Author: Kingsley Lewis

Mens 9 Hole Single Stableford Front 9 Results for 30/12/2020

Mens 9 Hole Single Stableford Front 9

30 December 2020
CSS Non-Qualifying
Entry: 53
1st Gerry Lloyd (H/Cap 10) 25 Pts Last 6  
2nd Tommy D’Alton (H/Cap 10) 25 Pts    
3rd Alan Early (H/Cap 4) 23 Pts Last 3  
Mens 9 Hole Singles Back 9
1st David Smith (H/Cap 10) 21 Pts   40  

2nd Paul Keogh (H/Cap 7) 20 Pts Last 6 30  

3rd Noel Sweetman (H/Cap 9) 20 Pts Last 3 15  

Entry: 57
Two’s Competition
No Two’s recorded. Carryover to next comp on the 
Two’s Entry: 15
Weather: Cold

Statement on golf in the Republic of Ireland December 24th 2020

Statement on golf in the Republic of Ireland

24 Dec 2020

Update –  24th December 2020:

Update to guidance for Golf Clubs in the Republic of Ireland during Level 5

Sport Ireland have today (24th December) issued a further update to the current Level 5 measures, which will remain in place until 12th January 2021. This will require golf clubs to urgently note the following additional points:

  • Participants in sport and exercise in unsupervised/uncoached activity must be from no more than two households.
  • Therefore, groups playing on golf courses during these Level 5 measures must be confined to a maximum of two households.
  • This means that all tee times must be either two-balls, or alternatively three-balls and four-balls where players in the group are from no more than two households. A household for these purposes includes a household support bubble, guidance for which is available here:

We have made Sport Ireland aware of the issues regarding the implementation of this change in the short-term as timesheets for golf club activities are likely in operation for at least the next several days. However, we are urging golf clubs to update their timesheet booking systems to take account of this changed guidance as soon as possible.

These additional requirements from Sport Ireland come against a backdrop of escalating public health challenges with the incidence of COVID-19 rising exponentially in Ireland. Golf Ireland therefore strongly encourages golf clubs to implement this change, and in doing so continue to exhibit the high level of compliance that has made it possible for our sport to continue to remain open and accessible during the current Level 5 measures.

The above update must be read in conjunction with our previous statement issued on 22 December  below.


Statement from 22nd December 2020
Following continued discussions with government authorities and Sport Ireland, Golf Ireland welcomes the fact that golf courses and facilities will be permitted to remain open as the Republic of Ireland moves again to Level 5 on a phased basis from 24 December.

The guidance issued by Golf Ireland on 27 November 2020 continues to apply to all golf clubs (see here: ), with the following important updates:
At 3pm on 24 December, Restaurants and pubs operating as restaurants will close. After this point, clubhouse access should once again be confined to use of toilet facilities (provided they can be kept clean) and initial retrieval of golf equipment from lockers. If toilet facilities are open, clubs should adopt a one-in, one-out approach. Outdoor dining is not permitted, and golfers should depart the facility following the conclusion of their game as soon as possible.

From 26th December, inter-county travel restrictions will be reintroduced and will, as always, apply to sporting activity.

While all retail, including pro shops, are permitted to remain open, the Government is asking all retailers to defer any plans for January sales events (see for more).

Further guidance will be issued to clubs in line as and when government change the current Level 5 status.

Clubs seeking guidance on Annual General Meetings are encouraged to email for support.

Captain’s Drive-In Postponed

2021 is almost upon us, so many people will be glad to see 2020 behind us with all the difficulties that it brought with it. We are not out of the woods yet, but we are hopeful that we can have a good golfing year again despite the challenges and uncertainties that we are faced with.
Our traditional Captain’s Drive-in will not take place on January 1st, with restrictions and member safety firmly in our minds we need to postpone this event.
We will, as soon as practically possible have our Drive-in and celebrate the start to another golfing season.

For now, we wish that you all stay safe and have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.

Captain’s Elect
Ailish Humphreys & Declan Bowers

Ladies Front Tuesday & Alternate day 9 Hole Single Stableford Results for 15/12/2020

Ladies Front Tuesday & Alternate day 9 Hole Single Stableford

Tuesday 15 December 2020
CSS Non-Qualifying
Entry: 88
Hamper Sheila McGl.oughlin HCI 17.5 (H/Cap 10) 20 Pts     
Class 1
1st Jane Branagan HCI 19.6 (H/Cap 11) 17 Pts Last 6   
2nd Noreen Giblin HCI 19.8 (H/Cap 10) 17 Pts On Tie   

Class 2
1st Anne Kenny HCI 28.6 (H/Cap 16) 19 Pts Last 6   
2nd Camilla McLoughlin HCI 28.5 (H/Cap 16) 19 Pts On Tie   

Class 3
1st Bernadette Dardis HCI 34.9 (H/Cap 20) 19 Pts Last 6   
2nd Moya Gorey HCI 32.1 (H/Cap 18) 19 Pts On Tie   

Class 4
1st Maeve Donnnelly HCI 42.7 (H/Cap 24) 18 Pts     
2nd Elizabeth Heffernan HCI 47.4 (H/Cap 26) 14 Pts     

Two’s Competition
Sonia Neary on the 7 Hole  
Two’s Entry: 7

The World Handicap System

Course Handicaps and Playing Handicaps; Slopes and Ratings; Index and Differentials – welcome to the WHS!

The World Handicap System, a new and different way of administering and applying our handicaps, will commence in less than two weeks – 2nd November.

For an example of how it will work, visit our WHS webpage – scroll down the homepage for the link or access it directly at: https//

Marketing, Communications and IT Sub-Committee


After landmark votes at separate meetings held today, the Irish Ladies Golf Union and the Golfing Union of Ireland have formally approved the establishment of Golf Ireland.

 The Irish Ladies Golf Union approved a special resolution at their AGM, while simultaneously the Golfing Union of Ireland passed a motion at a Special General Meeting. In the case of the GUI, for the first time in its history postal voting was permitted, and 292 of the Union’s 395 clubs availed of this facility.  A further 34 clubs attended and voted at the meeting. 269 clubs attended the ILGU AGM to cast their vote.


 GUI RESULT 94% in favour of the proposal

 ILGU RESULT  100% in favour of the proposal

 The result of both votes is the outcome of a three-year process of discussion and consultation between the two Unions, internally with their respective clubs and regional bodies, and externally with key national and international stakeholders.

 It will mean the game of golf in Ireland will now, for the first time, have an all-inclusive governing body.

Throughout the consultation period, the benefits of this have been acknowledged in terms of attracting funding and commercial partners, as well as providing a boost for the image of the game. Once established, Clubs will only have to deal with one body when it comes to handicapping, inter-club events, club supports and game development.

 A Transition Period will immediately commence, with the intention for this to culminate with the first AGM and regional meetings of Golf Ireland happening in the final quarter of 2020, paving the way for the organisation to ‘go live’ on 1 January 2021.

 The transitions period will involve the organisation taking shape through creation of a regional and national structure and the drawing up of rules and processes to underpin the activities of the organisation, all overseen by a CEO who will be appointed early in the Transition Period and who will work with a Transitions Team.

 The GUI and ILGU will continue to operate through the Transition Period with the transfer of functions and staff to Golf Ireland prior to the ‘go live’ date for the new organisation. 


 “We are delighted with the outcome of the votes at our respective meetings, and thank everyone who has given this proposal their support.

 “Bringing two strong organisations, the ILGU and GUI together to create a stronger, more influential organisation, Golf Ireland, will not only enhance golf in Ireland but will enhance Irish golf worldwide. The result today indicates that members of both Unions are in support of creating a new organisation which will be built around promoting core principles of equality, diversity, inclusion and excellence.

 “The result today is a validation of the work put in by everyone involved. The input which has been received from our member clubs, our staff and volunteers, and everyone else who has in some way contributed to the final proposal should be recognised. The result of their efforts will be a new dynamic organisation, charged with the promotion of the game of golf, with a commitment to excellence and inclusivity.”

 Clodagh Hopkins, Chairman of the Board of the Irish Ladies Golf Union

 Iognáid Ó Muircheartaigh, Chairman of the Board of the Golfing Union of Ireland

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