Tuesday, 11 May, 2021

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General Notes

Mark Power at the Walker Cup
On Saturday and Sunday last Mark Power, Honorary Life member of Kilkenny Golf Club (celebrating it’s 125 anniversary), became the first member since the Club’s foundation to represent GB & Ireland on the Walker Cup team.
This was an incredible honour for Mark, his parents Eddie and Eileen Rose Power, his brother Kevin and extended family.
We have always known that Mark is an exceptional talent, so it should have come as no surprise to us, how well he played on the very tough Semonile course and how he carried himself on the world stage.
However, the imperious nature of his three victories, two with fellow Irishman John Murphy, was an amazing feat for one so young and to contribute 25% of the total of 12 points that the team achieved in a narrow defeat to the USA was beyond everyone’s wildest dreams (except perhaps Marks!)
Along the way, Mark took the scalp of the number 3 amateur player in the world, David Thompson, in an impressive 3&2 singles victory on Saturday afternoon.
In the morning foursomes and coming from 3 down the Irish partnership won 4 of the last 6 holes to win the match on the 18th green.
Mark’s 100% record on Saturday was therefore, a crucial part in the fact that the GB& Ireland team trailed by only two points going into Sunday.
On Sunday morning, Mark and John led the team out first and began their match birdie, birdie, eagle to leave the hotly fancied USA pair Coody and Pak, no’s 2 and 4 in the world, reeling and 3 down. This set the foundation for a hard-fought win with Mark lagging a magnificent putt on the 18th to close the match out.
Mark was given the honour of leading the team off for the afternoon singles where he suffered his only defeat of the weekend, after a gruelling schedule.
Unfortunately, the GB and Ireland team lost out by only 2 points to one of the strongest ever teams from the USA in the Walker Cup.
It augurs well for the future and we look forward to following Marks’s progression closely over the coming years.
On Sunday evening we sent the following message to Mark, on behalf of the Captains, Presidents, officer’s, members, and staff of the club.
Hi, Mark,
Many congratulations on your selection for the GB and Ireland Walker Cup team for 2021, and for your magnificent performance in Seminole over the weekend.
You are a credit to your family, and you are an incredibly special ambassador for Kilkenny Golf Club, making so many of the members, young and old, so proud and so happy to see you performing at such a high level.
We know that you had only a few supporters present in Florida, but rest assured there were hundreds of Kilkenny Golf Club members watching your every shot and walking the fairways with you, if only through our TV screens.
Your record of three wins over the weekend, in such exalted company, was exceptional for one of the youngest players on the team and the honour of leading the team off twice on Sunday is a testament to the esteem you are held in by the GB & Ireland Management Team and the belief that they have in your ability.
We know that you may be disappointed that the Team did not bring home the trophy but, through your victories and defeat, you will be a stronger competitor and bolstered for future campaigns with the experience that you have gained playing with your Teammates and opponents alike, on such a world stage.
Very importantly you are inspiring so many of our Juvenile and Junior golfers to enjoy and excel at the game.
We look forward to seeing you again in the Summer when Kilkenny Golf Club will have the opportunity to honour your great achievement.
In the meantime, we wish you all the best for the remainder of your sporting and academic year in Wake Forest.”

With the timesheets not under too much pressure the restrictions on bookings will be eased from today. Along with your one booking in each block (Sat to Sun and Mon to Fri) players may book rounds by logging in after 6.30pm any evening and if there slots available on the following days timesheet they may book them. They may do this each evening if they so wish.
If fairness to everyone we would request that players comply with the 6.30pm timeframe to ensure everyone gets an equal chance to book.

Casual Golf
Yesterday saw the return of 18 Hole casual golf, without the household restrictions, for Club Members. The return of guests and competitions will be allowed from next Monday, 17 May.
Details of the various competitions are being finalised and once completed will be available on the Club V1 app.

Team News
The revised draws for the coming season’s AIG Cups and Shields have been published and Kilkenny’s participation is listed below.
Due to the Covid restrictions the various competitions will be on a head to head basis as opposed to the regional qualifiers of previous years.

Mixed Foursomes:- Borris v Kilkenny to be completed on or before 20 June.
Team Managers:- Mags. Cuddihy & Morgan Doyle

Senior Cup:- Wexford v Kilkenny to be completed on or before 13 June.
Team Managers:- Mark Shortall & Dermot Doyle

Barton Shield:- Palmerston House v Kilkenny, to be completed on or before 20 June.
Team Managers:- Mark Shortall & Dermot Doyle

Jimmy Bruen:- St. Helens Bay v Kilkenny to be completed on or before 13 June.

Junior Cup:- Kilkenny v Abbeyleix. 2nd round completed by 27 June
Team Managers:- Richard Duggan & Des Woods

Pierce Purcell:- Kilkenny v Kilkea Castle or Athy 4 July Bye into 2nd Round
Team Managers:- Derek Shelly & Benny Cleere

Provincial Towns:- Kilkenny v Mount Juliet to be completed on or before 13 June.
Team Managers:- John Byrne & Derek O’Gorman

Barton Cup:- Enniscorthy v Kilkenny to be completed on or before 20 June
Team Managers:- Gavin Lonergan & Milo Kavanagh

Fred Daly:- Enniscorthy v Kilkenny to be completed on or before 13 June.
Team Managers:- Michael Keenan & A N Other.

Duggan Cup:- Kilkenny v Carlow to be completed on or before 20 June.
Team Managers:- Ben McGarry & Aidan Phelan

Clubs named first in round one will have home advantage (three matches), whilst a decision on second round matches will be finalised at a later date.

Golf Ireland – WHS
Golf Ireland have communicated to all Handicap Secretaries, Nationwide, that they are carrying out a review of all Elite golfers Handicap Index.
The results of this review will be completed by 16 May.
Golf Ireland will communicate with Clubs thereafter.

Senior Gents
We’re back. The green light has been given to the Senior Gents Golf Society to resume their weekly competitions from Thursday, 20 May.
Bookings become available through the BRS system, from 18.00hrs this Friday (14th) and will close on Monday (17th) at 15.00hrs..
There is only one time block for the moment, so please enter your name anywhere in the allocated time frame between 10.10 – 13.20 hrs. The draw will take place on Tuesday and will be available for checking, on-line, by 17.30 hrs..
Members are reminded to observe the arrive-play-depart protocol.
Please find attached the members handicaps, off the green tees, for this year. They are the handicaps from the WHS with some exceptions, for Society handicaps, as in previous years.

Pro Shop Corner
Attached a further update from Club Professional Jimmy Bolger.

I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying being back playing golf again.
In line with guidance from the Government and Professional Golfers Association the Pro shop will remain closed as it is a non essential retail outlet. Hopefully the shop will be allowed to open and normal trade will resume in a few weeks.
In the meantime I am currently offering a click and delivery service. Therefore if you require anything from the pro shop please do not hesitate to call me on 087-6810585.
Unfortunately adult individual golf coaching is not permitted either at this stage.
I look forward to seeing you all and I will keep you updated with any further changes to the guidelines as they occur.

Kind regards

Titleist Fitting Day
The first custom fitting day of the season will be held next Friday, 14 May.
There are only six slots, so early booking is essential.
If you would like to try all the latest models on offer from Titleist call Jimmy on 087 6810585 to book you slot.

Ladies Club Notes

Senior Ladies
Just like their male counterparts, the Ladies Senior Golf Society resume their weekly competitions on Thursday, 20 May.
The entry sheet will be up on the notice board in Ladies lobby with the draw to be made next Tuesday and the details will be posted on the BRS that evening.