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The Front Garden - Looking good !!
Atmospheric view of the 1st Tee Box at sunset
Finishing touches on the all new 4th Tee Box
The 5th Fairway from the Tee Box
Its a long way up the 7th fairway - and the out-of-bounds is still there!
Magnificent view back up the 8th fairway - waiting for a little fade into the valley
. . all at once I saw a crowd, a host, of golden daffodils - 8th Green
Some re-claimed ground on the re-aligned 9th hole
Just a reminder - there will be no rakes in bunkers for the moment!
Greenside at the 9th - featuring the new pot bunker
A view of the re-aligned 9th hole - note the out-of-bounds markers
Shrubs in bloom on the improved 10th tee box
Keeping the grass cut off the 16th fairway
New Coffee Machine in the re-vamped Shop
Golf Balls, Tees and more - Courtesy ProGolf, Athlone
Golf Bags and shoes newly arrived in Moate Golf Club
Re-stocking the Shop - Courtesy ProGolf, Athlone
If you can't hit the Green from this beautiful Tee Box . . . .
Panoramic view of the 4th Tee Box and 3rd Green
New Pot Bunker, replacing the Fairway Bunker on the left of the 9th Green - completed
Preparing for a delayed Captains Drive_In
Developing the new Pot Bunker on the left of the 9th Green
More developments in the Shop
The redeveloped 3rd Tee Box
The lonely owl still protecting our greens
The 4th Tee Box from the 4th Green
Stonework almost finished - 4th Tee Box
Work in progress - 4th Tee Box
Ladies club

The competition on Wednesday 11th was sponsored by Marie Keane and Grainne Costello. The winners were 1st Bernie Lennon (56) 38 pts, Cat 1 Geraldine Coughlan (20) 36 pts, Cat 2 Joan Molloy (22) 34 pts, Cat 3 Theresa Cleary (36) 36 pts and Cat 4 Eileen Fagan (40) 36 pts.

Unfortunately, despite putting up a great fight against a strong Mullingar team the Junior Foursomes team had to bow out of this year’s interclub competition.  The team of Betty Behan, Loreto Boland, Beth Dunne, Mags Galvin, Joan Molloy and Veronica Mc Cormack won 1 match away on the 18th, lost at home also on the 18th and lost the tie hole in Mullingar.

We wish the best  of luck to our Senior Foursomes team under the experienced  management of Eileen White and Joan Molloy on Saturday next when they also play Mullingar.

The Play in Pink Open Competition in aid of Breast Cancer Research  is on Monday 6th June. Please spread the word. There will be a prize for the ‘’best dressed’’ man and woman so you have time to source your wardrobe for the day.


Club Notes 15/5/2022

This week we must congratulate one of our young members Oran Dunne who won the Nett Champion prize in the U19 ‘Flogas Irish Junior Open Tour’ at Spa Golf Club in Co. Down.  https://www.irishjunioropen.com/ Oran has overcome some major health issues in his young life and it is fantastic to see him doing so well.

RESULTS – Vet Farm Supplies / Paddy Coyne (Stableford) 15/5/2022 – 1st Overall: Roger Quinn (22) 43pts, 1st Cat 1: Shane Kelly (8) 38pts, 1st Cat 2: Noel Curtis (13) 36pts, 1st Cat 3: John Smyth (16) 39pts, 1st Cat 4: Denis O’Donoghue (20) 39pts, 1st Ladies: Marianne Young (31) 38pts.

Club 13 hole weekly (Stableford) 15/5/2022 – 1st Eamon Macneill 28pts.

Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open (Stableford) 12/5/2022 – 1st Benny Greham (10) 40pts, 2nd John Finerty (21) 38pts, 3rd Gary Colgan (18) 38pts, 1st Ladies Beth Dunne (19) 36pts.

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – The Nick Linnane & Co. sponsored Thursday Open singles stableford is on May 19th and we have Mike Hiney’s Mens Vice Captains Prize at the weekend. Also from 16th to 23rd May we have the weekly running Club Voucher 13 hole stableford re-entry competition.

MOATE GC FUNDRAISING CLASSIC – Our annual fundraising classic is a little earlier than usual this year and runs from Wednesday 8th to Sunday 12th June. Once again we have fantastic prizes with a total value of over €7,000 and these include Taylor Made Stealth drivers, Callaway fairway woods, Wilson Staff wedges and Adidas golf shoes. We really need our members to spread the word for this event so if anyone is playing in other clubs please ask Anna for a poster that you can pop up on their noticeboards. Teams of 4 cost €120 and there are plenty of opportunities to sponsor tees, greens and or teams.

SHAY MURTAGH PRECAST CLUB MATCHPLAY & KEENAN BAUER SCOTCH FOURSOMES 2022 – We’ve had some stationery issues but will hopefully get the draws up on the noticeboard during the week. In the meantime both are available on the website. The round 1 deadline is Sunday 5th June for the singles and the foursomes is Sunday 12th June.

TEAMS UPDATE – Our Barton Cup teams season is over after a 3.5 / 1.5 defeat to Tullamore on Saturday. There was better news on Sunday as the Central Towns team beat Glasson GC by the same scoreline. Among the away winners was Trevor Hill and I’m told he is unbeaten in 18 years playing Central Towns. Thanks to Shane Kelly & George Garvey for sending on photos from the weekend action. There’s plenty more team action in the week ahead with matches in the Duggan Cup (v New Forest @ 3pm on Saturday) & Pierce Purcell (v Tullamore @ 2.30pm Sunday). Both teams have been practicing hard and we wish them all the best. If you have an hour or two to spare either afternoon it would be great to have a few spectators out watching our teams in action.

COURSE CORNER – This week’s focus remains on the unraked bunkers. We must insist that all members and visitors take care of the bunkers. If you have the misfortune to find yourself in or two please have the courtesy to rake them properly after you’ve taken your shot.

GOLFER OF THE YEAR 2022 – The points have been added for the Vet Farm Supplies competition and Joe Digan is the new leader on 187pts. He has scored for the 6th event in a row. Just behind him Eoin Ryan has 182pts and George Garvey slips to 3rd on 179pts. There are now 153 members with GOTY points and the new entries this week are Noel Mulligan, Donal Glynn, Seamus Dolan, Ger Coughlan, Michael Slevin, Kevin Duffy and Johnny Bridges.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – This week our blast from the past was found in an Evening Press dated 5/5/1980. “Moate achieved a notable 4-1 win over Balbriggan in the opening first round match of the Barton Cup. C. Claffey, J. Duignan lost to A. Corcoran, P. Frawley 1 hole; L. Galvin, T. O’Brien bt A. Moran, R. Nugent 3 and 2; H. Conlon, M. Glennon bt D. and C. O’Connor, 5 and 4; E. Coughlan, T. Dolan bt T. Clarke, N. Moran 3 and 1; B. Burke, J. O’Brien bt J. Crowley, J. Knight 2 holes.”

 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Ladies club

Well done and congratulations to Revive Active team managers Anne Healy and Marie Keane and their team on a great win against Co Longford golf club on Sunday. Beth Dunne & Carmel Carroll won the 1st match on the 13th hole in Moate but it was over 2 hours later before Moate were declared winners when Veronica Colgan and Marie Keane won on the 4th tie hole. Joan Molloy and Mags Galvin won on the 18th. The 2 away pairs Loreto Boland & Mary Horan and Betty Behan & Veronica Mc Cormack lost their matches.

Best of luck to the Junior Foursomes team with managers Marian Mullen and Mary Kerrigan when they play Mullingar on Saturday 14th next.

The competition on Wednesday last sponsored by Loreto Boland & Marian Mullen was won by Marie Keane (30) with a great score of 45 pts, Cat 1 Geraldine Coughlan (19) 35 pts, Cat 2 Mary Horan (26) 36 pts, Cat 3 Eileen White (29) 37 pts and Cat 4 Esther Hynds (56) 42 pts. The winners of the April Running Competition sponsored by Breda Kelly were 1st Esther Hynds (56) 62 pts, 2nd Madeline Keneghan (44) 59 pts, 3rd Bernie Lennon (55) 59 pts and 4th Tracey Redmond (12) 53 pts.


Club Notes 8/5/2022

RESULTS – Mike Hiney Construction – Club Sub (Strokeplay) 8/5/2022 – 1st Overall: Darren Rosney (11) 65 nett, 1st Cat 1 Paddy Lynam (6) 69 nett, 1st Cat 2 Cathal O’Rourke (12) 69 nett, 1st Cat 3 Alan Tyrrell (14) 71 nett, 1st Cat 4 Jack Tyrrell (21) 71 nett, 1st Ladies: Carmel Foxe (33) 66 nett.

Club 13 hole weekly (Stableford) 8/5/2022 – 1st Eoin Ryan (19) 29pts.  

Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open (Stableford) 5/5/2022 – 1st Gary Colgan (10) 40pts, 2nd Michael Heavin (22) Athlone 40pts, Gross – Neil Fuery (6) 39pts, 3rd Ambrose McGowan (18) Mount Temple 39pts.

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – The Nick Linnane & Co. sponsored Thursday Open singles stableford is on May 12th and we have a Club competition kindly sponsored by Vet Farm Supplies / Paddy Coyne at the weekend. Also from 9th to 15th May we have the weekly running Club Voucher 13 hole stableford re-entry competition.

SHAY MURTAGH PRECAST CLUB MATCHPLAY & KEENAN BAUER SCOTCH FOURSOMES 2022 – The draw with each rounds completion dates is now on the website and will hopefully be on the noticeboard during the week.

TEAMS UPDATE – Our Barton Shield team bowed out at the first hurdle after a mammoth campaign in 2021 but we had some consolation with wins in the Senior Cup (4-1 v Longford) and 3-2 v New Forest in the All Ireland Fourball. Added to all that the ladies had a fantastic win on the 5th playoff hole v Longford in the Revive Active. It’s another hectic week ahead with matches in the Barton Cup (Saturday) & Central Towns (Sunday). If you have an hour or two to spare either afternoon it would be great to have a few spectators out watching our teams in action.

My thanks to Martin Horan & Donal Brennan for sending on a heap of photos from the weekends action to add to my own and here's a selection (more on Facebook page). The first 4 are from our All Ireland Fourball match away in New Forest and feature Dermot Horan, Enda Claffey, Pat Doyle & Eddie Tynan. 

COURSE CORNER – This week’s focus is on unraked bunkers. Perhaps it’s a side effect of the Covid factor but we must insist that all members and visitors start to take better care of the bunkers. If you have the misfortune to find a bunker please have the courtesy to rake it properly after you’ve taken your shot, or in my case shots!

Thanks to Tom Ledwith for this lovely photo of the proliferation of bluebells above the 8th green. 

GOLFER OF THE YEAR 2022 – George Garvey draws a blank but remains on top with 179pts and Steve Scullion closes the gap to just 6pts. Joe Digan isn’t far back on 165pts and 2 young guns Martin Fleming & Eoin Ryan are next tied on 148pts.  There are now 146 members with GOTY points and the highest new entry this week with 36pts is Thomas Lennon.

Brendan Magee in action in the All Ireland Fourball. 

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – This week our snippet of the past is from an Offaly Independent dated 30/9/1950 and features Moate members in action at both Tullamore and Birr golf clubs.  

“Tullamore GC – The play off of the tie in the Veterans Cup between B.J. Hickey, Moate and P.J. Sheehy, Tullamore resulted in a win for P.J. Sheehy. Hearty congratulations to the winner on his very popular victory.

Birr GC – Mixed Foursomes result: 1st J. Dolan (9) and Mrs. Dolan (28). Moate one up. 2nd D. Kenny (3) and Miss Denismore, (28). Birr all flat.”

Ladies Revive Action v Co. Longford

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Ladies club

The Intermediate Cup team got Moate ladies off to a good start in the Interclub season when they beat Rathdowney on Saturday 30th. Congratulations to the team of Loreto Boland, Geraldine Coughlan, Beth Dunne, Ella Grennan and Joan Molloy and managers Betty Behan and Sinead Power. The team won 2 matches at home and 1 away to secure the 1st round match for Moate.

The next team out is the Revive Active Fourball team who meet Co Longford Golf Club on Sunday 8th May. Best of luck to the team and to managers Marie Keane and Anne Healy.

The competition on Wednesday last was sponsored by Madeline Keneghan and Pattie Costello. The winners were 1st Marianne Young (31) 41 pts, Cat 1 Veronica Colgan (14) 36 pts, Cat 2 Mary Rose Coughlan (21) 35 pts, Cat 3 Carmel Foxe (34) 41 pts and Cat 4 Martina Cunningham (44) 37 pts.

There will be a presentation of all outstanding prizes up to April 30th on Friday 6th May at 7pm.   


Club Notes 1/5/2022

RESULTS – Ballymore Crew (Stableford) 1/5/2022 – 1st Overall: Declan Murphy (11) 39pts, 1st Cat 1 Louis Cunningham (8) 34pts, 1st Cat 2 Mike Hiney (11) 35pts, 1st Cat 3 Kieran Hynes (17) 37pts, 1st Cat 4 Michael Murray (19) 34pts, 1st Ladies: Joan Molloy (22) 37pts.

Dermot McGowan shows his bunker skills on Sunday at tthe 13th. 

Club 13 hole weekly (Stableford) 1/5/2022 – 1st Geraldine Byrne (32) 32pts, 2nd Brian Rosney (26) 30pts, 3rd Miceal Fox (22). 

Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open (Stableford) 28/4/2022 – 1st Tommy Conlon (17) 40pts, 2nd Andy Dunne (16) 39pts, 3rd John Naughton (19) 37pts.

Shane Nugent teeing off on 4 in the Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – The Nick Linnane & Co. sponsored Thursday Open singles stableford is on May 5th and we have the Club Sub competition kindly sponsored by Mike Hiney Construction at the weekend. Also from 2nd to 8th May we have the weekly running Club Voucher 13 hole stableford re-entry competition.

CLUB MATCHPLAY & KEENAN BAUER SCOTCH FOURSOMES 2022 – We have extended the sign up to Monday 2nd May and the draws will be published on the website afterwards. So far we have 63 on the singles list and 33 pairs for the foursomes.

TEAMS UPDATE – We had our first Interclub win for the Mens Club of the season on Sunday when our Jimmy Bruen team beat Glasson GC. Derek Daly / Paul Digan & Keith Redmond / Darren Rosney won at home with George Garvey / Neil Fuery nicking the vital away win. Cormac Nee / Adrian Conroy, Micheal Kelly / Martin Fleming were the other pairs. It’s a pretty hectic schedule next week with matches in the Barton Shield, All Ireland Fourball and Senior Cup.

Ella Grennan (above) & Joan Molloy (below) were both on our winning Ladies Intermediate Cup team v Rathdowney. (Pics courtesy of Martin Horan)

COURSE CORNER – We are very appreciative of the efforts of many members who take a sand & seed bag with them to repair divots as they play. However it is painfully obvious that a large section of members still do not do this. I can only reiterate that it is the responsibility of each and every member (of all categories) and every visitor to look after the course. It is in fantastic condition right now thanks to the hard efforts of our Course Manager, with the Head Greenkeeper and his team as well as some volunteers. It actually looks like it’s been prepared for a Captains Prize and we’d love to keep it that way. 

GOLFER OF THE YEAR 2022 – It’s all change at the top again as George Garvey makes it 7 out of 8 on the scoring front. He has 179pts with Martin Fleming & Eoin Ryan both on 148pts closely followed by Declan Murphy & Steve Scullion on 147pts & 146pts respectively. There are now 138 members with GOTY points and the latest to join the league table are Brendan Magee, Shane Nugent, Willie Ganly, Dermot McGowan, Sean Egan, Eoin Gaffey, Kieran Hynes, Denis Cronin & Mick McLoughlin.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – This weeks journey on the historic highway leads us to a Longford Leader dated 6/7/2007 and the notes are from Co. Longford GC.

“Suzuki Open. This competition continues every Wednesday. We had a good turnout last Wednesday and hope for more support from members and hope that you will spread to friends and relations in other clubs. We had our first visitor to win on Wednesday last with Alan Mangan from Moate Golf Club winning the competition while the runner up was Kevin McGill.”

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Another one from Martin Horan, this time it's a tree hugger from Aughrim. 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Junior Golf Coaching

Our Junior Golf coaching registration evening is on Friday 6th May @ 6pm.


Ladies club

The coming week sees the first of our teams play in the Interclub matches this year. This honour goes to the Intermediaate Cup Team managaed by Betty Behan and Sinead Power. We wish the team of Loreto Boland, Geraldine Coughlan, Beth Dunne, Ella Grennan and Jaon Molloy the best of luck when they take on Rathdowney on Saturday 30th next. 

The competition on Wednesday last sponosred by Marie Dolan & Maaura Igoe was won by MadelineKeneghan (44) with 40 pts, The category prizes went as follows, Cat1Veronica Colgan (14)37 pts, Cat 2 Bettty Behan (23) 33 pts, Cat 3 Anne Healy (32) 36 pts and Cat4 Sinead Power (40) 33 pts.


Club Notes 24/4/2022

Congratulations to Paddy O’Brien who had a hole in one on the 4th and went on to win  the overall prize in the McCarthy’s Centra Moate club competition at the weekend.  

RESULTS – McCarthy’s Centra Moate 24/4/2022 – 1st Overall: Paddy O’Brien (15) 42pts, 1st Cat 1 Louis Cunningham (8) 36pts, 1st Cat 2 Micheal Kelly (10) 37pts, 1st Cat 3 Mick Young (16) 41pts, 1st Cat 4 Pat Fox (23) 37pts, 1st Ladies:  Claire Varley (35) 36pts.

Patrick Guinan on the 1st on Sunday. 

Club 13 hole weekly 24/4/2022 – 1st Paddy Egan (15) 28pts.

George Garvey gives Padraig Joyce some advice after Galway bate Mayo! 

Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open 21/4/2022 – 1st Paddy Lynam (5) 38pts, 2nd John Smyth (16) 38pts, 3rd Andy Dunne (16) 36pts.

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – The Nick Linnane & Co. sponsored Thursday Open is on the 28th and we have a Club Stableford at the weekend. As it’s a Bank Holiday weekend we have an Open Competition on Monday 2nd May for the Egan Perpetual Trophy (thanks to Trish Ennis for keeping it safely for us) which is a fundraiser for St. Hilda’s Services in Athlone organised by popular member Sean Egan.  Also from 25th April to 1st May we have the weekly running Club Voucher 13 hole re-entry competition.

The Seery's Cash & Carry Winter League winners Joe Ennis, Gerry Jordan & Dermot McGowan with Mens Captain Sean Dunne. 

CLUB MATCHPLAY & KEENAN BAUER SCOTCH FOURSOMES 2022 – The sign-up sheet for these events is now in the shop. The draw will take place on Sunday May 1st so please get your name on both lists now so you don’t miss out. To date we have 22 on the singles list and 15 pairs for the foursomes.

TEAMS UPDATE – We had our first Interclub match of the season on Sunday and unfortunately our Junior Cup team was defeated 3-2 by Co. Longford GC. Michael Power (A) and Paddy Lynam (H) were victorious with Shane Kelly (A) and Liam Galvin (H) coming up just short while Tommy Digan (H) fell on the 20th hole. Next Sunday our Jimmy Bruen team play Glasson (away) and we wish them well.  

Here's Tommy, Paddy & Liam in action. 

COURSE CORNER – We are very appreciative of the efforts of many members who take a sand & seed bag with them to repair divots as they play. However it is painfully obvious that a large section of members still do not do this. I can only reiterate that it is the responsibility of each and every member (of all categories) and every visitor to look after the course. It is in fantastic condition right now thanks to the hard efforts of our Course Manager, with the Head Greenkeeper and his team as well as some volunteers. It actually looks like it’s been prepared for a Captains Prize and we’d love to keep it that way.  Here's some photos from myself and Martin Horan reflecting just that. 

GOLFER OF THE YEAR 2022 – It’s all change at the top with Martin Fleming on 148pts as our new leader. George Garvey is just 1pt off that with Eoin Ryan on 131pts in 3rd. Joe Digan with 119pts and former leader Steve Scullion without a point in the last 3 outings on 117pts complete the top 5. There are now 129 members with GOTY points and the latest to join that list are Louis Cunningham, Brian McGowan, Johnny Nally, Gabriel Buckley, Eoin Carberry, Pat Doyle, Richie Allen and Michael Murray.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – Our latest dip into the murky waters of history takes us to a Westmeath Examiner dated 16/8/1975. “On Sunday week last the Rehabilitation Prize went to Kevin O’Meara, Clara, 40pts. Second prize went to Matt Moran and third prize to Tim Casey. Mixed Foursomes on Wednesday last won by Frank Tiernan and Peggy Maxwell. Second place went to Tim Casey and Mrs. Grogan. The Hillbillies Prize was won by Vincent Fitzpatrick. Gross prize Tim Casey and Veteran prize Claud Griffin. Next Sunday Clara Members Prize, 18 hole stableford.”

Declan Murphy submitted this pic of Ray Donoghue on the 13th. Given our weekend sponsor we'll have to call it under the tree at Centra, rather than Spar!

 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Ladies club

The competition on Wednesday last sponsored by Noeleen Fox and Carmel Carroll was won by Caarmel Foxe (37) with 45 pts, Cat 1 Beth Dunne (17) had 36 pts., Cat 2 Mags Galvin (25) also had 36 pts., Cat 3 Marie Dolan (34) had 33 pts and Cat 4 Madeline Keneghan (44) had 35 pts. 

There was a good attendance at the Get into Golf information night on Friday last. Lady Captain Joan Molloy informed the gathering about wh at the course would entail.The Get into Golf programme will start on April 29th.   

Due to requests from members there have been some changes to the draw times on Wednesdays. These are now 8.30am, 10am, 2.30pm and 5.30pm.                                                                                 

 


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