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@eircom.netPhone: 090 64 81271

CLUB NOTES 31/5/2020

While we are absolutely delighted to be open for again we are ever conscious of the well-being and safety of employees and members alike. Strict conditions for play remain in force. The primary steps we have taken are – play is restricted to members only with no club competitions allowed. Members with any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay away. Physical distancing rules are observed by all members at all times. You cannot play if you are not booked on the BRS. Tee times must be booked via BRS or shop. Under no circumstances should you arrive at the club without booking in advance. We have adapted the BRS to 3 balls with 14 minute intervals & you can tee off from 7am - 7pm daily. Aim to arrive at the club no more than 15 minutes prior to play. Do not touch flagstick. Hire trolleys must be sanitized before use. If you must use a buggy it must be for solo use. Rakes have been removed from bunkers & you may place ball before playing from bunker. All juniors must have an adult with them while on the course. Course rangers will be on site to ensure only members are playing and that strict social distancing guidelines are being adhered to. Toilet facilities will be available but ensure you adhere to health and safety guidelines. The restaurant remains closed. 

CLUB SUB RAFFLE – We are delighted with the response to our Club Sub raffle which runs until Sunday June 7th with the draw on Monday June 8th. So delighted in fact that we have decided to add €250, €150 and €100 vouchers off next years membership as 2nd - 4th prizes.

Paddy Coyne with 2019 Peter Hill Memorial winner Sean Weldon. Sean will be back defending his title 27/28 June 2020. 

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – Here are some more archived moments from the memory vaults at the Irish & British Newspapers Archives.

 

A – Westmeath Independent 8/8/1925 – 

B – Westmeath Independent 4/3/1977 – 

C – Westmeath Examiner 30/5/1998 –

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

FREE SUB RAFFLE UPDATE

Because the response to our Free Sub Raffle Fundraiser has been so good we have added 3 more prizes!

1st Prize - Free Sub - 2nd €250 - 3rd €150 - 4th €100 - all prizes are in the form of vouchers for use against Membership in 2021.

Thanks again for your generous support.

Tickets €10 available until 7th June for anyone who hasnt yet purchased.

CLUB NOTES 24/5/2020

As part of the slight relaxing of the Covid-19 restrictions golf resumed on Monday 18th May. While we are absolutely delighted to be open for business (and pleasure) again we are very mindful of the well-being and safety of employees and members alike. Strict conditions for play remain in force. The primary steps we have taken are – Play is restricted to members only with no club competitions allowed. Members with any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay away. Physical distancing rules are observed by all members at all times. Under no circumstances should you arrive at the club without booking in advance. You cannot play if you are not booked on the BRS. Tee times must be booked via BRS or shop. We have adapted the BRS to 3 balls with 14 minute intervals & you can tee off from 7am - 7pm daily. Aim to arrive at the club no more than 15 minutes prior to play. Do not touch flagstick. Hire trolleys must be sanitized before use. If you must use a buggy it must be for solo use. Rakes have been removed from bunkers & you may place ball before playing from bunker. All juniors must have an adult with them while on the course. Course rangers will be on site to ensure only members are playing and that strict social distancing guidelines are being adhered to. Toilet facilities will be available but ensure you adhere to health and safety guidelines. The restaurant remains closed. 

New member Paul Sheridan makes his debut appearance in the notes as he prepares to launch one towards the 4th green. 

All in full bloom at the 5th. 

The limekiln looks great but it's not an ideal spot for your 2nd shot on the 9th. 

One of our many volunteers safely raking the bunkers 'after hours' so you dont have to during play. Thanks to everyone helping out in multiple ways. 

It's been a while so admire the view!

CLUB SUB RAFFLE – We are delighted with the response to our Club Sub raffle which runs until Sunday June 7th with the draw on Monday June 8th. As we’ve all been video conferencing a lot over the last few weeks we might try to go hi-tech and have the draw live on Facebook or some similar medium. We’ll keep everyone posted on that. Thank you very much to all who have supported it and if you haven’t got in the draw yet, well luckily you still have plenty of time to do so.

FIXTURE LIST 2020 We have taken the first steps on the calendar revision and more details will be on the website in the coming days. Of course everything we’re planning will depend on the Covid-19 situation improving all the while. Some fixtures will stay as they are and some will no doubt be moved as it’s a very fluid situation. The most important news for now is that we are intending to have our Captains and Presidents Prizes. Tommy Conlon’s Mens Captains Prize remains on qualifying 11/12 July with the Final on Saturday 18th July while Mags Galvin’s Lady Captains prize will switch to Sunday 23rd August. Joe Mullen’s Presidents Prize is on 15/16 August and Mary Egan’s Lady Presidents prize is on Sunday 6th September. We may have to be a bit innovative when it comes to our presentations depending on the circumstances but we’ll work on that.  

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – Here are some more archived moments from the memory vaults at the Irish & British Newspapers Archives.

A – Westmeath Independent 25/2/1956 – 

B – Westmeath Independent 20/9/1991 – 

C – Irish Independent 18/7/1995 – 

 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 17/5/2020

As part of the slight relaxing of the Covid-19 restrictions golf resumes on Monday 18th May. While we are absolutely delighted to be open for business (and pleasure) again we are very mindful of the well-being and safety of employees and members alike. Strict conditions for play have been sent to all members. The primary steps we have taken are – Play is restricted to members only with no club competitions allowed. Members with any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay away. Physical distancing rules are observed by all members at all times. Under no circumstances should you arrive at the club without booking in advance. You cannot play if you are not booked on the BRS. Tee times must be booked via BRS or shop. We have adapted the BRS to 3 balls with 14 minute intervals & you can tee off from 7am - 7pm daily.  Aim to arrive at the club no more than 15 minutes prior to play. Do not touch flagstick. Hire trolleys must be sanitized before use. If you must use a buggy it must be for solo use. Rakes have been removed from bunkers & you may place ball before playing from bunker. All juniors must have an adult with them while on the course. Course rangers will be on site to ensure strict guidelines are being adhered to. Toilet facilities will be available but ensure you adhere to health and safety guidelines. The restaurant remains closed. 

GOTY 2020  – We may be back golfing but the GOTY will not resume until we get the go ahead to hold full competitions with no travel restrictions so everyone can be included.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – Here are some more archived moments from the memory vaults at the Irish & British Newspapers Archives.

A – The Irish Independent 10/4/1913 posted the result of an Interclub match between Moate and Moystown (Offaly). 

B – Connaught Tribune 25/7/1980 

C – Irish Press 19/3/1979

D – Leinster Leader 5/8/2000 

E – Evening Herald 19/12/1968 

 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 10/5/2020

Golf’s national governing bodies – Golf Ireland, the Irish Ladies Golf Union and the Golfing Union of Ireland – have warmly welcomed the Taoiseach’s confirmation that golf courses can reopen for play on a restricted basis in the first phase of the Government’s roadmap for the easing of Covid-19 restrictions from the 18th of May.​  You can read the notice in full on www.golfnet.ie

We will make public our plans once everything is confirmed a little closer to the 18th May so until then please observe the fact that the clubhouse and course are closed to golfers. Anna is in the office 10 – 1 Monday to Friday to facilitate anyone who wishes to pay their membership fees, preferably by phone or card. While we are really looking forward to opening up again very soon we expect all members without fail to continue observing this enforced closure. We sincerely hope that all our members and their families continue to stay safe.

GOTY 2020 UPDATEWe finally got around to adding the McCarthy’s Centra points to the GOTY 2020 table. Liam Galvin heads the way on 75pts with Joe Healy right behind on 74pts and Vivian Lynam is up with the early pacesetters on 72pts. 89 players have scored points after 3 events although it might be while before we have the next counting event.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – Seeing as we remain light on current news I’ve added a few more bits and bobs from the Irish & British Newspapers Archives that I’ve been dipping into more and more lately.

A – Offaly Independent 22/1/1955 AGM details. 

B – Offaly Independent 16/6/1928 Some Moate golfers played in Clara.

C – Mayo News 17/7/2007 Dinny White’s brother wins at Claremorris.

D – Westmeath Examiner 1/2/1975 – Results. 

E – Westmeath Independent 28/2/1970 – Mens Committee photo.

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 3/5/2020

Golf’s national governing bodies – Golf Ireland, the Irish Ladies Golf Union and the Golfing Union of Ireland – have warmly welcomed the Taoiseach’s confirmation that golf courses can reopen for play on a restricted basis in the first phase of the Government’s roadmap for the easing of Covid-19 restrictions later this month.​  You can read the notice in full on www.golfnet.ie

We will make public our plans once everything is confirmed a little closer to the 18th May so until then please observe the fact that the clubhouse and course are closed to golfers. Anna is in the office 10 – 1 Monday to Friday to facilitate anyone who wishes to pay their membership fees, preferably by phone or card. While we are really looking forward to opening up again very soon we expect all members without fail to continue observing this enforced closure. We sincerely hope that all our members and their families continue to stay safe.

PHOTO GALLERY -   A few photos from Martin Horan & myself with further reminders as to how well the course is looking. 

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – Seeing as we remain light on current news I’ve added a few more bits and bobs from the Irish Newspapers Archives that I’ve been dipping into more and more lately. This week though I’ve changed tack a little and selected some non-golf related items for a few of our ‘lucky’ members!

Starting with a Wicklow People item from 15/6/1963, some of you may know that Padraig Keenan won an All-Ireland U16 Hurling title with Wicklow but I bet none of you knew that his proudest moment came when winning the U14 boys 3 legged race at Annacurra Sports. I’m told Andrew Doyle did most of the running!

According to the Westmeath Independent 11/7/1970 Clara hot shot Sean Dunne was scoring freely for Goodbody’s in an U18 soccer match.

Martin Horan is another member with an All-Ireland medal in his pocket for colleges gaelic but even that doesn’t outshine his stellar performance in the Mother Goose pantomime. See this preview in the Offaly Independent of 14/1/1972.

Mens Captain Tommy Conlon has a varied background across many sports but did you know he once led an expedition to North Africa? Well read this from the Westmeath Examiner dated 29/7/1972.

Betty Behan was probably only about 14 (wink wink) but she scored a mighty goal and set up another in a drawn Junior ‘B’ Camogie final according to the Examiner of 31/10/1981.

Next up it’s the Examiner dated 25/5/1991 and we have two for the price of one here as Lady Captain Mags Galvin and long serving member Patricia Burke were local Girl Guide leaders.

Back to the Offaly Independent of 26/7/1991 to help President Joe Mullen search for the ‘Queen of the Heather’. I wonder did he find her?

He’s not exactly renowned for either being good with his feet or particularly mobile - mind you he might give me a bit of a chasing after this -  but here’s George Garvey in a line up for an Athlone Garda soccer team. Westmeath Independent 27/8/1993.

It wouldn’t exactly be fair for me to be dredging up historical items about people unless I was prepared to include myself, so to cover that off here I am at 16 after organising a school fundraiser with some friends. Wicklow People 8/6/1984.   

 

 

Regards, 

 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 26/4/2020

As you know the Government / HSE restrictions remain in place until at least May 5th so until then please observe the fact that the clubhouse and course are closed to golfers. We expect all members without fail to observe this enforced closure and we sincerely hope that all our members and their families continue to stay safe. In the meantime we hope you enjoyed last weeks newsletter which contained some additional course news and of course a video montage to remind you how well the course is looking. I’m sure you’re exited at how great it will be when we get back playing. Thanks to those of you who emailed or texted your appreciation of the newsletter.  

Here's some photos from Martin Horan, George Garvey and myself from during the week. 

 

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – Seeing as we remain light on current news I’ve added a few more bits and bobs from the Irish Newspapers Archives that I’ve been dipping into more and more lately.

The first being from a Westmeath Independent dated 10/4/1926 – 

 

Next is from Westmeath Independent dated 28/4/1928 – 

 

Offaly Independent dated 5/11/1927 - 

Wm Examiner 4/12/2004 - 

 

 

Finally for now we jump forward to a Westmeath Examiner piece from the Clara Notes dated 5/9/1970 – 

 

Regards, 

 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 19/4/2020

As you know the Government / HSE restrictions remain in place until at least May 5th so until then please observe the fact that the clubhouse and course are closed to golfers. We expect all members without fail to observe this enforced closure and we sincerely hope that all our members and their families continue to stay safe. In the meantime keep an eye on your email inbox as I’ll be issuing a newsletter highlighting all the good work the team have done during our little break from playing.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – Seeing as we remain light on current news I’ve added a few more bits and bobs from the Irish Newspapers Archives that I’ve been dipping in an out of all week. 

Starting this week with the Westmeath Examiner 22/10/2005 – 

2. Dinny White won a Leinster Express award in 1986 as per that paper on 1/2/2003 

3. A Moate members wedding was in the Irish press of 20/1/1956. 

 

4. Next is another Westmeath Examiner snippet dated 13/9/2008 – 

5. and finally here's some notes from Ballymore Pitch & putt with some well known Moate members named, including of course Johnny Cleary. 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 12/4/2020

The latest news from the GUI was in relation to the extension of the Government led restrictions. “The extension of the Covid-19 restrictions announced until Tuesday 5 May means that golf clubs must remain closed until this time. Essential green keeping maintenance is permitted. The GUI and ILGU will in the meantime continue to engage with the governments and state agencies in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland on the need for supports to be available for golf clubs to recover from the current crisis.”

We expect all members without fail to observe this enforced closure and we sincerely hope that all our members and their families continue to stay safe.

PHOTO GALLERY - Just a few photos to keep the place fresh in our minds during our enforced absence. 

 

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – Seeing as we are light on current news I’ve added a few more bits and bobs from the Irish Newspapers Archives that I regularly delve into for hours on end.

 

1. Offaly Independent 4/10/1974 - The 90 Lynam Shield qualifier took place. 2. Westmeath Independent 28/61958 - Former Moate GC member Mona Cox is in this photo. possible some of the other ladies were members too.

3. Westmeath examiner 26/6/1971 - Teachers Prize result. 4. Westmeath Examiner 22/2/1941 - Some of the top proferssionals of the era were playing for the Red Cross Society at Mullingar GC. 

5. Westmeath Independent 28/6/1952 - A mixed foursomes report and also a Moate member qualifies as a GP. 6. Westmeath Examiner 29/6/1957 - Another result. 

7. Evening Herald 20/6/1968 - Some Moate members among the prizes at Athlone GC. 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 5/4/2020

We expect all members without fail to observe this enforced closure and we sincerely hope that all our members and their families continue to stay safe. The latest news from the GUI was in relation to course maintenance. “This follows on from significant engagement by the Unions with the relevant government agencies since last Friday. While everyone should stay at home until 12 April 2020, golf course maintenance may be considered to be an essential service which cannot be performed at home, and therefore can continue during this period. All course staff must adhere to the HSE guidelines in relation to safety and physical (social) distancing. Each golf club will have to provide course staff with identification and documentation to prove they are essential employees. This will be required should staff be stopped by An Garda Siochána while travelling to or from work. Golf clubs may, therefore, continue with essential maintenance only, and in addition to HSE guidelines, must also consider the working practices guidance from the R&A and BIGGA in doing so.

PHOTO GALLERY

My thanks to Martin Horan for these photos. The course is looking fantastic; all it needs now is golfers!

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – Seeing as we are light on current news this week I’ve added a few more bits and bobs from the Irish Newspapers Archives that I regularly frequent.

Starting this week with a letter printed in the Westmeath Ind dated 23/7/1938 where someone was clearly missing his golf much like we are now.

Westmeath Ind - 19/4/1952 - Liam Cox was in fine form.

Evening Herald 4/7/1961 - T. Dolan in action at Athlone.

 

WM EX - 18/10/1975 - Charity Open Week

WM EX - 19/7/2003 = a section of results from the Open Week

WM EX - 1/4/2006 - ladies Notes

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 29/3/2020

The latest communication from the GUI/ILGU included this “All sporting activity in Ireland has now ceased, and all golf clubs in the vast majority of European countries and many other countries worldwide – have also been asked to close. We thank our member clubs for adhering to this recommendation. The last thing the Unions would ever have wanted to do is recommend our clubs to close, but at a time of global emergency, golf must show solidarity with those around us, in our towns, villages and communities across the island.”

RESULTS – McCarthy’s Centra Moate Club Stableford 22/3/2020

1st Overall – Paul Connellan (19) 44pts, 1st Cat 1 – Jimmy Digan (6) 39pts, 1st Cat 2 – Michael Johnston (11) 40pts, 1st Cat 3 – Tommy Campbell (17) 41pts, 1st Cat 4 – Kevin Lynam (19) 41pts, 1st Ladies – Sinead Healy (12) 38pts.

MIDLANDS INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – Eddie Kings Captains Prize in Glasson GC has been rescheduled to Sunday 27th September 2020.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – Heres a few bits and bobs from the Irish Newspapers Archives that I regularly frequent.

Starting with  Westmeath Independent dated 1/6/1901 –

Next up it’s the Offaly Independent of 7/6/1930 –

Finally for this week it’s the Westmeath Examiner of 29/5/1971 –

 

and a reminder of what we have to look forward to in a few weeks.....

 

 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

COVID 19 OPERATIONAL UPDATE
Unfortunately despite our best efforts to remain open to facilitate golf for our members we will close immediately until 19th April as recommended below by the GUI & ILGU this evening.
 
For the time being Green Keeping staff will continue their normal working routine in maintaining the course and Anna will be in the shop to ensure there is nobody going against our instructions. It is important everyone is aware that the course is completely off limits to all. A message will also be on the BRS for every day up to and including 19th April.
 
We expect all members without fail to observe this enforced closure and we sincerely hope that all our members and their families stay safe during this tragic intrusion into our daily lives.
 
Regards,
 
Andy
 
Andy Dunne
Hon Secretary
Moate Golf Club
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FAO: All members, officials, staff 

GUI & ILGU Recommend Golf Clubs & Facilities To Close 

Urgent response requires all golf clubs, courses and facilities to close 

Following the recent announcements by the UK and Irish Governments in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, the GUI and ILGU recommend that all golf clubs, practice facilities and courses across the island close with immediate effect until April 19th 2020. While golf is an outdoor sport that allows players to exercise in the fresh air, the message is clear. People must stay at home to help to contain the spread of COVID-19.  The Unions recognise the need clubs may have for business support at this time. We will monitor options available and engage with the relevant sporting bodies in due course to make representations for our member clubs. We know that these decisions are difficult ones to make, but right now, it is our shared responsibility to prioritise the health of our local communities by working together to follow the respective Government guidelines. In doing so, this will ensure that we get the opportunity to play the game that we all love as soon as it is safe to do so. For security and essential maintenance purposes, greenkeeping staff can still attend work. All work must be carried out in strict accordance with government guidelines on physical (social) distancing. Clubs should divide course staff into two teams where possible and if one becomes unavailable, the other team will still be okay to work. You will appreciate that this is a very fluid situation with new developments almost daily. We will continue to liaise with the appropriate authorities, and will ensure that our clubs are kept informed as to recommended best practice at all times. 

HSE: http://www.hse.ie  or PHANI:  https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/

Alan Kelly

Communications & Academy Manager

Golfing Union of Ireland

 
WL FINAL POSTPONED
Due to the ongoing Covid 19 situation we have decided to postpone the Seery's Cash & Carry Winter League final indefinitely.
 
This decision was primarily taken with the best interests of all our members at heart. It would be unfair to expect anyone who was self isolating for whatever reason to forfeit their place having played all Winter.
 
All finalists names will be removed from Sundays timesheet and they can rebook themselves for the Adrian Kennedy Memorial stableford competition which at this time is still going ahead.
LADIES CLUB

Ladies for the duration of the Covid 19 Virus 'emergency' the ladies draw times on Wednesday are suspended. Those who wish to play in the Wednesday competitions or who wish to play at any time are asked to book their time online on the BRS. We also ask that you do not congregate in the changing room or around the clubhouse and that you practice social distancing on the course.

The White Elephant scramble competition on St Patrick's Day was won by Ella Grennan, Joan Molloy and Veronica Colgan. The runners up were Marie Keane, Carmel Foxe and Helen Clarke.

The 18 hole competitions will begin next week.

 

CLUB NOTES 22/3/2020

Moate Golf Club has decided that we cannot accommodate general green fees or societies at this difficult time, however visitors accompanied by members will be facilitated for the time being. Juniors are not allowed on the course without at least one adult per group.

A sign of the times unfortunately 2 examples of social distancing on the golf course.

The latest statement from the GUI & ILGU said they recognise the significant impact that the current Coronavirus / COVID-19 crisis is having on golf clubs across Ireland. While areas within golf clubhouses may not be available due to the need for social distancing, the sport remains open and accessible. Club membership has never been more important.  Golf club members can still play and enjoy their golf while acting within the guidelines issued by the Health Service Executive in the Republic of Ireland and Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland. Visitors (e.g. societies, open days) either require some form of screening or should be discouraged for the time being. As it stands, the period of restriction is due to end on 29th March 2020, however it is anticipated that this will be extended. To provide competitors and host venues certainty for the immediate future, all GUI and ILGU Championships, inter-club matches and practice sessions, Provincial, District, Regional, National Coaching and World Handicap System meetings scheduled up to and including 30th April 2020 will not take place.

RESULTS – Will be available on Tuesday nights for the foreseeable future as we recognise the difficulties faced by committee members processing cards.

UPCOMING FIXTURES – A new 13 hole weekly competition starts on Monday 23rd March entry is €5 with a €3 re-entry. Next weekend we have our Seery’s Cash & Carry Winter League Final on the Sunday morning. Tee times have been allocated on the BRS and as it’s not a shotgun start players can also enter in the Adrian Kennedy Memorial stableford competition at the same time.   

Even with a big ball Martin Horan found the drain on 3!

GOLFER OF THE YEAR 2020 – The table will be updated on Tuesday night to include todays McCarthy Centra competition.

ANDY'S ARCHIVES - It's been a few weeks since I've had time to include these but here are 4 more items from the history books, or should I say papers.

1. Westmeath Examiner 6/12/1997 with some results.

2. Connaught Tribune 22/8/2002 and Moate GC is mentioned in the Oughterard GC notes

3. Westmeath Ind 29/10/1960 - Elvery Cup and Presidents Cup details.

4. Longford Leader 8/9/1989

DIVOTS & PITCH MARKS – It is particularly important that everyone please continue to protect the course while it is softer than usual and ensure that all pitch marks and divots are repaired.

MIDLANDS INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – The results from the previous outing in Athlone reached me today and the winners were – 1st Liam Reynolds (Moate) 32pts, 2nd Paddy Coyne (Moate) 31pts, 3rd Eddie King 30pts. Eddie Kings Captains prize takes place next weekend in Glasson GC from 10.20 to 12.30 and you can ring Paddy on 085 2485177 or Ciaran at 086 8053203.

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB UPDATE RE COVID 19

COVID 19 EMERGENCY

MOATE GOLF CLUB PROCEDURAL UPDATE 18/3/2020

 

To date we have been extremely fortunate in that the GUI & ILGU are encouraging golfers to get out and enjoy the sport we all love so much while observing the HSE guidelines and social awareness to protect everyone.

We are trying to keep things as normal as possible at the club but that grows increasingly difficult day by day so we need your full cooperation in assisting us to protect both staff and members while we can stay open for golf.

From Thursday 19th March we have introduced the following measures:

  • There will be no access to the shop via internal door.

  • Only one person at a time can enter via the shop front door.

  • Please pay by card or exact cash to minimise the handling of money / change.

  • Entry details will still be recorded by shop staff but scorecards will be immediately inside the door and must be completed by the golfers.

  • We are very conscious of the fact that a great deal of hard work is done by volunteers so committee members and or staff must wear disposable gloves when processing scorecards or handling cash. Otherwise competitions may have to be abandoned.

This is in addition to:

  • Bunkers are out of play so there is no need to touch rake handles.

  • Flags should be left in as often as possible to minimise contact.

  • Keep a sensible distance apart from your fellow players.

  • Elbow bumps are the way forward in thanking playing partners. A simple verbal thank you works too of course!

  • The restaurant is closed until further notice.

  • There will be no gathering for presentations.

  • There will be no shotgun starts.

Please follow all possible hand hygiene guidelines from the HSE at all times to help prevent the spread of this pandemic.

Further measure may be implemented as and when they are necessitated so please watch for updates, stay safe and enjoy your golf.  

CLUB NOTES 15/3/2020

I’d like to offer the latest advice from the GUI which will determine how we operate as golf club over the coming weeks. The restrictions (until Sunday 29th March) do not prevent club competitions or casual rounds of golf taking place, however we need to be cognisant of the social nature of our game and how this element of it is impacted.


Golf is a great sport for people generally to get out and about, exercise and enjoy fresh air. 
It is played in an outdoor setting where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low. 
All golf clubs should, at this time, aim to keep their members and staff safe and well. 


As such, everyone should be keenly aware of the vulnerabilities golf clubs will face: 
- The older age profile of golf club memberships than of the general population must be borne in mind.
- Groups having close and prolonged contact should be avoided.
-The social aspect of golf clubs should be curtailed, including limiting the potential for the following types of social interaction in accordance with the guidelines as issued today.
-Siren / shotgun starts with people congregating before and after are discouraged for the time being.
-Prolonged near contact clubhouse-based activities is to be avoided.
-Visitors either require some form of screening or should be discouraged for the time being.
-Society bookings where food and social interaction is involved afterwards should be limited in accordance with the latest guidance​
-Common courtesies – handshakes and other embraces associated with the etiquette of the game – should be avoided and participants may bump elbows as an alternative.
-Social meals for groups in the clubhouse, including at inter-club matches, should be avoided.

RESULTS

Club 18 hole V - Par sponsored by Ganly’s of Athlone – 15/3/2020

1st Overall – Vivian Lynam (17) 8 up,

1st Cat 1 – George Garvey (8) 5 up,

1st Cat 2 – Sean Dunne (11) 6 up,

1st Cat 3 – Gabriel Buckley (16) 6 up,

1st Cat 4 – Joe Healy (21) 4 up,

Ladies 1st – Sinead Healy (12) Level.

Pat Malone playing in the Ganly's Hardware V Par competition on Saturday.

2020 MEMBERSHIP – While our thanks go to those who have already obliged with their fees for this year we must now ask everyone else to please ensure that your 2020 membership payment is made as quickly as possible. For anyone using the flexible payment direct debit option things have got even simpler, as ‘we have an app for that’ and I’d urge anyone interested in this facility to contact our Administrator Anna O’Brien on 090 648 1271.

UPCOMING FIXTURES – Starting on Monday 16th March we will run weekly 13 hole competitions for the duration of ‘the emergency’ and it’s €5 with a €3 re-entry. On Tuesday 17th we have an 18 hole open stableford for St. Patrick’s Day. Next weekend for our third 18 hole competition of the season we have a club stableford competition kindly sponsored by McCarthy’s Centra, Moate.

GOLFER OF THE YEAR 2020 – The table has now been updated to include our 2nd competition of the new season. Joe Healy & Vivian Lynam share the top spot on 72pts apiece with Liam Galvin in close contention on 67pts. Already 66 players have scored points and that includes Eamonn Grennan in 66th place on 1pt.

DIVOTS & PITCH MARKS – It is particularly important that everyone please continue to protect the course while it is softer than usual and ensure that all pitch marks and divots are repaired.

MOATE RESTAURANT / MW CATERING – Pauric has asked me to share with you that he will be closed for an indefinite period due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic.

MIDLANDS INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – No results received from the outing in Athlone today but I’ll publish them when they arrive.

 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

DRAW FOR WHITE ELEPHANT SCRAMBLE ON ST PATRICKS DAY

SThe draw for the White Elephant Scramble is as follows

12.30 Sinead Healy, Betty Behan and Ann Meade 

12.40 

12 50 Ella Grenan, Carmel Coughlan and Noeleen Dennahy

01 00 

01 10 Mary Egan, Oonagh Jordan and Carmel Mackey

01 20 Veronica Colgan, Marie Dolan and Madeline Keneghan

01 30 Kathleen Conlon, Joan Molloy and Ester Hynes

01 40 Marie Keane, Carmel Foxe and Helen Clarke

01 50 Noleen Fox, Mary Dolan and Bernie Lennon

02 00 Mary Horan, Marianne Young and Pattie Costello

02 10  Mags Galvin, Ger Byrne and Grainne Costello 

Because of the Covid 19 Virus the committee asks that players do not congregate in the locker room before playing

Please come as near to your draw time as possible

Try and stay 2 meters apart on the course

Thank you.

TABLE QUIZ POSTPONEMENT
In light of the enhanced Covid19 restrictions announced today we have had to defer the Table Quiz which was to be on Friday 20th March. Just think of it as extra study time and we'll announce a new date when we get the all clear!
CLUB NOTES 8/3/2020

It was with great sadness that many of us turned out on Saturday to form a deserved guard of honour at the funeral in Ballinahown for the recently departed Kieran Heavin. Kieran was always an ardent supporter of the club and served with distinction as member, Captain & President. As has often been said and heard over the last few days Kieran was an absolute gentleman and he will be very much missed by all of us in Moate Golf Club.

Although the fact that I only scored 4pts over the last 5 holes wouldn’t suggest this, I actually was delighted to get back to playing a competition over 18 holes today. I hope everyone else who played enjoyed it as much (or more) and we thank you for taking part. As our Winter League Final got pushed back to Sunday 29th March it will most likely be the date for our next presentation too and we’ll catch up on all the outstanding prizes over the last couple of months so please bear with us on that.

RESULTS

Club 18 hole Stableford sponsored by MW Catering – 8/3/2020

1st Overall – Micheal Kelly (9) 41pts,

1st Cat 1 – Liam Galvin (5) 40pts,

1st Cat 2 – Stephen O’Brien (10) 39pts,

1st Cat 3 – Michael O’Brien (18) 41pts,

1st Cat 4 – John Kelly (19) 40pts,

Ladies 1st – Sinead Healy (12) 37pts.

2020 MEMBERSHIP – While our thanks go to those who have already obliged with their fees for this year we must now ask everyone else to please ensure that your 2020 membership payment is made as quickly as possible. For anyone using the flexible payment direct debit option things have got even simpler, as ‘we have an app for that’ and I’d urge anyone interested in this facility to contact our Administrator Anna O’Brien on 090 648 1271.

UPCOMING FIXTURES – Next weekend for our second 18 hole competition of the season we have a club ‘V Par’ competition. Golfer of the Year updates will commence from next weekend.

 

DIVOTS & PITCH MARKS – It is particularly important that everyone please continue to protect the course while it is softer than usual and ensure that all pitch marks and divots are repaired.

MIDLANDS INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – It’s a busy month for the Intermediate Alliance with the 2nd of 3 outings being next Sunday in Athlone GC with tee times from 10-12. Further details can be obtained from Paddy Coyne on 085 248 5177.

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

KIERAN HEAVIN RIP

As a mark of respect to the recently deceased Mr. Kieran Heavin, (Captain 2004 & President 2017), the course will close at 3pm on Saturday as Kieran's funeral mass will take place in St Colmcille's Church, Ballinahown at 3pm. A guard of honour will be formed at 2.30 outside the church. Kieran will be greatly missed by all of us In Moate Golf Club and we send our sincere condolences to the Heavin family. May he Rest in Peace.

LADIES CLUB

Despite the dreadful weather during the month of February, Lady Captain Mags Galvin and Captain Tommy Conlon must be in favour with the man above as their Drive In on Sunday only had a couple of showers. It was a successful day with most people turning up to play in the scramble. Lady Captain Mags drove off in the new ladies club jumper which was admired by all. After the golf there was a presentation in the club at which both Captains were joined by members of their families.

The annual White Elephant competition on St Patrick's Day will again be a scramble this year. If interested in playing please put your name on the sheet on the notice board.

There will be a Table Quiz in the Club on Friday 20th March.

CLUB NOTES 1/3/2020

Although the record breaking February rainfall did it’s best to upset our plans we were delighted to be able to get the Captains Drive In scramble for 2020 played on Sunday. 17 teams turned out to honour Mags Galvin & Tommy Conlon with both hitting solid drives down the 1st fairway, although there did seem to be a slight echo of timber on Tommy’s one! At the presentation afterwards Presidents Joe & Mary along with Captains Tommy & Mags spoke well praising the work of the greenkeeping staff and committees. We all wish them the very best for the year ahead.

RESULTS

Tommy Conlon / Mags Galvin Captains Drive In 1/3/2020 (15 hole Scramble)

1st – Rory Minagh, Gary Colgan, Geraldine Byrne, Martin Fleming – 41.3

2nd – Declan Bastic, Alison Couper, Shane Nugent, Tommy Campbell – 42.5

Club 13 hole Stableford – 29/2/2020

1st Ollie Seery (16) 29pts.

CAPTAINS DRIVE IN PHOTO GALLERY -

1. Check in, 2. The crowd assembles.

3. Vivian Lynam & Pat Fox are itching to get going. 4. Martin Horan & Willie Colgan

5. Lady Captain Mags Galvin modelling the new ladies club jumper.

6. President Joe Mullen 7. Willie Digan & sister Lady Captain Mags.

8. Lady Captain Mags Galvin takes aim!

9. Mens Captain Tommy Conlon lets rip at the drive in.

10. Mens Captain Tommy Conlon. Lady President Mary Egan, Mens President Joe Mullen & Lady Captain Mags Galvin.

11. Micheal Kelly with a tricky one at the 4th, watched by team mates Carmel Carroll & Pat Byrne.

12. Past President Kevin Lowry has picked out a spot for his photo! 13. Jimmy Kassaris receives his Captains photo.

14. The new boss! Mens captain Tommy Conlon

15. Shane Nugent representing the runners up. 16. Gary Colgan, Martin Fleming & Rory Minagh in the winners circle.

 

2020 MEMBERSHIP – While our thanks go to those who have already obliged with their fees for this year we must now ask everyone else to please ensure that your 2020 membership payment is made as quickly as possible. For anyone using the flexible payment direct debit option things have got even simpler, as ‘we have an app for that’ and I’d urge anyone interested in this facility to contact our Administrator Anna O’Brien on 090 648 1271.

UPCOMING FIXTURES – Next weekend sees the first 18 hole competition of the season with a club 18 hole stableford generously sponsored by our good friends Tony & Pauric of MW Catering. This event will also kick off our Golfer of the Year for 2020.

DIVOTS & PITCH MARKS – It is particularly important that everyone please continue to protect the course while it is softer than usual and ensure that all pitch marks and divots are repaired.

 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CAPTAINS DRIVE IN - TEE DRAW 1/3/2020

CAPTAINS DRIVE IN - TEE DRAW 1/3/2020

HOPEFULLY WE WILL GET TO PLAY THIS SCRAMBEL OVER 15 HOLES.

SUNDAY CHECK IN 11 (OR BEFORE) DRIVE IN 11.30  - SHOTGUN START 12.00

PLEASE NOTIFY ANNA IN THE SHOP OR ANDY DUNNE (BY TEXT ONLY PLEASE 086 0556336) IF YOU CANNOT PLAY ON SUNDAY.

 

HOLE PLAYER HC PLAYER HC PLAYER HC PLAYER HC
1 MAGS GALVIN 21 TOMMY CONLON 12 JOE MULLEN 13 MARY EGAN 25
1A JOE CREGGY 17 BETTY BEHAN 21 WILLIE SMITH 28 MARIE KEANE 29
2 BRENDAN DALY 8 JOHN HENRY 13 VIVIAN LYNAM 17 MARY HORAN 26
3 WILLIE DIGAN 6 JIMMY KASSARIS 14 JOE CASEY 22 SINEAD HEALY 12
3A WILLIE COLGAN 11 MICHAEL GALVIN 13 JOE HEALY 20 CARMEL CONNOLLY 12
4     PAT FOX 17 SHANE KELLY   THERESA CLEARY 29
5 TONY SHINE 5 PHIL BEHAN 12     MARY KERRIGAN 27
6 WILLIAM FLEMING 10 SEAN EGAN 14 GABRIEL BUCKLEY 16 VERONICA COLGAN 15
6A DARREN ROSNEY 11 RAY DONOGHUE 13 PADRAIG SHINE 19 MARIE DOLAN 32
7 PAUL JACOB 6 DAVID MULLEN 12 EAMON GRENNAN 24 ELLA GRENNAN 21
8 MICHAEL LYNCH (ATH) 10 MAL KELLY 13 MICHAEL BRODER 17 BREDA KELLY 21
9 SEAMUS DOLAN 10 MARTIN FLEMING 13     MICHAEL MULLEN 22
10 DECLAN BASTIC 11 SHANE NUGENT 15 TOMMY CAMPBELL 17 PAUL BROWNE 26
10A                
11 RORY MINAGH 6 GARY COLGAN 14 FRANK EGAN 15 GERALDINE BYRNE 34
12 EAMON COUGHLAN 7 JJ GUINAN 14 KIERAN LOWRY 17 ALISON COUPER 22
13 TOMMY DIGAN 5 MARTIN HORAN 15 OLLIE SEERY 16 MARIAN MULLEN 44
13A LIAM GALVIN 5 BENNY HANNIFFY 13 JOHNNY MULLALLY 18 KEVIN LOWRY 25
17 MICHEAL KELLY 9 ANDY DUNNE 15 PAT BYRNE 22 CARMEL CARROLL 23
18 BERT BURKE 4 MIKE HINEY 13 MICK O'BRIEN 18 ANN LEDWITH 27
CLUB NOTES 23/2/2020

RESULTS – Club 13 hole Stableford – 23/2/2020

1st Cat 1 – Bert Burke (4) 27pts, 1st Cat 2 – Martin Fleming (13) 30pts, 1st Cat 3 – Hugh Flanagan (15) 29pts, 1st Cat 4 – Philip Dully (23) 30pts, 1st Ladies – Ann Ledwith (26) 23pts.

2020 MEMBERSHIP –  While our thanks go to those who have already obliged with their fees for this year we must now ask that the 2020 membership payment is made by next weekend. All categories of membership will be covered under our flexible payment direct debit option and I’d urge anyone interested in this facility to contact our Administrator Anna O’Brien on 090 648 1271.

UPCOMING FIXTURES – I jumped the gun last week announcing it as the last 13 hole competition, in fact it’s only now the final 13 hole event which runs from Monday 24th to Saturday 29th February. The entry sheet for Tommy Conlon / Mags Galvin Captains Drive In Scramble (Sunday March 1st) is in the shop so please get your name down on the list immediately as will publish the teams and tee draw on Friday evening.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2019/2020 – As the last few holes were unusually wet it was decided to defer the Winter League Final by a month rather than refixing it too soon and risking a second cancellation. It’s not ideal but the extremely persistent wet weather has prevailed on this occasion. We had hope to use March 22nd but then discovered that it’s Mother’s Day so that’s a non-runner. Sunday March 29th is the new date from 9 – 12.10 with pre-allocated tee times and you will get a BRS email with your time. While there will be a little flexibility with swapping times you must play between 9 & 12.10 on Sunday 29th and you cannot swap to a time where one of your team mates is playing.

DIVOTS & PITCH MARKS – It is particularly important that everyone please continue to protect the course and ensure that pitch marks and divots are repaired.

MIDLANDS INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE  – The Intermediate Alliance have an outing to the K Club next Sunday with tee times from 10-12. Contact Paddy on 085 2485177 or Ciaran at 086 8053203 for further details.

ANDY'S ARCHIVE - Here's another 5 items from the past via my subscription to Irish Newspapers Archive.

1. Some notes about an upcoming match from Westmeath Independent 13/5/1950.

2. Results of our 'Grand National Draw' in the Irish Independent of 6/4/1940.

3. Results posted in the WM Independent of 8/3/1952

4. Another Moate GC draw result this time  in 14/4/1941's Irish Independent.

and finally 5. very appropriate seeing as 2020 drive in is next week, news of the Captains Drive in from WM Examiner of  5/3/1988

 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

SEERY'S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE FINAL
The Mens Club Committee met earlier tonight and decided that there would be no extension to the qualifying period even if the final doesn't go ahead on Sunday due to the weather / course conditions. It would be unfair if someone played a round or rounds after the qualifying date and knocked another team out of the final as a result.
 
A decision will be made known to everyone after an inspection on Saturday afternoon. If the final is not able to proceed on Sunday it will be pushed out to 22nd March.
 
Rory Minagh (Team 16) was drawn for the wildcard spot.
The tee allocation and final tables for 2020 is as follows:
Tee Box Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4
1 TOMMY CONLON T22 WILLIE COLGAN T18 BERT BURKE T24 FRANK KIERNAN T26
1A GARY COLGAN T18 PAT DOYLE T2 DOM FITZPATRICK T6 JIMMY DOLAN T15
2 PAT FLYNN T26 KEVIN LYNAM T6 TOMMY DIGAN T22 JOHN SMYTH T2
3 PADDY EGAN T1 SEAMUS DOLAN T22 JOHN KELLY T21 SEAMUS MCCORMACK T14
4 JAMAL SABIR T24 VAL KEOGH T6 PAUL JACOB T12 GEORGE GARVEY T16
5 MICHAEL MURRAY T10 PAUL CONNELLAN T15 WILLIE DIGAN T24 GABRIEL BUCKLEY T1
6 NOEL POYNTON T21 WILLIE COGHLAN T7 FINBAR FIELDING T10 GARETH CASSIDY T14
7 DANNY CONLON T23 MARTIN RYAN T14 SEAMUS LYNAM T6 SHANE NUGENT T21
8 MICK GALVIN T12 JOE DIGAN T23 NOEL MULLIGAN T16 BRIAN COSTELLO T7
9 JIMMY DIGAN T7 BRENDAN MAGEE T18 MICHAEL JOHNSTON T16 BRIAN BROWNE T23
10 EOIN GAFFEY T18 DEREK DALY T10 ADRIAN CONROY T16 DARREN ROSNEY T1
11 SEAN G CONNELL T12 MARTIN HORAN T2 MICHAEL BRODER T7 TOSH GALVIN T24
12 SEAMUS BUCKLEY T1 GERRY JORDAN T13 VERONICA COLGAN T18 TRACEY REDMOND T10
13 AIDAN LENNON T13 VINNY MCCORMACK T14 PADRAIG KEENAN T12 ANDY DUNNE T2
14 DAVID DIGAN T23 JIMMY KASSARIS T22 JOE CASEY T1 RAY JOYCE T15
14A PAT MALONE ATH T15 PADDY LYNAM T6 MICK MCLOUGHLIN T23 GER HEAVIN T7
15 JOHNNY MULLALLY T21 MICHAEL GANTLEY T12 NEIL FUREY T15 KEITH REDMOND T10
16 PHILIP DULLY T13 BENNY GREHAM T26 TOMMY COSTELLOE T21 RORY MINAGH T16
17 LIAM GALVIN T24 MICK O'BRIEN T13 JOE ENNIS T14 CATHAL O'ROURKE T26
18 GER COUGHLAN T2 RAY LYNAM T22 JACK RYAN T13 DECLAN MURPHY T26
CLUB NOTES 16/2/2020

There are no results this week as the 13 hole club competition has been extended to Saturday 22nd in light of the limited opportunities to play during the week thanks to Storm Dennis.

2020 MEMBERSHIP – Our annual fees remain the same as 2018 & 2019 and you cannot say that about every club so for all prospective new or returning members out there that’s great news. Although the due date is end of February the treasurer would certainly appreciate it if you can help avoid a stampede to the office on deadline day by paying as early as is convenient. Our thanks go to those who have already obliged. All categories of membership will be covered under our flexible payment direct debit option and I’d urge anyone interested in this facility to contact our Administrator Anna O’Brien on 090 648 1271.

Ruben Diaz Velazquez launches a drive on the 6th on Sunday.

UPCOMING FIXTURES – The now final 13 hole weekly competition has been extended to Saturday 22nd February. All winners of ‘turkey vouchers’ pre-Christmas and category winners in these 2020 competitions are -2pts for each win until the conclusion of the 13 hole series. The -2 might not be shown on the results but rest assured it’s being deducted. The Seery’s Cash & Carry Winter League Final is on Sunday 23rd February with a 10.30 shotgun start. The entry sheet for Tommy Conlon / Mags Galvin Captains Drive In Scramble for Sunday March 1st is now in the shop so please get your name down on the list as early as you can.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2019/2020 – The qualifying table has now been updated on the website and includes all rounds played to date. The top 14 teams all stayed as they were but the team in 15th, Team 29 Noel Ryan have been squeezed out by Team 7 Ger Heavin who jumped up 5 places to 15th. Team 29 do have 2 rounds left to play but may or may not get them played in time.  If your team is not in the top 15, to qualify for the wildcard draw the team must have played all 30 rounds and only non-qualifiers who have played their 6 individual rounds can be considered by the Committee to sub in for missing finalists.

DIVOTS & PITCH MARKS – Please continue to protect the course as it’s vital in these damp conditions that pitch marks and divots are repaired.

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

LADIES CLUB

The 1st competition results for 2020 are the results of the Winter Running Competition. The winners are 1st Oonagh Jordan (38) with 55pts, 2nd Loreto Boland (16) 53 pts, 3rd Betty Behan (21) 52 pts and 4th Sinead Healy (12) 52 pts.

The draw for teams for the  Winter League matchplay has been made and all players notified - first match to be played by 23rd February.

The Captains Drive in for Lady Captain Mags Galvin and Captain Tommy Conlon is on Sunday 1st March.

CLUB NOTES 9/2/2020

I’m sure many were disappointed that Storm Ciara wiped out play on Sunday but as usual that was outside of our control. We appreciate everyone who supported our competition and Seery’s Cash & Carry Winter League during this week and say well done to all our prize winners. The entry sheet for Tommy Conlon / Mags Galvin Captains Drive In on Sunday March 1st is now in the shop so hopefully we will start seeing your names being added to it in the coming week or two.  

RESULTS – 13 Hole Club Competition 9/2/2020

Cat 1 – 1st George Garvey (8) 30pts, Cat 2 – 1st Mick Lynch (Ath) (10) 29pts, Cat 3 – 1st Jimmy Kassaris (14) 30pts, Cat 4 – 1st Pat Malone (Ath) (20) 28pts, Ladies – 1st Beth Dunne (15) 27pts.

2020 MEMBERSHIP – Or annual fees remain the same as 2018 & 2019 and you cannot say that about every club so for all prospective new or returning members out there that’s great news. Although the due date is end of February the treasurer would certainly appreciate it if you can help avoid a stampede to the office on deadline day by paying as early as is convenient. Our thanks go to those who have already obliged. All categories of membership will be covered under our flexible payment direct debit option and I’d urge anyone interested in this facility to contact our Administrator Anna O’Brien on 090 648 1271.

UPCOMING FIXTURES – The latest 13 hole weekly competition runs from Monday 10th February to Sunday 16th February. All winners of ‘turkey vouchers’ pre-Christmas and category winners in these 2020 competitions are -2pts for each win until the conclusion of the 13 hole series. The -2 might not be shown on the results but rest assured it’s being deducted. Seery's Cash & Carry Winter League rounds can be played any day but please be mindful that the final day for qualifying rounds is Wednesday 19th February. The wildcard draw / tee allocation will be posted that night as the final is on Sunday 23rd.The Gents Fixture list for 2020 is taking shape very nicely and while it’s not 100% set in stone yet as some sponsors are yet to be confirmed but the provisional list will be posted to the website this week. Up to the end of May is already there in fact.  

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2019/2020 – The qualifying table has now been updated on the website and includes all rounds played to date. There were not a lot of changes overall this week but once again we do have new leaders. Team 1 Gabriel Buckley storm up from 13th to take over the top spot with 560pts and they still have 4 rounds left too. Team 12 Paul Jacob have completed their rounds and are 2nd on 559pts.  No other major moves in either direction and interestingly no team dropped out of the top 15. If your team is not in the top 15, to qualify for the wildcard draw the team must have played all 30 rounds and only non-qualifiers who have played their 6 individual rounds can be considered by the Committee to sub in for missing finalists. For some teams a late flourish might yet be enough to qualify but more than last years 505pts - 532pts will be required.  

INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – Athlone GC is the venue for next Sunday’s outing (16th) with tee times from 10-12.

DIVOTS & PITCH MARKS – Please continue to protect the course as it’s vital in these damp conditions that pitch marks and divots are repaired.

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

LADIES WINTER LEAGUE MATCHPLAY DRAW

The Draw for the Ladies Winter League Matchplay is as follows.

Team A - Pearse Corbett, Betty Behan, Mary Horan

Team B - Veronica Colgan, Carmel Carroll, Mary Egan

Team C - Loreto Boland, Mags Galvin, Marie Keane

Team D - Beth Dunne, Noeleen Fox, Marie Dolan

Team A to play Team D and Team B to play Team C.

1st match to be played by 23rd February and Final to be played by 15th March

 

CLUB NOTES 2/2/2020

It’s nice when something local happens that we can all be proud of so our heartiest congratulations go to Moate All Whites GAA club on their ballad group’s All Ireland winning performance in Scor na Nog. It really is a fantastic achievement. We appreciate everyone who supported our competition and Seery’s Cash & Carry Winter League this week.

RESULTS – 13 Hole Club Competition 2/2/2020

Cat 1 – 1st Liam Galvin (5) 29pts, Cat 2 – 1st Willie Fleming (10) 32pts

Cat 3 – 1st Johnny Mullally (18) 32pts, Cat 4 – 1st Kevin Duffy (19) 33pts

Ladies – 1st Veronica Colgan (15) 22pts

2020 MEMBERSHIP – Or annual fees remain the same as 2018 & 2019 and you cannot say that about every club so for all prospective new or returning members out there that’s great news. Although the due date is end of February the treasurer would certainly appreciate it if you can help avoid a stampede to the office on deadline day by paying as early as is convenient. Our thanks go to those who have already obliged. All categories of membership will be covered under our flexible payment direct debit option and I’d urge anyone interested in this facility to contact our Administrator Anna O’Brien on 090 648 1271.

UPCOMING FIXTURES – The latest 13 hole weekly competition runs from Monday 3rd February to Sunday 9th February. All winners of ‘turkey vouchers’ pre-Christmas and category winners in these 2020 competitions are -2pts for each win until the conclusion of the 13 hole series. Seery's Cash & Carry Winter League rounds can be played any day but please be mindful that the final day for qualifying rounds is Wednesday 19th February. The wildcard draw / tee allocation will be posted that night as the final is on Sunday 23rd.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2019/2020 – The qualifying table has now been updated on the website and includes all cards played to date. There were not a lot of changes overall this week but we do have new leaders. Team 12 so brilliantly commanded by Paul Jacob are on 558pts with Team 26 Benny Greham now 2nd on 552pts. Team 23 Danny Conlon hold on to 3rd with 550pts. The biggest move upwards this week was for Team 29 Gerry Brazil who go up 6 spots to 15th and just 2 teams with little drops of 2 places to mention with Team 3 Mike Hiney & Team 30 Richie O’Brien going to 17th & 21st respectively. If your team is not in the top 15, to qualify for the wildcard draw the team must have played all 30 rounds and only non-qualifiers who have played their 6 individual rounds can be considered by the Committee to sub in for missing finalists. For some teams a late flourish might yet be enough to qualify but more than last years 505pts - 532pts will be required.  

DIVOTS & PITCH MARKS – It may come as a surprise to some but scientific study has shown that divots and pitch marks do not repair themselves. This means it is the responsibility of every member and visitor to repair them to protest the course. This isn’t the first request to make it a good habit and I’m sure it won’t be the last but we’ll keep trying. 

ANDY’S ARCHIVES – Here’s another 5 blasts from the past ranging from 1943 to 1994 via my Irish Newspapers Archive subscription.

1. We start with 13/3/1943 Westmeath Independent's note on a Whist Drive organised by the golf club. 2. Next its the Westmeath Examiner of 30/3/1957 and a 15 hole comp result.

3. PJ Grogan represented us at the Tullamore Capts Dinner as per WM Ind dated 18/12/1981

4. A Drogheda Independent article from 6/5/1994 on a competition in Mount Temple where Moate's Dinny White was runner up.

and finally 5. a work related photo which includes Jean McKeown, our Lady Captain in 1964 from the Offaly Ind of 17/5/1985.

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 26/1/2020

We appreciate everyone who supported our competition and Seery’s Cash & Carry Winter League this week. It was great that so many got out to play after being unable to do so last weekend. As so many played we expanded the prizes to 1st & 2nd in each category. Further down the report you will see there has been a lot of movement on the Winter League table and it really is getting down to the nitty gritty. If not in the top 15, to qualify for the wildcard draw your team must have played all 30 rounds and only non-qualifiers who have played their 6 rounds can be considered by the Committee to sub in for missing finalists.  

An unusual flash of bright sunshine very early on Saturday morning.

Michael Benny watches Callum Dunne find the 7th green.

RESULTS – 13 Hole Club Competition 26/1/2020

Cat 1 – 1st Paddy Lynam (5) 32pts, 2nd Colm Farrell (8) 32pts.

Cat 2 – 1st Sean Connell (11) 30pts, 2nd Willie Fleming (10) 30pts.

Cat 3 – 1st Pat Fox (17) 30pts, 2nd Shane Nugent (15) 29pts.

Cat 4 – 1st John Kelly (19) 36pts, 2nd Kevin Duffy (19) 32pts.

Ladies – 1st Tracey Redmond (15) 27pts, 2nd Beth Dunne (15) 24pts.

Louis Cunningham on the 10th tee.

2020 MEMBERSHIP – You will no doubt be delighted to hear that all our fees remain the same as 2018 & 2019 and you cannot say that about every club so for all prospective new or returning members out there we’d love to have you sign up. Although the due date is end of next month the treasurer would certainly appreciate it if you can help avoid a stampede to the office on deadline day by paying as early as is convenient. Our thanks go to those who have already paid your yearly dues. All categories of membership will be covered under our flexible payment direct debit option and I’d urge anyone interested in this facility to contact our Administrator Anna O’Brien on 090 648 1271.

UPCOMING FIXTURES – The latest 13 hole weekly competition runs from Monday 27th January to Sunday 2nd February. All winners of ‘turkey vouchers’ pre-Christmas and category winners in these 2020 competitions are -2pts for each win until the conclusion of the 13 hole series. Seery's Cash & Carry Winter League rounds can be played any day but please be mindful that the final day for qualifying rounds is Wednesday 19th February. The wildcard draw / tee allocation will be posted that night as the final is on Sunday 23rd.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2019/2020 – The qualifying table has now been updated on the website and includes all cards played to date. There were a lot of changes overall but the top 2 remain Team 26 Benny Greham on 552pts and Team 12 Paul Jacob on 551pts. Team 23 Danny Conlon shot up 11 places to 3rd on 549pts while an even bigger move was had by Team 24 Bert Burke who is now 8th from 22nd. Team 16 Rory Minagh plummet 8 places and are on the wrong side of the cut line with no rounds to play. For some teams it’s still all to play for but more than last years 505pts - 532pts will be required.  

DIVOTS & PITCH MARKS – It may come as a surprise to some but scientific study has shown that divots and pitch marks do not repair themselves. This means it is the responsibility of every member and visitor to repair them to protest the course. This isn’t the first request to make it a good habit and I’m sure it won’t be the last but we’ll keep trying.  

ANDY’S ARCHIVES – This week we have items ranging from 1896 to 1999 via my Irish Newspapers Archive subscription.  By the way, if anyone wants to amke a contribution to this section with a snippet of Moate GC history please by all means send them on or make contact with me.

First up it's Westmeath Independent from 13/8/1999 and the Ladies are once again in the spotlight.

Next it's the Ballymore Pitch & Putt AGM from Westmeath Examiner of 12/3/1977 and a few familar names are listed.

A massive leap back in time before Moate GC was even in existence and an early club member Mr. H.A.S Upton was playing in Royal Dublin as per Belfast Newsletter from 26/12/1896.

Now a note from WM Ind 9/12/1939 showing our new course was almost ready for play.

Finally, from WM Ind of 28/11/1953 a report on an Elvery Cup win for Mrs. Liam Cox.

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club, Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 19/1/2020

Although the sunshine eventually came out it was too late to thaw the greens for play on Sunday and only 17 got to test the course late on Saturday afternoon in similar conditions. It’s very unfortunate when this happens with practically full timesheets but we do have to protect the course. We can only hope that the coming week isn’t as unkind to us. As a consequence of the heavy frost there are no results this week, with the current 13 hole weekly competition extended to Sunday 26th January.

2020 MEMBERSHIP – You will no doubt be delighted to hear that all our fees remain the same as 2018 & 2019 and you cannot say that about every club so for all prospective new or returning members out there we’d love to have you sign up. Although the due date is end of next month the treasurer would certainly appreciate it if you can help avoid a stampede to the office on deadline day by paying as early as is convenient. All categories of membership will be covered under our flexible payment direct debit option and I’d urge anyone interested in this facility to contact our Administrator Anna O’Brien on 090 648 1271.

UPCOMING FIXTURES – The 13 hole weekly competitions run until Saturday 22nd February.  Seery's Cash & Carry Winter League rounds can be played any day. Please note that the final day for qualifying rounds is Wednesday 19th February. The wildcard draw / tee allocation will be posted that night as the final is on Sunday 23rd.

2020 CALENDAR – It’s not quite finalised yet but I should have it ready for publication soon. Here’s another upcoming note for the diary though - the 2020 Captains Drive In scramble for Mags Galvin & Tommy Conlon is on Sunday 1st March.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2019/2020 – The qualifying table has now been updated on the website and includes all cards played to date. There were no changes to the top 5 so Team 26 Benny Greham on 547pts stay top and Team 12 Paul Jacob are 2nd on 543pts. No major stumbles but a lot of teams dropped by 1 spot this week thanks to Team 21 Johnny Mullally going up 9 places to 6th with 524pts. Progress for Team 6 Paddy Lynam as they climbed 6 to 17th on 443pts. It’s still all to play for as between 505pts & 532pts qualified last year.

INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – The Midlands Intermediate Alliance have added an extra outing to their schedule and on Sunday March 1st they are going to the K-Club. Contact Paddy Coyne on 085 2485177 for further details.

ANDY’S ARCHIVES – There’s another 5 blasts from the past via my Irish Newspapers Archive subscription -

* 29/4/1989 Westmeath Examiner with a feature on one of our popular members and indeed sponsors, Michael Murray and he and the business are still going strong!

* 29/5/1993 Westmeath Examiner and some Moate members were involved with a Carmelite Moate golf team.

* Westmeath Examiner21/7/2007 with full notes including a mention of a members brother taking part in the British Open!

* Sunday Independent 21/9/1986 and Bert Burke was in Senior Cup action for Athlone. I also notice that a visitor to Moate last year, Ivan Morris (remember the plus fours & hickory clubs?) was among the opposition.

* Westmeath Examiner of 6/4/1895 and 'The Westmeath Golf Club' now known as Mullingar GC was officially opened in 1895, although I believe the club actually commenced play in 1894.

 

 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 12/1/2020

While it was pretty damp on Saturday and very few braved the elements we had a very busy timesheet on Sunday which was great. I’ve been speaking to several sponsors during the week and am delighted to say that almost all of them are in a position to continue for 2020 and we are very grateful for their generous support. I can confirm the dates of our Captains & Presidents Prizes for 2020 so you can mark them in your diaries. Proposed dates are - Lady Captains Prize (Mags Galvin) Sunday 14th June, Mens Captains Prize (Tommy Conlon) Saturday 18th July with qualifying the weekend before that, Mens Presidents Prize (Joe Mullen) 15/16 August and Lady Presidents Prize (Mary Egan) is on Sunday 6th September. More details on the complete fixture list will follow soon. We do have a couple of weekends available for sponsorship so if anyone is interested in coming on board, please contact me on 086 0556336 or at andydunne11@hotmail.com

RESULTS

New Year Hamper Open (13 hole stableford) 12/01/2020

1st Cat 1 – George Garvey (8) 31pts

2nd Cat 1 – Colm Farrell (8) 30pts

1st Cat 2 – Paddy O’Brien (13) 31pts

2nd Cat 2 – Tommy Conlon (12) 29pts

1st Cat 3 – Richie O’Brien (18) 31pts

2nd Cat 3 – John Connellan (17) 31pts

1st Cat 4 – Danny Conlon (21) 35pts

2nd Cat 4 – David Tone (21) 33pts

1st Ladies – Tracey Redmond (15) 30pts

2nd Ladies – Joan Molloy (40) 29pts

UPCOMING FIXTURES – There will now be weekly 13 hole club competitions until Saturday 22nd February 2020. Seery's Cash & Carry Winter League rounds can be played any day. As the WL Final is on Sunday 23rd February please note that the final day for qualifying rounds is Wednesday 19th February. The wildcard draw and tee allocation for the final will be posted on the website here that night.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2019/2020 – The qualifying table has now been updated on the website and includes all cards played including Sunday January 12th. Team 26 Benny Greham on 547pts stay top. Team 12 clearly feeling the benefits of the new team captain Paul Jacob’s steadying influence are now 2nd on 543pts. Team 13 Philip Dully slip to 3rd on 542pts but are noted as the first team this season to have all 30 rounds played. Several teams moved upwards 4 places but the biggest drop was suffered by Team 9 Dermot Kenny who went down 6 to 22nd. It’s still all to play for as between 505pts & 532pts qualified last year.

INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – The Intermediate Alliance outing was in Mullingar GC on Sunday 12th January and the prize winners were – F. McCormack (Glasson) 41pts, JP Duffy (New Forest) 39pts, T. Dunne (Castle Barna) 38pts, D O’Connell (Longford) 37pts and K. Farrell (Longford) 36pts.

ANDY’S ARCHIVES – Here’s another 5 historical items via my Irish Newspapers Archive subscription.

1 - Westmeath Ind 17/6/1988 - Bernard Farrell was among the prizes in Athlone GC.

2 - Westmeath Ind 15/5/1987 had a comprehensive report on our Intermediate Scratch Cup as well as other results.

3 - Westmeath Ind 30/12/1939 and an ad for one of our fundraising dances. Athlone GC were also dancing.

 4 - Mens Notes in the Westmeath Examiner 1/4/2006

5 - Evening Herald 16/12/1971 showing a result.

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 5/1/2020

We would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported our competitions or paid green fees over the New Year period. It was great to see almost full timesheets over the past few days. As I found out when it took me over an hour to update the Seery’s Cash & Carry Winter League board in the shop another slew of qualifying rounds were played too. Happy New Year everybody, here’s looking forward to a great 2020.   

RESULTS

Christmas Hamper Open (13 hole stableford) 31/12/2019

1st Cat 1 – Eamon Coughlan (7) 32pts

1st Cat 2 – Padraig Keenan (12) 31pts

1st Cat 3 – PJ Higgins (Roscommon GC) 35pts

1st Cat 4 – Ger Coughlan (25) 31pts

1st Ladies – Beth Dunne (15) 27pts

UPCOMING FIXTURES – The New Year Open Hamper 13 hole reentry competition continues until 12th January 2020. Seery's Cash & Carry Winter League rounds can be played any day also.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2019/2020 – The qualifying table has now been updated on the website and includes all cards played including Sunday January 5th. I had a couple of enquiries today wondering why the New Years Day rounds weren’t on the board yet. It will be live daily updates by WhatsApp ye will want next! We have new leaders as Team 26 Benny Greham on 547pts take over at the top. Team 13 Philip Dully are now 2nd on 536pts. Ger Heavin’s Team 7 shoot up 8 places to 10th. Despite the heroic efforts of Pat Byrne, Team 19 Michael Benny plummet 6 places to 29th. On the plus side they have a lot of rounds to get through yet. For anyone wondering it was between 505pts & 532pts that qualified last year.

INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – The Intermediate Alliance wish to note that everyone is very appreciative of the work done recently by Paddy Coyne. Our next outing is in Mullingar GC on Sunday 12th January with tee times from 10-12. Get there early as it’s going to be busy!  

ANDY’S ARCHIVES – Here’s another 5 echoes from the mists of times gone by via my Irish Newspapers Archive subscription.

A - Irish Daily Independent dated 1898 lists a future Moate member (we didnt start until 1900) Mr. H A S Upton playing in Belfast.

B - Westmeath Ind 29/11/1952 - Notes including wins for Mr. E Lynam and Miss Mona Cox.

C - Offaly Ind 30/5/1980 Ladies Open Results.

D - Wicklow People dated 28/7/2005 featured Ollie Grogan and Golfworks.

and E - Connaught Trubune from 16/10/1981 shows Moate members Eileen Lohan, T. Casey and Bert Burke among the winners at Ballinasloe GC.

 

 

 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 29/12/2019

We would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported our competitions or paid green fees over the Christmas period. It’s great to say the Moate fairways have been busy and as expected there has been a clatter of Seery’s Cash & Carry Winter League qualifying rounds played too.

Noel Curtis in bother on 13th, pic courtesy of Barry Cuffe and Captain Tommy Conlon presenting Gareth Cassidy with the prize for winning the Keenan Bauer Scotch Foursomes with Andreas Dolan. Trophy to follow! 

UPCOMING FIXTURES – The now annual Open Xmas Hamper competition commenced on Monday 16th December and runs to Tuesday 31st December. This will be followed by a New Year Open Hamper competition from 1st to 12th January 2020. Seery's Cash & Carry Winter League rounds can be played any day also.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2019/2020 – The qualifying table has now been updated on the website and includes all cards played including Sunday 29th. Team 14 led by Martin Ryan are on top of the pile with 527pts, with Team 16 Rory Minagh 2nd on 499pts and Team 3 Mike Hiney 489pts in 3rd. The biggest drop was for Team 4 Shane Kelly who fell 6 places to 26th and the award for most improved goes to Team 13 Philip Dully now in 5th with a rise of 8.  

INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – The Intermediate Alliance Christmas outing was played here in Moate on Sunday 22nd December and the home contingent didn’t disappoint. The prize winners were – 1st Noel Dunne (Moate) 42pts, 2nd Declan Murphy (Moate) 41pts, 3rd Tommy Reilly (Strokestown) 41pts and 4th Joe Ennis (Moate) 40pts. The Alliance Captain Eddie King very generously organised a collection on the day for our usual charity partner South Westmeath Hospice and we are very appreciative of that kind gesture.  

ANDY’S ARCHIVES – Another 5 little blasts from the past via my Irish Newspapers Archive subscription.

1 - A foursomes result from WM Ind 13/4/1973.

2- A Duggan Cup win at Edenderry WM Ex 9/9/2006.  

3 - Off Ind 16/5/1931 - Capts prize.  

4 - Whist Drive in the clubhouse. WM Ind 9/12/1944.  

 5 - WM Ind 11/9/1948 showing a licence application.

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 22/12/2019

On behalf of all of us in Moate Golf Club I would like to wish all our members, sponsors, visitors and their families a very Happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all over the festive period or in 2020!

UPCOMING FIXTURES – The now annual Open Xmas Hamper competition commenced on Monday 16th December and runs to Tuesday 31st December. This will be followed by a New Year Open Hamper competition from 1st to 12th January 2020. Seery's Cash & Carry Winter League rounds can be played any day also.

Richie Allen drives off at the 9th in the Intermediate Alliance outing on Sunday.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2019/2020 Table will be updated on website by Monday night.

Ger Coughlan sinks a putt on the 12th during the Intermediate Alliance outing on Sunday.

 

INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – The Intermediate Alliance Christmas outing was played here in Moate on Sunday 22nd December and the winners will be included in next weeks notes.

ANDY’S ARCHIVES – Another 5 little blasts from the past via my Irish Newspapers Archive subscription.

Offaly Ind. 24/9/1938 – some Moate members in the prizes at Tullamore GC.

Westmeath Ind. 25/3/1950 – clubs for sale in the Moate area.

Westmeath Examiner 20/7/1968 – Hugh Conlon winning prizes.

Offaly Ind. 30/5/1980 – Ladies Open results.

Westmeath Examiner 13/5/2000 – Weekly notes.

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

LADIES CLUB

The Ladies Club AGM was held on Thursday 12th December. At the meeting outgoing Lady Captain Eileen White and Lady President Helen Kelly thanked everyone for their help during the year and wished the incoming Captain and President best wishes for 2020. Mags Galvin was elected Lady Captain for 2020 and Mary Egan Lady President. Both said they looked forward to the year and thanked the outgoing committee for all their work in 2019. The following were elected Lady Captain: Mags Galvin, Lady Vice Captain: Marie Keane, Lady President: Mary Egan, Hon. Secretary: Marian Mullen, Hon Treasurer: Betty Behan, Handicap Secretary: Noeleen Fox and Committee: Mary Bouabbse, Geraldine Coughlan, Barbara Daly, Helen Kelly, Madeline Keneghan and Joan Molloy.

The Turkey Competition continues until Saturday 21st. Presentation on Sunday 22nd at 5pm. Winners will be notified.

CLUB NOTES 15/12/2019

Is it just my imagination or does frost strike more on a Sunday morning than any other day? Yet again a mornings golf was lost due to the icy conditions. Thanks though to Mick McLoughlin for doing 3 inspections and giving us the go ahead around 11.30 so a few of us could get our all-important weekly golf fix. There was a presentation held on Sunday for outstanding prizes and Tommy Conlon made his formal presentation debut as Mens Captain. Our thanks to sponsor Pat Keenan of Keenan Bauer in Mullingar who attended to present the Scotch Foursomes prizes and confirmed he will sponsor this event again for 2020. If you are in the market for a new Mitsubishi, Honda or Citroen then Pat’s the man to see! Unfortunately a lot of prize winners didn’t attend on the night and your envelopes will be left in the shop. Please ask Anna for them.  

1. AB OIL Hamper winner, David Malynn. 2. Pat Keenan of Keenan Bauer with Captain Tommy Conlon. 3. GOTY 2019 Jamie Colgan 4. Tosh Galvin 5. Tracey Redmond 6. Jimmy Bradley 7. Sean Dunne 8. Dermot McGowan 9. Declan Murphy 10. Dom Fitzpatrick

RESULTS

13 Hole Turkey – Week 7 (Stableford) – 15/12/2019

1st Cat 1 – Brendan Daly (8) 29pts, 1st Cat 2 – Declan Murphy (12) 30pts, 1st Cat 3 – Denis O’Donoghue (17) 31pts, 1st Cat 4 – Pat Byrne (22) 29pts. 

1. Joe Ennis watching his ball go towards the 3rd green. 2. Martin Ryan playing away from the ice filled pond on 3rd. 3. Declan Murphy winds up on the 11th tee.

UPCOMING FIXTURES – The now annual Open Xmas Hamper competition will commence on Monday 16th December and runs to Tuesday 31st December. This will be followed by a New Year Open Hamper competition from 1st to 12th January 2020. Winter league rounds can be played any day also.  

1. Shane Kelly 2. Finbar Fielding 3. Michael O'Brien Jnr 4. Johnny Mullally 5. Willie Colgan 6. Tommy Digan 7. Keith Redmond 8. Eoin Gaffey winning his first golf prize ever! 9. Danny Conlon

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2019/2020 – Jimmy Kassaris and Team 22 remain in 1st place and are now on 434pts with Martin Ryan’s team up to 2nd on 406pts. There were 5 place drops for both Dermot Kenny & Philip Dully teams to 12th and 13th respectively. Paul Powers crew moves off the bottom as they get their campaign underway. I’m sure this table will change a lot over the Christmas holidays.  

INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – The Intermediate Alliance Christmas outing was postponed due to the aforementioned frost and has been rescheduled for Moate on Sunday 22nd December with tee times from 10-12. Come early as a big crowd is anticipated.

2020 FIXTURES – We’ve already been busy penciling in a few items on to next years calendar and I’ll announce a few key dates shortly. In the meantime I can say that the Captains Drive In for Tommy Conlon & Mags Galvin will be on Sunday 1st March. Watch this space for more in the coming weeks.

ANDY'S ARCHIVE - 1. Westmeath Examiner 2/8/2008, a lovely pic of our Junior Foursomes Team who were winners at Carlow GC.

2. Loreto Boland leads a quiz team to 3rd spot. WM Examiner 14/3/1992.

3. WM Examiner 15/4/1967 announcing upcoming Teachers Prize.

4. AGM details in WM Idependent 6/5/1944

5. WM Independent 25/11/1939

 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

LADIES CLUB

Congratulations to the large number of ladies who took to the fairways in Moate on Sunday in stormy conditions to play in the Christmas Social golf Scramble. The winners on the day were 1st Ella Grennan, Marie Keane, Oonagh Jordan and Marie O'Donaghue. The runners up were Mags Galvin, Tracey Redmond, Pattie Costello and Carmel Hayed. The hardy intrepid golfers were joined later in the evening by more of the lady members and all enjoyed a beautiful meal prepared and served as usual by Pauric and his staff. Following the meal Lady Captain Eileen White thanked everyone for coming and presented the prizes for the day. (Its a day when no one goes home without a prize). She then presented all outstanding prizes for the year. These included Golfer of the Year which was won by Ella Grennan who also received the ILGU Junior Medal, the ILGU Silver medal and spoon went to Loreto Boland and the Bronze medal was presented to Ann Ledwith. Sinead Healy was presented with the Elvery Trophy with Veronica Colgan runner up. The evening continued with much chat and was deemed a great success.

The Ladies Club AGM is on Thursday next 12th December at 7pm. We would like as many as possible to attend. 

CLUB NOTES 8/12/2019

The before and after pictures of the 18th hole fairway bunker which was renovated recently.

RESULTS

13 Hole Turkey – Week 6 (Stableford) – 8/12/2019

1st Cat 1 – Tommy Digan (5) 30pts, 1st Cat 2 – Willie Colgan (11) 31pts, J1st Cat 3 – J. Mullally (18) & G. Buckley (16) 29pts, 1st Cat 4 – Vincent Cronolly (29) 33pts. 

We had a very rare occurance in that Johnny & Gabriel in Cat 3 could not be seperated on a back 9, back 6, back 3, back 2 or even back 1 countback so we gave up and called it a tie!

UPCOMING FIXTURES – It’s mostly Winter League all the way now but we do have the final week of our annual Turkey 13 hole competition. Remember, anyone winning a prize is minus 2pts for the remainder of the turkey season. The now annual Open Xmas Hamper competition will commence on Monday 16th December.

John Smyth playing from the bunker on the 11th on Sunday.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2019/2020 – Jimmy Kassaris and his Team 22 buddies remain in 1st place on 409pts with nearest to them still Team 3 led by Mike Hiney on 386pts. George Garvey’s return from the States has given Rory Minagh’s Team 16 a boost as they move up 7 places to 11th. Noel Mulligan, Michael Johnston and Adrian Conroy complete that line up. No major drops this week but my own Team 2 with Martin Horan, Ger Coughlan, Pat Doyle and John Smyth slip from 6th to 10th and also down 4 places is Team 20 led by competition sponsor Ollie Seery who are now in 20th.

AGM’S – The Management AGM was held on Saturday 7th December. The membership rates remain as per 2018. The only slight change to the wording on the Casual Membership category which now says that you cannot opt for that category if you were a full member in Moate for 2017 – 2019. Martin Horan (Chairman) thanked everyone for their hard work over the last year and welcomed some new members to the committee. Full list to follow. As there are now only 25 on the list to be repaid the following 12 people are the lucky winners of €100 in the 'Loan refund' draw - Sean Connell, Joe Mullen, Johnny Mullally, Betty Behan, Mary Horan, Peter Scally, Martin Horan, Leonard Donaldson, Michael Johnston, Eileen White, Kieran Heavin and Ned Lynam. I will organise with our Treasurer to have these paid out ASAP. The last 13 will be announced at the 2020 AGM.

For the ladies, just a reminder that your AGM is on Thursday December 12th @ 7pm in the clubhouse.

INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – The Intermediate Alliance Christmas outing is here in Moate on Sunday 15th December with tee times from 10-12 and a big crowd is anticipated.

PRESENTATION – It is hoped to have a prize presentation on Sunday evening next around 6pm and prizewinners will be contacted during the week once I have confirmation of that.  

 

  Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

LADIES CLUB CHRISTMAS SOCIAL DRAW

Ladies Christmas Social Draw for Sunday 8th December

11.30 - Betty Behan, Marian Mullen, Sinead Power

11.40 -  Veronica Mc Cormack, Theresa Cleary, Niamh Mullen

11.50 - Sinead Healy, Maary Cunniffe, Anne Meade

12.00 - Ann Ledwith, Marie Dolan, Madeline Keneghan,

12.10 - Alison Couper, Aideen Jordan, Joan Molloy

12.20 - Beth Dunne, Mary Carolan, Barbara Daly

12.30 - Noeleen Fox, Helen Clark, Carmel Foxe

12.40 - Ella Grennan, Oonagh Jordan, Marie O'Donaghue

12.50 - Veronica Colgan, Mary Bouabbse, Grainne Costello

1.00  - Carmel Connolly, Marie Keane, Pattie Costello

1.10  - Tracey Redmond, Dolores Moodley, Carmel Hayes,

1.20  - Mags Galvin, Mary Kerrigan, Chrissie Harte,

 

LADIES CLUB

On Sunday next 8th December the Ladies Annual Christmas Social takes place. This year the golf will be played as a scramble. Many ladies have already put their names down for the social. For those who have not there is still plenty of time as the draw for the scramble will be made on Friday. If you don’t want to play golf you are welcome to come for the meal at 5.30. A presentation of all outstanding prizes will take place on the night.

The ladies committee had a very enjoyable night out on Thursday night last. We would like to thank Terry Coughlan for the use of his premises and Pauric (golf club) for the delicious food.

Following the Mens Club AGM on Sunday best wishes are extended to Captain Tommy Conlon and President Joe Mullen for 2020.

The Ladies AGM takes place on Thursday 12th December at 7pm. The Management AGM is on Saturday 7th December at 6pm.

CLUB NOTES 1/12/2019

A very proud Tommy Conlon took over on Sunday evening as Captain of the Mens Club. Tommy has served the club well for many years and is following in the footsteps of his father John and brother Hugh in becoming Captain. We wish him all the very best for the busy year ahead. Jimmy Kassaris had a great year as Captain and we thank him for his commitment, hard work and long jokes all year. He will surely go down in history as the best Greek captain we’ve ever had! Best wishes for 2020 also go to our new President Joe Mullen who has announced that President elect for 2021 is Dermot Kenny. On the competition front, our thanks go to all who participated in recent competitions and well done to all the prize winners. As highlighted at the Mens AGM your continued support is vital and much appreciated.

Jimmy Kassaris farewell speech as captain.

Top men for 2020 - Captain Tommy Conlon & President Joe Mullen

RESULTS

13 Hole Turkey – Week 5 (Stableford) – 1/12/2019

1st Cat 1 – Eamon Coughlan (7) 30pts, 1st Cat 2 – Joe Ennis (11) 30pts, 1st Cat 3 – Mick O’Brien (14) 31pts, 1st Cat 4 – Finbarr Fielding (19) 31pts. 

Pat Doyle on the 9th tee on Sunday. Go Team 2!

UPCOMING FIXTURES – It’s Turkeys & Winter League all the way between now and Christmas. Week 6 of our annual Turkey 13 hole competition will run from Monday 2nd to Sunday 8th December. Remember, anyone winning a prize is minus 2pts for the remainder of the turkey season.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2019/2020 – Here we are with our first update of the 2020 Winter League campaign. It’s probably quite fitting that on the very day Jimmy Kassaris handed over the Captains jacket to his Team 22 team mate Tommy Conlon that they are the new leaders on 379pts. Their team is completed by Seamus Dolan, Ray Lynam & Tommy Digan. Nearest to them is Team 3 led by Mike Hiney who have retained 2nd position on 340pts. We are now up to 30 teams but ideally we’d like at least a couple more so if anyone out there is still looking to play please let us know, it’s never too late!  

AGM’S – The Men’s Club AGM was held on Sunday 1st December. The 2020 committee is – Tommy Conlon (Captain), Joe Mullen (President), Willie Smith (Vice Captain), Mike Hiney (Treasurer), Micheal Kelly (Mens Secretary), Jimmy Kassaris (ex officio / Competition Secretary), Eamon Coughlan, Andy Dunne (P.R.O), Liam Galvin, Tosh Galvin, George Garvey, Martin Horan & Jamal Sabir. Next up is the clubs Management AGM on Saturday 7th December at 6pm. The deadline for motions has passed. We are very lucky to have a strong group of willing people already nominated to fill all committee positions. All we ask of you is to attend to voice your opinion on issues if needed and hopefully to show your support for the Committees who represent you in the club and run it on your behalf.

1. Mags Galvin (incoming Captain) with outgoing Captain Eileen White.

2. Moate Ladies Committee on their night out recently.

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 24/11/19

Fair play to our green keeping staff and volunteers who commenced work on enhancing our 1st tee earlier in the week. There is apparently no truth to the rumour that Jimmy Kassaris spent his time digging a tunnel back to the clubhouse! In addition to this ongoing work our course is being kept in great shape despite the ridiculous amount of rain we’re getting. Thanks to all who participated in our recent competitions and well done to all the prize winners. Your continued support is vital and much appreciated.

RESULTS

13 Hole Turkey – Week 4 (Stableford) – 24/11/2019

1st Cat 1 – Shane Kelly (8) 29pts, 1st Cat 2 – Darren Rosney (11) 33pts, 1st Cat 3 – John Quinn (18) 31pts, 1st Cat 4 – Joe Healy (20) 30pts.  

Jimmy Kassaris about to make a run fo it while the diggers arent looking!

Betty checking out her spade.

Just in case you were wondering where he was, we've sent George off to Sawgrass to see if he can pick up a few ideas for next years course improvements! 

UPCOMING FIXTURES – It’s Turkeys & Winter League all the way between now and Christmas. Week 5 of our annual Turkey 13 hole competition will run from Monday 25th November to Sunday 1st December. Remember, anyone winning a prize is minus 2pts for the remainder of the turkey season.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2019/2020 – Here we are with our first update of the 2020 Winter League campaign. The early pacesetters are Teams 13 & 3 on 236pts each. Their line ups are Philip Dully, Jack Ryan, Mick O’Brien, Aidan Lennon, Gerry Jordan and Mike Hiney, Seam Egan, Louis Cunningham, Liam Lynam, Vivian Lynam. Just behind them in 3rd on 232pts are Team 7 - Ger Heavin, Brian Costello, Jimmy Digan, William Coghlan and Michael Broder.

We are now up to 29 teams well, 28 and a half actually, so if anyone out there is still looking to play please let me know and I’ll include you with team 29. That was the number of teams we had last year and we’d love to beat that so there is still plenty of time to enter your team of 5 and get 6 rounds each in.  

AGM’S – It’s that time of year again. The Men’s Club AGM is on Sunday 1st December at 6pm. Motions for this AGM have closed as of Sunday 24th November. However, if you want a motion submitted to the clubs Management AGM on Saturday 7th December at 6pm you have until Thursday 28th November to get them in. There seems to be a misconception that AGM attendees will get saddled with a job but rest assured this is not the case in Moate GC. We are very lucky to have a strong group of willing people already nominated to fill all committee positions. All we ask of you is to attend to voice your opinion on issues if needed and hopefully to show your support for the Committees who represent you in the club and indeed run it on your behalf.

ANDY'S ARCHIVE -  Here's another batch of golf related news items from a few years ago, courtesy of my subscription to Irish Newspaper Archives.

1. This week we start with a new professional for our neighbours In Athlone GC as per Westmeath Ind. of 4/2/1905.

2. Westmeath Examiner 2/3/1957 the Hon Sec's prize featured in both the Moate & Clara notes sections.

3. Mr. A. McLoughlins Capts Prize as reported in the Westmeath Ind. dated 10/10/1964, Mrs. W. Flynn's Lady Captains prize was played on the same day.

4. The Garda Prize to the Ladies was mentioned in the Ballymahon notes, Longford Leader 3/10/1997.

5. More Moate Ladies news, this time from Westmeath Ind of 7/3/2003. A few familiar names there.

  

 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 17/11/19

The Captains for 2019 had their Drive Out on Sunday and both Eileen White and Jimmy Kassaris can be very proud of their year in office. Nineteen teams participated in the Drive Out and we say a huge thank you to everyone who turned up and I’m particularly thankful to those who were on holes 7, 8 & 9 but didn’t grumble too much about it. Unfortunately someone has to be out there! A very special thanks also to Marian Mullen who did trojan work in the shop and helped get everyone out on time even though she wasn’t available to play in the scramble herself. We would also like to thank everyone who attended the presentation afterwards and for those who didn’t make it your prize can be collected in the shop in due course. While many prizes were presented in Jimmy Kassaris’ final prize giving, mostly to Declan Murphy I might add, there was a very special presentation made to the family of Erin Kenna for whom we held a fundraiser here in October.   

RESULTS

Captains Drive Out (4 person scramble) – 17/11/2019

1st Phil Behan, John Smyth & Darren Rosney 55.5

2nd Tosh Galvin, Brendan Hanniffy, Michael O’Brien, Ella Grennan 57.7

 

 

Turkey’s Week 3 (13 hole Stableford) – 16/11/2019

Cat 1 – Jimmy Bradley (6) 27pts, Cat 2 – Seamus Dolan (10) 30pts, Cat 3 – Joe Creggy (16) 30pts, Cat 4 – Dermot McGowan (19) 30pts.

 

Dunne Family 5 Club Challenge (13 hole Stableford) – 16/11/2019

1st Overall – Dermot McGowan (19) 30pts, 1st Cat 1 – Dom Fitzpatrick (6) 24pts, 1st Cat 2 – Declan Murphy (12) 28pts, 1st Cat 3 – Gary Colgan (14) 24pts, 1st Cat 4 – Eoin Gaffey (23) 25pts, Ladies – Tracey Redmond (15) 27pts.

 

UPCOMING FIXTURES – It’s Turkeys & Winter League all the way between now and Christmas. Week 4 of our annual Turkey 13 hole competition will run from Monday 18th November to Sunday 24th November. Remember, anyone winning a prize is minus 2pts for the remainder of the turkey season.

 

QUIZ NIGHT – We held a very successful table quiz on Friday last and we thank everyone who came and had some fun. Martin Horan did his usual excellent job as Quiz Master having to deal with the confused faces reacting to the questions I had set!    

 

WINTER LEAGUE 2019/2020 – Qualifying has already started so now is the time to finalize your team of 5. While the scores to date have been added to the board in the shop due to time constraints the first league table won’t be available next weekend. If any team needs additional team members we will have a list of unattached but willing competitors. Entry forms are still available in the shop.

MEMBERSHIP DEAL 2019/2021 – We have a very special offer where €550 gets you in for the rest of 2019 and your membership runs until February 2021. This might appeal to anyone returning after a gap of a few years or brand new members. Ask Anna in the shop for application forms.

 

 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 10/11/19

The course is in good condition but the green keeping team need all our help to keep it that way and as conditions soften it is vitally important that everyone repairs their pitch marks and divots. Thanks to everyone who participated in all our competitions recently and well done to all the prize winners. A very special thank you to all our sponsors during the season.

RESULTS

Hugh Campbell Solicitors (Open Stableford) – 10/11/2019

1st Declan Murphy (12) 41pts, 2nd Gary Colgan (14) 39pts, 3rd Colm Farrell (8) 39pts.

Turkey’s Week 2 (13 hole Stableford) – 10/11/2019

Cat 1 – Bert Burke (4) 26pts, Cat 2 – Sean Dunne (11) 30pts, Cat 3 – Paddy Egan (14) 27pts, Cat 4 – Danny Conlon (23) 20pts.

UPCOMING FIXTURES – Next weekend we have a 5 club challenge over 13 holes on the Saturday and our Captains Drive Out on Sunday. Week 3 of our annual Turkey 13 hole competition will run from Monday 11th November to Sunday 17th November. Remember, anyone winning a prize is minus 2pts for the remainder of the turkey season.

QUIZ NIGHT – On Friday November 15th at 8.30pm we are having a table quiz in the clubhouse. Teams of 4 for €40 and we promise you’ll enjoy it if you come along!   

CAPTAINS DRIVE OUT – The Drive Out Scramble for Eileen White & Jimmy Kassaris will take place on Sunday 17th November with a shotgun start @ 10.30am. Entry is €10 and the sheet is in the shop now so please get your name down as soon as possible as we hope to have the tee draw organised on Thursday night.  

WINTER LEAGUE 2019/2020 – Qualifying has already started so now is the time to finalize your team of 5. While the scores to date have been added to the board in the shop the first league table will be available next weekend. If any team needs additional team members we will have a list of unattached but willing competitors in the shop. Entry forms are available in the shop.

MEMBERSHIP DEAL 2019/2021 – We have a very special offer where €550 gets you in for the rest of 2019 and your membership runs until February 2021. This might appeal to anyone returning after a gap of a few years or brand new members. Ask Anna in the shop for application forms.

GOTY 2019 – Congratulations to Jamie Colgan who is our 2019 Golfer of the Year finishing on 646.5pts. Jamal Sabir was next best on 632pts while Bert Burke secured 3rd place ahead of the strong finishing Declan Murphy and Paul Jacob rounds off the top 5. 217 players scored points with the final player to join the scoring ranks this time around being Eoin Ronaldson. My own fourball had a side bet which was easily won by John Smyth who had a great season finishing 14th overall, I was 53rd, Pat Doyle 109th and Ger Coughlan 132nd  

INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – The 2nd outing for 2019/20 was in Longford on Sunday and the prizewinners there were – 1st Declan Murphy (Moate) 41pts, 2nd Paddy Coyne (Moate) 40pts, 3rd John O’Connor (Mount Temple) 39pts and 4th Martin Murray (Longford) 39pts. Moate is the venue for the Christmas outing on Sunday December 15th.  

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 3/11/2019

Considering all the rain that fell during the week we were very lucky that the course is in such good condition. However, the green keeping team need all our help to keep it that way and as conditions soften it is vitally important that everyone repairs their pitch marks and divots. Thanks to everyone who participated in all our competitions recently and well done to all the prize winners.

Thanks to Jamal Sabir for this pic of our Captain Jimmy Kassaris receiving the Dinny White Shield on behalf of the club after defeating Tullamore in the annual match recently.

RESULTS

AB OIL Club Hampers (Stableford) – 3/11/2019

Overall 1st – David Malynn (19) 44pts, 1st Cat 1 – Jimmy Bradley (6) 38pts, 1st Cat 2 – Benny Greham (11) 41pts, 1st Cat 3 – Gary Colgan (14) 43pts, 1st Cat 4 – Michael Murray (19) 38pts, Ladies – Tracey Redmond (15) 40pts.

Keith Redmond in action on Saturday morning at the 2nd tee.

 

Turkey’s Week 1 (13 hole Stableford) – 3/11/2019

Cat 1 – Paul Jacob (6) 28pts, Cat 2 – Stephen O’Brien (10) 29pts, Cat 3 – Seamus Fagan (17) 28pts, Cat 4 – Declan Rooney (24) 29pts.

The 8th.

UPCOMING FIXTURES – Next weekend we have our final 18 hole competition of the season kindly sponsored by Hugh Campbell Solicitors and it’s an open so spread the word and let’s get a few more visitors in. Week 2 of our annual Turkey 13 hole competition will run from Monday 4th November to Sunday 10th November. Remember, anyone winning a prize is minus 2pts for the remainder of the turkey season.

QUIZ NIGHT – On Friday November 15th at 8.30pm we are having a table quiz. Teams of 4 for €40 and we promise you’ll enjoy it if you come along!   

CAPTAINS DRIVE OUT – The Drive Out Scramble for Eileen White & Jimmy Kassaris will take place on Sunday 17th November with a shotgun start @ 10.30am. Entry is €10 and the sheet is in the shop now so please get your name down.

WINTER LEAGUE 2019/2020 – Qualifying has already started so now is the time to finalize your team of 5. If any team needs additional team members we will have a list of unattached but willing competitors in the shop. Finbar Fielding and Michael Murray got assigned to Team 10 today so anyone who hoped to avail of their services may look again! Elsewhere, there is at least one new team captain in place for this year as the Mens Secretary’s ‘teammates’ turned mutinous after years of threatening to do just that. While their former leader is invited to take up the 5th spot, candidates for the number 4 jersey will be interviewed during the week. I’ve heard the team is already performing extremely well under the new Jacobean regime! Entry forms are available in the shop.

MEMBERSHIP DEAL 2019/2021 – We have a very special offer where €550 gets you in for the rest of 2019 and your membership runs until February 2021. This might appeal to anyone returning after a gap of a few years or brand new members. Ask Anna in the shop for application forms.

GOTY 2019 – At first glance it looked like Jamal Sabir still had an outside chance of overhauling our long time leader Jamie Colgan but the Club Matchplay points have now been allocated This puts Jamie 48pts clear and in an unassailable position. Bert Burke stays 3rd but Declan Murphy is making a late dash for the podium and Paul Jacob drops to 5th. An impressive 216 players have now scored GOTY points and this weekend youngster Eoin Gaffey is our solo new entry with 28pts. Random honorable mentions this week go to – Ray Lynam (15th), Billy McKnight (81st) and Andreas Dolan (206th).

Just another Sunday morning at the office!

INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – In a change from the original advertised lineup the next outing is Longford on Sunday 10th November. Tee times available from 10-12. Moate will now be the venue for the Christmas outing on Sunday December 15th.  

ANDY'S ARCHIVE - First up this week we have the report on Dr. A. Hughes Captains prize in 17th October 1959's Westmeath Independent.

Next it's The Irish Press from 12/4/1982 and Dinny White got as far as Round 2 in the West of Ireland.

Here's a fixture list for Athlone Golf Club as per WM Ind of 15/9/1906.

and to finish up 2 pieces from May 1925 also from the WM Ind with news of a match between ourselves and Athlone GC.

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

LADIES CLUB

Well done and congratulations to Ella Grennan who won the individual gross prize with 37 pts in the  Mid Leinster Schools championship in Birr on Friday 25th. Ella is wished the best of luck on Wednesday 30th when she represents the club in the ILGU All Ireland Junior Medal final in Seapoint golf club.

The competition on Wednesday last was over 13 holes and was sponsored by Martina Cunningham. The winners were 1st Joan Molloy (42) 29 pts, 2nd Carmel Coughlan (33) 26 pts and 3rd Tracey Redmond (15) 24 pts.

The annual Turkey competition and the Winter League competition will both start on November 1st.

There will be a Table Quiz in the club on Friday 15th November.

CLUB NOTES 27/10/2019

Thanks to everyone who participated in all our competitions recently and well done to the prize winners. Congratulations to junior member Ella Grennan who won the Junior Gross Prize in the Schools Championship in Birr last week. This coming week Ella is in the Final of the 2019 ILGU Junior Medal which will be played at Seapoint Golf Club on Wednesday 30th October. We all wish her the very best of luck!

 

Best wishes also go to our outgoing Mens Captain Jimmy Kassaris who turns 60 this week. His wife Antoinette and daughter Antonia caught Jimmy off guard by arranging a sneaky surprise party in the clubhouse on Saturday night and a good time was had by all. My song isn’t as original or as witty as Martin Horans was but…..Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Mr. Captain……….  

Gosh darn it, I never suspected a thing.........................

 

RESULTS

Club Competition (Stableford) – 27/10/2019

Overall 1st – Declan Mullen (8) 42pts, 1st Cat 1 – Jamal Sabir (0) 39pts, 1st Cat 2 – Benny Greham (11) 39pts, 1st Cat 3 – Tommy Campbell (17) 37pts, 1st Cat 4 – Kevin Allen (19) 37pts, Ladies – Tracey Redmond (15) 38pts.

Tracey Redmond on the 14th.

Erin Kenna 13 hole comp (Week 4) - 27/10/2019

1st Seamus Dolan (10) 30pts, 2nd Tommy Campbell (17) 29pts.

Nick Linnane & Co Thursday Open (Stableford) – 24/10/2019

1st Seamus Dolan (10) 41pts, 2nd Tommy Conlon (12) 40pts.

ERIN KENNAWe had a fantastic turnout again in the final week of for our October charity 13 hole re-entry open competition. It was held to support the family of Erin Kenna. Lady Captain Eileen White (her Grand Aunt) is very appreciative of the support shown by members and visitors for a very worthy cause. Best wishes to Eileen, Erin and the whole family.

UPCOMING FIXTURES – Next weekend we have our penultimate 18 hole competition of the season with the AB Oil sponsored Club Hampers up for grabs.  Week 1 of our annual Turkey 13 hole competition will run from Monday 28th October to Sunday 3rd November. Remember, anyone winning a prize is minus 2pts for the remainder of the turkey season.

A wintery morning.

QUIZ NIGHT – Friday November 15th is the date for our quiz so you still have a little bit of time to binge watch some Mastermind, The Chase or maybe a raid on the RTE Archives for some Quicksilver. Ah Bunny will ya stop the lights!   

CAPTAINS DRIVE OUT – The Drive Out for Eileen White & Jimmy Kassaris will take place on Sunday 17th November. Entry is €10 and the sheet will be in the shop this week so get your name down for the scramble as early as you can.

WINTER LEAGUE 2019/2020 – As is traditional qualifying for this starts from 1st November so now is the time to start working on assembling your team of 5. Entry forms are available in the shop. The scoring system for the Final (which has been penciled in for Sunday 23rd February) will revert to the best 4 scores of the 5 team members counting rather than the ‘head to head fourball’ we tried in recent years.

The Cot & Cobble Golf Society were here at the weekend all the way from Ballina.

MEMBERSHIP DEAL 2019/2021 – Once again we have a very special offer where €550 gets you in for the rest of this year and your membership runs until February 2021. This might suit anyone returning after a gap of a few years or new members. Ask Anna in the shop for application forms.

GOTY 2019 – Jamie Colgan’s lead over Jamal Sabir at the top of the table was shaved again this week but by just 3pts. With only 2 counting competitions left Jamal still has it all to do to overhaul our long time leader. Bert Burke resumes scoring and stays 3rd while Paul Jacob is 4th and Declan Murphy breaks into the top 5. An amazing 215 players have now scored GOTY points and this weekend David Tone picks up a point and is our solo new entry. Random honorable mentions this week go to – Andrew Rafferty (72nd), Louis Cunningham (73rd) and a little further down Pat Costello (183rd).

INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – In a change from the original advertised lineup the next outing has been changed to Longford on Sunday 10th November. Tee times available from 10-12. Moate will now be the venue for the Christmas outing on December 15th.  

ANDY'S ARCHIVE'S - Another 4 snippets from our illustrious past. First up is a result from the Westmeath Ind of 20/4/1973, followed by a result in the Westmeath Examiner of 3/5/1969 and next is  a win for our outgoing Lady Captain Eileen in Tullamore as per the Offaly Ind dated 7/10/1983. Finally we have Liam Cornally's second mention as organiser of the Carmelite past pupils golf outing as mentioned in the Westmeath Examiner 7/4/1990.

 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

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