Great day at Greencastle for Strabane Captainís Outing.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Great day at Greencastle for Strabane Captainís Outing. thumbnail Gerard Stewart, winner of Strabane Golf Club Captain's Outing competition, pictured with runner-up Terry Doherty, third-placed Ronnie Wiley and vice-captain Frankie Houston who made the presentations.

There was once again a fantastic turnout for the annual Captain's Outing at Strabane Golf Club, played this year at the picturesque Greencastle Golf Club.

In all 135 players made the trip to the Donegal venue and were greeted with a wonderful day's weather and a course to match.

"The only downside to the day was that captain Pat was unable to attend as he continues to recover from his recent illness," said a spokesperson. "We wish him well and hope to have him back at the reigns soon."

The best return on the day was posted by Gerard Stewart (21) with an excellent 41 points. The winner had got off to a fantastic start, scoring 23 points over the first nine holes and held his nerve to return a further 18 points on the back nine.

He won by two clear points from the runner up Terry Doherty (12) who was the best of three players on 39 points. Third went to Ronnie Wiley (12) with Andrew Wolfe (12) in fourth also with 39 points while Stephen Kennedy (10) took fifth with 38 points and Brian Brolly (10) was sixth also with 38 points.

Neil Conroy (10) was the final nett prize winner again with 38 points, first gross went to Fred McGavigan (4) with Barry Patterson (7) the runner up in this section.

The best of the over 60s players on the day was Liam McGinley (20) with 37 points with the nines going to Glen Roulston and to Brian Cairns.

"Many thanks to the staff at Greencastle Golf club for their fantastic hospitality a most enjoyable day and night was had by all."

Other competitions

The Greg Mitchell Motors Stableford event had been rescheduled to last Thursday with Fred McGavigan (4) the winner with 37 points which on the day was a very good total. There was strong wind and some strange tee positions, and Fred actually played in the worst of the weather. The runner up and long-time leader was Pat Corry (12) with 36 points with Kevin Heffernan (17) third also with 36 points, Conor Byrne(5) took the gross prize with 30 gross points.

There was a stableford sweep competition played on Saturday for golfers who were not travelling to the Captain's Outing. The winner was Conor Byrne (4) with 40 points which was level par for his round. The runner up was Conal Cooke (0) who posted another under par round this time a gross 66 to give him 39 points.

Junior Captain's Day was played on Sunday and unfortunately the weather had taken a turn for the worst leading to a reduced field of players.

The winner in the boys section was Conor Byrne with Mark Roarty the runner-up. The girl's winner was Emer Houston.

"Many thanks to our Junior Captain's Patrick McGranaghan and Sarah Bradley for being great hosts on the day."

Disappointingly, only one of the club Matchplay cup tournaments have been completed, the Jones Cup which was played last Sunday between Conal Cooke and Patrick McCrossan. The match lived up to its billing as the two in form players slugged it out. There were eight birdies in the game but the turning point that probably swung the match in Cooke's favour came at the 14th hole where McCrossan double bogeyed with a shot at the hole to lose it. However, he did finish strongly to win the final two holes to take the match to the 19th where Cooke eventually won with a par 4.

The other finals should all be played by next week as the presentation date is Friday, October 13, there will be no further extensions. Weather permitting the Club Championship will be played this coming Saturday.


Club news

The entry sheet for the Leo Kavanagh Memorial Winter Cup has been posted on the noticeboard and is set to get underway on Sunday, October 15.

In the last man standing competition there were a further eight fatalities this week leaving only 18 players in the hunt for the £1,000 prize. The £50 bar credit winner this week was Liam McDevitt. The club is currently taking bookings for Christmas parties which are booking well. One fantastic night of interest is Saturday, December 16, where the very popular "David James" with support from "Klassix disco" will be providing the entertainment.

The full price for the night is £22.50 per person which includes a full four course Christmas fayre dinner, contact Tommy for reservations.

Fixtures: Thursday, October 5 - Thursday club week 3-15 holes; Saturday, October 7 - Valerie Manning Club Championship(s); Monday, October 9 - Monday teams; Tuesday, October 10, Ladies closing day scramble.


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