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Frank Smith – R.I.P

It is with great sadness that we heard the news of the passing of former Dublin Chairman, PPUI & Fippa President Frank Smith.

Thanks to John Manning for the following tribute:

The Pitch and Putt community, across Ireland and internationally, is mourning the untimely loss of Frank Smith (R.I.P.). A former top-class player and a seasoned administrator, Frank achieved hugely and influenced widely during his long and illustrious involvement in the sport of Pitch and Putt.

It was in 1957 that Frank Smith was inspired by of Glenanne’s “Mr Pitch and Putt”, Frank Fleming, and joined the Kimmage club. Frank Smith was elected to Glenanne Club Committee in 1958 and remained there for the next dozen years or so.

In the late 1960s, a Pitch and Putt Club was formed in Churchtown on Dublin’s southside by the regulars at two local pubs, the County Club and the Bottle Tower. Thus, was County Tower club born. Frank Smith was playing out of County Tower when he journeyed to Castleisland to contest the 1970 National Strokeplay Championship. Robbie McCarthy (Carrigaline) won that championship with 143 for 54 holes. Frank was runner-up just three behind (having led by two after 36). Further success on the course came with a Dublin League win with Garda but 1976 was a memorable year. Frank won the Leinster Strokeplay Championship at Lucan and added the Dublin Senior Matchplay Championship at C.Y.M.C. for good measure. Frank represented Dublin on three occasions in the Inter-County Championship and was a member of the winning Dublin side at Cloghogue in 1970 (alongside Pat McLoughlin, Eamon O’Reilly and Eamon Tully).

Frank’s first taste of administration at county level was while a very successful selector of Dublin Inter-County teams. Having been Dublin’s delegate to Leinster Council for many years, he was finally elected to Dublin Board as Competitions Secretary in 1988. Since then, he served as League Secretary and Vice Chairman before succeeding long-serving Chairman Kevin Lambert at 1995 Convention. Frank was Dublin’s Chairman for one year. Frank’s wife Violet (to whom Frank was devoted for over 50 years) was a member of the Dublin County Board executive from 1980 to 1988.

Frank rallied (with his Dublin colleague Des Flanagan) to Sean Coyne’s call for Dublin representation on the Leinster Council Officer Board in 1992. He was elected Competitions Secretary, a position he held until his elevation to the provincial Vice Presidency in November 1995. Features of Frank’s work as Competitions Secretary for Dublin and Leinster (and later nationally) were attractively presented timesheets and scoreboards and events, which ran like clockwork. He remained as Leinster Vice President up to the turn of the millennium.

Frank Smith was representing the I.G.B. club in Dublin’s Goatstown when he was elected Competitions Secretary of the Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland at Convention in Longford in December 1998. After nine years as Competitions Secretary and following a club move to Glenville, Frank was fittingly honoured with the PPUI Presidency from 2007 – 2009.

Mervyn Cooney and Frank Smith comprised the Irish delegation at the historic 1999 meeting to debate the formation of the European Pitch and Putt Association (EPPA). Earlier that year, Ireland won the inaugural European team championship at Chelmsford. Ireland’s successful team manager at Chelmsford was Frank Smith. Frank remained in charge of the Irish team that defeated Catalonia at I.G.B. in 2000. Around that time, Frank delivered advertising and sponsorship revenue to the PPUI.

The Special Olympics World Summer Games were held in Ireland in 2003. Frank Smith was Sports Commissioner at Glenville during Pitch and Putt’s debut at the Special Olympics. Later that year, Frank was part of the Competition Committee when the PPUI hosted the European Team championships at McDonagh in September 2003.

Frank Smith was elected President of EPPA and FIPPA (the world Pitch and Putt federation) at the Handicap One complex in Catalonia on Friday 12 March 2010. During his four-year term in that dual role, Frank travelled extensively around Europe to propagate the Pitch and Putt message.

Frank was also very interested in golf and snooker. He was a member of Stackstown Golf Club and attended many top-class tournaments, such as the Ryder Cup. His occasional snooker partner was none other than golf legend, Padraig Harrington.

Frank was passionate about all aspects of Pitch and Putt, including development and coaching. Frank possessed the rare ability to achieve the optimum balance of gravitas and levity in the multiplicity of roles that he performed with distinction. He will be sorely missed.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.


2017′s Final County Board Meeting

Our final County Board meeting will take place in Portmarnock on November 27th at 8.15pm.

This will be our final meeting with clubs before our AGM in January so all are asked to attend.

The sheets for Motions & Nominations has been sent out to clubs.

DCB FIXTURES MEETING

The Dublin County Board fixtures meeting will take place tomorrow evening at 8.15pm in Glenville.

All clubs are asked to attend

Dublin Scratch Cup Series Finals Timesheet

DCB Social Night with GRIP & League Presentations

Congratulations to all the winners. Prizes will be given out this Friday at our Dublin Pitch & Putt Social Night in RGSC. There is a €10 entry fee payable at the door with food and a Dj on the night with doors open at 7.30pm. All are most welcome to come on the night for what promises to be a great night to end the season

Kevin Blackburn GRIP Winners

Charity Event In Lucan, Monday 30th October

Coming up on the Bank Holiday Monday, Lucan Pitch & Putt Club are hosting a scramble in aid of a local charity called ‘A Princess called Emily’.

There are two Scrambles 11am and 1pm, followed with tea & cake’s. Juveniles and Visitors are most welcome.

Come along and show your support for

‘A Princess called Emily’

Even if you cannot make it on the day, you can donate on the link on the page and read the courageous story about 3 year old Emilys fight against cancer.


https://www.gofundme.com/a-princess-called-emily

SUNDAYS PLAY IN THE DCB GRIP

*****DUBLIN GRIP UPDATE SATURDAY 5.15PM*****
After a decent start to the morning, weather conditions deteriorated dramatically and the call from the DCB was to call all Saturdays play to a halt. This means that all scores today will be void and everyone will start tomorrow from scratch.

You will go to your designated Sunday course as per the original timesheet.

We will not have an overall GRIP Winner in 2017 as no team will play all 4 courses and teams will all play varying courses.

We will now have 2 sections with 36 Nett & 36 Gross winners in both sections. We will have 18 Nett and 18 Gross winners in each course.

Section 1: Groups A,B,E,F who all play Glenville and RGSC tomorrow.

Section 2: Groups B,C,G,H who all play Erins Isle and Lucan tomorrow

We wish to apologise for today but the weather was not in our favour despite all courses being playable up to the point of cancellation.

Any further updates will be posted as soon as possible.

Tomorrows play:
Group A: 1.30pm Glenville, 3.30pm RGSC
Group B: 1.30pm RGSC, 3.30pm Glenville
Group C: 1.30pm Erins Isle, 3.30pm Lucan
Group D: 1.30pm Lucan, 3.30pm Erins Isle
Group E:  9.30am Glenville, 11.30am RGSC
Group F:  9.30am RGSC, 11.30am Glenville
Group G: 9.30am Erins Isle, 11.30am Lucan
Group H: 9.30am Lucan, 11.30am Erins Isle

SATURDAYS PLAY IS CANCELLED IN THE GRIP

SATURDAYS PLAY IS CANCELLED IN THE GRIP

GRIP

This competition as of now will be going ahead. If play is cancelled Saturday we will play the Sunday as scheduled with a different prize lay out. If any changes are made we will let you know ASAP.
It will be up to the course groundsman to make the decision whether the course will be in play.
We will bring you all news as soon as we can but as of now, the GRIP is going ahead.