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2 ravines and a lake to cross on the 9th........typical difficulty at Aguilon, but stunning scenery......

2 ravines and a lake to cross on the 9th……..typical difficulty at Aguilon, but stunning scenery……

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On Monday we had our 2nd awayday of the year at Aguilon and as usual it was a very tough test, but again very enjoyable, and no matter how much we suffer we always want to go back!

Unusually we had the choice of 5 tees (a different card for each one), although each  affected the slope allowance.

Chris McAllister would have only received 1 shot off the yellows, so opted for the longer whites where he got 5 shots. Maybe a mistake, because at Aguilon you really need your shots at the toughest indexed holes, so can’t pick up an easy 3 points (like at Condado).

The length of the course is very misleading – their white course plays the same length as our yellow one – but what is not shown is the difficulty………one false move and you are left with nothing on the scorecard! For example, Barry Answer plays off 24 at Condado (yellow tees)  but only got 17 at Aguilon – they had all gone by hole 9!

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Not one of the 28 players achieved the target of 36 points in order to play to their handicap.

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1st division

Stephen Bell…………………………35pts

 

2nd division

Neil Simpson………………………..29pts

 

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Stephen was a clear winner on the day...........

Stephen was a clear winner on the day………..

 

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We did ask all players to try and wear this year’s society colours (red shirts), but most teams seemed to have one player dressed differently, so here a a couple which shows what we should look like when playing away………………….

 

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Ken Saunders, Neil Simpson, Dave Lloyd & Andrew Lailey........

Ken Saunders, Neil Simpson, Dave Lloyd & Andrew Lailey……..

 

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Chris McAllister, Barry Answer, Barry Barker & Kevin Smith..........

Chris McAllister, Barry Answer, Barry Barker & Kevin Smith……….

 

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the captain (and trip organiser) tees off at the 1st.............

the captain (and trip organiser) tees off at the 1st………….

 

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And the party didn’t end there…………. it continued back at the Clover bar…………………….

 

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Next up is the captain’s farewell team event on Friday.

 

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the 2nd hole looks a monster from the back tee...................

the 2nd hole looks a monster from the back tee……………….

 

St George’s Day came a day early to Condado this year, and the 48 players enjoyed good weather ( a little cold at times).No astronomical scoring this week, although the best scoring came from division 2, not like last week.

One notable achievement on the day was Nigel Howson’s par 3 at the tricky water hole at 11. Nothing special about that you may say, but after dunking his 1st tee shot into the drink Nigel opted to play from the tee again, not going to the drop zone – practice makes perfect, he holed his tee shot this time around!

It was nice to have a touring professional in our ranks this week – Jonny McAllister goes out to Dubai next week for a tournament, then on to Bangkok and back again to Dubai. Good luck out there Jonny.

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Jonny crashes his drive into the perfect position just past the left bunkers..............

Jonny crashes his drive into the perfect position just past the left bunkers…………..

 

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and another short iron left to the green on 5.......

and another short iron left to the green on 5…….

 

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Paul Coopey has not played with us for some time but showed he has lost none of his skills, winning with a fine 41 points.

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St George’s Day winner

Paul Coopey (12.5)……………………………41pts

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1st division

1st    Peter Beatt (10.7)………………………36pts

2nd  Terry Burgess (11.9)…………………..35pts

3rd   Steve Locker (11.2)…………………….34pts

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2nd division

1st    Phil Cooke (20.9)………………………39pts (on countback)

2nd  Barry Answer (20.3)………………….39pts

3rd   Dave Watkins (22.5)………………….37pts

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Ladies

1st    Maggie Lindtner (16.1)……………….36pts

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Best front 9

Eamon Barry……………………………………21pts

Best back 9

Mark Underhill………………………………..24pts (on countback)

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Men’s nearest pin on 17

Nigel Howson

Men’s nearest pin in 2 on 8th

Neil Simpson

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Ladies aggregate par 3’s

Torild Lailey

Ladies aggregate par 5’s

Barbara Rollett

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an Englishman takes the trophy this year........

an Englishman takes the trophy this year……..

 

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Peter is getting to be a regular winner again......

Peter is getting to be a regular winner again……

 

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Phil's fantastic back nine just edged out Barry Answer......

Phil’s fantastic back nine just edged out Barry Answer……

 

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a fine 36 points was enough to secure the ladies prize for Maggie...............

a fine 36 points was enough to secure the ladies prize for Maggie……………

 

.Monday is the awayday to Aguilon, the coach leaves at 09.15 from the Al Kasar car park. Please try to wear red so we look like a team.

 Friday is Dave Lloyd’s captain’s farewell competition. It will be a team of 4, with all 4 stableford scores to count.

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when you complain about the weather in Condado , remember some have it worse......

when you complain about the weather in Condado , remember some have it worse……

 

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 Wednesday 8pm cut off for entry to the competition is to be adhered to other than “special circumstances” i.e. Wednesday late arrivals or Thursday arrivals. Online bookings should include handicap verification from home club.

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if your wife asks you a question, beware - it could be a trap...........

if your wife asks you a question, beware – it could be a trap………..

 

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 Barry

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maybe a couple of stars of the future?.......

maybe a couple of stars of the future?…….

 

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The first of the 4 events this year sponsored by Paul Culligan attracted  50 players (a full start sheet). Maybe summer has arrived at last with 27 degrees showing in the shade.

Perfect golfing conditions which suited Alicia Saunders, who had to my recollection the highest individual total ever…………. 47 points! But for those who are suspicious of the score Alicia is playing off a true handicap gained over 6 years as a resident and even volunteered a handicap cut of 2 shots in Neil’s birthday bash which was not an official qualifier. A five shot cut may slow her progress!

Thank you to Jim Alwell who covered the post of starter, which meant that he was on site at 08.30 and didn’t finish golf until 15.30 – a long day!

 

Dublin Crystal winner

Alicia Saunders (25.2)………………………..47pts

2nd   Ken Saunders (27.3)…………………..40pts

 

1st division

1st    Paul Harrington 4.0)……………………38pts (on countback)

2nd  Mark Cullen (12.8)………………………38pts

3rd   Stephen Bell (10.1)………………………38pts

 

2nd division

1st      Barry Barker (17.6)………………………………38pts

2nd   Gabbi Buch (21.9)………………………………..37pts

3rd    Robin Wilson (17.2)……………………………..37pts

 

Ladies

1st    Liv Ahland (32.0)………………………………..37pts

2nd  Torild Lailey (19.5)………………………………34pts

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The winners of the Dublin Crystal with their momentos and sponsor Paul Culligan……………………….

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Ken, Paul and Alicia........

Ken, Paul and Alicia……..

 

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And a nice time to show the winners celebrating later – check out the video……………

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and onto the ordinary prize giving……………………

 

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with 4 players tied on 38pts in the 1st division, Paul came through on countback

with 4 players tied on 38pts in the 1st division, Paul came through on countback

 

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2nd division winner Barry Barker...........

2nd division winner Barry Barker………..

 

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and winner of the ladies was Liv........................

and winner of the ladies was Liv……………………

 

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Just one photo from out on the course…………. Eamon Barry was a little wide and long on the par 3 11th. He was nearer to penthouse 12 than the water…………………

 

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a little too safe Eamon...

a little too safe Eamon…

 

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Another top competition next week with the St George’s Day event being played a day early on Friday. All times are sure to go quickly so get your name down ASAP. The presentation will take place as normal on Friday in the Clover bar (about 18.30pm), and there will be a St George’s day party in the Clover on Saturday with entertainment from the fabulous Byron.

And then, just 3 days later on Monday 25th April is our first awayday of the year to Aguilon, which is always a test with its many ravines, but we are always made so welcome by the staff there. Still a few places left at the fantastic price of 32€ (including buggy and return coach transport). We would like to stand out as a team, so please try to wear this year’s society shirts (red) or any other red shirt.

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and these are the winter version.......available every Wednesday and Friday from Kevin (at cost price)...........

and these are the winter version…….available every Wednesday and Friday from Kevin (at cost price)………..

 

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It has become increasingly complicated on Monday and Wednesday roll ups to decide who is playing in the competition and who isn’t………. at present if you are in the 2€ sweep you put your name on the list in the golf shop bar. but some players don’t know it is there, and it is embarrassing for the organisers to give them their money back as they didn’t know the rule. Now it will be an opt out………if you don’t want to be in the sweep write n/c at the side of your name, otherwise you will be asked for 2€ afterwards.

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Due to comments of ‘overkill’ on our organised functions for presentation nights, we have cut down on the events which include full catering and live entertainment. Some presentations will be locally based with perhaps a DJ, which will have no cost to attend.

So find below the planned functions which may help you to decide.

* Friday 3 June Captains day at Totana tennis club, meal, bus and entertainment *

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* Friday 8 July Barry Barker event at Spaniard inn Hacienda.  A bus and entertainment.  Snack meals, available ….hot dogs, burgers, goujons and chips optional (to pay for) *

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Friday 12 August Seve day and auction in the clover with disco

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* Friday 9 September Ladies Day – BBQ meal, bus and entertainment at Hispano restaurant, Alhama *

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* Friday 7 October Barry Answer event …at the Condado club with entertainment *

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* Tuesday 25 October Viking cup.  Bus, meal and disco at La Siena restaurant, Mazarron Town *

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So that is a total of 5 events (*) which will require a ticket (from events@cdagolf.com).

 

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An old man from Barnsley sadly lost his wife. He contacted the Barnsley Chronicle to arrange an obituary. The couple had been happily married for 50 years before she passed away.

The old man went to the newspaper office to make the arrangements. When informed of the cost, the man uttered, in true Yorkshire fashion, “ Ow Much? ”
“Ah want summat simple” he explained, “My Gladys were a gud ‘arted an’ ‘ard-workin’ Yorkshire lass but she wunt av wanted owt swanky.”

“Perhaps a small poem”, suggested the woman at the desk.

“Nay”, he said, “she wunt av wanted owt la-di-da. Just put, ‘Gladys Braithwaite died’”.

“You need to say when”, he was told by the receptionist.

“Do I? Well, put died 17th March. That’ll do”.

“It is usual for the bereaved to add some meaningful phrase about the dearly departed”.

The man considered for a moment. “Well, put in, ‘Sadly missed’. That’ll do”, he said.

“You can have another four words”, the woman explained.

“No, no”, he cried, “she wouldn’ av wanted me to splash out”.

“The words are included in the standard price”, the woman informed him.

“Ah they? Tha means av paid for ’em?”.

“Yes, indeed sir”.

“Well, if av paid for ’em , am ‘avin ‘em”

The obituary was duly printed as follows:

Gladys Braithwaite died, 17th March. Sadly missed. Mobility scooter for sale.

 

Barry

 

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a wintry view of the 9th green from the 18th......

a wintry view of the 9th green from the 18th……

 

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Another popular team competition, the texas scramble attracted 11 teams, 43 players. The early morning sun soon disappeared, leaving us with gale force winds to contend with. It was icy cold and we even had a spell of sleet when we were on the 15th! I set off in shorts and tee-shirt, but at the 12th I called in home, and instead of bringing out the usual refreshing ice cold beers, I returned wearing long trousers, an extra jumper, waterproof jacket and a woolly hat! Although the sun did come out as we finished (first out) the wind remained the same for all the teams. The winning score of 63.2 was about 5 to 6 shots higher than the usual target in this competition.

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1st……………………..63.2

Jan Holdhus, Eli Holdhus, Peter Mitchell, Pat Hughes

2nd……………………63.6

Ricky Adams, Peter Beatt, Kevin Smith, Barry Barker

 

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Peter & Pat were unable to attend (they live in Bolnuevo) but Jan & Eli collected the money!...........

Peter & Pat were unable to attend (they live in Bolnuevo) but Jan & Eli collected the money!………..

 

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BB, Ricky, Peter & Kev.....

BB, Ricky, Peter & Kev…..

 

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A couple of action shots of the runners up…………….

 

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Peter Beatt is in fine form at the moment.........

Peter Beatt is in fine form at the moment………

 

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and here is a younger version of the same swing (Ricky Adams)....

and here is a younger version of the same swing (Ricky Adams)….

 

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me and Kev can’t match those swings, but we have a perfect stance – in the bar!……

 

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The Aguilon awayday is on Monday April 25th (32€ inc buggy & bus). 40 places and it is filling up fast, so if you want to go contact a committee member with 10€ deposit.

A reminder that membership must be paid by 8pm Wednesday night, otherwise you cannot enter the competition.

The honours boards are now up to date, with the winners from this year’s Anniversary Trophy and Graham White pairs added.

 

.Next week is the Dublin Crystal individual stableford (a change to that published in the diary). Also coming up on Friday April 22nd is the St George’s Day special event sponsored by Trophy Box.

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For a change this week, no jokes but a golf lesson which I think the lads will appreciate!

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Message from IRM

Dear Golfer,

  The sign-up sheet is now open for our second team competition of the Spring.  This time we will be at Saurines Golf again on the 30th of April but we will have a 9.00 shotgun start.  The format will be a 2 person Shamble.  Both players tee off and select the best drive.  From that position both players will play their own ball till it is holed out.  Upon completion of the hole the team will record the best score of the two balls, stableford.  This is pretty much a best ball event but teams can select the best drive in order to decide where to continue play.  There are no restrictions on teams, can be a man and a woman, 2 ladies or 2 men.  Men will play from the yellow tees and ladies from the red tees.  We already have over 20 teams signed up so we are expecting a good turn out.  The maximum number of teams we can have is 44 so please don’t wait too long to enter.

Entry fees: €18 for members of IRM Nike Golf

                      €46 for residents or public golfer.

Reminder: €10 of the entry fee must be paid in cash.

 

Many thanks,

 

Chris Ahern

Commercial Golf-PGA Professional

 

Mar Menor Golf Resort C/ Ceiba, s/n

30700 Torre Pacheco · Murcia (Spain)

M +34 626 346 853 · T +34 968 112 705

 

cahern@gnkdesarrollos.com

 

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Barry

 

 

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this is why we have honours boards..........Sissel Hagen proudly points out her win on captain's day 2012......

this is why we have honours boards……….Sissel Hagen proudly points out her win on captain’s day 2012……

 

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54 players braved icy cold blasts in this month’s Apollo Air competition. Too cold to sit outside the bar afterwards, but there was some shelter from the wind on the rooftop terrace.

It was very disappointing to find that 10 of the original field either cried off or simply did not turn up. This was not fair on several players who were refused entry on Wednesday night as the sheet was full.

Despite conditions being less than favourable, there were some excellent scores.

 

Apollo Air winner

Chris McAllister (3.8)………………………….37pts (on countback)

 

1st division

1st    Paul Harrington (4.4)………………….34pts

2nd  Gert Willumsen (10.6)…………………32pts (on countback)

3rd   Jeff Lightle (5.9)…………………………32pts

 

2nd division

1st     Gunnar Larssen (17.2)…………………37pts

2nd   Phil Aitkin (24.1)………………………..36pts (on countback)

3rd    John Donaldsen (15.7)………………..36pts

 

Ladies

1st     Lis Jakobsen (17.7)……………………..35pts

 

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a great score in the conditions Chris..........

a great score in the conditions Chris……….

 

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Paul came out on top in division one............

Paul came out on top in division one…………

 

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Gunnar won division 2.....

Gunnar won division 2…..

 

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and Lis won the ladies......

and Lis won the ladies……

 

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Gert Willumsen played a good round and might have won but for some careless bunker shots on 10, but you can see how the strong wind is blowing the bushes…………

 

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plenty of waves on hole 4..................

plenty of waves on hole 4………………

 

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Eamon Barry thought his shot had not gone far.......this is why.........

Eamon Barry thought his shot had not gone far…….this is why………

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one more picture of Neil on the 1st tee last week.............

one more picture of Neil on the 1st tee last week………….

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I was watching the golf on Saturday morning and was disappointed to see someone completely disregarding the rules on buggy use – he drove between the ladies tee on 11 and the lake across the sandy area, then went straight up the par 3 fairway, parking on the grass between the green and the buggy path. The next hole the offending buggy then drove across the sand to the 12th tee, driving around it and still parked on the sand with the buggy path 5 yards away. This often happens, and is very frustrating when society members try to follow the rules.

 

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And on a lighter note………….

 

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Next week is a 4 person texas scramble.

 

Barry

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