Hugh victorious in Hallowe’en Open

Wood Driver by Golf Ball June 2000
Wood Driver by Golf Ball June 2000

LAST Saturday’s annual Hallowe’en Open Stableford at North-West attracted a large entry and Hugh Doherty (H) played some fine golf to take top honours.

The 20 handicapper compiled a respectable score of 18 points on his was out but he upped the ante on the way home when adding a further 22 points for the top score of 40. Hugh has been playing good golf for the last few weeks and it all came together for him last weekend.

Two points in arrears was Rory McLaughlin (13) and Rory had the distinction of having three “2’s” on his card at the par three 8th, 13th and 16th holes.

The gross prize was won by Stephen McHugh (5) with a 76 while Eddie Hegarty (15) claimed third spot with 38 points.

Chris Lavin won the back nine with 23 points while the visitors’ prize was claimed by Niall McLaughlin (11) with 36 points.

The C.S.S. was 35 pts.

Last Sunday’s competition was cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions.

Tuesday, October 23rd - Open “Meal Deal” results - 1, Eamon Walker (14) 42 points; 2, Padraig Mac Lochlainn (5) 39.

The C.S.S. was 37 pts.

Results from North-West Thursday Society, October 25th - Singles Stableford - 1, break of tie, Davy McElhinney, 40 points; 2, Michael Bradley, 40; 3, Gerry Coyle, 39.

“2’s” were carded by - J. McLaughlin, B. O’Sullivan, S. Murphy, P. Doherty, B. Coyle and G. Coyle.

Tie-Break Decider

Buncrana hosted the annual Aileen Hallinan Memorial Open Teams of Four event last weekend and a break of tie was called upon to identify the winning quartet.

Full results were - 1, break of tie, Oliver Doherty (7), James Doherty (15), Robert Doherty (16) and Billy McDaid (18), 52 points; 2, Seosamh Gallanagh (13), Joe Gallanagh (18) and Marian Simpson (27) 52; best day - Pauric O’Flaherty (3), Fiáchra O’ Flaherty (10), Andrew McIlhinney (24) and Gearóid Doherty (25) 52.

Congratulations to Pauric O’Flaherty who recorded a hole in one at the par three 6th and Martin Mc Laughlin who had an “ace” at the 9th.

Meanwhile, the Owen McDaid (Roe) Minibus & Taxi Hire Winter League will resume this weekend and quite a few teams will be looking to improve their overall league positions.

The weekly 9-hole competitions have now commenced and cards can be taken during the week or in conjunction with the Winter League fixtures.

Qualifying for the Christmas Hamper is also in full swing and in order for members to participate they need to return 21 points in the nine-holes qualifying competition. The Christmas Hamper will be played over Saturday and Sunday, December 8th and 9th.

The next committee meeting will take place on Tuesday next, November 6th at 7:00 p.m. sharp and all committee members are expected to attend.

The “Find the Joker” prize fund has now reached E1,305. Lines cost E2 each and the committee would appreciate it if members would buy a line or even help with the sale of a card.

There is a new 2013 membership deal available. Gents pay E305 (£245) and ladies pay €205 (£165) now and play golf until March 2014 (16 months). These membership fees include insurance, G.U.I. and I.L.G.U. fees which can be deducted if you are a member of another club.

Strabane visitor on top

The Laois Tourist Board provided the sponsorship for last Saturday’s Ladies & Gents Open Stableford at Greencastle and despite the weather, 125 participants entered.

The scoring was superb and as a group was possibly the best that has been seen at the Inishowen club for many years.

Oliver McNally (16), Strabane, was the man at the top of his form as he amassed 46 points to win the much sought after first prize. Twelve pars in his round highlighted Oliver’s ability.

The runner-up was another visitor, Joseph Doherty (17), who, amazingly returned the same score. The highlight of his card was a birdie at the fourth.

In third place, one point adrift, was Seamus McLaughlin (15). A birdie “2” at the last in the dark gave him the great score!

Gavin Harkin returned to form with a one over par round in winning the gross, while John McElhinney won the front nine with 25 points in which he had two birdies. Sean Doherty was the winner of the back nine with 22 points.

Eithne McDonough (27) won the ladies prize with 37 points.

This weekend there are singles stableford competitions organised.

Notes From Dunfanaghy

Patrick Page set the pace early in last Saturday’s juvenile competition and he was never in danger of being caught, despite a small mishap on the last. In second place, some distance away, was Seamus McGinley.

The juvenile competition continues tomorrow.

October 24th - Wednesday Open - 1, Willie Wilkin, 40 points; 2, break of tie, Denis McCrory, 37; gross, Donal Boyle, 36; 3, Neil McGinley, 36; first nine, Mark McHugh, 21; second nine, Fergus Mullen, 22.

The C.S.S. was 37.

Friday, October 26th, Open Stableford, 14 holes - 1, Willie Wilkin, 30 pts.

Saturday, October 27 - Fourball Better Ball (Stroke) - 1, Billy Griffin & Charlie Roarty, 60 nett; 2, Ed Margey & Paddy McCafferty, 62; gross, Shane Greer & John Hanna, 70; 3, break of tie, Michael Wellis & Paddy O’Gorman, 63.

Sunday, October 28th - Stewart Bam Cup v. Par (golfer of year competiton) - 1, Brendan Kelly, 4 up; 2, Dan Sweeney, 3 up; gross, James Doherty, 9 down; 3, break of tie, Fergus Mullen, level; first nine, Brian McGinley, 4 up; second nine, Michael Doyle, 2 up.