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Once again it was a very busy week indeed here at Moate Golf Club with the club & interclub season in full flow. The sunshine is bringing the best out in the course already and summer rules are almost here! We would like to thank everyone who supported our latest competitions and say well done to all our recent prize winners. I would like to mention some very special visitors I had over from Edinburgh recently who both enjoyed themselves in our club and made quite an impression on everyone they met. Hello to Suzie, Jacqui, Norman and Charlie, we were delighted to have you here.
All the way from Edinburgh!
18 Hole Club Comp sponsored by M&W Catering 19/4/2015
1st Overall – Graham Ross (11) 41pts. 1st Cat 1 – David Digan (5) 39pts, 1st Cat 2 – John Smyth (12) 39pts, 1st Cat 3 – D. O’Donoghue (17) 40pts, 1st Cat 4 – Padraig Shine (22) 37pts.
John Smyth, 3rd in a Thursday Open recently and Cat 2 Winner at the weekend.
Thursday Open (Stableford) 16/4/2015
1st Declan Mullins (17) 41pts, 2nd Paul Coughlan (+2) 39pts, Gross – Bert Burke (2) 31pts, 3rd Sean Corbett (20) 38pts.
Club Matchplay Qualifier (Stableford) 12/4/2015
1st Overall - Martin Costelloe (17) 44pts. 1st Cat 1 – David Coughlan (5) 38ptys, 1st Cat 2 – Brendan Daly (9) 43pts, 1st Cat 3 – Gary McConnell (18) 43pts, 1st Cat 4 – Brendan Stanley (20) 39pts.
Thursday Open (Stableford) 9/4/2015
1st Mick McLoughlin (9) 42pts, 2nd Sean Corbett (21) 40pts, Gross – Bert Burke (2) 35pts, 3rd John Smyth (12) 38pts.
NEXT COMPETITIONS – Our popular Thursday Open is on 23rd April so continue spreading the word to all your golfing buddies that Moate is the place to be from now on of a Thursday. Next weekend we have the first of this years ‘Free Sub’ strokeplay competitions.
The weekly 13 Hole Re-entry competition that started recently will now only run from Monday to Friday every week through the season and you cannot enter this at weekends.
2015 MEMBERSHIP FEES – Fees for 2015 are now seriously overdue so please ensure that you are paid up without further delay. Remember anyone who hasn’t paid their Membership will now be asked to pay a green fee to use the course and will not qualify for prizes even if they manage to enter a competition, nor indeed can they be selected for teams. Contact Anna in the Club Shop if you have any queries.
SCOTCH FOURSOMES – The deadline for completion of 1st round matches is April 30th. CLUB MATCHPLAY – The draw for this competition is on the notice board in the dressing room and will be on website also. 1st round deadline is 17th May. All ties in club matchplay should be played off the markers irrespective of where the tees are set on the day you play.
For both of the above it is responsibility of bottom name on draw to contact top named in tie to arrange match. If anyone is having difficulties in contacting their opponents please call Anna in the club shop for assistance.
MEMBERSHIP SURVEY - Please check your email for a very important message from the club. We've sent out a survey and we are really encouraging everyone to take a few minutes and respond to it. It’s absolutely vital that we get your opinions via as many replies as possible to help us run the club. Survey forms will also be available in the club shop and can be left there or emailed back whichever suits you best.
2015 CLUB TEAMS –
Barton Cup – I could hardly have got a more exciting though ultimately disappointing start to my managerial career than the 1st round tie away to New Forest on Saturday last. If ever there was an example of foursomes matchplay not being over till the very last moment this was it. Midway through the tie we looked home and hosed only for it to slip away over the closing holes. Once again I’d like to thank the 5 pairs who answered my call to represent the club. Tommy Digan & Malcolm Kelly, Brendan Kehoe & George Digan who played at home and were ‘minded’ by assistant manager Eamon Connolly while I was over in New Forest with Tommy Conlon & David Connolly, George Garvey & Cormac Nee, Paul Jacob & Tom Delaney. Things didn’t go our way on the day despite 2 great wins and a narrow defeat away which left us coming out on the wrong side of a 3-2 score line. Congratulations to New Forest and good luck to them for the remainder of the competition.
Tom Delaney in Barton Cup action v New Forest on Saturday.
Mixed Foursomes – Team managers Dolores Moodley & Joe Creggy wish to thank all team members and subs who were superb in an equally narrow defeat vs Millicent GC recently.
Junior Foursomes - Well done to team of Betty Behan, Loreto Boland, Pearse Corbett, Veronica Coughlan, Mags Galvin and Eileen White as well as managers Mary Kerrigan and Dolores Moodley who beat Birr in Mount Temple on Sunday in the 1st round of the Inter Club Competition. They will now go on to play Newbridge in the next round.
GOLF RULES QUIZ – last week’s answers …
Q 1. In stroke play, a competitor concedes his fellow-competitor a short putt and knocks the ball away. The fellow-competitor lifts his ball and plays from the next tee. What is the ruling? The fellow-competitor is disqualified for not completing play of the hole.
Q 2. True or False - A ball is holed when any part of it is below the level of the hole? False. All of the ball must be below the level of the hole.
And this week’s questions….
Q 1. Frustrated over missing another short putt, Player A taps in with the grip end of his putter. The ruling is?:
a. No penalty and the ball is holed.
b. One stroke penalty and the ball must be replaced and the stroke replayed with the proper end of the putter.
c. One stroke penalty and the ball is holed.
d. Two stroke penalty and the ball is holed.
Q 2. Now this is something you often see on the golf course. Addressing his ball on the teeing ground, Player B has the "first tee jitters." During his pre-shot routine, he waggles the club and accidentally knocks the ball off the tee. The ruling is ?
a. One stroke penalty and he must re-tee the ball.
b. No penalty and he may re-tee the ball.
c. No penalty, but the waggle is considered a stroke. He must play the ball as it lies.
d. Two stroke penalty and the ball must be re-teed.
Well done to the Junior Foursomes Team of Betty Behan, Loreto Boland, Pearse Corbett, Veronica Coughlan, Mags Galvin and Eileen White and their managers Mary Kerrigan and Dolores Moodley who beat Birr in Mount Temple on Sunday in the 1st round of the Inter Club Competition. They will now go on to play Newbridge in the next round.
The competition on Wednesday was won by Ann Ledwith (27) with 37 pts. Also with 37 pts Eileen White (23) was runner up.
I can now tell you that the teams in the final of the Winter/Spring League are the team of Veronica Mc Cormack, Betty Behan and Anne Healy against the team of Breda Kelly, Maura Igoe and Marie Dolan. Best of luck to both teams.
Best of luck to the Junior Cup team who play Mullingar in New Forest on Sunday next.
Hard luck to Moate's Barton Cup team who lost 3 - 2 to New Forest on Saturday after an epic battle. As first time manager it was a great experience despite the result and I'd like to say thanks again to everyone on the team - George Garvey, George Digan, Cormac Nee, David Connolly, Paul Jacob, Brendan Kehoe, Tommy Digan, Tom Delaney, Malcolm Kelly & Tommy Conlon - as well as unused sub John Smyth.
You all did the club proud. Thanks also to Eamon Connolly who assisted at the Moate end on the day. Congrats to New Forest and good luck to them for the remainder of the competition. Andy Dunne.
The competition on Wednesday 8th was won by Veronica Mc Cormack (13) with 38 pts, Geraldine Coughlan (14) was runner up also with 38 pts.
Best of luck to the Junior Foursomes team who play Birr in Mount Temple on Sunday 19th next.
It was a very busy week indeed here at Moate Golf Club proving that the new season is well and truly under way now. We would like to thank everyone who supported our latest competitions and say well done to all our recent prize winners. We’d also like to thank those who attended our poker night on Good Friday and a huge well done to the ladies who held a very successful cake & plant sale in the Grand Hotel, Moate on Saturday morning last. I’m still working my way through the big coffee cake I bought!
Thursday Open (Stableford) 2/4/2015
1st Tommy Conlon (9) 41pts, 2nd Seamus Dolan (9) 40pts.
Tommy Conlon who took 1st Prize in the first Thursday Open for 2015 -
Good Friday Open Singles (Stableford) 3/4/2015
1st Noel Dunne (18) 39pts, 2nd Brendan Magee (25) 39pts,
Low Gross Tommy Digan (4) 31pts. 3rd Kieran Rosney - Castlerea (12) 38pts.
Tommy Digan who won the Low Gross prize in the Good Friday Open Singles -
3 Person Rumble sponsored by Cat & Bagpipes Golf Society 5/4/2015
1st D. O'Donoghue (17), D. Logan (10), N. Prendeville (19) on 86pts. 2nd Leonard Donaldson (20), Paddy O'Brien (9), Michael Murray (18) on 83pts.
NEXT COMPETITIONS – Our popular Thursday Open is on 9th April so start spreading the word to all your golfing buddies that Moate is the place to be from now on of a Thursday. Next weekend we have an 18 Hole Club Singles which is a qualifier for the Club Matchplay competition. All you need to do is be in the top 64 to get through to the knockout rounds to compete for the Midland Trophy.
The first new weekly 13 Hole Re-entry competition that will run from Monday to Sunday every week through the season is open until April 12th.
2015 MEMBERSHIP FEES – Fees for 2015 are now well overdue so please ensure that you are paid up without further delay. Remember anyone who hasn’t sorted out their Membership should be asked to pay a green fee to use the course and will not get prizes if they manage to enter a competition, nor can they be selected for teams. Contact Anna in the Club Shop if you have any queries.
WIN A CAR SPACE FOR A YEAR* - We are holding a raffle for two new ‘dedicated parking spots’ near the Clubhouse, you may well have noticed they have been reserved already! Tickets cost €5 – and you can buy as many as you like to improve your chances. The space will be yours for a full year. The draw will take place in early May. Buy your tickets in the shop. * car not included!
2015 CLUB TEAMS – Moate Golf Club take great pride in competing against our peers in the various inter club competitions and I’ve been meaning for a while to do a little feature on the various ones we usually enter. To start off here is a provisional list of competitions (in no particular order) with managers and assistants if known.
Provincial Towns: Eamon Coughlan & Martin Horan. Each team shall consist of nine members and play shall be by singles match play. All matches to be played off scratch.
Pierce Purcell Shield: George Garvey & Jimmy Kassaris. Named after Professor Purcell, one of Ireland's outstanding golf administrators, from the 1920s to 1960s, it was won first by Masserene, in 1970. Five foursomes pairings represent each club, comprised of minimum individual handicap of 12 and minimum combined 27.
Barton Shield: Liam Galvin. Commemorating the former GUI President, the Hon. Mr. Justice Barton, the first club to win the Shield was Portmarnock, in 1920. Clubs are represented by two foursomes pairings, playing off scratch.
Barton Cup: Andy Dunne & Jimmy Kassaris / Eamon Connolly. Dates back to 1905. Each team shall consist of ten members and play shall be by Foursomes match play. All matches shall be played off scratch. The combined handicap of any pair shall not be lower than 14. This year our first round match is away to New Forest on April 18th.
Not quite the perfect selfie but the new Barton Cup gaffer would look well in that gaff behind him .....
Junior Cup: Bert Burke. Inaugurated in 1900, when it was won by Portmarnock, cup teams are comprised of five players of 5 handicap and over, playing singles matchplay, off scratch.
Senior Cup: Liam Galvin. Another competition instituted in 1900, when Dublin University won it for the first time, the Senior Cup is the most coveted trophy in club golf. Teams consist of five players in singles matchplay, off scratch.
Irish Mixed Foursomes: Joe Creggy & Dolores Moodley. Each team shall consist of five male members and five lady members of the club and play shall be by Foursomes medal play or by Foursomes match play. To be eligible to compete as a pair the combined playing handicap shall not be lower than nineteen and if higher than 27 the pair must play off 27.
Jimmy Bruen Shield: Louis Cunningham & Gerry Somers. Ireland's amateur golf legend is commemorated by the Shield inaugurated in 1978, when it was won by Stackstown. Clubs are represented by five foursomes teams, the minimum individual handicap being 6 and the minimum combined 17.
Michael Moore Cup: Joe Martin & Mike Hiney. Players must have a playing handicap of 19 or over, and be at least 25 years of age on or before the 1st January 2015.
Central Towns Trophy: Padraig Keenan & Joe Creggy. Run by Tullamore GC competing teams shall consist of five male members, playing singles scratch match play. We are at home to Newbridge on or before 2nd May.
GOLF RULES QUIZ – last week’s answers …
Q1. A competitor in stroke play started a round with 13 clubs. During the front nine he broke his putter in anger. After the ninth hole he bought another putter in Michael Horan’s Golf Shop at Moate GC and used it for the remainder of the round. What is the ruling? There is no penalty. The player can add a further club to make up to the maximum of 14 so long as he does not unduly delay play (Rule 6-7); and does not choose a club already selected for play by another player.
Q 2. In stroke play, a competitor's ball in a bunker moves due to his removal of a loose impediment in the bunker. What is the ruling? The competitor incurs a penalty of two strokes and the ball must be replaced. As a single act resulted in two Rules being breached (Rule 13-4 and Rule 18-2a), in equity (Rule 1-4), a single penalty is applied. Therefore, the competitor incurs a two stroke penalty under Rule 13-4 and the ball must be replaced (Rule 18-2a).
And this week’s questions….
Q 1. In stroke play, a competitor concedes his fellow-competitor a short putt and knocks the ball away. The fellow-competitor lifts his ball and plays from the next tee. What is the ruling?
Q 2. True or False - A ball is holed when any part of it is below the level of the hole?
and finally..... PJ Grogan pictured back in 1974 when he was Mens Captain and again recently ready to play on his 80th birthday and then at the after round party! Fair play to ya PJ, still showing us all how it's done!
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