Open week concludes at Strabane

Thursday, 13 July 2017

OPEN week came to a close on Saturday past at Strabane with the Mark James Menswear Open, which was won by Matt Keyes

Matt (18) came through with a solid 40pts which was a good total in the strong southerly breeze that prevailed throughout the day.

Mickey Arnold, also playing off 18 handicap, was the runner-up just one shot in arrears on 39 pts on break of tie from third placed Martin Rouse (10). Also on 39 pts was fourth placed Martin Finlay (20) with the very consistent Stephen Donaghey (10) in fifth with 38 pts.

Enda Kennedy(scr) took the gross prize with a fine two under par total of 67 which added up to 38 pts. The nines on Saturday went to Brian O'Kane (21) with 21pts for the first nine and to Peter Etherson (20) who had 22 pts for the back nine.


Murphy's On The Green Open

Local Bar and restaurant Murphy's On The Green were the sponsors of Thursday's open competition. The winner of this one was Martin Keys (18) with 39 pts, the runner up was Brian Brolly (10) beaten only on break of tie, and Paul Given (13) was third with 38 pts. Caolan Crawford (5) took the gross prize with a tidy three over par round of 38 pts. Chris McDermott scored a hole in one at the 12th hole in this competition holing out with a perfect 7 iron shot.

GMG Logos Open Stroke

The GMG Logos Open Stroke was played on Monday with Paul McGill (6) declared the winner with a 65 Nett which was just two over par. The runner-up was Sean Elliot (12) with 66 Nett the same total as Conal Cooke (3) who got it round in level par. Caolan Crawford was also the gross winner in this one with 75 gross.

JD Print Mixed Foursomes

Wednesday's competition was the JD Print Mixed Foursomes which was won by Mary McGuigan and Oliver McNally with 34 pts for the 15 holes in play. The runners-up were Jennifer and Martin Rouse with 31 pts with Maeve and Howard Crowe in third with 30pts. The gross prize went to Lorna Duffy and Jim Harley.

Bertie Colhoun Cup and Open Greensomes

The penultimate competition in open week was the Open Mens Greensomes coupled with the Bertie Colhoun Cup. It was won by a clear margin of three points by Gerard Walsh and Liam Doherty with 45 pts. Second were Declan O'Hare and Frankie Connolly with 42 pts on break of tie from Rory and Gerry McColgan.

With lack of entries, the Monday single competitions have been discontinued and are being replaced by betterball, greensomes and team events played over 15 holes weekly. Monday's betterball winners were Ciaran Neeson and Kieran McBride with 37 pts with Dermott Corry and Robert Bell second also with 37 pts.

Donna's Flowerbox Ladies Open

The winner of the ladies open event in open week sponsored by Donna's Flowerbox Ltd was Newtownstewart GC lady member Theresa Mullen with 39 pts. The runner-up was Betty Kelly with 38 pts with Lorna Duffy in third with 36 pts. The gross winner was Jennifer Rouse, with the categories going to Catherine Neeson 35 pts, Heather Mitchell 36 pts. The front nine was won with 21 pts by Wendy Marshall from Omagh GC and the back nine by Susan Anderson with 18 pts, also from Omagh. The visitors prize went to Anne-Speers Crooks from Newtownstewart GC.

Geoff Loughrey's visit

On Thursday evening it was the club's pleasure to welcome Geoff Loughrey back to Strabane. Geoff teaches out of the Michael Bandon School of Golf and played all his junior golf at the club before turning professional. Geoff had brought some of his very talented proteges to play the course before they all made their first appearance at the North of Ireland Championship this week at Portrush. They teamed them up with some of Strabane's own up and coming junior players.

The students, who hailed from Holland ,Wales, England, South Korea, Austria and Ireland, all thoroughly enjoyed the course with much praise for the wonderful greens. The lads held their own mini tournament and it was won by 16-year-old Jake Hapgood. playing off a +3 handicap. He got to the turn with two birdies at the first and sixth holes and came back with a further five birdies to shoot an incredible 62 gross, which would without doubt have been a course record if it had of been in a club competition.

Vice-Captain Frankie Houston presented their trophy to Jake wishing all the lads the very best of luck for this week's championship at Portrush and thanking Geoff for bringing the players to Strabane.

Team news

In club teams news this week our All-Ireland Fourball team comfortably made it through to the last eight were they will now meet Letterkenny GC. Eddie McHugh's side were much too strong on Sunday for Foyle GC winning the first four matches and having the other game then called in.

Pat Corry's JB Carr team hold a 4-1 advantage over Concra Wood from Castleblaney after Monday's encounter and will have a tough task ahead at the Co. Monaghan venue next week.

The 50 bar credit winner this week was Michael Neeson. This Saturday is Lady Captain's Day at the club, and there will be a 13 holes gents competition in the evening.


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