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The Royal British Legion and the On Course Foundation

Vistabella 20th September 2018.

Today’s competition(s) were to raise funds for the Royal British Legion and the On Course Foundation.

There were TWO separate competitions held on the day with shotgun starts starts at 8.15am and 2.15pm for 136 golfers.

Todays events were both a 4 person team texas scrambles played in approx 4 hours only

As you can imagine this was somewhat of a logistical nightmare as the afternoon players arrived at the course at approximately the same time as the morning players completed their rounds and there were cards,raffle tickets,meal tickets,buggy keys and money everywhere but with some good organisation all went as well as could be expected and if fact the afternoon players started slightly early due to the excellent speed of play in the morning.

We must say a big thank you to Joaquin Rocamora and his team for presenting the Vistabella course in such excellent condition for our competition given the long hot summer.

Our main sponsors for the day were Sapphire Properties and Currencies Direct and we thank them for their support.

These days don’t work without the efforts of many people and sponsors and we thank the other following people for their donations and support:

The Leader Newspaper,Mike Probert (Costa Blanca Green Fee Services),Mick the Grip,Mick Gossage,Jack Fanning,Kevin Reardon,Neil Reardon,Campoamor,Canal Print Rioja,Ortega Cash & Carry (San Miguel), (Villamartin),Albatross Golf Tours,Billy Wilson,Chris Dodd,Costa Calida Golf Tours,Euronics,Fantasy Golf,Galaxy Golf,Great Golf Company (Balsicas),Jane Knight Cakes,Jessie’s Bar,Kevin Barratt,Martin Kay,Michelle Eden,Nigel Bailey (Alicante Club Hire),Pia Koivuranta (Vistabella Professional,Richie Morgan (No Grow Grass),Pearse McMurray (Vistabella Professional),Robin (Vistabella Restaurant Owner) and Tony Head.

In addition the following golf courses donated FREE green fee vouchers for sale with 100% of the proceeds going to the British Legion:

Altorreal,Alenda,Alicante,Bonalba,El Plantio.Font del Llop,GNK Golf Courses,La Manga,La Marquesa,Lo Romero,New Sierra Golf,Roda,Villaitana and Vistabella.

Once again a big thank you to you all.

The following are still available for purchase at special prices:

Altorreal – 2 players & buggy €90

Alenda – 2 players €90

Alicante – 2 players & buggy €90

Bonalba – 2 players & buggy – €90

El Plantio – 2 players €90

GNK (Any Course) – 2 players & buggy €90

La Manga (any Course) – 2 players & buggy €150

New Sierra Golf – 2 players & buggy €65

Roda – 2 players & buggy €90

To purchase any of these greenfees contact Mike Probert on 661345931.

The Competition Results on the day were as follows:

Competition 1 (shotgun Start 8.15am) – 92 players

1st – Costa Calida Golf Tours – 57.9 net, 2nd – Clarke’s Bar 2 – 60.0 net

Nearest Pins –  Clarke’s bar 1,Clarke’s bar 2,Jessie’s bar & Celts 2

2’s Pot  – Costa Callida Golf Tours,Clarkes’ bar 2,Clarke’s bar 5,Vistabella 1 & Jessie’s bar

Competition 2 (shotgun Start 2.15pm – 44 players

1st –  Lime bar 1 – 59.4 net, 2nd – Celts – 59.9 net

Nearest Pins – Phoenix,Team Evans (2) & Venus cars

2’s Pot  – Celts,Team Evans (2),Team Phoenix (2) & Team Venus cars

The day was a huge success overall with in excess of €2000 being raised on the day and after the sales of the green fee vouchers the total should exceed €3000.

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Vistabella Neil Fyfe Federation Charity Golf Day 21.09.18

The Plaza Golf Society hosted the ever popular Neil Fyfe Foundation Golf day at Vistabella Golf Club with 80 players this was the largest Neil Fyfe event to date!

A collaboration has been made between the Management at Vistabella and The Neil Fyfe Foundation which with funding supplied by The Foundation aims to promote young golfers of all nationalities coming into the game from this Spanish region. 

The ultimate goal being that the best of these youngsters could attend the Paul Lawrie Golf School in Aberdeen for a week long intensive coaching session. 

The day itself was an overwhelming success both on the course and off with some great scoring and more importantly an astonishing €10,000  raised which a huge thank you  goes out to everybody who played and contributed to the brilliant total.

The Neil Fyfe Trophy, presented by Neil’s father Steve, was won by Patrick O’Dowd with 43 huge points followed by Mike Thornton with 42 points and Ricky Cowan  in third on 41 points.

There were plenty of other winners on the day with 18 nearest the pin prizes, 2’s pot and a raffle but without doubt the biggest winner was The Neil Fyfe Foundation and everybody associated with it.

The Plaza Golf Society within the event ran its usual Gold and Silver categories with the following results:-

Gold won by Mike Thornton with 42 pts, Ron Temple second with 37pts and third Lee Holtham on 36pts.

Silver won by Patrick O’Dowd with 43pts, second Ricky Cowan with 41 pts and third Richie Maher on 40pts.

The handicap committee will no doubt be catching up with these ‘on form’ players!

The next event is at El Valle on Friday 5th October with a few places left so to avoid disappointment log onto and sign up today!

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In the bunker with Mick the Grip

THE CONVERTED foxhound kennels at Goodwood House in Sussex, make an impressive clubhouse for the members of Goodwood Golf Club. The buggies, called Woodies, (designed by the 9th Duke) boast a mohair roof, as used on Jaguar E-type convertibles, and a cool box inside a willow basket.  Complete with bottle of bubbly no doubt.   Very John Steed and Emma Peel.

On 7th September, the James Braid-designed Downs Course was transformed back to a bygone era, as golfers donned tweeds and plus fours to take on the Annual Revival Golf Challenge.  Five-times Open winner Braid was always admired for his elegance:  Norfolk jacket, collar and tie.   

Each participant had a pencil thin golf bag and hickory shafted clubs comprising Brassies, Mid-Irons, Mashies, Mashie Niblicks, Niblicks and Spoons.  These proved far less forgiving than their modern counterparts, so the ‘wee dram’ handed out at the half way house was very welcome. After lunch the players watched vintage car racing on the Motor Circuit.  As Bertie Wooster would say: “A perfectly fruity day!”

DOUG McLELLAND, owner of a golf superstore in Chobham, Surrey, was once contacted about giving golf lessons to the Queen’s second son.   The phone rang in Doug’s house and his young son answered it.  “Could I speak to Doug?” came a voice, “Whose calling?” asked the lad.  “The Duke of York,” came the reply.  “Ok, hang on a minute,” said the chirpy youngster, shouting over his shoulder, “Dad, it’s the pub on the phone.”

IN 1933, SAMUEL RYDER of Ryder Cup fame, and captain of Verulam G.C. Herts, was asked by his daughter Marjorie, living in the then Rhodesia, to send over a trophy for the local club to play for.  Ryder sent a small silver replica of the Ryder Cup. The Zimbabwe Ryder Cup was intermittently played for by the locals up to 1980 when politics got in the way, but in 2014  a friendly tournament took place between local Zimbabweans and an amateur team from Hampstead G.C. who all paid their own passage. 

After a three-day tournament in strict Ryder Cup format the home team won 17-11 in torrential rain.  This month a match was held between Verulam G.C. and Hillside G.C. a four-hour drive from Harare, but the results have not yet arrived.  The players may still be up a tree with lions circling at it’s foot.

JUSTIN ROSE will be remembering his 2002 triumph at Walton Heath when he hosts the British Masters there from October 10th – 14th.   In a nail-biting final round he edged out his mate Ian Poulter by one stroke to finish on 65.  Poulter said: “I put him up and fed him all week, and then he wins the trophy. I even fed him on the Sunday night!”

Poor old Justin might have been invisible at East Lake with crowds clambering over him to get to Tiger, but he didn’t look too disappointed with his FedEx Cup winner’s cheque.  I’d jokingly comment that his wife can have her new kitchen now.  But perhaps better not. 

BRYSON DeCHAMBEAU was spotted on the East Lake range, preparing for potential morning dew on the golf ball by having a member of his team spray each golf ball between practice shots.  No wonder they call him the Mad Scientist.

IF YOU’RE LUCKY ENOUGH to be blessed with the skills of a pro golfer you get to play the world’s best courses regularly, but at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (4th-7th October) you get it with knobs on.  

The pride of Scotland: St. Andrews Old Course, KIngsbarns and Carnoustie await you, with celebrity amateurs providing added entertainment, and the only possible downside being the weather.  Two-time winner Tyrrell Hatton will be hoping for a hat trick, but as he seems to have modelled more than just his swing on Colin Montgomerie there may well be tantrums if he comes unstuck.

One of David Letterman’s Top Reasons Why Golf is Better then Sex:
You can stop in the middle and have a beer and a burger.

Until next time – Happy Golfing.

Contact Mick for regripping and repairs. 638 859 475.

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Las Ramblas Golf & Social Society Report

Results for w/c 24.9.18

A cracking start to our Stableford week with only one point separating the top four players after round one.

The winner today and top of the week’s leader board, was Rachael Leckey with 37 points. She was followed by (on countback), Benedicte Kruse. Third and fourth places, both on 36 points, were Jan Svendsen and Hendrick Oldenziel.

Benedicte kept the Danish flag flying after Wednesday’s round two of our very own FedEx Cup. (Sadly, there’ll be no 10 million dollars here!) With 33 points, she came in fourth on the day and headed the leader board for the week so far, with a total of 70 points. Alan Douglas took first place on the day with 36 points and Lindsay Forbes remained in the hunt with 35.

Dave Pulling carded 34 and Reg Akehurst came in, by a short head, with 33. Only two ‘2’s today; Jan Svendsen (again) and John (bonnie lad) Collins. I don’t remember John singing the birdie song though- ‘We shalt have a sippy from your little hippy, we shalt have a sippy when the flask comes in’.

The Danish flag was still flying after Friday’s round but unfortunately not for Benedicte. Her husband, Jan Svendsen, scored 40 points, not only take the day’s first place but also to  become our overall winner for the week with a total of 108 points. Second on the day was Ron (Furyck) Phipps with 37 followed by Benedicte with 36. Lindsay Forbes grabbed 4th with 34 and Rod Doel made a welcome return to the leader board with 33 points.

Overall for the week Benedicte Kruse was second with 106 points and Lindsay Forbes took the third slot with 103. Well done to everybody and we look forward to next Wednesday’s Captains Day.

Pues, hasta la semana que viene

Peter Reffell


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La Marina Golf Society

We visited Vistabella for the first time since the course was extended to 18 holes and judging by the scores returned many members will advocate a quick return. We were blessed with a cooler day with a welcome breeze.

In the  Gold section the winner was new member Gill Ludkiowicz with 31 points and ,with a handicap of 18 , she is a welcome addition to the Society.

The Silver section was an extremely close run thing ,with Tim Ruse ,Gerry McCabe and Elspeth Craig all scoring 40 Points. However ,on countback, Captain Elspeth won the day.

Overall scoring on the day will prove much work for the handicap secretary.

Tim had consolation in winning a NTP and the 2’s pot, with other NTP’S going to Colin Yarnton and Alan Craig.

Our next meeting is at BonAlba on October 11th,first tee at a cost of 45Euros. List is on the board at the Sports Centre or contact Alan Craig on

A reminder of the Quiz Night at the Sports Centre on Tuesday 9th October. Iain Lyall will welcome your booking on

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El Raso Golf Society

For the second time this year we travelled to Roda for our monthly Stableford competition.  Once again, the course was in good condition and a pleasure to play this challenging course.

The final results were as follows: Par 3 holes nearest the pins were hole 2 Robin Richards hole 7 Linda Lynch hole 11 Arty Crammon and hole 13 Steve Sayers. Best front nine went to Malcolm Foskett with 18 pts and best back nine Arty Crammon with 19 pts.  In third place John Dodds 35 pts c/b second was Steve Sayers 36 pts and the winner of the day was Glen Roberts with 37 pts.  The gnome, on this occasion, was presented to Jan Shorley.

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.


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El Plantio 2’s Medal Competition

The nature of a ‘Medal’ competition is such that one slip-up on one hole can lead to a catastrophic fall down the rankings. One such occurrence for one of our members on the 25th September, when he seemed to be cruising at least to be in contention for first place.

At the difficult seventh hole, he twice hit the ball out of bounds, ending up with a ten. To compound his misery, he finished his round with a four and a five to finish among the also-rans.

No such problems for the winner, who has the lowest handicap in the club, and did not card more than a four to end up with a net score of one under par. Several other members carded handicap busting-scores in what was a hotly contested competition.

Nearest the pins, Hole 4 – Mike Davies, Hole 9 – Ronnie Campbell.

Third Place, Handicap 7.8, Lawrence Wanty – 54.2 shots.

Second Place, Handicap 10.1, Mike Davies – 52.9 shots.

First Place, Handicap 3.4, John Wilby – 52.6 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, Lawrence Wanty, John Wilby, Mike Davies, Ron Campbell .

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Montgo Golf Society Medal

Friday 28th September saw Montgo Golf Society playing a medal competition for the MGS Decanter, sponsored by Neil Carter. This week the course was sadly in a very poor state.  Not only were the temporary greens still in play, but two of the fairways looked as though they had been rotovated.  

We also had our Tee´s changed after play had commenced on the tenth Tee.  Our first group was already on the green when they were informed that they had to restart on the 1st Tee. 

We understand that Oliva are doing all in their power repair the course, but some member´s patience is running a little low. I shall be writing to Oliva Nova on behalf of Montgo to see if there is a chance of compensation for its members as we have not had a fully functional course for over a month now.  

Despite these difficulties the scores on the day were surprisingly good with over half the field, albeit a small field, coming in in the net seventies.  Top spot was decided on countback with Arthur Burrows taking home the trophy with a net 70 points. 

´Grumbling´ Peter Gardiner ´ took second place also with net 70 points.  Third place went to Jim Hayward with net 71.  Four more unique MGS mugs, made by Marian, were awarded on card draw to four very happy recipients.

The gents NTP second shot on the fifth went to Gordon Gleeson at 2.62 meters and Sally Burrows took the ladies NTP on the 16th at 2.50 metres.  There were no twos awarded today.

I forgot to report last week that one of the last pairs matches was played out between Arthur and Sally Burrows, and Richard Fox and Denise Cooper.  Richard and Denise only just won, one up after a very tight match.  They will now be in the final against John Day and, new Vice, Geoff Willcock.

Lastly I am happy to report that John Lamont successfully came through his heart bypass operation last week, and is now recovering at home.  I´m certain all members wish him a full and speedy recovery.

Next week´s competition is a stableford sponsored by Sue Burman and Dennis Hammond.

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Pego golf society match September 25th 2018

We had a smaller number than usual today, 28 players, possibly due to the continuing poor state of the course at Oliva Nova and an ongoing number of temporary greens. This situation has been around for some time and is leading to real irritation among the members.

We were playing a Stableford Competition and we had one guest, Ray Young, the much younger and better looking brother of Brendan Young. No guest prize as he was the only guest.

The results were as follows:

Division 1: First place Paul Sankey with a great score of 44 points. Second place Donna Green with another great score of 42 points and Third Place Roger Brown with a great score of 40 points.

Division 2: First place Fiona Sankey with a great score of 39 points, Second place John Evans with 35 points and Third place Alan Simpson with 33 points.

Nearest The Pin on hole 5 was Peter Rapley with 3.3m and on hole 16 was Ian Robertson with 3.9m.

Only one Two today won by Donna Green.

Balls in the Water competition was won by Fiona Sankey guessing 54 balls, finishing off a very successful day for the Sankeys!!

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Montgo GS stableford competition

On Friday 21st September Montgo GS played a stableford competition sponsored by Marian and Neil Carter, in honour of their grandson.  We had just 16 players this week, due in part to the poor condition of the course.  Carolina, course Director, did go to each flight in our society, while we were playing, to apologise in person for the ongoing problems in getting the course back to its previously pristine condition.  We all hope this will be sooner, rather than later.

Our sponsors also deserve special mention…well Marian deserves special mention as she has been a very busy bee, creating our prizes.  Not only were our unique MGS mugs on offer, but also some fabulous glassware that Belinda had etched herself.  It seems there is no end to her talents for which we are very grateful.  I´m sure Neil provided lots of encouragement, and possibly the odd cuppa or glass of vino.

This week´s lucky recipients were…in top spot Shaun O´Gorman, collecting the first of his many goodies, with 36 points.  Pushed into second place on countback Peter Gardiner also had 36 points.  Whilst in third place, with 35 points, we had Graham Borley.  Shaun also collected both NTP prizes, and in consequence also had two two´s and took home 2 coveted Montgo balls.  Denise Cooper also had a two and collected a Montgo ball.

Neil will also be sponsoring next week´s medal MGS decanter competition which this year is just one round of golf.

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