On a weekend when Shane Lowry's hopes of winning the US Open ended in deep disappointment, there was plenty of activity on Donegal's golf courses.
A host of clubs are hosting Captains and Presidents Prizes while the inter-club competitions continue to serve up some wonderful golf.
Here's a round up from the county's clubs:
Sunday in Murvagh, though not quite as difficult as Oakmount, was certainly a challenge and the North-West Alarms event produced some exceptional results in the conditions. The Dustin Johnston of the day was Shaun Meehan with 38pts, Sean Boyle produced a fine round also with 38pts. Darren Rafferty with 34pts sneaked in ahead of Golfer of the Year leader, Rory Lenihan on 33pts and Micky D Gallagher made the best of the day to earn himself the gross.
Mr Gerry Forde hosts his Captain's Day next Sunday and a number of people are quietly building up to the challenge of this prestigious event. Stableford competition off the white tees. Will Denis Kelly defend his title? Wishing you a great day and thanks for all your work during the year.
And on the subject of Captain’s Days, congratulations to John Gartland on his recent major victory of the Captain’s Prize in the Island Golf Club. Well done John.
The Four-Ball Matchplay Championship sponsored by TG Tunnelling Ltd has reached the final stages and we are left with some of the best match-players in the club fighting it out for the title. Eamon Canney & Liam Cassidy take on the might of Bobby O'Shea & Liam Farren in the final while on the other side of the draw, Joe Gillespie & Hugh Cassidy defeated John Hanna & Victor Bradley in the final of the plate.
The Draw Sheet for Singles Matchplay sponsored by Derryeagh Crystal is now up in Locker Room, together with dates for matches.
Some very tasty matches in prospect! Aidan Faulkner, last year's winner, is not going to relinquish the title easily and meets Matt Gallagher in the first round. Will Matt’s experience of the big stage stand him in good stead? Tom Geraghty plays Damien Mulhern and Conor McGoldrick plays Shaun Meehan, a junior shoot-out. Declan Murrin v Eddie McGarrigle and Frank O’Donnell v Bryan Crawford should produce some fireworks also. Who will prevail?
On the team front, Gerry Forde’s Donegal League team of Jason Conway & Tom Geraghty, Padraig Farragher & Chris Hegarty, Seamus Faulkner & Bryan Crawford, Eamon Canney & Mark Sweeney, Sean Diver & Damien Hanna, earned themselves a good result at home v Letterkenny on Saturday but you have to think we will need a couple of hot-shots to clinch the deal away in Letterkenny in a weeks time.
The Fred Daly team travel to Lisburn on Saturday in the first leg of their third round match, best of luck there, lads.
Junior Coaching continues on a Monday and Friday evening.
Letterkenny Hospitals Golf Society
The Society held its latest outing at Barnhill Golf Club in Letterkenny on Monday last. Played in ideal conditions and with the course in fine shape, it saw a welcome return to the winner's enclosure for former Irish International golfer Enda McMenamin. Enda produced a super round of 73, one over gross, which included three birdies and a score of 41 Stableford points. He just pipped Ciaran Williamson for victory, Ciaran returned a fine score of 40 points to take the runners-up spot, just ahead of Pauric McHugh on 39pts in third place. James Mc Fadden came in with 36pts to take 4th place overall. Section One; Shane Blake 34pts, Dessie Ferry 32pts bot, Mickey Ferry 32pts. Section Two; Michael Boucher-Hayes 36pts, Kevin Mills 34pts, Cynthia Furey 32pts. Section Three; Conal Mac aBhaird 33pts, Paddy Murray (Snr) 32pts, Jim Gallinagh 30pts. 1st Nine; Bridget Mc Clafferty 20pts. 2nd Nine; Anne Cannon. The Society's next outing will take place at Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club on Friday, 22nd July.
Following on from a very successful opening weekend to the club’s Open Week, Wednesday 15th saw entries rise once again for the Evolve Menswear sponsored Open Stableford Parading a style of golf normally only viewed at television ‘majors’ was single handicapper Joe Coyle  who, with a birdie at the first, gave the Barnhill course inward nine a ‘dressing down’ with birdies at 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th & 17th for an overall 43pts win. Driving close behind was Ulster Cup stalwart Liam Wiseman  with 42pts.
In third place was a regular and always welcome visitor to Barnhill, Andy Boland  wh took the turn on 20pts, but 21pts on back nine wasn’t enough. Andy finishing with a very creditable 41pts to edge out Deron O’ Brien  on B.O.T.
Cat 4 prize on the day was won by the everpresent Hugo Daly with 39pts which included a birdie at 16th andGross went to Cian Harkin  with 31 gross points.
Friday 17th Open was sponsored by Brian Mc Cormick Sports and what a great win by the club’s Minor League team captain Bobby Mullally  who returned 21pts on each nine and no doubt with the help of that birdie at 17th, pipped runner-up Charlie Coughlan  by one point. Third and fourth places were taken by the 'PJ’s', with P.J. Doherty  taking third with 39pts and P.J. Sweeney taking fourth with 38pts. Cat 4 was won by Gerry Keeney  with 34pts whilst gross was won by Mr. Consistancy, Joe Coyle  with 33 gross points.
Saturday 18th hosted a 4Ball Betterball sponsored by 4 Lanterns, Letterkenny and, as the saying goes, ‘when the chips are down…’ Coming to the fore were Freddie Wilson & John Mc Caughan on 63; Mark Doherty & Paddy O’ Gorman on 64; [b.o.t.] Keith Shields & Fergal Callan on 64; Joe Coyle & Eamonn McDermott taking gross on 72.
Sunday 19th finished the most successful Open Week to date but unfortunately also ended the great spell of sunshine but did little to deter golfers from entering one of our mainstay sponsors’ competitions, the Global Tiles & Bathrooms Open Stroke.
Indeed, it was a day of celebrations for the Cat 4 brigade with Richard Spratt taking top prize with a net 63, [89 gross] with the help of a birdie at 5th relegating Mark Bradley  to runner-up spot on B.O.T. Mark had a gross 80 shots and a 63 nett. In third place was Conor Coady  who recorded an 82 gross, 66 nett. In fourth position was Damien Redmond  on 67 nett and 1st gross prize was collected by Brendan Mc Grath  with net 72 on B.O.T. with Con Boyce  also net 72.
What fantastic scoring over the Open Week but special mention must be made of one entrant and, as they say, ‘there’s no show like a Joe show’. Joe Coyle, winner of the Property Partners, Paul Reynolds & Co. Ltd sponsored ‘Golfer of the Week’, recorded no less than 31 birdies and one eagle. Congratulations Joe.
Another significant week of golf is taking place again this week at Barnhill which will culminate in the President’s Prize, Mr. Greg Sullivan, on Saturday.
On Monday evening it was the President’s Prize for Cat 4 and, with an entry of 28, taking this most coveted prize was last year’s cat 4 ‘golfer of the year’ Aiden O’ Neill with 30pts over 15 holes, relegating Alistair Boreland to second by virtue of B.O.T. whilst third place went to Michael Shiel on 29pts. President’s week continues with President's Prize to the Ladies on today, Thursday and tomorrow Friday with the Pre-President's Day Mixed Foursomes.
On Sunday 26th the club will host the Glencairn Hotel, Castleblaney, Open [P. Mc Fadden] and Wednesday next, 29th June, will see the Highland Motors Renault, Honda, Citroen, Dacia Open take place.
Team news: Wishing every success to the Kevin Kiely-led Seniors team who travel to Rosapenna GC on Friday intheir endeavor to retain this trophy and also to the Eamonn O’ Carroll-led Ulster Cup team who play Shandon Park GC at home on Sunday.
Congratulations to Lady President Margaret Witherow on an extremely well run and successful Lady President's day on Saturday. Well done to Robin McConnell who took first prize with a sparkling 45 points.
In the Lady President’s prize for men, it was Paul Smith who came out on top with 42 points with playing partner Andy Murray coming second on 39 points. John Chambers won the gross with 30 points while Paul Burton was third.
In the Wednesday open competition, Brian McGinley was first with 38 points with P Dunleavy in second.
In the Gent’s Single’s Stableford competition on Sunday, Mark Sullivan had a narrow victory over Cathal McMonagle on BOT, both players having 37 points.
The Donegal League team had a very close encounter in the first leg of their match against Rosapenna. Four of the five matches went to the 18th hole but, unfortunately, we only managed to get half a point. The home leg will be played this Sunday afternoon. Good luck to all the lads.
Junior Golf: Michael Dolan just pipped Rory Kelly in the juveniles section by one shot in a very exciting finish. Academy winner was Jack Hanna with Sean McBride taking shot of the day. In the senior boys, there was another exciting finish with Luke Kelly narrowly beating Conor Hanna by one shot.
Competition results: Wednesday Open – 15th June, Brian McGinley 38pts, P Dunleavy LK 37pts, Stanley Johnston 25pts
Lady President’s Day – 18th June, Paul Smyth 42pts, Andy Murray 39pts, John Chambers 30pts, Paul Burton 39pts bot, Seamie Logue 20pts
David Lynn 20pts.
Gents Single Stableford – 19th June,
Mark Sullivan 37pts, Cathal McMonagle 37pts bot,
Events for the Week Ahead: Friday 24th Mental Health Classic, Saturday 25th Gents Open Single Stableford, Sunday 26th McCrea Cup.
Last Thursday Kathleen McDaid and Fran Murphy, with a score of 37 points, won the Scotch Foursomes sponsored by McDevitt and McGlynn Accountants, Ballyshannon.
The club competition played in wet conditions on Sunday last was won by Ursula McManus.
This Thursday’s competition is an 18 hole stroke sponsored by The Peak Restaurant, Bundoran.
On Friday 24th June a golf classic will be held in Bundoran in aid of The Irish Heart Foundation. A team of 4 any combination. Contact the pro shop on 0719841302 to book a suitable time.
There will also be a voluntary free blood pressure check on the day.
Next Sunday’s competition is a Club competition. Good luck to the Bundoran team who play Portnoo away this Sunday.
The junior girls’ beginners will be completing their final lesson with Club professional David Robinson and his assistant Matthew Dunmore this Saturday. They will then be joining the other girls on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m.
Kathleen O’Neill, Lady Captain, will be busy next week as the Lady Captain’s Mixed Scramble will be held on Friday 1st July at 5.30 p.m. with food after the nine hole competition. Sunday, 3rd July, is Lady Captain’s Day.
Lady President, Margaret, had a perfect day from beginning to end. Thank you to everyone who made this possible. Winner of the Lady President's prize was Robyn McConnell (15) 45 pts, 2nd Eileen Tiffany (29) 43 pts, Gross Laura McEklhinney (21) 21 gross pts, 3rd Nora Crumlish (24) 41 pts, 4th Mavis Curtis 20) 39 pts, 5th June Nelson (24) 36 pts BOT, 1st 9 Cheryl Chambers (17) 21 pts, 2nd 9 Janice Doherty (29) 20 pts, Committee Prize Margaret Roarty (24) 34 pts, Past President Una Diver (33) 33 pts, Non Qualifier Amy Chambers (2) 34 pts, Lady Guest Kaye Stewart (22) 32 pts, CSS 36 pts.
Last Tuesday's competition was won by Margaret Roarty (24) 72 nett. Good to see Margaret back on the fairways again.
On Sunday we met a very competitive Ballybofey Maura O'Donnell team and only managed to secure two matches, but the other matches were close. The return on Thursday will be difficult, but it can be done.
The annual Mental Health Classic is this Friday, 24th June, and Saturday is a Singles Stableford. Book for both on line or phone the office.
The following Saturday, 2nd July, is Mr President's prize to the ladies. Make sure your name is on the list in the locker room for the draw. Committee meeting on Friday, 1st July at 5.30pm with a scramble at 6.30pm.
Sponsorship cards have gone out to all members for the 5k walk on 10th July. Please try to return all cards to the office as soon as possible.
Ballybofey and Stranorlar
Results: Tuesday, June 14th, F. McMenamin, 1st Nett: Noel Ferry (12) 37pts (bot), 2nd Nett: Brendan Alexander (22) 37pts (bot), Gross, Denim Rowan (5) 31pts, 3rd Nett: Peter McBride (16) 37pts (bot), Senior: Charlie Quinn (29) 32pts, Visitors: Conor McMenamin (5) 33pts, CSS 68
Saturday, 18th June. Bus Eireann, 1st Nett: Francie Martin. (18) 41pts, 2nd Nett: Denis McClean (19) 40pts, Gross: Barry Farmer (6) 30pts, 3rd Nett: Michael Curran (10) 39pts, CSS 68
Sunday, June 19th, 1st: Michael Curran (10) 64 Nett, 2nd: Barry McMenamin (5) 67 Nett, Gross: Barry Farmer (6) 75.
Team news: Last week our Junior Cup Tteam captained by Barry McMenamin were narrowly beaten in a tightly contested match by Royal Portrush in Strabane.
Usual competitions this week.
Hey!! Do want to win a Nissan Pulsar car valued at €20,000 Well, you can this Friday, 24th June at Ballybofey and Stranorlar where a Golf Classic presented by Drumkeen National School will take place. To book a slot ring Drumkeen National School on 074 91 34066 or B&S GC on 074 91 31093
This week's sponsors are Diageo, Lafferty Transport and Kiernans Diner.
Sun shine and perfect conditions on Saturday and rain and strong wind on Sunday saw how different two days at Cruit Island can be.
However both days were very enjoyable and it was a very close contest with only Break of Tie deciding between Daniel Timoney and
Kathleen Farren for overall President's Pize.
Results: Overall Daniel Timoney 98 BOT; 1st Gent Martin Doherty 103.5,
2nd Terence Gallagher 104, Gross Donal Boyle 109, 3rd Shaun Cowley 105.5 BOT, 4th Aiden o Donnell 105.5, Best 18 Robert Casey 67, Front 9 Robert Kuncaitis 31, Back 9 Paul Duffy 32.5
Well if the weekend taught us anything, it's that the form guide is never far away. Daniel Timoney went into the weekend on the back of a victory last week and Kathleen Farren had two victories in the last three weeks.
Kathleen was leader after 18 holes with a fantastic 63, followed by Daniel and Martin Doherty on 66 and Robert Casey 67.
Unfortunately Sunday morning had terrible weather and it left the morning golfers with a hard road to qualify.
Well done to all who made the cut and to all the prize winners, and to Paddy Sweeney on a great weekend. Thanks to Pauline and all at Viking Hotel for the lovely meal.
This Saturday we have our annual Club Classic and a big thank you to all who have helped with tees, teams, and sponsorship.
On Sunday we have an 18 Hole stableford sponsored by Mooney Boats.
Open week began for the Ladies on Tuesday, June 14th. There was great support for all the competitions from our own members and also from visitors and a big thank you to them.
Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure sponsored the first day and results were: 1st. Kay Kelly (27) 36 pts., runner-up Angela Bradley (12) 35 pts., gross Tracy Spence (12) 20 gross pts. 3rd. Angela Kilgallen (21) 33 pts., 1st. nine Eileen Williamson (19) 21 pts., 2nd. nine Sandra McMonagle 18 pts., visitor Mae Blaney (Portsalon) 28 pts. The results of the Wednesday 9 hole competition were: Winner Angela Bradley (12) 19 pts., runner-up Marian O’Sullivan (10) 16 pts. B.O.T.
Thursday’s competition was sponsored by The Counter Deli & Wine. Results were; 1st. Carmel McGeady (36) 37 pts., 2nd. Marian O’Sullivan (10) 36 pts., gross Clare McGonagle (Portsalon) 28 gross pts., 3rd. Eileen Williamson (19) 35 pts., 1st. nine Joan Murphy (22) 21 pts., 2nd. nine Marian Keating (19) 17 pts. B.O.T., visitor Kathleen McCormack (Portsalon) 30 pts. Congratulations to all the winners during Open Week.
The Challenge Cup team, captained by Margo Birmingham, travelled to Enniskillen on Monday, 13 June. They played well but there is a lot more work to do in the return leg on a date to be decided.
On Sunday the Revive Active team, captained by Eileen Williamson, played Enniskillen with three matches at home and two away. They put in a very good performance but were just pipped at the post.
On Sunday, 26 June, Ann Condon’s team in the Intermediate Cup will play Kilrea in Letterkenny and also on that day the second leg of the Maura O’Donnell competition takes place with Letterkenny, under the captaincy of Celine Bradley, taking on North West GC.
The Junior Cup team, led by Marian O’Sullivan, will play Belvoir Park in the home leg on 1 July and the away on 3 July. Good luck to all the teams!
Finally the Ladies would like to wish Mr. Greg Sullivan well on President’s Day this Saturday.
Donegal GC Ladies
The competition on Tuesday, 14th June was sponsored by Hanna Hats. Gillian O'Callaghan and Mairin McCartney, stalwarts of the Challenge Cup team, both returned a score of 33pts for the Tuesday competition - Gillian winning on a break of tie.
Results: 1. Gillian O'Callaghan (33) 33pts BOT, 2. Mairin McCartney (33) 33pts, 3. Ger Breslin (25) 31pts, Front 9. Rosemary Carr (20) 18pts, Back 9. Maureen Childs ( 16) 18pts, 9 hole competition Mary Bonner (23) 20pts.
Fixtures: Social Mixed Foursomes on Friday 24th June - running draw from 5.30pm; 28th June - Granard Foursomes in aid of National Council for the Blind.
The ladies would like to wish the Captain, Mr Gerry Forde, an enjoyable day on Sunday.
Ballybofey and Stranorlar Ladies
The Wednesday, 15th June, Stroke competition was sponsored by Anne Gilligan, Pat McCaughan and Anne O'Meara. The scoring was hot with Eileen Reilly and Sharon Maloney carding 68 nett with Margaret McConnell just one behind on 69 nett.
Results: Cat 1 Eileen Reilly 68, Margaret McConnell 69. Cat 2 Sharon Maloney 68 Ann Sweeney 70. Cat 3 Maire McGee 74 Mae Ferry 75. The beginner competition was won by Brenda Crawford, well done Brenda on the first beginner competition of the season. There will be plenty of competition in the weeks to come when our new beginners get going. 2s - Margaret McConnell on the 17th. Congratulations to the Mary McKenna team (Scotch 4's) who had a great win away to Portstewart. The team won 3 matches with the last called in all square. The team were Margaret Hynes & Kaye Stewart, Eileen Boyce & Maureen Boyle, Kathleen McGowan & Anna Dillon, Ann Glancy & Pat McCaughan, Mary P. O'Flanagan & Josephine Stewart. Team Captain, Darragh McGowan. Their next outing will be against Bevoir at home.
The Minor Cup team had a very good result in the 1st leg away to Portstewart getting 2 wins and 2 half matches. The team were Pat McCaughan, Brid McMenamin, Maire McGee, Anna Dillon, Deirdre Kelly , sub Breid Kelly, team captain Ann Glancy. The Maire O'Donnell team did equally well in the 1st leg away to Dunfanaghy winning 3 matches. The team were Darragh McGowan & Imelda Muldoon, Margaret McConnell and Josephine Stewart, Eileen Reilly & Deirdre Duncan, Ann Sweeney & Kaye Stewart, Dolores Devanney & Maureen Boyle. Team Captain, Kathleen McGowan.
The results for the weekend competition, kindly sponsored by JD Window
Cleaners, Belleek, were: 1st: Eamon Stack 68 (BOT), 2nd : Kevin Slowey 68
3rd: Glen Matthews 70 (BOT), 4th: Martin Shepherd 70. Congratulations to all. Presentations will be held at 9pm on July 15th.
Congratulations to the Donegal League and Minor League teams who both won their matches against Redcastle.
Upcoming Events: Wednesday Open Competitions - Visitors €20, Members €5.
Thursday Evening 9 hole competition for 20+ HC Members. Tee off at 6pm.
Next Friday Bundoran Golf Club is hosting a Golf Classic in aid of the
Irish Heart Foundation. €100 entry per team of 4 (any combination).
The competition next weekend will be Singles Stableford; sponsored by
Frizzelle's Craft Butchers, Belleek.
Narin and Portnoo
The Ulster Fourball team travelled to Portrush last weekend but
unfortunately came home empty handed, losing all five matches. But with the home leg to come the team will battle hard to get a result. We wish them well.
Donal Duddy and his Minor League team are still in contention and will
play Buncrana in the next round. We also wish them success.
Our Donegal League team bowed out to Cloughaneely last week - always
Congratulations to Manus Boyle Jnr on winning last Sunday with a great
score of 39pts in very difficult conditions
Results: 1st Manus Boyle Jnr. 39pts, 2nd James Keeney 35pts b.o.t., 3rd Martin Sweeney 35pts.
Fixtures: Open every Wednesday. Sunday 26th is sponsored by Abacus Finance, Monthly Medal.
Gents Results: The Rosapenna Golf Club fundraising classic took place last Saturday, 1st Mick Gallagher Jnr, Ronan Gallagher, Conor Boyce & Dannie Sweeney 105pts; 2nd Geraldine Hughes, Paul Hughes, Raymond Doody & Kevin McCrystal 104pts; 3rd Shaun Boyce, Kit Boyce, Cecila Doran & John Doran with 103pts
The gents singles stableford on Sunday was won by Raymond Doody (14) 36pts with Maurice Connolly (22) 34pts as runner up. Two's - €32 rollover to Saturday 25th.
Team Golf: Well done to the Donegal League team, captained by Joe McHugh, who beat Dunfanaghy G.C 4.5-0.5 (9 holes up) at home last Sunday in the first round. The return leg has been fixed for this Sunday at 3.30pm.
Good luck to the Rosapenna Irish Senior Cup team captained by Frank Casey Jnr who play Portstewart G.C (at 9.20am) in the last 16 in Ulster at Portsalon on Sunday. The winners will face either North-West or Foyle the same afternoon for a place in the Ulster semi final of Ireland's blue ribbon competition.
Best wishes to the Over 50's team under the stewardship of Garvin Toye who take on Letterkenny G.C at home this Friday. The first match will
tee off at 3pm.
The Mixed Foursomes team will face Banbridge at Omagh G.C in the last
16 in Ulster next Monday at 5pm. Best wishes to team captains Terri McBride & Peter Smyth and all the players.
Mr Brian Currie will hold his 2016 Captain's Day on Saturday over the
Old Tom Morris Links. The timesheet is now open, there will be an open draw within 30 minute gaps.
There will be an optional Over 70's section from the white markers.
The gents captains prize to the ladies will take place over the Sandy Hills Links on Saturday also.
Donegal Seniors ALLIANCE
Results of Donegal Seniors Golf Alliance outing to Donegal Golf Club on Monday, June 20th
1 P Keating 18 Letterkenny 38; 2 H Coyle 14 North West 36; 3 C Toland 13 Portsalon 35 BOT; 4 I Stewart 12 Ballybofey & Stranorlar 35; 5 J Keenan 22 Dunfanaghy 34 BOT; Gross Don Ponsonby 5 Letterkenny 28; 6 J P Byrne 15 Narin & Portnoo 34 BOT; 7 G Hannon 14 Portsalon 34 BOT; 8 P Wallace 23 Portsalon 34 BOT; 9 S Mc Cauley 10 Dunfanaghy 34 BOT; 10 J Mc Caughan 15 Ballybofey & Stranorlar 34.
Cat A 1 M Leonard 12 Portsalon 33 BOT; 2 J Flanagan 11 North West 33
Cat B 1 R Porter 17 Ballybofey & Stranorlar 33; 2 J Henderson 17 Ballybofey & Stranorlar 32.
Cat C 1 K Gallagher 15 Strabane 33; 2 J Mc Ginley 9 Dunfanaghy 32.
Cat D 1 G Coyle 16 North West 32 BOT;
2 E Hone 23 Ballybofey & Stranorlar 32.