EBS, Donegal Town, sponsors the Donegal Town FC Senior team kit
Pictured are Patrick Ward, youth representative/player; Billy Johnston, EBS Manager; Patrick Martin, Vice-Chairman, Donegal Town FC; Martin Byrne, PRO/player. Billy Johnston & Connie Gallagher selected the teams maroon & blue colours in 1970 and they have been in use ever since
Donegal Golf Club, Murvagh
Brendan Reck, Presidents Prize winner, with Adrienne and Finlay Anderson
One hundred and thirty golfers from nearly forty clubs contested the North West Seniors Championship, kindly sponsored by Sean McEniff and the Allingham Arms Bundoran, at Donegal Golf Club, Murvagh, recently.
Eamon J. OConnor of Donegal Town was the defending champion and he made a gallant attempt to defend, finishing with the runner-up award, just four shots behind, after two days golf.
The winner, from the Carrickmines Club in Dublin, was Bary Bray, who was visiting the links for the first time. Gary was joint leader on day one, with the clubs captains prize-winner, our own Billy Johnston, both shooting 70.
Billy faded on day two, with Bray shooting a four over par for a total of 153, to become the sixth winner of this prestigious event. Ballyshannon resident and former sergeant in Donegal John McBride finished in third place.
Killybegs native and now residing in Sligo, Brian Cotter, was the leader in the next section after day one, with a 68 nett but a tummy bug prevented him from completing the course. The nett award went to Newcastle, Co. Down golfer, Pat Keown, on 143, two under par for the two rounds.
North West Seniors Championship at Donegal Golf Club: 1 Gary Bray (3) 153 Carrickmines; 2. E.J. OConnor (6) Donegal 157; 3. J.J. Mc Bride (8) Donegal 161; 4. D.H. Browne (6) Porstewart 162; 5. Liam Mulligan (4) Laytown/Bettystown 163; 6. Sean Horkan (8) Co. Sligo 163 Nett: 1. P.F. Keown (11) Mourne 143; 2. R. Kennelly (10) City of Derry 145; 3. T Hayes (9) Mourne 147; Category 1. Wm Johnston (6) Donegal 165; 2 Brian Williams (6) Grange 165; 3 Michael Hawkshaw (7) Ashbourne 166. Gross Day 2. Barry OGorman (5) Rossmore 79; Nett Day 2 Wm. Moore (15) Enniscrone 73.
Sunday the fifteenth of August saw over two hundred golfers compete for the presidents (Finlay Anderson) prize at Donegal Golf Club.
It was a difficult day, weather wise, with very slick greens, and so it was appropriate that a good golfer with experience should come to the top.
Brendan Reck, a seven handicapper, who some fifteen years ago won a presidents prize, was again to the fore, shooting an excellent score of 70 nett, three under par.
Brendan was just two over gross playing the seventeenth hole, but a bad lie in the rough and an almost marble staircase green saw him drop two shots to par and the possibility of losing a major award.
But he survived by a shot from one of this years most profile winners, Mountcharles man, Michael Neary. Michael got the runner-up award on a break of tie from Dunkineelys Tom McWhinnie. Michaels son, Tom, took the gross award in the absence of brother John.
Presidents Day, Mr Finlay Anderson, 15th August 2004
Singles Stroke: 1. Brendan Reck (7) 70; 2. Michael Neary (8) 71 (bot); 3. Tom McWhinnie (17) 71; Gross Tom Neary (4) 76; 4. Sean Mulroe (11) 72; 5. John McCafferty (15) 72.
Past President: Eamonn OConnor (5) 76;
Guests 1. Terry Martin (13) 31pts; 2. Rodney Howe (7) 30.
Juniors: Boys, Aidan Faulkner, Girls, Rachael Crawford.
With contrasting weather over last weekend, good scores were expected from Saturdays competitors and yet the winning score by youths organiser Seamus Faulkner came on Sunday morning when he shot forty-one Stableford points to win easily the SuperValu competition.
Reports from the course indicate that he also had a blank hole and yet he had three points to spare over his nearest challenger. Frank Cooke, who had the assistance of Saturdays excellent weather.
Leghowneys Eamon Cassidy showed his excellent form again on Sunday morning with thirty-seven points. Eamon OConnor, who was rain-dancing at Shandon Park during the week in the Ulster Seniors, was the gross winner on thirty points.
This weekends event is sponsored by the Sandhouse Hotel Rossnowlagh and Fridays charity event is an open mixed foursomes in aid of the Lifeboat services and winners are reminded it is also presentation night for August.
Results: Winner Seamus Faulkner (10) 41pts.
Saturday: 1. Frank Cooke (23) 38pts; 2. Terry Irwin (5) 37pts (bot).
Sunday: 1. Eamonn Casidy (13) 37pts; 2. Vincent Mc Crea (25) 36pts; 3. Eamonn Canney (10) 35pts (bot); Gross: Eamonn OConnor (5) 30pts.
Billy Johnston and Co. Club Mixed Foursomes
Former Wexford hurler Martin Furlong and works colleague Darragh McGowan, who is now on the fringes of the Irish Womens team, were the surprising winners of the mixed foursomes championship.
Previous champions E.J. OConnor and Mary Anne Kane, the favourites, were defeated in the final recently by one hole. Darragh was starring last week with the Connaught interprovincial team and is now a reserve on the Irish team.
North West Seniors Championship: Front: Tommy Geraghty (Captain); Eamonn OConnor (2nd); Gary Bray,1st (Hermitage), Sean McEniff, sponsor. Back: Sean Horkin, Sligo; Robbie Kennelly, Derry; DK Browne, Portstewart; John J McBride, Liam Mulligan, Laytown/Bettystown.
Take 5 Basketball camp
Participants and coaches of the All Sports sponsored Take-5 Basketball camp in Killybegs last week