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@outlook.comPhone: 090 64 81271

CLUB NOTES 9/8/2020 - NEIGHBOURS LOCKED OUT.............

The 2020 Classic sub-committee think tank have released major news. While the entry fee will remain at a very reasonable €120 per team (of 4) the prize fund has been quadrupled and there are some really amazing prizes on offer this year. 1st Prize is 4 sets of Mizuno irons, 2nd prize 4 golf bags and for 3rd prize there are 4 Odyssey putters. GUI & ILGU handicaps apply for the main prizes but there will be a prize for the best Non-GUI/ILGU team and also the best all ladies team. Other prizes will be announced as they are confirmed. We have also extended the dates and it will now run from Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th August. Book your space via www.moategolfclub.ie 

RESULTS – ‘Shane Maher T/a Peter Gillivans’ Club Comp 2/8/2020. 1st Gary Colgan (15) 41pts, 1st Cat 1 – Adrian Conroy (8) 39pts, 1st Cat 2 – John Foster (13) 39pts, 1st Cat 3 – Mal Kelly (15) 38pts, 1st Cat 4 – Jimmy Cleary (20) 40pts, Ladies – Tracey Redmond (15) 40pts.

‘Michael Murray / Garden Care’ Open 3/8/2020 (Stableford). 1st Aaron Nugent (16) 40pts, 2nd Pat Byrne (22) 39pts, Low Gross – David Tynan (3) Mullingar 31pts, 3rd Gary Dolan (10) 38pts & Ladies – Mags Galvin (22) 38pts.

Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open 6/8/2020 (Stableford). 1st Emmet Kenny (17) Athlone 40pts, 2nd Adrian Hiney (4) 39pts, Low Gross – James Hetherington (1) Glasson 35pts, 3rd Noel O’Reilly (14) 38pts, & Ladies – Beth Dunne (16) 29pts. 

SPONSORS SLOT – We are so lucky that we have a great bunch of sponsors. This week I’d like to specifically thank Seamus & Gerry of D&B Fitted Furniture, Shane Maher t/a Peter Gillivans and Mossy Collins @ Planalife Insurance.

NEXT FIXTURES – Unfortunately as a result of the Offaly, Kildare, Laois lockdown decision Joe Mullen’s Presidents Prize has had to be deferred until 19/20 September. The ‘Behan Country Market’ sponsored Club Stableford will take its place next week. In another change the Lady Captains Prize for Mags Galvin is now on Sunday 13th September. Our very popular Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open continues and finally the weekly 13 hole competition is available to play in any day.

2020 MATCHPLAYS– Again due to the 3 county lockdown in force affecting many members all matchplay rounds have been extended by 2 weeks. This means for the Crozier Autoparts Club Matchplay rd2 and Keenan Bauer Fourball preliminary round the new deadline is Sunday August 30th. Other deadline dates will be adjusted accordingly in locker room and on website in due course.

TEAMS – Good luck to the Jimmy Bruen and Senior Cup teams managed by Tommy Conlon & Ollie Grogan respectively who are both in action later in the week v Mullingar.  The George Garvey led Barton Cup team had its first outing today versus Mount Temple and it’s still all in the balance with the final game yet to be decided after darkness had curtailed the action at 2-2.

GOTY 2020 – The latest available table which includes the Shane Maher competition shows leader Jamie Colgan on 210pts pulling away as his nearest 6 rivals failed to score. There are now 174 players with points and new entries are Seamus McCormack, Noel O’Reilly & Jimmy Cleary. In the ex-Presidents mini battle Liam Galvin is 3rd on 165.5pts, Louis Cunningham has 117pts in 10th and Mick O’Brien isn’t far away on 106pts in T16th. The current incumbent Joe Mullen is yet to get a vote!

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – This weeks nugget of history comes from the Westmeath Examiner dated 2/8/1975. “Sunday last was ladies day on the local links with over 50 local ladies taking part in the 18 hole stroke competition. The winner with the very good score of 61 nett was Mary O’Brien with Mrs. Lowe next best. The gross prize going to Margaret Walsh. The first 9 prize went to Mrs. McKeown and the special prize to Mrs. Doyle. The mixed foursomes in the evening went to Tom Daly with the Lady Captain, Mrs. Flynn with Mick Glennon and Mrs. Doyle next best. The prizes were presented to the winners at a well-attended function in the Club House on Sunday night. Music was supplied by Leo Keating and PJ Grogan.”

COVID-19 NOTES – 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. You cannot play if you are not booked on the BRS. Tee times must be booked via BRS or shop. The new laws make it compulsory to wear face coverings in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and other retail settings from Monday 10 August 2020. It will also be mandatory for all retail staff to wear a face covering unless there is a partition (which we have in place) or a 2-metre distance between them and customers. As the club shop and indeed clubhouse premises is deemed to be an indoor retail space ALL MEMBERS, GUESTS & VISITORS must wear a face mask when indoors. Please observe this law 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. 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

COVID-19 UPDATE - FACE COVERINGS

The new laws make it compulsory to wear face coverings in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and other retail settings from Monday 10 August 2020. It will also be mandatory for all retail staff to wear a face covering unless there is a partition (which we have in place) or a 2-metre distance between them and customers.

As the club shop and indeed clubhouse premises is deemed to be an indoor retail space ALL MEMBERS, GUESTS & VISITORS must wear a face mask when indoors. Please observe this law 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 Dunne

Honorary Secretary

ELVERY TROPHY DRAW

The draw for the Elvery Trophy Matchplay is as follows.

Mary Horan V Sinead Healy.

Helen Kelly V Sinead Power

Marie Keane V Betty Behan

Dolores Moodley V Anne Healy

Ella Grennan V Joan Molloy

Eleanor Fitapatrick V Theresa Cleary

Veronica Colgan V Mary Kerrigan

Marian Mullen V Carmel Foxe

1st Round matches to be played by Wednesday 19th August

LADIES CLUB 3/8.20

On Wednesday 5th August a competition (The Pauline Farrell Trophy) to commemorate our former Lady Captain Pauline Farrell takes place. It is the inaugural holding of what will be an annual event. The competition is sponsored by Pauline’s friends.

The competition on Wednesday last 29th July was sponsored by M. Cunningham, T. Cleary and E. Fitzpatrick. The winners were 1st Joan Molloy (33) 43 pts,  2nd Ella Grennan (19) 39 pts and 3rd Betty Behan (21) 32 pts. The 9 hole competition sponsored by Beth Dunne was won by Catherine Geoghegan (54) with 18 pts.

Ladies just a little reminder that Mrs Margaret Galvin’s Lady Captains prize is on Sunday 23rd August.

BRUEN UP A STORM 2/8/2020

We had a fantastic turn out for our Scratch Cups recently and due to Covid-19 guidelines on card handling we couldn’t publish the results in time for the print deadline so they are now recorded below. It’s been great to be busy and we’ve had visitors from the likes of Esker Hills, Gold Coast, Glasson, Strokestown, Seapoint, New Forest, Beaverstown, Millicent, Arklow, Birr, Dungarvan, Tullamore, Edenderry, Galway, The Heath, Athlone and Mount Temple. Thanks to everyone who played and well done to all our recent prize winners.

Seamus McCormack driving on the 3rd in the Shane Maher t/a Peter Gillivan club competition on Saturday. Mickey Rabbitte looks on.

RESULTS – ‘Syncom UK’ Junior Scratch Cup 26/7/2020 (Strokeplay) – 1st Gross Neil Furey (6) 76 gross, 2nd Gross Jonathan Hehir (Galway GC) (5) 76 gross, 1st Nett Tony Shine (5) 71 nett, 2nd Nett Michael Lynch Jnr (5) 72 nett.

‘Plan a Life Insurance’ Intermediate Scratch Cup 26/7/2020 (Strokeplay) – 1st Gross Callum Dunne (12) 78 gross, 2nd Gross Alexander Cleland Jnr (The Heath) (10) 79 gross, 1st Nett Tony Dunne (17) 65 nett, 2nd Nett Alan McLoughlin (18) 67 nett.

‘D&B Fitted Furniture’ Minor Scratch Cup 26/7/2020 – 1st Gross Leonard Donaldson (22) 91 gross, 2nd Gross Dermot Horan (20) 92 gross, 1st Nett Paul Browne (26) 67 nett, 2nd Nett Dermot McGowan (20) 73 nett.

Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open 30/7/2020 (Stableford) - 1st Ross Healion (11) New Forest 44pts, 2nd Eoin Murphy (12) 43pts, Low Gross Adam Kelly (5) New Forest 35pts, 3rd Sean Flanagan (8) 41pts, Ladies – Theresa Cleary (30) 26pts. 

We’ve had a few competitions recently and we will make prizes available for collection in the near future as it’s not yet advisable to hold physical indoor presentations. All prize winners will be notified.

SPONSORS SLOT – We are so lucky that we have a great variety of sponsors. This week I’d like to specifically thank the ‘Friends of Dinny White’ grouping, the Hill family, Paddy Coyne of Vet Farm Supplies and The Grand Hotel, Moate.

David Digan and Callum Dunne sizing up their options in the Jimmy Bruen match. (Courtesy Martin Horan)

NEXT FIXTURES – It’s all systems go these days and next weekend we have the eagerly awaited Mick Glennon Memorial. Our very popular Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open continues and finally the weekly 13 hole competition is available to play in any day.

TEAMS – The Jimmy Bruen team made it to a 3rd round tie with Mullingar by disposing of a hotly fancied New Forest team on a 3-2 scoreline despite us being the away team. In an amazing turn of events 4 of the 5 matches went to at least 4 extra holes and it all concluded in practical darkness. The Pierce Purcell squad met Longford on Sunday afternoon, and went down on a 3-2 scoreline. As so often happens in these matches we got the 2 home wins but just couldn’t sneak an away win. Well done to all involved on both teams and best of luck to Longford in the next round.

FOREIGN RAIDS – One of my news hounds advised me that Jamie Colgan & John Quinn put in a stellar performance to come 2nd in a big competition at Portrush last week.

Tommy Digan and Sean Connell checking all angles in the Jimmy Bruen match. (Courtesy Martin Horan)

GOTY 2020 – As we didn’t have a Senior Scratch cup the other Scratch Cups can’t be included in the GOTY. However the Grand Hotel prize points have been factored in and we have a new leader as Jamie Colgan with 174pts takes the lead. Kevin Lynam is second with 166pts and just half a point behind him is Liam Galvin. Three random shout outs to 32nd place David Digan on 74pts, Ray Joyce on 21pts is 120th and Damien Claffey is 145th with 12pts.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – According to the Westmeath Examiner dated 7/7/1979 popular Moate member Johnny Cleary was once again in the winners enclosure at Ballymore Pitch and Putt Club. In the Offaly Independent of 7/8/1967 PJ Carton of Moate GC had a big win in Athlone GC and the marriage of Moate members Mona Cox and Noel O’Connell was making local headline news in the Examiner of 24/9/1960. Some hitch with Facebook prevents me adding the actual reports this week. 

COVID-19 NOTES – Although members, guests and visitors are now welcome 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. You cannot play if you are not booked on the BRS. Tee times must be booked via BRS or shop.

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

LADIES CLUB 27/07/20

The competition on Wednesday last was the Kathleen Kelly Memorial. It was sponsored by Liam Galvin, Kathleen Conlon and Anna O’Brien. 72 net proved a popular score as the first four prize winners 1st Carmel Coughlan (33), 2nd Alison Couper (22), 3rd Joan Molloy (33), Cat 1 Sinead Healy (12) all posted that  score,  Cat 2 was won by Mary Kerrigan (27) 73 net, Cat 3 Marie Dolan (31) 77 net and Cat 4 Theresa Duffy (38) 83 net.

WHAT'S ANOTHER HOLE.................CLUB NOTES 26/7/2020

We had a fantastic turn out for our Scratch Cups but due to Covid-19 guidelines we can’t publish results in time for the print deadline. More details will follow. 

RESULTS – Grand Hotel Club Comp 19/7/2020 (Stableford) – 1st Overall - Joe Ennis (11) 38pts, 1st Cat 1 – Shane Kelly (8) 36pts, 1st Cat 2 – Benny Greham (12) 36pts, 1st Cat 3 – Eoin Murphy (14) 39pts, 1st Cat 4 – Noel Ryan (21) 37pts, Ladies 1st – Ann Ledwith (24) 37pts.

Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open 23/7/2020 (Stableford) - 1st David Cox (12) Birr 41pts, 2nd Pat Malone Ath, (20) 41pts, Low Gross Diarmuid O’Brien (4) Athlone 34pts, 3rd Gary Egan (11) 40pts, Ladies – Mary Rose Coughlan (21) 33pts.  

Well done to all the prize-winners. We’ve had a few competitions recently and we will make prizes available for collection in the near future as it’s not yet advisable to hold physical indoor presentations. All prize winners will be notified.

SPONSORS SLOT – As many of you already know our sponsors come in all shapes and sizes and from near and far. This week I’d like to specifically thank Planalife Insurances who this year sponsored the Intermediate Scratch Cup, the Dolan Family who provide the T.A. Dolan Cup and Jimmy Kassaris is another who honours his late father by hosting the Peter Kassaris Cup later in the year.

NEXT FIXTURES – Next weekend looks busy yet again. Firstly we have a club 18 hole stableford sponsored by Shane Maher t/a peter Gillivan Butchers and on Monday it’s an Open Singles stableford sponsored by Michael Murray / Gardencare.  Our very popular Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open continues and finally the weekly 13 hole competition is available to play in any day.

CROZIER AUTOPARTS CLUB MATCHPLAY – The 1st round cutoff date was Sunday 26th July. Jimmy Kassaris will be checking for unplayed matches. The full draw for round 2 is on both the website and locker room wall. Please put your mobile number on it but don’t wait to be contacted - top / bottom have equal responsibility - to get the match played. Disqualifications will be automatic. Please remember to post results on the sheet afterwards.

KEENAN BAUER ‘FOUR BALL BETTER BALL’ MATCHPLAY – The draw for this ‘Four Ball Better Ball’ edition is also on the website and locker room wall. The preliminary round matches must be completed by August 16th and for 1st round matches the deadline is August 30th so get cracking. Please remember to post results on the sheet afterwards.

TEAMS – We met Esker Hills in both the Junior Cup and Jimmy Bruen this past weekend. The Junior Cup side lost 3 ½ to 1 ½ but we had an exciting victory in the Jimmy Bruen. Tied at 2-2 the remaining match was halted due to severe darkness very late on Saturday night after 3 play-off holes. Play resumed on the 4th tee Sunday afternoon and it was the Moate due of Sean Connell & Michael Lynch who clinched the victory. Well done to all involved. The Pierce Purcell squad meet Longford next Sunday afternoon, while the Jimmy Bruen have a quick turnaround to play again and the Senior Cup team face Birr.  

NICK FALDO SERIES - Best of luck to Dean Kerrigan who is taking part this week in the Faldo Series event at Glasson Golf Club this week. The best Irish junior golfers are competing for a coveted prize trip to Abu Dhabi in November. 

PITCHMARKS – The green keeping team continue to remind everyone that pitch marks and divots are repaired. As the course is so busy there are more than ever and it’s everyone’s duty to protect the course. In addition to this we must reiterate that practicing from one spot anywhere on the course with several balls is forbidden and it is unacceptable that anyone should be damaging the course in this manner.  

COVID-19 NOTES – Although members, guests and visitors are now welcome 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. You cannot play if you are not booked on the BRS. Tee times must be booked via BRS or shop.

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

LADIES CLUB

Congratulations to Mr Tommy Conlon on a very successful Captains Prize. Congratulations also to all the winners.

The competition on Wednesday last was sponsored by Marian & Niamh Mullen & Carmel Connolly. The winners were 1st Mary Cunniffe (44) 41 pts, 2nd Joan Molloy (37) 40 pts and 3rd Ella Grennan (20) 38 pts.

The competition on Wednesday 22nd is the Kathleen Kelly Memorial.

TIGER 15, SEAN CONNELL 1 - CLUB NOTES 19/7/2020

Congratulations to Captain Tommy Conlon on his uncanny ability to guarantee good weather on the most important weekend of the Captains year for his Captains Prize Final. The top 75 players teed off from 8am on Saturday in glorious sunshine. After an epic battle involving 30 holes on the day Sean C. Connell emerged victorious over Jamie Colgan. Due to Covid 19 restrictions the presentation that followed was in the open air on what is essentially our front lawn! After being introduced by MC Micheal Kelly (Mens Secretary) our Presidents Mary Egan, Joe Mullen and Lady Captain Mags Galvin all spoke in glowing terms of Tommy and his year to date. Captain Tommy then spoke freely of his love of Moate Golf Club its members and its history. As well as thanking his family and friends Tommy mentioned various people in the club and thanked them for all the trojan work that they do. It’s clear from his actions and words this year that Moate Golf Club holds a special place in his heart and we wish him all the best for the remainder of his term in office. Thanks to the wonderful entertainment laid on by Moate member Adrian Hiney and the food from the Claffey’s Grand Hotel a great night was had by all and it’s certainly an ‘al fresco’ adventure that will be remembered for many years to come.   

Above - new member Eoin Ronaldson tees off at the 1st. 

Below - not so new member Louis Cunningham keeps the atmosphere light while Brian Browne, Kevin Lynam and Captain Tommy Conlon look on. 

RESULTS –  Tommy Conlon’s Captains Prize 18/7/2020 (Strokeplay) 18 hole qualifier followed by 27 holes plus in this case an additional 3 hole playoff.

1st Sean Connell (11) 185.7, 2nd Kevin Lynam (18) 168,  Gross – Jamie Colgan (3), 3rd Michael Lynch Jnr (5) 171.5, 4th Sean Finerty (12) 172, 5th Gary Egan (12) 174, Past Captain – Bert Burke (4) 179, Veteran – Liam Galvin (5) 179.5, Leading Qualifier 18 – Vivian Lynam (17) 68, Leading Qualifier 36 – Brian Browne (21) 140, Ladies 13 hole – Carmel Carroll 27pts and Junior – Colm Coady. Well done to all the prize-winners, plus those who shot the lights out in either round and welcome to your new handicaps!

Above - Lady Captain Mags Galvin popped in to support Captain Tommy on his big day. or was it to mention the 5.10am alarm??????

Below - Serious contenders Vivian Lynam, Gary Egan and Sean C. Connell with Tommy on the tee box. 

SPONSORS SLOT – As many of you already know our sponsors come in all shapes and sizes and from near and far. This week I’d like to specifically thank our golf shop supplier Michael Horan in Birr who has been a great supporter over a number of years. While his Good Friday competition bit the dust as in 2020 as we had the enforced closure period we hope that Seamus Dolan / Dr. Cuppaiges will be back on our sponsor’s board in 2021. While a regular sponsor on the Ladies side of the house has been ‘Boutique Clodagh’.

Above - taking the knee Cuala style it's Brendan Stanley. 

Below - David Lynch thinks his cool shades will guarantee he's first in the queue for the 'hospitality'! 

NEXT FIXTURES – Next weekend I’m sure the competition will be fierce as we line up to compete in the Scratch Cups. This year we have taken a novel sponsorship approach and the Junior (4-9) sponsor is Syncom UK, the Intermediate (10-18) Plan a Life Insurance and finally the Minor (19-28) D&B Fitted Furniture. The weekly 13 hole competition entry has dipped recently so while we will try running it for the summer months please remember that it’s available to play in any day.

Above - Liam Galvin reveals a handicap enquiry from our new Captains prize winner. 

Below - Sean Connell gets to grips with the trophy. Congratulations on your first major win. 

CROZIER AUTOPARTS CLUB MATCHPLAY – The preliminary round must be completed on or by Sunday 19th July with the 1st round closing date being Sunday 26th July. The full draw is on both the website and locker room wall. Please put your mobile number on it but don’t wait to be contacted - top / bottom have equal responsibility - to get the match played. Disqualifications will be automatic. Please remember to post results on the sheet afterwards.

Above - The formal pose on the putting green. Sean Connell. 

Below - A more familar pose on  the final play off hole. 

KEENAN BAUER ‘FOUR BALL BETTER BALL’ MATCHPLAY – After a couple of hiccups the draw for this ‘Four Ball Better Ball’ edition took place last week and is now on the website and locker room wall. The preliminary round matches must be completed by August 16th and for 1st round matches the deadline is August 30th so get cracking.

Above - Never mind these lads says Rory Minagh look at me finely sculpted hedging! JJ Colgan, Sean Finerty and Tommy Conlon stand by. 

Below - Liam Galvin lets fly on his way to taking the Veterans Prize. 

TEAMS – The GUI have a curtailed season of Team events but we are in action over the coming weeks in the Junior & Senior Cups as well as Jimmy Bruen and Pierce Purcell matches.

Above - I'd say he has more golf shoes than Tiger Woods. Low Gross winner Jamie Colgan. 

Below - Martin Horan spying through the foliage on our eventual winner. 

2020 GOTY – Although we don’t yet have the results of Sunday’s Grand Hotel, Moate competition we have added in the bumper haul of points for everyone in the Captains prize. No surprises then that 10 of the current top 11 scored points this weekend. The current overall leader on 166pts is Kevin Lynam while Liam Galvin chases him on 148.5 and Jamie Colgan with 142pts makes up the top 3. The Captains Prize winner Sean Connell vaults up to 22nd with 75.5pts.

PITCHMARKS – The green keeping team continue to ask that pitch marks and divots are repaired. As the course is so busy there are more than ever and it’s everyone’s duty to protect the course. In addition to this we must reiterate that practicing from one spot anywhere on the course with several balls is forbidden and it is unacceptable that anyone should be damaging the course in this manner.  

COVID-19 NOTES – Although members, guests and visitors are now welcome 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. You cannot play if you are not booked on the BRS. Tee times must be booked via BRS or shop.

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

LADIES CLUB

The ladies club wish Captain Tommy Conlon a very enjoyable and  successful  day on Saturday next for his Captains Prize Day Final.  Best of luck also to all who qualify for the final. Captain Tommy is running a 13 hole competition for the ladies on the day. Tee times from 12.40pm – 2.30pm. Book on line soon as the time sheet is filling up fast.

The competition on Wednesday 8th July was the Polly Buckley memorial. It was sponsored by Mary Rose Coughlan, Dolores Moodley and Kathleen Cooney. The winners were 1st Ella Grennan (20) 73 net, 2nd Joan Molloy (40) 68 net, 3rd Marie Keane (29) 73 net, Cat 1 Veronica Mc Cormack (16) 77 net, Cat 2 Carmel Carroll (23) 76 net, Cat 3 Marie Dolan (32) 78 net and Cat 4 Anne Egan (38) 78 net.

LITTLE TOMMY AND THE BROTHER....................CLUB NOTES 12/7/2020

Congratulations to Captain Tommy Conlon on the occasion this weekend of his Captains Qualifier. An amazing 221 golfers played and the top 75 players have made it through to the Final next Saturday. We wish Tommy all the best for his big day and we also wish all the qualifiers well. Tommy would like to thank everyone who helped make the weekend a success from the shop team to the bunker rakers and everyone in between and he's looking forward to a great day and night on Saturday next. Here are a few of the many photos from the weekend and we'll have lots more on Facebook during the week. 

Tommy Conlon had to prise the prize from Shane Kelly's grip!

Little Tommy with big brother Hughie who was Captain in 1977. 

The legend that is Brendan Kehoe is back in action. 

Richie Allen confidently blast off from the 1st tee. 

Jimmy the Greek being singled out for some last minute advice perhaps? 

SPONSORS SLOT – As many of you already know our sponsors come in all shapes and sizes and from near and far. This week I’d like to specifically thank the Kennedy / Tooher family who sponsor the Adrian Kennedy Memorial, Nick Linnane & Co. Accountants, Moate who sponsor our very popular Thursday Open and D&B Fitted Furniture who this year are sponsoring the Minor Scratch Cup which is only a couple of weeks away. Not all our sponsors are involved in the competition end of things so we’d also like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to Eamon Braiden who has been supportive above and beyond the call of duty on the flowers and plant front. The ladies who weed and feed the great variety of blooms do a great job. Please give our sponsors your support whenever you can.

NEXT FIXTURES –  On Saturday 18th we have Tommy Conlon’s Captains Prize Final and the 75 qualifiers (including a couple of 76’s) have been notified of their tee time starting with the 75th person Kevin Allen at 8 am right through to the leading qualifier Gary Egan who will play at 12. Anyone who cannot take their spot in the final should notify Andy (that’s me) on 086 0556336 as there are a lot of keen substitutes on the 76 mark including myself waiting in the wings. A player may swap tee times with someone else if they both agree and they stay within the 8-12 timeframe but the Mens Committee must be notified of any swaps. Play will be in 3 balls and a system for safer card marking will be announced on our noticeboards before Saturday. Tommy will also host a 13 hole competition for the Ladies (12.40 – 2.30) but please be quick as that timesheet is filling up very fast. The ‘Grand Hotel, Moate’ sponsored club 18 hole competition is on Sunday 19th while the weekly 13 hole competition is proving popular so we will try running it for the summer months.

CROZIER AUTOPARTS CLUB MATCHPLAY – The preliminary round must be completed on or by Sunday 19th July with the 1st round closing date being Sunday 26th July. The full draw is on both the website and locker room wall. Please put your mobile number on it but don’t wait to be contacted - top / bottom have equal responsibility - to get the match played. Disqualifications will be automatic. Please remember to post results on the sheet afterwards.

KEENAN BAUER ‘FOUR BALL BETTER BALL’ MATCHPLAY – The draw for this ‘Four Ball Better Ball’ edition took place on Sunday night but there’s an issue to be resolved before publication. At a very late stage, we discovered a couple of instances where players have entered with different partners and we’ll update matters once that's resolved.

PITCH MARKS – The green keeping team continue to ask that pitch marks and divots are repaired. As the course is so busy there are more than ever and it’s everyone’s duty to protect the course. In addition to this we must reiterate that practicing from one spot anywhere on the course with several balls is forbidden and it is unacceptable that anyone should be damaging the course in this manner.  

COVID-19 NOTES – Although members, guests and visitors are now welcome 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. You cannot play if you are not booked on the BRS. Tee times must be booked via BRS or shop.

 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

TOMMY CONLON'S CAPTAINS PRIZE - QUALIFIER

As is customary the course for the qualifying section of the Captains Prize will be set up on Friday evening so anyone intending to play in the qualifiers on Saturday or Sunday MUST NOT PRACTICE on the course after 5pm on the Friday. Also, if you intend to play both days you must have played your qualifying round on the first day. Anyone not in the qualifying competition should not have their name on the timesheet before 3pm on either day.  

Please remember only full members who have played 3 qualifying rounds since the last Captains Prize ie 2019 can win the Captains Prize. Distance members and students cannot win first prize but can get the next available prize.

LADIES CLUB 6TH JULY

Ladies welcome back to golf after the long lockdown. Isn’t it great that we can at last play some competitive golf.  Our first 18 hole competition of the year was on Wednesday last 1st July. The competition was sponsored by Mary Carolan, Aideen Jordan & Ann Ledwith. The winner with 40 pts playing off 40 was Joan Molloy one of the 2019 Get into Golf ladies. Well done Joan. In 2ne place was Ella Grennan (20) with 38 pts and in 3rd place was Vera Burgoyne (25) with 33 pts. The competition on Wednesday 8th is the 1st Major of the year the Polly Buckley Memorial. Enjoy your golf safely. Please continue to adhere to the Covid 19 guidelines.

CLUB NOTES 5/7/2020

We are delighted to have been able to facilitate so many golfers in recent weeks after a very difficult period in everyone’s lives. It’s very gratifying to see the car park busy on a daily basis and early competition entries are showing very respectable figures indeed. All we need now is a bit of sunshine back as this weekend’s heavy rain and gale force winds was more like October than July. Our sincere thanks go to everyone who has played the course recently and we’d also like to give a special mention for all our sponsors. In fact from this week on I’ve started a new mini feature with a little mention for some of them. 

SPONSORS SLOT – As many of you will already know our sponsors come in all shapes and sizes and from near and far. This week I’d like to specifically thank Ganly’s Hardware, Athlone and McCarthy’s Centra in Moate who have sponsored us in recent years. We had both their competitions prior to lockdown. While we might have been buying less diesel than usual the chicken fillet rolls from McCarthy’s Centra are very popular and Ganly’s I’m sure have been providing vital services to the DIY sector for all of us with more time on our hands as we’re working from home. Please give both your support whenever you can.

Jimmy Bradley in action on the 10th. 

NEXT FIXTURES – Next weekend is a very important one as we have Tommy Conlon’s Captains Prize Qualifier and our Captain has asked that we have a timesheet of 3-balls on Saturday and 4-balls on Sunday. The timesheet is filling up nicely so please get your name down. Just for this weekend we politely request that anyone not playing in the Captains Qualifier to please stay off the timesheet unless it very obviously looks like there will be spaces free much later in the week. The final is scheduled for Saturday 18th July and as is now customary the top 75 will qualify.

As it’s proving to be very popular we have decided to keep our weekly 13 hole competition running for the summer months. Just remember all winners will be -2 for subsequent 13 hole weekly competitions and this is always done with a view to spreading the winners around.

GOTY 2020 - Now that we have our competitive status officially restored the GOTY table has been updated (excluding Vet Farm Supplies) and the new leaders on 106pts are Shane Kelly and Kevin Lynam. Martin Fleming is just behind them in 3rd with 94pts and 149 players have already scored points in 2020. Amazing. 

Can you see Pat Fox's ball?

Here's a better view laugh

CROZIER AUTOPARTS CLUB MATCHPLAY – The full draw is on both the website and locker room wall. Please put your mobile number on it but don’t wait to be contacted - top / bottom have equal responsibility- to get the match played. Disqualifications will be automatic. Anyone in Round 1 who does not have to wait for a preliminary round opponent can also fire away immediately. Please remember to post results on the sheet afterwards. I know a few rounds have already been played and Joe Ennis is a preliminary round casualty falling to young gunslinger Martin Fleming who now meets Dessie McLoughlin.  

KEENAN BAUER ‘FOUR BALL BETTER BALL’ MATCHPLAY – Grab your partners and get signed up. Thanks to our viral friend we cannot have a Scotch Foursomes this year so the format will be ‘Four Ball Better Ball’. Entries will be taken all this week and the draw will be released on Sunday 12th July. Extended by a week as I forgot to send a final reminder to all members.

PITCH MARKS – The green keeping team have asked me to share this video with everyone and it applies to ALL members new and old, young or not so young. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuYXMn4tA10&feature=youtu.be In addition to this we must mention that practicing from one spot anywhere on the course with several balls is forbidden and it is unacceptable that anyone should be damaging the course in this manner.

A little sign (on 3rd and 9th) to remind everyone of the out of bounds.   

COVID-19 NOTES – Although members, guests and visitors are now welcome 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. You cannot play if you are not booked on the BRS. Tee times must be booked via BRS or shop.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – Only time for 1 item this week and it’s from a Westmeath Examiner dated 6/3/1976. “On Sunday last the club prize was once again won by John McGuinness. This was John’s third win in a row (so the results are getting like a broken record) in second place came Kevin O’Halloran. The club is holding a Card Drive on Friday 14th. The teams are now in training for the new year.”

Regards,

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 28/6/2020

Although members, guests and visitors are now welcome 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. 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. Juniors can now play without an adult but must observe all Covid-19 protocols or this will change back again. Course rangers will be on site to ensure the strict social distancing guidelines are being adhered to. Toilet facilities will be available but again you must ensure you adhere to the HSE guidelines.

NEXT FIXTURES – Next weekend we have a Club 18 hole stableford competition kindly sponsored by Paddy Coyne of Vet Farm Supplies. Now I have no cause for veterinary medicine - yet anyway – but I would encourage any member that does to give some business their way if possible. The following weekend (11/12 July) is a very important one as we have Tommy Conlon’s Captains Prize Qualifier and in a new departure our Captain has asked that we have a timesheet of 3-balls on Saturday and 4-balls on Sunday. The final is on Saturday 18th July.

CROZIER AUTOPARTS CLUB MATCHPLAY – We had a fantastic entry of 79 and Mick O’Hanlon was so keen he even had his name on the entry list twice. This means we have a Preliminary Round with 15 ties and the lucky lads with an extra round are – Jason Higgins v Eddie Tynan, Dermot Kenny v William Coghlan, George Garvey v John Foster, Alan McLoughlin v Martin Horan, Gary Colgan v Danny Conlon, Willie Ganly v Kevin Allen, Kieran McCormack v Trevor Hill, Pat Byrne v Andy Dunne, Joe Ennis v Martin Fleming, Padraig Shine v William Fleming, Noel Mulligan v Neil Feury, Paddy Lynam v Cathal O’Rourke, Brian Browne v David Harney, Andrew Rafferty v Joe Creggy and Willie Colgan v Brian Costello. These ties must be played on or before Sunday 12th July. The full draw will be on website and locker room wall during the week. Please put your mobile number on it and don’t wait to be contacted top / bottom have equal responsibility to get the match played. Disqualifications will be automatic. Anyone in Round 1 who does not have to wait for a preliminary round opponent can also fire away immediately.   

KEENAN BAUER ‘FOUR BALL BETTER BALL’ MATCHPLAY – Grab your partners and get signed up. Thanks to our viral friend we cannot have a Scotch Foursomes this year so the format will be ‘Four Ball Better Ball’. Entries will be taken all this week and the draw will be released on Sunday 5th July.

 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 21/6/2020

We have been happy to see the return of members and their guests recently and if the phone calls I got this afternoon are anything to go by visitors are anxiously waiting their chance to play Moate Golf Club. Unless there is another unforeseen U-turn by the golfing authorities we hope that particular restriction will be lifted on Monday 29th June.

2 super photos from Martin Horan who got better weather on Saturday morning than I did on Sunday for sure.

COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS - Strict conditions for play remain in force and only members and 1 guest can play. Golfers with any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay away. Physical distancing rules are observed 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. All juniors must have an adult with them while on the course. Course rangers will be on site daily to ensure only members (and named guests) 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.

CROZIER AUTOPARTS CLUB MATCHPLAY – Entries are still being taken for the Crozier Autoparts Club Matchplay and the draw will take place next Sunday 28th June. We will need all entrants to be prepared for very tight turnaround on getting those knockout rounds played as quickly as possible.  

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

A – Westmeath Independent 20/4/1929 – Matches in the first round of the Men’s Cup Competition.

B – Westmeath Examiner 23/7/2005 – Senior Cup 

C – Westmeath Independent 21/4/1928 – 

D – Belfast Telegraph 6/8/1971 – Dinny White was at Baltray GC.

E – Westmeath Examiner 16/6/1951 – P. Dolan of Moate is among the prizewinners at the June Open in Mullingar GC.

 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 14/6/2020

It’s been a strange old time and we’re not quite of the woods yet but for sure we’re getting there day by day. The fantastic weather has helped of course and it’s been amazing to see the club so busy all week morning noon and night. Long may it continue. We’d like to take this opportunity to welcome the numerous new members who have joined us in recent weeks. There are a lot of unfamiliar names on the timesheet lately but we look forward to getting to know you all better and on behalf of all the committees we hope you are enjoying the course and we are delighted to be part of your future sporting reality.

The 18th in Saturday's sunshine. 

Some lovely flowers on the 1st. 

Callum Dunne blasting out of a well raked bunker ;-) on the 7th. 

COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS - Strict conditions for play remain in force. The primary steps we have taken are – play is restricted to members and 1 guest only. Golfers with any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay away. Physical distancing rules are observed 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 12 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 daily to ensure only members (and named guests) 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.

CROZIER AUTOPARTS CLUB MATCHPLAY – Entries are now being taken for the Crozier Autoparts Club Matchplay. We will have very tight turnaround on getting knockout rounds played once competitive golf returns so get your name on the list as soon as possible.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – Here are some more archived moments from the memory vaults at the Irish & British Newspapers Archives. By pure coincidence they all happen to be September pieces.

A – Westmeath Examiner 6/9/1975 – On Sunday last the club prize was won by Mick O’Meara with 37pts, in second place came E. Colgan and in third place came Tim Casey. Over twenty played in the Club outing to Rosses Point on last weekend. This proved a great outing both golf and weather wise. The winners of the prizes were Mick Glennon, Tony O’Brien, Sean Ryan and Paddy Brady. Next Sunday is the big day in the club the Captains prize over 18 holes will be played. Over eighty competitors are expected to participate.

B – Limerick Leader – 19/9/1953 – Last Sunday was Open Day at Castletroy and this autumn meeting turned out to be a great success. From near and far golfers turned up to have a shot at winning the prizes. The number of clubs represented was a record for this competition. Ennis, Lahinch, Charleville, Borris, Tipperary, Clonmel, Limerick, Newcastle west, Adare, Birr, Rathfarnham, Moate, Mullingar, Shannon Airport and Nenagh. Included in the prizes was Rev. Father Walsh of Moate GC.

C – Kilkenny People 8/9/2000 – In the Duggan Cup Final, hosted by Edenderry Golf Club, Castlecomers great run ended where they were defeated by Moate Golf Club 3-2.

D – Westmeath Independent 17/9/1966 – On Sunday last a record number of golfers competed for the very much coveted trophy, The Traders prize. A very good score all round was recorded. The competition was won by Noel McLoughlin, a comparatively new member while second place went to George Bowen. On Sunday next, the big event of the season – the Millhouse Cup - will take place over 18 holes. This is an annual competition which is eagerly looked forward to by all members. The handicappers, who are meeting on Sunday morning, have taken note of recent performances by some of the youthful players.

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

CLUB NOTES 7/6/2020

While we are absolutely delighted to be golfing 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 and 1 guest only. 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 daily to ensure only members (and named guests) 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 and practice areas remain closed. 

CLUB SUB RAFFLE – We were delighted with the response to our Club Sub fundraising raffle which ended Sunday June 7th and we thank everyone who contributed, many more than once. The winners drawn by our Club Captains & Presidents are 1st Micheal Kelly (free sub), 2nd Vincent Cronolly (€250), 3rd Dermot Kenny (€150) and 4th Gabriel Buckley (€100). The club are making a donation to South Westmeath Hospice from the proceeds. A video of the draw will shortly be uploaded onto our Facebook page.   

MOATE GOLF CLUB RESTAURANT – It is with regret that we can confirm that our caterer for 13 years Pauric Whelehan has decided to resign from that position. I’m sure you will all agree that they provided us with an excellent service at all times and they will be greatly missed. We wish Pauric & Tony all the very best for their future. Expressions of interest in becoming our new caterer can be addressed to Hon Secretary Andy Dunne on 086 055 6336 before Sunday 14th June.

3rd hole progress. All we need now is the netting. 

One of the most popular pictures we've ever had on Facebook. Members Paul & Luke Tooher with the Adrian Kennedy Cup that the family sponsor. 

Onward to the 9th.............

Not sure where these were hiding but new shop volunteer Martin Ryan made an impressive debut and had our new logoed balls on display this morning. You can snap 12 of them up for €25!

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

A – Westmeath Examiner 6/8/1977 – Ballymore Pitch & Putt club had an open week and a number of Moate members are named among the prizewinners.

B – Longford Leader 28/5/1971 – 

C – Westmeath Examiner 28/1/2012 – 

 

Regards, 

Andy Dunne

Moate Golf Club

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O

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

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