STRABANE Skipper, Mr. Sean MacIntyre, enjoyed a hugely successful Captain’s Day on Satudray last with in excess of 200 members competing for his prize despite the inclement weather conditions.
A stiff northerly breeze and incessant downpours made scoring very difficult but there was one player who stood out when returing a superb score of 58 nett to decimate the large field.
Twenty-one years-old Mark Corry, playing off 17, and a first year member of the Ballycolman club, was only six over par for his round, He completed both ‘nines’ in three over par to win on the day with a record nine shot margin despite finishing with two bogeys!
The runner-up on the day was John Langan (14) playing in one of the very late fourballs. John returned a very creditable 67 nett with a very strong back nine despite an untidy double bogey at the par three 16th. But he rallied well to finish with two pars to relegate Mark McColgan (6) into third place, a bogey at the last hole costing Mark dearly but he will be highly satisfied with his two birdie ‘2’ss at the 7th and 12th holes which helped greatly with his final total of only four over par (nett 67).
Ben Corry (5) also had a day to remember not only winning the gross prize but also recording a fabulous “ace” at the 16th hole with the perfect 5 wood shot, the ball flying straight into the wind before dropping onto the green and finding its way into the cup.
Fourth place was taken by Pat McGuigan (21), another one of the early morning starters who also returned a nett 67 and the final nett prize went to Gerard (Skipper) Mullan (25) also with nett 67.
The ‘nines’ were won by Conal Cooke (3) with 32.5 for the first nine and to Stephen Alexander (22) with nett 33 for the second nine, the highest placed Captain’s guest was Noel McConnell (9) with a 71 nett while Brian Cairns took the longest drive at the 18th prize with Liam Curry winning nearest the pin at the same hole, the student prize was won for the second consecutive year by Eoin O’Neill with 36 pts.
Following the fantastic Captain’s meal for his guests Sean delivered a rousing and, at times, an emotional speech thanking everyone who had helped him in any way throughout his very successful year especially his wife and family before thanking the membership for their marvellous support throughout his tenure to date.
There was an excellent turnout for the Captains Mixed event and winners were Geraldine McCrory and Liam Curry with 37 points over the 15 holes, the same total as runners-up Mary Gallagher and Oliver McNally with Catherine Neeson and Denis Porter taking third place also on break of tie with the same total. The gross prize went to Jennifer Rouse and Ben Corry with 21 gross pts.
There were 44 pairs entered for the Captain’s Betterball which was won by Denis Porter and Seamus McPhilemy with 44 points, one point clear of Kieran Martin and Chris Timoney with Paul McLaughlin and Michael O’Neill taking third on 42 pts.
There was a much-reduced field for Monday’s Open Stableford due to the rain and thunder storms in the early evening, however, Conal Cooke (3) had a brilliant gross 66 (3 under par) which contained no less than five birdies.This converted to 42 points and a four point cushion over runner-up Ryan McGowan (5) with 38 pts with Ryan McColgan taking third with 36 pts. Frankie Gallagher (7) took the gross prize.
Good luck this Saturday to Lady Captain, Noreen McNally, for her Captain’s Day and hopefully there will be an improvement in the weather for her big day.
This weekend’s fixtures - tomorrow (Sat.), Mrs. Noreen McNally’s Lady Captain’s Prize;
Sunday, June 24th, St. Patrick’s Gortin Team Classic and Monday, June 25th, Open Stableford.
Peter in top form
Peter Kelly claimed last weekend’s Drift Inn Bar & Restaurant Open Stableford at Buncrana having taken advantage of more favourable conditions on Sunday.
And with the heavy rain on Saturday it was no surprise to see the winning score coming from the Sunday players. Peter Peter assembled a very steady 21 points over the front nine, however the best was still to come when he added a further 23 points on the way home to amass a winning total of 44 points.
Full results were - 1, Peter Kelly (16) 44 points; 2, Stephen McHugh (5) 4; gross, James Longwill (5) 70; 3, Mark McLaughlin (20) 38; best day, John Doherty (11) 35; visitor, S. O’Doherty (S) (15) 35; back nine, break of tie, Benny Murphy (12) 20.
This weekend is the Lady Captain, Mrs. Marian Simpson’s prizes for gents.
This is a confined 18-holes stableford competition to be played over tomorrow (Sat.) and Sunday, June 24th.
Notes From Greencastle
With the deluge of rain last Saturday morning the course became unplayable and the event was, unfortunately, cancelled.
President’s Day will now be held this Sunday with the timesheet for last Saturday remaining in operation.
Last Sunday’s Open competition was held in much better conditions and Liam Edwards (22) set an unreachable target from early in the morning of 45 points.
Six pars on the front nine and a further three on the inward half were of great value as he built up his winning score.
In second place was Eddie McIntyre (8) who is beginning to play some excellent golf. His score of 40 points included a birdie at the 12th hole.
The next best score came from Eamonn Hegarty (18) with 39 points and the gross was won by Nigel Davenport whose impressive card had three birdies on the front half. The ‘nines’ were won by Hilary Donnelly and Kevin Thompson.
This weekend’s competitions include the two day Paul Houston Ladies & Gents Open Stableford to be played over today (Fri.) and tomorrow (Sat.). Timesheets are in operation on both days and spaces can be reserved by contacting the club.
As mentioined above, Mr Seamus Doherty’s President’s Day will now be held this Sunday.
City of Derry Results
There was a good turnout for the weekly Thursday Open at Prehen last week and the best performer on the day was last year’s President, Mr. Alan Montgomery (21) with a fine 41 points.
Richard Hamilton (19) and Neil King (21) returned 40 points with Hamilton getting the verdict thanks to 23 points on the back nine.
The gross was won by Iain Anthony (5) with 34 pts. and the visitors’ prize by Mark Caithness (14) with 34 pts.
The Opens continue every Thursday until October.
Bad weather forced the cancellation of the Northern Bank Open on Saturday and this will be rescheuled at a later date.
The winning score in the Ball Sweep was returned by John Lewers (13) who managed a very commendable 38 points despite the adverse weather.
Graham Robb (9), also scored 38 points but lost out on a tie-break.
Faughan Valley Notes
Midweek Open Stableford results from Faughan Valley - 1, Geoff Bratton (19) 41 points; 2, Kevin Payne (19) 38; 3, Ryan Scott (23) 37.
Last Saturday’s Holmpatrick Cup was cancelled due to the inclement weather conditions, and was replaced with a 10 hole competition, with John O’Neill taking first spot with 23 points ahead of Frank McClintock (22 pts.) and Martin Mailey (20 pts.)
Sunday’s Monthly Medal results - 1, Paul Duffy (7) 62 nett; 2, Lee O’Connor (8) 67; 3, Damien Murphy (24) 69.
Tomorrow (Satudray) is Mr. Trevor Peace’s President’s Day and a time sheet is in operation.
The presentation will be in the Drummond Hotel, Ballykelly, with tickets available from Trevor Peace, John Huw Cleghorn and Trevor Lewers.
This Sunday last weekend’s cancelled Holmpatrick Cup (Pairs) will be played.