Storm Deirdre ripped through the course during the week but luckily, we are Irish, and we love talking about the weather. Fortunately, no damage was done but we remind golfers that the greens are fragile and receptive so please repair any pitchmarks that you find, regardless if they are yours. Some golf was possible last week with Jack Elstead and Ann Stack taking the honours on Monday & Tuesday.

Unfortunately, our Fun Friday Foursomes bit the dust, but it is rescheduled for this coming Friday. There will be golf followed by festive treats so come along. Our Youngones will enjoy their Christmas lunch on Wednesday 19th and we hope everyone enjoys the day. The Deise Traders Society visited us on Wednesday 12th and what a day they had. Great golf, great course and a super meal thanks to Tom and all his team. The compliments were flowing on the day and we look forward to welcoming them back in 2019.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

We would like to thank all our members, sponsors, visitors, societies, volunteers, staff and friends of Dungarvan Golf Club for their support in 2018 and we wish you all a safe and peaceful Christmas. We look forward to seeing you in 2019.

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS We have great last minute Christmas gift ideas here at Dungarvan Golf Club including our great value Green Fee bundle of 10 Green Fees for €100 – a super gift idea! Or why not purchase a Dungarvan Golf Club gift voucher, always a great Christmas present. Our pro shop has all the golfer in your life requires so pop in and snap up some great presents. Powakaddy and Motocaddy are offering free golf bags with every Electric trolley. Lithium batteries and GPS systems are proving to be popular Christmas items as well as golf bags and shoes.

Our very attractive 2019 Membership Rates for new Members are a great success with Under 35s availing of our €200 rate and over €35s at €300. What a Christmas present that would make – a gift of membership! Call our office on 058-43310.

Our Lotto Jackpot now stands at €5,700, winning would start 2019 off to a great start!! Make sure to have your numbers in before Sundays draw. If you are looking for a Christmas present for a loved one why not give them a 2019 Annual Lotto Ticket.

GENTS PRESENTATIONS

We held our presentations of cups and medals on Sunday 9th December.

Thank you to all our sponsors and congratulations to all.

Ballinacourty Cup: Winner P.J. Barry (19) 42 points.P.I. Power Cup – Sponsored by Des Power. Winner – Niall Walsh

Cusack Cup – Presented by Jacqui Ahern. Donated by Cusack family.Winner: Jerry Byrne.

Clonea Cup: Winner: Jim Harty (16) 69Cunnigar Cup: Winner: Diarmuid O’Neill (6) 71

E.A. Ryan Cup: Sponsor Martin Lavin.1st Fergal Slevin (11) 702nd Jim Harty (16) 72Gross: John Reynolds (0) 763rd Barry Morrissey (5) 72 4th Michael Mc Grath 72

SPAR FINAL Sponsored by Leo Crawford: Best Overall: Michael Troy (5) 34 points Best Visitor: Alan Landers (14) 34 points (Gold Coast) Best Member: Hugh O’Carroll (21) 32 points

Golfer of the year 2018: Frank Hall Trophy – Diarmuid O’Neill

Club Championship Singles sponsored by Martin Lynch:1st Declan Walsh (8) 2nd Dermot Ahern (11)Club Championship Fourball sponsored by Club Members;1st Martin Lynch (11) and Mathew Lynch (16)2nd Tomás Whelan (16) and John Clancy (17)

Monthly medals sponsored by David Hayes PGA: July: Frank O’Donoghue (8)August: Walter Cullinane (21)September: Michael Troy (5)October: Desmond Grace (15)

GENTS FIXTURES

Thurs 20th Dec Gents 14H Open Singles – David Hayes PGA Winter League, Fri 21st Gents 14H Open S/F – David Hayes PGA Winter League, Sat 22nd Gents 14H Open S/F – David Hayes PGA Winter League, Sun 23rd Gents 14H Open Singles S/F – David Hayes PGA Winter League, Mon 24th Gents 14H Open Singles S/F, Tues 25th 2 Clubs & Putter (Back 9 Only), Wed 26th Gents 14H Open Singles S/F.

LADIES RESULTS

Tues 11th Dec: Winner Marie Fives (20) 20pts, 2nd Christine O’Keeffe (22) 19pts.

LADIES FIXTURES

Fri 21st Ladies 14H S/F, Sat 22nd Ladies 14H S/F, Tues 25th 2 Clubs & Putter (Back 9 only).

60.COM

The winners of our 60.com competition on 12th December were: 1st Paul Sarsfield (20) 19 Pts.2nd Maurice Crotty (21) 17 Pts.Come along Wednesday 19th and join us for social golf, coffee and chat.

YOUNGONES

Join us on Wednesday 19th Dec at 2pm in the clubhouse for our Christmas lunch. Dress casual in your Christmas Jumper or wear some Christmas Sparkle! We will enjoy a two course meal with tea/coffee. Please enter your name on the list in the Locker Room and we look forward to seeing you there.

FUN FRIDAY FOURSOMES AND CHRISTMAS PARTY

This fun event had to be postponed last Friday due to poor weather conditions. It will now take place next Friday Dec 21st. Come along and celebrate the festive season with us – visitors and friends are also welcome. Be in the foyer at 9.30 am, with draw at 9.45am followed by play at 10am. Golf plus seasonal prizes, eats and treats for €5 entry. We look forward to celebrating Christmas with all our supporters and friends.

NEW RULES FROM 1st JANUARY 2019

There is much talk around the clubhouse regarding the New Rules coming into force on 1st January 2019.Listed below are the changes that will come into effect. Also, there could be some new local rules as well.1. Drop from knee height (NOT shoulder height)2. Measure the area to drop in with the longest club in your bag (except a putter)3. Drop in and play from the relief area4. When dropping back-on-the-line, your ball cannot be played from nearer the hole than your chosen reference point5. Time to search – 3 minutes (NOT 5 minutes)

6. If you accidentally move your ball when searching for it, replace it without penalty 7. No penalty for a double hit – it only counts as one stroke

8. No penalty if your ball hits you or your equipment accidentally after a stroke

9. No penalty if your ball strikes the flag stick when you have chosen to leave it in the hole

10. Spike mark and other shoe damage on the putting green can be repaired

11. Ball accidentally moved on putting green – no penalty and replace

12. Ball marked, lifted and replaced on putting green is moved by wind to another position –replace ball on the original spot

13. Penalty areas replace water hazards, and you can move loose impediments, ground your club and take practice swings in penalty areas without penalty, just as you can on the fairway or in the rough

14. You can’t take relief from a penalty area unless you are at least 95% certain your ball is in the penalty area

15. In bunkers you can move loose impediments16. In bunkers you cannot touch the sand with your club in the area right in front of or right behind your ball, during your back swing or in taking practice swings

17. Free relief is allowed if your ball is embedded on the fairway or in the rough (but “embedded” means that part of your ball is below the level of the ground)

18. Unplayable ball in bunker – extra option to drop outside the bunker for 2 penalty strokes

19. You cannot have your caddie or your partner standing behind you once you begin taking your stance20. Pace of Play – it is recommended that you take no longer than 40 seconds to make a stroke (and usually you should be able to play more quickly than that) and Ready Golf in stroke play is encouraged.

Remember that is the player’s obligation to know the Rules. Our Resident PGA Professional David Hayes and June James will be hosting a Rules night to help and explained these rules changes. These changes are aimed at speeding up the game and to make the Rules easier to understand. While I don’t agree with some of them, they are coming into effect so familiarize yourself. I for one will be putting with the flagstick in.

SOCIETY BOOKINGS

Our society bookings are filling up fast for 2019 with lots of societies booking in to ensure their dates for next year. We look forward to welcoming back familiar faces to Dungarvan Golf Club and welcoming all the new Golf Societies booked in for 2019. We have great midweek and weekend rates available for 2019 along with fantastic catering. Call Karen on 058-43310 for further details.

PROGRESSIVE 45

We had a great turnout for our weekly Progressive 45 on 13th Dec. We raised €811 with all proceeds going to Down Syndrome Ireland. A fantastic fundraising achievement. Winners: Paddy Corkery & John Motherway 2nd: Cait Herlihy & Eleanor Hickey – Tom Daly & Pat Power Last 5: Tom melody & Michael Kelliher Lucky Table: Josephine Melody & Anna Morrissey

LOTTO RESULTS

Our Lotto draw was held in the clubhouse on Sunday 16th December. The numbers drawn in the Lotto were 6, 12,17, and 18. There was no winner of the Jackpot which increases to €5,700 next week! We had one Match 3 winner this week – Larry Fahey who wins €100 – congratulations to Larry. If you are looking for a Christmas Present for a loved one why not give them a 2019 Annual Lotto Ticket. The draw next Sunday will be held at 4:30pm in the clubhouse.

Pro Shop News

Our Pro-shop remains busy during this festive period. Lithium batteries and GPS systems are proving to be popular Christmas items as well as golf bags and shoes. David has a fine range of both Gents and Ladies Winter clothing to keep you warm and dry. As always David has many special offers so you are sure to find the ideal last minute Christmas present for that golfer in your life. Powakaddy and Motocaddy are offering free golf bags with every Electric trolley. Log onto David’s website at www.davidhayesgolf.com to view the latest offers. Professional advice is guaranteed.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Youngones Christmas Party – Wednesday 19th December. Our Captains Drive In will take place on New Year’s Day.

Contact us on 058-43310/058-41605 or visit our website www.dungarvangolfclub.com and find us on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/dungarvangolfclub/