Sunday's Competition was lost to the frost.
Gents Open Stableford
Saturday 5th December 2020
1st John Nee (18) Letterkenny 34 pts
2nd Alistair Boreland (23) Letterkenny 32 pts
Gross: Derek Wilson (10) Letterkenny 22 pts
3rd Noel Murray (14) Redcastle 31 pts BOT
Gents Open Stableford
Wednesday 2nd December 2020
1st David Johnstone (7) Letterkenny 36pts
2nd Patrick O'Kane (9) Letterkenny 35 pts
Gross: Dean Gallagher (8) C'Neely 25 pts
3rd Brian McGee (14) C'Neely 31 pts BOT
Front Nine: Ciaran Harran (10) Letterkenny 21 pts
Back Nine: Cornie McMullan (14) 16 pts
Golfer of the Year has managed to survive Covid-19. The final 2 rounds will be contested on 6th December and 13th December. Things are tight at the top so it should make for exciting finale to a less than exciting year!
We were shocked and saddened to learn last night of the death of Tom Hunter. Tom has been a member of the club for many years. Both he and his wife Shiela were regular visitors to Dunfanaghy as they had a house on the Horn Head road near to the GAA pitch. This morning our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Shiela, and family. Tom had a quiet unassuming nature and was always interested in how the club was going. A service of thanksgiving will be held tomorrow Saturday in Waringstown Presbyterian Church followed by committal in the adjoining Burying Ground. Due to current restrictions the service will be strictly private. The service can be viewed on www.ronnierussellfunerals.com. May he rest in peace.
As Chair of the Club’s Management Committee, I would like to update you on our plans for this year’s AGM. The Club’s Constitution mandates that a General Meeting is held annually within 90 days of the end of the financial year (year end 31/10/2020). The essential elements of the AGM are:
1. to receive the Honorary Treasurer’s report and discuss the Club’s financial statement.
2. to elect officers and members of the Management Committee for 2021.
3. to set the annual subscriptions for 2021.
2020 has been an extraordinary and challenging year and it will be obvious to all that we will not be able to gather for a meeting as we have done in the past. Having taken advice from Golf Ireland and the Confederation of Golf in Ireland, the Management Committee has decided that this year’s AGM will be conducted using “Zoom”. Furthermore, we are satisfied that a “Zoom” AGM is constitutional as it fulfils the Government’s Civil and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020 whereby "the members participating in the meeting are not all in the one place, but each member is able, directly or by means of electronic communications technology, to speak to, and to be heard by, each of the other members”.
Whilst most club members will be familiar with Zoom, we are aware that some will not and may be apprehensive about the technology. We would like to reassure you that Zoom is easy to use - indeed if you have the IT skills to open this email, you can use Zoom.
This year’s Zoom AGM will be run in accordance with the Club’s Constitution and will require a quorum of at least 25 participants. The meeting will be open to ALL full members of the club (referred to in the constitution as “ordinary” members) irrespective of gender. Participants will be able to vote on motions as they would have done in the past, however, in keeping with our Constitution, voting by proxy is not permitted. Any ordinary member can submit a motion (proposed and seconded) to the AGM for discussion. However, in the context of a Zoom AGM we would respectfully request that motions other than those listed above are restricted to urgent business only. It is our intention to hold an EGM during 2021 when Covid-19 restrictions permit. This will allow us to discuss motions in person rather than relying on technology.
The date for the Zoom AGM will be Friday 18th December at 8pm. Honorary Secretary Pat O’Neill will be emailing full members in the coming week or so with a formal notification and log-in details for Zoom.
I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible remotely on 18th.
with kind regards
Change in instructions from WHS.
Members will only be able to gain access to their handicap index online by registering at golfireland.ie from 2nd November and NOT during week commencing 26th October as originally envisaged.
We will keep you updated with any other changes.
Siobhan Bogues, Gerry McGreevy and Sean Quinn
Competition and Handicap Secretaries.
As you may have heard, the World Handicap System is being introduced to harmonise the handicap system worldwide on the 2nd November 2020. This will replace the current CONGU handicap system that we have all used to date.
Each member is required to register with Golf Ireland and in doing so check that their playing record is correct – current handicap and cards submitted. Members can do so using their Club membership number and their pin number – the 4 digit number on the rear of their membership card. Members are requested to do this before the 31st October 2020. Members should use the membership number of their “Home” Club only.
To do this:
a. Log on to the http://www.golfireland.ie/
b. On top right hand corner “click” onto handicap/login
c. If you have never registered before you will need to create a password. So “click” on “Create an account”. You will need your membership number your pin number from back of membership card and your own password – minimum 7 characters
d. Once you receive a return email you will then need to “click” into the link provided and register using your own password
e. Once registered please check to make sure your details including handicap record is correct. If they are not correct, please contact the Club by email.
For Republic of Ireland clubs only.
8.45pm, Thursday 22nd October, 2020
Over the past number of days and weeks , the GUI and ILGU have engaged in detailed and extensive discussions with the relevant Government departments and agencies in relation to Level 5 restrictions, and their impact on golf.
Since the start of the pandemic in Ireland, both governing bodies have fully endorsed the public health advice of the Irish Government and engaged extensively and successfully with government to ensure an early and safe return for golf.
We have consistently highlighted the health and mental health benefits of golf and the strong compliance with the safety protocols which has ensured that our sport has been a safe outlet for people of all ages over the past five months . We have also highlighted the substantial employment in the sector and the benefits of golf to the Irish economy
The Government has decided however, that Level 5 restrictions mean that all sports facilities, golf included must close. The decision is one that we regret, but also accept.
Following receipt of guidance from government on Thursday evening, the guidance on Level 5 is clear, with the risk to public health meaning that individuals are asked to stay at home, with certain exceptions.
As they are not recognised as essential services, the decision of Government is that all sports facilities must close in the Level 5 restrictions. This includes both indoor and outdoor sports facilities.
It is permitted to open sports facilities for training sessions and scheduled matches for the exempted categories of sport, i.e. high performance and professional.
It will also be permitted to open outdoor sports facilities for structured training sessions by school aged children, i.e. those aged 18 years and younger, in pods of no more than 15, under the supervision of designated coaches and in compliance with approved COVID-19 protocols and all relevant public health guidance.
During these training sessions it will only be permitted for participants and relevant coaching and support personnel to be present. In the case of children’s sport, parents will be permitted to attend for child safeguarding purposes, however they will be required to comply with social distancing and other public health advice.
The restrictions applicable in Level 5 are available in full here: https://www.sportireland.ie/news/return-to-sport-expert-group-issues-guidance-to-sports-sector
While it is acknowledged that golf has demonstrated itself to be a safe sport during the pandemic, the wider public health guidance must be adhered to and we encourage all golf clubs and golfers to comply fully with the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team and Government at this time.
The Unions acknowledge the efforts of all affiliated golf clubs throughout the year and would like to thank the volunteers, staff and members of all golf clubs for their work in ensuring our sport is played in a safe and responsible manner.
In the meantime we will continue to engage with the relevant government authorities and agencies with a view to golf courses reopening as soon as possible.
Communications & Academy Manager
Golfing Union of Ireland
Regrettably the Government has just announced that under level 5 Covid restrictions, golf courses in the Republic of Ireland will close with immediate effect. This restriction remains in place until 2nd December. Paul and our green-keeping staff will continue to work on course maintenance. We are awaiting further clarification on whether or not the practice ground can be used. We will update you on this when we have more information.
Bill & Paula
Captain & Lady Captain
Gents Open Stableford
Wednesday 21st October 2020
1st Charles Roarty Jnr (12) 36 pts
2nd Neil McGinley (13) 34 pts
Gross: Ger Dalton (10) 23 pts
3rd Hugh Herrighty (27) 31 pts
Gents Senior Open Stableford
Monday 19th October 2020
1st Kevin Roche (18) L/Kenny 38 pts BOT
2nd Sean Gilroy (26) L/Kenny 38 pts BOT
CSS: 36 pts
Brian McGinley Memorial - Stroke (Golfer of the Year)
Sunday 18th October 2020
1st Liam Shovelin (14) 64
2nd Brendan Kelly (7) 66 BOT
Gross: Daniel McColgan (4) 73
3rd Lucas Wood (16) 66 BOT
Front Nine: Connie Ferry (18) 30 BOT
Back Nine: Bernard McGlade (17) 33.5
Open 4 Ball Better Ball Stroke
Saturday 17th October 2020
1st - 59 BOT
John McNulty (9)
Billy Griffin (10)
2nd - 59
James Gallagher (15) Portnoo
Paul Blake (24) Portnoo
3rd - 60 BOT
Gerard Dunleavy (19)
Tommy Friel (21)
Gents Open Stableford
Wednesday 14th October 2020
1st Eoghan Kelly (19) 46 pts
2nd Odhran MacNiallais (11) G/Dore 44 pts
Gross: Carlos O'Reiily (5) 37 pts
3rd Declan McBride (27) 41 pts
Front Nine: Conor Gallagher (16) F/C 22 pts
Back Nine: Brendan Kelly (8) 23 pts
CSS: 37 pts