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Drew Corry and Shane Bonner took first and second place on Tuesday, 18th October with 37 and 36 points respectively and a very close third was Charlie Quinn on 35 points. CSS 67

On Saturday, Martin McFadden was to take full advantage of the good weather with an excellent 42 points, collecting two birdies, one in each nine.

One point adrift was that man again, Paul Henderson. Paul was to record 14 pars with just 3 bogies and one double bogie and is now just point one from being a single figure golfer. Maybe next week Paul. The formidable Billy Madden was to claim the Gross with 31points. Billy was level gross after nine but a few slip ups in the back nine took the gloss off it for him. Plunkett Keys shot an excellent 40 points to secure 3rd spot, one point ahead of Michael Scanlan and Paddy McNulty.

Sunday 23rd saw the course playing quite long with the windy conditions and blue tees but Cathal Hegarty was to work his magic on it and come away with a great score of 64 nett to claim 1st spot and finish 1 stroke ahead of Dermott Bonner who had a very good 65 Nett. Gross on the day was won by Roger Campbell with a score of 78. CSS 68.

Weekend competitions: As this weekend sees the annual Ryder Cup take place between Convoy and District versus Ballybofey & Stranorlar, I would assume that it may well be a 4ball better ball for the Saturday Competition. The Ryder Cup (currently held by Convoy) raises much needed funds for local charities and anyone who would like to donate may do so on the day.

Quiz on Saturday, 26th Oct, proceeds go to STAG and 2nd Nov is in aid of St Vincent Dr Paul. Come along and support.

On Halloween Bank Holiday Monday, the club is having a Captain's Fun day with a Champagne Scramble, Buffet Good. Novelty Table Quiz and Music. It will be a shotgun start at 12 noon. Cost €15.


With the late summer-like weather lasting well into the week, it was Cat 3 member M.P. O’Donnell [16] who took full advantage of the benign conditions and, although recording a double bogey at the first, Michael took the turn with 20pts only for another double bogey at 10th and a ‘blank’ at the 14th to halt progress but 19pts on inward nine was enough to relegate Sam Hegarty [18] to runner-up on 37pts.

Saturday 22nd was day one of the annual Audi Open Weekend of Golf and driving into the record books was club ‘seniors’ team captain Kevin Kiely [8] who, with birdies at 1st, 3rd and 5th holes, returned a level par 22pts on outward nine and, with a nett level par four over on back nine, scored his way onto the team panel for Sunday’s final with a winning total of 40pts.

In runner-up spot was single figure handicapper Simon Stephens [3] whose magnificent level par round card read like a European Tour player’s with successive birdies at 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th holes for a two under outward nine, double bogeys at 13th and 17th and yet another birdie at the 18th for a two over back nine and 39pts.

A close third placing went to Kevin Rafferty [7] and another great score helped John Doran to the gross prize, with birdies at 5th, 11th and 18th but unfortunate double bogeys at 7th and 16th kept him out of top spot also.

The second day of the Audi Open, Sunday 23rd, had Cat 4 member Paddy O’ Gorman [22] taking top spot with 39pts. Despite three ‘blanks’ and a double bogey on the card, Paddy took control on back nine to record 24pts and outpoint runner-up Enda Mannion [13] by one. Enda’s ‘blank’ at the par three 5th, was quickly erased by his birdie at 7th for a 20pt front nine and, once again, if not for a double bogey at 18th, Enda would have taken the winner’s title. In third place with 37pts was Kevin Roche [19] and gross was won by Kieran Sweeney [6] with 30pts gross.

Congratulations to club member Kevin Kiely who completed a unique ‘double’ over the weekend by also winning his category in the 10k road race on Sunday and of course will be hoping for a treble by leading his club seniors team to win the Donegal Seniors Challenge Pennant for the second year in succession on Sunday, 30th.

Anne Condon, organizer of the social club’s Night at the Races, is looking forward to seeing everyone on Friday 28th. There are still horses available for members and friends attending on the night and, if anyone is interested, horses to sponsor for some of the races. Race sponsorship is €100, horses are €10 each.

Browns on the Green will be providing snacks on the night.

Thank you in anticipation!

Dunfanaghy Ladies

The 14 hole re-entry competition is ongoing - play as often as you like - with a one day 18 hole competition on Saturdays.

Una Diver (34) was the winner of last Saturday's Stablefrord with 33 pts. This Saturday is the Captain's versus the President's team match which will be fun whoever wins. Teams will be posted on the web site when all the transfers have been completed.

Please make sure you have your name on the Christmas Dinner list. This is being held in the Clubhouse after the Christmas Hamper competition on Saturday, 10th December and I think Santa is paying a visit, so be on your best behaviour.

The Ladies' AGM takes place this Friday night at 8 pm, with the bar closing at 7.30pm.

Cruit Island

After a good home result in Gaelteacht Alliance against our near neighbours Narin/Portnoo, it was

off to Cloughaneely for our second match. The day was beautiful and as usual there was a warm welcome in Cloughaneely. Things were never going to be as easy as on home soil. Our only winners were Alan Gillespie/BrianMcMonagle, and 2 battling halves from Gerard Dickey/Daren Gallagher, and, Keith Bonner/Brendan Boyle. A score of 7-2 leaves a lot work to do in our next match.

Sunday was an excellent day for our E K Marine sponsored competition and we had a very good turnout.

Although the rain stayed away a strong wind ensured scoring to be very difficult. Ray Gallagher was the

man in form to take 1st prize with 35pts on BOT from Tony Forrestal.

Result: 1st Ray Gallagher 35pts BOT,

2nd Tony Forrestal 35pts, 3rd Terence Gallagher 34pts BOT, Front 9 Kieran Gallagher 20pts, Back 9 JohnWard 17pts.

With our next draw coming up very soon in the 100 Club, please check your payments are up to date.

In THE LAST MAN STANDING we had a long run with the last three, Cian Boyle, John G Boyle, and Joseph Gillespie, all sharing the €750 prize. Our new L M S is starting this week so good luck to all in their football choices.

This week's competition is sponsored by Bonner and Gill.

Our Spring League is still in Quarter Final stage apart from Terence Gallagher/Danny McGarvey who reached the semi-final after 23 holes. Michael Boyle/Robert Casey were unlucky losers after a 5th play off hole.

Good luck to the other quarter finalists, and matches will be played in coming weeks.

Letterkenny Ladies

With the amazing October weather continuing, the lure of the Turkey competitions has not diminished.

The latest results, back nine winner was Cecelia Doran with 17 pts(bot) the runner-up was Anne Condon on 17 pts also.

On the front nine it was Grainne Hines who had the top score of 19 pts (bot), runner-up Marian O'Sullivan 19pts.

Mary Murray bagged another turkey with 17pts, her runner-up was Marian O'Sullivan on 16 pts.

It was Mary Ellen Mc Nulty's turn to win with a super 23pts (bot) followed closely by Eileen Williamson also with 23pts. Well done ladies, congratulations to all.

The wonderful sunshine which heralded the Hamper competition played on Sunday, Oct 23rd, remained all day, much to the delight of all those players competing on a very full time-sheet.

The winner of this year's hamper was Tracy Spence with 36pts (bot). Runner-up Mary-Ellen McNulty also on 36 pts. In third place was Cynthia Furey with 33pts (bot). Heartiest congratulations ladies.

Deepest sympathy is extended to Elaine Russell on the sad passing of her mother Christina McMonagle, Raphoe.


The gents club competition held over the Old Tom Morris Links on Sunday was won by Martin Sweeney (18) with 71 nett, the runner up was Garvin Toye (15) with 72 nett. The gross winner was Shane Sweeney (6) with 84 gross. Third place was Denis Boyce (14) with 75 nett bot. Two's €60 roll over to Sunday 30th.

The Centenary Cup played for on Sunday, Oct. 9th was won by Ann and John Church with 78pts. Two's - Carmel Barry, Barry McMenamin, Michael Carr, Peadar Boyce, Sean Boyce and Shane Sweeney x 2 - €10 per two.

Golfer of the Year: The upcoming final Seiko series event on Sunday, Oct. 30th is the last golfer of the year qualifier for 2016. A full table is posted on the members' notice board in the Golf Pavilion.

Matchplay Competitions: Congratulations to Seimí Connor who won the 2016 Michael Bonner Singles Matchplay beating Hugo Duggan 3&2 in the final last Thursday.

Mulroy Links: The third outing of the 2016/17 Mulroy Links will take place at Rosapenna on Saturday, November 5th. Please contact The Pavilion Golf Shop for all tee time enquiries.

Course Notices: Placing six inches not nearer the hole on fairways only will come into effect on Tuesday November 1st. As the winter approaches all members/visitors are kindly asked to adhere to the following -

Follow all designated winter pathways to/from greens/tees;

Keep all push/electric trollies and buggies off all tee boxes and greens surrounds;

Please replace all divots, repair all pitch marks and rake all bunkers;

Please leave rakes in the middle of all bunkers after use.

Up coming competitions/events:

October, Saturday 29th - Gaeltacht League - R/P vs Narin/Portnoo

Sunday 30th - Seiko Series (3/3) final G.o.Y event

November, Saturday 5th - Mulroy Links at Rosapenna / Gaeltacht League - Gweedore vs Rosapenna

Sunday 6th - Gents Singles (club).


The results for the weekend competition, sponsored by The Phoenix Tavern, Bundoran are as follows:

1st Mark Boyle 41 pts, 2nd Terry McShea 40 pts., 3rd Gary O'Connor 39 pts., 4th Peter McGowan 38 pts., Gross: Shane Feeney 33 pts.

Congratulations to all.

The presentation of prizes will take place at 9 p.m. on Friday, November 4th.

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 J.K.R. Connolly Financial Services.


The Thursday Specials sponsored our Sunday competition from the green

markers but the scores didn't reflect the allegedly "shorter easier

course". Rory Lenihan, main challenger for the Golfer of the Year, managed a sound 35pts to win on BOT from Past President Eamon Canney and Robbie Donovan second and third respectively. John Meehan and Darren Rafferty filled the minor places.

This week also saw the final of the Club Mixed Matchplay sponsored by

Billy Johnston. The final was contested over two days by Matt Gallagher/

Crona O'Reilly versus Padraig Farragher/Gillian O'Callaghan. Day 1

went to the 17th and was called in because of darkness with Gallagher

and O'Reilly one hole to the good. Day 2, Tuesday, saw the teams

reconvene to finish out the match, starting on the 18th tee. The men's

drives were selected and the ladies laid up leaving a full shot to the

green. Matt Gallagher hit up but the adrenaline kicked in and a little

too much spin saw the ball slide into the greenside bunker. The wily

Farragher played safely to the centre of the green and two putts earned

them the hole and a lifeline, levelling the scores and taking the match

down the 19th.

After a nervous half on the 19th they ventured on down the 20th hole where the Farragher/ O'Callaghan duo succumbed to the might of the winners and champions for 2016 Matt Gallagher and Crona O'Reilly.

Don't forget it's nearly time for the A.G.M.s. Anyone wishing to put

forward a motion must do so two weeks before the relevant date.

It doesn't seem like 17 years since an air accident caused the demise

of the colourful golfer Payne Stweart and his friends on Oct 25th 1999.


Our Indian summer continued last week with some fine weather in Dunfanaghy. In the Wednesday

Open Singles stableford, there were some fine scores to match with first, second and third places having to be separated on a BOT on 37 points. The winner was Neil McGinley with Collan Keegan in second and Declan Lynch of Strabane in third. Gerard Breslin, playing off 7 from Cruit, won the gross

with 29 gross points.

In Saturday's Open Singles Stableford, Paul Burton, playing off 10, came home with a terrific score of 41 points to take first place narrowly beating Shaun McGinley, who also had a great score of 40 points.

In Sunday's Stroke Competition Frank Kelly took the family honours with a 64 nett beating both Brendan and Michael although Michael did manage to take third place with a nett 67. Daniel

McColgan was second with a 65 nett and Paul Smyth took the gross with a 78.

Junior Golf: Having won the Juveniles Section last week, Lucas Wood scored another win this week with a great

score of 31, narrowly beating Michael Dolan into second place. In the "Wild Geese" section, Jack Druce won on the course while Matthew Wilkinson won the putting. Sean McBride also made another great contribution and could have won in either department.

There was no Senior Boys Section this week however, Carlos O'Reilly won at a canter last week with 48 points, one of the best scores of the year. It will not be long until Carlos is playing off single figures.

Competition Results:

Wednesday 19th October - Gents Open Single Stableford 1st Neil McGinley 37 pts, 2nd Collan Keegan 37 pts bot, Gross Gerard Breslin 29 gross pts, 3rd Declan Lynch 37 pts bot

Saturday 22nd October - Gents Open Single Stableford, 1st Paul Burton 41 pts, 2nd Shaun McGinley 40 pts

Sunday 23rd October - Gents Club Stroke 1st Frank Kelly 64 pts, 2nd Daniel McColgan 65 pts, Gross Paul Smyth 78 gross pts, 3rd Michael Kelly 67 pts

Events for the Week Ahead:

Wednesday 26th October - Gents Open Stableford

Saturday 29th October - Captain's v President's and presentation to under 16 Boys (names to be put on entry sheet in the front foyer before Friday). Time changes on Saturday night.

Sunday 30th October - Stewart Bam Cup - V Par.

Gaoth Dobhair

Micheal O'Fearraigh won the Sean Ogs sponsored competition at the weekend with a super 44pts in breezy conditions. In second place was Jason McBride with 42pts and in third was Tony Gallagher with 39pts BOT. The nines went to Dylan O'Dwyer with 23pts and Donal Greene with 25pts. The Category goes to Mick O'Connor with 39pts. CSS 39pts

Team News: Cluiche sraith na Gaeltachta sa bhaile at 10:30 v Portsalon maidin De satharn

Last man standing sheets will be available in clubhouse next week.

Teach Hiúdaí Beag's Doubles Matchplay Final: The long awaited doubles matchplay took place on Friday afternoon between the O'Dwyer brothers Dylan & Michael and the left handers from Rann na Feirste Barney Boyle & Dean James. The young O'Dwyer brothers won 3&1 in a good quality match, well done lads.

Seniors: 1st Charlie Cullen, Bothar na Tra, 42pts, 2nd Rory Mangan, Bun a'Leaca 35pts, 3rd Matt Murrat, Anagaire, 34pts.

Play Tuesday and Thursdays every week, visitors welcome. Hamper final on 13th December. You must return three cards over three weeks to qualify for hamper. Turkey Competition on 8th and 22nd November.

Great deal on membership: Join now and pay nothing further until January 2018. For more information please call the club or any committee member.

Dheanfaidh Pearse Doherty urraiocht ar chomortas an deireadh seachtaine seo.


Course Improvements: Under the watchful eye of golf professional Paul Mc Ginley and his staff over the past few months, many new and improved development works have been undertaken by the greens staff at Portsalon Golf Course. The latest development has been preparing the area for the new putting green. This new putting green will add to the ever changing features of Portsalon. According to Paul, this new look will enhance the presentation of the Portsalon course as a first class golfing venue.

Fixtures: On Saturday 29th there's a gents open competition. On Sunday 30th it's a members competition and on Monday 31st we will have a Ladies and Gents open competition. Wednesday 2nd Nov is a gents open competition. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions contact 0749159459 or go online to

Protect Your Course: Replacing divots or the repairing of pitch marks on the greens is no more than good golf etiquette. So we should all think of our fellow golfers and replace our divots and repair those pitch marks. We can all play a part in ensuring that Portsalon Golf Course remains in excellent condition. Please don’t leave it to someone else to fill the divots and repair the pitch marks.

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..

Team News: The return leg of the Donegal over 50’s final has been rearranged for Sunday 30th at Letterkenny Golf Club, with a 12.30 tee off time. Going into the return leg the match is eavenly balanced at two and half matches each.

Gaeltacht League: Portsalon's opening encounter in this season's Gaeltacht League teed off on Saturday last with a home match against Dunfanaghy Golf Club. The home team put in a magnificent performance winning eight matches to Dunfanaghy’s one match. Best Portsalon score on the day went to Eunan Mc Glynn and Dermot Shields. The next Gaeltacht League outing will take place at Gweedore Golf Club and there will be a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

New Membership: Have you missed out on one month’s free golf? 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 November and December 2016 free. For further information please contact 074 9159459.

Results: The winner of the Saturday open staged on 22nd Oct was Mark Maguire (20) 39 points, 2nd John Birney (26) 37 points, Gross Eugene O'Donnell (11) 26 points C.S.S. 36 points.

The winner of the members competition staged on Sunday 23 was Michael Martin (22) 37 points, 2nd Kevin McGonagle (6) 34 points, Gross Eamonn McDermott (5) 28 points, 3rd Gareth McLarnon (13) 33 points C.S.S. Reduction only.


North Western Golfing Alliance members usually arrive at Narin/Portnoo Golf Club well wrapped up and prepared for the worst of weather, for their experience over the past few years has been that they have been greeted with heavy downpours of rain usually accompanied with gale force winds. But, not on Saturday, as the course was in happy mode and at her most alluring and beguiling.

In saying that, apart from two members in the gross section and one in the nett, the members could not take advantage of the relatively calm conditions and returned very modest scores, even though the front nine returns showed promise but most of the field faded on the more difficult back nine.

Pride of place once again went to Brian McElhinney [NW] who, for the third outing in succession, spreadeagled the field and continued his rich vein of form as, once again, he was under par for his round. Brian is now eleven under par for the Alliance season and has dropped only one stroke in 54 holes of golf on three different Donegal courses. Playing his usual unflappable, steady golf, Brian picked up his two birdies at the par five 13th and the par four 18th for a gross 71, [-2].

Hotly pursued by Noel Callan [FV], who started with a birdie at the first only to give it back at the par five 2nd, a further dropped stroke at the par four 6th left Noel one over for the outward nine and, unfortunately, further blemishes were added to his card following dropped shots on the 11th and 14th holes. Noel then regained those shots with birdies at 13th, 15th and 18th, leaving him one under for the back nine and level par for the round. Noel is also a teaching professional so these two men, Noel and Brian, are really practicing what they preach.

In the nett section, our 2015/16 season captain David Forbes also left the rest of the field toiling in his wake as his return of 19pts on the front nine and 21pts on inward nine, which included a ‘blank’ at the par five 14th, put him four points ahead of runner-up Clive Davison who is beginning to show a welcome return to form.

In the race for golfer of the year the nett section, as ever, is very close with Brian McElhinney, despite playing off +3, leading the way on 16pts, Dennis Porter from Strabane G.C. standing next with 14pts, third and fourth positions being held by Anthony Jackson from Foyle GC. and Kevin Keegan playing out of Strabane GC. on 10pts.

The clear Gross leader is, of course, Brian McElhinney sitting with 30pts, Michael McGeady from SD Golf on 16pts, Steve Martin from Foyle GC. is on 14pts and Brendan McCarroll snr. Ballyliffin GC. on 10pts.

Full results as follows:

Nett Section: 1st David Forbes (8) Faughan Valley GC. 40 pts, 2nd Clive Davison (11) Portsalon GC. 36 pts

3rd Odran McGettigan (26) Strabane GC. 35 pts, 4th Stephen MacLochlainn (8) North West GC. 34 Pts [b.o.t].

5th Gregory McGlinchey (14) Faughan Valley GC. 34 Pts

Gross Section: 1st Brian McElhinney (+3) North West GC. 71; 2nd Noel Callan (scr) Faughan Valley GC. 73;

3rd James Kelly (3) Foyle GC. 77;

4th Keith Lapsley (4) Dunfanaghy GC. 80; 5th John G.McBride (scr) Portsalon GC. 81; “2”s: B.Ramsay; P.MacLochlainn; N.McCrory; T.McFarland; B.Wallace.

The next competition will be held in Ballyliffin Golf Club “ Old Links” on Saturday, 5th November.