Latest News – March

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The new GUI and ILGU membership cards have been delivered to the club for all members. They are now ready for collection in the golf shop.

The stretch in the evenings is very noticable lately and with the clocks changing this coming weekend, cialis 40mg players will have an extra hour of play. Now that we are back on the full course, it is also noticable that an extra number of members are enjoying the links after the long winter. The weather still managed to spoil Friday’s Open which was washed out. Saturdays competition was won by Pat Thornton with an excellent 39points. He had an impressive 23 points on the front nine and still had the luxury on the back nine to blank the last for the victory. Sunday was a mixed bag of weather and the late starters definitely got the better of it with brilliant sunshine arriving just after lunch. Dessie Timbs showed us some early season form with a fantastic 1 over par for 38 points to win the competition from John Stewart who had his chances except for two double bogies on the back nine which cost him dearly.

The beginning of the new season was ushered in with the captain sending all members a welcoming note and informing them that the course was now fully open with the fairways back in play. The greenstaff have worked tirelessly over the winter and their efforts can be seen with the fantastic condition of the course. All the members would like to thank them. With the longer days, competitions are now back to 18 holes too. Members are reminded to book on the timesheet early and if you cannot play please remove your name from the timesheet as their are other members trying to get out. Please also make yourselves familiar with the notice from the competitions & handicap committees.
As for this weeks competitions, Fridays Open was a quiet affair but James Kearins came out on top with an excellent 40pts. Saturdays competition was in contrast very busy with Clive Boyle winning out with 39pts. On Sunday, the drizzle and a few hangovers kept quite a few regulars at home however a few still played and played well. None more so than Gerry Fox who had just drifted out to five when he comes in with 40pts which included a rare 2 at the par 4 8th. Only for 4 bogies at the end of his round this might have been something special. Well done anyway Gerry who pipped Paul Cox who himself had an eagle albeit a boring one at the par 5 5th. These two will have many a battle over the season. Third place went to the ever improving Francis O’Beirne.

Ladies Presentation:
There will be a presentation next Sunday evening at 6.30pm in the clubhouse for prize winners in competitions held on Feb 20, Feb 27, March 2, March 9, March 13, March 16, March 20 and March 23.
Any uncollected prizes will be held over to the next official presentation.
Club Matchplay Reminder:
The sheet for the club matchplay are on the notice board upstairs in the ladies locker room. The closing date is March 30th.


Note From The Captain Mr Jim Branley

It gives me great pleasure in welcoming all the members of Strandhill Golf Club to the new season. Our committees and club staff have been working hard over the winter months to get everything ready for a busy few months ahead. For all their hard work, I offer my thanks. I hope you all enjoy some great golf and have an enjoyable season. Good luck to everyone. Jim..


     A Note From The Mens Handicap and Competitions Committees

  • Before commencing your round all players must check in with staff in the golf shop.
  • Players are responsible for the proper return of their scorecards. Cards should have the date, competition details, handicap, signature, gross score for stroke play and the points filled in for each hole in stableford and all cards must be entered on computer to assist in the efficient processing of cards.
  • When players do not return their score cards after competitions, this impacts on the Course Standard Scratch calculation and effects all players’ handicap adjustments. Clause 24 of the Unified Handicapping System gives Handicap Committees discretion to deal with players who persistently submit incomplete cards or make Non Returns, if it considers they are attempting to manage their handicap. It will be the policy of the handicap committee of Strandhill Golf Club that if a player is responsible for more than five Non Returns any 0.1’s allocated in respect of the competitions concerned, will be rescinded under general play adjustment.
  • Players must return all qualifying away and society scores to the club as soon as practicable. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.

Huge Scores and an albatross for Paul Cox
At this time of the year, players are getting ready for the new season and tinkering with their swings and clubs. While competitions are over 15 holes there are no changes in handicaps so players have a freedom of knowing that good or bad they will still have the same handicap they started the day with. Most of the time thats ok but when a player has 43 points for 15 holes you begin to wonder if there are times when adjustments are made. Paul Conlon had the time of his life on Sunday and did just that. Playing off a reduced handicap of 19 he had 25 points for the front nine and 18 points for the back six holes. Quite a remarkable score. And he wasn’t the only one. Fintan Monaghan had a very respectable 40 points in the same competition, which would be a great score for 18 holes.
In the Friday Open, Paul Cox managed a feat of his own with an albatross 2 at the first hole. A drive and a wedge was all he needed. He didn’t however manage to keep the great start going as Martin Burke won the competition with 36 points. A good crowd played on Saturday in tougher conditions and the winner on the day was Jackie Coyle with 32 points.

Ladies News
Club Matchplay Competitions:The sheets for the Club Matchplay competitions for the Knocknaganny Cup (handicap 0 – 22) Council Cup (HCP 23-28) and Harte Cup (HCP 29-36) are displayed on the notice board in the upstairs locker room. Could all those interested put their names on the relevant entry sheets by March 30th.Inter Club Matchplay:The Homecare interclub matchplay starts in early May. All those interested should ensure their names are listed on the sheets displayed on the notice board downstairs to facilitate the team managers.Sympathy: The Ladies Branch would like to extend our sympathy to Berna Griffin on the recent death of  her sister.Best Wishes: The Ladies Branch wish Elsie Mannix a speedy recovery, her presence was missed at the Junior Alliance.


Once again the weather played a major part in the weeks golf in Strandhill. Friday’s Open and Sundays 15 hole competition were pretty much washed out with only a handful on each day returning cards. Saturday was the best of the weekend and quite a few golfers made the best of the good day. Yet  again a player has continued a spell of good form and this week it was Robbie Henneberry who after winning last Sunday took the honours on Saturday with an excellent 33pts for 15 holes. Well done Robbie.

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