Gents Notes w/e Sun 10th May 2020

GUI and ILGU issue protocol for reopening of Golf Courses

Golf will resume on Monday May 18th on a limited basis under a strict GUI protocol following consultation with the relevant Government departments and State agencies in the Republic of Ireland. As one of the first sports to be allowed to resume, there is a major responsibility on golf clubs and golfers to ensure that our sport is conducted in a safe and responsible manner. Full adherence to the provisions of this Protocol is absolutely essential.

The biggest discussion point for golfers last week was the 5km travel rule. 

Early last week ILGU CEO Sinead Heraty spoke on Radio 1. 

“I don’t think anyone could say that playing a round of golf is critical in terms of overall public health. So we would be advocating that the 5km limit for golf is maintained as the government guidelines are saying.” 

It should be noted that the Government continues to monitor the situation closely and has not ruled out the reintroduction of restrictions which could see golf clubs closed once again if the Protocol is not followed. Members can familiarize themselves with the complete document by logging on to Golfnet and using the link provided. Listed below is just a sample of some of the rules which must be followed.

  • Play is restricted to Members Only

If you are ill or have symptoms, stay at home.

Schedule your tee-time in the manner prescribed by your golf club. Under no circumstances should you arrive at the club without booking in advance.

Ensure that your group size is no greater than what is allowed by your club (the maximum number your club can allow in any event is three).

Ensure that you have sufficient numbers of golf balls, markers, tees to avoid having to exchange equipment with others.

Wash your hands and your golf equipment before you leave home.

Aim to arrive at the club no more than 15 minutes prior to play.

Travel to the golf course on your own or with members of your own household only.

Park your car in such a way as to facilitate physical distancing.

Observe physical distancing rules at all times following your arrival at the club.

If necessary, retrieve your clubs, shoes and other equipment from your locker.

Change your shoes in the car park.

Warm-up alone.

Avoid holing out on practice putting green, putt to a tee-peg instead.

No Prizes

Just a reminder that we will be playing Social Golf. There will be no competitions and no prizes. Enjoy the experience amid the tranquil surroundings of the Brickey Valley. By adhering to the protocol and thinking of each other we can all be Winners as we progress to Phase 2.

Walker Cup 2015 – A weekend to Remember

The 45th Walker Cup Match was played on 12 and 13 September 2015 at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England. Great Britain and Ireland won 16½ to 9½.

Renowned as a course in which it is hard to scramble a good score, Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s has 174 bunkers peppering the fairways and surrounding the greens. From a GB & I perspective 2015 will go down in history for a number of reasons. The margin of victory, the contribution of the 5 Irish players, and closer to home the magnificent contribution of West Waterford’s local hero Gary Hurley. The preparations and celebrations started in West Waterford when team captain Nigel Edwards announced the team on Aug 24th 2015. “We have selected a talented group of players who compete at the highest levels of amateur golf and, in some cases, have played in Major Championships and Tour events. The Walker Cup offers these players a tremendous opportunity to display their abilities and gain invaluable experience of playing in international team competition. I know there will be players who are disappointed not to have made the team and it has been a difficult decision to make with such strength in depth in the British and Irish game at the moment but we believe we have selected the best players for the team and are very much looking forward to the match.” Gary Hurley was to be one of the record breaking 5 Irish golfers on the team. With chapter one successfully completed the Green Army of supporters from West Waterford and surrounding areas started to make plans for the trip to Royal Lytham in September. The now famous green caps were to become a collector’s item with demand outstripping supply in a matter of days. From September 10th onwards the faithful followers began to arrive in Lancashire and the craic was ninety as we warmed up for what would prove to be an unforgettable weekend. The big day, Saturday 12th September finally dawned and most of us rose early to avail of the “full english” before we made our way to the course. The first tee became a sea of green as Gary teed off in his singles match vs Robby Shelton where they would share the points. In the afternoon Gary partnered Paul Dunne in the foursomes and they were defeated 3 and 1. The good news was that GB & I held a 7-5 lead at the end of day one. This gave us good reason to celebrate throughout the evening and we later returned to our B&B to empty the ‘honesty bar’. Another early start on Sunday as we returned to the action in high spirits. In the morning singles Gary defeated Hunter Stewart 1 up to help his team to a 6.5 to 3.5 advantage. In the afternoon Gary and Paul clinched their fourball match on a 1-up scoreline. Team result 3-1. Overall result 16.5 – 9.5 and a record victory for Great Britian and Ireland. Gary Hurley contributed 2.5 points overall.

No denying this was a magnificent team victory for GB&I, but let it be noted that it was a unique accomplishment for the 5 Irishmen on a weekend which will live long in the memory of the faithful army of West Waterford and surrounds. A special mention for the large Aglish contingent who joined the Green Army and added in no small way to a very special occasion. Well done Gary Hurley, you did us all proud. We wish you the very best of luck in your professional career.

Hurley and Walker visit West Waterford Golf Club

On Sunday 29th November 2015, West Waterford Golf Club had a visit by two special guests,one being West Waterford’s very own Gary Hurley who brought with him the prestigious Walker Cup. It was a great honour for Gary’s home club to have this trophy in the clubhouse giving all their members, friends dignitaries from other golf clubs and sports enthusiasts alike the chance to come and view this trophy in reality and to also show their support and how proud they are of the Aglish man on his great achievements. This was evident by the large numbers that attended to witness an occasion that may well become a once in a lifetime event.