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the only player to better 36 points – no other player got in their buffer zone………………

 

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This week we were unable to play our regular Friday competition at Condado due to the course being booked out to another party – how could this happen when we have booked a block of times every Friday since January 2010? Hopefully it won’t happen again as we have given notice that we require these times in 2019 also.

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Maybe the sight of 3 coaches filled with golfers were good news for GNK and the clubhouse bar, but not for our society regulars………………..

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Anyway, the 45 golfers were given the same deal as normal to play at another of the former Polaris courses, but the change of venue to Hacienda Requelme required a coach which had a maximum limit of 40 players – some space was reserved for the ladies who preferred a day shopping at Neuva Condomina. For a change, lets start the photo gallery away from the golf course………………………

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Maria tries an Elvis inspired jacket complete with blue rhinestones…………..

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Ann, Liz and Rachel try matching love-heart glasses………………..

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Cath and Janise are shopped out – a relaxing massage chair should do the trick……..

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Thanks to Alicia for these photos, and also for preparing the free pack-up lunches for the golfers!

Back to the golf, and everyone (except Tony Andrews) seemed to struggle on the day. Maybe it was too windy, although the course was in very good condition. The greens were just about perfect but our players were not used to the contours or the speed.

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One player who no doubt enjoyed the day was Peter Reeves, who has been unable to play for 9 months, so just to be out there with friends was a bonus.

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Dublin Crystal

1st     Tony Andrews (11.0)…………………………………….38pts

2nd   John Donaldson (17.3)…………………………………32pts (on countback)

 

1st division

1st     Chris King (3.6)…………………………………………..32pts

2nd   Chris McAllister (4.0)………………………………….31pts (on countback)

3rd    Nick Seward (6.5)……………………………………….31pts

 

2nd division

1st     Pat Hughes (21.2)……………………………………….29pts

2nd   Ove Enger (21.2)…………………………………………29pts

3rd    Sven Erik Gulbrandsen (15.8)………………………27pts

 

Ladies

1st     Pat Whitty (13.2)…………………………………………31pts

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the difficult conditions were always going to favour the better players, and so Pat came out on top…………

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Another away day has been planned for Monday May 21st – to a course we have not visited before. The Valle del Este course in Almeria should be a test, but is in a beautiful setting. The price is right – only 26€ walking, 40€ with a buggy. Also it looks like we will be arriving in good time to enjoy a good English breakfast at Karen’s bar is in a square across the road from the course. A free bus will be available for the first 40 golfers, and of course a limited number of lady shoppers!

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Next week is a 4 person team event with 2 to count on the par 3’s, 3 on the par 4’s and all to count on the par 5’s. The following week is Ladies Day, and non-golfers are welcome to enter their own competition on the practice putting green which should commence about 2pm. Come along and enjoy the cava afterwards!

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Society membership renewal is due from the 1st April 2018. It is essential that all fields on the membership renewal form are fully completed legibly otherwise they will not be accepted. Members who have not played in 5 qualifying games in the previous 12 months with the society must show proof of handicap or they will be given a handicap of 0 until such proof is provided.

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I am sorry to finish on a very sad note – one of our long standing members, Peter Ridley passed away last week after a long battle with illness. He was a past winner of our Anniversary Trophy in 2015. R.I.P. Peter.

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Happy days for Peter (pictured left) with partner Pete Moffat…….

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Barry

 

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St Patrick’s day was Saturday but our golf is always Friday, so we just had to celebrate twice!  59 players this week for the individual special event, and lucky with the weather – sunshine, although cold and chilly for the late finishers with rain forecast on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Thanks to Janise Collins for acting as starter this week.

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Winner……………Lis Jakobsen (19.0)……………..43pts

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Great score Lis!

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1st division

1st      Andrew Nicol (12.1)…………………………35pts (on countback)

2nd   Chris McAllister (4.0)………………………35pts

3rd    Tony Andrews (11.0)………………………..34pts

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.Another prize Andrew!

 

2nd division

1st      Ken Saunders (28.0)…………………………42pts

2nd    Brian Ali (25.0)…………………………………36pts

3rd     Gabbi Busch (21.0)……………………………35pts (on countback)

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Bad luck Ken, just missed out with a fantastic score!………………………….

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Ladies

1st     Edith Mozes (22.6)…………………………….33pts (on countback)

2nd   Ellen Gulbrandsen (21.8)……………………33pts

 

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More shopping money Edith!

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Ladies best aggregate

Par 3’s…………………………Lis Jakobsen

Par 5’s………………………….Lis Jakobsen

 

Men

Nearest on 17th…………….Sven Erik Gulbrandsen

Nearest in 2 on 8th……….Brian Ali

 

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Lis cleaned up – overall winner, best aggregate at par 3’s and par 5’s……

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Andrew Nicol won division one………………..

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Ken is back on form…………

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Sven Erik was nearest the pin on 17………………

 

 

The presentation was organised for 8pm so that everyone could stay on for the entertainment in the Clover.

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Dave Lloyd is turning 60 next week, so now needs a little help getting around………………….

 

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Next Friday you will see that there is no competition on the fixtures list. The course has been booked out to another group so we have to have an away day, which will be at Hacienda de Riquelme. It has been advertised on this blog (the Dublin Crystal individual stableford) but the spaces are limited and the bus has already been filled.

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Friday March 30th we are back at Condado with a 4 person team event. Ladies day now is April 6th and the new contact address for the evening party is eventscdagolf@outlook.com

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The new society polo shirts are now available from Kevin or Alicia (20€) – modelled below by Phil Cooke, Ken Saunders and Stevie Locker……………….

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very smart, but from the accessories I would choose Ken’s shoes, Stevie’s shorts and Phil’s cap………………

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I’m back on the blog now for the summer, thanks to Don Henry for doing a great job in my absence……………………….

 

Barry

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LADIES DAY – Friday 6 April 2018

LADIES DAY – Friday 6 April 2018The start sheet for tee times will open 22 March ( ladies go out first, separate from men). See Alicia or email. (new address – eventscdagolf@outlook.com) for tickets for the evening presentation ball, see poster for meal choices. Non-golfing female partners are invited to join the putting competition at the Clubhouse at approximately 2 pm.

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CONDADO DE ALHAMA GOLF SOCIETYANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2018

HELD ON WEDNESDAY 7TH MARCH 2018

IN SKYE BAR, CONDADO DE ALHAMA, MURCIA AT 7.30 P.M.

Member in attendance: Ken Saunders, Phil Cooke, Kevin Smith, Alicia Saunders, John Collins, Pat and Bob Whitty, Don and Kerry Henry, Peter Moffat, Dave Storey, Jan and Lis Jakobsen, Edith and Philip Mozes, Chris McAllister, Dave Rollett, Tony Keating, Graham White, Jostein Landsvik, Blair Johnstone, Dave Wareing, Neil Simpson, Ken Cooke, Peter Beatt, Iain Lawson, Steve Locker, Tom Toner, Shaun Cairney, Ed Doubtfire, Jim Alwell, Sven Erik and Ellen Gulbrandsen, Peter Reeves, Jeanette Bilsborough, Steve Murphy, Dave Cooke, Tony Andrews, Hilary and Alan Rustad, Scott Abraham.

Captain – Ken Saunders welcomed all members to the AGM 2018.

ITEMS ON THE AGENDA

CAPTAINS REVIEW OF THE YEAR – KEN SAUNDERS

Committee – Ken outlined the change in committee members during 2017-2018 and thanked outgoing members for their commitment and work. Due to the committee being overstretched it was decided to bring in additional committee members who will be trained to cover all roles during the busy periods. Don Henry volunteered to take up such a role. Barry Barker was thanked for his input into the website. Don Henry was thanked for setting up the golf society Facebook page.

Membership – Regards were sent to the families of two deceased members. The total number of current paid up members for 2017-2018 was 674. The database has 891 members. Extra tee times have been requested for 2018-19. With the provision of a previous mandate the committee have introduced new restrictions of new members to the society (details already on website and Facebook).

Handicapmaster – A lot of work was accumulated by committee members to commence the new system, create start sheets etc, which they were thanked for doing. Members were reminded to complete their membership form with the correct email address in the future as some problems had been highlighted. Purchase of a touchscreen television has been made to be erected in the Diversity Golf Bar for future input of scorecards.

Competitions – 2017-18 had accumulated 154 competitions with 4638 players. The captain listed all the competitions and the winners of each major and special event (on annual review on the website).

Sponsors – all sponsors were thanked (on annual review on the website).

Discipline – No shows – Unfortunately members had been taking slots and failing to turn up for golf in the past without reasonable excuse but since the introduction of a suspension policy such incidents are now very isolated.

Suspensions – Ken also informed the members that one member had been suspended for six months for continual breech of the rules and another for one year for vile and abusive comments towards the committee made on the Society Facebook Page.

GNK – Periodic talks between the committee and the owner, Enrique Herrero take place and minutes of the meetings are now being issued via the website.

Ken thanked all members and committee members and felt that the society is progressing from strength to strength.

CAPTAIN 2019 – Phil Cooke then announced his next Vice Captain as Alicia Saunders.

ACCOUNTS – ALICIA SAUNDERS – TREASURER

Alicia presented the accounts to the members. It was clear that the balance from last year to the end of this financial year was 1221.57 less (2647.11 minus 1425.54). She explained that as requested by members at the AGM 2017 funds should be spent. This was carried out with the purchase of the touchscreen scorecard screen, a public address microphone system, and the purchase of a banner for Apollo air (in lieu of diary advertising). However, it was anticipated that Apollo air will be reimbursing the society for the banner and their monthly trophies in the near future.

Shirt sales was 1110 euros less this year and she had received feedback from members regarding this. Therefore, an expenditure of a large stock new better quality tee shirts had just been made.  

The diaries will no longer be printed therefore saving approximately 350 euros.

Acceptance of the accounts was forwarded by Phil Cooke and seconded by John Collins.

ELECTION OF OFFICIALS FROM 1ST MAY 2018

Competitions Secretary: – Ken Saunders . Handicap Secretary:- John Collins.  
Secretary:- Peter Reeves. Membership Secretary:- Kevin Smith Social Secretary:- Alicia Saunders
Treasurer:- Alicia Saunders

MOTIONS FROM MEMBERS

❖ HANDICAP SCORE INDEX BE MADE OFFICIAL FOR CDA GOLF SOCIETY BY THE AGM, NO MATTER IF GNK ARE WILLING TO CHANGE THE OFFICIAL HCP INDEX OR NOT. THE COMPETITION SCORING ANALYSIS MIRRORS THE ACTUAL RESULT ON 12 MONTHS BASIS AND IT IS DUE TIME TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS

PROPOSED BY: SVEN ERIK GULBRANDSEN​​SECONDED BY: ELLEN GULBRANDSEN
The above motion was read out by Sven Erik and discussed. It was agreed that the stroke indexing was an EGA recommendation and the meeting was told that it had been implemented by the Spanish Federation and not GNK (or previous owner). Therefore, it could not be changed.  
VOTE – apart from the proposer the members agreed unanimously to NOT carry this motion.
❖ INTRODUCE ADJUSTED STANDARD SCRATCH. I HAVE A NUMBER OF EXAMPLES WHERE ONE PLAYER WAS IN THE BUFFER AND THE WHOLE FIELD APART FROM THE PLAYER IN THE BUFFER HAD THEIR HANDICAP INCREASED. IT IS MY BELIEF THAT HANDICAPS WILL BE MORE ACCURATE USING ADJUSTED STANDARD SCTRACH AND WILL TAKE ACCOUNT OF WEATHER CONDITIONS AND CONDITIONS OF THE COURSE. I WILL SEND THESE EXAMPLES BY SEPARATE EMAIL – 25/9 AWAY DAY TO HACIENDA DEL ALAMO AND 4/10 AT CONDADO.

PROPOSED BY: TOM MCFARLANE​​​SECONDED BY: DAVE STOREY
The above motion was read out by Dave Storey and discussed. Phil Cooke referred the members to the attachment in the minutes regarding CBA adjustment, the society data collected and the conclusion of the data analysed.  
VOTE – Two members voted in favour, but the members agreed unanimously to NOT carry this motion.
❖ ADJUST PAYOUT OF FRIDAY SWEEPS TO PRO-RATA. CURRENTLY THE PAYOUT IS 50/50 IRRESPECTIVE OF THE NUMBER OF PLAYERS IN EACH DIVISION. FOR EXAMPLE, IF 60% OF THE FIELD IS IN DIVISION 1 OR 2 THEN ALLOCATE 60% OF THE PAYOUT TO THAT DIVISION.

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PROPOSED BY: TOM MCFARLANE​​​SECONDED BY: DAVE STOREY
The above motion was read out by Dave Storey and discussed. Phil Cooke referred the members to the attachment in the minutes regarding the split. The committee did not have a view and whichever way the vote went it would not be an issue with the committee’s duties.
VOTE – Two members voted in favour, but the members agreed unanimously to NOT carry this motion.
 
❖ PROPOSE THAT THE CURRENT SOCIETY SHIRT BE WORN ON AWAY DAYS

PROPOSED BY: KEN SAUNDERS​​​SECONDED BY: PHIL COOKE
The above motion was read out by Ken Saunders and discussed. The new colour and quality shirts were presented. John Collins agreed that the red tee shirts which were the previous away day colour were now washed out. Jan Jakobsen agreed it should be one colour shirt for the society in the future. Scott Abraham thought the committee were forcing people to purchase a shirt just to go on an away day. This is not the case and a member could wear any blue shirt but it was not compulsory.  
VOTE –The members TO CARRY this motion.
 
❖ SINCE MAY 2017 WE HAVE OPERATED A SOCIETY SUSPENSION POLICY. MY PROPOSAL IS TO CONTINUE OPERATING THIS POLICY IN LINE WITH THE DOCUMENTS YOU HAVE RECEIVED (SUSPENSION POLICY)

PROPOSED BY: PHIL COOKE​​​SECONDED BY: KEN SAUNDERS​
The above motion was read out by Phil Cooke and discussed. The suspension policy is available to view on the website.
VOTE – The members TO CARRY this motion.
❖ IN THE 2015 AGM CHANGES WERE MADE AS TO WHO COULD BECOME MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY AND VOTED ON BY THE MEMBERS. I PROPOSE THAT ANY CHANGES MADE AS TO WHO IS ENTITLED TO BECOME MEMBERS OF THE GOLF SOCIETY MUST BE A DECISION OF THE MEMBERS AND DECIDED BY A VOTE AT THE AGM OR AN EGM. (Appendix 5)

PROPOSED BY: NEIL SIMPSON​​​SECONDED BY: DAVE LLOYD
The above motion was read out by Neil Simpson and discussed. Ken Saunders told the meeting that he and Barry Barker had done some research into the motion of 2015 AGM when the members gave the mandate for the committee to make decision and a motion of the 2013 AGM. Chris McAllister, Iain Lawson and Jan Jakobsen agreed that the members gave the committee members the mandate and that every decision should not be taken to the next AGM which could be 11 months later. Dave Rollett told the meeting when he was captain the committee had the right to reject a membership and he believed that still stood as a mandate. Ken Saunders said that there had been 8.5% increase in new members registered as members this year.
VOTE – Five members voted in favour, but the members agreed unanimously to NOT carry this motion.
❖ LOCAL RULE ALLOWING A PROVISIONAL BALL TO BE PLAYED IF PLAYER THINKS THE ORIGINAL MAY BE IN A HAZARD

REASON
TO HELP WITH SPEED OF PLAY AND TO ENSURE THAT ALL SOCIETY MEMBERS ARE PLAYING TO THE SAME RULES, IT IS PROPOSED TO HAVE A LOCAL RULE THAT IFYOU ARE UNSURE IF YOUR BALL HAS ENTERED A WATER HAZARD YOU CAN PLAY A PROVISIONAL BALL. IF YOU CANNOT FIND YOUR ORIGINAL BALL YOU WOULD OCNTINUE WITH THE PROVISIONAL BALL BUT IF YOU FIND YOUR ORIIGNAL BALL OUTSIDE THE HAZARD YOU CONINUE WITH THE ORIGINAL BALL. YOU WOULD HAVE THE CHOICE TO STILL PLAY YOUR OIRIGNAL BALL IF IT ISI PLAYABLE IN THE HAZARD. OPTING FOR YOUR PROVISIONAL BALL WOULD BE PLAYING THREE OFF THE TEE.

 

THIS WOULD HELP SPEED OF PLAY, S FOR EXAPMLE ON THE 10TH TEE IF YOU ARE UNSURE IF YO HAVE HIT YOUR TEE SHOT INTO THE WATER HAZARD YOU WOULD HAVE TO WALK UP TO WHERE YOU THINK YOUR BALL MIGHT BE TO LOOK FOR IT AND IF YOU THEN CAN’T FIND THE BALL GO ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE TEE AND PLAY ANOTHER SHOT.

 

PLAYING ON THE COURSE WITH THE SOCIETY SOME MEMBERS ARE PLAYING A PROVISIONAL IF THE THINK THEIR BALL HAS GONE INTO THE WATER HAZARD AND SOME ARE NOT PLAYING THREE OFF THE TEE. THE INTRODUCTION OF THIS LOCAL RULE WOULD ENSURE ALL PLAYERS ARE DOING THE SAME THING.

 

PROPOSED BY: FRAN HOBSON​​​​ SECONDED BY: LEE HOBSON  

 

 

❖ TO REMOVE LOCAL RULE ALLOWING PLAYING OF PROVISIONAL BALL IF ORIGINAL BALL THOUGHT TO BE IN WATER HAZARD.

 

FROM MY UNDERSTANDING, THIS LOCAL RULE WAS BROUGHT IN TO HELP SPEED UP PLAY.

HOWEVER, IN MY OPINION, THIS LEAVES THE SITUATION OPEN TO ABUSE AND GIVES THE PLAYER AN ADVANTAGE BY ALLOWING HIM A CHOICE OF WHICH BALL TO COMPLETE THE HOLE WITH. IT MAY ALSO HAVE A DETRIMENTAL AFFECT ON SPEED OF PLAY MAKING IT EVEN LONGER TO PLAY THE HOLE.

I WILL ENDEAVOR TO GIVE EXAMPLES AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

 

1) PLAYER A HITS HIS SECOND SHOT ON HOLE 9 AND IS NOT SURE IF BALL IS IN HAZARD OR NOT.

LOCAL RULE SUGGESTS HE MAY PLAY PROVISIONAL, WHICH HE DOES. 

HIS NEXT SHOT (4TH), HE HITS ONTO GREEN VERY CLOSE TO HOLE. WHEN WALKING TO GREEN HE SEES ORIGINAL BALL, IN SOFT MUD, INSIDE HAZARD. HE DECIDES NOT TO PLAY IT. PUTTS HIS PROVISIONAL INTO HOLE AND RECORDS A 5.

 

2) PLAYER A HITS HIS SECOND SHOT ON HOLE 9 AND IS NOT SURE IF BALL IS IN HAZARD OR NOT.

LOCAL RULE SUGGESTS HE MAY PLAY PROVISIONAL, WHICH HE DOES.

HIS NEXT SHOT (4TH) HE SCUFFS 20 YARDS, HE HITS NEXT SHOT (5TH) INTO FAIRWAY BUNKER. HIS NEXT SHOT (6TH) COMES OUT OF BUNKER JUST SHORT OF GREEN. HE THEN CHIPS ONTO GREEN FOR 7. 

HE THEN SEES ORIGINAL BALL, IN SOFT MUD, INSIDE HAZARD. 

HE NOW HAS A CHOICE, 

DOES HE TRY TO PUTT PROVISIONAL BALL AND RECORD AN 8.

DOES HE PLAY ORIGINAL FROM MUD (WHICH HE WOULD NOT HAVE DONE IN FIRST EXAMPLE) IN AN EFFORT TO BETTER HIS SCORE. OBVIOUSLY, HE CHOOSES TO PLAY ORIGINAL FROM HAZARD. HITS 3RD SHOT OUT OF HAZARD, 4TH SHOT ONTO GREEN AND TWO PUTTS FOR 6. HE HAS NOW HAD 13 SHOTS WITH TWO DIFFERENT BALLS AND RECORDS A 6.

SLOWING DOWN PLAY IN THE PROCESS.

 

RULES OF GOLF STATE PROVISIONAL BALL ONLY CAN BE PLAYED IF PLAYER THINKS ORIGINAL BALL MAY BE LOST OUTSIDE OF A HAZARD OR IS OUT OF BOUNDS. NOT IF PLAYER THINKS BALL IS IN HAZARD.

 

IF BALL IS THOUGHT TO BE IN HAZARD, PLAYER HAS TWO OPTIONS,

 

A) WALK TO WHERE HE THINKS BALL IS TO DETERMINE IF BALL IS / IS NOT IN HAZARD AND WHETHER PLAYABLE.

B) PLAY ANOTHER BALL, NOT PROVISIONAL, UNDER PENALTY, FOLLOWING PROCEDURE SET IN RULES.

 

UNFORTUNATELY, I CANNOT BE PRESENT AT AGM TO HEAR THE DISCUSSION BUT HOPEFULLY HAVE EXPLAINED SCENARIOS IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT MAKES SENSE TO OVERTURN THIS LOCAL RULE.

PLAYERS NEED TO BE AWARE THAT IF LOCAL RULE STAYS, IT IS LOCAL ONLY TO CDA GOLF SOCIETY. IF USED IN BONA FIDE COMPETITIONS OUTSIDE OF SOCIETY, PENALTY STROKES WILL OCCUR.

PROPOSER. D.LLOYD.​​SECONDER. K. LLOY

The two motions were for and against each other. They were read out by Ken Saunders and discussed. Ken referred to Appendix 1 of the R&A rules. Chris McAllister referred to rule 27-2(a). He as did Pat Whitty, Tony Keating, agreed with the first proposal by Fran Hobson that this would speed up play and could be a ‘society rule’.  

 

VOTE – Fran Hobson’s proposal to play a provisional was CARRIED by the members with the proviso if the original ball is found that the provisional ball is no longer in play regardless whether the original ball is playable or not.

 

❖ ON OCCASIONS PLAYERS “MISUNDERSTAND” THE OPTIONS AND PROCEDURES FOR TAKING RELIEF FROM CERTAIN SITUATIONS, USUALLY GIVING THEMSELVES AN ADVANTAGE, ALBEIT IN INNOCENCE.

THEREFORE:

CAN I ASK COMMITTEE TO CLARIFY TO THE FLOOR THE DIFFERENT OPTIONS AND PROCEDURES WHEN TAKING:

“FREE” RELIEF FROM BALL IN RAIN CHANNELS, AND BALL ON BUGGY PATH, OR GUR.

AND ALSO:

“PENALTY” RELIEF FROM BALL IN BUSH, AND BALL IN HAZARD.

 

PROPOSER. D.LLOYD.​​SECONDER. K. LLOYD

 

The above motion was read out by Ken Saunders and discussed. Ken had the Rules and Regulations book of the R&A and asked the floor if they did not know the rules would they like him to read the 19 pages. As this was not a motion and a request the members agreed that every player should carry a copy of the rules or ask their fellow golfer during a game, so this was declined.

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

MINUTES OF THE MEETING – SCOTT ABRAHAM

Scott asked why copies had been printed for all members to attend the meeting and why couldn’t they have been emailed. Alicia told the meeting that due to fact that she had been trying to contact members for various reasons their email addresses which had been submitted on their membership forms were incorrect or unreadable. It was requested again to fill out membership forms correctly. In the future members may be contacted through handicap master as they subscribed to the data protection issue. Kevin Smith told the meeting that he had received three membership applications on a serviette last year! This is not acceptable in the future.

 

FRIDAY CUT OFF POINT FOR THE START SHEET – BOB WHITTY

Bob asked why the cut-off point is 8 p.m. on a Wednesday evening for a Friday competition. Ken Saunders and Phil Cooke told the meeting that this was to prepare cards, labels and send a completed start sheet to the GNK shop on a Thursday morning to enable them to enter names onto their computer. Bob accepted this explanation.

 

TERMINAL FOR INPUT OF SCORECARDS – PHIL COOKE

Phil Cooke told the meeting that the purchase and installation of the new touchscreen card entry system will speed up work for members.

 

THANK YOU – JAN JAKOBSEN

Jan expressed his thanks to all members of the committee for their volunteer work and time taken to carry out their duties.  

 

The meeting closed at 9.20 p.m. ………………………………………(signed) Ken Saunders – Captain

 

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4 Person Team Friday March 9th 2018

Barry said “Don, would you like to do the blog and take photos while I’m on holiday?”

I said “yes Barry I’d love to”. 

Barry said “great, thank you”

I said ” ok but who will take the photos if I win?”

Barry said “you won’t”.

Anyway………..

Special thanks to Angela Cooke who acted as starter for the day. 

The day started with ideal golfing conditions with clear blue skies and very little breeze to play this popular format with the best three scores counting. 

There were 63 players starting with one ghost required. 

The winning team with 120 points were Don Henry, Dave Cooke, Blair Johnstone and Peter Moffat. 

In second place with 118 points were Chris McAllister, Kevin Smith, Tony Andrews and Neil Simpson. 


A special mention must go to Dave Cooke who scored an amazing 48 points. And yes, his card was drawn as the ghost !

Oh and by the way, the photos were taken by A N Other 😉

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Tony is the March Apollo Air champion……………

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The 3rd Apollo Air of 2018 attracted 47 players, but all were caught up in a spell of rain at some point in their round – maybe that is why only three were better than par. Thanks to Barbara Rollett for taking care of the starter’s duties this week.

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Apollo Air winner

Tony Andrews (11.4)……………………………..38pts

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1st division

1st Andrew Nicol (12.4)……………………..37pts (on countback)

2nd Chris King (3.7)……………………………37pts

3rd Shaun Cairney (13.1)…………………….34pts

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2nd division

1st Dave Rollett (18.6)………………………..34pts

2nd Phil Cooke (19.4)………………………….32pts

3rd Gabbi Busch (21.1)……………………….30pts

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Ladies

1st Edith Mozes (22.5)……………………….35pts

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After 3 qualifiers for the annual championship Phil Cooke is just a couple of points ahead of Tony Andrews (see best of series).

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Andrew won division one……………..

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Dave won last month’s comp but had to settle for winning division 2 this time……………..

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Edith was the best of the ladies…………….

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Perhaps it was Tony’s eagle on the par 5 13th that clinched the title for him!

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Thanks to Jeff Cotter for sponsoring the exclusive logo’d caps for any winner of a major – Rob Busby and Stephen Bell were the first winners of 2018 to get them (Anniversary Trophy).

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A select group who can wear these with pride…….

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Next Wednesday (March 7th) is the society AGM in the Skye bar. Arrive at 7pm for a prompt start at 7.30. Also, next Friday is a 4 person team event with 3 scores to count at each hole. However I will be away, so we will have a guest blogger – Dondado (Don Henry) will record the basic information and hopefully will contribute some of his own take on the week’s happenings. Good luck Don!

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Barry

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