RETIRED leading local fireman, Alan “Bean” Simpson, captured the first of the season’s Thursday Opens at City of Derry last week.
The long-hitting 11 handicapper powered his way to the top of the leader board with 40 points to hold a one point cushion on the chasing pack.
Alan’s outward nine of 21 points included birdies at the 1st and the difficult 5th hole – the par four known as ‘The Gap.’
Indeed, the straight hitting Martin McNulty (10) will rue ‘The Gap’ for some time to come as his failure to score at the hole still saw im return an impressive 39 points and the runners-up spot following a break of tie.
Stephen Anderson (8) secured third place, losing out on a back six tie-break with 39 while Aaron Taylor picked up yet another gross prize with 36 pts.
However, one of the most frustrated players at Prehen on Thursday will have been Kealan Quigg. For the third time this season Kealan forgot the simplest and most important rule that every golfer mustremember - sign your card as his second place finish led to disqualification!
The Thursday Opens continue every week and visitors can enjoy a round of golf for a very reasonable £15. Times may be booked online at www.cityofderrygolfclub.com or by phoning 02871 311496.
Meanwhile, on Saturday last at Prehen, glorious conditions and fabulous greens greeted the field competing in the George Sweeney Fourball Better Ball event and the low handicappers took full advantage.
In fact, a break of tie was called upon to separate the top five pairings who carded scores of 65 nett. Indeed, the next five also faced tie-breaks on their nett 66 scores. The final qualifers of the 16 pairs bound for the matchplay stages of the Jock Balmer Trophy, needed nett 68’s to secure their progression.
At the top of the order, the break of tie fell in favour of the hot pairing of Lester Moore (2) and Paul O’Donnell (6). Paul played the perfect supporting role and made every shot he had count while Lester did the perfect ‘low man’s’ job by recording five birdies including both par threes on the back nine.
The return leg of 31 shots was an indicator of success in the tie-break but the issue was only settled over the last six holes as the big-hitting pair of Michael McCullough (13) and Karl Doherty (15) played steady golf for an outward nine of 34 and a return of 31 for their total of 65 strokes.
Vice-Captain McCullough showed his leadership qualities as he made every shot count over the 18 holes and Doherty, recently returned from warm weather training in Spain, found the conditions on the course much to his liking. These two pairs are the top seeds as things proceed to the matchplay stages of the event but the competition is sure to be very hot given these other 14 pairings who qualified - G. Hepburn and R. Taylor, E. Burton and E. Brady, P. Greer and W. C. Brolly, K. McBride and W. P. J. Leeson, J. Chambers and S. McCaul, A. Kane and J. O’Hagan, A. Taylor and D. Godfrey, K. Stott and T. McDermott, G. Curry and K. M. Doherty, C. McKeone and R. McKimm, J. Rosborough and A. Meenagh, E. Maxwell and E. Maxwell, E. McCourt and R. Kennelly and K. Hughes and G. McKinney.
Results From Ballyliffin
Recent results from Ballyliffin - Sunday, April 17th - Confined Stableford - 1, Tony Finn (15) 43 points; 2, Cecil Doherty (10) 42; 3, Charlie Donaghy (16); 4, Neil Doherty (B) (19) 41; Gross, Paul Van Dessel (2) 35.
The C.S.S. was 72.
Ladies nine holes Stroke - 1, Margaret Doherty (O) (12) 32 nett; 2, Anne Doherty (17) 32.5; 3, Karen McLaughlin (33) 32.5.
Saturday Open Stableford, April 16th - 1, Trevor Glenn (14) 42 points; 2, Barry Desmond (17) 39; 3, Pascal Harkin (18) 38; 4, F Dillon (9) 37; gross, Brian Grant (6) 31.
The C.S.S. was 71.
Friday Night Scramble (nine holes0 - april 15th - 1, J Gill, P McDermott, H McEleney, J Brown 25.6 nett; 2, J Friel, M McCloskey, P Grant, S Grant, 25.7; 3, T Doherty, P Houton, P Doherty, E Sweeney 25.7.
Please note there will no Scramble on Good Friday, the event resuming on Friday week, April 29th.
Tuesday, April 14th, ladies 18 holes stableford - 1, break of tie, Breige Doherty (32) 32 points; 2, Pauline Madden (32) 32; gross, Ellen Nelson, 23.
Wednesday Society results, April 13th - 1, break of tie, Kevin McGonigle, 39 points; 2, Chris Dillon, 39; 3, John Doherty (W) 38; “2s,” Jackie McGeoghegan.
Saturday, April 23rd - Open Stroke on Glashedy; Easter Sunday, Strand Hotel Confined.
On Saturday week, April 30th, there will be a Mini Golf Classic on the Old Links, visitors E25 per person, members E15 per person. Limited tee-times remain, if interested contact the Pro Shop on 074-93-78100.
Faughan Valley Notes
Big-hitting Shane McGahon (20) secured last Saturday’s Stableford competition at Faughan Valley when he scored an impressive 44 points. The runner-up was Liam Clarke (22) with 43 points and George Watson (24) with 42 points was third.
Former Captain, Trevor Lewers, was the toast of the Campsie course on Sunday, when he claimed the Strokeplay event, having recorded a a nett score of 59, two shots clear of runner-up, Eamon Downey while Club Captain, David Logue, finished in third place with a nett 65.
Liam Conway (21) with 161 points currently leads the Spring League after week four, second is Marty McGlynn (15) who has 158 points and William Duffy (23) with 153 points is holding down third spot.
This week the Easter Weekend competitions are down for decision and the itinerary is - Good Friday and Easter Saturday Open Stableford while on Easter Sunday the April Monthly Medal will be staged - the first counting event in the “Golfer of the Year” competition.
An Open Stableford is on offer on Easter Monday.