Check out Wonderful Waterford Castle GC

My good friend Eamonn O’Donnell (don’t hold that against him!!) recently took over the reigns at Waterford Castle GC as Director of Golf and things have certainly been happening in this sunny South East golf club since. They have a packed schedule of events for Masters week and you can be a part of the action!

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Masters week schedule at Waterford Castle GC is as follows:

Thursday 10th April: 3 Person Team Event, Members €5 Visitors €20

Friday 11th April: 4 ball, Members €5 Visitors €20

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th April: 36 Holes Singles Stableford. Win your very own Green Jacket! Members €10 Visitors €40

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Society Challenge 2014 at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort

Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort for 2014 launched “The Society Challenge” recently as well. This event will pit societies against each other with the winner of each of the 5 qualifying rounds going through to the grand finale to be played on Friday 13th June 2014.

The following are the Qualifier dates

Dates – Thursday 8th May; Wednesday 14th May; Friday 23rd May; Saturday 31st May & Thursday 5th June

Grand Final will be on Friday 13th June

Rules for the Society Challenge

Each society consists of 12 players

The best 8 scores accumulated to give the Society’s overall team score ( Stableford Points)

All golfers must have a valid GUI & ILGU card

Overall Prize

Along with prizes at each qualifier, the overall prize for the winning society will include the following

  •         6 Months use of Waterford Castle Golf Club & its Facilities
  •         A round of Golf at the Heritage Golf Club, Killenard, Co Laois, with breakfast

Runners Up

A complimentary Society day for 20 golfers with a main course during the 2014 season

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You can book your tee times for Waterford Castle’s Master’s week events or the Society Challenge by contacting Eamonn O’Donnell, Director of Golf, via email on golfdirector@waterfordcastle.com or by phoning 051 871633. Eamonn is also on twitter @eamonnodgolf for those who want to annoy him there!

2013 Majors – a Look at the US Masters

Well the regular season is well and truly underway and already the proverbial knives are out and being sharpened for Messrs McIlroy and Woods after their poor season debuts. Without much early tour form to base this on, these are my picks for the Golf Majors this year……….hopefully I will be able to tell ye all “I told you so” towards the end of the season with my chosen golfers picking up the Green Jacket, US Open Trophy, The Claret Jug and the Wannamaker Trophy. First up is the Masters at Augusta.

THE MASTERS TOURNAMENT, Augusta National, Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th April

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If there is one golfer that will be motivated to win the Masters and get the Augusta golfing monkey off his back, it is Rory McIlroy. With the memories of the Back 9 collapse of 2011 still fresh in his mind I’m sure he will be chomping at the bit to claim his first Green Jacket, some of my fellow tweeps (collective noun for people that tweet!!) have been adding the hashtag #GreenJacketComingHome in recent times so there is definitely an expectation that Rors may well become the first Irish golfer to claim the Masters and, by virtue of this win, complete an Irish Grand Slam of sorts in the Majors. I would personally love to see the current World No.1 win at Augusta but I’m not sure he will have enough form behind him, and maybe enough confidence in his new clubs by then, to conquer the layout at Augusta National this time around. The ditching of his new Nike putter after only 1 round in Abu Dhabi can’t point to him being happy with this club or his putting for that matter, a bad putter does not win at Augusta but that does not mean Rory is a bad putter but I just do not think it is his time yet at Augusta.

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My picks for Augusta, as they have been in recent years, are Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson. No earth shattering choices there I hear you say, well you are right they are not controversial or unexpected but these guys are always there or thereabouts when the final round nears the final 9 holes on Masters Sunday. Phil is quite simply an Augusta expert and few courses have been designed that suit a professional golfer better, he loves to hit a cut off the tee (right-to-left shape for a leftie) and that suits probably 16 holes at Augusta. His golf at the Ryder Cup at Medinah last September in particular was more like the Phil of a few years back and he is also at his best when playing his attacking style of golf, it is great to watch and always entertaining – I’m sure we all remember THAT SHOT on the par-5 13th Hole in the Final Round which led him to victory in 2010, Nick Faldo calling it “the shot of his life” which says it all. Another Augusta top-5 awaits for Phil and few are better in contention on the Back 9 on Sunday at the Masters.

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Luuuuuke is one of the most consistent performers in world golf at the moment and his Masters performances recently have resulted in him getting close but without the cigar so far. He does not make him score on the par-5s  like many potential Masters champions do as he tends to plot his way around the course but I’m sure plenty of us remember Zach Johnson laying up on every par-5 and claiming the Masters back in 2007 on what was one of the longest versions of the Augusta National layout, Luke could well fit the same billing here. Donald has one of the best wedge games in golf and is also lethal around the greens too, and that is what you need around those undulating greens during the Masters. He will be in contention again and if his putter finally works like it should in the final round and particular during the Back 9 on Sunday then I fully expect Donald to live up to expectations and land his first Major title.

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That’s my “two cents” on the Masters, might be worth a small few quid/euro/dollars on good auld Tom Watson for first round leader presuming that he will be teeing it up of course which I’m sure he will to keep an eye on potential Ryder Cuppers. I would welcome any comments, feedback and the like and I’m sure everybody has their opinion on who will claim the First Major of 2013.

Another “Major” Golf Tournament on during Masters week is, of course, the Social Media Open (www.facebook.com/SocialMediaOpen, www.twitter.com/SMOpen) which runs from Wednesday 10th to Sunday 14th April at some of the finest courses in Ireland – Mount Juliet, Castlemartyr, Adare & Old Head. Based on the trash talk and banter at present it is likely to be hotly contested. Main contenders, mainly due to their unashamed self-promotion, include Ross & David Starkey; Maurice Ryan & John Kelly; James English & Kieran Aherne and Kevin Connolly & his playing partner Ryan. Other teams, who have remained quiet(ish) compared to other more outspoken competitors include Tony Regazolli & Tom Kennedy, Allan Farrelly & Glen Holmes and John Deasy & AN Other.  There are 3 teams who all entered together from Dublin, spearheaded by Fergus McGrath and Denis Murphy, who could be dark horses while a few local Cork teams cannot be discounted especially due to the unfamiliarity of most of the other teams with the “People’s Republic” and, most importantly, pints of Murphy’s,  Kinsale Lager and the White Lady Night Club on a Saturday night!

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It promises to be a great week’s golf but I think the Masters Tournament could be slightly more straightforward to predict than the Social Media Open, only time will tell.

Add that Something Special to your Golf Event with PGE Golf

Imagine the scenario, you have your first hole-in-one on the toughest par-3 on the course during the Captain’s Drive or a Pro-Am and next thing you know you are on your way to the US Masters with a good golfing friend. Sounds like a dream right? Well, with PGE Golf you can make this dream into a reality!

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PGE Golf’s Championship Event is specially designed for golf clubs and societies. It is run in conjunction with your monthly medals, annual opens or any other special competition. The cost is zero to you, PGE Golf will do all the arranging, we also collect all entry fees via their website. You therefore have to do absolutely nothing, and for doing nothing, PGE Golf give you 20% of all entry fees. Just think, you can earn extra revenue without lifting a finger while also makimg your Golf Event or Tournament that extra bit special.

How would you like to win one of the amazing prizes they have on offer for those good, and lucky, enough to have a hole-in-one? Simply enter one of their amazing Championship Events, score a hole-in-one on any of your par 3’s and you can, just think you could be the owner of one of the following:

  • 6 day trip for 2 people to the 2013 US Masters
  • £1,500 Omega watch of your choice
  • £1,000 Kuoni holiday voucher
  • £750 voucher for your local pro shop

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Benefit’s To Your Club/Society

No Need To Arrange Another Competition

It is run in conjunction with any club/society organised competition, annual opens (men/women/mixed, singles/doubles), corporate days, clubs anniversary days (10, 25, 50, 75, 100 years etc), annual barbeque, monthly medals. The choice is endless.

You Get 20% Of All Entry Fees

Every club/society that holds a Championship Event gets 20% of all entry fees. Just think what you could do with the extra revenue. There is No Cost Yes you did see right, there is no cost to hold a Championship Event. PGE Golf will provide all the posters, banners etc free of charge.

Addition Revenue Streams

Hold Championship Events and have your club/society rise above the rest. You could then attract additional members, have more people enter your annual open, get greater participation in your club/society competitions..

No Extra Work For The Committee

PGE Golf will do all the organising for you. There is the real potential to increase your revenue with no increase to the work load of the committee.

Simple Collection Of Entry Fees

All entry fees are collected via the PGE Golf website. There is therefore no need to implement a new method and you have no fiscal responsibility for the entry fees.

Benefit’s To Members Of Clubs/Societies

Your Amateur Status Is Not Affected

As of the 1st January 2012, R&A rule 3-2b was amended. This means that as an amateur golfer you can now win prizes of more than £500 without losing your amateur status.

A Prize For All Par 3’s All par 3’s on your course have a prize

The average course will therefore have 4 amazing prizes for you to win each time you enter.

£2/€2 Entry Fee

That works out at 50p/50c for each attempt at one of our fantastic prizes.

Payment Is Taken In Advance

You’ve no need to remember to bring money and pay on the day, simply click on the Participating Clubs page to access your clubs page and enter there. However, most clubs are taking entries on the day and this can be done by simply visiting the pro-shop.

To get your club involved, simply email john@pgegolf.com or check out www.pgegolf.com pge golf logo