Gents Notes w/e Sun 3rd May 2020

It’s Good News Week for West Waterford Golf Club.

Firstly our Captain Diarmuid Horgan and Lady Captain Phil Kelly wish to send their regards to all members as they look forward to welcoming you back to the course over the next few weeks.

Secondly Seamus Power will retain his card on the USPGA Tour for 2021.

Finally the course at West Waterford is looking spectacular as it blooms amid the splendour of nature as if to say thank you for the break. By the time you come back the horse chestnut tree on the 10th should be starting to display a splash of red to compliment the various rows of green and white throughout the course. Well worth a visit even if you don’t bring the golf clubs.

Good news for Power as all PGA Tour players will retain cards for 2021.

The PGA Tour has provided good news for Seamus Power with confirmation that all currently exempt players will retain full membership for the 2020/21 season. In a statement released to all Tour members it was outlined that the changes in what will be just 13 events remaining in the season, and that’s if the June 11th Charles Schwab Challenge takes place in Texas. If so, it will mean that the tour has lost three months of competition that includes 10 tournaments cancelled and the remaining 11 moved to other dates. In its email to players the Tour indicated that everyone will be exempt for the September 10th commencement to the 2020/21 season with the hosting of the Safeway Open in California.

Golf Courses to reopen on Monday May 18th

On Tuesday March 24th on the recommendation of the GUI, West Waterford GC closed the course in compliance with the HSE directive on Covid-19. The original deadline was set for April 19th but due to circumstances this had to be extended to Monday May 18th. So after almost 8 weeks of closure we are now hoping to return to a limited form of golf on that date. Covid-19 we are told is still out there so we need to be careful in how we handle the re-opening and how we behave for the foreseeable future. Prior to the closure we had some new rules already in place. Social distancing, not removing the pins when putting, and no rakes in bunkers, to mention but a few. When we recommence on May 18th there will be many other rules to be complied with. We are awaiting specific recommendations and as soon as we get them, all members will be notified. In the meantime lets all continue the fight to rid the country of the Coved-19 pandemic. Wash your Hands, Keep your Distance and Stay safe. It mightn’t be a bad idea to empty the golf bag and clean-up and sanitize the clubs. Hoping to see you on the 18th.

On The Lighter Side

Marriage Made with a Long Putt : You spend too much time thinking about golf!

Do you even remember the day we got married? Of course I do! It was the same day I sank that 45-foot putt.

Greens OK?: A guy on vacation finishes his round, goes into the clubhouse. The head pro says, “did you have a good time out there?” The man replied “fabulous, thank you.” “You’re welcome,” said the pro. “How did you find the greens?” Said the man: “Easy. I just walked to the end of the fairways and there they were!”

Irish Senior Cup Munster Final 2009 September 2,2009

West Waterford create History by capturing First Provincial Pennant

West Waterford Golf Club are through to their first All-Ireland semi-final after creating their own piece of history at Thurles on Wednesday evening last by defeating Douglas and capturing the provincial pennant in the postponed Munster section of the Bulmers Irish Senior Cup.

The senior cup success follows on from six Munster Junior Cup pennants and three Irish Youths Championships to the clubs credit in recent years.

In the Munster Senior Cup clash, the West Waterford side managed by John Carroll eventually won a contest full of outstanding golf on a 4-1 margin.

In the end the outcome hinged on the top match between Mark Shanahan and Cormac Finn. Shanahan held off a magnificent late rally by Finn to claim a precious point. Shanahan was three ahead after 14 holes and looked immensely comfortable, but he lost the the 15th and 17th to birdies from Finn. The Douglas man also birdied the long 18th but this time Shanahan was equal to the challenge and also made four to wrap up a tight fought and exciting encounter.

International and provincial golfer, Seamus Power also produced the goods late on for West Waterford as he edged out his Munster teammate Karl Bornemann by 3&1.

Philip Spratt was generally in control of his clash with Eoin Harris and helped Waterford to victory on the 15th.

But Douglas were full of fight in the other two matches on the course when called in. Brian Cahill came from 3 down to draw level with Gary Hurley at the 18th, while David Canty and David Curran were also level pegging after 15.

West Waterford now go forward to their first All-Ireland semi finals at Tullamore on September 18 and 19.

Irish Senior Cup, Munster Section: West Waterford 4 Douglas 1. M Shanahan beat D Finn 1 hole; G Hurley halved with B Cahill; S Power beat K Bornemann 3 and 1: P Spratt beat E Harris 4 and 3: D Curran Halved with K Canty.

Great credit must go to team manager John Carroll, and the remainder of the panel who contributed handsomely in the earlier rounds, not forgetting the caddies and loyal supporters.