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Vice-captain, Hugh Francis Shovlin enjoyed a handsome victory in the Brennan’s Bread stableford played on Sunday last, shooting 41 points off an 18 handicap. His nines were nothing if not consistent, accumulating 20 points going out (helped by a birdie at the third) and increasing that score by 21 points on the return. His four shot winning margin over Cathal Donoghue illustrated the quality of his golf and he was a worthy winner.
Hugo Duggan won the Wednesday Open with 36 points, repairing the damage of a blank on the second by garnering eight three-pointers over the last eleven holes. The nineteen handicapper will be especially pleased with his score of level gross over the final five holes.
This Sunday sees the club host the regional qualifying round of the Jimmy Bruen. The course will be closed accordingly. Bank Holiday Monday has an open stableford event on the fixture card sponsored by Patrick Johnny Sally’s Bar in Dungloe.
April 29: Brennan’s Bread
1. Hugh F. Shovlin (18) 41; 2. Cathal Donoghue (13) 37; 3. Mairtín Ó hIarnáin (11) 37 b.o.t.; Cat A Donie McCole (9) 37; Cat B Patrick Boyle (12) 36; Cat C Hugh Smith (22) 36; Nines: Sean Cafferty (10) 19; Tom Rawdon (17) 22; CSS 74; Twos: 6 balls
April 25: Wednesday Open
1. Hugo Duggan (19) 36; 2. rory Doherty (13) 34; 3. Brian McCarthaigh (18) 33; Twos: None
May 6: Jimmy Bruen Qualifying at Narin & Portnoo. Course closed
May 7: Patrick Johnny Sally’s single stableford, open
May 9: Wednesday Open, single stableford
Marcel Proust wrote that, “People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive”. Those words were rarely more manifest than last weekend as we all tried to cope with the tragic and heart-breaking news of the passing of our beloved golf professional, Connor Mallon. He was just thirty-five years old.
He was the first to hold the position in the 82-year history of Narin and Portnoo Golf Club and we came to rely on him from the off. The shop was a haven from the wind and rain and many a golfer sat for hours with Connor, discussing the latest sports news and enjoying the banter as he went on about his business. You knew he liked your company and even on sunny days, there would invariably be someone ensconced in the big armchair.
Kids loved him, for in Connor, they saw a kindred spirit. You could see their admiration in the respectful attention to his tuition at his golf clinics. He indulged them with Mars bars, golf balls, caps and tee-shirts, creating for them a friendly club atmosphere in which they felt comfortable. He knew they were the future of the club and they will always look back to their first and greatest golf teacher and mentor.
When Connor spoke to you, you had his full attention. Nothing was too much trouble. His lessons were superbly efficient and positive affairs, full of praise and good advice. Finnian O’Doherty was the first of our young members to graduate from the Connor Mallon school of excellence and he is now reaping the benefits on a golf scholarship in the States. He has lost not just a coach and mentor, but a great friend.
People came from far and wide to our club because of Connor. He marketed and promoted us at every opportunity, bringing the name of Narin and Portnoo to diverse spots around the globe. The many people paying tribute to him on the internet have commented on his good nature, his quick wit and his genuine love of people; how one meeting was all it took to come under his spell, as one blogger recounted who met him in Florida this past January. Fans from North West to Ballyliffin to Florida were testament to that magnetism and charisma.
And what a golfer! His poise and balance were superb, his temperament ideal and his talent there for everybody to see. The quality of his ball-striking was exemplary, which combined with his course management often resulted in scores well below the par of 73. It was a privilege to play with the big fellow and he was never bothered about how high your handicap might be. The craic and the possibility of a good yarn or two were his lifeblood on the golf course, though competitive juices were sure to flow if birdies were required in a keenly contested fourball.
Reminiscences of happier times filled our waking moments as we prepared to lay our friend and colleague to rest: the bear hugs, the friendly salutations, the eclectic fashion statements, the booming laughter and genuine conviviality. Tears flowed as it dawned on us how great a loss he will be.
Others knew Connor better and for longer. We only had the pleasure of his company for four dynamic and fun-filled years. Connor and his assistant, Daragh were an irresistible combination, as fluid and supportive a pairing as you could ever hope to meet. They brought a life and vitality to our club which made it such a happy place to hang out. The other staff members thought the world of Connor and his escapades and the yarns will resonate around the clubhouse and course for years to come. They, and Daragh, will miss him greatly.
We will continue to pray for Shawna and their four young children, and for all his family, friends and colleagues. Their loss is incalculable. He has left an indelible mark on our club and will never be forgotten. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam galánta.
The A.G.M. will take place in the Dolmen Centre at 6p.m. on Friday, December 30th. All full members are entitled to attend.
Eamon McGill won the Christmas Hamper with an excellent score of 69 nett playing off 10 handicap. A double bogey at the start was not a promising omen but with the experience of many a hard-earned win down the years, Eamon responded like a true champion, parring seven of the remaining holes on his front nine. Birdies at 13 and 14 proved the master was still a force to be reckoned with and he ran out a comfortable winner by two shots from Danny McGarrigle.
Paddy B. Boyle won the final big prize of the Christmas period when capturing the Christmas Cracker on Sunday last. Over 40 golfers avoided the Christmas shopping by escaping to the links and the mild weather was a godsend after so many hard days recently. The multi-talented Loughfad resident enjoyed a three point margin of victory over Sean Cafferty in second.
The last two Wednesday Opens were cancelled due to the poor weather.
The club wishes all its members and friends a most peaceful and happy Christmas.
December 11: Christmas Hamper
1. Eamon McGill (10) 69; 2. Danny McGarrigle (14) 71; 3. John Callaghan (18) 72; Twos: 7 balls
December 18: Christmas Cracker:
1. Paddy B Boyle 41; 2. Sean Cafferty 38; 3. Kevin McHugh 37;
December 26: single stableford
December 28: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;
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;