Mr David Condon Club President 2021
Our new president is a proud native of Ghaeltacht na nDéise where he resides with his wife Ide,their son Nioclas and their two daughters Eabha and Orlaith. Having worked as a fisherman for 33 years, David decided it was time for a new career so he took up a position with Topline Currans. He has always been deeply involved in various sports. He has played and worked on committees with An Rinn and An Sean Phobal and has also served as Chairman and Treasurer of the former An Ghaeltacht Aontaithe soccer club. He managed WWEC Oscar Traynor team and guided them to an All Ireland semi final in 2008 only losing out to the eventual winners.
In 2005 David and his two best mates Kealan Drohan and Billy Sheehan decided to join West Waterford golf club and quickly progressed to the low handicap section. David is proud of his lowest ever handicap of 4.5. In view of his previous experience he was soon recruited for the men’s handicap committee where his dedicated service led to him being elected Club Captain in 2015.
He managed the West Waterford team that won the South East League pennant in 2015 and has also served as manager of Jimmy Bruen and Pierce Purcell teams. Saturday and Sunday mornings are his favourite golfing days with the occasional midweek fourball when time permits. David is the current handicap secretary of Cumann Gailf na nDéise society
David Condon has contributed a lot to our club in his sixteen years as a member. Never one to shy away from a challenge he is a worthy recipient of the green jacket and we know he will wear it with pride. Go neirí leat in 2021.
Seamus played two steady rounds at the AT&T event in Pebble Beach at the weekend only to agonisingly miss the cut by a single shot. West Waterford star Power (33) took on the tougher Spyglass Hill course on day one and while he made three bogeys and two birdies in a one-over-par outward nine, he got back to level with a birdie at the 15th, scrambling successfully for par seven times out of nine. The Tooreneena man was left to rue three-putts at the sixth and the par-five 14th (par) as he finished the day tied for 75th on level par. With the predicted cut at -1 we lived in hope that Seamus would bring in a 70 or 71 on the Pebble Beach Course on day two. He started round 2 on the 10th and was 2 over after 9 holes having bogied 10 and 17. Consecutive birdies on holes 3,4 and 5 brought him to the magical one under par. All was going well until hole no.8 where he had a makeable par putt for par that just missed the hole. A finishing par on the 9th left him on level par for two rounds and just one shot outside the cut.
The next event for Seamus is the Puerto Rico Open Feb 25-28
Time to get Ready
To be honest I think nobody knows at the moment when golf clubs will reopen. Sooner or later it will happen and maybe we can console ourselves with the fact that we are getting closer with every passing week. We are fortunate to have such a variety of sport on tv at the moment even though it’s no substitute for the real thing. With a view to getting back playing, here are just a few ideas as to what we could be doing in preparation.
How long has it been since you did a clean out of the golf bag. You might be surprised at what you find. The golf shoes might do with a spring clean as well. Do you need to replace the grips on your clubs? Dont wait until you start back.
Im sure many of you are getting some exercise, but if not maybe now is a good time to start. A daily walk will make you feel better now that the evenings are getting longer. Dont expect to start playing 9 holes following the long lay-off if you haven’t made some effort to prepare.
Stay Safe and Talk to Someone
It looks like it will be a while before we are back playing golf. In the meantime we would ask you to comply with Covid guidelines and minimize your contacts. You might however consider calling a friend or acquaintance for a chat. Apart from the golf, people are also missing the social side of club membership. So make that call and it could mean a lot to someone who is feeling lonely at this time. Spring is in the air and with the vaccine on the way we can cautiously look forward to an end to the pandemic.
We extend our sympathies to Padraig Breathnach and family on the recent passing of his sister Breeda. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sí.
Looking Back October 1995
Austin Spratt sets New Course Record in Mitchelstown
West Waterford’s star golfer achieved his life- long ambition on Saturday last Oct 17 when he won his first Senior Scratch Cup. In doing so he set a new course record for the re-vamped Mitchelstown course. The previous course record was held by former Irish International Arthur Pierce of Tipperary.
Spratt got off to a flying start with three birdies in a row, then reeled off fourteen pars, his only blemish being a three put on the final hole. However, his two under par round was far too good for the high class field which included Tom Clancy, Pat Murray, Pat Lyons and Alan Thomas. Austin finished 4 shots clear of the field.
Earlier in the year Austin won the Ballybunion Junior Scratch Cup with a level par round on the famed old course.