THOSE who attempted to qualify for the prestigious Singles Matchplay Championship at City of Derry faced a very stiff test on Saturday but Edward Maxwell coped best against the strong wind, the 14 handicapper carding a nett 67 score to top the leaderboard.
Stephen Monaghan (12), again proved that he is an emerging force with a fine 68 nett to take second spot while the Prehen club’s hard-working Honorary Secretary, Tony McCann (13) finished in third spot with a nett 69.
The ultra-consistent Ernie Heyward (1) again returned the best gross of the day having negotiated the course in 75 blows.
The draw for the match play stages of the competition is now on display in the clubhouse and members are advised that the time scale for matches is tight and the Match Referee, Mr. Maurice Quigg, will accept no excuses for failure to adhere to the dates listed.
The qualifiers are - E Maxwell, S Monaghan, T McCann, R. Kennelly, A L Philson, R Phelan, S P Kelly, M Lynch, R Porter, P O’Donnell, E Heywood, R L Leake, T McDermott, W D Henderson, J Crumlish, M G Lynch.
The C.S.S. was 74.
Meanwhile in last Thursday’s Open Stableford, Michael Feeney (9) was the hottest player on the course when winning with a 41 point total. Michael’s ‘nines’ of 20 and 21 was just enough to fend off the challenge of Greencastle’s Tommy McBride (5) who powered home with 40 pts., who took the runners-up spot.
The tough conditions suited the low handicappers and Eddie Burton (5) came home with 39 pts to take third spot but he’ll regret a small hiccup at the 460 metres par five 7th “Dermot’s,” where he failed to score. Foyle’s Damien McKenna (scr.) took the gross prize with 38 points.
The Thursday Opens will continue throughout the season with entry fees for visitors priced at £15.
The C.S.S. was 70.
In last Sunday’s Confined Stableford a large field enjoyed super fast greens and Wilf Abel (24) demonstrated that he still has the game to compete with anyone when he returned a superb 40 points to lift first prize.
Only a small blemish at the tough par three 12th “Billy’s,” clouded an otherwise flawless round of golf. Eddie McMenamin(12) nursed his ball around the course to also finish with 40 points for second place having narrowly lost out on a break of tie over the last six holes.
Bernard McDaid (16) returned 39 points tally to lift third place. George Simms (19) was the best of the 37 points by virtue of his better last six holes and consequently secured fourth prize.
In the May Monday Bank Holiday Open Stableford. Paul Murray (19) took top honours with 39 points and a four points cushion on the chasing pack.
John Parke (21) emerged the best of those who returned 35 points by virtue of his better back nine score to take second spot.
Michael Houston (12) fended off his challengers when securing third prize with 35 points and a vital 21 points on the back nine.
Ernie Heywood (1) took the gross with a 73.
The C.S.S. was 73 for members and visitors.
Tomorrow sees the running of the Senior Cup (over 50’s) and the Junior Cup (under 50’s).
On Sunday the Walter Brady Classic will be staged. Members are invited to enter this popular singles Stableford competition. Times, as usual, may be booked online at www.cityofderrygolfclub.com!
Results From Portsalon
Portsalon staged a fundraising Classic on Sunday last and the event attracted a large turnout. The early starters got the best of the weather as a good breeze got up across the Banks in mid-afternoon.
The winning quartet was made up of Patrick McFadden, Joe Harrison, James Sandilands and John Sandilands with 89 points.
Full results - 1, Patrick McFadden, Joe Harrison, James Sandilands and John Sandilands, 89 points; 2, John Shields, Aidan Cannon, Donal Barret and Mary Barrett, 88; 3, Deirdre O’Toole, Jackie Friel, Noreen McConigley and Sean Barrett , 88; 4, Dana Clinton, Betty Boal, Mae Blaney and Maureen Shannaghan, 83.
Portsalon Captain, Donal Callaghan, expressed his thanks to all who participated in this fund-raising event.
Wednesday Open, April 27th, results - 1, Keith Shields, Letterkenny, 42 points; 2, Fergal Mc Donnell (20) 41; gross, Stephen Connolly (6) 33; 3, Sam Faulkner (13) 39 .
The C.S.S. was 38 pts, visitors 36 pts.
Last Saturday’s Open Stable ford - 1, break of tie, Charlie Hickland (14) 42 points; 2, Patrick Mc Devitt (16) 42; gross, John Shields (3) 33; 3, Donal Barrett (17) 41; 4, Joe Harrison (15) 41; visitor, Kevin McConvill, 39.
The C.S.S. was 37 pts.
Bank Holiday Monday Open - 1, Sam Faulkner (13) 38 points; 2, Ciaran McFadden (16) 36; gross, Barry McGettigan (3) 32; 3, Sean Barrett (14) 35.
The C.S.S. was 34 pts.
Forthcoming fixtures - tomorrow (Sat.), course reserved all day for the Ladies Donegal Shield competition; Sunday, may 8th, Confined Competition; Wednesday, May 11th, Gents Open Stableford. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions at Portsalon, telephone: (from N. Ireland) 00-353-7491-59459 or go online at portsalongolfclub.com
The Portsalon Mixed Foursomes nine hole competitions will cotinue this evening with a 5.45. p.m. tee off.
Entries are now been taken for the Singles and Doubles matchplays. In order to have your name included in the draw for both events entry fees must be paid at the time of entry.