|All Ireland Father & Son Winners 2012.
Pictured above is Rory Mason of Key Capital (Sponsor), Gerard & Robert Moran of Castle (Winners), Karl Devenney (Chairman of Father & Son Committee) and Captain Paschal Taggart.
Lady Captain's Prize - (Vivienne Cosgrave)
Congratulations to Yvonne Manahan, Winner the Lady Captain's Prize 2012.
Lady Captain, Vivienne Cosgrave's prize day was planned to be over two days, being the 12th June and 15th June. Leader in the clubhouse after the first day was Yvonne Manahan with 39 points, playing off 5, pretty impressive. Anne Doyle was hot on her heels with 38 points....Yvonne went home that evening and did a rain dance for the next few days - which paid off nicely, as it never stopped from Wednesday until Friday evening, leading to the 2nd day being a 'wash out', leaving Anne to wonder "What if...? and Yvonne....estatic. A very popular winner we have in Yvonne, lots of congratulations to her.
|Mother & Daughter Open Foursomes
Sponsored by Ciaran Nevin Hair & Beauty, Terenure. www.ciarannevin.ie
The 4th Mother & Daughter Open Foursomes Competition takes place on Monday 20th August and is a shotgun start at 2pm. We are delighted to have Ciaran Nevin Hair & Beauty as our sponsor again. The timesheet is now live on our website www.castlegc.ie . Cost of entry is €35 per pair. There are fabulous prizes to be won and goody bags for all competitors. Presentation of prizes will take place immediately after play.
City Matchplay Championship
Entries are now open for the City Matchplay Championship. This event is open to Men & Ladies. The handicap limit for Men is 18 and for Ladies 28. The first round takes place in August and subsequent rounds per draw through the following months to a final in April 2013. Entry for members is just €10 and for visitors €50. To enter, simply phone Niamh in the office on 014904207 or complete an entry form available in the bar.
|Dusk walk with Bird Watch Ireland
|On a dusky evening in late June an eclectic group of people aged 8 to 80 gathered outside David's shop waiting to be led out onto the course for a dusk chorus trip of learning about birdsong. We were met by Niall Hatch- appropriately named!- from Birdwatch Ireland. Niall gave us a very informative talk about birdsong and when it takes place and then we were led out onto a darkening Castle Golf Course. We trudged down to the 6th/7th and stood for a while in the darkening gloom listening with our hands cupped behind our ears. Regrettably you'd get more tweets on Twitter!!
However after a while a pair of Swifts darted over followed by a couple of Wood Pigeon. We walked up the 6th and it was fun to listen to the mutterings of members saying it was interesting to walk backwards up the 6th from green to tee!! Still no twitterings though. Eventually we walked up the 5th and across 2nd fairway and home to the harbour lights of the Clubhouse. Niall Hatch said it may have been a bit late in the season and offered to do a Dawn Chorus Patrol next Spring when the birds may be in Centenary Form!!
It was however a very interesting and pleasant way to spend a late Thursday evening and Thank you to our own Philip Murphy and to Niall Hatch from Birdwatch Ireland. Over 50 people turned up which was more than satisfactory.
Date for your diary - Niall will do a talk and slideshow on Garden Birds in early January. More details will follow closer to the time.
Reminder of rule changes 2012
Two changes to bear in mind for the golfing season.
Rule 13.4 - Ball in Hazard, Prohibited actions.
This has been amended to permit a player to smooth sand or soil in a hazard at any time, including before playing from that hazard, provided it is for the sole purpose of caring for the course and rule 13.4 is not breached.
13-2 states that a player must not improve or allow to be improved.
- The position or lie of his ball
- The area of his intended swing
- His line of play or a reasonable extension of that line beyond the hole or
- The area in which he is to drop or place a ball
More details can be found in the Rule Book.
Lets take the bunker running across our fairway on the 1st hole. My ball lands in the bunker on the right hand side. The rake is over on the left. I can walk in, retrieve the rake and rake my footprints before I take my shot. It is not affecting my next stroke and clearly I am caring for the course.
Rule 18-2b - Ball moving after address.
A new exception is added which exonerates the player from penalty if his ball moves after it has been addressed when it is know or virtually certain that he did not cause the ball to move.
For example, if a gust of wind moves the ball after it has been addressed, there is no penalty and the ball is played from its new position.
NB - The ball is addressed once the player has grounded his club immediately in front of or behind the ball regardless of whether he has taken his stance.
Captains' Prize to Pavilion Members
Congratulations to the winners of the Captains' Prize to Pavilion Members pictured is:
Noreen O'Hare, Ladies Winner with 43 points and
Mark Armstrong Mens Winner, who had 37 points.
Men's Open Competition at Castle Golf Club
Monday 30th July - Singles Stableford. Timesheet now open online. Entry just €10 for members and €35 for visitors.