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Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 16th May 2011

Frank McGinley’s Minor League team won two matches in their first leg encounter with Donegal in Murvagh but that doesn’t tell half the story! Pat Connaghan usually talks a good game and of late he has been backing it up with golf of the highest order. Pat is the protégé of touring PGA professional, Derek Morrison and the erudite Killybegs resident was paired with Kevin McCready in Murvagh. They were three up in their match when Kevin tore something in his leg at the fifth. Pat was on his own now, but he faced similar challenges on the football field in days gone by and once again, he dug deep to eke out a fantastic two and one victory over the home pairing. It’s the stuff of legend! Sean Callaghan and Frank McDaid won four and three to set up an exciting home second leg on May 29th. The three unlucky pairings were Paddy McDwyer and Tom Rawdon; Manus Boyle Snr. and Tom O’Keeffe and Anthony Harkin and Paddy B. Boyle.

Hughie Moy’s Pierce Purcell team which played in Enniskillen featured Seamus Ryan & John Quinn; Frankie Kennedy & Adrian Maguire; Alan Elliott & Michael Nicholson; Cathal Donaghue & Kieran Cunnea; Shane Whittington & Sean Whyte.

The club’s attempt to qualify in the Irish Mixed Foursomes failed valiantly at  Dunfanaghy. Frankie Kennedy’s team finished fifth on 289, just three points off qualification. Gweedore  (278.5), Rosapenna (280), North West (285) and Ballybofey and Stranorlar (286) went through. I hope to have the team in next week’s notes.

Sean Whyte won the recent Wednesday Open with 34 points on what was a difficult day for scoring. The 11-handicapper got off to a poor start but picked it up from the third and birdies at Downstrands (3) and Sweeney’s Bank (14) together with several key pars got him home by a single point from in-form Sean Hanrahan.

A presentation of prizes will take place this Saturday, May 21st at 9p.m. The podium prize-winners in all sponsored events from March 20th until May 8th should be collected by prize-winners or a delegated member. Any prizes not collected will revert back to the club.

Results:

May 11: Wednesday Open

1. Sean Whyte (11) 34; 2. Sean Hanrahan (6) 33 b.o.t.; 3. Pauric Brennan (12) 33; CSS 76; Twos: 4 balls May 15: The Seamus Ryan Painter single stableford was postponed due to the bad weather.

Fixtures:

May 22: Maguire Meats, single stableford, open May 25: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Glenties Bridge Club Presidents Night Prize Winners


Dennis Ellis and Charlie White winners of the Glenties Bridge Club Presidents Prize. Pictured with the Glenties Bridge President Pat McLoone in the Highlands Hotel Glenties on the 28 of April 2011

 


John Columba Boyle and Connell McLoone receiving 2nd prize from the President Pat McLoone in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties on Thursday night, the 28 of April 2011

 


John Cunningham and James McGinley winners on the Pat McLoone’s Presidents night in the Highlands Hotel

 


Paddy and Alice Carr Donegal Town, prize winners on Presidents night in The Glenties Bridge Club

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.

Results:
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.

Fixtures:
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 23rd January 2011

The Captains’ Drive-in will take place this Saturday at 11a.m. It will be followed by a fourball mixed scramble. Brian McGonagle and Bernie Tonry are this year’s captains and the ceremonial launch of their tenures will prove a proud moment for both. We wish them both the best of luck, both on Saturday and for the rest of the year.

Mícheál McGinley opened his account with a fine two point victory in last Wednesday’s Open. The score of 39 points was formidable, especially if one considers that he garnered the points over just 16 holes! A birdie at the second eased him into his stride and by the time another feathered friend dropped into the cup at the eighth, Mícheál was on his way to 22 stableford points for his front nine. A trio of three-pointers on the last seven holes allied to eight other points culminated in a total that wouldn’t be touched.

Kieran Cunnea won his first competition of the year by a margin of three points and in so doing, he finally pulled that most elusive of crackers! His golf was outstanding on the front nine, with pars aplenty. Six were achieved by the turn but a blip at ten rocked his progress somewhat. The strong wind and frequent showers made life tough for the whole field, but Kieran kept his head down and eked out enough points on the back nine to ensure that he would be the only golfer to break par.

The club’s Gaeltacht team under the captaincy of Michael Naughton won their second match on Saturday (yes…in that weather!) against Portsalon. Four excellent points won in Dunfanaghy before Christmas had stiffened the resolve of the Narin men. Dominic Mullin set out his stall, practising all week and seeing the pay-off on the day with a fabulous 40 points when paired with Shane Whittington. A good start has been achieved and one wishes the lads every success in the months ahead.

Results:
January 12: Wednesday Open 1. Mícheál McGinley (18) 39; 2. Kevin McCready (20) 37; 3. Neily Gildea (10) 35 b.o.t.;  Twos: 3 balls January 16: Club Open: 1. Kieran Cunnea (16) 38; 2. Tony Gildea (18) 35; 3. Joseph McLoone (11) 33 b.o.t.; Twos: 4 balls.

Fixtures:
Saturday January 22: Captains’ Drive-in 11a.m.; Fourball scramble to follow.

Sunday January 23: Club Open, single stableford Wednesday, January 26: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 16th November 2010

The recent passing of Ciaran Corrigan saddened all those who knew the avid golfer from Armagh. A member for over 40 years, Ciaran was a gentleman, quiet in demeanour and a regular visitor to the area. To his lovely wife Marie and all his family, the club sends its condolences. May he rest in peace.

Dan McCole’s passing removed another link with the early history of our club. He helped me with my research several years ago and was a mine of information. Dan’s uncle, Tommy McLoone was in charge of the Downstrands L.D.F. during the war and as a young lad, Dan recalled three metre-wide trenches being dug on any flat ground such as the fourth fairway at Narin and Portnoo Golf Course or at Sandfield to prevent aircraft from landing. He was a member of the Portnoo Dramatic Club which raised a lot of money for the club during the hard days of the fifties and early sixties. The club would not exist today were it not for the efforts of Dan and the many other amateur thespians who volunteered their time and energy over several years. We sympathise with his loving family and many friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Michael Gallagher turned back the clock last Wednesday, skating round the links in 38 points over just 16 holes. The nine-handicapper still retains all the shot-makling ability that saw him play off low single figures in days gone by and it’s good to see him playing so well again.

Kevin Nicholson won Sunday’s Turkey competition with an impressive 42 points over 18 holes. The weather conditions were favourable and Kevin went round in just 12 over par to win by two from Gerald McDwyer.

After both Denis Carbery and Micheal McGinley finished on 30pts with the back 9, back 6, back 3 and last hole tied, it was decided to declare last Friday’s result a tie, with both men winning 10 bonus points in the race for the overall winner, which will be decided at Xmas. Manus Boyle was a shot further back on 29. With the 4 best cards to count for overall winner, Micheal McGinley has 20 pts followed by Barney Cunningham on 15, a point ahead of Denis Carbery on 14, with Manus Boyle on 13. The tee is again booked from 10 to 11 this Friday 19th.

Results:
November 10: 1. Michael Gallagher (9) 38; 2. Sean Connaughton (20) 35; 3. John McBride (9) 34 b.o.t.; Twos: 3 balls November 14: 1. Kevin Nicholson (18) 42; 2. Gerald McDwyer (12) 40; 3. Frankie Kennedy (13) 39 b.o.t.; CSS 73; Twos: 5 balls

Fixtures:
Sunday November 21st: Single stroke turkey Wednesday, November 24th: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;