Big turnout for Foyle Easter Open

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

A TOTAL of 110 cards were taken out at Foyle for the Ballyarnett club’s annual Calor Gas Easter Open last weekend and Damian McColan made light of the bitterly cold conditions, not to mention the stiff breeze, to return the top score of 40 points.

Damian (13), the club’s Junior Convenor, finished one point clear of single figure handicapper, Ryan Harkin with another single figure golfer, Scott Kennedy, a further point in arrears in third spot.

Full results were - Calor Gas Easter Open Stableford - 1, Damien McColgan (13) 40 points; 2, Ryan Harkin (8) 38; 3, Scott Kennedy (7) 38; gross, Shane Bonnar, 32; back nine, Gerald Toland (25) 22; juvenile, Caolan Dunn (24) 42 pts.; nearest the pin, Paddy Coyle.

Forthcoming competitions - tomorrow (Sat.), Ulster Branch Centenary Pairs Qualifier; Sunday, April 7th, Crumley Construction Monthly Medal; Wednesday, April 10th until Sunday, April 14th, Qualifying Pairs, sponsored by Brickkiln.

Notes From City of Derry

In last Sunday’s Easter Open at Prehen, Paul Monaghan compiled an excellent score of 38 points to take top honours.

Full results were - Easter Open - 1, Paul Monagahan (18) 38 points; 2, break of tie, Graham Hepburn (6) 37; 3, Malachy Armstrong (26) 37.

Meanwhile, in the Easter Monday Open, new member and ex-Derry City defender, Paul McLaughlin, claimed top honours when returning 37 points.

Full results were - Easter Monday Open Stableford - 1, Paul McLaughlin (10) 37 points; 2, break of tie, Eddie Mitchell (15) 36; 3, Paul McIntyre (17) 36.

Forthcoming competition - tomorrow (Sat.), Horace Bayer Cup; Sunday, April 7th, Club Stableford; Wednesday, April 10th, Open “Meal Deal;” Thursday, April 11th, Open Stableford.

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Cavanagh, Havlin win

An Tostal Cup

The pairing of Philip Cavanagh and Willie Havlin collected the An Tostal Cup at Greencastle last Sunday thanks to an excellent return of 44 points.

The winning pair birdied the 7th and 8th holes and they repeated that feat on the 16th and 17th, effort which gave them a three points margin of victory over the field.

The next best card belonged to J. P. O’Doherty and Kevin Lake on 41 points.This pair also scored better on the front nine which they covered in level par. The reliable pairing of Paddy and Paul Ferguson took third place with 39 points.

Breaks of tie were called upon to decide the “nines” with Danny McGonigle and Seamus Doherty taking the front nine with 21 points and Conor McCourt and Shaun Doherty winning the back nine with 20 pts.

This competition also acted as the club’s qualifier for the GUI Ulster Branch Centenary Championship. Philip and Willie now go forward to represent the club at North-West in June.

Meanwhile, last Saturday’s Ladies & Gents Open Stableford attracted an excellent entry with a break of tie called upon to identify the winner.

In the end, Gavin Harkin (6) marked his return from injury with a two under par back nine to take top honours from Foyle visitor, Stephen Powell (20), both players returning scores of 41 points.

In fact, this pair left the field in their wake with the third place finisher, Ronan McIvor (19) returning 35 points following another break of tie.

Bernard Kelly was one of those beaten on the tie break, but he did enough to claim the gross prize. Brendan Deehan, with 24 points and Danny Lynch with 20 claimed the front and back nine respectively.

In the Ladies Section, it was the ladies treasurer Helen Cosgrove (15) who came out on top with a very good score of 36 points.

Meanwhile, on Monday another Ladies & Gents Open Stableford was staged and scoring was lower than normal, but this does not take away from Tony Carlin’s performance in winning with a hard earned 37 points.

He won by two points from a massive field. No less than five players tied on 35 points and after all the breaks were carried out, Billy McCaul was declared the runner-up with Oliver Drummond in third place.

Bee Kelly collected another gross prize with 25 points and Graham Card and Neil Guckian won the ‘nines’ with 21 and 17 points respectively.

The ladies prize was won by Eileen Farren with 31 points and the “shot of the day” was a hole-in-one at the par three 15th by

Ballyliffin visitor, Paul Matthews. He played an immaculate wedge onto the green, the ball rolling up and dropping into the cup. Paul’s playing partners were Vincent Lynn, Brian McNicholl and Phillip McClean and Paul’s wife Maire and friends Kay, Cliona and Jack joined them in the Greencastle Clubhouse afterwards to join in the celebrations. Indeed, Paul bought the traditional drink for everyone in the clubhouse at the time!

This weekend Magilligan GAA have leased the course for an Open Golf Classic tomorrow and a timesheet is in operation. This Sunday’s competition is an Open Singles Stableford.