Brian McGonagle, new Club Captain for 2011, drives off at Narin and Portnoo Golf Club.
Club president, Bart Whelan, Lady president, Anne Hayden, Lady captain, Bernie Tonry and Captain, Brian McGonagle at the Captain’s drive-in at Narin and Portnoo Golf Club on Saturday last.
A large crowd gathered for the Captains’ Drive-in last Saturday to help officially launch the captaincies of Brian McGonagle and Bernie Tonry. The weather was very kind considering the gales of the previous week. Both golfers struck mighty drives, with no hint of nerves or trepidation. The ensuing scramble was won by Seamus McDonagh, Michael Naughton, Sean Connaughton and Joseph McLoone with 50.3 over 16 holes. The proceeds of the day were accepted by Mrs. Stephanie McNelis on behalf of the Donegal Hospice.
Sunday’s competition saw the aforementioned Joseph McLoone double up over the weekend, winning the stableford by a large margin. His score of 41 points was the only one to better par on the day, a magnificent achievement! Charlie Tully was second, six shots back, while John Bán Gallagher took third with 34 on a break-off-tie.
The Spring Foursomes 2010 was won by the pairing of Anthony Harkin and Patsy Harkin following their comfortable victory over Donie McCole and Charlie Bryson last Sunday. Both pairings had won thrilling tussles en route to the final and the quality of golf played last Sunday was a tribute to them all. The Rosbeg natives had too much in the locker on the day, however, and Charlie and Donie could have no complaints.
February 5: Drive-in: 1. Seamus McDonagh, Michael Naughton, Sean Connaughton and Joseph McLoone 50.3; 2. Patsy Harkin, Anthony Harkin, Lyle Taggart, Willie Quinn; 3. Nan Quinn, Joan Quinn, John Quinn, Noel Quinn; February 6: Club Open 1. Joseph McLoone (11) 41; 2. Charlie Tully (10) 35; 3. John Bán Gallagher (11) 34 b.o.t.
February 6: Club Foursomes Matchplay: Anthony Harkin and Patsy Harkin defeated Donie McCole and Charlie Bryson
Sunday February 13: Club Open, single stableford Wednesday, February 16: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;
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.
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.
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;
‘New captain of Narin and Portnoo Golf Club, Brian McGonagle (on left) is congratulated by Seamus McDonagh (outgoing) and Pat Connaghan (vice-captain) at the A.G.M. last weekend’.
An E.G.M. and A.G.M. were held last Friday evening at the clubhouse and a large turnout ensured plenty of fruitful and constructive debate. The E.G.M. was called to discuss a revision of the 1983 constitution of the club and the contribution of those who worked diligently on the project over many years under the stewardship of John Michael O’Donnell was much lauded. This is the club’s fourth extant constitution following those of 1942, 1967 and 1983. The members unanimously endorsed the new revision.
The A.G.M. was a long affair, with the members most energised by matters financial and course related. The treasurer John Malone was highly complimented on a fine year’s work in which expenditure had been much reduced for the second year running. It was generally accepted that the club is on a healthy footing at present but that prudence in these tough times is still essential. The annual membership subscription (now due) has not been increased for 2011 and those present were reminded that there is no longer a re-joining levy for lapsed members of the club. The improvements in the course over the past year were catalogued by the greens convenor, Gerry Feeney and it was his wish that the club continues its transition to purely links greens, as well as fine-tuning the course presentation. The club had received many plaudits in the past year from sporting publications; indeed the current issue of Golf Monthly is most effusive in its praise. Alan Elliott highlighted a very successful year in the competitions department, with the members supporting the events staged. He did however lament the unfinished matchplay competitions and these will now be brought to a speedy conclusion. Lyle Taggart was happy with matters in the handicap area and the members’ complete silence on a matter close to the heart of any golfer was a first for this P.R.O. at any rate! Onward and upward was the general feeling after the meeting and while nothing is ever perfect, it was agreed that we are on the right track. Captain, Seamus McDonagh thanked everyone for all their help during his year at the helm and praised the staff and committee for their Trojan efforts. He recalled those who had passed away, in particular great club servants, George Good and Francie Cunningham: a minute’s silence was observed. Much had been accomplished during 2010 and he highlighted the great work done by the professionals in bringing on the younger generation. Paths had also been added, essential maintenance work had been carried out, bunkers had been re-turfed, and much more besides. He wished Brian McGonagle well during his incoming captaincy and said that the club had an astute and imaginative person to lead us all during what will probably be another tough financial year for the country. Compliments were also paid to Seamus McGarvey who was stepping down after several onerous years as honorary secretary. Brian congratulated Bernie Tonry on her elevation to the lady captaincy and he looked forward excitedly to the year ahead. He unveiled Pat Connaghan of Killybegs as his vice-captain and this proved a popular choice. Others elected to the council included Bart Whelan, president; Dom Gallagher, vice-president; Michael Glynn, honorary secretary; John Malone, honorary treasurer; Gerry Feeney, Alan Elliott, David Kelly and Lyle Taggart. After four hours, the meetings were brought to a close and lo, how they marvelled at how quiet the P.R.O. had been.
Three competitions were played over the week, with some having larger entries than others due to the weather conditions which prevailed. John B. Gallagher, Mark Diver and Tom Rawdon won the rumble on the bank holiday on a day when scoring proved extremely challenging. Tony Dooley’s 32 points on Wednesday over 16 holes was a fine score in the wind, the highlight being a birdie three at the twelfth, Vinny’s Corner. Paul Cooney won Sunday’s event, with the frosty course scuppering the Christmas Cracker once again. His 36 points matched the par of the course and set up a two-shot win over duelling Glenties fourball partners, Gerald McDwyer and Harold Reid.
The Christmas Cracker has been re-named the Winter Cracker and will hopefully be played next Sunday. If not, the Sunday afterwards…perhaps. It will soon be the Spring Cracker at this rate!
The club’s trip to Portugal will take place from March 30th to April 6th, and not in mid-March as I wrote last week.
The club are promoting a special deal with the local hotels whereby one can avail of one night’s Bed and Breakfast and a round of golf for just 49 euro. Please ring the club for any further details.
January 3: Rumble: 1. John B. Gallagher (11) Mark Diver (18) Tom Rawdon (18) 75; Twos: 16 balls January 5: Wednesday Open 1. Tony Dooley (17) 32 b.o.t.; 2. James Keeney (15) 32; Twos: None!
January 9: Club Open: 1. Paul Cooney 36; 2. Gerald McDwyer 34 b.o.t.; 3. Harold Reid 34 b.o.t.; Twos: 11 balls.
Sunday January 16: Winter Cracker; Single stableford Wednesday, January 19: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;