STROKE play off the back markers at North Wes, is usually considered a daunting prospect, however, when one adds in gale-force winds and driving rain, then it definitely wasn’t a day for the faint-hearted.
Despite the inclement conditions, a huge entry decided to play in the challenging conditions and take part in the annual Hallowe’en Open Stroke at Lisfannon.
In the end, just 20 players actually completed their rounds on Saturday, the remainder of the field literally blown away in the near impossible conditions.
Emerging op of the pile was James Harkin (11) with a one over nett score of 71. An indifferent front nine of ten over par (45) which included a rather ugly ‘7’ at the par 3 eighth hole, was followed by a brilliant two over back nine of 37 shots which included birdies at the 16th and 17th.
In second spot and recording the best gross score of the day, also on 71, was the consistent Stephen MacLochlainn (8). Stephen covered the last 11 holes with nine pars and two bogeys, a three putt at the par three 13th hole costing Stephen first place.
In third place was Philip Doherty (9) with a nett 74, despite triple bogeys at the par four, 5th and 15th.
The Category Two winner with a nett 76 was Seamus McLaughlin (10). Category 3 was claimed by Declan Rennick (18) with a nett 75.
The C.S.S. was 73 (reduction only).
Sunday’s Hallowe’en Open Stableford was abandoned due to the adverse weather conditions and it will now be played this Saturday, November 2nd.
KEVIN CLAIMS North-West Juvenile Cup
Results of the Recent North-West Juvenile Cup, sponsored by Total Golf, were - 1, Kevin McGonagle, 36 points; 2, break of tie, Mathew Stainsby, 31; 3, Sean McCloskey, 31.
The usual Tuesday Open “Meal Deal” is on offer today with the Hallowe’en Open on Saturday and the Winter League resuming this Sunday.
Desmond Motors Winter League AT FOYLE
Team One have responded in the third round of the Desmond Motors Winter League at Foyle, the quartet of Gary Kennedy, Michael Duffy, Mark McIntyre and Harry Lafferty having taken a one point lead over the chasing pack with a total of 277 points.
The leading teams after the return of three cards are - Team 1 - Gary Kennedy, Michael Duffy, Mark Mc Intyre and Harry Lafferty, 277 points; Team 7 - Kieran Bradley, Martin Loughrey, Stevie Moore and Joe Bradley, 276; Team 2 - Scott Kennedy, John Morrison, Ciaran Gillen and Ryan Gillen, 274; Team 20 - John Jennings, Dermot Harkin, Mark Doherty, Ciaran O’Doherty, 272; Team 15 - Paul McGrellis, Stephen Doherty, Anthony Faulkner and Kevin McDermott, 268.
The leading ladies team after three rounds - Team 16 - Anne Hamilton, Margaret Killen, Christine McCafferty, 145 points; Team 22 - Maureen Louden, Myra Gough, Lorna Thompson, 141; Team 18 - Ann Fulton, Denise Callan, Jennifer Rainey, 138.
LARGE TURNOUT FOR
Foyle Sunday Society
Last weekend’s big turnout for the Foyle Sunday Society outing had to contend with strong winds and heavy showers during the early part of the day and it was three 12 handicappers who claimed the podium places.
The ever consistent Martin Loughrey made light of the inclement conditions to post an excellent winning score of 40 points.
Full results were - Sunday Society, week four - 1, Martin Loughrey (12) 40 points; 2, Ciaran O’Doherty (12) 39; 3, Stevie Moore (12) 38.
Turkey competitions - Category 0-11, break of tie Martin Tope (6) 22 pts.; 12-17, Paul Hegarty (12) 23 pts., Martin Loughrey (12) 22 pts. (break of tie) and Cat. 18+ Joe Bradley (21) 24 pts. (break of tie).
Forthcoming competitions - The Desmond Motors Winter League continues daily as do the turkey competitions with the Sunday Society outings continuing this Sunday, November 3rd.