As we hurtle towards the end of the season, it was a good weekend for Wicklow men in that Paul Dunne from Greystones won the British Masters, my native Glenealy won yet another Senior Hurling Championship in the Garden County and I qualified for the Club Matchplay Final with a surprise win over a very sporting Alan Deegan. Although I’m not yet a Past Captain I was delighted to take up the invitation to join my predecessors on Saturday afternoon and I had a lovely day in the sun with past captains Martin Horan, Mary Horan and Padraig Keenan – you couldn’t help but play good golf in that sort of company! Congratulations to all our recent prize winners and thank you to all our sponsors.
RESULTS – 1/10/2017 Michael Horan Golf Shops (Stableford)
1st Overall – Brendan Stanley (19) 40pts, 1st Cat 1 – Neil Feury (8) 39pts, 1st Cat 2 – Colm Farrell (10) 40pts, 1st Cat 3 – Jimmy Dolan (16) 36pts, 1st Cat 4 – Kevin Jordan (20) 40pts. Ladies 1st – Theresa Cleary (28) 34pts.
1. Weekend winner Brendan Stanley. Up the Dubs! 2. Intermediate Alliance Captain, Paddy Coyne. 3. Thursday Open winner Shane Nugent. 4. GOTY leader Vincent Rickard.
Nick Linnane & Co Thursday Open (Stableford) 28/9/2017
1st Shane Nugent (15) 40pts, 2nd Jack Bradbury Hughes (4) Mount Temple 37pts, Low Gross Martin Hogan (4) Westmanstown 32pts, 3rd Ken Farrell (9) Portlaoise 37pts, Ladies – Mary Mulrooney (28) Westmanstown 34pts.
UPCOMING COMPETITIONS – Next weekend’s club competition is sponsored by Moate Medical Centre and we thank them for their support. The Lanzarote final is on Sunday 8th and we also have the Nick Linnane & Co sponsored Thursday Open singles stableford on October 5th. We will probably end our Thursday Open on the 27th of the month. BRS has now been updated to reflect this.
LANZAROTE UPDATE – The final will be held on Sunday 8th October starting at 11am. The draw for tee times is now on the website. Due to a tie for 36th place 37 Men and 12 Ladies qualified. If one gent drops out he will not be replaced as the original quota was 36, but if 2 drop out then the next on the list (plus ties) will be accommodated. It is important that you notify Andy Dunne 086 0556336 if you cannot take your place in the final line up so a sub can be notified. As our generous sponsor Kathleen Leech is not available on Sunday the presentation for this will take place at a later date.
SPECIAL OFFER – From October 1st, for €550 new members can join Moate Golf Club until February 2019. This might be a perfect opportunity for existing members to encourage people they know who were thinking of starting out or returning to golf so please spread the word.
GOLFER OF THE YEAR 2017 – With just 5 counting competitions left (inc Club Matchplay) it’s all change at the top again with Vincent Rickard leapfrogging Bert Burke who is 2nd on 356pts, and Denis Cronin in 4th on 347pts. Michael Lynch splits them on 354pts with Jamie Colgan now 5th on 341pts. Seeing as we had our Annual Past Captains event on Saturday I had a look to see how the Past Captains were faring. Well ahead is the aforementioned Bert Burke in 2nd, then we have Dom Fitzpatrick 9th, Liam Galvin in 13th, Micheal Kelly 36th, Louis Cunningham 44th, Padraig Keenan 46th, Frank Kiernan 47th, Dermot Kenny 49th, Martin Horan 62nd, Eamon Coughlan 90th, Ollie Seery 100th, Michael O’Brien 105th, Seamus Buckley 111th, Kieran Heavin 119th, Hugh Conlon 123rd, Joe Mullen 145th. Unfortunately Joe Creggy has not registered any points on the board but there’s time yet and as for myself the Past Captain in waiting - I’m 50th.
PITCH MARKS – The green keeping team and willing volunteers do a fantastic job in keeping our course in super condition all year round. As it gets a bit softer from now on it is vital that EVERYONE makes an extra effort over the coming weeks to repair pitch marks and divots. If we neglect the course it will have serious implications for it’s condition. Don’t be shy to remind your playing partners to repair any damage done.
READY GOLF – It was decided recently at a Men’s Club meeting that we should actively promote the concept of ready golf to reduce the time of playing 18 holes. It’s very simple in that all you have to do is not worry who’s honour it is or if someone is a little behind you on a fairway or near a green but not ready you can hit away in any order as long as it is safe to do so. Recent trials of the concept have shown significant times can be shaved off playing and we will promote this from here on.
JUNIORS – Juniors that they must be playing with an adult member to enable them to win a prize in the weekend club competitions and they should book in beside an adult where possible on the BRS. For the adult members it is important that we make the juniors feel welcome and as they are the future of your club they should be encouraged to participate. If you see Juniors on the timesheet please don’t hesitate to stick your name down with them.
PAST CAPTAINS – 2016 Captains Geraldine Coughlan and Martin Horan were delighted to host the 2017 Past Captains event on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who managed to attend and we hope you enjoyed the day. A 13 hole competition in glorious sunshine was followed by an equally impressive meal from Pauric Whelehan and his team. Winners on the day were Bert Burke and Eleanor Fitzpatrick with the current Captain getting an honorary mention and a consolation prize!!
1. Padraig Keenan on the 10th during the Past Captains event. 2. Martin Horan looks on as Mary Horan putts on the 10th. 3. Past Captains Dinner. 4.
RULES QUESTION - If your ball is in a bunker resting against a rake and you are pretty certain that the ball will most likely move if the rake is taken away, what action should you take? (Answer – Mark your ball with a tee, lift ball taking care not to clean it, move rake and then place ball back, remove tee and play your bunker shot.)
INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – The first outing is in Portarlington GC next Sunday (8th October) with tee times from 10-12. This year’s Alliance Captain is popular Moate member Paddy Coyne. We wish him well for the season and he can be contacted at 085 2485177 for further details. Other venues 22/10/17 Longford, 19/11/17 Athlone, 10/12/17 Moate, 14/1/18 Mullingar, 25/2/18 New Forest, 4/3/18 Slieve Russell, 25/3/18 Headfort New (Captains Prize).
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