Saturday 21 July 2018

Rise in 'leave of absence' leads to GUI clarification

Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

THE increased number of golfers taking leave of absence from their clubs -- effectively a payment holiday -- has led to a new clarification by the GUI.

In the past, such requests were at a very small level, and LOA was not an issue, but over the past two years, some clubs have reported numbers in excess of 30 and 40 per year opting out.

What has been happening in some cases is that 'leave of absence' golfers have been using their GUI card and handicap to play in open events, thereby getting many benefits without stumping up for their club sub.

There are many hardship cases but the drop in entrance fees, and in many cases the elimination of them, opens up many options to golfers who want to keep playing and reduce their expenditure.

Clubs have now been told by the GUI that for the period of leave of absence, a golfer's handicap is suspended, he can't represent his club in competition, he can't play in open competitions and he won't pay his GUI affiliation fee.

Sounds reasonable to me.

BALBRIGGAN's Dave Brabazon was a winner again in the Hilary Society outing at Portmarnock Links with a three-under-par 68.

Brabazon won the same outing last year. Scott Williams (Castle) was runner-up on 71.

Gross prize was won by Gerard Kelly (Forrest Little) with 70, and Eamon Brady (Clontarf) and Gavin Lunny of Naas shared the professionals prize.

Team winners were Gerard Kelly with Ryan Hannon (Sutton), Gary Cullen (Beaverstown) and Donal O'Brien (Laytown & Bettystown).

Irish Independent

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