AS the weather smiled down upon Strabane golf club last weekend and with the course and greens in pristine condition the scene was perfectly framed for the marquee Saturday of the season as Mr Captain Declan Doherty hosted his Captain’s Prize. And it was Liam Patton (16) who emerged the magnanimous victor, a mere 49 years after claiming his first Captain’s Prize.
As preparations for the big day got underway at first light, Liam was drawn as one of the early starters and posted his solid 65 nett which although was matched by two others, it would remain top of the pile on break of tie for the rest of the day.
The aforementioned others on this occasion were Declan Lynch (12) and Dr Ciaran Kelly (12) who both posted 65 nett also but finished second and third respectively via countback. Gerry Casey (14) took fourth with the only 66 of the day, whilst Paul Gallagher (10) was the best of a number of 67 returns to round out the top five on break of tie. Conal Cooke (1) produced a typically classy one under par round to claim the gross with a 68, whilst Category prizes went to Paddy Kennedy (3), Sean Elliott (12) and Malachy Houston (25) respectively.
Shane McCrory (19) secured the additional Category prize made available to all players who are currently not under full membership, whilst Rory McColgan (10) and Kieran McShane (27) claimed the respective nines.
Francie Devine scooped the Captain’s Guest prize, whilst final spot prizes at the 18th for Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin went to Kevin Gallagher (5) and Noel O’Kane (26) respectively.
The Captain took the opportunity on the night to extend words of thanks to all those who helped contribute, both on and off the course, to what was a memorable day enjoyed by all…from the greens staff and their immaculate presentation of the course to those who helped with all aspects of organisation, and from his (many, many!) various playing partners to his close family circle who provided unwavering support throughout…not to mention the expert guidance on picking the prizes!
To echo the kind words of the hugely popular winner’s speech, congratulations Declan on this fantastic occasion and further best wishes for the remainder of your term.
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