stages, very well done to team captain, Damian McGranaghan, and his charges who topped the leader-board by an impressive 12 shots on the day on 296, next to them were close neighbours Ballybofey G.C. on 308, the other qualifiers were Royal Portrush and Castlerock G.C. who will now play Strabane at City of Derry G.C on a date yet to be arranged.

Good luck to all our members playing in this Sundays Frylite Senior Scratch Cup, the forecast is excellent and some great golf is anticipated.

Last week’s winner of the £50 bar credit draw was Caolan Crawford, with Seamus Devenney winning this week’s prize.

Tickets are now on sale for the clubs fundraising draw books of tickets are £5.00 and all members are urged to support this fundraiser.

Thursday 2nd June – Northern Confectionary S/F
Saturday 4th June – McHughs Oil monthly medal
Sunday 5th June – Frylite Senior Scratch Cup
Monday 6th June – Monday Open
Tuesday  7th June – Ladies O2 Challenge Trophy

Eileen Devine Trophy Draw – Ladies

Please swipe card and put fee in the box. All cards must be returned

1 – Heather Mitchell, Mary Casey & Mary O’Reilly
2 – Monica McGettigan, Mary McGuigan & Betty Crotty
3 – Olive Turner, Imelda Doherty & Lady President Rosaleen Doherty
4 – Mary McCrory, Annette Patton & Kathleen Hoynes
5 – Caren Corry & Isobel Duffy

1 – Alison Curry, Rita MacLochlainn & Ann Crory
2 – Betty Kelly, Margaret Bonner & Teresa Casey
3 – Ben Friel & Carole McFeeters
4 – Mary Gallagher & Celia Russell

1 – Mandy Coyne, Lorna Duffy & Mary Duffy
2 – Jennifer Rouse, Maeve Corry & Patricia Kelly
3 – Shauna Stewart, Maeve Crowe & Olive Reid
4 – Norma Brogan, Lady Captain Ann Sharkey & Teresa Logue
5 – Catherine Neeson, Rosemary Wilson & Geraldine Masterson

1 – Margaret Wolfe, Debbie McDaid & Margaret Duddy
2 – Carmel McElwee & Monica MacIntyre


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Club Notes – 24th May 2016


The mini-heatwave had certainly subsided for Saturday’s competition the Strabane Golf Store stroke, so much so, that placing on fairways was reintroduced for the day, that said there were still some excellent performances on a really tough day for good scoring.  Best of the day was Declan Lynch (11) with a solid total of 66 nett giving him the win over Paddy Kennedy (3) who I’m sure will feel somewhat unlucky after an excellent level par round of 69 gross that also equated to 66 net, James Magee (20) was third also on break of tie, with four players completing their rounds with 67 net.  Fourth place went to the very much in form Eoin O’Neill (5) with Gerry Glover taking the final nett prize again with 67 nett. The ever consistent Fred McGavigan (4) took the gross prize with a two over par 71 gross. Being a stroke competition there were also category prizes awarded and these went to Gary Duffy (10) in category one, Stewart McFeeters (17) in category two and Terence McCay (24) in category three, all with 68 net.
Many thanks to Freddie Patterson at the new club store for sponsoring the competition.

T.Oscar Rollins
Last Thursdays event was the T.S. Oscar Rollins stableford, again conditions were wet and windy for most of the day greatly affecting the entry numbers. Relative newcomer to the club Stephen Whyte (13) left his mark returning a winning 40pts with Conal Cooke (2) the runner up with a fine one under gross 39pts, third went to the ever improving Kevin Heffernan (22) also with 39pts, Caolan Crawford took the gross prize with 31gross points and David Forbes (7) from Faughan Valley G.C. taking the visitors prize with 32pts.

Monday Open
This week’s Monday open went the way of Stephen Donaghey (10) who has been having a fantastic season to date and it looks only a matter of time until he hits single figures in his handicap a good total here of 39 pts will help him on his way to that goal. The runner up was Martin Patton (12) also with 39pts, club competition secretary Patrick McCrossan (6) took third place with 37pts and Fred McGavigan (3) again took the gross this time with 33 gross pts.

Ladies Golf
Catherine Neeson (18) was the Ladies competition winner last week lifting the Georgina Gregg Trophy with a good 70 nett, the category winners were Lady Captain Anne Sharkey (19) with 71 nett and Geraldine McCrory (31) also with 71 nett.
Mary Duffy’s Intermediate Cup team have it all to do after Mondays match with Enniskillen G.C losing out 1.5—3.5 in the home leg.

Inter Club Golf
There was much disappointment on Monday evening when our Jimmy Bruen side lost out to close neighbours Ballybofey in the first round of matchplay, going down by three matches to two at Letterkenny G.C.
Our Fred Daly team have also gone out losing to a very talented Cairndhu G.C side over the two legs. Our Conway Cup duly wrapped up their second leg tie with Aughnacloy G.C having all but secured the win with an excellent away result the previous week, the first two matches out on Sunday both won and the match was called in.
Best wishes to our Irish Foursomes Mixed team who are in action against Newtownstewart G.C. in Ballybofey this week, and to our Junior Cup team who attempt to qualify on Sunday at the qualifying event held at Strabane.

There is a Night at the Races in the clubhouse on Friday night beginning at 10pm sharp,
hosted by “The Lifford Players” Drama group, please show your support.

Thursday 26th May – Greg Mitchell Motors S/F
Saturday 28th May – J.A Gamble & Co.  S/f Open
Sunday 29th May – Ulster Junior Cup qualifying 7.30am-12.30pm
Monday 30th May – Bank Holiday Open
Tuesday 31st May – Eileen Devine – Ladies 18 holes stroke.

MacMillan Cancer Relief Draw – Ladies

Please swipe card and put fee in the box.   All cards must be returned

1 – Lisa Patton, Mary Casey & Betty Crotty
2 – Lauren Patton, Isobel Duffy  & Mary O’Reilly
3 – Madeline McColgan, Mary McGuigan & Geraldine Quigley
4 – Rachel Devenney, Imelda Doherty & Sheena Harley
5 – Caren Corry, Annette Patton & Rosaleen Doherty

1 – Alison Curry, Phyllis Gallagher & Maureen O’Donnell
2 – Ben Friel, Carole McFeeters & Noreen McNally

1 – Mandy Coyne, Heather Mitchell & Maeve Crowe
2 – Jennifer Rouse, Adeline Shiels & Donna Doherty
3 – Shauna Stewart, Rosemary Wilson & Olive Reid
4 – Norma Brogan, Dympna Doherty & Mary Duffy
5 – Catherine Neeson, Monica McGettigan & Teresa Logue
6 – Lady Captain Ann Sharkey & Lorna Duffy
7 – Bernie O’Kane & Maeve Corry

1 – Margaret Wolfe, Ann McCrory & Ann Coyle
2 – Monica McIntyre & Debbie McDaid
3 – Margaret Duddy & Carmel McElwee


Club Notes – 17th May 2016

Super Going by Eoin.
A superb two under gross round which transferred to 44pts gave teenager Eoin O’Neill (6) a great win in the Oysters Restaurant Open Stableford last Saturday. The season’s best entry to date 198 players took cards out for Saturday’s event with the condition of the course reflecting the beautiful weather that had prevailed throughout last week. One over par to the turn Eoin picked up birdies at the 11th & 12th holes and finished in fine style having recorded a trio of threes for his last three holes reducing his handicap to a new low for him of 4.8. As well as the winner played he needed every point as the runner up Dermott Cairns (18) finished only a single point behind him a great round from Dermott who seems to have sorted out a few problems with his game of late and will be glad to be reducing his handicap again. James Patton (14) also found a bit of form to take third place despite a blank hole at the 16th hole he managed to accumulate 24 pts on the inward nine to finish on a total of 41pts, Neil Conroy (12) has been having a brilliant season so far and he also returned 41pts to take 4th place just ahead of Stephen Whyte (15) on the same points total. The gross went to the ever reliable Fred McGavigan (4) who was just one over par in recording 39pts, the nines went to Paul O’Reilly (5) and to John Hegarty (18) respectively. Many thanks to Kevin Clarke at Oysters Restaurant for again sponsoring the competition the fifth occasion he has done so.

Charlies Bar Strabane
The inaugural running of the Charlies Bar Open stableford took place last Thursday with in excess of 100 cards being taken out on another fine day for golfing. The winner was Keith Patterson (7) with 41pts, a one under par second nine that included an eagle three at the par five 10th hole set up his win. Neil Conroy (13) was the runner up three points of the winners pace with 38pts with Oliver Creswell (12) in third, again on 38pts, the gross on this occasion went to Peter Doherty (5) with 31 gross points.

Habinteg Team Scramble
31 teams took part in last Fridays Habinteg Housing Association teams scramble, again played in beautiful conditions, the winners were a team from Portsalon Golf Club – Sean McCormack, Johnny Strain, Brian O’Reilly and Cathal Toland with 56 nett, the runners up were Ben Corry, Eamon McCay, Ciaran Duffy, and George McCay with 56.9 nett.  The best mixed team were Denis Porter, Kevin Keegan, Maurice McGettigan and Monica McGettigan, the top all ladies team were Norma Brogan, Anne Sharkey, Dympna Doherty and Adeline Shiels.

Monday Open
This week’s Monday Open went to visiting player Brendan Gallagher (16) with 39pts, a fantastic 25pts being recorded on the back nine to give him the win on break of tie from young club starlet Conor Byrne (8) with Shay Callaghan (7) third with 37 pts, Peter Doherty (5) again took the gross this time with 32 gross points.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s Ladies event was the Curtis Cup and went the way of early morning starter Shauna Stewart (13) with 37pts, the categories went to Lady Captain Anne Sharkey (19) and to Geraldine Masterson with 34pts.

16 pairs took part in last Wednesday’s mixed competition with Adeline Shiels & Nigel Houston the winners with 35 pts over the 15 holes in play. The runners up were Annette Patton and Liam McGinley with 33 pt, third went to Mary and Noel McCrory with 32pts.

In Club representative golf, this week there were mixed fortunes for our teams, on a positive note our Irish Mixed Foursomes have qualified for the first matchplay stage, where they will meet Sunday’s hosts and leading qualifiers Newtownstewart G.C., the date and venue are yet to be decided.
Mark Sharkey’s Ulster Fourball side have advanced to the second round with a win overall against Armagh G.C. also on Sunday past, trailing by four matches to one from the away leg they reversed that score line at home and ran out the winner by a narrow margin of 5 holes.
Mark Brolly’s Ulster Cup team however did not fare so well, having held a 5-2 first leg score line in their favour they went down 6.5-0.5 at Templepatrick G.C. although it was much closer than the result would suggest as they lost no fewer than 3 matches on the final green.
Declan Doherty and his Conway Cup team had an excellent first leg win at Aughnacloy G.C taking a 10-6 advantage into the home leg this Sunday.
Well done also to the clubs Jimmy Carroll team who made the first step in defending their All –Ireland crown in this event by qualifying comfortably in first place at the recent qualification day at Ballybofey golf club recently.

This week’s winner of the £50 bar credit draw was Shane McLaughlin.
Don’t miss “A Night at the Races” on Friday 27th May being organised by the local drama group the “Lifford Players”, please show your support by attending.

The new B.R.S. in place at the club is, to date, running very well.  Members should access it for all singles competitions to reserve your time, not only for a Saturday, but for a Monday and Thursday as well.  Once you have booked in that is your designated time for that day, so please use it, as it will ensure you of preference on the tee in that allotted slot.

Thursday 19th May – T.Oscar Rollins Stableford S/F
Saturday 21st May – Strabane Golf Shop – stroke
Monday 23rd May – Monday Open
Tuesday 24th May – Mac Millan Cancer Charity Event – Ladies
Wednesday 25th May – Mixed Greensomes

Georgina Gregg Draw – Ladies

Please swipe card and put fee in the box. All cards must be returned

1 – Shauna Stewart, Isobel Duffy & Geraldine Quigley
2 – Olive Turner, Rosaleen Doherty & Mary O’Reilly
3 – Caren Corry, Mary McGuigan & Betty Crotty
4 – Rachel Devenney & Imelda Doherty

1 – Alison Curry, Mary Gallagher & Ann McCrory
2 – Betty Kelly, Carole McFeeters & Phyllis Gallagher
3 – Ben Friel & Maureen O’Donnell

1 – Mandy Coyne, Rosemary Wilson & Teresa Logue
2 – Jennifer Rouse, Olive Reid & Patricia Kelly
3 – Norma Brogan, Mary McCrory & Donna Doherty
4 – Catherine Neeson, Adeline Shiels & Geraldine Masterson
5 – Dympna Doherty, Maeve Crowe & Mary Duffy
6 – Lorna Duffy & Maeve Corry
7 – Heather Mitchell & Monica McGettigan

1 – Geraldine McCrory, Monica MacIntyre & Carmel McElwee
2 – Margaret Wolfe & Ann Coyle
3 – Annette Patton & Debbie McDaid

1 – Lady Captain Ann Sharkey & Bernie O’Kane

Curtis Cup Timesheet – Ladies

CURTIS CUP – 10th MAY 2016
Please swipe card and put fee in the box.   All cards must be returned

1 – Shauna Stewart, Mary McCrory & Maureen Gillespie
2 – Lisa Patton, Geraldine McCrory & Mary McGuigan
3 – Lauren Patton, Isobel Duffy & Mary O’Reilly
4 – Olive Turner & Caren Corry
5 – Madeline McColgan & Rachel Devenney

1 – Alison Curry, Mary Casey & Ann McCrory
2 – Ben Friel, Imelda Doherty & Lady President Rosaleen Doherty
3 – Mary Gallagher & Noreen McNally

1 – Mandy Coyne, Patricia Kelly & Geraldine Masterson
2 – Jennifer Rouse, Maeve Crowe & Teresa Logue
3 – Norma Brogan, Rosemary Wilson & Annette Patton
4 – Lady Captain Ann Sharkey, Adeline Shiels & Mary Duffy
5 – Lorna Duffy, Monica McGettigan & Carmel McElwee
6 – Bernie O’Kane, Olive Reid & Donna Doherty

1 – Margaret Wolfe & Ann Coyle
2 – Monica MacIntyre & Debbie McDaid

Please Note:
The course will be closed from 10:30am to 11:30am

Club Notes – 9th May 2016

Stephen wins Sports Centre Open

Once again trying weather conditions were encountered by Saturday’s golfers for the Sports Centre Open, which was played from the blue tees. The incessant rain that prevailed throughout the day settled in from mid-morning and never relented making good scoring almost impossible. Best to handle the conditions was Stephen Donaghey (12) who has been having a fine early season as he continues to improve his game rapidly, Stephen’s total of 39pts was highly unlikely to have been matched, nineteen to the turn and a very steady inward nine registering another twenty and a card that featured two birdie two’s at the 7th & 12th holes saw him take top spot in this long established competition. Runner up was early morning starter Pat McGuigan (21) with an excellent 38pts total despite a nervy finish that saw a few extra points get away from him, nevertheless a fine total on the day. Third place went to Mark McCrea (10) with 37pts, again out early in slightly more favourable conditions, Mark recorded a best of the day 22pts for his second nine.  Paul Kavanagh (22) took fourth nett also with 37pts, with Eddie McCrea (17) taking fifth, one of six players to score 36pts.  Conal Cooke(2) took the gross prize with a three over par round of 33 gross points, the nines were claimed by Michael Houston (14) with 21pts to the turn and Nicky Patton (5) who had 19pts for his back nine, despite the awful conditions 156 players in total entered the event.

The first Thursday Open of the new season was played on Thursday last with relative newcomer Rodney Dolan (25) topping the leaderboard with 39pts, again the conditions had dictated that good scoring would be at a premium, the runner up was Marty McDermott (4) with 37pts just getting the better of Neil Conroy (13) on countback, Jordan Arthur (6) took his first gross prize in some time with 30 gross points.

Our Pearce Purcell team, under the captaincy of Paddy O’Kane, narrowly missed out on qualification at Dunfanaghy Golf Club on Sunday despite a good showing by all the pairs on the more difficult second nine, the team only missed out by a single shot overall.

Mark Sharkey’s Ulster-Fourball team are still in with a strong shout after their first leg tie with Armagh Golf club also on Sunday past, they unluckily went down by four matches to one at the away venue, Paul Kavanagh & Brian Forrester securing what could be a vital win for Strabane, the second leg is this coming Sunday at 12 noon.

Ladies Golf
Margaret Wolfe (35) has been a regular winner in mixed foursomes competitions in recent weeks, but last Tuesday she did it all on her own to take the ladies event the “Camus Cup” in fine style, an eye-catching 63 nett giving her a comfortable seven shot win over her nearest challenger, Lady Captain Anne Sharkey(19) who took category one with 70 nett, category two was claimed Geraldine McCrory (31) with 72 nett.

Last weeks mixed greensomes was played over 15 holes with Heather Mitchell and Aidan Boyle the winners with 34pts, Bernie O’Kane and Dr Ciaran Kelly were runners up with 33 pts and Lauren Patton and Conor Sharkey took third with 32 pts.

Best wishes to our Irish Mixed Foursomes team who are at Newtownstewart Golf club this coming Sunday for the qualifying competition there.

The winner of this weeks £50 bar credit draw was Lauren Patton.
There is a night at the races planned by The Lifford Players in the clubhouse on Friday 27th May everyone is most welcome to come along and show your support.

Thursday 12th May – Charlies Bar Open
Friday 13th May – Habinteg Housing Association team scramble – Time-sheet in operation
Saturday 14th May – Oysters Restaurant Open (s/f)
Monday 16th May – Monday Open
Tuesday 17th May – Georgina Gregg – Ladies.

Finally this week on a particularly sad note, on Saturday past, Strabane Golf club lost one of its most loved and respected members as we learned of the death of our former President Jimmy Duncan. Jimmy had been ill for a few weeks with serious heart trouble but after major surgery we had all hoped he was on the road to recovery but, alas, this was not to be as he had suffered a major setback early last week and sadly passed away on Saturday afternoon. Some members of our club will never be forgotten and Jimmy Duncan certainly fits into this category, an endless worker in every task he undertook. He was delighted to be asked to become club president in 2008, a task he undertook in his own humble fashion, going to and attending as many matches and functions as possible and always there when called upon, he was the convenor of our Monday Club teams event where he had succeeded John Christy.  Jimmy was a regular here on Friday nights where he assisted Declan Doherty with our very successful punters club, another role he enjoyed immensely. Maybe above all Jimmy Duncan was one of life’s true gentlemen, a friend to everyone with whom he encountered, no one ever had a bad word to say about him, he was truly a wonderful character and friend to so many. Our most sincere condolences are extended to Jimmy’s wife Marie and his entire family circle on his passing, the fairways of Strabane Golf club will be never be the same without Jimmy’s famous shining “Jimmy-mobile” Golf buggy, may he rest in peace. Jimmy was layed to his rest on Tuesday which would have been the occasion of his 77th birthday.

Club News – 3rd May 2016

Conor wins “Sweeno McGinty’s Open”
The inaugural running of the Sweeno McGinty’s Bar Open stableford was held at Strabane on Saturday, the winner was 5 handicapper Conor Sharkey who rediscovered a bit of form to take the win posting an early total of 39pts that was never matched for the remainder of the day. Conditions were breezy throughout with a few extremely heavy hail showers early on leaving decent scores at a premium, this added to the lightning fast greens and near impossible pin placement on the 18th the three players that did manage to beat par on the day had to play extremely well to do so. Conor started in fine fashion with an opening birdie three but then uncharacteristically dropped five shots over the next three holes, however he steadied the ship to birdie the sixth hole and never looked back shooting 12 consecutive pars to top the leader-board. The runner up on the day just one point behind was Stephen Donaghey (13) a great run saw him score 22pts for the back nine and only a bogey at the final hole saw him miss out on top spot. Third went to last Saturday’s winner, Paddy O’Kane (8), who is definitely one to watch at present a fine second nine of 21pts catapulted him through the field, fourth place went to the ever improving Mickey Arnold (16) the best of four players with 36pts, Damian McGranaghan (7) took the final nett prize also with 36pts, Nicky Patton (6) took the gross prize with 30 gross pts with the nines going to Oliver McNally (18) with 21 pts for the outward nine and Peter Etherson (21) with 21pts for the inward nine. The presentation for this and other events held in April will take place in the clubhouse this Friday evening at 8-30pm sharp.

Tennents Bank Holiday Open
Monday’s Bank Holiday Open saw no let-up in the recent wet & windy conditions with only the winner John McMenamin (18) managing to break par on the day returning an excellent 38pts, this was a notable double for John who on the previous night, with his daughter, danced his way to success in the Strictly weekend at the Fir Trees hotel.  The runner up on Monday was young Patrick McGranaghan (13) who continues to improve, his total of 36pts was two in front of Dermot Corry(16) in third, with the gross going to Mark McColgan(6) with 26 gross pts. This competition was reduction only with the C.S.S. going to 33pts reflecting the difficulties faced on the day.

Thursday Club Final Day
This year’s Thursday Club final day was held at Donegal Golf club at Murvagh with 75 players travelling in total. Again the conditions were far from ideal in a breezy biting cold morning and afternoon. Declan Doherty (12) however put all of this aside to return an eye catching 42 pts a great score over the links course, the runner up was Pascal McGillion (24) with a very steady 39pts with Kevin Gallagher (17) third with 38pts just getting the better of Kevin McGinley (11) on countback, Freddie Patterson (8) took fifth with 37 pts. In total there were 25 nett prizes, only two 2’s were recorded on the day one to Thursday club visitor Brian Kelly and to Liam Patton who eagled the par 4- 17th hole to scoop the entire Thursday Club two’s fund pot. Many thanks to Donegal Golf club for the great hospitality shown to our party, we look forward to the Captains Outing back there on Saturday 1st Oct.

Well done to Aidan Boyle and his Jimmy Bruen team who qualified for the matchplay stages of that G.U.I. event on Sunday at Letterkenny G.C. they will now meet Ballybofey back at Letterkenny Golf Club in the coming weeks. Best wishes to Mark Sharkey and his Ulster Fourball side who are in action in Armagh this coming Sunday, and to Paddy O’Kane and his Pierce Purcell team who are in Newtownstewart at their qualifying event also on Sunday.

Ladies Golf
The ladies first open of the season was kindly sponsored by Mark James Menswear, there was a relatively good turnout again in tough conditions, the winner was Adeline Shiels (24)with 37pts just getting the better of Mary McCrory (30) on countback, third place went to Heather Mitchell (21) with 36pts with the gross going to Mandy Coyne (7),the category winners were Lisa Patton, Rosemary Wilson and Annette Patton with the nines prizes going to Margaret Wolfe and Carole McFeeters. Only one “2” was recorded this by Lisa Patton at the 16th hole.

The mixed foursomes is now underway with last week’s winners being declared as Margaret Wolfe and Gerry Casey with 29pts over the 13 holes in play, the runners up were Patricia and Dr Ciaran Kelly also with 29 pts with Debbie McDaid and Donal Cairns third with 27pts.

Please Note
Members are reminded that if you are not able to play on a Saturday you must remove your name from the time slot through the B.R.S. system, failure to do so will see payment for that event still taken from your card!

Thursday 5th May – Topaz Open (Tee booked 12 noon-2pm)
Saturday 7th May – Sports Centre Open
Monday 8th May – Monday Open
Tuesday 9th May – P.G.A. Tankard – Ladies
Wednesday 10th May -Mixed foursomes
Friday 13th May – Habinteg Housing Association Open Scramble

Club Notes – 27th April 2016


Local postman Paddy O’Kane (10) delivered the goods in last Saturdays Strabane Electric’s Stableford played for the first time this year from the blue markers. It was a strange day for scoring with conditions worsening as the day progressed however almost all the prize winners played late in the evening in without doubt the toughest elements of the day. Paddy reached the turn with a moderate 18pts but with three birdies on the inward nine he amassed a fine total of 22pts giving him a winning total of 40pts, just getting the better of his playing partner on the day John Maxwell (10) who had matching 9’s of 20pts.  John’s total was helped greatly by converting three opportunities for 2’s at the second, the eighth and the twelfth holes no mean feat in itself but a run of four consecutive bogies from the 13th hole saw him having to settle for the runners up spot. John Langan (14) was also one of the late starters and his return of 37pts was good enough for third place a good inward nine of 21pts getting him in just in front of Gary King (14) who was fourth with the same total, Freddie Patterson (8) has been showing major signs of a return to the golf he is capable of in recent months and he took fifth place with 36pts, the gross went to Fred McGavigan (34) with 32 gross pts, the nines went to Eugene Patton (24) for the outward nine and to Stephen Donaghey (13) with a similar total for the inward nine.
The presentation for this and other competitions held in April will be made in the clubhouse on Friday 6th May at 8pm. Many congratulations to Kevin Neeson who secured the first hole in one of the new season holing out at the par three 12th Hole with the perfect 8 iron shot securing himself a beautiful “Boss Hole in One Club” wrist watch.

Monday Teams
The Monday Club teams event concluded on Monday past with nine teams participating, the winners on the day were club President Jim Arbuckle, Pascal McGillion, Martin Finlay and Gerry Quinn with 95 pts, the runners up were Hugo McCusker, Eugene Patton, John Shields and Jimmy Henderson with 91pts, with Chris McDermott, Kevin Keegan, Charlie Patton and Oliver McNally in third with 90pts.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery were sent to Monday Club co-ordinator Jimmy Duncan.

Thursday Club
The final weeks play for the Thursday Club took place last week also, Damian McGranaghan (7) was the winner with 37.75 nett, second place went to Chris McDermott (12) with 36.25 nett and third went to Declan Lynch(10) with 36 nett. Kevin Heffernan took the Golfer of the Year title finishing on 168pts for the campaign, Foncie McNally was the runner up with 143 pts whilst Jim Potts slipped into third place with a total of 103 pts. The “King of the 2’s” title was won in resounding fashion by Freddie Patterson with a total of eleven.
All roads lead to Donegal Golf Club this week for the final day with the presentation of prizes back at Strabane at 8.30pm, there will be several spot prizes for those in attendance at the presentation.

Ulster Cup
Mark Brolly’s Ulster Cup team were in first round action on Sunday and secured a 5-2 home win over Templepatrick  Golf club, there were some excellent performances on the day but a lot of work still has to be done with the away leg in two weeks time in the away leg

Ladies Golf
The ladies team bowed out of the Revive Action Matchplay Betterball competition losing out 3-2 to close neighbours Ballybofey, a better result however was secured by Catherine Neeson’s Intermediate Cup team who have built up a 4-1 lead over Kilrea ladies after the home leg on Sunday past.

The timesheet for the very popular Habinteg Annual Scramble has been posted in the back hall.
The winner of this weeks £50 bar credit draw was Paul Bogle.
All golfers who have secured Saturday times are requested to remove their names from the online timesheet on any occasion they are not able to play, failure to do so will see payment for the competition being deducted from the members card.

Finally some good news Colin McCafferty’s missing pink tee has been returned to its owner,in fact he now has 27 of them!
Saturday 30th April – Sweeno McGinty’s Bar Open
Monday 2nd May -Bank Holiday Open sponsored by H.S.S. Hire (Please Note – BRS Booking)
Tuesday 3rd May – Ladies Camus Cup
Wednesday 4th May – Mixed Foursomes
Thursday 5th May – Topaz Open Stableford (BRS Booking)

Club Notes – 19th April 2016


Eamon McCay (20) was seeing things clearly in the Gormley Opticians Open Stableford posting his best score for some time, 41pts, in breezy but dry conditions to win the event narrowly from Cathal Patton (6) on break of tie. Eamon reached the turn with a decent total of 19pts but a blistering inward nine of 22pts saw the local businessman top the leader board and claim a welcome win for the lefthander. Great credit to the runner up who has returned from a serious leg injury in the past year, Patton recorded 20pts for his first nine and an excellent level par second nine also gave him a total of 41pts. Third place went to Joe Doherty (19)with 39pts playing his best singles golf for some time he will regret an ugly double bogey 5 at the par three 16th hole which scuppered his chances somewhat of a higher placed finish, fourth spot went to John McCallion (19) who continues to impress this season despite losing several shots on his handicap, fifth went to Mark Sharkey (20) also with 39pts, the gross on the day went to Conal Cooke(2) with a level par round of 36 gross pts, the nines were claimed by Noel O’Kane (25) with 23pts for the first nine and Peter Doherty (6)with 21pts for the second nine, the presentation date for this and other April competitions will be posted on the noticeboard this weekend.

Thursday Club week 13
18 holes were possible for last week’s Thursday club and several excellent scores were recorded in calm conditions, with placing on the fairways and lift clean & drop in the semi-roughs the automatically set C.S.S. may have to be looked at in greater detail. The day’s best return was recorded by Brian Haughey (12) with a blistering 44.5 Nett pts which was an excellent gross 72, this win added to Brian’s recent hole in one his first ever at the par three 5th hole at Portsalon Golf Club, many congratulation on that, Dr Ciaran Kelly (12) was the runner up on Thursday with 41.75 Nett with Neil Conroy (14) in third place with 41pts Nett. Kevin Heffernan would seem to have the golfer of the year accolade in the bag as he extended his lead to 17pts from Foncie McNally with just one week to go. Freddie Patterson has secured the “King of the 2’s” title for the year with eleven recorded deuces, an excellent total. The timesheet for the final day is available on the noticeboard players are asked to leave in good time as there are currently ongoing roadworks outside Ballybofey that may cause severe delays.

Monday Club
Next Monday is also the final day for the popular Monday team’s competition with a meal available for members at 6pm at the clubhouse. The most recent winners were Aidan Coyle, Dermott Corry, Michael Baldrick, and Niall Coulter with 103.5 nett,the clear winners from Kevin Gallagher , Stewart McFeeters,  Liam McCool and Pat McGuigan who had 97.25 nett.
Get well soon wishes are extended to the competition co-ordinator Jimmy Duncan who is currently in hospital with serious health problems, thankfully Jimmy is rallying well and we sincerely hope his recovery is a rapid one.

Fred Daly
Well done to our young Fred Daly team who recorded a great win at the weekend over Kilymoon Golf Club boys, they narrowly lost out by three matches to two at Killymoon on Saturday, and then completed the task in hand on Sunday at home winning three matches and halving the other two ties.
Good luck to our Ulster Cup team who are in action this weekend when the take on Templepatrick Golf Club in the first round.

The timesheet has now been posted for the yearly Habinteg teams scramble on Friday 13th May.

Many thanks to everyone who came to our 70’s night, a brilliant nights “Craic” was had by all who attended.
The winner of the £50 bar credit draw this week was Colm McCafferty.

Thursday 21st April – Thursday Club week 14
Saturday 23rd April – Strabane Electrics S/F Open
Monday 25th April – Monday Club final day
Tuesday 26th April – Ladies Open Day – sponsored by Mark James Menswear
Wednesday 27th April- Mixed Foursomes

Club News – 12th April 2016


Saturdays B.McNamee Monthly Medal was the latest event at Strabane to fall foul to the current wet conditions, with the greenkeepers deciding on Friday that the holes along the river would not be playable due to the prevailing conditions this competition will be rescheduled for later in the season. With only ten holes in play a much reduced field took cards out for the sweep over the first five and last five holes with 95 players competing. The day’s best return was made by Gary King (14) with 25pts with Nigel Houston (13) the runner up a point back on 24pts just getting the better of Denis Porter (12) on break of tie the best gross went to Darren Crawford (4).

Sion Swifts Ladies Champagne Scramble.
Conditions had improved somewhat to allow Sundays competition the Sion Swifts Ladies Champagne Scramble to proceed as planned, thirty teams entered on the day. The winners of the tournament were Michael Arnold, Raymond Arnold, Kieran McAleer and Declan Breslin with an brilliant total of 102 pts, a very steady first nine where they all combined well saw them score 49pts to the turn and a blistering finish set up the win the highlight of which was an eagle two by Raymond Arnold at the 15th hole scoring five points coupled with Declan Breslin’s birdie at the same hole totalling nine points for the stroke index 18 hole.  The runners up were Martin Gormley, Jim Potts, Johnny Potts and Matt Keyes with 96pts with Denis Porter, Kevin Keegan, George Turner and Joe Doherty in third place a point further back on 95 pts. Tommy Canning from the Sion club thanked all who had helped organise and host the very successful event leaving special praise for the many sponsors who came on board to help raise important funds for the local ladies soccer teams.

Thursday Club
Last week’s Thursday Club week 12 was also reduced in holes with only 11 in play, the best card on the day was returned by James Callan (10) with 25.75 nett, second went to John Blee (16) with 24pts and third to Mervyn Reid with 23pts. The golfer of the year title will be decided between Kevin Heffernan and Foncie McNally with the latter making up 19pts of the deficit on Thursday past to now only lay 8pts behind with two weeks remaining. The timesheet for the final day Murvagh Golf Club on the 28th April is posted in the back hall, non-Thursday club members are welcome to attend at a cost of £35 which includes green-fees two course meal and visitors prizes, all monies must be paid by Thursday 21st April and all members should ensure they are up to date by this date as no money will be lifted on the final day as the currency has to be exchanged.

Monday Club
The Monday club is also nearing its conclusion for this season, ten teams participated in Monday’s competition, the best of the day were Kevin Gallagher, Stewart McFeeters, Liam McCool and Pat McGuigan with 91.75 nett, the runners up were Eugene Patton, John Quinn, John Shiels and Jimmy Henderson with 90.5nett.

Seventies Night at the Golf Club
Tickets remain on sale for Saturday’s feast of entertainment at the club with a walk down memory lane with our big 70’s night. There are tributes to “Smokie” and to the “Bay City Rollers” on the night, this is an amazing production and one not to be missed doors open at 8.30pm with “Klassix Disco” before and after the show also playing the best music of the 70’s and 80’s. Admission is £10 some tickets may be available at the door.

This week’s £50 bar credit draw winner was Garvin Godfrey.

Thursday 14th April – Thursday club week 13-18 holes qualifying.
Saturday 16th April – Gormley Opticians 18 holes Stableford
Monday 18th April – Monday Teams
Tuesday 19th April – Lady Captains Charity S/F

Strabane Scratch Cup 2016

Scratch Cup 2016

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Club Notes – 6th April 2016


Relative newcomer to the game John McCallion (25) rubber stamped his recent rapid improvement in the game when he spread-eagled the field in Saturday’s Caffe Fresco Open stableford competition returning a highly impressive 46pts to win by no fewer than seven points from the next group of three players on 39pts which itself was an excellent score on the day. The runner up after a break of tie was Gary Duffy (10) a great performance on his first outing of the new season, he narrowly relegated Club Captain Brian Brolly (9) to third spot with John J. Duffy (16) in fourth, Kevin Neeson took fifth place with 38pts, with Conal Cooke winning the gross with an excellent one over par total of 35pts, the nines went to Oliver Creswell (13) and to Colin McCafferty, in total 145 cards were taken out for the day.

Thursday Club week 11
Conditions were favourable for week 11 of the Thursday club which was played over 16 holes, the winner was Kevin McGinley (12) with a total of 37pts nett, new club Secretary Senan Roarty (12) returned to a bit of form to take the runner up spot with 37pts with Charlie Patton(18) in third with 35.5 Nett.
Kevin Heffernan holds a commanding lead in the Golfer of the Year stakes with 147pts, with Foncie McNally in second with 120 pts and Ronnie Wiley in third with 99 pts. Freddie Patterson would seem to have the “King of the Two’s” title solely in his grasp with -11 to date and five clear of his nearest challenger with just three week’s remaining.
The final day timesheet is now available for Thursday 28th April, non-Thursday club players are very welcome to attend on the day, the fee is £35 which includes green-fees, two course meal and visitors prizes.

Monday Teams
The Monday teams event is quickly reaching its final day too, that is scheduled for Monday 25th April. This week’s winners were Denis Porter, Jim Wasson, Hugh Casey and George Turner with 99.5 nett, the runners up were Patsy Wilson, Eric Reid, Danny McGinley and Dermott Corry.

 Ladies Golf
This week’s Ladies event was the Breast Cancer Charity played over 15 holes, it went to last year’s Golfer of the Year Mandy Coyne (7) with 29pts, the categories went to Adeline Shiels (24) with 28pts and to Monica McIntyre (36) with 29pts.

Tickets remain on sale at the club for the big 70’s night on Saturday the 16th April, with tributes to “Smokie and the “Bay City rollers”, there is also a 70’s & 80’s Disco and tickets are priced at £10.

The first big team event of the season takes place this coming Sunday 10th April with the Sion Swifts Ladies Champagne Scramble, some time slots are still available on the timesheet.

The Last Man Standing competition ended last weekend with five of the remaining seven players went out with West Ham failing to overcome Crystal Palace, the prize of £1000 was split between Damien McGranaghan and Niall McAlea, the winning promotors were Gerard O’Connell and Damien McGranaghan.

This week’s £50 bar credit winner was Brendan O’Neill.

There is a major Golf Sale at the club on Friday and Saturday with loads of great bargains up for grabs in clothing, shoes, clubs and assessories.

Thursday 7th April – Thursday Club week 12-18 holes qualifying s/f
Saturday 9th April – B McNamee Ltd. Monthly Medal-Stroke
Monday 11th April – Monday teams
Tuesday 12th April – Ladies Day-Daily Mail Foursomes.

Club Notes – 29th March 2016


The new golfing season got underway last weekend at Strabane Golf Club with a busy opening weekend. Saturdays event was the traditional season opener The John Kelly Stableford, named in memory of one of the clubs greatest ever golfers. The best return of the day was recorded by Martin Gormley (14) with 40pts in extremely testing conditions, although thankfully we did well to miss the worst of “Storm Katie” she sent a gentle reminder around 2pm in the afternoon when winds and hail battered the course for a 15 minute spell resulting in many players retiring early with badly twisted umbrella’s to the comfort of the clubhouse, Martin Gormley however prevailed through it to top the leader-board from a shot from the next four players, Kevin Heffernan (25) has been improving rapidly and it was no surprise when he posted 39pts with 24 of those coming in the inward nine to take the runners up position, Noel McCrory(16) was an early starter and he posted 39pts also to take third, on break of tie from Franke Gallagher (9) with Declan Doherty (18) in fifth also on the same total, the gross went to Fred McGavigan (4) with a three over par round of 33 gross pts, the nines went to Don Callan (22) who took the opening nine and to Kevin Gallagher who was best on the return nine, in total 155 cards were taken out on the day.

Thursday Club week 10
The Thursday club has reached week 10 in the second half with now only four weeks remaining to play at home before the final day to Donegal Golf club on Thursday 28th April, the timesheet for which will be available from this Thursday from the committee. The latest winner was Seamus McPhilemy with a very good 34 pts over the 15 holes in play, the runner up was Noel McCrory with 33pts nett with Neil Conroy finishing third with 33 pts, the Golfer of the year table is headed by Kevin Heffernan who has a commanding lead of 24 pts from Foncie McNally in second. Freddie Patterson seems to have the “King of the Two’s title in the bag currently on ten and four clear of his nearest rival.

Good Friday Sweep
The final competition played of the winter tees was held on Good Friday and resulted in a win for relative newcomer John McCallion (25) with an excellent total of 42pts and two clear from the runner up Dermott Corry (16) with 40 pts John Doherty took third with 39 pts and Nicky Patton the gross with 32 gross pts.

Bank Holiday Monday Open
Brian Forrester (18) took the Bank Holiday Monday open with 42pts, a winner by one from Declan Devine (11) with Michael Neeson (11) in third place with 39pts, Nicky Patton again took the gross prize with 31 gross pts on this occasion.

Tickets remain on sale for our big 70’s night on Sat 16th April at the club with tributes to Smokie and the Bay City Rollers, tickets are very reasonably priced at £10.

All outstanding fees for the 2016 season should be paid no later than Friday 1st April.

The new club shop is now up and running and looks fantastic, a real plus for the club, there are many great opening bargains to be had in golf clothing, shoes & clubs.

The new Fixture book is now available at the clubhouse, the timesheet is posted for the Sion Swifts Ladies Champagne Scramble team event with £1000 in prizes up for grabs, all members are welcome to play with any combination of ladies & gents being permitted.

Thursday 31st March – Thursday Club week 11 -16 holes
Saturday 2nd April – Caffe Fresco Open   Book on BRS,through the club website)
Monday 4th April – Monday Teams
Tuesday 5th April – Breast Cancer Care-Ladies
Wednesday 6th April – Opening Wed night mixed.

New Golfing Season – Timesheet

Our new golfing season starts on Saturday 26th March with John Kelly Competition

We have now an on-line timesheet in operation.  It would be appreciated if anyone who cannot play removes their name from the timesheet, this will give other members a chance to fill the space.
If you have problems with the online process please contact Peter Doherty or Paddy McCrossan

"BOOK ONLINE" Button (order now e-booking check in web internet)

LMS update – 06/03/2016

A grand total of 521 people entered the latest LMS, 5 went out in Week 6 with only 7 now remaining.
Those who went out were on the following teams;
Southampton 4
Man United 1
Please note the next full Premiership Fixtures are Sat 19th / Sun 20th March 2016

Please get your Week 7 Picks to us by Friday at 9pm.
Text Your Name, Your Promotors Name and Your Pick to 07860 820785
or alternatively give it to your Promotor.

Week 7 Fixtures

190316 fixtures


190316 LMS

Club Notes – 8th March 2016


The weather affected Super-Valu Spring League concluded on Sunday past with only five weeks out of the scheduled eight weeks being played due to the adverse conditions this Winter season.
The winners were the very experienced quartet “2 up 2 down” who finished with two very strong showings in the final weeks to take the spoils, a best of the day 51pts in the final weeks scramble event seeing them home by 2 points overall. The winning team members were Pat McAneny, Denis Porter, Joe Doherty and George Turner.  The runners up were “No Hope” who certainly had hope going in to the final weeks play as they led by two points at the summit and were four clear of the eventual winners, however a pretty average round by their own standards recording 45 pts saw them only take second place overall, the team were Declan Breslin, Michael Arnold, Raymond Arnold and Kieran McAleer. Third place went to “Last Minute” with 47pts on Sunday and a grand total of 310 pts overall, the team members were John Doherty, Declan Doherty, John Blee, and Francy Conwell.
The presentation for this competition is provisionally set for 6pm this coming Sunday 13th March, please check the clubs facebook page for confirmation of this.

Saturday Sweep
Sixty two players took out cards for last Saturdays Sweep played over 15 holes in biting cold conditions, the winner was Joe Doherty (20) with 34pts nett, the runner up was Matthew Curran(12) with 33pts with Freddie Patterson (9) in third also with 33pts, Patrick Kennedy(3) took the gross prize.

Thursday Club week 8
The Thursday Club second phase has moved on to week 8 with 49 players participating in last week’s series. The latest winner was Kevin Heffernan with a great total of 39 pts over the 15 holes, this was rounded down to 34pts after reductions, the runner up was Kevin McGinley with 33.5pts with Liam Curry in third with 32 pts. In the race for the golfer of the second phase Kevin Heffernan now leads with 92pts, 14pts clear of Foncie McNally and Mark Sharkey in joint second place with 78 pts. Freddie Patterson still leads the King of the Two’s race with nine in the bag so far, and he leads by three from Ronnie Wiley. The final day is set for Donegal Golf club on Thursday 28th April.

It is anticipated that this year’s fixture book will be ready by next week, the £10 payment for members weekly timeslot will be taken from the swipe cards this weekend!

Tickets are currently on sale for our big 70’s night on Saturday 16th April with the Bay City Rollers and Smokie Tribute band, there will also be a 70’-80’s Disco on the night, tickets are priced at £10 and are available from Tommy or the club bar.

This Sunday is the Captain’s Drive-in day with the drive-in due to commence at 1pm, as many members as possible are asked to be at the first tee for 12.45pm for a photograph, good luck and best wishes to our Captains -Brian and Anne for the coming season and indeed also our Presidents Jim and Rosaleen.

Thursday 10th March – Thursday club week 9
Saturday 12th March – 15 holes Sweep
Sunday 13th March – Captains Drive in-1pm
Monday 14th March – Monday Club Teams
Tuesday 15th March – Ladies opening day scramble

Time Allocation – Friday 4th March

The time allocation and payment night will take place this Friday 4th March.

Un-registered members will have an opportunity to see the BRS system demonstration as well as register for the new online system.

Please remind any of your golfing friends to register by going to “online booking” in the Strabane Golf Club website.

There are 18 people left in the Last Man Standing competition with fixtures scheduled for Tuesday/Wednesday 1st and 2nd of March.
Good luck to all involved.