The sun is shining and the majority of our courses are in superb condition as the golfing season gathers pace.
Here's a round up of what's happening around the county.
Ballybofey and Stranorlar
Letterkenny was the venue on Sunday for qualification for the Jimmy Bruen Shield. Ballybofey and Stranorlar were paired with the fancied home side Letterkenny who failed to qualify on the day. Under very tough conditions B&S GC were to qualify in second place behind Narin/Portnoo and in third place Strabane and in fourth Rosapenna. Draw for next round (Matchplay) looks like this. Narin/Portnoo v Posspenna while Ballybofey & Stranorlar v Strabane in Letterkenny GC. B&S Team Captain Tony Fullen was delighted with the result and and is is looking forward to the matchplay rounds.
John McMenamin takes his Ulster Cup team away to Mahee Island for second round match. Good luck to all concerned.
Tue 26th April. Members Sweep: 1st Nett: Danny Bannigan (14) 41 pts; 2nd Nett: Aaron Anderson (8) 39pts; GROSS: Martin Dillon (9) 30pts; CSS 67
Sat 30th April, Sponsored by Just Inn, Ballybofey, 1st Nett: Roger Campbell (5) 39pts (bot);
2nd Nett: Dougie McFeely (17) 39pts (bot); GROSS: Aaron Anderson (7) 31 pts; 3rd Nett: Hugh Tempe (19) 38 pts (bot); CSS 67.
Sun 1st May, Members Stroke, 1st Stewart Stevenson (15) Nett 65; 2nd L.M. Doherty (17) Nett 66 (bot); GROSS Roger Campbell (5) 70; 3rd Richard Wylie. (20) Nett 66 (bot); CSS 68.
Sat 7th B&S Memorial Cup Kindly Sponsored by Duffy Express; Sun 8th Sponsored by Castlefin Cabs.
Tue 10th May, sponsored by Declan Collum and Alex Harkin
Diary Dates: SAT 16th & SUN 17 July 2016 Mr Seán Devenney's Captains Prize (11 weeks); FRI 29th & SUN 31st Ms Margaret McCrossan Lady Captain's Prize; Sat 20th Aug Mrs Mary P. O'Flanagan Presidents Day; Sat 27th Aug Senior and Intermediate Scratch Cups Sponsored by Carr & Company Architects & Civil Engineers
Ballybofey and Stranorlar Ladies
Wed 27th April, sponsored by Elizabeth Hamilton, Avril Currie and Darragh McGowan. Imelda Muldoon was in fine form once again carding an impressive 38 pts, Imelda has lost 2 shots over the past two weeks, she's back with a bang. Cat 3 Imelda Muldoon 38 pts, 2nd Elizabeth Hamilton 33 pts, Cat 2 Anna Dillon 35 pts, Heather Fleming 32 pts, Cat 1 Ann Sweeney 33 pts bot, Mary McHugh 33 pts, Congrats to the Challenge Cup team captained by Josephine Stewart who won through to the next round winning against Lambeg, the team won two matches away to clinch the win The team were Mary Brogan, Maureen Boyle, Grainne Barrett, Elizabeth Hamilton and Joanne O'Hare. The Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy team had a great first round against Greencastle playing away securing three matches. The team was, Kathleen McGowan & Anna Dillon, Dolores Devaney & Maureen Boyle, Margaret Hynes & Kaye Stewart, Eileen Coyle & Pat McCaughan, Mary P O'Flanagan & Josephine Stewart, Team Capt. Darragh McGowan. Next Wednesday is an Open Day, sponsored by Public Image. There will be a Rules night on Wednesday at 9.00 which promises to be most informative, all members male and female are welcome to attend.
In our 2nd draw in our 100 Club the lucky winners were: €500, John G Gorman; €100 Chris Walsh, Kathleen Farren, Donal Timoney, Rita Sweeney, Paddy Sharkey; €50 Jimmy J O Donnell, Jordan Gillespie.
A big thankyou again to all our supporters and Good Luck in next draw at end May.
Results of the Bayview Bar sponsored competition, 1st. Anthony Gillespie, 65; 2nd. Aidan O’Donnell, 67; 3rd. Danny Mc Shea, 68 BOT; Front 9, Gerald McElwee 32; Back 9, John Ward, 32 BOT.
Remember the Single match - Play Preliminary round must be played on or before this Sunday 8th May, and good luck to all golfers in the 1st round proper.
Also this Sunday we have 18 Hole Stableford sponsored by "Caislean Oir" Annagry.
Hard Luck to Brian McMonagle and our Jimmy Bruen Team who narrowly missed
out in Letterkenny last Sunday.
Good Luck to Darren Gallagher and his Pierce Purcell Team who travel to Dunfanaghy
Narin and Portnoo
Pride of place this week goes to Harry Reid and his Jimmy Bruen team, who had a fantastic qualifying score of 340 in Letterkenny last Sunday finishing six strokes ahead of the second placed team of Ballybofey & Stranorlar; third was Cruit Island with another Links team fourth Portsalon who we now play in the matchplay stage of the competition, a good day for the Links Clubs.
Next Sunday Frankie Kennedy and his Pierce Purcell team travel to Dunfanaghy for their qualifying and we wish them well.
J.D.McGeown Ltd sponsored last Sunday’s competition and Tony Gildea was the winner with 40pts just holding off Gareth Patterson and Barry McCrea on a break of tie
Results 1st Tony Gildea (18) 40pts b.o.t,, 2nd Gareth Patterson (6) 40pts, 3rd Barry McCrea (12) 40pts, Front 9 Vincent Lennon (17) 22, Back 9 Sean McKenna (18) 21, Cat A Manus Boyle Jnr.(6) 35pts, Cat B James Keeney (16) 38 pts, Cat C Paddy B Boyle (24) 34 pts
Fixtures Open every Wed. Sunday 8th Four Ball V Par sponsored by Wood Communication Ltd
Results of the 18 Hole Club Competition held on Tues. 26th. April were: 1st. Marian O’Sullivan (10) 35 pts., 2nd. Kate Gallagher (36) 34 pts. B.O.T., 3rd. Celine Bradley (16) 34 pts. On Weds. 27th. the Letterkenny Ladies, captained by Jackie Ireland, played at home to Omagh in the Minor Cup. The Letterkenny Ladies secured 4½ matches and they will now travel to Omagh on Thurs. 5th. May for the return match.
On Thurs. 28th. April the Challenge Cup team, captained by Margo Birmingham, travelled to Castlerock in the return leg and secured enough matches to progress to the next round. Details to be announced later. The Intermediate Cup team, captained by Anne Condon, played their return match against Lisburn in Letterkenny on Sun. 1st. May. and they too are through to the next round. Fri. 29th. April saw the long awaited Club Mixed Doubles Final with Maureen Haran and Seamus Patton against Eileen Williamson and Paul Bryan. It was Maureen and Seamus’s day and well done to them! A big thank you to Victor and McDonalds who sponsor this competition every year.
There are a few places left for the Lady Captain’s outing to Ballymascanlon House Hotel. Any lady who would like to go can either put their name on the sheet in the Ladies’ locker room or contact the Lady Vice-Captain Mary Fowley
International Call Ups: It was an incredible week for Junior Golf at Dunfanaghy Golf Club. Emma Forbes was selected for the Irish under 16s Girls Team in a match against Scotland. Emma has come on in leaps and bounds over the last couple of years under the expert tutelage of our PGA pro Seamus McMonagle. Well done to Emma. Your hard work has certainly paid off and good luck in your upcoming match. We will all be keeping a watchful eye on your progress.
If that was not enough, 13 year old Luke Kelly was then called up to the Ulster Under 14 Squad for their upcoming practice match against their under 16 Ulster counterparts. Congratulations to Luke who has shown incredible dedication and commitment to the game since joining the club a number of years ago.
This week, in the Senior Section, Charles Roarty had a big win in the Wednesday Open with a very impressive 44 points, winning by a massive six shots from Cathal McMonagle.
Saturday and Sunday's competitions were much tighter affairs with John McNulty winning on Saturday with 39 points on a BOT from Luke Kelly. Mal Johnson was third while Brian Wallace took the gross prize.
On Sunday Michael Doyle won the Club Singles Stableford in cold and windy conditions with a score of 38 points, winning on a BOT from club treasurer Cathal Daly. However the best score of the day came from Dean McColgan with 40 points, picking up the Category Prize.
In the Inter Club Team Competitions Ulster Cup first leg match against Bangor, we had a great result winning 4 out of 7 matches away from home. Performance of the day went to Chris Byrne who had a great victory, playing some fantastic golf in the process. The home leg will be played next Saturday so good luck to all the lads
The Jimmy Bruen team were less successful in their qualifier which took place in Letterkenny on the 1st May. The lads all performed well but just missed out on qualification for the knockout stages.
In the Royal & Prior Golf Classic on Monday the 2nd May, it was great to see four of our most loyal and supportive members coming up trumps. The winning team was made up of Fergus Mullen, Charles Roarty, Anthony Gallagher and Willie Wilkin with a terrific score of 94 points. In second place on BOT were Rory Mangan, A Mangan, C Stephenson and H McBride with 88 points.
The Senior Boys competition was played over 18 holes this week. James Sweeney was the winner with a great 37 points in difficult conditions. Conor Hanna was second while Tom McClintock took third prize. James also won shot of the day with a 140 yard blind shot on 14 with a hybrid which finished two feet from the pin.
In the juvenile section the Daly boys were in top form. James Daly and Michael Dolan were joint winners, both finishing with great scores of 4 over par. Conor Daly was second and David Daly third. Winner of shot of the day was Cormac Hall with a great wedge into the 18th green.
The Cadets Section proved to be a very eventful affair. Sean MacBride won the 16th with a fantastic birdie. Jack Druce won the 17th in a putt off while the mighty Jack Hanna won the drivable 18th. Meanwhile Caolan McFadden won "The Race To The Bell".
Wednesday Open Stableford – 27th April 2016, Charles Roarty, 44 pts; Cathal McMonagle, 38 pts.
Saturday Open Single Stableford – 30th April 2016, John McNulty, 39 pts; Luke Kelly, 39 pts BOT; Brian Wallace, 26 Gross Pts; Mal Johnston, 37 pts.
Sunday Single Stableford – 1st May 2016, Michael Doyle, 38 pts; Cathal Daly, 38 pts BOT;
Dean McColgan, 40 pts.
Events for the Week Ahead: Our normal Wednesday open will be held each week. Visiting Competitors €15.00, €7.00 for members Saturday the 7th May Gents Open Single Stroke
Sunday the 8th of May, There will be no club competition as the club will be hosting the Pierce Purcell Qualifier.
This Thursday 5th May a Fashion Show will be held at 8pm in the Clubhouse thanks to Zuba Fashions Ballyshannon and David Robinson, Club Professional shop. There will be lots of raffle prizes in aid of Cystic Fibrosis.
The May Bank Holiday competition was sponsored by AIB Bank Ballyshannon and results were as follows: 1st Sorcha Begley 38 points,2nd Bernie Gillespie 36 points, 3rd Deirdre Mulligan 35 points. Best 36 H.C Brena Chapman 32 points. Front Nine, Marie Begley 21 points, Back nine, Fran Murphy 19 points. Best Sunday Sorcha Begley. Best Monday Josephine McGurren. This Thursday's competition is sponsored by O'Reilly Fish Centre Ballyshannon. Next Sunday's competition is a stableford competition. Best wishes to the club team in the Revive Competition against Strandhill on Sunday next 8th with matches at home and away.
The results for the weekend competition, kindly sponsored by Allied Irish Bank Ballyshannon are as follows: 1st: Thomas Kane 67 - Galgorm G.C. (B.O.T.); 2nd : Sean Crawford 67; 3rd: Brendan McCauley 68 (B.O.T.); 4th: Paul Daly 68; Gross: Mark Crawford 74. Congratulations to all, presentations will be held at 9pm on May 13th.
Congratulations also to the Ulster Fourball Team who won 1.5 matches in their away game against Foyle Golf Club on Sunday. Unfortunately the Jimmy Bruen Team failed to qualify in Clones on the same day.
The Club Knock Out Competitions will commence shortly. The 'Spring League' will now be run as a 'Summer League', with players selecting their own partners. Notices and entry envelopes will be placed in the locker room.
The competition next weekend will be Singles Stableford; sponsored by P. McCaffrey & Sons Ltd, Ballyshannon.
On Saturday 7th May there is a gent’s open competition. On Sunday 8th May a members competition and on Wednesday 11th May an open 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.
The winner of the member’s subscription competition was Fergus Friel. The winner of the open competition staged on Saturday 30th April was Oisin Friel (20) 36 points, runner up Pat O’Neill (16) 36 points, Gross D P Logue (5) 31 points, 3rd Paddy McNulty (21) Otway 36 points, Visitor Charles Roarty (13) Dunfanaghy 36 points. The CSS was 36 points. On Sunday the winner was Martin Sutherland (3) 38 points, runner up Dermot Shields (13) 37 points, 3rd Colin Talbot (25 ) 37 points. The CSS was 36 points. On Monday the winner was Stuart Nicholl (21) 34 points, runner up Gavin Mackey 33 points. The CSS was 35 points.
Portsalon Golf Club will stage an open fourball classic on Saturday 14th May. The classic is in aid of the Donegal Hospice is kindly sponsored by Patrick Perry. Entry into this classic is €15 each per Portsalon member and €25 each for non members. A time sheet is in operation please contact 074 9159459 for further details.
Portsalon members should note that there is a GUI Seniors qualifying competition scheduled for Portsalon on Sunday 25th May.
It was a busy few days on the team front as the Jimmy Bruen team had the short trip to Letterkenny Golf Club for the qualifying event. The team failed in their attempt to qualify on this occasion. In the Ulster Fourball the team travelled to Enniskillen Golf Club for this first round match. The home team came out on top with four matches to Portsalon’s one match.
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. Practise 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.
Donegal Links Classic
Time is almost up, if you are interested in participating in this seasons Donegal Links Classic which is staged over three of Donegal’s most prestigious links golf courses Ballyliffen, Rosapenna and Portsalon golf courses. The Donegal Links Classic is scheduled to run over three days 30TH,31ST May and 1ST June 2016. The Donegal Links Classic is one of the longest running team events in the North West golfing calendar year. The format as in previous years is a team of four (gents or ladies). There is a host of prizes on offer daily team and individual prizes on each of the course on a daily basis and the overall prizes for the three days golfing. For further details contact Rosapenna Golf Resort 0749155000
Bhain Ronan Mc Garvey chomórtas Eurospar Expert - Gort a Choirce ag an deireadh seachtaine le scór de 42, Scór mhaith ó Ronan, In san dara áit bhi Anthony Doherty le 42 fosta, Scor ar doigh eile o Antoin agus in san tríú áit bhi Pol Mulligan le 61.Ba é Paul mc Gee a bhain an Catagóir le 69. Bhain Rory A Mangan an chéad 9 le 22 agus bhain Cathal O Gallachoir an dara 9 le 24. Danny Ferry a bhain an Catagóir le 38. CSS Sat 67 Sun 68.
Congratulations to the ladies on winning Alliance for 6th year in a row Maith sibh.
Open day for beginners starting this Friday evening @ 6 for anybody looking to take up the game call down.
Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair classic on the 14th of May.
Senior alliance: The final tournament for seniors took place last week-end. We will look forward to next September when a new season begins. Buiochas do gach duine a chuidigh o bhi mi Dheire Fomhair 2015 go speisialta Rory Anthony agus Peadar. Winners: 1u Hugh mac Giolla Bhride, Cnoc a Stolaire, 45pts. 2ra Charlie Cullen 39pts. 3u Micheal Mhici o Gallchoir 37pt.
Doubles matchplay sheet up. 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.
Golf Oige: 8th of May at 4PM
Dheanfaidh Cassidy's Chemist - Gort a Choirce urraiocht ar chomortas an deireadh seachtaine seo.
Drum Bar Golf Society
The Drum Bar Golf Society, Letterkenny, travelled to Newtownstewart on Saturday for our latest outing.
After another enjoyable day’s competition, Davey Moore ran out overall winner following an impressive card.
He beat off the challenge of Peter McGrath and Barney Reilly while Mary McGlynn was ladies winner.
Well done to all who took part and our thanks to Newtownstewart for their hospitality on the day.
The results from Saturday were: 1st Davey Moore, 2nd Peter McGrath, 3rd Barney Reilly, Ladies Mary McGlynn;Front 9, Dave Moore, Back 9, Oliver Duffy; Cat 1 Paddy Delap, Cat 2 John Neely, Cat 3 Brian Wilson. Longest drives, Peter McGrath, Eileen Crossan; Nearest the pin, Barney Reilly.
The presentation of prizes took place in Cormac’s Drum Bar on Saturday night where the members also gathered for a special night for Geoff and Eileen Turtle who are moving back to Canada this week.
Geoff and Eileen’s many friends in the society would like to wish Eileen and himself the very best for the future.
Geoff has been a member since the early days of the golfing society and was also captain. He contributed a lot to the running of the club with his wife Eileen always on hand to help out too.
Geoff thanked Cormac and family, and all the members of the society for their great friendship over the years.
Also, sympathy is extended to Liam Rodgers on the recent passing of his father in Newtowncunningham.
Members should note that our next outing is to Dunfanaghy on 14th May.
The club competition on Sunday the 1st of May was won with a very impressive 43pts from Jody McHugh (14). The runner up was young Connor Meehan (9) with 36pts, the gross winner was Con Boyce (5) with 31 gross pts. Third place was Tommy Ferguson (12) with 33pts bot. Twos - Liam Breen, Con Boyce & Michael Carr with 21e each.
The shop sweep on Wednesday the 27th of April was won by Shaun Boyce (9) with 41pts.
All members’ play will revert to the Old Tom Morris Links from Friday the 13th of May with the Sandy Hills Links returning to strictly green fee only play as in previous years.
The 2016 Mixed Foursomes & Gents Doubles Matchplay draws are both posted on the embers notice board in the front foyer of the Golf Pavilion.
All matches will be played on the Sandy Hills Links until the Old Tom Morris Links reopens for member play.
Congratulations to the Rosapenna Jimmy Bruen team who qualified in fourth place in Letterkenny on 350 last Sunday May 1st. Rosapenna will now play leading qualifiers Narin & Portnoo back in Letterkenny on or before Monday May 23rd. Well done to team captain Pete McBride Jnr and his team on their successful qualification.
Good luck to the Rosapenna Pierce Purcell team who under the watchful eye of team captain Paul Travers will attempt to qualify for the matchplay rounds at Dunfanaghy G.C this coming Sunday the 8th of May. Rosapenna tee off first at 8.15am alongside Dunfanaghy.
The Club Competition on Saturday 30th April over Sandy Hills Links was won by Orla Lenny (18) with 40 points, second was Carmel Barry (13) with 37 points, the first nine was won by Eileen Magill (15) with 18 points and the second nine by Kit Boyce (20) with 22 points.
Good luck to Sheila Breen and her team as they take on a team from Dunfanaghy in the first round of the Revive Active Ladies Four-Ball on Friday 6th May. Three matches will be played at Dunfanaghy and two matches will be played at the same time at Rosapenna.
Ladies Open Singles Stableford on Friday 24th June 2016, €30 per player including tea/coffee on arrival and a meal served between 5.30-8.30pm. All ladies welcome. Time sheet in operation contact The Pavilion Golf Shop on 074-915-5000.
All yearly membership fees are now due and are payable in The Pavilion Golf Shop.
Upcoming competitions/events -
Sunday May 8th - Gents Singles (club)
Pierce Purcell qualifying at DunfanaghySaturday May 14th - Holmpatrick Cup (4BBB)
Sunday May 15th - Gents Singles (club)
Irish Mixed Foursomes qualifying at City of Derry. Sunday 22nd May - Gents Singles (club)
Irish Senior Cup, Portsalon Golf Links.
Sunday’s competition was sponsored by Dom's Pier 1 and the seat in the captain’s chair went to Dan Callaghan with 40pts; Pauric O'Donnell was second mate with 38pts and with 36pts able seaman Diarmuid McGettigan took third. Denis Nolan also with 36pts got to scrub the deck in fourth Jason Conway stowed away with 33 gross pts. Next week’s competition is sponsored by the Harbour Restaurant.
On the team front the Jimmy Bruen team under Michael McGarvey travelled to the qualifying in Letterkenny but after a valiant effort failed to progress. The Ulster Cup team under Seamus Faulkner traveled to Blackwood G.C. Co.Down for their first Ulster Cup match and and their efforts secured them 3&1/2 matches. The return leg is on Saturday in Donegal. The Fred Daly team travel to Portstewart for their third round match on Sunday and while the youngsters play Portstewart, Frank Cooke will babysit a group of more experienced players in the Jimmy Carroll Match against Omagh in Ballybofey today (Thursday).
Good Luck to all the teams.
The new 17th recently remodelled by Pat Ruddy was open for play last Friday and despite being a little longer is proving a hit with the players. Get out your big sticks and dust them off for the Blue Monster (The Back Sticks) on Sunday 15th, at 6815m or 7553 yds it is one of the longest courses in the country.
Wednesday 27th Open sponsored by Signal Signs, Letterkenny once again proved to be very popular with visitors' entries but taking top spot on the rostrum, albeit with the help of a four-way B.O.T., was the club's cat 4 member Paul Doherty  who followed a double bogey at Glebe [2nd] with a birdie at Swilly [3rd] only for a 'blank' at Greenhill [8th] to leave him recording 20pts on outward nine and, with a tremendous par at the index one 6th hole [The Isle] a finish of 38pts and to relegate Enda Mannion  to runner-up. Despite a double bogey at 3rd, Enda managed 21pts on front nine but two further back-to-back double bogeys at 10th [Cornagill] and 11th [Settlement] had him finish stalemate with the winner.
Saturday 30th Open, sponsored by Crumlish Appliances, Letterkenny, was won by cat 2 member Mark Howard . With a birdie at Glebe [par 5 second] followed by a 'blank' at 3rd [Swilly], Mark still recorded 21pts on front nine and, while scoring steadily on inward nine, a double bogey at par three 16th [Barnhill], almost cost him top spot for chipping his way to a close second was William White  who, with the help of a birdie at 16th and also a B.O.T., relegated Karol Harvey  and Tony Duffy  to third and fourth places respectively.
Sunday 1st May confined stableford was won by the club's house convenor Enda Mannion  who followed his second placing on Wednesday by one place better to take top spot with 37pts., his card consisting of 21pts on front nine and 'blanks' at 12th [Sheep Hill] and 17th [Aughaninshin].
Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May Open was won with the help of another B.O.T. when Bryan Kelly  recorded an outward nine of a steady 19pts and, with a birdie at Candalabra [15th] followed by a 'blank' at 17th, still managed to relegate Shane Blaney  to runner-up spot. Shane then also had a 'blank' at 17th but answered that with a birdie at the par five 18th [Stockade].
Congratulations to members Tony Logue and Martin Mc Fadden who have both recorded 'aces' in recent competitions.
Competitions will continue on Saturday 7th with the annual Hegarty Ford Auto Services Open, the club confined competition on Sunday and the Donaghey Van Centre Open on Wednesday 11th.
Please note that the Browns on the Green club classic, due to be held on Saturday next 14th, has been postponed to a later date.
Commiserations to the club teams of Jimmy Bruen, who failed to qualify for the matchplay stages from Sunday last, the Fred Daly team who were defeated in their second round match v competition hot favourites Malone GC and also to the Ulster Cup team who have it all to do in their return leg v Mayobridge GC when they came away from the Newry venue with a six match to one deficit on Monday past. Wishing every success to the John Russell led Pierce Purcell team on their qualifying attempt at Dunfanaghy GC on Sunday 8th.