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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 13th last was the Ladies Christmas Hamper. It was both the last major and the last 18 hole competition of the year. The winners were 1st Geraldine Coughlan (20) 36pts, 2nd Beth Dunne (17) 36pts, 3rd Carmel Mackey (56) 35 pts, Cat 1 Pearse Corbett (18) 33 pts, Cat 2 Veronica Mc Cormack (20) 35 pts, Cat 3 Geraldine Byrne (32) 33pts and Cat 4 Madeline Keneghan (45) 34 pts.

The competitions on Wednesday 20th and 27th will be over 16 holes. 

There will be a presentation of all outstanding prizes on Wednesday 20th at 7.30pm. Prize winners have been notified.


Club Notes 17/10/2021

As per this photo from Martin Horan halloween fever has arrived at the clubhouse - 

Another busy week in the golf club as we hurtle towards the season end. We finally managed to get the 2020 Seery’s Cash & Carry Winter League Final played so congratulations to all the prizewinners listed below and a special thank you to all the subs that stood in for unavailable players. Speaking of prizewinners we had a Men’s Club presentation of prizes on Sunday night and I’d like to say a special thanks to all who attended or sent their apologies. It involves a lot of preparation and it’s great when you call out a name and they actually appear. Our thanks also go to the sponsors who were able to attend including Shane Maher, Michael Murray, Andreas Dolan of Pro Golf and the Kelly / Glennon family. All prizes from 14th June to 3rd October (except Moate Meats which will be included next time) have now been awarded and uncollected prizes are now in the shop.

RESULTS A.B. Oil - Club Stableford 17/10/2021 – 1st Overall – Shane Nugent (15) 45pts, 1st Cat 1 – Tommy Digan (5) 43pts, 1st Cat 2 – Kevin Lynam (9) 37pts, 1st Cat 3 – Johnny Mullally (18) 38pts, 1st Cat 4 - Noel Dunne (22) 41pts, 1st Ladies – Mary Egan (29) 37pts.

Seery’s Cash & Carry 2020 Winter League Final – 17/10/2021 – 1st - J. Mullally, J. Kelly, S. Nugent, S. Egan, T. Costelloe 153pts. 2nd - S. Lynam, J. Digan, S. Flanagan, V. Keogh, K. Lynam 144pts (b9), 3rd F. Kiernan, D. O'Connor, P. Flynn, P. Digan, D. Murphy 144pts.

13 hole Turkey 11th – 17th October 2021 (Stableford) Week 2 - 1st Cat 1 – Rory Minagh (8) 28pts, 1st Cat 2 – Ger Heavin (13) 27pts, 1st Cat 3 – Martin O’Brien (17) 31pts, 1st Cat 4 – Michael Sheridan (19) 30pts.

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – Next weekend we have an 18 hole club stableford kindly sponsored by Par 3 Restaurant / Grand Hotel Moate. The Nick Linnane & Co. sponsored Thursday Open has it’s penultimate turn for 2021 on the 21st. Week 3 of the Mens Club 13 hole Turkey competition runs from Monday 18th to Sunday 24th October. Category winners will of course bag a turkey voucher but to spread the prizes around you will be on (-2) next time out. Depending on the number of weekly entries we may have category runners up and they will be on (-1) for the following round.  

 

 

2021 GOTY – It looked like Eamon Coughlan had this in the bag but after a blank week he has Rory Minagh chasing him hard by nabbing 38pts. With just 2 weeks to go Eamon has 352pts and Rory is on 320.5pts. Tommy Digan 267pts, Sean Flanagan 252.5pts and Steve Scullion 241.5pts complete the top 5. There are now an amazing 216 players with points and Frank Kiernan is this weeks highest new entry with 34pts. My thanks as always to Padraig Keenan for keeping the table bang up to date week after week.

He's behind you..................

 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Club Notes 11/10/2021

Congratulations to popular Moate member Adrian Hiney who shared 3rd spot in the Mid-Am Open Championship in Thurles GC this weekend. Adrian shot level par 72 in each of the 3 rounds finishing just 5 shots off the overall winner. 

RESULTS Masterstone / Andrew Rafferty - Club Stableford 10/10/20211st Overall - Bernard Browne (22) 40pts, 1st Cat 1 - Shane Kelly (8) 40pts, 1st Cat 2 - Terry Coughlan (13) 40pts, 1st Cat 3 - Paddy O'Brien (16) 36pts, 1st Cat 4 - Joe Healy (23) 40pts, 1st Ladies - Carmel Foxe (40) 36pts. 

Turkeys - 13 hole - Week 1 - 10/10/2021  1st Cat 1 - Shane Kelly (8) 29pts, 1st Cat 2 - Noel Mulligan (12) 28pts, 1st Cat 3 - Andy Dunne (18) 27pts, 1st Cat 4 - John Greene (27) 2? pts. 

Brian McGowan, Michael O'Leary & Dermot McGowan all in action on Saturday afternoon. 

Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open (Stableford) 7/10/2021 – 1st Noel Curtis (13) 37pts.

13 hole Turkey 4th – 10th October 2021 (Stableford) - TBC

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – Next weekend we have an 18 hole club stableford kindly sponsored by A.B. Oil. The Nick Linnane & Co. sponsored Thursday Open has 3 more slots for the year from the 14th.

The Mens Club 13 hole Turkey competition runs from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th October. Category winners will of course bag a turkey voucher but to spread the prizes around you will be on (-2) next time out. Depending on the number of weekly entries we may have category runners up and they will be on (-1) for the following round.   

PRIZE PRESENTATION – We will have a presentation for outstanding prizes on Sunday 17th October at 8pm. All prize winners will be notified by email or text midweek depending on how you are registered on the BRS system.

2020 WINTER LEAGUE FINAL – The long overdue Winter League final will be settled while playing the 18 hole competition over the weekend of 16/17 October. We will allow more than one sub of a similar handicap if teams are missing players but the sub will be allocated by the Mens Committee. At least one member of each team has been sent an email with the qualified teams listed.

2021 CLUB MATCHPLAY FINAL – The Crozier Autoparts Club Matchplay finalists are Eddie Tynan and Cathal O’Rourke. Due to work commitments and holidays both players have agreed the final will be played in November. I’d like to thank everyone who took part for their efforts to get the matches played on time (mostly).

Here are some of our newer ladies at a lesson on Friday. My thanks to Geraldine Coughlan for these photos. 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Ladies club

Congratulations to Lady President Mary Horan on a very successful Lady Presidents Prize Day on Saturday 2nd. There was a good turnout on the day and the winners are as follows, 1st Geraldine Byrne (32) 71 nett, 2nd Geraldine Coughlan (20) 71 nett, Gross Sinead Healy (12) 85 gross, 3rd Mags Galvin (25) 72 nett, 4th Anne Healy (33) 72 nett, 5th Aideen Jordan (36) 73 nett, Past President Eileen White, Seniors Marianne Young, Front 9 Carmel Coughlan, Back 9 Mary Allen, Visitors John Horan, Men’s 1st Martin Horan, 2nd Kevin Duffy, Juniors 1st Ella Grennan and 2nd Myah Kelly. At the Presentation President Dermot Kenny, Captain Willie Smith and Lady Captain Marie Keane all complimented Lady President Mary on her day and thanked her for all the work she has put into the club over the years. The prizes were then presented. Following the presentation all present enjoyed a lovely meal provided by Aiden and his staff.  See photos below.       

The competition on Wednesday 29th was won by 1st Betty Behan (23) 38 pts, 2nd Maura Igoe (29) 36 pts and 3rd Geraldine Byrne (33) 35 pts.


Club notes 3/10/2021

Congratulations to Lady President Mary Horan who had a very successful Lady Presidents Prize on Saturday. The weather was perfect for most of the day and you can’t ask for much more than that in October. 

RESULTS T.A. Dolan Cup - Club Stableford 3/10/2021 – 1st Overall – Philip Dalton (21) 45pts, 1st Cat 1 – Tommy Digan (6) 39pts, 1st Cat 2 – Trevor Hill (13) 40pts, 1st Cat 3 – Denis Cronin (16) 39pts, 1st Cat 4 – Paul Browne (23) 40pts, 1st Ladies – Ger Byrne (32) 38pts.

Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open (Stableford) 30/9/2021 – 1st George Garvey (12) 37pts, 2nd Eamon Coughlan (8) 35pts.

13 hole re-entry 27 Sept – 3 Oct 2021 (Stableford) - 1st Martin O’Brien (17) 32pts.     

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – Next weekend we have an 18 hole club stableford kindly sponsored by Masterstone / Andrew Rafferty. The Nick Linnane & Co. sponsored Thursday Open has 4 more slots for the year starting on the 7th

The Mens Club have decided to commence the 13 hole Turkey competitions early this year. The first one will run from Monday 4th to Sunday 10th October. Category winners will of course bag a turkey voucher but to spread the prizes around you will be on (-2) next time out. Depending on the number of weekly entries we may have category runners up and they will be on (-1) for the following round.   

GOTY – Eamon Coughlan registered points for the 4th competition on the bounce to extend his lead at the top. Eamon now has 330pts; Rory Minagh is 2nd on 251.5pts and Jimmy Bradley stays 3rd on 239pts. Steve Scullion & Liam Galvin complete the top 5 on 232.5 & 231.5 respectively. Richie O’Brien with 15pts becomes the 211th member to get GOTY points.  My own fourball have a little side bet on which of us can do best in GOTY and at the minute Ger Coughlan on 190pts looks good to collect this year. I have 155pts with John Smyth on 118pts and Pat Doyle on 80pts.

PRIZE PRESENTATION – We hope to have a presentation for outstanding prizes on Sunday 17th October at 8pm (To be confirmed) All prize winners will be notified by email or text depending on how you are registered on the BRS system.

2020 WINTER LEAGUE FINAL – The long overdue Winter League final will be settled while playing the 18 hole competition over the weekend of 16/17 October. We will allow more than one sub of a similar handicap if teams are missing players but the sub will be allocated by the Mens Committee. At least one member of each team has been sent an email with the qualified teams listed.

ARCHIVES - This weeks skip down memory lane is from the Offaly Independent dated 29/3/1996.

‘The winners of the weekend competition, the re-entry on St. Patricks Weekend were 1st Mick Behan 44 points, C1 Eamon Connolly 39 points, C2 Joe Ganley 42 points, C3 Pat Byrne (Athlone) 39 points. The back 9 was won by Paddy Cushen with 22 points. Prize giving for these winners will be at 8pm on Sunday night 31st March. Last weekend was a club strokes competition; the results are posted on the noticeboard. Last Sunday also saw the Captains Prize in the Intermediate Alliance held in Moate. The Captain, John Fahy, had a great turn out and his prize was won by Moate member Kevin Lowry. Next weekend is a fourball, a members sponsored competition in the name of the Ballymore/Ballymahon/Drumraney members. A timesheet is in operation for Sunday. The competition format is Scotch Foursomes and is a re-entry with different partners. The presentation to winners of both the club competition and the fourball will be made on Easter Sunday night at 10pm.‘

 

MARY HORAN _ LADY PRESIDENTS DAY for more photos courtesy of Donal Brennan & Martin Horan.  

 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Ladies Club Notes 28/9/21

The inaugural outing of the Grainne Og Trophy sponsored by Boutique Clodagh took place yesterday. It was a huge success with 18 teams from across the midlands playing. The winners on the day were the Mullingar team of Paula Davitt, Rosemary Whelan, Siobhain Ruane and Marian Bate with 75 pts. The Moate team of Mary Horan, Loreto Boland, Joan Molloy and Carmel Foxe were runners up with 69 pts. Nearest the pin was won by Mary Kinsella from Tullamore and the longest drive by Mary Downey from Portlaoise. The raffle was won by Chris Kenna from the Heritage who also won 4th prize. All the prizes were sponsored and we thank all of them. Lady Captain Marie Keane thanked all the teams who took part and gave a small history of Grainne Og. We thank our caterer Aiden who supplied complimentary tea/coffee and scones to all the teams on arrival.       

2021 Grainne Og Trophy winners - Mullingar GC 

and the runners up from the host club - Moate GC 

                                                                            

Mrs Mary Horan’s Lady Presidents Prize is on Saturday 2nd October next. We wish Mary a very enjoyable and successful day.                                                                                                                                  

The competition on Wednesday last was sponsored by Eileen Fagan and Vera Burgoyne. The winners were 1st Grainne Costello (45) 39 pts, 2nd Veronica Colgan (14) 37 pts and 3rd Eileen Fagan (39) 36 pts. The Wednesday draws are back from Wednesday 29th and they are 8.30, 9.10, 10, 11 and 1pm. Book on line after those times.                                                                         

Lady Captain Marie Keane’s Away day is on Sunday 10th October. There is still time to sign up to go.


Club Notes 26/9/2021

I had hoped we would be starting this weeks notes by congratulating the European Ryder Cup team on a win over the USA but sadly it did not work out that way. The Americans quite simply played better golf over the 3 days and were deserving winners. The European lads led from the front by Padraig Harrington gave a good account of themselves on foreign soil. Of course everyone in Ireland but particularly within the midlands will have been delighted by the positive showing of Shane Lowry and there is no doubt the former Moate junior member will feature in many Ryder Cups of the future.

I’d like to thank the 12 guys from Lisheen Springs / Blessington Lakes area who played here on Sunday afternoon. I hope you enjoyed the course and I’m sorry we couldn’t do anything about the lashing rain for the back 9!

Finally we must congratulate our friends in Moate All Whites GAA club as they had mighty wins in the U14 girls and U17 boys football championship finals today.

Martin Horan collecting veggies, now all he needs is a big steak......

RESULTS ‘Moate Meats’ Club Stableford 26/9/2021 – 1st Overall – Joe Healy (26) 45pts, 1st Cat 1 – Tommy Digan (6) 38pts, 1st Cat 2 – Declan Murphy (11) 38pts, 1st Cat 3 – Jimmy Dolan (16) 36pts, 1st Cat 4 – Pat Doyle (20) 43pts, 1st Ladies – Marie Dolan (33) 35pts.

Here's Martin Horan about to fire a great shot onto the 8th green.

Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open (Stableford) 23/9/2021 – 1st David Connolly (14) 42pts, 2nd Louis Cunningham (8) 41pts, Gross - Eamon Coughlan (9) 29pts, 3rd Derek Milton (26) 38pts, Ladies – Margaret Maher (24) Portlaoise 34pts.   

Roger Quinn tees off on the 9th. Then the rain came..........

13 hole re-entry 20-26 September 2021 (Stableford) - 1st Joe Creggy (18) 32pts.     

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – Next weekend on Saturday it’s Mary Horans Lady Presidents Prize and we wish her all the very best for that. As is traditional with our majors Mary has a 13 hole competition for the men and this can be played alongside the TA Dolan Cup (18 hole club stableford). On the Sunday the TA Dolan Cup concludes. The Nick Linnane & Co. sponsored Thursday Open is on the 30th and the 13 hole running competition can also be played any day.

GOTY – Eamon Coughlan picked up 31 points to surge clear at the top with no one of his rivals in the top 10 registering a score. Eamon now has 309pts, Rory Minagh is 2nd on 251.5pts and Jimmy Bradley stays 3rd on 239pts. Frank Claffey with 36pts becomes the 210th member to get GOTY points.  

PRIZE PRESENTATION – We hope to have a presentation for outstanding prizes in the next couple of weeks. I will confirm the exact date after speaking to the Mens Captain. We know it’s been a while so bear with us while we organise all the vouchers and trophies. All prize winners will be notified by email or text depending on how you are registered on the BRS system.

2020 WINTER LEAGUE FINAL – The long overdue Winter League final will be settled while playing the 18 hole competition over the weekend of 16/17 October. We will allow more than one sub of a similar handicap if teams are missing players but the sub will be allocated by the Mens Committee. All team Captains will receive a communication this week.

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Club Notes 19/9/2021

Some flowers by the 6th. 

RESULTS – ‘Pro Golf’ Club Stableford 19/9/2021 – 1st Overall – Rory Minagh (9) 40pts, 1st Cat 1 – Paddy Lynam (5) 39pts, 1st Cat 2 – Tommy Lennon (12) 38pts, 1st Cat 3 – David Delaney (17) 37pts, 1st Cat 4 – Philip Dalton (23) 38pts, 1st Ladies – Joan Molloy (23) 33pts.

Calvin McGowan in action on the 12th during the 'Pro Golf' Club Stableford on Sunday. 

Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open (Stableford) 16/9/2021 – 1st Tommy Conlon (15) 38pts, 2nd Eamon Coughlan (9) 37pts, 3rd Michael Lynch Jnr (1) 37pts.  

13 hole re-entry 13-19 September 2021 (Stableford) 1st Joe Ennis (12) 32pts.     

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – Next weekend we have a club stableford competition sponsored by Moate Meats. The Nick Linnane & Co. sponsored Thursday Open is on the 23rd and the 13 hole running competition can also be played any day.

TEAM NEWS – Hot on the heels of our All Ireland runners up spot in the Barton Shield comes the news that Moate beat Tullamore in the annual Dinny White Memorial Challenge last Friday by 201 – 199. The winning team was comprised of Sean Flanagan, Ron Beattie, Brendan Daly, Ray Lynam, Eamon Coughlan, Terry Coughlan, JJ Guinan, Micheal Kelly, JJ Colgan, Mick McLoughlin, Tommy Conlon & Johnny Bridges.

Tommy Conlon & Eileen White with the Dinny White Memorial trophy. 

GOTY – Eamon Coughlan leads the way on 278pts after the Pro Golf competition was added in. Rory Minagh surges up to 2nd after winning that competition and Jimmy Bradley’s failure to register points in the last 4 outings means he slips to 3rd on 239pts. Liam Galvin has 231pts and swaps 5th for 4th with Paddy Coyne on 228pts. Philip Dalton is this weeks highest new entry with 38pts and there are now 209 members with GOTY points to their names.

Doon Society - Irish David Rohan, English David Rohan, Noel Ryan and Kevin Allen all set for the Rocky Cup.

Eugene Boland playing in the Rocky Cup. 

David Rohan presents the Rocky Cup to Matthew Boland. 

 

MATCHPLAYS – The Keenan Bauer Scotch Foursomes has reached the semifinal stages and on one side of the draw Gary Colgan & Martin Fleming will take on the Battle of Ballymore winners Vinny McCormack & Joe Ennis who overcame the stern challenge of Martin Ryan & Gareth Cassidy 4&3. Meanwhile in the bottom half Mike Hiney & Sean Egan will need their A game to take down the combination of Liam Galvin & Bert Burke.

The Crozier Autoparts Club Matchplay is also progressing nicely and Enda Jordan will play Cathal O’Rourke in the one confirmed semifinal. The outcome of the Gary Colgan / Eddie Tynan and Declan Murphy / Trevor Hill ties will determine who meets head to head in the second semi.

ANDY'S ARCHIVE – This weeks first memory jogger is from the Westmeath Examiner 8/4/2006.

“Last weekend the Ninety Lynam competition took place and 136 players braved the elements to honour the memory of one of Moate Golf Clubs former members. Although a lot of rain had fallen and the forward tees were in operation, the scoring was phenomenal with no less than 5 players recording a score of 43pts. Following a count back the winner was Niall Ruttledge who has been threatening to produce this kind of performance for a few months now. Next weekend sees the Moate Medics Prize and we thank all our sponsors for their continued support of the club throughout the year. 1st Niall Ruttledge (16) 43pts, Cat 1 Michael McLoughlin (6) 43pts, Cat 2 Kit Geoghegan (11) 43pts, Cat 3 Brendan Sheridan (18) 42pts, Back Nine – Paul Smyth (17) 24pts.”

and the second item comes from one of our loyal readers laugh Martin Horan and includes a number of our young members when they were even more youthful than they are today. 

Martin also sent in this pic of his close shave with the out of bounds today on the 9th. He assures me he went on to par it. 

 

 

 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Dinny White Memorial Match

Tommy Conlon follows in the footsteps of previous Past Captains in organising the annual Dinny White match with Tullamore GC this Friday. Best of luck to all involved. 


Dinny White Memorial Match

Tommy Conlon follows in the footsteps of previous Past Captains in organising the annual Dinny White match with Tullamore GC this Friday. Best of luck to all involved. 


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