Luke moving onto Irish Boys’ radar?

City of Derry's Luke Hasson receives his prize from ARTHUR DUFFY following his fifth place finish in the recent Irish Boys' Under-15 Open Championship in Galway last month. 0909AD01
City of Derry's Luke Hasson receives his prize from ARTHUR DUFFY following his fifth place finish in the recent Irish Boys' Under-15 Open Championship in Galway last month. 0909AD01

CITY OF Derry’s, Luke Hasson, continued his progression in the national juvenile ranks when finishing in 5th place in the recent Irish Boys’ Under-15 Open Championship which was staged at Galway Golf Club.

Hot on the heels of finishing fourth in the Leinster Boys’ Championship in Dublin, the local 15-year-old Oakgrove College student made a significant impression in the “west” when carding rounds of 75 and 76 for a 36 holes total of 151.

And given the fact that the event attracted top under-15’s from as far away as the U.S.A., South Africa, Norway, Sweden, France and England, Luke’s performance will certainly have now moved him onto the radar of the Irish Boys’ international team selectors.

Indeed, he will now focus his attentions on the G.U.I.’s elite coaching programme which will take place at the Greenmount campus this winter.

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Meanwhile, on the club front at Prehen, Ronan Leake claimed last week’s Thursday Open Stableford with a superb score of 43 points which signals a further reduction in his handicap.

Full results were - September 1st, Thursday Open - 1, Ronan Leake (9) 43 points; 2, Tony Murray (24) 42; 3, Conrad Smith (23) 41; gross, Aaron Taylor (1) 36; visitor, D. Taylor (22), Faughan Valley, 32.

The C.S.S. was 69.

The Thursday Opens will continue until the end of September and times can be booked by ringing Sam Smallwoods on 02871-311496.

In the Dermott McDermott Memorial Stroke event, played off the ‘back sticks’ at Prehen, Wesley Ferguson (22) registered a nett 67 to take first place, winning by two strokes.

Dermott McDermott Memorial Stroke results - 1, Wesley Ferguson (22) 67 nett; 2, break of tie, Jayson McIntyre (3) 69; 3, John Rosborough (13) 69; 4, Iain Anthony (4) 70; visitor, B. Curran (9), Rosapenna, 73.

The C.S.S. was 71.

The O’Doherty Brothers Ladies & Gents’ Open Stableford is one of the eagerly contested competitions in the calendar at Prehen and this year was no exception. Gerda Laird (19) triumphed in the ladies section with 41 points from Lady Captain Naoimh Quigg (3) on 36 points.

In the gents’ competition it was the steady play of Michael Gillen (13) that got the job done with a fine 43 point total and he claimed first place ahead of Michael Feeney (8) 40 points. Gavin Morren (15) finished on the same score but lost out following a break of tie. Stephen Anderson (8) found that his 39 points was good enough for fourth place ahead of a host of other players.

CSS was 70.

This weekend’s fixtures at Prehen include an Open Stableford tomorrow (Saturday) with the ‘End of Season Teams of Four’ on Sunday.

Timesheets are in operation for all events and bookings can be made through resident professional, Sam Smallwoods on 02871-311610.

Members are reminded that the September 2nd prizegiving, re-scheduled to because of the club’s involvement in the All-Ireland Mixed Foursomes Finals, will now take place on tonight at 8.30 p.m. and all prize-winners are asked to attend.

In addition, the City of Derry Mixed Foursomes Team will present their All-Ireland Senior Pennant to the club on the night and visitors are welcome to attend.

McGrotty in control at


Last week’s Club Confined at Redcastle was won by Jim McGrotty with a superb 43 points, one point clear of the chasing pack.

Full results were - Confined Stableford - 1, Jim McGrotty, 43 points; 2, Mervyn Baird, 42; 3, Willie McClelland, 41; gross, Kris McClelland, 33; front nine, break of tie, Alan O’Brien, 21; back nine, break of tie, Paul Hegarty, .

This weekend’s competition is the President’s Cup (Stroke) which will be played over tomorrow (Sat.) and Sunday, September 11th. There will be two draws held on both days at 9.00 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.

Meanwhile, those wishing to take part in the Captain’s Outing to Gracehill must enter their names on the sheet provided on the notice board.

Fantastic scoring by

Dunphy at Dunfanaghy

Last week’s Wednesday Open was won by Gareth Dunphy (6) with a fantastic score of 42 points.

A consistent front nine, which included 8 pars and 1 birdie, was followed by a slightly bumpier back nine which included birdies at the 15th and 16th holes. back nine in 20 points.

In Friday’s 14 holes competition, father defeated son when Neil McGinley returned 30 points, one clear of son Neil.

Saturday saw the Captain’s and President’s teams battle it out for pride and the honours on this occasion went to Ronan Wray’s team who performed slightly better on the day.

On Sunday in the latest ‘Golfer of the Year’ competition, The Kilbrae Cup, was won by Daniel McColgan who spread-eagled the field with a fantastic 42 points playing off 4.

This weekend’s highlight is the 36 holes Senior and Intermediate Scratch Cup competitions. The entry fee is E25 (which includes soup and sandwiches) and then on Saturday next, September 17th, the re-arranged Club Classic (entry fee E80 for teams of four) will take place.

Full results from last week - Wednesday Open, August 31st - 1, Gareth Dunphy, 42 points; 2, Willie Wilkin, 41; gross, Eddie McGroddy, 29; 3, Patrick Duffy, 40; visitor, Enda McMonagle, 38; first nine, break of tie, James Doherty, 20; second nine, break of tie, Kieran McGee, 19.

The C.S.S. was 37 pts.

Friday Open 14 holes Stableford, September 2nd - 1, Neil McGinley, 30 points; 2, Noel McGinley, 29.

September 4th - Kilbrae Cup Stableford - 1, Daniel McColgan, 42 points; 2, break of tie, Neil McGinley, 38; gross, Cathal McMonagle, 27; 3,Brian McGinley, 38; first nine, Thomas Alcorn, 20; second nine, Brendan Kelly, 22.

The C.S.S. was 37 pts.

Forthcoming fixtures - today (Friday), Open Stableford, 14 holes; tomorrow (Sat.) Intermediate & Senior Scratch Cups; Sunday, Gents’ Confined Stableford; Wednesday, September 14th, Open Stableford.

Devlin Dominates

at Buncrana

Shaun Devlin played some of his best golf for quite some time to shoot a tremendous 45 points to win last weekend’s Open Stableford at Buncrana.

Full results - 1, Shaun Devlin (13) 45 points; 2, Jim Caldwell (11) 41; gross, break of tie, Christopher McCallion (7) 70; 3, Benny Murphy (14) 40; visitor, Damien Griffin (12) 28.

The Derek Breslin Memorial Open Stableford will take place tomorrow and Sunday, September 11th, the Breslin family sponsoring this competition.

A timesheet is in operation and the clubhouse can be contacted on: 074-93-62279.

The inaugural Past Captains and Presidents’ competition will take place today (Friday) and there will be light refreshments afterwards.Congratulations to young Jack Duffy who has been selected by G.U.I. Ulster Branch for their intensive Winter Coaching Programme to be held at the Greenmount Campus this winter. This is a tremendous achievement for Jack who at 10 years of age is already showing great potential.

There will be Open Pairs Stableford running in midweek and there will be different formats each week. The first competition will be next Monday, September 12th and the format will be 9-hole Pairs Scramble.

Qualifying for the Christmas Hamper has started and cards can be taken out in conjunction with other competitions.