Tuesday, 19 January, 2021

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General Notes
Annual General Meeting of the Joint Club.
The 24th AGM of the Joint Club of Kilkenny Golf Club took place via Webinar last Thursday.
There was a very large attendance, with 225 members attending virtually.
The attendance included one member, who is serving overseas with the Irish troops in the Lebanon. Well done Rob.
Whilst the meeting could not allow audience participation, it did not stop one member from offering his opinion, when the question of Pitch Marks arose, his message was very clear – “Pitch marks, what are they? I always miss the green”.
The meeting was an extremely well run and highly organised affair.
Congratulations to all concerned.

Ratification of Officers
Having previously been selected to serve at their respective AGM’s, the meeting ratified the following members, for the coming year.
Captain of the Men’s Club: Paul Colfer
Captain of the Ladies Club: Ber Crowdle
Vice Captain of the Mens Club: Liam Barrett
Vice Captain of the Ladies Club: Margaret Cuddihy

Election of Officers.
The Honorary Secretary read out the list of nominations for Officer positions.
Honorary Secretary: Morgan Doyle.
Honorary Treasurer: Annette Stapleton.
Both members were appointed to office.

Committee 2021
Following the counting of the vote, overseen by Trustees, Dave deLoughrey and Jim Spratt, the following were elected.
Richard Butler, Padraig Keegan, Brian Meredith,
Ben McGarry, Philip O’Neill, Carmel O’Shea, Barbara Teehan.

The Treasurer, Annette Stapleton expressed her pleasure in seeing the Club finish the year in a positive manner.
The various measures taken, Covid subsidies, wage cost savings, increase in membership numbers, increase in competition participation, and a general tightening of the purse strings, led to a healthy bottom line for the club.

Honorary Membership
The Chairman Anthony advised the meeting that the Joint Management Committee at their November meeting voted to grant Honorary Yearly membership for 2021 to Seamus Rochford, in recognition of his outstanding service to the Club having served on committee as Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and Captain over the past number of years.
He was pleased to advise the meeting that Seamus had accepted the honour.

Members Draw.
The meeting concluded with the Members draw, which was held for all members who participated in the ‘Thank you week-end’ last September.
There was a total of 141 teams entered for the draw.
The winners of the golfing holiday to the Algarve were
Helen Butler, Stephanie Downes, Katherine Leahy and Grainne Parker.

Prize winners
1. Jim White 8, Anthony White 10, Neil Loy 10, Dave Conlan 16, 96. Pts
One night, B&B, the Killarney Plaza Hotel with a fourball at the Killeen course, Killarney.
2. Henry O’Neill 16, Corey Dwyer 18, Billy Hayes 18, Declan Rafter 18, 95. Pts
One night, B&B in the Diamond Coast Hotel, Enniscrone, with a fourball at Enniscrone.
3. Tommy Buckley 5, Kieran Hoban 9, Stephen Dawson 12, Ger Wall 16, 92. Pts
One night, B&B, Imperial Hotel, Cork. With a fourball in Cork Golf Club.
4. Dom Murphy 16, Gill Leo 16, Mick O’Flynn 17, Anne Murphy 26, 91. Pts
Their prize is a round of golf with one night, B&B in Tulfarris.
5. Aidan Phelan 9, Michael Butler 15, Ben McGarry 16, Richie Phelan 22, 91. Pts
Fourball in Mount Juliet, with a dinner voucher for Zuni’s to the value of €120.
6. Paddy Crotty 5, Willie Horgan 14, Mick Crotty 20, Richard Butler 21, 90. Pts
Fourball in the Heritage and a dinner voucher for Zuni’s to the value of €120.
7. Harry Duggan Scr, Craig Martin 1, Brendan Dowling 3, Conrad Cooper 10, 89. Pts
Fourball in Mount Wolseley and a dinner voucher for Langtons to the value of €100.
8. Jan Browne 3, Bobby O’Mahony 5, Niall Higgins 13, Brian Harrington 16, 89. Pts
Fourball in Carlow with a dinner voucher for Langtons to the value of €100.
9. Susan Olden 21, Martin Naughton 24, Mary Rice 27, Marie Kennedy 36, 89. Pts
Fourball in Tramore and a Dinner voucher for the Pembroke Hotel to the value of €100.
10. Darragh McNamara 7, David McNamara 8, Ricky Nolan 8, Jack McNamara 16, 89. Pts
Fourball in Wexford GC, with a Dinner voucher for Newpark Hotel, to the value of €100.
11. Eamonn Brennan 8, Pat Walsh 10, Tony Butler 12, Richard Dore 15, 89. Pts
Fourball in Wexford with a Dinner voucher for the Pembroke Hotel to the value of €100.

The green fees were courtesy of the various clubs and most of the dinner vouchers were sponsored by the local hotels and restaurants for which we are very thankful.

Leinster Finals of AIG Pierce Purcell & Junior Cup 2020 Update
Whilst there has been no update for the staging of the 2020 Finals of the AIG Pierce Purcell & Junior Cup the competitions, Golf Ireland continue their efforts to reschedule the Leinster finals.
Below is a brief extract from their recent e-mail.

“I am writing to update you on our continued efforts to reschedule the Leinster finals of the 2020 AIG Pierce Purcell and Junior Cup.
While the primary focus at present is on working with the Government authorities to ensure the safe return of golf as soon as possible, it also remains Golf Ireland’s ambition to conclude these competitions in early 2021, at a point where public health restrictions permit.
In this regard, we are considering a number of potential scenarios for the completion of these events but are awaiting the next review of the current lockdown measures, due before the end of the month.
We hope to be in a position to provide a further update on the competitions shortly afterwards.”

Barry Joyce continues with his excellent take-away meals this coming week-end.
Meals will be available for guests on Saturday (16.30-19.30hrs) and Sunday (13.00-17.30hrs.)
Barry can be contacted on 086 820 5260 when you can place your order and arrange a collection time.

Pro Shop Corner
A reminder that if you are looking to place an order for the coming golfing season or wish to discuss any other golfing matters that we, in the Pro shop, can help with, do not hesitate to contact me (details below).
Looking forward to seeing you all back out on the golf course soon!

Phone: 0876810585

With the ever increasing number of Covid 19 cases in Kilkenny, we would request all members to take extra care and stay safe.

Richard Butler
Kilkenny Golf Club Notes