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Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 14th September 2010

The revival of the old Am-Am team competition proved a great success with 37 teams enjoying the two day event. The weather stayed mild, which facilitated low scoring on the pristine links. The local team of Martin Sweeney, Tommy Barrett, Alan Elliott, Willie Molloy proved the champions by just two points from the captain’s team in second. The winners were consistency personified, returning scores of 110 on Saturday and 111 the following day. All four golfers were in good form and the dovetailing was a notable feature. The runners-up led after day one, with John Molloy’s eagle on the long 13th contributing handsomely to the eventual score of 114 points. The club thanks all those who sponsored prizes and teams and hopes that the competitors show their gratitude in the coming year by supporting them in turn.

Portsalon’s Barry Keeney enjoyed his trip back to Portnoo when winning the Wednesday Open last week. Local knowledge came to the fore for the Glenties native as he effortlessly constructed a fine round of 42 points to win by four from Sean McGinley.

Sunday’s event was sponsored by Coastal Windows and the two-ball of Mickey Campbell and Frankie Kennedy had a clear win over the best of the rest of the field. Their score of 64 was nine under par nett, a fantastic score and they were worthy winners.

Seamus McDonagh’s Captain’s Outing to Ballyliffin is scheduled for October 9th and 10th. The cost is 110 euro per person sharing for two rounds of golf, bed and breakfast, an evening meal and prize-fund. Non-golfers are welcome to come for just 80 euro. Places are limited, so please contact the professionals as soon as possible.

Results:
September 12: Coastal Windows 1. Mickey Campbell (10) & Frankie Kennedy (13) 64; 2. K. Patton & D. Gallagher 66; 3. E. Gregg & P. Shovlin 67; Twos: 4 ballsSeptember 8: Wednesday Open 1. Barry Keeney, Portsalon (12) 42; 2. Sean McGinley (17) 38 b.o.t.; 3. Martin Regan (19) 38; CSS 72; Twos: 2 balls
September 4/5 Am-Am 2010 1. Martin Sweeney, Tommy Barrett, Alan Elliott, Willie Molloy (sponsored by Connor Mallon, Royal Portrush Golf Club & Portstewart Golf Club) 110/111 221; 2. Seamus McDonagh, John Molloy, Gerry Feeney, Michael Glynn (sponsored by Carne Golf Links, & Enniscrone Golf Club) 114/105 219; 3. Columba Gavigan, Fr. Adrian Gavigan, Pat Gallagher, Conal Gavigan (sponsored by Bronagh Heverin, Solicitor) 105/113 218; 4. Goretti Cunningham, Jimmy Cunningham, Frankie Kennedy, Eileen Kennedy (sponsored by Ballyliffin Golf Club & Ballyliffin Lodge) 107/108 215; 5. Paul Maxwell, Connor Taggart, John Heverin, Aileen Heverin (sponsored by Aer Arran) 107/106 213; 6. Eamon McGill, Pauric McHugh, Pauric Brennan, Tom O’Donnell (sponsored by Hannigan Fish Trading) 106/104 210; 1st Sat Kevin Patton, Kieran Gallagher, Tommy Philbin, Mark Patton (sponsored by Clock Tower Bar & Bistro) 110; 2nd Sat Tom Rawdon, Eddie Gregg, Sean McGinley, Pete Shovlin (sponsored by Charael Catering) 108; 1st Sun Hugh Smith, Kevin Gilgunn, James McGuinness, Mark Diver (sponsored by Portsalon Golf Club) 110; 2nd Sun Michael Campbell, Charlie Diver, Martin Igoe, Myles Cunningham (sponsored by Silver Tassie) 108; Longest Drive (sponsored by John Deer Tractors), Mark Diver; Nearest Pin (Sponsored by Connor Mallon), Martin Roarty; Raffle Winners (sponsored by Morgan’s Mace, Portnoo): Pat McGee, Tom Rawdon, Pete Shovlin;

Fixtures:
Sunday September 19: Ardara G.A.A. Medal, medal for members only, visitors eligible for other prizes
Wednesday, September 22: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 8th September 2010

The Captain’s Outing to Ballyliffin is scheduled for October 9th and 10th. The cost is 110 euro per person sharing for two rounds of golf, bed and breakfast, an evening meal and prize-fund. Non-golfers are welcome to come for just 80 euro. Places are limited, so please contact the professionals as soon as possible.

Past captain, Michael Glynn hit the right notes last Monday in the Northern Bank Holiday stableford, finishing a shot ahead of Connor Taggart. This was the last hurrah of summer and Michael enjoyed every bit of it, racing through the back nine in 23 points. A trilogy of three-pointers got his back nine off to a great start and it was plain sailing from then on, with Michael eventually finishing on 41 points.

The Wednesday Open was an enjoyable affair, with unseasonably nice weather shocking all on the first day of September. John Gillespie of Cruit Island finished on top with 40 points, a fine performance on an away course. Neily Gildea and John McBride scrapped for the minor placings, with the Ardara man edging it by a shot over the Glenties stalwart. One wonders whether or not the upcoming local Rider Cup will see a similar outcome!

Results:
August 30: 1. Michael Glynn (20) 41; 2. Connor Taggart (17) 40; 3. Martin Regan (20) 38 b.o.t.; CSS 72; Twos: 6 balls
September 1: Wednesday Open 1. John Gillespie, Cruit 40; 2. Neily Gildea 39; 3. John McBride 38; CSS 73; Twos: 7 balls

Fixtures:
Sunday September 12: Coastal Windows, fourball betterball stroke, open.
Wednesday, September 15: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 31st August 2010

The club can feel very proud of its youth team following its narrow defeat to Ballyliffin in the County Final last weekend. To lose by a single hole after 108 holes of golf is heart-breaking but the lads can attest that they performed admirably and took defeat in the true spirit of the game. Following their semi-final victory the previous weekend, Martin Roarty had his charges practising for the home and away tussle ahead. Ballyliffin came down to Narin on Saturday and the resultant 2-1 victory for the home side was well-merited. The return match on Sunday was keenly contested, with our club captain enjoying the lads’ skill and fortitude. Alas, it was not to be and Ballyliffin proved themselves worthy champions. This was Narin and Portnoo’s third final appearance in four years, a testament to the work being done by the junior convenors and our club professionals.

John Molloy ripped the course apart last Wednesday, chiselling out two nines of 22 points for a fantastic one under par gross round of 72. John was out in level par, a bogey on four cancelled by a birdie on nine. An ugly seven on ten could have upset the apple cart, but John replied immediately, birdying eleven, thirteen and fourteen. Another bogey on seventeen left him requiring a par for a 73, but being a good Glenties G.A.A. man, John finished strongly, sinking a putt for birdie on the last. His fourball gaped in awe.

Frankie Kennedy was the only player to match his handicap last Sunday as the combination of windy conditions and tricky pins contributed to big scores on many cards in the Maguire Meats stroke competition. The Killybegs golfer did not enjoy the best of front nines, finishing with two double bogeys, but apart from a double also on fourteen, the golf coming home was exemplary, with six pars on the card. Owen Boner responded to my recent pep talk, winning his category with panache on a break-off-tie. The C.S.S. was high, reflecting the difficulty of the conditions, so only reductions of handicap applied.

The Captain’s Outing to Ballyliffin is scheduled for October 9th and 10th. The cost is 110 euro per person sharing for two rounds of golf, bed and breakfast, an evening meal and prize-fund. Non-golfers are welcome to come for just 80 euro. Places are limited, so please contact the professionals as soon as possible.

Results:
August 29: Maguire Meats 1. Frankie Kennedy (13) 73; 2. Charlie Tully (12) 75 b.o.t.; 3. Joe Conneely (15) 75; Cat A Paul Cooney (9) 76 b.o.t.; Cat B Owen Boner (14) 76 b.o.t.; Cat C Pat Gallagher (18) 76; Nines: Connell Gavigan (21) 34.5; Kevin Patton (9) 35.5; CSS 76;
August 25: Wednesday Open 1. John Molloy (7) 44; 2. Sean Macklin (20) 41; 3. Jim Young Snr. (6) 40; CSS 73; Twos: 2 balls

Fixtures:
Saturday/Sunday September 4/5: Am-Am, 36 holes, teams of four, team and individual prizes, ladies and gents, open.
Wednesday, September 8: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;