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

 

LOCKDOWN GOLF

UNFORTUNATELY PORTUGAL IS BACK IN LOCKDOWN BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS GOLF IS PERMITTED. THE LOCKDOWN IS TO LAST A MONTH BUT WILL BE REVIEWED IN 2 WEEKS (30TH JANUARY). COMPETITIONS ARE NOT ALLOWED SO WEDNESDAYS AND SUNDAYS ARE CANCELLED FOR THE TIME BEING. ONLY ONE PERSON AT A TIME IS ALLOWED IN THE PRO SHOP AND MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES. AT THE MOMENT YOU MAY STILL PLAY IN 4 BALLS AND SHARE A BUGGY. THE RESTAURANT IS OPEN FOR TAKE AWAY, MARIO WILL HAVE THE SIDE WINDOW OPEN ON THE TERRACE BUT YOU CANNOT DRINK/EAT ON THE TERRACE. ONCE YOU FINISH YOUR ROUND YOU MUST LEAVE. WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED IF THERE ARE ANY CHANGES.

STAY SAFE EVERYONE,

THE COMMITTEE.

LATEST COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

                FLORESTA PARQUE GOLF CLUB COMMITTEE MEETING

No 2021-09 HELD ON 5th January 2021

 

 

Present             Brian Newsham – Captain

                          Mary Berry – Vice Captain

                         Geoffrey Harnett- Chairman

Linda Anthony – Secretary

Mike Abbott – Handicap and Membership Secretary

Giles Fox – Treasurer

Peter McDonagh

 

 

1.     Company Matters

1.1.    There were no company matters.

2.     Apologies

2.1.    Rod Smith and Peter Noone sent their apologies.

3.     Approval of Minutes

3.1.    The minutes were approved by the Captain.

4.     Matters Arising/to discuss

4.1.    All matters arising are covered under the AGM items on the agenda.

5.     Treasurer’s report

5.1.    The annual accounts are now finalised and will be sent to the members before the AGM.

6.     Discussion on points raised by members for the AGM

6.1.    Queries were raised by three members which have been satisfactorily answered by Giles Fox.

6.2.    In response to letters by two members concerning the new handicap system it was decided that, beginning with the Captain’s Changeover Competition, the maximum playing handicap for men will be 36 and for ladies 44, this will apply in all club competitions.

6.3.    In singles competitions men may now play from either the white or yellow tees and ladies the red or yellow tees. In all Club team competitions, the tee specified on the sheet will be used by the men, ladies will play from the red tees.

6.4.    Visitors must have a handicap certificate to play in Club competitions.

7.     Discussion on whether we can hold the AGM

7.1.    Mike Abbott has consulted with the GNR, they have stated that we can hold the AGM as long as all seats are 2 metres apart, the capacity of the room is not exceeded and masks are worn when standing and moving around. There must also be two separate entrances, on for entering and one for leaving the room.

8.     AGM running order.

8.1.    Geoffrey Harnett went through this, to keep the meeting as brief as possible the reports will not be read out at the meeting as all members have already had the opportunity to read and respond to them.

9.     AOB

9.1.    In response to a request for a printed handicap list to be available Mike Abbott explained that under the new system handicaps can change on a daily basis. Should any member be unable to check their own handicap on line it is always possible to ask the shop to check your current handicap when you check in.

9.2.    Members are reminded that under current Covid regulations all people are required to wear a mask when moving around or standing if they are unable to leave a space of 2 metres between themselves and the next person. This applies to inside and outside spaces. There are plenty of tables available in the restaurant if the terrace and spike bar tables are full.

9.3.    From the end of March, a list of members will be posted on the notice board. Sixty-five members have already paid, members are reminded they may not attend the AGM unless they have paid their membership.

9.4.    Peter McDonagh thanked everyone for all their support over the last three years and said how much he had enjoyed his time on the committee.

9.5.    Brian Newsham thanked the committee for their support during this difficult year.

 

Next meeting: 02/03/21 at 10.00 

Meeting closed at 12.30`?

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

 

CHANGE OF COMPETITION DATE

Dear Members 

Due to the new restrictions I decided yesterday afternoon to change this Sunday competition 10th of January to Monday the 11th. Tee times will remain the same, any queries please call the Pro shop. We will have more information on restrictions on Tuesday the 12th and we will keep you updated but from what we gather its not looking like good news.

Stay safe everyone

Brian.

RACE TO BUDENS 2020 – THE FINAL STANDINGS

1 Rie Cherubini   0
2 Janice Galloway     64
3 Duane Wessels     69
4 Ian Galloway     72
5 Brigitte Beck     120
6 Carol Newland     125
7 Brian Newsham     126
8 Mary Berry     127
9 Michael Abbott     134
10 Ivor Newland     137
11 Malcolm Berry     137
12 Mark Arundel     142
13 John Brodie     197
14 Jim Reid     203
15 Phil Russell        204
16 Bob Woodworth     216
17 Michael Shropshall     219
18 Pedro Lucas     219
19 Jim Brennan     239
20 Filipe Da Silva     239

CAPTAINS CHANGEOVER 16TH JANUARY 2021

CAPTAIN’S BLOG

Dear members and friends,

 

I hope you all are well and safe and have managed to avoid the dreadful virus. For those of you in the UK at the moment the news of the vaccine starting to be rolled out is surely the beginning of a safer and more optimistic time. Hopefully the majority of those in most need will be able to access the vaccine really soon. Here in Portugal we are still awaiting confirmation of when vaccinations will start but thankfully the virus has been less prevalent here than some other countries so we have felt reasonably safe so far.

 

However, even with less cases we have still had local restrictions which have impacted our ability to hold some of our planned events. Unfortunately the annual Christmas Festival was badly impacted so we had the singles competition last Friday and the Sagittarius Salver yesterday. We decided to combine the Christmas singles competition where we play for hampers, wines and even chocolate santa’s, with the Past Captains Competition and played them together on the same day. Even the weather seemed to be against us as it was very windy with a lot of rain showers in between short dry spells. However, nearly every team persevered and finished the game and so we were able to celebrate Team Macca as the winning team in the Am Am Past Captains event and Peter Noone as the overall winner of the Christmas Singles. Congratulations to both and really well done! Also congrats to Jim Brennan and Richard Stead who won the Sagittarius Salver yesterday. It was a qualifier so please remember to check your new handicaps on the federation website.

 

There is a bit of downside to mention at the moment in our Golf club which, to be honest, makes me a bit sad. I have noticed an increase in members complaining that they don’t want to play with people who legitimately put down their names on the booking list with them. In my opinion this is not really fair. If members want to play only with friends then please book in as a 4-ball. If you put your name on the sheet as less than a 4 and there is space for someone to join you then please accept whoever books in with you.

 

We call ourselves the friendliest golf club on the Algarve and I think we all should do our best to live up to that reputation.

 

Christmas is nearly with us and, if you are able to be here, I would like to invite you on Christmas Eve for a 9-hole-competition with a chance for a drink and snack after the game in the bar. We will have mulled wine, Christmas cake and mince pies. Non playing partners are very welcome. Please book in as soon as possible to give Mario an idea about the number of people taking part.

 

I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and hope that you all can make the best of it wherever you are. I have decided not to write Christmas cards this year, instead of spending money on buying cards I will put Euro 100 into the charity account.

 

Let’s hope we all get a happy and hopefully more easy 2021

 

Stay safe and well and I look forward seeing you all soon back on our wonderful Golf Course

 

Your Captain Brian

 

 

LATEST COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

                FLORESTA PARQUE GOLF CLUB COMMITTEE MEETING

No 2020-08 HELD ON 3rd December 2020

 

 

Present             Brian Newsham – Captain

                          Mary Berry – Vice Captain

                         Geoffrey Harnett- Chairman

Linda Anthony – Secretary

Mike Abbott – Handicap and Membership Secretary

Giles Fox – Treasurer

Rod Smith

Peter McDonagh

Peter Noone (invited to attend)

 

1.     Company Matters

1.1.    A letter will be drafted and sent to the members explaining the situation regarding next year’s green fees.

2.     Approval of minutes

2.1.    The minutes were approved by the Captain.

3.     Matters to Discuss/Arising

3.1.    There were no matters arising.

4.     Treasurer’s Report

4.1.    The club have plenty of funds and are on target for reserves of € 16,000.00 by the end of the year. A surplus of €3000.00 is anticipated.

4.2.    As previously stated, the vouchers issued in 2019 which were given an extension have now run out and any vouchers issued since June 2020 are valid for a year. Vouchers can always be put in the Captain’s charity box.

4.3.    The accounts are close to completion, if any suitably qualified member wishes to inspect them, they are welcome to do so, please contact Giles Fox.

4.4.    Net assets €18,666.46

5.     Handicap and Website Report

5.1.    As more qualifying competitions are being played members handicaps are beginning to level out.

5.2.    Members are again urged to submit as many qualifying cards as possible.

5.3.    The website is up to date, just awaiting the photographs of our new club champions.

6.     Captain’s Update

6.1.    There will be a nine hole roll up on Christmas Eve followed by some festive refreshments. A list will be put on the board.

6.2.    Charity funds will be distributed at the end of the year with 50% going to Rui Baptista for NECI and the rest going to the charities of the Captain’s choice.

7.     Vice-Captain’s Update

7.1.    The schedule of events for next year has been finalised and will soon be on the website.

7.2.    The precise format of the Captain’s Changeover is dependent on any Covid restrictions that may be in place.

8.     AOB

8.1.     The precise format of the AGM is dependent on any Covid restrictions that may be in place. As stated in the previous minutes all reports given at the AGM will be sent to members in advance and any queries should be submitted, in writing, to the committee beforehand using the club’s email address.

8.2.    The Christmas competition, Baptista vouchers will be included in the prizes.

8.3.    Members who have played recently will have noticed the blue collars inside the holes which make removing the ball easier.  These were Duane Wessels idea and are in fact floats used to demarcate lanes in swimming pools, thank you Duane.

8.4.    Darren Devlin, who is currently an amateur member is turning professional and will become an Affiliated member of the club.

8.5.    The area to the left of the 4th green where there is a serious problem with tree roots is to be marked as GUR.

8.6.    The David Hollen memorial on the 9th is to be renovated.

 

Next meeting: 5/01/21 at 10.00 

Meeting closed at 11.40

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

 

RACE TO BUDENS NOVEMBER 2020

November 2020 – Top 20 Places
           
1 Rie Cherubini   0  
2 Duane Wessels     81  
3 Ian Galloway     84  
4 Janice Galloway     89  
5 Carol Newland     125  
6 Brigitte Beck     130  
7 Ivor Newland     137  
8 Brian Newsham     139  
9 Mark Arundel     142  
10 Michael Abbott     160  
11 Mary Berry     162  
12 Malcolm Berry     172  
13 John Brodie     203  
14 Phil Russell        214  
15 Bob Woodworth     220  
16 Jim Reid     231  
17 Jim Brennan     231  
18 Michael Shropshall     231  
19 Pedro Lucas     239  
20 Filipe Da Silva     239  

BURGAU GOLF SOCIETY CHRISTMAS CHARITY

Dear members

Dan Robinson from the Burgau Golf Society has arranged for their next competition proceeds on Thursday the 3rd of December all to go to this great cause. If you wish to donate a shopping bag full of whatever you are willing to get but preferably long life shelf you may leave it at the club on Thursday and Dan will arrange for it all to be collected Thursday afternoon. Lets help the people less fortunate than us and give them something to smile about this Christmas.