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Extra Rules of Golf Courses for Individuals

Due to demand for the Rules of Golf Courses for Individuals Leinster Golf  are running one more course on Saturday 29th March 2014.

To book visit www.gui.ie/leinster

This course is perfect for anyone who has a basic understanding of the Rules of Golf and would like to learn more.

The programme for the day will include:-

·         The importance of Definitions
·         Decisions on the Rules of Golf 2014 – 2015 (revised decisions)
·         How to use the Rules book
·         An Outdoor session
·         Analysis of video incidents
·         The Handicap System 101 – A Players Guide

Dundalk Course Designer Dave Thomas Remembered

Golf’s Gentle Giant –

Family and friends gather for Dave Thomas memorial service.

 

05 Feb 14 – PGA Ireland

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World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton (above with his wife Norma) was among those celebrating the life of the late Dave Thomas at a memorial service at Lichfield Cathedral.

Family and friends from the golf world gathered at the service of thanksgiving for the former PGA captain, Ryder Cup player and legendary course designer who died last August, aged 79.

Great friend Peter Alliss gave an address as did Ken Schofield while another past PGA captain Alan Walker recited John Betjeman’s poem Seaside Golf.

European Tour chief executive George O’Grady was among leading figures from golf in attendance including Ryder Cup director Richard Hills, The PGA’s Sandy Jones and past players such as Neil Coles.

Schofield, in recognition of Thomas’ roots, likened him to another Welsh sporting hero from the past – John Charles, the late Leeds and Juventus player who was equally adept at centre-half or centre-forward earning the nickname Gentle Giant in lieu of never being sent off or cautioned during his career.

“He was golf’s John Charles,” said Schofield. “We loved him, we miss him and today we salute him.”

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PGA captain Neil Selwyn-Smith (left) receives a Ryder Cup image from Dave’s son Paul after the memorial service.

Favourite Schofield memories included Thomas pushing for a special Ryder Cup tie exclusively for players introduced at his behest and marvelling at his calm when an earthquake shook a hotel they were staying in. “It was only 4.6 on the Richter Scale, I shouldn’t worry too much,” said Thomas.

Alliss said it had been a privilege to be Thomas’s friend, describing him as great company with a lovely nature but who could on occasion be roused.

He then recounted a tale of Thomas arguing the toss with duty customs for an hour-and-a-half as tried to bring four sets of clubs through one of London’s airports.

“Dave was trying to explain that tennis players bought 20 sets of rackets through unquestioned and that golf clubs were his tools.

“He ended up having to pay duty and moved on huffing and puffing but it was always somewhat enjoyable to see Dave blow a gasket.”

He also recalled the early days of their golf course design business and how a letter from a civil engineer sparked their interest, particularly Thomas’s.

“Dave discovered he had a great talent for drawing, composing and visualising courses. We became a very good partnership. I was the front man, the Ernie Wise to his Eric Morecambe.

“He had a very good eye and considering we never had great budgets we turned out some pretty good work.”

Sir Bobby Charlton and his wife Norma attended having first met Thomas back in 1967, describing him as a ‘great character full of stories’.

Afterwards his son Paul thanked The PGA for arranging the service, adding: “It was inspiring, thoughtful, the clergy and church do this sort of thing terribly well and the addresses by Ken (Schofield) and Peter (Alliss) were wonderful, Ken’s was reflective from a golfing point of view and Peter’s from a friend’s perspective and Alan (Walker) wrapped it up nicely with his thoughts and the John Betjamen poem.”

 

Dave Thomas

Captains’ Drive-In Time Sheet

Manual time sheets for Captains’ Drive-In (Sunday February 23rd) are now available in the Clubhouse Bar.

Quiz Results

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A great night’s craic was had by all who attended the Table Quiz in the golf last night! The winning team were Olivia Cunningham, Elaine Ward Ann, & Karen Hopper. In close second were Eddie Rocks, John McCann, Brendan Keane & Paul O’Callaghan.
A Poker Classic will be held on Friday 7th March.  Tickets are €30 and available at the Bar or from any committee member.
Hope to see you there and bring a friend!

Captain’s Charity Day Thanks

  • Haggardstown native Ciarán McGuinness has expressed his thanks to all those who took part in his father Noel’s Captain’s Charity Day in the club last September.
  • Ciaran recently completed the Great Ethiopian Run, Africa’s largest road way in the capital city of Addis Ababa on behalf of the Irish NGO VITA.
    Ciaran, who is married with three children, now lives in Ballyfad, Gorey, Co Wexford, and works as ruminant nutritionist with Bolgers 5* Feeds, Ferns, Co Wexford.
    He was one of 19 Irish volunteers to take part in the 10km high altitude run which attracted over 40,000 participants from around the world.
    Ciaran ran with the VITA team which raised over €50,000 which will go towards VITA’s agricultural and development projects.
    The organisation’s main success is the improved production of potatoes through better seed, technology, education, technical and marketing support.
    The Irish runners visited many of VITA’s projects in the south of the country to see first hand the work being done.
    Ciaran said all those who supported the charity day held by Dundalk Golf Club Captain (2013) Noel McGuinness last September greatly helped him reach his fund raising target.

Table Quiz

The club will host a light hearted table quiz on Thursday, February 6th at 8pm in the clubhouse. Table of four is €20. All welcome.

2013 Team Selectors

The club have announced the team selectors for the coming season.

They are as follows

Competition – H/cap – Selectors

Senior Cup – 0+ – Seán Hession + Liam Mernagh

Barton Shield – 0+ –  Seán  Hession + Liam Mernagh

Junior Cup – 5+ – Fergal Harte

Jimmy Bruen Shield – 6-11 – Ken Lynch + Gerry Clarke

Pierce Purcell Shield – 12-15 (27) – Mickey Coburn + Connor McCaughey

Irish Senior Mixed – 0+ (19) – Declan Toal + Olivia Cunningham

Barton Cup – 0+ – Aidan OMahony  + Gerry Clarke

Provincial Towns Cup – 9+ – Maurice Soraghan + Denis Cunningham

North Leinster Mixed – 13+ (31-50) – Eddie Rocks + Niamh Maguire

Jimmy Carroll Cup – Seniors – Brian Ward

Carlingford Cup – 6+ – Peter Boyle + Kevin Keenan

Walker Cup – Seniors – Jim Gollogley

J.B. Carr-  Seniors – Seán Ward + Mickey Stewart

Leinster Fourball Trophy – 18+ (40min) – Peter McCaughey + Edmund Sheridan

Boys and Youths – Vincent Conlon, Jim Caraher, Paul Malone

Interclub fixtures for 2014

The provisional list of fixtures for mens Leinster Interclub competitions is now posted on the website and is available in the members section.

The list includes the competitions, the handicap qualifications, the venues, dates and opponents.

Recent storm damage

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The storms over the festive period caused some damage on the course, with a number of trees or limbs downed.

Our photos show tree damage at the 1st, 9th and 11th, while trees to the right of the 17th short of the green were also damaged.

New captains

Congratulations to our incoming 2014 captains, Brendan Cleary and Anne Doohan following Monday night’s annual general meeting.