Golf Club news round-up

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Golf Club news round-up


While Jim Furyk was breaking records with a 58 at the Travelers in Connecicut, another veteran was recording his own piece of history in Bundoran with Reggie Gallogley firing a nett 58 to accumulate 48 pts and take Reg Cummins's Captains prize.

The results for the Captain's Day Competition played on Saturday, are as follows: 1st: J.R. Gallogley 48 pts; 2nd Brendan McGowan 40 pts.; 3rd Alan Kenny 40 pts.; 4th Robert Barnes 38 pts.; 5th David Ruane 37 pts. Gross Shane Feeney 29 pts.

Thanks to the Club Captain, Reg Cummins, for a great day out and congratulations to all the winners.

The results for the Club Open played on Sunday are: 1st: Brendan McCauley 35 pts.; 2nd: David Ronayne 34 pts.;SS: Saturday 70, Sunday 71

The Matchplay Competitions are due to be up to date by Sunday 7th If you haven't already marked your result on the sheet in the Locker Room please do so a.s.a.p.

A special mention to Patsy McCauley (The Lone Soldier) for going down gallantly against all odds.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday Open Competitions - Visitors €20, Members €5.

Thursday Evening 9 hole competition for 20+ HC Members. Tee off at 6pm.

The Competition next weekend will be Singles Stroke, sponsored by Cosgroves Supervalu,

Ballybofey and Stranorlar Ladies

Congratulations to Sheila Breen who won Margaret McCrossan's Lady Captain's Prize. In her speech Sheila told us she has been trying to win this prize for all of 40 years. So well done Sheila, perseverance does pay off. The format was stableford played over 2 days.

Results: 1st Sheila Breen 74 pts; 2nd Karen O'Mara 69 pts bot; Gross Darragh McGowan 61 gr pts; 3rd Dolores Devaney 69 pts; 4th Moira McGee 68 pts.

Day One Stephanie Canning 37 pts. Day 2 Margaret McConnell 39 pts. Cat 1 Clara McNeill 65; Cat 2 Josephine Stewart 64 pts; Cat 3 Imelda Muldoon 60 pts. Senior Eileen Reilly 64 pts. Committee Margaret Hynes 61 pts, Granny Deirdre Kelly 60pts.

Beginner 9 hole, Maura McCool. 5 hole Johanna Harrold. Male Visitor Patrick McCrossan, 35. Lady Visitor Ann Sharkey 37. Gents Ryan Griffin 37

A very happy and generous gentleman called Mr. O'Donnell, who hails from Dungloe, had a hole in on the 17th on Friday the 30th July, day one of Lady Captain's Day. He left a large sum of money behind the bar to treat all the ladies to a drink in celebration of his achievement, his first ever hole in one. All the ladies toasted his good health.


Wednesday 3rd Open, sponsored by Carpet Interiors, Mountain Top, Letterkenny and played in rather inclement weather saw Liam Wiseman [10] beating the ‘storm’ and the field into submission when, despite an inauspicious start of back-to-back bogeys, hit back with birdies at 4th and 5th, finishing with 38 pts each nine, winning on B.O.T. from Conor Coady [19]. Gross was won by the ‘birdie man’ of Barnhill, Joe Coyle [5] who, with four birdies on the card at 2nd, 4th, 8th and 15th giving him 33 gross pts

Sunday 7th Open, sponsored by Arena 7, Letterkenny, saw a fantastic return on the day that it was from Tony Mc Namee [23]. With heavy rain and galeforce winds in the afternoon that bordered on monsoon weather, Tony’s ‘blank’ at 2nd was forgotten with his birdie at 5th and his second birdie at 15th giving him a 40pt winning return over runner-up Stephen Walsh [16]. In third place was welcome visitor Raymond Foy [19] with 37pts to outpoint Mark Doherty [9] 4th on 36pts.

Congratulations to Lady Captain Jacqueline Ireland on her very successful Lady Captain’s Day held on Saturday last and also to all of the prizewinners. Congratulations also to the Eamonn O’ Carroll led Ulster Cup team who defeated local neighbours Rosapenna GC over their two legged encounter on Saturday 7th to make it to the semi-final of that competition when they will play Cairndhu GC.

Upcoming competitions include the Letterkenny Chamber Classic on Friday 12th followed by the Saturday 13th Open sponsored by Limavady Printing Co., and on Wednesday 17th the Eamon Stephenson Financial Services sponsored Open.

Friday 19th will host the Kelly’s Toyota Open Week-end of Golf with competition running from Friday thru Sunday.

Letterkenny Ladies

The results of the August Bank Holiday re-entry club competition were: Winner – Anne Condon (19) 34pts., Runner-up – Marian O’Sullivan (10) 33 pts., 3rd. – Kate Gallagher (32) 32pts. The August Medal was played on Tues.2nd. and sponsored by Bridie Gildea , Anne Cannon, Mary Gallagher and Connie Reddan. Winners were: 1st. Anne Cannon (12) 72 nett B.O.T., runner-up Tracy Spence (12) 72 nett and 3rd. Celine Bradley (16) 73 nett. Thank you to the sponsors and congratulations to the winners.

Thursday saw the beginning of the most important few days of the ladies’ golfing calendar. The run-up to the Lady Captain’s Day began with the Olympic themed Champagne Scramble. There were some great and imaginative costumes so well done all those ladies who came up with entertaining and inventive ideas. The winners of the Scramble were: Bridie Gildea, Maureen Sweeney and Laura Crawford 43pts.: runners-up Sarah Buchanan, Patricia McLaughlin and Marian O’Sullivan 40 pts. B.O.T. and third Roisin McBride, Margo Birmingham and Anne Condon 40 pts.

On Friday there was a great turnout for the Mixed Foursomes and the winners were P. J. Nee and Elaine Russell 41.3 with runners-up Tony Duffy and Sarah McBrearty 42.7 and third Charlie Coughlan and Maura Cavanagh 42.9 B.O.T. Saturday 6th. was Lady Captain’s Day and the fine weather ensured a big turnout for popular Lady Captain Jackie Ireland. Before they teed off the ladies were treated to some lovely tray bakes and tea and coffee. As usual Paddy Carberry guaranteed a smooth and timely tee off for all competitors. The Presentation of Prizes took place later that evening after a champagne reception and dinner in the clubhouse. The proceedings began with the presentations of the Lady Captain’s Prize to the gents which took place earlier in the week. The results were: winner – Shane Scanlon 40 pts., runner – up Tony Duffy 40 pts., B.O.T., 3rd. Shay Henry 39 pts., Category 4, 1st. Jack McGarrigle 37 pts., runner-up Michael McDaid 28 pts. and 3rd. Conall Mac A’Bhaird 27 pts. B.O.T., Gents’ Front Nine – Eddie Margey, Back Nine – Kevin Rafferty.

The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the winner of the Captain’s Prize and amid great excitement and anticipation Elaine Russell was declared victorious. The results were: Guest Ladies – Orla Gallagher 26 pts., Guest Gents – Ian Ireland 25 pts., Nearest the Pin at 8th. – Nuala McGarrigle, Longest Drive at the 18th. – Cynthia Fuery, Secret Hole – Sarah Buchanan, Non-Qualifiers – Sally McGinty, Front Nine – Nuala McGarrigle (21) 21 pts., Back Nine – Marian O’Sullivan (10) 18 pts., Past Captains – Monica McDonagh (18) 35 pts., Committee Prize – Triona Daly (27) 29 pts., Category 0 – 18 – Angela Bradley (11) 35 pts. B.O.T., Category 19 – 28 – Karen McGlinchey (21) 33 pts., Category 29 – 36 – Mena Breslin (34) 31 pts., 3rd. Margaret Harvey (36) 36 pts., Gross – Tracy Spence (12) 25 gross points, runner-up Cecilia Doran (34) 37 pts., winner – Elaine Russell (20) 40 pts. As usual all details are to be found on the notice board in the ladies’ locker room.

Narin and Portnoo

As most members have been informed in future the white tees will be the Championship Tees and all Competitions will be played off the yellow Tees, apart from a small number which will be off the Championship Tees

Hugh Smith made scoring look easy on Sunday in the wet and blustery conditions with a fine score of 42pts

Results: Wed. 3rd August 1st Hilary Park 37pts, 2nd Patrick Boyle 34pts. Sunday 7th August 1st Hugh Smith (21) 42pts, 2nd Connor Taggart (23) 39pts, 3rd William Mc Connell (15) 37pts, Front Nine Sean Callaghan (21) 22pts, Back Nine Mickey Campbell (10) 17pts

Fixtures: Open every Wed. Sunday 14th August Single Stableford sponsored by Glenside Bacon


Our Daniel O Donnell competition had a good turnout on Saturday but Sunday golfers were left disappointed with gale force winds.

Very well done to Maeve O’Donnell who win overall prize and to Stephen Melly, who was top Gent and to all prize winners.

Overall Maeve O’Donnell 37pts BOT

1st Gent Stephen Melly 37pts; 2nd Johndy Boyle 36pts; Gross John Hyland 25pts; 3rd John Ward 32pts BOT; Front 9 Danny McShea 19pts BOT; Back 9 Stephen Cowley 16pts BOT

Our Single Matchplay final was held on Friday evening. Brendan Gillespie was the winner

after a good battle with Robert Weherly. Well done to both players and congratulations to

Brendan on being the first double winner of the title and playing in four finals.

This weekend we have our Lady Captains Prize for the men, so big turnout is expected.

The competition entry is €10 and if you want a ticket for presentation on Saturday night 20th

you can get ticket at bar for €15.

The Premier League starts this weekend so get your team picked out for our ‘Last Man Standing’.

Dunfanaghy Ladies

I thought I was on Tra na Rossan last Saturday at Mary's Lady Captain's Day - everywhere I looked, there was a picture of the beautiful Downings beach. Mary made sure everyone had a great day from start to finish - so much for low key. We were treated to luxurious refreshments before we went out, a goody bag and a real sweet shop with all the things we pretend we don't eat - all with a purple theme. The day was lovely, if a bit windy, but we are used to that in Dunfanaghy. The best score on the day was by Laura McElhinney who has amassed a fair number of points in the last few weeks and reduced her handicap accordingly. Well done, Laura, who thanked professional Seamus McMonagle in her acceptance speech. I guess Seamus is going to be busy.

Results 1st Laura McElhinney (17) 40 pts, 2nd Heather Hamilton (21) 38 pts (Heather is always worth an each way bet), Gross Olivia Moore (14) 23 pts, 3rd Jill McCorkell (23)36 pts BOT, 4th Michelle Wilson (30) 36 pts, 5th Rose Gavaghan (28) 35 pts BOT, 1st 9 Moira Irwin (18) 19 pts, 2nd 9 Lorraine McAleese (14) 17 pts, Non Qualifier Gaye Regan (21) 36 pts, Committee Prize June Nelson (24) 33 pts, Past Captain Barbara Eakin (14) 33 pts, Visitor Jane Oslizlok (28) 35 pts, 14 Hole Sheila Morris (36) 19 pts, Longest Drive Pam Carleton, Nearest the pin Barbara Eakin, Twos Barbara Eakin 17th & Olivia Moore 9th, CSS 36 pts. Moira Irwin won the Lady Captain's shoot out beating Cheryl Chambers on the last hole. After lovely speeches from Lady President and Lady Captain, the entertainment began. Mr O'Sullivan from Letterkenny kept everyone on the floor (please check photographs on Dunfanaghy Golf Club Face Book page). Mr O'Sullivan and Lady Captain go back to UNIFI days, if you remember that, but don't tell Mrs O'Sullivan. A great day and a night - follow that Mr Captain.

Results from Tuesday's competition 1st Daphne Tease (25) 39 pts, 2nd Lady President Margaret (14) 38 pts, 1st 9 Moira Irwin (18) 18 pts, 2nd 9 Heather Hamilton (21) 22 pts.

This Saturday is Mr Captain's Day and the ladies are planning an outing to Rosapenna, hopefully you will know the arrangements before you read this. Next Saturday is the Caravanners' Competition open to members and caravanners (& possibly more, check the official rules), and the following Saturday Ladies are having a match play event, more details later. You will all have paid for the outing to Ballyliffen at this stage, hope we get a good day.

Bundoran Ladies

Congratulations to Sorcha Begley, a four handicapper, who followed up her recent first in Reg Cummin’s Captain’s Prize on 24th July with two more firsts and two seconds in the past ten days. Congratulations to Reg Cummins on a most successful week-end which saw the clubhouse packed to capacity and thanks to him for his generous sponsorship of prizes for the girl golfers both beginners and advanced.

Results. Thursday 28 July Sweep 1st Sorcha Begley 73. Congratulations to Máire Walsh with a score of 39 points who won the Barry Keaney Tiling Bundoran sponsored competition. 2nd Sorcha Begley 37 points 3rd Sandra Dunmore 36 points. Front nine Mary Mitchell 18 points Back nine Kay McGowan 22 points.

Results of The Cassidy Electrical Ballyshannon competition on Thursday 4th August 1st Sorcha Begley 37 points 2nd Linda Beattie 35 points 3rd Kathleen O’Donnell 35 points Front nine Bernie Gillespie Back nine Kathleen Connolly.

On a very windy Sunday 7th August the Rossanos Hair and Beauty Ballyshannon competition was won by Bernie Gillespie 30 points (b.o.t.) 2nd Sorcha Begley 30 points.

The stableford competition on Thursday 14th August is sponsored by the Allingham Arms Hotel Bundoran. Next Sunday the stableford competition is sponsored by Lafayette Photography Omagh/Dublin per Linda Beattie. Thursday 18th August is a Ladies’ Open Day sponsored by Belleek Pottery.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar

Tue 2nd August (Open): 1st Nett: Seán Carlin (11) 41pts (bot); 2nd Nett: Conor O'Rourke (12) 41pts; Gross Enda McMenamin (5) 35pts. Seniors, Brian McGinley (19) 35pts. Visitor: Don Turner(15) 37pts. CSS 66

Sat 6th Aug. Sponsored by Colm Dillon Car Sales: 1st Nett: Martin Wilson (15) 41pts; 2nd Nett: Denim Rowan (5) 38pts; Gross Billy Madden (7) 31pts; 3rd Nett: Martin Lynch (13) 37pts. CSS 67.

Sun 7th August, sponsored by Manor Motor Car Sales. Opel Main Dealers: 1st Seán Carlin (10) 64 Nett; 2nd Conor O'Rourke (11) 68 Nett (bot); Gross Tony Griffin (10) 78; 3rd Colm Gardiner (17) 68 Nett (bot). CSS 69.


Mon 8th August we had our Annual Mackey Cup which is played out for by our junior members who claimed one of the better days of the week weather wise. With excellent golf played throughout the day, it was eventually young Joel Bradley Walsh who came to the fore with an impressive score of 41pts to win, so, many congratulations Joel.

We would like to wish our Donegal Youth Team good luck in their next match against Letterkenny Golf Club.

This week's Competitions are Sponsored by, Saturday 13th Aug, HARKINS GALA Ballybofey and Sunday 14th Donegal Rewinds (Martin Lynch)

Saturday 20th August is our Presidents Day and the following Saturday B&S will be hosting our Scratch Cup.


There was blowout at the weekend with the stormy weather meaning only a handful of hardy souls went out on Sunday with only Declan Curran an Matthew the only two finishers.. Let’s hope for better weather this weekend.

On Friday night, Conditions were a little better for the Lady Captains prize to the men, It was Pol Hici who came out on top shooting a solid 43pts popping Jason McBride into second on 42pts. McBride thought he had it in the bag but for his Buachaillí Bó member to beat him. In third was young Michael Óg o Dochartaigh with 41pts. The nines went to Padraig O Dochartaigh 22pts and Tommy Diver 24pts. CSS 40pts

Campa Samhraidh: Buiochas do achan nduine a bhi ag an Campa thar na cuig seachtainí agus do Muintearas chomh maith. Buiochas do Cathal a bhi mar cheannaire ar an campa.

Dheanfaidh TG4 urraiocht ar chomortas an deireadh seachtaine seo.


Open Week results - Saturday 6th August, Four Ball Better Ball Stroke, Old Tom Morris Links, ponsored by Camcai Ltd/Pacific Construction: 1st John McClafferty (19) Rosapenna; Brendan McGee (21) Rosapenna 64 nett; 2nd Mickey Treanor (15) Rosapenna, Kevin McCrystal (12) Rosapenna 65 nett. Gross Francie Boyce (8) Rosapenna, Michael Boyce (11) Rosapenna 76 gross; 3rd G Cummings (9) Dunfanaghy; M Cummings (12) Dunfanaghy 67 nett.

1st 9 Chris Nee (19) Letterkenny, PJ Nee (23) Letterkenny 33 nett. 2nd 9 Peter Hughes (10) Ballyliffin, Michael O’Hara (14) City of Derry 31 nett. Visitor Conor Friel (5) Letterkenny, Derek Wilson (11) Letterkenny 70 nett

Sunday 7th August, 18 hole Singles Stableford, Old Tom Morris Links (white tees), Sponsored by North West Hearing & Mobility: 1st Gareth McLarnon (13) Portsalon 32 pts; 2nd Martin McBride (16) Rosapenna 31 pts bot; Gross Denis McBride (7) Rosapenna 22 gross pts; 3rd Paul Magee (12) Banbridge 31 pts; 1st 9 Stephen Loughrey (20) Rosapenna 18 pts; 2nd 9 Charlie McClafferty (11) Rosapenna 17 pts; Visitor Dermot Shields (13) Portsalon 31 pts. CSS 73 – reduction only.

Monday 8th August, 18 hole Singles Stableford, Sandy Hills Links, Sponsored by Boyces Centra: 1st Edward McGroddy (11) Rosapenna 35pts; 2nd Mick Gallagher Jnr (7) Rosapenna 34pts; Gross Pete McBride Jnr (6) R’Penna 28 gross pts; 3rd Keith Clements (10) Galgorm 33pts bot; Visitor Declan Carlin (21) Ballybofey 33pts bot; 1st 9 Shaun Shields (15) Portsalon 21pts; 2nd 9 Conor Boyce (15) Rosapenna 17pts bot. CSS Home 34pts, Away 33pts

Junior Golf Results, Monday 8th August, Coastguard Nine, Sponsored by Hugh McBride & Shaun Boyce - Boys Category 1: 1st Luke Kelly (12) Belvoir Park 18pts; 2nd Danaan Mc Keogh (11) Dunfanaghy 17pts

Category 2: 1st Ben Gartlan Dundalk

Category 3: 1st Adam Cullen Rosapenna

Girls - Category 2: 1st Sophia Susay-Quinn Royal County Down; 2nd Isobella Susay-Quinn Royal County Down

Category 3: 1st Ellianna Mc Bride Rosapenna;2nd Neesha Duggan Rosapenna

Tuesday 9th August : Four Ball Better Ball Stroke, Old Tom Morris Links, Sponsored by McBrides of Cranford: 1st Peter Smyth (12) Rosapenna, Michael Bradley (9) Rosapenna 64 nett bot; 2nd Keith Shiels (8) Letterkenny, Dessie Shiels (23) Letterkenny 64 nett; Gross John Doran (6) Rosapenna; Pat Boyce (6) Rosapenna.