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Alistair finally triumphs in El Plantio 2’s Medal

After several months of finishing in second place in El Plantio 2’s Monthly Medal, Alistair Douglas finally managed to reap the benefits of his consistency by winning, albeit by 0.2 of a shot in a close run contest.

Nearest the pins, Hole 1 – Claude De Wamme , Hole 4 – Bryan Watson.

Third Place, Handicap 13.6, Allen Robinson – 56.4 Shots. Second Place, Handicap 5.4, John O’Brien, 55.6 Shots. First Place, Handicap 6.6, Alistair Douglas, 55.4 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.

L to R, Claude De Wamme , John O’Brien, Alistair Douglas, Allen Robinson, Bryan Watson.

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The Med Bar Golf Society. Alenda 26/11/18

An early tee off meant an early exit from el raso with the wind blowing and the sky still in darkness. Most of us made it in plenty of time, but some members must have forgot that we were playing golf as a few cars and their occupants ended up on the motorway heading for benidorm.

One car, realised that they were on the wrong road but still paid twice at the toll booths before phoning up and getting the correct directions. In the end all made the course in time for their tee-offs. The wind on the front 9 was very strong which reflected on the scores for the day

Pictured are the winners on the day

Silver division and overall winner – john goulder

Silver division runner up  – tony alcock

Gold division winner on count back – Andrew drinkall

Gold division runner up – alan gifford

Nearest the pins: andy trefry , alex Bolton, john goulder & ray mattock

Nearest pin in 3 on par 5 – Andrew drinkall

2`s club winner: alex bolton

Football card winners: dave capper, keith smith & john goulder

Thanks to Steve and his staff at the med bar and bistro, our next outing is at las collinas on 4/12/18

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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Pego Golf Society Blacktower Challenge Trophy November 27th 2018

Today at Oliva Nova we had 39 players trying to win the prestigious Blacktower Trophy. The format was medal, not everbody’s favourite game but at last the weather has improved and we had lots of warm sunshine. We welcomed 5 guests, George Smith, Mike Jones, Chris Anderson, Andrew Gibson and Barry Tilby. .Chris walked off with guest prize with a good score of 76.

The main competition results were as follows:

Ist was Shaun O’Gorman with a great score of 71 playing off 4.3. Shaun also won the Lowest Gross Score prize today with 77. Needed a  bag to take home all the bottles and the trophy! Well done!

2nd was Bob (Gday Mate) Jenkins with a good score of 73 playing off 17.6

3rd was Jean Taylor with 74 playing off 14.7

4th was Paul Sankey with 75 playing 15.3

5th was Malcolm Wise also with 75 playing off 9.9

6th was Dave Phillips, our Captain with 76 playing off 31.6

Nearest the Pin on Hole 5 was Penny Barden with 2.42m and on the 16th Ken Miller with 3.1m.

John Guest was very pleased to win the only 2 today.

Next week we have a Stableford Competition and also we have our AGM after the game or before the game if the weather is bad.

If any guest wishes to play next week subject to handicap please contact Penny Barden at

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Hannah Marsden Trophy – Montgo GS

On Friday the 23rd November Montgo GS finally played its much anticipated, Hannah Marsden Trophy, sponsored by Bob Marsden. 

This is one of our favourite competitions in honour of Bob´s  granddaughter Hannah, and would you believe she is now 9 years old and blossoming into a beautiful young lady.  I´m sure Bob, and her parents, are extremely proud of her.  We were all very pleased to see Bob at the presentation as we have missed him out on the fairways. 

Although initially a little chilly the day soon warmed up for this rescheduled stableford competition.  Despite the great conditions just three players managed to hit par, and one particular player had a very áccurate´round…

Top of the heap this week, and our new Trophy holder, Robin Thatcher scored a magnificent 41 points.  Second and third were decided on countback with Peter Gardiner in second and Gerian Van Ooijen in third, both with 36 points.  Fourth place went to Shaun O´Gorman with 35 points.

For the NTP prizes we had one player with 4.45m on the 3rd, 3.40m in two on the 18th and 8.20m in three on the 14th.  So the player going home with a well-stocked wine shelf was our shooting star Gerian.  All round to hers for the arty then.  The only other NTP prize went to Geoff Wilcock for his 2nd shot on the 5th at 5.50m.  So well done to Gerian.

Although Gerian wore out her pencil on the NTP cards, bizarrely we had 4 twos to award and not a one was for her.  The four more accurate putters were Barry Butler, John Feek, Shaun O´Gorman, and last but not least Sally Cottrell.  A special 9th place prize also went to Sally and our ´best travelled´ player was new member, Brian Stringer.

Next week´s competition is the Champions Cup sponsored by John Feek for those lucky winners from 2018.  The society is sponsoring a Pairs Betterball for all other players on the day.

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Orba Warblers Golf Society Wednesday 21st November Oliva Nova

With very bad weather over the past few days and no buggies allowed on the course a depleted field was inevitable. Despite all the rain the course was acceptable, some difficult conditions on certain parts made life difficult for some of the golfers with the exception of Shaun O’Gorman, not only did he make life easy for himself with a great 36 point win, a 2 on hole 3 and a nearest the pin on hole 16, he then went and sunk an 80-foot putt later in the round. Well done Shaun!

Chasing hard on his heels was Glynn Braidley with 33 points coming second and beating Sylvia Evans on count-back, earning herself a very nice bottle of Pink Gin. Just to keep it in the family Will Evans got nearest the pin on hole 3.

Next week we are at La Sella, the first tee is at 08.40 so you need to be there for 08.00. Guests are always welcome with a current handicap certificate. To enter contact Michael on 639242896 or E mail him and the vice-captain.

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Belgium make history in Melbourne with World Cup win

Belgium held off a late challenge from hosts Australia to win the ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf for the first time at The Metropolitan Golf Club.

Thomas Detry and Thomas Pieters brought a five-shot advantage into the final foursomes but Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith cut that to just two as the huge crowds at the Sandbelt venue began to get excited about a second Australian win in five years.

The Belgians held their nerve over the final three holes, however, to sign for a 68 and finish the week at 23 under, three shots ahead of Australia and Mexican pair Abraham Ancer and Roberto Diaz.

Standing on the 18th tee with a two shot lead, Detry produced one of his shots of the week as he thundered a drive down the middle of the fairway to leave his partner a short wedge to the hole. Pieters then turned on the style, planting his approach three feet from the pin to allow Detry to tap-in for birdie and seal an historic victory.

Defending champions Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen closed with a 65 to finish at 17 under as a duo of European Tour Members lifted the World Cup for the eighth time in the last ten editions of the event.


Thomas Detry:  “We weren’t far away in the football World Cup, so it’s pretty good to bring it back! Like Thomas said, it’s not really something you put on the list, but when it happens, you qualify for it, you play for it, you play with your best mate and it’s kind of a dream come true.  There’s nothing like representing your country on the other side of the world, it’s just amazing.

“Our two coaches, one of my two coaches, they both played it a long time ago, but they played it and they had an amazing experience.  Being able to put our name down the list when you see the amount of good players and all the big names that were actually on the cup, it feels pretty special.

“I think the key moment today was when Thomas made the putt the tenth for par and the birdie he made on 11, those two putts were massive.  I think that was the key moment because 11 is one of the toughest holes on the course.  Ten, it was a sliding putt, not easy, so we could have easily gone bogey, bogey and we went par, birdie.  After that we slapped a few bogeys in, but we always came back with a birdie, so I think the key moment was definitely ten and 11.

“We’ve known each other since we were 8 or 9 years old.  We used to play those junior events back home.  We kind of grew up together playing regionals, practices together, and then national teams together, under-18, and then he went to college in America and I followed him.

“So we’ve known each other for a long time and like I said earlier, it’s a dream come true to play with him.  He’s got a lot of experience, it was very comforting for me to play with a guy like that.”

Thomas Pieters: “It feels pretty good.  It’s not something you put on your list when you’re a golfer, but, you know, I felt it this morning and I felt it while we were playing, it’s just excitement and a bit of nerves.  You know, I told my mom and dad it’s been a long time since I won and this feels as good as an individual title.  I’m very, very happy.

“With us bringing this thing back home, I think it will change a bit how kids look at golf and they’ll have something to look up to.  We had Nico Colsaerts to look up to.  We never really got in touch with him when we were younger and I think we would have loved it.  He maybe because he had the same coach, but for me it would have been amazing to see him play.  In a couple weeks we’re doing a day with all the juniors back home and for me it’s fun to do that because I know how much I would have loved it, so that’s why we do it.”

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La Marina Hackers Golf Society

By Kell Priesum

On 7th November, on a somewhat chilly morning, 17 members and 2 guests congregated at El Plantio for our monthly society match. We had been instructed by the marshalls to ensure fast play and keep the gap between each group at 6 minutes (the course had kindly given us 4 additional spaces).

This unfortunately seemed to create some confusion concerning the order of play and the first 3-ball set off with a player that should have been in one of the following 4-balls! After a short period of mayhem all was sorted out and the rest of the groups went off in the new slightly modified order.

The course was in a reasonably good shape although there was a fair amount of sand on the greens. Also, most of the tees had been put forward meaning that, effectively, we were playing off the blue tees. This no doubt influenced the scoring, resulting in some quite remarkable results.

Jeff won the match with an astonishing 49 points with Richie and Kell taking joint 2nd place with 42 points each – a score that would normally be more than good enough to secure a win! No doubt, normal scores will return when we go to Font Del Llop on 5th December.

Nearest to pin on hole 9 was claimed by Fredde (welcome back!). Richie won NTP on the 14th hole and completed a fine performance by also having the longest drive on the 15th. The jackpot was shared between Jeff, Richie and Lee with 10 points each and the Mulligans raised a further €15 for charity – the cause to benefit will be decided at the AGM in March 2019.

We also welcomed a couple of new members: Dave Stewart and Henrik Braun – great to have you with us guys!

Then it was back to the Woodstock for the presentation of the prizes,the raffle and the dominoes (the dominoes was won by Colin C).

Following the completion of this it was time for some some very tasty grub consisting this month of Chili Con Carne with nachos and cheesy bread. Thank you as always to our hosts, Carla and Richie for making us feel very welcome.

Our next game is at Font Del Llop on 5/12/18 with a meeting time at the Woodstock of 07:40 and a first tee-off at 09:10. Please note that we tee off from the 10th tee due to an administrative error resulting in our original booking being lost. Thank you to the staff of Font Del Llop for accommodating us with 20 spaces at very short notice!

If you plan to go direct to the course instead of meeting at the Woodstock, please a) let us know and b) make sure you are at the course no later than 08:40.

If you wish to learn more about La Marina Hackers Golf Society, please go to our website or contact us via email on

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THE ILE AUX CERFS Golf Club, Mauritius, a combination of golf course and paradise. On an island separated from the mainland by a turquoise lagoon, it boasts a luxurious hotel voted one of the world’s best.  Designed by Bernhard Langer, the course features volcanic outcrops, lakes and gullies, with some tee shots across sea inlets.  Unfortunately, the Indian Ocean is rising and it may not be long before golfers are issued with an inflatable buggy and a mask and snorkel.

YOU HAVE TO FEEL SORRY for these golf superstars who slave away designing courses on unspoilt tropical islands.  Also spare a thought for Masa Nishijima, International Consultant for Top 100 Golf Courses.  It is his melancholy duty to play on every contender for ‘World’s Top Courses’ and help to rate them accordingly.  Masa has played everywhere from Royal Melbourne to Ballybunion while compiling his list.  I suppose somebody has to do it.

HAVING GROWN UP in Merseyside, Tommy Fleetwood will be very much the home-town hero when he hosts the 2019 British Masters at Hillside golf club, near Southport.  The tournament, which has been moved to May and is at present without a sponsor, will mark the European Tour’s first visit to Hillside since Tony Jacklin won the Sun Alliance PGA – the precursor to the BMW PGA Championship – in 1982. 

THE EUROPEAN TOUR’S exhausting 2019 schedule features 48 tournaments in 31 countries spanning 5 continents.  The Tour’s efforts to make golf more inclusive and FUN will see the return of GolfSixes, to be played in Portugal, World Super Six Perth, the Shot Clock Challenge and the Belgian Knockout . 

January’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship will be added to the Rolex Series and the prize fund increased to €7m to bring it in line with the other Rolex Series events (Irish Open, Scottish Open, BMW PGA Championship, Italian Open, Turkish Airlines Open, Nedbank Golf Challenge and the DP World Tour Championship.) The French Open has been dropped from the series, which will do nothing to improve the Entente Cordiale.

WAS GOLF HARDER 25 years ago?  Roger Chapman, European Tour golfer in the 80’s says:

“If you were behind a tree you could manoeuvre the ball 30-40 yards. These days it just reaches its peak and then falls out of the air. The old ball would carry on bending. I was in the top third of driving distances on the European Tour in the Persimmon days with about 260 yards, now I’m 25 years older and hitting it 25 yards further. Everyone has to go with technology but I preferred it before, the sound of Persimmon was just a great noise. Now it is just ‘get it in the air quickly and let it fly.’  The combination of club and ball means they can hit it 340 yards which seems all wrong.”

LEE WESTWOOD’S GIRLFRIEND Helen Storey was on the bag when he won the Nedbank Challenge.  She will now be a permanent fixture, replacing his caddie of ten years, Billy Foster, who’s last pairing with Westwood was at the Turkish Airlines Open the week before, when Westwood tied for 35th place.  Foster said he and Westwood have parted on good terms, “Although he might have waited more than a week before winning a million dollars!”

ALONGSIDE THE updated R & A and USPGA Official Rules of Golf book, a printed and digital copy of the Players Edition has been introduced as a more user-friendly version, with illustrations and easy to follow diagrams and charts.   Access via the R&A website and app. 

My opinion of the new rules in force from January is as follows:

Like: Drop from knee height.  

Like: Can repair damage including spike marks on greens.

Dislike:  Putting with the pin in. 

Can’t understand why they didn’t consult me first.

WHAT A TWIT:  Bubba Watson had to show off his chip shot despite bring 41,000 ft up in a private plane, sending a golfball straight down the aisle.  The applause would have been short-lived if it had gone through the windscreen.   

Until next time, Happy Golfing.

Contact Mick for regripping and repairs. 638 859 475. 




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Lyn’s Hole-in-One

A truly international line-up of Icelander Tryggvi, Benny from Denmark, Claude and Mirielle from Belgium plus the odd one or two Scotsmen made up the 24 starters for El Plantio 2’s Team Yellow Ball competition. Despite conditions being benign, scoring was not particularly high and only three teams of the eight starters returned the Yellow Ball intact – the other five incurring a penalty of five points per ball lost.

Highlight of the morning was a Hole-in-One at the tricky Hole 1 for Lyn Young.

Nearest the pins, Hole 2 – John Wilby , Hole 5 – John O’Brien.

Third Place, David Swann, Mirielle Michels, Mike Davies – 108 points.

Second Place, John O’Brien, Claude De Wamme, Benny Jorgensen – 111 points.

First Place, Ken Green, Alistair Douglas, Dave Southwell – 123 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.

L to R, John Wilby, Lyn Young, Ken Green, Alistair Douglas,David Swann, David Southwell, Mike Davies, Mirielle Michels, Benny Jorgensen, John O’Brien, Claude De Wamme .

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Captain´s Curse broken at Montgo

I am finally able to report that the Captain´s Curse has broken.  A full game of golf sponsored by Captain Cooper took place this Friday.  At first all indications pointed to a third possible cancellation of a game sponsored by Denise, as the weather forecast looked grim.  However, despite grey skies, a number of no shows and some early rain twenty four determined players completed the days event. The Captain (me) was very pleased indeed.

The wet conditions made the course very long, even longer for the guys as their tee positions had been moved right back.  The thunder we thought we heard turned out to be the muttered complaints of our poor boys.  We should pity them ladies…no, really, wipe that smirk off your face this instant! 

Only one player beat the course by attaining 1 better than par and that was our winner Liz Butler with 37 points.  Liz also had a fantastic NTP on the 16th with an ´almost hole in one´, at just 0.11 from the pin.  The subsequent putt provided her with the days only awarded coveted Montgo ball as well.  Doing his bit for the happy household, hubby Barry Butler came in 2nd with 33 points.  I believe this is the fourth time this year a married couple have gone home with both top spots.

Shaun O´Gorman came in third also with 33 points, fourth spot went to Francien Knoops with 31 points.  Both had NTP prizes too, Shaun on the 18th in 2, whilst Francien had two NTPs, one on the 3rd and 2nd shot on the 6th.  As all the prizes were homemade ceramics, Francien spent Saturday afternoon putting up a new shelf.  NTP for the boys on the 3rd went to Dennis Coe and on the 16th to George Braddick.

Lastly Penny Barden and Sally Cottrell competed in the final of the singles knockout with Penny winning 5 and 4.  So a huge congratulations to her.

Next week´s competition is the rescheduled Hannah Marsden Trophy.

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