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****Updated at 2:30pm 18/3/2020****
PLEASE NOTE: the update today relates to advice issued in the Republic of Ireland. Clubs in Northern Ireland should follow the advice of Public Health in their area. As other updates are given in both jurisdictions we will attempt to keep golfers informed here.
In light of the period of restriction announced today in the Republic of Ireland by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in relation to the outbreak of COVID-19, the GUI and ILGU have issued the following guidance for clubs:
The Unions recognise the need for adherence to the revised guidelines as issued by the HSE today (12th March 2020) and encourage golf clubs to observe them fully. Golf clubs in Northern Ireland should follow the advice of the Public Health service, see links below.
The information below should be read in conjunction with the general advice for golf clubs above.
GUI & ILGU Championships & Inter-Club Tournaments
Golf is a great sport for people generally to get out and about, exercise and enjoy fresh air. It is played in an outdoor setting where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low.
Despite this, the GUI and ILGU have taken some measures to reduce risk to competitors and have cancelled or postponed events that are deemed to be unnecessary gatherings during the period of restriction.
The following events are cancelled:
The Irish Girls' Open Stroke Play at Roganstown, from 3 – 5 April*
GUI National Coaching for Under 16's on 21 & 22 March
GUI National Coaching for Under 18's on 28 & 29 March
All GUI regional, provincial and Leinster Pathway coaching sessions up to 29 March*Though this event is outside the period of restriction, as there is a significant international field it has been decided to cancel it.
The following events are postponed:
All GUI Inter-Club Matches scheduled on or before 29 March. Leinster Golf has decided that in addition, the First Round of the Irish Mixed Foursomes and Fred Perry Trophy (Closing date 5 April) are also postponed indefinitely.
Ulster Regional Series 22 March at Ballyliffin
Ireland Boys v Wales at Cardigan (Wales), from 20-21 March
The Four Nations Developments Matches at Donabate, Dublin 4-6 April
ILGUThe ILGU have extended the deadline for preliminary matches so that they can be played outside of the period of restriction, if required, and this will be communicated to clubs shortly.
Scratch Cup event at Woodbrook on 15 March
Scratch Cup event at Royal Portrush (Mabel Harrison) on 21 March
All ILGU Girls' Interprovincial Panel sessions scheduled on or before March 29
The ILGU will not be sending a squad to the French U21 Championship as originally planned.
The Munster Senior and Junior Championship, from 7 - 9 April
Munster District Ryan Cup
Ulster Championship (Women’s & Girls), from 15 - 17 April
Irish Colleges Match Play on 26 & 27 March at Woodbrook
CGIAll Golf4Girls4Life Stage 5 & 6 sessions scheduled on or before March 29
All Open Legacy Programme Activities on or before 29 March
All Leaders Courses and Safeguarding Workshops organised on or before March 29.
All subsequent events remain as scheduled and will be reviewed if public health information is updated.
Please await further information from GUI and ILGU in relation to the rescheduling of any postponed inter-club matches.
GUI, ILGU & CGI MeetingsAll World Handicap System meetings, GUI, ILGU and Confederation of Golf in Ireland workshops from 6pm on 12 March until 29 March are postponed. We are confident that there will be time to reschedule these once restrictions have been lifted.
As a general precaution, GUI & ILGU committee meetings, where required will happen by tele-conference or dial-in phone service during the period of restriction.
GUI, ILGU & CGI Offices
GUI Headquarters and provincial branch offices will remain open to fulfil essential functions only and otherwise we are instructing staff members to work from home.
Visitor access is restricted at Q House, Sandyford from Monday 16th March, therefore the ILGU Office will not be open to the public but will continue to operate remotely.
The GUI National Golf Academy will remain open as normal to the public, observing the required precautions as advised by the health authorities.
Advice to Volunteers
The Golfing Union of Ireland and Irish Ladies Golf Union ask that all volunteers note, act upon and continually monitor the advice and guidance issued by the Health Service Executive (Republic of Ireland) and Public Health/NHS (Northern Ireland) in relation to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
It is important that we all work together, following the advice of experts, in controlling the spread of COVID-19 infection.
NHS: www.nhs.uk or PHS https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/