Greencastle celebrated another successful Open Week with no shortage of visitors taking advantage of an Inishowen course in pristine condition despite the recent poor weather.
On Wednesday of last week in the Gillen’s Supermarket Fourball Better Ball, competitions’ convenor, Barney Boyle (14), paired up with recently joined Declan Carlin (22) for victory by a single point.
Two pairings who played in the same fourball took the next two prizes, with Des Henry (10) and Eddie Rigney (18) winning out from Paul Wallace (4) and Brian Doherty (11) by one point, 43 against 42. The ‘nines’ were won by Sean McQuillan and Paddy Keys (22 pts break of tie) and Danny Glackin and Paul Sloan (22 pts).
In last Friday’s River Inn Stableford which attracted it’s usual high entry. Letterkenny visitor Adam Hannigan (20) became the first visitor to collect a top prize with a hard earned 44 points giving him a two shot cushion over the other participants.
In second place was Ulster Cup veteran, Damien Harkin (12), with 42 points who got the better of one of his playing partners, Tony Gillespie (12) by two points.
Castlerock visitor, Gavin Higgins won the gross prize with a three over par score. The ‘nines’ were won by Caolan McLaughlin (21 pts., break of tie) and Brian Barr (22 pts).
In the We Do Art Fourball Better Ball (any combination), one of the later pairings to start came home in first place, Philip Farren (15) and Paddy McDermott (15) won on a tie-break from Gerard Harvey (12) and Johnny Harvey (17), both returning 43 points.
Tommy McBride (4) and Peter Lawrence (12) came home in third place but only after a break of tie which went all the way to the last hole before they got the better of their playing partners. They finished with 42 points.
The ‘nines’ were won with 22 points with Paul and Charlie Glenn winning the front nine and Ian Cavanagh and Paul Harvey taking the back nine prize.
Sunday’s final Open compettion was the Faulkner’s of Moville Singles Stroke. Playing in strong winds, the scoring was extremely tight, with level par scores (69) leading the way for a great part of the day. But in the end it was the popular Ernie Gray with a 67 who emerged the final winner of Open Week. His 66 nett left him one shot ahead of Michael Kelly and he was a further stroke better than Des Henry. Eddie McIntyre won the gross prize and the nines went to Paul Gillen and Colm Doherty.
The competitions committee would like to extend their thanks to all of the sponsors throughout Open Week, which attracted in excess of 1,000 participants over the nine day.
Meanwhile, also on Sunday the club’s Junior Cup team took on Ballyliffin at North-West in the first of the knockout stage rounds. The score was 2-2 with one match halved with extra holes required to decide the winners. James Havlin belied his years as he won on the second extra hole to take the club into the second round and the open draw section for the first time in this competition.
This week things return to normal with a Ladies & Gents Open on offer today (Friday).
Tomorrow’s competition is another Ladies & Gents Open while Sunday’s competition is the McCauley Cup, the next event in the race for the “Player of the Year” award.
Saturday evening also sees a function being run by the club as a fund-raiser in Caiseal Mara Hotel. The very talented Jim Brown, appearing as Elvis, will be accompanied by ‘Bojangles.’
The following weekend sees a two day Golf Classic (Friday and Saturday) in memory of the popular Paul Houston. The Saturday timesheet is full until 5.00 p.m, but there is still availability on the Friday. Entry is E25 per visitor and E15 per member.
Stephen Fitzpatrick (15) maintained his fine form at Lisfannon on Saturday last in the John Cooke Cup. Birdies at the 16th and 17th gave Stephen 23 points on the back nine and another win to add to his collection.
The runner-up was last week’s winner, Aidan McLaughlin (22), who again played some great golf to finish among the prizes. Cathal Mullan (22) secured 3rd place having lost out on break of tie for 2nd while Frank McCarroll (6) picked up the gross with 72. The back nine went to John McLaughlin (10) with 22 points courtesy of 3 birdies in a row from the 15th hole.
Meanwhile, making a welcome return to form at Lisfannon on Sunday was Padraig MacLochlainn (5). His level par round enough to give him the win in the Lee Hogg Flagon, Padraig’s card included five birdies and his back nine of one under par saw him post 65 nett to edge out the steady Joe McColgan (14) on break of tie.
Christopher McCallion (6) rounded off a good week by securing 3rd with 67 nett. Charlie Doherty (4) won the gross with 77.
This weekend’s fixtures at Lisfannon are - tomorrow (Sat.), Sandwich Company Open Fourball; Sunday, June 19th, Confined Stableford.
Derry & District
Vintners’ Golf Society
The next outing of the Derry & District Vintners’ Golf Society will take place at Raddison Roe Park on Wednesday next, June 22nd.
The first tee has been booked from 12.00 noon to 12.30 p.m.
The outing will be kindly sponsored by Nugents.