Sunday July 9, 2017
BALLYLIFFIN GOLF CLUB TO HOST THE 2018 DUBAI DUTY FREE IRISH OPEN
The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation will visit one of Ireland’s most iconic links courses in 2018 when Ballyliffin Golf Club plays host to the championship for the first time.
The announcement marks a new chapter in the history of the tournament as it makes its first venture to the North West of the country, continuing a legacy which has seen it contested at many of the finest courses across the island of Ireland since it was first played in 1927.
With the tournament also a part of the European Tour’s new Rolex Series initiative, the fabled County Donegal venue will also play host to some of the world’s greatest players from July 5-8, 2018.
Keith Pelley, the Chief Executive of the European Tour, speaking during the final day of this year’s tournament at Portstewart, said: “I am delighted to announce that the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation will be played at Ballyliffin Golf Club next July.
“It is one of the great and historic events on the European Tour, raised to a new level in recent times by the commitment of our title sponsor Dubai Duty Free and by the support of our own Rory McIlroy and his Foundation as hosts.
“The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open has also been elevated due to its inclusion as part of our new Rolex Series, a transformational development for the European Tour which is now in full swing. The Rolex Series has many positives but one of the most important in terms of playing experience is the quality of the golf course.
“In terms of links golf, we are truly blessed on that score in Ireland as we have seen this week in Portstewart, and I am delighted that another gem in the shape of Ballyliffin has been lined up for our members next year.”
Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, said: “We are delighted that Ballyliffin Golf Club in Inishowen, Co Donegal has been chosen to be the venue for next year’s tournament.
“The setting is spectacular, it is home to two of Ireland’s best links courses and we know that the international visitors who will come to Donegal will really enjoy the scenery and the dramatic landscape.
“Next year will be our fourth year as title sponsor of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation, we very much enjoy working with our partners in the European Tour and indeed Rory McIlroy himself who has been a marvellous host for the last number of years. We have had an incredible week this week at Portstewart and are looking forward to next year at Ballyliffin.”
Barry Funston, Chief Executive of the Rory Foundation, said: “The Rory Foundation is delighted to host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for a fourth year, taking place next year at Ballyliffin Golf Club in Co Donegal.
“It is great to be involved with the tournament and we’re slowly moving around the country, taking it to all corners. The tournament enables us to continue to build on our platform for positive change, reaching into the community and developing innovative initiatives to help children and young people in most need and we would like to continue doing so.”
Shane Ross TD, Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, said: “The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open has cemented itself as one of the most prestigious events on the European Tour, attracting the world’s top golfers to Ireland.
“Such is the tournament’s appeal that it draws spectators from all over the world, providing a valuable boost to the local economy and showcasing Ireland as premier golfing destination.
“I am pleased that the Government will again provide financial support for the tournament through Sport Ireland which will allow some of our emerging golfing talent the opportunity to compete at the highest level.
“Such investment is vital to sustain our excellent track record in producing golfing talent and maintain a strong presence on international tours. I would like to pay tribute to Dubai Duty Free, the Rory Foundation and the European Tour for their continued support for this tournament and I look forward to the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin.”
John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland: “I am delighted that the Government is again supporting the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for 2018. The financial support for the tournament is provided through Sport Ireland and is part of our overall support for the game which, along with the successful Team Ireland Golf initiative, aims to assist Ireland’s top amateur golfers’ transition into the professional game.
“This support will enable Ireland’s up-and-coming golfers compete with the best in the world on home soil in front of capacity crowds which will be invaluable for their development.”
John Farren, General Manager at Ballyliffin Golf Club, said: “Ballyliffin is delighted to have been selected as the host venue for the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation, especially now that it is part of the Rolex Series.
“This is an incredible vote of confidence by the European Tour and their partners and will be a huge opportunity for us to showcase Ballyliffin, Donegal and Derry on the world stage.
“We look forward to working with Fáilte Ireland and agencies on both sides of the border in promoting the region. Ballyliffin’s close neighbours and destination partners –Royal Portrush and Portstewart - have both hosted tremendously successful Irish Opens and we look forward with confidence to continuing that focus on the world class links of the North Coast of Ireland.
“At 7,423 yards, our Championship Links has staged many top class amateur and professional events in the past and hosting the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in 2018 fulfils a long term ambition of Ballyliffin Golf Club to take our place on the world stage. We look forward to welcoming the European Tour and their partners to Ballyliffin in July 2018 and can assure you we will deliver an exceptional tournament.”
A regular championship venue, Ballyliffin Golf Club played host to the North West of Ireland Open in 2002, a dual-ranking event on the European Tour and Challenge Tour which was won by Sweden’s Adam Mednick. The European Senior Tour also visited in 2008 when Spain’s Juan Quirós pipped local hero Des Smyth to the Irish Seniors Open title by a single shot.
Ballyliffin Golf Club consists of two contrasting links courses, the Glashedy Links and the Old Course. The Glashedy Links – where the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will be played – opened in 1995 and was designed by Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock.
Traversing through a towering natural dune system and intertwined with the Old Course, the Glashedy Links features large undulating greens and strategic bunkering which is sure to challenge the European Tour’s finest.
Tickets for the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club are now on sale. To take advantage of a full range of Early Bird Ticket Prices, please visit: et.golf/DDFIO18Tickets
Captain’s Day Mr Bryan Northey Saturday 15th July 2017
6.50am David McKeague, Declan Ferry, Seamus Kelly, Brian Ferry
7.00am Donal Ferry, J Theseira, Brian Breslin, Paul Doherty(C)
7.10am Tim Creedon, T Logue, Alan Crowe, C McVeigh
7.20am Daryl Butler, G Redden, Ryan Doherty, Eddie McLaughlin
7.30am Norman Bates, JC Furnival, Kevin Mathews, Dermot Doherty
7.40am Eugene O’Sullivan, C McLaughlin, F Logue, Joe Sheridan
7.50am Colin Mullan, JJ Lafferty, Neil Grant, Oscar Mailey
8.00am Denis McElhinney, Paul Doherty, Gary McGeoghan, Philip Quigley
8.10am Marc Desmond, Patrick Farren, Kealan Quigg, D Mularkey
8.20am Garrett Mallon, Mike Moriarty, Bernard McClure, Rhee Postrero
8.30am Peter Smyth, Sean Bridge, Neal Duffy, Liam McLaughlin
8.40am Darragh McLaughlin(G), Jeff Davie, Aaron Jenkins, P.Doherty
8.50am Liam Barron, Stephen Anderson, Peter Hasson, Mark Davis
9.00am Tom Leonard, Gabriel McCafferty, Matt Concannon, Niall Mclaughlin JB
9.10am T McEleney, John McCarron, John Gill, Tony McIvor
9.20am Peter Gallagher, James Connolly, Christy Friel, Anthony McEleney
9.30am Owen Doherty(O), Jim Porter, Paul McGuigan, Paul O’Donoghue
9.40am Carl Desmond, Noel Quigley, Kevin Downey, John Gibbons
9.50am Paddy Harkin, Paul Cox, Sean McKillop, Barry Desmond
10.00am Mick McGarry, Alo Tully, Eugene Brophy, Martin Boyle
10.10am Pat Harkin, Pascal Harper, Tony Crowley, Sean Harley
10.20am Brendan Farrell, Dom Concannon, Denis McLaughlin, Tony Gill
10.30am Martin O’Mahoney, James Carr, Keith Marston, Brian McElhinney
10.40am John McFeely, Tony O’Brien, Páid Sweeney, Henry McGee
10.50am Stephen Harkin, Jimmy Harte, Tony Concannon, Des Kemmy
11.00am M O’Connor, Mark Taylor, Nigel Craig, Nicky McCusker
11.10am Gerry Peoples, Patrick McDaid, Robert McCool, Patrick McConologue
11.20am Eamon O’Donnell, John Kelly, John Moore, Patrick McCarroll
11.30am Johnny McGeoghan, P McLaughlin FD, David McLaughlin, Niall McLaughlin
11.40am John Kennedy, Ross Donaghey, Jim Brown, Peter Kelly
11.50am Paul Mathews, S McCrossan, Dermod Rooney, Hugh Doherty
12.00pm PH Doherty, Dave Cawley, J Doherty(D), J Doherty (W)
12.10pm Phelim Davenport, Neil Doherty(P), Brian Grant, C Collins
12.20pm D McCarron, Noel Doherty, Jackie McGeoghan, Philip Laird
12.30pm Seamus Hopkins, Patsy Doherty, Tom Anderson, F Dillon
12.40pm Paddy Mackle, Vincent Lynn, Kevin McCarron, Stewart Carlisle
12.50pm J Mullan, Tim Devine, Frank Harkin, S Mullan
1pm John Rankin, James Fleming, Hughie Gill, PN Grant
1.10pm Alan Hunter, Hugh Hunter, B McLaughlin(H), Paddy McDermott
1.20pm David Rankin, Brendan Devlin, N McCarron, Johnny McEleney
1.30pm John Farren, Keith Lapsley, Seamus McLaughlin(M), Kevin McLaughlin(H)
1.40pm Oliver Gilmore, Gary McGlinchey, Eamon Sweeney C, Hugh McEleney
1.50pm Shaun Grant, Martin Harkin, Jim Monagle, Liam Doherty(W)
2.00pm Pat Kelly, Seamus Mallon, Colm O’Kane, Andy McGonagle
2.10pm Aidan McLaughlin, Martin McConologue, Ciaran McConologue, Charlie Gibbons
2.20pm Pascal Mooney, Oliver McConologue, Derek McFeeley, Philip McClean
2.30pm Gerry Mullan, Patsy Devlin, Philip Farren, P Doherty(P)
2.40pm Shaun O’Donnell, R O’Donnell, Conor Kelly, Daniel McAteer
2.50pm William Joyce, D Doherty, Paul McLaughlin(R), Phelim Doherty
3.00pm Paddy Monagle, Barry Kearney(JNR), John K Farren, G Friel
3.10pm Johnny McDermott, Michael Grant, Vivian McLaughlin, John D O’Kane
3.20pm James O’Donnell, Vincent Grant, P Logue, Donal Carey
Desmond Motors Scratch Matchplay
To be played by 28th July 2017
Jayson McIntyre V Garrett Mallon
Kealan Quigg V Paul Doherty( C)
Monbro Developments Singles Matchplay
To be played by 28th July 2017
Vincent Lynn V Liam Doherty C
Pascal Mooney V Colm O’Kane
Jim Monagle V
Ryan Doherty V Darryl Butler
Pat Kelly Doubles Matchplay
To be played by 22nd July 2017
Mark Davis, Kealan Quigg V Martin Harkin, Gerard Toye
Neil Doherty P, Aidan McLaughlin V John Gibbons, Pascal Mooney
Tony McEleney, Patrick J Doherty V James Carr, Oliver McConologue
Jayson McIntyre, Jack McIntyre V Paddy McDermott, Neal G Duffy
Paul Van Dessel, James O’Donnell V JJ Lafferty, Darryl Butler
Garrett Mallon, David McGeough V Des Kemmy, Cecil Doherty
John Grant, John McKeever V Ben Collins, Oisin McGonigle
Hugh McEleney, Johnny McEleney V Hughie Gill, Jim Monagle
Pascal Harper Mixed Doubles
To be played by 28th July 2017
Ryan Doherty, Sadie Grant V Bryan & Aine Northey
Margaret Doherty(O), John McGeoghan V Mary T Hackett, Hughie Gill
John Farren & Breda McGonigle V Kevin & Anita McCarron
Paul & Maire Mathews V Paddy & Kathy
Thursday June 15th
@ 6.30 pm
All Caddies should attend
For Donegal Links Classic 2017 Results, use the following link:
Pat Kelly Doubles Matchplay
To be played by 26th May 2017
Brendan Farrell, AN Other V Brendan Devlin, David Rankin
Paul Van Dessel, James O’Donnell V Jeremy Foster, Carl Desmond
James Carr, Oliver McConologue V Liam Doherty(C), Kevin McCarron
Frank Harkin, Philip Laird V Neil Kemmy, John McCarron
Martin Harkin, Gerard Toye V Tommy & Oscar Mailey
Garrett Mallon, David McGeough V Keith Lapsley, James Fleming
John Gibbons, Pascal Mooney V Marc Desmond, Paddy Ferguson
Paddy McDermott, Neil G Duffy V Andy McGonigle, Louis Walsh
Paul McLaughlin(R), Anthony McEleney V Paul McDermott, Johnny McDermott
John Quigley, Sean Bridge V Noel Quigley, Liam Tourish
JJ Lafferty, Paul McElhinney V Shaun Grant, Bryan Northey
Kevin Mathews, Darryl Butler V Patsy Toland, Stuart Carlisle
Ben Collins, Stephen McGonigle V John McGeoghegan, Shaun Doherty O
Pat Harkin, Martin O’Connor V Patsy Doherty, Colm O’Kane
Tony O’Brien, Tim Devine V Christy Friel, Adrian Duffy
Stephen Doherty(G), John Doherty(S) V Wilson Moore, David McKeague
Vincent Lynn, Phelim Doherty V PN Grant, Liam Doherty(W)
Hugh McEleney, Johnny McEleney V Charlie Duffy, Charlie Donaghey
John Farren, John D O’Kane V Hugh Hunter, Seamus McLaughlin(M)
Des Kemmy, Cecil Doherty V Gerard O’Donnell, William Joyce
Paddy Monagle, Seamus Kelly V Mark Davis, Kealan Quigg
Michael Butter, Brian Grant V Mike Moriarty, Paul O’Donoghue
Neil Doherty(P), Paddy McLaughlin V Bryan Wallace, Nigel Craig
Jayson McIntyre, Jack McIntyre V Ryan Doherty, Raymond Doherty
Conor Kelly, Philip Quigley V Kevin Downey, Jim Porter
Kevin Hirrell, Niall McLaughlin(JB) V Hugh Doherty, John Kennedy
Tony McEleney, Patrick J Doherty V Aaron Jenkins, Owen Doherty O
Jeff Davie, Keith Marston V James McKay, Dermot Sweeney
Sean Harley, Steven Harkin
Hughie Gill, Jim Monagle
John Grant, John McKeever
Eamonn Sweeney, Gerard Friel
Scratch Matchplay Sponsored by Desmond Motors
To be played by 2nd June 2016
Shaun Doherty(O) V Garrett Mallon
Lucia Mullen V James McKay
JD O’Kane V Margaret Doherty O
Oscar Mailey V Bryan Northey
Brian Grant V Mark Davis
Sean Bridge V Paul Doherty(C)
David McGeough V Kealan Quigg
Jayson McIntyre V Liam Doherty(W)
Pascal Harper Mixed Club Doubles
Matches to played by 26.5.2017.
Gerard & Ann Friel v Colm & Marelene O’Kane
(Winner V Bryan & Aine Northey).
Ann Diver & Philip Laird v Hugh McEleney & Molly McCloskey.
(Winner V Stuart Carisle & Bernie McCann).
Debbie & Ciaran McConologue V Marion & Johnny McEleney.
Paul & Maire Mathews v Paddy McDermot & Noeleen Gordon.
Ryan Doherty & Another v Gareth McCausland & Trish Kelly.
Kathleen B Doherty & Paul Houten v Oliver & Tara McConalogue.
Geraldine Mullan & Keith Marston v Patsy & Joan Doherty.
Seamus & Annette Doherty v Paddy & Cathy Monagle.
Phelim Davenport & Aine McElhinney v Kevin & Anita McCarron.
Philip Farren & Breige Doherty v Eamon Sweeney (B) & Mary McGonagle.
Lisa Glover & Paul Van Dessel v Cathy & DJ McGeoghegan.
Margaret Doherty O & John McGeoghegan v Brendan Farrell & Another.
Jim & Mary Monagle v Mary T Hackett & Patsy Toland.
Liam Doherty W & Kathleen McEleney v Tom & Ingrid Anderson.
John Farren & Breda McGonigle v Marie D’urso & Frank Harkin.
John Kennedy & Donna McLaughlin v Eamon Sweeney & Marie Mullan.
Matches to played by 2.6.2017. (with the exception of preliminary rounds).
Michael McLaughlin M & Kevin McCarron - Preliminary (to be played by 19.5.2017).
(Winner v Colm O’Kane).
Owen Doherty O v Darryl Butler - Preliminary (to be played by 19.5.2017).
(Winner v Liam Doherty W).
Jim Monagle v Sean McKillop.
Anthony McEleney v David McKeague.
Brian Grant v Niall McLaughlin JB
Gerard Friel v Demot Doherty G
John K Farren v Mark Davis.
John Doherty S v Eamon Sweeney.
Nicky McCusker v John D O’Kane.
Aidan Doherty H v Ryan Doherty.
Liam Doherty C v Patsy Toland.
Paschal Mooney v Neil Kemmy.
Paddy Monagle v Jeff Davie.
Vincent Lynn v John McGeoghegan.
JJ Lafferty v Dan Toland.
Aaron Jenkins v Darragh McLaguhlin.
Captain’s Drive In~ Saturday 1st April 2017
The Old Links~ Shotgun start at 1pm
Captain’s Group tee off at 12.30pm
1A:BRYAN NORTHEY, JOHNNY ME ELENEY, AINE MC ELHINNEY, TERESA O DOHERTY
1B: SHAUN DOHERTY(O), CHARLIE DONAGHY, JOHN MC GEOGHEGAN,ELAINE MC LAUGHLIN
2A: CIARAN MC CONOLOGUE, PHELIM DAVENPORT, MARY MC GEOGHAN, TOM LEONARD
2B: KEITH LAPSLEY, CHRISTY FRIEL, AGNES LOGUE, GARY MC GLINCHEY
3A: DERMOT ROONEY, PADDY MC DERMOTT, MARY HACKETT, EAMON SWEENEY (C)
3B: MICHAEL MC LAUGHLIN, HUGH HUNTER, ANNETTE DOHERTY, PADDY LOGUE
4A: PETER GALLAGHER, LIAM DOHERTY, DAVID MC KEAGUE, MOLLY MC CLOSKEY
4B: AARON JENKINS, KEVIN MC LAUGHLIN, JOAN DOHERTY,NIGEL CRAIG
5A: PAUL MC LAUGHLIN(R), SEAMUS HOPKINS, KATHLEEN SMYTH, NEAL J DUFFY
5B: JEREMY FOSTER, ELLEN NELSON, JACKIE MC GEOGHAN, DONAL CAREY
6: KEVIN DOWNEY, PAT KELLY,MAIRE MULLAN, JOHN RANKIN
7A: BRIAN WALLACE, LIAM BARRON, MARIAN MC ELENEY, KEITH MARSTON
7B: BRENDAN DEVLIN, MARIE DURSO, JOHN GILL, PAT HARKIN
8: MARTIN BOYLE, DAVY MC LAUGHLIN, BREIGE DOHERTY, E O DONNELL
9A: JAMES FLEMING, HUGHIE GILL, CHARLIE DUFFY, ALAN HUNTER
9B: PATSY DOHERTY, ALAN GRACIE, KATHLEEN DOHERTY, PATRICK J DOHERTY
10A: JOHN FARREN, COLM O KANE, BERNIE MC CARRON, BARRY DESMOND
10B: LIAM DOHERTY (W), ANN FRIEL, PHELIM DOHERTY, PAUL WALSH
11A: DES KEMMY, FRANK LOGUE, AINE NORTHEY, SEAMUS MALLON
11B: CECIL DOHERTY, DENIS O CONNOR, ANN MC LAUGHLIN, WAYNE KENNY
12A: SEAMUS DOHERTY (C), DAVID RANKIN, MARLENE O KANE, SEAMUS KERNAN
12B: NOEL QUIGLEY, GERRY MULLAN, JOHN GILL, MARGARET ANDREWS
13: ADRIAN DUFFY, PAUL MC DERMOTT, SHAUN GRANT, BREGE BOYLE
14A: SHAUN O DONNELL, TONY GILL, CARL DESMOND, ROISIN ROONEY
14B: MARTIN HARKIN, ANTHONY MC ELENEY, E O SULLIVAN, DEBBIE MC CONOLOGUE
15A: RYAN DOHERTY, PATRICK MC CONOLOGUE, JOHN DOHERTY (W), VIVIAN BANNON
15B: M DOHERTY (O), J,C, FURNIVAL, YVONNE MC CARRON, GERARD TOYE
16A: GARY MC GEOGHAN, P MC GILLIGAN, ANITA MC CARRON, EDDIE MC GONIGLE
16B: TONY MC ELENEY, PHILIP FARREN, MICK MC GARRY, MARY MC GONIGLE
17A: MARTIN O MAHONY, GERALDINE MC CARRON, JOHN MOORE, ANDY MC GONIGLE
17B: JIM PORTER, NEIL MC CARRON, P.N. GRANT, NOELEEN GORDON
18: SEAMUS MC LAUGHLIN (M), HUGH MC ELENEY, JAMES CARR, ANN DIVER
Reserve list in place, please contact the office/proshop if you cannot play
The Great North Links Challenge 2017
11th , 12th, 13th October 2017
Play three of Ireland's top links courses over three days
To download an application form, please follow this link: /golf/emailer2020/img/ballyliffingolfclub/BGC_Great_North_Links_Classic_2017_A(1).jpg