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Golf Ireland essential to save a game in decline

On 19 January 2019, the GUI and ILGU will decide their future. Each union will ask their member clubs to vote on the Golf Ireland proposal (see www.onegoverningbody.com for full proposal and club support material)

Golf has been in decline for more than a decade in Ireland.

Time’s up.

Golf as a game is not meeting the needs of modern society and across the globe, the game’s governing bodies have been fighting this challenge.

Today, Ireland stands alone as the only country in the world to have two separate governing bodies for men’s and women’s golf. Globally, golf has embraced equality and inclusivity. Through the proposal to create Golf Ireland, now the island of Ireland is poised to follow suit by establishing modern governance structures and embarking on a progressive strategy.

Three years ago the Golfing Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golf Union began work on the development of a new single governing body for golf in Ireland. Together both unions have proudly served Irish golf for more than 125 years but both bodies recognised the need for change in order to revitalise the game. After careful deliberation and extensive consultation with all of golf’s stakeholders, the GUI and ILGU delivered their proposal for Golf Ireland in August 2018. Clubs across the island of Ireland are now being asked for their approval so that Golf Ireland can become a reality.

Naturally, clubs and their members have been scrutinising the proposal. So what will Golf Ireland mean for you and your club?

KEY QUESTIONS FOR GOLFERS

1. What will Golf Ireland mean for me?
A secure future for the game you love. Clubs will benefit from increased support and funding; and you become part of a family-friendly, inclusive sporting organisation that meets the demands of modern golf.

2. Why do I need Golf Ireland?
Clubs and club members have been hit hard in recent years. If we don’t act now, golf will remain in decline. We need to change the way we run golf for the good of the game. With the game restored to good health, golf can thrive again.

3. How much will it cost for me to be part of Golf Ireland?
For the first two years of Golf Ireland, the costs are set in stone. Affiliation fees for adults will be fixed at €24 in Ireland and £20 in Northern Ireland. Fees for juniors will be €5 and £3.50.

As Ryder Cup winning captain Paul McGinley noted in his letter to golf clubs supporting the creation of Golf Ireland: “This is golf’s way of responding to the needs of golfers in modern society.”

At present there are 183,000 members of GUI and ILGU clubs across Ireland, which represents a fall of 25% since the mid-2000s. The founders of the GUI and ILGU were sporting pioneers, putting in place structures that would be imitated the world over. Both unions remain as ambitious as they were at the beginning and Golf Ireland, which has been many years in the making, is the result of a careful and courageous mission to meet the needs of golf and golfers in this modern age.

Captain’s Day Results at Clogher Valley

Gents’ Results

1st:  Patsy Goodwin, 40 points

2nd:  James Massey, 40 points

3rd:  Gary Goodwin, 40 points

Gross:  Harry Carson, (70)

Visitor Prize: Felix Traynor, Aughnacloy G C,  40 points

Committe Prize:  Andy Armstrong, 38 points

23+ Handicap Prize:  Malachy Monaghan, 38 pts

Front 9:  Stewart Hamilton, 22 pts

Back 9:  Stephen McClelland, 22 pts

Nearest the Pin:  Jason Gibson, Fintona G C

Nearest the Line:  Charlie Keys

Ladies’ Results

1st:  Linda Armstrong, 33 Points

2nd:  Carmel Rooney, 32 Points

3rd:  Betty Monaghan, 29 Points

4th:  Gillian Chartres, 27 Points

Nearest the Pin:  Linda Armstrong

Captain Seamus, wife Bernie and family

Results S & A Fee Engineering Competition

Gents’ Results

  1. Harry Carson – 43 points
  2. David Black – 42 points (cb)
  3. Stuart Burke – 42 points
  4. Jim Burke – Gross (78)
  5. Eamon Rasdale – Front 9, 23 points
  6. Brian Armstrong – Back 9, 20 points (cb)
  7. John Moore – nearest the pin

Ladies’ Results

  1. Betty Monaghan – 35 points (cb)
  2. Mary Fee – 35 points
  3. Linda Armstrong – Gross (93)
  4. Barbara Kingston – nearest the pin

A Scorcher for Lady Captain’s Open Day 2018

The sun shone brightly, the course was in superb order and the conditions were right for a fabulous day of golf at Lady Captain Gillian’s Open Day 2018.  Visiting Ladies from Aughnacloy, Blacklion, Enniskillen, Fintona & Lurgan Golf Clubs joined our own Lady Members for an 18 hole Stableford Competition – 53 Lady Golfers in total this year!

Rusks Restaurant provided an array of delicious treats – tea/coffee, scones, tray bakes – all served ‘afternoon tea’ style before the groupings set out in fierce sunshine. It was certainly the ‘early birds’ who set the bar high this year (having set off at 8.00am) Lady Vice Captain Pat Carville, Lurgan Golf Club, returned a score of 40pts to win 1st Lady Visitor & our own Club Lady, Mary Fee, securing ‘nearest the pin’.

However, scoring was close with 2nd place Lady Visitor Deirdre McSorley, Enniskillen Golf Club (another early tee time) returning a score of 37pts and her club-mate at Enniskillen, Josie Boyle, hitting the ‘longest drive’.

Not to be outdone our own C.V. Ladies matched the visitors with Henrietta Willis winning 1st Club Lady, and showing she was on fine form, with 40pts – just pipping Linda Armstrong into 2nd place on 39pts. Our Club Ladies Gross Prize was won by Betty Monaghan and 36+ Handicap Prize won by Florence Brunt.

C.V. Lady Vice Captain Margaret Osborne (to her great shock and delight) won the Club Front 9 prize. Equally shocked and delighted was Sandra Irvine, one of our new Lady Members, who won the Club Back 9 (this was Sandra’s first year playing on Lady Captain’s Open Day).

Prize Giving took place in the upstairs function room at Rusks where the Club Ladies had worked their magic to decorate the room beautifully – the Prize table and floral arrangements complimented the feel of the day. Guests, Club Ladies and Visitors were served a range of delicious dishes before Lady Captain Gillian took to the floor to thank the many people who had helped to make her day such a success (ladies and gents), to thank everyone for their cards, gifts and donations to her chosen charity MND NI and to make the presentation of prizes.

Lady Vice Captain Margaret had a surprise waiting in the wings and presented Lady Captain Gillian with a beautiful Callaway Lady Golfer shoe bag and tote set as a thank you from all the C.V. Lady Members (no more IKEA box!!).

The warm balmy evening was perfect for sitting outdoors so the ladies retired to the picnic tables to round off a fantastic day of golf, friendship and fun.

Lady Captain’s Open Day Results

1st Lady Member – Henrietta Willis, 40 pts

2nd Lady Member – Linda Armstrong, 39 pts

Lady Member Gross Prize – Betty Monaghan

Lady Member 36+ Handicap – Florence Brunt

Lady Member Front Nine – Lady VC, Margaret Osborne

Lady Member Back Nine – Sandra Irvine

 

1st Lady Visitor – Pat Carville (Lady VC, Lurgan GC), 40 pts

2nd Lady Visitor – Deirdre McSorley (Enniskillen GC), 37 pts

 

Longest Drive – Josie Boyle (Enniskillen GC)

Nearest the Pin – Mary Fee (Clogher Valley GC)

 

Results Fee Meats Stroke Competition

Gents Results:

1. Seamus McGirr – 57 nett
2. Derek Wright – 61 nett (countback)
3. Ian Farrell – 61 nett
4. Harry Carson – Gross 71
5. Jim Burke, Front 9 – 31 nett (countback)
6. Charlie Keys, Back 9 – 29 nett (countback)
7. Seamus McGirr – Nearest the Pin

Ladies Results:

1. Linda Armstrong – 73 nett
2. Carmel Rooney – 74 nett
3. Linda Armstrong – Nearest the Pin

Results Scotts Bakery Stableford Competition

Gents’ Results

  1. David Sharkey – 41 points
  2. Stan Montgomery – 40 points
  3. Eugene Rooney – 39 points
  4. Harry Carson – Gross (71)
  5. Eamon Rasdale – Front 9, 23 points
  6. Norman Lyons – Back 9, 20 points (on countback)
  7. David Willis – nearest the pin

Ladies’ Results

  1. Henrietta Willis – 37 points
  2. Mary Fee – 25 points
  3. Mary Fee – nearest the pin

 

Clogher Valley Credit Union Competition Results

Gents’ Results

1st – Harry Carson, 64 nett
2nd – Patrick Maguire, 65 nett
3rd – Charlie Keys, 66 nett
Stuart Burke, 78 Gross
Front 9 – Patsy Goodwin, 28 nett
Back 9 – Malachy Monaghan, 30 nett
Nearest the Pin – Stewart Hamilton

Ladies’ Results

1st – Linda Armstrong, 68 nett
2nd – Gillian Chartres, 77 nett
Nearest the Pin – Valerie Adams

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