6 November 2023

A rather mixed week of weather in southern Spain, but at least the rain is topping up the reservoirs. A good turn out for the Stableford Competition on Tuesday, but in wet and windy conditions on Thursday, only 9 players completed all 18 holes.
It was a lovely day on Wednesday for the Low Handicap Group which was won with 39 points by Michael Keane & Derek Whelan (Pairs Better Ball). The 100m challenge proved much more difficult than anticipated!
The Poppy Appeal Charity Box is on the Bar. All contributions very much welcomed for this very good cause.
The ACL Match against El Paraiso on Friday 3 November was postponed because of the sad death of one of their players last Wednesday evening. The new d ate for the Home Match is Friday 24 November. A great turn out for the November Ranking on Saturday and the weekend was topped off by Marco Penge’s victory in Mallorca!


Results from last week:
Tuesday 31 October: Midweek Competition – Stableford

First: Andrew Macauley (41 points)
Second: Tony Holt (38 points)
Third: Terry Young (37 points)
Fourth: Chris Hutchin (37 points, on handicap)
Fifth: David Steele (36 points)
Twos: Paul Holliday, David Tyler, Paul Ingebrigtsen, Lewis Doyle & Laurent Van de Vyver
Nearest the Pin on Hole 7: Michael Keane
Best Gross: Tony Holt (74)
Tissue: Mark Squire (23 points)
Andrew Lewis also had 38 points, which counts for handicap, but he was DQ for signing
for an incorrect gross score on Hole 14. Please do check your gross scores properly!


Thursday 2 November: Midweek Competition – Stableford

Thursday 2 November: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Wet and windy conditions so only 9 players completed 18 holes.
First: Simon Sutcliffe (36 points)
Second: Andy Rogers (34 points)
Third: Lewis Doyle (33 points)
Twos: None
Nearest the Pin on Hole 16: Nobody finished on the Green!
Best Gross: David MacGregor (+11)
Tissue: Andy Macauley (25 points)
11 players did not finish and it was difficult to distinguish legitimate retirements from others which were not really in line with RFEG Rules. The Captain was in relaxed mood so waived the 0.2 penalty for the various Nil Returns. This is unlikely to happen again!
No photographs as everyone went home to dry off!

Saturday 4 November: Ranking

A big thank you to Amanda and Abbeygate for their continued sponsorship on this important Board Competition. A large field had to cope with a strong wind and some tricky pins positions. This definitely influenced the scoring …
First: Phil Fisher (36 points)
Second: Norman Savitz (36 points, on handicap)
Third: Jeremy Sibbons (35 points)
Fourth: Paul Ingebrigtsen (35 points, on handicap)
Fifth: Paul Holliday (34 points)
Sixth: Jim Jenet (34 points, on handicap)
Nearest the Pin on Hole 12: Tony Holt
Twos: Tony Holt, Jim Jenet, John Hunter, Gary Potts
Best Gross: Phil Fisher (74)
Tissue: John Hunter (20 points)


This means that the top ten places in the Ranking are now as follows with Jim extending
his lead and this month’s winner climbing up to fifth spot:
1. Jim Jenet 84 points
2. Duncan Quigley 65 points
3. David Tyler 64 points
4. David MacGregor 51 points
5. Phil Fisher 49 points
6. Gary Ward 49 points
7. Hugh Richards 46 points
8. Mark Squire 46 points
9. Norman Savitz 43 points
10. Peter Myers 43 points
Four more months to go…
So can Jim Jenet be caught now that he has a 19 point lead?

Course Information:

Old Course: The Bermuda will be treated for Spring Dead Spot on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday the greens, ante-greens and tees will be sprayed with fertilizer and fungicide. The greenside bunkers which have been heavily compacted from the recent rains will receive attention and a thorough raking. The bunkers on Holes 7 and 15 will be prioritised.
New Course: Work continues to get this course in better shape. Broad leaf weeds will be
treated on Monday and the greens will be top dressed.

Thought for the week:

Please remember the annual Poppy Appeal, see collection box on the bar.
Please remember winter deadline of 2pm the day before is now in operation for all competitions. I have asked Ramón to fix the issues in this regard with the app.

Looking Ahead to the next 3 Weeks...

Tuesday 7 November: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Wednesday 8 November: Men’s Inter Club v Chatsworth GC (Home)
Thursday 9 November: Midweek Competition – Stableford WORLD SERIES
Friday 10 November: Men’s ACL Match v El Paraiso (Away)
Saturday 11 November: Quadrangular at Aloha
Sunday 12 November: Extra Federated Competition – Stableford
Tuesday 14 November: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Wednesday 15 November: Mixed Inter Club v La Cañada (Home) Team of 16
Thursday 16 November: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Thursday 16 November: Men’s Trophy Match v The K Club (Home) Team of 16 (11.10am)
Saturday 18 November: Med Golf – The Gibfibre Trophy Texas Scramble (Old Course)
Sunday 19 November: Ladies v Men
Tuesday 21 November: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Tuesday 21 November: Men’s ACL Match v Villa Padierna (Away)
Thursday 23 November: Midweek Competition – Stableford (Mixed)
Friday 24 November: Men’s ACL Match v El Paraiso (Home)
Saturday 25 November: Monthly Medal (63 Tees)

Golfing Anecdotes:

Congratulations to Marco Penge on his great win in Mallorca in the Challenge Tour Grand Final. This convincing win by 6 shots at Club de Golf Alcanada also gave him top place on the Challenge Tour for the year with an automatic spot on the DP World Tour for the 2024 season. Victory in Mallorca was the 25-year-old’s second Challenge Tour win this year following his four shot triumph at the Open de Portugal at Royal Óbidos in September. Speaking about his most recent double achievement after coming off the 18th green on Sunday, Marco said: “It’s unbelievable. Especially considering where I was about eight weeks ago – I think I was about 83rd in the rankings. To be here saying I’ve won twice on the Challenge Tour, and I think I’ve won the overall rankings… it’s hard to imagine. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet.”