25 September 2023

This last week saw an amazing 3 days of competition at the Solheim Cup with numerous
spectacular come backs by Team Europe at Finca Cortesin. Well done to all the Team,
but special mention to Caroline Hedwall for an amazing Singles win on Sunday. This
was to prove crucial along with the two halves on Hole 18. One couldn’t have scripted a
better finish with Carlota Ciganda’s tee shot to two feet on 17, to clinch a 14 – 14 result
with Team Europe retaining the Trophy! King Felipe VI was there to present the Trophy
on 17 Green. We should also remember the amazing hole-in-one by Emily Pedersen,
only the second ace in Solheim Cup history. This sparked the European recovery.
Some more photographs follow later in this Newsletter. Earlier, in the Ping Junior Event
at La Zagaleta, the European girls were triumphant by 14 – 10. It was great to have all
this happening on our doorstep! Finca Cortesin is a great course, looked great on TV,
but is an extremely difficult walk for spectators. Well done to the caddies, especially
those doing all 5 rounds plus the practice days!
Not to be outdone, one of our own Ladies here at The San Roque Club managed a
hole-in-one too in the Mini Quadrangular! Well done Anne-Marie Lally! 



Monday 18 September: Mini Quadrangular

Thanks to Pablo and Enrique for suggesting this new
event and to Stephen, Alicia and Ramón for their help in
making it a reality. With the best 6 Stableford scores to
count from the Teams of 8, the overall result was as
SRC Men: 200 points
SRC Staff: 199 points
Jason Floyd Academy: 198 Points
SRC Ladies: 191 Points 


A great day thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part.
Congratulations to Anne Marie Lally for her hole-in-one on the fifth, a 6 iron which apparently ricocheted into the cup off the ball of Staff team player and caddy master Carlos, whose ball was about 4 feet from the pin. Amazingly it is the first hole-in-one in the Lally family – Ciaran was last seen practising some new trick shots on the driving range! Best Gross: Enrique Bejarano Ramet (73); Andrea Gallini (73).
Enrique won the gross prize on higher handicap as per RFEG rules.
His round included 4 consecutive birdies on the back nine with some great ball striking and putting. He must be ruing the double bogey 6 on the last though which meant that the Staff Team came up one point short. A great watch as I was marking his card. He had a fantastic 43 points.
Well done Enrique! And well played Andrea! As a point of interest the Scratch Stableford
points table has the Jason Floyd Academy on 180 points with the Men on 144 points.
It was a federated competition so here are the top individual Stableford scores. First prize went to
Leni Van Berlo as Enrique picked up the Scratch prize.
First: Enrique Bejarano Ramet (SRC Staff) 43 points

Second: Leni Van Berlo (SRC Ladies) 40 points

Third: Bastien Lancesseur (Jason Floyd Academy) 38 points
Fourth: José Garcia Rojas (SRC Staff) 37 points
Fifth: Andrea Gallini (Jason Floyd Academy) 36 points
Sixth: Ciaran Lally (SRC Men) 36 points
Seventh: Jose Carlos Moreno Gonzalez (SRC Staff) 36 points 


Tuesday 19 September: Midweek Competition – Stableford

First: Mark Squire (39 points)
Second: Jim Jenet (38 points)
Third: Andrew Macauley (38 points, on handicap)
Fourth: Chris Hutchin (36 points)
Twos: None
Nearest the Pin on Hole 16: Paul Cambridge
Best Gross: Jim Jenet (76); David MacGregor (77)
Tissue: Ray Seamer 


Thursday 21 September: Midweek Competition – Stableford

First: Joachim Friedl (40 points)
Second: Andrew Macauley (36 points)
Third: Paul Ingebrigtsen (36 points)
Fourth: Josh Hunter (35 points)
Fifth: David Phillips (35 points, on handicap)
Twos: Josh Hunter (2), Patrick Holmes, Stuart Burrell, Derek Rogers, Andrew Macauley,
Paul Weigall and Lewis Doyle
Nearest the Pin on Hole 7: Patrick Holmes
Best Gross: Josh Hunter (75)
Tissue: Michael Denny (23 points)
Thank you to Gary Ward for officiating whilst I was away at Finca Cortesin. 


Friday 22 September: Final Nine & Dine

First: Ian Wright, Rachel Wright, Anne Middlehurst & Paul Ingebrigtsen
Second: Bill Fletcher, Linda Fletcher, Steven Lamb & Judith Lamb
Third: John Hunter, Encarni Hunter, Joachim Friedl & Svetlana Friedl
Fourth: Michael Keane, Tina Ducker, Roger Griffiths & Liz Griffiths
Fifth: Derek Rogers, Tracey Rogers, Ian French & Pat French
Sixth: Eric Taylor, Christine Taylor, Chris Hutchin & Maxi Strandberg-Glas
Seventh: Sharon Andersson, Jeremy Sibbons, Peter Burridge & Denise Burridge
Eighth: Richard Ball, Jane Ball, Peter Myers & Andrea Myers
Ninth: Bruno Krul, Erna Van Den Steen, Steven Lamberts & Johanna Lamberts
Great entertainment and music! One can clearly see from the photographs that everyone was having a ball! Not sure about the scores, but who cares now… Well done to Linda on organising such a great finale! 


Saturday 23 September: Monthly Medal (63 Tees)

First: Mark Squire (70)
Second: Joachim Friedl (71)
Third: Stuart Burrell (73)
Fourth: Harry Müller (73)
Fifth: Derek Rogers (73)
Nearest the Pin: Richard Carter
Best Gross: David MacGregor (81 gross)
Best Junior: Andreas Roman (78 gross)
Twos: Michael Keane, Dan Bannister, John Hunter
Tissue: Duncan Quigley (89)
The very strong breeze made conditions rather difficult! A big thank you to Richard Bell-Young at Vinomarket in San Enrique for sponsoring the Monthly Medals this year! Also thank you to Duncan for officiating as I was away at Finca Cortesin. 


The Solheim Cup at Finca Cortesin


Course Information:

Old Course: Fertilizer and wetting agent will be applied to the greens and ante-greens.
Fertilizer will also be applied to the Bermuda grass and Tees. The edging between the mulch and the Bermuda rough will continue, adding mulch to certain areas where necessary. The bunker edges will be trimmed and fly-mowed. 

Thought for the week:

I am pleased to announce that the total amount raised for Dementia Research UK from from my recent Captain’s Tour in the North West of England is £4,965. Thank you to everyone involved in this magnificent effort!  

Looking Ahead to the next 3 Weeks...

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)
Sunday 8 October: Ladies Past Captains’ Invitational (Trophy Event & Dinner)
Monday 9 October, Tuesday 10 October & Thursday 12 October:
La Reserva; Old Course SRC and then New Course SRC
Tuesday 10 October: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Thursday 12 October: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Friday 13 October: Men’s ACL Match v Aloha (Away)
Saturday 14 October: Monthly Medal (63 Tees)
Sunday 15 October: Men’s Past Captains’ Invitational (Trophy Event & Dinner)  

Golfing Anecdotes:

Enjoy your golf this week. As our attention now turns to the Ryder Cup in Rome, I am wondering if there will be a hole-in-one on one of the many drivable Par 4s on this Marco Simone course. It is set up for Match Play rather than as a Stroke Play course so it will be an interesting watch. Two holes-in-one so far in the history of the Solheim Cup.
How many so far in the Ryder Cup? The answer is 6. Europe leads 5-1 on this statistic.
The last two of these occurred in 2006 at The K Club (Paul Casey and Scott Verplank).
Memorable moments: the famous Concession in 1969. “I didn’t think it was in the spirit of the game to make Jacklin have a chance to miss a two-footer to lose the match in front of his fans,” Jack Nicklaus explained. Of Europe’s first win at the Belfry, the decisive point was Sam Torrance’s 1 up win over Andy North. It paved the way to the first victory on foreign soil at Muirfield Village 2 years later and onwards to the ‘Miracle at Medinah!’