LADY CAPTAIN’S DAY

Our ladies enjoyed celebrating Heather Majury’s Lady Captain’s Day and many gathered to congratulate Kerry Gooding who claimed the coveted prize, having scored 41 points.


GORDON DREW TESTIMONIAL CUP

This weekend we are playing for the Gordon Drew Testimonial Cup.  Entry fee will be £10 for the 18 hole competition with all proceeds going to the Gordon Drew fund.
 
Many thanks to honorary member Jackie Lavery who has kindly sponsored the trophy and all prize money for this weeks competition.
 
 

LADY CAPTAIN’S DAY – 2022

Lady Captain’s Day got under way in cloudy, blustery conditions with Lady Vice-Captain (Cynthia Smith) deputising for our Lady Captain Heather Majury who is ill at home.


JUNIOR CAPTAINS

Our Junior Captains for 2022/23. Megan Boyd and John Franklin-Woolridge.


ALPINES GOLFING SOCIETY

The Alpines held their first Captain’s Day since the Covid-19 pandemic struck 2-3 years ago and it was the opportunity to thank Ray Logan for holding the society together throughout this difficult period.  It also allowed members to welcome the new Captain (for the period 22/23) Brian Hutchinson who now takes the reins and his nomination was endorsed by all.

Thoughts also turned to the Alpines leader and patriarch, Victor Stephens, who sadly passed away during the current year.  Tribute was led by Ray Logan and supported by event organiser Drew Todd, who was also recognised for his hard work throughout the season.

There were any number of prize winners on the day and they included:

  • Drew Todd – Captain’s Prize, nearest the pin (13th) and the only two on the day.
  • Jim McCurley – Golfer of the Year.
  • Tony Bunting – Best Gross.

All look forward to the new season, to start sometime around September and the new Captain, Brian Hutchinson, extends a warm welcome to new members who want to enjoy golf on Thursday afternoons throughout the winter.


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 7th April 22 (played over first nine holes)

1st   Terry Hegan (16) – 16 points (cb)
2nd  Roy Bird (09) – 16 (cb)
3rd   Jeremy Jackson (14) – 16 (cb)

Alpines Captain Ray Logan presents winner Terry Hegan with his prize.

Number of Cards processed – 30

Note: The winner will be cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes, if they are featuring on the leader board in future Alpine Competitions this season.

NB: Captains Day next Thursday, over 18 holes (9-hole subsidiary competition). Dinner at 7 for 7.30, followed by awards presentation.


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

The Alpines Golfing Society held their away day at Headfort Golf Club in Kells, County Meath.  The winner, with a magnificent 43 points was Billy McKeag with Trevor Rodgers and Tony Bunting second and third.  The members are grateful to Alpines Captain Ray Logan for a well organised golf and leisure trip that was previously postponed due to the Covid pandemic.


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 31st March 22 9 (played over first nine holes).

1st   Thomas Charteris (08) – 20 points
2nd  Jim McCurley (20) – 19
3rd   Brian Miller (08) – 18 (cb)

Alpines Captain Ray Logan congratulates winner Thomas Charteris.

Number of Cards processed – 44

Note: The winner will be cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes, if they are featuring on the leader board in future Alpine Competitions this season.

NB: Prize winners should be present at presentation.


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 24th March 22 (played over first nine holes).

1st   Trevor Rodgers (09) – 21 points
2nd  Noel McKeown (13) – 20
3rd   Anthony Kenny (11) – 19 (cb)

Alpines Captain Ray Logan (and two photo bombers) congratulates winner Trevor Rodgers.

Number of Cards processed – 46

Note: The winner will be cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes, if they are featuring on the leader board in future Alpine Competitions this season.

NB: Prize winners should be present at presentation.


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 10th March 22 (played over first nine holes)

1st   David Morrison – (14) 24 points
2nd  Anthony Kenny – (11) 23
3rd   Colm Fox – (08) 22 (cb)

Alpines Captain Ray Logan presents David Morrison with his first-place prize.

Number of Cards processed – 35

Note: The winner will be cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes, if they are featuring on the leader board in future Alpine Competitions this season.

NB: Prize winners should be present at presentation


WINTER LEAGUE DINNER

The 2021-22 Winter League concluded with it’s Annual Dinner in the clubhouse on Friday 4th March when Team 10 (Audi) were announced as the winners and the overall winning individual was Alan Devonport.

For full results – click here.

Second – Team 3 (Toyota)
Winners – Team 10 (Audi)
Best player in each team
Joint overall individual runner-ups

ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 03th March 22 (played over first nine holes)

1st   Ian Wilson (13) – 23 points
2nd  David McBride (09) – 22
3rd   Tony Bunting (00) – 20

Club President John Caldwell presents David McBride with his prize for second place.

Number of Cards processed – 40

Note: The winner will be cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes, if they are featuring on the leader board in future Alpine Competitions this season.

NB: Prize winners should be present at presentation

Please note the following dates:

  • Monday 4th April – Away day – Headford Golf Club
  • Thursday 14th April – Ray Logan’s Captains Day

DIAMOND DAVE

The below charity concert will be held in the clubhouse on Saturday, 12th March – tickets will be available for purchase from Tuesday 1st March.


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 17th February 22 (played over first nine holes)

1st   David Cleland (09) – 22 points
2nd  Alex McWilliams (11) – 20
3rd   Tony Bunting (00) – 20 (cb)

Club President John Caldwell congratulates winner David Cleland

Number of Cards processed – 42

Note: The winner will be cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes, if they are featuring on the leader board in future Alpine Competitions this season.

NB: Prize winners should be present at presentation


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 10th February 22 (played over first nine holes)

1st   Michael Kerr (06) – 23 points
2nd  Alister Miskimmin (10) – 22
3rd   Brian Walsh (13) – 19

Alpines Captain Ray Logan congratulates winner Michael Kerr.

Number of Cards processed – 49

Note: The winner will be cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes, if they are featuring on the leader board in future Alpine Competitions this season.

NB: Prize winners should be present at presentation

PHOTO:  Alpines Captain Ray Logan congratulates winner Michael Kerr.


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 3rd February 22 (played over first nine holes).

1st   Richard Farr (09) – 21 points (cb)
2nd  David McBride (09) – 21 (cb)
3rd   Alister Miskimmin (10) – 21

Alpines Captain Ray Logan congratulates David McBride

Number of Cards processed – 44

Note: The winner will be cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes, if they are featuring on the leader board in future Alpine Competitions this season.

NB: Prize winners should be present at presentation


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 27th January 2022 (played over first nine holes)

1st   Trevor Murray (10) – 22 points
2nd  Brian Walsh (13) – 21
3rd   Brian Hutchinson (10) – 20 

Alpines Captain Ray Logan congratulates his fourball partner Brian Walsh on his 2nd place.

Number of Cards processed – 54

Note: The winner will be cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes, if they are featuring on the leader board in future Alpine Competitions this season.

NB: Prize winners should be present at presentation


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 20th January 22 (played over first nine holes).

1st   Jim McCurley – 25pts
2nd  David Cleland – 24pts
3rd   David McBride – 23pts 

Alpines Captain Ray Logan congratulates winner Jim McCurley

Number of Cards processed – 48

Note: The winner will be cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes, if they are featuring on the leader board in future Alpine Competitions this season.

NB: Prize winners should be present at presentation


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 13th January 22 (played over first nine holes)

1st   Robert Henderson (05) – 22 points
2nd  Thomas Charteris (08) – 20 (cb)
3rd   David Cleland (09) – 20

Alpines Captain Ray Logan congratulates Robert Henderson.

Number of Cards processed – 53

Note: The winner will be cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes, if they are featuring on the leader board in future Alpine Competitions this season

NB: Prize winners should be present at presentation


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 30th December 21 (played over winter nine holes).

1st   Jim McCurley 23 points    
2nd  John Caldwell 22  
3rd   Billy McKeag 21 (cb)

Number of Cards processed – 35

Note: The winner will be cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes, if they are featuring on the leader board in future Alpine Competitions this season.

NB: Prize winners should be present at presentation of prizes


New Machinery bought November 2020

In November 2020 Donaghadee Golf Club purchased 2 new pieces of equipment for the course.

Sisis Veemow mk2 Scarifier

The Veemow mk2 is used primarily during the Spring months. However, due to the on-course staff being on furlough at the start of 2021 we were unable to use it as much as we would have liked. However, we did scarify the teeing areas and some of the green surrounds. Come the start of 2022 we will be using the scarifier on the fairways.

Scarifying the 5th hole fairway

Sisis Mega Slitter 2.4M

The new Mega Slitter was 1st used in November 2020 and is used primarily in the winter months. This machine helps break-up the thatch and disperses excess water from the fairways. Most members will see the slits on most of the fairways and the course staff will be using this machine throughout the winter months when weather permits. (see photo).

These 2 machines are the 1st step to drier, better-quality fairways. However, it will take several years to get the fairways as dry as we would like, so do not expect too much in the 1st year.

 

WINTER LEAGUE 2021-22

A great entry of just over 120 for this year’s Winter League – thank you for your support.

Some 6 weeks into the league, Team Audi have been fastest off the grid with a total of 51 points helped in no small way by finishing best performing team in each of the last three weeks.  They are followed by Team Toyota on 47 and Teams BMW and Fiat tied on 43 (first time a BMW and Fiat have had similar performance stats?)  Several teams, notably Teams Mini, Ford and Volvo would appear to have had several unplanned pit stops!!

Do please remember that it’s important to put your card in no matter how poor your score as sometimes we have to look at the best 9 or best 10 cards returned.

Finally, don’t forget the Winter League Dinner with a meal and entertainment on Friday 4th March.  This event is free to all participants in the League.


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 23rd December 21 (played over front nine holes).

1st   Gordon Stubbs (06) – 23 points (cb)
2nd  Jeremy Jackson (14) – 23   
3rd   Tony Bunting (00) – 22 (cb)

Alpines Captain Ray Logan congratulates Tony Bunting on his 22 points playing off scratch.

Number of Cards processed – 32

Note: The winner will be cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes, if they are featuring on the leader board in future Alpine Competitions this season.

NB: Prizes not collected will be available in the Pro Shop


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 16th December 21 (played over front nine holes).

1st   Trevor O’Rorke (11) – 22 points 
2nd  Paul Forde (11) – 21 (cb)
3rd   David Morrison (14) – 21

Club President John Caldwell congratulates Trevor O’Rorke on yet another victory.

Number of Cards processed – 44

Note: The winner will be cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes, if they are featuring on the leader board in future Alpine Competitions this season.

NB: Prizes not collected will be available in the Pro Shop


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Christmas Competition

Results for Thursday 9th December 21 (played over winter nine holes).

1st   Jim McCurley – 26 points
2nd  Paul Forde – 24
3rd   Don Stockdale – 21 (cb)
4th   Ian Wilson – 21
5th   Ray Coughlin – 20 (cb)
6th   Jim Speers – 20pts (cb)

2’s  Neale Jenkins

Alpines Captain Ray Logan congratulates Jim McCurley on his win.

Number of Cards processed – 48

Alpine competitions will continue on Thursdays over the holiday period.


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 2nd December 21 (played over front nine holes).

1st   Charlie Neill – 22 points (cb)
2nd  Jim Speers – 22
3rd   Jim McCurley – 21

Number of Cards processed – 53

Note: The winner will be cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes, if they are featuring on the leader board in future Alpine Competitions this season.

NB: Prizes not collected will be available in the Pro Shop.

 


COVID Restrictions November 2021

From 29th November, all members who are eligible for vaccination, will be required to produce one of the following on entering the Club.:

  • Proof of vaccination,
  • Proof of a negative lateral flow test
  • Proof of having contracted Covid 19 and recovered within 160 days or
  • A letter from your doctor proving you are exempt from vaccination on health grounds.

We believe that most Members will have been double vaccinated so the most effective method of proof of this is to download the certificate onto your smartphone via NI Direct website. We do appreciate not all members possess this technology so we will accept sight of your vaccination cards.

Please ensure that you bring this evidence with you each time you come to the Club as without them you will be denied access.

If you are inviting guests into the club it is the member’s responsibility to ensure that their guests comply with the above requirements as access will be refused without one of above verifications.

This is an entirely new procedure for our staff so please be patient. 

 


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 25th November 21 (played over front nine holes)

1st   John Rutherford – 22 points
2nd  Roy Bird – 21
3rd   Trevor Rodgers – 20

Alpines Captain Ray Logan congratulates winner John Rutherford

Number of Cards processed – 48

Note: The winner will be cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes, if they are featuring on the leader board in future Alpine Competitions this season.

NB: Prizes not collected will be available in the Pro Shop


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 18th November 21 (played over front nine holes)

 
1st   Brian Hutchinson (10) – 20 points
2nd  Drew Todd (07) – 19 (cb)
3rd   David Carroll (10) – 19 (cb)
Alpines Captain Ray Logan presents Drew Todd with the prize for second place.

Number of Cards processed – 48
 
Note: The winner will be cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes, if they are featuring on the leader board in future Alpine Competitions this season.
 
NB: Prizes not collected will be available in the Pro Shop

 


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 11th November 21 (played over front nine holes).

 
1st   Gerald Marshall (10) – 18 points (cb)
2nd  John Davidson (12) – 18 (cb)
3rd   Ray Whiteside (10) – 18 (cb)
Alpines Captain Ray Logan congratulates winner Gerald Marshall.

Number of Cards processed – 35
 
Note: The winner will be cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes, if they are featuring on the leader board in future Alpine Competitions this season.
 
NB: Prizes not collected will be available in the Pro Shop.

 


PRIZE-GIVING NIGHT

Congratulations to all our prize winners throughout the year.


 

CHRISTMAS BROCHURES

Are you planning a Christmas get together, a staff party, or a night out with friends before Christmas?

Why not check out all the entertainment planned at DGC throughout December.

Brochures available in the Clubhouse or Click on Christmas Brochure 2021to view the full program of events happening this December.


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 4th November 21 (played over front nine holes)

1st   Trevor O’Rorke (11) – 21 points
2nd  Terry Hegan (16) – 19
3rd   Ian Wilson (13) – 18 (cb)

Alpines Captain Ray Logan congratulates Trevor O’Rorke on his win.

Number of Cards processed – 55

Note: The winner will be cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes, if they are featuring on the leader board in future Alpine Competitions this season.

NB: Prizes not collected will be available in the Pro Shop


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 28th October 21 (played over front nine holes)

1st   Clive Majury (09) 21 points
2nd  Roy Bird (09) – 17
3rd   Michael Kerr (06) – 15 (cb)

Alpine’s Captain Ray Logan congratulates winner Clive Majury.

Number of Cards processed – 19

Note: The winner cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes in future Alpine Competitions this season.

NB: Prizes not collected will be available in the Pro Shop


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 21st October 21 (played over front nine holes)

1st   Don Stockdale (14) – 19 points
2nd  Thomas Charteris (08) – 18 (cb)
3rd   Clive Majury (08) – 18 (cb)

Number of Cards processed – 38

Note: The winner cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes in future Alpine Competitions this season.

NB: Prizes not collected will be available in the Pro Shop


WINTER LEAGUE


GENTS WINTER TEE SHEET

Gents the draw for the Winter Tee Sheet will take place on Thursday 28th October at 6pm in the John Nelson room. The time sheet will become active on Saturday 30th.


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 14th October 21 (played over front nine holes)

 
1st   Trevor Murray (10) – 22 points
2nd  Alex McWilliams (10) – 20 (cb)
3rd   John Caldwell (10) – 20pts
 
Number of Cards processed – 46
 
Note: The winner cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes in future Alpine Competitions this season.
 
NB: Prizes not collected will be available in the Pro Shop
Immediate past Alpines Captain Tony Bunting presents Alex McWilliams with his second-place prize.

WINTER OPENING HOURS


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 7th October 21 (played over the front nine holes)

 
1st   Charles Neill (04) 21 points
2nd  Thomas Charteris (10) 20
3rd   Brian Hutchinson (09) 19
 
Number of Cards processed – 36
 
In the photo Alpine’s Captain Ray Logan congratulates Brian Hutchinson on coming third, while ‘someone’ photo bombs in the background.
 
Note: The winner cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes in future Alpine Competitions this season.
 
NB: Prizes not collected will be available in the Pro Shop.

JOHN McCANN CUP

Congratulations to Tom Johnston on winning the John McCann Cup for Past Captains. Tom was a clear winner on 23 points with his playing partner, Noel McKeown in second place. The Past Captains were delighted to welcome Trevor Kelly who joined them for their meal in the Judge Brown Room after the competition. Trevor is a Past Captain of Donaghadee and also of the renowned Portuguese golf club, Quinta do Lago in the Algarve. In the course of an excellent evening of camaraderie and catching up on old friendships, Trevor presented the Past Captains with a Tyrone Crystal Donaghadee bowl in recognition of the close association involving an annual challenge match between the Past Captains of the two Clubs. In response, Brian Hutchinson thanked Trevor on behalf of the Past Captains for the generous hospitality shown by him and his late wife, Kath, during their visits to Quinta over the past twenty-one years.


ALPINE GOLFING SOCIETY

Results for Thursday 23rd September 2021. The competition was played over front nine holes.

 
1st   David McCord (10) – 22pts
2nd  Raymond Whiteside (10) – 20 (cb)
3rd   David Carroll (10) – 20pts (cb) Number of Cards processed – 50
 
Note: The winner cut two shots and second cut one shot on the nine holes in future Alpine Competitions this season.
 
NB: Prizes not collected will be available in the Pro Shop
Alpines Captain Ray Logan congratulates winner David McCord.

Alpines Captain Ray Logan presents Billy McKeag with a print of the famous Glentoran Detroit Cougars team, which Billy played in.

 


SENIORS GOLF IS BACK

Seniors golf will resume on Monday 4th October from 11.46. Gents aged 60 or over are warmly invited to come along and enjoy a 9 hole competition each Monday. Just report to the Starters Hut on the day.


JUNIOR PRIZE WINNERS 2021.

Prizes will be presented on Junior Captains’ Day 19th August at 8pm. It is hoped Parents and Prize Winners can attend and maybe have a meal beforehand starting at 6.30pm. Please book a table with the catering team. There will be events taking place during the day. Parents may like to attend. For details of winners – click here.


JUNIOR CAPTAIN’S DAY


CAPTAIN’S DAY –  FURTHER UPDATE

Following queries from some invitees, we would like to confirm that the Captain’s reception goes ahead this evening as scheduled. Saturday afternoon and evening entertainment has been postponed until 21st August.  Anyone who had booked a table for Saturday evening and would like to rebook for 21st August please contact the Caterer directly. Bar and Restaurant will be open as usual tomorrow Saturday 7th August from 12 noon. The re-arranged Restricted and Veterans Captain’s Day competitions will take place on Monday 16th August and not the 19th as previously advised. The 19th August is Junior Captains Day. Catering and bar facilities will be available on Monday 16th August.


CAPTAIN’S DAY

Dear Member, The heavy downpour during the Restricted and Veterans Captains Day today necessitated the course being closed and the competition cancelled.  Unfortunately it looks like more of the same over the next few days with heavy, slow moving showers and a chance of thunderstorms and indeed the Meteorological Office has issued an amber warning.  Acting on the basis of this information and, taking account of the recommendation of our Match and Handicap Convenor, I have decided to postpone the Captain’s Day competition until 21st August. I appreciate that for many this will be a major disappointment.  However the available evidence is such as to suggest that there is a strong likelihood of the course being flooded and, as was the case today, the competition being cancelled.  Captains Day is one of the highlights of our golfing year and requires a substantial amount of planning and work by our staff in the office, bar and course; the Club professional; and the Caterer.  Making the call to postpone has not been easy but avoids unnecessary expense and work.  I trust that members will understand and appreciate the basis for this decision. The following arrangements will apply:

 

  • The Captain’s Reception will take place as planned on Friday 6th August
  • A replacement competition will be organised for 7th August and the timesheet in place for Captains Day will apply weather permitting;
  • The cancelled Veterans and Restricted Captains Day will now take place on 19th August.  Any member who entered on 5th August will be able to enter again without any charge on this date and any vouchers unused will be honoured.

Captains Day will take place on 21st August.  The standard Saturday timesheet will apply and in an effort to free up times, any member not wishing to play or unable to play should remove their name.  Anyone who has pre-paid for Saturday 7th can either obtain a refund or transfer payment to the 21st assuming they have a time. I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but, as always we are subject to the vagaries of the weather. Kind regards, Trevor Simpson Captain Donaghadee Golf Club.


THE C(HAT) RESULTS, WEDNESDAY 4TH AUGUST 2021 Record numbers (73) for this year to date played this week. Great turn-out – even greater prizes. 1st.      David Kerr (6) 22 Pts. Pro Shop Voucher £70. 2nd      David Johnston (9) 20 Pts. On last 6 holes. Pro Shop Voucher £50. 3rd       Robin Crothers (5) 20 Pts. Pro Shop Voucher £35. 4th       William McAllister (10) 19 Pts. On last 6 holes. Pro Shop Voucher £17 Best Gross 39 (3x Pro V1s)  –  Des Letman There were 3 twos. David Kerr (at the 1st ), Robin Crothers, Billy McAllister – 10 balls each (includes balls carried forward from last week) All prizes collectible from the Pro Shop (NB David Kerr cut two shots and David Johnston 1 shot on the 9 holes in future Hat Competitions) Noel and David


VETERANS CAPTAIN’S DAY

Gentlemen, please note that the Veterans Captains Day competition (Thursday, 5th August) will be run over 9 holes not 13 as advertised. M&H


ULSTER CUP

Donaghadee play Blackwood in Ulster Cup South Qtr Final on Monday 2nd August @ 5.30pm with 4 games at Dee and 3 games at Blackwood. All support would be greatly appreciated as always. Thanks Ryan Hay Team Captain


THE C(HAT) RESULTS, WEDNESDAY 28TH JULY 2021

The end of the heat wave and threatened rain affected numbers this week, but we still had a good turn-out of 50. Do not forget to book your starting time each week. 1st.      Stuart Lally (9) 21 Pts. Pro Shop Voucher £46. 2nd      Gary Browne (8) 20 Pts. On last 6 holes. Pro Shop Voucher £35. 3rd       Mark Ennis (9) 20 Pts. On last 6 holes. Pro Shop Voucher £22. 4th       Sam Caskey (9) 20 Pts. On last 3 holes. Pro Shop Voucher £12 Note – Hat handicap adjustments applied to 1st and 2nd prize winners in earlier competitions have been used to derive above results. Best Gross 40 (3x Pro V1s)  –  John Ross There were no twos. 13 balls carried forward to next week. All prizes collectible from the Pro Shop (NB Stuart Lally cut two shots and Gary Browne 1 shot on the 9 holes in future Hat Competitions) Noel and David


MIXED FOURSOMES QUARTER FINAL V KILLYMOON 28th JULY/1 AUGUST

Difficulty finding a suitable date in such a tight schedule means that the match v Killymoon will be played over two dates. One match at home at 4.30 on Thursday with the remaining 4 matches (2 at home/2 away) played on Sunday (2.40 tee off @ Dee). As always all support greatly appreciated. Many Thanks Barry & Carol


U16 CONNAUGHT GIRLS

Congratulations to Megan Boyd won The Bentley Plate for best stableford in U16 Connaught girls, beating her sister Helen (our Girls Captain) with the better back nine.   Both had 43pts.


COURSE NEWS

Great news that playing golf is getting back to normal with bunkers now back to normal with rakes to used and for those that wish flags can now be removed for putting, the world is slowly getting back to some sort of normal. Let’s keep everything moving in the right direction and keep our course in top condition by fixing all pitch marks on greens and replacing divots where necessary. Our course is playing well in the current conditions let’s keep it that way by doing the simple things and enjoying the golf, the great weather and our great course along with the great food and craic to be had in the club house. Swing easy and enjoy. Robert Henderson Course Convenor


The C(HAT) Results, Wednesday 21st July 2021 Yet another turn-out in the 60s (64 this week). We look forward to breaking the 70s barrier for the first time this season in the near future. (That’s numbers of competitors, not average age by the way).  Do not forget to book your starting time.

  1. Trevor O’Rorke (11) 25 Pts.  Pro Shop Voucher £60
  2. Trevor Rodgers (10) 22 Pts. On last hole. Pro Shop Voucher £45.
  3. Richard Murray (9) 22 Pts. On last 3 holes. Pro Shop Voucher £30
  4. David Martin (6) 22 Pts. Pro Shop Voucher £15

Best Gross 39 (3 x Pro V1) Aaron Small Twos (16 balls) Ricardo Neufus All prizes collectible from the Pro Shop  NB Trevor O’Rorke cut two shots and Trevor Rodgers 1 shot in future Hat Competitions Well done Trevor, great score, especially using only 8 holes to get 25 points to give the rest a chance. Noel and David


CAPTAIN’S DAY

The Captain, Trevor Simpson, would like to invite all Members to join him on his Captain’s Days.

  • Captain’s Day – Saturday, 7th August
  • Veteran/Restricted Captain’s Day – Thursday, 5th August

Trevor hopes everyone will enjoy competing for the fabulous prizes. Everyone is welcome to attend on Saturday evening for great entertainment, provided by Versatile. For further information, click the images below:

Captain’s Day                The Menu         Vet’s/Restricted Day


ULSTER CUP TEAM MAKE FURTHER PROGRESS

Congratulations to Ryan Hay and his team who overcame the challenge of Dungannon on Sunday (11th July) winning 5-2 with points from:

  • Garth Boyd
  • Johnny Boyd
  • Richard McCreedy
  • Ryan Hay
  • Michael Carlisle

They are now into the quarter finals of Ulster South and will next play Concra Wood or Blackwood.


LADIES OPEN COMPETITION


THE GREAT RUGBY CYCLE

Jeff Aiken, Past Captain of the Club, is participating in a 1,000 mile cycle round Ireland in 10 days to raise funds for My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.   The team hopes to raise £50,000 for the foundation which funds research into Motor Neurone Disease (MND) as well as raising awareness of the condition – a condition that is currently without cure. There are a total of 38 cyclists completing the trip including several elite athletes and others who have lost loved ones to this cruel condition.   They will be calling into the Club before completing the penultimate stage on Saturday afternoon. Timings are fluid but the expectation is that they will be at the Club round about 3pm-4pm and members may wish to turn out and encourage them all with a hearty welcome.  Several of Jeff’s friends in the Club have already made donations but anyone else wishing to donate to this worthy cause can do so on Saturday or via Justgiving.com/fundraising/Jeff-Aiken


MIXED FOURSOMES

The reward for Barry & Carol Davison’s team for overcoming Scrabo in the previous round was a tie against Helen’s Bay.  Drawn at home, they did have the advantage of three home matches to the two away at Helen’s Bay.  Still, a daunting task and one they were ready for.

The Captain (Trevor Simpson) and Team Captain (Barry Davison) welcome Niall James and the other Helen’s Bay players to Donaghadee.

Boy and did they get on with it!  With an array of good and confident golfers carrying the hopes of the Club, many who were there to support, our team of gents and ladies (representing the WHOLE Club) got their heads down and carved out an impressive 3.5 to 1.5 win. Next up?  Ardglass.  Please look out for forthcoming news as your support again will be crucial to the team.


ULSTER CUP

Congratulations to our Ulster Cup team who overcame Edenmore on Saturday (3rd July).  Being the ‘away’ team Ryan Hay’s side faced the daunting task of four of the seven matches away from home.  Ryan, Robin Crothers and Richard McCready came from behind to win all three matches at Donaghadee and when Michael Carlisle secured the important fourth win it was match over.

Team Captains Ryan Hay and Frank McCracken with Vice Captain David Porter.

Ryan paid tribute to the challenge and integrity of the Edenmore team, Captained by Frank McCracken, who agreed that the standard of golf was high with both teams enjoying the day.  Donaghadee now meet Dungannon in the third round.

The pairings who played at Donaghadee.

PRESIDENT’S DAY 2021

President John Caldwell couldn’t complain about the weather on his big day.  Greeting early starters on the 1st tee in overcast conditions that continued to improve throughout the day.  John even managed 18 holes himself for the first time in ages!  He enjoyed his round, but not as much as Sam Ewart who later in the evening collected the big prize during the evening (Covid-19 controlled) function. Sam amassed 44 points with the front nine being the foundation where Sam collected an amazing 29 points.  A par at the 1st was a nice solid start but a ‘chip in’ birdie at the 4th was even better.  Things only improved, including another birdie on the 8th, which is normally a bogey hole for him. Realising his excellent start Sam was worried about things going pear-shaped over the back nine but he managed to hold his game together, despite a wobble at the 15th with a topped drive.  What better way to recover from that but to drive over the river at the 16th and through the green at the 17th. Sam collected his prize and thanked the President for a great day and excellent prize, also expressing thanks to Match & Handicap, the Professional Shop and the Course Manager and his team.  Later reflecting on his success Sam realised the contribution and value of recent lessons from Craig Lyall.

Club Captain Trevor Simpson presented the President’s wife, Pat Caldwell, with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

THE HAT


ALPINES GOLF SOCIETY

The Alpines finally managed to close their winter season that originally started in 2019 and after two years punctuated by Covid-19 lockdowns celebrated with a day’s competition and evening meal in the clubhouse. The Alpine Golf Society will recommence a new winter season this coming September with 9-hole competitions each Thursday.  After two partial and difficult seasons Ray Logan has kindly agreed to continue as Captain of the society for the 21/22 season. Competition Results: 18-hole competition

  1. Richard Caldwell 38 pts
  2. Nigel Carson. 37 pts (cb)
  3. Drew Todd. 37 pts
  4. Ryan Hay. 35 pts
  5. Thomas Charteris. 34 pts

9-hole competition

  1. Alan Morris 22 pts
  2. Brian Miller 21 pts (cb)
  3. David Carroll  21 pts (cb)
  4. Brian Hutchinson  21 pts
  5. Fred Green  18 pts

2’s club. Brian Hutchinson; Nigel Carson. Cards returned – 41


JUNIOR TRANING

Junior Training took place on Saturday, 1st May and also Alastair Law took advantage of new pre-round practice equipment secured with the help of a generous grant from Ards & North Down Borough Council.


BELFAST AND DISTRICT VETERANS’ LEAGUE 2021

The pandemic has curtailed this year’s league but the organisers have agreed to run the league from the end of May. For further details click here.


NEW FEATURE

A copy of Council Meeting minutes are now being made available (PDF Document) and can be accessed via the Members Area on the top menu bar.  Access is protected via the previously used password.


PAST CAPTAINS UPDATE – APRIL 2021

Bert Mason Salver I have spoken to a few Past Captains and have agreed that, due to the continuing Covid restrictions on the use of both the course and clubhouse, we should postpone our outing for the Bert Mason Salver, due to be played on 23 April,  until later in the Spring or early Summer. Hopefully by then the new normal will more normal. Harry Kerr Following so quickly after the loss of Matt Peacock, we were again saddened to hear of the death of Harry Kerr. While ill health and immobility prevented Harry from joining us in recent years, he nevertheless still took a keen interest in Past Captain affairs. His good humour will be sadly missed. While the Covid restrictions prevented us from attending Harry’s funeral, Jim McClure was pleased to attend at the personal invitation of the family. I have also written on behalf of Past Captains to express our condolences to Harry’s wife, Sybil, and the rest of the family. Fred Green                                         


BIG WIN FOR AIR AMBULANCE NI

As many of you will know, Sam Campbell won the inaugural Air Ambulance Trophy with an excellent score of 42 points, but the real winner was the Air Ambulance itself which has been presented with a cheque for £2,750.89. At the formal presentation at the weekend the Captain paid tribute to all those who had made the event so successful “My thanks to Ian Gunning, Phil Robinson, Mark Weatherall for their generosity in providing the trophy; our many sponsors; those who purchased ballots and those who played in the competitions.   A lot of work went into organising the competitions and I am particularly grateful to our Match and Handicap teams, our office and bar staff, JAG catering and our Professional.” Glenn O’Rorke, Operational Lead for the Service, was very appreciative of the Club’s fund-raising efforts, saying “We need around £2m a year to keep the service operational and we are entirely reliant on support from the public and local businesses.  We are very grateful to the members of Donaghadee Golf Club for their organising the event and for this very sizeable donation”