Portumna golf club Galway
Portumna Golf Course
Portumna continues to improve this fine parkland course set in Portumna Forest Park. It has recently extended from a par-68 to a Championship Golf Course measuring 6,350 metres par-72 with a standard scratch of 73 off the white tees, under the watchful eye of Eddie Connaughton.
Situated close to the lovely Lough Derg on the River Shannon, approximately 50 miles from Galway City. Portumna Golf Club is set in undulating terrain adorned with mature and graceful trees, creating a very enjoyable course for players of all abilities. Local deer can regularly be seen grazing beside this beautiful parkland course. The 160 metres 18th played to an elevated green is a fine finishing hole.
The fine clubhouse offers the finest catering facilities and the warmest of welcomes to be found anywhere in the West of Ireland.
Portumna was voted the No. 54-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2017 (Up-1);
Portumna was voted the No. 55-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Down-3);
Portumna was voted the No. 52-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Up-1);
Portumna was voted the No. 53-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Up-1);
Portumna was voted the No. 24-ranked parkland course in Ireland in 2014
Portumna was voted the No. 54-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013 (Down-1);
Portumna was voted the No. 25-ranked parkland golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;
Portumna was voted the No. 61-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;
|Green Fees Midweek:||€20/30|
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H.:||€25/35|
|Green Fees with a Member:||€20|
|Green Fees for Opens:||€20|
|Full Membership Available:||Yes|
|Full Membership Fee:||€520|
|Website||Portumna golf club website|
|Lady Captain:||Bernie Kilmartin|
|Vice-Captains':||James P McLaughlin & Dagmar Ullrich-Werner|
|Hon. Secretary:||John Harte & Carmel Cunningham|
|Club Pro:||Shop 090-9741059|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Martin Carty & Anne A. Carty|
|Comp. Secretary:||Dick Quinlivan & Mary McElroy|
General Facts & Information
|Course opening hours: Daylight hours||Clubhouse opening hours: 9.00am to 10.00pm|
|Mobile phones: Not on course
||Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim|
|Catering: Full catering, facilities||Days to Avoid: Sundays|
|Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days||Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance|
Portumna Golf Club Fixtures 2018 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2018 (to be Confirmed)-|
|Captains' & Presidents' Drive-In||Sunday 25 February||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize (Q)
||Saturday 21 July
||Sunday 22 July
|Captain's Prize (Q)
||Sunday 22 July
|Captain's Prize||Saturday 28 July||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize (Q)
||Saturday 21 July||Sunday 22 July
|Lady Captain's Prize (Q)||Sunday 22 July||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize
||Saturday 28 July||Closed||1|
|President's Prize||Saturday 18 August||Sunday 19 August||Closed||2|
|President's Prize||Sunday 19 August||Closed||1|
||Monday 12 March||Open||1|
|Champagne Scramble any combination||Saturday 17 March||Monday 19 March
|Champagne Scramble any combination||Sunday 18 March||Open||1|
|Champagne Scramble any combination||Monday 19 March||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 26 March||Open||1|
|Father & Son||Friday 30 March||Open||1|
|Fourball Betterball||Saturday 31 March||Sunday 1 April||Open||2|
|Fourball Betterball||Sunday 1 April||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 2 April||Open||1|
|Seniors 55+||Wednesday 4 April||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 9 April||Open||1|
|Seniors 55+||Wednesday 11 April||Open||1|
|Seniors 55+||Wednesday 18 April||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 23 April||Open||1|
|Seniors 55+||Wednesday 25 April||Open||1|
|L. & G. Fourball
||Sunday 29 April
|Singles Stableford||Monday 30 April||Open||1|
|Seniors 55+||Wednesday 2 May||Open||1|
|3-Ball Betterball Final||Friday 4 May||Saturday 5 May||Open||2|
|3-Ball Betterball Final
||Saturday 5 May||Open||1|
|Ladies Singles Stableford||Monday 7 May||Open||1|
|Club Classic Fundraiser||Tuesday 8 May||Sunday 13 May||Open||5|
|Club Classic Fundraiser||Wednesday 9 May||Open||1|
|Club Classic Fundraiser||Thursday 10 May||Open||1|
|Club Classic Fundraiser||Friday 11 May||Open||1|
|Club Classic Fundraiser||Saturday 12 May||Open||1|
|Club Classic Fundraiser||Sunday 13 May||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 14 May||Open||1|
|Seniors 55+||Wednesday 15 May||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 19 May||Sunday 20 May||Open||2|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 20 May||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 21 May||Open||1|
|Scotch Foursomes any combination||Wednesday 23 May||Sunday 27 May
|Scotch Foursomes any combination||Thursday 24 May
|Scotch Foursomes any combination||Friday 25 May||Open||1|
|Scotch Foursomes any combination||Saturday 26 May||
|Scotch Foursomes any combination
||Sunday 27 May||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 28 May
|Seniors 55+||Wednesday 30 May
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 2 June||Sunday 3 June||Open||2|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 3 June
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 4 June||Open
|Seniors 55+||Wednesday 6 June||Open||1|
|Connacht Strokeplay Championship||Saturday 9 June||Sunday 10 June||GUI||2|
|Connacht Strokeplay Championship||Sunday 10 June||GUI||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 11 June||Open||1|
|Seniors 55+||Wednesday 13 June||Open||1|
|Start of Open Week||Saturday 16 June||Sunday 24 June||Open||9|
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 16 June||Open||1|
|Ladies Fourball||Saturday 16 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 17 June||Open||1|
|Ladies Fourball||Sunday 17 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 18 June||Open||1|
|Ladies Singles Stableford||Tuesday 19 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Wednesday 20 June||Open||1|
|Champagne Scramble any combination||Thursday 21 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Friday 22 June||1|
|Champagne Scramble any combination||Saturday 23 June||Sunday 24 June||Open||2|
|Champagne Scramble any combination||Sunday 24 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 25 June||Open||1|
|Seniors 55+||Wednesday 27 June||Open||1|
|Senior Scratch Cup||Saturday 30 June||Sunday 1 July||Open||2|
|Senior Scratch Cup||Sunday 1 July||Open||1|
|Junior Scratch Cup||Saturday 30 June||Sunday 1 July||Open||2|
|Junior Scratch Cup||Sunday 1 July||Open||1|
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Saturday 30 June||Sunday 1 July||Open||2|
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Sunday 1 July||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 2 July||Open||1|
|Seniors 55+||Wednesday 4 July||Open||1|
|Irish Junior Cup (Q)
||Saturday 7 July||Sunday 8 July||GUI
|Irish Junior Cup (Q)||Sunday 8 July||GUI
|Ladies Singles Stableford||Sunday 8 July||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 9 July||Open||1|
|Seniors 55+||Wednesday 11 July||Open||1|
|L. &G. Singles Stableford||Sunday 15 July||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 16 July||Open||1|
|Seniors 55+||Wednesday 18 July||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 23 July
|Seniors 55+||Wednesday 25 July||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 30 July
|Seniors 55+||Wednesday 1 August||Open||1|
|Rumble Classic any combination||Saturday 4 August||Sunday 5 August||Open||2|
|Rumble Classic any combination||Sunday 5 August||Open||1|
|L. &. Singles Stableford||Monday 6 August||Open||1|
|Seniors 55+||Wednesday 8 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 13 August||Open||1|
|Seniors 55+||Wednesday 15 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 20 August||Open||1|
|Seniors 55+||Wednesday 22 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 27 August
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 3 September||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 10 September||Open||1|
|Galway Hospice Classic||Sunday 16 September||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 17 September||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Sunday 23 September||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 24 September||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 28 October||Open||1|
Card of the Course
|White||Par 72 SSS 72 6,112 m|
|Yellow||Par 72 SSS 70 5,834 m|
|Red||Par 74 SSS 73 5,149 m|
|Blue||Par 72 SSS 73 6,350 m|
Men's Course Record: 68 Frank Kilkenny (6) June 2001
Ladies Course Record: 74 Suzanne Corcoran-Kenny
The Ladies of Portumna Golf Club won the All-Ireland Final of the Junior Foursomes when they beat Munster Champions Ballykisteen Golf Club at Malone Golf Club in 2017.
They won the Connaught Final when they beat Ballinasloe Golf Club by 2 ½-matches to ½ a match at Ballinrobe Golf Club on Sunday 3rd September. They were lead out by Mary Kelly with Brid Kelly who halved their match against Jackie Cunningham with Maureen Dolphin, in the second match Carmel Cunningham with Bernie Kilmartyn had a 4 and 2 win over Aideen Bergin with Rita Staunton, in the bottom match Mary McElroy with Mary Madden beat Teresa Coughlan with Lena Donohue by 3 and 2 and a place in the All-Ireland Deciders.
They made the long journey to Malone Golf Club in Belfast where they met Mid Champions The Heath Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Thursday 28th September. They were lead out by Mary and Brid Kelly who had a 2 and 1 win over Sarah A. Ging with Mary Malone, in the second match Carmel Cunningham with Bernie Kilmartyn recorded a comfortable 4 and 3 win over Helen Kelly with May Tyrrell and in the bottom match Mary McElroy with Mary M. Madden beat Mary Cushen with Ann Dunne by 3 and 2 and their place in the All-Ireland Final the following day.
They met Munster Champions Ballykisteen Golf Club in the decider Mary and Brid Kelly lead the way again and had a most comfortable 7 and 5 win over Catherine English with Neasa Fahy-O'Donnell, in the second match Carmel Cunningham with Bernie Kilmartin recorded a halve against Sarah Toomey with Mary Toomey when called-in, the bottom match Mary McElroy with Mary M. Madden recorded a 5 and 4 win over Claire Griffin with Caroline Cussen and with it the Green Pennant.
Portumna Golf Club won the Connaught Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield when they beat Gort Golf Club at Galway Bay Golf Club by 3-matches to 2-matches on Sunday 13th August 2017.
They were lead out by Dean Cox with Brian Mooney who went up the 19th before relinquishing the point to John Whelan with Pat Ryan, next on the tee was Dan and Padraig Hogan who lost their match by 2-holes against Gerard Connors with Michael Ryan, they were followed by Padraic Cahalan with Alan Hayes who had a 2-hole win over Gerry Broderick with Kieran Reidy, in the penultimate match Enda Quigley with Alan Page had a comfortable 4 and 3 win over Pat Curtis with Frank Higgins and in the bottom match Sean McEntee with David Hughes recorded the minimum 1-hole win over Brendan McDonagh with John Tierney and a place in the All-Ireland Deciders.
They made their way to Carton House Golf Club in Co. Kildare when they were drawn against Munster Champions Thurles Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Thursday 21st September and were lead out by Martin Whitty with Bill Geraghty
They met Leinster Champions Royal Curagh Golf Club in the All-Ireland Final on Friday 22nd September and were lead out again by Tommy and Shane Quigley who beat Martin Whitty with Bill Geraghty by 4 and 3, they were followed by Pat Coote with Johnny Nevin who lost out by 2 and 1 against Eddie Trant with Jimmy Murphy, next on the tee was John Looby with Gerard Maguire who had a 1-hole win over Michael Cleary with Brendan Mullins, in the penultimate match Adrian O’Keefe with John Dwan lost out by 2-holes against Anthony Ryan with Thomas Powell, in the bottom match Stephen Quigley with Martin Fahy secured the Green Pennant with a 1-hole win over Benny Murphy with Paul Dempsey.
The Ladies of Portumna Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the Senior Foursomes in 2016 and made their way to Dundalk Golf Club to compete in the All-Ireland Finals and were drawn against Munster Champions East Cork in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Thursday 22nd September.
They were lead out by Claire Callanan with Riona Holohan who went down to Grace McGrath with Sarah O'Brien by 3 and 1, they were followed by Suzanne Corcoran with Mary Madden who lost out to Lillian Hartigan with Deirdre Ryan by 1-hole. In the bottom match Anne Fahy with Anita Carey lost out to Deirdre O'Mahony with Mairead Ni Mhurchu by 3 and 1.
Portumna Golf Club won the Irish Independent-Allianz Officer Golf Challenge on the Palmer Course at The K Club in September 2015 with a score of 77 points.
They were represented by Captain Matt Donohoe, Lady Captain Anne Fahy and Club President Ger Brehony, the qualified for the event Glasson Golf Club earlier in the year, it is worth noting that Anne is a former comogie All-Ireland winner so she can add another All-Ireland to her collection.
Portumna Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes on Sunday 26th July 2014 when they beat Enniscrone Golf Club by 3 ½-matches to 1½-match in the Final having beaten Westport Golf Club by a similar margin in the Semi-Final.
They made the long journey to Warrenpoint Golf Club to take part in the All-Ireland deciders. They met Leinster Champions Castlecomer Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Friday 4th September.
They were lead out by Stephen Madden with Carmel Cunningham who had a 3 and 2 win over Tommy O'Neill with Betty Owens they were followed by Paul Porter with Mary McElroy who lost their match against Jason Brennan with Ann Ring by 5 and 4, next up were Leslie O'Meara with Anne Fahy who also lost their match by 5 and 4 against Michael Daly with Joan Brennan, in the penultimate match James Porter with Anita Carey went down by 7 and 6 against Ken Hovenden with Maria Downey, the bottom match of Ger Lynch with Laura Burton against Victor Smyth with Nuala Mahon was halved.
Portumna Golf Club reached the Semi-Final of the Barton Shield at Castlebar Golf Club on Sunday 15th June 2014, when they lost out to Athenry Golf Club by 3-holes.
They were lead out by Paul Porter with James McLoughlin who lost out to David Byrne with Joe Beirne by 1-hole, they were followed by Damien Burke with John Cleary who went down to David Byrne with Joe Beirne by 1-hole. They met Oughterard Golf Club in the Semi-Final and had a comfortable 8-holes win over the club from the West of the County. The same four players secured their place in the final, Paul Porter with James McLoughlin beat Devon Morley with Michael Darcy Jnr. by 5-holes, they were followed by Damien Burke with John Cleary who had a 3-hole win over Martin O’Cearra with Eoin O’Connor.
The Ladies of Portumna won the Connacht Final of the Irish Senior Cup in 2013.
The All-Ireland deciders were played at their home club on Sunday 16th September and they were drawn against Munster Champions Castletroy Golf Club in the All-Ireland Quarter Finals.
First on the tee was Anne Cassidy who beat Chloe Ryan by 2 and 1, she was followed by Suzanne Corcoran who won her match against Patrice Delaney on the 18th, next up was Ciara Magill who lost out to Lisa O'Shea by 2 and 1, the penultimate match of Carmel McLoughlin against Shirley Real also went to the 18th before the Limerick club clinched the point, in the bottom match Anita Carey lost her match against Fiona Corbett by 3 and 1.
The Ladies of Portumna Golf Club reached the Quarter-Finals of the All-Ireland Senior Cup Championship at Grange Golf Club on Saturday 17th August 2012, when they were beaten by East Leinster Champions The Island Golf Club by 3-matches to a2-matches.
First on the tee was Suzanne Corcoran who recorded a 2 and 1 win over Anna Courtney, she was followed by Ann Cassidy who beat Suzy Sheehan by 3 and 2, next up was Claire Callanan who had an off-day when going down to Gertie McMullen by 6 and 5. In the penultimate match Carmel McLoughlin lost out to Ashleigh Wilton by 5 and 3, in the bottom match Anita Carey went down to Angie Dwyer by 6 and 4.
Portumna Golf Club won the All-Ireland Final of the Irish Junior Cup at Castlebar Golf Club in 2010.
Portumna Golf Club won the Connaught Final of the Irish Junior Cup when they beat Co. Sligo Golf Club at Castlebar Golf Club on Saturday 7th August 2010, by 3 matches to 2 matches. First on the tee was Ger Lynch who beat Shane Flanagan by 2 and 1, next up was Sean Cleary who beat Conor Neiland by 4 and 3. He was followed by Shane Ryan beat Ruairi O’Connor by 2 and 1. The penultimate match of Shane McHugo went to Eoin Gaughan by 4 and 3 and the bottom match also went to the team from Rosses Point when Niall Kilkenny lost to Mark Rooney by 5 and 4.
They went to Castlebar Golf Club to compete in the National deciders where they were drawn against Ulster Champions Banbridge in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals on Wednesday 15th September they beat Banbridge by 3 ½ matches to 1½ matches. First on the tee was Ger Lynch who lost to Ross McCandless by 2 and 1, he was followed by Sean Cleary who beat Luke Woods by 2 and 1. Next up was John Cleary against Rory Madeley who won by 3 and 2. The penultimate match of Shane Ryan against Jonathan Burns also went to the Galway team by the slimmest of margins with a 1-hole win and with it a place in the All-Ireland Final, the bottom match of Pat Quinlan was halved with Jonathan Shannon was halved.
They met Leinster Champions Naas Golf Club in the decider the following day, they were lead again by Ger Lynch who beat Mark Holmes by 3 and 2, he was followed by Sean Cleary who had a very convincing win over 7 and 5 win over D. Keane, next on the tea was John Cleary who lost his match to Gus Fitzpatrick by 5 and 4. The penultimate match of Shane Ryan against Conor O'Hehir again this match went the way of the Kildare club by 3 and 2. So it was all down to the bottom match of Pat Quinlan who delivered the clinching point against David Prendergast by 3 and 2, with it the green pennant made its way to the club in east Galway.
Portumna Golf Club won the Jack O’Sullivan Trophy when they beat Ballinamore Golf Club in the Provincial Final on Saturday 4th September 2010 by 7 matches to 3 matches in the decider.
They played the first leg on Saturday 28th August at Ballinamore Golf Club. First on the tee was Brendan Naughton Snr (10) with Brendan Naughton Jnr. (10) who lost their match against Ciaran Smyth (5) with Ollie Moran (13) by 2-holes, they were followed by J Harte (5) & J Power (10) who lost their match against N Wynne (7) & V Callaghan on the 20th-green, next up was Ger Brehony (12) & Brian Grogan (19) against M Cullen (10) & P Gill (18) this match also went to the home club by 5 and 4. The penultimate match of L O'Meara (9) & S Lowry (14) saw the tide turn when they beat H Vaughan (11) & J Crowe (13) by 4 and 2, the bottom match of S Cleary (5) & M McGivern (12) was a closer encounter when they beat Brian Cribben (3) & Dermot Gannon (10) by a single hole.
The second leg was played at home, they were led this time by John Harte (5) & John Cleary (7) who beat Maurice Cullen (10) & Paul Gill (18) by 3 and 2, they were followed by Ger Brehony (12) & Brian Grogan (19) who had a very convincing 7 and 6 win over Niall Wynne (7) & Vincent Callaghan (13), next up was Leslie O'Meara (9) & Simon Lowry (14) who also had a convincing 6 and 5 win over Henry Faughnan (11) & Ivan Hewson (11). The penultimate match of Brendan Naughton Snr. (10) & Brendan Naughton Jnr. (10) against Ciaran Smith (5) & Ollie Moran (13) also went to the home pair by 2 and 1, the bottom match of Sean Cleary (5) & Mick McGivern (12) beat the Leitrim pair of Brian Cribben (3) & Dermot Gannon (10) by 3 and 2. So local knowledge came into play as so often happens in golf and Portumna added yet another pennant to their collection.
The Ladies of Portumna Golf Club won the All-Ireland Final of the Minor Cup in the ILGU Inter-club Championship at Donabate Golf Club when they beat Ulster Champions Malone Golf Club by 4 matches to 1 Match on Saturday 25thSeptember 2010.
The Ladies of Portumna Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the Minor Cup in the ILGU Inter-club Championship on Saturday 21st August 2010 at Donegal Golf Club, when they beat Bundoran Golf Club by 3½ matches to 1½ matches.
They made the long journey to Donabate Golf Club to compete in the National deciders and were drawn against East Leinster Champions Hazel Grove in the All-Ireland quarter-final.
First on the tee was Mary McDonagh (23) who won her match by 2 and 1 against Frances Mayberry (23), she was followed by Mary Kelly (26) who had a very convincing 7 and 5 win over Michelle Masterson (24), next up was Loretto O'Grady (27) against Phyllis Noctor (24) this match was called-in. The penultimate match of Mary McElroy (28) was a resounding 6 and 5 win against Miriam Walsh (27) and their ticket to the All-Ireland Semi-Final the bottom match of Audrey McGrath (28) against Evelyn Daly (27) was also called-in.
They met Ulster Champions Malone Golf Club in the All-Ireland Final on Saturday 25th September, Mary McDonagh (23) lead them again and won her match by 4 and 3 against Anne McCoubrey (23), she was followed by Mary Kelly (26) who had a comfortable 5 and 4 win over Catherine Cairns (23), next up was Loretto O'Grady (27) who halved her match against Norma Stewart (23) when called -in, the penultimate match of Mary McElroy (28) was a resounding 7 and 5 win over Debbie Wilson (26), the bottom match of Debbie Wilson (26) was halved against Norma Scott (28) when called-in.
Portumna Golf Club won the All-Ireland Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes at Bandon Golf Club in 2009.
They met Munster Champions Tramore Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final by 4 matches to 1 match. They were lead by Gerard Lynch with Audrey McGrath who beat Alan Thomas with Josephine St. John by 3 and 2. They were followed by John Harte & Mary McElroy who had a very convincing 6 and 5 win over Tony Whelan with Bernadette O’Leary. Next up was Pat Quinlan with Mary McDonagh who had an even more convincing 7 and 6 win over John Mitchell with Laura Keating and their passage into the All-Ireland Final. The penultimate match of Mick McGivern with Anita Carey was halved against David Kiely with Amanda O’Connor. The bottom match was also halved when James Porter with Mary Madden when they met Rodge Keighery with Cathy O’Leary.
They met Leinster Champions Mullingar Golf Club in the decider, who had overcome Ulster Champions Strabane by 3 matches to 2 in their Semi-Final.
First on the tee was Gerard Lynch with Audrey McGrath who had a 4 and 2 win over Paddy Dunne with Ann Hannon. They were followed by John Harte with Mary McElroy who beat Gerry Purcell with Ann-Marie Conlon by 4 and 3. Next up was Pat Quinlan with Mary McDonagh halved their match against Aiden Tomkins with Bernie Kelly. The penultimate match of Mick McGivern with Anita Carey saw the Galway team beat Frank McGinty with Brege McCarrick by 5 and 4 and the destination of the green-pennant was decided. The bottom match of James Porter with Mary Madden halved against Bernard McDonnell with Jeannette McDonnell. This gave the picturesque town in east-Galway their second All-Ireland title in 2009 as their senior hurling team had won the All-Ireland Club Championship the previous St. Patrick’s Day when they beat Shamrocks of Kilkenny.
By our records this was the first green-pennant to grace the walls of this friendly club having had a lot of success over the years at Connacht level. Well done.
The Ladies of Portumna Golf Club won the All-Ireland Final of the Miele Ireland Inter-club Fourball at Mullingar Golf Club on Sunday 20th September 2009.
They beat Roscommon Golf Club in the Regional Final at Gort Golf Club on Monday 10th August. They were led by Suzanne Corcoran with Mary Madden who beat Mary Seymour with Detta Cox by 3 and 2. They were followed by Anita Carey with Annette Cahalan who halved their match against Anne McCormack with Bernie Burke. Next on the tee was Anne Cassidy with Audrey McGrath who beat Sinead Benedetti with Noreen O'Grady by 3 and 2. The bottom match of Claire Callanan with Mary McElroy was halved against Ruth Lennon with Carol O'Donnell.
They met Stackstown Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Saturday 19th September, they were led again by Suzanne Corcoran (4) with Mary Madden (24) who had a comfortable 6 and 5 win over Avila Mairtin (12) with Mairead Cronin. They were followed by Anita Carey (13) with Annette Cahalan (20) who halved their match with Barbara Kelly (6) with Jean Constant (22). Next up on the tee was Anne Cassidy (7) with Audrey McGrath (30) against Anne O'Connor (13) & Alice Shaughnessy Hynes (19) who had a convincing 6 and 4 win over the ladies from Padraig Harrington’s home club and a place in the All-Ireland Final. The bottom match of Claire Callanan (8) with Mary McElroy (31) against Mary Horn (12) with Michelle Murphy (21) also went to the East Galway ladies by 7 and 4.
They met Southern Champions Cahir Park the following day in the All-Ireland decider. They were led once more by Suzanne Corcoran (4) with Mary Madden (24) who beat Caitlin Fitzgerald (12) with Catherine Costigan (20) by 5 and 4. They were followed by Anita Carey (13) with Annette Cahalan (20) who went all the way to the 18th before losing out to Helen O'Donoghue (10) with Michelle Keating (25). Next up was Anne Cassidy (7) with Audrey McGrath (30) who secured the point with a 3 and 2 win over Susan Carey (13) with Joanne Noonan (26). With everything hinging on the bottom match, Claire Callanan (8) with Mary McElroy (31) stepped-up-to-the-plate and delivered the vital ½ point and the green-pennant when halving with Marie Keating (19) with Emma Keating (25).
So this was the culmination of a wonderful year for the club who had already won the Irish Mixed Foursomes, together with the hurlers winning the All-Ireland Club Championship
Portumna Golf Club won the Senior Inter-Club Provincial Final on Saturday 26th August 2006 when they bear Claremorris Golf Club by 6 matches to 4 matches in the final.
The first leg was played at the Mayo club on Saturday 19th August. First on the tee was Don Hogan with Christy O’Rourke who beat Tom Higgins with Ollie Killeen by 2 and 1. They were followed by Frank Kilkenny with Joe Austin who had a 3 and 2 win over Gerry Kilkenny with Seamus Gallagher. Next up were Joe Slattery with Brendan Dixon who lost to Des Griffin with John Donnellan by 3 and 2. The penultimate match between Francis McClearn and Frank Forde against Tom Ansboro with Dave Kearney went all the way to the 21st-hole before the point went to the Mayo Club. The final match of J. J. McLoughlin with Sean McDonagh against Kevin McCarthy with Brendan Kelly was decided by a single-hole with the point going to the home team.
The second leg was played at Portumna Golf Club the following Saturday, the home team were a match down going into the decider but local knowledge proved invaluable. First up were Frank Kilkenny with Joe Austin who beat Tom Ansboro with Dave Kearney by 4 and 2. They were followed by Dan Hogan with Christy O’Rourke against Des Griffith with John Donnellan, the Mayo pair won this won by 3 and 2. Next up were Joe Slattery with Brendan Dixon against Tom Higgins with Ollie Killeen, this match went all the way to the 21st-hole before the home team could secure the badly needed point. The penultimate match saw J. J. McLoughlin with Sean McDonagh beat Seamus Gallagher with Gerry Kilkenny by 6 and 5. The final match saw Frank McClearn with Frank Forde clinch the title when they beat Brendan Kelly with Kevin McCarthy by 4 and 3.
Portumna Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the Irish Junior Cup when they qualified at Ballina Golf Club on 1st August 2006, where they tied with Castlebar Golf Club on 144.5.
It was on to Balbriggan Golf Club in North Dublin on 29th August, where they were drawn against Ulster Champions Fortwilliam Golf Club in the Semi-Final.
First on the tee were Tristan O’Rourke with Peter Dillon, against Conor McLarnon with Mark Fitzgerald, they lost their match by 5-holes, they were followed by Paul Carty with Shane Ryan against Eoin McComb with Chris Crangle who win their match by 3-holes, yet it was not enough to see them through to the afternoon final.
Portumna Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield, under their manager Gerry Ryan. This was their sixth consecutive attempt to capture that elusive All-Ireland pennant having won the Connacht Finals in the Purcell Shield in the Millennium, the Irish Junior Cup in 2001 and 2002, the Jimmy Bruen Shield in 2003 and 2004.
So it was now the turn of the 2005 Pierce Purcell team to try and achieve what no other team had done in the National Finals at Rosslare Golf Club on Thursday 15th September 2005. They were drawn against Munster Champions in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.
Frank Hynes and Ray Lawless were in the top match against Martin Lucy and Kieran Tracey when they gained first blood with a 2 and 1 win. They were followed by Eugene McEntee and Eamonn Hodgins against Brian Hanrahan and Tony Frawley whose match finished all square, at this stage things were looking good for Portumna. History was to repeat itself when the results of the other matches were recorded Joe Austin and Eamonn O’Grady lost to Kieran Punch and Pat McNamara, Peadar Ryan and Jim Clancy lost to Tom Guinan and Tony Delaney and Eamonn Kelly with Anthony White lost out to Tom Coffey and Michael Tracey. As the song goes "What’s another year" I have no doubt this team will be back again and I was glad to have had the pleasure of meeting with some of this team.
2005 Lady Captain Riona Holohan and her Captain’s Prize winner Mary Conwell qualified in the Volkswagen/Irish Independent Lady Captain’s Classic in this scotch foursomes format. It was off to the National Finals at The Heritage Golf Club on Monday 3rd October where they were paired with the Bearna pair of Mary Wyer and Catherine Kelly.
Portumna Golf Club won the Connacht Championship of the Jimmy Bruen Shield and where drawn against Ulster Champions Kilkeel Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals at Shannon Golf Club on 17th September 2004. They went down to the Ulster Champions by 4 matches to 1 match. The team on the day was Pat Quinlan with James Power, Joe Slattery with Dick Quinlivan, Matt Donohoe with Peadar Ryan, Michael McGivem with Sean Robinson and Leslie O'Meara with Francis McCleam.
Suzanne Corcoran was selected on the Connacht ILGU Team for the Interprovincial's. Played at Ballybunion Golf Club from 18th to 20th August 2004.
Portumna Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield at Athenry Golf Club in 2003, when they beat Tubbercurry in the Final. They went on to the National Finals at Lisburn where they were drawn against Castle, the eventual All-Ireland winners. The team on the day was, Matt Donoghue with Pascal Moran, Michael Harney with Gene McEntee, Dan Hogan with Sean Robinson, Joe Slattery with Dick Quinlivin and Michael McGivern with Tommy Walsh
Portumna Golf Club continued their success in the Irish Junior Cup when they emerged victorious over Westport at Galway Golf Club in the Connacht Final. The team was Ger Lynch, John Harte, Pat Quinlan, Eamon Dervan, Matt Donoghue and Frank Kilkenny, they were captained by Francis McClearn. They were drawn against Killarney in the All-Ireland Semi-Final at Galway Golf Club on September 5th 2002.
Portumna won the Connacht Final of the Irish Junior Cup at Roscommon Golf Club when they beat Galway by 3.5 matches to 1.5. They went on to play Ballyclare in the All-Ireland Semi-Final at Newlands Golf Club on 20th September 2001. The team was Pat Quinlan, Ger Lynch, Damien Burke, Niall Kilkenny and Matt Donoghue. They were Captained by Gerry Ryan.
Suzanne Corcoran was selected on the Connacht Ladies team for the AIB Interprovincial Championships at Mount Wolseley Golf Club from August 7-9 2002.
Suzanne Corcoran was selected on the Connacht Ladies Senior team in the AIB Interprovincial Championship at the Island Golf Club from 8th to the 10th August 2001.
Prior to 2001:
Portumna won the Connacht Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield when they beat Galway. They went on to meet Roe Park in the All-Ireland semi-final at Lahinch on 21st September, 2000. The squad was Peter Gibbs, Brendan Carty, Kieran Hynes, Eugene McEntee, Aidan Mcintyre, Joe Austin, Sean Cahalan, Michael Carroll, Ciaran Ryan, Austin O'Dwyer, Kevin Donnellan, Ger McKenna and Adrian Hogan. The team Captain was Austin O'Dwyer. They went down to a very good Roe Park in the Semi-Final 2 to 3. The team on the day was Michael Carroll with Ciaran Ryan, Adrian Hogan with Eugene McEntee, Kevin Donnellan with Kieran Hayes, Brendan Carty with Peter Gibbs and Joe Austin with Sean Cahalan.
They also won the Cecil Ewing Shield in 2000 and 1997. They won the Connacht Club Youths in 1999, the Connacht Bulmers Jimmy Bruen Shield in 1998, the Connacht Irish Mixed Foursomes, Junior Foursomes and Junior Inter Club in 1997, the Central Towns Trophy in 1996 and 1987.
They won the Connacht Jack O'Sullivan Trophy in 1989, when the team was W. Clarke, J. Harte, G. Lynch, M. Lynch, M. Carty, J. Done, J. Kennedy, K. Donnelan, F. Hunes, S. Cahalan and J. Fox.
They won the Connacht Mixed Foursomes in 1979 when the team was S. Kenny, P. Cullinane, M. Lynch, J. Cregan, T. Shiel, T. Cregan, M. Garrett, Rev. P. J. Bracken, M. Carty, L. Goherty, M. Harney, W. Carty, T. Shields and S. O'Dwyer.
The Ladies of Portumna won the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Ladies Fourball in 1996 and 1997, when the team was Rose Curley, Ann McLoughlin, Claire Lynch, Kathleen Lynch, Carmel McLoughlin, Suzanne Corcoran, and they were captained by Ann Hynes.
They won the Connacht Shield in 1996 when the team was L. Carty C. Lynch, C. Donoghue, R. Curley, A. Hynes, H. Clarke, T. Shiel and D. Fahey, they were captained by E. Purcell.
They also won the E.B.S. Western District Connaught Shield Foursomes in 1997 and 1996 and Connaught Mixed Foursomes in 1997.
Lady Captain Joanna Burke (20), Captain, Eamonn Nihill (20) and President, Joe Slattery (7), booked their place in the final of the Mercedes Benz/Irish Independent Executive Golf Trophy at the K Club on August, 17th 2000, when they shot 81 points at Slieve Russell G. C. in the regional qualifier.
Members who played representative golf for their Province;
Padraic O’Rourke He represented Connacht as a Youth Interprovincial in 2000 playing 2-times won 0-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 0-points. He represented Connacht at the Boys Interprovincial from 1999 to 2000 playing 9-times won 7-matches halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 15-points;
Suzanne Corcoran was selected to play for the Connacht Ladies in the Interprovincial's in 1999;
History of Portumna
Instituted 1913 affiliated 1926
There is some confusion as to the foundation date of the club at Portumna, with some claiming it was in 1907 that golf was first played here. The "Irish Golfers Blue Book" 1939 gives its institution date as 1912 and tells us the old course was abandoned in 1934 and the Earl of Harewood then let a portion of his demesne for a new course which opened in 1935.
Lionel Hewson wrote in his magazine "Irish Golf" 1948 "Portumna has always interested me, if only that my efforts may have improved the course". He goes on to tell us that the course had "escaped being tilled during the second world war" following his intercession with Lord Harewood. The GUI lists the affiliation date as 1926.
Portumna Golf Club was founded in 1913 on land directly across the road from the entrance to the present course. In 1934 the move was made to the present location on land rented from the Clanrickard Estate. The new course was designed then by Michael O'Keeffe, B.E. and was opened by Mons. Joyce on June 30th 1935. In 1935 also a new pavilion was constructed mostly of timber supplied free of charge by McAinish & Co. and a new bar and modern toilet facilities were added later.
In 1956 a ninety-nine year lease was secured on the land. In 1971 a new clubhouse was opened and a further thirty acres was added to the lease in 1972 with a view to extending the course to 18 holes. Work on the new course began in the mid eighties and culminated in the official opening of the first eighteen hole course on June 21st 1992.
In 1993 the club availed of an opportunity to purchase the course from Coillte. The eighty-eight acres on the 99 year lease plus 38 other acres were secured for £90,000.
In 1997 the existing clubhouse was extended and refurbished to provide modern facilities for a rapidly expanding club membership. Subsequent alterations and addition to the course has resulted in the fine facility that we now enjoy.
Roll of Honour
|Des Clarke||1989||Mens Captain|
|Vera Jamieson||1990||Ladies Captain|
|Des Madden||1990||Mens Captain|
|Annetta Naughton||1991||Ladies Captain|
|Maura Glynn||1991||Ladies President|
|John Harte||1991||Mens Captain|
|Rev. P. J. Bracken||1991||President|
|Teresa Dolan||1992||Ladies Captain|
|Maura Glynn||1992||Ladies President|
|Alan Hoare||1992||Mens Captain|
|Maureen Dwyer||1993||Ladies Captain|
|Eilish Taylor||1993||Ladies President|
|Frank Kilkenny||1993||Mens Captain|
|Rose Curley||1994||Ladies Captain|
|Kathleen Hughes||1994||Ladies President|
|Francis McCleary||1994||Mens Captain|
|Eileen Purcell||1995||Ladies Captain|
|Michael Slattery||1995||Mens Captain|
|Kathleen Slattery||1996||Ladies Captain|
|Maureen Hynes||1996||Ladies President|
|Joe Slattery||1996||Mens Captain|
|Marion Frawley||1997||Ladies Captain|
|Mary Jo Kelly||1997||Ladies President|
|Gerry Ryan||1997||Mens Captain|
|Kathleen Lynch||1998||Ladies Captain|
|Maureen Dwyer||1998||Ladies President|
|P. J. Starr||1998||Mens Captain|
|Una Connolly||1999||Ladies Captain|
|Rose Curley||1999||Ladies President|
|Phelim O'Doherty||1999||Mens Captain|
|Joanna Burke||2000||Ladies Captain|
|Eileen Purcell||2000||Ladies President|
|Eamon Nihill||2000||Mens Captain|
|Ann Carty||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Mary Hynes||2001||Ladies President|
|John Holohan||2001||Mens Captain|
|Ann Hayes||2002||Ladies Captain|
|Paddy Kelly||2002||Mens Captain|
|Bridget Broderick||2003||Ladies Captain|
|Gene Claffey||2003||Mens Captain|
|Judith Barry||2004||Ladies Captain|
|Dick Quinlivan||2004||Mens Captain|
|Mary Conwell||2005||Ladies Captain|
|Sean Cahalan||2005||Mens Captain|
|Cathy Donoghue||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Tony Coen||2006||Mens Captain|
|Anita Carey||2007||Ladies Captain|
|T. J. Egan||2007||Mens Captain|
|Riona Holohan||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Joe Austin||2008||Mens Captain|
|Carmel Cunningham||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Kevin Donnellan||2009||Mens Captain|
|Marie Kelly||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Peter Gibbs||2010||Mens Captain|
|Lillian Austin||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Christy O'Rourke||2011||Mens Captain|
|Ena Moran||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Frank Ryan||2012||Mens Captain|
|Pauline McEvoy||2013||Ladies Captain|
|Martin Carty||2013||Mens Captain|
|Brid Kelly||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Lesley O'Meara||2014||Mens Captain|
|Anne Fahy||2015||Ladies Captain|
|Matt Donohue||2015||Mens Captain|
|Mary McElroy||2016||Ladies Captain|
|Mick Keyes||2016||Mens Captain|
|Carmel McLoughlin||2017||Ladies Captain|
|Pat Healy||2017||Mens Captain|
|Bernie Kilmartin||2018||Ladies Captain|
|Stephen Madden||2018||Mens Captain|
|Suzanne Corcoran (2)||2018||Lowest Ladies H'cap|
|Claire Callanan (9)
||2018||Lowest Ladies H'cap|
|J. P. McLoughlin (1)||2018||Lowest Men's H'cap|
Holes in One at Portumna
|Member||Date||Hole No.||Club Used||Distance|
|Michael Stephens||20 July 1995||5th||154 m|
|Richard Clarke||17 March 1998||16th||161 m|
|Michael Lyons||15 April 1999||2nd||185 m|
|John Holohan||4 June 2001||10th||149 m|
|Frank Rushe||9 March 2004||2nd||156 m|
|Joe Ryan||8 August 2004||2nd||166 m|
|Shane McEntee||11 July 2005||10th||178 m|
|Noel Burke||15 August 2005||2nd||166 m|
|Pete Gibbs||8 August 2007||2nd||166m|
|Michael Rock||9 June 2008||5th||190 m|
|Gerry Keane||28 June 2008||2nd||166 m|
|Philip Naughton||21 July 2008||10th||178 m|
|Des Clarke||21 September 2008||10th||178 m|
|Philip Naughton||21 October 2008||10th||196 m|