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GLENYS WINS MONTGO’S HANNAH MARSDEN TROPHY

Today 18th October Montgo played a Stableford Competition for the Hannah Marsden Trophy sponsored by Bob Marsden.

Our winner was Gleny´s Cuming with an excellent 42 points, 2nd was Franz Budnik with 40 points, 3rd was Richard Fox with 38 points and 4th place went to George Braddick with 37 points.

The nearest the pins were won by Susanne Duner on the 3rd, Neil Cuming on the 16th Ilona Mathieu on the 5th There were 3 twos won by Franz Budnik, Sally Cottrell & Neil Cuming who each received a coveted Montgo Ball. We also had 2 card draws for other prizes and these were won by Stella Fox & Ian Bonser.

This is the last time that Montgo will play for this trophy as Bob will be retiring from golf and Montgo. As many of you will know Bob has for many years has had health problems and he feels that this is the right time for him retire. Bob will be presenting the trophy to the young lady after which it is named later in the year. Montgo wish Bob all the very best for the future.

Our next competition is a Stableford sponsored by Peter Twine

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Las Ramblas Golf Society Results for w/c 14.10.19

Monday saw us compete in round one (of three) to determine our winner of this year’s Stableford championship. With individual prizes also available on each day, it will be the player with the highest total number of points at the end of the week that will receive the ‘Major’ trophy.

Graham Murray got off to a great start winning with 38 points. John Shervell, with 35 just edged out Ron Phipps on countback to take second place. That dark horse, Mike Chapman, is also still in the frame having scored 34 points. Two ‘2’s today. One for Bryan Neal with the other going to Richard Connock.

Wednesday and it was round two of Stableford week. Graham Murray managed to stay in contention having come in 5th with 33 points. Our winner on the day, with 41 points, was Nick Lee. Unfortunately for Nick, he had missed out on Monday’s round so will not be picking up the ‘Major’ this year! Paul Brown beat Yvonne Phipps on countback to take second with 36. There were an incredible seven ‘2’s today! Far too many to mention although Richard Connock (yet again) got two of them.

Friday and it was ‘Seconds out. Third and final round.’ Our winner on the day, making a very rare public appearance, was Peter Radcliffe with 42 points. Trevor Pullyblank took second spot from Paul Brown on countback with 34. Ron Luffman cleaned up today as he was the only player to score a ‘2’.

So, to the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Graham Murray took 4th place today with 33 points which was enough to see him crowned champion for the week with a total points tally of 104 points. Well done Graham! Second overall, after today’s great performance, was Peter Radcliffe with 98 and Richard Connock came in 3rd with 96 points.

Por ultimo, in the words of Don Adams, ‘I had a wonderful experience on the golf course today. I had a hole in nothing. Missed the ball and sank the divot.’

Pues, hasta la semana que viene

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El Plantio 2 GS Waltz

I do not normally report on the non-club golf days, but one special round deserves a mention. I was privileged to witness a superb performance on Sunday by infrequent visitor, Peter Brammer, who scored 15 pars, 2 Birdies and only 1 Bogie in a superb Stableford Score of 46 points off Handicap 9.

Peter, with his new drastically revised handicap slightly came back to earth in the club ‘Waltz’ on Tuesday but still scored a creditable 34 points and one nearest the pin but was unable to help his team get among the prizes.

His wife, Sam, however, upheld the family  by being part of the winning team. Special mention must go to club stalwart, Ian Henderson, who is still battling fitness issues, but has recently returned to play and was part of the team finishing second.

Nearest the pins – Hole 4, Peter Brammer, Hole 8, Ray Housley..

Third Place, Ian Burroughs, Barry Philpot, Mike Williams – 67 points.

Second place, Ian Henderson, Barry Walthall, David Swann – 67 points (C/B).

First place, Ray Housley, Sam Brammer, Mike Davies – 72 points..

If anyone would like to join our Society, we play at El Plantio Golf Club every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. We use both courses – the Par 3 9 hole course and the main 18 hole course, so we cater for all abilities.

The membership rates are very competitive, so call for more details. Anyone who wishes to play in the Society as a guest or join as a new member, contact David Swann on 865 779 983 or 648 476 752.

Picture from L to R: Barry Philpot, Ian Burroughs, Sam Brammer, Ray Housley, Mike Davies, Barry Walthall, Ian Henderson, David Swann, Peter Brammer, Mike Williams.

David Swann

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Rubys GS Poppy Appeal

Captain George Marshall Deane selected the Royal British legion poppy day appeal for his charity day this year and hand picked his team to try again to win this annual event. With an excellent turn out of 32 players we all tackled Vistabella Golf course with great gusto to help George achieve his dream.

Sadly this did not happen as his players scores were just below the Vice captains, in actual fact were well below what was needed for the win. However the real winner on the day was the charity who benefited to the sum of 775 euros which was raised from a raffle, donations from members and golf courses, and a special mention to Mal  who knitted over 80 poppy’s which were sold and worn by our members as you can see from the picture, well done Mal.

The results on the day were: The captains cup was won by the vice captains team, the highest stapleford score was Alan Corder who was not at all happy about his forthcoming handy cap cut. Nearest the pin on the par 3’s were Mike Thomas, Peter List, El Stevo and Bill Martin.

Back at O’Brien’s where we enjoyed some nibbles the auction and raffle took place and where we raised this incredible amount of money, the celebrations continued on, during which the football cards were won by Alex Bolton and Keith Markham. A great day was had by all and a substantial amount was raised for the charity, well done all.

Birthday boy

Our fun/ bounce game was at Font Del Llopp and was also a huge birthday celebration for one of our oldest members Jim McCarthy who reached the ripe old age of 80 and still playing golf quite well, what an achievement, sadly he was not in the winning team this week but as you can see from the picture he was well looked after and had a great day.

We played the yellow ball format and it was good fun for all the teams, the results were as follows; Nearest the pins were Terry Brooker, Michelle Evans, Andy (come on you yellows) Rawlings, Marc De Roos, and Hermine De Roos. The best Stapleford score on the day was Mike Thomas.

Only two teams brought the yellow ball back and the winning team with 151 points was Mike Thomas, Martin Collins, Sonia Parijs and Hermine De Roos. Back at O’Briens where we continued to celebrate the “old” boy’s birthday the football card was won by Steve (lucky again) James. If anyone wishes to play with us or needs any further information please email us at rubysgolf@yahoo.co.uk

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SMGS at Font de Llop. October 16th, 2019

A beautiful day and a course in excellent condition greeted the 38 members and 8 accompanying guests making the trip to Font de Llop. Some complications over green fee arrangements led to a few Committee Members, and pro-shop staff, getting some unnecessary stress before play commenced. In the end, though, all was resolved amicably.

Set up pretty short, with some work still going on to recover areas affected by recent heavy rains as well as general maintenance, some high scores were expected.

However, prize-winning scoring across all categories was pretty even (and average) with only Dave Alderdice amongst the members taking full advantage, beating his nearest rival for maximum Order of Merit points by a mere cinco puntos. Well played Dave!! Peter Devlin, a regular visitor, also beat his handicap.

Another visitor, Ray Waite, almost had a hole-in-one on the across-the-water par-three 12th , missing by a mere 6 inches.

The day’s results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:

Bronze Category: 4th Mick Seymour (33), 3rd Mike Jordan (34 on CB), 2nd Keith Wickham (34 on CB) and 1st Ken Flaherty with 35 points.

Silver Category: 4th Ivan Hanak (31), 3rd Keith Little (35 on CB), 2nd Noel Bannon (35 on CB) and 1st Brian Mulligan with 36 points.

Gold Category: 4th Theo Boelhouwer (33 on CB), 3rd Andy Shaw (33 on CB), 2nd Colin Rust (36) and 1st Dave Alderdice with easily the day’s best score of 41 points.

Nearest the pins (sponsored by Property Shop): Hole 3 Alister Gordon, Hole 8 Peter Devlin, Hole 12 Ray Waite, Hole 16 Dave Alderdice, and Hole 17 Ian Merga.

Abacus (sponsored by Mike Kaylor IPTV): Tommy Boyle

Best Guest Winners: 1 st Peter Devlin (38), 2 nd Ray Waite (36)

Our thanks go to all Font de Llop staff for their contribution to the day. Next week we will be at Vistabella, the following week at Altorreal. Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Captain Phil de Lacy a call on 966774197.

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‘Mike Probert talks Golf

Sponsored by Costa Blanca Green Fee Services

Here on the Costa’s golf is one of the biggest leisure time activities for both tourists and resident alike and with this in mind we have secured the services of Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services to provide a weekly round up of local golfing events and topics and in conjunction with us at THE LEADER will provide discounted golf prices to all of our readers and run our golf competitions.

Around and about the golf courses

Since our last around and about the golf course article we have faced the worst storms and floods for more than 100 years which devastated some local course particularly those in Murcia so it is only appropriate that we provide our readers with a full update.

Campoamor

They have re-laid all 18 greens over the summer months and had planned to re-open the greens and the course in full by the 16th October 2019 and this has not been the case with play currently on 9 greens (which are in a poor condition) and 9 temporary greens and we will keep you updated when this situation changes.

La Marquesa

The front nine holes (which were being re-modelled) were badly damaged by heavy floods and currently only the back nine holes are open for play so they offer only 9 hole rounds or 18 holes by playing holes 10-18 twice and this situation will not change in the immediate future and we will keep you updated of changes

La Serena

Although the course was not too badly affected (except bunkers as on all courses) they lost their buggy fleet and they are currently operating with a reduced number of buggies.

La Torre

There was significant damage to bunkers but the biggest problem is that after the water receded it left the fairways covered in silt and mud and the course is still closed and will remain that way until the 1st November 2019 although they are targeting the 25th October 2019.

Las Colinas

The course was not too badly affected by the storms (other than the bunkers of which 80% are now back in play) but again they lost their entire buggy fleet and while they have been successful in obtaining at least 30-40 buggies they are still operating buggies on a first come first served basis.

New Sierra Golf

This is currently an excellent 9 hole course and they have now started initial works on the other 9 holes and have plans to open these additional holes by October 2021.

Saurines

This course was probably the worst affected by the storms and floods with extensive damage to the course infrastructure and the course is still closed and will remain that way until the 30th November 2019.

Mosa Trajectum

We understand that work is taking place to re-open 9 holes but with significant changes to the original course design and will provide more information when known

We will attempt to keep you updated of any changes.

We at THE LEADER are committed to providing to our golfing readers affordable golf without the need to join a club or apply for a card but simply contact the number below to have instant access to discounted golf prices, many of which are exclusive to us.

The deals shown in the table are some of the best currently available to you:

Golf Course Price Comments
Alenda €158 Two Players and Buggy
Alicante €145 Two Players and Buggy
Altorreal €120 Two Players and Buggy
Bonalba €130 Two Players and Buggy
Don Cayo (Altea) €114 Two Players and Buggy
El Plantio €112 Two Players and Buggy from 12pm
Font Del Llop €136 Single Green Fee and Buggy
GNK Golf Courses €146 Two Players and Buggy (El Valle,Riquelme & La Torre)
La Finca €176 Two Players and Buggy
La Manga West €75 Single Green Fee
La Marquesa €49 Single Green Fee
La Serena €52 Single Green Fee
Las Colinas €99 Single Green Fee
Las Ramblas €124 Two Players and Buggy
Lo Romero €168 Two Players and Buggy
New Sierra Golf €82 Two Green Fees and Buggy
Roda €150 Two Players and Buggy
UGolf Courses €146 Two Players and Buggy (Saurines & Hac. Del Alamo)
Villamartin €142 Two Players and Buggy
Villaitana Poniente €66 Single Green Fee and Buggy
Vistabella €122 Two Players and Buggy

For Bookings and more information contact Mike at info@costa-blanca-greenfees.com or direct on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 quoting reference LEADER.

The following vouchers are still available for purchase with all the proceeds going to the British Legion Poppy Appeal:

Alenda for 2 players for €80 valid from 02/12/19

Roda for 2 players and buggy for €90 valid from 25/11/19

 

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Spanglish Golf Society at New Sierra Golf 16th October 2019.

In association with Sapphire Properties and Costa Blanca Green Fee Services

For this months meeting the Spanglish Golf Society and a group of 27 players visited the established course at New Sierra Golf taking advantage of the excellent society deal obtained from Costa Blanca Green Fee Services.

The course was in excellent condition and was enjoyed by all.

The winning scores were as follows:

Gold Division

1st Jack Fanning 35 points, 2nd P J Hayes 35 points

Silver Division

1st Brian Burnard 25 points, 2nd Brian Prockter 24 points

Bronze Division

1st Paul Thompson 26 points, 2nd Paul Fairbairn 24 points

Best Guest T Curley 36 points – Nearest Pins: Mike Probert, Jack Fanning and Graham Mason – Football Card: Brian Prockter

We give our thanks to the Spanglish Bar for their support and that of our sponsor Sapphire Properties.

Our next fixture Captains Day to be held at Vistabella on 6th November 2019 followed by the society day at Altorreal on 20th November 2019.

Report by Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 or see us at our web-site at www.costa-blanca-greenfees.com.

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Presidents’ Day 2019 The Celts Club de Golf.

We had a magnificent turnout of 96 players for the annual Presidents’ tournament at La Serena.  As usual we have to congratulate all those who worked to make the day such a success.  It is hard to believe that less than a month ago La Serena was under a metre of water.

Bruno and his team excelled themselves in having the course and clubhouse almost back to normal.  To Jean, Karolina and Paul thank you very much for all your fine endeavours.  Wayne and his crew had the course in excellent condition in spite of the floods.  To Gloria, Fina and the Vanessas, you always have a warm welcome for our members and this is much appreciated.

With the golf completed we then celebrated our Presidents’ dinner and dance at El Prado restaurant in San Miguel.  The restaurant have to be thanked for looking after more than one hundred diners at almost the same time providing us with a sumptuous meal.  It is no easy task and we know that when we arrive in the restaurant we can leave our members in the capable hands of Juan and his staff.

What can we say about our Jackie?  She was her usual self, brilliant again.  Alfredo, or should we call him Elvis, had members and guests enthralled with the Wonder of You.  Camillus and his  committee as usual had everything under control and members and guests alike simply turn up on the day and play their golf.  Well done Cam, Philip and Terry.  Denis our “tesero”, makes life so easy with his control of the accounts especially on such a hectic night, thank you.

Thanks to our captain Jim and his lovely wife Enid for their attendance.   We had a number of guests from the federation and we would like to thank them for their support, Alfredo Martinez and Jose Luis Sanchez, muchos gracias.  It is so nice to have compliments regarding the club, the venue and our Junta directive.  Many guests approached me on the night to thank our junta directiva and to say that they had never attended the function before and how they had thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

We had members travelling from Elche to La Manga, we are so glad you enjoyed the evening and look forward to seeing you at the next one.

Down to the results. NTP’s Kenny McGeehan, Philip Mountford, Bill Currie, Savi Nayager and Richard McCann.  Our guests prize went to Jose Luis Sanchez with 36,  We had four categories, 1, Winner, Tommy Warren 36, Kenny McGeehan 34 and Bob Smith 34. 2, Gordon Montgomery 36, Billy Thompson, 36 and Richard McCann 36. 3, Holly Thompson 38, Bev Ellender 34 and Tony Edwards 33. 4, Tony Stafford 38, Tony Woodward 35 and Mark Knight 35.

Gross was won by Camillus Fitzpatrick 34.  Runner-up Ian Howie 39 and the winner of the Presidents’ Prize for 2019 also with 39 Catherine Bennett.  Well done to the winners and to all those who participated on the day and attended the evening meal.

Next week we celebrate the final match of the International League for 2019 at Font de Llop.  The league continues to go from strength to strength and we are looking for teams to compete in the 2020 league.

Courses on the list for next year include, Villaitana, Alicante, Font de Llop and El Saler.  All for the sum of 230 euro per team of 8 players, great value indeed.

If you want information on entering a team or joining The Celts send an email to johnobrienalicante@gmail.com.

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Rubys Golf Society Poppy Appeal and bounce game

Captain George Marshall Deane selected the Royal British legion poppy day appeal for his charity day this year and hand picked his team to try again to win this annual event. With an excellent turn out of 32 players we all tackled Vistabella Golf course with great gusto to help George achieve his dream.

Sadly this did not happen as his players scores were just below the Vice captains, in actual fact were well below what was needed for the win. However the real winner on the day was the charity who benefited to the sum of 775 euros which was raised from a raffle, donations from members and golf courses, and a special mention to Mal  who knitted over 80 poppy’s which were sold and worn by our members as you can see from the picture, well done Mal.

The results on the day were: The captains cup was won by the vice captains team, the highest stapleford score was Alan Corder who was not at all happy about his forthcoming handy cap cut. Nearest the pin on the par 3’s were Mike Thomas, Peter List, El Stevo and Bill Martin. Back at O’Brien’s where we enjoyed some nibbles the auction and raffle took place and where we raised this incredible amount of money, the celebrations continued on, during which the football cards were won by Alex Bolton and Keith Markham.

A great day was had by all and a substantial amount was raised for the charity, well done all.

Our fun/ bounce game was at Font Del Llopp and was also a huge birthday celebration for one of our oldest members Jim McCarthy who reached the ripe old age of 80 and still playing golf quite well, what an achievement, sadly he was not in the winning team this week but as you can see from the picture he was well looked after and had a great day.

We played the yellow ball format and it was good fun for all the teams, the results were as follows; Nearest the pins were Terry Brooker, Michelle Evans, Andy (come on you yellows) Rawlings, Marc De Roos, and Hermine De Roos. The best Stapleford score on the day was Mike Thomas.

Only two teams brought the yellow ball back and the winning team with 151 points was Mike Thomas, Martin Collins, Sonia Parijs and Hermine De Roos. Back at O’Briens where we continued to celebrate the “old” boy’s birthday the football card was won by Steve (lucky again) James. If anyone wishes to play with us or needs any further information please email us at rubysgolf@yahoo.co.uk

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Las Ramblas Golf Society Results for w/c 7.10.19

Hola! Welcome to another week in paradise. Sometimes I think we should all take a moment to reflect and appreciate just how lucky we are (whether playing good or bad) to be competing on such a beautiful golf course in ideal weather conditions.

Our week kicked off with the dreaded ‘Yellow Peril’. With a commendable 150 points, our winners were Annemarie Weistheit, Friedel Knebel, John Dobson and, making a guest appearance, Alan Jopling.

Onto Wednesday and it was round 2 of 3 in our ‘major trophy’ medal competition. There were four ‘2’s today, going to Dean Tracey, Phil Harrington together with two for Richard Connock. Both Richard and Phil managed it on the par four 9th! With a nett score of 68 it was Bryan Neal who took the honours today, just edging out Dean Tracey on countback. Richard Connock took bronze with 71 followed by Rachel Lee with72.

Welcome today to two new provisional members, Alan Carter and Glenn Harris. I’m sure we’ll be seeing you on the money list soon!

Friday’s game was a 6x6x6. Having played today with both Glenn and Alan all I can say is don’t hold your breath! Our winners, with 82 points (beating my team by a staggering 22) were Alan Douglas, Friedel Kneble, Annemarie Weisheit and the fictional Albert. Second slot, with 79 points, went to Geoff Biggerstaff, Nigel Price, Mike Mahony and Benedicte Kruse.

Por ultimo, remember ‘Golf is a game where the ball always lies poorly and the player always lies well’. – anon

Pues, hasta la semana que viene

Peter Reffell

 

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