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Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 3rd October 2009

The Narin and Portnoo team which lost out to Ballybofey and Stranorlar in last Sunday’s County Under 16 Cup.

The Ballybofey and Stranorlar team which defeated Narin and Portnoo Golf Club in last Sunday’s County Under 16 Cup Final.

A well-attended presentation ceremony took place on Saturday last where prizes were accepted by the winners of the competitions played in the last two months. The Club Draw followed the presentation of prizes. We wish to thank all those who contributed to the success of our Fundraising Draw and to congratulate the winners who were as follows:

1st Lisa Adair, Summy, Portnoo; 2nd Moya Carbery, Kilcar; 3rd Mathew Gallagher, Bruckless; 4th C.J. McClelland, Antrim; 5th Paul McCrossan, Ardara.

Our Under 16 team just failed to add the 2009 County title to that won in 2007 when Ballybofey and Stranorlar turned around the tie last Sunday. Ahead by two to one from the first leg, Narin and Portnoo fought valiantly but home advantage probably told on the day. A half point was achieved but the other two pairings went down fighting. We thank the lads for all their endeavours and sportsmanship and commiserate with the team managers, Martin and Margaret Roarty. The team was Patrick Roarty and Aaron Bennett; Paul Gallagher and Ciaran Thompson; Ciaran Roarty and Jamie McGroary.

Several of our members are unwell at present and they are in our thoughts at this time. We wish them all a full and speedy return to good health.

Patrick Phildy Gallagher won the Wednesday Open with a fine score of 36 points in tricky conditions. The wind was utilised to his advantage on the way out and the 22 points accumulated were just reward for the quality of golf he played. The return was testier but Patrick did just enough to pip that wizened veteran, Eamonn McGill by two shots.

Dominic Mullin is always good for a big score every now and again and he used last Sunday’s fourball betterball sponsored by Laughlin Motors of Lettermacaward to flex those hurler muscles once more. He teamed up with Cavan exile, Sean Cafferty and the dapper combo blew the field away with 45 points. This was a marvellous haul in breezy conditions, off three-quarters handicap to boot. Two little birdies from Sean aided the cause and evidence of dove-tailing was there for all to see on the card.

While on the subject, the new score-cards should be available this weekend and will feature changed indexes for the men, a new layout, names on the holes and society tees for the first time.

Holes-in-one were achieved by Seamus McGarvey and Finnian O’Doherty last week, with the former becoming the first man to ace the new 11th (three ladies beat him to it) and the latter joining a long list who have sunk their tee-shot at the short 16th.

The less said about the annual Rider Cup the better, as far as Glenties is concerned. Ardara were easy winners on an 11-7 score-line and the heart-rending sobbing pulled desperately on the heart-strings afterwards. Bart was loquacious as always, while George was George. We wish the Glenties football team infinitely better fortune in the county final this weekend.

September 27: Laughlin Motors 4BBB: 1. Sean Cafferty & Dominic Mullin 45; 2. Mickey Campbell & John Ban Gallagher 43; 3. Patrick Gallagher & Charlie Tully 41 b.o.t. Twos: 3 balls

September 27: County Under 16 Final 2nd leg: Ballybofey & Stranorlar 2.5 Narin & Portnoo 0.5;

September 26: Hole-in-one for Finnian O’Doherty at the 16th.

September 24: Hole-in-one for Seamus McGarvey at the 11th.

September 23: Wednesday Open 1. Patrick P. Gallagher (18) 36; 2. Eamonn McGill (8) 34 b.o.t.; 3. Edward Sparshott (18) 34; 4. John McCole (12) 33 b.o.t.; C.S.S. 75; Twos: 6 balls.

C.S.S. 73

October 4: Highlands Hotel & William O’Donnell Trophy, Medal, Open (Medal can only be won by a member)

October 7: Wednesday Open, Ladies and gents, Single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors including green fee;


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