PORTSALON Ladies had it all to play on for Sunday afternoon in the Maire O’Donnell Final 2020 and were determined to put it up to the Letterkenny side, who held a 3/2 advantage from the first leg.
Putting the disappointment of the home leg behind them, it was a thrilling final leg held in Letterkenny, played in near perfect conditions, it provided for some great spectator golf as both clubs battled it out for the 2020 Maire O’Donnell Trophy.
Portsalon claimed the first match and Letterkenny the fourth and, while the second and third matches went on to the 18th green, the fifth pairing was battling it out on the course.
The testing 18th green added to the excitement for the many spectators. While the third match had to contend with a share of the spoils, it was only when the final putt by the fourth pairing went in for another halved match did they discover that Letterkenny had won the fifth and final match to claim the 2020 Maire O’Donnell Trophy.
Lady Captain and Team Captain, Iris Condron, congratulated her team of Claire McGonagle, Pamela Clinton McDermott, Deirdre O’Toole, Claire Ferry, Aedeen Conway, Marion Overend, Sarah Nicholl, Deirdre Hensey, Mary Barrett, Vera Kearney and Karen McGlinchey for their participation, determination and for the sporting spirit in which they played had shone throughout the tournament and while it didn’t go their way this time, she was proud of each player.
She congratulated Team Captain, Cynthia Furey and her team on winning the trophy and Lady Captain Eugenia and the Barnhill club for their hospitality.
Finally she expressed her thanks to Darragh McGowan, and the Committee for their dedication and organisation of the Maire O’Donnell Trophy, she also expressed her condolences on behalf of the Club on the recent passing of Ita Cleary, a stalwart and great advocate for the promotion of women’s golf in Donegal. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam.
Mae Blaney takes first
Congratulations to Mae Blaney, who carded a fine 38 points to take first prize in the Members competition on Sunday past. Anne McDonnell was runner-up with 36 points. Well done, ladies.
Dates for your diaries
The Members Competition Sunday 27th June (alternative day is Friday 25th June). June Monthly (ongoing). Portsalon’s Open Week July 7th -14th Ladies Open days Friday 9th July and Sunday 11th July, more details on Open week to follow shortly.
Mr Captain’s Day 24th July, Lady Captains Day 14th August, and Mr Presidents Day 28th August.
The timesheet will now go live seven-days in advance at 6pm each evening 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 to the Ladies locker room.
The draws for the 2021 Club Matchplay Singles and Doubles tournaments have now been completed. All players registered should have received their pairings via email and the full draw details, along with associated cut off dates, are available on the BRS app. Alternatively, call the shop with any queries on 074 91 59459.
John Sweeney Memorial
The John Sweeney Memorial Trophy takes place on Saturday 3rd July. The event is stroke play and time sheet is now open.
Open Week 2021
Portsalon’s 2021 Open Week is scheduled for July 7th -14th. Full details of Open Week will be published in due course.
Longest Day Golf Challenge in memory of Aidan Langan
Many Portsalon members will have fond memories of Aidan Langan, a proud Portsalon member for many long years prior to his sad and premature passing.
This Friday, Aidan’s son Jack is joined by three friends to take on the Macmillan Cancer Support ‘Longest Day Golf Challenge’ here in Portsalon. The lads will be attempting to complete 72 holes on the day and are raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support in doing so.
The Langan’s have reserved the first tee from 2.00pm-2.40pm and would like to invite any Portsalon members wishing to come and play a few holes to do so around then – maybe even offering some encouragement to the ‘marathon men’ while they are out on the course!
They’ll also be having some outside the clubhouse and, again, would welcome any members to come along and join them. You can find out more about the Longest Day Golf Challenge on this link – https://longestdaygolf.macmillan.org.uk/Team/inmemoryofaidanlangan
Gents Stableford – Wednesday 17th June
Winner: Jack Friel (12) – 45 points
Runner-up: Ultan McGettigan (17) – 44 pts
Gross: Ryan McGettigan (3) – 33 gross pts
Third: Patrick McColgan (20) – 39 pts
Gents Stableford – Saturday 19th June
Winner: Paul Armstrong Jr (14) – 42 pts
Runner-up: Paul Travers (16) – 38 pts BOT
Gross: Cian Harkin (+1) – 39 gross pts
Third: Pascal Cullen (6) – 38 pts
Gents Stableford – Sunday 20th June
Winner: Russell Porter (22) – 41 pts
Runner-up: Dean Shields (19) – 40 pts
Gross: Sean Hensey (6) – 28 gross pts
Third: Gerard Duffy (14) – 38 pts