A toast to Tom at busy North-West!

Wood Driver by Golf Ball June 2000
Wood Driver by Golf Ball June 2000

HE’S BEEN called many things over the past three years but for North-West’s retiring President, Mr. Tom Crossan, it is very much a case of ending his tenure in style tomorrow at Lisfannon.

A ‘Teddy Boy’ of the ‘60’s and a well known swinger in the 70’s, the former Du Pont senior executive foreman is set to lose his presidential car parking space - and, possiblly, his current playing partners as a result - but he’s sure to go out with a bang when shooting the bar for his devoted membership during tomorrow’s competition.

Still boasting the dulcet tones of Garth Brooks; holding the Frank Sinatra looks not to mention the stylish swagger of a Fred Astaire, Tom has opted to call it a day as one of the club’s “blazers” and concentrate totally on reducing his handicap.

Over the past three years many a North-West member has not only cried on Tom’s weary shoulders or, indeed, benefited from advice offered by this quiet and unassuming individual whose modest whisperings have been welcomed in many quarters. Now, however, it’s time to move on and focus totally on his own personal challenges.

No doubt the Lisfannon membership will be there in force to honour this highly popular official who will certainly make his presence felt as the day progresses.

Meanwhile, recent results from North-West - Tuesday Open “Meal Deal,” August 14th - 1, Johnny Harvey, 40 points; 2, Tom Conlon (22) 38.

The C.S.S. was 69.

On Saturday last, the big hitting Cathal Begley (10) continued his recent run of good form when winning the Anniversary Open. Cathal eagled the 18th and held off the challenge of the current “Golfer of the Year” leader, Padraig MacLochlainn (4), following a break of tie and he can now focus on the Debonair Doubles semi-final this week with partner, Sean Mclaughlin against Kyle McCarron & Gary McLaughlin.

David McGeough (3) won the gross with a 72 while Robbie McFadden (15) was 3rd with 38 points following a tie-break. Niall Casey (18) won the back nine with 22 points.

The C.S.S. was 71.

Confined Singles Stableford, Sunday, August 19th - 1, John O’Donnell (10) 41 points; 2, break of tie, Kealan Mallon (23) ; gross, Gary McLaughlin (9) 77; 3, Anthony Breslin (16) 40; back nine, Sam Condit (16) 22.

The C.S.S. was 69.

Notes From Dunfanaghy

Another superb weekend of golf and even better weather was experienced for the annual Caravanners’ Classic on Saturday at Dunfanaghy with a Club Open Stableford on Sunday.

The normal 14 holes Club Stableford remains in place today (Friday) with a Fourball Better Ball on Saturday in an effort to raise funds for the ladies Meile team who have reached the final of their competition which will be played later this month.

The Monthly Medal will be staged on Sunday.

There will also be a “fun golf competition” after the Donegal GAA match in Croke Park at 5.30 p.m. with a shotgun start over nine holes for teams of four.

Recent results - Wednesday Open Stableford - 1, Fr. S. O’Flynn, 38 points; 2, break of tie, Donal Boyle, 35; gross, James Brogan, 24; 3, Patrick Duffy, 35.

Friday, August 17th - 14 holes Stableford - 1, Andy Murray, 34 pts.

Saturday, August 17th - Caravanners’ Classic results - 1,.Raymond Kelly, Nigel Doherty, Stephen Leyland, Seamus Friel, 98 points; 2,.Cathal McMonagle, Paul Smyth, Andy Murray, Oliver Brown, 96; 3, C. McStravick, F. McCann, D. Diamond, N. McStravick, 96; 4, John Moore, Adam Moore, Paul Wallace, Hugh Hunter, 96; 5, G. Cimmings, L. Cummings, M. Caithness, B. Wallace, 95.

Sunday, August 19th - Gents Stroke - 1, Derek Porter , 63 nett; 2, break of tie, John Chambers, 65; gross, Brian Dolan, 78; 3, Patrick Duffy, 65.

The C.S.S. was 67.

Ballyliffin Results

Tuesday, August 21st - R.N.L.I. (Lifeboats) Ladies & Gents Open - Ladies - 1, Catherine Reid, 39 points; 2, Marie D’Urso, 39; gross, Lucia Mullen, 22; 3, Trish Kelly, 37.

Gemts - 1, Chris Spence, 39 points; 2, Ryan McLaughlin, JB, 39; gross, Ryan McLaughlin, HB, 29; 3, Thomas Mailey 39.

The C.S.S. was 72.

Sunday, August 19, Guiness Open on Glashedy -1, Ryan McLaughlin (jb) (4) 38 points; 2, John Friel (12) 37; 3, David McLaughlin (10) 36; gross, Shaun Doherty (O) (scr.) 33; 4, Paddy McDermott (12) 35.

The C.S.S. was 75.

Ladies nine holes - 0-18 - 1, Roisin Rooney, 35 nett; 2, Marie D’Urso 38; 19-28 - 1, Therese McLaughlin 32.5; 2, Vivienne Bannon, 33.5; 29-36 - 1, Magaret Houghton, 33.5; 2, Niamh McGonigle, 36.

Lady Captain’s Day (Agnes Logue), Gents’ prize - 1, Jim Porter, 37 points; 2, Pat McLaughlin, 36; gross, Alan Doherty (O) 33; 3, Charlie McVeigh, 36; front nine, Gabriel McCafferty, 23; back nine, Paddy McDermott, 19; visitor, Donal Denn, 31.

Friday, August 17th - Members nine holes Scramble - 1, D McLaughlin, D Toland, J Porter, C Dillon. 23.3 nett; 2, P Quigley, M McGonigle, C Doherty, D Kemmy, 23.5; 3, R McLaughlin, P Devlin, P Logue, D McLaughlin, 23.7.

Weekend fixtures, tomorrow (Sat.), Valu Centre Confined Stableford on Old Links; Sunday, August 26th, Confined competiton on Glashedy.

Entries are now being taken for the Great North Links Challenge on October 3, 4, & 5 playing Ballyliffin, Portstewart and Royal Portrush. Call 00-353-7493-76119 for more information.

Redcastle Captain’s Day

Results from last weekend’s Confined Stroke - 1, John Comey, 63 nett; 2, break of tie, Dan Joe McLaughlin, 65; 3, Vincent Glenn, 65; gross, Kris McClelland, 72; front nine, John Anthony Doherty, 30.5; back nine, Ted Brolly, 32.5.

Meanwhile, Redcastle members are reminded that Mr. Desy Carton’s Captains Day will take place this Sunday, August 26th.

All those taking part are urged to report at least 20 minutes before their allocated tee-times to ensure the smoothing running of the competition. Any changes, please contact Seamus McGeehan on 71-351801.

The full timesheet is - 7.45 a.m., M. Harkin, K. Priestley, E. Haughey, J. McCormick; 7.53, D. McCartney M. McCormick M. Agnew, J. McGill; 8.01, R. McQuaid, V. Glenn, C. McQuaid; 8.09, A. O’Bryan, D. McQuaid, J. Weir, T. McCauley; 8.17, M. Wilson, P. Hegarty, J. Comey, W. Wiley, 8.25, J. A. Doherty, J. Burns, W. Watson, S. Tinney; 8.33, P. McQuaid, W. McClelland, P. Hughes, K. Fitzsimmon; 8.41. K. McClelland, K. Shields, S. Morton, B. Gibson; 8.49, G. Doherty, D. Moore, P. Canning, H. Clarke; 8.57, K. McQuaid, P. Burns, P. Murray, D. McClelland.

9.05 a.m., M. Havlin, E. Thompson, R. Dunseith; 9.13, W. Havlin, D. J. McLaughlin, G. Dunlop.

Afternoon tee-off times - 12.15 p.m., J. Murray, T. Brolly, R. Kelly; 12.23, K. McLaughlin, J. K. Doherty, David McCartney; 12.31, A. Riddle, J. Kane, D. Tracey. 12.39, T. Green, B. Harkin, D. Carlin, S. McGeehan.

Meanwhile, Redcastle members are reminded that an 18 holes Confined Scramble will take place (weather permitting) tomorrow (Saturday).

The Club’s popular Scramble Master, Mr. Billy Harkin, confirmed that the draw will take place at 9.30 a.m. sharp.

He requests all those taking part to arrive at the course ast least 20 minutes prior to the draw.