THE ANNUAL Hogmany Scramble, staged at Lisfannon on January 2nd, again proved highly popular with 26 teams of four competing in the first major competition since the recent lay-off.
And too of the pile with a nett score of 55.2 was the quartet of P. J. McCarron, Liam Henderson, Neil Harkin and Kevin Callaghan, who carded a level par 70 to win the first team event of the year.
The runners-up, following a break of tie, was the team consisting of club Captain, Chris Neff, secretary, Eddie Curran, treasurer, Frank McHale and former President, Dudley Coyle on 55.5 nett.
North-West members are reminded that the annual general meeting will be held in the clubhouse on Friday, January 28th at 8.00 p.m. sharp.
This weekend’s fixtures are - tomorrow (Sat.), Confined Singles Stableford with week seven of the Winter League to be staged on Sunday. Those not playing in the Winter League will play in a Confined Singles Stableford.
Results From Ballyliffin
Sunday, January 2nd - Glashedy No. 2 - on the Old Links - 0-12 - 1, Des Kemmy (5) 40 points; 2, Cecil Doherty (9) 39; 13-18 - 1, Declan Ferry (14) 40 points; 2, Paul Cox (16) 39; 19-28 - 1, Michael Doherty (27) 38 points; 2, Mickey McDermott (20) 38.
On Glashedy - 0-12 - 1, John McKeever (9) 41 points; 2, Alan Doherty (1) 38; 13-18 - 1, Christy Friel (15) 38 points; 2, Brian Gibbons (16) 38; 19-28 - 1, Seamus Gordon (22) 37 points; 2, Gerard Friel (20) 35.
Meanwhile, congratulations to John McKeever on his New Year “ace” recorded at the 14th on Glashedy, his eight iron shot finding its way into the cup from the tee.
Saturday, January 1st - Confined Singles Stableford - 1, break of tie, Conor Fagan (17) 36 points; 2, Denis Clancy (12) 36.
Friday, December 31st - 1, Eddie McGonagle (18) 44 points; 2, break of tie, David McLaughlin (13) 41; 3, Darragh McLaughlin (13) 41.
Wednesday Society, December 29th - 1, break of tie, John Doherty (W) 38 points; 2, Jim Brown, 38; 3, break of tie, Jackie McGeoghegan, 36.
This weekend’s fixtures - today (Friday), Ladies & Gents Open Stableford on Glashedy; tomorrow (Sat.), Ladies & Gents Open on the Old Links also Spring Cup on Glashedy; Sunday, January 9th, Confined Stableford on Glashedy.
Competitions finally resumed last weekend at Greencastle with singles stableford competitions played on Saturday and Sunday.
Jason McLaughlin (8) emerged one of the most improved players last year and he appears to have carried that consistency into the New Year when returning a winning 30 points on Satudray last.
Sunday saw the rescheduled “bottles” competition played and prizes were presented to the top eight players. The best score of the day was returned by Des Henry (10) who negotiated the 13 holes in 35 points. Nearest to him was 21 handicapper, Jim Gallagher, on 32 points. A break of tie was required for the next three positions and Cathal Langan defeated Liam McCourt, who in turn got the better of Gerry Guckian. All three scored 30 points. Similarly there were breaks of tie for those on 29 points. Gerard Harvey had the best of these, closely followed by Seamus Quigley. The eighth prize was won by Brian Barr.
This weekend events include a Ladies & Gents Confined Stableford tomorrow (Sat.) and a Confined Singles Stableford on Sunday.
Buncrana Winter League
The second round of the matchplay stages in the Owen McDaid (Roe) Taxi & Minibus Hire Winter League was staged at Buncrana last weekend.
And the upset of the round was the defeat of the top qualifiers Jim Fletcher & Brian Mc Nicholl by the father and son combination of Martin & Christopher McCallion. Jim & Brian took a two holes lead early in the back nine, but Martin & Christopher fought back to win the match 3&2.
The draw for the quarter-finals resulted as follows - Kevin McDermott & Paul Eccles v Michael McCann & Charlie McElhinney; Andy Doherty & Jim Caldwell v Billy McDaid & Robert Doherty; Eamon Doherty & Hugh Doherty (H) v Martin McLaughlin & Sean McMenamin and Raymond Gallagher & Ray Gallagher v Martin McCallion & Christopher McCallion.
All matches must be played on or before Sunday, January 16th and the match of the quarter-finals is expected to involve the father and sons combinations of the Gallagher and McCallion families.
Menwhile, there was also a confined sweep last week which saw Sean Murphy take first place with 40 points, three points clear of Danny O’Brien.
The course will be closed until 12.30 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday) to facilitate the Donegal & Friends Ladies Alliance who have the first tee booked from 9.00 a.m. until 11.00 a.m.
There will also be an Open Pairs nine holes Scramble to be played over tomorrow and Sunday but the course will be closed to members from 2:00 p.m. onwards to facilitate the annual general meeting which will take place this Sunday, January 9th at 2.30 p.m. sharp in the clubhouse.
Normal conditions returned to Faughan Valley last weekend and a large entry of frustrated golfers took full advantage of the recent weather change for the New Year Open weekend competition.
The winner, Willie Duffy, got over the line with the minimum to spare, his 43 points just enough to ward off the chasing pack, no fewer than four competitors having to be seperated by tie-breaks. All four competitors accumulated scores of 42 points.
Full results were - 1, Willie Duffy (22) 43 points; 2, break of tie, Tommy Parkhill (16) 42; 3, David McKeever (22) 42; 4, Kevin Kelly (16) 42; 5. Robbie Millar (18) 42.
The ‘twos’ winner was Gregory McGlinchey.