Wednesday 30th Open, played in glorious sunshine for this time of year, drew another large entry to Barnhill’s beautifully manicured fairways and quick, true greens that people were overheard stating that you wouldn’t have had better in Portugal or Spain!
Taking advantage of the calm was cat 4 member Dermot Higgins  returning a winning score of 38pts., albeit on an unprecedented nine  way B.O.T.
With 20pts on back nine, Dermot relegated long hitting Eddie Margey  to runner-up on the countback. Eddie, with the help of a birdie at Barnhill [16th], also returned an inward nine of 20pts but would rue that double bogey back at 6th. In third place was Liam Shovlin , also with 20pts on back nine but a double bogey at Candalabra [15th] saw him lose out on top spot.
Gross was won by Don Ponsonby  with 33 gross pts which included birdies at 5th, 9th and 16th but also double bogeys at 4th and 13th.
Recent prizewinners at Letterkenny Golf Club include Captain Gerard Duffy and Phillip Cassidy [seated]. Standing, l-r; Brian Neely, Richard Spratt and Eunan Mc Garrigle.
Saturday 3rd October Open will be long remembered by the affable James Mc Fadden  for, with the help of an eagle two at Crievesmith [9th], where he used a 3 wood and 3 iron to record 22pts on outward nine, James returned a winning score of 41pts to pip runner-up Shay Henry  who finished on 40pts.
With 20pts each nine, Shay would have cause to rue his ‘blank’ at 9th but, with the help of B.O.T., relegated Gabriel Mc Nulty  to third place, Gabriel also recording a ‘no score’ at the par three 13th, Hunters Home. Gross prizewinner was single figure member Kieran Sweeney  with 34 gross points. Kieran’s card reading level par gross thru 8th, bogey at 9th, ‘blank’ at 13th, birdie at 16th and eagle at par five18th, where he pitched in from seventy yards for three.
Sunday 4th confined competition was won by ‘low man’ Simon Stephens  who found both the weather and the course very much to his liking! With a level par round, 72 gross, Simon ‘s dropped shots were cancelled out by birdies at Sliabh Sneacht [4th], Settlement [11th] and Sheep Hill [12th], giving him a points total of 39 and, on the countback, edged junior member Jack Patton  into second spot.
Jack, with 20pts on front nine consisting of birdies at 2nd and 9th but also a ‘blank’ at Ramsay’s Isle [7th], then recorded bogeys at 15th and 17th before finishing with another birdie at Bridal Path [18th]. In third place was Charlie Mc Laughlin  with 38pts but again, despite a birdie at Swilly [3rd], lost out due to a double bogey at 15th and a ‘no score’ at Aughaninshin [17th]. Gross was again won by Kieran Sweeney with 32 gross points.
Congratulations to that awesome club pairing of Roy Mc Crory and Michael Costello, winners of the club’s Murphy Maintenance sponsored pairs matchplay trophy.
Conor Mc Gettigan, Letterkenny Golf Club, receiving his winner’s prize from club Captain Gerard Duffy.
Thursday October 29th at 9pm in Clubhouse – A Night at the Races. Horses can be purchased at €10 each and purchasers name their own horse. Monies raised is going to pay for the tee box construction that is currently ongoing. Tickets can be purchased through club President Anne Condon or through the mens, ladies or parent club members.
The new season of music nights started on Saturday last with the mecurical Gay Mc Intyre and what an exceptional night of music it was. With up to one hundred people enjoying unchained melodies from a mixture of Jazz, Waltz, Folk, Favourites etc., this Saturday, 10th, we will be equally entertained by Swing Men. Entertainment is free and open to anyone.