New Changes in Place for 2014 Irish Mixed Foursomes Championships

THE Golfing Union of Ireland have sanctioned two changes in relation to handicaps for the 2014 Irish Mixed Foursomes Championships.

The changes relate to the eligibility of the pair involved and the playing handicap during the event.

For last year’s championships, the combined handicap for the two players had to be between 19 and 36, with any pair moving above 36 had to play to a combined handicap of 36

However, for 2014 that rule has now been revised. The new minimum and maximum handicaps are 19 and 27.

As per last year, these handicaps are the players’ lowest handicap from the previous year.

The second change refers to the playing handicap on the day. In 2013, it was the competitor’s handicap on the day which was their playing handicap for the competition, however, for this year, the handicap will be the player’s lowest handicap in the previous year which will apply.

Carrycullion Classic Meeting at lisfannon

While it had been reported last Friday that full details of the 2014 Carrycullion Classic Tour to Tenerife would be published in today’s edition, the organiser has since opted to host a meeting for those interested in taking part.

The meeting will take place in the North-West Clubhouse tomorrow (Saturday) at 3.00 p.m. sharp.

All those interested are invited to attend and anyone holding old photographs from previous trips are asked to bring them along to the meeting as another promotional brochure will be published in advance of the event in September.

All those who bring photographs to the meeting will have them returned once they have been copied.

The organiser of the event is Colm McCarroll and the 2014 Carrycullion Classic will run from Friday, September 12 returning to Belfast on Friday, September 19th.

City of Derry Thursday Society

The following are winningers of the City of Derry Thursday Society outings in January and the winning vouchers have been paid into members’ accounts in the Professionals Shop.

January 2nd - 1, F. Young; 2, B. Whoriskey; 3, R. Smyth.

January 9th - 1, S. Given; 2, A. Montgomery; 3, M. McNulty.

January, 16th - 1, J. McDaid; 2, R. Kennelly; 3, T. McClintock.

January 23rd - 1, B. Mulgrew; 2, M. Sheridan; 3, E. Mitchell.

January 30th - 1, R. Smyth; 2, C. Thompson; 3, G. Curry.

Full results from February 6th - played over 15 holes - 1, N. O’Donnell Jnr. (10) 37 points; 2, break of tie, A. Heaney (11) 35; 3, R. Smyth (18) 35.

Thursday Society “Golfer of the Year” standing as at February 6th - 1, R. Smyth, 153 points; 2, F. Young, 143; 3, M.McNulty, 127.

Dates for the diary - February 27th - Joe Ramsey Trophy - £4 entry; five prizes with presentation on Skipper’s Day.

April 3rd - Martin McNulty’s Skippers’s Day - £4 entry; five prizes with presentation at 6.30 p.m.

April 24th - Ted Pope Trophy at City of Derry - £4 entry with five prizes.

The “Golfer of the Year” trophy will be presented on Skipper’s Day details of which and the annual Ted Pope Trophy arrangements will be posted on website and in the Locker Room.

News From North-West

Stephen Fitzpatrick (13) emerged the winner of last Saturday’s Sweep at Lisfannon.

A good front nine which saw a return of 20 points was highlighted by birdies at the par 3 third and the par 5 ninth holes.

Stephen added a further 16 points on the more difficult back nine for a winning total of 36 points.

Meanwhile, in last weekend’s Sunday Society outing, cold conditions and a fierce crosswind made scoring difficult on the Lisfannon Links.

However, Derek McDowell proved the best of the bunch in the Society’s fourth outing when posting the winning score of 37 points.

Despite blanks at the par 3 third hole, Derek amassed a solid 18 points on the front nine.

Double bogeys at the par four 11th and 15th holes were compensated by a brilliant birdie at the par five 18th hole, a score which he needed to

edge out P. J. McCarron into second place .

Full results were - Sunday Society, February 9th - 1, Derek McDowell (12) 37 points; 2, P. J. McCarron (13) 36.

Ladies nine holes competition - 1, Sheila Reid, 15 points; 2, Joanne Harkin, 14.

This weekend’s competition will see another Confined Sweep on offer tomorrow (Saturday) with the fifth outing of the Sunday Society on February 16th.

The usual Tuesday Open “Meal Deal” will continue next week.

For all timesheets at North-West, please contact Gary in the Golf Shop on 00 353 7493 61715.