NEIL Ruddy stroke a telling blow for the Culdaff membership of Ballyliffin Golf Club on Saturday last in Mr. Frank Logue’s President’s Prize, the 11 handicapper claiming his first “Major” at the Inishowen club.
A highly popular winner, Neil depended heavily on his trusty putting stroke when playing in horrendous conditions, with blustery winds and driving rain making scoring very difficult.
However, having assembled a sensational score of 24 points over the front nine, thanks to no shortage of one putt on quite a few greens, Neil held his nerve to add an additional 19 points on the way home for a winning total of 43 which saw him boast an impressive cushion of five points on the chasing pack.
Full results were - Saturday, August 17 - President’s Day (Mr. Frank Logue) - 1, Neil Ruddy (11) 43 points; 2, Michael McLaughin M (13) 38; 3, Patrick Harkin (16) 37; gross, Bryan Northey (5) 30; 4, Paul McLaughlin M (18) 36; Past President, John Doherty W (23) 34; front nine, Patsy Doherty (11) 20; back nine, Louis Walsh (11) 20; visitor, Donal Heffernan (18) 31; student, Ryan Doherty (3) 29; novice - 1, Anthony McEleney; 2, James McDaid.
Ladies competition - 1, Sadie Grant (N) 34 points; 2, Joan Doherty, 32; gross, Margaret Doherty, 19; 3, Anna Doherty, 32; back nine, Margaret Andrews; student, Karen McLaughlin, 32; novices - 1, Elaine McLaughlin; 2, Patsy-Ann McLaughlin.
Sunday, August 18 - Guinness Anniversary Open - 1, Philip Farren (14) 35 points; 2, Mark Lynch (16) 34; gross, Rory Glover (5) 25; 3, Liam Barron (15) 32.
IMPRESSIVE “Ace” on Glashedy
Congratulations to Philip Farren on his ‘hole in one’ at the 14th on Glashedy.
Sunday, August 18th - ladies nine holes ‘Four Club Competition’ - 0-18 - Donna Bennett, 16 pts.; 19-28. Theresa McLaughlin, 14; 29-36, Fodhla Glover, 15 pts.
Friday, August 16 - Nine Holes Members’ Scramble - 1, P. Devlin, M. McDermott, D. Toland, J. McDaid, 21.2 nett; 2, P. McLaughlin, J. Gill, P. O’Donnell, P.A. McLaughlin, 212.6 nett; 3, K. Marston, J. Gibbons, L. Doherty, G. Crossan, 23.5.
Tuesday, August 13 - Ladies 18 holes Strand Hotel Cup Confined - 1, Marian McEleney, 66 nett; 2, Breige Doherty, 69; gross, Lucia Mullen, 86; back nine, Roisin Rooney 35.5.
Meanwhile, adults members of Ballyliffin G.C. are invited to attend forthcoming Constitution Information Meetings, the first of which will be staged tonight (Friday) in the clubhouse at 8.00 p.m. with the second scheduled for Friday night, September 13th, at the same time.
Forthcoming fixtures - Tonight and every Friday, Members Scramble from 5.00 p.m.; tomorrow (Sat.), Lady Captain’s Day, Roisin Sherriffs (on both courses); Sunday, August 25th, McLaughin-McGonigle Accountants Confined Stableford on Old Links; Sunday, September 1st, Ballyliffin Golf Club Scratch Cup. Entries to 074-93-78100.