Team Eight Justify Favouritism Tag

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THE quarter-finals of the Pitchers’ Restaurant sponsored Spring League were played over the weekend at Foyle and some fine golf was produced with favourites, Team 8, justifying their status with a resounding victory.

Team 8, made up of John McDowell, David Knox, Stuart Gauld and Paddy Coyle, defeated Team 13 and are now strongly fancied to go and win this season’s compeetition.

Team 17 - Sean Rankin, John McDermott, Paul Nicell and Cormac McGeady - also reached the semi-final with a two holes victory after a hard fought match with Team 18.

Team 1 - Ciaran O’ Doherty, Ciaran Gillen, Ryan Gillen and Caolan McLaughlin - also qualified for the last four after the second tie hole at the expense of Team 2.

And Team 6, made up of Gerald Conaty, Gary Loughran, Darren McCarron and Adrien Brown, had six holes to spare over Team 10 on their way to the last four.

The draw for the semi-final is - Team 1 v. Team 6 and Team 8 v. Team 17.

Meanwhile, 18 handicapper, Peter Roddy, produced an excellent nett 60 score when winning the P.G.A Pro-Am Qualifier at Foyle and will now represent the club with the professional in the area finals later in the year.

Foyle Golf Club Captain, Mr. Kevin Dunn, members of Council and the club membership extend their deepest sympathy to the Moore family circle following the recent death of the club’s esteemed member, Gerry and sincere sympathy also to fellow member, Paul Cosgrove, following the recent death of his father, Joe.

May they rest in peace.

Forthcoming competitions - tomorrow (Wednesday) to Sunday, April 17th - Singles Qualifying; Thursday, April 14th, Over-50s confined.

Foyle trip to Portugal

Foyle Golf Club’s annual trip to Portugal will see a part of 22 fly out to the Algarve this Thursday, led by club captain, Kevin Dunn.

The party will play three rounds of golf at Vilamoura, the highlight expected to be playing the Victoria Course on which the Portugu Open was held.

The tourists will open the 54 holes on Friday, April 15th on the Oceanico Pinhal course.On Sunday, April 17th, the Foyle group will play the Millenium course with the final round on Monday next, April 18th, on the Victoria course.

Rainey Rules at Prehen

Gerry Rainey (20) felt no pressure as he returned his best card of recent times, a magnificent 44 points, to win the Easter Hamper competition.

Gerry had equal nines of 22 points to finish two points clear of Terrence Campbell (14) with a fine 42 points.

His card included birdies at “Spires,” the 319 metre dogleg and at the difficult par three “Quarry.”

Third spot was secured by Billy Henderson (10) with a well compiled 39 points. The gross prize was taken by Aaron Taylor (2) with 34 points.

City of Derry competitions continue the George Sweeny Fourball Betterday Qualigying this Saturday, April 16th. With only the top 16 teams qualifying for the matchplay stages, the competition is bound to be hot.

This Sunday’s competition is the Rathowen Cup for both ladies and gents.

Visitors to City of Derry will be pleased to learn that, after numerous requests, it has been decided to start the Thursday Open competitions this Thursday with visitors paying £15 entry fees. Tee times, as usual, can be booked on www.cityofderrygolfclub.com or by telephoning : 02871 311496.

Meanwhile, in last weekend’s Sunday Society’s “Yellow Ball” competition, the team of Graham Hepburn (6), Tony McCann (14), Martin Doherty (20) and Mr Malachy Armstrong (27) returned a four-point winning margin of 92 points ahead of Christopher Ross (10), Paul McIntosh (15), Stephen Orr (17) and Robert Godfrey (18) had to settle for second spot.

Third place was taken by the team of Terrence Campbell (12), James Harrigan (16), Jeremy Thatcher (17) and Rob Jefferson (12) with the best of the 86 point tallies.

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Thursday Society

Eddie McMenamin (13) once again demonstrated his flair for the big occasion by taking first place in Jim Stone’s Thursday Society Skipper’s Prize at Prehen. His finely compiled 40 points was just enough to edge out runner up Billy Anderson (11) by a solitary point, who in turn got the verdict over third placed Peter Cassidy (15) courtesy of a superior last six holes. Peter also survived a tie-break to secure his place.

The Cahir Fitzpatrick trophy for the golfer of the year went to the redoubtable Neil King who amassed 80 points over the 10 counting cards, a remarkably consistent performance.

Raymond Taylor (79), Sean McCaul (73), Alan Simpson (71), Fred Young (67) and Terry Coyle (66) finished in that order respectively.

In his speech after the end of season meal Jim Stone thanked all who had helped the Thursday Society throughout the year and presenting a beautiful piece of Waterford crystal to the retiring treasurer, Wilf Abel, paid particular tribute to his long service. Eamon McCourt was re-elected as secretary, Eddie Mitchell was installed as the new treasurer and Norman Kane was nominated as Skipper for next season.

The Ted Pope Trophy will be played at Strabane on April 28th and names of those intending to play (tee times from 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.) should be listed on the locker room notice board.

Redcastle’s Spring Outing

The annual Redcastle Spring outing will be held at Castlerock this Sunday, April 17th

The full timesheet is as follows - 1.00 p.m., W. McClelland, D.Carton, Bo Kelly, M.Wilson; 1.08, W. Watson, J. Murray, K. Shields, A. Riddle; 1.16, B. Harkin J. Burns, J.K. Doherty, J. McGrotty; 1.24, K. McLaughlin, M. Agnew, P. McSheffrey, T. McCauley; 1.32, E. Thompson, J. Weir, S.Dunne, D. Moore; 1.40, J. Comey, A. O’Brien, J. McGrotty, H.Clarke; 1.48, W. Brolly, S. Bell, J. Kane, P.Canning; 1.56, P. Burns, R. McClelland, V. Glenn, K. Priestly.

2.04 p.m., R. Tracey, M. Harkin, K. McClelland, A. N. Other; 2.12, I. Brown, D. McGrotty, D.Tracey, A. N. Other; 2.20, A. N. Other, A. N. Other, A. N. Other, A. N. Other; 2.28, T. Green, D. Carlin, S. McGeehan, A. N. Other.

All members are requested to arrive at least 30 minutes before their tee-off times in order to ensure the smooth running of the competition.

Any queries should be directed to either Seamus McGeehan or Terry Green.

Meanwhile, congratulations to the Redcastle Ulster Fourball Team which secured five points in the home tie against Ballyliffin.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Eric Waters on the sudden death of his brother.