Icing on Cake as Philson Claims President’s Prize at City of Derry

Mr. John Hasson, President, City of Derry Golf Club, pictured with the winners of his prizes last weekend. On left is Marie Clifford, who claimed the Ladies Branch honours and President's Day winner, Alan Philson.
Mr. John Hasson, President, City of Derry Golf Club, pictured with the winners of his prizes last weekend. On left is Marie Clifford, who claimed the Ladies Branch honours and President's Day winner, Alan Philson.
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ALAN Philson (10) emerged the proud winner of Mr. John Hasson’s President’s Prize at Prehen on Saturday, the 10 handicapper returning a superb score of 40 points in less than ideal conditions.

However, his weekend win but the icing on the cake given that Alan already was a winner of a Captain’s Prize and, indeed, is former “Golfer of the Year” title winner at Prehen. He now becomes a member of a very select band of golfers who have a grand slam to their names!

Congratulations to Alan.Karl Doherty (15), who claimed the runners-up spot following a break of tie with Mickey Lynch (21), both players returning 39 points.

Brian Burn (16) finished in fourth with 37 points and Kealan Quigg (+1) carded 39 points to take the gross prize.

Eamon McCourt (11) emerged the best in the 5-11 category with 36 points; Wyn Donnell (12) was best in category 12-17 on 35 points and Malachy Doherty (24) also had 35 points in the 18-28 division.

The best veteran on the day was Martin McNulty (10) with 36 points and Gary McAvoy (4) from Foyle, was best of the visitors on 36 points.

The’ nines’ were won by Andy Meenagh (12) and Vincent Devenney (10) both with 22 points.

Matthew Orr (12) emerged the best of the Juniors on 42 points, Michael O Hara (24) finished in second place on 39 pts. and Lee McClelland (6) was the best gross winner with 31 pts.

Lady Vice-Captain, Marie Clifford (21), was the best lady with 38 points, Betty McBride (19) finished in second place on 36 points and Lou Peoples (25) took third place on 35 points.

The President hosted a magnificent dinner in the clubhouse on Saturday evening for his guests and the “craic” was mighty especially when one of Ireland’s greatest country singers, Philomena Begley, gave an impromptu rendition of some of her most memorable hits.

Meanwhile, the Maurice Allen Junior Open will take place this Friday, August 23rd with £5 entry for visitors. Please contact Professional’s Shop on 02871346369 to arrange tee times.

Buncrana Golfer

victorious at city of derry

Fiachra O Flaherty (9) from Buncrana was the leading golfer in City of Derry’s Fleadh Cheoil Open played in blustery conditions on Thursday.

Fiachra was steadiness personified in compiling 39 points, highlighted by a four point birdie “3” at the final hole. In fact, that finish was significant, giving him the verdict over runner up Gary Brown (10) on a tie break.

George Curry (11) took home yet another prize by finishing in third place with 38 points again on a count back. Kealan Quigg (+1) won the gross on 35 points.

But the best score of the day went to winner of the Junior Section, Ross Hunter (5), who returned an impressive 40 points.

Meanwhile, the Lunn’s Jewellers Open AM-AM takes place this Saturday and Sunday at Prehen.

The ladies & gents competition format is teams of four (any combination) with the best two scores to count at each hole. Ring the Pro’s Shop on 02871311496 for entries and at £25 per person for visitors, which includes a free practise round this Friday, it’s a superb deal.

Eddie is in a ‘Different Class’ at ballyarnett

The Different Class Menswear sponsored Open Stableford, staged at Foyle on Saturday last, enjoyed a decent entry with the competitors having to contend with strong winds making when playing off the back tees.

However, coping favourably with the conditions was the big hitting Eddie McKeever, who carded the top score of the day, a well compiled 37 points for his maiden victory Open victory.

Full results were - 1, Eddie McKeever (17) 37 points; 2, break of tie, Kevin Tighe (12), Longford, 34; 3, Kieran Duffy (10) 34; gross, Cormac McGeady, 31; visitor, Eugene Banks (15), Stackstown, 29; back nine, Cathal O’Donnell (11) 19.

Ladies nine holes competition - 1, Anne Hamilton (13) 17.

The C.S.S. was 35 pts.

Crumley Construction Monthly Medal - Category 0-11, Cormac Geady (3) 66 nett; Cat., 12 - 17, Declan Ryan (13) 62; Cat. 18+ Mark McIntyre (25) 65.

The C.S.S. was 69.

Forthcoming competitions - tomorrow (Wednesday), Confined Stableford; Friday, August 23rd, Foyle Friday Open Stableford; Saturday, August 24th, City of Derry Building Society Open; Sunday, August 25th, Club Sweep.

Book Online at: www.foylegolfcentre.co.uk or telephone: 71-352222.

Phoenix Golf Society

Tony Crowley claimed top honours following last Saturday’s Phoenix Golf Society outing to Redcastle.

On what proved a tough day for scoring, Tony’s 28 points saw him hold a two points advantage over the chasing pack.

Full results were - 1, Tony Crowley, 28 points; 2, break of tie, Cormac McLaughlin 26; 3, Eddie McDermott, 26; front nine, Eddie McDermott; second nine, Steven Deeney.

The next outing will take place s at City of Golf Club on Sunday, September 8th, at 10.45 a.m. sharp.