RACE TO BUDENS AUGUST 2020

1 Rie Cherubini   0
2 Duane Wessels     93
3 Carol Newland     109
4 Mark Arundel     115
5 Ian Galloway     117
6 Ivor Newland     133
7 Janice Galloway     143
8 Brian Newsham     157
9 Malcolm Berry     165
10 Brigitte Beck     182
11 Michael Abbott     183
12 Mary Berry     184
13 Filipe Da Silva     201
14 John Brodie     221
15 Phil Russell        221
16 Denise Arundel     226
17 Jim Reid     233
18 Jim Brennan     233
19 Barry Pussell     236
20 Bob Woodworth     238

LATEST F.P.G.C MINUTES

                FLORESTA PARQUE GOLF CLUB COMMITTEE MEETING

No 2020-05 HELD ON 18th August 2020

 

 

Present             Brian Newsham – Captain

                         Geoffrey Harnett – Chairman

                         Mary Berry – Vice Captain

Linda Anthony – Secretary

Mike Abbott – Handicap and Membership Secretary

Giles Fox – Treasurer

Peter McDonagh

Rod Smith

1.     Company Matters

1.1.    Rui Gloria is going to discuss with Nelson the possibility of putting a buggy path on the 13th which will go to the left of the tees.  There is also the possibility of having a buggy route to the fairway just forward of the ladies’ tee.

1.2.    Rod Smith has sourced a device which enables the ball to be removed from the hole without the need to touch the pin. Our Chairman Geoffrey Harnett very kindly offered to fund the cost of these.

1.3.    The Autumn Festival schedule is out and will be the full six days, at present.

2.     Approval of minutes

2.1.    Minutes approved and signed by the Captain.

3.     Matters Arising/to discuss

3.1.    Captain’s Day will be a singles competition with a two tee start, the 1st and 10th with the first tee time being 9.30.  A buffet will follow at 18.30.  the cost will be €25 including wine.

3.2.    Members Day will be held on the 16th of September and will follow a similar format to Captain’s Day.  It will be fully subsidized and will be a Charity Day.

3.3.    The Club championship is still scheduled for the 31st October/1st November.

3.4.    The Newsham Trophy will be played on the 28th October.

4.     Treasurer’s Report

4.1.    We are on target to meet the proposed budget for this year.

4.2.    Only four of last year’s team shirts remain to be sold.

4.3.    Net assets available are €18,950.05

5.     Handicap Report

5.1.    The new Handicap system comes in to force on Wednesday 19th August.  Most members handicaps will change. There will be teething problems with the new system. All members will be emailed about the new system.

5.2.    Should anyone have any queries regarding their handicap, please email the club and your query will be answered as soon as possible.

6.     Captains Update

6.1.    The Captain’s Away trip is going ahead as planned, in November.  More details will be in his upcoming blog.

7.     AOB

7.1.    Members are asked to email the club if they have any queries about any club matters and the query will be passed to whoever is best qualified to answer.

 

Next meeting: 03/09/20 at 09.30

Meeting closed at 11.50

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

 

CAPTAIN´S BLOG

Hello dear Members and Friends,

I hope that, wherever you are in the World, you all safe and well and are coping with this dreadful virus in the best possible way. Hopefully some of the vaccines being developed will be approved soon and we can finally beat this thing and return to a more normal way of life both here on the beautiful Algarve and wherever we may travel.

It has been a difficult time for all of us and, whilst it was not always easy to keep calm and keep a smile on your face, we have just had to make the best of it.

To be honest, when I agreed to be your Captain for 2020, I had a completely different idea of how my year would be, which I am sure is true of the plans any of us had for this very strange year.
However, like all of you, we have tried to make the best of the situation. After a total lockdown here that seemed to go on for much longer than it actually did we were finally allowed to return to the course and play golf.
In order to comply with the Covid regulations we started with friendly competitions without paying any entry fee, that obviously meant that there was no prize giving, no twos, and no banter on the terrace after golf as, due to short time working by GSA staff, the bar only able to open from 9am to 4pm. However, I approached Alexandra and I asked her to open for longer on the competition days which she agreed to do. So we were allowed to sit together with the new rules of social distance in groups of up to six people. This was a big improvement and felt like the beginning of our emergence to more normal times.
Two weeks later we were allowed to go into the golf shop, pay our entry fees and have prize giving on the terrace, and a bit later even the twos were allowed. So, we have all got used to the rules around playing golf with the remaining Covid restrictions and feel that we are being sensible whilst staying safe and the competitions are working more or less normally now.

At the beginning of August GSA organised the annual Pepe Gancedo Competition in honour of the designer of our golf course. GSA used this as a test event to see if it is possible to have a golf competition followed by a sit down meal in the restaurant.
I am pleased to say that the event was a complete success as things worked perfectly with everyone having a good meal with good distancing between tables, each of which accommodated four people.
I am pleased that we are able to plan the next big events (all under the assumption that the virus, and therefore the restrictions, are kept under control here in Portugal).

My Captains day will take place on Saturday 12th September with two tee start times from the 1st and 10th holes.

After a good day of Golf we will be able to sit down for a meal together (whilst following the distancing rules) for a few drinks and snacks. At 6.30pm there will be a buffet meal which will be served by GSA staff, simply point to the items you would like and the staff member will place it on your plate, please don’t try to serve yourself. There will also be a bit of background music but unfortunately dancing is not allowed which is a shame but I am sure you all understand.

The Members day will be held on 16th of September in a similar way.

For the moment the Autumn Festival will take place. My latest information from GSA is that they will wait until nearer the event to confirm but, assuming no increase in cases, we should be able to enjoy a lovely festival.

My Captain’s Away trip is still on my diary as planned. I will go to Rompido in October to confirm all the arrangements and I hope they can tell me at this time how it will all work. I will confirm all the arrangements with you as soon as possible.

This is all my news for the moment from our beautiful Golf course. The weather in the Algarve is excellent, not too hot, always with a nice breeze, the main thing is that we feel very safe in this part of the world.

Please stay healthy and safe and hopefully we will see you all soon back on PDF.

Have a lovely summer wherever you are.

Your Captain Brian

F.P.G.C MINUTES 27TH JULY 2020

                FLORESTA PARQUE GOLF CLUB COMMITTEE MEETING

No 2020-04 HELD ON 27th July 2020

 

 

Present             Brian Newsham – Captain

                         Geoffrey Harnett – Chairman

                         Mary Berry – Vice Captain

Linda Anthony – Secretary

Mike Abbott – Handicap and Membership Secretary

Giles Fox – Treasurer

Peter McDonagh

Rod Smith

1.     Company Matters

1.1.    The course is in very good condition especially as the staff are working on much reduced hours.

1.2.    The Autumn Festival will probably go ahead but in a reduced format over 3 or 4 days.

2.     Approval of minutes

2.1.    Minutes approved and signed by the Captain.

3.     Matters Arising/to discuss

3.1.    There were no matters arising from the minutes.

4.     Treasurer’s Report

4.1.    Income is much lower than anticipated but so are costs.

4.2.    Nearly all of last year’s team shirts have been sold.

4.3.    Four of the juniors are going to be Federated.

4.4.    Net assets available are €18,713.78

5.     Handicap Report

5.1.    The new Handicap system comes in at the end of August.  This will be much more interactive and, as a club we will need to play more qualifying competitions.

5.2.    Members are encouraged to put in extra day medal cards to keep their handicaps current.

6.     Captains Update

6.1.    Brian Newsham suggested that a proper access to the 13th be created from the top of the hole to save wear and tear from buggies driving up and down the fairway and also to create some form of steps up to the tee. Mike Abbott will speak to Rui about the possibility of doing this.

6.2.     The Captains Away trip is still planned for November but the ongoing situation makes this very uncertain.  It can be postponed to a later date and as the balance is not due until October a decision will be made nearer the time.

6.3.    The Members Day, which should have ben held in June, will now take place at the same time as the Autumn Festival and will be a Charity Day.

6.4.    Captain’s Day will take place on the 12th September and it should be possible to have food, which would be served directly after golf. Brian Newsham will speak with Mario about this possibility.

7.     AOB

7.1.    In future there will be a difference of at least one euro in the value of vouchers issued as prizes. The two’s value will continue to be calculated on the amount paid in with no minimum of ten euros.

7.2.    The minutes will be stored on the Club computer which negates the need for them to be printed out and signed.

7.3.    The Hole in One boards will shortly be in place, the delay has, in part, been caused by the ongoing situation.

Next meeting: to be arranged.

Meeting closed at 16.15

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

 

UPDATE ON BUGGIES, PINS AND WHS

Dear members

As you may be aware already Santo Antonio are now allowing buggies to be shared. All be it this is optional and sanitizing rules still apply. The buggies will as always be cleaned before and after every game.

As of the 12th of August the cups will be fitted back in the holes correctly and pins may now be taken out for putting. Once again sanitizing is essential so please be aware if you do take the flag out that there are other people on the course so please respect the rules. An option is maybe to take an extra towel with sanitizing liquid/gel on it just for removing and replacing the flag stick.

Our world handicap system will be implemented on the 19th of August. I advise all members (if you have not already done so) to read the links sent in our last post. I would also advise (and its also highly recommended by the FPG) that players should register themselves on myFPG (https://my.fpg.pt/) .This platform going forward will be essential for players to monitor their records and performances and also register extra day cards. Any queries you may have please just let me know and i will be happy to help. Hopefully the transition will be smooth.

Play safe everyone

Michael on behalf of your committee 

WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATION

FEDERAÇÃO PORTUGUESA DE GOLFE

To all Affiliated Members
of the Portuguese Golf Federation
Lisbon, 10th August 2020
OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION Nº 03/20
WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM
The Portuguese Golf Federation would like to inform all its members that
the “WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM”, which was ratified on the 4th of August
2020 Board meeting, comes into force on the 19th of August 2020.
With this new Regulation coming into force, the EGA Handicap System is
revoked.
The World Handicap System includes the Rules of Handicapping, in its
edition for Portugal, and the Course Rating System. The file is available
for printing in the Portuguese Golf Federation website:
http://portal.fpg.pt/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/WHS-Rules-ofHandicapping-Portugal-EN.pdf
The implementation in Portugal includes the additional technical
appendices, namely the Procedures on the Rules of Handicapping in
Portugal – Appendix P. Appendix RIO and Appendix Institutional Members
remain in force, with the necessary adaptations.

With the implementation of the World Handicap System, and on a
transitional basis, any regulatory references made to the EGA Handicap
System will be deemed to have been made to the new Regulation.
The Regulation and other technical supporting documents are available
on the official website of the Portuguese Golf Federation at:
http://portal.fpg.pt/handicaps/handicap/sistema-de-handicap/worldhandicap-system/
[Handicaps -> Handicap -> Sistema de Handicap Mundial (WHS)->
English Version].
For any further clarification, please contact the Algarve Delegation of the
Portuguese Golf Federation (handicaps@fpg.pt / 289 391 415)

RACE TO BUDENS JULY 2020

1 Rie Cherubini   0
2 Mark Arundel     75
3 Carol Newland     93
4 Ian Galloway     100
5 Duane Wessels     105
6 Ivor Newland     117
7 Janice Galloway     126
8 Brian Newsham     130
9 Malcolm Berry     135
10 Brigitte Beck     142
11 Mary Berry     144
12 Michael Abbott     157
13 John Brodie     181
14 Filipe Da Silva     193
15 Jim Brennan     199
16 Graham Harries     200
17 Jim Reid     204
18 Allan Pooley     204
19 Michael Shropshall     205
20 Phil Russell        207

RACE TO BUDENS JUNE 2020

Top 20 Places

1 Rie Cherubini   0
2 Carol Newland     23
3 Mark Arundel     43
4 Ivor Newland     47
5 Ian Galloway     77
6 Malcolm Berry     77
7 Mary Berry     86
8 Duane Wessels     91
9 Janice Galloway     91
10 Michael Abbott     97
11 John Brodie     117
12 Filipe Da Silva     122
13 Graham Harries     133
14 Brian Newsham     133
15 Brigitte Beck     134
16 Allan Pooley     135
17 Michael Shropshall     145
18 Gloria Pooley     145
19 Phil Russell        149
20 Paul Anthony     149

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 2020 UPDATE

Dear members

We have managed to rearrange a couple of our board events and hope that we can see the year through with no further delays. Any updates will be posted on our events page. In the mean time please remember to abide by the rules and restrictions in these difficult times so we can all stay safe and enjoy our golf.

Your committee 

UPDATE ON CLUB COMPETITIONS

Dear Members and Guests

As restrictions start to ease, we are keen to welcome back our returning members, guests and visitors to our club competitions. However, the hard-won progress that has been made in keeping infections of the virus to low levels here on the Algarve must not be thrown away now.

We can all play our competitions safely by following a few simple rules – none of which are new or unfamiliar, but all of which are doubly important now as borders open and players arrive from other countries.

 

Entry and Cards

 

  • Competition entry sheets are available inside the golf shop – competitions will be played as per the schedule on the club website
  • Entry fees are to be paid as normal in the golf shop. 2’s will start as of the 17th of June. Minimum pay out of €10 rule is not in place until further notice.
  • No cards are to be signed or exchanged by the player, only the marker. So, in singles or 2 balls you write the names on the card of your fellow competitors, not your own. At the end of the round the cards are to be checked verbally hole by hole and then signed by the marker. Please don’t forget to check handicaps, there will be no handicap sheet on the board for the time being so members must check your handicaps on-line.
  • Until at least the 1st of July cards are to be put in the score card box which will be located on the window in the club hut. There will also be an A3 sheet attached to the hut for you to write in your score and 2´s (if you have paid in). The cards will be checked 48hrs later and then the final results will be posted on the website as normal

 

In Play

 

  • Golf lends itself to Social Distancing very well, please remember to keep 2 metres apart wherever possible at all times. Please follow all instructions and requirements from GSA staff as appropriate
  • Flagsticks should not be removed, to count as holed, part of the ball must be in the hole below the putting surface. Simply hitting the flagpole is not sufficient
  • Bunker rakes have been removed, please use your club to smooth the bunker as much as possible. If your ball is in a footprint etc, you may lift and place the ball no nearer the hole.
  • The water supply in the shed will still remain closed and committee members ONLY are allowed in the shed.

 

Prizegiving

 

  • Where possible, prizegiving will take place on the terrace after the competition ends. Results will be posted on-line also as above. Please observe all Terrace rules on capacity and distancing. We will update you early in July.

Enjoy your golf

Your Captain

Brian.