Dungannon pair into provincial semis
The splendid news which caused great excitement throughout Dungannon Golf Club is that Raymond McCann and Kevin Kelly playing for the Irish Mail Foursomes beat Ashfield on the 17th hole at home and are thus through to the provincial semi-finals of this very prestigious competition.
Details of their opponents are not known, but two more wins would send them through to the All-Ireland smei-finals weekend at the Carton House complex in September.
Meantime, Lawson Cup team, captained by Michael Rea, won at home on Sunday against Strabane, so they are through to the next round. And the Junior Cowdy team, captained by Jim Burnside, won at home against Kilkeel on Sunday. They are four matches up and play their return match within the next couple of weeks.
The Sam Rutherford team, captained by Noel Gormley, played at Lisburn on Saturday and won, so they are through to the next round.
The Ladies Intermediate team, captained by Ann Shields travelled to Co Cavan for the return leg of their match and won through to the next round.
The Ladies Minor Cup team, captained by Kathleen Boyle, travelled to Portsalon for the return leg of their match and won by six holes so they are through to meet either Castlereagh Hills or Malone.
Frank Goodwin was glad of a better back nine following his round in the Beacon House charity event on Saturday week, the Dalriada Park man needing that to secure the top prize after his 42 points score was matched by Roy Holmes on a day when 22 twos were recorded.
This event managed to raise £760 for Beacon House, the representative from which - Ann Davidson - presented the sponsored prizes to the winners.
Beacon House results
Winner: Frank Goodwin 42BB9
Runner-up: Roy Holmes 42
Third: Nigel Morton 41
Gross: Jack McElroy 74
0-10: John Williamson 39
11-17: Wayne Reid 41
18plus: Brendan McCorry 39
Roisin, worthy winner
The Ladies had a very enjoyable weekend at Slieve Russell Hotel and Country Club, 25 ladies attending. The weather was good, the craic mighty, the golf also something else.
Winner of the Elizabeth Alexander Trophy was Roisin Kelly with 35 points, her success coming courtesy of a better back nine from Deirdre O’Rourke - and in third place was Karen Hetherington with 33 points.
The ladies were out in force last Tuesday for the annual Darren Clarke MS Qualifier, which was sponsored by Cavanagh Kelly & Co and, if there’s a more deserving winner of a tournament in the club this year, then it will be a surprise because the victor with an amazing score of 45 points was Lorraine Wilson. Second with a very commendable 39 points on a better back nine, ahead of Janet Forbes, was Celia Devlin.
Pat wins Seniors Open
Pat Holland was a clear winner of the Seniors Open on Wednesday, carding a splendid 43 points, event sponsored by Skea Eggs.
Winner: Pat Holland 43pts
Runner-up: Maurice Bigley 41
Third: Jim Burnside 40
Visitor: James Cottie, Roe Park 37
And 43 points was the score posted Jack Madden, winner of the Wednesday Medal.
Winner: Jack Madden 43pts
Runner-up: Niall Cush 42
Third: Barry O’Neill 41BB
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