LETTERKENNY Golf Club’s Mixed Foursomes are participating in the All Ireland Finals at Strandhill Golf Club on 29th September.
It is a great achievement by Team Captains Angela Bradley / Barry Ramsey and the panel, Celine Bradley, Ryan Griffin, Anne Condon, Cian Harkin, Kathleen Gallagher, Kevin Kiely, Marian Keating, Roy Mc Crory, Angela Kilgallen, Darragh McMenamin
Celine Markey, Simon Stephens, Monica Mc Donagh & Eileen Williamson. Only two other Donegal clubs, namely Ballybofey/Stranorlar and Rosapenna have a mixed foursomes All Ireland pennant hanging in their clubhouses. Letterkenny are hoping to take a step towards joining them in their achievement.
Letterkenny Golfers had a great Celebration of Golf in Donegal on the magnificent Sandy Hills Links at the Rosapenna Golf Resort on Sunday19th. Letterkenny completed a unique ‘double’ by winning both the Senior Scratch Matchplay and the Junior Scratch Matchplay events.
In the Senior event which features the very best players in the county Letterkenny triumphed over Donegal Golf Club and in the Junior event Letterkenny players managed to overcome a valiant North West Team. The Senior Team captained by the popular Peter Dobson defended the title they won last year to make it three victories in four years.
The Junior side captained by Kevin Kiely standing in for Barry Kavanagh made up for previous disappointments to finally get their hands on the pennant. Donegal captained by John Neary were magnanimous in defeat and John acknowledged the quality of the opposition. North West captained by Brian Griffin can count themselves unlucky as they looked good for a win at one stage.
The golf in the senior event was sublime with more that half of the players playing off a ‘plus’ handicap. Cian Harkin was the talisman for his team by shooting five birdies and an eagle in an amazing match against David Connellan.
Cian closed out the match on 17 with yet another birdie. Ryan Griffin winner of the Scratch cup at B&S yesterday followed his friend Cian and won a tight battle against Donegal’s Kevin Connelly on the 18th.
With Jamie Foley behind but on the fairway at 18 one down to John Neary news came through that young Christopher Duffy had managed to beat Darren Rafferty with a blistering display of regulation Golf. Simon Stephens suffered a rare defeat to Donegal’s Shaun Meehan but he and super sub Darragh McMenamin were happy to join his team mates in celebration.
The sun shone and the matches were all played in a very sporting manner. The Rosapenna staff served up a lovely meal afterwards. Martin Flemings fine photographs were presented to the players as a momento of another beautiful day on the golfing paradise we are blessed with here in Co Donegal.
The Minor League Team played in the Semi Final against Cloughaneely also on Sunday. Kevin Roache put a strong team together playing three away and two matches at home. Letterkenny had a convincing win on the day.
The away team Chris Nee and Tony Duffy won 3/2, Tom Mc Donagh and Danny Mc Laughlin won 4 and 3, Joe Mc Manus and Peter Mc Grath halved the match on 18th. At home, Tommy Greally and Ciaran Herron won on the 14th hole while Michael Shiel and Donal Murphy were dormy on the 17th when called in due to the required matches already having been won. Letterkenny are now in the Final and go on to play Nairn/Portnoo in a two leg match.
Competition Results (Saturday – Wednesday)
Cat 4 Stableford 9 Hole Comp – Mon, 13 September 2021
Trevor Hay won with 2 pars beating Dominic Deeny in a card play off.
1 Trevor Hay 24 pts(BOT)
2 Dominic Deeny 24 pts
Wednesday Open White Tees Stableford – Wed, 15 September 2021
Darragh Walsh won with 1 birdie and 9 pars beating Finian Ferry in a card play off.
1 Darragh Walsh 42 pts (BOT)
2 Finian Ferry 42 pts
3 Darren Hunter 41 pts
Manor Motors Open (White tees s/ford) – Sat, 18 September 2021
Tom Redden won with 5 pars beating Michael Bryce in a card play off.
1 Tom Redden 42 pts (BOT)
2 Michael Bryce 42 pts
3 Kevin Roche 40 pts
Sunday Open (White tees s/ford) – Sun, 19 September 2021
Liam Moriarty won with 1 birdie and 5 pars beating Paddy O’Gorman by 2 points.
1 Liam Moriarty 44 pts
2 Paddy O’Gorman 42 pts
3 Mike Sneddon 40 pts
Saturday Open – Sat, 25 September 2021
Sunday Open – Sun, 26 September 2021
Wednesday Open – Wed, 29 September 2021