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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.

Staying in the Present

All the golfing psychology books in the world will tell you to play one shot at a time and to forget about the future of the past.

Trust me this is easier said than done and staying in the present is one of the hardest things to do in golf BUT it is something that all golfers must attempt to master.

Just why is it so difficult?

The answer is that during a long game of golf you have a lot of time on your hands to think and if you consider that your mind can change and switch from present to past and then future in an instant then what is it going to do in 5 hours?

I bet you that you have regular playing partners who claim to be able to stay in the present at all times and then they say something like “ As I stood on the 5th tee was thinking that this is a birdie hole”.

You can see from this statement that the player is already thinking 3 or 4 shots in front and is therefore already in the future.

I remind you again that to remain truly in the present a golfer should only be thinking about the next shot to be faced and where and how they are going to hit the ball to the target selected.

The player should then hit the shot, find it, ACCEPT the result and then start thinking only about the next shot and then repeat this process of thinking until the ball is in the hole or until he runs out of holes.

When you are on the golf course you should never evaluate how you are playing because this automatically means that you are thinking about the past and you must not judge or critique for the same reason.

You must at no time keep a mental running score and start thinking about breaking 70,80,90 etc because this means that you are thinking about both the past and future in an instant.

If you start to think about the past and the future there is a danger that you become protective, negative and tight with resulting bad golf.

Avoid at all costs getting over excited or disappointed at your golf as a result of the these past or future thoughts and concentrate on your pre-shot routine and playing each shot to the best of your ability.

Just why is it so important to stay in the present?

The answer is that golf requires a narrow focus on where you want the ball to go and ANYTHING that detracts from this focus damages your ability to perform.

As an example in the 1961 US Masters Arnold Palmer walked up the 18th fairway leading the event and a close friend prematurely congratulated him on his win but he hit the ball into a greenside bunker, ultimately took a 6 and lost to Gary Player.

The moment his friend congratulated him on his ‘win’ he lost focus on the task at hand and looked forward to the result with disastrous results.

The best way to get around the golf course successfully is to simply play each shot at hand until you run out of holes and then add it up.

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 from 01/06/18:

Golf Course Price Comments
Alenda €142 Two Players and Buggy
Alicante €114 Two Players and Buggy
Altorreal €120 Two Players and Buggy
Bonalba €100 Two Players and Buggy
Don Cayo (Altea) €88 Two Players and Buggy
El Plantio €86 Two Players and Buggy
Font Del Llop €72 Two Players and Buggy 
La Finca €128 Two Players and Buggy
La Marquesa €45 Single Green Fee (after 1pm)
La Serena €36 Single Green Fee (after 2pm)
Las Colinas €144 Two Green Fees and Buggy
Las Ramblas €104 Two Players and Buggy
Lo Romero €96 Two Players and Buggy
New Sierra Golf €80 Two Green Fees and Buggy
Roda €98 Two Players and Buggy  (from 2pm)
Villamartin €110 Two Players and Buggy
Villaitana Poniente €35 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.

Hollow Tining Watch

La Marquesa 04/06/18

Puig Campana 11/06/18

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Pego Golf Society Magic 3 Stableford Competition played at Oliva Nova on Tuesday 8th May  2018

On the morning when we were due to play golf at Oliva Nova, we were treated to a wonderful day of warm sunshine and gentle breezes once again.

We were playing a format of 2 players scoring on 17 holes and all four to score on the last hole the 18th, out of a team of four players.

The competition was played between 34 persons and two guests who were Martin Dunkley and John Seccombe.

The greens were very slow today after the work on them over the last two weeks, but they will soon be in tip top condition.

In the competition, the results were as follows:- 1st Place Michel Grin, Gordon Weston, and Simon Fox with a magnificent score of 93 points. 2nd Place Peter Brown, Tony Jerman, Derek Lindley and Paul Sankey with 83 Points. 3rd Place Terry Moore, Brian Barden and Shaun O’Gorman with 83

Nearest the pin at Hole No 5 with their second shot was Malcolm Wise with 5.9 meters, and at hole 16, nearest the pin was Michel Grin with only 33 cms.

There were three twos two scored today, and they were from Malcolm Wise, Michel Grin and Donna Green..

The Balls in the water competition, was won today by Michel Grin, with exactly 100. Player of the day without a doubt was Michel Grin, so many congratulations Michel.

In the match play, the tie between Celia Cronin, and our Captain David Phillips, and Celia won a very tight game at the final hole.

In the match between Penny Barden and Michael Holloway, Penny won by 4/2, and in the match between Stella Fox and Paul Trigwell, Stella won again for the ladies by 3/2.

Finally in the repeat match between Danny Herron and Steve Patton they finished all square for the second time, and must play a third match.

Next week, we have a Medal competition for the Presidents Cup, so hopefully we may see all the players who missed out today, so should you want to join us at Pego, please contact Penny Barden  at pegohandicapsec@gmail.com, and we would love to see you.

Malcolm Wise

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Montgo battle it out at Font Del Llop

On Friday 25th May, 27 intrepid Montgo explorers journeyed south to battle it out on the fairways of  Font Del Llop golf course for the numerous prizes supplied by our sponsors, Stella and Simon fox.  Despite the grim clouds hugging the mountains we enjoyed a fine, if rather windy day at this undulating course.  The tricky greens provided some interesting putts, being rather more three dimensional than those at Oliva Nova.

This week the girls reigned supreme taking 5 of the 6 prizes on offer.  Proving that practice can sometimes make perfect, Susie Snelling scored a magnificent net 40 following a week long golf fest due to competitions and holidays. Having organised the outing our Vice Captain, John Snelling, made the most of it by coming second with net 37. A happy household there then.

Squeezed into third on countback Linda Coe, despite her misgivings having not played since January, had a welcome return to form also on 37 points. The following three prize winners all had 35 points and were all ladies. Fourth went to Sally Cottrell, fifth Celia Cronin and sixth Glenys Cuming.  It is worth mentioning that the remaining gents failed to get higher on the scoreboard than tenth place.  So well done to all our ladies.

The gents did feature in our NTP placings, with Shaun O´Gorman, Alan Skinner and Simon Fox all bagging a prize.  Penny Barden and Stella Fox also took home NTP prizes. So the Fox household was also a happy one.  There were no twos recorded this week.

Following my previous mention of maintaining dignity on exiting bunkers, this week I must remind players that the rule is equally true of watery hazards.  Rumour has it a certain Mr Cuming almost required a change of clothing after his assault of a small pond and four limbed scramble out of danger.  Suffice to say no bones were broken and his attire remained intact.

Do I also mention our winner was so engrossed in her own glory she almost left her golf bag behind.  No, let´s not mention that…

Next week we are back at Oliva for a Bogey competition sponsored by Alan Skinner.

 

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El PLantio2 Golf Society

The highlight of El Plantio 2’s Monthly Medal was a hole-in-one executed by Gary Needham at the 8th hole – the 2nd hole-in-one at this hole in 2 weeks. Hole 8 is one of the shortest holes on the course, but statistics say that it is the one most bogied, being surrounded on three sides by deep and difficult bunkers.

Last month’s medal runner-up, Alistair Douglas was in prime position to go one better, but a triple bogie at his last hole, No 8 – left him having to settle for 2nd place behind the excellent John Wilby. Also excelling was Alan Janes with two superb shots for nearest the pin.

Nearest the pins – Hole 4 and 9, Alan Janes. 3rd Place, John Burke, Handicap 7.1 – 54.9 shots, 2nd Place, Alistair Douglas, Handicap 12.9 – 53.1 shots. 1st Place, John Wilby, Handicap 3.3 – 52.7 shots.

If anyone would like to join our Society, we play at El Plantio Golf Club every 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

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Celts GS – Captains’ Day Terry Fitzgerald.

Where do we start with the superlatives for a truly memorable day?  We celebrated our captains’ day “Terry Fitzgerald” with a fantastic day of golf at La Serena last Saturday.  The weather was ideal ideal for golf with 25 degrees with a gentle breeze keeping us cool. The golf course again is in excellent condition and we must thank Wayne and his team for their efforts, the greens the fairways and the general presentation of the course makes playing golf at La Serena a pleasure.  To the staff in the pro-shop thank you, Jean and Paul for preparing the cards, collating the results and also for erecting our banner on the 10th tee. 

Our competition committee are doing sterling work with a special thank you to Camillus and Philip who organised the 92 players.  It was a fantastic team effort (all two of you), well done.  Can I again remind players to please return your cards as soon as possible to the shop on the open days so that they can generate the results on the computer and return the scores to Madrid.  If you fail to return your card you cannot have your handicap adjusted and it also impacts on the days handicap, or CSS. 

We had our presentation dinner in Meson El Prado in San Miguel.  What can we say it worked like clockwork, to perfection with everybody enjoying a sumptuous dinner in their outdoor patio.  We were entertained by the dulcet tones of Steve Clarke, with our very own Jackie Whyte performing some of her favourite songs.  We had 92 appreciative members and guests who attended the dinner and I would like to thank them one and all for showing their support to Terry.  It truly was a one of the most enjoyable social evenings we have hosted.

The results on the day were as follows, NTP’s Tony Edwards (2), Ian Howie, Pat Baker, Kenny McGeehan and Camillus Fitzpatrick.  Nearest the Captains’ drive, Kevin McBride and nearest the white line hole 11, Kevin Fitzpatrick. Visitors prize went to Eldon Carey with 35 points. 37.  Cat III. 1st Jane Knight 38. 2nd Myra Coull 32. 3rdJohn Coholan 31.  Cat II. 1st Alisdair McLean 38. 2nd Bill Thomson 38. 3rdPhilip Mountford 38.

Cat I.  Eddie Wall 37. 2nd Pat Coyne 37. 3rd Robert Smith35.  Best gross went to John Doyle O’Brien with a 74.  2nd overall to our Vice Captain James Hayes 39.  Enid is particularly happy with her vase however James now feels compelled to buy her flowers on a weekly basis.  The overall winner with the fantastic result of 41 points Sheila Coyne.  Sheila was surprised and delighted to win the captains’ prize and it was made all the more special as her mother was there to watch her receive her trophy.  

Lastly can I thank Terry for his kind words about our junta directive, it is very much appreciated to have the work carried out by the junta acknowledged. 

 We have a waiting list in operation at the moment for membership at La Serena, however membership of The Celts is always available.  If you would like information about joining our club or entering a team in any of the federation events why not send an e-mail to johnobrienalicante@gmail.com or call 615466398?

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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.

Smart Golf

This article is not about your golfing attire and wearing cashmere sweaters and fancy trousers.

We are talking here about how to think your way around the golf course using simple common sense.

Too easy?

I make no apologies for this because failing to take a common sense approach to golf can have a worse impact than a faulty swing technique.

Here are just a few ways in which you can improve this part of your mental approach:

Play the first tee shot in your head

When you are driving (carefully) to the course or before you leave the practise area, visualise and play the first tee shot in your mind over and over again because when your face this shot for real you will feel more confident and should see better results.

Stick to your game plan

Before you commence play you should have a plan or strategy for each hole and stick to it irrespective of how you are playing, your score, how the opposition are playing or the state of the match.

Do not turn one bad shot into two (or more)

Golf is a game or mistakes, you will make them, accept them and do not try miracle shots to recover the situation, accept your punishment and get on with the game.

Putting a good score together

When you find yourself in a position where you have a good score going do not get too defensive, trust your swing and stay aggressive.

Use your shots

The handicapping system gives you shots because you need them so use them to the best of your ability and do not waste them by attacking pins tight to bunkers or hitting woods out of the rough to low index holes.

Play the percentages

Do not attempt shots with a high risk of failure, simply get the ball back into play as safely as possible and get the best score that you can on the hole and get on with the rest of the game.

Eliminate your disaster shots

Golf is not about how good your best shots are BUT is about how bad your bad shots are and so identify what these shots are and take lessons to eliminate them.

Pay full attention

Each shot needs and deserves your full attention so do not play any shot unless you are ready to play the shot properly.

Commit to the shot

Select the club that you feel is correct to play the shot, have no doubts about your selection, be positive and swing with confident controlled aggression.

Take the positives from your round

No matter how badly you have played or scored on the day focus on something positive rather than negative from the round and take these with you to the next game as well as trying to work on the weaker parts of your game.

You see it really is a simple and easy as that!

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 from 01/06/18:

Golf Course Price Comments
Alenda €142 Two Players and Buggy
Alicante €114 Two Players and Buggy
Altorreal €120 Two Players and Buggy
Bonalba €100 Two Players and Buggy
Don Cayo (Altea) €88 Two Players and Buggy
El Plantio €86 Two Players and Buggy
Font Del Llop €72 Two Players and Buggy 
La Finca €128 Two Players and Buggy
La Marquesa €45 Single Green Fee (after 1pm)
La Serena €36 Single Green Fee (after 2pm)
Las Colinas €144 Two Green Fees and Buggy
Las Ramblas €104 Two Players and Buggy
Lo Romero €96 Two Players and Buggy
New Sierra Golf €80 Two Green Fees and Buggy
Roda €98 Two Players and Buggy  (from 2pm)
Villamartin €110 Two Players and Buggy
Villaitana Poniente €35 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.

Hollow Tining Watch

Font del Llop 27/05/18

Alicante, Bonalba, Campoamor, El Plantio, Hac.del Alamo & Vistabella 28/05/18

Alenda,Las Ramblas & Lo Romero 29/05/18

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Las Ramblas Social Club Weekly Report

Monday we played the Dusty Bin (3,2,1,) and the winner´s with a score of 88 were Peter Wickham, Nigel Price, Annemarie Weisheit and Albert.

Wednesday was Presidents Day a Stableford Comp., and on a very pleasant day and with a large selection of food on the 10th Tee distributed by the President himself, the competition was very close. The results were as follows:

1st Bryan Neal 37 pts. (Picture below) 2nd on a count back, John Drakesmith 36 pts. 3rd on a count back, Liz Robertson 36 pts. 4th on a count back, Tom Hardie 36 pts. 5th on a count back Rod Doel 36 pts. 6th Lindsay Forbes 35 pts.

Other Prizes: Nearest the pin on the 6th Mike Frankish, Nearest the pin on the 10th John Dobson, Nearest the pin on the 12th Ken Robertson, Nearest the pin on the 14th Annemarie Weisheit, Nearest the pin in 2 Ladies, on the 5th Liz Robertson. Nearest the pin in 2 Men, on the 11th Lindsay Forbes.

Friday it was a “Mulligan” and the winner with a very good score of 41 pts was Ulrika Barth, 2nd Mike Mahony 39 pts, and 3rd Annemarie Weisheit, on a count back, 37 pts.

Mike Mahony

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Plaza GS at Villamartin 22.5.18

Today was the 2nd game of the TPGS season and we played at our favourite course, Villamartin. We had 44 playing with 2 reserves! A great turnout again.

The greens where slow having just been hollow tined. As usual we had a 2’s pot which was shared by new Capitano  Dickie Allen and Graham Clarke.  The nearest the pins were sponsored by The Ale House  and the winners were, Richard Kent, Bob Price,Graham Clarke and Dodgy Declan Crowley  x 2 all receiving a  €10 voucher.

Best guest was Gary Harper with 35 pts, hacker of the day with 14pts  was Robert Kemp #laughable.

In the Silver division Alan Carter came 3rd Bo Lejdstromberger 2nd both scoring  32 pts with firm favourite Liz Sully  winning with a whopping 35 pts (she was also the best lady on the day).

In the Gold Division Kevin O’Bird came 3rd with 35 pts, Graham Clarke  came 2nd  with 36 pts of his 5 hcap, but the leader on the day was our captain little Dickie Allen with an amazing 44 pts (incredibly the day before on the same course he scored 18pts!! That’s golf eh!) Well done all and we hope you enjoy your new handicaps!

Next outing is at Alenda on Friday 8th June  there are only a couple of spaces left so get your name down quick!

Book online at www.theplazagolfsociety.com or slip into our clubhouse The Ale House at Villamartin Plaza. A warm and friendly pub with ice cold beer and luscious sausage rolls!

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Eurogolf Ken Wilson Memorial Ford/Med

On Thursday 24th May Eurogolf played a Ford/Med for the Ken Wilson memorial trophy. The top 4 scores were 1st Clive Horne 16 2nd David Gregson 17 c/b 3rd Bert Lawson 17 4thLinda lynch 18 Cat 1 1st Paul Manning 18 2nd Fred Reeve 19 c/b Cat 2 1st Glo Manning 18 2nd John Fairhurst 20 Cat 3 1st Jan Shorley 20 2nd Sharon Horne 22

Ken Wilson Memorial Trophy winner  Clive Horne Best front 9 Eamonn Divine 19 Best back 9 Colin Daye-Gretton 36  NTP´s 5th Tony Forbes 11th  Glo Manning 12th in 2 Duane James 15th David Gregson17th Jan Shorley  Football draw Liz Roberts x 2 Clive Horne Fred Reeve and Jeff Lynch

TUESDAY TOFFS

On Tuesday 22nd May Toffs  played their usual stableford competition and the  results were overall winners 1st David Gregason 40 2nd Felix Mallon 39 3rd Clare Daye-Gretton 37 c/b 4th Alan Venables 37 Cat 1 1st Bill Martin 36 c/b  2nd Paul Manning Cat 2 1st David Blanchette 36 c/b 2nd Caryn Vand der Krujis 36 Cat 3 1st Mike Ivory 35 2nd Monique Reeve 34 

NTP´s 5th Dave Nicholls 11th Bill Martin 12th in 2 Caryn Van de Krujis  15th Felix Mallon 17th Ann Rogers Best front 9 Alan Cowley  21 c/b Best back 9 Tony Forbes 19 Football draw Mark O Williams Robin Richards Francis Buckeridge Alan Venables and Arty Crammon

 

 

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Rockets Golf Society @ St James’ Gate

Long treck this month to Altorreal to the lovely course in Murcia but it played hard for the majority of members, with a couple of exceptions the scoring was pretty low. It was dubbed the Billings and Smith show as most of the prizes went to these two golfers. 

In the Gold Category Andy Billings came in with 38 points to beat the Handicap Secretary Robney Smith who scored32 points into Second place. Andy guess what!! A big cut. He has already started to sharpen his knife. In third place was Liam Foley with 28 points. We will not see him again until September.

In the Silver Category Graham Knight came in with 33 points after scoring just 7 points at Alicante Golf the previous Thursday, and losing his ball on the  18th Green, when a Seagull hopped down and carried it away. In Second Place was Harry McKinnon with 28 points and in Third place was Geoff Wild with 26 points

NEAREST THE PINS: Hole 5 amd17 Rodney Smith, Hole 8 and 11 Andy Billings

Longest Drive Rodney Smith, Best Guest Chris Johnson 33 points

After the long journey down and back we returned to our home base to be greeted with Pie Chips and Peas supplied by Hughie and Laura, served by the handsome young  waiter, Kevin and prepared by the young lady in the kitchen  for which the Members showed their appreciation for. We then had the Presentation of prizes.

The next game is at our home course Vistabella on June 12th with the first tee 08.15am Be there for 07.45am. Anyone who would like to join our friendly Society or play whist on holiday, we have clubs. Give Rocket Ron a ring on 678=849=142 or email sanmigron@gmail.com

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