Team Eight issues statement of intent having opened up a 10 points gap

TEAM Eight, consisting Mark Doherty, Ciaran O’Doherty, John Jennings and Dermott Harkin, have opened up a 10 points gap as the Pitchers’ Spring League at Foyle reached the half-way point in the qualifying stages.

And with the teams having now returned five cards the leaders’ excellent score of 94 points for their fifth round has saw them issue a statement of intent in this particular competition with an accumulated total of 449 points.

The leading teams are - Team 8 - Mark Doherty, Ciaran O’Doherty, John Jennings and DermottHarkin, 449 points; Team 7 - Kieran Bradley, Joe Bradley, John Logue, Martin Loughrey, 439; Team 15 - David Wilson, Rob Ewing, Declan Ryan, Brendan Gallagher, 439;

Team 11 - Jackie Thomas, Philip Smyth, George Fitzpatrick and Kevin Crumley, 431; Team 9 - John Coyle, Maurice Temple, Tommy Bryson, Jim McGrotty, 418.

Foyle Sunday Society

The coveted Foyle Sunday Society “Golfer of the Year” title is turning into a very close contest after 16 rounds and with the best 12 rounds to count Ciaran O’Doherty holds a slender three point over Paul McEleney.

The current league table reads as follows - 1, Ciaran O’Doherty, 476 points; 2, Paul McEleney, 473; 3, Martin Loughrey, 467; 4, Hugh Doherty, 448; 5, Mark Doherty, 448; 6, Eamon O’Kane, 447; 7, Stephen Martin, 441; 8, Martin McCallion, 437; 9, Cormac McGeady, 436; 10, John McDowell, 435.

Gross Section - 1, Stephen Martin, 429 points; 2, Cormac McGeady, 412.

Foyle Golf Club Captain, Mr Chris Lynch, on behalf of the membership, extends deepest sympathy to fellow club member, Dermott Harkin, following the recent death of his father.

May he rest in peace.

Club competitions - the Pitchers’ Spring League continues daily as do the Easter Egg competitions; Sunday, March 2nd, Sunday Society.

Fred on top at Prehen

Fred Young came out top in the scr. to 9 category of last Saturday’s Categories Stableford, but the best score of the day was returned by George Phillips with 28 points in the 10 to 18 handicap category.

Full results - Category competitions - Saturday, February 22nd - 0-9 - Fred Young (5) 23 points; 10-18 - George Phillips (9) 28; 19-28 - Alastair Duncan (12) 27.

Forthcoming fixtures - tomorrow (Saturday), Confined Stableford; Sunday, March 2nd, Sunday Society.

Results From Ballyliffin

Sunday, February 23rd - Confined Stableford - 1, Mathew Ferry (13) 36 points; 2, Ben Collins (16) 34; 3, Christy Nelson (19) 33; gross, Liam Doherty W (5) 27; 4, Martin Harkin (15) 33.

Saturday, February 14th - 1, P. Deeney (25) 42 points; 2, Martin Smith (8) 36; gross, Ciaran Fitzsimmons (2) 27; 3, Michael Monagle (13) 35.

The C.S.S. 73.

February 19th, Wednesday Society results - 1, break of tie, Don McGonigle 38 points; 2, Paid Sweeney, 38; 3, Philip Doherty, 37.

“2’s” were carded by Robert McCool, Terry Coyle and Philip Doherty.

Ladies results - Sunday, February 23rd - over nine holes - Glashedy No. 7 - 0-18 - 1, Ann Friel, 16 points; 2, Mollly McCloskey, 16; 19-28 - 1, Marie Gough,18; 2, Breige Doherty, 14; 29-36 - 1, Geraldine McLaughlin, 16; 2, Kathleen McKeague,16.

Today (Friday), February 28th - Ladies & Gents Open Stableford on the Old Links; tomorrow (Sat.), March 1st - Open Singles Stableford on Glashedy with Spring Cup on the Old Links; Sunday, March 2nd, Glashedy Winter League on both courses.

Forthcoming events - Monday, March 17 - Captain’s Drive-In (Mr. Paid Sweeney). Please enter names on draw sheet as closing date is Monday, March 10th.

Entries are now being taken for Donegal Links Classic (in May), the Ballyliffin Pro-Am (in July) and the Great North Links Challenge (in October).

Meanwhile, the second heat of Ballyliffin’s annual Master Chef continues tomorrow (Saturday) with contestants Frank Harkin, William Doherty (The Butcher) and Lisa Glover. Tickets are priced at E15 and include appetiser, main course, glass of wine and quiz. Sitting down for 8.00 p.m. sharp.

Notes From Greencastle

A nine holes stableford for Ladies & Gents was held last Saturday with Frances Harkin (16 points) and Dermot McBride (21 points) taking top honours.

This weekend’s competitions are a Ladies and Gents Singles Stableford on Saturday and a Gents Singles on Sunday.

Entries are being taken for the Biggar and Inniskillen Cups and forms have been posted on the club Notice Board.