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Senior Cup 2018 – Metropolitan Area Qualifier

This year’s Senior Cup Metropolitan Qualifier took place in Laytown/Bettystown Golf Club on weekend of 23rd/24th June.

Preparations followed on from Barton Shield Panel in May/June with the addition of  Mick Ahern, John O’Brien and Brian Leonard to complete 8-man Senior Cup Panel. Once again, excellent efforts of preparation with a number visits to Laytown by all panel members, ably assisted by Sam Devey (recent past member of Laytown), despite Sam’s own unavailability for selection due to exam finals.

Panel: Edward McNally, Kingsley Lewis, David Garrigan, Harry McHugh, Sam Devey, Mick Ahern, John O’Brien and Brian Leonard. The Panel, once again, as with Barton Shield, were unstinting in preparation/practice despite work and family obligations.

On Saturday 23rd June, Skerries Golf Club arrived early to Laytown to commence our participation in this most Major of GUI Competitions with our first matchplay fixture v Ardee at 8.50 a.m. The 5-man team for this first fixture was as follows: Kingsley Lewis, Edward McNally, Mick Ahern, Harry McHugh and David Garrigan. Reserves: John O’Brien and Brian Leonard.

Our team performed with great courage and commitment and we prevailed with with Kingsley winning his match on the 21st hole, to give us the 3/2 result after Mick and Eddie had won their respective matches.

Following lunch our afternoon opponents were Black Bush. There was one team change with David unavailable for afternoon fixture, John O’Brien was brought into the team.

Another titanic battle took place with Skerries once again prevailing with Mick winning his match on the 19th hole to give us another 3/2 result after Eddie and Harry had won their respective matches. Great excitement and good “buzz” amongst Panel at what they had achieved.

Dinner was an enjoyable experience as the Panel reflected on the two wins.

Then it was time to think about the play-off the next morning v Co. Louth.

With David available for Sunday morning we fielded our original starting five of  Kingsley, Eddie, Mick, David and Harry. Co. Louth were “a different kettle of fish” with a number of plus handicap players.

We battled just as bravely as on Saturday, but were overcome and lost 4/1. Although we lost first three matches, the last two were “still alive”, with Harry 1 up and David 3 down with 5 to play and “fighting back”, when called in.

Sincerest congratulations to our Panel of  Kingsley, Eddie, Mick, David, Harry and John and Brian.  It was an honour, privilege and a pleasure to have been given the opportunity to manage this incredibly committed  small group/panel of  Senior Cup players who represented Skerries Golf Club in exemplary manner, both on and off the course.

Many thanks also go to Captain, Dominic, Vice-Captain, Tom, President, Celly, Overall Team Manager, Paul and those who turned up to to support team.

Frank O’Hara  & Larry Mooney
Senior Cup Managers

Barton Shield 2018 – Metropolitan Area Qualifier

This year’s Barton Shield Metropolitan Qualifier took place in Balcarrick Golf Club on weekend of 23rd/24th May.

Preparations commenced March/April with somewhat limited Panel due to family commitments, exams, etc.

Panel: Edward McNally, Kingsley Lewis, David Garrigan, Harry McHugh and Sam Devey. The Panel were unstinting in preparation/practice despite work and family obligations.

On Saturday 23rd May the following team of two pairs, Kingsley Lewis & Harry McHugh and Edward McNally & David Garrigan took to the course opposite Portmarnock on a dry but very windy day. Very exciting to watch the game being played at this level and to witness the absolute commitment and loyalty of our own very small but valiant group of golfers.

Our team performed with great “guts” and no small measure of skill and were somewhat unfortunate to lose out on qualifying for Sunday matchplay play-offs by just ONE shot, with an aggregate score of 161 as 160 last qualifying score!

Sincere congratulations to our Panel of  Kingsley, Harry, Edward, David and Sam. It was an honour, privilege and a pleasure to be tasked with managing this Barton Shield Panel who represented Skerries Golf Club in exemplary manner, both on and off the course.

Many thanks also go to Captain, Dominic, Vice-Captain, Tom, President, Celly, Overall Team Manager, Paul and those who turned up to to support team.

Frank O’Hara  & Larry Mooney
Barton Shield Managers

Uden Cup update

Saturday 9th June was the perfect day weather wise to play golf.

Clear Blue sky , no wind and high temperatures.

The Uden Cup Team played their Quarter Final Match against Corrstown Golf Club.

As the away team we had to do it the hard way with three matches away and two at home.

Two great wins at home was followed by the news that we had won a match at Corrstown and were through to the Semi Finals

Again both Willie and I would like to thank our panel of players who continue to play and make themselves available for practice sessions.

Thanks also go to Captain Dominic , Vice Captain Tom and President Celly who supported us on the day and followed the matches around both courses.

The Semi Final takes place before end July and again we will be the away team and will meet the winner of Clontarf and Howth Golf Clubs.

Austin Gill
Willie Prendergast
Uden Team Managers

Barton Cup Run Ends

Skerries run in this years Barton Cup came to an end on Saturday when a strong Headfort team won 3 ½ to 1 ½.

Having beaten local rivals Balbriggan in the opening round then Ashbourne in round 2 it was third time unlucky for Skerries. Headfort had recently contested the final of the Barton Cup and it showed as they managed to win a vital away point in Skerries having won their two home matches.

But it was a close affair -Mark Donoghue and George Leech went 5 down early in their away match but staged a marvellous recovery to get back to 1 down only to suffer the agony of defeat on the 18th green.

Co-Manager Paul Branagan, hero with Barry Sherwin of the Ashbourne win, suffered his first defeat away from home. Frank and Jason Rogan played extremely well and won their match – conceded on 17.

There was heartbreak for Junior Captain Ethan McGarry and Ciaran Barker – who both played brilliantly in this years run and were unbeaten in the first 2 rounds – when lady luck deserted them. They even had to witness a pushed shot from their opponents on 10 ricochet off the tress on the right of the green on 10 only to land 2 feet from the pin!

Fergus Gannon and Keith Hickey battled to a hard fought conceded half on 17th when the match was called in.

A learning for next year for sure and many thinks to the Captain and overall team Manager Paul O’Neil for their support and encouragement.

Next stop the Jimmy Bruen on 16th June in Roganstown.

Michael Branagan & Paul Branagan

Managers Barton Cup

Uden Cup Result

Skerries Uden Cup team played their first match on Saturday 19th May against Donabate Golf Club.

With two matches at Home and three matches Away the team performed excellent winning all three matches in Donabate GC and looked like the winners of the match going down the 19th in Skerries when they were called in.

I would like to thank all the members of the panel who have taken the time to attend the driving range over 6 weeks in February and March and the practice sessions in Donabate and Skerries.

The next opponents ( still to be actually confirmed ) is Corrstown again with three matches away and two at home.

Austin Gill
Team Manager
Uden Cup Team

Skerries Barton Cup Team Beat Balbriggan

The Barton Cup team got off to a flying start in beating a highly fancied Balbriggan team 3 ½ to 1 ½ on Sunday. Balbriggan had beaten Baltray in the first round proper. Youth and experience were in evidence as Paul and Michael Branagan’s charges delivered the goods. Junior Captain Ethan McGarry combined brilliantly with Ciaran Barker to seal the Skerries win on the 18th in a 2 up victory. Not to be outdone, they were ably supported by veteran John McInerney, and Martin Coleman in the match behind. McInerney had chipped from the trees at the back of the 17th stone dead to a red flag and concession. He then followed that up by splitting the fairway on 18 before being called in with the match over.

Second pairing Keith Hickey and Fergus Gannon won the vital first point in a great match, 4 and 2. Gannon had good support in the form of dad Frank, our Irish international. In what was a pivotal win away from home, multi-tasking co-manager Paul Branagan, teamed with Barry Sherwin to win 2 and 1 after a hard fought match. Louis Dwyer and Conor Power met stiff opposition from the home team who secured their only point of the match.

Captain Domo was in attendance to offer his support, as was Lady Captain Ciara at the 18thgreen, and Skerries now play Ashbourne away on Saturday 28th April (2 games at home and 3 away). Hopefully the momentum will continue in what has always been a special competition for Skerries members.

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
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