Overview of Moate Golf Club
President
Dermot Kenny
Lady President
Mary Horan
Captain
Willie Smith
Lady Captain
Marie Keane
Hon Secretary
Andy Dunne
Hon Treasurer
Martin Ryan
Administrator
Anna O'Brien
e-mail: moategolfclub@outlook.comPhone: 090 64 81271

CLUB NOTES 21/2/2021

The good work continues - 

thanks to George Garvey for the photos, although why he felt he could leave the shovel down while taking them I'm not sure!

We are absolutely delighted that several members have forwarded their 2021 fees ahead of the 28th February due date. Please keep them coming and be all set for the big restart. We appreciate it is a difficult time for many but to assist you we have a very easy to use credit facility where your membership payment can be spread over 10 months for a very small charge. Just ask Anna in the shop for all the details.  

KATHLEEN GROGAN – We were all saddened to learn of the passing of Kathleen Grogan at the weekend. As well as being Lady Captain in 1981 she also later served as Lady President and was on umpteen committees over the years. Kathleen was a staunch member of the club and always volunteered to help in any way she could. Our condolences go to PJ and all the family at this sad time.

WHS QUIZZES – Level 3 of Padraig Keenan’s WHS quiz is now on the front page of the website (or HERE) so please give it a go. See if you can get better than my 7 out of 10.

GOLF IRELAND – As I’m sure you all realise by now the GUI & ILGU are now under the all-encompassing umbrella of the new body ‘Golf Ireland’. As I mentioned recently they announced some information relating to how the WHS will integrate into the various competitions and formats. This week I’m sharing their notes on 2 of the Mens interclub competitions.   

Men’s Jimmy Bruen Shield - To be eligible, players must have a handicap index of no less than 3.5 on 1 January 2021. For a pair to be eligible, their handicap indexes on 1 January, when added together, must not be lower than 14.0. Therefore: A pair consisting of a player with an index of 6.9 and a player with an index of 7.1 on 1 January 2021 is eligible. A pair consisting of a player with an index of 6.5 and a player with an index of 7.4 on 1 January 2021 is not eligible. All games are played off scratch.

Men’s Pierce Purcell Shield - To be eligible, players must have a handicap index of no less than 10.5 on 1 January 2021. For a pair to be eligible, their handicap indexes on 1 January, when added together, must not be lower than 25.0. Therefore: A pair consisting of a player with an index of 11.9 and a player with an index of 13.1 on 1 January 2021 is eligible. A pair consisting of a player with an index of 11.5 and a player with an index of 13.4 on 1 January 2021 is not eligible. All games are played off scratch. 

ANDY'S ARCHIVE –  This week we have another 4 items from the memory banks of the local newspapers. Starting with a Junior Foursomes match win as per WM Independent dated 3/5/1991. 

Next is 8/7/1978 WM Independent report on Liam Cornallys Captains Prize. 

The Runners Dramatic Society praised the course in Offaly Independent of 20/7/1957. 

and finally we have this slightly more recent piece on a Provincial Towns match in the WM Independent 26/5/2007. 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 

LADIES CLUB 20/02/2021

It was with deep regret and much sadness that we heard of the death of Kathleen Grogan on Friday 19th. Kathleen was a past Ladies Captain, Ladies President and honorary member of Moate Golf Club.  Apart from the above positions Kathleen served as ladies secretary, ladies treasurer and all other positions on committee on numerous occasions over the years. She played on and managed many interclub teams. Her latest success was in 2010 when she successfully managed both the Intermediate and Junior Foursomes teams when they won Mid Leinster pennants for the club. Kathleen was always available to give help and advice to new members of the club and in her later years could be found helping the club by serving in the shop. Kathleen was sadly missed by her many friends when she was unable to come to the club for a coffee and a chat. Our sincere condolences to her husband P.J. her sons and extended family. May Kathleen Rest in peace.  

CLUB NOTES 14/02/2021 - DID ST. VALENTINE PLAY GOLF?............

We are very excited about the season ahead and I’ve already shared details of the ongoing work we’ve been doing while closed. It is obviously frustrating for us all that we don’t know exactly when we’ll be back golfing yet but we are delighted that some members have forwarded their 2021 fees ahead of the 28th February due date. We appreciate it is a difficult time for many but to assist you we have a very easy to use facility where your membership payment can be spread over 10 months. Just ask Anna for the details.  

SHOP NEWS – While our plans have not been finalized yet I can assure you that (contrary to rumours) week it is not being closed. The first steps of a new era have already been made as you will see from this photo showing off our new lights. Watch this space!

The 18th from both ends. We miss you! (Well I miss it a lot but then, I'm usually tired by the 18th!)

WHS Quizzes – Level 2 of Padraig Keenan’s WHS quiz on the website was a tricky one, luckily I’m a good guesser! Level 3 is up and ready, you can give it a go HERE.

GOLF IRELAND – As I’m sure you all realise by now the GUI & ILGU are now under the all-encompassing umbrella of the new body ‘Golf Ireland’. As I mentioned last week they recently released guidance relating to how the WHS will integrate into the various competitions and formats. This week I’m sharing their notes on shots in foursomes and four-ball match play.  

Foursomes - Previously, both pairs would have added their handicaps together and shots would be given or received based on half the difference between the two handicaps. Under WHS, both pairs will calculate their pair’s playing handicap (50% of the combined total of the course handicaps of both players). The full difference between the playing handicaps of each pair will determine the number of shots given/received.

Four-Ball - Previously, the lowest player would have assumed a scratch handicap and the higher-handicapped players would have received 90% of the shot difference between their handicaps and his/hers. Under WHS, all players in the match will individually calculate a course handicap and a playing handicap (90% of the course handicap) and then the higher handicapped players will take their full difference in playing handicap from the low player.

ANDY'S ARCHIVES – Three items as another quick trip in the time machine takes us back first of all to 25th May 1973 and this item from the Offaly Independent. 

Next it's way back to 12/9/1925 from the Westmeath Ind. 

and then we have some phots from the Westmeath Examiner dated 26/7/1975. 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 

CLUB NOTES 7/02/2021 - ARE WE THERE YET?.................

At this stage most if not all members should have got their renewal notices for 2021. Over the past few weeks we have been sharing with you all the work we’ve been doing while closed and the plans we have for the future. That’s your future too and all you have to do is to remain as members of the golf club. The more of us that can pay our 2021 fees by February 28th the better it is for the future of your club. We appreciate it is a difficult time for many but please remember we have a very easy to use facility where your membership fees can be spread over 10 months. It’s very simple to sign up and Anna will guide you through the process as she knows it inside out at this stage.

Mary Horan sent me these pics showing off the newly refurbished Ladies Salon! 

While Mary was busy inside, Martin sent me these from the outside. The 4th tee wall project and the new 'old' 3rd tee box. 

SHOP NEWS – The Management Committee decided recently to make some changes to the way we run the golf shop. As a result Michael Horan Golf Shop in Birr will no longer be stocking it exclusively on our behalf. We all wish to thank him very much for the excellent service he has provided for a number of years and I’m sure members will still support him if we don’t have something in stock ourselves. Other plans will be revealed as they are confirmed but one addition I’m already looking forward to is a coffee machine. Won’t it be nice that you won’t have to stop on your way over to the golf club to get your Latte Macchiato!

GOLF IRELAND INTERCLUB PLANS – As I’m sure you all realise by now the GUI & ILGU are now under the all-encompassing umbrella of the new body ‘Golf Ireland’. One of the first things Golf Ireland had to tackle was the recently introduced World Handicap System (WHS) and for months now we’ve been wondering how interclub competitions would be dealt with. Well, we’ve just found out. Obviously I’m not going to cover all the 38 page document issued here but we will post it to the website soon and I’ll point out some of the key points here over the next few weeks.

For instance; there are now 8 regions which will provide quarter finalists rather than 4 provincial winners qualifying for a semifinal.

 - Moate Golf Club is in Leinster Central (Men) and Mid Leinster (Ladies) although why they don’t have the same name now that we are supposedly under the same governing body boggles me!

– Anyone with a valid Handicap Index on 1/1/2021 is eligible to be selected and the previous seasons 4 card (Men) 3 card (Ladies) rule is now abolished.

 – Your exact handicap index e.g. 7.5 is the number to be used and there is no rounding up or down allowed.  

- Women’s Senior Cup, to be eligible players must have a handicap index not exceeding 14.0 on 1st January 2021.

- Men’s Senior Cup, to be eligible, players must have a handicap index at the time of competing.

- Men’s Barton Shield, to be eligible, players must have a handicap index at the time of competing.

- Women’s Junior Cup, to be eligible, players must have a handicap index of no less than 7.5 on 1 January 2021.

In the 4 competitions mentioned above all games are played off scratch. More to follow.

Micheal Kelly thinks a 5 iron will get him to the 4th, unfortunately he's looking at the 11th! 

WHS RESOURCES PAGE -  Thanks to Padraig Keenan we can all keep our WHS knowledge razor sharp. Check out his quizzes and oh so much more right here - http://www.moategolfclub.ie/

ANDY'S ARCHIVES – Another visit to the vaults this week reveals these 5 little nuggets of nostalgia. Starting with the Westmeath Independent dated 1/8/1964 and a photo from the Junior Scratch Cup presentation. 

2. Some 13 hole results from Westmeath Ind. 5/1/2013

3. Notes from the Westmeath Ind. 29/1/1966. 

4. 18/7/1959 - Westmeath Ind. 

and finally 1/8/1964 Westmeath Ind. 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 

CLUB NOTES 31/1/2021 - WHAT'S ANOTHER YEAR?..................

Despite us being closed the critical thing we need members to do right now is to remain as members of the golf club. The more of us that can pay our 2021 fees by February 28th the better it is for the future of your club. We appreciate it is a difficult time for many but please remember we have a very easy to use facility where your membership fees can be spread over 10 months. You will get full details of this when we issue our 2021 annual renewal notices shortly.   

ONLINE QUIZ - Why not check out the Online World Handicap Quiz (Level 1 HERE, Level 2 HERE. Thanks to the more than 70 people who took part last week, and hopefully we will be up to speed on the new system before we get back to the golf course in a few weeks.

ANDY'S ARCHIVES – Another visit to the vaults this week with 5 snippets. Firstly, from the Westmeath Independent dated 2/8/1969 - 

2. Leinster Express 24/9/2008 - Carmel Connolly played at Roscrea GC in the All Ireland Captains Prize Winners event they host. 

 

3. Westmeath Ind. 15/11/1952

Quite frequently I come across some of the things our members were involved in outside of the golf club and coincidentally this applies to our final two items this week. 

4. Westmeath Examiner 12/3/1983 Geraldine Coughlan (nee Morris) and Alison Couper had a busy day on the hockey field. 

 

5. Westmeath Ind. 30/4/1976 - Sean Dunne didnt see out the 90 mins on this occasion but his side Goodbody's won anyway! 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 

CLUB NOTES 24/1/2021 - BACK TO THE FUTURE!.....

To our members, employees and volunteers: you have all shown immense resilience during the last 10 months adapting day  by day to the challenges placed before us. As a club we’re determined to match that resilience by working incredibly hard on your behalf. Our staff and volunteers continue to work safely so that we can deliver a facility to be proud of even though there isn’t a golf ball in play just now. We know that many of you look to the golf club as a place where you can meet friends and enjoy one of the safest sports there is. While observing the restrictions imposed by this lockdown is the sensible thing to do it doesn’t make it any easier to forego the sport we love. One thing you can be certain of is we will get through this together and retain the strength and spirit that makes this club what it is. From everyone connected to the club we want you to stay connected and we look forward to welcoming you all back when we get permission to do so. We certainly haven’t been idle. Here’s just a selection of recent and planned activity:

  • 3rd tee box relocation to the clubhouse side of the drain.
  • Moving the netting from the temporary 3rd tee box.
  • 4th tee box levelling project including a new wall.
  • Ladies toilets have been refurbished.
  • Entrance hallway to clubhouse has been carpeted and repainted.
  • Padraig Keenan has created a WHS quiz for the website. http://www.moategolfclub.ie/whsquiz.php
  • Repositioning our defibrillator so it’s accessible outside club opening hours.

The critical thing we need members to do right now is to remain as members of the golf club. The more of us that can pay our 2021 fees by February 28th the better it is for the future of what is your club. We appreciate it is a difficult time for many but please remember we have a very easy to use facility where your membership fees can be spread over 10 months. You will get full details of this when we issue our 2021 annual renewal notices shortly. 

Thanks to Martin Horan for these recent photos. 

ANDY'S ARCHIVES – Another 4 memories from the archives this week starrting with the Westmeath Independent dated 25/7/1959. 

2. Westmeath Ind. 30/6/1978 - Sean Dunne goes County!

3. Connaught Tribune 15/6/1984 - Liz Ross wins a Lions Club prize. 

4. Offaly Independent 12/7/1985 - Open Week results.

 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 3/1/2021 - A FALSE START TO THE GOLFING YEAR!

While I am very cognizant of the reasons behind it, the fact that we are closed currently doesn’t make doing my weekly notes for the first time in 2021 a very happy occasion. All we can hope for is that everyone respects the guidelines and that we drive the Covid-19 infection numbers down. Stay safe everyone and hopefully we’ll be back on the fairways soon.  

RESULTS -

New Year Hamper 13 hole (26th - 30th December 2020).

1st Cat 1 – Eamon Coughlan (7) 30pts, 1st Cat 2 – Cathal O’Rourke (13) 30pts, 1st Cat 3 – Nicky Grennan (18) 32pts, 1st Cat 4 – Joe Healy (23) 34pts, 1st Ladies – Mary Horan (27) 27pts.

COVID 19 – Unfortunately due to the fact that the course is closed under Covid-19 restrictions we have no competitions for the foreseeable future. All members are asked to observe the closure implicitly and anyone found in breach will be disciplined by the club. Only staff, volunteers and committee members in the course of their duties are allowed on club property at this time.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2021 – This might be the only WL Table update for a while but the early leaders are Team 8 led by Rory Minagh with 308pts. Micheal Kelly’s Team 3 is next on 298pts and completing the top 3 are Team 4 David Digan on 230pts. We really appreciate the support and loyalty shown to the club by the 7 teams who commenced their rounds despite the uncertainty of the times.

Rory Minagh, Micheal Kelly & David Digan. 

ANDY'S ARCHIVE – Another few blasts from the past starting with this item from the Westmeath Examiner of 13/5/1961. 

Next up it's the Connaught Tribune of 18/2/1983

The 3rd item is from 27/5/1950's WM Ind. 

The Offaly Independent dated 19/12/1953 showed our Captain attended the Athlone Gc Captains dinner. 

and we finish with the Longford Leader 21/12/2007

 

 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 27/12/2020 - THE END OF THE YEAR IS NIGH...............

We hope everyone enjoyed the Christmas and would like to wish a very Happy New Year to all our members, visitors and sponsors. We also thank everyone who participated in the recent competitions and well done to all the prize winners.

RESULTS -

10 Hole Club Competition (21st-24th December 2020) 1st Joe Ennis (11) 26pts

Due to an unfortunate oversight some 13 hole weekly competition results were never published so here they are now:

Sept 14 - 27 Cat 1 - Tommy Digan (5) 27pts, Cat 2 - Joe Ennis (12) 27pts, Cat 3 - Ger Heavin (15) 33pts, Cat 4 - Sean Cooney (20) 29pts, Ladies - Aideen Jordan (38) 30pts.

Sept 28 - Oct 4, Cat 1 - Tommy Digan (5) 29pts, Cat 2 - Gary Colgan (12) 25pts, Cat 3 - Mossy Collins (15) 29pts, Cat 4 - Sean Cooney (20) 27pts, Ladies - Mary Horan (26) 24pts.

Oct 5 – 11 Cat 1 - Bert Burke (5) 27pts, Cat 2 - Martin Ryan (13) 30pts, Cat 3 - Martin Horan (17) 27pts, Cat 4 - Mick Ryan (24) 31pts, Ladies - Mary Horan (27) 24pts.

Oct 12 – 18 Cat 1 - Shane Kelly (7) 27pts, Cat 2 - No winner, Cat 3 - Martin Horan (17) 31pts, Cat 4 - Brian Costello (19) 30pts, Ladies - Marie Keane (28) 24pts.

Oct 19 – 25 1st Men - Paschal Macken 26pts, 1st Ladies - Carmel Carroll 27pts.

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS – The New Year Hamper re-entry competition (members only) runs to January 10th.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE – Following the recent GUI / Government advice on the epidemic it is impossible to go ahead with the 2020 Final on January 10th as planned. You will be advised of yet another date as soon as possible. I will have the first update of the 2021 qualifying rounds next weekend. Still plenty of time to enter a team and get involved.

COVID-19 – We have temporarily stopped accepting green fees and this will be reviewed on a regular basis. For all members strict conditions for play remain in force. Golfers with any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay away. Physical distancing rules should be observed at all times and you cannot play if you are not booked on the BRS. Tee times must be booked via BRS or shop. EVERYONE without exception must wear a face mask when indoors. Please observe this to protect the health of all involved and do not be offended if someone asks you not to be indoors without a suitable face covering. 

ANDY'S ARCHIVE -   Another few snippets from our past. Starting with club notes from a Westmeath Examiner dated 8/4/1995

Next is a little piece from the Leinster Report 11/1/1902

Irish Press 4/11/1957

13/8/2005 Westmeath Examiner

and ending with Evening Press 21/3/1981 and the Pierce Purcell draw. 

 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

LADIES CLUB

Results of Turkey Competitions. The following 14 players all qualified to receive a turkey voucher

Ella Grennan, Carmel Carroll, Mary Egan, Eileen White, Marianne Yound, Sinead Healy, Tracey Redmond, Beth Dunne, Helen Kelly, Mary Rohan, Theresa Cleary, Veronica Mc Cormack and Bridie Dillon. Congratulations to all. Vouchers available in shop from Wednesday 23rd.

A 13 hole running competition will be ongoing from 22nd December until 31st December.

Happy Christmas to all our members

CLUB NOTES 20/12/2020 - IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS............

We would like to wish a very Happy Christmas to all our members, visitors and sponsors. We also thank everyone who participated in the recent competitions and well done to all the prize winners. No photos or archive tonight as Facebook is playing up so I will try to rectify that during the week. 

RESULTS - 13 Hole Turkey Competition Week 3 (20th December 2020)

Cat 1 – 1st Eamon Coughlan (7) 29pts (30-1), 2nd Paddy Lynam (4) 29pts. Cat 2 – 1st Cathal O’Rourke (13) 32pts, 2nd Ray Lynam (10) 30pts. Cat 3 – 1st Seamus Fagan (18) 30pts, 2nd Andrew Nally (17) 30pts. Cat 4 – 1st Stephen Hahessy (20) 33pts, 2nd Joe Healy (23) 32pts.

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS – The green keeping team are reducing the number of holes available from Monday to Thursday this week. Holes 1-3 and 12-18 will be open with 4-11 being rested. This means we will only have a New Year Hamper re-entry competition (members only) this year starting on 26th running to January 10th.

MANAGEMENT AGM 2020 - An historic Management AGM was held on Sunday December 20th at 6pm in that it was the first we’ve ever held online via Zoom. Following reports from the Chairman Martin Horan, Honorary Secretary Andy Dunne and Treasurer Sean Dunne the fees for 2021 were approved and the following Committee was elected. Hugh Conlon, Michael Connolly, Tommy Conlon, Noel Mulligan, Rory Minagh, Louis Cunningham, Gareth Cassidy & George Garvey joining Andy Dunne (Hon Sec), Martin Ryan (Treasurer), Willie Smith (Mens Capt.), Marie Keane (Lady Capt.), Dermot Kenny (Mens President), Mary Horan (Lady President), Betty Behan (Trustee), Joe Creggy (Trustee), Martin Horan (ex officio), Sean Dunne (Mens Vice Capt.), Joan Molloy (Lady Vice Capt.), Shane Kelly (Mens Sec) and Marian Mullen (Lady Sec).

The lucky recipients of €100 in the final annual draw are - Beth Dunne, Matt Scally, Mick McLoughlin, Brendan Magee, Carmel Scally, Tommy Costello, Paddy Carroll, Geraldine Coughlan, Ray Lynam, Bert Burke, Ollie Seery, Charlie Doyle & Syl Nestor.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE – Following advice from the course staff we are going to play the 2020 Winter League Final on Sunday January 10th but this is provisional pending any Government / Golf Ireland advice. If course conditions allow we will have it over 18 holes, otherwise we will stick to 13 to get it done. Tee times will be allocated between 9.00 and 11.30 so watch out for the email with your time. Teams with missing players may avail of one sub only and a sub with as near a handicap as possible will be allocated. Entry forms for the 2021 version are in the shop and qualifying rounds can be played immediately. The plan is to have the 2021 final late March / early April so we will have plenty of time to get 6 rounds in.

COVID-19 – We have temporarily stopped accepting green fees and this will be reviewed on a regular basis. For all members strict conditions for play remain in force. Golfers with any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay away. Physical distancing rules should be observed at all times and you cannot play if you are not booked on the BRS. Tee times must be booked via BRS or shop. EVERYONE without exception must wear a face mask when indoors. Please observe this to protect the health of all involved and do not be offended if someone asks you not to be indoors without a suitable face covering. 

PAR 3 RESTAURANT – The Railway bar will be open from 12pm Saturday & Sunday serving their bar food menu, and the main restaurant area will be open from 10am serving breakfast Lunch and Christmas Menu for bookings phone 0906482644

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

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