Chris Bounces Back at Strabane

Wood Driver by Golf Ball June 2000
Wood Driver by Golf Ball June 2000

Chris McDermott recorded a fine victory on Saturday in the Fletcher Golf Open at Strabane with an excellent 41 points in breezy conditions.

Having looked set to win the previous weekend until he encountered a disaster at the 15th hole, Chris made no similar mistake on this occasion closing out his round with a strong finish to take the honours by one point.

Full results were - 1, Chris McDermott (11) 41 points; 2, Eamon McGlinchey (17) 40; 3, break of tie, Cathal Patton (5) 38; 4, Paul Gallagher (8) 38; 5, Cathal McLaughlin, 38; gross, Stephen McCay (5) 32; front nine, Mickey Neeson, 22; back nine, Neil Alcock, 21.

The presentation for this event will be held tonight (Friday) at 7.30 p.m. sharp.

With none of the leading contenders in the race for the ‘Golfer of the Year’ title, things remained as they were with Ryan McGowan adding to his impressive golfing C.V. taking the title to add to his recent Club Championship win. Keith Patterson finished second with Peter Doherty in third spot.

Club Captain, Sean MacIntyre, showed a welcome return to form in Thursday’s Open event, kindly sponsored by local company, What’s on Your Wall?

Sean’s return of 43 points saw him win by one point from the in-form Robert Bell (13) with the third placed Kevin McGinley (11) finished with 41. The gross was won by Peter Doherty (5) with 31.

Last Sunday last saw the final Mixed Greensomes event of the year and was dominated by the husband and wife pairing of Olive and Eric Reid with 38 points over the 15 holes. They finished two clear of Caroline and Frankie Connolly with Noreen and Oliver McNally in third place with 35 pts.

The club draw took place last Saturday night in the clubhouse and results were - first prize, £3,000, Orla & Patricia Coyle; 2nd, Patsy Fullerton, £2.000; 3, Audrey Preston £1,000; 4, Seamus McGarrigle, £500; 5, Sean Callaghan, £400; 6, Geraldine Diver £300; 7, Agnes Devenney £200; £100 - Frances Harkin, Paul Duddy, John Quinn, John Wylie, Teresa McCauley and Ned and Shane (DOE).

The Captain’s outing takes place tomorrow to Greencastle with 140 members travelling to the Inishowen club and, everyone is asked to be punctual for their tee-off times.

The first tee has been booked from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. for the Greencastle players.

Faughan Valley Notes

Results from last weekend’s Drummond Hotel Open Stableford, played over Saturday and Sunday, were - 1, Cathal McDermott (14) 43 points; 2, Ian Dunn (23) 42; 3, break of tie, Andrew Totton (22) 41; 4, Gerry Irwin (14) 41; front nine, Gerry Irwin; back nine, Terence Bradley.

Monday sat the start of the Winter League and the turkey competitions, which will be played off the green tees.

Ballyliffin Results

Recent results from Ballyliffin - Sunday, September 30th - James McLaughlin Confined (blue tees) - 1, Jim Coyle, 35 points; 2, Paul Doherty (3) 32; 3, Shaun O’Donnell (8) 32; 4, Tony Crowley (8) 32; gross, Bryan Northey (6) 24.

Saturday, September 29th, Confined Stableford - 1, Des Kemmy (5) 37 points; 2, Gerard Friel (16) 32; 3, Sean Harley (16) 31; gross, Matt Concannon (8) 18.

Friday, September 28th - Members’ Scramble - 1, C. Collins, T. Gill, P. Toland, C. Garside, 26.7; 2, P. Quigley, C. Quigley, C. Gibbons, J. Gill, 27.4; 3, T. Doherty, P. Doherty, C. Quigley, P. Mooney, 28.2.

Wednesday Society, September 26th - 1, P. N. Grant, 34 points; 2, Hugo Boyce, 34; 3, P. O ‘Donoghue 32.

Weekend fixtures - tomorrow (Sat.), Final Scramble of season on Old Links, Shotgun Start at 12.30 p.m. Entry Fee: £2 per person. (If your name has not been included in the draw below and you wish to play, arrive at the club before 12.00 noon and the office staff will attempt to make arrangements)

The full timesheet reads - 1st tee, John Gibbons, Paddy Logue, Carmel Quigley, Andy McGonigle; 2nd tee, J. Quigley, Keith Marston, Vivian Bannon, Tom Doherty; 3rd tee, P. McLaughlin (R), Tony Gill, Geraldine Mullan, Brian Gibbons; 4th tee, Martin Boyle, Gerard Friel, Aine McElhinney, Conor Collins; 5th tee, Marc Desmond, Shaun Collins, Deirdre McCusker, Jackie McGeoghegan; 6th tee, Paschal Mooney, John Gill, Mary McGonigle, Pat O’Donnell; 7th tee, Des Kemmy, Philip Quigley, Patsy Ann McLaughlin, Vincent Lynn; 8th tee, Cecil Doherty, Philip Farren, Kathleen Doherty, Patsy Toland; 9th tee, Paddy McDermott, Paul Grant, Teish Doherty, Michael Doherty (D); 18th tee, Kevin McLaughlin (H), Barney Mullan, Sadie Grant (N), Denis O’Connor; 17th tee, David McLaughlin, Charlie Gibbons, Briege Doherty, Eddie McGonigle; 16th tee, Michael Grant, Hugh McEleney, Mary McGeoghan, Paul Houton; 15th, Neil Grant, Phelim Davenport, Geraldine Mullan, James Carr.

Meanwhile, the Friday Opens return to Ballyliffin next week - October 12th on The Old Links - and timesheet is now available, tel. 00-353-7493-78100 (from N. Ireland).

New membership offer is now available, play 18 months for the price of 12. Join Ballyliffin now and enjoy Full Membership from October 1st, 2012 until April 1st, 2014 for E1000/E1,250 plus levies.

Portsalon Winter Links

The first outing of the Portsalon Winter Links teed off on Saturday last and the event attracted a large turnout.

Results were - Nett Section - 1, break of tie, Donal McCafferty (13) 37 points; 2, Stephen Connolly (5) 37; 3, Paddy Sheridan (7) 36.

Gross Section - 1, Eamonn McDermott (3) 32 points; 2, John G McBride (scr) 30; 3, break of tie, Barry McMenamin (5) 29.

The C.S.S. was 35 pts.

The next outing of the Winter Links takes place on Saturday, October 13th and all members are reminded to book their tee times.

As from Wednesday last, six inch placing on all fairways only has been introduced at Portsalon.

Forthcoming fixtures - tomorrow (Sat.), Gents Open Stableford; Sunday, October 7th, Confined Stableford; Wednesday, October 10th, Gents Open Stableford. Timesheets are in operation for all competitions, telephone: 0749159459 or go online to

The annual Captain’s annual “weekend away,” organised by the vice-captain, Joe Harkin, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 20th and 21st. The event will be staged at Headford Golf Club in Kells, Co Meath. Contact the clubhouse on 0749259459 or the vice captain for further details.

This season’s Gaeltacht League tees-off tomorrow with Portsalon’s team captain, Donal Callaghan, leading his team to Gweedore.

Recent results - Wednesday Open, September 28th - 1, Joe Coyle, 34 points.

Last Sunday’s members’ competition - 1, Denis Sweeney (19) 39 points; 2, Connor McFadden (12) 38; gross, Eamon McDermott (3) 30.

The CSS was 35 pts.

A special opportunity has arised for those wishing to join Portsalon Golf Club and enjoy three months free golf . Those interested should make an application and pay the fees for 2013 to get golf in October, November and Decemberfor free.

St. Joseph’s Past Pupils’

Union Golf Outing

St. Joseph’s Past Pupils’ Union will hold their annual golf outing at Greencastle on Saturday, October 20th with the first tee booked from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

The Open Stableford is open to all past pupil’s, teaching staff and auxiliary staff.

If interested in taking part, please contact Kevin Thompson on 02871-262923 or 07540424924