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Eamonn Barry, our October Apollo Air winner……….

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73 players in the October Apollo Air, maybe because all the Scandinavians are arriving for the Viking Cup! A really busy month following the Barry Answer last week, Apollo Air, Viking Cup Texas scramble, Seniors, and awayday. The scramble, Viking cup and seniors are shotgun starts which allows 92 players to compete. Also the 3 Aguilon Ryder cup qualifiers in the month for those who want a great day out.

The weather was perfect with manageable temperatures and little or no wind. Still some way to go though in recovering the greens – very slow as they cannot be cut yet. Thanks to Jacqui Patterson and Ivor Abernethy for taking up the starters role.

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Apollo Air winner

Eamon Barry (19.1)………………………………………………………………..42pts

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1st division

1st     George Hoskins (11.2)……………………………………………….40pts

2nd    Tony Andrews (7.5)…………………………………………………….38pts (on countback)

3rd     Chris McAllister (4.2)…………………………………………………38pts

4th     Philip Mozes (12.4)……………………………………………………37pts

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2nd division

1st     Ken Saunders (25.3)……………………………………………………37pts (on countback)

2nd    Mike Maloney (15.6)………………………………………………….37pts

3rd     Colin Lloyd (18.1)……………………………………………………….35pts (on countback)

4th     Jostein Landsvik (17.0)………………………………………………35pts

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Ladies

1st     Edith Mozes (20.8)……………………………………………………..35pts

2nd    Astri Spieler (14.9)……………………………………………………..34pts

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Well done to Edith Mozes, who not only won the ladies, she had a hole in one at the 133 metre 7th hole. Her name will be added to the hole in one honours board.

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a double celebration for Edith……………………….

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1st division winner George………………..

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Ken won division 2………….

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As I said, the Vikings are coming out and I had the pleasure of playing with three of them – Jostein Landsvik, Ove Enger and Sven Erik Gulbrandsen………………………

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a fine action shot of Ove on hole 13……………….

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Ove watches Jostein putt out on 10……………….

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and Sven Erik managed to make this photo………….

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Only 2 more Apollos for the annual championship to be decided. Tony Andrews has now moved into the lead with his 38 points improving his 5 game total to 190 with Shaun Cairney and Blair Johnstone within 6 points. But things changed dramatically on the final competition last year, with John Collins coming from behind to take the title.

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Shotgun Starts

Over the two weeks, commencing with the Texas Scramble competition on the 19th October, followed by the Viking Cup on the 23rd October and the finally the Seniors Trophy on the 26th October will be Shotgun Starts.

All these competitions will involve 92 players, this alone is problematic and therefore the committee are requesting the cooperation of all those involved in the following ways: –

For the Texas Scramble and the Seniors competition can all players please arrive at the club house at 08:00 on competition day, this will allow the pro shop staff assisted by committee members to collect green fees, sweep money and distribute scorecards in time for the 09:03 shotgun start.

The committee also ask that all players have the correct cash at hand.

Regarding the Viking Cup the green fees together with cash for the Presentation Evening Meal will be collected at the Clover Bar between 18:00 and! 9:00 on the evening of Monday 23rd October. Again, it will be of great assistance if the correct cash is at hand.

Thanking you for your corroboration.

Ken Saunders

Competition’s Secretary

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Barry

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Our host tees off on the 15th…………………..

 

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This ever popular competition attracted 71 players and the weather was perfect. Also some initial improvements to the course were noticeable, although it will take a few weeks to get the course back to its former glory. We were lucky to have 2 starters this week (Peter Reeves and Lyn Bell) to take entry fees, hand out the cards, explain the rules of the day and distribute tickets for the free buffet and entertainment at the Condado Club later (please let Phil Cooke know if you can help out as starter). Thanks to Neil Simpson for managing the evening buffet without the help of Lynn, Paul and Rachel who were away on holiday.

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Overall winner

Steve Todd (4.2)…………………………………………………………………………37pts (on countback)

 

1st division

1st     Steven Brown (12.2)……………………………………………………….37pts

2nd   Robin Wilson (14.0)………………………………………………………..36pts

3rd    Roy Winter (8.9)………………………………………………………………35pts

 

2nd division

1st     Phil Cooke (15.8)…………………………………………………………….36pts

2nd    Dave Wareing (15.8)………………………………………………………35pts

3rd     Ken Saunders (25.1)……………………………………………………….34pts

 

Ladies

1st     Lynda Lloyd (17.0)…………………………………………………………..35pts

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Eli Holdhus was nearest the pin on the 17th for the ladies spot prize………..the winners of the mens’ spot prizes did not attend the presentation.

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1st division winner

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Phil was surprised to be 1 shot off the pace, but happy with the 2nd division………….

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Lynda is a regular on the stage, best of the ladies…..

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Barry provided all the players with a new ball sponsored by Flagship Shopfitters, his own four ball were provided with polo shirts from the same company, and there was a bucket of balls on the 11th tee to minimise the effect of a lost ball in the lake! The players were grateful to Denise and Sue who were waiting on the 12th tee with cold drinks,

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Me, Barry, Milt and Phil in our very smart raspberry (not pink!) shirts………….

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Complementary lake balls for the journey over the lake on 11………………….

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Milt searches for one that looks as though it doesn’t like water………..

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Sue and Denise waiting for the first golfers……….

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Looks like Barry is in front of the markers on 9…….Oh no, playing 3 after his first drive went for a swim…….

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Milt needs to pack some flippers if he is desperate for that extra point……actually he made a five at 18 after this splash shot……

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The evening party was fantastic with Barry and Denise providing a buffet at the club and paying for a fantastic nights’ entertainment from a Condado favourite, Woody. A pity though that some of the prize winners were not present after all the hard work put into the evenings’ organisation.

Next week is the October Apollo Air individual stableford.

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Viking Cup Presentation Evening

A limited number of reservations have become available to non-participants of the Viking Cup for the above event which will be held at Sofia’s Restaurant on the evening of Tuesday 23rd October 2018.

A three-course meal with wine is provided at a cost of 20 euros per person which is then followed by the presentation of the Viking Cup and a Disco.

Anyone wishing to attend please contact Ken Saunders at: – compcdagolf@outlook.com to receive the menu.

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Barry

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Course maintenance update

Society Members,

I know, particularly over the past few months, many of you have complained to the committee about the general state of the course, in particular, the greens.

I, as Captain and on behalf of us all , have been in touch with GNK senior management, on a number of occasions during this period, unfortunately without many signs of improvement.

Following our Society competition on Monday I sent the below email with photos attached to Enrique, the course owner and Director General of GNK. I received an immediate response!

On Tuesday this week a number of the senior management team from GNK, including Enrique, came over to Condado. Enrique went out onto the course and I have been told was appalled at its general state.

Yesterday morning , Wednesday, there was more activity on the course than we have seen for many months, in fact there were green keepers everywhere.

Greens had been cut, cleared and rolled. Areas of the greens have been reseeded, (I have been assured that this will now germinate as the weather has cooled down),  the reeds around the lakes were being cut back etc.

For the ladies in particular, the toilets on the course which have been in a disgusting state for months,  will now be cleaned as a priority each morning and BEFORE anyone goes on the course.

Please be assured that myself and the rest of the committee will continue to represent our society members concerns at the highest level within GNK and that we see that our course returns to the condition it should be and that we deserve.

Regards

Phil Cooke

Captain CdA Golf Society.

 

Original message…………………………..

 

“I am sending you this email following many complaints from our Society members regarding 2 issues. 

Firstly, the appalling state of the greens on Condado, the problem appears to be affecting most of the greens, some suffering worse than others.

I have attached a few photographs from today.

I did speak with Tony this morning about this but I do not feel he realised the problem properly, hence the pictures.

For example on the 3rd, the picture with the ball in front of me (Greens2.png), this was my putt, ball at my feet,  towards the hole, totally impossible!!

Indeed almost everyone of our members who played today complained, and we feel that the situation is getting worse.

4 of our members cancelled today and went to play on Camposol, quoting the state of the greens as the main reason and that Camposols’  were better, totally unheard of!!

Clearly with the best will in the world even if work started immediately the greens will take many weeks to recover to their former glory, in the meantime can we ask that these areas are at least marked off as GUR please?

 

The second issue is the appalling state of the toilets. This particularly affects our lady members.

Although the toilets are being cleaned to a fashion, the cleaner is concentrating on the clubhouse when she arrives. This means that the toilets on the course are not getting any attention until very late in the morning most days. For example today the toilets between the 5th and 6th were dirty, no toilet paper and did not represent a top class course, which of course we all feel Condado is.

We all appreciate the problems regarding vandalism, however if the toilets on the course were cleaned first thing in the morning, before paying members of the public reached them on the course, it would make a big difference and a far better impression of the course and its facilities.

 I apologise if this once again is a complaint email, these points have been expressed to the Pro shop staff on many occasions, virtually every week, and they assure us that they are passed on. 

However I feel that your senior management team are not fully aware of the issues. 

As such I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and Enrique at Condado and show you our concerns personally.

We, the members of the Condado de Alhama Golf Society are, and always have been, passionate about our course and are grateful and respect all the work and effort that GNK do.

 I look forward to your response and comments so that I can pass them onto our members.

 

Regards

Phil Cooke

Captain, Condado de Alhama Golf Society

 

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