Gents Notes w/e Sun 24th Jan 2021

Lockdown Continues
This time last year our Winter League was at an advanced stage with round 3 nearing completion. Little did we think that 12 months on the country would be in lockdown and all golfing activity at a standstill. But even as we console ourselves by laying low and watching Sky Sports and doing our daily excercise there’s tentative talk of when we can expect life as normal to resume. In the meantime we must keep up the fight against the pandemic and as the evenings grow longer we can dare to dream of the light at the end of the tunnel.

Golf Ireland Inter Club Competitions 2021
Golf Ireland Inter-Club competitions will be split into eight equal Competition Areas. Munster will have two areas. West Waterford is in the Munster East area along with 40 other clubs. An Area pennant will be awarded to the winning club in each of the eight Competition Areas. The Transition Board of Golf Ireland has been considering the best way to plan for Inter-Club matches in 2021 due to the current health guidance and restrictions around sporting activity and associated gatherings. As a result, it has been decided that all 2021 Inter-Club matches will be held on a home & away basis until the Area Final. For clarity, this will mean one leg matches only, i.e. where there are five matches – three will be home & two away; where there are three matches – two will be home & one away etc. It is felt that this approach is prudent and appropriate due to the ongoing uncertainty in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic

Men’s Fred Perry (Seniors) Trophy 2021
To be eligible, players must have a handicap index of no higher than 28.0 on 1 January 2021 (no dropping down allowed). A player with an index of 28.1 or higher is not eligible. For a pair to be eligible, their handicap indexes on 1 January, when added together, must not be higher than 42.0. Therefore: A pair consisting of a player with an index of 16.8 and a player with an index of 25.2 on 1 January 2021 is eligible (=42.0). • A pair consisting of a player with an index of 16.9 and a player with an index of 25.2 on 1 January 2021 is not eligible (=42.1). Players’ handicap indexes on 1 January will be used to determine their course handicap, from which playing handicaps and shots in matches will be based.

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 March 21st 1997. 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.

Epic League Final
Old Parish are Winter League champions. The final against Glenbeg was script written with the result hinging on the very last match. Old Parish captain Michael French came from 2 down after nine to win the vital match on the 18th green. It was a fitting end to an outstanding tournament which brought out almost every male member during the past few months.
Full results: (Old Parish names first) John Keane lost to Jimmy Murphy 2/1, John Power lost to Pat Keane 3/2, Michael Purcell beat Michael O Connor on 18th, Tom Cunningham lost to Pat Murphy on the 19th, John Murphy beat Vinny O Mahoney on the 19th, Maurice Hallahan beat Neil Parks 4/3, Michael French beat Patsy Donnelly 2/1.
Best Individual: 1st Pat Murphy (Glenbeg) 154, 2nd Mark Shanahan (Western Bay) 153.

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.

Remember This
One thing that will keep you calm while playing golf is to remember that nobody gives a damn about your bad golf, but yourself.