CITY OF Derry’s Centenary Open Week teed-off in glorious sunshine on Saturday last, the McFeely Open Cup attracting a record entry which saw the Prehen fairways particularly busy over the weekend.
A blustery wind made scoring difficult but James Desmond (18), who has been enjoying a great run of form recently, once again rose to the occasion surviving a triple tie break on 38 points to take the top spot. His back nine of 23 points was the clincher.
Ulster Cup captain, John Hancock (15), scored 21 points on the back nine to take the runners-up spot over Leslie Dickson (10) who was content to figure in the prizes after a long absence.
Former Prehen member, Leo Hickey (23), now domiciled in Australia, used his local knowledge to good effect to take the visitor’s prize on 37 points.
Kealan Quigg (1) returned 32 points to claim the gross prize and the ‘nines’ went to Alan Montgomery (21) with 19 points following a count-back and Billy Acheson (23) won the back nine on 23 points with five of them coming courtesy of a birdie ‘3’ at Foyle where he was in receipt of two shots.
Meanwhile, Sunday signalled yet another glorious day for the Ladies & Gents Long’s Supermarket Open.
And it was a man well used to featuring in the winners’ enclosure, Eamon McCourt (11), who headed the leader board again with a fine score of 42 points with equal nines of 21 points.
Lester Moore (1) claimed the best gross and second overall prize with his 39 points while Stephen McKeegan (7) finished in third place with 39 points just losing out on a tie break with Billy Henderson (11) securing a morale-boosting 4th place finish, his 37 points the best of a bunch on that score.
Another former Prehen member, Gerry Redden (9), and now plating out of Ballyliffin took the visitors’ prize with a modest 34 points.
In the ladies competition, Catherine McCanny took the honours with 36 points and she was followed home by Rose Campbell (15) with 33 points following a break of tie.
All prizewinners in the Open Week competitions are kindly requested to attend the prizegiving this Friday, June 1st at 9.30 p.m.
The Everglades Hotel, Kelly Fuels, North-West Tyres, Campsie Paper Company and the City Hotel are the sponsors for the rest of this year’s Open Week and visitors can book their tee-times by ringing 02871-311496 or online at http://cityofderrygolfclub.com
Kelly’s Eye Was In
James Kelly (5) was just one of the 100 players inspired by the beautiful weather who took to Prehen’s fairways on Thursday last but he was the one who finished on top with a very creditable 42 points.
He played 34 strokes out and 36 strokes back for a one under gross. He was followed home in fine style by his playing companion Kealan Quigg (2) who only needed 68 shots for his 41 points and this was also the best gross of the day.
Conrad Smith (22) warmed up nicely for Open Week with a steady 40 points, 22 of them coming on the back nine. Irish Junior Cup team newcomer Chris Ross (7) justified the team manager’s selection by finishing in fourth place on 39 points on a count back.
Brian Wallace (9), Dunfanaghy, was the best of the visitors with 39 points. Next weeks (31st May) Thursday Open will be sponsored by North-West Tyres and as part of the club;s Centenary Open Week will have a competition for gents and ladies.
City of Derry Team News
City of Derry’s Fred Daly team secured a 5-2 a hard fought first leg victory against Mourne at Prehen on Saturday last.
The second leg will take place at Mourne this Sunday, June 3rd June with a 12.10 p.m. tee-off.
Team members are asked to meet at the City of Derry Carpark at 8.15 a.m.
First leg results were - Dan Hinds lost 4&3; Peter Hasson won 3&2; Luke Hasson won 6&5; Aaron King won 6&5; Adam Monaghan won 6&5; Shane McGahon lost 4&3; Andrew Crothers won 2&1
Meanwhile, Congratulations to the Prehen club’s Irish Junior Cup team of Brian Long, Chris Ross, Stephen McKeegan, Hugh Devine and Graham Hepburn and their magnificent manager, Robbie Kennelly, on their qualification for the match-play stages of this prestigious competition at Roe Park on Sunday last.
They will play Roe Park at Castlerock on a date to be arranged.
Notes From Foyle
The Jefferson Builders-sponsored Open Stableford played at Foyle on Wednesday last attracted a very good entry with the competitors enjoying a fine day and 7 handicapper Richard McRory contiued his fine form by producing a one over par round for his winning score of 42 points.
Full results were - 1, Richard McRory (7) 42 points; 2, Roy Martin (20) 41; 3, Paul Turner (15) 40; gross, Damien McKenna, 35 pts.; back nine, Warren MacFarland (22) 20.
The C.S.S.S. was 35 pts.
The Darren Clarke Perpetual Trophy Qualifier, staged at Foyle on Saturday last, was decided after a break of tie with Martin Campbell emerging the winner thanks to a superior back nine with Gary Etherson finishing runner-up, both players finishing with 39 pts. Martin will now represent Foyle in the final at Dungannon later in the Year.
Foyle President, Mr. Rob Gallagher, invites all members to play for his President’s Prize on Saturday, June 9th and all those taking part are reminded to enter their names on the sheet provided in the shop on or before Monday next, June 4th when the draw for playing partners will take place.
Forthcoming competitions - Confined Golf Classic (teams of four, any combination) with re-entry permitted (hidden hole format).
The event will run over the following days - tomorrow (Wednesday), May 30th; Thursday, May 31st; Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd.
Tuesday Open “Meal Deal,” May 22nd - 1, break of tie, Matthew Fitzpatrick (9) 40 points; 2, David McGeough (5) 40.
Thursday Open Stableford, May 24th - 1, Fiachra O’Flaherty (12) 41 points; 2, break of tie, Gerard Gallagher (22) 38; 3, Michael Bradley, 38; visitor, Peter Kelly, 28.
Meanwhile, this year’s Summer Trophy (Categories) was played in excellent conditions on Saturday last drawing a large entry.
Full results were - Category 1, Johnny Harding (4) 34 points; Category 2, Brian Bradley (12) 40; Category 3, Chris Neff (18) 34 and Category 4, Stephen Stewart (23) 37.
This week’s fixtures at Lisfannon are - today (Tuesday), Open Meal Deal, visitors E18 which includes golf, competition and meal; Thursday, May 31st, Thursday Open Stableford; Saturday, June 2nd, Buncrana GAA Open Classic (teams of four, any combination); Sunday, June 3rd, Lee Hogg Flagon.
For the above timesheets or information on North-West Golf Club, telephone Gary in the Golf Shop on: 00-353-7493-61716 (from N. Ireland).