Gents Notes w/e Sun 22nd Nov 2020

A Letter to Santa
Dear Santa, as December 1st approaches we look forward in anticipation of an end to the lockdown and Level 5 restrictions. Over the past 4 weeks we have done our best to comply with the regulations in an effort to reduce the number of Covid cases. Many of our members have been cocooning and I am sure they would love to return to the fairways not just for the golf but to meet their fellow golfers and enjoy the chat and a few holes at the same time. Since the start of the various levels of restrictions we as golfers, have become accustomed to complying with GUI/ILGU protocol not only on the course but also in our homes. We will continue to maintain the effort throughout the remainder of Covid restrictions. Santa, we would love to see our course reopen next week. We will continue to put our names on the timesheet in advance, and maintain social distancing at all times. We will wash our hands and use the sanitiser continuously during play. We will arrive 15 minutes before our tee time, start our round from the first tee, and leave the premises as soon as possible after our round. If we feel unwell or show cold or flu symptoms we will stay at home. Yes, we have done and will continue to do all that is necessary to ensure the safety of our members.

Reasons to be Cheerful
Well done to Liam and the Deise hurlers on their impressive victory over Clare in the quarter finals. We wish them continued success and the very best of luck in the All-Ireland semi final vs Kilkenny on Saturday.
This weekend should see the announcement of the lifting of Level 5 restrictions with the possibility of the reopening of golf courses next week.
The news of a vaccine for covid is promising and hopefully will become available in the not too distant future.

Behind the Scenes
The course may be closed but your committee is working away in preparation for the coming year. Our incoming captain Edward is making progress in forming his new team and is recruiting some new additions to his committee. The handicap committee have been busy over the past few weeks dealing with the changeover to WHS. We have dealt with a number of queries from members and with the exception of a few outstanding issues, are making satisfactory progress. Any members requiring assistance can contact the office on 05843216 or Pat Power on 0876611276. If we don’t have the answers we can direct your query to the relevant authorities. In anticipation of the course being open next week we are posting information on the WHS on the outdoor notice board to the left of the main entrance.

WHS What is Changing?
Your handicap will become your Handicap Index, reflecting your demonstrated ability
A move to a more responsive calculation method (averaging rather than incremental)
Handicaps will not lapse and will not become ineligible for competition play.
The competition scratch score will become a daily Playing Condition Calculation (PCC)
Rather than upward movement being restricted to 0.1, the more responsive calculation method will allow your handicap to increase in line with your demonstrated ability – but not too fast due to other safeguards that are built into the calculation.

 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.

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.

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

Your Questions Answered
Last week we got a great reaction to the Handicap table in our weekly notes and in particular the ‘Playing Handicap’ which is based on a Handicap Allowance of a players Course Handicap.
Here are examples of the type of questions we received:
“How is the playing handicap calculated?”
“Will the Playing Handicap be different for other competition formats?” 
The answer to the second question is Yes and for both questions Golf Ireland have generated the following table.
We look forward to setting up different competition formats in the coming season and figuring all this out but for the most part our Individual competitions will be base off a Handicap Allowance of 95% of a players course Handicap.