Gents Notes w/e Sun 15th Nov 2020

Fingers Crossed
As we enter the third week of Level 5 and the days grow shorter we live in hope of a return to some level of golf before too long. The signs at the moment are encouraging so let’s keep up the fight. Hand washing, sanitising and Social distancing are essential to the control of Covid-19. Golf clubs have set the standard in complying with the protocol so keep up the good work. All going well we would hope to return to Level 3 in December which should allow us to play a few holes once again. The current weather is not conducive to outdoor exploits but I am sure many of us would brave the elements given the opportunity to strike a few balls.

Inter Club Competitions 2021
The introduction of the World Handicap System from November 2nd will have an effect on eligibility for certain Inter-Club competitions. To be eligible to compete in all Inter-Club competitions in 2021, a player needs to have a valid Handicap Index on 1 January 2021 and this will be the player’s qualifying handicap for the year. The three and four ‘card’ rules currently operated by the ILGU and GUI will no longer apply and specific handicap bands for all Inter-Club competitions will be published at the end of the year. 
Also in light of on-going public health considerations, measures have been put in place which will see all 2021 Inter-Club matches held on a home and away basis, over one leg, until the Area Final. Full details on Golf Ireland 2021 inter-club competition format can be found on the Golfnet website.

 How to access your WHS handicap
To access your handicap information you must create a new account. To create an account you should log o to www.golfireland.ie to register for the first time. You will be asked to enter your 8 digit GUI number and your 4 digit pin both of which are found on the back of your GUI membership card. If you do not have a membership card please contact the office or Pat Power on 0876611276. Once you have registered you will have access to your handicap details and records. We would urge all members to register now in order to familiarise yourselves with the WHS system. When the course reopens we will be available to assist you with any queries you may have. In the meantime you should log on to www.golfnet.ie/whs where you will find lots of useful information regarding the new system.

Determining your actual playing Handicap
There still seems to be some confusion as to how a player can find their actual playing handicap. What you get when you register is your handicap index. The next step is to check the slope rating of the course on which you are playing. This will show your course handicap. Then, depending on the format you are playing (singles, fourball etc.) you will apply a handicap allowance to your course handicap which will present you with your playing handicap. For example: The recommended handicap allowance for individual stroke play events is 95% which means a player could have a course handicap of 15 but a playing handicap of 14. If you are still confused there is no need to panic because when you sign in for a competition you will be issued with a label containing your playing handicap.

Competition Scoring Analysis
We recently ran an analysis of 22 competitions played West Waterford over 18 holes on the Hackett course. The par 4 12th hole proved to be the most difficult followed by the 14th and the 3rd holes ranked 2 and 3 respectively. On the other end of the scale the par 5 18th was the least difficult followed by the 13th and the 9th.

Prize Vouchers Supporting Local Business
Most of our competition prizes at West Waterford are in the form of our unique club vouchers. There are still a large number of vouchers out there that have not been redeemed. Why not conduct a search of your car, your golf bag or your bedside locker and you might find yourself an early Christmas present. Our vouchers can be redeemed at any of our nine sponsors businesses. They can also be used as part payment of your annual subscription. At West Waterford we like to support local business so whether or not you find that missing voucher keep your town in business by keeping your business in town.

Winter Rules Golf
When we reopen hopefully in December, winter rules will be in play. This means that competitions will be non qualifying for handicap purposes. Competitions will be played over a shorter course and may be 9, 13, or 16 holes. Placing will be allowed on fairways and in the rough. A domestic handicap system will be in effect for competitions during the winter rules period. This will not affect your official WHS handicap.

All Ireland Hurling Quarter Finals
Well done to Liam and the team on a spirited performance in the Munster Final. All at West Waterford wish you the very best of luck against Clare on Saturday. Up the Deise.

Contact West Waterford Golf Club
Due to Covid restrictions the office is closed at the moment. Should you have any enquiries please ring 058 43216 and leave a message. We will call you back to discuss your requirements.

Keeping in Touch
As the weeks roll by and the lockdown seems to be drawing closer to an end, we would ask all our members to keep in touch with each other and maintain the friendly social togetherness we have always engendered at West Waterford. A call or a text to one of your buddies would be greatly appreciated. Look after yourselves and each other and hopefully it won’t be too long before we are back walking and swinging in the autumnal beauty of our beloved club. Stay updated on the latest information regarding golf matters by logging on to www.golfnet.ie