Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Derry teams are bouncing back

The golfers at City of Derry have shrugged off the effects of the recent wanton vandalism at their course with an amazing run of success.

Their Ulster Cup team is through to the third round of the competition; the Jimmy Bruen side is through to the last 16; their Senior Cup team has reached the matchplay stages; the Irish mixed foursomes team were the leading qualifiers in their section; and the Ladies B intermediate team had a convincing victory over Newtownstewart at Greencastle.

Thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused when vandals broke into the course and skidded the club’s two golf buggies on fairways and greens last month.

The fourth and tenth greens were particularly badly damaged and the buggies themselves are both beyond use at the moment.

“It’s been a lift to the whole club to see the teams shrug that off and perform so well,” said club captain Brian Abel.

“Our head greenkeeper Connor McLaughlin and his team did a tremendous job in getting the course back into shape as quickly as possible.”

After beating Belvoir in the first round in the Ulster Cup, City of Derry defeated Enniskillen in the second round 4-3 at home following a 5-2 win in the Fermanagh leg.

John Hancock’s team will play Silverwood away on Sunday, June 6 and at home on June 13.

Wyn Donnell’s Jimmy Bruen team were the leading qualifiers in the section held at their own Prehen course. And they followed that up with a good 3-1 win over Letterkenny in the first round. They will now play Portstewart at Roe Park on June 14.

The Senior Cup team, captained by Jason McIntyre, finished fourth qualifier at Strabane and will now meet the host club in the matchplay stage on Sunday, June 27.

The Irish mixed foursome team face a derby against rivals Foyle Golf Club at Roe Park.

“We had a membership drive and ended up bringing in 108 and some of those players have played on these teams,” added captain Abel.

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