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Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Notes 30th May 2011

Our fine Irish Junior Cup team (low handicappers above five handicap) qualified in second place in Letterkenny and in so doing set up a knockout match with Enniskillen to be played at Letterkenny. The team finished on 348, ten shots behind the hosts, but a point ahead of Enniskillen and two clear of Portstewart. The famous five were Sean Hanrahan, Willie Quinn, John Molloy, Eamon McGill and team captain, Harold Reid. Our prospects of progressing further are encouraging with tough matchplay competitors such as these.

The eagerly awaited two-day Am-Am will kick off this Saturday and the prizes have golfers salivating in anticipation! The winners of this four-person team event will enjoy two nights bed and breakfast in the Harcourt Hotel in Dublin, four green fees for Carton House and four also for the K Club! Details of entry may be obtained from the Pro Shop. We wish all those taking part a pleasant weekend, fine weather and fun golf.

John Bán Gallagher is the Golfer of the Year for 2010 after his victory over promising teenager, Aaron Bennett in the final. The win was comfortable in the end for one of the ‘winningest’ golfers in the club. The end came at the thirteenth, but John was gracious enough to ensure that I noted that Aaron hadn’t been playing much golf in recent times. Nevertheless, to reach the final was a great achievement for both golfers following their medal wins in 2010 and the two matchplay rounds they had to negotiate en route. Congratulations, John Bán!

Eddie Gregg won Dr. McCloskey’s Matchplay Trophy for the second year in succession following a hard-fought encounter with Sean Cafferty of Killybegs. The defending champion had to do it the hard way, coming from three holes down with just five to play. Excellent golf over the first 13 holes had put Sean in the driving seat, but wins at 14, 15 and 16 set up a thrilling finale which ended all square on 18. The 19th failed to split the dueling pair, but a fine approach to the 20th set up a birdie putt which was eventually conceded by the challenger. Eddie joins Tony Dooley, Harold Reid and Michael Gallagher Jnr. in the list of back-to-back winners of this prestigious trophy.

Our seven-man Ulster Cup side (handicaps greater than 9) finished the job in its second round tussle with Blackwood in a well-contested home leg last Sunday. The excellent away result made life somewhat easier for Narin and Portnoo but the performances of the team showed no signs of complacency and after the first three players all won, the rest of the team were called to shore. The only change to the team saw Hughie Moore slot in seamlessly.

The Donegal Minor League team (handicaps greater than 17) also made one change, with Hugh Francis Shovlin coming in for the injured Kevin McCready. After the drama in Murvagh where two points were secured, Narin and Portnoo aimed for the three and a half points that would set up a second round match with Ballybofey and Stranorlar. Three points were in the bag when Paddy B. Boyle and Patsy Harkin stood on the 18th tee one down to their opponents. A par was a must into the gale and Paddy obliged, holding his nerve to play a fine shot into the heart of the green. The hole was duly won, and with it the match. Commiserations to a fine Donegal side and good luck to Frank’s men in the next round.

James Quinn’s senior team (golfers aged 50 or over) eked out an excellent two and a half matches in their away encounter with Dunfanaghy last Thursday. The return this week is finely balanced, but with the club four holes up, there is much room for optimism. The winning pairings were Willie Quinn with Eamon McGill and Frankie Kennedy with Sean Cafferty, while Ciaran O’Kane and Kevin Patton got a precious half. The pairings of John Quinn with Michael Nicholson and Mairtín Ó hIarnáin with Hughie Moore battled to the 18th hole in their matches, thus ensuring that Narin and Portnoo are up on holes won.

Kevin Patton was much heralded in last week’s notes for his return to the form of yesteryear and he confirmed that upturn by winning the Coastal Windows stableford event played on a gale-lashed golf course on Sunday. The Strabane golfer finished in the top three for the third event in succession, firing 21 points with the aid of the wind and garnering enough points coming home to win comfortably. His birdies at the first and fourth gave him a cushion which he built on, despite some indifferent holes on his return. The fact that John McBride’s 16 points won the back nine on the day speaks volumes for how tough it was!

Summer coaching for juniors will resume on Saturday, June 4th with PGA professionals Connor Mallon and Daragh Lyons conducting lessons in three categories. These will continue every Saturday right through the summer. The time-slots are as follows: Under 10s from 2 to 3p.m.; Under 14s from 3 to 4p.m.; Under 18s from 4 to 5p.m. For Registration call 0749545107. The fee per lesson is only 5 euro per child.

Results:

May 25: Wednesday Open, cancelled due to adverse weather May 29: Coastal Windows 1. Kevin Patton (9) 33; 2. Hugh Smith (22) 31; 3. Hughie Moy (30) 30; Cat A Kieran Gallagher (9) 29; Cat B Barry Doherty (12) 30; Cat C James McGuinness (26) 26; Nines: Danny McGinley (17) 19; John McBride (9) 16; C.S.S. 76; Twos: 5 balls

Fixtures:

June 3: Donegal League match at home to Gaoth Dobhair, 4p.m.

June 4/5 Am-Am team event, open, ladies & gents June 8: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;

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.

Results:

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.

Fixtures:

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.

Results:
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

Fixtures:
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;

Naomh Conaill Notes 16th November 2010

Well done to the Senior team and management on reaching the Ulster Club final after beating Coalisland by 1 point in a very dramatic finish in Enniskillen last Sunday. This is a fantastic acheivement  when you consider that only 2 clubs from Donegal have ever reached the  final before and the last club being Killybegs in 1991. They now prepare to play Crossmaglen in the final on Sunday 28th November which will be a very special occassion and the biggest day in the clubs history.

The club are hosting a Tea Party in the Highlands Hotel this Saturday night starting at 8.30pm sharp.

There was no winner of last weeks lotto. The numbers drawn were 4,21,22,26. Two prizes of 50 Euro went to Emer Doherty, Dungloe and Peter Gavigan, Glenties. The jackpot now stands at 4,300 Euro.

Tickets for the Donegal Ladies Banquet which is on this Saturday night in the Clanree Hotel are on sale in Mc Glincheys.

Naomh Conaill Notes 9th November 2010

Good luck to the senior team who play Coalisland in the Ulster Club semi final this Sunday at 2.30pm in Brewster Park Enniskillen at 2.30pm. The boys have done the club and county proud so far and we hope they can keep it going.

There was no winner of last weeks lotto. The numbers drawn were . Two prizes of 50 Euro went to John Boyle, Glenties and Michael Ward, Glenties. The jackpot next week is 4,200 EURO. The numbers drawn were 1,9,23,26.

The club are hosting Live to Play in the clubhouse on Wednesday 17th Nov at 7.30pm. This is a very important workshop on road safety and will include a presentation from An Garda Siochana, Guest Speakers and other important presentations. The clubs attenting are Naomh Conaill, Ardara and Na Rossa.

The club are having a Pub Quiz in Paddys Bar this Saturday night.

We are hosting a Tea Party in The Highlands Hotel on Saturday 20th November

Naomh Conaill Notes 1st November 2010

Congratulations to the Senior team on reaching the Ulster Club semi final for the first time in the clubs history after a great victory over Clontibret in Ballybofey last Sunday. They now play Coalisland (Tyrone) in Brewster Park, Enniskillen at 2.30pm on Sunday 14th November.

There was no winner of last weeks lotto. The numbers drawn were 1,3,10,19. Two prizes of 50 Euro went to Catherine Boyle, Glenties and Cherle Quinn, Glenties. The jackpot now stands at 4,100 Euro.

The 200 Club draw was held last Monday night and the 1st prize of 500 Euro went to Ann Connaghan and 5 prizes of 100 Euro went to Francis Campbell, Muriel Hegarty, Hughie Quinn, Karla Doherty and Tim Cranley.

The club are hosting Live to Play in the clubhouse on Wednesday 17th Nov at 7.30pm. This is a very important workshop on road safety and will include a presentation from An Garda Siochana, Guest Speakers and other important presentations. The clubs attenting are Naomh Conaill, Ardara and Na Rossa.

There will be a club meeting in the clubhouse next Monday night at 9pm.

Congratulations to the senior ladies who won the Darren Mc Ginley Memorial Tournament in Glen last Saturday week. Thanks to the Glenties Theatre Workshop for donating the proceeds from the very sucessful musical Grease. They sponsored a set of jerseys for our senior ladies and donated 2,639 Euro and they also donated 1,000 Euro to the Naomh Conaill weights fund. The ladies held a pub quiz in Paddys last week and raised 300 Euro.

Naomh Conaill Notes 30th September 2010

Congratulations to Aoife Mc Donald and the Donegal Ladies on their fantastic victory against Waterford in the All Ireland Intermediate final last Sunday in Croke Park.

Congratulations to Eoghan Mc Gettigan who came first in the County Finals of the U-12 skills held in Convoy on Friday 24th September. Eoghan won the internal club competition several weeks ago and has been practising on the six skills involved since. Competing against kids on Friday from all the other clubs in the County, this is a great achievement by Eoghan and all at the Club congratulate him and his family.

Good luck to the senior team and management against Killybegs in the Co Final this Sunday in Ballybofey at 4pm. We would encourage as many of our supporters as possible to make the trip to the game as they always add so much colour and excitement to the games.

The 3rds drew with Mac Cumhaills 0-9 to 1-6 last Saturday in the semi final of the Junior B championship, no date has yet being fixed for the replay.

There was no winner of last weeks lotto. Two prizes of 50 Euro went to Maura Kilbane, Ardara and Mrs Mc Monagle, Fintown. The numbers drawn were 1,2,3,14. The jackpot now stands 3,600 Euro.

The 200 Club draw was held last Monday night and the 1st prize of 500 Euro went to Sean Connoughton and 5 prizes of 100 Euro went to Seamus O Malley, Daniel Mc Geehan, Elaine Campbell, Kathleen Griffin and Declan Bonner.

Our under 8’s travelled to Moy, Co. Tyrone last Saturday for a tournament which consisted of 11 clubs. After a slow start we improved with each game to reach the final of the shield, having defeated Enniskillen Gaels with a great display in the semi-finals. In the final we met a very strong Madden team from Armagh and were defeated but doesn’t take away from the huge efforts made all day by these young players. A big thank you to all who came and supported on the day and also to Mark and Rosaleen Mc Devitt who sponsored the meal for the players on the way home. Special thanks to The Moy club in Tyrone for a very well organised day. Thanks also to all the coaches and the ladies who helped us out all year. A more detailed report on the tournament will be posted on the club website.

There will be a Table Quiz this Friday night in Paddys Bar at 9.30pm