GOLF: Team 14 hold slender lead at Foyle’s Winter League

Players from both Faughan Valley GC and Foyle GC pictured during the Two Bridges competition at Faughan Valley.
Players from both Faughan Valley GC and Foyle GC pictured during the Two Bridges competition at Faughan Valley.

The Qualifying section of the Desmond Motors Winter League at Foyle has reached the half way point with the teams having returned five cards with a single point separating the leading two teams.

Team 14 consisting of Mark Doherty, Ciaran O’Doherty, Michael Henry and Dermott Harkin having accumulated 459 points from their five cards, hold a slender one point lead over Team 20.

As the league qualifying enters the second half it looks like being a very competitive affair as the teams battle for one of the eight places on offer in the final.

At the mid-point of the Ladies Winter League, Team 2 consisting of Myra Gough, Lorna Thompson and Florence Rankin having accumulated 259 points from their five cards now hold a very healthy lead of 16 points over Team 8 with Team 9 a further point adrift.

The good turnout of members for week six of the Foyle Sunday Society had to endure difficult playing conditions with wind and rain making scoring difficult.

There was a two way 37 point break of tie decided the winner in favor of sixteen handicapper Eamon O’Kane (16) with Gary McElroy (8) getting his second podium finish in consecutive weeks with the runners up spot, as Eddie Ball (19) finished third.

The Turkey competitions went to Peter Fallon, Adrian Browne and Paul Maxwell.

The golf continues this week with the Desmond Motors Winter League and Turkey competitions continue daily, while the Foyle Sunday Society is expected to have another big turn-out.

Meanwhile the Autumn Pairs League continued to see the vast majority of golfers turn out at Roe Park despite what appears to be the end of the fine spell of dry weather we have all gotten used to recently.

Up first was a Club Stableford on Thursday which saw a good turnout despite the damp conditions.

Golfer of the year Kieran Berryman and Martin Butcher both ended the day with a hard fought 36 points with the count back rule being used to separate the two.

Martin was cruising to victory until a poor shot at the 17th hole cost him dear, ultimately handing victory to Kieran and he had to settle for the runner-up spot.

Saturday’s Club Stableford was again held in testing conditions but members showed it will take more than a little wind and a few showers to stop them getting their weekend golf fix.

Kevin Boyd played an absolute blinder as he wrapped up victory with an outstanding total of 41 points which included no less than ten pars.

Having had a lean year by his standards Kevin was over the moon to finally get a big victory under his belt.

Robert Godfrey also played brilliantly for his 40 points as he finished runner-up and Martin McVeigh again secured some vital Autumn Pairs points as he finished in third place with 39 points.

Kieran Berryman shot a three over par 73 to score 35 points and win the gross prize.

Only one week remains in the Autumn Pairs League sponsored by Eglinton Construction and it’s still all to play for to see who will finish in the top four and qualify for the final playoffs.

Colly Harkin and Martin McVeigh still top the leader board after five weeks with 198 points albeit by one point over second place pair Stubby Boyd and Shea Hogg.

Kieran Berryman and father Liam are in third place with 196 points with Alan Dallas and Eamon Barkley in fourth with 194 points.

This coming week sees the final exciting week of the Autumn Pairs League with Club Stableford competitions on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

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