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The Drum Bar Golf Society in Letterkenny held their annual memorial outing on Saturday and it proved another very successful event.

The outing took place at Letterkenny Golf Club. The event is held each year to celebrate the memory of society members who are no longer with us.

Michael Crossan retained the trophy for the second year running after a wonderful round of golf.

Each year, the members donate money to charity from the funds raised on the day. Our chosen charity this year was Donegal Hospice.

Our thanks to all members who played for this very worth cause and to everyone for coming along on Saturday night to The Drum Bar to support the event.

Also thanks to our visitors who took part on the day and a special thank you goes to the Gallagher family for their support and hospitality A great night was had by all.

Results: 1st Michael Crossan, 2nd Dave Sumner, 3rd: John Neely, Ladies: Margo Birmingham, Front 9 Mickey Madden, Back 9 Damian Judge, Ladies longest drive, Laura Crawford, Mens Longest drive: Mickey Madden and Dave Sumner. Cat 1: Pat Loughnane, Cat 2: Christy Galligan, Cat 3: Matt Toland, Visitor: Liam Shovelin

Our next outing is to Letterkenny for Cormac's President's Day on Saturday, 17th September.

Letterkenny Ladies

The competition on Tuesday, August 23rd was sponsored by Arena 7. There were some excellent scores from the ladies once again and the results are as follows: 1st. Monica McDonagh (18) 38 pts., 2nd. Marian O’Sullivan (10) 37 pts. and 3rd. Mary Beth McBrearty (31) 35 pts. A big thank you to the sponsors and congratulations to the winners.

The final of the ladies double match play between Kate Gallagher/Karen McGlinchey and Anne Cannon/Patricia O’Sullivan took place on Saturday. While all of these ladies played very well to reach this stage, it was the combination of Anne and Patricia who came out best on the day. Well done to them. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, 6 September.

The winners of the Two Team Classic which was played on Thursday 25 and Sunday 28 August were: Marian O’Sullivan and Sandra McMonagle 49 pts., runners up Angela Bradley and Bridie Gildea 47 pts. BOT and third Kay Kelly and Katrina Rainey 47 pts.
The past Captains is on Sunday, 11 September, tee times from 1.30 to 2.30pm. This year there will be a 9 hole competition in addition to the usual 18 holes.

Good luck to the ladies playing in the Mary McDaid Memorial Cup in Portsalon on Saturday. As usual all details are to be found on the notice board in the ladies’ locker room.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar

The Carr & Company Architects & Civil Engineers sponsored Senior and Intermediate Scratch Cup Competitions were held on Saturday.

After such a very wet spell the event was fortunate to have been blessed with a beautiful day for golf. The perfect conditions were reflected in by players who produced some excellent golf. Joe Coyle , Letterkenny Golf Club led after Round 1 with a vintage 68, level par. Two time former champion Barry McMenamin was tied 2nd after an opening round of 70, two over par. In the afternoon former three time winner Enda McMenamin set the target with a gritty 2nd round 73 to match the 73 he shot in the morning. Late in the afternoon Shane McClean a talented young 2 handicapper from Foyle Golf Club posted a 2nd Round 70 to go with his 72 in round 1 to make him a worthy champion for 2016. Well done to Shane he has joined an impressive list of former winners. The Nett Prize was won by Tony Carr with well crafted Nett Scores of 66 & 67 playing off 9 handicap.

In the Intermediate Scratch Cup some wonderful golf was also unfolding. Eamon McGarrigle and Thomas Grindel produced tremendous rounds of 74 and 75 to set the early pace. Michael Shiel of Letterkenny Golf Club completed a great day for the young guns by scoring a 38 for the 2nd 9 to go with his 76 in round 1 and lift the Intermediate Scratch Cup at just 16 years of age.

Alastair Henderson and Lawrence Devenney’s work on the administration of the event was acknowledged with thanks during the speeches which followed the presentation of prizes. Similarly Mary McHugh and staff were thanked for looking after the players so well during the Day.

Full Results: Senior Scratch Cup, winner: Shane McClean Foyle GC (142)

2nd Gross: Enda McMenamin B&S (146), 3rd Gross: Damien McKenna (147), Under 20s Jack Patton (148)

1st Nett: Tony Carr (133), 2nd Nett: Pauric Dunleavy (137), 3rd Nett: Cian Harkin (137). 1st 18 Gross; Joe Coyle (68), 2nd 18 Gross Brian Margey (73)

1st 18 Nett: Barry McMenamin (70), 2nd 18 Nett Eamon McGlinchey

Intermediate Scratch Cup, Winner: Michael Shiel (114), 2nd Gross: Stewart Stevenson (115), 3rd Gross: Eunan McGarrigle (117), 1st Nett: Albert Brown, 2nd Nett: Dinny McClean, 3rd Nett: Danny Bannigan, 1st 18 Gross: Thomas Grindel (75), 2nd 9 Gross: Liam O’Neill,

1st 18 Nett: Conor Sheridan, 2nd 9 Nett: John Moore.

OTHER RESULTS: Tuesday 23rd Open

1st Nett: Kevin Kelly (21) 45pts, 2nd Nett: Michael Curran (8) 41pts, Gross: Lorcan Donnellan (8) 32pts, 3rd Nett: Cormax Carr (14) 40pts, Senior, Hugh Gruel (21) 34pts, Visitor, Finnian O'Doherty, CSS 67

Sunday 28th sponsored by Crana Con.

1st John Moore (15) 66 Nett. (bot), 2nd Joseph Rowley (15) 66 Net (bot), Gross, Andy Parkinson (8) 76, 3rd Jonathon Brady (12) 67, CSS 68

Next week's Competitions are kindly sponsored by Ulster Bank and the Credit Union.

TEAM NEWS: Our Donegal Youth Team (u16) were narrowly beaten on holes in the semi-final of the competition to Letterkenny GC but put up an excellent performance.

Results of Madam President Mary P. O'Flanagan's Prize to the Juniors:

Girls Cat A, 1st Sinead Harkin, 2nd Ciara Campbell, 3rd Beth McCrory.

Cat B, 1st Shiona McMenamin, 2nd Caitlin Murray, 3rd Caoilfhinn McCabe Boys 18 hole, 1st Joel Bradley Walsh 37 pts bot, 2nd Michael Curran 37 pts, 3rd Thomas McMenamin 36 pts.

Boys 9 hole: 1st Shane McBride 45, 2nd Jack Long 47, 3rd Dylan Carlin 49 bot.; Boys beginners 5 hole comp, 1st Ronan Gallagher, 2nd Evan Corry, 3rd Christian Harold, 4th Ciaran Crawford. All the competitors received a prize and enjoyed a day in the sun.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar Ladies

Results from Wednesday, 17th August, sponsored by Flatley's Pharmacy: 1st Anna Dillon 36 pts, 2nd Darragh McGowan 35 pts, Gross Dolores Devenney, 3rd Imelda Muldoon 31 pts, 1st 9 Clara McNeill 17 pts, 2nd 9 Eileen Reilly 18 pts, 2's Anna Dillon at the 2nd. Beginner Orla Martin.

Wednesday, 24th August, sponsored by Ann Glancy, Eileen Reilly and Margaret Hynes: Format -v- Par, Sharon Maloney was best of the night with a level score. Josephine Stewart was next on minus 1 (both in cat 2). Cat 1 1st Deirdre Duncan minus 2, 2nd Margaret McConnell minus 3 bot, Cat 3 1st Maureen Boyle minus 4, 2nd Sylvia Allen Hamilton minus 6.

The Junior Girls enjoyed an outing to Letterkenny recently. Four clubs participated and the format was 4ball scramble. Five of the B & S girls featured in the prizes, Theresa McMenamin and Caitlin Murray were two of the winning group and Ciara Campbell, Caitlin Thompson and Shanagh McMenamin were part of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th winners.


The results for the weekend competition, sponsored by The Great Northern Hotel, are as follows: 1st: Kevin Slowey 67, 2nd : Greg McGreal 68 BOT, 3rd: Oran Gallagher 68 BOT,

4th: Jim Gavigan 68, Gross: Mark Crawford 72. Congratulations to all.

Upcoming events: Wednesday Open Competitions - Visitors €20, Members €5; Thursday Evening 9 hole competition for 20+ HC Members. Tee off at 6pm; Friday 5:30 p.m. - 9 Hole President's Scramble.

Next Saturday (Sept. 3rd) is President's Day (Kay McGowan). Sunday is a Club Sweep.

Bundoran Ladies

Kay McGowan’s President’s prizes for all members of the club will be contested on Saturday, 3rd September. All golfers wish Kay, Pauric and family a successful weekend. On Friday, 2nd September, at 5.30 p.m. the President’s Mixed Scramble will take place with refreshments afterwards in the Clubhouse.

Winners of the 3 Ball Rumble last Thursday were Mary O’Donnell, Gloria Lynch and Marie Begley 72 points. Congratulations to Fran Murphy who won the Past-Captain's Trophy, sponsored by Maureen McEniff, last Sunday. The Nirvana Restaurant sponsored competition on Sunday was also won by Fran Murphy with 34 points on a break of tie, 2nd Barbara Craig 34, 3rd Sorcha Begley 34, Front nine Ann Moloney 19, Back nine Aideen McGarrigle 17. Best 36 H/C Gloria Lynch.

This Thursday, Sept. 1st, there is a stroke competition (LGU Broach).

The competition on Sunday, 4th September, is a club stableford competition. Bundoran G.C. will be hosting golfers for the West Coast Challenge from Monday 5th-Thursday 8th September.

Donegal Seniors GOLF Alliance

Results from the outing to Bundoran Golf Club on August 22nd: 1, John McCaughan 15 Ballybofey & Stranorlar 43, 2, Jim O Sullivan 28 Letterkenny 41, 3, Jimmy Callan 10 Strabane 40 BOT, 4, Tim O Farrell 18 Letterkenny 40, 5, John Mc Closkey 21 Letterkenny 39 BOT, Gross, Don Ponsoby 4 Letterkenny 30, 6, L Mc Ginley 20 Strabane 39 BOT, 7, J P Byrne 15 Narin & Portnoo 39 BOT, 8, G Coyle 16 North West 39 BOT, 9, Pat Mc Grath 25 Letterkenny 39, 10, B O Reilly 20 Letterkenny 38 BOT.

Cat A, 1 S Gallagher 14 Ballybofey & Stranorlar 36, 2 A Henderson 16 Ballybofey & Stranorlar 35

Cat B 1 J Henderson 18 Ballybofey & Stranorlar 38 , 2 P Sweeney 13 Cruit 37; Cat C 1 J Costello 26 Ballybofey & Stranorlar 38, 2 T Reddan 19 Letterkenny 35; Cat D 1 J Mc Gettigan 20 Ballybofey & Stranorlar 34 BOT, 2 L O Hagan 26 Narin & Portnoo 34 BOT.

Additional outings are planned for Letterkenny Golf Club on Thursday, September 29th and Ballybofey and Stranorlar on Thursday, October 6th.


The 125th Anniversary Weekend of golf at Portsalon and North West Golf Clubs will be staged over two days at both clubs on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September.

Team news: The Donegal League team entertained Ballyliffen on Friday evening in their return leg match. Going into the match Portsalon held a commanding lead of three and half matches out of five and secured the required two matches to advance to the semi final stage. It was not so good for the senior league team who entertained Gweedore on Saturday. The Gweedore team having a strong four matches to one lead, emerged winners on the day. The Captain John Logue would like to thank all who represented Portsalon in this season’s senior league campaign.

Past Captains Cup: The past captains of Portsalon will contest for the J J Wall Past Captains Cup on Saturday, 24th September. The first tee is reserved from 12 o’clock. To book your tee time contact the clubhouse.

Results: The winner of the open staged on Wednesday. Aug 24th was Joe Coyle (6) 37 points BOT runner up Kevin Mc Fadden (21) 37 points, gross Paddy Sheridan 28 points, 3rd Colin Talbot (25) 34 points.

The winner of the open staged on Saturday was Eamon McDermott (5) 43 points, runner up Eamon Mc Conigley (12) 38 points, 3rd Davey Deeney (15) 37 points. On Sunday the winner of the members competition was Phillip Durning (7) 7O, runner up Thurlough Giles (27) 71, gross John G Mc Bride (0) 72, 3rd Pauric Dunleavey (8) 71. The CSS was 72

Fixtures: On Saturday, 2nd September, gents open competition, Sunday 3rd there's a members competition and Wednesday 7th it's an open gents stableford competition.

Sympathy: The Captain John Logue and members of Portsalon Golf Club would like to extend their deepest sympathy to John Sweeney on the death of his sister. May she rest in peace.

cruit island

Our vice captain Johndy Boyle was once again the man in top form

to win the Packie Bonner Open. Johndy is in top form but he needed to be with Gerald Mc Elwee in close second.

Results: 1st Johndy Boyle 39pts, 2nd Gerald Mc Elwee 38pts, Gross Donal Boyle 31pts, 3rd Tony Forrestal 37pts BOT, 4th John Bonner 37pts BOT, Front 9 Derek Bonner 20pts, Back 9 Aiden O Donnell 19pts BOT

We are starting an Autumn League. You can pick your own partner or

if you haven't a partner, put your name on the list in Clubhouse and we will draw for partners. €10 each or €20 per team.

We have a big day on Saturday morning with the Captain's Outing to Dunfanaghy Golf Club.

Please be there no later than 9.30am for draw for 4 Balls. €30 includes green fee, food and competition.

Our 100 Club draw is going well this year. Remember to keep your payment up to date. Anyone wanting to check what they have paid can text or ring John Hyland at 087 4396100.

Dunfanaghy Ladies

Lady Captain, Mary arranged a great day to Ballyliffen last Wednesday. The course was in pristine condition having hosted the Irish Close. 32 ladies travelled and were royally treated by Mary for the full day - from goody bags to entertainment - she thought of everything. Huge thanks to Mary from the ladies. Best score on the day was returned by Gerarda Arnold (25) 34 pts, 2nd Grace McFadden (36) 33 pts BOT, Gross Margaret Witherow (14) 18 pts, 3rd Moira Irwin (18) 33 pts, 1st 9 Maggie Logue (22) 18 pts, 2nd 9 Rose Gavaghan (28) 17 pts BOT, nearest the pin Pam Carleton and longest drive Barbara Eakin.

Cathleen Boyle and Rose Gavaghan returned a very creditable 42 pts in a recent 4ball in Rosapenna and just missed out on the prizes. Well done ladies.

Lady Captain, Mary, and Roger Green won the Mixed Foursomes Final in a very close match against Ellen Druce and Andy Murray on the 19th hole.

Saturday's ladies' slot is curtailed slightly due to Donal Boyle's Captain's outing from Cruit. Donal is a great supporter of Dunfanaghy so hope you all enjoy the day.

Ladies' committee meeting at 4 pm on Saturday. Just a reminder about the Dunfanaghy Links which starts again on Tuesday, 6th September, book on line or phone the club house.

Narin and Portnoo

The winner of the Monthly Medal for August was Jamie Mc Groary with an

excellent score of 70. In second place was Rory O'Hare, four strokes back.

Just again to remind members of the Am Am Club Classic which is on

17th September. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of machinery

for the course. The B.R.S. is now open so get your team name down as

soon as possible.

Results: Sunday, 28th August, Monthly Medal, 1st Jamie McGroary (16) 70, 2nd Rory O'Hare (12) 74, 3rd Phildy Gallagher (16) 75 b.o.t., Front Nine

John Kelly 35, Back Nine Sean Cafferty 36, Cat A Finn Mc Crory (9) 76,

Cat B Hugh Boyle (15) 76, Cat C Jack Mc Cann (23) 75.

Fixtures: Open every Wednesday, Sunday, 4th Sept. Single Stableford sponsored by Glenties Golf Society.


The Michael Murphy Sports sponsored competition was won by Ronan McGarvey on Sunday with a super 43pts, Ronan piping Barney Boyle on a bot. In third place was Micheal O Fearraigh with 41pts while Nigel Ferry took his first ever Category with 37pts.

The nines went to Michael Mhici with 22pts and Jamie Doherty with 21pts, CSS 37 on Saturday and 38 on Sunday.

Team News: The Junior scratch team advanced to the semi final stage with victory over Portsalon on Saturday evening. Hugh O Gallchoir and Charlie Sweeney got the two matches needed to progress. Special thanks to Portsalon for their hospitality. The semis are on the Old Tom Morris course in Rosapenna on Sept. 24th.

Next Saturday play both days.

Dheanfaidh Teach Jack urraiocht ar chomortas an deireadh seachtaine seo.


The Sunday Stroke competition was sponsored by Begley's Pharmacy. On this day in 1922 - The Walker Cup was held for the first time and with his best round in a while, a super 68, Oliver Plunkett might have earned his place on the team. Second was Mr Consistency and Captain's Prize winner Mark Butler with a 69. Aidy Gallagher getting the hang of things finished in third with a 70 just ahead of Ronan McAleavey in fourth with a 71. Young Ryan Mc Neilis took time away from the tour to shoot a 75 gross off a 4 h'cap. Good solid scoring all round.

The Open day on Monday saw Victor Bradley shoot 39pts for the No. 1 spot. Another Oliver, Roche, finished in second with 38 and Liam Carey managed a credible 37pts for third. On this occasion Jason Conway had no cause for complaint as he secured the gross.

The Past Captains prize played for on Sunday was won, not for the first time, by Frank Bourke with 35pts.

Liam Farren Tool Hire sponsors next Sunday and the club hosts The West Coast Challenge from Monday to Friday next week.

Junior Coaching with Leslie Robinson finished up on Monday evening with a few games and a skills challenge. Daniel Cannon rose to the occasion to take his first title with many more to come, no doubt.


On Wednesday 24th the McClintocks very nearly made it a one two with Tom winning with a great score of 41 points. Tom beat his dad Jonny by three points. However, Jonny did manage to finish in third place with Conor Hanna taking second on 39 points.

On Friday the club held a very successful Open 3BBB Competition. The winners with a terrific score of 48 points from Blacklion Golf Club were Peter Conlon, Dympna Conlon and Ciaran Dunne. In second place were Seamie Logue, Maggie Logue and Barbara Eakin with 47 points. Also on 47 points and beaten into third place on BOT were Paul Smyth, Nigel Doherty and Andy Murray.

Thankfully we also had large numbers taking part in the Saturday open 4BBB. The winners with an outstanding score of 46 points were brothers Michael and Brian Gilfedder. In second place were Joe Terry and Seamus McCauley with 42 points narrowly beating John Chambers and Nigel Doherty on BOT.

In Sunday's Club Stableford Competition, Max McGreevy won first prize with a great score of 41 points. Max's handicap has been reduced significantly over the summer and no doubt he will get hit again after this win. In second place was another golfer who has had a lot of success over the summer. James T Sweeney had 39 points resulting in another handicap reduction. President Keith Lapsley won the gross prize with 30 points while Peadar Curran was third.

Junior Golf: Dunfanaghy GC's junior golf section has enjoyed some great success over the last few weeks. In mid August Luke Kelly and his teammates from his home club Belvoir Park won the All Ireland Junior Foursomes held at Clonmel GC. Luke sank long putts on the last hole in both the semi final and final to help his team win the trophy. Congratulations also to Conor Hanna who finished third in the All Ireland Boys U12 championships held at Killymoon GC. Conor finished the 18-hole competition on 3 over par finishing only two shots behind the winner. Our U16 team have also reached the semi final of the Donegal Fourball Matchplay Championships with a comprehensive victory over Narin & Portnoo. Good luck to the boys in their semi final match against Ballyliffin.

In last week’s Saturday competition, Jack Druce played some great golf to win the cadets section narrowly beating Caolan McFadden. Shot of the day went to Sean McBride with a fantastic approach shot into the 17th.In the 'Andy Ward Invitational Birthday Open' (Juveniles Section), the birthday boy himself, Andy Ward came out on top followed closely by Lucas Wood and Michael Dolan.

Events for the Week Ahead: Saturday, Gents Open Single Stableford, Sunday, Kilbrae Cup GOy.


Wednesday 24th saw the club hosting the Farren Roarty sponsored Open Stableford competition and displaying the same prowess on the golf course as he showed on the soccer pitch was local sports broadcaster Kenny Harkin [13] who recorded 20pts on each nine to take top spot ahead of Barnhill’s ‘birdie man’ Joe Coyle [7], who took second place with 38pts on a six-way B.O.T. In third place was the consistent Kevin Hannigan [7], also with a one over par back nine 20pts but beaten no doubt by Joe’s birdie at 18th. Gross prize went to Conor Friel [4] with 34 gross points and visitors prize on the day was won by regular visitor Mark Ponsonby with 37pts. Wednesday evening nine hole competition was won by Henry Mc Cahey with 22pts followed by P.J.Nee on 20pts and Tony Duffy posting 19pts.

Friday 26th Charity Open was in aid of the Conwal Parish Church restoration fund and restoring his name to the winner's list after a lengthy absence was John Russell [16] with 37pts. In runner-up spot by virtue of B.O.T. was J.P. Clarke [11] who relegated John Bowe [20] to third place with a birdie at Stockade [18th]. Nearest the Pin prize was won by Hugh Doherty.

Saturday 27th had the club host the ever popular Auto Fast Fit Tyres & Exhausts Centre sponsored Open and driving to the winner’s enclosure was Eugene Mc Keever [19] with 41pts. Eugene outpointed runner-up Mark Mc Dowell [12] and third placed Hector Mc Elwaine [21] on 38pts. Gross prize was won by John Doran [5] with 32 gross points.

Sunday 28th Confined competition was won by Conor Coady [17] and you could say that it was definitely a game of two nines with a massive 26pts for the first nine holes. Unfortunately, the air cooled somewhat on the back nine but 42pts kept him well clear of the field. In second place was Simon Stephens [3] who returned a one over 73 gross and 38pts total. Winning out on a four-way B.O.T., was Dermot Rainey [17] who has been knocking on the winners’ door of late. Dermot’s birdie at 10th placed him third whilst gross prize was won by Jack Patton [4] with 32 gross points.

Monday 29th Cat 4 members competition, reduced to nine holes because of fading light, was won by Jack Mc Garrigle with 21pts while Michael Mc Daid was second with 19pts.

Category 4 members have their big day on Sunday, September 25th with the annual John J Doherty Memorial Cup competition. The event is played over 18 holes and players must have played in three of the Monday Cat 4 competitions to be eligible to win a prize. A time slot has been set aside on the day from 12 noon to 1.30pm but if players want to play at a different time on the day that’s fine, but preferably earlier for scorecards to be checked. The presentation of prizes will take place on that night, beginning at 10pm. For more details, contact Gerry O’Sullivan.

Monday also had the Juniors in action and Oisin Randles [28] led the field with a great 41pts return. In second place was Patrick Page [7] with 37pts and in third place was Tom Doherty [13] with 36pts.

It has been a somewhat topsy-turvey two weeks for the club’s teams with commiserations going to the Bobby Mullally led Minor League team and the Eamon O’ Carroll led Ulster Cup team, both falling at the penultimate rounds of their respectivecompetitions, and also the club’s Donegal Senior League panel under the stewardship of Keith Shiels.

In contrast, congratulations to the Kevin ‘Alex Ferguson’ Kiely led Donegal Seniors team [over 50’s] who have reached the final of this competition for the second year running and, having won in 2015, now play to retain the title against a very fancied Portsalon Golf Club on September 9th.

Congratulations to club members John Doran who won the net section of the Ulster Seniors Championship last week with rounds of 72 and 81 [153] and Con Boyce who tied for 2nd with 70 and 80 [150].

As a tribute to the foresight, groundwork, dedication and hard work of our past captain Gerard Duffy in founding our junior/juvenile youth policy in recent years, which has been continued forward by Catherine-Cooke Harkin and Mary Fowley, hearty congratulations are offered to junior members Patrick Page on winning the highly sought after u18 Munster Irish Junior Open title and also to Michael Shiel who won the Intermediate Scratch Cup at Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club recently.