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Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 21st June 2011

Our gallant Ulster Cup side turned around a tricky situation last Sunday when ending Gracehill’s hopes of progressing further in this year’s competition. Trailing six-one after the away leg, Sean and Cathal’s men knew that no there was no room for error and their charges responded magnificently, winning all seven matches to advance to the fourth round. This was one of the club’s best results of recent years and bodes well for the future. Congratulations lads!

Michael Nicholson enjoyed a whopping six shot victory in last Sunday’s D&D Insurance Open, racing around the links in just four over par gross. The Narin man’s nines were almost identical, with 22 points being recorded on the outward set and his tally improving by 23 on the return. Birdies at Loch Eala (2), Roaninish (11) and Sweeney’s Bank(14) illustrate his prowess on the day and the round will be one that he will look back on with fondness for many years to come. Michael Naughton won the battle of the cidevant school-masters, pipping Tom O’Donnell for second place with 39 points.

Paul McCloskey won last Wednesday’s Open with an excellent 42 points. His margin of four over visitor, Breda Giluarry was impressive and a portent of good scores to come.

We wish the Donegal Minor League team well in their next round which commences this week and hope that Narin and Portnoo’s senior team can round off an excellent performance thus far against Rosapenna in which they lead four-one from the away leg.

Mr. Brian McGonagle hosts his Captain’s Prize this weekend and one prays that the weather is kind to all concerned. The week’s events include the Mixed Foursomes, Ladies’ Day, Past Captains/Presidents and Captain’s Dinner. We wish Brian and his family a lovely and memorable week.

Results:
June 15: Wednesday Open

1. Paul McCloskey (21) 42; 2. Breda Giluarry (19) 38 b.o.t.; 3. Conal McNelis (19) 38; C.S.S. 73; Twos: 6 balls June 19: D&D Insurance 1. Michael Nicholson (13) 45; 2. Michael Naughton (16) b.o.t.; 3. Tom O’Donnell (16) 39; Cat A Kieran Gallagher (9) 36 b.o.t.; Cat B Tony Dooley (17) 38; Cat C Seamus Tully (21) 37; Nines: Donie McCole (9) 22; James Magee (22) 19; C.S.S. 73; Twos: 6 balls

Fixtures:
June 25: Captain’s Mixed Foursomes

June 26/27: Mr. Brian McGonagle’s Captain’s Prize, single stableford, closed.

June 29: 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 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;

Naomh Conaill Notes 23rd January 2011

There was a minor board meeting held last Friday in the clubhouse and the folowing underage managers were elected for the year ahead Under 8 Martin Doherty, Under 10 Martin Smith, Under 12 Hughie Mc Gill, Under 14 Seosamh McKelvey, Michael Quinn, Under 16 Michael Gallagher, James Griffin, Under 18 Connie Doherty, Terence Gallagher. The AGM will be on Sunday 27th Feb in the clubhouse at 6pm. Club members can pick up nominations forms in McGlincheys or The Cope in Fintown and must be returned to the club secretary no later than 5pm on the 11th February.

The Ladies AGM is on Sunday 6th February at 7pm in the clubhouse.

The Anual Presentation Dinner Dance is on Saturday 12th February in The Highlands Hotel. Tickets are 35 Euro and there are a limited amount availble and anyone interested in tickets should give their name to Poggy O’Donnell, David Kelch, Paddy Boyle, Muriel Hegarty, Damian Craig or James Griffin on or before this Sunday 23rd January. There is also the option of a 10 Euro ticket which includes the presentation and dance.

The 200 club draw was held last week and the 1st prize of 500 Euro went to John Pa Bonner and 5 prizes of 100 Euro went to Joe Byrne, Patrick Bonner,Rosie Molloy, Jane O Donnell and PJ Furey.

There will be a Night at the Races in the Noble Bar, Fintown this Friday at 9pm. A bus will leave Roddys at 8.30pm.

Naomh Conaill Notes 13th January 2011

There will be a Minor Board meeting in the clubhouse this Friday 14th Jan at 8.30pm to elect underage managers for the year ahead.All interested are asked to attend.

The Night at the Races which was due to take place before Christmas but had to be cancelled because of the bad weather will now take place on Friday 21st Jan in The Noble Bar Fintown at 9pm.A bus will leave Roddys at 8.30pm.