It is a busy time for golf on a number of fronts. Let's start with Interclubs.
Tulfarris had their second outing in this competition this afternoon against Greystones with all matches played in Tulfarris. The Tulfarris team was Mick Curran and John Curley, Stephen Cullen and James McCarron, Brendan Daly and Paul Reid, Ciaran Curley and Phelim Dolan and Liam O'Loughlin and Stephen Byrne. Matches don't come any closer than this - Tulfarris had won two and lost two when the fifth match came down to the last putt on the 18th which unfortunately from our point of view went in for Greystones. It was a good performance by all the lads and by Paul Fitzpatrick who managed the team today. Hard luck to Paul and his co-managers Brendan Daly and Mick Curran and all the players on the team today and on the panel.
The news was better on the South Leinster competition front. Team Manager John Britton (at Home) assisted by Tom O'Shea (Away) fielded a strong team in Captain Les Broderick, Pat Mahon, Darren Ash and Alan Rice at Home with John Devereux, Noel Kelly and Brian Sweeney carrying the flag Away in Baltinglass. The 6/1 result in favour of Tulfarris is a strong "statement of intent" as the Club moves on now to the Quarter Finals of this competition. Congratulations to all involved and best of luck in the next round.
Irish Junior Foursomes
Tomorrow Captain Les Broderick brings four of our Juniors to Wexford to compete in the Irish Junior Foursomes. The Tulfarris team will be Ciaran Corrigan, Liam Callanan, Jack Cullen and Matthew Kelly. We send our best wishes to these young men as they set out to represent the Club in this important GUI event.
Good wishes go also to the Lady Captain, Maria Carvill, Mary Curley and Ann Horan as they represent the Ladies Club tomorrow afternoon in this competition in Naas Golf Club.
Elder Lemons Society
ELS organiser Noel Kelly reports that there were 10 Lemons "on tour"
to Faithlegg Golf Club on Tuesday last. The course was in magnificient shape and Noel believes that the general consensus is that we will have to do this again. The prizewinners on the day were 4th Owen Welsh
(14) 32pts, 3rd Frank Lewis (16) 33pts, 2nd John Horan (15) 35pts and 1st Noel Kelly (17) 37pts. Next ELS outing is in Tulfarris on Tuesday
24 June at 10 o'clock.
The general condition of the Golf Course at Tulfarris has been the subject of much favourable comment from both Members and Visitors over the weekend. This is due to the good work of Course Superintendent David Brady and his team and shows a good return being achieved on the investment in new maintenance equipment in recent weeks. General Manager Mark Howell tells me that significant sums of money have been spent on acquiring machinery such as a fairway mower and an iron for the greens. He also tells me that he is in the process of seeking further substantial spending on a programme to upgrade the standard of the Bunkers. We wish him well in his endeavours on this important front.
Members may have noticed in recent days the creation of a new Drop Zone just in front of the Ladies 6th Tee Box. At the Club's Committee Meeting this week a decision was taken to extend the perimeter of the "Hazard" in front of this Green so as to include virtually all of the long grass area between the paths (left and right) from the Gents tee boxes to the green. Keep an eye out in coming weeks for the new yellow stakes which will mark out this bigger hazard. When these are in place a new local rule will be introduced to bring the new Drop Zone into play.
Best Gross Prize
The Committee has also decided to introduce an extra Prize for all GOY Stroke events - the Best Gross Prize.
All Ireland Captains Prizewinners Competitions If you are planning to win Les Broderick's Prize this year (as I am sure many of you are) you might want to provisionally block off Friday
19 September in your Diary as we have again decided to enter the winner in the All Ireland Captains Prizewinners competition which will be played in Roscrea Golf Club on that date.
GUI Barton Shield
You may recall that this prestigious competition was "postponed"
recently and has now been rescheduled for the weekend of 12/13 July.
This will involve some disruption to Members Tee Times on these days - it will all be clear on the BRS system for that weekend.
At a recent Interclub event the GUI reminded participating Clubs of the importance of maintaining the highest possible standards in relation to our obligations to the CONGU Unified Handicapping System.
Members may recall that one of our opposing Clubs was disqualified from an Interclub competition in recent weeks. In these regards we would like to remind all our Members of the importance of ensuring that we only enter Qualifying competitions where we know we can complete the round to avoid NR's and that we complete all rounds in Qualifying competitions to the best of our ability. When this does not happen not only does it affect the individuals handicap but also every other handicap in the competition as it skews the competition scratch score. Members are also obliged to report all such Rounds for Handicap purposes. Ultimately the aim of the CONGU UHSin Ireland and other countries covered by it is that everyone's handicap is reflective of their true golfing ability.
Handicap Secretary Greg Edwards has asked me also to mention that in relation to signing in for competitions Members should preferably use their CHD ID number. A problem arises especially with new Members who may have played in Open competitions using their CHD ID numbers from their previous Clubs. Our software stores their names on the system and this leads to confusion when new Members see their names come up on the computer twice. Tulfarris Club Members are always shown on the system with their first name initial followed by the surname. Where a Member sees their first name in full this will be from a previous membership of another Club and should not be used.
I read this week that they introduced 5 new tee boxes to lengthen Fota for this weeks Irish Open. The new course in Fota for the Pros is still over 100 yards SHORTER than the Tulfarris Blue Monster which we will all have a chance to tame next weekend.
Fundraiser for Interclubs
As you will have read from this and previous Updates Tulfarris has been having a good run in this year's Interclub competitions. While this is great for Club morale it is not so good for Club finances.
Accordingly the Committee has decided to give Members the opportunity to support these efforts in a Semi Open competition to be held on the afternoon of Wednesday 16 July. The format will be a Champagne Scramble with teams of four persons. Each line on the Timesheet will cost €60 - reduced to €50 for a line with at least one Member on it.
This will be a good opportunity to invite your golfing friends to Tulfarris and support your Club at the same time.
Wednesday Social Scramble
Finally, a reminder that we will have our usual Social Scramble between 5 and 6 p.m. on this Wednesday.
John Horan, Hon Secretary