October 13, 2014
Friday Open Stableford
This week’s Friday Open Stableford competition again saw score creep into the 40’s as Liam McDermott from Bray took first place with 40 points. Liam score no less than ten pars, including 7 in a row from the ninth to the fifteenth holes respectively and an impressive birdie on the difficult par four 18th hole to sign for his score. Second place this week was taken by Gerry Fox with a score of 37 points. Gerry made eleven pars and two birdies on the par five first and par five fifth holes on his way to securing second place. Third place was taken by John McHugh with a score of 36 points. John remained consistent making seven pars during his round to sign for his score.
Saturday Club Stableford
Saturday’s club Stableford competition saw some excellent scores returned and a total of twelve players finishing with 36 points or better. First place was a very close fought affair with two players finishing with 41 points. Diarmuid Finan came out the eventual winner over Eamon Howley by virtue of a countback. Diarmuid was in fine form, scoring thirteen pars and a birdie on the par four third on the way to signing for his score. Eamon Howley took second place, also on a score 41 points in a round which included 8 pars including three in a row from the first to the third holes. Colm Martyn took third place with a score of 38 points. Colm made five pars, including one on the difficult closing hole and a birdie on the par three fourteenth hole.
Sunday Club Stableford
Sunday morning saw conditions that were the complete opposite of the previous Sunday’s wintry weather with glorious sunshine and little or no wind. Pat McManus took full advantage of the conditions to come out on top with 40 points scoring no less than eight pars. Pat also added a birdie on the par five fifth and an impressive eagle on the par four third hole. Frank Keaney and John McGowan both finished the day with 38 points but it was Frank that did enough to secure second place on countback. Frank made seven pars including three in a row from the first to the third holes to sign for his score. John McGowan took third place, also on a score of 38 points in a round that included six pars including four in a row from the par four sixth to the par three ninth.
Strandhill Lodge & Suites Winter League
It’s that time of year again. The Strandhill Lodge and Suites Winter League will be getting underway at Strandhill Golf Club on Sunday November 9th and this year, we want to make it the biggest and best Winter League for many years. This year’s competition is open to members and non members alike. An entry form has been posted on the notice board in the men’s locker room for people to add their name and anyone interested in entering can add their name and partners name to it. If you don’t have a playing partner, add your name to the list and this will enable others without a partner to pair up.
We are also delighted to extend entry to players from other golf clubs and interested players can register their entry in this year’s winter league by contacting the golf shop on 071 9168188. Entry for members is €50 and €80 for non members.
Texaco 18 Hole Stableford
Thursday’s Texaco sponsored 18 hole stableford competition saw some very close scores being returned. Marie Healy took first place with a score of 35 points with Maura Butler taking second place on the same score. Marie took first place on countback. Siobhan Kelly took third place with a score of 34 points while Pat Mooney rounded out the top four place with a score of 33 points.
Strand Bar 18 Hole Stableford
Sunday’s Strand Bar sponsored 18 hole stableford competition again saw some very close scoring with only three points covering the top five places. Claire Gallagher took first place with a score of 34 points, one point ahead of Mary Golden in second place with a score of 33 points. Anne McNulty and Brona Galvin both finished the day with on a score of 31 points each but Anne took third place ahead of Brona in fourth place on a countback.
October 5, 2014
The 4th green at Strandhill Golf Club
Friday Open Stableford
Last week’s Friday Open Stableford competition was the epitome of an open competition as the top three finishers all hailed from three different clubs. Top of the list was Daniel Dolan from Tubbercurry with a score of 39 points. Daniel shot 7 pars and a birdie on the front nine and five pars and two birdies on the back nine to ensure victory. Paul Crisham from Tuam was next up in second place with a score of 38 points. Paul was consistent throughout and carded no less than 8 pars. Third place was taken by Donal Bolger of Portmarnock, also with a score 38 points. Donal shot six pars in a round that also included back-to-back birdies on the fourth and fifth holes.
Saturday Club Stableford Competition
Saturday’s Club Stableford Competition produced some impressive golf with scores creeping back into the 40’s yet again. Louis Cabena set the bar for the day with a score of 41 points by scoring ten pars in a row right from the off. He added another three pars and a birdie on the thirteenth hole on the way home to set his score. Paul Cox was one point back in second place on a score of 40 points. Four handicapper, Paul had an excellent round with no less than sixteen pars and a birdie on the difficult par four, fourth hole. Third place was taken by Mark Rooney Jnr with 38 points who continued the trend of birdies on the day by sinking putts on the par three second and par four fourteenth and adding eleven pars on top of them.
Sunday say the hosting of some of this year’s Scratch Cup competitions and with October now well and truly here so were the first of the wintry conditions. The scratch cups are based on gross strokeplay results with players split into different categories based on their handicaps.
Billy Henry Cup (Handicap 18 – 28)
1st. Con Hegarty – 95
Intermediate Cup (Handicap 10 -17)
1st. Kevin English – 83
Junior Cup (Handicap 5 – 9)
1st. Stephen English – 80
It’s that time of year again. The Strandhill Lodge and Suites Winter League will be getting underway at Strandhill Golf Club in the coming weeks and this year, we want to make it the biggest and best Winter League in a long time. This year’s competition is open to members and non members alike. We have posted sheets on the notice board in the men’s locker room for people to add their name. Please add your names to this list. If you don’t have a playing partner, add your name to the list and this will enable others without a partner to pair up.
Any players from other golf clubs interested in entering this year’s winter league can contact the golf shop on 071 9168188 to register their interest.
Men’s Senior Results
Bob Murrow Perpetual Cup
1st place – N. Dykes
2nd place – F. Carroll
3rd place – P. Thornton
4th place – B. Cashell
5th place – D. Moriarty
This Week’s Fixtures
Wednesday October 8th – Senior Society
The very popular Junior Alliance commenced for the season on Thursday 2nd October with 83 players competing from 9 clubs. Best wishes to this year’s captain of the Alliance Margaret Rattigan. Special thanks to Lily Cunningham & Elsie Mannix once again for all their organisation.
Results as follows:
1st Kathleen Grady Tubbercurry 36 pts, 2nd Christine Tighe Strandhill 34 pts, Gross Peggy Nolan Strandhill 17 pts, 3rd Geraldine Ridge Tubbercurry 34 pts, 4th Chris Owens Strandhill 33 pts, 5th Nora Higgins Strandhill 33 pts, 6th Maeve Cosgrove Strandhill 33 pts.
Front nine: Mary Kilcoyne Tubbercurry 21 pts,
Back Nine: Helen O’Dowd Strandhill 19pts.
0-18 Category: Betty ScanlonTubbercurry 36 pts.
Thursday 9th October 18 H S/ford Members Prizes:
Sunday 12th October 18 Hole S/F Food Experience
We extend our sincere sympathy to Marian & John McHugh on the recent death of Marian’s sister Colette.
September 29, 2014
Friday Open Stableford Competition
Last week’s Friday Open Stableford competition saw the winner again posting a score in the 40’s. Tommy O’Connor from Blacklion posted the winning score of 40 points and got his round off to a great start by scoring par and birdie on his first two holes. Tommy added another 8 pars to his round on his way to carding his score. Brian Leonard came second with a score of 40 points in a round of no less than 12 pars and back to back birdies on the par four fourth and par five fifth holes. Zbigniew Pikvl finished the day in third spot with a score of 37 points, continuing the trend of birdies on the day by sinking one on the par five fifth.
Embassy V Par
Saturday’s Embassy sponsored V Par competition saw some very close scoring between the top 10 players. Andy Leggett took first position with a fantastic score of 6 up in a round that contained 9 pars including 4 in a row from holes eight to eleven inclusive as wells a finishing his round with a par on the difficult 18th hole. Second place was taken by Mick Phelan with a score of 5 up. Mick was consistent throughout and carded no less than eleven pars on the way to signing for his score. Third place was taken by Stephen English, also on a score of 5 up. Stephen scored ten pars and 3 birdies over the course of his round and only lost out to Mick in second place by virtue of a countback.
Kennedy’s Bar 18 Hole Stableford
Sunday’s Kennedy’s Bar sponsored 18 hole stableford competition saw some exceptional scores being returned. Jimmy Kiernan was in fine form to post a score of 43 points in a round that included no less than 5 birdies including back to back birdies on the fourth and fifth holes. Mickey McTernan was next up in second place with a score of 41 points, which, on any other day, would have been good enough to secure the win. Mickey signed for 8 pars and a birdie on the par five fifth for his round which included and impressive four pars in a row from holes ten to thirteen. Club Captain, Jim Branley continued his fine form of late to add a third place in this Sunday’s competition to his first place finish in the recent Jenning’s O’Donovan stableford competition. Jim scored 40 points in a round that included twelve pars and a birdie on the par 3 second.
A big congratulation to Captain Jim Branley who has seen his handicap fall from 11 to 6 in the space of two weeks. Jim had a first place finish in the Jenning’s O’Donovan stableford competition on Saturday September 20th and added a third place finish in this weeks Kennedy’s Bar stableford competition. If he continues in this vein of form, he will be a candidate for the Junior Cup.
Men’s Senior Results
Senior Captains Day
1st place – J Owens
2nd Place – P Watters
3rd Place – N Dykes
4th Place – S McMorrow
5th Place – H Parke
This Week’s Fixtures
Wednesday October 1st – Bob Murrow Perpetual Cup
Fiddler’s Creek 18 Hole Stableford
Thursday’s Fiddler’s Creek sponsored 18 hole Stableford saw Maeve Cosgrove take first place with a fantastic score of 40 points. Marian Quinn finished in second place on a score of 38pts while Therese Cosgrove and Eileen O’Connor, both finishing with scores of 36 points each finished in third and fourth places. Therese secured third place by virtue of a countback.
Eamonn’s Meats 18 Hole Stableford
Sunday’s Eamonn’s Meats sponsored 18 hole Stableford competition saw the top five competitors only separated by three points. Margaret Gerrity took first place with a score of 39 points, one point ahead of Brigid Glynn in second place with a score of 38 points. Elaine Coghill, who also carded a score of 38 points, finished in third place.
Thursday Oct 2nd: Junior Alliance running draw 9 am-12 pm. All clubs welcome.
Sunday Oct 5th: Shells & M & N Pairs Betterball V Par.
Ladies Winter League
It’s that time of year again. If you are interested in playing in this year’s Winter League, please put your pairings on the sheet in the upstairs locker room. If you don’t have a partner put your name up and it affords someone else who doesn’t have a partner the option to join you. Get your names up early as it gives us an idea of numbers to plan the format and the number of sections required. Non members welcome. Non members fee €70.
September 22, 2014
Jimmy Bruen Team Fundraiser winners. L – R Stephanie Conlon, Conor McManus, Brona Galvin & Dean McGowan
Jimmy Bruen Team Fundraiser
Last Sunday saw Strandhill Golf Club host a very special event to raise funds for the Connacht Final winning Jimmy Bruen Team who were due to travel to Carton House to take part in the All-Ireland finals. The competition was open to teams of four of any combination and proved to be very popular. 1st place went to Stephanie Conlon, Conor McManus, Brona Galvin and Dean McGowan. 2nd place finishers were Robbie Henneberry, Lorna Hill, Maura Butler and Joe Hanney while Ann Carroll, Frank Carroll, Brian Harte and Leo Logan took 3rd place. Strandhill Golf Club and the Jimmy Bruen team would like to thank everyone who took part and made the day such a huge success.
Jimmy Bruen All-Ireland Semi Final
As winners of the 2014 Jimmy Bruen Connacht Shield, Strandhill Golf Club secured a semi final place at Carton House for the All-Ireland semi-finals of this year’s competition. The semi-final was played on Thursday last against Munster Champions, Lisselan of Cork. Lisselan got off to a flying start by going 4 up in the first match while Strandhill led the way in match 2 after 9 holes. Matches 3, 4 and 5 were led by Lisselan at the half way point and they held on to their advantage on the back nine to secure victory by 3 ½ to 1 ½. Waterford beat Strabane in the other semi-final and they came out on top in the final to take this year’s Jimmy Bruen Shield with a victory by 3 ½ to 1 ½ over Lisselan. Well done to all involved in Strandhill Golf Club’s Jimmy Bruen 2014 team on their fantastic success in this year’s event and a big thank you to all who travelled to cheer on the team at all stages of the competition.
Friday Open 18 Hole Stableford
This week’s Friday Open Stableford was a hard fought event that saw the top 16 players returning scores of 36 points or better and it took a fantastic score of 43 points by Kieran Staed to come out on top. Kieran scored 12 pars during his round with 5 on the front nine and an incredible 7 in a row on the back nine to clinch victory. Jim Mulcahy from Rossespoint took second place on 42 points, which on any other day would have been good enough to win. Jim carded 5 pars and a birdie during his round on his way to 42 points. Third place went to Declan Burns of Foyle Golf Club with a score of 41 points.
Hargadon’s Bar 18 Hole Stableford
Saturday’s Hargadon’s Bar 18 Hole Stableford competition was played in glorious sunny conditions and to continue the trend for the week, some fantastic scores were returned. Pat McCaffrey set the standard for the day by scoring a birdie and 8 pars on his way to carding a score of 43 points to take first place. Eugene Gilligan took second spot in a round that included no less than 9 pars on his way to carding a score of 41 points. Martin Farrell took third place with a score of 38 points while Enda Halloran was one point further back with 37 points to secure 4th spot.
Ulster Bank 18 Hole Strokeplay
Sunday’s Ulster Bank sponsored 18 Hole Strokeplay competition was again played in perfect sunny conditions and this was reflected in the standard of golf played on the day with some low scores returned. Fresh from winning his match in Friday’s Jimmy Bruen semi-final, Ciaran Henry continued his good form by shooting a 64 nett to take 1st place. Ciaran recorded 3 birdies and 5 pars on the front nine and added another 3 pars and a birdie on the back nine to sign for round of 64. 2nd spot was claimed by Francis O’Beirne who carded a magnificent score of 66 nett. Francis scored no less than 11 pars over the course of his round, including 9 in a row from the 8th to the 16th holes. Mick Walsh finished two strokes back in 3rd place with a score of 68 nett in a round than was consistent from start to finish.
Gerry Fox took the lowest gross score of the day with a round of 72, scoring 8 pars on the front 9 and 5 on the back 9 and adding 2 birdies on the par 4, 11th and par 3, 14th hole.
This Week’s Fixtures
Fri 26th – Friday Open Stableford
Sat 27th – The Embassy V Par
Sun 28th – Kennedy’s Bar 18 Hole Stableford
Higgins Pharmacy 18 Hole Stableford / Culleenamore Cup
Thursday’s Higgins Pharmacy 18 Hole Stableford competition was another hotly contested affair with Maura Butler taking the top slot with 41 points. Maura’s round included 8 pars on her way to victory. Second place was taken by Brigid Glynn with a score of 39 points. Also on 39 points was third place finisher, Margaret Gerrity who had a similar card to Brigid but lost out on the back 9 score. Gillian Ballantyne rounded out the top four with a score of 36 points.
Cois Na Ri 18 Hole Stableford
Sunday’s Cois Na Ri 18 Hole Stableford competition saw some fantastic golf being played with Mary Corcoran taking 1st place on a score of 42 points. Mary’s round saw her record no less than 7 pars on her way to taking the win. Ann Cox kept up her run of good form of late by taking 2nd place with a score of 40 points in a round that saw her sink 8 par putts including 4 in a row from the 3rd to the 6th holes. 3rd and 4th places could only be separated by a count back with Claire Gallagher taking 3rd ahead of Gillian Ballantyne, who finished 4th as both ladies returned scores of 39 points each.
This Week’s Fixtures
Thu 25th – Fiddler’s Creek Bar & Restaurant 18 Hole Stableford
Sun 28th – Eamonn’s Meats 18 Hole Stableford
September 15, 2014
Golfers have been taking full advantage of the Indian Summer conditions at Strandhill Golf Club this week and with the course in absolutely fantastic condition it paved the way for some fantastic scores to be returned.
John Stewart lining up a putt on the 1st hole during the Connacht Shield semi-finals
Connacht Shield Semi Final
The first competitive golf of the week saw Strandhill Golf Club take on Tubbercurry Golf Club in the semi-finals of the Connacht Shield on Monday afternoon. Tubbercurry were drawn as the home team for the semi’s which meant that 3 of the 5 matches were scheduled to played in Tubbercurry. A large crowd turned out at Strandhill to watch the matches that took place there and both matches were very close affairs with the lead changing numerous times. The quality of golf on display was so high that birdies were required to win a hole in most cases. Tubbercurry came out on top in both matches played at Strandhill but Strandhill fought valiantly in Tubbercurry to win two of the three games. Tubbercurry held on to take victory in the final game to ensure that they would progress to the finals. Strandhill Golf Club would like to wish Tubbercurry the best of luck in this year’s final.
Friday Open Stableford
This week’s Friday Open Stableford was won by Tommy O’Connor from Blacklion Golf Club with a score of 41 points. Tommy recorded four pars on the front 9 and five pars on the back 9 including four-in-a-row from holes 13 to 16 to ensure victory. Laurence Egan from Galway took second place with 38 points while Dean McGowan rounded out the top three places with a score of 37 points.
Captain Jim Branley, winner of Jenning’s O’Donovan 18 Hole Stableford Competition
Jenning’s O’Donovan 18 Hole Stableford
Saturday’s competition was the Jenning’s O’Donovan sponsored 18 hole Stableford. Conditions on the day couldn’t have been better with glorious sunshine and little or no wind and this lent itself to some fine golf and some excellent scores being returned. Club Captain, Jim Branley set the standard for the day with a fantastic score of 43 points. Jim’s round was made up of a one under par front nine consisting of 8 pars and a birdie and a back nine that included 6 pars. Geoff Corcoran secured second spot with a score of 41 points with a round that included no less than 8 pars. Declan McCabe was one point further back on 40 points which was enough to take third place in a round which included 4 birdies and 4 pars. Dessie Timbs finished one point further back with a score of 39 points to take fourth place. Both Dessie and Jim will be in action this coming Friday in the Jimmy Bruen semi-final in Carton House and let’s hope both players can carry this form into their respective matches.
Jimmy Bruen All Ireland Semi-Finals
The Strandhill Golf Club team that won this year’s Jimmy Bruen Connacht Final will take part in the all-Ireland semi-finals this coming Friday at Carton House Golf Club. It is expected that the matches will get under way at around 11am and any support that can be provided to the team on the day would be greatly appreciated. For full details, contact the clubhouse on 071 9168188. We wish the boys the best of luck and hopefully it will be a long weekend.
Friday Sept 19th – Friday Open Stableford
Saturday Sept 20th – Hargadon’s Bar Stableford
Sunday Sept 21st – Ulster Bank Strokeplay (Blue Tees)
Glasshouse Hotel 18 Hole Stroke Medal
Thursday also saw the ladies competing in the Glasshouse Hotel sponsored 18 Hole stroke medal competition. Noleen Cabena took 1st place with a fine score of 67 nett in a round which included an impressive birdie on the par 3, 9th hole. Brona Galvin fired in two front nine birdies on the par 3 2nd and par 5 5th holes respectively, on the way to returning a score of 68 nett, which saw her secure the runner up position. Ann Cox continued her fine form of late and the trend of birdies on the day with one on the 16th hole to post a score of 70 nett and take 3rd place overall. Ena Cahill took 4th place also with a score of 70 nett.
Lady Captain Ann Cox’s Away Outing
The Lady Captain Ann Cox’s away outing took place on Saturday to Murvagh Golf Club. A very enjoyable day was had by all under splendid continental sunshine. Results : 1st Mary Corcoran 36pts, 2ndAnn Cox 34pts, 3rd Gillian Ballantyne 33pts, 4th Chris Owens 32pts, Front 9 Ena Cahill 18 Pts, Back 9 Virginia Curran 18pts, Mystery prize: Una Keaney.
A 10 Hole competition will be run over two days Thursday & Sunday- in conjunction with the 10 Hole senior competition on Thursday & the 18 hole on Sunday. The prize is one week’s accommodation in a 2 bedroom apartment in Cabo Roig, Alicante, Spain. This prize was kindly sponsored by Brian Kiernan through Poppy Hunt and we are very grateful for this lovely prize.
We wish our Vice Captain Grainne best wishes for a speedy recovery back to the fairways.
Sympathy is extended to Carmel Feeney on the death of her sister Jacinta.
Good Luck to the Jimmy Bruen Team from the Ladies Branch in the All Ireland Finals starting on Friday in Carton House.
Thursday Sep 14 – Higgins Pharmacy, 18 Hole Stableford/Culleenamore Cup. ( The Cullenamore Cup is played for over 18 holes and is for 36 handicap golfers only)
Sunday Sept 21 – Cois na Ri 18 Hole Stableford
The Junior Alliance (HCP 18-HCP36) will make a welcome return on Thursday Oct 2nd and on the first Thursday of every month running through to April. There will be a running draw from 9.00 am to 12.00. A warm welcome is extended to all players. Please encourage your friends from other clubs to join us.