Barrett's double up on Captain's Day
It was a brother and sister double act on Captain's Day in Portsalon on Saturday as Sean Barrett beat the rain-sodden conditions to win Gareth McLarnon's Captain's Prize, while his sister Roisin McCormack made it a day to remember for the clan in taking the Ladies prize.
Summertime was decidedly absent on Captain's Day, with rain falling from early morning and getting gradually worse, but that didn't deter 150 golfers from taking aim at the second Major of the season.
Sean Barrett, who went close last year, closed out the win with a 67 nett score to prevail by two shots.
A day earlier, Roisin won the ladies prize with a magnificent 42 points, having herself narrowly missed out on Lady Captain's Day earlier this month!
Congrats to Gareth on presenting a fine day for everyone, complete with a BBQ at the 11th tee for all players and a fine evening in the clubhouse afterwards.
Gareth McLarnon's Captains Prize – Saturday 22nd July
Winner: Sean Barrett (20) – 67
Runner-up: Brendan Cullen (22) – 69 BOT
Gross: Kevin McGonagle (7) – 79 gross
Third: Gerard Dorrian (19) – 69 BOT
First Nine: Stuart Nicholl (25) – 32
Second Nine: Aodh McCormack (23) – 32
Green Tees: Charlie McFadden – 34 pts
Category A: Davitt Walsh (7) – 72
Category B: Donal Callaghan Jnr (13) – 70
Category C: Marshall Kilgore (21) 69
Visitor: Allen Busch
Past Captain: Hugh McGinley (17) – 76
Council: Enda McElhinney (14) – 74
Nearest The Pin: Darren Murray
Longest Drive: Jack Friel
Captain's Prize to the Ladies – Friday July 21st
Winner: Roisin McCormack (20) – 42 pts BOT
Runner-up: Maura Toal (32) – 42 pts
Third: Marian Overend (20) – 39 pts
First Nine: Brighdin Hawke (53) – 22 pts
Second Nine: Eileen McLarnon (30) – 21 pts
Portsalon Open Week
Open Week concluded on Thursday last with a Ladies open bringing to an end our eight-day festival of golf. Despite often inclement weather, with more than one day when the course was saturated, the numbers were strong and the feedback from visiting golfers was overwhelmingly positive.
Our thanks go to the greens staff for their hard work and also to our Ladies and Gents competition secretaries for lining up the excellent and varied programme for all. And, most importantly, to wonderful sponsors, without whom Open Week simply could not happen.
Tuesday 19th July – V-Par sponsored by Donegal Oil
Winner: Jamie Foley (3) – 6up
Runner-up: Pauric Curley (25) – 4up BOT
Gross: Barry McGettigan (1) – 1up
Third: Ronan McClafferty (14) – 4up
First Nine: Patrick McGowan (11) – 3up
Second Nine: TJ Evesson (20) – 2up
Visitor: John Spiers (Warrenpoint, 18) – 4up
Wednesday 19th July – Ladies & Gents Open sponsored by Letterkenny Driving Range
Winner: Rory O'Donnell (30) – 44 pts
Runner-up: Conor Gallagher (10) – 43 pts BOT
Gross: Ryan McGettigan (Scr) – 36 pts
Third: Sadie-Marie Ni Chuireáin (23) – 43 pts
First Nine: Corey McCahill (34) – 23 pts
Second Nine: Colin Porter (28) – 24 pts
Visitor: Colin Porter (Portnoo, 28) – 41 pts
GOLFER OF THE WEEK: Rory O'Donnell
Sunday 23rd July
Winner: Bruce Thompson (27) – 40 pts
Runner-up: Alistair Rodger (18) – 39 pts
Gross: Paddy McGroarty (11) – 27 gross pts
Third: Alfie Rodger (32) – 38 pts
Congratulations to Sean Hensey and his Donegal Junior League side after they stage a fine turnaround on Sunday when they welcome Gweedore GC to Portsalon. Sean's side battled hard in the away leg but still found themselves behind. On Sunday, with the course set up still challenging after Captain's Day, they made the most of home advantage to take all five matches and move onto the next stage where they will face either Strabane or Cloughaneely.
It was the opposite story for Joe Hensey and his Donegal Seniors side, as they fell to a 5-0 against a strong Ballybofey & Stranorlar side on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday 30th July – Monthly Medal
Saturday 5th August – Charlie Canning Memorial
Monday 7th August – Barton Cup
PORTSALON GC IN ULSTER FINAL
Portsalon INTERMEDIATE TEAM have reached the Golf Ireland Ulster Final (northern zone) which will be played in Letterkenny GC on 20th August
Portsalon's had an epic 'against all odds' win over Co Derry club Kilrea on Sunday 16th July. It was definitely a day for the under dogs.
Deirdre Hensey and Sarah Nicholl had early emphatic wins for Portsalon at home but one win from the three away matches was needed in Kilrea.
Portsalon's Lady Captain Claire Ferry and Marian Overend encountered the toughest opposition playing Kilrea's no1 and No2, they fought hard but were beaten by Kilrea's home course experts.
This left Roisin McCormack in the last match with Kilrea's Noreen Graham. It was nip and tuck all the way but Roisin lost 16 to go two holes down.
Roisin managed to dig deep and regain her composure to take the 17th and teed off at 18 knowing she had to win the last hole to evoke a play off. To the shock of the Kilrea supporters Róisín sank her putt and Noreen missed. Match all square Game on.
McCormack now in the ascendancy was first to tee off and landed her drive in a fantastic position, her second shot however was the match winner, resting her ball 10inchs from the pin.
Noreen was totally gracious in defeat and insisted on taking a photo of Róisín before her tap in birdie putt.
Portsalon now face Co Antrim club Cairndhu or Belfast club Dunmurry in the Ulster (North) final in the neutrality of Letterkenny on 20th August.