As the sun peeped over the hills at City of Derry on Sunday morning there seemed little prospect of any play as vicious showers had lashed the course through the early hours of the morning. However, the prolonged sanding programme of the last few years on the Prehen Course paid dividends and after a short delay battle commenced! The hardy few who braved the frequent showers were rewarded with soft, receptive greens but their golfing skills were challenged by a swirling, gusting wind. With the weather clearing as the day progressed the later players were rewarded for their persistence with spectacular views over the hills and the River Foyle. Mind you, by that stage the winning scores had already been recorded by the early starters! Mr John Flynn (12) proved yet again that he is a man to be counted on when things get stormy as he banked a 37 point total. Mr Flynn’s winning margin was a mere two points over big hitting playing partner Mr Gavin Morren (14). Despite blanking two holes on the opening nine Mr Morren still managed to card a respectable sixteen points. However, the difficult Par 3 “Billy’s” halted his progress and despite a valiant effort he could not match the power of Mr Flynn and finished with a 35-point total to take second prize. Six-handicapper Mr Vincent Devenny opened his account with 18 points over the front nine but a prolonged downpour made scoring on his back nine holes difficult and he could only add a further fifteen points to close with a 33-point total and third prize.

Results & report: Martin Doherty.

22.05.16 Open Stableford






John Flynn




Gavin Morren




Vincent Devenny



CSS: 70 (36pts) *Break of tie