Pauric O’Donnell triumphed in the competition played last Sunday by a huge seven shot margin. The 20 handicapper took advantage of the benign conditions to attack the course, settling for 20 points on the outward nine (including a blank) and then upping the ante coming home, birdying 10 and 14 en route to 25 points. Michael McGinley was a distant second but will be well pleased with his return to the podium. Seamus McDonagh will likewise be content with his third-placed finish.
There was no competition played last Wednesday due to the poor weather. Joseph Shovlin won the sponsors’ event on Guy Fawkes Day with 45 points off 13 handicap. This converts to a round of 77 gross, a fabulous return for the big-hitting Narin golfer.
The club’s Gaeltacht team under the captaincy of Michael Naughton played their first matches away from home, picking up only one and a half matches against a formidable-looking Portsalon but an improved three and a half matches in Cloughaneely. The onus now is on the lads to maximise their advantage in the upcoming home matches and we wish them every success.
The draw for the Winter Matchplay will be made on November 20th and entries and fees payable (12 euro per pair) can be made in the Pro Shop.
Simon Thornton of Royal County Down is to be congratulated on regaining his full playing card for next season’s European Tour following his finish of 12th in the Challenge Tour Rankings. Simon is a regular visitor to Narin and Portnoo and has featured well in the Pro-Ams in which he has competed, finishing second in 2007 and third this year.
Saturday November 5: Sponsors’ Day
1. Joseph Shovlin (13) 45;
Sunday November 6: Sunday Stableford
1. Pauric O’Donnell (20) 45; 2. Michael McGinley (17) 38 b.o.t.; 3. Seamus McDonagh (13) 38; Twos: 4 balls
November 12: Ladies v Gents 10a.m.
November 13: 4BBB Stroke, open
November 16: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;