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SAN JAVIER GOLF SOCIETY

A great day for golf and another big turnout (including several new members) at our “home” course, which was in excellent condition as usual. Division 1 winner was Mick Hardy with 38 points, followed by Bob Gallard 37, Paul Matthews 36 and Steve Higgins 36.

Division 2 was won by Bob Eaton with 38 points, followed by Shaun Devine 33, John Hillier 31 and Jo Murphy 30. Nearest the pins were won by Steve Branston, David Archer, Bob Gallard, Peter Swallow and Giovanni Butto. The gross 2 (for 50 euros) was won by Bob Eaton.

The dreaded “Monkey” was won by Mark Pollitt! After the next qualifier at Lo Romero on 3rd July, we have a team “Dusty Bin” competition at La Serena, teeing off at 9:10am on Wednesday 19th July.

Full details will be emailed to all members. Payday will be on Saturday 15th July, between 11am and 12 in the bar area at La Serena Golf Clubhouse, Los Alcázares. For further information on our society, to play as a guest, or to join, please phone Barry Beale on +34 649 245 889 or look at our website at www.sanjaviergolfsociety.co.uk and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sanjaviergolfsociety

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BLARNEYSTONE GOLF SOCIETY – ALENDA

For our June outing we set off for a pairs better ball competition at Alenda.  For some the most difficult part of the day was finding the course but we all got there eventually and enjoyed a good day of golf. Many thanks to Jose and his staff for hosting us at Alenda which is a great course to play on. We then returned to the Blarneystone where Eamon kept the beer flowing and Gill provided some very tasty food, thanks to you both.

NTP hole 3 – Tony Brain, NTP hole 5 – John Dynes, NTP hole 13 – Tony Brain, NTP hole 16 – Dave Wright, Longest Drive – Mick Mitchell

3rd place – Dave Wright and Steve Morfee 37pts, 2nd place – Tony Brain and Lin Newberry 38 pts, 1st place – Mike Heighway and Alan Brown 43 pts (pictured with president Eamon Reilly)

Our next outing is the pub championship at Las Colinas on Thursday 20th July

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T.M.G.S. @ RODA GOLF 21/6/17

Roda was in excellent condition for our Stableford competition, 32 members and guests trekked down the AP7 for 30 mins or so to arrive in time to tee off just a little after 9am. It would appear that early starts don’t really suite everyone or could it be the high temperatures that affected the concentration resulting in some very average scoring, however there were some who apparently thrive on such conditions with 3 members bettering their handicaps.

The course could certainly not be called to fault, it was in excellent condition. Last week’s player with the best score, Sverre Sonesen, couldn’t match it today so has decided to make his way home to sunny Norway until October. However a couple of Viking did manage to make a podium position and reduce their handicaps.

Results: N.T.P’s, Hole 2 J. Dean, Hole 7 K. Winton, Hole 11 R. Nilsen, Hole 13 Nada. Best Visitor Mrs. C. Markey with just 22 points. Bronze category, 3rd M. Kennedy 28 pts. 2nd G. Sorby 31 pts. 1st R. Nilsen 37 pts. Silver category 3rd A. Rickers 28 pts. 2nd L. Jorung 35 pts. 1st D. Sullivan 39 pts. Gold category, 3rd K. Winton 31 pts. 2nd S. Sonesen 32 pts. 1st J. Dean 34 pts.

Photo: Bronze cat. Winners.

For further information and reservations please visit www.tmgs.org or @TMGSGOLF Facebook/TMGSGOLF contact our Secretary on 661 524 101

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SMGS. AT LAS COLINAS 21ST JUNE 2017.

One of the finest jewels in the area’s golfing crown must be the lovely, but challenging, course at Las Colinas. A buzz of excitement always rustles through the attending ensemble whenever we visit the “hidden valley”. 

It was a hot & sunny June day & with quite a few areas off limits for buggies, it was also an energy sapping experience for the 33 members and 5 guests.

Today was the final of the Roger Pearson Doubles Matchplay with Robin (I can chip in from anywhere) Eastman and Ken Flaherty thrashing Barry Roehrig and Kenny Reddington 5&4.

The five NTP’s went to Robin Eastman (5), Noel Bannon (7), Theo Boelhouwer (10), Ron Stenhouse (14) & Steve Belshaw (17).

Results for each category were.

. Bronze category – 4th Phil Birtwistle (29 C/B), 3rd, Neal Sheldon (31), 2nd, Kyree Skarsmoen (33) & 1st Marge Birtwistle (36). 
Silver winners were 4th, Phil deLacy (30), 3rd, Ken Flaherty (31), 2nd Steve Belshaw (33) & 1st Theo Boelhouwer (36). 
Gold Category 4th, Noel Bannon (31), 3rd, Norman Cahill (33), 2nd, Jamie Rorison (39) & with the best score of the day 1st, Robin Eastman with 41 points.

Best Visitor with 35 points was Andrew Macdonald just pipping Richard Lewis with 34 points.

Our thanks go to all the staff at Las Colinas for their warm welcome and generous prizes on the day.

Keep in touch with all society matters through www.smgs.org & simply give Theo a buzz on 694494824 for all details of Wed meetings. Please book as early as you possibly can because tee times at all local courses are filling up quickly. Next week we are at La Manga.

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SPANGLISH GOLF SOCIETY

In association with Sapphire Properties and Costa Blanca Green Fee Services at El Valle on 21st June 2017.

For this months meeting the Spanglish Golf Society and a group of 22 players visited the established course at  El Valle taking advantage of the excellent society deal obtained from Costa Blanca Green Fee Services.

The weather was extremely hot and the course in good condition but scoring proved difficult for all.

The winning scores on the day were as follows:

1st – Brian Burnard – 33 points, 2nd – Jack Fanning – 30 points, 3rd – Mike Probert – 28 points

Silver Category

1st – Morten Kristensen – 33 points, 

Nearest the Pins – Birkett,Svensen,Burnard and Kristensen

Best Front 9 – Jan Svensen – 17 points, Best Back 9 – Mick Nelson -14 points

Football Card – Svensen

After the game we returned to the Spanglish bar, which is located at Dona Pepa, Quesada for a welcome snack prepared by the bar and the prize presentation and we give our thanks for their support and that of our sponsor Sapphire Properties.

Our next friendly day fixture is at  Vistabella on 5th July 2017 and the monthly meeting is at Lo Romero on 19th July 2017.

If you are interested in joining the society call Paul Cawte on 966731223 or Graham Hall on 664692638 or better still pop into the bar.

Report by Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 or see us at our web-site at www.costa-blanca-greenfees.com.

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EL PLANTIO 2 GOLF SOCIETY

On 20th June, 13 members competed in a Medalford for the Gordon Abba Trophy. Gordon was a well-respected member and ex club captain, who returned to the U.K. last year. Judging by the early indications, the pace was being set by Henry Mellor, who, while not matching last week’s Hole-in-One, still succeeded in finishing nearest the pin on both target holes and achieving birdies in both.  However, he could not maintain this form and was overtaken by three other scorers.

No-one could match the scorching pace set by John O’Brien, who achieved five birdies in his round which was enough to win first place by a clear five shots.

Nearest the Pins, Hole 1 and Hole 8 – Henry Mellor. 3rd Place,  Ray Housley, Handicap 9 – 10 shots on C/B. 2nd Place, Martin Rickman, Handicap 10 – 8 shots .

1st Place, John O’Brien, Handicap 7 – 3 shots. Picture Shows L. to R. Ray Housley, John O’Brien, Henry Mellor and Martin Rickman.

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

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MONTGO LOSE A TIGHT MATCH AGAINST PEGO IN OLIVA NOVA SOCIETIES CHALLENGE

On Friday 16th June Montgo Golf Society played the annual Societies Challenge Match against our good friends Pego Golf Society at Oliva Nova, kindly sponsored by Oliva Nova Golf Resort.

A hot and sultry day welcomed us to the course which was in pristine condition, and it was with much anticipation that both teams made their way to their designated tees for a shotgun start. On paper the Montgo team looked a little light due to many of our players being away from Spain, however at the end of the day the whole team put on a great show before finally going down by the narrowest of margins, 39 points to 37.

Undoubted stars of the show for Montgo were the pair of Neil Carter and Geoff Willcock, who recorded the only 4 – 0 result of the day against their fancied opponents Malcolm Wise and John Guest, however special mention must also go to Angel Vaca, Tim Blandon, and Andrew Pollock who stepped in at the last minute to support the society.

Afterwards everybody present were treated to free beer before sitting down to a magnificent buffet lunch in the clubhouse, followed by dancing for those with enough energy left to drag themselves to the dance floor. A huge vote of thanks must go to the management and staff of Oliva Nova for making this a memorable day, especially Daniel Asis and Damian Sanchez for their continued support of our societies.

At the end of the day the real winner was the game of golf. Every match was played in a great spirit and friendships were forged that will endure for many years to come, we at Montgo can’t wait for the next match in 2018.

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LA MANGA CLUB EYES MORE GLOBAL SUCCESS AFTER DOUBLE HONOUR

La Manga Club’s popularity as one of the world’s leading golf destinations continues to grow after receiving two new accolades.

And Spain’s flagship resort is in contention for three more top golf industry honours later in the year.

For the fourth year in a row, the luxury sporting venue was the only resort in continental Europe to receive acclaim in the ‘Best Golf Resort in the World’ category at the 2017 Ultras Awards, being shortlisted alongside top American venues Pebble Beach and Bandon Dunes, St Andrews and eventual winners The Gleneagles Hotel.

La Manga Club was also named as one of the world’s best family-friendly golf resorts in Great Golf magazine’s recent inaugural list of the ‘Top 100 Greatest Golf Resorts’, while the resort is a leading contender for three top awards at the 2017 World Golf Awards – which it will host for the first time from November 23-26.

As well as being nominated for the accolade of ‘Europe’s Best Golf Venue’, the resort has also been shortlisted for two further honours, with La Manga Club’s South Course in the running to be named as ‘Spain’s Best Golf Course’ and its five-star Hotel Principe Felipe nominated for the title of ‘Spain’s Best Golf Hotel’.

Jose Asenjo, general manager of La Manga Club, said: “La Manga Club is one of the most famous names in world golf and to receive these new plaudits makes everyone at the resort very proud.

“Accolades like these are reward for all the hard work that has taken place over last four decades to establish the resort as one of the world’s top golfing destinations.

“La Manga Club will celebrate a new first later this year, when we will have the pleasure of hosting some of the most respected figures in golf for the World Golf Awards, and it would be fantastic if we can mark the occasion by winning another top honour.”

The new accolades cap a memorable first six months of the year for La Manga Club – including receiving a Golf Digest ‘Editors’ Choice Award for Best International Resorts 2017’ and being voted ‘Spain’s Best Golf Resort’ by readers of the UK magazine Today’s Golfer for the sixth year in a row – which has seen the resort continue to invest in its golf, sports and leisure facilities.

As part of the programme of sustained investment, the world-renowned venue opened a new European Cricket Performance Centre – the first of its kind – this spring, while the eyes of the golfing world will be on the resort in November when it stages the 2017 World Golf Awards.

La Manga Club will welcome delegates from all over the world for three action-packed days of unrivalled networking events, dinners and exclusive golf experience activities, with the highlight of the event taking place on Saturday 25 November when the winners will be announced a gala prize-giving ceremony.

Set across an area of 1,400 acres, La Manga Club has been at the forefront of European sports and leisure destinations since its inception in 1972.

Featuring three 18-hole golf courses, a nine-hole academy course and outstanding practice facilities, La Manga Club has enjoyed a rich golfing history over the last four decades. Golfing legends Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Seve Ballesteros all figure prominently in its past, while its array of other outstanding sports and leisure amenities, bars and restaurants has helped establish it as a firm favourite with golfers worldwide.

The official overseas training base of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the resort’s unrivalled facilities as a sports and leisure destination also include a 28-court tennis centre and a 2,000sqm spa and fitness centre. In addition, it also features the choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses and more than 20 bars and restaurants.

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ROCKETS GOLF SOCIETY – JUNE HOME GAME

Short journey to Vistabella to play a Stableford with a good turnout.

Some decent scores we presented with A Williams taking the Gold Category with 33 points followed in Second place by R Chambers with 32 points, and in third place R Smith with 30 Points.

In the Silver Category Ken Hopkins scored 35 points to take First place with Rocket Ron Second with 30 points and Andy Billings taking third place with28 points

Nearest Pins Hole 4 & Hole 8 Andy Billings, Chris Johnson, Hole 15 Longest Drive R Smith.

Our next game is at Altorreal on the 27th June first tee 10.00am

After the game we returned to Bar Patricia for the presentation. If anyone would like to join our friendly society give Ron a ring on 678 849 142 or email sanmigron@gmail.com

Photo Silver Cat Winners

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THE CELTS CLUB DE GOLF.

In sweltering heat last Saturday we celebrated our Captains’ prize (Mr. Alisdair McLean) tournament at La Serena.  I would like to thank Alisdair for his contribution to our club, he has been a model captain always lending his support to all our events. 

It was our sixth annual event and how rapidly the years have gone. We had a field of 92 players all anxious to rise to the challenge and claim the prestigious title.  The morning began bright and early with the drive in at 8.30 before the first players set off.  Needless to say it was a fine drive and set the mark for one of the later prizes. 

Scoring was particularly high, with no fewer than 15 players equal or better than par.  I would like to thank the staff in the pro-shop for their usual professionalism to Jose, Jean and Paul.  To Wayne and all his team for the excellent condition of the course, thank you.  An event such as this takes many months of planning and it is very important to acknowledge the role played by the members of the junta directiva. 

To Camillus Fitzpatrick ably assisted by Philip Mountford many thanks for all the hard work.  To our treasurer Denis McCormack who does a sterling job managing the accounts and making it possible to purchase such an array of prizes.  Through prudent management the competition is subsidised by The Celts club and the entry fee for the day was only 10 euro. This covered golf, prizes and dinner in The Sunrise restaurant. 

Down to the presentation of prizes. We had four sections, one for the visitors and three members’ categories.  The visitors’ section winner was Adrian Cunningham with 33 pts.   The NTP’s were collected by Sue Owens, John Aitchison, Steve Baron, Steve Carter, John O’Brien and Andy Currie. 

The special prizes, nearest the Captain’s drive went to Eileen Hudson who was absolutely thrilled as this was her first ever prize.  The longest drive went to Alan Proudfoot.  Category 3.  1st. Giovanni Butto 39, 2nd. Roy Sutherlan 39, 3rd. John Coholan 39. Category 2.  1st. Sue Benning 40, 2nd. Darren Holden 37, 3rd. Laurence Brennan 37.  Category 1.  1st. Tony Head 37, 2nd. Pauvla Serakova 36, 3rd. John O’Brien 33.  The gross was won by Camillus FItzpatrick with 32.  The overall runner-up Nigel Brandish with 40 and the winner of the Captains’ prize, Roy Ramberg. 41pts.

A special mention must go to our senior golfers as similar to the current holder of the Presidents prize Roy has celebrated more than 75 years.  There is hope for us all yet. 

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