Welcome to my first newsletter. A great turn out for all the Easter weekend’s events with some glorious sunshine and reaching 29 degrees on Monday. I look forward to the opportunity of playing golf with as many of you as possible over the next 12 months.
Tuesdays/Thursdays: we want to mix things up a bit so that everyone gets a chance to play with different people. A big thank you to everyone for making the Easter weekend activities a memorable success.
I’m going for a single column format in my newsletters as this is easier to produce and easier to read in my humble opinion. Richard at Vinomarket in San Enrique will again be sponsoring the Monthly Medals and Amanda at Abbeygate will be continuing to sponsor the Ranking competition. A massive thank you to both of them.
Some other things will also continue from Paul’s initiatives last year: there will be a Men’s Eclectic Competition with both Gross and Net prizes. This year there will be a 10 euro entry fee (as already announced) and my Vice Captain, Duncan Quigley, will be in charge of running this competition.
For all federated competitions, Midweek and Weekends, I will be continuing the 2’s Club (2 euros in, prize will be a sleeve of balls). Nearest the Pin for a bottle of wine will also continue, but I will be choosing which hole for each federated competition.
The Easter Prize Draw raised 1,500 euros for the Captains’ Charities. We will be continuing to support our friends in La Linea at AECC (Cancer Research) and at Centro Contigo. Linda and I were delighted to be able to double the prizes this year to 19 in total and run a second page of the Draw Sheet. The winners were: Tim and Pip Vincent,
Andrea Myers, Caroline Rogers, Russ Williams (2), Paul Williams, Susie and Nigel Lilley, Maxi, Richard Carter, Kay Tyler, Derek Whelan, Andrew Macauley, Gary Potts, Paul Holliday, Yolanda, Roger Griffiths and Monchi Triay.
Guess where the Captains’ drives ended up? This raised another 805 euros for the
Captains’ Charities. Not our best efforts from the tee. Noel Smith correctly guessed that I
would hit it into the bunker!
Thank you to everyone who supported both these charity fundraising events.
As most of you know, we decided to start the Annual Match Play Competitions from the beginning of April. The draw sheets are on the locker room noticeboard. Good luck to everyone who has entered! Thank you to Kay and Nicky for their help with the Draws last month and also with the Easter Draw. Duncan did a brilliant job with the printing.
Winning Team: Tony Holt, Mandy Holt, Hugh Richards, Debbie Richards 101 points
Second: Maxim and Dmitrii Elchaninov, Tanya and Yury Pogiba 94 points (on handicap)
Third: Iain and Denise Moodie, Phil and Debbie Fisher 94 points
Fourth: Dan Cronin, Anne Middlehurst, Patrick O’Sullivan and Dan Bannister 93 points
Fifth: Iqbal Dharamsi, Yvonne Chu, Monchi Triay and Maite Caetano
Nearest the Pin (Men) on 7th: Hugh Richards
Nearest the Pin (Ladies) on 12th: Leni Van Berlo
Straightest Drive (Ladies) on 8th: Jules Hale
Straightest Drive (Men) on 15th: Gary Potts
Winning Team: Tony Flanagan, Phil Fisher, Debbie Fisher, Ruth Bailey 50.35
Second: Jeremy Sibbons, Neil McDougall, Euan McDougall, Susan McDougall 51.9
Third: Hugh Richards, Andy Stanford, Debbie Richards, Chris Hutchin 53.65
Fourth: Andy and Caroline Rogers, Derek and Tracey Rogers 54.85
Fifth: Paul Holliday, Paul Cambridge, Sharon Andersson, Russ Williams 55.25
Sixth: Tony and Marie Maycock, Christine and Eric Taylor 55.65
Seventh: Brian Samuels, Paul Weigall, Andrew Lewis, James Lewis. 55.7
Eighth: Svetlana and Joachim Friedl, Lix Kynoch, Nicky Triay 55.95
In addition to the Wine and Easter Eggs as prizes, there are some additional levy
amounts to follow for the top prize winners.
First: Graeme Willis (39 points); Second: Stuart Burrell (38 points);
Third: Peter Yeoman (38 points); Fourth: Keith Vince (36 points).
Twos: Phil Fisher, Tony Flanagan (2), David MacGregor
Nearest the Pin on 12: David MacGregor
Tissue: John Barber
Doilies: Nigel Lilley & Jorg Kuhnert
Greens and ante greens will be sprayed on Monday.
All Bermuda grass will be sprayed Tuesday – Thursday, this will require some water after to move into the turf canopy.
Granular fertiliser will be put on greens on Thursday next week, this will be to push health and recovery as we move through the next 6 weeks prior to the renovation works to ensure the plant is in improved health so we can tackle the first stage of the aggressive cultural works needed.
Turfing and plugging will continue all week around the edges of the ante greens, areas on Holes 3, 9, 13 and 18 were completed this week. We will target, Holes 4, 5, 7 and 8 this week.
Soil and nematode tests will be collected during next week and sent off for nematode counts, nutritional information and organic matter testing and depths.
The team will also continue spreading new mulch in to improve these areas.
The team have started to check sand levels and move them around this week, Holes 1, 3, 5, 7, 13 and 14 were checked and sand levels adjusted, this is just in the greenside bunkers. We will get around the rest of them next week.
Please use at least one sand cannister to fill divots every time you play.
Thursday 13 April: Midweek Competition – Stableford (also World Series Day)
Saturday 15 April: Ranking
Monday 17 April: Men’s Inter Club v La Reserva (Away) – Duncan will be captaining
Tuesday 18 April: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Thursday 20 April: Midweek Competition – Stableford (Mixed)
Sunday 23 April: Monthly Medal
Monday 24 April: Men’s Inter Club v La Reserva (Home) – Duncan will be captaining
Tuesday 25 April: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Thursday 27 April: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Saturday 29 April: Three Club Challenge
From 1942 to 1945, turkeys and cows roamed the sacred fairways and greens of Augusta National as the club decided to temporarily transform itself into a cattle farm to support the war effort. This endeavour was not one of the greatest successes in Augusta’s history and the Masters promptly returned in 1946 after much repair work had been carried out. Herman Keiser beat Ben Hogan by 1 shot and took home a pay cheque of $2,500 (about $38,570 in today’s money!) Keiser was born in Springfield, Missouri, and his win in 1946 was his only major title. During the war he had served aboard the light cruiser, USS Cincinnati. He won 2 other PGA titles in 1946 and then represented the American Team in the 1947 Ryder Cup.
The now legendary par 3 16th Hole at Augusta wasn’t in the original design. Initially, it was a much shorter hole from the tips, just 145 yards over the creek. It was transformed in 1947 by Robert Trent Jones Sr into the dramatic hole we know today.
Happy Golfing ! Let’s all make it a fun year both on and off the golf course.
Swing it well !!