Golf: Hole in one joy for popular Roe Park Resort member

Derek Nicholl pictured on the seventeenth hole where he scored his Hole-In-One
Derek Nicholl pictured on the seventeenth hole where he scored his Hole-In-One

The golfing season doesn’t look like ending any time soon at Roe Park Resort if the huge numbers of golfers who turned out last week are anything to go by.

First up on Thursday was a Club Stableford held in somewhat breezy but dry conditions.

Andy Young got back to winning ways with a hard fought score of 37 points which included four birdies and seven pars.

Gary Campbell continued his excellent form as he scored 35 points to finish second. Another in-form man, Charlie Mearns scored 33 points to claim third place.

Saturday saw the last Monthly Medal competition of the season with great prizes as always provided by sponsors SJ Mitchell & Co. Alan Dallas had a simply superb score of one under par gross 69 to give him the win with a nett 65. His round included no less than five birdies and nine pars.

Robert Godfrey also had a superb nett score of 65 but was beaten on count back and had to settle for second spot.

In what was a clean sweep for the Roe Park Probonos society, Sean Hasson claimed third spot with another great score of nett 67.

Ricky Cochrane won the gross prize with an excellent round of 73.

Derek Nicholl or ‘Tex’ as he’s affectionately known was having a rather ordinary round of golf by his standards until he came to the 17th hole on Sunday.

Playing partners Alan Rankin and Sammy Murphy went first and missed the green prompting Alan to tell Tex he had better hit the green as another fourball were watching nearby.

Tex didn’t disappoint as he played a fantastic 8 iron shot which saw the ball bounce just in front of the green and roll to the pin, ultimately dropping in the hole for his third career hole-in-one.

With the inevitable claps and cheers that deservedly followed Tex can now look forward to a unique Hugo Boss watch as well as a complimentary bar bill.

Up next at Roe Park is an Individual versus Par competition sponsored by The Market Yard and that gets underway tomorrow (Thursday).

The weekend also sees the club hold their Major Finals Day which includes all the team and singles matchplay finals as well as the Monthly Medal final.

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

Meanwhile Peter Deans (14) won a four way break-of-tie in the Saturday stableford competition at City of Derry.

He scored a creditable 38 points in difficult blustery conditions along with three other players, but his 21 points back nine pipped Conrad Smith (16) into second place.

Brendan Duffy (14) finished third, even though he had a very strong finish on the closing holes.

Fourth place, also on 38 net points, was Graham Hepburn (5) who also had the best gross score (33 points) of the day.

Ralph Hamilton (12) won the “Champion of Champions” competition played on Saturday with 36 points.

This competition was open to all winners if singles competitions through the season at City of Derry. Ralph won his club competition early in the year when he featured strongly in several club events.