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This week we played an individual stroke play under the new R&A guidelines. To speed things up there was a maximum limit on strokes per hole  – this time at twice par. So , maximum 6 at a par 3, 8 at a par 4 and 10 at a par 5. This did reduce the numbers of no returns but didn’t seem any quicker. It was made a non-qualifier for handicap purposes as there are some anomalies – ladies with 3 slope shots at a par 3 could still get 2 points with a 6, and anyone with 2 shots could get a point at 3 of the short holes?

Lots of high scores with this format but 49 of the 50 golfers did return a score.

The starter was again Tanya, so thanks very much for handing out the new rules with the cards.

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1st division

1st      Shaun Cairney…………………………………………………86-13-73

2nd     Mike Dean……………………………………………………….81-07-74

3rd     Chris McAllister……………………………………………….81-06-75

 

2nd division

1st      Mick Fenner……………………………………………………99-31-68

2nd    Sven Erik Gulbrandsen………………………………….94-20-74

3rd     Bob Whitty……………………………………………………..93-19-74

 

Ladies

1st      Kristen Quamme Skjold ……………………………..88-20-68

2nd     Torild Lailey………………………………………………….101-29-72

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Shaun won division one…..

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Mick won division two……

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Kristin was the ladies winner………………

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Practising before the round – it worked for Chris who got a 3rd place, but still a lot of work to do for Barry and Peter who finished at the wrong end of the leader board……

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Barry Answer, me and Ken Saunders model the society shirts and slipovers………..

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a cormorant dries its wings after a dip in the 18th lake…………….

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The GUR on the 12th gone, without any sign of repair………….just uneven, patchy grass.

Monday is the away day to Lorca, first tee off at 11 am, order of play to be drawn on the coach. Be at the Al Kasar for 8.15, 8.30 departure. Next Friday is a 4 person texas scramble, and bookings are open for the Anniversary Trophy competition on February 1st.

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A few jokes at the expense of our older golfers………………….

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OLD IS WHEN………….your sweetie says, “Lets go upstairs and make love,” and you answer, “Darling, I can’t do both!”
OLD IS WHEN…………your friends compliment you on your new alligator shoes and you’re
barefoot.
OLD IS WHEN……….a sexy babe catches your fancy and your pacemaker opens the garage
door.
OLD IS WHEN……….going bra-less pulls all the wrinkles out of your face.
OLD IS WHEN……….you don’t care where your wife goes, just as long as you don’t
have to go along.
OLD IS WHEN……….you are cautioned to slow down by the doctor instead of by the
police.
OLD IS WHEN……….”getting a little action” means you don’t need to take any fibre today.
OLD IS WHEN………. “getting lucky” means you find your car in the car park.
OLD IS WHEN………. an “all nighter” means not getting up to pee!
OLD IS WHEN……….Statistics show that at the age of seventy, there are five women to
every man. Isn’t that an ironic time for a guy to get those odds?
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Barry

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Jim and David had a fantastic score………….

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Perfect conditions, sunshine, no wind for the 38 golfers ( 2 players had no partner so were given a ghost card). Tanya is now like part of the furniture in the clubhouse sorting out the golfers before play begins.

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1st      Jim Laird & David Thorburn…………………………………….49pts

2nd    Dave Lloyd & Kim Lloyd……………………………………………47pts

3rd     Peter Reeves & John Donaldson……………………………..46pts

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Still a few places available for the away day to Lorca on Monday January 21st. Only 40€ with everything included (apart from the beer!), so see Ken Saunders if you want to go.

Next week is an individual stroke play event, one of the few times we get chance to play it. Just to speed the game up though, we will be using a new option allowed by the new rule changes = a maximum score is set at double the par for the hole.

The following changes have now been made to the 2019 fixture list:- Friday 8th February was Captain’s V President’s team event, it is now the Apollo air. Friday 15th February was Apollo Air now Captain’s V President’s.

The bookings for the Anniversary trophy will open on Wednesday. Also those going to the evening presentation need to confirm their menu choices to Alicia at eventscdagolf@outlook.com

LA SIENA RESTAURANT, MAZARRON

20 EUROS INCLUSIVE FOR MEMBERS

CAVA ON ARRIVAL.

SALAD AND BREAD.

JAMON, CHEESE AND ALMOND PLATTER &  SEAFOOD PLATTER.

1ST PLATE –BEEF SALSA/EGG MAYO/MEAT PAELLA (CHOOSE)

2ND PLATE – CHICKEN/PORK IN PEPPER SAUCE/ FISH/ VEGETARIAN (CHOOSE)

DESSERT/COFFEE

WINE AND BEER

Bus leaves at 6.45 returns after midnight

Disco

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Check out the previous post, the annual review of 2018.

 

Barry

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2018 Annual Review

Time for a look back at 2018 which was another year of success, with perhaps the emphasis on consolidating all the hard work done in previous years. Ken Saunders became president and Phil Cooke took over the captaincy, appointing Alicia Saunders as his vice-captain.

The number of players using society times seems to have increased, especially midweek with 30/40 players regularly playing in the stableford Mondays and Wednesdays. 553 members and a reminder below of what happened, and no doubt things will get even better.

The fixture list has tended to follow the same pattern as in previous years, so members have some idea what weeks to book for their visits to Condado. There are still 8 major competitions to contest, and still we get new names on the prestigious trophies.

The ownership of the course has not changed, although the 6 course membership did reduce to 4 courses, with a significant reduction in the cost of that membership. Unfortunately we still are unable to get the single course membership that we all desire. Another problem was when the annual buggy rental option was removed, and a personal mobility scooter being banned. Also if a golfer with serious mobility problems can’t find a partner willing to share the price  the price is  so prohibitive that they just will not play.

Sadly we have lost 2 members who passed away during the year – Peter Ridley and Dave Griffiths. They will be missed terribly.

We have changed the colour of the society polo shirts each year, but as we were running out of colours to choose from the decision was made to adopt a blue with black vents, which will remain the society shirt for the foreseeable future.

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just about everyone had the new society shirt – looking good!

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Our system (Handicapmaster) has moved into its second year. All members have online access to bookings, results, individual performance analysis, automatic handicap adjustments and many other features including weekly fixtures for the whole year.

It has been obvious that more committee members are needed as so much work is done by so few people – we would welcome a little help from members who can do just a few of the chores, because those committee members who work so hard at present just won’t be able to keep going indefinitely. Starters are always needed and we have been lucky to have a few who have volunteered several times, but it would still be fantastic to get more help. Please let a committee member know if you can do just a little bit.

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One of our volunteers, Tanya Seckington…………………..

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Sue and Denise……………………………

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Sue and Denise waiting with drinks and bacon butties for the first golfers……….

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The weather seems to have changed with a couple of storms which required the course to close for a brief period. The condition of the course has been a cause for concern with the greens especially poor, but things have improved towards the end of the year. The start of the year was cold – well wrapped up so we could get out on the course!

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Barry Answer and myself glad to get in – (February)………

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Summer came, and everywhere looked good………………….

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As the seasons change, the course suffered………………

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Golfers are always ready to enter into the spirit of the competition – here Dave Lloyd becomes part leprechaun!

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Ricky Comber left no doubt which side he was on……………

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it’s Christmas!……………..

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3 away days were arranged during the year 2 to Valle de Este (because the first in March was ended prematurely by a massive storm, so we had a raincheck and returned at the end of October).

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GNK have supported the society in many ways, Rapelle green fee vouchers, special flags, decal on buggies………………………….

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a nice touch from GNK who have added Viking Cup decals to the front of all buggies!

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Always a highlight of the year, the Viking Cup was won by the UK & Ireland team – the overall score after  9 years is 5-4 to UK & Ireland………………………

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the winning team, UK & Ireland………………………

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the buggies looked good with their new decal……….

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a sad picture – we have had a couple of herons visiting the lakes, but one of them was unfortunately found dead at the side of the 4th…………….

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Our annual charity event, the Seve Trophy, again had a fantastic response from everyone, players, sponsors and donations. Since its inception in 2012 when it was inaugurated in response to the death of Seve Ballesteros (changed to the Lorca disaster fund in the same week) the charity has been chosen in response to situations that have involved a member of the society. This year it was in aid of a local cancer charity in Alhama (Asociacion Espanola contra el canceras) – a result of Maria’s battle with the disease. The total was 5,427.50€.

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Major winners

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Anniversary Trophy………………………Rob Busby, Steve Bell

Graham White Pairs………………………Ivor Abernethy & Jacqui Patterson

Presidents Cup………………………………Jeff Cotter

Captains Cup…………………………………Pete Elgar

Seve Trophy…………………………………..Jim Laird

Barry Barker Strokeplay…………………. Keith Miller (Milt)

Ladies Cup…………………………………….Ellen Gulbrandsen

Seniors Trophy………………………………Terry Burgess

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Special Events

St Patricks Day………………………………Lis Jakobsen

St Georges Day……………………………..Chris King

Clark Family Fun Day…………..Willie Laing, Martyn Collins, Wayne Greenall, Barry Greenall

Barry Answer………………………………..Steve Todd

Viking Cup……………………………………UK & Ireland

Kevin Smith Team…………………………..Andrew & Torild Lailey, Colin & Lynda Lloyd

Clover Xmas Stableford………………Chris McAllister

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Apollo Air

January…………………………………………Jan Jakobsen

February……………………………………….Dave Rollett

March…………………………………………..Tony Andrews

April…………………………………………….Kevin Smith

May……………………………………………..Phil Cooke

June…………………………………………….Steve Brown

July………………………………………………Peter Pert

August……………………………………..….Gabrielle Dickinson

September…………………………………..Lynda Lloyd

October……………………………………….Eamon Barry

November……………………………………Tony Andrews

December…………………………………….Gabi Busch

Overall champion…………………………….Tony Andrews

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Dublin Crystal

March…………………………………………John Donaldson

June…………………………………………….Ray Rollett

August…………………………………………Carl McCulloch

November……………………………………Tony Andrews

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Thanks to Apollo Air for the sponsorship again……..

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We are appreciative of the continued sponsorship from many individuals and businesses. Thanks to all our sponsors and this year Apollo Air got a boost when their flag was prominent on the first tee at each of the monthly events.

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Eddie Reid – sleeve of balls for each division winner

Dave Cooke – sleeve of balls for every ‘2’

Trophy box – St George’s Day, special event

Adrian & Heather Clark – team event

Barry Answer – special event and evening party with entertainment

Eden Hair and Beauty – 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

Jeff Cotter – engraved golf caps for major winners 

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A parting shot – without more volunteers to help with the running of the society we will not see the same report at the end of 2019 so please help the committee in any small way that you can.

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Best wishes for 2019

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Barry

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Tormod was this month’s Apollo champion, seen here with a new design for the replica………………..

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This week saw the first leg of the annual Apollo Air championship, won in the last 2 years by John Collins and Tony Andrews. Perfect weather and some fantastic scores – 3 players scored 41 points and the round of the day was a gross 73 by Dave Lloyd, but unfortunately for him he was pipped on the back nine by Norwegian Tormod Vaage. Thanks again to our ever reliable Tanya for setting the players off.

 

Winner

Tormod Vaage (23.6)…………………………………………………41pts

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1st division

1st      Dave Lloyd (4.9)……………………………………………..41pts

2nd     Tom Toner (8.8)…………………………………………….40pts

3rd      Shaun Cairney (10.9)……………………………………38pts

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2nd division   

1st     Jeff Ruellan (22.9)…………………………………………..41pts

2nd    Andrew Lailey (18.6)……………………………………..38pts

3rd    Neil Simpson (18.0)………………………………………..37pts

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Ladies

1st     Jeanette Bilsborough (16.5)…………………………34pts (on countback)

2nd    Marijke Brouwers (15.2)……………………………….34pts

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Dave on the first tee, not knowing that he had an exceptional round ahead of him…….

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and when he rolled in this 20 footer for par at the 18th it looked like it was his day, but alas, no………………

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Jeanette won the ladies, and I could see a victory on the cards when I played with her 2 weeks ago……………..

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everyone wrapped up well at the start, but layers were soon shed……………..

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It was the first day of the revised rules, and it took some getting used to – playing out of turn, putting with the flag in, dropping from knee height…………………………….

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There are still plenty of places for the away day to Lorca on January 21st, see Ken Saunders if you want to go.

Also emails will soon be sent out to everyone who played in the 2018 Viking Cup. You will have until March to confirm your place, after which it will be open to other applicants.

Next week is a pairs stableford, and midweek I will put on an extra post reviewing events of 2018.

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Barry

 

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January 2019 rule changes

A reminder that there are many changes to the rules of golf from January 1st – look at these 20 below.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chPOtfLUHC0

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