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Pat with the trophy………..

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55 players this week played in gorgeous Spanish spring sunshine. Tanya was back as starter, and took the opportunity to move her desk out onto the terrace in the sun.

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Apollo Air winner

Pat Whitty (13.3)…………………………………………………….37pts (on countback)

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1st division

1st    Chris McAllister (4.1)…………………………………..36pts

2nd   Bob Whitty (13.9)………………………………………..35pts

3rd    Robin Wilson (14.0)…………………………………….34pts (on countback)

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2nd division

1st    Kevin Smith (18.5)……………………………………….37pts

2nd   Chris Holt (16.0)………………………………………….36pts (on countback)

3rd    Philip Aitkin (17.6)………………………………………36pts

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Ladies

1st    Ellen Gulbrandsen (25.2)……………………………32pts

2nd   Eli Holdhus (31.1)……………………………………….31pts

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Ladies par 3’s aggregate

Ellen Gulbrandsen

Ladies par 5’s

Pat Whitty

Men’s nearest pin on 17

Robin Wilson

Men’s nearest pin in 2 on 8th

Chris Holt

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Pat won the par 5 prize as well!

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Ellen also managed to pick up two prizes………….

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Kevin has been in the winner’s circle a lot lately…………….

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Chris was nearest the pin on hole 8………………..

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Usually we have lots of fancy dress for St Patrick’s Day, but although there were plenty of society green shirts I could only come up with these three photos………………..

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This is real dedication!

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He probably is no saint!

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Anthony Keating looks like a proper Irishman…………..

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Ladies Day is on April 5th, and any non-golfing ladies are welcome to join in an informal  putting competition at 2pm (no doubt with cava to follow!). Our professional lady players will tee off first so as to be back to assist the amateurs! The day is sponsored by Eden Health & Beauty. The evening celebration is now at La Siena in Mazarron town and it will be fantastic to welcome back the fabulous Dee with the entertainment. Price is 20€ to include four course meal, wine, beer, cava and bus there and back.

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The 2nd away day of the year is to Desert Springs (Almeria) on Monday June 3rd. Included is green fee, buggy, lunch bag and bus travel. Price 50€ (20€ deposit to Ken). Ladies not golfing will be taken to Mojacar Pueblo.

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Barry

Ken, Neil, Alicia and Phil were all high handicap but made those shots count……..

 

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This week was a team event with 3 scores to count at each hole. 11 teams with 2 of them requiring a ghost card. A lovely sunny day and a breeze that did affect the scores. The winners only needed 115 points, which is not particularly high for this format, and although I didn’t play I did follow them through holes 11 to 14. What I did see was a team trying to avoid finishing last, so I was amazed when I saw the results. I must have missed all their good holes! Tanya had a day off, so thanks to Marina Harrington for stepping into the breach.

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winnlng on countback

1st    Ken Saunders, Alicia Saunders, Phil Cooke, Neil Simpson…………..115pts

2nd  Tom Toner, Paul Harrington, Shaun Cairney, Jeff Lightle……………..115pts

 

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Did manage to get a few photos from the winning team, but didn’t think that they would take the top prize!

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the flag on 13 was in the most difficult position, but Phil and Alicia managed to get within scoring distance………………..

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this is why Ken didn’t score on 13 – finished in a place where I haven’t been before. Neil was still looking for his ball………………….

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Good to have photos that I didn’t take – Bob Whitty, John Collins, Pat Whitty, Tony Keating.

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full of hope at the start, but it wasn’t their day…….

 

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Next week is the St Patrick’s Day stableford – expect to see plenty of green………………..

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All motions and committee proposals for the AGM must be sent to the captain by next Tuesday 12th March. Captaincdagolf@outlook.com

 

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Barry

 

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Above, our golf club staff – Alvaro, Anna, Antonio and Paqui……………………….

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Last week we were fortunate to join in the 70th birthday celebrations for a popular member of our society, Peter Reeves. About 200 guests joined him at his party in Bolnuevo and it was good to see the staff from the golf club invited.

Peter has just had another hip operation yesterday and everything went well, he is now recovering. We all wish him well for a speedy recovery.

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This week was the 3rd Apollo Air of 2019, and with 5 scores to count from the 12 Apollo’s of the year the early front runners for the annual trophy are emerging. The March edition was won by Chris McAllister with a great score of 39 points off a handicap of 4.4. There were 42 players, with lots of good scores around the par level.

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Winner

Chris McAllister (4.4)………………………………39pts (on countback)

 

1st division

1st Shaun Cairney (11.3)……………………….39pts

2nd Jeff Lightle (5.9)………………………………37pts

 

2nd division

1st Kevin Smith (18.9)…………………………….37pts (on countback)

2nd Jim Alwell (20.9)………………………………37pts

 

Ladies

1st Christine Lawson (20.2)……………………35pts

2nd Eli Holdhus (31.0)…………………………….33pts

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Overall after 3 qualifiers:

Shaun Cairney…………………………………………..114pts

Tom Toner…………………………………………………108pts

Chris McAllister………………………………………..107pts

 

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great score from Chris……..

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Kev was in the same group as Chris, some great golf………

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I think I take a picture of Shaun every week……….

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well done Christine……….

 

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work continues on the fairway edges – here staff are working on hole 11……………….

 

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Only about 3 weeks to the AGM – applications for committee and motions to be discussed must be sent to the captain by March 12th. Captaincdagolf@outlook.com

I had to amend the blog just after I posted it last week – please note times for the AGM are:

Arrive at Condado Club at 17.30 for 18.00 start (not 18.30 for 19.00).

Next week is a 4 person team event (3 scores to count at each hole).

 

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Only 2 weeks until St Patricks day so might as well start early with the jokes………………..

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Paddy and Seamus were out at sea on a fishing trip. Paddy saw some divers on a nearby boat and said to Seamus……………….

‘why do those divers always fall backwards into the sea?’

Seamus replied ‘well it’s obvious – if they fell forwards they’d still be in the boat…………….’

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Barry

A difficult version of the popular scramble – difficult for two high handicappers, suits a team with a low handicap golfer. 7 drives minimum per player needed, with 25% allowance taken off the gross score. Still, the low handicappers were beaten into submission by husband and wife pairing of Philip and Edith Mozes, who had a fantastic gross score of 63.5. Chris and Kev in second place would have needed to take three less strokes to have overtaken them! Again Tanya was in residence as starter and also helping with the raffle at night. Help like this is much appreciated by the committee. The AGM is only about 4 weeks away, so get your name down to join the committee, or indicate that you are willing to help (as Tanya does).

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1st    Philip and Edith Mozes……………………73 – 9.5 – 63.5

2nd   Chris McAllister & Kevin Smith……..73 – 7.3 – 65.7

3rd    Peter Beatt & Nick Seward…………….71 – 5.0 – 66.0

 

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Philip and Edith were the clear winners………………

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It takes all kinds of methods to play golf – in the past we have seen broom handled putters used by such as Ian Woosnam and  Adam Scott, but our playing partner, Steve Docherty went in completely the opposite direction using a tiny putter and still gripped it half way down the shaft, not on the grip. Well, whatever works for you!

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Barry Answer and Simon Haslam picking up tips from Steve!

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After the green keepers have been cutting a sharp edge to the fairways, players have found difficult (even dangerous lies) when their ball rolls down a sandy slope and comes to rest against the clearly defined fairway edge. So a local rule is now in place (ongoing).

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LOCAL RULE – CUT EDGES
When the green keepers have been maintaining the course by cutting the edges of the grassed areas, a sharp and high edge is often left. Also there are other areas on the course where such high edges are incorporated in the design of the course. Due to the nature of the course, a played ball may come to rest against these high and sharp edges.
Consequently, playing such a stroke could cause injury and damage to the course.
Therefore, a local rule has been introduced: –
Where a ball come to rest within the length of a scorecard ( approx. 8”or 200mm) from such a cut edge, and the ball is below the height of the cut edge, with all the playing partners in agreement that playing a stroke could cause injury or damage, a player may take relief without penalty. Such relief must be taken on the same surface as where the ball came to rest, the ball dropped within one club length from the edge and no nearer the hole.
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The 2019 AGM takes place this year at the Condado Club on Tuesday 26th March. Arrive 17.30 for 18.00 start. Any proposals or committee volunteers need to be from members and seconded by another member – last date Tuesday March 12th to the captain.
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mailto:Captaincdagolf@outlook.com
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Barry

 

 

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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