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Pego Golf Society Match August 28th 2018

On a hot and very humid day we had 29 players playing a Team Accumulator. We had one guest, Cameron Mitchell.

The winners with 119 points was the team of Brian Barden, Peter Rapley, Michael Connolly and Barry Carter.

Second with 111 points after count back was the team of John Nicol, Shawn O’Gorman, Jean Taylor and John Evans.

Third, also with 111 points was the team of Jim Hayward, Stella Fox, Derek Lindley and A Ghost.

Nearest the pin on Hole 5 was Ian Robertson with 0.95m who also was nearest on Hole 16 with 2.38m.

There were two twos today but as Cameron Mitchell didn’t put in his euro, Penny Barden scooped the entire pot. The squeal of delight when the ball dropped in on the 16th was heard for miles!

The Balls in the Water total was only 61. Nobody came near and the pot was won by Barry Carter with a card draw.

There were two Match Plays today. Dave O’Connor beat Celia Cronin in a tough game 2 and 1. There was initial confusion over which Terry won the match between Terry Langley and Terry Moore but it turned out to be Terry Moore 5 and 4.

No match next week due to hollow tining.

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Ryder Cup race enters final lap in Denmark

Thorbjørn Olesen, Matt Fitzpatrick and Eddie Pepperell are set for a Battle Royale under the watchful eye of European Captain Thomas Bjørn at the Made in Denmark – the last qualifying event in the race to represent Europe in next month’s Ryder Cup.

Those three players will fight it for the one final automatic qualifying place to guarantee a spot on Bjørn’s team to face the USA in Paris in just four weeks’ time.

Being played at the golf course where Bjørn honed his considerable talent as a child, the Silkeborg Ry Golf Club, the Made in Denmark could be the perfect place for Denmark’s current No 1 Olesen to become just the third Danish player in history (after Bjørn and Søren Hansen) to play in the Ryder Cup.

Olesen is certainly the man to catch and indeed will have his destiny firmly in his own hands this week. The 28 year old cannot be caught by either Fitzpatrick or Pepperell if he finishes in a tie for seventh place with one other player or better. If Olesen can do that in front of what is guaranteed to be a huge home crowd, he will be on the plane to Paris with Bjørn.

For Fitzpatrick and Pepperell, their mission is simple: win and hope.

To have any hope of automatic qualification, both players have to win the tournament for a start. Fitzpatrick then has to hope Olesen is not tied for seventh with one other player or better. Pepperell needs a victory and Olesen outside the top 12.

Once the eight automatic qualifiers for Bjørn’s team are confirmed at the conclusion of the Made in Denmark, the Captain will travel to London next where he will name his four Wild Cards on Wednesday afternoon.

Among the players being spoken off for a potential Wild Card is Belgian Thomas Pieters, also in the field this week. Pieters memorably won the 2016 Made in Denmark event to win one of Darren Clarke’s Wild Cards before going onto to become the most successful European Ryder Cup rookie in history, winning four points from five matches.

Player Quotes

Thomas Bjørn: “I know that everyone wants to ask me about potential picks today but I don’t want to talk about the individual players too much. These guys are under a lot of pressure already this week and I just want them to go and play their best and try to make the team.

“My focus at the moment is on three days at the end of September and nothing else really matters. I took this role to be there for 12 players and my focus is solely on that job. I am really enjoying that.

“I have been involved in a lot of decisions that are made in the Ryder Cup and between myself, Lee, Robert, Padraig and Graeme we will use all of our experience to try and arrive at the best decisions for the team. That will be the case then we are making picks next week and during the week itself.

“I have no expectations for my own golf this week. If you see my name in the draw on Saturday then you will know it’s been a good week! I just have so much on at the moment that I haven’t been able to spend any time practicing recently and if you don’t do that then it eventually starts to show in your game. But I am delighted to be here, delighted to be playing and I will go out there on Thursday and do everything I can to play my best. I do feel I am playing ok, but scoring becomes extremely difficult when you are not into your own game. I spend more time looking at other players just now, but that is the position I am in and it is a position that I love being in.”

Thorbjørn Olesen: “Obviously it’s nice that they haven’t overtaken me but last week was more like preparing me for this week, trying to get ready and trying to make a good result this week, that’s all I’ve been thinking about. If you just look who has been Captain before for Ryder Cup and then you have Thomas this time, I think he fully deserves it with what he’s done for golf: how many tournaments he’s won and Ryder Cups he’s played. He’s a big name not just in Denmark but everywhere in the world. For us it’s very special to see a Danish guy doing that job and I’m sure he’s going to do a great job.”

Matt Fitzpatrick: “I know what I need to do. I’ve seen the permutations to get automatic qualification, this week is a big week as is next week. I know Thomas is announcing his picks next Wednesday, if I can put it in a good performance here and then show the signs that I’m playing well then you never know. I think everyone has got in their own mind who is in Thomas’ mind and who deserves a pick and who is on the fringes. A good week this week and hopefully I can push myself into the final places. This has been my main goal, to make this Team, I’ve become good friends with Thomas and to play for his Team in France would be amazing.”

Eddie Pepperell: “I feel pretty good. Last week was the best the wrist has been in a long time so I’m pretty optimistic. I’ve been doing a couple of things differently to try and help it and it seems to be working so far. I sorted my technique out a lot last year and I felt like I took more control of my game with my coach at the time. I’ve moved house, put a putting green in the house and I’ve got a dog. When you add up all those little things, it can help on and off the course.

“It’s mad to think that two years ago at this event I was really struggling and this was in the middle of a run of events where I ended up losing my card. Now, two years on, here I am with a chance to qualify for the Ryder Cup. It’s a crazy game. There’s a lot on the line this week. It’s good for us and it’s good for the event that there’s something on line. Playing with Thomas as well for the first two days should be fun and lots to look forward to here this week.”

Thomas Pieters: “Everybody knows what I have to do, I know it very well as well. I’ve just got to focus on Thursday and take every day as it comes. Play well, there’s not much else you can do, right? Thorbjørn has to be on the Team, he’s on it right now. There is so many good guys playing good golf right now so it’s going to be really tough for Thomas.”

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Montgo’s mad dogs and golfers brave the mid day sun

On a blisteringly hot Friday Montgo GS played a stableford competition sponsored by Terry Moore.  I think the old cliché about ´mad dogs and Englishman´ should be changed to ´mad dogs and golfers´.  As the temperature soared, and the sweat poured, the gentleman of Montgo outplayed the ladies yet again.  Just as an aside…the ladies merely glowed, we do not, as you know, do anything as base as sweat.

Leading the pack Neil Cumming put in yet another stellar round of golf with 39 points to top the leader board.  Roy Jones was hot on his heels with 37 points, while chasing him John Snelling took third spot with 36 points.

We had three nearest the pin prizes, and it was here that Julia Hall saved the ladies from ignominy by taking the NTP on the 3rd with 6.98m.  Our regular NTP winner didn´t let us down this week as Shaun O´Gorman hit an impressive 2.90m on the 11th.  And today´s winner Neil Cumming, showed his mettle with 4.17m on the 16th.  No one managed a two this week, so the coveted balls stayed in their sleeves.

There are a few match play results this week as well.   In the singles Susie Snelling beat her husband John 5 and 4; Terry Moore beat Denise Cooper 1 up; and Penny Barden beat Jimmy fletcher 3 and 1.  This means Terry is the last man standing in the singles competition so we all wish him luck!

In the doubles Stella Fox warrants special mention as, due to Simon´s bad back, she took on John Day and Geoff Wilcock on her own.  Stella managed to hold her own all the way to the 16th and lost just 2 up against this pretty formidable pair.  So well done to all three players.  And we hope Simon gets well soon.

And finally I am very pleased to report that George Braddick is back in the thick of it, managing to play all 18 holes today.  So we all welcome him back to the fold.


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Plaza GS back at Villamartin

Today The Plaza Golf Society returned to our spiritual home Villamartin Golf Club. Spiritual being an apt word today as we also said goodbye to a very close friend to many of us. Bruce Webster sadly lost his long and painful battle with cancer. RIP old friend we miss you already.

On to more cheery news! There has been some discussion about the name of our famous society with a number of people suggesting we rename it “the vertically challenged society” due to our large number of erm smaller members…. We have decided to stick to the original. Thanks.

We had 50 players today with some really good scores, some average and then there was Janice Holtham with her measly 15pts, strangely she did not make it back to The Ale House to pick up her wine so ‘Fat Cat McAllen’ has added this to his extensive collection. NTPS again sponsored by The Ale House and were won by Kev ‘9 Fingers’ Bird x2, Keith Crowley, Mark Parry and Kev Adamson.

The ‘former radio 1 DJ’ Gary Davies was the best guest with 37 pts off his 6 hcap, the interestingly named Bob McKeegan Brown!  was 2nd with 35 pts and young Toby Davies 3rd with 33 pts. Debbie Rose was once again the best Lady and the 2’s pot of €100 was shared by 9 Fingers himself, Keith Crowley and the vertically challenged pairing Mark Parry and smiling Neil O’Cheeseman.

So into the main events.. Gary Gates came 3rd in Silver with 32 pts, Barry “the mouth” Mitchell was second with 35 pts and Neil O’Cheeseman fell on one with 38 pts! There was a now familiar name once again appearing in the Gold division ‘Dodgy’ Declan Crowley came 3rd on countback with 39pts off his 9 hcap, Andy “pass me the fake tan “ Shaw was 2nd, and the overall winner was the affable ‘oirishman’ Graham McClarke with 41 wonderful points off his 4 hcap! There’s gonna be some serious snipping of handicaps going on today!

Next week we are at La Finca which is now sold out. Please book all your future games online at

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Orba Warblers Golf Society Wednesday 22nd August, Villaitana Levante

Wednesday provided the opportunity for our long awaited return to this very popular golf course, it is usually presented really well except for the bunkers which have been a bone of contention for a long time, if you are going to install that many bunkers on a course then at least maintain them in a playable condition.

Our winner today must have avoided the bunkers as his 43 points score will attest to, well played Michael Morley what a great score, in second place, the ever present Malcolm “not beaten on count-back this week” Monti with 39 points nudged out Fred Cooley on count-back and in fourth was David French with 37, there were a plethora of good scores today and we went down to thirteenth place before we left the 30’s. It was extremely good to see Glyn Walters returning to the fold (scoring 36) and Mickey Badain rejoining us for the Summer.

Today was Michael Taylor’s birthday and he kindly sponsored the nearest the pin prizes which were won by, David French on the 3rd and the 7th, David Knight got closest on the 12th and Michael Morley on the 14th. There were no “Two’s” this week but the greens are notoriously tricky on this course.

 On Wednesday the 5th September we will visit El Bosque, the first tee will be 10.00 so you need to be there promptly at 09.15 to book in. Guests are always welcome with a current handicap certificate. For more information or to book in contact Michael Taylor 639242896.

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El Plantio2 Golf Society

Four teams comprising of four members in each team comprised the starters for El Plantio 2’s 9-hole Yellow Ball Competition. As only four teams played, only two were in with a chance of winning the prizes.

The unfortunate two teams were the ones who did not return the Yellow Balls intact incurred a penalty of five points for every Yellow Ball lost Nearest the pins – Hole 4, John Wilby, Hole 8, Lawrence Wanty.

Second Place, John Burke, Bryan Watson, Rod Loveday, Ian Henderson – 159 points. First Place, Alan Janes, Lyn Young, Ray Housley, David Swann – 162 points.

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, John Wilby,Ian Henderson, David Swann, Alan Janes, Lawrence Wanty, Ray Housley, Bryan Watson, Rod Loveday, John Burke.

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Montgo GS Middleton Trophy

On Friday 17th August Montgo GS played it´s annual Middleton Trophy stableford competition sponsored by Jan and Roy Jones.  We started with the expectation that we may not be finishing as thunderstorm and heavy rain were forecast for Oliva.  However as the clouds boiled around us we remained under a very convenient ´island´ of sunshine for the entire game. 

I did thank Shaun O´Gorman for this as he covered his golf bag in all his wet weather gear thereby guaranteeing that the wet weather would stay away.  Sometimes ´sod´s law can be used to one´s advantage.

Taking full advantage of the excellent conditions our defending champion, Geoff Willcock, took full honours in first place with 38 points.  Following close behind Ros Fletcher came in second with 37points while Jim Haywood again appears in dispatches with his third place 35 points. Stella Fox received a special birthday prize from Celia Cronin for coming in 7th.  So we all wish Celia a very Happy Birthday.

The four NTP prizes were awarded as follows: on the 3rd Jim Hayward 3.07, hole 16 Peter Gardiner 1.80, 2nd shot on 5 Sally Cottrell and finally 2nd shot on 18 John Hall 5.44-  Two two´s  were recorded so Peter Gardiner and Stella Fox both took home a coveted Montgo ball.

Next weeks competition is a stableford sponsored by Terry Moore.

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El Plantio GS Three Club

El Plantio 2`s competition on 21st August was a three club competition with 13 players competing in a Stableford format. Competition was fierce for the prizes with just one point covering the first four competitors and second and third places being decided on a three-way Count Back with the unlucky fourth place being claimed by Club Captain Lawrence Wanty, who received some consolation with a nearest the pin prize.

Nearest the pins – Hole 2, Lyn Young – Hole 5, Lawrence Wanty.

Third place, Lyn Young, Handicap 13 – 34 points C/B.

Second Place, Henry Mellor, Handicap 9 – 34 points C/B.

First Place, Ray Housley, Handicap 8 – 35 points.

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

David Swann

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Pego Golf Society Competition August 21st 2018

On a hot August day we had 42 players for a Texas Scramble Competition. We had five guests, Richard Pike, Cameron Mitchell, Jonathan Park, Duncan White and Chris Witton. The results were as follows:

Ist place the team of Graham Borley, Jonathan Park, Penny Barden and A Ghost with a net 61.3

2nd place the team of Fiona Sankey, Brendan Young, Shawn O’Gorman and A Ghost (he really gets around) with a net 62.3

3rd place the team of Jim Hayward, Chris Witton, Steve Patton and Malcolm Cannon with a net score of 62.6

Nearest the Pin on hole 3 was Ian Roberson with 3.48m and on hole 16 Stella Fox with 2.86m.

There were 4 twos today from Russ Peters, John Guest, Malcolm Wise and Steve Patton.

John Chessher celebrated his birthday, very coy about his age and donated a bottle, won by Rob Westlands.

We bade a sad farewell to Iain Campbell today, leaving Spain for the Frozen North (Scotland), a charming man who will be missed and we hope he returns for the occasional game.

Next week we have a Team Accumulator Competition, anyone wishing to play as a guest, subject to handicap contact

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The Med Bar Golf Society, El Raso,

La finca 14/8/18

One of our local and best course`s on a lovely but clammy day, we set of in hope of winning the sue martin memorial trophy. The trophy was donated to the society from bill martin to be played annually in fond memory of his late wife sue, who`s birthday it would have been on the day of the outing.

Bill also laid on a lovely buffet for all players and partners. Along with the trophy, bill also had special prizes for the competition. Many thanks to bill from all the attending society players and partners

Results for the day

Gold division & overall winner: ray muttock 38 points

Gold division runner up: eric owens 37 points

Silver division winner: martin morgan 31 points on countback

Silver division runner up: tony alex bolton

Nearest the pins:  ray muttock x 2, steve Vaughan & martin morgan

Nearest the pin in 2 on par 4: tom gonella

Nearest pin in 3 on par 5: alex Bolton

Best front 9: alex Bolton on countback

Best back 9: peter list

2`s club :  bob mc dermont & ray muttock

Football card winners:  buck taylor, jonty

Thanks to Steve and his staff at the med bar and bistro, our next outing is at alterreal on 28/8/18

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 you




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