Harron Claims Caffe Fresco Open

James Harron (9) emerged the big winner at Strabane last weekend when claiming the Caffe Fresco Open Stableford with an excellent score of 39 points in tough conditions.

Only 10 players managed to break par on the day with a strong easterly wind making the course play particularly difficult.

The unlucky runner-up, losing out on a tie-break, was Noel McCrory (14) who had led the event for most of the day. Pat Corry (10) took third place with 38 points with Kieran Doherty (5) fourth on the same score and Martin Foley (20) finished in fifth on 37 pts. The gross prize was won by Patrick Kennedy who was only two over par for his round. The ‘nines’ were secured by Eoin O’Neill and Terence McGranaghan.

The final day of this year’s Thursday club was played last Thursday at Greencastle with over 70 players making the journey to the Inishowen links on what was a fine day for golf.

Results from Greencastle were - 1, Charlie Patton (14) 43 points; 2, James Callan (10) 41; 3, Hugo McCusker (13) 40; 4, Gerry Quinn (21) 40.

Stephen McCay’s talented Fred Daly team had a resounding first round first leg win over Ballycastle Juniors taking all seven matches in the home encounter and should wrap up the tie next week with a very strong holes advantage also up their sleeve.

Brian O’Kane’s Ulster Fourball team had a great victory over Clandeboye GC on Saturday taking all five matches, they went on to complete the win in the away leg on Sunday with Eamon McCay and Mark Sharkey having a resounding away leg win.

Members are reminded that the annual Scratch Cday, May 12th. Entries should be in as soon as possible to facilitate the draw which will take place early next week.

Forthcoming fixtures - tomorrow (Sat.), Farmers Home Open; Monday, May 5th, Bank Holiday Open Stableford.

Pat “Burns” it up

at Redcastle

The first Stroke competition of the season at Redcastle proved to be a keenly contested affair last weekend - the event played over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 26th, 27 and 28th.

In the end, the steady Pat Burns reigned supreme when returning an excellent score of 69 nett, one shot clear of the chasing pack.

Redcastle’s renowned “Scramble Master,” Billy Harkin, took the runners-up prize having finished on 70 while George Dunlop took third place on 71.

Willie Havlin claimed the gross prize having negotiated the 18 holes with 75 shots.

The “nines” were won by John Kane and Barry Gibson respectively, both players returning scores of 34 nett.