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Jim attempts a long putt on the 4th hole.........

Jim attempts a long putt on the 4th hole………

Friday saw the final major competition of the year, and the early starters were hampered by fog. But this soon cleared into another sunny day, with a breeze which has been absent in the last few weeks. 72 players took part, with 53 in the seniors, yet another busy day. The competition was split into 2 divisions, which were basically seniors (55 & over) and non seniors. Ladies were included into both overall competitions.

The captain, Paul Briggs continued his recent run of good form, and went one better than last year when he was the runner up.

Seniors

1st   Paul Briggs………….39pts

2nd  Geoff Lightie……….38pts

3rd  Dave Dale…………….36pts (on countback)

4th  Ray Rollett……………36pts

Non seniors

1st  Dave Knight………….41pts

2nd Alison Valentine…..38pts

3rd Anthony Howell…….34pts

Paul with sponsor Sandy Simpson........

Paul Briggs with sponsor Sandy Simpson……..

Paul was the best junior (under 55!)...............

Paul Knight was the best junior (under 55!)……………

Next week is a pairs betterball competition.

Barry

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Ryder cup qualifiers & IRM offer

Here are the qualifiers for the Ryder Cup at Aguilon. We have 3 society members on the list:
Dave Lloyd, Peter Beatt and Paddy McKee. Well done to them all.

POINTS HANDICAP SHIRT SIZE
1ST CHRIS BAKER 39 6.2 XL
2ND BRIAN GYER 39 18.3
3RD GLYN OMBLER 38 5.7 XXXL
4TH PETER BEATT 38 10.8 XL
5TH TONY REDSTON 38 16.5 XXXL
6TH DAVE SIMPSON 38 16.1
7TH NICK POGSON 37 18.4 XL
8TH DAVE LLOYD 37
9TH ALAN CHIPPENDALE 36 14.8
10TH STEVE WILLINGHAM 36 8.1 L
11TH LEE COXEN 36 11.5
12TH RAY DIXON 36 XXL
13TH ADRIAN LAWRENCE 36 16.6 XXL
14TH PAUL HOLLEY 36 10.4 XXXL
15TH GORDON BATCHELOR 36 10.4 L
16TH ANN LAWRENCE 35 20.4
17TH DAVE SHARP 35 5.1 XL
18TH BILL GIBB 35 8.4 XL
19TH PAT GARRIGAN 34 20.3 XL
20TH TONY HARWIN 34 13.8 L
21ST GEORGE GIBSON 34 19.3 XXL
22ND JOHN HAYDON 34 17.3 XL
23RD CAROLINE WILLINGHAM 34 8.5 M
24TH BRIAN EVERITT 34 13.7 XL
25TH KEVIN BIRCHER 33 15
26TH LES RAUFER 33 19.5 XXL
27TH MARK DANSON 33 4
28TH PHIL MILES 33 11.9
29TH ANN MILES 33 25.3
30TH RENO PALAGANO 33 22.2
31ST NORMAN WHIBLEY 33 12.6
32ND PADDY MCKEE 33 14.1 L
33RD DERRICK STEPHENSON 33 9.8

Below find the latest offer from IRM to be played at Mar Menor.

Dear Golfer,

We are holding the Grand Final of the IRM Golf Experience tour at Mar Menor Golf on the Saturday the 23rd of November.

There will be 3 categories.

Prizes for winners, a cocktail after golf and a raffle.

Entry Fee:

€25 Members and Golf Right Holders

€40 Residents

€50 Public
Please see the attached flyer for more information.

If you are interested in playing please respond to this email.

Many Thanks,

Christopher Ahern Comercial de Golf

Tel. (+34) 626 346 853 | e-mail cahern@irmgolfexperience.com

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The golf was followed by a great night out at Mariano’s restaurant in Camposol A which was attended by 122 players, families and friends, where the result was announced and prizes given to the individual winners.

a nice presentation table........

a nice presentation table……..

Billy & Robert had the best score..........

Billy & Robert had the best score……….

Les & Mr Captain lost out on countback.........

Les & Mr Captain lost out on countback………

Multiple winner Birgit and Ylva were 3rd.......

Multiple winner Birgit and Ylva were 3rd…….

Les was nearest in 2 on the 8th......

Les was nearest in 2 on the 8th……

Helge was nearest on 17...........

Helge was nearest on 17………..

Cath's input in arranging the evening was recognised......

Cath’s input in arranging the evening was recognised……

the winners celebrate........

the winners celebrate……..

Les & Phil both won their games.........

Les & Phil both won their games………

122 people attended the evening and were entertained by Dave Rawson, hypnotist. He made it clear that no one would be forced to be part of the act and gave the suitable subjects the option to return to their seat if they so wished. He settled on 6 volunteers and each of them were put under the influence and asked to do strange things!

They were baking in the sun, then freezing cold. They were back at school as 6 year olds pulling faces behind the teachers back and laying square eggs! Martina made an impression as a translator of Klingon in a star wars sketch. She also didn’t know the number 4 existed. This meant when she counted her fingers she had 11 or 12! She didn’t think that this was strange!

these were the chosen ones.........

these were the chosen ones………

they were really out cold........

they were really out cold……..

no, it really wasn't that boring!........

no, it really wasn’t that boring!……..

a really hot day in Spain...........

a really hot day in Spain………..

cuddling up as it is now minus degrees...........

cuddling up as it is now minus degrees………..

imagine a very funny joke..........

imagine a very funny joke……….

all dab hands at milking cows.......

all dab hands at milking cows…….

quite difficult to lay a square egg..........

quite difficult to lay a square egg……….

got all the numbers on £14 million lottery!........

got all the numbers on £14 million lottery!……..

stuffing £100 notes everywhere.............

stuffing £100 notes everywhere………….

everyone wants a good view..........

everyone wants a good view……….

fascinating.........

fascinating………

Jim can see naked women......

Jim can see naked women……

Martina is the translator ..... Klingon to Irish..........

Martina is the translator ….. Klingon to Irish……….

the band were really going for it.......

the band were really going for it…….

unfortunately Jim's sax became stuck to his lips.......

unfortunately Jim’s sax became stuck to his lips…….

James Bond has his gun cocked as he sets off to rescue the heroine......

James Bond has his gun cocked as he sets off to rescue the heroine……

after drinking the magic potion Jim & Martina realise what has happened......

after drinking the magic potion Jim & Martina realise what has happened……

now the disco.......

now the disco…….

midnight was Helen's birthday.......

midnight was Helen’s birthday…….

A great night all round, and we look forward to the next.

Barry

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Viking Cup (part 2)

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Another report tomorrow on the evening presentation and entertainment tomorrow.

Barry

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Viking Cup Tuesday October 22nd 2013

the organisers.....Jan H Olsen, Jan Skjold, Dave Lloyd, Graham White.....

the organisers…..Jan H Olsen, Jan Skjold, Dave Lloyd, Graham White…..

The masses of players descending on Condado this week could only mean one thing – it’s the Viking Cup!  Developing from a humble challenge match of 14  players each side, and first played off site at Saurines 3 years ago, the match has become a monster, with 88 players filling the course for a shotgun start (and reserves on standby) for this 4th annual event. It must rank as the premier event of the society calendar, and has been recognised as such with its elevation to ‘major trophy’ status. All week the range has been full all day with golfers trying to up their game to a new level in order to win the crucial points for their team.

getting used to the very fast greens......

getting used to the very fast greens……

The successful format from last year was used again. The pairs with the highest points total in each game earned 10 bonus points, and the top 35 scores from each team were added to that. There were prizes for the best pair, individual and nearest the pin, but obviously the prime objective was the overall team score to win the Viking Cup.

Everything went off perfectly, the organisation was spot on, and the weather was just right for October golf with cloud cover making temperatures ideal. All the players were treated to free tapas and drinks after the golf at the clubhouse, which was sponsored by the society. IRM provided free buggies on the day and also gave us a voucher for 2 players.

they drink as a team.......

they drink as a team…….

Also thanks go to the shirt sponsors (Tore Johnsen, Phil Marlow and Clover/Condado Club). Both teams looked very smart in their red and white polos.

Uk & Ireland very smart in their new team shirts.........

UK & Ireland very smart in their new team shirts………

Scandinavia same colours in reverse.......

Scandinavia same colours in reverse…….

The result was in the balance until the presentation, both teams having important wins, and good individual scoring on both sides. Jan made the introductions, and revealed the winners of the individual and pairs prizes. He then handed over to Dave to announce the final result – I thought this meant that Dave was going to present the cup to Jan – but……..

the winners are UK & Ireland!

Jan presents the cup to Dave..........

Jan presents the cup to Dave……….

The venue erupted on one side of the restaurant as we realised we had the cup back! The vikings were very gracious in congratulating us on our win (as we have been for the last 2 years), but now the series stands at 2 -2 and it makes it even more exciting for next years competition. We have already been asked when names are accepted for next years competition!

UK/Ireland team and supporters celebrate the news they have won......

UK/Ireland team and supporters celebrate the news they have won……

Winners

UK & Ireland

Team scores

UK & Ireland team score

won 13 halved 1……………….135pts
Top 35 scores………………..1106pts
Total………………………………..1241pts

Scandinavia team score
won  8  halved 1……………….85pts
Top 35 scores………………..1080pts
Total………………………………..1165pts

Individual

Men
Rune Wingsternes……………….38pts (on countback)

Ladies
Birgit Petersen……………………38pts

Pairs

1st Billy Drake & Robert Beaton………….71pts (on countback)

2nd Les Hurren & Paul Briggs…………….71pts

3rd Birgit Pedersen & Ylva Johnsen…….70pts

Nearest pin

Men
hole 8…………………..Les Hurren
hole 17………………….Helge Kristoffersen

Ladies
hole 3…………………..Birgit Pedersen
hole 15………………….Birgit Pedersen

UK & Ireland team of Billy Drake and Robert Beaton were the best pair........

UK & Ireland team of Billy Drake and Robert Beaton were the best pair……..

Rune Wingsternes won the individual mens prize.........

Rune Wingsternes won the individual mens prize………

Birgite cleaned up, winning the ladies prize, both nearest the pins & 3rd in the pairs......

Birgit cleaned up, winning the ladies prize, both nearest the pins & 3rd in the pairs……

I will post more pictures tomorrow, along with more details on the amazing hypnosis show we saw presented by Dave Rawson. Several well known society members got up, and had the audience in stitches! A raffle was held in aid of CPR, and €510 was raised for this worthy cause.

Friday is another major trophy – the Condado seniors. The start sheet had been filled by Monday (a maximum 76 players) and several have been unable to get a game. Numbers have been amazing in October with 78 for the Apollo Air, 88 for the Viking Cup, and 76 this Friday. Even Mondays and Wednesdays have exceeded 20 players. If you want to be certain of a game contact bookings@cdagolf.com

More tomorrow

Barry

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buggyland...........

buggyland………..

A record 78 players took part in this month’s Apollo Air competition which was played in perfect conditions. 24 players had to start on the 10th tee as the original start sheet filled up quickly. With so many players the organisation of the event proved difficult with entry fees and membership money needing to be collected. This is a problem with no permanent volunteer to collect the money, so we have asked for volunteers to tee off at the end so they can manage this important duty. Several have offered to join a rota, and if anyone else feels they can help please contact a member of the committee.

Geoff Lightie won at 1st attempt.....maybe course isn't that hard!.....

Geoff Lightie won at 1st attempt…..maybe course isn’t that hard!…..

The results were:

Apollo Air winner

Geoff Lightie…………………41pts (on countback)

1st division

1st   Paul Briggs…………………..38pts (on countback)

2nd Daniel Markenfeldt………38pts

3rd  Eugene Reynolds…………38pts

4th  Steve Locker………………..37pts

2nd division

1st   Garry Elder………………….39pts

2nd  Steve Freiberg……………..38pts (on countback)

3rd  Peter Mitchell……………….38pts

4th  Dave Rollett………………….35pts

Ladies

1st  Fran Hobson………………..41pts

2nd Bernie Twomey……………30pts

Mr Captain is on all the photos but this one is just for him as 1st division winner.......

Mr Captain is on all the photos but this one is just for him as 1st division winner…….

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Fran wins ladies, just pipped for top prize.......

Fran wins ladies, just pipped for top prize…….

plenty of profit for intercontinental on Fridays............

plenty of profit for intercontinental on Fridays…………

Phil has devised a computer program which will improve the process of working out the winners each week and it has proved successful on trial today. It will automatically update the handicap list which will then just need printing.

Send any request for a booking to bookings@cdagolf.com. This will go to Dave Rollett who will take full responsibility for that role. Any request to any other committee member will be forwarded to him so deal direct with Dave to streamline the process.

Sandy & Dorothy donated a basket of balls for a sweep to guess how many were in – this raised 50 euros for CPR and the winner was Paddy McKee.

We had a draw for the monthly members draw for September and October. The winners were:

September…………..346 – Geoff Cole

October……………….516   Paul Knowles

These must be claimed by November 17th 2013 (bookings@cdagolf.com)

Players going to Aguilon on Monday meet at Al Kasar car park at 09.00 to arrange transport.

10.40 Jim Alwell, Peter Beatt, Les Hurren

10.50 Peter Ridley, Paddy McKee, Anthony Howell, Anthony McAdam

11.00 Lynda Lloyd, Colin Lloyd, Lee Hobson, Fran Hobson

Arrangements for the Viking Cup on Tuesday are now complete. Find out pairings and tees in Clover 7.30 pm Monday night. Green fees etc must be paid in advance on the night. Also collect team shirts then, none will be given out on the day.

Next week is the Seniors trophy and already the sheet is nearly full, so if you want to play be quick to add your name as spaces are limited and no more times are available.

Barry

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offers

Lorca Golf Resort is going to give you and exceptional offer for playing Lorca Golf Resort from the 16th till the 27th of October.

 

·        30€ Gf 18 holes and sharing buggy

·        25€ Gf 18 holes for walkers.

 

For more info and bookings please contact us! 968 11 35 35 / infogolf@lorcaresort.com

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Ryder Cup update

We have been informed of the leading 28 scores so far with just one qualifier left next Monday.

1ST CHRIS BAKER 39PTS
2ND BRIAN GYER 39PTS
3RD GLYN OMBLER 38PTS
4TH PETER BEATT 38PTS
5TH TONY REDSTON 38PTS
6TH DAVE SIMPSON 38PTS
7TH NICK POGSON 37PTS
8TH DAVE LLOYD 37PTS
9TH ALAN CHIPPENDALE 36PTS
10TH STEVE WILLINGHAM 36PTS
11TH LEE COXEN 36PTS
12TH RAY DIXON 36PTS
13TH ANN LAWRENCE 35PTS
14TH BILL GIBB 35PTS
15TH JOHN HAYDON 34PTS
16TH ADRIAN LAWRENCE 34PTS
17TH LES RAUFER 33PTS
18TH MARK DANSON 33PTS
19TH PHIL MILES 33PTS
20TH NORMAN WHIBLEY 33PTS
21ST DERRICK STEPHENSON 33PTS
22ND ANN MILES 33PTS
23RD GORDON BATCHELOR 32PTS
24TH GEOFF HEBB 32PTS
25TH IAN JENNER 32PTS
26TH PADDY MCKEE 31PTS
27TH CAROLINE WILLINGHAM 31PTS
28TH GRAHAM TABBERER 31PTS

At the moment we have 4 slots booked for 16 players (15e if you have played a previous qualifier or 25e otherwise).

These are the names I have, but if you decide not to play let me know as soon as possible so the times can be freed for other players.

                  
Jim Alwell, Paddy McKee, Peter Beatt, Barry Barker
Lynda Lloyd, Colin Lloyd, Fran Hobson, Lee Hobson
Brian Mills, Les Hurren, Anthony Howell, (+ friend)

Keep an eye on the blog for start times and departure time from Al Kasar on Monday

Barry (barry@cdagolf.com)

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4th green at aguilon golf......

4eh hole at aguilon golf……

Because of the great offer to play at Aguilon the society had 2 competitions running on Friday. At Condado ther were 20 players, with the result being very close. With only a small entry there was just one division this week.

1st    John Hennum…………..34pts (on countback)

2nd   Peter Reeves……………34pts

3rd   Dorothy Simpson……..33pts

John Hennum won at Condado..............

John Hennum won at Condado…………..

At Aguilon the target was to get into the top 28 scores played over 3 separate days (this being the 2nd). We had 21 players, with 2 returning below par scores which should be good enough to qualify for the competition to be played against the Spanish in November. We also played amongst ourselves for a sweep.

1st    Peter Beatt……….38pts

2nd   Dave Lloyd……….37pts

3rd   Paddy McKee……31pts (on countback)

horses for courses..... Peter Beatt won again at Aguilon......

horses for courses….. Peter Beatt won again at Aguilon……

aguilon is a very frustrating course........

aguilon is a very frustrating course……..

Ellen shows some style on the 2nd.......

Ellen shows some style on the 2nd…….

Ellen & Kim at the 8th green.........

Ellen & Kim at the 8th green………

Chris took this as we were all giving up on the 13fh.........

Chris took this as we were all giving up on the 13fh………

Next Tuesday is the Viking Cup, with over 80 players taking part. At 7.30pm on Monday night Kevin will collect all the green fees for the UK/Ireland team, as it will be too busy for all to pay at the same time for the shotgun start. Also the team shirts will be distributed at the same time (2 euros each). Anyone not there will not get a team shirt. Also the pairings and matches will be announced. If you want to attend the evening presentation at Mariano’s please pay Kevin as soon as possible (12 euros, and 5 euros for transport if required). Tapas & drinks at clubhouse are 3 euros. This event has been heavily subsidised by the society and the entertainment should be fun!

On Friday it is the seniors trophy (major event) for players 55 years and over. Others will also be allowed to play in an individual stableford. When booking indicate if you are a senior (*).

Barry

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the fantastic view from the clubhouse terrace.......

the fantastic view from the clubhouse terrace…….

Again we had a very successful day in Benidorm playing at the very picturesque Villaitana course. Some very good scores were returned with 35pts only being good enough for 4th place! The winner was Neil Simpson with 39pts, followed by Phil Tann with 37pts. Phil is on a healthy eating drive, and in the Barry Answer trophy he was fooled into thinking he had won a prize in the free draw. When he opened it, it was a bag of lettuce! As he didn’t want it, we recycled it and it then became the 2nd prize at Benidorm! He thought he had won a box of 12 calloway balls, but when he opened it there it was again!

Phil with his prize.....again.....

Phil with his prize…..again…..

clouds hide the sleeping giant mountain.......

clouds hide the sleeping giant mountain…….

view over the course to the levante end of Benidorm.......

view over the course to the levante end of Benidorm…….

the lads putt out on 18......

the lads putt out on 18……

the best part......the bar.....

the best part……the bar…..

We had a problem with our buggy by the 1st green when it cut out….. it was only 3 holes later when the marshall explained that it would stop if it is too near the green. A great idea to stop players getting too close. I think sat nav is fitted into the flag.

This week I questioned why the water in the 13th lake had not been moved to the 11th. The answer from the manager of maintenance is below:

Sorry for the delay in my answer but I have been very busy. We have moved all the water we could at Alhama concentrating it at lakes 9-18 and 10-11. As the client says the lake of 11 has almost been filled. At the moment we cannot move the water from lake 13 to other lakes. This lake receives its water from a different source than the others. This means that this water has a different quality than others, and we are waiting for some analisis to know exactly the amount of water that we are able to mix in other lakes to have an aceptable quality for turf. What I want to say with this, is that water movement is something that we cannot do only for aesthetical reasons, there are other reasons like quality. Please, try to transmit to the client that we do the best for the course and clients, but give details about everything is imposible. Also I would like to emphasise that we extrictly follow environmental regulations having a monthly inspection by authorities and external consultants, so everybody can be absolutely sure that our golf courses are safe and pleasants environments for animals and wildlife.

Find below an update on the members eclectic competition

 

 

Eclectic Update 6 Oct (1)

Barry

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