THE Desmond Motors Winter League remains very competitive with eight cards now counted. Team 3 hold a two point lead over the chasing pack, but with two cards still to count and the teams now dropping their lowest scores, the eight teams who will contest the final are still far from being identified.
The leading teams after eight rounds - Team 3 - Ciaran Gillen, Scott Kennedy, John Morrison and Ryan Gillen, 774 points; Team 21 - Joe Doran, Matt Donnell, Ciaran O’Hagan and Leo Young, 772; Team 24 - Mark Doherty, Jim McFadden, Ciaran O’Doherty and Dermott Harkin, 756; Team 22 - Paddy Coyle, Stuart Gauld, David Knox and John McDowell, 750; Team 4 - Damien McColgan, Cormac McGeady, Michael Henry and Lee Barlow, 737; Team 19 - John Logue, Kieran Duffy, Cormac Cassidy and Ruari O’Connor, 721; Team 26 - Kieran Bradley, Joe Bradley, Martin Loughrey and Marty Breslin , 715; Team 14 - Gerald Toland, Trevor Holmes, Raymond Tracey and Eamon O’Kane, 697.
Leading Ladies Teams after eight cards - Team 13 - Agnes McLaughlin, Sheila McLaughlin and Florence Rankin, 382 points; Team 5 - Anne Hamilton, Margaret Killen and Christine McCafferty, 374; Team 20 - Myra Gough, Lorna Thompson and Maureen Louden, 358.
Turkey competition results - Category 0-11, Kieran Duffy (9) 23 pts.; Cat. 12-17, Damien McColgan (13) 24; Cat. 18+ Gerardl Toland (25) 23.
Foyle Golf Club Captain, Mr Eddie Ball, extends deepest sympathy on behalf of the Council and membership to fellow club members Paul and Declan Hegarty following the recent death of their father and also to Martin McCallion on the recent death of his sister.
May they rest in peace.
Forthcoming competitions - Sunday, December 9th - Foyle Sunday Society Christmas Hamper. A timesheet is in operation and those taking part are urged to enter their names on the list in the shop.
Turkey competitions continue on a daily basis.
Carroll in Control
Michael Carroll (18) believes in leading from the front and he did just that when winning last week’s Thursday Society competition at City of Derry.
The Captain of the Thursday Society, his 34 points over 13 holes was a respectable effort which was highlighted with a birdie at the last.
Michael finished three points clear of the Society’s hard working secretary Eamonn McCourt (11) who took second place courtesy of a tie break win over Sean Monaghan (17).
Members of the Society are asked to watch the club website for final details of the forthcoming Christmas party.
Meanwhile, fresh from his Thursday Society win Mike Carroll carried on from where he left off to record yet another victory at Prehen, this time returning 33 points in the Ball Sweep on Saturday last, only missing out on a turkey because of the small entry which resulted as the course opened very late due to early frost.
John Gallager (17) was placed second a single point behind and Peter Deans (26) took the third spot on 31 points on a countback.
Dermot Coyle took top honours in last week’s Thursday Society outing at Lisfannon, however, he had to survive a break of tie with Club Captain, Pat Mackey, both players having returned 40 points.
Gerry Coyle finished in third spot with 38 points.
The “shot of the day” was recorded by Terry Meenan who holed his tee-shot at the par three 16th, “The Fairy” to claim half of the golf balls.
“2’s” were carded by Brian McCarroll, Justin MacLochlainn and Padraig MacLochlainn.
The draw for the annuall Christmas Hampers will take place this Thursday after the normal singles stableford competition.
Iona Bar Golf Society
Eoin Rankin was the man in form when the Iona Bar Golf Society visited Foyle recently, his score of 35 points giving him top honours.
Last season’s “Golfer of the Year,” Mark McMenamin, took second spot one point adrift having relegated Society Captain, Trevor Holmes,into third spot following a break of tie.
Full results were - 1, Eoin Rankin (11) 35 points; 2, break of tie, Mark McMenamin (15) 34; 3, Trevor Holmes (14) 34; Category 1, Din Tracey (11) 31; Cat. 2, Charlie Kelly (15) 33; Cat. 3, Paul “Topo” Kelly (20) 30; front nine, Olin Moran (20) 17; back nine, Kevin McLaughlin (12) 19; bottle holes - Seamus Given and Martin Tierney; Captain’s Prize, Ted Brolly and Gerard Kelly; “2’s,” Paul Kelly and T. McMenamin; visitor, Terence McMenamin.
Therefore, for the second successive year Mark McMenamin claimed the Society’s “Golfer of the Year” title.
Final “Golfer of the Year” table reads - 1, Mark McMenamin, 171 points; 2, Bosco Kelly, 166; 3, Trevor Holmes, 163; 4, Kevin McLaughlin, 161; 5, Din Traceyt, 161; 6, Des Elliott, 159; 7, Eoin Rankin, 159; 8, Martin Tierney, 157; 9, Charlie Kelly, 156; 10, Jim Kelly, 155.
Hamper this weekend
There will be a break in the Owen McDaid (Roe) Minibus & Taxi Hire Winter League fixtures this weekend to facilitate the annual Christmas Hamper.
The Hamper will be played over two days with players only able to compete once and there will be a first prize hamper on offer each day.
Meanwhile, the second round in the matchplay stages of the Winter League took place last weekend and, once again, there were some great matches played over the two days.
The the match of the round, between Pius McFadden & David Robb against the father & son combination of Cormac & Craig Doherty, was very close throughout which saw David & Pius one hole up with six to play.
However, Cormac & Craig fought back to level the match and then went on to won the match one up.
The draw for the quarter-finals of the knockout matchplay stages has been posted on the clubhouse notice board.
All matches must be played on or before Sunday, December 16th, with no exceptions.
The next meeting of the committee will take place tonight (Tuesday) at 7.00 p.m. and all Committee members are expected to attend.
The qualifying for the Christmas Hamper will finish this Friday, December 7th, and anyone who has not qualified can play in the non-qualifying competition by paying the relevant fee.
The “Find the Joker” fund raising effort continues with the prize fund now at E1,305. Lines cost E2 each and the committee would appreciate it if members would buy a line or even help with the sale of a card.
There is also a new 2013 membership deal available at the moment - gents pay E305 (£245) and ladies pay E205 (£165) now and play golf until March, 2014 (16 months).
These membership fees include insurance, G.U.I. & I.L.G.U. fees which can be deducted if you are a member of another club and pay these relevant fees through your home club.
Terms are pay a deposit up front and balance can be paid by instalments.