All members have been reminded that they must return any away cards where they have beaten standard scratch to their home club Competition Secretary/Handicap Secretary, regardless of the fact that preferred lies were in play.
It has come to the attention of the Handicap Secretary that members have been playing in away competitions and have not returned their scores.
With the commencement of 18 hole competitions this weekend, members are, once again, reminded that all scores must be entered into the computer and signed cards placed in the competition box.
Members who fail to follow this procedure will be in breach of this rule and will be suspended from the next singles competition.
SUBS: Members are reminded that annual subscriptions are now overdue.
If anyone hasn't already done so, they should pay up now.
Following discussions at the annual meeting, members are being encouraged to take out their own personal insurance.
Two incidents at the club highlighted the need and benefit of such a scheme. Details of the cover offered are available from the office.
The cover runs from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.
GOLFER OF YEAR: The third round of the Golfer of the Year competition, sponsored by Cathal O’Neill of the The Honda Centre, Callan Road, Kilkenny will be played on the weekend of March 10, 11 and 12 with the March Monthly Medal counting as one of the 15 competitions for the title of Golfer of the Year.
SAFETY: In the interest of players safety the following procedure should apply when playing the 15th and 16th holes:
Gents having played their tee shots on the 15th should remain on the 15th tee box until the bell rings on the 16th men’s tee box.
There is a new shelter going up at the ladies 16th tee. Ladies should remain in the shelters on both the 15th and 16th tees if there are gents teeing off either the 15th or 16th tee box and remain in the shelter until the gents have finished teeing off.
All should remember that courtesy and common sense helps ensure the safety of all players.
Appropriate signs will be in place on both tee boxes shortly.
READY GOLF: With the 18 holes back in play for the season, competitors are requested to familiarize themselves with the details of Ready Golf, which are on display on the notice board.
All have a duty to keep up with the pace of play in a safe and efficient manner.
There are a number of signs on the course indicating the recommended time for the completion of sections of the course.
Ready Golf is based on the concept that “if you are ready to play and it is safe to play, then just play”.
There are many guidelines that, if observed, can lead to improving the overall pace of play including:
Hitting a shot when safe to do so if a player farther away faces a challenging shot and is taking time to assess their options.
Hitting a shot when safe to do so if you arrive at your ball and are ready to play and can do so without affecting in any way the other players in your group.
Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait.
Except in match play, hitting a tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play.
Hitting a shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball.
Putting out, even if it means standing close to someone else’s line.
Hitting a shot if a person who has just played from a greenside bunker is still farthest from the hole but is delayed due to raking the bunker.
When a player’s ball has gone over the back of a green, any player closer to the hole but chipping from the front of the green should play while the other player walks to their ball and assess their shot.
Marking scores upon immediate arrival at the next tee, except that the first player to tee off marks their card immediately after teeing.
When approaching a green placing clubs/trolleys/buggies in a location that is on the route to the next tee.
COURSE NEWS: The hollow coring has been deferred until Monday and Tuesday, March 12 and 13 due to the weather. The proposed clean-up will also take place on those days.
Members will be requested to assist in this clean-up, details of which will be posted next week.
Along with the clean-up of the course the club is undertaking a clean-up of the gents locker room and where members store their caddy cars.
To assist in this the club will place labels on the lockers and ask members to confirm their names on same.
The club asked members who have caddy cars stored in the caddy car shed to remove them temporarily so that it can identify those that are not being used and dispose of them to free up space.
PITCH MARKS: This continues to be a problem and to disappoint because of the number of plug marks that are left unrepaired.
While waiting to putt out on the first green last Sunday morning, one three ball repaired 19 pitch marks.
If golfers continue to refuse to repair the pitch marks they make that greens will end up like a bad potholed road.
Remember, if you have pitched on to any green you can be almost certain you have left a plug mark. It is your responsibility to repair it immediately.
BRIDGE: Monday, February 19, 10 Table Howell, 1 Ann Kelly and Edith Ogilvie; 2 Rita McMahon and Barbara Teehan and Dee O'Dowd and Joan Cashin; 4 Dom Murphy and Phyl Doyle; 5 Breda Kavanagh and Paddy Smee.
RESULTS: Weekend Saturday, February 24 gents Saturday Crosscard, 1 Brian Cullen, Ben McGarry, Jim Meredith, Ronan Morrissey 67pts; 2 Ger Wall, Pat Hickey, Eugene Orr, Aidan Brennan 66pts; 3 Dermot Doyle, Noel Maher, Tony Butler, John Greene 65pts; 4 Liam Barrett, Morgan Doyle, Willie Leahy, John Byrne 64pts.
Saturday, Sunday, February 24, 25 February, 14 hole Stableford, 1 Noel Casey (10) 33pts (b7); 5 Pat Walsh (10) 33pts; 6 James Everard (3) 32pts (b4); 7 gross, Eddie Power (scr) 29pts; 2 Thomas Buckley (5) 32pts.
Two's Club - 6th Reuben Holden, Brendan Wall, Eddie Power, James Everard; 15th Seamus O’Neill; 17th Sean Boland, Michael Condon, Noel Casey, Anthony Cleere, James Everard.
Each 'Two' receives €21.20 credit in the Pro Shop.
SENIOR GENTS: Thursday, February 22, 14 hole competition, 1 John Geoghegan, Martin Mullane, Michael O'Sullivan, Tom Keating 71; 2Geoff Meagher, Richie McEvoy, Shem Lawlor, Tony Joyce 69; 3 Liam Cody, Martin Murphy, Jimmy Rhatigan , Paddy Hally 68 (b7); 4 Noel Skehan, Peter Ryan, Tom Brett, Pat O'Shea 68 (b7); 5 Matt Ruth, Phillip O'Neill, Maurice Ryan, Tom Reade 68; 6 Pat Foley, Eddie Guilfoyle, Peter Dabinett, Ger Power 66 (b7); 7 Pat Drennan, Kevin Donohue, Brian Keane, Joe O'Driscoll 66.
Sixty players took part.
The next competition is on Thursday, weather permitting. Play starts at 10.30am.
Check in is from 9.45am. Draw closes at 11.15am.
Players are obliged to have paid their annual Kilkenny golf club membership subscription to be eligible to partake and play in the Seniors Society as and from now.
PRO SHOP: The Ping fitting day scheduled for next Monday, March 5 has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a future date.
LADIES CLUB: The draw for the Round Robin will be made this week.
Try to have matches completed in plenty of time, weather permitting.
The ILGU secretaries meeting from the mid-Leinster Branch was held in Carlow golf club on February 27.
Following this a copy of the ILGU handbook 2018 will be in the ladies locker room. All Lady golfers are encouraged to read it.
RESULTS: Saturday, Sunday, February 17, 18, a 14 hole Stableford, 1 Bridie McGarry (8), (25-2) 23pts (b3).
Tuesday, February 20, 14 hole Stableford, 1 Jane Duggan (28) 26pts; 2 Ann Geoghegan (5) (28-3) 25pts; 3 Breege Martin (25) 24pts (back 5)
Nine hole competition - 1 Breda Comerford (36) 16pts.
There was a different course played on Tuesday, so the scores for the two days could not be combined.
The number of prizes given were based on the number of players for each day.
SENIORS: Thursday, February 22, nine hole Stableford, 1 Josie Bolger, Teresa Brandon, Breda Comerford 32; 2 Mary Gorman, Kathleen Price, Margaret Harmer 31.
Nineteen players took part.
The next senior ladies’ golf is on Thursday.
Draw takes place at 9.30am for immediate tee off
DIARY: Sunday (call the office for clarification), 7.32am to 2.36pm ladies and gents competition (gents 18 hole Spring singles; ladies 18 hole Stableford); Monday, 7am to 5.56pm course closed for Hollow Coring; Tuesday, 7am to 5.56pm course closed for Hollow Coring; Wednesday, March 7, 8.20 to 10.20am ladies 9 and 14 hole, 12.20 to 2.20pm ladies 9 and 14 hole.
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