For the first time in a dozen years Portsalon played host to a Scratch Cup on Saturday, kindly sponsored and made possible by Conor McGettigan of McGettigan’s Applegreen, Lifford.
The weather was not in our corner, with misty rain hanging over the course throughout the day but it didn’t stop two brilliant battles for the Senior and Intermediate Scratch Cups, both going to the wire and one to extra-time.
In the Senior Scratch Cup, it was Ruairi O’Connor (Co Sligo) that emerged with victory following a playoff with Damian McCusker (Moyala) and Enda Kennedy (Rosapenna).
The three had a ding-dong battle throughout the second 18 holes and it was a super achievement for Ruairi to come out best in his first visit to Portsalon.
In the intermediate section the spoils went to locial man Donal Callaghan Jnr by the slenderest of margins (one stroke) after he crafted an excellent second round to burst from the pack.
Runner-up Mark Howard also shone brightly on the second 18 to edge out half-way leader Jack McGarrigle (Letterkenny) on a BOT for the runner-up spot.
The Captain Mick McGlynn congratulated all that played on Saturday for showing the mental strength to get through 36-holes in such testing conditions, while he also congratulated and thanked Conor McGettigan for laying on a super event, where some of the finest golfers in the North West came to play.
Next year we just need some sunshine!
Portsalon Senior Scratch Cup – sponsored by McGettigan’s Applegreen, Lifford
Winner: Ruairi O’Connor (Co Sligo, +2) – 153 (75, 78) * Playoff Winner *
Runner-up: Damien McCusker (Moyola, +1) – 153 (77, 76)
Third: Enda Kennedy (Rosapenna, 0) – 153 (77, 76)
Fourth: Kealan Quigg (Ballyliffin, 0) – 155 (80, 75)
Winner: Ryan McGettigan (5) – 147 nett (70, 77)
Runner-up: Mark Davis (7) – 148 nett BOT (71, 77)
Third: Jack Patton (4) – 148 nett BOT (74, 74)
Fourth: Connor Meehan (6) 148 nett (74, 74)
Portsalon Intermediate Scratch Cup – sponsored by McGettigan’s Applegreen, Lifford
Winner: Donal Callaghan Jnr (12) – 165 – (85, 80)
Runner-up: Mark Howard (10) – 166 – (87, 79)
Third: Jack McGarrigle (11) – 166 – (79, 87)
Fourth: Kevin Hensey (10) – 168 – (85, 83)
Winner: Shane Coll (15) – 144 nett – (75, 69)
Runner-up: Odhran McGowan (13) – 149 nett – (74, 75)
Third: Kevin Boyce (10) – 153 nett – (78, 75)
Fourth: Conor McGettigan (10) – 154 nett – (75, 79)
CSS: R1 – 73, R2 – 72
Gents Open Wednesday 15th August
Happiness is…either a 6-iron hole-in-one on the 5th here at Portsalon or going ahead and posting a ‘W’ in the Wednesday Open having aced so early in the round. David McCormick did both at Portsalon last week as he took top billing in the midweek open.
Winner: David McCormick (6) – 39 pts
Second: Neil Truelson (26) – 37 pts
Gross: Joe Coyle (6) – 31 gross pts
Third: Pat O’Neill (14) – 36 pts
Hole-in-One: David McCormick (5th)
Sunday 19thAugust – Gents Members
Winner: Gerard Duffy (8) – 39 pts BOT
Second: Sam Faulkner (11) – 39 pts BOT
Gross: DP Logue (5) – 29 gross pts
Third: Tony McCosker (17) – 39 pts
This Saturday 25th August is Lady Captain’s Day at Portsalon, the Captain Mick McGlynn, President Andy Boland and all members would like to wish Karen McGlinchey every success on her big day and fingers crossed the weather will behave!
The timesheet is open for gents, with restrictions in place for the Ladies and Lady Captain’s guests.
The Club Matchplay Singles and Doubles have now reached their quarter-final stages, timely reminder to all those still in pursuit of success to be mindful of the deadlines for each round, we don’t want anyone bidding for victory in either competition come the depths of winter, so it is important to get matches played on time.
Sunday Members Result – 19thAugust
Winner: Claire McGonagle (6) – 43pts
Runner-up: Mary Barrett (17) – 38pts
Mary McDaid Memorial
The following ladies have qualified to play with Lady Captain Karen in the Mary McDaid Memorial Cup on Saturday 8th September: Mary Barrett, Sarah Nicholl, Claire Ferry, Deirdre O’Toole, Nuala McGarrigle, Roseanne Logue, Deirdre Hensey.