Tuesday, 25 August, 2020

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General Notes
President, Michael Grant’s Prize.
There was an excellent turnout for Club President, Michael Grant’s day.
In excess of 330 cards were returned for the two day competition.
Conditions weren’t as pleasant as that for the Captain’s day with the ball collecting mud on occasions, resulting in a comparative low scoring leader board.
Congratulations to Kieran Hoban (10), who’s front nine of 21 points, included a birdie and five pars, set the foundation for a winning score of 40 points, just one ahead of Mikey Drennan on 39.
Jeff Kealy won the student prize with a very fine 40 points.
Disappointingly for Michael Grant, due to Covid 19, there was no presentation of prizes on the evening.
Hopefully the Prize Presentation night will be able to take place on a future date when restrictions have eased

Brabazon Trophy. (English men’s amateur stroke play championship)
Kilkenny’s Mark Power fell agonisingly short of a memorable victory after lighting up the Brabazon Trophy with a superb final day showing at Sherwood Forest Golf Club.
Lying one shot back after the opening two rounds Mark posted a disappointing two over, 73, in round three.
Power’s final day five-under par round of 66 bettered the field by a full four strokes on Friday and included two eagles in a blistering front nine of 33.
He matched that score on the way home, picking up two more birdies in the process to set the clubhouse target at minus 10 and when those in front faltered, a sudden death play-off was confirmed with Power, joined by Frenchnman, David Ravetto and Dane Christoffer, both at 10-under.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Wake Forest man Power, however, who bowed out at the first extra hole (par) before glory was confirmed for France when Ravetto birdied the next.

Mark continues his quest for further glory this week when he plays in the qualifying rounds of the British Amateur Championship being held in Royal Birkdale with the top 64 from the stroke-play going into the match-play.

New COVID guidelines issued by Government 18 August, 2020
As part of the recent government guidelines on COVID 19 there are a few important changes to the protocols to be observed in the Golf Club.
The good news is that we can continue to play golf and continue to use the club facilities including the Proshop, bar and restaurant once everyone adheres to the guidelines set down.
The bar and catering staff have the unenviable job of trying to ensure everyone abides by the guidelines.
They are providing a wonderful service at this time and we would ask for your full cooperation with them at all times.
The abiding principle within the club is, to ensure the safety of all members, staff and visitors and every member has a personal responsibility to ensure this happens.
A big thanks to all the members who have helped to ensure that this has been the case to date and thank you in advance for your understanding and patience throughout these unprecedented times.
The following are the key guidelines with new guidelines included.
Full COVID 19 guidelines have previously been sent to all members.

Course and Proshop
• Booking a tee time in advance remains compulsory.
Bookings via BRS or, in exceptional case, by phone to the office.
• The player booked on line must play.
• If a player cannot play, they must cancel their time. It is not
acceptable to give your tee time to someone else.
• There is to be no mixing between groups. Under no circumstances can you
join with another group on the course.
• Strict adherence to 2 metre physical distancing before and after events
and on the course at all times.
• Strict avoidance of gatherings including social gatherings before or
after events.
• Maximum 2 customers allowed in the pro shop at any one time.
• Ladies score entry area: Maximum two ladies at any one time and one at
computer terminal.

Face Coverings
Face coverings must be worn on entering all parts of the clubhouse including the pro-shop, locker rooms, toilets, and bar areas. All customers in the bar area must wear a face covering until seated and again on departure.

Bar and Restaurant area
• Tables must be pre booked.

• Opening time is10.30am with food available from 11.00-19.30hrs. If you want a meal outside of these times please contact Barry and he will facilitate.
• Bar and restaurant must close by 23.30hrs.
• On entering the bar area go directly to a seating area.
• Members cannot approach the bar area or stand at the bar. Once seated the staff will take your food and drink orders.
• Once seated customers can only leave their tables to use the toilets, pay or depart the Clubhouse.
• No mixing with other seated groups.
• No formal or informal events or parties can be organised on the premises. This includes any prize presentations.
• The maximum amount of time a person can remain in the clubhouse is 105 minutes.

•Golf competitions and matches are to revert to behind-closed-doors. This includes inter- club matches and club championships.
Attendance by one parent or guardian in a safeguarding capacity for those aged 17 and under is permitted and wouldn’t be considered a ‘spectator’ in this case. No spectators are currently permitted following the announcement of new restrictions on Tuesday, 18 August.

Course News
Divot repair session.
A very big thank you to the 16 volunteers who turned up for the divot repair session last evening. These sessions are going since 2012 and some of the original volunteers continue to turn out for the sessions. Thanks also to those who turned out yesterday morning to collect litter on the course. All of this volunteer work is most welcome. The Course committee very much appreciate your help.
It is very disappointing to see, that there is, a large contingent of members who still refuse to take a bag of sand mix with them.
Please help maintain our course by doing so from now on.

Saturday, Sunday, 22, 23 August. President, Michael Grant’s Prize. CSS. Saturday – 72. Sunday – 72.
1. Kieran Hoban (10), 40
2. Mikes Drennan (14), 39 (B6)
3. Bill Walsh (18), 39
Gross:- Harry Duggan (Scr.), 35
Category 4-7:- Brian Orr (7), 38 (B9)
Category 8-11:- James Bateman (9), 39
Category 12-15:- Thomas Lennon (13), 38
Category 16-19:- Bryan Skehan (17), 35
Category 20 + :- Pat Dunphy (22), 38
Past President:- Tom Gunning (16), 35
Student:- Jeff Kealy (3), 40
Junior:- Sean Keenan (9), 38

Two’s Club
6th. Philip Brennan, Liam O’Hara, Noel Power, Tommy Barry, David Farragher, Emmet Boland, Rory MacEneaney, Patrick Morris, Padraig Keegan, Patrick Walshe, Dave McMahon, Ciaran Aylmer,
10th. Cormac Hickey, James Bateman, Michael Kinchella, 15th. Stephen Collier, Christy Power, Patrick Morris,
17th. Liam Barrett, PJ Martin, Sean Keenan, Jeff Kealy.
Each ‘Two’ receives €27.50 credit in the Pro Shop.

Thursday & Friday, 21 & 22 August. O’Loughlins GAA Golf Classic
Despite the dire forecast for Thursday and Friday, storm Ellen did not disrupt the annual running of the O’Loughlin Gaels Golf Classic.
68 teams participated and were practically rain free over both days.
The organisers are extremely grateful to all who played and also the large number of sponsors who supported the event, in these most difficult times.
There was a lot of praise for the excellent condition of the course, the organisation within the Clubhouse, and the high standard and quality of the food served.

1. Buggy Auctioneers.
David Buggy (9), Sean Buggy (19), Jack Buggy (14), (all ‘Comer), 95 (B9)
2. Jim Burke Pub
Alan Snype (20), Richie Hogan (17), (‘Comer), Benny Mc Guire (13) (Callan), 95 (B6)
3. Fenians GAA Club.
Billy Fitzpatrick (17), Matty Walsh (13), John Tobin (20), (all Rathdowney), 95

Senior Gents
There was a late cancellation of the weekly Seniors outing due to the severe weather caused by storm Ellen, last Thursday.
Weather permitting, normal golf will resume this Thursday, with the third round of the Golfer of the year taking place.
Seniors please note that if the early and late blocks are full when you are trying to book, you MUST use the waiting list to enter your name.
You are not allowed to put your name in on the Members Casual Golf lines.

Pro Shop Corner
Bonus Ball
This is not a mis-print or a “copy and paste” error.
For the second week in a row and his third time of winning the Bonus ball draw, the winner is, once again, Liam Barrett.
Well done Liam. Maybe you should do the Lotto!!!!
The next draw will be held on Saturday, 29 August.
Call into the Pro Shop to get your number. Cost €5.

Ladies Club Notes
Sunday, 30 August. Lady President, Carmel O’Shea’s Prize
The competition will be 18 Hole Stableford for the Lady President’s Prize.
There will also be a Nine Hole Stableford competition for those ladies who wish to play same.
Times also allotted in the afternoon for a six hole stroke competition for the ‘Ladies into Golf’ who have not yet achieved a handicap.
Wishing everyone a most enjoyable day.

Marking Cards.
When Marking cards ladies, two names are required i.e. the player and the marker.
The player must record her own score and that of her marker. This is required to verify scores – otherwise, there is no record that score has been verified when finished the round.

Dates for your Diary
Tuesday Competitions:
Wednesday, 26 August. 18 Hole STABLEFORD, A B C D and 9 Hole Stableford.
Enter playtime on BRS system.

NOTE; Tuesday, 01 September. – 18 Hole Two erspon Team Event – also
Eight Hole Two person Team Event.

· Lady Captain’s Prize will take place on Saturday, 12 September.

In order to qualify to win the above major prizes please make sure you have played in and submitted results for 2x18Hole Tuesday competitions. (Open Days do not count)

Second Round matches to be played by following dates;
Tostal Cup: – to 18 Hcap to be played by 3rd September
Nore Cup: 19-28 Hcap, to be played by 31st August
Nancy Todd: 29-36 Hcap, to be played by 31st August
Plate: over 37 Hcap, to be played by 3rd September

Please make sure ladies to put entry fee €5 in brown envelope – for various matchplay competitions.

Round Robin Competition:
All Round Robin matches to be played by Monday, 31 August.

Tuesday, 18 August. Ladies 18 Hole Stableford
1. Sarah Molloy (4), 37 pts (B9)
2. Ella Dunphy (17), 37 pts
Gross:- Eileen Rose Power (3), 31 pts
3. Ann Widger (22), 34 pts (B9)
4. Helen Butler (21), 34 pts
5. Mary Ruth (31), 33 pts

Saturday:- CSS – 76 Par – 73
Sunday:- CSS – 74 Par – 73
Tuesday:- CSS – 74 Par – 73

Nine Hole Stableford
1. Mary Bradshaw (11), 19 pts
2. Mary Norton (5), 16 pts

Senior Ladies
As with the Senior Gent’s there was no competition last week.
Our next outing will be this Thursday, 27th.
Bookings are available on line on the BRS.

Junior/Juvenile Club
Monday, 17 August. Joint Captains Prize to Juniors. 18 Hole Stableford.
1. Becky Peters (37), 37pts. (B9). (Lady Captain’s Prize Winner)
2. Rachel Dowling (34), 37 Pts
3. Sophia O’Shea (25), 32 Pts

Boys – Full Handicap
1. Billy Fitzpatrick (14), 41 Pts (Club Captain’s Prize Winner)
2. Luke Bateman (17), 37 Pts
3. David Mulrooney (17), 35 Pts

Boys – Junior Handicap
1. Bill Whelan (19) 39 Pts
2. Darragh Lawlor (26) 35 Pts
3. Ruarc Sweeney (22) 35 Pts
4. Ardagh O Shea (26) 32 Pts
64 Players took part

Tuesday, 25 August
08.00-14.00 Course Closed for tining & Maintenance, 17.40-20.00 Members Casual Golf – Weather Dependant.
Wednesday, 26 August
08.20-09.50 Ladies 18 Hole Singles , 09.59-10.17 Ladies Nine Hole Competition, 10.44-12.14 Members Casual
12.23-13.35 Ladies 18 Hole Singles , 13.44-14.02 Ladies Nine Hole Competition , 14.11-14.20 Ladies 18 Hole Singles
14.29 Ladies Into Golf, 14.47-15.50 Members Casual Golf, 15.59-17.30 Ladies 18 Hole Singles
17.40-20.00 Members Casual Golf
Thursday, 27 August
08.20-09.00 Members Casual Golf , 09.10-10.10 Senior Ladies , 10.20-13.20 Senior Gent’s, 13.30-14.50 Members Time
15.00-16.50 SOS Golf Classic, 17.00-20.00 Members Casual Golf
Friday, 28 August
08.10-08.50 Members Casual Golf, 09.00-16.30 SOS Golf Classic, 16.45-20.00 Members Casual Golf
Saturday, 29 August
07.30-08.30 Members Casual Golf , 08.40-10.28 Three Person Team Event, 10.36-12.59 Visitors
13.05-13.59 Members Casual Golf, 14.17-17.05 Three Person Team Event, 17.15-20.00 Members Casual Golf
Sunday, 30 August
07.30-09.54 Lady President, Carmel O’Shea’s Prize. 18 Hole Stableford, 10.03-10.21 Lady President, Nine Hole Competition
10.30-13.21 Lady President, Carmel O’Shea’s Prize. 18 Hole Stableford, 13.30-13.48 Ladies President Nine Hole Competition
13.57-15.54 Lady President, Carmel O’Shea’s Prize. 18 Hole Stableford, 16.03-16.21 Ladies Into Golf
17.40-20.00 Members Casual Golf ,
Monday, 31 August
08.10-10.00 Members Casual Golf, 10.08-12.05 Three Person Team Event
12.59-13.53 Members Casual Golf, 14.02-16.53 Three Person Team Event, 17.10-20.00 Members Casual Golf
Tuesday, 01 September
08.15-08.35 Members Casual Golf , 08.45-09.45 Ladies Two Person Team Event, 09.55-10.25 Ladies Eight Hole Two Person Team Event
10.35-10.45 Ladies Into Golf. 10.55-12.15 Members Casual Golf, 12.25-13.25 Ladies Two Person Team Event
13.35-14.05 Ladies Eight Hole Two person team Event , 14.15-14.25 Ladies Into Golf, 14.35-15.45 Members Casual Golf
16.25-17.35 Ladies Two Person Team Event,17.45-17.55 Members Casual Golf, 18.55-20.55 Members Casual Golf
Wednesday, 02 September
07.00-08.12 Members Time , 11.00-13.00. Visitors, 13.10-14.30 Members Casual Golf
14.40-15.30 Ladies Past Captains 15.40-20.00 Members Casual Golf