DERRY solicitor, Ciaran McGuinness, reigned supreme in last Saturday’s Foyle Hospice Charity Open Stableford at the Ballyarnett club.
However, the 13 handicapper had to survive a break of tie with Damien McColgan, McGuinness getting the verdict thanks to a superior back nine after both players had returned the top score of 39 points.
The event, staged on a superb day for golf, enjoyed a fine entry and with the Foyle course in pristine condition top scoring was the order of the day off the back tees.
Full results were - Foyle Hospice Open Stableford - 1, break of tie, Ciaran McGuinness (13) 39 points; 2, Damien McColgan (13), 39; 3, Patrick McDaid (18) 38; gross, Damien McKenna, 34; back nine, break of tie, Chris McCauley (20) 21.
The C.S.S. was 35 pts.
Results from last week’s Foyle Friday Open Stableford - 1, Gavin McDonnell (15) 42 points; 2, Gary McGeoghegan (10), Ballyliffin, 40; 3, break of tie, Kevin McDermott (23) 40.
Meanwhile, Foyle Golf Club will contest the Ulster Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield when they face Rossmore G.C. on Sunday next at Dumurry at 2.10 p.m.
A bus, travelling to the final, will leave the club at 10.00 a.m. sharp with 30 places available at a cost of £10. All members travelling are asked to enter their names on the sheet provided in the shop and pay Jackie Thomas or Kevin Dunn as soon as possible to book their seats.
Forthcoming competitions - tomorrow (Wed.) until Sunday, August 12th, Confined Golf Classic - teams of four (any combination. See Notic Board for further information.
Tie-Break Win for
George Pearson (23) took the main honours at Prehen on Sunday last with a sparkling 43 points for a tie-breaking victory in the Captain’s Charity Open (Mr. Ciaran Burke).
Suki Nagra (15), also returned 43 points, but he failed to match George’s fabulous 25 points back nine which proved to be the clincher.
Suki did, however, move up the rankings for a possible place in the “dream team” in the two days event to be held at Prehen on the weekend of August 25th and 26th.
Bernard McDaid (20) finished in third place with an excellent 42 points and Ernie Heywood (1) took the gross prize with 36 points.
Best of the ladies was Christine Mitchell (27) with 37 points. She was followed home by Marie Clifford (24) with 35 points.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, Aubrey Taylor (8) made a very welcome return to the winner’s enclosure at Prehen when claiming the Northern Bank Open Stableford. Six over level ‘twos’ after 16 holes, he had a slight wobble with a nasty double bogey at the 17th but recovered well with a par at the last and his 41 points proved to be the best of the day.
Ryan Kerr (16) also took a six at the 17th but still had 40 points and finished in second place. Michael Feeney (8) scored 39 points with 22 of them on the back nine to take the third place and the fourth place was taken by Graham Robb (7) who was best of six players on 38 points with no less than 16 of those points coming on the last six holes. Sean Quigg (1) was the winner of the gross prize with 37 pts.
And in the Thursday Open James Desmond (16) continued his run of good form with another win, recording 40 points despite dropping four shots over the last three holes.
Ralph Hamilton (13) took the runner-up spot with 39 points. Letterkenny man Keith Hegarty (17) took third place on 38 points following a tie-break. The visitor’s prize went to Brian Wallace (8), playing out of Dunfanaghy.
“Two Day” Open at
City of Derry
City of Derry members and, indeed, visitors from all the the other local clubs and further afield will be delighted to learn of a fabulous Two Day Open Team event taking place at Prehen on the weekend of August 25th and 26th.
Sponsored by local accountancy firm Moore, McDaid and McCullough, the format will be teams of four for ladies and gents (any combination) and demand for places is sure to be keen. Further details regarding entry fees and prizes will be available shortly but in the meantime bookings can be made at the Pro’s Shop, or telephone 02871-311496.
Meanwhile, members and visitors (ladies and gents) are reminded that Dispo Products will sponsor this Saturday’s competition at Prehen. Times can be booked at 028-71311496 or online at www.cityofderrygolfclub.com
And the annual Samaritans Charity Open for ladies and gents will take place this Sunday, August 12th.
Maurice Allen Trophy
The format for this year’s Maurice Allen Trophy at Prehen will be changed to an Open Stableford for Juniors on Friday, August 17th.
This is a great opportunity for visitors to play the course, as from Monday, August 20th, the All-Ireland Under-15 Championships take place at City of Derry.Results from Lady Captain’s Prize (Mrs Betty Mc Bride) to juveniles - 1, Christopher Love, 41 points; 2, Adam Monaghan, 40; 3, Luke Hasson, 39.
The Austins of the Diamond Open takes place this Friday, August 10th, while the President’s Prize (Mr. Brian Long) is scheduled for August 15th.
Contract the Pro Shop for further details. on 02871-311496 or Eamon McCourt.