12-year-old Padraig shows the way at Gweedore Golf Club


12-year-old Padraig shows the way at Gweedore Golf Club

Young Padraig O'Doherty stole the show at Gweedore Golf Club this week after he showed his more senior opponents the way by winning the Paul A. Roarty sponsored competition at the weekend.

Padraig, 12, is Gweedore's youngest member and shot a great 42pts to clinch a famous win.

Elsewhere last week, the Donegal Ladies 3 Day classic was held in glorious sunshine.

For news of that event, and all that's happening around our local courses, here's a round up from Donegal's clubs.

Bundoran ladies

Last Sunday’s competition, sponsored by Twin Town Oils, was played in glorious sunshine and had the following winners: 1st Marie Begley 42 points, 2nd Sorcha Begley 39 points (b.o.t.), 3rd Ursula McManus 39 points. Front nine Yvonne McGarrigle 18 points, Back nine Ann Loughlin 20 points. Best 36 H/C Brena Chapman 36 points.

The Thursday competition, sponsored by O’Reilly Fish Centre, Ballyshannon, had the following winners: 1st Deirdre Mulligan 36 points (b.o.t.) 2nd Mary Mitchell 36 points.

This Thursday’s stableford competition is sponsored by Brook Insurance Brokers (Bernie McKenna), Ballyshannon. The June Bank Holiday weekend stableford competition on Sunday and Monday is sponsored by Rory and Pearse O’Neill, Newsagents, Ballyshannon.

The annual Club Outing takes place on Tuesday next, 7th June, to Slieve Russell G.C. and is sponsored by Supervalu, Bundoran.

The following weekend, 11th and 12th June, is the Club Classic sponsored by Western Car Sales.

Recent competition results: The Olympic Amusements Bundoran stableford competition on Sunday 22nd May had the following winners: 1st Kathleen Connolly 37 points (b.o.t.), 2nd Josephine McGurren 37 points, 3rd Ursula McManus 36 points. Front nine Ann Moloney 17, Back nine Yvonne McGarrigle 21 points. Thursday, 19th May competition, sponsored by Teresina Barrett-Hair Design, Ballyshannon, was won by Bernie Gillespie 75, 2nd Kathleen Connolly 78.

Donegal Seniors Golf Alliance

Results of Donegal Senior Golf Alliance outing to Ballybofey & Stranorlar GC on Thursday last, May 26.

1 Willie Russell (24) Rosapenna 40 BOT; 2 Michael Hynes (13) Ballybofey & Stranorlar 40; 3 Michael O'Boyle (13) Ballybofey & Stranorlar 39 BOT; 4 Tom Reddan (20) Letterkenny 39 BOT; 5 Gerry Coyle (16) North West 39 BOT;

Gross, Don Ponsoby (5) Letterkenny 28 BOT; 6 PJ Kerr (23) Ballyliffin 39;

7 J Henderson (20) Ballybofey & Stranorlar 38 BOT; 8 E Lynch (16) Ballybofey & Stranorlar 38 BOT; 9 G Gordon (22) Strabane 38 BOT; 10 S Gildea (20) Letterkenny 38

Cat A: 1 A Henderson (15) Ballybofey & Stranorlar 37; 2 C Williamson (13) Letterkenny 35

Cat B: 1 C Toland (13) Portsalon 37 BOT; 2 J Nixon (19) Donegal 37

Cat C: 1 P Mc Nulty (15) Ballybofey & Stranorlar 37 BOT; 2 J Mc Ginley (9) Dunfanaghy 37

Cat D: 1 E Hone (23) Ballybofey & Stranorlar 38; 2 S Mc Cormack (23) Portsalon 37.

Narin and Portnoo

Mr David Kelly our Club President will hold his big day on Saturday, 11th June. We would ask all members to make the effort to play on the day to support one of the most popular members of the club.

On the club team front we had mixed results over the last few weeks. Our mixed Foursomes, Junior Cup, Jimmy Bruen and Pierce Purcell teams made their exit just finishing a few strokes behind the fourth placed teams.

The Minor League team had a very good result in Ballyliffin, taking two and a half matches with the home leg to come. Also the Ulster Fourball team are still in the competition and play this week against Donegal.

As was stated a few weeks ago, our new website will be up and running maybe by the time you read these notes so once again the club are keeping up with trend of most big clubs and progressing forward.

The winner of the J.J. Reid Motors Stableford was Tom Rawdon with a score of 43pts, closely followed by Barry Doherty on 42pts

Results J.J.Reid Motors: 1st Tom Rawdon (21) 43pts; 2nd Barry Doherty (13) 42pts; 3rd Kevin Gilgunn (20) 39pts b.o.t.; Best Sat. Pat O'Gorman (10) 38pts; Front Nine P.J. Gallagher (12) 21pts; Back Nine Kieran Cunnea (12) 23pts;

Cat A Finn McCrory (9) 39pts, Cat B John R Quinn (12) 38pts, Cat C Des Mc Gettigan (20) 39pts

Fixtures: Open every Wednesday; Sunday, 5th June, Single Stableford sponsored by Killybegs Golf Society.

Letterkenny Ladies

The 13-hole competition played on Tuesday, May 24th was won by Katrina Rainey with 25 pts. Connie Reddan was second with 24pts, and third was Eileen Daly with 23pts. Congratulations and well done ladies.

Three day Tournament, 24-26 May:

This event was very generously sponsored by the AIB. The first venue was the links course at Dunfanaghy. Letterkenny ladies came up trumps here. Taking first place was the very in-form Kay Kelly with a whopping 40pts (bot) neck and neck with her was the rising golf star Kate Gallagher also with 40pts. Coming in third was Nuala Mc Garrigle with 39pts. The visitors prize was won by Pauline Curley with 37pts. An overall great result for the ladies of Barnhill. Congratulations to all the winners.

The following day, Wednesday, found the focus on Ballybofey/Stranorlar. Here Angela Bradlley came in second place with 37pts. Lady Captain Jackie Ireland won the back nine with 22pts.

Finally the third day played at Barnhill, in cloudy, showery weather, did not deter the 100 or so golfers who participated.

Starting with the 2's the following ladies recorded that score: Julie Jordan, Josephine Stewart, and Audrey Faulkner. Julie Jordan also won the visitors' prize. Congratulations ladies.

The front nine was won by Grainne Hines with 22pts, and back nine won by Barbara Jones with 19pts (bot).

The winner on the day was Karen Mc Glinchey scoring 39pts. Second place went to Carmel Mc Geady with 37pts. Coming in third was Maura Cavanagh with 35pts.

Marvellous scores all round and well done to all the winners.

The team results for the overall tournament are as follows:

In third place with great score of 278pts was the Letterkenny team of Ann Condon, Angela Kilgallen, and Sandra Mc Monagle. Coming in second, another Letterkenny trio, Ann Cannon, Grainne Hines, and Angela Bradley scoring 288 pts.

The ladies of Ballybofey/Stranorlar, Ann Clancy, Eileen Reilly, and Margaret Hines, scoring a wonderful 293pts were worthy winners of the team prize.

The overall nett winner was Angela Bradley with 107pts aggr.. The overall gross was won by Cathy Mc Cormack (8) Delgany Golf Club with 70pts aggr. CSS Members 36pts Visitors 34pts.

Heartiest congratulations to all the winners in this very popular 3-day event.

Team events: On Sunday, 29th May, the Challenge team and Junior teams were playing at home on a stunning day. The challenge team captained by Margo Birmingham was successful against Banbridge, winning 4 and half matches, and move on to the third round of the competition.

The Junior team, captained by Marian O Sullivan, playing Allen Park, won convincingly in all their matches and are now up 22 holes, well done to all the team. Replay leg on Saturday at 4pm in Allen Park in Co. Antrim. A very impressive golfing day for the ladies of Barnhill.

Glenties Golf Society

Once again, we had a good turn-out at our third outing of the year last Saturday in Narin and Portnoo.

Of the ten winners so far in our outings, no one has been in the prizes twice.

Our next outing is in Letterkenny on Saturday, 9th July with a tee off time at 10 am.

Results from Saturday last: 1. Martin McShane (19) 36; 2 Seamus Gildea (26) 35; 3 John Molloy (9) 34.

Visitors' Prize, Gerard Mc Dwyer (12) 38.

Cruit Island

We had the Derryveagh Crystal competition on Sunday last, with a very good entry and perfect weather conditions.

The course was playing difficult but Kieran Gallagher, back playing to his best, shot a winning score with a solid 64 nett to win by 2 clear shots.

Result: 1st Kieran Gallagher 64, 2nd Charles Gillespie 66 BOT, 3rd Jim O Donnell 66, Front 9 Paddy Farren 31,

Back 9 Robert Casey 31.5 BOT

Our single match-play is going really well and this round matches is to be played before or on Sunday, 5th June. With the almost perfect weather it should be very easy to get our final played in July.

This week we have our annual Mc Elwee Open and can be played Saturday or Sunday. It's one of our long running competitions that always attracts a huge entry. A big thank you to Gerard for his continued support in this competition.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar Ladies

Contratulations to Ann Glancy, Eileen Reilly and Margaret Hynes who won the 3 Day Donegal Classic outright by a clear 4 points. They were lying 3rd after the second day and managed to pull ahead on the third day at Letterkenny.

The second day of the classic, played at B & S, was sponsored by McElhinneys Stores.

The individual 1st prize was won by Karen O'Meara B & S on 38 pts; 2nd was Angela Bradley, Letterkenny on 37pts BOT; Gross Darragh McGowan B & S 27 gr pts; 3rd Mary Harkin, B & S 37 pts BOT; Visitor Anne Cannon, Letterkenny 37 pts; 1st 9 Emer Kee B & S on 31 pts; 2nd 9 Jackie Ireland, Letterkenny on 23 pts.

There was only one birdie on a par 3 which was by Sharon Maloney, B &S.


The results for the weekend competition, kindly sponsored by The Apartotel Bundoran, are as follows:

1st Kilian McGowan 66; 2nd Turlough Craig 67 (B.O.T.); 3rd Mark Boyle 67;

4th Seamus O'Neill 67; Gross Shane Feeney 73.

Congratulations to all.

Presentations will be held at 9pm on June 10th.

Commiserations to the Pierce Purcell team who lost out to Rossmore at Aughnacloy on Sunday.

Upcoming Events: The Wednesday Open Competitions will commence on May 25th - Visitors €20, Members €5.

There will be a 'Nine & Dine' Competition (9 holes of golf and a meal) held on Friday afternoons - Visitors €15, Members €12.

Please book through the On-Line Tee Booking System on the Bundoran Golf Club Website.

The Club Classic will be held on June 11th and 12th - €100 per team of four (any combination). Meal included.

The competition next weekend will be Singles Stableford; sponsored by the Olympic Amusements, Bundoran.


Young Padraig O'Doherty won the Paul A. Roarty sponsored competition at the weekend.

Padraig, 12, is our youngest member at the club and shot a great 42pts. Well done Padraig,

In second place was Patrick Sweeney with 41pts bot and in third place was the captain Mick Doherty keeping up his current good form with 41 also. The nines went to Noel O'Fearraigh with 22 and Eoghan Gillespie with 32. The category goes to James Tiger Sweeney with 36. CSS 39

There's a two-day competitoin this weekend in Gweedore for the Corn Liam O Hickey, This is the 9th year of the competition and thanks are extended to the family for the sponsorship.

The time sheet is up for Hughie Doherty's President's Day for June 11th.

Draw for the doubles matchplay will be this Sunday night at the monthly draw.

Golf Oige: June 5th at 4pm.


Saturday saw the annual Parent & Child outing in Donegal Golf Club and it was, as always, a closely contested event. The best pair of the day were John and Shaun Meehan with 43pts just taking the honours from the McAleavey family, Charlie and Ronan, on B.O.T.

Sunday’s competition, sponsored by Foodland Cash & Carry, saw a runaway victory from Gearoid Gallagher with a superb 43 pts and in second with his best round of the year so far was Jason Conway with a fabulous 39pts.

Peter McDonnell made the winners' enclosure once again in third with another 39pts and Kevin Fallon maintaining his recent form and finished 4th with 38pts.

The Open day on Monday was dominated by the Young Guns with Eddie McGinty 42, Conor McNulty 40, Tom Geraghty 39pts and Jason Conway with 34pts. Next Sunday’s competition is sponsored by the Millpark Hotel.

During the week, teams were again in action with the Junior Cup team narrowly missing out in qualifying in Castlehume.

The Minor League campaign continues against Otway and their home leg on Saturday was very tightly contested with Donegal taking the advantage of a 3:2 win into the next leg.

The Ulster Cup team played in Greenacres G.C. and secured a solid 3 matches away so it is all to play for in the return leg this Saturday where the home experts (under no pressure) are called to action. Good Luck to all.

Junior Coaching will not take place next week on the Bank Holiday Monday. The Open Days continue every Wednesday until the end of June.


The club competition on Sunday was won by Ronan Gallagher 14 with 64 nett. The runner up was

Kevin McCrystal 13 with 69 nett.

Two's - Ronan Gallagher, Kevin McCrystal with €14 each.

The shop sweep on Wednesday, May 25th was won by Hughie McClafferty 13 with 36pts

The Open Weekend will take place from Friday 3rd to Monday, June 6th

over both championship links.

Team Golf: Our Ulster Cup team travelled to Warrenpoint last Sunday and won 1 match from 7.

Rosapenna will host Warrenpoint at home on Sunday June 12th. Best wishes to team captain Denis Harkin and his team for the home leg.

Commiserations to our Irish Junior Cup team, captained by Marty Carlin, who travelled to North-West G.C last Sunday for the qualifying round and unfortunately didn't finish within the top four spots.

Good luck to our Jimmy Bruen team, captained by Pete McBride Jnr, who

take on Enniskillen G.C in Ballybofey/Stranorlar this coming Sunday the in the last 16 in Ulster.

Our Pierce Purcell team, captained by Paul Travers, will play Cairndhu G.C

at Roe Park Golf Resort in the last 16 in Ulster on or before Monda,y June 20th.

Good luck to our Mixed Foursomes team who face Foyle G.C back in City of Derry next Monday at 5pm in the last 32 in Ulster. Best wishes to team captains Terri McBride and Peter Smyth.

Fixtures: Friday 3rd - Monday 6th June - Open Weekend

Saturday, 11th June - Lady Captain's Day, Mrs Claire Lenny

Rosapenna Ladies

The club competition on Saturday over Old Tom Morris Links was won by Sheila Breen (12) with 74 nett, second was Maire Henry (23) with 75 nett (BOT), the first nine was won by Dympna Kelly (21) with 34.5 nett (BOT) and the second nine by

Claire Lenny (15) with 38.5 nett.

Good luck to team captain Eileen Magill and her team who play at home against Cruit Island in the Maire O'Donnell on Sunday, 5th June.


The Wednesday 25th Open, kindly sponsored by The Kitchen, Letterkenny, recorded a large entry and taking the top prize was Ciaran Haran [12] with 43pts. Just one point adrift in second place was Shane Scanlan [8] who, despite starting with a 'blank' at Hall Door [1st] proceeded to record a level par score from 2nd thru 18th for 42pts. overall. In third place was the ever present Kevin Hensey [13] who had an eagle three at the par five 18th where he played a driver and nine iron to the hole to finish on 41pts. Gross prize was won by Kevin Hannigan [6] with 33 gross points.

Friday 27th Open was won by David McComiskey [15] with 35pts.

Sunday 29th Open, sponsored by C & M Embroidery [Cathal Sheridan], was won by new season member and cat 4 prodigy Richard Spratt [28] with 41pts. Playing steady, handicap golf, Richard's pars gave him those extra points needed to keep juvenile prospect Lee Walsh [14] in runner-up spot. His 39pts relegated veteran member Tommy Daly [19] to third on B.O.T. With Tommy scoring 23pts on front nine with the help of a birdie at The Isle [7th], a win looked a possibility but no doubt that 'blank' at Aughaninshin [17th] had him lose out on top spot.

Cat 4 members are growing like the summer flowers with over 20 turning out on Monday night to see Richard Spratt completing the double with his second win with 28pts and B.O.T. over Garvin Mc Cahey, also 28pts, over 13 holes.

Friday, 3rd June will see the ever popular classic in aid of the Raphoe Comm. Group and Dromore N.S, Saturday 4th will host an Open competition and also the St. Eunan's College Alumni [visitors welcome] while Sunday 5th will have the J.J.Reid sonsored Open followed by the Bank Holiday Open on Monday.

Wednesday 8th Open is sponsored by Sheridan Security while Open Week tees off on Friday 10th.

A reminder that the next round of the Murphy Maintenance sponsored club matchplay pairs has to be played by Sunday, 12th June and the club singles has to be played by Sunday, 19th June, otherwise the matchplay convenor will be forced to decide by toss of coin or disqualification.

Entry sheets for the mixed doubles matchplay are now in the men's and ladies locker rooms. Draw to be made over first week in June.

Best of luck to the Eamonn O' Carroll-led Ulster Cup team who play their home leg on Sunday 5th following their first leg defeat of 5 matches to two away to Hollywood GC, and also to the club's Ulster Fourball team playing in Royal Co. Down v Mourne GC.

Congratulations to Seamus Patton and Maureen Haran on winning the McDonald's sponsored club Mixed Foursomes [2015] and also to club member Kevin Hensey on reaching the semi-final of the All Ireland Pairs Matchplay Championship with his playing partner Joe.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar

With the sunshine doing its best to make it feel like summer this last week or so, the fairways of Ballybofey and Stranorlar Golf Club have been chockerblock with happy faces, colourful clothes, short sleeves and even the odd player with their tailored shorts.

With the course in excellent condition and our greens getting rave reviews, it's no wonder so many people want to play this little gem. So, if you are local , why not come along and enjoy what's on your own doorstep. Dont forget - you can play in our Tuesday Open up until 4pm (reserved for members after 4pm) for only €15.

Team news: I didnt get reports from all our team captains this week.

Joe Henderson had a tough task on Friday night at Ballybofey/Stranorlar when his Donegal Senior side took on Narin/Portnoo. The format for this competition is 4BBB and the home side have taken three matches from a possible five. Talking to Team Captain Joe after, he told me that although next Friday's leg is away, he thinks that the quality of players in his side should get the required matches to progress to the next round.

The B&S All-Ireland Fourball team had a very good result in the first leg of their third round match against Moyola coming out with four matches.

Our Junior Cup team, under the guidance of Barry McMenamin, had a great result qualifying in second spot at the weekend in Strabane.

Results: A big thank you to Lafferty Transport who were our weekend sponsors.

Tue 24th May. Club Open Competition

1st Nett: Tony McNamee Snr (V)(27) 39pts (bot), 2nd Nett: Martin Lynch (13) 39pts (bot); Gross: Mathew McAuley, (6) 33pts, 3rd Nett: Hugh Temple (19), Visitor: Michael Neary (12) 34pts. CSS 68

Saturday, 28th May, 1st Nett: Charlie Quinn (21) 39pts; 2nd Nett: Bob McFeely (15) 38pts (bot); Gross: Barry McMenamin (5) 31pts, 3rd Nett: Mickey Kelly (12) 38pts (bot). CSS 68

Sunday, 29th May, 1st Edward Lynch (18) 61 Nett, 2nd Seán Duffy (16) 61 Nett; Gross: Michael Curran (13) 76,

3rd John Burke (25) 66 Nett. CSS 67

Fixtures: Usual competitions this weekend. On Bank holiday Monday, we have a Classic for a very worthy cause - Cycle Against Suicide/Console golf classic in B&S golf club. Teams of 4 €80 per team.

Great prizes and entertainment on the night.

Contact the Club Shop to enter at 0749131093 for timesheet.

On Saturday, June 11th we are hosting a Classic for Multiple Sclerosis.