Newsletter June 25th 2015

Dear Members,

Please see below the latest updates from the club.

New Members Bar:

Last Wednesday saw the opening of the members bar in the hotel. It really does look great and already plenty of members have settled in there for a great evening. One of the great sights is trying to extract the remote controls from Mark Walshe - some are whispering it is a kin to drawing the 'Excalibur' sword from the stone!

We hope you all enjoy bringing your family and golfing guests to our new 19th.

Thanks must go to Mark, Melissa and other resort staff who helped make this a reality and to our fellow member Pat Mahon for the workmanship.

Birdie King:

The races for the coveted titles are well under way. The full leader-board for 2015 will be available on the club website this week.

As it stands the current leaders are as follows:

Cat 1: J Gannon

Cat 2: M Deaton & J Hyland

Cat 3: R Croft and B Turner

Irish Daily Mail Foursomes:

We can report some really positive news. Our doubles champions Steven Byrne and Paul Reid have progressed steadily through the first 4 rounds and will now play Ashbourne Golf Club in the last 16. Best of luck men.

Members Time Sundays:

Please note playing casual golf during members competition time on Sunday is not permitted.

Course Etiquette:

The committee released a pace of play & etiquette document earlier this season. In recent weeks we have been made aware of some instances of aggressive behaviour towards fellow members and in one case a dangerous act of teeing off with the  group ahead still on the fairway. While we do expect all members to follow the guidelines circulated, all members and guests should feel comfortable and safe playing their round of golf.

The appropriate avenue to raise specific concerns is directly to the committee. Further incidents of such behaviour will be investigated fully and appropriate action taken.

Non Returns:

The issue of high numbers of non returned scorecards in the weekly competition is once again raising its head. Non-returned scorecards have a significant impact on the Competition Standard Scratch and therefore affect all members handicaps. The expectation is for all members to return their scorecard and enter their score into the computer.

A new local rule on this matter is under consideration by the committee.

Interclub news:

It has been a really busy few weeks on this front for both mens and ladies clubs.

Jimmy Bruen:

From team manager Stephen Cullen ' Despite one of our players hitting a GUI official to stay in bounds we unfortunately did not qualify through to the matchplay stages of this years competition. In what were absoloutely glorious conditions we didn't get the rub of the greens and I watched many a putt slip by on what can only be described as lightning fast greens. I’d like to say thanks to all the lads who gave up there time to practice beforehand and compete on the day in Courtown which is not exactly nearby'

The team on the day was:

Jerry Lambe & Lenny Murphy

Shea McGrath & James McCarron

Niall Robinson & Jay Curley

Ronnie Carroll & Alan Britton

Shemus Dore & Pearce Daly

Junior Cup: 

Following on from some great preparation, the team gave their all but unfortunately came up short in Coollattin this year in what proved to be very challenging conditions. Special thanks go to team manager James McCarron, Tom O'Neill and the panel for the considerable energy and commitment shown since early January.

The team on the day was:

Stephen Cullen

John Field

Liam O'Loughlin

Stephen Byrne

Mick Curran

Leinster Fourball:

Unfortunately the long run has come to an end as unfortunately we lost a very close 4th round match against Coollattin. Teams were away Tom Browne & Kevin O’Connor, Colum Smyth & Derek Yeates, Ed Butterfield & Mick O Rourke; Home George Cheung & Brendan Bartley, Tom O' Shea & Joe Brennan.

From team managers Darren Ash and Kevin McDonald: Although everybody gave 100% and we managed to get an away win,  we came out on the wrong side of a 3-2 defeat with the match coming down to the very last match. We would like to thank every member of the panel for the huge effort they put in and all the practice especially the away guys going to courses up to three times per round to practice. You all did Tulfarris golf club very proud. We would also like to thank the support from club members who gave up their time to come and watch matches. It has been a truly enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Challenge Cup:

From team manager Ann Horan:

Tulfarris Ladies Challenge Cup team played in the 3rd round in Blessington Lakes on Saturday 6th June  against Wicklow Golf Club. 

Conditions were really tough - certainly not like a June day with wind and showers. Unfortunately Wicklow proved to be the better team on the day - perhaps the wind suited them! Tulfarris ladies played good golf and were disappointed with the result - but you win some loose some. 

My sincere thanks to the team Lady Captain Mary Curley, Catherine Curley, Miriam Solan, Mags Ryan and Denise Sexton. Thanks also to the all important caddies - John Curley, Jay Curley, Catherine Field, Kieron Ryan and Kay Fitzsimons. 

Wicklow travelled in great numbers to support their team so it was really appreciated to see our Tulfarris supporters - thanks to all of them. Blessington Lakes is a lucky course for Wicklow as the previous week their Minor Cup ladies team beat Killerig there also. 

Special thanks to the McEvoy family for the welcome we received in Blessington Lakes. Their course was in excellent condition and justifiably it was rated recently as Ireland's No. 1 Nine Hole Golf Course.

Denise Sexton and her team played the third round of the Minor Cup against Waterford in Killerig and came out on the wrong side of an extremely tight battle eventually losing 3-2 on the 19th hole.

Finally our Cullen Cup team certainly put it up to the defending champions Woodbrook on their home patch but eventually succumbed to a hard fought 3-2 defeat. Hard luck to team managers, Lady Captain Maria Carvill,  Vice Captain Kieron Ryan and their team.

Pat Curley and his troops begin their Brennan Cup Campaign on Saturday 4th July away to Baltinglass.

The South Leinster lads play the Quarter Final against Knockanally on Monday 29th Juneat 1530. Best of luck to John Britton, Tom O'Shea and their team.

All support as always most welcome.

Kind Regards

Shemus Dore, Hon Secretary