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Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 7th April 2011

Those fortunate enough not to be dosed over the past fortnight have enjoyed lovely golfing conditions and the extra hour in the evening is bringing the post-hibernation golfers onto the pristine links once more. The last two Wednesday competitions have seen the ‘old guard’ to the fore with Frankie Kennedy enjoying a one point win over Sean Hanrahan and James Keeney pipping Patrick Boyle on a break-off-tie. Their routes to success were polar opposite: James nailing the back nine with a trio of three-pointers, while Frankie did likewise on his front nine.

Sean Hanrahan recovered from his midweek runners-up finish by winning the March Medal sponsored by Coast and Cliff Rescue with 69 nett. The seven-handicapper had three birdies on his card before he reached the last, but he must have sensed that a good finish was still required following a damaging quadruple bogey on the picturesque ‘Downstrands’ hole. The class told when his birdie attempt dropped on the final hole to give him the narrowest of victories on a break-off-tie from in-form, Gerald McDwyer. Sean is the non-playing captain of the Ulster Cup team and his side are soon to play Bushfoot from Co. Antrim. We wish the team, and indeed all our club teams well for the busy schedule to come.

The captains of the County Donegal golf team events are as follows: Donegal League (v Gaoth Dobhair) Patrick Boyle; Minor League (v Donegal) Frank McGinley; Seniors (v Dunfanaghy) James Quinn; Juniors (v Cruit Island) Martin Roarty.

The fourball event last Sunday saw a newcomer to the podium, Michael Lovett team up with P.J. Gallagher to win the Keltic Hygiene first prize. Their score of 43 points betterball included birdies at ‘Aisling Uí Dhomhnaill’, ‘Dolmen’ and ‘Downstrands’ on the front nine alone and despite a few hairy moments on the way home, the lads held their nerve to win comfortably. Noel Quinn needed only one shot to complete the long 11th hole, his tee shot holing out for a fabulous hole-in-one.

Michael Naughton is enjoying a deserved break following the excellent performances of his Gaeltacht team. Their penultimate match was a tough one, away to Rosapenna. Seven points were won on the day, a good return on away turf. Saturday last had the team playing in Cruit Island and eight points was sufficient to qualify for the top four playoff to be held in the middle of this month. Hopes are high that the club can add to its sole Gaeltacht League success back in 1995 and we wish the team every success.

The professionals are running a junior golf camp on the 26th and 27th of April. If previous years are anything to go by, it should be a big success! The course includes a carefully structured programme of events, fun competitions and games. The cost is 50 euro per child, which includes lunch each day a complimentary academy shirt. For booking, please call Connor or Daragh at 074-9545107 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 074-9545107 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or 087-6331370 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 087-6331370 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. The club is now active on Facebook and the latest news and information can be followed at Narin & Portnoo Golf Club or Narin & Portnoo Pro Shop.

March 23: Wednesday Open: 1. Frankie Kennedy (12) 38; 2. Sean Hanrahan (7) 37 b.o.t.; 3. Owen Boner (14) 37 b.o.t.; CSS 72; Twos: 3 balls March 27: Coast & Cliff Rescue: 1. Sean Hanrahan (7) 69 b.o.t.; 2. Gerald McDwyer (12) 69; 3. John McBride (10) 70 b.o.t.; Cat A Patrick Boyle (11) 71 b.o.t.; Cat B Michael McGinley (17) 70; Cat C Kevin Gilgunn (20) 73; Nines: James McGuinness (26) 33 b.o.t.; Tony Dooley (17) 34.5; CSS 73; Twos: 3 balls March 30: Wednesday Open: 1. James Keeney (14) 37 b.o.t.; 2. Patrick Boyle (10) 37; 3. Gerald McDwyer (11) 35 b.o.t.; CSS 73; Twos: 12 balls.

April 3: Keltic Hygiene: 1. P.J. Gallagher (10) & Michael Lovett (23) 43; 2. Ciaran O’Kane (8) & Gerry Feeney (14) 40 b.o.t.; 3. Tom O’Donnell (10) & Eamon McGill (9) 40 b.o.t.; Hole-in-one: Noel Quinn on the 11th (16 balls); Twos: 3 balls.

April 10: Errigal Éisc Teoranta; Single stableford; Open April 13: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 21st February 2011

Frankie Kennedy was the narrow winner of last Sunday’s Open, carding 38 points to win by a point from James Keeney. Frankie was consistent for most of the round, with just a couple of blemishes threatening to furrow the brow at times. The birdie at the last proved the difference in the end for the Killybegs man, but James can console himself with the knowledge that he was one of only two people to break par.

Tony Gildea celebrated the latest anniversary of his birth in fine style, pipping Hugh Francis Shovlin to the laurel garland in Wednesday’s Open. Twenty points on the front nine was a fine start and the subsequent birdie at the Hemmersbach’s Gap sealed a fine performance from the Glenties lad.

An insurance scheme for golfers is available in the clubhouse through Golfsure Insurance Company and coverage commences on March 1st. The annual fee is just 20 euro, so contact the Pro Shop to add your name to the long list of golfers who have already subscribed.

Narin and Portnoo enjoyed a rare victory over Gaoth Dobhair in the latest Gaeltacht League encounter last Saturday. Home advantage was key, as were excellent performances from the club’s form players resulting in a six-four victory. Hats off to the team captain, Michael Naughton who has an eye firmly on silverware this season!

February 20:  Club Open
1. Frankie Kennedy (12) 38; 2. James Keeney (15) 37; 3. Hugh Boyle (20) 35; CSS 75 (handicap reductions only) February 16: Wednesday Open 1. Tony Gildea (18) 37 b.o.t.; 2. Hugh F. Shovlin (18) 37 b.o.t.; 3. Gerald McDwyer (12) 37; Twos: 3 balls

Sunday February 27: Club Open, single stableford Wednesday, March 2: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 12th February 2011

The final tallies from the recent fundraising ventures have once again demonstrated the generosity of the golfing fraternity. The Free Golf Day raised 1090 euro for the Donegal Hospice, while the Captain’s Drive-in raised 300 euro for Voluntary Service Overseas. We thank all those who made this possible.

Manus Boyle Jnr. was victorious in last Sunday’s stableford, finishing just three gross shots over the par of 73. The seven-handicapper was moving along steadily on the front nine before exploding into life at Downstrands and The Nuns’ Pool, birdying both. The back nine was less dynamic, though his five pars to finish was commendable. Tom O’Donnell had his own personal battle with George Doherty for the runners-up slot and the former took both the laurels and the fourball bragging rights with an excellent 39 points. A crestfallen George looked back to see where Eamon, Bart et al. finished in the pecking order but even his keen eyesight is not that good.

Entries for the upcoming Spring League will be taken for the next two weeks in the Pro Shop. The format is scotch foursomes and the fee is 14 euro per pair.

Michael Naughton has informed me that the next Gaeltacht match is at home this Saturday when Gaoth Dobhair will be visiting. Golfers are asked to be present by 10.30a.m.

February 13: Club Open: 1. Manus Boyle (7) 40; 2. Tom O’Donnell (17) 39 b.o.t.; 3. George Doherty (18) 39; CSS 72; Twos: 3 balls February 9: Wednesday Open: Cancelled

Sunday February 20: Club Open, single stableford Wednesday, February 23: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;