SINGLES & PAIRS KNOCKOUT COMPETITIONS 2021

MARY HAS DECEIDED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE SINGLES AND PAIRS KNOCKOUT COMPETITIONS FOR 2021. SHEETS WILL BE UP FOR ENTRY AS OF SUNDAY THE 11TH OF APRIL AND THE DRAW WILL BE MADE ON WEDNESDAY THE 28TH OF APRIL AFTER THE GOLF COMPETITION. HOPEFULY WE WILL BE ABLE TO PLAY GOLF NOW WITHOUT ANY FURTHER DELAYS DUE TO COVID BUT FOR THOSE WHO ENTER PLEASE BEAR IN MIND (ESPECIALLY IF TRAVELLING FROM ABROAD)  THAT MATCHES WILL HAVE TO BE PLAYED ON TIME AS OUR YEAR HAS BEEN CUT SHORT. IF WE HAVE ANY FURTHER DELAYS BEFORE THE SUMMER THE KNOCKOUTS FOR 2021 WILL BE CANCELLED. 

THE ALGARVE INTERCLUB COMMITTEE HAVE DECIDED MATCHES FOR THE 2021 SEASON WILL START IN MAY. WE STILL HAVE A COUPLE TO CONFIRM BUT MOST MATCHES ARE NOW POSTED ON THE INTERLEAGUE WEBSITE WHICH YOU CAN ACCESS ON THE LINK BOTTOM RIGHT. 

IF SELECTED,  WE WISH YOU LUCK IN YOUR MATCHES AND IN THE CLUB KNOCKOUTS. MOST IMPORTANTLY, STAY SAFE AND ENJOY YOUR GOLF.

THANK YOU MESSAGE FROM KELVIN WHITTAKER

Dear Mr Chairman, Captain Mary, Past Captain Brian, all other Past Captain’s, Committee members and Members of the Floresta Parque Golf Club,

I would like to thank you so very much for your support, encouragement and donation(s), for my recent “ 100k Pink Walk”, it is very much appreciated by myself and even more, I am sure by the Oncology Association of The Algarve.

I have received more donations this week, but I think we are approaching the final amount, so with combined website pledges and cash donations in both UK sterling and Euros the amount currently stands at €4,444, a figure I never envisaged reaching.

I know it’s not worthy of a knighthood, or a  statue somewhere along the N125, or even a Spitfire & Hurricane flypast, but believe it or not I enjoyed doing it, at least I did once the paracetamols had kicked in after the first 40 kilometres.

Am I crazy enough to do it again, ???

Once I have transferred the money to the charity, I will send you a copy of the transfer and receipt issued by the Oncology Association.

Muito obrigado

Best wishes,

Kelvin

SAD NEWS

WE ARE SAD TO ANNOUNCE THE PASSING OF DEREK HILL, FORMER MEMBER OF THE GOLF CLUB WHO LOVED HIS GOLF AND HE WILL BE SADLY MISSED. OUR CONDOLENSES ARE WITH JACQUELINE AND ALL THE FAMILY AT THIS SAD TIME.

GOLF UPDATE

Dear members

Just a few updates now we are up and running.

In accordance with the DGS Rui has informed us today that the golf course will have to close on weekends at 13.00h. For this reason, our club competition on SUNDAY the 11TH & SUNDAY the 18TH will be moved to MONDAY the 12TH and MONDAY the 19TH.

Also, we have decided temporarily as of MONDAY the 12th to move competitions back to 10 o clock until 12.30. Reason being that the shop closes at 18h which will give the staff more time to prepare the buggies ect for the following day. For those of you who enjoy the spike bar terrace, you may enjoy an extra pint or two. The sheets in the pro shop have been changed and all the entries remain so if you wish to change your tee time please do so.

We will update this information after the announcement on the 15th of April.

Extra day cards for Handicap purposes are permitted. Please be aware of the safety rules though when doing a card.

I have had great response to the Captains away trip so far. For those of you who have asked for more detail, I will update within the next week.

Many thanks and happy golfing

Mary, your Captain

myFPG UPGRADE

Dear Sirs, 

We inform you that the players’ area “myFPG” has been revamped and upgraded and the new version is now available. 

myFPG has a new and modern design, more responsive for different devices. All the previous functions are available to the affiliated members, such as the possibility to access and update their data, check their handicap, and submit scores. An access to the exclusive FPG’s membership benefits is now also available.

http://portal.fpg.pt/noticias/area-do-jogador-myfpg-renovada/

Regarding new technical aspects we can highlight:

– A new dashboard, with a scores chart: the player’s last 20 score differentials are displayed.

– Direct access to the playing handicap calculation, for all rated courses in Portugal.

– Possibility of checking, through notifications, the scores (hole-by-hole) marked by the player, in general play rounds.

We invite you to discover the upgraded  “myFPG” players’ area here.

Best regards,

F.P.G

CAPTAIN´S BLOG

Hello everyone,

I hope you’re all coping well with the situation and feel ready to play golf again. Golf courses in Portugal will be open from the 5th of April, we are not sure whether we can play competition golf yet but competitions from April-June have now been posted, fingers crossed the 7th of April will be our first prize giving.

Unfortunately the St Patrick’s Day competition had to be cancelled, I send my best wishes to all our Irish members- better luck next year. I have cancelled all major competitions till after the 19th of June, mainly these are the Taça da Liberdade, Captain v Vice Captain, Past Captains day and the Club Championship.

Ralph’s inaugural trophy competition will now go ahead on June 19th and will be a Dubai Stableford, this being one of Ralph’s favourite competition formats and was sadly missed last year. The Captains Changeover trophies will also be awarded on that day to the best individual ladies and men´s scores of the day. We hope to be able to have a suitable celebration either after the competition or in the evening.

I took a walk round the course on Friday and it’s looking in great shape. Nelson and his staff have been busy this week cutting down some trees on the left of the 4th, trimming trees on the 2nd and carrying out buggy path repairs. They are hoping to treat the clover but are awaiting approval to purchase the materials.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the away trip in November and hope to have further information within the next month.

Two of our members are doing long distance walks for charity this year. Later this month, Kelvin Whittaker is planning to walk from Faro to his home in Luz and, in September, Paul Mott is aiming to walk 100 Km. Kelvin and Paul both have fund raising pages where you can support their charities.

I will keep you posted as much as I can on future developments but I think we all know the situation. Please make sure that when golf reopens on the 5th of April we all stick to the rules, be respectful at all times and be aware of others around you. We would hate to find ourselves in this situation again so let´s enjoy the golf and each other´s company in a safe manner.

See you all very soon

Your Captain, Mary

 

 

LATEST COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

                FLORESTA PARQUE GOLF CLUB COMMITTEE MEETING

No 2021-01 HELD ON 2nd March 2021

 

 

Present             Mary Berry – Captain

                         Geoffrey Harnett- Chairman

                         Peter Noone – Vice Captain

Linda Anthony – Secretary

Mike Abbott – Handicap and Membership Secretary

Giles Fox – Treasurer

Rod Smith

Brian Newsham

 

 

This meeting was held via Zoom to comply with the current Covid restrictions. Thanks were given to Rod Smith for hosting the meeting.

1.     Company Matters

1.1.    There were no company matters.

2.     Apologies

2.1.    None.

3.     Approval of Minutes

3.1.    The minutes were approved by the Captain.

4.     Matters Arising/to discuss

4.1.    There are 104 members of the club to date.  A list of the current members will be printed after the end of March.

4.2.    All matters pertaining to the AGM reports have been addressed.

5.     Treasurer’s report

5.1.    A reminder that membership and Federation fees are now due will be sent out to the members.

5.2.    GSA have been paid for outstanding vouchers.

5.3.    Simon Thomas, a qualified accountant and member of the club, has volunteered his services as an auditor. This offer has been gratefully accepted.

5.4.    The Charity money will be distributed between six charities, NECI (Rui Baptista), Bombeiros, RDA, Pink Ribbon (Kelvin Whittaker’s walk), Cancer Research, The Mustard Seed and APPDA (Rui Gloria’s charity for autistic children).

5.5.    Current net assets €19,052.59

6.     Handicap and Membership report

6.1.    The payment of the Federation fees has been extended until the 31st May.

6.2.    In line with all other sporting associations in Portugal the Federation is required to ask all members to complete a medical questionnaire starting this year. This will be renewable annually.  A link to the form and further details will be placed on the Club website.

7.     Captain’s Update

7.1.    It is anticipated that, when we are allowed to play golf again, the initial restrictions will be much the same as last year i.e., no competitions, restricted numbers, leaving the course immediately after play etc.

7.2.    The first major competition will be held on the 19th June, restrictions permitting.  This will be The Ralph Griffin Trophy and the possibility of combining this with the Changeover competition is being considered. The other board competitions will be rearranged for later in the year.

7.3.    Mike Evans has kindly volunteered to put up a list of members’ handicaps on the day of a competition. The list has to printed from the computer on the morning of the competition to be up to date and only those who have access to the computer can do this.  This list will be printed and displayed on competition days. Members can always check their handicaps on line and in the shop when checking in. Thank you to Mike for volunteering.

7.4.    A monthly draw will be established for all the members who have entered both the competitions and the 2’s and not won a voucher that month. The prize is a €20 voucher and will begin at the start of the first full calendar month after we resume competitions.  Mick Berry has volunteered to organise this draw.

8.     AOB

8.1.    It was suggested that it would be good for members to know what work has been carried out on the course during lockdown and any further work that is planned.  Mary Berry will cover this in her next Captain’s Blog.

 

Next meeting: 06/04/21 at 16.00 

Meeting closed at 17.15

Distribution: Geoff Harnett, Mike Abbott, Giles Fox, Linda Anthony, Brian Newsham, Rod Smith, Mary Berry. Peter Noone

CAPTAINS BLOG

Dear Members

A month has nearly gone by and although not much golf has been played I would like to keep you all posted on a few things I have planned for this year and wish you all well.

My first job is to thank Brian for all his work last year under very trying conditions.

I shall try to carry on in his famous farmers footsteps in what promises to be another challenging year. I am really pleased to have Peter Noone as my Vice Captain and he is already proving to be a valued support to me.

Brian and I plan to have a formal Captains Changeover event as soon as it is feasible.

My main charities this year will be Madrugada and NECI, two organisations that do tremendous work in the community.

I am planning to hold a series of social / games /quiz evenings to raise funds for these charities. The first charity golf competition day is scheduled for March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day.

Another highlight planned in March is the Ralph Griffin trophy. This will be held on Wednesday 24th March and will be a Dubai Stableford, Ralph’s favourite team format.

This is a change from the competition calendar on the website in order to coincide with Ralph’s Birthday.

This event had to be postponed last year due to COVID 19.

Let’s hope that these events can take place this time around.

The Club inter league fixtures are being tentatively arranged with a potential start now in May.

Looking ahead to my away trip, basic plans are to go to the Montecastillo golf resort, an excellent golf course and close to Jerez which has lots of places to visit, including several Bodegas and the famed Royal Andalusian Equestrian training Centre.

I hope to see you all out on the golf course again before too long and plan to play golf with as many members as possible during the year.

Until then, stay safe, stay well and stay cheerful.

Your Captain, Mary

 

RACE TO BUDENS, JANUARY 2021

January 2021 – Top 20 Places
           
1 Bob Hart   0  
2 Michael Abbott     12  
3 Chris Padgett     14  
4 Ian Galloway     16  
5 Malcolm Berry     17  
6 Janice Galloway     18  
7 Richard Entwistle     18  
8 Graham Harries     18  
9 Giles Fox     26  
10 Pam Eden     26  
11 Mike Eden     26  
12 Alan Midgley     26  
13 Duane Wessels     27  
14 Mary Berry     27  
15 Vince Roode     28  
16 Paul Anthony     28  
17 Duncan Leopold     28  
18 Mike Hall     28  
19 Barbara Hall     29  
20 Bob Woodworth     29  

CAPTAIN BRIAN’S FINAL BLOG

 Members and Friends

 

As we were unable to hold our AGM and Captains Changeover as we normally would have done, I wanted to write a final Blog to record my gratitude to all the members for the help, encouragement and support I so generously received through the most extraordinary year.

 As there was no prior experience of what came to us all in 2020 it was not easy to know what the right decisions for our club were going to be. However, with the help of the committee, the staff and all the members I believe we all managed to come through this difficult period in good shape as we were able to play golf for most of the year on our fabulous course, we were able to hold a few small events whilst managing to stay safe and we even managed to maintain our good humour and friendly atmosphere.

 A huge thank you to everybody who stood behind me and supported me. Mary was exceptional as Vice Captain, we made a good team and I know she will be a great Captain.

 Of course, most of all I would like to thank Brigitte. She has done everything that was necessary to get me through this year. She has been my adviser, my listener and my friend as we have tried to plot our way through my Captaincy together as a team – I am forever grateful.

 You are all probably aware that Portugal is back in lockdown now and as of Wednesday we are not allowed to play Golf, Brigitte and I will be looking forward to playing again and hopefully we can have a celebration of the changeover and have as many of our members together as possible.

 

Finally, I would like to wish Mary all the best for this year. She took over the Captaincy on the 16th of January as advised in the AGM information we sent out. Obviously without any celebration because of the Lockdown. Let’s hope things will get better as the year goes on and Mary can guide our club back to more normal times.

 

Once again many thanks to everybody for all the help.

 

Stay safe and well

 

Your ‘Past’ Captain Brian