GOLF NEWS: All the news from Golf Clubs in Donegal

GOLF NEWS: All the news from Golf Clubs in Donegal

Portsalon Ladies

We had a fabulous warm sunny day in Portsalon on Sunday 8th April. The Members' Competition was won by Claire Ferry(18) with a great score of 42pts. and the runner-up was Pamela Clinton-McDermott (17) with 39pts. C.C.S. 73. The ladies who have qualified to play in the Donegal Shield which is to be played in Dunfanaghy Golf Club on Saturday 21st April along with Lady Vice- Captain Mary Flynn, are as follows: Claire Ferry, Pamela Clinton-McDermott, Roisin McCormack, Sarah Nicholl, Noreen McConigley, Dana Clinton, Mary Barrett and Roseanne Logue.

The draw will be posted by Dunfanaghy Golf Club by 15th April.

Sunday 15th April will see the return of the usual Members' Competition with the previous Friday being the alternative date.


Gents' Club Single Stableford - Sunday 8th April - 1st Tim Ryan (16) 41 pts; 2nd John McClosker (18) 39 pts BOT; Gross: Gerry McGreevy (8) 31 pts; 3rd Patrick O'Neill (23) 39 pts. CSS: 67

Dunfanaghy's Ulster cup team travelled to Cushendall on Sunday 8th April. Cushendall won the tie 6-1 which leaves an uphill task next Sunday at home. Congratulations to Ken Armstrong winning his debut Ulster Cup match! Please come along on Sunday afternoon to support the team. Tee off is at 2pm.

McGinley Motors Senior Scratch Cup - Saturday 7th April - 1st Gross: Jack Madden (+1) Portrush 68/66 - 134; 2nd Gross: Donal Boyle (1) Cruit 68/69 - 137; 3rd Gross: Paul McGuigan (1) Foyle 71/67 - 138 BOT.

1st Nett: Martin McFadden (8) Ballybofey 61/66 - 127; 2nd Nett: Pol O Maolagain (5) Gweedore 66/65 - 131 BOT; 3rd Nett: Martin McDermott (5) Strabane 60/71 - 131 BOT. 1st 18: Cathal O'Gallchoir (3) Gweedore 68; 2nd 18: Ciaran Gilcreest (3) Letterkenny 67. CSS 1st 18: 67. CSS 2nd 18: 67

McGinley Motors Intermediate Scratch Cup - Saturday 7th April: 1st Gross: George Onofrei (11) Letterkenny 75/83 - 158; 2nd Gross: Derek Wilson (12) Letterkenny 82/78 - 160 BOT; 3rd Gross: Clive Davison (11) Portsalon 79/81 - 160 BOT

1st Nett: James McFadden (12) Letterkenny 69/70 - 139; 2nd Nett: Stephen Harris (14) Letterkenny 74/66 - 140; 3rd Nett: Tiago Kangombe (10) N/Stewart 71/70 - 141. 1st 18: Paul Given (12) Strabane 78; 2nd 18: Kevin Hensey (10) Letterkenny 76. CSS 1st 18: 68. CSS: 2nd 18: 68.

Open Stableford - Wednesday 4th April: 1st Brian Lunny (13) Belvoir 40 pts; 2nd Conor Hanna (10) 36 pts; Gross: Brendan Kelly (7) 24 pts; 3rd Carlos O'Reilly (12) 33 pts. CSS: 34 pts (Reduction only).

Ballybofey and Stranorlar Ladies

The first of the year's weekly golf completions got off to a great start with good weather and 30 ladies taking part. It was a bring and win competition played over 9 holes, so a prize for everyone.

The best 3 were Sharon Moloney on 19 pts. Brid Carlin 17 pts and Margaret Hynes 16 pts. Joe Blee, President. Gerry Driver, Captain and Sean Carlin Vice Captain attended the prizegiving to show support to the Ladies Branch they gave their good wishes for the coming year and hoped to continue the link with both branches of the Club on and off the course announcing a mixed 9 hole comp for the following Friday evening and to be continued through the season.

The qualifying for the Donegal Shield comp to be played in Dunfanaghy at the end of the month was played on Saturday with a very good field of 28 ladies. Nine players represent each club in the County, The Lady Capt. Josephine Stewart got an automatic place and the best eight on Saturday make up the rest of the team who will represent B & S. They are Karen O'Meara 36 pts Deirdre Kelly 34 pts Eileen Boyce 32 pts. Margaret McConnell 32 pts Bridie Faulkner 32 pts Eileen Reilly 32 pts. Deirdre Duncen 31 pts and Margaret Hynes 31 pts. Good luck everyone, bring back the Shield.

The Easter Hamper winners were Margaret Hynes,Imelda Muldoon Deirdre Kelly, and Dolores Devenney, Well done ladies on winning the lovely hampers.

On Wednesday night Deirdre, a rep form Sliabh Liag Distillery, gave a talk on the distilling of their Gin and treated everyone present to a glass of the delicition Dulaman Gin, garnished with dulse.

The sheet is up on the board for the Mary McKenna Tournament and everyone aged 60 and upward are asked to put their name on it. The first match is against Castlehume and will be played soon.

The Lady Captain's outing to Rosapenna will take place this Saturday, here's hoping for some nice weather, the music and craic are guaranteed.


The results for the weekend competition (7th - 8th April) were as follows: 1st: Enda McFadden 39 pts (BOT); 2nd: Dave Ronayne 39 pts (BOT); 3rd: James Sweeney 39 pts.; 4th: Brendan McGowan 38 pts (BOT); Gross: Gerry Kelly 32 pts.

The competition next weekend will be sponsored by Keown Carpet and Flooring, Ballyshannon.

North West

Easter Open (Sponsored by SuperValu) - Sunday 1st April - Results: 1st Sean McGrellis (21) 65 nett; 2nd Gerard Harkin (17) 66 nett; Gross Luke Bradley (2) 72; 3rd Trevor Henderson (13) 67 nett. Back 9 Gary McLaughlin (10) 31 nett. C.S.S 70

Thursday Society - 5th April - Results: 1st Sean Clerkin (24) 41pts; 2nd Gino Del-Pinto (13) 39pts; 3rd John Roddy (21) 37pts. C.S.S 69

Spring Trophy - Saturday 7th April - Results: 1st Michael Bradley (8) 66 nett; Cat 1 Stewart McGinlay (4) 67 nett; Cat 2 Philip Doherty (9) 67 nett; Cat 3 Jimmy McGee (14) 68 nett; Cat 4 Cathal Mullan (21) 67 nett. C.S.S 70


Thursday 12th April Thursday Society

Saturday 14th April Open Meal Deal

Sunday 15th April Swilly Cup Open

Gaoth Dobhair

Comhghairdeachas le foireann Sraith na Gaeltachta Ghaoth Dobhair, faoi cheannasaíocht Nigel Ferry, a chríochnaigh ar barr an tábla i ndiaidh iomaíocht le sé chlub eile i rith an Gheimhridh.Tá an bhua tuillte go maith acu indiaidh torthaí ar dóigh, go háirithe in éadan Rosapenna as baile, mar b'é iadsan a bhí sa dara áit, pointe amháin ar cúl. Beidh bronnadh na mboinn ann ag deireadh na míosa. Tá lá an Chaiftín don Ghaeltacht ann Dé Domnaigh seo ar an Chruit agus foireann Ghaoth Dobhair ag tosach ar 8.30.

'Sé Séamus Beag Ó Gallchóir Uachtarán an Chlub 2018. Tá sé ar ais ag imirt arís, an cleachtadh déanta agus é réidh le cúpla Euro a bhaint! Buíochas do Shéamus agus comhghairdeas. Beidh Lá an Uachtaráin ann ar an 1ú Meán Fómhair 2018. Comhghairdeas fosta le Anne Curran mar gur í Bean Chaiftín 2018 agus beidh a comórtas ann ar an 4ú Lúnasa.

Bhí lá aoibhinn, earraigh ann Dé Domhnaigh agus indiaidh comórtas teannta bhí an bhua tuillte go maith ag Michael O'Dwyer (5) le scór do 65 agus é buille faoi phar. Tháinig Noel McFadden (15) sa dara áit le 65 fosta agus Cathal Mulligan (17) sa tríú áit le 66. James M Sweeney (13) agus Barney Boyle (11) a bhain na naoianna le 33 agus 30. Chuaigh Hugh Ó Gallchóir (5) thart cothrom le par leis an Grós a bhaint. Michael Rodgers a fuair an catagóir le 66. Buíochas do Central Bar don urraíocht. Tá comórtas an deireadh seachtaine seo urraithe ag Cassidy's Chemist agus is féidir imirt Dé Sathairn nó Dé Domhnaigh.

Torthaí na Seniors : 1ú Rory Mangan 37pt. 2ra Hugh McBride 35pt. 3ú Tony Gallagher 35pt.

Tá Classic Pobal Scoil Ghaoth Dobhair deas dúinn - Dé Sathairn 28ú Aibreán. Beidh siad buíoch do bhur dtacaíocht. Ballraíocht 2018 le díol anois le bhur dtoil.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar

Well, that's the Masters for another year. Some say not just as exciting as when Garcia put on the Green Jacket twelve months ago but what social media is playing around with may sour the taste a little for this year's champion, Patrick Reed.

On a better note from the Masters, we would like to congratulate our winners from the Masters draw which is run to raise funds for the Club every year. First Prize of €1000 went to Jean Bonnar.

€300. Martin Wilson €100. Roger Campbell. Judy McDermott, James Black, Theresa McMenamin and Drew Duncan. Thank you to everyone who bought players and supported our club.

Saturday saw the first of our monthly medal competitions and was kindly Sponsored by Derryveagh Crystal and Sunday was kindly Sponsored by B&S Early bird Society.

Saturday 7st April - Monthly Medal: Sponsored by Derryveagh Crystal: 1st Nett: John Bradley 79 17 = 62 BOT; 2nd Nett: Lorcan Donnellan 70 8 = 62 BOT; Gross Enda McMenamin (5) 68; 3rd Nett: Michael Ferry 77 13 = 64 BOT. CSS: 66

Sunday 8th April Sunday Sweep, sponsored by Early Birds: 1st Nett: Thomas McBride (14) 39pts. BOT; 2nd Nett: Trevor Robb (16) 39pts.BOT; Gross :Thomas McMenamin (10) 28pts. BOT CSS 66

Upcoming events: Saturday 14th April Kindly Sponsored by Supermarket 2000 and Sunday 15th April kindly Sponsored by Razor 34 Barber Shop, Ballybofey.. B&S GC appreciate each and every Sponsor and it would be great if you could support them in turn.

Last Man Standing has been completed. There were four people left on their feet but a four fell at the weekend so the money Is divided between Enda Hughes, John R Moore, Mark Griffin and Stephen Horan. €125 each.

Last Friday’s scramble was called off as it was so cold and wet but is back on this Friday. Our President has called it a mixed this week so get a partner sorted for Friday evening at 5:30pm.

Our darts team were back in action on Friday night past. This the first game since they won the league for the first time. As it was a Cup game, they were drawn against one if the top teams in the league Barca "A". Bar a were always favourites to win this game but what a fright the golfers gave them. Barca ended up winning by just one match which just shows the effort that the B&S GC guys put into their game this year

Until next Season lads....

Club Teams: B&S had two teams in action at home this week. Andy Parkinson had his Ulster Cup side take on team from Grace Hill. The local lads collected five wins out of seven so on the return leg to the beautiful Grace hill Golf Club which is set on 210 Acres of lush parkland grounds, they need to win two and a half matches to secure a second round spot. Easier said than done…

Loman O Dowd our Vice President took Charge of our All Ireland Fourball Team and got a victory in their first first leg at home to a very fancied Scrabo by 3 1/2 matches to 1 1/2 matches. A tough wee test for Loman and his youngsters away to the Newtownards men next week.

Golf Quote

“I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators.” – Gerald R. Ford


The Wednesday Open on the 4th April was won by Kevin Kiely (7.8) with 38 pts. He got 10 pars and 1 birdie on the 15th which is no mean achievement. Vincent Bianconi (17.4) came in 2nd place with a good score of 36 pts. and Matthew Dunne got 3rd place with 35 pts. Matthew is showing good form at the start of this golfing season and his handicap is starting to tumble down.

Hector McIIwaine (17.4) had a great win at the Saturday Open (07/04/18) with 40 pts. Hector took 2 birdies out of the course i.e. the 16th and 18th. If he was in the twos' he is certainly also in the money. Martin Doherty (24.6) got 2nd place with 38 pts. (bot) with Jamie Burns (away) coming in 3rd. place. Charlie Coughlin (9.1) was not far away coming in 4th with 37 pts.

There was a big turnout for Sunday Members Competition. Darragh Walsh (11.0) won the with 41 pts. Darragh got 3 birdies on the 1st, the 8th and the 10th. Great golf . Tommy Greally (18.7) came in 2nd with 40 pts. having got a birdie on the 16th. Jalisco Shortt (24.1) got 3rd place with a good score of 39 pts with Roy McCrory (7.7) close behind with 38 pts. Jamie Foley (3.7) won the Gross (bot) with 36 pts.

Category 4 players (all players 18 handicap or over welcome) are reminded that the Monday evening competitions over 13 holes has re-commenced.

Letterkenny Golf Club is holding a taster session to be held on Sunday afternoon April 22nd 3-5pm. If you have ever thought of giving golf a go or getting to understand why your golfing friends love the game so much now is your chance. The member volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate the basics of the game and you will get an opportunity to swing a club and try your hand at putting. As a follow on from this taster if you are interested you can join our Get into Golf program which is open to Ladies and Gents .This program gives you the opportunity of receiving group lessons from our resident PRO and course practice with member volunteers.

For further details please contact Dermot at or the shop at 0749121150 (Option 3) or Email:


Donegal Links Classic: Have you booked you place on this years major golfing event in the North West if not the time is running out. The Donegal Links Classic will be staged over three of Donegal’s most prestigious links golf courses Ballyliffen, Portsalon and Rosapenna golf courses on 28th 29th and 30th May. The Donegal Links Classic is one of the longest running team events in the golfing calendar year and is well worth a visit for anyone interested. The format as in previous years is a team of four (gents or ladies). There is a host of prizes on offer daily team and individual prizes on each of the course on a daily basis and the overall prizes for the three days golfing.

Results from Easter Sunday April 1st the winner was Mark Howard (10) – 41 pts BOT Runner-up: Michael Shields (15) – 41 pts Gross: Stephen Connolly (5) – 35 gross pts

Third: Eamonn McDermott (5) – 39 pts The CSS was 36 pts On Monday April 2nd the winner was Turlough Giles (23) – 32 pts Runner-up: Kevin McGonagle (6) – 30 pts Gross: Stephen Connolly (5) – 22 gross pts The CSS was 33pts Reduction only Results from the gents open staged on April 4th Billy Walsh (18) – 35pts, Runner-up: Andy Boland (13) – 31pts BOT Gross: Joe Coyle (5) 24pts The CSS was 34pts Reductions only. Over the weekend of Saturday 7th / Sunday 8th April the club staged a two day open competition, the winner was Damien Friel (21) – 42 pts Runner-up: Jonathan Gallagher (20) – 40 pts BOT Gross: Kevin McGonagle (6) – 31 gross pts Third: Brian O'Reilly (19) – 40 pts Best Saturday: David Deeney (12) – 39 pts Best Front Nine: Brian Haughey (13) – 24 pts, best Back Nine: Johnny Strain (22) – 22 pts The CSS was 37 points (both days)

Ulster Cup: On Sunday last Portsalon entertained Massereene in the first match in this seasons Ulster Cup competition. The Portsalon team came away with five matches to two matches.The return leg will be played on Sunday 15th

Ulster Fourball: Also on Sunday the Portsalon Ulster Fourball team took 3.5 matches to 1.5 matches in their first leg home match against Down Royal The return leg will be played on Sunday 15th

Gaeltacht League: The final two rounds of the 2017/18 Gaeltacht League was staged over the weekend. Portsalon entertained Rosapenna and the Rosguill men had a convincing seven matches to two win. On Sunday Portsalon travelled to Cloughaneely and the result saw the home team winners by four and hlf to three and half matches Congratulations to the winners of this seasons Gaeltacht League is Gweedore Golf Club.

Sympathy: The Captain Mick Mc Glynn and the members of Portsalon Golf Club would like to extend their deepest sympathy to Jimmy Mc Carron on the deaths of his two brothers recently. May they rest in peace.


What a fantastic weekend’s golf, weather and scoring. We started on Saturday morning with our two Captains Brendan and Anne hitting their drives for start 2018 Golf season.

Maybe not the two best or two longest ever but certainly no other two Captains teed off in such weather ever. Sun shining and little or no wind and sea dead calm. Anne was first up and excellent drive left Brendan under little pressure. However he was well drilled by Declan and took his time and did the business.

Both Captains had lots of fans and lots of cameras to make the day very special.

In scramble that followed scoring was excellent with 3 teams going round in 5 under for 9 holes.

On Sunday the weather remained beautiful and Gary Boyle shot a super 43pts to edge out Darren Gallagher on 42pts.

Viking House Hotel 8/4/2018: 1st Garry Boyle (15) 43pts; 2nd Darren Gallagher (13) 42pts; 3rd John Ward (12) 40pts; 4th Stephen Melly (12) 39pts; F9 Denis Bonner (16) 23pts; B9 Charles O Donnell (17) 21pts. Par 68 CSS 67 (37pts )

Next sponsored competition is on week ending 22th April and it's Dungloe Auto Factors (Hughie Mc Devitt)

Remember this weekend we have Gaeltacht Alliance Captains Day Saturday and Sunday.

We have 12 teams entered already in our Spring Summer League so get your names in.

Pick a good partner and you can go along long way.

Gaeltacht League

It went right down to the wire but all matches were completed on Sunday last. Rosapenna pulled off an amazing 7 match to 2 match away victory in Portsalon to fall just one point short of Gweedore!

Therefore, this year’s victors are the Magheragallon men of Gweedore! Well done to Nigel Ferry and his team and congratulations and commiserations to Rosapenna for a valiant effort but coming up just short.

Clochaneely had a good return this year we a few good late results. The final standings are Gweedore 67 points, Rosapenna 66 points, Clochaneely 56 points, Dunfanaghy and Portsalon finished on 49 points and Cruit picked up the wooden spoon.

The final weekend is now upon us and with hopefully nice weather, all golfers can enjoy a round over the lovely links of Cruit Island. Although we have lost Portnoo from this year’s contest, we sincerely hope that they will be in a position to be a part of it again next year. We anticipate a great array of prizes for all competitors who make the overseas journey on Saturday and Sunday. Good luck to all.


The Old Tom Morris Trophy was played for last Sunday, this was the second golfer of the year qualifier of the season. The winner with 64 nett was Peadar Boyce (12*), the runner up was Matthew Coyle (12*) with 65 nett. The gross winner was John Doran (8*) with 77 gross. Third place was Dannie Sweeney (20*) with 66 nett. The front nine winner was Denis Harkin (15*) with 31 nett and the back nine winner was Sean McTeague (17*) with 31 nett. Two's - Hugo Duggan, Matthew Coyle, Charlie McBride, Blaine Nugent, Michael Boyce, Seimi Connor, Pete Gallagher, Paul Travers & Denis Harkin with €11.00 each. An updated golfer of the year table is on display on the members notice board in the Golf Pavilion. The next G.o.Y event is the Bevan Cup to be played for on Sunday April 29th.

Gaeltacht League: The Captains Day of the 2017/18 Gaeltacht League will take place at Rosapenna this coming Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th of April. Rosapenna are due to play on Sunday between 12.35-1.30pm, please contact Charlie McBride on 087-9472260 to register your interest. Commiserations to our Gaeltacht League team who finished runners up to Gweedore by just half a match in the overall league. Many thanks to all the members that played home and away all winter and many thanks to team captains Charlie McBride & Garvin Toye.

Masters Draw: The Masters Draw was a four way tie claimed by Zoe Boyce, Barry Connor, Mark Currie & Michael Bradley with €150.00 per person. A total of €1,480 was raised for club team expenses. Many thanks to all the members that sold lines and to Shane Sweeney, club treasurer.

Rosapenna Ladies: The Ladies Singles stableford on Saturday the 7th was won by Madge Kelly with 36pts, the runner up was Ann Currie with 36pts. The front nine winner was Barbara Fox with 21pts and the back nine winner was Kit Boyce with 21pts.

Up coming competitions/events -

Sunday 15th - Club competition

Sunday 22nd - Club competition