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Thirty-five members were joined by 4 guests for SMGS’s annual visit to La Manga to play a stableford competition.

In excellent condition (the exception being some of the bunkers), as one would expect of a venue with La Manga’s history and continued reputation, the South Course proved testing for many.

The two main reasons for this were probably the course’s length and some difficult approaches, not helped by an ever strengthening wind which by round’s end wasn’t far removed from being a gale.

As during our previous visit, scores got better as one went up through the categories, lower handicappers generally dealing much better with the course and conditions. As if to highlight the point the day’s best rounds of 37 points were posted by Norman Cahill (Silver), Jamie Rorison (Gold) and Gary Garbett (Gold), with Bronze category winner Ron Stenhouse being a mere 9 back.

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

Bronze Category: 4th Marg Birtwistle (26 on CB), 3rd Mick Roscoe (26 on CB), 2nd Brian Butler (27), and 1st Ron Stenhouse with 28 points.

Silver Category: 4th Theo Boelhouwer (30), 3rd Phil de Lacy (31), 2nd Paul Kelsall (35) and 1st Norman Cahill with 37 points.

Gold Category: 4th Barry Roehrig (34 on CB), 3rd Tony Sims (34 on CB), 2nd Jamie Rorison (37 on CB), and 1st Gary Garbett, also with 37.

Nearest the pins on the par 3’s (open to all) went to Tony Sims (holes 2 and 17), Steve Belshaw (5) and Ken Flaherty (12).

The Abacus was won by Mike Fearnehough.

The best guest prize was won by zero handicapper Jamie Jones, who must have enjoyed playing off the yellows, coming in with 35 points.

Our thanks go to the staff at La Manga golf course for their contribution to an enjoyable day.

Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website or simply give Captain Theo Boelhouwer a call on 694494824 to find out more about the society and its weekly golf get-togethers. Next week we will be at La Finca.

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T.M.G.S. @ EL PLANTÍO 28/6/17

32 members travelled along the N332 towards the blistering heat of El Plantio. We couldn’t have been more wrong, yes the temps were in the mid to high 30’s but the green fee including the buggy was certainly lower at a very attractive price of just €30 per player including the buggy, it must be the cheapest golf on the Costas!

OK so the fairways weren’t exactly US Open standard but we have seen them in worse condition and paid more, the greens were a little on the slow side but more than acceptable. Thank you El Plantio you gave us a nice surprise, usually it’s a nasty one from the local courses.

Although the course played well, the scoring suffered a little from the extremely high winds so any player who managed 30 pts. should not have been disappointed with his game.

Results: N.T.P.’s hole 7 A. Rickers, hole 9 Nada, hole 14 G. Sorby, hole 18 Nada. The 2’s pot was rolled over from last week and contained a very nice €60 this was shared between Alan Rickers, Alan Rixson and G. Hagan. Unusually we didn’t have any visitors with us this week.

Bronze category; 3rd G. Hagan 30 pts. 2nd M. Myhrvold 33 pts. 1st R. Nilsen 34 pts. Silver category, 3rd L. Jorung 30 pts. 2nd J. Hettrick 32 pts. 1st A. Rixson 32 pts. on L/H. Gold category, 3rd J. Eyre 33 pts. 2nd H. Steele 33 pts. 1st K. Winton 33 pts. decided on L/H.

Photo: Gold category winners.

Visitors are always welcome and can find more information about us at  www.Facebook/TMGSGOLF or @ TMGSGOLF  or call Joe Dean our Secretary on 661 524 101

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The last Tuesday of the month is always the Monthly Medal at El Plantio and on the 27th June, 17 members commenced a shotgun start. Despite the greens being re-sanded after just recovering from Hollow Tinning, the scores were remarkably low. The winner, Lyn Young, collected her first ever Medal.

Nearest the Pins, Hole  2 – Rod Loveday and Hole 6 – David Swann. 3rd Place, Handicap 8 – Henry Mellor, 54 shots on C/B. 2nd Place, Handicap 15 – Bryan Watson,  53 shots . 1st Place, Handicap 12 – Lyn Young, 53 shots on C/B.

Picture Shows L. to R. Rod Loveday, David Swann, Bryan Watson, Lyn Young and Henry Mellor.

If anyone would like to join our Society, we play at El Plantio Golf Club on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. We use both courses – the Par 3 nine hole course and the main 18 hole course, so we cater for all abilities. The membership rates are very competitive, so call for more details.  Anyone who wishes to play in the Society as a guest or join as a new member, contact Ian Henderson on 966 716 616 or 636 116 230

David Swann

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 Las Colinas Individual stapleford

An early start as we all met up on El Raso to make our way to Las Collinas at 7.30 in the morning, surprisingly, everyone turned up in time and we made it to the course in time for coffee before our 8.30 tee off

As usual at this course, everything was set up and ready for us to enjoy the days golf with most members taking advantage of the free pyramid of range balls to hit

The day belonged to bill martin, who, had an excellent day as you will see by the results listed below:

Results for this outing:

Gold division and overall winner   was bill martin, runner up Ray Muttock

Silver division winner was John Evans, runner up Buck Taylor

Nearest the pins on par 3: Robert Litten hole 5 ,  hole 7 Laurie Woodroof, hole 10 Joe Mayne, hole 14 Andy Trefry and hole 17 Ray Batey

Nearest pin in 2 on par 4: Bill Martin

Longest drive hole 18: Bill Martin

Nearest the pin in 3 on par 4: Bill Martin

2`s pot, 90 Euros, was split between Andy Trefry and Joe Mayne

Football card winners: tony Roberts and Gary Goulder

Once all golf was finished, we all had a small beer that was included in the price of the day in the lovely surrounds of the club house

Once that was consumed, we all returned to the med bar & bistro in El Raso where we were joined by family and friends and all had a good time and enjoyed the buffet provided by Steve and his staff

Many thanks to GLAM-R-US and staff on el raso for sponsoring the society on the day. Thanks to Steve and his staff at the med bar and bistro, our next outing is at altereal on 12 July.

Anyone wishing to join our society is welcome and we can either be contacted by e-mail at: or pop into the bar where all details can be left and we will get in touch with

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On a very hot but enjoyable day on the 17th June 2017, 34 players teed off at Elle Valle. The course was in great condition with the pins placed in very difficult positions which was reflected in the scores …… apart from those with dubious handicaps! The results were:-


Mike Heighway – 34 pts, Ian Grant – 31 pts, Lynne Newbury – 29 pts


Alan Thorpe – 32 pts, Eddie Allen – 30 pts (cb), John Walls – 30 pts


Hole No. 1.  – Gary Lavender, Hole No. 6.  – Richard Mackey, Hole No. 9.  – Arthur Jones, Hole No. 12. -Arthur Jones, Hole No. 15.- Norman Dobson, Hole No. 16.- Ian Grant

BEST GUEST – Terry Bates – 29 pts

After the golf players returned to the Lime Bar (19th Hole) for refreshments, prize giving and excellent eats provided by the Lime Bar.

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Unfortunately, due to illnesses of wives and pets, a slightly depleted field met in scorching temperatures to compete for the President’s trophy at the incomparable lo Romero course.

The two runners up, Pete Wootton  with 39 points and Geoff Ettridge with 37 points might, on another day, have been winners, but for the second year running, Sarah McCabe produced a handicap-busting round, accumulating 43 points to re-take the trophy. A brilliant round in difficult conditions.

Winners of nearest the pins were Norman Pickett and two to Graeme Buchannan.

Prize -giving was delayed until the excellent dinner/ dance at the la marina sports centre where a very tasty 3-course meal was served by Helena and her staff. Music was provided by the classy diverse duo and I’m pleased to report that some people fell over each other to reach the dance floor.

Our next meeting is at Vistabella on 6th July, first tee 0928 at a cost of 35euros. The list is on the board as usual or contact Alan Craig on 634 347 788 or

Finally thanks to all who made the evening a success.

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On Thursday 22nd  June Eurogolf played their monthly stableford  off the plates and the results were Cat 1 1st  David Gregson 35 2nd  Malcolm Foskett 33 c/b 3rd  Pete Cleaver 33

Cat 2 1st  Robin Richards 35  2nd  David Blanchette 32 c/b 3rd  Bertie Lawson 32 Cat 3 1st Gary Grierson 37  2nd Harry armstring 34  3rd John Conolly 33 Cat 4 1st  David Valentine 37 c/b 2nd John Holland 37 c/b 3rd Kevin Bonser 37 June stabelford  winner David Valentine  

NTPs  5th  Morag Turner  11th  Bertie Lawson 12th in 2 Pete Cleaver  15th Steve Sayers  17th David Valentine hole in one. Best front 9 Mike Gillett 19 Best back 9 John Fairhurst 19  Football Robin Richarrds, David Valentine, Susie Crammon, John Conolly and Debbie Weedon.


On Tuesday 20th June Toffs played their normal stableford competition and there there were some amazing scores recorded.Cat 1 (0-15) 1st David Gregson 39  2nd John Barraclough 38 c/b 3rd George McCallum38 3rd   Cat 2 (16-20) 1st Ian Pegg 43 2nd Bertie Lawson 41 3rd Steve Sayers 38

Cat 3 (21-24) 1st John Holland  37  2nd Hadge Armstrong 33 c7b 3rd Ken Enever 33 Cat 4 (25+) 1st Jan Shorkey 36 2nd Brian Jones 31 3rd Gill Gordon 29  Overall Toffs winner Ian Pegg   

Best front 9 David Valentine 20 Best back 9 Angelique Berndt 19  NTPs 5th Malcolm Foskett 11th Pete Cleaver 12th in 2 David Blanchette 15th Hadge Armstrong 17th Damien Levey  Football Franco Gentilli, Hadge Armstrong John Hoilland, Ken Enever and Ian Pegg. 

Eurogolf have nearly come to the end of their season but if you would like to play at La Marquesa Tuesdays and Thursdays with one of the biggest societies on the Costa Blanca please visit the website

The next season commences September.



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COEUR D’ALENE RESORT COURSE, Idaho, claims the world’s only floating green, the 14th, which gets pulled in or pushed out each day. Golfers are ferried out and back in a gleaming mahogany and brass motor boat.

A massage therapist awaits on the driving range to help them warm-up before they blast floating range balls at floating flags on the lake, afterwards gliding off with their caddies in de-luxe buggies complete with refreshments and heated seats. The course itself, a 6,803 yd par 71, is festooned with thousands of geraniums and carpeted in perfect bent grass. After the round and a 15-setting shower in their suite, the five star restaurant awaits them. Very nice. How much?  If you have to ask, etc.,  

Coeur D’Alene

EVEN TOP GOLFERS don’t want to play golf all the time.  Luke Donald majored in art at University and is a whiz with a paintbrush.  Tiger Woods is into spear fishing and scuba diving, Nick Faldo loves a spot of fly fishing and Adam Scott heads for the beach when Surfs Up.  Graeme McDowell has founded a brewery together with Keegan Bradley and Freddie Jacobson. Calling it the Golfbeer Brewing Co, they have each created a craft beer; McDowell’s is called ‘Celtic Pale Ale.’  Sound idea. If you want a hobby a brewery beats stamp collecting every time.

THE OLDEST WINNER of the Open Championship in modern times was Argentinian Roberto de Vicenzo, who captured the title at Hoylake in 1967 aged 44.  Padraig Harrington (45) is hoping to beat that record at Royal Birkdale next month.  In 2008 on the same course he successfully defended the Open title he had won the previous year at Carnoustie, when he beat Sergio Garcia in a playoff. 

Wind and rain had buffeted Royal Birkdale all week, and on the Saturday 50-mph gusts had spectators and players alike struggling to stand upright.   The Dubliner sealed the title with an eagle.  Hitting a five-wood 273 yds on the par-five 17th, the downhill lie gave a low trajectory which would cheat the wind, and his perfect contact left the ball three feet above the pin.

 Oddly enough, Padraig nearly didn’t play in the 2008 Open after injuring his wrist hitting a beanbag the week before, and his participation this year was in doubt after an amateur (one of Sergio’s relations?) clouted him on the elbow with a driver.   Coincidence?  He could be worth an outside bet.

 TWO-TIME MAJOR champion Greg Norman took a shot at golf commentators recently, remarking: “The commentators on TV are boring. The monotonous voices saying everyone’s hit a great shot and everyone’s got the greatest short game in the world.  I turned the sound off with The Masters and just watched.”   Could it be that Greg wasn’t offered the job.

Poor Sir Nick Faldo tweeted:  “I think I need a hug.”

PHIL MICKELSON – “Whether its players, caddies, the media – we all want to build up the game and nobody built it up more than Tiger did.  When I won the Tucson Open in the 90’s the entire purse was $1 million, first place $180,000.  I remember thinking:  ‘I wonder if someday we’ll play for a $1 million first place, probably not in my lifetime.’  Now every week there’s a million-plus first place cheque. That’s due to Tiger.”

 Mickelson has made over $80 million just on the course in his career, which is a lot of first places.  Even his caddie (or ex-caddie) Bones is a millionaire.

THREE WEEKS OF TOP CLASS links golf kicks off on 9th July with the Irish Open at Portstewart, followed by the Scottish Open at Dundonald and The Open at Royal Birkdale.   Portstewart has a spectacular front nine and is called a hidden gem (not another one!) The welcome leaflet tells spectators that ”There is a short walk of about 300m to the Hospitality Tent, if you find it difficult to walk and are in need of assistance let us know.”  The spectators might be able to walk there, but knowing Irish hospitality they may well need assistance walking back.

Until next time: Happy Golfing.

Contact Mick for regripping and repairs.  638 859 475.

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A great day for golf and another big turnout (including several new members) at our “home” course, which was in excellent condition as usual. Division 1 winner was Mick Hardy with 38 points, followed by Bob Gallard 37, Paul Matthews 36 and Steve Higgins 36.

Division 2 was won by Bob Eaton with 38 points, followed by Shaun Devine 33, John Hillier 31 and Jo Murphy 30. Nearest the pins were won by Steve Branston, David Archer, Bob Gallard, Peter Swallow and Giovanni Butto. The gross 2 (for 50 euros) was won by Bob Eaton.

The dreaded “Monkey” was won by Mark Pollitt! After the next qualifier at Lo Romero on 3rd July, we have a team “Dusty Bin” competition at La Serena, teeing off at 9:10am on Wednesday 19th July.

Full details will be emailed to all members. Payday will be on Saturday 15th July, between 11am and 12 in the bar area at La Serena Golf Clubhouse, Los Alcázares. For further information on our society, to play as a guest, or to join, please phone Barry Beale on +34 649 245 889 or look at our website at and Facebook page at

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For our June outing we set off for a pairs better ball competition at Alenda.  For some the most difficult part of the day was finding the course but we all got there eventually and enjoyed a good day of golf. Many thanks to Jose and his staff for hosting us at Alenda which is a great course to play on. We then returned to the Blarneystone where Eamon kept the beer flowing and Gill provided some very tasty food, thanks to you both.

NTP hole 3 – Tony Brain, NTP hole 5 – John Dynes, NTP hole 13 – Tony Brain, NTP hole 16 – Dave Wright, Longest Drive – Mick Mitchell

3rd place – Dave Wright and Steve Morfee 37pts, 2nd place – Tony Brain and Lin Newberry 38 pts, 1st place – Mike Heighway and Alan Brown 43 pts (pictured with president Eamon Reilly)

Our next outing is the pub championship at Las Colinas on Thursday 20th July

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