A comprehensive look at what’s happening in all of the golf clubs around Donegal.
Results: The results of the Club Open Competition sponsored by Simpsons Supermarket for the weekend of the 26th and 27th of October 2013 were: 1st Jim Gavigan 27pts, 2nd Brendan McCauley 26pts, 3rd Pat Rooney 25 pts. Congratulations to all the winners. The Midweek Turkey was won by Sean Culleton 28.5 shots. Bottle Hampers will start the first weekend in November. The date for the Men’s A.G.M. has been set for the 29th of October. Members are again reminded, that if they have any proposals, they have to be sent to the secretary of the men’s club. The main A.G.M. will be held on the 6th of December.
Stroke-play: Stroke-play off the back markers at North West, is usually a daunting prospect. But combined with gale force winds and driving rain, it definitely wasn’t a day for the fainthearted. However a huge entry decided to play in the challenging conditions,and take part in the annual ‘Halloween Open’ Only twenty golfers managed to complete their rounds, the rest of the field blown away in the near impossible conditions. Top of the pile was James Harkin (11) with a one over nett score of 71. An indifferent front/nine of ten over par (45) which included a rather ugly 7 at the par 3 eight hole. was followed by a brilliant two over back/nine of 37 shots which included birdies at the 16th and 17th. In second place and the best Gross score of the day also on 71 was the ever consistent Stephen Mac Lochlainn (8) Steven covered the last eleven holes with nine pars and two bogies, a three putt at the par 3 13th hole costing Stephen first place. In third place was nine handicapper Philip Doherty with a nett 74, dispite triple bogies at the par 4, 5th and 15th. Cat 2 winner with a nett 76 was Seamus McLaughlin (10). Cat 3 winner playing off 18 was Declan Rennick with a nett 75.
Full results: 1st James Harkin (11) 71; 2nd Stephen Mac Lochlainn (8) 71 (and best Gross); 3rd Philip Doherty (9) 74 ; Cat 2 Seamus Mc McLaughlin (10) 76; Cat 3 Declan Rennick (18) 75. C.S.S. was 73. Reduction only Sundays Halloween open Stableford was abandoned due to adverse weather conditions and will now be played this Saturday 2/11/13.
North West Juvenile Cup: Played over 15 holes, The North West Juvenile Cup kindly sponsored by Total Golf was won by Kevin Mc Gonagle (22) a brilliant score of 36 pts, in second place was the up and coming rising star of North West Golf Club, and reigning club champion Mathew Stainsby (8) with 31 pts. In third place also on 31 pts but just beaten on a countback was Sean McCloskey, who will soon see his handicap come tumbling down. The usual Tuesday meal deal takes place this Tuesday,followed by The Halloween Open on Saturday and the Winter League resumes this Sunday.
Hamper: Our Ladies Vice Captain, Catherine Cooke Harkin, was the winner of the first Christmas hamper with Triona Daly taking second place. Both brought in a good 33 points, quite an achievement in dreadful weather conditions. The next two turkeys were won by Eileen Williamson and Celine Bradley with runners up Peggy Forde and Bridget McClafferty. We’ll done to all. The Daily Mail competition takes place on Sunday next, November 3rd. Choose your own partners and book on line. The fundraising draw has been deferred for a while to allow the major boxing event to be completed. Draw tickets are available from any committee member or from the club shop
Ballybofey and Stranorlar
Sweep: Tuesday 22nd October Sweep, 1st Nett; John Patton (13) - 43pts. 2nd Nett; Eamon Foy (12) - 42pts. Gross; Martin Dillon (7) - 31pts. 3rd Nett; Joe Blee (15) - 38pts. CSS = 68. Saturday 26th October Sweep, 1st Nett; Michael Walker (18) - 38pts. 2nd Nett; Sean Carlin (10) - 36pts. 3rd Nett; Barry Farmer (8) - 34pts BOT. Sunday 27th October was rained off. Monday 28th October was The Mackie Cup (Mixed). The winners were Fergus Mc Menamin and Sharon Moloney with 65.5. The runners-up were P. J. Fitzgerald and Mary Mc Hugh with 67. Club Matchplay Competitions are completed except for The Mixed Final, which will be James Rodgers and Eileen Boyce V Seamus Lafferty and Karen O’ Meara. The beaten semi-finalists were Ivan Stewart & Margaret Mc Crossan and Freddie Wilson and Deirdre Duncan. The Cricket Cup Final has yet to be played and competing in that final are Frankie Thompson V Oliver Finn. The beaten semi-finalists in that were Ed Curran & Justin Lynch. Phoenix Cup; Winners are Eamon Foy & Freddie Wilson who beat Dean Doherty & John Bradley in the final. Beaten semi-finalists were Barry Allan & Sean Duffy, and Alex Harkin & Rory White. Intermediate Cup; Winner was Sean Duffy who defeated Brendan Boyle in the final. Beaten semi-finalists were John Mc Gettigan & Barry Allan. Senior Cup; Winner was Oliver Boyle who defeated Tony Carr in the final of that. The beaten semi-finalists were Matthew Mc Auley & James Mc Nulty jnr. So congratulations to all.
Upcoming events: Saturday 2nd November. Supporting Paul Hegarty Open. Two Ball Scramble any combination, 10 Euro per player. Timesheet in operation. Usual weekend competitions.
Narin and Portnoo
Results: 19/20 Oct. 1 Alan Elliott 46, 2 John M Kelly 44 bot, 3 Corny O Donnell 44. Wed 23 Oct. 1 Michael Lovett 38, 2 James Mc Guinness 34, 3 Sean Connaughton 33. 26/27 Oct. 1 Eamonn Mc Guinness 33, 2 Seamus Byrne 31 bot, 3 Declan Murrin 31.
Narin Portnoo Ladies
Results: Tues 15th Oct. 1 Bried O Keeffe(17) 70, 2 Angela Boyle(20) 71 1st 9 Eithne Devlin 36, 2nd 9 Joe Dunleavy(27) 33.5. Tues 27th 1 Mai Mc Cann(12) 36 bot, 2 Nan Quinn(16) 36.
Results: With the weather we normally expect at this time of year having “officially” arrived this week, golfers would be forgiven for taking a winter break but congratulations to those hardy souls who braved the elements to play in all competitions. Wed. 23rd Open competition at Barnhill was won by regular competitor Mark Cohen  with a great return of 42pts. Following some steady handicap golf on front nine, Mark “swung” into action with a birdie at 11th culminating in a back nine score of 22pts. In runner-up spot was Ciaran Bradley  who, with birdies at 5th and 18th, accumulated 23pts. on back nine but would rue those double bogeys on front nine. Gross prize was collected by the in form player of the last few weeks, Don Ponsonby  who, with back-to-back birdies at 17th and 18th, recorded a one under gross 35 on back nine to finish with 75 gross. Sat. 26th Open played in heavy, intermitten rain showers, was won by cat. 3 member Joe Lambe  who, despite double bogeys on front nine, recorded birdies at 7th and 18th holes for a back nine score of 21pts and an overall 39pts. Losing out by just one point in second place was William White  who, despite delivering 22pts on back nine for an overall 38pts, would rue that “blank” at 18th. The Donegal Seniors final, due to be played on Saturday last at Barnhill between Letterkenny Golf Club and Rosapenna Golf Club was postponed due to the inclement weather. A re-arranged date to be announced. Sunday 27th confined competition, played in atrocious wet, wind-swept conditions, was won on BOT by the resilient Gerard Duffy  with a solid, battling score of 33pts. Despite a double bogey at 6th, Gerard returned a commendable 40 shots over each nine. Relegated to runner-up spot was Michael Shiel  also on 33pts.
Basic rule of thumb: “Play as well as you can from the first hole. No man can do more than that. I’ve never planned ahead. I never worry about the next shot.”
Congratulations: To all the boxers who took part in the “white-collar” fundraising boxing match between Glenswilly GAA club and Letterkenny Golf Club on Sunday night last, 27th. A terrific fun-filled night was had by all.
Cancelled: Golf on Sunday was cancelled due to bad weather. However The Past Captains were a little braver and completed 9 holes on Saturday. Terence Gallagher was the Top score in Gents side of competition with a fantastic 19pts. Celine Markie was the Top Lady with impressive 18pts in wind and rain. A big thank you to Pauline and all at Viking House on beautiful meal and great nights entertainment. In our 100 Club Draw Sharon Bonner was the lucky winner of the €500 first prize. €100 went to Aalyiah Gallagher,Gary Boyle, Packie Gallagher, Packie mc Hugh, and Tony/Ben Boyle. We have only 2 more draws in this years 100 Club so get your payments checked out and big thank you for your support. This weekend our Gaeltacht league Team play their first home match against Portsalon Golf Club. They will be shot Gun start at 10.30am. On Sunday we will have our first “Turkey Shoot” Competition of the year, so everybody will be out to try and get Xmas Dinner organised early.
Scramble: The Halloween 15 Hole Mixed Scramble on Saturday afternoon was a tremendous success with a very large turnout for the shotgun start. The Heritage theme ensured that the many County colours were proudly worn and their honour defended with the high standard of golf. The Limerick/Tipperary Team of John O’Halloran, Mary Talbot and Michael “D” Gallagher, with their hurling genes coming through, were the winners with a score of 54. In his acceptance speech Michael “D” went on to explain his Carrick on Suir Heritage. In second place was the Tyrone team of Denis Kelly, Maeve and Pat Corry with a score of 54.7. Denis moved around the club house in his Tyrone Jersey in a way that would have made Mickey Harte proud. The Donegal Teams’ were relegated to third and fourth places with a score of 55 each. In third place were Breege Mc Ternan, Sean Boyle and Roy Harron and in fourth place were Anna Colhoun Sean Diver and Declan Gallagher. After the golf everyone enjoyed an excellent dinner and the County colour theme ensured a very enjoyable social evening for everyone present. Great credit is due to the Social Committee for the work put into organising this event and it was everyone’s wish that there would be many more. After dinner the trophies for the main Competitions of the year were presented.
Singles Match Play sponsored by Derryveagh Crystal. Winner: Bobby O’Shea, Runner Up Dessie Noble.
Spring League Fourball Match Play sponsored by TG Tunnelling. Winners: Martin Carr and Dave Barr, Runner’s Up: Damien Mulhern and Jason McGarrigle.
Mixed Match Play sponsored by Billy Johnston and Co. Winners: Mary McGonigle and Charlie “Again” Breslin, Runner’s Up Grainne McGettigan and Michael Mc Garvey.
The Muvagh Master.The Eddie Hackett Memorial Trophy: Winner Hugh Dillon who in his emotional acceptance speech paid tribute to his political hero.
Player of the Year Sponsored by S & R Motor’s: Winner Mark Butler, Runner Up Sean Boyle.
Junior Golfer of the Year: Winner Tom Geraghty,,Runner Up James McGonigle.
Junior Match Play: Winner Sam Trimble, Runner Up Connor Cotton. The October Bank Holiday Weekend Competitions did not take place on Sunday or Monday due to the very windy and wet conditions. A sweep was held for the approx 20 brave golfers who ventured out each day.
Thursday Specials : Our season finished with the traditional overnight away trip. This year trip was to Eniscrone Golf Club with 28 players travelling to play a course that was in excellent condition. The food and hospitality on Saturday evening in the Diamond Coast Hotel was second to none and ensured that the heavy showers encountered on the course were soon forgotten and the weekend was enjoyed by all who travelled. The winner on the Saturday was Liam Farren with a very impressive 39 pts, 2nd Place with 36pts went to Paddy O’Reilly, Barry Kennedy claimed 3rd place with 33 pts and 4th place for Saturday went to Aidy Gallagher with 32 pts. The winner on Sunday who has a habit of featuring in the away trips was Liam Cassidy with a very solid score 37 pts, our chairman Aiden Cassidy finished in 2nd place with 36 pts on a break of tie from John Joe Travers in 3rdplace also with 36pts and the final daily prize when to Liam Mundy finishing 4th with 33 pts. On Sunday, Gerard Gallagher won the prize for the longest Drive of the day at the 16th and Peter McDonnell won the prize for closest the pin on the 17th. The Overall Prize for the man who played the best Golf over 2 days went to 2012 Phoenix Cup winner Jimmy Melly capping off another very successful year with the Thursday Specials. Jimmy added a very respectable 35 pts on Sunday to an exceptional score of 42 pts on Saturday for a total of 77pts, 10 pts clear of the next best. The question now is will Jimmy still qualify for the Thursday specials next year after the Handicap Secretary gets wind of his latest success? In keeping with the political ethos he holds so dear Manus Brennan made the ultimate sacrifice for the greater future good by not returning his very good card until after the prizegiving was over. In recognition of this act of sportsmanship he was presented with a special Enniscrone logo golf garment to ensure that he will have a permanent reminder of his magnanimous gesture.
Results: Last weekend’s competitions had to be cancelled due to the weather and will be played at a later date. Cathal Og O Gallchoir is the runaway leader in the order of merit for golfer of the year and looks set to get his name on the claret jug after having a very successful season on the Magheragallon links. The Kestral Packaging singles matchplay continues with those remaining asked to play their matches as soon as possible. In the past week, Donagh O Dwyer overcame Peadar O Gallchoir with Hugh O Gallchoir defeating Liam Mc Kinley on the 19th. Last man standing competition will commence on the 9th November with entry sheets available from Nigel Ferry or any council member for anyone wishing to test their knowledge and expertise on premier league soccer. The entry fee is €10 with one team to be picked over the next 6 weeks. Dheanfaidh Barr na Gaoithe urraiocht ar chomortas an deireadh seachtaine seo. 6 inch placing is now in place for the winter months. Next presentation and draw this Sunday, 3rd November at 8 p.m. with all prizewinners asked to attend for the picture presentation.