Tuesday, 31 March, 2020

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General Notes
Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
It is bitterly disappointing to hear the official postponement of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open scheduled for Mount Juliet at the end of May.
The European Tour hope to re-schedule for later in the Summer when everything is back up and running.

Cups & Shields.
The J B Carr (Mens Inter Club over 60’s) and the Duggan Cup (Mens Inter Club over 50’s) have both been cancelled until 2021.

Aon Insurance
A reminder to anyone who wishes to join the Aon Members Insurance Scheme, closing date for joining and renewal on Wednesday, 01 April.
The names of those members who have already signed up has been submitted to Aon.
Anyone who wishes to join please give Sean a call in the office 056 7765400 or 087 1250853 and he can process card payments.
Members will also be able to join as the year goes on and they will be covered until
31 March 2021.
Cost for this Insurance scheme is €27.

Course News
Well done to our ground staff who, took advantage of the closure of the course and prior to the lockdown, they brought forward the hollow coring, re-scheduled for the Autumn, and completed the task last week. The enforced closure will ensure the greens have an uninterrupted period for recovery.
IBEC in consultation with the Government have deemed that grounds staff, with a letter of consent from their employers, are deemed necessary for the upkeep of the course provided they work separately and do not work in a group and each drive the same machines each day.

Pro Shop Corner
The Bonus Ball draw will resume once the all clear has been received and golf resumes again.
Those members who have entered the abandoned draw will automatically be carried forward to the new draw.

So you think you know the game of Golf
While it’s not possible to hone your skills on the Golf Course, why not test your knowledge of the rules of golf?
Below are 20 questions, which only require a true or false answer. The correct results will follow next week.
You may submit your answers to me by simply typing true/false after each question and returning same to:

Good Luck.
1. In a hazard, a player has addressed the ball when he has taken his stance.
2. Advice includes any counsel or suggestion which could influence a player in determining the choice of his club.
3. A ball is in play as soon as the player has made a stroke on a teeing ground.
4. Manufactured ice is casual water.
5. Material piled for removal by a green keeper is ground under repair.
6. Sand and loose soil are loose impediments anywhere on the course.
7. A ball is deemed to have moved if it leaves its position and comes to rest in any other place.
8. A ball is out of bounds when any part of it lies out of bounds.
9. In match play a player may concede a hole at any time prior to the conclusion of the hole.
10. Foreign material may be applied to the club face for the purpose of influencing the movement of the ball.
11. A ball is unfit for play if its surface is scratched or scraped.
12. In a handicap stroke play competition, if a competitor records a handicap which is higher than that to which he is entitled and this affects the number of strokes received, he shall be disqualified.
13. A player may ask advice during a stipulated round from only his partner or either of their caddies.
14. In match play, if a player plays when his opponent should have have played the opponent may immediately require the player to cancel the stroke so played.
15. A player may not stand outside the teeing ground to play a ball within it.
16. In no circumstances may a player touch or bend long grass when searching for his ball.
17. In stroke play the penalty for testing the condition of a hazard is two strokes.
18. A player may touch his line of putt when repairing ball marks on the putting green.
19. If a ball, at rest, is moved by an outside agency the player incurs no penalty and the ball replaced.
20. A dropped ball is re-dropped, without penalty, if it rolls out of bounds.

Obviously, there are no fixtures to report on so, I decided to give you thoughts on the game from well known Professionals and Amateurs.

Golf is, is in part, a game; but only in part. It is also in part, a religion, a fever, a vice, an abscess, a joy, a thrill, a pest, a disease, an uplift, a brooding melancholy, a dream of yesterday, and a hope for tomorrow.

Golf is an awkward set of bodily contortions designed to produce a graceful result.

Golf is like faith: it is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

A day spent in a round of strenuous idleness

It is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into a very small hole, with weapons singularly ill designed for the purpose.

Sunday,  Kilkenny Golf Club Notes
Golf is a game where the ball lies poorly and the player well.

That does look like a very good exercise. But what is the little white ball for.

Golf is a plague, invented by the Calvinistic Scots as a punishment for man’s sins.
As General Eisenhower discovered, it is easier to end the Cold War or stamp out poverty than to master this pastime.

The above thoughts are borrowed from the little book of:-

Great thoughts on the Grand Game, by Running Press.