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DONEGAL GOLF NEWS: All the news from Golf Clubs around Donegal

Ballybofey and Stranorlar Ladies

Wednesday 5th September, sponsored by Fred's Golf. in 1st place was Margaret McConnell on 33 pts bot; 2nd Deirdre Duncan 33 pts; Gross Dolores Deveney; 3rd Eileen Reilly 32 pts. Visitor Christine Lynch (Newtownstewart). Front 9 Helen Gillespie (Murvagh) 18 pts. Back 9 Stephanie Canning. 2's Geraldine McCadden (Belvoir). CSS 72.

16 visitors played from Belvior, Newtownstewart, Strabane, Murvagh, Letterkenny Portsalon. Many thanks to Fred for his very generous sponsorship.

Thursday Scramblers: 1st Kathleen McGowan & Brenda Crawford assisted by ghost player Janice Rushe; 2nd Josephine Stewart (Lady Capt) Bridie Heeney & Ann Fairman; 3rd & 4th Ita Ward, Renee Goudie, Maura McCool, Geraldine Barron, Janice Rushe & Florence Connolly.

Sunday 9th Sept: Play in Pink comp in aid of Breast Cancer research. Format 4 ball better ball. 1st Eileen Reilly & Bridie Faulkner 37 pts; 2nd Darragh McGowan & Brid McMenamin; 3rd Anna Dillon & Sharon Maloney.

The last of the lessons were held on Sunday so it's goodbye to Noel until 2019. All who took part expressed their great satisfaction with all that they learned.

Next Wed will be a 15 hole comp. Autumn/Winter league will be starting soon.

Lady Captain's outing to Gweedore takes place on Saturday 15th Sept.

North West

Thursday 30th August - Total Golf Thursday Open. Results: 1st Michael O'Neill (10) 40 pts; 2nd Dermot McDermott (15) 39 pts; Gross Terry Meenan (9) 77; 3rd Thomas Kelly (14) 38 pts

Monthly Medal, Sunday 2nd September - Results: 1st John Spence (12) 68; 2nd Danny Curran (16) 69; Gross Fiachra O'Flaherty (5) 74; 3rd Lee Gallagher (9) 70. C.S.S 70

Open Meal Deal - Tuesday 4th September - Results: 1st Declan McGowan (17) 41 pts; 2nd Brian O'Sullivan (12) 39 pts; 3rd Michael Bradley (8) 38 pts b.o.t. C.S.S 69

Kinnegar Trophy - Saturday 8th September - Results: 1st Damien Griffin (12) 40 pts; 2nd James Doherty (L) (15) 39 pts b.o.t; Gross Padraig MacLochlainn (5) 75; 3rd Cahir Bradley (21) 39 pts. C.S.S 69.


Thursday 13th September Total Golf Open (Final Week)

Saturday 15th September Keating Amenities Open

Sunday 16th September Monthly Medal

Portsalon Ladies

Portsalon Ladies were delighted to win the Mary McDaid Cup on Saturday, conditions in Portsalon were fabulous for most of the day and all teams enjoyed playing in this annual memorial event which included keen rivalry as well as some serious fun.

The Lady captains from Otway, Rosapenna, Letterkenny and Portsalon were first on the tee at 11am after refreshments in the club house and one minutes silence to remember all the deceased club golfers.

The famous yellow ball competition was won with a grand total of 38 points by Mary Barrett's fourball.

The individual prize with a great score of 41 points was won by Orla Gallagher from Otway GC; Orla's team also won the prize for best scoring quartet.

Portsalon Ladies however produced the best club performance of the day to win the coveted Mary McDaid Cup which was presented by Roisin McDaid to Portsalon Lady Captain Karen McGlinchey.

The Sunday Members on 9th September was won by Vera Kearney(20) 34pts; second Claire Ferry (16) 33pts BOT. CSS reduction only.

Portsalon Winter Links: The first round of the Portsalon Winter Links is on Thursday 27th time sheet available on line or via golf shop contact Daragh 074 9159459

September Medal: The Sunday Members will be played as usual on Sunday 16th & 23rd September followed by the September Medal on Sunday 30th alternate day Friday 28th.

Bundoran Ladies

Last Sunday saw one of the largest entries of the year, for The Play in Pink Four Ball Better Ball Competition, sponsored by Rory and Pearse O’Neill, Ballyshannon, in aid of Breast Cancer Research. Well done to all the winners and to all who took part in windy conditions.

The social evening in the Clubhouse was a great success thanks to the efforts of organiser Ann O’Neill and all who generously supported her and raised a substantial sum for Cancer Research. Results. 1st Kathleen Moran and Nadine Ivers 35 points (b.o.t.)2nd Ann Moloney and Mary Mitchell 35 points 3rd Josephine McGurren and Kathleen O’Neill 33 points 4th Imelda Monaghan and Ann Sweeney 31 points.

Well done to Kathleen Moran and all the winners in The Great Northern Hotel Bundoran competition on Sunday 2nd September and Kathleen O’Neill who won the Past Captains’ Trophy sponsored by Maureen McEniff . Results. 1st Kathleen Moran 35 points 2nd Cailin McInerney 33 points (b.o.t.) 3rd Ann O’Neill 33 points 4th Sandra Dunmore 32 points, front nine Aideen McGarrigle back nine Kathleen O’Neill.

This Thursday’s competition is a 3 Club Competition sponsored by Nirvana Restaurant Ballyshannon.

Sunday next 16th September is an 18 hole stroke/medal competition sponsored by A. Doherty Turf Accountants Ballyshannon.


Sunday 9th September: 1st Eamon McGrath (16) 39 pts; 2nd Cathal Daly (12) 37 pts; Gross: Brendan Kelly (8) 26 pts; 3rd Michael Kelly (13) 34 pts. CSS: 34 pts

'Hole in One' - Cathal Daly - 13th Hole

Gents Open Stableford - Saturday 8th September: 1st Mark McGinley (9) Cloughaneely 42 pts; 2nd Danny Sweeney (17) 39 pts; Gross: Paul Kelly (7) 30 pts BOT; 3rd Carlos O'Reilly (12) 38 pts BOT. CSS: 37 pts

Open Stableford Wednesday 5th September: 1st Donal McCafferty (12) Portsalon 42 pts; 2nd Odhran MacNiallais (19) Gweedore 36 pts; Gross: Eddie McCormack (+3) Galway Bay 34 pts; 3rd Billy Griffin (13) 35 pts BOT. CSS: 35 pts

Gaoth Dobhair

CLG Ghaoth Dobhair held their Golf Classic last weekend and would like to thank all their sponsors and players for their support. Buaiteoirí : 1ú – Anthony Doherty, Emmet Mac Aoidh, Pól MacCumhaill agus Noel McFadden 106 pts. : 2ú – Jason McBride, Pat Sweeney, Paul Lynch agus Owenie McBride 105 pts. : 3ú – Declan, Brian, agus Cian McBride agus John Diver 99 pts.

Cuireadh comórtas an Domhnaigh ar ceal siocar droch aimsir. An deireadh seachtaine seo beidh Corn Chuimhneacháin Liam Ó hIcí a imirt. Buíochas do Sheáin agus Marie don urraíocht.

Bhain Seán Ó hIcí an chéad chomórtas ‘Seniors’ le 37 pt. Bhí Hugh McBride sa dara áit le 35 agus Pat Shovlin sa tríú le 35 chomh maith. Is féidir imirt Dé Máirt, Dé Céadaoin nó Déardaoin.

Letterkenny Ladies

The ladies enjoyed a fine autumnal day for playing the September pendant on Tuesday 4th. As the season draws to a close there wasn’t as large an entry as in previous competitions but that in no way took away from the standard of golf played. In fact it was all low handicap players who took the honours the winner being Anne Cannon scoring a very impressive 70 net. Next to Anne it was Veronica McAteer 73 net and Lady Vice Captain Angela Bradley was 3rd with 74 net.

The Letterkenny Chamber Classic was played on Friday 7th and winners from amongst the ladies included Kate Gallagher on the Brian McCormick Sports Team which came 2nd overall and Celine Bradley on the Bank of Ireland team won the longest drive for the ladies and Marian O Sullivan on the Magees Pharmacy team won the nearest the pin prize.

The Mary McDaid Cup was won by Portsalon, the Letterkenny team came second.

The ladies Past Captains Prize was played on Sunday 9th and by all accounts everyone enjoyed a lovely day. There was a tea and coffee reception followed by the golf and then a lovely meal in the evening. Everyone commented on the beautiful prizes and as far as I can see from the photos it was a very glamorous occasion.

Kay Kelly won with a very solid 36pts., Anne Condon was 2nd on 35pts. and Mary Murray was 3rd with 34pts. Celine Bradley and Nellie McHugh won the 9s.

Best of luck to Sandra McMonagle Captain of the Maire O Donnell team who travel to Murvagh on Sunday 16th for the first leg of the final of this competition. Sandra has a very strong selection and the ladies branch wish them all the best.

There will be Club competitions on 18th and 25th and the first Hamper Competition will be on the 23rd and there will be a draw for this.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar

Derry man Damien MCKenna picked up the B&S Senior (36 hole) Scratch Cup on Saturday last and went out the next day and won the Foyle Scratch Cup. I have to say, that is some accomplishment. Damien, a +1 handicapper, had two fantastic round on Saturday to narrowly beat a good friend of his Stephen Martin on the second play-off hole. Both guys finished the 36 holes on 138 and the two proceeded down the 37th with pars each and McKenna eventually beat his travelling companion on the 2nd play off hole. Normally two rounds of golf would be enough for any one but not Damien as he headed to Foyle GC the next day and the rest is history. A great weekend Damien.

Intermediate Scratch Cup: Congratulations to local man Martin Wilson on winning the Intermediate Scratch Cup. Martin was just one shot clear of Convoy man Mark Rodgers on 116 for the 27,holes with Thomas McBride in third spot.

WCC Golf Tournament: B&S Golfer Tony Griffin got himself into the history books as the first golfer from all over Ireland to win the West Coast Challenge (WCC) back to back in its thirty two year history and in the process won the Rossnowlagh Cup .which a group of B&S golfers play for every year. This year's chooses charity was the Donegal Hospice who cared for the Late Joe Henderson who himself was always very much to the fore in the same competitions and for good craic, there was none better. A fantastic €800 was raised over the course of the tournament from the twelve local lads that participated. Here's to you Dark Cloud.

Teams: Michael Hynes and his Donegal Senoir Team do battle with Murvagh at home on Saturday 15th September in the first leg of the Donegal final. Best of Luck Lads.

JB Carr: The JB Carr Teams brilliant run came to an end in the All Ireland Finals when they came up against a top quality team from the K CLUB. This was a very emotional weekend for Team Captain Ivan Stewart who put in a great effort from the minute he was nominated to lead the team.

Donegal Minor League: Ballybofey and Stranorlar Golf Club played the second leg of Minor League semi final against Buncrana Golf Club and we had a mountain to surpass needing all 5 matches to reach the final and we almost pulled it off. Our first match out won 5/3, 4th match won 6/4 and 5th match won 7/6. The scenario was set for a close encounter 3 matches in needing our 2 matches on the course to bring in a result and down to the wire they went. Our second match was also an up and down affair but we eventually lost it on16th hole. The fight was over Buncrana needed just that one match to put them through to the final against Otway Golf club. Our final match was all square playing 16th and was called in. The Ballybofey and Stranorlar team under stewardship of John Patton was, B Kelly, P Finn, P Kavanagh, H Temple, D O'Connor, M. Johnston, C. Mc Hugh, P Callaghan, J Mc Hugh and O Finn.

Tuesday 28th August: 1st Nett Lee Henderson (8) 42pts; 2nd Nett Ryan Kelly (20) 41pts.; Gross Ryan Griffin (1) 40pts.; 3rd Nett Martin Lynch (12) 38pts.; Senior Prize: Phil Roddy (20) 36pts; Visitor’s Prize: Bernard Kelly (4) 33pts. Competitors 52. CSS 67

Saturday 1st September - Monthly Medal, sponsored by Letterkenny Driving Range: 1st Nett: Martin Lynch 75 – 12 = 63; 2nd Nett: Barry Allan 77 – 12 = 65 BOT; Gross : Ryan Griffin (1) 70; 3rd Nett: Anthony McCormick 80 – 17 = 63 BOT. Competitors 92. CSS 68

Sunday 2nd September - 1st Nett: John McMenamin (9) 42pts; 2nd Nett: Barry McMenamin (17) 40pts.; Gross Ryan Griffin (1) 37pts; 3rd Nett: John Mitchell (14) 38pts. BOT. Competitors 64. CSS 68

Tuesday 4th September - Open Competition: 1st Nett: Ian Ward (20) 40pts; 2nd Nett: Denis O’Connor (21) 38pts.; Gross : Barry McMenamin (5) 31pts; 3rd Nett: John Patton (16) 37pts. BOT; Senior Prize: Phil Roddy (20) 36pts; Visitor Prize: Eugene O’Donnell (9) 40pts. Competitors 70. CSS 68

Saturday, 8th, Senior Scratch Cup: 1st Gross: Damien McKenna (+1) 68+70=138 (Play Off); 2nd Gross: Stephen Martin (0) 70+68=138; 3rd Gross: Ryan Griffin (1) 75+70=145; 1st Nett: Jamie Foley (3) 68+73=141; 2ndNett: Eugene O’Donnell (9) 77+78=155; 1st 18 Gross: Caolan Dunn (1) 68; 2nd 18 Gross: David McCormick (5) 74. Junior Prize: Patrick Page (5) 71+79=150. Competitors 34. CSS 68+69

Saturday 8th Intermediate Scratch Cup, sponsored by Carr & Company Architects: 1st Gross: Martin Wilson (11) 75+41=116; 2nd Gross: Mark Rodgers (10) 76+41=117; 3rd Gross: Thomas McBride (11) 82+37=119; 1st Nett: Martin Brogan (16) 65+33=98; 2nd Nett: John Nee (19) 68+33=101; 3rd Nett: Barry Allan (11) 69+34=103; 18 Hole Gross: Pauric McHugh (10) 64; 9 Hole Gross: Kieran Dunphy (16) 29 Competitors 87 CSS 69

Sunday 9th: 1st Nett: Shane McGlinchey, (18) 42pts; 2nd Nett: Stephen Bonner (16)40pts.; Gross: Barry Farmer (5) 32pts.; 3rd Nett: Jack McGeehan (17) 39pts. Competitors 92. CSS 68

Ready Golf: Please note that Ready Golf is now in play at our club. You don't need to be furthest away from the hole to play first. If you are good to play and your partners are not, just announce that you are good to play and proceed with your shot.

Remember: do your talking while you walking. It has been proved that if each player takes just five seconds less for each shot, you can save 20-30 minutes per round.(worth a try).

Donegal (Murvagh)

8/9 September Sponsor: Thursday Specials (Stableford). A weekend of very mixed weather saw Frank Cook (22) continue his recent good form to win with an impressive 39 pts. 2nd was Gary O'Byrne (12) one shot adrift with 38 pts (bot) and John McGinn (11) was 3rd. Oliver Roche (8) claimed the Gross with 30 gross pts.

Thursday Specials September 6th: The winner with 35 pts was Tom Morrow. 2nd was Peter McDonnell on 33 pts, Felix Gillespie was 3rd with 31 pts and Liam Cassidy was 4th with 30 pts. Front 9 was won by John Histon with 19 pts. For the second week in a row, Marty McGarrigle won the Member's Prize with 34 pts.

The House Gastro Pub Society Saturday 8th: Played in horrendous conditions, the golfing enthusiasts who braved the weather were rewarded with a fine display of hospitality later that evening in The House with fine food aplenty. On the golfing front, John McCafferty was the winner on the day with 37 pts, ahead of Mickey Martin with 35 pts (bot) and Danny McMenamin in 3rd. Danny swept the board in the prizes by claiming the longest drive, Past Captain's Prize and the overall Player of the Year. Congrats to Danny. A special word of mention for Colm Campbell (Organiser) for a job well done... again.

The Club Singles has reached the semi-final stage with some mouth-watering matches in store. David Sweeney faces Shaun Meehan and Tom Geraghty will play the winner of Darren Rafferty and Padraig Farragher. Good luck to all involved.

Upcoming events.

Saturday 15th: Thursday Specials Mixed Greensomes

Sunday 16th: Foodland Cash & Carry (Singles V Par) - Fr T. Doherty Cup

West Coast cHALLENGE

Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golfer Tony Griffin became the first golfer to win the West Coast Challenge back to back in what is one of the top golfing tournaments in the North West of Ireland and indeed in the whole of Ireland.

The Tournament took place from Monday Sept 3rd to Thursday 6th September inclusive. It is played over the following four courses; Bundoran GC, Donegal/Murvagh GC, Strandhill GC and Enniscrone GC. Competitors from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France UK and Ireland took part in the competition. They thoroughly enjoyed the courses, weather, scenery and hospitality in the area and for the first year ever we had a local man score back to back victories.

This was Tony’s second year to play in the tournament and his local knowledge of the courses proved vital for the week. He laid down his intention early with a score of 44 stableford points on Day 1 in Murvagh. Day 2 saw him travel to Strandhill when again he proved consistent with another great score of 39 points. Day 3 Tony played Enniscrone GC and scored 33 points.

On day 4 the leader board was tightly packed with only 6 points dividing the top four players. Tony was in first place with 116 points, Thurles man Donal Hurley was lying second on 112 points, Ber Murphy Carlow GC was joint third with Johnny Kavanagh (Castletroy GC) on 110 points.

Tony was playing Bundoran GC a course he was very familiar with and this proved a definite advantage, he scored 37 points giving him a overall total of 153 stableford points 6 points over second placed Donal Hurley Thurles GC.

Along with his teammates Alaistair Henderson and Sean Carlin (Ballybofey & Stranorlar GC) they secured second overall in the team event.


On Wed 05/09/18 the Kitchen Open was played off. Paul Doherty (13.1) was the winner on the day with an excellent score of 44 pts. Paul took 11 pars out of the course. Michael Collum (4.9) was a close runner up with a score of 42 pts. and Sam Hegarty (13.2) was third with 40 pts. The ever consistent Darragh McMenamin (2.8) won gross with 40 pts.(Grs). Dermot Higgins (20.9) won Cat 4 with 40 pts.

The Carpet Interiors Open was played on Sat 08/09/18. Nicholas Kenny (9.8) took in a winning score of 42 pts. He got an eagle on the 11th along with 2 birdies and 8 pars. Mark McNulty (19.2) came in second with 41 pts. and Ciaran Clerkin (19.8) got third place with a score of 39 pts. John Paul Clarke (6.8) won gross with 39 pts. (Grs).

The Members Competition was held on Sun 09/09/18. Mark Cohen (12.8) won the competition with a very respectable 42 pts. Mark took 10 pars out of the course. David McGowan (8.4) got second place with 38 pts. (BOT) and Sean Mulroe (10.5) came in third with 38 pts. Kieran Sweeney (5.4) a regular visitor to the winning arena won gross with 36 pts. (Grs.).

Upcoming Events:- On Friday 14/09/18 we have the Seniors Competition and on Sat. 15th The Glencar Inn Open. On Sun. 16/09/18 the Seamus McMonagle PGA Sponsored 3 Ball Scramble will be played and on Wed. 19/09/18 we have an Open Competition.

Donegal Seniors Golf Alliance

Results of Donegal Senior Golf Alliance Outing to North West on 6 Sept - 1 T Kingston 13 Portsalon 42; 2 M Scanlon 15 B & S 40; 3 R O Carroll 17 Letterkenny 38 BOT; 4 G Quinn 18 Strabane 38; 5 H Mc Cormick 18 B & S 37; Gross M Leonard 11 Portsalon 26 GP; 6 D O Connor 20 B & S 36 BOT; 7 D Coyle 26 North West 36 BOT; 8 S Mc Cauley 11 Dunfanaghy 36; 9 K Gallagher 16 Strabane 35; 10 A Mc Cormick 16 B & S 34 BOT

Cat A 1 E Lynch 17 North West 34; 2 S Mc Geady 19 Cloughaneely 33

Cat B 1 P O Fearraigh 22 Letterkenny 34 BOT; 2 J Keenan 24 Dunfanaghy 34 BOT

Cat C 1 J Grant 10 B & S 34 BOT; 2 J Mc Ginley 17 North West 34

Cat D 1 T O Farrell 17 B & S 32 BOT; 2 G Coyle 16 North West 32.


Gents Open – Wednesday 5th September: Winner: Kyle Burke – 44 pts; Runner-up: John G McBride – 37 pts; Gross: David McCormick – 31 gross pts

Members Stableford – Saturday 8th September: Winner: Noel McCormick (12) – 39 pts; Runner-up: Shane Coll (14) – 36 pts; Gross: Liam Campbell (8) – 27 gross pts; Third: Michael Martin (23) – 35 pts. CSS: 73 / 35 pts

Sunday Members – 9th September: Winner: Eunan McGlynn (12) – 40 pts; Runner-up: Dermot Shields (11) – 37 pts; Gross: Pascal Cullen (7) – 27 gross pts; Third: Andy Boland (13) – 37 pts. CSS: 73 / 35 pts

Ladies Sunday Members – 9th September: Winner: Vera Kearney (20) – 34 pts; Runner-up: Claire Ferry (16) – 33 pts BOT. CSS: Reduction Only.


Club Competition: The club competition on Sunday September 9th was played for over the Old Tom Morris Links. The winner with 40pts was Dannie Sweeney (17*), the runner up was Sean Boyce (7*) with 36pts bot. The gross winner was Enda McMenamin (7*) with 30 gross pts. Third place was Sean McTeague (17*) with 36pts bot. Two's - Enda McMenamin x 2, Marty Carlin & Brian Kelly with €17.00 Pavilion Golf Shop credit per two.

Mr Martin Casey's President's Day: Mr Martin Casey will hold his President's Prize (G.o.Y) to the gents this coming Saturday the 15th of September over the Old Tom Morris Links, the timesheet is now open for same. The President's Prize to the Ladies will be played for over the Sandy Hills Links, the tee is reserved from 11.20-11.50am. The evening function will begin at 7.30pm with a two course meal served in the Golf Pavilion. All members & spouses can pay on the door, €20.00 per person. The meal will be followed by the presentation of prizes and entertainment.

Donegal Inter Club Events: Good luck to our Senior Scratch Matchplay team who will face Letterkenny in the county final at Murvagh this coming Sunday the 16th. Best wishes to our Donegal League team who face Letterkenny in the county final. The first leg, to be played at home, will take place this coming Sunday the 16th at 2.30pm. Home support on the day is welcomed.

Captains Day Away: Mr Liam Breen will hold his Captains Day away at Ballyliffin Golf Club on Saturday the 22nd of September. The first tee time on The Glashedy Links is 12.00pm, golf will be followed by dinner in the clubhouse. As numbers are limited your place must be booked via The Pavilion Golf Shop with a €50.00 deposit per player at the time of booking.

Michael Bonner Singles Matchplay: The second round of the singles matchplay must be played by Friday the 28th of September.

Up coming competitions/events - September

Saturday 15th - Mr Martin Casey's Presidents Prize

Sunday 16th - St Andrews Cup