News up to Sunday 21st October

above photo;. Templemore Golf Club, “Membership for Life”  Special Club presentation by Captain Tommy Foley to Mr. Pat Costello. In recognition of his life time service to the club. (Photo by Seamus Bourke)

Templemore Golf Club News;

The McHugh Cups Final Reminder; The competition will need to finish before 1st. Nov.   All pairings are requested to contact and arrange mutual times.  Also, one can arrange to play with another pairing or play with a marker.  Any further information contact Competition Secretary Liam Leahy 087-4115773.   The list of players selected for to compete in the” McHugh Cups”  is now posted on the notice board in the Locker Room.   The format, “Mixed Foursomes Stableford”  The Entry Fee is 20Euro per pair.  This competition must be completed by November 1st.   The pairing are as follows;  Sarah Hearne & Denis Tuohy;  Mary Hogan & Ciaran Hassett; Josie Bourke & Pat Maher; Mary Ryan & Gerry Keegan; Margi Costigan & Ambrose Purcell; Kay Brennan & Jerome Ryan; Sadie Tynan & Hugh Scott; Bernie Stapleton & Denis Maher; Mary A Maher & Paul Tuohy; Joan Shortt & Bernie O’ Rourke; L Ryan & Liam Leahy; Sheila Delaney & Lorcan Reilly; Mary Hayes & Anon; Ann Kenny & Francis McCormack; Ann O’Rourke & Bernard Barry;


Vice-Captain Prize;  Tony O’Toole thanked all who turned out on Sunday 14th. which was a glorious summer day for golf.  The winners were;  1st. Paddy Bourke.  2nd. John Greed.  3rd. John Mullally.  Back 9, Ambrose Purcell.


Ladies Golf;   There are 2 remaining “Major” competitions;

Murphy’s”  will be played on Tues 23rd and Sat 27th.  The Tues draw times are 10am and 2.30pm

The Men’s Prize”  to the ladies will take place on Tues 30th.  Oct and Sat 3rd Nov.  Please note that and the Sat draw times are 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Ongoing 9hole” competition for Christmas fare.

“The McHugh Cup”  A reminder to play the 18 hole mixed for the McHugh cup as soon as possible.

“9 hole social mixed fundraiser”  On Sunday 11th. November we are running a special 9hole social mixed fundraiser in support of the Stapleton Benefit fund.  Entry fee is €10.  The draw will be at 1.30pm.  and we encourage as many members as possible to play.  Alternatively, all are welcome in the clubhouse afterwards for the prize presentation, tea and sandwiches where we will have a donation box for those that cannot play.

AGM; The proposed date for the AGM this year is Wed 12th of Dec after which all outstanding prizes will be presented.


The Seniors;  On Thursday 18th. there was a great turnout of players who took part for the “O’Toole Perpetual Trophy”. The wìnner of the trophy was Jim Russell.  In the team event, three teams tried on 47pts

on a count back;  1st. Team;  Seamus Bourke, Mick Murphy, Pat O’Connell, Jim Russell.   2nd. Team;  Liam Daly, Paddy Bourke, John Galvin, Mick Connell.  3rd. Team;  John Mullally, PJ Leahy, Pat Costello, Ollie Murray.

Next Seniors;  Thursday 25th. Oct.


Amanda Stapleton 9hole social mixed fundraiser;  On Sunday 11th. November the ladies are running a special 9 hole social mixed fundraiser in support of the Stapleton Benefit fund. Entry fee is €10.  The draw will be at 1.30pm.  All members are encouraged to play. Alternatively, all are welcome in the clubhouse afterwards for the prize presentation, tea and sandwiches where they will have a donation box for those that cannot play.   You can also make your own personal donation on the following web link arranged by the Borrisoleigh fund raising Committee;


Applications for 2019;  New members are now been accepted for 2019.  Early Bird applications will have the advantage of completing this year golf season.   All current members are encouraged to introduce at least “ONE NEW MEMBER” Lady or Gent, Junior or Student, Seniors Juveniles and Family, Active Retiree’s or any person interested in taking up the sport.  It will be a huge advantage to building the club membership and profile.  Registrations Forms for new members are now available on-line on our web site, or at the club house or contact Martin Bohan 087 0509278 or any of the committee members.   Also, membership payment options can be made through the Golf Club web site link;    All will be welcomed.


Golf Ireland;  “Why”  The creation of one governing body for golf will make it easier to promote the game. It will project a clear and consistent message that golf in Ireland is inclusive, contemporary in its approach and in keeping with modern societal views, while continuing to be healthy, challenging and fun.  Ireland is the only country in the world that still has two separate governing bodies for golf, divided along gender lines. Membership numbers in clubs are challenging and the appeal of golf in Ireland, indeed as in the rest of the world, continues to decline. We need to do everything in our power to encourage participation by both men and women, boys and girls. Golf in Ireland was thriving in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, with approximately 220,000 people holding membership of affiliated clubs and playing the game. Over the last decade that number has fallen by nearly 40,000, as current membership numbers show 183,000 golfers as members of GUI and ILGU clubs. – Ireland is the only country left in the world to have two separate governing bodies for men’s and women’s golf. South Africa were the last to join and they did this in 2016. England, Scotland and Wales have all either merged or amalgamated between 2004 and 2015.  – Golfers will still continue to play their golf. Change will not adversely impact on golfers’ enjoyment of the game. Clubs can continue to run their own competitions for members and visitors, as they currently do, with both men’s and ladies’ competitions. Golf Ireland will provide guidance and support to clubs and best practice guidelines, as our sport moves to embrace a more modern culture.  It is advised that all members keep themselves informed on this development.


Memorabilia of 50 Years of Golf in Templemore;  Urgent call for memorabilia by PJ to all members past and present or anyone or families that were involved in golf to dig deep and search their achieves for any memorabilia that they can find.  Old photos, sayings, and good banter from the past that can be resurrected to make this project successful.   All will be appreciated and returned as received after the process.


Adopt a Bunker Project;  All members who have signed up to commit to adopting a Bunkers which is helping to keep the course in great shape is very much appreciated.  Put your stamp on any bunker you feel that you can commit to looking after which will result in the presentation of the course to a high standard.   The “Adopt a Bunker” form is on the notice board in the Locker room.

New Golf Rules;   Balls Lost or Out of Bounds:  Alternative to Stroke and Distance:  A new Local Rule will now be available in January 2019, permitting committees to allow golfers the option to drop the ball in the vicinity of where the ball is lost or out of bounds (including the nearest fairway area), under a two-stroke penalty. It addresses concerns raised at the club level about the negative impact on pace of play when a player is required to go back under stroke and distance. The Local Rule is not intended for higher levels of play, such as professional or elite level competitions. (Key change:  this is a new addition to support pace of play)

Club Fixtures;

The McHugh Cup. Must be completed by Nov.1st.

22nd. Oct. 3T’s Team All-Ireland at the K Club.

Oct. GOY 18H S/F. Date, TBC.

27th. Oct. White Dowling Society 18H S/F.

11th. Nov.  Amanda Benefit Fundraiser

3rd. Dec. AGM @ 8pm in the Club Lounge.

15th. Dec. White Dowling Society 18H S/F.

The Pat Delahunty Cup. Date TBC.

Spring of 2019 the Captains/Captains in the Algarve.


Timber for Sale;  Due to all the various storms there are considerable amounts of timber available for winter firing;  The competitive rate are;  €50 for a single car flat trailer and €80 for a car twin flat trailer.  Some chopped and some in blocks, Contact; Tony 086-8209991 or Tommy 087-1715692