Captain’s weekend is over for another year and at the outset let’s congratulate Noel Ó Gallchóir and all his family for a truly wonderful weekend of golf, cuisine and entertainment.
The Shoot-Out on Thursday left Tony Doohan in the number one spot pipping Philip Mc Geady and Joe Friel senior. Tony’s first Shoot-Out win in 20 years.The huge turnout for the Friday evening Scramble saw Bernie Mc Callion, Vincent Collum, Joe Doherty and Patsy Mc Vicar take the honours with Sean Ó Gallchóir, Kevin Barrett, John Mc Elwaine and Chris Cannon in second place. On Saturday, Captain’s Day, the 3rd visitor’s prize went to Jack Doherty, Ballyliffin, 2nd to Piaras Coyle, Gweedore and first to Peadar O Gallchóir, Gweedore. The junior prize went to Cian Mc Garvey, the category to Des Murray, longest drive to Joe Friel j, 2nd 9 to Neil Gallagher, 1st 9 to Joe Friel j and the best 18 to Manus Mc Clafferty. Bridie Doherty and Sandra Mc Ginley got the nines for the ladies with Sadie Marie the overall third, Margaret Mc Clean in second and Chris Cannon was in 1st place. In the top four for the evening playoff were Francis Boyle and Sean Ó Gallchóir both on 40 pts, with Peadar Curran on 41 and away out there on 44 was the undisputed
In the top four for the evening playoff were Francis Boyle and Sean Ó Gallchóir both on 40 pts, with Peadar Curran on 41 and away out there on 44 was the undisputed Killult’s number one, Paul Harkin. He knew he was like a hare in the company of three foxes disguised as lambs and all ready to pounce on any error he might make. He knew plenty about one of them from earlier in the summer. All was pretty level for the first six holes but come the 7th par three, Paul pulled a shot to the rough on the left of the 7th green, resulting in a lost ball and a blank at the hole. Surprisingly, it was the lamb like Peadar and not the usual one that revealed his fox attire and from just off the green slipped a 30 foot downhill putt into the middle of the hole for a birdie. All four got par on the 8th and after Paul uncharacteristically put a three wood into the rough on the 9th Peadar hit a seven iron to the heart of the green and with an easy par became the outright captain’s prize winner on 62 points. Well done to him! In second place was a very steady Sean O Gallchóir on 60 points. Francis Boyle, on 59 points, got the gross and Paul, the leader for most of the day, ended up third. The course, considering all the rain, held up pretty well and well done to Philip and the boys for the excellent condition of the greens.
A great night was had by all with a full house, more delicious food, great music, song and all varieties of dancing. Gerry Coffey was presented with a special prize for his commitment to the club, and it helped him find high and low notes later in the night. Most got home in time for the Mc Gregor Mayweather showdown.
On to Monday and the Donegal League team said goodbye to the next round after losing on holes down to Letterkenny. Well done to Letterkenny and for Cloughaneely there will be another year.
The next big event is the Club Classic on September 9th. Book on our website, at www.cloughaneelygolfclub.ie, and then go to “book a tee.” Members are asked if possible, to sponsor a tee or a green. See notice-board. The annual outing takes place on Friday, September 29th, so get your name down with €100 deposit.