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GUI Podcast – Club Services Special

The latest GUI Podcast is now available and features an interview with Neil Kilgallon, Club Support Officer with the Confederation of Golf in Ireland.

The interview sheds light on the role and work of CGI and what services are available to clubs.

It is essential listening for golf club committees, management and club members alike.

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GUI Podcast: https://www.golfnet.ie/GUIPodcast

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The death has occurred of our past member John Daniel (Johnny) BOND

BOND, John Daniel (Johnny), (Swords) – February 8, 2018, (peacefully) in the presence of his loving family at the Bons Secours Hospital, late company director of Gerrards Tailoring Co. and member of Skerries Golf Club, beloved husband of the late Catherine; sadly missed by his loving daughters Sylvia, Bernadette, Ursula and Catherine, sons John and Paul, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, his sixteen grandchildren and great-grandson all of whom he loved dearly, sister Carmel, relatives, neighbours and friends.

May he Rest In Peace.

Reposing at Rock’s Funeral Home, Swords on Saturday (10th Feb.) from 3 p.m. with removal to St. Cronan’s Church, Brackenstown arriving for 5 p.m. Funeral after 10 a.m. Mass on Monday (12th Feb.) followed by burial to Rolestown Cemetery.

New Tournament Conditions

Entries open for championships as GUI publish tournament conditions

– New eligibility criteria for championships
– New handicap bands in the AIG Cups and Shields
– East of Ireland reverts to three-day format

Changes to the tournament conditions for the Golfing Union of Ireland, published today, will alter the competitive landscape for players and team captains in 2018.

The most notable differences this season are the handicap bands in the AIG Cups and Shields and eligibility criteria for championships. A new points system has been adopted for the Willie Gill Order of Merit and a new inter-club competition for boys has been introduced at under-18 level while the East of Ireland will revert to its traditional three-day schedule.

Players, Team Captains and others involved in any competition organised by the GUI or its provincial branches are reminded of the importance of reading the conditions of the event, contained in the GUI’s Tournament Conditions book (available online from www.golfnet.ie).

Meanwhile, entries are now open for all Irish and Provincial Championships for 2018. To enter championships, go to: www.golfnet.ie/online-entry

SUMMARY OF CHANGES

New points system for the Willie Gill Order of Merit
On the recommendation of the High Performance Committee the points system for the Willie Gill Order of Merit will be significantly changed. Only eight events will count – all domestic: the Irish Amateur Open and Close Championships, the North, South, East and West of Ireland Championships and the Munster and Connacht Stroke Play Championships. In addition, automatic places will be available on the Home Internationals Team from this Order of Merit in accordance with the Selection Criteria set out and published (in 2018, this criteria will entail the leading four players on the World Amateur Golf Rankings and the leading two players on the Willie Gill Order of Merit making the Home Internationals team.

New Eligibility Criteria for Championships

From 2019 the eight events on the Willie Gill Order of Merit will include an automatic exemption for anyone scoring 100 or more points on that Order of Merit in a calendar year – exemptions valid in the following year. This will replace the exemptions offered previously for the top-four finishers in the North, South, East and West of Ireland Championships in addition to the Irish Amateur Open and Close Championships. In the interim period (2018), performance-related exemptions in these eight events will be offered on the basis of achievement of the results necessary in 2017 to have gained 100 points on the Willie Gill Order of Merit in its new format. In all circumstances, the player must have entered the Championship to avail of the exemption. (See Appendix 3 of the Tournament Conditions Book for further information and a list of those who will be exempt under this rule, provided they enter the relevant championships.)

Pace of Play (Rule 6 of General Rules)

The Union’s Pace of Play regulations have been revised to remove the timing schedule from the normal enforcement – now a group will be considered out of position if they are, simply, more than one starting interval behind the group in front. Timing schedules will continue to be used to track the first group of each championship day, and to guide enforcement by referees.

Irish Boys Inter-Club Championship

In accordance with the Motion passed by the voters at the Annual Delegates’ Meetings, a new inter-club competition for Under-18 Boys will be introduced. Under 18s will be eligible to represent their clubs in this event provided that they did not hold a handicap of below 5.5 on 1 January in the year of the event, and provided that they hold a CONGU handicap that is displayed on Golfnet on the day of competition. The maximum playing handicap is 24; those with a handicap of in excess of this will play off 24 in the event.

Caddies now prohibited in the AIG Jimmy Bruen and AIG Pierce Purcell Shields
The penalty for breach is set out in the General Rules for AIG Cups and Shields.

New handicap bands in the AIG Cups and Shields
AIG Junior Cup – Lower limit reduced from 5 to 4
AIG Jimmy Bruen – Lower limit reduced from 6 to 5; Combined limit reduced from 17 to 15
AIG Pierce Purcell – Lower limit reduced from 12 to 11; Combined limit reduced from 27 to 25
GUI Four-Ball – Lower limit reduced from 16 to 15; Combined limit reduced from 36 to 34

New Local Rule

The GUI and its Branches will apply the new Local Rule recently announced jointly by The R&A and USGA for introduction in 2018 eliminating additional penalties for signing for an incorrect score due to the golfer failing to include a penalty he did not know he had incurred.

Students Championships

There is a significant change in the team format for students championships. College teams must consist of players who have individually entered and been. However, while the team must consist of at least two players there is no upper limit to the number of players who may represent the college team. The best two scores each day will count for the team score.

Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship

Due to operational and scheduling issues arising from Ireland’s hosting of the World Amateur Team Championships, a number of Irish events have been rescheduled on a one-off basis in 2018. One of these events is the Irish Under-16 Boys Amateur Open Championship, which will, for one year only, take place in June – on 20-22 June in Castle Dargan. This may affect a number of students taking state examinations, and in recognition of that fact, it has been decided to create an additional competitive opportunity for Under 16s the following week at the Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship in Belvoir Park (26-29 June), where the conditions will – for one year only – provide for at least 30 places for under 16s who enter the championship and an Under-16 medal for the leading player in that age category.

East of Ireland Championship

After trialling a new schedule in 2017, and having surveyed the players that competed last year, the Leinster Provincial Council have decided to revert to the traditional three-day schedule for the 72-hole East of Ireland Amateur Open Championship.

West of Ireland Championship

Due to light restrictions, a card count back will decide ties for 64th place after the second round of stroke play qualifying, rather than a playoff.

Tournament-Conditions-Book-2018

Skills Development Programme

Skills Development Programme is up and running.

The 2018 Short Game Clinics are underway with Club Professional, Bobby Kinsella, taking groups of Members for lessons in Putting, Chipping, Pitching and Bunker play. More than 80 Members have signed up for the clinics – a great response indeed.

The Short Game Clinics represent the first phase of a ‘Comprehensive Golf Skills Development Programme’, identified as a strategic goal in our Strategic Plan, ‘Skerries Golf Club 2022’.

Recommendations relating to the programme were developed by a Task Force, convened under the Strategic Plan Implementation Framework, involving Members and the Club Professional, in December 2017.

Based on experience gained in the delivery of these clinics, the Task Force will make further recommendations, which we hope will lead to a skills development programme, covering all aspects of the game, aimed at maximising the potential of club golfers of all ages and the success of our Club teams.

Golfnet – and how it works !

It’s that time of year again when you will want to plan your golfing year ahead and get your handicap down!

Your GUI / ILGU member card contains your unique member number and you need this for a variety of functions, one of which is for logging onto www.golfnet.ie and checking your handicap.

How do I access my handicap?

If you have not registered your details on the Golfnet site you will have to do this first.

Go to https://www.golfnet.ie/user-registration

You will need
– Your current GUI/ILGU member number, located on the back of your member card
– Your current PIN, also located on the back of your member card
– Your email address, which is entered twice to make sure we get it right

When you enter these, click on ‘Send Verification Email’. Within a few minutes an email will be sent to the address provided above with further instructions on how to create a password and get started.

If you have already registered on the new site and set up a new password, go directly to www.golfnet.ie and click ‘Login’ on the top right side of the screen.

I can’t find my member card – what should I do?
Please notify the club that it is lost so they can order you a new one. When you get it you can complete registration.

I get an error message when I click on ‘Send Verification Email’ – what’s wrong?
In most cases your member number and PIN do not match or the PIN has expired. You need to use the PIN from the most recent membership card issued. The correct card is a joint GUI & ILGU card with AIG branding on it. If your card does not have the AIG branding then you need to get the club to order a new card for you.

You may also get an error saying your member number has not been found. In this case please contact your club as you may have been deactivated in error.

Will the password I had on the old Golfnet site work?
Your old password will not allow you to login. We upgraded the security of passwords so we require all users to choose new, more secure passwords.

I haven’t got an email from Golfnet – what’s wrong?
You should check your Spam / Junk mail folders to see if the email has been filtered there.

There have been instances where emails sent to certain domains like Hotmail have not arrived. Golfnet has no control over this and in these instances we can see the emails leaving our servers. If this happens, we suggest you try an alternative email address.

I used my email address to setup another account (wife, sister, brother, husband, daughter) and now I can’t register my own account – what do I do?
Golfnet now requires each user to have an email address registered that is unique to that account. It ensures we can reset passwords to the correct user and improves overall security. You will need to use an alternative email address.

I can’t click on the link you sent me – what’s wrong?
Some email providers prevent you from clicking directly on links in emails. In these cases you need to copy and paste the link into your browser. The link we send you expires after 24 hours. If the email is older than this please start the registration process again. Clicking on an old link will not allow you to complete registration and you will get an error message.

If you need any assistance with this, see https://www.golfnet.ie/news/gui/153/help-your-guide-for-golfnet or you can email support@golfnet.ie

Captains’ Drive-In 2018

Monday January 1st 2018 saw in excess of 150 members of Skerries Golf Club braving the bitter cold at the first tee to witness Lady Captain Ciara Boylan and Mens’ Captain Dominic Henry take the first drives of the 2018 Season.

Girls’ Captain Sadhbh Culleton and Boys Captain Ethan McGarry both delivered their respective drives with considerable aplomb to the great delight of their families and many friends.   To Ciara and Dominic’s great relief they both sent their balls sailing down the first fairway to tumultuous applause and cheering.

After the customary photos of the Captains with their respective families, everyone retired to the Club House, and most enjoyed a complementary hot beverage to get the blood flowing again. Ciara, followed by Dominic then addressed those assembled to thank all who has supported them and to outline, their plans to ensure the club continues on it’s growth path in terms of the social, golfing, and financial ambitions they aspire to. Both particularly emphasised the importance of encouraging new members to join and to unstintingly support Junior Golfers – who are after all – the future of the club.

A wonderful afternoon of banter and celebrations ensued, with most of those in attendance enjoying a beautiful four course dinner – the first opportunity for many to sample the considerable culinary expertise of the Club’s new caterer Thomas Fitzpatrick. Music and singing continued late into the evening and the day unquestionably ranks as one of – if not the most – successful and enjoyable Drive Ins the club has witnessed in many years.

Attractive membership packages are available to those considering joining our friendly and welcoming club. A simple phone call to the office on (01) 8491567 is all that’s needed to get the ball rolling. The Club wishes Ciara, Dominic, Sadhbh and Ethan every success and most of all an enjoyable and fulfilling golfing season for 2018.

Christmas Opening Hours

The club’s opening hours for the Christmas period are as follows –

Office –

  • Closed from 4pm Friday 22nd December 2017 to 10am, Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Bar and Catering –

  • 26th December. Bar open from 11 to 1 with no catering.

Normal bar services from 27th onwards but catering will be limited to Breakfasts, Soup and Sandwiches, with full service returning on Sunday 31st.

Pro-Shop –

  • Closed from 12pm, 24th December 2017 and 25th December 2017.

The Committee of Management would like to wish all our members a very happy Christmas and a happy and successful New Year.

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