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Narin & Portnoo Golf Notes 8th May 2009

Keltic Hygiene stableford winner, Harold Reid was recently presented with his prize by Narin & Portnoo Golf Club captain, Michael Glynn.

Former county player, John Bán Gallagher was the proud recipient (along with the absent Manus Boyle Jnr.) of the winners’ prize in the Kelly & Sons fourball competition at Narin & Portnoo Golf Club. He is pictured with the sartorially elegant club captain, Michael Glynn.

Entrants should note that the closing date for the first round of the three club matchplay competitions is Monday, May 11th.

The Pro-Am entry sheet is almost full and we can look forward to a successful event this June. If the weather obliges, one can expect very good scoring, especially with the calibre of professional expressing an interest in coming this year. Ryder Cup hero, Philip Walton will be back and eager go one better and wrest the title from two-time champion, Damien Mooney. My money is on home professional, Connor Mallon whose form of late has been superb.

Connor has organised beginner lessons for ladies commencing next Tuesday, May 12th at 6.30p.m. Ring the man himself or Daragh at 0749545107 for further details.

Kevin Pattons charges tried gallantly but failed to qualify for the Jimmy Bruen matchplay stages at Castle Hume. The team consisted of: Don Earley and Cathal Donaghue; John Molloy and Conal Keeney; Noel Quinn and Frankie Kennedy; Kevin Patton and Finnian ODoherty; Eamon McGill and Kieran Gallagher.

The clubs Donegal Minor League team (over 18 handicap) under the stewardship of Patsy Harkin got their 2009 campaign off to a winning start last Sunday. Three and a half matches were won at home to Redcastle and with the club up in holes, the team will be confident of a positive result in the away leg. Winners on the day were the pairings of Frank McGinley and Paul McGinley, Paddy B. Boyle and Hugh Francis Shovlin and Patrick Gallagher and Connell Gavigan. Manus Boyle Snr. and Adrian Maguire won a hard-earned half in their tussle, while Patsy Harkin and Kevin McCready were bested in the final match.

The Murvagh posse moseyed up to Portnoo on Wednesday and duly walked off with the winner’s garland! Marty McGarrigle led this merry band and after a perfunctory 17 points out, he turned on the after-burners coming home, parring six holes despite playing in to the breeze. Veteran Ulster Cup star, Owen Boner blew the cobwebs off his own game to finish a fine second and hinted at what was to come on the Sunday! The Tullyillion resident was at it again in the Kelly Toyota monthly medal, beating par with a fine 72 in very trying conditions. He led for most of the day before first Dudley Coyle and then Denis Carbery lowered the winning score. The latter had the only 71 nett and I continue to be amazed at how he can play so well, so often and still seem so modest about it. Denis didnt suffer a single double-bogey in the tempest, grinding out nine pars and a birdie at eight. He proved once again that when the conditions get tough, the old mariners strength comes to the fore. Less of the old, I can hear him say!

Pierce Purcell qualifying takes place this Sunday at Narin, so the Ardara G.A.A. stableford competition (which had to be postponed in March) has been re-scheduled for Saturday instead. A greensomes event was organised by the club last week to facilitate visiting Pierce Purcell teams and it was won by the pairing of Sean and Marie Callaghan of Strabane with a 67.5. We wish everyone a good days golf on Sunday and pray that Seamus McDonaghs home team can make a rare appearance in the matchplay stages.

The Ulster Fourball team endured a scare against Strabane in the return match on Saturday before winning through by a hare’s breath. Bart made no change to the team which won three matches away from home and the troops rewarded him by resisting the backlash of a wounded away outfit. A good night was had by all afterwards and we wish our lads well in the next round.

April 29: 1. Martin McGarrigle 38pts; 2. Owen Boner 36pts; 3. Martin Rouse 35pts. C.S.S. 73 Twos: 8 balls

May 2: Club Greensomes Event 1. Sean & Marie Callaghan 67.5;

May 3: Kelly Toyota Medal 1. Denis Carbery (9) 71; 2. Dudley Coyle (20) 72 b.o.t.; 3. Owen Boner (13) 72; Cat A Seamus McGarvey (9) 75; Cat B Joe McLoone (13) 73 b.o.t.; Cat C Willie Molloy (23) 75; Nines: Gerry Feeney (5) 33.5; Nine John Quinn (15) 36.5; C.S.S. 75; Twos: 5 balls

The details of upcoming competitions may be viewed on the club website, which is currently being renovated.

May 9: Ardara G.A.A. single stableford, open

May 10: Pierce Purcell Northwest Qualifying at Narin and Portnoo. No competition.

May 13: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 15 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors including green fee

Narin & Portnoo Golf Notes 28th April 2009

A proud Bart Whelan of Ardara won the Ulster Bank March Medal at Narin & Portnoo Golf Club and received it last Sunday from club captain, Michael Glynn.

Alan Elliott of Narin was the winner of the April Medal sponsored by Donegal Oil. Club Captain, Michael Glynn was on hand to present it to a worthy winner.

The entry sheet is up for the 2009 Pro-Am to be held on June 27th and 28th. Entries are limited to Narin and Portnoo members (ladies and gents) until May 1st. Thereafter, entry will be open to all.

The draws for the three club matchplay competitions have been made and details may be found on the club website or by ringing the Pro Shop. Players should note that the closing date for the first round of each event is May 11th.

The club’s teams were in action during the past week and met with mixed results. Following their disappointing result in the home leg, Narin and Portnoo needed a big turnaround in the away match with Ulster Cup opponents, Gracehill. There was one change to the team, with Rab Brady drafted in for the USA-bound Frankie Kennedy. The boys came close, with Declan Gallagher winning by an impressive five and four and Conal Keeney securing a vital half. Sadly, no further points were retrieved and we had to bow out gracefully. Congratulations to worthy victors and commiserations to John Molloy and his troops.

Martin and Margaret Roarty’s Fred Daly team performed admirably in the home match with the low-handicappers from Tandragee, with Patrick Roarty winning superbly for Narin and John Moore halving on the eighteenth green. The lads were always going to be up against it against one of the bigger sides but we will put up a really good show in the plate competition. The other players on the day were Finnian O’Doherty, Aaron Bennett, Conall Boomer, Jamie McGroary and Ciaran Roarty.

Bart’s Ulster Fourball side pulled off a great result in Strabane last Thursday, pinching three matches out of five. The winners were the pairings of Patrick Gallagher/Connell Gavigan, Paul McGinley/Frank McGinley and Ted Breslin/Manus Boyle Snr. The unfortunate pairings were Hugh F. Shovlin/Paddy B. Boyle and Mícheál McGinley/Kevin McCready and they, in particular, will be hungry for better fortune in the return this Saturday. We wish them all well.

George Doherty has always talked a fine game, but after receiving the sharp end of his compatriots’ jibes of late, he decided to back up the handsome rhetoric with some sparkling golfing retorts. The adrenaline was pumping from the off! Bart and Eamonn’s words-to-the-wise resounded in his ears as putt after putt dropped into the cup, heralding a return to form for the Ardara legend. Six pars were recorded on the outward nine and four more on the return negated much of the damage caused by a couple of blanks. Whether it’s enough to break into the generalissimos’ team machinations is another matter entirely! George had two points to spare over Harold Reid, whose own score returned him to Category One status after a couple of low-yielding years. Patrick Phildy Gallagher’s hole-in-one at the third was also warmly greeted by his Glenties brethren.

Handicap Secretary, Francie Cunningham won last Wednesday’s Open with a huge score of 43 points. Nines of 22 and 21 sealed victory and reduced his own mark considerably. Twelve pars and a birdie are evidence of a man in form!

The members sympathise with the McLoone family of Glenties on the recent passing of Michael. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

April 22: 1. Francie Cunningham (12) 43; 2. Gerard McCabe (17) 38 b.o.t.; 3. Adrian Maguire (20) 38; C.S.S. 72; Twos: 5 balls each

April 26: Clonleigh Co-Op; C.S.S. 72 1. George Doherty (18) 41; 2. Harold Reid (6) 39 b.o.t.; 3. Paddy McGarrigle (18) 39; Cat A Kevin Patton (9) 37; Cat B Charlie Tully (12) 37; Cat C Hugh F. Shovlin (19) 37; Nines: Des Turley (14) 21; Paul McGinley (19) 20; Hole-in-one: Patrick Phildy Gallagher @ 3rd: 15 balls; Twos: 4 balls

The details of upcoming competitions may be viewed on the club website. Fixture cards for both gents and ladies are also available in the Pro Shop.

May 2: Ulster Fourball match v Strabane 3p.m.

May 3: Kelly Toyota Medal, open; Minor League match at home to Redcastle; Jimmy Bruen qualifying at Castle Hume;

May 4: Atlantic Marine 3Ball Scramble, ladies & gents, open

May 6: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 15 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors including green fee

Narin & Portnoo Golf Notes 20th April 2009

The April presentation of prizes will take place on Sunday, April 26th at 8p.m. The main prize-winners of the following competitions should be in attendance or represented: Ulster Bank Medal, Kilcar G.A.A., Brennan’s Bread, J. Kelly & Sons, Stranorlar, Keltic Hygiene, Donegal Oil Medal, Easter Monday Scramble and the Nesbitt Arms Hotel Holmpatrick Cup.

The club sympathises with Conal Eamonn Gillespie on the recent death of his brother, John. Go ndeana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis. We also remember with affection the late journalist, Jack Magowan, whose articles enriched Ulster sport for so many years. His excellent article on the club in the Belfast Telegraph last year resulted from an enjoyable visit he paid to the club and his yarns and observations then were keen and memorable. We sympathise with all his family and friends.

The draws for the three club matchplay competitions have been made and details may be found on the club website or by ringing the Pro Shop. The closing date for the first round of each event is May 11th.

The club hosted Grace Hill in the first round of the Ulster Cup and as in previous years, the result was not wholly convincing. Four and a half matches were won but the club now need a big performance on the parkland course this weekend in order to progress. Result of the day was that of Pauric McHugh who won seven holes up with six to play. The other winners were Seamus McDonagh, Declan Gallagher and Sean Hanrahan, while Frankie Kennedy battled for a half. Conal Keeney and Connie McGinley battled hard but were up against in-form players and had to give way on the day.

Denis Carbery completed an amazing double last week, winning the Wednesday Open with an excellent 41 points and teaming up on Sunday with Dominic Mullin to massacre the field in the annual Holmpatrick Cup sponsored by The Nesbitt Arms Hotel. The latter performance in particular had members scratching their pates in disbelief. The Killybegs duo won the fourball betterball by seven shots, a most remarkable winning margin, especially considering the size of the field. No score higher than a four was recorded on their front nine, with Dominic’s eagle at the second counting as a nett albatross! A single six was the highest score recorded on the arguably tougher back nine, leaving a nett score of 60 which consisted of five threes, ten fours, two fives and a solitary six.

Whereas Dominic and Denis dovetailed superbly on Sunday, Wednesday was all about the latter golfer. His disquiet at reaching a double digit handicap for the first time in years was all the inspiration he needed to shoot a gross score of five over par, trimming the handicap back to nine. Birdies at seven, thirteen and seventeen were complemented by pars at seven other holes for a total score of 41 points.

The junior camps were a great success and have left the youngsters hungry for more! The buzz about the place was electric and we hope that they all keep that naïve enthusiasm, even when, like myself, they learn how to shank, pull, rib and socket! We also wish the Killybegs Society the best of luck on their Florida jaunt. The resident alligators had better beware!


April 15: 1. Denis Carbery (10) 41; 2. Michael McGinley (19) 40 b.o.t.; 3. Hugh Boyle (20) 40; C.S.S. 72; Twos: 4 balls each

April 19: 1. Denis Carbery & Dominic Mullin 60; 2. Columba Gavigan & Patrick Gallagher 67 b.o.t.; 3. Kevin Patton & John Moore 67 b.o.t.


The details of upcoming competitions may be viewed on the club website. A fixture card for both gents and ladies is also available in the Pro Shop.

April 26: Clonleigh Co-op single stableford, Open

April 29: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 15 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors including green fee