Wednesday, 05 May, 2021

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General Notes

Resumption of Golf
Following the resumption of golf last week comes, the excellent news that golf can now be played without the two household restriction.
From next Monday, 10 May, the following changes will apply.
• Fourballs are permitted with no household restrictions
• No limits on domestic travel
• Member, guests and visitors will be permitted.
• Competition golf is due to resume on June 7th but is under ongoing review.
All other protocols will remain in place including set tee-time intervals whilst the principal of Arrive-Play-Depart without delay will continue to be implemented.

Please note members are not allowed to practice on the course. A few players were spotted playing a second ball during their round last week.
No more than 4 players should be present on the putting green at any one time to comply with social distancing.

Timesheets for this Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th remain at two households on a line.
With the easing of restrictions from next Monday May 10th all the timesheets will be set up at 10-minute intervals and may be booked by 2,3 or 4 people.
There is no restriction on the number of households on a line.
The timesheet will be set up for 18 holes but members may come in off the 8th or 13th if they do not want to play 18 holes.
The option of playing 9 holes on the back 5 will cease after Sunday 9th.
Members are allowed to book one slot in each of the 2 blocks (Sat to Mon & Tues to Fri)
You may also book a second slot in each block if you log in after 6.30pm any evening and there is a free slot on the following days timesheet.
This system should enable all members play 4 times per week if they so wish.
As heretofore the timesheets will be monitored and may be adjusted for the following week.

Please note for recording and tracing purposes you must be on the daily timesheet , you cannot turn up to play unless you have registered yourself on the booking system.
The practice ground is open and members are requested to limit their session to one hour to give everyone a chance to avail of it.
Marshalling will continue for another week to monitor the 1st tee.
Timesheets for Sat 8th to Mon 10th go live for booking at 6pm on Wed 5th and the sheets for Tues 11th to Fri 14th will go live on Friday 7th at 6pm.
Some members are missing clubs / head covers since the last play period in December 2020, if you picked up a club / head cover on the course during that period please drop it into foyer.

2.4 No Play Zones

A no play zone is a part of the course that you are not allowed to play your ball from.
You must also take relief if the no play zone interferes with your stance or area of intended swing when playing a ball outside the no play zone.

Free relief is allowed.

Identify the nearest point of complete relief and a ball must be dropped in and come to rest in this area.

Proceed as follows:-
Reference Point: Identify the nearest point of complete relief from the NO PLAY ZONE ( Mark with a Tee)
Drop a ball within one club-length of this tee, but with these limits:

A. Must be in the general area,
B. Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
C. There must be complete relief from all interference by the abnormal course condition. (In other words, must not interfere with your stance or intended swing)

Walker Cup
This Saturday and Sunday 08 & 09 May, Mark Power takes to the fairways of Seminole Golf Course in Florida as part of the GB and Ireland Walker Cup team for the 48th playing of this historical tournament.
Mark, a member of Kilkenny Golf Club, has been playing some extraordinary golf from an very early age.
Aged 9, he won the Wee Wonders, under 10 championship, held in St. Andrews, in 2009. The competition was open to all u10 golfers from Great Britain and Ireland.
His progression since then has been nothing short of phenomenal.
At just fifteen years of age, he teed it up in the Peter McEvoy Trophy, an under-18 competition and one of the most prestigious events on the calendar, he became just the second Irish winner of the trophy since Gavin Moynihan in 2012. Previous winners include Lee Westwood and Justin Rose. Marks coolness under pressure was a hallmark of that great victory and it is something he carries in his armoury which will help him during this week’s Walker Cup match.
Mark went on to win the Irish Boys title at Castle Golf Club by six strokes in 2016 and then followed that win up by defending his title in Castletroy in extraordinary fashion with an eagle two in the playoff courtesy of a holed 129-yard wedge shot. He is also a three-time winner of the Irish Boys order of merit in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Mark has become a very mature golfer at an incredibly young age and that maturity was recognised when he was selected to Captain the 2017, GB & Ireland, Jacques Leglise side at Ballybunion at the age of 17. He has played on this team in three consecutive years from 2016.
Mark made his debut in 2018, aged just 18, with the Irish Men’s Team at the Home Internationals in Conwy, Wales.
Last year Mark had a final round 66 in the prestigious English Men’s Open Amateur, Brabazon Trophy, to reach a play-off where he eventually bowed out tied 2nd. He followed that by reaching the semi-final of the Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale for another extraordinary season.
Mark is now studying and playing golf at Wake Forest, an iconic golfing institution and has already made his mark by winning the stroke play title at the East Lake Cup with a five-under par 67.
It is no surprise that Mark has such talent as he is son of Club Members Eddie and Eileen Rose Power and has a talented golfing brother, Kevin.
Eddie was a three-time winner of the Irish Men’s Close Championship (1987,1993, 1998), while Eileen Rose was a three-time winner of the Irish Ladies Close Championship (1990,1992, 1995) and was a member of the Great Britain and Ireland team at the 1994 Curtis Cup.
Along with his family, everybody in Kilkenny Golf Club and indeed, the whole of Kilkenny is extremely proud of Mark and his achievements. He has always been willing to give his time to the Junior members and has always proudly represented Kilkenny Golf Club in Inter-club tournaments including the Kilkenny Golf Club All Ireland winning Fred Daly team in 2015.
He is a brilliant ambassador, on and off the golf course and embodies the true essence of our sport. It is a fantastic honour to have been selected on the Walker Cup Team and it is very appropriate that it comes on the 125th anniversary of the Club’s foundation.
We wish Mark all the best in Florida this weekend. He has all the attributes to make his mark amongst some of the best amateur golfers in the world and this is surely the next steppingstone on his great golfing career.

The format for the Walker Cup is as follows
On Saturday, there will be four matches of foursomes in the morning and eight singles matches in the afternoon. On Sunday, there will again four matches of foursomes in the morning, followed by ten singles matches in the afternoon.
In all, 26 matches will be played. The GB & I team will require 13½ points to win back the trophy they last held in 2015.


Course News
Having been handed back the golf course in pristine condition by the Course Staff, it is extremely disappointing to see that some members continue to ignore previous reminders to repair any pitch marks they make. Several members have commented on the multiple number of pitch marks they repaired on the same green.
Likewise, there appears to be a refusal by certain individuals to replace/repair their divots, be it on the fairways or the tee box.
Before the last lockdown we had requested members to keep their own divot bag with them and replenish from the bin at the first tee each time they played golf.
We request that you continue this practice.
Please replenish divots on tee boxes using the club face of an iron which will not necessitate touching the divot box or mix.

It is common courtesy, to your fellow members, to replace divots and repair pitch marks.
Those who have divot bags please bring them with you and use them, at the moment we are requesting members to keep the bags in the car boots and fill each time you go out on the course. Hopefully we can shortly revert back to the previous set up where you could collect a bag from the rack on the way to the first tee. We have ordered another batch of bags which will be delivered in the coming week and if you require one please call to the office.

Practice Ground
For the duration of restricted golf, members, using the practice ground are only allowed to remain there for one hour, giving others ample opportunity to practice.

Course Marshalls
Members are reminded to report to the Course Marshall before commencing their round of golf. Whilst it is easy to register the members playing the 13 hole course, some players, using the nine hole course, are going directly to the 14th tee.
Government guideline require the Club to maintain a record of all golfers present each day.

Bio Diversity Programme – No Play Zone
To clarify the ruling with regards to the No Play Zone, which has arisen by the introduction of the Wild Flower zones on the course.
A ball, coming to rest in any of the new Wild Flower Zones, may be retrieved and dropped, at the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole and within one club length of the zone, without incurring a penalty.
Ladies should note that their nearest point of relief, when playing the fourth hole, is the pathway leading down from the Summer tee.
Once competitive golf resumes a further directive will be issued by the Competitions Committee.

Pro Shop Corner
Disappointingly the Pro Shop cannot open at this particular time.
Jimmy is currently offering a click and delivery service.
In the meantime, if you require anything from the Pro shop, please do not hesitate to call him on 087-6810585.

Likewise for Barry Joyce, he is not allowed re-open his catering facilities.
He will, nonetheless, continue with his take away catering at the weekends.
Meals will be available for guests on Saturday (16.30-19.30hrs) and Sunday (13.00-17.30hrs.)
Barry can be contacted on 086 820 5260 when you can place your order and arrange a collection time.
Members of the Seniors Golf Society can use their Christmas Gift vouchers as payment/ part payment for any meals they order.