ILGU EASTERN DISTRICT 2008 AGM REPORTS
2008 HONORARY SECRETARY’S REPORT
Good afternoon Ladies. We have had a lot of doom and gloom thrown at us over the last couple of months and no doubt there will be more to come. Prophets of Doom as they have been so aptly named are coming at us from all sides. We have George Lee‟s voice droning in everyone‟s ears and saying I told you so. – It is in one word - DEPRESSING. So I promise you no doom and gloom in my report today. Actually, when you think of those 20,000 active and not so active 70 something year olds converging on Dail Eireann and using their voice for change. Maybe something positive can come out of the doom and gloom after all. Now to my report During the year the Eastern District held one Annual General Meeting, One Hon. Secretaries, Handicap Sec, Jun Convenors Meeting and eight Executive committee meetings. At the Secretaries meetings in February we also invited along, what we chose to call, an AA Championships Team Co-ordinator from each Club whose job it was to take the AA Drawsheets, together with a lot of vital information in the form of Team Captains & Liaison Officers names, Competition Rules and Regulations and Advice to Team Captains and Guidelines for Liaison Officers back to their clubs and call a meeting with their own team captains and liaison officers and distribute this information to them. This seemed to have worked pretty satisfactorily, so we would anticipate doing the same again in 2009. The planned date for the Secretaries Meetings is Saturday 21st February here in Westmanstown Golf Club, so that‟s a date for the diary. The year is very much dominated by the AA Insurance Championships which run from March to September. This competition with the sponsorship of AA Insurance has gone from strength to strength over what is now three years and all clubs have embraced the concept of playing the singles matches on neutral venues. For those clubs who make it all the way to the All Ireland Finals and come home with the winning pennant, that is of course the ultimate prize. But please take heart in the fact that it is not the same teams that win year after year. New names are coming up all the time so why shouldn‟t it be your club‟s turn in 2009. I‟m sure the winning clubs would agree that it generates a great club spirit among all the members both male and female, when a team is successful. Despite the absence of a summer again this year we were incredibly lucky with the weather we got for our major championships in the District. The Suzuki Senior Cup District Finals were held in Woodbrook in May. A week prior to the event we were wondering would the course stand up to the ferocious weather but true to form we had sunshine for the three days and the course was magnificent. The Island won out beating Woodbrook in a very close final. The Island were ecstatic and their team Captain Mary Dinan couldn‟t say enough about her team and the fact that it had been nearly 80 years since they had held the Cup. Both the Island and Woodbrook qualified to play in the Suzuki All Ireland Senior Cup finals in Galway. There, Woodbrook were beaten by the eventual winners Royal Portrush and the Island had a great run beating a very formidable Douglas team in the semi finals and then been beaten in the All Ireland final by Royal Portrush. A great performance and I am sure a memorable experience for the Club.
Castleknock Golf Club hosted the Clarins Leinster Championships in early June. Most of the talk was about the magnificent greens. They had been ironed, yes ironed. A machine that actually irons the greens, thus of course quickening the pace considerably. We had asked for the course to be in tip top condition and they took us at our word. Tara Delaney Carlow was leading qualifier and also outright winner of the Leinster Championships beating Anne McCormack (Roscommon) in the final. The Duggan Cup was won by Carol McEnroe from Virginia who beat Eileen O‟Brien from Clontarf in the final. Our sponsors Clarins were once again extremely generous in supply gifts to all the competitors. Again three days of glorious weather, we were on a roll. What was originally called the ILGU Prizes and is now the ILGU Charity 3 ball team event was run once again this year in two locations Westmanstown and Castlewarden. This is a 3 ball team event run in aid of the President‟s charity which was „Sharing Point‟ in 2008. Sharing Point is an organisation working on a one to one with those suffering from drugs related and alcohol related problems. It is a great day out and you play a golf course for a very reasonable rate and an opportunity to do something for a charitable cause. Entry was only €10 in 2008. These events are listed on the ILGU poster that goes out to all the Clubs but we feel that many are not aware that they are taking place as we invariably always have spaces available. In 2009 the ILGU Charity 3 Ball Team Event will be held in Charlesland and Hollywood Lakes on Monday 20th July. So keep an eye out for them on both the Eastern District poster and the ILGU poster in your club for details of timesheets etc. We also visited Newlands in July for the Ladies Senior Championships Golden Years. This is a really well supported day with 120 ladies taking part this year. For those who played you will remember, because it was one of the very few glorious summer days we had. In August Delgany hosted the Australian Spoons District Finals while also celebrating their centenary year and Hermitage once again hosted the Ria Kenny Final. 194 ladies played in 2007 and 200 ladies played in 2008. The timesheet started at 6.50 am and the last 3 ball teed off at 4.15 pm. A huge day in terms of numbers on the golf course but also in the rewards it brings. Just over €23,000.00 was presented to Dorothy Barry Enable Ireland at the dinner that night. This figure is made up of all the contributions that come from you, each Golf Club that runs a Ria Kenny qualifier. Enable Ireland are extremely grateful for this enormous contribution made by you lady golfers as it helps them continue in the work of helping those a lot less fortunate than we are. A list of all the winners of the various competitions I have just mentioned was included with your AGM information and should be placed on your notice boards for all to see. Can I say that we visit very many clubs throughout the year to run competitions be they the ones already mentioned or the AA matches when they reach the Quarter Finals onwards and we are endlessly impressed with what I can only describe as „the mini organisations‟ that the ladies have set up in their own clubs. We the Eastern District Executive committee are very often complimented on the running of a competition. But we know that without a strong structure in place in the Club in question, that that competition would be a lot more difficult to run successfully. Women at times underestimate their abilities; we are all guilty of it. But in fact you are the heart and soul of many of the golf clubs out there and you should be very proud of yourselves. You make our job look easy. At the end of July, the Women‟s Interprovincial matches took place in East Clare Golf Club. We again had Pat Doran as Captain and she once again brought Leinster to the victory podium. That‟s 5 in a row now and actually in the last 15 years Leinster has won on 13 of those occasions. Only being beaten by Munster in 2002 and 2003. That is a phenomenal record when you consider the talent that is represented on all the Interprovincial teams. The trophy is very proudly displayed here today and Pat has agreed to Captain the team once again in 2009 and hopefully keep this winning streak alive. Pat will give a full account on all the matches in her report later in the meeting. As my report now brings us into August we have reached the all important stages of the AA Insurance Championships. The semi finals were staged in Dun Laoghaire and the K Club. Dun Laoghaire went ahead as scheduled on Sunday 17th August but the K Club had to be rescheduled to the following
Sunday because, you guessed it the weather. This was actually the first rescheduling necessary so we had done pretty well up to this. Actually after the last two summers, I think it is safe to say that it is equally possible to get a good day now in the middle of March as it is in the middle of August. This re-scheduling left a shorter run up to the AA Insurance District Finals for some teams but true to form because of once again „the weather‟ the District Finals in Beech Park Golf Club were reduced to one day, Sunday 7th September. Normally the foursomes finals would run on the Saturday and the singles finals on the Sunday. So thankfully the sun shone on the Sunday and all matches were played. The results were as follows: Senior Foursomes – Co. Louth beat Milltown 2½ - ½ Junior Foursomes - Rathfarnham beat Hazel Grove 2 – 1 Junior Cup – Dun Laoghaire beat Laytown Bettystown 3½ - 1½ Inter Cup – Slade Valley beat Lucan 3½ - 1½ Minor Cup – Malahide beat Balcarrick 4½ - ½ Chall Cup – Powerscourt beat The Island 3½ - 1½ Our thanks must go to Beech Park Golf Club for allowing us the additional time on the Sunday to run our Finals and to their green keeping staff headed by Dave Callanan who worked extremely hard on the days prior to the event to ensure that the course was not only playable but in excellent order. When we speak of hard work I have to single out the ladies of Beech Park who on the day of the final were seen to do any job that was required. The platoon and that is what you would have to call them was headed by their Lady Captain Kathleen Allen and they were an inspiration. As I mentioned earlier, the pivotal role of women in golf clubs is substantial, YOU KNOW NOT YOUR WORTH. Of course there is a bigger prize now within the AA Insurance Ladies Championships and that is the opportunity to win an All Ireland Pennant. So the winning teams headed for Limerick Golf Club for the All Ireland Semi Finals and Finals. As you can see from the All Ireland pennants on display - the Eastern District went one better this year and arrived home with three All Ireland Pennants. They are Co. Louth in the Senior Foursomes, Slade Valley in the Intermediate Cup and Malahide in the Minor Cup. I think the representatives here today from those Clubs should stand and be congratulated on their Clubs outstanding performances.
You may or not be aware of the fact that we because of our size, play a lot more matches than other Districts in order to reach All Ireland Finals so the Eastern District can be particularly proud of its performance this year. Remember it is possible for ANY club willing to put the work in, to reach these finals. On the subject of size I would like to welcome two newly affiliated clubs to the Eastern District in 2008. They are Bellewstown Golf Club in Co. Meath and Glebe Golf Club in Trim. We wish them every success. That brings the total number of Clubs in the Eastern District to 104. I would also like to thank our sponsors Suzuki, Clarins and AA Insurance for their continued support of ladies golf. We greatly appreciate their support particularly in the present climate.
As always at this time of year we pay tribute to our colleagues who have worked on the District and bid fond farewell to those who have completed their terms of office. Just before I do that I have to say a very special thank you to our District Rules Officials. They are Dympna Conlon, Mide Gilhooly, Geraldine Henry and Eithne Knight. These are the ladies in the red jackets who are there to help you when situations arise on the golf course, whatever the weather. They do an outstandingly professional job and we are greatly indebted to them. They also make time to attend Rules Nights in many of the Clubs in the District. Also the District Handicap Advisors, Maura Sweeney, Mary Lockhart, Kathryn Whately and Vivien Bond. I know they have been extremely busy
with queries since the changes to CONGU have been introduced. Our District USGA Team Leaders Denise O‟Sullivan, Sheila Floyd, Mary Courtney and Kathryn Whately and the members of your teams, thank you for the continued work you are doing in rating the courses throughout the year. And we hope to have more volunteers involved in this next year. Can I say that volunteerism is alive and well thank God and being maintained at an extremely high standard. We had a very hard working and willing Executive committee in place this year and we will welcome the newly elected members from Malahide and Kilmashogue at our first meeting in December. We say farewell to our District Vice President Sheena O‟Brien Kenney who has timed her departure impeccably well as she is now a very newly married woman of just over two weeks. I am sure she will have no trouble filling in any spare time that leaving the District Committee gives her. It was of immense benefit to the District Committee to have someone with the wealth of knowledge that Sheena possesses and she must also be congratulated in her own right on winning the Senior Order of Merit in a very convincing fashion. To District Committee member Sadie Burke for her hard work over the last three years, thank you. To our outgoing Chairman Violet Twomey it was a pleasure to be in your company, your input was greatly valued by all and you will be missed around the Executive table. Our Hon. Treasurer Via Maume. Via spent two years on the Executive committee before taking on the job of Hon. Treasurer for a further 5 years. If anyone has seen it all over the last 7 years Via has. With Via, you are always assured of a straight honest answer - even if it was not always what you really wanted to hear. Her hard work and level headedness has been of immense benefit to the District and she certainly deserves the opportunity to step away now and enjoy a well earned rest. A thank you also to our remaining Vice Presidents Margaret Keogh and Maura Sweeney for their invaluable experience and sound knowledge and a welcome to our newly elected Vice President Jackie Quinn. To Council Delegate Nicky Robinson. Thank you Nicky for attending our District Executive meetings and enjoy your retirement in January. I would also like to mention Theresa Morgan who continues to do an amazing job with Women in Golf and wish her well in her role as District Director on the ILGU Board of Directors.
My thanks also to the ILGU staff in Furze Road, Denise, Bernie, Sandra, Geraldine and Jane. And a word of congratulations to our Chief Executive Sinead Heraty on the excellent handling of what is still an ongoing project in the restructuring of the Irish Ladies Golf Union. We can be assured, with Sinead as Chief Executive, of a viable, efficient and forward thinking organisation, capable of expanding further, the essence of all our work, which is and always will be the promotion of this great game. I will leave you with these parting words that one of the many Lady Captains I had the pleasure of meeting this year said to me –IF YOU LOOK TO THE GROUND – IT WILL BRING YOU DOWN. So heads high and lets all look forward to a bright golfing year in 2009. Thank you. Rosemary Hayes, Hon. Secretary Eastern District.
Junior Report AGM Nov 5 th 2008
Good afternoon ladies. I would just like to take a few moments to let you know what the Junior committee has been doing during the past year. TRAINING During the winter 07/08,we had three panels training with The Leinster Coach Gillian Burrell, U13, U15 and U18. This took place in Dun Laoghaire Golf Club. Gillian covers all aspects of the game and the girls definitely benefit from it. For the coming season U13 and U16 panels have just been selected and have commenced winter training in Elm Green GC. Each panel will have 4 sessions between Oct 2008 and March 2009. SCATTERDAYS: We had two scatterdays in July and two in August These are days for U13s to encourage girls to take up the game and were held in The Castle and Malahide. And just recently we had two days in Elm Green to facilitate the selection of the U13 panels. These days are run in conjunction with Junior Golf Ireland and as there is great enthusiasm JGI hope to run more next year. I would like to thank AnneMarie, Rory and Naimh for the work they put into Junior Golf. THE U18 INTERPROS took place the week after Easter in Bangor GC. The U15 1day Inter pros took place in Athy. The U18 was captained by Sinead Keane and the U15 by Mary Dowling who both have an excellent rapport with the girls and will Captain these teams again next year. I would just like to say they were both a pleasure to work with. Their Captain‟s reports were sent out with the information for this meeting. COMPETITIONS: We had our usual quota of competitions with a very good entry for all. The Leinster Championship took place in Beaverstown and though we had very bad weather the course stood up to it very well and the girls coped admirably and with very good humour The winner was Sara Louise Winter (Carnalea). The plate was won by Laura McCarthy (Muskerry) and The Trophy which is for handicaps 21-35 had some great matches and some very young players, the eventual winner was Olivia Mehaffy (Tandragee)aged 10. THE INTER CLUB TEAM MATCHPLAY was played in Malahide and we got some unusually fine weather. The eventual winners were Baltray beating Malahide in the final. THE MAY FITZGIBBON FOURSOMES Leinster Qualifying was played in Bray: Winners (Emily McGuiness (Greenore) and Emma Dunne (Castlewarden)and the Ria Kenny singles in Elm Park. (Winner) Gross: Bebhinne Jennings(Navan) And Net: Olwen Jennings (Navan) SCHOOLS: We did not have the schools qualifying this year as that competition is being revamped. It is being extended to include Gross and Net winners and individual entrants. The Leinster Qualifying will now take place on March 27th 2009 in Clontarf GC. Before Easter the girls who were not selected on the Leinster Interpro team played a match against Ulster in Greenore GC and were the victors. We also had a match for U13‟s on the same day and this match was a Tie. I would like to thank all the girls and their parents and sometimes Grandparents who put such effort in to travelling to and playing these tournaments and are all so pleasant to be with. I would also like to thank all the Clubs who gave us the use of their courses for tournaments and practice matches and all the staff and members who welcomed us and helped in every way they could.
PILOT SCHEME This year we introduced a pilot scheme where selected JGI pros held coaching sessions for girls who were beginners. We had 5 host clubs, Hermitage Milltown, Ashbourne, Newlands and Dundalk. Each club had 10 girls 50 in all. The participants were two from the host club and 2 from each of 4 neighbouring clubs.
There were 6 sessions in each host club. The scheme was very successful and with a few adjustments we hope to expand it next year. We now have some girls from this scheme on our training panels.
DEVELOPMENT: I cannot emphasise how important it is that we develop Junior players. I read a quotation recently by PG Woodhouse; “Golf like the measles, should be caught young, for if postponed to riper years, the results may be serious.” I think that most of us who took the game up when older would agree with that sentiment. There are so few girls playing golf….you will have seen in the U18 policy document that in 2007 there were 4,200 girl junior members in Ireland compared to 23,650 boys and only 700 girls are playing in regular competition. As the age profile of most clubs is quite high it must be a priority to attract girls to the game. If you are fortunate enough to have girls in your club, please encourage them . The U13 scatterdays have shown that there is great enthusiasm at that age, but some girls cannot get into clubs, so please try to be Junior Friendly with regard to time on the course, entrance fees etc. We hope over the next few years to build up a relationship with all the Junior Convenors, keep them up to speed with forthcoming events, scatterdays, opens etc. With this in mind it is really important that we have all the contact details of club convenors. And that clubs put Open Fixtures on the website. I would also like at this point to thank all the Club Convenors who give so much time and effort to the Juniors. I know it is not always an easy Job. Thank You.
I would like to finish by thanking my own committee, which also gives me a chance to tell you who they are. Marie Collins (Headfort)Asst Convenor, who helped me so much in my 1 st year and definitely knows more than I do . Lily Conaty (Ashbourne), Marguerite Hamill (Greystones) Lisa Murray (Elm Park) and Olive Shannon (Malahide). They all worked extremely hard for Junior Golf this year. Finally a last word of thanks to Violet, Rosemary and Via who were a great help and support to the Junior Committee as were the ladies on the Executive and in the office. Also Anna Usher who with Marie Collins is a vital part of training. Last but not least the Referees who have such a thankless job and come out in all weathers. I have enjoyed my first year as Junior Convenor and if one learns by ones mistakes I expect to be brilliant next year. Thank you for your attention. Irene Poynton District Junior Convenor
USGA REPORT FOR EASTERN DISTRICT - 2008
Denise O‟Sullivan gave the annual report on behalf of the USGA Rating Committee. She said that 2008 was not a great year for course rating due to the bad weather as they can only rate courses during the playing Season which is very busy for the clubs what with competitions etc though they do try to rate early in the day. She said that they had over half of the Courses rated in the District and hopefully within the next two years all the Courses will be rated. This year for the first time many of the District Clubs were allocated a 9 hole rating thus allowing them to play qualifying competitions over 9 holes. She requested the Ladies Committees to read pages 23 to 28 in the Congu Unified Handicapping System Book which covers the Golf Course and Standard Scratch Score. She requested that the Ladies Committee appoint one/two persons to take charge of the Standard Scratch and that this person may also represent the Ladies‟ on the Course Committee and thus liaise with the Ladies committee when any changes occur to the Ladies course instead of finding out after some time about problems. She requested that each Club send the name and telephone number of this person along with the Ladies Course Score Card to their Team Leader i.e. Kathryn Whately, Mary Courtney, Sheila Floyd or herself. This would inform us if there were any changes to the course like length of a hole etc. She thanked the Team Leaders for all their assistance during the year. Denise also requested for volunteers to help out with the Course rating. These volunteers should be free during the week, play off a handicap of least 18 and they would also receive training. Names and telephone numbers should be given to any Executive member, Rosemary Hayes or herself. She thanked the ILGU office, the District Chairman Violet, Rosemary Hayes and members of the Executive for their assistance during the year. She concluded by thanking Via Maume for all her assistance over the past five years and wished her happy retirement. She hoped that she would have a bit more time for her golf now that her days will be freer. Denise O‟Sullivan USGA Team Leader