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Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 19th April 2011

Our Gaeltacht team came close on Sunday last to capturing its first title since 1995, but in the end, home advantage proved the significant factor for Cruit Island as they won out with an average of 39.5. Narin and Portnoo had an average of 36.5, no mean feat on an away course. We send our congratulations to Cruit on a worthy success and hopefully, Narin and Portnoo can go one better in 2012. All the lads who played over the winter are to be commended, as indeed does the team captain, Michael Naughton.

Frankie Kennedy won last Wednesday’s Open by a whopping five points over his nearest rival. The 12 handicapper had 23 points on the front nine, a birdie on Dolmen (7) and six pars doing the damage. Another birdie on Sweeney’s Bank (14) helped limit the damage of a double bogey on Inis Caoil (15) and he returned in 20 points for 43 overall.

Myles Cunningham won the April Medal with a great round of 69 on Sunday. His opening score was inauspicious, a double bogey darkening the mood just a tad on a lovely day. From then on, however, it was plain sailing, with five pars and two birdies on Carraig Fada (10) and O’Boyle Fort (18) recorded on the card. He had two shots to spare over Competitions Convenor, Alan Elliott in second.

The entry sheet for the Dr. McCloskey Singles Matchplay is up and members have until May 1st to enter this long-running competition. The entry fee is 6 euro.

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:

April 13: Wednesday Open

1. Frankie Kennedy (12) 43; 2. Sean Connaughton (18) 38 b.o.t.; 3. Patrick Murray (20) 38; C.S.S. 73; Twos: 3 balls April 17: Brennan’s Bread Medal 1. Myles Cunningham (15) 69; 2. Alan Elliott (15) 71 b.o.t.; 3. Mark Diver (17) 71; Cat A Donal Boyle (3) Cruit Island 72; Cat B John Quinn (14) 72; Cat C Patsy Harkin (19) 72; Nines: Paul McNamee (16) 30; Gerry Lyons (20) 36; C.S.S. 74; Twos: 6 balls

Fixtures:

April 24: Francie Brennan Memorial Cup, Open, single stableford.

April 27: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

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;