Golf news from Donegal Golf Clubs

Golf news from Donegal Golf Clubs
Ardara golfer has Hole In One at Portnoo

Ardara golfer has Hole In One at Portnoo

Ardara: Golfer has received a limited-edition BOSS watch after scoring a hole-in-one during a recent competition at his golf club.
Gerard McCabe, 28, scored his ace on the 150-yard, par-three seventh at Nairn and Portnoo, and the 13-handicapper was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club and a specially-commissioned, commemorative timepiece.
The luxury German brand has pledged to reward club golfers with an exclusive watch for every hole-in-one recorded during a club competition between April 15 and October 31 this year. And, with nearly 4,000 holes-in-one recorded annually, BOSS Watches could feasibly be giving away £1m-worth in 2013.
In addition to the limited-edition watch, McCabe is also awarded membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club which offers its members access to exclusive benefits and merchandise.


Gweedore Pharmacy: (James Cassidy) sponsored the weekly competition with Micheal O Gallchoir turning on the style to shoot a 62. Runner-up was Niall Griffin on 64 with the club captain Declan Ferry 3rd with 65 and hoping this score gets noticed to stake a claim for a starting place on the star studded Gaeltacht league team. Bhain Cathal Og O Gallchoir an gros le 73 agus ba Sean O hIci le 29.5 agus Noel Mac Giolla Bhride le 32.5 a phioc suas an chead agus dara naoi. Ba Ruairi O Mongain a bhain an catagoir le 66. Bhi bua ar doigh ag foireann sraith na gaeltachta as baile in eadan Galf Chumann Port an tSalainn De Sathairn seo caite nuair a fuair Gaoth Dobhair 5 chluiche as 8. Se Micheal O Dochartaigh agus Ruairi O Mongain a bhain an chomortas le 43 phointe. Beidh an chead chluiche eile as baile fosta in eadan Dun Fionnachaidh i gceann cupla seachtain. Last man standing competition will commence in November with entry sheets available from Nigel Ferry for anyone wishing to test their knowledge and expertise on soccer. 
The Highland Motors Inter Towns competition takes place this Saturday with a large crowd expected to compete and sample the new 9-hole course for the very first time. Several townlands are believed to have held secret meetings as they aim to rally the troops and come up with a winning formula. Bunbeg were the first team to lift the cup in 2006 but like the Rosses, have gone to ground since. The smart money is on Cotteen/Magheragallon as they aim to lift the Renault Cup for the 3rd time. The best 5 cards will form the team score with individual prizes also on offer. Presentation takes place in the clubhouse on Saturday evening. Dheanfaidh an comhairleoir Padraig O Dochartaigh urraiocht ar chomortas De Domhnaigh le comortas club De Luain. 6 inch placing is now in place for the winter months. A Halloween Fancy Dress party takes place in the clubhouse this Sunday night, 27th October with everyone welcome. Next presentation and draw on Sunday, 3rd November at 8 p.m.


Open: Last weekend’s Open Stableford Competition was won by Barry Craig just shading it from Frank Garvin, both 0n 39 pts. Next to feature were Gerry Horgan and Geoge Fegan both on 38 pts. In 5th place we had Michael Dolan on 36 pts., b.o.t.
Next weekend is the last of the Official Open Competitions and is played over three days.
Reggie Gallogley won the mid week turkey.
Members are reminded that the AGMs for the Men’s Branch, the Ladie’s Branch and the Joint Club take place within the next few weeks. Resolutions must be with the Club Secretary in time for consideration at the AGMs.


Result: Sunday was excellent once again with late summer weather. Large entry enjoyed the sunshine and scoring was very good. Keith Bonner was back to winning ways with a solid 42pts, 21,21.
Full Result: 1st Keith Bonner 42pts; 2nd Dermot Devenney 41pts BOT; 3rd Stephen Cowley 41pts BOT; Front 9 John G Boyle 21pts BOT; Back 9 Neily Doherty 20pts
Well done the week before to Danny McGarvey on 42pts to beat Noel Maguire on BOT. The young gun getting the better of experiance.

Single Matchplay: In the Final of our Single Match play, Brian McMonagle was the man to lift the Cup after victory on the 18th Green in a very close contest. Yes, Brian had the advantage of picking pin positions but John was quick to point out he deservedhis victory, playing the better golf. Brian said he was very lucky and that Jimmy Bonner did the pins that morning. Well done to Brian Mc Monagle and John Ward on great Final.

Past Captains’: This Saturday we have our Past Captains’ Competition, draw in the club house at 10am. Entry is €10 Soup/Sandwiches included. On Sunday we will have Club Competition.

Letterkenny Ladies

Turkeys: The good weather of early October has brought the Letterkenny Golf Club ladies out in force to contest for their Christmas dinner. Five more turkeys have been won during the past week and there are plenty more to come. Eileen Williamson, Maura Cavanagh, Lady Captain Sandra McMonagle, Karen McGlinchey and Vera Kearney are the lucky winners with Pauline Curley, Vera Kearney, Eileen Williamson, Rena O’Herlihy and Anne Condon as runners-up. Congratulations to all.
The timesheet is filling up with contesters for the first of the hamper competitions this Saturday, the second scheduled for Saturday 23rd November. The Christmas Party, on Friday December 6th, when all the hampers and turkeys are presented, should be a joyous occasion. Booking details will be posted shortly.
The Battle of the Swilly takes place this Sunday, 27th October, in the Silver Tassie. In association with Inishowen Motors and The Pulse Nite Club, this joint event between Letterkenny Golf Club and Glenswilly GAA, is an important fundraising night for both clubs so please lend your support.
Each year, the ladies of Letterkenny Golf Club host an evening for Care for the Aged in the Day Centre. This year the ladies look forward to hosting on Tuesday 26th November. All members who would like to assist through providing bakes or who would like to attend, please contact Lady Captain Sandra.
Another important fundraiser for our club is the draw for membership fees – all committee members have tickets for sale and would love to sell them to you!
Finally, the Ladies AGM is due to be held on Thursday 28th November. Please check your emails shortly for further details.


Club Competition: The club competition on Sunday the 20th of October was won by Brian Boyce 13 with 39 pts. The runner up was David Magill 14 with 39 pts. The gross winner was Enda Kennedy +1 with 38 gross pts. Third place was Shane Doherty 18 with 38 pts bot. The front nine winner was Louis Boyce with 23 pts and the back nine winner was John Boyce with 21 pts. 
The Rosapenna Gaeltacht League team were in action at home over the weekend winning 5-3 against Falcarragh Golf Club on Saturday. The winners of the home section of thefour ball better ball were Paul Travers & Pete Gallagher with 44pts. Rosapenna now have 19 pts from two home games.

Seiko: The Seiko club competition (G.o.Y event) will take place this Sunday the 27th of October over the Old Tom Morris Links. 
 There will be a presentation of all outstanding prizes on Sunday evening the 27th at 7.00pm sharp.
Any uncollected club prizes from presentation nights are available for collection from the Pavilion Golf Shop during opening hours.
Good luck to the Rosapenna Over 50’s team who travel to Letterkenny G.C this Saturday the 26th for the first leg of the 2013 county final. Travelling support is welcome. The first match will tee of at 12.30pm. 
There will be a club competition on Sunday the 3rd, 10th (G.o.Y), & 17th with the Christmas
Hamper (G.o.Y) taking place on Sunday the 24th of November. 
The mini hamper will be played for on Sunday the 1st of December.

Downings: The annual Downings GAA fundraising golf classic will be held on Saturday the 2nd of November at Rosapenna. 
The Mulroy Links will take place this Saturday the 26th of October at Portsalon.
If any players who know they cannot make the outing could contact Portsalon on +353 (0)74-915-9459 it would be much appreciated.
The Mulroy Links will be held over the Old Tom Morris Links at Rosapenna on Saturday the 9th & 23rd of November.
The North West Alliance visits Rosapenna’s Old Tom Morris Links on Saturday the 16th of November.
The annual Rosapenna Golf Club Dinner Dance has been set for Saturday the 7th of December in the Golf Pavilion.

Letterkenny Hospitals’ Golf Society

Outing: Despite a little hiccup on the 18th Joe Coyle did enough to just pip John James Mc Bride on a BOT and take victory in the society’s final outing of the year at Portsalon Golf Club on Monday. Only the late starters got a little wet as the rain held off for most of the day. While Coyle and Mc Bride took the top two spots with 37 points, it was the ladies who filled the next two with Vera Kearney just pipping Cynthia Furey for third on a BOT after both shot fine scores of 35 points.
Results: Section One. 1. Dessie Ferry 32pts 2. Ciaran Williamson 29pts bot 3. Pauric Mc Hugh 29pts. Section Two. 1. Seamus Mc Hugh 31pts bot. 2. Cyril Morrison 31pts. 3. Eunan Laverty 31pts. Section Three. 1. John Hannigan 34pts. 2. John Mc Closkey 32pts. 3. Breege Mc Clafferty 29pts. 1st Nine Charlie Collins 18pts. 2nd Nine Kevin Mc Donald 15pts. 
The Golfer of the Year for 2013 is Mickey Ferry with fine score of 178 points from his best 5 scores from the year’s 6 outings. The AGM took place after the Prizegiving. Outgoing Captain Seamus McHugh said he had enjoyed his year very much and thanked both the Officers and Members for their support during it. Seamus nominated Eamonn Sweeney for Captain in 2014 and Eamonn said he was very much looking forward to taking on the role of Captain of such a long established and popular Society, his Vice-Captain will be long serving member Conal Mac Bhaird. 
Outgoing President Paddy Murray also thanked the Committee and Members for their support and nominated John Hannigan for the position of President for 2014. John was replaced as Treasurer by Pauric Mc Hugh, while both Dessie Ferry & Charlie Collins were re-elected to the positions of Secretary and PRO for 2014. 
Courses selected for the 2014 Outings were Letterkenny x 2, Murvagh, Rosapenna, Portsalon, while the Captain’s Prize will be played in Ballyliffen Golf Club on Friday 19th September 2014,


Results: Charlie Coughlan who, now able to concentrate on his own “golf v. course” game, proved that practice does indeed help when on Saturday 19th, playing off 12 handicap, Charlie returned an excellent 42pts. Played in unpredictable weather with a mixture of sunshine and showers, Charlie conjured a magnificent 32pts through thirteen holes, with no less than ten pars, and sniffing the opportunity to dismiss the disappointment of losing the Ulster Cup final, added birdies at 16th and 18th to take first place by one point. Following in hot pursuit was James Mc Fadden [12] who would be forgiven for thinking that he was taking pride of place on the rostrum having secured birdies at 10th and 15th holes, but although finishing with 22pts on back nine, that double bogey at 14th left him with 41pts overall. In third place and from a three-way BOT, was a not too unfamiliar face to the winners circle, Roy Mc Crory [8]. Back to the golf that we expect to see from Roy, his back-to-back birdies at 11th and 12th gave him 21pts on back nine and a finishing score of 40pts. Also on 40pts with another great round of golf was the intrepid Don Ponsonby [5] returning a great gross score of 74, two over gross, helped by birdies at 7th and 15th holes. 
Congratulations to club Assistant Pro. Finnian O’ Dochartaigh, taking second place in the third NW Alliance outing of the year by recording a one under gross 71 on the Glashedy course in Ballyliffin.

Sunday 20th. Confined: Following on from his third placed “practice round” on Saturday was the formidable Roy Mc Crory [7] who outstretched the field on Sunday by no less than five points to take first place on the podium! Roy recorded back-to-back birdies at 2nd and 3rd, 6th and 11th holes. With the only “blemish” on front nine being a double bogey at 4th, Roy returned a one under gross 71 for an overall 44 stableford points. Runner-up on Sunday was cat. 2 member Kevin Rafferty [12] who, with a blank either side of his birdie at 8th, managed 20pts on back nine for a total of 39pts, whilst in third place on BOT was early season regular to the winners enclosure George Onofrie [12] who, despite a birdie at 11th, was resigned to a double bogey finish on back nine to return 38pts. 
The “Battle of the Swilly” , Letterkenny Golf Club v. Glenswilly GAA, the club’s white collar boxing tournament, will be held on Sunday 27th October in Silver Tassie Hotel. Included is a Fashion Show with Watson Menswear. Tickets are available from both club’s, The Silver Tassie and The Quiet Moment.
Members are reminded that the club’s tickets for FREE membership are now on sale, all proceeds going to on-course development. Draw will take place at Halloween.


Senior Links: A Senior Winter Links is being held at Donegal Golf Club (Murvagh) for handicap’s 0-9.
There will be 5 Competitions starting on Wed 13th
 There are Daily Gross and Nett Prizes with a prize for the best 4 cards over the 5 outings. Competitions are qualifying and prizes will be GUI vouchers.
Entry forms are available on or by contacting the club by Email or 0749734054. Entry fee: Visitors €110, Members €30. 
The Sunday Singles Stableford Competition was won by Hugo Sweeney who is at the top of his form at present and also featured in the prizes recently.

Thursday Specials: There will be full details on the weekend away in Eniscrone in next week’s report but news is coming through that Jimmy is still winning matches with Jimmy Melly being the runaway winner of the two day event. A modest Jimmy in his acceptance speech said that he was shocked but pleased with his win as all he wanted for the weekend was to be better than the member of the Horner School of Golf that has been dominating the away trips in recent years.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar

Results: Tuesday 15th October, 1st Nett; John F. Gallagher(13) - 63. 2nd Nett; Trevor Robb (21) - 64. Gross; Roger Campbell (6) - 73. 3rd Nett; Geoff Cotter (15) - 65. CSS = 68.
Saturday 19th October. The summer like conditions on Saturday brought in some phenomenal scores, added to that is the great condition of the course and the greens, just look at these scores!!. 1st Nett; Charley Lapsley (8) - 46pts. 2nd Nett; Billy Madden (6) - 45pts. 3rd Nett; Conor Henderson (21) - 41pts. 4th Nett; Paul Doherty (18) - 40pts BOT. Phew hot scoring on the day. CSS = 67.
Sunday 20th October, 1st Nett; P. J. Fitzgerald (16) - 42pts. 2nd Nett; Sean Carlin (11) - 41pts. Gross; Donough Cleary (4) - 33pts. 3rd Nett; Eamon Foy (12)) - 40pts. CSS = 67.

Muckish Ramblers

Outings: The Muckish Ramblers Golf Society has had two outings in fairly quick succession this past couple of weeks.
First outing was to Ballybofey and Stranolar Golf Club when we had Nigel Doherty’s Captain’s day and this was a close run thing for the top place with John Joe McGeever just managing to better President Tim Ryan in taking the top prize. John Joe ended his round with a score of 35 Points and Tim was close behind with 34 points. Third and fourth place was decided on BOT and it was Noel McGinley who pipped Patrick Hunter with 31 Points BOT. The nines were won by Nigel Doherty and Neil Gallagher.
 The next outing was a 2 day event to Castle Dargan and this was last weekend The course was playing long and the sun was shining so an enjoyable weekend There was daily prizes and prizes for the overall winner for the weekend. The first day was won by Neil Gallagher with 35 points with Michael McGinley second with 33 points BOT over Noel McGinley. The second day was won by Nigel Doherty with 37 points over Tim Ryan who Overall winners for the weekend were: Noel McGinley 65 Points.
The weekend was enjoyed by all who travelled to Castle Dargan. Our thanks to Neil Gallagher for supplying the bus travel.
Many thanks to all the ramblers committee whose tireless work makes these 
The next outing is in November, details to follow, and the AGM is scheduled for early December and will be held in Dunfanaghy with the AGM meeting being held in the clubhouse afterwards.
A warm sunny late autumn day provided great conditions for the first of our winter links competitions. 60 members and ladies from neighbouring courses enjoyed the conditions with Linda McDowell (28) from Enniskillen and Bernadette Gillespie(23) from Bundoran both scoring 41 points. Linda taking the competition on BOT. 
Donegal ladies took the next 3 places with Noelle Ward(32) in 3rd. with 36pts, BOT 4th. was Bernie Finn(15) 36pts. BOT and 5th. Dorothy Woods(11) 36 Pts.
The front 9 went to Mary McLaughlin(19) 18 pts. BOT, Bernie Treacy(17) took the back 9 with 19 pts.
 The November winter links competition is on Monday 11th. 
On Sunday/ Tuesday 13th/15th we had more lovely warm sunny days for the Eske Pharmacy sponsored 15 hole competition. Geraldine Gorman (16) won the competition with 33pts, 2nd. was her playing partner Dorothy Woods(11) 29pts. BOT 3rd. was Katie Daly(14) also on 29 pts. with Rena Brogan(36) 
The front 9 was won by Breege McTiernan(26) 17 pts.
The 9 hole competition was closely fought Noelle Ward(32) 19pts. and Graiine McGettigan(29) both getting 19 pts. with Noelle winning on BOT.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar Ladies

25th Sept: 9 hole sweep, 1st Kaye Stewart 20 pts. 2nd Margaret McConnell 17 pts bot 3rd Eileen Boyce 17pts bot. Sat 28th Sept 18 hole sweep. 1st Moya Larkin 33 pts. bot 2nd Bridie Faulkner 33 pts 3rd Dolores Devaney 32 pts. 2nd Oct 9 hole sweep Kaye Stewart 20 pts. Bridie Faulkner 18 pts. Emer Kee 17 pts. Wed 9th Oct. 1st Moira McGee 21 pts. 2nd Brid McGinty 18 pts. 3rd Joy Craig 14 pts. bot Sat 12th Oct 18 hole Sweep. Anna Dillon 35 pts. 2nd Eileen Reilly 34 pts. 3rd Darragh McGowan 31 pts bot. The Murder Mystery night was staged on Fri 11th Oct.
The night was a great success and the audience participated and enjoyed the night immensely, Just two of the audience got the murder half right and the clever detectives were Brenda Burke and Brid Blee. An invitation was received from Strabane to stage the show there and it will also be staged at the Balor in January next.


Results: Last week was extremely changeable with Wednesday being a washout but all the rest of the week super. As a result of this Wednesday’s Open competition was cancelled.
Saturday was a nice calm sunny day the sort you would expect in summer and so the course was thronged with golfers enjoying the great weather while they could. It was due to these conditions that the scoring again was excellent for the 4BBB with the usual winners being relegated to second place. Barry Kavanagh and Enda McClafferty took the top slot with a score of 46 points pushing Kevin James and Eugene Gallagher into second place on 45 points.~
Sunday was another nice day and James Connors had a fantastic round of golf coming home with a score of 60 net. Second place went to Paul Smyth on 63 net BOT from Enda McCormick. The gross prize went to Bill McCallion.

Results: Sat 4bbb stableford: 1st Barry Kavannagh/ Enda McClafferty 46 pts; 2, Kevin James/ Eugene Gallagher 45Pts 
Sunday 20th October monthly medal: 1st James Connors 602, 2, Paul Smyth 63 BOT.; Gross Bill McCallion 72 bot; 3 Enda McCormick 63. CSS 67

Open Day: The Club is pleased to announce an open day for any person (male or female) who might be interested in taking up golf, or would like to get to know more about our great Golf Club. This will take place on the 28th of October 2013, the Bank Holiday Monday. Seamus McMonagle the resident Professional coach will be in attendance from 12 mid-day on that date to help any person interested in joining Dunfanaghy Golf Club with their golf swing. There will also be members present who are willing to play a few holes of golf with anyone interested in joining. Tea/coffee will be served in the clubhouse and persons will be able to see all the facilities available at Dunfanaghy Golf Club. 
There are a number of attractive packages available at the Golf Club for beginners or persons who have played golf before and hoping to join Dunfanaghy Golf Club. A special beginners rate of €150.00 for the 1st year is available for any new beginner (male or female). So join us at the Clubhouse on that date from 12 mid-day and maybe you might consider joining our great Golf Club.
This weekend we have an Open 4BBB on Saturday again and on Sunday it is the Stewart Bam Cup V par Competition. The Bank Holiday Monday is an Open 4BBB any combination

Portsalon Ladies

Results: Enjoying the unseasonably mild conditions on Sunday, Vera Kearney(19) returned 37pts to win the Sunday members for the 20th of October, second was Sarah Nicholl(16) 36pts Bot, Css 39pts. Winner of Turkey no. 3 was Susie Sweeney(27) with 37pts and second was Kathleen McCormick(22) 36pts.
The hugely popular winter links continues on Thursday the 31st of October. There are still a couple of early morning times available, for those wishing to book, phone the office on 07491 59459.
The Christmas hamper will take place on Saturday the 30th of November.