Strandhill Golf Club News
By John Rainey
Friday Open Stableford
Friday’s Open Stableford competition was played in cool showery conditions but this didn’t deter the players who braved the elements from returning some good scores.
First place was taken by Martin Cronin with a score of 33 points. Martin scored a total of seven pars over the course of his fifteen holes with six of them coming on the front nine and the remaining one on the back six. He also added a birdie on the par four thirteenth hole to ensure he took first place with a score of 33 points.
Second place was taken by Jimmy Noone, also with a score of 33 points. Jimmy notched up a total of five pars over his fifteen holes with two coming on the front nine and the remaining three coming on the more difficult back six holes. Jimmy also sank back to back birdie putts on the fourth and fifth holes respectfully to ensure he secured second place with a score of 33 points.
Martin Cronin (11) 33pts
2nd Jimmy Noone (14) 33pts
Saturday 15 Hole Club Stableford
Saturday’s 15 hole club stableford was played in better conditions than Friday but with a sharp frost on Friday night delaying things slightly. Competition for first place was very close as the top five players all returned the same score of 34 points and the top twelve places were only seperated by three points.
Peter McDonnell took first place with a score of 34 points. Peter scored nine pars over the course of his round with five on the front nine and the remaining four on the back six. He also added birdies on the par four third and par five fifth to take first place on count back with a score of 34 points.
Second place was taken by Cyril O’Hara, also with a score of 34 points. Cyril put together a round consisting of a total of six pars distributed equally between the front nine and the back six with three on each including making pars on each of the last three holes to secure second place with 34 points.
Third place was taken by Martin Gillen, also with a score of 34 points. Martin scored back to back pars on the second and third holes on the front nine before going on to add a birdie on the par four eleventh hole to secure third place with 34 points.
Peter McDonnell (34) 34pts
2nd Cyril O’Hara (16) 34pts
3rd Martin Gillen (23) 34pts
Sunday 15 Hole Club Stableford
Sunday’s 15 hole club stableford was played in much clearer weather but with the low temperatures continuing. The clear conditions made for some great golf and some excellent scores were returned.
Jimmy Noone added to his second place finish in Friday’s competition by taking first place in Sunday’s with an outstanding score of 37 points for 15 holes. Jimmy put together a round consisting of no less than nine pars with seven of them coming on the front nine and the remaining two coming on the back six to take first place with a score of 37 points.
Declan Sheanon took second place with a score of 33 points. Declan made a total of eight pars over the course of his round with six on the front nine and the remaining two on the back six to secure second place with 33 points.
Third place was taken by Camillus Conboy with a score of 32 points, narrowly beating Colm Martyn who returned the same score. Camillus scored a total of five pars with one on the front nine and the remaining four coming on the back six as well as adding birdies on the par four fourth and par four eleventh holes to ensure he took third place with a score of 32 points.
Jimmy Noone (14) 37pts
2nd Declan Sheanon (16) 33pts
3rd Camillus Conboy (09) 32pts
This Weeks Fixtures
Friday January 27th
Friday Open 15 Hole Stableford
Saturday January 28th
15 Hole Club Stableford
Sunday January 29th
15 Hole Club Stableford
12 Hole Mixed League – Week One
Captain’s Drive In
Captain Leo McNally & Lady Captain Sheila McCrann will host their Captain’s Drive in on Saturday February 4th 2017 at 10:30am.
Winter Fairway Mats 2017
With effect from Friday 20th January a requirement to play from fairway mats will come into operation at Strandhill Golf Club.
With temperatures providing little growth during the winter months these mats will help protect the turf from divot damage which would otherwise take until the summer to repair.
They are carried by the golfer and if the ball lies on the fairway. The mat is positioned as near as possible to where it lies. The ball is then placed on and played from the mat.
Please refer to the Local Rule displayed on clubhouse notice boards.
* Balls may be played with a putter from off the green without a mat.
* Balls must be placed centrally on the mat.
* Players must not attempt to gain an advantage by playing the ball from the back edge of the mat.
* All members and visitors must use a mat when playing the course while this policy is in force.
* On all other areas of the course the ball is played as it lies.
Mats are available for purchase from the golf shop.
Strandhill Lodge & Suites Winter League
The Ladies and Men’s committees would like to extend their sincere thanks to Mary & Damien Henry for their generous sponsorship of this year’s Strandhill Lodge & Suites Winter Leagues. Both competitions were highly enjoyable and very competitive.