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Aidan comes up ‘trumps’ on President’s Day

AS Strabane enjoyed some benign weather conditions on Saturday past, the perfect backdrop for good scoring was provided as Mr Liam McGinley hosted his President’s Day.

With the course in typically flawless condition, as has been the case throughout the season, it was Aidan Boyle (4) who made the most of it and posted a picture-perfect level par round of 41pts to claim the President’s prize.

Aidan managed to take advantage of both par fives with birdies, and with only two drop shots on the card, the consistent 4-handicapper made up the numbers with an impressive fourteen pars to top the pile by a shot.

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There were two players a stroke back on 40pts, Stephen Donaghey (10) just pipping Kevin McGinley (9) to second place after countback. Paul McGill (6) was again amongst the prizes another stroke back on 39pts, with Rodney Dolan (16) taking fifth on break of tie on the same score.

Paddy McCrossan (5) continued his impressive season to claim the gross prize on 33pts, with the nine’s prizes going to Mark Quinn (14) and Martin Rouse (8) respectively both with 22pts.

Adrian McLaughlin (12) took the Over 60s category with 38pts, whilst Rory McColgan (10) was best of the President’s guests with 37pts.

With eligibility for the main prizes on offer restricted to full members, the President kindly offered up special category prizes for those currently signed up in the number of other membership categories on offer. Gary Henderson (14) posted the best of the day to claim top spot in the Non-Qualifier category, with Shane McCrory (17) coming in second to close out the prize-winners.

The ever-popular President took the opportunity to thank all those at the club who contributed to his memorable day. The club would like to reciprocate this gratitude by thanking Liam for his work to date and offering him best wishes for the rest of the term.

The previous Thursday’s Open was kindly sponsored by Northern Confectionery and it was Declan Lynch (11) who had the sweet taste of success with a winning return of 40pts. Shane McLaughlin (10) took second on countback with 39pts ahead of Jim Callaghan (17) on the same total, whilst Aidan Boyle showed a sign of things to come by scooping the gross.

Week 13 of the Liam Curry Memorial Monday Open qualifiers saw another good turnout of players eager to book a place in the Finals as conditions conducive to good scoring continued. John McCallion (13) claimed top spot in the penultimate qualifier with 41pts on break of tie from Eddie Finlay (13) on the same score. Terry Conroy (10) showed again to take third on 40pts as Brendan McGrath (5) from Letterkenny GC qualified as best visitor whilst taking the gross with 35pts.

With a number of recent prize-winners having previously secured their qualification for the Final day, and with only one week of qualifying remaining, players are advised to keep an eye on the Club’s news and social media outlets for an updated list of qualified competitors.

FULL STORY IN YESTERDAY’S STRABANE CHRONICLE

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