Captains' drive-in at Bundoran

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Captains' drive-in at Bundoran

Bundoran Golf Club was the latest club in Donegal to host their Captains' Drive-In last week and best wishes are extended to Reg Cummins and Kathleen O'Neill for the year ahead.

The good weather in the county has prompted an increase in golfing activity on our fairways and greens and as our round-up reports, there were some fine scores recorded across the north west in recent days.

Bundoran

The results of the first sponsored competition of the season, kindly

sponsored by the Criterion Bar (Nan & Patricia Brennan) are as follows:

1st: Oran Gallagher 66, 2nd : Malachy Kearney 67, 3rd: Shane Feeney 69, 4th: Brendan McCauley 70, Gross: Enda McFadden 73

Congratulations to all, particularly young Oran on his first win.

Presentations will be held at 9pm on April 22nd.

The competition next weekend will also be stroke, sponsored by Belleek

Pottery. The winner will be invited to represent Bundoran Golf Club at the

Regional Qualifiers of the Rory McIlroy / Dubai Duty Free Irish Pro-Am,

along with the winner of the Ladies' Competition.

North West Alliance

So, the curtain came down on another successful winter season for the North Western Golfing Alliance, now in its 47th year.

This Captain’s Day on Saturday at Sandy Hills, Rosapenna, heralded the start of spring with a chilly but mild wind and, most of all, a dry day.

The winner of Mr David Forbes' Captain's prize was long time Alliance member Eamonn O’Carroll of Letterkenny GC., but,...., consider the start Eamonn had to his round! A bogey at the par five 1st and then a 15 at the par 4 second! Yes, I kid you not, a ‘15’.

Well, there must be something in his mentality because Eamonn thereafter scored 32 points for the next 14 holes and then, well, he was off again scoring 11 at the par five 17th. A sigh of relief as he had got rid of all his bad shots again and he recorded four points by birdieing the par four 18th. With that ‘Roryesque’ style finish, he had amassed 38 points to win the Captain’s Prize by two points. So, for those of us who are tempted to pick up the ball after all the stableford points have gone for the hole, pause for thought that maybe, just maybe, tenacity has its place. A big congratulations to Eamonn on his magnificent victory.

Faughan Valley GC. members had turned out in full to give their Alliance Captain a really good day and they were rewarded with three of them - Glenn Curran, Gerry Irwin and Paul Duffy, taking the three nett prizes on 36 points each

Meanwhile, the usual suspects were fighting it out in the Gross section.

Alliance Golfer of the Year [gross] Michael McGeady was in brilliant form as he carded no less than five birdies to finish with a magnificent 68 gross, which translated into three under par for his round.

Brian McElhinney had a level par round for second spot. He had four birdies but also four dropped strokes. Local favourite John G.Mc Bride, now playing out of Portsalon, was in third spot on the winners platform with 18 holes at just 2 over par relegating Eddie McCormick on the B.O.T.

David Forbes, Faughan Valley GC., had graced the Alliance captaincy with an air of surity and calm, playing his part in another successful year for the long running Alliance.The usual bouquets of praise were given to honorary secretary Barry Ramsay for the efficient way he organizes the Alliance and tributes were also paid to Eamonn Davis, P.R.O., for his reports and considerable efforts in promoting the North Western Alliance.

Captain David thanked everyone for their participation throughout the year and offered every success to incoming captain Odhran Mc Gettigan.

Full Results: Captains Prizewinner:

Eamonn O’Carroll (14) Letterkenny GC. 38pts., Nett: 1st Glenn Curran (9) Faughan Valley GC. 36pts [b.o.t]., 2nd Paul Duffy (6) Faughan Valley GC., 36pts b.o.t., 3rd Gerry Irwin (15) Faughan Valley GC. 36 pts

Gross: 1st Michael McGeady North West GC. (+3) 68, 2nd Brian McElhinney North West GC. (+3) 71, 3rd John G. McBride Portsalon GC. (scr) 73.

The North Western Alliance will tee-off it’s 2016/17 season competitions at Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club on Saturday, 17th September.

Glenties Golf Society

We would like to welcome our incoming Captain Sean McKenna and wish him all the best for our year ahead. Our first outing of the year is on Easter Saturday at Narin and Portnoo. Players are to meet at 8.30am for Open Draw.

Hope you can all make it and feel to bring along any new members to make the day.

On Saturday we will have a list of dates for other outings planned for the year.

Gweedore

There was another maiden winner at the weekend in the Farren Roarty sponsored competition with Declan shooting the lights out with a stunning 46pts. Declan has only been playing about a year or so but has taken to golf like a duck to water.

Playing on the Gaeltacht team has also helped Declan, maith thú Declan. In second place was his playing partner Donal Greene who had an equally stunning 45pts. Donal is also a new member who came back playing during our beginners competitions last summer. Well done lads. In

third place was our Captain Michael Doherty who shot a decent 42 pts. The nines went to Con Friel with 22pts and Tiger also with 22 pts. Css was

39pts.

We will have our usual two-day competition this weekend.

Senior Alliance Results: Matt Murray 39pts, Sean O Cleirigh 38pts, Patsy Gallagher 37pts bot. Next outing is Thursday 24th.

Gaeltacht update: The Gaeltacht team had a 6/3 victory over Narin & Portnoo on Saturday last. There is one game left versus Cruit on April 2nd. Good effort from all involved. Thanks to Dean for all his hard work getting a team together.

Subscription rates are the same as 2015 with fees now due which can be

paid at the bar on Sunday or to the subscription officer Noel O Fearraigh.

There will be a disco in the golf club this Easter Sunday.

Dheanfaidh Martin Doherty urraiocht ar chomortas an deireadh seachtaine

seo.

Sunday night Presentation + Club 100 Draw.

Dunfanaghy Ladies

Over 30 ladies played in last Saturday's Easter Hamper. Great to see

all the swallows returning.

Ladies were welcomed by Lady Captain Mary and treated to refreshments before play on a very

pleasant day for golf. Congratulations to all the prize winners who

returned some notable scores on the day. Team Captains take note.

Results: 1st Deborah Moore (19) 39 pts BOT, 2nd Maggie Logue (21) 39 pts, Gross Barbara Eakin (14) 22 gross pts, 3rd Paula McCallion (25) 38 pts,

1st 9 Alayne Treacher (29) 19 pts,

2nd 9 Mary Lafferty (19) 20 pts,

Category prize Rose Gavagan (29) 33 pts.

This competition was a qualifier for the Donegal Shield in Ballyliffen

in April. Please check the notice board for the qualifiers and advise

Lady Captain if you are unable to play. The draws for the various ILGU

competitions are also in the locker room so please help team captains if

they ask you to represent the club.

Last week's 14 hole competition was won by Una Diver (32) with 26 pts BOT

Next Saturday we are playing an Easter Egg Competition, the weekly 14

hole from Sunday until the end of March and on Friday, 1st April, the Raphoe Royal & Prior past pupils are running a four-person team event. Bookings on line or ring the clubhouse.

No ladies golf on Saturday 2nd

April and the Lady Captain is taking us to Otway on Saturday, 9th April for

the day. (please add names to the list in the locker room to help Lady

Captain with numbers).

There is a Ladies' Open Competition on Tuesday, 5th April.

Letterkenny Ladies

Lady Captain Jackie Ireland was the winner in the most recent nine hole competition. On the front nine she scored 18 pts. The runner up was Marian Keating with 17 pts. Well done and congratulations ladies.

Results of the St.Patricks weekend re-entry competition: The winner was Cecilia Doran (35) with 39 pts, in second place Bridie Gildea (26) with 38 pts, and coming in third Angela Bradley (13) on 37 pts. Great scores ladies. Congratulations.

Our club has registered to play in 'Rory's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.'

The lady winner of the Easter weekend re-entry competition along with the gents qualifier will form the club's two-person team to represent the club in the regional qualifiers throughout Ireland. This will happen in late April. The format will be 4ball better ball. If successful at the regional level the pairing will progress to the All Ireland on the Smurfit course at the K club in early May. If successful there they will be invited to compete in the aforementioned Irish Open. So a lot to play for.

Ladies you may collect your fixture cards for 2016 in the locker room.

Cruit Island

In our first sponsored competition of new year, kindly sponsored by

Pauline at the Viking Hotel, we had a big entry with only two points separating the first 3.

Result: 1st Keith Bonner 40pts, 2nd Paul Duffy 39pts, 3rd John Hyland 38pts, Front 9 Eugene Sharkey 21pts BOT, Back 9 John Ward 21pts

Our Winter League Final was a great battle with Donal Boyle our Captain, and Denis Bonner proving too strong for Brian McMonagle and Daniel Timoney.

Well done to all four players for a great final.

This week's competition is sponsored by Irish Fish Canners and can be played on Saturday 26th or Sunday 27th, time sheet in operation both days.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar

Results: Tuesday, 15th March, 1st Nett: Michael Scanlon (14) 43pts, 2nd Nett: Trevor Robb (17) 42pts (bot), 3rd Nett: CharlieQuinn (21) 42pts (bot), CSS NQ

St Patrick's Day Open: 1st Nett: Ciaran Campbell (11) 42pts, 2nd Nett: James Grant (11) 41pts (bot)

GROSS: Michael Ferry (11) 29pts

3rd Nett: Seán Crawford (15) 41pts

CSS NQ

Saturday, 19th March, 1st Nett: Michael Walker (15) 45pts, 2nd Nett: Ryan Griffin (9) 42pts, Gross Cathal Patton (9) 31pts, 3rd Nett: Martin Roarty (16) 39pts (bot)

CSS NQ

Sunday, 20th March, 1st Nett: Ciaran Campbell (11) 44pts (bot), 2nd Nett: Michael Walker (15) 44pts (bot), Gross Donal Bonner (8) 29pts, 3rd Nett: Kieran McShea (19) 42pts

CSS NQ

Quiz this week on 30th March is in aid of Planet Youth.

Bundoran Ladies

The St. Patrick's Day stableford competition was sponsored by Pillbox, Bundoran and Ballyshannon and was well supported. Results: 1st Fran Murphy 33 points, 2nd Josephine McGurran 32 points and 3rd Mary Stephens 30 points. Front nine, Yvonne McGarrigle 18 points, back nine, Deirdre Mulligan 16 points.

Last Sunday's stableford competition was sponsored by Waves Restaurant and was played in beautiful sunshine. Results: 1st Sorcha Begley 36 points, 2nd Kathleen Connolly 34 points and 3rd Josephine McGurran 33 points. Front nine, Kathleen O'Donnell 15 pts, back nine, Kathleen McDaid 18 pts.

The Easter bank holiday weekend stableford competition will be sponsored by Nan and Patricia Brennan, Criterion Bar, Bundoran and will be played on Sunday and Monday next.

Dunfanaghy

Well the weather was fantastic during the week and there is growth beginning to happen on the course, which is great to see. The annual Divot day will be held this Good Friday at 11am. There is always a good turnout at this and hopefully it will be the same this Friday. There will be refreshments for everyone after in the clubhouse.

Congratulations to Daniel Gallagher who won the Easter Hamper on Sunday with a great score of 60. Everyone knows that Daniel plays off 2 handicap. He had seven birdies and one bogey in his round, which is fantastic golf. A deserving winner.

Competition Results:

Wednesday Open singles, March 16th,

1st: Donal Boyle Cruit 42pts bot, 2nd: Niall Mc Cormack 42pts, Gross: Paul O Reilly Strabane 35pts, Category: Joe Langan 38pts, Juvenile: Conor Hanna 33pts.

it 21pts

1st 9: Fr. S O'Flynn 21pts, 2nd 9: Cathal Doherty, Cruit 21pts

Saturday Open Singles, March 19th

1st: Noel Colton, Omagh 41Pts bot, 2nd: Goeff Roundtree 41 Pts bot, Gross: Michael Wilson 36pts, 3rd: Andrew Irwin NTS 41 Pts bot, Category: Rory o Hare 40pts, 1st 9: Eamonn McGrath 22pts,

2nd 9: Adrian Cummings 21pts.

March Monthly Medal, March 13th, 1st: Daniel Gallagher 60, 2nd Patrick Hunter 62, Gross: Sean Duffy Jnr 69 Gross, 3rd Michael Kelly 63, Category: Frank Kelly 63.

The Restaurant Cook-off will take place on Sunday,. This promises to be a great night of fun with Captain Denis Martin taking on Lady Captain Mary Lafferty. Who will have the skills to impress our celebrity chef? Booking is essential so get your names in as quickly as possible. There are very few places left.

Junior Golf: Well done to Max Roarty who had a hole-in-one on Saturday. These young golfers are all getting better every weekend. And it is only a matter of time before their names are in the winning enclosure most weekends at the club. They're a credit to Seamus, Brian and James for all the work they do with them. Keep it up.

The McGinley Motors Senior and Intermediate Scratch Cups will be taking place on Saturday, April 2nd. These are played over 36 holes. Make sure to get your name on the time sheet as early as possible.

Rosapenna

Results: The Easter Hamper (G.o.Y) played for on Sunday, played over the Sandy Hills Links (18 holes), was won by Pat Boyce (6) with a fantastic 2 under par 44pts, including 5 birdies. The runner up was Edward McGroddy

(11) with 40pts. The gross winner was Con Boyce (5) with 31 gross pts. Third place was Charlie McClafferty (10) with 39pts.

The front nine winner was Mick Gallagher Jnr (7) with 21pts bot and the back nine winner was Jimmy Gallagher (27) with 23pts.

Twos - Con Boyce, Mick Gallagher Jnr x 2, Stephen Loughrey, Peadar Boyce, Marty Carlin, Pete McBride Snr, Hugh McBride x 2, Conor Meehan and Jimmy Carr €8.00 per two.

Results from the four person open scramble on St Patrick's Day: 1st Eileen McLarnon, Gareth McLarnon, Jimmy Gallagher & Mik Gallagher Jnr with 52 7/8; 2nd Joe McHugh, Kevin McCrystal, Mickey Treanor & P McLaughlin with 53 3/8; 3rd Sheila Breen, Mary Devlin, Liam Breen & Barry McMenamin with 53 7/8;

4th Hazel Russell, Carmel Barry, Kit Boyce & William Russell with 55 5/8.

Gaeltacht League:

Our Gaeltacht League team travelled to Portsalon last Saturday for their last league match of the year. Rosapenna came away with a great result winning the tie 5.5-3.5. Portsalon had only lost one game out of 18 in their two

previous home matches this year.

The winners of the Rosapenna four ball better ball were Peter Smyth & Shane Sweeney with 40pts.

Third behind the Rosapenna & Portsalon winners were Rosapenna pairing Denis Harkin & Shane Doherty with 37pts.

Rosapenna now sit top of the league table with a total of 64 pts.

Captains Day will take place at

Dunfanaghy Golf Club on Saturday April 9th.

Mulroy Links: The last two Mulroy Links outings will both take place at Portsalon on Saturday, April 2nd & 16th.

Courses: All member play will remain on the Sandy Hills Links until further notice. The Old Tom Morris Links is now open with limited play for hotel residents only. Club length placing not nearer the hole on fairways only is now in play.

Masters Draw: The golf club are organising a US Masters fundraising draw to support team expenses this season. Lines are available from any committee member,

you pick 3 players total (combined odds of at least 150/1) at 10e per line.

Fixtures: Friday 25th - Ladies & Gents open four ball better ball

Saturday 26th - Gents Singles (club)

Sunday 27th - Gents Singles (club)

Monday 28th - Ladies & Gents open four ball better ball.

Letterkenny

St. Patrick definitely 'turned the stone' for Donegal golfers on Thursday 17th when spring sprung upon us with a mild breeze and sunshine. Teeing off on the first official competition of the season which had almost two hundred members on the time sheet, little did cat 4 handicapper John Mc Cosker [20] think that he was going home with a trophy but that he certainly did with a winning score of 39pts. With a great par at the most difficult par three, Hunters Home, [13th] helping him to 21pts on the back nine, John managed to pip runner-up Liam Wiseman [11] on B.O.T. Having recorded 20pts on outward nine, Liam would rue that double bogey at Aughaninshin 17th] which had him relegated to second but still enough to outpoint third placed MBH, [Michael Boucher-Hayes] whose birdie at Settlement [11th] was undone by a double bogey at 17th.

In fourth place was John Bradley with 36pts whilst gross prize was won by Simon Stephens [3] with 33 gross points, his birdies at 3rd and 11th accompanying his eagle [3] at The Isles, par five 7th, for a total of three over par 75 gross. It was great to see up to forty cat 4 members taking to the fairways, an indication of the work that Gerry O' Sullivan has done in his encouragement of new members.

Saturday 19th Open welcomed another large turn-out and another cat 4 golfer Paul Doherty [20] taking top spot with a magnificent 44 point total. Despite a 'blank' at 3rd and two double bogeys on the card, Paul's birdie at Sheep Hill [12th] consolidated his brilliant course management and gave him an inward nine of no less than 24pts and enough to relegate Hugh Mc Clafferty [14] to runner-up spot on B.O.T. Hugh's 44 point total consisted of nines of 22pts each, 39 gross shots. In third place with an early season intent was club stalwart and early starter Vincent Mc Glynn [9] whose two over par nines showed a birdie at 14th [Stack Yard] conceded to a bogey at par three 16th [Barnhill] to finish on 41pts. Saturday's gross was won by Kevin Rafferty [7] with 31 gross points which included back-to-back birdies at 17th and 18th [Stockade].

Sunday 20th confined competition completed a hat-trick of wins by the 'high men' when Martin Kelly [19] secured first place. Martin's front nine, consisting of a birdie at Hall Door [1st] helping him to 22pts, could have been added to spectacularly on the inward nine only for a double bogey at the par five 18th. Making a welcome return to Barnhill from his worldwide travels as of late and to the winners' enclosure was Derek Wilson [14] whose birdie at Sliabh Sneacht [4th] helped him to a front nine of 21pts and a final return of 39pts. Sunday's gross was collected by Don Ponsonby [5] with 30 gross points.

Appreciative thanks to Noreen and Browns on the Green for t3heir St. Patrick's Day specials and to those who took in the Paul Buckley session in the club bar on Saturday night last.

This bank holiday weekend of golf at Barnhill begins on Friday and extends through to Monday with a bonanza of Open competitions each day. Play will be from the white tees and 6" placing on fairways will be in effect. Time sheet in operation for all competitions.