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Every year Alfies Golf Society raise money for a charity nominated by the captain and in 2019 Wayne Stevenson chose the Elche Children’s Care Home.

With the hard work from the committee running various events like Captain’s bunker, fantasy golf, fines, football cards, Captain’s challenge etc, support and generosity from our members, and Cat and Liz (proprietors of Alfies Bar who ran various fund raisers on our behalf) we managed to raise €2,200.

The presentation was held at Alfies Bar on the 27th February 2020 to Michelle, the representative from Elche Children’s Care Home.  Michelle informed us that our donation would go towards the purchase of a much needed minibus to allow the children to go on non vocational courses and excursions.

Many thanks to everyone involved with Alfies Golf Society and we look forward to supporting our new captain and his charity during the 2020 season.

Wayne Stevenson, Captain 2019


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Las Ramblas Golf Society Results for w/c 3.2.20

It was a game of Change Partners (golfing partners that is!) on Monday and taking 1st place, with 88 points, were Benedicte Kruse, Hendrick Oldenziel, Pete Dunn and Nigel Price.

There were some very good scores in Wednesday’s Stableford competition despite the wet conditions. Top of the list was Paul Brown with an excellent 42 points. He was followed closely by Richard Connock on 40 and in third place it was Ron Luffman on 38 points. Three ‘2’s today going to Benedicte, Richard and Graham Murray.

Friday and it was a warm welcome back to our former President John Wheeler. To ring the changes we played ‘Greensomes’. Played in pairs, both players tee off, choose the best one and after that the ball is played alternatively.

Richard, alongside Nora Betts, took the title with a nett score of 65.5. Just 0.5 behind them were Dave Pulling and Lindsay Forbes. John Dobson and Paul Brown claimed bronze with 66.5. A very enjoyable format although John Wheeler and Mick Bretnall might argue that as they scored 15 the 4th hole!

This week we have a great insight from a certain Henry Beard who observed, ‘When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls.’

Pues hasta la semana que viene

Peter Reffell



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SMGS at Las Ramblas. February 5th, 2020

Early rain had cleared up, although grey skies remained, for the 44 players and one guest making their way to Las Ramblas for SMGS’s annual visit. A course it seems you either love or hate, society scoring is never particularly good, and today was no exception.

Low handicappers always seem the best able to deal with the Las Ramblas difficulties presented and it was Gold Category players who more commonly exceeded the thirty points’ barrier. Robin Eastman led the field with a 37, with runner-up Andy Imrie three back. It only needed 21 points from Steve Sutherland in Bronze Category to make the prize winners, helped somewhat by another example of a signed card being submitted, although unknowingly, incorrectly completed. Be careful members, the administrators are tough!!

Bronze; Norman, Ron, Brian and Mick
Bronze; Norman, Ron, Brian and Mick

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

Bronze Category: 5th Steve Sutherland (21), 4th Norman Padmore (24), 3rd Mick Seymour (28), 2nd Ron Stenhouse (32) and 1st Brian Butler with 33 points.

Silver Category: 5th Alan MacDonald (28 on CB), 4th Richard Cleary (28 on CB), 3rd Kyrre Skarsmoen (29), 2nd Hugh Reilly (30 on CB) and 1st Mike Greatorex, also with 30 points.

Gold Category: 5th Russ Bailey (31), 4th Norman Cahill (32), 3rd John Osborne (33), 2nd Andy Imrie (34) and 1st, with the day’s best score, Robin Eastman with 37 points.

Nearest the pins (sponsored by Property Shop): Hole 6 Phil de Lacy, Hole 10 Barry Lane, Hole 12 Scotty Philips, Hole 14 Geoff Giddy.

Abacus (Sponsored by Ron Stenhouse and Gordon Wilson): Margaret Wilson

Guest Prize: Graham Jordan.

Silver; Richard, Alan, Kyrre, Hugh and Mike
Silver; Richard, Alan, Kyrre, Hugh and Mike

Our thanks go to all Las Ramblas staff for their contribution to the day. Next week we will be at Font de Llop, then on following weeks at Altorreal and Vistabella. Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website or simply give Captain Phil de Lacy a call on 652 553 362.

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ALFIE’S GOLF SOCIETY – Las Colinas -Thursday 30th January 2020

Las Colinas was the venue for Alfies Golf Society’s first competitive match of the 2020 season. It was the first round of our championship and also the first of our Eclectic Cup.

The course was in fantastic condition with some very challenging tee positions. An ever expanding Alfie’s Golf Society fielded 36 players for this event and honours on the day went to Allan Sullivan (silver division) with a very credible 37 points. The runner’s up were Ove Collins 34 points (Gold division), Paul Skillet 29 points (silver division) and Ian Connell 28 points (Gold division).

Nearest the pin prizes and Sponsors were Joe Murphy (The Avenue Bar drinks voucher) Gudlaugur Kristjansson (Alfie’s Bar bottle of brandy) Harry Konrad (The Street Restaurant bottle of Gin) and Clive Beresford (Bentley’s Bar bottle of Brandy).

The blind pairs were won by Rachel Lee and Ian Ingledew who both kindly donated their prizes to our charity, Apanee Special Needs Education centre for which we raised €180 on the day.  A big thank you as always to Alfie’s Bar for their support and great food!

The next game is at La Torre on the last Thursday in February where we already have 38 committed players.

If you are interested in joining the best society in Orihuela Costa then please email us at or drop in to Alfie’s Bar for a chat.

Nick Lee, Captain 2020

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Las Ramblas Golf Society Results for w/c 20.1.20

‘Storm Gloria’ got the better of us on Monday as no-one was daft enough to play so I’m afraid there is nothing to report.

Things cleared up considerably on Wednesday and what should have been a five clubs and a putter competition was changed to a Stableford. Three ‘2’s today, with Richard Connock, Hendrick Oldenziel and Ken Robertson in the money. Winning on countback with 36 points was Richard who was followed by Benedicte Kruse. With 34 points Olga Douglas took 3rd, which was some going as she only scored 11 on the front nine!

With 148 points Friday’s ‘Yellow Peril’ was claimed by Alan Douglas, Ellen and John Drakesmith together with Lindsay Forbes. In second place, on 140, were Dave Pulling, Mick Bretnall and Ken & Liz Robertson.

This week’s quote is attributed to Robert Browning who remarked, ‘The trouble that most of us find with the modern matched sets of clubs is that they don’t really seem to know any more about the game than the old ones did’.

Pues hasta la semana que viene

Peter Reffell

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Las Ramblas Golf Society Results for w/c 13.1.20

Just the one point separated our top two ‘runners and riders’ in Monday’s   ‘Change Partners’. First past the post, with 80 points, were Ron Luffman, Nora Betts, Hendrick Oldenziel and the bookies favourite ‘Albert’.

The ‘going’ was certainly firm for Wednesday’s dreaded Medal round. With a carryover from last week, John Shervell was the only player to score a two today and so scooped in excess of 50 euro into his nose bag!

With a nett score of 71 Graham Murray had a ‘photo finish’ on countback from Trevor Pullyblank and Lindsay Forbes (despite a Fetlock injury)  had a good workout coming in third with 73.

I managed to fall before the third fence and DNF’d along with a few others from the field.

This week’s words of wisdom come from none other than A.A.Milne who remarked, ‘Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad’.

Pues hasta la semana que viene

Peter Reffell

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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

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Clarke’s Bar plays host to the On Course Foundation

On 1st of July 12 members of the On Course Foundation arrived for a week Golf and Entertainment hosted by the proprietors of Playa Flamenca’s Clarke’s Bar, Tommy and Mary, along with the members of the Golf Society.

The OCF’s aim is to reignite the futures of wounded Service Personnel and Veterans through golf, many of whom it is actually able to place in employment.

Our first pleasure was to have a meet and greet held at the Bar where, we were very fortunate to have four members of the Chelsea Pensioners in attendance. Wayne, Skippy, Dennis and Joe had arrived in Spain a week earlier to celebrate Armed Forces Day with The Royakl British Legion. It was a time for both organisations to get the chance to swop stories and experiences.

The 4 Chelsea Pensioners line up with members of the On Course Foundation
The 4 Chelsea Pensioners line up with members of the On Course Foundation

The Charity Golf Day was held at Vistabella on Thursday and we had a fantastic turnout of 72 players. The competition was a team game and the winners were: Kenny Forest, Andy Haddon, Dan Tranmer OCF and Ian Boswell OCF

My thanks on the day go to Vistabella Golf, Albatross Golf, Devere Spain and Mick “The Grip” Reeves for their kind donations.

The presentation night was held at the Bar where, we held Raffles and Auctions and were brilliantly entertained by “Just Ollie”.

Saturday Night saw the group once more in the Bar for our “Stars in their Eyes” Show.

We had 9 great acts and the one that drew the most votes was Justine singing Eva Cassidy. In second place was Ian Boswell as Neil Diamond and third was our own “Quizzy Mando” as Vanilla Ice.

Justine singing Eva Cassidy
Justine singing Eva Cassidy

A great audience saw a wonderful show compered by the ever young Johhny Zeller.

The OCF’s time here continues until Wednesday and the final total of the money raised will not be known until then, however, last years total of 3200 euros has already been passed, so a big thank you goes to everyone who has supported this great cause.

My special thanks go to Mary and Tommy Clarke and all of their team, Quizzy Mando, Roy and Tony Welburn and not least of all, Marie McBride, for all their hard work.

We are already planning next years trip which will coincide with the RBL Armed Forces Day at Orihuela Cathedral toward the end of June.

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History of the Mediterranean Golf Tournament

The II Orihuela, History of the Mediterranean, Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday 22nd September at Vistabella Golf Course.

The event was unveiled at the course on Friday by the Councillor for Tourism, Sofía Álvarez, who said

“After the success of the first edition, this year we have decided to hold the event once again. As the sport is becoming increasingly popular with tourists, visitors and of course local residents, it will once again provide a major boost to municipality”.

Álvarez was accompanied by a representative of La Zenia Boulevard, Inés Canales, and the Golf Course manager, Joaquín Rocamora.

The maximum number of entries will be 120 players, in three different categories, 2 for men and one for women. Prizes will be awarded to first and second in each category.

History of the Mediterranean Golf Tournament

There will also be a trophy for the best Scratch score as well as special prizes for nearest the hole and the longest Drive.

Registration for the tournament is now open, either in the clubhouse or via the website

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