Newsletter November 30th 2015

AGM - Notes

Dear Members,

For those of you who could not attend the Annual General Meeting the following is a brief summary of some of the key points which emerged.

The Financial Statements for the year were adopted and Treasurer Mark Reilly was thanked for all his good work on the Accounts. Niall Robinson was also thanked for his support to the Treasurer in respect of recording and paying over to the Receiver the membership subscriptions on the agreed basis.  Mark also noted that the club levies were under review for 2016 predominantly due to the increase in levies payable to the Leinster Branch and GUI nationally. Due to the costs associated with the BRS purse system for managing our competition levies, both the process and levy itself are also under review for 2016.

Hon Secretary Shemus Dore firstly thanked John Horan for the support he has given to him in his first year in the role. Shemus then reported on the major events of the past twelve months. This report included mention of a number of ‘firsts’ for Tulfarris namely the opening of the members’ bar, the Tulfarris Trophy, securing the Lakeside Challenge Cup and the hosting of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 2016. The notable individual performances of the year together with our fundraising activities were described in detail.

On the Interclub front Shemus expressed the gratitude of the committee to all those who managed and represented the club in 2015 and made specific note of the performance of the Leinster Fourball and South Leinster panels in reaching the latter stages of those competitions.

The main changes to the CONGU handicapping system in Ireland for 2016 were noted and are available on Copies of the new rules of golf were distributed at the meeting and will also be available in the pro shop in due course.

It was also noted that the committee, as an extension to a decision made in 2014 to award GOTY points for the Singles Matchplay had reached agreement to equate the points available to a regular GOTY event. Specifically 20 points for 1st, 16 for RU; 12 points for both semi-finalists; 7 points for the 4 QFinalists; 3 points for the 8 people in the last 16 and 1 point for all others competing. As no alternative views were expressed, this decision will be effective for the 2016 singles matchplay.

He thanked resort GM Mark Howell for his assistance during the year and also Norma in the Golf Shop and all other staff at the Resort for the friendly and helpful support this year.

He concluded by thanking the Committee for their work during the year and paid tribute to the outgoing Captain Ciaran Curley, not just for his work as Captain but also in previous years in other capacities. 

In his Outgoing Captains Address Ciaran Curley thanked the Members for giving him the honour to serve as Club Captain for the past year. He was pleased to note that Tulfarris had grown its membership in the past year in particular the sizable contingent who joined from Rathsallagh. Ciaran also spoke of his appreciation to all those who have made significant contributions to the club this year including team managers, sponsors and many others. He thanked all the Committee Members, the Lady Captain, his wife Caroline and the members generally for their support during the year. Ciaran finished by wishing the incoming Captain Kieron every success in the year ahead.

The following Officers and members of the Committee were deemed to be elected for the coming year.

CaptainKieron Ryan

Vice CaptainMark Reilly

President   Les Broderick

Hon SecretaryShemus Dore

Hon Treasurer John McCarthy

CommitteeEoin Curley, Ronnie Carroll, Peter Pedersen, Darren Ash

It was noted that in addition to these Ciaran Curleywould act as “ex-officio” for the year.

In his Incoming Captains Address Kieron Ryan thanked Ciaran for the nomination as Captain and mentioned that it was a huge honour and privilege for him to represent the club and it’s members. He announced that Ciaran Curley would assume a position of junior club liaison working closely with Club Pro Tom O’Neill. He also mentioned that from early on he would be strongly supporting our interclub challenge for 2016. 

Resort General Manager Mark Howell addressed the AGM and outlined the membership fee arrangements for the coming year. They are as follows:

Male members €899

Lady Members €599

Couple Memberships - €1349

Juvenile - €100

Students (New Rate) – Over 18 in college - €250

The resort will be giving all current members an extra €50 credit on their card to be used in the bar and restaurant. Couples will receive €100 in total. All members will receive the same perks as last year also:

€50 credit on the members card.

3 complimentary green fees.

20% discount on all Food &Beverages in the bar and restaurant.

Full details, terms and conditions will be forthcoming in the member’s renewal letters.

There was a lengthy discussion on a range of matters including the upkeep of the halfway house, the danger and insurance implications of walkers on the course, handicap protection, time limits on competition sign in, flag positioning methods & a 14 hole scorecard & indices for winter league.

Mark Howell was thanked for his support  and assistance to the Golf Club in the past year and also for his hosting of the finger food reception which followed the Meeting.

Kind Regards

Shemus Dore, Hon Secretary