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August 25th 2004

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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 team’s maroon & blue colours in 1970 and they have been in use ever since

Donegal Golf Club, Murvagh

Brendan Reck, President’s 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. O’Connor 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 captain’s 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. O’Connor (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 O’Gorman (5) Rossmore 79; Nett Day 2 Wm. Moore (15) Enniscrone 73.
President’s prize
Sunday the fifteenth of August saw over two hundred golfers compete for the president’s (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 president’s 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 year’s most profile winners, Mountcharles man, Michael Neary. Michael got the runner-up award on a break of tie from Dunkineely’s Tom McWhinnie. Michael’s son, Tom, took the gross award in the absence of brother John.
President’s 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 O’Connor (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 Saturday’s 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 Saturday’s excellent weather.
Leghowney’s Eamon Cassidy showed his excellent form again on Sunday morning with thirty-seven points. Eamon O’Connor, who was rain-dancing at Shandon Park during the week in the Ulster Seniors, was the gross winner on thirty points.
This weekend’s event is sponsored by the Sandhouse Hotel Rossnowlagh and Friday’s 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 O’Connor (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 Women’s team, were the surprising winners of the mixed foursomes championship.
Previous champions E.J. O’Connor 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 O’Connor (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


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