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La Marina GS at La Finca

20th February -Today, La Marina Golf Society played at La Finca Golf Course. The format was individual Stableford and was competed for by 21 members.

The course was in good condition with the greens becoming a little more challenging throughout the day.

Our winner in the Gold section, scoring 31 points was Danny Divers who also got nearest the pin on hole 3. The winner in the Silver section scoring 36 points was Vic Smith who also got nearest the pin on hole 13.

Nearest the pin on hole 6 was Gill Ludkiewicz and 16 was Lesley Cullen. The two’s pot wasn’t won so it is a rollover for the next game.

Many thanks to Paolo, Helena and Nicky at the Sports Complex in La Marina (our 19th hole) for our after-game refreshments.

Our next game is on the 5th March at Altorreal 10.00 first tee.

Tuesday, March 10th at the Sports Complex is our Quiz night. 10euro which also includes dinner. For more information please email our Social Secretary Iain Lyall at Iain.lyall54@gmail.com

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The Celts Club de Golf.

We had a fantastic day out yesterday for our monthly championship day.  Our competitions committee of Camillus Fitzpatrick, Captain Philip Mountford and Terry Fitzgerald had the event running like clockwork.  94 players started at 8.30am and the results were generated by 2.30pm.  Great work.

Again a huge thanks to the golf shop with Paul, Jose and John.  You too have it down to a fine art.  It is really much appreciated.  The bar staff as always looked after our members and guests, thank you Vanessa, Gloriam Marijose and Fina.

The golf course came in for numerous praises form every quarter.  The greens in particular were excellent and the best they have been in quite some time.  We do hope that this is the standard we can look forward to especially with the new greens due in the summer.  Enhorabuena Miguel and your team.

Our Monthly results were, Memorial Day, Alan and Rose Walker 62.2, Tony Davis and Colin Soones62.8 and Terry Burns and Dave Marriott 63.4. Crystal winners. Cat 1 Robert Smith 39, Dave Marriott 39 and Tony Davis 38. Cat 2, Michael Doyle 41, John Adlam 39 and Maira Coull 38. Golf Prizes, Cat 1 Bob Smith 38, Dave Marriott 38 and Karl DiMascio 36. Cat 2 John Adlam 35, Robert Hughes 35 and Giovanni Butto 34.

Todays’ results, NTP’s Geoff Ellender, John O’Brien. Irene Fitzpatrick, Philip Mountford, Karl Di Mascio and Chris Fyfe. Cat 1 Alan Ewing 37, Denis McCormack, 33, Terry Fitzgerald 33, Cat 2, Kjell Mundheim 37, Philip Mountford 37 and Damian Corvan 37.

Cat 3, Yvette McGeehan 36, Nole Murray, 33 and Martin Fitzpatrick 33. Gross Alex McIntyre 29 . third Terry Jones 37, second over-all Aideen Considine and the winner with a fantastic 42 points, yes that man again Dave Marriott, fantastic shooting and well done to all.

Again it is worth mentioning the fine condition of the course and if you want a good test of golf it is well worth a visit to La Serena.

We have a waiting list in operation at the moment for membership at La Serena, however membership of The Celts is always available. If you would like information on joining our club or entering a team in any of the federation events why not send an e-mail to johnobrienalicante@gmail.com or call 615 466 398?

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Strasser wins Montgo Medal

  • RUTH WINS OUR FIRST MEDAL OF THE YEAR

Today we played a medal competition which was sponsored by Wolfgang Schuster. It started with our Captain Geoff Willcock driving off on the 10th.

Our winner today on countback was Ruth Strasser with a net score of 72, 2nd place went to Liz Butler with also with a net 72, 3rd was Nigel Siddall with a net 73 beating John Feek into 4th place also with a with a net 73

We had 2 nearest the pins one for the men and the other for the ladies. For the men it was 3rd won by Barry Butler 4.29m and the 11h for the ladies was won by Ruth Strasser 16.5m.

Wolfgang also presented a prize for our strongest player and this went to Heiko Schram

There were 3 twos won by Liz Butler, Sally Burrowes, Mick Farmer & Glen Gardiner

We welcomed 3 guests, Glen Gardiner, Mike Longmire and Caz Welch.

Next week we have the 2nd trophy of the year St David’s sponsored Feli & Brian Baybutt

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Las Ramblas Golf Society Results for w/c 17.2.20

It was two scores to count out of four (but all on the par 3’s) for Monday’s game. Our winners, with 101 points, were Petina Murray, Donna Campbell (making a guest appearance), Nigel Price and Terry Field (who probably won’t be making a guest appearance anytime soon).

Wednesday and it was another dreaded ‘Medal’ round. Mind you it didn’t seem to phase Benedicte Kruse as she took 1st place with an impressive nett score of 68. Hot on her heels were John Dobson with 74 and Graham Murray with 75. Just the one ‘2’ today which was recorded by Dave Pulling.

I did at one point ask my playing partner, John Shervell, ‘What do you think of my game? and was somewhat disappointed when he replied, ‘It’s very good but personally I prefer golf’.

Friday’s format was the ever popular, but not often played,  ‘2 ball Texas Scramble’. With a fabulous score of nett 63.75 (only 1.25 off our all-time record) were Lindsay Forbes and Joyce McClusky. Lindsay also happened to be in that record holding team back in 2016. Second spot, with a nett 65, went to Dave Pulling and our new Swedish friend, Haken Fagerstedt.

We’re all looking forward to next Wednesday after the draw was made today for a Presidents v Secretary’s singles match play competition. Watch this space!

Pues hasta la semana que viene

Peter Reffell

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NSW amateur Stephanie Kyriacou leads by two

Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia – Feb 22. 2020: New South Wales amateur Stephanie Kyriacou holds a two shot lead at 15-under-par heading into the final round of the Geoff King Motors Australian Ladies Classic at Bonville Golf Resort.
The 19-year-old from Maroubra in Sydney took the lead early in the third round when she chipped in for birdie on the par-5 fourth hole, but she then double bogeyed the sixth, to hand overnight leader Lauren Stephenson from the United States the lead.  
Kyriacou birdied the long seventh and then the uphill par-4 ninth to join a three-way share of the lead with Stephenson and Ayean Cho midway through the round.
Stephenson bogeyed the 11th and then the world number 35 from Korea stumbled with a double bogey on the 12th followed by bogeys on the 13th and 14th to be four shots adrift.
Stephenson and Kyriacou both birdied the par-5 14th but then the Sydney teenager made a clutch birdie on the par-5 16th to take a two stroke advantage over the American into the final day.
After rounds of 69, 63 and 69, Kyriacou has an incredible chance to win the tournament, which would give her the opportunity to take up a winner’s category of membership on the LET.
Gemma Dryburgh of Scotland during the 3rd round
The teenager is playing in the tournament for the third time, having made the cut on both of her previous two starts, and said: “I think this week is the first time I’ve shot under par on this course. I was pretty confident coming into the tournament. I didn’t have any hopes of being in contention, but I thought that my game was there.”
Kyriacou said that she had trouble sleeping the night before after her Friday 63 and had a dream that she had forgotten to mark her ball on the green.
She admitted to feeling butterflies and said: “When a few more people came out to watch I was a bit scared, especially over my last putt which was only two foot, but I was very nervous. I don’t think I’ve ever been in contention for a pro tournament, especially going into the last round, so it’s pretty cool.”
Stephenson had her chances but missed two putts from inside three feet on a day when her putter turned cool.
After signing for a 73, the 22-year-old from South Carolina said: “Yesterday I made so many putts and today I hit a lot of good shots but I just was not making the putts and on the back nine I got a bit shaky with some of the putts I had. I gave myself a lot of chances, but they didn’t go in.”
On playing for her first professional title, the second-year LPGA Tour player said: “I feel like this week has been such a huge week for me and a learning experience. As a pro, I haven’t been in this position. I felt happy with how I handled myself today and I didn’t get upset or let anything bother me. I just want to enjoy the experience and whatever the outcome is, this is a great learning experience for me. You need to put yourself in contention as many times as you can to learn from it, so I’ll just have fun tomorrow.”
Cho sits in third on 12-under-par and Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh compiled a 67 to get into fourth on 11-under-par.
She said: “I’m very happy. I birdied the last three holes and played really solid. I bogeyed the first, like I did yesterday, so I was happy to get it back and have an even first nine and then I went for it on the back nine. I think I’ve got a chance being four back, so I’ll do my best and see what it adds up to at the end.”
Anne van Dam climbed into fifth place with a 68, while 16-year-old rookie Pia Babnik, who is making her professional debut, climbed into a tie for sixth alongside Lina Boqvist at nine-under, to sit six strokes back from the lead.

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Stephenson eagles last to keep lead at Bonville

Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia – Feb 21. 2020: Lauren Stephenson ended with an eagle three on the last hole for an eight-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Geoff King Motors Australian Ladies Classic Bonville on Friday.

Stephenson finished just ahead of 19-year-old Ayean Cho. The 2019 KLPGA Tour Rookie of the Year set the clubhouse lead with her own blistering 64 to go to 13-under after 36 holes, but it wasn’t enough to keep Stephenson from leading for a second successive day.

“I haven’t looked at any leader boards or anything. I’m just figuring out my game,” said 22-year-old Stephenson, from South Carolina in the United States.

She posted five birdies on the front nine, but her charge stalled with a double bogey on the 13th hole. However, she bounced back with birdies on 14, 15 and 17, followed by a brilliant eagle on the 477-yard par-5 18th.

“I hit a brilliant drive down the middle of the fairway on 18 and then I had 210 yards in, which is the perfect number for my 5-wood. I hit a really good 5-wood and that is my favourite hybrid or wood, because it goes dead straight. I had 15 feet for eagle and I’ve been making those all day, so I kept the same rhythm.

“The birdie on the 17th was important and the par putt on 16. The 16th  is honestly a really tough hole, because even though it’s short, the green is really tricky. Where that pin was today was tough and I’m sure there were plenty of three-putts there today. I made a really nice putt for par, which was huge.”

Cho, the world number 35 and Stephenson, the world number 179, will go head to head over the weekend and Stephenson said that she had watched the teenage phenom feature in the television coverage over the last two weeks’ LPGA events in Australia, the ISPS Handa Vic Open and the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, where she tied for 16th and sixth respectively.

“I have never played with her before but I know she’s played really well the last two weeks and I know she’s really young. I watched her a little bit on TV the last two weeks. I think it’s about having fun this weekend and getting confidence here. I’ve made a lot of swing changes at the end of last season and I finally feel like those are paying off and I’m feeling more comfortable with it. That’s been my goal for this week, so it’s really nice to get my confidence boosted.

“I’ll just take it one shot at a time and focus on what I’m doing. At the end of the day, you can’t control what anyone else does and whoever’s meant to win, will win. It’s just sticking with my game plan and hitting the shots I need to hit and try to make as many birdies as I can.”

New South Wales amateur Stephanie Kyriacou also eagled the last for a nine-under-par 63 late in the day to finish on 12-under-par and alone in third position. Her card included five birdies and two eagles, at the seventh and 18th holes.

Ladies European Tour rookie member Charlotte Thomas, Linnea Strom and Noora Tamminen are tied for fourth on seven-under, while Gemma Dryburgh, Anne Van Dam, Meghan MacLaren, Lina Boqvist, Peiying Tsai and Hye Ji Lee share seventh on six-under-par.

England’s Felicity Johnson eagled the last to make the cut, one of 78 players at two-over-par or better.

The third round gets under way on Saturday at 7.15am local time. Kyriacou, Cho and Stephenson tee off at 9.25am from the first.

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In the driver’s seat: Seve’s car park win at Royal Lytham and St Annes!

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SPAIN late, great, golfing star Seve Ballesteros remains the only golfer to win two Claret Jugs at Royal Lytham and St Annes in Lancashire.

Turning the clock back I have returned to Royal Lytham, a drive away, from my home city Preston, to reminisce on golf’s most beloved son, Seve Ballesteros.

Seve, who completed a second of four courses of chemotherapy at Madrid’s La Paz Hospital in February 2009, won his maiden Major triumph at Royal Lytham in 1979, with his second round 65 having put him into contention for glory.

Seve, aged 22, made four birdies in the last five holes – risking all – as he played his round on the greens.

The blustery, gale force, wind-swept conditions, blowing off the Irish Sea unfazed Seve, having practised as a boy on the hills and beaches, surrounded by sand dunes in and around the family home in Pedrena.

Former world number one, winner of 90 Major international tournaments, including five Major championships, Seve was famed for playing with no fear.

At the 16th hole at Royal Lytham, in the final round, Seve encapsulated his first Major. He had only hit 9 of 72 fairways across his four rounds with his driver.

At the 16th tee – a blind shot – Seve, having a two shot lead, hit his drive, which veered off to the right – ending up in a temporary car park.

A huge crowd flocked to find Seve’s ball, with the man himself finding it underneath the front bumper of a blue Sedan car!

Seve was granted a free drop away from the cars, in an area with flattened rough – due to it doubling-up as a car park.

With a good lie guaranteed, Seve produced a lovely chip to ten feet, and drained the putt for a birdie.

In the driver's seat: Seve's car park win at Royal Lytham and St Annes!
In the driver’s seat: Seve’s car park win at Royal Lytham and St Annes!

Hale Irwin, the third round leader, waved the ‘white flag’ up the last, as Seve went on to win his first ever Major title.  Irwin later donned Seve as the ‘car park’ champion!

Seve, winner of five Major championships during 1979-88, the Open three times and Masters, twice, returned to Royal Lytham in 1988, to win again.

Seve, born in Pedrena, Cantabria, Spain, part of the European Ryder Cup five times winning team, both as a player and captain, turned professional in March 1974, aged 16.

Seve, who retired in 2007, embedded in the World Golf Hall of Fame, winner of a record 50 European Tour titles, affectionately named his casa in Spain ‘Royal Lytham’.

Colin Maclaine, chairman of the 1979 Open committee said: “Seve preferred his own course, which mainly consisted of hay fields, car parks, grandstands, dropping zones –  and even ladies clothing!”.

Seve, the first Open champion from the Iberian Peninsular, became the first continental European title winner since 1907.  Royal Lytham 2019 was the first of Seve’s three Open titles.

At the prizegiving ceremony, Seve, diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in 2008, who died of brain  cancer in 2011, aged 54, said: “I play good from the rough. I have plenty of practice!”.

*Part 2 of Seve Ballesteros next week.

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Race to Costa Del Sol Starts in Australia

  • New season-long race commences this week, with the Geoff King Motors Australian Ladies Classic, the first of 25 LET tournaments in 18 countries this year

COFFS HARBOUR, New South Wales, Feb. 17, 2020 – A new Ladies European Tour season starts on Thursday with the Geoff King Motors Australian Ladies Classic at Bonville Golf Resort in New South Wales, the first event on the 2020 Race to Costa del Sol.

The Race to Costa del Sol, which is the official LET ranking from 2020, offers a €250,000 bonus pool to the top three finishers. The Race begins in Australia with the first of 25 LET tournaments spanning 18 countries in a greatly enhanced 2020 LET schedule and concludes with the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino in Spain in late November.

The new era begins at Bonville Golf Resort, situated halfway between Sydney and Brisbane on the beautiful Coffs Coast, where an international field of 151 competitors will play on “Australia’s Favourite Golf Course” 2016-2019, according to Golf Australia Magazine’s Favourite Golf Courses poll. The defending champion, Marianne Skarpnord, will be joined by fellow 2019 tournament winners Diksha Dagar, Annabel Dimmock, Esther Henseleit, Nuria Iturrioz, Céline Herbin, Meghan MacLaren, Christine Wolf and Anne van Dam as well as many of the LET’s rising stars from Q-School.

It will tee up a fortnight of competition Down Under, with the Women’s New South Wales Open taking place at Dubbo Golf Club the following week.

The action then moves to the other side of the Indian Ocean for the Investec South African Women’s Open at Westlake Golf Club, followed by the Saudi Ladies Championship at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.

The main European leg of the schedule begins with the Jabra Ladies Open at Evian Resort Golf Club, in early May, followed by the La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational at La Reserva Club de Sotogrande and then the Mithra Belgian Ladies Open in Naxhelet.

The Lalla Meryem Cup, which is co-located with the men’s Hassan Trophy at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, will be followed by an innovative mixed field event, the Scandinavian Mixed Hosted by Henrik & Annika at Bro Hoff Slott Golf Club, where European Tour and Ladies European Tour members will go head-to-head for the first time on the same course, competing for one prize fund and one trophy.

The players will remain in Europe for the Dutch Ladies Open at Rosendaelsche Golfclub and the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open at Club de Golf Terramar.

The Evian Championship, which has been played as the fifth major since 2013, will take place in mid-July. After everyone catches their breath for a week, a new event, to be revealed soon, will be played in the United Kingdom in early August, alongside the Tokyo 2020 women’s Olympic Golf Competition.

The UK swing continues with a fortnight in Scotland and the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club, followed by the AIG Women’s British Open, the final major of the year, at Royal Troon.

The European odyssey continues with the TIPSPORT Czech Ladies Open at Golf Course Karlstejn, the Creekhouse Ladies Open at Kristianstads Golfklubb, the VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open at Golfpark Holzhäusern and the Lacoste Ladies Open de France at Golf du Médoc.

The action then moves to Asia for the Ladies European Thailand Championship at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club, the Hero Women’s Indian Open at DLF Golf and Country Club and a new event in the Philippines, before moving on to the Middle East for the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic at Emirates Golf Club and then to Africa, for the Magical Kenya Ladies Open, at Vipingo Ridge.

The LET then returns to Europe for the season finale at the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino, one of the most popular stops of the year, where the winner of the season-long competition will be crowned.

The Race to Costa Del Sol begins this week… join the conversation at @LETgolf using the hashtag #RaceToCostaDelSol.

Ladies European Tour Partner – Costa Del Sol Tourist Board

In 2020 the Costa Del Sol Tourist Board became a partner of the Ladies European Tour by sponsoring the Order of Merit, which will be called the Race to Costa del Sol.

Costa del Sol Tourist Board is dedicated to the promotion of Costa del Golf and provides advice and support to its partners throughout the golf industry. The Costa del Sol has been recognised as a top European Golf Destination by IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) and is the exclusive destination in continental Europe of PGA Germany.

The Costa del Sol is the leading destination for golfers who seek a wide variety of quality golf courses and ideal golfing weather through 12 months of the year. With over seventy golf courses, many of which were conceived by masters of golf course design, the Costa del Sol enjoys worldwide prestige. Many top-level championships have provided unforgettable days of competition on its courses: the Ryder Cup, the World Golf Championship, the Estrella Damm Masters and the Ladies European Tour Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de España.

Golfers of all levels visit this unique destination, year after year, to enjoy the golf, and explore all that this unique destination offers including top class restaurants, a vibrant nightlife, great shopping and a wide range of hotels, apartments and villas with an astounding array of services, combined with the legendary sights of Andalusia.

Race to Costa Del Sol

In 2020 the Costa del Sol Tourist Board will sponsor the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit, which will be called the ‘Race to Costa del Sol’ and will offer an additional bonus pool of €250,000, split between the top three finishers.

The player who tops the Race to Costa del Sol rankings will receive an additional €125,000, with the second highest finisher receiving €75,000 and €50,000 for the third placed player following the season-long race. The winner will also receive a 7-year exemption under category 2A regulations.

The Race to Costa del Sol tees off in Australia in February with the Australian Ladies Classic Bonville and will culminate at the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino in November.

The Race to Costa del Sol will showcase the tourism excellence of both the Costa del Sol and Andalusia whilst providing a tremendous incentive for Ladies European Tour members.

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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.

Contracted Professionals

In the early days of the European Tour the best young amateurs would be offered FREE clubs, hats, clothes and golf balls by well known manufacturers such as Titleist, Mizuno, Calloway, Ping, Nike etc so that when they turned professional and hopefully became successful their BRAND would be seen on TV’s across the land when any large golf tournaments were played.

When they did turn professional these players would also be rewarded with a contract to play a certain brand of clubs or clothing and for the better players this could be worth more that the average player could earn in a year giving them a head start in the professional ranks and for the vey best players this could be a six figure sum.

Now this didn’t always work out as expected and I remember that at the end of 1987 Ian Woosnam was world number one and had been 242 under par for the year playing Mizuno clubs and switched to a new manufacturer called Maruman (who no one had heard of) and started 1988 playing that badly with the new clubs that he actually had a set of Mizuno club made but stamped with the name Maruman.

Things have now changed significantly and may of the worlds best players now prefer not to be contracted to one manufacturer, no matter how big they are and the result is that many have a mixture of woods, irons, wedges and putters from different manufacturers that best suit their games and the likes of Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood and Patrick Reid are just a few examples.

They do of course make a whole bunch of money from winnings and other endorsements and appearance money so don’t have to be beholden to one manufacturer.

How times have changed!

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 €146 Two Players and Buggy
Altorreal €120 Two Players and Buggy
Bonalba €116 Two Players and Buggy
Don Cayo (Altea) €88 Two Players and Buggy
El Plantio €146 Two Players and Buggy
Font Del Llop €92 Two Players and Buggy
GNK Golf Courses €150 Two Players and Buggy (El Valle,Riquelme & La Torre)
La Finca €150 Two Players and Buggy
La Manga West €75 Single Green Fee
La Marquesa €60 Single Green Fee
La Serena €47 Single Green Fee
Las Colinas €172 Two Players and Buggy
Las Ramblas €112 Two Players and Buggy
Lo Romero €136 Two Players and Buggy
New Sierra Golf €82 Two Green Fees and Buggy
Roda €135 Two Players and Buggy
UGolf Courses €153 Two Players and Buggy (Mar Menor & Hac.Del Alamo)
Villamartin €130 Two Players and Buggy
Villaitana Poniente €57 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.

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SMGS at Font de Llop Feb 12th, 2020 

Thirty-seven members were joined by several guests for SMGS’s latest visit to Font de Llop. With each visit enabling the discovery of new ways to get there (at least 4 to date if coming from the south) it seems society members have conquered the need to look for ways of getting off of the toll motorway to Valencia (hopefully they can manage the same when we next visit Alenda!!).

The course wasn’t in the greatest condition, certainly down on the excellent state it was in during our last visit in October (even though it had then recently been affected by severe September storms), with slow somewhat bumpy greens and a lot of died back grass edging those greens as well as fairways.

A second nine increase in the wind, against for 5 of the 9 holes to be played, unlike the calm conditions on the front half, also made life more difficult. With a few dodgy pin positions thrown in, a couple verging on rule breaking, good scoring was difficult. This was reflected in only 9 members breaking 30 points, 5 of those in Silver Category.

Whilst it was great to see octogenarian Norman McBride not only back in the fold but also easily winning Bronze Category, it was Gold Category’s Robin Eastman (42) who shone. The author had the pleasure of playing in the same 4 ball, and Robin’s overall play, and especially putting, was superb on a difficult day and course.

Winning from the rest of the field by 6 points is witness to the quality of his golf. Interestingly it seems that each time we visit Font de Llop one player records a stand out score, it being Dave Alderdice last time out with 41 points.

The day’s results were the following:

Bronze Category: 5th Tommy Boyle (26 on CB), 4th Norman Padmore (26 on CB), 3rd Mick Seymour (27), 2nd Mike Kaylor (28) and 1st, by a very significant margin, Norman McBride with 34 points.

Silver Category: 5th Brian Mulligan (32 on CB), 4th Ivan Hanak (32 on CB), 3rd Alan MacDonald (33), 2nd Phil de Lacy (34) and 1st Kyrre Skarsmoen with 36 points.

Gold Category: 5th Dave Alderdice (27), 4th Colin Smith (30), 3rd David Rowe (32), 2nd Tony Smale (33) and 1st, with by far the day’s best score, Robin Eastman with 42 points

Nearest the pins (sponsored by Property Shop): Hole 3 Pete Cuniff, Hole 8 Tony Smale, Hole 12 Rob Fyfe, Hole 16 Gary Hewitson and Hole 17 Adrian Roberts.

Abacus (sponsored by Ron Stenhouse and Gordon Wilson): Due to non-attendance at prize giving by a list of the actual and possible winners, Lee Eastman finally took the quality red wine on offer.

Best Guest Winners: 1st Rock Loveday (32), 2nd Tony Monsellato (31)

Our thanks go to all Font de Llop staff for their contribution to the day. Next week we will be at Altorreal for the 3rd round of SMGS’s President’s Trophy. 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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