Gents Notes w/e Sun 21st March 2021

Good News Week
St Patrick’s Day has come and gone and even if the regular celebrations were put on hold for a second year, what a week it’s been for Irish sport. Rachael Blackmore on Honeysuckle rode her way into history at Cheltenham. Ireland delivered for Stander at the Aviva with a comprehensive 32-18 victory over England. Add a week of glorious Spring sunshine with daylight until after 7pm and maybe thing are looking up despite the doom and gloom of covid.

Announcement Expected at the Weekend
As April 5th approaches we are told to expect an announcement this weekend regarding the lifting of some level 5 restrictions. While golfers would like to see courses reopened we must keep in mind that getting children back to school and the resumption of construction are being rightfully treated as the main priorities.
Ireland’s approach has been deemed as ‘cautious’, with the Government wanting to ‘make steady progress, while avoiding a further wave of disease and re-imposition of restrictions”. The Government’s target of easing some restrictions from the 5th of April seems likely. The three areas which will see a change after April 5th could be the easing of restrictions on outdoor activities and meetings beyond one other household. There might also be an easing of the current 5km travel limit, and a staggered easing of other restrictions with a focus on outdoor activities including sport and some areas of construction. There is no certainty as to what will happen and we can only hope that the reopening of golf courses will go ahead as expected on April 5th.

Preparations Continue
Work on the course continues to get everything in readiness for the resumption of play in the near future. The ladies and men’s committees are in contact in an effort to communicate with our members regarding plans for a programme on our return to golf. Until such time as we know the exact covid restrictions it is difficult to finalise any plans for the future. We appreciate that members are starting to feel anxious about the situation but we would ask you to stay patient for the moment and that some sense of normality is moving closer by the week. I was given the opportunity to walk the course on Sunday last and can tell you that you have a treat in store when you return. The trees are mainly bare at the moment but the green buds are starting to appear and the signs of springtime are obvious all round. West Waterford golf club is ready and waiting. Let’s hope that on April 5th we can add the missing ingredient of our loyal members.

Seamus Power is back in action at the Corales Puntacana Championship in the Dominican Republic on March 25-28th. The competition has a purse of
US$ 3,000,000. Best of luck to Seamus.

Golf in Northern Ireland to reopen on April 1st
Golf Ireland warmly welcomes the news that golf will be one of the first sports to resume under Step 2 of the Northern Ireland Executive’s reopening pathway to begin on April 1st
Golf Ireland are also continuing to engage intensively with the Irish Government, highlighting the safety and health benefits of golf and working towards the resumption of golf as soon as the public health situation allows.

Contact the Office
Anyone wishing to contact the office regarding subscriptions or other matters is reminded that they can contact the office on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10 am and 12 noon. Phone 058 43216

Stay Safe and Talk to Someone
You probably haven’t seen many of your golfing buddies for some time now. It might be a nice idea to text or call your friends and share a message or a few words. Hopefully it won’t be too long before you can do it personally. In the meantime please keep in touch, it might mean a lot to someone you know.