All that's been happening this week in Donegal golf

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All that's been happening this week in Donegal golf

The charity fundraising golf event organised by Danny O'Carroll of Mrs. Brown's Boys last Friday, drew a big crowd to Rosapenna Golf Club last Friday.

The fundraiser was a major success, raising much needed support for Pieta House and the Louise James Buncrana Pier Tragedy fund.

But there was loads more happening on the golf courses around Donegal this week.

Here's a round up from our local courses and societies :

BALLYBOFEY AND STRANORLAR

Apologies for last week's results not being posted due to technical difficulties.

The club had mixed results over the last two weeks in GUI Competitions. The Ulster Cup team under the guidance of John McMenamin lost out to Mahee Island aftet having a promising result in the first leg at home. Our Minor League team were also narrowly beaten by Letterkenny GC and talking to team capt P.J Fitzgerald afterwards, he said he really thought he had a team built up that could possibly go all the way.

The All Ireland Mixed Foursomes Team qualified in Newtownstewart and now meet Moyola in N/S in the play off. Well done to Terry Farrell and his team on that one.

Congratulations to Fergus McMenamin and his All Ireland 4Ball Team who eliminated Rockmount and now face Moyola in the next round.

Donegal Seniors, under the watchful eye of Joe Henderson, take on Narin/Portnoo this Friday for the first leg round at home. Best of luck to Joe and team.

Alistair Henderson took his Pierce Purcell team to Dunfanaghy GC for the qualifiers and were to lose out by just two points, so there seems to be good hope there for next year Alastair.

On Monday evening last our Jimmy Bruen team, after having qualified two weeks ago in the same venue, headed into Letterkenny GC to take on Strabane Golf Club. Strabane have always been a classy side in this particular competition and proved difficult for a lot of opposition in the past. Well what a match it turned out to be. Strabane, true to form, started strong but Captain, Tony Fullen's team pulled off a remarkable victory which sends them into the Ulster Open Draw.

Results: A big thank you to all our sponsors over the kast few weeks:

Tuesday, May 10th, Sponsors Declan Collum/Alex Harkin, 1st Nett: Oisin Merritt (19) 41pts., 2nd Nett: Stewart Stevenson (14) 39pts (bot), GROSS: Andy McGlynn (9) 29pts, 3rd Nett: Mark Rodgers (14) 39pts (bot), CSS 68

Saturday, May 14th, Fisherman's Inn,

1st Nett: Derek Coss (21) 40pts, 2nd Nett: Aaron Anderson (8) 39pts (bot),

Gross: Denim Rowan (5) 31pts, 3rd Nett: Gerry Driver (10) 39pts (bot), CSS 67

Sunday, May 15th, Charles Bonner and Sons, 1st: Michael Curran (15) Nett 61,

2nd: Kieran Melaugh (16) Nett 65,

Gross: Ryan Griffin (9) 76, 3rd : Brendan Alexandar (15) Nett 67, CSS 68 (Stroke)

Tuesday, May 17th, Sponsor, Brian McDermott, 1st Nett: Lorcan Donnellan (8) 41pts, 2nd Nett: Barry McMenamin (6) 40pts (bot), Gross: John McMenamin (8) 31pts, CSS 68

Saturday, May 21st, sponsors Seán O'Donnell and Eamonn Hone, 1st Nett: Michael Walker (14) 40pts, 2nd Nett: Plunket Keys (15) 38pts (bot), Gross: Enda McMenamin (6) 31pts, 3rd Nett: Conor Henderson (17) 38pts (bot), CSS 67

Sunday, May 22nd, Sponsor, the Early Birds Society, 1st Nett: Mark Ponsonby (19) 38pts (bot), 2nd Nett: Chris O'Leary (20) 38pts (bot), Gross: Roger Campbell (6) 30pts, 3rd Nett: Barry Farmer (6) 36pts, CSS 70

Donegal Ladies GAA Classic: 1st M Rodgers/R Campbell/J Moore/K Kelly.

2nd A Parkinson/J McMenamin/C Henderson/ D McFeely, 3rd M Scanlon/J Campbell/P Mullens/D O' Connor.

Club news: The Donegal Seniors Outing will be held in Ballybofey this Thursday, May 26th.

Our Junior golf started back on Sunday last and the Junior Convenor Charlie Quinn was absolutely delighted with the turnout. There seems to be a surge of young children interested in becoming involved in this great game. Perhaps Ireland's own Rory McIlroy had a bit to do with it over the weekend with his brilliant performance at the great K Club.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar Ladies

Results: Wednesday, May 18th, 18 hole Stableford sponsored by Kathleen McGowan, Josephine Stewart and Bridie Faulkner. Ita Ward was in great from carding an impressive 37 pts to come 1st in Cat 3, Elizabeth Hamilton wasn't far behind on 35 pts. Cat 2 Anna Dillon on 33 pts Brid McMenamin 32 pts bot, Cat 1 Deirdre Duncan came in 1st on 35 pts Sheila Breen was 2nd on 34 pts bot.

Congrats once again to Stephanie Canning who won the Open Day with 41 pts. Stephanie was presented with a fabulous hamper of hair products by the sponsor, Martin McMenamin of Public Image. Congratulations to the Junior Cup team (handicap range 8 - 15, format flat matches) who scored an impressive win against Ballyliffen. The team were Margaret McConnell Sheila Breen, Dolores Deveaney, Deirdre Duncan and Bridie Faulkner. Team Capt Mary P. O'Flanagan. Commiserations to the Junior foursomes team who bowed out against Mahee Island, having lost out on holes.

Cruit Island

James A Galllagher was in top form to win the Lobster Pot sponsored competition at Cruit Island. He left the rest of the field in the distance and shot a fantastic 42pts.

Result: 1st James A Gallagher 42pts, 2nd Liam Sweeney 38pts, 3rd Frank Kelly 37pts BOT, Front 9 Keith Bonner 20pts BOT, Back 9 Johndy Boyle 20pts BOT

Next weekend we have the Derryveagh Crystal sponsored competition.

Our Single Match-Play competition is going very well but is throwing up

some shock results. Keep playing matches lads and we will soon be down to the semis.

Our 100 Club Draw is going well and once again a big thank you to all who supported it. We already have some new machinery and a new shed under way thanks to these fundraisers.

Letterkenny Ladies

The Club Competition on Tuesday 17th sponsored by County Seat was played in indifferent weather conditions. This did not affect the wonderful scores brought in. With a super 40pts the very in-form player, Sarah Buchanan, came in first. The runner-up was that wonderfully consistent golfer Marian O'Sullivan scoring a massive 38pts. Following closely in third place was Ann Condon with 37 pts. The front nine was bagged by Nuala Mc Garrigle with a great 21 pts. Triona Daly won the back nine with 19 pts. CSS was 36pts. Congratulations and well done ladies.

The winner of the Curtis Cup ticket played on May 19th over 13-holes was Marian O Sullivan(10) 25pts bot.

The draw has been made for the four-ball match play. The entry fee is €8 per person. The money to be paid in advance. Matches are to be played between June 24th-July 5th. No extensions on these dates.

Team news: Sunday, May 22nd was a busy day for the teams playing away. Margo's Challenge team travelled to Banbridge and secured one and half matches with 4 holes down. Well done ladies, the return match in Letterkenny is scheduled for Sunday at 2.30pm. This is followed by the Junior Cup Letterkenny v Allen Park(Antrim ) so a busy day Sunday and a great opportunity for the members to come along and support the ladies.

Bridget's Minor team travelled to Balmoral also on the 22nd securing one match and just five holes down. Well done again to the team.

The proposed date for the remixed foursomes of Letterkenny v City of Derry is Monday, May 30th at 5pm in Strabane. Another proposed date for the away leg against Allen Park (Antrim) is Saturday, June 4th at 4pm.

Bundoran

The results for the weekend competition, kindly sponsored by The

Apartotel Bundoran, are as follows:

1st: Kilian McGowan 66, 2nd : Turlough Craig 67 (B.O.T.), 3rd: Mark Boyle 67, 4th: Seamus O'Neill 67

Gross: Shane Feeney 73

Congratulations to all. Presentations will be held at 9pm on June 10th.

Commisserations to the Pierce Purcell Team who lost out to Rossmore at

Aughnacloy on Sunday.

Upcoming Events: The Wednesday Open Competitions commenced on May 25th - Visitors

€20, Members €5.

There will be a "Nine & Dine" Competition (9 Holes of Golf and a Meal)

held on Friday Afternoons - Visitors €15, Members €12.

Please book through the On-Line Tee Booking System on the Bundoran Golf

Club Website.

The Club Classic will be held on June 11th and 12th - €100 per Team of

Four (any combination). Meal included.

The competition next weekend will be Singles Stableford, sponsored by

BMG Hardware & DIY Ltd, Bundoran.

Letterkenny Hospitals Golf Society

The Society held its annual away outing last week to the Slieve Russell Hotel and Golf Resort in County Cavan. The three day trip proved to be a huge success with, apart from a short period on Tuesday morning, fine weather throughout and excellent facilities and hospitality both on and off the course.

Three days of competition also produced some excellent golf with a different format each day making it both interesting and challenging for the society members. On Day One, Eunan Mc Glynn won the Singles Competition with a super score of 42 points, with John James Mc Bride on 41 pts and Noel Duggan on 40 pts taking top spots in the Sections. On Day Two the format was a 3 Ball Scramble and victory going to the Team of Ciaran Williamson, Charlie Collins and Noel Duggan with an excellent nett score of 63.1 just enough to give them top spot.

On Day Three the format was 4 Ball Betterball with two scores to count and the Team of John Doherty, James Mc Fadden, Eamonn Sweeney and Conal Mac aBhaird were impressive winners with a super return of 91 points.

Full Results: Day One Singles: Winner; Eunan Mc Glynn 42pts. Section One; John J Mc Bride 41pts, John Doherty 38pts, Seamus Mc Hugh 36pts. Section Two; Noel Duggan 40pts, Kevin Mills 34pts, Eamonn Sweeney 31pts. 1st Nine; Vera Kearney 17pts. 2nd Nine; Dessie Ferry 21pts.

Day Two Results: 3 Ball Scramble. Winners; Ciaran Williamson, Charlie Collins and Noel Duggan 63.1. 2nd; Pauric Mc Hugh, Eamonn Sweeney and Maureen Sweeney 63.3, 3rd; Dessie Ferry, Anne Cannon and Jim Gallinagh 64.1. 4th; John J Mc Bride, Seamus Mc Hugh and Conal Mac aBhaird 64.3.

Day Three Results: 4 Ball Betterball. Winners; John Doherty, James Mc Fadden, Eamonn Sweeney and Conal Mac aBhaird 91pts. 2nd; John J Mc Bride, Cyril Morrison, Noel Duggan and Kevin Mills 87pts. 3rd; Eunan Mc Glynn, Anne Cannon, Jim Gallinagh and wild card 85pts.

At the presentation dinner both Society's President John James Mc Bride and Vice-Captain Vera Kearney paid tribute to the main organizer of the trip Hugh McClafferty for his efforts in ensuring the trip was such an enjoyable and successful event for the large number of members who travelled to County Cavan.

The next outing of the Society will take place at Barnhill Golf Club, Letterkenny on Monday, June 20th.

Gweedore

Hugh Diver won the DG Accountancy sponsored competition at the weekend with a 66. In second place was last year's golfer of the year runner up Piaras Coyle with a 67 bot, in third place Cathal O Gallchoir with a 67 also. Gross went to Cian O Fearraigh who shot 75. The nines went to Brendan Doherty with 31 and Hughie McBride with 32. The category goes to Mickey Anneie with 68. CSS 68

Two day this weekend but remember the Tee is booked from 10/11 for the AOH society outing on both days

Time sheet up for Hughie Doherty President's Day for June 11th.

Draw for the doubles matchplay will be this Sunday night at the monthly draw.

Golf Oige: May 29th at 4pm

Dheanfaidh Paul A. Roarty urraiocht ar chomortas an deireadh seachtaine seo. Sunday night is presentation and Club 100 Draw.

Glenties Golf Society

The next outing is in Nairn & Portnoo on Saturday, 28th May. Players are to meet for 9am for an open draw. The first Tee time is 9.30am.

New members always welcome.

Dunfanaghy

The big competition of the week was the Hickey Clark and Langan Open on Saturday, 21st May. Fergus Mullen proved unstoppable with an unbelievable score of 44 points. Well done to Fergus who is a great supporter of the Club and does a lot of unseen work around the course and the clubhouse. Conor Hanna was second with another very impressive score of 41 points. Michael Griffith was third on 40 points while Shane Greer won the gross with 34 points.

Many thanks indeed to Joe and Mary Langan for their very kind sponsorship. They have been sponsoring this competition for quite a number of years. Their support is very much appreciated.

In the Wednesday Open Stableford Competition the aforementioned Joe Langan was a very worthy winner with 39 points. Jack O'Herlihy was second with 37 points BOT while Charles Roarty was third.

In the Sunday Club Stableford Competition, the winner was Michael McGinley with an impressive score of 40 points. Second was James Sweeney with 37 points BOT while John McNulty was third with the same score. John Hanna won the gross with 31 points. Keeping it in the family, James Thomas Sweeney won the junior category with 36 points.

Note to parents:- The Club is hosting an information morning on Saturday, 4 June at 10.30am. All parents, guardians and junior members are asked to attend for the presentation of the club's new rules for juniors and Code of Ethics (including childcare policies).

Junior Golf: In the Senior Boys Section, James Sweeney was the winner with 34 points, followed closely by Carlos O'Reilly.

The Juveniles Section produced a clear winner in Michael Dolan who went around in a superb 46 shots. Cormac Hall and Andy Ward were joint second with 56 shots while Ben King and Lucas Wood were joint fourth with 57 shots. Shot of the day in the juveniles section went to Andy Ward who holed a very long put from off the green on the 15th.

In the Cadets Section, the winner was Sean McBride, who played some fantastic golf. Shot of the day went to Jack Hanna whose tee shot came up just short of the green on the 18th.

Competition Results: Wednesday Open Stableford, May 18th, 1st Jack O’Herlihy 37 pts bot, Gross Paul O’Reilly 28 pts bot, 3rd Charles Roarty 27 pts

Category Kevin Ward 36 pts, 1st 9 Ian McArthur 22 pts bot, 2nd 9 John Chambers 18 pts bot, CSS 37 pts

Hickey Clarke & Langan Open Competition – 21st May, 1st Fergal Mullen 44pts, 2nd Conor Hanna 41 pts, Gross Shane Greer 34 pts, 3rd Michael Griffith 40 pts, Category Jimmy Gleeson 36 pts

Visitor Paul McVicar 28 pts, 1st 9 Seamus Logue 22 pts bot

2nd 9 Leslie Sterritt 23 pts

CSS 38 pts

Club Stableford 22nd May

1st Michael McGinley 40 pts, 2nd James Sweeney 37pts bot, Gross John Hanna 31 pts, 3rd John McNulty 37 pts bot,

Junior category James T Sweeney 36 pts, 1st 9 Paul Burton 19 pts bot, 2nd 9 Brian Dolan 18 pts

Events for the Week Ahead: Wednesday Men’s Open Competition, €15 for visitors, €7 for members

Saturday the 28th is our Club Classic with our official opening of our newly refurbished clubhouse at 9pm. There will be music and refreshments served and we are asking as many people as possible to please attend for a great night's fun.

Sunday the 29th is Gent Club Stableford.

Donegal

Damien McDermott has achieved what has eluded many Mayomen for many years now. Has he, by winning the Damien Wilson Memorial sponsored by Footsteps broken the curse? His 40 pts was enough to secure the No 1 spot. Second place was closely contested between Liam Munday and Michael Neary with Liam coming out on top, both with 39pt.s Danny McMenamin with 38pts earned himself fourth place and with 28pts Oliver Plunkett took the gross.

Saturday should get everyone out in the Parent and Child Competition sponsored by Muckross Plumbing and next Sunday's competition is sponsored by Foodland Cash and Carry.

Teams are still on the road however, the Senior Cup team failed to qualify in Portsalon, but the Ulster Cup and Fred Daly teams march on with their next matches coming up soon.

Junior Coaching continues every Monday and Friday for the advanced group.

Rosapenna

The club singles stroke on Sunday was won by Barry McMenamin

(5) with 70 nett. The runner up was Danny Gallagher (17) with 71 nett bot

and third place was Kieran Gallagher (14) with 71 nett.

Two's - Hugh McClafferty, Peter Smyth, Charlie McBride and

Michael Carr, €9 each.

The Danny O'Carroll Charity Fundraiser took place at Rosapenna last Friday. The winners with 91pts were Johnny Connor, Hugo Duggan, Brendan McGee & Barry Conner;

the runners up with 90pts bot were Aine Mangan, Elaine Whelan, John Smith & Seamus Herraghty.

Third place was Joe McHugh, Denis McBride, Paul Travers & Denis McBride with 90pts.

Edward McGroddy won nearest the pin on the Par 3 11th hole.

The golf day, dinner, online donations and charity auction raised over

€60,000 for the Louise James Buncrana Fund and Pieta House.

Team Golf: Congratulations to our Irish Senior Cup team captained by Frank Casey Jnr who qualified in third place at Portsalon last Sunday.

Rosapenna will now play Portstewart back in Portsalon on Sunday, June 26th and the winners will face either North-West or Foyle that same afternoon.

Congratulations to our Jimmy Bruen team captained by Pete McBride Jnr who beat a strong Narin & Portnoo side in Letterkenny on Sunday evening. Rosapenna won the tie 3.5 - 1.5 to advance to the last 16 in Ulster where they will face Enniskillen G.C in Ballybofey/S on or before Monday, June 20th.

Well done to our Pierce Purcell team captained by Paul Travers who defeated Letterkenny in Dunfanaghy in the first round matchplay last Sunday evening. Rosapenna won the tie 3.5 - 1.5 to advance to the last 16 in Ulster. The last 16 open draw will take place on Monday.

Our Mixed Foursomes team will play Foyle G.C back in City of Derry on Monday June 6th at 5pm in the last 32 in Ulster. Best wishes to team captains Terri McBride & Peter Smyth for the matchplay stages.

Our Ulster Cup team, under Denis Harkin, now face Warrenpoint in the third round matchplay with the first leg away fixed for this coming Sunday. Good luck to all the players involved.

Best wishes to the Irish Junior Cup team captained by Marty Carlin who travel to North-West G.C this coming Sunday for the qualifying round.

Rosapenna Ladies

The club competition on Saturday over Old Tom Morris Links was won by Dympna Kelly (21) with 36 points, second was Ann Currie (17) with 35 points. The first nine was won by Janet McIver (36) with 16 points and the second nine by Carmel Barry (13) with 21 points.

The inaugural Rosapenna Past Lady Captain's Cup, sponsored by the 2002 Lady Captain Agnes Lenny, was played on Friday 20th. The winner was 1996 Lady Captain Madge Kelly (19) with 39 points, the runner-up was 2008 Lady Captain Viv Houston (6) with 37 points.

Letterkenny

Wednesday 18th Open was kindly sponsored by Consultas Financial Services, Letterkenny, and it was the straight hitting Clive Davison [11] who brokered the win with 43pts. With back-to-back birdies at 2nd [Glebe] and 3rd [Swilly], Clive's setback at Crievesmith [9th], where he recorded a double bogey, did not deter him from recording a level par inward nine consisting of bogey at Candalabra [15th] followed by birdie at par three 16th [Barnhill] and 23pts for a winning total of 43pts.

Hot on his heels was another cat 2 member Hugh Gallagher [10] and Peter Dobson [9] was third withf 40pts. Gross prize was won by the evergreen Joe Coyle [6] with 34 gross points.

The nine hole competition results were 1st, Bryan Harkin 20pts, 2nd Aidan O'Neill 19pts, 3rd Dermot Dunleavy 18pts (BOT).

Saturday 21st saw the club hosting the annual St. Eunans GAA Golf Classic and coming to the fore was the fourball of Greg Sullivan, Danny McLaughlin, Charlie Coughlan and Michael Shiel with 97pts. In runner-up spot were PJ Nee, Malcolm Crawford, Michael Nelis and Gerard Harkin with 96pts while in third place were Vincent Bianconi, Rory Blaney, Mark Blaney and Tony Logue with 95 pts.

Sunday 22nd confined competition was won by the long hitting Michael Collum [7] with 39pts. He had only one point to spare over club secretary Ed Margey [13].

Monday 23rd Cat 4 competition, played over 13 holes, was won by Michael McDaid with 28 pts. Second was this year's golfer of the year hot favourite Columba Crawford on 26pts.

Running for a trial period, the club will run an 11 hole members only competition (non-qualifying), alongside the normal 18 hole open (qualifying) on a Friday.

Reminder that the next round of the Murphy Maintenance sponsored club matchplay pairs has to be played by Sunday, 12th June and the club singles has to be played by 19th June, otherwise matchplay convenor will be forced to decide by toss of coin or disqualification.

Entry sheets for the mixed doubles matchplay are now in the men's and ladies locker rooms. Draw to be made 1st week in June.

Saturday 28th will host the M.I.R.T. Golf Classic promoted by Harte Insurance.

Wednesday, 1st June will see the annual Mc Donald's Restaurant Open taking place.

Friday, 3rd June has the ever popular Golf Classic in aid of Raphoe Community Playgroup & Dromore NS while Friday 10th will see the opening of the club's annual Open Week.