THE 14th year of the Desmond Motors Winter League teed-off at Foyle with close to 30 teams entered to date and with the qualifying running until early December, there is more than enough time left to enter the tournament.
The top eight teams to qualify will contest the Grand Final and compete for the four prizes on offer with the winners receiving G15 Drivers.
In the first week, scoring was very good with the formidable Team 24, made up of Mark Doherty, Jim McFadden, Ciaran O’Doherty and Dermot Harkin, returned a superb score of 98 points to hold a one point lead over Team 21.
The leading teams after the first card are - Team 24 - Mark Doherty, Jim McFadden, Ciaran O’Doherty, Dermott Harkin, 98 points; Team 21 - Joe Doran, Matt Donnell, Ciaran O’Hagan, Leo Young, 97; Team 26 - Kieran Bradley, Joe Bradley, Martin Loughrey, Marty Breslin, 95; Team 22 - Paddy Coyle, Stuart Gauld, David Knox, John McDowell, 95; Team 3 - Ciaran Gillen, Scott Kennedy, John Morrison, Ryan Gillen, 93; Team 14 - Gerald Toland, Trevor Holmes, Raymond Tracey, Eamon O’Kane, 92.
Leading Ladies Teams - Card 1 (played over 11 holes - - Team 13 - Agnes McLaughlin, Sheila McLaughlin, Florence Rankin , 45 points; Team 20 - Myra Gough , Lorna Thompson, Maureen Louden, 44; Team 5 - Anne Hamilton, Margaret Killen, Christine McCafferty 43.
McFaul Bags Christmas
Dinner at Prehen
Andy McFaul (9) won’t have to worry about his Christmas dinner this year after his sparkling performance at City of Derry on Saturday. His 44 points - with 23 of them coming on the back nine - earned him the first turkey of the season and left him one clear of second placed Ken Quigley (17) who would have won on any other day.
Paddy Semple (18) had to settle for third place with his 41 points, a double bogey on 17 and 18 costing him dearly. Stephen McKeegan (5) was the best of a trio on 40 points, his 23 points back nine finish leaving him in fourth place.
Meanwhile, “Robbie’s Raiders” emerged the clear-cut winners in this week’s popular quiz and the quiz continues every Wednesday with Pat Logue asking the questions. All are welcome including visitors.
Foyle Sunday Society
The popular Foyle Sunday Society got their new season off to an an excellent start with 60 members now taking part in the second week of competition and again the competitors enjoyed a decent day with some fine scores returned.
The top card of the day was that of Oran Canning who struck a blow for the high handicappers when he returned 42 points to enjoya two points cushion over the chasing pack.
Full results were - 1, Oran Canning (25) 42 points; 2, break of tie, Paul McEleney (11) 40; 3, Sean Rankin (20) 40.
The Desmond Motors Winter League continues daily as do the turkey competitions.
This Saturday, September 20th, the Two Bridges Cup will be staged been Foyle and Faughan Valley at 1.00 p.m.
Harley is top dog at
Billy Harley (24) claimed his first victory of the year on Sunday last with 41 points, but only on a better last six holes following a tie-break. Four pars on the front nine were bettered by an eagle ‘two’ at the second last hole. Frank Kelly (11) was the other player tied on 41 points, with a birdie ‘three’ at the seventh giving him four of those.
Third place went to Gerry Guckian (14) on 40 points. Willie Havlin was the winner of the gross for a one over par round of 35 points, and the ‘nines’ went to Kevin Cassidy (23 pts. for front nine) and Charlie Barr (20 pts. on back nine).
On Saturday big hitting Seamus Mullan (16) made short work of the Inishowen course when amassing 45 points. Birdies at two of the three par fives and a further sub par score at the seventh gave him a winning margin of three points.
Also returning several birdies - four to be exact - was Tommy McBride (5) on his way to a one under par round for 42 points. Forty one points was needed for third place and this was returned by John Paul O’Doherty (11). This continues his excellent run of form over the recent months and sees his handicap drop another shot to 10.
Paul Wallace won the gross prize with 31 points, Seamus McLaughlin won the ront nine with 22, and Paul McMahon was the winner of the back nine, also on 22 points.
The winner of the ladies prize was Maureen Keys (20) with 34 points.
This weekend’s competition is a Ladies and Gents Singles Stableford on Saturday with a Singles Stableford on Sunday.