CLUB NOTES 22/2/2015
It was great to see a few hardy souls out golfing in the lashing rain today and despite the miserable wet weather the course is holding up well. We wish to thank everyone who has played the course recently and congratulate our weekly competition winners.
RESULTS – 13 Hole competition 16/2 to 22/2/2015.
1st Cat 1 – Adrian Conroy (6) 31pts. 1st Cat 2 – Padraig Keenan (9) 32pts).
1st Cat 3 – Martin Costello (17) 32pts. 1st Cat 4 – Sean G. Connell (20) 30pts.
Adrian Conroy. this weeks Cat 1 winner.
WINTER LEAGUE - Men’s Captain Michael Kelly has graciously extended the qualifying period until close of play Tuesday 24th February. While a preliminary update will be posted here on www.moategolfclub.ie later tonight the final qualifying table will not be published until late on Tuesday night. Captains then nominate which day (Sat 28th or Sun 1st) their team members will play and a draw will be done. At this stage it looks like tee times will be allotted for Saturday and it's a shotgun start for Sunday but that is subject to a final decision.
Latest Winter League Table is HERE - Final placings will be published on Tuesday Night.
George Digan (Team 27) with Seamus Lynam, Kieran Lowry, John Kelly (Birr) and Mick Mahon are the new leaders moving up from 5th with a late flourish. Jim Thornton’s lads (Team 1) are on the march up 12 places to 6th while Paul Fogarty’s charges (Team 17) move up 14 places to be in contention for qualification. Unfortunately for them Cathal O’Rourke’s side (Team 13) fall 2 spots to be out of the top 19.
Padraig Keenan - anxiously awaiting the Winter League 20th spot raffle!
TUESDAY CLUB – Result from 17/2/2015
Cat 1. 1st. Gerry Jordan. 30pts. 2nd. Mick O' Brien. 28pts. 3rd. Joe Ennis 26pts.
Cat 2. 1st. Billy Browne 28pts. 2nd. Vincent Cronnolly. 26pts. 3rd. Liam Lynam. 24pts.
Ladies: Mary McNeill.
SCOR – Belated congratulations to the Moate All Whites Junior Ballad group who became the Scor All Ireland Champions in Dublin last weekend. A number of the young singers are also in the highly successful Moate Community School Choir so they are all Ireland champs on the double!
TOPAZ CASH FOR CLUBS – Topaz have a promotion running over the next 12 weeks and some lucky sporting club will win €10,000 a further 5 will get €5,000 and 140 clubs can get €1,000
Our club will be registered shortly for this so further details as to how you can help will follow. In the meantime you can check it at out Topaz.ie We will make our registration number and cards available in the club shop as soon as possible. Joe Digan is the local Topaz supplier and I’m sure members will pop in there to fill up regularly.
GOLF RULES QUIZ – last week’s answers …
Q 1. The rules always state that the ball must be dropped/placed NO NEARER THE HOLE whether taking a penalty drop or taking relief. There is however one instance that the player may drop the ball closer to the hole. What is it? Answer - DROP ZONE. When a drop zone is in operation the player may have the opportunity to drop nearer to the hole.
Q 2. A player has had a golf lesson and is working on keeping his left arm tight to his chest throughout the backswing. Their pro recommended that they practice with a tennis ball under their left armpit. The player made practice swings during the round with the tennis ball under his armpit to engrain the correct swing. Is this permissible? Answer - NO, A player may use a towel or head cover to practice this drill during a round as these items are deemed as equipment". A tennis ball is not deemed as equipment.
Q 3. A player searched for their ball in heavy rough for 2 minutes, after which they said to their playing partners, "I am declaring the ball LOST". As the player was walking back to the spot where the original ball was played, their original ball was found (within the 5 minute period allowed for search) by one of their playing partners. What is the ruling? Answer - A player CANNOT RENDER A BALL LOST BY VERBAL DECLARATION. Therefore the original ball remains in play.
And this week’s questions….
Q1. A player’s ball is lying on the green and they have a putt for a birdie. There is a light sprinkling of snow on the putting green. Is the player permitted to remove SNOW from their line of putt?
Q2. Player A's ball has finished in a large area of GROUND UNDER REPAIR.
They have just purchased the new Titleist Pro V1 ball; therefore they are keen to recover it. Whilst searching for the ball they accidently kick it and it moves position. What is the ruling?