News from Donegal Golf Clubs

News from Donegal Golf Clubs


On Saturday last we had our Captains Drive-in. A large crowd gathered to see Lady Captain Alison Coughlan and Captain Donal Boyle get their year off to a flying start.The very popular pair at the golf club they showed with their drives that Cruit is in very safe hands. Alison went for accuracy, and Donal went for distance.

The drive-in was followed by a Scramble and presentation and everyone really enjoyed the day.

Results Scramble: 1st Terence Gallagher, Seamus mc Garvey, Liz Boyle, Ronan Sharkey; 2nd John G Boyle, Noel Maguire, Sylvia McBride, Darren Gallagher.

On Sunday it was back to serious golf and Charlie McCauley was in top form to shoot a fantastic 42pts. Very well done.

Club Competition: 1st Charlie McCauley 42pts; 2nd Ciaran Gallagher 41pts; 3rd Donal Boyle 38pts BOT; Front 9 John McGonagle 22pts; Back 9 John Hyland 19pts BOT

Could any teams left in our Winter League please get their outstanding matches played.

Remember with wet weather, make an even greater effort to repair pitch marks and replace divots - thank you.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar

The weather had it's say last Tuesday and indeed on Saturday which left us with one competition on Sunday which saw a very good turn out. Results are as follows: 1st Nett: Dessie Foy (16) 41pts; 2nd Nett: Seán Carlin (11) 40pts bot; 3rd Nett: Seán Crawford (15) 40pts. CSS NQ

Club notes - Normal competitions next week.

Quiz on Wednesday 27th January is in aid of the local Tennis Club.


The club competition on Sunday the 17th of January was won by John Boyce (9) with 39pts. The runner up was Michael Gallagher Jnr (7) with 36pts, the gross winner was Conor McMenamin (5) with 25 gross pts. Third place was Michael (M) McBride (17) with 35 pts bot.

Two's - Pete McBride Snr, Michael Bradley, John Casey, Kevin Brogan, Michael McBride, Shane Doherty, Pete Gallagher and Michael (M) McBride with €22 each.

The 2016 Captains Drive In will take place on Saturday the 6th of February. The format will be the same as previous years, a mixed four person scramble with a draw for partners made on the morning (10.30am sharp) followed by the Drive In at 10.45am and a shotgun start at 11.15am. Members are encouraged to register as early as possible on the morning.

Upcoming competitions/events -

All on the Sandy Hills Links (16 holes)

Sun 17th/24th/31st January - Gents Singles (club)

Saturday 6th Feb - Captains Drive In & Dinner Dance

Sunday 7th Feb - Gents Singles (club)

Letterkenny Ladies

Happy New Year and good golfing for 2016 to the ladies of Letterkenny Golf Club. The January calendar is a little bereft from a golfing perspective, so here are a few dates to put in your calendar.

Our very popular Bingo fund-raising event is on the Sunday 31st January. This is always a very enjoyable family event. Lots of prizes and great fun is promised.

The proposed date for the annual 'drive-in' is Sunday February 7th. On that date weather permitting, President Greg Sullivan, Capt Ivan Furey and Lady Captain Jackie Ireland will start our golfing year off in style. Times, and other details will be confirmed for both events.

First results of 2016. Back nine competition. Winner Anne Cannon(13) with 19 points. Runner-up Marian O Sullivan(10) 18 pts.

Dunfanaghy Ladies

Results from Senior Ladies competition held in Dunfanaghy on Monday last: 1st Kitt Boyce (Rosapenna) (21) 36 pts; 2nd Marian O Sullivan (L/K) (10) 33 pts BOT; 3rd Vera Kearney (P/S) (19) 33 pts. Once again thank you to all visiting ladies who supported this competition.

February Seniors competition is on 22nd February, time sheet on line or ring the

clubhouse. February Ladies Links is on 2nd February.

Ladies are playing an ongoing 14 hole competition on Tuesday with re-entry any day and the usual 18 hole stableford on Saturday.


It was Hughie McBride who took the honors at the weekend with a super 43pts, Our Bar convenor piped big Michael Rodgers into second place with 42pts. Great shooting from the pair. Another Big man Emmet McGee shot a solid 40pts to take third place. The nines went to Con Friel with 22pts and Hugh McBride with 20pts. This week’s Category went to Stephen Ferry. CSS Sat 38pts and Sun 37pts

Next Weekend is a 2 Day.

AGM - The AGM will take place on Friday, 5th February at 8pm.


It was another weekend of reasonably good weather at Dunfanaghy this weekend and there was plenty of golf throughout. Colin Higgs was narrowly beaten on BOT by Michael Kelly in the Monthly Medal Competition on Sunday the 17th of January. Well done for Michael for picking up another Monthly Medal Competition. In another closely fought competition John Chambers and Paul Smyth won the Saturday Open Four Ball Competition on the 16th of January narrowly beating Shane Scanlon and J.P Clarke on BOT. John and Paul, two of the Club’s biggest supporters birdied the last three holes to come out on top. Well done also to the other prize winners during the week.

Completion Results:

Wednesday Open – 13th January: John McGinley – 41; Charles Roarty Jnr – 40

Saturday Open Four Ball Competition – 16th January 2016:

John Chambers/Paul Smyth – 43 BOT; Shane Scanlan/J P Clarke – 43 BOT; Roger Green/Kevin Ward – 41 BOT

Monthy Medal January – 17th January: 1st Michael Kelly 63 BOT; 2nd Colin Higgs 63 BOT; Gross Daniel McColgan 73 Gross; 3rd Eamon Hunter 66; Category Fergus Mullen 70; 1st 9 Paul Smyth 30; 2nd 9 Thomas Reaney 32.5.

Seniors Competition – 18th January: Mens: 1st Jimmy Keenan 39pts; 2nd Garvin Toye 38pts

Ladies: 1st Kit Boyce 36pts; 2nd Marion O’Sullivan 33pts BOT; 3rd Vera Kearney 33pts

The Committee would appeal to all members to pay their membership as soon as possible. That will enable our Honorary Treasury to plan the finances of the Club for the year ahead. Mary is in the Clubhouse Monday to Friday 9am to 12 midday.

Good luck to the Gaeltacht League Team who are at home to Portnoo this Saturday.

Competitions this week:

Wednesday Gents Open Single Stableford

Saturday Gents Open Single Stableford

Sunday Gents Club Competition.


Fixtures: On Friday 15th January there is an open seniors competition member’s €5 visitors €10 Saturday 16thJanuary a gents open competition, on Sunday 17th a members competition and Wednesday 20th an open 18 hole stableford competition.

Donegal Links Classic: Details of one of the biggest and one of the most eagerly awaited golfing events in the North West has just been announced. The 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

The Portsalon team will travel to Dunfanaghy on Saturday 23rd. This will be the team’s fourth match on this season’s event.

Results from the Wednesday Open played on 13 January the winner was Kevin O'Doherty (23) Faughan Valley 39 points, runner up Eugene O'Donnell (12) 38 points BOT Gross Gerard Duffy (5) 29 points. The competition was non qualifying

The Portsalon Golf Club’s members draw continues. How to enter, it’s easy just €10 per month entries can be made at either the Portsalon Golf Shop or at the Portsalon Golf Clubhouse bar. The winners of the last draw 1st Fergus Friel €190

2nd Henry Callaghan €100 3rd Karen Sweeney €50 4th Seamus McElwaine €40

He next outing of the Mulroy Links will be staged at Rosapenna Golf Resort on Saturday 13th February. Members should contact Rosapenna Golf Resort to confirm their tee time.

Narin and Portnoo

The Council elected to serve the Club for 2016 are getting down to the serious business of planning for the year

Council elected are as follows and we would like to welcome our new members President David Kelly, Vice-President John M O'Donnell, Captain Sean Hanrahan, Vice-Captain Kevin Gilgunn, Hon.Sec. Michael Glynn, Hon.Treasurer Seamus McDonagh, Committee Past Captain Frank McGinley, Patrick Boyle, John Callaghan, Marty McGing. Paul McGinley, Stephen McKelvey, Donal Duddy

All members wishing to play in the competitions must have their name on the B.R.S. especially on weekends, anybody whose has not put their name down are not guaranteed to get out until all signed up are accommodated

As members will see we have cut back most of the rough, but do not worry it will grow back but not as heavy

Membership is now due and can be paid in several ways the club take cheques, most credit cards, cash at the Pro-Shop, direct debit, anybody having any problems can ring the shop on 0749545107, new members are very welcome ring for rates or check the website

Charael Catering are open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays Fridays and Weekends ring 0749545807 to make a booking

The car park will be lined in the very near future so it will be easier find a parking space

Results: Sunday 17th January, 1st John Callaghan (13) 35pts, 2nd Tony Boner (17) 34pts b.o.t, 3rd John Kelly (16) 34pts, Best Sun. Seamus Gildea (25) 33pts

Fixtures: Open Competition every Wednesday, Sun, 24th Club Competition.

Glencar Inn Golf Society

The Glencar Inn Golf Society, Letterkenny AGM was held last Monday night, with a very large crowd in attendance.

The outgoing captain Sean Gilroy,

thanked the committee for their time and patience with him as captain for 2015. He wished the new captain for 2016, Kenny Chambers, and his vice captain, Jimmy Gleeson, all the best for the coming season.