Tuesday, 14 April, 2020

(Leinster’s Hidden Gem 2019)
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General Notes
Weekly Quiz.
It is bitterly disappointing to experience the apathy towards the weekly quiz, particularly for the question master and yours truly who are only trying to help and improve our knowledge of the rules of golf during this strange and difficult time.
The notes are circulated to over a 1000 members, have had 280+ hits on Facebook and are also available on Twitter.
Yet, there were only two responses to week one and just three last week.
Disappointing to say the least.
So, one last chance for you to keep the quiz going.
I am repeating last week’s questions below, in the hope off a substantial improvement in participants. Return your answers to:

It is now over to you.
Good luck.

This weeks questions are as follows:-

1. A burrowing animal is an animal that makes a hole for habitation or shelter.
2. The line of putt does not extend beyond the hole.
3. The time spent playing a wrong ball is not counted in the three minute period allowed for search.
4. In a threesome or foursome competition, penalty strokes do not affect the order of play.
5. If the player checks his downswing voluntarily before his club head reaches the ball he is deemed not to have made a stroke.
Through the green is the whole area of the course except all penalty areas and bunkers on the course.
6. The penalty for agreeing to exclude the operation of any Rule is two penalty strokes in stroke play and loss of hole in match play.
7. The Committee may not prohibit practice on or near the putting green of  the hole last played.
8. In stroke play, when starting play of the hole, a stroke played from outside the teeing ground and any subsequent strokes played by the competitor from outside the teeing ground do not count in his score.
9. A players must give his opponent, marker or fellow-competitor the opportunity to observe the lifting of the ball when it has been lifted for identification.
10. The player may not touch an obstruction at address or during a backswing for a stroke when his ball is in a hazard.
11. A player must not allow his partner’s caddie to position himself on or close to an extension of the line of play behind the ball.
12. The player may wrap a towel or handkerchief around the grip of the club to assist him in gripping.
13. A player may brush aside or mop up temporary water on the line of putt.
14. In match play, a player incurs no penalty for accidentally moving an opponents ball at rest while searching for it.
15. A dropped ball is re-dropped, without penalty, if it touches the player, his partner either of their caddies or their equipment before or after it struck the ground.
16. In match play, if a player makes a stroke with a ball that has been dropped or placed in a wrong place, he incurs a one stroke penalty.
17. Through the green, the player is entitled to relief from an immovable obstruction when he has intervention on his direction of play.
18. A Committee may make a Local Rule denying a player relief from interference with his stance by an abnormal ground condition.
19. Water hazard stakes may not be moved even if they are physically movable.

Social Committee
A Penny for your thoughts….a Prize for your story.!
The Social committee, in these golf-less days, are looking for you….
Yes – that’s you, to submit, in 71 words or less, what is your favourite hole on the course and why, or what is your least favourite hole and why, or just a memorable anecdote.
Seventy one is par for the course and this message has to be exactly 71 words.!
Please email your entries to by Tuesday, 21 April.
Prize for winner of €25 voucher for Pro Shop.
Looking forward to hearing from you.

Message from Club Professional Jimmy Bolger to members.
These are new uncertain times that we are in and it’s not easy being confined indoors, especially when the days are longer and the weather is improving.
The Pro Shop is looking to help any way we can.
If you have time why not send me a What’s App video of your Golf Swing and I would be happy to give you some advice. This, of course, will be free of charge.
Please ensure your video is, either face on or down the line and let me know where your bad shot is going, i.e. left or right.

My mobile is 087 6810585.

Hope to see you all soon back on the Golf Course and wish you all the very best.

Stay home & stay safe.

John O’Leary, Professional Golfer
It was sad to note the passing of former Golf Professional, John O’Leary last week.
Many members may recall that John won the Kilkenny Smithwick’s Scratch Cup back in 1969.

You will recall that in the Captains update issued to you last Thursday they mentioned that we had a number of volunteers available to assist fellow members with shopping or vital messages.
We want to highlight this to you again and give you a few details as to how it works.

– contact sboland@kilkennygolfclub .com or ring or text 086 8183754
– leave your contact number, name and Eircode if possible.
– have payment pre-arranged with the shop or pharmacy.
– wash hands thoroughly after receiving the goods.

– ring the bell, leave the shopping outside the door and then step back 2 metres.
– identify themselves. Do not open door if in doubt.
– NOT accept money or gratuity. Do not shake their hands.
– ask how you are and will report any issue.

The volunteers are only too delighted to help fellow members so do not be afraid to ask for assistance.
Stay safe.

Quotes for the week ahead
Golf is assuredly a mystifying game. Even the best golfers cannot step onto the first tee with any assurances as to what they are going to do.
W Timothy Gallwey (American Sportswriter)

Golf is twenty percent mechanics and technique. The others eighty percent is philosophy, humour, tragedy, romance, melodrama, companionship, camaraderie, cussedness and conversation.
Grantland Rice (American Sportswriter)

If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.
Bob Hope (American Comedian)

Golf, more than most games, has a number of cliches, often successfully disguised as “tips”. Watch out.
Kathy Whitworth (American professional golfer)

Golf is a sport whose secret is to hit the ball hard, straight, and not too often

I just loosen my girdle and let the ball have it.
Babe Zaharias ((American professional golfer))

Give me my golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner and you can keep my golf clubs and the fresh air.
Jack Benny ((American Comedian))

….. you can’t go into a shop and buy a good game of golf.
Sam Snead ((American professional golfer))