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a lovely November day on Condado…………………

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This week I was going to call the conditions ‘blustery’ but the players remarked that it was much worse than that – gale force was the term used! The greens were quite testy after being rolled, so once the wind got your putt it just decided to do it’s own thing! Nevertheless, there were 6 teams within 2 shots at the top of the leaderboard. 56 players today.

Thanks again to Liz Beaton for acting as starter.

 

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1st      Philip Aitkin & Stephen Bell…………………………………….44pts

2nd    Nigel Howson & Tony Andrews……………………………..43pts (on countback)

3rd    Colin Lloyd & Lynda Lloyd……………………………………….43pts (on countback)

 

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Stephen and Philip, this week’s winners…………

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no calm lake on 11 today……………

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Next week is a special event, the Kevin Smith team challenge which is a 4 person stableford competition.

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Barry

 

sunset over the Al Kasar and the 12th hole………….

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Perfect weather for the penultimate leg of the annual Apollo Air – only one more after this to find the champion for 2018. Thanks to Lyn Bell who acted as starter, and more thanks to Lyn and Tanya Seckington – Alicia asked them to bring some xmassy things back from the UK for prizes, and not only did they do that but they added to them at their own cost. Thanks girls!

The greens continue to improve and the lakes are full again.

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Apollo Air winner

John Killeen (20.2)……………………………………………………………….39pts

 

1st division

1st      Mark Kummerer (5.4)………………………………………………37pts (on countback)

2nd     Paul Harrington (3.2)………………………………………………37pts

3rd     Dave Lloyd (4.8)………………………………………………………..36pts

 

2nd division

1st     Anthony Keating (15.0)……………………………………………..37pts (on countback)

2nd   James Hershaw (16.7)………………………………………………..37pts

3rd    John Donaldson (16.1)………………………………………………36pts

 

Ladies

1st     Astri Spieler (14.3)………………………………………………………35pts

2nd   Anne Ju Boifot (17.6)………………………………………………….34pts

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well done John, nice to see you back as a winner!

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a great round from Mark saw him win division one….

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Anthony won the second division…………………….

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Astri is still on form…………

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John won the trophy for November, but Tony Andrews is still in pole position for the annual prize, but just 2 points clear of Shaun Cairney – still all to play for!

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Played with Alicia and Ken this week, enough photos of them at the presentation, so a couple of our wildlife………………………………..

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Now the lakes are full again wildlife returns – here is a family of egrets who have just arrived.

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a sad picture – we have had a couple of herons visiting the lakes, but one of them was unfortunately found dead at the side of the 4th…………….

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Next week is a pairs stableford.

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Barry

 

Terry is our seniors champion for 2018………

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It gets more competitive every year, as our seniors keep surviving but the young whippersnappers (minimum age 55) keep adding to the numbers! Maybe we need a super- seniors division adding for those over 70 who can still walk? This week concluded a week with 3 shotgun starts, 264  players on Friday, Tuesday and Friday.

Of the 80 players, just 12 of them did NOT qualifying for the seniors. Much brighter weather than the forecast, Thanks to Peter Reeves for collecting the 2 euros this week. Sandy and Dorothy Simpson have sponsored this competition since it’s inception, and I am sure they are following events closely from their new home in Australia.

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Seniors

1st     Terry Burgess (11.4)……………………………………………………………42pts

2nd    Karen Simpson (22.6)…………………………………………………………38pts

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1st division

1st      Paddy McKee (13.7)………………………………………………………….38pts (on countback)

2nd     Robert Beaton (10.5)………………………………………………………..38pts  (on countback)

3rd      Nigel Howson (10.2)………………………………………………………..38pts

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2nd division

1st     Jan Bosch (20.3)…………………………………………………………………..36pts (on countback)

2nd    Arve Schmidt (22.8)…………………………………………………………….36pts

3rd    John Killeen (20.1)………………………………………………………………..35pts (on countback)

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Ladies

Astri Spieler (14.1)……………………………………………………………………………36pts

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Nearest pin

17th………………………………………………………….Dave Lloyd

8th (in two)……………………………………………..Davie McDonald

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Aggregates

Par 3’s………………………………………………………Liv Haland

Par 5’s………………………………………………………Astri Spieler

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well done Paddy winning the 1st division………….

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Jan Bosch won the second division……………..

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Astri won the ladies AND the par 5 aggregate…..

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Liv was best on the par 3’s

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Fran was the best ‘junior’ !

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I don’t like to get up in the dark to play golf. but I did see the sunrise…………………….

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Strange? early morning sunrise and still a full moon?

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Sunday morning the clocks went back (have you done it?) but winter starts with the sun going down early.

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Hundreds of mature trees on the course, but Barry Answer was stymied by the only one that had a string holding it up? So he got a free drop………..

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We have an away day to Valle del Este on Monday, bus departing Al Kasar at 08.30 – arrive in good time. Try to look like a team on the day with the new blue society shirts.

 

Next week is the November Apollo Air individual stableford.

 

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Barry

 

So many photos, here are some more – no names, you know who you are……………..

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Maybe the last few tomorrow……………………

 

Barry

 

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The second shotgun start in 4 days saw a battle between the 92 players from UK & Ireland and Scandinavia. With the score at 4-4 over the last 8 years it was the UK & Ireland team who earned a 5-4 advantage.
No rain and little sunshine with overcast skies hovering above us, and the staff from GNK had done an amazing job in preparing the course in the best condition we have seen for ages. Also it was a nice touch to see the Viking Cup logo on all the buggies and on the flag at the 18th.
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Match play
UK & Ireland     12 wins, 1 half    = 125pts
Scandinavia       10 wins, 1 half    = 105pts

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Stableford score

UK & Ireland      1211pts
Scandinavia        1161pts
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Nett stableford score after bottom 20% taken from both teams
UK & Ireland      1086pts
Scandinavia        1056pts
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Matchplay & stableford combined  
UK & Ireland       1336pts
Scandinavia         1266pts
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UK & IRELAND ARE THE WINNERS!
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There were also prizes the best pair, best lady and best man:
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Team – John Collins & Ricky Comber………………….78pts
Lady  –  Liv Aastad…………………………………………………..42pts
Men  – Robin Wilson………………………………………………40pts
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the winning team, UK & Ireland………………………

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maybe it will be their turn in 2019………………….

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a small trophy but it means an awful lot………..

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John & Ricky were the best pair……..Ricky is wearing the hat……………..

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Liv was best lady…………..

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Robin won the men’s…….

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the course was looking good……………………..

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players on the 18th……….

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the buggies looked good with their new decal……….

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Peter Mitchell is showing one off……………………

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the team captains are making sense of all the cards and eventually finding a winner………..

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I think that these photos will do for today, but lots more to come. Thanks to everyone who helped out taking the pictures, especially Denise at the golf club.

 

Barry

 

Anyone sending mails to bookings@cdagolf.com will find it is no longer available and will be redirected to committee contact details (see PAGES link). Correct address is:  bookingscdagolf@outlook.com

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just one of the hollows that had filled with rain this week. It shows the problems around the course that the course staff had to deal with…..

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91 players (23 teams) were lucky with the weather – gota frias approaching from the west and the north and due to meet up in Murcia, but the day was fine. The format is great with play moving along at a good pace with generally no waiting. The green keepers did a fantastic job of putting the course back into  a playable condition. I woke up at 6 a.m. to the noise of trucks racing along the buggy path, and the view of vehicle headlights at different points cleaning the mud from the paths. Most of the bunkers were back in play and the greens had improved.

Unfortunately though, GNK tried to fit in some extra flights at 1 p.m. We were due to start at 09.03 and no way could everyone finish by 1 p.m. The late request for us to start early came too late as some players were arriving at 08.45 and still had to pay and reach their allotted tees!

Thanks to Peter Reeves and Sandra Rollett who collected the 2 euros and handed the cards and local rules out, Also to Alicia Saunders and John Collins who set up a desk to collect green fees to help out the overrun desk clerk.

 

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1st     Jim Hershaw, Ben Birkby, Ray Rollett & Robin Wilson…………………63-6.5 = 56.5

2nd    Tom Toner, Jeff Lightle, Fran Thomas & Terry Burgess……………….62-4.2 = 57.8

3rd     Bob Whitty, Pat Whitty, Nigel Howson & Tony Andrews……………64-5.6 = 58.4

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a fantastic score from the winners………………

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their great score was only good enough for 2nd……..

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the Whittys and Nigel were 3rd……………

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The Vikings are here!

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Take care near the Al Kasar………………..

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Regarding the Viking Cup the green fees together with cash for the presentation evening meal will be collected at the Clover bar between 18:00 and 19:00 on Monday 22nd October. The draw for tees and opponents takes place at 7pm. Again, it will be of great assistance if the correct cash is at hand..

Next Friday (seniors) please make sure you are at the shop soon after 08.00 to make sure everyone is at their tee when the gunshot is heard. The committee also ask that all players have the correct cash at hand.

 

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a nice touch from GNK who have added Viking Cup decals to the front of all buggies!

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Barry

Weather

The last week has seen the course affected by fog and rain – we went to the port on Sunday for lunch leaving behind a little drizzle. When we arrived back about 3 hours later there were a few puddles on the roads but no rain. It came a a surprise on Monday to find that the heavens had opened, rivers down the fairways and paths and sand washed out of the bunkers, which were all out of play.

The greens staff look to have done a marvellous job this week getting the course playable again. Several staff working on the bunkers, greens being cut, sand brushed off the tees etc. It should be much changed for our big competition, the Viking Cup, on Tuesday.

 

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at 08.30 both Saturday and Sunday there wasn’t much to see………

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Sunday afternoon while we were out………..

 

 

sorting out the problems on Wednesday………….

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The course should be fine for a very busy next 7 days……………………

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the Vikings are here………

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Take care near the Al Kasar………………..

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A famous Viking explorer returned home from a voyage and found his name missing from the town`s register. His wife insisted on complaining to the local civic official who apologized profusely saying, ” I must have taken Leif off my census.”

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Barry