The first round of the inter club competitions commence shortly and last Saturday some team panels of ladies and men got together to shake off some of the rust that has accumulated over the past few months. This proved to be a very useful exercise for both players and mentors and our good wishes go to all concerned for the upcoming season. After the golf, there was a lively debate in the Spike Bar for all members on Rules of Golf which was given by Professional, Sean Cotter, no doubt some of the issues raised on Saturday will arise during the coming season.
On the competition front there, was a Member/Guest Fourball Stableford played last Sunday and this was won by Billy Fanning and his guest Denis Walsh with 44 points. They had two shots to spare from their nearest rivals and the winners scored 23 and 21 points for each nine holes respectively. In second place on a countback, came Brian Blanchfield and his partner Anthony Rochford and they just beat Sean Brett and Sean Waltzer from Callan Golf Club.
Next Sunday the Members Winter League continues and on Wednesday next 12th March there is an Open 4 Person Team event. The timesheet for both competitions is available by phoning the golf shop.
Members are reminded that most of the preliminary rounds of the club fourball have yet to be completed and the closing date for this round is 31st March so please contact your opponents and arrange your match.
Returning to the Rules of Golf session which dealt in some detail with Rule 26 regarding Water Hazards and Lateral Water Hazards. The following is a question which was asked and pertains to Rules 26 & Rule 18 (Ball at Rest Moved). For instance, this could happen to a player who hits his/her ball on their approach to the 4th green at Mount Juliet.
Question: The flow of water in a water hazard carries a ball out of bounds. May the player invoke Rule 26/1(Relief for Ball in a Water Hazard).
Answer: No. Since the ball lies out of bounds, the player must proceed under Rules 27/1 (Ball lost or Out of bounds). Water is not an outside agency and thus the ball would not be replaced under Rule 18/1.
Results – Member/Guest Fourball Stableford Sunday 2nd March
Billy Fanning (16)
Denis Walsh (17) (Kanturk) 44 points
Brian Blanchfield (8)
Anthony Rochford (6) (Dungarvan) 42 points
Sean Brett (8)
Sean Walzter (19) (Callan) 42 points