18 September 2023

This week starts off with the inaugural Mini Quadrangular on the Old Course with a brand new Trophy to play for. It is Teams of 8 with the best 6 Stableford scores to count:
Men v Ladies v Staff v Jason Floyd Academy. Thanks to all those selected to take part. I’m in the mood to win another Trophy!
For the rest of the week, enjoy your golf wherever you are and I trust you will be treated to more early autumn sunshine. It must be autumn again as I hear it’s Strictly Come Dancing time on TV!
We also have the Solheim Cup just down the road at Finca Cortesin.
Come on Team Europe!!!! 


Results from last week

Tuesday 12 September: Midweek Competition – Stableford

First: Ian French (37 points)
Second: Neville Kutner(36 points)
Third: David Steele (34 points, on handicap)
Fourth: Brian Samuels (34 points)
Derek Rogers, Simon Sutcliffe and Paul Ingebrigtsen also posted 34 points.
Twos: Derek Rogers, Stuart Burrell.
David Steele had a pair of Twos, but fortunately didn’t enter the Twos Club.
Nearest the Pin: Bill Fletcher
Best Gross: David Steele (77)
Tissue: Not awarded.
Thank you to Gary for officiating whilst I was still away in Manchester.


Wednesday 13 September: Home ACL Match v Guadalmina

A great Team performance gave us a 10.5 to 7.5 win on the Old Course. Home advantage was minimised with the greens running at 11 on the stimp, but some tricky pins probably helped us out. The Captain and Bill Fletcher got revenge from the other week away at Guadalmina with a 2 up home win, with both of us finishing strongly; 3, 5, 4 was enough to secure it after a very tight encounter. Bill was threatening to leave the Club if we didn’t win!
The Home success gave us a useful overall result:
San Roque 19 Guadalmina 17 Excellent wins for Norman Savitz & Jorg Kühnert
(in the final group, getting all 3 points);
Duncan Quigley & Francis Payne (securing 2.5 points)
with Toon Van Berlo & Paul Weigall getting a useful half (1.5 points) and Paul Holliday & Jim Jenet managing a vital point in another very close match.
The food was very good; my thanks to Mirko and his team. Old Course in magnificent condition
so well done to Borja and all his staff. This was well appreciated by Miguel and his players.  


Thursday 14 September: Midweek Competition – Stableford

First: David MacGregor (38 points)
Second: Simon Wombwell (38 points, on handicap)
Third: Yury Pogiba (35 points)
Fourth: Andrew Macauley (35 points, on handicap)
Chris Hutchin and Ian French also had 35 points.
Twos: David MacGregor (2), Derek Rogers, Andy Rogers
Nearest the Pin on Hole 12: Neville Kutner
Best Gross: David MacGregor (73)
Tissue: Not issued.
Thank you to Duncan for officiating whilst I had a rest. Well done Vice! 


Sunday 17 September: Ranking (sponsored by Abbeygate)

First: Paul Ingebrigtsen (44 points)
Second: Tony Holt (40 points)
Third: Duncan Quigley (40 points, on handicap)
Fourth: John Hunter (39 points)
Fifth: Francisco Javier Sato Gonzalez (39 points, on handicap)
Sixth: Michael Lane (39 points, on handicap)
Twos: Mike Cowburn (2), John Hunter. A total of 13 players had 36 points or better.
Nearest the Pin on Hole 16: Not used. Best Junior: Andreas Roman (72);
Best Gross: Tony Holt (73), David MacGregor (73); Tissue: Chris Hutchin (23 points).
Many thanks to Amanda Stanford & Abbeygate for their sponsorship.
The top 10 in the Ranking Table is now as follows:
1. Duncan Quigley 65 points
2. Jim Jenet 57 points
3. David Tyler 50 points
4. Hugh Richards 46 points
5. Terry Young 36 points
6. David MacGregor 35 points
7. Peter Myers 34 points
8. Bill Fletcher 32 points
9. Francis Payne 32 points
10. Alistair Locke 32 points 


Course Information:

Old Course: The Greens and Ante-Greens will be treated with fertilizers on Monday with a light top-dressing to follow on Tuesday. A foliar fertilization will be applied to the Bermuda grass and the Tees on Wednesday and Thursday.
New Course: The top-dressing of the Greens will continue on Monday.

Thought for the week:

The last few Solheim Cups have been gripping viewing; Come on Team Europe!
Good luck at Finca Cortesin this week. With all 12 European players in the Ryder Cup  Team playing at Wentworth and making the cut, the guys also look to be in good form for Rome in 2 weeks time.

Looking Ahead to the next 3 Weeks…

Monday 18 September: Quadrangular. Men v Women v Staff v Jason Floyd Academy
Tuesday 19 September: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Thursday 21 September – Sunday 24 September: SOLHEIM CUP (Finca Cortesin)
Thursday 21 September: Midweek Competition – Stableford (World Series)
Friday 22 September: Nine & Dine & Pitching Competition (Finale with 3 Course Meal)
Saturday 23 September: Monthly Medal (63 Tees)
Tuesday 26 September: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Wednesday 27 September: Men’s ACL Match v Aloha (Home)
Thursday 28 September: Midweek Competition – Stableford (Mixed)
Friday 29 September – Sunday 1 October: RYDER CUP (in Rome)
Saturday 30 September: Quadrangular at Las Brisas
Sunday 1 October: Ranking
Tuesday 3 October: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Wednesday 4 October – Friday 6 October: Peter Gustafson Pro-Am (OLD COURSE)
Thursday 5 October: Midweek Competition – Stableford (NEW COURSE) 

Golfing Anecdotes:

The Solheim Cup is named after the Norwegian-American golf club manufacturers Karsten and Louise Solheim.
The founders of the PING brand have been instrumental in its development, including the addition of the PING Junior Event which is being hosted this year on the Old Course at La Zagaleta. The first Solheim Cup was held in 1990 at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Florida with the
US Team cruising to a 11.5 to 4.5 victory. Now, as per the Ryder Cup, there are 28 points up for grabs. Laura Davies holds the record for most Solheim Cup appearances as a player (12) and is also the record points scorer (25). There has only ever been one hole-in-one at the Solheim Cup, that was by Anna Nordqvist in 2013 at Colorado GC. The Solheim Cup has been contested 17 times; USA currently leads Europe 10-7. Here’s to hoping for another Europe win! Enjoy your golf this week.