Newsletter April 15th 2016

Dear Members,

Some updates ahead of the weekend.

Club Matchplays:

The singles and doubles draws are now available on the website and in the pro-shop. http://www.tulfarrisgolfclub.com/matchplay

The first round of the singles and doubles is due to be completed by the 15th May. Please update the sheet in the pro shop with the result and send an email notification to the following:

Peter Pedersen (peter.pedersen@email.com)

Eoin Curley (eoin.curley@gmail.com)

The competition secretary has stressed that the deadlines for completion of each round will be strictly administered to this year. This is due to the larger participation than in previous years and the subsequent pressure to have the finals on the 9th October 2016.

Finally there is still time to get your name or names down for the club mixed foursomes matchplay. If you do not have a partner don’t worry we will do our best to make that happen.

Pace of Play:

As we move into the busy season can we ask all members/guests please to take note of their pace and positioning on the course. Please take some time to review the club’s pace of play guideline document.

http://tulfarrisgolfclub.com/Pace_ofPaly_Etiquette

Golfsure:

The annual period of individual golfsure insurance runs from 1st April to 30th March each year. We received an extension this year for existing 2015 Tulfarris members until the end of April 2016. The list of renewed and new Tulfarris members for 2016/2017 is being sent to the broker early next week. It is essential therefore to ensure coverage that your club levy is in order this weekend. This is typically paid when you are processing your subscription for the year with Norma.

Sports Psychologist:

There was a great turnout for Gerry Grehan’s seminar last Tuesday. Hopefully you picked up a thing or two to help you with your golf. Attached is the presentation material. If anybody wishes to do 1:1 sessions, Gerry’s fee is 100 euro a session and he can be contacted on 0862537785.

Interclub News:

I’m pleased to report a very good start to our season. We have had wins in the Ladies Minor Cup, the Irish Mixed Foursomes and the All Ireland Fourball followed by a narrow loss in the Ladies Challenge Cup. Below are some updates from the team managers:

Irish Mixed Foursomes:

Tulfarris played against Grangecastle and came out with a very fine victory. Foursomes matchplay, as we all know is a tough format of golf – but our ladies and gents rose to the challenge and played some exceptional golf. The weather even held out for us on the day which was an added bonus.

The team was represented by…Stephen Cullen & Lady Captain Lindsay Dore, Mark Walshe & Frances Lambe, John & Mary Curley all playing away in Grangecastle, while the home team was represented by Jack Solan & Rosaleen Prescott and finally Shemus Dore & Louise Lehane.

As team captains, we were absolutely delighted with the win as were all the members of the panel.

We would like to express their thanks to all the panel who participated in practice matches including the subs on the day of Darryl Litton & Mags Ryan.

A number of people turned out to support the home team on the day which was very much appreciated.

Onwards and upwards…. Our next opponents will be Edmondstown.

Kieron Ryan and Maria Carvill

All Ireland Fourball:

Tulfarris took on Naas in the 1st round in very wet conditions. George Cheung and Gordon Cronin got Tulfarris off to the perfect start with a superb six and five win at home, this was followed up with Ian Murphy and Derek Yeates getting a vital away win with an emphatic five and four win, however Naas were fighting back and were 2 up in the remaining three matches, but the Tulfarris lads were not going to give up too easy and were all fighting back and Brendan Bartley and Kevin O'Connor 2 Down playing the 17th in Naas pulled it back to leave this match all square after 18, and so on to the nineteenth and after four super drives and approach shots Brendan sunk a five foot nerve jangling putt for par and an amazing win. The remaining matches with Cliff Anderson and Tom Mc Intyre in Naas and Mick O’Toole and Kieran Malone in Tulfarris were called in and so Tulfarris progress to the Next Round. Well done to everyone on the panel and keep the practice going.

Kevin McDonald

Challenge Cup:

Tulfarris Ladies Challenge Cup team played Courtownin very windy conditions but thankfully the rain kept away.

This opening round was played on a Home and Away basis with three ladies at home and two in Courtown.  The games were played in a very friendly atmosphere. The Courtown ladies reminded me that two years ago Tulfarris beat them in the semi-final of the Challenge so maybe they felt it was due to be their turn this time.

At home were Miriam Solan, Denise Sexton and Valerie Clifford. Miriam and Denise were on last years team and played to their usual high standard. It was Valerie's first Interclub match. Based on yesterday's fine performance it certainly won't be her last. In Courtown were Imelda Masterson and Rebecca Edwards - both playing their first Interclub competition for Tulfarris and they did themselves and the club proud. A good start to their Tulfarris Interclub careers! It is worth noting for the record that Rebecca now has the distinction of being the first Junior member to represent Tulfarris Ladies Club in ILGU Cups and Shields competitions.

All our ladies played great golf but despite this Courtown prevailed on the day. The Courtown team manager telephoned me after the game there to offer her commiserations but more importantly to tell me that the two games in Courtown were of a very high standard and that our ladies played very good golf there also.

It certainly is not all over for this team - hopefully in August they will play in Borris Golf Club for the Borris Cup - another opportunity for Challenge Cup teams who don't get through the early rounds!

Special thanks to Miriam, Denise, Valerie, Imelda and Rebecca. Thanks also to caddies - Catherine Field, Rosaleen Prescott, Stephen Masterson and Greg Edwards - your support is very much appreciated. Finally thank you to Lady Captain Lindsay and Lady President Maria and all who supported the team. 

Thanks also to Norma and to the Restaurant staff who all looked after us so well. 

Ann Horan

Minor Cup:

The Ladies minor cup team managed by Denise Sexton took on local rivals Blessington Lakes in a match that was to go down to the wire - the last putt on the 18th green in the last match. We had home advantage so Lindsay Dore, Maria Carvill and Ita McCarron had the benefit of home knowledge. Mary and Teresa travelled the great distance to play away. Tulfarris were delighted to come out the right side of victory on this occasion and celebrated the hard fought victoryin the members bar with our opposition. Next up is Rosslare, so a tough opposition on a tough course and unfortunately not quite so close a distance! Thanks to all who came out to support and of course to our able caddies. We're looking forward to the next round .

Lindsay Dore

Below are this weekend’s fixtures , all support welcome.

Central Towns vrs Palmerstown home and away from 1400 Saturday

Barton Cup vrs Baltinglass home and away from noon Sunday

All Ireland Fourball vrs Craddockstown home and away from 1400 Sunday.

Kind Regards

Shemus Dore

Hon Secretary