Donegal Golf Club round-up

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Donegal Golf Club round-up

Ballybofey and Stranorlar Ladies

Halloween Hamper competition was run over two days Sat and Sun the 29th and 30th October, sponsored by Heather Fleming, Emer Kee, Deirdre Kelly, Grainne Barrett, Joan Watt and Kathleen Porter

Day One: Karen O'Meara 33 pts. Day two Kathleen McGowan 33 pts; 3rd Deirdre Duncan 34 pts; 2nd Ann Glancy 34 pts bot; 1st Anna Dillon 35 pts.

The Halloween Hamper Beginner and Improvers competition was run as a league over the month of October. Format 9 hole. 4th Joanne Harrold, 3rd Brenda Crawford 2nd Orla Martin 1st Maura McCool. Consolation prizes sponsored by Bridie Faulkner.

Other October results - 12th Oct, 9 hole: 1st Brid McMenamin 19 pts; 2nd Stephanie Canning 17 pts. Beginner Brenda Crawford

Oct 19th 9 hole: 1st Emer Kee 19 pts; 2nd Deirdre Kelly 15 pts bot. Beginner Brenda Crawford

Oct 22 18 hole sweep: 1st Margaret Hynes 32 pts; 2nd Brid McMenamin 30 pts bot; 3rd Anna Dillon 30 pts.

Turkey competitions will be starting soon and a Christmas league for beginners, 9 hole format, play as often as you like.


The results for the weekend competition, sponsored by JKR Connolly Financial Services Ltd, Bundoran are as follows: 1st Gerry Kelly 65; 2nd John O'Reilly 66 (BOT); 3rd Mason Collins 66 (BOT); 4th Rory Keogh 66; Gross: Shane Feeney 74. SS: Sat 71, Sun 69, Mon 70.

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

The sponsored competitions are now finished for the year and will recommence in March 2017.

We wish to express our gratitude to all of our sponsors, without whom the current level of competition at the club would not be possible.

The Christmas Hamper competitions will commence on Saturday, November 5th.

These will be run as 18 hole GUI approved competitions until further notice.

Upcoming Events: The midweek (Mon-Fri) Turkey Competitions have commenced. 9 Hole Stroke. Entry 3 Euro, re-entries permitted.

From Monday November 7th, these will be run as GUI approved 9 Hole competitions.

This means that scores are to be recorded in the hallway computer terminal and that handicaps will be amended as appropriate in accordance with the GUI formula for 9 Hole vompetitions (18 hole scores calculated from a 9 hole base score).

Seniors Society every Tuesday at 11 a.m.

WAGS +24 every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome.


The final Seiko Series played over the Old Tom Morris Links on Sunday October 30th was won by Michael McBride (13) with 40pts. The runner up was Danny Gallagher (18) with 39pts bot. The gross winner was Con Boyce (3) with 29 gross pts. Third place was young Liam McBride (20) with 38pts bot. Twos - Seamus Gallagher, Liam McBride, Maurice Connolly, Con Boyce & Michael McBride with €26.00 each. Many thanks to Cathy & Noel Wall of Timemark Ireland for their continued sponsorship of this competition, now in its 33rd year. The open singles stableford played over the Old Tom Morris Links on Monday the 31st was won by Seimi Connor (4) with 37pts, the runner up was Paul Hughes (5) with 34pts. Twos - Shane Sweeney & Seimi Connor with €20.00 each.

Golfer of the Year: The 2016 golfer of the year was won by John Boyce with a total of 38pts, the runner up was Sean McTeague with 26pts and third was Pete McBride Jnr with 25th from the 10 designated golfer of the year events played during the season.

Gaeltacht League: Rosapenna hosted Narin & Portnoo at home last Saturday in our first Gaeltacht League match of the year. Rosapenna won the tie 6-3 with Hugh McBride (19) & Stephen Loughery (20) winning the Rosapenna 4BBB with 42pts bot, the runners up were Michael Bradley (10) & Peter Smyth (13) with 42pts. Rosapenna then travelled to Falcarragh on Monday the 31st to play this rescheduled tie with the home team claiming 6 matches to our 3. The next match is away to Gweedore on Saturday November 5th.

Mulroy Links: The third outing of the Mulroy Links will take place at Rosapenna this coming Saturday the 5th of Nov over the Old Tom Morris Links, please contact The Pavilion Golf

Up coming competitions/events -


Saturday 5th - Mulroy Links @ R/P / Gaeltacht League - Gweedore vs R/P

Sunday 6th - Gents Singles (club)

Sunday 13th - Gents Singles (club)

Saturday 19th - Mulroy Links @ P/S, GAA Classic @ Rosapenna

Sunday 20th - Christmas Hamper

Saturday 26th - Winter Scramble Series

Sunday 27th - Christmas Mini Hamper

Wednesday 30th - St Vincent De Paul Scramble


Friday 2nd - Gents Annual General Meeting

Saturday 3rd - Captains Presentation Night (Golf Pavilion), Mulroy Links @ R/P

Sunday 4th - Gents Singles (club)

Saturday 10th - Mulroy Links @ Portsalon

Sunday 11th - Gents Singles (club)

Saturday 17th - Winter Scramble Series

Sunday 18th - Gents Singles (club)

Letterkenny Ladies

The quest for turkeys continues at Barnhill, combined with the super weather and the run down to Christmas the competition is continuing at a pace.

The latest winners, playing the back nine were Joan Murphy with 18 pts, the runner -up Kay Kelly on 16pts (bot). Another set of winners Angela Bradley 20pts, in second place Anne Cannon 19 pts.

Congratulations ladies, there are still more to win!

Over 200 horses ran in the ever popular 'Night at the Races' all horses generously sponsored by the club members. Even though the punters were scarce on the ground the betting was hot and heavy. A very enjoyable and in some cases a lucrative night was had by all . This of course would not have happened but for the hard work of Anne Condon who as usual works tirelessly for the club. Over 2000 euros was raised. All profits going to benefit the course and club. Thanks to all who sponsored races and horses, also to all who turned up on the night. A special thank you to Anne Condon whose never ending enthusiasm is an example to us all.


The young guns were out in force at the weekend with three of the lads shooting under par, It was Hugh Og who came out on top with a super 64 (-2 gross) beating Cian into second who also shot a 64 (-1 gross) on a bot, Patrick Sweeney was in third with a 66. The gross went to Cathal Og with a 69 (-2 gross). Great golf from our youth players. The nines went to Noel McFadden with 34 and Eamon McBride with 31. Mick o Conner took the cat with a 70. Css was 68.

Seniors: 1u Michael Coll, Coitin le 38pts;2ra Peadar o Gallchoir, Coitin le 36pts, 3u Patsy Gallagher, na Rosa le 36pts. Next competitoin on Tuesday 1st Novemberr and Thursday 3rd November. First turkey comp on 8th November.

Team News: Our Gaeltacht team have a match at home versus Portsalon on Saturday. Nigel will be in contact for the next fixture.

Great deal on membership: Join now and pay nothing further until January 2018, So that's new members gettig 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.

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

Club draw and presentation this Sunday night.

Dheanfaidh Bonner and Gill urraiocht ar chomortas an deireadh seachtaine seo.


Congratulations to team captain Kevin Kiely and the club's ‘Seniors' who have retained the Donegal Seniors Challenge Pennant by defeating local neighbours Portsalon GC. in Barnhill with a 3&1/2 to 1&1/2 victory.

With three matches required from the first leg result of 2&1/2 matches each, it was Kevin's shrewd pairings for the first two matches of John Doran & Eamon Mc Glinchey winning 4&2 and second pairing of Pat Boyce & Joe Coyle winning 5&3 that set the tone for the win.

With Danny Mc Laughlin & Ciaran Williamson winning on 16th, 3&2 and Ed Margey & Michael Nelis coming through with the half match it was unfortunate that the pairing of Keith Spence & Eamonn Davis were beaten 1down but the pennent was staying in Letterkenny for the second year in succession.

In his victory speech afterwards, Kevin congratulated both teams for their sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct and quality of golf displayed during both matches and proffered every success in the competition next year.

With the autumn months bringing perfect playing weather, big entries are proving welcome at Barnhill and leading the way onWednesday 26th was Hector McIlwaine with 40 pts, Kevin Kiely, 36 pts [bot] and gross, Don Ponsonby with 29 pts gross.

The Halloween weekend of golf saw two of the club’s ‘low’ men take the honours with Saturday belonging to Darragh Mc Menamin [5] whose 20pts on front nine consisted of birdies at Hall Door [1st] and Swilly [3rd] before a ‘blank’ at 7th [The Isle], but Darragh continued his inward nine with birdies at 10th, 15th and 17th for 23pts, an overall 43pts. and a one [1] under gross.

In runner-up spot was juvenile member Patrick Page [6], returning a one [1] over gross 73 with the help of back-to-back birdies at 11th and 12th holes and again at 15th and 16th holes for 18pts and 24pts respectively. In third place was club competition convenor, P.J.Nee [13], whose 22pts on front nine was followed by a birdie at 11th for a 40pt. return.

Sunday 30th confined had cat 3 member Michael Boyd [17] taking top spot with the help of 20pts on front nine, despite a ‘blank’ at Crievesmith [9th], but his 19pts on back nine for a 39pt winning return was enough to pip runner-up Graham Donaghey [13],whose birdie at Hall Door [1st] was followed by a double bogey at Glebe [2nd] for an 18pt outward nine followed by 20pts on back nine, his 38pts relegating Damian Redmond [22] to third place by virtue of b.o.t.Gross prize was won by Martin A. Gallagher [7] with 30pts gross.

The bank holiday Monday Open produced a ‘tour professional’ like performance from single figure handicapper Simon Stephens [2], whose scorecard is one that is usually read only on Sky Sports T.V. golf. Recording a magnificent three [3] under gross 69, Simon’s card showedback-to-back birdies at 1st and 2nd holes for a two under par outward nine, an eagle at Settlement, par five 11th for a four [4] under par score thru fourteen holes, his only blemishes coming at Candalabra [15th] and Aughaninshin [17th] holes with bogeys before finishing in birdie style once again on 18th. Simon’s 42pts gave him a two point margin over Charles Mc Hugh [22], finishing on 40pts.

Congratulations once again to sixteen year old juvenile member Patrick Page [6] who won the u18 title playing in the Applegreen

Low Fuel Card Irish Junior Tournament held at Clandeboye Golf Club on Monday last. Following on from his u18 Munster Cup win during the summer tournament, Patrick returned a one over par 71 gross to take the u18 Halloween title. Congratulations to Patrick and all those club juveniles who played in the Halloween tournamentorganised by Clandeboye GC PGA P.R.O. Michael Gallagher.

Organiser Anne Condon would like to thank everyone for supporting the race night on Friday last. Thanks to all who sold, bought, sponsored and helped at the event or came to support. We had a good night and have raised almost €2,300 for club funds.


Practice makes perfect . . . well done to Neily Doherty who had fantastic 41pts to take first prize in "Bonner and Gill" sponsored competition at Cruit Island. Neily had few 9 holes during week and had round on Saturday too. All the practice paid off and he was very popular winner.

Full results: 1st Neily Doherty 41pts; 2nd Shaun Cowley 40pts; 3rd Terence Gallagher 39pts BOT; Front 9 John Ward 23pts; Back 9 Liam Sweeney(lou) 20pts

In our Spring League Johndy Boyle and John Hyland proved a bit too strong for the 2 young Loughanure men.

In the other Quarter Final Cathal Doherty and Owenie Gallagher were the lucky winners against 2 Mullaghduff men. We now have 3 of our semi-finalsts and wait the last quarter-final between Maghery men and Kellys.

This weeks competition is sponsored be K.E.R. Killybegs.

Donegal GC

The golfing great, Sam Snead, once advised a player "You’ve just got one problem. You stand too close to the ball after you’ve hit it." Well in last Sundays club competition a few players had no problems and stood well away from the ball during their rounds allowing them return some fine scores. John Meehan (7) was furthest from the ball with a score of 38pts; snapping at his heels was Fergus Towey (14) in second also with 38pts. A little closer to the ball was Plunkett Mc Neilis (6) shooting 37pts for third and Conal Cooke took the gross with 29pts. The rest of us like Sam Snead said, were standing too close to the ball after we hit it.

On Monday, Halloween, Frank Burke, 39pts; Francis Brogan 36pts and Oliver Plunkett 35pts took all the treats in 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.

On Saturday Captains Gerry Forde and Mary Gillen hosted their final presentation night of the year and encouraged everyone to support our sponsors during the year.

The A.G.M.s are coming up make sure your are there to have your say.

From now to December there is a Junior Turkey Competiton play 9 holes any time during the week.