The 2017 Lough Erne & Links Challenge got underway early Monday morning, 24th July, in what were perfect golfing conditions here in Murvagh. The conditions were taken full advantage of too with some great scores coming in with Brendan Hillen taking the daily individual prize with a fantastic score of 39pts. The team prize was won by Team 13 consisting of Gerard Teefy, Nick Ryan, John Faghey & John Nihill with 89pts.
Day 2 took place in another of Donegal's great Links courses, Narin & Portnoo, with more great weather for all the competitors to enjoy. Colin Dean took the individual prize on the day with a great score of 38pts and the team prize went to Team 5 made up of Dominic Walshe, Neil McCreary, Pat Ferguson & Gerry Rooney with 85pts.
Day 3 saw the switch from Links to Parkland as the competition headed to the Faldo course in Lough Erne. Conditions were trickier on the final day but scoring was still competitive, with Roisin Monaghan taking the individual prize with 35pts. The team prize on the day was won by Team 10 made up of Brian Williams, Tony Fren, Michael Collins & Jim Cusack with 83pts.
The Winner of the Overall Individual prize was "evergreen" Michael Landers, with a total score of 114pts over the 3 days. He was also a member of the winning Team 33 along with Noel, Pat & Sonny Landers who had a total of 273. The Winner of the Ladies prize was Carol Nescher with a fine score of 98pts, narrowly beating runner up Judy Byrne by 1 point who had 97pts.
Reports have been great over the 3 days, with many planning their trips for next years event already and a special thanks to everyone who helped organise the event, especially our club Administrator Grainne Dorrian, who took care of all the entries and drafted up the draw sheets for the 3 days. Thank you aswell to Darragh Lyons in Narin & Portnoo Golf Club and Lynn McCool in Lough Erne for all their hard work in ensuring a memorable experience for everyone who took part in the 2017 Lough Erne & Links Challenge. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.
Full List of Prize Winners are as follows:
|Winner||Team 33: Michael, Noel, Pat & Sonny Landers||273|
|2nd||Team 27: David Quinn, Sean Daly, John Madden, John Manion||263|
|3rd||Team 28: Robert Corry, Ryan Corry, Stephen Barrett, Barry Logue||258|
|4th||Team 22: Ken O'Neill, Alan Stewart, Michael Stewart, Keith Baker||246|
|Day 1 - Murvagh|
|Team||Team 13: Gerard Teefy, Nick Ryan, John Faghey, John Nihill||89pts|
|Day 2 - Narin & Portnoo|
|Team||Team 5: Dominic Walshe, Neil McCreary, Paul Ferguson, Gary Rooney||85pts|
|Day 3 - Lough Erne|
|Team||Team 10: Brian Williams, Tony Fren, Michael Collins, Jim Cusack||83pts|