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Wood Driver by Golf Ball June 2000
Wood Driver by Golf Ball June 2000

BUNCRANA’S popular President, Mr. Paul Eccles, received tremendous support for his President’s Prizes which were staged last weekend, highlighting the esteem in which the club leading official is held by members and visitors alike.

And for Charlie Doherty it was also a special day, the 23 handicapper returning the top score of 42 points after playing his round on Sunday morning.

The full results of Mr. Paul Eccles’ President’s Prizes were - 1, Charlie Doherty (23) 42 points; 2, break of tie, Jim Caldwell (12) 40; gross, Stephen McHugh (4) 67; 3, Gary Porter (20) 40; best day, Joe McCauley (15) 39; front nine, Andy Doherty (14) 21; back nine, Raymond Gallagher (15) 20; Past President, James DOherty (15) 37; visitor, Damien Griffin (13) 22; nearest the pin, John Bonner; longest drive, Don Magee.

Juveniles - 1, Tom Clare (18) 40 points; 2, gross, break of tie, Seosamh Gallanagh (12) 23; 2, Craig Doherty (20) 39; nearest the pin, Jack Duffy.

This weekend’s competition is the Sean McLaughlin Memorial Open Stableford which will be played over tomorrow (Sat.) and Sunday, August 26th, the competition sponsored by the Excelsior Bar, Buncrana. A timesheet is in operation and booking can be made by contacting the clubhouse on 0749362279.

The draw for the club’s Mixed Foursomes has been made and all details are posted on the Clubhouse Notice Board. All group stage matches must be played on or before this Sunday, August 26th.

The “Find the Joker” fundraising effort continues with the prize fund now at E1,110. Lines cost E2 each and the Committee would appreciate the support of the membership.

Declan Bags

Austin’s Open

Austins Department Store sponsored last Saturday’s Ladies and Gents Open Stableford at Greencastle and the Inishowen club remains grateful to the Derry firm for its continued support.

The winning card belonged to Declan Sharkey (9) with an excellent score totalling 41 points. His front nine was just the warm-up for some excellent golf, and he covered the inward holes in level par.

A break of tie was called upon to decide the second and third places and thanks to his better back nine, Seamus Mullan (17) got the better of James Harkin (15) after both players had returned scores of 40 points.

George Harley won the gross prize with 31 points, which included back-to-back birdies at the eighth and ninth holes. He carded a further birdie at the short 15th. Securing the nines prizes were Ciaran Kelly (21) and Dermot McBride (23) respectively.

The ladies prizewinners were equally competitive but the winner by one point was Eileen B Farren (22) with 33 points. A birdie “2” at “Dog Hill” was undoubtedly the highlight of her round.

A break of tie saw Mary Brennan (19) secure the runners-up spot on 32 points.

Last Sunday’s event was the latest in the ‘Player of the Year’ counting competitions, the Austin’s Trophy.

Conditions were much the same as the previous day, but this time there was a runaway winner - by six points - over the large field.

Phelim O’Neill (18) might play most of his golf at Ballyliffin, but he made short work of his handicap when making 10 pars in his round on his way to a 45 points finish.

Two players tied on 39 points, and the break of tie went in favour of David Ross (16) for a better last six holes which saw Damien Harkin (12) relegated into third place.

Tommy McBride had yet another great round to win the gross, and Declan Carlin and Atholl Stewart won the ‘nines’ with 22 points each.

Tomorrow’s competition is another Ladies & Gents Open Stableford while this Sunday’s event is the Frank Nolan Open Stroke.

A timesheet is in operation for this inaugural event which is to be staged in memory of a former past President and there will be a presentation of prizes in the evening.

Notes From Foyle

Crumley Construction Monthly Medal - Cat. 0-11, Garvin McGuigan (9) 69 nett; Cat. 12-17, Gary Jackson (12) 65 nett; Cat. 18+ Eddie McKeever (18) 67 nett.

The C.S.S. was 70.

Confined Over-50’s - 1, Matt Donnell (8) 37 points; 2, David Stevenson (16) 36.

The End of Summer 9 Hole Scramble for Ladies, Gents and Juveniles will take place tonight with a Shotgun Start at 5.30 p.m. sharp. Following the golf there will be a barbeque and Prize Presentation followed by teh End of Summer Grand Draw.

Forthcoming fixtures - today Friday Open Stableford with nine holes Scramble at 5.30 p.m.; tomorrow (Sat.), City of Derry Building Society Open Stableford; Sunday, August 26th, Club Sweep.

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Two Days Open Am-Am at City of Derry

With the timesheet almost full to capacity, entries for this weekend’s Two Day Am-Am at the Prehen club can be made online at or telephone the professional’s shop on 02871-311496.

The event, sponsored by local accountancy firm, McDaid, McCullagh and Moore, will be played tomorrow and Sunday.