With many members returning to their native lands (to avoid the heat of July and August) just 6 4 balls made their way along the AP7 and A31 to Alenda.
Upon arrival it appeared that we would not be the only group low on numbers, there were just a handful of cars in the car park. This should result in a quick competition and for the 1st group so it proved to be, they took just 3hr. 15m. Unfortunately some of the following groups seemed to be out there to enjoy the course and the weather!
Every competitor should respect the rules of etiquette and fair play, come on guys you know who you are; do I need to say more?
The course was again presented in excellent condition and with almost no wind high scores were expected however only one player managed to break par, after his winning 39 points last week at Villamartin Henry Steele followed that up today with 40 points, the best score of the day.
It was mentioned to him that apart from the regulation cut to his handicap if he did this again next week he could also expect a cut on general play to which he replied, I’m going home this weekend see you in September.
Don’t worry Henry your new handicap will be waiting for you when you return. Results: N.T.P.’s hole3 H. Steele, hole 5 H. Arvesen, hole 13 D. Sullivan, hole 16 J. Dean. Paul Bradley was the only lucky player to make a 2, so he is taking his €20 back to Ireland this week.
Only one guest this week, but we always give a guest prize, so Mr. P Gilbody is now the proud owner of a Society bag towel. Silver cat: 3rd J. Mahoney 32 pts. 2nd L. Holmberg 32pts. L/H, 1st J. Nicholls 35 pts. Gold cat. 3rd O. Rong 33 pts. 2nd P. Bradley 34 pts. 1st H. Steele 40 pts.
Photo. N.T.P. Winners.
We celebrate our 6th anniversary at La Marquesa on the 8/8 followed by a meal and presentation in clubhouse restaurant.
On a stifling hot day that would have caused Beau Geste to pull a sickie, 33 members and 3 guests trooped their way to Villamartin. It is actually pronounced “Beeyamarteen” but this is of no importance to those ex-pats who believe saying “cheeso” and “toasto” is displaying a fine command of the local language.
As per usual, greens and fairways were in excellent condition hence no excuses for a poor score. Well, okay, some of the tees resembled dried out bogs but other than that it was no surprise that scoring was on the high side. Bronze category winner, Norman Padmore, recorded a mammoth 41 points to win round 5 of the President’s Trophy. Silver winner, Alan McDonald, who makes Foghorn Leghorn seem a melancholic introvert, scored a magnificent 38 points.
The Scot, euphemistically described as over-nourished, has shed kilos in recent weeks and hopefully the sight of a lopsided buggy trundling the fairways – or more usually, the rough – may be a thing of the past.
The day’s results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:
Bronze: 3rd Kyrre Skarsmoen (36), 2nd Ian Parkinson (37), 3rd Norman Padmore (41)
Silver Category: 3rd Mike Greatorex (35), Bjorn Petterson (36), Alan McDonald (38)
Gold Category: 3rd Robin Eastman (40 on CB), Tony Smale (40 on CB), 1st Eva Petterson (40)
Nearest the pins went to Darren Hancock, Norman Cahill, Eva Petterson and Micky Roscoe.
Best guest prize was Russ Bond with a great 36.
John Osborne was the overall winner of the President’s Trophy, amassing 114 over the best 3 rounds of 5. The Trophy and round winners’ t-shirts were sponsored by Moneycorp who also generously sponsored the nearest the pins and best guest prizes.
Brendan Toner won this week’s Abacus prize for the lowest number of points.
Our thanks to the staff at Villamartin for their contribution to the day. Thanks also to The Ale House in Villamartin Plaza for hosting our apres-golf presentation.
Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Tony Smale a call on 628227687. The next three games will be at La Finca, Roda and Vistabella.
The now infamous TPGS ventured out to the newly reformatted La Finca [well 2 holes have changed playing order, causing mayhem amongst some of the mentally challenged members] The course was as usual immaculate, and as usual seemed to have more than its fair share of fly’s!
NTP”S where kindly sponsored by our spiritual home The Ale House, a fine establishment on the ground floor of Villamartin Plaza. The lucky recipients all receiving a €10 voucher well done Booby Singleton, Dennis Noble, Deadly Dave Lethaby and Troy the boy who won twice. The 2’s pot was shared amongst 3 players Andy Shaw, Lee McWilliamson and Graham O’Clarke a lovely €27 each.
Best guest on the day was Roberto McDowell hcap 9 with 27pts, and best Lady was Deb Rose [ thanks for all your help young lady x ] As usual we present a bottle of Delicious Gama’s Finest Reserve Vino to the player who struggled slightly and Gordy once again leapt into action with 12pts!
So into the main prizes Alan Farter came 3rd in the Silver Division 29pts, Darrell McRose 2nd 30pts, but big Phil Sully romped home with 31pts [nice to see a male member of the family in the frame for once!] The Gold Division was also closely fought out with Darren Temple coming 3rd with 34pts of 9 hcap, Billy Wilson 2nd with 35pts 12 hcap and Deadly Dave Lethaby breezing into top spot with a wonderful 37pts of 8 hcap.
Next Friday the 27th July we are at Vistabella with spaces going quicker than Troy on the way to the food table get your name down pronto at www.theplazagolfsociety.com
On Monday we played the ever popular Texas scramble. First over the jumps were Bryan Neal, Donna Campbell, Andy McDonald and Rachael Leckey with a nett score of 60.6.
So why the horse racing theme this week?
I mentioned recently one of our members, Reg Akehurst, because he was celebrating his 89th birthday.
Reg was born in Folkstone in 1929. With his first winner as a jump jockey in 1953, on Grand Refrain, Reg went on to ride 99 winners over the next twelve years. As he recently told me ‘I was bit of a late starter’.
It was as a trainer that Reg really found fame. Having gained his training licence in 1962, he ‘saw home’ the winners of the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy twice and the Welsh Grand National. During his career he trained over 1,000 winners, many of which were ‘group races’. When he announced his retirement from racing, to come and join us on the golf course, the Independent newspaper described him as ‘One of the most feared trainers in handicaps’. It’s a great honour to be able to share a beer with Reg and listen to some of the remarkable stories he has to tell.
With all the runners and riders in place we were ready for Wednesday’s Stableford competition. Andy McDonald won by three lengths with a score of 41 points. Second, with 38 points, was Nigel Price. Pipped at the post, Lindsay Forbes took third with 35 and Rachael Leckey finished strongly to take the fourth spot with 33 points. There were four ‘2’s today with Andy McDonald’s eagle 2 on the 9th being the most memorable.
Friday and into the final furlong for the last team game of the week ‘Change Partners’. By a short neck with 85 points were Dave Pulling, Tom Hardie, Rod Doel and Nigel Price. We had a steward’s enquiry today with marshals taking ‘photos of players driving buggies into restricted areas, so if you want a picture of the winners, see one of them!
On Friday 27 July we played our last game of the season at Vistabella. Twenty-seven players enjoyed the excellent conditions of the course, although the restriction of buggies on most of the front nine proved frustrating especially in the blistering heat of the day. However, saying that, there were some exceptional scores recorded.
The final results were as follows: Best guest Terry O´Connel with a score of 31 pts. Par 3 holes nearest the pins were hole 2 Glen Roberts hole 7 Bev Fairhurst hole 11 Pete Gartside and hole 15 John Dodds. Best front and back nines: Malcolm Foskett 20 pts and Carin van der Kruijs 18 pts c/b. Third place went to Bob Shorley with 37 pts. Second place went to Steve Sayers with 39 pts.
First place and competition winner was John Dodds with a super 43 pts. (The Handicap Secretary will be reviewing your handicap, John!). The gnome, on this occasion, was presented to John Fairhurst,
After the game we returned to the Olde 9th in Quesada for prize giving and refreshments and our thanks, once again, to Grant and his staff
Another enthralling team competition saw the second triple tie in two weeks in El Plantio 2’s Texas Scramble Threes. Five teams of three members commenced a ‘Shotgun Start’ on 24th July. Three of these teams finished with a gross score of Fifty shots.
The winning team (6 Birdies/2 Bogies) did so by virtue of a higher handicap of 0.1. The team finishing second (7 Birdies/3 Bogies) had an identical handicap as the team finishing third (5 Birdies/1 Bogie ) but had a better last nine holes on Count Back (25 shots against 26).
Nearest the pins – Hole 1, Alan Janes – Hole 4, Ian(I don’t like Hole 4) Henderson.
Third Place, Alan Janes, Mike Davies, David Swann – Av. H/Cap 4.5 – 45.5 shots.
Second Place, Ian Henderson, Rod Loveday, Henry Mellor – Av. H/Cap 4.5 – 45.5 shots (C/B).
First Place, John O’Brien, Bryan Watson, Lawrence Wanty – Av. H/Cap 4.6 – 45.4 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
The photograph L to R, Alan Janes, Ian Henderson, Henry Mellor, Lawrence Wanty, Bryan Watson, David Swann, John O’Brien, Mike Davies, Rod Loveday.
For a change, John Wilby took this photograph instead of appearing on it.
The natural amphitheatre of Real Club Valderrama’s 17th green will return to the limelight from October 18-21 at the Andalucía Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio García Foundation, under the sponsorship of the Council of Tourism and Sport of the Junta de Andalucía.
Valderrama’s iconic par five 17th – originally the 8th, a rather nondescript hole of the former Las Aves layout – was first transformed by Robert Trent Jones and later redesigned by Seve Ballesteros into the feature hole of the final stretch, a spectacular amphitheatre capable of accommodating 7000 spectators.
Its challenging green, framed by bougainvillea studded gabion walls, has been the scene of unforgettable moments of glory and drama throughout Valderrama’s rich competitive history. This is a hole that lures the many but rewards the few.
Jiménez and McDowell shine in Valderrama. The first to tame #17 was Miguel Ángel Jiménez during the second round of the 1994 Volvo Masters. “I had 202 yards to the front and 212 to the pin. I hit a 3-iron that started dead on line, pitched at the front of the green and rolled thirty feet into the hole! I was too far away to see it drop, but the cheers of the crowd told the story”. A plaque on the tee immortalizes Miguel’s albatross.
Fourteen years later, Graeme McDowell faced a similar shot. This time G-Mac holed out with a 7-iron to a pin tucked to the right of the green.
A Ryder Cup hole. Seve Ballesteros had redesigned #17 for the 1993 Volvo Masters, and none knew better than the Spanish Captain that it would be the crucial hole of the 1997 Ryder Cup. One of the turning points of the event was Nacho Garrido’s fabulous bunker shot during the Saturday morning fourballs.
His partner, José María Olazábal recalls: “The key moment was on 17 when we were really struggling against Phil Mickelson and Tom Lehman. Nacho’s second was bunkered past the green while Phil had hit a superb shot to six feet. Nacho’s bunker shot was amazing; the best bunker specialist couldn’t have done it in a hundred tries. He made his putt and Phil missed, so we halved that hole and eventually halved the match. It was an incredible moment.”
The Sunday singles were close, and it was on the 17th green that Europe got the half to retain the Cup, as Brad Faxon missed a ten-footer to lose to Bernhard Langer.
Tiger struggles. #17 was notoriously cruel to Tiger Woods at the 1999 WGC-American Express Championship when he held a two-stroke lead over Miguel Ángel Jiménez on Sunday. The then world number one was well aware of the challenge of this green – having putted into the hazard during the Ryder Cup – so he decided to lay up.
He played his third the way he wanted and was surprised by the murmurs of the gallery as his ball rolled slowly back into the water. He then tried to play safe with his fifth, but left himself a tricky putt from the back fringe. He ended with a triple bogey that allowed Jiménez to get back in it. Woods eventually won on the first playoff hole.
Great memories for Sergio. Sergio García is a big Valderrama fan, but #17 had not been particularly kind to him in the past until last year, when it became his best ally as it yielded three consecutive birdies. The home hero birdied Valderrama’s signature hole on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on his way to victory in front of an enthusiastic gallery – great memories to bring with him to the defence of his Andalucía Valderrama Masters title in October.
Early bird tickets for the 2018 Andalucía Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation are just €8 for the Pro-Am on Wednesday October 17, €12 on Thursday and Friday of the tournament and €20 on Saturday and Sunday. Children aged under 14 are admitted to the event free of charge when accompanied by a ticket holding adult. Tickets are available now HERE
Jefe de Prensa del Circuito Europeo en España, firstname.lastname@example.org
European Tour Communications, email@example.com
A somewhat depleted field played Alenda golf this week, I do not know whether it is the hot weather or we are just missing the support of our overseas members who are sorely missed.
The competition was a stableford one division on a nearly empty golf course which was presented well and would, on cooler day, allow some very good scores, a few of our group managed to show how it should be done none more-so than Peter Gibson who returned a winning score of 37 points taking the top spot, second place was secured by Mike Taylor with 35 beating Fred Cooley into third place on Count-back, in fourth was the ever present David Knight with 32 points.
The nearest the pin prizes went to Mickey Stapleton on hole five and Peter Gibson hole sixteen, there were two’s Warbler balls for Mickey and David Brown
The next game will be a a return to Bonalba and another chance to improve your “eclectic” on Wednesday 18th July, 09.15 for a first tee time of 10.00. For more information or to book in contact Michael Taylor 639 242 896.
Lo Romero Golf celebrated its 10th Anniversary (2008-2018) on Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1 by hosting a commemorative tournament. We were able to enjoy a great weekend of golf culminating in festivities to celebrate a decade of work and a great professional effort focusing on offering our players the best golfing experience and aiming to achieve an honest balance between quality and price.
There were two Tournaments which were both well supported featuring 216 players who all enjoyed the Golf Course, which was presented in excellent conditions.
On both days the Tee-Offs began at 8:30 a.m. All the players were welcomed with a special commemorative “Welcome Pack”. During the course of play, two refreshment points were located on the course where players received refreshments and freshly cut melon. Each player had their game captured with a photograph of their best swing which they collected from the club house as they handed in their score card. Players and guests were treated to a tasty snack of European cheeses and cured ham that was served in the traditional Spanish way.
Estrella de Levante, as a supplier to the club wanted, to thank the loyalty of Lo Romero Golf by offering their beer product to all participants. Fresh paella and melon from “Melones el abuelo” was served following the pre-lunch snacks.
The Hole-In-One prize, of a Volkswagen T-Roc, on the 7th Hole, was not won on either of the two days.
On Saturday 91 players took part in a Scratch Stableford format in a non-official tournament, which we wanted to hold, not only to host residents, but also those players without A Spanish Federation License, who visit and are attracted by our climate, gastronomy, culture, and the quality of the golf courses represented on both the ¨Costa Blanca¨ and the neighbouring ¨Costa Calida¨
The prize-giving ceremony was attended by the Hon. Mayor. Don. Igancio Ramos and Don. Antonio Escudero, Sports Councilor for Pilar de la Horadada and Don. Pedro Jiménez as the President of Lo Romero Golf who, together with our suppliers of sports equipment, aimed at highlighting the clubs intentions that the competitiveness is not the main priority but also the friendship that the sport generates in the relationship and cultural exchanges shared in each game.
The dignitaries and ownership were joined by Don. Victoriano Jiménez as General Manager and the management team; of Nigel Hardy, Sergio López and Jesus Granero together with the greenkeeper Manuel Fernández.
Having built Lo Romero Golf in 2008 Don. Victoriano Jimenéz later put value as to what it meant for him and his father that they could continue developing this Project, but now as owners.
After a making public acknowledgment in front of all those present, that:
“… THE MAJOR ASSET OF OUR COMPANY is that each and every person form a different part of team..” he then complimented the whole team for all their positive considerations and loyalty over the years.
The ceremony was brought to an end by the Hon. Mayor Don. Ignacio Ramos, who reaffirmed the closeness of the council with the sport of golf and more specifically to Lo Romero Golf, who he said were the perfect ambassadors for this municipality and a tourist destination attracted by the passion of golf.
Saturday Winners: Scratch Category: Carl Ejollman,
Closest to the Pin Hole 12: Mikael Pauli and Bob Gallard (tied).
Longest Drive Hole 16: Carl Fjollman
Sunday Winners: 1st Division Men: Winner: Jose A. Almendro Garne 40 points, Runner-up: Cayetano Sánchez Saez 37 points.
40 members and guests from Alfie’s GS travelled to Lo Romero GC for the Sponsors Trophy on 28th June. The turnout was fantastic as we had 24 members and 16 guests who are always welcome to play golf with us. We all turned up expecting blue skies and hot sunshine but we endured some unexpected showers but this did not affect the golf performances on the day.
The course was in magnificent condition and all players enjoyed the day where the overall scoring was very high with 6 players scoring 40 points or more. This event is to celebrate the continued support of our sponsors who provide prizes for the society throughout the year which is greatly appreciated, Alfies Bar, The Celtic Drop, The Street Restaurant and finally The Old Auld Dubliner. The presentation was held back at Alfies’s bar where a buffet was enjoyed by all the players provided by Rose and Jim at Alfies Bar. As we had so many playing with us on the day it was decided to add some additional prizes details of which are provided below
Our winner of the day in the silver division was Steve Barlow with a great score of 38 stableford points
Second place went to Jim Dempsey with a score of 36 stableford points.
The Winner of the gold division was Ian Connell our society president with a fantastic score of 41 stableford points. Second place went to Derek Fleet with 40 points decided on count back due to a number of players finishing on 40 points well done everyone.
Due to our high number of guests playing we had 2 prizes for our welcomed guest players. The winner of the Best Guest went to George Dawidow with 37 stableford points and second place was Mark Atkinson with a score of 34 points.
Nearest the pin on the 7th– Sponsored by ‘The Street Restaurant’ went to Soren Lyngbye
Nearest the pin on the 15th– sponsored by ‘The Auld Dubliner‘ went to John Rich
Nearest the pin in 2 shots on the 9th – sponsored by ’The Celtic Drop’ went to Steve Barlow
Nearest the pin in 3 shots on the 17th – sponsored by ‘Alfies Bar’ went to Gordon Cowan
The Blind pairs was won by Geoff Kite and Stuart Lynch
Our match secretary Joe Murphy provided and additional prize which he kept a mystery until we got back to the bar and this was for the best gross score on the feature 18th hole, we had 4 contenders and this was decided by a draw and won by Steve Barlow who had a great days golf, well done Steve.
Finally the longest walk prize went to our guest Nigel Buffery.
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 continued support throughout the year.
Big Thank you to Sandie Hall for organising the charity raffle and prizes.
And finally thanks to all the members and guests for supporting Alfies Golf Society.
The next venue will be held at Roda on July 26th 2018, and we be playing for The Geoff Thompson Trophy.