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Golf Ireland essential to save a game in decline

On 19 January 2019, the GUI and ILGU will decide their future. Each union will ask their member clubs to vote on the Golf Ireland proposal (see www.onegoverningbody.com for full proposal and club support material)

Golf has been in decline for more than a decade in Ireland.

Time’s up.

Golf as a game is not meeting the needs of modern society and across the globe, the game’s governing bodies have been fighting this challenge.

Today, Ireland stands alone as the only country in the world to have two separate governing bodies for men’s and women’s golf. Globally, golf has embraced equality and inclusivity. Through the proposal to create Golf Ireland, now the island of Ireland is poised to follow suit by establishing modern governance structures and embarking on a progressive strategy.

Three years ago the Golfing Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golf Union began work on the development of a new single governing body for golf in Ireland. Together both unions have proudly served Irish golf for more than 125 years but both bodies recognised the need for change in order to revitalise the game. After careful deliberation and extensive consultation with all of golf’s stakeholders, the GUI and ILGU delivered their proposal for Golf Ireland in August 2018. Clubs across the island of Ireland are now being asked for their approval so that Golf Ireland can become a reality.

Naturally, clubs and their members have been scrutinising the proposal. So what will Golf Ireland mean for you and your club?

 

KEY QUESTIONS FOR GOLFERS

  1. What will Golf Ireland mean for me?

A secure future for the game you love. Clubs will benefit from increased support and funding; and you become part of a family-friendly, inclusive sporting organisation that meets the demands of modern golf.

  1. Why do I need Golf Ireland? 

Clubs and club members have been hit hard in recent years. If we don’t act now, golf will remain in decline. We need to change the way we run golf for the good of the game. With the game restored to good health, golf can thrive again.

  1. How much will it cost for me to be part of Golf Ireland? 

For the first two years of Golf Ireland, the costs are set in stone. Affiliation fees for adults will be fixed at €24 in Ireland and £20 in Northern Ireland. Fees for juniors will be €5 and £3.50.

As Ryder Cup winning captain Paul McGinley noted in his letter to golf clubs supporting the creation of Golf Ireland: “This is golf’s way of responding to the needs of golfers in modern society.”

At present there are 183,000 members of GUI and ILGU clubs across Ireland, which represents a fall of 25% since the mid-2000s. The founders of the GUI and ILGU were sporting pioneers, putting in place structures that would be imitated the world over. Both unions remain as ambitious as they were at the beginning and Golf Ireland, which has been many years in the making, is the result of a careful and courageous mission to meet the needs of golf and golfers in this modern age.

ENDS

Alan Kelly MPRII
 Dip ESA
Communications Manager

Golfing Union of Ireland
A: Carton Demesne | Maynooth | Co Kildare | W23 R8C6 | Ireland
T: +353 (0)1 5054000 | M: +353 (0)870 679 879 | Wwww.golfnet.ie

Golf Ireland – One Governing Body

 

 

Dear Member

 

The GUI and ILGU have published a proposal for a single governing body for golf in Ireland. Clubs will vote on this proposal in January 2019.

 

To give a better understanding on what the new body will do and how it will be for the good of the game, Pat Finn (CEO, GUI) and Sinead Heraty (CEO, ILGU) took part in a recent podcast where they answered questions from golfers about the plan.

 

We encourage you to listen to the podcast on one of the channels below:

 

Golfnet:  https://www.golfnet.ie/news/golfnet/3711/golf-ireland-ceo-interview-listen-now

 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/golfingunionofireland/videos/1967725993293003/

 

Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/guigolf/golf-ireland-for-the-good-of-the-game

 

If you have questions about the proposal that you would like the CEOs to address in a future podcast, please email your questions to    podcast@gui.ie

 

Many thanks.

 

Alan

Alan Kelly MPRII Dip ESA
Communications Manager

Golfing Union of Ireland
A: Carton Demesne | Maynooth | Co Kildare | W23 R8C6 | Ireland
T: +353 (0)1 5054000 | M: +353 (0)870 679 879 | Wwww.golfnet.ie

New Rules of Golf for 2019

NEW GOLF RULES JANUARY 2019

  • Dropping procedure: When taking relief (from an abnormal course condition or penalty area, for example), golfers will now drop from knee height. This will ensure consistency and simplicity in the dropping process while also preserving the randomness of the drop. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 suggested dropping from any height).
  • Measuring in taking relief: The golfer’s relief area will be measured by using the longest club in his/her bag (other than a putter) to measure one club-length or two club-lengths, depending on the situation, providing a consistent process for golfers to establish his/her relief area. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 suggested a 20-inch or 80-inch standard measurement).
  • Removing the penalty for a double hit:  The penalty stroke for accidentally striking the ball more than once in the course of a stroke has been removed. Golfers will simply count the one stroke they made to strike the ball.  (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 included the existing one-stroke penalty).
  • Balls Lost or Out of Bounds: Alternative to Stroke and Distance:  A new Local Rule will now be available in January 2019, permitting committees to allow golfers the option to drop the ball in the vicinity of where the ball is lost or out of bounds (including the nearest fairway area), under a two-stroke penalty. It addresses concerns raised at the club level about the negative impact on pace of play when a player is required to go back under stroke and distance. The Local Rule is not intended for higher levels of play, such as professional or elite level competitions. (Key change:  this is a new addition to support pace of play)
  • Elimination or reduction of “ball moved” penalties: There will be no penalty for accidentally moving a ball on the putting green or in searching for a ball; and a player is not responsible for causing a ball to move unless it is “virtually certain” that he or she did so.
  • Relaxed putting green rules: There will be no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits an unattended flagstick in the hole; players may putt without having the flagstick attended or removed. Players may repair spike marks and other damage made by shoes, animal damage and other damage on the putting green and there is no penalty for merely touching the line of putt.
  • Relaxed rules for “penalty areas” (currently called “water hazards”): Red and yellow-marked penalty areas may cover areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc., in addition to areas of water; expanded use of red penalty areas where lateral relief is allowed; and there will be no penalty for moving loose impediments or touching the ground or water in a penalty area.
  • Relaxed bunker rules: There will be no penalty for moving loose impediments in a bunker or for generally touching the sand with a hand or club. A limited set of restrictions (such as not grounding the club right next to the ball) is kept to preserve the challenge of playing from the sand; however, an extra relief option is added for an unplayable ball in a bunker, allowing the ball to be played from outside the bunker with a two-stroke penalty.
  • Relying on player integrity: A player’s “reasonable judgment” when estimating or measuring a spot, point, line, area or distance will be upheld, even if video evidence later shows it to be wrong; and elimination of announcement procedures when lifting a ball to identify it or to see if it is damaged.
  • Pace-of-play support: Reduced time for searching for a lost ball (from five minutes to three); affirmative encouragement of “ready golf” in stroke play; recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke and other changes intended to help with pace of play.
More information can be found at;
 
 
as well as in the new ‘Rules of Golf 2019’ book available in the Clubhouse.
 
Cheers,
Ken

2018 AGM Advance Notice

Antrim Golf Club

Advance Notice

Annual General Meeting

Will take place on   Monday, 3rd  December 2018

7.30 P.M.

at

ALLEN PARK

(Main Sports Hall)

In accordance with the Constitution and Rules of the Club, all Nominations for Officers and Members to the General Committee and Notices of Motion must be made, in writing, to the Honorary Secretary at least 21 days before the meeting.

Notices and Nominations therefore must be with the  Honorary Secretary no later than

12 noon on Monday, 12th November 2018.

Nominations and Notices received after this date cannot be considered at the Annual General Meeting.

Honorary Secretary

Junior Captains Day

SUN SHINES FOR WINNERS AT ANTRIM GOLF CLUB JUNIOR CAPTAIN’S DAY

Antrim Golf Club Junior Captain Josh McKee and Junior Girls’ Captain Rachel McAuley Hughes hosted their annual Captain’s Day at Antrim Golf Club, Allen Park on Saturday 1st September.

Almost 50 juniors took to the fairways with some impressive golf played.  Every competitor received a fantastic goody bag kindly provided by sponsors Colin Graham Residential, Walter Young Mazda, Ignite Studios Antrim, McLarnon’s Ramble Inn and Clare Veterinary Group, Ballyclare.

Supporters of Antrim Golf Club’s Junior Section, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, kindly provided entertainment for the players and their families with the brand new bouncy castle now available at Allen Park Sports Hub.

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Presidents Day 2018

Few photos from a great Day\Night, Jim Kane 2018 President

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Irish Mix

The Irish Mixed team battled it out on Wednesday afternoon against Ballybofey at Roe Park. All the matches where extremely tight but unfortunately the run ended for Antrim but all players can hold their heads high as it was a remarkable run the team had, getting all the way to the Semi Final has never been done by our small club

I’m sure all members will agree they did a great job and did the club proud, and showed we are no easy team to take down

On behalf of the team we would like to thank Team Captain Kim Fee for all the support and hard work she did behind the scenes, we couldn’t have done it without you. We would also like to thank all the supporters who turned up at the matches, it was great to have some local support.

Roll on next year!!

Work On Greens During September

Please beware that we need to hollow cored the Greens at Allen park. This will take place from the 13th September of 2 or 3 days.  We are also over seeding the pitches and  Greens at the end of September.  We have intentionally left these later in the year to limit any disruption in playing time but unfortunately we can’t put these off any longer.

The Greens staff will be rolling and sanding the Greens on the same day as they are over seeded and cored

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