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SMGS at Vistabella. November 27th, 2019

An early start and glorious day saw 33 members and 5 guests find their way to SMGS’ monthly venue of Vistabella. The course was in excellent condition, with the badly storm damaged bunkers and waste areas seen during our previous visit now pretty much all repaired.

The greens in particular were excellent. However, whilst scoring is usually very high at this venue, it was not so much the case today, with Mick Roscoe posting the day’s best points’ total of thirty-eight. Normans Cahill and Padmore and Tony Smale also bettered their handicaps.

Interestingly a large number of those who had been in the prizes at Vistabella back in November produced again, including the two Normans, Mike Jordan, Mike Kaylor and Mike Greatorex. Horses for courses, but obviously here being called Norman or Mike helps!!

The main reason for lower than normal scoring (although still pretty good) was most likely the often tricky pin positions. The majority of flags were positioned right at the front or back of greens. The thick grass found around many of these also contributed, making chipping difficult from close.

Whilst there were many interesting shots played, shot of the day probably went to Alan MacDonald for leaving his ball high and dry on a little island of earth inside the water hazard of the 10th hole. Target golf at its best!!

A doubles matchplay one-off game was held between the winner and runner-up of last season’s singles league division one against those of division two. Norman Cahill and Robin Eastman came out on top against Hugh Reilly and Phil de Lacy 3 and 1.

The day’s prize winners were the following:

Bronze Category: 4th Tommy Boyle (32), 3rd Mike Jordan (36), 2nd Norman Padmore (37) and 1st, with the day’s best score, Mick Roscoe with 38 points

Silver Category: 4th Mike Kaylor (31), 3rd Noel Conellan (32), 2nd Scotty Philips (35) and 1st Dave Gibson with 36 points

Gold Category: 4th Mike Greatorex (34), 3rd Paul Kelsall (35), 2nd Norman Cahill (37 on CB) and 1st President Tony Smale, also with 37 points

Nearest the pins on par 3’s (Sponsored by Property Shop): Hole 2 Rob Fyfe, Hole 7 Denis Reilly, Hole 11 Kyree Skarsmoen, Hole 15 Hugh Reilly

Abacus: Darren Strugnell

Best Guests: Gareth Davies (35) beat Roddy Duncan (35) in to second place on countback

Our thanks go to all Vistabella staff for their contribution to an enjoyable day. Next week we will be at Mar Menor. 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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SMGS at Alenda. November 20th , 2019

1st Round of President’s Trophy (Sponsored by MoneyCorp)

The first round of this season’s SMGS President’s Trophy drew a rather small field compared to other occasions. A number of factors contributed to this (none involving trips up the toll motorway by mistake), the main two being the day’s buggy price compared to other courses the Society plays, and a number of members going away on a separately organised trip.

Twenty-eight turned up accompanied by 3 guests. Those that did make it found a course in very good condition, way ahead of that encountered in SMGS’s previous visit in March, with the green’s particularly notable for their smooth roll and consistency. A pleasure to play.

Due to the limited numbers 3 categories were maintained, but only 3 prized places given in each. Quite clearly Bronze category players struggled more than Silver, and Silver more than Gold. Neil Oliver won Bronze, a swift and impressive response from collection of the Abacus last week in La Torre.

Darren Hancock took Gold. But the stand-out score of the day went to Ivan Hanak. Very discrete in his prize-winning activities of late, Ivan romped home with a superb 39 points and a significant leap up this season’s Order of Merit table. The real shock of the day came with the awarding of the Abacus. Those who saw Barry Roehrig’s totally-out-of-character tee shot on the first could only have thought that things would quickly get better. Well, it seems not. Welcome to the majority’s world Baz!!!

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

Bronze Category: 3rd John Rose (29), 2nd Keith Stevenson (30 on CB) and 1st Neil Oliver, also on 30 points

Silver Category: 3rd Phil de Lacy (32), 2nd Ken Flaherty (33) and 1st , with the day’s outstanding score, Ivan Hanak with 39 points

Gold Category: 3rd Steve Higgins (34), 2nd Tony Smale (35) and 1st Darren Hancock with 36 points

Nearest the pins (Sponsored by Property Shop): Hole 3 Paul Kelsall, Hole 5 Steve Ashurst , Hole 13 Darren Strugnell, Hole 16 Darren Hancock

Abacus: (to everybody’s amazement!!) Barry Roehrig

Best Guest: John Reilly (34)

Our thanks go to all Alenda staff for an enjoyable day. Next week we will be at Vistabella. Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Captain Phil de Lacey a call on 966 77 4197.

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SMGS at Alicante Golf. July 10th, 2019

What a difference a week makes. Last time out a La Manga we had a full field plus guests but only 29 members signed up to play Alicante this week and of those, two were posted as MIA (Missing In Alicante) after failing to make the start line.

We assume Gerald and Noel are in the holding pattern at El Plantio awaiting our arrival there next week. Which is a shame, as they missed the chance to play a track in pleasingly good shape for the time of year and in temperatures which have yet to reach their blistering summer peak.

Those who did find the course – with or without the aid of Google Maps or a satnav – generally took good advantage of the layout and a couple absolutely revelled in it. In Bronze, Neil Oliver took third with 32 points, followed in second place by Alan Macdonald with 34 points. The division winner for the second week in a row, and with an excellent tally of 41 points was Ralph Tilbrook. Well played, sir.

Silver division was a closer run affair with Norman Cahill nipping in to third on countback with 33 points. Kyrre Skarsmoen scored one better to secure second, leaving Chris Wren to shine in the top spot with a very tidy 36 points.

One 3-ball in Gold succeeded in snaffling an award each, which was pretty good going. John Osborne and Phil de Lacy finished third and second respectively with 33 and 34 points. At the other end of the scoreboard, Mike Greatorex propped up the field with a few less but after a 12-week layoff from the game was oddly happy to leave with the Abacus winner’s wine.

However, at the top of the pile and richly deserving a paragraph all to himself, Dave Allardice was our other consecutive week winner with an outstanding score of 42 points. Not only did he trounce the division and leave Ralph wondering how his 41 points still wasn’t enough to snag the overall bragging rights, Dave also took three of the five Nearest the Pin prizes awarded and capped that by making the birdie putt on all three greens. It’s probably fair to assume he won’t be playing off 13 next time out!

The other nearies went to John Osborne and Kyrre Skarsmoen and we thank our sponsors for the NTPs and the Abacus, Mick from the Property Shop and Mike from Mike’s IPTV for providing the prizes.

Next week we’re at El Plantio and there are still places on the start sheet.

To find out more visit our website www.smgs.org or give our Captain, Tony Smal, a call on 639129223. Following El Plantio, we’re at Vistabella and Hacienda Riquelme and we would welcome guests at each event.

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Presidents Trophy – SMGS at Villamartin. June 5th, 2019

President’s Trophy Final Round

A very good turnout of 45 members and 3 guests arrived at Villamartin to play a course in good condition, although with greens still showing signs of recent hollow-tining, and quite possibly the warmest temperature during a round of any society golf day to date this year. The latter took its toll on some.

A lot was at stake, being the final contributing round to this season’s President’s Trophy, a President unable to attend due to illness, but in the thoughts of several.

Some of those who had returned from the previous weekend’s golfing trip away to Albacete, where Robin Eastman had taken the main prize, appeared to continue being a touch worse for wear, having only got home on the Monday night.

Presidents Trophy Round 5 Winner Liz
Presidents Trophy Round 5 Winner Liz

Liz Sully, with a superb 42 points, was easily the day’s best scorer. Simon Speak and Keith Wickham were the other two players to beat 36 points, both by two. The rest of the top 20 had little to separate them. Given recent results, as well as today’s, it appears that SMGS’s adherence to the official handicap system, with amendments being made for each player for each round based on cards delivered, is working, and tightening up the fields. There will, of course, always remain exceptions, as Liz demonstrated.

Returning to the President’s Trophy, the final 2018/19 season result, with three scores to count from a maximum of 5 rounds played, was:-

First:  Phil de Lacy (103 points)

Second: Robin Eastman (101 points)

Third: Tony Smale (95 points)

Their placings have absolutely nothing to do with them all being committee members!!

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

Bronze Category: 5th Norman Padmore (27 on CB), 4th Mike Jordan (30 on CB), 3rd Ron Stenhouse (30 on CB), 2nd Mick Seymour (31) and 1st Keith Wickham with 38 points.

Silver Category: 5th Adrian Roberts (30), 4th Phil de Lacy (31), 3rd Alan MacDonald (32), 2nd Bob McKeegan-Brown (71 on CB) and first Liz Sully with a magnificent 42 points.

Gold Category: 5th Stephen Jones (32 on CB), 4th John Humphries (32 on CB), 3rd Colin Smith (33), 2nd Darren Hancock (34) and 1st Simon Speak with 38 points.

Nearest the pins (sponsored by Property Shop): Hole 6 Per Arne Skarnes, Hole 9 Mick Roscoe, Hole 13 Brian Mulligan, Hole 17 John Humphries.

Abacus (sponsored by Mike Kaylor IPTV): John Rose

Best Guest Winner: Rick Lewis (35)

Our thanks go to all Villamartin staff for their contribution to a very enjoyable day. Next week we will be at Lo Romero, then on following weeks at Las Colinas and Vistabella. 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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SMGS at La Serena. April 10th, 2019

This wednesdays fixture was held at La Serena which is always a challenge especially when the wind blows. It was round four of the Presidents Trophy, the format being the best three stableford scores over five rounds. 37 members and 3 guests turned up for the early start, half the field teeing off before the light breeze turned into strong gusts.

Three players in Gold division bettered their handicaps on the day. David Alderdice scored a creditable 39 points to take the top prize which was a shirt donated by Moneycorp. Robin Eastman with 38 points, bouncing back after last weeks DQ and Darren Hancock in third place with 37 points. Not a bad effort considering the weather. Unusually the scores nearly ran in ascending order from Bronze to Gold.

Roger Brierley breaking the run with a 34 in Bronze. The abacus (the prize for the lowest score) was hotly contested, last weeks runner up in Bronze Chris Hamblett lost on countback to Adrian Roberts. What a difference a week makes.

La Serena was in very good order, the greens being very receptive and for some a touch on the fast side. We hope it will be in as good condition when we return in September.   

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

Bronze; Marit Ronsen (28), Ken Flaherty (29), Keith Wickham (30), Roger Brierley (34).

Silver; Bjorn Pettersson (30), Kevin Allbright (32), Phil de Lacy (33), Kyrre Skarsmoen (33 CB).

Gold; Spencer Andrews (33), Darren Hancock (37), Robin Eastman (38), David Alderdice (39).

Nearest the Pins (Sponsored by Moneycorp); Hole 3 Eva Pettersson, Hole 9 Roger Brierley, Hole 15 Adrian Roberts, Hole 17 Humphrey Kelleher.

Abacus (Sponsored by Mikes Digital TV); Adrian Roberts.

Best Guest; Denis Freeman (26)

Our thanks go to all staff at La Serena for their contribution to the day. Next week we will be at La Marquesa, then on following weeks at Vistabella and Alenda. 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 62822768

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 SMGS at Vistabella. February 27th, 2019

The 2nd round of this season’s Eclectic competition took place at Vistabella, with 40 members and four guests taking part. A shotgun start meant an early rise for all and plenty of work prior to teeing off for the organising committee members.

Fine weather and a course in good condition, with pretty slick greens, led to some excellent scoring, not overly affected by some tough pin positions. Roger Brierley (24 handicap) managed the day’s best round, putting together 42 points, closely followed by guest Graham Jordan who, playing off of 7 and never having previously visited the course, returned 41 points. Gerald Turner took the much sought after Abacus prize, receiving a voucher for a free golf lesson from course professional Adrian Rudge for his efforts.

Tony Smale (39) and Phil de Lacy (37) took the Gold and Silver category prizes respectively, with them winning having absolutely nothing to do with their filling the current Captain and Vice-Captain roles.

Mick Roscoe goes to the top of the Eclectic leaderboard, beating Bob Eyland on countback, with both having a combined score of 46 points after 2 rounds. Five players are hot on their heels with 45 points. The next round will be played towards the end of April.

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

Bronze Category: 5th Chris Hamblett (37), 4th Norman Padmore (38 on CB), 3rd Bob Eyland (38 on CB), 2nd Mick Roscoe (38 on CB) and 1st, with the day’s best score of 42 points, Roger Brierley.

Silver Category: 5th Pete Cunniff (33 on CB), 4th Adrian Roberts (33 on CB), 3rd Paddy Diskin (34 on CB), 2nd Kyrre Skarsmoen (34 on CB) and 1st Phil de Lacy with 37 points.

Gold Category: 5th Norman Cahill (36 on CB), 4th Barry Lane (36 on CB), 3rd Graeme Forbes (36 on CB), 2nd Mark Preston (37) and 1st Tony Smale with 39 points.

Nearest the pins (sponsored by MoneyCorp): Hole 2 Norman Padmore, Hole 7 Phil de Lacy, Hole 11 Barry Roehrig, Hole 15 John Trehy.

Abacus (sponsored by Vistabella golf professional Adrian Rudge): Gerald Turner

Best Guests: Graham Jordan (41) beating Paul Dulson (31) in to 2nd place.

Our thanks go to all Vistabella staff for their contribution to an enjoyable day. Next week we will be at La Torre, and on following weeks at El Plantio and Alenda. 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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 SMGS at Altoreal. February 20th, 2019

An excellent turnout of 33 members and 7 guests for the trip to Altoreal, just north of Murcia city. Everybody seemed to find it without getting lost, with no bewildered calls from Molina de Segura taking place this time around. A relief for the organisers.

Whilst most agree that the course has a great layout, you are never quite sure in what condition it is going to be found, its best months coming a little later in the calendar year. Today fairways were reasonably good but the greens were not at their best. The obvious presence of weed grasses in them didn’t help. The bunkers could also have done with more sand.

Although the society’s possibly most charismatic Scotsman remarked on the first that it appeared the course was playing short due to that hole’s tee box placing, he was quickly relieved of this idea. Front nine tees from the 3rd onwards were set well back, with this tendency also present on various back nine holes. With some difficult pin positions general scoring was not great.

However, this was not the case in the battle for prizes in Gold category where one point separated the top four players, all scoring 34 or 35 points. Simon Speak came out on top in that one, Alan MacDonald and Ken Flaherty in the Silver and Bronze categories respectively. It was left to guest Graeme Forbes (37) to be the only player to equal or better their handicap.  

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

Bronze Category: 4th Norman Padmore (29), 3rd Neil Sheldon (31), 2nd Bob Eyland (32) and 1st Ken Flaherty with 33 points.

Silver Category: 4th Phil de Lacy (29), 3rd Mike Kaylor (30 on CB), 2nd Steve Hart (30 on CB) and 1st Alan MacDonald with 34 points.

Gold Category: 4th Tony Smale (34 on CB), 3rd Theo Boelhouwer (34 on CB), 2nd Colin Smith (35 on CB) and 1st Simon Speak, also with 35 points.

Nearest the pins (sponsored by Property Shop): Hole 5 Ivan Hanak, Hole 8 Mick Cook, Hole 10 Chris Wren, Hole 17 Chris Hamblett.

Abacus (sponsored by Mike Kaylor’s IPTV): John Mellor

Best Guests: Graeme Forbes, with the day’s best score of 37, beat Keith Little in to second place.

Our thanks go to all Altoreal staff for their contribution to an enjoyable day. Next week we will be at Vistabella, then on following weeks at La Torre and El Plantio . 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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SMGS at Las Ramblas. February 6th, 2019

Forty-seven members accompanied by 5 guests turned out for the 3rd round of this year’s President’s Trophy, sponsored by Moneycorp, for which the society is very grateful. By round’s end there were a lot that wished they hadn’t bothered.

Only 2 players, Norman Cahill and Order of Merit leader Russell Bailey played to their handicaps, included in a mere 7 players making 30 points or more, with 9 making 20 or less and 6 not bothering to return at all.

A truly difficult day with Bronze category players suffering the most, principally due to the setting back of tee positions, so making some long carries necessary. The guests fared little better with Peter Dulson probably quite surprised that his score meant him receiving the guest runner-up prize of a sleeve of balls.

Carol Wolstenholme was present from Moneycorp to present the prizes to most of the day’s winners, including a golf shirt to the day’s best scorer on countback, Russell Bailey. Russell stretches his Order of Merit lead and is well placed in the President’s Trophy after recording 2 rounds. Leading the competition, having competed in all 3 to date (best 3 of 5 to count) is Captain Tony Smale, closely followed by Vice-Captain Phil de Lacy. 

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

Bronze Category: 5th Neil Sheldon (23 on CB), 4th Paul Kavanagh (23 on CB), 3rd Mike Kaylor (24 on CB), 2nd Ian Parkinson (24 on CB) and 1st Peter Cuniff with 25.

Silver Category: 5th Russ Bond (26), 4th Per Arne Skarnes (28), 3rd Bjorn Pettersson (29 on CB), 2nd Steve Hart (29 on CB) and 1st Norman Cahill with 36.

Gold Category: 5th Keven Mitchell (32), 4th Tony Smale (33 on CB), 3rd Eva Pettersson (33 on CB), 2nd John Humphreys (35) and 1st Russell Bailey with 36 points.

Nearest the pins (sponsored by Moneycorp): Hole 6 Paul Kavanagh, Hole 10 Steve Higgins, Hole 12 Russell Bailey, Hole 14 Norman Cahill.

Abacus (sponsored by Mike Kaylor): Chris Hamblett

Best Guest Winner and Runner-up: Andreas Kummer (26) and Peter Dulson (18) respectively.

Our thanks go to all Las Ramblas staff for their contribution to the day. Next week we will be at Hacienda de Riquelme, then on following weeks at Altorreal and Vistabella. 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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