THE North-Western Alliance enjoyed a superb outing on Ballyliffin’s Glashedy Links on Saturday last with top scoring the order of the day thanks to superb conditions.
Playing a course in pristine condition, those taking part also enjoyed glorious weather with playing partners Rosapenna’s Enda Kennedy and Strabane’s Ciaran O’Neill topping the gross nett sections respectively.
Gross category winner, Enda Kennedy, opened his round with a bogey before recording birdie, birdie, eagle and he continued with three pars and another birdie to complete the opening nine holes in three under par.
Hot on his heels was City of Derry’s Keelan Quigg who carded two birdies and seven pars to turn in 33 shots and in third spot was Brian McElhinney who had a single birdie and 8 pars to be one under on the outward nine.
And as if that was not enough, there were three other competitors on level par at the turn - Derek McNeill, John P. Dolan and John Harding. In fact, it’s been quite a long time since so many players were producing such low scores.
Kennedy continued to reel off the pars until the par four 16th where he dropped his only shot of the back nine, but he got it back with a birdie at the par five 17th, and finished with a par for a marvellous three under par round of 69.
Michael McGeady, who had been well out of it after an indifferent two over on the front nine, got going with two birdies and seven pars to finish with a level par 72 whle Keelan Quigg, who had been doing so well, also finished on 72 but an unfortunate poor run where he dropped three shots at the 14th, 15th and 16th saw him take third place on the break of tie.
McElhinney spoiled his chances when he carded a double bogey on 15 to blemish an otherwise splendid back nine of eight pars to finish one ahead of former Ballyliffin profession and now the resident pro at Ballybofey & Stranorlar, John P. Dolan, who had got to one under after 12 only to double bogey the par five 13th He dropped one further stroke to finish with a 74.
John Harding was one under with four holes to play when it all came unstuck and he finished with a double bogey and three bogies for a 76.
In the Nett Section, Kieran O’Neill pipped playing partner Enda Kennedy on break of tie to take the top placing. Kieran finished two under his handicap for a splendid round. He had also edged out Eamonn McGlinchey on the break of tie, Eamonn had gone out in one over for 21 points but spoiled his card with a double bogey on the 13th He did, however, regain his composure to finish with 39 points. Pat Corry was third with 38 points and he will rue a run of bogies on the 16th and 17th.
Meanwhile, in the race for the “golfer of the year” John P. Dolan leads the Nett Section on 16 points, Enda Kennedy is on 11 and on 10 are Kieran O’Neill, Stephen McHugh, Michael Collum and Maurice McGettigan.
In the Gross Category, Brian McElhinney has 26 points, one clear of John P.Dolan with Enda Kennedy on 22.
The next outing will take place at Narin & Portnoo on Saturday, November 3rd.
North-Western Alliance outing on Ballyliffin’s Glashedy Links - Saturday last, October 20th - Nett Category - 1, break of tie, Kieran O’Neill (13), Strabane, 39 points; 2, Eamonn McGlinchey (8), Letterkenny, 39; 3, Pat Corry (10), Strabane, 38; 4, break of tie, Marty McDermott (5), Strabane, 37; 5, Maurice McGettigan (16), Strabane, 37; 6, Seamus Herraghty (14), Rosapenna, 37.
Gross Category - 1, Enda Kennedy (+1), Rosapenna, 69; 2, break of tie, Michael McGeady (+3), McCambridge-Duffy, 72; 3, Keelan Quigg (1), City of Derry, 72; 4, Brian McElhinney (+3), Golf Ireland, 73; 5, John P. Dolan (scr.), Ballybofey & Stranorlar, 74; 6, John Harding (3), City of Derry, 76.
The following carded “2’s,” M. McGeady, D. McNeill, J. McCaughan, B. Boyle, E. O’Carroll, P. O’Doherty and J. Park.
Notes From City of Derry
City of Derry’s Andy McFaul (9), having returned a 43 points total, won his second turkey in as many weeks at Prehen on Saturday last thanks to an incredible two under par gross second nine for 25 points and a break of tie victory over second placed James Desmond (15).
James seemed to be in the favourites spot with three holes to play but dropped shots at 16 and 18 were too costly. Tony Murray (25) also finished on 43 points and settled for third place on another count back and will have a bottle of spirits as a consolation prize.
Wednesday night’s quiz was won by the quaintly named “No Wi-Fi Detected” team. With new technology now being deployed by quizmaster, Pat Logue, they may consider a name change sooner rather than later. Anyway the “craic” is good and the quiz will be starting a wee bit earlier in future weeks at 8.30 pm. Visiting teams from other clubs and groups will be sure of a warm welcome.