By no means an original statement but how true it proved for Lilian and I. A whole month away from La Cala and blessed with good weather throughout. Aubretia, daffodils in profusion, tulips, and rightly protected primroses brightening the hedgerows and colouring the landscape. Wonderful magnolia trees in full bloom, and early blossom everywhere. No golf though! No trips into London either this time. Now heaving with a population of 8.6 million, 38% of whom were born abroad, the capital has less attraction these days.
Nor has there been much forthcoming in the way of anecdotes, scandal, or comment on special golfing achievements at La Cala. In fact, apart from the scores there has been virtually nothing! Nor, at this stage, do I know whether there will be any photos so this issue could well set some sort of record in terms of brevity. However, having just taken a self imposed dose of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy which, the label says, gives you focus and productivity, let´s see what can be done for the April issue.
Unsubstantiated reports have it that “copious amounts of wine” were consumed along with the tapas provided after play finished.
There appears to have been some confusion over who was nearest the pin on the designated par 3, caused because the marker was moved to allow putting – and not put back. Organiser and Lady Captain Sonya used her discretion in awarding a sleeve of balls to both Jenny Chesterton and guest Tina Eugstrom, together with a chocolate Easter Bunny. Other winners of The Two’s were similarly rewarded. A nice traditional touch, although the religious significance of Brer Rabbit has always been less than clear?
From a distance this looks like a great showing by Alan for which he was duly cut 1.7 bringing him down to a handicap which son Sean will find a spur for his already considerable talent.
This traditional event is not until June 27th but already Jenny Chesterton has started collecting what she calls “shrapnel coins” which, roughly translated, means any loose change you might otherwise put in a busker’s cap, or in a giant bottle on the bar of a pub. When you see her please re-direct such coins, as often as you can! Or collect them at home and then hand them over. It’s amazing how they add up. Last year she raised 127 euros and is looking to improve on that this time. With your help.
Rumours have been heard of Radio and/or Tv Coverage so come groomed and ready to be interviewed!
There were two errors. Neither world shattering. The heading “March in Action” was omitted. The people seen swinging clubs in various styles were not connected with those returning from South Africa, as it may have appeared.
The weight of newly born Auriel was not, as stated, 8130 gms., a figure I passed on in good faith but without checking the arithmetic. Although a healthy child it would have set some sort of precedent, I suspect, even in Peru, to be 17.88 lbs at birth. Interesting that the little being has already been mentioned in two issues already, yet probably hasn’t even swung a club yet? Although Grandad David is there and we all know what he is like with his videos, DVD’s, and ever changing swing techniques?
As Sonya has already qualified for the Medal Play-offs Irene thus also looks forward to a special day.
It is pleasing to see Arthur doing well. Makes me feel marginally better about losing to him in the singles. I was hoping for a Snoopy v The Red Dragon result but it was not to be.
Time in Liphook went swiftly and demandingly thanks to the usual TO DO list which took us to some interesting places. Like
Then the week in the Algarve passed by with a somewhat different schedule. One which even allowed for a round of golf at last. My right foot is still far from right but who could resist the chance to play San Lorenzo again? One of my favourite courses. Scenic, lots of water, bird life galore, flat, and challenging. Still rated very highly in the Euro list of courses, and deservedly so. The Portuguese “holiday” delayed our return to La Cala and embraced Lilian’s 80th., birthday which, at her understandable request, was quietly celebrated with friends from way back when and of similar vintage.
However, the reason I shall be quite pleased when this issue has been put to bed, is that I started it on the Dell in Liphook and, without thinking properly, assumed it would be on the Mac here. It wasn’t! Silly me. Fortunately I ran off a hard copy which, I guess, I now have to scan into the Apple?
Anyway, back to work.
Having been trounced 6-0 in the away match, back in March, our Ladies were thirsting for revenge when the teams faced up again on April 29th. Thanks to Carol Rees, Karen O’Connor, Lotta Syversen and Ritva Hagglund, this was achieved 4 games to 2. Early days yet but already a bit of catching up to do.
Whilst Lilian was moving from one decade to the next our Lady members were meeting up for their monthly gathering, the brief report on which yet again includes the phrase “and the wine flowed”. This may explain why the only picture available is somewhat blurred?
Competition took the form of a Bramble which was won by Sonya Foster, Wendy Hinds, Lisa Lindstrom and Mary Evans “with a wonderful score”. What it was is not known!! Libby and Shirley won prizes for the best total scores on the par 3’s. A highly commendable 17 points each from just 5 holes. Joy Garvey was punished for returning an untidy scorecard and got a packet of erasers, whilst Wendy Warren won a bucket & spade for being in the most bunkers.
The Ladies Social Day will break with tradition and be held earlier than usual this month. On Thursday May 21st to be precise. Vivienne Youngs is organising this time and can be got at by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or you can sign up on the notice board as usual. The proceedings will include lunch. Of course! Doubtless with wine.
Little to report here other than the Ladies won home and away matches 2-1. The team had a familiar look about it with Lotta Syversen, Ritva Hagglund, Carol Rees, Karen O’Connor, Anne Hannam and Felima O’Callaghan all featuring. Beating the strong El Candado team anywhere doesn’t happen too often, so well done our Ladies.
Judging by some of the fantastic scores it has been a good month for playing at La Cala? Not a great time to be away in the UK it would seem! Look at Preben and Yvonne Post for example. Now getting into their golfing strides with a vengeance. Good to see.
Stableford April 21st, results were
On Sunday April 26th., these traditional and historic antagonists did do battle once more on the rolling slopes of La Cala. The contest, a Pairs Better Ball Matchplay, was fiercely fought in conditions which became more than demanding after the interference of the Rain Goddess as she once again nears our shores. Ultimately Good prevailed and St.George’s troops duly bathed themselves in glory and, yes, “copious quantities of wine”. The scoring was close at 7 1/2 – 6 1/2 Odds were equally even when it came to choosing lunch, with roast beef narrowly edging out fish & chips.
The last competition of the month produced an amazing performance by Bill Field, which led to his handicap being slashed by 4.4 no less! This has been coming for a while now? Johan too, seems to be on a high(red wine, he claims, having discovered the medicinal benefits rather later in life than most). A little adjustment of his altitude levels and he could be a threat. Anyway, to the details:
Mens (category 1. 0-14.4)
The best score of the day though, came from a Guest, Jan V D Valk who registered 38 points odd 12.4.
As I understand it this two-tier competition is to be applied whenever the field exceeds 40 but I only have that second hand. Maybe there will be a formal statement between now and the next issue?
Mens (category 2. Handicap 14.5 and up)
Just going back to the Bill Field round for a moment, I hear that on Europa’s 11th., par 5, index 1, he hit a mighty drive, an iron into the green, and sunk a three metre putt for his eagle! “That’s the way to do it” my Punch & Judy memory suggests.
As if a 4.4 reduction wasn’t enough, rod-of-iron Arthur O’Connor then docked him a further 2 shots on the basis of his general play!
April may go down in the history books as Bill Field Month.
A reminder that this long standing competition will take place over two days at the very end of May. Full details to follow but it looks like being a Better Ball event. Make a note of May 30 and 31, please. Gordon Edwards will be posing as Mr.Betfair and organising the usual tote.
One of the nice things about being in Portugal just as the UK election fever was hotting up, was being anywhere except the UK. This is no campaign document for any party but it would seem that we have learned little since someone said 2069 years ago:
“The Budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome will become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.”
Cicero, 55 BC