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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
Ladies Club

Vera Burgoyne and Theresa Duffy sponsored the weekly competition on Wednesday 17th. The winners  were 1st Mary Galin (36) 40 pts. Cat 1 Carmel Carroll (18) 38 pts, Cat 2 Mags Galvin (22) 38 pts, Cat 3 Theres Cleary (35) 39 pts and Cat 4 Marian Mullen (52) 34 pts.

Best wishes are extended to Mens Captain Sean Egan for a great day for his Captain's Prize on Saturday next 20th July. Good luck to all those who have qualified to play on the day. Catptain Sean is running a 13 hole ladies competition booking on BRS, Tee times from 12.40pm to 2.30pm.


Club Notes 14/07/2024

Entry to the British Open Fantasy Golf competition is available manually through the shop and online via the club website www.moategolfclub.ie. Funds raised will be put towards the purchase of a new greens sprayer so every entry is an investment in the progress of your club. This is an important investment for the club so we expect all members to enter at least once and hope they will encourage friends to participate too.

RESULTS – July 13 Hole Stableford Wk. 2 (14/07/2024): 1st William Coghlan 29pts.

Linnane & Co. Thursday Open (Stableford), 11/07/2024. 1st: John Smyth (14) 40pts, 2nd: Liam Geraghty (1) Loughrea 39pts, Gross: Michael Lynch Jnr. (0) 34pts, 3rd: Andy Dunne (15) 38pts.    

Callum Dunne, John Smyth & Nicky Grennan in the Linnane & Co. Thursday Open. 

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – We have another Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open on July 18th and at the weekend on Saturday we have Sean Egans Captains Prize Final. Brian Costello is the leading qualifier from day one with a 68 and some 78’s also qualified thanks to some early withdrawals. Next Saturday, the top 21 players after the 36 holes then have a further 9 hole play-off around 5pm. We have 2 members challenging for the Distance Members prize (Brendan Stanley & Enda Jordan) while James Murray, Jack Tyrrell, Michael Lynch Jnr & Owen Higgins are in contention for the Students Prize. None of these can qualify for the final 9 holes so their categories run over the first 36 holes.If anyone cannot play please let us know ASAP so a sub can be brought in to take your spot. We hope Sean has a great day and fingers crossed the weather will be decent. On Sunday we have a ‘British Open Weekend’ Club Stableford to play for and finally, the July Week 3 (13 hole club comp) runs from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st.    

ANNUAL FUNDRAISING CLASSIC – We’ve gone for something slightly different this year and 4 events over 5 days will run from Wednesday 28th August to Sunday 1st September. The events are: Wednesday – 4 Ball Scramble, Thursday – Open Singles, Friday – 4 Ball Better Ball and a 4 Person Team (2 to count everywhere) competition for the weekend. The BRS has been updated so get booking your slots in.

INTERCLUB TEAMS – The Leinster Senior mens team had a good win over Portlaoise on Sunday and will face either Newbridge or Killeen in round 4.

MATCHPLAYS – The Shay Murtagh Precast Club Matchplay, Scratch and Scotch Foursomes ties are progressing nicely. The second rounds for Club & Scotch are to be completed on or before Sunday 28th July. Update the sheet in the locker room as matches are played or text me your results. The second round of the Scratch Matchplay must be completed by Sunday 11th August. In all matchplays if the tie not played on time both parties will be disqualified unless one has been given a walkover.   

COURSE CORNER – The course was in super condition for the Captains Prize qualifier and all credit to the course team and some volunteers who gave up valuable time to rake bunkers and repair divots on both Friday and Saturday nights. It was therefore disappointing to hear that some early groups didn’t bother to rake the bunkers at all. Perhaps if they every member had to take a turn raking them they would realise the effort put in by others. As always we’d like to remind people to repair all pitch marks and bring a seed bag for the ever accumulating divots. We would also really appreciate it if people can avoid leaving the bags in the car park for someone else to pick up and return to the stand provided.

What we like to see....and what we dont! 

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – 2 more historical gems this week. I’m running the risk of a clip round the ear for the first item which is from a Wicklow People dated 15/06/1963. While many may know Padraig Keenan was a hurling star with silky skills not many will know of his prowess at these other events mentioned! This is followed by an Irish Independent clipping of 07/05/1981 which shows some Moate members in the Athlone Scratch Cup.  

1963: “Annacurra annual school sports attracted a good attendance on Sunday. The proceedings were enlivened by the Michael Dwyer Pipe Band who played selections of national airs. Prizewinners in the various events included: Boys U14 race: 1. Phil Doyle, 2. Andy Doyle, 3. Padraig Keenan.  Boys Three-legged Race Open: 1. Padraig Keenan and Andrew Doyle, 2. Vincent McEvoy and Thomas Tallon. Wheelbarrow Race: 1. Thomas Keenan and Seamus Byrne, 2. Padraig Keenan and Paul Doyle, 3. Lacey brothers. “

1981: “The draw for the Athlone Scratch Cup on Sunday next includes: 8.58 & 12.58 Tommy O’Brien (Moate) Liam Galvin (Moate) M. Shields (Longford); 9.05 & 1.05 P. Mitchell (Portarlington), P. Crisham (Athlone), Hugh Conlon (Moate); 9.12 & 1.12 P.J. Grogan (Moate), Bert Burke (Moate), E. Buggy (Tullamore); 9.19 & 1.19 P.J. Horan (Tullamore), P. O’Sullivan (Athlone), Mick Glennon (Moate); 9.26 1.26 S. Meaney (Castletroy), Thomas Dolan (Moate), P. McKeever (Tullamore). ”

Congratulations to Michael Broder who had a hole in one at the 4th on Saturday. 

 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Ladies Club

The competition on Wednesday 3rd was sponsored by Claire Varley and Mary Rohan. The winners were 1st Pearse Corbett (18) 41 pts, Cat 1 Veronica Mc Cormack (19) 38 pts, Cat 2 Marianne Young (26) 37 pts, Cat 3 Mary Egan (30) 36 pts and Cat 4 Rose Buckley (44) 39 pts.  The june Running competition sponsore by Ann Magee was won by Mary Galvin with Mary Carolan in 2nd place.

Unfortunately the last of the ladies teams, the Senior Foursomes lost to Kilkenny golf club in the quarter finals in Anneyleix on Saturday. Best wishes to Loreto Boland who was injuried on the 3rd hole by a stray ball resulting in Moate having to concede that match.


Club Notes 07/07/2024

We have launched our fundraising British Open Fantasy Golf competition and entry forms are now available in the shop and you will also be able to enter online via the club website. Funds raised will be put towards the purchase of a new greens sprayer so every entry is an investment in the progress of your club. We expect all members to enter at least once and hope they will encourage friends to participate too.

RESULTS – Friends of Dinny White (Stableford) - 07/07/2024 – 1st Overall: Dermot Horan (19) 43pts, 1st Cat 1: David Digan (3) 41pts, 1st Cat 2: Philip Dalton (12) 40pts, 1st Cat 3: Sean Bohan (17) 41pts, 1st Cat 4: John Young (28) 40pts, 1st Ladies: Teresa Cleary (35) 39pts.

July 13 Hole Stableford Wk. 1 (07/07/2024): 1st Andy Dunne (15) 27pts.

Linnane & Co. Thursday Open (Stableford), 04/07/2024. 1st: Ger Coughlan (28) 44pts, 2nd: Jimmy Digan (9) 39pts, Gross: Jimmy Bradley (5) 32pts, 3rd: Alan Tyrrell (8) 39pts.    

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – We have another Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open on July 11th and at the weekend it is the qualifying round for Sean Egans Captains Prize. The top 72 players will then do battle for the coveted prize on Saturday 20th July. In the unlikely event that you have not paid your full subs at this very late stage you will not be eligible to play in the final even if you qualify. We wish Sean every success over both weekends. Finally, the July Week 2 (13 hole club comp) runs from Monday 8th to Sunday 14th.    

ANNUAL FUNDRAISING CLASSIC – We’ve gone for something slightly different this year and 4 events over 5 days will run from Wednesday 28th August to Sunday 1st September. The events are: Wednesday – 4 Ball Scramble, Thursday – Open Singles, Friday – 4 Ball Better Ball and a 4 Person Team (2 to count everywhere) competition for the weekend. The BRS has been updated so get booking your slots in.

INTERCLUB TEAMS – Two teams were in action this weekend and unfortunately two teams were defeated. The Ladies Senior Foursomes lost to Kilkenny GC in the regional Quarter Finals at Abbeyleix on Saturday. While only on the 3rd hole Loreto Boland was unfortunately injured by a stray ball and Moate were forced to concede that leg. We wish Loreto all the best and of course a speedy recovery. On Sunday the Mixed Foursomes team lost to Mountrath in a playoff at the 19th hole. The club are very appreciative for all the effort put in by players and managers to team events.

Ladies Senior Foursomes: Marian Fogarty, Ella Grennan, Carmel Connolly, Lady Captain Veronica McCormack, Veronica Colgan, Loreto Boland & Sinead Healy. 

GOLFER OF THE YEAR 2024 – Both the Cllr. Vinny McCormack & Friends of Dinny White points have been added and the Mens Captain Sean Egan is out front on 311pts with Mark Devery next on 306pts and George Garvey slipping back 31pts away in 3rd. Although only 52nd Michael Power has put a nice little run together with points in the last 4 events.

MATCHPLAYS – The draws for Shay Murtagh Precast Club Matchplay, Scratch and Scotch Foursomes are finally up on the wall in the locker room. Looks like there are people dragging their feet again so please remember this will not be tolerated this year. The second rounds in both are to be completed on or before Sunday 28th July, so I expect I’ll get a flurry of results from all the first round matches that have been played already. Update the sheet or text me your results. The first round of the Scratch Matchplay must be completed by Sunday 14th July. In all matchplays if the tie not played on time both parties will be disqualified unless one has been given a walkover.   

COURSE CORNER – As always we’d like to remind people to repair all pitch marks and bring a seed bag for the ever accumulating divots. We would really appreciate it if people can avoid leaving the bags in the car park for someone else to pick up and return to the stand provided.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – I’ve unearthed 3 pieces from the vaults this week. Starting with an Irish Press piece dated 13/11/1936 about a members wedding followed by a Westmeath Independent clipping of 13/03/1943 (also about a bank employee and Moate GC member) and ending with an extract from the notes of 23/01/2016 in the Westmeath Examiner.

1936: “Whitford-Wright – At Castlerea (Co. Roscommon) Protestant Church: Mr. W.E. Whitford, Ulster Bank, Moate, Co. Westmeath, and Miss P. Wright, youngest daughter of Mr. F. Wright, manager, Ulster Bank, and Mrs. Wright, Castlerea. The Rev. F.J. Powell, M.A., officiated. Miss E. Whitford, Belfast, was bridesmaid and Mr. F.J. Wright was best man. “

1943: “Mr. P. Fitzgerald, who has been attached to Moate branch of the National Bank for about eighteen months, has been transferred to Gort. During his time in Moate Mr. Fitzgeralds made numerous friends, and the departure of this popular official is deeply regretted. He was attached to different sporting clubs, including the Golf Club, of which he was a highly esteemed member.”

2016: “Seery’s Cash and Carry Winter League. The updated table is now on our website and as per recent email the qualifying period has been extended so please encourage your teammates to get outstanding rounds played. Team 23: Pat Egan, Joe Healy, Sinead Healy, Jamie Colgan & Charlie Tone are still the early pacesetters. The defending champions Team 11: Andy Dunne, Ger Coughlan, Pat Doyle, John Smyth & Paddy Molloy are in hot pursuit as they move up 6 places to 3rd. Biggest mover since last update is Team 35: Cathal O’Rourke, Declan Murphy, Mickey Rabbitte, Rory Minagh & Seamus McCormack who have gone from 35th to 12th. “

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Ladies Club

Congratulations to Lady Captain Veronica Mc Cormack on Lady Captians Prize Day on Saturday. Despite rain in the early part of the day there was a great turn out of ladies to honour Veronica. The winners on the day were 1st Kay Gantley (41) 101.5 net, 2nd Loreto Boland (16) 104 net, Gross Carmel Connolly (14) 127 gross, 3rd Theresa Cleary (35) 105.5 net, 4th Marian Fogarty (14) 107 net, 5th Marie Dolan (33) 107.5 net, Leading Qualifier Helen Kelly (14) 108 net, Past Captian Geraldine Coughlan (21) 109.5 net, Seniors Noeleen Fox (23)108.5 net, Front 9 Carmel Coughlan (28) 32 net, Back 9 Mary Kerrigan (26)35 net, Mens 13 hole 1st Sean Corbett and 2nd George Digan. G.I.G.s Mary Coughlan S.I.G.s Arlene Coughlan. Following the golf the Lady Captain presented the prizes to the winners. She thanked all who helped to make the day a special one to remember in particular her family and the ladie committee. Following the presentation everyone enjoyed some lovely food served by Pat and his staff.

The competition on Wednesday 26th was sponsored by An Egan and Sinead Power. The winners were 1st Carmel Connolly (16) 8 uo, Cat 1 Pearse Corbett (19) 4 up, Cat 2 Mary Kerrigan (27) 6 up, Cat 3 Anne Healy (33) 8 up and Cat 4 Esther Hynds (41) 2 up.


Club Notes 30/06/2024

Not content with consolidating his seat on Westmeath County Council in the recent local elections Cllr. Vinny McCormack came within a whisker of taking first prize in his own competition at the weekend! There is no truth whatsoever in the rumour that a brown envelope might land on my Ballymore road doorstep with a small donation enclosed to fund a recount!!! 

Congratulations to Lady Captain Veronica McCormack who had a very well supported Lady Captains Prize Final on Saturday. 

RESULTS – Cllr. Vinny McCormack (Stableford) - 30/06/2024 – 1st Overall: Des McLoughlin (22) 42pts, 1st Cat 1: Martin Hogan (3) 39pts, 1st Cat 2: Philip Dalton (13) 41pts, 1st Cat 3: Vinny McCormack (16) 41pts, 1st Cat 4: Shane Maher (23) 40pts, 1st Ladies: Teresa Cleary (35) 40pts.

June 13 Hole Stableford Wk. 5 (30/6/2024): Martin Horan (17) 28pts.

Linnane & Co. Thursday Open (Stableford), 27/06/2024. 1st: Sean Connell (Mt. Temple) (11) 37pts, 2nd: Adam Conroy (Mullingar) (8) 36pts, 3rd: John Naughton (19) 35pts.    

FUTURE COMPETITIONS – We have a Nick Linnane & Co. Thursday Open on July 4th and at the weekend it is the Dinny White competition. The July Week 1 (13 hole club comp) runs from Monday 1st to Sunday 7th.   

INTERCLUB TEAMS – The only team in action this weekend was our Michael Moore side and it went to the 19th hole where they lost to Nenagh in a thriller on Sunday. We really appreciate the effort put in by all managers and team members. Next Sunday the Mixed Foursomes team play Mountrath. It would be great to see a few people out supporting the team.

GOLFER OF THE YEAR 2024 – The Vinny McCormack points have yet to be added so for the time being our leader remains Sean Egan on 294pts with Mark Devery next on 279pts and George Garvey just 4pts behind that in 3rd. Random shout outs to Joe Healy in 13th with 180pts and Vivian Lynam is 89th with 55pts.

MATCHPLAYS – The draws for Shay Murtagh Precast Club Matchplay, Scratch and Scotch Foursomes are all on the website. Unfortunately we are still waiting for wallcharts from our stationery supplier so in the meantime send Andy Dunne results of any match played and we’ll get the website chart updated. The preliminary round for Club Matchplay singles should be all done now and first round matches for both it and the Scotch Foursomes are due by 7th July. The first round of the Scratch Matchplay must be completed by Sunday 14th July. In all matchplays if the tie not played on time both parties will be disqualified unless one has been given a walkover.   

COURSE CORNER – As always we’d like to remind people to repair all pitch marks and bring a seed bag for the ever accumulating divots. We would really appreciate it if people can avoid leaving the bags in the car park for someone else to pick up and return to the stand provided.

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – It’s been another hectic week so I’ve only had time to randomly select another 2 pieces from the archives. Starting with a Westmeath Examiner piece dated 20/01/1990 referring to a Liam Cox publication and zooming right up to just 5 years ago for a result at Portumna GC found in the City Tribune of 05/07/2019.

1990: “SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE! Every town, every street and every family in the country generates its own history. Every house has its own story and the town of Moate is fortunate to have a writer and historian in its midst who took the unusual course of recording the history of each and every house in the Main Street of the town. This was published as occasional page No. 3 by Moate Historical Society last month. The writer is Mr. Liam Cox and the paper is entitled “Moate Houses”. The town of Moate has played host to many interesting murderers, gun smugglers, poets and a man who always spent Christmas Day diffing the garden. Moate at one time could boast of having “Gurds Sun Hotel” – maybe global warming is not a new phenomenon? Daniel O’Connell (the Liberator) once visited the town to officially open a bank. There were football riots following robust challenge games between the Gaps and the Turnpikes. A husband was murdered by his wife and her lover in 1823. A bog was seen to move 3 miles at Kilmaleady – not considered at the time to be a religious experience! In the 18th century one had to pay a tax to enter Moate on market day. The original Arthur Daly lived here, as did a painter who slept in a four-poster bed with curtains. The stories of these and many other characters are revealed in Liam Cox’s history of 99 houses in Moate, a very useful historical reference and a very interesting read.”

2019: “June 24, 18 hole stableford sponsored by Treacy Tyres: 1st Gerry Kennedy (Galway GC, 12) 37pts; 2nd Lee Scanlon (Moate GC, 3) 36pts; Gross: Sam Murphy (+2) 34pts; 3rd Jimmy Cunningham (16) 35pts.”

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


June Photo Gallery Bonus!

Have had some issues with our Facebook page which I am hoping to get resolved this week. In no particular order here are a few recent photos from Martin Horan, Roger Quinn, Eileen White & myself. 

 



Ladies Club

Lady Captain Veronica Mc Cormack’s Prize takes place on Saturday next 29th June. Draw times are as follows 9am -open, 10am – cat, 11am – open and 12noon – Cat. 9 hole playoff at 5pm. 13 hole men’s competition before and after the ladies competition booking on the BRS. Presentation and dinner at 8pm. We wish our Lady Captain Veronica a very enjoyable and successful day.

The competition on Wednesday last was sponsored by Geraldine Coughlan and Eileen White. The winners were 1st Rose Buckley (50) 40 pts, Cat 1 Pearse Corbett (20) 36 pts, Cat 2 Noeleen Fox (23) 37 pts, Cat 3 Anne Healy (33) 38 pts and Cat 4 Carmel Mackey (51) 35 pts.

Unfortunately it was not to be for the ladies playing in the Leinster Challenge Trophy losing to a strong New Forest team. On Saturday the Junior Cup team playing Tullamore also lost, having won 2 matches at home and having lost 2 away 1 more was needed to win but unfortunately Moate lost on the 19th hole.


Ladies Club

The Pauline Farrell Trophy played on 5th June was sponsored by Betty Behan, Pearse Corbett and Mary Kerrigan. The winners were 1st Vera Burgoyne (31) 69 nett, 2nd Carmel Carroll (19) 69 nett, 3rd Sinead Hall (23) 71 nett, Cat 1 Marian Fogarty (14) 72 nett, Cat 2 Alison Couper (23) 74 nett, Cat 3 Ger Byrne (33) 72 nett and Cat 4 Mary Carolan (47)72 nett.

The competition on June 12th was sponsored by Marian Mullen & Anne Healy. The winners were 1st Pearse Corbett (20)41 pts, Cat 1 Ella Grennan (8) 37 pts, Cat 2 Mary Rohan (24) 40 pts, Cat 3 Patricia Mc Cormack (33) 39 pts and Cat 4 Mary Carolan (46) 33 pts.

Best of luck to the Leinster Challenge Trophy team when they take on New Forest on Thursday and to the Junior Cup team when they play Tullamore on Sunday.

Ladies remember that Saturday 29th June is Lady Captain Veronica Mc Cormack’s Prize. Information regarding the competition will be displayed in the club house and will also be sent by WhattsApp in the next few days.


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