Gents Notes w/e Sunday 16th May 2021

Top Ten finish for Seamus Power at AT&T Byron Nelson
West Waterford’s Seamus Power set out his stall on Thursday when he eagled the 18th to finish his round with a stunning 65 .This saw him tied 6th after his opening round. On Friday Seamus continued his good run when he birdied two of his last three holes adding a four-under 68 to his opening 65 to share 6th place on 11-under par. Having dropped just one shot over 36 holes he was making a serious challenge for a possible maiden victory on the PGA Tour.
“My iron play has been pretty sharp, and the driver is not as good as I would like it yet, but it’s getting better. I do like the greens. I feel like I’m reading them pretty well. Most of the game is pretty sharp.” On Saturday Seamus was two-under and bogey-free with five holes to play but making nothing happen until he holed a 36-yard bunker shot for an eagle two at the 309-yard 14th. Those of us lucky enough to see the replay on Sky Sports will never forget the smile on his face as he saluted the crowd all the way to the green. We all had a smile on our faces too. Seamus sealed the deal when he got up and down for an unlikely birdie on the par-five 18th when he holed from 17 feet for a 67. This would leave him tied seventh on 16 under par entering the final round.
On Sunday Seamus made the perfect start when he surged through the front nine in five-under par to go just two shots off the lead on 21-under after twelve holes. It was to be a case of unlucky 13 as Seamus carded a double bogey on the 13th followed by another bogey on fourteen. In spite of the atrocious weather conditions, Seamus completed his round by paring the last four holes for a final round of 70. Seamus finished the competition tied ninth on 18 under par for his four rounds.
He banked €175,102 and moved up 26 places to 169th in the FedEx Cup standings and while he missed a chance to secure his card for 2022, he was looking at the positives after his best finish this term.
“It’s a step in the right direction and I now have the next couple of weeks off, so I have of lot of good things to build on and hope to be back in action in three weeks’ time and hopefully improve on this result.”

World Handicapping System
Our handicap secretary Tony Ruane has been busy checking out the new system over the past few weeks. An extensive check has been conducted to ensure member details and handicaps are correct and updated. We would like to acknowledge the invaluable assistance of Gillian in the office for her continued cooperation in the smooth running of the new system.

Further easing of restrictions from May 10th onwards
Casual-play rounds for handicap purposes for members and visitors with no restrictions on number of households per group.Internal Club competitions for members are now permitted. This is on the basis that internal club competitions for members are not deemed to be ‘formal, organised competitions’ which are not permitted until June.
The above activities must be organised on the basis of arrive-play-depart.
Fourballs are permitted with no household restrictions No limits on domestic travel. Members guests and visitors will be permitted.

From June 7th onwards (subject to public health outlook at the time) the following competitions are permitted. So-called ‘Major competitions and events ( Captain’s Prize, President’s Prize, etc. Internal Club Matchplay Tournaments, along with Club Open Competitions and Scratch Cups. Members should log on to www.golfireland.ie for the latest information on the return to golf protocol.

Contact the Office
You can contact Gillian at the office from Tuesday to Saturday. At other times please leave a message and we will contact you. Ring 058 43216 You can email the office at info@westwaterfordgolf.com

Masks are Mandatory
If you are entering the clubhouse for any reason you are required to wear a face mask. Sanitizer is available and we recommend you use it when entering and leaving the building.

Online Booking for Members
In order to book tee times members are required to have paid 50% of their annual subscription or alternatively signed up for direct debit payment. If you haven’t done so already please contact the office as soon as possible. With the easing of restrictions on May 10, members can now play in three and four-balls. Online booking is mandatory and player names must be entered on timesheets prior to playing.

Flag Poles and Bunkers
You are reminded not to touch the flag pole on the greens. Use your putter to pop up the ball gently, using the device on the bottom of the pole. There are no rakes in bunkers so under a local rule you can place within 6 inches in a bunker..

Members Responsibility
All members are required to fully comply with all parts of the Protocol. As we move into another phase in the easing of restrictions it is essential that we all continue to comply with Covid 19 protocol. Your club will do everything possible to ensure a safe return but it is only with the full cooperation of the members that we can fully implement the protocol. We will keep you informed of updates as we receive them. We have successfully gone through the process in previous reopening, thanks to your cooperation. We look forward to your continued support this time.

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. 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. When the course reopens we will be available to assist you with any queries you may have. A list of member handicap indices is posted on the outdoor notice board. However, as your handicap is updated daily under the new system it is essential that you register online for your WHS handicap. In the meantime you should log on to www.golfnet.ie/whs where you will find lots of useful information regarding the new system.

Golf Ireland App
Many members have downloaded the App and reaction generally has been mainly positive. The Golf Ireland App provides for pre-registration and return of general play scores. Using the App, members can enjoy the flexibility of recording scores for handicap purposes for both 9-hole and 18-hole social rounds played in accordance with the Rules of Handicapping. You can also view your handicap index and playing record as well as following and communicating with friends. To download the App, search for “Golf Ireland” in the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android) and select the version with the Golf Ireland logo. For further information you can log on to www.golfireland.ie and follow the link for Golf Ireland App.