THE year 2016 could well prove to be a significant a landmark year for Ireland’s most northerly golf course with the Irish Close Championship and the Boys’ Home Internationals set for the picturesque Inishowen links.
And while the Irish Close Championship was always been a target for the powers that be at Ballyliffin, the announcement by the R.&A last week, that the Boys’ Home Internationals would be played in Ireland in 2016, will prove to be a significant boost for the Inishowen Peninsula and the North-West area in general.
And the fact that Ballyliffin had already successfully hosted European Tour and Ladies’ European Tour events in the past proved to be a major plus factor.
Both competitions will be played on the club’s tough Glashedy Links in June and August in three years time.
The Boys Home Internationals is an under-18 team event with players representing England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland taking part.
Commenting on last week’s announcement, Ballyliffin Golf Club’s general manager, Mr. John Farren, said the Inishowen club and it’s membership were was delighted with the appointment.
“It’s always considered an honour to be asked to host prestigous golf tournaments by the sports’ governing body and we believe the facilities we have on offer at Ballyliffin are now recognised throughout Ireland and, indeed, Europe,” he said.
“We believe that our links courses are among the best in Ireland and we constantly strive to improve our facilities and attract more local, national and international visitors to sample what we have on offer,” added Mr. Farren.
“It’s no secret either that we try to showcase our golf courses and, indeed, the Inishowen area in general, internationally and we continue to hold that view that being asked to host high profile competitions can only lead to better things in the future,” he concluded.
Results From Ballyliffin
Meanwhile, recent results from the local club were - Sunday, October 20th - Glashedy Winter League No. 1 - Glashedy Links - 0-15 - 1, break of tie, Paul McLaughlin (10) 39 points; 2, Liam McLaughlin (11) 39; 16-28 - 1, John Moore (17) 38; 2, Donal Carey (22) 34.
The C.S.S. was 72.
The Old Links - 0-15 - 1,Coleman Doherty (11) 41 points; 2, Liam Doherty (C) (11) 39; 16-28 - 1,Sean Barrett (16) 40; 2, Liam Rudden (22) 39.
The C.S.S. was 71.
Saturday Open Stableford, October 19th - 1, Eamon O’Donnell (19) 41 points; 2, Jim Nicell (16) 39; 3, Ryan Doherty (4) 38; gross, Dennis McConologue (8) 30; 4, Dermod Rooney (9) 38.
The C.S.S. was 72.
Wednesday, October 16th - 1, John Moore, 41 points; 2, Tony Gill, 40.
Ladies results, Sunday, October 20th - nine holes confined - 0-18 - 1, break of tie, Ann Friel, 15 points; 2, Mary McGeoghan,15; 19-28 - 1, break of tie, Sadie Grant 19; 2, Marie Gough, 19; 29-36 - 1, Annette Doherty, 16 pts.; 2, Bridget McGonigle, 14.
Tuesday, October 15th - ladies 18 holes - 1,Breige Boyle, 34 points; 2, break of tie, Mary McGeoghan, 32; 3, Noeleen Gordon, 32; back nine, Pauline Madden, 15 pts.
The C.S.S. was 75.
Forthcoming fixtures - today, Friday Open Stableford on Old Links; tomorrow (Sat.), Final Members’ Scramble with shotgun start at 10.30 a.m. Members are requested to assemble at 10.00 a.m. Also Saturday Open on Glashedy; Sunday, October 27th, Confined Stableford on the Old Links.
Connors Claims Monthly Medal at Dunfanaghy
James Connors produced a fantastic round on Sunday at Dunfanaghy when returning the top score of 60 nett to claim the Monthly Medal.
Full results were - October Monthly Medal - 1, James Connors, 60 nett; 2, break of tie, Paul Smyth, 63; gross, Billy McCallion, 72; 3, Enda McCormick, 63.
The C.S.S. was 67.
Saturday, October 19th, Open Fourball Better Ball - 1, Barry Kavannagh and Enda McClafferty, 46 points; 2, Kevin James and Eugene Gallagher, 45.
Meanwhile, Dunfanaghy will stage a Ladies & Gents Open Day, for those who may be interested in taking up golf and, indeed, may wish to join the club.
This will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, October 28th when Seamus McMonagle, the resident professional, will be in attendance from 12 noon to assist any person interested in joining.
This weekend’s competitions are - tomorrow (Sat.), Open Fourball Better Ball; Sunday, October 27th, Stewart Bam Cup v. par.