Paddy Boyle was the winner on a break-of-tie from Barney Cunningham with 34pts on Friday last in our local seniors society played over 16 holes. On the race for the Golfer of the Year, which will be decided on the best 4 cards, Barney Cunningham is on 25pts with Denis Carbery on 21 and Michael McGinley on 20. Our next outing is again this Friday 26th November with tee booked from 10 to 11a.m.
Our Wednesday and Sunday competitions were cancelled due to tempest and frost. Sunday’s turkey competition has been re-scheduled for this Saturday.
The North & West Coast Links Golf accepted the award for “European Golf Destination of the Year 2011” at The International Association of Golf Tour Operators annual Awards Ceremony in Valencia, Spain. Over 1,200 industry professionals from 60 countries attended the gala dinner to recognise and reward the exceptional contributions to the world of golf travel. Over 350 international golf tour operators from 52 countries across the world voted and initially selected 20 European golfing regions before whittling down the competition to just 6 finalists for the awards ceremony including Fife in Scotland (which includes the world famous Old Course at St. Andrews), the Czech Republic, Tenerife, Murcia in Spain and Lisbon in Portugal, along with North West Ireland.
Over the past few years the world’s most high profile destinations have won the coveted title, including Provence & Cote D’Azur, the Algarve, Andalucia, and Turkey.
North & West Coast Links Golf has grown from just 4 clubs to now being considered the premier golf marketing organisation in Ireland, through representation of 12 of the finest courses in Ireland, which include Ardglass Golf Club, Royal Portrush Golf Club, Portstewart Golf Club, Ballyliffin Golf Club, Portsalon Golf Club, Rosapenna Golf Links, Donegal Golf Club, Co. Sligo Golf Club, Enniscrone Golf Club, Carne Golf Links, Connemara Championship Links and of course, our own Narin & Portnoo Golf Club. So far this year, bookings have been up 40% for 2010 compared to 2009, ensuring a major golf tourism spend in this region.
Narin and Portnoo’s recent rise of 29 places in the Golf Digest Ireland rankings of Irish golf clubs has given us all further reason for good cheer as we approach the New Year and all associated with this progress are to be commended.
Saturday November 27th: Single stroke turkey
Sunday November 28th: Single stableford turkey
Wednesday, December 1st: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;
The recent passing of Ciaran Corrigan saddened all those who knew the avid golfer from Armagh. A member for over 40 years, Ciaran was a gentleman, quiet in demeanour and a regular visitor to the area. To his lovely wife Marie and all his family, the club sends its condolences. May he rest in peace.
Dan McCole’s passing removed another link with the early history of our club. He helped me with my research several years ago and was a mine of information. Dan’s uncle, Tommy McLoone was in charge of the Downstrands L.D.F. during the war and as a young lad, Dan recalled three metre-wide trenches being dug on any flat ground such as the fourth fairway at Narin and Portnoo Golf Course or at Sandfield to prevent aircraft from landing. He was a member of the Portnoo Dramatic Club which raised a lot of money for the club during the hard days of the fifties and early sixties. The club would not exist today were it not for the efforts of Dan and the many other amateur thespians who volunteered their time and energy over several years. We sympathise with his loving family and many friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Michael Gallagher turned back the clock last Wednesday, skating round the links in 38 points over just 16 holes. The nine-handicapper still retains all the shot-makling ability that saw him play off low single figures in days gone by and it’s good to see him playing so well again.
Kevin Nicholson won Sunday’s Turkey competition with an impressive 42 points over 18 holes. The weather conditions were favourable and Kevin went round in just 12 over par to win by two from Gerald McDwyer.
After both Denis Carbery and Micheal McGinley finished on 30pts with the back 9, back 6, back 3 and last hole tied, it was decided to declare last Friday’s result a tie, with both men winning 10 bonus points in the race for the overall winner, which will be decided at Xmas. Manus Boyle was a shot further back on 29. With the 4 best cards to count for overall winner, Micheal McGinley has 20 pts followed by Barney Cunningham on 15, a point ahead of Denis Carbery on 14, with Manus Boyle on 13. The tee is again booked from 10 to 11 this Friday 19th.
November 10: 1. Michael Gallagher (9) 38; 2. Sean Connaughton (20) 35; 3. John McBride (9) 34 b.o.t.; Twos: 3 balls
November 14: 1. Kevin Nicholson (18) 42; 2. Gerald McDwyer (12) 40; 3. Frankie Kennedy (13) 39 b.o.t.; CSS 73; Twos: 5 balls
Sunday November 21st: Single stroke turkey
Wednesday, November 24th: Wednesday Open, ladies and gents, single stableford, 20 euro entry for G.U.I. visitors, including green fee;