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Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 6th December 2011

John Callaghan won the final stableford of November by a single point from Paul McCloskey in second. The bulk of his work was accomplished on the outward nine, with three three-pointers accompanying six regulation two-pointers for a halfway total of 21. It was harder coming back but John kept a blank off his scorecard and the two points achieved at the last guaranteed his success.

Last Wednesday’s Open was cancelled due to the inclement weather so the opportunity to golf on Sunday was welcomed by the mid-week crew. The hailstones were not too inviting, and yet scoring was quite good, with Harold Reid and Donie McCole excelling with 39 stableford points for a two-point victory. The Mini-Hamper scheduled for last Sunday has been deferred to a future date.

December 4: 4BBB Stableford
1. Harold Reid & Donie McCole 39; 2. Willie Quinn & Joseph Shovlin 37 b.o.t.; 3. Sean McGinley Snr. & Sean McGinley Jnr. 37; Twos: 4 balls

November 27: Sunday Open
1. John Callaghan (18) 35; 2. Paul McCloskey (16) 34; 3. Padraig McGinley (28) 32; Twos: 21 balls (only Joseph McLoone)

December 11: Christmas Hamper
December 14: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 2nd August 2011

The 95 golfers who participated in the July Medal competition sponsored by the Dolmen Centre enjoyed excellent golfing conditions and the scoring reflected the quality of the course at present. Michael Naughton has always inferred that his fourball colleagues are a millstone around his golf game and he proved a point when, in their absence, he recorded a fine round of three under net par 70. News of the loss of a shot on his handicap as a result was on CNN within minutes of him signing his card! His score and worse has won many a medal but afternoon-finisher, Patrick P. Gallagher went one better, finishing on 69. It wasn’t to be for the Glenties golfer, however, for Paul McCloskey followed up on his two victories in June by capturing the medal with 68 nett off 17 handicap. His nett four under par back nine made the difference, with a birdie on 15 the highlight. Paul will now participate in the Golfer of the Year tournament to be played in the autumn and if he maintains this form, he will be hard to stop.

Gary McHugh won last Wednesday’s Open with an excellent score of 43 points, comprising nines of 23 and 20 points respectively. Birdies galore at 2, 7, 11 and 16 showed how hot his golf was on the day and he could even afford a blank on the last to win by a single point from fast-finishing James P. Byrne.

Please make a note in your diary that a presentation of prizes will take place in the clubhouse on Sunday 7th August at 8.30p.m. sharp. A mixed tournament takes place every Friday evening at 6p.m.

Last Saturday’s Inter District Classic was cancelled. The result of the three-club challenge is not to hand at present but will feature next week.

We wish the Ulster Cup team well this Sunday as they attempt to prevail at home to Foyle in the quarter final. Seven matches may be required to win out, but they’ve proved their durability in previous rounds, so don’t write them off just yet!

Harold Reid’s Junior Donegal team reached the semi-final, defeating Cruit Island on a play-off.  Both teams won 4-3 at home, so Aaron Bennett had to go out again to decide the overall tie. He had already won his own match on the 22nd hole, but he needed just one to defeat his gallant Cruit opponent. The first leg of the semi-final has already been played, with Narin and Portnoo losing all seven matches away from home in Gaoth Dobhair, two being decided on play-offs. We wish them well in the return leg.

The club sympathises with Tony McCormack, his family and friends on the recent sad passing of Sheena. May she rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

Finally, I would like to thank the erudite captain, Brian McGonagle for covering the notes for me these past three weeks. It was much appreciated.


July 31: Dolmen Centre Medal
1. Paul McCloskey (17) 68; 2. Patrick P. Gallagher (15) 69; 3. Michael Naughton (15) 70; Cat A Jim Harley (9) 72 b.o.t.; Cat B John Bán Gallagher (12) 72 b.o.t.; Cat C Patrick A. Gallagher (19) 73; Nines: Ronnie Hill (19) 31; Donie McCole (9) 35; CSS 72; Twos: 4 balls July 27: Wednesday Open 1. Gary McHugh (14) 43; 2. James Byrne (14) 42; 3. Margaret Parkinson (36) 41 b.o.t.; CSS 72; Twos: 4 balls July 26: Hole-in-one in Cruit Island by Briege Boyle on 17th hole.


Open Week begins on August 7th with a single stableford on Sunday (sponsored by the Killybegs Golf Society), a single stableford on Monday 8th (LYIT Society), scotch foursomes on Tuesday 9th (Dunkineely Golf Society), single stableford on Wednesday 10th (Ardara GAA), single stroke on Thursday 11th (Aer Arann), fourball betterball stableford on Friday 12th (Killybegs GAA) and a single stableford on Saturday 13th (Elliott Home Improvements).

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 13th June 2011

John Quinn won the Clock Tower Medal last Sunday with a fine 70 nett. Six over on the front nine, the Narin man came back in just four over to record an excellent win. Birdies at the difficult Carraig Fada (10) and Hemmersbach’s Gap (13) offset a couple of errant scores and he had a one shot margin in the end over Pauric O’Donnell.

The club’s Ulster Cup side had a rough ride in Gracehill, losing six matches but gaining a precious point through Gerald McDwyer. The return match is eagerly awaited this weekend and with the course playing difficult at present, we hope that the lads can turn this one around and get through to the fourth round.

I was only made aware recently that the final of the 2010 Clements’ Mixed Foursomes was played in November last and that Kevin and Deirdre Patton won out for the second year in succession after a hard-earned victory over Des Turley and Eithne Devlin. Five up early on, the Strabane pairing would have been forgiven for thinking that the result was a formality, but Des and Eithne fought back brilliantly, only to lose out on seventeen. My apologies to both pairings for not documenting their match months ago.

The Donegal League side did not fair well in the away match with Gaoth Dobhair, losing out overall. The damage was done in the home leg, but the lads are to be commended for giving their all to try to retrieve the situation. We wish Gaoth Dobhair well in their next match.

The Bank Holiday Scramble saw another opportunity for ace groupings to demonstrate their abilities and Harold Reid led his charges to the narrowest of victories over P. A. Gallagher, Sean Burke and Pat McIntyre. His partners were Donie McCole and Gerald McDwyer and together they achieved six birdies and multiple pars.

The Dr. McCloskey Singles Matchplay will be 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.

The draw for the 2011 Clements’ Trophy Mixed Foursomes will also be made on July 1st. The entry fee is 14 euro per pair and players who don’t have a partner organized will be provided with partners for the draw.

Summer coaching for juniors resumed recently, 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 and there are places available.

June 8: Wednesday Open: Cancelled due to adverse weather June 12: Clock Tower Medal: 1. John Quinn (13) 70; 2. Pauric O’Donnell (20) 71; 3. Paul Cooney (9) 72; Cat A Barry Doherty (12) 75; Cat B Joe Conneely (14) 73 b.o.t.; Cat C Hugo McGarrigle (23) 74; Nines: Martin Arnold (15) 33.5; Hugh Smith (22) 37 b.o.t.; C.S.S. 74; Twos: 7 balls

June 19: D&D Insurance, single stableford, open; June 22: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;