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SMGS at Vistabella. October 23 rd , 2019

A shotgun start at 9 a.m. (without the shotgun it seemed, at least from the distant hole 17 tee box) saw 37 members and 5 guests take on a course that has become a permanent SMGS monthly fixture.

The Monday night and Tuesday day rains had done little damage. Only bunkers remained sodden, and waste areas appeared to have suffered even further damage following their littering with rivulets during September’s DANA. DANA 2 was substantially more respectful than its predecessor.

The damp conditions did, though, mean that buggies were not allowed on fairways, which meant a few members had to drop out. This seems a shame as we all look forward to our Wednesday’s with SMGS, and one wonders why, especially on the 11 old holes, it was not possible to enter fairways at right angles from the cart paths. The course had drained really well and quickly, and this could, one feels, have been accommodated.

Concerning the actual golf, as always at this course some great scores were posted. Mike Greatorex led the way with a superb 41 points, closely followed by guest Lee Parsons with 40, and Keith Wickham with 39. This author paused alongside the par 3 11 th to watch a spectacular off-green holing by the latter.

Having been beaten by him in the relevant category, perhaps the buggy should have been revved up at the moment just before contact. It would have made little difference. Keith clearly likes Vistabella, having won his category there on more than one occasion.

Finally, a mention for those in Gold. It is amazing, going back through past results, how close this category always is when playing Vistabella. On one occasion all four prize winners were only decided on countback. This time three tied runners-up, with Danny Toft just capping the rest as winner by a point, ahead of Norman Cahill, Mark Prestonand Andy Shaw. Congrats to the Handicap Secretary!!

The day’s prize winners were the following:

Bronze Category: 4 th Mike Jordan (33), 3 rd Norman Padmore (34), 2 nd Brian Butler (35) and 1 st Keith Wickham with 39 points

Silver Category: 4 th Ken Flaherty (34), 3 rd Mike Kaylor (37), 2 nd Charlie Harkin (38) and 1 st , with the day’s best score of 41 points, Mike Greatorex

Gold Category: 4 th Andy Shaw (36 on CB), 3 rd Mark Preston (36 on CB), 2 nd Norman Cahill (36 on CB) and 1 st Danny Toft with 37 points

Nearest the pins on par 3’s (Sponsored by Property Shop): Hole 2 Noel Bannon, Hole 7 Lee Parsons, Hole 11 Roger Brierly, Hole 15 Russ Bailey

Abacus (Sponsored by Mike IPTV Kaylor): Roger Brierly

Best Guests: Lee Parsons (40) beat Alistair Gordon (35) in to second place Our thanks go to all Vistabella staff for their contribution to an enjoyable day. Next week we will be at Altorreal, the following week at La Serena for the first round of this season’s Bogey’s Shield. 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 Lo Romero. June 12th, 2019

What was meant to be a fairly early shotgun start for 41 members and 6 guests turned in to a long wait for some as confusion reigned at the course. Somehow a 9.30 shotgun tee-off time became a nearly two hour wait for those last off as the course admitted an administrative error led to those on the desk on the day not realising, and with ground staff organised to work on a number of holes.

And a lot of work had been done. Greens recovering from hollow tining and heavily sanded, and a lot of fairways similarly treated, meant bumpy, slow greens and little run on tee shots hit down the middle. Not quite the glorious condition in which Lo Romero is normally found.

Silver Phil, Dave, Bjorn
Silver Phil, Dave, Bjorn

Not to be put off, three players made scores that will lead to their handicaps being cut. Neil Sheldon and Dave Blackburn both made 38 points, Brian Butler 37. Family success was had for the Petterssons and McCanns with both couples appearing in the prizes. Unfortunately a couple of disqualifications took place of players not signing their cards before handing in. Members are asked to ensure they sign prior to submission, and inform guests to do so. Where to draw the line between being a friendly society whilst ensuring rules are adhered to is a tricky one, which will continue to cause debate within the society.

A new sponsor joined the ranks this week of those supporting SMGS. Leisa from Spanish Insurance, based in Ciudad Quesada and La Zenia, came to introduce herself and her company to members and present prizes. We thank her very much for her involvement.

This week’s results, by Category and in reverse order, were the following:

Bronze Category: 5th Carmel McCann (28), 4th Mike Jordan (29), 3rd Ron Stenhouse (32), 2nd Brian Butler (37) and 1st Neil Sheldon with 38 points.

Silver Category: 5th Kyree Skarsmoen (33), 4th Norman Cahill (34), 3rd Phil de Lacy (35), 2nd Bjorn Pettersson (36) and first Dave Blackburn with 38 points.

Gold Category: 5th Eva Pettersson (32), 4th Colin Smith (33 on CB), 3rd Richard McCann (33 on CB), 2nd Theo Boelhouwer (34 on CB) and 1st Tony Smale, also with 34 points.

Nearest the pins (Sponsored by Spanish Insurance): Hole 5 Darren Hancock, Hole 7 Mike Kaylor, Holes 12 and Hole 15 Graeme Forbes.

Abacus (Sponsored by Mike IPTV): Gary Beechy

Best Guest Winners (Sponsored by Spanish Insurance): Rick Lewis (41) beat John Yates (33) in to 2nd place.

Best Guest Rick
Best Guest Rick

Our thanks go to all Lo Romero staff for their contribution to a very enjoyable day. Next week we will be at Las Colinas. 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.