MEMBERS of Greencastle Golf Club will dominate the fairways of Strabane tomorrow, the clubs involved in a traditional “course swap” with members of the Ballycolman club making their way to the Inishowen venue.
The first tee at Strabane has been booked from 9.00 a.m. until 2.00 p.m. and there are still a few vacant slots on the timesheet for those members interested in making the trip.
Meanwhile, last Saturday Ciaran O’Neill (8) got his handicap back down to seven having returned a winning score of 41 points. A birdie “2” on each nine and playing the back nine in one over par was testimony to his ability.
A point less was returned by Frank Kelly (12) on his way to the runners-up prize. A birdie at the first hole gave him the perfect impetus for this good score.
In third spot was Gerry McLaughlin (17) with 38 points. Playing every week in the Wednesday Society (members still welcome to join) seems to have improved Gerry’s game.
The gross prize was won by Brian Doherty who returned an eight over par round and collecting the “nines” prizes were Gareth McFadden (19) with 21 on the front and Mervyn Baird (14) with 20 on the back.
Michelle Judge (29) was the winner of the ladies prize with a fine score of 34 points.
Meanwhile, Sunday’s Singles Stroke saw several breaks of tie called up to identify the prizewinners. Three players tied on scores of 67 nett before Jim Gallagher (21) was declared the winner thanks to a superior back nine.
Tom Agnew (14) took the runners-up prize with Joe Doherty (12) third. Jason McLaughlin claimed the gross award while Paul J. Ferguson won the front nine and Martin Harvey was the winner of the back nine.
This competition also marked the end of the ‘Player of the Year’ competitions with John McLaughlin securing the 2012 title with 100 points. This was his ambition from the start of the year and he emerged the worthy winner.
The runner-up, who chased him all the way home, was Willie Havlin who finished on 90 points while third place went to Jason McLaughlin a further 10 points in arrears.
This Sunday’s competition is an open singles stableford with a timesheet in operation.
League Gets Underway
The Owen McDaid (Roe) Minibus & Taxi Hire Winter League commenced last weekend and given the difficult weather conditions scoring was difficult. However, the elements didn’t seem to deter two of the pairings - John Doherty and Sean T. Murphy and Sean McMenamin and Martin McLaughlin - who returned 44 points. Thanks to a superior back nine, John and Sean T. secured the weekly prize.
The Winter League will not be staged this weekend as the annual Drift Inn Bar & Restaurant Outing will take place tomorrow.
There will be a nine holes competition for members tomorrow with the last tee time at 9:00 a.m. play all day Sunday, October 7th.
The Winter League will then recommence on Saturday and Sunday, October 13th and 14th and with just four scores to count from six rounds, it’s not too late for members who may have missed the first week to participate.
There will also be at least two Fridays available for players to return scores, which in turn alleviates the pressure on players to participate every weekend.
The qualifying competitions for the Christmas Hamper have now commenced and the Christmas Hamper will take place over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, December 8th and 9th.
The “Find the Joker” fund-raising effort is up and running with the prize fund now at E1,270. Lines cost E2 each.
There is a new 2013 membership deal currently available - gents pay E305 while ladies pay E205 now and play golf until March 2014 (17 months).
The next meeting of the Committee will take place tonight (Tuesday) at 7:00 p.m. sharp all committee members are requested to attend. Club Captain, Mr. Daniel Lynch, President Mr. Paul Eccles and Lady Captain, Mrs. Marian Simpson. will host a nine holes competition this Sunday, October 7th at 3:00 p.m. The competition is open to all Captains, Presidents, Lady Captains past and present. The idea behind this competition is to recognise the contributions made by various officials over the years whether they are members at present or not and it would be appreciated if as many as possible would attend.
There will be light refreshments afterwards in the clubhouse and it will be a chance for past officials to meet the present officials.
at Lisfannon tomorrow
The North-Western Alliance will dominate the fairs at Lisfannon tomorrow while this Sunday’s competition will be a confined Greensomes event.
Meanwhile, the first round of the Winter League got underway last weekend with Justin MacLochlainn and Stephen MacLochlainn returning the top score of 43 points.
This pair carded birdies at the 7th, 8th, 9th, 13th and 18th holes for “nines” of 24 points and 19 points.
In second spot was the pairing of Bosco Reid and Hugh Duffy who returned 42 points.