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AGM 2022 – Honorary Secretary’s report

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HONORARY SECRETARY`S REPORT 2022

Mr Captain, Mr President and Club Members, I would like to welcome you all to the Thirtieth Annual General Meeting of West Waterford Golf Club for the year 2022.

In the first week of November 2021, the transfer of West Waterford from the Spratt Family to a new entity was completed. It was the beginning of a new era at West Waterford with the opportunity for our Club to create a bright and prosperous future for the current members and new members. On your behalf I would like to thank the Spratt family for the legacy they have created at Coolcormack and acknowledge their commitment and dedication over the past 28 years. We wish all the Spratt family every success for the future.

I am sure that it would be accurate to say that all Club Members were looking forward to a year of uninterrupted calendar of events at West Waterford after 2 years of Covid-19. There was also anticipation on how our PGA Tour winner Seamus Power would fare in 2022 and where would Gary Hurley`s road lead him. Plenty more on this later but first let us deal with the day to day activities and competitions at the Club.

 

GARY HURLEY ON HIS 2022 ALPS TOUR VICTORY

 

Now it is with great pleasure I present to you, a summary of the 2022 Golfing Season at West Waterford.

The first South East Junior Alliance of the year was held at Dungarvan Golf Club in early November. West Waterford members Percy Welsh and Liam Hansbury came first and second with 42 pts and 41pts respectively with fellow member Phil Kinsella coming in 5th with 39pts. The President`s Prize of the Alliance took place in Clonmel in early March and was won by Phil Kinsell with 39pts. Liam Hansbury had his Captain`s Prize of the Alliance in early April in Dungarvan with West Waterford members Stephen Spillane, Percy Welsh and Liam himself all featuring in the prizes. Alliance member Phil Kinsella went on to finish second in the Golfer of the Year in the South East Junior Alliance.

Dungarvan Lions Club held their Christmas Hamper Appeal in the first week of December at West Waterford. Club member Liam Leahy ran in the winner of this 13 Hole event with 30pts followed in second place by fellow clubman Martin O`Driscoll with 29pts.

AUSTIN, BRIDGET AND PAT SPRATT WITH SEAMUS POWER DURING A VISIT IN 2022

Killeagh GAA Golf Society held their Christmas Scramble at West Waterford for the 29th year, also in early December and this was won by Ger Ahearne, Padraig Breathnach and Ger Scully.

In lovely sunshine in mid-December the Club held a 9 Hole Christmas Scramble which was very well attended. This event was won by Darragh Herlihy, Margaret O`Sullivan, Bridget Blackwell and Rena McDonald with a great score of 27 followed closely by Conor Blackwell, Kevin Foley, Mary French and Eithne Ashby with a 28.

Having missed out on our Winter League in 2021 due to Covid-19 all members were thrilled and eager to get our 2022 one up and running. The Winter League started in mid-December and there was a great turnout for the first round. With 12 Teams participating there was a hectic battle ahead for Team managers to try and get their Teams qualified for the matchplay stages. Round 2 saw a record turnout for the League. There were two Teams tied at the top after two rounds, Noel Conway`s Stallions and Pat Curran`s Sharks on 239pts each.  These 2 Teams could not be separated even after 3 Rounds, each on 362pts. After 4 Rounds there was still only 2 points separating the 2 Teams. After Round 5 the consistent Stallions and Sharks went straight through to the semi-finals. Jimmy Murphy`s Wolves were up against Edward Hickey`s Goats in the first quarter final with Ritchie Roynaye`s Rhinos up against Thomas Conway`s Rams in the other.

SEAMUS WITH FELLOW IRISHMEN RORY, PADRAIG AND SHANE AT THE MASTERS

Both Quarter finals turned out to be close affairs. The Wolves defeated the Goats on the tiebreaker while the Rhinos overcame the Rams in a similar manner. The Rhinos were beaten 4-2 by the Stallions in the first semi-final and the Wolves won their first 4 matches to beat the much fancied Sharks in the other semi-final. The Grand Final took place on Sunday, May 8th. Having topped the table for the entire League, Noel Conway`s Stallions confirmed their superiority with a resounding 4-2 victory over Jimmy Murphy`s Wolves on the day. It was an extra special occasion for Noel as he accepted the Cole Memorial Trophy for the fourth time. We are most grateful to Comeragh Oil who have sponsored this event for the past 20 years. To all the players who took part in another very successful Winter League we thank you for supporting this very popular event over the winter months.

In mid-March the Club held a fundraiser for the Irish Red Cross Ukranie Appeal which was very kindly sponsored by Murrays Pharmacy. Club members Pat C Curran, Paidi O`Rourke and Kieran Lynch came in the winners in this very worthwhile cause.

Murrays Pharmacy also sponsored a 3 Person Team event for Ladies and Gents in late April and this was won by clubmen Luke Swayne, Liam Leahy and Brian Murphy with 98pts.

The Operating Company ran a very successful Bealtaine Club Classic at West Waterford Golf Club in early May. Over 150 Teams participated in ideal weather conditions and with the course in fantastic condition. Thanks to everyone who supported the Classic and it`s many sponsors. A family affair took first prize, Denis, Darragh and Mary Herlihy with a great score of 116pts followed by fellow clubmen David Walsh, Diarmud Horgan and Charlie Barry with 107pts.

On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of May the Club hosted the Junior Scratch Cup, sponsored very kindly once again by Fordes Daybreak. Thomas Hardy (6) of New Ross Golf Club came in the winner with a 79. West Waterford`s Owen O`Keefe (11) ran in second with an 80.

Thankfully, after two years of no full itinerary of Inter Club competitions, the various Team events got under way once again in 2022.

First off the blocks were the J.B. Carr Team under the watchful eye of Edward Hickey. In mid-April the Team had a hard earned victory over Waterford Golf Club at home. In late April, Dungarvan came to West Waterford for the first leg of the second round. A 3-2 win for the home Team gave Edward great hope heading to Dungarvan for the second leg. On the day two matches had to go down the 19th and it was Dungarvan who emerged victorious however.

Edwards Fred Perry Team had no luck at home or away against Dungarvan in that competition in early May.

Phillip Spratt took his Barton Shield Team to Tramore in early May but had to give way to a stronger home Team.

In mid-May, Noel Conway took his Pierce Purcell Team to Williamstown but were beaten 3-2.

At the end of May, our Jimmy Bruen Team managed by Noel Conway who was called in at a late stage to manage the Team, lost out to a stronger Gold Coast Team even though we had home advantage. 

The Mixed Foursomes Team under the watchful eyes of Lady Captain, Ciara Donnelly and Edward Hickey came up against a stronger Dungarvan Team in early June and were beaten at home.

A little later than normal, our Belvedere Team managed by Edward Hickey and sidekick Pat Power, began their campaign in early September when they took on the Gold Coast at home. A resounding victory of 5 to 0 left everyone on a high as they prepared for the return leg at the Gold Coast in mid-September. This was a tighter match but West Waterford won the contest over both legs.

An away loss of 4 to 1 to Dungarvan in the first leg of the next round meant that West Waterford had it all to do in the home leg. Even though that match ended 2.5 matches each, it wasn`t enough and Dungarvan went through to the County Final.

Unfortunately West Waterford were unable to field Teams in either the Junior or Senior Cups in 2022.

 

While our Club Teams didn`t progress very far this year we had some fine performances from some of our individuals.

Captain Denis Herlihy and his son Darragh qualified for the final of the La Cala series at Faithleg in February. Unfortunately circumstances beyond their control meant they were unable to play in that final.

Austin Spratt captured the Gross prize with a fantastic score of 67 in the Taylor Made Winter Series at Portmarnock Golf Links in March.

His son Phillip took 3rd place in the Senior Scratch Cup at Palmerstown Golf Club in August.

Mark Shanahan won the Arklow Senior Scratch Cup in early July.

 

 Killeagh held a Memorial Charity Day at West Waterford on May 24th. Clubman Ciaran Power won the Margaret Rochford Shield and fellow Clubman Phil Kinsella won the Tom Fitzgibbon Trophy. A sum in excess of €1,200 was raised for the Mercy Hospital so massive thanks to all those involved.

Over the June Bank Holiday Weekend, The Coolcormack Residents very graciously sponsored a 3 Person Waltz Competition. Eddie Glavin, Percy Welsh and Phil Kinsella ran in the winners with 84 pts.

The first Major of the year The Captain`s Prize was played for over three days from June 24th to 26th. Despite the weather breaking there was a great turnout for Denis Herlihy`s Captain`s prize. Ian Kiely (30) carded a magnificent 66 nett on Friday to lead the qualifiers by one shot. In testing conditions on Saturday Brian Fox (23) defied the elements recording a fantastic 69.

DENIS AND MARY HERLIHY PRESENTING DENIS`S CAPTAIN`S PRIZE TO BRIAN FOX

With the cut coming at 78 we had our 36 qualifiers and 3 top Gross qualifiers for the shotgun start on Sunday. Congratulations to Brian Fox who carded a 68 on Sunday for a combined score of 137 to claim the beautiful Trophy. David Dowling (1) took best Gross with 153. Martin O`Driscoll (17) took second place with 138. Captain Denis was on hand all weekend to make sure everything went smoothly. Denis gave a rousing speech on his presentation night where he thanked everyone who contributed to a memorable weekend. Thanks to Denis his wife Mary and son Darragh for a great weekend of golf and a special prize giving night.

Killeagh ran their 26th Annual GAA Classic from July 13th to 16th at West Waterford. Months of work as usual went into this and Ray Rochford and his team were delighted when over 137 teams participated in the 4 day event which is going as strong as ever. Overall winners were Ken Power, Damian Ryan and Pat Kelly from Faithleg Golf Club with 99 pts. 

David Condon in his second year in office held his President`s Prize from Friday, July 29th to Sunday 31st of July at West Waterford. Popular clubman Diarmud Horgan (30) who holds the distinction of being both Captain and President of West Waterford claimed his first Major with a 137 just shading it from Michael O`Riordan (22) who had a 138. Young Sean Spratt (5) took best Gross with a 149. In his emotional acceptance speech Diarmud said he had won many prizes in his 18 years at the club but he never thought that he would win a Major. Congratulations to all the prize winners and thanks to all who played. Thanks to David and his family for a great weekend of golf and to his great efforts over the past two years.

DAVID CONDON AND HIS WIFE IDA WITH DAVID`S MOTHER MARY, PRESENTING HIS PRESIDENT`S PRIZE TO DAIRMUD HORGAN

Both the Intermediate and Minor Scratch Cups were very kindly sponsored by The Moorings Bar & Restaurant in 2022 and were held on Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st of August. Young Jack Mulligan (13) took the Intermediate Cup with an 83 closely followed by young Jack O`Donnell (12) with an 85. Best Nett to Maurice Hallahan (16) with a 71.

The Minor Scratch Cup was won by Declan Spellman (17) with an 89 winning on the back 9 from fellow clubman Kieran Gleeson (20) also with an 89. Best Nett went to Ronan Culloo (28) with a 70.

 

The Inaugural Spratt Cup was held on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th of August at West Waterford. The brainchild of Joan Sheehan, the competition attracted an entry of over one hundred Ladies and Gents played in brilliant sunshine over the weekend. Clashmore man Pat Curran (38) came in the winner with a great score of 45pts to become the first name on the magnificent Spratt Trophy. Shane Dalton (20) came in second with 44pts. Best Gross going to Darragh Herlihy (+1) with 34pts. The clubhouse was packed on Sunday evening for the presentation attended by a large gathering of the Spratt Family, Prize winners and many members. A night to remember as members paid tribute to the Spratt Family and their contribution to West Waterford Golf Club over the many years.

Captain Denis Herlihy organised the club outing to Faithleg on Saturday, September 3rd. While the turnout was small, it didn`t dampen the enthusiasm of those that travelled. There was the odd shower but this didn`t affect the scoring. Richard Queally (24) took first prize with 39pts closely followed by Gary Smyth (21) with 38pts. Thanks to all who made the effort on the day and thanks to Denis for organising a very enjoyable day.

As I have repeated in a number of my reports over the years, no report would be complete without reference to our two traveling professional golfers Seamus and Gary.

Seamus Power continued his great form with an 11th place finish at the World Wide Technology Championship at Al Camaleon Golf Club in Mayakoba Resort, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, in early November. Although Seamus missed the cut at the Houston Open the following week he surely made up for this with a tied 4th at the RSM Classic at Sea Island Golf Club, St Simons Island in Georgia. This result saw Seamus move up to 44th place in the FedEx Cup rankings and 70th place in the World rankings. As the wraparound season drew to a close, Seamus Power can be duly proud of his performance in 2021, the highlight being his first PGA victory at the Barbasol Championship in Kentucky. A top 15 finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions held at the Kapalua Plantation Course in Maui, Hawaii, in early January meant he moved up to 63rd in the world. Seamus finished in a share of 3rd place on 19 under par at the Sony Open in Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii the following week moving him up to 49th in the world and also moved him into 14th place in the FedEx Cup placings to guarantee him a spot in the top 125 who make it to the playoffs in August. Seamus extended his sensational run of great form the following week when he finished tied for 14th place in the American Express at the Dye Stadium Course in La Quinta, California. Seamus registered seven top 20 finishes in his last 9 PGA starts. He was now playing for vital world ranking points to secure a Major Championship debut at Augusta National in April. He gave his hopes of a Masters debut another major boost with a fantastic performance at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California in early February where he finished tied 9th. Despite missing consecutive cuts at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale, Arizona and the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, Los Angeles, Seamus still remained in the top 50 in the world. At the end of February, Seamus took a short break home where his Dad Ned had organised a welcome home gathering at the Old Bank where many of those who supported Seamus during his early days of his professional career were present.

SEAMUS POWER ON HIS SECOND PGA TOUR VICTORY AT THE BUTTERFIELD CHAMPIONSHIP IN BERMUDA

The trip home and a bit of celebration caught up with Seamus when he teed off after he returned to the US at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Florida where he unfortunately missed his 3rd cut in a row. Seamus arrested this bad run as he cruised through to the final two rounds of the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, Pointe Vedra Beach, Florida in mid-April where he finished tied 33rd on 3 under. After an impressive performance in the Dell Technologies Match Play at the Austin Country Club in Texas the following week, Seamus knew that he was qualified to play in all four majors in 2022. In Austin, Seamus took a series of massive scalps, beating Sungjae Im, Patrick Cantalay and Tyrell Hatton to set up a quarter final match against world no. 5 Scottie Scheffler. Another fine performance saw Seamus holding his own only to lose out on a 3-2 score line to Scottie who became the eventual winner and moved into number one in the world. This performance moved Seamus from 48th to 41st in the world and also booked his place at the upcoming Masters.

In early April, Seamus got the opportunity to tee off at the Masters in Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia. Many hours on the practice grounds both at West Waterford and in the US brought him to this, arguably the biggest stage in World Golf. Rounds of 70 and 74 got him comfortably into the final two days. Five birdies in his last round showed that he was willing to take on the Augusta challenge in earnest. A 4 over par finish saw Seamus tied for 27th spot in what must be described as a truly fantastic performance in his first Masters. Seamus was back in action in mid-April at the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, New Orleans playing with Graham Mc Dowell in this Fourball, Foursomes format. They failed to make the cut however. Having missed the cut at his next outing the Wells Fargo Championship held at TPC Potomac, Avenel Farm, Maryland, Seamus headed into the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Craig Ranch, Mc Kinney, Dallas, Texas where he finished tied 17th.  He made an eagle and 21 birdies en route to another top 20 finish which must have given him great confidence heading into the USPGA being held at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oaklahoma. Another brilliant four days saw Seamus finish tied 9th in a packed field including most of the top golfers in the world. A great achievement in his second major in 2022. Taking a week off Seamus returned to action in early June to play in the Memorial Challenge at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, but missed the cut here. The third Major of 2022, The US Open, was held at the Country Club in Brookline, Boston. Another fantastic performance saw Seamus finish tied 12th in his first appearance in this prestigious tournament. Seamus seemed to be having a thing about his first majors. Seamus continued the great form with a tied 25th spot at TPC Highlands, Cromwell, Connecticut later on in June. Following his great run on the PGA Tour over the past few months Seamus returned home at the end of June to see family and friends and to prepare for the Irish Open being held at Mount Juliet, Co Kilkenny in early July. Back to back rounds of 68 on Thursday and Friday gave him an impetus heading into the weekend. Nothing went right for him on Saturday however and he slipped down the field. Another 68 on Sunday helped to restore his confidence and he finished in 30th place with fellow Irishman Padraig Harrington. From there Seamus headed to Adare Manor in Limerick to play in the JP McManus Pro-Am. A large crowd of supporters followed him from Mount Juliet to Limerick. It was back to West Waterford after that to record a promotional Ping sponsored video of a round of golf with Radar Reilly from Sky Sports. It was then over to the East Coast of Scotland 10 miles from Dunedin to the 150th Open at St. Andrews from July 14th to 17th. Seamus said that he played there in the St Andrews links Trophy as an Amateur so it was going to be extra special to play there again as a professional. His good run in the Majors to date came to an end however as he missed the cut but it was another great learning curve for him. After a couple of week`s layoff, Seamus teed up at the FedEx St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee  in mid-August. Although missing the cut with a poor performance Seamus was still qualified to play in the BMW Championship being held at the Wilmington Country Club in Delaware in mid-August. In Delaware, Seamus missed out by a few shots to make it to the top 30 who advanced to the final event at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia at the end of August. At this time Seamus was inside the top 40 in the world golf rankings. He can look back on a year in the top tier of the PGA Tour. With his year`s earnings in excess of 3.1 million dollars, the West Waterford man took a well-deserved break where he could plan his schedule for another year in the top tier of world golf. A second win on the PGA Tour is still well within his grasp. Well done Seamus and continued success in 2023. Seamus played his first competitive tournament of the 2022/23 season at the Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson, Mississippi in early October. An 8 under par finish saw him in a share of 30th place, a solid start to the new season. Unfortunately Seamus missed the cut at his next outing the Shiners Children`s Open at TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas Nevada. After a week off, Seamus teed up at the CJ Cup at the Congaree Golf Club in Gillisonville, South Carolina. His golf was not up to the standards that he has set over the past year but he still managed to finish tied 49th. Despite dropping 2 places in the world golf rankings he still remains inside the top 50 at No. 48. As I was finalising my report on Seamus, what does he do only goes along and wins his second PGA Tour victory at the Butterfield Championship played at the Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton in Bermuda at the end of October. This fantastic victory sees him move up to 32nd in the World Golf Rankings and 5th in the FedEx Cup. All at West Waterford were absolutely delighted for him. In early November at the World Technology Championship at El Camaleon Golf Course in Mayakoba, Mexico, Seamus finished tied 3rd after 4 days of fantastic golf, thus jumping him to 29th in the World and most excitedly of all putting him to the top of the FedEx standings. Brilliant Seamus, keep up the great form. In February, Seamus was announced as the K-Club`s Touring Professional for two years.

 

Over the past number of years my report on Seamus Power usually uses up a fair bit of ink while the report on Gary Hurley was never quite that long. Thankfully Gary`s exploits in 2022 have turned that around. Many of us wondered if Gary could come up with the consistency needed to make it successfully as a Pro after a couple of tough years. Whatever changes Gary made in 2022 definitely has him now heading in the right direction. In early February, Gary played at the Troon Abu Dhabi Pro-Am event at the Yas links. A great start to the year finishing 3rd in the Pro event and winning the Pro-Am Team event. In his opening event of the 2022 Alps Tour Gary had a 7th place finish at the Sokhna Golf Club in Suez, Egypt. Gary had to settle for a 4th place finish after wind cancelled the final round of the New Giza Open in Cairo, Egypt in early March. He had catapulted himself into contention after a brilliant 65 on Saturday. Gary had another good performance at the Alps Tour Winter Series held at Terre de Consoli Championship course in Italy later on in March where he finished tied 21st.

GARY HURLEY SALUTES AS HE SECURES HIS CHALLENGE TOUR CARD FOR 2023

 

 Gary continued his good run of form with another top 20 finish in the Winter Series at Golf Nazionale in Rome at the end of March. In mid-April Gary shot a superb 62 to finish solo 4th on 11 under at the Alps Tour`s Abruzzo Alps Open in Italy. This meant that he jumped 26 places to 12th in the Order of Merit. In mid-May, Gary finished 4th in the Aravell Golf Open in Lleida Spain which moved him into 10th in the Order of Merit. Also in May, Gary was unveiled as the new Club Ambassador at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, another milestone in his enhancing career. He was delighted with the new partnership deal and he was looking forward to showcasing the great course at Saadiyat and amazing facilities that it has to offer. Then at the Alps De Andalucia at the Valle Guadiana Links Golf Course in Ayamonte in Spain Gary claimed his first Alps Tour win at the end of June. Another fantastic result for Gary and of course for West Waterford. He had two top 10`s in 11 starts last season and another four top seven finishes in his first 11 starts in 2022. Gary said that he had been playing well, it was just a matter of having everything click. His win moved him into the 5th spot in the Order of Merit. Later that week Gary had an impressive performance at the K club to finish tied 5th in the Irish Challenge Tour event. After such a dramatic couple of weeks it was understandable when Gary only finished 50th at the Vierumaki Finnish Challenge in Finland early in August. The Aglish man acquitted himself well at the DP World Tour event at Galgorm Castle Golf Club in Ballymena, Co Antrim in mid-August gaining valuable experience from competing at a higher level. In September, Gary finished tied 24th at the Swiss Challenge at the Golf Saint Appollinaire, Michelbach-Le-Haut in France. In early October, Gary had an excellent 3rd place finish on the Alps Tour at the Castleconturbia Golf Club in Italy. Later that week Gary secured his Challenge Tour Card at the Alps Tour Grand Final in Moderna Golf Club in Italy. He claimed the final promotion spot on the Alps Tour Order of Merit with a share of 8th place after a battling final round. Promotion to the Challenge Tour in 2023 represents a great opportunity to kick start his career as he approaches his prime in his 30`s. The following week Gary returned to West Waterford to meet family, friends and Club Members. He spoke candidly about the trials and tribulations of a Tour Pro and the difficult years before the tide turned in his favour and is now confident of continued success at the highest level. Gary`s next objective was the DP World Tour Q School where he teed up at the second stage qualifying at Emporda Golf Club, Girona, Spain in early November. There he finished in 16th spot to book his place in the final stage at Infinitum Golf Resort in Tarragona, North East Spain in mid-November. From this the top 25 and ties will receive their cards for the European Tour for 2023. All at West Waterford wish Gary the best of luck in this endeavour.

For the first time in a long time there was a committed effort to get the Junior Club up and running again at West Waterford in 2022. Great credit to Eoin Prendergast for taking on the task. It was brilliant to see so many youngsters, boys and girls on the practice ground and then the fairways during the summer months. Many thanks to all those who also helped out. Maybe there is another Seamus or Gary among them.

The Junior Captain`s prize presented by Sean Spratt was won by Jack Prendergast.

Our Club Matchplays were very keenly contested in 2022.

The Club Singles very kindly sponsored by Club President David Condon was won by Percy Walsh after a very tight battle with Conor Blackwell.

The Club Fourball very kindly sponsored by Topline Currans was won by Martin O`Driscoll and Kevin Foley after another tight match with Luke Swayne and Liam Leahy.

The Club Foursomes very kindly sponsored by The Old Bank Restaurant was won by Phil Kinsella and Eddie Glavin with Sean Tobin and Dermot Murphy coming in second.

Golfer of The Year which was sponsored by West Waterford Gent`s Club was won by Kieran Lynch who showed great consistency throughout the year.

SEAMUS WITH WAYNE “RADAR” RILEY AND CLUB MEMBERS AT WEST WATERFORD

We thank all those who participated in our club competitions during 2022.

The Friday evening Scrambles run by the Operating Company were very popular.

As usual, the Tuesday 9 Hole was extremely successful.

We thank all our competitive Teams and Managers for their efforts in 2022 and we look forward to better results in 2023.

Thanks to Morrie and all his staff plus the volunteers for all the great work done on the course during the year.

Thanks to Pat and Jimmy Murphy for their great dedication to West Waterford during 2022 and since the club was formed back in the early 90`s.

A sincere word of thanks from all the members to the great work that Gillian does in the office. Thanks also to Sharon who now does the weekends.

To all the committee members for all the work put in during the year, thank you.

A special word of thanks to our Captain, Denis Herlihy for his great year in office.

Thanks to President David Condon for his great two years in office.

May I compliment the Lady Captain, Ciara Donnelly for her great year in office and to her committee for their great work in 2022.

It would be remiss of me not to thank the Operating Company for the work that they have put in since the Club was purchased back in 2021. A lot done but a lot more to do.

To all the members, thank you for making 2022 yet another memorable year at West Waterford Golf Club.

It was with deep regret that we learned of the passing of two passed Captains, Michael Walsh who held office in 2004 and Malcolm Ashby in 2008 and a past President, Frank Welsh who held office in 1997. We also offer our condolences to the family of club member Noel Murray and also to the families of past members Ray Shiels, Vincent O`Connor and Lady Member Eilis O`Sullivan. Ar Dheis Dē go Raibh Siad.

In conclusion, I would like to wish Michael Cass every success as he starts his year as Captain of West Waterford Golf Club and to all the members, successful and enjoyable golf in 2023.

Thank You.

Maurice Hallahan

Honorary Secretary

West Waterford Golf Club.