Letterkenny Golf Club was the setting for the final event of the Donegal ETB Golf Society calendar, Mr Jim McGlynn’s Captain’s Prize. There was another healthy turnout on what was perfect playing conditions on the Barnhill track.
This was the eighth and final outing of a covid-affected season that kicked off way back in October 2020 with proceedings teeing off at the Buncrana Municipal Golf Course. The winner of that first outing was Finn Valley College PE teacher, Paddy McDaid, who set the pace early that day and didn’t relinquish his position at the head of affairs for the rest of the season. Remarkably, this was Paddy’s fifth time winning the much-coveted title and is testament to the consistency he shows each year. Congratulations Paddy! The other big award in the Society’s season is the Magnificent 7 Signature Hole Trophy. This competition involves the cumulative scores gained over the course of the season at ‘Signature’ holes chosen by the Captain at each outing. This year’s winner was Moville Community College’s Ryan Monagle who secured the win with an excellent par at the 15th hole in Letterkenny. Congratulations Ryan!
Winner of the Captain’s Prize on the day was Coláiste Ailigh’s John Bosco Gallagher who came home with a fine score of 37pts that included a couple of birdies on the tough outward nine. Gairmscoil Chú Uladh’s Kevin McDevitt crowned a notable first season in the society with the runner-up spot with 36pts just pipping Deirdre O’Toole of Donegal Sports Partnership into third on a Break of Tie with Alex Harkin close behind in fourth on 35pts. Other prizes on the day were the Retired Member’s Prize which was won by no other than Mr Captain himself, Jim McGlynn, with 31pts, Elaine Russell won the Category 4 Golfer Prize with 32pts, Rory White picked up the Past Captain’s Prize with 29pts and the Captain’s Guest’s Prize was won by Mr Kevin Roche. The Best Front 9 was won by Sally Ann McFadden and the Best Back 9 was won by Kevin Cooley.
The prizes were presented in the clubhouse after a delicious meal in Hunter’s Bar & Grill. Outgoing Captain, Jim McGlynn, who was joined by his wife Frances and other invited guests, spoke of his pride in captaining the society that he helped found over 30 years ago. He thanked all of those who helped in any way during his year at the helm and his final task was to announce the name of the incoming Captain for the 2022-23 season, Mr Cathal McGee from the Donegal ETB Letterkenny Training Centre. Best wishes to Cathal for the incoming season which will begin again in September.
Final standings for the Donegal ETB Golf Society 2022 Golfer of the Year
- Paddy McDaid 116pts
- Deirdre O’Toole 110pts (after countback)
- John Bosco Gallagher 110 pts
- Rory White 90pts
- Ryan Monagle 86pts
Final standings for the Donegal ETB Golf Society 2022 Magnificent 7 Trophy
- Ryan Monagle 19pts
- JB Gallagher 18 pts
- Rory White 17 pts
- Paddy McDaid 16pts