At the recent Annual General Meetings of the GUI and ILGU, delegates were presented an update on the Transition to Golf Ireland. The slides, presented by Chair Tim O’Connor and CEO Mark Kennelly, are now available for Clubs to share with their members.
The decision by GUI and ILGU delegates to create Golf Ireland at meetings in 2019, has heralded a brand new and exciting chapter in the sport, and in the year since then a huge programme of work has been underway to ensure that the new body is ready to “go live”, as planned, in January 2021. However, prior to that date, all clubs will become members of Golf Ireland on October 9th 2020 which facilitates the first Regional appointments.
All work is being carried out under the direction of a Transition Board. That Board comprises four nominees of the GUI and four of the ILGU, with O’Connor as the Independent Chair. Their task is to build the structures and complete the preparatory work needed to ensure that Golf Ireland is fully up and running, ready to take over the organisation of golf on the island from next January. The Board were appointed in February 2019 and have been meeting monthly since then.
One of the most significant steps taken to date has been the appointment of Mark Kennelly as the first Chief Executive Officer of Golf Ireland. Prior to taking up the role in mid-December 2019, Mark began engaging with Golf Ireland from mid-October as CEO Designate on a part-time basis, to facilitate his preparations. Mark was Chief of Staff at the Department of the Taoiseach, during the term of Enda Kenny, from 2011 to 2017. He is a member of Killarney Golf and Fishing Club in Co. Kerry.
Various Sub Committees of the Transition Board were set up and cover a number of areas as outlined in the attached presentation. As work continues, the Transition Board are seeking to ensure the very best communication and consultation with the GUI, ILGU and our members with the ultimate task to deliver faithfully the comprehensive Proposal approved by both Unions in January 2019.
Another significant step in the journey took place earlier this week as the brand of Golf Ireland was released. The new logo, and a fresh colour palette, represent the unity and inclusive nature of the new organisation. The launch video of the new brand can be viewed HERE.
While the Transition Period is underway, it is important to reiterate – and this applies throughout the remaining months of 2020 – that the GUI and ILGU will continue to operate as normal. The Confederation of Golf will also be transferring to Golf Ireland as golf club development and club services continue to be a crucial offering of the new body.
As a group, the Transition Board are building on the legacy delivered by the GUI and ILGU over the past 130 years. Over a year into the Transition Period, there is a strong sense of common purpose and a shared determination that together we can and must make the most of this exciting opportunity for golf on the island of Ireland, and deliver on its potential to the full.
ANGOR RNLI INVITED TO TEE
Recently, Bangor RNLI was delighted to be invited to “tee” at Clandeboye Golf Club NI to receive a cheque for £4,296. The money was raised at a number of events in the club, after Lady Captain, Carol McKay, adopted us as her chosen charity during her year in office.
Accepting the cheque from Carol and her team were volunteer crewmen Chris Beale and Andrew Small, who were taking no chances with the weather.
The money raised from the recent Club ballot has covered the 1st phase of new lighting for our practice areas.
Well done to Jim Black for organising and thanks to all who bought a ticket. Phase 2 will follow when funds permit. Sponsorship welcome.
Congratulations to our new Lady Captain, Heather Noble.
Best wishes from everyone for a successful year.
Cost £22.50 per head, including entertainment.
Congratulations to Roy Henry & Leslie Paul who won the final of the Fred Glasgow Mixed Greensomes Matchplay. The runner ups were Phil & Mary Mooney.
The Results of Lady Captains Charity ballot, which raised over £300.00 for The RNLI. Many thanks to all who took part.
1st Place Hamper Trish Stones
2nd Place Hamper Alice McAllister
3rd Place Hamper Tom Eakin
4th Place Voucher Aileen Shaw
5th Prize Paul Fyfe
6th Prize Moira McClements
7th Prize Jackie Lynch
8th Prize Graeme Hull
The ladies celebrated at their end of season dinner last Friday night.
Congratulations to all our Lady Golfers, especially all who one cups and trophies.
GREENS MATTERS – AUGUST 2019
This is another in the series of notes designed to keep Members informed of developments on course and related matters.
The late Spring and early Summer weather “blew hot and cold”, then improved temporarily, but now seems to have settled back into a more familiar and disappointing wet pattern. With effort and expertise, the Greens Team has managed to provide excellent putting surfaces and course conditions, about which there have been many compliments, both from members and visitors. The replacement of our 15 year old speed roller has helped.
Given the general picture on Club finances, there is no immediate prospect of being able to replace key elements of our ageing machinery, which breaks down intermittently. The Greens Team continues to effect patching and work-arounds.
To personalise matters a little, attached is a photograph of the Greens Team. Please remember that it is neither permitted nor helpful to address complaints/criticisms to staff, although a wee compliment would, doubtless, be very acceptable. Greens Committee members do not enjoy the same absolute protection, but give us a chance to enjoy our golf, please! Written comments, whether they be complaints, suggestions or praise, are very welcome, and will receive a considered response where relevant.
Safety of Staff
Whilst on personal matters, our greens staff will normally give way to golfers, but they must also take the opportunity to finish a task, and move on to the next job, if they can do that quickly. Please be patient if you are held up for a few moments. It is irresponsibly dangerous to play shots which may hit greens staff. Worrying incidents have been reported to me by staff. Remember our employees often have to wear ear protectors, and/or may be focussing on their immediate work, and thus may not be aware of your presence. Common sense and decency should be our guideline.
Greens – Autumn maintenance work
It’s that time again, unfortunately, when we have to re-aerate the greens and remove some growth debris, resulting in rougher surfaces for a week or so. We all know by now that this is absolutely key to preserving and producing excellent year-round surfaces. The work will be carried out (weather permitting) on 27 & 28 Aug (Ava) and 2 and 3 Sept (Dufferin)
Good luck to Clandeboye member Jessica Ross representing Ireland in European Championships.
Well done to Molly O,Hara who had a hole in 1 at the 6th Mount Wolseley while representing Ulster girls.
PHOTO: Winners alright, Ross and Campbell at Galgorm. Photo by Golffile.
Ross blew the field away with her nearest challenger Maeve Cummins from Lurgan some 12 strokes behind her in second place. The 24 year old chemical engineer carded a four round total of level par. Her final round included an eagle three on the 18th and a stunning birdie from 170 yards on the fourth hole after she found trouble off the tee.
Seasoned campaigner Campbell, who has spent the last two years fighting his way back to fitness following a hand injury, bridged a 1,115 day gap to win his first championship since the 2016 Flogas Irish Amateur Open at Royal Dublin. His two-stroke winning margin, on four-under par, from Marc Boucher of Carton House made to look small in comparison to Ross.
Campbell’s personal battle to get back to the top of the game hasn’t been easy but this win gives him a major boost in the Bridgestone Order of Merit.
“It’s been tough. I’ve had a really tough 2018 and I struggled with the injuries as most people know and then I lost my grandad as well on top of that who was a big supporter of me and this one is for him.
“I always said the first if I was lucky enough to win another championship I would dedicate this to him and I know he would be very proud. It’s been a tough road and I’m glad to be back playing and it was nice to get a win under the belt.”
Off a plus-four handicap, Ross makes the trip to St Andrews for the St Rule Trophy later this week and is hoping for momentum to help her pick up another win.
“I’ve started working full time as a chemical engineer so I guess I’ll just play as good as I can and get another win. I’ll just take every event as it comes.”
Both Campbell and Ross pick up invitations to the European Challenge Tour’s newest event which takes place at Galgorm Castle, the ISPS Handa World Invitational in August.
Ross is thrilled to be able to tee it up with the pros. “I’m delighted. I’ve never played a professional event before so it will be cool to see how your game matches up with the world’s best.”
Campbell is no a stranger to playing in professional events and is excited by the prospect of both men and women teeing it up at Galgorm in the professional tournament. “I’m really excited to play in it. That’s one of the main reasons I came here and teed it up this week.
“It’s brilliant, especially for the ladies’ game. They play to an exceptional standard. I think it’s only right and it’s great to see and it’s great to see Galgorm is on board with it as well.”
Joining them in the ISPS Handa World Invitational will Marc Boucher (Carton House), Matthew McClean (Malone), Maeve Cummins (Lurgan) and Shannon Burke (Ballinrobe) for their second and third place finishes in the Ulster Stroke Play.
This event marked the first time that the GUI and ILGU have hosted senior men’s and women’s championships simultaneously at the same venue.
Fantastic news and congratulations to Molly O’Hara and Rebekah Gardner on their selection to play against Wales on St. Patrick’s weekend.
Big congratulations to Colleen Dorman, North Down Alliance golfer of the year