Foyle Captains Drive Into Office

Foyle Golf Club captain Kevin Dunn tee's off on Captains Day.  (0305JB22)
Foyle Golf Club captain Kevin Dunn tee's off on Captains Day. (0305JB22)

FOYLE Captains, Kevin Dunn and Christine McCafferty enjoyed glorious conditions for their “Drive-In” on Friday last and the well supported annual event was followed by a nine holes Scramble competition.

A total of 17 teams of four competed in the event and given the weather and the superb condition of the Ballyarnett course, scoring was excellent.

Full reuslts wre - 1, Martin Kivelehan, Cormac Cassidy, Josh McGowan and Deborah McElhinney, 25.15; 2, Eddie Ball, Damien Martin, Gary McEvoy and Jennifer Rainey, 26.7; 3, Emmett McNally, Stuart Gauld, Jim McGrotty and Ann Fulton, 27.6.

Meanwhile, the Friday Open Stableford competitions also teed-off on Friday with the first event attracting a large entry and the event was dominated by high handicap players.

Full results were - Friday Open - 1, Sean McEleney (28) 44 points; 2, Seamus McGee (23) 41; 3, break of tie, Trevor Blair (17) 40.

The C.S.S. was 37 pts.

Results from the Confined Stableford on Wednesday, April 27th - 1, Anthony Jackson (22) 44 points; 2, Cormac McGeady (4) 42.

Confined Stableford - Saturday, April 30th - 1, Liam McCafferty (21) 43 points; 2, John Duffy (17) 40.

In the Inter-Club competitions, the Jimmy Bruen Qualifying round was staged at Foyle on Sunday with the 13 team facing a strong breeze which made scoring particularly difficult.

In the end, the team who qualified for the matchplay stages of the competition were - Foyle 332; Castlerock 338; City of Derry 338; Ballyliffin 343.

And the matchplay draw resulted - Foyle v. Ballyliffin at North-West Golf Club and Castlerock v. City of Derry at Foyle.

Foyle hosted Malone Golf Club last week in the home leg of the first round of the Ulster Cup having secured a fine 2.5 points in the away leg. Therefore, going into the match with high hopes, Foyle certainly played with confidence winning the first five matches out and were dormie three and four up in the final two matches to secure a fine victory and move into the second round where they will face either Banbridge or Ballybofey & Stranorlar.

In the Ulster Fourball competition, Foyle travelled to Malone on Sunday last for the away leg in the first round of the competition leading 4-1 from the first leg at Foyle. Requiring 1.5 matches for victory, the visitors won the second and third matches and now progress to play Donegal neighbours, Letterkenny, in the second round.

Forthcoming competitions - tomorrow (Wed.), Crumley Construction Monthly Medal; Friday, May 6th, Open Stableford; Saturday, May 7th, Fred Daly Memorial Trophy Qualifier.

Donegal Seniors Alliance

Results of the outing held at Narin & Portnoo Golf Club on Thursday, April 28th - 1, Howard Crowe (24) Cruit, 45 points; 2, break of tie, Pat Conaghan (21), Narin & Portnoo, 43; 3, John McGettigan (18), Ballybofey & Stranorlar, 43; 4, break of tie, Manus Boyle (18), Narin & Portnoo, 42; 5, Jim Arbuckle (18), Strabane, 42; gross, Mick Gallagher, Portsalon, 29 pts.; 6, Charlie Patton (13), STrabane, 42; 7, Jimmy Keenan (18), Dunfanaghy, 42; 8, break of tie, Oliver Ward (18) Cruit, 41; 9,Sean MacCormack (17), Portsalon, 41; 10, James Mc Ginley (19), Narin & Portnoo, 41.

Category A - 1, break of tie, Charlie Moore (14), Ballybofey & Stranorlar, 41; 2, break of tie, Joe Henderson (18), Ballybofey & Stranorlar, 39.

Category B - 1, break of tie, Harry Coyle (12), North-West, 41; 2, break of tie, Aidan O’Connell (15), Narin & Portnoo, 40.

Category C - 1, break of tie, M. J. Gallagher (15), Letterkenny, 41; 2, Tom O’Donnell (16), Narin & Portnoo, 41.

Category D - 1, break of tie, John Hines (24), Letterkenny, 38; 2, Liam O’Hagan (22 ), Narin & Portnoo, 38.

The next outing takes place at Greencastle Golf Club on Monday, May 9th.

Prehen Thursday Society

No less than 52 members of Prehen’s popular Thursday Society took to the fabulously prepared Strabane course on Thursday last to compete for the prestigous Ted Pope Trophy, presented to the Society by Jim Stewart to perpetuate the memory of his great friend and former professional at the club who had emigrated to New Zealand in 1971.

Sadly both men are since deceased but their memory surely lives on in the playing of this competition. Stewart Canning (22) was best of the day with 38 points with Wilf Abel (24) taking second place on 37 points and Eamonn McCourt (9) the Society’s Secretary finishing on 36 points for the third spot.

Robin McClay (22) took the first nine prize with an excellent 22 points and Larry Coyle (18) scored 18 points for the second nine prize on a count back.

The Thursday Society will now take a break until October but competition continues every week throughout the summer with the ever popular Thursday Open Stableford competitions. Entry fee is £3.00 for members while visitors pay £15.00.