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Drum Bar society

Our President’s Day is probably our biggest day of the year and on Saturday last, we had 28 members playing at Letterkenny Golf Club for Cormac Gallagher’s big prize.

It was a very enjoyable day with some great golf and fine scoring, and in the end it was Dave Moore who took the honours with another excellent round.

Unfortunately for the Mayo man, his county weren’t able to deliver a double success the following day, but at least they have another bite at the cherry on Saturday week.

Dave himself showed the way on Saturday with another steady score, to hold off the challenge of Paddy Delap in second. Columba Crawford was third.

The ladies prize was won by our hard-working secretary Mary Rose Dullaghan who has been playing some great golf of late. Well done Mary Rose!

Our thanks to everyone at Letterkenny GC for their hospitality on Saturday. Thanks too, to the Gallagher family for a great night in Cormac’s Drum Bar on Saturday night.

The results were: 1st Dave Moore, 2nd Paddy Delap, 3rd, Columba Crawford; Ladies Mary Rose Dullaghan; Front 9, Paul Dolan; Back 9, Barney Reilly; Category 2, Peter McGrath, Cat. 3, Matt Tolan. Longest drives, Padraig Munnelly and Mary Rose Dullaghan. Nearest the pin, Matt Tolan.

Bundoran Ladies

Ladies Club Day on Sunday next, 25th September, will be followed by a main course meal with tea and coffee at 6p.m. Cost €10 per person. There will be lots of prizes in the raffle in aid of Breast Cancer. All outstanding prizes for September will be presented.

The Club Day competition will be sponsored by Keon Carpets and Flooring Ltd., Belleek Road, Ballyshannon. The winners of the Allingham Arms Hotel, Bundoran competition were Linda Beattie 33 pts 2nd Kathleen O'Donnell 32pts.

Winner of Thursday sweep competition was Bernie Gilespie.

North West Alliance

Noth West Golfing Alliance opened their new season at Ballybofey and Stranorlar on Saturday.

Included in the prize list is this year’s Captain and prolific prizewinner Odran McGettigan and also last season’s Captain, David Forbes. Collecting in the Gross section was another former Captain, Michael McGeady.

The Alliance had not played Ballybofey/Stranorlar Golf Course in recent years but the return visit was a great success with the greens and the course in good condition despite the most awful weather that we have had.

The Nett section was won with a magnificent 41pts by one of our new members, Anthony Jackson from Foyle Golf Club. Anthony, a nine handicapper, behaved like fine port wine in that his round improved as it got older. Starting with 18pts on outward nine, Anthony really took off, returning 23 points on the back nine by virtue of three birdies at the 10th,12th and 17th, his only blemish being a double bogey at the 18th, but by then he had the nett section wrapped up by three clear points from Denis Porter, who had nines of 18pts and 20pts respectively.

The score of the day came from ‘birthday boy’ Brian Mc Elhinney, now teaching Professional at North West Golf Club. In the company of his great friend and rival Michael Mc Geady, Brian conquered the course with no less than 64 strokes, four [4] under par gross, having had four birdies and no dropped strokes in his round

Results: Nett: 1st Anthony Jackson (9) Foyle G.C. 41pts., 2nd Denis Porter (8) Strabane G.C. 38pts., 3rd David Forbes (8) Faughan Valley G.C. 36pts., 4th Odran McGettigan (26) Strabane G.C. 35pts., 5th Mark Doherty (9) Letterkenny G.C. 34pts [b.o.t].

Gross: 1st Brian McElhinney (-) North West G.C. 64, 2nd Stevie Martin (1) Foyle G.C. 72, 3rd Michael McGeady (-) Unattached 74, 4th Glenn Hinds (6) Faughan Valley G.C. 77, 5th Brian McCarroll (6) North West G.C. 79 [b.o.t].

The following non prizewinners had “2’s. Padraig MacLochlainn; Stephen MacLochlainn; Brendan Mc Carroll; Mark Davis; Michael O’Donnell.


The following won prizes generously donated by David Moore [proprietor] and Jimmy Gallagher, [PGA Professional] of Letterkenny Driving Range, the result of a draw for those entering the Alliance on the first day.

Golf Shoes, Joe Doherty, Lessons with PGA Professional Jimmy Gallagher, Brian Wallace, €25 Digicard for Letterkenny Driving Range, Stephen Harris

The next Alliance competition takes place in Letterkenny G.C. on Saturday next, 24th September. There are still times available for anyone wishing to play. Tel: Barry Ramsay, 0872488181.

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The Dungloe Auto Factors sponsored competition was won by Patrick Sweeney with a solid 65. Pat, who got a bit nervy towards the end of the round, held on to beat Anthony Sweeney who shot 66. In third was young Jamie Sweeney all with a 66, The Category goes to a man coming back into form, Paul McGee, who shot a 66 also. The nines went to Noel O Fearraigh with 34 and Rory A with 29. CSS Sat was 69 and Sunday 68.

Two day this weekend.

Seniors Results: 1st Tomas O h-Ici 37pts, 2nd Hugh McBride 35pts bot, Matt Murray 35pts, You can play every Tuesday or Thursday for 5euro, Visitors 10Euro.

Team news: The Junior scratch will play Donegal Golf Club, Murvagh in the semis on Sept. 24th at Rosapenna Old Tom Morris.

Great deal on membership: Join now and pay nothing further until January 2018, So that's new members getting 16 months membership for the price of 12 months. The club are offering a great deal to new members of all categories. For more information please call the club or any committee member.

Next Presentation/Club Draw on 2nd October.

Dheanfaidh B.C Embroidery urraiocht ar chomortas an deireadh seachtaine seo.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar

This week we see our annual Captain's Outing take place and this year our Captain Mr Seán Devenney has opted to keep it on home turf. There will be two shotgun starts for the scramble, first at 9am then 1.30pm. Please ring shop to put name on timesheet and for more details.

RESULTS: Tuesday 13th Sept.

1st Nett: Pauric McGeehan (18) 39pts

2nd Nett: Kevin Kelly (19) 38pts, Gross: Enda McMeniman (5) 31pts

Senior: Eamonn Hone (23) 28pts

CSS 67

Saturday 17th Sept kindly sponsored by B&S Golf Shop, 1st Nett: Liam O'Neill (12) 41pts, 2nd Nett: Joe O'Hora (14) 39pts, Gross: Billy Madden (6) 30pts, 3rd Nett: Kevin Kelly (18) 38pts (bot), CSS 67

Sunday 18th Sept, 1st: Martiin Lynch (12) 67 Nett, 2nd John Moore (15) 68 Nett, CSS 69

Narin and Portnoo

A very successful Am-Am Club Classic was held last Saturday with a large

number of teams taking to the fairways in ideal conditions.

Result: 1st Sean McKenna/Hugh Boyle/Malachy Murrin/Joseph Murrin


2nd Margaret Murphy/Brid O'Keeffe/Frankie Kennedy/Eileen Kennedy 88 b.o.t.

3rd Charlie Bryson/Aidan O'Connell/Donie McCole/Michael Naughton, 88

4th Adrian Maguire/Sean Hanrahan/Seamus McDonagh/Declan McDonagh 87

5th Jim Harley/Paul Cooney/Paul Maxwell/Ciaran O'Kane 86,

6th Grainne Cafferty/Sean Cafferty/Joseph Shovlin/Aggie Shovlin 85. 7th Patsy Harkin/Anthony Harkin/Lyle Taggart/Conor Taggart 82

Longest Drive, Dave Canon; Nearest Pin 7th Manus Boyle Jnr., Nearest Pin 11th Lady Collette Bonner, Nearest Pin 16th Men Willie Quinn, Nearest Pin 18th Lady Maire Walsh, Nearest Pin 18th Men Jim Harley

Result, Sunday 18th. 1st Jim Harley 36pts

Fixtures: Open every Wednesday, Sunday, 25th Sept is the Monthly Medal sponsored by Donegal Refrigeration Ltd.

Letterkenny Ladies

Patricia O'Sullivan and Anne Cannon were winners of the Matchplay Foursomes, runners -up were Kate Doherty and Karen McGlinchey. Many congratulations to both pairs.

The 13-hole competition played on Tuesday, 13th Sept was won by Eileen Williamson 24pts, runner-up Capt. Jackie Ireland 23 pts. Well done ladies.

On Hospice day, Thursday, Sept 15th, the ladies club ran a nine-hole competition open to both ladies and gents. Despite the challenging conditions there was a good turn out. Bringing in a great score of 19 pts Veronica Mc Ateer was winner on the day, runner-up Marian O Sullivan 16pts.

The tea room was open all day with a generous supply of goodies. Over €800 was raised by the players and the callers to the clubhouse. A resounding success and a welcome donation for the Hospice. Congratulations to Veronica and Marian.

Charlie Davis donated a lovely veg/fruit hamper which was won by Patricia Mc Laughlin.

Thank you to Charlie and to all who played and contributed on the day, also to all who helped out and produced the fine fare, and to Kay Kelly who directed the proceedings.

Congratulations to Grainne Hines on winning the Past Captains in Portsalon with a super 41pts. Well done Grainne.


The results for the weekend competition, sponsored by The Bird's Nest, Bundoran are as follows: 1st: Glen Matthews 41 pts., 2nd : Shane Feeney 39 pts. BOT, 3rd: Kevin Slowey 39 pts.

4th: Turlough Gallagher 38 pts. BOT

Gross: David Ronayne 31 pts.

Congratulations to all.

Congratulations also to the Donegal League team who have reached another final after a nail-biting win over Portsalon on Sunday.

Upcoming events: Wednesday Open Competitions - Visitors €20, Members €5. Thursday evening 9 hole competition for 20+ HC Members. Tee off at 6pm.

The WAGS Society re-commences on Thursday, 22nd September at 12:30 p.m. All are welcome. €15 Membership, €5 per outing.

The competition next weekend will be sponsored by Owen Roe's Bar & Sports Shop, Ballyshannon.

Cruit Island

On Sunday, Keith Bonner was in top form as he won the Brian McCormick sponsored competition in wet conditions at Cruit Island.

Keith had 3 shots to spare from the rest of the field. Well done.

Results: 1st Keith Bonner 63, 2nd Gerry Breslin 66 BOT, 3rd Stephen Melly 66; Front 9 Eugene Sharkey 30.5, Back 9 Tony Forrestal 32

Could all golfers make an effort to get their Winter League matches played as soon as possible.

This week's competition is 18 Hole Stableford sponsored by Conor Breen.

Our 100 Club has 6 draws already, and 4 more to go, could all members double check their payments are up to date.

Finally good luck to 50 people still left in Last Man Standing.


The club competition on Saturday was won by Liam Breen (12) with 41pts,

the runner up was Peter Smyth (13) with 39pts. Two's - Pete Gallagher €24.

The St Andrews Cup played for on Sunday was won by Dannie Sweeney (19) with 41pts bot, the runner up was Mick Gallagher Jnr (7) with 41pts.

The gross winner was Michael Bradley (6) with 34 gross pts. Third place was

Seimi McBride (18) with 38pts. Two's - Maurice Connolly, Raymond Doody,

Kieran McGee, Charlie McBride, Seimi Connor & Mick Gallagher Jnr with €11 each.

Competitions: The Starter's Cup, a golfer of the year event, will be played for this coming Sunday, Sept. 25th over the Old Tom Morris Links. There will be a Saturday competition

played from the white markers with entires in The Pavilion Golf Shop, tee times must be booked in advance.

Mulroy Links

The 2016/17 Mulroy Links will start at Rosapenna on Saturday, October 8th. There will be 10 outings in total this year, 5 at Rosapenna and 5

at Portsalon. Tee times for the first outing must be booked with The Pavilion Golf Shop. There is an option to guarantee your first day's tee time by pre-paying for the first six outings that day or you may re book for each outing as in previous years.

Team Golf: Good luck to both the Junior Scratch Matchplay & Senior Scratch Matchplay teams that take part in the county semi-finals this weekend. Rosapenna will face Dunfanaghy in the Senior Scratch Matchplay over the Sandy Hills Links and Strabane in the Junior Scratch Matchplay

over the Old Tom Morris Links. The county finals will also take place at Rosapenna on Saturday, October 1st.

Best wishes to team captain Joe McHugh and to the players that will take on Bundoran in the Donegal League county final with the first leg at home this coming Sunday at 2pm. Home support on the day is welcomed.

Matchplay Competitions: Congratulations to Mark Lenny & Peter Warburton who won the 2016 Doubles Matchplay beating Pete McBride Jnr & Joe McHugh by one hole in the final last Friday.

The fourth round of the 2016 Michael Bonner singles matchplay must be completed by Monday, 26th

of September. Both players are encouraged to make contact as soon as possible to arrange each match.

Up coming competitions/events: September, Sunday 25th - Starter's Cup (G.o.Y); October, Sunday 2nd - Seiko Series (Day 2/3) G.o.Y; Sunday 9th - Centenary Cup.

Sunday 16th - Gents Singles (club)

Sunday 23rd - Gents Singles (club)

Sunday 30th - Seiko Series (Final) last G.o.Y event


Sunday's competition, the Thursday Special event, was postponed, nothing to do with the weather but presumably to allow our Mayo members to watch the All-Ireland and just like the All-Ireland, will be played at a later date.

Next Sunday Leslie Robinson P.G.A , our resident professional, sponsors the competition from the white tees, and in conjunction with this the winners of previous competitions will contest the Murvagh Masters.

During the week the club matchplay was decided and Marty McGarrigle, whose last major victory was as Captain of the Four Masters U-14 winning team, brought his experience to bear when he wrestled the title from favourite and captain's prize winner, Mark Butler.

The winners of the Hearts & Hips 2016 scramble, in memory of the late Jimmy Higgins, were Michelle O’Rourke, Robbie Donovan, Donie McIntrye and Michael McGarvey and nearly €600 raised for charity.

A 15 hole Autumn league is to run from 26th September until 19th

December for all interested. Played from the orange markers, Monday to

Saturday, with the best six cards out of 8 to count. League table will be

posted each week and closing date for entries is Saturday, Sept 24th.


Mulroy Winter Links: The Mulroy Links will tee off on Saturday 8th October Entry fee into this premier golfing event will be a joining fee of €15 and on the day of competitions €10 for members of both Rosapenna and Portsalon golf clubs and €20 for visitors. You will also have the facility to prebook your tee time by paying the full entry in advance. For further details contact Rosapenna Golf Club at 0749155000 or Portsalon Golf Club 07491 59459

Team News: There was plenty of team golf at Portsalon on Sunday last as both the Donegal League and the Minor League teams were in action. First out was the Donegal League team who held their return leg of the semi-final against Bundoran golf club. Going into the match Portsalon held the lead of three matches to two matches. The matches were all indeed close and the Bundoran team emerged with the narrowest of victories and will now meet Rosapenna in the final. The Portsalon Captain John Logue would like to thank team captain Ryan Mc Gettigan and all the players who represented Portsalon in this season's competition.

Following the Donegal league match it was the first leg of the Minor league final and Portsalon played host to Buncrana Golf Club. It turned out to be another bad result for the home club as the Inishowen men left Portsalon with three matches to Portsalon’s two matches. The return leg is scheduled for Saturday, 8th October and this will be difficult task for James Sandilands' team to overturn the result

The over 50’ team entertained Letterkenny golf club in the first leg of the final. The match had to be abandoned due to adverse weather conditions and the rematch is scheduled for Sunday, 25th September.

Michael Mc Veigh: The members of Portsalon golf club were shocked and saddened to hear that their former member and colleague Michael Mc Veigh had passed away at his residence recently after a short illness. Michael was a long time member of Portsalon and worked as part of the green keeping staff. Michael was indeed an unassuming man who worked on the cousre in times when there was not so much machinery and much of the work would have to be done manually. He would so generously give advice to many of the younger golfers on the outset of their golfing careers. Seldom you would have seen Michael without his pipe. One of Michael’s sayings when things were not going right was ‘’sure its only a piece of cake’’. In his later years Michael did not play competitive golf but nevertheless still enjoyed many an evening out on the course with a group of local men. He will indeed be missed by his fellow golfers many of whom over the years became his very close friends. Michael no doubt will be looking down on his native Portsalon keeping a wathcful eye on ‘’the banks’’ and looking after the fairways in heaven.

The Captain John Logue and the members of Portsalon Golf Club would like to exted their deepest sympathy to Michael’s family on thier sad loss.

Past Captains: Our past captains turned out on Saturday last where they contested for the J J Wall trophy. The winner of the event was Paul Armstrong (17) with 38 points and runner up Sean Mc Cormack (25) 37 points.

All Ireland Past Captains will take place on Saturday 24th

Results: The winner of the Wednesday open was J P Clarke (11) Letterkenny 39 points, runner up Mick Leonard (12) 38 points, gross Sean Gibbons (10) 28 points 3rd Pat Campbell (15) 38 points. The CSS was 38 points. On Saturday the winner of the open competition was Tony Morrison (15) 39 points, runner up Michael Bowe (23) 38 points, gross Brendan McGrath (4) Letterkenny 34 points, 3rd Joe Harkin (18) 38 points

Fixtures: On Saturday 24th it’s the All-Ireland Past Captains, there is an open gents stableford competition. On Sunday 25th a members competition and on Wednesday 28th a gents open competition.


With anticipation rising for the John J. Doherty Memorial Cup, Cat 4 members have been out in force both playing and practicing and the final Monday evening competition of the season was won by Jason Coyle with 20pts over nine holes. Members are reminded that the 1st tee-box is booked from 12.30 -1.30pm. Anyone who needs to go out earlier, please book now online or in the golf shop.

Wednesday 14th gave us the Letterkenny Credit Union Open and depositing first prize was Tony Mc Namee Snr. [23] with 42pts. Taking the turn with a great score of 24pts,Tony’s only blemish against handicap golf was his ‘blank’ at par three Hunters Home [13th] but still enough to outpoint runner-up P.J.Nee [13],returning 39pts. In third place was 2016 Minor League team captain Bobby Mullally [17] whose birdie at 18th [Stockade] was enough to relegate Denis O’ Donnell [28] to fourth place by virtue of B.O.T. on 38pts.

Wed Evening 9 Hole Competition Results: 1st; Enda Mannion 18 pts. 2nd; Stephen Walsh 17 pts. 3rd; Alistair Borland 15 pts (BOT).

Results from 9 Hole Competition in aid of Donegal Hospice: 1st; Hugh Tinney 21pts; 2nd Don Ponsonby 17pts. (BOT).

Over €800 was raised on the day for Donegal Hospice. Many thanks to all who participated and contributed to the fund.

Saturday 17th Open, sponsored by Diver’s Hyundai, Letterkenny, saw a great turnout in mild conditions and driving home happy was single figure handicapper Darragh Mc Menamin [5] who had a level par winning score of 41pts.

In second place was Ulster Cup stalwart Henry Mc Cahey [12] who had 40pts and in third place was John Doran [6] with 39pts. Gross prize was won by Brendan Mc Grath [4] on 35pts gross.

Congratulations to Sunday’s confined winner, the fast improving Richard Spratt [21] who, with 23pts on inward nine, returned the winning score of 37pts.

Saturday 24th will host the North Western Golfing Alliance and an Open competition and Sunday 25th will see Cat 4 members vying for the prestigious John J. Doherty Cup.

All members are wishing every success to Kevin Kiely and the club Seniors team who travel to Portsalon G.C. in the first leg of the final of this competition, Letterkenny of course hoping to retain the title from 2016.


Junior Golf: Congratulations to our under 16s Fourball Team who have advanced to the county final after a nail biting second leg match against Ballyliffin. The boys held a 2-1 lead going into the away leg played on Sunday and needed something special to get through to the final. The first pair out were Conor Hanna and Luke Kelly. They were up against it playing against two very low handicap opponents and after nine holes found themselves four down. However, with some very consistent golf from Conor and some magnificent putting from Luke, they clawed their way back and eventually won their match on the 18th. The next pair out were James Sweeney and Tom McClintock. They also faced two opponents with lower handicaps but with typical grit and determination, they recovered from a three hole deficit, winning their match on the 17th. James and Tom are yet to be beaten in this competition.

The final pair out were rookies Michael Dolan and Rory Kelly. Both boys showed great courage and fortitude and did absolutely everything that was asked of them. The two leg final will be played next Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th against Letterkenny. The home leg will be played on Saturday with tee off at 1:30 approx. Please come along to support our boys. This is the first county final that any male team in the Club has qualified for in many years so your support for John Hanna's team would be most welcome.

Past Captains’ Competition 2016: The Past Captains of Dunfanaghy Golf Club gathered together again for their Annual Past Captains’ Competition on Saturday past. The weather was extremely pleasant as was the company and there was chat of how things had changed ‘since their day’.

With the weather so good the scoring was also excellent. The steady play of Michael Kelly was hard to match with no double bogeys in his round and a string of pars to finish with a steady score of 40 points.

Nearest to Michael was Neil McGinley who pipped Nigel Doherty on BOT to second place with 38 points. Nigel took 3rd place also on 38 points.

Gerard Dalton won the first nine with 20 points and Paul Burton lifted the second nine with 19 points

After the golf all the Past Captains were treated to a fine meal in the Clubhouse and the chat went on for some time. This is an event which is appreciated by all the Past Captains of the Club and is a chance for them all to get together again.

Our thanks to Past Captain Eugene Magee for organising the event this year.

In our Wednseday Open Singles, Hugh Gallagher from Gweedore, playing off 5, came in with a tremendous score of 43 points, winning by four clear shots from Noel McGlinchey.

In Saturday’s Open Stableford, one of our longest standing members, Knox Wilson took the honours with a great score of 41 points from Paul Smyth in second with 40.

Cathal McMonagle won the monthly medal on Sunday with another very solid performance, coming home with a net 64. Peadar Curran was second with a 66.

Competition Results:

Wed 14th September - Open Single Stableford, 1st Hugh Gallagher 5 Gweedore 43pts, 2nd Noel McGlinchey 28 L/k 39pts. CSS 66/38pts

Past Captains’ Sat 17th September

1st Michael Kelly (13) 40 points

2nd Neil McGinley (14) 38 points BOT

3rd Nigel Doherty (12) 38 points

1st Nine Gerard Dalton (13) 20 points

2nd Nine Paul Burton (9) 19 Points

Sat 17th September - Open Single Stableford, 1st Knox Wilson 41pts

2nd Paul Smyth 40pts, Gross Seamus O'Hanlon B&S 25 Gross pts, 3rd Colin Higgs 36pts, CSS 68/36pts

Sunday, 18th September - Monthly Medal Stroke, 1st Cathal McMonagle 64, 2nd Peader Curran 66, Gross John Chambers 78 Gross, 3rd Frank Kelly 69, CSS 67/37pts

Events for the Week Ahead: Saturday 24th Sept Gents - Open 4BBB Stableford, Sunday 25th Sept - Gents Club Single Stableford

Date for the Diary - Ryder Cup Weekend. 1st October Mexican Scramble Teams of 4. €10 for Club members, €25 for visitors. Food included in price. Great prizes.

Winners will receive the Ryder Cup Trophy!