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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 last was sponsored by Realtin and Andy Dunne. The winners were 1st Carmel Foxe (27) 40 pts, Cat 1 Joan Molloy (12) 40 pts, Cat 2 Sinead Hall (25) 38 pts, Cat 3 Madeline Keneghan (34) 39 pts and Cat 4 Mary Galvin (46) 40 pts.

Congratulations to the Mixed Foursomes team who beat Mullingar on Saturday and best of luck to the team playing the new Leinster Women's Challenge Trophy on Sunday against Edenderry.


Club Notes 19/5/2024

We are absolutely delighted with the turnout for our Scratch Cup weekend with over 175 playing and at least 24 clubs represented including: Cregmore Park, The Heritage, Forrest Little, Adare Manor, Palmerstown House, Castletroy and Co. Louth while we had neighborly visitors from Athlone, Mullingar, New Forest, Co. Longford, Esker Hills and Mt. Temple. This is particularly impressive when you consider that many clubs are involved in interclub action at this time. On this occasion the four trophies all stay at home and we congratulate all the prizewinners and thank our generous sponsors.

RESULTS – SCRATCH CUPS: Reynolds Commercial Renault Senior Scratch Cup (2.4 Max) 1st Gross: Adrian Hiney (0) 74, 2nd Gross: Michael Malone (2) Co. Longford 75, 1st Nett: Steven Gilmore (3) Cregmore Park 72 nett, 2nd Nett: Shane Hogan (+1) The Heritage 76 nett.

Syncom Group UK Junior Scratch Cup (2.5-8.0) 1st Gross: Martin Fleming (6) 76, 2nd Gross: John P. Kelly (7) 77, 1st Nett: Bert Burke (6) 71 nett, 2nd Nett: Paddy Lynam (7) 72 nett.

ICare Brokers Intermediate Scratch Cup (8.1-17.0) 1st Gross: Eoin Murphy (9) 75, 2nd Gross: Ciaran Lynam (9) 77, 1st Nett: Eamon Coughlan (11) 68 nett, 2nd Nett: Martin Ryan (13) 70 nett.

D&B Fitted Furniture Minor Scratch Cup (17.1-28.0 Max) 1st Gross: Brian Costello (18) 86, 2nd Gross: Pat Fox (21) 91, 1st Nett: Derek Milton (20) 71 nett, 2nd Nett: Kieran Hynes (21) 72 nett.

May 13 Hole Stableford Wk. 3: 19/5/2024. 1st Jimmy Bradley (5) 30pts.

Linnane & Co. Thursday Open Stableford, 16/05/2024. 1st: Jimmy Dolan (16) 42pts, 2nd: Eoin Murphy (10) 42pts, 3rd Paddy Egan (17) 40pts.  

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – We have our next Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open on May 23rd and at the weekend it’s the Peter Hill Memorial which is always keenly contested. The May 2024 Week 4 (13 hole club comp) runs from Monday 20th to Sunday 26th.  

Great to see the sand bags being used. 

INTERCLUB TEAMS – We had another busy weekend on the interclub front with the Mixed Foursomes team beating Mullingar on Saturday in a playoff over there. While on Sunday we sadly lost in both mens outings v The Heath in the Junior Cup and v Esker Hills in the Pierce Purcell. Next weekend there are 3 more team outings with the Barton Cup v Birr & Tudenham Cup v Tullamore on the mens side (both Saturday) and the Ladies Leinster Challenge v Edenderry on Sunday. If at all possible please come along to support those teams.

GOLFER OF THE YEAR 2024 – The table now includes the Vet Farm Supplies competition and Ciaran Kerrigan still leads with 211pts. Mark Devery is now 2nd on 199pts with Dom Fitzpatrick 3rd on 193pts closely followed by George Garvey with 190pts and Adrian Hiney in 5th on 183pts. There is a bit of spreadsheet work required to get the top 40 sorted for the Scratch Cups so they will be added during the week.

COURSE CORNER – We must mention our super green keeping staff, volunteers and of course the gardeners who had the course in fantastic shape for the Scratch Cup weekend. We heard a lot of compliments about the conditions and the glorious sunshine did a lot to help.

JUNIORS – Once again there was a very healthy and enthusiastic crowd of juniors out last week and they go again on Friday 24th May from 5pm to 6.30pm.   

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – Only time for a very quick dip into the memory banks powered by the newspaper archives I frequent most evenings. In an Offaly Independent dated 08/06/1979 we find a result from Athlone GC.

“ Monday (Constellation) Ladies – 1st, N. Costello; 2nd R. Kearon; Class A, M. Brosnan; Class B, F. Ashe (Birr); Class C, N. Fayne; 1st 9, Mrs. Flynn (Moate); 2nd 9, A. Hannon.”

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 

Photos courtesy of Mike Hiney, George Garvey, Andy Dunne, Martin Horan, Sean Egan. 


Ladies Club

Last week was a week of mixed results for the ladies inter club competitions. On Thursday the Leinster Women’s Trophy team were successful against Tullamore. With Geraldine Coughlan and Marian Fogarty winning their matches on the 13 hole in Moate and Carmel Foxe winning on the 14th in Tullamore it was Lady Captain Veronica Mc Cormack who secured the win for Moate when she halved her match on the 18th in Moate. Claire Varley and Marianne Young were then called in. Well done to the team and managers Marian Mullen & Betty Behan. On Saturday The Women’s Junior Cup team beat Mullingar. Carmel Connolly and Marian Fogarty won their matches in Mullingar to leave Moate needing one more win to secure a win for the team,  Joan Molloy secured this when she won her match on the 17th hole. Sinead Healy and Ella Grennan were called in up in both their matches. Well done to the team and to manager Eileen White. Unfortunately the Minor Foursomes team lost to Mullingar on Monday last and the Intermediate Foursomes lost to Naas on Friday. Best of luck to the Mixed Foursomes team who meet Mullingar on Saturday next.

The competition on Wednesday last sponsored by Marie Dolan and Maura Igoe was won by Madeline Keneghan (35) with 42 pts. The category prizes were as follows Cat 1 Sinead Healy (13) 38 pts, Cat 2 Marianne Young (27) 40 pts, Cat 3 Marie Dolan (34) 36 pts and Cat 4 Rose Buckley (53) 38 pt.

Ladies remember to keep the June Bank Holiday Monday free to play in the Play In Pink open day for Breast Cancer Research.


Club Notes 12/5/2024

Not the full service this week seeing as I've just returned home from seeing the mighty Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band shake Nowlan Park to it's core, but never let it be said that the club notes didnt get produced! I will add a few photos in later. 

RESULTS – Vet Farm Supplies – Club Stableford 12/05/2024. 1st Overall: Mark Devery (21) 44pts, 1st Cat 1: Adrian Hiney (+1) 39pts, 1st Cat 2: George Garvey (11) 40pts, 1st Cat 3: Michael O’Leary (18) 41pts, 1st Cat 4: Eoin Ronaldson (19) 40pts, 1st Ladies: Joan Molloy (12) 40pts.

May 13 Hole Stableford Wk. 2. 12/5/2024. 1st  TBC

Linnane & Co. Thursday Open Stableford, 09/05/2024. 1st: George Digan (10) 38pts, 2nd: Adrian Hiney (+1) 36pts, 3rd Declan Rooney (29) 36pts.  

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – We have a Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open on May 16th and next weekend it’s a massive weekend for the club with our Scratch Cups. It is extremely important that you enter the right Scratch Cup for your handicap index and play off the correct tees. The divisions are as follows: Reynolds Commercial Renault Senior Scratch Cup (2.4 Max) blue tees; Syncom UK Group Junior Scratch Cup (2.5 – 8.0) blue tees; ICare Brokers Intermediate Scratch Cup (8.1 – 17.0) white tees and the D&B Furniture Minor Cup (17.1 to 28.0) yellow tees. We wish to thank our sponsors for their valuable support of this major event. Please note there is no Ladies section in our scratch cups. The May 2024 Week 3 club 13 hole comp runs from Monday 13th to Sunday 19th.  

INTERCLUB TEAMS – The Jimmy Bruen team had a fine 2.5 - 1.5 win over Birr on Saturday. Next weekend is another busy one on the interclub front with the Mixed Foursomes team meeting Mullingar on Saturday and then on Sunday we have the men in action v The Heath in the Junior Cup and Esker Hills in the Pierce Purcell. Good luck to all involved. If at all possible please come along to support those teams.  

GOLFER OF THE YEAR 2024 – The table now includes the Peter Kassaris competition and Ciaran Kerrigan still leads with 211pts. Dom Fitzpatrick is now 2nd on 188pts and Tommy Digan is next on 170pts.  

COURSE CORNER – We would really appreciate it if everyone can repair fairway/rough divots with the sand/seed bags provided and also take care of your pitchmarks on the green. It is also important to note that we have a short game practice area only and balls should only be struck in the direction of the clubhouse. Please do not practice longer shots down towards the 18th tee box. Woods are not suitable for the short area we have so please restrict these to the net.

JUNIORS – Once again there was a very healthy and enthusiastic crowd of juniors out last week and they go again on Friday 17th May from 5pm to 6.30pm.   

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Ladies Club

The first Major of the year the Polly Buckley was played on Wednesday last. The competition was sponsored by Mary Rose Coughlan and Dolores Moodley. The winners were 1st Sinead Power (29) 68 net, 2nd Sinead Hall (29) 70 net, 3rd Geraldine Coughlan (20) 70 net, Cat 1 Sinead Healy (13) 71 net, Cat 2 Claire Varley (27) 71 net, Cat 3 Eileen White (31) 70 net and Cat 4 Esther Hynds (45) 78 net.

The upcoming week will be very busy for the ladies as we have 3 teams  in the Inter Club Competitions. On Thursday 9th, a team will play Tullamore in the new Leinster Women's Trophy, On Friday 10th the Intermediate team play Naas in the 2nd round of that competition and on Saturday 11th The Junior Cup ladies play Mullingar. We wish all of them the best of luck and also good luck to the Jimmy Bruin Team who play Birr on Saturday.

 


Club Notes 05/05/2024

Only three balls this morning lads, must be strokeplay!

RESULTS – Peter Kassaris Cup – Strokeplay 05/05/2024. 1st Overall: Colm Farrell (8) 66 nett, 1st Cat 1: David Digan (4) 68 nett, 1st Cat 2: Gareth Cassidy (11) 69 nett, 1st Cat 3: Sean Dunne (14) 70 nett, 1st Cat 4: Michael Gantley (20) 67 nett, 1st Ladies: Beth Dunne (19) 71 nett, Booby Prize: Donal Brennan (38).

13 Hole Stableford May Wk. 1. 05/05/2024. 1st Andy Dunne (14) 25pts.

Linnane & Co. Thursday Open Stableford, 25/4/2024. 1st: Miceal Fox (19) 42pts, 2nd: Sam Moran (13) 41pts, 3rd Liam Galvin (4) 38pts.  

                                                 Mark Devery with the Adrian Kennedy Memorial trophy. 

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – We have a Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open on May 9th and next weekend it’s the ‘Vet Farm Supplies” club competition.  The May 2024 Week 2 club 13 hole comp runs from May 6th to 12th.

The first use of suncream in Moate this year!!

INTERCLUB TEAMS – We had two tidy away victories on the Mens interclub scene this week. The Pierce Purcell team of Keith Murphy, Sean Bohan, Ted Cleary, Willie Colgan, Eddie Tynan, Mark Devery along with player managers Andy Dunne & David Delaney won 2.5-1.5 v Portarlington on Saturday and the Duggan Cup squad of Noel Mulligan, Vivian Lynam, Andy Dunne, Willie Colgan, Sean Dunne, Liam Lynam, George Garvey, Gerry Somers and player managers Sean Egan & Mike Hiney beat Birr 3.5-1.5 on Sunday. Next Saturday the Ladies Junior Cup side is in action v Mullingar and the Mens Jimmy Bruen panel is out again v Birr. If at all possible please come along to support those teams.  

Pierce Purcell away crew left and below Sean Bohan and Gerry Somers sizing up their options in Pierce Purcell and Duggan Cup action respectively. 

GOLFER OF THE YEAR 2024 – The table will be updated for next week.

COURSE CORNER – We would really appreciate it if everyone can repair fairway/rough divots with the sand/seed bags provided and also take care of your pitchmarks on the green. It is also important to note that we have a short game practice area only and balls should only be struck in the direction of the clubhouse. Please do not practice longer shots down towards the 18th tee box. Woods are not suitable for the short area we have so please restrict these to the net.

2024 SCRATCH CHAMPIONSHIP – **Final call for entrants. ** This is a matchplay this year and the entry sheet is now in the shop. Draw will be made soon.

PRIZE PRESENTATION – As you will see from photos on the website and Facebook we had a prize presentation on Wednesday 1st May. There is a lot of work involved so we sincerely thank everyone who showed up on the night. If you were unable to attend, vouchers for all the weekly 13 holes and 18 holes up to the end of April are now in the shop.

JUNIORS – There was a very healthy and enthusiastic crowd out last week for the junior lessons and they go again on Friday 10th May from 5pm to 6.30pm.   

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – Back again with 3 more glimpses of the past. Starting with a 1942 Offaly Independent dated 10th October, then a Westmeath Independent of 3/11/1995 and finally a Westmeath Examiner from 19/12/1998

1942 – At the golf links recently the mixed foursomes competition was very keenly contested and after a fine display Mr. W. Coogan and Miss S. Hannon ran out winners. We congratulate the winners on their success. (William Coogan was a former Garda Sergeant and Moate GC committee member in the 1940’s while Sandra Hannon was Ladies Hon. Sec. in 1941.)

1995 – (Ballinasloe Golf Club) Results of 18 hole open Fourball Stableford, on Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th and Monday 30th October; 1, Dermot Dunican and Michael Mahon, 44pts; 2, Joe Kelly and Peter Hill, 44 pts; gross, Grellan Dunne and Ken Kennedy, 37 pts; 3. J. Sludds and P. Mullally, Moate, 44pts.

1998 – Next Saturday, we will have the presentation of all outstanding Mens prizes plus turkey vouchers at 10pm. All winners need to attend to collect their prizes. Last weekend’s prize winners: Cat 1, Eamonn Coughlan 28pts: Cat 2, Kevin Duffy 31pts: Cat 3, Pat Dolan 28pts. Next Sunday evening Mam’s and Dad’s, Santa will visit the club. Member’s children are invited to attend from about 5pm. Further information can be gained from Petrina, Niall or Joe. The third round of the Winter League runs to next Sunday. The fourth round begins and runs for three weeks over Christmas. 

 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 

Photos this week courtesy of Sean Egan, Mick McLoughlin, Andy Dunne, Danny O'Connor & Martin Ryan. 


Ladies Club

The winners of the competition on Wednesday 24th were 1st Sinead Hall (29) 43 pts, Cat 1 Geraldine Coughlan (20) 35 pts, Cat 2 Marianne Young (28) 37 pts, Cat 3 Marie Dolan (33) 34 pts and Cat 4 Bernie Lennon (45) 40 pts. The competition was sponsored by Alison Couper and Kathy Conlon.

Best of luck to our Minor Foursomes team when they play Mullingar on Monday 6th May.


Club Notes 28/4/2024

RESULTS – McCarthy’s Centra – Club Stableford 28/4/2024. 1st Overall: Eoin Ryan (11) 41pts, 1st Cat 1: Gary Colgan (7) 37pts, 1st Cat 2: Ciaran Lynam (10) 38pts, 1st Cat 3: Ted Cleary (14) 41pts, 1st Cat 4: Ciaran Kerrigan (28) 39pts, 1st Ladies: Joan Molloy (13) 39pts.

Mick Grehan, Gerry Brazil and Jonathan Crozier enjoying the Sunday morning sunshine. 

 

April 13 Hole Stableford Wk. 4. 28/4/2024. 1st Seamus Dolan (15) 31pts.

Linnane & Co. Thursday Open Stableford, 25/4/2024. 1st: Eamon Coughlan (12) 41pts, 2nd: Sam Moran (13) 41pts, 3rd Sean Bohan (17) 40pts.  

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – We have a Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open on May 2nd and next weekend it’s the ‘Peter Kassaris Cup” club competition with the Egan Perpetual Trophy 9 (Open) on Monday May 6th.  The May 2024 Week 1 club 13 hole comp runs from Monday 29th April to Sunday May 5th.  

FUNDRAISING QUIZ – We held a very successful quiz last week and all funds raised will be used for our Juniors programme for the coming year. My thanks to everyone who took part, donated spot prizes, bought raffle tickets and a special thank you to the answer checkers Rachel Moore, Callum Dunne & David Delaney. 

Brainiacs all......

INTERCLUB TEAMS – Our Mens Leinster Fourball team had a long day on Sunday but it culminated in a great win after the 5th playoff hole at home in Moate. Congratulations to players Shane Maher, Enda Claffey, Mike Goose, Michael O’Leary, Nicky Grennan, Mark Devery, John Kelly & John Finerty, many of whom were making their competitive debut for the club. We face Cill Dara in the 2nd round. Next weekend is another busy one on the interclub front with the ladies playing Mullingar in the Minor Foursomes and the gents face Portarlington in the Pierce Purcell on Saturday and Birr in the Duggan Cup on Sunday. If at all possible please come along to support those teams.  

GOLFER OF THE YEAR 2024 – The table now includes the McCarthy’s Centra competition and Ciaran Kerrigan extends his lead and is now on 211pts. Dom Fitzpatrick is now tied 2nd with Sean Egan on 161pts and Mark Devery is just 2pts behind that in 4th with George Garvey 5th on 153pts. There are now 128 members with GOTY points and the highest new entry is Patrick Guinan who collected 31pts at the weekend.   

COURSE CORNER – We would really appreciate it if everyone can repair fairway/rough divots with the sand/seed bags provided and also take care of your pitchmarks on the green. It is also important to note that we have a short game practice area only and balls should only be struck in the direction of the clubhouse. Please do not practice longer shots down towards the 18th tee box. Woods are not suitable for the short area we have so please restrict these to the net.

2024 SCRATCH CHAMPIONSHIP – This is reverting to a matchplay format this year and the entry sheet is now in the shop. Draw will be made in early May.

PRIZE PRESENTATION – We have a prize presentation on Wednesday 1st May at 7pm. This will include the Winter League generously sponsored by Seery’s Cash & Carry and all weekend competitions up to and including this week. There are also a couple of stragglers outstanding from late last season. Emails to those who are to collect prizes will be issued on Monday.

JUNIORS – There was a very healthy and enthusiastic crowd out last week for the junior lessons and they go again on Friday 3rd May from 5pm to 6.30pm.   

Kay Gantley ended up with an intersting lie on the 13th on Friday!

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


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Ladies Club

The 1st Interclub outing for the ladies club this year was the Intermediate Foursomes match against Birr on Sunday 21st. Congratulations to the team of Loreto Boland and Marie Keane, Sinead Healy & Claire Barley, Beth Dunne & Carmel Carroll and Betty Behan and Veronica Mc Cormack who won 3 and 1 and also to managers Mags Galvin & Theresa Cleary.

The competition on Wednesday 17th was sponsored by Mary Carolan & Aideen Jordan. The winners were 1st Beth Dunne (18) 36 pts, Cat 1 Sinead Healy (13) 34 pts, Cat 2 Carmel Foxe (25) 35 pts,  Cat 3 Ger Byrne (34) 34 pts and Cat 4 Mary Galvin (47) 27 pts.


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