Buncrana Golf: Darragh O’Connor Wins the Brennan’s Pharmacy Open Stroke


Darragh O’Connor won the first golf competition of his young golfing career, showing that you can indeed transfer talent from the football field to the golf course.

Darragh (25) who has been a regular on the course this past few months, produced a great round of golf on Saturday to return a fantastic 61 nett, which was enough to take first place by one shot from Kevin McColgan, who took second place on a BOT from Visitor John Quigley from Castlebar Golf Club, who had to settle for third.

Gross went to Damien Doherty who makes a welcome return to form, after a bit of dip during the year.

Jonny Morrison won the best day and Michael Van Dessel took the back 9.

Full results as follows; First place: Darragh O’Connor (25) 61nett; Second: Kevin McColgan (21) 62nett BOT; Gross Damien Doherty (7) 62nett; Third: John Quigley (11) Castlebar GC 62nett. Best Day: Jonny Morrison (10) 64nett BOT; Back 9 Michael Van Dessel (14) 29nett. C.S.S. 64 Gallagher Meats Singles Match Play Final

In a very competitive and sporting final between two the seven handicappers, Jonny Bonner and Kevin Murphy served up some truly excellent golf.

After a couple of halved holes, it was Jonny who took the advantage winning the third hole to take the early lead, but this only rocked Kevin Murphy in action and he won the next three holes on the trot to go two up after six.

Jonny then managed to get back into the match by winning the eighth hole to leave him just one down at the turn.

Jonny then displayed the form he was in last weekend and showed throughout the year when he went on an unstoppable run winning the next four holes in a row to leave him three up after thirteen.

The fourteenth hole was then halved with pars but Jonny then finished the match off on the fifteenth to secure the title four and three.

Congratulation to both Jonny & Kevin on an excellent Final and especially to Jonny our new Singles Match Play Champion.


The competition this weekend Saturday, September 22 & Sunday, September, 23 September will be the Sean McLaughlin “Egg” Memorial Open Stableford, which is sponsored by the Excelsior Bar Buncrana.

There are some fantastic prizes on offer. The entrance fee this week will be €7.00 for members, €15.00 for visitors or take the opportunity of availing of the meal deal, the entry fee for the same Competition but with a meal deal will be €20:00 for members and €25:00 for visitors and it will include entry to the competition and a 2 course meal in the award-winning Drift Inn Restaurant after the golf.

Owen Mc Daid (Roe) Winter League

The Owen Mc Daid (Roe) Winter League will commence weekend October 6 & 7, it will run for six weeks of qualifying for the match play stages and names are now being taken.

The format will be three weeks of two people best ball and three weeks of two ball scramble with two scores to count from each format.

The entrance fee for the six weeks of qualifying and the match play is €30.00 per player and can be paid in full or by three instalments of €10.00 over the first 3 weeks of the competition.

Juvenile Lessons

The Juvenile Lessons are up and running again on Wednesday evenings at 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and as usual Professional PGA Coach Derek Morrison will be in charge of the lessons.

The lessons will run for the next few weeks at a cost of €5.00 per session and all boys and girls are welcome. This will be the last Monday session specifically for Juveniles aged 12 or over at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

These lessons were sponsored by O’ Flaherty’s Bar Buncrana and the club would like to take this opportunity to thank O’ Flaherty’s Bar for this very generous sponsorship.

Find the Joker Fundraising

The “Find the Joker” is up and running again with a Jackpot of €700.00, lines only cost €2 each and this draw is open to members and non-members alike. Lines can be purchased in the clubhouse or through chief seller Oliver Doherty

Multimedia Sports Reporter from Derry currently repenting for my sins in Letterkenny. Recent journalism graduate. NUJ member.

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