All the news from Donegal's golf clubs

Local golf round-up

All the news from Donegal's golf clubs

The weather might be getting colder and the evenings darker much early, but there's still plenty of golf taking place around the county.

It's Turkey competition time at many of our courses, while some societies are still in action.

Here's the news from your local club:

Gaoth Dobhair

Declan Curran won the Supervalu sponsored competition at the weekend in blustery conditions. Declan shot a solid 66 on Sunday, great shooting Declan. In second place was Pol O'Rabhartaigh who shot 66 bot and in third was Hugh O'Gallchoir also with a 68. The gross went to Cathal Og with 71. The category goes to James Sweeney while the nines went to John McGinley with 35 and Seán O Dochartaigh with 32. CSS 68 Saturday, 70 Sunday.

Seniors: John McGinley Cill Ult was the winner of the first turkey competition with 37 pts. Usual competition next Tuesday and Thursday. There's a 5-day turkey competition coming up next. You can play every day from November 21st-25th. The hamper final is a one day only affair on Tuesday, December 13th.

Great deal on membership: Join now and pay nothing further until January 2018. For more information please call the club or any committee member.

Last man standing sheets now available - €10 to be returned before first fixtures on 19th November.

Dheanfaidh Doherty Wood Products-Hamper urraiocht ar chomortas an deireadh seachtaine seo.

Letterkenny

With the Irish winter having finally caught up with us, golfers are finding it increasingly awkward to play inland courses and with common sense prevailing, Letterkenny Golf Club have reduced their course to 13 holes in order to allow members and visitors alike to avail of some form of competition during the winter months without having to use the mats.

With the persistent rain and ongoing work being done to four of the main fairways, Saturday's competition was postponed but taking the top honour on Sunday 13th was Johnnie Moore [21] with 26pts over the shorter course. Turkey competitions are now running from Monday-Sunday, seven days weekly with re-entry any day following first entry.

The social club's 25 card night has resumed on Wednesday evenings, everyone welcome, as has the quiz night on Friday evening under the supervision of Donegal 'mastermind' Hugh Mc Clafferty.

Congratulations to long standing club member and former club secretary Dermot Rainey on his selection to the Letterkenny Business Hall of Fame at the award ceremony on Friday last.

Sympathy is extended to the family of former club Captain Derek Mc Mahon who held office in 1971 and who was buried on Wednesday morning with a guard of honour from the club.

Narin and Portnoo

The Winter league is in full swing but it is not too late to enter, best

6 cards count and it runs to the end of March.

The Club A.G.M. will be held on Friday, 9th December in the Clubhouse.

Once again we have to remind members about repairing pitch marks. At the moment the course is in excellent condition thanks to our greens staff

but the amount of pitch marks not being repaired is unacceptable and

remember it is part of the etiquette of golf. So remind your playing

partners to repair and help keep our golf course in pristine condition.

Results: Wednesday, 9th November, 1st Conal Keeney 31pts.

Sunday Competition 12/13th Nov., 1st John Callaghan (12) 42pts, 2nd Harry Reid (5) 39pts, 3rd Hugh F Shovlin (18) 38pts, Front Nine Paul Mc Namee (15) 22, Back Nine Danny Mc Garrigle (10) 21pts, Cat A Willie Quinn (7) 37pts, Cat B Tony Gildea, (17) 33pts, Cat C Jamie Callaghan (20) 37pts b.o.t.

Fixtures: Open every Wednesday; Sunday, 20th November, Club Competition.

Charity event

The Harbour Bar are again sponsoring a 14 hole competition this Friday, 18th November at Narin and Portnoo Golf Club, with tee booked from 10am. The event is in aid of the Gina Herrity Haiti Charity. All welcome, ladies and gents, and hopefully with weather permitting we will have a good turnout.

Last week's winners were Declan McMenamin and Arthur Kee.

Rosapenna

The gents club completion played over the Old Tom Morris Links on Sunday November 13th was won by Raymond Doody (13) with 34pts. The runner up was Hugo Duggan (13) with 32pts bot and in third place was John Boyce (7) with 32pts. CSS 34pts. Two's - Danny Sweeney, John Dowds, Paul Travers, Brian McCormick x 2 with €7 per two.

Christmas Hamper: The Christmas Hamper will be played for this coming Sunday, Nov. 20th over the Old Tom Morris Links with the Mini Hamper being played for on Sunday, Nov. 27th.

Winter Scramble Series: The first of the Winter Scramble Series will take place on Saturday, Nov. 26th over both championship links. The closing date for entries is Monday, Nov. 21st, contact the Pavilion Golf Shop on 074 915 5000 to enter your team.

Mulroy Links: The next Mulroy Links outing will take place this coming Saturday, Nov. 19th at Portsalon Golf Club. Contact the Portsalon Golf Shop on 074 915 9459 for all tee time enquiries.

Gents AGM: The 2016 Rosapenna Golf Club Gents Annual General Meeting will take place in the Golf Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 2nd at 8pm. All members are encouraged to attend.

Tee Times: With increased society play during the winter months booking tee times in advance for weekend play is advisable.

Up coming competitions/events:

Saturday 19th - GAA Classic, Mulroy Links at Portsalon; Sunday 20th - Christmas Hamper

Saturday 26th - Winter Scramble Series; Sunday 27th - Christmas Mini Hamper; Wednesday 30th - St Vincent De Paul Scramble.

Cruit Island

We're very happy to report that we had a very good start to our weekend against Rosapenna in the Gaelteacht Alliance. Our good results against Rosapenna are easily counted so we can take pride in our 7-2 victory. Well done to Team Captain Terence Gallagher and special mention to Alan Gillespie and Darren Gallagher who had best score of day with 45pts.

Our next match is away to Portsalon.

In our Sunday competition sponsored by Stepping Stones, conditions were far from easy.

Results: 1st Ray Gallagher 36pts BOT

2nd John Hyland 36pts, 3rd Hugh Gillespie 34pts, Front 9 Eammon Kelly 19pts, Back 9 Stephen Cowley 21pts

In our Golfer of the year John Hyland has overtaken Donal Boyle with this week's 2nd.

With 4 counting competitions to go it looks like a two-horse race. With the holder of the title Declan Gillespie slipping back, the only man able to squeeze in with a late run is vice captain Johndy Boyle.

This week we have an 18 hole stableford competition plus the long awaited quarter final between Jim O'Donnell and Danny McShea against the Kellys.

We have our first Semi Final as well with Johndy Boyle and John Hyland against Terence Gallagher and Danny McGarvey. These matches are all too close to call.

Good luck to all golfers in week ahead.

Donegal ETB Golf Society

The Society's second outing for the 2016/17 season was held in the North West GC.

Whilst conditions were perfect, the course showed no mercy when it came to wayward drives. Nevertheless, this did not deter the Society's faithful who persevered to the end. Our thanks to everyone who came along and made this a very enjoyable and entertaining day’s golf.

Results: 1st Oliver Plunkett 34 points

2nd Christopher Hegarty 31 points (b.o.t.), 3rd Kevin Murphy 31 points

Retired Staff Prize Seamus Clerkin 29 points; Category IV Prize Breid Kelly 26 points.

Captain, Gareth Doherty would like to remind all schools and centres that newcomers, irrespective of their golfing ability, are most welcome to join this excellent Society. Membership conditions are available on ETB Intranet Site or by contacting Society P.R.O. Marcel McCafferty (marcelmccafferty@donegaletb.ie) or Captain Gareth Doherty (garethdoherty@hotmail.com).

Our next outing before the winter break is to Murvagh on Saturday, 26th November.

Drum Bar Golf Society

With the golfing season drawing to a close, the Drum Bar Golf Society took to the beautiful surrounds of Narin and Portnoo Golf Club on Saturday.

The course was in excellent condition and we had 21 players taking part in a scramble competition.

The winning team was that of Barney Reilly, Eileen Crossan and Brian Wilson.

They had just enough to beat the team of Paul Dolan, Pauric Monnelly and Davey Moore into second place.

The nearest the pin prize was won by Hughie Kelly and longest drives went to Christy Galligan and Mary Rose Dullaghan.

The society would like to thank the staff at Narin and Portnoo for their kind hospitality on Saturday.

Our next outing is to Dunfanaghy on Saturday, December 3rd and our Christmas Party takes place the following weekend, on Saturday, December 10th in the Orchard Inn.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar

Convoy man Kevin Kelly is really starting to find his feet in his golfing endeavors. Kevin works hard at his game, even getting in some gym work from time to time, which is starting to show in his power and accuracy.

With a handicap of (17) and 39 points on the card, it was enough to see him win on a break of tie ahead of Joseph Rowley (14). Pauric McHugh did not have the greatest of starts but with a little bit of magic with nine straight pars from hole 5 to 13, made sure Pauric got himself the Gross Prize on the day.

With a few weeks off and a good rest, Letterkenny man John Campbell (17) got himself 3rd Nett with a fine score of 36pts.

On Sunday, Eunan McGarrigle's two birdies at holes seven and fifteen were enough to see him collect 39pts and win by two shots over John Moore who had a good 37pts. Third place was picked up by Anthony McCormick (17) a further two points back on 35pts.

Usual competitions this weekend.

For details on the club outing, please ring the clubhouse.

Portsalon

It was a sad weekend at Portsalon Golf Club as we learned of the death of Ollie Connolly on Saturday and on Sunday as the members gathered, they learned of the death of Derek Mc Mahon, two of our past Captains. As a mark of respect, the Portsalon Golf Course was closed on Wednesday.

Ollie Connolly RIP: Ollie was a native of Carlingford, Co Louth, and was a retired member of An Garda Siochana. He was stationed in Buncrana before being transferred to Ramelton where he was to make his home. Although settled in Ramelton he still kept close ties with his native Carlingford home and spent many weekends there. Ollie commenced his golfing life at Otway GC where he served as Captain in 1977 and soon transferred to Portsalon, where he became a much loved and devoted member. He was always there to lend a helping hand at whatever initiative the club undertook and introduced many to the game of golf. He was always looking at ways of improving things and he was instrumental in setting out the first yardage markers on the Portsalon course. Ollie served for many years on the club's Council and was appointed Captain in 2006, a position he executed with great dignity. He represented the club in numerous team competition and was one of the best match play golfers in the North West. His knowledge of the rules of golf was second to none and if Ollie did not have the answer he would look it up (this was something he seldom had to do).

The Captain John Logue, President Garret Horkan and all members would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the Stephen, Connor and Kara on the sudden loss of their father.

Derek Mc Mahon RIP: Although Derek played golf, his first love was always racing cars. Along with golfing exploits he was associated for many years with the Donegal Motor Club and down through the years raced both rally and single seater cars. Derek served on the Council of Portsalon Golf Club for many years and was appointed Captain in 1989 and he held the office of club President in 1994/95 years. He was also a member of Rosapenna golf club and was appointed Captain in 1967.

He was the only member of Portsalon who held a very unique record of being Captain of both Portsalon and Rosapenna Golf Clubs.

Over the past few days members have been recalling many of the generous gestures he performed over the years. In the early days, prior to the building of our clubhouse, he was always the main cook for the traditional Barbecue which followed the Captain's Drive.

He represented Portsalon on many of the Donegal and Ulster team events.

The Captain John Logue, President Garret Horkan and all members would like to extend their sincere sympathy to his family.

Fixtures: Saturday, Nov. 19th, Mulroy Links; Sunday, Nov. 20th a members competition; Wednesday, Nov. 23rd, a gents open competition. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions contact 0749159459 or go online to portsalongolfclub.com

Christmas Hamper: Sunday, 11th December will see the members contest for the traditional Christmas hamper. Members should record their names on the time sheet. A draw for tees will take place and all names must be submitted by Saturday 10th . As in previous years this will be a shot gun start at 10.30am.

Results: The winner of the Wednesday Open, 9th November, was Dessie Ferry (10) 38 points; Runner up Donal Callaghan (14) 37 points, 3rd Bernard Nash (16) 37 points. The C.S.S. was 36 points.

The winner of the Saturday Gents Open was Joe Coyle (6) 38 points BOT, 2nd Paul Murphy (26) 38 points BOT, Gross D P Logue (5) 29 points, 3rd Chuck McTaggart (10) 38 points BOT. The C.S.S. 37 points.

On Sunday the winner of the members competition was Shaun Callaghan (20) 41 points, 2nd Patrick Paige (7) 40 points BOT, Gross D P Logue (5) 35 points, 3rd Finian Ferry (19) 38 points BOT.

The CSS was 37 points.