GOLF: Big numbers expected to come to Faughan Valley

Faughan Valley Lady Captain Jackie McNulty and Captain Robert Smallwood pictured at the club's Drive-in.
Faughan Valley Lady Captain Jackie McNulty and Captain Robert Smallwood pictured at the club's Drive-in.

Newly-elected captain, Robert Smallwoods invites golfers from near and far to take part in Faughan Valley Golf Club’s two-day competitions coming up over the Easter period.

On Good Friday and Easter Saturday the club are hosting an Open Stableford competition.

The same format will be in operation for Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. Both competitions offer a wide range of top quality prizes for placings and there will be the customary prizes on offer for the longest drive at the signature 11th hole as well as nearest-the-pin in the 198 yard par 3, 10th hole.

Time sheets will be in operation for both competitions so members and visitors are advised to contact the club house on 02871860707 to reserve tee times.

The Open Stableford competition on Saturday was won after a break of tie finish by James McLaughlin (19) 40 points, second spot went to Gregory McGlinchey (18) after he too scored 40 points and Alan McWhirter (20) with 39 points was third.

The JC Halliday and Sons St Patrick Day Open was claimed by Lee O’Connor (9) after he finished with 41 points, second after a break of tie finish was Darren Redden (23) 41 points and Tony Griffiths (19) also on 40 points was third.

The gross prize went to Glenn Hinds, while the front nine was claimed by David Hyndman after scoring 21 points and Alfie Campbell with 23 points was best on the back nine.

Meanwhile Roe Park saw a long, wet winter finally come to an end last week as the lovely Spring sunshine descended upon the resort to lift the spirits of golfers everywhere.

With the good weather came an influx of players keen to get good scores in for the Spring League and get their respective teams off to a good start.

The St Patrick’s Day Open Stableford was the first of a series of competitions in the Spring League with some amazing prizes provided by sponsors ‘The Meat Locker’. Danny Quinn was a man with a mission as he emerged victorious with a staggering 45 points.

Dr. Gerry Byrne finished in second place with 41 points just pipping Alan Loughery in third on count back. Andy Young has started the season in fine form indeed as he shot a superb one over round 71 to win the best gross prize.

The nearest the pin prizes went to Phillip McKeever and Neil Mullan.

Seamus McConalogue got his first season as Roe Park Captain underway as he hosted the Captains’ Drive-In Club Stableford on Saturday.

Indeed Seamus climbed out of his sick bed to attend the competition and show the commitment and dedication becoming of a true Captain.

Alex Steele played superbly as he shot a brilliant four over par 74 for 42 points to take the victory. An almost faultless round from Alex included two birdies and ten pars.

Neil Mullan and Willie McCormick both scored 41 points with Neil taking second place on count back leaving Willie in third.

Kieran Berryman showed exactly why he’s a four time winner of the Golfer of the Year as he shot a sublime three under par round 67 for forty points to take the gross prize.

His round included five birdies and eleven pars with two bogeys the only blemishes on a superb card.

The previous week saw the first Four Man Scramble competition of the year with great prizes provided by sponsor BK Cabs. Last year’s Captain Frank Boyd led the motley crew of Neville Martin, Derek Powell and Jamie Vinnicombe to victory.

Derek Nicholl, Alan Rankin, Sammy Murphy and John Robson finished second.

This week sees the Spring League continue with club competitions on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

To book a tee time or for any other enquiries call The Golf Shop on 02877760105.