The NW Golfing Alliance recommenced it’s 2014/15 golfing season with their annual visit to Portsalon G.C., recently elevated to the rank of 23rd in the Irish Golf Digest “Best Courses in Ireland”
The pleasant conditions of Saturday 7th, following the snow and rainstorms of recent weeks, were more than welcomed and, seemingly ignorant of any damage that the course may have received, members returned some fine scores showing that some golfers relished their layoff for the past few months.
Popular winner of the nett prize on the day was Letterkenny G.C. member Conor Mc Gettigan . Indeed, the first three winners on the day all had 17 points after nine holes, but following 12th Billy Hutchman  had a point lead over both Conor and Maurice McGettigan . However, the ever resilient Conor moved into the lead after 15th which he held to the end. Second place went to Billy, beating Maurice into third place on break of tie.
Maurice’s placing consolidated his position as leader of the Golfer of the Year in the Nett section and with two “counting” competitions to go, is leading on 32pts. His brother Odran, also from Strabane G.C., is second on 22pts and in third place is, indeed, the third member of that Strabane contingent, Eddie McHugh with 17pts..
In the Gross section after nine holes, North West’s Michael McGeady was leading on 37 strokes, followed by Finnian O’Doherty and Seamus McMonagle both a stroke behind on 38. However, the scene had changed somewhat coming of the 12th green. Finnian had had two birdies and a bogey, Seamus had one birdie and Michael had dropped a stroke. Therefore, as they approached the last three holes, the story was that Finnian was ahead by one while Michael was one ahead of Seamus! The final three holes then saw Finnian hold on despite dropping a stroke at the 17th par 5, which the other two players parred, and so Finnian beat Michael on the break of tie on the inward nine countback while Seamus was one stroke further back to take third place.
Finnian is now well ahead in the Golfer ofthe Year Gross section on 38pts, vindicating his decision to return early from his “tour” of the States, with Seamus on 28pts and Noel Callan dropping to third on 26pts..
1st Connor McGettigan (12) Letterkenny G.C. 38 pts; 2nd Billy Hutchman (12) Faughan Valley G.C. 37 pts; [b.o.t]. 3rd Maurice McGettigan (17) Strabane G.C. 37 pts; 4th Clive Davison (12) Portsalon G.C. 34 pts; [b.o.t.] 5th Joe Coyle  Portsalon G.C. 34 pts; [b.o.t.]
1st Finnian O’Doherty (1) 72; [b.o.t]. 2nd Michael McGeady (scr) North West G.C. 72; 3rd Seamus McMonagle (scr) Dunfanaghy G.C. 73; 4th Garrett Mallon (2) North West G.C. 77; 5th Kealan Quigg (scr) City Of Derry 78; [b.o.t.] “2”s: McGlinchey ,K.Lapsley , N. Callen.
The next competition will take place in Ballyliffin Golf Club on 21st February 2015 .Tags: