Taylor triumphs at City of Derry

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ScorING over the finishing holes proved pivotal at City of Derry on Satuday last after three players had returned scores of 40 points over the 16 holes in the confined stableford event.

And topping the table at the close of play was Raymond Taylor (10) who held his nerve on the way home, his superior back nine the telling factor.

Raymond’s steady play over the opening holes saw him accumulate 23 points while Jim McCann (11) managed 24points and Phillip Greer (11) a magnificent 25 points total.

Members are reminded that the pre-season Saturday Stablefords will continue until the end of March and members can book their tee-times as usual online.

Meanwhile, in last weekend’s Sunday Society competition Martin Duddy(18) carded a superb 44 points for the 16 holes to take top spot.

Paul Murray (17) secured the runners-up spot with 42 points, his superior back nine keeping him ahead of Christopher Ross (9) who finished on the same score.

Sunday Society ‘Golfer of the Year’ leader, Clive Brolly (15), carded 41 points to take fourth spot but, perhaps more importantly, this performance cemented his leadership position as his closest challengers, Gavin Morren and John McClafferty, failed to make any inroads.

Eugene Hillick (23) took fifth spot with 39 points and Robert McClay (19) featured again in sixth place as the best of those on 38 points by virtue of his better performance over the closing six holes.

Preparations are in hand for the St. Patrick’s Day Teams of Four competition which follows the Captains’ Drive-in at 12.30 p.m.

Places are limited so members are advised to get their entry forms in to Sam Smallwoods as soon as possible.

Pat Logue’s Wednesday Night Quiz is proving extremely popular and it will continue this week at 9.30 p.m. and all are welcome.

Notes From Strabane

There were some fantastic golf scores posted on Saturday last at Strabane, the first competition of the season to be played over the 18 holes.

With calm, dry conditions, plus the Winter Tees still in use, high scoring was the order of the day with some 31 players had better than 40 points or more

First prize was secured by Enda McDonnell who returned a remarkable 48 points.

The runner-up, also on 48 points, was Aidan Corry. Third place went to the in-form Michael Baldrick with 47 points.

Frank Gallagher took full advantage with many of the low handicappers playing in the North-Western Alliance at Portnoo, to claim the gross prize with a very creditable 35 gross pts.

There was another great turnout for Week 7 of the Thursday club with almost 70 players taking out cards and the winner was Tommy Forbes with an excellent 37 points over 15 holes.

In second spot on 35 points was Dr. Ciaran Kelly while Hugo McCusker took third with 34 points following a break of tie. The Thursday club continues on St. Patrick’s Day with a 16 holes event and it’s hoped this competition will be off the regular tees without the Winter mats in use.

In junior golf Patrick Roarty took the Sports Centre Junior Springers title just getting the better of Caolan Crawford in a very high standard match-play final despite a spirited fight-back from his opponent

Roarty eventually ran out the 2&1 winner. Third place went to Ciaran Roarty who finished the league on 40 pts while new Junior Captain Jordan Arthur took 4th with 26.

In section (B) Brandon O’Neill was the convincing winner with a great total of 64 points with Eathan Corry the runner-up with 54 pts., Conor Byrne was third on 48 pts. with Garbhan Roulstone fourth on 44 pts.

Sunday’s Junior Stableford competition was won by Ciaran Neeson with 44 points.

North-West

Thursday Society

Recent results from North-West Thursday Society, February 24th – 1, Christy McWilliams (39 -1), 38 pts. 2, Pat Mackey (37 -1) 36; 3, Gino Del Pinto, 35.

Thursday Society, March 3rd – 1, Jim McCann, 43 points; 2, Dermot Coyle (41 -1), 40; 3, break of tie, Pat Mackey (40 -1), 39.

Course Improvements

at Portsalon

Under the watchful eye of top professional, Paul McGinley, over the past few months many new and improved development works have been undertaken by the greens staff at Portsalon.

Indeed, many of the changes include the re-development and inclusion of bunkers on the 7th, 10th, 11th and 15th greens. Other changes are ongoing and the club Captain, Donal Callaghan and Portsalon Council appreciate the co-operation from members and visitors during this time of change.

Recent results – Wednesday Open, March 2nd – 1, Mick Bowe (24) 37 points; 2, Shaun Shields (14) 36; gross, Seamus Patton (5) 27; 3, Eamon McConigley (11) 35.

The C.S.S. was 35 pts.

Last Sunday’s Confined competition – 1, Rory Kenney (11) 41 points; 2, Kevin McFadden (20 ) 40; gross, Barry McGettigan (2) 33; 3, Shaun Gibson (16) 40.

The C.S.S. was 37 pts.

Forthcoming fixtures – Sunday, March 13th, Confined competition; Wednesday, March 16th, Open 18 holes Stableford; March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, Ladies & Gents Open Stableford.

Timesheets are in operation for all competitions at Portsalon, contact 00-353-7491-59459 or go online at portsalongolfclub.com