CIAN Harkin won the Portsalon Scratch Cup on Saturday afternoon with a fine score of one-under par.
The one-handicapper made light of testing conditions on the Fanad Links to raise the trophy and take first prize in the Manor Motors Opel-sponsored event.
After a brace of opening pars, Cian launched his challenge with successive birdies on the third and fourth holes. With breezy conditions, the always challenging front nine at Portsalon took a bite back and a run of three fives to the turn meant he was level-par at the halfway stage.
A further bogey at the par-three tenth might have derailed a player with less confidence in the job at hand, but Cian quickly responded with a birdie on the par-four 11th under the foothills of Knockalla and that proved the catalyst for a very strong finish. A succession of pars was interrupted only for a fourth and final birdie of the day on the par-five 17th hole and a closing tally of 71 blows.
Ultimately that was more than enough to take the win, coming home four shots clear of the runner-up, Ballyliffin’s Kealan Quigg (+2) on a score of 75. The leaderboard was rounded off by Sean Hensey (7) in third spot with a 76, while Conor Connolly (5) took fourth spot overall with a 78. The nett win in the Senior Scratch Cup went to Damian Toland (7) with a 72-nett return.
In the Intermediate Scratch Cup it was another step towards single-figure golf for teenager Ciaran McCormick (11) as his round of 79 grabbed a one-shot win over Justin Green (11).
Ciaran had to deal with an early setback on the third via a double-bogey six but he bounced back in considerable style with an immediate birdie at the fourth. A steady back-nine that brought six pars and three bogeys was just enough to edge the result for this promising young golfer.
Justin’s tally of 80 held off Pat Bonnar (13) to take next best, though the Letterkenny man will have fond memories of the day, having struck a hole-in-one on the par-three 12th en route to finishing third.
Padraig McAteer (15) took fourth spot in the Intermediate section with a score of 82, while Stuart Nicholl (16) took the nett prize with a 70-nett score.
A hugely successful Scratch Cup to make the end of what has been a very different golfing summer at Portsalon and all across Ireland under the Covid-19 golf restrictions. Portsalon GC are grateful to Manor Motors Opel, Letterkenny for their generous and engaging sponsorship of this event and look forward to developing the partnership in years to come. Thanks to our winners for re-appearing on Sunday afternoon for presentations and prize giving.
Portsalon Senior Scratch Cup – Saturday 29th August
Winner: Cian Harkin (1) – 71
Runner-up: Kealan Quigg (+2) – 75
Third: Sean Hensey (7) – 76
Fourth: Conor Connolly (5) – 78
Nett: Damian Toland (7) – 72 nett
Portsalon Intermediate Scratch Cup – Saturday 29th August
Winner: Ciaran McCormick (11) – 79
Runner-up: Justin Green (11) – 80
Third: Pat Bonnar (13) – 82 BOT
Fourth: Padraig McAteer (15) – 82
Nett: Stuart Nicholl (16) – 70 nett
Wednesday 26th August – Open Stableford
Winner: Sean Kelly (8, North West) – 42 pts
Runner-up: John J McBride (14) – 39 pts
Gross: John Doherty (7) – 31 gross pts
Third: Joe Coyle (6) – 37 pts
Ladies: Geraldine Butler (17, Elm Park) – 34 pts
CSS: Men 72, Ladies 74, Visitors 73
Sunday 30th August – Gents Members
Winner: Alistair Rodger (13) – 43 pts
Runner-up: John Barry (19) – 41 pts
Gross: Cian Harkin (0) – 39 gross pts
Third: Adrian McAlary (13) – 40 pts
Eileen Reilly wins the Links Captains Prize for 2019/20
Deferred from March, the Portsalon Ladies Winter Links Captains Day was held on Thursday last. With over 73 ladies taking part and despite the inclement weather, the scoring was very close with a break of tie determining most of the prize winners. Eileen Reilly(17) from Ballybofey & Stranorlar with 38pts held off Margaret Crossan (19), also from B&S, to win the Captains Prize on a break of tie.
Ladies Winter Links (19-20) Captain’s Day Thursday 27th August 2020
Winner: Eileen Reilly (17) Ballybofey and Stranorlar 38pts BOT
Runner-up: Margaret McCrossan (19) B&S 38pts
Gross: Ann Cannon (11) Letterkenny 26 gross points
Third: Vera Kearney (21) 37pts
Fourth: Mairead Harkin (16) Gweedore 36pts B.O.T.
Fifth: Nuala McGarrigle (22) Letterkenny 36pts B.O.T.
First Nine: Christine Johnston (36) B&S 21pts B.O.T.
Second None: Tracy Spence (12) Letterkenny 19pts BOT
First: Patricia McAteer (32) 38 pts
Second: Brid Ui Chearnaigh (17) Gweedore 36pts
Hensey wins Members Competition
Deirdre Hensey (20) won the Sunday Members Competition (30th Aug) with 36pts with Aedeen Conway (16) taking the runners up spot with 34pts BOT. Well done ladies.
Dates for your diaries
Book before you play (timesheet is available to book one week in advance). Follow Club protocols before, during and after your game.
Members Competitions: On going
Donegal Shield: Ballybofey & Stranorlar GC 12th September (Sat)
Portsalon Ladies Winter Links 2020/21: 24th September, 29th October and 26th November (Thurs).Tags: