Inaugural Foyle Scratch Cups tee-off at Ballyarnett this Sunday

FOYLE Golf Club will stage its inaugural Scratch Cups on Sunday next, August 3rd, the event sponsored by Golf Store Europe.

The Senior Scratch Cup is open to players handicapped from scratch to four while the Junior Scratch Cup involves players handicapped from five to nine.

The competition will have both gross and nett prizes with the Senior Cup winner becoming the first name to be engraved on the replica of the Claret Jug Perpetual Trophy.

The entry fee is £30 (visitors) and £15 (members) and the 36 holes competition also includes a meal in Pitchers’ Restaurant between rounds.

The deadline for entries is this Thursday, July 31st at 2.30 p.m. with the draw and tee-times made available on Thursday evening.

To enter or for further information contact the Golf Reception on 71-352222 (Option 5).

The official launch of the event took place at the Ballyarnett club last week and it was attended by Foyle Captain, Mr. Chris Lynch; main sponsor, Dermot Hegarty and Foyle members Stephen Martin (Dunfanaghy Scratch Cup winner) and Paul McGuigan (Roe Park Scratch Cup Winner).

Foyle Hospice Charity Open

Results from the Foyle Hospice Charity Open - 1, Kieran Bradley (12) 42 points; 2, Declan McKinney (12) 41; 3, Damian McColgan (11) 40; gross, David Knox Jun., 34 pts.; visitor, Liam McCloskey (23), Ballyliffin, 38; back nine, break of tie, John Coyle (11) 21.

Foyle Friday Open - 1, Tony Harkin (11) 42 points; 2, David Fitzpatrick (19) 41; 3, Cormac McGeady (3) 40; visitor, Richard Dunlop, 38.

Crumley Construction Monthly Medal - Cat. 0-11, John Spence (7) 65 nett; Cat. 12 - 17, Tony Walker (16) 68 nett; Cat. 18+

Pat McCafferty (22) 68 nett.

Forthcoming competitions - today (Tuesday) to Thursday, July 31st, Over-50’s Confined Stableford (one card only); tomorrow (Wednesday), July 30th, P.F.S. Accountants Open Stableford; Friday, August 1st, Foyle Friday Open Stableford; Saturday, August 2nd, Anniversary Open Stableford, sponsored by Cable & Accessories; Sunday, August 3rd, Foyle Senior and Junior Scratch Cups.

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Results From City of Derry

The tried and tested pairing of Graham Hepburn (6) and Vincent Devenny (8) once again topped the leader board in the Open Fourball Betterball at Prehen on Sunday last.

Taking advantage of the relatively benign early weather conditions, this pairing assembled 46 points to secure a tie-breaking victory over recently crowned Spanish Tour champion Eamon McCourt (10) who was assisted by his long time playing partner, Sean Coyle (20).

Meanwhile, the Junior golfers at City of Derry topped the leader board in great style in Saturday’s Senior and Junior Cups.

Juniors, in this competition, concerned all those aged under 60 while the Senior Cup concerned the remainder of the field.

Stephen Loughlin (22) set the early pace in the Junior Cup with a fantastic score of 45 points, a score which remained unbeaten.

Two players tied on 42 points, with Rob Jefferson (12) securing second place thanks to a better second nine over Noel O’Connell Jnr. (10).

Club President, Mr. John Hasson (19), was best of the field in the Senior Cup, his 39 points relegating Colum Murphy (17) into second place on a tie break.

Seamus Given (18) returned 38 points for third place.

In last week’s Thursday Open at Prehen, an eagle two at “The Spires” gave Cecil Thompson (13) a huge boost on his way to victory. He scored an impressive 43 points with five of those recorded thanks to holing out his second shot on the 10th hole.

Ian Dixon (16) and Matthew Orr (9) finished a distant second and third respectively on 39 points, the tie-break decider going in Dixon’s favour.

Lester Moore (1) continues to dominate the gross prizes at Prehen with 34 points and a fine “ace” helped Brian Wallace (7), Dunfanaghy, who claimed the visitors’ prize with 37 points - his hole in one at the par three “Crow’s Nest” was fashioned by a sweetly struck nine iron

MARK on top at redcastle

Mark Wilson returned to winning ways when narrowly winning the Total Golf Open at Redcastle last weekend. Mark scored 41 points to defeat Paul Murray on a break of tie thanks to a superior back nine.

Andy Riddle carded 40 pointsto take third place also on a break of tie. Kevin Thomas claimed the gross prize with 31 gross points on another tie-break.

John McCormick won the front nine with 22 pts and Ciaran McDermott won the back nine on the same score.

The visitors’ prize was won by Niall McDermott with 36pts.