With the use of mats discontinued and lift clean and place on fairways only it meant last weekends competitions at Killymoon qualified for handicap reductions and the first to give Sean the chance to take a “Suarez” out of their handicaps, were the competitors in the Darren Clarke trophy in aid of MS.
Although conditions were good a swirling wind made life tricky nevertheless some fine scores were returned. None more so than Paul Wilson who disproved the theory that low handicappers can’t lift nett prizes when he shot a level par 70 to finish with 41 points. After a steady opening nine, which saw him two over, he played the back nine without the hint of a blemish and notched two birdies on 15 and 17.
Dean Kennedy and Tony McCann claimed 2nd and 3rd spots also with 41 point totals with countback required to separate them.
In the categories Nigel McGurk and Ronan Fowley took the hounrour in Division 1 both on 40 points. John Mulligan was first home in Division 2 also with 40 and Seamus Coyle was a point further back. In division 3 the scoring was the same with Sean MacMahon and Peter Lewis the prize winners.
The gross prize went to Bryan Martin who shot a level par 70.
On Sunday the Gavin Trophy was up for grabs and there was a familiar look to the leader board as Andrew McKenna continued his rich vein of form with a 42 point tally taking top spot just ahead of Keith Black thanks to a better back nine.Neill Ruddock was third with 41 points edging home thanks to a cracking 24 ppoints over the closing nine holes.
Martin Monaghan lifted the gross prize with a 74.
In the club competitions it was a good day for the Ulster Cup team who whitewashed Ardglass 7-0 to set up a meeting in the next round with Shandon Park or Letterkenny but the Juniors bowed out of the Fred daly goiing down to Armagh.
This weekend Saturday 27 April brings the PGA Tankard under medal conditions and the Magherafelt Trophy on Sunday 28 April will also be stroke play. Both competitions are qualifiers for the Champion of Champions.
The latest in the series of Senior Open competitions (50 years plus) will be played on Wednesday 01 May. Online Booking is now available.
Following the success of the Open Stableford played on Easter Monday, the Competition Committee have organised a similar event for Bank Holiday Monday 06 May when Competition Entry and a Golfer’s Fry will cost £8 for members and £15 for visitors.Booking for thisevent is now available online.
The draws for the Annual Match - Play competitions The Sloane Cup, The Twigg Cup and The Presidents’ Trophy have been made and are posted on the downstairs noticeboard.
Members are asked to adhere strictly to deadline dates for the playing of matches because extensions will not be granted.
Having won the Killymoon Qualifier last year, Paul Martin and Malcolm Kee have qualified for the third round of the Irish Mail Foursomes by virtue of a victory over a pairing from Fintona G.C. on Sunday past. They await the draw for the third round.
The Tyrone Cup for 2013 will be played at Killymoon on Saturday 11 May and at Dungannon on Saturday 8 June.
The entry sheet is now available in the Killymoon Pro Shop; Entry Fee is £10.00 to be paid in advance and the same starting time applies both days.
The first of the 9 Holes Saturday Competitions sponsored by John Ferguy was played on Saturday 06 April and the result reads:
Winner: Christopher Reynolds (30 nett)
Second: Eoin Mallon (33 nett)
The next nine hole competition takes place this Saturday sponsored by Sean Canavan.
The Junior Committee requests sponsors for these Saturday competitions at a cost of £10 per sponsor. Any members interested in sponsoring a competition are asked to leave their donations in the envelopes provided behind the Bar or in the Office.
There are a series of Charity Table Quiz nights in the Lounge continues over the next fortnight:
FRIDAY 26 APRIL (8pm start)
COOKSTOWN ROTARY CLUB
In Aid of Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children
FRIDAY 03 MAY (8.30pm start)
In Aid of Desertcreat Bowling Club
The draw will for the lucky letter was held as usual on Saturday and the winning letters were GJPS. Once again the jackpot survived with consolation prizes going tro Gerard McElhatton and Roy Montgomery. The jackpot now goes to £650 with the next draw this Saturday.
Would all ticket sellers please return counterfoils amd monies to the envelopes provided at the bar before 6.30pm on Saturday evening.
Cookstown Youth Football Club holds its Annual Fund-Raising Team Scramble on Friday 03 May. Tee times are available from 12.30 – 5.30pm by contacting Rodney Hutchinson on 028 8676 2574 or 07746 576 969. The cost is £100 per team including a meal.
3 CLUB CHALLENGE
Michael Gallagher has decided to organise one more fun event in order to find the remaining £500 required to fund the life-saving defibrillator.
The event will take the form of a 9 Holes Scramble with teams of 4 persons each having only 3 clubs.
Entry will cost £50 per team of 4 persons to include Prizes, Barbeque and Music in the Bar following the Presentation of Prizes.
The event will tee off with a shotgun start at 7pm on Sunday 26 May.
If you wish to enter a team, contact Michael on 07849 576 678 or www.mgprogolf.com