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Alfie’s Golf Society – Captains Day

Mar Menor -Thursday 25th October 2018

32 members and guests from Alfie’s GS travelled to Mar Menor GC for our Captains Day event at Mar Menor on the Thursday 25th October 2018. The turnout was great and our Captain Ian Ingledew had invited some friends to join in the fun with other members of the society.

 The course was in magnificent condition and all players enjoyed the day where the overall scoring was very high with 3 players scoring 41 points. Our Captain had arranged for a charity event to take place on the 8th hole where all players were invited to pay 10 Euros to see if they could win a 50” LCD TV by getting a hole in one.

All entrants were rewarded by getting a set of Prostate Cancer logo golf balls. Ian’s nominated charity this year is Prostate Cancer UK and Alfie’s Golf Society managed to raise over 600 Euros on the day which was a tremendous effort.  

The presentation was held at Crystals restaurant in La Fuente centre where the day continued into the evening and we all had a fantastic dinner and danced the night away.  As is customary on our Captains day Ian had arranged for lots of prizes and all players received a Captains Goody Bag with an Alfies branded logo ball marker and other Prostate Cancer items kindly provided by John Brownless who is one of the UK ambassadors. John played golf on the day and went away with some of the trophies provided by our Captain.

Alfie’s Golf Society – Captains Day

Look how close our Captain came to giving away the 50” LCD TV and the recipient would have been one of Ian’s guests John Brownless. The 8th hole is a par three which was over 220 yards long, well done John, you came very close!!!

The Blind pairs was won by Steve Barlow and our Captain Ian Ingledew and both gents donated the money back to the charity.

Nearest the pin on the 2nd– Sponsored by ‘Alfies Bar went to Dan Jones

Nearest the pin on the 14th – went to John Brownless

Nearest the pin on the 17th – went to Dan Jones

Nearest the pin in 3 shots on the 6th –went to Jim Dempsey

Longest Drive went to Martin Armstrong and won the trophy donated by our Captain

Best front 9 score overall was won by John Brownless with a great score of 21 points, decided on count back with Dan Jones also scoring the same and again the trophy being donated by our Captain

Best back 9 score overall was won by Rachel Lee with 23 points, who won a trophy donated by the Captain.

We had a lowest putting competition that formed part of the day with players recording how many putts they had during their round and the winner was Ian Connell with 32 putts overall.

Overall Runner up for the day was John Brownless scoring 41 points won on count back from Dan Jones who had the same score.

Overall Winner for the day was Rachel Lee who also scored 41 points and won on count back from Dan Jones.

We held our normal competition on the day open to Alfie’s members only.

Silver Division Runner up was Wayne Stevenson with 31 points playing off 24.1

Silver Division Winner was Ian Harkness with 32 points playing off 23.6

Gold Division Runner up was Ove Colin with a score of 35 points playing off 17.7

Gold Division Winner was Ian Connell with 37 points playing off 17.7

Therefore, the Winner of the Prestigious Captains Cup 2018 was our society President, Ian Connell.

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

To staff at Alfies Bar for their continued support throughout the year.

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

Our Captain Ian Ingledew wants to thank Mar Menor Golf Club who helped make our day a special one and for kindly assisting the activity on the 8th hole special event.

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

The next venue will be held at Vistabella Golf Club and concludes our Eclectic Cup on 29th November 2018.



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Pego golf society match October 30th 2018

We had 38 players today for a Stableford Competition competing for the Committee Plate, including 2 guests, John Ross and Gerd Kunath. I played with Gerd and learned some choice German words when things went wrong! We also welcomed back Alan Barwick who has returned from cold and wet UK to cold and wet Spain for a few months.

The results were as follows:

The winner was Fiona Sankey with a great score of 38 points playing off 32.4

2nd was Simon Fox with 36 points playing off 17

3rd was Malcolm Cannon also with 36 points playing off 12.8

4th also with 36 points was Brendan Young playing of 17.7

5th with 35 points was Martin Gates playing off 6.5

6th was Paul Sankey with 34 points playing off 15.1

Nearest the pin on hole 5 was Steve Patton with 1m.20 and on hole 16 Andrew Harrison with 3m.95.

The Balls in the Water competition was won by a very happy Colin Foster with a guess of 84.

Our Captain Dave Phillips announced that the annual Christmas Dinner Dance will be held on Friday 7th December so keep that date free in your diaries. Further info to follow.

Next week we have a Texas Scramble Competition, hopefully with better weather and anyone wishing to play contact Penny Barden on 

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La Finca Golf Society week ending 27th October.

Mondays roll up this week was a stableford of the yellow blocks which was won by Barry Roehrig with a par round of 37 points.

Results were as follows,

4th, Mick Elliot (35), 3rd, Eric Owens (36), 2nd, Juan Niguez (37) and 1st, Barry Roehrig (37).

Nearest the pins were Paul Bainbridge (3), Mick Elliot (6), Brian Bevan (13) and Alex Duchart (16).

On Wednesday we played a Stableford competition of the Yellow Blocks, results was as follows;

 4th, Doug Spiring (32), 3rd Mike Stott (34), 2nd, Eric Owens (34) and 1st, Gavin Parke (41).

Nearest the pins were Mike Stott (3), Doug Spiring (6), Brian Bevan (13) and Eric Owens (16).

On Saturday we played the first round of the Club Championship a Medal of the Yellow Plates with the deciding round played next week 28 members taking part

  Results as follows,

5th, Dave Friedman (74) 4th, Ivor Turkington (74) 3rd, John Mcadams (74), 2nd, Andrew Mills (73) and 1st, Jerry Conybeare with (71).

Nearest the pins were Mike Stott (3), Scott Ramsey (6), Steve Higgins (13) and Glyn Chappell (16).

Three 2s today Andrew Mills on 13 and Dave Friedman and Russell Gordon on 16 unfortunately for the trio hole 13 was drawn out. 
Best dressed golfer was Scott Ramsey for a third week in a row.

 Back to The Corner Flag Bar afterwards for food and presentation thanks to Steve and his staff.

La Finca Golf Society meets every Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays at La Finca with first tee time around 09-00 am. Saturday is main competition day with various competitions which are Spanish Federated, to be eligible to play you need a handicap of 16 or less.

If you are interested or require more information give Barry a ring on 666694467 or 966731033.

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Montgo GS stableford competition

On Friday 26th October Montgo GS played a stableford competition sponsored by Sally and Arthur Burrows.  Finally we got to play the full course at Oliva Nov as all greens were back in operation.  The course is constantly improving although currently the fairways remain quite fluffy as the grass is allowed to recover. 

Players wrapped up against the chill approach of winter with temperatures below 20 degrees at start of play.  However golf bags grew fatter and players thinner as layers of clothing slowly switched to being carried rather than worn as the sun´s rays warmed the day.  The improved course and cooler weather led to some fine performances and excellent scores.

The scores were much higher than the temperatures with our winner clocking up an amazing 43 points.  That´ll be another cut for our ever improving Gordon Gleeson.  A warm welcome back to Feli Baybut who, despite protestations of not having played much, managed 41 points.  Roy Jones also had 41 points but lost out on countback, while Sue Burman came in fourth with 36 points.

Feli and Brian Baybut both did well, collecting three NTPs between them.  Feli had NTP on the 3rd and 16th, while Brian took NTP in2 on the 5th.  So that’s their wine cellar restocked for winter.  The remaining NTPs went to Dennis Coe on the 3rd and Celia Cronin in 2 on the 5th. Simon Fox was closest for the gents on the 16th.  Just one coveted Montgo ball was awarded this week and that went to Dennis Coe. 

Sadly Terry Moore had to concede his semi-final against Sally Cottrell due to illness, I´m sure we all wish him better soon.  Sally had an extra surprise that day as she finally got a hole in one on the third, so congratulations to her.

In other news the Hannah Marsden Trophy has been rescheduled for the 23rd November, replacing the Texas scramble.

Finally I would like to welcome Peter Gardiner into the non-synchronised golf trolley swimming team as his bag received an unwanted drenching.  Let`s hope it doesn´t work out as costly for him as it did for our other contenders.

Next weeks competition is the Montgo Quaich sponsored by Barry and Liz Butler.

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Captain’s Day La Marina Golf Society

Glorious weather greeted Captain Elspeth’s day at El Plantio, where the traditional format of 9 holes on the Par 3 course and 18 holes on the main course was enjoyed by a pleasingly high turnout of members.

Winner of the short course by a good margin was Gill Ludkiewicz with 23 points.

A hard fought battle on the main course resulted in several players vying for 3rd place but on countback Jeff Wiszniewski took the prize. In second place was Mark Pope with 34 points, but the winner, gaining her first major trophy, was Lesley Cullen with 36 points.

The two nearest the pins went to Gerrard McCabe and Graeme Buchanan and a record number of members, five in all, had to share the Twos Pot, namely Jeff Wiz, Alan Craig, Gerry McCabe , Graeme  Buchanan and Mark Leigh.

Prize giving took place at our Captain’s Dinner provided by Helena and her staff at the La Marina Sports Centre where we enjoyed an excellent meal.

Many thanks to Elspeth for arranging a highly successful day.

Our next meeting is at Alicante Golf on 8th November, first tee 10.a.m at a cost of 45 Euros. Entry sheet is on the board at the Club, or contact Alan on

Our next social function is a quiz night on 6th November. Please contact Iain Lyall on for further details.

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Las Ramblas Golf Society

Results for w/c 22.10.18

Creepy Monday and not only the start of Halloween week but also the first round of our spine chilling pairs knockout match play competition. Four matches played today with those enjoying a bye joining us on Wednesday in the quarter final round.

Safely through were Geoff Biggerstaff and Ron Phipps winning 3 & 2 and causing John Dobson and Rod Doel real ‘Misery’. Nigel (Vincent) Price and Pete (Cushing) Dunn finished their encounter 2 up after 18 holes. Also into the quarters were Friedel Knebel (same initials as Freddy Krueger!) and Alan (Lurch) McClusky who won their match 4 & 3 and will lock horns in the next round against myself and Lindsay Forbes after our 4 & 2 victory.

Onto Wednesday, and having ‘exorcised’ my demons (the shanks) Lindsay Forbes and myself ‘crypt’ through to Friday (not the 13th) with a 3 & 1 win. It was a case of ‘fangs for the memory’ after Ron Phipps and Geoff Biggerstaff came under the spell of Vincent and Cushing who had a ‘Shining’ performance on the last green.

Bryan Neal and Liz Robertson secured their ‘stake’ after a ‘Thriller’ of a 3 & 1 win. Yvonne Phipps and Donald Pleasance (oops Dave Pulling) also worked their magic to secure a 3 & 2 win.

Those that had already succumbed to the ‘Texas Chainsaw’ played a stableford which was won by ‘Here’s Johnny’ Collins (or should that be can’t count Dracula) with a spooky 40 points.

Friday and semi-final day (well one of them anyway). Into the final and just edging past Nigel and Pete with a 3 & 1 win were myself and Lindsay in a closely fought contest. The other semi has been postponed until next Friday, so more to follow in next week’s report. Nail biting drama!

The rest of our ‘covern’ played a 2 ball better ball with Geoff Biggerstaff (coming in on 13 holes) together with John Dobson taking 1st place with 43 points.

Pues, hasta la semana que viene

Peter Reffell



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Rockets Golf Society October away day

Down the Motorway to Roldan to the lovely  9 hole course New Sierra which as in lovely condition for our away day which was the dreaded  Medal Format ,playing for the Organisers Trophy. Weather was lovely on the way down nice and warm, but when we got to the 16th the heavens opened and no doubt  we all got soaked to the skin,

Results: Winner of the Organisers Trophy with a nett 70 Ron Swift

Gold Category 1st Nett 70  R Swift, 2nd A Williams  73, 3rd  S Martin 75

Silver Category 1st  H  McKinnon 77 pts, 2nd P Mutter 75, 3rd A Stenning 80

Nearest Pins: Hole 3 D McNamara, Hole 15 P Mutter

Longest Drive R Swift, Best Quests  D McNamara  J Swift

After the game we returned to our base The St James Gate pub in Torreta 11 for the presentation and refreshments supplied by the Management which a vote of thanks was given   Next game is at Vistabella on the 13th of November

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‘Mike Probert talks Golf – 29 October 18

 (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.

Course Marshall’s

Every golf course on the Costa Blanca are currently extremely busy with golfers and will remain that way until the end of November.

Such a constant flow of golfers needs some controlling to ensure that start and finish times are maintained and that course rules regarding buggies are adhered to.

To this end the courses employ course marshall’s who are either Spanish nationals or retired brits who exchange spare time for free golf at the course concerned.

The feedback that I receive from the Marshall’s is that the bulk of their time is utilised either preventing players taking buggies into restricted areas or cracking the whip to slow golfers.

The feedback that I receive from my clients,the players, in this respect is that the course marshall’s are either extremely helpful in their role or extremely rude and un helpful,there appears to be no mid ground in this respect.

There simply must be some compromise here with players understanding the need to protect worn areas on the course and to keep up with the pace of play so that no unnecessary delays are caused to fellow golfer and the course and their marshalls understanding that the clients are customers who in many cases in high season pay top dollar to play golf and who deserve to be treated with respect accordingly.

There appears almost to be a mini state of war between the two parties and for sure no-one will benefit from this in the long term.

Remember you don’t need marshalls on an empty golf courses as La Tercia,Mosa Trajectum,Corvera and La Peraleja could confirm if still in existance because all failed to provide the customers with satisfaction.

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 30/11/18:

Golf Course Price Comments
Alenda €145 Two Players and Buggy
Alicante €138 Two Players and Buggy
Altorreal €120 Two Players and Buggy
Bonalba €120 Two Players and Buggy
Don Cayo (Altea) €110 Two Players and Buggy
El Plantio €112 Two Players and Buggy from 12pm
Font Del Llop €134 Two Players and Buggy 
La Finca €160 Two Players and Buggy
La Marquesa €45 Single Green Fee from 1pm week days
La Serena €41 Single Green Fee (after 2pm)
Las Colinas €99 Single Green Fee
Las Ramblas €116 Two Players and Buggy
Lo Romero €134 Two Players and Buggy
New Sierra Golf €80 Two Green Fees and Buggy
Roda €110 Two Players and Buggy  (from 3pm)
Villamartin €136 Two Players and Buggy
Villaitana Poniente €62 Single Green Fee and Buggy
Vistabella €106 Two Players and Buggy

For Bookings and more information contact Mike at or direct on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 quoting reference LEADER.

British Legion Vouchers Still Available for Purchase

The following vouchers are still available for sale with all proceeds going to the British Legion:

Alicante (valid from 19/11/18) 2 players and buggy €85

Alenda (valid from 03/12/18) 2 players,no buggy €80

El Plantio (open validity) 2 players,no buggy €80

La Manga (valid until 28/02/19) 2 players and buggy €140

Roda (valid from 15/11/18) 2 players and buggy €85

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 El Raso Golf Society

On Friday 26 October we played the monthly Stableford competition at our home course, La Marquesa.  It was an early 8.00 am start, dark and an early morning dew covering the course.  However, as the day progressed the sun burnt through and it was another perfect day here on the costa!

There were four guests playing today and the winner of the guest prize was Henry Hatt with 32 pts.  Winners of the N.T.P’s were hole 5 no one (prize went to Liz Roberts on card draw) hole 11 Steve Sayers hole 15 Hadge Armstrong and hole 17 Ken Brett.  Best front nine went to Glen Roberts with 17 pts and best back nine Malcolm Foskett 19 pts c/b.

In third place was Debbie (2 blobs and 2 shanks!) Weedon with 34 pts second was Bob Shorley 35 pts c/b and winner of the day was Gordon Bourne also with 35 pts.  And finally, the winner of the gnome was Phyliss Venables, he will be joining his two brothers taking pride of place in her garden!

Presentations and refreshments were held at the Olde 9th in Quesada and our thanks to Grant and his staff for the welcome hot snack.

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San Miguel Golf Society Font del Llop 24th October, 2018

A beautiful day and a course in excellent condition, especially the greens, greeted the 44 members and accompanying guests making the trip to Font de Llop for the first round in the society’s 2018/19 season President’s Trophy, which this year is sponsored by MoneyCorp.

With a fairly long set-up, especially it seems on any hole where water had to be crossed that wasn’t a par three, the difficulties of scoring well were starkly highlighted by the cards returned at the end of the round. As expected, Bronze category (higher handicappers) had lower overall winning scores than Silver, Silver lower than Gold.

Andy Shaw (37 points) took home the sponsor’s golf shirt for the day’s best round, only beating Humphrey Kelleher on countback, and so leads the President’s trophy standings after round one of five. At the other end of the scale, Paul Kavanagh received the Gordon Wilson sponsored bottle of a delicious red wine for propping up the field. 

Results, by Category and in reverse order were the following:

Bronze Category: 5th Charlie Harkin (29), 4th Ron Stenhouse (30 on CB), 3rd Neil Sheldon (30 on CB), 2nd Mike Jordan (31 on CB) and 1st Carmel McCann, also with 31 points.

Silver Category: 5th Chris Wren (29), 4th Ken Flaherty (31), 3rd Hugh Reilly (33), 2nd Phil de Lacy (36) and, with the best score of the day on CB, Andy Shaw with 37 points.

Gold Category: 5th Barry Roehrig (34), 4th Steve Higgins (35), 3rd Richard McCann (36 on CB), 2nd John Osbourne (36 on CB) and 1st Humphrey Kelleher with 37 points.

Nearest the pins: Hole 3 Chris Hamblett, Hole 8 Humphrey Kelleher, Hole 12 Mark Pope, Hole 16 John Osbourne, and Hole 17 Hugh Reily.

Abacus: Paul Kavanagh, Best Guest Winner: Ali Gordon

Our thanks go to all Font del Llop staff for their contribution to a very enjoyable day. Next week we will be at Altoreal, then on following weeks at La Serena and Mar Menor. Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website or simply give Captain Tony Smale a call on 628 227 687.

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