Mens Club Report 21/03/2016

Open Day, Killeen course 17/03/2016

Men’s Captain Liam Hartnett was in the second group to tee off in the first “Open Day” competition of 2016, played on St. Patrick’s Day, at 7.20 a.m. on Thursday the 17th March, which had a huge turnout of over 120 competitors, and a good proportion of those competing were from outside courses, such was the enthusiasm to get to play Killeen, and to see at first hand some of the course repairs and improvements undertaken by our Course Manager Enda Murphy and his team over the last three months or so, which were done as and when weather conditions allowed.
The general consensus of opinion was indeed most positive which is most gratifying to all of those concerned in those repairs and improvements which will greatly enhance playing conditions on the
course in the fullness of time, and which we will enjoy for many years to come when they have all bedded down. Liam said that It was great to be back on Killeen course once again, and that we can now look forward to getting our competition schedule “back on track” for the remainder of the year.

The competition results are as follows, and as it was an open competition then there were only three
1st Eddie Coleman with 42 points, playing off 12 handicap.
2nd Alan Flannery with 41 points playing off 19 handicap.
3rd Eoin O’Donoghue with 40 points (back nine) playing off 9 handicap.

Apart from the winner, our own Eddie Coleman, with a great score of 42 points the next most notable score was by Alan Flannery who is a brother of our Club Secretary/Manager Cormac Flannery, and who is a member of Ceann Sibheal, who was second with 41 points and had a most impressive 24 points on the back nine holes.

Standard Scratch was not in play due to the temporary green on the 8th hole, which was brought about
by the current up-grading of the water hazard at the greenside on that hole. 25 of those who competed played to, or bettered their handicap, and this was a fair testament to the condition of the course which had undertaken such a ferocious battering in the winter storms which started with Clodagh, on the 28th of November last, followed by Desmond, Eva, Frank, Gertrude, Henry, Imogen, and finally with Jake, which was as recent as the 2nd of March. Club Foursomes qualifier, on “Killeen” on Easter Sunday the 27th of March.

Next competition will be the “qualifier” for our Club Foursomes competition, with the top 31 teams qualifying to join our Club Captain and his partner in the knock out stages of the competition.
Entry for this competition will be via the Club on-line system, with times running from 7.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

Open Competition “Mahony’s Point” Easter Monday, the 28th of March.
The next Club open competition will take place on Mahony’s Point Easter Monday, the 28th of March,
with the time-sheet at the reception at the Clubhouse, with times running from 8.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. Club website, Men’s section, upgrade.

Liam Hartnett also wishes to advise all members that a very substantial upgrade of the website for the “Men’s Club” section has recently been undertaken by Men’s Club Committee member, and our Handicap Secretary James Curran, James has spearheaded and single handedly undertaken the task of this upgrade, the result of which can be very easily seen with a much easier and more user-friendly and informative website now in place, than what was there heretofore. James himself stresses that it is still a “work-in-progress”, but a cursory viewing by all members, which Liam strongly encourages , will convince everyone that what James has already put in place is just fantastic, and he is to be complimented on his initiative, expertise and enthusiasm for what he has already put in place.

Lackabane course
voting option deadline 25th of March.

Please remember to get your vote in for your choice for one of the three options which are currently under consideration for the “new” layout for the 9 hole course on Lackabane, which has now been set for Friday the 25th of March, you were previously advised of it, as being the 31st of March via the Men’s Club facebook page and via previous notifications as published by the “Killarney Outlook” and
the “Killarney Advertiser”.

Victor Mulcahy,
PRO Men’s Club.

Junior Manual

JUNIOR MANUAL  Amended at Ladies Committee Meeting July 25th, 2016)


1. Introduction:

The purpose of this manual is to provide information to Parents/Guardians and junior members of Killarney Golf and Fishing Club on all aspects of junior golf. We encourage all young golfers to become active participants in the club.

Juniors must be 8 years of age before they can be registered with Killarney Golf and Fishing Club.

A player is a junior until 18th birthday

2. Dress Code:

The following items of dress are not acceptable on the course or in the clubhouse:

  • Tracksuits or Leisure Suits
  • Singlets or Sleeveless shirts without collars
  • Shorts other than tailored Shorts
  • Trouser legs tucked inside stockings
  • Football shirts/jerseys and garment displaying slogans or logos

Smart casual dress is essential in the clubhouse

Footwear worn on the course is not acceptable in the clubhouse

Wearing of caps/hats is not acceptable in the clubhouse

All golfers are requested to use golf footwear on the course

The R and A “Golf Rules” which are available in the club should be carried by youth members while playing golf in Killarney Golf Club or while representing Killarney Golf Club in any other club.

Juniors representing Killarney Golf Club are expected to behave in a manner, which will bring credit to themselves, the team and the club.

3. Scorecards:

  • No Junior may mark his/her own card
  • The marker should check the score after each complete hole with the competitor, and record it.
  • On completion of the round, the marker should sign the scorecard and hand it to the competitor. The competitor should check his/her score and agree any doubtful points that may arise with the marker. If either the competitor or marker is in doubt on any point they should seek clarification from the Youth committee before signing and returning the scorecard. The competitor should ensure that the scorecard bears his/her name, handicap and title and date of the competition. The penalty for breach of the rule is disqualification from the competition.

4. Handicaps

An official club handicap in accordance with G.U.I/I.L.G.U guidelines maybe allocated by the club Handicap Secretary to all Youth members who return 3 cards, each of 18 holes strokes, which must be signed by a playing member who holds an official handicap. No player shall mark his/her own card. Cards must be marked after each hole.

Cards should be posted in the appropriate competition box and marked “For Handicap”

For the purpose of Youth Member club competitions, players will, if required, be allocated (unofficial) club handicaps by Youth Members committee.

Youth members who return scores in golf clubs other than Killarney Golf Club, which result in their handicaps being reduced, are obliged to inform the Club junior handicap secretary of such scores.

5. Club Competitions

Male Junior Members

Male Junior members with an official club handicap of 15 and under may participate in all club competitions.

Female Junior Members

  • All female junior members with an official club handicap of 36 may participate in all club competitions. A junior female golfer is unable to win first prize in any major competition i.e The Captains prize (Male & Female), The President’s Prize or Christmas Hamper competition.
  • Prior to competing in ladies competitions a Junior Girl must have played in three 18 hole Junior competitions and one 12 hole stroke competition organised by the KGFC Ladies Branch and/or Killarney Junior Committee in the calendar year prior to their first ladies competition.
  • A Junior Girl who elects to play in Ladies Competitions must play four stableford competitions in Killarney Golf Club organised by the Ladies Branch before she enters a Killarney ladies stroke competition.
  • A junior girl may take part in Ladies exchange days in her second calendar year of playing in ladies competitions

6. Course Etiquette/Code of Behaviour

  • Outside of Junior competitions, Juniors playing without an adult must check if there is availability on the course and sign their name in a book in the Pro Shop before playing.
  • Juniors are expected to respect and be courteous to adult members on the course.
  • Honour is about being truthful to yourself and the rules of a sport. Golf is a game of honesty, etiquette and maturity. As in all sports, golf should be conducted in an atmosphere of fair play, respect for others and should always be played in the right spirit.
  • Players are responsible for their own actions and personal conduct on the golf course.
  • With regard to Child Protection guidelines (D.E.S&S.), Sports Council Guidelines, the ILGU & CGI Safeguarding Policy the Killarney Ladies Committee has decided that it is best practice for the Ladies Competitions that there be two adults on a line with a Junior Girl for protection of both child and adult.

7 Rules of Golf

Prior to competing in ladies competition a junior girl must attend a golf rules/etiquette session organised by the Ladies Branch. Having played her four junior competitions and having a handicap of 36 the Junior Girl will notify the Lady Captain that she wishes to play in ladies competitions. Following this notification the Lady Captain will organise a golf rules/etiquette evening which the Junior Girl must attend before she plays in the Ladies Competitions. A certificate of attendance at the evening will be given to the Junior Girl. This certificate of attendance must be attained before the Junior Girl plays in Ladies Competitions.

Safety & The Course:

  1. The most important thing to remember when playing any sport is to look after your health and safety. Before commencing play, a golfer should always stretch and take a few minutes to warm up. This means more oxygen and blood flow to the muscles. Thus the body muscles can bend and stretch more and the ball can be hit further.
  2. Prior to making a practice swing or playing a stroke, the player should ensure that no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by the club, the ball or any stones, pebbles, twigs etc which may be moved by the stroke or swing.
  3. Juniors may not cut in on a hole if there are players playing the previous hole.
  4. Respect officials and accept their decision with grace and not a grudge. This includes the Junior Co-ordinators, Committee Members, Course and Clubhouse staff.
  5. Remember to respect the course. Replace divots, repair pitch marks, rake bunkers etc.
  6. Play quickly and do not hold up any players behind.
  7. Juniors who behave badly, whether in the clubhouse or on the course will be disciplined in accordance with club procedures.


In the Clubhouse

  1. Juniors may use the bar and restaurant facilities. They must vacate the clubhouse by 7pm if unaccompanied by an adult. If a Junior is accompanied by an adult they must vacate the premises at 10pm.
  2. Juniors must respect and heed clubhouse staff.
  3. Respect the clubhouse and keep belongings tidy. Golf shoes must be removed before entering any part of the clubhouse (except the locker room).

General Etiquette:

  • Respect fellow team members; give them support when things are going well or badly for them. Respect your opponents; they are not your enemies as they are fellow competitors in a sporting event. Look for your opponent’s lost ball.
  • Be modest in victory and gracious in defeat. Shake hands after the event, whoever wins –and mean it.
  • Adults have priority on the course and MUST be allowed through. Avoid slow play and remember 9 holes should be completed in less than 2 hours.
  • Be organised and on time.
  • While playing, no Junior player can leave the course – for example to go to the shop outside the perimeters of the Golf course.
  • Mobile Phones are not allowed in the clubhouse or on the golf course.
  • If any Junior member encounters any problems or issues please feel free to talk to Junior Officers or Golf Professionals.
  • Remember honest endeavour is as important as winning.

7. Coaching:

Coaching is provided in Killarney Golf and Fishing Club by Club Professional David Keating and his staff.  The time of coaching will be displayed on Junior Notice board. When coaching is being provided at least one adult must be present at all times.

8. Parents/Guardian Role:

Parents should assist in :

  • Attending coaching sessions
  • The running of Junior competitions
  • Providing supervision
  • Providing transport

Parents should also

  • Remember that juniors learn by example – applaud good shots by all
  • Respect and accept official decisions and teach juniors to do likewise


We hope these guidelines will assist both juniors and their parents/guardians in an understanding of any issues pertaining to Junior Membership. Any further clarification can be obtained from the Secretary Manager or Junior Officers.

Junior Committee

Junior Club Committee 2017
Junior Girls Captain Ava Burke
Junior Boys Captain Darren Mulcahy
Junior Secretary John Curtin
Junior Officer Angela O'Connor
Treasurer Mary O'Doherty
Junior Rep Luke Sweeney
Committee Michael McCauliffe
Committee Breda Duggan


Men's Club Committee 2019
Captain James Curran
Vice-Captain Harry O'Neill
Hon. Secretary Tomás Barry
Hon. Treasurer Colm O'Shea
Competitions Secretary Tommy Galvin
Handicap Secretary Donal O'Sullivan
President Tom Prendergast
PRO Mike Maher
Ex-Officio Captain Derry McCarthy
Junior Officer John O'Mahony
Committee Ian Cronin
Committee Ger Moroney
Committee Eddie O’Sullivan

Mens Club Report

Club Captain Liam Hartnett was delighted to have eventually got the Men’s  Club competition schedule for the calendar year of 2016, “off the ground” with the staging of the “Keane’s Jewellers” sponsored singles stableford competition which was played over our “Mahony’s Point” course on last Sunday, the 13th of March.

The entry of over 150 members was a fair testament to both the anxiety of the Men’s Club Membership to compete in a Club competition, and was also a  fair reflection of the popularity of this competition which was, and is, most kindly sponsored by Keane’s Jewellers, who have been excellent supporters of our Club for so very many Years.

The competition was played in excellent golfing conditions, and despite the recent atrocious weather the course was in “fair shape”, which was reflected with over twenty of the scores of those who played, at 40 points or more, and one of the minor placings was decided by the better points number on the very last hole, and second place was won with a back nine holes score of  a massive 25 points.

The competition does not qualify competitors for either handicap reductions or for points back, due to the temporary nature of many facets of the course, but of course, our Club Handicap Secretary James Curran, and his team will be taking due cognisance of those with “exceptional scores”, and a possible handicap reduction may be “on the cards” for some of those with the best scores down the line.

1st William D. O’Connor with 44 points playing off 13 handicap.
2nd Ciaran Fleming with 43 points off 28 handicap.
3rd Jonathan Sparling with 43 points off 9 handicap.
4th Con Daly with 43 points off 27 handicap.
5th David MacIndoe Jnr. with 42 points off 13 handicap.
Best gross winner was Simon Gallivan with a score of 68 strokes, who plays off 1 handicap.
Category 2, winner was Ian Cronin with 42 points, off 7 handicap.
Category 3, winner was Peter Lawlor with 41 points, off 15 handicap.
Category 4, winner was Teddy O’Sullivan with 42 points off 18 handicap.

St. Patrick’s Day, “open” singles competition on Killeen.

The next competition will be a singles stableford “open” competition which will be  played on Thursday next St. Patrick’s Day, and the time sheet is almost full at this time of going to press, this will be played on “Killeen”, and the competitors will get the opportunity to see for themselves the excellent progress that has been made with both the repairs and the upgrade of many holes on the course that have been undertaken by Course Manager Enda Murphy and his team over the last two months or so.

Sunday the 20th of March, Keane’s Jewellers sponsored “mixed foursomes” competition.
The competition to be played on next Sunday will be the Keane’s Jewellers sponsored “mixed foursomes” which will be played under the “Scotch Foursomes” format, scheduled to commence at 10.30 A.M. with a “shotgun” start.

Victor Mulcahy,
PRO Men’s Club.