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Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 31st October 2011

The club’s over-50s team came up just short in its second leg of the final with Ballybofey and Stranorlar. The away team needed just a point following the disappointing first leg and they did the needful, despite some excellent performances by the Portnoo pairings. We congratulate Ballybofey & Stranorlar on their success and compliment James Quinn’s team on their performances throughout their long run in the competition. Playing on Sunday were Willie Quinn & Ciaran O’Kane, Patrick Boyle & Eamon McGill, Michael Nicholson & Sean Cafferty, John Quinn & Frankie Kennedy, and Conal Keeney & Seamus Ryan.

A successful golf fundraiser in aid of the Donegal Hospice was held on Saturday and the scoring was excellent. The in-form P.J. Gallagher won out in the end with 41 points, his second win in a week following his success in the Wednesday Open three days earlier. On that occasion, P.J. had finished with 39 points off ten handicap. Now reduced to playing off nine, P.J. parred seven of the holes going out and a further six on the return leg to the clubhouse. The addition of a birdie on 14 capped a fine performance.

Another in-form golfer, Tom Rawdon matched P.J.’s score the following day in the Sunday Stableford. The Killybegs golfer accumulated 22 points on the front nine and a birdie on 14 ensured that his productive work hitherto would be enhanced further. He had four points to spare over Jim Harley in second.

Martin Sweeney won last Sunday week’s stableford with a huge score of 43 points. Again, the bulk of the work was done on the front nine, with 23 points a major boon. More quality golf followed on the back nine, with the closing holes in particular negotiated with aplomb.

Gerald McDwyer won the annual Leo Molloy Fundraiser held on October 15th. The steady Glenties golfer led the field with 45 points and he needed to be so exacting on the course because others were hot on his tail such as Conal Gillespie (43) and Mickey Campbell (42). Gerald bucked the recent trend of having a better front nine by shooting 23 points on the return leg, a wee two on 16 the highlight. Having said that, his front nine was not to be sniffed at, including as it did no fewer than five pars and a birdie! Rita Cooney won the ladies’ event with an excellent 39 points.

The next presentation of prizes will take place on Saturday, November 5th at 8.30p.m. All those who finished in the first three places in the following competitions should be in attendance: Killybegs Golf Society; Co-Lab Medal; Value Centre; Glenside Bacon; Glenties Golf Society; J. Kelly & Sons; Nesbitt A4rms Medal; Glenties GAA Medal.

A sponsors’ event will take place on Saturday, November 5th commencing at 10a.m. All sponsors in 2011 are invited to enter a fourball and a complimentary tea/coffee and scone will be available on arrival.

The ringer competition has been cancelled through lack of interest in the event. The two matchplay events are in the final stages and we look forward to the resolution of these long-running and prestigious competitions. Meanwhile, the eight winners of the monthly medals will face off to decide the 2011 Golfer of the Year. The draw is as follows: (1) Sean Hanrahan v Kevin Patton; (2) Mickey Campbell v Myles Cunningham; (3) John Quinn v Charlie Diver; (4) Paul McCloskey v Peter Shovlin. These matches must be played by November 20th and no extensions will be countenanced. The semi-final must be played by December 4th with the winners of 1 v 4 and 2 v 3.

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.

October 15: Leo Molloy Fundraiser
1. Gerald McDwyer (12) 45; 2. Conal Gillespie (17) 43; 3. Mickey Campbell (11) 42; 4. B. Gallagher (18) 38; 5. G. Friel (18) 37; 6. B. McGill (16) 36; 7. A. Erskine (18) 35 b.o.t.; Ladies: 1. Rita Cooney (20) 39; Deirdre Patton (27) 36; Mary Hackett (16) 35;

October 23: Sunday Stableford
1. Martin Sweeney (27) 43; 2. Tony Dooley (18) 39; 3. Vinny Gallagher (17) 39; CSS 72; Twos: 7 balls

October 26: Wednesday Open
1. P.J. Gallagher (10) 39 b.o.t.; 2. Tom Rawdon (20) 39; 3. Harold Reid (7) 37; CSS 73; Twos: 3 balls

October 29: Donegal Hospice Fundaiser
1. P.J. Gallagher (9) 41; 2. Kevin Patton (9) 39; 3. P.J. Murray (14) 38 b.o.t.; 4. Paddy B. Boyle 38; Nines: Joseph McLoone; Seamus McDonagh; Nearest the pin: Kevin Nicholson; Longest drive gents: Mathew Smith; Longest drive ladies: Nan Quinn;

October 30: Sunday Stableford
1. Tom Rawdon (19) 41; 2. Jim Harley (10) 37 b.o.t.; 3. Lyle Taggart (15) 37; No twos.

November 5: Competition for Sponsors, 10 a.m.; Presentation of club prizes at 8.30p.m.

November 6: Single Stableford, open

November 9: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 28th October 2011

A golf fundraiser will be held this Saturday at the club in aid of the Donegal Hospice. The format is a singles classic and tee-times can be booked by ringing the Pro Shop.

The club’s over-50s team played well in the away leg of its final with Ballybofey and Stranorlar but the score at the halfway point does not reflect that form. Only half a point was secured and the lads have it all to do in the home leg this weekend. We wish them every success.

Hugh Boyle won the Wednesday Open on October 12th, recording ten three-pointers on his card in a total of 43 points. The 19-handicapper was three under nett on the front nine and improved this score by a point coming home to win by three.

Mickey Campbell won the medal competition sponsored by the Glenties GAA in a break-off-tie from Donie McCole. The 11-handicapper birdied the second and twelfth and added his fair share of pars to the eventual total of 73 nett in a competition played in difficult conditions.

Stephen McHugh was the latest winner of a Wednesday Open, attacking the front nine with gusto and holding his game together on the more difficult return to the clubhouse. Birdies at the second and eighth yielded eight points and five other three-pointers further embellished his score.

The next presentation of prizes will take place on Saturday, November 5th at 8.30p.m. A sponsors’ event will take place earlier that day commencing at 10a.m.

The club has commenced a ringer competition for the winter months. Further details are available in the Pro Shop.

October 19: Wednesday Open
1. Stephen McHugh (19) 41; 2. Vinny Gallagher (18) 37; 3. Charlie Tully (11) 35; CSS 73; No twos.

October 15: Glenties GAA Medal
1. Mickey Campbell (11) 73 b.o.t.; 2. Donie McCole (9) 73 b.o.t.; 3. Joe Conneely (14) 74; Cat A Paul Cooney (8) 77 b.o.t.; Cat B Kieran Cunnea (15) 77; Cat C John Simpson (21) 75; Nines: Kevin Patton (9) 32.5; Paddy Boyle (19) 38.5; CSS 75; Twos: 6 balls October 12: Wednesday Open 1. Hugh Boyle (19) 43; 2. Stephen McHugh (20) 40; 3. Donie McCole (9) 39; CSS 72; Twos: 3 balls

October 29: Donegal Hospice Singles Classic, Open October 30: Single Stableford, open
November 2: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;
November 5: Competition for Sponsors, 10 a.m.; Presentation of club prizes at 8.30p.m.

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 16th May 2011

Frank McGinley’s Minor League team won two matches in their first leg encounter with Donegal in Murvagh but that doesn’t tell half the story! Pat Connaghan usually talks a good game and of late he has been backing it up with golf of the highest order. Pat is the protégé of touring PGA professional, Derek Morrison and the erudite Killybegs resident was paired with Kevin McCready in Murvagh. They were three up in their match when Kevin tore something in his leg at the fifth. Pat was on his own now, but he faced similar challenges on the football field in days gone by and once again, he dug deep to eke out a fantastic two and one victory over the home pairing. It’s the stuff of legend! Sean Callaghan and Frank McDaid won four and three to set up an exciting home second leg on May 29th. The three unlucky pairings were Paddy McDwyer and Tom Rawdon; Manus Boyle Snr. and Tom O’Keeffe and Anthony Harkin and Paddy B. Boyle.

Hughie Moy’s Pierce Purcell team which played in Enniskillen featured Seamus Ryan & John Quinn; Frankie Kennedy & Adrian Maguire; Alan Elliott & Michael Nicholson; Cathal Donaghue & Kieran Cunnea; Shane Whittington & Sean Whyte.

The club’s attempt to qualify in the Irish Mixed Foursomes failed valiantly at  Dunfanaghy. Frankie Kennedy’s team finished fifth on 289, just three points off qualification. Gweedore  (278.5), Rosapenna (280), North West (285) and Ballybofey and Stranorlar (286) went through. I hope to have the team in next week’s notes.

Sean Whyte won the recent Wednesday Open with 34 points on what was a difficult day for scoring. The 11-handicapper got off to a poor start but picked it up from the third and birdies at Downstrands (3) and Sweeney’s Bank (14) together with several key pars got him home by a single point from in-form Sean Hanrahan.

A presentation of prizes will take place this Saturday, May 21st at 9p.m. The podium prize-winners in all sponsored events from March 20th until May 8th should be collected by prize-winners or a delegated member. Any prizes not collected will revert back to the club.


May 11: Wednesday Open

1. Sean Whyte (11) 34; 2. Sean Hanrahan (6) 33 b.o.t.; 3. Pauric Brennan (12) 33; CSS 76; Twos: 4 balls May 15: The Seamus Ryan Painter single stableford was postponed due to the bad weather.


May 22: Maguire Meats, single stableford, open May 25: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 1st March 2011

A 25-Card Drive in aid of charity will be held in the clubhouse on Friday, March 4th commencing at 8p.m. Prizes will be presented on the night and all are welcome.

The remaining matches in the three remaining matchplay competitions from 2010 must be played before March 17th. The committee’s decision will be final.

The club have entered the following Ulster competitions: Jimmy Bruen: Ballybofey & Stranorlar, May 1st; Fred Daly: v Omagh; Ulster Cup, v Bushfoot; Pierce Purcell: Enniskillen, May 8th; Mixed Foursomes: Dunfanaghy, May 15; Junior Cup: Letterkenny, May 29th; Ulster Fourball v Bundoran.

The passing of Joseph O’Boyle last weekend saddened all those who had the privilege of playing or conversing with a genial gentleman of the highest order. A past captain of the Kilcar-Glen Golf Society and a veteran of Minor League, Joseph enjoyed his golf as much as anyone, and was competitive to boot. His hole-in-one at the 16th in the mid-nineties was a highlight, as was his success in the McElhinney’s Stores event in 1998. Just eight months ago, I wrote of his last great performance, an unbelievable score of 47 points in the Wednesday Open. We sympathise with his wife Eithne, his family and all his relatives and friends on their great loss.

Connell Gillespie won the latest Wednesday Open with 37 points to leave a strong field marvelling at his consistency. Even Paddy Beag was impressed! Adrian Maguire had two points more to spare on Sunday when winning the stableford competition. Paddy B. Boyle enjoyed another strong showing in finishing second.

February 23:  Wednesday Open 1. Connell Gillespie (17) 37; 2. James McGuinness (25) 36 b.o.t.; 3. P.J. Murray (20) 36; February 27: Club Open 1. Adrian Maguire (16) 39; 2. Paddy B. Boyle (19) 37 b.o.t.; 3. Alan Erskine (17) 37; Twos: 3 balls; CSS 74

Sunday March 6: Club Open, single stableford Wednesday, March 9: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;