Gents Notes w/e Sun 24th May 2020

It’s Good to Be Back
After 8 weeks of closure West Waterford Golf Club reopened its gates on Monday May 18th. In line with the GUI protocol all was in readiness for the restart, and the new look 14 minute time sheet filled quickly. Whereas golf had stopped, nature continued its course and we returned to a stunning scene of mature trees in full bloom and a magical array of colour throughout the course. Our greenkeeping staff had fairways, rough and greens mowed to perfection as the sand glistened in the meticulously prepared bunkers. Even the weather obliged with sunshine and temperatures in the mid to high teens. From 8 a.m on Monday morning members began to arrive and to their credit adhered in full to the Covid-19 protocol. Even the cars observed social distancing thanks to the help of our car-park attendants. The course marshal ensured that tee-times were adhered to and that groups approached the first tee in an orderly manner. Obviously, our members had done their homework and Phase 1 of the return to golf ran smoothly throughout the week. We would like to thank our team of volunteers who continue to ensure an orderly resumption of play. Thank you also to our members for their patience and cooperation throughout the week. To our new members we extend a hearty West Waterford Welcome. During the coming weeks we intend to meet with you individually and offer any assistance you may require. Week one has been a great success but we must remember the there is still work to be done if we are to deal effectively with this pandemic. Complacency is not an option. The onus is on each and every member to ensure total compliance with the GUI Protocol, thereby ensuring the safety of all as we progress through the stages.

A Few Points to Note
Tee times must be booked in advance and all names must be on the timesheet Guest with member will not be accepted.
Office and Shop remain closed. Contact management using number on office door
Play in 2-ball or 3-ball groups. Strictly no 4-balls
Do not touch the flagstick. Use putter to lift pin and release the ball.
Use sanitizer provided to wipe hire- trollies and buggies
Emergency toilet and hand wash at far side of clubhouse.
Keep some sanitizer and wipes in your golf bag
Maintain 2 metre social distance at all times

No need to Touch the Pin
For your convenience the pin can now be lifted and the ball released simply by using your putter. Once again Pat Murphy has come to our rescue by designing and producing a device which can be attached to the flagstick enabling the golfer to release the ball from the hole without bending down to pick it up. Using an insert with a small hook attached to the flagstick you simply hook the pin with your putter thereby lifting the insert to release the ball without removing the pin. This is proving to be a big hit with our seniors who see it as a back saving device. Similar devices are available on the market, but the big advantage of this one is that it was designed and made by a golfer.

The R&A launch £7m Funding Package
May 18 2020
The R&A today launched a £7 million funding package, The R&A Covid-19 Support Fund, to help golf deal with the impact of the pandemic.
 The fund will be largely aimed at national associations and other affiliated bodies in Great Britain and Ireland.
With the global pandemic leading to widespread temporary course closures and drastic reductions in domestic and international travel, many golf clubs and facilities are facing serious financial difficulties. The fund is being provided to help The R&A’s affiliated national associations to support those clubs and facilities, although some of the money may be used for other activities key to the future health of the sport.
Mark Kennelly, CEO of Golf Ireland said, “Irish golf welcomes the R&A’s plan to support the rebuilding of golf, which has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. We will be working closely with the R&A in the coming weeks to develop a plan for how this funding can be used to best effect in Ireland”​

Happy 50th Anniversary Pat Murphy
I am reliably informed that Pat Murphy won his first ever golfing prize in a Wednesday competition played at Dungarvan GC in Ballinacourty on the first week of June 1970. In just over one weeks time that will be 50 years ago. Pat has won a lot of prizes since then but as the saying goes “You never forget the first one”

Care of the Course
Please replace divots on fairways and repair pitch marks on greens.

Condolences
We express our sincere condolences to Willie and Geraldine Lyons on the recent passing of their dear daughter. May Kathleen Rest in Peace