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Notice of CDA golf society AGM 2017

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Also change of times for Wednesday golf (last minute change, looks like times brought forward by one hour).

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after the last few years we never thought that the lake on hole 5 would ever be so full again...............

after the last few years we never thought that the lake on hole 5 would ever be so full again……………

 

This week we had 40 golfers (10 teams) in the popular texas scramble. Most of the day was played in cold, wintry conditions, but no rain fortunately. Apart from the winners, only 3 strokes separated the next 8 teams – as usual this format was closely contested.

 

 

1st       Graham White, Pete Elgar,Ray Rollett, Joe McGlynn……………….56.8

2nd    Dave Lloyd, Kim Lloyd, Ken Saunders, Alicia Saunders…………….61.5

 

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Graham, Pete, Joe & Ray....

Graham, Pete, Joe & Ray….

 

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Alicia, Kim, Dave & Ken......

Alicia, Kim, Dave & Ken……

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Next week is the first major of the year, the Anniversary Trophy which was won last year by Dave Wareing and Kjell Mundheim. A change to the format though, it will not be a completely random draw. You can choose your own partner then there will be draw for opponents and starting times at 8pm Wednesday February 1st in the Clover bar.

On Monday 6th February we go to Las Colinas – due to cancellations there are a couple of spaces left for golfers. Also to look like a team on the day can everyone wear red shirts – we know that this year’s white ones are selling well, but they are not official until the start of the golfing year on April 1st.

If you have preferred partner for either of the above events, email Dave Lloyd (dave@cdagolf.com).

 

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A change to the Christmas and New Year competitions this year – no bring a bottle or present. Some have been disappointed with the quality of gifts donated, so back to a 2€ sweep. Maybe Santa will still pay a visit to the presentation though!

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In the last couple of weeks there has been an informal meeting with Enrique Herrero (owner of Alhama Signature Golf) – no demands from either party, just an exchange of information.

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The greens have been infected by a type of grass that is difficult to remove. The greens will be replaced with replacement turf which is being grown at the far end of the practice area. This is also  a problem at the other IRM courses.

We will now receive green fee vouchers for certain special events that take place on a day other than Friday -e.g. Viking Cup, St Patrick’s Day, St George’s Day.

Also Condado hopes to host a professional event sponsored by Canal+………… (televised?).

The hollow tining program will be different…………..the greens will now be treated using a different system – using high pressure air which is blasted under the green. This avoids the closure of the course.

All the pumps on the course have now been repaired – this was the reason for the empty lakes. The lakes are now more or less full and the intention is that they will remain so.

One course membership of Condado is not possible at the present time as the short term financial plan is to keep the original 6 Polaris courses as a group. Also the 3 owners intend to still honour the golf debentures. The membership and reduced owner’s fees will only be offered to owners and renters who can produce a contract for a minimum of 6 months, short term renters will now not get resident’s rates. Enrique suggested that we have a few meetings every year to ensure that standards between the society and the management continue at a high level.

The bunny problem is being addressed with a catch and release program, so bunnies are not being killed.

 

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And now to lighten the tone………………………………..

 

My problem with the Grand Canyon is that the Americans are just too proud of it. The Grand Canyon was like that when they found it, and let’s be honest………..it wasn’t too hard to find.

In a similar vein, it must have been even easier for Columbus to find America – it is rather large!

 

Just because no one complains, doesn’t mean all parachutes are perfect.

 

Barry

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The talking point this week was the white stuff on Condado. Some people around the Murcia area have NEVER seen snow, so it was an historic moment for all. Unfortunately I was out of the country and missed it and believe it or not, I was gutted!

It was forecast, and started on Wednesday when some brave golfers were out on the course. They managed to reach the 11th before their balls refused to roll any more!

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Ken Saunders takes one of his final putts...............

Ken Saunders takes one of his final putts……………

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and that's it...........can't play golf with a snowball.....

and that’s it………..can’t play golf with a snowball…..

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Neil Simpson, Ken Saunders and Tommy Toner back in the bar................

Neil Simpson, Ken Saunders and Tommy Toner back in the bar…………….

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Lots of photos from Don’s drone – think this is a good one of 9th and 18th…………………………..

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Amazingly the course was clear in a couple of days and was open for play on Friday – the only stipulation being that buggies must remain on the cart tracks, as was the case at all the other IRM courses. Some of the others suffered major damage to the bunkers (which were ruled G.U.R.) although ours were fine.

The two in form players came out on top again – Chris McAllister just got back from the U.K. in time to take the 1st division, whilst playing partner Kevin Smith won the 2nd division. Only 22 players trusted the weather to stay fine, and they were proved correct.

 

1st division

1st      Chris McAllister (3.4)…………………..40pts

2nd    Steve Locker (12.5)……………………….34pts

 

2nd division

1st      Kevin Smith (19.5)……………………….36pts

2nd    Neil Simpson (17.2)……………………..35pts

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shadow puppets?

shadow puppets?

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Is Kev really taller than these two?

 

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Here are a couple of reports which are also available on our Handicap Master system – ranking of hole difficulty on the day, & leaders in various categories (which may sometimes be used for extra prizes)………………….

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This is what happened in Condado between Wednesday and Thursday………..

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these are the starters in place for Friday golf..........

these are the starters in place for Friday golf……….

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looking towards the penthouses............

looking towards the penthouses…………

 

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and from the golf club rooftop.................

and from the golf club rooftop……………..

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All golfing places for Las Colinas have now gone, just one or two spaces available for any ladies who wish to go on the shopping trip.

Next week is a texas scramble, followed by the anniversary trophy on February 3rd. The bus for the evening is now full, but tickets can still be purchased from Alicia at 15€ if you can make your own way to the Sensol hotel Camposol.

 

Thanks for this video of the snow with commentary from Denise……………..

 

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and a couple of jokes to fill out the blog…………………….

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I needed a password containing 8 characters………….so I picked snowwhiteandthesevendwarves

 

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My wife has been missing a week now.
The police said to prepare for the worst.
So, I went down to Oxfam
 to get all of her clothes back.

 

Barry

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a different viewpoint of the 10th hole - what a difference a full lake makes!

a different viewpoint of the 10th hole – what a difference a full lake makes!

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The greens staff have been working really hard to repair damage from the recent rains – here they are working on the bunker on hole 10…………….

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This week was the yellow ball, where when it is your turn  your score counts double – but it is only yours and one other score counting, so the pressure is on.  32 players formed 8 teams who played in lovely sunshine, although the wind caused problems and so did many of the pin positions. The winning team scored a very creditable 115 points, but all the rest struggled desperately. Only 97 was good enough for second, and the bottom score was just 76 points – you know who you are!

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1st

Dave Lloyd, Kim Lloyd, Ken Saunders, Alicia Saunders………………115 pts.

2nd

Neil Simpson, Kevin Smith, Chris McAllister, Barry Barker…………97 pts.

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Dave, Kim, Alicia & Ken with captain Neil.............

Dave, Kim, Alicia & Ken with captain Neil………….

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The trip to Las Colinas on February 6th is now full for golf, but still a few places on the bus for any ladies who want to go shopping………….

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Las Colinas
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1   Barry Barker                                                  1 Sue
2   Barry Answer
3   Dave Lloyd                                                     2 Kim
4   Ken Saunders                                               3 Alicia
5   Neil Simpson                                                4 Lynn
6   Jeff Ruellan     (own transport)
7   Paddy McKee
8   Peter Reeves    (own transport)
9   Peter Mitchell  (own transport)
10 Pat Hughes       (own transport)
11 Colin Lloyd
12 Lynda Lloyd
13 Roy Winter                                                    7 Terri
14 Dave Storey                                                  8 Carol
15 Dave Robinson
16 Tommy Toner                                               9 Myra
17 Dave Wareing                                              10 Pauline
18 Terry Burgess                                              11 Tina
19 Graham White                                            12 Jean
20 Dave Rollett                                                13 Barbara
21 Ray Rollett                                                   14 Sandra
22 Ian Lawson
23 Christine Lawson
24 Anthony Keating
25 Phil Cooke
26 Jeff Lightle                                                  15 June
27 Chris McAllister
28 Andrew Lailey
29 Torild Lailey
30 John Collins
31 Sven Erik Gulbrandsen
32 Ellen Gulbrandsen
33 Ove Enger
34 Jim Laird
35 Kjell Mundheim
36 Adrian Murnaghan
37 Pete Elgar
38 Rob Busby
39 Les Hurren
40 Jeff Cotter
Reserves
Lee Martin
Pete Elgar
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 Don’t forget though, this away day is only on the undercard – the main event is 3 days earlier on Friday February 3rd. It is the Anniversary Trophy to mark the 7th year since the society was formed. Contact me if you need your name down at barry@cdagolf.com
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Next week is an individual stableford.
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For all of you who started a diet on January 1st and have given up……………
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Just been to the gym. They’ve got a new machine in.
Could only use it for half an hour, as I started to feel sick.
It’s great though; it provides me with everything I need:
Kit-Kats, Mars bars, Snickers, Crisps, the lot.”

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My psychiatrist told me that to achieve inner peace I need to finish what I start. So far, I have finished 2 bags of M & M’s and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.

 

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Barry

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The ‘New’ Clover Bar

an outdoor bar for summer, with a digital display showing forthcoming events of interest............

an outdoor bar for summer, with a digital display showing forthcoming events of interest…………

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Chris McAllister has transformed the dull, dreary, dark Clover bar into a modern, trendy and welcoming sports bar which is essentially a pub with all sports available (5 screens including large screen). Also Cath has introduced an interesting choice of snacks and meals which, whilst not being recognised as a restaurant as such, has enough choice to satisfy the most fussy of eaters.

 

The management team of Chris McAllister, Cath Emmett-Smith and Kevin Smith are running the bar with the needs of customers in mind. The atmosphere has changed with the brighter design and a varied choice of drinks and food.

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Chris, Cath and Kevin.........

Chris, Cath and Kevin………

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The stage has been opened up, with the uprights and railings removed, so there is nothing to distract from the entertainment provided each weekend.

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The old cocktail bar (which was never used for that purpose) has been the home of the golf society’s treasures ever since Neil and Lynn Simpson gave that area to us when the society was formed in 2010. I always thought that the trophy cabinet was very impressive, comparable to many golf clubs in the U.K. All it needed was some history, and the last seven years have set us well on the way, with a fine collection of trophies. Now the honours boards have been added, which will immortalise captains, major winners and hole in one achievements.

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The golf corner is adorned with golf memorabilia around the walls, with photos of Severiano Ballesteros (the inspiration for our annual charity event), Jack Nicklaus (who designed our course personally, thus it is a signature course), and an  original map of the layout. We also have Ben Hogan, and shortly will have a shirt donated by Matthew Fitzpatrick (Ryder Cup player 2016).

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the 'hole-in-one ' honours board has been added to complete the set...........

the ‘hole-in-one ‘ honours board has been added to complete the set………..

 

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the original course map.....

the original course map…..

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Ben Hogan....................

Ben Hogan………………..

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Jack Nicklaus on the Swilken Bridge for the last time...............

Jack Nicklaus on the Swilken Bridge for the last time……………

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Seve and Jack, both iconic photos at St Andrews.......

Probably the most iconic photo ever of the late, great Severiano Ballesteros at St Andrews.

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Not only has the golf corner been modernised, so has the rest of the bar.

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very bright and airy..........

very bright and airy……….

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the dart board area - Phil Taylor couldn't complain here................

the dart board area – Phil Taylor couldn’t complain here…………….

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the pool players are out of the way...................

the pool players are out of the way……………….

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Rugby Union memorabilia in the games area..........

Rugby Union memorabilia in the games area……….

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at the side of the stage representing one of Chris's favourite sports is Ayrton Senna............

at the side of the stage representing one of Chris’s favourite sports is Ayrton Senna…………

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The Clover caters for different languages – below are both Geordie and Yorkshire translation aids……………………

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But at the end of the day, it is a ‘YORKSHIRE’ sports bar, and Chris wont let you forget it!

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there also 3 new mirrors installed around the bar, which create a sense of space.

there also 3 new mirrors installed around the bar, which create a sense of space.

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So it is like a new bar in the square, book a flight and come out and try it!

 

Barry

 

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that reminds me - January 6th, time to take the fairy off the top of the xmas tree.............

that reminds me – January 6th, time to take the fairy off the top of the xmas tree………….

 

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The first competition of 2017 attracted a field of just 26 golfers. When the rain started on the 9th I was ready for off, but it was short lived and also brought with it a rise in temperature. It was very promising to see almost all the lakes full and as you can see below, water is currently being pumped into the hazard on hole 5.

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Water is flowing into the lake on the 5th hole............

Water is flowing into the lake on the 5th hole…………

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Apollo Air (air conditioning experts) have kindly agreed to sponsor the monthly competition throughout 2017. Also Paul Culligan has confirmed his continuing sponsorship of the Dublin Crystal for 2017 and 2018.

 

Apollo Air winner

Chris King (3.8) ……………………………………………38pts

 

1st division

1st     Anthony Keating (14.7)………………………….37pts

2nd  Chris McAllister (3.4)……………………………36pts

3rd   Dave Storey (8.3)………………………………….34pts

 

2nd division

1st      Kevin Smith (19.9)………………………………37pts

2nd    Lis Jakobsen (18.1)……………………………..35pts

3rd     Blair Johnstone (16.1)…………………………34pts

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Chris King was the first Apollo Air champion of 2017........................

Chris King was the first Apollo Air champion of 2017……………………

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Anthony was 1st division winner.......................

Anthony was 1st division winner…………………..

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and Kev won division 2.......

and Kev won division 2…….

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The new system (HandicapMaster) is now operational, and players need to enter their own gross scores for each hole on the computer in the bar after play. But please check that you have highlighted your own name first, otherwise you are giving someone else your score and they cannot then input their own.

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Water is also still going into the 4th hole – soon all lakes will be full to the top. It is noticeable that wildlife is coming back (herons etc.) and the eco-system is returning.

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the lake on the 4th looks full again......................

the lake on the 4th looks full again………………….

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and there is water at the far end of hole 5...........

and there is water at the far end of hole 5………..

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10th/11th is full again and gives a much nicer view from the penthouses....................

10th/11th is full again and gives a much nicer view from the penthouses………………..

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18 is full and still as a mill pond - my ball is in the middle of the clouds................................

the 18th is full and still as a mill pond – my ball is in the middle of those clouds…………………………..

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Fresh sand has also been added to the bunkers following the recent rains and they are now in excellent condition.

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At last the refurbishment of our golf society corner in the Clover is complete. That area is dedicated to our trophies and honours boards, along with other golf memorabilia and photos.

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the trophy cabinet has been transformed............

the trophy cabinet has been transformed…………

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Thanks to Jeff Lightle for purchasing a ‘hole-in-one’ honours board. Anthony Howell was the go-between with the manufacturer and Ricky Comber actually brought it over from the UK. All we needed then was for our master joiner (Kevin Smith) to find time to install it!

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Lots of good players not on this board.......... only the lucky ones!

Lots of good players not on this board………. only the lucky ones!

 

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the 'hole-in-one ' honours board has been added to complete the set...........

the ‘hole-in-one ‘ honours board has been added to complete the set………..

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I will add more photos of the alterations to the Clover bar next Tuesday – it really is looking far more inviting, brighter, trendier………………

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A reminder that the green fee with the society is only 37€ (including buggy) during January. We will get the same deal in June, July, August and December.

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The green fee vouchers we give out as prizes etc. have a redemption date of December 31st 2016, but this has been extended until February 28th 2017. There are still 5 vouchers outstanding, so someone has them. Contact us if you have one.

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Just one place left for the away day  at Las Colinas on Monday February 6th.

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Shirts and diaries can be collected on Wednesday and Friday nights (15€ shirts, diaries free).

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Next week is a 4 person team yellow ball.

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And there will be more jokes this year. Here is a classic from Laurel and Hardy………..

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Oliver Hardy……….Didn’t you once tell me you had an uncle?

Stan Laurel…………Sure I’ve got an uncle. Why?

Ollie…………………..Now we’re getting somewhere. Is he still living?

Stan…………………..No, he fell through a trapdoor and broke his neck.

Ollie………………….Was he building a house?

 

 

 

Stan…………………..No, they were hanging him.

 

Barry

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2016 Review

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Another fantastic year for our Condado de Alhama golf society, so much has happened, and the months have flown by. We are grateful for all the sponsorship we have received over the year…………..

 

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Eddie Reid – sleeve of balls for each division winner

Dave Cooke – sleeve of balls for every ‘2’

Anthony Howell – honours board for captains

Jeff Lightle – honours board for holes in one

Trophy box – St George’s Day, special event

Adrian & Heather Clark – texas scramble

Barry Answer – special event and evening party with entertainment

Condado Club – Ladies Day

Clover – Seve Trophy, Xmas comp, winner’s drinks vouchers, sandwiches

Phil Marlow – polo shirts

Denise & Byron (golf club) – discounted drinks

Apollo Air –  monthly stableford

Paul Culligan – Dublin Crystal quarterly stableford

GNK – weekly golf voucher and quarterly bonus vouchers

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Sorry if I have missed anyone, but all help is very much appreciated.

 

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Norwegian golfers Ellen and Karin both had a two!...........

Norwegian golfers Ellen and Karin both had a two!………..

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Ladies Day was sponsored by the Condado Club……………………

 

I know Ali was one winner of the booby prize - perhaps the other lady would prefer to remain anonymous?..........

I know Ali was one winner of the booby prize – perhaps the other lady would prefer to remain anonymous?……….

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The Seve Trophy raised 3000€ thanks to lots of businesses and individuals…..

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the raffle girls.......Lynn (master of ceremonies), Kerry, Sue and Alicia.......

the raffle girls…….Lynn (master of ceremonies), Kerry, Sue and Alicia…….

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Barry Answer provided the best tribute act seen on Condado all year – the Beatles tribute act………………

 

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And of course we are grateful to everyone who volunteered to act as starter on Fridays – here Martina Alwell does her stint…………………..

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Martina Alwell made her debut as starter, and did a great job..........

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And in 2016 we introduced several new innovations…………

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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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Wednesday night/Thursday the Friday start sheet was posted on the blog – no more ringing up the shop………………

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At the end of the year we have progressed to a widely used system which is both user-friendly and expansive in the information available. Now a full results sheet can be accessed along with many other informative reports…………

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And as a matter of interest, the blog does attract a lot of attention. This year there have been almost 60,000 views from 15000 visits, so maybe there is something here that brings people back. It is basically to inform members what is happening here with results, news and general information. Hopefully the photos paint the pictures, so being away is less painful. And I hope that there is not only Gerry who appreciates the occasional jokes when material is short!

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Kevin continues to provide our members with a society shirt each year – only 15€ (cost price). Here is Barry Answer modelling this year’s red version, and next year a colour to go with anything – white!

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notice the Clover logo on Chris's sleeve?...............

notice the Clover logo on Chris’s sleeve?……………

 

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Our weekly raffle has made it possible to provide a free bus for our 4 awaydays and major off-site events. And of course there was free entertainment on the bus!

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a variety of shirts, but we were together..........

a variety of shirts, but we were together……….

 

of course Dave had to get up........guess what he sang.............

of course Dave had to get up……..guess what he sang………….

 

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In May Dave Lloyd passed over the captaincy to Neil Simpson, who then appointed Ken Saunders as his vice-captain. Barry Barker was voted in as lifetime vice president.

On site the Clover Bar still continues to be an excellent base, with the cocktail bar area dedicated to the society. Neil and Lynn have been instrumental in making our society so successful, and passed on the reins to Chris McAllister and Mikey. This partnership has ended, but Chris and the team have done a fantastic job in transforming the Clover Bar into  a bright and welcoming place which we hope to use for many years to come.

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On the course we have again got new owners, now GNK – let’s hope this is positive news and the course achieves the recognition that its design deserves. This year has seen lakes full, then empty, and now – just almost there………….

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January, Pete Elgar wasted his time securing lilies in the lake…………….

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let's get out of here, it's bloody cold!................

let’s get out of here, it’s bloody cold!…………….

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crazy pin positions ..................

crazy pin positions ………………

 

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And we are always up for a party, to celebrate whatever……………………….

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Kev, me, Neil & Ken.....

Kev, me, Neil & Ken…..

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Members of the winning Viking Cup team celebrate UK & Ireland take a 4-3 lead in the series……………………………………..

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Ken Saunders, Dave Lloyd, Barry Answer, Chris McAllister and Kev Smith celebrate........

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Neil made sure we remembered his 50th birthday party!……………….

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Neil & the boys............

 

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And congratulations to the many golfers who won a major or special event – handicaps do work because there are so many different names…….

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Major winners

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Anniversary Trophy………………………..Dave Wareing & Kjell Mundheim

Graham White Pairs………………………..Ricky Comber & Nick Seward

Presidents Cup……………………………….Robin Wilson

Captains Cup…………………………………Barry Barker

Seve Trophy…………………………………..Ian Murnin

Ladies Cup…………………………………….Edith Moses

Seniors Trophy………………………………Dave Cooke

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Special Events

St Patricks Day………………………………Kjell Mundheim

St Georges Day……………………………..Paul Coopey

Barry Answer………………………………..Paddy McKee

Viking Cup……………………………………UK & Ireland

Kevin Smith Team…………………………Paddy McKee, Blair Johnstone,

                                                                    Don Henry, Nigel Howson

Clover Xmas Stableford………………….Philip Mozes

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Apollo Air

January…………………………………………Jan Jakobsen

February……………………………………….Jan Holdhus

March…………………………………………..Eli Holdhus

April…………………………………………….Barbara Rollett

May……………………………………………..Peter Reeves

June……………………………………………..Blair Johnstone

July………………………………………………Tormud Vaage

August………………………………………….Sissel Hagen

September…………………………………….Alicia Saunders

October………………………………………..Ken Saunders

November…………………………………….Andrew Lailey

December…………………………………….Jan Bosch

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Dublin Crystal

April……………………………………………Alicia Saunders

May……………………………………………..Peter Reeves

August…………………………………………Darren Wilson

October………………………………………..Sandy Simpson

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And so that is a look back at another great year, onwards and upwards……….

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Barry

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