Archive for Apr, 2012

Spectacular scenery surrounds Aguilon…………..

Les should have had a better score with easy putts like this…………

Thought ‘climb every mountain’ was only in Sound of Music?

A lovely par 3 overlooking the sea…………..

Phil playing out of lake – in wrong direction? … it’s behind you………..

Another difficult approach shot from Neil……..

Amazing what lengths golfers go to, to avoid incurring a penalty drop!

Couldn’t resist posting this one of the canaries with a cuckoo in the nest!

This the shot that Les preferred!

Peter and Jose Javier Serrano

16 of us set off in convoy to Aguilon golf for their Seve charity day competition. Along with 12 golfers, there were also 4 non playing wives who would have a great day in the little known beachside resort of Terremos, just a few minutes from the course. It seems that it was quite lively for a Sunday with a bustling street market and many shops open.

We managed to get lost on the way there, getting within 10 minutes of Aguilon then taking a wrong turn and arriving back in the same place 30 minutes later! We managed to contact the course who considerately delayed the 09.30 shotgun start until we arrived. They couldn’t do enough for us – buggies were waiting, we got the best starting slots at 10, 11 and 12 tees (near to the bar when we finished). We then were treated to unlimited beer and tinto verano, crisps, olives, and a barbeque (all free!). The entry was 35 euros of which 20 euros were donated to the Seve charity. In total 720 euros were raised. Jose Javier Serrano (the manager) also donated 6 green fees with buggy and 4 Aguilon
t-shirts to our Seve day.

The weather was gorgeous as we teed off with cloud and wind to follow later in the day. The course is very tricky with any wayward shots finishing up in the canyons and lakes spread about the course. The greens were lush although a bit slow. The surrounding scenery was fantastic and helped the golfers to ignore their bad shots.

The best score from our group was 28pts by Peter Beatt, but this was enough to secure him runner up spot in division one. Well done Pete! He got a lovely glass momento supplied by the Seve foundation. I have included a few photos of the day – Les didn’t want me to publish the one of him centre stage in the bar, but it was so good I had to ignore his pleas!

Aguilon have made us some super offers to go back, even offering to reimburse us the motorway toll fees!


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Fine weather again, but the greens were covered in sand as a result of the hollow tining operation carried out this week. The competition this week was a pairs stableford with 40 players and looking at the numerous good scores, the sandy greens seemed to help the golfers.

1st Paddy Kerr & Roisin Kerr………………..48pts (on countback)
2nd Paul Briggs & Robin Wilson…………….48pts
3rd Scott McKetchan & Tom McFarlane…47pts

Fred and Bernie Twomey kindly donated 3 bags of golf balls (30 in each) which were auctioned after the presentation. The Seve fund received 51 euros from the sale of these. Fred and Bernie will donate some more to be auctioned next week. The winner of the ‘guess how many ball in the jar’ fundraiser was Phil Tann (79). I did not inform him of this until after he had bought one of the bags of balls though!

Sunday we have 12 players playing at Aguilon golf in their Seve charity day. They have also been very generous in giving us vouchers for 6 green fees and 4 Aguilon tee shirts for our own Seve day.

Next week sees a change to the scheduled lone ranger competition. This is basically a yellow ball, which we played only two weeks ago. We have decided to have a 1,2,3 waltz which has proved to be popular in the past. It is followed by a night out at Maria’s in Bolneuvo. This is a 3 course meal with wine for only 5 euros (subsidised by Peter Reeves). Transport is 6.50 euros.

I have been informed by a reliable source that work on the temporary clubhouse will start next Wednesday. Trees and bushes will need to be removed from the mound separating the 1st tee and the practice area. We hope that this will not another false dawn.

At the gala day on May 6th (Condado Club) there will be a table top sale (5 euros a table). If you have any unwanted items but don’t want to run a table of your own, you can donate them to the societys’ table. All our proceeds will go to the Seve charity.

This was my last presentation as captain – Kevin Smith will take over on Tuesday May 1st. I have had a great year, making many friends, and I have seen the society grow from strength to strength, with over 800 members. My thanks go to the committee who have done a marvellous job, allowing me the time to enjoy the position of captain. I wish Kevin and Paul all the best for the coming year and will be there for them if they need any help.


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hollow tined, sanded, now time for the water......................

loose cores on 12th tee...................

back tee on number 12 is sanded...................

the bucket is empty......................

A treat for the ladies.......................


In the above pictures:

1. The view over the lake to the 10th after sanding……….
2. Hollow tining and sanding done….now time for the water!
3. Back tee on the 12th with cores awaiting removal…………
4. Number 12 now sanded…..
5. Yellow tee on 12 requires sand bucket filling……..
6. One for the girls as Tarzan fills it!

Mar Menor challenge
After much too-ing and fro-ing the match was finally arranged and went ahead at Mar Menor. The sun shone, and there was a breeze from about 1.30pm. The match was played as a pairs matchplay and the result could have gone either way, right down to the last putt. The scores were tied at 4.5 to 4.5 – this meant that we retained the trophy as the current holders.

Global Golf donated 2 green fee vouchers for nearest the pin prizes. The winners were:

2nd Liam (Mar Menor)
17th Colin Lloyd (Condado)

The Condado team was:
Kevin Smith, Jim Alwell, Neil Simpson, Les Hurren, Ann Ju Boifot, Bjorn Boifot, Paul Briggs, Robin Wilson, Terry Burgess, Kjell Mundheim, Dave Dale, Tom McFarlane, Colin Lloyd Linda Lloyd, Scott McKetchan, Dave McCulloch, Hans Pfister and Gaby Pfister.

Well done team Condado!

The greenkeeper and his staff have worked really hard over the last 3 days to complete the hollow tining program (see above). Hopefully we should have a course in fantastic condition throughout the summer months.


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Yellow ball Friday April 20th 2012

In 11 days time Kevin will take over from me as captain. I shall take up the role of president. We are seen here giving Eli Holdhus her certificate for winning the ladies prize at the March individual stableford..

This week was a yellow ball competition and 40 players took part. The sun shone but again we had a strong breeze which seems to have been with us for two or three weeks. A lot of the scores were close, but two norwegian couples took 1st place, followed by two irish couples.

1st ……115 pts
Kari Edoy, Morten Edoy, Ann Ju Boifot, Bjorn Boifot

Bernie Twomey, Fred Twomey, Paddy Kerr, Roschine Kerr

It seems that everyone is aware of the scorecard box being behind the 18th green – all cards were posted.

Kevin Smith has announced the name of his vice captain for 2012/13. It is Paul Briggs, a long standing member who is also a regular winner of our competitions! He has reduced his handicap to 10.4 in the last couple of years. We wish Paul every success and hopefully everyone will support him in his role as vice captain

Next week will be quite a busy one, with the Mar Menor challenge being played at Mar Menor on Monday. This has been arranged due to the closure of Condado from 12pm Monday until 08.30 Thursday (course maintenance). They did originally say that it was too short notice when Graham approached them 3 weeks ago but have now decided to go ahead. We are the current holders of the trophy and will do our best to retain it on their course.

There is no Wednesday competition with the course being closed.

On Friday it will be a pairs betterball stableford and Sunday is the awayday to Aguilon for their Seve charity day. 35 euros for golf with buggy, prizes, barbeque and unlimited beer or tinto verano is a fantastic deal according to my yorkshire values!

On Friday May 4th Peter Reeves is subsidising a 3 course meal (with wine) at Marias restaurant in Bolneuvo. The cost for this is an unbelievable 5 euros! Transport will be arranged for those who require it at 8 euros per person. All society members are invited but if you want to go you must inform Kevin by Monday April 23rd.

Sometime next week Kevin will install a society noticeboard in the Clover. This will be on the connecting door to the Bulgarian restaurant. Starting sheets and handicap lists will still remain in the golf shop corridor. Our thanks go to Neil and Lynne for providing this space, the shelves for our trophies, and the regular supply of sandwiches on Fridays.

New rules

Ball Moving After Address

A new exception is added that exonerates the player from penalty if his ball
moves after it has been addressed when it is known or virtually certain that he
did not cause the ball to move. For example, if it is a gust of wind that moves
the ball after it has been addressed, there is no penalty and the ball is played
from its new position.

I will post an update of progress with the Seve competition and gala day sometime next week


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Seve update April 17th 2012


Plans are at an advanced stage for the Seve trophy on May 11th. In addition to the individual stableford golf competition, there is also a gala day of events planned for Sunday May 6th. Below is the list of events for the day:

Sunday May 6th Gala day

Table top sale (5e) 9am – 1pm
Tombola (1e)
Guess the number jar (1e a guess)
Sweets on a string (50c) children’s area
Art competition (50c) children’s area
Face painting
Treasure/scavenger hunt (50c)
Sponge throwing (1e)
Ball (small) game (1e)
Wellie throwing competition (1e)
Splat the rat (50c) children’s area
Goal scoring competition (1e)
Putting competition (1e)


Barbeque and presentation to all competition winners. Lucky domino draw and football card draw.


Entertainment by Woody (a great Buddy Holly tribute). No cover charge but donations in the bucket will be welcome.

Friday May 11th Golf

The entry fee of 5e will include a putting competition, nearest the pin, longest drive. Every tee and practice area has been sponsored by businesses or individuals (20e). Drinks/cakes will be available at the 12th tee (1e each). The main trophy (to be held with the society major trophies) will be a framed picture of Seve in iconic pose after holing the winning putt at St Andrews Open championship (see above). Throughout the day a DVD of Seve’s life will be shown on the big screen in the Clover.

Evening presentation

The presentation will be in Bulgarian restaurant at 7.30pm followed by meal for those who book. (This is not compulsory so ecveryone can attend the presentation) . About 9pm there will be music in the Clover bar next door, followed by auction at 10.15pm, then the raffle draw. At 11.15 the entertainment resumes. A collection bucket passed round during evening. Auction items so far include one weeks accomodation in Kissimee Florida; TV box; Swindon Town football shirt (Wembley 2012); Golf vouchers and hopefully about another 5 items to be confirmed.

Pre-comp events

Penalty bunker each week (50c)
Collection jar in Clover & Condado Club
Bonus ball
Petanque comp
Darts comp
Pool comp
Killer pool & Darts (Clover)
Guess number of golf balls
Masters Golf sweepstake
Grand National sweepstake
Lucky domino

We are still looking for small donations (sleeve of balls, wine, or similar) which can be used as golf or raffle prizes.

Lots of people (non golfers included) have volunteered to help, and anyone else who wishes to be involved please contact Cath at cathkevin123@hotmail.com

I will try to post an update each week until the event starts.


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This week was the monthly Apollo Air sponsored individual stableford. We again had a record entry of 76 players, but this did not count as 26 did not venture out due to the heavy rains. Many players had already parted with their green fee money before the heavens opened – more or less exactly as the tournament started at 08.30. Just after 10.00 the breeze arrived and blew the rain clouds away, so with the wind arriving one problem was replaced with another.

The winners were:

Apollo Air champion

Robin Wilson……..40pts (on countback)

1st division

1st Dave Lloyd …………38pts
2nd Kevin Heslop………37pts
3rd Nick Skelton………..35pts (on countback)

2nd division

1st John Pedersen………34pts
2nd Sam Beck………….. 32pts
3rd Paul Christopher……31pts (on countback)


1st Joan Scanlan………40pts

Please note that we now have a scorecard collection box at the back ot the 18th green – it is on the way to the car park but some left the green in the opposite direction.

Next week is a 4 person yellow ball competition. A reminder of the Seve charity day at Aguilon golf on Sunday April 29th. 35 euros with lots of freebies. Places will be limited so get your name down early.

The Mar Menor challenge match scheduled for Monday April 23rd had been cancelled as the opposition felt they did not have enough notice. This will probably now be played in September.

The course will be closed for hollow tining from Monday April 23rd (12.00) until Wednesday April 25th. During this time members can play any of the 6 courses for their usual 7 euro fee. Graham is trying to arrange an awayday for the Monday at Lorca (a new course recently opened). This should cost about 25 euros each with buggy. When we have a date confirmed a list will go up in the shop.

The Seve Trophy for May 11th is a success already – we are assured of at least 1200 euros with lots more fund raising still to be done. In the next week we hope to have another meeting and perhaps post a list of jobs which need covering. Volunteers can put their name against any of the tasks. The presentation will be in the Bulgarian Bistro at 7.30pm and we have 2/3rds of the restaurant reserved. The committee are not booking tables – it is up to individuals to book their requirements directly with the restaurant (from 7.30). The meal will follow and will be a choice of 3 starters, mains and desserts and will be simple, chicken, beef etc with rice or chips so food can be served quickly. Anyone not eating can still attend the presentation and leave at 8pm to get their seats in the Clover ready for the evening entertainment. This should be at around 9.30 to 10pm with the grand auction fitted into break times.

We had a meeting with Global Golf management on Thursday and clarified some issues, while others still remain to be resolved. We get one green fee voucher for all their courses for each Friday comp we play, but we now know that this is related to throughput also. Each quarter we get more vouchers based on the number of full paying visitors (not members) playing with the society (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays). Another interesting point was the issue of insurance. Players are now charged 3 euros each for insurance unless they have proof of their own cover. The spanish golf federation charge 72e for annual cover (which I have), but seemingly it is available for 34e if you do not want to play in any of their organised tournaments (not a lot of people know that!).

One of our members, Peter Reeves is organising an evening meal at Maria’s in Bolneuvo (formerly Plonker’s bar) on Friday May 4th so if any members want to come along please contact Cath. The meal is really good value and transport may be available 5/10 euros each).

It may have gone unnoticed, but we had an EGM on Thursday night in the Condado Club. This was in response to some members suggesting that they may want to fill the posts of secretary and social secretary which were not volunteered for at the AGM. In the event nobody volunteered (again) for the posts so Cath kindly reviewed her situation and offered to continue in those roles. 18 members turned up for the meeting (including the committee!) and it took less than one minute to open the EGM, vote for Cath (unanimous) and close it.


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Aguilon golf Seve charity day

I have now posted an entry sheet on the notice board in golf shop. It may be there are limited places – it is a shotgun start at 09.30. So that will be a maximum of 72 players (remember we had 76 this week!). So please put your names on ASAP or contact me at barry@cdagolf.com

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Paul Harrington, Dave Lloyd, Magnus Johnsen & Dave Cooke with Graham.........

1st off is Paul Harrington, Dave Lloyd, Magnus Johnsen & Dave Cooke pictured with Graham………….

the car park was fuller than usual........................

The car park was fuller than usual…………….

everyone was full of hope on the 1st tee.....................

Everyone was full of hope on the 1st tee………….

Jostein is pointing to where my drive went on the 10th......................

Jostein points to where my drive finished on the 10th………….

the winners with the trophy................

The winners with the trophy…………….

Julian and Ylva get their prizes...............

Julian and Ylva get their prizes from Graham…………….

Jim Laird hit an unbelievable  drive up 13................

Jim Laird hit an unbelievable drive at 13……………..

El Tel had everyone rocking..........................

El Tel had everyone rocking………………

The 2nd major of the year was a great success with 76 players taking part. This was again a record turnout for the society. The bad weather forecast never materialised, with the competition being played in glorious sunshine along with a tricky wind. This did not affect the scoring however, with nearly all pairings breaking par. The winning score was 55 (17 under par!).

1st Jane Hutchinson & Owen Moore…….55
2nd Fred Twomey & Bryan Eyles…………..58
3rd Julian Wright & Ylva Johnsen…….61

Mens Longest drive……………Jim Laird
Nearest pin……………………Darren Brown

Ladies longest drive…………..Ylva Johnsen
Nearest pin…………………..Sue McLennan

Jane and Owens’ score could have collapsed on the par 3 11th. After Owen had put his drive in the lake it was up to Jane. A practically freshair shot just moved the ball off the tee about 2 inches. But she responded magnificently by hitting it off the deck with a 7 iron onto the green and holing the putt for a nett one!

All players were supplied with soft drinks and melon on the 12th tee by Jean and Sue (courtesy of Graham).

The presentation took place at night in the Condado Club. It was a sellout with all 85 tickets going quickly and many more were disappointed not to get in. We had a super hot & cold buffet and El Tel was so popular again on the stage. Lots of raffle prizes were given out and the dance floor was full. It is getting to be a problem with venues not big enough to cater for all the members and guests who want to join in. The next major is the Seve Trophy on May 11th where the presentation will be in the Bistro Bulgaria, and there will be room there for all who book a table. After the meal we will move to the Clover for music, dancing and the highly anticipated auction.

On that point I will add that Brian Yeldon went round with a collection box for the Seve charity and collected 100 euros on Friday night – thanks Brian!

A list will go up this week for the Seve charity golf competition at Aguilon golf on April 29th. Of the 35 euro entry 20 euros will go to the charity. Buggies are included along with a baguette on the 10th and free beer after! It should be a great day.


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As agreed at the AGM the committee will give a summary each month of topics and discussions included in the meeting.

Not everything will be reported as it would be too time consuming but members will become aware of the subjects that are discussed.

Members Briefing 3rd April

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