Elm Park player wins in Sudden Death play-off at Lisfannon

PAUL Hegarty, from Elm Park Golf Club, claimed the top honours in last Sunday’s North-West Scratch Cup, the event returning after an absence of almost two decades.

However, his victory was far from clear-cut, the event decided in a “sudden death play-off” as City of Derry teenager, James Lindsay, returned the same figures as Hegarty.

Indeed, both players could not be separated after six additional play-off holes.

Playing in perfect conditions, both Hegarty and Lindsay completed their two rounds in 154 blows with no one in the field managing to negotiate the 36 holes in par.

But during the play-off both players had their chances to seal the victory before the issue was finally decided at the tricky par three 8th hole, “The piffler.”

Hegarty rolled his ball into the cup for a straightforward par after James had failed to find the green, the Prehen member failing to get up a down from what was a very difficult lie.

Meanwhile, in the Junior Scratch Cup, Sean McLaughlin made it a weekend to remember having followed up his gross prize win in the previous day’s Captain’s Prize, the Buncrana man enjoying a superb seven shot cushion over the chasing pack when finishing on 156.

Full results were - Total Golf Senior Scratch Cup - 1, Paul Hegarty, Elm Park, 154 (after play-off); 2, James Lindsay, City of Derry, 154; 3, Kealan Quigg, City of Derry, 155; Best second round 18 holes, Padraig Mac Lochlainn, North-West, 75.

Junior Scratch Cup - 1, Sean McLaughlin, 156; 2, Mathew Fitzpatrick, 163; 3, Christopher McCallion, 164; best nett score, Mathew Stainsby, 144.

Phoenix Golf Society

Paddy Ward claimed top prize in the Phoenix Golf Society’s latest outing played at Strabane Golf Club on Sunday with 37 points.

Full results were as follows - 1, Paddy Ward 37 pts; 2, Mickey Doherty 33; 3, Eddie McDermott 31; Front Nine - Christy Coyle 18; Back Nine - Cormac McLaughlin 18.

The next outing is at Redcastle Golf Club on Saturday, August, 17th, teeing off at 12.30 p.m. sharp.

Portsalon

Preparations are well underway for Joe Harkin’s Captain’s Prize at Portsalon Golf Club which will be played on Saturday, July 27th.

In keeping with tradition the Captain has organised a golfing feast over the week with a variety of competitions. The festival of golf will tee off on Wednesday, July 24th with an Open 18 hole gents stableford competition.

The following day Portsalon Ladies will play for the Captain’s prize and on Friday the Captain has arranged a pre-Captain’s Day Three ball scramble, ladies and gents, competition.

On Saturday it’s the Captain’s Prize and the events conclude on Sunday with the Gathering Open Stableford competition.

All those interested in the Friday Scramble should note that a draw for teams will take place at 5 p.m. Presentation of the Captain’s prizes will take place in the clubhouse on Saturday night at 10 p.m.

Results - Mc Gettigan’s Bakery Open - 1, Noel Nicholl (14); 2, Sean Barrett (15) 39; Gross: Eamonn McDermott (4) 32; 3, b.o.t., Terry Agnew (16) 37; Visitor - C. Kenny (13) 34 (Loughrea); Best nines - Danny Kerr and Andy Boland; The CSS was 36 points. Sunday results - 1, Stuart Nicholl (27) 43pts; Runner-up - Paul Armstrong (17) 42; Gross - Eamonn McDermott (4) 33; 3, Gerard E McBride (26) 40; Visitor - M. O’Connor (8) 35 (Craddockstown); The CSS was 37 points.

Deirdre Hensey will stage her Lady Captain’s Day on Saturday, July 20th.

First tee is reserved for the lady members from 10 a.m. to 2.50 p.m.

The Lady Captain has also special prizes for the gents members and tee times are available from 7 a.m to 10 a.m and from 3 p.m to 5 p.m.

Presentation of prizes will take place in the clubhouse at 10 p.m. The Captain Joe Harkin and the President, Kathleen McCormick would like to wish the Lady Captain Deirdre Hensey success on her Lady Captains Day.

Members and visitors to Portsalon should note that online booking is now available for all competitions at portsalongolfclub.com