Golf notes

All the latest news from your local golf club.

All the latest news from your local golf club.


Unfortunately Mother Nature showed her ugly side this weekend and as a result the Captains’ Drive In had to be postponed. Niall and Angela hope to rearrange it in the coming weeks.

On the golf front the only competition held during the week took place on Saturday and Chris Nee, the Mens Club new treasurer got his figures totally right and shot a fine 42 points. Rory McCrory had the best gross score. The competitions for the week will be an 18 hole club competition on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The sheets for the Spring League are on the notice board, and this competition is once again generously sponsored by Murphy Maintainence. The format for this competition is on a league basis.

Members are reminded Valentine’s takes place on Saturday 11th February in the clubhouse with a buffet meal and live music. To book contact Noreen at the club.

The quiz master Hugh continues his very enjoyable quiz on Friday night from 9 pm.


The club competition on Sunday the 29th January was not played due to the inclement weather.

Good luck to the Gaeltacht team who play Gweedore at home this Saturday the 4th of February over the Sandy Hills Links. All players are asked to be at the Pavilion at 9.45am sharp with the match starting at 10.30am.

The 2012 Ladies & Gents Captains Drive In will take place on the Sandy Hills Links on Saturday the 11th of February followed by competition.

The North-West Alliance visits the Sandy Hills Links at Rosapenna on Saturday the 18th of February.

The Mevagh Day Centre Fund Raising Golf Classic will take place over the Sandy Hills Links on Saturday the 25th of February.

There will be a fund raising Golf Classic for the Downing’s Tidy Towns Committee over the Sandy Hills Links on Saturday the 10th of March.

Letterkenny Ladies

It has stopped raining - temporarily! But alas, not in time for the Captains Drive-In which had to be re-scheduled. As soon as details of a new date are available, you will be notified.

The list has gone up in the locker room for the 2012 Ladies Singles Matchplay. The first 32 names will secure entry into the draw.

The first of the fund raisers by the ladies branch will take place on Sunday 26th Feb at 4pm in the club house with the return of the ever popular bingo! It’s a great day out, so remember to invite friends and family alike.

Competitions are continuing with front and back 9’s currently running, between showers.


The Annual General Meeting of the club was held on Friday last. All aspects of the club in 2011 was discussed and debated with a new council elected for 2012. Full officer board is as follows: Captain: Charles Sweeny; President: Matt Murray; Vice Captain: Declan Ferry; Secretary: Eugene Mc Cafferty; Treasurer: Pol Mac Cumhaill; Competition Secretary: Peadar O Gallchoir; Bar Convenor: JP Gallagher; Greens Convenor: Eoghan Gillespie; Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Emmet Mc Gee; Council: Anthony Doherty, Brendan Doherty, Sean O hIci, Noel O Fearraigh, Nigel Ferry, Padraig Gallagher, Jason Mc Bride, Michael Rodgers and Declan Mc Bride; Trustees: Fred Coll and PJ Doherty. Sincere thanks to Peadar O Gallchoir and Moya O Donnell for the great service given in their year of Captaincy and to Sean O Cleirigh, Noel Mc Fadden, Sean O Duibhir, Doalty Sweeney and Connie Ned Mc Bride for their commitment and dedication to the Council and Club not alone in 2011 but down through the years.

Subscription and green fee rates remain the same and can be viewed on the website and also on the club’s new facebook page which has been created by Jason Mc Bride. Subscriptions are now due and can be paid at the bar or to Noel O Fearraigh, Subs Officer.

Draw winners for January: €250 Padraig Coyle; €150 Molly Gallagher; €100 Piaras Coyle; €50 Eugene Mc Bride; €50 Rory Mangan; Door €50 Kitty Doherty. Hugo Diver had a great round on Sunday, shooting 60 nett to win the competition and reduce his handicap by a couple of shots. Bhi Cian O Fearraigh sa dara hait le 63 agus Daniel Og O Gallchoir a bhain an gros.

Sponsored competitions will commence in March and any business willing to come on board and sponsor a golf tournament in Gweedore should contact any of the Council members listed above. Adh mhor ar fhoireann Sraith na Gaeltachta ata ag imirt in eadan Ros na Binne De Sathairn seo thios sna Dunaibh. Is cinnte go mbeidh cluiche crua rompu in eadan an fhoireann baile ata ag imirt go maith san chomortas.

A total of €1180 was presented to the local St Mary’s Conference Saint Vincent De Paul on Sunday night. This money was raised at the recent Society Day Challenge.


Last weekend was all about our Clubs Dinner Dance and I am so glad to report it was a huge success.

Firstly, a very big thank you to the Lady Captain Noreen, Captain Michael, and organisers, Declan Gillespie and Jimmy O Donnell, for making the Dinner Dance the great night it was, at very short notice.

Secondly, the night got the perfect start with an excellent meal at Caislean Oir, Annagry. The meal, the service, and the comfort was second to none.

A very sincere and deserved thank you to Anita, Joe, and James for a very enjoyable night in Annagry.

Well done to all who played a part, not least Hugh Gillespie who came out of retirement to introduce and present the night, to our President Peter and Lady Captain Noreen who showed very interesting DVDs during the meal.

In the Dinner Dance Golf Competition played earlier that day we had good turnout and a very popular winner.

Full Result: 1st Charles O Donnell 38pts; 2nd Terence Gallagher 37pts; 3rd John Bonner 36pts; Front 9 Declan Gillespie 19pts; Back 9 Johndy Boyle 18pts

Sunday’s Competition was cancelled due to the weather and proably the late night before. Next Sunday we will have Club Competition as usual.

North West

Tuesday Meal Deal, 24th January: A solid round of 42 points was the winning score posted by Glenn Hinds (17) in Tuesday’s Meal Deal. A birdie four at the par five ninth gave Glenn 22 points on the front nine, a steady start which he added to on the back nine, carding a further 20 points to win by one from runner up, Brian McCarroll (5) on 41 points.

Results: 1st Glenn Hinds (17) 42pts; 2nd Brian McCarroll (5) 41pts. C.S.S 68

Confined Stableford, 28th January: A strong finish to the back nine gave former Captain of the North West Golf Club, Jimmy McFadden (15), his first win of 2012. Jimmy birdied the par 3 13th, par 4 15th and the par 5 18th to post 40 points for his round, 22 points of those were carded on the back nine. Runner up was Matthew Fitzpatrick (9) with 37 points followed by 3rd placed, Don Coyle (12) on 35 points. Padraig MacLochlainn (4) won the gross prize with a 77.

Results: 1st Jimmy McFadden (15) 40pts; 2nd Matthew Fitzpatrick (9) 37pts; 3rd Don Coyle (12) 35pts.

Gross Padraig MacLochlainn (4) 77

The club held it’s Annual General Meeting on Friday night (January 27th). Outgoing Captain, Eugene O’Connell welcomed Pat Mackey as the Captain of the club for 2012 and thanked the members and council for their support during his Captain’s year. Membership fees are to remain the same for the coming year and at €567 (includes G.U.I fee) for a full member represents good value for year round golf. Information on member categories and becoming a member can be obtained by ringing, Sean Carroll (Secretary) on 0866047299 or the Shop on 0749361715.

The following Members were elected to council for the coming year: President Tom Crossan; Captain Pat Mackey; Vice Captain John McGinley; Secretary Sean Carroll; Treasurer Seamus McGinley; Ex Officio Eugene O’Connell; Council Members Paul Fitzsimons, Roisin Williamson, Brian O’Sullivan, John O’Donnell, Hugh Duffy, Augusta Neff, Terry Meenan, Bosco Reid, Brendan Coyle.


Thursday 2nd February: Thursday Society

Saturday 4th February: Confined Stableford

Sunday 5th February: Confined Stableford

Ballybofey and Stranorlar

Well it couldn’t last and it didn’t. The weather turned septic on us again and put paid to any chance of golf being played last weekend. Never mind we live in hope of better things to come.

The quiz on Wednesday 8th February is in aid of the Claddagh Group. A local group well worth your support. Charades is on every Thursday night and is a great nights craic also. The Spring League starts on Sunday 5th February. One card per week, Sunday to Saturday for 8 weeks and the best 6 cards to count. The top 8 cards to qualify for match play. Last date for cards is 31st March 2012. Players must sign in before they play, see club notice board.

The Club Snooker Championship continues and is hotting up as the competition progresses. The event is Sponsored by Gerard Mc Cool & Son Bookmakers Ballybofey & Glenties.


It was another bad week weather wise In Dunfanaghy, But a few brave souls (Mad Golfers) braved the elements and stood up against the wind and rain with some really nice scores to show for it, We also had Our Captains Drive in on Saturday and there was a great turn out for that to welcome our incoming Captains, James & Geraldine. All at the club would like to wish both our Captains all the best for the coming year.

Results: 25 Jan Wednesday Open Stableford: Martin Collum 36 pts.

27 Jan, Friday 14 Hole Stableford: Willie Wilkin 28 pts.; Peter Johnston 27 pts. bot

Captain’s Drive In 4 Ball Scramble 28 Jan: B Carey/J Carey/K Boyle/B Griffin 57.7; M Doyle/P Bond/P Burton/M Foy 58.6; N Doherty/C McMullan/P Heraghty/C Chambers 59.1; P Smyth/L McCorkell/M Roarty/E Druce 59.2.

Cruit Island Ladies

A special thanks to all the lady members who attended the Silver Jubilee Dinner Dance on Saturday night. An excellent night was had by all. Many thanks to James and staff at Caislean Oir for the terrific meal and top class service.

Any ladies wishing to sponsor a competition for the coming year please let Sheila or Noreen know soonest.

First date for the diary is the proposed Captain’s Drive-in for Saturday 11th February, draw for teams at 10.30.

The lady’s branch wish to extend sympathy to Aingeal and Caoimhin O Marcaigh on the recent passing of Caoimhin’s sister Maureen.

Drum Bar Golf Society, Letterkenny

The society would like to extend a word of thanks to everyone who helped out in any way at last Thursday night’s special Mass for the late Veronica McCarthy Moore. Veronica, a founding member of our society, passed away suddenly before Christmas.

Our members organised a Mass in St. Eunan’s Cathedral at which Veronica’s husband David was joined by family members, many friends and well-wishers to mark the sad death of a dear person.

Special thanks are extended to Fr. Eamonn Kelly Adm and Fr. Philip Daly as well as soloist, Carmel O’Reilly and organist, Derek Fleming.

Narin and Portnoo

Congratulations to John Quinn on winning Golfer of the Year 2011 with a victory over 7 handicapper Sean Hanrahan in blustery conditions last week. This most sought after prize involves qualifying from the monthly medal stroke competitions and then with the eight medal winners playing knock out matchplay. All types of weather and conditions during the year were encountered and the 13 handicapper from Narin proved he is a man for all seasons with this win over the Ulster Cup captain.

While the veterans were battling it out for Golfer of the Year it was an young up and coming member from Glenties that took the honours in the Dr Mc Closkey final which is our premier match play competition in the club. Stephen Mc Hugh playing off 17 got the better of PJ Gallagher playing off 10 in a final that went all the way. The coaching that Stephen has got from father Dermot has been used to good use and no doubt many more trophies will come to Tullyhoniver.

Eamonn Mc Gill was the winner of Fridays senior competition on 32 points with Tony Bonner in second place on 31.

This Saturday we have the Captains’ Drive in with draw for partners at 10am and it hoped that a good turn out will see Pat Connaghan and Nora Shovlin get their year under way. Fixtures. Friday 3rd. Seniors 16 hole competition 10.30am; Sat 4th 10.30 Captains Drive In; Sunday 5th Open Singles stableford.