Few Changes at North-West AGM

THE 120th annual general meeting of the North-West Golf Club took place in the Lisfannon Clubhouse on Friday last and the well attended meeting welcomed the new Officer Board for the forthcoming season.

Outgoing Captain, Mr. Chris Neff, extended his sincere thanks for the support he received during his tenure before welcoming his successor, Mr. Eugene O’Connell, into office and wishing him well for his year as club captain.

The other lead officials appointed on the night were - President, Mr. Tom Crossan, Vice-Captain, Pat Mackey; Hon. Secretary, Sean Carroll; Hon. Treasurer, Seamus McGinley and Vice-Captain, Pat Mackey.

The Lisfannon club’s Council for 2011 will be made up of - Terry Meenan, Gregory Boyce, Brendan Coyle, Paul O’Hea, Brian O’Sullivan, Augusta Neff, Paul Fitzsimons, Eddie Curran and Hugh Duffy.

North-West celebrates the 120th anniversary of its affiliation to the G.U.I this year in August and, indeed, is one of only nine clubs which founded the union in 1891. Of these nine, eight clubs remain in existence.

Those interested in joining the club are asked to contact the Golf Shop on 00-353-7493-61715, the club office on 00-353-7493-61027, or the club secretary on 00-353-86-6047299.

Meanwhile, Jimmy McGee (13) won last week’s outing of the Thursday Society with a fine round totalling 41 points. Jimmy has been threatening to hit a low round over recent weeks and he negotiated the links course in 78 shots to record his first win of 2011.

The runner-up, also with 41 points, was the ever-improving Stephen Stewart (23) who edged out recent “Meal Deal” winner, Hugh Doran, who finished one point in arrears.

The frosty conditions on Saturday last didn’t deter Edmund Forshaw (17) when he drew on past experience to produce a masterclass in scoring, carding a competition winning 43 points in the Confined Singles event.

Stephen Fitzpatrick (18) continues to post healty cards and on this occasion came up one point short, his score of 42 points finished in second place ahead of former President, Dudley Coyle (21), on a break of tie.

Winter League Matchplay

This weekend sees the first round of the matchplay stages in the O’Neill Bros. sponsored Winter League and the fixtures are as follows - Sunday, February 6th - Winter League non-qualifiers - 09.00 a.m. - S. McGinlay and G. Boyce v. J. Boyce and D. McDowell; 9.06, J. MacLochlainn and M. McLaughlin v. J. McFadden and G. Harkin; 9.12, P. McColgan and C. Mullan v. G. Duffy and L. Bradley; 9.18, D. McLaughlin and L. Galbraith v. M. Hegarty and J. Friel; 9.24, P. J. McCarron and L.Henderson v. K. Toner and K. Friel; 9.30, P. Coyle and L. Barrett v. D. Griffiths and C. Boyle; 9.36, F. Duffy and A. Kemmy v. T. Meenan and P. Meenan and 9.42, P. MacLochlainn and G. McLaughlin v. D. Bradley and C. Bradley.

Winter League qualifiers - 10.00 a.m., P. Van Dessel and L. Bradley v. B. Joyce and H. Coyle; 10.06, Plunkett Duffy and S. Watson v. M. McLaughlin and P. McLaughlin; 10.12, M. Davis and E. O’Boyle v. H. Deehan and T. McElhinney; 10.18, C. Doherty and C. J. Begley v. H. McDaid and J. O’Donnell; 10.24, D. McLaughlin and J. McColgan v. B. McDermott and J. McDermott; 10.30, E. O’Connell and C. Barlow v. V. Grant and F. Friel; 10.36, J. McCarron and B. Reid v. P. O’Hea and J. Spence and 10.42, P. Duffy and J. Curran v. J. Friel and E. Grant.

Buncrana Winter League

The final of the Owen McDaid (Roe) Taxi & Minibus Hire Winter League took place last weekend involving the pairings of Eamon Doherty & Hugh Doherty and Billy McDaid & Robert Doherty.

Robert & Billy moved into an early two holes lead but Eamon & Hugh fought back to level the match after nine. Eamon & Hugh then moved 2 holes up after 14 and looked to be on their way to victory but Robert & Billy fought back to level the match at the 17th. The match then went to the 18th hole with all to play for and Hugh sank a tremendous putt for a birdie to secure the 2010 Winter League title.

Results from weekend Open Stableford - 1, P. J. Hallinan (21) 43 points; 2, Liam Lynch (16) 40; gross, Oliver Doherty (6) 28; 3, Pius McFadden (18) 39; best day, Fiachra O’Flaherty (22) 37; visitor, Christopher Doherty (15), North-West, 34.

The Buncrana Club’s new Mini-League will tee-off this weekend with the pairs competition continuing over the next four weeks. Full details have been posted on the clubhouse notice board.