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This special event sponsored by Kevin was a 4 person team, with 2 scores on the 1st 6 holes, 3 on the 2nd 6 and all to count on the last 6. We had 12 teams and Kevin just failed to win his own competition. Thanks to Dave and Kim Lloyd who volunteered to go out last so the could do the starter’s duty.

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1st   Ken Saunders, Neil Simpson, Eamon Barry, John Collins……………….112pts

2nd Kevin Smith, Paul Harrington, Daniel Don, Chris McAllister………….107pts

 

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just proves that the lowest handicappers don’t always win………….

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these are the best golfers, but still finished 2nd………..

 

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Out on the course we encountered a pack of friendly ducks – or were they just hungry? This family of mallards only seem to have arrived this year and are competing with the coots for residence on the lakes.

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On the 11th Paul Harrington’s team were delayed as they could not putt with about a dozen ducks between them and the hole…………….and when a putt was missed, they all joined in a loud cackle!

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they thought that they were being fed, but Alicia was picking out the fattest for xmas lunch…………………

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a real wildlife sanctuary – we now have a bull on the loose!…………..

 

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our team may not have been the best golfers, but we were the smartest dressed…………..

 

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Barry and Don both played a little too safe avoiding the lake on hole 10…………………

 

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This week Ken Saunders and Phil Cooke met up with the owner of our course, Enrique Herrero to discuss how the year has gone and talk about plans for 2018. Enrique lives in Valencia, so it was good of him to visit us. During the meeting he mentioned that he would be sending us an invoice. He had noticed on the blog (which he reads every week!) that we have recently been killing his livestock – birds and rabbits.

In reply we have invited him and his family to one of our evenings out, but he has to choose his main course in advance – the options are all sourced locally:

Starter – goldfish soup

Main – duck a l’orange or rabbit paella

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On a more serious note, below is a summary of the items discussed at the meeting:

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Last week The Captain and Vice-Captain held an informal meeting with Enrique Herrero the owner of The Condado de Alhama Golf Course.

The main points to report back are as follows: –

The Course

The feedback from the members was that course was in very good condition, with the exception of the sand bunkers. Mr Herrero agreed to pass our concerns to the greenkeeping staff.

Mr Herrero informed us that he was committed to keeping the course lakes full of water, but added a note of caution by explaining that the water was supplied from desalination plants and as the region was suffering a severe drought, more production from the desalination plants was being directed to treated water, making future supplies to the course unstable.

Buggies

Mr Herrero informed us the program of replacing the old buggies is still ongoing.

With regard to buggy fees, we were informed that the pricing policy had been reviewed and a simpler tariff would be introduced in the New Year.

Also, the one year buggy contracts are to be abolished.

Viking Cup

On behalf of the Society Mr Herrero was thanked for supplying the hole cup decorations and the commemorative flag on the 18th hole. Mr Herrero expressed that GNK could provide the same for other major events.

Society & Course Membership

Mr Herrero was asked if the society rates for green fees are to be increased, he replied that there are no plans at present.

.Also, the pricing structure for the course memberships had been reviewed and a new membership tariff would be announced in the New Year.

Conclusion

Mr Herrero expressed his opinion that the relationship between the Society and GNK was very good, and the society was an extremely important element to the business structure of the Alhama course. He found that the informal meetings we have to be useful and wished to continue with them in the future.

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Next week is the last Dublin Crystal event of 2017.

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No wildlife was harmed in the making of this video…………………..

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Barry

I was away golfing in Benidorm, so thanks to captain Ken Saunders for the report.

The day started off cool and windy but by the afternoon players were back to tee shirts again. Thank you to Martina Alwell for doing the starter. Husband Jim took the first prize with partner Peter Beatt – nice to see them both back in the winners circle after both experiencing the lows of golf – a funny old game!

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There were 27 teams and there were only 12 points separating the scores. Four teams had the same points for 2nd– 5th places so countback took effect.

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1st     Jim Alwell & Peter Beatt…………………………….45pts

2nd    Dave Crossland & Pete Elgar…………………….. 43 pts (on countback)

3rd    Alicia & Ken Saunders………………………………..43 pts (on countback)

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the winners………………

 

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Milt (Keith Miller) went to the waters edge on the 4th to reclaim his ball but unfortunately lost his footing and went fully submerged into the lake. Whilst swimming around he decided to retrieve his lost ball, however it turned not to be his. He eventually dried out about hole 13. Ken presented him with a pair of water wings during the evening presentation.

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don’t think they will keep him afloat………………..

 

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Last week a duck was killed by one of the committee, this week Vice Captain Phil Cooke killed a rabbit. Watch out wildlife!

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Next week is the Kevin Smith Team Challenge – Best 2 scores holes 1-6, Best 3 scores holes 7-12, All 4 scores 13-18.

 

Barry (and Ken!)

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Congratulations to Lynda Lloyd, who apart from winning most weeks has achieved every golfers’ dream – a hole in one! She holed out on the par 3 3rd. Name on the honours board!.

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66 players for the 11th Apollo air stableford played in very kind conditions – no wind, and the sun only popped through a couple of times, so not too hot. Many good scores, but nobody  could match the 42 points of Anthony Keating, who claimed his first Apollo Air. The penultimate game of the annual Apollo Air championship saw Chris King gain one point on the leader, Kevin Smith, and now they are tied on 222pts. A couple more who are just a few points behind with one to play, so an exciting finish! (see ‘best of series’ link on the results section of masterscoreboard).

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Again, thanks to the two Liz’s, Whyte and Beaton for acting as starters.

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Apollo Air winner

Anthony Keating (15.6)……………………………….42pts

 

1st division

1st     Paul Harrington (3.8)…………………………41pts

2nd   Pete Elgar (11.2)…………………………………38pts (on countback)

3rd    Blair Johnstone (15.4),,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,…38pts

 

2nd division

1st     Jan Holdhus (22.4)……………………………40pts

2nd   Eamon Barry (18.7)……………………………35pts (on countback)

3rd    Jim Alwell (19.5)……………………………….35pts (on countback)

 

Ladies

1st     Ellen Gulbrandsen (22.7)…………………..37pts

2nd   Dorothy Simpson (14.9)…………………….35pts

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4 of the winners, Jim, Blair, Tony and Paul celebrate together outside the Clover…………

 

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Tony gets his trophy………….

 

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a great score from Paul………

 

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Well played Jan!………….

 

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and a good score from Ellen…………………..

 

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As usual there were a few twos, but one was unbelievable – Fran Thomas holed his second at what most players think is the hardest hole on the course, the par 4 10th. 400 yards over water, avoid the big fairway bunker, then uphill to a contoured green over more bunkers – usually most settle for a point! Well done Fran, you deserved your special prize.

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Not everyone plays it so well – Alicia Saunders just cleared the water with her drive (lucky?) but her drive hit a duck and killed it – unlucky for Alicia who lost a few yards, but I don’t think the duck would have been too happy?

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Good luck to our representatives in the Aguilon Ryder Cup against Spain (Paddy McKee, Nigel Howson, Bob Witty and Pat Whitty). In 8 years Spain have been beaten only once – maybe this year?.

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GNK have a monthly competition on the 6 course circuit, with the winner receiving family membership at all courses and the runner-up getting an individual membership. This week Dave Lloyd was attacking from 2nd place overall, but it was Chris King (lying in third) who produced the round of the day, scoring 40 points and winning leg 5. Double points (for the winner only in the last competition) means that it is wide open – good luck to Chris, Dave and Chris McAllister (who finished in 9th place on Saturday).

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bet Chris was thrilled to win a case of wine…………

 

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.Latest overall standings………………..

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1st           Jose Antonio Almendro 67

2nd          Chris King                            61

3rd           Dave Lloyd                          42

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.Next week is a pairs stableford event.

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Barry

 

 

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Tom Junge with sponsor Sandy…………………..

 

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A very busy week With over 260 green fees from the society  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Plus those from the Norwegians who played their own competition alongside us. There were 89 players in the Seniors competition sponsored by Sandy and Dorothy Simpson. The first in 2011 had 72 players 37% of whom were seniors – this year 75% of players were 55 or over!

Thanks to Liz Beaton and Liz Whyte who acted as starters in the absence of Peter Reeves, who unfortunately has suffered a setback in his recovery from surgery – get well soon Pete.

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I mentioned in the Viking Cup report that Tom Junge flew back at a moment’s notice to play in the game on Tuesday – it was worth his while, he managed to collect a major trophy as well!

 

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Seniors championship

1st     Tom Junge (25.9)…………………………………….41pts

2nd   Chris McAllister (3.5)……………………………….38pts

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1st division

1st     Stephen Bell (8.1)…………………………………….36pts

2nd   John Eadie (7.2)………………………………………35pts (on countback)

3rd    Jan H Olsen (11.5)…………………………………..35pts

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2nd division

1st     Arve Schmidt (22.0)………………………………..36pts

2nd   Eamon Barry (18.7)…………………………………35pts

3rd   Dave Wareing (18.3)………………………………..34pts

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Ladies

1st    Lene Sorensen (35.0)……………………………….35pts

2nd   Dorothy Simpson (14.9)…………………………..31pts

3rd    Lynda Lloyd (18.6)………………………………….29pts

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Non-seniors

1st    Daniel Don (5.0)…………………………………….38pts

2nd  Jeff Cotter (10.7)…………………………………….36pts

3rd   Neil Blundy (18.9)………………………………….35pts (on countback)

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Men

Nearest pin on 17……………………………Daniel Don

Nearest in 2 on 8…………………………….Pete Elgar

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Ladies

Aggregate par 3’s………………………….Kristin Skjold

Aggregate par 5’s………………………….Alicia Saunders

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lots of prizes to give out…..

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Well done Chris…………..

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Steve won division one…..

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Arve won the second division………………..

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Lene won the ladies………..

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Dan was not old enough, but was best of the rest. He was also nearest on 17…………

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Pete won the spot prize on hole 8………………..

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Kristin was the par 3 specialist………………

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and Alicia won the par 5’s…

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A few photos from out on the course, and I will add some more to Don’s CDA Golf Society website in a couple of days.
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the early morning sun cast some long shadows – I intended to take one of Kev Smith’s but it wasn’t very long…………

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Sandy left these balls on the 10th tee – should have said ‘take 2’ with holes 10 and 11 to come………………….

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Eamon, Chris and Kev help themselves to the best while I take the picture………………….

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in the woods on 16 they are all looking for the one Kev picked out……………………

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Next week is the penultimate completion for the annual Apollo Air Championship – only one point separates the top 2 at the moment………..

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Did you turn your clocks back one hour?

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Barry

 

2017 winners………………….

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A fantastic day (and night) for the 2017 Viking Cup. Great weather, little breeze and played in the best spirit of friendship. Thanks to all those involved in the organisation of everything to make the day go smoothly. The format of a combination of pairs matchplay and individual stableford worked perfectly, with the final result resting on just a single putt. Matches halved or won by one hole could have swung by 10 points (which was the margin of victory) but the British and Irish have reasons to despair for there must have been quite a few golfers rueing that one important missed putt.
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The competition is the highlight of our year with 92 players taking part and reserves waiting on the side lines. Tom Junge (Scandinavia) was told the week before that he had not made the team, so flew home to Norway. A last minute vacancy arose however, and at a cost of over 700 euros, Tom flew back!
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Also dedication from the other team. Barry Answer had his flight cancelled (Monarch collapse) but rather than cancel the trip his wife Denise arranged a flight home from Alicante to Paris, a scheduled 3 hour stay over (plus a mechanical delay as we speak) and onward to Birmingham (at significant cost also)!
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Peter Reeves was devastated to miss the competition due to his recovery from illness, but the UK & Ireland team involved him as on course captain, driving around the matches in his buggy!
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Peter in his customised buggy………………………

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Thanks also to Denise and Byron at Diversity Golf who put sandwiches and chips on for the golfers after play.
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Best Pair
Chris McAllister & Paul Harrington………………………71pts
Best lady
Ylva Johnsen………………………………………………………39 pts
Best man
Roy Winter…………………………………………………………37 pts
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Matchplay score
UK & Ireland 115 – 115 Scandinavia
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Overall 100% score
UK/Ireland 1292pts – 1290pts Scandinavia
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Overall 80% score
 UK/Ireland  1083pts – 1093 points Scandinavia
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SCANDINAVIA WIN THE 2017 VIKING CUP!
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This was the 8th Viking Cup and the overall score is now 4 – 4!
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so close, but not this year……………………..

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the best pair, Chris and Paul………………….

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Ylva was the best lady………………..

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Roy won the men’s………..

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Plenty out on the practice facilities before the rocket went off for the shotgun start……………………………
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the practice putting green……………………..

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the range………………..

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The players got into the spirit of the competition by sporting their team colours, but did Barry Answer forget which team he was on?

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Astri Spieler had a Norwegian logo on her ball, and Norwegian tee pegs through each ear………

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Ricky Comber wore his usual union jack shorts……

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Barry finds another Mansfield duck…………

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this is what the terrace looks like as a result of the shotgun start………….

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An excellent night in Sofia’s restaurant with 146 guests, probably so high by being on site. The food and service was top class, and after the presentation Byron entertained the dancers in a night club atmosphere.

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I couldn’t get everyone in this shot – tables behind and to the side……………………….

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and the trophy goes back north……………………

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the Vikings celebrate their win………………….

 

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And onwards to Friday when we have another fully booked shotgun start – it is the Seniors for golfers 55 and over……………….

 

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Barry

 

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Sorry it’s late, just got it.

 

 

Barry

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golfing at dawn…………….

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Very different this week with a shotgun start, enabling all 80 players to set off in the dawn sunlight at 9am. Also we were all back in the bar between 1.30 and 2pm, which was one drawback with the queue for drinks. Both Paqui and Ana were behind the counter first thing to collect all the green fees, and special thanks to Peter Reeves and Janice Collins who acted as starters.

The usual scramble for positions at the top of the leader board saw several teams with excellent scores but class told in the end, with the winners being off lower handicaps.

 

1st    Dave Wareing, Tom Toner, Terry Burgess, Roy Winter

……..65 – 5.8 – 59.2

2nd  Astri Spieler, Bjorn Spieler, Bente Larssen, Gunnar Sten Larssen

…….70 – 9.0 – 61.0

A reminder of the rules of a texas scramble –  the ball chosen can be placed within a scorecard length on close mown grass, but elsewhere it must be played as it lies, with subsequent players dropping within one club length.

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the winners…………..

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and the runners-up…………

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Maybe it was because of the Viking Cup next week, but the Clover was the fullest I have seen it for a very long time for the presentation.

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standing room only…………

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the sun hadn’t reached the practice putting green either……………….

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I baled out of the buggy as Don Henry sets up to hit the 15th green (somewhere off picture to the right).

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the golf society created lots of business for both bars………………….

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About 12 hardy souls went to Aguilon Wednesday for the 2nd Ryder Cup qualifier. The forecast said rain, thunder, lightning, but often forecasts around here are general and do not happen. But on this occasion it was dead on – no problem at the start, but then a typhoon wind got up (fortunately behind on the first few holes). The sky darkened, the rain got worse, thunder rumbled and then the flashes started. The mountains surrounding the course reverberated with the echoes of the angry gods, and as we were about to make a decision the marshall arrived by the 6th green, and in no uncertain manner told  us to pick up our ball and get the hell out of there!

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hard to see, but the palms are blowing as Ricky Comber watches Jeff Lightle hit a wind assisted drive down the 2nd………

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standing water on the terrace as we arrived back………………

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Dave Wareing, Ricky Comber, Tony Keating, Terry Burgess and Les Hurren safely back in the bar……….

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this is how Aguilon should look on a good day………

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Sad news – we have just been informed of the passing of one of our Danish members, Maria Keldorf. Our condolences to husband Ervin and family.

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RIP Maria.

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A message from Neil Simpson………………….

The 2017 Viking cup is now approaching and the final arrangements are being made for the competition.
Please all player MUST be in attendance at the Clover on Monday night at 6pm as we will be collecting all the money for your golf.
This year the Norwegian side are organising the evening celebrations and presentation and all of you who have booked will have to pay the 20 euros for each member of your party on Monday night also.

The draw will take place at approx 7pm when the the pairings and the tees for each group will be drawn. The four captains and vice captains will play from tees 1 and 10, all the rest will be selected at random – this allows them to return to the clubhouse and set up the scoring systems.

THE PAIRS
The teams have been divided up into 3 groups – the lowest 12 handicap players, highest 12 handicap players and the 22 players in the middle. Your partner will be from the same category as you and the pair you compete against will also be from the Norwegians corresponding groups. This will allow for pairs to be playing against similar handicaps.
THE FORMAT AND SCORING
The scoring system is designed to allow both a matchplay and stableford competition to be played at the same time. this I know is not normal but has proved highly successful in the past and also ensures that all players must complete the whole 18 holes regardless of the matchplay situation.
 The top 80 % of individual scores are added together giving each team a stableford total.
 The matchplay is hole by hole and a side wins a hole by an individual player having the most points stableford on that hole( better ball).  so each hole is either a win or a half.
 Each pair that wins the match is awarded 10 points, 5 points for a draw, and these bonus scores are added to the stableford total.
 The combination of the 2 gives each team an overall score and determines the winner.
 Please ensure that if you win or lose a match you continue to play until the end as every point counts. Any problems please see me Monday night – we have had a few players not entirely sure of the format before teeing off in the past.
I congratulate you all all for making this years team as it is the most oversubscribed event of the year with both teams having many reserve players wanting to participate.
 Any player who is unable to play at short notice due to injury or exceptional circumstances needs to contact me asap to allow a replacement to be brought in. Please also ensure that you arrive on the course in plenty of time to reach your tee for the 9am start.
All I ask is that you try your hardest, play well and enjoy the day.
It would be very easy to drool with sentimentality over the Viking Cup. But, at the end of the day, it is simply two teams trying to knock seven bells out of each other, in the nicest possible way.
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The Seniors major next Friday is also a shotgun start, and the sheet is already full – a very busy few days for the golf society!
Barry