Tuesday, 07 April , 2020

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General Notes

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?
This week we have added a bonus to our quiz.
There is a €25 Pro shop voucher for the winner.
Below are 20 questions, which only require a true or false answer. The correct results will follow next week. In the event of a tie the winner will be selected by a draw.
You may submit your answers to me by simply typing true/false after each question and forwarding same to:

This week’s 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.
6. Through the green is the whole area of the course except all penalty areas and bunkers on the course.
7. 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.
8. The Committee may not prohibit practice on or near the putting green of the hole last played.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. The player may not touch an obstruction at address or during a backswing for a stroke when his ball is in a hazard.
12. 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.
13. The player may wrap a towel or handkerchief around the grip of the club to assist him in gripping.
14. A player may brush aside or mop up temporary water on the line of putt.
15. In match play, a player incurs no penalty for accidentally moving an opponent’s ball at rest while searching for it.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. Through the green, the player is entitled to relief from an immovable obstruction when he has intervention on his direction of play.
19. A Committee may make a Local Rule denying a player relief from interference with his stance by an abnormal ground condition.
20. Water hazard stakes may not be moved even if they are physically movable.

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

Well done to Dermot Doyle who achieved maximum score and pipped our Lady President, Carmel O’Shea (Q6), by just one point.
Sorry Dermot, no voucher for your efforts last week. Keep trying.

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, 14 April.
Prize for winner of €25 voucher for Pro Shop.
Looking forward to hearing from you.

Give-back-COVID-19. Free On-line Services
The contact below gives a list of free on-line services to help us all get through these strange and difficult times and include music, entertainment, tutorials and many other links. Enjoy.

Junior/Juvenile Club
We are thinking of all our Junior/Juvenile members during this Easter holiday period.
This would normally be the start of the Junior season with the Junior Captains Drive-in and competition.
It is strange times indeed and we hope you are all managing to keep busy and occupied and most of all, safe and well. We are especially thinking of our exam year members, both Junior and Leaving Certs and hope you are keeping focused while doing home studies, not an easy time, as we all appreciate.
However, we look forward to when we can safely resume golf and assure you we will be as eager as you to get all the Juniors back on the course and back to coaching as soon as it is possible.
In the meantime, remember to keep an eye on the website, as both the GUI and ILGU have some interesting virtual challenges.
Take care and Happy Easter.

Junior Committee

Golf is the most fun you can have without taking your clothes off.

Golf is a game that creates emotions that sometimes cannot be sustained with the club still in one’s hand.

Golf is like a love affair. If you don’t take it too seriously, it’s no fun, if you do take it seriously, it breaks your heart.

Have you ever noticed what golf spells backwards?

There’s no better game in the world when you are in good company and no worse game when you are in bad company.

Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad.

Golf is not a game of great shots. It’s a game of the most misses. The people who win make the smallest mistakes.

All I’ve against it is that it takes you so far from there Clubhouse.