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Newsletter July 2014


Stableford League

The results at the top of the Mens Section have not changed much during July.  Chris Slattery continues to lead the field with a 35.67 average and Les Wicks remains in 2nd with 34.67.  Alan Jewett is now in 3rd with a 34.0 average with Mike Tait right behind with 33.92.  Jack Perry has jumped up to 6th position with 33.42 after a couple of weeks in the prizes right behind a mostly idle Arthur O’Connor with 33.83.  In the Ladies Section, Karen O’Connor has been passed by last years winner Carol Rees.  Carol is  at 34.75 and Karen has an average of 34.5 just ahead of Ritva and Val Wick at 34.08. Jenny Chesterton is next with 34.0.  The final 2 months will certainly decide the final order!


Round Robin

The competition was held on Campo Asia on a warm day.  While several teams scored well, no one could top the team of Verena Haas, John Youngs, Gordon Edwards, and Bill Field.  They paired well and took the top prize.


John Youngs, Verena Haas, Bill Field and Gordon Edwards with their 1st Place Prizes

John Youngs, Verena Haas, Bill Field and Gordon Edwards with their 1st Place Prizes



Young v Not so Young

This match play competition between mostly self-selected “Young” vs “Not so Young” was very one-sided with the “Young” team taking 7 of 8 matches.  If played again, we may need to use larger print as many people hadn’t noticed they were signing up for a particular team!


"Young" team

“Young” team

“Not as Young” Team

“Not as Young” Team



The July Medal Winners were

Hazel Gilchrist with a net 71 and Alan Jewett with net 67.  Hazel’s handicap dropped to 23.2 and Alan is down to 8.0.  Both Hazel and Alan qualify for the Medal Winners’ Final on October 21st, 2014.



La Calamari Cup

This year Agustin managed to find 18 willing staff to take on the eager list of members for the annual match play event.  The shotgun start on Campo America began at 3:15 to allow the staff to complete their work for the day before playing against the members.  In addition to the match play, Borja Mariscal, one of the professionals from the La Cala Academy, held a putting clinic for the staff that don’t yet play golf.  This was enthusiastically received and we will have several “graduates” signing up to play in the next La Calamari Cup!  After the hard fought matches everyone shared tapas and various beverages to celebrate the occasion on a beautiful evening at the club.  And by the way, after 3 years of domination by the staff, the Members came through for the victory!

A few of the members and staff enjoying the after golf celebrations

A few of the members and staff enjoying the after golf celebrations

Iain Macaulay with words of wisdom

Iain Macaulay with words of wisdom

The La Calamari Cup Changes Hands!

The La Calamari Cup Changes Hands!



Golden Ball

This golf competition rotates a “golden ball” worth double stableford points among the team members.  Choosing the holes each person will have the golden ball is an important part of the game, and of course once chosen, good golf is really important!  There were 8 teams in the event and the results varied widely!  The team of Judi Lentelink, Mick Hall, Alan Jewett and guest Tom Welch led the way with 177 points accumulated with one of the highlights a holed shot by Tom from the 12th fairway on Europa from 130 yards for an eagle!


The Men’s Away Day at Santana

was held on a hot and windy day with 28 hardy men participating.  The early concern was whether we would need to evacuate due to the fire across the dry river bed, but the fire team from Mijas were quick on the job and with the excellent work from the helicopter and fire teams they had it under control.  The team event was extremely close at the top with only one point separating the first 3 teams.

Team Event (3 scores to count)

  • 1st Place:  Peter Robinson, Louis Lentelink, Chris Park and Sean Jewet with 115 points
  • 2nd Place: David Wilson, Iain Macaulay, Roy Davies, and Peter Penney with 114 points
  • 3rd Place:  Jack Perry, John Youngs, Bill Field and Danny Rees also with 114 points

Individual Stableford

  • 1st Place:  Bill Field with 38 points
  • 2nd Place:  Peter Penney with 37 points
  • 3rd Place:  Peter Robinson with 36 points

The closest to the pin was won by Gordon Edwards and the Long Drive went to “Wild”  Bill Field


Individual Stableford Winner Bill Field

Individual Stableford Winner Bill Field

Top Team with 115 points: Peter Robinson, Louis Lentelink, Sean Jewett and Chris Park

Top Team with 115 points: Peter Robinson, Louis Lentelink, Sean Jewett and Chris Park








Ladies Social Golf

Twenty La Cala Lady Members and three guests had an extremely enjoyable social golf event playing an AM AM team competition combined with an individual Stableford. There was one 3-lady team and they were devastated to discover that the extra 20% added to handicap did not apply in the individual Stableford!  Nice try Sonya!  On Campo America, on perhaps the hottest day in July, Carol Rees, Val Penney, Val Wicks and Paula Lansdowne came first with 87 Stableford points closely followed by Sonya Foster, Marie Wilson and Veronique Hesen with 85 points. Seven ladies had Birdies, Jenny Chesterton had Nearest the Pin on hole 16 and also best Individual Stableford with 39 points. Everyone enjoyed cooling off with a cool drink and a delicious salmon lunch. It was another successful Ladies Social Golf day, great company and camaraderie.  Ladies, look out for the next one in August!




This competition is similar to a Texas Scramble in that after everyone drives (and each player has to contribute at least 4), the team selects the best drive and everyone plays from there.  The difference is after selecting the drive, everyone plays their own ball and the best 2 stableford scores become the team score.  There was some comfusion about whether it is possible to have a 2’s competition (it is) but most had a good time on the hot and sticky day.  The team of Patrick Daly, Roy Davies, Bill Field and Damien Murphy distinguished themselves and won by 6 points – well done!

Winning Bramble Team:  Patrick Daly, Damien Murphy, Bill Field and Roy Davies

Winning Bramble Team: Patrick Daly, Damien Murphy, Bill Field and Roy Davies


Ladies Golf Tour on Campo Asia

It was played on the 9th of July and our own Sonya Foster was the winner with 37 points!  There were 15 ladies participating in the 1st Catefory from a variety of clubs around the area including Guadalmina, Guadalhorce, El Candado, Baviera and Parador.  Other La Cala members were Kath O’Connor in 2nd with 34 (playing off +3) with 34 points and Carol Rees in 4th with 32 points.  In the 2nd Category there were 27 Ladies, also from a variety of clubs and Susan Young from La Cala placed 4th with 33 points followed by 6 more La Cala Ladies in the top 20.  Well done Ladies!

Sonya Foster receiving her prize from Agustin Alonso

Sonya Foster receiving her prize from Agustin Alonso



The Members/Guest Tournament

Is scheduled for September 6th.  Start thinking of the guests you would like to invite for this new event.  The format will be a 2 ball better ball with your guest as your partner.  La Cala have offered a great price for guests of only 40 euros each (a 20% discount off the regular greenfee for September).  If you don’t have a guest to invite, there will be separate prizes for members that pair up.


At the Academy

Though the Driving Range is closed for the upgrade and will reopen in September, the Academy, and the Par 3 course remain open for business.


Rafa Linares and his green keeping team

… have advised the following planned course closures:

Dates Course Purpose
04/08/2014 to 24/08/2014 America Improvements
25/08/2014 to 31/08/2014 America Solid Tining
01/09/2014 to 07/09/2014 Asia Solid Tining


On Campo Asia, which will remain closed until early August, the team have been:

  • Spiking and adding sand to the greens to encourage grass growth
  • Verticutting and adding sand to the fairways to encourage grass growth
  • Verticutting and adding sand to the tees to encourage grass growth
  • Leveling and expanding the teeing ground on the 15th hole
  • Leveling sprinklers
  • Replanting the area near the tees on the 18th hole



We encourage members to bring guests to play in members competitions both on a Tuesday and at weekends.  Although no handicap evidence is required for member’s guests to compete for prizes in our weekend social competitions, we would remind members that they will need to have provided handicap evidence for their guests, to either the competition organiser or the handicap secretary (Arthur O’Connor), if they are to be eligible for prizes in Tuesday competitions.

Please remember to note what competitions you sign up for!  Too often a competition organiser posts a start sheet and then gets a call cancelling because the person didn’t know they were on the list and have something else planned (or worse, just don’t show up!).  There could be others wanting to play but think the competition is full, and of course the organisers job is greatly complicated.


Upcoming events:

  • Saturday August 2nd:  2 Ball Texas Scramble
  • Saturday August 9th:  AM/AM
  • Friday August 15th:  Parent/Child Tournament on Campo Europa (sign up in Reservations)
  • Saturday August 16th:  Texas Scramble
  • Saturday August 23rd:  Lone Ranger
  • Thursday August 28th:  Ladies Social Golf
  • Saturday August 30th:  Captain’s Choice
  • Saturday September 6th:  Members/Guest Tournament followed by lunch


Mixed Away Day at Alcaidesa

We have a full field for this event (August 14th).  Please contact Alan Jewett ( if you would like to be on the Reserve List.


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