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Sorry there is not much this week, but I was away in blighty, just got back Monday night. All I have is the results, but well done to Jeff Lightle on his great 39 points, which won the trophy. Hard luck to Chris who was so close off his low handicap.

I think it backs up my point that practice does not make perfect – Les didn’t play last week, and Neil was at death’s door with no chance of playing (maybe another new set up to compensate for even more restrictions?) – and still they won their divisions!

 

Apollo air winner

1st    Jeff Lightle……………………………….39pts

2nd   Chris McAllister……………………….38pts

 

1st Division

1st     Les Hurren………………………………37pts (on countback)

2nd   ??????????????………………………..37pts

3rd    Geoff Hill………………………………..34pts

 

2nd division

1st    Neil Simpson……………………………37pts

2nd  Jim Alwell………………………………..34pts (on countback)

3rd   Ole Martin Saeter…………………….34pts

(Well done Jim – what anti-aging pills are you on?)

 

Looks like the entry was low with not enough ladies for their own prize?

 

Next week normal service will be resumed, Captain Dave and fashion guru Kim will be back and also this year’s major winners Ken & Alicia are also here to ramp up the competition.

 

Barry

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Jim's winning team with sponsors Leanne and Heather............

Jim’s winning team with sponsors Leanne and Heather…………

 

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Again, a warm day with very little wind to test the 10 teams (39 players). The winners were well clear, but there was a log-jam for 2nd place, with the team in 5th place only 0.3 behind the runners-up. The competition was sponsored by Eden Health & Beauty who can be found in the Al Kasar square. As well as donating the trophy, momentos and several randomly drawn prizes, Heather was also on duty behind the 9th green with a variety of cold drinks for all the players.

 

1st    Jim Alwell, Owen Moore, Pierre Vilstrom, Bosse Hidenfalk………………….57.1

2nd  Barry Barker, Adrian Clark, Mark Hudson, Kevin Smith………………………60.9

(Only two prizes)

 

Close, but not close enough……………….

3rd   Robert Beaton, Carl McCulloch, David Knight, Shane Armstrong………….61.0

4th    Jeff Lightle, Darren Wilson, Ricky Comber, Shaun Leatt……………………..61.1

5th    Mike Kruger, Lee Davies, Jim Laird, Stuart Poll………………………………….61.2

 

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runners up Mark, Kev, Barry......sponsor Adrian couldn't make it.....................

runners up Mark, Kev, Barry……sponsor Adrian couldn’t make it…………………

 

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and here is Adrian chipping onto the 16th green..........

and here is Adrian chipping onto the 16th green……….

 

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Kev Smith chipping for an unlikely birdie.......

Kev Smith chipping for an unlikely birdie…….

 

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another example how we had to chip and putt all day...... here Mark Hudson tries to hit the green........

another example how we had to chip and putt all day…… here Mark Hudson tries to hit the green……..

 

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Heather with the cold drinks at hole 9.........

Heather with the cold drinks at hole 9………

 

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the staff from Eden Health & Beauty with their trophy.........

the staff from Eden Health & Beauty with their trophy………

 

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the beauty salon can be found in the Al Kasar .....call 0034 620072536........

the beauty salon can be found in the Al Kasar …..call 0034 620072536……..

 

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Next week is the Dublin Crystal individual stableford, and although I will not be here I will post the results and any photos as normal.

 

Barry

 

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Winner, President's Day......that sounds good!

Winner, President’s Day……that sounds good!

 

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We had 72 players entered our 6th major of the year, the President’s Cup. Unfortunately 7 of those did not play, which was not as critical in a singles stableford but would devastate a team competition. There were players at the Clover on Wednesday night asking for a start time but none were available, so they were denied a game due to the inconsideration of the above missing golfers.

Also some players did enter, but dad not show proof of handicap or even paid membership before Friday. This is not good for our willing volunteers who act as starters, and should just have to collect the 2€ entry fee and hand out the cards. We cannot accept memberships and start to look up handicaps in the bar after play, when there is so much happening collating the scores.

So from next week, 8pm Wednesday in the Clover will be the cut-off time for membership applications and entries with the appropriate verification. The start sheet will be laminated so no names can be added and the shop staff informed accordingly. Anyone not on the start sheet will not be able to turn up on Friday morning and play on society times at society prices.

 

Sorry if I mention myself a little this week, but is unavoidable as I was the winner of Dave Rollett’s Presidents prize on Friday! They say every dog has its day, and Friday was undoubtable mine. With no aspirations on the first tee, I was quite happy with 5 points after 3 holes, but when I rolled in an 75 foot putt from  the hollow to the left of the green on hole 4 (to the impossible back right pin position!) for another 5 points, I thought ‘maybe it is my turn’. With 22 points at the turn it was a matter of holding on for a good score, but I thought 41 points would not be enough, especially as we played in unusually calm conditions.

I was very proud to win my second major event (also the anniversary trophy with Robin Wilson in 2012), but with no one to help me on this occasion it was extra special. With my 70th birthday looming next year I thought my chances of claiming another major prize had passed me by. I think the secret is never practice, except maybe a couple of swings on the first tee, and just play on Fridays!

Thanks to Barbara Rollett for acting as starter for 3 hours, and also to Neil, who although unfit to play, keyed in all the scores into the computer to create the leader board. Also to Alicia and Kim, who although not present, did all the organising for the evening party.

Before the golf I took time out to go to the range to see who the likely contenders were. Perhaps my earlier comments about practising pre-round don’t apply to everyone – Peter Reeves and Robin Wilson featured in the prizes!

 

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maybe the 2 young guys in front of me should have practised - never seen anyone in this patch of rough behind the 3rd green before!...........

maybe the 2 young guys in front of me should have practised – never seen anyone in this patch of rough behind the 3rd green before!………..

 

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And on the practice area…………………………

 

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well, maybe this part of the practice facility is not too strenuous for me............

well, maybe this part of the practice facility is not too strenuous for me…………

 

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don't you think that Peter Reeves is very much like a young Sean Connery?.........

don’t you think that Peter Reeves is very much like a young Sean Connery?………

 

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Robin Wilson has an amazingly good set up if he was about to launch this iron over the clubhouse.....but he is actually playing left-handed and smashing it towards penthouse one........

Robin Wilson has an amazingly good set up if he was about to launch this iron over the clubhouse…..but he is actually playing left-handed and smashing it towards penthouse one……..

 

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Jay Clifford with a great setup................

Jay Clifford with a great setup…………….

 

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Jay's son Billy is an even better player and only just come out of our junior ranks at age 18........

Jay’s son Billy is an even better player and only just come out of our junior ranks at age 18……..

 

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and here prize-winner Peter is giving a master class to Jay and Billy.........

and here prize-winner Peter is giving a master class to Jay and Billy………

 

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Winner

Barry Barker…………………………………41pts

 

1st division

1st   Rick Mills……………………………… 37pts (on countback)

2nd  Tony Coburn………………………….37pts

3rd   Pierre Vikstrom……………………..36pts

 

2nd division

1st   Mick Parsons…………………………39pts

2nd  Robin Wilson………………………..33pts

3rd   Peter Reeves………………………….32pts

 

Ladies

1st  Sue McLelland……………………….35pts

 

Guest prize………………………………..Paul Mayson

 

Junior prize………………………………Callum Darcy

 

Nearest pin on 17………………………Simon Hobday

Nearest pin in 2 on 8…………………….Tom Mills

(No winners for ladies nearest pin on 7 and 17)

 

 

Robin came 2nd in division 2.........

Robin came 2nd in division 2………

 

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Peter was in shock when he got a prize..........

Peter was in shock when he got a prize……….

 

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Pierre was 3rd in division one............

Pierre was 3rd in division one…………

 

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nearest the pin on 17 was Simon Hobday....

nearest the pin on 17 was Simon Hobday….

 

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The prize presentation took place at Camposol golf club, with JJ and Gemma Bennett from Soul Train providing the entertainment.

 

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a barbeque on the terrace..............

a barbeque on the terrace…………..

 

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Next week is the fun day, which will take the form of a 4 person texas scramble. This will be sponsored for the 2nd year by Eden Health & Beauty, who are located in the Al Kasar square.

The next major competition  is Ladies Day on September 11th, and this year it will be sponsored by Condado Laundry services.

 

Barry

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this week's winner Jim with number one fan Martina..............

this week’s winner Jim with number one fan Martina…………..

 

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59 players in the August edition of the Apollo Air sponsored stableford, and another hot and sticky day. We even had a few spots of rain (a very few) at the start of play, but the skies cleared and the sun beat down.

Neil Simpson hobbled to the clubhouse after slipping on a wet floor, and it looks like he will be out of action for some time (not having much luck lately). Jim Alwell struck a blow for the senior generation with a fantastic score of 43 points, with Ben Birkby only a point behind after posting a gross score of 74.

I haven’t played for 2 weeks, so it came as a surprise to see the improvement in the greens, which were not good recently, so let’s hope that this continues.

 

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Dave said ' I want my mummy'......well, here you are..........

Dave said ‘ I want my mummy’……well, here you are……….

 

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Winner

Jim Alwell……………………………43pts

 

1st division

1st    Ben Birkby……………………42pts

2nd  Gert Willumsen…………….39pts

3rd   Jay Clifford…………………..38pts

 

2nd division

1st   Stuart Taafe…………………..35pts

2nd  Helge Kristoffersen……….34pts

3rd   Chris Page……………………33pts (on countback)

 

Ladies

1st   Ylva Johnsen……………….38pts

 

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Ben had a great round of 74...........

Ben had a great round of 74………..

 

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Ylva Johnsen won the ladies............

Ylva Johnsen won the ladies…………

 

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Kevin Smith with his new custom fitted clubs.......

Kevin Smith with his new custom fitted clubs…….

 

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Tim Beisiegel must have played the shot of the day from under this bush on 16………..after realising that a penalty drop was not a good option, he conjured up a ‘Mickleson’ type rescue, somehow clearing the bunker 20 yards in front of him and landing in the centre of the green some 50 yards away.

 

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magical.................

magical……………..

 

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Des Reid asks every week if he can have a photo taken………..even when he has only won 4th prize in the free draw! Also 12 year old Megan Williams is now a golf nut, it is all she thinks about. She plays for the Lancashire junior girls team, so watch this space………………

 

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some happy players after the golf.......Tim, Des, Gert and Megan...........

some happy players after the golf…….Tim, Des, Gert and Megan………..

 

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Next week is president’s day, with the evening party at Camposol golf club. Book your place with Dave Rollett on Wednesday night in the Clover. Tickets for the barbeque are 10 euros, and the bus is 5 euros.

 

Barry

 

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Can you see Casper & Beetlejuice in the background? They don't like publicity.

Can you see Casper & Beetlejuice in the background? They don’t like publicity.

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. This week we had 65 players in a team event, with 2 counting at the par 3’s, 3 at the par 4’s and all 4 on the par 5’s. When there is always a chance that a team will not be complete (for different reasons) we supply a selection of ghost cards to make up the team. This worked well this week with 2 of the 3 prizes going to a team with ghosts. 1st place was shared by Casper (the friendly ghost) and Beetlejuice with Jan H Olsen and wife Gro completed the team. In 3rd place were Harvey Whiteman, Tony Black, Paul Varney and Jacob Marley (xmas carol?). In future to avoid a 4 man team of ghosts winning, the ghostbusters have set a rule that 3 of the team must be alive.

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Actually, Neil cost himself 1st prize. We had 8 ghost cards, and Jan picked out the 2 top scores (which included Neil!).

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1st      Jan H Olsen, Gro Olsen, Casper, Beetlejuice……………………….126pts (on countback)

2nd    Neil Simpson, Dave Ford, Paul Knight, Jan Skjold………………126pts

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the 'live' team finished 2nd.........

the ‘live’ team finished 2nd………

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Another reminder that it is President’s day on August 14th. Buy your tickets for the presentation night from Dave Rollett who will be in the Clover 7 – 8 Wednesdays and 6 – 7 on Fridays. It will be a barbeque at Camposol golf club (10€) and optional coach transport at 5€. The entertainment will be JJ and Gemma Bennett who are a part of Soul Train.

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VIKING CUP (UK & Ireland)

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We have to make certain that all players selected are actually going to be here for October 20th, so please email me at barry@cdagolf.com if you will DEFINITELY be there. As both UK & Ireland and Scandinavia have reserves who are desperate to play, we are considering an extra day’s play on the day before which will count towards the team’s points, so everyone feels involved (limited to both teams having same numbers!). Those not playing on either day can go out on to the course to support their team! We will have to stipulate a deadline so we can make sure we have a full complement of 46 players, so reply by September 6th. Then, if we have full complement plus reserves we can consider adding players to the competition on the previous day (Monday October 19th).

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Below is the UK & Ireland team

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Dave Lloyd, Kevin Smith, Anthony Howell, Kim Lloyd, Lynda Lloyd, Alicia Saunders, Fran Hobson, Ken Saunders, Jeff Lightle, Graham White, Robin Wilson, Jeff Cotter, Ian  Gibson, Lee Hobson, Colin Lloyd, Ian Murnin, Paul Culligan, Andrew Lailey, Chris King, Fred Twomey, Dorothy Simpson, Bernie Twomey, Robert Beaton, Stephen Pilley, Dave Rollett, Nigel Myers, Jim Alwell, Jim Hershaw, Neil Simpson, Phil Tann, Peter Mitchell, Les Hurren, Peter Reeves, Barry Answer, Barry Barker, Mick Parsons, Sandy Simpson, Cherie Myers, Lesley Parsons, Mark Bates, Terry Burgess, Chris Holt, Ricky Comber, Adrian Kernaghan, Paul Harrington, Kam Cheema
Reserves
Geoff Hill , Sue McLellan, Paul Coopey, Chris McAllister, Dave Storey, Mark Hudson,John Collins, Martyn Currie, June Currie, Amanda North, Pat Poole, Kathryn O’Hara, Roy Winter
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 The Scandinavian team is:
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Jan Skjold, Kristin Skjold, Rune Wingsternes, Tore GavlHen, Asmund Hiksdal, Kjarten Hiksdal, Asbnjorn Hiksdal, Svein Erik Gulbrandsen, Ellen Gulbrandsen, Torild Lailey, Jan Holdhus, Eli Holdhus, John Pedersen, Birgit Pedersen, Torkild Dahl, Karin Dahl, Ylva Johannsen, Thore Johnsen, Vidar Svendsen, Borre Hagen, Ole Martin Saeter, Jan Jakobsen, Lis Jakobsen, Bjorn Spieler, Astri Spieler, Kjell Mundheim, Hans Bergstrom, Jan H Olsen, Gro Olsen, Lasse Johannsen, Annie Kittlesen, Arnie Christiansen, Arve Schmidt, Atle Aastad, Liv Aarstad, Thore Skirdal, Kirsti Skirdal, Ove Enger, Gunnar Larsen, Per Erling Wold, Helge Kristoffersen, Magnar Larsen, Mona Johannsen, Bent Kristiansen, Kim Andre Lier, Reidun Svendsen
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 Contact Jan Skjold at : jandskjold@gmail.com
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Jan and Kristin leave us next week to return to Norway after spending 12 months at Condado. It has certainly been good for their golf, having both won many competitions and reduced their handicaps significantly………see you at the Viking Cup!
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looks like they had a great birthday party and leaving celebration!................

looks like they had a great birthday party and leaving celebration!…………….

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Next week is the August Apollo Air individual stableford.
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Barry

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