Full round up of what's happening in the Golf Clubs in Donegal
Course Development: Despite the inclement weather conditions which have prevailed over the past few months, the further development of Portsalon Golf course continues. The greens staff, under the direction of Paul McGinley and his team, continue to make enhanced changes to the Portsalon links. Both members and visitors have expressed their approving views on the new improvement to the 11th green. The development has the mound on the right hand side of the green removed. The new area will now have a much enlarged green and will also have a new bunker on the right hand side of the green.
Captains' Drive In: The Captains' drive in will take place on Sunday, 28th February. The day will commence with Captains John Logue and Lady Captain Sally O’Kane holding the official drive in at 10 a.m and this will be followed with a shot gun start at 10.30am. Members are asked to record their names for the event before 6 p.m on Saturday 27th as a draw for teams and tees will take place.
Fixtures: On Friday, 19th February there is an open seniors competition - members €5, visitors €10.
Saturday, 20th February open stableford. Sunday 21st is a members competition and Wednesday 24th February an open 18 hole stableford competition. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions at Portsalon Golf Club, contact 074 91 59459 for your tee time or go online at portsalongolfclub.com
Results: The winner of the Wednesday open staged on feb. 10th was Paddy Concannon (19) Faughan Valley 36 points, runner up Brendan Mc Grath (5) Letterkenny 35 points, gross Seamus Paton (6) 27 points, 3rd Sean McCormack (25) Portsalon 35 points. On Friday the winner of the senior open competition was Sean Mc Cormack (25) Portsalon 36 points, runner up AFR Creed (13) Royal Belfast 34 points.
On Saturday the winner of the open was Sean Kelly (9) Portsalon 32 points, runner up Andy Boland (13) Portsalon 31 points.
On Sunday the winner of the members competition was Denis Sweeney (18) 36 points, runner up Davey Hughes (17) 35 points, gross Cathal Canning (5) 25 points 3rd Hugh McGinley (20) 34 points.
Ballybofey and Stranorlar Ladies
The sheet is on the board now for the Spring League which will commence on Sunday, 6th March and runs for 6 weeks.
Meanwhile there were fun and games on Saturday night, with more to follow. Entertainment Officer, Bridie Faulkner, assisted by Pauric McGeehin, Sharon Mononey, Laurence Devenney and Cathal Faulkner, staged a Games night on Saturday night last. Four teams competed against one another. The Latecomers and Girl Power were on even points and fought it out for a place in the final against Liam O'Neill's team who were Liam O'Neill, Alistair Henderson, Ann O'Meara and PJ Fitzgerald. Girl Power won and went on to battle in the final. All four competitors played this game. Four clues were hidden in boxes, had to be deciphered to find a code for the safe. The safe uncovered a giant Jigsaw. Even with four people putting it together it took some time to get it solved.
Girl Power emerged the winners, they were Sharon Moloney, Darragh McGowan, Mary McHugh and Kathleen McGowan. Many congrats to Bridie and her team who had all the games constructed from scratch and all were very well presented. More fun and games to follow in a few weeks. Watch this space.
The club competition on Sunday played over the Sandy Hills Links (16 holes) was won by John Boyce (9) with 35pts bot, the runner up was Barry Connor (5) with 35pts.
The gross winner was Seimi Connor (4) with 28 gross points. Third place was Denis Boyce (14) with 34pts. Two's Mickey Treanor & Conor Meehan with 28e each.
The Mulroy Links returned to Rosapenna at the weekend with a
great turnout of golfers from across the North West. The outing was played over the Sandy Hills Links
(16 holes) with the results as follows -
Gross Section -
1st Jack Madden (2) 31pts
2nd Noel Callan (0) 29pts
3rd Jason McIntyre (4) 26pts bot
4th Kevin McGonagle (5) 26pts bot
Nett Section -
1st P Dunleavy (11) 33pts bot
2nd Seamus Patton (6) 33pts
3rd P Kelly (11) 32pts bot
4th Denis McBride (8) 32pts bot
Twos - Brian Currie, Michael Bradley, Brendan McHugh, Brian Haughey, Jason McIntyre and Noel Callan.
The next outing will take place at Rosapenna on Saturday, Feb. 27th Contact the Pavilion Golf Shop on
00353 (0)74 915 5000 to confirm/book any tee times.
Upcoming competitions/events -
Saturday 20th Feb - Mevagh Day Centre Classic
Sunday, 21st Feb - Gents Singles (club)
Saturday, 27th Feb - Mulroy Links at Rosapenna
Sunday, 28th Feb - Gents Singles (club).
We played our Gaelteacht Match on Saturday against Dunfanaghy and
we had impressive 7-2 victory. Team Captain Joseph Gillespie was very happy with the result and takes our team to Gweedore this weekend.
On Sunday in our Club competition Alan Gillespie was in top form scoring
Full Result: 1st Alan Gillespie 43pts
2nd Jim O'Donnell 39pts
3rd Danny McShea 37pts BOT
Front 9 Gerald McElwee 21pts
Back 9 Terence Gallagher 18pts BOT
Could we have our quarter-finals of our Winter League played before the
28th Feb as we would like our Winter League complete before our
sponsored competitions start.
February Links Results - 1st Grace McFadden (35) 34 pts, 2nd Clara
McNeill (19) B & S 33 pts BOT, Gross Marian O Sullivan (10) LK 20 pts, 3rd Nuala McGarrigle (23) LK 33 pts,
1st 9 Sandra McGinley (21) 16 pts, 2nd 9 Rose Gavaghan (28) 25 pts
The final Links outing in Dunfanaghy is on Tuesday, 1st March, time sheet
is on line or phone the clubhouse.
Grace McFadden continued her winning streak on Saturday, winning the
medal competition with 73, 2nd Deborah Moore (19) with 74. Well done
ladies on a very cold day.
The next seniors outing (ladies and gents) is on Monday, 22nd February -
which was Thinking Day when the PRO was a Girl Guide.
Bookings on line or phone the clubhouse.
Remember to get your name on the list in the clubhouse to be included
in the draw for the Easter Hamper on 19th March. There will be an Easter Egg competition on Easter Saturday.
Ballybofey and Stranorlar
Tuesday, Feb. 9th saw a small turnout and as a result only one prize was given out and that went to Mark Rodgers (14) 38pts Bot.
With much drier weather visiting during the week, it brought with it larger numbers of golfers at the weekend.
Results; Saturday, 13th Feb, 1st Nett: Martin Roarty (16) 42pts Bot, 2nd Nett: Seamus O'Hanlon (11) 42pts Bot
Gross: Donough Cleary (4) 33pts, 3rd Nett: Dougie McFeely (18) 40pts Bot
Valentine's Day: 1st Nett: Owen Gallagher (13) 44pts, 2nd Nett: Conor Henderson (19) 40pts, 3rd Nett: Dessie Foy (16) 39pts Bot
Usual competitions this week.
Please note: Week Two of the Spring League ends this Sat and Week Three begins in Sunday, 21st.
The Quiz on Wednesday, 24th is in aid of club funds.
There has been very little golf to write about of late but we have had a few matches played and, hopefully, we can keep it going now.
Captain’s day is in Dunfanaghy on April 9th, giving us all seven Saturdays. Both Cruit and Portsalon have four matches played, Rosapenna, Portnoo, Cloughaneely and Dunfanaghy have three played and Gweedore have two played.
It’s therefore, very early to make much by way of predictions. Portsalon have 45 points having played two home and two away matches. Cruit have 34 points also with two home and away. Rosapenna have 34 points, with two home games, Dunfanaghy have 33 with two home games; Cloughaneely have 22 with two away games and one home played. Gweedore have 18, one away and one home. Portnoo have 12 with two away and one home. So make from that what you will. It’s still early days.
We urge all captains to arrange all their remaining matches, fix a date and play the match, if at all possible.
With another break in the unpredictable weather, the usual die-hards turned out over the weekend at Barnhill and leading the way home on Saturday was single figure handicapper Conor Friel  on 39pts.
With birdies at 1st and 5th eliminated by bogeys at 2nd and 3rd, a level par front nine of 21pts gave Conor a springboard to the winner's post with a further birdie at 11th and two dropped shots leaving him two points clear of nearest competitor Barry Kavanagh who, whilst finishing on 37 points, would rue that double bogey at par three 13th.
Sunday 14th saw the 'big guns' in action and none more so than Michael Collum  whose somewhat erratic start of birdie-blank-birdie-double bogey never looked like a winning score. But Michael's resolve is unquestionable and an 18pts outward nine followed by an inward nine of 17pts was enough to outpoint Don Ponsonby  whose start of bogey-blank-bogey was equally surprising but with the help of a birdie at 14th, Don managed a 34pts. finish.
Unfortunately, due to the bad weather which is forecast for this weekend again, the Captains' Drive-in, which was scheduled for Sunday, has been postponed. A new date will be confirmed in the coming days.
Plenty of ladies have availed of the recent spell of fine weather, so hopefully this is the start of the golfing season. Recent results: 18 Jan. front 9, Winner Kay Kelly (28) 19 pts, Runner-up Lady Captain, Jackie Ireland (28) 18 pts; Jan. 19 back 9, Winner Kay Kelly 20 pts., Runner-up Ann Condon (22) 18 pts.; 22 Jan. Winner Ann Condon 20 pts., Runner-up Kay Kelly 19 pts. B.O.T; St. Valentine’s weekend 13 holes Winner Triona Daly (28) 26 pts., 2nd. Marian O’Sullivan (10) 21 pts. B.O.T., 3rd. Ann Condon 21 pts. Congratulations to all the winners who have got the golfing year off to a flying start.
A reminder to everyone that the usual two nine competitions are still running. Finally the ladies wish to extend their sympathy to Eileen Daly and Margo Birmingham on their recent bereavements.
Bhain Barney Boyle an chomórtas ag an deireadh seachtaine le scór de 65,
Scór ar dóigh ó Barney. In san dara áit bhi Emmet McGee le 66 agus san
tríú áit bhi Doalty Sweeney le 67 pointe. Ba é James Tiger a bhain an
Catagóir le 71. Bhain Pol McCool an chéad 9 le 33 agus bhain Mick Rodgers an dara 9 le 31 pointe. Bhain Anthony Doherty an comhlán le 72. CSS ar an dá lá nó 68.
Beidh Cluiche Gaeltachta sa bhaile Dé Sathairn ar 10.30r.n. Adh mór ar Dean agus a fhoireann.
Thanks to Bill and Paula McCallion our Clubhouse took centre stage on Saturday night with our annual Valentine’s Night wine and cheese reception.
Bill and William Hamilton provided the music and were ably assisted by a number of members who took to the stage. Our Lady Vice-Captain, Nora Crumlish, amongst others, revealed some hidden singing talent and a few names have now gone forward for X-Factor auditions!
Wednesday Open Stableford – 10th February, Brendan Gallagher – Foyle 43pts, Mark McCarter - B/S 42 pts,
Diarmuid Logue – P/S 32 Gross Pts,
Pauric McGeehan – B/S 41 Pts, Category: Cairns Witherow – D/F 37 Pts
1st 9: Cornelius McMullen – D/F 21 Pts BOT, 2nd 9: Fred Young 21 Pts
Open 4BBB – 13th February 2016
1st: S McCauley D/F / P J Nee L/K 42 Pts, 2nd: M Nelis/E. McKeever L/K 40 Pts
Sunday Single Stableford – 14th February, 1st: Michael McColgan Jnr 42 Pts, 2nd: Cathal McMonagle 38 Pts,
Gross: Joe Terry 24 Gross Pts, 3rd: Neil McGinley 36 Pts
Fixtures: Saturday, Feb. 20th, Open Singles S/F, Sunday, Feb. 21st, Monthly Medal Comp
Monday, Feb. 22nd, Open Ladies and Gents Seniors (Over 50’s)
Food is available in the clubhouse every Saturday and Sunday 12-6.
Junior Golf: The biggest group of juveniles in a long while took to the fairways last Saturday. In the cadet section it was very competitive with Caolan Mc Fadden just shading it from the ever-improving Sean McBride. The senior boys was won by Conor Hanna in a close contest with Oisin Cannon. A new competition was played in the intermediate section with the different schools competing against each other. It was Scoil Mhuire, Creeslough, who came out on top. Weather conditions allowing, it is planned to have a scramble next Saturday morning.
Function Room for Private Parties:
We have hosted a number of private functions in the clubhouse recently and these have proved to be a great success. If you, or someone you know, is organising a private function please be aware that the clubhouse is available free of charge, with exclusive use for the occasion.
So far, the feedback that we have been getting is that the golf club is the ideal venue for parties of up to one hundred people. Contact Sarah on (074 91 36335).