The Ladies versus Gents match entered the club’s folklore last Saturday, as issues arose akin to those which have exercised the finest legal brains in Portmarnock or South Africa. What indeed constitutes a member of the fair sex? I’m certainly not the authority on the subject but Mr. Naughton called the shots as usual; when he summoned ‘Michelle’ and Channelle’, eyebrows were raised, eyes squinted and shoulders shrugged. The light was poor and I guess allowances were made, especially considering the combined ages of the relative teams. The matched pairings set off, with the club Pro leading the gents with his customary élan. His confident aura quickly waned and several others of his gender also came a cropper. ‘Michelle’ and ‘Chanelle’ justified their selection in making short work of their male opponents, though I cannot speculate on what kind of congratulatory gesture was made at the end of the tussle. When the reckoning was complete, it was the gents who had triumphed and it’s back to the drawing board for Eileen and her crew. Perhaps ‘Michelle’ and Channelle’ have golfing girlfriends who might render their services on the next occasion!
The Bank Holiday Scramble featured high class scoring, with the Ardara trio of Sean Whyte, Don Earley and Shane Whittington shooting seven birdies and an eagle at 18 for a nett score of 61.2. They were six under par for the last six holes, golf of the highest order indeed!
Sunday’s competition was sponsored by Value Centre Cash & Carry & B.G.W. and rumours of a big-shooting Killybegs man floated around the clubhouse, while he was still out on the course. Mickey Campbell carded just a solitary six on his card, the rest consisting of six threes, five fours and six fives for a one over par gross total of 74. He had the best front nine score, the best back nine and a massive six points to spare over Fr. Adrian Gavigan in second. His 47 points was one of the best scores in recent years, though it was still four short of John Molloy’s record score of 1998. John, though, was playing off 20 at the time, while Mickey had eight shots less to play around with!
The Charael Catering event postponed last Sunday week will be played this weekend. Last Wednesday’s event was cancelled.
The Ping PGA Ulster Alliance two-day outing at Narin & Portnoo was very successful, with golfers from all over Ulster enjoying for the most part the bracing weather and fine links conditions. Damian Mooney won the first day’s prize with 39 points, while John Dolan won his first Alliance outing on day two. Club members featured strongly, with Gerry Feeney winning the individual amateur award on the second day. The club thanks Connor for all his work in getting the event to Narin and compliment Phil Posnett and his team for their efficient handling of the tournament.
Day One: Professionals: 1. Damian Mooney, Unattached, 39 pts.; Joint 2. Kevin Dorrian, Downpatrick Golf Centre & Connor Mallon, Narin & Portnoo, 38 pts.; Amateurs: 1. Aaron O’Rorke, Dunmurry, (8) 40 pts.; Team: 89 pts – Kevin Dorrian (Downpatrick Golf Centre), Stephen McVeigh (18) (Bright Castle), Michael Martin (19) & John Quinn (14) (both Narin & Portnoo); Amateur gross: 1. Philip Posnett, Shandon Park (4) 33 pts.
Day Two: Professionals: John Dolan, Dunmurry 33 pts.; 2. Chris McVitty, Bundoran, 31 pts.; Amateurs: 1. Gerry Feeney, Narin & Portnoo 37 pts.; Team: 81 pts – Chris McVitty, Eamon Tunney (13), ‘Dodie’ Maguire (16) & Joe O’Hara (10) (all Bundoran); Amateur gross: Colin Steele (1) Ballyclare 25 pts.;
The draw has been made for the Winter Pairs Matchplay and details may be found on the club website or by ringing the Pro-Shop.
October 26: Bank Holiday Scramble
1. Sean Whyte, Don Earley, Shane Whittington 61.2; 2. Columba Gavigan, Fr. Adrian Gavigan, Patrick Gallagher 62.4; 3. Peadar Dolan, Peter Dolan, Aaron Bennett 64.8
Value Centre Cash & Carry & B.G.W. 1. Mickey Campbell (12) 47; 2. Fr. Adrian Gavigan (8) 41; 3. Conal Gillespie (17) 40; Cat A Eamonn McGill (7) 37; Cat B Paddy Breslin (13) 39; Cat C Sean Connaughton (22) 37; Nines: Anthony Molloy (19) 22; Joe McLoone (10) 21; C.S.S. 72;
November 15: Charael Catering, single stableford, open
November 18: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors including green fee;