Joe McCann wins Alistair’s top prize
It’s surely a tremendous tribute to the greenkeeping staff and volunteers that Captain’s Day was able to take place on Saturday week at Dungannon, Joe McCann and all the other winners eternally grateful for all their efforts in ensuring they could enjoy their joyous moments in the sun, if you’ll pardon the somewhat inappropriate pun!
The weather all that week was far from encouraging, especially on Friday with rain non stop. Parts of the course were flooded and it’s sincere thanks to Damien McCann and Gerry Coulter et al that the day was able to go ahead as they were on the course at 6am mopping the water off the greens.
For this reason, the competition had to be non-qualifying but they were just glad to be able to go ahead with what is the most exciting day in the club’s golfing calendar.
Joe McCann was the overall winner with 44 points, Malachy O’Neill pipping namesake Philip James for second spot, this pair the best of a group just a point behind the winner.
Braving the tremendous weather on Thursday the juniors took to the course in a bid to win the Captain’s Prize, the Junior with junior Handicap won by Cathal Canavan with 41 points and Junior with Senior Handicap earned by Christopher Charlton on 33.
Captain Alistair Soye was delighted that he managed to raise the grand sum of £1200 for Parkinsons NI Research. He thanks all who donated to his chosen charity and to all who helped to make his Captain’s Day the success it was - despite the inclement weather.
Captain’s Day Roll of Honour
Winner: Joe McCann 44pts
0–10: Ian Rafferty 40
11–17: Martin McGurk 43
18plus: Stephen Lee 40
Past captain: Joe Cavlan 42
Lewis Gribben 40
Runner-up: Malachy O’Neill
Third: Philip James O’Neill 43
Gross: Joe Timlin 75BB9
Visitor: Malcolm Kee,
Longest Drive: Mark Currie
Nearest the Pin: Barry O’Neill
Dungannon played Lisburn at Lurgan Golf Club in the first round of The Barton Shield and, in wet and windy conditions, Dungannon won by a margin of four holes.
In the Scratch Foursomes format, Conor McCaughey and Timmy Jordan won 3up against a strong pair including Irish international plus 3 handicapper Matthew McKnight.
The second pair of Joe Timlin and Jack McElroy clinched the win with a one hole win against another strong pairing of one handicappers.Jack did not disappoint on his Barton Shield debut, holing some excellent putts to send Dungannon through to play Ulster champions and All-Ireland finalists Warrenpoint in the next round.
That match was played at Lurgan Golf Club against Warrenpoint and, in the first game, McCaughey and Jordan were drawn against former European Amateur champion and ex-professional Paddy Gribben (+2) and Stephen Coulter (Scr) - and four birdies and a holed-out eagle from the fairway at the last helped Dungannon to a 5up win.
Timlin and Mark Currie were playing Ulster Senior player Colm Campbell Jnr (+2) and big hitter Ryan Gribben (+1), Warrenpoint were forced to birdie the last to force a play-off and, in this, they again made birdie to win the match for Warrenpoint 1up.
The Junior Cowdy team, captained by Jim Burnside, travelled to Kilkeel on Sunday week for the second leg of their match.
They needed half a point to get through. The Kilkeel team gave all who played a very tight match. Enda McStravog came up trumps and won the team what they needed.
The Rossmore Cup Team, captained by David Dobson, played at home on Sunday against Rossmore and came out with a 3-1 win.
The Sam Rutherford Cup, captained by Noel Gormley, fulfilled the first leg against Mourne Golf Club at home and came out eight holes up. The captain was very pleased with the high performance of golf from his team.
The Irish Mixed Foursomes played at Killymoon and qualified to play against Fintona today Monday, again in Cookstown.
Well done, Mary
Lady Captain Mary Duffy managed to raise a fantastic sum of £700 for her chosen Charity Sunshine Romania and she thanks all who gave a donation or helped in any way to make her day the success it was. Someone even got the sun to shine.
Members should check the noticeboard for inter-club matchplay dates; time is running out.
This Tuesday is Sandra Campbell Breast Cancer Day, timesheet filling up fast.
Daisy Ferguson Greensomes
Winners: Dympna Fitzpatrick-Alison Chestnutt 36pts
Runners-up: Grainne Smith-Jayne Henry 35BB9
Third: Karen Hetherington-Eileen Moore 35
Dympna and Alison have qualified to play in the Royal Co Down, Annesley Links on Monday August 13.
Wednesday was the best day of the week and 43 points was obviously a popular score.
Winner: Philip Tener 43BB9
Runner-up: Pat Holland
Third: Shane Donnelly 43
There were fifteen twos
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Weather for Dungannon
Friday 24 May 2013
Temperature: 5 C to 13 C
Wind Speed: 15 mph
Wind direction: North
Temperature: 7 C to 15 C
Wind Speed: 12 mph
Wind direction: South