Gents Notes w/e Sun 17th May 2020

A Message from our President

As West Waterford Golf Club welcomes back our loyal members and take tentative baby steps towards normality, I wish to thank all for their support and patience during this difficult time. May I also salute all our front line workers who sacrifice their very existence to keep us safe. Please respect and adhere to the strict protocol in place, bearing in mind that this is just Phase 1 in a 5 phase journey.

Stay Safe. Pat Murphy President WWGC.

GUI and ILGU issue protocol for reopening of Golf Courses

Golf will resume on Monday May 18th on a limited basis under a strict GUI protocol following consultation with the relevant Government departments and State agencies in the Republic of Ireland. As one of the first sports to be allowed to resume, there is a major responsibility on golf clubs and golfers to ensure that our sport is conducted in a safe and responsible manner. Full adherence to the provisions of this Protocol is absolutely essential. Members can read the entire document by logging on to Golfnet and following the link. For your convenience a list containing a number of the main points has been placed on the approach to the first tee. We recommend that you take a little time to read this to familiarize yourself with some of the rules by which you must abide before you start your round.

  • Paid-up Members Only

  • You may retrieve your clubs from locker on first visit – please take them home afterwards

  • Pre Booking is Essential – Your name must be on timesheet before you play

  • Play in 2 ball or 3 ball at 14 minute intervals – Strictly No Fourballs

  • Maintain Social Distance 2 Metres at all times

  • Do not congregate in groups around the practise green

  • Make sure tee box is clear before approaching

  • Use your foot to smooth Bunkers

  • Do not touch the Pin – Use putter to lift pin and release the ball

  • Locker Rooms are closed

  • Emergency toilet and hand wash facilities at far side entrance to clubhouse

  • On finishing your round, go back to your car and go home

Progression to Phase 2 on June 8th is dependent on our adherence to Protocol in Phase 1. It should be noted that the Government continues to monitor the situation closely and has not ruled out the reintroduction of restrictions which could see golf clubs closed once again if the Protocol is not followed.

Five Decades of dedication to the Game he loves

Over the past few weeks I have been looking back through the archives recalling the exploits of West Waterford golf club. Much of our success came from our juniors who ticked all the boxes en route to numerous accolades culminating with two of our members currently enjoying careers in the professional ranks. There are many who contributed to our success story, not least Patrick J Murphy. The following article recalls Pat’s election to the Munster Branch of the GUI in 1996.

Patrick J Murphy Golfer and Golf Administrator

Golfing and golfers in Dungarvan area got a great boost recently with the election of that great man of golf, Patrick J Murphy to the Munster Branch of the G.U.I. This is a well deserved honour and one which has delighted Pat’s many friends and golf associates in the locality. He has played with distinction at all levels in the game; both on and off the course he has been an adornment to the game of golf.

Pat’s involvement with golf goes back quite a long way. He took up the game in 1967 when he became a member of Dungarvan golf club. He was elected to the committee of the club in 1977and his commitment and hard work were recognised by his elevation to the position of club captain in 1981, and to that of president in 1987. He has the relatively rare distinction of winning his club’s captain’s prize in successive years 1979 and 1980. This achievement is all the more meritorious when we take into account that he played off single figures in those years. Always a competitive golfer, in his helicon days he played off a handicap of 4. Pat retired from the club committee in 1989 following years of diligent and committed service.

A new chapter in Pat’s career began in 1991, when his great friend and neighbour Pat Spratt began to develop an 18-hole course in Coolcormack. Along with course designer Eddie Hackett and the Spratt family Pat played a major role in the development culminating in the setting up of West Waterford Golf Club. He was the club’s founding captain and such was his contribution and key role on the newly developing club and course that he was elected captain for a second successive term while the young club found its feet. He was awarded Honorary Life Membership of West Waterford Golf Club in 1993 for, as the citation states “Outstanding contribution to golf”.

Pat has left his mark on the Course

Pat Murphy’s contribution to the development and ensuing success of West Waterford Golf Club is a story in itself and you can read all about it in next week’s notes. When golf resumes this week you might take time to have a good look around the course. A great lot of what you see is the brainchild of Pat Murphy.