Kilkenny golf course will reopen today (Friday)! The course was extensively damaged during Storm Darwin two weeks ago today (Wednesday), but after the Course Committee inspected it yesterday afternoon it was passed fit for play.
The ’Committee was satisfied that the course met all safety requirements, and members will be free to tee off from first light on Friday. The likelihood is that the full 18 holes won’t be in play for a while. At least 16 holes were passed fit for play, which is welcome news after two of the most difficult and trying weeks in the history of the club.
Over 350 trees were blown down or badly damaged during storm, and the full cost of rebuilding the course hasn’t yet been finalised. Friday’s reopening is a major step back towards normal business at the famous course.
All the upturned roots were buried by yesterday evening (Tuesday), but the safety issues concerning the first hole and ninth tee box had not been fixed. The idea for people to sponsor a tree was well received and some members have already done so. Two members sponsored a tree each and one member offered to donate 10 trees.
The Course Committee identified the following trees which they intend to plant before the end of March - 8 Acer Pseud ‘Spatheii’; 4 Acer Plat ‘Emerald Green’; 6 Acer Pseud ‘Negenia’; 12 Aesculus Hippocastanum, 11 Carpinus Betulus, 13 Fagus Sylvatica, 10 Prunus Cerasifera Nigra, 8 Prunus Serr ‘Kanzan’, 11 Quercus Robur, 9 Tilia European ‘Pallida’, 19 Betula Jacquemontii, 3 Prunus Avium.
Any member who helped with the removal of trees and the clean up and is interested in acquiring timber should contact Sean or Aoife in the office. The club hopes to allocate a trailer load of logs to those willing volunteers.
PIERCE PURCELL PANEL - Area qualifier in Callan golf club on Saturday, May 17 (8.40am). Top four teams from stroke play qualifier to return on Sunday, May 18 for matchplay. Handicap range 12 to 16 (foursomes - handicap combination 27). Players lowest handicap in 2013 cannot have gone below 12.
Team managers Alan Snype and Leo Byrne placed a sheet on the men’s notice board. Any member interested should add their name to the list or contact Alan or Leo.
MEMBERSHIP - Members are reminded that February 28 was the final date for payment of annual subscriptions. If anyone missed the date they can contact the office.
WINTER SPECIAL - Golf Winter special available Monday to Friday until March 31. Green fee plus hot plate and tea/coffee for €35.
SNOOKER - The second round of the snooker singles was due for completion by February 24. Outstanding matches should be completed as soon as possible.
BRIDGE - Bridge will continue on Monday night next (7.45pm).
LADIES NEWS - Ladies fixtures, Tuesday March 11, 18 hole competition 9 to 10.20am and 12.20 to 2.20pm. Slots also available on Saturday, March 8 1.45 to 2.15pm. Bookable online, Sunday 10.30 to 11am bookable online and 2.45 to 3.15pm draw.
JUNIOR/JUVENILE - The juvenile section are looking for volunteers to help with Saturday morning coaching which will start back in mid-Spring. Anyone who can help can give their name to anyone on the Junior Committee or drop details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Junior Golf Ireland child protection course which was cancelled on the night of the big storm has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 19 (7pm). There are a number of places available. The cost is €20.
DIARY - Friday course reopens, members’ time, 1 to 2pm; Saturday: Members’ time, 7.30 to 9.30am; March monthly medal, 10 to 11.30am; men’s crosscard competition, 1pm shotgun start; ladies competition, 1.45 to 2.15pm. Sunday: March monthly medal, 7.30 to 10.15am, 11 to 2.30pm; ladies competition, 10.30 to 11am (bookable online), 2.45 to 3.15pm (draw); Monday: Members’ time, 1 to 2pm. Tuesday: Ladies 18-hole competition, 9 to 10.20am, 12.20pm; Wednesday, March 12: Vintners outing, 10 to 11.30am; members’ time 1 to 2pm.
Castlecomer GC rolled out the welcome mat to golfers affected by the recent storms.
Following a proposal by Captain Gerry Dunne, the club offered members of Kilkenny GC a chance to use the course while theirs was closed for repairs.
SINGLES - While Saturday’s weather was tolerable for the first 18-hole competition of the new season - the men’s open singles event - Sunday’s heavy rain was a spoilsport
John Kelly (Attanagh) made light of the trying conditions, putting in a solid round to take first place.
John registered a great score of 41pts to lead the field by two points.
Damien Fogarty continued on from his fine form of last year, securing second place with 39pts.
Results, men’s open singles, March 1/2: 1 John Kelly (28), 41pts; 2 Damien Fogarty (6), 39pts; gross Michael Buggy (-1), 34pts. Cat One (0-9) - Gary Ryan (Mountain View), 36pts. Cat Two (10-18) - Vincent Dwyer, 39pts. Cat Three (19+) - Donie Walsh, 38pts.
LADIES - The high and low competition, due to be played last Sunday, was cancelled because of the rain. It has been rescheduled for Saturday.
Players are advised to check online booking for times.
The Tuesday social continues at 10am while the new Spring League is also underway.
LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto. Numbers drawn were 5, 12, 16 and 27. The jackpot is now €8,600, with tickets available for €2.
DIARY - Saturday/Sunday: men’s open singles; Tuesday: Social golf, 10am.