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Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 8th November 2011

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;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 5th June 2011

Sunday July 3rd Competition was sponsored by United Fish Industries and so  it was fitting that the first prize returned to Killybegs.  The “quiet man” (some say assisted by “climate control”) took full advantage of the perfect golfing conditions on Sunday.  Out in an unspectacular 19 points, Sean upped his game with an excellent birdie 4 on 10 which was further bolstered with pars on 12, 13, 14, 16 & 17 on the back nine for a total of 40 points.  A quick word of consolation to the numerous players who finished on 39 points on the day including Cathal Donoghue (who ambled around the links) and our premier, President Bart Whelan who was beaten into 3rd on a BOT.

Results: 1st Sean Cafferty (11)  40 pts , 2nd Cathal Donoghue (13) 39 pts bot, 3rd Bart Whelan (15) 39 bot, Cat A Jim Harley (11) 39 pts, Cat B Tony Dooley (17) 39 bot, Cat C George Doherty (18) 39 bot.

Wednesday June 29th Open Competition was won by the ever improving golfer Anthony Thompson with 42 points.  We hope this is a good omen for the County football team.

Results: 1st Anthony Thompson (13) 42 pts, 2nd Michael Doyle (13) 40 pts, 3rd P. J. Murray (20) 39 pts

Junior competitions will commence again for the summer months starting this Thursday (for students not too busy preparing for the next academic year!)

Finally, we are all looking forward to welcoming the professionals to our annual PRO-AM this coming Friday and Saturday. With 45 teams (2 late places still available) and a number of top professionals playing including Simon Thornton, European Tour player and the legendary Philip Walton of Ryder Cup fame, we can rightly expect a memorable couple of days of golf!