Tuesday, 27 October, 2020

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General Notes
Once again, the golfing fraternity has been left high and dry.
Despite the efforts of the GUI and the Sports Council, the Government has refused to budge and have closed all aspect of golf for the next six weeks.
All golf courses in the 26 counties along with the practice areas, putting greens and practice nets are out of bounds.
During the last lockdown period, some members thought it was possible to use the practice facilities.
This is not permitted under level 5 of the lockdown protocols and members are require to adhere to this ruling.
Whilst the lockdown is for six weeks it is expected there will be a review after four weeks.
The government has allowed the Ground Staff permission to maintain the golf course and to this end, Sean Dowling and his team have put in place a programme of maintenance for the duration of lockdown.
Work has commenced on the spiking of all fairways, all pathways and rough are to be aerated and the greens continue to be treated and improved. The installation of water to the approaches of the outstanding six greens has been completed.
Later and prior to our return to golf, mulch will be applied to the relevant areas.

This is a very difficult time for all but, we must adhere to the protocols laid down and hope that we will come through this pandemic safely.
While we will miss our regular golf, including the newly launched November Christmas Hamper Series, kindly sponsored by O’Brien’s Butchers, Loughboy and Caulfield’s Supervalu, Loughboy, it is more important that we stay safe, keep an eye on our colleagues, in the belief that we will be dusting off the clubs, donning the wet gear and walking the fairways once again, long before Christmas.

During the lock down, any queries or bookings members may have, can still be resolved by contacting Sean, using the office number 056 776 5400

World Handicap System.
With the deadline for the introduction of the World Handicap System fast approaching (Mon. 02 Nov.), members will be able to get a preview of their new Handicap Index by logging into Golfnet at some stage this week (date to be confirmed by Golf Ireland). Members should not accept this as their actual Index as Golf Ireland have to confirm the slope rating. Once the slope is confirmed, Golf Ireland have asked all Handicap Committees to then carry out a full comparison of the new index and the old CONGU handicap to ensure there are no drastic moves upwards or downwards and to adjust accordingly. It is hoped that this will be completed by the launch date of 2nd November.

Barry Joyce will continue his take-away service again this week-end with the exception of Friday evening.
He will continue with the Saturday (note extended hours) and Sunday takeaway and will be available on Saturday from 17.00 to 20.00hrs and from 13.00 to 17.30hrs. on Sunday.
Members, wishing to avail of this service, are requested to phone Barry on 086 820 5260.
Barry will confirm the menu available and confirm a collection time for your order.

Wednesday, 21 October. Ladies & Gent’s Open Singles
1. Sean Keenan(8), 43
2. Jim White (9), 41
3. Richie Guilfoyle (3), 40
Gross:- Harry Duggan (+1), 38
Category 4-7:- Tim Kealy (5), 39
Category 8-11:- Eamon O’Connor (11), 40
Category 12-15:- Thomas Comerford (12), 39
Category 16-19:- Matthew Russell (19), 37
Category 20 + :- Peter Dabinett (21), 37

Two’s Club
There is no result available for Wednesday’s Two’s Club.

Pro Shop Corner
Bonus Ball Draw
Wednesday’s Bonus Ball winner was Jim Rhatigan.
Jim will have his account, in the Pro Shop, credited with a €230 voucher.
Due to close down the weekly draw has been suspended and will resume again once we return to golf.

Ladies Club Notes
Tuesday, 20 October. 18 Hole Stableford.
1. Stephanie Downes (31), 33 pts (B9)
2. Margaret McCreery (20), 33 pts
Gross:- Eileen Rose Power (2), 27 gross pts

CSS:- Sunday – 76

Nine Hole Stableford
1. Mags Duggan (25), 19pts

Stay Safe Everybody.