Michael Cashman Munster Club Four-Ball

Michael Cashman Munster Club Four-Ball Sponsored by AIG
West Section At Kenmare GC

West Section Round 1 Tralee –v- Killorglin, Ballyheigue –v- Kanturk, Ballybunion –v- Ceann Sibeal, Killarney –v- Ring of Kerry, Berehaven –v- Castlerosse Doneraile –v- Kenmare, Dooks –v- Glengarriff Round 2 Byes: Castleisland Rounds to be completed by: Round 1 12 June Round 2 3 July Round 3 17 July Round 4 31 July Semi Final 14 Aug Munster Finals 28 Aug at East Cork GC National Finals 2nd week in Sept venue/date TBC


Michael Cashman Munster Club Four-Ball – GUI link

1. General
a) The Shield shall be called the “GUI All-Ireland Four-Ball Inter-Club Championship”.
b) These Rules must be read in conjunction with the General Rules for Cups and Shields, and with the conditions for the Provincial Qualifying Section as determined by the Branch.

2. Eligibility
a) No player shall be eligible to compete in this Tournament who was not in possession of a CONGU Handicap during the preceding calendar year.
b) No player shall be eligible to compete in this Tournament whose playing handicap was less than 16 during the previous calendar year.
c) No player who is under 30 years of age on the first day of January of the year of the Tournament is eligible to compete.
d) A player shall have, in the calendar year prior to the event, returned a minimum of four returns in qualifying competitions (Supplementary Scores are not included) all of which must be recorded on the handicap records of the player’s home club on or before 31st December in the calendar year prior to the event. Note: If a player changes his club during the previous calendar year, it is his responsibility to produce evidence of having competed in a minimum of four Qualifying Competitions.
e) Penalty for breach of Rule 2 = Disqualification of the team concerned.

3. Format
a) Each team shall consist of ten members and play shall be by Four-Ball medal play or by Four-Ball match play.

4. Handicaps
a) All matches must be played off scratch.
b) The combined lowest playing handicap of each pair during the preceding calendar year shall not be less than 36.
c) Penalty for breach = Disqualification of the team concerned.

5. Sudden illness/other emergency
a) A team Captain may nominate two pairs as reserves.
b) Ref General Rule 6, alternatively, a nominated reserve pair may be placed in the same position in the team as that occupied by the pair, one of whom has taken ill or has been withdrawn.
c) Penalty for breach = Disqualification of the team concerned.

6. Caddies
a) Caddies are not permitted. Penalty: Match play – loss of each hole at which the infringement occurs, to a maximum of two holes; Stroke play – 2 strokes at each hole the infringement occurs, to a maximum of 4 strokes. Any further breach will lead to the disqualification of the player(s).

Mens Club Report 07/03/2016

Club Captain Liam Hartnett is looking forward to playing in , what will hopefully, and finally be, our first singles competition of 2016 with the playing of the “Keane’s Jewellers” sponsored singles competition which is scheduled to be played on Sunday next, the 13th of March. The competition will be a “singles stableford”, and time sheet will be from 7.45 A.M. to 1.00 P.M. and entry will be via the usual Club on-line system. The competition will not be a “golfer of the year” qualifier.

Liam also wishes to advise all Members that a joint prize presentation arrangement has been agreed with the Ladies Club, and that Mary O’Rourke Lady Captain and himself will conduct the first such prize giving evening on Friday the 1st of April, and again on the 29th of April and subsequently on the last Friday of each month thereafter, the commencement time has been set for 6.00 P.M. for the 1st of April.

Cormac Flannery Club Secretary Manager, held his second “Club information evening” on Friday last, the 4th of March, the objective of such evenings is to keep all Club Members fully up-to-date with what is currently happening within our Club, and what is also in the pipeline etc.

It is envisaged that these “information evenings” would become monthly events with the next one now scheduled to take place on the last Friday of each Month but as the last Friday of March will be Good Friday, it has been deferred to the 1st of April, and these question and answer sessions will coincide with the presentation of prizes for all competitions recently played, for both of  the Ladies and Men’s Clubs as outlined above.

The meeting was poorly attended with a turnout of only 22 Club Members attending, but those who did attend played a very meaningful role in the ensuing Question and Answer session, and which was most constructive, and all those who attended were very impressed with that type of forum, it being both informal and informative.

Cormac emphasised that the principal item for discussion was in relation to the finalising of the proposed layout of the 9 holes which our “Lacabane” course will eventually become, he outlined that there were three options currently under review, but should some member have an alternative layout to propose, then such would also be offered for consideration, the three layouts were currently available for viewing in the Clubhouse.

It is envisaged that the layout that will be decided on via a member’s most popular choice, and a “ballot” paper for same will be available from the Club reception next week, commencing the 7th of March, and it is expected that the choice will become known on the 31st of March when the “votes” will be counted, so if Member’s wish to have a say on the layout, then this will be their chance to voice their opinion.

Cormac went on to advise the meeting that “Killeen” course will re-open on the 17th of March, and that a very substantial amount of re-construction work has taken place on the course, in particular on the 1st where remedial works have been undertaken to repair the green, and to further protect the fairway in the event of further storms occurring which will once again encroach on our course.

The 4th green and other areas on Killeen, and the 16th green on Mahony’s Point have also undergone substantial remedial works.

Many topics were discussed and frank and forthright opinions were offered, and as such it could be best described as being, that a very healthy debate ensued.

Victor Mulcahy,
PRO Men’s Club.

Rules Of Competition

Prizes for competitions are usually as follows:

First, Second, Third, Fourth & Fifth.

1st Cat 1 (Hcp 1 – 6 )  or Best Gross ( Best Gross will be included only if score is better than the best Gross score in top 5) If Best Gross is included there will be no Cat 1 prize.
1st Cat 2 (Hcp 7 – 11)
1st Cat 3 (Hcp 12 – 17)
1st Cat 4 (Hcp 18 plus)

1, Entry sheets (on line) will usually be opened at least 6 days prior to competition.
2. Sign in through the computer in the clubhouse before play is required for competition. Anybody who does not sign in is not entered in the competition.
3. (a) Failure to enter  score  on computer on completion of play will result in suspension from the following  competition.
(b) It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that his score has been correctly recorded in the computer.
4. There will be a draw for playing partners in selected competitions.
5. There is an automatic suspension for competitors who fail to turn up for their tee times.
Singles – suspension from the following 2 competitions.
Fourball – suspension from the following 4 competitions.
Only those who have cancelled before 6pm on the day before competition will be exempt or  in exceptional  circumstances competitors who phone or text the competition phone number 083 1340363 before 9am with explanation.

6. Any score card not returned within 30 minutes of the competitor’s completing the course will not be considered. It is a rule of golf that all score cards must be returned.

7. To be eligible to win first prize in any year in the Captain’s Prize, President’s Prize or  Ladies’ Captain’s Prize to men, a competitor must have played at least 2 qualifying Killarney Singles’ Competitions in that year. Only competitors who have, this year, played in two Club Singles’ Competitions prior to the Captain’s Prize may qualify for the play-off. A prize will be awarded to the player with the best non – qualifying score.

8. The use of ride-on carts is allowed only with the specific permission of the Competitions Committee.

Important Notice re Prize Presentations

Due to an ongoing decline in the attendance of prize winners at sponsored prize presentations, the Men’s Committee has unanimously passed the following resolution:

Sponsored prizes shall only be awarded once either of the following criteria has been followed:

(A) The prize winner shall be in attendance at the presentation to personally accept their prize.

(B) The prize winner nominates and sends a representative to accept a prize on their behalf. (Please note that Men’s Committee members & Club Bar Staff may not fulfil this role)

Any prize which remains unclaimed after the presentation of prizes has concluded shall be considered forfeit.

Please note that all prize winners will receive timely notification for all such presentations.


Munster Branch, GUI has re-rated Killeen Course.

SSS Slope Rating
Blue Fixed Tees 74 130
White Fixed Tees 72 125
Green Fixed Tees 69 123

A reminder to members with regard to care of the greens: Click here : How to repair pitch marks correctly

Major Winners

Mens Club Report

Club Captain Liam Hartnett, was delighted to strike his first Golf Stroke in a competition for over three months, in last weekend’s “mixed foursomes” which were kindly sponsored by our long time sponsor Joe Geaney, via his Company, Kerry Linen Services. Our  Club are most indebted to our sponsors, without them, we just simply could not afford to run our competitions, they are really the “life’s blood” of our ability to continue to be able to provide such magnificent prizes to our competition winners and other prize recipients,

Thank you Joe, and all of our other Sponsors.

The Competition was won by the pairing of Maureen Creedon and Gerard O’Meara, with a magnificent score of 37 points, they were the clear winners, and Gerard in his brief acceptance speech was magnanimous in his praise for the condition of the course, despite the inclement weather conditions.

A former Club Captain, when asked as to the playing conditions remarked that “they were horrendous, the par 4s were par 5s, and the par 5s were par 6s at least, and the 13th if we were playing to the actual green rather than the current temporary green which is in play, would have been at least a par 7.!!!

The other prize winners were 2nd Liz and Eamonn O’Connor with 35 points, 3rd were Ursula Daly and Dermot Roche with 33 points, they won on the better back 6 holes, and 4th were Mary and Derry O’Connor with a better back three holes than those in 5th place. Best Gross was won by Christine and Denis O’Carroll with 24 points.

Captain Liam and His Partner Eimear O’Donnell returned a creditable 31 points, and in taking the weather conditions, once again, into account the turnout of some 37 couples was indeed a testament of the anxiety within our Club Members to get back out on the Course.

The next Men’s Club competition will be for the “Arbutus Cup” postponed since the 26th of December last, it will be a stableford competition on Sunday next the 28th of February, entry will be via the online BRS system, time sheet will be from 8.00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Liam wishes to extend his sincere condolences to the Families of recently deceased Club Connections, firstly to the family of our former Club Captain Seanie O’Shea, to his wife Stella, and to his sons, one of whom is our long time Club Member Bernard, his Daughters and all other family members. To the family of the late Patrick “Brack” O’Sullivan from Beaufort, and to the family of the late Andrew O’Callaghan, late of St. Margaret’s Road, Killarney, May they all Rest in Peace”

Victor Mulcahy,
PRO Men’s Club.