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Not the tallest winning team…………..

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24 pairs today, and the sun shone again, but accompanied by a chill wind. Looking at the horrendous flooding in parts of England we are so lucky to be even playing. A very competitive result with the Scottish pairing of John Collins and Blair Johnstone coming out on top, with another Scottish pairing just one stroke behind. Well, Scotland are not doing too well at other sports!

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1st John Collins & Blair Johnstone…………………………..44pts

2nd Tom Toner & Shaun Tierney……………………………….43pts

3rd Astri Spieler & Bjorn Spieler………………………………42pts (on countback)

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Next week is the Kevin Smith 4 person team trophy. 2 scores on holes 1-6, 3 on 7-12 and all 4 on 13-18.

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.A final reminder about next year’s Viking Cup………………………

Viking Cup

The committee are inviting a society member to come forward and take the role of Captain of the United Kingdom & Ireland Viking Cup Team.

The position is totally independent from the committee and involves team selection of the UK & Ireland Team, and liaising with the Captain of the European Team on general matters including the competition format and rules.

Applicants must be committed to being available over a 12-month period and computer literate as the compilation of spread sheets is required.

It is obviously preferable the Captain is a national of one of the team’s countries.

The arrangements of the competitions date, venue and presentation ceremony will remain with the committee of the Society.

If any member is interested please contact the Society Secretary by 15th November.

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Not much to put on blog this week so here are some things to think about………………..

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Barry

Bernard West – this month’s Apollo champion……………..

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55 players this week with perfect conditions. Maybe a bit slippy on the bank of the lake on hole 5, where Ross Muirhead took an early bath! Thanks again to Tanya for running the show for the players.

There is just one more Apollo Air competition in 2019, and Chris McAllister is in pole position for the annual trophy. Maybe he does not need to improve on his current points total, bur Shaun Cairney is only 3 points behind, with another 3 players with realistic chances if they can produce one more big score.

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Apollo Air champion

Bernard West (14.1)……………………………41pts

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1st division

1st. Carl McCulloch (11.0)……………………38pts

2nd. Gary Ackroyd (14.7)…………………….37pts

3rd. Dave Lloyd (4.2)……………………………36pts

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2nd division

1st. Eric Van Nigtevegt(20.5)……………….39pts

2nd. Ross Muirhead (17.9)…………………..37pts

3rd. George Lintner (22.3)…………………..36pts

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Carl won division one…………

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Erik was top of division two……….

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Viking Cup

The committee are inviting a society member to come forward and take the role of Captain of the United Kingdom & Ireland Viking Cup Team.

The position is totally independent from the committee and involves team selection of the UK & Ireland Team, and liaising with the Captain of the European Team on general matters including the competition format and rules.

Applicants must be committed to being available over a 12-month period and computer literate as the compilation of spread sheets is required.

It is obviously preferable the Captain is a national of one of the team’s countries.

The arrangements of the competitions date, venue and presentation ceremony will remain with the committee of the Society.

If any member is interested please contact the Society Secretary by 15th November.

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Barry

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Another good entry, with 83 players. Perfect weather and a shotgun start for 70 old un’s and just 13 juniors (under 55!). 13 old gits played in the new division of ‘Super Seniors’ and the youngest of them at 70 years young (Peter Reeves) was the first winner. Maybe his mate Peter Mitchell can win a new division of 80+ next year with less opposition?

Thanks to Sandy and Dorothy Simpson for sponsoring the event for many years, and thanks to our new sponsors Bob and Pat Whitty for continuing to supply the prizes from 2020.

The starters this week were Tanya Seckington and Liz Beaton who were under pressure with everyone arriving for a 9am start.

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Seniors Champion

1st. Atle Aastad (20.5)…………………….44pts

2nd. Jan H Olsen (12.1)…..,……………..39pts

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Super Senior

Peter Reeves (22.1)…………………………36pts

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1st division

1st. Roy Winter (7.8)…………………….38pts

2nd. Pat Whitty (12.8)……………………37pts

3rd. Lynda Lloyd (14.5)………………..36pts

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2nd division

1st. Jim Hershaw (17.4)……………….39pts

2nd Peter Reeves (22.1)………………36pts

3rd. Phil Cooke (18.0)………………….36pts

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Non Seniors

1st Fran Thomas (6.2)…………………35pts

2nd. Shaun Cairney (8.4)……………33pts

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Nearest pin

3rd………….. Ann Ju Boifot

7th………….. Colin Gibson

11th…………. David Johnston

17th…………. Jeff Ruellen

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Atle won the last major of 2019………….

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Jan H Olsen was Seniors runner up…………………

 

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Fran won the ‘juniors’

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Roy Winter claimed division one…,…..

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Jim won division 2………

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Pete is the first ‘Super senior’……….

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Colin Gibson closest on hole 7, par 3 ……….

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David Johnston nearest on hole 11…………

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.Well done to Pat Whitty who managed an eagle 3 on the par 5 13th!

On Friday 1st November we have been informed by GNK that we will only have 10 buggies for the society. Ensure that you are paired up or make sure your place on the list. Next week is the November Apollo Air.

A parting tip sent from Sandy in Australia, he has a new driver and it has such a large sweet spot……………………….

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Barry

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No golf but a good party………..

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Drawing the matches on Monday night……..

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No golf so me and Barry A went for a full breakfast in the Al Kasar………

As the rain eased clouds filled the horizon….

A nice frame for the photos……….

And the staff weren’t left out…..

Alicia and Ken with the impressive poster…………..

Gas fires kept us warm……..

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And that’s it for another year!

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Barry

Viking Cup 2019

The heavy rain which was expected this morning duly arrived, the Norwegians (especially from Bergen) probably thought it was just another golfing day. A sensible decision to spare the players from a good soaking was made before the green fee cash was handed over, so a full refund for all. The barbecue will go ahead at the Diversity bar (golf club) so turn up for 3pm.

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Barry

Seve photo

iconic image of Seve……………

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The original Seve Day was in May to remember when the great man passed on, but the date has been changed to October to maximise the contributions to our annual charity. Originally for brain cancer the first one was changed at short notice to the Lorca disaster fund as the town was devastated by an earthquake with a significant cost in lives and damage to the area.The chosen charities have changed each year mainly due to circumstances which have affected our society members.

This year we have opted for the Prostate Cancer charity, and money has been raised not only on Seve Day but throughout the year.It is impossible to name everyone who has been involved because so many have in some way either organised or contributed. A fantastic effort from everyone to reach the final total of 3000€, which hopefully will make a difference to someone and their families

We actually had two starters this week looking after the 87 players, thank you to Sandra Rollett and Tanya Seckington.

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Tanya and Sandra…………

.One of the most important majors, being a singles competition, this year Lynda Lloyd has added her name to the list of Seve champions. A great year for Lynda who added this title to the Ladies Day major which she won earlier this year.

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Lynda is the Seve champion for 2019……….

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The prizes were simply a token so more money could go towards the cause, also some balls and towels were donated by GNK, Dee and Byron from the golf club bar made a cash donation and Jim Laird donated his sweep winnings this week. And of course the Society made a significant contribution..

.GNK staff…………

.Every player received a gift pack which contained a Titleist ball, 3 tee pegs and an information booklet.

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.Seve winner

Lynda Lloyd…………………………….39pts (on C/B)

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1st division

1st Bob Whitty…………………………39pts (on C/B)

2nd Dave Lloyd…………………………39pts

3rd Chris McAllister………………..36pts (on C/B).

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2nd division

1st Alicia Saunders………………….38pts

2nd Tom Junge…………………………..36pts

3rd David Johnston…………………..35pts.

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Nearest pin

3rd…………………Ray Rollett

7th…………………Roy Winter

11th……………….Jeff Cotter

17th……………….Bente Larssen.

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Bob won division one and Alicia won division two…………

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Nearest the pin winners

Ray Rollett

Roy Winter

Bente Larssen

Jeff Cotter

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Tuesday is the 10th staging of the Viking cup, played between UK & Ireland and Europe this year. Originally played between UK and Norway the teams have expanded to accommodate all the other nationalities who wanted to join in. 92 players with a shotgun start, it has proved to be our most popular competition. On Monday evening at 6pm in the Clover players will find out their opponents and tees, and also pay green fees and barbecue money (for those who wish to eat). The results will follow shortly after, then the food.

There have been many close finishes with the joint format of a pairs and an individual competition, and with UK & Ireland holding a 5-4 lead will the Europeans level the series? Let’s hope that the weather forecast is wrong, with rain forecast for the next four days. There will be a marquee outside the bar which will be a godsend after the game.

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Barry

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A lot of money was raised through the sponsorship on every tee, with perhaps 3 or 4 sponsors on each hole at 20€ each.

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List of hole sponsors

C.D.A.G.S. CHARITY DAY

ALL HOLE SPONSORS ARE THANKED FOR THEIR GENEROSITY TOWARDS

PROSTATE CANCER RESEARCH

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HOLE NUMBER 1

PETER REEVES

TOM JUNGE

HOLE NUMBER 2

CONDADO CLUB

TONY ANDREWS PLUMBING

HOLE NUMBER 3

DAVE AND BARBARA ROLLETT

ALICIA AND KEN SAUNDERS

HOLE NUMBER 4

RAY ROLLETT

GEORGE HOSKINS

HOLE NUMBER 5

PADDY MCKEE

ALAN BROWN

HOLE NUMBER 6

GARY ACKROYD

KEVIN SMITH

HOLE NUMBER 7

MEURIG HUGHES

JIM AND DIANE HERSHAW

MARK AMBRIDGE

HOLE NUMBER 8

DAVID THORBURN

PAUL KNIGHT

PHIL COOKE

HOLE NUMBER 9

‘THE SCOTTISH CONTINGENCY’

TIM BEISSIEGEL

HOLE NUMBER 10

DENIS O’SULLIVAN AND MARY McGILL

PAT AND BOB WHITTY

DAVE AND KIM LLOYD

HOLE NUMBER 11

PETER MITCHELL

ROBIN WILSON

DES REID

CLOVER GANG – DAVE, BECKY/EILEEN AND TERRY O’NEIL

HOLE NUMBER 12

BARRY BARKER AND SUE PERRY

SOUND AFFECTS MUSIC – TIM LOBLEY

HOLE NUMBER 13

CHRIS HOLT

IAN AND LIZ WHYTE

HOLE NUMBER 14

DAVE WAREING

HOLE NUMBER 15

STEVE BROWN

HOLE NUMBER 16

BLAIR JOHNSTON

BARRY AND DENISE ANSWER

HOLE NUMBER 17

PHILIP AITKEN

HOLE NUMBER 18

BAR UNO (EL PARETON) – LAURA & CHRIS

DAVE COOKE

Also…………………..

PETER REEVES FOR DONATION OF MEAL FOR TWO

GNK FOR BALLS AND TOWELS FOR AUCTION

BYRON AND DENISE FOR DONATION

.Proud grandparents, 2nd division winner Barbara, and Dave with Stevie,…………..

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This week at the presentation it was the Rollett family day. Dave was assisting captain Alicia, grand daughter Stevie gave out the prizes. Dave’s wife Barbara won division 2 and in 2nd was brother Ray Rollett ; Dave won in the raffle; Sister-in-law Sandra had been starter again, and helped Barbara sell the raffle tickets. They deserve all our thanks for showing such commitment to the society.

Don’t forget the winner of the main prize though, Denis O’Sullivan won this month’s Apollo with an excellent 40 points.

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Denis with the monthly trophy and the presentation team…………..

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Apollo Air winner

Denis O’Sullivan………………40pts

 

1st division

1st. Lee Hobson…………….38pts (c/b)

2nd Nigel Hobson………….38pts

3rd. Davie McDonald……..37pts

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Lee won the first division……….

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All the bunkers have still not been repaired, so again the competition was not a qualifier.

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Next Friday is our annual charity day, the Seve trophy which this year will support the Prostate cancer appeal. The fundraiser for this has been going all year and should achieve a significant total for the charity. It has attracted a full sheet with a shotgun start at 09.03. 80 players, of which many are from Norway ready to do battle 4 days later for the Viking Cup.

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Barry

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