Gents Notes w/e 31st May 2020

Thank You and Well Done
Thanks to your cooperation we have successfully negotiated the first two weeks in Phase 1 of our return to golf. Management and members have combined their efforts in complying with the Protocol thereby ensuring the safety of all concerned. With one week remaining before we hopefully advance to Stage 2 it is vital that we all maintain and even increase our efforts in keeping in line with GUI and HSE guidelines. The worst thing that could happen is that we become complacent, so we must be constantly aware of our obligations. We are most fortunate to have the opportunity to play golf and to do so in a safe and caring environment. Social distancing is not rocket science and we have the space to observe it to the full. It doesn’t interfere with our enjoyment of the game and I am delighted to see that we are all becoming familiar with the concept of staying apart. We are privileged to have such a wonderful facility at West Waterford so let’s continue to enjoy it within the realms of Covid-19 restrictions.

A Few Points to Note
Tee times must be booked in advance and all names must be on the timesheet Guest with member will not be accepted.
Office and Shop remain closed. Contact management using number on office door
Play in 2-ball or 3-ball groups. Strictly no 4-balls
Do not touch the flagstick. Use putter to lift pin and release the ball.
Use sanitizer provided to wipe hire- trollies and buggies
Emergency toilet and hand wash at far side of clubhouse.
Keep some sanitizer and wipes in your golf bag
Maintain 2 metre social distance at all times
Juniors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

Captains Prize 2020
In normal circumstances our captain’s prize would have taken place over the June Bank Holiday week-end. Our captain Diarmuid Horgan was really looking forward to this event but due to Covid-19 it is very unlikely that we will have a captain’s prize in 2020. For the moment, the best I can do is provide you with a report from our archives on the 1998 Captains prize.

Protocol for Stage 2 Covid-19
Phase 2 is scheduled to begin on Monday 8th June. This will only happen when it is approved by the HSE. From a golfing point of view the main changes are that closed qualifying competitions are allowed subject to strict conditions. Running of such competitions is at the discretion of individual clubs. Members may also be allowed to bring a guest and this again is subject to individual club approval. We would hope to have further clarification on those matters over the next few weeks.

Plan for playing GUI Inter Club Competitions
The plan focuses on playing the AIG Senior Cup, AIG Junior Cup, AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield and AIG Pierce Purcell Shield, in addition to the Irish Under-18 Boys Inter Club and All-Ireland Gold Medals, mainly through August, September and October. It proposes the use of adjusted rules, formats, schedules and protocols to prioritise the safety of all involved and make participation easier from logistical and cost perspectives for clubs. In order to mitigate against sharing of equipment (including golf balls), the plan envisages the Jimmy Bruen and Pierce Purcell competitions being conducted as four-balls for 2020.

Captains Prize 1998
Power Display
The premier event of the golfing calendar, the Captains prize attracted a huge entry at the weekend. Captain Tom Butler’s magnificent prize had everyone under pressure from the tee off. The weather was as unpredictable as the golf. After day one, former club captain John Power shared the lead with Cork man Michael Murphy both on 69 with Justin Spratt on 70. Pat Twomey and Michael French were on 71.
The second day dawned wet and windy making life very difficult for the early starters. Ger Flavin made light of the conditions to shoot a fine 69 to add to his miserable first round 77 for a total of 146, and for some time in the height of the evening gales and tension it looked as if it might be good enough. However, after a very poor start, Power Murphy and Spratt rallied to the challenge and played excellent golf over the terrifying closing holes.
John Power held a one shot lead over Michael Murphy on the 18th tee and when pitch and putt champion, Murphy chipped and putted for par on the 18th Power performed a similar feat to clinch a memorable victory by the narrowest of margins.
Alan Harty with two steady rounds of 78 and 76 proved yet again his outstanding ability to take best gross by three shots from Bob Loftus.
Our thanks to Tommy for his wonderful prize and a week-end to remember. Also Lady Captain Mary Spratt on her beautiful prize won by Tess Reynolds. A special word of thanks to Paddy Carrie, the course staff, and the bar and kitchen staff for all their efforts in making the week-end a super success.
Full Results: 1st. John Power (10),69-72-141, 2nd. Michael Murphy (12), 69-73-142, Best Gross: Alan Harty (2), 78-76-154, 3rd. Ber Whelan (18), 72-73-145, 2nd Gross: Bob Loftus (5), 76-81-157, 4th: Justin Spratt (12) 70-75-145, 5th: Ger Flavin (16), 77-69-146, High Handicap (18-20): John Keane (20) 79-73-152, 21-over: Michael O Dwyer (22) 78-72-150. Past captain: Billy Nugent (14) 150, Best 1st 18:Pat Twomey (4) 71. Best 2nd 18: Tim Murphy (4) 71. Guest: Jack Elstead 77.