The golfing season might be winding down but there was still plenty happening around the county over the past week.
Here's all the news from our local golf clubs:
It's back to the 14 hole weekly running competitions again, a sure sign that summer is gone and winter is upon us. However, the weather over the last few weeks is the best we've had this year.
Well done to Deborah Moore who won the first 14 hole of the season playing off 15 with a score of 27pts. Our Saturday competition was won by Grace McFadden playing off 36 with 36pts, great to see Grace featuring.
Our Monthly open senior competition on Monday is gaining momentum with a total of 70 golfers, ladies and gents, taking to the fairways on what was a fairly good day weather-wise for the time of year. The next one will take place on Monday, 21st November. Gerada took first prize with a good score of 36 pts playing off 25. Second was Mabel Gillespie playing off 25 with 33pts. Third was Kathleen McGowan playing off 19 with 33pts bot.
1st 9 was won by Kit Boyce with 18pts and 2nd 9 was won by Celine Bradley, fresh from her new acting role, with 18pts.
Can I please remind the ladies who have the various cups and shields to please return them to the club this week as the AGM is on Friday, 28th October at 8pm.
Captain's v President's is a mixed competition this year and the sheet for names is up in the front foyer. Please put your name down and join us for a day of fun golf.
The super October weather has the turkeys flying out of the Barnhill clubhouse. The latest winners of the front nine were: Kay Kelly 17pts (bot), runner-up Marian O Sullivan 16pts. Nellie McHugh winner with 20 pts, runner-up Mary Ellen Mc Nulty 19pts. Another winner was Brigid McClafferty 20 pts (bot), runner-up Marian Keating 20pts.
A back nine result: Winner Marian O'Sullivan with a super 21 pts (bot), runner-up Kate Gallagher also 21pts.
Congratulations to all the winners. Front and back nines continue.
Don't forget the last 18-hole competition of the season, the Hamper competition is on Sunday, October 23rd. Arrange your own playing partners and book on line.
Hope you have purchased your horse for the very popular 'Night at the Races' taking place at the clubhouse on Friday, October 28th? There is still time to purchase a horse and join in the fun and experience the thrill of betting and perhaps watching your horse win, all in the comfort of the clubhouse bar.
The results for the weekend competition, sponsored by The Maghery House Hotel, Bundoran are as follows:
1st: Brendan McCauley 36 pts, 2nd: Jim Gavigan 35 pts (BOT), 3rd: Martin Shepherd 35 pts
Brendan McCauley wins the Fr Connolly Memorial Cup. Congratulations to all.
The presentation of prizes will take place at 9pm on Friday, November 4th.
The Atlantic Challenge was held on Saturday and was a great success. There were 82 entrants with local teams from Bundoran, Ballyshannon, Kinlough, Belleek, Grange and a visiting team from Swinford taking part. Despite stiff opposition, the Melvin Society from Kinlough won the Atlantic Challenge Cup.
Upcoming Events: The midweek (Mon - Fri) Turkey Competitions have commenced. 9 Hole Stroke. Entry 3 Euro, re-entries permitted.
Seniors Society every Tuesday at 11am.
WAGS +24 every Thursday at 11.30am. All are welcome.
The competition next weekend will be sponsored by The Phoenix Tavern, Bundoran.
The final of the doubles match-play event was staged over the weekend and it was a case of experience versus youth. Contesting the final were Eugene Gallagher and Michael Dunne (the experienced pair) who played Stuart Nicholl and Shaun Campbell (the young pair).The match was a close encounter where holes were shared with some excellent golf. However, the experienced pair emerged victorious winning by two and one.
Stakes and Ropes: As the winter season is fast approaching the greens staff will again erect a protective line on the surrounds of the greens. The greens staff encourage all golfers not to take trollies inside the roped area. All members and visitors should note that a local rule is in operation regarding the identified areas surrounding our greens. Local rule: If a ball strikes any part of a protective fence around a green, the player may disregard that stroke, abandon the ball and play another ball from as near as possible to the spot from which the original ball was played in accordance with Rule 20-5 (Playing Next Stroke from Where the Previous Stroke was Played).
Placing: Members and visitors should note that 6 inch placing on fairways only has been introduced as from Monday, 17th October.
Team News: The return leg of the Donegal over 50’s final return leg match which was due to be staged at Letterkenny golf course on Sunday last had to be cancelled due to the heavy rain on Saturday night. A new date has not been arranged.
Gaeltacht League: Portsalon's opening encounter in this season's Gaeltacht League tees off on Saturday, 22nd October with a home match against Dunfanaghy golf club.
Mulroy Links: The Mulroy Links was staged at Portsalon on Saturday last and the results were as follows: In the nett section the winner was Noel Nicholl (16) 39 points, 2nd Michael Carr (7) 37 points, 3rd Oisin Friel (20) 36 points, 4th Stephen Harris (15) 35 points.
In the gross section the winner was Conor Connolly (4) 33 points, 2nd Marty McDermott (4) 30 points, 3rd Stephen Connolly (5) 30 points, 4th Eamonn McDermott (5) 29 points.
The third outing of the Mulroy Links will take place at Rosapenna Golf Resort on Saturday, 5th November
New Membership: re you thinking about joining? This magnificent offer for new membership at Portsalon.
Portsalon golf club are running a special offer for those who would like to become members. The offer is simply pay now for 2017 and you get October, November and December 2016 free.
For further information please contact 074 9159459.
Results: The winner of the Wednesday competition was Finnian Ferry (21) 37 points, runner up Eamon McConigley (13) 35 points, gross Dara McMenamin (4) Letterkenny 35 points. The CSS was 35 points.
On Sunday the winner of the members competition was DP Logue (6) 38 points, runner up Dan Curran (16) 36 points, gross Joe Coyle (14) 34 points, 3rd Donal Callaghan (14) 34 points. The CSS was 34 points.
Fixtures: On Saturday 22nd it's a gents open competition. On Sunday 23rd, it's a members competition. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions contact 0749159459 or go online to portsalongolfclub.com
Cathal Og was on fire again at the weekend shooting -2 gross for a 65, Cathal is the lowest player at the club and the first player to reach a handicap of 3. Well done Cathal. In second was Paul McCool, also shooting a 65, while in third was Hugh Og with a 69. Anthony took the gross with 74 while the nines went to Mick Doherty with 34 and Danny Ferry with 33, CSS for Saturday was 68, while Sunday was 39.
Two day this weekend if no home Gaeltacht Match. Keep an eye on facebook for details.
Team News: The Junior cup team took home the bacon after a tightly fought contest with Strabane on Saturday. Played on the Old Tom Morris in Rosapenna in wintery conditions the lads won on a scoreline of 3/2. The team consisting of Cian Ferry, Paul Mulligan, Jason McBride, Michael Dwyer and Declan McBride were looking good after nine holes with 4 of the matches up and one levei. However, with golf nothing is over until the last putt is holed and it was no different on the day. Cian got the first point on the board early with a 5 up victory and that was quickly followed up by Jason who won 4/3. However, the Strabane lads fought back well with Paul falling at the 17th and Michael on the 18th. So it all came down to the final match, Declan was 1 up through 15. Both players birdied 16, Freddie then nearly having a hole in one on the 17th which squared the match so they had to go up the 18th. With Declan safely on the par 5 in 3 and Freddie struggling to get there in 4. However, he nearly holed a 20 footer for par leaving Declan to tidy up his two putt and clinch the title in dramatic fashion. Thanks to Strabane for a good sporting game and to captain Charlie for looking after the team this year, also to Hugh Og who played a few of the earlier rounds.
Senior Results: 6th Oct - Tony Gallagher, Cnoc a sToaire 40pts, Charlie Cullen, Bother na Tra 36pts, Micheal Mhici o Gallachoir 33pts.
11th Oct - 4BBB - Peadar O Gallchoir & Hughie Doherty 43pts, Tony Gallagher & Matt Murray 41pts.
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Tuesday 11th October saw our fairways in excellent condition and who better to take full advantage of them but Tommy McGinty with an excellent winning score of 43 points. Tommy (17 hc) completed the front nine with 21pts and bettered that by one in the back nine to come home with 22pts and a grand total of 43pts, hence a reduction of two strokes to his handicap.
Runner up to Tommy was the ever improving Enda McMenamin. Although Enda (playing off 5 handicap) started the round with a double bogie and three pars, he was quick to turn things around with birdies at holes 5, 6, 7 and 8 and slipping on the 9th with a bogie to go out on 1 under par. On the turn Enda parred his way home with the exception of hole 16 where he carded the only bogie in his back nine and finishing level par for the round collecting 41pts.
Gross went to none other than Charlie Anderson with 28 gross pts. Charlie was to share his nines with four bogies in each leaving him with ten pars in all. The Senior Cat was won by Brian McGinley (20 hc) with an excellent 39pts. Brian had an excellent birdie on the 12th hole and by all accounts it was very very close to being an eagle. CSS 67
Saturday, October 15th: Birdies at holes 5, 13 and 17 were to help promote John McMenamin's card to an excellent three over par for his round giving him a total of 42pts. With over 100 competitors taking advantage of the dry spell, John (playing off 9) ended up with three points to spare over second placed Aaron O'Hagan (18). Aaron had an excellent front nine carding 23pts but a few slip ups on the way in may have cost him 1st place on the day.
Gross prize on Saturday was won by Enda McMenamin (4) with 32 gross points and once again Enda was to have 4 birdies on the card.
Third spot went to Paul Henderson (11) with a score of 38pts. Paul has been playing quite consistent this year and has had his handicap well reduced and has played himself onto the Convoy & Raphoe Ryder Cup Team who play B & S at the end of this month. CSS on the day was 67.
Sunday, October 16th: 1st place went to Trevor Robb (18) with a fine score of 38pts. Conditions had started off poor for the early starters and Trevor took full advantage of this by going out late morning and actually fulfilling his own prediction of "This could be easy won today". Well done Trevor. Runner up went to Thomas McBride (14) with 36pts. Thomas is an other man pushing to get his Ryder Cup spot. CSS 69
Usual Competitions this weekend. Dont forget our quiz each Wednesday night. Your support is always appreciated.
Prizegiving for the last four weeks was held on Saturday, October 11th in the clubhouse.
Here's the thing....... it is expected that all prize winners for that period have the courtesy of turning up to collect their prizes, after all, a lot of work goes into setting up competitions, doing out the prizes and so forth. It shows respect for out Captain and indeed the club itself and your fellow golfers. I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of council to urge players to either show on the night, select someone to represent you or just a call to excuse yourself. Many thanks.
Our Golfer of the Year is coming to a close and with a few weeks left, the man to catch is Conor O'Rourke and for Gross we have Roger Campbell leading the way. Can you catch them?
With the shorter days arriving and the weather on the change, it was Eddie Margey , introducing his new set of Taylormade to Barnhill for the first time, who tamed the Swilly breeze and, despite double bogeys at 3rd and 9th holes, still managed the outward nine for 20pts and repeated the scoring back to the clubhouse for an overall 40pts.
In runner-up spot was visitor Dave Hughes  who, despite ‘blanks’ at par five 2nd and 9th, returned a net level 36pts whilst relegating Ulster Cup team captain Eamon O’ Carroll  to third by virtue of B.O.T. Taking gross prize was Don Ponsonby  with 30pts gross. Congratulations to club Captain Ivan Fuery on his ‘ace’ at 13th.
Saturday 15th Open was won by club teams stalwart Charlie Coughlan  who, with ‘blanks’ recorded at Greenhill [8th] and Sheep Hill [12th], returned nines of 21pts and 20pts respectively to pip runner-up Kevin Roche , whose birdie at par three 16th [Barnhill], helped him return 40pts. Best gross of the day was recorded by Finnian O’ Doherty  with 32pts gross.
Sunday 16th had one of our future club prodigies on the podium, junior member Lee Walsh  who, despite a double bogey at the 1st, answered with a birdie at par five 7th. He took the turn with 22pts on the scorecard and finished with 38pts for victory. The winner of the draw for the meal for two in Browns on the Green was Eunan McGarrigle
Anne Condon, organizer of the social club’s Night at the Races, is looking for help for Race Night, Friday 28th October. We need more horses sold, members and friends to attend on the night and, if at all possible, sponsors for some of the races.
Although weather was wet and stormy at times on Sunday, Gerry Breslin calmed the conditions with an excellent 41pts. Not very far behind was Eammon Kelly with a solid 49pts. Third place on 37pts was Kieran Gallagher. The nines went to Stephen Melly and Keith Bonner, both with 19pts.
This weekend we travel to Cloughaneely for our Gaelteacht match. On Sunday we have an 18 hole
Please check your payments are up to date with our 100 Club before our next draw.
Drum Bar Golf Society
The Drum Bar’s busy schedule of outings continued at the weekend when 26 players took to the fairways of Dunfanaghy Golf Club.
In lovely conditions, Ollie Moran produced the best score of the day to take the honours.
He beat off the challenge of Cathal Sheridan on a break of tie with Brian Wilson third.
The ladies prize was won by Mary McGlynn.
Our thanks to Mary and the staff at Dunfanaghy Golf Club for looking after us so well on Saturday. Our next outing is to Narin and Portnoo on Saturday, November 12th.
Results from Saturday: Winner, Ollie Moran, 2nd Cathal Sheridan, 3rd Brian Wilson, Ladies Mary McGlynn, Back 9, Pat Loughnane, Front 9 Michael Madden; Category 1 Dave Sumner, Cat 2 John Neely, Cat 3 Michael Crossan. Longest drives, Pat Loughnane and Mary Rose Dullaghan. Nearest the pin, Columba Crawford.
Letterkenny Hospitals Society
In very tricky conditions at Portsalon Golf Club on Tuesday, the Society hosted Mr. John James Mc Bride's President Prize. Good scoring proved a real challenge but it was Shane Blake, recent winner of the Captain's Prize, who mastered the conditions best to take the victory and complete an excellent double of Captain and President's Prize wins.
On a low scoring day Shane's 35 points secured the win by two from Eileen Williamson on 33 points, with John Doherty third and Mary Murray fourth, both on 32 points.
Section results: Section One, Eunan McGlynn 32pts, John James McBride 31pts, Ann Cannon 31pts. Section Two, Charlie Collins 31pts, Kyle Maloney 29pts, Eamonn Sweeney 28pts. Section Three, Jim McGlynn 31pts, Noel Duggan 31pts, Paddy Murray ( Snr) 30pts. 1st Nine: Russell Mc Kenna 15pts. 2nd Nine: Ciaran Williamson 17pts.
Outgoing President John James Mc Bride thanked the members for their support during the year and on his President's Day and announced that Mr. Charlie Mc Hugh would be taking over the role of President for 2017. After a very consistent year Enda Mc Menamin was the Society's Golfer of the Year for 2016 with an impressive total of 181 points from his 5 best scores, at an average of just over 36 points per outing, excellent stuff from Enda.
The AGM followed the Prizegiving and included the election of Officers for 2017. Outgoing Captain Kyle Maloney thanked everyone for their support during the year, saying that he had very much enjoyed his term as Society Captain and he wished his Vice- Captain Vera Kearney all the best for 2017 in her new role as Captain of the Society. Vera said she was looking forward to the challenge ahead in 2017 and was delighted and honoured to be taking on the role of Captain having been a member of the Society for such a long time. She announced that Ann Cannon had accepted her invitation to be Vice-Captain in 2017.
Outgoing Officers Dessie Ferry (Secretary), Padraic McHugh (Treasurer) and Charlie Collins ( PRO) were all returned unopposed to their positions.