Before we turn our back on last month, the results for Tuesday 30/5 can finally be recorded as official. Just as well for newcomer Peter Marler who came in with an outstanding card. Indeed scoring was pretty good throughout the field, testimony to the condition of Campo Asia plus the continuing good weather.
1st. 38 Carol Rees (cut 0.6 to 12.2)
2nd. 34 Val Wicks
3rd. 33 Isabella Rippinger (on handicap)
1st. 44 Peter Marler (cut 2.8 to 10.6)
2nd. 37 Roy Davies (cut 0.3 to 12.9)
3rd. 36 George Kirk
No photos are yet available.
Whilst on the subject may we remind readers that most of the pictures can be enlarged simply by clicking on them. Someone bought me a coffee recently and then “complained” about the size of the pictures! Also, but far be it for me to try and change habits, but the newsletter is best read on your desk or laptop, at worst an iPad or similar tablet. You don’t get the best “feel” from smaller devices/screens.
Secretary Judi Lentelink’s considerable help brings last month’s news to an end with a report on this year’s Captain’s Away Day, played on the Los Lagos course at Mijas Golf, and celebrated in the clubhouse with its well deserved reputation for good and plentiful nourishment.
Wednesday May 31st was a bright, sunny day with temperatures up to 25C. Captain Peter Edstrom very generously gave each of the 64 players a La Cala logo golf towel embroidered with their own name, his memento of the occasion.
An individual Stableford competition was played(so no pressure on anyone to do well for a team), and in the end this was a good choice, as the majority of the field scored between 10-25 points! Los Lagos is a long course with nice fairways, but soft sand in the myriad of bunkers surrounding each green. La Cala members, being unused to such sand, found that, when they kept on finding themselves in these bunkers, it took 2-3 shots to escape. Or they just went from bunker to bunker! In addition the greens were not easy either so 3-putting was very common.
Only a handful of players managed more than 30 points and the best overall were
1st. 33 Annie Clarke
2nd. 29 Carol Rees
3rd. 28 Sonya Foster
1st. 34 Richard Hinds
2nd. 32 Alan Jewett (on handicap)
3rd. 32 Roy Davies
Nearest the pin prizes went to Thomasina Costello and Damien Murphy.
Longest drive awards to Carin Olsson and Ray Clarke. Always nice to see different people picking up these prizes.
The atmosphere was very convivial, and although many of the tables for the meal had been set up outside, a lot of them were soon dragged into the shade of the dining room. So the Penneys
and the Fishers, who had hogged the only brolly outside, were quite lonely out on the patio until the sun moved around a little and some shade crept into a corner, when other diners emerged to join them.
The buffet was excellent, with plenty of choice, both starters and mains. The trays being replenished time after time, as the food was devoured! The wine and beer flowed freely with no stop, so it was a very merry band of members who eventually wound their way home.
Peter. Who was ably assisted at the prize-giving by Alison Kirk, wishes to thank everyone who supported him, and who made the effort to play in his Away Day ‘just round the corner’ “
(ED. Thank you Judi.)
Such was the name given to the team competition on Campo Asia as “weekends” changed from Sunday to Saturday on the 3rd.
1st. 166 Pauline Hilliard, Mike Robbins, Alison Kirk, Dean Moore
2nd. 154 Ron Chesterton, Roger Dew, Sylvia Robbins, Richard Dew (on handicap)
3rd. 154 Peter Edstrom, Maddie Brook, Jill Davies, Richard Hinds
The prizegiving proceedings also included a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday to you” aimed at George Kirk, marking his 70th by treating everyone present to a glass of cava but keeping his one candle cake all to himself. Right out of the Peter Edstrom guide to such occasions!
It was a very strange photo shoot it should be said. More than usual absentees, delayed presentations, gentle chaos.
Does the Guinness Book of Records include a relevant category because, if so, Claus Ramer and Mike Fisher might wish to submit their names. 85 points is some total from one buggy? Their liitle “contest” within the framework of the Stableford played on Swedish National Day, June 6th. on Europa went to the 18th hole where Claus’s par was enough to win him his moment of fame.
1st. 40 Connie Maphar-Massar (cut 1.0 to 10.9)
2nd. 37 Mary Evans (cut 0.4 to 18.2)
3rd. 35 Carol Rees (on handicap)
1st. 43 Claus Ramer (cut 3.7 to 22.3)
2nd. 42 Mike Fisher (cut 2.5 to 17.1)
3rd. 36 Les Wicks
There has been a lot of golf of late and this may well explain the diminished field for the AM/AM/AM played on Asia on the 10th. However, there was a bonus for tennis lovers because all the prizes had been distributed in good time for the afficianados to get home in time to witness one of the best Ladies Singles Finals for many years. Too early to say whether a new young star has been born but young Ostapenko’s nerveless style of play, and whole approach to the title fight against a seasoned opponent who would have gone to No 1 in the world had she won, was so exciting.
1st. 106 Laura Thompson, Diane Tomlin, Derek Steele, Roy Davies.
2nd. 100 Geoff Thompson, Mervi Linderborg, Libby Robinson, John Youngs
3rd. 96 Martin Hornsby Jill Davies, Janice Marler, Bob Rainbow
Please excuse a little personal indulgence here but Upton Park, the old home of West Ham United, that once was Thameside Ironworks FC., is almost no more. Demolition is underway as this rather sad(to many)picture will show. Seems like only yesterday we used to hop on our bikes and pedal our way to watch the ‘Ammers, shout “Come on you Irons” from our standing position in the Chicken Run, after parking our bikes in the small front garden of any nearby terraced house whose owners were only too pleased to earn a few pence by renting out their front space for a couple of hours. The Olympic Stadium is a posh replacement but will never provide the feeling of togetherness with the fans or, equally important, the team.
Members will have noticed, or certainly been shown, Ron Chesterton’s new golf shoes. Sartorially conscious Ron has chosen a colour scheme which, it is claimed, will co-ordinate with any attire.
Clearly there has been a breakdown in communication between he and his wife Jenny who, by coincidence surely, has also been on a recent shopping spree, adding brightness and colour to the already sun drenched landscape.
Last in this little wander from the central theme a container is shown which might hold pate perhaps? Or Normandy butter? Obviously not if you can read Swedish but does the label tell the full story? The truth is the content is tobacco, Or ‘backie” perhaps. For chewing. As in cowboy films. There was no sign of a spittoon when this picture was taken. But a senior Swede was not far distant.
Everyone knows that June offers the longest daylight hours of the year, but how many are aware that America bought Alaska from Russia back in 1867. In June. Or that Cornelus Rudolphus Theodorous Krayenhoff was a June babe back in 1758?
Coming closer to today it is noticed that the month boasts a huge list of Awareness Days. Too many to list but one caught the eye being to do with communication. Seeking to find interesting stuff about writing, speaking, filming, there was some initial disappointment when the subject proved to be kissing. Repeat. Kissing. Not the esoteric version but as a greeting. This, of course, is a problem with which we are all faced on a regular basis being members of a mixed and international club. In the UK if you kiss at all one is the maximum. In France, going to another extreme, it can range from two to four depending on which region you live in. In the Netherlands it is three. Then there is the matter of which side to start on. In Italy it is right to left, whereas in Portugal it is the other way round. Not that one actually kisses. More a brush of cheeks, sometimes accompanied by a kissing sound. This too needs control. Some manage to sound like an industrial size vacuum cleaner about to suck out one’s brains. As if all this wasn’t enough there is the matter of headware. Gentlemen, of course, doff their caps, but gaining access to a female cheek is made hazardus at times by virtue of the long and sharply peaked caps which have become popular amongst the ladies.
To say nothing about giant sized sun glasses!!
Well, perhaps not quite as far back but the very early days of La Cala GC were synonymous with the names of Erling Johnsen, the hugely popular and amiable Norwegian, and that of Iain Macaulay, a man of many words and fascinating life history. They came up with the idea of a trophy, to be competed for annually, and to commemorate friendship. Needless to say the golf was followed by much socialising and some indulgence. All hugely enjoyable and fondly remembered by the less indulgent. Then, for a variety of understandable reasons, it fizzled out. Back in 2007.
The McErlian Invitational Challenge Cup was resurrected on Friday the 9th, play being on Europa with a 10.00 shotgun start. Thirteen teams took part in the Stableford off full handicaps. This editor, still not able to play, instead parked by the 10th tee, recording most of the participants. Apologies to the first two groups out whom were just missed.
There then followed a buffet meal and announcements from a generously loaded prize table. At a suitable break in the proceedings former captain Bob Gordon didn’t need his arm twisted before getting up to tell three of his historic “It’s all true” stories, sort of shaggy dog style but always well applauded.
There was another friendly interruption when Iain presented John (“It’s in”) and Vivienne Young with a card and gift from the members by way of celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary, which is imminent.
(ED. A nice “Thank you” card has been posted on the notice board but will not have been seen by all, the summer exodus having already begun. At the request of the popular couple this newsletter is pleased to confirm how delighted they were at this surprise presentation, and to thank everyone on their behalf. )
There were six prizes for the main battle and John Youngs must have been sitting there quietly confident having handed in a score of 43 but, it was not to be. Following him in third place was Richard Hinds with 41; fourth Campbell McGarvie 40; fifth Alan Jewett 39; and also on 39 Carol Rees.
Pauline Hilliard, last years Ladies’ Captain and our very own Rain Goddess, recorded a remarkable 45 points to win the main trophy of the day.
Whether they had won a prize or not all present were very happy to assemble afterwards for the “family group”
And all will have gone home, eventually(!), having thoroughly enjoyed this reminder of what friendship and conviviality can mean. Thanks go to Erling and Iain for their hospitality, and to the Food & Beverage duty squad who looked after us all so well.
Brian of that name is to relinquish his captaincy of the Senior Mens’ team at the end of this campaign after a four year stint. Volunteers to fill the void will be welcome and should contact him direct to find out just what is involved. Appropriate appreciation of Brian’s efforts will appear in due course.
Selection tends to be from the ranks of the old and older but Brian’s pairings came up trumps this month at the expense of Mijas GC who beat us 9-3 last year but went down 7.5 v 4.5 this. Mijas is a very long course at 6930 yards off the yellows. Too long for most of our Blue Tee trained members. Two of our pairs deserve special mention for having won in both matches, so well done James Reid/Cees Lagerwerf and Danny Rees/Dean Moore. Other vastly experienced warriors were Brian Farmer/Derek Steele, Mike Fisher/Peter Penney, Alan Jewett/George Kirk, Roy Davies/Peter Edstrom
The Campo woke up in a very generous, benign, kind mood, determined to make life really enjoyable for those playing in Tuesday 13th’s Stableford competition. Evidence of this could later be seen when studying the scores, most of which were very good. No surprise to see Isabella the Conqueror featuring again, but nice to see Richard “Claret & Blue” Hinds (AKA Hynds) having his handicap slashed. At his age!
1st. 37 Isabella Rippinger (cut 0.4 to 18.8)(on handicap)
2nd. 37 Hazel Gilchrist (cut 0.4 to 22.1)
3rd. 35 Sonya Foster (on handicap)
1st. 40 Richard Hinds (cut 1.2 to 17.0)
2nd. 38 Campbell McGarvie (cut 0.6 to 14.2)
3rd. 37 Alan Jewett (cut 0.2 to 10.5)
The term usually implies a few days off to play golf, a short golfing holiday. Looking at the time sheet for Saturday 17th. on Campo Europa the opposite would appear to be the case. Mind you there has been an abundance of golf recently so a rest would seem reasonable. A break from the usual routine? Perhaps a meander round the market!! In the heat.
It is not often that the assembled members applaud an incoming group before any results are announced. Perhaps it was just a sense of relief that the four players hadn’t got lost, fallen off the planet, been eaten by stray animals. The explanation was less colourful. They just played incredibly slowly. 45 minutes longer than most others. Then, to rub it in, they were announced as winners!! Isn’t it often the way?
The Soft Bramble prize winners were;
1st. 110 Roy Davies, Libby Robinson, Hugo Reichle, Monique Peters
2nd. 106 Peter Edstrom, Danny Rees, Alison Kirk (a three ball)
3rd. 103 Martin Hornsby, Carol Rees, David Holden, Gerry Rippinger
This morning, when most of us woke, it was pleasantly cool, the rampant sun of late obliterated by light but wide spread cloud. But early Tuesday 20th. was to prove misleading, and by the time the Medal got underway on America solar panel filling was back to normal. The news from Portugal is frightening and upsetting, Vigilance and care is needed if we are to avoid the fires of recent years. Meanwhile, the game goes on. Another Tuesday. Another competition. A few gaps in the time sheet but still 44 players in action, doubtless thickly blocked. It was to get hot.
It was a source of personal delight to hear that David Moody had won and been further cut. He has had to put up with a fair share of leg pulling , not least in these columns, but the last laugh looks like being his. All his hard work, application, dedication, are clearly beginning to gel. Good on ‘yer, sport.
1st. 73 Sylvia McGarvie (on handicap)
2nd. 73 Val Wicks
3rd. 74 Laura Thompson
1st. 70 David Moody (cut 0.8 to 19.7)
2nd. 71 Campbell McGarvie (cut 0.3 to 13.9)
3rd. 72 Les Wicks (cut 0.5 to 11.2)
Meetings with our Operations Director, Pedro Batista, have fallen by the wayside the last couple of months, but have been resumed. It has been said in this newsletter before that Pedro is ambitious, very knowledgeable, a golfer himself, and enthusiastically determined to make La Cala GC one of the best around. A lot of his plans and ideas depend on budget, of course, but he is getting support from Ireland and there is much both underway and on the drawing board.
Let’s start with the putting green, on which my mending collar bone has allowed me to practise a few late afternoons recently. Three times round the nine holes playing two balls has been my routine. It is playing very slow, especially late in the day when there has been new growth, but my comments are really about the half which is bare and currently out of action. If we can access any surplus they may have the plan is to use Bermuda grass to complete our green, by way of experiment, as part of a learning curve for the future. If not, the barren area will be re-laid with our own home grown turf. Bermuda grass is definitely in Pedro’s sights!
Living right above America’s 16th hole pond we are well aware of the disappointing state of this signature feature. Visually it is unsightly and overgrown with weed. There is a leak so the water level keeps dropping and that in turn fails to trigger the fountain. Almost certainly the fissure in the plastic sheeting will have been caused by trespassing ball seekers, who are difficult to police. The insurance company are involved and a decision awaited. Failing support it will mean a large outlay and probably a repetition of what had to be done on Asia’s 5th.
A new irrigation system is being installed around Asia, it being 25 years since the original one was laid down. Work has begun on “flattening out” the 2nd., providing a wider area at which to aim and expect your ball to stay. Great news is that the green is also being flattened out and enlarged.
Nothing dramatic will happen on the 4th for the moment although it is on the think pad.
Thought is being given to building a low “fence” along the left hand side of the 15th on America, where second shots tend to run off. This would give you a penalty free drop instead of a lost ball.
In a couple of places the existing buggy paths will be re-positioned, taking players behind the pine trees instead of in front.
Some greens have been enlarged but it may take a wee bit longer than the end of August for the newly exposed and short cut fringe to be bedded in equally.
Everywhere the clearing of dead growth continues, vistas are being opened up, sunshine and light invited into hitherto shaded areas and, generally speaking, the “prettifying” of the courses remains a major aim. It will be easier to find balls and that should help to speed up play. Budget and manpower are needed to accelerate all this, and Pedro will be arguing his corner on behalf of all of us, that’s for sure.
Meanwhile, thanks to Ken Flockhart’s initiative, all members of staff are being encouraged to play the game, and are being given free lessons to get them started. This applies to all those we see and those we don’t. From my own conversations with some of them they are wildly enthusiastic and keen to know more about this game we members all love. Over 25 staff are playing in a league which commenced in April. This is a 9 hole stableford format with additional points being awarded for attendance and the top two places. Interest amongst the staff is at a high level and has created a lot of friendly “banter” in the Staff Canteen.
Looks as though we could have a fight on our hands when the Calamari Cup is fought out next month!!
“Summer days drifting away but oh-oh those summer nights” sang John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Now, with July peeping round the corner, summer nights are upon us and there are arguments for spending some of them in the clubhouse or hotel, both venues offering special seasonal attractions. Owners might have already seen the marketing blurb, and thus be informed, but for members generally this is just a little extra promotional nudge on behalf of the Food & Beverage Team. There is a BBQ every evening from 7pm in the clubhouse Monday-Sunday. Al fresco dining is on offer in the hotel courtyard and there will be a flamenco display from 8pm either there or in the clubhouse, Please check – and support.
The very name of our neighbouring club conjures up visions of Miss Ellie and “J R”. A little mental tweezing and it could be Southfork? A little extra naughty twist and Sue Ellen appears but, concentrate Mr.Editor, and deal with the matter of our Mixed Team in action on Friday the 16th. Not having been present it is pleasing to include the following report kindly submitted by Past Captain Alan Jewett.
“The La Cala team showed up at El Chaparral for the first Summer Mixed Interclub day of the season on Friday June 16th. All were in the queue vying for Jose’s attention for our coffee fix before starting out on the very bright and hot day. The team had high hopes before they set out for the 9:30 shotgun start. If you haven’t played El Chaparral, the first thing you notice is the course has many beautiful trees. The second thing you notice is they are not nearly as beautiful when discovered in the middle of fairways blocking your approach to greens! The day was warm to start and got hotter when the only breeze was generated by the movement of our buggies. Jose was again a very busy man after our showers handing out ice cold adult beverages. After hearing of various scores, the La Cala team were not optimistic about our chances. But the pair of Lily and Cees Lagerwerf scored a magnificent 40 points to lead the team. We later learned that Cees and Lily were members of El Chaparral for a year before coming to their senses and joining us at La Cala! Alan Jewett and Wendy Warren managed to come second for the La Cala team with 36 points closely followed by Laura and Geoff Thompson with 34 points, another pair with previous experience at El Chaparral. Completing the scoring for the team was Loraine Murphy and George Kirk with 33 points (top four scores from the 6 pairs determine the team score). The other two pairs, Kate Bradley and Roy Davies and Sylvia and Campbell McGarvie scored just off the pace for the team score. Amazingly, other clubs found the course even more difficult than La Cala members and we came second overall with 143 points! El Chaparral as home team had no trouble at all and easily won overall with 162 points. Since this is the first Mixed of the season this puts us in second place, just one point behind El Chaparral! Well done team! At the end of the awards there was a “lucky loser” draw. One La Cala member was heard to announce “I’m good at these!” as he prepared himself to go forward and accept the prize. Moments later the announcer was heard to say: “And the 2 green fees and a buggy go to Campbell McGarvie!”
The June publication of the Members’ Phone and Email Directory is already out of date! Several amendments have been advised to present originator and custodian Sonya Foster with extra deskwork. PLEASE check your own entry and if it is incorrect let her know QUICKLY. A new edition is in the pipeline.
Meanwhile, whilst on the subject of communication, a few words about timesheets and dropouts. The first thing to be said is that the mobile telephone which used to pass from organiser to organiser on a frequent basis has gone walkabout. So, forget the 634 703 094 number shown on page one of the Directory.
Always make a note of the person responsible for each competition, in case you need to change something. Either because the list has been taken down or any other reason why it is impossible for you to do it at the noticeboard eg., on holiday. In such circumstances either email or telephone the person responsible PLUS email/text phone the Captain, Peter Edstrom.
To cancel or add to a list within 12 hours of the competition email the pro-shop, the organiser, and the Captain.
All contact details will be found in the Directory.
Brian Farmer is the Organiser for July.
(ED. This is included at the behest of the Committee. Any queries or comments should be directed to Secretary Judi Lentelink and/or the Captain.
This annual social event is still organised by the Hilliards but there was a change of venue this year. The Tamisa Hotel hosted a full house of colourfully attired punters, our group of members being but a small part of the screen spectators, diners and drinkers. It is reported that “Freddy” Steele went home with more in his pocket than when he arrived, but otherwise these pictures more or less tell the story of the afternoon which, if nothing else, was uncomfortably hot. Interestingly, whilst the ladies rose as one to the sartorial occasion, their life mates refused to budge from their “smart, informal” dress.
Quietly reading Alain Finkielkraut’s views of The Internet was a poor substitute for playing in this annual fund raising event, this year on Campo Europa, everyone teeing off at 0930 in pleasantly cool conditions. Very welcome conditions after all the demanding heat of late. Unfortunately, for a number of understandable reasons, support was down this year, but even so 14 groups of 4 went out. 13 of the 56 players were non-members, and thus, traditionally, a threat. Play proved slow which, in the by then very hot weather, proved too much for some. A round of 5 hours 20 minutes seemed to be the worst and led to one former captain coming in spitting blood and colourful adjectives.
There is a great deal of voluntary effort and good will in abundance prior to the day. Take the Tombola for example. This year again run by June Steele and her sister, Jean. Members, and friends of, had been particularly generous and responsive so the virgin table, prior to the punters’ arrival, was more mouth watering and tempting than most. Enhanced, not least, by the large bottle of coins, donated by Peter and Val Penney, which came with an invitation to guess the weight and content value for only one euro a try. It was later disclosed that the bottle weighed an unbelievable 19+ kgs and Martin Hornsby guessed the nearest.
The content value was 152.54 euros and, perhaps not suprisingly of a treasurer, Cees Lagerwerf was almost spot on at 156. His prize was a cuddly teddy bear, his obvious affinity with which was overcome by his generosity, and the loveable creature was soon seen back on the raffle table.
The combined income from June and Jean’s efforts was 415 euros. Well done ladies – and those who contributed prizes.
In the run up to the event it was almost impossible to escape the trio of female raffle ticket sellers, and there they were again, at the reception, plying their wares with enthusiasm bordering on the bullying. Judi Lentelink, Pauline Moody and Lilly Lagerwerf, whilst charming for the most part, showed another aspect of their character and were well rewarded for their efforts.
Space was at a premium due to a date clash with a very large wedding, and protection from the sun was slatted. The BBQ/buffet lunch somehow provided everyone in due course, the menu being a simple one but the meal digestible and filling.
Two of the Cudeca team were in attendance, plus a cameraman and interviewer from our local TV station. Captain Peter Edstrom may well have become a TV celebrity overnight following his interrogation. Esther Raez Martinez is in the PR department and it is easy to see why. Charming, chatty and, just as well as it turned out later, a mean hand with the camera. We are indebted to her for many of our pictures. Rafael Ollalla is Deputy Chief Executive & Financial Director of Cudeca and it was he who made a verbal presentation on behalf of the organisation born of nothing more than an idea and determination.
Afterwards came Flavio Papa and his temperamental microphone to announce the results bi-lingually. He started with the Longest Drive award which was the signal for Damien Murphy and Alan Jewett to come verbally face to face in gruff and argumentative tone.. For a moment there was doubt in the air, it apparently being suggested that Damien, whose name had been declared as winner, had used an illegal club. Having protested his innocence, in a rather threatening manner, he produced the club in question and all became clear. It was at least 6 metres long and had a head the size of a small bucket. Once the laughter had died down George Kirk came forward to collect his undisputed prize. Monique Peters claimed the honour from the ladies’ ranks. Both achieved on the 17th.
The day’s main prize winners were all members, which makes a change, with a lot of good scores being registered.
1st. 36 Monique Peters
2nd. 35 Liisa Lindstrom
3rd. 34 Sonya Foster
1st. 39 Damien Murphy (cut 0,8 to 11.1)
2nd.38 Frank Zelhius (cut 0.4 to 9.9)(on handicap)
3rd. 38 Louis Lentelink (cut 0.7 to 17.8)
A smily Spanish lady named Carmen Dominguez, clearly a short game specialist, was the recipient of at least three prizes, including nearest the pin on both the 9th and 10th holes ,but also choice of raffle tickets, and will have gone home cheerful. “My day. My day” she said as she pushed through and back. Her male counterpart in this was Richard Ledgard, also on the 10th.
It will also have gone down as quite a day in the Murphy household. Their long association with both La Cala and Cudeca is well known, and during that period of some 25 years, over a million euros have been raised by the former for the latter. It was a bitter sweet morning for them, having learned that a friend of 30+ years had died in the hospice during the night. His name was Pearse Webb and he will be known to many as a very popular professional singer, who often performed in our clubhouse as was. His son Pearse now works in the pro-shop.
Lunch was late, partly because of the slow players. Prize giving in two languages was lengthy. Consequently Damien wasn’t able to get to grips with the Auction until early evening when many would like to have been heading home. Furthermore he was confronted by a much longer list than usual, almost forty items in fact, and a rather lethargic audience, bidding coming from the same sorces much of the time. Nor were there any items of unusual attraction. Perhaps the trip to La Manga but nothing like green fees for exclusive Zagaleta which sparked such a bidding war a couple of years ago. Outwardly undaunted by his task Damien rose to the occasion, prompting, cajoling, threatening, and always with wit and a smile. He is a past master at the auctioneering task but, as he made clear at the finish, somewhat emotionally, it is a labour of love where Cudeca is concerned.
It wasn’t over yet though! As the evening clock ticked away Pauline Moody took the microphone and became announcer of the raffle prize winners. Of which there were thousands. Well, a lot.
Hard to believe but, it was said, this was her debut with a voice aid. Not a sign of nerves though. With all the confidence of Alison Goldfrap at Glastonbury she patrolled the dining area with her Colour, Number, pause, NAME routine. A new side to David’s wife?
Woven into everything else there was a quiz! Alison’s brain child and devishly cunning. No prizes for correctness, and there were no less than 23 questions to be answered, but heavy financial penalties for being wrong. 2 euros per person per table for every error. Most tables were ten. On a bad day the formula could have been 2 x 23 x 10 = 460 euros!! Of course, this didn’t happen but one has seen quiz’s received with more enthusiasm. Each table had an excuse but Alison’s reward, for Cudeca, exceeded 250 euros, and led her to suggest that most of the entrants should brush up on their rules knowledge!!
Eventually, finally, rewardingly for all the workers, and more importantly for Cudeca, a sum of 10,500 euros was announced by Treasurer Cees Lagerwerf. A new record! Wonderful.
This newsletter has commented previously about Peter Penney’s penchant for razorless spells once Val, his wife, has gone off to visit family in Australia, or look after the shop in England, as we say. What if she were to take a prolonged trip? Round the world perhaps? Could this be Peter then?
Some may be unaware of its existence. Many will know that such items were amongst special and rare archeological artifacts from the Bronze Age. A handful may even know of golf’s relevance to the upper adornment. Limited though it may be.
The particular Golf Cap about which this is written began life during the Captain’s Away Day when it was presented to David Wilson as a Lucky(?)Loser. Leaning more towards beige than gold David resisted the temptation to actually wear it. Instead, as part of his increasingly devious Roll Up arrangements, he announced the in form John Youngs as recipient of the cap. Not for long though because in no time at all, and for equally complicated and less clear reasons, it became the property of David Moody. Although both he and John were dismissive of this “award” both were later caught by camera, not only wearing the Golden Cap but striking very serious poses.
If the earning process is to be stablised it appears that Peter Robinson should be wearing the Golden Hat on June 29th., so a photograph in due course is anticipated with relish.
Another small field. Another Stableford played in demanding heat. The last official action of the month. We are just closing down but have learned the results which reveal a surprising name at the head of the mens’ leaderboard. Not that Bob Gordon’s golf has ever been in doubt but he hasn’t figured too often in our competitions in recent seasons. A good win Bob, well done.
It is equally pleasing to see ever present Libby Robinson up there with the big guns and only pipped by handicap difference.
1st. 38 Kate Bradley (on handicap) (cut 0.8=18.6)
2nd. 38 Libby Robinson (cut 1.0=28.2)
3rd. 32 Connie Maphar-Massar (on handicap)
1st. 38 Bob Gordon (cut 0.6=14.2)
2nd. 37 Cees Lagerwerf (cut 0.3=13)
3rd. 35 Richard Hinds
Harriet Stark wrote long ago that “no woman could get a job unless she was pulchritudinous”, or comely, which is easier to spell. Even just a passing glance at June’s beaches will suggest that employment is not a problem for many of the sun worshippers. The impact of tattoos is not known. Could be a balancing factor? Hard to find un-invaded skin space in some cases. Hope is that temperatures drop a bit, we get some rain to lower the fire risk and enhance the land, parking gets easier, and all our scores get better.
On which note it is with considerable relief that it can be reported that golf and the editor are re-united. Slowly and carefully, like a young couple in love, but two 3 hole rounds, plus a 7 hole real test with Stephen Mason have not brought any serious reactions, so here’s to July.