As many of the Warblers were on their way to Jerez for the annual tour we had a smaller turnout for a stableford competition at Oliva Nova, sponsored by David Brown.
We welcomed two guest, Brian Russell and Mike Preston
Gorgeous weather again and the course in good condition. Our sponsor came in with best score of 37 points but decided not to claim his own prize! So, in first place with 33 points was Malcolm Monti on count back from Fred Cooley also on 33 points and second. Third place went to Glynn Braidley, 32 points, fourth David Knight 31 points, fifth Peter Gibson 29 points on count back from David Edwards in sixth place.
Nearest the pins on holes 3 and 16 were both won by shot eye Glynn Braidley.
The highlight of the day occurred on the par 3 6th hole. David Edwards was searching for his ball close to the barranca in front of the green, not realising his golf trolley was still switched on and deciding it needed a bath.
It slowly ran into the muddy water followed by David trying to rescue it. It was eventually retracted with its wheels still rotating and amazingly got David round the rest of the course, keeping a good distance from his playing partners, as he stank! Not so fortunate for David as his phone was also in the trolley along with his wallet. Both soaked and phone not working.
Next week , 25 October, we are at Bonalba for the Kellaway Plate. 9am meet for 9.44 start.
Guests are welcome subject to space availability and Current Handicap certificate. To book, please contact Sheila Dindar on email@example.com. or phone 638351535.
A strong field of international players will challenge this week for the Andalucía Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio García Foundation under the sponsorship of the Junta de Andalucía with the support of Heineken, Solán de Cabras, Rolex, La Reserva de Sotogrande, Osborne and Volvo. Tournament host Sergio García will defend his title both against European Tour seasoned champions and rising stars.
Five Major champions will tee it off on Thursday at Real Club Valderrama. Spaniards Sergio García (current Masters champion) and José María Olazábal (1994 and 1999 Masters), will be joined by Padraig Harrington (2007 and 2008 Open Championship and 2008 US PGA Championship), Danny Willet (2016 Masters) and Martin Kaymer (2010 US PGA Championship and 2014 US Open).
This season’s European Tour winners will arrive in full form, including England’s Matt Wallace (Open de Portugal); Italian duo Edoardo Molinari (Trophee Hassan II) and Renato Paratore (Nordea Masters); American Julian Suri (Made in Denmark); France’s Romain Wattel (KLM Open) or Argentina’s Andrés Romero (BMW International Open).
Valderrama has attracted a strong Swedish contingent led by Robert Karlsson, Europe’s number one in 2008 with 11 European Tour titles to his name, joined by fellow countrymen Peter Hanson, Niclas Fasth and Johan Edfords.
As for England, Andrew Johnston, winner of last year’s Open de España at Valderrama in extremely tough conditions will look to challenge again after recovering from shoulder injury; Matt Wallace, arrives fresh from a fourth-place finish in Italy; James Morrison, Andy Sullivan, Lee Slattery or Robert Rock are other big English names challenging for the title.
Dane Søren Kjeldsen has a great record in Valderrama – winner of the 2008 Volvo Masters, tied 2nd in the 2010 Andalucía Valderrama Masters, tied 4th in lasts year’s Open de España. Two of his four European Tour titles have come in Andalusia (2008 Volvo Masters and 2009 Open de Andalucía).
Ireland’s Shane Lowry, winner of the 2015 WGC – Bridgestone Invitational, Holland’s Joos Luiten, runner up to Johnston at the 2017 Open de España, Italy’s Mateo Manassero, Welsh duo Bradley Dredge and Jamie Donaldson or Frenchmen Raphaël Jacquelin and Grégory Bourdy are sure to give a good show to the fans this week.
Tyrrell Hatton sealed his second European Tour victory in seven days with a brilliant birdie at the last to win the Italian Open at Golf Club Milano.
Last week’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship winner carded six birdies – including five on the back nine – in a flawless 65 on Sunday to win his first Rolex Series event and now moves to fifth position in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.
It had looked like the tournament would be decided by a play-off, with clubhouse leaders Ross Fisher and Kiradech Aphibarnrat alongside Hatton on 20 under par as he stood at the 18th tee, but the 26 year old, who celebrated his birthday yesterday, calmly rolled in his birdie putt from 15 feet to get to 21 under and clinch the trophy.
Fisher, who was also pipped to the post by Hatton in Scotland last week, and Aphibarnrat had to settle for a share of second place, while England’s Matt Wallace finished in fourth on 19 under courtesy of a brilliant chip-in birdie at the 17th with Australian Marcus Fraser a further shot off the pace.
Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood extended his lead at the top of the Rankings with a final round 67 to finish on 17 under alongside home favourite Francesco Molinari, South Africa’s George Coetzee and England’s David Horsey.
Fleetwood’s closest rivals to be crowned Europe’s Number One player for 2017 – World Number Five Jon Rahm and Masters Champion Sergio Garcia – finished tied 15th and tied 30th respectively.
Tyrell Hatton: “It’s an amazing feeling to win back-to-back. You know, slightly different circumstances today where I had to come from behind. I’m not sure how far back I was going into the back nine but I knew I needed plenty of birdies and was very fortunate that I holed a few putts coming in.
“I knew I needed a low score today, and the front nine, it was pretty slow and sort of didn’t really get any momentum. I was fighting myself, trying to stay patient, and you know, J.B (Jonathan Bell), my caddie, was saying, “Good things will come.” Although I found it hard to believe, I tried to stay patient and in the end, I guess I got my reward.
“Amazing to win one, but to win back-to-back, and defend in two weeks is unbelievable. It gives me a lot of confidence. Obviously winning last week, my game felt really good, and just taking that into this week and playing well again and giving myself another chance was great.
“To win a Rolex Series event is very special. They are new for this season and all the players are looking forward to playing in them. I’m just happy that I could win one of them after a poor showing in them during the summer.
“These are massive events for the European Tour. They get such a good field and are so well supported with the crowd. The crowds were amazing. It’s very special to win one of the big events on the European Tour.”
Ross Fisher: “It was good fun. Great fun playing with Marcus Fraser. We both knew we had to get off to a quick start and we both did that birdieing the first few holes. Just trying to push each other along and feed off each other.
“Made some birdies early on and gave myself plenty of chances coming home. Just unfortunately didn’t manage to hole any. Great to finish minus 20 and it’s great to be playing two weeks back-to-back and in contention and playing some of the best golf of my life.”
Tommy Fleetwood: “The last three rounds have been great. Just strange, that three-putt on 14, kind of leaves you feeling sick. I thought about that for my last four holes and I couldn’t get that out of my head, even though I finished well. It’s a Rolex Series event, they are massive events and it’s been a great result at the end.
“I’m still trying to win tournaments but gaining points is massive. I’ve had a good week, a good result. I’ve not played a lot recently and it was nice to have my juices flowing on Sunday being a little bit in contention. If I can do that every week coming in, then we’ll be happy at the end.
“It’s a strange scenario because you never look at what other players are doing but all of a sudden you start and you’ve got to stay away from looking at what Sergio (Garcia) is doing or what Jon (Rahm) is doing or whoever wins this tournament, maybe they get close.
“You have to just keep your eye on what you’re doing. I think it’s challenging mentally to make sure that you keep going, there’s no doubt about it. It’s a massive dream of mine to win the Race to Dubai, always will be, whether it happens this year or not.”
Top 20 scores:
263 T Hatton (Eng) 69 64 65 65,
264 K Aphibarnrat (Tha) 64 67 68 65, R Fisher (Eng) 68 66 67 63,
265 M Wallace (Eng) 64 65 67 69,
266 M Fraser (Aus) 67 62 72 65,
267 T Fleetwood (Eng) 71 66 63 67, G Coetzee (RSA) 65 69 65 68, F Molinari (Ita) 64 68 66 69, D Horsey (Eng) 70 64 69 64,
268 N Bertasio (Ita) 68 67 69 64, M Warren (Sco) 66 69 67 66, E Pepperell (Eng) 64 69 69 66, M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 68 67 67 66, M Jiménez (Esp) 70 67 66 65,
269 A Cañizares (Esp) 66 70 65 68, N Colsaerts (Bel) 68 68 67 66, M Kieffer (Ger) 68 66 66 69, B Hebert (Fra) 70 68 67 64, J Rahm (Esp) 67 68 69 65, M Fitzpatrick (Eng) 68 69 64 68,
270 A Connelly (Can) 68 65 72 65, G Havret (Fra) 66 69 70 65, W Jeunghun (Kor) 68 67 68 67, A Byeong Hun (Kor) 65 69 66 70, J Smith (Eng) 70 67 70 63.
40 members “found” their way to this tricky little course nestled between Rojales and Ciudad Quesada.
It’s not so easy to find and certainly do not rely on your sat nav! It can’t find it either. But when you do find it what a surprise you’ll have, forget all of that bad publicity of years ago; this course is defiantly on the up! It is a pleasure to play it.
That having been said we are now in the “silly season” whereby all of the courses are flooded with too many players, so the 5 hr round is now the normality once again.
Results: N.T.P.’s hole 5 K. Winton, hole 11 M. Kennedy, hole 15 J. Hettrick, hole 17 L. Holmberg. Two “2’s” winners this week each receiving €20 well done to Kenny Winton and Lars Jernberg. Best guest was Mrs. C. Martin. 36 points. Bronze cat: 3rd S. Twentyman 32 pts. 2nd L. Holmberg 34 pts. 1st K. Krog 40 pts. Silver cat: 3rd T. Roed 32 pts. 2nd D. Sullivan 33 pts 1st P. Boyling 35 pts. Gold cat. 3rd O. Rong 33 pts. 2nd K. Houpalahti 35 pts. 1st K. Winton 36 pts.
Our biggest attendance of the autumn met at the magnificent Font del Llop course to participate in a stableford competition. It was enjoyable playing in slightly cooler weather without the normal strong wind associated with this course.
Some excellent scores were recorded, but once again it was the usual suspects who took the main prizes.
In the silver group it was Gerry McCabe with 38 points, and he is obviously heading for the gold group if he keeps up his performances for the rest of the year.
Gold winner was secretary Alan Craig with 40 points and soon heading for a single figure handicap.
Nearest the pins were won by Louvain Smith, Norman Pickett, Steve Warner and Bill Stobo.
Our guest prize went to Lesley Cullen who, despite her initial nervousness, returned a very creditable 30 points.
We were pleased to welcome several guests and hope they enjoyed their day enough to take full membership.
Our next meeting is captain’s day at el Plantio on October 26th. The cost is 55 euros to include a 0930 start on the 9-hole course, bacon roll and coffee, a round on the 18- hole course followed by dinner at the la marina club. Contact Alan Craig on 634477788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An early reminder of our next quiz night on Tuesday 7th November, full details to follow.
An unusual tale to finish with. One of our guests, Ron Duncan, has told us that by putting his name on the list for this meeting he had been contacted by an old friend he had not seen for several years and they have since renewed their acquaintance.
Unfortunately, an un-notified withdrawal of the highest handicapped player from Tuesday 10th October’s Texas Scramble, left the pairings being unable to be altered, leaving the two lowest handicapped players being backed up by a very competent third player.
The fact that they had their combined handicap reduced did not seem to affect their scoring and they finished almost 3.50 shots ahead of the nearest competition.
Nearest the Pins, Hole 1 – John Wilby, Hole 4 – Lawrence Wanty.
3rd Place, Handicap 5.32 – David Swann, Keith Smith, Bryan Watson – 49.68 shots
2nd Place, Handicap 5.12 – Martin Rickman, Chris Davies, Mike Davies – 47.88 shots
1st Place, Handicap 3.60 – John Wilby, Lawrence Wanty, Lyn Young – 44.40 shots
If anyone would like to join our Society, we play at El Plantio Golf Club on 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
“If there is one course I can play for the rest of my life it would be Valderrama.”
Germany’s Martin Kaymer, the last entry to the Andalucía Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio García Foundation to be held at Real Club Valderrama from October 19-22 sponsored by the Autonomous Government of Andalusia, joins a list of Major winners featuring José María Olazábal, Sergio García, Padraig Harrington and Danny Willett.
The two-time Major winner returns for the second successive season to one of his favourite courses “one of the most iconic golf courses in Europe”. Last year he challenged for the title entering the final round one shot off the lead, but eventually finished for a share of sixth place as Englishman Andrew Johnston lifted the Open de España title.
He was also tied sixth at the 2007 Volvo Masters; he finished 21st at the 2010 Andalucía Valderrama Masters and 23rd the following year as he celebrated the victory of his good friend Sergio García, next week’s defending champion and tournament host.
Kaymer is a self-declared lover of Spain – including Iberian ham – and has often expressed his admiration for the prestigious southern Spanish layout: “If there is one course I can play for the rest of my life it would be Valderrama – it’s so pretty. But you should never underestimate this golf course. It is a tricky golf course that you need a lot of respect for. The greens are very small so it is all about ball striking – it is never going to be a putting competition. You have to be very strategic and I really enjoy that. I’ve done well here in the past too, so those are all good reasons to come back.”
Martin Kaymer (Dusseldorf 28/12/1984) turned professional at age 20 in 2005. His 23 professional wins include two Majors, the 2010 US PGA Championship and the 2014 US Open, as well as the 2014 The Players Championship, the flagship event of the PGA Tour. In 2010 he was crowned Europe’s number one and he led the Official World Ranking for eight weeks in 2011.
The four-time Ryder Cup player – winner in 2010, 2012 and 2014 – famously sank the all-important putt for Europe in Medinah. “Olazábal came up to me on 16 and said, ‘Martin, we need your point, but do not know how… win it!’ And I did. This is a feeling that’s not describable,” he recalls.
Besides Kaymer, a strong field of European Tour champions will challenge for the title, including Jamie Donaldson, Niclas Fasth, Anders Hansen, Peter Hanson, Padraig Harrington, David Howell, Raphaël Jacquelin, Andrew Johnston, Robert Karlsson, Søren Kjeldsen, Shane Lowrie, Matteo Manassero, Edoardo Molinari, James Morrison, Thorbjørn Olesen, Renato Paratore, Andrés Romero, Julian Suri, Romain Wattel, Danny Willett…
15 Spanish players will make up the home contingent for this third edition of the Andalucía Valderrama Masters: Pep Anglés, Jorge Campillo, Alejandro Cañizares, Nacho Elvira, Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, Sergio García, Pablo Larrazábal, José María Olazábal, Adrián Otaegui, Marcos Pastor, Carlos Pigem, Álvaro Quirós, Jon Rahm, Eduardo de la Riva, Samuel del Val.
The big day had arrived, Captain’s Day. Sadly it was Captain’s Day without a Captain whose wonky knee still persists so he was relegated to spectator for this glorious day. Miraculously everyone arrived in time to enable the coach to depart for Alenda at the scheduled hour. A good start !
Dave Pope had been up since 3 am to make individual breakfasts for the travellers, he even provided the brown sauce. Many thought for a moment they were travelling Ryanair and reached into their pockets for a £10 note. On to Alenda which was in absolutely superb condition in the sunshine. After a quick practice the boys were ready. It didn’t start well when the Captain upset the starter by kicking off the first fourball two minutes early.
The fact the no-one had been seen on the first tee for 15 minutes before did little to placate him. Having tearfully waved his members off, a quick trip to the 3rd green allowed the Captain to tend the flag for anyone who hadn’t run out of shots before they reached the green. At the 10th, the Captain manned a “halfway house” more beverages were consumed as players contemplated the serious fade they would have to play if they had any chance of landing their ball on the fairway.
Play continued, the Captain mingled, putts were missed, bunkers were hit and when the players climbed the hill to the 18th green, there was their leader to greet them. Not that many were smiling. A few had missed the water, a few got to the green with the odd shot to spare, and so the day ended.
Back to the clubhouse, to tot up the scores then onto the bus for the trip to San Miguel for dinner. The list of prizewinners is as follows :
Nearest the pin on 2 Ron Colclough. Nearest the pin on 5 Graham Moore. Nearest the pin on 10 Stephen Eno. Nearest the pin on 16 Bob Eno. The winner of the front nine was Denis Warren and the back nine winner was Nigel Cotton. Best Guest was Bill Humes. The two’s pot was not claimed and so the money will be donated to the RBL Poppy Appeal.
In fifth place was Ron Colclough, fourth was Bill Humes. In third place was Vice Captain Ted Harris and in second Nigel Cotton. The winner of the Captain’s trophy 2017, was Graham Moore who played brilliantly on the day and amassed 39 points.
Well done Graham ! Special thanks go to Dave Pope for his magnificent work to arrange the day and keep it running smoothly. A mammoth task which was executed to perfection.
Short trip to Vistabella for our October home game on a well manicured course. Greens in very good condition. Weather well what can on say!! Sun again. The sesults of the day were
Gold Category winner our Handicap Secretary Rodney Smith, coming in with 36 points. In second place was Seamus Martin with 35 points and Arfer Williams in Third place with 33 points.
In the Silver Category Ken Hopkins came in with 36 points followed by new member Andy Stenning with 33 points and Rocket Ron in third place with 30 points
Nearest the Pins were P Daggatt Hole 4 A Stenning hole 7 P Mutter Hole 16
Longest Drive was taken by Rodney Smith and gest guest wasC Johnson
Next game on the 24th is for the Ivy Davies Perpetual Trophy. Ivy was one of the Founder members of the Rockets Golf Society and is sadly missed by everyone .
Back to bar Patricia in Torreta 3 for Munchies and Presentation. If anyone would like to join our Friendly Society or just want a knock whilst on holiday give Ron a ring on 678 849 142 or email email@example.com
Mar Menor was the venue for the 3rd Una Duffy Golf Tournament. We had a field of 72 golfers (a record) and in spite of flight delays and cancellations all but two of the Irish contingent made it across on time. It was a beautiful October day and despite some bunker trouble we all enjoyed the course which was in good condition as always.
Now, what can we say about Paddy’s Point, well they certainly went over and above the call of duty …..breakfast bap, sandwich for the course and a lovely 3 course evening meal, we were well and truly spoilt. A massive thank you to Rory, Hazel and all their staff, you are a bunch of real troopers. Thanks also to all our sponsors, your generosity is very much appreciated.
John Aird, Peter Callan, David Miller, Fergal Murray (despite putting with a 3 iron) and Patsy Winters shared the 2’s pot. 5th place Ted Duffy 39pts c/b, 4th Gerard Moloney 39pts c/b, 3rd Philip Gervin 39pts c/b, 2nd Jimmy Kiernan 39pts and Winner Jim Wray 40 pts.
Our next fixture is the Chairman v the Captain on Sunday 29th October at Saurines then on Wednesday 8th November we are at Alenda (by coach).
The photo shows Gene Duffy with the winner Jim Wray.