Phelan wins in exciting finish at Dankse Bank Thursday Open

The Thursday Open Series, this iteration sponsored by Danske Bank, was a hard-fought contest this week at City of Derry Golf Club. Mr Raymond Phelan(17) neatly balanced the score card with equal returns of 20 points for each nine to win on break-of-tie from Mr Stephen Doherty(12). Both players will be rueing simple mistakes that could have increased their eventual totals. Mr Phelan’s biggest error came at the tricky Par3, 15th, “The Quarry” where he failed to register any return. Having accumulated 24 points on a front nine that included birdies at the notorious Par 3 1st, “The Firs” and the card-wrecker that is the Par 4 5th, ”The Gap” , Mr Doherty looked set for a cricket score until that ambition was trimmed back by an ugly six at the easy 10th hole, “Spires”. In the end Mr Phelan’s superior back nine was the customary BOT and he collected his dues with a first win of the season.

In third spot, on 37 points, members were pleased to see hard-working club webmaster Mr Malachy Jackson(18). The best of the visitors’ was eighteen handicapper Mr Robert Ewing with 33 points, Mr Lester Moore(2) captured the Front Nine prize with 20 points, Mr Richard Hamilton(15) took the Back Nine prize with a fine 23 point total and Mr Ernie Heywood(1) took yet another Gross Prize with 33 points.



Results: Mike Carroll

Report: Martin Doherty


21.07.16 Danske Bank Thursday  Open

 Pos

Name

H/C

Score

1st

Raymond Phelan

17

40*

2nd

Stephen Doherty

12

40

3rd

Malachy Jackson

18

37*

Gross

Ernie Heywood

1

33

Visitor

Robert Ewing (Foyle)

18

35

1st Nine

Lester Moore

2

20

2nd Nine

Richard Hamilton

15

23

CSS:   70 (36pts)  *Break of tie