Easter Greetings to All Members
Our captain Diarmuid Horgan wishes to extend Easter greetings to all members of West Waterford Golf Club. He hopes you all are keeping well and are adhering to the HSE guidelines. The health and safety of our members is paramount at this time and when the current situation starts to improve, together we can start to consider plans for returning to some form of normality at the club. In the meantime look after yourselves and do your best to look after each other. Stay at home, stay safe, and follow the guidelines. If you fancy a chat you can ring Diarmuid, Austin or Pat Power who would be delighted to hear from you and it doesn’t have to be golf talk.
Course Closed due to Covid-19
The shut down continues as we all do our best to comply with the existing regulations in the interests of all concerned. As you are probably aware by now the current lockdown has been extended to May 5th. Nobody knows when this will end but we need to be patient in the knowledge that it will end and we can resume our regular activities. When this happens it will be nice to look back and say that as individuals and as a group we all played our part.
GUI Events Postponed
Based on the latest information available the following events in the Munster region are postponed. Junior Foursomes Rd 1 and Rd 2. Fred Daly Rd 1 and Rd 2. Jimmy Bruen Rd 1 and AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield. Pierce Purcell Rd 1 and AIG Pierce Purcell Shield. GUI All Ireland Gold Medal (deadline Rd 1 and Deadline Rd 2) Fred Perry (deadline Rd 1)
Essential Course Maintenance Continues.
As the growing season enters full steam we are glad to relate that the course is being maintained and kept in readiness for the re-opening whenever that might be. The interests of our staff are paramount and all health and safety guidelines are being observed.
A Tale of Two Justin’s
I am sure that many of you tuned in to All Ireland Gold on Sunday to view that epic 2005 Munster Hurling final in Thurles. For many it was just the tonic for an otherwise uneventful Easter Sunday. For me it rekindled memories of a Park Hotel Sports Awards function at which Justin McCarthy and Justin Spratt were both present. Each of them was individually interviewed and our own Justin Spratt took advantage of the occasion to clarify that he was” the Justin who wins All Irelands.” The following piece from our archives will clarify the matter.
2005 – West Waterford claims 2 Irish Titles
West Waterford’s Seamus Power produced a devastating last round of 68 to claim the Irish Youths Championship 2005 Seven shots behind entering the final round, Seamus produced a barrage of birdies, but none more important than the birdie four on 17 and two on 18 to snatch the title by just one shot. This performance further underlines the talent and the vast potential of the very popular West Waterford youngster. However he had to put celebrations on hold as he represented his club in the Munster semi finals of the Junior Foursomes in Mitchelstown, the Fred Daly semi-finals in Muskerry, the European Boys Championship at Monticello Golf Club in Italy, and Lahinch for the South of Ireland. Congratulations to Seamus on his historic win, and continued success in his quest for further glory in the weeks ahead.
Meanwhile it was All-Ireland Glory for the West Waterford Boys. At Dungarvan Golf Club the Junior Foursomes team of Seamus Power, Philip Spratt, David Curran, and Philip Walsh created history by bringing the first All-Ireland team title to the club. As Munster champions, and playing at the local venue, there was an air of expectancy and trepidation as they teed off in the morning against Connaught champions Galway, in the semi-final. It was an extremely tight match all the way but with Seamus Power and Philip Spratt holding a four-hole advantage, and David Curran and Philip Walsh just one hole adrift, they advanced to the final
Meanwhile, Ulster Champions, City of Derry proved too good for the Leinster Champions Kilkenny, to set up a final with West Waterford. With huge home support, West Waterford got off to a flying start and while they wobbled a little around the turn, the Brickey Valley boys resisted every challenge. They displayed outstanding skill and character during the vital closing holes, particularly the youngest team members, 14 year-olds Philip Spratt and Philip Walsh. To the acclaim of the huge gallery, they finally secured the coveted green pennant, with David Curran and Philip Walsh winning by three holes, and Seamus Power and Philip Spratt winning by one hole.
At the presentation, attended by all the leading officials of the GUI and the ILGU, the Golfing Union President Mr Lindsay Shanks paid tribute to the Boys for the wonderful spirit in which the game was played. He went on to present the trophy to the team manager Justin Spratt, who created his own bit of history by being speechless. Another notable piece of history unfolded when Philip Spratt was winning this All-Ireland medal that his father Austin, won playing for Dungarvan in 1985 at Athlone Golf Club. It is a fitting end to a fantastic year for the club, which now holds the Irish Youths Championship courtesy of Seamus Power and the Irish Junior Foursomes Championship. West Waterford’s young guns would go on to further provincial and national titles. Watch this space for further news from the archives in the coming weeks.