Gents Notes w/e 13th Dec 2020

Club Competition 11 Hole Stableford Sat 12th December
1st Declan Spellman (17) 25pts b6, 2nd Richard Tobin (10) 25pts

Weekly 9 Hole Mon 7th to Friday 11th December
Competition cancelled due to weather conditions.

Mon 14th to Sunday 20th December – Weekly 9 Hole on Front 9. White Markers. Use yellow scorecard for 9 hole competitions. No separate weekend competition this week.

Lions Club Hamper Appeal
Proceeds from this weeks 9 hole competition Dec 14th – 20th will be donated to the Lions Club Christmas Hamper appeal . Donations are also most welcome for this deserving cause. Players entering the competition are free to continue playing the back 9.

Winter Rules
As we enter mid December Winter rules golf is in force at West Waterford golf club. This means you can lift, clean, and place your ball anywhere on the course. Keep an eye on the notice board for any additional temporary local rules. Due to the unpredictability of the current weather condition there may be delays in starting times. You are advised to check the BRS booking system on our website especially during frosty weather. Players who have booked the early tee times will have priority in the event of delays. Please be patient and adhere to the time sheet at all times.

World Handicap System WHS
Members continue to familiarise themselves with the new WHS handicapping system. Encouraging to see that so many members have registered for their WHS handicap. If you haven’t done so there is no need to panic. For your convenience we have set up our sign-in computer where you can simply enter your your 8 digit GUI number and you will receive a sticker with your playing handicap for 9 hole or 13 hole competitions as required. Sanitiser and wipes are available at the desk so please use them before you use the computer.

Behind the Scenes
The mens handicap committee continues to meet weekly to sort out any problems arising from the changeover to the WHS. Most records that are flagged as pending are that way because there are no scores on the system for them. To generate an initial WHS Index, you must enter 3 or more scores under the “Scores” tab on the Golf Ireland Clubhouse. We are dealing with a number of pending members at the moment and would hope to have the matter sorted shortly. We invite any members who have issues with the WHS to contact the office in the first instance and your query will be referred to the handicap committee. The system is new to all of us and we would ask you to be patient as we continue to address any outstanding issues.

 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 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. If you do not have a membership card please contact the office or Pat Power on 0876611276. 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. You can also log on to where you will find lots of useful information regarding the new system.

Covid-19 Protocol
I am sure most of you are now familiar with the protocol as it relates to Golf clubs. Your cooperation to date is greatly appreciated and has kept you and your fellow members safe. We are asking you to maintain and even increase the effort to reduce the spread of the virus.
All tee times must be booked in advance and we must have the names of all players. Guest is simply not acceptable as a booking entry.
Wash your hands regularly
You must wear a face mask if you intend on entering the building.
Please don’t ask for change at the counter.
Social distancing must be observed at all times.
Do not remove the flagstick on the green
Use the sanitizer provided and have a small bottle of sanitizer in your bag.
Do not hang around once you have finished your game.
Players violating the rules will be requested to leave the premises.

Prize Vouchers Supporting Local Business
Most of our competition prizes at West Waterford are in the form of our unique club vouchers. There are still a large number of vouchers out there that have not been redeemed. Why not conduct a search of your car, your golf bag or your bedside locker and you might find yourself an early Christmas present. Our vouchers can be redeemed at any of our nine sponsors businesses. They can also be used as part payment of your annual subscription. At West Waterford we like to support local business so whether or not you find that missing voucher keep your town in business by keeping your business in town.

All Ireland Hurling Final 2020
Unfortunately there was no joy for our gallant hurlers who had to give way to a more experienced Limerick team on Sunday last. Despite our best efforts it was the day when the goal chances were not converted. Let us not forget the joy that this group of lads brought us in a year like no other. We can look forward in confidence to 2021 when we all hope to be back cheering from the stands. Well done to all and thanks for the memories.