SGC Competition News
June 2018
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With the onset of the good weather and summer in full swing it was an extremely busy week at Strabane with some very notable performances in the various competitions played. Saturday’s event was kindly sponsored by new club sponsors A.G.L chartered accountants and saw over 200 players take to the fairways. The winner was Luke Milligan (22) who has returned to the game this year and has improved rapidly his winning total of 41pts saw him record 23pts on the back nine to just pip two other players with the same total, Joe Curry (18) rolled back the years to record his best score in some time taking the runners up spot on the aforementioned triple break of tie, third went to Shaun McGarrigle (41) who is rapidly moving towards single figures again, Kevin Neeson (11) took fourth place with 40pts with Ciaran Patton (19) taking the final Nett prize also with 40pts,the gross winner was again Conal Cooke (scr) with 36 pts, the nines went to Paul Kavanagh and to Gerard McCrory.

Ballycolman Vivo “Tristan’s Dream” Stableford (Sun 24th June '18)
Over 100 golfers turned out for Sunday’s event with all the proceeds and monies raised through Tee-sponsorship going to young Holy Cross student Tristan Stewart in his quest to have a blade fitted to his leg enabling him to walk & run after a very rare form of cancer saw him having to have his leg amputated above the knee, this was the latest in a series of events locally to help Tristan and his family achieve his dream, the competition was organised by local men Mark Mc Dermott and Tommy Forbes with the main prizes sponsored by Ballycolman Vivo store, a final total raised is not available as yet but a significant amount was contributed by local people & golfers. The winner on the day was Ryan Patton (15) who has been in a tremendous run of form of late winning a fantastic Powerbug trolley for his 42 pts, Ryan closed out his round with an eye-catching three 3’s which yielded 11pts on his card!, the unlucky runner up was Jim Callaghan (19) just one point back on 41 pts, third went to John McCallion (15) with 40pts with Stephen Conroy (5) in fourth place, Luke Milligan (20) featured once more to take fifth place, the gross went to Conal Cooke (0) with 35 gross pts on this occasion. In the ladies section the winner was Carmel McElwee with 36 pts, with Olive Reid the runner up with 35 pts, the ladies prizes were sponsored by co-organiser Tommy Forbes.

Hugh Harley memorial (Thur 21st June '18)
The annual Hugh Harley memorial cup was played on Thursday last in breezy conditions, the best of the day was Barry Patterson (6) with a fantastic one over gross round which gave him 41pts, Kevin Gallagher (5) was the runner up with 38pts with Adrian McLaughlin (12) third on the same score, the gross went to Aidan Boyle (4) with 32 gross points.

Congratulations to Kevin Gallagher and his team who completed 72 consecutive holes for “Sands” on Friday raising around £2000 for the charity.

Declan Devine Foods Monday Open (25th June '18)
The highlight of this week’s Declan Devine’s Open stableford fell to Jimmy Coyle who just a few months short of his 89th Birthday recorded a hole in one at the par 3 seventh hole with a perfectly struck 3 wood shot ,the competition was won by Declan McDonnell (11) with 41pts, the runner up was Liam Patton (15) with 39pts the same total as third placed John McCallion (15)

Team News
The Donegal Junior league team repeated their home result with Buncrana Municipal on Saturday winning 6-1 away to progress 12-2 overall, Tommy Forbes’s O’Hare cup team have also progressed winning a tight match with Enniskillen on Wednesday last getting a very creditable 8.5pts at the Fermanagh venue to progress 16.5-15.5 overall. Kieran Murphy’s Roberts cup have exited that competition losing to Enniskillen over the two legs 14-10 overall.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s ladies day winner was Olive Turner (27) with 37pts,the category winner was Anne Sharkey (16) with category two going to Lady President Maeve Crowe (30) with 36pts. Mandy Coyne’s senior foursomes team have exited that competition losing out to Royal Co.Down 4 matches to two overall. Best wishes are extended to Lady Captain Mary O’Reilly who is hosting her Lady Captains day this coming Saturday 30th June, there is a men’s competition in the evening. Music on the night is by “Men in Black”

The latest mixed foursomes winners were Geraldine & John Masterson with 33pts,the runners up were Patricia & Ciaran Kelly with 32pts, third were Debbie McDaid & Gerry Casey with 31pts,the Lady Captains mixed is this Wednesday with the Captains Mixed the following Wednesday.

Fixtures; Thursday 28th June Donegal Senior Alliance 8am-3pm
Sat 30th June -Mrs Mary O’Reillys Lady Captains day.
Sunday 1st July Frylite open teams
Monday 2nd July Declan Devine Monday open
Tue 3rd-Captains prize to the Ladies
Wed 4th Captains Mixed Foursomes

JOHN FAHY & CO. Solicitors OPEN (Sat 16th June ’18)
Matching nines of 21 points gave Ryan Patton (17) the win in Saturdays John Fahy & Co.Solicitors Stableford open ,the highlights of Ryan’s card were birdies at the difficult 9th & 17th holes both of which yielded 4pts, Ryan’s total of 42pts was good enough by two from the runner up Ciaran Doherty (9) on 40pts Ciaran managed to record no fewer than seven 4’s on the back nine, third place went to John Langan (12) who negotiated a very difficult 15ft cross green putt at the 18th to a treacherous pin position to record 39pts, Jim Callaghan (20) featured again this week taking fourth place also with 39pts with Alan McGinley (13) taking the final Nett prize again with 39pts,the Gross prize went to Conal Cooke (1) with an excellent two under par total of 38 gross pts his best for some time. Saturday’s nines prizes went to Liam Doherty (17) with 21pts for the outward nine and to Paddy O’Kane (9) with 22pts on the inward nine, please note that the C.S.S. for the event was 35pts-70.

The Noel McCrory memorial teams event was played at the club on Sunday past with an excellent turnout in both the ladies & gents section in memory of one of the clubs most popular members who sadly passed away last year, the proceeds which amounted to over £3,000 are to be donated to Ward 50 at the North-West Cancer unit at Altnagelvin Hospital. The winners in the men’s section were Martin McCallion, Joe Elliot, John Hegarty and John Tinney with 101 pts, the runners up were Anthony Brennan, Kevin Neeson, Brian Forester & Paddy O’Kane just one point short of the winners with 100pts, third place went to Stephen Alexander, Eddie McCrea, Ben Corry and George McCay with 99 pts, fourth went to Foncie McNally, Denis Porter, George Turner and Kevin Keegan with 98pts and the final prize went to Kevin Gallagher, James McGhee, Shane McCrory and Gary Henderson with 97 pts. The winners in the ladies section were Catherine Neeson, Heather Mitchell, Geraldine McCrory and Anne McCrory with 97 pts.

Thursday Sweep
Owing to the high winds that were forecast for Thursday past the sponsored competition was postponed and a club qualifying sweep played in its place, 34 players braved the elements with James Bradley(13) posting the winning total of 37pts,the runner up was his uncle Vincent Bradley(16) with 36pts and Barry Patterson (6) in third with 36pts also, Patrick McCrossan was the gross winner with 28 gross pts.

Declan Devine Monday Open (18th June ’18)
With several club matches played on Monday there was a smaller than normal field for the Declan Devine Monday open, the winner was the already qualified Ronnie Wiley (12) with 36 pts, the runner up was Philip Miller (22) with Dr Ciaran Kelly in third also with 35pts, the next placed player was Shane McLaughlin and he also qualifies for the final day on Sunday 12th August.

Ladies Golf
Last week’s ladies competition was the Members Cup and was won by Anne Sharkey (16) with a great total of 67 Nett, the winner of category one was Norma Brogan (15) with 70 Nett, Geraldine McCrory(33) was the winner in category two with 69 Nett.
The entry sheets for both the Lady Captains & Captains Mixed foursomes events are now posted hopefully there will be a good turnout in each. Last weeks Mixed foursomes winners were Anne Sharkey & Brian O’Kane with 22pts.
The Ladies were involved in club matches throughout the week too, Adeline Gibson’s intermediate Foursomes team hold a 2.5-0.5 lead after their home leg with Kilrea ladies, Anne Sharkey’s Tyrone & Fermanagh Better-ball team have gone out of that event losing out overall to Killymoon G.C in a very close contest.

Team News
Again nothing too positive to report this week as unfortunately our teams continue to struggle this season, Pat Corry’s J.B.Carr team have exited their event going down 4-1 at Co.Cavan G.C on Monday, two of the matches unfortunately lost out at the 19th hole having finished all square, The Donegal League team under the stewardship of Vice-Captain Declan Doherty have also exited that tournament with Greencastle picking up the 1.5 pts they needed also on Monday night to progress to the next stage. One note of positivity however Peter Doherty’s Donegal League Junior squad hold a 6-1 lead over Buncrana after Saturday’s home tie, the one match lost came at the 21st hole, good luck to them in their upcoming away tie.

This Sundays (24th June '18) Ballycolman Vivo Ladies & gents open is dedicated to young Tristan Stewart and his charity “Tristan’s Dream”, this young teenager lost his right leg last year to a very rare form of cancer, his dream is to have a blade fitted which will enable to participate again in his favourite sport of Football ,please support the event or come along on Sunday night 9pm and make a voluntary donation at the door, we can help make this happen! the music is by a brilliant band from Derry “Freeway” on their first appearance.
Last week’s £50 bar credit draw winner was Anne Sharkey. Friday night is presentation night at the club beginning at 8.30pm sharp! Presentations will be made to the winners in the following competitions: McGoldrick Sports, GMG Logos, Club Shop, & The Pat Kirk Open.

Fixtures; Thursday 21st Hugh Harley Memorial Open
Fri 22nd June- Junior Novice tournament-Top five booked from 4pm-7pm
Saturday 23rd Saturday Open
Sunday 24th Ballycolman Vivo “Tristan Stewart” Ladies & gents open
Mon 25th Declan Devine Monday Open
Tue 26th Eileen Logue Memorial-Ladies
Wed 27th Lady Captains Mixed foursomes
Thursday 28th June-Donegal Senior Alliance 8am-3pm

12th Strabane Senior Scratch Cup win for Enda (Sun 10th June 2018)
Defending Champion Enda Kennedy (0) completed his 12th Title win in the Strabane Senior Scratch cup which was again very kindly sponsored by Frylite Ltd. This was in fact the 6th occasion on which Enda had successfully retained his title he first won back in 1996, age seems to hold no barriers for the Strabane man who these days plays his golf out of Rosapenna G.C., the second eldest player in the very talented field was still the clear favourite and he was not found wanting returning a two over par first 18 holes to lead by one at the halfway stage coupled by a one over par second 18 to leave him on a 141 total which was a fine return with the course playing very difficult on Sunday, Enda ran out a clear five shot winner from talented the Ballybofey G.C. teenager Ryan Griffen on 146 who took first gross, 2016 winner Jamie Stothers took 2nd gross one further shot back on 147, Peter Hasson was fourth gross with149 with Stephen Martin fifth gross with 151. In the Nett section the popular winner was Caolan Crawford with 138 Nett, with his dad Darren taking the runners up spot in the section two shots behind on 140 Nett, Patrick McCrossan was third nett on 141 thanks to a brilliant second 18 holes where he was only two over par!, fourth Nett went to Damian Roarty on 143 with Fred McGavigan fifth on 144. The longest drive prize which was measured at the 18th hole also went to Caolan Crawford, a full list of prize winners can be found on the club website and Facebook page.

Devine Sand and Gravel Open Stroke (Sat 9th June 2018)
If Sundays Competition saw relatively high scores the same could certainly not be said on Saturday when in the Devine Sand and Gravel competition the proverbial Lights were shot out with some amazing scores posted. The winner playing of 23 handicap was Niall Kelly with an amazing total of 59 Nett which was unbelievably only good enough by only one shot from Jim Potts(18) who was the very unlucky runner up with 60 Nett. Shay Callaghan (8) too would have felt extremely unfortunate after returning his best ever score of just one over par which was 62 Nett in third place, Terence McDermott (19) was fourth with 63 Nett with Barry Patterson (6) taking fifth with 64 Nett also again just one over gross on the day! The gross prize went to Eoin O’Neill (6) with a fantastic one under par round of 68,Eoin holed his second shot at the 18th hole for an eagle two! The categories went to Noel McConnell (11) with 64 Nett in Category one, John Wylie (12) with 65 Nett in category two and to James Magee (21) with 64 Nett in category 3

McGoldrick’s Sports Thursday Open (Thu 7th June 2018)
There was once again an excellent midweek entry for the Thursday Open competition sponsored by Raymond McGoldrick from McGoldrick’s sports Strabane, the winner was the ever improving Rodney Dolan (20) one of four players to finish on 41pts,the runner up in the multiple break of tie was competition secretary Patrick McCrossan(6) with Terry Conroy (13) in third place, the gross winner was Caolan Crawford(5) who was just one over par in recording 40 pts, the best visitor on the day was James Carson(21) with 39pts.

Declan Devine Frozen Foods Open (Mon 4th June 2018)
This week’s Monday open winner was Niall Coulter (20) with 40pts, Freddie Patterson (9) was the runner up with 39 pts with Liam Patton (15) in third with 38 pts all three players qualify for the final day on Sunday 12th August along with the best visitor on the day which was Alistair Haywood (18).

Ladies Golf
Last Tuesday’s ladies day winner was Monica McGettigan (23) with 70 Nett to win the Eileen Keery memorial cup, the category one winner was Heather Mitchell (19) with 74 Nett with Mary McCrory (31) the category two Winner with 74 Nett also.
Ann Sharkey’s Tyrone & Fermanagh team have work to do, to progress to the next stage having secured a narrow 3-2 win over Killymoon Ladies on Monday evening in their home tie, good luck to them in the return match this Friday evening.

Last Wednesdays mixed foursomes was the Worcester cup qualifying competition, the best return on the evening came from Geraldine McCrory & Liam McDevitt with 58.5 Nett, the runners up were Debbie Mc Daid & Gerry Casey with 59 Nett with Carole McFeeters & Foncie McNally with 60 Nett, a full list of the draw can be found on the clubs Facebook page. The entry sheets for both the Lady Captains and Captains mixed events are posted on the respective noticeboards.

Team News
It’s fair to say that the club men’s teams have not had a successful year to date and unfortunately that trend continued somewhat this week, on Friday Mark Gillespie’s Ulster Cup team went out losing 8-6 overall to Malone G.C, the Phair cup team suffered a very heavy home defeat to Castlehume on Friday evening 2-14 and would need a miracle to advance in that one, the O’Hare cup team were in action on Wednesday evening but only secured an 8-8 result against Enniskillen G.C and they too have a difficult task in the away leg next Wednesday in Fermanagh.

The Habinteg Housing association teams scramble will take place this Friday 15th June having being postponed a fortnight ago, times can still be booked on the BRS. Teams in any combination are welcome to enter for the excellent prizes and very worthy cause.
Other upcoming events of note are Next Sundays Noel McCrory memorial Ladies & gents open and the following Sunday’s Ballycolman Vivo Charity open which has £1,500 in prizes up for grabs, all funds raised in this one will be going to the “Tristans Dream” Charity, a big turnout for both these events would be very welcome.

The winner of last week’s £50 bar credit draw was Paul McNally.

Fixtures: Thursday 14th Tommy Forbes catering open S/F
Friday 15th Habinteg Housing Association open
Sat 16th John Fahy & Co open Stableford
Sunday 17th Noel McCrory Ladies & gents open
Monday 18th Declan Devine Open
Tue 19th Bank of Ireland trophy-Ladies

PAT KIRK LTD WIN FOR PETER (Sat 2nd June 2018)
Peter Donaghey (16) was the Saturday competition winner at Strabane this week picking up the major prize kindly sponsored by Pat Kirk LTD. This was Peter’s first major win and it was done in some style with a great total of 43pts, 22pts were registered on the way out despite a blank hole at the par four- 4th hole, a solid 21pts on the back nine set up the winning score, the runner up was Kieran McAleer (24) who also recorded his best result to date finishing just one point back on 42pts, a double bogey 6 at the last cost him the opportunity to take his first win, Paul McGill(6) is no stranger to the winners enclosure, he made sure of another visit there with a brilliant level par round on Saturday which was also converted to 42pts to take third place, three birdies on the first nine had saw him total 24pts on the way out!, fourth on Saturday came Peter Etherson (21) with 40pts with Paul McNally(13) in fifth with 39pts. It must be said that as Saturday progressed the weather conditions took a turn for the worst with some prolonged showers having moved in from midday onwards, the top four scores had the benefit of ideal early morning conditions. Saturdays gross prize went to Conal Cooke (1) with 35 gross pts, the nines went to Brian Kelly (19) and to Johnathan McGonagle.
Declan Devine Frozen Foods Open (Mon 4th June 2018)
The latest Monday open winner was Jim Callaghan (21) with 39pts,the runner up was David Wilson (10) with 37 pts with Terry Conroy (14) in third place also with 37pts,the top three along with the best visitor Joe Bradley have qualified for the final day and a crack at the big prizes on Sunday 12th August, the gross winner on Monday was Patrick McGranaghan(5) with 31 gross pts.
The Habinteg Housing Association scramble postponed from last Friday will now be played on Friday 15th June, new times for the competition must be secured through the BRS. System, bookings are also continuing for The Noel McCrory memorial team event on Sunday 17th June, open to ladies & gents in any combination of team.
Ladies o2 Challenge
Lauren Patton (15) picked up her second win inside three weeks to take last Tuesday’s Ladies day event the O2 challenge with an excellent 41 pts, Catherine Neeson(16) was the category one winner with Debbie McDaid (34) the best of the day in category two with 35pts.
The latest mixed event played on Wednesday last was won by Annette Patton & Tommy Sharkey with 31 pts on break of tie from the runners up Monica & Sean MacIntyre, third place went to Debbie McDaid and Liam McDevitt one shot back on 30pts, this week’s event is the Worcester Cup qualifying and it is hoped there will be a sizeable entry!
Mary Duffy’s Intermediate team have gone out of their singles event losing out very narrowly by 5.5-4.5 overall to Belvoir Park Ladies. The Tyrone & Fermanagh better-ball ladies team are in competition this coming Monday 11th June with a 3.30pm Tee off time.
Team news
Unfortunately our Junior Cup team failed to qualify for their matchplay stages on Sunday at Omagh Golf Club, a few very late dropped shots saw them miss out despite young Conor Byrnes great score of one under par!
Mark Gillespie’s Ulster Cup are not without hope for this Friday’s return match with Malone G.C. having lost out 5.5-1.5 in last Sundays away leg, the return is set for Friday at Strabane with a 3.30pm start. The Phair cup & O’Hare cup teams are also in action this week, good luck to those teams.
Frankie Connolly’s Conway Cup have progressed to the semi-final in that one with an excellent 12.5-4.5 away win to Enniskillen on Sunday to wrap up the fixture 23.5-8.5 overall. Vice-Captain Declan Doherty’s Donegal League team went down by Four matches to one at Greencastle on Monday past but are not without a chance in next Mondays return leg at Strabane.
This week’s £50 bar credit winner was Liam McDevitt.
Thursday 7th June McGoldrick’s Sports open
Sat 9th June Sean Devine Sand and Gravel open
Sunday 10th June Frylite Scratch cup
Monday 11th June Declan Devine Open
Tue 12th Members Cup (Ladies day)

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