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Las Ramblas Golf Society Results for w/c 12.8.19

With a huge contribution from our latest recruits Nick and Rachel Lee, Mike Mahony and myself found ourselves on the winning team in Monday’s ‘2 from 4 and all on the par 3’s’. With an impressive score of 105 points, we were 7 points short of the winning team’s record set back in 2016 (which Mike also happened to be a part of). I have a very strong feeling Nick and Rachel won’t be playing off today’s handicaps for much longer!

Wednesday’s Stableford provided two major surprises. Not only did Ron Percival make it onto the leader board today but he won with 41 points! Apologies for no ‘photo of Ron but his agent wouldn’t allow us to include it without payment for publishing rights. (Plus he’s a bit camera shy.)

Dave Pulling took silver with 38 and was closely followed by (our handicap secretary) Bryan Neal, who came in with 37 points. John Shervell was also in the hunt with 35 points. Bryan commented afterwards ‘that’s the first game this year that I’m going to have cut myself!’ Two ‘2’s today, one going to guest Jamie Conway and the other to Rachel Lee (yes, she had been cut 2 shots from Monday.)

The winners of Friday’s ‘Bowmaker’ were Terry Field, Ken and Liz Robertson and our guest for a few weeks, Eileen Moriarty. A great score of 114 points was enough to see them home. Of course it does help when Terry manages to score 5 birdies! Rachel and Nick Lee were in the money yet again as, together with Alan Douglas and ‘Albert’, they scored 112 points. For any of our readers scratching their heads, a ‘Bowmaker’ is played in teams of four with the best three scores to count on each hole.

Por ultimo,

Ken Robertson says to caddy ‘That can’t be my ball, it’s too old.’

Caddy replies ‘It’s been a long time since we teed off, sir.’

Pues hasta la semana que viene

Peter Reffell

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MONTGO’S MICK WINS THE MIDDLETON TROPHY

Today Friday 16th August Montgo Golf Society played a Stableford competition for The Middleton Trophy, our sponsors were Jan & Roy Jones.

The winner was Mick Farmer with 39 points, 2nd was Sally Cottrell with 37 points, and 3rd was Nigel Siddall with 36 points. All excellent scores bearing in mind the heat & humidity.

There were 5 nearest the pins on offer today and these were won by Sally Cottrell on the 3rd and the 11th, Richard Delaney on the 16th, Mick Farmer with his second shot on the 5th and Nigel Siddall with his second shot on the 18th. There were 3 two`s won by Sally Cottrell, Keith Cottrell and Richard Delaney.

A semi final of the singles knockout was played earlier in the week and Tom Atkinson beat Sally Cottrell 4 & 3

Next week we have a 2 person Texas Scramble which will be sponsored by the society

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How To Improve Your Golf Game

Golf is a tricky sport but can also be a lot of fun if you’re good at it and can hit the ball well. Be glad to know there are tips you can use to help you improve your golf game and make sure you’re performing well each time you’re out on the course.

As you get better over time, you’ll feel more confident and eager to go play with friends or coworkers when they ask you to a round of golf. Most importantly, have fun with this challenge and enjoy the process of trying to get better at this sport.

Enhance Your Eyesight

You can improve your golf game by getting your eyes checked out and making sure you can see the ball well.
You can improve your golf game by getting your eyes checked out and making sure you can see the ball well.

You can improve your golf game by getting your eyes checked out and making sure you can see the ball well. If you do need glasses, then consider getting a stylish pair of new Calvin Klein eyeglasses that you can wear so you can see what you’re doing more clearly on the course. The ball is small and if you have bad eyesight to begin with, then you’re going to want to have a solid pair of glasses that will help you to improve your golf game.

Find A Mentor

One of the best ways to get better at and improve at a sport is to learn from others who are talented at it. Enhance your golf game by finding a mentor who can teach you the proper techniques and show you what you’re doing wrong. Go out and play with this person and have conversations about what changes you can make to how you play so that you can improve your score as time goes on. Choose someone who you not only look up to because of their skill but who will be patient with you as you learn and make mistakes along the way.

Practice Often

Most importantly, it’s a wise idea to get out on the course as much as possible and to practice if you want to become a better golfer. Practicing is a great opportunity to work on problem areas and to commit errors without all the pressure that comes from playing an opponent. Go out by yourself and take your time so that you can improve your swing and become a more consistent golfer. In addition to playing a round of golf on the course, head to your local driving range and hit a bucket of balls often so that you can make the necessary modifications to your swing.

Be Mentally Focused

Golf isn’t only about your swing and the physical talents, but it’s also about how mentally focused you are on the course. Therefore, work on clearing your mind and managing your stress so that when you do get out on the course you’re able to concentrate on what you’re doing. Meditating in your free time is a great way to accomplish this goal and will help you to focus better once you are playing a round of golf and need to pay attention to what you’re doing.

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SMGS at Roda. August 14th, 2019

After our humid exertions around Las Ramblas last time out, this week’s medal competition at Roda was “just a walk in the park, Kazansky”. A flat track and a cooling coastal breeze reduced the thermal stress factor even if the deep first cut of rough called for some strenuous digging to extract balls nestled down in the depths.

Overall, the course was in excellent condition and reflected the big financial investment we understand has gone into it recently. The bunkers especially were a proper sandy contrast to the shallow-filled, builder’s yard sweepings found in some of the local courses we’ve encountered this summer. Just saying.

The field of 28 members and 5 guests were completing the final round of this season’s Bogeys competition, a format which still seems to frighten off a few of the regulars. With the par +5 maximum per hole scoring format applying, it really isn’t that much different to a Stableford round. Again, just saying.

Nearys;  BTB, Mick, Best Guest Connor and Willie
Nearys; BTB, Mick, Best Guest Connor and Willie

John Urquhart was the runner-up guest with Connor Lambert taking best guest honours with a superb net 67.

In Bronze, Mike Kaylor finished third on countback (85), new member Steve Sutherland came second (81) and the winner was everyone’s favourite barranca diver, Alan Macdonald, with a very tidy net par round of 72.

Silver division featured Ian Merga making a run from Abacus last week to third this time out (78), followed by Kyrre Skarsmoen (75) and the ever-consistent Chris Wren, who sealed victory with a net 73.

Scoring in Gold was very good (at the top of the field, at least) with Captain Tony in third with a net 73. Joost Boelhouwer was second with an impressive 72 off his 7 handicap but the winner – yet again – was David Alderdice with an outstanding net 67. The handicap committee are debating whether to cut his handicap by 2 or just cut 2 inches off his driver. At the head end.

Nearest the pins were nailed by David Alderdice, Barry (tB) Roehrig, Willie Fenn and Mick Cook. Prizes sponsored by the Property Shop – many thanks, as always, Mick.

The Abacus award for the best job of adding up a very large number went to Kevin Allbright, kindly sponsored and presented by Mike of Mike’s IPTV.

Lastly in last and definitely not least, Abacus winner; Kev “gercha” Allbright
Lastly in last and definitely not least, Abacus winner; Kev “gercha” Allbright

Finally, the season-long Bogey competition went down to the wire with countback being required to separate runner-up Robin Eastman from this year’s model of medal consistency, Barry Roehrig. Congratulations and well played to you both.

Next week we’re on our outing to Lorca. The cost has been reduced – check the website for details – and sign on by Friday 16 August, please.

Other events upcoming after Lorca are at Vistabella and La Finca. To find out more visit our website www.smgs.org or give our Captain, Tony Smale, a call on 639129223.

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El PLantio2 Medalford

August is traditionally a slow period in the golfing calendar, with the high temperatures deterring all but the most committed players and holidays luring residents and part time members alike. El Plantio 2 Golf Society was no exception with only four players contesting a Medalford. Ray Housley was the big winner of this competition as probably the only reason he did not complete a clean sweep was because he could not come first and second in the same event.

Nearest the pins – Holes 2 and 6, Ray Housley. Second place, Handicap 15, Barry Walthall – 16 shots.

First place, Handicap 9, Ray Housley – 13 shots. Picture from L to R: Barry Walthall, Ray Housley.

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.

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Local players come to the fore at the IV Golf Villa de Mojácar-Bridgestone

The annual ‘IV Torneo de Golf Villa de Mojácar’ was recently held at the Marina Golf Course at Marina de la Torre, with over sixty local and holidaying players enjoying a full day of competitive sport.

This summer tournament is organised by Mojácar Council’s Sports Department, along with Bridgestone and Marina Golf Mojácar, with the action taking place on this spectacularly situated course with its Mediterranean views, designed by Ramón Espinosa.

It was a Stableford competition, the most common in club tournaments, as it allows a freer game in which the golfer can “pick up” their ball when all their available strokes for the hole have been taken.  Top in the first category, for those with handicaps between 0 and 19 came Ignacio Domingo Real from Madrid, with 38 points, followed by Jerónimo Gomato Martínez, with 37 points.

The second category, for those with handicaps from 19 to 36, was commanded by local players with   Francisco Sorroche García in first position with 46 points, followed by Juan Pedro Frenández Flores with 41 points. The scratch prize went to Esteban Pacios Herradón and, as usual there were prizes for the longest drive and the ball nearest to the pin.

Local Sports Councillor, Ana García, presented the trophies, along with the Marina Golf. Director, Kirk Lovell, at the Hotel Marina Mar where cocktails were served to all participants.

Ana thanked all the players for taking part in the fourth Mojácar Tournament, which has become a fixed date on golfers’ calendars, as well as inviting them all to come back next summer to see the new features on offer.

The day of tough competition ended in great spirits, with Ana drawing the ever popular prize raffle, providing a bit of fun to round up an intense day of play.

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European Captain Catriona Matthew announces her four Captain’s picks

European Captain Catriona Matthew picks Celine Boutier, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Bronte Law and Suzann Pettersen

European Captain Catriona Matthew announced her four Captain’s picks – France’s Celine Boutier, English stars Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Bronte Law and Norway’s Suzann Pettersen – at a press conference at Gleneagles today broadcast live on Sky Sports News and the Golf Channel.

Pettersen has played in a remarkable eight Solheim Cups and qualified for a ninth in 2017 but an injury forced her to swap to a Vice Captain role, while Ewart Shadoff has played in two Solheim Cups, 2013 and 2017, and has had four top tens this season. Law is currently the highest ranked British woman, sitting at 25th on the Rolex World Rankings, while Boutier finished sixth at the AIG Women’s British Open earlier this month and fifth at the 2019 US Women’s Open and is currently ranked 59th.

The eight players who automatically qualified for The 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles, from 9th to 15th September, at the conclusion of yesterday’s Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club were Carlota Ciganda, Anne Van Dam, Caroline Hedwall, Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Azahara Munoz, Caroline Masson and Anna Nordqvist.

Scotland’s Matthew, who has played in nine Solheim Cups, explained the reasoning behind her four selections: “Bronte and Celine’s excellent recent form speaks for itself in terms of why I selected them, and I think they are both going to have fantastic Solheim Cup debuts. I chose Jodi and Suzann for their vast experience, their recent good form and because I know exactly what they bring to the European team room. With our only other rookie being Anne Van Dam, who has also had an excellent year, I feel the experience of our team will be a great advantage to us along with the home crowd support.”

Three of the Captain’s picks were in the room when Matthew announced her final line-up while Ewart Shadoff was not able to attend after having a minor procedure last week.

Ewart Shadoff said: “I am gutted not to be there for team practice today but I will be back hitting balls next week and I am really excited to be part of Catriona’s team. I think the team looks incredibly strong, probably the strongest team I’ve been a part of and I’m honoured to have been chose by the Captain to be part of it. This will be my first Solheim Cup in Europe and just to experience the home crowd will be amazing and a big advantage for us.”

Law said: “I couldn’t be happier to be making my Solheim Cup debut here at the beautiful Gleneagles. I am so grateful to Catriona and all the Vice Captains for picking me and I can’t wait for it to start. To be part of this great team with so many Solheim Cup legends is pretty surreal but they have all been very generous in giving me advice ahead of making my debut.”

Boutier said: “I have been dreaming of playing Solheim Cup since I was a little girl and it really is amazing to be here at this press conference and know that my dream will come true in a month’s time! Getting out there to practise with the team today on the PGA Centenary course where I watched so much of the Ryder Cup was fantastic and I think this course is going to suit me very well.”

Pettersen said: “Catriona knows that match play brings out the absolute best in my game and that I will be ready to deliver points for her come September. I honestly believe that my best contribution to our Solheim Cup campaign will be on the course and I am very grateful to Catriona for having the confidence to choose me for this year’s team.”

With Pettersen stepping out of her Vice Captaincy role, Matthew announced that Mel Reid would now be her final Vice Captain, joining Dame Laura Davies and Kathryn Imrie.

The final qualifying event for the USA team will end with the CP Women’s Open in Canada, 22nd to 26th August, with many players still fighting to join their team in defending the Solheim Cup in Scotland next month.

Lexi Thompson, Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang, Lisette Salas and Jessica Korda are all safely qualified while past US Solheim Cup team standouts  Cristie Kerr and Stacy Lewis, would need to win the CP Women’s Open to claim their place without needing a Captain’s pick from Juli Inkster.

For the final rankings of the European team and latest US team rankings, please click here

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Patrick Reed has ended a drought after 35 winless PGA Tour starts by winning the Northern Trust.

Patrick Reed Wins Northern Trust With Back Against The Wall

The 29-year-old has made a huge case for a place on the US President’s Cup Team by pulling off an impressive feat, going into Liberty National and shooting rounds of 66,66, 67, and two-under 69 on Sunday, to notch the seventh PGA Tour win of his career.

Reed did pretty much the same three years ago, going into the tournament – then the Barclays – at Bethpage Black and snapping a winless streak which had seen him leave 48 events without a single victory. He would go well-nigh two years without a win after that, breaking the duck at the 2018 Masters.

His last three wins have all been in do-or-die situations, with two coming in the form of playoff events and the other a major championship. However, he’s not all that comfortable having to be under that much pressure.

“Yeah, I don’t like long gaps [between wins],” he said after his triumph on Sunday. “It’s not fun, you know what I mean. I’ve always played golf to win golf tournaments. I’ve always wanted to compete to win. I’m not really satisfied with a second, third, fourth, 10th place finish. I’ve always played events to win golf tournaments and any time I tee it up, trying to win.

“I feel like the longer that time period is in between wins, it just makes it tougher. You know, when I had that kind of long, drawn-out like kind of drought of not winning a golf tournament, I was pushing too hard and was trying harder to win and all of a sudden it was going the wrong direction. That’s what my team was smart enough to tell me to back off, shut it down and reset and get clear, because we can finish the year right.”

Reed, who claimed a one-shot win over Abraham Ancer to emerge as the tournament’s No.1, will hope to have a more productive time in the golf majors next year. As it stands, he’s 66/1 to win the 2020 PGA Championship with Bet365 and you should look no further than OnlineSportbetting.ca for the best golf predictions, as well as a comprehensive betting guide and a list of the top bookmakers.

William Hill has odds of 50/1 on Reed winning the 2020 US Masters, with Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson the favorites at 8/1 and 10/1 respectively with Ladbrokes. Reed’s US Open chances are considered to be a lot less, with Betfair putting him at 100/1 while 8/1 Koepka is favored for that one as well.

Rory McIlroy (11/1) and Koepka (also 11/1) are favorites for next year’s Open Championship with Bet365, while Betvictor has odds of 66/1 where Reed is concerned.

Reeds win on Sunday sees him lock up a spot on the Tour Championship and he’s at No.2 behind Koepka. Things aren’t as clear-cut as it relates to the President’s Cup but he hasn’t done himself any harm by winning the Northern Trust. He’s only moved up five spots in the standings (17-12) and isn’t an automatic choice as only the top eight make it by virtue of their place. The Other four players will be chosen by Tiger Woods as captain’s picks.

Ironically, Reed has knocked Woods from 12th to 13th with Sunday’s win.

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Las Ramblas Golf Society Results for w/c 5.8.19

Following on from last week, another fine performance from Mick Brentnall saw him in the winning team in Monday’s 6x6x6. Together with the fictional Albert, Dave Pulling and myself, a score of 84 points was enough to take the glory (well about 7 euros each!)

In the sweltering heat Wednesday’s Stableford was a ‘Joker’ which meant that on two predetermined holes the scores were doubled. After a brief spell away Mike Chapman came back to annoy us and took 1st place with 42 points. In second spot was Nigel Price with 40, just edging out Richard Connock on countback. It was a rollover week for the ‘2’s and for the second week on the trot Joyce McClusky missed out as she doesn’t enter this little side competition. Those that did enjoy the spoils were Graham Murray and Mike Chapman.

The temperature had notched up a couple more degrees as we concluded the week with a high/low 2 ball better ball. Taking top slot, with an outstanding score of 46 points, were Richard Connock and Mike Mahony. In second place and just 2 points behind them, were Graham Murray and me again!

Thanks this week go to Reg Akehurst for his thoughts on ‘How to properly line up your 4th putt.’

Another very enjoyable week with the course being in a fantastic condition at the moment. Welcome to some new members who I’m sure you’ll be reading about soon!

Pues, hasta la semana que viene

Peter Reffell

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El Plantio Joker Competition

A definite lull in El Plantio 2’s season due to illness, defection to the U.K for the dubious summer and temporary absence, left five members to compete in a Joker Competition. As different people won the four prizes available, it was left for the unfortunate fifth to take the photograph and a fine job he made of it.

Nearest the pins – Hole 1, Ray Housley and Hole 6, Alistair Douglas.

Second place, Handicap 15, Barry Walthall – 37 points.

First place, Handicap 8, Henry Mellor – 38 points.

Picture from L to R: Alistair Douglas, Henry Mellor, Barry Walthall, Ray Housley.

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.

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