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The Front Garden - Looking good !!
Atmospheric view of the 1st Tee Box at sunset
Finishing touches on the all new 4th Tee Box
The 5th Fairway from the Tee Box
Its a long way up the 7th fairway - and the out-of-bounds is still there!
Magnificent view back up the 8th fairway - waiting for a little fade into the valley
. . all at once I saw a crowd, a host, of golden daffodils - 8th Green
Some re-claimed ground on the re-aligned 9th hole
Just a reminder - there will be no rakes in bunkers for the moment!
Greenside at the 9th - featuring the new pot bunker
A view of the re-aligned 9th hole - note the out-of-bounds markers
Shrubs in bloom on the improved 10th tee box
Keeping the grass cut off the 16th fairway
New Coffee Machine in the re-vamped Shop
Golf Balls, Tees and more - Courtesy ProGolf, Athlone
Golf Bags and shoes newly arrived in Moate Golf Club
Re-stocking the Shop - Courtesy ProGolf, Athlone
If you can't hit the Green from this beautiful Tee Box . . . .
Panoramic view of the 4th Tee Box and 3rd Green
New Pot Bunker, replacing the Fairway Bunker on the left of the 9th Green - completed
Preparing for a delayed Captains Drive_In
Developing the new Pot Bunker on the left of the 9th Green
More developments in the Shop
The redeveloped 3rd Tee Box
The lonely owl still protecting our greens
The 4th Tee Box from the 4th Green
Stonework almost finished - 4th Tee Box
Work in progress - 4th Tee Box
Club Notes 27/11/2022

Martin Horan captures the perfect November afternoon. 

RESULTS

13 HOLE Turkey Competition – Week 6 – 27/11/2022: 1st Cat 1: Adrian Hiney (+2) 27pts, 2nd Cat 1: Paddy Lynam (5) 26pts, 1st Cat 2: Declan Murphy (11) 30pts, 2nd Cat 2: Paddy Coyne (13) 29pts, 1st Cat 3: Vivian Lynam (18) 32pts, 2nd Cat 3: Eoin Gaffey (16) 31pts, 1st Cat 4: Paul Browne (22) 28pts, 2nd Cat 4: Enda Claffey (22) 27pts. 

Andy Dunne dicing with danger on the 7th. / Martin Horan got up and down for par from here on 8. 

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – We have week 7 of this years running 13 hole Turkey competition which can be played any day from Monday 28th. Category winners will of course bag a turkey voucher but to spread the prizes around they start on -2 next time out and runners up get -1.

Looking back on the 1st. / Betty & Marie looking forward to the Ladies Christmas Social! 

MENS CLUB PRESENTATION – Outstanding prizes from the last few weeks of the season (and any earlier ones not given out at the last presentation) will be dealt with in December when we hold our Turkey Voucher presentation.

Michael O'Leary in the winter sunshine on 8. 

AGM 2022 – Just an early mention that it is planned to hold the Mens Club AGM on Friday 16th December at 7pm with the Management AGM pencilled in for Friday 30th December also at 7pm. More details will follow in advance of both.

FUNDRAISING RAFFLE – There is a fantastic electric trolley up for grabs and tickets at €5 each or 3 for €10 can be had from the club shop. Other prizes will be confirmed shortly and added to the list. 

2023 SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE - The Seery’s Cash & Carry Winter League initial singles qualifying stage for ladies and gents has already hit the 100 members returning cards. Last weeks table topper Eamon Coughlan on 141pts has been overtaken but bragging rights still remain under the same roof as it’s Geraldine with 149pts that now leads the way. Joan Molloy with 7 cards returned is the first to manage 2 dropped scores. The top 60 will qualify and a league table is available on the website so you can see where you lie. Please enter on the computer to get a label with your handicap but you don’t need to put your scores on the computer afterwards.

COURSE CORNER – With the course softening up a little as winter hits it is more important than ever that we all take responsibility for repairing pitch marks. Every golfer should have a repairer with them. In addition we must continue to look after all the divots and please rake the bunkers.

An unrepaired pitchmark can do a lot of damage to a green. This was one of many found on Sunday morning. 

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – I’ve renewed my subscription at www.irishnewsarchive.com so we can continue to meander through the history pages. This week we have items from a Westmeath Examiner dated 6/10/1934 and an Offaly Independent of 23/2/1957.  

John Ruddock appears in the draw for our Captains Prize of 1930 which was then played on a matchplay basis.

(1934) “A FAREWELL SUPPER. Prior to his departure from Moate, the many friends of Mr. John Ruddock, late manager of Messrs. Parsons’ boot establishment, gave him a send off at the Commercial Hotel. Mr. Ruddock leaves to improve his position. He will be missed from social and charitable circles here.”

(1957) “The new golfing season opened on Sunday in Moate, when Mr. John Hughes, works engineer, Messrs. Goodbody’s, Clara, won Mr. J.F. Claffeys prize. Mr. Hughes’s win was a very popular one. As secretary of the Moate club, he appeals to all interested locally in golf, to become members, and every encouragement will be given to young players and beginners.”

 

 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Club Notes - 20/11/2022

RESULTS13 HOLE Turkey Competition – Week 5 – 20/11/2022: 1st Cat 1: Darren Rosney (8) 30-2 = 28pts, 2nd Cat 1: Tommy Digan (5) 29-2 = 27pts, 1st Cat 2: Donie Glynn (10) 30pts, 2nd Cat 2: Eamon Coughlan (10) 31-2 = 29pts, 1st Cat 3: Mick Grehan (18) 32-1 = 31pts, 2nd Cat 3: Eoin Ryan (15) 30pts, 1st Cat 4: Kevin Jordan (23) 31pts, 2nd Cat 4: Charlie Halligan (22) 29pts. 

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – We have week 6 of this years running 13 hole Turkey competition which can be played any day from Monday 21st. Category winners will of course bag a turkey voucher but to spread the prizes around they start on -2 next time out and runners up get -1.

MENS CLUB PRESENTATION – Outstanding prizes from the last few weeks of the season (and any earlier ones not given out at the last presentation) will be dealt with in December when we hold our Turkey Voucher presentation.

AGM 2022 – Just an early mention that it is planned to hold the Mens Club AGM on Friday 16th December at 7pm with the Management AGM pencilled in for Friday 30th December also at 7pm. More details will follow in advance of both.

FUNDRAISING RAFFLE – There is a fantastic electric trolley up for grabs and tickets at €5 each or 3 for €10 can be had from the club shop. Other prizes will be confirmed shortly and added to the list. 

2023 SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE - The Seery’s Cash & Carry Winter League initial singles qualifying stage for ladies and gents is now galloping along. Topping the table now is Eamon Coughlan on 141pts from 5 rounds. Of those with 4 rounds played Geraldine Coughlan has 123pts and Sam Moran & Seamus Dolan on 88pts head the group with 3 rounds played. Ray Lynam has 57pts after just 2 rounds and of those with just one score in Sinead Healy now has the best score with 30. So far 87 players have returned cards so that’s a fabulous increase of 22 from last week. The top 60 will qualify and a league table is available on the website so you can see where you lie. Please enter on the computer to get a label with your handicap but you don’t need to put your scores on the computer afterwards.

COURSE CORNER – With the course softening up a little as winter hits it is more important than ever that we all take responsibility for repairing pitch marks. Every golfer should have a repairer with them. In addition we must continue to look after all the divots and please rake the bunkers.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – This week our tour through the archives visits an Offaly Independent dated 12/3/1976 and a Longford Leader of 1/9/1995.  

(1976) “From far and near they came to compete in the Captains (D.J. Dold) Prize at the final meeting of the Midland Intermediate Alliance for the season at Tullamore on Sunday, with an entry of 75 representative of, inter alia, Curragh, Longford, Roscommon, Athlone, Moate, Birr, Edenderry, etc. Mick Fennessy (Edenderry) (15) finished at the head of the class, landing the coveted Captains Prize with a nett 39 points, followed by three members of the home club – Harry Hickland (18) with 37, Dan Dold (18) with 36 and Gabriel Hayden (11) also with 36. The Athlone flag was carried into the winners’ enclosure in the gross section, with Eddie O’Brien topping the poll here. Following the presentation of prizes in the Clubhouse the Alliance held their Annual General Meeting at which John Walsh (Moate) was elected Captain.”

(1995) “Congratulations to John Lennon, son of Jimmy and Rita, Rathmore, who won the junior presidents prize in Moate Golf Club last week. John had a fine score of 69 shots in the first 18 holes and 35 shots in the last 9 holes. Well done John.”

(Photos this week from Shane Nugent. George Garvey & Andy Dunne.)

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Ladies club

The Ladies Club AGM is on Wednesday 30th November at 7pm. If you have any nominations or motions for the AGM please send them to Lady Secretary Mary Horan before 5pm on Friday 18th November.

The Annual Ladies Christmas Social will be held on Sunday 4th December. There is a 13 hole competition, tee time from 12md until 1.30pm. Book on BRS. A dinner will be served at 5.30pm. All lady members including casual and GIG members are welcome to partake in the golf or dinner or both. Golf is free and dinner is €25. All those attending will receive a prize.

 


Club Notes 13/11/22

It’s hard to believe but the 2022 Captains & Presidents term of office is almost up already and on Saturday almost a hundred members assembled to honour Sean Dunne, Joan Molloy, Frank Kiernan and the unavoidably absent Mary Kerrigan. We thank them all for their service to the club during the year and we hope they enjoyed it as much as we did. Everyone had a great time as the photos on the website will confirm and the food (and maybe even an odd pint) provided by the Par 3 Restaurant afterwards was very well received.

Hey Sean, where are we going to park now?

RESULTS13 HOLE Turkey Competition – Week 4 – 13/11/2022: 1st Cat 1: Colm Farrell (8) 29pts, 2nd Cat 1: Rory Minagh (6) 27pts, 1st Cat 2 – Kevin Lynam (10) 29pts, 2nd Cat 2: Ray Donoghue (12) 27pts, 1st Cat 3: Willie Colgan (14) 31pts, 2nd Cat 3: Brendan Hanniffy (15) 30pts, 1st Cat 4: Patrick Guinan (38) 32pts, 2nd Cat 4: Nicky Grennan (23) 31pts.  

Captains Drive Out Scramble – 12/11/2022: 1st Adrian Hiney, Steve Scullion, Michael Goose, Sinead Healy (Nett 53). 2nd Mick Power, Shane Nugent, Brian Browne, Marie Dolan (Nett 57). 3rd Sean Egan, Marian Fogarty, John Naughton (Nett 58.2).

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – We have week 5 of this years running 13 hole Turkey competition which can be played any day from Monday 14th. Category winners will of course bag a turkey voucher but to spread the prizes around they start on -2 next time out and runners up get -1.

Joe Creggy's snazzy socks! The P.R.O. at work....

MENS CLUB PRESENTATION – Outstanding prizes from the last few weeks of the season (and any earlier ones not given out at the last presentation) will be dealt with in December when we hold our Turkey Voucher presentation.

FUNDRAISING RAFFLE – There is a fantastic electric trolley up for grabs and tickets at €5 each or 3 for €10 can be had from the club shop. Other prizes will be confirmed shortly and added to the list.  

2023 SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE - The Seery’s Cash & Carry Winter League initial singles qualifying stage for ladies and gents is underway. Topping the table currently are Joe Ennis (107pts) and Nicky Grennan (105pts) both of whom have played 4 rounds already. Of those with 3 rounds played Gerry Jordan & Sam Moran are joint 3rd on 88pts and George Garvey’s 60pts heads the group with 2 rounds played. Of those with just one score in Seamus Dolan has recorded the best score with 32. So far 65 players have returned cards so that’s an increase of 13 from last week.  The top 60 will qualify and a league table is available on the website so you can see where you lie. Then 20 x 3 person teams will be formed from the qualifiers for the final. Once again we can play as many 13 hole rounds as we like (€5 for your first round and €3 afterwards) and your best 5 rounds count for your score. Please enter on the computer to get a label with your handicap but you don’t need to put your scores on the computer afterwards.

COURSE CORNER – With the course softening up a little as we enter the winter months it is more important than ever that we all take responsibility for repairing pitch marks. Every golfer should have a repairer with them. In addition we must continue to look after all the divots and continue to rake the bunkers.

MIDLAND INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – We were delighted to host the latest alliance outing which saw 40 odd players from the midlands region enjoy our course. The prizes went to Cat 1: Cathal O’Rourke 39pts, C. Fagan 39pts, Paddy Coyne 37pts. Cat 2: M. Murray 40pts, Oran Dunne 39pts, S. Tynan 38pts. The next event is at Co. Longford GC on December 11th.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – This week our history ramble takes us by Westmeath Independents dated 30/6/1937 and 27/8/1993.

(1937) James J. Ryan was a club member in the 1930’s. He was listed in the draw for Mr. P. Fallons Captains Prize of 1930.

“Moate Teacher Retires – Mr. J.J. Ryan, principal teacher at the Carmelite National School, Moate, has retired after thirty years service. Large numbers of pupils who passed through the school during Mr. Ryan’s term now hold high positions both in Ireland and the USA. In Moate district he was held in high esteem and the people join in wishing him every happiness in the autumn of his life.

Before leaving, Mr. Ryan entertained the children attending the school, and they, to mark the occasion, presented him with a silver mounted walking stick suitably inscribed.

The vacancy has been filled by Mr. J. Griffin, a native of Dingle, Co. Kerry. “

One that got away.......

(1993) “On Sunday last over 150 played for the “Presidents Prize”.  The winner with the fine score of 92 nett was P.J. Higgins, second 93.5 P. Fogarty, third, J. Mullally, fourth 95 V. Cronolly, fifth Seamus Dolan.

The prizes were presented to the winners by the President of the Club PJ Grogan.

The junior “Presidents prize” went to Ollie Grogan with C. O’Loughlin just .5 stroke behind.

The local golfers are doing very well at present with Dinny White and Mick Power doing well in the Irish-close. Dinny also finished 3rd in the Galway “Scratch Cup”.

The winner of the weekly prize was George Bowen. This was George’s first win in a couple of years.”

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


CAPTAINS DRIVE OUT SCRAMBLE

UPDATED 9.15 12/11/22

HOLE PLAYER HC (YEL/RED) PLAYER HC (YEL/RED) PLAYER HC (YEL/RED) PLAYER HC (YEL/RED)
1 SEAN DUNNE 15 FRANK KIERNAN 21 JOAN MOLLOY 16 BETH DUNNE 17
1A MIKE HINEY 10 JOE CREGGY 18 MARIE KEANE 24 BETTY BEHAN 22
2 DOM FITZPATRICK 6 ANDY DUNNE 16 PADDY FOX 20 GERALDINE COUGHLAN 21
3 SEAN EGAN 13 MARIAN FOGARTY 15 JOHN NAUGHTON 20 CIARAN KELLY 28
4 SHANE KELLY 5 LIAM LYNAM 15 CIARON LYNAM 16 ANNE MAGEE 29
5 KEVIN FOGARTY 14 VINCENT RICKARD 15     MADELINE KENAGHAN 32
6 SEAN C. CONNELL 11 WILLIE COLGAN 14 JONATHAN CROZIER 20 CARMEL COUGHLAN 30
7 ADRIAN HINEY -2 SINEAD HEALY 14 STEVE SCULLION 21    
8 PAUL DIGAN 9 MICHAEL BRODER 14 DEREK MILTON 19 CARMEL CARROLL 25
9 PHILIP DALTON 12 ROGER QUINN 16 DENIS O'DONOGHUE 17 BRENDAN MAGEE 22
10 GARY COLGAN 6 JOHN NALLY 15 EOIN RONALDSON 17 GRAINNE COSTELLO 43
11 DARREN ROSNEY 8 JOE DIGAN 16 MICHAEL GOOSE 17    
12 GABRIEL BUCKLEY 14 SEAMUS DOLAN 14 CARMEL FOXE 28 ENDA VARLEY 22
13 ELLA GRENNAN 13 MICK YOUNG 14 CHARLIE MCGRATH 21 EAMONN GRENNAN 28
14 ANDREW RAFFERTY 14 JJ GUINAN 17 BRENDAN STANLEY 18 SINEAD POWER 34
14A LIAM GALVIN 3 VIVIAN LYNAM 18 TOM HANNIFFY 25 JOHNNY MULLALLY 21
15 MICK POWER 3 SHANE NUGENT 15 BRIAN BROWNE 20 MARY DOLAN 52
16 GARRY EGAN 5 VERONICA COLGAN 14 GERRY JORDAN 17 CLAIRE VARLEY 31
17 BRENDAN DALY 11 DAVID DELANEY 15 JOHN FINERTY 20 MARY HORAN 24
18 BERT BURKE 4 MARTIN HORAN 16 LORETO BOLAND 17 DONAL BRENNAN 35

Jim O'Brien - Past Captain RIP

It is with regret that we have heard of the passing of Jim O’Brien, Clonbonny, Athlone, Co. Westmeath on November 8th. Jim was Captain in 1982 and President in 2005 and served Moate Golf Club with distinction for many years in many roles. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends. May Jim Rest In Peace. 

 

Reposing at Flynn’s Funeral Home, Moate this Thursday, 10th November, from 4.30pm concluding with prayers at 7pm. Removal from his residence on Friday, 11th November, to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Coosan arriving for Funeral Mass at 12 noon Burial afterwards in Coosan Cemetery. We will be forming a guard of honour at the church in Coosan on Friday (assemble around 12.15) so please join us if you are available. We'd appreciate it if anyone with club blazers / jackets would wear them please. 


Club Notes 6/11/2022

RESULTS

13 HOLE Turkey Competition – Week 3 – 06/11/2022 – 1st Cat 1: Tommy Digan (5) 32pts, 2nd Cat 1: Garry Egan (5) 28pts, 1st Cat 2 – George Garvey (9) 33pts, 2nd Cat 2: Gareth Cassidy (9) 29pts, 1st Cat 3: Seamus Dolan (14) 32pts, 2nd Cat 3: Michael Grehan (18) 31pts, 1st Cat 4: Oran Dunne (21) 33pts, 2nd Cat 4: Gerry Hahessy (23) 31pts.  

The Digan boys. 

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – Welcome to week 4 of this years running 13 hole Turkey competition which can be played any day from Monday 7th. Category winners will of course bag a turkey voucher but to spread the prizes around they start on -2 next time out and runners up get -1.

CAPTAINS DRIVE OUT SCRAMBLE – The Drive Out Scramble for Sean & Joan is on Saturday 12th November at 10am. The entry sheet is in the shop so please get your name down as quickly as possible. The draw will be posted here on Thursday night sometime. 

INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – We are delighted to have the Midlands Intermediate Alliance outing in Moate next Sunday with tee times from 10-12. They are very welcoming to new members and all information can be had from Ciaran 0868053203 or Paddy 0852485177. 

MENS CLUB PRESENTATION – Outstanding prizes from the last few weeks of the season (and any earlier ones not given out at the last presentation) will be dealt with in December when we hold our Turkey Voucher presentation.

 

Ger Coughlan with the recently won Mick Glennon Memorial trophy. 

2023 SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE - The Seery’s Cash & Carry Winter League initial singles qualifying stage for ladies and gents has kicked off. The early leaders have played 3 rounds each and they are Gerry Jordan 88pts, Joe Ennis 81pts & Nicky Grennan 74pts with George Garvey 60pts, Sean Bohan 53pts, Joan Molloy 42pts and Martin Horan 45pts having played 2 rounds each. So far 52 players have returned cards. The top 60 will qualify and a league table will be available on the website so you can see where you lie. Then 20 x 3 person teams will be formed from the qualifiers for the final. Once again we can play as many 13 hole rounds as we like (€5 for your first round and €3 afterwards) and your best 5 rounds count for your score. Please enter on the computer to get a label with your handicap but you don’t need to put your scores on the computer afterwards.

COURSE CORNER – With the course softening up a little as we enter the winter months it is more important than ever that we all take responsibility for repairing pitch marks. Every golfer should have a repairer with them. In addition we must continue to look after all the divots and continue to rake the bunkers.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – This week our memory nugget comes from the Westmeath Independent dated 17/7/1948.

“A very successful Open Meeting was staged by the Moate Golf Club on Saturday 11th July, and it was very well supported by members from clubs in the midlands. The Stroke Competition held in the morning was won by Mr. Fred Clarke, Birr with a score of 66. The value of the prize won was £8. The runner up was Mr. B.J. Hickey, Moate, with a score of 69. Mr. Burke of Birr Golf Club also had a score of 69, but the runner up won on the last nine holes. The best gross score was 77, which was returned by Captain J. O’Sullivan, Athlone. The Fourball Competition in the afternoon was won by Rev. Father Donegan (?) and Mr. Patrick Grogan, Moate, who returned seven up, and were followed by Messrs. Donnelly and Cox, Moate, with six up. ”

 

Optimistic or wha!

 

Photos this week are courtesy of Martin Horan & myself. 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Ladies club

The 16 hole competition on Wednesday last sponsored by Catherine Geoghegan was won by Geraldine Coughlan (21) with 33 pts, 2nd Carmel Foxe (28) 30 pts and 3rd Eleanor Fitzpatrick (23) 28 pts.

It is now the start of Winter Golf, both the Ladies Winter League Competition and the Turkey competitions start this week. The initial rounds for the Winter League will be run from Sunday 30th October until Satruday 31st December. 5 cards over 13 hole to be submitted.  Entry is €5 for 1st round and €3 for further rounds.. The Turkey competition starts on Wednesday 2nd November. The competition is over 13 holes, best 2 cards to count.  Entry €3 per round. Both competitions can be  played in conjunction.

Winter draw times. From Wednesday 2nd November there will be just 1 draw time on Wednesdays at 10.30am. Members may play in above competitions at this time or at any other time they wish during the week. 

 


Club Notes 30/10/2022

RESULTS – Club Stableford 30/10/2022 -  1st Overall – Eamon Coughlan (10) 42pts, 1st Cat 1 – Colm Farrell (8) 38pts, 1st Cat 2 – George Garvey (9) 37pts, 1st Cat 3 – Joe Ennis (14) 37pts, 1st Cat 4 – Johnny Mullally (22) 37pts, 1st Ladies – Sinead Healy (14) 34pts.  

Danny O'Connor lets fly on the 12th in Sundays stableford competition. 

Turkey Competition – Week 2 – 30/10/2022 – 1st Cat 1 – Liam Galvin (3) 28pts, 1st Cat 2 – Eamon Coughlan (10) 28pts, 1st Cat 3 – Joe Ennis (14) 29pts, 1st Cat 4 – Sam Moran (21) 27pts.

Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open (Stableford) 27/10/2022 - 1st Alan Tyrrell (10) 40pts, 2nd Martin Fleming (6) 40pts, 3rd Ray Lynam (10) 38pts.    

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – It’s now week 3 of this years weekly running 13 hole Turkey competition which can be played any day from Monday 31st. Category winners will of course bag a turkey voucher but to spread the prizes around they start on -2 next time out.

MENS CLUB PRESENTATION – Outstanding prizes from the last few weeks of the season (and any earlier ones not given out at the last presentation) will be dealt with in December when we hold our Turkey Voucher presentation.

2023 SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE - The Seery’s Cash & Carry Winter League initial singles qualifying stage for ladies and gents, kicks off Tuesday 1st November and you will play off your yellow handicap index at that date. Enter on the computer to get a label with your handicap but you don’t need to enter your scores on the computer afterwards. The top 60 will qualify and a league table will be available on the website so you can see where you lie. Then 20 x 3 person teams will be formed from the qualifiers for the final. Once again we can play as many 13 hole rounds as we like (€5 for your first round and €3 afterwards) and your best 5 rounds count for your score.

COURSE CORNER – Now that the course is softening up as we enter the winter months it is more important than ever that we all take responsibility for repairing pitch marks. Every golfer should have a repairer with them. In addition we must continue to look after all the divots and bags of seed / sand mix are provided at the first tee box.

Dermot McGowan in action on the 16th in Sundays stableford competition.

GOLFER OF THE YEAR 2022 – Congratulations to Eoin Ryan who finished on 424pts and is confirmed as our 2022 Golfer of the Year. Dom Fitzpatrick made a good fight of it all season and even closed the gap this weekend by 23pts and takes 2nd on 403pts while George Garvey on 388.5pts secures 3rd ahead of Eamon Coughlan (382pts). The website will have the final full updated table as soon as possible. My thanks to Padraig Keenan for keeping it up to date all year. 

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – This week our memory double comes from the Offaly Independent and are dated 5/6/1950 and 4/5/1979.

“Birr golf links on Sunday - The weather was extremely unfavourable, but despite this handicap there was a good attendance. Messrs. A. and M. Goode, Ballinasloe, were winners of the fourball v bogey, having the best second nine. The runners up were Messrs. J. Claffey and J. Manning. Both pairs of competitors were five up. “

“Moate golf notes – The qualifying round for the William Lynam Memorial trophy was played on Saturday and Sunday. Sixteen qualifiers and the cutoff point was 70 nett. Leading qualifier was Tommy O’Brien with a 64 nett. First round to be played on or before 20th May. Presidents Prize – This competition has reached the quarter-final stages and the following are the pairings: L. Flynn v J. Casey, L. Galvin v S. Dolan, P. Egan v J. Walsh, J. Payne v H. Conlon.”

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Club Notes 23/10/2022

RESULTS – Club Stableford 23/10/2022 - 1st Overall - Kevin Jordan (23) 43pts, 1st Cat 1 – Colm Farrell (8) 36pts, 1st Cat 2 – Phil Behan (12) 40pts, 1st Cat 3 – Eoin Ryan (15) 41pts, 1st Cat 4 – Miceal Fox (23) 41pts, 1st Ladies – Marianne Young (28) 34pts.  

Martin Horan on flag duty while George Garvey holes out on the 14th in the Club Stableford competition on Saturday. 

Turkey Competition – Week 1 – 23/10/2022 – 1st Cat 1 – Darren Rosney (8) 31pts, 1st Cat 2 – Ray Lynam (10) 28pts, 1st Cat 3 – Gerry Jordan (17) 28pts, 1st Cat 4 – Sean Bohan (20) 30pts.

Past Captains 13 hole 22/10/2022 – 1st & 2nd Men: George Garvey (26pts) & Andy Dunne (25pts). 1st & 2nd Ladies: Mary Kerrigan & Marie Keane.

Mary Horan takes part in the Past Captains competition on Saturday. Below are the prizewinners Mary Kerrigan, Marie Keane, George Garvey & Andy Dunne. 

Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open (Stableford) 20/10/2022 - 1st Willie Colgan (15) 42pts, 2nd Ray Lynam (10) 39pts, 3rd Eamon Coughlan (10) 38pts.    

PAST CAPTAINS DINNER 2022 – A number of us Past Captains enjoyed a pleasantly dry round of golf on Saturday afternoon and were joined by a few more for an even more pleasant meal in the clubhouse afterwards. We sincerely thank all those who were able to attend and enjoy the afternoon. On behalf of all those present I’d like to sincerely thank our 2021 Lady Captain Marie Keane for organizing everything. Next year we intend to have the event in one of the summer months in the hope that a few more Past Captains will join us.

FUTURE COMPETITIONS - Next weekend we have the final weekend Club Stableford of the year and also the T na G Hair Salon sponsored 18 hole stableford on the Bank Holiday Monday. The final Nick Linnane & Co. sponsored Thursday Open is on the 27th October and the week 2 of this years weekly running 13 hole Turkey competition can be played any day from Monday 24th. Category winners will of course bag a turkey voucher but to spread the prizes around they start on -2 next time out.

2023 SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE - The Seery’s Cash & Carry Winter League will continue with the format we used in 2022. We have an initial singles qualifying stage for ladies and gents, then 3 person teams will be formed from the qualifiers for the final. Once again we can play as many 13 hole rounds as we like (€5 for your first round and €3 afterwards) and your best 5 rounds count for your score. The qualifying stage starts on Tuesday 1st November and you will play off your yellow hc index at that date. The top 60 players will be divided into 3 handicap groups and randomly formed into 20 teams for the play off over 18 holes. 1st prize (to be confirmed) will be provided by the club with our long time sponsor Seery’s Cash & Carry generously providing the 2nd and 3rd prizes.

Winter sunshine bathing the 15th on Saturday. 

COURSE CORNER – Now that the course is softening up as we enter the winter months it is more important than ever that we all take responsibility for repairing pitch marks. Every golfer should have a repairer with them. In addition we must look after all the divots and bags of seed / sand mix are provided at the first tee box.

This is NOT a correctly raked bunker. Just think would you like to have this lie left for you? 

GOLFER OF THE YEAR 2022 – Our statistics department is enjoying a well-earned winter break so this is an unofficial update for the time being. Eoin Ryan on 424pts now has an unassailable lead with just one competition to go. Dom Fitzpatrick is 2nd on 379pts while George Garvey on 349.5pts just keeps ahead of Eamon Coughlan (342pts) and Joe Digan with 337pts. The website will have the full updated table as soon as possible.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – This week our jog along the memory track comes to a Westmeath Independent dated 18/10/1952. “Sunday, 5th inst., saw most of the men on the golf links when a very large proportion of the members took part in the competition which was played for the much coveted Club Cup. Mr. Paddy Grogan and Mr. E. Lynam tied with 2 up, but Mr. Grogan, who returned a better card for the second nine holes, won the trophy. Before concluding this golf jotting we should like to congratulate Mr. B.J. Hickey, who seems to be practically infallible on the Offaly course, on being runner-up for the Veterans Cup at Tullamore some time ago.“

Joan Molloy, Lady Captain presenting South Westmeath Hospice committee member Joe Whelan with a fundraising cheque.

 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


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