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FOR LAUGHS ON THE LINKS and titters on the tee: two of the best in the business:  Bing and Bob.

Harry Crosby and Leslie Hope were born 26 days apart; Crosby on May 3, 1903 in Washington USA, Hope on May 29 in Eltham, S. London.  Bob’s family emigrated to Cleveland, Ohio when he was four.

Both became good enough golfers to compete in the Amateur Championship, Bing in 1950 at St Andrews, Bob in 1951 at Royal Porthcawl.   “Bing was a two-handicapper at best,” Bob would say,  “I was mostly a six. Bing took it seriously, I played it for laughs.”

The pair helped put the PGA on the map.  Bing founded a Pro Am at Rancho Fe in San Diego, in 1937 which eventually became the Pebble Beach Pro Am, and Bob founded the Bob Hope Classic at Palm Springs and the British Bob Hope Classic, held at Moor Park.

Bing Crosby died in 1977, aged 74, after a round of golf in Spain. (What a way to go)  His youngest son Nathaniel inherited his passion for the game, winning the US Amateur aged nineteen.

Bob died in 2003, aged 100.  His golf jokes about President Ford who he called ‘the most dangerous driver since Ben Hur’ are legendary:   “There are 51 courses in Palm Springs, and Gerald never decides which one he’s going to play until after his first tee shot.”

STEPHEN GALLAGHER (45) said after his Hero Indian Open victory: “I’m really proud of this, when you’re my age you’re in the sort of twilight, so it’s a big win for me.”  Poor old chap.

If Stephen’s in the twilight at 45 it’s a wonder the Seniors were able to stagger round the course at Oak Hill, N.Y.  for the US Senior PGA, especially as it was wet and windy, and  Ken Tanigawa, the 51 yr. old winner, probably  needed artificial respiration.  What’s Phil Mickelson thinking of, entering the US Open this year at 48?  Hope his insurance is paid up.

AnOtHer old-timer, Graeme McDowell (39) ended his near four-year title drought with a 3-under 69 in the Puntacana Championship.  Even though the Puntacana, in the Dominican Republic, isn’t exactly the Masters, it’s on the PGA Tour, and was an extremely welcome comeback for McDowell, not least because it brings him back full playing privileges on the US circuit.

Once 4th in the world, he entered the tournament outside the world’s top 250.  “It’s been a rough few years.” he said, “ this is going to go a long way towards getting me back to where I want to be, in the top 100, competing against the best.”

McDowell won the US Open at Pebble Beach in 2010, just one of the outstanding performances on the Monterey Bay course, among them Nicklaus knocking the flag out on the 17th in 1972 with a one iron, and Tiger lapping the field in 2000.

The course, celebrating it’s centenary this year and hosting the US Open later this month, is a sacred spot for golfing pilgrims, even more than Augusta, probably because Pebble Beach is a public course, although the $495- $525 greens fees mean it’s usually the same old billionaires bumbling round in buggies.  Players will be hoping the weather is kinder than it has been lately, nearly every tournament in America so far this year has been rained on.

.THE IDEA IS SIMPLE- by improving aerodynamics, you swing at the same speed but the club head travels quicker, equalling more yards.   Cobra has designed their King F9 Speedback like a plane’s wing, inspired by  the world’s fastest objects with advanced aerodynamics.

Golf Monthly says: ‘With a face 3% thinner and 10% lighter to increase efficiency and with Cobra Connect shot tracking, the stunning yellow Speedback with changeable sole weights and adjustable loft offers performance to match premium drivers without their eye-watering price.’

Bob again:  “It’s wonderful how you can start out with three strangers in the morning, play 18 holes, and by the time the day is over you have three solid enemies.”

Until next time: Happy Golfing.

Contact Mick for regripping and repairs.  638 859 475.

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On Friday 24 May we travelled the short distance to La Finca, to play the monthly Stableford competition.  The wind and fast greens had an impact on the scoring today.

There were four guests joining us today and the winner of the guest prize was Andre Johansen. Par 3 holes nearest the pins winners were Arty Crammon (6) Jan Shorley (13) Kev Bonser (16)  Best front and back nines: Malcolm Foskett 20 pts and Jeff Lynch 17 pts.  Third place went to Arty Crammon with 33 pts.  Second place went to Pete Cleaver also with 33 pts on c/b.  First place and competition winner Steve Sayers with 34 pts.  The gnome on this occasion was presented to Carin van der Kruijs.

After the game we returned to the Olde 9th in Quesada for prize giving and refreshments laid on by Grant and his staff, our thanks once again, for their hospitality.

Our next game on Friday 28 June at La Marquesa is the Captain´s Day.  A fun day is promised and our Captain, Arty is looking forward to seeing members and guests at the event.

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El Plantio2 Monthly Medal

Nine members commenced the monthly medal competition at El Plantio last Tuesday in fairly benign conditions. Triumphant after 11 years of trying was part-time resident Graham Blakeway, who scored a handicap busting 38 Stableford points, closely followed by another part-time resident Mike Williams, who actually scored 39 Stableford points but had to settle for second place under the Medal Format, despite scoring three birdies to Graham’s one.

Nearest the pins – Hole 4, David Swann and Hole 5, Barry Walthall.

Third Place, Handicap 13, Paddy O’Brien – 56 shots.

Second place, Handicap 12.1, Mike Williams – 52.9 shots.

First place, Handicap 10.3 – Graham B – 51.3 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 David Swann on 865 779 983 or 648 476 752.

Picture from L to R: Barry Walthall, Paddy O’Brien, Graham Blakeway, Mike Williams,

David Swann.

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San Miguel Golf Society at Vistabella, 22nd May 2019

In theory a shotgun start should begin with a big bang but 33 members and 8 guests fired off their opening tee-shots in eerie silence, an ominous sign that the Noise Abatement Society has a Spanish branch. A combination of calm, warm conditions and kindly pin positions meant that high scoring was a strong possibility and so it proved with the winners of each of the three divisions giving par a skelp in the ear.

The Vikings conquered swathes of England, France and Russia (Scottish editor’s note: they lost to the Scots at the Battle of Largs 1263). To this list we can add Vistabella after our own Viking – Norwegian Kyree Skarsmoen – topped the scoring with a whopping 42 points. An incredible achievement but sadly 5 points shy of the All Bandit Comers record of 47 shot earlier this year.

Mick Roscoe’s 39 was wonderful too, especially noteworthy for churning out eleven 3’s on his card. Consistently scoring net par after net par has earned him the moniker “The Grinder”. Barry Lane’s impressive 38 seemed rather paltry in the circumstances but well done to him and the other prize-winners.

At the presentation, the ego of Gold Division players needed serious massaging after it emerged that none of them managed to get on the green at the par 3 11th. The pain of the elite was palpable (as was the sniggering of the lower orders).

Winning results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:

Bronze Category: 4th Mike Jordan (35 on CB), 3rd Keith Wickham (36 on CB), 2nd Norman Padmore (36 on CB), 1st Mick Roscoe (39)

Silver Category: 4th Rod Wilcox (34), 3rd David Gibson (35), 2nd Brian Mulligan (37), 1st Kyree Skarsmoen (42)

Gold Category: 4th Hugh Reilly (32), 3rd David Alderdice (37), 2nd Denis Ryan (37 on CB) and 1st Barry Lane with 38 points.

Nearest the pins (sponsored by Property Shop): Hole 2 John Rose, Hole 7 Kyree Skarsmoen, Hole 15 Norman Cahill

Abacus (sponsored by Mike Kaylor’s IPTV): Adrian Roberts

Best Guest: Andy McDonald (38). Second Best Guest: Keith Little (33 on CB). Third Best Guest: Mike Jones (33 on CB)

Our thanks go to all staff at Vistabella for their contribution to the day. Next week we will be at Altoreal, then on following weeks at Villamartin and Lo Romero. Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website or simply give Captain Tony Smale a call on 628227687.

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Pauline Roussin-Bouchard Leads Jabra Ladies Open in France

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE – May 24, 2019: France’s No.1 amateur Pauline Roussin-Bouchard is one stroke clear of the field heading into the final round of the Jabra Ladies Open in her attempt to win the dual ranking Ladies European Tour and LET Access Series event and qualify for the Evian Championship.

The 18-year-old from Toulon shot a second round of two-under-par 69 in warm and benign conditions at Evian Resort Golf Club on Friday for a 36-hole total of five-under-par ahead of England’s Annabel Dimmock, with Germany’s Olivia Cowan two strokes further behind in third place.

Roussin-Bouchard, who is a member at the Evian Resort Golf Club, began at the 15th hole and bogeyed the 17th but quickly recovered with a birdie on the par-5 18th. She carded another bogey on the fifth, but had three further birdies on the fourth, seventh and ninth holes, ending with a satisfying par on her last hole, the par-3 14th, where she hit a perfect flop shot from behind the green.

She said afterwards: “It was great. I actually didn’t play as well as yesterday because I missed a few shots over the first 12 holes, but I managed to putt well and had lots of up and downs.  The greens were a bit faster so when you had a downhill putt, it was very fast and you needed to manage it, but it was a bit like yesterday, so good.”

Roussin-Bouchard was thrilled that her parents had surprised her by asking her brother, Hugo, a 2-handicapper who is four years her senior, to come and caddie for the final round.  

Should she win the dual-ranking event, she would become the first amateur to win on the LET since Atthaya Thitikul in the 2017 Thailand Championship aged 14, although 17-year-old Swiss amateur Elena Moosmann won the VP Bank Ladies Open on the LET Access Series three weeks ago.

Dimmock, whose best finish in three years on tour was third in the 2017 Lalla Meryem Cup, is also looking for a breakthrough victory and was pleased with a second consecutive round of two-under-par 69.

The 22-year-old from Buckinghamshire said: “It was pretty steady. I had a blip on 14 and made a double but I didn’t lose my head. I just kept in there and bounced back with a birdie on 16 and then 18, the two par fives.

“It’s really challenging if you don’t hit it in the fairways. My goal going out tomorrow is to keep hitting the fairways because into these greens, you’re hitting some long clubs and from the rough you can’t control it. It’s challenging but I like it and I think playing it slightly longer is good.”

England’s Hannah Burke and Emma Grechi from France are tied for fourth on one-under-par, with Gabriella Cowley, Meghan MacLaren, Filippa Moork and Kylie Henry tied for sixth.

Following Saturday’s third and final round, the leading two players not otherwise exempt will qualify for the Evian Championship, which is the only major in continental Europe and takes place in July.

Third Hole-in-One!

The shot of the day belonged to Swiss professional Clara Pietri, 24, from Geneva, who made a hole-in-one at the 212 yard par-3 14th hole, using a 5-wood.

It was the third hole-in-one in the first two days of the tournament, following Florentyna Parker at the eighth and Sarah Nilsson at the 16th in the first round.  

It was also the ninth ace of the Ladies European Tour season in the 10th tournament of the year.  

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Las Ramblas Golf Society – Results for w/c 20.5.19

A waltzer 1-2-3 kicked off the week and in 1st place, with 88 points, were Nigel Price, Hendrick Oldenziel, Olga Douglas and a very in form Albert. You may remember I once wrote an article about Hendrick and his days as a footballer with Ajax in Holland. I was intrigued therefore to learn that Trevor Pulleyblank enjoyed a number of years in his youth as a professional goalkeeper back in the UK.

Although never quite making the 1st team he was ‘on the books’ with (amongst others) Southampton, Brighton, Barnet, Wycombe Wanderers, Elgin City and in his own words, ‘anyone who would have me!’ After many hours of work from my research team we were finally able to find a picture of Trevor in action which we are pleased to publish here.

Wednesday saw the sixth and final round of our ‘Eclectic Joker’ Stableford. Today’s winner, with an outstanding 46 points, was Ron Phipps, followed by Annemarie Weisheit who managed to rake in 44. Third place, with 40 points went to Mike Chapman followed by Dave Pulling and Trevor (The Cat) Pulleyblank on countback with 38. Four ‘2’s today with Ron Phipps getting two of them. The others went to Dave Pulling and Olga Douglas. My own claim to fame was chipping in for par two days on the trot!

I’m sure once all the sums have been done I’ll be able to report on the final leader board although Mike Chapman is looking favourite.

The best two scores from four and all on the par 3’s was Friday’s format. With a nice round 100 points our winners were Lindsay Forbes, Tom Hardie, Dave Pulling and that man again Ron Phipps.

Y por ultimo, in the words of Harry Vardon, ‘Don’t play too much golf. Two rounds a day are plenty’.

Pues, hasta la semana que viene, Peter Reffell

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Rubys GS – Ivie Davis memorial Trophy day

May 17th saw us travel to Font Del Llop for our monthly Trophy game and also to play for the Ivie Davis Memorial Trophy. The weather was fine and sunny but there was a very strong wind which did not make the golf any easier, however there was some surprisingly good scores returned.

Ivie Davies, Costa Blanca’s Mr Golf

The course was in excellent condition and 24 players pitted their skills against each other, the course, and the wind which was very testing. The results were as follows; Nearest the pin on the par 3’s were Steve Marsh, Tony Harrison, Bill Peters, John  Geoghegan  and Buck Taylor, nearest the pin in two ( hitting against the wind) was Bill Peters.

The silver division winner was Gleny’s Thomas and the overall winner on the day taking the Ivie Davis Memorial Trophy was Tim Goldsmith. Back at the bar where we did the presentation the football card winners were Alex Bolton and Bill Peters.

Our next Trophy game is at Hacienda Requielme on the 14th June any one wishing to join us for this or any other game should email us at

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Montgo Golf Society

Friday 24th May John wins at a rainy La Galiana awayday.

16 members of Montgo Golf Society went to La Galiana Golf Club and were greeted with a rainy day, it did subside for periods however these were short lived. Some of our members decided that the rain was too much for them, so they went home early.

Our sponsor and organiser for the day was Vice Captain Gordon Gleeson it was also his birthday rumours are that the queen has sent him a Telegram ??? as he will not disclose his true age.

John Feek won with an excellent 33 points, 2nd was Simon Fox 31 Points & 3rd was George Braddick with 28 points. There was a prize for the best total stableford points on holes 3, 7 & 10 this was won by Sue Burman with 7 points.

Next week is the re-scheduled Magic 3 sponsor Celia Cronin.

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El Plantio 2 Golf Society

Welcoming light rain greeted the eight members of El Plantio 2 as they competed in a Pairs Texas Scramble. Conditions improved but never reached the hot temperatures recently attained. The competition was very close with 3 shots covering the four teams.

Nearest the pins – Hole 1, Ray Housley and Hole 4, Mike Williams.

Second place, Handicap 7.2 – Ray Housley, Bryan Watson – 52.8 shots.

First place , Handicap 6.7 – Alistair Douglas, Janice O’Brien – 51.3 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 David Swann on 865 779 983 or 648 476 752.

Picture from L to R: Ray Housley, Bryan Watson, Alistair Douglas, Janice O’Brien, Mike Williams.

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LA MARINA GOLF SOCIETY A Medal based four ball Texas  Scramble was the format for the annual tilt at the Optima Optica Trophy at Alenda. We were blessed with probably our warmest weather so far this year and this and the excellent course condition resulted in some impressive scoring.

Nearest the pin winners were a bevy of Scots, namely Jimmy Scott,Gordon Donaldson, Murdo Macdonald and Jeff Wiszniewski.

Trophy winners with a net score of 58.8 (the winning margin being only 1.4) were Sarah McCabe, Frank Cullen ,Graeme Buchanan and Iain Lyall.

Our next venue is Villamartin is on 16th May ,first tee 10.36 at a cost of 50 Euros. We shall be playing for the newly inaugurated Cavernita Trophy and a meal is available at Alex Leach’s La Cavernita bar afterwards. Please contact Iain Lyall on634326451 for further details .

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