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The Front Garden - Looking good !!
Atmospheric view of the 1st Tee Box at sunset
Finishing touches on the all new 4th Tee Box
The 5th Fairway from the Tee Box
Its a long way up the 7th fairway - and the out-of-bounds is still there!
Magnificent view back up the 8th fairway - waiting for a little fade into the valley
. . all at once I saw a crowd, a host, of golden daffodils - 8th Green
Some re-claimed ground on the re-aligned 9th hole
Just a reminder - there will be no rakes in bunkers for the moment!
Greenside at the 9th - featuring the new pot bunker
A view of the re-aligned 9th hole - note the out-of-bounds markers
Shrubs in bloom on the improved 10th tee box
Keeping the grass cut off the 16th fairway
New Coffee Machine in the re-vamped Shop
Golf Balls, Tees and more - Courtesy ProGolf, Athlone
Golf Bags and shoes newly arrived in Moate Golf Club
Re-stocking the Shop - Courtesy ProGolf, Athlone
If you can't hit the Green from this beautiful Tee Box . . . .
Panoramic view of the 4th Tee Box and 3rd Green
New Pot Bunker, replacing the Fairway Bunker on the left of the 9th Green - completed
Preparing for a delayed Captains Drive_In
Developing the new Pot Bunker on the left of the 9th Green
More developments in the Shop
The redeveloped 3rd Tee Box
The lonely owl still protecting our greens
The 4th Tee Box from the 4th Green
Stonework almost finished - 4th Tee Box
Work in progress - 4th Tee Box
Club Notes: 25/2/2024

RESULTS – February 13 hole Week 4, 25/2/2024. 1st Cat 1: Dom Fitzpatrick (7) 31-1=30pts, 2nd Cat 1: Bert Burke (7) 30-3=27pts. 1st Cat 2: Ciaran Lynam (10) 29-1=28pts, 2nd Cat 2: John Smyth (13) 29-1=28pts. 1st Cat 3: Roger Quinn (16) 32pts, 2nd Cat 3: Mick Grehan (15) 32pts. 1st Cat 4: Pat Doyle (19) 33pts, 2nd Cat 4: Danny Conlon (19) 33pts. Ladies 1st: Mary Horan (24) 29pts.

I havent done this for ages and though it took a long time to find a snap of Mick Grehan, here is this weeks prize winners gallery! (As per the order above) 

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – The February 2024 Week 5 13 hole comp runs from Monday 26th to Sunday March 3rd and will be played over holes 1-13 unless otherwise determined by the course staff. Winter League rounds can also be played any day.

The Captains Drive In is all set for Saturday 2nd March 2024. Shotgun start at 11am with food and drink available from our new caterers afterward. The list is now filling up fast with 72 of the 100 places available already taken. Anyone after the 100 mark will be on the reserve list. Please get your name down and join in starting off the year for our 2024 Captains Sean Egan & Veronica McCormack.

On Sunday March 3rd we will have an 18 hole stableford competition and you must carry only 5 clubs, so get your thinking caps on as to what ones you will need most. This does not count for GOTY points.  

COURSE CORNER – We would really appreciate it if everyone can repair divots with the sand/seed bags provided. Don’t rely on someone else doing it for you.

RESTAURANT VACANCIES – Contact Anna in the shop or email us at moategolfclub@outlook.com if you are interested in working for the new caterer. They have part time vacancies for floor, kitchen and bar staff.

CAR PARK RAFFLE – Tickets are available in the Club Shop at €5 each for the 2 reserved car park spaces. The draw will take place following the Captains Drive In on Saturday March 2nd

VOLUNTEERS GROUP – Management Committee member Noel Mulligan is responsible for a volunteers group who will do various bits and bobs around the course. They will meet every Friday morning at 9.30 and on other days as and when people are needed. So if you have an hour or so to spare and fancy yourself with a shovel, rake or whatever implement you care to mention and manage do let us know – or just turn up! We are an equal opportunities volunteer group so ladies and gents please come on down.

MEMBERSHIP 2024 – The membership deadline is fast approaching so please organise to pay your annual subscription as soon as possible. After the 29th February you will no longer be considered club members if you haven’t paid in full. Don’t forget we have a Direct Debit option which can spread your payment at no inconvenience to the club. Anna can help sort this out for you in just a few minutes as we’ve been using the facility for a few years now.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2024 – After there being no movement at all for the top 13 teams in the previous week, this week we had the top 14 teams changing positions. Some up like Team 18 Michael Goose from 14th  to 11th with 556pts and some down like Team 20 Ron Beattie falling from 20th to 24th on 475pts. Team 11 Sean Dunne have 581pts and retake top spot on their own 2pts ahead of Team 9 Mossy Collins. Team 15 Willie Ganly are on the bubble in 15th with 527pts and are facing stiff competition from Team 30 Geraldine Coughlan on 518pts. The top 15 teams qualify automatically and then the 16th spot will be a wildcard randomly picked from all those teams who are 16th and lower but their 4 players have played 5 rounds each. The final day for qualifying will be Thursday 21st March as the final is on Saturday 23rd March. Random tee times will then be assigned so team members will not be playing together.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – I’ve squeezed 4 in this week and they come from an Offaly Independents of 11/9/1937 & 31/5/1985 and Westmeath Independents dated 16/3/1973 & 21/12/1984.  

1937 – Very Rev. Fr. Gallagher, O. Carm., Moate, is presently spending his annual vacation, and Rev. Father Hunt is in charge of the local Convent. Rev. Fr. Carroll, Dublin, has been transferred to Moate, where he replaces Rev. Father O’Neill who is leaving for Australia. (Rev. Fr. Carroll was a Moate GC committee member in the 1940’s.)

1973 – There was a big attendance at the recent annual general meeting of Moate Golf Club at which the following officers and committee were elected for 1973: Patron, Rev. Canon McGivney; President, John Conlon; Captain, Jimmy Flynn; Captain Elect, PJ Grogan; Hon. Secretary, Joe Mcloughlin; Treasurer, Brendan Costello. Committee: T.A. Dolan, P. Brady, Sgt. Jim Mulligan, T. Casey, L. Cornally, K. Loftus, T. O’Brien, John McLoughlin, Andy McLoughlin, M. Glennon, A. Commerton, M. O’Halloran and E. Griffin. Trustees, John Conlon, P.C. Lynam.  

1984 – (Athlone soccer report) Seamus O’Brien Under 17 Cup Semi-Final. St. Francis put up a brave show for a long time before the more experienced Sarsfield side finally took control and ran out facile winners. St. Francis took a shock lead on the half hour when Robbie McKenna put the ball high into the net from the edge of the box, to give St. Francis a one-nil interval lead. Niall Joyce equalized for Sarsfield shortly after the break and Rory Minagh put Sarsfield ahead five minutes later. Further goals by Noel McCormack, Niall Joyce and Rory Minagh completed the scoring for Sarsfield who will now meet the very strong Willow Park Rangers in the final. St. Brendans/Sarsfield – R. Joyce, Murray, JP Malone, O’Boyle, N. Joyce, B. Malone, Stephens, D. McCormack, N. McCormack, P. Malone, R. Minagh, Broderick, Warby, Murphy. Referee: Pat Murtagh.

1985 – Moate Golf Club Members Notice. Starting from Saturday, 1st June a Bar Social will be held every Saturday night. Come along and bring your friends.

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


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Club Notes 18/2/2024

RESULTS – February 13 hole Week 3, 18/2/2024. 1st Cat 1: Bert Burke (7) 32-1=31pts, 2nd Cat 1: Dom Fitzpatrick (7) 27pts. 1st Cat 2: Cathal O’Rourke (11) 28pts, 2nd Cat 2: Michael Broder (13) 27pts. 1st Cat 3: Mossy Collins (15) 34pts, 2nd Cat 3: John Kelly (18) 36-3=33pts. 1st Cat 4: Finbar Fielding (20) 28-1=27pts, 2nd Cat 4: Leonard Donaldson (25) 26-1=25pts. Ladies 1st: Sinead Hall (30) 29pts.

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – The February 2024 Week 4 club 13 hole comp runs from Monday 19th to Sunday 25th and will be played over holes 1-13 unless otherwise determined by the course staff. Winter League rounds can also be played any day. The Captains Drive In is all set for Saturday 2nd March 2024. Shotgun start at 11am with food and drink available from our new caterers afterward. The list is now open in the shop so please get your name down and join in the fun starting off the year for our 2024 Captains Sean Egan & Veronica McCormack.  

Happy lads paying up to John Kelly, again! 

PRIZE PRESENTATION – We have a few stragglers from 2023 to present so we’ll take care of this after the Captains Drive in on Saturday 2nd March. Those required to attend to collect their prizes will be notified in advance.

before and after....

COURSE CORNER – We would really appreciate it if everyone can repair divots with the sand/seed bags provided. Don’t rely on someone else doing it for you.

A very tidy job on the 9th. 

CAR PARK RAFFLE – Tickets are available in the Club Shop at €5 each for the 2 reserved car park spaces. The draw will take place following the Captains Drive In on Saturday March 2nd

Let's hope the crows that savaged this green in Killiney GC dont fly to the midlands! 

VOLUNTEERS GROUP – Management Committee member Noel Mulligan will be responsible for a volunteers group who will do various bits and bobs around the course. They will meet every Friday morning at 9.30 and on other days as and when people are needed. In fact, I think a few might be needed on Tuesday (to be confirmed) so if you have an hour or so to spare and fancy yourself with a shovel, rake or whatever implement you care to mention and manage do let us know – or just turn up! We are an equal opportunities volunteer group so ladies and gents come on down.

MEMBERSHIP 2024 – The membership invoices have been issued so please organise to pay your annual subscription as soon as possible. After the 29th February you will no longer be considered club members if you haven’t paid. Don’t forget we have a Direct Debit option which can spread your payment at no inconvenience to the club. Anna can help sort this out for you in just a few minutes as we’ve been using the facility for a few years now.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2024 – An unusual feature to this week’s table is that there was no movement at all from 1st to 13th. Team 11 Sean Dunne and Team 9 Mossy Collins are tied at the top on 579pts with Team 19 Noel Ryan 3rd on 570pts. Team 7 Pat Byrne fell by 2 to 27th and Team 24 Vinny McCormack are up 4 to 18th with 489pts. The top 15 teams qualify automatically and then the 16th spot will be a wildcard randomly picked from all those teams who are 16th and lower but their 4 players have played 5 rounds each. The final day for qualifying will be Thursday 21st March as the final is on Saturday 23rd March. Random tee times will then be assigned so team members will not be playing together.

John Smyth putting on the 9th and Ger Coughlan makes his comeback after a few months on the injured list. 

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – Just time for 2 this week and they come from an Offaly Independent of 25/1/1941 and a Westmeath Examiner dated 29/4/1995.

1941 – The Moate L.S.F. reorganised recently, when some new appointments were made. The following are the Leaders of the Moate Group since the reorganization:- Group Leader, Mr. Thomas P. Langrell; Assistant, Mr. J.J. Ryan; Adjutant, Mr. William F. Cox, N.T., P.C.; Quartermaster, Mr. G. Brady.

Moate Section – Mr. Eamon Donnelly, S. Leader; Mr. J. A. Claffey, Communications and Traffic Control; Mr. P. Malone, Protective Measures; Mr. Thomas Browne, Transport; Mr. J.K. Yorke, A.R.P. and First Aid.

Parkwood Section – Mr. J. Stone, S. Leader.

Moneen Section – Mr. P. Connorton, S. Leader.

Rosemount Section – Mr. John Dooley, S. Leader.

Many of the above named were Moate Golf members at the time. (L.S.F. = Local Security Force)

1995 – On the Inter Club front a hearty well done to the Central Towns team on their victory over Tullamore and to Liam Galvin and Dom Fitzpatrick the selectors. Also congrats to Billy Coughlan and P.J. Grogan and the Barton Cup members who had a clean sweep against Ashbourne even if some of the matches gave the participants heart attacks!

LADIES WINTER LEAGUE FINAL GALLERY 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 

(Much appreciated photos supplied courtesy of Sean Dunne, Martin Horan, Brendan Stanley, Dom Fitzpatrick, Mike Hiney, Marie Keane and Andy Dunne)


Club Notes 11/2/2024

RESULTS – February 13 hole Week 2, 11/2/2024. 1st Cat 1: Liam Galvin (5) 27pts, 2nd Cat 1: Tommy Digan (5) 28-1 = 27pts. 1st Cat 2: Brendan Daly (11) 27pts, 2nd Cat 2: Ciaran Lynam (10) 27pts. 1st Cat 3: John Kelly (18) 34-1 = 33pts, 2nd Cat 3: Ollie Seery (18) 32pts. 1st Cat 4: Paul Connellan (19) 31pts, 2nd Cat 4: Finbar Fielding (20) 30pts. Ladies 1st: Sinead Healy (14) 29pts.

Ted Cleary, Mary Horan and Martin Hogan were in action on Saturday morning. 

St. Brigids Day 13 hole Club Competition 5/2/2024. 1st Cat 1: Tommy Digan (5) 32pts, 1st Cat 2: Andy Dunne (13) 19pts, 1st Cat 3: Roger Quinn (16) 32pts, 1st Cat 4: Tommy McCormack (28) 33pts, 1st Ladies: Beth Dunne (19) 27pts.

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – The February 2024 Week 3 club 13 hole comp runs from Monday 12th to Sunday 18th and will be played over holes 1-13 unless otherwise determined by the course staff. Winter League rounds can also be played any day.  

COURSE CORNER – We would really appreciate it if everyone can repair divots with the sand/seed bags provided. Don’t rely on someone else doing it for you.

CAR PARK RAFFLE – Tickets are available in the Club Shop at €5 each for the 2 reserved car park spaces. The draw will take place following the Captains Drive In on Saturday March 2nd

MEMBERSHIP 2024 – The membership invoices have been issued so please organise to pay your annual subscription as soon as possible. Don’t forget we have a Direct Debit option which can spread your payment at no inconvenience to the club. Anna can help sort this out for you in just a few minutes as we’ve been using the facility for a few years now.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2024 – Team 11 Sean Dunne are joined at the top of the table on 579pts by Team 9 Mossy Collins. Team 19 Noel Ryan are up to 3rd on 569pts. Team 13 Sean Bohan leap up 6 spots to be tied 4th on 568pts with Team 22 Michael O’Leary. Team 20 Ron Beattie fall by 4 to T18th and Team 26 Dom Fitzpatrick's slide continues as they drop down another 3 to 20th.  The final day for qualifying will be Thursday 21st March as the final is on Saturday 23rd March. Random tee times will be assigned so team members will not be playing together.

MIDLAND INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – Results from Moyvalley GC on Sunday 11th February:  Cat 1 – 1st Owen Dunne 44pts, 2nd Cathal Joyce 41pts, 3rd Paddy Coyne (Moate GC) 41pts. Cat 2 – 1st P. Heavey 49pts, 2nd F. Daly 46pts, 3rd A. Heyes 45pts. Congratulations to Billy Hawney who had a hole in one on the 14th. Their  final 2024 outing is the Captains Prize at Glasson on Sunday 24th March with tee times from 11.00 to 12.30, please call to book your slot with Ciaran 0868053203 or Paddy 0852481577.

JUNIORS 2024 – We are delighted to announce that the Mens Vice Captain Mick McLoughlin is our Junior Convenor for 2024. Sadly this section has struggled recently but we look forward to a busy and fun year in 2024. Anyone interested in helping Mick out will be most welcome.

TEMPLE VILLA - Congratulations to Temple Villa AFC on their 50th anniversary celebrations which included a presentation to our vey own former League of Ireland star, Dom Fitzpatrick. I'm sure Dom took the opportunity to invite Packie Bonner to play Moate so he could give the big Donegal man some swing advice! 

While we're on the subject of football, here's the only green I got to look at this week......

 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 

 

Photos this week courtesy of Terry O'Neill, Martin Horan & Andy Dunne. 


Ladies club Teams for Winter League Final

The final of the ladies Winter league will be on Sunday 18th February.

Teams are as follows.

Team A - Sinead Healy, Mary Horan and Marie Dolan

Team B - Beth Dunne, Geraldine Coughlan and Patricia Mc Cormack

Team C - Loreto Boland, Marie Keane and Eleanor Fitzpatrick

Team D - Carmel Carroll, Carmel Foxe and Anne ;Healy

 Team E - Veronica Mc Cormack, Betty Behan and Sinead Power

The times for playing are from 1pm to 1.40pm. The format is 18 hole stableford. The team with the highest cumulative score will be the winner.

Tee times as follows :

1pm - Sinead Healy, Beth Dunne and Loreto Boland

1.10 - Carmel Carroll, Veronica Mc Cormack and Geraldine Coughla

1.20 - Mary Horan, Betty Behan and Marie Keane

1.30 - Carmel Foxe, Eleanor Fitzpatrick and Sinead Power

1.40 - Anne Healy, Marie Dolan and Patricia Mc Cormack

 


Club Notes 4/2/2024

RESULTS – February 13 hole Week 1, 4/2/2024. 1st Cat 1: Michael Power (4) 29pts, 2nd Cat 1: Bert Burke (7) 29pts. 1st Cat 2: George Digan (10) 31pts, 2nd Cat 2: Eoin Ryan (11) 30pts. 1st Cat 3: Sean Dunne (14) 33pts, 2nd Cat 3: John Kelly (18) 31pts. 1st Cat 4: Philip Dully (22) 30pts, 2nd Cat 4: Leonard Donaldson (25) 29pts. Ladies 1st: Claire Varley (28) 29pts.

 

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – The February 2024 Week 2 club 13 hole comp runs from Monday 5th to Sunday 11th and will be played over holes 1-13 unless otherwise determined by the course staff. Winter League rounds can also be played any day.  

COURSE CORNER – We would really appreciate it if everyone can repair divots with the sand/seed bags provided. Don’t rely on someone else doing it for you, it’s not like they are heavy.

CAR PARK RAFFLE – Tickets are available in the Club Shop at €5 each for the 2 reserved car park spaces. The draw will take place following the Captains Drive In on Saturday March 2nd.  

MEMBERSHIP 2024 – The membership invoices have now been sent out so please organise to pay your annual subscription as soon as possible.

Just in case you noticed some white markings like this around a few greens and were wondering what they are all about. Ciaran and the course team will soon start to expand a few of our greens where possible. 

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2024 – Team 11 Sean Dunne remain on top with 579pts but they are now just 6pts ahead of Team 9 Mossy Collins who leapfrog Team 22 Michael O’Leary on 567pts. Two teams making serious progress this week by moving up 9 places each are Team 19 Noel Ryan in 4th and Team 30 Geraldine Coughlan in J15th. No major fallers this week although a lot of teams dropped 2 places. Team 26 Dom Fitzpatrick slip outside the qualifying spots and the little side bet with Team 6 Andy Dunne is getting interesting! The final day for qualifying will be Thursday 21st March as the final is on Saturday 23rd March. Random tee times will be assigned so team members will not be playing together.

 MIDLAND INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – The next outing for this group is in Moyvalley GC on Sunday 11th February with tee times from 10.45 to 12.30, please be early and hopefully the weather will be on our side. For tee times please ring Paddy 0852481577 or Ciaran 0868053203.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE - This week I have another newspaper archive treble selection. They are from Offaly Independents dated 22/7/1950 and 5/2/1982 and a Sunday Independent dated 15/7/1956.

1950 – Tullamore Golf Club. Results of recent competitions at Brookfield:- Veterans Cup – P.J. Sheehy (2 up), B.J. Hickey (2 up). Play off required. Best gross – Dr. J. O’Meara (86).

1956 – New record at Moate Golf Club. J. O’Sullivan, who has a handicap of 2 at the Athlone Club, set up a new course record of 71 whilst playing in an open strokes event at Moate.

1982 – The January outing of the Midland Senior Golf Alliance was played at Athlone Golf Club on Sunday, the 31st. Joey Purcell, the Mullingar professional, won the gross prize with a 2 under par score of 68, while the best nett prize went to John McGuinness of Moate, with a 67 nett. The full result was: Gross – 68, Joey Purcell (Mullingar); 70, F. Holland (Galway); Denis White (Tullamore); 71, M. Harney (Portumna). Nett, 67: John McGuinness (Moate); 68, S. Moriarty (Athlone); 69, E. Minagh (Athlone); 70, O. Dixon (Tullamore); F. Payne (Tullamore); P. Larkin (Athlone). The February outing of this Alliance will be held at Birr Golf Club on Sunday, the 7th February.

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 

Photos courtesy of Andy Dunne & Mike Hiney. 


Club Notes 28/1/2024

In action on Saturday - Brendan Stanley, Vincent Rickard and Ted Cleary. 

RESULTS – January 13 hole Week 3, 28/1/2024. 1st Cat 1: Martin Hogan (4) 30pts, 2nd Cat 1: Colm Farrell (8) 30pts. 1st Cat 2: Tony Dunne (12) 30pts, 2nd Cat 2: Michael Kelly (9) 27pts. 1st Cat 3: Paddy O’Brien (17) 32pts, 2nd Cat 3: Brian Costello (18) 31pts. 1st Cat 4: Mark Devery (22) 34-2 = 32pts, 2nd Cat 4: Liam Reynolds (20) 30pts. Ladies 1st: Beth Dunne (19) 25pts.

In action on Sunday - Dermot McGowan, John Smyth and Pat Doyle. 

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – The Feb 2024 Week 1 club 13 hole comp runs from Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th and will be played over holes 1-13 unless otherwise determined by the course staff. Winter League rounds can also be played any day.  

COURSE CORNER – We would really appreciate it if everyone can repair divots with the sand/seed bags provided. Don’t rely on someone else doing it for you, it’s not like they are heavy.

CATERING – The new caterers are hopeful of being up and running in early March and we look forward to their arrival. It is vital that they get the full support of all the members.

MEMBERSHIP 2024 – The membership invoices have now been sent out so please organise to pay your annual subscription as soon as possible.

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY WINTER LEAGUE 2024 – Team 11 Sean Dunne remain on top with 577pts but they are just 10pts ahead of Team 22 Michael O’Leary and Team 9 Mossy Collins move up to 3rd with 566pts. Team 15 Willie Ganly are the weeks big movers going up to from 18th to 14th on 472pts and Team 7 Pat Byrne slip 5 spots to 21st. The final has been moved to Saturday 23rd March due to a clash with an Intermediate Alliance outing on the 24th which will be attended by a lot of Moate members.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE - This weekend I have another trio of random items from the newspaper archives. They are from a Westmeath Independent of 25/10/1974, an Offaly Independent from 4/5/1979 and the Drogheda Independent dated 28/8/1981.

1974 – On Sunday last, despite the inclement weather, scoring was high and close for the ‘Syndicate prize’. The winner with 68 nett was Bernie Kelly from the consistent George Digan, with Tom Dolan getting the gross. This was a great win for Bernie. The semi-finals of the William Lynam Shield will be played on Saturday next and the pairings are Mick Glennon v Johnny Cleary; Liam Cornally v Jim Mulligan. On Sunday next, the Paddy Brady-P.C. Lynam joint birthday competition will be played. This will be the fifth year of the competition. The members and the committee wish Paddy and Mr. P.C. Lynam very happy birthdays on Halloween.

1979 – Mullingar was the venue for the Senior Cup match with Tullamore on Sunday. At one stage it looked as if Moate could cause a surprise but in the end the greater experience of the Tullamore side made the difference and they emerged winners by 3 ½ matches to 1 ½ . Result – Denis White bt. Bert Burke 4/3; Sean Flanagan and Hugh Conlon halved; PJ Horan bt. Tim Casey 4/3; L. Dolan bt. Tommy O’Brien 3/2; Dick Flanagan lost to George Bowen 4/3.  

1981 – Co. Louth Shield: 1. Matthew Ronan, Co. Louth 38 (8 holes). 2. Michael Power, Moate 42. 3. David Carty, Co. Louth 43.

 

 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 

(Photos courtesy of Andy Dunne & Mike Hiney)


Club Notes 21/1/2024

No results this week as not only did Jack Frost pop in, this time he stayed for a week and brought the wife Jacqui and kids Jackie and Jack Jnr! As if that wasn’t bad enough their cousins Sam DeLuge and Gail Force arrived to round off a most imperfect week.

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – The Jan 2024 Week 3 club comp now runs from Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th and will be played over holes 1-13 unless otherwise determined by the course staff or more likely the weather! Winter League rounds can also be played any day.  

COURSE CORNER – Please remember if the course is closed sign is up this means no play whatsoever is allowed on the course.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE - This weekend seeing as we are very light on other news I have unearthed 5 random items from the newspaper archives. They are from Westmeath Independents dated 9/12/1939, 24/5/1952 & 6/12/1974, and Westmeath Examiners of 27/2/1971 & 10/3/1978.

1939 – The Whist and Dance organised by the Golf Club and held at the Town Hall, Moate, on the 1st instant, proved an outstanding success in every respect. It is gratifying to see the Club commanding such patronage, and it is to be hoped that the patronage will not alone be maintained, but will be increased. Twenty seven tables were occupied at the whist which was highly enjoyable, and at the close the prizes were awarded as follows: - top score, £5; Mr. P.J. Fitzgibbon, Moate. Ladies (1st) Miss G. Williams, Moate. Gents (1st) Mr. J. McCormack, Moate. Ladies Booby, Miss Gavigan, Tyrrellspass. Gents Booby, Mr. J. Dolan, Williamstown. The dance drew patrons from Athlone, Tullamore, Kilbeggan, Tyrrellspass, Horseleap, Clara and the surrounding districts. The music supplied by Fleming’s Band was highly appreciated, and the supper which was supplied was excellently served. Mr. B.J. Hickey was M.C. at the whist and R.J. Donnell acted M.C. at the dance.

1952 – Moate Golf Club is stealing the limelight again this year, when on Sunday last, a small bunch of our ambassadors competed with an exceptionally large entry at the open golf meeting in Birr. Congratulations go firstly to Messrs. JH. Claffey and A. Driver, who sailed home with 9 up to win the mens fourball and the valuable prizes which were put up for this competition. In the same event another Moate pair, Messrs. J. Manning and P. Brady, who returned 8 up, were unfortunately beaten on the second 9 holes for prize as runners up.

1971 – At the Annual General Meeting of Moate Golf Club a very successful year was reported. Officers elected were: Patron, Very rev. Canon McGivney; President, Mr. Liam Cox, Captain, Mr. Michael O’Halloran; Captain Elect, Mr. Eamonn Griffin; Hon. Sec. Mr. Joe Mcloughlin; Hon. Treasurer, Mr. Alfie Dodd; Committee, Mr. John McLoughlin, Dr. Hughes, Messrs. Andrew McLoughlin, Tommy O’Brien (P.R.O.), David Dolan, T. A. Dolan, Jimmy Flynn (Ballymahon), A. Commerton, P.J. Grogan, Paddy Ryan. Subscriptions are now due and should be sent to Mr. Dodd.

1974 – Moate Golf Club. The following were prizewinners for November Sunday 17th: Open Hamper: 1st Liam Flynn and Tommy O’Brien, 4 up; 2nd John McGuinness and Jim Daly, Mullingar. Sunday 24th, Turkey Competition: Mick Glennon 20pts, Brendan Costello 19pts, Tommy O’Brien 189pts. Sunday, 1st December; P.J. Mahons Prize: 1st Sean Manning 31 nett; 2nd Charlie Doyle 31 nett; 3rd George Casey 32 nett.

1978 – Moate Golf Club member PJ Grogan had an advertisement running. “P.J. Grogan (Athlone) Ltd., Dublin Road, Athlone – Phone 2868. Main Renault dealers. Offering the following list of used cars: 1978 Triumph Dolomite, 1976 (2) Renault 12TL, 1976 R5 TL, 1976 Fiat 132 GL, 1600, 1976 Avengers, 1975 R12 TS, 1975 R12 TL, 1975 Renault 4L, 1974 Peugeot, 1974 Hunter DL, 1973 Escort 1100, 1972 R16 TL, 1972 Cortina 1300, 1972 Renault 4L, 1972 Opel Kadett, 1973 Renault 6 TL, 1974 Renault 6 TL, 1971 Fiat 128. H.P. and insurance arranged.”

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Club Notes 14/1/2024

 

RESULTS – Jan 2024 Week 2 (13 hole stableford) 14/1/2024: 1st Cat 1 – Garry Egan (6) 29pts, 2nd Cat 1 – Tommy Digan (5) 29pts. 1st Cat 2 – Sam Moran (13) 32pts, 2nd Cat 2 – John Smyth (13) 31pts. 1st Cat 3 – Eddie Nally (18) 32pts, 2nd Cat 3 – Dermot McGowan (18) 30pts. 1st Cat 4 – Brendan Magee (24) 33pts, 2nd Cat 4 – Ciaran Kerrigan (28) 32pts. Ladies 1st – Carmel Foxe (27) 24pts.

Saturday shots of Ger Heavin, Nicky Grennan and Elton Hughes

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – The Jan 2024 Week 3 club comp runs from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st and will be played over holes 1-13 unless otherwise determined by the course staff. Winter League rounds can also be played any day.  

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY 2024 WINTER LEAGUE – Quite a bit of movement in the table this week and a big jump of 9 places for Team 11 Sean Dunne as they go back to the top on 571pts. Team 8 Mike Hiney are 2nd with 564pts and Team 22 Michael O’Leary have 561pts. Dropping 4 places this week are Team 24 Vinny McCormack and Team 29 Mick McLoughlin and they are now 22nd and 24th respectively while Team 20 Ron Beattie hold on to the final automatic qualifying spot (15th) with 424pts. 10 teams have now completed the required 20 rounds but remember you can play as often as you like with your best 5 rounds counting.

2024 MEMBERSHIP – If any of you feel like popping in to avoid the queues and pay your 2024 Membership the Treasurer will add you to his Christmas card list. There was a very modest increase in fees passed at the recent AGM so just in case you missed it the rates for 2024 are: Full Membership: €650 includes Golf Ireland fees. Married couple: €1,200 includes Golf Ireland fees. Family: €1,290 includes Golf Ireland fees (Includes children up to 24 years in full time education. Distance: €350 includes Golf Ireland fees (Main Residence over 60 kms). Young Member: €320 includes Golf Ireland fees (Aged 18 to 25 years on 1st Jan 2024) School Membership: Primary School - €20 + Golf Ireland fees if required / Secondary School - €50 + Golf Ireland fees if required. (Students in full time education up to 19 year). Students: €170 plus Golf Ireland fees (up to the age of 24 yrs in full time education). Casual Golf Membership: €370 - New members, or past members of Moate Golf Club who have not been members for the last 3 years i.e. 2021, 2022 & 2023. Existing members (other than current casuals) cannot opt to join this category. If paying directly to our bank account please make sure your name is on the transfer. Please ask about our flexible payment options where your subscription can be spread over a period of up to 10 months with Fairway Credit. Please note that any person not renewing membership on or before 29th Feb. 2024 will be deemed to be no longer a member of the club, and will not be eligible to win prizes in competition.

COURSE CORNER – Please continue to take your sand bags for repairing divots and a pitch mark repairer for the greens. Also it would be great if you can sprinkle the available sand and seed on the temporary tee boxes. Finally please remove your footprints from the bunkers which remain fully operational thanks to the great work by our greenkeeeping team.  

MIDLANDS INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – The alliance held an outing here in Moate on Sunday and the locals snapped up 5 of the 6 prizes available with some whopping scores. Cat 1 – 1st Paddy Coyne 44pts, 2nd Tony Dunne 41pts, 3rd John Smyth 40pts. Cat 2 – 1st Mark Devery 49pts, 2nd Pat Malone 43pts, 3rd Pat Healy 41pts. The next day out is at Moyvalley on Sunday 11th February with tee times from 11-12.30

1. A frost delay meant a bit of a queue but we got there in the end. 2. Mark Devery surveying the first green, starting with a birdie on his way to 49pts in the Intermediate Alliance on Sunday. 

John Smyth, Michael O'Leary and Andy Dunne in Alliance action on Sunday

ANDY’S ARCHIVE This weekend we have another 3 random items from the newspaper archives. They are from an Irish Independent dated 14/2/1927, an Offaly Independent of 12/7/1974 and a Westmeath Examiner dated 1/5/1976.  

1927 – Included in a long list of Ulster Bank transfers was a future Moate member William E. Whitford. He played in the 1929 Mens Cup 1st round. He was born in Belfast in 1901 and was a cashier at Ulster Bank in Moate in 1929. He also served the bank in the Head Office, Castlepollard, Coleraine and Ballyconnell. His father Richard was a sergeant in the Royal Irish Constabulary. William E. Whitford left Moate in June 1939.

1974 – Tullamore GC notes – The big success story centered around the feat of Denis White (2) in keeping the Scratch Trophy at home. Trailing first round leader Eddie Dunne (scr) (Athlone), by three strokes with a return of 74, White included two deuces on his afternoon card by birdieing the short 4th and 7th holes to return another 72 for a 36 holes aggregate of 144. That left him sweating it out in the clubhouse as news began to filter back that Dunne had blown his chance by dropping four strokes over three holes. A six at the par four 14th started his troubles and when he dropped a shot at each of the next two holes victory had slipped from his grasp as he finished with a 76 for a tournament total of 145 – one stroke behind White and one in front of Athlone club mate Paddy Egan (2). With only three scratch golfers in the field of 67 – Bryan Malone (Portmarnock) was amongst the defaulters – the quality of the entry scarcely did justice to the enterprise and initiative of local golfers who had provided their own sponsorship. Prize winning details were as follows: Gross, 144 D. White (Tullamore); 145 E. Dunne (Athlone); 146 P. Egan (Athlone); 1st 18, 71, M. Holohan (Kilkenny); 2nd 18, 72, V. Smyth (Laytown and Bettystown). Nett: 138, J. O’Callaghan (4) (Newlands) on second 18 from G.N. Fogarty (4) (Royal Dublin); 140, L. Dooley (3) Roscrea; 1st 18, 68, A. Weir (4) (Co. Louth); 2nd 18, 71, P. O’Boyle (4) (Athlone) on second 9 from M. Coughlan (3) (Birr) and L. Dolan (4) (Tullamore).

1976 – (Pen pic before the All-Ireland Colleges Senior Football Final – Moate Carmelites v St. Jarlaths, Galway – in 1976.) Martin Horan, another Moate lad from Station Road. Martin, a substitute on last years team is seventeen years of age. He made an appearance in the All-Ireland Final against St. Colmans and this season has been in the Carmelite forward line in all their 15-a-side games. However he opted out for the 13-a-side in the game against Tralee. When he was called in during that game, he made a big impression, notching one good point and on this performance he must be well in the reckoning for a Final place. A player of exceptional speed, he can cause trouble to any defence. Like the other ‘native’ Moate lads he has Westmeath Championship successes at Minor level to his credit. If called upon we can be sure he will not let the side down. Very athletic, he is interested in other sports, including tennis and snooker.

 

We look forward to tracking Ella Grennan's progress in this Champion of Champions competition through 2024. 

Photos this week are from Mark Devery (a new recruit to the photographic contributors!), Martin Horan, Sean Dunne, Andy Dunne and Eamonn Grennan. 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Club Notes 7/1/2024

3 New Years Day photos from our new Captain Sean Egan.

With Jack Frost popping in for a very early New Year visit, a few of us might be off target on our rounds for the year already. Kudos to our greenkeepers who got the course open at 12 on Saturday and waited as late as possible on Sunday before admitting defeat. Never mind, just play twice next week.

RESULTS – Jan 2024 Week 1 (13 hole stableford) 7/1/2024: 1st Cat 1 – Jimmy Bradley (6) 28pts, 1st Cat 2 – George Garvey (11) 33pts, 1st Cat 3 – Willie Colgan (15) 33pts, 1st Cat 4 – Mark Devery (22) 30pts, Ladies 1st – Carmel Foxe (27) 30pts.

George Garvey & Martin Horan in putting pose on Saturday. 

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – The Jan 2024 Week 2 club comp runs from Monday 8th to Sunday 14th and will be played over holes 1-13 unless otherwise determined by the course staff.  

SEERY’S CASH & CARRY 2024 WINTER LEAGUE – Team 8 Mike Hiney’s lead has increased to 4pts with Team 2 JJ Guinan staying on 556pts in 2nd. Team 9 Mossy Collins are the latest high fliers going up 5 places to 3rd with 552pts. A lot of teams shifted a little but there no major tumblers. Team 19 Noel Ryan drop from 11th to 13th and Team 7 Pat Byrne also fell 2 to 17th.

2024 MEMBERSHIP – If any of you feel like popping in to avoid the queues and pay your 2024 Membership the Treasurer will add you to his Christmas card list. There was a very modest increase in fees passed at the recent AGM so just in case you missed it the rates for 2024 are: Full Membership: €650 includes Golf Ireland fees. Married couple: €1,200 includes Golf Ireland fees. Family: €1,290 includes Golf Ireland fees (Includes children up to 24 years in full time education. Distance: €350 includes Golf Ireland fees (Main Residence over 60 kms). Young Member: €320 includes Golf Ireland fees (Aged 18 to 25 years on 1st Jan 2024) School Membership: Primary School - €20 + Golf Ireland fees if required / Secondary School - €50 + Golf Ireland fees if required. (Students in full time education up to 19 year). Students: €170 plus Golf Ireland fees (up to the age of 24 yrs in full time education). Casual Golf Membership: €370 - New members, or past members of Moate Golf Club who have not been members for the last 3 years i.e. 2021, 2022 & 2023. Existing members (other than current casuals) cannot opt to join this category. If paying directly to our bank account please make sure your name is on the transfer. Please ask about our flexible payment options where your subscription can be spread over a period of up to 10 months with Fairway Credit. Please note that any person not renewing membership on or before 29th Feb. 2024 will be deemed to be no longer a member of the club, and will not be eligible to win prizes in competition.

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I hope the person who left this in the clubhouse over the weekend is ashamed of themselves! Please find a bin or better yet take your rubbish home. 

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COURSE CORNER – It is extremely important that everyone obeys the course closed signs. At least two people were spotted hitting shots on the course during the week when they should not have been out there at all. With the cold and wet conditions continuing it is more important than ever to take care of the course. Please continue to take your sand bags for repairing divots and a pitch mark repairer for the greens. Also it would be great if you can sprinkle the available sand and seed on the temporary tee boxes. Finally please remove your footprints from the bunkers which remain fully operational thanks to the great work by our greenkeeeping team.  

MIDLANDS INTERMEDIATE ALLIANCE – The next alliance outing is here in Moate on Sunday 14th with tee times from 10-12.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – I am kicking off the 2024 memory trawl with 4 random items coming from a Dundalk Democrat dated 26/6/1982, a Westmeath Independent of 2/2/1929, an Offaly Independent dated 3/9/1960 & an Anglo Celt from 22/3/2001.  

1982 – Leading amateurs, Enda McManamin (Ballybofey), Declan Brannigan (Laytown/Bettystown) and Philip Walton (Malahide), are among the top class entry for tomorrows Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup. Heading the local challenge is Peter Rogers, a member of the Louth team which won this year’s Johnnie Walker All Ireland Championship. Draw excerpt: 9.37, 2.37 – F. Flynn (Laytown / Bettystown) Bert Burke (Moate), P. McKeever (Tullamore).

1929 – Gardaí changes. Sergeant T. Costello has been transferred from Coole to Moate to replace Inspector Gaffney. Guard Brennan has been transferred from Moate to Multyfarnham and is replaced by Guard Brady from the latter station.

(Sgt. Costello was stationed in Moate 1929-1935 and then transferred back to Coole. He was a member of Moate GC.)

1960 – Held for the first time in Tullamore, the Midland Ladies Senior and Junior Golf Championships attracted a total of 68 entries, 18 in the senior and 50 in the junior, from clubs as far apart as Cork, Dublin, Carlow, Waterford, Newcastle (Co. Down), Galway, Kilkenny, Tramore, Mullingar, Athlone, Kildare and from the home club. Results excerpt from Juniors Rd 2: Miss M. Fullam (Co. Kildare) in receipt of a bye in the first round, bt. Mrs. J. Dolan (Moate), received a bye in the first round, by 5&4.

2001 – Chestnut Tree Golf Society. The first outing of 2001 takes place on Saturday 31st March to Moate Golf Club. Tee is reserved from 11 to 12. Anyone intending to travel should assemble at the Chestnut Tree at 9am. Moate is a beautiful course and it is hoped there will be a large turnout for this outing. This is a Golfer of the Year competition which is very kindly sponsored by David Flood of J.J. Flood & Sons. Ltd.

(Photos courtesy of Sean Egan, Martin Horan, David Delaney & Andy Dunne)

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


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