Local golfer, Patrick Boyle was the big winner at the weekend, capturing the Easter Hamper sponsored by the Lakehouse Hotel by four points from former All-Ireland winner, Manus Boyle in second. Patience proved a virtue for the Narin man on the first tee, as he then proceeded to shoot the lights out on the front nine, having nothing worse than a four on the front eight holes. Two birdies at the second and seventh augmented his score considerably and but for an unfortunate double bogey at nine, Patrick would have been out in two under par gross. The back nine was into a strong wind, yet Patrick held it together admirably, adding seventeen points to his huge front nine total of twenty-five. Harold Reid deserves an honourable mention, as he went round in four over par gross to win his category.
I neglected to mention Martin Roarty’s hole-in-one at the third in last week’s notes. The Strabane low-handicapper fired an eight iron at the stick during his Gaeltacht League match against a Cruit pairing, watched it bounce a couple of times before it nestled into the cup. He won the hole.
Gavin McAllister of Portmarnock enjoyed his trip to Narin on Saturday, eking out a narrow victory in the single stableford competition. Two blanks at the first two holes was the stuff of nightmare, but the nineteen-handicapper recovered with five three-pointers to turn in nineteen points and maintained his new-found form on the way home to add seventeen more to his tally. Michael Gallagher made a welcome return to the podium with a third place finish.
The first presentation of prizes of the year will take place in the clubhouse on Saturday, April 10th at 8.30p.m. Prize-winners are requested to attend.
The members sympathise with Martin Igoe on the recent death of his mum. Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a hanam.
The Dolmen Centre competition on April 18th will have the added bonus of being a qualifier for the 3golf national competition. The qualifiers at local level will travel to Murvagh for the regional event.
Entries are being taken for the annual two-day Pro-Am to be played on June 26th and 27th. The entry fee remains at 500 euro per team of three and with this being one of the more lucrative events on the professional calendar, it will bring the top professionals in the country to Narin. We are indeed fortunate to have the Harcourt Hotel as our main sponsor once again and we look forward to another successful staging of the event.
April 3: 1. Gavin McAllister, Portmarnock (19) 36; 2. Leo Mulvany (10) 35 b.o.t.; 3. Michael Gallagher (9) 35 b.o.t.; CSS 73; Twos: 5 balls each
April 4: Lakehouse Hotel Easter Hamper: 1. Patick Boyle (13) 42; 2. Manus Boyle Jnr. (10) 38 b.o.t.; 3. Sean Hanrahan (11) 38 b.o.t.; Cat A Harold Reid (6) 38 b.o.t.; Cat B Michael Henderson (14) 36 b.o.t.; Cat C Frank McGinley (20) 37 b.o.t.; Nines: Tom Rawdon (19) 22; Noel Quinn (7) 19 b.o.t.; CSS 74; Twos: 3 balls each.
Friday April 9: Fourball Invitational Stableford, open
Sunday April 11: Patrick Johnny Sally Medal, open
Wednesday April 14: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors including green fee;