Clubs need to help out a lot more, says Murphy

CHAIRMAN, Bill Murphy and all the outgoing officers were re-elected at a low key Munster Branch AGM held in Mallow.

The chairman spoke of the difficulty the branch has been experiencing in acquiring courses for the various inter-club competitions and noted: “If we are to stay in a matchplay mode for our cups and shields, the overall response from clubs will have to improve.”

However, Mr Murphy also applauded Muskerry, Tralee and Monkstown for the presentation of their courses in 2005 and for making the facilities available. He congratulated West Waterford in winning the Irish Junior Foursomes and also Seamus Power in capturing the Irish Open Youths at Portumna.

On the subject of venues, Michael Cashman, the hon match secretary, noted: “It took from May to the first week of October 2005 to eventually finalise and confirm venues for 2006 and only after many days and months of exhaustive discussions with the clubs. Lest delegates think the problems arises only with the proprietary clubs, this is not so, member clubs are equally reluctant.”

Hon Secretary Sean McMahon referred to the “unprecedented growth” of the game while warning: “This looks set to continue so we need more than ever to protect the ethos of our sport. Unlike many others, golf is played for the most part without supervision. It relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the rules. Clubs can give the lead by ensuring the player strictly by the rules by members, societies and organisers of other events.”

Hon Treasurer John Moloughney reported that the number of registered members was 34,432, down 1,946 on the previous year, due mainly to the introduction of the single poll tax per member. He pointed out that, as in previous years, expenditure continues to rise with a sizeable increase in the coaching budget although this was offset by an increase of €20,000 from national funds. The branch showed a small surplus of €2,944.

Special presentations were made to Pat Murray, senior player of the year; Rathbane, represented by Seamus O’Driscoll, club of the year; Nicky Barry of The Kingdom (media award), and Seamus Power, West Waterford, junior golfer of the year.

Messrs Murphy, McMahon, Cashman and Moloughney were re-elected, while Michael J. Murphy of Tramore replaced the retiring Paddy O’Connor on the committee.

OFFICERS: Chairman, Bill Murphy (Fermoy); Hon Secretary, Sean McMahon (Adare Manor); Hon Match Secretary, Michael Cashman (Cobh); Hon Treasurer, John Moloughney (Templemore).

Provincial Council: Eric Brick (Dooks), Tommy Donnelly (Youghal), John Fennessy (Clonmel), Donal Hurley (Douglas), Michael Lawlor (Tralee), Pete McMahon (Lahinch), Graham McKay (Macroom), Liam Martin (Castletroy), Michael Minihan (Bandon/Dunmore), Christy Moylan (Shannon), Michael J. Murphy (Tramore), Michael P. Murphy (Newcastle West), Pat Murphy (West Waterford), Pat O’Dwyer (Kenmare/Parknasilla/Ring of Kerry), Sean O’Leary (Mahon), Dan O’Sullivan (Ballybunion), Phil O’Sullivan (Monkstown).

Hon delegate to Central Council: John D. Smyth (Kilrush/Lahinch).

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