McBriarty Tour set for Canaries in September

DETAILS of the former Carrycullion Classic, now renamed the Seamus McBriarty Tour, the brainchild of the late North-West resident professional, has now been released, the tour returning to the Canary Islands for the 2014 event.

Now organised by Colm McCarroll, this year’s trip is expected to raise a few eyebrows given that Mr. Carroll actually travelled to Tenerife to personally organise the golf and, indeed, the accommodation for the 24 members of the 2014 party.

The 72 holes event will open on Sunday, September 14th with the final round played on Thursday, September 18th. Tuesday will be the traditional ‘rest day.’

All four rounds will be staged on the picturesque Playa de Las Americas course, with the accommodation just a ‘stone throw’ away in the Green Garden Resort, considered one of the top apartment complexes on the island.

Those taking part must organise their own flights with most expected to fly out on Friday, September 12th, returning on Friday, Septe mber 19th.

The cost of the trip, not including flight but including accommodation, green fees and prizes, is E480 with two players occupying each appartment.

And as the accommodation has already been paid by the organiser, an initial deposit of E250 must be paid as soon as possible to Mr. McCarroll with the balance of E230 to be paid by March 31st.

And the organiser has pulled out all the stops yet again by personally publishing a special 16 page brochure which will be supplied to all those with an interest.

In fact, the full colour brochure answers every possible query posedon the trip.

Entitled, the Seamus McBriarty Tour Brochure, the publication features pictures of the superb Las Americas course, previous trips, plus special stories on the former popular Lisfannon professional and, indeed, the man who started it all so many years ago, another highly respected professional, Michael Doherty, whose City of Derry tour also continues to this day.

Always one for nostalgia, McCarroll has not forgotten yarns from past trips and, indeed, a comprehensive coverage, incuding photographs, of former Carrycullion Classic competitors.

Other characters likely to be on the 2014 tour are have been identified, not to mention where to dine and where to find the best entertainment during the week.

The tour is, indeed, steeped in history and congratulations must be extend to the organiser and those who assisted him in producing such a colourful, entertaining and informative brochure. It really is a great read.

North-West Notes

North-West’s leading officials do not appear to have been over-burdened with their duties of high office as Captain, Bosco Reid and Lady Captain, Muireanna Friel, emerged victorious in last weekend’s Sunday Society outing.

Playing of a 13 handicap, Bosco really made light of the blustery conditions when enjoying a superb four points cushion over his nearest rival.

A three over gross score over the front nine yielded 23 points.

And on the way home nine a five over gross score - which included a particularly ugly triple bogey ‘7’ at the difficult par four 12th hole - saw the Captain add another 19 points for a winning total of 42 points.

The runner-up, with 38 points, was the Lisfannon club’s 2014 “Golfer of the Year,” four handicapper, Stewart McGinley.

A sizzling round of two over gross, which included birdies at the closing 16th, 17th and 18th holes was a score that would have won on any other day.

Meanwhile, in the Ladies Section, Lady Captain Muireanna Friel romped home in first place to make it an unique ‘double’ for the two officials.

The usual Confined Sweep is on offertomorrow (Saturday) with the Sunday Society on March 2nd.

St. Joseph’s Golf Society

The St. Joseph’s Golf Society returns to the fairways for another season this Sunday, March 2nd.

The first outing will be to Dunfanaghy where the first tee has been booked for 11.30 a.m.

As always, new members and, indeed, visitors will be made welcome.

Greencastle Ladies

The Winter League concluded on Thursday and the scent of victory belonged to the Buttercups (Magdalene McDermott, Eileen Farren, and Margaret O’Kane) with 115 points. The next two teams could not be separated, showing just how tight a contest it was throughout. Finishing on 105 pts were the Roses (Pauline Sloan, Frances Harkin and Antoinette Hegarty) and the Crocus’ (Bridie Cavanagh, Kay Doherty and Pauline Casey).

City of Derry Ladies

City of Derry results for Feb. 25th - 12 holes - 1, Christine Mitchell(28) 24 pts.; 2 Brenda Chauhan(17) 21; 3 Maire McReynolds(17) 20.

Next week’s competition will be a winter stableford competition.