Gents Notes w\e Sunday 2nd January 2022


Club Competition W/E Sun Jan 2nd 13 hole sfd including rd 1 Winter Lg

1st Liam Leahy (20) 30pts, 2nd Denis Herlihy (17) -1 29pts b7



Mon Jan 3 – Sun Jan 9th Club Competition including Rd 1 Winter league                 13 Hole Stableford.  Non League players welcome. Please check notices regarding local winter playing rules


Comeragh Oil Winter League

We had hoped to be moving into round 2 this week but due to the past weeks weather, it has been decided to extend round 1for an extra week to give all teams an equal chance of returning at least 4 scores.  Round 1 will finish on Sunday Jan 9th.  Team captains will be contacting their respective teams during the week with the latest updates.


Happy New Year

We would like to wish all our members and friends a happy and healthy New Year for 1922.  The past year hasn’t been easy for anybody and it looks as though Covid will still be around for some time to come.  So please continue to look after yourselves and each other.  Already we can see a small stretch in the evenings as  we look forward to returning to the fairways at West Waterford and enjoying a few holes and a chat with fellow members. Stay Safe.


Looking back on 2021

In a golfing year that began on April 26th we still got through the main events in compliance with Covid restrictions.  President 2020 Pat Murphy got the season underway when he presented his deferred President’s Prize on June 26th and 27th.  Brian Nolan (14) was delighted to claim the first major of the year with a great score of 44pts.  Our captain Edward Hickey assisted by PGA Tour winner Seamus Power held his Captain’s Prize on July 24th and 25th.  Anthony Lynch (15) claimed the coveted trophy with a 67.  David Condon held his 2021 President’s Prize on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of September.  Phil Kinsella (20)  emerged victorious with 43pts to pip Martin O Driscoll (17) by a single point.

The exploits of Seamus Power in 2021 have been well documented but it would be remiss of me not to mention once again Sunday July 18th the day when Seamus joined the ranks of the elite in becoming a PGA Tour winner at the Barbasol Championship in Kentucky.  On Friday July 23rd  Seamus and his accompanying sponsors witnessed an historic West Waterford Welcome at the club where the story began 30 years ago.


Sentry Tournament of Champions Jan 5-9th 2022     

Following an exceptional year in which he won his first PGA Tournament event, Seamus Power is hoping to build on his success when he plays in the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua Hawaii this week.  The event boasts one of the most exceptional fields in golf featuring only winners from the previous year on the PGA Tour.  It carries a prize fund of 8 million dollars.  The field includes reigning FedEx Cup Champion Patrick Cantlay, World No1 John Rahm, World No2 Colin Morikawa, Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama and Bryson De Chambeau. This is exactly the type of company Seamus wants to be keeping if he is to achieve his goal of breaking into the top-50 by the end of March so he can make the Masters his first Major and qualify for the US Open and The Open.  In the longer term Seamus has an eye on the 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome. “I am dying to be part of it.  Rome is less than 2 years away now, so I am going to get on to the tour and see exactly what I need to do.”  The 34 year old West Waterford man has totally dedicated himself to the game he loves and will continue to do what it takes to reach the top.  Best of Luck in 2022 Seamus from your loyal supporters in West Waterford.


World Handicap System One Year on!

 Little over a year ago on November 1st, 2020, the old handicap system was scrapped, and the new World Handicap System (WHS) came into being. Now, one of the most notable things about that November 1st date is that golf clubs around the country happened to be closed as part of Covid-19 measures at the time and remained closed for the most part until they reopened on April 26th, 2021, and it was not until June 7th, 2021, that competitions were officially permitted. 

Taking all of that into account, the World Handicap System may officially be in place a year now but realistically it is only working off less than six months of play. And that’s important, because this system works much more off a basis of the golfer’s current playing ability as opposed to their potential. 

To put it simply, the more someone plays, and those rounds are added to their scoring record, the more accurate their handicap index will be and will over time reflect the players true playing ability. It is recommended by Golf Ireland that ALL scores should now count towards a handicap index, whether they are in competition or not, whether 9-holes or 18-holes and golfers are encouraged to submit non-competition rounds as General Play scores in order to make their handicap index more accurate. 


So, in late April and May, as club members returned to golf, they absorbed and embraced the following new terminology: Handicap Index, Course Handicap, Playing Handicap, General Play and of course the Golf Ireland App. Throughout May the Golf Ireland App was downloaded, and General Play rounds were returned with gusto. Members, who were initially frustrated with the Golf Ireland App, quickly got the hang of it with General Play rounds returning daily. Then as we moved into June, it happened like the flick of a switch that the volume of General Play rounds dropped with the resumption of competition golf on June 7th. To add to this point Golf Ireland, reported the only 10 per cent of the 2.3 million scores submitted in Ireland in the last year have been General Play scores and 95 per cent of golfers in the country are yet to submit any General Play scores.


With the Golf Ireland App introduction and General Play rounds in the rear-view mirror the next set of questions were around the Course Handicap and Playing Handicap. What do they mean? why are both required? 

It is best summed up as follows: A players Handicap Index dictates their Course Handicap based on the WHS Course Handicap table created by Golf Ireland for each Tee on every golf course in Ireland (the Golf Ireland App is great for this as well).  So why have a Playing Handicap? This is required because the differential between the Handicap Index figure and the Course Handicap awarded, increases as you move up into the Higher Handicap Indices, therefore the WHS applies an allowance (e.g., 95% for singles) to the Course Handicap to ensure fairness and equity amongst players of all handicap levels in a competition. In other words, if this was not implemented, higher handicap players would have an unfair advantage over lower handicap players in a club competition.


 When all the above is applied over time, an individual’s fully developed Handicap Record is established, which essentially means that a player has 20 or more scores in their record. According to Golf Ireland figures, 54 per cent of all golfers in Ireland have less than 20 scores on their record. This lends to another teething issue for the system because an incomplete record (one with less than 20 scores on it) causes significantly more volatility in how the handicap index changes. Again, with so many new members joining clubs since the pandemic began, there is a large cohort of players at every club with an incomplete record. This adds to the workload of handicap secretaries who need to constantly monitor these records and occasionally take action to cut handicaps if they feel the index is too high. On the plus side, in 2021, it was great to see members return score cards from society outings to ensure they were added to their record and by doing so ensuring their Handicap Index moved towards a more accurate reflection of their playing ability.


There’s no doubt that the new World Handicap System remains volatile and continues to throw up anomalies in high scores and high handicaps at some clubs, while others have been able to manage it better through constant vigilance and human intervention if needed. With just over six months of golf played under the new system, there is probably still a way to go before we see it properly working as it’s designed but, for the moment, the handicap secretary and his committee will remain the busiest people in the club.


 Winter Rules Golf

As some rules may vary depending on weather and course conditions members are asked to check the notices on the board and also on the first tee.  You should also check your inbox for BRS notifications with the latest details on course conditions.


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