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I am away again this weekend (in UK, can’t have it good all the time), so again I need a little help from Alicia, who saved you all last week from having no blog at all when I was in Ibiza. I write the basic framework of the blog and she adds the results, handicaps,  number of players, conditions and anything else that is relevant before the next blog. Thanks Alicia.

Last week some of the games lasted over five and a half hours so players were reminded to keep up with the game in front and respect the comments from the course Marshall.  So this week all games actually finished around four and half hours.

Results:

Overall winner of Dublin Crystal – Peter Reeves 38 points winning on c/b (h/c 24.1)

Second place Dublin crystal – Kevin Smith 38 points (h/c 19.7)

Divisions:

1st Division  

1st Philip Mozes 37 pts (h/c 12.1)

2nd Lee Martin 34 pts (h/c 10.2)

3rd Eddie Rainey 32 pts (h/c 14.4)

2nd Dvision 

1st Adrian Clark 32 pts winning on c/b  (h/c 17.3)

2nd Peter Mitchell 32 pts (h/c 16.4)

3rd Blair Johnstone 31 pts (h/c 20.8)

Ladies – 5 ladies played

1st Dorothy Simpson 36 pts (h/c 17.6)

This was the 2nd of 4 special competitions this year sponsored by Paul Culligan. It is a much sought after trophy with the overall winner and second receiving a very nice momento. It attracted 47 players who played in warm and sunny conditions.

Next week is Neil Simpson’s captain’s day, so get your name down to ensure a place in the competition. There are still a few places left on the bus for the evening event which is being held at Totana Tennis Club.  See Alicia for tickets.

Please note that from this week online bookings to myself only at barry@cdagolf.com  Do not send any requests to Dave Rollett for the foreseeable future.

Seve Charity Day 12 August 2016

The Committe have decided that this year’s chosen charity will be ‘Help for Heroes’.  As in previous years you can sponsor a hole on the course by donating 25 Euros.  This fee should be registered with Kevin@cdagolf.com and paying your fee.   Obviously this will fill up quickly so if you are not here for the event you may wish to donate an item for the auction which will be held on the evening.  Please see Kevin or any member of the Committee.  A list of auction items will be listed on this blog nearer the time if you wish to do an online bid in your absence.

I put some cheeky kids on last week, and here are some more………………

 

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I must admit that I did this when I first started and got hooked, although I did have a baby buggy!...........

I must admit that I did this when I first started and got hooked, although I did have a baby buggy!………..

 

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leave it!...........

leave it!………..

 

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you are having a bad round and that is all you have to look forward to..............

you are having a bad round and that is all you have to look forward to…………..

 

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More of these next week!

 

Barry & Alicia

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Barbara Rollett - the champion!

Barbara Rollett – the champion!

 

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The Apollo Air tournament for May was contested by 44 players in excellent conditions, although it was a little hot. One of our infrequent golfers, Barbara Rollett, came out on top with a sensational 44 points, which has reduced her handicap by 5 full shots on the slope!

Just one comment, all players should be aware to keep moving…………some had a 5 hour 25 minute round due to players in front losing their place on the course. Always keep just behind those in front, not just ahead of those behind.

 

Winner

Barbara Rollett (31.6)………………………44pts

 

1st division

1st     Colin Lloyd (13.9)……………………39pts

2nd   Peter Beatt (9.4)…………………….33pts

3rd    Robert Beaton (9.0)……………….32pts

 

2nd division

1st     Phil Cooke (19.2)…………………….34pts

2nd   Kevin Smith (19.7)………………….33pts

3rd    Neil Simpson (18.4)………………..31pts

 

Ladies

1st     Kristin Hasel (33.6)………………..40pts

2nd   Lynda Lloyd (19.4)…………………37pts

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Colin wins division one for Wales..............

Colin wins division one for Wales…………..

 

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Phil Cooke is in a run of good form..............

Phil Cooke is in a run of good form…………..

 

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Kristin is one of our newer players, and won the ladies' section.....................

Kristin is one of our newer players, and won the ladies’ section…………………

 

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And from out on the course…………………..

 

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Chris McAllister drives off at the 12th with a welcoming ice-cold beer on the tee to encourage him...........

Chris McAllister drives off at the 12th with a welcoming ice-cold beer on the tee to encourage him………..

 

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A situation we have all found ourselves in - Mick Howlett playing out of a bush in the scrubland...............

A situation we have all found ourselves in – Mick Howlett playing out of a bush in the scrubland……………

 

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nice to see big Les back again..................

nice to see big Les back again………………

 

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Mick Howlett has not played with us for four years, but Stevie Locker made him feel at home.................

Mick Howlett has not played with us for four years, but Stevie Locker made him feel at home……………..

 

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Next week is the 2nd Dublin Crystal individual stableford of the year, followed in 2 weeks by Captains Day……….get your name down now, and also for the evening celebration at Totana tennis club with entertainment from the terrific G Man (15€ including meal and coach).

 

.Now a few cheeky kids get involved in the crazy world of golf……………………

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maybe a Norwegian baby who's course is closed all winter (and part of summer!).......

maybe a Norwegian baby who’s course is closed all winter (and part of summer!)…….

 

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that is so true!..........

that is so true!……….

 

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a cert to become a golf nut!.............

a cert to become a golf nut!………….

 

Barry

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Pairs Stableford Friday May 13th 2016

 

not often you can see all the holes at the top end of the course together, but this is the view from the penthouse terrace.......

not often you can see all the holes at the top end of the course together, but this is the view from the penthouse terrace…….

 

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Sorry if this week’s blog is not as comprehensive as usual, but I may have to publish it on my kindle from the beautiful island of Ibiza, and the foam from the party is getting in my eyes!

Congratulations to Jim Hershaw got a hole in one on Friday.  This was on hole 11.  Jim also won the last hole a few months back.

This week was a pairs event with 54 players. The winning scores were:

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1st Dave Wareing and Terry Burgess – 73 points (winning 38 points on c/b)

2nd Blair Johnstone and Robert Beaton – 73 points (31 on c/b)

3rd Amanda Hill and Pat Poole – 71 points

4th Peter Reeves and Peter Mitchell – 70 points

 

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Just a couple of photos this week which I added before leaving home.

A nice photo from the bar on President’s Day which I forget that I had………………..

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Scott Abraham, Julia Gibson, Karen Simpson & Bernie Heath....................

Scott Abraham, Julia Gibson, Karen Simpson & Bernie Heath………………..

 

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Next week is the Apollo Air individual stableford for May.

 

Back to normal next week I hope.

 

Barry

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Robin's 2nd major win......................

Robin’s 2nd major win………………….

 

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This week saw one of our top competitions, the President’s Cup, fought out by 63 players. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances when the fixture list was prepared, our new president was unable to attend. Dave Lloyd was back in geordieland welcoming his new granddaughter, Abigail Grace, into the family. What a fantastic couple of months for Dave and Kim who had their first grandson Findlay only a few weeks ago.

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getting used to being a grandad..............

getting used to being a grandad…………..

 

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And a joke for Dave on President’s Day……………..

.Being president is like running a cemetery: you’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody’s listening.

 

So it was the first presentation with Neil Simpson and Ken Saunders in charge.

There were some excellent scores with perfect golfing conditions for the players. It shows that there is no set way to play the game, as Robin Wilson won the President’s Prize with his very individual set up – and he only uses a 5 iron off the tee! Well done Robin, a popular winner.

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Robin plays left handed although right handed - reverse grip - looks to be perfect setup for a right hander, but is hitting it the other way! Obviously it works!

Robin plays left handed although right handed – reverse grip – looks to be perfect setup for a right hander, but is hitting it the other way! Obviously it works!

 

President’s Cup winner

Robin Wilson (15.7)…………………………….42pts (on countback)

 

1st division

1st    Scott Abraham (9.2)…………………….40pts

2nd  Paul Harrington (4.3)…………………..38pts

3rd   Kjartan Hiksdal (4.9)……………………36pts (on countback)

 

2nd division

1st     Dave Wareing (20.4)…………………………42pts

2nd   Dave Crosland (19.0)………………………..37pts

3rd    Pat Hughes (21.4)…………………………….36pts

 

Ladies

1st     Torild Lailey (19.7)………………………..41pts

 

Guest prize

Denis O’Sullivan (9.0)……………………………41pts

 

Best front 9

Eamon Barry

 

Best back 9

Stephen Bell

 

Men

Nearest pin on hole 17

Kjartan Hiksdal

 

Nearest pin in 2 on hole 8

Paul Douglas

 

Ladies

Best aggregate

Par 3’s

Julia Gibson

 

Par 5’s

Alicia Saunders

 

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1st division winner Scott...............

1st division winner Scott……………

 

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Sausage Dave was only pipped on countback.......

Sausage Dave was only pipped on countback…….

 

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Torild won the ladies with a great score.........

Torild won the ladies with a great score………

 

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There was no official party night to follow the presentation, but we timed it (8pm) so everyone could stay and enjoy Stevie Fisher (as Rod Stewart) in the Clover.

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Rod Stewart seemed popular.................

Rod Stewart seemed popular……………..

 

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Next week is a pairs stableford event, but I don’t know if there will be a blog – I am away on holiday, and with only hand luggage won’t have my laptop.

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Again, a reminder that membership must be paid by 8pm Wednesday to be included in the Friday competition. Also proof of handicap should be provided by that cut off time.

Online bookings for members not on site send to me at barry@cdagolf.com

 

Message from Jan Skjold re Viking cup 2016

Scandinavian players wanting to enter in this year’s competition and having played last year must register within 30.06.2016 to be guaranteed a place in the competition.

contact

jandskjold@gmail.com 

UK & Ireland

kevin@cdagolf.com

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.IRM competition – message

We are having another pairs competition on Sunday the 15th of May also at Saurines.  This time the format will be a double shambles.  Both players tee off, select the best drive and then continue to play their own ball until it is holed out.  The team then records both balls added together using Stableford points.

We will have a 9.00 shotgun start and the entry fees are as follows:

Members of IRM Nike Golf €18, €10 of this fee must be paid in cash.

Non Members €46, €10 of this fee must be paid in cash.

Chris Aherne   +34 626 346 853 · T +34 968 112 705

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Barry

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Dave passes on the captaincy to Neil on Sunday May 1st........

Dave passes on the captaincy to Neil on Sunday May 1st……..

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Well, it’s goodbye to Dave Lloyd this week, although he will take up his role as President for the next 12 months. Dave has overseen a very successful year for the society which although everything is in place, still has to be managed and focused.

We wish Neil a very successful year and hopefully a good golfing one (with a lower handicap!) now that he is retired? And welcome to Ken Saunders, who will be Neil’s vice-captain.

Also Dave Rollett has now fulfilled his 3 year stint as vice-captain, captain and president and we offer him our heartfelt thanks for a job well done. He will still be very active on the committee, looking after competitions and online bookings.

 

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dave rollett

 

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Looks there is a problem with Dave Rollett’s email address, so until it is sorted please send booking requests to me at barry@cdagolf.com

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A change in the weather I am afraid, with heavy clouds and overnight rain for the 47 players. It said rain would be nearby, but by the time the first group reached hole 11 it was overhead, and umbrellas were needed to combat the heavy drizzle which penetrated everything. I really picked a good day to be starter as I don’t play if I am due to be out last!

 

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the rain has just started on hole 10, the mountains are obscured by the mist...................

the rain has just started on hole 10, the mountains are obscured by the mist……………….

 

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Basically, it was an individual stableford, but all 4 scores from the 4 ball were added together to get a team total. Teams with only 3 players were allowed to choose a ghost card at random to make up their total score.

The weather didn’t seem to affect play, with lots of good individual scoring. The competition (although a team event) was a qualifier for handicapping purposes, so quite a few got a cut without being in the prizes!

 

1st ……………………….156pts

Jim Alwell, Paul Harrington, Peter Beatt, Neil Simpson

 

2nd ………………………139pts

Jan Holdhus, Eli Holdhus, Ole Martin Saeter, Jeff Ruellan

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And here are the winners – they made little of the conditions with the lowest score being 35 points!

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Neil Simpson, Paul Harrington, Peter Beatt & Jim Alwell were first out and had the brollies up by hole 11..................

Neil Simpson, Paul Harrington, Peter Beatt & Jim Alwell were first out and had the brollies up by hole 11………………

 

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and drier back in the Clover....................

and drier back in the Clover………………..

 

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Jan, Eli & Ole Martin........

Jan, Eli & Ole Martin……..

 

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they are glad that is over..............

they are glad that is over…………..

 

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Next week is President’s Day – the 3rd major of the year. Get your name down, spaces are limited.

 

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Message from Jan Skjold re Viking cup 2016

Scandinavian players wanting to enter in this year’s competition and having played last year must register within 30.06.2016 to be guaranteed a place in the competition.

contact jandskjold@gmail.com 

UK & Ireland contact kevin@cdagolf.com  

 

This week it was very nice to receive advanced notice of planned work on the course, Enrique informed us of work on the lake at hole 4.

‘I just wanted to inform you that we are doing some maintenance tasks on the lake near the 4th hole and due to that it will be empty during several weeks.  One month ago we saw that there was some water on the soil surrounding the lake so we started inspecting from where it could come from. Apart from several big stones that someone has thrown in the lake damaging the bottom, we noticed that some big bushes were growing in the lake and their roots were damaging the lining, so we need to clean all that and repair it. I hope we can finish all the tasks soon and restore the lake to its correct water level.’

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I also asked about the disappearance of water from the lake on hole 13 and got the following reply.

 ‘The problem with the water in lake 13th has been only a temporary problem of resources; we have been supplying the irrigation water for the owners community and we will finish on Thursday the 28th of April. From then we will begin to refill the 13th hole lake again until it is restored to the correct level. Unfortunately we have the same pipe for both the community and the golf and we have to share its use.’

If we continue to receive information like this it should help stop negative comments about course maintenance.

Dave Lloyd is a little ‘mutton Jeff’. This is the type of conversation he has at committee meetings………….

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Barry

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