KEELAN Quigg halted Michael McGeady’s winning run at the North-Western Alliance at Rosapenna on Saturday last, the young City of Derry member producing a superlative round when negotiating the Sandy Hills course in a one under par 71.
Despite the favourable conditions, McGeady, who won the gross category in last three outings, experienced a bad day and the office and Quigg took full advantage when finishing ahead of Brian McElhinney.
Quigg, a scratch player, had failed top of the podium this season in the Gross Section until now while the other winners have all been professionals in the shape of J. P. Dolan (Ballybofey & StranorlaR) and Brian McElhinney (Foyle Golf Academy) while Rosapenna’s Enda Kennedy won in Ballyliffin.
After the first nine Keelan was the one at the top of the leader board on level par. He settled quickly into his round with a birdie at the opening hole but dropped a shot at the next and remained level after the opening four holes. Another birdie at the par three 7th was followed by a par at the 8th before a disappointing dropped shot on the 9th.
The Derry player then parred the next five holes with a superb birdie on the 15th (index one) followed by a par on 16; another birdie on the par five 17th birdied before closing his round with a bogey on last, a one under par effort which predictably delighted the youngster.
Brian McElhinney was one shot behind Quigg after nine holes, as was Cathal Patton (Strabane).
Brian, who was playing par golf, dropped shots on the 9th and 10th while the remaining holes were played in regulation figures. Cathal experienced a wobble on the 13th and 14th when he dropped three strokes, but he rallied well to win the Nett Section with Brian the runner-up in the Gross Category on two over par.
The runner up in the nett section was Rosapenna’s Seamus Herraghty who had local knowledge in abundance and he was playing with a Rosapenna greenkeeper!
A blank at the 5th was disappointing but he still managed to accumulate 19 points on the front nine with Cathal Patton on 20. After the 10th he was level with the winner and they matched each other until the 18th where Cathal added three points to Seamus’ two and that was the difference between winning and losing.
Meanwhile, in the race for the “Golfer of the Year,” Brian McElhinney has secured the Gross prize. The Burnfoot man has been steadiness personified throughout the season and with one counting event remaining, he is now in an unassailable position.
In the Nett Category, the title of Alliance champion has not been decided just yet. It has been an interesting contest over the last few months as three members of the same family battle it out for the title.
Last weekend Maurice McGettigan now finds himself just one point behind his brother Odhran as he was the only one to secure a placing in the top 10 at Rosapenna.
As a consequence he leap-frogged his nephew, Connor McGettigan, to take second place with his nephew five points adrif. Odhran, who is the Alliance champion from last year, is on 27 points with Maurice on 26 and Connor on 21 and the title is in their hands as no one can catch them
The last counting day is at Dunfanaghy and that promises be a real family shoot-out on March 2nd.
North-West Alliance outing to Rosapenna (Sandy Hills), Saturday, February 16th - Nett Category - 1, Cathal Patton (5), Strabane, 38 points; 2, Seamus Herraghty (13), Rosapenna, 37; 3, Maurice McGettigan (16), Strabane, 36; 4, Niall McLaughlin (10), Ballyliffin, 35; 5, Jim Harley (18), Strabane, 34; 6, break of tie, Delwyn Montgomery, North Wes, 33.
Gross Category - 1, Keelan Quigg (scr), City of Derry, 71; 2, Brian McElhinney (scr), Foyle Golf Academy, 74; 3, Sean Quigg (2), City of Derry, 75; 4, break of tie, John G. McBride (scr), Portsalon, 76; 5, John P. Dolan (scr), Ballybofey & Stranorlar, 76; 6, Noel Callan (scr), Faughan Valley, 76.
“2’s” were carded by the following - K. Quigg, S. Quigg, C. Patton, P. Travers ,J. MacLochlainn, G.Curran, E. O’Carroll, E.Corry, P.Boyce and M. Collum.
City of Derry
Results from last week’s City of Derry Thursday Society outing, February 14th, over nine holes - 1, Liam McCafferty (11) 22 points; 2, break of tie, Davy Godfrey (12) 21.
The “Golfer of the Year” table, after 12 competitions, reads - 1, Robin McClay; 2, Ricky Porter; 3, Fred Young.
Forthcoming fixtures - March 7th, The Joe Ramsey Trophy; March 28th, Skipper’s Day and the Ted Pope Trophy, to be arranged.