Gents Notes w/e Sun 3rd Jan 2021

Results
Sat 26th December 13 Hole Stableford
1st Conor French (19) 30pts, 2nd Mark Coughlan (15) 29pts

Dec 29/30th 13 Hole Stableford
1st Gerry Raher (13) 29pts, 2nd Paudie O Rourke (15) 25pts

GOLF IRELAND HQ, COVID-19 30 Dec 2020
We note with regret that the Irish Government have reinstated the original Level 5 restrictions, which confirms the closure of golf courses along with all other sporting facilities in the Republic of Ireland. The Department of Sport have confirmed to us that the restriction on golf and other sports will be effective from midnight tonight (30th Dec). We urge all of our affiliated clubs to continue to adhere to the public health restrictions and we will remain engaged with the government authorities of both jurisdictions to ensure the return of our sport across the island of Ireland as soon as possible.
The weather during December may not have been ideal but at least our members were able to get a few rounds in. Those who did play were appreciative of the facility and as usual did their best to conform to the HSE guidelines. To be honest I think we all realized that another lockdown was inevitable with the holiday season approaching. On December 30 we received the official notification and in view of the current situation regarding Covid-19 we have to agree that the decision was the right one.
2020 A Year like No Other
It was the year in which we became accustomed to new phraseology such as coronavirus, social distancing, sanitising, cocooning, World handicap System, handicap index and the inactive season. Our golfing calendar was thrown into chaos, yet we can consider ourselves fortunate to have held our Sunshine Classic and our Captain’s prize which were the two highlights of the year. We saw a large increase in membership as we welcomed the many new members who got hours of enjoyment on the fairways (and rough) at West Waterford. We were delighted to welcome you and hope to see many of you returning in 2021. To all our male and female members may we thank you for your cooperation in adhering to the guidelines regarding Covid-19. Golf clubs in general can be proud of the way in which they rose to the challenge in ensuring the safety of members and the general public. We need to stay patient as we go through the current phase of lockdown. Together let us continue to do everything in our power to reduce the number of cases in an effort to return to some kind of normality. As we enter 2021 let us bear in mind that every contact matters. Let us continue to wash our hands and to observe social distancing. Finally, a word of thanks to all our local frontline workers who have gone the extra mile in helping us to cope with the pandemic.

A Positive Attitude
 So, with the advent of December, the golf came back but so too did the inclement weather. Cast your mind back to the many enjoyable days we had in the summer.
A wise man told me when things don’t go according to plan (think 2020!), focus on gratitude. We start by being grateful for the seasons, that show the changing natural beauty of West Waterford. The autumn colour and the long solstice shadow of the winter sun. We look forward to the turn of the natural year and the stretch in the evenings. As the spring cycle approaches, let us look forward in confidence to better times when we prepare for a new golfing season.
We are grateful for our hard working committees who are currently busy plotting and planning for 2021 via Zoom, text, Watsapp and the good ould fashioned phone call. We are grateful for course management experience and enthusiasm. Each year, those whose passion it is to skilfully present the course are recognised by our grateful members . We know the work you do is a labour of love and we thank you for all your efforts. 

2021
When Corona is a beer again
When Donald is only a Duck
When tiers sit on a cake
When bubbles only exist on champagne

 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. You can also log on to www.golfnet.ie/whs where you will find lots of useful information regarding the new system.