16 October 2023

A very busy week again with good October weather and temperatures in the mid 20s.
This is traditionally the time for the Team Trophy event organised by David Steele. This year a total of 10 Teams entered San Roque Team Week. We started with an Am Am Competition at La Reserva, then Pairs Better Ball on the New Course at San Roque, followed on Thursday by the Individual Stableford on the Old Course here at SRC. After 2 days it was very close with David Steele’s Team leading by one point on 158 points with three teams in joint second on 157 points.
We also had the usual Midweek Stablefords on the Old Course followed at the weekend by the Monthly Medal sponsored by Vinomarket and then the Past Captains’ Men’s Invitational on Sunday with a large field of 112 players. For this popular event, Richard Bell-Young also kindly donated the wine for the Longest Drive and the four Nearest the Pins on the Par 3s.
A big thank you to Richard and also to all the Past Captains attending.
Linda, Nicky and Tracey also organised an additional Nine & Dine on the Friday with 10 teams of four entering.
Congratulations to Bill Fletcher and Andy Rogers for managing to play in this as well as in the League Match at Aloha!
Tracey organised a fun charity putting competition afterwards and it was good to see so many joining in!


An update on the possible Away Day scheduled for this month on the Old Course at La Zagaleta

Unfortunately, this has not materialised because we needed 4 La Zagaleta Members to play with us and they were two short.
Carlos and I have agreed to try to schedule something, if possible, for February 2024.

Tuesday 10 October: Midweek Competition – Stableford

Thank you to Duncan Quigley for doing the Start List and officiating whilst I was playing in San Roque Team Week. A slightly smaller field than normal because of Team Week,
but 32 players was still a good turn out.
First: Stu Burrell (35 points)
Second: Jorg Kühnert (35 points, on handicap)
Third: Andy Rogers (34 points)
Fourth: Andrew Wilson (34 points, on handicap)
Twos: None
Nearest the Pin on Hole 7: Paul Cambridge
Best Gross: Stu Burrell and Andy Rogers (+12)
Tissue: Jeremy Sibbons (23 points)
Vouchers for Free Golf Lessons on the Range with Gonzalo Sanchez have been delivered to Paul Ingebrigtsen and Ray Seamer who both managed to achieve 4 tissues. Paul just got there first but has since been playing very well with frequent visits to the top three.
Well done Paul on all the hard work on the practice range. Jeremy Sibbons is now well placed in this category on 3 tissues.
Pace of Play was poor at the end of the field and Duncan reports that the final group took 5 hours 20 minutes which is clearly not acceptable.


Thursday 12 October: Midweek Competition – Stableford

Thank you to Duncan Quigley for doing the Start List and officiating whilst I was playing in the final day of San Roque Team Week. Pace of Play was very poor again in places so we will need to monitor this very closely.
First: John Billington (38 points)
Second: Stuart Burrell (36 points)
Third: Michael Denny (36 points, on handicap)
Fourth: Lewis Doyle (35 points)
Fifth: Eduardo Martin Manzanas (35 points, on handicap)
Twos: None
Nearest the Pin on Hole 12: Tony Holt
Best Gross: Tony Holt (+6)
Tissue: Jan Sallnas (25 points)


San Roque Team Week

Thank you to David Steele for all his hard work
organising this popular annual Team Trophy event.
First: Greg Daines, Denis Kelly,
Russell Clarke & Derek Whelan
(262 points)

Second: David Tyler, Paul Holliday,
David MacGregor & Michael Keane
(254 points)

Third: Jim Jenet, Klas Brand, Noel Smith &

Frank O’Hara (250 points)


La Reserva de Sotogrande: Best AM AM Scores:

David Steele, Gary Ward, Peter Featherstone & Geoff Turner (90 points)
Greg Daines, Denis Kelly, Derek Whelan & Russell Clarke (84 points)
David Tyler, Paul Holliday, David MacGregor & Michael Keane (81 points)
Vip Khanna, Cormac Hicks, Keith Vince & Mark Squire (79 points)
Joe Neve, Alan Goff, Colin Hurley & Reg Breen (78 points)
Jim Jenet, Klas Brand, Noel Smith & Frank O’Hara (78 points)
Nearest the Pin on Hole 7: Richard Maxwell Quick greens with severe slopes, some very tricky pin positions and a strong breeze made scoring quite difficult!


San Roque New Course: Better Ball Pairs Best Scores:

Keith Vince & Mark Squire (42 points)
Declan Taaffe & Colin Ledwith (41 points)
Richard Maxwell & Gary Neve (39 points)
Jim Jenet & Frank O’Hara (39 points)
David Steele & Peter Featherstone (38 points)
David Tyler & Paul Holliday (38 points)
David MacGregor & Michael Keane (38 points)
Rod Curry & Sandy Casofsky (38 points)
Peter Jowett & Alan Smith (38 points)
Nearest the Pin on Hole 4: Alan Goff


San Roque Old Course – Individual Stableford

First: Denis Kelly (39 points)
Second: Derek Whelan (36 points)
Third: Charlie Bateman (36 points)
Fourth: Jim Jenet (34 points)
Fifth: Frank O’Hara (34 points)
Best Gross: Paul Holliday (79)
Nearest the Pin: Frank O’Hara


Friday 13 October: ACL Match v Aloha (Away)

We had excellent conditions for the League match at Aloha. Their new greens are already very good, and the rest of the course was in great shape too. I really enjoyed playing there and it was a useful preview for the Quadrangular at Aloha in November. The food and camaraderie are always fantastic and the soufflés with Grand Marnier definitely lived up to expectations! Thank you to Olav and his team for their great hospitality.
Well done to Duncan Quigley & Norman Savitz and Paul Holliday & Michael Keane for their Away wins! The rest of us didn’t fare quite so well with the result being a home win for Aloha 12 – 6. Despite this we did win the doubleheader 19.5 to 16.5 so well done to the Team! 


Friday 13 October: Extra Nine & Dine

A great idea from Helen Seamer and Tracey Rogers for this extra competition which was
well attended with 10 Teams taking part:
First: Tony & Mandy Holt, Jeremy Sibbons & Paul Ingebrigtsen (25.7 points)
Second: Bill Fletcher, Caroline & Andy Rogers, Debbie Fisher (27.96 points)
Third: Iain & Denise Moodie, Eric & Chris Taylor (28 points)
Fourth: Derek & Tracey Rogers, Steven & Judith Lamb (28.78 points)
Fifth: Peter & Denise Burridge, Derek Ferguson & Pascal Pannier (28.9 points)
Sixth: Kay Tyler, Leni Van Berlo, Agi Savitz & Roger Griffiths (28.94 points)
Seventh: Nicky Triay, Anne Middlehurst, Linda Fletcher & Gary Ward (29.6 points)
Eighth: Paul & Ginette Bumpstead, Graham & Karen Leslie (29.64 points)
Ninth: Johanna & Steven Lamberts, Erna & Bruno Van den Steen (30 points)
Tenth: John & Karen Riley, Helen & Ray Seamer (31.75 points)


Thank you to Derek & Tracey Rogers for donating the wine and organising the fun putting competition which raised 350 euros for the Captains’ Charities in La Linea.
Well done to everyone who took part!


Saturday 14 October: Monthly Medal (63 Tees)

Thank you to Vinomarket in San Enrique for sponsoring the Monthly Medals.
Very much appreciated Richard.
First: Francisco Javier Sato Gonzalez (67)
Second: Tony Holt (73)
Third: Terry Young (73)
Fourth: Eduardo Martin Manzanas (76)
Twos: Tony Flanagan, Tony Holt
Best Gross: Andreas Roman (75), Tony Holt (78)
Raffle Winner: Gary Adams
Tissue: Radik Yamilov (+17)
No Nearest the Pin as we are having 4 of these on the Par 3s on Sunday.
Thank you to Richard Bell-Young (Vinomarket) for donating the wine for these and for the Longest Drive.


Sunday 15 October: Men’s Past Captains’ Invitational Day

This was a great day, an individual Stableford competition with a field of 112.
Well done to everyone for getting round in a decent time considering it was such a large field. Thank you to Ramón, Alicia, Fatima and the Pro Shop staff for all their hard work for this event.
First: David Tyler (40 points)
Second: Josh Hunter (39 points)
Third: Derek Rogers (39 points, on handicap)
Fourth: Francis Payne (38 points)
Fifth: Eric Taylor (37 points)
Best Gross: Josh Hunter (71)
Tissue: Keith Harmer (18 points)
First: Richard Bell-Young (39 points)
Second: Oskar Osala (37 points)
Third: Richard Wigg (37 points, on handicap)
Fourth: Martin Wild: (36 points)
Fifth: Steven Asplet (36 points, on handicap)
Best Gross: Oskar Osala (73)
Nearest the Pin on Hole 5: Richard Wigg
Nearest the Pin on Hole 7: John Hunter
Nearest the Pin on Hole 12: Amador Alvarez
Nearest the Pin on Hole 16: Andy Stanford
Longest Drive on Hole 8: Gary Burridge
The Raffle raised a great sum of 810 euros for the Captains’ Charities. Thank you to everyone who supported this. I also would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Past Captains present for their help and support, thanks to Paul Holliday for donating the golf bag for the main raffle prize and once again to Richard Bell-Young for donating the magnums of wine for the Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive prizes.


Course Information:

Old Course: The top dressing of the greens and ante-greens will continue. Fertilizer will be added on the fairways and greens.
New Course: Continuation of significant work to tidy and improve its condition.

Thought for the week:

Please pay attention to the Pace of Play! You have been warned. If you are waiting behind slow groups, it doesn’t hurt to fill a few divots. Whilst waiting around, I managed to get through some 20 cannisters of sand on Thursday!!! I know that’s a bit extreme, but it helps everyone if we pay attention to repairing divots and pitch marks. The Old Course is in splendid condition – let’s keep it that way!

Looking Ahead to the next 3 Weeks...

Monday 16 October: Old Course closed from 2pm
Tuesday 17 October: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Thursday 19 October: Midweek Competition – Stableford (WORLD SERIES)
Friday 20 October: Men’s ACL Match v La Quinta (Home)
Saturday 21 October: Mixed Inter Club Match v La Cañada (Away) CANCELLED
Sunday 22 October: Raider Cup
Tuesday 24 October: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Thursday 26 October: Midweek Competition – Stableford (Mixed)
Friday 27 October: Men’s ACL Match v La Quinta (Away)
Saturday 28 October: Halloween Texas Scramble (meal afterwards)
Tuesday 31 October: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Thursday 2 November: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Friday 3 November: Men’s ACL Match v El Paraiso (Home)
Saturday 4 November: Ranking

Golfing Anecdotes:

I’m not sure that I’m supposed to mention it, but well done to Michael Campbell, guest of Francis Payne on Sunday, for his 8 under par round, probably an unofficial record off the 60 tees for the Old course!
Michael was of course the winner of the 2005 US Open. He had to sink a 6-foot birdie putt on the last hole of qualifying at Walton Heath to secure his place in the event. In the tournament itself, he ended the third round 4 strokes behind Retief Goosen, the event’s defending champion. On the final day, Retief shot an 81. Michael shot 69 and was the only golfer in the last two pairings on the final day to break 80. His main competition came from Tiger Woods who got to within one shot at one point before being undone by bogeys on 16 and 17. Michael won by two shots, carding an even par of 280. Great to see him back at San Roque in good health and injury free, enjoying his golf.
Swing it well this week!
Please sign up for the Raider Cup next Sunday if you are interested. We could do with a few more participants!