Gents Notes w/e Sun 1st Nov 2020

World Handicapping System
The big day has finally arrived when we say goodbye to the familiar and easy accessible Congu Handicapping system and enter the unknown in the form of the World Handicapping System WHS. What used to be your handicap now becomes your handicap index and to find your playing handicap for a competition you will have to consult the course handicap table. You could possibly play on five consecutive days with a different handicap each day depending on your handicap index. Players will also have the option of playing off the tee of their choice in a competition and compete with another player who is playing off a different tee. This is just a sample of what we are now dealing with under the new system and if you are confused as I am, all I can suggest is that you log on to www.golfnet.ie/whs. There will be glitches in the process for some time but together we can iron them out. Fortunately we are in the period for Winter Rules golf now renamed as the Inactive Season Nov1 – Apr 30, which gives us the opportunity to become familiar with the WHS system. Level 5 restrictions prevent us from holding an information meeting but we will keep in contact with members and in so far as we can, will discuss individual issues by phone and email.

Seamus Power PGA Tour
Well done to our own Seamus Power who finished tied 37th at the Bermuda Championship at the weekend. Great to see Seamus back in action on the PGA Tour.

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.

Lockdown Continues but the work goes on
As we enter November the lockdown continues and West Waterford golf club remains closed. On the positive side we are two weeks into level 5 and the reports from the weekend show an improvement in the number of covid cases. Your handicap committee was busy over the weekend dealing with the changeover to the new WHS handicaps. A special word of thanks to Ciara Donnelly and Tony Ruane for their technical expertise which was invaluable to dealing with the changeover.
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

Annual General Meeting
As of now it looks as though we may not be in a position to hold our AGM this year.
No need to worry as our current officers and committee are willing to stay in place as long as required. Needless to say we will hold an AGM at the nearest possible opportunity. I was speaking with our incoming captain Edward Hickey recently and he is busy making contact with members of his new team for 2021. Edward is looking forward to his term in office and is prepared for any challenges that may arise.

Sanding of Fairways
During the closure we are hoping to complete the sanding of fairways and tee boxes. This is essential to the ongoing drainage of the fairways during the winter months. We would like to thank you for your continued support of our fundraising events without which we could not carry out this essential work.