EAMONN WINS ALLIANCE CAPTAIN’S PRIZE!
A magnificent Captain’s Day was had in Dunfanaghy Golf Club, rightly ranked in the top 100 courses in Ireland.
The improved course has been steadily developed by head Greenkeeper Paul McGinley and it is well worth a visit just to see the new remodelled bunkers and tighter fairways. This work has been carried out in-house and the skill with which it has been done is self-evident. Paul, your staff and the greens committee should take a bow.
The Captains Day was hosted by Brian Wallace who attended to every possible detail to ensure that the members of the Alliance had a great golfing day, even though the overall scoring was moderate by recent standards
The winner of Mr. Brian Wallace’s Captain’s Prize was Letterkenny Golf Club member Eamonn McGlinchey.
Playing off 6 handicap, Eamonn went around in just three over par, having had 20 points in each nine.
Having dropped strokes at the 1st, [par four] the 6th and 11th, his last dropped stroke was at the par five 16th. Eamonn also proceeded to pick up strokes at the par four 4th and the 14th, and although he had a lesson during the week on his swing from Jimmy Gallagher at Letterkenny Driving Range ,it was his chipping and putting that was a joy to behold. Time after time he chipped “dead” to the hole on the few occasions that he missed the green. The reason for the lesson? He is thinking of changing his irons!!!!!. Eamonn, perhaps you need to rethink that idea although maybe the trade-in value of your clubs have now increased due to this Captain’s Prize win.
In the nett section, 20 points was the average score for the first nine by the front runners, although Kieran O’Neill had 23pts on his outward nine at this stage, but an indifferent back nine of 16 which included a blank at the 14th par four meant that he had the worst of the 39 pointers. In second place in the “nett” was George McCay who added 20 points to his front nine of 19, yet he also drew a blank at the par five 16th. Kevin Hunter must have thought that he was only there to make up the numbers when, after eight holes he had recorded but 14 points and then, with his putter warmed up after a birdie at the par three 9th, Kevin proceeded to return a level par gross for the next ten holes, gaining 22 points on back nine, to finish on a total of 39pts and, due to a three-way B.O.T.,top spot in the Nett section.
In the gross section, the scoring was excellent although only the sixth prize went to a B.O.T.
In third place was golfer of the year champion Finnian O’Doherty, fresh from sessions last weekend from the Aspire Ireland coaching team.
He was one over for his front nine, two shots in arrears of Marty McDermott who was two under par gross.
Finnian was one under for the back nine while Marty was level par which was the reward for four birdies which he had in a row from the 8th to the 11th.
His dropped strokes were at the 1st, the 12th and the 18th which gave him an overall one under par round while Finnian was level par for his eighteen holes.
An exceptional round of 64 [four under par] on one of his favourite courses came from Michael McGeady.
He reeled off five 3’s in a row from the first and had one bogey that at the 6th, that being the only blemish on his card. In all, Michael had ten 3’s, resulting in six birdies!!!. Supreme form indeed.
All aspects of his game were awesome from his driving, approach shots to the green and his putter was exceptionally hot. Hopefully, this will set him up for a good season on the tour.
Ist Kevin Hunter (10) Faughan Valley G.C. 39 pts [b.o.t].
2nd George McCay (18) Strabane GC. 39pts [b.o.t].
3rd Kieran O’Neill (13) Portsalon G.C. 39 pts [b.o.t].
4th Eamonn O’Carroll (12) Letterkenny G.C. 38 pts [b.o.t].
5th Alan Chung (19) Faughan Valley G.C. 38 pts [b.o.t].
6th Clive Davison (12) Portsalon G.C. 38pts [b.o.t].
1st Michael McGeady (scr) North West G.C. 64.
2nd Marty McDermott (3) Strabane G.C. 67.
3RD Finnian O’Doherty (1) Letterkenny G.C. 68.
4th John G.McBride (scr) Portsalon G.C. 69.
5TH Seamus McMonagle (scr) Dunfanaghy G.C. 70.
6TH Jamie Foley (3) Letterkenny G.C. 71 [b.o.t].
Visitor: Graham Cummings (10) City of Derry G.C. 38 pts
So ended the 2014/15 season and competitions will commence again at Letterkenny Golf Club on 26th September 2015 under the Captaincy of David Forbes of Faughan Valley Golf Club .