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Ole Martin will have fewer shots next week!.

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.41 players this week, and thanks again to Liz Beaton for being there early to take the entry fees and hand out the scorecards. Also we are grateful to Tom Junge, who went round with the raffle tickets.

A runaway winner this week with Norwegian Ole Martin Starter crushing the opposition.

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Dublin Crystal winner

Ole Martin Saeter,,………………….45pts

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1st division

1st. Jeff Lightle…….,,……………….39pts

2nd. Chris Morris…………………..38pts (on c/b)

3rd. Bernard West…………………38pts

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2nd division

1st. Peter Reeves…………………..37pts

2nd. Dave Wareing……………….36pts

3rd. Tom Junge……………………..34pts

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The two divisional winners Jeff and Peter……………

.Next week is a major competition, the Barry Barker individual stroke play championship, where one bad hole can ruin your card. Also a prize for the best gross score on the day.

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DRINKING & GOLF

A man was walking down the street when he was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked him for a couple of pounds for dinner.
The man took out his wallet, extracted ten pounds and asked, “If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead of dinner?. Will you spend this on green fees at a golf course instead of food?”

“Are you NUTS!” replied the homeless man. I haven’t played golf in 20 years!

“Well,” said the man, “I’m not going to give you money. Instead, I’m going to take you home for a hot shower and a terrific dinner cooked by my wife.”The homeless man was astounded.”Won\’t your wife be furious with you for doing that?” the man replied.”That’s okay. It’s important for her to see what a man looks like after he has given up drinking and golf!”

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Barry

Yet again the temperatures were sweltering on Condado with 36 Deg by early afternoon and more to come over the next few weeks according to the forecast. The course is generally in pretty good condition with plenty of grass on the fairways although the greens are suffering from the heat. The green keepers have allowed the semi-rough to grow up a bit and the rough is now quite long making our great course even tougher. This is generally being reflected by the scores being submitted in the weekly competitions.

11 teams competed in this 4 player team event where 2 scores counted on the Par 3’s, 3 on the Par 4’s and a all 4 counted on the Par 5’s.

Unfortunately one team were left with only 3 players following a late cancellation but we managed to accommodate them with the use of a ghost card, which certainly did not do them any harm.

Results:

The top 5 teams where separated by only 5 points….

In Second Place with 117 points were:

Jim Laird (12.3)

Ricky Adams (9.4)

Carl McCulloch (11.7)

Jeff Lightle (5.8)

The winners with 118 points and having been allocated a ghost card were GT:

Owen Shearman (19.6)

Peter Magee (14.3)

Jack Magee (Jnr) (21.9)

Peter Magee with Jack. Owen and the ghost not present.

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Finally can I please just remind everyone that cancellation of your tee time after bookings have closed for a competition should ONLY be done in a genuine Emergency.

Also members playing in the Friday competition please collect your scorecards from our Starter WHEN YOU ARRIVE at the clubhouse. Our starters are generally non golfers who generously give up their time for our benefit, please do not keep them waiting around while you have a coffee or go onto the practice area.

Next weeks competition is the quarterly Dublin Crystal with the following week, 30th August, the Barry Barker Stroke Play. Bookings are open for both competitions on Master Scoreboard.

17 pairs played in another hot one, 38 degrees, too hot for me! As predicted last week all the winners had a single figure player in the pairing. Very difficult for high handicappers to succeed in this scramble format.

Sorry, I wasn’t at the presentation to take a photo of the winners and most of the committee were on holiday, but congratulations to Fran and Carl on a great score.

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1st……… Fran Thomas & Carl McCulloch

70 – 05.8 = 64.2

2nd… … Tom Toner & Dave Wareing

74 – 07.8 = 66.2

3rd……. Ben Birkby & Neil Simpson

75 – 07.3 = 67.7

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As all the golfers on Condado are increasingly approaching (or are already there!) senior status, they can identify with this statement (supplied by Dorothy Simpson in Oz).

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And from Dave Lloyd………

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Life is like a round of golf
With many a turn and twist.
But the game is much too sweet and short
To curse the shots you’ve missed.

Sometimes you’ll hit it straight and far
Sometimes the putts roll true.
But each round has it’s errant shots
And troubles to play through.

So always swing with courage
No matter what the lie.
And never let the hazards
Destroy the joy inside.

And keep a song within your heart
Give thanks that you can play.
For the round is much too short and sweet
To let it slip away.

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Barry

Thanks to Liz Beaton for acting as starter for the 61golfers this week. Without the few volunteers who do this task Fridays would be chaos!4 on 38 points this week, and it was Neil Fox who won the August Apollo with 21 points on the back 9.

Apollo Winner

Neil Fox…………….38pts (on countback)

1st division

1st Fran Thomas………..38pts (on countback)

2nd Brian McNamara….38pts

3rd. Jeff Lightle..,…………38pts

2nd division

1st Karam Dean…………34pts (on countback)

2nd Dave Wareing…….34pts

3rd Mark Nalder………..33pts

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Top – Fran, middle – Neil, bottom – Karam

Karam invested in a new driver the day before (to get it airborne!) and it certainly worked!.

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Next week is a 2 person Texas scramble – look out for the low handicappers!

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Barry

A team event this week, with 67 players in 17 teams. Thanks again to Barbara Rollett for performing the duties of starter again. Each player had to get 4 drives in, but the important shots are the approaches to the green, where hitting the green in regulation sets up 4 birdie attempts. Only one shot separated the top 3 teams, but a nett score of 58.2 was good enough.

1st – Chris McAllister, Kevin Smith, John Collins, Norman McNelis……..63- 4.8= 58.2

2nd – Gro Olsen, Jan H Olsen, Magnar Larssen, Mona Johannsen………….68- 7.2= 58.8

3rd Jim Laird, Ian Murnin,Dan Don, Steve Brown……………………………… 64- 5.0= 59.0

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winners John, Kev and Chris flanked by Peter Reeves and Dave Rollett………………..

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Next week is the August Apollo Air individual stableford.

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Barry

Federation Insurance Information:

Every time we play on any Golf course in Spain we are charged for “Federation Insurance”, which can vary course to course. On Condado it is €3, or an annual cost of €67 direct with the Federation. In 2018 Society members paid a total of €15,000 in Federation Insurance (assuming everyone paid €3). This insurance is compulsary by Royal Decree 849/1993 so exactly what are we covered for by this compulsory insurance?

Below  are links to  the original Spanish language version of the insurance certificate, as issued to GNK and also an English translation by Google Translate. (The important parts are highlighted in Yellow.)

Poliza licencias temporales 2019 al 2020 clubes

Federation Insurance (ENG)

Phil Cooke     Secretary

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Every time we play on any Golf course in Spain we are charged for “Federation Insurance”, which can vary course to course. On Condado it is €3, or an annual cost of €67 direct with the Federation. In 2018 Society members paid a total of €15,000 in Federation Insurance (assuming everyone paid €3). This insurance is compulsary by Royal Decree 849/1993 so exactly what are we covered for by this compulsory insurance?

Below  are links to  the original Spanish language version of the insurance certificate, as issued to GNK and also an English translation by Google Translate. (The important parts are highlighted in Yellow.)

Poliza licencias temporales 2019 al 2020 clubes

Federation Insurance (ENG)

Phil Cooke     Secretary

 

You might wonder what this clown has to do with golf – well, nothing but an interesting story below………….

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Just a basic stableford this week with 56 players. Some good scores, especially in the first division. Daniel Don played to his handicap with 36 points and was 12th! I wasn’t there but the course must be recovering well.

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1st division

1st Bjorn Spieler (11.8)……………………………..40pts

2nd Rune Wingsternes (13.4)…………………….38pts (on countback)

3rd Jan Skjold (12.6)…………………………………..38pts (on countback)

A clean sweep for the Norwegians!

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2nd division

1st Dave Rollett (18.4)……………………………..39pts (on countback)

2nd Bernard West (15.0)…………………………..39pts

3rd Ray Rollett (20.1)………………………………..34pts

Another clean sweep but for the English!

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The presentation also included 16 year old Megan Williams who finished 2nd on Wednesday, but unfortunately could not take money as a junior, but received an alternative prize.

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Dave Rollett can thank a little bunny for his victory – his drive on the 2nd was heading for the cabbage until it hit the little furry thing and bounced back into a playable lie, allowing him to score the one point which made the difference! Another great shot on the 2nd saw Bjorn Spieler hole his 2nd shot from 174 metres – surely the shot of the day!

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.Bjorn deservedly won division one………

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Dave has had a golfing hip fitted – it seems to work!

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Looks like Phil has got the prize – no, it’s Megan!

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And here is the story about the clown………..

.My chuckle brother Barry Answer came over to Spain for just 4 days,especially to join in my 73rd birthday celebrations – we were the same age for 10 days, but I had to move on unfortunately. I chose 2 nights in Benidorm over a round of bad golf, and thought I had a good deal with parking in the owner’s garage space for 20 euros.

We arrived in the old town with no idea where the garage was, and the what’s app message from Sylvia didn’t come through (no Wi-Fi!), so parked illegally while I rang her. She arrived and got in with us to take us on a 5 minute detour through the roadworks to the tiny garage entrance which was only 100 yards from where we set off. An electronic device opened the door and down, down, down into the bowels of the earth we went. After a honeycomb of tight bends and 3 point turns we found a tiny space. Car parked we needed 3 trips for the 5 of us in a tiny medieval lift with walls covered in cardboard to get out. To make matters worse the owner told us that they were going on a mediterranean cruise the next day and could not help me get out!

Well, the time came to go home and dreading the experience we left the girls stood on a corner with all the bags (yes they looked like bag ladies!). No problem opening the garage door with the device and then the came the exploration down into the dark. I removed the car from the tight parking space OK (good job I reversed in or I would still be there), and then Barry walked up in front of the car like someone from the early 1900’s. Without him telling me how far away from the wall I was on some of the bends I would still be there. Finally I was positioned in front of the up-and-over exit door and thought we were  safe – but no! The device would not open the door from the inside, and after several attempts we had visions of someone opening the door in a couple of weeks and finding two skeletons staring out (we left the cool box and food with the girls) .

Barry left me panicking and went back down into the darkness to find a way out (the lift needed a control which we didn’t have). I thought I would die alone. Barry knocked on a couple of doors without reply but found one door which actually opened onto some steps leading out – then 5 minutes later the door opened to daylight! The control would work on the outside but not the inside!

Finally out we picked our way through the detours to the girls (no customers!) and again had to park illegally in front of the main taxi rank. Then Barry had to take the garage key back to the apartment while we loaded up. While he was away I could not believe it when a clown parked right in front of us blocking us in, and got out to pose for photos with any passing group. I thought the police would arrive and lock us up in some dreaded Spanish jail, but I would have chosen that over where we had just escaped from!

And that is the story of how we came to meet the clown………………………

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Next week is a 4 person texas scramble.