PLAYING in the Mercedes Benz N. Ireland Open at Prehen on Saturday John Rosborough (14) came out on top, but only after an anxious wait to see if his 39 points was going to do the business as he had dropped no less than four shots over the last three holes, hence his anxiety.
Playing in less than ideal conditions, John had a great opening nine holes only dropping three shots to par for 22 points and with the 17 he gathered on the home stretch he claimed his first win in quite some time.
Emmet Hutton (15) took second place, his 38 points being the best of a trio on that mark but an excellent 22 points on the back nine getting him the verdict. Paul O’Doherty (9), from Greencastle, finished in third place just ahead of Ben Leonard (10) once again a tie break deciding the issue. Indeed, Ben has just resumed his golfing career after a long break and certainly wasted no time getting on the podium.
Kealan Quigg (+1) won yet another gross prize, this time with a level par 36 points.
The C.S.S. was 34 pts.
Prehen members are reminded that the time sheet for Michael McCullough’s Prize is in the locker room and also the Captain’s Scramble sheet is filling up fast so those wishing to play should list their names.
City of Culture Pro-Am
Meanwhile, the official launch of the City of Culture 2013 Pro-Am, sponsored by Karl Doherty Motors Ltd. and McDaid, McCullough & Moore, Chartered Accountants, will take place at City of Derry Golf Club today (Tuesday) at 12.30 p.m.
McFeely takes top spot
Ballyliffin’s Derek McFeely (12)returned 42 points to win the weekly Thursday Open at City of Derry last week.
A frequent visitor to Prehen, Derek had two “2’s” in his round.
Paul McLaughlin (8), continued his fine run of good form with 41 points for the runners-up spot and Noel O’Donnell (18) emerged the best of a trio of players with 40 points, the 22 points he scored on the back nine giving him the third prize.
Kealan Quigg (+1) returned 39 pts for the gross, while Portsalon’s Conor Connolly (4) won the visitors’ prize with 38 pts.
The Thursday Opens continue through to October while the Wednesday “Meal Deals” at £13 are attracting lots of support and the ‘early bird’ rate on Fridays are also proving very popular at £10.
Mid-Summer Open at Foyle
The Mid-Summer Open Stableford, sponsored by Fyfes Motor Factors, which was played on Wednesday last, attracted an excellent entry of over 110.
Mark Doherty took top honours with a superb score of 46 points to spreadeagle the field.
Full results were - MidSummer Open Stableford - 1, Mark Doherty (21) 46 points; 2, Gary Cassidy (8) 41; 3, break of tie, Ben McDaid (17) 39; gross, Stephen Martin, 36; visitor, Bernard Kelly (4), Greencastle, 38; back nine, Anthony Faulkner (18) 22; juvenile, David Meehan (15) 41.
Ladies nine hole competition - 1, Lorna Thompson (17) 22 pts.
Foyle Friday Open - 1, Michael Duffy (21) 39 points; 2, Michael Gallagher (24) 38.
Meanwhile, the 12 qualifiers for the Golf Store Europe Two Day Stableford Final were identified following last Saturday’s competition.
The qualifiers were - Day 1 - Jamie Logue (8) 41 pts.; Paul McDaid (10) 40; Chris Lynch (7) 40; Sean Mc Eleney (24) 40; Jim McFadden (12) 39; Martin Kivelehan (5) 38 (bot).
Day 2 - Darren McDaid (18) 42; Martin Gallagher (24) 41; Martin McEleney (19) 38; Joe Bradley (20) 38; Declan McKinney (13) 37; Stephen Doherty (12) 37 (bot).
All qualifiers are asked to report to the Golf Reception tomorrow (Wednesday) at 5.00 p.m. for the Final of the Two Day Open.
On Thursday the Captain’s Prizes for the Ladies will tee-off at 11 a.m. while the Past Captains’ Trophy plus sponsors and Press will play at 1.30 p.m.
On Friday, the Captain’s Scramble will get underway with a Shotgun start at 5.30 p.m.
Saturday, June 29th, will be Mr George Fitzpatrick’s Captain’s Day
Sunday, June 30th, Club Sweep.