Gents Notes w/e Sun 7th Feb 2021

Mr Edward Hickey Club Captain 2021
Edward’s golfing career began in West Waterford in 1994 when his long time friend Michael French invited him to try out his ability as a golfer. Having previously played pitch and putt Edward took to the game like a duck to water and so began a golfing career that would see him involved in the club as an active member and an invaluable committee member. A native of Old Parish it didn’t take long before he got to know the other members and take an active interest in club affairs. The weekly high handicap competition was becoming a popular event and Edward saw the potential to get more members involved. It came as no surprise when the Tuesday high handicap was attracting up to 90 entries and was creating a great buzz around the course and in the clubhouse. Edward arranged many high handicap outings to various clubs and engendered a sense of comraderie that has become a trade mark at West Waterford. When John Santry started the Belvedere Trophy long handicap competition in 2000, Edward was the obvious choice for team manager of the West Waterford team. He still reigns as the current team manager and has numerous county titles to his credit.
As if he didn’t have enough on his plate Edward has been involved with the Ardmore/Clashmore golf society since 1995. He has served in various positions on that committee. He has also been part of the group that make an annual trip to Marbella on a golfing break. Edward and his wife Geraldine (who is also an active member in West Waterford) also enjoy an annual golfing holiday in Portugal.
We look forward to working with Edward in 2021 and we wish himself and Geraldine a happy and enjoyable year in office.
Mens Committee 2021
Club Captain: Edward Hickey, Club President: David Condon
Vice Captain: Denis Herlihy, Hon Secretary: Maurice Hallahan
Treasurer: John Flynn, Handicap Secretary: Tony Ruane
Competition Secretary: Jimmy Murphy, PRO: Pat Power
Junior Officer: Pat Curran
Committee: Bertie Hallahan, Brian Hilliard, Pat Murray, Eddie Stack
Ex Officio: Diarmuid Horgan, Pat Murphy

Seamus Power
Seamus is back in action this weekend playing in the AT&T Pro-am in Pebble Beach California. This event has a prize fund of $7,800,000.
Time to get Ready
To be honest I think nobody knows at the moment when golf clubs will reopen. Sooner or later it will happen and maybe we can console ourselves with the fact that we are getting closer with every passing week. We are fortunate to have such a variety of sport on tv at the moment even though it’s no substitute for the real thing. With a view to getting back playing, here are just a few ideas as to what we could be doing in preparation.
How long has it been since you did a clean out of the golf bag. You might be surprised at what you find. The golf shoes might do with a spring clean as well. Do you need to replace the grips on your clubs? Dont wait until you start back.
Im sure many of you are getting some exercise, but if not maybe now is a good time to start. A daily walk will make you feel better now that the evenings are getting longer. Dont expect to start playing 9 holes following the long lay-off if you haven’t made some effort to prepare.

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. Spring is in the air and with the vaccine on the way we can cautiously look forward to an end to the pandemic.