Hi again from the San Roque Club,
It has been a great week here with some record temperatures for the time of year. We desperately need rain as many rivers and reservoirs are dry. I am certain that we will get hose pipe bans here shortly. It has been a peaceful week for myself, as hubby has been away to Portugal with his UK chums; the silent nights have worked wonders to the golf! I love him really!!
On Monday, I attended the clinic run by Gonzalo. He runs these twice a week, on Mondays 14.30 -16.00 and Wednesdays 9.30 – 11.00. They are now mixed groupings, giving us a choice of day, which helps many of us. They are going to run early morning once the really hot weather arrives, which believe me it seemed to on Monday. I could hardly move first thing on Tuesday with him trying to get us moving our shoulders more on the follow through. Think I am getting too old for some of his moves! However, it seemed to pay off later in the week.
On Tuesday 14 ladies played and it was lovely to see Marie-Claire and Ulla out with us.
The results were:
1st: Ann Middlehurst 39 pts with a birdie on 14
2nd: Ruth Bailey 38 pts (Doily to Tony Flanagan with his 36pts)
3rd: Sharon Andersson 37 pts
Other birdies came from Heidi Kuhnert (4th), Debbie Richards (9th), Tina Ducker (13th) and Ulla Salnas (7th). My birdie tree is now filling up nicely and as the new notice board has been erected, I will get some hooks to move it from the anti-room.
On Thursday 16 of us ventured out in the early morning mist. It had been so hot the day before, it did not come as a surprise; but it took a while to totally clear, which meant light jumpers were needed for much of the round.
The results were:
1st: Judith Lamb 39 pts with her first birdie for the tree on 12
2nd: Sharon Andersson 38 pts with her first birdie on 5 (great drive!)
3rd: Linda Fletcher 38 pts with my first birdie on 7 (I chipped in from off the green!)
Us ladies have set up camp just below the raised terrace this week, which is great as the new larger shades give us more protection after golf and we can be a bit louder without disturbing the visitors! I will take more pictures next week, been a bit remiss this week.
However, this is our couple for the month of April – just love this photo.
We have started fundraising for the Gibraltar Special Golf team who are trained here at the club by Mark Emery and are competing in the Special Olympics in June. Derek explained to us the dedication that these young players have and the extra funds will make their journey much more enjoyable and memorable. Please send any donations to Alicia, David Tyler or myself, or hand in to the pro shop for our attention.
Talking of fund raising, we were able to hand over to our charities 2205 euro raised from the Drive In and Easter raffles. Thank you to all that entered the draws as it truly makes a difference to them.
The mixed, 3 club challenge was a great success on a breezy Saturday with some 45 players. There were varied decisions as to what clubs to take out; but the consensus was that a putter was definitely in the bag. There were about 6 doilies given out, as the ladies beat their other halves. The results show that all those clubs we take out are not necessary. In fact, I can remember playing with just a half set and I had a lower handicap!
The results were :
1st: Andy Stanford 33 pts winning a Callaway 7 wood
2nd: Malene Bjorlow also with 33 pts winning a wedge
3rd: Marie Claire Serroels with 32 pts winning Oakley sunglasses
4th: Brian Arnott with 32 pts winning a polo shirt
5th: Hugh Richards with 31 pts winning a cap
Nearest the pins winning wine: Svetlana Friedl on 12 and Andy Stanford on 11 (in 2)
I had a great day in Malaga on Wednesday visiting the glass museum with the Arts Society. It was truly an eye opener, with over 3000 pieces, all privately collected by the owner for over fifty years. He gave us the guided tour as it is in fact his home. We were treated to a light tapas lunch and glass of cava which was very welcome after 2 hours on our feet!
The Arts Society meet every 3rd Wednesday in the month at our club and there are some fascinating talks from visiting lecturers. The next one is on Wednesday 17th at 11 a.m. and is about Rodin, who sculptured The Thinker. It is well worth joining as there are some fascinating lectures and outside tours/activities which gives us a welcome change from golf!
They are having a break for the summer so I will let you know when the new season starts.
I have been in planning mode for the Club Championships, and I hope you like the menu selection for Sunday. Any Lady member is invited for the lunch and prize giving regardless of whether you are playing or not, just let Alicia know. I will also be providing refreshments for half-way round on both days with the assistance of Kay Tyler. We are including a couple of ‘Coronation Specials’ and I do hope that you all enjoy the two-day event. Good luck to you all. Remember to wear your royal colours on Saturday. No doubt some of us will be watching King Charles lll, on catch-up, later on Saturday;
however, I can’t believe that he didn’t consult us before on the choice of date!
It has been decided between David, myself and Ben to keep winter rules on the fairways until after the maintenance period. This will give the Bermuda grass a chance to grow more and fill the divot holes as well as helping the damaged areas on the 8th fairway. That means it is in place for this coming weekend, however, I have asked that the greens are still clearly marked with the yellow dots so that there is no doubt about the 2 club ruling when dropping from a sprinker.
Monday 1 May: Eclectic starts – sign up in the pro shop before your 1st game.
Tuesday 2 May: Midweek Competition – Stableford off 56 tee of the day
Thursday 4 May: Midweek Competition – Stableford off 56 tee of the day
Saturday 6/7 May : Ladies Club championships – Strokeplay from 56 stones
Day 1: start in Handicap order
Day 2: start in reverse leader order
Tuesday 9 May: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Thursday 11 May: Midweek Competition – Stableford World Series
Saturday 13 May: May Ranking sponsored by Amanda and Abbeygate.
Monday 15 May: Old Course closes for 1 week maintenance
Tuesday 16 May: Midweek Competition – Stableford or Fun comp on New Course (TBC)
Thursday 18 May: Mixed Competition – Stableford on New Course
Advice for the week: Do not eat the Thai chicken skewers when wearing white!
Hope you are all keeping healthy and hope to see you soon. Adiós por ahora.
•The weed spray in the mulch will be finished Tuesday, the big weeds and other areas that cant be
sprayed will be manually removed also to get back on top of this.
•The fairways will be sprayed with fertilizer on Wednesday.
•The greens and ante greens will be aerated with an 8mm tine on Wednesday, there will be no sand this week given we are only two week away from the closure and heavy topdressing.
•Turfing and plugging works will continue, must of the greens and ante greens have been completed now and our focus will shift to tees, most notably, 10,12,14
•All bent grass will be sprayed on Thursday this week
•All bunkers will be edged.