Golf is getting back to normal

Golf is getting back to normal, there are plenty of golfers back on the courses in Cork although it’s a bit slower than many golfers would like.  Since Monday 8th June the sport entered the second phase of the return to play protocol which has been developed by the ILGU and GUI.  Both bodies have been proactive in getting golfers back on the course, golf was one of the first sports to be allowed to reopen.  Last week should have seen two major developments, the extension of the travel limit to 20km and the return of competitions.  While the travel limit was extended to the full county, competitions unfortunat Continue reading

Golf’s Reopening

In 11 days most golf courses in Cork will reopen following the Government announcement on Friday last.  Most golfers will have welcomed the inclusion of golf in the first phase of the lifting of restrictions although questions remain on the 5km limit for non-essential travel.  This sparked plenty of debate online over the weekend with many citing that the majority of members would be excluded if the 5km rule was not relaxed.

Despite that restriction the good news is that clubs will reopen on the 18th, and golf will return to a similar format to what golfers experienced prior to the lockdown.  Social distancing, no course accessories like flags and rakes, and small groups of two or four are likely to feature in the initial phase.  With the restrictions still applying to hospitality settings it’s unlikely that clubhouses and restaurants will open on the 18th May.  The work of the governing bodies has been instrumental in ensuring that golf was included in the earlier stages of relaxing the lockdown rules.  The GUI and ILGU have been busy in the past few weeks, liaising with the authorities on a range of issues.  Those topics included the essential maintenance of courses which was not initially included in the original restrictions, as well the financial impact of the crisis on clubs and building a pathway for the safe resumption of golf.

A statement said that the governing bodies “have prepared a comprehensive draft protocol on the safe resumption of play on which we have been engaging with the Government over recent weeks.  We now intend to finalise this protocol in the coming week, in consultation with the Government, and issue clear advice to our member clubs well in advance of the reopening of courses on 18 May.  That advice will emphasise the absolute necessity of golf clubs adhering to the terms of the protocol for safe play.”  The statement asked club and golfers for patience until the final advice is released.  “In the initial stage, play will be for members only and competitions will not be permitted.  We would ask clubs to refrain from opening timesheets for booking until the protocol is published, as it will contain vital information on group sizes and timesheet intervals.”

The statement also confirmed that the governing bodies will also continue to work closely with the Government in the coming weeks and months to seek support for golf clubs that have been severely impacted by the Covid-19 restrictions.  There has been lots of commentary on the impact of the closure of courses for over a month, the reduction of future green fee and society bookings, and the knock-on effect that it will have on the financial position of many clubs.

Time for Nine

The Irish Ladies’ Golf Union and the Golfing Union of Ireland will once again run a nine-hole Championship which will culminate in a Grand Final conducted by The R&A at the 2020 Open Championship at Royal St George’s in July.  Both union will run four nine-hole regional finals in the second and third weeks of June 2020 with the winning pair from each regional final qualifying for the Championship final in Royal St George’s.  The four winning pairs from Ireland will play in the final, with travel and accommodation provided by the R&A.  There’s also a gala dinner in the Royal St George’s clubhouse on the Friday night in addition to a lunch after Continue reading

Get into Golf in 2020

​Get into Golf for Women is back for 2020, and this year the programme will provide another great opportunity for clubs and for those looking to get into the sport.  The programme provides a structured programme of lessons for newcomers to the game and is specifically designed for adults.   The programme is designed to support golf clubs in recruiting new members and in turn increase their membership figures and revenue.  Over the past seven years the programme has proven to make golf more accessible to the wider audience.  Since the ILGU first piloted the programme in 2013, the Confederation Continue reading

ILGU Launch Level Par

The CGI and ILGU have launched an innovative campaign to drive girls and ladies participation in all aspects of golf in Ireland.  Level Par was launched last week and the programme is a culmination of work carried out by the R&A, Sport Ireland and the governing bodies for amateur golf in Ireland.  Anne McCormack heads the programme on behalf of The Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI), and with the support of Chief Executives of the GUI and ILGU Pat Finn and Sinead Heraty, Level Par was established in mid-2019 after reviewing the available research.  “Level Par is a four pillar programme for golf, inspired Continue reading

ILGU Reward Ada O’Sullivan

Ada O'Sullivan

Ada O’Sullivan

The AGM of the ILGU took place last weekend and it was a special occasion for Monkstown’s Ada O’Sullivan as she was awarded Honorary Life Membership by the national governing body.  Ada has one of the most comprehensive records of any female golfer in Ireland.  She represented Munster, as a member of the girls’ team in 1980 & 1981 and the Women’s Team from 1982 -1997, fifteen years.  She was the first ever winner of the Girlie Hegarty Trophy in 1994.  As a player she represented Ireland at the Girls’ Home Internationals in 1980 & 1981.

She then played on the Women’s Home International Team seven times between 1982 & 1997 and at the Women’s European Team Championships in 1993, 1994 and 1995.  She was the winner of the Sherry Cup in 1994 (European Masters 72 hole stroke play).  Following her playing career, Ada represented Ireland as Captain of the Girls’ Home International Team in 1999 & 2000 and the Under 21 Team at the European Championship in 2000.  She would go on to become the first High Performance Director on the ILGU Board in 2010.

Her first experience of Captaining a GB&I Team was at The Espirito Santo Trophy in Malaysia in 2002.  This preceded GB&I Captaincy in 2003 & 2005 when her Team brought home the Vagliano Trophy playing at Co. Louth.  In 2004 and 2006 Ada was invited to be Captain of the GB&I Curtis Cup Teams.  ILGU President Brigid McCaw was delighted to present Ada with the award on Saturday.  “Ada is a very capable, strong, fun loving person who – when asked to take on a responsible task – takes it on with great enthusiasm and leaves no stone unturned to make it a success”  said McCaw upon presenting her with Life Honorary Membership.  “We are very proud of all our Honorary Life Members and Past Presidents.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for being, as it were, “on call” and for their willingness to sharing their experiences and sound knowledge.”  Life Membership was also Continue reading

East Cork claim All Ireland Pennant in AIG Challenge Cup

East Cork Challenge Cup Sept 2019_1East Cork Ladies have added another major title to their roll of honour, they won the All Ireland final of the AIG Challenge Cup in Knightsbrook yesterday.  Led from the front by 17 year old Orla Evans, East Cork came through the quarter final and semi final in dominant form, beating Moyola Park and Rathcore by bringing in the first three points in each match.  And that continued in the final where they faced Tulfarris.  At one stage early on they led in all five matches, and from there they built up a strong platform.  They match didn’t go on too long, Orla Evans put the first point on the board when she wrapped up her match on the 13th with a 7&5 win.  Nora Kelleher added a second point for East Cork with a 6&4 win and the third point came from Caroline Goldspring when she won on the 16th.  East Cork were Continue reading

Monkstown & East Cork taste success

monkstown team 2019 Intermediate Cup

The Monkstown Golf Club team who won the intermediate cup in the AIG ILGU Cups and Shields Munster finals at the Lee Valley Golf Club & Country Club, Ovens, Co Cork. Included are Hilary Harte, team manager and Carol Murphy, captain of the ladies club with team members Sue McGuire, Fabienne Moloney, Grace Coakley, Liz Whitaker, Marian Reidy, Mary Egan and Martina McCarthy.   Picture Pat Cashman

Monkstown tasted success at the ILGU District finals in Lee Valley last Sunday, winning the Munster Final of the Intermediate Cup.  Mary Egan led the charge from the front winning her match 3&2, while Liz Whitaker and Fabienne Moloney added the required wins.  Grace Coakley and Sue McGuire were the other team members.  In the Challenge Cup final East Cork got the better of Kinsale in an All-Cork derby.  Nora Kelleher and Orla Evans won the first two matches, beating Lucy Carter and Sarah Galvin respectively.  Naomi McCarthy got a point for Kinsale when she beat Geraldine Coughlan but the win was sealed for East Cork when Aileen O’Sullivan beat Ann O’Mahony on the 16th.  Deirdre O’Doherty and Kay Galvin halved their match after they were called in.  East Cork and Monkstown will now go on to the All Ireland finals in Knightsbrook later this month.  Monkstown’s Cashman Trophy team were also in action in a Munster Final on Sunday.  They took on Limerick in Mitchelstown and unfortunately for the Cork side, they came out on the wrong side of the result.  While Monkstown put an early point on the board when Maurice McGrath and Roy Dennehy won, that was about as good as it got for the Cork club.  Limerick brought in the first match thanks to Eamonn Grimes and Pat Lee, with Gavin Cross and Gerard Gleeson also winning.  Hugh Colon and John O’Brien won the fourth match giving Limerick the important third point, and the title.

Gallery: Limerick v Monkstown, Michael Cashman Trophy Munster Final 2019