Said he hopefully. Two members approached me at the rained off Drive In asking what had happened to the newsletter. Where was it. And that way back on the 6th. Now it is the 11th and, all being well, God willing, Jose turning up for work, we may just go on line today. There are reasons. Not excuses. Jose had a well deserved Christmas holiday and returned to a mountain of more important projects. Not least getting all the Members’ cards ready. The Editor was also missing during the festive season, renewing contact with Brian and Muriel Elmore, past owners and members. On top of all of which there were more than the usual number of hiccoughs(see later), a few of which have yet to be investigated and resolved. This is all by way of apologising for the late publication. We just hope the wait will prove worth while. Said he hopefully – again.
A welcome addition to the growing ranks of the really elderly is Peter Robinson, who celebrated his 80th birthday on Friday the 8th. We have wished him Many Happy Returns of the day but are pleased to let all members know of this milestone in his life.
Nice to see another ageing citizen grabbing the headlines as a result of his efforts on Asia, Tuesday 5/12. Hirsute Iain Macaulay, who has been around the La Cala scene since its inception, registered a winning score of 36 and was cut 0.4 to 23.8, news of which he was unaware when the newsletter offered congratulations. George Kirk(35) and Peter Marler(34) were close behind the lad from the Highlands.
Although not so cold, and sunny throughout, scoring generally was modest. The day began on a kindly note when Ashley allotted me buggy No 85, a nice touch, albeit a reminder that the back nine of life is well under way. Thanks Ashley!
Peter Penney joined our group on the second pleading with everyone to believe that his version of the time sheet had said 1000 whereas on ours it was 0930. As usual. The stubble on his unshaven chin rather gave the game away we thought. Plus a red woolly hat on top of an otherwise blue ensemble.
First three home in the Ladies section were Pauline Hilliard(32), Maggie Coombes(31 on handicap), Felima O’Callaghan(31 also)
Wonder Woman, Monique Peters, only managed 24? Must have been unwell? Or was nobbled?
A couple of very wayward putts on the recently renewed second green revealed subsidence and the creation of a small “valley”. No surface damage but another problem for the green staff – and players.
Your editor might have hesitated before publishing this mini-report and pictures, but as it/they come from a participating member it must be assumed that a wider audience is approved.
It is not known whether last month’s quiz proved a talking point, or in fact whether anyone disputed the answers. Undaunted, Les has provided three new questions for you to think about while the adverts are on.
Q 1. Material piled for removal by a greenkeeper is ground under repair. A)TRUE B)FALSE
Q 2. A sprinkler head does not physically interfere with the player’s lie, stance, or area of intended swing but bothers the player mentally. The player is entitled to relief. A)TRUE B)FALSE
Q 3 When a golf cart is shared by two or more players, at all times the cart and everything in it are deemed to be the equipment of the driver only. A)TRUE B)FALSE
(ED. Two or more players, Les!!! Hope Ashley doesn’t read this.)
Interestingly the first question provides a nice lead into a recent personal experience. First the picture of my ball and the question posed to our Head Rule Expert, David Wilson.
Between Asia’s 10th fairway and 8th green there is an ‘island’ of carefully swept together needles, barks and cones from the sheltering tees. I have been told by more than one member that this is gur but there are no markings to indicate this. Were it a pile of grass cuttings, man made by the green staff, a free drop would apply. Yesterday, it being my ball sitting there, and after conversation with my playing partner, I took a free drop rather than damage my club. Was this correct? What is the position here? May I use my experience and your reply in the newsletter?
David replied as follows:
“The site, in my opinion, is not ground under repair. It does not fulfil the conditions of the definition of GUR in the rules of golf in that it is not clearly marked as such, nor is it piled for removal by the greenskeepers. Any ball lying in this area must be played as it lies, unless the player deems it unplayable and then you follow the ball unplayable rules – 28.1 I would consider that you returned an incorrect score for hole 10 and did not include the appropriate penalty. As you did not include the penalty knowingly and as the competition results have now been posted, your score stands as it is – Decision 34 1B/1
No problem with that but how do you know whether the “material” is “for removal”? If it isn’t what on earth(!) is it doing there?
Jackie Rainbow is a Graphic Designer, a good cartoonist, recently retired, and Mrs. Desperate Dan. One of her many skills is in the craft work category, including candle making, and it was to one of her seminars that some of our ladies recently trooped, having bid a total of 225 euros for the teach-in which took place just recently. Jackie not only donated six hours of her time but provided “a fabulous risotto lunch”
With the festive season now behind us it is possibly of interest to read how it came about.
A season end gathering of all participating clubs took place at Guadalhorce on 27/11 and most of our squad members were there. As a team on the day we could only manage fifth spot whilst, as hosts, Guadalhorce unsurprisingly won before providing an excellent meal, plenty of liquid refreshment, and even gifts. All very nice. The season’s honours however, went to El Candado, and we offer our congratulations to them.
Forty regular Thursday players met together for their inaugural dinner on Thursday evening 7/12. Flavio Papa and Ashley Collacott were guests, and your editor there in a role of observance. Raucous would be too strong an adjective but certainly there was no shortage of banter, blunt comment in friendly tone, and good humour recognisable on every table. Throw in the background music and organiser David Wilson’s relentless prize giving and a quiet evening it was not.
Arthur O’Connor first had the idea of organising a Thursday roll-up for those who played regularly on that day of the week. Gradually support grew until Arthur returned to England and David took over. He introduced Brambles which grew more convoluted by the week. Good team captaincy was essential and attention to detail even more so. Now scores of or close to 200 points per team are commonplace, the Golden Hat has become a symbol, and Deputy David’s have been recruited in his Swiss absence. As for the man himself he is a transformed being, or there is a side to him hitherto not seen or recognised. He strutted his stage between tables with prompt sheet and prize bag, never short of a friendly dig at someone’s well known character flaw, and there will have been few gone home empty handed.
Past Captain Mike Fisher commanded attention briefly to thank David for all his considerable and efficient efforts, and also to present him with a wee giftie on behalf of those who regularly benefitted.
David’s own report on the evening now follows.
It would be foolish and misleading to claim that your editor is faultless. Just this week has he been sternly rebuked for failing to acknowledge the effort put in by various lady members in making the Turkey Trot dining room look so attractive. As the pictures below indicate, the tables, walls and fireplace were well decorated but, pleading ignorance, one assumed that the F & B team were responsible. Apologies and a belated thank you, ladies, whoever you were. This small collection of photos from the Thomas Widegren library will, it is hoped, make amends.
This time in its simplest format, on Europa, 10/12, in summer like conditions. A bit of breeze got up later but nobody could have guessed what lay in store for us all that evening/night. A mini hurricane partnered by steady rain which was to prove a miserable start for the aspiring young pro’s playing in the current ALPS TOUR event here.
Our competition was made remarkable by Jill Davies who notched up a Hole-in-one with her very first stroke of the day! A 6 iron on the 14th par 3. She, of course, was delighted. Her husband Roy possibly less so, but everyone enjoyed their celebratory drink afterwards at the prize giving.
Our reward was for just being there but others earned more than a glass of wine by virtue of some extremely good scoring, bearing in mind only two counted on each hole. The winners averaged 5.77 points a hole!
1st David Moody, Richard Ledgard, Wendy Warren, Louis Lentelink
2nd David & Marie Wilson, Iain Macaulay, Loraine Murphy
3rd Thomas Widegren Felima O’Callaghan, Mervi & Hans Lindeborg
4th Roy & Jill Davies, Bob & Jackie Rainbow
This annual event followed on from the golf but allowing enough time for those attending to go home and don their finery. For a few this obviously didn’t take too long, but it was nice to see the ladies dressed for the occasion, and the men sporting a handful of jackets and even a few ties dotted about.
For a nice change the function was held in the hotel restaurant, the meal was attractively presented, and the interestingly named “pineapple soup” a very pleasant surprise.
Lee Jay & Pat provided sporadic bursts of recorded music as each deserving winner came forward to receive their prize, and friendly applause. Captain Peter Edstrom gave away all the goodies and later made a short speech in which there was the customary laugh maker. Captain-to-be Thomas Widegren also spoke, somewhat more reverently, and looks to be another Swedish leader ready, willing and able to carry us forward.
Les and Val Wicks were in attendance and belatedly received the trophies they won way back on Captain’s Day 21/11.
The Roy White Cup goes to any member(s) who are not Committee Members but who have contributed to the running of the club in some special form. This year the recipients were “The Terrible Twins” James Reid and Brian Farmer who celebrated their reward in characteristic fashion.
The full list of those stepping forward was as follows;
Trophy Results 2017
Champion: Monique Peters
Runner-up: Sylvia McGarvie
Champion: David Wilson
Runner-up: John Mills
Champions: Monique Peters & Dorothee Schmidt
Runners-up: Liisa Lindstrom & Sylvia Robbins
Champion: Leslie Wicks & Bob Rainbow
Runners-up: Bruno Schaefer & Frank Zehlius
Champion: Alan Jewett & Wendy Warren
Runners-up: Damien & Loraine Murphy
Ladies Champion: Anne Mills
Runner-up: Jill Davies
Champion: Leslie Wicks
Runner-up: Rob Garner
Ladies Champion: Laura Thompson 35.83
2nd place: Isabella Rippinger 35.25
3rd place: Jill Davies 34.75
Mens Champion: Geoff Thompson 35.83
2nd place: Derek Steele 34.92
3rd place: David Wilson 34.58
(Richard Hinds also 34.58 but beaten on handicap!)
Medical circumstances dictated my withdrawal but even well wrapped up it was clearly a bitterly cold day for golf. Europa, Tuesday 12/12 – and a medal!! One later heard tales of 5 ½ hour rounds which must have been purgatory? One man shrugged it all off and walked the course whilst carrying his bag. Guess who? Right. Les Wicks. Hurts just to think about it. Anyway, not surprisingly the scores were not exceptional, the front runners finally emerging as;
Monique Peters(74) Carol Rees (75 on handicap) Marie Wilson(75) with only the winner being available for picture taking.
Alan Jewett(72)(cut 0-2=89) David Rodgers(74) David Wilson(75)of whom none were on parade at camera time!
The Salon Lorca in the Hotel wasn’t exactly packed on Tuesday 12/12 but there was a reasonable attendance. After a very cold day on the golf course one cannot blame those who decided to stay at home in the warm. Especially as there was nothing contentious on the Agenda. Indeed all items were rubber stamped without debate, a new record for shortness in sight, no AOB’s from the floor even, when up popped the Handicap Secretary, David Wilson and, for the second successive year, rules and the breaking thereof became the talking point. Last years passion thankfully failed to repeat itself, although Richard Ledgard was correct in suggesting that, just maybe “cheating” was not a word to be lightly bandied about. Clearly there has been a lot of thought and discussion during the year, dissent and resignations too, and from it all has emerged a ten page document outlining the proceedures which will apply should anyone breach the rules. However, this whole subject has again been addressed by David in a six page letter to all members, so no need to cover the ground here. Nor indeed any other aspects of an event very well organised and run by Secretary Judi Lentelink, who will doubtless be distributing Minutes, Accounts, Captain’s Report, etc., in due course.
With a tournament title like that one could be forgiven for expecting a format both hot and romantic but alas it was not to be. Despite starting half an hour later than usual the temperature was probably the lowest of the year and not the least bit conducive to romance. Indeed the smallish number of brave hearts who challenged another Putin’s Patch, otherwise known as Campo America, never really did thaw out. Someone even suggested making a bonfire out of the logs of the day. Woolly hats were in vogue and even this gentlemen was seen, for perhaps the first time, in long trousers, thus disproving the oft stated theory that his wardrobe didn’t contain such apparel. It was a pleasure to play alongside Richard Ledgard, not only a fine golfer but an interesting companion. Most enjoyable. We did quite well together but not well enough!
1st. Dean Moore & Richard Hinds (63.5)
2nd. Liisa Lindstrom & Jan Van Der Valk(66.5)
3rd. Richard Ledgard & Jack Perry(67.25)
Never to be out done the Lady RollerUppers organised their own “thrash” up the road at El Soto’s where 25 of them were greeted with a glass of cava to set the ball rolling. Following “a lovely dinner with wine and beer” Mary Evans, on behalf of all the “regulars” presented Lilly Lagerwerf with an El Corte Inglés voucher by way of thanking her for all her organising throughout the year. Tears were not far away as might be detected in the picture, Lilly being the moose, loose, about the hoose!
Unfortunately many of the pictures taken were too dark to use but from those chosen it might be assumed that a good time was had by all?
Another depleted time sheet for the Stableford on Europa 19/12. Christmas shopping and home land visits taking their toll? Nevertheless 10 teams of four enjoyed bright sunshine, blue sky, and a warmth which would have made other parts of Europe really envious. Connie Maphar was my buggy companion, Dean Moore and Richard Ledgard sharing the other buggy. It has to be said that all have played better. Dean lost countless balls but remained outwardly good humoured throughout his mental torture. We went round in four hours though, never seeing anyone in front or behind. Great golfing conditions.
Quite a few members helped out during the ALPS TOUR event, doubtless with varying degrees of competence but all with enthusiasm and interest. My stint, along with Danny Rees and James Reid, was to ferry players/caddies from America’s 14th green to 15th tee. This involved 24 return trips and the creation of some well worn buggy tracks. Then, at 1230 19/12 came the “thank you” from Management. A friendly round of golf involving staff and helpers, followed by very generous prizes and gifts, all to a background of wine and tapas. The staff, not too surprisingly, “cleaned up” with such as Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive, but it was Monique “Can it get better?” Peters who claimed the spotlight – again –with an amazing round of 44 points!! (David Wilson, please pretend you didn’t read that here.)
A very pleasant 21 year old South African won the 800 euros first prize and the Alps’ Qualifying School event this year. Prize money is almost insignifcant at this level of golf, there being none at all for those beyond twelfth place. Albert Venter, having cleared this hurdle by a three shot margin from Federico Zucchetti and Paul Baritou, 475 euros each, will be looking to catch bigger fish as his career moves on to another level. We wish him, and all the young aspirants, well. It’s a tough life out there.
Partly due to festive absence, but coupled with yet more physical problems, there is little one can write about the conclusion of the competitive season. Added to which two of the male prize recipients don’t even appear on the team sheet! Europa 19/12 was a nice day to play a Stableford, the first three home being – Ladies first – Loraine Murphy(34), Monique Peters(32), Hazel Gilchrist(29). Men – in their traditional place – Ultan Whelan(41), Louis Lentelink(36), Joshua Cottrell(36-on handicap). For his efforts Ultan, part of the considerable Whelan ménage, was “punished” by a 3.0 handicap reduction and now plays off 18.2. Louis “There or thereabouts” was shaved .3 to 17.2 whilst young Joshua, of whom little is known thus far, was trimmed to 22.5 by a 0.4 cut.
Come the 23rd on Asia and the field was thin. Not quite a full 8 team turnout, with ranks swollen by more of the welcome Whelan family. We don’t see them too often but they always fit in so easily. Martin, Ultan & Sorcha Whelan and Josh Cottrell. Sounds more like a Country & Western Group than a 4 ball? No sign of Deirdre yet either. In fact this was to prove the Day of the Irish, all of whom were obviously in good voice, with a winning score of 58 points. Just one point back were Chris Slattery and his crew.
The Whelan quartet appeared again on Tuesday 26th. The official competition on Europa was cancelled, due to rain, but Dean Moore showed his leadership skills by organizing an impromptu format on America to satisfy the hardy players. 5 men and 2 ladies went out when the sun shone later and somehow got scores that were federated!
Ultan Whelan followed up his 41 points with an even better performance, his 43 today seeing his short lived handicap cut from a still warm 18.2 to 15.5. One suspects it will be a while before this young man’s handicap drops 5.7 in a short holiday? His sister Sorcha with 38 points was cut 1 shot from 32.5 to 31.5. Well done indeed to both of you, and sorry to have missed you and the family
Things finally came to an end on Saturday 30/12, again on overworked Asia but this time with a healthier field. It was lovely to see Anne Hannam’s name on the sheet, after all she has been through, and even more so when she went up for a prize as part of the 3rd place winners. The occasion was also special in that the picture of Peter Edstrom is his last as Captain! He decided to give Ultan & Sorcha (as ‘winners’ on Tuesday 26th), a bottle of wine each as a mark of respect for their courage. Competition was a Bramble Plus.
1st 148 Richard & Wendy Hinds with Allan & Margaret Fotheringham
2nd 141 Carol Rees, Caz Roselli & Derek Steele
3rd 136 Alan & Sean Jewett, Wendy Warren & Anne Hannam (on handicap)
4th 136 Peter Edstrom, Vic & Pauline Hilliard & Brian Farmer
5th 135 Geoff & Laura Thompson with Joe & Eileen HUme
Peter signed off in typically generous fashion, awarding five prizes instead of the usual 3 or 4. Farewell Peter, and well done again.
“Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door”
Oops, sorry. Wrong Eleanor. Thoughts were of those suffering back home in the UK and, to a much lesser extent, her little fledgling who visited La Cala yesterday and was accompanied later by Super Moon, which would have got John Crombie all excited, but between them did little to restore the health of our long suffering plants and shrubs. 2.5 metres of snow in 24 hours in Pennsylvania doesn’t help us feel any warmer? Meanwhile the sun keeps shining, the sky remains blue, Iberdrola rub their hands in glee, and a new year beckons.
Our Seniors have been in good hands this year. David Moody as proved a very positive Captain and we are indebted to him for the following report on his year of Office.
Q 1 = A. See definition of ground under repair.
Q 2 = B. The sprinkler head is an immovable obstruction. The player must have physical interference in order to obtain relief under rule 24-2
Q 3 = B. If the cart is being moved by one of the players(or the partner of one of the players)sharing it, the cart and everything in it are deemed to be that player’s equipment. See Definition of equipment.
At time of going to press Les is away in England. Whether we shall have anything for our January edition is not yet clear. Meanwhile, thanks, Les. At least David, Peter, and Alan will have enjoyed your contributions.
For me the year will be remembered as the one in which a dear friend was lost. We first met in August 1948 and had remained close ever since. Peter West, and his wife Shirley, were regular visitors to La Cala despite what they called “the heat”. It will never quite be the same, knowing he can’t come anymore.
2017 was not a good year one way and another. Unforeseen incidents, temporary health issues, irregular golf but, and this is the main thing, still able to play and enjoy the game. Long may it continue. Thanks go to all those with whom a buggy has been shared, the occasional bottle won, the friendship and company enjoyed.
Having remembered the many it is time to thank the few. Not least Secretary Judi Lentelink for her tireless readiness to unravel muddles, respond to queries, and being generally helpful with information. Above all to Jose – Mr.Webmaster – without whose considerable efforts you would not be reading this now. Thirty six monthly meetings have left me more technically informed but him with the headaches! My thanks to both of you.
This edition marks the end of my third year at the editorial helm. The newsletter remains a monthly challenge and a bit of enjoyable fun. Cause of fret at times when the response is negligible but nobody has sought my resignation – yet – so on we go into a fourth year. As Stephen Fry says in his latest autobiography – “I have learned not to be offended. One does not write expecting every sentence to be permanently branded into the memory of the reader.”