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Alfie’s Golf Society Saurines De La Torre-Thursday 26th October 2017

31 members and guests from Alfie’s GS travelled to Saurines De La Torre GC for the “In Memorium” trophy meeting which honours former Alfies Golf Society members who have passed away. This was also our annual Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Day which is our main charity that we as members of the society are supporting this year and hope to have a four figure donation to hand over by the end of the year.

Thank you to Mick “The Grip” Reeves for his tireless fund raising, support and representation of this charity and for his poignant comments on the day which I am sure we all echo when he said the most important thing about the the Poppy Appeal is that we remember.

Winner – Neil Oliver

Saurines De La Torre was in great condition and a credit to their team of ground staff. Tee boxes were as far forward as possible but with fast greens and some tricky pin positions it wasn’t going to be easy. The weather conditions were probably the best we have had all year, temperatures in the mid 20’s and not a breath of wind which helped the scoring averages climb higher than normal with 15 players scoring over 30 points.

Our winner of the day was Neil Oliver Playing off a handicap of 23 with 43 stableford points

Second went to Geoff Kite Playing off a handicap of 25 with 42 stableford points.

Best Guest went to Dave Merchant with 35 stableford points

Nearest the pin in 3 on the 13th – Sponsored by ‘The Street Restaurant’ went to Kristjansson “Gulli” Gudlaugar.

Nearest the pin in 2 on the 7th– sponsored by ‘The Auld Dubliner ‘went to Dave Merchant

Nearest the pin on the 10th– sponsored by ‘Alfie’s Bar’ went to Terry Fletcher

Nearest the Pin on the 18th – sponsored by ’The Celtic Drop’ went to Joe Murphy

The Blind pairs was won by Peter Golder and Andy Buxton

Many thanks to our sponsors, our committee for their hard work in the background, to Mick ‘The Grip’ Reeves for his support and sponsorship, and to Mike Probert from Costa Blanca Green Fee Services for arranging our day.  

To Sandra and Rose at Alfies Bar for their hospitality and fantastic buffet!!!

Big Thank you to Sandie Hall for organising the charity raffle and prizes.

Our next meeting of the year is at El Valle on the 30th of November for the 3rd and final leg of the Eclectic Cup.  Guests are more than welcome.  First tee time at 9.03 am.  Should you wish to play, please put your name on the playlist on the noticeboard in Alfies Bar, La Ronda CC, Lomas de Cabo Roig or contact our match secretary Joe Murphy at matchsecretary.alfiesgolf@gmail.com

Gordon Cowan, Secretary

 

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La Marina G.S. @ El Plantio Captain’s Day

A field of 32 members and guests met to play in our premier event of the calendar to celebrate captain Elspeth Craig’s year in office.

First event was a Stabledord competition on the par three course at el Plantio, as always in excellent condition. This trophy was won on countback by ex-captain jimmy Scott with a score of 26 points over the 9holes.

We then moved to the main course, again to play a stableford round, during which we were provided with drinks and choccie bars to sustain us through the afternoon.

Not great scoring for the majority alas, but third place went to Vic Smith with 33points with Garry Garbett finishing with a late run to win the trophy with 38 points ,eclipsing Graeme Buchannan’s 35 points.

Nearest the pins went to Mark Leigh and John Lywood who also shared the 2’s pot with guest Eddie Smith.

Prize-giving was at the la marina sports centre where we were treated to an excellent 3- course meal by Helena and her staff ,and the usual silly game was played to the noisy enjoyment of most participants.

Our next meeting is on November 9th at Font del Llop ,first tee 10.am at a cost of 40 euros. As usual the sheet is on the board at the sports centre or contact Alan Craig by e-mail at a100ac@yahoo.co.uk.

A reminder of our next quiz night on Tuesday November  7th ,8 euros including a meal. Please contact Elspeth on elspeth4mcd@yahoo.co.uk to let her know your requirements.

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T.M.G.S. tee off on time @ Alenda despite stragglers

When opening the blinds this morning we were greeted with a bright sunny day far different from the torrential downpour that hit us last week at Hacienda Del Alamo.

After a few late cancellations 40 members and guests made their way along the A7 and then the A31 to this ever improving golf course, I say made their way along the A7/A31 well there were one or two that did take the wrong turnings but still managed to arrive in time for their tee times.

Back to the course, the recent reseeding on holes 11 and 18 have now made a huge difference, improving both the view and the way the holes are played. No fault could be found with the condition of the course today but our Bronze category seemed to find it hard to score.

As we move on to the Silver category the scores improved, but it was only in the Gold category that scores were more in-line with other visits to this course and includes Bill Gillies’ 40 points, enjoy your new handicap Bill!

Results: N.T.P. Hole 3 O. Nygaard, Hole 5 NADA, Hole 13 B. Gillies, Hole 16 R. Nilsen. Three players made birdies on the par 3’s, D. Sullivan, B. Gillies and J. Hillier shared the €57 in the pot. Our best guest was S. Ross with 39 points. Bronze cat. 3rd T. Finne 24 pts. 2nd M. Mhyrvold 27 pts. and 1st on L/H with 27 pts. J. Hillier. Silver cat. 3rd L. Jernberg 29 pts, 2nd D. Sullivan 29 pts. 1st K. Johnsen 29 pts. all decided on Handicap. Gold cat. 3rd K. Persson 30 pts. 2nd L. Sandgren 34 pts. 1st B. Gillies 40 pts.

Photo: Bronze cat winners.

To find out more about our Society please visit www.tmgs.org or www.facebook.com/TMGSGOLF  give us a call on 661 524 101

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Marabu Golf Society  at Vistabella on 26th October 2017.

In association with Costa Blanca Green Fee Services

For this month’s meeting a group of 27 players visited the established course at Vistabella  taking advantage of the excellent society deal obtained from Costa Blanca Green Fee Services.

The weather was beautiful and as usual the course was in excellent condition.

Today was Captains Day and Andy Jones provided an excellent day with a bottle of wine for every players plus a free drink back at Leaf’s Restaurant and enough prizes so that every player received a prize.

We had three main individual prizes plus a hidden pairs competition.

The winning scores on the day were as follows:

1st – Andy Jones – 34 points

2nd – Jack Fanning – 34 points

3rd – Pearse McMurray – 33 points

4th – Mike Probert – 32 points

Captains Prize – Morten Kristensen – 36 points

Nearest Pins – Probert,G Singfield,M Singfield and McMurray

Dog of a Day – Paul Warriner

Nearest Captains Drive – G Singfield

Ladies Prize – G Singfield

Longest Drive – J Nicholson

Football Card – Steve Hanaway

Team Winners – Bill Fantom and Jacob Asp Gustin

Team Runners-Up – Mike Probert and Malcolm Jones

After the game we returned to LEAF’s Restaurante, which is located at Pueblo Brava, Quesada for a welcome meal prepared by the bar and the prize presentation and we give our thanks for their continued support.

Our next  interim fixture is at Vistabella on 9th November 2017 followed by the society day at Altorreal on  23rd November 2017.

Report by Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 or see us at our web-site at www.costa-blanca-greenfees.com.

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In The Bunker With Mick The Grip

AS THE 2018 RYDER CUP will be held for the first time in France, Ryder Cup Captains Jim Furyk and Thomas Bjorn visited Paris to initiate the countdown, and then popped up the Eiffel Tower to recreate the memorable occasion in 1976 when Arnold Palmer hit a golf ball off the tower into the gardens below.  The captains were invited to dinner at Versailles and breakfast at the President’s palacial pad, although as M. Macron’s knowledge of golf is probably on a par (excuse the pun) with his English the conversation over the croissants must have been a bit one-sided.

ON THE PGA TOUR schedule next year the Asia swing in October will have as many tournaments as the Florida swing in March.  The CJ Cup, won last week in South Korea by Justin Thomas, offers $9.25 million in prize money. Only the four majors, The Players and the World Golf Championship have higher purses.  Not all Tour pros are thrilled at the prospect, what with jet lag, no decent cheeseburgers, and the possibility of a North Korean missile landing on the green.   Kevin Kisner said:  “It’s great that there’s a tournament with a  $9.25 million purse in South Korea, but we’re not all keen to get on a plane and fly over there.”

Unfortunately the American economy isn’t up to sponsoring limitless multi-million dollar tournaments; the PGA Tour is simply recognizing where the growth is.  They can’t afford to ignore it.

REMEMBERING A HERO.  In 1931,  21 yr. old Douglas Bader lost both legs following a crash while attempting a low level flying manoeuvre over Reading airfield.   Refusing to permit his injuries to rule his life, he fought in the Battle of Britain, shooting down over 20 German aircraft, and was eventually captured and imprisoned in Colditz.   After the war he threw himself into golf to keep active, quickly getting down to single figures, after a shaky start when “Every time I swung a club I fell over.” 

He became a fixture on the golf circuit, frequently appearing in the pro-celebrity series on television.   Outspoken and with little patience with whingers, Sir Douglas was only upstaged once, according to Peter Alliss, and that was by Henry Cotton after a pouring wet day at the Berkshire, when everyone came in off the course absolutely sodden.  Bader said: “Moan moan moan, I don’’t know what you’re complaining about Cotton,” to which Cotton replied: “It’s all right for you Douglas, your feet don’t get wet.”

Group Captain Bader, CBE, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar,  founded the Bader Cup, which was held annually, and raised over £20,000 a year for the disabled.  The last Bader Cup was held at the Berkshire in 2013, players included Sir Bruce Forsyth.  Now the good work is carried on by the English Disability Open, held this August at The Warwickshire Golf Club, the British Disabled Open, held at Ufford Park, Suffolk, in September, and the On Course Foundation which supports disabled ex servicemen and helps them obtain employment in the golfing industry. 

Sir Douglas Bader died, aged 72, in1982, but his legacy lives on.

A TRIUMPHANT SERGIO GARCIA won the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama, after battling the elements.  Coming in after Day 2 he groaned:  “I found it really tough out there this afternoon. It was a little bit breezy, the fairways were starting to firm up, and the rain had made the greens a tiny bit bumpy.”   Poor soul, it must have been hell.

WILL LAS COLINAS win Spain’s Best Golf Course award for the 3rd year running?  La Manga Club and Resort will play host from 23-26th November to the most prestigious awards programme in the golf tourism industry:  ‘The World Golf Awards.’   The organisers say that “Luminaries” will be ferried by limo from the airport to a 3-day jolly packed with exclusive golf activities, followed by a red-carpet Gala Ceremony.   According to the dictionary, ‘Luminaries’ are “heavenly bodies giving off light” so  shouldn’t they arrive in their own Fiery Chariots?

Until next time: Happy Golfing.

Contact Mick for your club regripping and repairs, 638 859 475.

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Las Ramblas Golf Society

Monday we played Best 2 from 4 all on the par 3´s.The winning team with a very good score of 97 pts. were Ron Phipps, Benedicte Kruse, Peter Reffell and Brian Dent.

On Wednesday, the coldest day of the month so far It was Stableford Day with some tight scoring coming in. The results were as follows:

Cat.1: 1st Ken Robertson 38 pts. 2nd,, keeping it in the family, on a count back, Liz Robertson 38 pts. and 3rd Olga Douglas 34 pts.

Cat.2: 1st Geoff Biggerstaff 31 pts, 2nd Joyce McClusky 30 pts. and 3rd Ulrika Barthe 29 pts.

2´s Club: Liz Robertson and John Shervell.

Friday was the final of the Pairs Knockout Competition. The winners were Benedicte Kruse & Reg Akehurst, Picture Attached, beating Ron Phipps & John Conway one up. .

Everyone else played a “Waltzer” and the winning team of Terry Field, Marleen Billing, Rod Doel and Dave Pulling scoring 89 pts.

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Eurogolf Monthly Stabledord And Jubilee Cup

On Thursday 26th October Eurogolf played their monthly stableford  off the plates for the Jubilee Cup. The results were  Cat 1 (0-16) 1st Peter Cleaver 36 2nd  Bob Buckeridge 35 c/b 3rd George McCallum 35 Cat 2 (17-25) 1st Clive Horne 35 c/b 2nd Ian Pegg 35 3rd Martin Welsh 33  Cat 3 (26-31) 1st Debbie Weedon 38

2nd Angelique Berndt 37 3rd Colin Hobden36 Cat 4 (32+) 1st Peter Saunders 35 c/b 2nd Lauraine Walker 35 3rd Monique Reeve 32 October stableford  and Jubilee Cup winner Debbie Weedon   NTPs  5th  Gary Grierson 11th Glen Roberts  12th in 2  Bill Martin 15th Glen Roberts 17th John Barraclough  Best front 9 Mike Ivory 18 Best back 9 Pam Welsh 20 Best guest Diana Bailey  Football Dave Lewis Frank Henry Monique Reeve George McCallum and Susie Crammon

TUESDAY TOFFS

On Tuesday 24th  October  Toffs played their normal  stableford competition and the results were .Cat 1 (0-15) 1st Malcolm Foskett 34 c/b 2nd Alan Caithness 34 3rd  Glynn Roberts 33 Cat 2 (16-22)  1st Gary Grierson 40 2nd Craig Hall 37 3rd Sayers 36 Cat 3 (23-28)  1st John Hill 34 2nd Bruce Gordon 33 c/b 3rd Ed Silvester 33 Cat 4 (26+) 1st Gordon White 37 2ndPete Sanderson 35 3rd Cindi Green 33

Best guests 1st Andrew Mallon 35 2nd Paul Howe 33 Overall Toffs winner Gary Grierson 40  Best front 9 Hedy Paeligh 20 Best back 9 Martin Welsh 20  NTPs 5th Steve Sayers 11th Gordon Bourne  12th in 2 David Gregson 15th P. Howe 17th D. Wickenden  

Football draw Glo Manning Dave Morgan Ken Brett Martin Welsh and Tony Stanley.  If you would like to play at La Marquesa Tuesdays and Thursdays with one of the largest societies on the Costa Blanca please visit the website www.eurogolf-quesada.co.uk.

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 El Raso Golf Society

Thirty-one people attended the October El Raso Stableford competition held on 27 October at the La Marquesa course.  After a fine sunny day the results were as follows: best guest was Arty Crammon.

N.T.P´s were Fred Reeve (5 & 17) Lauraine Walker (11) and Craig Hall (15).  Best front nine was guest Paul Howe and best back nine went to Lauraine Walker.  Competition winners were: third Steve Sayers 34 pts (cb) second Craig Hall 34 pts (cb) and in first place Carin van der Kruijs also with 34 pts but winning overall on the countback system.

Thanks to Grant and Issy at the Olde Ninth for their continuing hospitality after the game. Our next game is on Friday 24 November at the interesting course of Saurines.

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Fred continues his good form at Orba GS

We had 29 players at Bonalba for the Kellaway Plate. We welcomed two guests, Brian Russell and Sean Clarke. After a chilly start to the day we soon experienced very warm sunshine.  The greens reflected the wear and tear of a long summer, many of them pockmarked by  unrepaired pitchmarks, making putting very unpredictable at times.

The overall winner was Fred Cooley with 36 points on count back from Tony Dickinson, also with 36 points. Both Fred and Tony enjoyed a small handicap cut! In third place was Dave Knight, 34 points, Bob Edwards fourth, 33 points, Mark Gaines fifth, 32 points and sixth, Malcolm Monti, 31 points.

Our two guests claimed nearest pin prizes on hole 4 – Brian Russell – and hole 14 Sean Clarke. Other winners were John Daniels on Hole 8 and Chris Williamson on hole 11.

Next week, Wednesday 8 November we are at Bonalba for a Texas Scramble. 9.00 for 9.44 start. Please contact Sheila via email, golflady17@yahoo.co.uk or phone 638351535 if you wish to play.

Guests are welcome subject to a current handicap certificate

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T.M.G.S. @ Alenda 25/10/17

When opening the blinds this morning we were greeted with a bright sunny day far different from the torrential downpour that hit us last week at Hacienda Del Alamo.

After a few late cancelations 40 members and guests made their way along the A7 and then the A31 to this ever improving golf course, I say made their way along the A7/A31 well there were one or two that did take the wrong turnings but still managed to arrive in time for their tee times.

Back to the course, the recent reseeding on holes 11 and 18 have now made a huge difference, improving both the view and the way the holes are played. No fault could be found with the condition of the course today but our Bronze category seemed to find it hard to score.

As we move on to the Silver category the scores improved, but it was only in the Gold category that scores were more in-line with other visits to this course and includes Bill Gillies’ 40 points, enjoy your new handicap Bill! Results: N.T.P. Hole 3 O. Nygaard, Hole 5 NADA, Hole 13 B. Gillies, Hole 16 R. Nilsen. Three players made birdies on the par 3’s, D. Sullivan, B. Gillies and J. Hillier shared the €57 in the pot.

Our best guest was S. Ross with 39 points. Bronze cat. 3rd T. Finne 24 pts. 2nd M. Mhyrvold 27 pts. and 1st on L/H with 27 pts. J. Hillier. Silver cat. 3rd L. Jernberg 29 pts, 2nd D. Sullivan 29 pts. 1st K. Johnsen 29 pts. all decided on Handicap. Gold cat. 3rd K. Persson 30 pts. 2nd L. Sandgren 34 pts. 1st B. Gillies 40 pts.

Photo: Bronze cat winners.

To find out more about our Society please visit www.tmgs.org or www.facebook.com/TMGSGOLF  give us a call on 661 524 101

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