CASTLEROCK visitor, Gary Adamson, showed the large field a clean pair of heels in last Thursday’s Open Stableford at City of Derry.
The 18 handicapper posted what was a modest opening nine hole score of 17 points but he used that as the platform for success when adding an a further 22 points on the way home - a birdie “3” at the final hole the highlight of his round.
His score of 39 points gave him a one point advantage over runner-up, the Prehen club’s newly appointed Honorary Treasurer, John Flynn (15), who emerged the of four players on 38 points (having scored seven points over the final two holes).
Raymond Taylor (11) took the third spot and Kealan Quigg (1) was the best of the low men taking the gross with his 37 pts
The Thursday Opens continue on a weekly basis and visitors can also avail of a great offer every Wednesday at City of Derry their the club’s Open Meal Deal. Bookings can be made via the club’s website at cityofderrygolfclub.com or by telephone on 02871311496.
Meanwhile, Tommy McBride (5) was the best of four players on 39 points in the Club Championship qualifying round which took place at Prehen on Saturday last.
A very close decision only decided on his last six holes being marginally better than runner-up Shane Kelly (20).
Newcomer, Paul McLaughlin (8), was unfortunate to drop shots at the last two holes when a par at either hole would have given him victory and he had to settle for third place.
Kealan Quigg (scr), once again, took the gross with another excellent 37 pts. There were 16 qualifiers for the matchplay stage with 37 pts on a count back being needed to make the draw.
And that draw will be displayed in the men’s locker room shortly.
Ian Jarvis (21) took his place, for the first time, in the winner’s enclosure on Sunday last.
Indeed, it was a highly impressive performance, the Category 4 player returning an emphatic score of 40 points in very blustery conditions.
Ian had three points to spare on his nearest challenger, former club Captain, Brian Abel (24). Brian was in great shape with no less than seven points after two holes and then the wheels came off.
He recovered, however, and took second spot following a tie break from Michael Feeney (7) who also survived a break of tie to secure third spot.
Marie Clifford (23), the Ladies Branch vice captain was best of the ladies with 31 points on a count-back.
The Jock Balmer Fourball Qualifying takes place next Saturday, May 4th, and the top 16 pairs will go forward to the matchplay stage.
There will be prizes for the top three qualifiers on the day.
Gerry Gallagher dismissed the horrendous conditions at Lisfannon on April 18th last, to take top honours in the Thursday Society competition which was played over 13 holes.
However, he had to survive a break of tie with Paddy McKinney and Dermot Fullerton.
Full results were - Singles Stableford - 1, break of tie, Gerry Gallagher, 23 points; 2, Paddy McKinney 24 (-1), 23; 3, Dermot Fullerton, 23.
There were no “2’s” recorded on the day.
The Thursday Society continues at Lisfannon this week.
Maiden win for Barry
Barry Dillon rose to prominence in last Sunday’s Declan Coughlan Memorial Open Stroke at Buncrana, an event which attracted a tremendous turnout. With the course and greens in excellent conditions, top scoring was anticipated and Barry played some superb golf to post a winning total of 55 nett for his maiden victory.
Full results were - Declan Coughlan Memorial Open Stroke - 1, Barry Dillon (23) 55 nett; 2, Henry McDaid (18) 56; gross, break of tie, Damien Doherty (9) 68; 3, Hugh Doherty (C) (8) 60; best day, break of tie, Robert Callaghan (17) 61; back nine, Brian Grant (10) 28 and visitor, Michael Fitzpatrick (11), North-West, 64.
Today (Tuesday), tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday, May 2nd will see an Open Stableford in aid of the R.N.L.I. and the organiser of this competition would appreciate your support. For timesheet ring 00-353-7493-62279 with visitors’ entry fee set at E10..
This weekend’s competition - to be played over Saturday, Sunday and Monday, will be an Open Stableford fund-raiser on behalf of the
Gael Scoil, Buncrana.
Fourball Better Ball
Good conditions greeted last Wednesday’s Fourball Better Ball event at North-West Ladies.
And taking full advantage of the favourable elements was the pairing of Marie McLaughlin and Eileen Quigley who combined well to record a winning 38 points.
The runners-up pairing was Eileen Moyne and Marian Scheel, two points adrift.
Meanwhile, the draw for the Lisfannon Cup, which takes place tomorrow (Wednesday), has been posted in the locker room.
On the team front, the Intermediate team has progressed to the second round at the expense of Redcastle.
Iona Bar Golf Society
The first outing of the new season by members of the Iona Bar Golf Society was to Portstewart recently and while the day was dry, the blustery wind made scoring difficult.
However, 23 handicapper, Eamon Curran, coped best in the wind when returning a sensational score of 45 points to take top honours.
Full results were - 1, Eamon Curran (23) 45 points; 2, Paul Kelly (20) 40; 3, Ted Brolly (20) 37; Cat. 1, Mark McMenamin (13) 33; Cat. 2, Trevor Holmes (14) 34; Cat. 3, Danny Rigney (28) 27; front nine, Seamus Given (16) 15; back nine, John McGrotty (15) 21; bottle holes - Ciaran Curran and Eamon Curran.
Team prize - Eamon Curran, Paul Kelly, Martin Tierney and Kevin McLaughin; Captain’s Par 3’s, Raymond Curley, 11 pts.; “twos,” Trevor Holmes, Eamon Curran, Ronan Leake and Topo Kelly.