North Western Golfing Alliance Ballyliffin G.C.-Old Links 3/12/2011
Par 71 s.s.s.71
1st Nett Odran McGettigan (24) Strabane G.C. 74
2ND Nett Ciaran Patton (18) Strabane G.C. 75
3rd Nett Michael Kelly (9) Strabane G.C. 77
4th Nett Joe Blake (9) Letterkenny G.C. 78 B.O.T.
5TH Nett Davy McLaughlin (16) Portsalon G.C. 78
6th Nett Maurice McGettigan (16) Strabane G.C. 80 B.O.T.
1ST Gross John Callan (5) Ballycastle G.C. 81
2ND Gross Sean Young (Scr) Foyle G. C. 84
3rd Gross John McBride (Scr) Portsalon G.C.85
4TH Gross Freddie Patterson (6) Strabane G. C. 85
5th Gross Sean Quigg (2) City of Derry 86 B.O.T.
6TH Gross Noel Callan (Scr) Faughan Valley G.C. 86
There were two two’s S.Devlin and M.Nelis netting them.
The final competition of 2011 will be long remembered by the 57 competitors who took part and all credit to the 23 who managed to return completed cards. There was no question but this was the worst weather conditions and also the worst scoring in the Alliance. The previous occasion that the scoring was so bad was on 10th January 1996 .The Glashedy course was being played for the first time by the Alliance. The present Captain of Ballyliffin G.C. Colm McCarroll suggested that we play off the very back markers .This was agreed to and the Nett was won by Gerry Coyle of North West Golf Club with a 73 .The Gross went to Colms Brother Frank, a former international who played ten times for Ireland in 68/69.His Gross score was 80.
In fairness to-days competition was on the more benign Old Links course and was played off the middle, the, white tees so those that played to-day now have the bragging rights as having played in the worst scoring conditions ever in the 43 years history of the Alliance.
It is a tribute to the Course that it stood up well to the gales of 7 and 8 strength that blew across it from the sea and indeed at times it was difficult to decide on the 14th green if one was putting through hail stones or the foam that was been blown off the sea. That the course was playable at all is a great credit to all connected with Ballyliffin Golf Club.
There were many double, treble and quadruple bogies on cards that saw their way into the prize list with the front nine the most difficult for all except for this year’s Alliance Captain Noel Callan who was just three over for 38 but into the wind on the back nine ballooned to 12 over on it .In fact the winner of the gross his Brother John was 8 over for the front nine but just 2 over on the home nine. The runner up the very popular teaching professional in Foyle Golf Club Sean Young was 6 over after nine and 7 over on the back ,a model of consistency.
In the nett current leader of the Nett golfer of the year Odran McGettigan continued to show his class with another fine round .His good finish of 3 over for the last 4 holes following a triple bogey at the 14th saw him finish just ahead of Club mate Ciaran Patton who dropped 5 strokes over the last 4 holes.
The Golfer of the year positions with 6 of the 9 counting competitions completed is as follows
Odran McGettigan of Strabane G.C. is leading the way on 33 ,John Callan .Ballycastle G.C. on 26 Michael O’Donnell on 20 Eddie McHugh on 18 both of Letterkenny G.C. .
Enda Kennedy of Rosapenna G.C. is on 45,Sean Quigg of City of Derry has moved into second on 31,Michael McGeady of McCambridge ,Duffy is on 28 John Callan Ballycastle G.C. on 26 followed by his brother Noel this year’s Captain on 18.gEADY
The Alliance good wishes go to Michael McGeady who is in action until the 5th December at the second stage Qualifying for a European Tour card .He is among 300 hopefuls and is lying 24th in La Manga following up on his first days 75 with a great 68. Kind words to his man on the bag Kevin Quigg. We are all cheering for you.
The festive best to alliance members .
The Alliance now takes a short break and resumes on 4th February 2012 in Portsalon G.C.Tags: