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Frank Larsen was the July Apollo Air champion…… ….

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57 players this week, with the temperature in the high 30’s. The greens are still a week or two away from recovery, but much better than last week. A couple of 41 points from low handicappers showed that the course was playable. Thanks again to Barbara Rollett for acting as starter.

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Apollo Air winner

Frank Larsen (10.2)…………………………………………..41pts (on countback)

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1st division

1st Tom McFarlane (7.5)……………………………….41pts

2nd Anthony Keating (14.5)……………………………39pts (on countback)

3rd Jeff Cotter (10.6)……………………………………..39pts

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2nd division

1st Phil Cooke (17.3)…………………………………….37pts

2nd Kim Lloyd (18.9)………………………………………36pts

3rd Dave Rollett (18.3)……………………………………34pts

 

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Tom had a great score but just lost out……………………………..

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Phil always seems to be in the prizes……………………………..

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Preperations for this year’s Viking Cup are continuing with good co-operation between the representatives.

Team Europe are now just one player short for their team and as usual Team UK & Ireland is full with a waiting list.

Therefore can I ask anyone who knows that they will not be able to play (Tuesday 22nd October) to please

let me know ASAP as I currently have a list of 8 reserves.

Further information will be sent out via email as we move closer to the day.

Phil Cooke

2019 Viking Cup Team UK & Ireland Captain

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Next week is a singles stableford.

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Barry

 

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.Some greens were much worse…………………..

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This week was a 4 person team with 2 to count on holes 1-6, 3 on 7-12 and all 4 on holes 13-18. Thanks to Barbara Rollett for acting as starter again for the 47 players. Good job we moved the strokeplay major from today to the end of August as the conditions after hollow coring were not good. No concessions for the state of the course, sadly.

It was a team of relatively low handicappers who master the conditions better than all the others.

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1st Shaun Cairney, Tom McFarlane, Anthony Keating, Tom Toner……………118pts

2nd Eddie Rainey, Peter Reeves, Andrew Nicol, Teresa Nicol………………………105pts

3rd Kirsty Skardal, Thore Skardal, Annie Kittlesen, Lasse Johannessen…….104pts

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.the winners………..

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All but one of the teams were over par in a 4 person format with the course to blame.

Next week is the Apollo Air individual stableford for July.

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Time for a few jokes with an Australian theme………………………

An old tramp in the outback turned up at the shearing shed and it was painfully obvious that he hadn’t washed in years. So the shearers manhandled him into a sheep dip bath, and after stripping off several layers of never-before- removed clothing, they noticed a peculiar lump on his back. After a few more old flannels and singlets were peeled off they found…………………………a schoolbag.

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Bruce decided to take Sheila to the Snake Gulch cafe for lunch. Bruce looked at the choices and said ‘they’ve got sheep tongues on the menu, I think I’ll try that. How about you Sheila?’

Sheila says ‘Oh no, Bruce I couldn’t have anything that came out of a sheep’s mouth’.

‘What would you like then Sheila’?

‘ I think I’ll just have an egg’.

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Aussies are not really animal lovers………………………..

How do you make a a cat go ‘woof’? Soak it in petrol and throw a match on it………………..

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Barry

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The course is in great shape at the moment. ………..

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Another scorching day for the 52 players (26 pairs) with the course in excellent condition. A close contest with lots of scores above 40 points, with 45 taking the spoils. Thanks to Barbara Rollett for covering the starter’s role on her return from holiday, and also taking the winner’s photo in my absence.

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1st Roy Winter & Erik Van Nigtevegt……………………………….45pts (on countback)

2nd Tommy Toner & Shaun Cairney…………………………………..45pts

3rd Bob Whitty & Pat Whitty……………………………………………….44pts (on countback)

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Erik and Roy were the best on the day, with a new pairing making the presentation – Dave Rollett and Peter Reeves.

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How about these for the next society shirts? Ricky Comber and Anthony Keating are the models!

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Next Monday the course will not be as good as hollow coring will take place on all the greens. From past experience it should be a few weeks before the current conditions will return. So the course will be closed Monday to Thursday next week, and the society will play at El Valle Monday and Hacienda Riquelme on Wednesday (society rates apply).

Friday is a 4 person team event (at Condado).

Barry

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Joe gets his trophy from stand-in captain Phil Cooke………..

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This week 60 golfers contested the Dublin Crystal individual stableford on maybe the hottest day this year, well into the 30’s. We were indebted to Jim Creamer this week for fulfilling the role of starter. Not fantastic scores, the greens were in good condition but many players found that their putts were coming up short. Actually, the best scores came in late when a cooling breeze arrived,.

Saturday was Condado’s turn to host the 6 course challenge, and the green keepers had pulled out all the stops to present the course in the best possible condition. Maybe some confusion over the drop zone on hole 11 – a couple of weeks ago we were told that it had been removed, but ‘hey, presto’ there it was back again! Very difficult for the committee to relay this ever-changing information to our players. Also it was good to see red lines around the lakes identifying the hazard limits – lets hope they stay visible for the rest of the year!

Dublin Crystal

1st Joe McManus (16.7)………………………………………….39pts

2nd Erik Van Nigtevegt (21.4)…………………………………. 38pts (on countback)

1st division

1st Lasse Johanssen (11.5)…………………………………….37pts

2nd Kjartan Hiksdal (6.9)……………………………………….36pts

3rd Paddy McKee (14.3)………………………………………….35pts (on countback)

2nd division

1st Jim Alwell (21.0)……………………………………………..38pts

2nd Dave Waring (16.7)…………………………………………37pts (on countback)

3rd Ellen Gulbrandsen (24.6)………………………………..37pts

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Erik was overall runner-up………….

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Lasse won the 1st division……….

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Jim is playing well – practice makes perfect!

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Thanks to Kevin Williams for these photos…….

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Kevin managed to get Jenny, Phil and me on his selfie………..

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Maybe the biggest bunker on the course on hole 10……….

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and he cruelly suggested I’d dropped a euro – actually this is the only way I can get out of bunkers……………

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2 weeks ago this was the message to all players…………….

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and today……………………………..

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LATE NEWS – the society has been offered the choice of either option – the drop zone stays!

 

Recently we were given dates for hollow coring on Condado. This was for September and we were given alternative courses for the Monday and Wednesday. Then we accidentally found out that this has been moved to just two weeks away, July 1st- 4th. With the Barry Barker Strokeplay major event planned for the 5th we were left with no alternative but to move it to a later date (August 30th) rather than play on greens covered with holes and sand. Alternative venues now are at El Valle on Monday the 1st and Hacienda Requelme (Booking available via Master Scoreboard)  on Wednesday the 3rd, with a 4 person team event at Condado on Friday the 5th.

Next week is a pairs stableford.

Barry

 

All please be aware there is now NO drop Zone on the 11th. Play 3 off the Tee.

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Woke up to thunder and lightning, bad weather in the port put a couple of players off , but the sun came out after the first hole. 48 golfers and thanks to Alicia for stepping in as starter. Peter Reeves had a long day being first out and staying to the end to close the computer down. Maybe players don’t realize how much effort goes into the arrangements of society golf.

Anyway, the 6th Apollo of 2019 saw a strong performance from the girls with Jane taking the main prize and Teresa division 2.

Apollo winner

Jane Hutchinson (19.6)……….. …………..40pts

1st division

1st David Doig (13.0)………………………….39ps

2nd Chris McAllister (4.5)………………….38pts

3rd. Chris King (3.3)…….……………………38pts

2nd division

1st. Teresa Nicol (24.0)….………….……..40pts

2nd. Phil Aitkin (16.3)………………………36pts

3rd. Kevin Smith (18.1)……………………36pts

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The winner Jane……….

David was top of division one……….

Teresa won division two………

Barry Answer, Bernard West and Peter Reeves finish off on the 18th……

The competition was part of the annual Apollo trophy where each player’s best 5 scores count. The leaders at the moment are:

1st. Shaun Cairney…………180pts

2nd. Tom Toner……………….177pts

3rd. Chris McAllister………167pts

Next week is the Dublin Crystal individual stableford.

Barry

Another beautiful Day on Condado saw 59 players compete in Alicia’s Captain’s day. Alicia kindly treated everyone to Hot dog and Chips and a drink on their return from the course. No Ladies division now so it was good to see the ladies leading the way in Division 2.

A brief reminder for all our members that there is now NO drop zone on the 11th, so 3 from the tee I am afraid!!!!!

Thank you to our Starter today, Liz Beaton

Overall Winner:

Philip Aitkin (16.2)…………………………………………………..41 points

1st Division:

1st Shaun Cairney (8.7)…………………………………………..39 points (C/B last 6 holes)

2nd Willey Laing (5.3)……………………………………………..39 points

3rd Anthony Keating ( 14.9)…………………………………….36 points

2nd Division:

1st Fran Hobson (18.0)…………………………………………….38 points (C/B)

2nd Karam Dean (23.4)……………………………………………38 points

3rd Kevin Smith (18.1)…………………………………………….37 points (C/B)

Nearest the Pin on all Par 3’s

3rd Karam Dean

7th Colin Lloyd

11th Alicia Saunders

17th Jim Alwell

A few photos from the day:

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The Captain’s Four ball. 2017 Captain Ken Saunders, 2019 Captain Alicia Saunders, current Vice Captain Peter Reeves and 2018 Captain Phil Cooke.

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Alicia with her Captain’s day flag on the 18th

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Philip knew he had a good score but didn’t know if it was good enough at this point.

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Our Division 2 winner Fran with Lee, Barry and Les who managed to join them on the 3rd having forgotten his tee time was 9:48 and not 10:48

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Although Alicia plays Condado 3 times a week, there is never any harm in making sure you know the course.

The Evening Presentation took place at Zaira, Celebration Hall Bolnuevo.

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Captain’s Day Winner Philip Aitkin with the trophy.

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Division 1 winner Shaun Cairney

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Division 2 Winner Fran Hobson

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Karam Dean got nearest the Pin on the 3rd

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Colin Lloyd got nearest the Pin on the 7th

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Alicia got nearest the pin on the 11th

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Jim Alwell got nearest the pin on the 17th
Every player who attended the evening presentation received a gift.
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All the Ladies received their gifts

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Followed by the men

Alicia expressed her, and the Society gratitude to Christine Lawson, Davie McDonald, Jim Hershaw and a special thanks to Frank Middleton, all of whom donated gifts to the Society.

Phil