THIS Saturday July 24th is Mr Stephen Connolly’s Captain’s Day at Portsalon Golf Club.
After the Covid-interrupted 2020 golfing year, Stephen will be relieved to finally see the big day arriving, 12 months later than expected.
Picture: Cliona Murphy, Lady Captain, Rosapenna Golf Club runner-up in the Portsalon Ladies Open sponsored by Lennonside Butchers, Ramelton
Golfers will be treated to a BBQ on completion of their round, and with indoor dining remaining off-limits, they are welcome to have a drink outside the clubhouse where seating will be provided.
Fingers cross the current heat-wave sees through until the weekend as Major golf returns to Portsalon.
Open Week 2021
Portsalon Golf Club’s Open Week was a huge success and all at the club are grateful to those that supported it in any way. We had 1,179 competing golfers across the week, approximately 300 of those visiting from other clubs in Donegal and 165 from clubs around Ireland.
These were excellent numbers and the course was busy throughout.
Amongst the highlights was the Donegal Hospice Fundraising Day on, where members managed to raise in excess of €2,000 to go towards that iconic and invaluable institution. Well done too all who played on the day and, indeed, to everyone that visited Portsalon during the busy Open Week.
Open Week Golfer of the Week
Congrats to Patrick McGowan on being ‘Golfer of the Week’ across the 2021 Festival of summer golf in Portsalon. Paddy had two wins over the duration, landing the Gents Singles Stroke sponsored by Total Golf on Friday 9th and marching to success a second time with his win in the Gents & Ladies Singles Stableford sponsored by Keating Amenities on Monday July 12th.
Playing off 10, Paddy recording a stunning tally of 46 points on Monday past, going around the course in a level-par gross score. A fantastic effort and enough to see him crowned Golfer of the Week, with his prize very kindly sponsored by AK Golf.
Runner-up was Aidan McCafferty, the fast-improving Milford man also having won twice in Open Week. There wasn’t a lot to split them, with Paddy edging the verdict on scoring count-back across the week.
Thanks to everyone for supporting Portsalon’s 2021 Open Week events and, of course, to our incredibly generous sponsors – without whose support we couldn’t host you all!
Open Week Results
Tuesday 13th July: Gents & Ladies Singles V Par sponsored by Conor & Odhran McGettigan
Winner: Eoin McGeary (17) – 5up BOT
Runner-up: Sam Faulkner (10) – 5up BOT
Gross: Breffni McGeady (2) – 1dn
Third: Patrick McColgan (20) – 5up
First Nine: Stuart Nicholl (19) – 4up
Second Nine: Liam McGeary (36) – 4up
Wednesday 13th July: Gents & Ladies Singles Stableford sponsored by Letterkenny Driving Range
Winner: Aidan McCafferty (24) – 41 pts
Runner-up: John Harkin (17) – 38 pts BOT
Gross: Johnny Shields (3) – 34 gross pts
Third: Sarah Nicholl (18) – 38 pts
First Nine: Noel Hegarty (27) – 21 pts
Second Nine: Anne Busch (27) – 21 pts
Golfer of the Week sponsored by AK Golf: Patrick McGowan
Saturday 17th July – Members Stableford
Winner: Michael O’Hara (22) – 37 pts
Runner-up: David Bonner (10) – 35 pts BOT
Gross: Ryan McGettigan (1) – 33 gross pts
Third: Ger O’Donnell (10) – 35 pts
Sunday 18th July – Members Stableford
Winner: Noel Kieran (16) – 42 pts
Runner-up: Eddie MacCleary (10) – 41 pts
Gross: Ryan McGettigan (1) – 38 gross pts
Third: Shaun Gallagher (30) – 40 pts
Portsalon Ladies Golf Club Notes
Mr Captain, Stephen Connolly, has the honours of hosting the first of the Clubs majors with his Captains Prize for Ladies on Friday 23rd July in advance of his Captain’s Day on Saturday.
This much anticipated and eagerly awaited event is all to play for with a number of players showing some great form of late, such as Pamela Clinton McDermott, Claire Ferry, Trisha Bradley, Aedeen Conway, Frances Shannon, Sarah Nicholl, Amy Friel, Mae Blaney, Jackie Friel and Claire McGonagle.
With the course in great playing condition and the weekend temperatures set to soar, it’s expected the scoring will do likewise. Best wishes to Mr Captain, Stephen in this weekend’s Captain’s events.
Anne Speedie wins members competition
Congratulations to Anne Speedie (37 pts) winner of the Sunday Member competition on the 18th July by a single point from Monica McGettigan 36pts. Well done, ladies.
Play in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
Portsalon Members are invited to take part in Captains, Iris and Stephens Play in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness 3-ball Scramble on Friday 30th July. €50 per team (including food) with timesheet in operation.
Dates for your diary
July Monthly – ongoing. Lady Captains Day, 14th August, Mr Presidents Day, 28th August. Past Captains, 11th September. The timesheet is in operation and you must be booked in online before arriving at the club. Members are reminded to BOOK the timesheet, REGISTER at the Club shop on arrival and RETURN their completed cards in to the Ladies Locker room.
Ladies Results Open Week
Friday 9th July – Stableford sponsored by Lennonside Butchers, Ramelton
Winner: Frances Shannon (29) – 46 pts
Runner-up: Cliona Murphy (34) – 42 pts
Gross: Pamela Clinton (12) – 25 gross pts
Third: Bridget McClafferty (34) – 40 pts
Visitor: Nuala McGarrigle (27, Letterkenny) – 36 pts
First Nine: Vera Kearney (24) – 21 pts
Second Nine: Margo Birmingham (30) – 21 pts
Sunday 11th July – Stableford sponsored by Total Golf, Derry
Winner: Claire Ferry (17) – 40 pts
Runner-up: Aedeen Conway (16) – 39 pts
Gross: Mary Beth McBrearty (15) – 22 gross pts
Third: Sarah Nicholl (19) – 38 pts
First Nine: Kate Gallagher (24) – 25 pts
Second Nine: Mary Barrett (25) – 20 pts