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Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 2nd August 2011

The 95 golfers who participated in the July Medal competition sponsored by the Dolmen Centre enjoyed excellent golfing conditions and the scoring reflected the quality of the course at present. Michael Naughton has always inferred that his fourball colleagues are a millstone around his golf game and he proved a point when, in their absence, he recorded a fine round of three under net par 70. News of the loss of a shot on his handicap as a result was on CNN within minutes of him signing his card! His score and worse has won many a medal but afternoon-finisher, Patrick P. Gallagher went one better, finishing on 69. It wasn’t to be for the Glenties golfer, however, for Paul McCloskey followed up on his two victories in June by capturing the medal with 68 nett off 17 handicap. His nett four under par back nine made the difference, with a birdie on 15 the highlight. Paul will now participate in the Golfer of the Year tournament to be played in the autumn and if he maintains this form, he will be hard to stop.

Gary McHugh won last Wednesday’s Open with an excellent score of 43 points, comprising nines of 23 and 20 points respectively. Birdies galore at 2, 7, 11 and 16 showed how hot his golf was on the day and he could even afford a blank on the last to win by a single point from fast-finishing James P. Byrne.

Please make a note in your diary that a presentation of prizes will take place in the clubhouse on Sunday 7th August at 8.30p.m. sharp. A mixed tournament takes place every Friday evening at 6p.m.

Last Saturday’s Inter District Classic was cancelled. The result of the three-club challenge is not to hand at present but will feature next week.

We wish the Ulster Cup team well this Sunday as they attempt to prevail at home to Foyle in the quarter final. Seven matches may be required to win out, but they’ve proved their durability in previous rounds, so don’t write them off just yet!

Harold Reid’s Junior Donegal team reached the semi-final, defeating Cruit Island on a play-off.  Both teams won 4-3 at home, so Aaron Bennett had to go out again to decide the overall tie. He had already won his own match on the 22nd hole, but he needed just one to defeat his gallant Cruit opponent. The first leg of the semi-final has already been played, with Narin and Portnoo losing all seven matches away from home in Gaoth Dobhair, two being decided on play-offs. We wish them well in the return leg.

The club sympathises with Tony McCormack, his family and friends on the recent sad passing of Sheena. May she rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

Finally, I would like to thank the erudite captain, Brian McGonagle for covering the notes for me these past three weeks. It was much appreciated.


July 31: Dolmen Centre Medal
1. Paul McCloskey (17) 68; 2. Patrick P. Gallagher (15) 69; 3. Michael Naughton (15) 70; Cat A Jim Harley (9) 72 b.o.t.; Cat B John Bán Gallagher (12) 72 b.o.t.; Cat C Patrick A. Gallagher (19) 73; Nines: Ronnie Hill (19) 31; Donie McCole (9) 35; CSS 72; Twos: 4 balls July 27: Wednesday Open 1. Gary McHugh (14) 43; 2. James Byrne (14) 42; 3. Margaret Parkinson (36) 41 b.o.t.; CSS 72; Twos: 4 balls July 26: Hole-in-one in Cruit Island by Briege Boyle on 17th hole.


Open Week begins on August 7th with a single stableford on Sunday (sponsored by the Killybegs Golf Society), a single stableford on Monday 8th (LYIT Society), scotch foursomes on Tuesday 9th (Dunkineely Golf Society), single stableford on Wednesday 10th (Ardara GAA), single stroke on Thursday 11th (Aer Arann), fourball betterball stableford on Friday 12th (Killybegs GAA) and a single stableford on Saturday 13th (Elliott Home Improvements).

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 2nd June 2011

Gerard McCabe was the proud recipient of the 2011 Narin and Portnoo Golf Club Captain’s Prize presented by Brian McGonagle.

The golfers who won prizes in the Brian McGonagle’s Captain’s Prize to the Ladies were, from left: Mary Nicholson (1st), Nan Quinn (2nd) and Agnes Shovlin (3rd).

Deirdre and Kevin Patton won the Mixed Foursomes Prize at Narin and Portnoo Golf Club and are pictured with club captain, Brian McGonagle.

Michael Naughton won the Past Captains’ Shield at Narin and Portnoo Golf Club and is pictured receiving his prize from Brian McGonagle.

Mr. Brian McGonagle presented his Captain’s Prize to Gerard McCabe at a presentation in the clubhouse last Sunday night. The Ardara golfer was consistent throughout the weekend, recording scores of 38 and 39 points for a total of 77 and deserving possession of a fabulous painting of the iconic seventh hole. His first round left him four shots adrift of Brendan Quinn who shot a great 42 points. Gerard went about his business in splendid fashion on Sunday, putting well and coping better than most with the vagaries of the windy conditions. A blank on seven dented his progress for a bit, but a birdie, four pars and several valuable bogeys thereafter earned him his laurel wreath. Other notable scores over the weekend included several fine 39s on the Sunday and a notable eagle for past captain, Seamus McDonagh at the 14th. The wind proved a handful, with medium-length par fours turning into virtual par fives when fronted head-on, while stopping a ball on the downwind holes tested the mettle of the best exponents of the game. The rain stayed off for the most part, a much-needed bonus for the captain after the terrible weather of Tuesday (Prize to the Ladies) and Friday (Captain’s Mixed Foursomes). The former was won by Mary Nicholson on a break-off-tie from Nan Quinn. The latter saw two-times reigning Clements Foursomes winners, Kevin Patton and his wife, Deirdre win out despite the deluge. Michael Naughton won the coveted Past Captains’ Shield with 36 points and his acceptance speech creased the chuckle muscles of the patrons for its wit and topicality. All in all, it was a lovely week’s golfing celebration and we wish Brian well for the rest of his captaincy.

Paul McCloskey won his second Wednesday Open in succession with another 42 point total! Five three-pointers on the back nine earned him his victory and the close attention of the Congu Handicap Reduction application! He has now lost four shots in just seven days, yet a round of 36 points on day two of the Captain’s Prize shows that there’s more to come.

The Minor League team had a tough encounter with Ballybofey & Stranorlar last week, losing 3-2 at home. Winners on the day were Pat Connaghan & Kevin McCready and Hugh Francis Shovlin & Sean Callaghan. The lads face an uphill battle to progress in the away leg but there’s steel in those veins, so all is possible!

The club’s senior team is in a strong position in its tussle with Rosapenna, leading four-one from the away leg. None of the pairings were beaten, with three recording wins and two getting vital halves. The return will be on July 1st.


June 22: Wednesday Open

1. Paul McCloskey (21) 42; 2. Aaron Bennett (10) 38 b.o.t.; 3. Anthony Thompson (13) 38; C.S.S. 73; Twos: 6 balls June 25/26: Captain’s Prize:

1. Gerard McCabe (14) 38/39 77; 2. Kevin Patton (10) 74; 3. Michael Campbell (12) 73 b.o.t.; Gross Finnian O’Doherty (3) 61; 4. Vincent Bonner (12) 73; 5. Bernie Boyle (15) 72 b.o.t.; 6. Hughie Moore (12) 72 b.o.t.; Cat A Don Earley (9) 70; Cat B Brendan Quinn (15) 72; Cat C John Callaghan (19) 71; Best Past Captain Conal Keeney (16) 68; Best Saturday Sean Hanrahan 38 b.o.t.; Best Sunday Maurice Crotty 38; 2nd Saturday Jim Harley 38 b.o.t.; 2nd Sunday John Michael O’Donnell 37 b.o.t.; Lady’s Prize Mary Nicholson (15) 73; Best Guest Lady Bernie Tonry 33; Best Guest Gent Aodh McCormack 31; Mixed Kevin Patton & Deirdre Patton 73; Past Captains’ Shield Michael Naughton 36; 181 played.


July 3: United Fish Industries single stableford, open July 6: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee; July 8/9: Pro-Am sponsored by the Harcourt Hotel.

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.

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

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;