Overview of Moate Golf Club
President
Joe Mullen
Lady President
Mary Egan
Captain
Tommy Conlon
Lady Captain
Margaret Galvin
Hon Secretary
Andy Dunne
Hon Treasurer
Sean Dunne
Administrator
Anna O'Brien
e-mail: moategolfclub@outlook.comPhone: 090 64 81271

CLUB NOTES 25/10/2020.......NO FAKE NEWS HERE.............

The GUI/ILGU have instructed all golf clubs to close their facilities until December 1st. It may surprise you that I didn’t really expect it. I hoped the pencil pushers in Sport Ireland were aware that golf is an outdoor non-contact sport with far lower risks attached than some of the activities (sporting and otherwise) still allowed under the Government guidelines. Apparently they don’t. We could rant about how other sports seem to have been more favourably treated by Sport Ireland but that gets us nowhere. I must mention that they don’t deem the so called ‘Sport of Kings’ to be a sport at all. It’s an industry and to protect jobs they can carry on. Well can someone please inform them that should apply to golf. Thousands of club members, professionals, employees and suppliers to the industry (there’s that word again) are now facing a very uncertain future. All we can hope is that everyone stays safe.   

Thanks to Martin Horan for these 4 photos which might help us all deal with the golf withdrawal symptoms. Wicklow's upturn in GAA fortunes with becoming Division 4 champions in football and a handy win over Roscommon in the hurling (Christy Ring) couldnt have come at a better time, while George Garvey has been brazenly delighted in distributing photos of grown men in Mayo shirts bawling after their relegation. 

 

WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM –   As previously mentioned the much heralded World Handicap System arrives in Ireland next week. Looks like it will spend at least a month in quarantine though! Without labouring the point of our enforced layoff it is unfortunate timing for the GUI/ILGU that it’s all happening while we aren’t allowed actually use our handicaps. Continue to watch this space and your email inbox for some useful information or if you are feeling adventurous check out www.golfnet.ie/whs

COVID-19 NOTES – Quiet simply all golfers must stay away from the course until otherwise notified. Use of putting green and practice area is also prohibited. Only course staff, committee members in the course of their duties or organised volunteer working groups should be at the club over the coming weeks.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – Seeing as I had some spare time I’ve raided the memory vaults and popped in a few more blasts from days of yore.  Starting with the now apparently obligatory mention of President Joe Mullen back in a Westmeath Independent piece from 26/1/2008

Leitrim Observer 28/7/2004  - Carrick Golf Club seniors notes. 

Westmeath Examiner 10/9/1966 - 

WM Ind - 20/4/1957 - 

and finally way back in 14/8/1926 from the Offaly Independent

 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 18/10/2020....SOME VICES ARE GOOD VICES..............

I doubt if we have ever had 214 entries in a mid-October club competition before and our popular Vice Captain Willie Smith must have been delighted with the huge turnout. I’ve already heard a rumour that his Captains Prize Qualifier in 2021 will take a week to get everyone out.

The 8th fairway in the winter sunshine. 

RESULTS – Vice Capt’s Prize (Willie Smith) - (Stableford) 18/10/20

1st Overall – Sean Flanagan (7) 41pts, 1st Cat 1 – Bert Burke (5) 36pts, 1st Cat 2 – Cathal O’Rourke (13) 41pts, 1st Cat 3 – Tony Dunne (15) 40pts, 1st Cat 4 – Noel Ryan (20) 41pts, Ladies – Loreto Boland (17) 38pts.  

Eamon Grennan on the 15th in the Vice Capts Prize. 

Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open (Stableford) 15/10/2020

1st Willie Fleming (9) 45pts, 2nd Kenneth Buckley (6) Mt. Temple 40pts, Gross – Bert Burke (5) 33pts 3rd Joe Creggy (17) 37pts, Ladies – Loreto Boland (17) 37pts.   

NEXT FIXTURES – Next weekend we have an 18 hole club stableford kindly sponsored by Andrew Rafferty / Masterstone.

Our ever popular Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open is at the penultimate stage while the weekly 13 hole competition is available to play in any day.

CROZIERS AUTOPARTS CLUB MATCHPLAY – David Malynn and Martin Fleming will face off to see who earns a final meeting with Pat Byrne.

Neil Fuery with the Junior Scratch Cup he won earlier in the year. 

KEENAN BAUER FOURBALL MATCHPLAY – Update to follow.  

GOLFER OF THE YEAR 2020 – Shane Kelly leads the way with 328.5pts with major winners Tommy Digan & Sean Connell 2nd & 3rd on 281.5pts & 277pts respectively. There are a lot of father and son combinations involved in the table and so I’ve averaged their positions to come up with a father and son mini table for this week. Jamie, Gary & Willie Colgan have an average position of 45th, thanks to Callum he & I are next in 47th, then we have Gary & Sean Egan 50th, David & Joe Digan 52nd, Michael & David Lynch 67th, Adrian, Neil & Mike Hiney 70th, Kevin, Paddy & Seamus Lynam 76th, Vivian & Ciaron Lynam 77th, Paul & John Connellan 102nd, Martin & Eoin Ryan 120th, Dermot & Brian McGowan 125th and Mick & Joe Mullen 166th. Apologies if I’ve left anyone out.  

WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM – The World Handicap System arrives in Ireland on 2nd November 2020. You should watch this space and your email inbox for some useful information or if you are feeling adventurous check out www.golfnet.ie/whs

COURSE MAINTENANCE – All pitch marks must be repaired and divots replaced. Do not leave it to the players behind you, the greenkeeping staff or volunteers. Everyone is expected to play their part.

A divot repair. 

COVID-19 NOTES – Strict conditions for play remain in force. Golfers with any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay away. Physical distancing rules should be observed at all times and we have marshals monitoring this. You cannot play if you are not booked on the BRS. Tee times must be booked via BRS or shop. ALL MEMBERS, GUESTS & VISITORS must wear a face mask when indoors. Please observe this law to protect the health of all involved and do not be offended if someone asks you not to be indoors without a suitable face covering. 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

LADIES CLUB

The competition on Wednesday 7th was the Ladies Christmas Hamper, generously sponsored by Terry  Coughlan. The winners were 1st Martha Callinan (29) 36 pts, 2nd Bridie Dillon (36) 35 pts, 3rd Mary Horan (27) 34 pts, Cat 1 Carmel Connolly (13) 34 pts, Cat 2 Carmel Carroll (23) 33 pts, Marianne Young (32) 33 pts and Cat 4 Mary Cunniffe (38) 30 pts. Our 16 hole competitions start next week.

CLUB NOTES 11/10/2020....SHOES ARE IN THE NEWS...............

We have a few announcements this week we’d like people to pay particular attention to. Firstly, there is a long overdue new carpet down in the clubhouse hallway and we must insist that all golfers remove their shoes when using that area. Locker rooms, toilets and shop can be accessed without going through this newly decorated area. Secondly, the 2nd hole is now a call through hole so please follow the signage. Players should finish out on the 2nd hole and wait on the 3rd tee after signalling anyone on the 2nd tee to hit to the 2nd green. When they have played to the 2nd those on the 3rd can continue playing.  Finally the early morning 3 ball slots have been removed from the timesheet for the winter due to the fact that we are very busy and are conscious of giving members opportunities to play. The early 3 ball option will return in the spring and Joe Mullen has promised to remind me about it.

RESULTS – T.A. Dolan Cup - (Stableford) 11/10/20

1st Overall – Willie Fleming (11) 43pts, 1st Cat 1 – Jimmy Digan (7) 42pts, 1st Cat 2 – Gary Colgan (11) 40pts, 1st Cat 3 – Donal Glynn (14) 40pts, 1st Cat 4 – Kevin Jordan (20) 39pts, Ladies – Ella Grennan (16) 38pts.    

Above - Pat Doyle makes his comeback on the 15th. Below - Hugh Tobin on the 18th. Both in the T.A. Dolan Cup on Sunday. 

Donal Glynn fires through a tight gap on the 5th . 

Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open (Stableford) 8/10/2020

1st Gary Colgan (12) 40pts, 2nd Mick Power (6) 39pts, Gross – Michael Lynch Jnr (4) 32pts 3rd Joe Ganley (20) Mount Temple 38pts, Ladies – Marianne Young (32) 36pts.  

Above - David Delaney sinks a putt on the 8th and below Adrian Hiney tees off on 13 during the Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open.  

Pat Byrne also in Thursday Open action. Courtesy of Martin Horan. 

NEXT FIXTURES – Next weekend we have Willie Smiths Vice Captains Prize and there is absolutely no truth in the rumour that 1st Prize will be a feed of pints in the Cat & Bagpipes! Our ever popular Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open has a couple of weeks left while the weekly 13 hole competition is available to play in any day. 

CROZIERS AUTOPARTS CLUB MATCHPLAY – As the 11th October semi-final deadline has now passed unless someone can confirm otherwise it looks like Martin Fleming may have sneaked through to a final meeting with Pat Byrne. We will confirm this as soon as possible.

KEENAN BAUER FOURBALL MATCHPLAY – Tommy Conlon & Ray Lynam are the first pair through to the semi-finals after they beat Paddy Lynam & Colm Farrell this weekend. The remaining quarter final ties must be played on or before 18th October.

WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM – The World Handicap System arrives in Ireland on 2nd November 2020 - find out more at www.golfnet.ie/whs

COURSE MAINTENANCE – All pitch marks must be repaired and divots replaced. Do not leave it to the players behind you, the greenkeeping staff or volunteers. Everyone is expected to play their part.

Courtesy of Martin Horan, a two tone tree. 

INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – Eddie King’s Captains Prize in New Forest on Sunday 18th October is now off. Details of future fixtures will follow in due course.

COVID-19 NOTES – Strict conditions for play remain in force. Golfers with any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay away. Physical distancing rules should be observed at all times and as you will have seen at the weekend we have marshals monitoring this. You cannot play if you are not booked on the BRS. Tee times must be booked via BRS or shop. ALL MEMBERS, GUESTS & VISITORS must wear a face mask when indoors. Please observe this law to protect the health of all involved and do not be offended if someone asks you not to be indoors without a suitable face covering. 

As socially distant as you can get! 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

LADIES CLUB

The competition on Wednesday 30th September was for N.B.C.R.I. It was sponsored by Oonagh Jordan, Pattie Costello and Mary Bouabbse. There was a great turnout for the competition with most ladies wearing something pink despite the rain. The winners were 1st Mary Rose Coughlan (21) 39 pts, 2nd Theresa Cleary (30) 36 pts and 3rd Betty Behan (22) also with 36 pts.  

Next Wednesday’s competition (7th October) is the last 18 hole competition and the last Major of the year. It is the Ladies Christmas Hamper which is sponsored by Terry Coughlan.

CLUB NOTES 4/10/2020 - COME RAIN OR COME SHINE...........

In a weekend of two halves with Saturday being bright and sunny winter triumphantly turned up and deterred all bar a handful of brave golfing soldiers on Sunday. Our thanks go to all our sponsors, members and visitors who have supported the club in recent months. We cannot say it often enough that we really appreciate it.

Thanks to Martin Horan for this pic of Louis Cunningham on the 11th in Saturdays sunshine. 

RESULTS – Moate Meats Club Competition – (V Par) 4/10/20

1st Overall – Alan McLoughlin (17) 5 up, 1st Cat 1 – Bert Burke (5) 1 up, 1st Cat 2 – Mike Hiney (12) 4 up, 1st Cat 3 – Tony Dunne (16) 4 up, 1st Cat 4 – Danny Conlon (20) 3 up, Ladies – Beth Dunne (16) 1 up.   

3 generations of Lynam's on the 13th tee. 

Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open (Stableford) 1/10/2020

1st John Connellan (17) 43pts, 2nd Adrian Hiney (3) 42pts, Gross – Michael Lynch Jnr (4) 33pts 3rd Mike Hiney (14) 41pts, Ladies – Beth Dunne (16) 33pts.   

NEXT FIXTURES – Next weekend we have the T.A. Dolan Cup and the Seery’s Cash & Carry Winter League Final which was deferred in February. Winter League Final tee times have been allocated between 9.40 & 12.50 on Sunday for the qualifiers. As it’s stableford (and no charge) you can play the T.A. Dolan Cup competition at the same time. Any one not available to play must notify us so a sub can be assigned. Subs will only be selected from those who played all 6 rounds and handicap will be as close as possible to the missing player. Only 1 replacement allowed per team. Remember the best 4 of your teams 5 cards count in the final. Our ever popular Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open has a few weeks left yet while the weekly 13 hole competition is available to play in any day.

Thanks to Gerard Coughlan for this one of unconcerned ducks on the 15th green Sunday. 

PAR 3 RESTAURANT – The Par 3 Restaurant is now well and truly open for business every day. If you haven’t been up to see it yet we encourage you to pop upstairs to sample the wide ranging menu.

GOTY 2020 – Chief Statistics Officer Padraig Keenan has been busy and the latest table includes the Moate Meats V-Par competition. There is no change to the top 4 as none of them got points this weekend so Shane Kelly leads on 287.5 pts with Jamie Colgan and Michael Lynch Jnr tied 2nd on 255pts. Tommy Digan follows in 4th on 243.5 with Martin Fleming closing fast in 5th on 243pts. There are now an impressive 209 players with points and the highest new entry was Andrew Rafferty on 32pts.

CROZIERS AUTOPARTS CLUB MATCHPLAY – Pat Byrne who had the pleasure of handing your P.R.O a hiding in round 1 has made it all the way to the final after defeating Frank Watts on Saturday afternoon. He awaits the winner of Martin Fleming and whoever gets through from the Gareth Cassidy / David Malynn tussle.

KEENAN BAUER FOURBALL MATCHPLAY – We are now at the quarter final stage and they must be played on or before Sunday 18th October.

WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM – The World Handicap System arrives in Ireland on 2nd November 2020 - find out more at www.golfnet.ie/whs

COURSE MAINTENANCE – All pitch marks must be repaired and divots replaced. Do not leave it to the players behind you, the greenkeeping staff or volunteers. Everyone is expected to play their part.

INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – Eddie King’s Captains Prize is to be held in New Forest on Sunday 18th October with tee times from 10.30 to 12.20 and bookings must be made via Paddy Coyne on 085 248 5177 or Ciaran on 086 805 3203.

COVID-19 NOTES – Strict conditions for play remain in force. Golfers with any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay away. Physical distancing rules should be observed at all times. You cannot play if you are not booked on the BRS. Tee times must be booked via BRS or shop. ALL MEMBERS, GUESTS & VISITORS must wear a face mask when indoors. Please observe this law to protect the health of all involved and do not be offended if someone asks you not to be indoors without a suitable face covering. 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 27/9/2020 - WE ALL LIVE IN A YELLOW CLUB SUBMARINE...........

Belated congratulations to Tracey Redmond who won Mags Galvin’s Lady Captains Prize recently. Thanks to all our sponsors and well done to all our recent prize winners. 

We would also like to congratulate Moate All Whites on their Intermediate Championship win and wish them best of luck back in the Senior ranks next year.

RESULTS – Mike Hiney Construction – Club Sub (Strokeplay) 27/9/20

1st Overall – Paddy Lynam (10) 65 nett, 1st Cat 1 – Michael Lynch Jnr (4) 68 nett, 1st Cat 2 – Danny O’Connor (12) 70 nett, 1st Cat 3 – Paddy Coyne (14) 67 nett, 1st Cat 4 – David Buckley (21) 73 nett, Ladies – Mary Rose Coughlan (21) 70 nett.  

Nicky Grennan tees off the 2nd in the Mike Hiney Construction Club Sub on Sunday morning. 

Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open (Stableford) 24/9/2020

1st David Delaney (19 42pts, 2nd Mick Lynch Ath (11) 41pts, 3rd James Dolan (12) 41pts, Ladies – Joan Molloy (25) 31pts.   

NEXT FIXTURES – Next weekend we have a V-Par competition sponsored by Moate Meats. The Seery’s Cash & Carry Winter League Final which was deferred in February is on Sunday October 11th and tee times have been allocated between 9.40 & 12.50 to the qualifiers. As it’s stableford (and no charge) you can play the T.A. Dolan Cup competition at the same time. Any one not available to play must notify us so a sub can be assigned. Subs will only be selected from those who played all 6 rounds and handicap will be as close as possible to the missing player. Only 1 replacement allowed per team. Remember the best 4 of your teams 5 cards count in the final. Our ever popular Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open has a few weeks left yet and the weekly 13 hole competition is available to play in any day.

PAR 3 RESTAURANT – The Par 3 Restaurant is now well and truly open for business every day and I’m sure the lads would love to see all the members reacquainting themselves with the excellent facilities. Pop upstairs and check out their wide ranging and tasty menu for yourselves.

GOTY 2020 – The latest available table is bang up to date thanks to our Chief Statistics Officer Padraig Keenan and now includes the Presidents Prize and Club Sub competitions. Shane Kelly has consolidated his lead and is on 287.5 pts with Jamie Colgan and Michael Lynch Jnr tied 2nd on 255 pts. Major winners Tommy Digan and Sean Connell are 4th & 5th on 243.5 and 230 respectively.  There are now a staggering 205 players with points and the highest new entry was Johnny Nally on 31.

COURSE MAINTENANCE– All pitch marks must be repaired and divots replaced. Do not leave it to the players behind you, the greenkeeping staff or volunteers. Everyone is expected to play their part.

COVID-19 NOTES – Strict conditions for play remain in force. Golfers with any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay away. Physical distancing rules should be observed at all times. You cannot play if you are not booked on the BRS. Tee times must be booked via BRS or shop. ALL MEMBERS, GUESTS & VISITORS must wear a face mask when indoors. Please observe this law to protect the health of all involved and do not be offended if someone asks you not to be indoors without a suitable face covering. 

Regards, 

 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

LADIES CLUB

Mrs Margaret Galvin’s Lady Captains Prize on Sunday 13th was a great success, even the weather was favourable. The competition was supported by almost all the lady members trying to win one of the beautiful array of prizes. At the end of the day the honour went to Tracey Redmond (14) with a score of 73 net, 2nd Martha Callinan (32) 69 net,Gross Sinead Healy (12) 88 gross, 3rd Madeline Keneghan (52) 71 net, 4th Vera Burgoyne (25) 74 net, 5th Carmel Foxe (37) 75 net, Past Captain Beth Dunne (16) 76 net, Seniors Alison Couper (22) 78 net, Front 9 Betty Behan (22) 35 net, Back 9 Noeleen Fox (21) 39.5 net, Student Ella Grennan (15) 82 net, S.I.G.s 1st & 2nd went to Catherine Geoghegan and Esther Hynes and the Mens 1st & 2nd were won by ShaneKelly and Martin Fleming. Congratulations to our Lady Captain Mags and to all the prize winners.

The competition on Wednesday 19th was sponsored by the Academy of Music Tullamore. The winners were 1st Tracey Redmond (14) 36 pts, 2nd Marie Keane (28) 35 pts and 3rd Carmel Coughlan (32) 33 pts.

Congratulations to Mr Joe Mullen on his Presidents Prize on Sunday 20th and congratulations also to all the winners on the day. 

The competition on Wednesday next 26th is for N.B.C.R.I. so ladies if possible you are asked to wear something pink.

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