Billy Boosts City of Derry Centenary Pro-Am

Michael McCoumiskey (GUI Official), Brian Long (Centenary President), Billy Henderson (Pro-Am Sponsor), ciaran Burke (Cenentary Captain) and the Betty McBride (Cenentary Ladies Captain) at the launch of the Pro Am tournament.  (1304JB38)

Michael McCoumiskey (GUI Official), Brian Long (Centenary President), Billy Henderson (Pro-Am Sponsor), ciaran Burke (Cenentary Captain) and the Betty McBride (Cenentary Ladies Captain) at the launch of the Pro Am tournament. (1304JB38)

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CITY OF Derry Golf Club launched one of the Prehen club’s main Centenary competitions this week with the news that the annual Pro-Am will boast a new sponsor for 2012.

ARTHUR DUFFY reports from Prehen

With over 50 professionals from througout Ireland and the UK again arriving to lead the hugely popular “teams of four” event this summer, the Centenary competition will also include a special event for young players, an event which will see the professionals engage in.

With local firm McCambridge-Duffy having sponsored the tournament for the past decade, the new sponsor for the Centenary Year is leading local business man, Mr. Billy Henderson, himself a long standing member of the Prehen club.

And commenting at Wednesday’s launch in the clubhouse, Mr. Henderson extended his thanks and congratulations to the former sponsors who, he said, have been major supporters of the City of Derry club for many years.

“Colm Duffy has always been a major sponsor at City of Derry and after a decade, it’s understandable that firms wish move onto other projects. Yes, we have lost a fantastic sponsor but I think it’s important to acknowledge the support of McCambridge-Duffy to this particular event over the past 10 years,” he said.

Having been approached to sponsor the Centenary Pro-Am, Mr. Henderson viewed it as an excellent opportunity for his company to become involved in another local popular sport.

“Personally, I have always looked forward to playing in the City of Derry Pro-Am as I’ve always believed it was a fantastic opportunity to play with what I would term ‘proper golfers’ and watch them perform.

“And I’m sure that all those who have played in the tournament would agree that it is a perfect opportunity to play with players who are on the verge of securing European Tour Cards.

“Damien McGrane has won the Pro-Am on three occasions and now he’s a prominent member of the European Tour,” noted Mr. Henderson.

Agreeing that weather conditions has not been favourable over recent years, Billy pointed to the quality of the Prehen course and the facilties which, he believed, are second to none locally.

“Our forefathers had the insight and ability to build and develop the Prehen facilities back in 1912 and given the changes that have taken place over those 100 years, I think they would be proud of what is now a top class golf course.

“I joined the club over 20 years ago and I’ve never seen it in better condition and that’s down to the greenkeeping staff and the Council who continue to work hard to make sure the club survives.

“I’m looking forward to celebrating the club’s 100th anniversary and I feel very proud and honoured to have been asked to sponsor the Centenary Pro-Am,” concluded Mr. Henderson.

The City of Derry Pro-Am has been acknowledged as one of the finest events of its kind on the Golfing Union of Ireland calendar and, no doubt, the 2012 event at Prehen will be suppored not just by local golfer but by teams of visitors who have been supporting the event for years.

Among the top professionals who have featured in this event over the years are former Ryder Cup player Philip Walton and current European Tour member Damien McGrane.

Well known players such as the former British Amateur Champion, Brian McElhinney, local professional Michael McGeady and Damien Mooney, David Higgins and Simon Thornton continue to support the event and they will be in attendance this summer.

Pro-Am on July 21, 22

This year’s event will take place over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, July 21st and 22nd and entries are now being accepted.

The 2012 Pro-Am was officially launched on Wednesday in the Prehen Clubhouse with the GUI’s Michael McComiskey, sponsor Billy Henderson, and club representatives including Cetenary Captains Ciaran Burke and Betty McBride in attendance.

Anyone wishing to find out more about the competition can do so by visiting the club’s website on www.cityofderrygolfclub.com or by ringing 02871-311496.

City of Derry Sunday Society

Results from “Yellow Ball” Teams of Four event, April 8th - 1, David Smith (13), Ciaran Grant (24), Dermot Hegarty (24) and Kevin Quigg (3), 89 points; 2, Rob Jefferson (12), Alastair Crockett (14), Jeremy Thatcher (16) and James Harrigan (16), 87; 3, break of tie, Chris Ross (8), George Curry (12), Kevin Doherty (12) and Brian McClelland (13), 86.

The Sunday Society would like to thanks all those who braved the elements to take part and look forward to next year’s competitions from October 1st under the captaincy of Jim O’Hagan.

Redcastle Spring Outing

Redcastle Golf Club’s Spring Outing takes place at Castlerock on Sunday next, April 15th. Members are asked to attend 20 minutes before their allocated tee-time. Any enquiries, please contact S. McGeehan.

The full timesheet is as follows - 1.00 p.m., D. Carlin, D. Carton, E. Haughey, M. Harkin; 1.08, P. Hegarty, M. Hurst, H. Clarke, D. Tracey; 1.16, T. McCauley, D. Toye, G. Kincaid, J. Kane; 1.24, D. McClelland, G. Dunlop, J. Doherty, J. Murray; 1.32, A.O’Bryan, E. Thompson, J. Weir, R. Kelly; 1.40, W. McClelland, P. McSheffrey, D. J. McLaughlin, W. Brolly; 1.48, N. Doherty, J. Comey, M. Agnew, A. Riddle; 1.56, P. Burns, K. McClelland, J. Burns, D. McCartney. 2.04 p.m., M. McCormick, S. Tinney, K. McLaughlin, K.Fitzimmon; 2.12, K. Shields, J. K. Doherty, M. Havlin,W. Watson; 2.20, G. Smyth, M. Wilson, S. Dunne; 2.28, V. Glenn, K. Priestley, D. Moore; 2.36; T. Green, B. Harkin, S. McGeehan.