President
Kevin Lowry
Lady President
Helen Kelly
Captain
Jimmy Kassaris
Lady Captain
Eileen White
Hon Secretary
Andy Dunne
Hon Treasurer
Sean Dunne
Administrator
Anna O'Brien
e-mail: moategolfclub@eircom.net phone: 090 64 81271

LADIES CLUB

The 1st outing this year for our GIGS ladies was a scramble on Saturday 12th. It was won by Marie King, Joan Mullen and Oonagh Jordan. Next Scramble is on Sunday next at 1pm.
At the 1st ladies meeting of the year the following positions were filled, Competition Secretary Kathleen Conlon, PRO Marian Mullen, Handicap committee Noeleen Fox, Helen Kelly and Marie Dolan. Team managers were also decided.
January 31st is the last day to submit Winter League cards before the draw for match play.
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CLUB NOTES 13/1/2019

We are currently working hard on our 2019 fixture lost so you can be sure you’ll be hearing a lot more about that in the coming weeks. For instance the first 18 hole competition of the new season will be on March 2nd & 3rd followed by the Captains Drive in scramble for Eileen White & Jimmy Kassaris on Sunday March 10th. We will be in touch with all recent sponsors and hope most of them will stay with us for 2019 but if you want to sponsor a competition we are sure to have something to suit so please get in touch. Thanks to all who participated in this week’s competition and well done to the prizewinners.

RESULTS – Club Weekly Comp (13 hole Stableford) 7th – 13th January 2019

1st Cat 1 – Jimmy Bradley (6) 26pts, 1st Cat 2 – Andrew Rafferty (13) 29pts), 1st Cat 3 – Kevin Duffy (18) 33pts, 1st Cat 4 – Philip Dully (22) 29pts.

UPCOMING FIXTURES – The weekly Club 13 hole stableford re-entry competitions continue Monday to Sunday and of course you can still play your Winter League qualifying rounds also.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2018/19 – It’s sort of an updated table that will be on the website as there are a few scores missing due to a technical hitch (blurry photograph of a few cards!) and also any card from Sunday 13th is not yet included. After allowing for all that we see Tommy Rosney’s team have regained top spot with 525pts from Benny Greham’s team who have 519pts and just behind them sit Mal Kelly’s lads on 516pts. Both Willie Smith & Denis O’Donoghue lead teams up 8 places to joint 18th in the biggest surges of the week. The final is scheduled for Sunday February 24th.

MIDLANDS INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – The latest outing was at New Forest GC on Sunday 13th January and the prizewinners were – 1st Billy Hawney (Longford) 39pts, 2nd Eunan Duignan (New Forest) 37pts, 3rd Richie Allen (Moate) 36pts, 4th Andy Dunne (Moate) 34pts, 5th Pat Malone (Castlerea) 34pts.  The next outing is at Longford GC on 17th February with tee times from 10-12.

Among the winners at New Forest. Richie Allen & Andy Dunne -

ANDY'S ARCHIVES -   Another 6 items ranging from 1967 to 2005 this week courtesy of my dip into the IrishNewsArchive.com website.

1. AGM from WM Examiner 25/3/1967.

2. Offaly Independent 23/6/1972 - Liam Cox's Presidents Prize.

3. Bert Burke on Co. Westmeath team 10/2/1984.

4. Offaly Independent 6/11/1998 - Doon Golf Society with a number of Moate Members past and present mentioned.

5. Club notes from WM Examiner 5/5/2001 -

 

6. WM Examiner report and photo on Captains Drive in 26/2/2005 -

Regards,

 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 6/1/2019

We start this week by congratulating our new Mens Captain Jimmy Kassaris on getting a hole in one at the 4th in competition during the week. What a way to begin the year as Captain. I’m delighted to say that our timesheet on Sunday was absolutely booked solid and while I hope that no one got turned away it’s a great sign for the club. If we could get that sort of turnout every weekend we’d be very happy. Thanks to all who participated and well done to the prizewinners.  

RESULTS – Xmas Hampers (13 hole Stableford) 17th – 31st December 2018

1st Cat 1 – Louis Cunningham (7) 31pts, 1st Cat 2 – Darren Rosney (13) 33pts), 1st Cat 3 – Willie Ganly (16) 31pts, 1st Cat 4 – Eamon Cunniffe (20) 33pts.  

New Year Hampers (13 hole Stableford) 1st - 6th January 2019

1st Cat 1 – Bert Burke (4) 30pts, 1st Cat 2 – Darren Rosney (13) 32pts), 1st Cat 3 – Brian McGowan (18) 35pts, 1st Cat 4 – Peter Scally (20) New Forest 32pts.  

UPCOMING FIXTURES – We will now be running weekly Club 13 hole stableford re-entry competitions Monday to Sunday and the Winter League qualifying rounds continue also.  

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2018/19 – The updated table will be on the website and it’s like a game of snakes and ladders there has been that much movement. Benny Greham’s team keep a grip on 1st place with 517pts, but Tommy Rosney & Co move menacingly upwards to 2nd with 508pts and Gerry Hahessy’s team are now 3rd with 507pts. Other big movers this week are Philip Dully’s team up 7 to 4th on 500pts and Mal Kelly’s selection now 6th from 13th with 496pts. Not so good for teams sliding down 4 spots include those commanded by Ollie Seery, Shane Kelly, Beth Dunne and Johnny Bridges. It’s going to become a lot clearer over the next couple of weeks as we get to the business end of the qualification period. The final is scheduled for Sunday February 24th 

2019 MEMBERSHIP FEES – All our fees remain the same as 2018 and you cannot say that about every club so for all prospective new or returning members out there we’d love to have you join. Full details can be obtained on www.moategolfclub.ie or by ringing Anna on 090 648 1271.  

DIRECT DEBIT FACILITY – All categories of membership will be covered from casual to GIG’s and I’d urge anyone interested in this facility to contact our Administrator Anna O’Brien who has the application forms or you can speak to our Treasurer Sean Dunne.  

NEW RULES OF GOLF – Mens Secretary Padraig Keenan issued an email recently with a video containing many of the new rules which came into effect on January 1st 2019. Check the video out and pick up your new rule book in the clubhouse. It’s important that we familiarize ourselves with them as quickly as possible to avoid confusion in the future.  

MIDLANDS INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – The next outing is at New Forest GC on Sunday 13th January with tee times from 10-12. Further details can be obtained by contacting Paddy Coyne on 085 248 5177. 

ANDY'S ARCHIVE -  Following another night or 2 trawling through the history pages on www.irishnewsarchive.com here are 8 Moate GC related items.  

1. Offaly Ind. 17/5/1941 reports on first AGM since club revival in 1939.

2.Offaly Ind - 5/9/1959 highlighting a mixed foursomes win in Tullamore GC for Paddy Brady & Miss Cox.

3.WM Examiner 29/1/1983 - with 2 weeks of results.

4. WM Examiner 5/7/2008 - Ladies Notes

5. WM Examiner 15/10/2011 - GOTY update showing the leader on 42pts. You wouldnt be anywhere near the top now with 42pts!

6. WM Examiner 11/9/2010 - Tuesday Club results.

7. WM Examiner 6/5/1978 Full weekly notes.

8.WM Examiner 12/12/1998 More results.

 

Regards,

 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 30/12/2018

As this is the last contribution from me for the year I had another look back at the highlights of 2018. It is simply amazing the amount of landmark events that happen in a club over a year. In random order here some of them – Loreto Boland & George Garvey’s Captains Drive In & Drive Out, the Ray Lynam / Philomena Begley headlined All Star Country Music Concert with Moate GAA, a Table Quiz, the Presidents & Captains Prizes, a thrilling Golfer of the Year battle, a fresh influx of ladies via the Get Into Golf programme, the Winter League, Bert Burke shooting a 69 earlier and then winning the Scratch Matchplay to end the year, our Ladies Junior Cup Team’s fantastic All Ireland series appearance and the Club 500. On top of all that we had a great variety of club and open competitions practically every opportunity that the weather allowed. I’m tired just listing them. I hope you were there for some if not all of them and on behalf of Moate Golf Club I wish you all a Happy New Year.  

RESULTS – The ‘Christmas Open Hamper’ concludes tomorrow and results will be posted on New Year’s Day.  

UPCOMING FIXTURES – The ‘New Year Open Hamper’ over 13 holes will be played for (with the new rules in force) from 1st to 6th January.  

The 3 Degrees.....Vice Captain Tommy Conlon, Captain Jimmy Kassaris & former Captain George Garvey on St. Stephens Day.

Captain Jimmy Kassaris takes the first shot of many during his captaincy.

NEW RULES OF GOLF – Mens Secretary Padraig Keenan issued an email recently with a video containing many of the new rules which come into effect on January 1st 2019. Check the video out and pick up your new rule book in the clubhouse. It’s important that we familiarize ourselves with them as quickly as possible to avoid confusion in the future.  

2019 MEMBERSHIP FEES – All our fees remain the same as 2018 and you cannot say that about every club so for all prospective new or returning members out there we’d love to have you join. Full details can be obtained on www.moategolfclub.ie or by ringing Anna on 090 648 1271.  

DIRECT DEBIT FACILITY – All categories of membership will be covered from casual to GIG’s and I’d urge anyone interested in this facility to contact our Administrator Anna O’Brien who has the application forms or you can speak to our Treasurer Sean Dunne. 

Under the trees on the 6th.

 Charlie McGrath tees off on 10th.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2018/19 – The updated table will be on the website and there has been a lot of movement with plenty of rounds being played over the mild weathered festive period. We have new leaders as Team 1 – Benny Greham, Vincent Shelley, Frank Kiernan, Noel O’Reilly and Michael Johnston with 517pts move up to the top spot. In 2nd place and moving up 5 positions we have Team 14 – Padraig Keenan, Paul Jacob, Michael Gantley, Sean G. Connell and David Flannery with 496pts. Willie Ganly’s team 15 make a big move towards the qualifying slots with 369pts, they are now 16th from 22nd. There’s been a bit of slippage for Derek Daly’s Team 11 though and they slide down 9 places to 21st on 312pts. We welcome Willie Smith, Sinead Healy, Joe Healy, Geraldine Byrne and Charlie Tone (Team 29) to the competition. Better late than never and it shows there is still time to get 6 rounds each in so if you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to get playing more you can still sign up!  

ANDY'S ARCHIVES - A few more items for my final dip into the history pages for 2018.

Lady Capts Prize - 20/11/1954 WM Independent.

WM Independent 3/7/1981 - Michael O'Grady

Club Notes - WM Examiner 7/2/2004

Notification of the Capts Dinner - Evening Herald 6/1/1972

Moate members named in Inny Golf Society outing Longford Leader 17/4/1987

WM Independent - 30/8/1930 - Identifies two early Capts Prize winners

Regards,  

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2018/19

Seery's Cash & Carry Winter League update - wasnt ready for the notes last night but I was up before dawn this morning and in the clubhouse to update the table so everyone knew where they stood.
Doing a Liverpool and top at Christmas is Beth Dunne's team on 488pts.

Most improved of the week just like Man Utd it's Shane Kelly's selection up to 5th on 423pts and doing an Everton and having the blues is Loreto Boland and her teammates falling 7 spot to 16th with 301pts.

CLUB NOTES - CHRISTMAS 2018

On behalf of Moate Golf Club I’d like to wish all our members, sponsors, visitors and all their families a very Happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year. I hope Santa brings you all the golf related stuff you asked for!  

RESULTS – Congratulations to Bert Burke who beat Golfer of the Year Jamal Sabir in the Scratch Matchplay Final earlier in the week. An epic battle went to the 19th but Bert’s late surge of energy over the final 3 holes saw him take the win. Ever unassuming Bert said to make sure I didn’t mention he also beat another young gunslinger Jamie Colgan on the way to the title.  

UPCOMING FIXTURES – Due to the upcoming rule changes we have decided to split our seasonal open hamper competitions into 2 events. The ‘Christmas Open Hamper’ will run from 17th to 31st December inclusive and then a ‘New Year Open Hamper’ will be played for with the new rules in force from 1st to 6th January.  

NEW RULES OF GOLF – Mens Secretary Padraig Keenan issued an email recently with a video containing many of the new rules which come into effect on January 1st 2019. Check the video out and pick up your new rule book in the clubhouse. It’s important that we familiarize ourselves with them as quickly as possible to avoid confusion in the future.  

2019 DIRECT DEBIT FACILITY – All categories of membership will be covered from casual to GIG’s and I’d urge anyone interested in this facility to contact our Administrator Anna O’Brien who has the application forms or you can speak to our Treasurer Sean Dunne.  

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2018/19 – Due to an extended Christmas shopping session in Athlone this afternoon / evening & night I don’t have the updated table ready but we will put it on the website over the holiday period.  

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 16/12/18

We really are so lucky to have such a fine course. Amazingly it was in great condition Sunday despite the torrential downpour that hit the area on Saturday. We thank everyone who continues to support the club by playing in the weekly turkey competitions and of course the Winter League. As it’s rapidly getting ever nearer to Christmas it’s a good time to remind members and indeed non – members that as well as buying membership or green fee vouchers from the shop, Michael Horan has a lot of quality equipment and clothing both in Moate and Birr which I’m sure would make ideal Christmas presents. I’m a size 9 in shoes and due to my fondness for desserts a large in any tops. Just saying!

Callum Dunne on 6th.

The view from the 8th tee

RESULTS – Turkey Competition – Week 6 – (Stableford 13 holes) Dec – 10th to 16th 2018 = Will be announced tomorrow and vouchers will be in the shop for the notified winners.

UPCOMING FIXTURES – Due to the upcoming rule changes we have decided to split our seasonal open hamper competitions into 2 events. The ‘Christmas Open Hamper’ will run from 17th to 31st December inclusive and then a ‘New Year Open Hamper’ will be played for with the new rules in force from 1st to 6th January.

PRESENTATION OF PRIZES – Thanks to everyone who turned up for the presentation of the Turkey vouchers and there were a couple of other outstanding competitions given out also as Jimmy Kassaris made an accomplished debut Captaining a presentation. Anyone who couldn’t make it can collect their vouchers / prizes in the shop during the week. Our thanks go to Darren Rosney who has provided the club with a lovely claret jug style trophy to use and the first recipient was Joe Casey who won the Club 500 competition. We’d also like to give a special mention to Pat Keenan of Keenan Bauer who sponsored the Scotch Foursomes and committed to doing so again for 2019. Anyone looking for a new car, you know who Moate GC recommends!

PRIZEWINNERS GALLERY-   1. Pat Keenan (Keenan Bauer) Scotch Foursomers sponsor flanked by runners up Sham Dolan & Captain Jimmy Kassaris. 2. Pat Keenan (Keenan Bauer) Scotch Foursomers sponsor flanked by one of the winning pair Jamie Colgan (Adrian Hiney was not available) & Captain Jimmy Kassaris. 3. Paddy O'Brien 4. David Buckley 5. Loreto Boland 6. Veronica Colgan 7. Andy Dunne 8. Dom Fitzpatrick 9. Philip Dully 10 . Rory Minagh 11. George Garvey 12. Joe Casey 13. Paddy Lynam 14. Shane Kelly 15. Kevin Jordan 16. Tommy Conlon 17. Darren Rosney 18. Seamus Fagan 19. Sham Dolan gets up close and personal with the new Captain! 20. Paddy Costelloe 21. Golfer of the Year for 2018 - Jamal Sabir.

 

NEW RULES OF GOLF – Mens Secretary Padraig Keenan issued an email recently with a video containing many of the new rules which come into effect on January 1st 2019. Check the video out and pick up your new rule book in the clubhouse. It’s important that we familiarize ourselves with them as quickly as possible to avoid confusion in the future.

2019 DIRECT DEBIT FACILITY – All categories of membership will be covered from casual to GIG’s and I’d urge anyone interested in this facility to contact our Administrator Anna O’Brien who should now have the application forms or our Treasurer Sean Dunne.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2018/19 – The top 15 teams qualify for the final with a 16th coming as a wildcard from those non qualifying teams with all rounds played. The league table has been updated and the latest version will be available on the website on Monday evening. Beth Dunne’s team has rocketed to 1st place on 444pts. They were in 6th last week. Also on the up is competition sponsor Ollie Seery and his team who have 437pts, while last weeks leaders led by Tommy Rosney slip to 3rd. Shane Kelly’s crew move up 9 places to 13th with 268pts while the biggest droppers of the week are Willie Ganly & Joe Ennis who both fall 6 spots to 20th and 21st respectively. 

MIDLANDS INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – The Alliance Christmas Outing was held in Mullingar today and the prizewinners were – Niall Conroy (43pts) Mullingar, Tony Patton (42pts) Strokestown, Jimmy Cassidy (42pts) Moate, and Sean Tynan (42pts). On behalf of the Midlands Intermediate Alliance Ciaran Malone wishes everyone a Happy Christmas and hopes to see the usual Moate members at the next outing in New Forest on Sunday 13th January.

 

Regards,

 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

BLASTS FROM THE PAST......

I had some difficulties with the website last weekend so here are the items from the archives I had prepared then.

1. 2/9/1944 Westmeath Indepent - Captains Prizes for both Ladies & Gents.

2. Another Capts Prize result, this time it's from 4/9/1982 and the Examiner.

3. A note on the Presidents Cup from the Examiner 10/6/1950.

4. The Mens Committee from 16/2/1957.

5. Westmeath Independent of 17/10/1964 and Eamon Coughlan Snr is winning.

6. Mr. BJ Hickey's Presidents prize of 1956.

7. A visitor home from Canada plays in the 1968 Captains prize.

8. I wonder what the secret prize was the week after this snippet from 30/4/1966?

 

LADIES CLUB

The A.G.M. of the Ladies  was held on Tuesday 11th November in the club house. There was a good turnout at the meeting. Outgoing Lady Captain Loreto Boland welcomed everyone to the meeting. She thanked her committee and all the members who helped her during her year, particularly those who made the introduction of the 'Get into Golf' initiative such a great success. She thanked all who had managed or played on teams especially the Junior Cup team who won a Mid Leinster District pennant for the club. Loreto then presented incoming Lady Captain Eileen White with her jacket and pin and wished her the best of luck for 2019. Lady Captain Eileen thanked Loreto and hoped that 2019 would be as good as 20q8. Outgoing Lady President Marian Mullen thanked everyone for their help during the year and congratulated Loreto and all the ladies on the year. She then presented Helen Kelly with her Jacket and wished Helen and Eileen all the best for 2019. Other officers elected were Hon Secretary Marian Mullen, Hon Treasurer Vera Burgoyne and Handicap Secretary Noeleen Fox. The following were elected to committee Betty Behan, Mary Bouabbse, Kathleen Conlon, Geraldine Coughlan, Marie Dolan and Mags Galvin. Some small changes were made to the ladies constitution.

On Sunday 16th the following lucky ladies were presented with Turkey prizes, Betty Behan, Loreto Boland, Pearse Corberr, Geraldine Coughlan, Alison Couper, Barbara Daly, Beth Dunne, Eleanor Fitzpatrick, Noeleen Fox, Mary Horan, Oonagh Jordan, Breda Kelly, Ann Magee, Veronica Mc Cormack and Mary Rohan
Lady Captain Eileen White and the ladies committee wish all our members a very Happy Christmas and New Year and an enjoyable golfing year in 2019.
LADIES CLUB

The Annual Ladies Christmas Social was held on Sunday, From 11.30 onwards the course was full with more than 60 ladies on the fairways. The course was in great condition and the weather was favourable. The winner on the day was Mary Cunniffe with Pearse Corbett in 2nd place. The golf was followed by the Presentation of prizes and by a meal. At the presentation Lady Captain Loreto Boland welcomed everyone and thanked all who came. She also welcomed members of the White family who came to present a cup to the Ladies Club. Mr Gerard White then presented the beautiful cup which had been won in Moate Golf Club by his aunt, Mrs Fitzgibbon, who was a former owner of the Irish House in Moate, He said his aunt had always treasured the cup and that the family felt it should be retuned to Moate. Lady Vice Captain Eileen White them accepted the cup. Going forward it will be presented to the winner of the Lady Captains Prize each year.

Lady Captain Loreto then presented the following prizes, Golfer of the year Geraldine Coughlan for the 2nd year in a row, The Elvery Trophy sponsored by Clara House Spa and Holistic Centre to Veronica Colgan with Betty Behan getting 2nd prize, the Christmas Hamper generously sponsored by Terry Coughlan to 1st Helen Kelly, 2nd Mary Rose Coughlan, 3rd Ann Magee, Cat 1 Veronica Colgan, Cat 2 Noeleen Fox, Cat 3 Marie Keane and Cat 4 Ann Egan. The ILGU Silver spoon was given to Beth Dunne, the Silver medal to Loreto Bolan, the Bronze medal to Eileen White and the ILGU junior medal to Ella Grennan. All other outstanding prizes for the year were then presented.

Following the meal which was as usual  of the highest quality which Pauric and his staff are renowned for and which was enjoyed by all. the prizes for the day were presented. No one goes home empty handed from the Christmas Social. Thanks must be given to those who had the job of buying them.

Photo Gallery

Prize winners: Veronica Colgan, Carmel Connolly, Geraldine Coughlan and Marie Keane with Lady President, Marian Mullen and Lady Captain Loreto Boland Members of the White family with the Fitzgibbon Cup and Lady Captain Loreto Boland, Lady Vice Captain Eileen White and Lady President Marian Mullen Mr Gerard White presenting the Fitzgibbon Cup to Lady Vice Captain Eileen White