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Newsletter June 2014

Stableford League

The results in the Mens Section are revealing a clear leader.  Chris Slattery scored 41 points in early June and followed it up with a 35 point effort to distance himself (again) from the field.  Les Wicks remains in second place but the gap has widened.  Arthur O’Connor has continued his run of good form and is in 3rd place and may provide some drama before the end of the year.  Jack Perry has put in some good scores during June and has now moved into at tie for 10th!  In the Ladies Section, Karen O’Connor has made a strong move to the top of the rankings with a 34.17 average and now is just ahead of Ritva who has a 34 average.  Carol Rees is in 3rd position with 33.5 followed by Val Wicks at 33.33.  Everything to play for in the Ladies Section!


The Sandwich Stableford

This event is a replacement for the Progressive Stableford recognizing that with our mini-shotgun start, many people end up starting on the back 9.  When a team had to begin with 3 scores to count it was a difficult hurdle so now we “sandwich” 6 holes with 2 scores to count between 6 holes with 3 scores to count!  The winning team of Roy Davies, Deirdre Whelan, Sorcha Whelan and Sean Jewett scored an outstanding 115 points (and thankfully no one was hurt in the single buggy crash on the 12th hole!).

Better Ball Stableford

The 2 Person Better Ball Stableford was played on Campo Europa in great weather and friendly spirit.  The 2 ball team of James Reid and recently returning Kate Bradley with 48 points easily finished ahead of a pack of teams with 46 points to claim the first place prize.


This months Medal Winners were

Brian Farmer with a net 71 and Lina Zelley with net 67.  Lina’s handicap has dropped to 33.1 and Brian is down to 13.4.  Both Brian and Lina qualify for the Medal Winners’ Final on October 21st, 2014.  Also of note, the first 4 ball for the Medal competition established what might be a new club record. The combined age was 330 years!  Jack Perry, at the tender young age of 81, was the youngest and is now refered to as “Junior”!


Lina Zelley - June Medal Winner

Lina Zelley – June Medal Winner

Brian Farmer - June Medal Winner

Brian Farmer – June Medal Winner

Jack “Junior” Perry explaining the calculations required for a 4 ball with the combined age of 330 years

Jack “Junior” Perry explaining the calculations required for a 4 ball with the combined age of 330 years

Typical Tuesday afternoon at Pedro's with Brian Farmer, James Reid, Arthur O'Connor, and Peter Robinson

Typical Tuesday afternoon at Pedro’s with Brian Farmer, James Reid, Arthur O’Connor, and Peter Robinson


40 Balls

It’s a new competition that requires at least one person in the group to have some math skills!  The goal is to achieve the lowest total net stroke scores of 40 balls over 18 holes.  Each player has to contribute 7 scores and at least one score has to count on each hole.  After completion of each hole the team decides which scores will be part of the 40!  Much confusion reigned and calculators and advice were needed by many but the team of Arthur O’Connor, Kate Bradley, Judi Lentelink and Erling Johnsen took the top prize with 135 (net) shots!

Erling Johnsen, Judi Lentelink, Kate Bradley and Arthur O'Connor – 40 Balls Winners

Erling Johnsen, Judi Lentelink, Kate Bradley and Arthur O’Connor – 40 Balls Winners


Men’s Senior League

The La Cala team have played over half the matches in the Senior League this year and we are in the middle of the field in the results table.  Arthur O’Connor was the Captain for the day for the La Siesta match and he impressed us all with his stirring speech in “Español”!  The La Siesta group was very appreciative of his efforts. The La Cala team won all 3 matches at home on Campo America and managed to win one match at La Siesta to take the series 4 – 2.

The La Cala Team of George Kirk, Vic Hilliard, Alan Jewett, Gordon Edwards, Arthur O'Connor, and Roy Davies at La Siesta.

The La Cala Team of George Kirk, Vic Hilliard, Alan Jewett, Gordon Edwards, Arthur O’Connor, and Roy Davies at La Siesta.


Ladies Senior League

The Ladies of La Cala recently grabbed 11 of the 12 available points in a match at Parador and are in the middle of the results table at the moment.


The Final rounds of the Circuito Femenino

Newsletter June 2014

Were played at Mijas Golf on June 18th & 19th on the new Championship course – Los Lagos. The Lady Vice-Captain Sonya Foster had this to say:  The first day proved to be a very good round and the team were lying in 4th place only four shots off the lead.  Then on the second day what can I say! How are two days never the same in golf! I personally wanted to throw myself into one of the lakes after the 6th hole!! Sooooo frustrating! However that said we did very well. My other team mates Carol Rees, Jenny Chesterton and Connie Maphar played well. Carol was the most consistent and ended up with the same score on both days 34 & 34 – Well done Carol!  We ended up in third place out of a field of 20 teams. The scores for the two day event were:-

  • First place       196
  • Second Place  193
  • Third Place     191

If only we had put those last few putts in!!!

The Circuito Femenino is held during March, April, May and ends in June with the final event being held over two days.  We will definitely consider playing again next year. It is great value for money at around €120 for the whole golfing event, and we get to travel up and down the coast playing different golf courses/clubs the Federation chooses for that year. If you would like to know more about this event visit the Federation website or ask any one of us who have participated in the competition. We really would love for more of the La Cala ladies to become involved in this competition as it is such good fun and we know you would really enjoy yourselves.


The Captain’s Choice

This competition for June was an AM/AM played on Campo Asia.  Sunny skies were again the order of the day and a welcome change for those rained out on Tuesday!  Three teams tied with 91 points and the winners on handicap were Sonya Foster, Roel Geers, Carol Rees, and Frank Zehlius.

Newsletter June 2014



At the Academy

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


Summer League at La Cala

You may have seen the posters on the notice boards for a summer league.  Cost for unlimited members is only 5€ and for pay and play it is 5€ plus your normal green fee.  There are 4 qualifying tournaments and then the Final on August 30th (you have to play 3 to qualify for the Finals and the Finals entry fee of 25€ includes lunch).  Prizes valued at 5000 € will be handed out!


Ladies Golf Tour on Campo Asia

It will be played on the 9th of July.  They are offering an excellent welcome pack and prizes and promises to be a good event for the Ladies.  Sign up in Reservations.


La Calamari Cup

The sign-up sheet is on the Notice Board.  For the draw, priority will be given to members that signed up last year but were not selected due to over subscription.  The Staff are trying to recruit more players this year, and in addition we will have a putting competition for those staff not familiar with golf so that more members and staff can participate.  More information will be posted on the Notice Board prior to the event.


Rafa Linares and his green keeping team

…  have advised the following planned course closures:

 Dates Course Purpose
14/07/2014 to 03/08/2014 Asia Improvements
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

Campo Europa is closed until the 13th of July while the green staff make the following improvements:

  • Stones removed from bunkers
  • Sand added to some of the bunkers
  • Tees leveled
  • Verticut in the fairways
  • Adding sand to the fairways that have poor drainage
  • Removing annual weeds from some of the rough on holes 5, 6, and 7


Upcoming events (sign-up sheets on the Notice Board or at Reservations)

  • Saturday July 5th:  Round Robin Members Competition
  • Wednesday July 9th:  Ladies Golf Tournament on Campo Asia
  • Saturday July 12th:  1st event in Summer League Series (sign up at Reservations)
  • Saturday July 12th:  Young vs Not so Young Members Competition
  • Thursday July 17th:  La Calamari Cup
  • Friday July 18th:  Manu Sarabia Trophy Celebrity Golf Tournament at La Cala
  • Saturday July 19th:  Golden Ball
  • Thursday July 24th:  Ladies Social Golf
  • Thursday July 24th:  Men’s Away Day at Santana (to confirm your place, please pay by July 1st)
  •  Saturday July 26th:  2nd event in Summer League Series
  • Saturday July 26th:  Captains Choice


Mixed Away Day at Alcaidesa

We have a full field for this event.  Please contact Alan Jewett if you would like to be on the Reserve List.  To confirm your place, please pay by July 1st

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