We extend our sincere sympathies to club member Margaret Browne on the passing of her husband Seamus last week. Our thoughts are with Margaret, Séan, Steve and all the family at this very sad time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
COURSE AND OFFICE UPDATE
We hope all our members are staying safe and keeping well at this time. We look forward to the day when restrictions are lifted and our members are back playing their much-loved games of golf. Please keep in touch with your fellow members. This current lockdown can be a difficult time for many people and a phone call or meeting for a walk can make such a difference to many people.
As we move into week four of lockdown, Anthony and his team are working hard to keep the course maintained and John Moloney is overseeing the completion of planned course projects. Jimmy continues to take subscriptions over the phone and manage the club’s daily administration. Thanks to those who have paid subscriptions so far or who have put a standing order in place. The office is manned by for essential Administration work, Monday to Friday from 9am until 1pm. Call 058-43310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.CLUB PARENT AGM
Under normal circumstances our plan would be to have our AGM on Tuesday December 14th at 8PM in the clubhouse, with a Mass for deceased members preceding the meeting.
However, in the event that ongoing government restrictions for COVID-19 might prevent us from having that meeting, we will need to make plans to ensure the continuation of proper governance of the club until members can meet at an AGM. Notice and preparations for the AGM will continue to be arranged in line with our club protocols and constitution as much as possible during COVID-19 restrictions and will be communicated to all members on a BRS in due course.
WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM
Your Handicap Secretaries have been very busy ensuring all aspects of the change to the World Handicap System runs smoothly and we thank them for all their hard work on this. There are some new terms that you will need to become familiar with. ‘Handicap Index’ ‘Playing Index’ and ‘Slope Rating’ all of which came into play from the 2nd of November.
Your ‘Handicap Index’ is used to calculate your ‘Playing Index’, which will vary depending on the course you play. Each course will have its own ‘Slope Rating’ according to the difficulty of the course and therefore your ‘Playing Handicap’ will be different in different clubs.How is your Handicap Index calculated?The Handicap Index is averaged on your best rounds submitted in qualifying competitions over the past three years of play. From this your best 8 rounds are taken from 20 returns and averaged to give your index.The slope rating for Dungarvan Golf Club is as follows:Red Tees: 125 Green Tees: 121 Blue Tees: 125 White Tees: 123When you sign in to play you will see your ‘Handicap Index’ and the ‘Playing Index’ for the course.
How do you get to your Playing Handicap?
The computer does this for you but if you want to know how to work it out then there is a formula to follow. The formula to work out your Playing Handicap for any club is:
Handicap Index x slope rating divided by 113 (which is the average slope rating).
Example for a player with a handicap index of 18i.e. 18 x 125 divided by 113 = 19.9. Which means you will be playing off 20 in Dungarvan Golf Club.Charts will be displayed in every golf club when registering for a round of golf that will show the calculation for you to use. We will provide further information before we get back to playing golf.
We held a very popular photography competition towards the end of the summer and received some beautiful images of the flora and fauna at Dungarvan Golf Club. Karen Dempsey Photography chose Cathie O’Mahony Whelan as the worthy winner and Cathie’s winning photo was showcased in our notes in September.
We will feature some of the other photos submitted over the next few weeks and we look forward to being back on the course to experience the beauty of Dungarvan Golf Club soon.
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