Sunday 16th May 2021
1st Ciaran Ferry (20) 41 pts
2nd Conor Hanna (4) 40 pts BOT
Gross: Shaun Cannon (7) 32 pts
3rd Peadar Curran (9) 40 pts
Front Nine: Eamon McBride (19) 22 pts BOT
Back Nine: Caolan McBride (18) 22 pts
Saturday 15th May 2021
1st Barry Treacher (24) 42pts
2nd James McMullan (14) 37 pts BOT
Gross: Bill McCallion (6) 30 pts
3rd David Lynn (13) 37 pts BOT
Front Nine: John Moore (21) 20 pts
Back Nine: Kieran McTaggart (12) 21 pts
3 Ball Scramble (any combination)
Wednesday 12th May 2021
1st - 57
Ger Dalton (9)
Fergus Mullen (12)
Bernard McGlade (15)
2nd - 57.5 BOT
Carlos O'Reilly (2)
Edward O'Reilly (12)
Calum Murray (25)
3rd - 57.5
Ryan Shields (15)
Raymond Shields (18)
Tommy Reidy (18)
Last Saturday, an unbelievable score was shot by one of Dunfanaghy’s elite juniors, Darcy Hogg playing in the Gents Stroke at Belvoir Park Golf Club. Darcy reached the turn in an incredible 9 under par with 2 pars, 5 birdies and 2 eagles for a total of 27 blows! Well done Darcy - a phenomenal achievement. Rory watch your back.
Competitions for members resume this Wednesday, 12th May with a mixed 3 ball scramble. Saturday and Sunday Competitions will be single stableford. See the email from Mary for all the details. Please remember to observe all the Covid Protocols to ensure that everyone can enjoy their competition golf.
The Government, in conjunction with Golf Ireland, has issued a “return to golf protocol” for courses reopening on Monday 26th April. In the initial phase, the course will be open to members only playing social golf. Players must be from no more than 2 households and must book in advance through BRS. The clubhouse will remain closed and the Government has asked that we adopt a policy of “arrive-play-depart without delay”.
For those members wishing to book buggies, please ring Mary in advance. We will update you further when competition golf is likely to resume and when we can offer a bar and catering service.
Dunfanaghy’s Young Guns make the National Papers.
This Irish Times published this article about our young stars yesterday, although they got the spelling wrong on the headline.
It is with regret, that we announce the death of James Ward brother of Michael, a long standing member of our club. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Lena, Michael, Brid and the entire Ward family at this sad time. James' remains will repose at McGlynn's Funeral Home, Dungloe, Co. Donegal. Visitation on Tuesday the 13th of April from 2pm to 6pm in McGlynn's Funeral Home. Removal will take place on Wednesday the 14th of April, travelling to Arranmore on the 9.45am Ferry for 11.00am Mass in St Crones Church, Arranmore followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Mass can be viewed on https://youtube.com Saint Crone's Church, Arranmore Island.
May he rest in peace.
With the return to golf in sight at the end of the month, we thought that we would whet you appetite, if that were needed. Our Greenkeeper, Paul and his team have been busy with course enhancements and improvements. Paul took time to take a few photos of the work. The major work of raising the 18th tee box, realigning the 18th fairway and construction of the new 15th tee box is now complete. The 13th tee box has been raised and levelled and the bunkers at the first have been remodelled. Roll on the return to golf!
We’re sure you’re as frustrated as we are at the lack of access to our golf course. We eagerly await a date from the Taoiseach when we can resume play.
However, amidst the gloom there is some good news. Many of you will have read Jonny McClintock’s excellent article in the local press and on social media about our fantastic elite junior golfers. Our Dunfanaghy juniors certainly punch above their weight: Luke Kelly is the current Ireland Under 17 champion and previously an Ulster Under 16 Close Champion; James Sweeney is on the Ulster Under 16 panel (having previously been on a victorious Ulster Under 14 team) and Evan Hogg is in the Ulster Under 14 panel whilst big brother Darcy is Ireland’s leading Under 16 player winning the 2020 GUI Order of Merit. We are, rightly, very proud of the boys’ achievements.
More good news came from Golf Ireland recently when the Club was awarded a grant of €23,500 to go towards projects ensuring the Club’s future sustainability. The grant monies will be used to upgrade the Club’s IT system and the installation of solar panels to reduce running costs. As stipulated by Golf Ireland, grant money cannot be used to pay off any part of the Club’s debt nor, unfortunately, can it be used to offset members’ annual subscriptions. We have also applied for a separate Government Sports Capital and Equipment Grant for 5 new electric golf buggies. This would be a very welcome addition as the Club’s existing buggies are on their last wheels!
Some sadder news. Ruth has decided to leave the Club for pastures new at Letterkenny Golf Club. Ruth has always been a friendly face in the shop and bar. We wish Ruth every success in her new venture.
We look forward to seeing you in person hopefully in the not-too-distant future.
With kind regards
Bill and Paula
The McGinley Motors Scratch Cup
Due to the current Covid 19 restrictions, Dunfanaghy Golf Club has taken the decision to postpone the McGinley Motors Scratch Cup that was due to be contested on Saturday 17th April 2021.
We hope to reschedule the competition later in the year when restrictions are eased.