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Society Captain Sean McKenna has his outing this coming Saturday, August 20th in Narin & Portnoo Golf Club.

Meeting for 8.30am for an open draw with the 1st tee time at 9am.

Sean hopes all the society members all make it.

Our away outing to Ballyliffin has been confirmed for Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September. Two rounds of golf, dinner & BB in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, €125 pp.

Harry Reid will be taking names on Saturday morning or email Kevin Mc Hugh - to confirm if you would like to go.

Our postponed outing to Letterkenny has been rescheduled for Saturday, 17th September, meeting for 9.30am, 1st tee at 10am.

Narin and Portnoo

The Am Am Club Classic will be held on 17th September. This is a

major fundraiser for the club and once again will be sponsored by

Collier's Funeral Services, so keep that date free and play to support

all the work being done on our course to maintain our high ranking in

the top 100.

Our Seniors secured two and a half matches at home against Portsalon

and will need to produce top form to advance in the away leg.

The ever-consistent Declan Haughey was the winner of the Glenside Bacon

sponsored Sunday competition, one point ahead of Hugh Boyle.

Results: Sunday, 14th August, 1st Declan Haughey (13) 40pts, 2nd Hugh Boyle (15) 39pts b.o.t., 3rd Eamonn McGuinness (17) 39pts, Cat A

J.E. Thompson (9) 37pts, Cat B John R Quinn (12) 37pts, Cat C Charlie

Diver (21) 38pts, Front Nine Aidan O'Connell 22pts, Back Nine Paul

Cooney 21pts.

Fixtures: Sunday, 21st August, Single Stableford sponsored by D.P. Barry &



Results for last weekend, sponsored by Cosgrove Super Valu, Bundoran.

1st Robert Gribben (Killymoon) 64 bot, 2nd David Ronayne 64, 3rd Jim Gavigan (a) 68 bot, 4th Barry Craig 68 and Gross Enda McFadden 73.

Wednesday open every week. The weekend competition on August 20/21 is sponsored by Northwest Floors & Furniture, Ballyshannon.

On Friday 19th, there's a golf classic in aid of St Molaise GAA Club.(Contact Pro Shop on 071 9841302).

Letterkenny Ladies

The 18 hole competition was played on Tuesday, August 9 with Doherty’s Butchers as main sponsors and the results were as follows: Winner Marian O’Sullivan (10) 35 pts., 2nd. Mary Murray (10) 34 pts. B.O.T., 3rd. Breege McDonagh (36) 34 pts. Thank you to all our sponsors and congratulations to the winners.

The Fundraising Club Classic sponsored by Browns on the Green was held on Sunday and a big thank you to them. There was a great turnout for this event with some very good scores. The prize for the leading ladies team went to Kay Kelly, Veronica McAteer, Mary Beth McBrearty and Bridie Gildea with an excellent score of 91 pts. History was made when the prize for the Mixed Team was won by the three generations of the Wiseman family – Agnes Wiseman, Triona Daly, Liam Wiseman and Ronan Daly with a fine score of 92.

The great work being done by Catherine Cook Harkin with the Junior Girls is bearing fruit. They now form an integral part of the club and under captain Mary Beth McBrearty the girls are beginning to make their mark. The Lady Captain’s Prize to the Junior Girls was played on Monday 15 August and the results were: 1st. Sarah McBrearty (35) 34 pts., 2nd. Anna Curley (33) 31 pts. 3rd. Caoimhe Lafferty (36) 27 pts. and 4th. Mary Beth McBrearty (31) 23 pts.

A two person team Lady Members’ Classic is scheduled for Thursday 25 August and Sunday, 28th August. Full details are available on Facebook and the noticeboard in the ladies’ locker room. A 9 hole re-entry competition for 36 handicappers commenced on Tuesday 16 August.

Finally on a sad note the lady members extend deepest sympathy to the family of Mairead Ni Dhugain (Doogan), a valued club member, who passed away recently.

Dunfanaghy Ladies

Captain Denis Martin hosted last weekend, the ladies playing for the Captain's prizes to the ladies on the Tuesday. Cheryl Chambers (16) returned the best score of the day with 68, 2nd Paula McCallion (23) 71 BOT, Gross Lorraine McAleese (14) 87, 3rd Mary Lafferty (20) 71; 1st 9 Lynn McOwan (22) 33, 2nd 9 Rosie Agnew (21) 34.5 css 70.

Lady President, Margaret Witherow won Mr Captain's Lady Guests' prize on Saturday. Congratulations to Ger Dalton on winning Captain's Prize in tricky conditions.

This weekend we have the Caravanners' Competition which raises much needed funds for the club. There is still time to get your names on the time sheet, phone the club house or online.

The Lady Captain's outing to Ballyliffen is on Wednesday, 24th August. It would be helpful if everyone could please have their money paid beforehand. Jill will take your money, or leave it in the shop.

There are a few matches unplayed in the club match-play competitions. Please make every effort to complete these as soon as possible.

The Lady Captain has organised an Open 3 ball competition on Friday 26th August, together with a meal in the clubhouse for €20. But please book so that we know how many to cater for. There will be music in the evening provided by Gerry O'Sullivan and our Lady Captain will present a cheque to the men from the Ladies' Club.

The Ladies' Links resumes on Tuesday 6th September - book online or phone the club house.


Matthew Harkin took his maiden victory at the weekend shooting a super 44pts. Matthew has only taken up the game in the last few years but has been living in the shadow of fellow newcomer and playing partner Declan Curran. But this all changed on Sunday when Harkin kept his nerve to win his first competition.

In second place was Charlie Cullen shooting 43pts, piping Mickey Annie with 41pts. The nines went to Micheal O Fearraigh on 22pts and Rory A Mangan also with 22pts.

The Category went to James Tiger with 40. CSS Saturday 40pts and Sundy 39pts

Two day this weekend.

Team News: Nigel Ferry's Fred Daly team bowed out to a very strong Fintona team who had five Category 1 golfers on their team. Final score 9:4. We wish Fintona well in next round and thanks to Nigel and his team and parents who helped with transport. The last remaining club team travel to Portsalon on August 27th for the 2nd leg of their Junior scratch match.

The club would like to pass its condolences to the Gillespie family on the passing of John Rua Gillespie. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Dheanfaidh R.A. Pacaisti urraiocht ar chomortas an deireadh seachtaine seo.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar

Well, well, who's to complain about the little bit of sunshine that was gifted to us this week? With two club matches taking place this week, we would like to wish our Donegal Youth Team good luck in their semi final against Letterkenny and also to Tony Griffin's Donegal League side who take on Rosapenna on Friday. The prize for the winners of this battle will be a spot in the final.

RESULTS: Tuesday, 9th August, kindly sponsored by Denis O'Connor: 1st Nett: Dougie McFeely (16) 41pts, 2nd Nett: Cathal McHugh (19) 40pts, Gross: L Donnellan (7) 29pts, 3rd Nett: Richard Tamayo (20) 39pts, Senior: Hugh Gruel (22) 38pts. CSS: 68

Saturday, 13th August: 1st Nett: Conor Sherdian (19) pts (bot), 2nd Nett: Conor O'Rourke (11) 39pts (bot), Gross: Andy Parkinson (8) 30pts, 3rd Nett: Geoff Cotter (14) 39pts, CSS 68

Sunday, 14th August, kindly sponsored by Donegal Rewinds (Martin Lynch): 1st: Hugo O'Donnell (13) 63 Nett,

2nd Muchael Carlin (25) 64 Nett (bot),

Gross: Enda McMenamin (5) 73, 3rd Denis O'Connor (21) 64 Nett (bot), CSS 67

Results from Monday, 15th August, Margaret McCrossan and Sean Devenney's Captain's Prize to the Juniors: Cat A Girls, 1st Teresa McMenamin, 2nd Beth McCrory, 3rd Mia Henry, Cat 3 Girls Caitlin Thompson, 2nd Maoliosa McCabe, 3rd Shiona McMenamin.

Boys 18 hole Michael Curran 38 pts, 2nd Ryan Griffin 36 pts bot, 3rd Thomas McMenamin 36 pts. Joel Bradey Walsh scored an eagle at the 3rd hole, Well done Joel.

9 hole Boys 1st Dillon Carlin 43, 2nd Caolan McGinty 49, 3rd Barry McMenamin 51.

Upcoming Events: This Saturday sees our President's Prize being played for and we expect a large field for this annual major so get your name on the timesheet as quick as possible.

The following Saturday, 27th Aug, we have our annual Scratch Cups, please get your name on timesheet.

Donegal ladies

Una Anderson held her President Night at Donegal Golf Club, Murvagh on Sunday 7th August 2016. This is the first year that there is only one President for the ladies and gents and the club has made the decision to have a male and female president alternatively in the coming years. The ladies played on the Saturday. Those playing on the Saturday morning had the best weather as it was windy in the afternoon. The men were very unfortunate on the Sunday even though it was August it was like a winter’s day with extreme gusts of wind and a lot of rain.

The winners on the night were as follows - Lady winners: 1st: Ann Marie McCormick (31) with a score of 37pts ; 2nd Charlotte Caldwell (23) with a score of 36 pts BOT; 3rd Rosemary Carr (19) with a score of 36 pts; 4 Claire Paasch (25) with a score of 34pts; Mary Walsh (17) winner of Cat 0-20 with a score of 33pts; Geraldine Breslin ( 23) winner of Cat 21-28 with a score of 32pts; Mairin McCartney (33) winner of Cat 29-36 with a score of 33pts; Margaret Buckley (27) the 2016 winner of Past Lady Presidents Prize with a score of 29pts; Front 9 :Mary Mc Gonigle (15) with a score of 19pts; Back 9 : Mary McLaughlin (22) with a score of 17pts; 9 Hole Competition: Doreen Browne (24) with a score of 15pts. Junior winner Sophie Carr.

Gentlemen Winners: 1st Darren McDaid (2) with a score of 33pts; 2nd Michael McGroary (13) with a score of 32 pts; 3rd Diarmuid McGettigan (16) with a score of 31pts; 4th Liam Cassidy (20) with a score of 29 pts; The Gross score Joyce McMullin (8) 27 pts; Front 9 Oliver Plunkett with a score of 16 pts; Back 9 Adrian Gallagher with a score of 16 pts; Past Men’s Presidents Prize Michael Neary; Visitors Prize: Gordon Thompson, Castlehume Golf Club.

Cruit Island

Sunday morning was a perfect day for golf and for our Lady Captain Alison.

Her 1st prize was a beautiful painting of Cruit Island and she was down early with her husband Malachy to wish us all the best and get a few photos as well.

Full results from Lady Captains Prize:

1st Gerard Boyle 62, 2nd John Hyland 64 BOT, Gross Donal Boyle 70, 3rd Johndy Boyle 64, Front 9 Brian McCaffrey 30.5, Back 9 Jimmy Boyle 29

Presentation is this Saturday night 20th August and tickets for buffet are on sale in Clubhouse for €15.

This Sunday we have an 18 hole stroke, sponsored by Cruit Challenge.


On Saturday the members of Portsalon Golf Club contested for the second major golfing title of the year, Garret Horkan's President's Prize. The event was staged with over an 18 hole stableford course. With a strong breeze blowing across the Banks it left conditions difficult for good golf. The overall winner was 13 handicapper Dermot Shields who mastered the conditions to win with an amazing 40 points. Runner up was Gavin Mackey (28) 38 points, gross T C Browne (5) 31 points, 3rd Gareth Mc Larnon (13) 38 points. The past President's prize went to Patrick Shields (14) 34 points, Council members' prize went to Stephen Connolly (5) 35 points, visitors' prize went to Gerard Gallagher Otway and best nines went to James Sandilands and Stephen Harris. Category prizes went to Hugh McGinley and Daniel Shields .The CSS was 36 points.

In the Presidents Ladies section the results were: Category A Claire McGonagle (6) 36 pts, Cat B Karen McGlinchey (21) 37 pts, Cat C Geraldine Masterson (32) 37 pts. Best nines went to Kathleen McCormick and Patricia McCarthy.

The President Garret Horkan welcomed his wife Shelia, family, visitors and the club members to Portsalon Golf Club on his big day. He thanked the members and his guests who participated in this his second President's Day at Portsalon Golf Club.

Results: The winner of the members comptetion staged on Sunday 14th was Enda Mc Elhinney (13) 42 points, runner up Denver Kirk (24) 40 points, gross John Shields (5) 34 points 3rd Michael Martin (23) 40 points. The CSS was 36 points.

Events: On Saturday 20th Fanad United Golf Classic, Sunday 21st a mambers competition and Wednesday 31st an open gents stableford competition.

The past captains of Portsalon will contest for the past captains cup. On Sunday 9th there is a members competition.

Team News: On Friday last Portsalon's Donegal League team travelled to Ballyliffen golf club under the guidance of Paul Shields for their first leg match.

Playing in horrendous weather conditions the Portsalon team came away with three and half matches to Ballyliffen's one and half matches. In the Donegal Minor League the Portsalon team travelled to Letterkenny in the first leg match and came away with two matches to Letterkennys three matches.

The return leg is scheduled for Sunday 21st at Portsalon.


Open Week continued at Rosapenna last week with the results as follows:

Wednesday, 10th August, 18 hole Singles Stableford, Old Tom Morris Links, 1st Patrick McClafferty (11) 39pts, 2nd Michael Bradley (9) 38pts bot, Gross Niall McCormick (6) Grange 33 gross pts, 3rd Barry Connor (6) 35pts bot, Visitor Martin O’Rourke (4) Ardglass 35pts, 1st 9 Shaun Boyce (9) 18pts bot, 2nd 9 Conor McMenamin (5) 19 pts bot

CSS Home 36pts, Away 35pts

Thursday 11th August, Mixed Scotch Foursomes, Old Tom Morris Links

1st Karen Duncan (28) Ballybofey & Michael Duncan (11) Ballybofey with 63.5 nett; 2nd Louise Larkin (32) Ballybofey & Conor McMenamin (5) Ballybofey with 65.5 nett bot; Gross Claudette Murphy (14) Co Sligo & Serryth Heavey (1) Co Sligo with 68.5 nett; 3rd Susan McBride (36) Lettereknny & Michael McBride (13) Rosapenna with 65.5 nett

Visitor Maureen Sweeney (27) Letterkenny & JJ McBride (12) Portsalon with 67.5 nett; 1st 9 Mary Devlin (28) Rosapenna and Pat Boyce (6) Rosapenna with 31.5 nett bot; 2nd 9 Veronica Dowds (26) Rosapenna &

John Dowds (15) Rosapenna, 31.75.

Friday 12th August, 18 hole Singles Stroke, Old Tom Morris Links: 1st Johnny Connor (17) 68 nett, 2nd Conor Boyce (15) 69 nett, Gross Mick Gallagher Jnr (7) 79 gross, 3rd Donal McClafferty (12) Portsalon 73 nett bot, Visitor Paul Hughes (6) Fota Island 73 nett, 1st 9 Eddie McGroddy (11) 32.5 nett, 2nd 9 Jimmy Gallagher (28) 36 nett, CSS - Home 74, Away 74

Saturday 13th August, Four Ball Better Ball Stableford, Sandy Hills Links: 1st Joe McHugh (17), Kevin McCrystal (12) 47 pts, 2nd John Casey (8), Shane Sweeney (8) 45 pts, Gross Barry Connor (6), Seimi Connor (4), 34 gross pts, 3rd F Wilson (10) Ballybofey, John McCaughan (15) Ballybofey 44 pts bot, Visitor Mike Brown (10) USA, Tim O’Farrell (18) Letterkenny 44 pts, 1st 9 John McClafferty (19), Brendan McGee (21) 24 pts, 2nd 9 David Forbes (8) Faughan Valley, Allen Cheung (18) Faughan Valley 24 pts

Sunday 14th August, Gents Singles Stableford, Old Tom Morris Links: 1st Martin Fallon (17) Tuam 41pts, 2nd John McBride (12) Portsalon 39pts, Gross Con Boyce (4) 34 gross pts,

3rd Seamus Devine (19) 38pts bot, Visitor Kevin Crumley (14) Foyle 37pts,

1st Nine Peter Gallagher (8) 22pts, 2nd Nine Max McGreevey (17) Dunfanaghy 23pts, CSS Home 36pts, Away 36pts.

Many thanks to all the Open Week sponsors

President's Day: Mr Hugh McBride will hold his President' s Day (G.o.Y) this coming Saturday over the Old Tom Morris Links.

The timesheet is now open for all players via

The Pavilion Golf Shop. The President's buffet will be served from 9pm followed by the presentation of prizes and night's entertainment. Buffett - €10 per member/member spouse, €15 per non member payable on the door.

Team Golf: Well done to our Donegal League team who are now in the county semi final after beating Letterkenny G.C 5.5–4.5 over the two legs.

Good luck to the team that will travel to Ballybofey this Friday for the semi

final first leg, the first match tees off at 4pm

Good luck to the Junior Scratch Matchplay team who travel to Ballyliffin for the first round first leg this Thursday with the home leg scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 25th.

Best wishes to the Senior Scratch Matchplay team who host Letterkenny at home this coming Thursday over the Old Tom Morris Links.Home support on the night is welcome.

Up coming competitions/events: Sunday 21st August - Gents Singles (club), Sunday 28th August - Gents Singles (club).


Dunfanaghy Golf Club captain Denis Martin clearly had some influence over the weather gods on Saturday as Captain's Day was played, by and large, in some fine, if not windy, weather.

The wind was behind the players on the front nine which meant that a lot of people were in contention at the halfway point.

However, it was a different story on the back nine where there were quite a number of casualties.

After the first 18 holes there was a tie for first place with Gerry McGreevy and Bobby Carey coming in with terrific scores of 62 net.

Following closely in their footsteps was the hotly tipped Ger Dalton with a great score of 63 net.

In a slight change in protocol, the two leaders went out first in the 9 hole playoff with Chris Marriott and Shane Greer who were battling it out for the best gross score. (Shane would eventually win out as the winner of the gross prize).

While the conditions remained dry but windy, Bobby and Gerry could not maintain the same level of golf which they produced earlier in the day. However, the same could not be said for Ger Dalton who produced another consistent nine holes in the play-off and won the Captain's Prize by a clear two shots.

Ger has featured prominently in the prizes over the last year or more and has always had a burning ambition to win The Captain's Prize at Dunfanaghy Golf Club. Bearing in mind all the work which Ger has put into the club over the last number of years, it was an absolute delight for Captain Denis Martin to present Ger with the winner's prize of a two night stay in the luxury Harvey's Point resort hotel. Congratulations to Ger on his great win. Nobody is more deserving of this great accolade.

In his speech, Captain Denis spoke of what an honour it was to serve as Captain for the year and thanked all those who assisted him since he took up the reigns. Lady Captain Mary Lafferty came in for some very well deserved praise for all the work she has put in, not only since the beginning of the year, but indeed over the last number of years.

In a very heartfelt acceptance speech, Ger Dalton reminded us all of the fantastic club we have, and again expressed his great joy in, at long last winning The Captain's Prize.

Cheryl Chambers won the Captain’s Prize for the Ladies which was played earlier in the week.

On Friday evening the Captain's scramble was played in some rather difficult conditions with Billy Griffin, James T Sweeney and Gillian Robinson coming out on top.

On Thursday evening John and Cheryl Chambers proved to be better than everyone else in the mixed foursomes finishing a short distance ahead of Bill and Paula McCallion.

Junior Golf: Reminder that the Captain’s and Lady Captain’s Prize to the juniors will take place on Thursday, 18th August. The senior boys will tee off at 12 midday while the juveniles cadets and girls will tee off at 1pm.

Competition Results:

Mixed Foursomes 1st Keith Lapsley/ Gillian Robinson   41.5,  2nd Bill & Paula McCallion.

Scramble 1st Billy Griffen, James T. Sweeney, Gillian Robinson; 2nd Charles Roarty, Maeve Tonar, David Martin, Martin Taylor 43.7.

 Captain's Day:  1st Gerard Dalton (14) 98,  2nd Gerry McGreevy (10) 100, Gross Shane Greer (3) 108 Gross,  3rd Marshall Moore (19) 100.5, 4th Andy Murray (14) 101, 5th Chris Marriot (5)  101.5 , 1st 18 Bobby Carey  (14) 62, 1st 9 James McKervill (17)  28.5, 2nd 9 Aidan Fox (18) 32; Longest Drive Cathal Daly, Nearest the pin Colin Higgs, Past Captain Michael Kelly (14)   66, Committee Nigel Doherty (12) 67, Non-Qualifier Sean Duffy (Jnr) (5) 67, Juvenile Max McGreevy (18)  64, Gents Visitor Terry Martin (16) 67, Lady Visitor, Gill Eakin (27) 19Pts, Lady Guest     Margaret Witherow (14) 26Pts CSS: 68

Events for the Week Ahead: The Caravanners Classic will take place on Saturday, August 20th. This is one of the most popular events of the year. The time sheet is quite full already so please ensure that you get your name down as soon as possible. The presentation will take place on Saturday evening at 9pm followed by music and dancing!

The Club Mixed Foursomes Matchplay Competition final will take place on Friday 19th August at approximately 4pm, followed by presentation of prizes. Prizes will be awarded to semi finalists and finalists.

On Friday, 26th August the Ladies Club will present the remainder of the proceeds of the sponsored walk to the club. Our hope is to run an open 3 ball better ball competition on that day and to include a 2 course meal after the golf or on that evening. If you are having your meal in the evening please let the club know as the chef would need to have an idea of how many are eating. If you are not interested in playing the golf you can still have the meal.

Total price for food and Golf €20. Entertainment on the night by Gerry O'Sullivan. Please confirm by Tuesday, 23rd August.