REDUCING the qualifying rounds in the annual Winter League from nine weeks to six appears to have been popular with the membership of North-West.
Those taking part in the John O’Donnell sponsored event will see four of the six cards counting towards qualification for the matchplay stages.
And with the tight Lisfannon Links in superb condition, scoring has been high over the opening two weeks.
Eddie J. Grant and Andy McDermott led the way in the opening round when returning the top score of 44 points with the McLaughlin brothers, Gary and Aidan, relegating former Captain, Eugene O’Connell and Plunkett Duffy into third spot on a tie-break after both pairs recorded scores of 41 points to take the minor placings.
In round two last weekend, which was also blessed with glorious sunshine, the father and son partnership of Francis and Patrick Duffy powered their way to victory with a sensational score of 46 points.
Their scorecard included one birdie (17th) 16 pars and one bogey at the 10th.
In second spot was North-West Vice-Captain Bosco Reid and Jimmy McGee who return another superb score of 45 points.
The Winter League continues this Sunday, October 20th, with the traditional Christmas Fayre to be played tomorrow (Saturday).
Members can also take out cards to qualify for the annual Christmas Hamper.
RECENT RESULTS From Dunfanaghy
M. J. McGinley snatched the recent Wednesday Open at Dunfanaghy following a three-way break of tie on 32 points.
And last Saturday’s Fourball Better Ball event was claimed by the pairing of Johnny Shields and Gareth McLarnon with a nett 60.
And in Sunday’s Confined Stableford event Collan Keegan relegated Gerard Dalton into second place with a score of 39 points, Gerard finishing one point adrift.
Recent results round-up - October 9th, Wednesday Open Stableford - 1, break of tie, M. J. McGinley, 32 points; 2, Stanley Johnston, 32; 3, Gerard McElwee, 32,
Saturday, October 12th - Gents Open Fourball Better Ball Stroke - 1, Johnny Shields & Gareth McLarnon, 60 nett.
Sunday, October 13th - Gents Singles Stableford confined - 1, Collan Keegan, 39 points; 2, Gerard Dalton, 38.
The C.S.S. was 37 pts.
In the juveniles weekly competition on Saturday last, the Cadet Section was hard fought before Max Roarty claimed top honours from Finn Dalton.
And in the main section, Conor Cheevers again reigned supreme.
The juvenile competitions continue every Saturday morning, weather permitting, at 8.30 a.m. sharp.
This weekend’s competitions are - tomorrow (Saturday), Open Fourball Better Ball; Sunday, October 20th, Monthly Medal (Stroke).
CITY OF DERRY LADIES
Results from City Of Derry Ladies Branch Winter competition No.3 - 1, Louise Peoples (17) 21 points; 2, Christine Mitchell (20) 20; 3, Brenda Chauhan (12) 20.
Next week’s competition is another 13 holes Winter event.
Results from the final 18 hole competition of the season staged on Thursday, October 10th were – 1, Anne Hamilton (13) 37 points; 2, Denise Callan (26) 36; 3, Faye McGrotty (37) 32.
The winner of 20’s competition No. 254 was Anne Hamilton (13) with 24 points.
Recent results from Ballyliffin Ladies Branch - Sunday, October 13th - nine holes confined - 0-18 - 1, Geraldine Mullen, 19 points; 2, Ann Friel, 17; 19-28 - 1, Roisin Rooney, 19 pts.; 2, Breige Boyle, 18; 28-36 - 1, Pauline Madden, 20 points; 2, Mags Houghton, 14.
Tuesday, October 8th, 18 holes confined - 1, Margaret Doherty (O) 34 points; 2, Mary McGeoghan, 34; 3, Marian McEleney, 33; back nine, Sadie Grant (N) 19.
The C.S.S. was 72.
Friday, October 11th - 18 holes stableford - 1, Margaret Mc Colgan, 32 points; 2, Jean Fitzpatrick, 30; 3, Kathleen Burns, 29; best 34+ Evelyn Smith.
Meanwhile, the Ladies Branch enjoyed brilliant sunshine in the recent Lady Captain’s Day at Redcastle.
Results were - 1, Margaret Killen; 2, Margaret McColgan; 3, Marian Simpson; best 34+ Evelyn Smith; front nine, Lorna Thompson; back nine, Theresa McCrudden.
The Past Captains and Presidents ‘Day last Sunday and there was a fantastic turnout for the nine holes competition with old friendships renewed and new friendships forged.
Gents’ competition - 1, break of tie, Oliver Doherty; 2, Jim Fletcher; 3, Cormac Doherty.
Ladies - 1, Jean Fitzpatrick; 2, Sheila Reid; 3, Moya Jane O’Doherty.
The Ladies’ Christmas Hampers will be played on Friday next with a shotgun start at 10.30 a.m. with the presentation in the clubhouse.