GOLF: Connor has super round at Roe Park to claim top spot

Joe Connor, winner of Saturday's Club Stableford at Roe Park.
Joe Connor, winner of Saturday's Club Stableford at Roe Park.

The Turkey & Bottle Series of club competitions got underway last week at Roe Park along with the expected cold, wet and windy weather.

With ‘The Meat Locker’ sponsoring this years’ event it was all to play for as members scrambled to get a good, solid score under their belts.

First up was the Club Stableford on Thursday which saw only the hardiest golfers brave the monsoon like conditions.

Michael Mullan showed he is a man for all seasons as he scored 31 points to take the victory with Paddy Kealey taking the runner-up spot.

Saturday’s Club Stableford was played in slightly better conditions with most players going out early to beat the worst of the weather.

Joe Connor showed them how it’s done as he scored a superb round of four over par and 38 points to take a deserved victory. His round also included one birdie and ten pars.

Another seasoned golfer, Malcolm Stuart also had an excellent round, scoring 37 points to take the runner-up spot.

The play-off’s for The Autumn Pairs League sponsored by Eglinton Construction have been decided with one pair now through to the final having already played and won their match.

Kieran and Liam Berryman defeated Neil Mullan and William McLaughlin to set up a final against either Colin Harkin and Martin McVeigh or Stephen Boyd and Shea Hogg who play their match this coming week.

This coming week also sees the Turkey and Bottle Series continue with Club Stableford competitions on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

To book a tee time or for any other enquiries call the very helpful and friendly staff at The Golf Shop on 02877760105

Meanwhile playing in atrocious conditions and with last card of the day returned, Vice Captain, Clive Brolly (9) posted a magnificent score of 28 points in the Saturday Stableford Competition at City of Derry.

Runner up and two points behind was Ken McClintock (15) on 26 points.

The second major of the season in the Thursday Society calendar at Prehen, the Jim Bresland Trophy was won by long time member and former treasurer of the society, Wilf Abel.

Played in very windy and wet conditions and despite having 2 blank holes, the 23 handicapper compiled a fantastic score of 30 points.

Second on the day was James Desmond (13) followed by Eric Watson (11) with Paul Concannon (10) and John Monaghan (16) fourth and fifth respectively.

Presentation of the trophy will take place at a later date.

While at Faughan Valley the Winter League, which is sponsored by Emerald Palace, saw big hitting Bernard Kelly (4) secure the category one (1-15) section after he scored 180 points over the five cards.

In second spot was Peter Tinney (14) with 172 points.

The category two (15.5 +) section went to 17 handicapper John McCourt after he scored 210 points, with 23 handicapper Gerrard Redden taking second spot with 191 points.

The club’s annual turkey competition will continue to run until December 13th with a £2 entry fee.

All members are reminded that the club’s members day will be Saturday December 19th and all details are on the club’s website at faughanvalleygolfclub.co.uk.