Glorious weather greeted by golfers

AS WAS the case for all local golf clubs, Greencastle enjoyed an influx of visitors for last weekend’s Easter competitions thanks to the glorious weather conditions.

First up was the Good Friday Open Stableford and two visitors showed the Greencastle members the way home. Kevin Murphy (10), from Buncrana Golf Club, played the front half in level par (23 points) adding a further 20 points on the back nine for a winning total of 43 points. He had consecutive birdies on the 8th and 9th holes. Harry Cavanagh (18) chased him all the way with his 42 points.

The C.S.S. was 38 points.

Meanwhile, on Saturday last in the Ladies & Gents Open, Joy Quigg (26) won the ladies section with 40 points. Such was her dominance she had four points to spare over runner-up, Helena Doherty (18).

The gents’ section was won by Martin Harvey. The sixteen handicapper enjoyed a three points cushion over second placed James Harkin (14). Martin had four pars on the front nine and three more on the back nine plus two birdies, excellent golf. Also showing great golf skills was James Havlin (7) when taking third place with 40 points. The gross went to Sean McQuillan (30 pts.) and Hugh Doherty and Oliver Hodkinson claimed the ‘nines’ prizes (both 23 points).

Sunday’s competition was the traditional An Tostal Cup fourball betterball, played each year on Easter Sunday and James Harkin (13) did not let the fact that his handicap had been reduced from the previous day deter him as he partnered Ryan McDermott (20) to a 45 points score and victory. Between them they had four birdies, the one on the last hole proving decisive which gave them a break of tie win over Paddy and Paul Ferguson. They also had four birdies on their card. In third place was Sean Arrow and Mervyn Morris with 43 points. The “nines” were won by Michael Garnon and Billy Kerr and Declan McBay and Conor Kerr, both with 23 points.

Members competing in the Biggar and Inniskillen Cups are reminded that the deadlines for the first round are approaching , (May 8th), and every effort should be made to play these in the allotted time.

Easter Monday turned out to be a day for representative golf as Greencastle had two teams in action. The Fred Daly team took on an impressive Royal Portrush squad. The Greencastle boys obtained two points thanks to the efforts of James Havlin and Ronan Ward.

Following them were the Ulster Cup team, playing the return leg of their match against Fintona. Having come away with two and a half points from the away leg, Jon Lynch was quietly confident that his players could finish the job, and so it turned out as they got the necessary five points to progress to play either North-West or Gracehill in the next round.

Tomorrow the local Moville Community College are running their annual fund raising Classic. A timesheet is in operation and places can be reserved by contacting the club. Sunday’s competition is the Hassan Cup Stableford.

The Ulster Fourball team are playing the return leg of their tie against Moyola Park, and despite only having one point, there is a determination about the team that they have the ability to turn the result around.

North-West Notes

Easter weekend at North-West saw large turnouts for the various Open competitions with almost 200 players competing on Saturday and Sunday.

Kieran McGinty (11) came out on top in the Easter Open Singles on Saturday with a very steady 42 points to record his first victory since rejoining the club this year.

Full results were - Easter Open - April 23rd - 1, Kieran McGinty (11) 42 points; 2, Matthew Fitzpatrick (8) 40; 3, Justin MacLochlainn (2) 39; 4, Charlie Doherty (4) 39; back nine, Billy Doherty, who also carded an “ace” at the 13th; visitor, Daniel Patton, 35.

Meanwhile, Brendan Joyce and John McCarron combined effectively on Sunday in the Open Fourball Betterball to card a winning score of 45 points.

Easter Open Fourball, April 24th - 1, John McCarron & Brendan Joyce, 45 points; 2, Benny McDermott & John McDermott, 44.

This weekend’s competitions at Lisfannon include the Swilly Cup (confined) which will be played tomorrow while on Sunday, the course will be dominated by members of the local Cottage Bar Golf Society Outing.

Results From Ballyliffin

Wed Society Results, April 20th - 1, break of tie, Patrick McConologue, 42 points; 2, John Moore, 42; 3, Robbie Kennelly, 41.

Good Friday Open – April 22nd - 1, Seamus McLaughlin (M) (22), 41 points; 2, Paul McNicholl (16) 41; 3, Emlyn Bratton (8) 40; 4, John McFeeley (18) 40; gross, Sean Doherty O (1) 33.

The C.S.S. was 71.

Saturday, April 23rd - Open Stroke - 1, Christopher Doherty (7) 67 nett; 2, Des Elliott (16) 69; 3, Tom Moriarty (10) 70 nett; 4, Denis McConologue (8) 71; gross, Sean Doherty O. (1) 73.

The C.S.S. was 72.

Sunday, April 24th - Strand Hotel Confined - 1, Phelim Davenport (12) 43 points; 2, Denis Clancy (12) 42; 3, Oliver McConologue (16) 42; 4, Liam McLaughlin (14) 41; gross, Sean Doherty O (1) 37.

The C.S.S. was 70.

This weekend’s fixtures - tonight (Fri.), Members Scramble over nine holes at 5.00 p.m.; tomorrow (Sat.), Mini Classic on the Old Links, visitors E25 per person and members E15 per person. Timesheet in operation, telephone: 00-353-7493-78100. Sunday, May 1st, Members confined competition on Glashedy.