CLOUGHANEELY Golf Club’s Donegal League Team won the Donegal county title last Saturday evening.
This was a fantastic achievement for a small 9 hole golf club in the Donegal Gaeltacht.
Due to Covid restrictions the 2020 final was delayed. Cloughaneely met another 9 hole club Buncrana GC in the final.
The match was played at a neutral venue – the magnificent Portsalon Golf Club. The golf course was in beautiful condition – excellent fairways, some new tee boxes, sodding and the ongoing work and upgrades were evident to be seen.
The overall presentation and definition of the golf course was second to none well done to all.
Credit due to Manager Daragh Lyons, Head Greenkeeper Johnny Shields and his team. Thank you to Tony Carr and the Donegal County Golf Committee for organising and continuing to promote matchplay competitions in County Donegal.
Cian and Mark led from the front with birdies from Cian at holes, 3, 4, 8 and 11.
Despite a nervy drive off the first, some fine short game work from Mark kept the Buncrana pair at bay on the way to a 4&3 win. Phelim McGeady produced the goods in match two with three wonderful birdies around the turn.
Steady golf by both Phelim & Sean led to a 2&1 win. Dean and Paul birdied three of the first four holes for a fast start and played super golf to win 5&3. Gerry and Francis were five up early but a strong come back from the Buncrana team meant a tight finish with pressure on the 17th. John and Conor were 4 down early and did well to get back to two down with three holes left.
Well done to Manager Hugo Cannon and all the panel. Big John has been playing golf for over 50 years and this was his first Donegal League title to the amazement of many! C
loughaneely GC also won the Donegal Junior Scratch Matchplay in September 2020, but to couple it now with the prestigious Donegal League the hardest competition to win in the County. A super feat! Éacht ar doigh. Maith sibh uilig.
9 Hole 17/18th June
CAT 1: Seán Ó’Gallchóir (7) 23pts CAT 3: Kenny MacPherson (27) 18pts
GOTY 2 19/20th June
1st: Ciaran Rodgers (24) 42pts 2nd: Fergal Kilfeather (14) 41pts CAT 1: Peadar Curran (9) 36pts BOT CAT 2: Brian McGee (15) 37pts CAT 3: Patsy McVicar (30) 39pts Beginner: Michéal McHugh (29) 28pts.
Cloughaneely GC are running a 9 hole fundraiser in aid of Donegal Hospice this Thursday 24th and Friday 25th June. The club agreed with the Ladies Club that all entries / donations over both days go to Donegal Hospice. Re-entry allowed.
This weekend’s singles stableford is sponsored by Head Greenkeeper Philip McGeady play Saturday or Sunday. Our 2021 Golf Open Week runs from Friday 9th to Sunday 18th July more details to follow.
Thank you to all our generous sponsors for their continued support. Cuireann Cumann Gailf Chloich Cheannfhaola fáilte roimh bhaill úra – fir, mná agus daoine óga. Tá na táillí bliantiúla iontach réasúnta. Beidh fáilte romhat chuig Cumann Gailf Chloich Cheann Fhaola! Bígí slán agus bígí maith dá chéile!