The month of Capricorn and Aquarius. Birthstone Garnet. Carnations and Pinks. Friday the 13th. Chinese New Year. Mostly dry and sunny but decidedly nippy. A sudden day-long storm with dramatic thunder and lightning. Sad news that Danny Efford has moved on to pastures new. Disappointing to hear that the second “Booze Cruise’, supported by so many members, will clash with Festival Week later in the year.
The Old Year ended with all the emphasis on the one colour. Buggy flags, tees and, here and there, language! Some members thought it wrong to have access to the courses denied them, other than on foot, and a few ignored instructions, which is naughty. The birth of the New Year coincided with the relaxing of the embargo but overnight snow and 24 hours of cold drizzle, as this is written, might lead to a further denial. For the moment though that “problem” is over and Blue Flags are back in fashion.
It has been pointed out, and confirmed, that qualifying competitions must be played off tees with two markers. The line to be equidistant from the centre of the green wherever you chose to tee up along it. The blue tees currently only have one marker. Which is not adjustable. Unlike the yellows and reds which enjoy moveable logs/bricks. In turn this means that players off the blue tees are very often disadvantaged. They can play off the yellows should they be level with or ahead of the blues but even so they are denied the levelling factor. A simple solution would be to invest in some more bricks and a can of blue paint if the budget won’t stretch further? Then, if the yellows are “forward” the blues can be moved by a matching yardage, sorry, metreage.
The decision to reduce the qualifying age to 65 has led to some lively discussion, quite a few feeling strongly that it wasn’t necessary, and some who don’t really need help may well stay on the yellows. It is not for this newsletter to question Committee decisions but one can’t help feeling that 70 was low enough, or 65 if disabled in some way.
For technical reasons explained last month it was not possible to include the results for December 27th, when Campo Asia hosted the competition. Here they now are’
1st. 29 Wendy Warren
2nd. 25 Ann Hannam (on handicap)
3rd 25 Maggie Coombes
1st 33 Chris Park (on handicap)
2nd 33 Peter Penney (on handicap)
3rd 33 David Evans
Playing conditions were not conducive to low scores.
Obviously having successfully avoided festive temptations Wendy has begun the year on a high, chalking up her second successive victory, this time on Campo Europa on Tuesday 3rd.
1st. 32 Wendy Warren
2nd. 30 Carol Rees
3rd. 29 Sylvia Robbins
1st. 38 Peter Edstrom (cut 0.6 to 10.1)
2nd.36 Iain Macaulay (cut 0.4 to 23.7)
3rd. 34 Louis Lentelink (on handicap)
Political upheaval may have caused this annual event to be delayed until the 7th., but it didn’t prevent it from being a very pleasurable occasion. All the players(bar one noticeable absentee busy up on the driving range!)gathered for the traditional communal breakfast, after which the two new Captains drove off from a forward tee on the Asia’s 18th. The book being run for the benefit of Cudeca produced a sizeable sum, even allowing for the bottles of cava won by Mike Fredtwell, Sten Valentin, and Peter Hannam for correctly guessing the length of the drives. 125 metres for Alison Kirk and 150 for Peter Edstrom.
The main competition took place on Campo America in the form of a two ball better ball which produced some very good scores, none more so than that of the winners.
1st 46 Karl Haas & Val Wicks
2nd 43 Brian Farmer & Matti Kaarnakari
3rd 42 Cees Lagerwerf & Jing Krupa (on handicap)
4th 42 Thomas Widegren & Maria Kaarnakari (on handicap)
5th 42 Mike Fretwell & Maggie Coombes
As a regular playing partner of David Moody for some years now, seems longer, it has been hurtful to watch his agonising over, and deep research into, this simple game we play. During this time he has coped with ridicule and leg pulling, occasionally stumbling upon a kindred soul sharing his passion for technique and theory. Many times has he travelled that road from dejection to elation, and back again. Now , following his fine performance on Campo Asia on Tuesday 10th. let’s hope his future golfing travels will only be forward.
(ED. Spoke too soon it seems! 17 points on the last day of the month, plus innumerable lost balls, suggests there is still work to be done. Or just step up and whack it?)
1st. 36 Wendy Fretwell
2nd. 34 Connie Maphar-Massar
3rd. 31 Isabella Rippinger
1st. 39 David Moody (cut 1.2 to 21.6)
2nd. 38 Mike Robbins (cut 0.9 to 25.6)
3rd. 36 George Kirk
It was nice to see Gerry and Isabella Rippinger back in the fold. They are having a home built overlooking Asia’s 6th, so have resumed membership after living in Florida for a while.
The first team event of the year saw the Residents of La Cala squaring up to the Rest of the World team, selection of which raised a few eyebrows, but only friendly ones. The conflict took place on Campo Europa on Saturday 14th and was a pairs matchplay event, more than one match going to the very last green. Eventually Alison announced victory for the Residents by 7.5 to 5.5, distributed bottles of wine to the winning pairs, not the winning team, and invited the well known oenophile Peter Penney to accept the salver as retrospectively elected captain. Looking more confused than usual he accepted the responsibility graciously.
Those wishing to enlarge any of the photographs can do so by simply clicking on them. Those which have been “borrowed” from elsewhere might not respond.
This heading is by way of an apology having thoroughly confused her in the buggy park prior to her debut in one of our competitions. The confusion was two sided though and misunderstanding the only excuse. Nice to meet you though, Arlene and welcome to our throng.
Campo America was the scene of today’s Medal on Tuesday the 17th. Conditions were far from warm, especially for the early starters, but grew more friendly as time wore on. How nice it was to see Peter Hannam come out on top of the male pile, even though it did cost him in handicap terms.
1st 71 Isabella Rippinger (cut 0.4 to 21.7)
2nd 74 Margaret Fotheringham
3rd 77 Connie Maphar (on handicap)
4th 77 Wendy Hinds
1st. 71 Peter Hannam (cut 0.6 to 15.9)(on handicap)
2nd.71 David Moore
3rd.73 Mike Tait (on handicap)
4th.73 Jack Perry
Martyn (Perfect length) Hornsby lives near the seaside resort of Brighton on the south coast of England. Brighton doesn’t boast a beach. It offers uncomfortable cobbles instead. This may well explain Martyn’s seemingly insatiable need for getting into bunkers, something seen at first hand in this Soft Bramble played on Asia, Saturday 21st. He, frost resistant Bob Rainbow, and Carin Olsson, slowly getting back into the swing of things again, and hitting some fine shots, made up our fourball. Which derived immense pleasure from the round but went home empty handed. By a single point.
1st. 102 Ron Mason, Mike Robbins, Margaret Fotheringham, Derek Steele
2nd. 96 Roy Davis, Liisa Lindstrom, Richard Hings, Mervi Lindeberg
3rd. 91 Alan Jewett, Isabella Rippinger,Geoff Thompson, Wendy Hinds
Pedro Batista, in response to some newsletter questioning, tells us that work on Asia will begin on June 20th. and continue until the end of August. Hole 4 is being re-designed, as previously reported, and the much maligned 2nd. will be changed as soon as the necessary permission is forthcoming from the Town Hall. A lot of the soil from the building projects will find its way there instead of, or as well as, to local farmers.
Management are fully aware of the need for additional markers and these will form part of the exercise also embracing new signs. The pressure is on to speed things up.
Observation that the yellow no-parking lines were being ignored does not mean a failed experiment. On the contrary Prosegur and responsible team members are being urged to be more strict, so be careful!
Prettyfication(?)of the courses continues. Areas being cleared at last. New vistas opening up all the time. Good to see.
Campo Europa hosted the Stableford competition on Tuesday 24th. in what might be described as balmy conditions. The early birds felt the chill air for an hour or so but by mid-day the sun was in its element and sweaters were freely discarded. Despite the friendly meteorological assistance scoring was not record making. The only handicap movement was UP by the usual 0.1 and only a few escaped that punishment.
1st 32 Connie Maphar (on handicap)
2nd 32 Wendy Fretwell
3rd 31 Laura Thompson
1st 35 Chris Park (on handicap)
2nd 35 Derek Steele
3rd 34 George Kirk
Saturday the 28th., was one of those Good–to- be -Alive sort of days. Lovely weather for golf, interesting company, popular winners, and a party in the evening. Look what the South African contingment missed! First though the stats.
1st. 87 Loraine Murphy, Damien Murphy, Lyn & Marco(both guests)
2nd. 83 Geoff Thompson, Wendy Warren, Francesco Castellano, Hans Linderborg
3rd. 82 Richard Hinds, Jill Davies, David Millar, Jan Debrauwer
4th. David Moody, Isabella Rippinger, Paul Roebuck, Philip Shute
Log positioning at the weekends has become almost an art form. Of the Andy Warhol variety. Certainly done with a sense of humour. This is not another lament on behalf of the Blue Brigade but they have been seriously disadvantaged of late? There were two others in our team, neither of whom has it been my pleasure to play with recently. Peter Robinson and Derek Steele. Both come from the David Moody School of Techno-speak so much of the time one was isolated in terms of conversation. There is serious banter between them too. Peter’s oft stated claim that “I have many faults but am never wrong” was challenged more than a few times by Derek when not busy giving lessons on Spanish pronunciation. When not engaged in verbal fisticuffs Peter sang. Sort of. He certainly new a lot of lyrics but didn’t know who made “Singing the Blues “ famous. In fact none of us did until afterwards when a mobile gadget revealed Guy Mitchell.
Laura Thompson, with whom a buggy was shared for the first time, proved a delightful companion, changing out of and back into her sweater umpteen times as the temperature fluctuated. Probably put her off her game a bit because she did a lot of mumbling. On the other hand it might have been Peter’s voice?
As January 28th was Data Privacy Day a change of subject might be sensible.
Thanks to considerable efforts on the part of several members, not least the organisers, Alison and George Kirk, this resurrected event proved most enjoyable, as the midnight hour could testify. Genuine haggis had been flown in from Bonnie Scotland and Ivan the chef made a good job of creating a tasty hors d’oeuvre from it and the “neeps & taties”. Before being devoured the haggis was paraded in from the kitchen, to a background of pipes and accompanied by the chef, Flavio, and the Captains. Campbell McGarvie, is to the manor born when invited to present the Address to the Haggis. Faultless in his verbal delivery, animated to a dirvish degree which suggested a wee dram or two by way of confidence boosting, he scorned the carving knife and instead wrestled a large sword from somewhere off stage, wielding it in a near threatening manner before plunging it into the waiting beastie.
Another veteran performer at such events is Iain Macaulay who handled The Immortal Memory in proper style and manner. Style because he was fully attired in kilt and tartan. It’s a long presentation but he managed to make it not seem so.
Whatever nationality Damien Murphy was he would always be an entertainer, never lost for words, and when it comes to chatting up the ladies, as “Toast to the Lassies” requires, he is in his element. Having led his fourball to victory earlier he was understandably relaxed and on quite a high.
The “Speech frai the Lassies” came from Sylvia McGarvie who also has little fear of an audience. She represented her gender with humour and was very well received. We owe her an apology because none of the volunteer camera crew appear to have taken a shot of her in action. A pity. No sexual bias is intended!
Another properly dressed Scot was Murdo McCorquodale who not only controlled the music system admirably but handled “Poems-Tam-O-Shanter, etc” with consummate ease. He effortlessly reeled off several stories in his own native tongue which was to be admired, if not understood.
It fell to this scribbler to end the formal proceedings with a “Vote of Thanks” which he managed to do relatively briefly and in unlike newsletter mode.
As is tradition the evening finally ended with a rousing chorus of Auld Lang Syne.
Altogether a nice day to remember.
(ED. This issue is short of several relevant photos but this cannot always be blamed on the camera man. In most cases it is because the Tuesday winners are not around for the weekend prize giving. Whisper it not but poor quality sometimes leads to rejection. Jose is a wizard but even he and his magical computer have their limits.)
There is delight in the editorial camp. Pictures of clarity have been forthcoming as well as a report, albeit brief, from the season’s Captain, David Moody. For which we thank him whilst quoting him in full in case he takes umbrage at being edited so early in his new career.
“The Seniors had their first match against RCC Malaga at the Parador. (ED.No date, David?) It was a cold, windy day and whilst two of the matches were close the team lost 0-3. We fared a little better in the home game with a victory for Roy Davies and Richard Hinds, but two defeats. The team included George Kirk and David Moody, Roy Davies and Richard Hinds, Heimo Kupsu and Erling Johnson. After some serious talking to the team improved for the Home game against La Canada who put out a very strong team. Wins for George and Roy, and Roger Dew and Alan Jewett, gave us a 2-1lead going into the away match in early February. Prospects are looking up.”
Is a peculiar Irish game which draws fantastic crowds of 86,000 to major matches. It is doubtful we have many members who have performed before such an audience but ever cheerful Tom Monaghan is one. The newsletter picked up that he had been unwell so checked with his wife Maura. It seems Tom had prostate surgery in December “and is making a wonderful recovery. Prognosis is excellent. Will be back playing golf soon!” Cheerful as her husband Maura added “Tell members – no funeral arrangements”. Which is great news and we look forward to seeing them both back at La Cala soon.
On May 31st. the Captains are organising an Away Day at Mijas GC., just down the road, where for 75 euros you can enjoy a round of golf on a buggy plus a buffet meal for which the club are deservedly renowned. Places are filling fast, honestly, so either get your name up on the notice board or email Peter Edstrom. Non-playing guests are welcome for the meal.
Incidentally, the full Calendar for the Year is now available on our web site. You may wish to make note of special events like the Cudeca Cup, the Stock Memorial events, Members Festival Week, etc.. The newsletter will, of course, carry reminders as the months pass by.
It is always nice to welcome new members to our ranks and this month Alain and Annie Reuter come briefly under the newsletter searchlights. Now retired they are able to split their time more equally between their home in Belgium and La Cala, deciding to join us on the recommendation of neighbour Erling Johnsen , amongst others, after trying several other clubs along the coast. Spain provided them with an introduction to golf a mere three years ago so they are looking forward to the social and sporting side of life in our club.
They live in the south of Belgium, near the border with Luxembourg. Alain worked in the former, in telecommunications, whilst Annie was an accountant in Belgium. They have three children, Adele, Eleonor and Adrian, plus two grandchildren, Arthur and William. We look forward to meeting them all in due course.
For those playing in the last competition of the month, on Tuesday, the 31st, it was a testing day. Especially for the early birds who had to contend with bright sun in their eyes, frosty looking heavy dew, lots of grassless areas and flat lies off moist mud, Not surprisingly, at least in our fourball, the golf was woeful. Buggies were allowed on the fairways but by looking at the tyre marks it was quite clear that few were obeying the 90º rule, which just makes things worse? By 1130 the sun was showing a bit more interest, the dew disappeared, and conditions improved, except underfoot.
At this point it is not known whether scores will be ready for inclusion in this issue…
(Webmaster note: here they are!)
1st. 34 Lorainne Murphy
2nd. 30 Connie Maphar-Massar
3rd. 28 Jill Davies (on handicap)
1st. 36 David Evans (cut 0.6 to 14.9)
2nd. 35 Geoff Thompson (cut 0.3 to 18.0)
3rd. 34 Roy Davies
Phew! That was close.