CAPTAIN’S Letter 2020

CAPTAIN’S Letter 2020

My Fellow Members,

I am honoured to be your Captain and together with my Vice Captain Gerry Robinson, we
plan to deliver a great golf program for 2020.
I would like to thank the outgoing Captain Garrett Cooke for his sterling work in 2019 and
the work of the unsung heroes of the Committee, sub-Committees and the many volunteers
who have created the fabulous Golf community in Castleknock that we all enjoy.
I write my first letter to you in the strangest of times, living in the shadow of the Corona
Pandemic and the worst economic fallout in a century. Many of us are suffering severe
disruption and staying at home with little clarity about the future, which all makes for
anxious times. Our worries are for our loved ones and perhaps among us there will be some
who have been touched directly by this disease. Amongst us also will be our front-line
workers and their worried parents, brothers and sisters, daughters and sons, who will be
affected by the unbearable loss of life in our hospitals. Never before has community been
more important, and I hope that we can help and heal each other as we emerge from lock-
I think it’s important to mention how good golf is for our mental wellbeing. Being with our
friends, sharing a laugh and a joke can help us forget our worries, relieve our stress and
make us realise that we are not alone.
I am very excited to restart the Committee on Monday the 18th and my Committee and I are
determined to provide a full schedule of competition golf; including medals; Interclub and
matchplay competitions. As we re-open for golf please be mindful that we are operating at
60% capacity. When booking Tee Times, please make room for your golf buddies on the
time sheet and please restrict yourself to 3 games maximum per week.

This year I will be introducing the theme of ONE:

The Committee will broaden its scope of interest and activity to encompass the
whole organisational challenge of the wider club.
1) We have appointed a 5-day officer to begin the transition to a more connected 5-
day member experience. This will be managed by Eamon Confrey (5 Day officer)
2) Under the stewardship of Frank Farrelly (Governance Officer), the Committee
will work with the Ladies Committee and other groups to compile a new
constitution to be voted upon in this year’s AGM.

3) The Ladies Club will now hold a 2-year Presidency every fourth term.

In the next year we will develop the constitution to encompass the transition from two
Unions GUI & ILGU to One Union Golf Ireland. The Chairman of this transition in
Ireland is Tim O’Connor and he states that the core principle of Golf Ireland will be
Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, Excellence. Our aim should be for us to have an
organisation fit for purpose by 2021. We will therefore begin to reform our practices
to reflect these changes

Six unions (CONGU, GUI, ILGU, ENGLAND GOLF, R&A, USGA) will merge
their systems in November 2020 to create one universal handicapping system.
Under the new system a player’s handicap will be based on the average eight best
scores from their last 20 rounds of golf. Course rating and slope rating will be taken
into account.
We want to introduce every possible opportunity and means to access the best talent available
to us in order to win at Interclub level. Under the determined leadership of past Captain
Garret Cooke and his passion for Interclub, the Committee worked tirelessly to establish its
Interclub credentials, reaching new heights in 2019. Directors of Interclub, Niall Duggan and
John Newcombe have brought new standards of leadership and we owe them a great debt of
gratitude. Our superb teams are now ready to take on the best clubs in the country. It is with
this drive and leadership that we hope to advance further and reach our ultimate goal of
winning a Pennant.
I look forward to working with Captain Lynda O’Keefe and the Ladies Committee as well as
the Junior Committee, and to representing the members interests in making this a successful
year for everyone.
FR MCVERRY TRUST CHARITY (Charity Officer-Andrew O’Loughlin)
The Captains Golf Charity Day for 2020 will take place on Sunday 13th , September and will be
in aid of The Peter McVerry Trust. This will carry on from last year and will include the Ladies
club. The Peter McVerry Trust is committed to reducing homelessness, the harm caused by
substance misuse and social disadvantage. It provides services primarily to younger people
and vulnerable adults with complex needs and offers pathways out of homelessness based
on the principles of the ‘Housing First’ model.

I have indicated in the attached notes the list of serving officers on our new Committee for
2020. Should you wish to reach out to the Committee then please contact Jim Reynolds
(Honorary Secretary), in the first instance at
Finally, as we restart golf after a long shutdown, please adhere to the government
guidelines on travel, health and social distancing.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the fairways soon.

Joseph Lavelle
Castleknock Golf Club
Follow me on Twitter: Joseph Lavelle@JosephLavelle16



President 2020-2021
Jack Creaner

Castleknock Committee Officers 2020

Joseph Lavelle Captain
Gerry Robinson Vice Captain
Garret Cooke Ex Officio & Interclub Officer
Liam Maher Competition Secretary
Jim Reynolds Honorary Secretary
Pauric Glennon Treasurer
Eamon Comfrey 5-day members officer
Michael Clancy Handicap Secretary
Frank Farelly Governance Officer
Andrew O’ Loughlin Charity Officer
Nigel McIlkenny Officer
Paul Tierney Officer