Gents Notes Sunday w/e 9th May 2021

Further easing of restrictions from May 10th onwards
Casual-play rounds for handicap purposes for members and visitors with no restrictions on number of households per group.Internal Club competitions for members are now permitted. This is on the basis that internal club competitions for members are not deemed to be ‘formal, organised competitions’ which are not permitted until June.
The above activities must be organised on the basis of arrive-play-depart.
Fourballs are permitted with no household restrictions No limits on domestic travel. Members guests and visitors will be permitted.

From June 7th onwards (subject to public health outlook at the time) the following competitions are permitted. So-called ‘Major competitions and events ( Captain’s Prize, President’s Prize, etc. Internal Club Matchplay Tournaments, along with Club Open Competitions and Scratch Cups. Members should log on to www.golfireland.ie for the latest information on the return to golf protocol.

Golf Ireland Inter Club Draws Re-issued 
Reminder – matches are played on a home/away basis with three matches in one venue and two in another in a tie consisting of five matches; and two matches in one venue and one in the other in the case of ties consisting of three matches. In the Barton Shield and Boys’ Foursomes, one pair plays in each club. Following is the draft schedule for deadline dates for the opening rounds in the various competitions.
June 27, 2021 Senior Cup . West Waterford vs Gold Coast
June 27, 2021 Bruen Shield Faithlegg vs West Waterford
June 27, 2021 Fred Perry West Waterford vs Dungarvan
July 1, 2021 Barton Shield Faithlegg vs West Waterford
July 8, 2021 Purcell Shield Youghal vs West Waterford
July 18, 2021 Junior Cup West Waterford vs Dungarvan
July 31, 2021 Mixed Foursomes Youghal vs West Waterford

Busy week for Seamus Power on PGA Tour.
West Waterford’s Séamus Power brilliantly qualified for last week’s Wells Fargo Championship when he fired an eight- under 62 to win the Monday qualifier at Gaston Country Club in North Carolina. The win is a huge boost for Power, who was forced to withdraw before the start of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans two weeks ago after testing positive for COVID-19. Following a steady opening round on Thursday Seamus continued his good run and safely made the cut on Friday. A four over round on Saturday saw him loose some ground as he dropped to 68th facing into the final round on Sunday. He rallied in the final round to shoot one under for a final score of 4 over and a share of 54th place. Seamus is back in action this week in the AT&T Byron Nelson in Texas.

Contact the Office
You can contact Gillian at the office from Tuesday to Saturday. At other times please leave a message and we will contact you. Ring 058 43216 You can email the office at info@westwaterfordgolf.com

Masks are Mandatory
If you are entering the clubhouse for any reason you are required to wear a face mask. Sanitizer is available and we recommend you use it when entering and leaving the building.

Online Booking for Members
In order to book tee times members are required to have paid 50% of their annual subscription or alternatively signed up for direct debit payment. If you haven’t done so already please contact the office as soon as possible. With the easing of restrictions on May 10, members can now play in three and four-balls. Online booking is mandatory and player names must be entered on timesheets prior to playing.

Flag Poles and Bunkers
You are reminded not to touch the flag pole on the greens. Use your putter to pop up the ball gently, using the device on the bottom of the pole. There are no rakes in bunkers so under a local rule you can place within 6 inches in a bunker..

Members Responsibility
All members are required to fully comply with all parts of the Protocol. As we move into another phase in the easing of restrictions it is essential that we all continue to comply with Covid 19 protocol. Your club will do everything possible to ensure a safe return but it is only with the full cooperation of the members that we can fully implement the protocol. We will keep you informed of updates as we receive them. We have successfully gone through the process in previous reopening, thanks to your cooperation. We look forward to your continued support this time.

How to access your WHS handicap
To access your handicap information you must create a new account. To create an account you should log o to www.golfireland.ie to register for the first time. You will be asked to enter your 8 digit GUI number and your 4 digit pin both of which are found on the back of your GUI membership card. Once you have registered you will have access to your handicap details and records. We would urge all members to register now in order to familiarise yourselves with the WHS system. When the course reopens we will be available to assist you with any queries you may have. A list of member handicap indices is posted on the outdoor notice board. However, as your handicap is updated daily under the new system it is essential that you register online for your WHS handicap. In the meantime you should log on to www.golfnet.ie/whs where you will find lots of useful information regarding the new system.

Golf Ireland App
Many members have downloaded the App and reaction generally has been mainly positive. The Golf Ireland App provides for pre-registration and return of general play scores. Using the App, members can enjoy the flexibility of recording scores for handicap purposes for both 9-hole and 18-hole social rounds played in accordance with the Rules of Handicapping. You can also view your handicap index and playing record as well as following and communicating with friends. To download the App, search for “Golf Ireland” in the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android) and select the version with the Golf Ireland logo. For further information you can log on to www.golfireland.ie and follow the link for Golf Ireland App.