Joy for Joanne on Lady Captain’s Day

North-West Lady Captain, Claire Cully, pictured with her prizewinners following last wekend's competition at Lisfannon. (Photograph: Eileen Moyne)
North-West Lady Captain, Claire Cully, pictured with her prizewinners following last wekend's competition at Lisfannon. (Photograph: Eileen Moyne)

JOANNE Harkin used her experience to good effect at North-West on Saturday when securing Mrs. Claire Cully’s fabulous Lady Captain’s Prize, the event played in horrendous conditions.

The talented eight handicapper battled her way through the heavy showers and windy conditions to post a highly respectable 35 points and hold a two points advantage over the chasing pack.

And while that victory was certainly celebrated by the Buncrana Harkin family, the ability of husband James was not to be outdone either as he stood up to the plate to win the annual Glengollan Cup which was staged at Lisfannon on Sunday.

But back to Claire Cully’s Captain’s Prize and despite the wet condition the North-West Ladies Branch turned out in great force to support their highly popular official in ensuring a successful day.

The golf was followed by a superb meal and the usual presentation of prizes with entertaining stretching well into the small hours.

Claire’s husband, Breffni, her son Barney and her daughter Eila not to mention a large family circle, had travelled from near and far to join in what proved memorable celebrations.

Full results were - Lady Captain’s Prize, Mrs. Claire Cully - 1, Joanne Harkin (8) 35 points; 2, break of tie, Lorraine McGettigan (26) 33; 3, Una Grant (21) 33; gross, Margaret McLaren (15) 20; 4, Eileen Quigley (19) 31; 5, break of tie, Margaret O’Hea (19) 30; 6, Roisín Willianson (13) 30; front nine, Sheila Reid (22) 16; back nine, Donna M. McLaughlin (14) 16.

Past Captain Stella O’Carolan (31) 28; Committee, Maureen Cassidy (26) 28; nearest the pin. Rita Harvey; longest drive, Donna M. McLaughlin; non-qualifier, Kathleen Sharkey; youth prize, Paula McGrory; best beginner, Michelle Connolly; Society, Brendan Hanley; special prize, Barney Cully.

Juveniles - 1, Lee Gallagher, 38; 2, Christopher Doherty, 36.

Gents’ nine holes - 1, James Doherty, 23 points; 2, Thomas Timlin, 19; gents visitors - 1, Harrigan; 2, Patrick Smyth.

Lady visitors - 1, Margaret McColgan; 2, Breda Cully; visiting lady captain, Jennifer Rainey (Foyle).

Meanwhile, best wishes are extended to Margaret O’Hea’s N.W. Intermediate Cup team which faces Ballybofey & Stranorlar in Lurgan on Monday next, the winners progressing to the Ulster Final.

Buncrana Ladies

Buncrana Ladies Branch will host a special Charity Open in aid of Breast Cancer today (Friday) and all support will be greatly appreciated.

Meanwhile, club President, Mr. Paul Eccles, invites members of the Ladies Branch to play for his prize on Friday, August 10th.

All members playing are urged to enter their names in the draw book.

Results from last Friday’s Confined Stroke competition - 1, Geraldine Crossan (11) 70 nett; 2, Margaret McColgan (16) 70; best 36 handicapper, Ann Deeney.

City of Derry Ladies

Full results for the Victory Cup Stableford competition, which was played on Tuesday, July 31st - 1, Kate O’Doherty (36) 30 points; 2, Christine Mitchell (27) 28; 3, Pat Coull (21) 26.

The C.S.S. was 75 (reduction only).

Today (Friday) is Lady Captain’s Day while on Tuesday next, August 7th, the Action Cancer Open Stableford, sponsored by Pure and Simple Restaurant, Newbuildings, will be staged.

Bookings can be made by telephoning 71-346369 or go online at

Ballyliffin Ladies

Results of last Tuesday’s Medal competition at Ballyliffin - 1, Pauline Madden (31) 70 nett; 2, Breige Doherty (31) 72; 3, Anne Friel (19) 74; back nine, Anne Murphy (20) 36.

The much anticipated Lady Captain’s outing will take place in Portsalon on Sunday, September 2nd. There are a limited number of places remaining on the bus so those interested in taking part are urged to place their names on the Notice Board.

Members are also reminded that Lady Captain’s Day (Mrs. Agnes Logue), will take place on Saturday, August 18th and intending competitors are required to put their names on the Notice Board for the purpose of the draw.

Ballyliffin Ladies Branch will host an Open Ladies & Gents Charity Stableford on the Glashedy Links on Tuesday next, August 7th. Green fees for visitors will be E40 and a timesheet is in operation, telephone: 00-353-7493-76119.

Foyle Ladies

Results from Foyle Ladies Branch Monthly Medal, Thursday, July 26th – 1, Ann Fulton, 69 nett; 2, Lorna Thompson, 73; 3, break of tie, Margaret Killen, 74; 4, Maureen Sheerin, 74.

Recent 20’s winner - No. 219 - Sadie O’Kane, 27 points.

Redcastle Ladies

The PGA Tankard will be staged at Redcastle on Monday next, August 6th.

The morning draws take place at 10.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. with the afternoon draws at 5.00 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.

Dunfanaghy Ladies

Tuesday, July 24th - Donegal Sports Open Stableford - 1, Daphne Tease (31) 39 points; 2, Natalie Cummings (14) 38; gross, Kerry Eakin (7) 26; 3, Heather Hamilton (18) 37; first nine, Una Diver (30) 22; second nine, break of tie, June Nelson (24) 19; visitor, Miriam Bennett (18) 37; nearest the pin, Roisin Ni Chuirean; longest drive, Maggie Foy.

The C.S.S. was 36 pts. (visitors), 37 pts. (members).

Thursday, July 26the - Flynn’s Pharmacy Open Scotch Mixed Foursomes - 1, James Brogan and Kerry Eakin, 60.5 nett; 2, Graham and Natalie Cummings, 61; 3, Willie Wilkin and Geraldine Regan, 61.5.

Saturday, July 28 - 14 holes Open Stableford - 1, break of tie, Margaret Roarty (24) 25 points; 2, Cathleen Boyle (19) 25; 3, Una Diver (30) 24; 4, Joan Doyle (17) 23.