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

 

The Bank Holiday last Monday saw the golf club in a blaze of pink to mark the ‘Play in Pink’ open day for breast cancer. The majority of entrants both men and ladies wore something pink to mark the occasion. In fact the best dressed men’s prize went to Ollie Seery who made the effort to shop for a pink skirt and top, while our lady captain Marie Keane took the best dressed ladies prize thanks in part to her pink fairy wings. The scoring was good with the main prizes distributed as follows, Ladies1st Madeline Keneghan (49) 43pts, 2nd Helen Kelly (12) 40 pts, 3rd Erin O'Faolain (45) 40 pts. Men’s 1st Shane Kiernan(New Forest)(21) 41 pts, 2nd Calum McGowan (28) 40 pts, 3rd Jimmy Bradley (8) 39 pts. Longest drive Stephen Wolfe and Nearest the pin Peter Sheridan. The Summer weather saw many members eating outside in the new outdoor facility put in place by the Par 3 Restaurant. We wish our caterers the best of luck with the new venture.                                                                                                                                                            The weekly competition on Wednesday sponsored by M.Mullen, H.Kelly & E.Seery was won by Claire Varley (47) with 44 pts, 2nd Marianne Young (32) 44 pts & 3rd Mary Horan (29) 43 pts.                                    On Saturday the long awaited Captain’s Drive in took place. It was a very reduced format but both captains drove off in style. President Dermot Kenny wished both Lady Captain Marie Keane and Captain Willie Smith all the best for the rest of the year.


Club Notes - Breathtaking action all weekend!

Club Captains for 2021 Marie Keane and Willie Smith had their drive in on Saturday evening. It was a more low key event than usual with the restrictions such as they are but it was important to mark the occasion.  We wish them both as well as our Presidents Mary Horan & Dermot Kenny all the best for their year.

1. President Dermot Kenny says a few words at the 2021 Captains Drive in. 2. Lady Captain Marie Keane gets set to whack one down the middle of the fairway. 3. Mens Captain Willie Smith follows closely behind. 4. Lady President Mary Horan, Lady Captain Marie Keane, Mens Captain Willie Smith and Mens President Dermot Kenny line up on the 1st tee. 

They say an army marches on its stomach well if the Par 3 Restaurant continues as it is Moate members will be marching for a long time. The service is excellent, the outdoor seating areas have been expanded and most importantly the food is top quality. I know from personal experience as I had a double burger there last Monday and I wasn’t even hungry the following day! Do pop in and check it out. It’s been a tough time for both restaurants and golf clubs so they / we appreciate all the support you give us. We extend our condolences to the friends and family of Val Reynolds who passed away this week. Val was well known for his sporting achievements in many fields and won a Captains Prize here in 1997 followed by the Presidents Prize in 2000. May he rest in peace.

RESULTS – Club Competition sponsored by Behans Country Market (13/6/2021) Stableford

1st Overall – Terry Coughlan (15) 44pts, 1st Cat 1 – Dom Fitzpatrick (8) 40pts, 1st Cat 2 – Paul Fogarty (10) 39pts, 1st Cat 3 – Aidan Lennon (16) 39pts, 1st Cat 4 – Andy Dunne (19) 40pts, 1st Ladies – Mary Rose Coughlan (22) 39pts.  

Weekly running 13 hole (7th – 13th June) - TBC

Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open (10/6/2021) Stableford – 1st Beth Dunne (17) 39pts, 2nd Gerry Jordan (16) 38pts, Gross Adrian Hiney (+1) 37pts, 3rd Seamus Dolan (10) 36pts.

Paul Smyth (now at Esker Hills) playing in the Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open was very impressed at the changes we've made since he was a member here. 

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – The main competition next weekend is the Peter Hill Memorial Club Stableford kindly sponsored by Trevor Hill and family. We have our popular Open stableford competition on Thursday June 17th sponsored by Nick Linnane & Co. There is also a running 13 hole which can be played any day. It is important to note that you must play the 13 hole competition off the ‘tees of the day’.

MOATE GC ANNUAL FUNDRAISING CLASSIC – A note for your diaries. Watch out for more detail in the coming weeks as our Annual Classic this year will run from Monday 5th July to Sunday 11th July. Teams of 4 @ €30 per person will do battle all week for €5k worth of super prizes.

Jamie Colgan & Jamal Sabir have every reason to smile after their Barton Shield victory over Mullingar. 

TEAM NEWS – We take immense pride in our teams and no one In Moate GC could be accused of not giving their all on the Inter Club battlefield. The week began with a 4-1 Senior Cup win over Rathdowney and then the next volley of shots came in the weekend skirmishes from the Barton Shield team with a fine 2 up win over hotly fancied Mullingar GC. Jamal Sabir & Jamie Colgan doing the business in Moate with Ollie Grogan & Adrian Hiney away. Next out was the Junior Cup side and home wins for Tommy Digan, Paddy Lynam and Michael Power saw this team through while Eamon Coughlan and Sean Finerty played well away in New Forest. In an exciting finale to the team action on Sunday evening it was all about comebacks. Callum Dunne was 4 down with 5 to play and his steely determination saw him take the point on the 18th green, Mick O’Hanlon was always in control of the middle leg and ended it on the 17th as did Ray Donoghue in the third tie by putting from off the green to complete the home treble after being 4 down earlier on. All would have been for naught of course had we not pinched a vital win away in Moyvalley and while Declan Murphy, Eoin Murphy & Mike Hiney battled hard for it the honour went to Micheaal Kelly who secured a win. Next weekend sees more Interclub Matches with ties in the Pierce Purcell v Birr, Central Towns v Esker Hills and All Ireland Fourball v New Forest. Best of luck to all players and managers. Golf Ireland has stressed that there are no caddies allowed in any of this years competitions. 

The new Moate GC mens T-shirt now available in the club shop. 

Michael Power gets ready to enter the fray in the Junior Cup. 

GOTY 2021 – After the 7th event has been added Jimmy Bradley sits top of the pile on 132pts with Michael Young next on 117pts and Adrian Conroy is 3rd with 107pts. There are now 154 members with GOTY points and the highest new entry is this weekends winner Terry Coughlan on 40pts in 56th. Other random mentions go to 14th placed Martin Horan (75pts), 124th John Kelly (16pts) and Enda Claffey 149th (3pts).

PITCHMARKS & DIVOTS The members who are taking the sand / seed mix for repairing divots during their round are really helping cut down the hours our voluntary ‘Divot Work Party’ have to spend on this task. Please take a bag and repair as you play. Ditto for repairing pitchmarks on the green, please do not leave it to the players behind you to repair the damage you have caused to the course. Take responsibility for it yourself.

This is what happens when the electric buggies are not plugged in properly! 

BRS TIMESHEETS – Due to the heavy demand on weekend tee times casual members can only book primetime slots on Saturday or Sunday from Friday onwards.

Joe Ennis / Vinny McCormack v Tommy Conlon / Ray Lynam the 2020 Finalists in the Keenan Bauer Club Fourball togged out and ready to go. JOE & VINNY won. 

JUNIORS – There will be a coaching session for any interested Junior members on the practice area MONDAY 14th June and it runs from 6-7pm.

A lovely splash of colour on the wall at the 7th tee box. 

Finally, a great bit of work by Noel Mulligan which I meant to feature last weekend. 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 

 


Pretty in Pink.......

Thanks to Marie Keane, Donal Brennan, Betty Behan, Andy Dunne, George Garvey, Martin Horan, Mary Egan, Eileen White, Sean Dunne and Loreto Boland for the photos this week.


Club Notes 6/6/2021

Unlike what Padraig Keenan suggested I was not skiving off by not posting any notes. Much to my surprise this afternoon I discovered that last nights effort had not 'taken' on the website so here we are again with another try. smiley

RESULTS – Club Stableford sponsored by Vet Farm Supplies (6/6/2021) Stableford

1st Overall – Jamie Colgan (2) 40pts, 1st Cat 1 – Jimmy Bradley (8) 38pts, 1st Cat 2 – Seamus Dolan (10) 38pts, 1st Cat 3 – Martin Horan (17) 37pts, 1st Cat 4 – John Digan (25) 39pts, 1st Ladies – Joan Molloy (25) 40pts.  

Weekly running 13 hole (31 May – 6 June) Stableford – 1st Cat 1 – Sean Finnerty (4) 29pts, 1st Cat 2 – Joe Ennis (13) 30pts, 1st Cat 3 – Brian Costello (18) 30pts, 1st Cat 4 – John Gavin (21) 26pts.

Nick Linnane & Co. Club Comp Thursday 3/6/2021 – Stableford – 1st Paddy Costello (25) 39pts, 2nd Eoin Gaffey (21) 37pts, 3rd Eamon Coughlan (8) 37pts.

One of the super electric trollies available for hire in the club shop. 

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – The main competition next weekend is a Club Stableford kindly sponsored by Behans Country Markets. The Behans have been members and sponsors for many years and you can be sure they know their onions, their cucumbers and their peppers and just about any vegetable you care to name. We have an Open stableford competition on Thursday June 10th sponsored by Nick Linnane & Co. and we look forward to welcoming visitors back. There is also a running 13 hole which can be played any day. It is important to note that you must play the 13 hole competition off the ‘tees of the day’.

Some lovely pink flowers by the 6th green. 

MOATE GC ANNUAL FUNDRAISING CLASSIC – A note for your diaries. Watch out for more detail in the coming weeks as our Annual Classic this year will run from Monday 5th July to Sunday 11th July. Teams of 4 @ €30 per person will do battle all week for €5k worth of super prizes.

BRS TIMESHEETS – Due to the heavy demand on weekend tee times casual members can only book primetime slots on Saturday or Sunday from Friday onwards.

JUNIORS – The first coaching session for any interested Junior members will take place on the practice area Tuesday 8th June and runs from 6-7pm.

TEAM NEWS – The first Golf Ireland Interclub events are fast approaching. We have upcoming matches in the Senior Cup, Junior Cup, Barton Shield and Provincial Towns. Best of luck to all players and managers. Golf Ireland has stressed that there are no caddies allowed in any of this years competitions. 

PITCHMARKS & DIVOTS The members who are taking the sand / seed mix for repairing divots during their round are really helping cut down the hours our ‘Divot Work Party’ have to spend on this task. However, it would appear that some members aren’t bothering to either take a bag (which are in plentiful supply in the shop) or repair their divots. Ditto for repairing pitchmarks on the green, please do not leave it to the players behind you to repair the damage you have caused to the course. Take responsibility for it yourself.

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Ladies Club

Ladies we hope you will all support the 'PLAY IN PINK' open day on Monday next 7th June. Apart from the main competition prizes there will also be a prize for the best PINK dressed lady or gent. Any photos taken on the day would be appreciated. All proceeds go to breast cancer research.

This week normal competitions commence with Aideen Jordan and Mary Carolan being this weeks sponsors. The ladies monthly running competition is also under way from the 1st June. This weeks sponsor is Ann Egan. All competitions to be entered in the shop.

The winners of the Ladies fundraiser in week 4 were 1st Martha Callinan and 2nd Claire Varley, winners week 5 were 1st Pattie Costello and 2nd Martha Callinan.


Club Notes 30/5/2021 - Factor 40 time....

Enda & Claire Varley with George Garvey. Apparently George used to steal Enda's lunch money at school in Milltown, Co. Galway.

With the new World Handicap System it is possible to enter a casual round to count towards your handicap but for this to work properly you must signal your intention to play beforehand either in the club shop or via the Golf Ireland app. While this is definitely a progressive step there are certain responsibilities that go along with this flexibility and it is essential that your score is returned via computer / app and the card is handed in to the club. If there is no signed card returned your round will be deleted to protect the integrity of the WHS. We were delighted with the competition entry this week and while the weather undoubtedly helped we hop we can continue to hit the 200+ mark in the coming weeks. A sincere thanks to our sponsors and conratulations to our recent prize winners. 

RESULTS – Club Sub sponsored by Mike Hiney Construction (30/5/2021) Strokeplay

1st Overall – David Connolly (15) 69 nett, 1st Cat 1 – Tommy Digan (5) 70 nett, 1st Cat 2 – David Lynch (13) 71 nett, 1st Cat 3 – Michael Broder (18) 70 nett, 1st Cat 4 – Pascal Macken (24) 71 nett, 1st Ladies – Carmel Foxe (38) 69 nett.  

Covid Fundraiser 13 hole (24-30 May) Stableford – 1st Cat 1 – Dom Fitzpatrick (7) 30pts, 1st Cat 2 – Paul Fogarty (10) 26pts, 1st Cat 3 – Thomas Lennon (Ath) (14) 28pts, 1st Cat 4 – Dessie McLoughlin (24) 29pts, 1st Ladies – Kathleen Conlon (28) 29pts.

Covid Fundraiser 13 hole (24-30 May) Stableford – 1st Cat 1 – Jimmy Digan (7) 29pts, 1st Cat 2 – Ray Donoghue (10) 24pts, 1st Cat 3 – Michael Broder (17) 33pts, 1st Cat 4 – William Coghlan (20) 30pts, 1st Ladies – Mary Horan 26pts.

Nick Linnane & Co. Club Comp Thursday 27/5/2021 – Stableford – 1st Louis Cunningham (8) 38pts, 2nd Paddy Costello (24) 37pts.

Stand behind these hardy laurels on the 3rd tee box as you call players through to the 2nd green.

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – The main competition next weekend is a Club Stableford kindly sponsored by Paddy Coyne / Vet Farm Supplies. We have a club stableford competition on Thursday June 3rd sponsored by Nick Linnane & Co. which will revert to being an open competition from June 10th. There is also a running 13 hole Covid Fundraiser which can be played any day. It is important to note that you must play the 13 hole competition off the ‘tees of the day’. We also have a very special ‘Play in Pink’ competition on Bank Holiday Monday June 7th which will be an Open Singles for Ladies & Gents.

Eamon Grennan thumps a drive off the 3rd teebox.

BRS TIMESHEETS – Due to the heavy demand on weekend tee times casual members can only book primetime slots on Saturday or Sunday from Friday onwards.

Liam Lynam checking where the 12th tee is on Sunday. (Courtesy of Martin Horan)

Lady Captain Marie Keane in action on Sunday. (Courtesy of Martin Horan)

2020 MATCHPLAYS – Congratulations go to Crozier Autoparts Club Matchplay winner Martin Fleming with a gallant Pat Byrne as runner up while Tommy Conlon / Ray Lynam will meet Joe Ennis / Vinny McCormack in the final of the Keenan Bauer Fourball Matchplay.

This sheep must have been fierce warm with todays sunshine! (Courtesy of Martin Horan)

PITCHMARKS & DIVOTS The members who are taking the sand / seed mix for repairing divots during their round are really helping cut down the hours our ‘Divot Work Party’ have to spend on this task. However, it would appear that some members aren’t bothering to either take a bag (which are in plentiful supply in the shop) or repair their divots. Ditto for repairing pitchmarks on the green, please do not leave it to the players behind you to repair the damage you have caused to the course. Take responsibility for it yourself.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – This week dip into the past comes from a Westmeath Independent 9/10/2004 “This competition has come down to the wire with three players battling it out for the right to be called Moate Golfer of the Year. In joint first place Sean Dunne and Bert Burke are just one point ahead of Rory Minagh.  Next week is the final event in the GOTY competition and it will add an extra bite to the Offaly Members Prize. RESULTS: Gents Open Hamper: 1st Padraig Geraghty (6) 40pts, 2nd Noel Davey (15) 39pts, 3rd Fintan O’Halloran (16) 39pts, 4th Kevin Relihan (21) 39pts, 5th Padraig Keenan (12) 38pts, Gross – Adrian Lynch (4) 34pts, Veterans – Matthew Murray (12) 38pts. Ladies – 1st Geraldine Coughlan 76, 2nd Veronica McCormack 76, 3rd Sheila Flanagan 77, 4th Theresa Cleary 78, Juniors – Kathleen McCann.” 

Westmeath Examiner 5/7/1960 – Although they didn’t feature in the prizes we’re told Moate ladies played in an Open at Athlone GC.

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O.


Club Notes 23/5/2021 - Rain, what rain?

Anyone brave enough to venture out early on Sunday were rewarded with a surprisingly dry round and I’m sure a few who dropped out were regretting taking their name off once the sun came out. We offer our sincere thanks to our weekend sponsor McCarthy’s Centra who have been very supportive since arriving in the town. Well done to all our recent prize winners.

RESULTS  – McCarthy’s Centra (23/5/2021) Stableford – 1st Overall – Michael Kelly (11) 43pts, 1st Cat 1 – Keith Redmond (7) 37pts, 1st Cat 2 – Mossy Collins (13) 38pts, 1st Cat 3 – Patrick Flynn (15) 41pts, 1st Cat 4 – John Dunican (34) 38pts, 1st Ladies – Pearse Corbett (22) 35pts.  

Covid Fundraiser 13 hole (24-30 May) Stableford – 1st Cat 1 – Dom Fitzpatrick (7) 30pts, 1st Cat 2 – Paul Fogarty (10) 26pts, 1st Cat 3 – Thomas Lennon (Ath) (14) 28pts, 1st Cat 4 – Dessie McLoughlin (24) 29pts, 1st Ladies – Kathleen Conlon (28) 29pts.

Only 2 players and 4 ducks were hardy enough for last Thursday! 

COMPETITIONS  – The competition next week is a kindly sponsored by Mike Hiney Construction and it’s the Club Sub so it is a strokeplay event and as per the Mens AGM motion will be played in 3 balls all weekend. We also have a club stableford competition on Thursday 27th and there is a running 13 hole Covid Fundraiser which can be played any day. It is important to note that you must play the 13 hole competition off the ‘tees of the day’. We also have a very special ‘Play in Pink’ competition on Bank Holiday Monday June 7th which will be an Open Singles for Ladies & Gents.

BRS TIMESHEETS – Due to the heavy demand on weekend tee times casual members can only book primetime slots on Saturday or Sunday from Friday onwards.

GOLFER OF THE YEAR 2021 – Padraig Keenan has been slaving away like a Eurovision points adjudicator and the GOTY table has been updated to include the 4 counting events to date. The early leaders are Patrick Flynn on 79pts, Val Keogh 74pts and Sean Flanagan 71pts. The 111th member to earn 1pt this weekend was Denis Cronin.

PITCHMARKS & DIVOTS The members who are taking the sand / seed mix for repairing divots during their round are really helping cut down the hours our ‘Divot Work Party’ have to spend on this task. However, it would appear that some members aren’t bothering to either take a bag (which are in plentiful supply in the shop) or repair their divots. Ditto for repairing pitchmarks on the green, please do not leave it to the players behind you to repair the damage you have caused to the course. Take responsibility for it yourself.

 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Ladies club

The numbers playing golf over the last few weeks indicates that we were all just waiting to swing our clubs. The work done on the course over the lockdown enhances what we all knew, that Moate Golf Course is a course that is second to none.

Over the last few weeks the ladies club have run a fundraiser to help cover the expense of the refurbished locker room. This fundraiser will continue until the end of May. Though it wasn’t a competition the following players had the best scores over the last 3 weeks, week 1 Carmel Foxe and Ella Grennan, week 2 Carmel Coughlan and Mary Horan and week 3 Betty Behan and Marianne Young. 

There will be a ‘Play in Pink’ Open Day on Monday 7th June. You are all asked to play in pink on the day. There will be a prize for the best dressed Lady or Gent.


Club Notes 16/5/2021 - It's a results based game....

Now that we are back playing competitive golf it’s great to able to populate the results field once again. I must point out the fact that Jimmy Kassaris won his own booby prize this weekend in the Peter Kassaris Cup which is played in memory of his Dad. It’s nice to get a prize, even if it’s only a booby prize! A sincere thank you to all our sponsors and participants with a special well done to all our recent prize winners.

Sham Dolan admiring the gorse on the 11th. 

RESULTS / GOTY – Peter Kassaris Cup (16/5/2021) Strokeplay – 1st Overall – Pat Malone (Ath) (18) 69 nett, 1st Cat 1 – Sean Finerty (6) 70 nett, 1st Cat 2 – Phil Behan (12) 72 nett, 1st Cat 3 – Vivian Lynam (15) 69 nett, 1st Cat 4 – Joe Healy (25) 71 nett, 1st Ladies – Ger Byrne (35) 70 nett, Booby Prize – Jimmy Kassaris (17) 98 nett.

The big tree at the 8th tee. 

Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Competition (13/5/2021) Stableford – 1st Padraig Keenan (14) 45pts, 2nd Martin Horan (16) 40pts.

Covid Fundraiser 13 hole (10-16 May) Stableford – 1st Cat 1 – Sean Flanagan (5) 29pts, 1st Cat 2 – Paul Fogarty (10) 26pts, 1st Cat 3 – Brian Costello (18) 29pts, 1st Cat 4 – Pascal Macken (23) 28pts, 1st Ladies – Ger Byrne (35) 28pts.

Martin Horan plays a superb bunker shot on the 4th. 

Also, a bit of housekeeping on the 2020 Golfer of the Year and we congratulate the Mens Secretary Shane Kelly who takes the title with 328.5pts. The 2020 matchplays have to be finished yet but as Shane cannot be caught and we want to start the 2021 Golfer of the Year table next week, we just wanted to officially acknowledge Shane’s great performance.

COMPETITIONS / BRS TIMESHEETS – The competition next week is a club stableford kindly sponsored by McCarthy’s Centra, Moate. We also have a club stableford competition on Thursday 20th and there is a running 13 hole Covid Fundraiser which can be played any day. It is important to note that you must play the 13 hole competition off the ‘tees of the day’ so if there is a competition off the whites, or blues you should play the 13 hole competition off them and not just go to the yellows as it’s a bit less to walk.

All strokeplay events this year will be played in 3 balls as per a motion that was approved at the 2020 Mens AGM. On weekends we will have 3 balls from 7.30 to 9.30 with fourballs then for the rest of the day. Due to the heavy demand on weekend tee times casual members can only book primetime slots on Saturday or Sunday from Friday onwards. Apologies to anyone who had difficulty booking Saturday or Sunday slots after the competitions recently but hopefully that problem has now been addressed.

 

PITCHMARKS & DIVOTS The members who are taking the sand / seed mix for repairing divots during their round are really helping cut down the hours our ‘Divot Work Party’ have to spend on this task. However, it would appear that some members aren’t bothering to either take a bag or repair their divots and this ambivalence must change. Ditto for repairing pitchmarks on the green, please do not leave it to the players behind you to repair the damage you have caused to the course. Take responsibility for it yourself.

Pat Doyle putting on the 4th. 

ANDY'S ARCHIVE – This week’s selection from the newspaper archives is from a Westmeath Independent dated 26/9/2009.  “Congratulations to Dinny White (6) who emerged victorious in the Offaly Members Prize at the weekend with a 1 under par round. Johnny Mullally (10), Eugene Acton (16) and Andrew Dunne (18) claimed the category prizes with Sean Flanagan (3) taking the gross and Paul Fogarty (6) the veterans. This weeks Thursday Open was won by Colm Farrell (15) - 45pts. The other prizes went to Michael Cunningham (17) – 44pts, Sean Connell (11) – 39pts, Gross: Louis Cunningham (4) – 34pts. The country is enjoying an ‘Indian Summer’ and the course is looking its magnificent best, despite one of the wettest summers on record.”

(Courtesy Martin Horan) Perfect time for a photo as I finally remember how to use my PW properly! 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Club Notes 9/5/2021 - Just keep swimming...

We are now accepting bookings from guests, visitors and societies for casual golf with Open Competitions following after the 7th June providing all is still going well with the Covid protocols.

2 lovely sunset photos courtesy of Martin Horan

GOLF IRELAND - While the return to formal, organised competition across all sports will commence from 7th June in line with the Irish Government’s ‘Path Ahead’, we can now confirm that golf clubs can organise internal club competitions for members only from 10th May onwards. With all other competition activities then permitted from 7th June, subject to the public health situation at the time.

COMPETITIONS / BRS TIMESHEETS – The competition next week is the Peter Kassaris Cup and it’s the first Strokeplay event of the new season. I’m really looking forward to this as my golf lately will have me well in contention for the booby prize! Booking up to Sunday 23rd May is now available. From the 10th onwards we revert to 4 balls but we will have 3 balls from 8.00 to 9.30 on Saturdays and Sundays. If there is a demand for earlier slots we will consider extending this to 7.30am. Due to the heavy demand on weekend tee times casual members can only book primetime slots on Saturday or Sunday from the Friday onwards.

Top and tail. Nicky Grennan in action on the 1st and Dermot McGowan coming up the 18th. 

TEAMS – The Golf Ireland interclub events will be kicking off next month. Here are our opponents in the various competitions and no doubt your phone will be hopping soon with invitations from team managers. Mixed Foursomes (Rd 2) home v Mullingar, Pierce Purcell away v Birr, Senior Cup away v Rathdowney, All Ireland Fourball away v new Forest, Barton Shield away v Mullingar, Fred Perry home v Newbridge, Junior Cup home v new Forest, Provincial Towns away v Moyvalley, Jimmy Bruen (Rd 2) away v Tullamore. The ladies have opted out of the interclub, bar for the Mixed Foursomes. The Duggan Cup and Michael Moore have also been entered but they don’t come under Golf Ireland so I don’t have the details of those to hand.

WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM – One of the hard and fast rules of the WHS is that if you have signaled your intention to play (on computer or app, in competition or otherwise) you MUST return your score afterwards. The system relies on the golfers integrity to record scores be they good, bad or indifferent. Under the WHS, cards can be handed in for handicapping purposes whether playing in a competition or not. You must however declare your intention to do so in advance of starting a round and you must have your scores marked by another person. Before playing you can either enter your details on the shop computer i.e. Master Scoreboard or alternatively via the Golf Ireland app on your phone. Your score then has to be entered on the computer or app. If using the app you will be asked to give your markers details and they have to verify your round before it’s accepted. The WHS updates every night so you won’t need to contact us to find out your new handicap index etc. it will always be on the Golf Ireland portal and appears as soon as you log in to the computer.   

ARCHIVE – This week’s selection from the newspaper archives is from a Westmeath Independent dated 16/8/2002.  “Mens Club – Cochrane’s Fashions & Old World Bar Prize: 1st Nett Seamus McCormack 42pts, Cat 1 Liam Galvin 40pts, Cat 2 Liam Macken 39pts, Cat 3 Paul Smyth 41pts, Back Nine Michael Connolly 22pts. Ladies Club – Ann Killians Prize: 1st Nett Denise Martin 42pts, 2nd Nett Veronica McCormack 40pts, 3rd Nett Olive Costello 36pts, 4th Nett Margaret Byrne 36pts.”

 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


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