GEORGE Jackson made nonsense of the old adage that a good start is half the battle, when competing in last Sunday’s Open Stableford at City of Derry.
The 11 handicapper returned a magnificent score of 44 points despite the fact that he started his round with a “blank” at the first hole.
George held is nerve before assembling a creditable 20 points on the first nine and then proceeded to birdie two holes on his way home to add a further 24 points for the winning score.
Philip Greer (10) played well to finish second with 40 points, a single point clear of immediate past Captain, Michael McCullough, who was best of a trio on 39 points, the vital 23 of them coming on the back nine.
The gross prize was claimed by James Lindsay (scr) with 38 pts.
Meanwhile, Ally Duncan (18) had marked three winning cards for other players in recent competitions but on Saturday he took a break and decided to follow their example and play a bit better himself. He proved this in dramatic fashion carding a fine winning 43 points in the Open Stableford.
Twenty-two points on the front nine were followed by 21 on the back stretch, 10 of those 21 points assembled over the last three holes, his final flourish was a terrific birdie on the last.
Chris Ross (8) rediscovered his former delicate touch around the greens to score 41 points for second place. Lester Moore (1) had only one bogey in his excellent round of 68 gross, he was third nett with 40 points on a count-back and best gross overall.
Fourth nett went to Martin Doherty (20)who also had 40 points despite dropping five shots on two consecutive holes.
Mr. Bob McKimm’s Captain’s Day takes place this Saturday, July 5th. The minimum six cards in individual competitions needed to play for the prize on the day has been amended to include team competition entries. So you are advised to check those details with the Pro Shop.
The Ladies Branch play for Bob’s prize takes place today (Tuesday) while tomorrow (Wed.) is John Rosborough’s Vice-Captain’s Prize this Friday, the eve of Captain’s Day, will see the very popular Captain’s Scramble getting underway at 5.45 p.m. Some slots are still available.
Dermot Logue (5), a former member of Prehen but now playing out of Portsalon, made a worthwhile return to his old club in the Heywood & Robinson Handmade Kitchens Open Stableford which was staged on Thursday last at Prehen.
Dermot returned an outstanding 44 points (68 gross) which spreadeagled the field. A flawless three under on the front nine was followed by a level par back nine to present the well known Logue family member with the round of his life.
No less than five players were tied on 40 points and the count-back fell in favour of Jordan Greer (23), Jordan Dunn (10) and Ron Grieve (16) for second, third and fourthrespectively.
Finally, Maurice Quigg (20), took first place in the annual Past Presidents’ and Captains’ Shield competition when returning 27 points over 13 holes.
He was followed home by the club secretary Andy Meenagh (14) with 25 points.
Lady Captain’s Prize to gents at Buncrana
Buncrana enjoyed a busy weekend when the gents turned out in force to play for Deborah McElhinney’s Lady Captain’s Prize over Saturday and Sunday.
The best score of the weekend was returned by Kevin Mc- Dermott who played some great golf when returning a fantastic 44 points.
Full results were - Lady Captain’s Prize to gents - Ms. Deborah McElhinney - 1, Kevin McDermott (17) 44 points; 2, Denis Clinton (17) 39; gross. Brian Griffin (5) 70; 3, break of tie, John Doherty (23) 38; best day, Sean Murphy (14) 37 and back nine, break of tie, Jim Caldwell (12) 20.
Meanwhile, the winners of the Fourball Better Ball,held last week in aid of N.C.B.I., was won by Oliver Doherty (7) & Robert Doherty (15) with 46 points.
There will be no midweek competition this week to facilitate the Lady Captain’s Prizes but there will be an Open Stableford Fundraiser in aid of the St. Vincent De Paul Society starting on Monday next, July 7th running until Wednesday, July 9th.
Buncrana’s Open Week tees-off on Friday, July 11th with the Buncrana Music Festival Three Day Opemn Stableford; on Monday and Tuesday, July 14th & 15th, an Open Teams of Three event will be staged whiled on Wednesday 16th, the Highland Radio Open Singles Stableford will be on offer.
Thursday, July 17th and Friday, July 18th, will see a Teams of Four Scramble played over both days.
TREMENDOUS TURNOUT FOR JUVENILE LESSONS
There was a tremendous turnout for the juvenile lessons last week at Buncrana and these lessons will continue for the next five weeks every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Any juvenile who missed the first evening can still participate and these lessons will be delivered by professional, John P. Dolan, and they cater for children of all ages. The cost is E3 per lesson and depending on the numbers. these lessons could be over two different evenings with girls one evening and boys on another. Anyone interested can contact the clubhouse on 0749362279. Next Committee meeting on Thursday, July 10th at 7 p.m. and all Committee members are requested to attend.