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Pego Golf Society Stableford Competition Played At Oliva Nova 

On a morning when we were due to play golf at Oliva Nova, it was very cold, with the bottom temperature at 08.00 between 3 and 5 degrees centigrade. The sun eventually came through after about one hour’s play, to warm our bodies, and in the end it was a perfect day to play this lovely game.

We were playing a Stableford competition, and the 39 members were joined by only two guests, and they were Carla Chaszczewski (A good Scottish name) and Jim Hayward. The competition itself was played with two divisions for handicap

In the competition, the results for Division 1 were as follows:-

1st Place Shaun O’Gorman    37 Points playing off 5.4 Handicap. 2nd Place Terence Moore 37 Points playing off 11.2 Handicap, 3rd Place Brian Barden 34 Points playing off 16.8 Handicap

Results for Division 2 were as follows

1st Place Johnny Evans 27 Points playing off 20.1 Handicap, 2nd Place Angus Muir 27 Points playing off 19.9 handicap, 3rd Place  Graham Haslam 27 Points playing off  25.8 Handicap

All very close with both scores in division 1 the same, and all three scores in Division 2 the same

Nearest the pin at Hole No 5 with their second shot was Danny Herron with 2.3 meters, and at hole number 16, nearest the pin was Bill Pike at 5.74 meters.

There was only one person with a two today and that was by Marin Gates,  and he had two of them. One at the third and another one at the 11th and lipped the hole at 16 for what would have been three two’s.

The Balls in the water competition, was won today by Jean Taylor, and the amount of balls in the water this week was 103.

There was a card draw as it was the birthday last week of Stella Fox, and the prize was a big jar of Homemade Marmalade made by Stella herself.

Just to add a bit of fun, it was won by Ian Robertson, only fitting to a Scotsman, with Roberson’s Marmalade

Next week, we have the Pego Putter , which is a Bogey competition in Pego Golf Society, a major trophy in our eyes, so should you want to join us at Pego, please contact Penny Barden  at pegohandicapsec@gmail.com, and we would love to see you.

David Phillips, Captain

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Alfies Golf Society – Villamartin -Thursday 25th January 2018

24 members and guests from Alfie’s GS travelled to Villamartin GC for the first meeting of the year on January 25th. It was the first venue of our new captain Ian Ingledew. As always Alfies’s support a charity for the year chosen by the captain and Ian’s chosen charity this year is Prostate Cancer UK.

The weather was chilly. The course was ok but the tees were all at the back making it a challenge. The presentation was held back at Alfies’s bar where a buffet was enjoyed by all the players. This year it was decided at the AGM that we would divide the society into 2 categories based on players handicaps “GOLD” & “SILVER”

Our winner of the day in the silver division was Peter Golder with 36 stableford points

Second went to Luke Branch with 29 stableford points decided on count back.

The Winner of the gold division was Ian Connell with 31 stableford points. Second place went to Alistair Quinn with 29 points.

The Winner of the gold division was Ian Connell
The Winner of the gold division was Ian Connell

Best Guest went to John Minns with 18 stableford points.

Nearest the pin in the 6th– Sponsored by ‘The Street Restaurant’ went to Peter Golder

Nearest the pin on the 9th– sponsored by ‘The Auld Dubliner‘ went to Alistair Quinn

Nearest the Pin in 2 shots on the 15th – sponsored by ’The Celtic Drop’ went to Rita Potters

Captain Drive in hole was won by Mike Fitzpatrick and the prize was donated by our new captain Ian Ingledew.

The Blind pairs was won by Jim Dempsey and George Potters

I have received a note from our captain and he is looking forward to playing with as many members as possible throughout the year.

Many thanks to our sponsors, our committee for their hard work in the background, and to Mike Probert from Costa Blanca Green Fee Services for arranging our day. 

To Rose and Jim and staff at Alfies Bar for their support throughout the year.

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

And finally thanks to all the members for supporting Alfies Golf Society.

The next venue will be held at Vistabella on February 22nd 2018 and we will sample the new holes that have been added this year and it is the first round of the society’s Eclectic Cup.

Finally we invited representatives from “The Royal British Legion” to receive the money the society raised last year. In total for the year Alfie’s Golf Society donated 1,000.00 Euros to this very worthy charity.

 

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Eurogolf Presidents Putter and Tuesday TOFFS

On Thursday 25th January Eurogolf played a  stableford off the blocks for the Presidents Putter Trophy.

The results were  Cat 1 1st Pino Perito 39 c/b 2nd Bob Buckeridge 39 3rd Karen Simpson 39 Cat 2 1st Steve Sayers 37 c/b 2nd Gary Grierson 37 3rd Bob Adkins 36 Cat 3 1st Kevin Bonser 41 2nd Morag Turner 39 3rd David Valentine 38 Cat 4 1st Frances Buckeridge 25 2nd Gill Gordon 21 3rd Franco Gentili 20 

NTP´s 5th John Barraclough 11th Bob Buckeridge 12th in 2 Linda Lynch 15th Bert Lawson  17th David Valentine  Best front 9 John Barraclough 22 Best back 9 Ken Enever 22  Football draw Pete Gartside Ken Enever David Valentine Gary Grierson and Karen Simpson. President Debbie Weedon was pleased to present overall winner Kevin Bonser with the trophy and a bottle of Cava.

TUESDAY TOFFS

On Tuesday  23rd  January Toffs played their weekly stableford competition in perfect conditions for golf and some good scores were recorded.

The results were .Cat 1 (0-15) 1st Fred Reeve 39 2nd Bill Martin 38 c/b 3rd  John Kirkwood 38 Cat 2 (16-22)  1st Debbie Weedon 40 2nd Martin Welsh 38 3rd  Glenn Roberts 38 Cat 3 (23-28)  1st Hadge Armstrong 41 2nd Chris Stanley 37 3rd Bob Adkins 35 Cat 4 (29+) 1st Lauraine Walker 42 2nd  Frances Buckeridge 29 c/b 3rd Sue Pegg 29 

Overall Toffs winner Lauraine Walker 

Best front 9 Alan Venables 21 Best back 9 Felix Mallon 22  NTPs 5th Ken Enever 11th David Blanchette 12th in 2 David Blanchette 15th Kevin Bonser 17th Bob Adkins Football draw Peter Sanderson Monique Reeve Bev Fairhurst x 2 and Keith Wright.

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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Wild and Windy at La Finca !

Today the TPGS visited a very windy La Finca,  the course was as usual in excellent condition but the weather made it very difficult to play.

The best lady was won by Margaret Woodall with 15pts, the best guest was Tom Cornwall with 25pts and the worst score was Gordi who came in with 11pts as usual he gets to enjoy a fine bottle of wine.

The NTP’S where won by Tony “Hi ho” Smale who also took the 2’s pot, Barry Lane, John Peters, Bib Price and Kev Adamson. The silver division was won by Brian McFenty with 24pts. Ian Woodall and Bob Price came 2nd and 3rd. Kev Harmiston came 3rd with 27pts (pretty good of scratch!)

Phil de Laceup continues his fine run of form with 30pts but Kevin O’Bird was a clear winner of the gold division with 32pts.

Our next game is Captain’s Day on Feb 9th at Villamartin which has completely sold out. Please check out our website www.theplazagolfsociety.com for future fixtures.

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San Javier Golf Society “Individual Stableford Qualifier” 

Lo Romero Golf, on Wednesday 24th January:

Another “full house” for a great day’s golf with the society at the fabulous Lo Romero course, which looked a little odd due to the iconic 18th island green being drained of water from the surrounding lake for maintenance.

Perfect sunny conditions and some great golf played, with almost everyone scoring well.  The winners on the day were: Division 1: First was Steve Branston with 38 points, Second – Jim Moffatt on 37, Third – Paul Newman with 36. In Division 2:  First was Mick Hardy with 38 points, Second – Clyde Sandry on 34, Third – Captain Paul Hamlin on 33.

In Division 3: First was John Hillier with 40 points, Second – Sandra Twentyman on 38 and Third – Jeff Belt also with 38. Nearest the pins were won by David Archer, John Hillier and Eric Woolams. The gross 2 (for 50 euros) was not won and will roll on to our next game, which is a team “Dusty Bin”  competition at La Serena, teeing off at 13:00pm on Monday 29th January.

Full details will be emailed to all members. Payday will be on Saturday 27th January in the bar area of La Serena Club House, between 11:00am and 12:00. 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 www.sanjaviergolfsociety.co.uk and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sanjaviergolfsociety

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‘Mike Probert talks Golf (Sponsored by Costa Blanca Green Fee Services).

Here on the Costa’s golf is one of the biggest leisure time activities for both tourists and resident alike and with this in mind we have secured the services of Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services to provide a weekly round up of local golfing events and topics and in conjunction with us at THE LEADER will provide discounted golf prices to all of our readers and run our golf competitions.

Golf Course Review – Font Del Llop

Nestling in a high sided valley close to the town of Aspe is a wonderful golf course called Font del Llop, which literally translated from ‘old’ Spanish means Wolf’s watering hole.

To find this excellent golf course from Torrevieja follow the AP7/A7 motorway in the direction of Alicante and take the A31 exit towards Madrid and Montforte del Cid and stay on this road as far as the exit for Aspe (CV847).Take the exit off the roundabout in the direction of Aspe and the course is signposted on your left after 3.5km and the clubhouse itself is approx 2km from this entrance.

The clubhouse is a wonderfully restored building which used to belong to the land owner and his family and incorporates the pro-shop, locker rooms, conference rooms and restaurant. As you would expect from the pro-shop you can hire buggies, electric trolleys, pull trolleys and golf clubs. The course has good practise facilities with a driving range, chipping green and putting green.

This course was designed by Blake Stirling and Marco Martin includes five par 5’s and five par 3’s and measures 5,814 metres (6,395 yards) off the yellow tees and 4,800 metres (5,280 yards) from the ladies red tees. The course blends naturally into the local scenery and the main feature of the course is a small river (formerly used in beer production) which runs through the course and which inter-links five ponds positioned to catch any errant shots.

Although not overly long by modern standards this course has to be handled and managed well by all standards of golfer, particularly on the opening five holes which are ‘tight’ and which ‘squeeze’ you and my advise would be to put away the driver on these holes and use a small wood or hybrid club and hit the ball ‘where you can see it’ rather than letting loose with the ‘big dog’.

After these opening holes the course ‘opens up’ a little to give the golfer some relief and I particularly liked the 491 metre (yellow tees) par 5 9th hole which raises gently up hill but allows you the options of playing ‘right’ or ‘left’ of the water hazard that runs the length of the fairway up to the green.

On the back nine holes the course finishes rather uniquely with a sequence of par 5, par 3, par 3 and finally par 5 with the final hole somewhat summarising all that you have seen over the previous 17 holes and i would strongly advise that whether you are a tourist or a resident you simply must add this course to your playing schedule. 

We at THE LEADER are committed to providing to our golfing readers affordable golf without the need to join a club or apply for a card but simply contact the number below to have instant access to discounted golf prices, many of which are exclusive to us.

The deals shown in the table are some of the best currently available to you until 18/02/18:

Golf Course Price Comments
Alenda €108 Two Players and Buggy
Alicante €114 Two Players and Buggy
Altorreal €90 Two Players and Buggy
Bonalba €100 Two Players and Buggy
Don Cayo (Altea) €86 Two Players and Buggy
El Plantio €112 Two Players and Buggy (after 12pm)
Font Del Llop €86 Two Players and Buggy 
La Finca €128 Two Players and Buggy
La Marquesa €45 Single Green Fee
La Serena €112 Two Players and Buggy
Las Colinas €144 Two Players and Buggy
Las Ramblas €104 Two Players and Buggy
Lo Romero €136 Two Players and Buggy
New Sierra Golf €95 Two Green Fees and Buggy
Roda €120 Two Players and Buggy
Villamartin €110 Two Players and Buggy
Villaitana Poniente €57 Single Green Fee and Buggy
Vistabella €86 Two Players and Buggy

For Bookings and more information contact Mike at info@costa-blanca-greenfees.com or direct on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 quoting reference LEADER.

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Marabu Golf Society at Font del Llop on 25th January 2018.

In association with Costa Blanca Green Fee Services

For this month’s meeting a group of 20 players visited the established course at Font Del Llop taking advantage of the excellent society deal obtained from Costa Blanca Green Fee Services.

The weather was beautiful and the course in good condition but with some difficult tight pin positions.

The winning scores on the day were as follows: 1st – Steve Davey – 37 points, 2nd – Brian Smith – 35 points, 3rd – Bill Fantom – 34 points, 4th – Mike Probert – 34 points

Nearest the Pins – Mike Probert (2),Steve Hanaway,George Mercer & Brian Smith

Dog of a Day – Danny Wheatley, Best Guest – Mark Steel – 35 points, Best Front Nine – Tony Ollier – 17 points, Best Back Nine – Rod Allen – 17 points, Footbal Card – Rod Allen

After the game we returned to Leaf’s Restaurant, 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 Altorreal on 8th February 2018 followed by the society day at Vistabella on 22nd Februray 2018.

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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Las Ramblas Golf Society

On Monday we played Best 2 From 4, all count on the on the Par 5´s and the winning team with a score of 95 pts were Rachel Leckey, Terry Field, John Shervell and Mike Mahony.

Wednesday was the 1st round of our Electic Joker Competition and the results were as follows:

1st Benedicte Kruse 41pts, 2nd On a countback Lindsay Forbes 41 pts. 3rd 39 pts John Drakesmith, 4th on a count back Terry Cullen 39 pts, 5th on a count back Rod Doel 39 pts. 6th John Shervell 38 pts.

2´s Club: John Drakesmith, Ken Robertson, John Shervell and Lindsay Forbes.

Friday it was the Yellow Peril team game and with a score of 108 the winners were Pete Dunn, Ellen Drakesmith, Annmarie Weisheit and John Shervell.   

Mike Mahony     

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Lo Crispin Golf Socety at Lo Romero – 24th. January 2918

The Society played its 2nd. main game of the year at Lo Romero, where this year we are holding our 2018 Eclectic Competition. The sun was shining, if a little cold, but there was little wind. Fortunately these conditions prevailed throughout the day, except for becoming a little warmer, resulting in almost perfect golfing weather.

The investment and work to maintain the Course in excellent condition was immediately and visibly apparent, as the all the water around the signature 18th. hole had been drained completely.

We were informed by a member of the Course staff that, every 5 years or so the water is drained so that leaks can be detected and repaired, It was indicated by him also that the water level will be raised to make it even more visibly attractive.

He also informed us interestingly that as many as 40k balls were cleared from the bottom of the water!! When we started the round no balls were visible around the dried up 18th. island green, but by the time my 4 ball reached it there was a good number of balls had clearly failed to stay on the putting surface.

After the game, as usual we went back to the Lo Crispin Tavern as usual, where as  we treated to tapas and a warm welcome. The scoring and prize winners were as follows :

Gold Division: 1st. Place – Adrian Aspbury 33pts. off 11, 2nd. Place – Harry Wilcock 31pts. off 15, 3rd. Place – Ray Brown 30pts. off 11

Silver Division: 1st. Place – Bill Acton 28pts.off 28, 2nd. Place – Steve Harrington 27pts. off 22 (on count back), 3rd.Place – Ian Blincoe – 27pts.off 28

Guest Prize – T. White – 33pts. playing off 11 and there were no 2’s on the day.

NTP’s on Par 3s: Hole 5 – Dicky Claeys, Hole 7 – Dave Norton, Hole 12 – Steve Harrington, Hole 15 – Nobody was able to reach or stay on the putting surface.

It turned out to be quite a good day for Ian Blincoe, who also won the free game raffle draw. The next main game is at Altorreal on 7th. February and the 2nd. interim game on 31st. January at Font Del Llop.

Anyone interested in joining a fair and friendly society, or fancy a round with us as a guest should contact any member of the Committee, whose contact details can be found on the Society website.

Steve Harrington.

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In the Bunker with Mick the Grip

PALM DESERT’S BIGHORN Golf Club, near to posh Palm Springs, California, opened it’s new $70 million clubhouse in November.  The 80,000 square ft clubhouse, with stunning views of both the Mountains and Canyons courses, has limestone floors from Peru and  travertine walls from Portugal. 

A 16-foot cascading chandelier hangs in the bar area.  Residents are accommodated in penthouses with private lifts.   Amenities include 5 star restaurant, spa, pools and pickleball courts. Pickleball?   Dread to think what they’ve put the membership fees up to, and reviews say the prices are eye-watering, but if you live in Palm Springs that’s probably the least of your worries. 

ADAM ROLSTON ended a 1250 mile journey when he finally sunk a 7ft putt on the Mt. Bogd Golf Club in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.   Ex-rugby internationals Adam, from Ireland, and his Australian caddie Ron Rutland, decided to play the world’s longest hole of golf  (20,093 shots) from one end of Mongolia to the other.   They calculated that par for the hole – across deserts, frozen rivers and swamps – would be 14,000.

Rutland pulled a 100kg cart loaded with their supplies and Rolston hit the shots, around 250 per day.   A wild dog accompanied them and they adopted it.  Extreme rain and snow in the mountains at the start was followed by the 40 degree heat of the Gobi Desert.    The pair set a world record, and raised £20,000 for charity, finishing after 80 days on Mongolia’s only golf course.  Adam had  lost untold golfballs and Ron narrowly avoided a sticky end when the cart fell on him in a bog.  

The Mongolians they met en route left off hunting and hawking to have a go at this strange game.   “The worst part was putting on soaking freezing shoes in the mornings,” Adam said, “ but we had a great time.”    As my old Dad used to say: “There are more out than in.” 

IN CASE YOU THINK Twistface and Hammerhead are two muscle-bound thugs from the latest James Bond movie,  they are actually features of Taylor Made’s new M4 driver.  After getting over their sulk at being beaten in sales by Calloway’s Epic, Taylor Made decided that a High Launch and Low Spin combination with ample forgiveness would be their aim, rather than distance.   Twistface is used in other drivers, notably Cobra’s F8, but Taylor Made insist the M4 is even twistier.  

Hammerhead is just another slot, their answer to Calloway’s Jailbreak technology.  The silver matte finish adds a touch of class, but Golfspy say “If you have an M2 you probably don’t need to change, although If your driver is a few years old the M4 is an impressive performer for its ‘modest’ price tag.” (£369.00).  Dustin Johnson splashed out his savings on an M4 and won at Kapalua recently, so if you want to produce 433 yd drives make for your nearest golf shop.

“SPAINS BEST GOLF COURSE”,  Las Colinas, run by Troon International, took the title for the third consecutive year at the World Golf awards in November, adding to their titles of Spain’s and Europe’s Leading Villa Resort.   Nominees in the Best Course category included La Manga’s South course, Sotogrande and Valderrama, so the competition was hot.  La Manga must have been gnashing their teeth but their hotel Principe Felipe did win Best Golf Hotel so they had some consolation. 

RORY MCILROY’S THIRD PLACE prize money in the HSBC at Abu Dhabi will help to pay for his latest house purchase, and if his six bedroom Florida mansion sells for the asking price of $13m he will make a tidy profit, having bought it five years ago for 9.5 million.  Rory and his other half are moving to Jack Nicklaus’s exclusive Bears Club, where Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler & Co. put in a spot of practice between globe-trotting.  

Rory’s new house formerly belonged to Ernie Els, who has relocated to nearby Old Palm Golf Club where fellow S. African Louis Oosthuizen owns a modest pad and they can reminisce over a Carling Black Label.  It’s one jolly game of musical houses at the top.

Until next time: Happy Golfing.

Contact Mick for your regripping and reshafts.  638 859 475.

 

 

 

 

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