Donegal Golf Club round-up

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Donegal Golf Club round-up


Last weekend we were blessed with some magnificent weather at Costa Del Dunfanaghy and we had some scores to match. The big competition of the week was the Brian McGinley Memorial GOY Stroke Competition played on Sunday. Cornie McMullan must have thought he was in with a good chance of first prize after coming home with a great score of 62 net. However, he was pipped by Declan Lynch of Strabane by the narrowest of margins. Declan also had a 62 net and managed to take first prize on a BOT.

In the Saturday Open 4BBB, the winners were Pat Bonner and Ml Dunne, narrowly beating Mal Johnson and Nigel Doherty into second.

The Wednesday Open was won by Owen Magee with a great score of 40 points. C McCallion was second with Niall Roarty in third. Phelim McGeady won the gross with 32 gross points.

Junior Golf: The standard of golf in the Senior Boys Section was of the highest quality this week. If it weren't for a slow start, Finn Dalton would have come out on top. He had 24 points on the back nine but this was only good enough for third place. James Sweeney was second with a great score of 38 points and also won shot of the day when he holed out from 100 yards for a great birdie on the fourteenth. The winner of the senior boys was Carlos O'Reilly with a tremendous score of 39 points. Carlos played some terrific golf and was thoroughly deserving of his win.

In the Juveniles Section, the winner and one of our most consistent golfers was Michael Dolan who won by two shots from Max Roarty. In the cadets section the winner and one of our newest recruits was Matthew Wilkinson. Matthew has come on in leaps and bounds since he started competition golf a few weeks ago and is definitely one to watch for the future. Shot of the day went to Caolan McFadden who hit a towering second shot onto the eighteenth leaving his ball 10 feet from the hole.

Competition Results:

Wednesday Open Stableford – 5th October, 1st Owen Magee CGC 40pts

2nd Chris McCallion CGC 39pts,

Gross Phelim McGeady CGC 32 gross pts, 3rd Niall Roarty Jnr 36pts

Open 4BBB Stroke – 9th October, 1st Pat Bonner Portsalon 57pts, Michael Dunne Portsalon; 2nd Mal Johnston 59pts, Nigel Doherty; 3rd P McCabridge Banbridge 60pts, Eamon McConville Banbridge

Brian McGinley Memorial GOY Stroke– 9th October, 1st Declan Lynch Strabane 62pts, 2nd Cornie McMullan 62pts, Gross Daniel McColgan 70pts

3rd Paul O’Reilly Strabane 65pts

1st 9 Tim Ryan 28pts, 2nd 9 Terence McDermott Strabane 31pts

Events for the Week Ahead:

Saturday 15th, Gents open single stableford; Sunday 16th, Gents Monthly Medal; Monday 17th, Open Ladies & Gents senior comp. (50+)

On Saturday, 29th October our Captain's v President's will be a mixed competition. A sheet has been posted on the notice board in the front foyer for names. A draw will be made on Friday, Oct. 28th for teams and tee times. Please put your name on the sheet for a fun day's golf.


Portsalon golf club are running a special offer for those who would like to become members. The offer is simply pay now for 2017 and you get October, November and December 2016 free. For further information please contact 074 9159459.

Team news: The Portsalon Minor League team travelled to Buncrana Golf Club on Saturday last for the return leg of the Donegal Minor League final. Going into the return leg, Portsalon trailed by three matches to two, and it was always going to be difficult task to overturn the first leg result. The Portsalon team got off to a dream start as Stuart Nicholl and Roger Whiteside were convincing winners. The remaining matches were all close and when Paul Armstrong and James Comiskey added a further match the result looked to be in the balance. The remaining matches were won by the home club and they were crowned champions. The Portsalon team Captain James Sandilands congratulated Buncrana on their victory and thanked all who represented Portsalon in this season's competition.

The return leg of the Donegal over 50’s final match will be staged at Letterkenny Golf Club on Sunday. Going into the match the result is evenly balanced at two and half matches each.

Gaeltacht League: Preparations are underway for the 2016/17 Gaeltacht League. Clubs who participate in the League are Portsalon, Rosapenna, Dunfanaghy, Cloughaneeley, Gweedore, Cruit Island and Nairn/Portnoo. If you are interested in participating in this season's league please add your name to the sheet on the clubhouse notice board. This season Portsalon will host the traditional Captain's Prize.

Results: The winner of the Wednesday competition was Kevin McFadden with 38 points from Donal Callaghan with 33 points. On Sunday the winner of the members competition was Bernard Nash.

Fixtures: Saturday 15th, Mulroy Winter Links, please contact the clubhouse for your tee time; Sunday 16th a members competition and on Wednesday 18th a gents open competition. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions contact 0749159459 or go online to

Ballybofey and Stranorlar

Apologies for lack of results this last few weeks. I had been invited to warmer climates, namely the Costa del Sol to see how the game was played over some of their top courses and let me tell you, one could get used to it quite quickly.

With a mixture of warm and cooler weather back here in the North West, we are still playing golf in large numbers at Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club and the high scoring is a reflection of the excellent condition of the course itself. Well done to a involved.

The very popular outing to Cruit Golf Club took place last weekend and the Cruit Cup was won by Danny Bannigan.

Well done on your win Danny.

Congratulations to Barry Allan and William Laird who defeated Eamonn Foy and Freddie Wilson in the Phoenix Cup.

Results: Tue 20th Sept., 1st Nett Pauric McGeehan (17) 42pts, 2nd Nett Dean Doherty (14) 37pts (bot), Gross, Enda McMenamin (5) 32pts, Senior, Charlie Quinn (19) 37pts, CSS 68.

Sunday, 25th Sept: 1st Nett Martin Wilson (14) 42pts, 2nd Nett Aaron O'Hagan (19) 41pts, CSS 68

Tuesday, 27th Sept: 1st Nett Enda McMenamin (5) 40pts, 2nd Nett Noel Ferry (12) 36pts, Gross, Dean Doherty (13) 22pts, Senior, Brian McGinley (20) 33pts, CSS 69

Saturday, 1st Oct, 1st Nett Hugo O'Donnell (13) 39pts (bot), 2nd Nett John Moore (14) 39pts (bot), Gross, Barry Farmer (7) 28pts, 3rd Nett Mark Rodgers (14) 38pts (bot)

CSS 68

Sunday, 2nd October, 1st Brendan Alexander (12) 67 Nett (bot), 2nd Cathal Hegarty (21) 67 Nett (bot), Gross, Roger Campbell (6) 74, 3rd Nett Brian Lavelle (22) 69 Nett, CSS 68

Tuesday, 4th Oct, 1st Nett Alastair Henderson (15) 43pts, 2nd Nett Alex Harkin (13) 49pts, CSS 68.

Saturday, 8th Oct: 1st Nett Barry Allan (22) 39pts, 2nd Nett Seán Carlin (10) 38pts (bot), Gross, Billy Madden (6) 31pts, 3rd Nett Drew Duncan (15) 38pts, CSS 67

Sunday, 9th Oct: 1st Joseph Rowley (15) 64 Nett, 2nd Kevin Kelly (18) 66 Nett, Gross, Ciaran Campbell (9) 76

3rd Denis McClean (19) 66 Nett

Usual Competitions next week.

Quiz: Our popular charity quizzes have begun again on Wednesday nights. Please support when you can. These help raise much needed monies for local charities.

Donegal Senior Ladies Alliance

The Donegal Senior Ladies Golf Society enjoyed a very enjoyable couple of days at Carlingford and golf at Greenore recently. Ladies from five clubs attended, Ballybofey & Stranorlar, Letterkenny, North West, Dunfanaghy and Moyola. The weather was kind and the golf enjoyed by all. Kathleen Griffin of North West was the star of the show with an eagle and a couple of birdies on her card. Day one singles stableford competition was won by Breid Kelly B/S, Eileen Reilly B/S was runner up whilst Dolores Devanney B/S claimed the gross prize, Cathleen Boyle, Dunfanaghy came in 3rd place.

On Day two the team event, Champagne Scramble, was won by Margaret McCrossan B/S, Josephine Stewart B/S Kathleen Griffin, North West, Eileen Reilly B/S. Eileen was the ghost player on this team. In 2nd place was Eileen Reilly B/S, Margaret Hynes B/S, Nellie McHugh, Letterkenny and Ann Speedie, Moyola.

Gaoth Dobhair

Young Seán Sweeney won the Hickey Clark & Langan sponsored competition at the weekend shooting a super 44pts. A great score from Sean. In second place was Rory Mangan with 42pts bot with Padraig Coyle in third also with 42pts, The nines went to Donal Greene with 23pts and Mick Rodgers 23pts also, CSS 39pts

Two day this weekend if no Gaeltacht on Saturday. Info will be found on club Facebook page.

Team news: Sraith Na Gaeltachta Bhain an foireann baile Cloughaneely Golf Club 6.3 inniu V Galf Chumann Ghaoth Dobhair.

Junior scratch final with Strabame Golf Club will take place on 15th October now at 1.30pm at Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort on Old Tom Morris.

Great deal on membership: Join now and pay nothing further until January 2018. For more information please call the club or any committee member.

Dheanfaidh Guinness urraiocht ar chomortas an deireadh seachtaine seo.


Nearing the end of the golfing year, Autumn once again brings calm, dry days and taking advantage of the milder conditions was Michael P. O’Donnell [15] with 35pts.

Saturday 8th confined competition, played under the same ‘late’ summer sunshine, was won by cat 4 member Hector Mc Ilwaine [21] whose 40pts outscored runner-up and Ulster Cup stalwart Rory Kenny [12] who had 37pts.

Sunday 9th confined competition entrants had the added bonus of being entered into a free draw for a meal for two sponsored by Browns on the Green but taking home the main prize was single figure handicapper Eamonn Mc Glinchey [6] who had a very creditable round of one under gross 71 for 43 points.

The much enjoyable club Past Captains’ competitions, both men’s and ladies, took place recently with the following results: Ladies front 9, Grainne Hines, back nine, Sandra McMonagle; 3rd Tracy Spence 31pts [b.o.t]; runner-up, Marian O'Sullivan 31 pts; winner, Angela Kilgallen, 35 pts.

Men’s results: Winner, Tom Mc Donagh 40 pts; runner-up, Hugh Doherty 38 pts [b.o.t ]; 3rd, P.J. Sweeney, 38 pts.

Wishing every success to the club Seniors team on Sunday in their endeavor to retain the Donegal Seniors Trophy from last year. Having taken 2&1/2 matches from the first leg at the away venue, team captain Kevin Kiely has warned his panel to expect a hard fought game at Barnhill against a determined Portsalon G.C. team.

Donegal Ladies

Results from the 10th October Ladies Winter Links at Donegal Golf Club:

1st Oonagh Haran (24) Newtownstewart 36pts, 2nd Helen O'Shea (15) 35pts BOT; 3rd Charlotte Caldwell (23) 35pts; 4th. Maire Walsh (8) Narin/Portnoo 34pts; First 9 : Dolores Devanney (12) Ballybofey/Stranorlar 17pts BOT; Second 9: Maureen Childs (16) 19pts.

2nd and 4th Oct Ladies Competition Results sponsored by Brady’s/Eske Pharmacy, 1st Miriam Bennett (16) 31 pts; 2nd Mary Harley (21) 26 pts; 3rd Ann Gillespie (23) 25 pts; Front 9: Bernie Finn (16) 16 pts; Nine Hole Competition: 1st Miriam Bennett (16) 18 pts

27th Oct Ladies Competition Results, sponsor Leslie Robinson: 1st Miriam Bennett (16) 32; 2nd Mary B Meehan (26) 29 BOT; 3rd Mary Walsh (17) 29; 4th Margaret Trimble (25) 28; Front 9 Rena Brogan (28) 16; Back 9 Ann Gillespie (24) 15.

Nine Hole Competition: 1st Mary B Meehan (26) 14 BOT.

Thursdays Specials: The annual ‘Thursday Specials Members’ Mixed Greensomes was held on September 10th. .Results: 1st Joan Thomas and Liam Farren, 2nd John Joe Travers and Geraldine Giblin, 3rd Ronan McAleavy and Breege McCooey, 4th Anne Marie McCormick and Tony Forde.

Player of the Year: Liam Farren

The winner of the Phoenix Cup was presented with the cup on the night by the 2015 winner Matt Gallagher. Result: 1st Peter Sweeney, 2nd Shane Browne.


Next Sunday sees the last Monthly Medal Competition for 2016 and is

sponsored by Ardara Auto Parts Ltd. At this point we would like to thank

all our sponsors for their continued support to the club during the year,

it is much appreciated.

Gerard McCabe was the winner of the Caraween House sponsored single

stableford last weekend on a break of tie from the ever-consistent Jim


Results: Wednesday, 6th October: 1st Kevin Byrne (13) 39pts, 2nd Hugh Boyle (15) 38pts,

Sat/Sun 8th/9th Oct.: 1st Gerard McCabe (8) 38pts b.o.t., 2nd Jim

Harley (6) 38pts b.o.t., 3rd Myles Cunningham (18) 38pts.

Best Sunday, P.J. Gallagher (11) 38pts, Front Nine Kevin Patton 22pts, Back Nine Ciaran Thompson 23pts.

Cat A Joseph Doherty (11) 38pts, Cat B Aidan O'Connell (13) 37pts, Cat C Joseph Murrin (20) 37pts.

Fixtures: Open every Wednesday; Sunday 16th October, Monthly Medal sponsored by Ardara Auto Parts.


Results: The Centenary Cup was played for on Sunday, Oct. 9th over the Old Tom Morris Links.

The winners with 77pts were Shane Sweeney (41pts) & Peadar Boyce (36pts). The singles section was won by Brian McCormack (12) with 40pts, the runner up was Sean Boyce

(5) with 39pts bot.

Two's - Barry McMenamin, Michael Carr, Peadar Boyce, Sean Boyce and Shane Sweeney x 2 - €10 per two.

Mulroy Links: The first outing of the 2016/17 Mulroy Links took place at Rosapenna, Sandy Hills Links, on Saturday with the results as follows:

Nett: 1st David Deeney (15) 40pts, 2nd Michael Bradley (9) 36pts, 3rd Barry Connor (6) 35pts bot, 4th Cathal Toland (13) 35pts bot

Gross: 1st Enda Kennedy (0) 35pts, 2nd Eammon McDermott (5) 30pts, 3rd Martin McDermott (4) 29pts bot,

4th Johnny Shields (5) 29pts bot.

Twos - Michael Bradley, Martin McDermott, Alan Cheung, Brendan Roache, Oisin Friel, Paul Duffy x 2.

Twos golf balls will be at the next outing for collection.

The next outing will take place at Portsalon Golf Links this coming Saturday, October 15th. Please contact the Portsalon Shop on 074-91-59459 to book a tee time.

Matchplay Competitions: The final of the Michael Bonner singles match-play

must be completed by Monday, Oct. 24th.

Golfer of the Year: There is just one golfer of the year event left on Sunday, 30th October. A full table is posted on the members notice board.

Up coming competitions/events:

October, Saturday 15th - Mulroy Links at Portsalon; Sunday 16th - Gents Singles (club); Saturday 22nd - Gaeltacht League - Rosapenna v Narin/Portnoo; Sunday 23rd - Gents Singles (club).

Letterkenny Ladies

The lady members have availed of the recent spell of glorious weather and two turkeys have already been won. The first winner was Kay Kelly 20pts. and the runner up was Celine Bradley 19 pts. The second turkey was won by Celine Bradley 19pts., B.O.T. and the runner up was Sandra McMonagle. Well done to them! The front and back nine turkey competitions are ongoing. The Lady Captain’s outing to Greencastle Golf Club took place on Saturday. The fine weather showed this picturesque course at its best and ensured a very enjoyable day. The winner was Mary Beth McBrearty and congratulations to her!

Ladies are reminded that Sunday, 23rd October is Hamper Day and should arrange their own playing partners and book online.

Ladies are also reminded that a Night at the Races is scheduled for Friday, 28th October in the clubhouse. Horses are €10 per line and are available from any committee member.

Finally sympathy is extended to Kay Kelly on the death of her mother-in-law.

North Western Alliance

It was Strabane Golf Club member Kevin Keegan[19], playing in only his second Alliance, who topped the nett section in our outing to North West Golf Club on Saturday.

His 40 points, 19 on front nine with a ‘blank’ and 21 on the back nine, also with a ‘blank’, was sufficient to put him top of the leader board above Eugene Corry [10], a member of the Newtownstewart G.C. Ulster Cup team. Eugene’s runner-up spot was by virtue of B.O.T. from local member Mark Davis [6] who would rue that double bogey at the par three Fairy [16th], where many players made ‘2’.

In the Gross section, Brian McElhinney [+3] was again the star of the show as he followed up his -4 round in Ballybofey /Stranorlar on the first outing with no less than six birdies at North West, his only blemish being a bogey at the newly constructed par four 4th hole. This misdemeanor led to a gross 65, five under par.

Michael McGeady [+2] returned a level par round 70 gross to finish in the runner- up slot.

The unluckiest player of the day was Letterkenny Golf Club member Eamonn Davis who was a reported two inches from an 'ace' [hole in one] at the Fairy [16th]. Having to settle for a birdie which, if his son Mark had recorded instead of double bogey, Mark would have won the competition instead of finishing in third place.

Full results: Nett: 1st. Kevin Keegan (19) Strabane G.C. 40pts; 2nd. Eugene Corry (10) Newtownstewart G.C. 38pts [b.o.t]; 3rd. Mark Davis (6) North West G.C. 38pts; 4th. Denis Porter (12) Strabane G.C. 36pts [b.o.t].

Gross: 1st. Brian Mc Elhinney (+3) North West G.C. 65; 2nd. Michael McGeady (+2); 3rd. Brendan McCarroll snr (5) Ballyliffin G.C. 76; 4th Ronan MacLochlainn (7) North West G.C. 77.

The following players had ‘2’s: B.Whyte; N.McCrory; J.Harley; E.Davis; M.McGettigan; G.Harkin; D.Montgomery; G.MacLochlainn.

The next outing will take place at Narin/Portnoo Golf Club on Saturday, 22nd October.

Enquiries please tel. Barry on 087-2488181.

Cruit Island

We had a late summer day in Cruit Island last Sunday when a large number of golfers enjoyed a super day's golf with almost perfect conditions.

Scoring was very good also, and six men got 40pts or better. Danny McShea was the most impressive with a winning score of 44 pts. Asssisted by his partner Jim O Donnell who had 42pts, they easily beat one of the hot favourite teams for our Winter League, in Gerard McElwee and Brendan Boyle.

Other winners in our Winter League were Frank and Eammon Kelly, Joseph and Declan Gillespie, Danny McGarvey and Terence Gallagher. Some very exciting Quarter Final matches in store.

Could any team who hasn't paid their entry in the League please do so as soon as possible.

A big thank you to Danny Minnies Restaurant for their kind sponsorship.

Results: 1st Danny mc Shea 44pts,

2nd Ciaran Gallagher 42pts BOT,

3rd Jim O Donnell 42, Front 9 Stephen Melly 24pts, Back 9 Gerard Dickey 21pts

In our 100 Club Draw the lucky winners for September were €500 Martin/Dinny Forker; €100 Eammon Kelly, Noel Davey, Daniel O'Donnell, Jim O'Donnell, and Sylvia McBride.

€50 Packie McHugh, Alison Coughlan, Irine Doherty and Connie McKelvey.

This Saturday we have a Gaelteacht match against Nairin/Portnoo at home, shot gun start at 10am.

On Sunday we havean 18 hole stableford sponsored by S.M.R.

Gaoth Dobhair Ladies

The Theresa Diver-sponsored competition was played in September and the results are: 1st Anne Curran 70, 2nd Bried Gallagher 70, B/9 Kathleen Rodgers 33.

The ladies would like to thank Theresa for her support over the years.

The Breast Cancer competition was played over a few weeks and was well supported.

Results: 1st Kathleen Rodgers 40pts, 2nd Sheila Gallagher 40pts.

The Breast Cancer research group thanked the ladies for their generous donation.

The last competition in September was sponsored by La Vie beauty salon based in Dungloe. Many thanks to Kate Douglas at La Vie for her kind sponsorship and congratulations to her on her first birthday in Dungloe. The results are: 1st Frances Sweeney 42pts, 2nd Bella McGee 39pts, B/9 Mary Lucy Ferry 22pts.

The Christmas hamper will be played on November 5th. The first leg of the West Coast Alliance will be played in Clougheneely on Saturday, October 15th and tee time is between 10-12 noon. Best of luck to all clubs taking part.


The results for the weekend competition, sponsored by The Pillbox Pharmacy, Bundoran are as follows:

1st, Jim Gavigan 67, 2nd Tony Murphy 69 (BOT), 3rd Tom McCaughey 69 (BOT), 4th P.J. Davey 69 (BOT), Gross Mark Crawford 71. Congratulations to all.

The presentation of prizes will take place at 9pm on Friday, November 4th.

Upcoming Events: Seniors Society every Tuesday at 11 a.m.

WAGS +24 are away this Thursday (13th) in Blacklion. Tee off 10.30 a.m. €20 Golf and Dinner. All are welcome.

Next Saturday (15th) will see the return of the 'Atlantic Challenge', with teams competing from a 10.30 a.m. shotgun start. Entrants must be at the club before 10 a.m. Anybody wishing to take part should contact the Pro Shop for details.

The competition on Sunday (16th) will be sponsored by The Maghery House Hotel, Bundoran.

The Fr. Connolly Memorial Cup will also be played for on Sunday (members only).

Dunfanaghy Ladies

The weather was kind for the October Links last Tuesday but scores were well down on September numbers.

1st Tracy Spence L/K (13) 37 pts BOT, 2nd Sandra McGinley (22) 37 pts, Gross Dolores Devenney B&S (12) 21 pts, 3rd Cliona Murphy R/P (34) 35 pts, 4th Eve Funston R/C (32) 34 pts, First 9 Una Smyth R/C (26) 19 pts, 2nd 9 Rosie Agnew R/C (21) 19 pts, CSS 35 pts. Thank you to all our neighbouring clubs for their continued support.

Saturday's competition was won by another Redcastle member, Lyn McOwan (22) with 66, 2nd Laura McElhinney (15) 68, CSS 69.

The final of the doubles matchplay was between Lady Vice Captain, Nora Crumlish and Deborah Moore and Laura McElhinney and Pauline Smyth. Nora and Deborah won a very close contest on the 16th, well done.

The Ladies' Committee are keen to gather up all the cups and shields for the AGM at the end of the month. Please try to hand these in if you have any. The Captains versus Presidents on Saturday, 29th October is reverting to the original format this year with one competition including both ladies and gents. Please put your names on the appropriate lists in the clubhouse.

The October Seniors' Open is next Monday, 17th, timesheet on line or phone the clubhouse.

Donegal Seniors Alliance

The Donegal Seniors Golf Alliance held their latest outing at Ballybofey & Stranorlar on Thursday, October 6th.

The results were: 1 T Reddan 19 Letterkenny 38 , 2 M Marren 27 Letterkenny 37 BOT 3 M Scanlon 15 Ballybofey 7 Stranorlar 37, 4 M Naughton 19 Narin & Portnoo 36, 5 S Shields 15 Portsalon 35 BOT , Gross M Dillon 9 Ballybofey & Stranorlar 25, 6 A Henderson 14 B & S 35 BOT , 7 E Lynch 16 B & S 35, 8 J Coll 23 B & S & S 34 BOT , 9 C McHugh 18 B & S 34 BOT, 10 D Coyle 26 North West 34.

Cat A 1 P Keating 17 Letterkenny 33 BOT, 2 PJ Mc Gowan 14 B & S 33.

Cat B 1 M Hynes 12 B & S 31 BOT, 2 T Farrell 17 B & S 31

Cat C 1 H Temple 19 B & S 33 BOT, 2 M Mc Garvey 12 Donegal 33

Cat D 1 G Coyle 14 North West 33, 2 H Tinney 20 Letterkenny 32