Tandragee Telegraph Edition 5

Course Report – White Blocks Resurface!
Head green keeper Eugene Weir and his staff have been very busy these last few weeks preparing the course for the season ahead. All tee boxes have been cut, fertilized and divoted. Fairways have been shaped and greens treated to top dress and fertilizer. The spring maintenance programme is in full operation. White blocks return this weekend with preferred lies on the fairway only. Distance markers have been placed on the practice area. They are measured from the back of the tee and are in yards. Thanks go to Matt Laverty for supplying the posts. Please when using this area use the divot mix available. Remember to replace all divots and repair all pitchmarks not just your own!

Take Care of Tandragee!
Players should carefully repair any divot holes made by them and any damage to the putting green made by the impact of a ball (whether or not made by the player themselves).

Before leaving a bunker, players should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by them and any nearby made by others. If a rake is within reasonable proximity of the bunker, the rake should be used for this purpose.

It’s a Knockout!
A very successful evening of amateur boxing was staged at the club a couple of Saturdays ago. Over 200 people were in attendance to see the bouts and it was a bumper night behind the bar! Big thanks go to Billy Robinson for organising the event and to Sam Curran (Honorary Treasurer) who sponsored the night and in addition took a hammer blow (see picture left) from Club Captain Leslie Warren in the lead up to the main event. Club Vice-Captain Malcolm Lynch provided much needed medical aid in the corner!

Sam is part of the team behind Altitude Resort – Ireland’s premier leisure, entertainment and retail resort experience – promoted by Innovative Leisure Systems Limited.

Match & Handicap on Returning Scores
All players are reminded that when the computer is being used for competitions, score cards must be recorded on the computer before being placed in the wooden box. The M&H Committee do not have time to check for cards recorded by the software as ‘non returns’ when processing the competitions.
Scores not entered on computer without reasonable excuse, upon closure of the competition will not be considered by the committee, however the score may on discovery, be liable for handicap reduction.

 Note; a player who has not been entered into a competition by the Professional’s Shop will not be allowed by the software to return a score.

Sponsor Required for Tandragee Telegraph… 
Fancy your logo here? Would you like to see the Tandragee Telegraph produced in association with your company? If so, contact Sponsorship Convenor Michael Lyons on 07949 518 551 or [email protected]

Club Receives Tourist Board Approval

Club Honorary Secretary Alan Hewitt receiving the Award of Northern Ireland Tourist Board approval on behalf of Tandragee Golf Club. The club was measured against a range of standards as set by NITB and we were only one of a small number of clubs in Northern Ireland awarded the standard.  This will help market the club internationally. Well done Alan!

More Guidance for the Season Ahead
Players should play at a good pace.  It is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front.  If it loses a clear hole and is delaying the group behind, it should invite the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group.  Where a group has not lost a clear hole, but it is  apparent that the group behind can play faster, it should invite the faster moving group to play through.

Bowling Shield Win – Report
The shield final between Portadown Golf Club and Tandragee Golf Club first half saw Nickie Garvey’s rink of J. Carson,W. Yeman and L. Grimley go on to win in style 12 -4, while on mat 2 the rink of E. Laverty, G. Forde, J. Black and Skip Stanley Black had a tough match not getting ahead until the ninth end winning 9 –  7 .                                                                             
With a 10 shot lead going into the second half Geordie Laverty’s rink of O. Forde, T. Burns and J. Lecky struggled in the first  five ends but faught back well loosing only by 2 shots 8 -10.On mat 4 Paul Lappin’s rink of J. McDowell, D. Yeman and G. Grey had a comfortable win 11 -4.  Overall score 40pts to25pts.  Well done everyone.         

Sponsors Still Required for Season Ahead
The Club still requires sponsors for some competitions for this coming season. If you are interested or know someone who may wish to support an upcoming competition please let us know!

The Club has identified a number of Tee-Boxes that are available to be sponsored. These include the 1st tee and a number of the par 3’s. Sponsor signage at 2.4m is on offer in these locations and again we would encourage members to contact us if they are interested in this commercial opportunity.

All club sponsors will be able to avail of a new set of benefits as outlined in the newly produced sponsorship prospectus. These include the opportunity to host their own Corporate Golf Day where they can bring up to 20 key stakeholders or customers to play at Tandragee free of charge. Catering can be arranged to support these events also. Contact Michael Lyons 07949 518551 / [email protected]dheadni.co.uk for more details.

It’s Masters Weekend!
The Augusta National is the venue for the first Major of the year and the golf will be on view in the clubhouse all weekend. Rory has made a blinding start, let’s hope he can keep ahead of the pack!

That’s it for now…..