Captains Update March 2013


When I commenced writing this in mid March, I wrote that the month had been a pretty wet month so far, but we had been lucky not to suffer changing any of our club competitions into singles, or cancelling because of the weather. Of course all that changed on Sunday 16th when we actually received the weather forecasted, a day of heavy rain and had to cancel the days play.

Although scores in general for all competitions have been relatively low during the course of this year, which we understand is the same for most clubs throughout the Algarve, our ‘2’s competitions have been particularly interesting, in so far that since the turn of the year we have had three occasions where there has been only one ‘2’ and three occasions where there has been only two ‘2’s. The lucky winners when there was only one, went home with €90 and €85 respectively, so keep entering, you never know!

All our thanks to David Haddon who celebrated his birthday on a comp day in February and treated us all to cake and drinks, very generous David.

Recently, we have had our second social night of the year, this time it being bingo. 56 people turned out and it was a great success with Kate Evans winning €100 on the last game of the evening, stand up / sit down bingo. Many thanks to all of you who supported the evening and to those who helped organize the night.

I have now finalized the details of the Away Trip which will be held in Vilamoura on the 7th / 8th November. We are staying at the Hilton Vilamoura and playing the Millennium and Victoria courses, the latter being the host of the annual Portuguese Masters. I hope as many people who can, will join us, as in previous years this event has been great fun and very successful. Full details are on our website, sign up by either e-mailing myself or Carol Newland or just putting your name on the form which will be put on the club notice board in the Spike bar after the Easter Festival.

At our last club Committee meeting we also confirmed the following dates.

10th May Ladies Open, pairs better ball, open to all ladies, members and non-members. The competition will be followed by prize giving; the 1st prize being sponsored by Sophie’s Golf Shop, the day will end with a three course meal. Details are now on the notice board; please register your pairing in the golf shop.  We will again hold a raffle and players will be asked to donate the prizes, please give all prize donations to Carol by the end of April, thank you.

As previously advised the Club Championship will take place over the weekend 15/16th June.

The Ladies v Gents comp, which was so successful last year, will be held again, this time on the 5th July. All being well a BBQ will conclude the day and it will really be our Summer Party. More details to follow.

Moving further ahead, Brian Newsham has kindly offered to sponsor the prizes for the 70’s competition and this will be held on the 4th September, again more details will be available nearer the time.

Members day will be held around the Autumn Festival time so as many members as possible can participate, the date for this is the 4th October. We are envisaging a meal and live music in the evening

Just a quick reminder that the competition fees for the comp on March 27th (€10 instead of the usual €3 ) will be donated at the end of the year to the four nominated club charities. The day will be one of four held throughout the year

So, you can see we have a lot to look forward to, but lets firstly look forward to some spring fine weather and a successful Easter Festival.

The Captain