O’Donnell retains St. Columb’s trophy

St. Columb's College Past Pupils' Union President, Mr. John Hasson, presents the annual trophy to winner, John O'Donnell, for the second successive year following the recent competition at Grencastle Golf Club. 1005AD01
St. Columb's College Past Pupils' Union President, Mr. John Hasson, presents the annual trophy to winner, John O'Donnell, for the second successive year following the recent competition at Grencastle Golf Club. 1005AD01

FIFTEEN handicapper, John O’Donnell, took full advantage of local knowledge when retaining the annual St. Columb’s College Past Pupils’ Union Perpetual Trophy and President’s Prize at Greencastle on Sunday.

A good turnout of members were forced to battle against challenging conditions on the day with high winds and driving rain making scoring difficult, particularly for those who started their rounds in the afternoon.

However, John coped best when returning a superb score of 39 points to win by one.

PPU President, Mr. Paul Hasson, extended his congratulations to all the prizewinners and, indeed, to the large turnout of Union members on the day. He also thanked Greencastle Golf Club for the Inishowen club’s support in hosting the annual event.

Full results were - St. Columb’s College Past Pupils’ Union Trophy and President’s Prize (Mr. Paul Hasson) - 1, John O’Donnell (15) 39 points; 2, Neil Guckian (12) 38; 3, Mark Tracey (17) 38; 4, Hugh Casey (12) 37; 5, Gerry Guckian (15) 36; 6, Ollie Grant (22) 34; first nine, Brian Doherty (12) 19; second nine, T McMenamin (14)18; gross, John D. Hasson (5) 34; novice, P. J. Hasson.

Bradley on top at


Michael Bradley (9) enjoyed a welcome return to form on Monday last, May 2nd, in the Confined Stableford competition. Michael carded 19 points on the front nine adding 18 on the way home, which gave him top spot.

Full results were - Confined Stableford - 1, Michael Bradley (9) 37 points; 2, break of tie, John McLaughlin (10) 36; 3, Charlie Doherty (4) 36.

The C.S.S. was 70.

Meanwhile, the standard in last Tuesday’s Open “Meal Deal” was particularly high and the best score of the day was recorded by Derek Smith (8) who carded five birdies in his round for a winning 45 points (69 gross).

Full results were - 1, Derek Smith (8) 45 points; 2, Harry Coyle (12) 43; 3, John O’Brien (7) 39.

The C.S.S was 69.

The Open “Meal Deal” is on offer today (Tuesday) and those interested in taking part are asked to book their times by ringing Gary in the Golf Shop, tel. 00-353-7493-61715. Members E8, Visitors E18 which incluedes meal after golf.


Thursday Society

Former North-West President, Dudley Coyle, topped last week’s Thursday Society Singles Stableford competition at Lisfannon last week when emerging victorious after a three-way break of tie.

Full results were -1, break of tie, 1, Dudley Coyle (41 -1), 40 points; 2, Tom Conlon , 40; 3, John F. McLaughlin, 40.

“Twos” were carded by J. F. McLaughlin and Gerry Coyle.

Meanwhile, the final outing of the Thursday Society takes place this week, May 12th, with a teams of four competition which will have a Shotgun Start at 10.30 a.m. sharp and the draw has been posted on the notice board.

Rankin wins Daly Qualifier

at Foyle

Sean Rankin (21) won the annual Fred Daly Memorial Trophy qualifying competition at Foyle when finishing one point clear of runner-up, Paddy McCafferty (23), the winner returning a score of 40 points.

Sean will now represent the Ballyarnett club in the finals which will be hosted by Lisburn Golf Club in September.

Foyle Friday Open results - 1, Noel Martin (15) 39 points; 2, Cormac McGeady (4) 38.

The C.S.S. was 37 pts.

Crumley Construction Monthly Medal - Wednesday, May 4th - 0-11, Thomas Doherty (11) 68 nett; 12-17, Peter Tinney (16) 65; 18) Alan Manning (19) 68.

Forthcoming competitions - tomorrow (Wednesday), Holmpatrick Cup Qualifier. Foyle members, Stuart Gauld and David Knox, the current All-Ireland Holmpatrick Cup holders, will open the defence of this prestigious competition after their memorable win at St Andrews last September. Thursday, May 12th, Over-50’s competition; Friday, May 13th, Foyle Friday Open Stableford; Saturday, May 14th, Steelstown Brian Og’s Open Golf Classic (teams of four), for bookings ring the Foyle Golf Centre on 02871-352222; Sunday, May 15th, Club Sweep.

Buncrana Notes

Last weekend’s competition at Buncrana was the Declan Coughlan Memorial Open Stroke and with the two new holes in play for the first time this year, there was a tremendous turnout for the competition.

The first winner of the year on the new course layout was Andrew McDermott who shot a 59 nett.

Full results of the Declan Coughlan Memorial Open Stroke were - 1, Andrew McDermott (19) 59 nett; 2, James Longwill (5) 61; gross, Oliver Doherty (6) 69 gross; 3, Michael Doherty S. (8) 62; visitor, Brendan Callaghan (17), Ballyliffin, 63; best day, break of tie, Paul Curran (Sat.), (18) 63; best 20+ handicapper, break of tie, Mark Porter (24) 65.

Next weekend’s competition, which will be played over Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th will be an Open Rumble Stableford (teams of four, any combination).

Members are asked to note that in order to participate in competitions as and from this Saturday at least 70 per cent of membership fee must be paid.

An Open Stableford fundraiser in aid of the Gael Scoil, Buncrana, commenced yesterday (Monday) and will run to Friday, may 13th and the organisers would appreciate a good turnout from the local golfing fraternity.

The quarter-final draw for the club’s Mixed Greensomes Championships has now been made and all matches must be played on or before Sunday, May 22nd.

At present the Committee is running a fund-raising draw “Find the Joker” competition. Lines cost E2 each and the Jackpot next week is E1,050. The committee would appreciate it if members would buy a line or even help with the sale of a card.

Greencastle Ladies

The Duncreigh Cup, played last Thursday at Greencastle, attracted an excellent entry,and 21 handicapper, Anne McDermott, rose to the occasion when recording a 64 nett score to win by four shots form her nearest challenger.

Anne did exceptionally well at the par threes, playing them in one over par, including a birdie two at the 15th hole.

The Runner-up was Isobel McCafferty (26) who carded 68 net with Kate Lowe (18) in third on 69.

The gross was won by Hilary McCloy with 85.

This Thursday’s competition is an Open Singles Stableford in aid of the Moville Day Centre and a timesheet is in operation on the day.

Faughan Valley Ladies

Results from Faughan Valley Ladies Branch for last Wednesday’s Singles Stableford were - 1, break of tie, Marlene Montgomery (24) 35 points; 2, Jackie McNulty (35) 35; 3, Frankie Barnett (27) 34.