Gents Notes w/e Sun 17th Jan 2021

Seamus Power got a chance to test his elbow and make a move towards winning back full playing rights after grabbing a last-gasp spot in last week’s Sony Open in Hawaii.
The West Waterford star was hoping to make his first start since the November surgery on his right elbow in The American Express at La Quinta in California this week. But as first alternate for the Sony Open, he was thrilled to get a late call to jet out to Waialae Country Club after Jonathan Vegas withdrew after a positive Covid-19 test.
It was Power’s fourth start in the Sony Open in Hawaii, as he joined a star-studded field featuring 20 of the world’s top 50 headed by world number five and reigning PGA champion Collin Morikawa and World No 8 Webb Simpson. Seamus finished on 2 under par after two rounds but missed the cut which was- 4.
Seamus (33) is hoping to play the next three PGA Tour events knowing he needs a win or a couple of big weeks this season to make the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings
Impact of WHS on 2021 Inter Club Competitions
Jimmy Bruen Shield 2021
To be eligible, players must have a handicap index of no less than 3.5 on 1 January 2021.
For a pair to be eligible, their handicap indexes on 1 January, when added together, must not be lower than 14.0.
A pair consisting of a player with an index of 6.9 and a player with an index of
7.1 on 1 January 2021 is eligible.
A pair consisting of a player with an index of 6.5 and a player with an index of 7.4 on Jan 1, 2021 is ineligible

Pierce Purcell Shield 2021
To be eligible, players must have a handicap index of no less than 10.5 on 1st January 2021.
For a pair to be eligible, their handicap indexes on 1 January, when added together, must not be lower than 25.0.
A pair consisting of a player with an index of 11.9 and a player with an index of
13.1 on 1 January 2021 is eligible.
A pair consisting of a player with an index of 11.5 and a player with an index of
13.4 on 1 January 2021 is not eligible.
All games are played off scratch.

Those were the Days
Over the coming weeks we are taking a look back in time at some memorable moments at West Waterford golf club. This week we recall the weekly notes from January 8, 1999. If anyone has any pictures or memrobelia of events from the past you might pass them on to our PRO Pat Power and we can include them in our weekly notes.

Michael Leaps to his Destiny
Michael O’Dwyer made the fantastic progression by leaping from Caddie of the Year to the Club matchplay champion of 1998 when he defeated Justin Spratt in the second play off hole in the club Matchplay Final. The match took place on Sunday morning last and was a close affair from start to finish. Spratt who accounted for Mark Shanahan in the semi-final was playing solid golf but needed to be at his best, as Michael had shots in hand. Both settled well and despite paring the low-indexed holes on the back 9 Spratt could not break O’Dwyer as he hung in there, consistently getting one overs on the holes he had shots. Despite losing a ball on the seventeeth, Michael had an excellent chip and putt to half the hole as Justin amazed by his opponent’s touch around the greens, three putted. O’Dwyer once again on the nineteenth made a marvellous recovery to keep the match alive and eventually went on to seal victory on the next, to become a very popular champion.

Junior Golf
John Dunphy continues to dominate in the Junior section losing no fewer than nine shots in the past few weeks.

Juvenile Results
1st John Dunphy 28pts, 2nd Evan Frost 27pts, 3rd Paul McCarthy 26pts, 4th Seamus Power 25 pts.

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.