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Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 8th June 2011

James Quinn’s senior team did just enough last Thursday to progress to the next round. Two and a half matches were obtained the previous week in Dunfanaghy and the away team really went for it in Narin. Matches were tight and the result was in the balance for some time. Frankie Kennedy and Mairtín Ó hIarnáin won their match for Narin and Portnoo, as did Hughie Moy and Conal Keeney. Willie Quinn and Eamon McGill got a vital half on the last to get the home team to an aggregate of five matches and with the holes situation so favourable, the last match was called in. The club will face Rosapenna in the next round.

The Am-Am was a mixed weather bag, with golfers getting sunburn on Saturday and soaked to the skin on Sunday. Bart Whelan, Hughie Moy, George Doherty and Seamus Ryan outlasted the field to win a narrow victory by virtue of a better second round score and theirs was a popular win. Their scores of 92 on Saturday and 93 on Sunday were phenomenal, but two other teams ran them very close. Patsy Harkin, Anthony Harkin, Lyle Taggart and our captain, Brian McGonagle finished on the same total, while overnight leaders, Eamon McGill, Don Earley, Shane Whittington and Gerard McCabe finished a shot further back. Eagles were recorded on the 13th over the two days by Finnian O’Doherty and Alan Elliott, helping their respective team scores considerably.

Conal McNelis won last Wednesday’s Open on a break-off-tie from Stephen Cullen in second. Conal’s score of 38 points was excellent considering the toughness of the day. Martin Regan’s hole-in-one at the 7th earned him his own slice of personal history and eight balls for his collection.

Our Donegal League side fared less well, losing 3.5 to 1.5 in the home leg. Ciaran O’Kane and Joseph McLoone won on seventeen, while Eamon McGill and Don Earley managed to extract a half out of their match. Team captain, Patrick Boyle will be hoping for an improvement in fortunes in the return and we wish the lads well.

Due to the inclement weather in May, the Dr. McCloskey Singles Matchplay will be re-drawn on July 1st. This is a club fundraiser. The entry fee of €10 per player and contact numbers should be given to the Pro Shop. The first prize is one year’s free membership.

Summer coaching for juniors resumed on Saturday last, with PGA professionals Connor Mallon and Daragh Lyons conducting lessons in three categories. These will continue every Saturday right through the summer. The time-slots are as follows: Under 10s from 2 to 3p.m.; Under 14s from 3 to 4p.m.; Under 18s from 4 to 5p.m. For Registration call 0749545107. The fee per lesson is only 5 euro per child.

Results:
May 25: Wednesday Open:
1. Conal McNelis (20) 38; 2. Stephen Cullen (15) 38 b.o.t.; 3. Ciaran Gallagher (19) 37; CSS 74; Twos: 2 balls; Hole-in-one for Martin Regan on 7.
May 29: Am-Am
1. Bart Whelan, Hughie Moy, George Doherty, Seamus Ryan 92/93 185 b.o.t.; 2. Patsy Harkin, Anthony Harkin, Lyle Taggart, Brian McGonagle 95/90 185; 3. Eamon McGill, Don Earley, Shane Whittington, Gerard McCabe 97/87 184; 4. A. Elliott, M. Sweeney, T. Barrett, H.F. Shovlin 176; 5. P. McGinley, S. McKelvey, F. McGinley, J. McGinley 174; 6. P. Breslin, S. Byrne, S. Cullen, K. Byrne 171; 7. C. Keeney, J. Molloy, T. Gildea, S. Connaughton 170 b.o.t.; N. Quinn, J. Quinn, W. Quinn, C. Quinn 170; Best Saturday: N. Shovlin, B. McDevitt, B. Tonry, M. Cunningham 93; Best Sunday: R. Hill, J. Kelly, D. McGinley, T. Patton 92; Closest to pin on 16th: David Barber; Longest drive by a lady on 4th: Marie Walsh; Longest drive by a gent on 4th: Finnian O’Doherty;

Fixtures:
June 12: Clock Tower Monthly Medal;
June 15: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 30th May 2011

Our fine Irish Junior Cup team (low handicappers above five handicap) qualified in second place in Letterkenny and in so doing set up a knockout match with Enniskillen to be played at Letterkenny. The team finished on 348, ten shots behind the hosts, but a point ahead of Enniskillen and two clear of Portstewart. The famous five were Sean Hanrahan, Willie Quinn, John Molloy, Eamon McGill and team captain, Harold Reid. Our prospects of progressing further are encouraging with tough matchplay competitors such as these.

The eagerly awaited two-day Am-Am will kick off this Saturday and the prizes have golfers salivating in anticipation! The winners of this four-person team event will enjoy two nights bed and breakfast in the Harcourt Hotel in Dublin, four green fees for Carton House and four also for the K Club! Details of entry may be obtained from the Pro Shop. We wish all those taking part a pleasant weekend, fine weather and fun golf.

John Bán Gallagher is the Golfer of the Year for 2010 after his victory over promising teenager, Aaron Bennett in the final. The win was comfortable in the end for one of the ‘winningest’ golfers in the club. The end came at the thirteenth, but John was gracious enough to ensure that I noted that Aaron hadn’t been playing much golf in recent times. Nevertheless, to reach the final was a great achievement for both golfers following their medal wins in 2010 and the two matchplay rounds they had to negotiate en route. Congratulations, John Bán!

Eddie Gregg won Dr. McCloskey’s Matchplay Trophy for the second year in succession following a hard-fought encounter with Sean Cafferty of Killybegs. The defending champion had to do it the hard way, coming from three holes down with just five to play. Excellent golf over the first 13 holes had put Sean in the driving seat, but wins at 14, 15 and 16 set up a thrilling finale which ended all square on 18. The 19th failed to split the dueling pair, but a fine approach to the 20th set up a birdie putt which was eventually conceded by the challenger. Eddie joins Tony Dooley, Harold Reid and Michael Gallagher Jnr. in the list of back-to-back winners of this prestigious trophy.

Our seven-man Ulster Cup side (handicaps greater than 9) finished the job in its second round tussle with Blackwood in a well-contested home leg last Sunday. The excellent away result made life somewhat easier for Narin and Portnoo but the performances of the team showed no signs of complacency and after the first three players all won, the rest of the team were called to shore. The only change to the team saw Hughie Moore slot in seamlessly.

The Donegal Minor League team (handicaps greater than 17) also made one change, with Hugh Francis Shovlin coming in for the injured Kevin McCready. After the drama in Murvagh where two points were secured, Narin and Portnoo aimed for the three and a half points that would set up a second round match with Ballybofey and Stranorlar. Three points were in the bag when Paddy B. Boyle and Patsy Harkin stood on the 18th tee one down to their opponents. A par was a must into the gale and Paddy obliged, holding his nerve to play a fine shot into the heart of the green. The hole was duly won, and with it the match. Commiserations to a fine Donegal side and good luck to Frank’s men in the next round.

James Quinn’s senior team (golfers aged 50 or over) eked out an excellent two and a half matches in their away encounter with Dunfanaghy last Thursday. The return this week is finely balanced, but with the club four holes up, there is much room for optimism. The winning pairings were Willie Quinn with Eamon McGill and Frankie Kennedy with Sean Cafferty, while Ciaran O’Kane and Kevin Patton got a precious half. The pairings of John Quinn with Michael Nicholson and Mairtín Ó hIarnáin with Hughie Moore battled to the 18th hole in their matches, thus ensuring that Narin and Portnoo are up on holes won.

Kevin Patton was much heralded in last week’s notes for his return to the form of yesteryear and he confirmed that upturn by winning the Coastal Windows stableford event played on a gale-lashed golf course on Sunday. The Strabane golfer finished in the top three for the third event in succession, firing 21 points with the aid of the wind and garnering enough points coming home to win comfortably. His birdies at the first and fourth gave him a cushion which he built on, despite some indifferent holes on his return. The fact that John McBride’s 16 points won the back nine on the day speaks volumes for how tough it was!

Summer coaching for juniors will resume on Saturday, June 4th with PGA professionals Connor Mallon and Daragh Lyons conducting lessons in three categories. These will continue every Saturday right through the summer. The time-slots are as follows: Under 10s from 2 to 3p.m.; Under 14s from 3 to 4p.m.; Under 18s from 4 to 5p.m. For Registration call 0749545107. The fee per lesson is only 5 euro per child.

Results:

May 25: Wednesday Open, cancelled due to adverse weather May 29: Coastal Windows 1. Kevin Patton (9) 33; 2. Hugh Smith (22) 31; 3. Hughie Moy (30) 30; Cat A Kieran Gallagher (9) 29; Cat B Barry Doherty (12) 30; Cat C James McGuinness (26) 26; Nines: Danny McGinley (17) 19; John McBride (9) 16; C.S.S. 76; Twos: 5 balls

Fixtures:

June 3: Donegal League match at home to Gaoth Dobhair, 4p.m.

June 4/5 Am-Am team event, open, ladies & gents June 8: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 14th September 2010

The revival of the old Am-Am team competition proved a great success with 37 teams enjoying the two day event. The weather stayed mild, which facilitated low scoring on the pristine links. The local team of Martin Sweeney, Tommy Barrett, Alan Elliott, Willie Molloy proved the champions by just two points from the captain’s team in second. The winners were consistency personified, returning scores of 110 on Saturday and 111 the following day. All four golfers were in good form and the dovetailing was a notable feature. The runners-up led after day one, with John Molloy’s eagle on the long 13th contributing handsomely to the eventual score of 114 points. The club thanks all those who sponsored prizes and teams and hopes that the competitors show their gratitude in the coming year by supporting them in turn.

Portsalon’s Barry Keeney enjoyed his trip back to Portnoo when winning the Wednesday Open last week. Local knowledge came to the fore for the Glenties native as he effortlessly constructed a fine round of 42 points to win by four from Sean McGinley.

Sunday’s event was sponsored by Coastal Windows and the two-ball of Mickey Campbell and Frankie Kennedy had a clear win over the best of the rest of the field. Their score of 64 was nine under par nett, a fantastic score and they were worthy winners.

Seamus McDonagh’s Captain’s Outing to Ballyliffin is scheduled for October 9th and 10th. The cost is 110 euro per person sharing for two rounds of golf, bed and breakfast, an evening meal and prize-fund. Non-golfers are welcome to come for just 80 euro. Places are limited, so please contact the professionals as soon as possible.

Results:
September 12: Coastal Windows 1. Mickey Campbell (10) & Frankie Kennedy (13) 64; 2. K. Patton & D. Gallagher 66; 3. E. Gregg & P. Shovlin 67; Twos: 4 ballsSeptember 8: Wednesday Open 1. Barry Keeney, Portsalon (12) 42; 2. Sean McGinley (17) 38 b.o.t.; 3. Martin Regan (19) 38; CSS 72; Twos: 2 balls
September 4/5 Am-Am 2010 1. Martin Sweeney, Tommy Barrett, Alan Elliott, Willie Molloy (sponsored by Connor Mallon, Royal Portrush Golf Club & Portstewart Golf Club) 110/111 221; 2. Seamus McDonagh, John Molloy, Gerry Feeney, Michael Glynn (sponsored by Carne Golf Links, & Enniscrone Golf Club) 114/105 219; 3. Columba Gavigan, Fr. Adrian Gavigan, Pat Gallagher, Conal Gavigan (sponsored by Bronagh Heverin, Solicitor) 105/113 218; 4. Goretti Cunningham, Jimmy Cunningham, Frankie Kennedy, Eileen Kennedy (sponsored by Ballyliffin Golf Club & Ballyliffin Lodge) 107/108 215; 5. Paul Maxwell, Connor Taggart, John Heverin, Aileen Heverin (sponsored by Aer Arran) 107/106 213; 6. Eamon McGill, Pauric McHugh, Pauric Brennan, Tom O’Donnell (sponsored by Hannigan Fish Trading) 106/104 210; 1st Sat Kevin Patton, Kieran Gallagher, Tommy Philbin, Mark Patton (sponsored by Clock Tower Bar & Bistro) 110; 2nd Sat Tom Rawdon, Eddie Gregg, Sean McGinley, Pete Shovlin (sponsored by Charael Catering) 108; 1st Sun Hugh Smith, Kevin Gilgunn, James McGuinness, Mark Diver (sponsored by Portsalon Golf Club) 110; 2nd Sun Michael Campbell, Charlie Diver, Martin Igoe, Myles Cunningham (sponsored by Silver Tassie) 108; Longest Drive (sponsored by John Deer Tractors), Mark Diver; Nearest Pin (Sponsored by Connor Mallon), Martin Roarty; Raffle Winners (sponsored by Morgan’s Mace, Portnoo): Pat McGee, Tom Rawdon, Pete Shovlin;

Fixtures:
Sunday September 19: Ardara G.A.A. Medal, medal for members only, visitors eligible for other prizes
Wednesday, September 22: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;