Charlie Diver won the latest medal tournament sponsored by the Nesbitt Arms Hotel. The 21-handicapper enjoyed an excellent front nine of just seven over gross, thanks in no small part to a birdie on the second. It was harder coming home but he hung in there, finishing strongly for a one stroke victory.
The previous Sunday’s fourball stroke was won by Messrs’ McCole and McDwyer who blitzed the front nine in seven under par net! They would better the back nine by just a stroke as the course fought back but good vibes emanating from their birdies at 3, 7 and 8 kept them going and they even totted up another birdie at 14.
The latest Wednesday Open benefitted from better weather after the previous week’s cancellation, though the strong breeze made scoring difficult. Sean Rodgers rolled back the years with an exemplary display of golf, covering the 18 holes in 39 points for a massive five-point win.
Glenties won the annual Rider Cup challenge match against Ardara in convincing fashion and hats off to the victors in a tussle which is always played in a splendid atmosphere.
The members were saddened to hear of the death of Jim Patton who graced the course for many years. We send our condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.
October 2: Nesbitt Arms Hotel Medal
1. Charlie Diver (21) 70; 2. Eddie Gregg (8) 71; 3. Richard Shepherd (11) 72 b.o.t.; Cat A Jim Harley (10) 73; Cat B Pat McGee (16) 73 b.o.t.; Cat C John M. Kelly (19) 72; Nines: Neily Gildea (12) 32; Tom Rawdon (20) 37 b.o.t.; CSS 73; Twos: 4 balls
September 28: Wednesday Open 1.Sean Rodgers (17) 39; 2. Stephen McHugh (20) 34; 3. Michael Naughton (15) 32; CSS 75; Twos: 12 balls September 25: J. Kelly 4BBB Stroke 1. Donie McCole (9) & Gerald McDwyer (12) 65; 2. Jim Harley (10) & Joe Harley (17) 66; 3. Manus Boyle Jnr. (7) & J.M. Kelly (19) 70; Twos: 3 balls
October 9: Ardara Golf Society, single stableford, open
October 12: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;
Pictured being presented with the inaugural Francie Cunningham Memorial Trophy is Michael Nicholson. The Narin golfer won the event at Narin and Portnoo Golf Club and he is seen here with Bart Whelan, club president, Fionnuala Cunningham and Pat Connaghan, vice-captain.
Sunday’s medal was sponsored by Patrick Johnny Sally’s Bar in Dungloe and when word got around that Pauric Brennan had a score of 74, it was assumed that he would be there or thereabouts for victory. The wind which had bedevilled fire-fighters in recent days wrecked the putting strokes of many a fine golfer (ahem!) while others found the challenge of finding the fairways on a consistent basis too hot to handle. Pauric did indeed figure in the shake-up, capturing a worthy runners-up spot. The victor, however, was out of sight! Peter Shovlin had the round of his life, achieving six pars and a plethora of scoring bogeys for a magnificent round of 66, seven under nett par. His winning margin of eight strokes was Tiger-like in its magnitude and the computer almost went into meltdown as it scalped four shots of the Dunkineely lad. Well done, Peter!
The May Day Rumble saw the trio of Anne Coyle, Dudley Coyle and Connor Taggart triumph with a score of 76 points. Their total dipped four points under the level par score of 72, a fine effort on a difficult scoring day.
Visitor, Michael Keane won the Wednesday Open with 36 points, pipping Mairtín Ó hIarnáin on a break-off-tie. Frankie Kennedy had the only two, resulting in an award of nine golf balls to the Killybegs man.
The club sympathises with Michael and Charlene on the recent passing of their grandmother, Kitty Watters. May she rest in peace.
The Ardara Society are staging another Rider Cup qualifier at Narin this Saturday, May 14th, commencing at 9a.m.
Our Jimmy Bruen team narrowly failed to qualify last Sunday week at Ballybofey and Stranorlar Golf Club, missing out by five strokes. The team finished on 337, with the home team (325), Newtownstewart (331), Letterkenny (322) and Cruit Island (332) going through to the matchplay stage. Kevin Patton’s pairs were Don Earley & Donie McCole; Paul Cooney & Pauric McHugh; Sean Hanrahan & Columba Gavigan; Noel Quinn & Cathal Donoghue; Eamon McGill & Joseph McLoone.
Hughie Moy’s Pierce Purcell team did not go through either, finishing nine shots off the fourth-placed score in Enniskillen on Sunday. Enniskillen (352), Castleblayney (355), Castle Hume (350) and Mannan Castle (359) progressed to the knockout stage.
Congratulations are in order to Gerald McDwyer who achieved a hole-in-one at the 16th hole in the GAP Challenge recently. Well done, Gerald!
May 2: May Day Rumble
1. Anne Coyle (29) Dudley Coyle (21) Connor Taggart (17) 76; 2. Hughie Moore (13) Bridie Moore (36) Rosaleen Mullin (36) 73.
May 4: Wednesday Open
1. Michael Keane (11) 36; 2. Mairtín Ó hIarnáin (13) 36 b.o.t.; 3. John Molloy (7) 35; CSS 74; Twos: 9 balls May 8: Patrick Johnny Sally’s May Medal 1. Peter Shovlin (22) 66; 2. Pauric Brennan (12) 74; 3. Hughie Moore (13) 75 b.o.t.; Cat A Harold Reid (6) 75; Cat B Kevin Harley (14) 76; Cat C John M. Kelly (20) 78; Nines: Patrick P. Gallagher (15) 32.5; Eamonn McGuinness (18) 38; CSS 76; Twos: 4 balls
May 15: Seamus Ryan Painter single stableford, open May 18: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;