THE St. Patrick’s weekend signals the commencement of the competitive season at many local golf clubs, with North-West’s prestigious Shamrock Open Stableford taking pride of place on Monday next.
Prior to St. Patrick’s Day, Confined Stablefords will be on offer to members tomorrow (Saturday) and on Sunday, March 16th.
For the St. Patrick’s Day timesheet, ring Gary in the Golf Shop on 00-353-7493-61715 (from N. Ireland).
Meanwhile, on Saturday last, high winds kept scoring low with no one breaking the course standard scratch score.
The best score of the day was returned by Mike McLaughlin (21) with 35 points, a mediocre front nine of just 14 points preceded a superb effort of 21 points on the way home.
The runner-up was Philip Doherty (9) with a well compiled score of 33 points which included birdies at the par five 9th and 18th.
In last weekend’s Sunday Society Captain’s Day (Plunkett Duffy), weather conditions were much more favourable resulting in high scoring.
And it took a three-way tie-break to separate the winners who each returned scores of 41 points.
Full results were - Sunday Society Captain’s Day - 1, break of tie, Frank McHale (15) 41 points; 2, John Spence (11) 41; 3, Chris Neff (20) 41.
In the Ladies Section, Lorraine McGettigan (23) showed a clean pair of heels to the chasing pack with a great score of 36 points, two clear of Marion Scheel (19).
Captains’ Drive-In at NORTH-WEST
Mr. Bosco Reid and Mrs. Muireanna Friel “drove into office” in front of a large crowd on Sunday morning, the annual ‘Drive-In,’ followed by a ‘teams of four’ competition which involved over 90 players.
The top team, with a superb score of 95 points, was the team of Patrick Duffy, Eamon Quigley, Chris Neff and Aileen McGlynn, two points clear of runners-up, Norris Sheaffer, Philip Meenan, Trevor Henderson and Deirdre Britton.
Indeed, the 15th hole reaped rich dividends for the runners-up who secured an sensational nine points with Norris carding birdie for four points with Philip going one better when he holed out his second shot for a very ‘rare’ eagle and five points.
In fact, that was the second “eagle” of the day as Eddie Curran holed out with his second shot at the difficult par four 17th.
In a packed clubhouse, following a superb meal served up by resident Chef Michael McNickle, the Captains thanked all the members for their support wished everyone well for the coming season,
City of Derry Notes
Billy Acheson maintained his splendid form at City of Derry when emerging the clear-cut winner of last Saturday’s competition with a fantastic 44 points over 18 holes.
Full results were - Saturday, March 8th - singles Stableford - 1, W. Acheson (24) 44 points; 2, R Hamilton (18) 40; 3, D O’Connell (22) 39.
Michael McShane was the victor on Sunday with two points to spare over five players on 36 points over the 15 holes in play.
Sunday Society results, March 9th - 1, M McShane (21) 38 points; 2, break of tie, J. Desmond (13) 36; 3, J. McCann (10) 36; 4, J O’Doherty (13) 36; 5, C Brolly (12) 36; 6, K Green (13) 36.
Forthcoming competitions - tomorrow (Sat.), Subscribers’ Cup; Sunday, March 16th, Sunday Society; Monday, March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, Captains’ Drive-In at 12.45 p.m. followed by “Teams of Four” competition at 1.00 p.m.
At the start of April, City of Derry will introduce an Over-50’s competition on Mondays with a special “Meal Deal” on offer on Wednesday plus the usual Open Stableford competitions on Thursdays.
St. Joseph’s Golf Society
St. Joseph’s Golf Society staged their first outing of the year at Dunfanaghy with the inclement weather proving to be a major factor on the day. A bitterly cold wind gusting across the course with frequent showers kept scoring low.
In the end, Paul O’Donoghue defeated Charlie Barr on a tie-break for top spot.
Full results - 1, break of tie, Paul O’Donoghue; 2, Charlie Barr; 3, Charlie McDermott.
Members are reminded that the next outing takes place to Greencastle this Sunday, March 16th with the first tee booked for 11.00 a.m. and visitors will be made welcome.
Foyle Sunday Society
Foyle Sunday Society members turned out in force once again last weekend with Martin McCallion striking a blow for the high handicappers when he returned a fine winning score of 43 points.
Meanwhile, Sunday Society Captain, Declan McKinney, will hold his Captain’s Day On Sunday, March 23rd and a time sheet is in operation from 9.00 a.m. to 10.20 a.m. All members playing within these times are asked to enter their names on the sheet provided in the shop, with all members playing outside the time sheet asked to book their own times with last cards at 11.30 a.m.
Last weekend’s outing - 1, Martin McCallion (23) 43 points; 2, break of tie, John Jennings (10) 42; 3, Martin Tope (5) 42.
Foyle Captain, Mr Chris Lynch, on behalf of the membership, extends deepest sympathy to Michael Henry on the recent death of his father, Michael and to Bobby Keys on the recent death of his brother, Bill.
May they both rest in peace.
Forthcoming competitions - tomorrow (Saturday), March 15th, St. Patrick’s Open Stableford, sponsored by Pitchers’ Restuarant.
Book online at: www.foylegolfcentre.co.uk or telephone: 71-352222.
Sunday, March 16th - Foyle Sunday Society (final counting competition in the race for “golfer of the year.)
The Pitchers’ Restaurant Spring League continues daily as do the Easter Egg competitions.