LATEST COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

              FLORESTA PARQUE GOLF CLUB COMMITTEE MEETING

No 2021-07 HELD ON 23rd November 2021

 

Present             Mary Berry – Captain

                         Peter Noone – Vice Captain

                         Geoffrey Harnett – Chairman

Linda Anthony – Secretary

Giles Fox – Treasurer

Mike Abbott- Handicap and Membership  Secretary

Rod Smith

Brian Newsham

 

1.     Apologies

1.1.     None required.

2.     Approval of Minutes and Matters Arising

2.1.     The minutes were approved by the Captain and there were no matters arising.

3.     Company Matters

3.1.     Administration – The Administrator, Dr Carlos Inacio, has been given permission by the creditors to offer the resort for sale.

3.2.     Document Store – Some progress is being made on retrieving the documents from the store and a quote has been received for doing this.

4.     Treasurer’s report

4.1.     Unfortunately, during 2021 there were several long-term members who chose not to rejoin our club as they felt that travel restrictions would prevent them being here as often as normal. However, when they did show up, they wanted to still pay members rates to play in our competitions. This is unfair to members who did continue to support the club. In 2022 players will be treated as visitors until their club membership has been paid – this means it is more expensive to play each game and only visitors prizes can be awarded. Additionally, members who choose not to pay their federation fees will have to play and pay as a visitor in any qualifying competition as these are federation competitions.

4.2.     As previously approved, both the Treasurer and Handicap Secretary receive a club subsidy of green fees in recognition of the long extra hours their roles consume. This will be reviewed and represented at January’s AGM for further approval.

4.3.     The subject of Captain’s subsidies from the club was discussed and it was confirmed that the only subsidy that each years Captain will receive from the club in relation to Captain’s Away trips and Captains Day is the donation of Vouchers from Rui Baptista, to whom we record our thanks for his continuing generosity.

4.4.     Charity monies have been distributed except to the Bombeiros and Rui Gloria’s charity.

4.5.     Many vouchers have been cashed in recently. Any vouchers over a year old are no longer valid.

4.6.     Current net assets €21,971.33

5.     Handicap report

5.1.     Mike Abbott will formulate a policy for players with handicaps at more than one club e.g., a UK handicap and a Portuguese handicap, for discussion at the next committee meeting and presentation at the AGM.

6.     Captain’s Update

6.1.     Mary Berry will ask GSA if they are organising a Texas Scramble on New Years Day.

6.2.     There are 55 people attending the Christmas Hamper evening meal. The cost for visitors taking part in the Christmas Hamper Competition is €35 and €25 if only attending the evening dinner.

6.3.     In answer to queries about how the divisions in singles competitions are organised, they are organised as equably as possible.

7.     Organisation of the AGM.

7.1.     Geoffrey Harnett went through the order of running of the AGM and confirmed what actions needed to be taken in advance.

7.2.     The notification of the AGM will be sent to members at the beginning of December.

7.3.     Members will be reminded that any questions must be submitted in writing prior to the meeting.

8.     AOB

8.1.     After extensive research into the qualification rules between Professional and Amateur status we can confirm that we agree with the Portuguese Federation that ALL of our members fall firmly into the status of Amateur.

8.2.     The 13th hole. Any ball which lies within an area marked by blue stakes must be played from the dropping zone. Anywhere else on the hole, and the rest of the course, the rules covering relief from abnormal course conditions apply.

8.3.     The roots by the side of the 4th green are to be marked as GUR.

  

Next meeting 07/01/22 at 10.00

 

 

RACE TO BUDENS, NOVEMBER 2021

November 2021 – Top 20 Places
           
1 Janice Galloway     0  
2 Graham Harries   29  
3 Richard Entwistle     33  
4 Ian Galloway     51  
5 Bob Hart     54  
6 Linda Anthony     124  
7 Duane Wessels     135  
8 Paul Anthony     140  
9 Peter McDonagh     182  
10 Carol Newland     182  
11 Rebecca Smith     193  
12 Darren Devlin     194  
13 Malcolm Berry     197  
14 Gary King     197  
15 Ivor Newland     209  
16 Sylvia King     211  
17 Rod Smith     213  
18 Jim Reid     213  
19 Brian Newsham     215  
20 Duncan Leopold     219  

CAPTAIN’S BLOG

Dear Members,

Since my last blog we have had several memorable events. The highlight for me was Captains Day. This event was well supported by the members and in addition I was happy to have some of my family here to help out on the day. The money raised on the day, together with money from the drive in and donations amounted to over 800 euros and together with Paul Motts generous donation from his charity walk meant that we were able to hand over 3000 euros to Madrugada, one of my main charities.
The Autumn series of competitions began with the Captain v Vice-Captain competition. There was a great turn out and congratulations are due to the Vice-Captains team for winning the trophy by a very narrow margin! The series ended with the Club Championship. Congratulations to Sara Webb, Darren Devlin and David Walling who are our current Ladies’, Men’s and Senior Champions.
We had a successful Captain’s Away Trip at the beginning of this month. Many thanks to all who attended and helped to make it a memorable few days.
I’m looking forward to our December competitions – The Christmas Competition which is also  a Member’s Day, The Sagittarius Trophy and The Newlands Trophy.
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best for the festive season and for the coming year.

Captain, Mary

RACE TO BUDENS, OCTOBER 2021

October 2021 – Top 20 Places
           
1 Janice Galloway     0  
2 Graham Harries   7  
3 Richard Entwistle     11  
4 Bob Hart     44  
5 Ian Galloway     51  
6 Duane Wessels     127  
7 Linda Anthony     132  
8 Paul Anthony     136  
9 Peter McDonagh     148  
10 Carol Newland     148  
11 Rebecca Smith     159  
12 Malcolm Berry     163  
13 Darren Devlin     171  
14 Ivor Newland     175  
15 Rod Smith     179  
16 Duncan Leopold     185  
17 Jim Reid     191  
18 Brian Newsham     192  
19 Francesco Borges     201  
20 Gary King     202  

LATEST COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

              FLORESTA PARQUE GOLF CLUB COMMITTEE MEETING

No 2021-06 HELD ON 5th October 2021

 

Present             Mary Berry – Captain

                         Peter Noone – Vice Captain

                         Geoffrey Harnett – Chairman

Linda Anthony – Secretary

Giles Fox – Treasurer

Rod Smith

Brian Newsham

 

1.     Apologies

1.1.     Mike Abbott sent his apologies.

2.     Approval of Minutes and Matters Arising

2.1.     The minutes were approved by the Captain and there were no matters arising.

3.     Company Matters

3.1.     Administration – The Administrator, Dr Carlos Inacio, has informed us that he would no longer be seeking the Creditors approval to close the business of GSA. This is largely due to some cost reduction activities he has undertaken, and also better than expected income due to easing of Covid restrictions allowing more visitors and increased golf revenues. This is obviously good news and gives stability to the golf course. The administrator will now go ahead with the marketing and eventual sale of the resort.

3.2.     Document Store – Many of our members are also property owners on the resort. There is an old and poorly maintained store of Vigia / GSA / QDC documents on site relating to build costs etc that may be useful to owners. Negotiations have started to secure the documents before their condition deteriorates too much further. We will keep members informed as this matter progresses.

4.     Treasurer’s report

4.1.     The income for September has improved substantially due to a much larger competition entry and the success of the Autumn Series competitions.

4.2.     The Christmas Hamper Competition will also be the Members Day, 5th December, and will be fully subsidised by the Club.

4.3.     Current net assets €21,308.83

5.     Captain’s Update

5.1.     The two Advent competitions will be the Christmas Hamper/Members Day on the 5th December and the Sagitarius Salver on the 8th December. GSA will be holding an AmAm competition on the 6th and a Yellow Ball competition on the 7th.

5.2.     The choice of yellow and white tees in singles competitions is to continue, members are asked to clearly mark their cards to indicate which tee they have played from. Playing handicaps are used to determine the prizes.

5.3.     Pre Covid rules apply in all competitions and cards should now be exchanged and marked as they were pre Covid. Rakes are back in bunkers, please use them, and flags may be removed.

6.     Vice Captain’s Update

6.1.     Peter Noone thanked Mary for organising her Captain’s Day and the Autumn Series competitions and congratulated her on their success.

7.     AOB

7.1.     The Club have no influence over the current buggy situation, it is a GSA matter. This is not the only course in the Algarve experiencing these problems.

7.2.     Rod Smith proposed getting new ties and scarves for Past Captains and Chairmen and will source a supplier for these.

  

Next meeting 23/11/21 at 10.30

RACE TO BUDENS, SEPTEMBER 2021

September 2021 – Top 20 Places
           
1 Janice Galloway     0  
2 Richard Entwistle   13  
3 Bob Hart     29  
4 Ian Galloway     37  
5 Graham Harries     38  
6 Duane Wessels     102  
7 Peter McDonagh     106  
8 Malcolm Berry     121  
9 Linda Anthony     123  
10 Paul Anthony     125  
11 Darren Devlin     129  
12 Rebecca Smith     133  
13 Rod Smith     137  
14 Duncan Leopold     143  
15 Carol Newland     146  
16 Ivor Newland     159  
17 Gary King     160  
18 Jim Reid     164  
19 Mary Berry     166  
20 Pete Noone     171  

LATEST COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

                FLORESTA PARQUE GOLF CLUB COMMITTEE MEETING

No 2021-05 HELD ON 31st August 2021

 

 

Present             Mary Berry – Captain

                         Peter Noone – Vice Captain

                         Geoffrey Harnett – Chairman via Zoom

Linda Anthony – Secretary via Zoom

Mike Abbott – Handicap and Membership Secretary

Giles Fox – Treasurer

Rod Smith

Brian Newsham

 

1.     Company Matters

1.1.     A Memoranda of Understanding was submitted to the Administrator on the 26th August.

2.     Apologies

2.1.     None required.

3.     Approval of Minutes

3.1.     The minutes were approved by the Captain.

4.     Matters Arising/to discuss

4.1.     The gong on the 6th will be in place this month.

4.2.     The drawn pairs competition will be on the 29th September as per the competition schedule.

5.     Treasurer’s report

5.1.     Charity report:  NECI, Pink Ribbon(Kelvin Whittaker’s walk) donations have been made. The Club is also supporting the Bombeiros, Riding for the Disabled and Rui Gloria’s local charity benefitting Autistic children and donations are about to be made to these charities. This year the Captain’s charities are Madrugada and NECI.

5.2.     Paul Mott is doing a walk to raise funds for the Captain’s charities and Lagos Orphans.

5.3.     Current net Assets €20,244.81

6.     Handicap and Membership report

6.1.     All handicaps are up to date.

6.2.     Members who hold a UK handicap and a Federated handicap are advised to play off their lowest handicap.

7.     Captain’s Update

7.1.     There are 67 players currently signed up for Captain’s Day.

7.2.     On the day there will be a “Beat the Pro” competition on the 11th, a €10 donation to charity to enter this.  For a donation of €5 there is also a simple putting competition open to players and non-players alike.

7.3.     There will be a half way hut with food and drink.

7.4.     For the Autumn series of competitions prizes in the form of vouchers will be presented on the day for the Captain v Vice Captain, Taca de Liberdade and Past Captain’s competitions. There will be a meal immediately after the conclusion of the Club Championship. Details of this will shortly be displayed on the board in the Spike bar

8.     AOB

8.1.     The Juniors will be invited to enter the Texas Scramble on the 12th.

8.2.     The Loyalty Lottery will continue until the end of the year.

8.3.     Mike Abbott will speak with Rui to request that the toilets on the 6th be reopened and that water is put in the ball washers.

 

Next meeting 05/10/21 10.00

 

 

LATEST COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

                FLORESTA PARQUE GOLF CLUB COMMITTEE MEETING

No 2021-04 HELD ON 27th July 2021

 

 

Present             Mary Berry – Captain

                         Peter Noone – Vice Captain

Linda Anthony – Secretary

Mike Abbott – Handicap and Membership Secretary

Giles Fox – Treasurer

Rod Smith

Brian Newsham

 

1.     Company Matters

Discussions are ongoing between lawyers representing the Owners Associations on the resort and the Judicial Administrator Dr Carlos Inacio. Both sides are keen to ensure that the assets of GSA are protected in the event of the company being unable to continue due to ongoing losses made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic. The principal asset being the golf course. This is in the interests of the Creditors of GSA, the staff, the Owners, the golf members and the area of Vila do Bispo and surrounding towns and villages.

The FPGC golf committee are receiving regular updates and will keep members informed as matters develop.

2.     Apologies

2.1.     Geoffrey Harnett

3.     Approval of Minutes

3.1.     The minutes were approved by the Captain.

4.     Matters Arising/to discuss

4.1.     A drawn pairs competition will be held on the 15th September.

4.2.     Mike Abbott will organise the “gong” on the 6th.

5.     Treasurer’s report

5.1.     Income continues to fall as do the outgoings.  Currently the only event that will be subsidised is the Christmas Hamper Competition.

5.2.     Vouchers issued after the 1st July 2020 are only valid for one year.

6.     Handicap and Membership report

6.1.     The handicaps are all up to date.

6.2.     Results of the competitions are available on the website. A complete list of the results in singles competitions is not posted on the board or website.  Players who have returned poor scores do not appreciate these being made public.

7.     Captain’s Update

7.1.     Pepe Gancedo Trophy. GSA have arranged for bifanas to be served after golf at the prize giving and it would be appreciated if all members playing stay for the prize giving to show their support.

7.2.     Captain’s Day will be held on the 11th September.

7.3.     The Past Captains, Club Championship, Taca da Liberdade and the Captain v Vice Captain competitions will be rearranged for later in the year.

7.4.     The committee decided that the use of rakes in the bunkers should be resumed. GSA will be asked if it is possible to do this. When the rakes are in use again members are asked to remember to rake the bunkers and placing of balls will no longer be permitted.

8.     AOB

8.1.     There were no matters raised under this heading.

 

Next meeting: 31/08/2021 10.00

RACE TO BUDENS, AUGUST 2021

August 2021 – Top 20 Places
           
1 Richard Entwistle     0  
2 Ian Galloway   8  
3 Janice Galloway     17  
4 Bob Hart     22  
5 Graham Harries     25  
6 Duane Wessels     83  
7 Linda Anthony     109  
8 Malcolm Berry     110  
9 Peter McDonagh     111  
10 Paul Anthony     111  
11 Darren Devlin     112  
12 Duncan Leopold     124  
13 Carol Newland     128  
14 Ivor Newland     141  
15 Rod Smith     148  
16 Jim Reid     151  
17 Pete Noone     154  
18 Rebecca Smith     158  
19 Mike Evans     160  
20 Michael Abbott     164  

CAPTAIN’S SUMMER BLOG

Dear members,
 
Since my last blog we have held the Ralph Griffin trophy competition combined with Captain ‘s changeover. We had a very enjoyable day and it was great to be able to celebrate together in the evening once more. I decided this year to raise money for the charity pot with the drive in, I hit a pretty decent drive and the winner got to within 1 metre of the correct distance ( it wasn’t Mick!) We raised 100 Euros for the charity pot so thank you all for participating.
 
On that note, with the difficult year we have had our charity fund is going well and I thank you all once again for supporting such good causes. 
 
We  have also had the Men v Ladies competition and though it grieves me to say, congratulations are due to the men! Well played.
 
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Rod Smith, Jim Reid, Simon Thomas and their team for all the hard work they are putting into ensure that the future is secure for the residents and for the golf course. There is still a lot of work to be done and we appreciate this and wish them every success.
 
My plan to play with as many members as possible this year is working well. Up to now  I’ve played with 59 different people and will try to play with more of you in the coming weeks.
 
Interclub eventually started again and we have played a couple of matches currently in 2nd. a long way to go and September/October will be busy months for us.
 
Captain’s Day is scheduled for 11th September. Plans are afoot for this event and we hope to have a memorable day (though no dancing!) Our annual GSA golf festival has been cancelled this year and the golf club have decided to take that pre booked week and opportunity to catch up on all our major competitions that have been postponed. So, Friday 17th will be Captain v Vice Captain, Saturday the 18th Taca da Liberdade, Sunday the 19th Past Captains day and Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd Club Championship. the sheets are on the board for those who wish to enter and on the Wednesday we will have the usual buffet after the club championship with prize giving. GSA will control the buggy situation but at the moment Rui is only guaranteeing buggies for those who have an annual one. 
 
I hope you all are having a great summer and that restrictions start to ease.
 
Stay safe, Mary