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  • Villamartin – Thursday, 29th August 2019

28 members and guests from Alfie’s GS travelled the short distance to Villamartin GC for the August meeting of Alfies G.S on what turned out to be a very hot and humid day. The course was in very good condition and playing long with most of the yellow tee boxes back on the whites.

Our winner of the gold division was Ove Collin with 37 stableford points.

Second place went to Derek Fleet with 35 stableford points.

Our winner of the silver division was Rachel Lee with 42 stableford points

Winner – Rachel Lee with 42 points
Winner – Rachel Lee with 42 points

Second place went to Sid Bone with 34 stableford points.

Best Guest and ‘The captain’s prize’ went to Simon Harrison with 36 stableford points

Nearest the pin on hole 9 – Sponsored by ‘The Street’ went to Jim Dempsey

Nearest the pin on hole 17 – sponsored by ‘Ian Ingledew’ went to George Dawidow

Nearest the pin in 2 hole 7 – sponsored by ‘The Celtic Drop ‘went to Derek Fleet

Nearest the Pin in 3 on hole 11 – sponsored by ’Alfies Bar’ went to George Dawidow

The Blind pairs was won by Ian Ingledew and Petina Murray.

Many thanks to our sponsors, our committee for their hard work in the background, to Cat and Liz at Alfies Bar for the after-match buffet and refreshments, and to Mike Probert from Costa Blanca Green Fee Services for arranging our day.

Our next meeting of the year is Captains day at Hacienda Riquelme on Thursday, 26th September.

Wayne Stevenson, Captain

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Course maintenance reduces Montgo numbers

A small field of only 11 players turned out for Montgo Golf Society’s competition on Friday 30th August, due in the main to this being Oliva Nova’s late summer course maintenance week. The course itself was in fine shape but the greens heavily sanded after hollow tining and the bunkers not recovered from the heavy rains earlier in the week.

We played a team accumulator competition, sponsored by The Society, with all players playing from the blue tees, with their handicaps adjusted according to the recently published tee ratings.

And, contrary to our normal strict practice, players were conceded putts within a putter length. The winning team was Simon Fox, Roy Jones, Richard Delaney and his guest Phil Melville, who accumulated 115 stableford points (7 better than par) and just pipped by one point the team of Mick Farmer, Jan Jones, Peter Gardiner and Stella Fox.

There were nearest the pin prizes on holes 3 & 16, the former claimed by Mick Farmer, the latter by Stella Fox. In an unusual coincidence both hit their winning shots to 7.40 meters from the respective pin. Mick holed his monster to claim the only 2 of the day.

Players enjoyed playing from the different tees, commenting that it feels like playing a different course, but with the adjusted handicaps still a good test of their golf.

Next week we will be playing a singles stableford competition sponsored by Tom Atkinson.

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Alistair’s hole in One at El Plantio

Still the lack of numbers plague El Plantio 2’s season with only 5 members competing for the Monthly Medal.

The competition commenced with Alistair Douglas achieving a Hole in One on the first hole which was, coincidentally, a choice for nearest the pin.

After his superb start his round continued to prosper and he returned a very competitive score. However, he was upstaged by Janice O’Brien, with a superb round of golf.

Nearest the pins – Hole 1, Alistair Douglas and Hole 8, Ray Housley.

Second place, Handicap 7.1, Alistair Douglas – 50.9 shots.

First place, Handicap 15.2 , Janice O,Brien – 49.8 shots.

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

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 9 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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In The Bunker With Mick The Grip

THERE ARE ONE OR TWO risks associated with playing at Greg Norman’s El Camaleón Golf Course at the Mayakoba Resort, Mexico.  Like the chameleon from which it takes it’s name, the 7,024 yd. course is ever-changing.

Designed to enhance the area’s unique natural features, it has three distinct eco systems, Mangrove forest, Caribbean beach and Mayan jungle (don’t look for your ball.)  The bunker on the 7th leads into a subterranean cavern from which golfballs (and possibly players) never return!

Golfers can step out of their rooms and into a boat, which will ferry them directly across the lagoons to the clubhouse or the first tee  (don’t fall overboard, there are alligators.)   I’ll stick to La Serena.

RYDER CUP STARS from both sides of the Atlantic can tee up and snarl at each other in the BMW PGA Championship to be held 19th-22nd September on Wentworth’s West Course.  Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood will be joined by Patrick Reed, Billy Horschel and Tony Finau, who are fully paid up members of the European Tour and will be making their debut in the 4th event of the 2019 Rolex Series Race to Dubai.

A host of celebrities will join them for the Pro Am on Wednesday.  Shane Lowry is the current leader of the Race.   Francesco Molinari is this year’s defending champion.

In 2000 Colin Montgomerie became the first player to win three years in a row.  They were probably the only times Colin didn’t complain about the marshalls, the weather or the course.

CATRIONA MATTHEW will be hoping her European Womens team will trounce the USA in the 16th Solheim Cup on the Centenary Course at Gleneagles from 13th-15th September.  The USA have won 10 of the previous 15 Solheim Cups, and are probably going to win this time as well.

AT THE ROYAL LIVERPOOL Golf Club, Hoylake, Merseyside from 7th-9th September.  Captain Craig Watson will be hoping his amateur team can lift the Walker Cup, reversing the 2017 result when the USA   won by 19 points to 7.  The USA has won 36 out of 47 Walker Cups and are favourites to win again.

Never say die.  Remember the England cricket team!

ON “PHIRESIDE WITH PHIL,”  Mickelson’s weekly social media golfing chat, Padraig Harrington recounted the time at the Singapore Open when he lost what he thought was a simple loser-buys-dinner wager to the five-time major champ.   Padraig ended up paying for a five-figure meal – plus drinks – for Phil and his friends  “and even some random kid who was celebrating his 18th birthday.”

JUSTIN THOMAS WON the 2019 USA PGA Championship with a final round 68, 25 under par.  92% of players finished under par at 7,504 yd. Medinah.  Interviewed afterwards Adam Scott commented:  “We need smarter courses, not longer.  Adding length to courses isn’t working, they haven’t figured out yet that ‘long’ means nothing to us. They can’t build them long enough.

The driver is the most forgiving club in the bag now, It doesn’t matter what course it is, if you give us soft greens, soft fairways and no wind, we’re going to tear it apart.”   It’s not quite the game Old Tom Morris would recognize now.

THE 2019 BRITISH Open Speedgolf Championships took place again last month on the  Longcross  Course at Foxhills, Surrey.  Players competing individually were set off at 6 minute intervals with the customary running start and finish, to complete 18 holes with the lowest score.   Winner was Jamie Reid from New Zealand who shot 81 in a blistering 40 minutes and 57 seconds.   I’d like to see him do it out here in August.

PATRICK REED has been given the nickname “Captain America” by fans.   They must be kidding.  If Thor suddenly appeared on the course, what would Reed the Avenger do?  Put his finger to his lips and say “Shhhh?”

WELL DONE RORY for winning the Tour Championship and Fedex Cup.  Unfortunately, they pay the prize money out in instalments, he was hoping to pay off his mortgage.

Until next time: Happy Golfing.

Contact Mick for regripping and repairs. 638 859 475.

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Today 23rd August Montgo Golf Society played a 2 person Texas Scramble, this was sponsored by The Society.

First place went to George Braddick & John Ross who scored 42 points, second place went to Richard Delaney & Geoff Willcock who scored 40 points.

There were 2 nearest the pins won on the 3rd by George Braddick and the 16th won by Tom Atkinson

Next week Oliva Nova are carrying out course maintenance so we have a fun game scheduled, this will be a Team Accumulator and all players will go off the Blue Tees. The Society will also be sponsoring this event.

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Las Ramblas Golf Society – Results for w/c 19.8.19

With strict adherence to our rules regarding scorecards and weather conditions, Bryan Neal found himself disqualified not just once but twice this week! Having seemingly won Monday’s ‘2 ball Texas Scramble’ alongside Reg Akehurst with a net score of 66.25, it was later discovered that they hadn’t dated their card or entered the name of the game! This resulted in Geoff Biggerstaff and Terry Field being elevated into 1st place with a net 67. This was despite Geoff taking a tumble on the 8th tee and causing himself some small injuries. I thought it was a little unkind when one of his playing group remarked, ‘Where are we going to get a crane this time on a Monday morning to pick him up?’

With just 12 players braving the weather, things then went from bad to worse for our ‘Commander in Chief’ in Wednesday’s ‘5 clubs and a putter’ Stableford. His three playing partners decided enough was enough with the heavy rain (at times) and retired early thus leaving Bryan with no-one to mark his card, which consequently led to his second disqualification of the week.

Sounds harsh but I’m sure Bryan would agree ‘rules are rules.’ Wednesday’s winner was Graham Murray with 38 points. He was followed home by Mike Chapman with 34 and a very surprised Richard Connock took 3rd, with 32. There were no ‘2’s today so a ‘Rollover’ for next week! With it being just 5 clubs and a putter Mike Mahony was sweating somewhat as he normally loses at least 2 clubs out on the course!

Beating the runners up by just one point and with a total of 87 our winners of Friday’s ‘Change Partners’ were Alan Douglas, Graham Murray, Jamie Conway and the fictional Albert. Myself, Rachel and Nick Lee together with Reg Akehurst were unfortunately the ‘bridesmaids’ today.

On our ninth hole Allen McClusky says to caddy, ‘ Oooh nooo! I’m going to drown myself in the lake.’ Caddy replies, ‘Think you can keep your head down that long sir?’

Pues hasta la semana que viene

Peter Reffell


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Las Ramblas Golf Society Results for w/c 12.8.19

With a huge contribution from our latest recruits Nick and Rachel Lee, Mike Mahony and myself found ourselves on the winning team in Monday’s ‘2 from 4 and all on the par 3’s’. With an impressive score of 105 points, we were 7 points short of the winning team’s record set back in 2016 (which Mike also happened to be a part of). I have a very strong feeling Nick and Rachel won’t be playing off today’s handicaps for much longer!

Wednesday’s Stableford provided two major surprises. Not only did Ron Percival make it onto the leader board today but he won with 41 points! Apologies for no ‘photo of Ron but his agent wouldn’t allow us to include it without payment for publishing rights. (Plus he’s a bit camera shy.)

Dave Pulling took silver with 38 and was closely followed by (our handicap secretary) Bryan Neal, who came in with 37 points. John Shervell was also in the hunt with 35 points. Bryan commented afterwards ‘that’s the first game this year that I’m going to have cut myself!’ Two ‘2’s today, one going to guest Jamie Conway and the other to Rachel Lee (yes, she had been cut 2 shots from Monday.)

The winners of Friday’s ‘Bowmaker’ were Terry Field, Ken and Liz Robertson and our guest for a few weeks, Eileen Moriarty. A great score of 114 points was enough to see them home. Of course it does help when Terry manages to score 5 birdies! Rachel and Nick Lee were in the money yet again as, together with Alan Douglas and ‘Albert’, they scored 112 points. For any of our readers scratching their heads, a ‘Bowmaker’ is played in teams of four with the best three scores to count on each hole.

Por ultimo,

Ken Robertson says to caddy ‘That can’t be my ball, it’s too old.’

Caddy replies ‘It’s been a long time since we teed off, sir.’

Pues hasta la semana que viene

Peter Reffell

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Today Friday 16th August Montgo Golf Society played a Stableford competition for The Middleton Trophy, our sponsors were Jan & Roy Jones.

The winner was Mick Farmer with 39 points, 2nd was Sally Cottrell with 37 points, and 3rd was Nigel Siddall with 36 points. All excellent scores bearing in mind the heat & humidity.

There were 5 nearest the pins on offer today and these were won by Sally Cottrell on the 3rd and the 11th, Richard Delaney on the 16th, Mick Farmer with his second shot on the 5th and Nigel Siddall with his second shot on the 18th. There were 3 two`s won by Sally Cottrell, Keith Cottrell and Richard Delaney.

A semi final of the singles knockout was played earlier in the week and Tom Atkinson beat Sally Cottrell 4 & 3

Next week we have a 2 person Texas Scramble which will be sponsored by the society

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How To Improve Your Golf Game

Golf is a tricky sport but can also be a lot of fun if you’re good at it and can hit the ball well. Be glad to know there are tips you can use to help you improve your golf game and make sure you’re performing well each time you’re out on the course.

As you get better over time, you’ll feel more confident and eager to go play with friends or coworkers when they ask you to a round of golf. Most importantly, have fun with this challenge and enjoy the process of trying to get better at this sport.

Enhance Your Eyesight

You can improve your golf game by getting your eyes checked out and making sure you can see the ball well.
You can improve your golf game by getting your eyes checked out and making sure you can see the ball well.

You can improve your golf game by getting your eyes checked out and making sure you can see the ball well. If you do need glasses, then consider getting a stylish pair of new Calvin Klein eyeglasses that you can wear so you can see what you’re doing more clearly on the course. The ball is small and if you have bad eyesight to begin with, then you’re going to want to have a solid pair of glasses that will help you to improve your golf game.

Find A Mentor

One of the best ways to get better at and improve at a sport is to learn from others who are talented at it. Enhance your golf game by finding a mentor who can teach you the proper techniques and show you what you’re doing wrong. Go out and play with this person and have conversations about what changes you can make to how you play so that you can improve your score as time goes on. Choose someone who you not only look up to because of their skill but who will be patient with you as you learn and make mistakes along the way.

Practice Often

Most importantly, it’s a wise idea to get out on the course as much as possible and to practice if you want to become a better golfer. Practicing is a great opportunity to work on problem areas and to commit errors without all the pressure that comes from playing an opponent. Go out by yourself and take your time so that you can improve your swing and become a more consistent golfer. In addition to playing a round of golf on the course, head to your local driving range and hit a bucket of balls often so that you can make the necessary modifications to your swing.

Be Mentally Focused

Golf isn’t only about your swing and the physical talents, but it’s also about how mentally focused you are on the course. Therefore, work on clearing your mind and managing your stress so that when you do get out on the course you’re able to concentrate on what you’re doing. Meditating in your free time is a great way to accomplish this goal and will help you to focus better once you are playing a round of golf and need to pay attention to what you’re doing.

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SMGS at Roda. August 14th, 2019

After our humid exertions around Las Ramblas last time out, this week’s medal competition at Roda was “just a walk in the park, Kazansky”. A flat track and a cooling coastal breeze reduced the thermal stress factor even if the deep first cut of rough called for some strenuous digging to extract balls nestled down in the depths.

Overall, the course was in excellent condition and reflected the big financial investment we understand has gone into it recently. The bunkers especially were a proper sandy contrast to the shallow-filled, builder’s yard sweepings found in some of the local courses we’ve encountered this summer. Just saying.

The field of 28 members and 5 guests were completing the final round of this season’s Bogeys competition, a format which still seems to frighten off a few of the regulars. With the par +5 maximum per hole scoring format applying, it really isn’t that much different to a Stableford round. Again, just saying.

Nearys;  BTB, Mick, Best Guest Connor and Willie
Nearys; BTB, Mick, Best Guest Connor and Willie

John Urquhart was the runner-up guest with Connor Lambert taking best guest honours with a superb net 67.

In Bronze, Mike Kaylor finished third on countback (85), new member Steve Sutherland came second (81) and the winner was everyone’s favourite barranca diver, Alan Macdonald, with a very tidy net par round of 72.

Silver division featured Ian Merga making a run from Abacus last week to third this time out (78), followed by Kyrre Skarsmoen (75) and the ever-consistent Chris Wren, who sealed victory with a net 73.

Scoring in Gold was very good (at the top of the field, at least) with Captain Tony in third with a net 73. Joost Boelhouwer was second with an impressive 72 off his 7 handicap but the winner – yet again – was David Alderdice with an outstanding net 67. The handicap committee are debating whether to cut his handicap by 2 or just cut 2 inches off his driver. At the head end.

Nearest the pins were nailed by David Alderdice, Barry (tB) Roehrig, Willie Fenn and Mick Cook. Prizes sponsored by the Property Shop – many thanks, as always, Mick.

The Abacus award for the best job of adding up a very large number went to Kevin Allbright, kindly sponsored and presented by Mike of Mike’s IPTV.

Lastly in last and definitely not least, Abacus winner; Kev “gercha” Allbright
Lastly in last and definitely not least, Abacus winner; Kev “gercha” Allbright

Finally, the season-long Bogey competition went down to the wire with countback being required to separate runner-up Robin Eastman from this year’s model of medal consistency, Barry Roehrig. Congratulations and well played to you both.

Next week we’re on our outing to Lorca. The cost has been reduced – check the website for details – and sign on by Friday 16 August, please.

Other events upcoming after Lorca are at Vistabella and La Finca. To find out more visit our website or give our Captain, Tony Smale, a call on 639129223.

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