Author: Kenny Lee

Statement re Golf in Co. Donegal under Level 3 Covid Protocol

STATEMENT FROM THE IRISH LADIES GOLF UNION AND GOLFING UNION OF IRELAND IN RELATION TO GOLF IN COUNTY DONEGAL UNDER LEVEL 3

25th SEPTEMBER 2020

Following the Irish Government’s announcement in relation to increased restrictions due to COVID-19, golf clubs and golfers located in County Donegal must adhere to the following:

  • Golfers residing within County Donegal must not travel outside their county of residence to play golf
  • Golfers residing outside County Donegal must not travel to the county to play golf
  • All-Ireland GUI Inter-Club matches and Championships are covered by separate guidance which will be issued by GUI to clubs and participants involved.
  • Clubs may continue activities which are qualifying for handicapping purposes but all participants must abide by the domestic travel restrictions at Level 3 (see first two points above).
  • Members, their guests and staff with colds or any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay away from the golf course/clubhouse
  • Physical distancing rules are observed by all members and their guests at all times in the car park, clubhouse and on the course.
  • Personnel are on hand to monitor adherence with physical distancing rules and the rules for golfers set out in this document.
  • Tee times are booked in advance online or over the telephone. Clubs must ensure that players names (including members’ guests) are recorded on timesheets and timesheets must be kept for a period of at least 6 weeks to assist with contact tracing should the need arise.
  • Daily timesheets are restricted to a minimum of 8, 9 or 10 minute intervals. Clubs may only choose one interval for each day. If clubs choose 8+ minute intervals, play is restricted to 2 golfers per start time. If clubs choose 9+ minutes, up to 3 golfers may play per start time. If clubs choose 10+ minutes, up to 4 golfers may play per start time.
  • Those aged 70 years and over and the medically vulnerable should exercise judgement regarding the extent to which they engage with others and in activities outside home. Specific Government guidance will be provided.
  • Training: Outdoors – non-contact training only in pods of up to 15. Indoors – individual training only.
  • All cafes and restaurants, including bars, should only offer takeaway or delivery, or outdoor dining/service (maximum 15 people with strict physical distancing – please consult www.gov.ie for details).
  • Clubhouse access should 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.
  • There are no social gatherings, of any size, at the facility.
  • Players are instructed not to touch the flag or flagstick.
  • Rakes are removed from the course. Players are requested to smooth bunkers using their feet or a club. (See Appendix 2 as previously published for measures which can be taken in qualifying situations)
  • Hire trolleys (electric and pull trolleys) must be sanitised prior to each use.
  • Caddies are not permitted (exception: where the group of golfers and the caddies are from the same household).

Golf Ireland will issue guidance early next week in relation to Levels 1-3 and how each one impacts on clubs and golfers alike.

World Handicapping System Update

To: Club Communication Officers

FAO: All members, handicap committees and staff

Dear CCO,

With six weeks left to go before the new World Handicap System comes into effect, we have put together some educational resources for your members to access. These can be found at www.golfnet.ie/whs and we will be providing clubs with content for use in their internal publications and social media outlets over the coming weeks.

Please let your members know about this as WHS represents the biggest change to the handicap system for over 30 years.

At www.golfnet.ie/whs you can find the Rules of Handicapping booklet, frequently asked questions, explainer videos, guidance from the R&A and CONGU and more.

More communication from us will follow in due course. Below is a copy of the media release issued today.

Alan Kelly

Communications Manager

Golfing Union of Ireland

 

MEDIA RELEASE

World Handicap System Set for November Launch

  • Biggest changes to handicap system in over 30 years
  • Golfers of all abilities will be able to compete on a fair and equal basis
  • Club members encouraged to learn more about the new system

Golf Ireland, the GUI and ILGU today confirmed that the World Handicap System will come into effect in Ireland from 2nd November, replacing the current Unified Handicapping System (CONGU).

The World Handicap System, the rollout of which commenced in January, unifies six different handicapping systems into a single system and will:

  • enable golfers of different abilities to play and compete on a fair and equal basis, in any format, on any course, anywhere around the world;
  • be easy to understand and implement, without sacrificing accuracy; and meet the varied needs and expectations of golfers, golf clubs and golf authorities all around the world and be adaptable to suit all golfing cultures                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Following transition to the WHS, all Handicap Index calculations will be consistent for all players, making a Handicap Index directly comparable to all other players around the world.

Over the coming six weeks, an education campaign will begin to help golfers in Ireland learn and adapt the new handicap system. This will be undertaken through the Golfnet website, on social media, through club communication officers, direct mail and with GUI and ILGU media partners in Irish Golfer.
Speaking about the launch, Mark Kennelly CEO of Golf Ireland said: “The World Handicap System transforms how golf handicaps are calculated and the new system should make the process of obtaining and administering handicaps much simpler. It’s a modern, progressive and more equal way of ensuring that we provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability.”
The new system will feature the following:

  • Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability
  • A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds.
  • A consistent handicap that is portable from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA Course and Slope Rating System, already successfully used in more than 80 countries
  • An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and factoring in memory of demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control
  • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day
  • Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation
  • A limit of Net Double Bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only)
  • A maximum handicap index limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           A secure login area on the Golf Ireland website (which will replace Golfnet) will allow club members login to view their playing history and a smartphone app will be launched in early 2021.

 

Irish Boys Inter-Club Qualifier at Ballycastle G.C. (Monday, 17/8/20)

Our Irish Boys U18 team took part in their qualifier today at Ballycastle Golf Club.  The boys put in a great performance and only just failed to qualify by 4 points.  Well done to the team and all concerned.  Definitely a credit to Antrim Golf Club and to all those who have worked with them in the Junior section.

The boys who played are photographed below;

Conor Lynn,  Jack McMenamin,  Kenny Nicholl,  Tommy Chambers and  Carlo Davies   (Team reserve was James Hood)

 

Competition Fee Refund

Due to flooding on the course,  Wednesday’s competition (5th August) was declared null and void.   The following members will have the competition fee of £3 refunded to their competition account:

Paddy Ball,  Paul Brammeld,  Sean Clarke,  George Davies,  Richard Galloway,  Tony Hughes,  Brian Kane,  Paul Lemon,  Liam McGarry,  Ryan McQuillan,  Michael Nicholson,  Colm O’Loan,  Cyril O’Loughlin,  James O’Loughlin,  Gary Ritchie,  Barry Shaw,  Desy Smart,  Stephen Tennyson,  Robert Turley.

Victor Watson

Competition Vouchers and Non Return cards

Competition Vouchers

When the Centre reopens, Competition vouchers will be left at the Centre Reception for collection as in previous years. These vouchers will have the normal use by date of 6 months from the date of issue.

NB Those vouchers issued before the ‘lockdown’ will have their use by date extended until the 31st December 2020

Competition Card Returns

It is important that scores are returned for all competitions, whether good or bad, as non returns can have an effect on the CSS of the competition.

Penalties may be incurred for continual NR of competition scores.

 

Kenny Lee

(Honorary Secretary)

Reopening of Allen Park Centre and Clubhouse

Update from Craig Fullerton

I hope all is well. I just wanted to update the club that the Centre and Clubhouse will be opening at Allen Park this coming Friday 7th August.  This will include both male & female locker rooms and the toilet facilities within the club house.

See below a couple of the main points that members will raise regarding the reopening of the clubhouse.

Locker Fees – The fees for the lockers will be going out at the start of next week commencing Monday 10th August via Email payment link. This is the same method that members have been paying if they have booked guests in over the last few months. The fee for the lockers will be pro rata so members will only be paying for their locker from August 2020 to March 2021, therefore the cost would be £16.70 per locker up to March 2021.  Unfortunately we will not be able to take any payments within the centre hence why it is going out via email.

We will also making members aware before they pay for their lockers for the remainder of the year,. that they will have limited access to the lockers which will be the same times as the Centre opening hours which are as follows:

o   Monday – Friday 7.45am – 9.30pm

o   Saturday & Sunday 7.30am – 4.30pm

These do not differ to much than before lockdown, but we still want members to be aware of the change as if they have a tee time at say 7.15am they will not be able to access their locker.  Hence they will need to prepared in advance and have their clubs etc. lift the day before. Or similarly, if they have a tee time at 2pm on a Saturday by the time they are back in from the course the locker rooms will be locked.  We will be making members aware of this on the fees that will be emailed out also so they are aware.

Club Computer – Unfortunately the club computer will not be able to be brought back into the club house at this point. We will keep this under review and make you aware whenever it can return.

If you have any questions Kenny or need any further information then please just get in touch.

Many Thanks

Craig

Allen Park

Craig Fullerton
Assistant Manager

August Competition Fixtures

FIXTURE CALENDAR
2020
Date Competition Format Markers
AUGUST        Sat 1 ROBERT MOORE CUP STABLEFORD WHITE
Sun 2 CLUB STABLEFORD STABLEFORD YELLOW
Sat 8 JIMMY MAGEE MEMORIAL STABLEFORD YELLOW
Sun 9 CLUB STABLEFORD STABLEFORD YELLOW
Sat 15 MARK MOORE MEMORIALS STROKE WHITE
Sun 16 CLUB STABLEFORD STABLEFORD YELLOW
Sat 22 KANDY SHOP BOWL STABLEFORD YELLOW
Sun 23 CLUB STABLEFORD STABLEFORD YELLOW
Sat 29 ANTRIM BOROUGH COUNCIL CUP STROKE WHITE
Sun 30 CLUB STABLEFORD STABLEFORD YELLOW
NO TWO BALLS PERMITTED IN ANY COMPETITION
UNLESS GRANTED PERMISSION BY A  COMMITTEE MEMBER BEFORE TEEING OFF
NOTE – COMPETITIONS IN BLUE ITALICS ARE CLUB CHARITY EVENTS

Restarting Separate Saturday and Sunday Competitions as well as Wednesday Competitions

Due to the extended playing time for the golf course and the reduction in the time between tee slots, the Committee have decided to return to having separate competitions on Saturdays and Sundays starting this weekend (Saturday, 4th July). Members will therefore now be able to play in competitions on both days.

It is also the intention to restart Wednesday competitions from Wednesday, 8th July.

Entry to all competitions will be by using the recently introduced Genesys system and entry to a competition and payment must be carried out before going on to the course, as stated previously. Scores must be returned on the system no later than 10pm on the day of the competition.

Entry fee for the Saturday competitions remains at £4 and Sunday and Wednesday fees will be £3.

It is the responsibility of members to ensure they have enough funds in the system before entering a competition and if not, transfer further funds (£32) by Bank transfer in a timely manner .

(Members expecting to play in all three weekly competitions may wish to consider prepaying more than £32 to save making multiple Bank transfers).

If you know of any members who are not receiving emails from me, please ask them to send me their email address or, if they do not use email, ask them to regularly check the News section of the Club’s website where information is also posted.

Please note the revised Fixture List below .

Cheers,

Kenny

FIXTURE CALENDAR
2020
Date Competition Format Markers
JULY              Sat 4 CITY LINK CUP STABLEFORD YELLOW
Sun 5 ROSE BOWL STABLEFORD YELLOW
Sat 11 MCKEOWNS JEWELLERS STABLEFORD WHITE
Sun 12 FULTON SHIELD STABLEFORD YELLOW
Sat 18 FRIENDS OF ANTRIM CUP STABLEFORD YELLOW
Sun 19 CLUB STABLEFORD STABLEFORD YELLOW
Sat 25 STEPHEN HAMILL STROKE WHITE
Sun 26 AON INSURANCE STABLEFORD YELLOW
NO TWO BALLS PERMITTED IN ANY COMPETITION
UNLESS GRANTED PERMISSION BY A  COMMITTEE MEMBER BEFORE TEEING OFF
NOTE – COMPETITIONS IN BLUE ITALICS ARE CLUB CHARITY EVENTS
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