Gents Notes W/e Sunday 23rd May 2021

Keeping up with the Changes
As we head into the final week of May 2021, I can’t help asking myself if things will ever return to normal. It seems like ages ago since I could sit down with my laptop on a Monday morning and record the competition scores from the previous week and the fixtures for the upcoming week as the headline for the weekly notes. Upcoming events was another headline on the weekly template. Over the past eighteen months or so a lot of changes have taken place that may change the way we live our lives in the future. From a golfing viewpoint I still look forward to my bi- weekly 9-hole and it’s an honour to support my club which has supported me for so many years. The World handicapping system, Golf Ireland, and Covid-19 have all changed the way we do our business. As a committee we are all doing our best to adapt to the new structures and ensure compliance with the Covid protocol. I am delighted to say I have received my two vaccinations and I am most grateful to everyone who kept us safe throughout the epidemic. It’s going to take a long time to implement all the changes associated with the WHS. Hardly a week goes by that we don’t receive one or two emails relating to the changes. We do our best to study the information and pass it on to our members. With hindsight, maybe the old system wasn’t so bad after all. It all brings to mind the following old sayings. “If its not broken don’t fix it” and “Its hard to teach an old dog new tricks”. You mightn’t all agree with me and thats fine. Maybe I’m an old dog.

Double Delight for Deise
Well done to our hurlers and footballers on their victories in their respective leagues at the weekend.
On the golfing front it was nice to see the tricolour proudly displayed twice on page one of the results at the PGA championship at Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry playing together and both finishing tied 4th. Seamus Power kept the flag flying on the previous weekend.

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 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 9am-2pm. At other times please leave a message and we will contact you. Ring 058 43216 You can email the office at info@westwaterfordgolf.com

Temporary Local Rules
Due to the unpredictable weather conditions playing conditions may vary from day to day. Members and visitors should check the notices at the first tee regarding playing rules.

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.

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.

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.