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Ralph Jackson was this month’s Apollo Air champion…………

 

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49 players in this month’s Apollo Air stableford and thanks again to Barbara Rollett for carrying out the starter’s duties. Ralph Jackson was this month’s winner on countback from Dave Rollett. Also thanks to Bernard West who as a new committee member volunteered to assist Alicia in the prize giving this week.

 

Apollo Air winner

Ralph Jackson (14.2)……………………………………………..38pts (on countback)

 

1st division

1st     Anthony Keating (14.7)……………………………..36pts

2nd   Tony Andrews (7.3)…………………………………….34pts (on countback)

3rd    Tommy Toner (8.7)…………………………………….34pts (on countback)

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2nd division

1st    Dave Rollett (18.9)……………………………………….38pts

2nd   Jim Hershaw (16.7)………………………………………36pts

3rd    Colin Lloyd (15.3)…………………………………………35pts

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Now that some players have completed the maximum qualifying scores for the annual championship it is no surprise to see some regular winners leading………………….

 

1st   Tom Toner………………………………….175pts

2nd Shaun Cairney…………………………….167pts

3rd  Tony Andrews…………………………….140pts

 

 

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Anthony continued his run of good form in claiming the 1st division prize…………..

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and Dave was the best of the second division……….

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and out on the course…………………………………

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Alicia found herself in an awful position at hole 10……………….

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and Ken was even worse with this unplayable lie on 15 – he was lucky to find it!

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and an update on the local nature in Condado………………..

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ducklings on 13………..

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the white one feeds from Phil’s hand………………….

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this fish was laid by the lake on hole 5, maybe dropped by a heron?

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who would have thought to make garden ornaments from old golf balls? Cath Emmett-Smith did!

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and the winners this week are……………………………………………………

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and on the count of three you will wake up……………………….

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Jack would be a good choice for our next team game – he has local knowledge of the course……………

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Seve Day/Charity event
This year’s society charity event will be raising funds for prostate cancer UK. Originally the Seve Day competition was due to take place on Friday 9th August 2019 but has now been rescheduled for Friday 18th October 2019, allowing more time to raise funds and extra committee members to be present on site to assist with the organisation on the day.
The aim this year apart from raising funds for research for a cure is to make our membership fully aware of this disease, which affects one in eight men and also to encourage them to have a very simple medical check up.
The society will raise donations by selling the iconic ‘Man of Men’ badges, (see the football panel on sky sports who all wear them) seeking sponsorship of holes and other events. Please contact any committee member for further information.

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Some members may find that they cannot access this blog on their shortcut to http://www.cdagolf.com – we have had this domain for 8 years but seemingly it is now owned by ‘godaddy’ who want nearly US 5000$ to renew it! You should still be able to see the blog on http://www.cdagolf.wordpress.com so change any shortcuts you have.

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Next week is a pairs stableford.

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Barry

the winners, Jim, Jim, Paddy and Tony………

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This week was a team event with 3 scores to count at each hole. 11 teams, 40 players, although 4 of them were a player short which meant that a ghost card completed the team. I thought that Peter Mitchell’s team had played so well to finish in 3rd place until I found that their star player was the ghost! Thanks to Barbara Rollett for acting as starter and also providing the excellent team photo of the 2nd placed golfers.

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1st    Jim Alwell, Paddy McKee, Jim Laird, Shaun Cairney…………………………..120pts

2nd   Pat Whitty, Bob Whitty, Tony Keating, John Collins…………………………..119pts

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Dave Rollett’s team finished way down the leader board, but that was not surprising, Kevin Smith knew that he was 2nd out but wasn’t aware that the 1st time was 08.36 – not 09.00! His team was approaching the first green when he arrived!

Robin Wilson was also in the team. Disaster, when he took the buggy back to the charging shed he found his wallet, car keys and phone had gone from his buggy. After spreading the word and installing panic around the clubhouse the culprit was found – Robin had taken the WRONG buggy back to the shed and his was parked up with all his possessions intact!

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Did Barbara know that this team would be in the prizes? Bob, John, Pat and Tony………………

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Not much to comment on this week, but I had to include this photo of the Welsh ‘throne’ sent to Welshman Kevin Williams. Looks fantastic!

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Next week is the Apollo Air individual stableford for May. There are still a couple of places for the away day to Desert Springs on Monday June 3rd – see Ken Saunders to book.

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Barry

Great victory for Peter, seen here with president Phil Cooke and captain Alicia Saunders……

 

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President’s Day 2019 was very special, we saw Peter Mitchell give everyone hope for the future as he became the oldest winner of any of our major events. Giving many years start to all the expected favourites he showed that it is never too late if you try, try and try again. Such a gentleman, no one can begrudge him his success.

With no ladies division now it was decided to have a nearest the pin prize on all the 4 par 3’s, and as you will see below there were some great shots. Barbara Rollett did a great job of starting the 47 players off and accepting new members at the same time.

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President’s prize

Peter Mitchell (20.0)…………………………………………………….39pts

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1st division

1st    Peter Beatt (10.6)………………………………………………..37pts

2nd   John Brown (9.7)…………………………………………………35pts (on countback)

3rd   Dave Lloyd (4.1)…………………………………………………..35pts

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2nd division

1st    Mona Johansen (19.0)………………………………………..37pts

2nd   Kevin Smith (18.5)……………………………………………….34pts (on countback)

3rd    Dave Rollett (18.8)………………………………………………34pts

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Nearest the pin

3rd………………………………….Gary Ackroyd

7th………………………………….Denis O’Sullivan

11th………………………………..Dave Lloyd

17th……………………………….Jim Rowley

 

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This was the marker for Gary’s drive on hole 3…………………………………….

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was Jim Rowley fortunate not to be buying drinks for everyone on 17?

 

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It was a pleasure to share a buggy with Brian Walker, who provided great entertainment with his odd socks and matador impression.

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Brian’s adversary on the 13th hole, hissing Syd…………………………………..

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The snake definitely did not like his afternoon siesta being rudely interrupted – it attacked Brian’s driver with much more intent than Brian did! Hissing and snapping it really meant business! They say that they are not poisonous but it did a good impression of being ready to kill. I don’t think Brian had priority on the fairway as he had lost his ball half way down the hole. And is he an American football umpire at weekends?

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Maybe the encounter had Brian rattled (a pun on rattlesnakes!) because on the next hole (14th) he didn’t quite reach the ladies tee box. However, he just managed to pass it with his 2nd shot.

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lucky to avoid all the bushes on the way to the ladies tee, but it was all the luck he had on the day……………………………………

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And now his 3rd shot…………………………………

 

he did get to play 3 of his shots from a tee………

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Great company though, sorry I couldn’t find a photo of one of your good shots………………………

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Next week is a 4 person team event.

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Barry

Davie and Dave just pipped a very competitive field………

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54 players made up 28 teams (2 players needed a ghost) and enjoyed the perfect weather. Condado’s own Ant and Dec (Geordies Dave Lloyd and Davie Mullen) just won virtue of their excellent back 9 of 27 points. 9 teams were within 2 points of the winning score, so there must have been so many ‘what ifs’. A sad goodbye for the summer to our ever reliable starter Tanya Seckington who returns to the UK for their good weather. Tanya has been there every Friday with a cheerful smile to welcome the players. She will be missed, but thanks to Barbara Rollett who will take over the role for the next few weeks. If anyone can help her out on occasions they will be most welcome.

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1st     Dave Lloyd & Davie Mullen………………………………..46pts (on countback)

2nd    Dave Rollett & Ray Rollett………………………………….46pts

3rd     Chris McAllister & Kevin Smith………………………….45pts (on countback)

 

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Tanya in complete control……………………………

 

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Next week is the President’s Day individual stableford.

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Thanks Dorothy!

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Barry

 

David shows off his trophy alongside captain Alicia Saunders

 

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The rains receded enough for the course to open for the latest special event to celebrate St George.  41 golfers braved the elements, however it was an Irishman who reigned supreme on the day. Davie Gibson used his experience of foul weather golf to show the others the way home – a great score of 39 points off his handicap of 1.4. While he found his way up the middle of the fairways, others trudged through the wet sand and mud alongside those fairways.

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St George’s Day winner

David Gibson (1.4)…………………………………………………..39pts

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1st division

1st      Tom Toner (8.6)…………………………………………….37pts (on countback)

2nd    Tom McFarlane (7.0)…………………………………….37pts

3rd     Jim Laird (13.2)………………………………………………36pts

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2nd division

1st     Atle Aastad (20.4)………………………………………….35pts (on countback)

2nd   Anthony Keating (15.8)…………………………………35pts

3rd    Jacqui Patterson (20.8)…………………………………34pts (on countback)

 

All Scotsmen in the first division prizes!

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Next Friday is a pairs stableford.

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Barry

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a miserable morning, but a few still went out………..

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The planned team event was changed to an individual event due to the weather forecast (5 successive days of rain!). If odd players had dropped out of each team, the competition would have been a farce. Eventually we only had 9 players with the rain arriving. 8 Norwegians probably thought it was good weather!

 

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1st Ylva Johnsen…………………………………..34pts (on countback)

2nd Kirsti Skardal…………………………………34pts

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Tanya was still there, pen and start sheet at the ready………………

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She was giving an egg to every golfer who turned up, never mind played. But there was a price – an kiss for an egg! Think Alicia decided she wasn’t going to miss out……………………

 

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Viking Cup Announcement

It is with great pleasure that the society committee can announce that the Viking Cup for 2019 will still take place on Tuesday 22nd October.

Two new representatives have come forward so that we can carry on the tradition of this annual event, their names will be announced in due course.

 Two minor changes are that the competition will now be  UK & Ireland -v- Europe thus allowing more Society members to apply to take part and also that it has been upgraded to Major status, therefore the criteria for playing in the competition is that:

All players must be currently paid up Society Members who will have played at least one Handicap Qualifier within the past 12 months with the Society prior to the Viking Cup date.

The UK & Ireland team is in place, a reserve list has already been started so anyone interested in playing for this year’s  UK  & Ireland team please send an email to Secretarycdagolf@outlook.com.

For the Europe team please send your email request initially to Secretarycdagolf@outlook.com and I will forward them onto the Europe Team representatives who will then be in touch.

Thank you to everyone for your patience, looking forward to a fantastic  2019 Viking Cup.

Phil Cooke

 UK & Ireland Viking Cup Team Captain

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Anyone wishing to attend the captain’s day evening event on June 7th at the Zaira  Celebration Hall in Bolneuvo should contact Alicia or Peter Reeves before May 11th as the restaurant need to know the numbers they need to cater for. It is 20€ per person to include several courses, beer, wine and transport.

Bus leaves Al Kasar at 1845
Menu
Selection of starters to share.
Please choose fish or lamb for main course.
Dessert/coffee
Wine and beer with meal.
Disco.
See Peter Reeves/ Alicia  or email Captaincdagolf@outlook.com
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It is the St George’s Day individual stableford on Monday (weather permitting). At the moment the course will be open but no buggies. Next Friday is a pairs betterball.
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Barry

a couple of twisters approaching – those golfers may finish up in Oz, instead of the clubhouse…………..

 

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64 players for this month’s Apollo Air competition, with glorious sunshine and calm conditions. Lots of good, but not exceptional scores. Andrew Fenton was clear by two points, with a log jam for the 2 divisional prizes. No photos of the overall and 1st division winners who had previous engagements. So that left the stage clear for Neil Simpson to pose for the camera – He’d spent 10 competitions getting 0.1’s back to get another shot on his handicap and first time out with his new handicap he gave it back!

 

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Apollo Air winner

Andrew Fenton (10.1)…………………………………………..39pts

 

1st division

1st     Roger Price (7.0)………………………………………..37pts

2nd    Jan Skjold (12.0)……………………………………….36pts (on countback)

3rd     Fran Thomas (6.1)…………………………………….36pts

 

2nd division

1st    Neil Simpson (18.3)…………………………………..37pts (on contback)

2nd   Alicia Saunders (23.2)……………………………….37pts

3rd   Anthony Keating (15.6)……………………………..36pts

 

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Neil’s extra shot lasted one game………………………

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and this is the swing we should all try and emulate…………………..

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Nice to play with Don Henry again, now a famous lawn green bowler. Unfortunately he has retired again, anyone want to buy three sets of clubs? And maybe a fishing rod?

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Don is not a bad golfer – just the unluckiest………….

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and I couldn’t leave out my other playing partner, Gary Ackroyd….

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and here they all are on the 10th. I was able to take the photo because as usual, my  ball was in my pocket (again!)

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Competitions secretary Ken Saunders made it clear that the committee will try to revive the Viking Cup (which is at the moment in some doubt), but need a couple of Scandinavians to work with our two representatives to take it forward.

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Next week is a 4 person team event. 2 score on the par 3’s, 3 on the par 4’s and all to count on the par 5’s. The following Monday is the St George’s Day competition and the sheet is already full. If you want to go on the away day to Desert Springs on Monday June 3rd contact Ken Saunders.

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If anyone is interested, I have managed to add photos of the non-golfers to the Ladies Day blog from last week. Go back to last Sunday’s blog to see who was there!

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The following photo definitely applies to me, Don and Gary (not Neil!).

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Barry