MEMBERS of a Winter Alliance do not show great respects for weather forecasts and while galeforce winds and torrential rain had been predicted for Saturday last, the hardy players from the North-Western Alliance turned up in force at Narin & Portnoo for their annual visit to the Links course.
And while it did rain and the wind did blow, the members did not give way and went on to play their 18 holes in the difficult conditions.
But take note of the gross score of one under par for Brian McElhinney (Foyle Golf Academy). He was one under after nine holes having recorded two birides. He gave a stroke back at the par three 7th having been hotly pursued by Letterkenny’s Finnian O’Doherty who had dropped a stroke at the first.
Finnian had two poor drives at the 12th and 13th to basically put him out of the running for top honours although from the 13th on he parred and had a birdie although he dropped a further stroke at the 18th.
The person who took the runner-up place was City of Derry member, Kevin Quigg, who had dropped three strokes over the first four holes and a fourth at the 9th to be out in 39. He carded two further birdies and a dropped shot to finish three over.
In third place was Alliance Captain, Michael McGeady, who experienced a very uncharacteristic round which included two double bogeys over the first nine, interspersed with birdies, pars and bogeys.
He edged out Noel Callan following the break of tie despite the fact that the Faughan Valley player who recorded an excellent birdie on the last which was warmly applauded by those in the shelter of the club house.
Meanwhile, in the Nett Category, Clive Davidson (Portsalon) who has steadily been reducing his handicap, too top honours with 36 points following a break of tie with Eddie McHugh, the Strabane player emerging runner-up for the second consecutive outing.
Stephen McKeegan (City of Derry) defeated Ballyliffin’s Oscar Mailey on a break of tie for third spot, both players having returned 35 points.
In the race for the Gross “Golfer of the Year,” Brian McElhinney has re-taken the lead with 34 while Michael McGeady is now on 33 and Finnian O’Doherty is on 28
In the Nett section, Eddie McHugh has 17 points, Ballyliffin’s Brian Wallace is on 14 and North-West clubmates, Terry Meenan and Michael Bradley are sharing third spot.
Full results full Narin & Portnoo - Saturday, November 2nd - Nett Section - 1, break of tie, Clive Davison (11), Portsalon, 36 points; 2, Eddie McHugh (15), Strabane, 36; 3, break of tie, Stephen McKeegan (4), City of Derry, 35; 4, Oscar Mailey (6), Ballyliffin, 35; 5, break of tie, Mark Caithness (12), Dunfanaghy, 33; 6, Michael Bradley (8), North West, 33.
Gross Section - 1, Brian McElhinney (scr), Foyle Golf Academy, 72; 2, Kevin Quigg (3), City of Derry, 76; 3, break of tie, Michael McGeady (scr), McCambridge-Duffy, 78; 4, Noel Callan (scr.), Faughan Valley, 78; 5, break of tie, Seamus Clinton (scr.), Letterkenny, 79; 6, Finnian O’Doherty (scr), Letterkenny, 79.
Next outing to Rosapenna (Old Tom Morris course) on Saturday, November 16th.
weekend Weather Wreaks Havoc at CITY OF DERRY
Last weekend’s horrendous conditions put paid to the weekend conditions at City of Derry with all last weekend’s events cancelled.
However, in the previous weekend’s Ball Sweep, which was staged on Saturday, October 26th, Les Dickson (9) reigned supreme with the top score of 39 points.
And in results from the previous weekend’s Sunday Society saw Kevin Green (17) take top spot with 37 points. Paddy McQuilken (23) was second with 36 and Graham Hepburn finished in third with 35.
Cecil Thompson (13) finished in fourth with Eamonn McCourt (10) in fifth and Wilf Abel took sixth, all three players having returned 34 point with places decided on a tie-break.
Last week’s Thursday Society results - 16 holes - 1, Alastair Crockett (11) 35 points; 2, Eddie Mitchell (13) 33; 3, Tom McClintock (10) 32.