The weather had a wintry feel to it about Ballyliffin this weekend but it didn’t deter the hardy souls from their game of golf.
The Friday Open was won by 8 handicapper Iain Mc Cafferty with 37pts. In 2nd place was John Gibbons  with 34pts. Gary Stewart  took 3rd also with 34pts on the break of a tie.
The Saturday Open was won by visitor Peter R McNeice  with a fantastic score of 43pts.
In second spot was 7 handicapper Liam Tourish with a 1 over round giving him 42pts.
Liam and his playing partner Des Kemmy had no bother taking the money off the other hackers Cecil Doherty and Damian Mooney.
In third place was Colm McLaughlin  with 41pts. Fourth spot went to Paul Grant  with 40pts.
Keith Lapsley  made a welcome return to the prizes by taking the Gross with 35 gross pts.
Sunday was Hamper day on both courses. There wasn’t a turkey safe in the parish all week with Wee Johnny running around with an axe with him.
On Glashedy taking 1st place was 1 handicapper Brendan Devlin with 36pts. After dropping a shot at the first hole. I’m sure Brendan had little thought of winning the hamper but he included fifteen 4’s on his card after that which was enough to beat Jimmy Clancy  who took 2nd also on 36pts.
On the Old, the plumber from Glengad took the honours Eddie McGonagle  with 39pts took first place. In second place was Diamuird Walsh  also with 39pts on the break of a tie. Early Sunday seems to be the time to go out looking at all those prizewinners. I’m gonna apply for my Pioneer pin tomorrow.
The Wednesday Society will wind up for the year next Wed when the Christmas party will take place. Last Wednesday, the Buncrana jeweller Brendan Callaghan took the honours with 39pts beating our President Frank Harkin in his last week in office on the break of a tie.
In 3rd place was Peter Pan himself Patsy Toland with 34pts.
In the Golfer Of The Year Don “Klopp” M Gonagle defended his lead better than his beloved Liverpool and took the title. Well done Don. Happy Golfing.
Forthcoming Events & Fixtures
Friday 9th December Open Competition on The Old Links
Saturday 10th December Open Competition on Glashedy Links
Sunday 11th December Members Confined on The Old Links
Festive Opens at Ballyliffin Golf Club only €25 for visitors. Dates for festive opens: Friday 23rd Dec, Sat 24th Dec, Mon 26th Dec, Tues 27th Dec, Wed 28th Dec, Fri 30th Dec, Sat 31st Dec. Contact us on 0749376119 to book.
Sunday 4th December 2016 Members Christmas Hamper
1st Brendan Devlin (1) 36pts
2nd Jimmy Clancy (11) 36pts
The Old Links
1st Eddie McGonigle (17) 39pts
2nd Diarmuid Walsh (20) 39pts
Saturday Open 3rd December 2016
1st Peter R McNeice (12) 43pts
2nd Liam Tourish (7) 42pts
3rd Colm McLaughlin (18) 41pts
4th Paul Grant (6) 40pts
Gross: Keith Lapsley (5) 35pts
Friday Open 2nd December 2016
1st Iain McCafferty (8) 37pts
2nd John Gibbons (10) 34pts
3rd Gary Stewart (7) 34pts
Wednesday Society 30th November 2016
1st Brendan Callaghan 39pts BOT
2nd Frank Harkin 39pts
3rd Patsy Toland 34pts
Two’s: Don McGonigle(2), Michael Butter, Keith Marston
Sunday 4th December Christmas Hamper 9 Holes
1st Geraldine Mullan 20pts
2nd Margaret Doherty 16pts
1st Marie Gough 23pts
2nd Trish Kelly 20pts
1st Marlene O’Kane 19pts
2nd Mary C McCool 18pts