Gents Notes w/e Sun 7th June 2020

Despite a significant drop in temperatures over the past week we still had a steady flow of members enjoying the delights of the tranquil surroundings of West Waterford golf club. Nice to see our new members out in force and becoming accustomed to the small ball in the company of their fellow sport lovers. During the next week a member will be in contact with you to answer any questions you may have regarding the etiquette and rules of the game and to help you with acquiring a handicap. Our policy at West Waterford is to involve all members in our activities and to encourage everyone to get to know each other and get to enjoy the social and friendly atmosphere which is a trademark of our club. We are grateful to all members for their cooperation and compliance during Phase 1 of the return to golf and we urge you to maintain the same level of cooperation as we advance to Phase 2.
Book Early
Due to increased membership our weekend timesheets are filling fast. To avoid disappointment please book early in the week to secure your preferred tee time.

Phase 2 from Monday 8th June
Under Phase 2 there are a few new changes designed to ease the restrictions.
Players now have the choice of playing in 2-balls, 3-balls or 4-balls subject to advance booking on the timesheet. Members may bring a guest, and under-18’s must play with an adult. A member must enter guest in his time slot and prior to play must supply the name and contact of his guest along with the relevant fee.

No Closed Competitions permitted in Phase 2
We were originally led to believe that closed competitions would be permitted in Phase 2. However on June 5th clubs were informed that this would not be the case.
On Wednesday 3 June, at their most recent meeting, the Expert Group on the Return to Sport decided, on public health grounds, that no competitive sport should take place during Phase 2 of the Irish Government’s Roadmap for the Re-Opening of the Economy and Society.
Following further engagement with Sport Ireland, the GUI and ILGU can confirm that this sport-wide measure means that competition activity in golf clubs in the Republic of Ireland during Phase 2 of the roadmap is not permitted.
What this means is that we will continue to play social golf with closed and open competitions possibly being permitted under Phase 3 on June 29th. A number of other restrictions are expected to be lifted on this date. Further relevant details are available on Golfnet.

Key Points to Remember
Tee times must be booked in advance and all names must be on the timesheet .
A member bringing a guest must provide the name and contact no. for their guest and ensure relevant fee is paid prior to play.
Office and Shop remain closed. Contact management using number on office door
Play in 2-ball, 3-ball or 4-balls
All play must start from the first tee – No cutting in.
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.
Use the toilet facilities before you leave home
Bring your own hydration/food to the course
Bring your own hand sanitizer to the course & use regularly during round
Maintain 2 metre social distance at all times
Juniors under-18 must be accompanied by an adult

Seamus Power sharpens up for return to PGA Tour
Seamus admits that he was fortunate to be able to continue to practise during the Covid-19 lockdown. “Other states closed golf courses but not here in North Carolina so I was able to stay nice and busy throughout all this. I’ve definitely been more fortunate than most guys as I’ve been practising away like crazy and staying sharp, and I’ll definitely be ready to go when the time comes. So the first tournament back is in Forth Worth Texas on June 11, and the second is at Hilton Head in South Carolina and I don’t look good for getting into either of them. The number of entries are high for both of those as they’re in states that haven’t been hit too badly. The two weeks after that though will be interesting. They’re in Connecticut and Detroit which are two of the worst hit areas. As it stands I’m borderline for the Travellers but I’m well in the field for Detroit. It’s kind of bizarre with my conditional status. Originally the summer was going to be my busy period but now after such a break it looks like guys are going to play events that they wouldn’t necessarily have played before. So it’s looking like my first events are going to be on the Korn Ferry Tour so hopefully I can get a bit of momentum going in those before playing on the PGA Tour.”

Waterford’s Greatest Sporting Hero
This June on WLR, we’re teaming up with Flahavan’s, Ireland’s best-loved porridge brand to find Waterford’s Greatest Sporting Hero. Our expert panel have chosen the final 25 nominees and throughout June, you will help us count down the list to reveal the overall winner of Waterford’s Greatest Sporting Hero. Seamus Power has been nominated in the Top 25. The winner will be decided by public vote. Log on to WLR to cast your vote.