PLAYING off the back markers not to mention having to contend with a blustery wind, Hugh Doran, hit the headlines at North-West when winning the annual McConnell Cup on Sunday last.
Despite recording blanks at the 9th and 11th holes, the 21 handicapper still managed to return a super score of 40 points to claim top honours.
As a result of his tremendous effort, Hugh’s handicapper is now reduced to 19.
In second spot, one point adrift, was David Robb (16) and he will regret taking a bogey at the 18th when a par would have saw him claim the trophy.
An indifferent front nine, negotiated in 41 shots was offset by a superb back nine of level par 35 to secure the gross prize for Padraig MacLochlainn with a 76.
Third place was claimed by Declan Bradley (12) with 37 points and the highlight of Declan’s round was a birdie ‘3’ at the tough par four 15th.
The winner of the back nine prize with 21 pts. was Karol Friel.
Meanwhile, in last week’s Tuesday Open “Meal Deal,” the pressure of office does not appear to have had any affect on the Lisfannon club’s new President, Mr. Eamonn MacManus who defeated a former Captain, Pat Mackey, following a break of tie with both players having returned scores of 40 points.
This weekend’s competitions include a Charity Confined Stableford is aid of “Turn The Tide of Suicide.” The Stroke event to be played off the white tees.
Meanwhile, the Qualifying round for the GUI’s Jimmy Bruen competition will be staged at Lisfannon this Sunday with the course closed to non-competitors until 2.00 p.m.
Qualifier at Foyle
The Brickkiln sponsored Singles Qualifier took centre-stage at Foyle last week with 115 members taking to the Ballyarnett fairways hoping to secure one of the 64 places on offer in the Club Championship Match Play.
In the end, Stephen Doherty (15) finished the leading qualifier with a fine score of 68 nett.
Full results were - 1, Stephen Doherty (15) 68 nett; 2, Kieran Bradley (13) 69; 3, break of tie, Ciaran McGuinness (12) 70.
The matchplay draw has been posted on the notice board.
Meanwhile, Foyle got their 2013 Inter Club G.U.I competitions underway with two fine victories in the Ulster Cup and Ulster Fourball competitions.
The Ulster Cup team played Belvoir Park in the first round and took a very good lead in the home leg taking 5.5 matches to 1.5 prior to their trip to Belfast. And after winning the first two matches in convincing style building up an unassailable lead in holes, the remaining five matches were called in.
Foyle will now play Lurgan in the second round. Representing the local club were - Ciaran McGuinness, Kieran Bradley, Martin Loughrey, Kevin Dunn, Stephen Cassidy, Ciaran O’Doherty and Gary Jackson.
The Ulster Fourball Team played Gracehill in the first round of their competition and took a 3.5 to 1.5 lead to Gracehill for the second leg. The team then secured the two matches required to progress and will now play Rockmount in the second round.
Representing Foyle were Andy McKeever, Stephen Radcliffe, Mark Doherty, Dermot Harkin, Eddie McKeever, Stephen Powell, Norman Allen, Joe Bradley, Eddie Ball and Paddy McCafferty.
The Ballyarnett club is now running a special “Find The Joker” fund-raiser. The entry fee is £1 with a fortnightly draw, with the person drawn winning £20 and a chance to Find The Joker and secure the Jackpot which currently stands at £200.
Forthcoming competitions - today, Friday Open Stableford; tomorrow (Sat.), Fred Daily Memorial Trophy Qualifier; Sunday, May 5th, Crumley Construction Monthly Medal; Monday, May 6th, Drinks Inc. Open Stableford, book online at www.foylegolfcentre.co.uk or telephone: 71-352222.
Donegal Seniors Alliance
Results from the second outing of the Donegal Seniors Alliance which took place to Portsalon recently.
1, John McGinley (22), Portsalon, 41 points; 2, break of tie, John McCaughan (13), Ballybofey & Stranorlar, 38; 3, Barney Cunningham (24), Narin & Portnoo, 38; 4, break of tie, Hugh Tinney (17), Letterkenny, 37; 5, Jimmy Keenan (21), Dunfanaghy, 37; gross, Frank McGloin (12), Bundoran, 74; 6, break of tie, H. Coyle (14), North-West, 36; 7, H. Henderson (18), Buncrana, 36; 8, break of tie, C. Stevenson (13), North-West, 35; 9, P. McClafferty (18), Rosapenna, 35; 10, J. Sandilands (19), Portsalon, 35.
Category prizes - Cat. A - 1, J. Henderson (19), Ballybofey & Stranorlar, 32; 2, break of tie, Seamus Clerkin (21), Letterkenny, 31. Cat. B - 1, B. McCurry (15), Strabane, 34; 2, break of tie, T. Redden (19), Letterkenny, 33; Cat. C - 1, break of tie, G. McDaid (17), North-West, 34; 2, H. Foy (15), Greencastle, 33; Cat. D - 1, break of tie, M. Truelson (23), Portsalon, 33; 2, J. Breslin (19), Gweedore, 33.