All the news from around the Golf Clubs in Donegal
Cat 4: The penultimate round of the Cat.4. golfing season took place on Monday last, 23rd Sept, and getting his name on the 2013 list of winners was Dermot Higgins  scoring a fine 21pts over 9 holes, closely followed by Sean Boyle  with 20pts. The most anticipated competition of the Cat.4. calendar was held on Sunday 30th and the winner of the prestigious John J. Doherty Cup was Conor Doherty. In runner-up spot was Tony Duffy whilst in third position was Plunceaid O’ Fearraigh with Michael Shiel coming in fourth. Congratulations to Ciaran Clerkin who won the Cat. 4. Golfer of the Year. All Cat.4 members, club captain Henry Mc Cahey and club committee members would like to thank Gerry O’ Sullivan for his commitment to the Cat.4’s throughout the season.
Wed. 25th: It took a three-way BOT to decide the top four placings in Wed. 25th Open and taking prime spot on the rostrum was Conor Dunleavy  with 40pts. Despite a blank at 10th, Conor managed 21pts on back nine to pip single handicapper Gerard Duffy  who, despite birdies at 1st, 8th and 11th and an overall gross score of 73, Gerard would rue that double bogey at 3rd. Following in third place and showing a good spate of form lately was MBH, Michael Boucher-Hayes  who no doubt lost out with those double bogey’s on each nine. In fourth place was the ever improving Hugo Daly  . Taking Gross on the day was Johnny Deeney .
Sat. 28th: Club Open was won by a very welcome visitor in Jonny Sweeney  with a return of 42pts. From a front nine score of 3 over gross 39, Jonny replied with birdies at 11th, 15th and 18th, to finish three under par on back nine and a level par round of 72 gross. In runner-up spot and no stranger to the winners enclosure lately was Johnny Moore  . Johnny’s birdie at 16th gave him 21pts on back nine and an overall 41pts. In third place was Michael Shiel  with 39pts. Gross on the day was won by Darragh Mc Menamin.
Sun 29th: No doubt due to the high temperatures recorded of late, Sunday entries were very high also and leading the pack was Cat. 2. handicapper Seamus Mc Hugh  who, recording birdies at 8th and 14th, returned 21pts on the back nine and an overall 41pts. In second spot was single handicapper Don Ponsonby  who is hitting a rich vein of form at the moment. With the help of a birdie at 11th, Don recorded a level par gross 36 on back nine on his way to an overall 40pts. Following up on his 2nd placing on Sat. was Johnny Moore  returning 38pts.
Congrats: Congratulations from all club members to Christopher Duffy  winner of Letterkenny Golf Club’s Singles Matchplay 2013 competition. Considered one of the most prestigious trophy’s to attain in any club, Christopher is the first juvenile member winner in the competition’s 22 year history at the age of only 16 years. Christopher’s opponent was the trophy holder, Hugh Gallagher , and the match went to an extra hole, the 1st., where Christopher came out on top. A large crowd followed the two combatants and were full of praise at the sporting way in which the match was played.
Battle of the Swilly: The spectacle of the year!!!!! The “Battle of the Swilly” , Letterkenny Golf Club v. Glenswilly GAA, the club’s white collar boxing tournament, will be held on Sunday 27th October in Silver Tassie Hotel. Included is a Fashion Show with Watson Menswear.
Results: Hugo Diver made it two victories in a row at the weekend when he claimed first prize in the Gillespie Readymix sponsored competition with a solid score of 43 pts. Diver is playing great golf at the minute and his handicap keeps heading south with the big hitter now playing off 10. Young Michael O Dwyer easily accounted for the pro in the singles matchplay and followed this up with 42 pts to take runner-up spot with John Gallagher in 3rd place on 41. Ba Pol O hIci le 22 agus Seosamh Mac Phaidin le 23 a bhain an chead agus dara naoi le Sean O Cleirigh ag baint an catagoir. Mile buiochas do Earrai Coincreid Mac Giolla Easpuig ar shon an urraiocht. The Kestrel Packaging singles matchplay continues with most of the young guns still standing and some not so young guns hoping to get a crack at them. All outstanding matches to be played as soon as possible.
Draw: In the monthly draw Noel Mc Fadden won €250 with Philip Mc Bride and Charlie Doherty taking €100 each with €50 going to Micheal O Fearraigh and Mickey A Ferry. The Gaeltacht League will commence this month with the first two matches away from home beginning with a trip to Portsalon on the 19th October. The joint captain’s this year are Declan Ferry and Pol Mac Cumhaill and the club is grateful to them for taking on the role. Anyone interested in being considered for the team this year should enter their name on the sheet in the clubhouse. Dheanfaidh BC Embroidery urraiocht ar chomortas an deireadh seachtaine seo. Thig imirt De Sathairn na De Domhnaigh.
McGinley again: The weather in Dunfanaghy this last week has been like an Indian Summer as the course has been packed with golfers enjoying the last of the summer sunshine. And very kind it has been to Neil McGinley who just keeps getting better every week. Neil is now playing so much better with his new clubs and putting with such confidence his handicap is taking quite a cut over the past few weeks. He is now back to single figures again and this makes it a little easier for his opponents in the Sunday 4 ball. Neil’s partner in Frank Kelly must be getting some rub off as Frank himself was only beaten into third place last Wednesday on BOT by Cyril Robinson.
Saturday>: Last Saturday saw the team of James Brogan and Roger Green take the honours and push Raymond Kelly and Nelson Dawson into second place by 1 point.
Past Captains: The Past Captains was also held last Saturday and Paul Burton came to the fore with a fine score of 39 points. Patrick Hunter picked up second place on 38 points but I was Patrick’s back nine that clinched it for him. With Patrick’s putts dropping from everywhere his back nine score of 25 points was easy. Third place was taken by Nigel Doherty on 35 points. Frank Kelly and James McCorkell won the respective nines.
Wednesday 25t: 1st Neil McGinley 38 pts; 2nd Cyril Robinson 37 pts BOT; 3rd Frank Kelly 37 pts. Css 36 pts
Saturday 28th September 4BBB: 1st James Brogan / Roger Green 41 pts; 2nd Raymond Kelly / Nelson Dawson 40 pts
Past Captains: 1st Paul Burton 39 pts; 2nd Patrick Hunter 38 Pts; 3rd Nigel Doherty 35 pts; 1st nine Frank Kelly , 2nd nine James McCorkell
Sunday 29th: Monthly Medal: 1St Brian Dolan 67; 2nd Paul McGinley 68; Gross D McColgan 73; 3rd Peter Johnston 70 BOT. Css 68
Challenge Cup: There are still a couple of matches to be played in the Challenge Cup and the respective players are urged to get them played ASAP.
Gaeltacht: Next Saturday sees Dunfanaghy away to Cloughaneely in the Gaeltacht Alliance in the first match of the new season. In Dunfanaghy there is an Open4BBB Stableford on Saturday and on Sunday is the Brian McGinley Memorial. This is a GOY stroke competition. The Wednesday Opens are still continuing as normal.
Result: The September Parkland Open was won by Kathleeen Rodgers G/D, 2nd on BOT was Noleen Mc Gee A big you to Con Boyce of Donegal Sports for his generous sponsorship. Sunday 22nd September was the open competition in aid of the Donegal hospice. The beautiful hampers were sponsored by Boots chemist of the retail in Letterkenny. 1st went to Carolan Collum 2nd to Danny Mc Nulty and the best lady on the day was Margaret Mc Lean. The comperition raised E500 so a big thank you to Boots. The running competitions are now in play and are over nine holes.
Last Open: The beginning of the run into winter months was seen yesterday with the playing hours diminished by the fading light. The last Open of the year was held, kindly sponsored by McFadden’s Pharmacy, and 30 ladies graced the fairways in lovely early autumn weather. The front 9 was won by Lady Captain Sandra McMonagle (19 points), the back 9 by Connie Reddan (19 points), best 36 handicapper was Anne Flannery (31 points), 4th place Triona Daly (34 points BOT), 3rd place was visitor Mairead Harkin (34 points), Gross winner was Marian O’Sullivan (22 gross points), runner up was Tracy Spence (35 points) and the winner was Maureen Haran (38 points).
18 hole: Earlier in the week a club 18 hole was held, results as follows: Peggy Forde 3rd place (34 points), Runner up Celine Bradley (35 points) and the winner was Eileen Keating (36 points). Well done to all this week’s prize winners.
Turkey: The turkey competitions commence this week with separate front and back re-entry competitions. There will be a hamper competition on 26th October and another on November 23rd. Please keep a look out for more details on Facebook or notice board in the ladies locker room. If any lady member would like to join the Ladies Forum on Facebook, please get in touch with any committee member.
Book Club: The Book Club recommenced last week and chose The Light Between Oceans by Michael Stedman as their book to read for the next meeting, due to be held on October 18th at 7pm. Members are also asked to select a poem by Seamus Heaney for discussion at the next meeting. Cards have recommenced on a Wednesday night in the Clubhouse at 8pm.
Cope Community Trust Open: Was held over Saturday and Sunday. Weather was very good and a good entry enjoyed 2 great days golf. Well done to Michael Boyle who after a long time is back on top of leader board.
Full Results: 1st Michael Boyle 40pts BOT; 2nd Michael O Donnell 40pts; 3rd Denis Bonner 39pts ; Front 9 Michael Duddy 21pts; Back 9 Sean Cowley 21pts
Gaeltacht: We start our Gaeltacht League this Saturday with an away trip to Rosapenna Golf Club, last years champions. Team Captain Joseph Gillespie has put together a strong team for the first match.
100 Club: In our 100 Club Draw Susan Doherty was winner of €500 first prize. €100 went to Malachy Coughlan, Robert Casey, Dean Timoney, Charlie O Donnell and Jimmy O Donnell. Thankyou for your support.
Matchplay: In our Singles Matchplay we had 3 real shocks. Brian McMonagle beat Dermot Devenney, Brendan O Donnell beat Gerard McElwee, and John Elsie Ward beat Joseph Gillespie. It would be very hard to predict winner, but John Ward seems to be the one to beat. This week we have we have 18 Hole stableford.
Ballybofey and Stranorlar
Result: Tuesday 24th September, 1st Nett; Jonathan Brady (13( - 45pts. 2nd Nett; Sean F Quinn (16) - 41pts BOT. 3rd Nett; David Patterson (17) - 41pts. 4th Nett; Ronnie Reilly (12) - 40pts. CSS = 66. Saturday 28th September Sweep, 1st Nett; Tony Fullen (12) - 42pts BOT. 2nd Nett; Brendan Alexander (14) - 42pts. Gross; Roger Campbell (8) - 33pts. 3rd Nett; Charles Anderson (14) - 40pts. CSS = 67. Sunday 29th September Sweep, 1st Nett; Fergus Mc Menamin (16) - 40pts BOT. 2nd Nett; Ronnie Reilly (11) - 40pts. Gross; Martin Dillon (8) - 29ptd. 3rd Nett; Donal Bonner (11) - 37pts. CSS = 67.
Classic: Red Hugh’s CLG Golf Classic held on Saturday 21st September, which was very well supported. List of winners as follows, 1st Prize; B. Allen / S. Duffy / M. Kelly / W. Laird - 98pts. 2nd Prize; S. Devenney / A. Mc Carter / M. Mc Gurren / A. Walker - 94pts BOT. 3rd Prize; J. Coll / M. Walker / L. Lynch / J. Grant - 94pts BOT. 4th Prize; Sheila Breen / L. Breen / Deirdre Duncan / D. Duncan - 94pts. 5th Prize; D, Doherty / F. Mc Menamin / J. Mc Menamin / L. Donnellan - 92pts BOT. 6th Prize; J. Mc Caughan (snr) / J. Blee / T. Grindel / D. Grindel - 92pts. Longest Drive Gents; Oliver Boyle, Ladies; Rhonda Russell. Nearest the Pin Gents; Brendan Mc Dermott, Ladies; Sheila Breen. Red Hugh’s club would like to thank B&S Golf Club for the use of their facilities, and also extend thanks to the many Sponsors who supported them, to everyone who helped out on the day and last but not least all the golfers who turned out to participate & support them on the day. Usual Sweep Competitions on Tuesday, Saturday & Sunday.
Results: Results for weekend of the 28th and 29th of September stableford competition, kindly sponsored by “The Phoneix Tavern” (Aiden Carty), were ; 1st Robert Barnes 39pts, 2nd Fergal Mc Gowan 37pts b.o.t, 3rd John Fox 37pts b.o.t, 4th Turlough Gallagher 37pts and 5th Martin Harte 36pts b.o.t. Gross prize was won by Mark Crawford 33pts. Congratulations to all the winners. Next weekend will see the start of the sweep competitions. The midweek Turkey competitions will start on Monday the 7th October. Members are asked to check the noticeboard for further notifications for competitions leading up to Christmas.
Intervarsity: The GUI/ILGU Intervarsity Competition Programme for the Academic year 2013/2014 commences at Donegal Golf Club with The Irish Colleges Stroke Play Championship on 3rd and 4th Oct. This is a Stroke play Championship for teams of five of any combination of Male or Female. The best three scores on a day to count towards the overall team score. Medals will be awarded to the winning team and also to the leading individual player.
Mixed Foursomes: The Club Mixed Foursomes sponsored by Billy Johnston & Co. has reached an exciting climax with the eagerly awaited final between Mary McGonigle and Charlie Breslin against Grainne McGettigan and Michael McGarvey.
Sunday: Sundays Competition was sponsored by The Thursday Specials and not one of the many players eligible for The Thursday Specials featured among the prize winners. Results: 1st Sean Mulroe 40 Pts. 2nd Jimmy Higgins 39 Pts. 3rd Francie Brogan 39 Pts. 4th Frank Bourke 39 Pts. Gross Darren McDaid 31 Pts
Next: Next Sunday’s Competition is the last for inclusion in the Player of the Year points. This Competition will also decide the Murvagh Masters and it sure to be keenly contested by all the eligible winners.
Winter Links: The hugely popular winter links returned on Thursday the 26th of September. The course was in fine condition and the weather very favourable for good scoring. The winner with a great score of 40pts was the ever steady Mary Barrett(16). In second place and playing of 9 was Letterkenny’s Marion O’Sullivan, returning a steady 38pts Bot. The next competition is on Thursday the 31st of October. Early booking is essential for this event as the time will have changed prior to this and delight hours will be at a premium. Call the office on 07491 59459. 1st Mary Barrett(16) 40pts; 2nd Marion O’Sullivan(9) 38pts Bot; 3rd Sally McGinty(24) 38pts Bot; 4th Maggie Logue(18) 38pts; 5th Maureen Shanahan(22) 37pts; Front nine Nora Dunne(33) 20pts; Back nine Kit Boyce(23) 22pts. 2’s Sarah Nicholl. Css 37pts
Medal: The September Medal was won by Nuala McGarrigle(20) with a cracking score of 68 nett. Second was Deirdre O’Toole with a 72 nett. Css 73 nett.
Golfer of the Year: Winner of the Golfer of the Year with a fantastic season was Claire Ferry.
Foursomes: The Daily Mail Foursomes Qualifying for 2014 will be run on Sunday the 6th of October. Ladies please note that the Sunday members will run as usual with the alternate day being Friday the 4th but for those wishing to play in the Daily Mail qualifying this will be Sunday only.
Donegal ETB Society
Abbey win: The Seán Ó Longáin Cup was won this year by the Abbey Vocational School Team in a sun soaked Dunfanaghy Golf Club on Saturday 14th September 2013. The Abbey VS Team of Oliver Plunkett, Sean Boyle and Christopher Hegarty came in with an excellent score of 86 points to claim First Prize over a Finn Valley Team made up of Brian McDermot, Eamonn McDonnell and Brian McGinley on 84 points followed by the all Ladies Team from Abbey VS of Mary Walsh, Miriam Bennett and Celine Markey in third place with a score of 82 points. Ten teams in all took part and thanks must go to Dunfanaghy Golf club for the excellent quality of the course. Seán Ó Longáin was once again in attendance for the presentation.
Winners: Other prize winners on the day were:- Mary Walsh and Miriam Bennett for closest to the pin and Kevin Murphy and John Bosco Gallagher for longest drives. Individual scores were also important on the day, though not winning any prizes, they were very significant in terms of Golfer of the Year points with only three Outings remaining. Top Individual scorers on the day were Christopher Hegarty 34pts, Martin Gallen, Oliver Plunkett, Gerard Gallagher, Enda Mannion, Paddy McDaid, Kevin Murphy, Brian McGinley and Michael McGrath all scoring 33 pts, and Brian McDermot 32pts rounding off the top ten. All of that means that the Golfer of the Year standings going into the next Outing in Cruit Island Golf Club on the 12th October 2013 are- 1st Orla Gallagher 58pts, 2nd Alex Harkin 55pts, 3rd Paddy McDaid 54pts, 4th Rory White 50pts, and 5th Oliver Plunkett 49pts. The Signature Hole Event continues also and the current standings are 1st Marcel McCafferty 10pts, 2nd Paddy McDaid 9pts and 3rd Gareth Doherty and Enda Mannion on 8pts.
Club Competition: Thursday 26th: 1st Bernie Gillespie 39 pts. 2nd Cailin McInerney
Sunday 29th: Stroke competition sponsored by Rossano Hair Design Ballyshannon: 1st: Kathleen Mc Daid 71, 2nd: Ann Maloney 74. Presentation night for September prize winners on Friday 4th October at 9.00p.m.
Fixtures: Sunday 6th October: 14 hole Stableford Club competition.
Fashion Show: Bundoran Golf Club are hosting a Fashion Show in the Great Northern Hotel on Thursday 14th November. More about this in the coming weeks.
Starters Cup: The Starters Cup club competition on Sunday the 29th of September was won by Shane Sweeney 11 with 41 pts. Runner up was Shaun Boyce 9 with 40 pts which included a hole in one at the Par 3 14th. The gross winner was Seimi Connor 5 with 29 gross pts. Third place was Johnny Connor 26 with 37 pts bot. The front nine winner was Michael McBride12 with 20pts and the back nine winner was Johnny Martin 13 with 19 pts bot.
Nine hole: The Friday nine hole stroke competition on the 27th was won by John Casey 6 with 33 nett bot. The runner up was Tommy Ferguson 12 with 33 nett. The 18 hole gents singles stableford on Wednesday the 25th of Sept was won by Matthew Coyle 11 with 40 pts.
Senior team: Well done to the Rosapenna Senior team who won 5-2 away to Portsalon in the first leg of the 2013 Senior Scratch Matchplay county final last Sunday the 29th. The return leg will take place a Rosapenna later this month.
Fixture: The club competition this Sunday the 6th of October will be a golfer of the year qualifier. The Centenary Cup will be played for on Sunday the 13th of October. There will be a regular club competition on Sunday the 20th with the annual Seiko Members competition taking place on Saturday the 26th of October over the Old Tom Morris Links. There will be a presentation of all outstanding prizes on Saturday the 26th at 7.00pm.
Mulroy Links: The first outing of the 2013/14 Mulroy Links took place at Portsalon Golf Club last Saturday 28th September. Nett Results-1st Pat Boyce (8) (Rosapenna) 40pts; 2nd Garvan Toye (16) (Rosapenna) 39 pts B.O.T; 3rd Conal Drislane (19) (Portsalon) 39 pts; 4th Andy Boland (12) 38PTS B.O.T. Gross 1st Geoff Loughery (0) (Roganstown) 38 pts; 2nd Enda Kennedy (+1) (Rosapenna) 36 pts; 3rd Noel Callan (0) (Faughan Valley) 35 pts (BOT); 4th John McBride (0) (Portsalon) 35 pts. The next outing is Saturday the 12th of October at Portsalon GC. If any players who know they cannot make the next outing could contact Portsalon on +353 (0)74-915-9459 it would be much appreciated.