Final of Mulroy Links the highlight of another busy week

GOLF NEWS

Final of Mulroy Links the highlight of another busy week

The final of the Mulroy Links, which was stage at Portsalon Golf Club last Saturday, was one of a number of top competitions held around the county last weekend.

Here's a round-up from our clubs.

letterkenny ladies

Congratulations to all the ladies who qualified on Saturday, April 16th to play in the Donegal Shield in Ballyliffen on Sat. 23rd. April. Those who qualified to play along with Lady Captain Jackie Ireland are Marian O’Sullivan, Kay Kelly, Sandra McMonagle, Anne Condon, Cynthia Fuery, Angela Kilgallen, Celine Bradley and Triona Daly.

Good luck to them! Club Competition winners were Marian O’Sullivan (10) 34 pts., runner-up Kay Kelly (28) 33 pts B.O.T. Well done to the Challenge Cup team captained by Margo Birmingham who played at home against Castlerock G.C. on Thurs. 14th. April winning four of the five matches. The date for the return match in Castlerock is still to be decided.

The Intermediate Cup team captained by Anne Condon travelled to Lisburn G.C. on Sunday where they secured two matches with the return in Letterkenny on Sun. 1st. May. Congratulations to Breege McDonagh on winning the Masters Tournament Sweep. Please continue to check the notice board in the Ladies’ locker room for details of all happenings.

Finally sympathy is offered to Brigid McClafferty on the death of her brother.

Portsalon

Course Improvements: The ongoing improvements continue to be rolled out at Portsalon Golf Course. The greens staff working in conjunction with Paul Mc Ginley and his team are continuing to develop the course and make it a special treat for members and visitors. In recent days the greenkeepers have put the finishing touches to the par 3 12th green. The new layout sees the creation of a new bunker the redesign of the second bunker on the right hand side of the green. The bunker on the left hand side has been closed much to the delight of many. As the year moves on the developments keep rolling out. Congratulations to all the green staff.

Mulroy Links: The final outing of the Mulroy Links was staged at Portsalon on Saturday last and the overall winner was 26 handicaper James Friel with 39 points. In the nett section Cathal Toland (13) was the winner with 38 points, runner up Enda Mc Clafferty (21) 37 points, 3rd Pauric Dunleavey (11) 37 points and 4th Paul Carr (18) 36 points. In the gross section the winner was Pat Boyce (6) 32 points, runner up Connor Connolly (4) 30 points, 3rd Steven Connolly (4) 30 points, 4th Marty Mc Dermott (4) 28 points. In the golfer of the year the winner was Sean Gibbons and in the gross section the winner was Seamus Clinton. The Captains of Portsalon and Rosapenna would like to thank all who participated in this season's competitions and look forward to continuing support in the years ahead.

Fixtures: On Sunday 23rd April gents open competition; On Sunday 24th the rescheduled subscription voucher competition and on Wednesday 27th April an open stableford competition.

Results: The winner of the members competition staged on Sunday was Michael Harte (22) 44 points, runner up Joe Harkin (19) 42 points, gross Cathal Canning (7) 33 points, 3rd Sean Barrett (14) 40 points. The CSS was 37 points

Club Teams: It was a busy few days on the team front as the JB Carr team entertained Rosapenna on Friday afternoon and came away with a magnificent victory. Portsalon will now play North West in the next round.

On Sunday last Portsalon entertained Galgorm Castle in the return leg of the Ulster Cup match. Going into the match Portsalon were trailing by four matches to three and having won the first four matches and with sufficient hole up the match was called in. The next opponents for Chuck McTaggart and his team are Ballymena Golf Club.

Anyone interested in representing the club in the Irish Mixed Foursomes competition is asked to add their names to the sheet on the notice board. The qualifying will be at City of Derry on 18th May. Practice nights will be arranged, and the first of these is on Friday, 15th April at 5.45pm.

The Danny Clinton Memorial match play is also open for entries. Please add your names to the sheet in the office and pay the entry fee of €5 per person.

Draw winners: Recent winners in the draw were 1st Kate Boyce €150, 2ndDermot Boyce €80, 3rd Neil McElwaine, 4th Colm Friel €20.

Gweedore

Bhain Pol McCool chomórtas Northwest Auto Factors ag an deireadh seachtaine le scór de 42 pointe, Scór mhaith ó Pol , In san dara áit bhi Hugh O Gallachoir le 41 pointe agus san tr íú áit bhi Charlie Sweeney le 39 pointe. Ba é Pol McGee a bhain an Catagóir le 38 pointe. Bhain Tommy Diver an chéad 9 le 21 pointe agus bhain Martin Kelly an dara 9 le 21 pointe fosta. CSS ar an dá lá nó 39 pointe.

Two day this weekend.

Intertowns is postmoned until futher notice.

Senior Alliance Results: 1st Hugh McBride 40pts 2nd Micheal Mhici 40pts 3rd Sean O Clerigh 37pts. Seniors will have last Alliance on Thursday 28th.

Golf Oige: Starting again this Sunday , April 24th.Registration at 3.30pm followed by golf at 4pm.

Dheanfaidh Siopa Mhici urraiocht ar chomortas an deireadh seachtaine seo.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar

Nerves of steel was how B&S Ulster Cup Team Captain John McMenamin described his hero of the day, Eunan McGarrigle .

Cavan G.C came to Ballybofey and Stranorlar needing 3 and 1/2 matches to secure their passage into the next round of this prestigious competition but the B&S team had next round as part of their plans too. As each match came to its conclusion, it was getting clear that no one side was going to have a clear overall victory. In the end, the home side had victory on the day by the same margin as they lost away in Cavan which meant seven matches each and when it came down to holes won, that turned out to be even-stephens as well. The only option left was a sudden death shootout. B&S Team Captain was to select Eunan McGarrigle to go down the first playoff hole and talking to me after the game, John said that Eunan stood on the tee-box with nerves of steel and bombed it down the middle of the fairway and went on to win the hole giving victory to Ballybofey and Stranorlar GC. Well done team: Tony Fullen, James McAllister, Eunan McGarrigle, Martin Lynch, Ciaran Campbell, Andy McGlynn and Barry Allan. Team Captain John McMenamin. They now meet Mahee Island in the next round.

B&S Ulster Fourball Team had an excellent win also on Saturday with Convoy man Kevin Kelly and his partner Martin Wilson winning their match to put B&S GC through so well done lads.

Gents results: Tuesday 12th Sweep, 1st Nett: Seán Carlin (10) 38pts. CSS 67

Sat 16th Sweep, 1st Nett Aaron Anderson (8) 40pts, 2nd Nett: Gerry Driver (10) 38pts, Gross, Martin Dillon (9) 26pts, 3rd Nett: Gerard McGee (16) 37pts (CSS) 67

Sunday 17th Sweep, 1st Nett: John McMenamin (9) 39pts (bot), 2 Nett: Ryan Griffin (9) 39pts (bot), Gross: Denim Rowan (5) 30pts, 3rd Nett: Gerry Driver (10) 38pts (bot), CSS 68.

Fixtures: Saturday 23rd is kindly sponsored by Foy Brothers and Sunday 24th is kindly sponsored by Quinn Fuels so a big thank you from the Club for your sponsorship. Tuesday 26th will be an Open up until 4pm. Reserved for members thereafter.

Sheets are now up for Senior Cup, Baker Cup, Phoenix Cup and Cricket Cup. Please put your name down as soon as possible. Spring League is coming to a conclusion and will have an update next week.

A large contingent from B&S had an outing in Carton House Golf Club over the weekend under the banner of LWC Tours. A great weekend was had by all who attended and the eventual winner over both courses, the O'Meara and the Montgomery was Mr Conor McMenamin.

Please remember as ground is still soft, to replace divots (please carry a divot bag) and repair pitch marks.

Enjoy your golf.

Letterkenny

Saturday 16th Open, played in wet and windy conditions, saw the 'form' player of the early season, Kevin Rafferty [6] take top spot once again. His 35pt finish relegatde Kevin Hensey [12] to runner-up spot on B.O.T. Also beaten on that B.O.T. was Mark Cohen [19] and John Mc Glynn [17].

Sunday 17th had the club hosting the first 'major' of the season with the highly sought after Voucher prize up for grabs and the high entry on a wet morning and gale-swept afternoon proved this competition's popularity. Banking the member's fee for 2017 was Cat. 4 member Pluincead O' Fearraigh [22] who, having held steady through the lower part of the course, climbed the hill to register a back nine of 22pts and secure the win on 42pts., closely followed by juvenile Patrick Page [10] a panelist for the club's Jimmy Bruen squad this year. Patrick had 40pts. In third place was Paul Callaghan [26] with 39pts on B.O.T. from Paddy Mc Cafferty [23]. Gross prizewinner was Darragh Mc Menamin [4] on 31pts, helped with birdies at 10th, 16th and 18th holes for another level par back nine.

CAT 4 members are into their third week of the season already and another great turn out of up to 25 players saw Joe Curran taking the plaudits with a winning score of 24pts over 11 holes with Joe Devenny in runner-up spot with 23pts. Apologies from Gerry for not informing players of temporary greens due to hollowtining, but also a reminder to members to return all cards for the Golfer of the Year standings which will be posted during the next month.

Congratulations to Tony Logue on his 'ace' at Greenhill [8th] on Sunday.

Congratulations to the club's Ulster Cup team panel who, under the shrewd guidance of vice-captain Keith Spence, progressed to the next round by defeating Inishowen neighbours Ballyliffin GC. Leading by 5 & 1/2 matches to 1 & 1/2 from the first leg and requiring only two matches at home, Rory Kenny put the first 'point' on the board with an 8&7 victory, quickly followed by Eugene O' Donnell with 4&3 and all up in the remaining matches bar one, with both Charlie Coughlan and Liam Wiseman 4up, Eamonn Davis 2up and Kieran Walsh 2 down when called in.

Friday's competition will be the Ladies' Club Fundraising Open Classic, any combination, a few spaces still available. Saturday's Open is sponsored by Letterkenny Driving Range, The Glebe, whilst Wednesday 27th hosts the Signal Signs Open.

Cruit Island

This Friday night, 22nd April, we have our fundraising Night at the Races in

Bayview Bar, Dungloe, and hope to get a big turnout of members and friends.

This Sunday our first club team is in action when John Hyland's Ulster Cup Team host Newtonstewart in their first leg. As a result the Sunday Competition sponsored by Sharkeys Waste can be played Saturday or Sunday.

The draw is made for our annual single match-play competition with a lot of very interesting matches in store. Matches to be played before Sunday, 8th May or as soon as possible.

Sharkeys Top Shop Full Result: 1st Denis Bonner 38pts, 2nd Eugene Sharkey 37pts, 3rd John Ward 36pts BOT, F9 Stephen Melly 20pts BOT, B9 Donal Boyle 20pts.

Narin and Portnoo

Our Ulster Cup team made their exit last Sunday when they failed to get the required matches at home to Omagh.

Des McGettigan was the winner of the Memorial Cup sponsored by Frank McGinley last Sunday with a score of 39pts

Results: Lakehouse Hotel, 10th April, 1st Ciaran O'Kane (10) 41pts, 2nd Kieran Cunnea (12) 39pts b.o.t., 3rd Gerry Lyons (21) 39pts, Front 9 Malachy Murrin (12) 20pts, Back 9 John Callaghan (14) 22pts, Best Sat. Declan McMenamin (16) 37pts.

Wed. 13th April, 1st Hugh Boyle 41pts, 2nd John Molloy 40pts, 3rd Paddy McDwyer 38pts.

Memorial Cup sponsored by Frank McGinley 16th/17th April, 1st Des McGettigan (20) 39pts, 2nd Manus Boyle Jnr.(6) 37pts b.o.t., 3rd Frankie Kennedy (12) 37pts, Front 9 Charlie Bryson (20) 22pts, Back 9 Paul Cooney (10) 20pts, Cat A Jim Harley (6) 36pts, Cat B Kevin Byrne (16) 35pts, Cat C Kenneth Byrne (21) 33pts.

Fixtures: Open every Wednesday, Sunday 24th April Monthly Medal sponsored by Divers Centra.

Bundoran

The results for the weekend competition, kindly sponsored by Keown

Carpet & Flooring (Ballyshannon and Donegal Town) are as follows:

1st: Oran Gallagher 39 pts., 2nd : Mark Boyle 36 pts. (B.O.T.), 3rd: Pat Rooney 36 pts., 4th: Sean Crawford 35 pts. (B.O.T.), Gross: Enda McFadden 32 pts. Congratulations to all.

Presentations will be held at 9pm on May 13th.

The competition next weekend will be Singles Stroke; sponsored by

R.N.L.I. Bundoran.

Cloughaneely Ladies

At the recent A.G.M. the following ladies were voted into office for 2016:

Lady Captain Bridie Doherty, Lady Vice Captain Mary Barrett, Secretary

Roisin Mc Gee, Handicap sec. Sadie Ni Chuireain, assistant Margaret Mc Lean, Competition Sec. Sadie Ni Chuireain, assistant Bridie Doherty, Treasurer Hannah Gallagher, assistant Madge Kelly. PRO Chriss Cannon.

Thursday's competitions are up and running, draws for playing partners at 11am and 4pm, to play outside these times please contact Lady Vice Captain Mary at 0851181157.

The fixture cards will be available soon.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar Ladies

The first of the weekly club competitions started on Wednesday, 13th April. There was a good turnout despite the cold conditions. Mae Ferry and Margaret Hynes were in top form with 36 pts each despite the very slow and rather bumpy greens. Cat 3 1st May Ferry 36 pts 2nd Mary Brogan 32 pts; Cat 2 Margaret Hynes 36 pts 2nd President Mary P. O'Flanagan 31 pts; Cat 1 Ann Sweeney 30 pts 2nd Lady Capt Margaret McCrossan 29 pts bot. The competition was sponsored by Brid Carlin, Kaye Stewart and Sylvia A. Hamilton.

Congrats to Josephine Stewart's Challenge Cup team who had a great result against Lambeg securing 4 matches out of 5. Great to see our new people doing so well. The team were Mary Brogan, Mae Ferry, Maureen Boyle, Grainne Barrett and Joanne O'Hare (this was Joanne's first ever match).

Congrats also to Dolores Devanney's Junior Foursomes team who won against Dunfanaghy, the team got 2 matches away out of 3 and also got 2 at home. The team were Lady Captain Margaret McCrossan & Mgt Hynes, Bridie Faulkner & Josephine Stewart,

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Kathleen McGowan & Stephanie Canning. The away team included Eileen Reilly & Ann Glancy.

Best of luck to the Minor Cup team and the Revive Active Four Ball teams who are out this week against Cavan and Strabane.

This Thursday the Ladies Branch are hosting a fundraising Cookery demo by Martin Anderson. Tickets €10, starting at 8pm with a glass of complimentary wine.

The Lady Captain, Madam President and the ladies branch extend their condolences to Ann Glancy and Eileen Reilly on the death of their mother on Sunday.

Donegal

The Sunday stroke competition sponsored by La Bella Donna Restaurant saw Peter McDonnell follow up on his recent Thursday sucess by shooting a jaw-dropping 69 in difficult conditions. Francis Brogan didn't dissapoint either with a superb 70, just enough to push Darragh Quinn in to third. Darragh will rue a weak shot on the 18th which might have put him in the top spot, at least he knows how Jordan Speith felt. Alan O'Keefe, with a solid 71, took fourth and Darren Rafferty shot a 77 for the gross. It is good to see that the gross prize is now hotly contested by more and more low handicappers.

Saturday saw the 2nd annual Narin & Portnoo Golf Club vs. Donegal Golf Club Ladies friendly take place in Murvagh. There was a fantastic turnout from both clubs on the day with over 50 ladies taking to the links.

Led by Margaret Trimble with 34pts the home side took the spoils on the day, and even though the trophy changed, Nairn & Portnoo are optimistic about the return!

Other Donegal ladies who contributed to the victory were Miriam Bennett 33pts, Mary Farragher 32pts, Rena Brogan 31pts and Anne McGlynn 31pts

Thanks again to Narin & Portnoo Golf Club ladies for a very sporting match and we look forward to the return leg away which is on 24th September.

The Thursday Specials held a 3 club competition last Saturday and picking a winner from the bunch proved difficult with the top 3 all on 18pts. Coming out on top on the night was Liam Farren, with John 'Cookie' Meehan 2nd and Stephen Carty coming in 3rd. Sean Diver took the Past members prize with a fantastic score of 21pts for 9 holes.

The Junior Lessons with Leslie started on Monday last and a group of 14 prospective Rory's turned out. The lessons continue every Monday from 6 - 7pm for the beginners.

Donegal Golf Club host an Open Day every Wednesday and for further news and events you can keep up to date with events at the club if you search for us on

Facebook or follow us on Twitter @donegalgolfclub.

Rosapenna

Results: The Beavn Cup (G.o.Y) was played for last Sunday with Martin Sweeney (18) victorious with 35pts. The runner up was Edward McGroddy (11) with 34pts bot.

The gross winner was Francie Boyce (7) with 27 gross pts. Third place was Peter Smyth (12) with 33pts. The front nine winner was Garvin Toye with 18pts and the back nine winner was Sean McTeague with 18pts. Twos - Shane Doherty, Raymond Doody,

Michael Bradley & Shaun Boyce with €17.50 each. CSS 33pts, reduction only.

The shop sweep on Wednesday the 13th was won by Hugh McClafferty

(13) with 36pts. The runner up was Shaun Boyce (9) with 34pts. Twos - Hugh McClafferty with 42e.

Competitions: The Junior (5-9) & Intermediate (10-18) Scratch Cups will

take place this coming Saturday the 23rd, all entries to The Pavilion Golf Shop on 074-915-5000, closing date Thursday, April 21st.

There will be a club competition on Sunday the 24th. The entry fee to all club competitions is now €7 excluding

Captains Day, Presidents Day etc.

There will be a shop sweep every Wednesday on the Sandy Hills Links.

Mulroy Links: The final Mulroy Links outing of 2015/16 took place at Portsalon on Saturday. See Portsalon notes for details.

will have the final decision.


Rosapenna Ladies

The club competition on Saturday over Sandy Hills Links was won in blustery conditions by Orla Lenny (18) with 30 points, second was Carmel Barry (13) with 29 points, the first nine was won by Janet McIver (36) with 15 points and the second nine by Kit Boyce (20) with 12 points.

Good luck to the Donegal Shield team who head to Ballyliffin on Saturday to defend their title as the current holders of the Shield.

Dunfanaghy

We had another busy week at the club with some sunny, but cold weather. Wednesday's competition was won by Eamon Hunter with 42 points. Eamon beat cousin Patrick into second place and briefly held the family bragging rights. Patrick had an excellent score of 40 points but that proved only to be a warm up for the big event of the week. The Charlie Robinson cup was played on Sunday when Patrick took the honours with 42 points winning by an amazing five shots from Frank Kelly in second place and Paul Smyth in third.

In the Saturday open singles stableford competition Joe Terry was the winner with 40 points from Vincent Malone on 39 points

Junior Golf: The senior boys competition was won by Carlos O’Reilly this week. It was nice to see Carlos back after a busy sporting schedule. James Sweeney was in second place.

In the juveniles section, Ben King came out on top while shot of the day went to Conor Neely with a fantastic shot on the 17th. After one bounce, his tee shot spun back and finished 10 feet from the pin.

In the cadets section, all the boys are showing great promise and are progressing at a great rate. The competition ended and a five way tie for first place.

Competition Results: Wednesday Open Stableford – 13th April: Eamon Hunter 42 pts, Patrick Hunter 40 pts.

Saturday Open Single Stableford – 16th April: 1st Joe Terry L/K 40 pts

2nd Vincent Malone 39 pts

Sunday Charlie Robinson Cup Stableford – 17th April: 1st Patrick Hunter 42 pts, 2nd Frank Kelly 37 pts, Gross Keith Lapsley 26 Gross pts, 3rd Paul Smyth 37 pts BOT

Events for the Week Ahead: Our normal Wednesday open will be held each week with the continuation of free soup and sandwiches for all visiting competitors, €15 for visitor, €7 for members

Saturday, April 23rd is Open Scotch Foursomes & Ladies Club Stableford

Sunday Competition is Gents Monthly Medal Stroke.