PHILIP Meenan rose to prominence at North-West on Sunday last, the Derry man successfully battling his way through the near galeforce wind to claim the prestigious Dr. McLaughlin Cup.
The blustery conditions, never mind the fact that this “Golfer of the Year” event is played off the white tees, saw many players fail to complete their rounds.
However, Meenan is a hardy sort and the 16 handicapper coped extremely well to return a superb score of 37 points to win by two from his nearest challenger
In fact, the runner-up, Karol Friel, boosted his chances of claiming the prestigious “Golfer of the Year” title having now increased his lead by five points, he leads the way having moved eight points clear at the top of the table with just one counting competition remaining.
In third place was Ronan McLaughlin (10) also with 35 points.
The category winners were - Cat. 1,Malachy McLaughlin (6) 34 pts.; Cat. 2, Patsy McLaughlin (10) with 34 pts.; Cat. 3 winner was Jamie Friel (21) with 31 Pts.
The C.S.S. was 34 pts and only three 2’s were recorded.
Meanwhile, the Autumn Trophy was staged on the tight Lisfannon links on Saturday, that event also played in very tough conditions.
The strong wind plus a number of very tight pin placements suggested that top score would be hard to achieve.
In the end, Category 1 player, Justin MacLochlainn (4) returned a well compiled 36 points to claim his category.
The Category 2 winner was the consistent Terry Meenan who produced a great score of 38 and as a result of his effort, Terry now has rejoined the select band of single figure golfers with his handicap having been reduced to 9.
The top card in Category 3 was returned by Anthony Breslin (15) with a splendid 38 pts. while Eddie Doherty was top of the pile for the Cat 4 players with a steady round of 33 pts.
The C.S.S. was 34 pts.
Portsalon’s Eamonn Farrelly won the Friday Open Stableford (over 13 holes) at Dunfanaghy last week with 29 points.
The Fourball Better Ball competition was won by the combination of Kevin James and Eugene Gallagher with 43 pts. Mark Caithness and Brian Wallace finished in second spot on 41 pts.
On Sunday the Kilbrae Cup, which is a “Golfer of the Year” event Brendan Kelly won with a score of 35 points with Paddy Hegarty in second with 34. The gross prize was won by Daniel McColgan with a score of 28 while third spot was filled by Patrick Hunter with 3 pts.
The Captain v President team competition will take place tomorrow (Saturday) and the tee-times are reserved from 10.00 a.m. There is a notice on the notice board at the club and any member can put their name down if they wish to play in this competition. Anyone playing should report to the club at 9.45 a.m.
This competition gives either the Captain or the President bragging rights for the remainder of the year.
All members are urged to return their tickets for the “Golf Ball Drop” as soon as possible. Please send the tickets whether sold or not to Ruth at the clubhouse.
The club is hosting different bands in the Marque at the Clubhouse over the Jazz & Blues weekend (September 16th to 18th). All members are urged to attend some of the functions over the weekend. This is an important fundraiser for the club. Going by last year’s event, everyone will be entertained with very good music.
There is also a timesheet on display on the notice board if any person is available to lend a hand over the weekend. Put names down at any of the time slots if you are available to assist.
On Saturday last we had the first competition of the new winter juvenile series. There was a large turnout for this new trial format. The format will be tweaked this coming Saturday to ensure a smoother game. Edward O Reilly came out on top this week from last weeks winner Shane Corless. There was no contest in the Cadet section as the runaway winner was Michael Dolan, in second place was Jack Roarty.
The girls were also out last Saturday and the winner was Mary A. Mullen. Please make sure that all competitors are in place by 8.30 a.m. tomorrow so that we can get away on time.