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The winning team, Eileen Reilly, Mae Ferry, Lady Captain Josephine Stewart and Ann Sweeney at the Ballybofey and Stranorlar GC ladies outing to Rosapenna.

There's good weather forecast for the coming days, which will be music to the ears of Donegal golfers.

Here's a round-up from some of the county's clubs this week. 

The results for the weekend competition (14th - 15th April), sponsored by Keown Carpets, Ballyshannon, were as follows: 1st: Patsy Kilgannon 67. 2nd: Mark Crawford 68. 3rd: Niall Clancy 69 (BOT). 4th: Mason Collins 69. Gross: Enda McFadden 74.
The competition next weekend will be sponsored by the RNLI Bundoran.

Bundoran Ladies
The club are providing golf lessons for young girls and boys aged 8+ commencing with a Taster Day on Saturday 5th May. This is a great opportunity for children to start golf in 2018 and the lessons will be given by David Robinson and Adam Dunmore, both PGA professionals. The lessons will continue every Saturday from 2.30-4.00 p.m. with 5 golf lessons for €20. For more information and to book a place call the Golf Shop on 071 9841302.
Results of Stableford 3 Ball 14 hole club competition on 5th April: 1st Sorcha Begley, Kathleen O’Neill and Deirdre Mulligan 58 points, 2nd Kathleen Moran, Ann Moloney and Nadine Ivers 54 points. There was a good entry for the Mai Kelly Beauty Salon Ballyshannon competition on Sunday 8th April with Fran Murphy winning first prize on a break of tie from Linda Beattie both on 34 points, 3rd Kathleen Moran 33 points, 4th Sorcha Begley 31 points, Front nine Cailin McInerney 15 points, Back nine Kay Noctor 18 points and best 36 H/C/ Marion Duffy 23 points.
On Thursday 12th April Nadine Ivers won the 14 hole club competition on a break of tie from Kathleen O’Neill, both on 26 points.
Last Sunday’s competition was sponsored by Waves Restaurant Bundoran with Kathleen Moran, coming first on a break of tie with Kathleen O’Neill, both on 34 points 3rd Josephine McGurren 33 points.
This Thursday’s competition is a club stableford competition. All winners of prizes in recent months are invited to the Prize-Giving this Friday 27th April at 9 p.m. Next Sunday’s stableford competition is in aid of the R.N.L.I.

Gaoth Dobhair
Bhí lámh in uachtar ag na Gallchóirí i gComórtas an deireadh seachtaine, a bhí urraithe ag Cassidy's Chemist. Fuair Owenie Mór Gallagher (23) a chéad bhua indiaidh scór ar dóigh -43 pt. Sa dara áit bhí John Gallagher sc (12) le 41 pt. Ní bhíonn Hugh Ó Gallchóir (4) i bhfad siar seachtain ar bith agus fuair sé an tríú áit le 41pt. Bhí Cian Ó Fearraigh (6) dhá bhuille faoi par don chéad naoi agus bhain sé an duais le 23pt. Fuair Rory Mangan snr (22) an dara naoi le 20 pt.
Chuaigh scaifte maith do na baill go dtí an Chruit Dé Domhnaigh, chomh maith le imreoirí ó na clubanna eile Gaeltachta, le imirt i Lá an Chaiftín do Sraith na Gaeltachta. Bhí an Corn bainte acu cheana féin. Bhí na scóranna móra uilig ar an tSatharn leis an aimsir dheas. Bhí an Domhnach iontach gaofar agus seo buaiteoirí an chlub: Hugh Ó Gallchóir (4) 36pt. Anthony Sweeney (12) 35 pt. Pól Mac Cumhaill (10) 34 pt. Bhain Declan Mc Bride (7) an grós le 27pt. Fógra do na imreoirí uilig a d'imir sa chomórtas i rith na bliana go mbeidh bronnadh na mboinn ar an Domhnach 29ú Aibreán sa chlubtheach.
Seniors: Rory Mangan 38pt. Joe Ó Duibhir 36 pt. Pat Shovlin 35pt.
Tá an Pobal Scoil Classic i Machaire Gathlán ar an Satharn 28ú Aibreán. Is féidir imirt ar an 9 r.n. nó an 2 i.n. Tá an leathanach ar an chlár sa chlubtheach.
An deireadh seachtaine seo beidh an comórtas urraithe ag Pádraig Gallagher Buses.

Gents' Club Single Stableford - Sunday 15th April - 1st Conor McClosker (21) 35 pts
2nd John McClosker (17) 34 pts. CSS: 69/35 pts
Ulster Cup: Dunfanaghy hosted Cushendall on Sunday afternoon with the mission of trying to reverse the 6-1 deficit from the first leg. Unfortunately Cushendall were able to get the two wins they required to progress to the next round. All matches were played in a very sporting manner and we all wish Cushendall good luck in the next round.
Gents' Open Stableford - Saturday 14th April - 1st Robert McElhinney (5) 39 pts; 2nd Peter McBride (17) 38 pts. CSS: 69/35 pts
Open Stableford - Wednesday 11th April - 1st Sam Hegarty (19) Letterkenny 41 pts; 2nd Jack O'Herlihy (23) Letterkenny 40 pts; Gross: Donal Boyle (1) Cruit 35 pts; 3rd Joe Blake (11) Letterkenny 39 pts. CSS: 66/38 pts

Ballybofey and Stranorlar Ladies
The Lady Captain Josephine Stewart had her outing to Rosapenna on Saturday 14th April. 26 ladies took part and enjoyed a great day's golf in lovely weather with plenty of sunshine on the Tom Morris course.
The winning score was recorded by Bridie Faulkner with 39 pts followed by Maureen Boyle on 37 pts. The winning team was Eileen Reilly Ann Sweeney Mae Ferry and Elizabeth Hamilton. In 2nd place was Mary McHugh, Lady Capt Josephine Stewart Brid McMenamin and Grainne Barrett. 3rd place was Darragh McGowan Sharon Moloney Brid Carlin and Brid Blee. Nearest the pin on the 2nd hole was Lady Capt Josephine Stewart and on the 17th Darragh McGowan. 2's Ann Sweeney.
Numerous birdies were scored Sharon Moloney (3) Kathleen McGowan (2) Josephine Stewart (2) and Ann Sweeney (1). Joanne O'Hare was awarded a prize for getting her first ever par. Freddie's Golf Shop Ballybofey sponsored the comp. and prizes were also supplied by the Golf Shop Rosapenna.
The group retired to the Beach hotel where the Lady Captain received everyone for pre dinner drinks. For future reference it is noted that the favourite tipple is Gin, perhaps the introduction to the Slieve League gin the previous week had something to do with that. A lovely meal was enjoyed by all followed by dancing until the wee hours.
Good luck to the team who will represent the Club in the Donegal Shield next Saturday in Dunfanaghy. The 12 hole league for improvers will begin soon.
An information evening will be held on Sunday 29th April for new beginners, ladies and Gents at 6.00 pm followed by hitting a few balls on the course. Attendees should wear non slip shoes.

There was a good turnout for the Wednesday Open (11/04/18). Patrick O'Kane (26.2) won the competition with a score of 47 pts. He took 1 birdie on the 12th and 6 pars out of the course. Good scores over 40 pts have been consistently being returned in the competitions however I expect that 47 pts. will be this years highest score. Congratulations to Patrick on an excellent score. Paul Doherty (15.6) came in 2nd with a score of 40 pts. (bot) and Anthony McGrath (27.5) 3rd place 40 pts. Derek Dickenson (AWAY) won Gross with 37 pts.
The Saturday Open (14/04/18) was won by Anthony McGrath (23.0) who got an exceptional score of 46 pts. He had a birdie on the 5th and 5 pars. Anthony's handicap is certainly tumbling down. Paul McEldowney (18.5) was runner up with an excellent score of 43 pts. and Sam Hegarty (16.6) came in 3rd with also an excellent score of 41 pts.
Patrick O'Kane (22.0) turned in a good score of 40 pts. winning the Members Open on Sunday 15/04/18. He got 6 pars on his journey around the course. This is Patrick's second win now inside the week i.e. 47 pts. on Wed. 11th. Mark Cohen (14.4) came in 2nd place with a good score of 39 pts. and Ronan Curran (away) got 3rd place with 37 pts.
Ian Mahony won the Cat 4 plus competition on Mon. 09/04/04 with a score of 22 pts. Gerry O'Sullivan wants to remind everybody that the Cat 4 plus competition ( handicaps of 21 and over) will be held every Monday and a time sheet will be reserved from 6pm. To 7pm for this competition.
A reminder to all of those who might like to play golf, there is a Taster Session at Letterkenny Golf Club on Sunday 22nd April from 3p.m. to 5p.m. Here is your chance to give it a go, come and try it for FREE.

The club competition on Sunday the 15th played over the Old Tom Morris Links was won by Blaine Nugent (10*) with 38pts bot, the runner up was Matthew Coyle (11*) with 38pts. Third place was Albert Strain (25*) with 37pts. Two's - John Casey with €44.00 Pavilion Golf Shop credit.
Gaeltacht League: The Captains Day of the 2017/18 Gaeltacht League took place at Cruit Island last weekend with Rosapenna playing on Sunday. The winners of the Rosapenna club prizes were as follows: 1st Seimi McBride 33pts, 2nd Stephen Loughrey 32pts, Gross Shaun Boyce, 3rd Shane Doherty 31pts.
Ulster Cup: Our Ulster Cup team hosted Blackwood G.C at home last Sunday and won 4-3 (7 holes up) on the day, the return leg is scheduled for Sunday the 29th of April. Best wishes to team captains Hugo Duggan & Shane Doherty and to their panel of players for the away leg.
Rosapenna Ladies: The Ladies singles stableford on Saturday the 14th was won by Cliona Murphy with 33pts, the runner up was Bernadette North with 32pts. The front nine winner was Dympna Kelly with 16pts and the back nine winner was Kit Boyce with 18pts.
Up coming competitions/events -
Sunday 22nd - Club competition
Saturday 28th - Rosapenna Senior & Junior Scratch Cups
Sunday 29th - Bevan Cup (G.o.Y)

North West
Masters Green Jacket - Sunday 8th April - Results: 1st Paul Craig (24) 40pts; 2nd Rory McLaughlin (11) 39pts; Gross Padraig MacLochlainn (5) 73; 3rd Seamus O'Neill (20) 38pts b.o.t; Back 9 Declan Bradley (9) 31 nett. C.S.S 69
Open Meal Deal - Tuesday 10th April - Results: 1st Liam Galbraith (16) 37pts; 2nd Michael Bradley (7) 34pts b.o.t; 3rd Bernard McDaid (18) 34pts. C.S.S 72
Thursday Society - April 14th - Results: 1st Manus Harley (13 40pts; 2nd Bernard McDaid (18) 38pts; 3rd Christie McWilliams (16) 37pts. C.S.S 69
Thursday 19th April Thursday Society
Saturday 21st April McConnell Cup
Sunday 22nd April Confined Stableford

Every seven years we have honour of holding Captain’s day at Cruit Island and have great weekend with our neighbours from the other Clubs in Gaeltacht Alliance.
Cruit golfers were supposed to be first out Saturday morning but plans were changed due to the funeral of our friend, member and past Captain Connie McKelvey.
Connie joined Cruit in the 90s and made many new friends and became a very active member.
He was Captain in 2005 and although he was very sick during year, he had a very busy and successful year. Himself and his wife Grace loved coming down for a game and visit.
He enjoyed many games with his playing partners and winning or losing he always had a smile.
Connie had a competitive edge too. We played a match a number years ago in Gweedore. Connie was very determined to beat his old friend Rory and his birdie on 17th saw the match swing the Cruit Island way.
Our deepest sympathy to Grace and his three children Lisa, Patrick and Eamon and to all his extended family and friends.
We, too, at Cruit Island will miss him, but his memory and smile will be always be with us. May he Rest in Peace.
Our weekend went ahead with Shaun Callaghan from Portsalon winning Captain’s Prize with 43pts.
Our closest neighbours Gweedore Golf Club lifted the Cup this year as Champions and well done to Nigel Ferry and his team for super effort all year and great turnout of 27 golfers on the day.

Gaeltacht Alliance
Many congratulations to Gweedore again on their victory in this year’s Gaeltacht league. Last weekend in Cruit Island all clubs came together to play out for an array of beautiful prizes. Well done to Joseph Gillespie and Eugene McGarvey for their work in putting it all together. Also, congratulations to Brian McMonagle for the excellent condition of the Cruit golf course in general and for the excellent greens in particular.
As it turned out there was a difference in the wind speed between Saturday and Sunday and although there was little or no rain, Saturday morning was the time to be out. Shaun Callaghan (15) of Portsalon took full advantage of the conditions to post an excellent 43 points to take the overall first prize, a beautiful set of irons. Brian McGee (16)of Clochaneely put together a very good 40 points to take second position. Portsalon took the rest of the prizes too with Diarmuid Logue (5) winning gross on 4 over and Colm McConigley (10) took third with 39 points. Well done to all.
The club prizes were as follows: Clochaneely 1st Vincent Collum (18) 37pts BOT,2nd Francis Boyle (10) 37 points, gross Gerry Doohan(11) 23 points, Manus McClafferty(13) 34 points.
Portsalon 1st Cathal Toland (13) 37 points BOT, 2nd Shay Henry 36 pts , gross Dermot Shields (11) 26, 3rd Tony Kingston (14) 35 points.
Cruit Island 1st John Bonner (8) 37pts, 2nd Gerard Dickey (16) 36 points gross Donal Boyle (1) 32 points., 3rd Eugene Sharkey (9) 36 pts.
Gweedore 1st Hugh Gallagher (4) 36 pts, 2nd Anthony Sweeney (13)35 pts, gross Declan McBride (8) 26 pts, 3rd Pol MacCumhaill (11) 34 pts.
Rosapenna 1st Seimi McBride (18) 33 pts ,2nd Stephen Loughrey(16) 32 points, gross Shaun Boyce (6) 25 pts, 3rd Shane Doherty(11) 31 pts.
Dunfanaghy: 1st Pat Bonnar (16) 36pts; 2nd Gerald Dalton (11) 35pts; Gross Gerry McGreevey (9) 20 gross pts; 3rd Neil Mcinley (13) 32pts
Thanks again to all captains for facilitating the running of this year’s Gaeltacht League as it can be difficult to gather up a team and organise every match. But when all is said and done there are very few other contests where we get to play with our neighbours throughout the winter and play for fabulous prizes at the end of it.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar
Ballybofey and Stranroar Club teams got off to a mixed start this weekend. Our All-Ireland Fourball tunder the guidance of our Vice President Loman O'Dowd, fell at the hands of a very fancied Scrabo Golf Club from Newtownards, while Andy Parkinson's Ulster Cup side travelled to Grace Hill, home of the Dark Hedges and one of the DOORS seen in Game of Thrones. Andy's side took four matches, to win nine matches to five, a great victory away from home. The East Donegal side included our Captain Gerry Driver who incidentally won his match. B&S now meet Concra Woods in the next round. Should be a pleasure to practice this little course.
Results: Although the Greens were hollow tined and sanded over the weekend, the scoring was exceptional. On Sunday we saw Fergus McMenamin come home with 43pts and on Saturday a magnificent 45pts from young Lee Henderson.
Tuesday 10th April - 9 hole: 1st Nett: Leo Gallagher (16) 21pts.BOT; 2nd Nett: Gerry Driver (11) 21pts.BOT
Saturday 14th April Sponsored by Supermarket 2000: 1st Nett: Lee Henderson (9) 45pts.; 2nd Nett: Paddy McNulty (16) 43pts.; Gross: Ryan Griffin (3) 32pts.; 3rd Nett: Brendan Boyle (16) 42pts.
Sunday 15th April Sponsored by Razor 34 Barber Shop: 1st Nett: Fergus McMenamin (14) 43pts.; 2nd Nett: Martin Johnston (24) 42pts.; Gross: Ryan Griffin (3) 35pts.; 3rd Nett: Trevor Robb (16) 41pts.
Next week on Saturday 21st April, the famous Oakfield Park Competition returns and Sunday 22nd we kindly thank Variety Basket Ballybofey
Donegal East Tourism: B&S GC were well represented at the launch of the Donegal East Tourism brochure at Oakfield Park in Raphoe.
Our Table Quiz and Darts have now finished for the season and what a great season it was for our darts team winning the division a number of weeks ago.
Friday night there was a mixed scramble 9 hole competition and the winners of that were Margaret Hynes and Terry Farrell 1st, Joe Blee and Imelda Muldoon 2nd bot, Maureen Boyle and Noel Ferry 3rd Margaret McCrossan and Mr Foy were 4th. Scramble on next Friday again.
Good luck to Dean Doherty and his Donegal League team who take on Dunfanaghy in the first leg at home on Friday evening.
Congratulations to Christine Johnson and Mary Harkin on winning the PJ Brennon Cup this week at the B&S Bridge night.

Team News: It was exciting weekend for our Portsalon golf teams. In the Ulster Cup we travelled to Massereene on the shores of Lough Neagh and came away with the desired result to advance to the next round. It was indeed a similar story for our Ulster Fourball team who travelled to Down Royal who gained the necessary points to advance to the next round. In the Gaeltacht League Captains Day which was played at Cruit Island over Saturday and Sunday last. The Saturday players had the best of the weather and this was good for our team members. The overall winner was Shaun Callaghan (15, Portsalon) - 43 pts Runner-up: B Mc Gee (16, Cloughaneely) - 40 pts Gross: Diarmuid Logue (5, Portsalon) - 34 pts Third: Colm Mc Conigley (10, Portsalon) - 39 pts
Results: The winner of the Wednesday Gent Open on April 11th was Finnian Ferry (18) – 45pts; Runner-up: Michael Kelly (11) – 41pts Gross: Joe Coyle (6) 33pts The CSS was 37pts. The result of the two day members competition staged on Saturday and Sunday was Kevin McGonagle (6) – 41 pts Runner-up: Shay Durning (27) – 40 pts Gross: John G McBride (6) – 31 gross pts Third: Des Fagan (27) – 39 pts Best Sunday: Chuck McTaggart (10) – 36 pts Best Front Nine: Mick Leonard (11) – 21 pts Best Back Nine: Sean Gibson (18) – 21 pts. The CSS was Saturday: 71 Sunday: 73
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 Ballyliffin, 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.
Sympathy: The Captain Mick McGlynn and the members of Portsalon Golf Club would like to extend their deepest sympathy to Sean McCormack on the death of his sister Peg recently. May she rest in peace.

Debut victory for Cecilia - On a day when the strong wind blowing over the links at Rosapenna Golf club made scoring very difficult, it was society newcomer Cecilia Doran who took the honours with an excellent return on 33 points just pipping Hugh Mc Clafferty with her better back nine.
It was a super effort by both players on a day when maintaining concentration was a real challenge as there was no rest bite from the, at times, gale force winds.
Only three other players from the 40 plus members who teed off on Monday last, managed to break the 30 points mark and deserve a special mention also, John Mc Closkey 33pts, Barry Ramsay 32pts and Mick Gallagher 30pts.
Results - Winner Cecilia Doran 33 points (bot); Runner-up ;Hugh Mc Clafferty 33 points.
Section One: Dessie Ferry 29 pts (bot), Pauric Mc Hugh 29pts; Russell Mc Kenna 28 pts.
Section Two: Mick Gallagher 30pts, Paddy Fox 26pts, Mickey Ferry 24pts.
Section Three: John Mc Closkey 33pts, Barry Ramsay 32pts, Vera Kearney 28pts.
Section Four: Bridget Mc Clafferty 25pts, Jim Gallinagh 22pts, Maureen Sweeney 21pts.
2nd Nine: Eunan Mc Glynn 15pts (bot) 1st Nine Noel Duggan 16pts.
Society Captain for 2018 Anne Cannon welcomed all members to yet another year of action for our long standing society and for turning out in such big numbers for our opening outing of 2018. She thanked Rosapenna Golf club for hosting us yet again and complimented the club for the excellent condition of the course, adding that unfortunately there was nothing could be done about the weather conditions. Anne also thanked the staff at the Beach hotel for their service and excellent food. The Society's next outing will be to Ballybofey & Stanorlar Golf club on Thursday 17th May.

Donegal Seniors Alliance
Results of Donegal Senior Golf Alliance Outing to Portnoo on 12 April: 1 P Callaghan 21 Ballybofey/Stranorlar 44; 2 P Bonner 16 Portsalon 43; 3 S Mc Kenna 16 Narin & Portnoo 42 BOT; 4 E Margey 13 letterkenny 42 BOT; 5 M Mc Ginley 16 Dunfanaghy 42 BOT; Gross D Ponsonby 6 Letterkenny 31 GP; 6 C Toland 13 Portsalon 42; 7 G Mc Dwyer 11 Narin & Portnoo 41; 8 T O Donnell 20 Narin & Portnoo 40; 9 D Mc Ateer 12 North West 39 BOT; 10 G Gordon 24 Strabane 39.
Cat A 1 A Mc Laughlin 12 Strabane 38; 2 B O Sullivan 14 North West 37 BOT.
Cat B 1 S Mc Cauley 10 Dunfanaghy 38; 2 T Glynn 23 Narin & Portnoo 36.
Cat C 1 T Kingston 14 Portsalon 38; 2 M Mc Garvey 13 Donegal 36 BOT.
Cat D 1 D Coyle 26 North West 37; 2 J Callan 11 Strabane 36 BOT.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar Ladies pictured on the course in Rosapenna for their outing.