Newsletter August 8th 2016

Dear Members,

Interclub news:

It gives me great pleasure to still be providing interclub updates well into August…From the team managers:

“Tulfarris GC hosted Delgany GC in their semi final of the Brennan Cupon Sunday. Delgany GC is one of the oldest and most prestigious golf clubs in Wicklow. They have over 900 members and have won numerous titles including 3 Barton Cups in a ten year spell.  They famously had 4 Ryder Cup players amongst their membership, namely Harry Bradshaw, Jimmy Martin, John O'Leary and Eamonn Darcy.  Incidentally, Delgany GC have never won the Brennan Cup .

The Tulfarris team had once again prepared really well and played some great golf in defeating a strong Delgany team. The Brennan panel were represented by  Mick Curran, Paddy Carthy, John Curley, James McCarron, Pat Mahon,  Lenny Murphy, Tom Browne, Mark Walshe, Daryl Litton and Stephen Byrne. The match concluded when Tulfarris had won the top 3 matches. We had a lot of members out supporting / caddying and we are thankful for that ! . The  effort and commitment of our panel from the start of this campaign has been extraordinary and cannot be overstated. We have now defeated 3 strong clubs in Woodenbridge, Woodbrook and now Delgany.  

The final is set for Arklow GC on the 10th September against the winners of Wicklow GC and New Ross GC who play next weekend”

Brendan Daly

“Tulfarris took on Rathfarnham in the semi-final of the Cullen Trophyover two legs, first up was home advantage on the 31st July….

Sitting in a buggy watching proceedings is a difficult position to be in, but once play started it was a privilege to manage this team and sit on the side-lines watching them do their thing. The golf, competitive nature and overall attitude of this team was super. Tulfarris were outstanding taking 4 points out of the 5.  Speaking to the Rathfarnham manager, they were hoping for 2 away points but very nearly came away with none. A jubilant Tulfarris team toasted their victory in the members bar, whilst a slightly stunned Rathfarnham promised to regroup and come back fighting in the next leg.

Whilst we were in a strong position to advance, none were taking the second leg for granted all fully aware that we had a job half done. The Tulfarris team showed huge commitment to practicing Rathfarnham and were on first name basis with the bar and proshop staff by the end of the week. On Sunday last, as I took in the challenging course, tight fairways, plenty of water and lightning fast greens, the buggy seemed a pretty attractive place to be!  We needed 2 away points and it was not going to be easy.

A couple of hours later, with 3 matches lost, 1 match won and 1 still in the balance, Tulfarris were looking like the favourites to walk away with the coveted prize of a place in the final. The final match stayed ‘in the balance’ a tad too long for my liking but finally, the job was done! The good news is that once again, Tulfarris, a relatively small club punches well above its weight in 2016 to reach their 3rd final of 2016. The bad news, final is currently set for Sunday the 28th August……… there might be one or two less sore heads this year after the Captains’ dinner, or should I say there better be!

The team that represented Tulfarris were:

Frances Lambe, Louise Lehane, Rosaleen Prescott, Maria Carvill, Mags Ryan, Stephen Cullen, Jerry Lambe, Shemus Dore, Niall Robinson, John Field

Many thanks to those who came out to support us.

Congratulations to all involved from a very proud Lady Captain “

Lindsay Dore

Kieron Ryan’s Captain’s Prize:

The BRS booking system goes live on Saturday 13th August at8 am, in 1 hour time slots. Deadline for entry is 2 pm Friday 19th August.

Members are advised to check their actual pairings and tee times via BRS on Saturday 20th August. The entry fee for the competition is €20 (Juniors €10) payable to the starter on Day 1 (Sunday 21st August) .

Play will be in reverse order on Day 2 (Saturday 27th August), with the leaders going out at approximately 1.30 pm. If by any chance you are unable to play in the second round, please advise the starter on Day 1 so that the draw is not disrupted for those playing on Day 2. Similarly, if you are unable to play in Round 1 and wish to play in Round 2 please let us know in advance so that your name can be included for Day 2. 

As a reminder, It should be noted that to be eligible to win 1st Prize, there are requirements such as having played in 3 eighteen hole competitions in 2016, and as passed by members at the AGM in 2011 - '' A person must have been an Ordinary Member of the club for at least a period of one year in the previous three years before being eligible to win the Captains or Presidents Prizes or the overall Golfer of the Year Award". Members who have joined the club in 2016 are eligible to win every other prize, apart from 1st place.

Tickets for the Captains’ dinner on Saturday 27th August (35 euro) are on sale in the pro shop on day 1 and day 2 of the competition. Both Captain's hope to see many of you there for what promises to be a great night of fun and celebration.

Lindsay Dore’s Lady Captain's Prize:

Good luck also to Lindsay and all the ladies taking part in the Lady Captain's Prize competition commencing this Sunday 14th August.

Driving Range Rules:

I would like to advise members of the importance of not using clubs long enough to clear the fence on the driving range currently while the extensive works are being carried out. The sign at the dispensing machine is clear yet the message is being ignored on occasion with the loss of large volumes of golf balls. Further action will be considered by the resort should the issue persist.

Hire of Equipment – Golf Buggies:

Norma has asked me to share a gentle reminder about the responsibilities that go with hiring out equipment from the Proshop.

“ There has been a few instances of buggies being transferred to other players without been returned to the shop for re-issue. I am sure you will understand accurate records on who has hired what, is essential to the efficient and smooth running of the golf course. Can I ask therefore to please ensure that equipment such as golf buggies are returned to the proshop/buggy yard by the hiring member.

On a separate note, for safety and insurance, buggies seat two occupants only who must be seated inside the golf car.

We appreciate you co-operation for everyone’s enjoyment”

Kind Regards

Shemus Dore

Hon Secretary