Newsletter April 25th 2010

Dear Members,

The Interclub competitions are in full swing with Tulfarris teams involved in a number of competitions at a range of handicap levels.

Yesterday afternoon Peter Sherwin (Player/Manager) and his Provincial Towns (Handicap 9) team took on Baltinglass on a Home and Away basis. Unfortunately on this occasion we came out second best to an excellent Baltinglass team. Our thanks go to Peter and to Myles Burke, James McCarron, David Reid, Mick Curran, Pearse Daly, Peter Pedersen, Steven Cullen and Cuan MacAogain.

Team manager (and player also) Noel Kelly and the Lisheen Trophy team (Handicap 16 to 18) represented Tulfarris in this one day event played at South County Golf Club this afternoon. Again our thanks go to Noel and his teammates Mattie Nugent, Paddy Doyle, Paul Reid and Pat Mahon. They represented the Club with great distinction, finishing second of the twelve teams competing in the event which was won by our close neighbours Blessington Lakes Golf Club.

The Barton Cup team (played on a foursomes basis with each pair having a minimum combined handicap of 14) take on Dublin City in the second round of this competition on Saturday 8 May at 3.00 p.m. Team Manager Pearse Daly says that he would welcome all the support he can get on the day - either in Dublin City at Ballinascorney or in Tulfarris.

The South Leinster managers John Britton and Noel Kelly have also appealed for members to support their team in their second round on Sunday 9 May against Glenmalure. This competition is also played on a home and away basis (handicap minimum 16) and support in the form of ball spotters would be particularly welcome in Glenmalure, given the challenging terrain on that course. Matches tee off on both courses at 2.00 p.m.

Incidentally, John Britton is not just a winning manager. As I entered my score today in the Committee Prize I saw that John was in the lead with a great score of 41 points. Well done to him.On this point, Competition Secretary Les Broderick has asked that members be reminded to ensure that their scores are entered on the Club's computer system immediately after their round each weekend. Some people are in the (bad) habit of not entering their (bad) scores (in particular) and this has the effect of distorting the Standard Scratch for that competition.

Rounding up the interclub scene Brennan Cup Manager, Joe Gardner (known locally as "Jose - the Special One" after last years great win in this competition) tells me that he has just learned that Tulfarris has a "bye" in Round 1 this year and will begin the defence of their title in June against either Mount Wolseley or Kilkenny.

Some members have been enquiring about Club Jumpers and I can tell you that these are available from Inspire Sport Ireland Ltd, 25L The Prism Complex, Ballymount Court Business Centre, Ballymount Road Lower, Walkinstown, Dublin 12. Tel 016877930. I can also tell you that this company will embroider the Tulfarris Golf Club logo on jumpers or any other clothing item that you bring to them. The cost involved is relatively minor for the embroidery. In this regard the Club "Uniform" for interclub competitions is Navy Jumper, White Polo Shirt and Beige trousers for the mens club and Black Jumper and Trousers with a White Polo Shirt for the ladies.

The timesheets are now available in the Golf Shop for the May Bank Holiday weekend Opens.

Finally, as April 30th is fast approaching I should remind members that the Receiver is adamant that this is the cut-off date for membership renewals for the year March 2010 to February 2011. So if you have not already done so please make your payment now if you wish to remain a member of the Club beyond the end of the month. Sorry to be so blunt about this but it is something beyond our control. Just as soon as all the subs and levies are in we will be issuing new GUI membership cards to everyone. These will be preloaded with the social levy which you have paid and you can begin to use them then to get your 10% discount on food and beverages in Tulfarris.

Regards in Golf,

John Horan,

Honorary Secretary

PS By the way, do you know why they called the game "golf"? Apparently when it was invented all the other "four letter" words had been used up!