Author: Brendan O Sullivan

Golf Ireland Update

As you are aware, a Proposal to establish a single governing body for golf in Ireland, to be called Golf Ireland, was approved by GUI and ILGU delegates at meetings held in January 2019. Under the Proposal, it is intended that Golf Ireland will “go live” on 1 January 2021.
In the interim, a Transition Period has been instituted during which the structures and organisation of Golf Ireland are being established. This process is being led by a Transition Board*, comprising four nominees of the GUI and four nominees of the ILGU, with Tim O’Connor as the independent Chairperson. The Transition Board was appointed in February and has been meeting monthly since then.
Vision, Mission and Culture
The Transition Board has established the Vision, Mission and Culture for its work which will guide it through the remainder of the Transition Period and into the new body.
Sub-Committees and Transition Board Priorities
Work by the Transition Board to implement the Golf Ireland Proposal has commenced in a number of areas and the following Sub Committees have been established: Chief Executive Appointment; Finance and Governance; Branding, Logo and Website; Property and Office Accommodation; Handicapping; Competitions and Tournaments; Models of Club Governance; and Organisational Structures.
A key priority for the Transition Board is the appointment of a Chief Executive of Golf Ireland and an open competition has been instituted in that regard. Once appointed, the task of the Chief Executive in the first instance will be to drive forward the Transition process under the direction of the Transition Board. Further Sub Committees will be appointed by the Transition Board as needed over the coming period.
The Transition Board has liaised with Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland, who welcomed the decision of the GUI and ILGU as well as offering support and encouragement for the new body. Additionally, the Golf Ireland trademark and domain name have been secured.
The Transition Board intend for the Transition Period to culminate with the first AGM and the first Regional meetings of Golf Ireland in the final quarter of 2020, which will pave the way for the new organisation to ‘go live’ on 1 January 2021.
What this means for GUI, ILGU and CGI
Until Golf Ireland is established in 2021, and the transfer of functions from the GUI and ILGU commence, it is business-as-usual for both the GUI and ILGU. This means that clubs, players and officials continue to communicate with both Unions as they always have. The same holds true for the CGI, whose work continues as before pending the transfer across in due course to Golf Ireland.
Under the Terms of Reference of the Transition Board, the Chairperson is required to be available to provide quarterly updates to the Boards of the ILGU and GUI. He has met both Boards once in that regard. The Transition Board will regularly update on progress as the work of the Board continues.
The Continuing Role of Volunteers
Golf is dependent on the many volunteers at club, regional and national level who undertake a range of activities. This will not change with the establishment of Golf Ireland. Current and new volunteers will be needed in the new body. If you are interested in a voluntary role in golf, you are invited to express interest with the relevant ILGU District or GUI Branch Executives to find out what roles are and will be available.
Chairperson O’Connor said: “Just as volunteers have been the lifeblood of the GUI and ILGU over the decades, so too will they be central to the success of Golf Ireland. There will be changes in how Golf is structured, with one overall governing body where previously there were two, but volunteers will continue to be a central pillar of the game in Ireland. We will be providing more detail in that regard as the Transition Period progresses.”
O’Connor added: “The establishment of Golf Ireland is an exciting new development for golf on the island of Ireland. I am encouraged by the positive start to the work of the Transition Board. Everybody is committed and dedicated to the success of the project. Working closely with the ILGU and the GUI, we look forward to ensuring that the Proposal, approved overwhelmingly by members in January, is faithfully implemented and that by January 2021 the new structures and arrangements will be in place to enable Golf Ireland to take forward its mission of securing and developing the future of golf across the island.”
*Members of Transition Board: Tim O’Connor (Chairperson); Pauline Bailie; Mary Culliton; Ian Kerr; Brege McCarrick; Joe McNamara; John Power; Brian Punch; Fiona Scott.


Alan Kelly
Communications & Academy Manager
Golfing Union of Ireland
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Gay Nolan Appreciation Day

Gay Nolan received an excellent send-off from his friends at Newlands on Sunday 25th August 2019.

The field for both Shotgun-start Team Scramble competitions in the morning and afternoon were sold out and we had a fantastic day for golf.

That evening Captain Lex and Vice Captain Loretto made a presentation to Gay on behalf of all the members to thank him for his eleven and a half years of service with Newlands.

Gay’s gracious and memorable speech was greeted with a standing ovation by the large audience of friends in the clubhouse.

We wish Gay & his wife, Maud, all the very best for the future.

Bloom Cup Team Win Semi Final vs. Rathfarnham

The Bloom Cup Team 2019 managed by Gerry Errity and Dermot Devlin had a fantastic 4-1 win against Rathfarnham in the Semi Final on Bank Holiday Monday 5th August 2019.

Newlands face KILLINEY in the Final which will be held over two legs … the first on Sun. 15th Sep. 2019 and the second leg on Sun. 22nd Sep. 2019

Best of luck to the team in the Final


Congratulations to Jake Whelan reaching Semi Final at South of Ireland Amateur Open


South of Ireland Amateur Open Championship 2019 at Lahinch GC.

Jake played magnificently in the Qualifying Round on Fri 26th and Sat 27th July to progress to the matchplay stage.

Round 1 had 64 qualifiers and Jake was drawn against Hugh O’Hare of Fortwilliam GC. The match went to the 19th Hole and Jake emerged victorious.

Round 2, with 32 players left, Jake drew the Championship favourite, James Sugrue from Mallow GC. Sugrue had played in The Open at Royal Portrush last week but found Jake too much to handle with Jake winning on the 18th.

Round 3 on Sat 27th July at 7.09am and Jake is up against Matthew McClean of Malone GC. Jake sinks a 20 foot putt on 18th to win the match and makes it to the Quarter Finals in the afternoon.

Quarter Final draw matches Jake with Hugh Foley of Royal Dublin GC. Teed off 1.00pm. Jake wrapped up an enthralling match with a 3 & 2 win to progress to the Semi Final on Sunday 28th July 2019

Jake was drawn against Keith Egan of Carton House  GC in the Semi Final. Keith won the clash 5 & 3.

Congratulations Jake on superb performances all week. You were top class and we are extremely proud of you in Newlands

Pierce Purcell Team Win Runners-Up Shield at Greenore

The Pierce Purcell Shield 2019 team had a fantastic win in Greenore on Sat  20th July to secure runners-up in Leinster and make the final against Cill Dara on Sun 21st July 2019.

After a nerve jangling match the final was tied at 2.5 – 2.5.

The deciding match went to the 22nd hole where Newlands were pipped.

Commiserations on a great Final, lads

Congratulations to managers Shay Brennan and Henry Costello as well as the entire Pierce Purcell panel for a superb campaign where they all represented Newlands in exemplary fashion. Well done on securing the Runner-Up Shield!!

Husband and Wife Winners 2019

Newlands again hosted another immensely successful Husband & Wife tournament on Sat. 29th July 2019.

We had a huge field of golfers. Competition was stiff with Aislinn & John Nolan taking top honours with a score of 45 pts.

The day was capped off with a super dinner in the restaurant.

Congratulations to all the organisers … and to all the winners!


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