The FINAL competition of 2011 in the North-Western Alliance season will be long remembered by the 57 competitors who teed-off at Ballyliffin and, indeed, all credit to the 23 hardy souls who managed to return complete their rounds on Saturday last.
Having to deal with the worst possible weather conditions, it came as no surprise that scoring would be particularly low on the Old Links.
Despite the horrendous conditions with a galeforce wind blowing across the course and those on the greens putting through hail storms, the Old Links stood up to the test and always remained playable which was great credit to the greekeeping staff of the Inishowen club.
Predictably, there were no shortage of double, treble and quadruple bogeys on cards that saw their way into the prize list with the front nine the most difficult for all, with the exception of this year’s Alliance Captain, Noel Callan, who was just three over but, playing into the wind on the back nine, that score ballooned to 12 over.
In fact the winner of the gross, his brother John, was 8 over for the front nine but just 2 over on the home nine. The runner-up was Foyle’s popular teaching professional, Sean Young, who was 6 over after nine and 7 over on the way home, a model of consistency.
The current leader in the nett category of the “Golfer of the Year,” Odhran McGettigan, continued to show his class with another fine round. His good finish of three over par for the last four holes - following a triple bogey at the 14th - saw him finish just ahead of Strabane clubmate, Ciaran Patton, who dropped five strokes over the last four holes.
The ‘Golfer of the Year’ positions, with six of the nine counting competitions completed, reads - Nett Sectiion - 1, Odhran McGettigan (Strabane), 33 points; 2, John Callan (Ballycastle), 26; 3, Michael O’Donnell (Letterkenny), 20 and 4, Eddie McHugh (Letterkenny) 18.
Gross Section - 1, Enda Kennedy (Rosapenna), 45 points; 2, Sean Quigg (City of Derry), 31; 3, Michael McGeady (McCambridge-Duffy) 28; 4, John Callan (Ballycastle) 26.
Meanwhile, all those associated with the Alliance extends good wishes to Michael McGeady who will be in action until December 5th at the second stage Qualifying for a European Tour card. Michael is among 300 hopefuls and is lying 24th in La Manga following up on his first day round of 75 with a great 68. Congratulations also to his ‘man on the bag,’ City of Derry member, Kevin Quigg.
Full results from
Ballyliffin’s Old Course
Nett Category - 1, Odran McGettigan (24), Strabane, 74; 2, Ciaran Patton (18), Strabane, 75; 3, Michael Kelly (9), Strabane, 77; 4, break of tie, Joe Blake (9), Letterkenny, 78; 5, Davy McLaughlin (16), Portsalon, 78; 6, break of tie, Maurice McGettigan (16), Strabane, 80.
Gross Category - 1, John Callan (5), Ballycastle, 81; 2, Sean Young (scr), Foyle, 84; 3, John McBride (scr), Portsalon, 85; 4, Freddie Patterson (6), Strabane, 85; 5, break of tie, Sean Quigg (2), City of Derry, 86; 6, Noel Callan (scr), Faughan Valley, 86.
There were just two “2’s” recorded by S. Devlin and M. Nelis.
The Alliance now takes a short break and will resume on Saturday, February 4th, 2012 at Portsalon.
Notes From Foyle
Foyle Golf Club’s Christmas Hamper competition, which was scheduled to be staged on Sunday last, fell victim to the inclement weather conditions and hasnow been rescheduled for this Sunday, December 11th, with the original draw still in operation.
The can be viewed on the notice board or at www.foylegolfclub.co.uk/news and any member unable to attend or who wants to be added to the list, should make contact with the Golf Shop on or before this Fridayj, December 9th.
The daily turkey competitions will continue until further notice
Recent turkey winners - Category 18+ Martin McEleney (18) 22 pts. on break of tie.
Meanwhile, the annual Foyle Sunday Society Christmas Hamper has been resheduled for Sunday, December 18th next.
Rising Sun Golf Society
The Rising Sun Golf Society held their final outing of the season on Ballyiffin’s Glashedy Links on what was a very stormy day. However, Nigel Craig coped best in the conditions to record a winning 31 points.
Results were - 1, Nigel Craig, 31 points; 2, John Logue, 30; 3, Jonathan O’Connor, 29; front nine, Niall McGuinness, 16; back nine, James Connolly, 16; nearest pin, Niall McGuinness
End of season Prize Presentation will take place in the Rising Sun Lounge this Friday, December 9th; Sunday, December 11th Children’s Christmas party from 4 - 6pm with a Disco and Santa in attendance.