Fingal Boys Cup
The final of the Fingal Cup was held in Donabate Golf Club on Monday 14th. We were tied on 115pts with Malahide going into the final day. Unfortunately Malahide came in with 2pts better then Donabate and won the Fingal Cup with 135pts. Donabate came second with 133pts. Well done to our super squad, Alan Kelly, Bobby Kelly, Brian Hanratty, Eoghan Gallagher, David Halpin, Carl Smith, Sam Carroll, Evan Brooks and David O’Neill. They had a super summer playing in 8 different Fingal Golf Clubs. Many thanks to John Galvin, Noel Costello and John McGillicuddy for looking after the boys.
The Walsh Cup was held in St Annes GC on Sunday. We won 2 matches and lost 2. They are playing in Malahide this weekend.
Fingal Girls Trophy
The final day of the Fingal Girls Trophy is on in St Annes GC on Monday 21st. Best of luck to our girls.
Fingal Boys Cup
Another fantastic week for our boys playing in the Fingal Cup in Rush on Tuesday. The team of Bobby Kelly, Brian Hanratty, Eoghan Gallagher and David Halpin had 111 pts and finished in top place again claiming 20pts. We are now tied on 115 with Malahide. Final week on Monday in Donabate GC. Donabate has never won this competition so maybe this will be our year. The same team is out next week so the very best of luck lads, play very well!
Irish Under 14 Boys Open
3 of our lads headed down to Ballina for the Irish Under 14 Boys Open. Brian Hanratty had a super first round of 1 over par 72 gross and finished in 10th place overall. Eoghan Gallgher had a great second round score of 75 gross and Ben Hanratty shot 81 gross on the first day. Well done all.
Leinster Under 16 Open
Bobby Kelly and Brain Hanratty are both playing in Beaverstown in the Leinster Under 16 Open. Best of luck lads.
Leinster Under 13 Series Final
Luke Mitchell, Ben Hanratty and Josh Higgins all qualified for the Leinster Under 13 Series Final in Dun Laoghaire on Tuesday. They all had a great day but found the Dun Laoghaire greens very tough.
Junior Scratch Cup
Bobby Kelly had a super week and won the Donabate Junior Scratch Cup on Monday with a fantastic score of 73.
Great news from Rush Golf Club today as the Donabate boys (Bobby Kelly, Eoghan Gallagher, David Halpin and Brian Hanratty) finished in 1st place taking 20 points and moving to joint-top of the table with Malahide. A special congrats to Eoghan, who had the best gross today.
The final round of the Fingal League takes place in Donabate on Monday 14th of August from 8am. Here’s hoping we can take advantage of home comforts! As always your support is greatly appreciated.
Well done Nicole McGavisk on winning the Overall Nett prize in the Leinster Womens Championship in Donabate last weekend. Nicole qualified in the top 16 matchplay and was beaten by Leinster Championship Winner Mairead Martin.
Our Fingal Girls Cup team played in Rush GC on Tuesday. We got 6pts and are in 3rd place overall..
The Leinster Girls Interclub Matchplay was on in Tulfarris GC on Wednesday. Donabate was beaten by Co Louth in the first round. The matches were very tight – Nicole Mc Gavisk was All square thru 18, Kate Hanratty was beaten 3&1 and Hannah Moynihan was beaten 3&1. Hard luck girls!
Our Boys Fingal Cup team – Bobby Kelly, Eoghan Gallagher, David Halpin and Brian Hanratty, had another good week in Malahide GC on Monday. They received 16pts and are still in 2nd place behind Malahide. Off to Rush next Tuesday. Only 2 weeks left to catch Malahide. Play well boys.
We hosted the Walsh Cup in Donabate last Sunday. This is a new competition. Our boys did very well and are off to Beaverstown next Monday for the next round. Enjoy and play well lads.
Eoghan Gallagher, Ben Hanratty & Brian Hanratty are playing in the Irish Under 14 Boys Amateur Open in Ballina this week. Best of luck lads.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday last weekend Donabate hosted the ILGU run Leinster Championship & Duggan Cup. The weather held out, the course looked great and everything ran as efficiently and smoothly as the Swiss railway system. All participants were struck by our beautiful course and club facilities and by the friendliness and hospitality of members and staff of Donabate. What a pleasure it was for us to watch fantastic golf played by all participants over the few days.
Many thanks to those from the Ladies’ Men’s and Junior clubs who volunteered their time and energy to act as hosts and ball spotters over the few days and thus ensure the smooth running of the competitions. Congratulations to ILGU officials, Lady Captain Margaret, Lady Vice Captain Carmel, Course Manager Alan, Liam Bridgette and Club Manager Robert. Their minute planning and preparations contributed to the efficiency of such a well-run operation. Well done to all our Donabate participants in the competitions, Pat Doran, Nicole McGavisk, Frances Cullen, Lesley Costello, Ciara O’Hara, Fionnuala Forde and Elaine Fitzgerald. A special congratulations to Nicole who received a prize for the best Nett Overall in the Strokeplay qualifiers.
Well done to the Under 14 Boys on a great Round 1 of the Irish Under 14’s at Ballina and best of luck in Round 2.
Brian Hanratty is currently sitting in 3rd place, after an excellent opening round of 72.
Ben Hanratty is +10 and Eoghan Gallagher is +12
Great shooting all-round.
On Bank Holiday Monday 7th August we have our Open Junior, Intermediate & Minor Scratch Cups.
Members €6 / Members Guests €15 / Visitors €25.
Book early as these always fill up quickly.
Our Junior Girl’s Captain Nicole McGavisk was in action down in Mallow GC at the Irish Girls Close Championship. Well done Nicole on making it to the Plate Semi-final.
Good luck Nicole this week in the Leinster Womens Championship here in Donabate.
Our Fingal Girls Cup team are off to Rush GC on Tuesday, best of luck.
The Leinster Girls Interclub Matchplay is on in Tulfarris GC on Wednesday. Donabate play Co Louth in the first round. Play well girls.
Our Boys Fingal Cup team – Bobby Kelly, Eoghan Gallagher, David Halpin and Brian Hanratty, have had another fantastic week this time in Sutton GC. Bobby shot 1 under gross for 42 pts – winning the Gross on the day, Eoghan had an ALBOTROSS on the par 5 12th, holing his 2nd shot on the par 5 for 6 points and also bringing in 42pts and David had 40 pts. Super result gaining 20 pts and now lie in 2nd place 2 pts behind Malahide. Off to Malahide next Monday.
The Under 13 series qualifiers took place this week. Well done to Luke Mitchell who was leading qualifier in The Grange with 21 Gross pts. Ben Hanratty also qualified from Balbriggan GC with 25 Gross pts. Clyde Burke won 3rd best nett with a super score of 46pts also in Balbriggan. Luke and Ben are now off to Dun Laoghaire on 8th Aug for the Under 13 series Final.
Our boys are playing in the Walsh Cup – a new competition between Donabate, Malahide, St Annes, Beaverstown and Clontarf. It is 4 x Scotch foursomes matches played over the 5 venues. Donabate are hosting on Sunday 30/07. Enjoy and play well lads.
With the Matchplay Competitions moving towards the final stages, we have just updated the draw sheets on the website so you can see who is playing in the final rounds.
Donabate Golf Club is delighted to host the 2017 Leinster Women’s Championships & Duggan Cup on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 28th – 30th July.
Competitors in the Leinster Championships (h/cap limit 9.4) will play 2 qualifying rounds of 18 holes stroke play on the 1st Day of the Championships. The 16 competitors with the leading aggregate scores will qualify for the Matchplay stages.
Competitors in the Duggan Cup (Handicap limit 10-18) will play 1 qualifying round of 18 holes stroke play on the 1st Day with the 16 players with the leading gross scores qualifying for matchplay.
This all leads up to the Final day where 8 players will compete in the morning with 4 playing in the Finals (Championship and Duggan) in the afternoon.
Donbate GC is proud of its three past winners of the Leinster Championships:
Vivienne Singleton, Therese O’Reilly (Moran) and Mary McKenna MBE.
We welcome all the competitors and look forward to a great golfing event:
Day 1 (Fri) – Strokeplay Qualifier – 8.00am to 4pm
Day 2 (Sat) – Matchplay – 8.30am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Day 3 (Sun) – Matchplay – 8.45am to 9.15am and 1.30pm to 2.00pm
Congratulations Mick Galvin and Jordan Spieth!
Thanks to everyone who supported this successful fundraiser and to those who worked hard in making it happen.
Mick Galvin has made his move… (in other unrelated news – Jordan Spieth has made his move)
It looks like Peter Ferrari will be watching The Open very closely on Day 4… Mick Galvin is hot on his heels though, and so is Mick Galvin! It’s fair to say it would take 2 Mick Galvin’s to take down 1 Peter Ferrari anyways!
Our junior girls enjoyed a lovely day out on Lady Captain Margaret’s day. Junior Captain Nicole McGavisk had a super round with 5 birdies to win the Best Gross with 76. We had 3 girls playing in the 9 hole competition and
6 girls playing in the 9 hole scramble. They all thoroughly enjoyed being involved in Lady Captains day.
Well done to Nicole again who qualified for the last 32 in the Irish Girls Close Championship in Mallow GC. Best of luck in the matchplay, play well.
Fingal Girls Trophy: Our Girls brought in 3 good scores in Clontarf on Tuesday. Well done, we are still lying in 3rd place.
Fingal Boys Trophy: Our Junior Boys jumped into 3rd place overall after taking top points in St Annes on Monday. They had a super score of 115. They are at the halfway stage with Sutton up next Monday. Keep the good golf going lads.
The website diary has been populated for August. On it you will find details of all competitions, interclub matches, events, and much more. It sure looks like another busy month!
You can access the website diary by clicking here…
Well done to Kailey Berrigan and Kate Hanratty on bringing in 2 good scores in the first round of the Fingal Girls Trophy in Balbriggan GC last Friday. They are off to Clontarf next Tuesday so play well and enjoy.
Our Junior Boys pulled their socks up on Monday in Balcarrick GC and had 3 great scores, finishing in joint 3rd place. Well done to Brian Hanratty on winning the Best Gross on the day with 33pts. They are off to St Anne’s GC next Monday.
Please note that on Wednesday the 12th of July, the 4 man Team Waltz has been changed to a Champagne Scramble.
Our Junior Boys have been very busy over the last few weeks playing inter club matches.
The first outing of the Fingal boys took place in Forest Little. The lads had some great scores and finished tied 4th. They went to Howth Golf Club last Monday but unfortunately the hills mustn’t suit our lads and they finished down the field. It’s off to Balcarrick next week.
We also had another team playing in the Irish Junior Foursomes in City West Golf Club on Monday. The lads finished 9th but didn’t qualify for the matchplay rounds.
The first outing for the Fingal Girls is on in Balbriggan on the 7th of July. Play well girls.
Well done to Sam Carroll who won the Captain’s Junior Prize with a great score of 18pts winning on a count back, Runner up – Eoghan Gallagher with 18pts and Third – Luke Molloy.
The American Golf Kids tournament was held in Swords on 5th of July. Well done to Luke Mitchell who scored 46pts and won the Best Nett and to Kate Hanratty who scored 39pts and won second Best Girls Nett.
Both Luke and Kate now travel over to Gainsborough Golf Club in Lincolnshire in August to play in the Finals. Watch out for them on Sky Sports later in the year.
Great news – the Annual Shorts and Shades evening will take place at Donabate Golf Club on Saturday 8th of July from 6pm.
Firstly the Monthly Presentation of prizes will take place at 6pm in the bar. Why not come along and support the winners and sponsors of prizes for the last month.
There will be the usual short game challenge on the 9th Blue, which starts at 6:30pm – (Make sure to be there on time to get your name into the hat for this prestigious competition). There will be a Gents Prize and a Ladies Prize.
There will be entertainment on the balcony throughout the competition and a DJ for after competition entertainment. The Tennis Club are also holding a social night, so it promises to be a great night at the clubhouse.
Why not wear your best or most colourful shorts and shades for an evening of guaranteed fun!
The website diary has been populated for July. On it you will find details of all competitions, interclub matches, events, and much more. It sure looks like a busy month!
You can access the website diary by clicking here…
All Ireland Mother and Daughter Open Foursomes – Freddy Moran Perpetual Cup
Friday 30th June 2017
The Moran Family, Miss Designer Golf, Jenny’s Boutique, Ashbourne & Bouchon Jewellers, Malahide
Members €10 / Visitors €15 (per person)
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, Best Gross, Front 9, Back 9
Singles - The full difference between the handicaps of the player.
Strokes Qualifier - 10th June (Yellow-Blue) - 31 qualify, plus previous Champion
Round 1 - Field split across 12th and 13th June (from 4pm each day on Yellow-Blue)
Round 2 - 15th June (from 4pm on Yellow-Blue)
Quarter Final - 16th June (from 5pm on Yellow-Blue)
Semi Final - 17th June (from 4pm on Yellow-Blue)
Final Sunday - 18th June (12:30pm on Yellow-Blue).
The Cotter Cup, a particularly fine piece of hallmarked silverware, was presented to the Club in memory the young Bertie Cotter by his relatives. It was first played for in 1956 as a singles competition within the Club and won by Pearse Gough with rounds of 66 and 68. After the first two years the competition changed to an Open FourBall Matchplay.
In 1961 it began to be played as an Open Singles Matchplay and in this format achieved widespread fame as there was no handicap restriction, the only one of its kind in the country. “The Cotter” attracted entries from far and wide, including once from an Australian. Indeed many of the entrants took annual holidays in their efforts to win, such was its stature. The height of “The Cotter” fame came in 1976 when 388 entries were received and so it remained until 1997 when it was regrettably demoted to an 18 hole Open Singles. Fortunately, recent Committees have taken a more enlightened view and returned it to Open Matchplay after the usual qualifying round.
Over the years, winners have come from most of the North County [Dublin] clubs and also from Baltinglass, Kilcock, Newlands and Old Conna. An early winner from Clontarf was the brother, of a future Taoiseach, no less.
As usual, it would be impossible to compile this resume without constant “mining” of Des O’Shaughnessy’s History of Donabate Golf Club 1925-2000. Eamonn Purcell.
Congratulations to 2017 Cotter Cup Champion David Byrne (Clontarf) and Leading Qualifier Gerry Cooney.
Cotter Cup Champions:
|1994||Adrian G. Mahony|
|1990||Finan P. Grimes|
|1988||Finan P. Grimes|
|1987||Tom J. Jordan|
|1986||Brian P. Smyth|
|1976||Charlie Donnelly Jnr.|
|1969||M. O'Brien Kenney|
|1964||J. J. O'Neill|
|1963||Donal P. Duggan|
|1960 - Fourball||Pádraig Haughey and Denis Allen|
|1959 - Fourball||Don Cregan and Des Cregan|
|1958 - Fourball||Frank Cassidy and Freddie McDonnell|
|1957 - 36 Holes Strokes||Frank Cassidy|
|1956 - 36 Holes Strokes||Pearse Gough|
This weekend we are hosting the Jimmy Bruen Regional Qualifier. Best of luck to the Donabate Team who will tee off first at 8:00am on Saturday 17th of June. If you’re an early riser why not pop along for an early morning walk and support the team, oh and the weather is going to be fantastic.
As the Jimmy Bruen is on both Saturday and Sunday we have a restricted time-sheet for members. If you’re not already down to play, both competitions are now live on the B.R.S.
Finally the Cotter Cup will conclude this weekend, with the Semi-Finals on Saturday and the Grand Final on Sunday. Click here to see the Cotter Cup Draw for 2017.
Our Annual Fundraising Day will take place on Friday the 16th of June.
It is an Invitation 4 person team event.
Timesheet from 9am to 3pm and is now OPEN.
To secure your place please contact Paddy Mulligan or any of the fundraising committee.
Your continued support is always appreciated.
Why not take the short trip out to Corrstown Golf Club this afternoon (Saturday 10th) and support the Donabate Men who are playing against Malahide in the Leinster Playoff from 4:30pm.
All support is greatly appreciated and can make a real difference.
If you cant make it, you can find live updates by clicking here…
Just a note to clarify that there are no Golfer of the Year (GOTY) points available for gents this weekend (27th and 28th of May).
Saturday 27th is not a full time-sheet (just AM Singles) and Sunday 28th is an Open Singles, neither of which qualify for GOTY.
The website diary has been populated for June. On it you will find details of all competitions, interclub matches, events, and much more. It sure looks like a busy month!
You can access the website diary by clicking here…
The Under 18 Boys faced their most daunting task last Saturday against a very strong Dundalk side which boasted 2 Leinster Inter Provincial players.
Golf played was of the highest level and sportsmanship of the boys was excellent too. Donabate put up a great fight but alas this years wonderful journey came to an end with a 3 1/2 – 1 1/2 win for Dundalk. We wish them well in the remainder of the competition. One thing for sure is our boys have learned and improved so much, it won’t be long before we are up there challenging with the best for this title.
Thanks as always to Danny and Damien for input with selecting the team and John Galvin & John McGillicuddy for their assistance at the away venues and of course thanks to all the lads for their preparation and hard work in getting ready for these matches. Already looking forward to next year.
The second round of the Leinster Under 15 matchplay saw our boys over in Roganstown last Sunday for the 2nd leg. Trailing 3-2 after the first leg at Donabate, wins for Luke Mitchell, Eoghan Gallagher and Brian Hanratty on the 20th brought the match into sudden death. This required Carl Smith to go down the 19th but unfortunately the hole eluded our ball on the 19th for Carl and Roganstown progress on to the next round. Thanks to all the boys who took part and played some wonderful golf. Already looking forward to next years competition.
What a great fightback from our under 15 boys! After losing the first leg (at home) 2-3, the boys won 3-2 in Roganstown on Sunday 14th to tie the match at 5-5 and force a playoff. Sadly the match was lost on the 19th (the first playoff hole). Hard luck boys, but well done, your efforts are much appreciated.
Thanks as always to the Junior Committee for their amazing support in making this possible.
Well done to the Pierce Purcell team who won 3-2 against Skerries in today’s exciting District Final at Rush.
|Mark Smithers and Nicky Whelan||Lost on 18|
|Don McGrath and Graeme White||Won 2 up on 18|
|Gary Mulhall and Jim Butterly||Lost on 17|
|Alan O’Gorman and Eoin O’Donoghue||Won on 17|
|Liam Bridgette and Kevin Brown||Won on 17|
Donabate will play Malahide in the Leinster Playoff Round (date and venue to be announced).
Well done to the team and managers on an excellent performance over the weekend. Hopefully members can come out in force to support the team in the next round!
Our Golf for Girls for Life taster day was a great success. We had 28 new girls trying golf for the first time. The weather was super and the golf course looked its very best. A big thank you to Danny Sheehan and Mary McKenna MBE for looking after the chipping section. Topps for the long game section. Kate Hanratty and Hannah Moynihan for the fun skills and games section and Lady Vice Carmel, Marion Gorman and Aileen Hanratty for the putting games. We now have 4 week of lessons for the girls with Danny and hopefully the girls enjoy the golf and will decide to join our great club.
US Kids Grand Final
Ben Hanratty qualified in the 11 year old section of the US Kids Championship. The Grand Final was played in Portmarnock Links GC last Monday. Well done Ben on finishing in 3rd place.
Up coming matches this weekend:
The next round of the Fred Daly Trophy is on Saturday. Donabate GC are playing Dundalk with 2 matches at home and 3 away. Best of luck lads, play well.
The under 15’s are playing the second leg of the of their match against Roganstown GC on Sunday. We are behind after the first leg 2-3 so all to play for with 5 matches in Roganstown GC. Best of luck lads, play well.
The website diary has been populated for May. On it you will find details of all competitions, interclub matches, events, and much more.
You can access the website diary by clicking here…
Our U15’s were in action against Roganstown GC on Monday 1st of May. On a beautiful sunny day, the Roganstown boys played some brilliant golf and had all our matches behind after nine holes, but great fight-backs from Luke Mitchell and Ben Hanratty saw our boys finish the tie 3-2 down going into the 2nd leg over in Roganstown on Sunday 14th of May.
Following on from their victory in the Andy Desmond Trophy, the Under 18 Boys team didn’t have much time to celebrate as they were back in action taking on a very strong Malahide team in the next round of the Fred Daly Trophy on April 23rd. We had 2 matches away in Malahide and 3 at home. Not to be undaunted by the superior h’caps of the Malahide boys, our boys got stuck in and played some scintillating golf coming out on top with a scoreline of 3-2. Well done to all the boys. These matches just don’t get any easier as the next round sees them take on the formidable Dundalk. Match provisionally fixed for Saturday May 13th with 3 away in Dundalk and 2 at home. Best of luck Boys, the whole club is behind you.
Donabate Golf Club is involved is a new programme to try to encourage Girls to play golf. This programme is all about making golf FUN for girls to get involved in. We are running a Taster Day on Sunday 7th May from 3pm to 5pm for Girls age 8 years old +. There is no cost involved and all equipment will be provided. We will have fun games – chipping, putting and long game in a fun and friendly environment. If you know of any girls that would like to join us on this Taster Day please register with Aileen at email@example.com
The qualification for the NCBI Specsavers HolmPatrick Cup will take place alongside our Fourball Qualifier on Sunday 23rd of April. Entries must be made at the Pro Shop prior to play. The winning pair of entrants for the Holmpatrick Cup will go onto represent the club in the regional qualifiers.
The NCBI Specsavers HolmPatrick Cup is the longest running and largest charity golf tournament in Ireland, raising funds for the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI). You could compete for a chance to play in the final of the NCBI Specsavers HolmPatrick Cup at the home of golf, St. Andrews. Participating golf clubs hold a qualifying tournament, the winners go forward to the county final and then to the regional final. The four regional winners then play off for the cup in St. Andrews, the home of golf for the NCBI Specsavers HolmPatrick Cup.
We are delighted to announce that our Tennis Club’s Official Opening day is Saturday 22nd of April. This event which will start with a “cutting of the ribbon” ceremony at 4pm, followed by a complimentary wine and cheese reception in the Clubhouse, our first ever Round Robin prize giving, and celebrations (dancing) till late. Dinner will be available in the form of a running buffet with 3 menu options. This will be available at €13 per head. A children’s option is also available at €5 per child. A full programme for the day with times including menu is detailed below. Members are welcome to join us at any stage of the day.
Cutting of Ribbon Ceremony at Courts to mark Official Opening of DPTC
Junior matches commence on-court
Wine and Cheese Reception in Clubhouse
Childrens basket of goujons and chips available
Junior Round Robin prize giving
Running buffet served from 6.00 – 8.00
Buffet Options: Turkey & Ham; Chicken curry; Beef Lasagne
Round Robin prize giving and Corporate sponsorship raffle
8.00 till late
Celebration – Adults only (as per club rules)
Our Juniors followed up their great win this morning by beating Forest Little by 3 holes in a thrilling Final of the Andy Desmond Trophy in Portmarnock Links. Donabate last won this trophy back in 2008.
Well done to Alan Kelly and Bobby Kelly, Brian Hanratty and Eoghan Gallagher, David Halpin and Ben Hanratty.
The annual Cancer Caring Charity time sheet becomes available next Saturday 15th April 2017 at the clubhouse. This is a paper time sheet which is traditionally very well supported by members and visitors alike. To avoid disappointment please enter your team at your earliest opportunity or by contacting Gus Hannon on 087-684 1896.
Open 4 Person Team Event
Special All Lady Team Prize
This is a provisional final-leaderboard – subject to verification – E&OE – Final result will be confirmed on Monday 11th of April.
Information regarding replacements:
Marc Leishman replaced Dustin Johnson.
Entries with Dustin Johnson and either Thongchai Jaidee or KT Tim have Mark Leishman in place of Dustin Johnson and Si Woo Kim in place of Thongchai Jaidee or KT Tim.
The under 15’s comp is on next Friday v Laytown Bettystown in Laytown. Play well!
Our Junior Easter competitions are on for the next 2 Thursday’s.
Ena’s Giant Easter Hamper
Valued well over €200
With Jameson, Vodka, Gin, Sherry, Champagne,
Bottle of Red & White Wine, Giant Butler’s Egg and lots and lots of sweet treats.
Get your tickets today €5 a strip / €10 for 3 strips
Raffle in clubhouse on Easter Sunday
Time, please: GUI lead mission for pace control
Pace of play is the focus of a new campaign from the Golfing Union of Ireland which aims to get players moving more efficiently around the golf course.
A common complaint among club golfers, the GUI is taking the lead on the thorny issue of slow play. During a week-long awareness campaign, the Union will highlight practical steps that clubs and players can take.
Last year, the GUI lead by example when ‘Ready Golf’ was introduced during round two of the AIG Irish Close Championship at Ballyliffin. Ready Golf – a term to indicate that players should play when they are ready to do so providing it is safe to do so, rather than adhering strictly to the ‘farthest from the hole plays first’ stipulation – saw round-times reduced by an average of 45 minutes.
As well as endorsing Ready Golf, the GUI have made use of forward tees and central hole locations to give players every opportunity to play as quickly as possible at their championships.
Although it seems like slow play is a modern phenomenon, history says otherwise. A report from the South of Ireland Amateur Championship of 1966, published by The Irish Times, reveals that players were taking up to five and a half hours to get around the course.
In response to complaints about pace of play in the modern game, The R&A undertook an extensive international survey of golfers and hosted a special conference at St Andrews entitled: Time for Golf. Professionals and administrators involved in golf at all levels were invited to the conference, which helped to bring about an official manual on the subject.
Research on pace of play has shown that overcrowding is the most common cause of rounds taking longer than necessary. Starting intervals should be as wide as possible – eight minutes for two balls and up to 12 minutes for four balls.
For players, Ready Golf is a common sense approach that will ensure the game flows as smoothly as possible. For example, shorter hitters play first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait.
The majority of golfers report that they would enjoy the game more if it took less time to play. More to the point, there are few players who enjoy playing slowly. Pace of play affects clubs when it comes to securing repeat business and retention of members.
There are a variety of reasons for wanting to improve pace of play and there are a number of ways of achieving this goal. The GUI’s latest campaign will educate players and clubs alike.
To find out more about Pace of Play simply click here…
The draws for the Club Foursomes and the Mixed Foursomes were made at the clubhouse on Sunday evening.
- 13th June – Open 3 Lady Team (S.S.C)
- 30th June – Mother & Daughter Open Foursomes
- 25th July—Mary McKenna MBE Open Fourball
- 24th & 27th July— Ladies Singles
- 13th August—Open Pink Day Team Event (NBCRI)
- Open Seniors Ladies & Gents Singles every Monday & Thursday
The short game area will be opened for play from Saturday 25th March. Members are asked NOT TO PLAY from inside the roped of areas.
Chairman of Greens