Monthly Archives: May 2009

May 18

Narin and Portnoo struck gold last Sunday when Nan and Noel Quinn’s mixed foursomes team qualified third in a tournament in Bundoran. After years of hardly ever qualifying for the matchplay stages of any Ulster tournament and, indeed, neglecting this particular event, the club has now done the business for the second week running, following our previous qualification in the Pierce Purcell competition. The captains dispensed with the usual selection routine and the fresh approach reaped spectacular dividends, with all ten players earning their spot on the team through current form. Leading the charge were the pairings of Gráinne Cafferty and Harold Reid and Nan herself and Donie McCole. They both shot fine 74s in terrible conditions and were ably supported by the other three pairings:  Mairtín Ó hIarnáin and Margaret Roarty; Dominic Mullin and May McCann; and Seamus McDonagh and Margaret Murphy. Mrs. Murphy was a playing member of the team which qualified on the only other previous occasion in 1990, while it proved a double celebration for the Roarty household as Margaret’s husband, Martin was a member of the leading qualifying team, Strabane. Narin and Portnoo will now meet Newtownstewart in the matchplay stage and this tussle will take place in Bundoran within the next three weeks. Letterkenny filled the final position on the day and now face Strabane.

Mixed team member, Dominic Mullin enjoys a time-out on the 15th tee at Narin with John Simpson and Michael Naughton.

Mixed team member, Dominic Mullin enjoys a time-out on the 15th tee at Narin with John Simpson and Michael Naughton.

Two holes in one were achieved by members last week, with Finín Mac a’ Bháird and Eamon McGill reducing holes to a single shot. The former got lucky at Millicent Golf Club in Co. Kildare, rattling in an eight-iron at the 4th to bemused silence from his startled playing partners. The jocular Gortnacart school-master won the sixteenth hole at Narin without a dissenting voice (for a change) from his wizened fourball opponents, courtesy of a finely-struck short iron or driver, the club’s actual identity depending on whether one believes the victor or vanquished.

The club’s Ulster Fourball team have left themselves a lot to do after only picking up two and a half matches at home to Portsalon. Pat Connaghan and Kevin McCready enjoyed a romping 8 and 6 victory in their match, while Patrick Gallagher and Connell Gavigan also won for Narin. Hugh F. Shovlin and Paddy B. Boyle scored a crucial half in their tussle, while Manus Boyle and Sean McGinley and Frank and Paul McGinley will be eager to go one better in the return leg.

During last week’s notes, I inadvertently identified James McGinley instead of James Keeney as the successful playing partner for Bart Whelan during the club’s successful qualifying for the Pierce Purcell matchplay stage. It could have been worse…I could have paired Bart with George!

Gerard McCabe has returned to the fold and already he is setting the golf world alight! His victory in Wednesday’s Open was a splendid effort, his scorecard containing 21 points out and 19 on the way home, garnished with a birdie at the last.

Gerard continued his good form into Sunday’s competition sponsored by Killybegs G.A.A. with a third place finish behind Francie Cunningham. The latter enjoyed a most fruitful round of pars with fourteen of the little beauties adorning his card. The one blemish was a thorny nine at the tenth, a card-wrecker of a hole if ever there was one. It didn’t prove fatal on this occasion and Francie proved a worthy winner.

Saturday’s competition (3TS & Canon Devlin Cup) was postponed due to the poor weather and will be played at a later date.
We sympathise with Des Woods on the recent passing of his wife, Ann. May she rest in peace. We also send our condolences to the McDwyer family on the recent death of Dan. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Results:
May 13: 1. Gerard McCabe (17) 40; 2. Sean McGinley (18) 36 b.o.t.; 3. Pat Cunningham (16) 36; Twos: 4 balls each; Hole-in-one: Eamon McGill @ 16th hole, 11 balls, C.S.S. 73
May 17: Killybegs G.A.A. 1. Francie Cunningham (11) 70; 2. Neily Gildea (11) 71; 3. Gerard McCabe (16) 72; Cat A Fr. Adrian Gavigan (9) 74; Cat B Pauric McHugh (11) 74; Cat C John Callaghan (23) 72; Nines: Pat Gallagher (18) 32; Seamus Gildea (24) 35; CSS 74; Twos: 2 balls each
Fixtures:
The details of upcoming competitions may be viewed on the club website, which is currently being renovated. The revised draws for second rounds of the matchplay competitions are also available online.
May 23: Ardara Golf Society outing in Narin and Portnoo, 9a.m. start, visitor prize on offer for Charlie et al.
May 24: Mickey’s Express Stop, single stableford, open
May 27: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 15 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors including green fee

May 12

Ladies’ Notes:
Wendy Patterson (18) won Mavis Goodall’s Prize on Sun. 3rd. May in extremely windy conditions with  a score of  31pts. The Tues. Competition of 5th May had no entrants because of atrocious weather.  The Corn Inse Caoile has reached the Quarter finals stage with Margaret Roarty and Eithne Devlin taking on May and Eileen while Breege and Claire must play Patricia and Maureen.  Well done to Maureen who won her away match in Rossess Point on Mon 11th. May to ensure  Nairn & Portnoo Ladies go through to Round 2 of the AA Intermediate Cup (Handicaps (16-22). Celia and Grainne won the two home matches on the same day.  The next round is on May 25th. Against Donegal or Enniscrone. Good luck to May and Grainne in their match against Ballybofey on Frid. in the Miele 4ball competition.The Lady Captain is hoping for a good turnout of N/P ladies in the final outing of the West Coast Alliance in Cruit on Sat. May 23rd. Ring Jo Dunleavy for a time on the sheet at 0749521370 or 0879574627. N/P are only 3 stab. pts behind the leaders, Cruit, so hopefully it will be yet another tight battle with Cruit having home advantage which will put them under a lot of pressure! The Peugeot Foursomes has been reorganized for Sunday May 24th. 3 3.30pm, arrange your partner and come along. There will be golf lessons for ladies every Tues. at 6.30pm. Ring the club pro shop at 0749545107 for further details.

May 11

Entrants should note that the closing date for the first round of the three club matchplay competitions has been extended to Monday, May 18th.

Patsy Harkin’s Minor League team won the tie with Redcastle thanks in no small part to the “Herculean efforts” of the big lad from Killymard. A large dose of salt is usually served when the Wolves fan is waxing lyrical about his game but the evidence seems conclusive that a four and a half foot putt was indeed holed by the said Mr. Justin Gillespie on the final green to guarantee Narin and Portnoo passage to the next round. His partner in sublime was Connell Gavigan, while the other winning pair were Hugh Francis Shovlin and Paddy B. Boyle. The other victorious team members were Ted Breslin and Eamon McNelis, Patsy Harkin and Frank McGinley and Pat Connaghan and Sean McGinley. Congratulations lads!

Pierce Purcell qualifying took place at Narin at the weekend and it proved a successful event on every front. The weather was glorious and the course was in immaculate condition for the 14 teams competing. Letterkenny shot the lights out in qualifying with a score (355) which would have been excellent for a Jimmy Bruen team. Gaoth Dobhair were the best of a trio of clubs in second, with Newtownstewart and the home team filling the remaining qualifying positions. Narin and Portnoo will now meet Letterkenny in the matchplay stage and we wish Seamus McDonagh’s lads well on neutral territory at Donegal Golf Club. The team on Sunday featured Dominic Mullin and Pat Cunningham (second best overall score on the day at 13 over); Mairtín ó hIarnáin and Alan Elliott; Hughie Moy and Paul McNamee; Vinny Gallagher and Patrick Boyle; James Keeney and Bart Whelan.

The Ardara G.A.A. competition was played on Saturday and Strabane’s in-form player, Kevin Patton eked out a slender victory over the field. His 35 points was a tale of two nines, with the damage done on the outward nine. Patrick P. Gallagher finished second, also with 35. This was sufficient to reduce the skilful Glenties player’s handicap to 17 and thus remove him from selection for the time being from the Minor League team. Last Wednesday’s competition was cancelled due to the poor weather.

Demonstrating excellent balance and technique, Connor Mallon unleashes another huge drive.

Demonstrating excellent balance and technique, Connor Mallon unleashes another huge drive.

Club professional, Connor Mallon lived up to his big billing in last week’s notes by achieving an excellent third place finish out of sixty at a qualifying event at the Heritage Golf Club outside Portlaoise. He shot a round of 73, just two shots off the winner and thus will travel to Dundonald Golf Links in Scotland to endeavour to qualify from there for the British and Irish Club Pros team to play against their American counterparts later this year. The final qualifier takes place from June 16th to 19th and we wish Connor all the best as he flies the flag for Narin and Portnoo.

Results:
May 9: Ardara GAA 1. Kevin Patton (9) 35 b.o.t.; 2. Patrick P. Gallagher (18) 35; 3. Kieran Gallagher (12) 34 b.o.t.; Cat A Martin Roarty (6) 33 b.o.t.; Cat B Frankie Campbell (16) 34; Cat C Manus Boyle Snr. (19) 34; Nines: Sean Cafferty (11) 21; Sean Boyce (6) 18 b.o.t.; CSS 75; Twos: 6 balls

Fixtures:
The details of upcoming competitions may be viewed on the club website, which is currently being renovated.
May 16: 3Ts Suicide Prevention & Canon Devlin Cup, single stableford, ladies and gents, open
May 17: Killybegs G.A.A. single stroke, open
May 20: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 15 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors including green fee