Portsalon claims Hidden Gem award

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PORTSALON Golf Club has been identified as a “Hidden Gem” in the 2013 Portside Publications “Golfers’ Guide to Ireland” which was published recently.

The guide, which has been in existence for the past 22 years, is considered one of Ireland’s longest established golf guides and it is distributed throughout Europe and in US.

The “Kingdom Club” emerged as the “Hidden Gem” Award winner in Ulster while the overall best links course winner was awarded to Royal Portrush with Malone Golf Club receiving the best parkland course award.

The overall best links in Ireland also came to Ulster with Royal County Down emerging the winner with Dun Laoghaire adjudged the best parkland course in Ireland.

Each of the winning clubs was presented with a Graham Knuttle created ceramic wall plaque crafted by Tipperary Crystal.

The guide provides golfers worldwide with a comprehensive listing of both links and parkland courses throughout Ireland and is a major a major link in Ireland’s tourism drive each year.

Mr. Paddy McCourt, Portside Publications Director said: “The Guide had become an essential part of the travelling golfers kit and these awards reflect our wish to recognise individual achievements on an annual basis by those involved in the industry.”

At a special function in Donnybrook, Dublin, the Minister for Tourism & Sport, Mr. Michael Ring, T.D., presented awards under various category headings from all over Ireland to provincial links and parkland golf courses. The awards were won on an all-Ireland poll undertaken from within the golf and golf-related community.

Portsalon’s Captain, Mr. Joe Harkin, expressed his thanks to Paid McMenamin, who represented the club at the function and he also extended his congratulations to all those who have assisted in the promotion of the club which helped secure yet another prestigious award.

Meanwhile, following discussions from the Annual General Meeting which was held on Friday, January 18th, it was agreed to hold an EGM to continue those deliberations and the Council has confirmed that the meeting will take place on Friday, February 15th in the clubhouse at 8.00 p.m.

The annual Drive-In has been organised for Sunday week, February 10th, and all members competing in the event are asked to record their names on the official time-sheet before 6.00 p.m on Saturday next. A draw will take place for teams and tees and the Officials’ Drive-In will take place at 10.30 p.m.

The North-Western Alliance will resume its season at Portsalon tomorrow (Saturday) with the first tee reserved from 8.00 a.m.

On Sunday the usual members competition will be on offer with the usual Gents’ Open Stableford continuing on Wednesday next, February 6th. A timesheet is in operation for all competitions, telephone: 00-353-7491-59459 or go online to portsalongolfclub.com

In last Saturday’s Gaeltacht League Portsalon entertained Dunfanaghy, the club winning on a scoreline of 6.5 matches to 1.5. The best score on the day was recorded by Dermot Logue and Stephen Connolly with a magnificent 41 points.

Due to the adverse weather conditions on Wednesday last, the Open Stableford competition was cancelled.

Results From Ballyliffin

Sunday, January 27th - Confined Stableford - 1, Joe Sheridan (14) 36 points; 2, Patsy Devlin (16) 30.

The C.S.S. was 74.

Saturday, January 26th - Open Stableford - 1, break of tie, Vivian McLaughlin (13) 39 points; 2, Philip Deeney (26) 39; 3, Denis Clancy (11) 38; gross, Des Kemmy (5) 30.

The C.S.S. was 74.

Ladies competition - Sunday, January 20th - nine holes - 0-18 - 1, Marie Durso, 17 points; 2, Molly McCloskey, 16; 19-28 - 1, Noeleen Gordon, 18 points; 2, Breige Doherty, 17; 29-36 - 1, Crea Harkin, 18 points; 2, Geraldine McLaughlin, 16.

Forthcoming events - today (Friday), Ladies & Gents Open Stableford on the Old Links; tomorrow (Saturday), Open Stableford on Glashedy; Sunday, Glashedy No. 6, Confined, to be played on both courses.

Rising Sun Golf Society

The Rising Sun Golf Society will tee-off the 2013 season this Sunday, February 3rd, under the captaincy of Justin O’Kane at his home club, Faughan Valley. The first tee has been reserved from 10.30 a.m. and members are reminded that all deposits for the outing must be paid in the Rising Sun Bar by 8.00 p.m. tomorrow night (Sat.).

In order to ensure the smooth running of the outing, all those taking part are asked to report to the Campsie club at 10.00 a.m.

Notes From Foyle

The Pitchers’ Restaurant sponsored Spring League continues on a daily basis as do the Easter Egg competitions at Foyle.

The Sunday Society also continues this weekend.