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A team event this week, with 67 players in 17 teams. Thanks again to Barbara Rollett for performing the duties of starter again. Each player had to get 4 drives in, but the important shots are the approaches to the green, where hitting the green in regulation sets up 4 birdie attempts. Only one shot separated the top 3 teams, but a nett score of 58.2 was good enough.

1st – Chris McAllister, Kevin Smith, John Collins, Norman McNelis……..63- 4.8= 58.2

2nd – Gro Olsen, Jan H Olsen, Magnar Larssen, Mona Johannsen………….68- 7.2= 58.8

3rd Jim Laird, Ian Murnin,Dan Don, Steve Brown……………………………… 64- 5.0= 59.0

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winners John, Kev and Chris flanked by Peter Reeves and Dave Rollett………………..

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Next week is the August Apollo Air individual stableford.

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Barry

Federation Insurance Information:

Every time we play on any Golf course in Spain we are charged for “Federation Insurance”, which can vary course to course. On Condado it is €3, or an annual cost of €67 direct with the Federation. In 2018 Society members paid a total of €15,000 in Federation Insurance (assuming everyone paid €3). This insurance is compulsary by Royal Decree 849/1993 so exactly what are we covered for by this compulsory insurance?

Below  are links to  the original Spanish language version of the insurance certificate, as issued to GNK and also an English translation by Google Translate. (The important parts are highlighted in Yellow.)

Poliza licencias temporales 2019 al 2020 clubes

Federation Insurance (ENG)

Phil Cooke     Secretary

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Spanish Golf Federation Insurance

Every time we play on any Golf course in Spain we are charged for “Federation Insurance”, which can vary course to course. On Condado it is €3, or an annual cost of €67 direct with the Federation. In 2018 Society members paid a total of €15,000 in Federation Insurance (assuming everyone paid €3). This insurance is compulsary by Royal Decree 849/1993 so exactly what are we covered for by this compulsory insurance?

Below  are links to  the original Spanish language version of the insurance certificate, as issued to GNK and also an English translation by Google Translate. (The important parts are highlighted in Yellow.)

Poliza licencias temporales 2019 al 2020 clubes

Federation Insurance (ENG)

Phil Cooke     Secretary

 

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You might wonder what this clown has to do with golf – well, nothing but an interesting story below………….

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Just a basic stableford this week with 56 players. Some good scores, especially in the first division. Daniel Don played to his handicap with 36 points and was 12th! I wasn’t there but the course must be recovering well.

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1st division

1st Bjorn Spieler (11.8)……………………………..40pts

2nd Rune Wingsternes (13.4)…………………….38pts (on countback)

3rd Jan Skjold (12.6)…………………………………..38pts (on countback)

A clean sweep for the Norwegians!

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2nd division

1st Dave Rollett (18.4)……………………………..39pts (on countback)

2nd Bernard West (15.0)…………………………..39pts

3rd Ray Rollett (20.1)………………………………..34pts

Another clean sweep but for the English!

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The presentation also included 16 year old Megan Williams who finished 2nd on Wednesday, but unfortunately could not take money as a junior, but received an alternative prize.

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Dave Rollett can thank a little bunny for his victory – his drive on the 2nd was heading for the cabbage until it hit the little furry thing and bounced back into a playable lie, allowing him to score the one point which made the difference! Another great shot on the 2nd saw Bjorn Spieler hole his 2nd shot from 174 metres – surely the shot of the day!

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.Bjorn deservedly won division one………

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Dave has had a golfing hip fitted – it seems to work!

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Looks like Phil has got the prize – no, it’s Megan!

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And here is the story about the clown………..

.My chuckle brother Barry Answer came over to Spain for just 4 days,especially to join in my 73rd birthday celebrations – we were the same age for 10 days, but I had to move on unfortunately. I chose 2 nights in Benidorm over a round of bad golf, and thought I had a good deal with parking in the owner’s garage space for 20 euros.

We arrived in the old town with no idea where the garage was, and the what’s app message from Sylvia didn’t come through (no Wi-Fi!), so parked illegally while I rang her. She arrived and got in with us to take us on a 5 minute detour through the roadworks to the tiny garage entrance which was only 100 yards from where we set off. An electronic device opened the door and down, down, down into the bowels of the earth we went. After a honeycomb of tight bends and 3 point turns we found a tiny space. Car parked we needed 3 trips for the 5 of us in a tiny medieval lift with walls covered in cardboard to get out. To make matters worse the owner told us that they were going on a mediterranean cruise the next day and could not help me get out!

Well, the time came to go home and dreading the experience we left the girls stood on a corner with all the bags (yes they looked like bag ladies!). No problem opening the garage door with the device and then the came the exploration down into the dark. I removed the car from the tight parking space OK (good job I reversed in or I would still be there), and then Barry walked up in front of the car like someone from the early 1900’s. Without him telling me how far away from the wall I was on some of the bends I would still be there. Finally I was positioned in front of the up-and-over exit door and thought we were  safe – but no! The device would not open the door from the inside, and after several attempts we had visions of someone opening the door in a couple of weeks and finding two skeletons staring out (we left the cool box and food with the girls) .

Barry left me panicking and went back down into the darkness to find a way out (the lift needed a control which we didn’t have). I thought I would die alone. Barry knocked on a couple of doors without reply but found one door which actually opened onto some steps leading out – then 5 minutes later the door opened to daylight! The control would work on the outside but not the inside!

Finally out we picked our way through the detours to the girls (no customers!) and again had to park illegally in front of the main taxi rank. Then Barry had to take the garage key back to the apartment while we loaded up. While he was away I could not believe it when a clown parked right in front of us blocking us in, and got out to pose for photos with any passing group. I thought the police would arrive and lock us up in some dreaded Spanish jail, but I would have chosen that over where we had just escaped from!

And that is the story of how we came to meet the clown………………………

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Next week is a 4 person texas scramble.

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Frank Larsen was the July Apollo Air champion…… ….

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57 players this week, with the temperature in the high 30’s. The greens are still a week or two away from recovery, but much better than last week. A couple of 41 points from low handicappers showed that the course was playable. Thanks again to Barbara Rollett for acting as starter.

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Apollo Air winner

Frank Larsen (10.2)…………………………………………..41pts (on countback)

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1st division

1st Tom McFarlane (7.5)……………………………….41pts

2nd Anthony Keating (14.5)……………………………39pts (on countback)

3rd Jeff Cotter (10.6)……………………………………..39pts

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2nd division

1st Phil Cooke (17.3)…………………………………….37pts

2nd Kim Lloyd (18.9)………………………………………36pts

3rd Dave Rollett (18.3)……………………………………34pts

 

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Tom had a great score but just lost out……………………………..

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Phil always seems to be in the prizes……………………………..

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Preperations for this year’s Viking Cup are continuing with good co-operation between the representatives.

Team Europe are now just one player short for their team and as usual Team UK & Ireland is full with a waiting list.

Therefore can I ask anyone who knows that they will not be able to play (Tuesday 22nd October) to please

let me know ASAP as I currently have a list of 8 reserves.

Further information will be sent out via email as we move closer to the day.

Phil Cooke

2019 Viking Cup Team UK & Ireland Captain

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Next week is a singles stableford.

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Barry

 

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4 Person Team Friday July 5th 2019

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.Some greens were much worse…………………..

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This week was a 4 person team with 2 to count on holes 1-6, 3 on 7-12 and all 4 on holes 13-18. Thanks to Barbara Rollett for acting as starter again for the 47 players. Good job we moved the strokeplay major from today to the end of August as the conditions after hollow coring were not good. No concessions for the state of the course, sadly.

It was a team of relatively low handicappers who master the conditions better than all the others.

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1st Shaun Cairney, Tom McFarlane, Anthony Keating, Tom Toner……………118pts

2nd Eddie Rainey, Peter Reeves, Andrew Nicol, Teresa Nicol………………………105pts

3rd Kirsty Skardal, Thore Skardal, Annie Kittlesen, Lasse Johannessen…….104pts

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.the winners………..

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All but one of the teams were over par in a 4 person format with the course to blame.

Next week is the Apollo Air individual stableford for July.

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Time for a few jokes with an Australian theme………………………

An old tramp in the outback turned up at the shearing shed and it was painfully obvious that he hadn’t washed in years. So the shearers manhandled him into a sheep dip bath, and after stripping off several layers of never-before- removed clothing, they noticed a peculiar lump on his back. After a few more old flannels and singlets were peeled off they found…………………………a schoolbag.

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Bruce decided to take Sheila to the Snake Gulch cafe for lunch. Bruce looked at the choices and said ‘they’ve got sheep tongues on the menu, I think I’ll try that. How about you Sheila?’

Sheila says ‘Oh no, Bruce I couldn’t have anything that came out of a sheep’s mouth’.

‘What would you like then Sheila’?

‘ I think I’ll just have an egg’.

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Aussies are not really animal lovers………………………..

How do you make a a cat go ‘woof’? Soak it in petrol and throw a match on it………………..

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Barry

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