Naoimh Claims Derry Lady Captain’s Prize

Rosaleen McAnualla presents her Lady Captain's Prize to competition winner, Naoimh Quigg, following last Friday's competition. Also pictured are the competition prizewinners. (Photograph: EILEEN MOYNE)
Rosaleen McAnualla presents her Lady Captain's Prize to competition winner, Naoimh Quigg, following last Friday's competition. Also pictured are the competition prizewinners. (Photograph: EILEEN MOYNE)
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NAOIMH Quigg produced an outstanding performance when claiming the second Lady Captain’s Prize of her career on Friday last at Prehen.

Playing in Rosaleen McAnualla’s “big day,” Naoimh posted a tremendous score of 39 points and she openly admitted that it could have been even better!

Indeed, from tee to green, it was probably the best performance of her career, but had she putted better on the greens, her score would have been much more impressive.

“I recorded two birdies but, in fairness, I had no fewer than eight other chances from within 15 feet but failed to land those putts,” she said.

“That said, it was a good performance and I’m certainly not complaining.”

Having won Etta Dunn’s prize back in 2001, Naoimh was delighted to have replicated that feat last weekend.

Full results were - Lady Captain’s Prize - 1, Naoimh Quigg (4) 39 points; 2, Florence Walker (30) 38; Gross Vivienne Houston (5) 30; 3, Catherine McCanny (9) 37; 4, break of tie, Pamela Rutherford (21) 35; 5, Christine Mitchell (27) 35; Student Prize, Amy Chambers (5) 41; first nine, Veronica Burke (23) 20; second nine, Kate O’Doherty (35) 20; Committee Prize, Geraldine Crossan (13) 33; Past Captain, Betty McBride (18) 34; Visitor, Karen Jackson; nearest the pin, Vivienne Houston; longest drive, Amy Chambers.

Juveniles - boys - 1, Leeroy McKeegan; 2, Christopher Love.

Meanwhile, John Chambers added a gap wedge to his golf bag recently and what a difference a new club can make! Playing in last week’s Thursday Open John assembled a meagre 14 points after nine holes. He added a further 15 before playing the par three “Quarry” and using his newly acquired wedge he proceeded to hole out his tee shot. Witnessing the feat was playing partners Jim McCann and Brian McClelland. This was John’s second “ace” of his career having replicated a similar feat at “The Quarry” back in 2011. That shot gave him an adrenalin rush and there was no stopping the 11 handicapper who completed his back nine with an additional 26 points and a tie-break winning score of 40 points.

Ralph Hamilton (13) also returned 40 points but lost out on the back nine while Alan Simpson (9) was pleasantly surprised by his third place finish having returned 38 points instead of the 37 he thought he had Ernie Heywood (scr) took the gross prize with 34 points and Clifford Caldwell (13), from Faughan Valle,y emerged the best of the visitors on 33 points.

Meanwhile, the City Hotel Open at Prehen attracted a huge entry on Saturday and when the counting was completed Alwyn Leckey was the clear-cut winner with 43 points.

Second place, however, was not so clear-cut with no less than eight players scoring 40 points, surely some sort of record?

From that group Graham Hepburn (5) with 23 of his points coming on the second nine was the best of them albeit having to push Shane Kelly (21) into third place only by virtue of a better last three holes.

Ernie Heywood (scr) also had 40 points but had to settle for the best gross, he had seven birdies in his fabulous round while Catherine McCanny (9) emerged the best of the ladies with 32 points.

The “nines” were won by Wyn Donnell (22 pts.) and Eric Watson (23 pts.) respectively.

Sean Bridge (9), from North-West, claimed the visitors’ prize with 35 points.

On Sunday, Brian Long claimed the Confined Stableford event, and the seven handicapper did it in fine style with a superbly compiled 44 points, 26 of them coming on the back nine.

Full results - 1, Brian Long (7) 44 points; 2, David Smyth (14) 43; 3, Tommy McDermott (25) 42; gross, Damian McKenna, 38; lady, Ann Wallace (19) 40; juniors, Lee McClelland (5) 42 .

The Pearsons Open Stableford takes place this Saturday.

Entries are also being being taken for the Lunn’s Open Team Event which will take place over the weekend of August 24th and 25th, contact cityofderrygolfclub.com