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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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