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the new trophies.......

the new trophies…….

 

 

Friday was the first Dublin Crystal trophy……….similar to the Apollo Air but played for 4 times a year rather than every month. A very desirable trophy which will be much sought after.  Thanks to member Paul Culligan who has kindly donated these magnificent prizes.

54 players were attempting to win, with again strong winds hampering their efforts. As the sun went in and out players were putting clothes on and  taking them off.

 

Dublin Crystal

1st   Lis Jakobsen…………………….41pts

2nd  Scott Simpson………………….40pts

 

1st division

1st      Chris King………………39pts

2nd    Keith Miller…………….38pts

3rd     Robert Beaton…………37pts

 

2nd division

1st      Alan Gray……………….38pts

2nd    Morten Patersen……..36pts

3rd     Malcolm Frost…………34 pts (on countback)

 

Ladies

1st      Bernie Twomey………33pts

2nd    Kim Lloyd……………….30pts

 

Well done to Lis who not only won the first Dublin crystal trophy but also had 3 twos!  Not done since Graham White did it!

 

 

Lis and Scott............

Lis and Scott…………

 

Division one winner Chris……………

 

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Bernie got Ireland on the rostrum……….

 

Bernie won the ladies.......

Bernie won the ladies…….

 

A truly international list of winners this week consisting of golfers from Denmark, Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland and Norway.

 

The other dates for the Dublin Crystal in 2014 are:

May 23rd, August 29th, October 17th

 

 

Some really strong winds midweek………….Ken didn’t know his clubs were following him……

 

just needs a deck chair...........

just needs a deck chair………..

 

 

Tuesday was the international challenge match between Condado de Alhama (Spain) and chief Anokeobi’s select team (Nigeria)

 

one of the Nigerians a long way off line from the 12th tee........

one of the Nigerians a long way off line from the 12th tee……..

 

 

sorry Kim..... the first of your 4 putts on the 11th......but still got a half!

sorry Kim….. the first of your 4 putts on the 11th……but still got a half!

 

 

Everyone had a great time, with a great night to follow at the Clover…………

 

An excellent prize table provided courtesy of the Nigerian team…….

 

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The captain of the Condado team, Paul Briggs, holds the trophy aloft……winning score 8.5 – 3.5

 

 

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Next week it is the Graham White pairs strokeplay event which is a major, and the evening presentation is at Bora Bora (near Bolnuevo). The cost is 13€ for a 3 course meal with live entertainment (transport 5€ if required). Scott James will be the singer , and see Kim for tickets. The bus will soon be full so act now!

The hollow tining program will take place on May 29th, 30th and 31st, also September 4th, 5th and 6th. Both these include a Friday, so awaydays will be organised. Watch this blog for confirmation of the venues.

 

Following this week’s committee meeting action was taken on a couple of points brought up at the AGM.

Midweek roll ups will be now classed as ‘fun’ days, and will not be qualifiers for handicap adjustments.

No more individual events will be added to the calendar….. the present policy of trying to include 2 individual and 2 team events each month will continue in an effort to please all competitors.

We will shortly decide definite dates for all majors for 2015 and publish them here in advance of the diaries being printed.

We shall look into the possibility of setting up  a dedicated email address for for social events (booking places for the venue and transport).

 

This weeks featured golfer is Peter Beatt, who spends a lot of time out here and picks up prizes on a regular basis. Perhaps this should not surprise us, as he learned his golf as a boy on the links of St Andrews, so should be able to cope with a bit of wind and some tricky greens…………….

 

 

 

thought he could walk on water..........

thought he could walk on water……….

 

 

Late news…… As a gentleman Peter went down to the lake on 10 to retrieve Ian Whyte’s ball from the water. When finding it had Mick Parson’s name on, he spotted another and when he stood on the liner he was launched into the water like the christening of a ship. Drenched up to his chest, Ian Whyte came to his rescue and supplied him with a new wardrobe of clothes from his apartment in block 10. So photograph above does not include his original designer clothes……

So, contrary to popular opinion, Peter CANNOT walk on water……

                                                                                                      

                                                                                                        Nigerian challenge

 

On Tuesday in the Nigerian challenge Dave Lloyd was just about to tee off when he saw a snake wriggling in front of the tee. His Nigerian opponent immediately drew out a shotgun and hit the snake with a mortal wound. It was still moving, so Dave said “finish it off”. The Nigerian said “I can’t, I only have one shot at this hole”.

 

A little liquid refreshment

A little liquid refreshment during a round is of course all part of the game but Neil and Les had had several, with tots earned for hitting fairways, greens, net pars etc. On the 17th tee Les asked “How do we stand. “I don’t know mate,” Neil said. “I’d say it was just a miracle.”

Neil's flask is on the right........

Neil’s flask is on the right……..

 

 

An   odd cure

Derek was not feeling well, bad enough that his wife Sharon had to go and get the test results from the doctor. 

“Now Sharon, I don’t exactly know what is the problem is……………………Derek may even die if he doesn’t get the right treatment.  The only thing is the right treatment is going to seem a little strange. Derek needs to golf as often as he has strength and you need to give him all the sex he can handle.” Sharon nodded and left. When she got home, Derek was anxious to find out what his test results were. 

“Well Sharon, what did Doctor have to say? Sharon looked him straight in the face.  “Your gonna die.”

 

Barry

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4 person team Friday March 21st 2014

The morning started with overcast clouds and no wind, but the 11 teams (46 players) had to put up with a stiff breeze as the sun came out.

There were still some good scores , however, and the scores were:

1st    Peter Beatt, Paul Douglas, John Brown, John Pedersen………..122pts

2nd Nick Seward, Alan Gray, Wil Izzard. Chris King……………. 118pts

Paul, John P, John B and Peter get their prizes.....

Paul, John P, John B and Peter get their prizes…..

Next week is the Dublin crystal individual stableford – a great replica for the winner! There are 4 of these during 2014.

Only just received these pictures from St Patrick’s day………

special gifts for captain and president........

special gifts for captain and president……..

Dorothy won the ladies.....

Dorothy won the ladies…..

Jan was division one winner.......

Jan was division one winner…….

Paul was the champion.....

Paul was the champion…..

Good   dentures ?

A couple of Norwegians were golfing when Harald said he was going to see his dentist, Ove Enger, for a new set of  dentures in the morning.  Gert remarked that he had gone to the same dentist   a few years before. “Is that so? – did he do a good job?” asked Harald?. “Well, I was on the course yesterday when the fellow on the ninth hole hooked   a shot,” said Gert. “The ball most have been going 200 mph when it hit me in the nuts. That was the first time in two years my teeth didn’t hurt.”

This weeks featured golfer is Sandy Simpson, who is my neighbour in penthouse 10, and turned 70 this weekend. On Monday he finished 3rd in the  St Patricks day event (incidentally pipping his wife Dorothy on the back nine), Thursday he was tricked into thinking he was doing a favour for someone in picking someone up from the airport. It turned out it was actually his son and daughter from Australia – well done Dorothy for keeping the secret! Keep up the good golf Sandy and hope you had a great birthday!

Sandy is the one with the kilt and the dagger down his sock................

Sandy is the one with the kilt and the dagger down his sock…………….

Barry

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Fred flies the flag..............

Fred flies the flag…………..

Sorry if the report is a bit brief but I was away up in Valencia, but here are the results.

1st    Paul Harrington………………….40pts

2nd   Peter Reeves…………………….38pts

3rd    Sandy Simpson…………………36pts

1st division

1st    Jan Jakobsen…………………….35pts (on countback)

2nd   Paddy Kerr………………………..35pts

3rd    Fred Twomey…………………….33pts

2nd division

1st    Alan Gray………………………….35pts

2nd   Bob McLintock…………………..33pts

3rd    Kevin Smith………………………31pts

Ladies

1st    Dorothy Simpson……………….36pts

2nd   Gaby Pfister………………………31pts (on countback)

3rd    Bernie Twomey………………….31pts

1st nine

Kay Samson……………………………..18pts

2nd nine

Peter Deans………………………………19pts

Thanks to Fred and Bernie Twomey who organised the event, and they also wish to thank the committee, Dorothy, Roisin, Carmel, and Ray for their help in making it such a successful day. Everyone enjoyed a fun night out at the Clover with entertainment provided by Sandy Fitzpatrick.

Barry

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a lovely sight.....

a lovely sight…..

This month’s Apollo Air competition was played in wintry conditions with the 52 players well wrapped up. The cold along with a tricky wind and sanded greens stopped any silly scores, with proven winner Neil Simpson taking the Apollo Air title.

Apollo Air winner

Neil Simpson……………….38pts

1st division

1st    Paul Harrington……35pts (on countback)

2nd  Paddy Kerr……………35pts

3rd   John Donaldson……32pts

2nd division

1st   Peter Mitchell……….36pts

2nd  Alan Gray…………….35pts (on countback)

3rd   Malcolm Frost………35pts

Ladies

Gaby Pfister……………….35pts

Guest

Adrian Mardlin…………..30pts

another photo of Neil for the archives..........

another photo of Neil for the archives……….

Paul is back and wins again...........

Paul is back and wins again………..

Peter may be over 70 but still plays a mean game of golf..........

Peter may be over 70 but still plays a mean game of golf……….

Gaby is another regular winner.......

Gaby is another regular winner…….

On Monday it is the St Patrick’s Day stableford which has attracted a good entry. The presentation is at 7.30 pm in the Clover and entertainment is provided by Sandy Fitzpatrick.

Friday is a 4 person team event. Now the lakes on holes 10, 11 and 13 have been filled, they will now be treated as water hazards again. So you can play your ball from within the hazard markers without penalty as long as you do not ground your club.

nice to see water on holes 10, 11.............

nice to see water on holes 10, 11………….

This week we were happy to  see water running into the lakes on holes 11 and 13 – this is wonderful news and can only be good to attract more players.
View from above looks good……………..
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Do you find this instructional video helpful?

On Tuesday Peter Reeves’ team of Paul Harrington, Jim Alwell and Sandy Simpson were in a charity texas scramble  for Los Amigos in Puerto de Mazzaron,  played at Camposol. They won!!!!

Joe  Royle ex Everton player and manager of Oldham, presented the trophy and replicas.
the winning team of Jim, Sandy, Peter and Paul with Joe Royle........

the winning team of Jim, Sandy, Peter and Paul with Joe Royle……..

This weeks winning number in the monthly members draw was number 3………Cath Emmett-Smith.

This weeks featured golfer is Lesley Parsons. Lesley is still on maximum handicap, but loves her golf and is always pleasant company on the course.

Is Lesley pointing to the ball in the hole?............

Is Lesley pointing to the ball in the hole?…………

What’s the line caddy

On the seventeenth at El Valle Matty was studying the green. First he got down on his hands and knees to check out the turf between his ball and the hole. Then he flicked several pieces of grass out of the way and getting up he held up a wet finger to try out the direction of the wind. Then turning to his caddie Dave Lloyd he asked:

“Was the green mowed this morning?”

“Yes, Matty.” “Right to left or left to right?”

“Right to left, Matty.”

Matty putted… and missed the hole. He whirled on the caddie, “What TIME?”

Golf or skydiving

What is the difference between  a bad golfer and a bad skydiver?

A bad golfer goes THWACK!……..DAMN!

A bad skydiver goes DAMN!……….THWACK!

Barry

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Golf course lakes being filled

lake 13 filled.......

lake 13 filled…….

After the pleasant sight of water running into the lake on 13 last Friday, I can report that the lake on hole 11 is also being filled at the present time. I believe that this is a compromise solution with these two lakes being the most visible to the public. It may be that the lakes on holes 4 and 5 will remain empty for the moment. Thanks to IRM for this positive move, which can only enhance the reputation of our fabulous course.

At the same time work is being done on the greens – it seems that they have been covered by a fine powder (fertilizer?) which is being brushed in, so the condition of the greens should not suffer too much, with rewards to come in the longer term.

view to the green.......

view to the green…….

here comes the water.....

here comes the water…..

lake filling up.....

lake filling up…..

work on the greens for spring?..........

work on the greens for spring?……….

Barry

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4 person team Friday March 7th 2014

the usual suspects win again.....

the usual suspects win again…..

Another lovely day and warm enough for me to play in shorts for the first time since last autumn! 44 players made up 11 teams and there were some good scores.

1st Neil Simpson, Les Hurren, Phil Tann, Peter Moffitt……….118pts

2nd Mike Maloney, John Don, Meurig Hughes, Jim McGroaty……..114ppts

3rd Brita Hoymyr, Peter Ridley, Petere Beatt, John Brown…….113pts

It's in the news that trenches for training troops in the first world war have just been discovered - Peter has just found another!..........

It’s in the news that trenches for training troops in the first world war have just been discovered – Peter has just found another!……….

I was asked to include this as a rare photo of Phil getting the drinks in!..............

I was asked to include this as a rare photo of Phil getting the drinks in!…………..

On my way out is was nice to see the car park so busy with the course busy with players. On Thursday there were 150 players paying green fees so nice to see Condado being so popular.

lots of golfers.............

lots of golfers………….

Friday also saw the presentation of the members eclectic competition which was open to course members, who could enter up to 5 cards during the year.The winners were:

1st Mick Parsons………………….55pts
2nd Jan Jakobsen………………….53pts
3rd Phil Tann & Barbara Rollett…….52pts

The competition was organised by Mick Parsons and Jan Jakobsen, and the main trophy was sponsored by Ray Rollett, with the runner up plaque being sponsored by Carol Miller.

Mick Parsons was the winner of the eclectic competition........

Mick Parsons was the winner of the eclectic competition……..

The AGM on Wednesday was a basically straight forward event with everyone who applied for committee positions being elected. The captain Paul Briggs informed the meeting that he will be  returning to the UK at the end of April for family reasons, but will be returning to play ocassional games with us again. As a result of this Kevin Smith will serve another year as president. We thank Paul for his contribution over the past two years and wish him all the best on his return to the UK.  The incoming captain, Dave Rollett was pleased to announce that his vice captain for 2014/15 will be Dave Lloyd. A very popular choice, Dave was a founder member of the society and is a valuable member of the committee, looking after competitions with Graham.

There were no motions put forward by the deadline but 2 or 3 topics were discussed under any other business. There was no vote but a show of hands on the matters covered  will be taken into account at the next committee meeting.

Our own touring pro Mathew Webb was in action again this week at Corvera in the final event of the Evolve tour and a few of his fellow members of the society went along to support him. I joined him on the 3rd hole, and this week did not bring bad luck – 5 birdies and a bogey in the first nine showed that he was on the top of his game. Probably his best shot of the day came from a fairway bunker at the par 4 6th. With the green some 200 yards away  and water to the left of the narrow entrance of the green and a bunker to the right, he put his recovery? shot 8 feet away from the hole and knocked it in for an unbelievable birdie!

A couple of 3 putts on the back nine were followed by a magnificent eagle at the par 5 13th. Off into the right rough from the tee with no view of the green he conjured a majestic 3 wood to 8 feet and down it went!  Unfortunately another shot went at the last leaving him with one of the best scores of the day, 69. His striking of the ball and shotmaking around the greens was  really was deserving of a 66.

Matty about to knock in his eagle putt at 13...........

Matty about to knock in his eagle putt at 13………..

His lay up on 18 was a 300 yard drive to within 5 yards of the ditch…….

perfect planning?........

perfect planning?……..

Mistake at the last cost a shot……….

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Can we remind golfers that buggies should not be driven over the rough or sanded areas, and definitely not on the par 3 fairways. Also anyone wanting to play on Wednesdays be aware your name must be down by Monday, so we can give back unused slots to the shop.

A sheet is now up for the Graham White pairs strokeplay major on April 4th.Pick your own partners, and the evening presentation is at Bora Bora near Bolneuvo. The meal will be 13 euros and coach travel is also available at 5 euros per person.

The sheet for the St Patricks Day competition is almost full and no more times will be available, so get your name down. This is on a Monday this year.

This week’s featured golfer is Barry Answer from Mansfield England. Better known as ‘bacon Barry’ only because his wfe Denise provides his flight with a bacon sandwich each (and a drink). Nice touch this week when he sponsored Matty for 5 euros for every birdie (he got 4).

could this be professor plum?...........

could this be professor plum?………..

Read the following message from Dorothy Simpson on behalf of CPR.

The famous Ryder Cup captain and golfer Bernard Gallagher suffered a heart attack while at a golf course – well, it would be good if the golfers were given a clear message that they too, whilst playing on Signature , are in good hands, if they, or a playing partner were to become unwell.

Perhaps tell them that they should call 112 – or the Clubhouse first – then the CPR number. An ambulance would have to come from Alhama – some 20 minutes by the time it gets over all our bumps! but that ON SITE we have 2 defibs ready with 2 people on call 24/7. The marshall could lead the car with the responder, out onto the course using the buggy paths etc. This could happen within 5-10 mins. We have 8 trained people and after an intensive 2 day training next week will have 6 more on site. The responders will have had DAN BLS and AED training with full Murcian Health Authority registration – a very high qualification. The course approval means that the responders are included in the National Register of qualified people to use defibrillators.

if the golfers had phones with them number 657 108 534 or 657 108 537 should be rung. If they put it into their phone as contact “A1” (meaning AID1) It will always come up at the top of their contact list and will be easy to find.

It is always hoped that they do not have to use it but because of what happened to Bernard, more people are aware of the need for this.

We are hoping to contact IRM to allow the number to be on the buggies!

Late   home

Bill came home   from golfing well after dark. His wife, Sally, asked him where had he been for   such a long time. He told her that after his 8:00 am round of golf, he stopped   to help a gorgeous blond with a flat tyre. He said that he went back to her   place for a cool drink, and ended up in the bedroom with her all afternoon.

Sally replied,   “You S.O.B.! You played 36 holes, didn’t you?”

 

LATE NEWS………….

inlet pipe with running water..........

inlet pipe with running water……….

 

 

water level rising...........

water level rising………..

 

Watch this space…………….

 

 

Barry

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back tee on par 5 16th at El Valle........

back tee on par 5 16th at El Valle……..

44 players in the individual stableford were hampered by a gale force wind which blew trolleys over, and hats away. However, as the wind got up it was accompanied by a welcome blast of warm air which heralded the start of spring – we are now into March! Scores were affected by the tough conditions, fast greens and difficult pin positions resulting in a top score of only 33 points. Graham White finally got to the top of the leader board after such a long wait…….well done Graham!

1st division

1st Graham White…………32pts (on countback)
2nd Fred Twomey………….32pts

2nd division

1st Kevin Smith………….33pts
2nd Andrew Lailey………..32pts

Ladies

1st Kim Lloyd……………33pts
2nd Lis Jakobsen…………32pts

the 3 divisional winners - Graham, Kim and Kevin.........

the 3 divisional winners – Graham, Kim and Kevin………

Last week I went to El Valle to watch our own touring pro, Mathew Webb in action in the Evolve pro tour event. I joined Matty on the 7th, and must have put a curse on him, with 7 shots going at the first two holes. However, he battled back to play the rest in even par when it would have been so easy to have given up. His efforts were not in vain, with a magnificent round to follow in the last round. Matty put together the best score of the day (-1) to move up the leader board into 9th place, and into the money.
Good luck for this week when he plays in the final 2 competitions at Corvera.

professional and caddie on the14th at El Valle........

professional and caddie on the14th at El Valle……..

Dave Lloyd always caddies for Matty when the tour hits Murcia and contributes by adding a calming influence when things go wrong.

Matty putting for birdie on the par 5 16th.........

Matty putting for birdie on the par 5 16th………

This weeks featured golfer is Ken Saunders, and I can remember when he first started golf and he has improved so much. Although his handicap is high, so is his enjoyment of the game. He arranges the weekly awaydays to the other 5 IRM courses and our members appreciate his work in arranging these enjoyable days out (especially involving the shed!).

Ken on the 15 tee...........

Ken on the 15 tee………..

Matty is trying to model his swing on Ken’s.

Next week is a 4 person team event. Don’t forget that it is the AGM on Wednesday 7pm in the Condado Club.

Just a reminder that you must buggies with the shop (968328008) – if you put ‘B’ at side of your name on the start sheet you will not be guaranteed a buggy.

See below Bubba’s amazing golf cart!

http://www.youtube.com/embed/z5u_2bGPdUY?rel=0

Not much of a fighter

The argumentative drunk in the club bar had been looking for a fight all afternoon since losing his game. Finally he threw a punch at the player on the nearest bar stool. He ducked and the drunk, losing balance, fell off his stool and onto the floor. By the time he’d disentangled himself from bar stools and dusted himself off, his opponent had left.

“D’ya see that, barman.'” he complained. “Not much of a fighter was he?”

“Not much of a driver either, sir. He’s just driven over your clubs,” said the barman gazing out the window.

Right   side of the grass

A foursome of   senior golfers hit the course with waning enthusiasm for the sport. “These   hills are getting steeper as the years go by,” one complained. “These fairways seem to be getting longer too,” said one of the others. “The sand traps seem to be bigger than I remember them too,” said   the third senior. After hearing enough from his Senior buddies, the oldest, and the wisest of   the four of them at 87 years old, piped up and said, “Just be thankful   we’re still on the right side of the grass!”

Barry

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