Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 28th October 2011

A golf fundraiser will be held this Saturday at the club in aid of the Donegal Hospice. The format is a singles classic and tee-times can be booked by ringing the Pro Shop.

The club’s over-50s team played well in the away leg of its final with Ballybofey and Stranorlar but the score at the halfway point does not reflect that form. Only half a point was secured and the lads have it all to do in the home leg this weekend. We wish them every success.

Hugh Boyle won the Wednesday Open on October 12th, recording ten three-pointers on his card in a total of 43 points. The 19-handicapper was three under nett on the front nine and improved this score by a point coming home to win by three.

Mickey Campbell won the medal competition sponsored by the Glenties GAA in a break-off-tie from Donie McCole. The 11-handicapper birdied the second and twelfth and added his fair share of pars to the eventual total of 73 nett in a competition played in difficult conditions.

Stephen McHugh was the latest winner of a Wednesday Open, attacking the front nine with gusto and holding his game together on the more difficult return to the clubhouse. Birdies at the second and eighth yielded eight points and five other three-pointers further embellished his score.

The next presentation of prizes will take place on Saturday, November 5th at 8.30p.m. A sponsors’ event will take place earlier that day commencing at 10a.m.

The club has commenced a ringer competition for the winter months. Further details are available in the Pro Shop.

Results:
October 19: Wednesday Open
1. Stephen McHugh (19) 41; 2. Vinny Gallagher (18) 37; 3. Charlie Tully (11) 35; CSS 73; No twos.

October 15: Glenties GAA Medal
1. Mickey Campbell (11) 73 b.o.t.; 2. Donie McCole (9) 73 b.o.t.; 3. Joe Conneely (14) 74; Cat A Paul Cooney (8) 77 b.o.t.; Cat B Kieran Cunnea (15) 77; Cat C John Simpson (21) 75; Nines: Kevin Patton (9) 32.5; Paddy Boyle (19) 38.5; CSS 75; Twos: 6 balls October 12: Wednesday Open 1. Hugh Boyle (19) 43; 2. Stephen McHugh (20) 40; 3. Donie McCole (9) 39; CSS 72; Twos: 3 balls

Fixtures:
October 29: Donegal Hospice Singles Classic, Open October 30: Single Stableford, open
November 2: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;
November 5: Competition for Sponsors, 10 a.m.; Presentation of club prizes at 8.30p.m.

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Ladies Branch Notes 19th October 2011

The first outing in the West Coast Alliance 2011-2012 will be hosted by Gweedore Golf Club on October 22nd. Contact Nell Cullen, phone: 9532449 to book time.

Results

Tuesday, 20th September
Gráinne Cafferty’s Prize

Winner: Goretti Cunningham (21) 34pts
2nd: Agnes Shovlin (26) 33pts

Tuesday 27th September
Betty Crotty’s Prize

Winner: Rosaleen Mullin (36) 37pts
2nd: Agnes Shovlin (26) 33pts

Tuesday, 4th October
Portnoo Cup Sponsored by Mary Nicholson

Winner: Lady Captain Bernie Tonry (25) 72nett

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 6th October 2011

Charlie Diver won the latest medal tournament sponsored by the Nesbitt Arms Hotel. The 21-handicapper enjoyed an excellent front nine of just seven over gross, thanks in no small part to a birdie on the second. It was harder coming home but he hung in there, finishing strongly for a one stroke victory.

The previous Sunday’s fourball stroke was won by Messrs’ McCole and McDwyer who blitzed the front nine in seven under par net! They would better the back nine by just a stroke as the course fought back but good vibes emanating from their birdies at 3, 7 and 8 kept them going and they even totted up another birdie at 14.

The latest Wednesday Open benefitted from better weather after the previous week’s cancellation, though the strong breeze made scoring difficult. Sean Rodgers rolled back the years with an exemplary display of golf, covering the 18 holes in 39 points for a massive five-point win.

Glenties won the annual Rider Cup challenge match against Ardara in convincing fashion and hats off to the victors in a tussle which is always played in a splendid atmosphere.

The members were saddened to hear of the death of Jim Patton who graced the course for many years. We send our condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Results:
October 2: Nesbitt Arms Hotel Medal
1. Charlie Diver (21) 70; 2. Eddie Gregg (8) 71; 3. Richard Shepherd (11) 72 b.o.t.; Cat A Jim Harley (10) 73; Cat B Pat McGee (16) 73 b.o.t.; Cat C John M. Kelly (19) 72; Nines: Neily Gildea (12) 32; Tom Rawdon (20) 37 b.o.t.; CSS 73; Twos: 4 balls
September 28: Wednesday Open 1.Sean Rodgers (17) 39; 2. Stephen McHugh (20) 34; 3. Michael Naughton (15) 32; CSS 75; Twos: 12 balls September 25: J. Kelly 4BBB Stroke 1. Donie McCole (9) & Gerald McDwyer (12) 65; 2. Jim Harley (10) & Joe Harley (17) 66; 3. Manus Boyle Jnr. (7) & J.M. Kelly (19) 70; Twos: 3 balls

Fixtures:
October 9: Ardara Golf Society, single stableford, open
October 12: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 21st September 2011

James McGuinness is the man you have to beat at present, finishing on the podium in his last two events, though just coming up short each time. Michael Glynn bettered James’ score by a point on Wednesday last, the former’s score consisting of nines of 20 and 21 points respectively. A birdie on the Rampar (3rd) was just the start Michael required and he maintained that good form right the way to the finish.

Sunday’s competition was sponsored by the Glenties Golf Society and James’ nemesis this time was Kevin Doherty who coped best with the tough conditions to return a fine score of 37 points. Consistency was the buzzword on his front nine of 20 points, yet when little crises loomed on the way home, he rallied with several excellent comeback holes to end up the only player to break par. Can James make it third time lucky this week?

Results:
September 18: Glenties Golf Society
1. Kevin Doherty (18) 37; 2. James McGuinness (25) 34 b.o.t.; 3. Donie McCole (9) 34 b.o.t.; Cat A John Bán Gallagher (11) 33 b.o.t.; Cat B James Keeney (16) 34; Cat C Martin Sweeney (27) 33; Nines: Joseph McLoone (10) 19 b.o.t.; Sean Callaghan (17) 20; CSS 76; Twos: 5 balls
September 14: Wednesday Open 1.Michael Glynn (19) 41; 2. James McGuinness (26) 40; 3. P.J. Gallagher (10) 39 b.o.t.; CSS 73; Twos: 4 balls

Fixtures:
September 25: J. Kelly, 4BBB Stroke, open
September 28: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Ladies Branch Notes 14th September 2011

Lady Captain’s Outing to Lough Erne Golf Club
Saturday 15th October 2011

Ladies, names are being taken now for next month’s Lady Captain’s Outing to Lough Erne
Package includes:
Dinner on Saturday Evening approx 7pm
Accommodation in Luxury Lodges Saturday Night
Breakfast Sunday Morning in Hotel
Golf Sunday (Time to be decided)

Lady members who wish to go on the outing; please see the notice in the Locker Room.

Recent Results

Open Day 9th August, 2011 – Sponsored by Public Image Hair Salon, Ballybofey.

Perfect conditions made for a great turnout and a very enjoyable and successful Open Day.

Category A
Winner: Breege O’Keeffe (17) 38pts
2nd: Annette McGettigan (13) 37pts
3rd: Gráinne Cafferty (17) 36pts

Category B
Winner: Deirdre Britton ( 19) 40pts
2nd: Francess Munnelly (20) 38pts B.O.T.
3rd: Emma Megaw (23) 38pts

Category C
Winner: Jennifer Whiteside (33) 41pts
2nd: Mary Sloane (32) 38pts B.O.T
3rd: Nuala Delaney (36) 38pts
First Nine: Carol Watson (23) 22pts
Second Nine: Wendy Patterson (20) 23pts

Tuesday 16th August, 2011
Mr. President Bart Whelan’s Prize to Ladies

Winner: Francess Munnelly (19) 36pts
2nd: Marie McGovern (20) 34pts
3rd: Margaret Murphy (21) 33pts
First Nine: Eileen Kennedy (17) 18pts
Second Nine: Wendy Patterson (20) 17pts

Tuesday 23rd August, 2011
Phillipa Mullin’s Prize

Winner: Breege O’Keeffe (16) 35pts B.O.T
2nd: Rosaleen Mullin (36) 35pts
3rd: Margaret Boomer (14) 34pts
First Nine: Margaret Murphy (21) 21pts
Second Nine: Helen Doyle (36) 18pts

Tuesday 30th August, 2011
Bronagh Heverin’s Prize

Winner: Maire Walsh (9) 40pts
2nd: Angela Boyle (21) 39pts
3rd: Mai McCann (12) 37pts
First Nine: Francess Munnelly (19) 20pts
Second Nine: Nan Quinn (17) 20pts

Saturday 10th September, 2011
Open Day Sponsored By McGee Pharmacy Killybegs

September’s Open Day was well attended even though conditions were quite the opposite to those of August’s Open Day. Because of the difficult conditions the competition was reduced to 13 holes.

Well done to the prizewinners all who braved the elements!

Winner: Cathy Quinn (18) 26pts
2nd: Nora Shovlin (25) 25pts
Gross: Maire Walsh (8) 14gross pts
3rd: Eileen Kennedy (17) 24pts
4th: Agnes Shovlin (26) 24pts
5th: Kitty Cunningham (26) 22pts
First Nine: Rita Cooney (19) 18pts
Second Nine: Mary P. O’Flanagan (21) 8pts

Lady Captain’s Outing to Lough Erne Golf Club

Saturday 15th October 2011

Ladies, names are being taken now for next month’s Lady Captain’s Outing to Lough Erne

Package includes:

Dinner on Saturday Evening approx 7pm

Accommodation in Luxury Lodges Saturday Night

Breakfast Sunday Morning in Hotel

Golf Sunday (Time to be decided)

Lady members who wish to go on the outing; please see the notice in the Locker Room.

Recent Results

Open Day 9th August, 2011 – Sponsored by Public Image Hair Salon, Ballybofey.

Perfect conditions made for a great turnout and a very enjoyable and successful Open Day.

Category A

Winner: Breege O’Keeffe (17) 38pts

2nd: Annette McGettigan (13) 37pts

3rd: Gráinne Cafferty (17) 36pts

Category B

Winner: Deirdre Britton ( 19) 40pts

2nd: Francess Munnelly (20) 38pts B.O.T.

3rd: Emma Megaw (23) 38pts

Category C

Winner: Jennifer Whiteside (33) 41pts

2nd: Mary Sloane (32) 38pts B.O.T

3rd: Nuala Delaney (36) 38pts

First Nine: Carol Watson (23) 22pts

Second Nine: Wendy Patterson (20) 23pts

Tuesday 16th August, 2011

Mr. President Bart Whelan’s Prize to Ladies

Winner: Francess Munnelly (19) 36pts

2nd: Marie McGovern (20) 34pts

3rd: Margaret Murphy (21) 33pts

First Nine: Eileen Kennedy (17) 18pts

Second Nine: Wendy Patterson (20) 17pts

Tuesday 23rd August, 2011

Phillipa Mullin’s Prize

Winner: Breege O’Keeffe (16) 35pts B.O.T

2nd: Rosaleen Mullin (36) 35pts

3rd: Margaret Boomer (14) 34pts

First Nine: Margaret Murphy (21) 21pts

Second Nine: Helen Doyle (36) 18pts

Tuesday 30th August, 2011

Bronagh Heverin’s Prize

Winner: Maire Walsh (9) 40pts

2nd: Angela Boyle (21) 39pts

3rd: Mai McCann (12) 37pts

First Nine: Francess Munnelly (19) 20pts

Second Nine: Nan Quinn (17) 20pts

Saturday 10th September, 2011

Open Day Sponsored By McGee Pharmacy Killybegs

September’s Open Day was well attended even though conditions were quite the opposite to those of August’s Open Day. Because of the difficult conditions the competition was reduced to 13 holes.

Well done to the prizewinners all who braved the elements!

Winner: Cathy Quinn (18) 26pts

2nd: Nora Shovlin (25) 25pts

Gross: Maire Walsh (8) 14gross pts

3rd: Eileen Kennedy (17) 24pts

4th: Agnes Shovlin (26) 24pts

5th: Kitty Cunningham (26) 22pts

First Nine: Rita Cooney (19) 18pts

Second Nine: Mary P. O’Flanagan (21) 8pts

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 6th Spetember 2011

Over 50 golfers tee-up in the competition played on the Northern Bank Holiday and good scoring proved a handful for most. Michael Lovett and Cathal Donoghue bucked the trend, both returning scores of 36 points, only separated by Michael’s marginally better back nine. His 20 points going out included a lovely birdie at Aisling Uí Dhomhnaill (1st) and he held his score together on the way home for a well-merited victory. Cathal had three points to spare over Pat Glackin in third.

The Wednesday Open saw Barry Doherty ease to a three-point victory over his former school-master, Michael Naughton in second. The Narin man replicated the start made by Michael Lovett two days earlier with a three at the first and further birdies at Hemmersbach’s Gap (13th), Inis Caoil (15th) and The High Altar (16th) cemented a high-class finish and a deserved win.

Perhaps inspired by his protégé’s success the previous Wednesday, Maurice Crotty showed the younger crowd how to rip into a golf course in the Glenside Bacon stableford last Sunday, returning a huge 47 points. The Strabane golfer has been a serial winner in the club over the past forty years and the game is as sharp as ever as this score attests. Birdies and pars adorned his card with regularity, the former jewels festooning Lunula (6th), Dolmen (7th), Hemmersbach’s Gap (13th) and The High Altar (16th). Maurice had seven points to spare over John Ban Gallagher in second, a fabulous result and one which will surely feature prominently in the scrapbook.

Results:
September 4: Glenside Bacon
1. Maurice Crotty (15) 47; 2. John Bán Gallagher (12) 40; 3. Hughie Moy (14) 39 b.o.t.; Cat A Sean Cafferty (10) 37 b.o.t.; Cat B Finín Mac A’ Bháird (13) 38; Cat C Barry McCloskey (23) 36; Nines: Paul McNamee (9) 21 b.o.t.; Paddy B. Boyle (20) 22; CSS 73; Twos: 3 balls
August 31: Wednesday Open 1. Barry Doherty (12) 42; 2. Michael Naughton (15) 39; 3. Stephen Campbell (19) 38; CSS 72; Twos: 4 balls August 29: N.I. Bank Holiday Open 1. Michael Lovett (23) 36 b.o.t.; 2. Cathal Donoghue (12) 36; 3. Pat Glackin (21) 33 b.o.t.; CSS 76; Twos: 6 balls

Fixtures:
September 11 : Glenties GAA Medal
September 14: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 31st August 2011

It was a great adventure all the way but on Sunday, it came to a heart-breaking end. And I’m not just referring to Croke Park! Our Ulster Cup boys were on the cusp of qualifying for the Ulster Cup final, needing two and a half matches to progress against crack Down outfit, Kilkeel. The Mourne men had won two matches in Narin the previous week, so it was clear that it was going to be a tall order to improve on that away performance. But how close did we come! Out early, Joseph McLoone and Columba Gavigan won their respective matches to set up a grand finale, but try as they might, the other lads found the combination of strong winds, fast greens and competitive opponents too hot to handle and when the tally was completed, the club had lost on holes count-back. The fallen heroes were Patrick Boyle, P.J. Gallagher, John Bán Gallagher, Frankie Kennedy and Gerald McDwyer, but they had many great days en route to the final and such is sport. Great credit is due to the captain, Sean Hanrahan and all his assistants and caddies who pulled together over five months. The panel of players were focused throughout and all played their part in reaching the club’s first Ulster semi-final in 21 years. Onwards and upwards, lads!

Gerry Feeney enjoyed a three shot victory in Sunday’s stableford sponsored by Value Centre. The Dungloe vintner keeps a keen eye on our course in his role as greens convenor and he has the game to shoot really low scores when the planets align. Sunday was one such day, despite the setback of a blank at the second. Four pars on his front nine repaired the damage and four pars on five holes coming home ensured a healthy lead which he maintained to the finish.

Sunday’s runner-up, Shane Whittington won last Wednesday’s Open with 42 points, returning nines of 20 and 22 respectively. The score was built upon nine pars and a four-pointer birdie at Roaninish (11) and the Ardara man had two points to spare over Seamus Ryan in second. If he’s made the Ardara team for the annual Rider Cup, Glenties should beware!

Results:
August 28: Value Centre Stableford
1. Gerry Feeney (14) 39; 2. Shane Whittington (12) 36 b.o.t.; 3. Eddie Gregg (9) 36 b.o.t.; Cat A Donie McCole (9) 36; Cat B Jimmy Cunningham (14) 35; Cat C Sean Callaghan (18) 36; Nines: Ciaran O’Kane (9) 18 b.o.t.; James McGuinness (26) 21; CSS 74; Twos: 4 balls
August 17: Wednesday Open 1. Shane Whittington (14) 42; 2. Seamus Ryan (17) 40; 3. Martin Regan (18) 40; CSS 72; Twos: 5 balls

Fixtures:
August 28: Value Centre single stableford, open
August 31: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Club Golf Notes 23rd August 2011

Bart Whelan presented his President’s Prize at the weekend and the field of 135 was the largest this year, other than the Captain’s Prize. Shane O’Neill from County Down has long been playing golf on Narin links and this was his biggest victory to date. The amiable 12-handicapper enjoyed a steady front nine, picking up pars at five holes to fully deserve his 20 points. Many a promising card is wrecked on holes ten to twelve, but Shane only dropped one shot over the trio and recorded another three pars afterwards to finish on 40 points. Dr. Cooke finished just a shot behind after a fine showing, while Glenties was further represented on the podium by John Molloy and Harold Reid. The president waxed eloquent on all manner of topics at the presentation, with verbal missiles frequently finding their mark among a hugely entertained assembly! We wish Bart well for the rest of his year as president.

We wish our Ulster Cup team every success in their semi-final second leg this Sunday at Kilkeel. The lads won the home leg by five matches to two on Saturday, a result which left the club twelve holes up overall. It won’t be easy in Kilkeel but the team has the fortitude to prevail. Playing at the weekend were Columba Gavigan, Patrick Boyle, John Bán Gallagher, Sean Cafferty, Hughie Moore, P.J. Gallagher and Joseph McLoone.

The club members were very saddened to learn of the recent deaths of Bríd Gallagher and Maggie Glynn, two much-loved ladies who contributed so much to their families and communities. We sympathise with Vinny, Michael and their families. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a-n-anamacha.

Paddy O’Doherty’s performance in last Wednesday’s Open was jaw-dropping with no fewer than 12 three-pointers on his card! After 22 points on the outward nine, the 18-handicapper stepped on the gas, finishing with seven straight pars for a huge win.

Results:
August 21: President’s Prize
1. Shane O’Neill (12) 40; 2. Dr. Michael Cooke (17) 39 b.o.t.; 3. John Molloy (8) 39 b.o.t.; Gross Harold Reid (7) 28; Cat A Ciaran O’Kane (10) 39; Cat B Kieran Cunnea (16) 38 b.o.t.; Cat C Sean Callaghan (19) 37 b.o.t.; Nines: Cathal Donoghue (11) 22 b.o.t.; Eamon McGill (10) 20 b.o.t.; Past Presidents: Michael Naughton (15) 34; Ladies’ prize: Frances Munnelly (19) 36; CSS 73; Twos: 4 balls

August 17: Wednesday Open
1. Paddy O’Doherty (18) 47; 2. Ciaran O’Kane (10) 39; 3. Paul Cooney (8) 36; CSS 73; Twos: 14 balls

Fixtures:
August 28: Value Centre single stableford, open
August 31: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 18th August 2011

A busy Open Week featured high quality golf and the usual mix of indifferent weather. The results are listed below and there were some noteworthy performances. Finnian O’Doherty’s round of 38 gross points in the Alan Elliott Home Improvements stableford was a fantastic score and the three-handicapper will no doubt improve further while in college in the States. Kevin Patton’s CoLab August Medal win featured a lesser score, but the conditions on Sunday were poor in the extreme and there’s no better wind player when the punch shot is required. Michael Martin triumphed in the rain-sodden Ardara GAA competition, while Rory O’Hare and Damien Campbell shot 44 points to win the Killybegs GAA fourball event. Diarmuid Collins teamed up with David McGonagle to win the Dunkineely Golf Society Scotch Foursomes, while Ann Fox had a comfortable victory in the Letterkenny Institute of Technology Golf Society open stableford. Denis Carbery must have thought his 66 would win the Aer Arann event, but he hadn’t reckoned on Diarmuid Collins who shot two better off 18 handicap to win for the second time during the week. Pauric Brennan was twice the runner-up during the weekend, losing a shot and earning the dubious tag of P.R.O.’s favourite for this Sunday’s President’s Prize, presented by fellow Ardara gent, Bart Whelan.

We wish our Ulster Cup team every success in their semi-final first leg this weekend. The match takes place at home to Kilkeel. Harold Reid’s Junior side couldn’t overcome the deficit to Gaoth Dobhair in their semi-final second leg but to reach this stage was a fine performance.

Results:

August 14: CoLab August Medal
1. Kevin Patton (9) 74; 2. Pauric Brennan (11) 75 b.o.t.; 3. Michael Lovett (24) 75 b.o.t.; Cat A Harold Reid (7) 77; Cat B Patrick P. Gallagher (14) 76 b.o.t.; Cat C John O’Doherty (22) 75; Nines: Hughie Moy (14) 33; Eamon McGill (10) 38; CSS 74 reduction only; Twos: 10 balls August 13: Alan Elliott Home Improvements 1. Finnian O’Doherty (3) 41; 2. Pauric Brennan (12) 40; 3. David Bowman (16) 37; Best Lady, Nora Shovlin (25) 36; Cat A Willie Quinn (7) 35; Cat B Martin Igoe (16) 37; Cat C Colm Flood (21) 35; Twos: 3 balls August 12: Killybegs GAA 1. Rory O’Hare (9) & Damien Campbell (11) 44; 2. John Molloy (8) & Conal Keeney (16) 42; 3. Conal Gavigan (20) & Columba Gavigan (11) 41; Twos: 5 balls

August 11: Aer Arann
1. Diarmuid Collins (18) 64; 2. Denis Carbery (11) 66; 3. Kieran Whelan (19) 68; CSS 73; Twos: 12 balls

August 10: Ardara GAA
1. Michael Martin (18) 33; 2. Francis O’Donnell (19) 29; CSS 76;

August 9: Dunkineely Golf Society Scotch Foursomes
1. Diarmuid Collins (18) & David McGonagle (15) 66.5; 2. Ronan Kennedy (14) & Martin Igoe (19) 67.5; 3. Connell McDevitt (28) & Beatrice McDevitt (31) 68.5;

August 8: Letterkenny Institute of Technology Golf Society
1. Ann Fox (27) 41; 2. Sean Murphy (19) 37 b.o.t.; 3. Conal Gillespie (18) 37; Twos: 5 balls

Fixtures:

August 20 Ardara Golf Society Captain’s Prize, presented by Don Earley; tee-time 9a.m.; this is the final qualifier for the Rider Cup.

August 21: President’s Prize presented by Bart Whelan August 24: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;