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Captain Phil and President Ken……………………

 

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This week was a fun team challenge with 53 players. The format was individual stableford with the total stableford points from each team added together. The captain’s team, led by Phil Cooke, came out on top. Well done to sausage Dave for his great score of 42 points (welcome to division one with the big boys!). Nice to have Tanya back in her role of starter, and also for helping with the raffle and free draw.

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1st division

1st     Shaun Cairney (10.9)……………………………………34pts (on countback)

2nd    Mike Dean (5.3)……………………………………………34pts

3rd     Chris McAllister (4.2)…………………………………..33pts

 

2nd division

1st     Dave Wareing (16.7)…………………………………….42pts

2nd   Kevin Smith (18.9)…………………………………………36pts

3rd    Peter Reeves (21.9)……………………………………….34pts (on countback)

 

Ladies

1st     Karam Dean (24.7)………………………………………..38pts

2nd    Pat Whitty (12.9)…………………………………………..36pts

 

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Phil Cooke lifts the trophy………………..

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the winning team were called up to the stage………

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Shaun is on the stage AGAIN!

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Dave had the best score of the day……………….

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Karam won the ladies……..

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Phil finds trouble at the well protected 8th green………………….

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Alicia is the pied piper of Condado. the ducks always wait for her on the 13th………….

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Alicia watches president Ken coming out of the bunker by the road on 16……………

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Next week there are changes to the start times on Monday (10.06) and Wednesday (10.24) as GKN have given some of our reserved times away. Friday we are back to 9am starts – next week is a two person texas scramble.

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Barry

Sven Erik with his trophy……………………

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The second Apollo Air of 2019 had 42 players, with conditions being just about perfect, no wind at all – a change from the last two weeks! Thanks to Sandra Rollett who took over the starting duties from Tanya, who was away on holiday. Husband and wife Sven Erik and Ellen took the overall prize and the ladies division.

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Apollo Air winner

Sven Erik Gulbrandsen (16.3)………………………………………………….40pts

 

1st division

1st     Chris McAllister (4.6)……………………………………………………..37pts (on countback)

2nd    Shaun Cairney (11.2)…………………………………………………….37pts

3rd     John Brown (9.7)……………………………………………………………34pts (on countback)

 

2nd division

1st     Dave Rollett (18.9)………………………………………………………..37pts

2nd    Peter Reeves (21.9)………………………………………………………36pts (on countback)

3rd     Eamon Barry (17.2)……………………………………………………….36pts

 

Ladies

1st     Ellen Gulbrandsen (24.8)……………………………………………..36pts

 

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Ellen won the ladies……….

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Chris won division one despite not scoring at the last…………..

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Dave won the 2nd division…………………..

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Fortunate to get a couple of action shots of the 1st and 2nd division winners……………………….. (tip – click the photo for a closer view)

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Chris puts his 2nd to the 8th green close, showing that you should keep your head down…………

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Just happened to spot Dave Rollett going over the water on 11 from my viewpoint behind the 14th…….

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Played with two very good golfers today, and Phil……..

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never ever seen anyone here before (at least when playing the 6th!). Phil Cooke nutmegged himself off the tee and got an amazing distance just short of the 5th green – which he had just left.(Phil in the blue top).

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a better approach shot to the 9th however……………

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Next week is the Captain v President challenge. Players will play an individual stableford and be drawn into one of the teams………………………..

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Barry

no rain fortunately, but we did have a rainbow…………

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54 players, 27 pairs for this year’s celebration of the society’s formation. Windy would be an underestimate of the conditions, more like gale force, and also coming from a different direction. Once the ball was in the air slices and hooks were severely punished against the wind making several holes much longer. However, the husband and wife team of Andrew and Teresa Nicol produced an amazing score to take this year’s first major.

Also thanks to Tanya and Phil for the photos, always welcome.

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1st    Andrew Nicol & Teresa Nicol………………………………..46pts

2nd  Kevin Smith & John Collins……………………………………45pts

3rd   Andrew Lailey & Torild Lailey………………………………..43pts (on countback)

4th   Dave Knight & Jan Jakobsen………………………………….43pts

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Nearest pin

8th………………………….Jim Laird

17th………………………..Shaun Cairney

 

Aggregate prize

par 5’s……………………Christine Lawson

par 3’s…………………….Inger Hedstron

 

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the winners – Andrew had a fabulous round and Teresa helped him out when necessary…….

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Kevin & John just missed out………………….

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Torild and Andrew were third……….

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Christine had the best aggregate par 5’s for the ladies……………..

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Jim was nearest in 2 on the 8th…………..

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Shaun got closest on 17, but his driver into the teeth of the gale was good enough even if it was 15 feet short……………….

 

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I was fortunate enough to mark the winning card, so saw the best round of the day at first hand. Sorry to my partner Eamon Barry for giving him very little support. So I was in a position to take a few on course photos…………………..

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the winning pair on the 4th green………….

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Teresa tees off on the water hole at 11 – a much easier challenge than the men had into the wind…………………

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my partner Eamon putts for par on the difficult 10th hole……….

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and here he comes out of the fairway bunker on 15………….

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the wind whipping up the waves by the 11th………….

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Again fantastic value at La Siena restaurant in Mazarron, with beer wine and cava included. As a mark of thanks for service over the years Alicia presented the manager and his staff with society polo shirts.

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great service and food as always…………………

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Alicia tries to get the last drops of cava from this gigantic bottle………

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the prize table………………

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And all the guests……………………….

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A reminder the green fees have gone up from February 1st, so bring enough money! Next week is the 2nd Apollo Air of 2019.

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Barry

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Jim, David and Shaun from the winning team with Alicia and Phil…………..

 

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This week was a popular texas scramble with 12 teams, 47 players. A challenging day with strong winds to contend with. The scoring was not as good as normal, usually sub-sixties, and the first 7 teams were separated by only 2.5 shots. That winning score would not usually get in the prizes, but all teams did well with the worst score still being below 70. Tanya again did the honours at the desk.

 

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1st    Jim Laird, Shaun Cairney, David Thorburn, Tommy Toner………………………62.8

2nd  Andrew Lailey, Torild Lailey, Bob Whitty, Pat Whitty…………………………………63.6

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Next week is the anniversary trophy – a pairs format, the eighth since 2011.

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Below is the menu for the evening presentation at La Sienna Mazarron, a frequent venue for us over the years and always good food, service and value. If you want to go see Alicia or email – eventscdagolf@outlook.com

20€ inclusive for members

Cava on arrival

Salad & bread

Jamon, cheese & almond platter and seafood platter

1st plate – beef salsa/egg mayo/meat paella (choose)

2nd plate – chicken/pork in pepper sauce/fish/vegetarian (choose)

Dessert/coffee

Wine & beer

Disco

Bus leaves at 6.45 returns after midnight

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A winter joke……………………..

 

A wife send her husband an sms on a cold winter evening: “Windows frozen”. The husband send answer back: “Pour some warm water over them”. Some time later husband receives answer from his wife: “The computer is completely f****d now”.

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Barry

Beautiful views from the par 3 10th green……………………….. .

 

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The first awayday of 2019 was to Lorca, with 36 players and some ladies, who were taken by coach down the road to the shopping centre for the day. A great deal for only 40€ which included the golf, a buggy, bacon roll and coffee on arrival, sweep money and a packed lunch. Thanks to Alicia and Edith Mozes for preparing the snack packs for the golfers.

Many of the players did not enjoy the golf too much, as balls disappeared into ravines, bushes, lakes etc, and that was reflected in the scoring, with the best only 32 points, so everyone got 0.1 back on their handicap! The greens were excellent though despite downhill putts being fast, and slow up the slopes. Anyway, someone had to come out on top, and for the men it was Gunnar Vaage and the ladies prize went to Julia Gibson. Although scoring was not good, a special mention should go to Tommy Toner, who amassed 9 points in only 2 holes, with a 2 at the par 3 4th and then followed it with an amazing 2 at the par 5 5th!

A very nice gesture from the barman after the golf – he called Ken Saunders over and gave him 38 bottles of rose wine, one for each golfer!
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Ken opens the cases of wine………………………..

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The next away day will be to Desert Springs in June, so if you want to go contact Ken Saunders.

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Gents

1st     Gunnar Vaage (12.3)……………………………………………….32pts (on countback)

2nd    Dave Lloyd (4.3)………………………………………………………32pts

3rd     Philip Mozes (11.8)…………………………………………………31pts

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Ladies

1st    Julia Gibson (7.6)……………………………………………………….26pts

2nd   Edith Mozes (18.3)……………………………………………………24pts

 

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A few photos from the day……………………….

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Myself and Ken had to part with some money to Dave Lloyd and Peter Reeves…….

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Ken tried chipping over this storm drain, but he managed to put it underground….

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Peter found a bad lie in this bush……………………

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Peter and Dave had to finish this hole on their own…………………………..

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Barry

This week we played an individual stroke play under the new R&A guidelines. To speed things up there was a maximum limit on strokes per hole  – this time at twice par. So , maximum 6 at a par 3, 8 at a par 4 and 10 at a par 5. This did reduce the numbers of no returns but didn’t seem any quicker. It was made a non-qualifier for handicap purposes as there are some anomalies – ladies with 3 slope shots at a par 3 could still get 2 points with a 6, and anyone with 2 shots could get a point at 3 of the short holes?

Lots of high scores with this format but 49 of the 50 golfers did return a score.

The starter was again Tanya, so thanks very much for handing out the new rules with the cards.

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1st division

1st      Shaun Cairney…………………………………………………86-13-73

2nd     Mike Dean……………………………………………………….81-07-74

3rd     Chris McAllister……………………………………………….81-06-75

 

2nd division

1st      Mick Fenner……………………………………………………99-31-68

2nd    Sven Erik Gulbrandsen………………………………….94-20-74

3rd     Bob Whitty……………………………………………………..93-19-74

 

Ladies

1st      Kristen Quamme Skjold ……………………………..88-20-68

2nd     Torild Lailey………………………………………………….101-29-72

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Shaun won division one…..

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Mick won division two……

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Kristin was the ladies winner………………

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Practising before the round – it worked for Chris who got a 3rd place, but still a lot of work to do for Barry and Peter who finished at the wrong end of the leader board……

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Barry Answer, me and Ken Saunders model the society shirts and slipovers………..

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a cormorant dries its wings after a dip in the 18th lake…………….

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The GUR on the 12th gone, without any sign of repair………….just uneven, patchy grass.

Monday is the away day to Lorca, first tee off at 11 am, order of play to be drawn on the coach. Be at the Al Kasar for 8.15, 8.30 departure. Next Friday is a 4 person texas scramble, and bookings are open for the Anniversary Trophy competition on February 1st.

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A few jokes at the expense of our older golfers………………….

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OLD IS WHEN………….your sweetie says, “Lets go upstairs and make love,” and you answer, “Darling, I can’t do both!”
OLD IS WHEN…………your friends compliment you on your new alligator shoes and you’re
barefoot.
OLD IS WHEN……….a sexy babe catches your fancy and your pacemaker opens the garage
door.
OLD IS WHEN……….going bra-less pulls all the wrinkles out of your face.
OLD IS WHEN……….you don’t care where your wife goes, just as long as you don’t
have to go along.
OLD IS WHEN……….you are cautioned to slow down by the doctor instead of by the
police.
OLD IS WHEN……….”getting a little action” means you don’t need to take any fibre today.
OLD IS WHEN………. “getting lucky” means you find your car in the car park.
OLD IS WHEN………. an “all nighter” means not getting up to pee!
OLD IS WHEN……….Statistics show that at the age of seventy, there are five women to
every man. Isn’t that an ironic time for a guy to get those odds?
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Barry

Jim and David had a fantastic score………….

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Perfect conditions, sunshine, no wind for the 38 golfers ( 2 players had no partner so were given a ghost card). Tanya is now like part of the furniture in the clubhouse sorting out the golfers before play begins.

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1st      Jim Laird & David Thorburn…………………………………….49pts

2nd    Dave Lloyd & Kim Lloyd……………………………………………47pts

3rd     Peter Reeves & John Donaldson……………………………..46pts

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Still a few places available for the away day to Lorca on Monday January 21st. Only 40€ with everything included (apart from the beer!), so see Ken Saunders if you want to go.

Next week is an individual stroke play event, one of the few times we get chance to play it. Just to speed the game up though, we will be using a new option allowed by the new rule changes = a maximum score is set at double the par for the hole.

The following changes have now been made to the 2019 fixture list:- Friday 8th February was Captain’s V President’s team event, it is now the Apollo air. Friday 15th February was Apollo Air now Captain’s V President’s.

The bookings for the Anniversary trophy will open on Wednesday. Also those going to the evening presentation need to confirm their menu choices to Alicia at eventscdagolf@outlook.com

LA SIENA RESTAURANT, MAZARRON

20 EUROS INCLUSIVE FOR MEMBERS

CAVA ON ARRIVAL.

SALAD AND BREAD.

JAMON, CHEESE AND ALMOND PLATTER &  SEAFOOD PLATTER.

1ST PLATE –BEEF SALSA/EGG MAYO/MEAT PAELLA (CHOOSE)

2ND PLATE – CHICKEN/PORK IN PEPPER SAUCE/ FISH/ VEGETARIAN (CHOOSE)

DESSERT/COFFEE

WINE AND BEER

Bus leaves at 6.45 returns after midnight

Disco

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Check out the previous post, the annual review of 2018.

 

Barry