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And now, the end is near; and so you may face the final curtain.

They’ve stated their case, of which, they are certain.

The Council of National Golf Unions Limited (CONGU) recently announced a number of revisions to the CONGU manual. The much debated and most talked about relate to the handicap system and the degree of increases (or in some instances, decreases) you can incur in a calendar year.

From the Golfnet website:

Among the most significant changes in the 2016 edition of the manual are:
• Exact Handicaps: In Ireland lowest exact handicap is now restricted to 1.0 stroke increase in a calendar year.
• Four Ball Better Ball Handicap Allowance: In stroke play each partner will receive 90% of their full handicap, and in match play the back marker now concedes strokes to the other three players based on 90% of the difference between the full handicaps rather than 75% (3/4) as at present
• Reinstatement of Handicap Status: The reinstatement of a competition status handicap requires a player to submit 3 qualifying scores (which could be 18 hole competitions, 9 hole competitions or Supplementary Scores both home and/or away)
• Continuous Handicap Review: To assist with this process there will now be a computer generated report which highlights those players with 7 consecutive 0.1 increases. Handicap Committees are now recommended to review the performance of such players and to give due consideration to applying a handicap increase where applicable or required.
• Dates – The handicap year will now follow the calendar year,1 January to 31 December, and a player’s handicap will be based on scores returned within that period
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‘Fortuitous But Incredible’

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Certain golf shots can define your career, just ask Jean Van De Velde.

In 2015, County Offaly native, Shane Lowry, after a day of Houdiniesque escapes, produced one – a wondrous wedge from what Lowry himself described as “a pretty horrific lie”.

127 yards to carry, from the rough, over a tall tree and a bunker to a pin cut tight left, was it on? Of course it was on, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and another life changing moment was the prize.

Shane Lowry, 2015 European Tour shot of the year.

Shane Lowry wins shot of the year (European Tour)

Donegal Links Classic 2016

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One of Ireland’s top amateur events, the Donegal Links Classic will take place between the 30th of May and 1st of June 2016 across three of the island’s top links courses.

Rosapenna, Portsalon and Ballyliffin will host the tournament, with various catagories and formats including daily singles events. The Donegal Links Classic is open to all golfers.

Entry is €125 per person, to include: three rounds of championship golf, competition entry fee and a presentation buffet on the final day at Rosapenna.

For more information visit:

Donegal Links Classic 2016