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Modified bogey Friday August 26th 2011

Looks like a lot of the holidamakers have gone home – only 32 players this week for the modified bogy competition. This was where the player got a plus for beating par at each hole and a minus for failing to match par (after slope handicap allowance at each hole).

One disappointing feature was that 5 players on the starting sheet failed to hand a card in or pay the 2 euro entry fee. This is becoming an increasing problem and although we are here to arrange golf for visitors everyone must contribute. It may be that entries are not accepted until membership has been paid in advance. This week was an individual event but you can imagine the disruption when players fail to show in team events. We do not want to ban players as happens in the UK as this is only holiday golf so please inform someone if you can’t play (contact details are available in the shop). The presentation was delayed this week waiting for cards which never arrived. It states on the sheet that cards must be submitted (and paid for) by 4.45pm with presentation following at 5pm. From next week we will apply this requirement.

Anyway, there were some good scores with just one division.

1st Brett Goodson +7
2nd Jason Clifford +4
3rd Jon Thompson +3
4th George Hoskins +2

Next Friday is an individual stableford competition. Friday September 9th is Graham’s President’s day (drawn out texas scramble teams) with a party in Naranjos 4 garden. There will be a bar provided by Scottees restaurant and a DJ along with karaoke.

Our diary/fixture list will go to print next Tuesday and all members will be issued with a copy (no charge). Several local businesses have purchased advertising space which will cover the cost. Thanks to Dave Lloyd who has managed the project from his home in rainy Durham, and the committee who have gone out and persuaded the advertisers to join us. When we have the finished version available it will be easier to sell advertising space next year. With over 650 members now and 6 more months of recruitment it should reach a vast audience at Condado de Alhama.

Barry

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57 players took part in this week’s individual stableford competition under blue skies and in stifling hot conditions. Again, with these numbers, olagolf did not have enough buggies to go round.

There were some good scores on the day with Steve Grundy scoring 40pts to take the guest prize.

1st division

1st Paul Harrington 39pts
2nd Gavin Marsden 37pts
3rd Dave Dale 37pts

2nd division

1st Mike Kruger 39pts
2nd Jason Hunter 36pts
3rd Andrew Thomas 35pts

Guest prize

1st Steve Grundy 40pts

As at Friday night membership has reached 632 – excellent with 6 months still to go!

From October we will have a small trophy for the overall winner of the first stableford competition each month. Then divisional prizes will follow.

After the award of prizes we had a free card draw for towels and caps provided by the society for any golfers present.

Next week we have the option of playing at Hacienda del Alamo on Wednesday (price about 40 euros with buggy). Starting times about 10 a.m. sheet is in the golf shop or email me. Friday will see us play a modified bogey competition for the first time. This is a plus or minus format. At each hole deduct your handicap allowance from your gross score. If your are then below par mark + if you are above par mark – if you are on par it is 0. At the end takes minuses from pluses to get your score. e.g. 7 pluses – 3 minuses is a score of +4 (which would be very good!).

This means that as soon as your score is a minus (after slope handicap allowance) pick up and move to the next tee – don’t slow other players up by putting out. Conversely, if you get a birdie 4 at a par 5 for example and you have a shot it is wasted – a nett eagle is still a plus the same as a birdie is! So you can just lag up for a par – nett birdie. It is something different.

A reminder that President’s day is on September 9th followed by food and entertainment in the garden of Naranjos 4. This will be the popular texas scramble format.

Shirts are still available from Cath & Kev in the bar Wednesdays and Fridays.

Barry

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4 person scramble Friday August 12th 2011

Sorry for the late post but I have been on holiday for a week and Phil has also just departed for France.

63 players played on Friday in the 4 person team texas scramble which everyone seemed to enjoy. One difference this week was that any drive could be selected – not a minimum of 4 per player. As usual all players played off their slope handicap.

The first 4 teams were seperated by only 0.4 of a shot – so looks like the handicapping system was correct.

1st 56.2 (on back nine)

Graham White
Paul Edwards
Julian Wright
Dave Dale

2nd 56.2

Kevin Williams
G.Patton
Kevin Agnew
P Swinton

3rd 56.4

Dave Shepherd
Bryan Eyles
J McClean
F Mullally

I have the results from the fiesta golf competition played on Sunday (not a society competition but it included many society members).

!st division

Winner Kieron Lee……….. 40pts
2nd George Hoskins…….. 38pts

2nd division

Winner John Thompson…….. 37pts
2nd Richard Moore……. 36pts

Ladies

Winner Sara Comesana Xestteiria…..34pts
2nd Alison Valentine ……………..33pts

Nearest pin……….Paul Harrington
Longest drive……..Helge Kristoffersen

After several requests I shall publish a rule of golf (from the Royal & Ancient rule book) each week. To start with we shall look at Rule 28 (ball unplayable)

This is because so many golfers complain when they go in the waist high grass at Condado. If you find it, it is usually unplayable but that is your choice. Firstly if you see your ball disappear into the tall grass play a provisional ball stating to your partners that you are doing so (this saves time walking back).

If you then find your first ball you do not have the option to play your provisional – the first ball is in play.

If you deem the ball as unplayable these are your options :

a. Play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played.(see rule 20-5)
(e.g. play 3 off the tee – you cannot use your provisional shot).

b. Drop a ball behind the point where the ball lay,keeping that point directly between the hole and and the spot at which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind that point the ball may be dropped.

c. Drop a ball within 2 club-lengths of the spot where the ball lay, but not nearer the hole.

The ball may be lifted and cleaned under this rule.

Penalty for breach of this rule

Matchplay – loss of hole.
Strokeplay – 2 shot penalty.

Local rules (society only – Olagolf have not produced any local rules)

Preferred lies on fairways only (all year)

Interference from planted ornamental grasses and shrubs – free drop within one club-length of nearest point of relief.

Ball in water channel in sandy areas – free drop within one club-length from nearest point of relief.

Hope this clears up some uncertainties.

We are in the latter stages of attracting advertising for the fixture list/diary for 2012, which members should receive free.

Next Friday is an individual stableford competition. Presidents day is Friday September 9th.

Barry

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Captains day Friday August 5th 2011

ian gibson holds the pose on the 1st tee...................

the smartest fashions on the course but only 2 of them won at golf.........................

is it david attenborough or can ray vivian walk on water?........................

Paul hit a great drive but still 20yds short of harald's marker....................

kristin wins another one.........................

dad won main prize last year........arthur is junior champ this time...........

honest michael pulled himself 3 shots on the 1st tee but still won...............

tore johnsen is the winner of the 1st division............................

Graham is the 2nd winner of the captains cup.........................

Captains day at Condado started with blue skies and no wind, although it did get up well before the last match set off. Another record entry of 70 players with the course in superb condition thanks to Alex and his staff. Unfortunately with only 23 buggies some had to walk on another hot day.

the 2 phils think it is the president

couple of melons?..or should I say lemons?

Sue and Pauline provided drinks and cool fruits at the 12th tee which allowed a few frustrated golfers time to cool down. Our thanks go to Ian and Jane who supplied the big umbrella from meerkat manor.

Prizes were on offer for the nearest to the pin on all 4 par 3 holes and we had a longest drive competition on the 18th. Many of the golfers also took part in the 2’s sweep (there were seven 2’s on the day). After the game Graham and Kevin were overseeing the hole in one competition on the practice green. The test was a difficult uphill breaking putt of about 25 feet and players got 3 balls for a euro. after 55 players attempted the putt (3 each) only Paul Harrington (h/cap 3.7) and Phil Tann (h/cap 28) were successful. That shows anyone has a chance!

Any player playing to their handicap was in with a shout but in the end Graham Hubbold (h/cap 10.5) came out on top with 40 points, finishing 3 points ahead of the field. Harald Wibye also had a fantastic day scoring 35 pts to finish 2nd in division 1, being nearest the pin on no 7, having a 2 and smashing the longest drive.

The winners were:

Captains Cup winner…………………..Graham Hubbold 40pts
2nd ………………………………..Paul Harrington 37pts
3rd ………………………………..Bryan Eyles 36pts

Division 1

1st……………………………….. Tore Johnsen 35pts
2nd……………………………….. Harald Wibye 35pts
3rd……………………………….. Anthony McNally 32pts

2nd division

1st……………………………….. Michael Thomsen 36pts
2nd……………………………….. Jim Alwell 35pts
3rd……………………………….. Julian Wright 35pts

Ladies

1st ……………………………….Kristin Skjold Quamme 35pts
2nd………………………………. Benedickte Kristoffersen 27pts

Guest prize…………………………Brit Randi Andreassen

Junior prize………………………..Arthur Valentine

Longest drive……………………… Harald Wibye

Nearest pin………….3rd…………..Own Moore
……………………7th…………..Harald Wibye
……………………11th………….Ashmund Hiksdal
……………………17th………….Paul Edwards

2’s…….Paul Harrington(2), Benedickte Kristoffersen, Jim Alwell, Harald Wibye, Ashmund Hiksdal, Paul Briggs

Putting comp………………………. Paul Harrington and Phil Tann (27.50 euros each)

Thanks to our sponsors for the golf prizes- this helped to make it a very successful event.

Olagolf suppied a voucher for 2 including buggy and 4 other green fee vouchers for divisional winners

Tony Morton gave a very nice gel putter

Carol (From Hair by Carol) donated a ladies cut and blow dry and also a gents cut.

Directsport.es (Kennellys) gave a 25 euro voucher for the guest prize

Andy (the electrician) supplied a lovely boxed red wine with several accessories inside the lid

Thanks to Fairways, Cath & Kev, and Barry & Sue who all gave bottles of Cava

Sponsors of prizes which were included in our free raffle were:

Scottees (Steak meal for 2 people)

Phil Marlow (nike golf shirt and 3 wilson balls in case)

Jim Hershaw (Fruit of the Loom Tee shirt)

Thanks again to all sponsors – it was very much appreciated

We also used the occasion to mark our 500th member which has now reached almost 600. Membership only started on March 1st so it proves how popular the golf cociety has become. Cath put the membership numbers of the first 500 members in a bag and James Marney (h/cap 24) was pulled out. If James can contact us we have a voucher for 2 players and a buggy waiting for him.

After the golf over 90 members, friends and family descended on the Sensol hotel in Camposol. Prize giving was first, followed by a buffet and then some great golden oldies from the Beagles. Everyone was in the mood and the dance floor was full. 00.30 was time to go, and Cath led the singing on the coach home.

I had a great day and I think all the golfers and guests at night thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Time to relax now with the next big event being Graham’s Presidents day on September 9th. Next week is the very popular 4 person texas scramble.

A weeks holiday now on the Costa del Sol!

Speak again next week.

Barry

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