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EL RASO GOLF SOCIETY – CAPTAIN´S DAY

This year´s Captain´s Day stableford was held on Friday 28 June at our home course La Marquesa.  Extensive redevelopment is currently being carried out on the course and, in some areas, it seemed more like a building site with diggers, lorries and cranes!  We are clearly looking forward to playing the promising new course layout once completed in the new year.

Undeterred by the disruption, Captain Arty Crammon drove off the first tee to begin the competition and we were off for a game of many prizes. Thanks go to all those who worked behind the scenes and helped to ensure the event was a success, and a special mention to Susie and Lesley who kept everyone fed and watered on the 10th tee.

The presentation and post-match refreshments were held at the Olde 9th–  Well done to all the prize winners and there were prizes for one and all.  Arty announced the scores in reverse order and generously presented each player with a prize.

The following players are those who won our usually reported prizes: N.T.Ps hole 5 Glen Roberts hole 11 Hadge Armstrong hole 14 Robin Richards and hole 16 Felix Mallon.  Best front  nine Carin van der Kruijs 22 pts and best back nine Jeff Lynch with 24 pts.   Third place went to Bob Shorley 41 pts c/b second was John Dodds also with 41 pts and competition winner Dave Nichols with an impressive 44 pts.

It only remains to say very well done Arty and thanks for the all the hard work.  A great day was had by all.

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TPGS LO ROMERO 28.06.19

A great turnout saw 55 players take on one of the best courses in the area which proved pretty challenging especially when the wind got up on the back nine hindering a few cards. None more so than the affable Gordy Brindley who showed his strength holding up the whole Society with a miserly 15 pts!!

The 2’s pot proved pretty elusive going to just two players…well done to Gareth Davies and Phil Wright.  Nearest the pins sponsored by our hosts The Ale House went to five different golfers…Jonny Gray, Martin Wiltshire, Phil De Lacy, Gareth Davies and Theo Boelhouwer. Well done guys and Thank you, Karl, Lisa and the staff for once again looking after us all so well – we were thirsty – it was hot out there!

Best Lady of the day saw Jane Cowan pick up the prize with 29pts off handicap 30.

With 13 guest showing up Ian Rhodes came 3rd with 30 pts off 13 behind Laurie Brain with 31pts off 19 just pipped by and showing his old man how to do it James Perrott with 32 off 18.

In our categories Silver saw Jim Bowman in 3rd with 31 off 26, Alan Carter 2nd with 32 off 20 and with the best score of the day and catching the eye of the handicap secretary Jonny Gray with a fantastic 38 pts off 18.

Gold saw the closest finish we have had with three players all with 34pts but after checking back 9 scores and then back 6 Mike Thornton was declared winner off handicap 9 ahead of Lee Holtham off 13 and Matt Taylor off 5.

Well done to all players as we move to our local track Villamartin 12.07.19 which is fully subscribed but do log on as a reserve at www.theplazagolfsociety.com as people do drop out prior to the event.

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Montgo’s Jimmy Fletcher burns up the course.

Montgo today played a Stableford competition in the lovely summer sunshine. Our sponsor Heiko Schram presented a lovely selection of prizes.

Jimmy Fletcher, a stalwart of the society, won handsomely with an impressive 41points. Ros, his wife is looking forward to hearing shot by shot how he did it!

Second with 35 points was our President and man of the moment John Feek.

Third, also 35 points was Rus Peters, and fourth place went to Dennis Hammond again with 35 points.

Nearest the pin on the 16th hole for men was that man John Feek, whilst Celia Cronin took the ladies NTP prize.

NTP second shot on the 18th went to Richard Fox, but as the ladies failed to register a shot on this green the lucky dip card draw went to Sue Burman.

Sue also had a two, as did Celia and Nigel Siddall.

In our singles KO competition George Braddick beat Jimmy Fletcher 3 & 2.

Likely that Jimmy had today’s prizes in mind!

Next week we will play a Yellow Ball competition sponsored by Sally & Keith Cottrell. And fear not Montgo will supply the yellow balls.

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Two in a row for Blakeway at El Plantio

Graham Blakeway made it two in a row with a comfortable win over Barry Walthall, who made a welcome return to the winning enclosure beating third place by a mere 0.2 of a shot. Special mention must be made tp Mike Williams, who seems to make a habit recently of collecting nearest the pin prizes and this time managed to bag both on offer.

Nearest the pins – Holes 2 and 8, Mike Williams.

Second place, Handicap 15.4 – Barry Walthall 57.6 shots

First place, Handicap 9.5 , Graham Blakeway – 56.5 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: Mike Williams.Graham Blakeway, Barry Walthall.

David Swann

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IN THE BUNKER WITH MICK THE GRIP

THE DUBAI DUTY FREE IRISH OPEN takes place at Lahinch from 4-7th July.  Host Paul McGinley, who used to caddy for his father there says:  “Everybody falls in love with the place.  It’s the sense of real rural Ireland that people are attracted to.  The course is close to the village and the idea is to create a festival atmosphere, with live music, people having a few drinks in the streets, a bit of craic, it will be amazing.”

They can also watch Europe’s top golfers playing hide and seek among the dunes.  On Lahinch’s Old Course two holes especially stand out, the par-5 Klondyke and par-3 Dell, originally designed by Old Tom Morris. The 475-yd. Klondyke requires a blind second shot, a flag man stands atop the dune, signalling to groups behind when it’s safe to hit.   The 154-yd. Dell has a sunken green surrounded by dunes and a strategically placed rock provides the only hint to finding the flag.

The little town of Port Stewart, C. Antrim (pop 7000) will welcome 190,000 fans on 18th July as the 148th Open commences on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush.  A Park and Ride will be laid on and a new train station has been constructed. There is a local bus to the course but as the route passes the Old Bushmills Whiskey Distillery it is possible some may not make it to the Open.

Graeme McDowell, whose U.S. Open victory at Pebble Beach in 2010 kickstarted the movement to bring the Open back to N. Ireland,  and who was born in Portrush, heaved a huge sigh of relief when he qualified last month.  “Sure I’m not that bothered either way,” he said beforehand, trying to hide his lengthening nose.

RORY, TIGER and pals may be flying over in their Lear Jets but there was no five star treatment for Open contenders in the old days.  Peter Alliss recalls: “For club professionals tournaments were almost an aside. They played on Friday because they had to get back to their pro shop on the Saturday.   We all travelled together, and shared rooms.  No en-suite for us, you trotted down the corridor to the bathroom with a piece of soap in a tin.  We’d play two rounds on the Friday, and drive right through the night. We had to phone the AA beforehand, to find out if any petrol stations were open!”

JEONGEUN Lee6 (so called because she is the sixth player called Lee on the LPGA Tour) won the Womens US Open in Charleston with a final round six-under 70.   Jeongeun said afterwards:   “Some of the KLPGA players are very severely competitive, so I don’t really enjoy playing with them much.”  Poor Lee6, It must be nerve- racking, having Lees No’s 1-5 breathing down her neck.

When Tiger Woods former coach Hank Haney said on TV that if asked to name the winner of the LPGA US Open:  “I’d go with Lee, if I didn’t have to give a first name at least I’d get a bunch of them right” it caused an outraged Twitterstorm!

KEVIN NA WON his third PGA Tour title by four shots at the Charles Schwab Challenge, beginning the final round with a two shot lead and remaining alone at the top of the Sunday leaderboard at Colonial CC.   His final hole birdie gave him a four-under 66 and 13-under-par.   As Na is known to be one of the slowest players on Tour, it’s possible the other competitors had simply gone to sleep.

PHIL MICKELSON has decided to broadcast his golfing memories on Youtube: anyone interested can curl up with their cocoa to watch his videos entitled  “Phireside with Phil.”   What next? “Bedtime with Bubba?”

Until next time: Happy Golfing.

Contact Mick for regripping and repairs. 638 859 475

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The Celts Club de Golf Captains’ Prize Mr. James Hayes

Well it is the morning after the night before and there are plenty of sore heads afield.  What a fantastic day with 85 members competing for the honour of winning that coveted prize, the Captains.

As usual there are a number of people that need to thanked, our competitions committee under the guidance of Camillus Fitzpatrick and ably assisted by Philip Mountford and Terry Fitzgerald.  Denis McCormack and Susy Gomez for their organisation of the nights entertainment.  Jean, Paul, Karolina and all the course staff at La Serena, well done and thank you.  To Gloria, Vanessa and Marijose and all the clubhouse staff thank you.

The day began with the traditional drive-in, it was one of the most entertaining ever.  Jim a player with a natural draw, or hook some might say, subdued the nerves teed up and duly managed a clean strike, straight right into the water.

Second ball now and feeling a little apprehensive teed up, knocked the ball of the tee with his address, we all fell silent to give him a chance and yes you guessed it, straight right again.  Nearest the Captains’ drive became difficult to mark.  But Terry sorted it for us.

We played off the white and blue stakes, with a few grumbles, but the results justified the decision.  Camillus sorted the cards at La Serena and we all made our way to El Prado restaurant in San Miguel for the evening dinner dance and presentation of prizes.  Jackie Whyte provided the top class entertainment in her usual professional manner and soon had us all singing and dancing.  Thank you Jackie.

Down to the results of the day.  Our special prizes of the longest drive nearest a white line on the 11th went to Gary Conroy.  The other very special prize nearest to the Captains’ drive went to Tony Woodward after the snorkel had been brought into play.  NTP’s, went to Gary Conroy, Richie Heaton, Terry Jones and Steve Hodgett.

Cat. III winner, Jennifer McCadden 39, second, Graham Lewis 38 and third Yvette McGeehan.  Cat II winner, Terry Jones 36, second, Kevin McBride 36 and third our Captain James Hayes 35.  Cat I winner Patrick Coyne 38, second, Kenny McGeehan 37 and third Tony Davis 36.

The gross went to John Doyle O’Brien with 29.  Runner-up with 39 William Thompson and the winner of the Captains Prize for 2019 Tony Woodward 40 points.  Jim thanked all those present for their support and he also raised a glass in memory of those friends and members passed.

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Teen star Atthaya Thitikul, 16, wins second Ladies European Thailand Championship

PATTAYA, THAILAND – June 23, 2019: Thai amateur star Atthaya Thitikul has won the Ladies European Thailand Championship for the second time in three years.

The 16-year-old finished with a five-under-par 67 on a weather-interrupted final day to win by five shots from Esther Henseleit.

Thitikul’s triumph at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club two years ago aged 14 years, four months and three days made her the youngest known winner of a professional golf tournament.

She backed up that success with a phenomenal performance at the same venue, posting rounds of 69, 67, 63 (a course record) and 67 for a winning total of 266, 22-under-par.

At 16 years, four months and three days, the No 5 ranked amateur in the world is the youngest player to win two Ladies European Tour titles and the most exciting prospect in women’s golf since Lydia Ko, who had won four professional titles by the same age.

“It feels unreal,” said Thitikul, who was undistracted by a three-hour weather delay due to storms in the middle of her round. “I’m really pleased with all the things I’ve done in this tournament. The last time I had a bogey was in round two. I just put the ball where I wanted it. Since I won two years ago I’ve kept working hard and I’ve grown in confidence. Today I didn’t actually sing a song to myself, I was just talking with my caddie.”

German rookie Henseleit shot a final round of eight-under-par 64 and as Thitikul is still an amateur, she collected the winner’s cheque for 45,000 euros, moving to second on the LET order of merit although she said that she would have preferred a trophy.

“This is my third second place this year and of course I would love a victory, but Atthaya played so well and she deserves this trophy.”

Germany’s Olivia Cowan finished third, with Norwegians Marianne Skarpnord and Tonje Daffinrud tied for fourth place. Hannah Burke, Beth Allen and Nattagate Nimitpongkul were joint sixth and Carmen Alonso tied for ninth with Chorphaka Jaengkit.

Thitikul’s second win in the tournament will renew the question of when she will turn professional, but with her second LET title, she will once again qualify for the Evian Championship and the AIG Women’s British Open, which means that European fans will get to see her perform in next month’s majors.

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JOHN WINS THE MONTGO PRESIDENTS CUP

Today Montgo G S played the Presidents Cup a Medal competition sponsored by the society.

Our winner today was the President John Feek with an excellent 68, Second was Susie Snelling with 69, third was Mick Farmer with 74 and fourth was Nigel Siddall with 75.

Today we had 4 nearest the pins for both the Ladies and Gents. On the 3rd hole the winners Ros Fletcher & John Snelling, 16th hole the winners were Sue Burman & John Feek, 2nd shot on the 5th the winners were Susie Snelling & Mick Farmer, and 2nd shot on the 18th was won by Ros Fletcher & Geoff Willcock.

We also have 2 pairs knockout results; Ros & Jim Fletcher beat Simon & Stella fox 3+2 (although Stella was unable to play Simon put up a valiant fight). Also, John Ross & Terry Moore beat Glenys & Neil Cuming 6+4.

We welcomed 2 guests today llona Mathieu & Wolfgang Glaser, both have applied to become members of Montgo.

 

Next weeks game is a Stableford competition sponsored by Heiko Schram

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El Plantio2 Golf Society

A pleasant morning greeted the members of El Plantio 2’s Golf Society’s weekly club competition. Seven players competed in a Joker competition with a twist.

The two Joker holes chosen in the round carried double points as usualbut a Yellow Ball was issued for use on these holes.

If this ball was not returned, a penalty of three points was levied, which happened to one unfortunate player.

Nearest the pins – Hole 1, Alistair Douglas, Hole 4, Graham Blakeway.

Second place, Handicap 11, Paddy O’Brien – 38 points on C/B..

First place, Handicap 7, Alistair Douglas – 41 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 David Swann on 865 779 983 or 648 476 752.

 

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Fowler seeking more Scottish success at The Renaissance Club

Rickie Fowler has confirmed his return to Scotland, the Home of Golf, as he bids to secure a second Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open title at The Renaissance Club on July 11-14, 2019.

Fowler is the latest American star to confirm his attendance at the third Rolex Series event on the 2019 Race to Dubai, with 2017 US PGA Champion Justin Thomas and fellow Ryder Cup player Matt Kuchar joining European Major winners Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson in the world-class field.

The 2015 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open champion will be looking to reproduce the stellar form which saw him claim the title just a few miles down the East Lothian coastline at Gullane Golf Club, where he memorably birdied three of the final four holes on Sunday to see off compatriot Kuchar by a single shot.

Fowler has enjoyed a phenomenal run since his debut at the tournament in 2014, securing top ten finishes in all four of his appearances in the event.

He has already tasted victory on the US PGA Tour in 2019, capturing his ninth career win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in March. With the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open taking its traditional spot in the week before The Open Championship he will be hoping that a strong performance at The Renaissance Club can translate into his first Major title at Royal Portrush Golf Club.

Fowler said: ‘’I’m looking forward to returning to Scotland for the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open. I have great memories from this tournament, particularly of my win at Gullane in 2015, and with fantastic courses and knowledgeable fans, I’m always excited to play.

“It’s a fun week but it gives the tournament extra edge to have The Open the following week. I know that a lot of players have won The Open after playing in Scotland so it’s good preparation as well as being a great week of competition in itself.”

 

The tournament will be played for the first time at The Renaissance Club – which was founded in 2008 and nestles on 300 picturesque acres along the Firth of Forth – when it takes its place as the third event in the 2019 Rolex Series, the premium category of tournaments on the Race to Dubai, each with a minimum prize fund of US$7million.

It will once again be followed by the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, which will be played over the same course, from August 8-11, 2019.

Also teeing it up on the world-famous stretch of East Lothian coastline known as Scotland’s Golf Coast in July are defending Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open champion Brandon Stone of South Africa, and his fellow Rolex Series winners – local favourite Russell Knox and former World Number One Lee Westwood. The field also includes American stars Kevin Kisner and Jimmy Walker, former winners Rafa Cabrera Bello and Martin Kaymer, Ryder Cup stalwart Ian Poulter and his fellow Englishman Matt Wallace and home-grown talent Stephen Gallacher and Robert MacIntyre.

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open is the perfect day out for all the family, with fantastic food and drink outlets in the championship village as well as retail experiences and entertainment for all ages.

Fans can buy tickets to see some of the world’s best golfers – including official Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open hospitality packages – at www.asiscottishopen.com