Golf notes

All the latest news from your local golf club.

All the latest news from your local golf club.


The club held a successful agm on friday 10th february in the clubhouse. Many thanks to outgoing captain Francis Boyle and his commitee. New captain Brian Mc Gee was welcomed and the following officers were elected, President Noel Gallagher,vice captain James O Meara, secretary Danny Mc Nulty, treasurer Patsy Mc Vicar, PRO Owen Mc Fadden, Handicap secretary Peader Curran and competition secretary Owen Mc Fadden. Draw co-ordinator Owen Mc Gee.Membership secretary is Michael Murray.

Last weekend the competition was won by Francis Boyle with a fine score of 42pts . second with 40pts (bot) was PAUL mc Fadden.This weekend we have Captains Drive-in on Sunday at 10am. The format will be an 18 hole mixed scramble. All members are encouraged to attend. Fund raising “ a night at the races” will take place on Saturday 25th. Horses still available from any commitee member.

Any member not on the club text messaging service please leave there mobile number in clubhouse on Sunday at Captains Drive In.


Jason Mc Bride, the longest hitter in the club, was the winner of the club stroke competition on Sunday with a 66 nett. Bhi Seosamh O Duibhir sa dara hait le 68 agus Ronan Mac Gairbheith sa triu hait le 68 fosta. Bhain Frankie Mac Fhionnghaile an gros le 76 agus ba Padraig Mac Giolla Chomhaill agus Pol Mac Cumhaill a bhain an chead agus dara naoi le 31.5 agus 33.

Subscriptions are now due and remain the same as 2011 and can be viewed in the clubhouse, on the club’s website and also on the club’s new facebook page.

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 members. A bus is being organised to the Irish Open in Portrush on Saturday, 30th June. Details are posted on the notice board for anyone interested in travelling.

The annual Drive-In has been confirmed for Saturday, 3rd March with Charles Sweeney, Marie Kelly and Matt Murray performing the honours. A mass for all deceased members will be held at 10 a.m. with the drive-in and scramble afterwards followed by refreshments. Team captain’s for the year ahead are as follows: Minor League: Declan Ferry; Donegal Junior Cup: Jason Mc Bride; Donegal League: Pol O Maolagain and Frankie Mc Ginley; Mixed Foursomes: Anthony Doherty; Jimmy Bruen: Declan Mc Bride; Pierce Purcell: Con Friel. Beidh an chead chluiche eile sa ghaeltacht i Machaire Gathlan maidin De Sathairn in eadan Port Nua. Due to the Gaeltacht match, any members looking to play the course this Saturday can do so after 3 p.m. Next presentation and draw will take place on Sunday, 26th February at 8 p.m.


Another great weekend of golf this week in between the rain that is, we had the Daily Mail Qualifier / gents foursome with Brendan Kelly and our Captain James Doherty with a very nice score of 68 and the first of the Golfer of the Year Competitions won by Jimmy Keenan with a great score of 62, and with our weather looking a bit milder for the first half of the week hopefully a few more good scores to come.

10/02/2012 Friday 14 Hole Stableford: Anthony Gallagher 33 pts.; James Brogan 31 pts.; Charlie Roarty 30 pts. bot

02/11/2012, Gents Foursomes/Daily Mail Qualifier: Brendan Kelly/James Doherty 68; Graham Cummings/Mark Caithness 69

Spring Cup GOY Stroke, 12-Feb-12: 1st: Jimmy Keenan 62; 2nd: Andy Murray 63; Gross: Keith Lapsley 71 bot; 3rd: David Lapsley 64 bot; 1st 9: Dan Sweeney 28; 2nd 9: Patrick Duffy 31 bot. CSS: NC

Letterkenny Ladies

Love was in the air in Letterkenny Golf Club at the weekend as Captain Niall, Lady Captain Angela and President Padraic led the drives at Captains Drive-In. With spring in the air, little wind and warm blue skies, the large turnout were earlier treated to a wonderful array of tea and home bakes supplied by the ladies club.

The mixed 18 hole scramble followed and the team of Kevin McDonagh, Don Ponsonby and Geard McGee emerged victors, thanks in no small part to Kevins ‘Hole in One’ at the 16th! Presentations were preceeded by a very tasty meal of stew and curry. A chink in Valentines armour appeared for a brief moment, when Mr Captain in a Freudian slip of the tongue, remarked it was his first presentation. To a delighted packed clubhouse, amid rapturous applause and cheers, Lady Captain quipped “our first presentation”!

Friday nights under quizmaster Hugh McClafferty have brought life back to Barnhill again, 9.30pm start.

Bingo in the clubhouse on Sunday 26th February at 4pm.

On March 25th there will be an auction of quality items donated by members as part of the fund raising drive in the club. If you feel you can donate an item of furniture, a painting or even an antique, it would be greatly appreciated. Viewing of all the items will be on the previos day. Please contact Lady Vice-Captain Sandra if you would like to contribute anything.

The club Mixed Foursomes competition, which was so popular last year is open for new entries. The first 32 names only, can be accepted. The list is in the ladies locker room and filling quickly, so make sure to get your name in.

Golf knowledge and Rules: Isn’t it amazing how you can doubt yourself when a playing partner is so adamant of a rule!

There is no penalty and it is permissible to ask a player to mark her ball on the green even if you are not on it. Not to be confused with Line of Play on the putting green. Before a player makes a stroke from the putting green, she can have her line of putting pointed out, as long as the green is not touched. Placing a mark on the green to point out the line is also not permitted. Only the player, the player’s partner or either of their caddies are allowed to point out the line.

North West

Tuesday Meal Deal - 7th of February - The popular Tuesday Meal Deal saw Stephen Fitzpatrick(12) record his 1st victory of the year when he returned the winning score of 39pts. A run of 4 pars around the turn and a birdie at the 17th gave stephen a front nine of 20pts and a back nine of 19pts to win on the break of a tie from Harry Coyle(11) on 39pts.

Results: 1st Stephen Fitzpatrick (12) 39pts b.o.t; 2nd Harry Coyle (11) 39pts

Friday 10th of Feruary - Inishowen Golf Society

Results: 1st Liam Cregan(13) 38pts 2nd Ronan McLaughlin (15) 36pts

Confined Stableford - Saturday 11th of February

Saturday’s Confined stableford was played in fantastic conditions with past captain Jimmy McFadden (15) emerging victorious with a good score of 38pts. Two solid nines of 19pts each saw Jimmy win by one point from Kevin o Donnell (20) on 37pts with Liam Galbraith (14) in 3rd also on 37pts.

Results: 1st Jimmy McFadden (15) 38pts 2nd Kevin O’Donnell (20) 37pts b.o.t; 3rd Liam Galbraith (14) 37pts.

Confined Stableford - Sunday 12th February - Eddie John Grant took the honours in Sundays confined stableford with a score of 35pts, an early birdie at the 4th hole helped Eddie to a front nine of 19pts and a birdie 2 at the 13th led to a further 16pts on his back nine to win by 1pt from Karl King(11) 34pts b.o.t with Phillip Meenan (18) 34pts in 3rd.

Results: 1st Eddie John Grant (16) 35pts 2nd Karl King (11) 34pts 3rd Phillip Meenan (18) 34pts


Tues 14th - Tuesday Meal Deal

Thurs 16th - Thursday Society

Sat 18th - Confined Stableford

Captains Drive in Sunday 19th February 12 o clock 13 hole team of 4 Scramble Shotgun start.


Last Sunday saw the biggest event of the year so far, the Captains’ Drive In take place. All eyes from a large crowd of members and friends faced toward the main gate as per the Captains’s instructions as he drove off. Niall O’Donnell faced up to his moment of terror and hit his shot straight down the middle with great aplomb. He was followed by Lady Captain, Angela Kilgannon who was equally impressive and the best of them all Club President Pauraic Munnelly. A large turnout saw 30 teams of three balls take part in an 18 hole scramble.

Results: Don Ponsonby Kevin McDonagh Gerrard McGee 58.7; 2nd Paul Lynch Danny McLaughlin Joe Terry 59.8; 3rd Charlie Coughlin Rory McCrory Maureen Sweeney.

It was memorable day for Kevin McDonagh, a stylish golfer, who not only was he on the winning tem but Kevin recorded his first hole in one at the 16th hole. There is no truth that he used a driver.

Saturday’s competition result; 1st Oisin McAviney (26) 43 pts; Gross Gerrard Duffy (5) 33 pts Ther will be a club 18 hole competition on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Entries for the Spring League sponsored by Murphy Maintenance will be closing shortly, so please make sure to put your name down. Praise to Rory McCrory for the great work that he has done on the bridges of Barnhill.

rian O’Reilly is appealing to all members who may have quality pieces of furniture, Art, collectibles etc that they do not want, to donate them to the club for a Fine Art Auction that will be held in the clubhouse on Sunday March 25th starting at 4pm. The clubhouse is available for meetings functions etc, to book contact Noreen at the club.

Cruit Island Ladies

What a wonderful way to start the golfing year with the great day we had at the Captain’s Drive In on Saturday. The rain cloudy parted to bright warm sunshine as Lady Captain Noreen sent her drive high into the still waters below. Captain Michael followed suit and dispelled all his nightmares as his ball too was bound for Owey Sound.

The large turnout thoroughly enjoyed the 18 holes Scramble. Past Captain John Hyland led his team to victory on the day with a spectacular 8 under round, his team mates were Keith Bonner, Hugh Gillespie and Brid Rodgers, who seems to be very consistent in these competitions. We look forward to seeing more of Brid in our individual competitions this year. Our many thanks to Jimmy, Margaret Rose & Aine for the delightful food and thanks to photographer Mary who had framed photographs ready for the captains on their return from the course.

The West Coast Alliance due to take place in Dunfanaghy at the weekend was deferred until March 10th. The next round takes place in Cruit on Sat 25th February. The qualifying round for the Daily Mail competition takes place this week with our first round away to Portnoo. Good luck to Jo and her team in this event.

Coming soon is the Battle of the Lands. Can your townland claim the bragging right to host the best golfers? Stableford Team competition with 4 cards to count .


Our weekend started on Saturday morning with our Captains and Lady Captains Drive-In.

Large crowd were surprised by a beautiful calm dry morning and the draw took place for Scramble. Good luck to both Noreen and Michael in the year ahead, two very popular people in our club. Scramble was won by Brid Rodgers, John Hyland, Keith Bonner and Hugh Gillespie with excellent score of 8 Birdies and 10 Pars.

In our Sunday club competition it was the day of the Annagry men, as they took the top 3 prizes on the day. It was announced that we were going to hold new competition for townlands.

Full Results - 1st Gary Boyle 40pts BOT; 2nd Aidan O Donnell 40pts; 3rd Dermot Devenney 39pts; Front 9 Sean Cowley 21pts; Back 9 Paddy Ban Gallagher 22pts

Ballybofey and Stranorlar

Lady luck has smiled once again with the past weekend being ideal for good golf, which was reflected in the scoring.

Saturday 11th February, Overall Winner; Lorcan Donnellan (9) with a fine score of 44pts. Category Winners, Cat 1; Liam O’ Neill (9) - 41pts. Cat 2; Charlie Anderson (10) - 43pts. Cat 3; Kieran Mc Shea (19) - 40pts. Best Gross Score on the day was Derek Mc Neill (2) - 37pts. Sunday 12th February, Overall Winner; James Mc Nulty snr (6) - 41pts. Category Winners, Cat 1; Matthew Mc Auley (4) - 39pts. Cat 2; Barry Farmer (11) - 40pts. Cat 3; Kieran Mc Shea (19) - 40pts. Best Gross Score on the day was Matthew Mc Auley.

The Spring League is up and running although it is too early to say who are the potential winners at this stage, as there is a lot of golf to be played yet. Quiz on Wednesday 15th February is in aid of Planet Youth the local organization who are involved with our local young people and do a fantastic job. Quiz on Wednesday 22nd is in aid of our local hospital St Joseph’s so please come out in your numbers and support the great work they do there.

Narin and Portnoo

Our Annual mass for deceased members and families will take place on Friday 24th Feb at 7.30pm in clubhouse. Kilcar man Barry Mc Closkey got a Hole in One at the 16th on Sunday. His brother Paul was a winner in January and both are excelling on the golf course as their famous uncles Martin and James Mc Hugh performed on the football field.

Frankie Quinn got an eagle on the 13th last Friday in the Seniors and at last this 20 handicapper looks like achieving his ambition to get his handicap reduced to near single figures.

Vice Captain Hugh Francis has bounced back immediately from his lapse the previous week in the Captains Drive In to win Sundays competition with 41 points. Eamonn Mc Gill was the winner of Fridays Senior Charity 16 hole competition for the second time in a fortnight with 36 points.

Results: Friday Seniors. 1. Eamonn Mc Gill (9) 36 bot, 2. Frankie Quinn (20) 36. Sunday Singles. 1. Hugh Francis Shovlin (19) 41 bot, 2. James Magee (22) 41 bot, 3. Jim Harley (9) 41. Fixtures Friday Seniors 16 hole 10.30am, Sunday Single Stableford, Wed Single Open.


The 2012 Ladies & Gents Captains Drive-In took place over the Sandy Hills Links in fantastic weather conditions last Saturday the 12th.

The format was a mixed four ball scramble and the winners were Reg North, Shane Sweeney, Denis Boyce and Hugo Duggan with 54 7/8.

Runners up were Clare Lenny, Mick Gallagher Jnr, Jodie Mc Hugh and Seimi McBride with 56 3/4. Third place was the team of Diane Barnett, Paddy McClafferty, Edward McGroddy and Mick Gallagher Snr with 57 3/4.

The Ladies Branch raised over €400 from the raffle and the Lady Captain would like to thank everyone that supported it and the ladies who sponsored the prizes.

The Sunday singles stroke competition on the 12th of Feb was played over the Sandy Hills Links and was won by Denis McBride with 69 nett bot. Runner up was Shane Doherty 69 nett. Gross winner was Shaun Boyce with 81 bot. Third place was Denis Boyce with 71 nett.

Good luck to the Gaeltacht team who are playing away to Portsalon this Saturday the 18th of February. The first team tees off from the 1st tee at 10.00am.

The North-West Alliance visits the Sandy Hills Links at Rosapenna this 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. The entry fee is 120e per team of four. Contact Charlie McBride on 087-947-2260 for entries.

There will be a club competition over the Sandy Hills Links on Sunday the 19th & 26th of February.