THE much welcomed unseasonal weather continued to for yet another North-Western Alliance outing which took place to Ballyliffin recently with the Foyle Golf Academy professional, Brian McEleney, taking full advantage on the tough Glashedy Links.
Brian recorded a two under par 70 to take top honours on the day. However, he was four under after 10 before carded back-to-back bogeys at the 11th and 12th. However, those scores did not upset his concentration as he parred his way home after that.
The Burnfoot man was closely pursued by young Finnian O’Doherty (Letterkenny) who was one under coming to the 9th when he recorded an ugly double bogey having gone under par at the 4th only to give it back at the next hole.
Finnian’s back nine was 3 under with a birdie on the 13th and a further two on the last two holes which gave him a break of tie victory over Damien Mooney.
The big hitter was level after the first nine with a birdie on the first hole offset with a bogey on the third .Turning for home he birdied the 10th but gave it back on the 11th before securing another birdie on 13 and then finishing with pars.
In fourth place was the Alliance Captain, Michael McGeady, fresh from his win in the Irish P.G.A. Championship and a disappinting 7th place finish in the Euro Pro Event during the week in England. Michael had actually led that tournament for a spell but encountered a disappointing finish on the final round.
At Ballyliffin he was showing no fatigue having recorded an eagle on the par four 5th hole before dropping a shot on the 6th yet still remained one under after nine.
The Derry man then carded bogeys at the 12th and 14th but a birdie on the 17th saw him finish on level par.
In the nett category a new member from the Faughan Valley club took top honours when returning 39 points.
Alan Cheung had a modest 17 points to start but really came alive on his way home where, despite a blank on the difficult index one 15th hole, he amassed 22 points for his maiden victory in the Alliance .
In second place was the evergreen Eddie McHugh who recovered well from two blanks over the first three holes.
North-West member, Michael Bradley, finished in third spot following a break of tie having returned an excellent 20 points on the back nine.
Full results were - North-Western Alliance outing to Ballyliffin (Glashedy Links) - Nett Section - 1, Alan Cheung (18), Faughan Valley, 39 points; 2, Eddie McHugh (15), Strabane, 38; 3, break of tie, Michael Bradley (8), North-West, 37; 4, Cecil King (12), Faughan Valley, 37; 5, break of tie, Odran McGettigan (24), Strabane, 36; 6, Paul MacLochlainn (10), Ballyliffin, 36.
Gross Section - 1, Brian McElhinney (scr), Foyle Golf Academy, 70; 2, break of tie, Finnian O’Doherty (scr), Letterkenny, 71; 3, Damien Mooney (scr), Ballyliffin, 71; 4, Michael McGeady (scr), McCambridge-Duffy, 72; 5, James Lindsay (1), North-West, 73; 6, Noel Callan (scr), Faughan Valley, 76.
The following players carded a “2” - S. Clinton, N. Patton, M. Houston, F. McCabe, G. McCay, M. Moreton, J. Patton, O. Mailey, .McColgan, S. Maclochlainn, E. Corry. Foley and Curran each had two.
Next outing will take place to Nairn & Portnoo on Saturday, November 2nd.
Sean McGrory took top honours in last week’s North-West Thursday Society outing, his superb score of 43 points giving him a three points cushion on the chasing pack.
Full results were - Singles Stableford - 1, Sean McGrory (18) 43 points; 2, break of tie, Kevin Doherty (19) 41 -1, 40; 3, Eamonn MacManus (11) 40.
“Twos” were carded by the following - G. McDaid, H. Coyle, G. Coyle, E. MacManus, J. Gormley, S. McGrory, D. Fullerton and S. McGinley.
This Thursday’s competition is another singles stableford event.
Next weekend sees the traditional Hallowe’en Open competitions staged at Lisfannon.
The events, which will beplayed on Saturday and Sunday next, will be played off the back markers.
The Open Stroke event will be on offer on Saturday with the Open Stablefordto be staged on Sunday.
The weekly “Meal Deal” event continues today. For all timesheet tele phone Gary on (00353) 74 93 61715.