On the weekend of the Augusta Masters, the golfers of Donegal recorded some impressive scores and performances of their own.
The new golfing season is now firmly up and running and among the highlights last weekend was the finals of the Gaeltacht League, hosted by Dunfanaghy Golf Club.
Here's a round-up of what's been happening.
Last Tuesday, April 5th saw the first medal of the year played. A great score was posted by Celia Doran who started her year on a high with a 70 nett.
Results: Winner - Celia Doran (36) 70 nett, 2nd. Cathy Marren (34) 75 B.O.T., 3rd. Lady Captain Jackie Ireland ( 28) 75. Congratulations to all.
A big thank you to sponsors Nuala McGarrigle, Joan Murphy, Evelyn O’Malley and Vera Kearney, not forgetting our sponsors of the Easter weekend, Sweeneys Express Spar and Thyme Out.
There are still a few places left on the Ladies Fundraising Classic on Friday, 22nd April, so anyone who wants to enter a team can do so online. Your support would be appreciated.
Lists for the upcoming Junior, Intermediate, Minor, Challenge Cups and Mixed Foursomes are currently posted on the notice board, so any lady who wants to add her name to these panels is welcome to do so.
Please note that the Donegal Shield, postponed from 9th. April, is now rescheduled for Sat. 16th. and members are urged to enter online.
For these and all other happenings, please check the notice board at all times.
On Monday, 11th April, Marian O’Sullivan and Gabriel McNulty travelled to the Rockmount Golf Club in Belfast to take part in the North qualifier section of the Irish Pro-Am. They played very well but missed out on qualifying for the final stage in the K Club.
Finally sympathy is extended to the Crumlish family on the passing of Mary who was Lady Captain in 1961, and to Marian O’Sullivan, on the death of her cousin.
Bhain Michael Doherty chomórtas MCM Spirits ag an deireadh seachtaine le scór de 65. Scór mhaith ó Micheál an captaen. In san dara áit bhi Declan McBride le 67 agus san tríú áit bhi Donal Greene le 68. Bhain Cian an comhlán le 76. Ba é Charlie Cullen a bhain an Catagóir le 68. Bhain Pol McCool an chéad 9 le 33 agus bhain Nicky Doherty an dara 9 le 32. CSS ar an dá lá nó 69.
Two day this weekend.
Gaeltacht Final Results: A great effort from Dean James' team in Dunfanaghy in the final of Gaeltacht Alliance. The club averaged 38.4 for the 10 scores, just missing out to Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort to finish second fromseven teams. Special thanks to Dean for looking after the team.
Rory Mangan got second overall with 42pts.
Club prizes on the day, 1st Jerry McClafferty 40pts, 2nd Pol McCool 40pts, Gross Cathal Og 34pts, 3rd Nigel Ferry 39pts, 9s Declan McBride and Jason McBride.
Senior Alliance Results:
1st Micheal Mhici 35pts, 2nd Hugh McBride, 3rd Charlie Cullen. Next Alliance is on Thursday 14th
Subscription rates are the same as 2015 with fees now due which can be paid at the bar on Sunday or to the subscription officer Noel O Fearraigh.
Golf Oige: Started again on Sunday last.
Dheanfaidh North West Auto factors urraiocht ar chomortas an deireadh seachtaine seo.
Gaeltacht League Final: Another busy weekend at Dunfanaghy GC started with the final of the Gaeltacht league on Saturday morning. The Rosapenna team started the day with a slender lead and managed to maintain that lead after a tough battle with Gweedore and Dunfanaghy GC. Well done to the Rosapenna lads. Congratulations also to Gerald Dalton who won the individual prize, a very prestigious achievement indeed.
The golf was followed by a presentation in the clubhouse where there was a great atmosphere. Our Captain Denis Martin commended all the teams on their efforts throughout the winter before presenting the prizes.
While the sun shone brightly on Sunday, scoring was very difficult due to a very cold easterly breeze. Well done to Brian Wallace who took first place with 38 points.
Rose Gavigan and Sean Duffy jnr competed during the week in the qualifier for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro Am in Rockmount. In very tough conditions, they scored well but missed out narrowly on qualification for the next stage.
The committee would also like to express their thanks and gratitude to all those who helped out on “Divot Day” over the Easter Holidays. There was a great turnout and the work was completed within a couple of hours. The course will benefit greatly from this in the weeks ahead.
Junior Golf: 12 players turned up for the junior competition on Saturday morning. The cadets had a very competitive few holes with Sean Mc Bride taking the honours. This was Sean's first win and was a well deserved reward for all his hard work. Keep up the practice Sean.
In the juveniles section we had an extremely close competition but in the end it was Andy Ward who held out for a very impressive win. Andy is one of our most dedicated and consistent players. He always plays with a terrific attitude and is a fine example to the younger boys who have joined our cadets section. Well done again Andy. Congratulations also to Lucas Wood who won shot of the day with a great sand save on the 15th.
In the senior boys Conor Hanna won first prize with James Sweeney second and Oisin Cannon third.
Club Single S/F Sunday, April 10th, 1st Brian Wallace 38pts, 2nd Aidan Fox 37pts, Gross Daniel McColgan 29pts,
3rd Micheal McColgan Jnr 36pts,
Category Frank Kelly 34pts
Juvenile Connor Hanna 36pts
Gaeltacht Alliance Final:
Individual Results: 1st Ger Dalton, Dunfanaghy 43pts, 2nd Rory Mangan, Gweedore 42pts, Gross Daniel Boyle, Cruit 38, 3rd James Gallagher, Cruit 41 BOT, 4th Hugo Duggan, Rosapenna 41 BOT
Team Results: Team 1 Rosapenna 412,
Team 2 Gweedore 404, Team 3 Dunfanaghy 401
Gaeltacht Alliance Dunfanaghy Golf Club Final Results: 1st Dean McColgan 40, 2nd Andy Murray 39, Gross B Griffin 38
Events for the Week Ahead:
Saturday, 16th April, Open Singles Stableford; Sunday 17th April, Charlie Robinson Cup Singles Stableford GOY; Monday 19th April, Ladies & Gents Open Seniors (50+).
We had very good scoring in the Pat the Cope-sponsored 18 hole stableford on Sunday. Our Captain Donal Boyle continued his winning touch with an impressive 2 under par round to take 1st prize.
After shooting 2 under in Dunfanaghy in the Gaelteacht Alliance Captains Day the day before, and 4 under the week before in Cruit, this round beat them all as there were strong winds blowing and very tricky pin placements.
Full Result: 1st Donal Boyle 39pts, 2nd Derek Bonner 38pts, 3rd Danny McShea 37pts BOT, Front 9 Vincent Bonner 22pts, Back 9 Liam Sweeney 21pts.
The draw for singles match-play will be this Sunday afternoon so get your names down as soon as possible.
We have a fundraising Night at the Races in Bayview Bar, Dungloe on Friday, 22nd April.
Everybody's support will be very much appreciated and anyone with a card should return it to Aine at the Clubhouse on Sunday at latest or to Donal at the Cope in Dungloe.
Club entries for competitions have been very good in recent weeks and the following are some results.
The Criterion Bar stableford competition per Nan and Patricia Brennan: 1st Linda Beattie 36 points, 2nd Sorcha Begley 30 points.
Club 14 hole competition on 31st March: 1st Mary Stephens 26 points, 2nd Sorcha Begley 25 points (b.o.t.), 3rd Bernie Gillespie 25 points.
The DG uPVC Windows Belcoo competition per Gregory Timoney: 1st Aideen McGarrigle, 37 points ,2nd Linda Beattie 35 points, 3rd Mary Stephens 34 points, 1st Nine Barbara Craig 19 points, 2nd Nine Lucy Ryan 20 points . Best 36 H/C Brena Chapman 27 points.
Next Sunday's competition is an 18 hole stableford competition sponsored by SuperValu Bundoran.
Prizegiving for all competitions will be on Friday, 22nd April in the Clubhouse. Forthcoming events include the Donegal Shield at Ballyliffin Golf Club on Saturday 23rd April. Good luck to the team.
A Fashion Show will be held in the Clubhouse on Thursday, 5th May in aid of Cystic Fibrosis, thanks to Sharon Keon of Zuba Ballyshannon.
The club outing will take place to Slieve Russell Golf Club on Tuesday, 7th June. Please put names on noticeboard in clubhouse if intending to travel.
On Saturday last a large number of young golfers, both new and existing, attended a training session with club professionals David Robinson and Matthew Dunmore and this will continue into the future.
Mulroy Links: The final outing of the Mulroy Links will be staged at Portsalon on Saturday 15th. All members are reminded to contact Portsalon on 0749159459 to confirm their tee time.
In the golfer of the year standings, in the nett section, there are five players in contention for the main prize. The standings are Sean Gibbons 9 points, John Logue 8 points, Pat Boyce 8 points, Brendan Roche 5 points Sean Loughrey 5 points. In the gross section, Seamus Clinton leads with 15 points, Noel Callan 14 points and Eamon Mc Dermott with 11 points.
Fixtures: On Sunday, 16th April it's the Mulroy Links. On Sunday it’s a members competition and on Wednesday 20th April an open stableford competition. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions at Portsalon Golf Club, contact 074 91 59459 for your tee time or go online at portsalongolfclub.com.
The voucher Sunday competition was cancelled on Sunday last as a number of members were participating in the Ulster Cup. The competition will now be played on Sunday, 24th April.
Results: The winner of the Open staged on Saturday, 9th April was Shaun Kelly (9) 37 points; 2nd Brendan McHugh (20) 36 points, 3rd Patrick McNulty (22) 35 points. The C.S.S. was 35 points.
The winner of the members competition staged on Sunday, 10th April was Pat O’Neill (16) 37 points, 2nd John Strain (22) 36 points, 3rd Sean Barrett (14) 35 points. The C.S.S. was 37 points.
Club teams: The Portsalon Ulster Cup team commenced their campaign on Sunday last as the team travelled to Galgorm Castle. The Portsalon team came away with 3 matches to Galgorm’s 4 matches and the return leg scheduled for Sunday should be a close encounter.
Anyone interested in representing the club in the Irish Mixed Foursomes competition is asked to add their names to the sheet on the notice board. The qualifying will be at City of Derry on 18th May. Practice nights will be arranged, and the first of these is on Friday, 15th April at 5.45pm.
The Danny Clinton Memorial match play is also open for entries. Please add your names to the sheet in the office and pay the entry fee of €5 per person.
Gaeltacht League: The final of the Gaeltacht League was staged at Dunfanaghy Golf course on Saturday last. As Portsalon had one match outstanding and despite the team captain making numerous attempts to arrange the match it left Portsalon little chance of claiming victory. The overall title went to Rosapapenn Golf Club. The winner of the Portsalon Captains prize was Pat Greene with 40 points BOT, runner up Dan Curran 40 points, Gross Eamonn McDermott, 3rd Pauric Morrison 39 points.
The Captain John Logue would like to thank team captain Martin Blaney and all the players who represented Portsalon in this year’s Gaeltacht League.
Golfers Insurance: If you are interested in purchasing insurance please contact Billy in the clubhouse. The fee for 2016 is €25
Each Monday a group of members are meeting at the Clubhouse at 10am to do a little tidy up around the course. This is an ideal way to pass a few hours and in doing so improve the general neatness of our golf course. If you have a few hours to spare why not come along and do a little for your golf club
Masters Draw: Congratulations to Keith French who drew Danny Willett in the Masters draw. The Captain John Logue would like to express his and the club's thanks to everyone who supported the draw.
At the recent AGM the following ladies were voted into office for 2016: Lady captain Bridie Doherty, Lady vice captain Mary Barrett, Secretary Roisin McGee, Hcap secretary Sadie Ni Chuireain, assistant Margaret McLean, Competition Secretary, Sadie Ni Chuireain, assistant Bridie Doherty, Treasurer Hannah Gallagher,
assistant Madge Kelly, PRO Chris Cannon.
Thursday competitions are up and running. Draws for playing partners at 11am and 4pm. To play outside these times please contact lady vice captain
Mary at 0851181157.
The fixture cards will be ready shortly. The final outing of the WCA takes place at Cloughaneely on Saturday, April 30th. Phone on Tuesday 26th or Wednesday 27th between 10am-4pm for your time on the timesheet.
Ballybofey and Stranorlar
Club results: Tuesday, 5th April, 1st Nett: Lorcan Donnellan (8) 40pts (bot), 2nd Nett: John Patton (13) 40pts(bot). CSS 67
Saturday, 9th April, 1st Nett: Joseph Rowley (17) 39pts, 2nd Nett: Gerry Driver (10) 38pts, Gross Andy Parkinson (10) 27pts, 3rd Nett: Christy Brogan (12) 35pts, CSS 69
Sunday, 10th April (Stroke), 1st: Dougie McFeely (18) 65 Nett (bot), 2nd: Jonathan Brady (11) 65 Nett (bot), Gross James Grant (12) 78, 3rd: Chris Patton (16) 67 Nett, CSS 68
Club teams: B&S Fred Daly Team Captain Seán Carlin took the club's young guns up to Dungannon for the return leg of the first round and with a healthy lead of four matches to one. On a bitterly cold day each of the boys teed off. Ryan Griffin, playing of a handicap of 9, was matched with Jack Madden (nephew of PGA Pro Seamus Duffy and playing off a 2 handicap). Ryan put up a great fight until the last few holes as did Cormac Carr and Rourke Griffin. Seán McBride seemed to have lost his way early on in his match being five down after seven holes but after a few words (kind words) from his Team Captain, Seán changed things around and got back to one down after 13 holes. Unfortunately, he over clubbed himself on the 14th to go out of bounds and that was to end what seemed like come back of the day.
Match of the day must go to Michael Curran playing with a handicap of 16, who was to be paired with their highest handicapped golfer playing off 6 and we must remember that these are flat matches (no shots given).
Michael totally outclassed his opponent with brilliant ball striking all day and great putting to go on and win his match 5 and 4. Well done Michael.
So in the end up, the overall match was halved and Dungannon got through on a narrow holes difference.
Good luck to Dungannon in the next round.
Ulster Cup: John McMenamin took his new look Ulster Cup Team to Cavan Golf Club and came home with three matches out of seven which is a great result away from home. Not sure when this home leg is scheduled for but if you log into our Facebook page, we will keep you inforned.
A Cookery Demonstration by award-winning chef Martin Anderson will be held in the clubhouse on Thursday, 21st April. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets €10 (includes a glass of wine).
Ring the Clubhouse for more details on 074 91 31093.
The results for the weekend competition, kindly sponsored by E. & J. OIl
Services, Ballintra are as follows:
1st: Niall Carr 41 pts. (B.O.T.)
2nd : Danny McLernon 41 pts. (B.O.T.)
3rd: Colin Bell 39 pts. (B.O.T.)
4th: Killian McGowan 39 pts. (B.O.T.)
Gross: Mark Crawford 32 pts.
Congratulations to all, and especially to Shane Feeney for his 2 on the
2nd hole (Par 5). Presentations will be held at 9pm on April 22nd.
The competition next weekend will be singles stableford; sponsored by Keown Carpet and Flooring (Ballyshannon & Donegal Town).
At the weekend, with Murvagh playing every bit as hard as Augusta (only three players breaking par), Christopher Hegarty gave a masterly performance shooting 39pts to win the Kevin Britton Memorial sponsored by the Sandhouse Hotel.
Proving he still can show the juniors a thing or two, Seamus Faulkner finished in second with 38pts. Oliver Roche, playing off 6, returned a skilful 38pts to take third and on 36pts J.J.Travers earned fourth and automatic qualification for the Ulster Cup team. Jason Conway, fresh from a great showing at the Munster Youths in Cork, earned the gross with 32pts. Well done Jason.
The Fred Daly team followed up a good result at home last week by winning 3:2 away to Carnalea on Saturday. They now progress to the third round of the competition.
Junior lessons start on Monday 18th from 6 to 7 pm. Any juniors wishing to try the game should come up at that time.
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Rosapenna win the Gaeltacht League:
Congratulations to our Gaeltacht League team who under the captaincy of Joe McHugh, have claimed a record
fourth title in five years finishing ahead of Gweedore G.C at Dunfanaghy on Captains Day last Saturday.
Well done to Hugo Duggan of Rosapenna who finished 4th in the overall Captains Day with 41pts.
The Rosapenna section results were as follows - 1st John Boyce with 41pts, 2nd place Shane Sweeney with 40pts. The gross winner was Michael Bradley with 32 gross pts. Third place was Denis Harkin with 38pts.
Rosapenna team captain Joe McHugh would like to thank all this players for their commitment and effort all winter and many thanks to Dunfanaghy G.C for staging the Captains Day.
Results (Sandy Hills Links): The gents club competition on Sunday was won by Peter Smyth (12) with 39pts, the runner up was Con Boyce (5) with 38pts and in third place was Conor McMenamin (5) with 34pts bot.
Two's - Jimmy Gallagher, Mickey Treanor, Joe McHugh, Denis Harkin & John Dowds with €9.50 each.
Competitions: There will be a shop sweep every Wednesday on the Sandy Hills Links. It will be semi open with entry fees as follows - Member 10e, DL Member 20e and Visitor 40e.
The Bevan Cup will be played for over the Sandy Hills Links on Sunday, April 17th, this is the second golfer of the year event.
Mulroy Links: The final Mulroy Links outing of 2015/16 will take place at Portsalon this coming Saturday. Contact the Golf Shop on 074-91-59459 to book/amend any tee times.
Courses: All member play will remain on the Sandy Hills Links until
further notice. The Old Tom Morris Links is open with limited play
for hotel residents only. Club length placing not nearer the hole on fairways only is now in play on both links.
Matchplay Competitions: The 2016 Mixed Foursomes Matchplay draw
has been made and is posted on the members notice board. The pair on the top of the draw are responsible for making initial contact.
Team Golf: Sign up sheets are posted on the members notice board
for anyone interested in representing Rosapenna in team competition this season. Each team captain will have the final decision.
Up coming competitions/events:
Saturday 16th - Final outing of Mulroy Links (Portsalon)
Sunday 17th April - Bevan Cup (G.o.Y)
Wednesday 20th - Shop Sweep (Open singles)
Saturday 23rd April - Junior (5-9) & Intermediate (10-18) Scratch Cups
Sunday 24th - Gents Singles (club)
The ladies results from Saturday are as follows - 1st Suzanne Gallagher (22) with 37pts, 2nd Kit Boyce (20) with 34pts. The front nine winner was
Madge Kelly (19) with 17pts bot and the bank nine winner was Dympna Kelly (21) with 20pts.
Ladies Open Singles Stableford on Friday 24th June, €30 per player (including tea/coffee on arrival and a meal served between 5.30-8.30pm). All ladies welcome. Time sheet in operation contact The Pavilion Golf Shop
US Masters Draw: The results of the golf club fundraising US Masters
draw are as follows, Heather McBride & Veronica Dowds sharing 1st & 2nd with Stephen Doherty in 3rd place.
All prizes are available for collection from The Pavilion Golf Shop. Thank you to all the members who sold the lines and to everyone who bought a line supporting the golf club.
Saturday 9th April will be long remembered by Cat 3 member Gabriel McNulty  for, not only did he win the Open competition but he also qualified to represent the club in the knock-out stage of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am, his playing partner being lady member Marian O' Sullivan. With a topsy-turvy front nine giving him a mere equal par 18pts, Gabriel took the irons out of the fire and roasted the inward nine with 23pts to record a winning score of 41pts.
Sunday 10th confined competition, played in dry but cold conditions, hosted a tight finish between no less than four of the club's single figure handicappers with 'King' Kenny  coming out on top by virtue of a B.O.T. With a mediocre outward nine returning only 16pts, Kenny showed his fighting qualities to record back-to-back birdies at Settlement [11th], Sheep Hill [12th] and Candalabra [15th] before an unwarranted double bogey at 17th reduced his back nine total to 22pts. But it was still enough to relegate Kieran Sweeney  to runner-up spot. Indeed Kieran's front nine was the better with a gross 37 shots and 20pts but his birdie at Hunters Home, the par three 13th, just wasn't enough for the win.
In third place was John Doran  with 37pts. Gross prize was won by Kevin Rafferty  whose card included birdies at 2nd [Glebe], 11th and 12th holes but a double bogey at 6th and a bogey at 13th had him finishing with 31 gross pts.
Open competitions continue on Friday and Saturday with Sunday 17th confined being the first 'major' of the season with the club's Voucher competition. Monday 18th will witness the start of the club's Murphy Maintenance sponsored matchplay competitions whilst Wednesday 20th Open is sponsored by C & M Embroidery. Friday 22nd hosts the Ladies Club Fundraising Open Classic, any combination, €100 per team.
The club Captains Ivan and Jacqueline, President Greg and all members proudly welcome Seamus Mc Monagle as their club PGA Professional .
Congratulations to the Eamon O'Carroll-led Ulster Cup team who defeated Ballyliffin GC. In the first leg qualifying at the Inishowen club on Saturday last. Letterkenny hold a 5 &1/2 to 1 &1/2 lead going into the return leg at home this Saturday, April 16th.