Gents Notes w/e Sun 14th June 2020

Come Sunday next June 21 the longest day of the year, we will have completed 5 weeks of casual golf. We will also see ourselves within one week of successfully negotiating two phases of the return to golf. If any sport lends itself to successful social distancing it has to be the game of golf. I suppose it’s not surprising that in a sport where etiquette and strict rules are generally adhered to, that the golfing community has been so successful in complying with the directives from the GUI and the HSE. Played in spacious surroundings, social distancing is not an issue and as the weeks go by, our members are becoming increasingly at ease with the concept. We could all do with a little extra space and learn to walk and not run on to the first tee. So you may say it’s only casual golf but maybe there are opportunities to carry forward some of the protocol as it applies to the game going forward. Maybe we could all lighten up a bit and make our game more attractive to prospective members going forward. A greeting or a kind word to a fellow member doesn’t cost anything and could even enhance their enjoyment of the game. As the saying goes “We are all in it together” so let’s do what we can to help each other as we progress safely through the challenge that is Covid-19.
Another Busy week at West Waterford.
Full timesheets are the order of the day as the glorious spell of weather continues. From early morning to late evening our members continue to avail of the peaceful surroundings of the Brickey Valley. We continue to use the 14 minute timesheet to give everyone the opportunity get the maximum enjoyment from their round. Both ladies and gents have the opportunity to book their preferred tee times. Thank you to our greenkeeper and our loyal bunch of volunteers who are keeping the course in excellent condition and working to cause the minimum inconvenience to the players.
Nice to see our new members out in force and becoming accustomed to the small ball in the company of their fellow sport lovers. During the next week a member will be in contact with you to answer any questions you may have regarding the etiquette and rules of the game and to help you with acquiring a handicap. Our policy at West Waterford is to involve all members in our activities and to encourage everyone to get to know each other and get to enjoy the social and friendly atmosphere which is a trademark of our club. We are grateful to all members for their cooperation and compliance during Phase 1 of the return to golf and we urge you to maintain the same level of cooperation as we progress through Phase 2.

Phase 2 from Monday 8th June
Under Phase 2 there are a few new changes designed to ease the restrictions.
Players now have the choice of playing in 2-balls, 3-balls or 4-balls subject to advance booking on the timesheet. Members may bring a guest, and under-18’s must play with an adult. A member must enter guest in his time slot and prior to play must supply the name and contact of his guest along with the relevant fee.

Book Early
Due to increased membership our weekend timesheets are filling fast. To avoid disappointment please book early in the week to secure your preferred tee time.

Preparing for Closed Competitions.
All going well closed and open competitions will be allowed under Phase 3 which is due to kick-in on June 29th. In the meantime we continue to prepare for running such competitions. We are currently working with our new members with a view to issuing handicaps at the earliest opportunity. Thank you to those who have already returned 3 cards and we urge those who have not, to do so as soon as possible. If you need assistance please contact the office on 058 43216 to arrange a meeting with a committee member. Cards can be returned to the letter box on the clubhouse door. Registered members can have their competition scores entered through our computerized booking system when closed competitions resume.

Key Points to Remember
Tee times must be booked in advance and all names must be on the timesheet .
A member bringing a guest must provide the name and contact no. for their guest and ensure relevant fee is paid prior to play.
Office and Shop remain closed. Contact management using number on office door
Play in 2-ball, 3-ball or 4-balls
All play must start from the first tee – No cutting in.
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.
Use the toilet facilities before you leave home
Bring your own hydration/food to the course
Bring your own hand sanitizer to the course & use regularly during round
Maintain 2 metre social distance at all times
Juniors under-18 must be accompanied by an adult

Seamus Power returns to action
Seamus returns to competitive golf next weekend on the Korn Ferry Tour.
The King & Bear Classic at World Golf St Augustine Florida June 17 – 20.
Best of Luck from all at West Waterford GC.

Comeragh Oil League 2020
It started back in December 2019 as The Winter League and was progressing nicely until Covid-19 intervened in March 2020. Eight teams had qualified for the quarter finals. It is planned to finish the league when competitions are permitted in Phase 3. Team details will be published in our weekly notes next week.

Waterford’s Greatest Sporting Hero
This June on WLR, we’re teaming up with Flahavan’s, Ireland’s best-loved porridge brand to find Waterford’s Greatest Sporting Hero. Our expert panel have chosen the final 25 nominees and throughout June, you will help us count down the list to reveal the overall winner of Waterford’s Greatest Sporting Hero. Seamus Power has been nominated in the Top 25. The winner will be decided by public vote. Log on to WLR to cast your vote.