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Mark Hudson with winner and captain…………………

Mark Hudson (the main sponsor of the Seve Trophy) is out on Monday June 4th and can bring out some skycaddie rangefinders at a special price for members. If ordered off his website (http://www.golfdealers.co.uk) they will cost more. The information on the product is attached.

http://www.golfdealers.co.uk/Skycaddie-SGX-Range-Finder-plus-Free-Accesories-p-148.html

The special deals are:

Skycaddie
SGX………….225e
SG5………….200e
SG4………….100 (reconditioned)

These are big discounts on retail prices – the new SGX is £230 in UK (about 275 euros at current exchange rates). He flies out Monday morning and these prices only apply to ones he brings out with him, so orders need to be in early.

Barry

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Results from Friday May 25th 2012

The Nicklaus team must have been impressed with the result of their vision……………..

This week was the return of the Apollo Air sponsored monthly individual stableford. Summer has certainly arrived with baking-hot temperatures and no wind at all for most of the field. The course was in fantastic condition due to the visit on Thursday of the course architects from the USA. Alex and his team have been working all hours (starting work at 4 am on Friday!) to impress the Nicklaus team. I did go to the 1st tee at the scheduled 11 am tee off time to take a photo but not all the visitors had arrived and so I was unable to do so. I am still awaiting feedback from global golf, but Alex is now in the U.S. so I will have to speak to him later.

The course was stretched with tees as far back as they could go, and many pin positions were difficult to get at. This did not stop several of the 35 players breaking par though.

Apollo Air winner

Bryan Eyles 40pts (on countback)

1st division

Paul Briggs 37pts

2nd division

1st Joseph Barry 40pts
2nd Peter Mitchell 39pts

Work is progressing well on the temporary clubhouse with the building now erected and fittings going in, and surrounding land being levelled for a terrace. Also there is some unusual activity around the mound which was earmarked for the permanent clubhouse. Bulldozers and diggers have been adding landfill around the front of it, but I have no idea what the work is for.

Work is progressing well……………….

A lot of activity at the entrance to the permanent clubhouse site……………..

Next week is a modified bogey competition where players play a stableford and each hole is plus or minus to par. Holiday season has started with spring bank holiday week next weekend followed by the queen’s jubilee celebrations the week after.

Only 2 weeks to president’s day so let me know if you are here for June 8th and want to play. Even non-players can join us for the evening presentation which will be at Trevi’s in Camposol, a great venue we have used before. Entertainment will come from one half of the fabulous Beagles in the form of Martin Ross. He is sure have everyone dancing all night. It is very good value at 12 euros per person (discounts for children). Transport can be arranged. Contact barry@cdagolf.com or cath@cdagolf.com

Last year’s Viking Cup celebrations at Trevi’s was a great success with nearly a 100 partygoers…………….

I have now booked accomodation for the Benidorm trip in October. Early booking was required to get us all in the same hotel and we have 18 members and wives going.

Barry

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I know it seems a long way away, but I am now in the process of booking accomodation for our Benidorm golf trip at the end of October. As we need at least 8 rooms at the moment we need to book early to make sure we are all together, and avoid price hikes with late booking.

The trip is for 2 nights/3 days from Monday to Wednesday with golf at the superb Villataina course in Benidorm for those who wish to play. There are a couple of possible hotels in mind which range from 2 star basic accomodation to 4 star luxury in the Old Town area of Benidorm. Price for 2 nights half board for 2 people range from £70 – £110. Golf last year was 60 euros (without buggy).

If you are interested please let me know in the next few days (barry@cdagolf.com) – we get discount for a group booking but later bookings will be without discount.

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2 ball scramble Friday May 18th 2012

temporary clubhouse viewed from penthouse 7……………………..

This week was a 2 ball texas scramble and 44 players turned out in overcast conditions which were ideal for golf. Some great scores were posted and the winners were:

1st Anthony Carson & Jim Prior………….64.6
2nd Paul Harrington & Scott Abraham……..65.0
3rd Paul Briggs & David Dale……………65.6

Next week is the Apollo Air individual stableford.

A notice is now posted on the board for an awayday to Lorca on Monday June 18th which will cost 30 euros walking and 35 euros with buggy. Anyone wishing to go contact bookings@cdagolf.com

The Benidorm trip will be October 29th to 31st (2 nights) with golf on the 30th at Villataina (Benidorm). Anyone wishing to stay for one night only can be accomodated. Accomodation has not been confirmed yet but it should be between 50-65 euros a night per double room half board in the Old Town area. Golf was 60 euros last year (no buggy). Contact me at barry@cdagolf.com if you are interested. We intend to book early as prices went up last year nearer to the date. This date has been selected as it follows the Viking Cup so hopefully some scandinavians will want to join us.

Presidents Day is fast approaching (Friday June 8th). The evening presentation will be at Trevis restaurant in Camposol. We have already had 2 great nights there and the hot/cold buffet is the best around. The price for this has not been finalised but transport will be available if needed.

Work is progressing well on the temporary clubhouse. Part of it is already erected, and electric & water is being laid to the site. Completion date will be when they are finished!

A couple of VIP’s will be playing the course on Thursday – 2 of the architects of the course from Nicklaus Golf will be here to try out their vision.

The lakes are low at the moment and rain is needed. As they are low the staff have taken the opportunity to empty the lake on the 13th in order to carry out essential repairs. This has been completed. Then the priority will be to fill the lake between 9 and 18, followed by 4. Course irrigation is provided from these lakes and at the moment there is sufficient to serve this need.

Barry

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Members Briefing
Committee Meeting 1st May 2012.

Barry official handover to Kevin Smith – Captain 2012
& Welcome to Paul Briggs – Vice Captain 2012.

Seve Trophy and various other Seve events, all progressing well.

Global Golf – Luke, Meeting next week.

Monday competition, rules.
Agreed to avoid further problems it would go back to being informal.
Players to go off at the time they signed up for on the form.

Away day planning

Mar Menor return – Graham to organise team events.
3rd, 4th or 5th September Mon or Wed.

Lorca – 11th – 13th June offer is for 20€ but ends 16th June – Graham to sort,
Will try for 11th, book 6 tee off times.

Aguillon – 0ffer is for 20€. Possibly July – Kevin to sort.

Benidorm – Early November, for two nights – Barry to sort.

Global Golf Green Fee Vouchers – to be used for major competitions and monthly members draw for 2 vouchers.

A suggestion to give players a shot back at age 70 was rejected

President’s day will be individual stableford. Evening venue options are being investigated

St Patricks Day competition has been adopted by the society as a major. It will be played on March 17th each year.

The rules for the Viking Cup need further discussion

Unclaimed raffle prizes from Seve day

Martin & June
N616
Cable Tidy Kit

Tom McFarlane
J348
Letters Golf Cap

John Cartwedge
?714
Range finder

Karen
J3, 261
Bracelet

John Brown
N279
Draw string bag

Gunn Plathy
NP 708
Purse

Rita
?548
Tea Set

Rita
?548
Table setting

Peter Beat
N622
Whyte & Mackay Polo Shirt

Helen
?952
Whyte & Mackay T Shirt

Karen
J3 261
Whyte & Mackay T Shirt

George Purnell
P1311
Draw string bag

Tom
?1422
Curtain Tie Backs

Phil Mather
N698
Nike Organiser Bag

Please claim within one month (June 11th) or they will be put back into the next raffle

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Seve auction in Clover

A few images of the auction in the Clover

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Seve Golf day May 11th 2012

SEVE CHARITY EVENT RAISES 4,500 EUROS……………………

The totals are just in with some minor items to be added. What a fantastic effort from the organisers, sponsors and everyone who supported the event by putting their hand in their pocket. Our 1st aim was 500, then 1500, then 2000…. it just kept increasing exponentially. Now we need to contack the Seve foundation to arrange to hand the money over. Thanks to Ken and Alicia Saunders whose idea it initially was.

Fed up waiting for a bar over the 18th green so I opened my own…..1 euro a can………….

The golf day went off without a hitch with all 60 players turning up (300 euros for Seve), and the weather was superb, although a touch hot for the later starters. The greenkeepers had done a fantastic job in the last two days, cutting the greens and fairways so the course was presented immaculately. Thursday night Kev & Graham went out placing sponsors advertising on each of the tees, and Paul & Jim selected a putt for the putting green competition. Brian performed his usual exemplary role as starter, collecting entry and membership fees for over 2 hours. Dave & Kim donated a bottle of water for each player on the 1st tee, and on the 12th tee Sue, Jean and Lesley sold beer, water and soft drinks at 1 euro. What was left I took to the 18th and thirsty players donated even more money. This raised a total of 75 euros, a great effort girls!

Ray (under his sunshade) manned the 11th green noting any balls hitting the green and 2’s being scored. (Ken & Alicia donated 1 euro for each ball on the green, 2 euros for a birdie and 100 euros for a hole in one. On the 18th myself and Graham collected scorecards, checked for 2’s and passed the results to Kev who updated the leader board for all to see.

Kev and Cath arrived early at the Clover and Bulgarian to set up the prize tables, and Kev Kev did a great job as master of ceremonies at his 1st major event as captain. About 60 people stayed for a meal although there were more there at 7.30pm to see Fred collect his prizes.

After the meal (which was excellent) we all moved next door to the disco in the Clover, where the Seve DVD had been playing all day. During the 1st break the long-awaited auction began. Jill put a live stream online so members back home could view the proceedings. Lynn proved to be an inspired choice as auctioneer, controlling some of the noisier visitors at the back and encouraging the audience into bids. Brian was an able assistant at her side, and Kev, Graham and Helen went out into the crowd to collect information from successful bidders. Cath and Phil managed the collection of money. It turned into a fantastic money aising exercise ranging from 10 euros for the cheapest item to 200 euros for the holiday villa in Florida. 1400 euros were raised through the auction.

So many people have contributed over the last 8 weeks but special mentions must go to Brian, Cath and Kevin who have taken the lead in rallying the community.

Kev was on the leader board but this was his 2nd shot on the 12th. His drive hit the blue tee box on front of him and bounced sideways to penthouse 11, stopping inches from the out of bounds.

Paul Briggs was 1st to hit the green on 11 and no wonder he finished 2nd with such a perfect swing……………..

Thanks to all the sponsors…….this one is Fairways on the 16th……………..

The girls relax after their stint on the 12th…………..

The hungry hippo was sat on the 12th tee gobbling up the money………………………

Kev’s leader board……basic but effective……………………

Plenty stopped for the meal in the Bulgarian……………..

Lynn likes to be in charge…………………

a full bar for the auction……………….

Barry

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Seve trophy Friday May 11th 2012

Fred gets the Seve trophy from the main sponsor Mark Hudson (www.golfdealers.co.uk) with the captain (Kevin Smith) looking on……………..

At last it’s over! Lots of hard work for many people over the last 8 weeks or so. The golf and associated events was completed yesterday. Although it is one of our majors and a very important competition, prizes were not a prime consideration but nevertheless the individual stableford was a tightly contested affair with 60 players taking part.

Winner of the golfdealers.co.uk sponsored trophy was

1st Fred Twomey 41pts
2nd Paul Briggs 40pts
3rd Peter Beatt 39pts

Guest prize Seamus Healey 36pts

Longest drive
Men Fred Twomey
Ladies Dot Hillis

Nearest pin
Men Jim Chapman
Ladies Julia Windheusen

No divisions this week

There were 7 winners in the 2’s competition

John Brown, Julia Gibson, Chris King, Karin Dahl, Peter Beatt, Jim Chapman, Dot Hillis

In the free putting competition no one holed the tricky 20 foot putt devised by the organisers Paul Briggs and Jim Alwell.

These are the results, but a more comprehensive report of the days events will follow on Sunday.

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Seve day tomorrow

Tomorrow is our Seve day when we are raising money for the Sev Ballesteros Foundation. The main sponsor is golfdealers (an internet golf supplier who will give our members 10% discount on purchases). See http://www.golfdealers.co.uk

We have already raised over 2000 euros and expect that total to rise significantly with the golf competition and evening auction in the Clover bar. Throughout the day a DVD of Seve and his life will be running continuously on the big screen in the Clover.

We have at least 60 entrants paying 5 euros each to the fund. Lots of prizes are on offer – 1st, 2nd, 3rd: longest drives and nearest the pin for both gents & ladies; putting competition post golf: birdie on 5th hole: 2’s comp. Also Ken & Alicia Saunders have sponsored the par 3 11th hole and will donate 1 euro to the fund for every ball landing on the green, 2 euros for a birdie and 100 euros for a hole in one. Every hole will have sponsors details.

Lots of items have been donated and will be included either in the auction (10.15pm in the Clover) or in the raffle (5 euros per strip of 6 tickets).

The presentation is next door in the Bistro Bulgaria at 7.30pm and all are welcome to attend. If you want to book a table for a 3 course meal after, ring Darren on 0034 968 32 80 84. It is a great venue and is on site. I suggest you book in advance.

Today we had a meeting with Global Golf. I am pleased to announce that they have improved their donation to the Seve day. We now have a beautiful cup which will stay with our major trophies in addition to the framed Seve photo. They have also given us 4 green fees with buggies to be used on any of their 6 courses. This will be one of the auction items on Friday night.
There is now a Global Golf tournament list in the shop (as previously requested). The only one at Condado is on Saturday July 21st (day after Barry Barker Strokeplay major).

some people think this clubhouse is too small but the vending machine will look lost in it………..

I can confirm that the temporary clubhouse should be ready for the end of June, but there will initially be no bar or snack bar. A vending machine will be on site along with a terrace to eat your crisps! Maybe the machine won’t be empty as is the one by the 14th tee on occasions. Hopefully IRM may franchise the catering/bar as there are definitely a few interested parties to do that.

I will post a report and photos of the day over the weekend.

The superb terrace at Hacienda del Alamo………………

Thanks to Hacienda del Alamo who give all our members a discounted rate of 35 euros any day. The current walk in rate is 59 euros so a great saving. I would encourage any golfer visiting the area to try out this great golfing venue (and sit and relax with a drink on their fabulous terrace overlooking the course).

Barry

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thanks to Cath, Sue and Jean for manning our stall………………

At last the big day arrived and we were blessed with a warm, sunny day for the festivities. Many people on site put a lot of effort into making this gala day a success, and without doubt their efforts were rewarded. Table top stalls were in place by 9am and a steady influx of residents and visitors were soon arriving at the Condado Club. Some stallholders were there to sell their own goods, paying 5 euros a table. The Condado de Alhama golf society also had a stall, with lots of items on view which had been donated to the cause (all proceeds going to the charity). Also Louise from the club donated some fabulous cakes.

plenty to choose from…………..

who left Les in charge of the cakes?………………….

suppose this would have washed the crumbs off his mouth……………………….

better be quick darling before uncle Les comes……………

Also there were side events to raise money which included: a table map treasure hunt; tombola; pull a string prize; putting competition; welly throwing; splat the rat; guess number of jelly beans; guess weight of golf cake; Louise (from the Condado Club) donated some mouth-watering cakes which soon got snapped up.

stick a pin in the murcia treasure map……………….

pull a string and a prize every time…………………..

tombola and guess the number of jelly beans stall…………………

Lesley shows Phil how to putt…………………

Splat!………..beauty and the beast………..no prizes……….

Without doubt though, the highlight was the sponge throwing booth – several brave volunteers placed their head in the spongebob hole and subjected themselves to a good soaking! The visitors were only too glad to part with their money. Obviously health and safety rules were followed, with bright yellow plastic gloves being supplied. Graham started it off and I was pleased to say I got three direct hits! You could see the way the day was going to go when Les took to the booth – Paul went onto the roof and poured a massive jug of water over his head! So perhaps the gloves were pretty useless. When Lynn went in she not only got drenched from above, daughter Rachel emptied the sponge bucket over her! I have to admit that when it was my turn I bent the rules – I remembered I had a polythene cape in the car which had remained unused since a trip to the Florida theme parks 10 years ago! The kids loved throwing the sponges and I loved throwing them back at them!

no shortage of customers for this event…………………….

the kids loved it!……………

Graham was 1st up and got away lightly………………..

bullseye!…………………..

we do sometimes have isolated showers on Condado……………….

Rachel makes sure Lynn gets wet………………

my turn but I’ve seen what went before……………….

Winners of the various competitions were:

Guess number of jelly beans…………….Jill White
Guess weght of cake……………………Lou (J364)
Childrens putting……………………..Lewys Ford
Adult putting…………………………Darren (La Isla) ….by virtue of holing trick ball!)
Childrens welly throwing……………….Nicole
Ladies welly throwing………………….Carol Walton
Mens welly throwing……………………Nigel Ford (he’s used to it from Wales!)
Pairs petanque………………………..Charlie & Carol Walton
Mens petanque…………………………Burt
Ladies petanque……………………….Heather Hurren
Darts………………………………..Kevin Smith
Pool…………………………………Neil Simpson

petanque was fiercely contested……………

There was also a barbeque to keep the customers fed and of course drinks were plentiful. At the end of the day the gala for the Seve fund was better off by 654 euros – a fantastic achievement and thanks to the organisers and volunteers who put so much time and effort in. At our 1st committee meeting to plan the event myself, Brian and Paul thought that 500 euros would be an achievable target. At present and with the golf day & night still to come we have raised 1968 euros. There are still lots of events remaining so we would appreciate everyones support in the coming days.

I would like to thank people who have put so much work into the gala day:

Brian & Helen, Barry & Sue, Cath & Kev, Graham & Jean, Lesley & Phil, Heather & Les, Ken & Alicia, Stephanie & Roger, Louise, Blanca. Eli & Jan, Ian (Gibson), Karen & Dean, Linda & Colin, Peter (Reeves), Tina & Terry, Neil & Lynn.

Thanks to the mains sponsors of the gala who were:

7th Heaven (on the marina)
Paul & Rachel (Condado Club)

Barry

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