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San Miguel Golf Society at Vistabella, 22nd May 2019

In theory a shotgun start should begin with a big bang but 33 members and 8 guests fired off their opening tee-shots in eerie silence, an ominous sign that the Noise Abatement Society has a Spanish branch. A combination of calm, warm conditions and kindly pin positions meant that high scoring was a strong possibility and so it proved with the winners of each of the three divisions giving par a skelp in the ear.

The Vikings conquered swathes of England, France and Russia (Scottish editor’s note: they lost to the Scots at the Battle of Largs 1263). To this list we can add Vistabella after our own Viking – Norwegian Kyree Skarsmoen – topped the scoring with a whopping 42 points. An incredible achievement but sadly 5 points shy of the All Bandit Comers record of 47 shot earlier this year.

Mick Roscoe’s 39 was wonderful too, especially noteworthy for churning out eleven 3’s on his card. Consistently scoring net par after net par has earned him the moniker “The Grinder”. Barry Lane’s impressive 38 seemed rather paltry in the circumstances but well done to him and the other prize-winners.

At the presentation, the ego of Gold Division players needed serious massaging after it emerged that none of them managed to get on the green at the par 3 11th. The pain of the elite was palpable (as was the sniggering of the lower orders).

Winning results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:

Bronze Category: 4th Mike Jordan (35 on CB), 3rd Keith Wickham (36 on CB), 2nd Norman Padmore (36 on CB), 1st Mick Roscoe (39)

Silver Category: 4th Rod Wilcox (34), 3rd David Gibson (35), 2nd Brian Mulligan (37), 1st Kyree Skarsmoen (42)

Gold Category: 4th Hugh Reilly (32), 3rd David Alderdice (37), 2nd Denis Ryan (37 on CB) and 1st Barry Lane with 38 points.

Nearest the pins (sponsored by Property Shop): Hole 2 John Rose, Hole 7 Kyree Skarsmoen, Hole 15 Norman Cahill

Abacus (sponsored by Mike Kaylor’s IPTV): Adrian Roberts

Best Guest: Andy McDonald (38). Second Best Guest: Keith Little (33 on CB). Third Best Guest: Mike Jones (33 on CB)

Our thanks go to all staff at Vistabella for their contribution to the day. Next week we will be at Altoreal, then on following weeks at Villamartin and Lo Romero. Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Captain Tony Smale a call on 628227687.

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San Miguel Golf Society at Vistabella May 23rd, 2018

Glorious sunshine and a cooling breeze made for perfect golfing conditions at Vistabella for the 40 members and 4 guests. With the relatively new seven holes still “bedding in”, those opting to use buggies had to stay off those fairways.

Unsurprisingly, this led to the less mobile of the membership taking longer to complete the course. The famous undulating greens were, as ever, in great condition. Given the trickiness of reading curvaceous putting surfaces five twos were recorded on the par 3’s. Notably Robin Eastman, holing out a 60 foot putt on the 11th.

Despite the former twos, scoring was a tad on the low side with only four players breaking par. Hugh Reilly topped the scoring with 39 points although he almost forgot to hand in his card.

Keith S Norman McB and Chris AKA the sundowners

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

Bronze Category: 4th Norman McBride (32), 3rd Keith Stevenson (33), 2nd Chris Hamblett (33), and 1st Charlie Harkin (37).

Silver Category: 4th Gerald Bannon (32), 3rd Steve Belshaw (33 on CB), 2nd Norman Cahill (33 on CB) and 1st Hugh Reilly (39).

Gold Category: 4th Eva Petersson (34 on CB ), 3rd John Osborne (36), 2nd Robin Eastman (37 on CB) and 1st Theo Boelhouwer (37 on CB).

Nearest the pins on the par 3’s went to Mick Seymour, Alan Hill, John Osborne, Noel Bannon. Prizes were presented to the winners by the prize sponsor, Ron Stenhouse, of Stenhouse Flooring.

Eva P Steve B Norman C Hugh Theo John O And the twins Noel and Gerald

The Abacus was won by John Parker who, having won the Abacus at Mar Menor a mere fortnight ago, is in danger of monopolising this prestigious award. John will surely appreciate this week’s Abacus prize of a free golf lesson from Vistabella professional Adrian Rudge.

Best guest was Sven Hendenstrom.

In the sole match play tie, Hugh Reilly won 2 up against Theo Boelhouwer.

Our thanks to the staff at Vistabella for their contribution to the day.

Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Tony Smale a call on 628227687 to find out more about the society and its weekly golf get-togethers. Next week we will be at Altorreal.

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