Gents Notes w/ Sun 6th Dec 2020

Club Competition 13 Hole Stableford Sat 5th Sun 6th December
1st. Mark Flynn (9) 30pts, 2nd Richard Tobin (10) 29pts b7
3rd Jimmy Murphy (9) 29pts, 4th Brian Foley (7) 28pts

Weekly 9 Hole Tues 1 Dec to Friday 4th Dec
1st Diarmid Horgan (28) 15pts b3, 2nd Dave Walsh (18) 15pts

Mon 7th Dec to Friday 11th Dec
Weekly 9 Hole on Front 9. White Markers. Use yellow scorecard for 9 hole competitions.

Lions Club Hamper Appeal
Proceeds from next weeks 9 hole competition Dec 14th – 18th will be donated to the Lions Club Christmas Hamper appeal . Donations are also most welcome for this deserving cause.

Welcome Back
Our course reopened on Tuesday Dec 1st following the lockdown. For the rest of the week we had a steady flow of members suitably attired in their winter woollies and face masks. Nice to see everyone observing the Covid-19 guidelines and using the wide spaces at West Waterford GC to observe social distancing. Temperatures may have dropped but it didn’t seem to deter anybody from making a welcome comeback to their favourite outdoor pastime.

Up The Deise
All in West Waterford golf club wish Liam and the team the very best of luck in The All Ireland final on Sunday next. Unfortunately we cant be there but we will be watching and cheering. Bring Back Liam

World Handicap System WHS
Members had the opportunity to use their new WHS handicap for the first time last week. Encouraging to see that so many members have registered fro their WHS handicap. If you haven’t done so there is no need to panic. For your convenience we have set up our sign-in computer where you can simply enter your your 8 digit GUI number and you will receive a sticker with your playing handicap for 9 hole or 13 hole competitions as required. Sanitiser and wipes are available at the desk so please use them before you use the computer.

 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 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. If you do not have a membership card please contact the office or Pat Power on 0876611276. 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. You can also log on to where you will find lots of useful information regarding the new system.

Behind the Scenes
Our incoming captain Edward is making progress in forming his new team and is recruiting some new additions to his committee. The handicap committee have been busy over the past few weeks dealing with the changeover to WHS. We have dealt with a number of queries from members and with the exception of a few outstanding issues, are making satisfactory progress. Any members requiring assistance can contact the office on 05843216 or Pat Power on 0876611276. If we don’t have the answers we can direct your query to the relevant authorities

Winter Rules Golf
This means that competitions will be non qualifying for handicap purposes. Competitions will be played over a shorter course and may be 9, 13, or 16 holes. Placing will be allowed on fairways and in the rough. A domestic handicap system will be in effect for competitions during the winter rules period. This will not affect your official WHS handicap. Check the noticeboard for extra local rules.

Covid-19 Protocol
I am sure most of you are now familiar with the protocol as it relates to Golf clubs. Your cooperation to date is greatly appreciated and has kept you and your fellow members safe. We are asking you to maintain and even increase the effort to reduce the spread of the virus.
All tee times must be booked in advance and we must have the names of all players. Guest is simply not acceptable as a booking entry.
Wash your hands regularly
You must wear a face mask if you intend on entering the building.
Please don’t ask for change at the counter.
Social distancing must be observed at all times.
Do not remove the flagstick on the green
Use the sanitizer provided and have a small bottle of sanitizer in your bag.
Do not hang around once you have finished your game.
Players violating the rules will be requested to leave the premises.

Prize Vouchers Supporting Local Business
Most of our competition prizes at West Waterford are in the form of our unique club vouchers. There are still a large number of vouchers out there that have not been redeemed. Why not conduct a search of your car, your golf bag or your bedside locker and you might find yourself an early Christmas present. Our vouchers can be redeemed at any of our nine sponsors businesses. They can also be used as part payment of your annual subscription. At West Waterford we like to support local business so whether or not you find that missing voucher keep your town in business by keeping your business in town.