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Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 19th July 2011

Our club was deeply saddened this week to hear that Sean Houston, past Captain (2009), had passed away. Sean was an outstanding gentleman and a great ambassador for the club over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.

Our open competition for the 12th July was won by Jim Harley, Strabane, with an excellent score of 40 points – it has not gone unnoticed that Jim has figured well in the prizes of late!

1. Jim Harley (10) 40pts 2. Stephen Cooper (13) 39pts 3. Barney Cunningham (24) 38pts bot

Our Wednesday Open was well supported with 135 in the field. Hughie Moore with two good birdies on the first and the treacherous 15th paved the way for a total of 40 points – yet another consistent performer – thankfully for club teams also!

1. Hughie Moore (12) 40pts 2. Harry Magee (12) 37pts bot 3. Marshall Humphreys (14) 37pts bot

A fantastic couple of days golf was had by all on the 8th/9th July at the annual Narin & Portnoo PGA Pro Am in association with the Harcourt Hotel, Dublin.  There was a great buzz about the club house as the tournament kicked off early on Friday morning.  With the skills of top Pros on view, including European Tour player Simon Thornton and Ryder Cup hero Philip Walton there was much good play to admire.Competition was intense with Peter Martin (Riverside Golf Academy) and Eamon Brady (Clontarf Golf Club) leading in the clubhouse shooting 68(-5) after day one. Indeed, with 11 of the 47 Pros breaking par on day one it ensured there would be much interest in day two.  In the end Mark O’Sullivan, (Ashbourne Golf Club) pipped one of the over night leaders Eamonn Brady (68,72 – 140) to the post shooting a fantastic 69 to add to his 70 for a total of 139,7 under par.

The team prize was won by Barrie Trainor (Pro) who was ably assisted by Des Turley and friends.

Finally, further congratulations to Sean Hanrahan and his Ulster Cup Team who defeated Warrenpoint on Sunday – it was a close match with a scare or two at the end! We wish them all the best in the last 8 of the competition – onwards and upwards!

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 12th July 2011

Alas! Finally there was suncream, iceream, even buckets and spades in evidence over the past week – maybe its summertime after all! As for the golf it was sunshine all the way for the winner – (perhaps heedful of the prompt last week?) having found his tempo, right there beside his mojo, Cathal set out steady with 18 points but then hit the accelerator on the back nine with an excellent 22 points for a total of 40 winning points. We will be hoping Cathal can bring this great run of form to Warrenpoint next Sunday!

July 6th Clonleigh Co-op Open Stableford Competition 1. Cathal Donoghue (12) 40 pts bot 2. Seamus Ryan (18) 40 pts bot 3. Anthony Harkin 40 pts bot Cat A Finian O Doherty (3) 37pts bot Cat B Danny Mc Ginley(17) 39pts Cat C Sean Callaghan (19) 36pts Front 9 Paul Mc Ginley (17) 20 pts bot Back 9 Michael O Neill (14) 21pts.

Another Glenties man of Ulster Cup renown showed the form that was needed to win Wednesdays Competition also with 40points.

Wednesday 6th July 1. Joe Mc Loone (10) 40 points 2. Kevin Mc Cready (20) 36pts 3. Michael Naughton (16) 35 points.

Congratulations to Sean Hanrahan and his Ulster Cup team in defeating Warrenpoint 5 – 2 in the first leg of the last 16 but as they know only too well they will need to work hard in the “Point” to come way with an overall victory next Sunday – so we wish them all the best!

Our Pro-Am coverage will appear next week but in short it was a great sucess again this year, with a low score of seven under par from Mark O Sullivan (Ashbourne G.C.) over the two days capturing victory.

The presentation for this Saturday is cancelled due to a number of prize winners being on club duty

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 3rd May 2011

The passing of Geoffrey Boyle has saddened all of us who encountered the amiable Narin man during his long association with the golf club. The word gentleman is bandied about quite a bit, but the popular retired pharmacist epitomised all that was ever implicit in the epithet. In the clubhouse, he loved good company, a chortle or three and banter toing and froing; most of all, he yearned for a good fourball. The craic with James McGinley, Benny Quinn, John Gillespie and the likes over many years kept them coming back for more, regardless of rain, hail or tempest. Captain in 1976, Geoffrey worked hard for the club, serving on the committee in the sixties and seventies and sponsoring his own event. He was a perennial winner, winning either a singles or pairs event almost annually. His greatest partnership was with James McGinley and together they were hard to beat. The pair captured the John Player Fourball title in both 1978 and 1979, qualifying for the National Finals of this once prestigious amateur tournament. The database of winners at the club records successes by the lads in many other events, including a well-merited Winter League victory in 1988. They let others in on the winning act too, teaming up with fourball pals, the late John Gillespie and Benny Quinn to win the Am-Am at the club in 1993. Geoffrey was not reliant on others for success. He twice won the Canon Devlin Cup in 1988 and 1993 and shot 61 in successive years to win events in 1984 and 1985. A hole-in-one in 1982 at the old 13th hole was a source of great pride to Geoffrey, as was his wife Bríd’s elevation to the Lady Captaincy in 1980. To Bríd and their family we send our sincerest condolences and prayers. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

A busy week of golf in the post-Easter period culminated with the expected success of the Ulster Cup team against Bushfoot. Just half a point had been required following the home clean sweep and the lads were eventually called in while up in five matches. The captain, Sean Hanrahan, his vice-captain, Cathal Donaghue and their talented panel are to be commended for this fine start; those who played over the two legs were: Joseph McLoone, Gerald McDwyer, Sean Cafferty, Hughie Moore, John Ban Gallagher, Columba Gavigan, P.J. Gallagher, Frankie Kennedy and Patrick Boyle.

The Easter Monday Scramble was won by the Ardara foursome of George Doherty, Eamon McGill, Don Earley and Shane Whittington with 58.1 on a break-off-tie. The pairing of Gladstonian experience and relative youth is one that may prove a template for others to follow.

Colm Flood shot the lights out in Wednesday’s Open, scorching around the links in 49 points off 26 handicap. He added 23 points on his return to the clubhouse to the 26 he accumulated heading out! Seven pars and a birdie at Hemmersbach’s Gap (14) sealed a fine success for the young man of whom we shall hear more in the years to come.

P.A. Gallagher won Pat The Cope’s event on Sunday by a single point from P.J. Campbell in second. The strong breezes made life difficult for the golfers but Patrick coped best, returning in 20 points for a fine victory in this long-running competition.

Summer coaching for juniors will commence on Saturday, May 7th with PGA professionals Connor Mallon and Daragh Lyons conducting lessons in three categories. These will continue every Saturday right through the summer. The time-slots are as follows: Under 10s from 2 to 3p.m.; Under 14s from 3 to 4p.m.; Under 18s from 4 to 5p.m. For Registration call 0749545107.The fee per lesson will be 5 euro per child.

Results:

April 25: Scramble: 1. George Doherty (17) Eamon McGill (9) Don Earley (9) Shane Whittington (14) 58.1 b.o.t.; 2. Hughie Moore (13) Bridie Moore (36) P.J. Gallagher (10) Dan Gallagher (20) 58.1; 3. Harold Reid (6) Donie McCole (9) Ger McDwyer (11) Kieran Cunnea (15) 58.9b.o.t.; April 27: Wednesday Open 1. Colm Flood (26) 49; 2. Adrian Maguire (15) 42; 3. Andrew McGovern (10) 40 b.o.t.; CSS 72; Twos: 4 balls April 30: GAP Tourism Classic 1. Patsy Harkin (18) Anthony Harkin (16) Brian McGonagle (15) Lyle Taggart (14) 96 pts.

May 1: Pat The Cope Gallagher M.E.P. 1. P.A. Gallagher (20) 38; 2. P.J. Campbell (27) 37; 3. Willie Quinn (7) 36; Cat A Harold Reid (6) 33; Cat B Sean McGinley (17) 35; Cat C Eamon McGuinness (18) 36; Nines: Charlie Diver (20) 20; Patrick Breslin (15) 21; CSS 74; Twos: 3 balls

Fixtures:

May 8: Patrick Johnny Sally Monthly Medal; May 11: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;