Author: Communications Committee

Golf updates – Competitions, Teams etc.

Ladies Overall Team Manager (Mary Dowling) update

Mary McKenna
A most exciting evening of golf went all the way to the 19th on Wednesday 27th April after ten matches (five in Ballinascourney and five in Skerries). Skerries made a fantastic comeback only to lose on the 19th when the opposition sank an exceptionally long putt. Well done to all the players, the Team Manager Grainne O’Connor and her Assistant Catherine Noone.

Fingal Seniors
Skerries played the first of six matches against The Island on Monday 25th April. The Island won 6 points and Skerries 2 points. The next match is against Elm Green on the 30th April.

Upcoming matches

Sunday 1st May – Junior Foursomes v Ardee. 2 matches away at 3 pm and one match in Skerries at 15.45pm.

Saturday 7th May – Intermediate Cup v Co Louth. 3 matches at home and 2 away at 3.30pm.

Sunday 8th May – Senior Cup v Dundalk. 3 matches at home and 2 away at 3.30 pm.

Spring League
The 3rd Round is underway and is due to be completed by 30th April. The two teams with the best aggregate points will go head to head in the Final.

Men’s Team update

Uden Cup
Skerries were just edged out of the competition by the current Uden Cup holders The Island with wins of 3 matches to 2. Well done to all the players and manager Gerry Lloyd.

Next matches

Thursday 28 April – J.B. Carr Trophy vs Beaverstown G.C. @14:30

Saturday 30th April – McDonnell Cup vs Howth @15.00 (3 matches at home ,2 away)

Saturday 30th April – All Ireland 4 ball vs St. Annes @15.00 (3 matches at home, 2 away )

Sunday 1st May – Barton Shield v Portmarnock

Please support the teams both home and away.

Events, Benefits & Socials Update

1. Friday 22nd April – The 2022 “9 and dine” got off to flying start. There were a large number of entrants, the food was excellent and a great night of music and fun was had by all. A big thank you to the sponsors Kube and congratulations to the winners 1st (on countback) Ann and Mick Ahern, 2nd Joan and Robert Kehoe.

2. Friday 29th April – Matt Murphy Benefit Day
This fundraiser is almost booked out. Please note there will be volunteers managing the car park for the day so please follow their directions. The practice ground will be closed all day as it is required for car parking. If you have any queries please contact Chris Alcock or Brian Sherwin for details.

3. Sunday 1st May – Short Game Area Launch
Join Stan Pyke, Kingsley Lewis and Club Captains for the formal opening of the Short Game area at 4pm on Sunday 1st May. Our Club Pro Bobby will give a short game masterclass at the launch.

4. Sunday 1st May – Skerries Youth Support Services
Are running a 12-hour Static Cycle fundraiser from 8am-8pm in Floraville. As always, they would like people to come and join in and support

5. Friday 6th May – Martin Browne testimonial day.
Format 4 person rumble and full singles handicap apply. For persons with no golf handicap. Maximum: men 18, women 28. Please check the timesheet for available slots
– €120 per Team and payment options are as follows
– Bobby Kinsella, Pro shop.
– Peter Counihan 087 6774027 Revolut.
– Please book in advance with Mizan at 01-8493135 or 8491567 ext 3 if you wish to dine
after your golf round.
– If you are unable to play perhaps you might consider sponsoring a tee/green. Also
volunteers will be required on the day. If you are available please contact any of the
– Peter Counihan 0876774027
– Emer Mullins 0868937728
– Gerry Lloyd 0862543959
– Mary Kenny 0872185750

6. Friday 27th May – SAVE THE DATE – Skerries Golf Club Corporate day

Members Course Update

As you will be aware the surface at the back of the 17th green has been bad for quite a while.

A sub-surface investigation of the green has been carried out and the COM is advised that the roots of the Poplar trees that surround the back and side of the green have infested the green.

Included with this post are the survey photos of the damage caused to the green by the roots of these trees.

We were told that tree roots generally grow to the width of the crown of the tree but on Poplars they can spread 50 to 60 metres from the tree. Poplars are thirsty trees and the capillary type roots shown in the photos are part of the root system that have invaded the green, growing into pipes and drains, sucking away both the moisture and the nutrients from the fertiliser put on the green.

No amount of watering at night or hand watering during the day has helped the surface recover.

The COM has been advised that the Poplar is not a recommended species to have on a golf course for all of the above reasons. Unfortunately, we have 4 of these trees beside the 17th and they are destroying our green.

The Committee of Management has decided to address this issue in two ways.

Short Term (Early May)

Dig a trench at the back and right side of green. The purpose of this trench is to break as much as possible of the attacking roots which will give the green some much needed respite.

Long Term

Apply for a tree felling licence to remove the Poplars around the 17th Green. The Licence will also request permission to remove some if not all of the Poplars at the back of the 14th Green. The awarding of the licence can take up to 6 months to be granted. It is planned that when the licence is granted that the removal of the Poplars will be part of the winter programme late 2022/early 2023. All of this work will be done in house by our own staff who have been trained for this work.

The COM deeply regrets that it must stipulate the removal of these landmark trees but this has been deemed necessary to try and save the green. It is intended that any trees removed will be replaced by suitable native trees.

Committee of Management

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