FORTY hardy members of the North-Western Alliance battled against galeforce winds at Ballyliffin on Saturday last and despite the elements, some excellent scores were returned.
Golfers from Strabane dominated the leader board with a fantastic score of 40 points returned by Maurice McGettigan, who enjoyed a six points cushion over his brother, Odran,in the runners-up spot.
And making it a clean sweep for the Co. Tyrone club was Eddie McHugh who finished in third spot.
Maurice McGettigan built a fine foundation for victory over the front nine when he assembled 20 points with Odran on 18 and Eddie struggling with a paltry 14 points return.
But after 11 holes Maurice and Odran were level when Odran rallied but that was as close as he got as Maurice added a further eight points over the next three holes while Odran faltered picking up just four.
Eddie improved his score on the way home when assembling 19 points for the back nine but Odran had enough in hand to fend him off by one point.
Meanwhile, in the Gross Section, Seamus Clinton proved that the old dog for the hard road triumphed when he outscored the younger professionals to claim the bragging rights.
Seamus finished two strokes clear of Michael McGeady and Noel Callan.
After nine Seamus and Noel were level on 38 blows, with Michael a shot back .On the back nine Seamus continued to produce very steady golf dropping just two strokes while Noel dropped four and Michael three.
Indeed, Noel pointed to an indifferent putting display for his lapse into third spot.
Full results were - North-Western Alliance Outing to Ballyliffin Old Links - Saturday, February 15th - Nett Section - 1 Maurice McGettigan (16), Strabane, 40 points; 2, Odran McGettigan (23), Strabane, 34; 3, Eddie McHugh (15), Strabane, 33.
Gross Section - 1, Seamus Clinton (scr), Letterkenny, 76; 2, break of tie, Michael McGeady (scr), North-West, 78; 3, Noel Callan (scr), Faughan Valley, 78.
“Twos” were carded by C. Davison and Kevin Quigg.
The next outing of the Alliance will take place to Dunfanaghy Golf Club on Saturday, March 1st next.
Members of North-West’s Sunday Society enjoyed a sunny winter morning last weekend, with little wind and favourable pin positions combining to fashion top scoring.
And leading the way was the in-form Patrick Duffy (12) who returned 42 points.
A front nine of two over gross yielded 22 points and Patrick followed that up when adding a further 20 points on the way home despite a ‘blank’ at the par three 13th.
In second spot, just one point in arrears, was David McLaughlin (14). A solid 19 points on the front nine was followed up by a brilliant 22 points on the way home.
And filling the podium positions with 39 points was 16 handicapper. Shaun Watson.
Recent results from North-West Thursday Society - Thursday, February 6th - over 16 holes - 1, Sean McGrory, 38 pts. (-1), 37 points; 2, John F. McLaughlin, 35; 3, Tom Conlon, 33.
“Twos,” Paul Doherty and John McGinley.
February 13th - over 14 holes - 1, Paddy McKinney, 28 points; 2, Manus Harley, 27.
The usual Tuesday Open “Meal Deal” is on offer today while the Thursday Society also continues this week.
Buncrana Mini League
The final round of qualifying in the Buncran Mini-League took place last weekend and the qualifiers and non-qualifiers sections have now been finalised.
The best score of the weekend was 43 points returned by Andy Doherty & Jim Caldwell. Not alone was this the best score of the weekend it also moved Jim & Andy into top position on the qualifiers table for Saturday players.
The first round of the knockout stages will take place this Saturday and Sunday, February 22nd and 23rd and the full draw has been posted on the clubhouse Notice Board.
Those who have outstanding fees for the Mini-League must have them paid in full before this Saturday 22nd or forfeit their respective matches. Members are also reminded that the Annual Membership fees are now due and anyone who has not made their intention clears in regards to membership on or before Saturday, March 1st, will not be in a position to participate in any competitions.
New members will now be made welcome to join the club and those interested should ring the Clubhouse on 00 353 7493 62279 (from N. Ireland) for further information. Gents E305 (£255) and Ladies €210 (£175) which is inclusive of insurance and G.U.I. charges.