POLITE NOTICE FROM GOLF SANTO ANTONIO TO FPG MEMBERS

We have been asked by GSA to contact our Members in order to reinforce to them the message that the Golf Course, Practise Areas and the Driving Range are closed until further notice.
Certain people are not observing these restrictions.
Dogs are being walked on the course and sometimes their owners fail to clear up after them and/or prevent the dogs digging and scraping in the bunkers and on the fairways.
Some people are taking their children out on the course in bicycles and using the course as a playground.
Some people are using the course as an exercise arena.
Some people are even taking the opportunity to hit balls around.
Please observe the restrictions that have been put in place for everyone’s safety. The course is surrounded by accessible countryside for dog walking, exercising and giving children somewhere to play. There is no reason why anyone should be on the course.
Maintenance work is continuing on the course and chemicals, that are harmful to humans and animals, are being applied.
The Portuguese Government have decreed that all golf courses and practise facilities must be closed in order to reinforce the policy of Social Isolation. This is being done to protect the whole population.
Stay safe.
Your Committee

URGENT – UPDATE ON CHANGES TO COMPETITION’S

Your Committee met today in a scheduled meeting and addressed the worsening situation of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Portuguese Government have introduced strict new rules for gatherings of people, which will affect as all in many ways, but we have had to address the way our competitions will be played for the foreseeable future to fit in with these guidelines.
As players from yesterday’s comp will have witnessed the Spike Bar now has a limit 10 customers internally at any one time and the Spike Bar Terrace has a limit of 15 customers. The O’Parque Restaurant has a limit of 40 Customers.
As a Club we have a responsibility to keep our Membership and the GSA Staff around us safe so the following changes will be implemented immediately;
1) Club competitions will continue to be played as scheduled until further notice. However, they will be played with no cash competition entry (this limits the handling of money for all concerned and reduces congestion and time spent in the closed confines of the Golf Shop) and consequently there will be no vouchers (which means the card rota team are not obliged to sit around waiting to the end of the competition). There will be no prize giving because of the restrictions in the bar and on the terrace and those that do not want to remain after completion of their game can leave immediately. The competition cards will be reviewed by the Card Rota team member wherever they choose to work and then 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions will be announced on the website.
2) The Charity competition scheduled for Wednesday and the Ralph Griffin Trophy competition scheduled for Friday will be postponed until such time as competitions return to normality. The actual games scheduled for Wednesday and Friday will still be played but no charity contribution will be taken and the Ralph Griffin Trophy will be competed for at another occasion.
3) Players in competition’s are expected to fully observe and respect the guidelines issued by the Portuguese Golf Federation; sanitise hands before play, make no social contact greeting and at all times maintain a physical gap of 1m between yourself and any other player or member of staff.
It is impossible for any of us to predict the future but we will endeavour to keep us all golfing for as long as possible. However, it is every Members responsibility to ensure all precautions are made to ensure we are safe and fully compliant with all guidelines issued by the Government and Federation.
Please stay safe,
Your Committee

UPDATE ON THE CAPTAIN’S BLOG

This is just a short update to keep you up to speed on what has been happening at your club and on the Golf course here at PDF during February.
We had a really nice event on Valentines Day when the ‘LEGS’ (the Ladies Elite Golf Society) invited the men to join them for a fun Pin Splitter Golf Competition, followed in the evening by a very nice dinner at Thiago’s. A real bonus was that the day coincided with the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Allan and Gloria Pooley, so we had a brilliant double celebration over dinner, even with some live music throughout the evening. Many thanks to Gloria and Allan for organising a really special day.
The weather throughout February has been really excellent, in fact it has probably been the best we have had in many years.
Looking forward to events in March, on Wednesday 18th there will be a Charity Putting Competition before the normal Golf Competition. Players who wish to join in are asked to arrive 20 Minutes before their tee time to allow plenty of time to show off their skills. The prize giving will be after the Competition with a finger buffet in the bar.
On Friday the 20th March we have a special event in our social calendar with the Inaugural ‘Ralph Griffin Trophy’ in memory and honour of our good friend Ralph. The format will be a pairs golf competition followed by a Dinner Dance in the Clubhouse. I hope as many people as possible will join us to remember this special man.
Finally, for those who will be joining us on our Captains Away trip to Rompido in November, we will need to ask that the first payment of 85 euro per person is paid before the end of March. Payment can be made directly to myself or Brigitte, alternately payment can be made by transfer directly to my bank account at

Joseph Brian Newsham
IBAN PT50 026901810020251174383
BIC BKBKPTPLXXX

Please remember to include your name(s) as a reference for the payment

Thank you for your support. Have a good springtime

Your Captain

Brian

RACE TO BUDENS FEBRUARY 2020

February 2020 – Top 20 Places

1 Carol Newland 0
2 Ivor Newland 34
3 Ian Galloway 57
4 Rei Cherubini 57
5 Mark Arundel 58
6 Malcolm Berry 59
7 Michael Abbott 66
8 Filipe Da Silva 68
9 Mary Berry 69
10 Michael Shropshall 71
11 Graham Harries 78
12 John Brodie 81
13 Janice Galloway 87
14 Duane Wessels 95
15 Paul Anthony 97
16 Allan Pooley 101
17 Richard Entwistle 102
18 Basil McKeon 102
19 Lewis Haycock 103
20 Chris Brunner 105

CAPTAIN´S BLOG

Dear Members and Friends,

As many members do not live here in Portugal and are not always able to keep up with the news from the club, I hope to give you all a bit of information in an occasional Blog to let you know what is going on over here at your club. I know that many of you have been over here this year already and will know how glorious the weather has been – if you are fed up of all the storms that have been battering Northern Europe you can be sure of an enthusiastic welcome from your fellow members and friends back here in the Sunshine.

We started the year of 2020, my special year, with the usual Shotgun start Texas Scramble on New Years Day (also known as Hangover Golf) with the weather giving us an early indication of the bright sunshine that we have had almost continually since.

Then only a few days later we had the New Years Trophy Competition, which is an annual event played as an American Greensome – the catch is that whoever wins has to organise the following years event. This year the day was perfectly organised by last year’s winners, Pam Eden and David Walling, and was certainly one of the highlights so far. After the golf we had an excellent dinner and dance at Aqua na Boca (whilst the dance floor is necessarily small at Agua na Boca, it was enthusiastically filled by our members as always). Thank you very much to Pam and David for this great day and good luck in organising next year’s competition to the 2020 winners Rebecca Smith and Duane Wessels.

My big day, Captains Changeover, started early in the morning in beautiful sunshine and ended up in a great Dinner and Dance night with music from Adam and Wendy.
Captains changeover is always really well supported by our members – Thank you to all, and it is a real pleasure to have the opportunity to thank all the people who make our golf club such a special place, from Macca as our new Past Captain, and Mary as our new Vice Captain, but also the volunteers who do the cards and all the members who give our club the energy that makes us the best club on the Algarve.

We also celebrated the winners of 2019 Knockout competitions, who were:

Winner Singles – Rui Gloria

Winner Pairs – Rie Cherubini and Duane Wessels

Winner of the Race to Budens – Rie Cherubini

Well done all of you and good luck to all in the 2020 competitions.

My Captains Away Trip to El Rompido is now booked and will take place on the 5th and 6th of November. Rompido holds a lot of really happy memories for Brigitte and I and I know that many of you really enjoyed playing there in 2015 – we really hope that you can join us for what promises to be a great event.
The poster and booking list is on the board already and in April we have to confirm the final number of members wanting to join the trip. So, if you are planning on joining us, please sign up as soon as possible.

On 20th March we will organise the inaugural Welcome to Spring Ralph Griffin trophy Competition with a Dinner and Dance in the evening. The Poster is already on the board and I hope many friends will spend this day with me.

That’s it for the moment.

I wish all of you a great, healthy and successful 2020 and hope we will all have a great time on our Golf course at PDF.

Your Captain

Brian

MINUTES FROM THE AGM HELD ON 10/1/20

FLORESTA PARQUE GOLFE CLUB
MINUTES OF THE 2019 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Held in the O Parque Restaurant 10th January 2020
Present: Geoff Harnett Chairman, Peter McDonagh Captain, Brian Newsham Vice-Captain, Mike Abbott, Giles Fox, Linda Anthony, Mary Berry
41 members in attendance.
The meeting commenced at 6.15
Geoff Harnett opened the meeting by welcoming the members and thanking them for attending. He then requested that the members took a moment to remember David Haddon and Ralph Griffin.
Apologies: Rod and Rebecca Smith, Frank Finan, Alan Midgely, Peter and Louise Smith, Kelvin and Lynette Whittaker, Allan and Gloria Pooley, Bob Hart, Margaret Walling, Mr and Mrs de Ruig, Lewis Haycock.
1. Approval of 2018 AGM minutes
Proposed by David Walling, seconded by Terry Jennings. Approved.
2 Chairman’s Report
Good evening and a heartfelt welcome to everyone,
It is my fourth year as Chairman of Floresta Parque Golf Club and I have, again, the pleasant duty of giving you a general update on the activities that have taken place over the last year. After my update there will be more detailed presentations from our Captain Peter, known to us all as Macca, and our Treasurer Giles, aka ‘Foxy’
After the global financial woes of the last 10 years, 2019 has been a year of partial recovery on the Algarve and there are signs of renewed optimism with new property owners coming onto our resort, and new investment in properties and resorts generally all along the Algarve.
Whilst that recovery has given new challenges to most golf clubs, making life as their members a bit more challenging in getting good reliable access to their golf courses, our golf club continues to have the friendly atmosphere that is the envy of the other clubs in the Algarve and we continue to have access to our golf course for our twice-weekly competitions at sensible times & our social events are always popular and well supported.
Members and visitors can always rely on good company and good-humoured banter on the terrace after a round of golf. Visitors often comment about it – we are very lucky.
But most importantly – our club continues to prosper because it receives the wholehearted support of you, the members.
As well as giving you an update on club matters, one of the more pleasant jobs I have as Club Chairman is to thank, on your behalf, the people who keep our club running so well throughout the year. However, before that I would like to take a moment to reflect that we lost two of our good friends and fellow members in 2019. Ralph Griffin and David Maddison.
Ralph was a stalwart member of the club for many years and had during those years filled the roles of Vice-captain, Captain, Joint Captain, Immediate Past-Captain and then handicap secretary. His good natured if quite loud banter could be heard both on and off the course and not only did he fill the captaincy role consummately, he was an excellent and very fair handicap secretary.
David Maddison or to give him his full title of Sir David was an excellent and extremely popular member of the club, playing in all the competitions and attending the social functions when he and Indira visited their house here on the Parque. He was an unassuming and modest man who, before he retired, was a high court judge who presided over some very well known criminal cases.
In both Ralph & David’s case that horrible disease Cancer robbed us of these two lovely men and they will be missed by us all.

I will now make a brief comment on our financial health, whilst leaving the detail to Giles’s report later.
I’m delighted to tell you that income increased during the year with good competition revenues and new members joining, so in addition to the subsidised events that were reintroduced during 2019, your committee were also delighted to host the 2019 Captain’s dinner and entry fee.
The club has a healthy surplus and our account currently shows a credit balance of over €15000 giving Brian & Mary a great platform as they enter the New Year.
May I again assure members, as I have for the last 4 years that all club money is under our own control and under no risk from any change of ownership of GSA.
So, with a strong performance in 2019, and a good outlook for 2020 I’m pleased to confirm that our membership fee will remain at €60 again this year.
Giles Fox our treasurer will give you more details on the things I have mentioned in his report but I would like to take this opportunity to praise his commitment and skill in fulfilling a role that requires so many hours of hard work.
I hope you will join me in congratulating him for a job well done. Thank you, Foxy
I would also like to extend a very well deserved thank you to Michael Abbott, who has yet again managed the handicaps extremely well over the last year. Thank you Michael.
In 2019 as in the preceding years there were a number of handicap cuts for exceptional play and after analysing the annual review it is clear that the Federation again agreed.
Giles Fox deserves another big thank you as he continues to manage, maintain and improve our web site so that all our members and visitors are kept up to date with all the club’s activities. The website goes from strength to strength with the number of visitors to the site at very high levels. Thank you Foxy.
In addition to his role as both treasurer and web site coordinator Foxy together with Rod Smith succeeded on getting all of our membership onto a single database that now allows your committee to communicate with all the members on a regular basis giving general updates and also notices of specific dates and competitions to ensure you all know what’s happening.
We have a new Captain in Brian Newsham who is officially taking over the reins from Macca tomorrow.
I would like to welcome him to his new position and assure him of the committee’s full support during his tenure of the captaincy.
It’s now time to thank our outgoing Captain Peter ‘Macca’ McDonagh.
I know that you will all agree with me that he has been an outstanding captain this past year. I knew when he took on the role of vice-captain in 2018 that the commitment he showed that year would follow through into his captaincy and boy oh boy did it just. He has spent virtually the whole year out here and unlike a lot of us old fogeys he still has a business to run in the UK. Yet to the best of my knowledge he hasn’t missed a single major club event in his whole year in office. Macca’s lovely wife Sharon has also been out at their villa with him for weeks if not months at a time to lend her support, leaving her family back home which must have been a wrench and for which I believe she deserves our unmitigated thanks. So I would like you to show your appreciation not just for Macca but also for Sharon to. Thank you.
We have a new Vice Captain Nominee for 2020 in Mary Berry which is, in electing a lady vice-captain, an historic and long overdue first for our club and I would like to welcome her to the committee subject of course to the approval of this meeting. I’m absolutely sure she will be a great asset to the club in this role.
Apart from Frank Finan our immediate past captain, no other members of the committee are retiring this year, but there is a new role within the committee that will be nominated, seconded and voted on later in the proceedings.

Rui Gloria has continued to be very capable as golf manager of GSA and we are lucky to have a good working relationship with him. We are all aware of the financial restrictions he has to work under and the committee will continue to support him over the coming year.
We also enjoy a good working relationship with Nelson and the ground keeping staff. The course has, by and large, been in excellent condition all year, and GSA has had yet another record year in terms of rounds sold.
Mario and the team in the Spike bar and restaurant have also looked after us very well during the year with some really very good catering at our events.
My final ‘Thank You’ tonight is, as always, threefold.

Firstly, to all the members of the committee who give up their time to make sure all our members have a great club to play at.

Secondly, to all of the volunteer members who give up their time to ‘do the cards’ so that our competitions are expertly administered – with a particular thanks to Mick Berry for managing the rota.

And finally, a huge thanks to you, our members, – you continue to play your role in making our club the fantastic place it is – you turn up in rain (well sometimes!) and sunshine, you play with good humour, you are the single biggest asset we have. Thank you so much.

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions later, so for the moment I will hand over to Giles for the treasurer’s report and wish you all a Happy. Healthy & prosperous 2020 thank you

3 Treasurer’s Report
Dear Fellow members,
Before I start talking about financial results I would like to correct an inaccuracy I made in my report last year. I stated last year that for the first time that the club had a bank account entirely under its own name and control. Apparently, this is inaccurate because before the club opened and moved its account to Novo Banco 5 years ago the previous account was in the Club’s name. My apologies for any misunderstanding.
Let’s hope that is the last inaccuracy I talk about tonight!
You will have all seen the accounts for the year-end Dec 2019, and, as you can see, we have ended with a Net Asset Value of just over €15k which was the stipulated target made by the Committee last year and ratified by the Membership in this meeting last year. We have reduced this asset figure from last year and invested into the following initiatives for the benefit of the Club and the Membership as a whole.
Early this year we re-launched the Junior Golf. We have had 16 different juniors attend our Sunday morning lessons through the year and though some have fallen away we now have an established hard-core of 6 juniors attending week in and week out. We have also just recruited 2 new Junior Members and will carry on looking for more. We are about to Federate 5 of these juniors at a cost of €6 each so they can start to play in competitions next year. I would like to thank and congratulate Rui Gloria for doing such a magnificent job throughout the year. His commitment, energy and enthusiasm has been an inspiration. As a result of this initiative we recruited 2 new senior Members to the Club this year as a result with 2 more showing a real interest. More importantly we are starting to lead the way in this part of the Algarve on Junior coaching and this is important for the Club’s future.
One of the benefits to the Membership this past year was the reusable water bottle campaign. I am delighted to report 130 subsidised water bottles were distributed to the Membership and assuming these bottles are used just twice a week this means there are 13,520 less single use plastic bottles to be disposed of. The free water will continue to be provided throughout 2020, and access to the water will be opened up to the popular club roll ups that are played on Fridays. I remind everyone that this supply of water is for Members and Golf Shop Staff only and I ask in your support to help ensure that this facility is respected and used correctly.
It might have taken a little time but I am sure we all appreciate the warning light on the 6th and our collective thanks go to Bob Woodworth who created, constructed and kept tinkering until we have the reliable system that is in place now. Thank you, Bob. For greater awareness to you all the timer on the warning light is set at 12 mins which gives everyone ample time to walk from the tee, search for any balls for 3 mins as stipulated in the new rules of golf, play their shot and walk to safety. I hope this will help speed up the pace of play for us all as well as keeping us safe.
We will continue with the CNIT card scheme which gives all qualifying Members reduced cost access to most of the courses throughout the Algarve and beyond and any Member who wants one, as long as they have a qualifying subscription with the Golf Shop, just need to ask Michael to prepare and issue one.
Subsidies on club events have been increased to the extent that any Member attending all of these events would have had their €60 membership fee fully returned. We have also introduced on Captain’s Day a free bar for Members on the 10th tee, which I think, was universally popular.
Sadly, the ‘birds eye’ course guide drone footage generously provided by Paul Gibson is yet to make an appearance but steps are afoot to ensure this project will be completed this year. Our apologies to Paul for this delay.
I would also like to invite the Members to put forward any ideas they have to improve our club, help the environment or simply make our golfing experience more enjoyable and fun and I know the Captain and the Committee would warmly welcome these.
In 2018 Membership increased 16%. Last year this increased a further 12%. Already this year out of the 92 Federation Renewals processed 15 have come from new Members. Not only does this bring us an increase in Membership fees but also the income the club earns for competition and 2’s fees have substantially increased as well. We must always keep an eye to increasing the Membership and it should be front of mind for us all. Do you know anyone who you can recruit? Especially as there are loud rumblings from members at other clubs in the local area of dissatisfaction. 50 new members and we could get to the position that Federation Fees could be fully subsidised and we can continue with new initiatives and investments to the benefit of us all.
I would also like to remind the Membership that Club and Federation Fees are now due.
Thanks for all you’re the support and patience you have shown me in this role, I have really enjoyed this year and working with you all.
I am optimistic that the membership in 2020 will grow further on that basis I am sure Brian will be able to have a comfortable year – at least financially.
With thanks again for your support.
4 Approval of 2019 draft accounts.
Trevor Smith raised a query on the accounts and after some discussion it was agreed that in future years a member of the committee and a non-committee member would sign off the accounts. The accounts were then approved.
Proposed by Malcolm Berry, Seconded by Jeanette Griffin.
5 Captain’s Report
Good evening everyone, I would like to give you my Overview at the end of my year as your Captain.
In keeping with previous Captains’ yearly reports it is appropriate to start with the Company and the Administrator.
Extract from Rod Smith 2016 report
“Over the past several years many of you, like me, will have attended meetings with the Administrator and senior personnel where we are told that there are buyers waiting to buy the resort, and that a sale is surely imminent, no longer than 6 months. All of these promises have proven to be hollow and we seem to be no nearer to a new owner with appropriate investment funds than we have ever been. Even the rumours seem to have dried up!”
Nothing has changed in 3 Years.
Yet in spite of this situation we have seen quite a lot of improvement during 2019 from a golf club perspective. Nelson continues to deliver a golf course that is way better than the pay grade of 6 individuals These 6 members of staff continue to deliver the course in such good condition. Greens are fantastic and the16th Green has pretty well regenerated after the “Oil Spillage” last year.
Walking Paths at 9 and 14 are fabulous initiatives helping those Die Hard Walkers keep walking
Much more sand in the Bunkers is a great improvement and I genuinely cannot remember the course looking better!
Michael & I have been in constant dialogue with Rui and Nelson to go through areas of improvement we feel could be made to the course – Please feel free to speak to Brian/Mary/Michael or any other Member of the Committee for suggestions that you feel may improve our wonderful course (Sensible Ones)
Additionally, as many of you will be aware, the committee have continued to harass GSA over the amount of and the state of buggies and am pleased to report that during 2019 they acquired an additional 8 buggies to add to the fleet over the year which has been a great help
Our website, which is managed incredibly well by Foxy has continued to add significant value to us as members. Visits are up by around 20% over last year and I know Michael and Giles have ideas to improve things even further going forward.
Thanks to Rod & Foxy- Group Emails makes it easier for the Club to convey News/ Updates and I believe that this will continue more frequently in the future.
Michael has continued to manage our Handicaps in a measured and diligent manor. I was pleased to write to quite a few members during the year to congratulate them on reduced handicaps – some were pleased some of whom were less magnanimous!
As others had done before me, we have kept to the principle of 1 competition in every 3 being from the white tees, with 2 qualifiers per month, one white tee and one yellow – alternating so that there should only be a white tee medal every 2 months. Hopefully all would agree that the balance is about right.
Myself, Michael & Foxy had a meeting with the Portuguese Golf Federation in Vilamoura regarding the General Play Rule. Some people have commented that the General Play Rule is unfair however we have to continue with this policy or else we need to play considerably more qualifiers.
In Summary – there is no half way house- Its either qualifiers every Wednesday & Sunday or we continue with the varied and fun Comps that we run and utilize the General Play Rule. I know what I prefer and I think I speak on behalf of a huge majority within our club
The Charity Days have continued through the year and I am delighted to announce that we have raised in excess of 20,000 euro to donate to our good causes this year.
€15,000 of which was raised on our walk to Monte Rei, which has gone to the Madrugada and Stand Up for Cancer. Foxy and I sat in the Club after a few beers and decided that Walking To Monte Rei would be a good idea!!!
Massive thanks to Foxy & Chicken- but also Jim & Helen Brennan Mick & Mary Berry for their support in walking with us
The 15th Hole Charity Box initiative continually tops up the Coffers and long may this continue
At this point it is appropriate to mention and thank our loyal Club sponsor Rui Baptiste, he most generously supports our golf club through various competitions and social events throughout the year and also covers the cost of the Interclub team shirts. My thanks go to him and I know he wants to continue supporting the club for 2020
Whilst talking of the Interclub – I would like to thank Mikey Abbott for agreeing to Captain the Interleague team during my year. Sadly we were relegated but on the upside we have a whole new List of courses to Visit in 2020 and I wish Brian & Michael well for the coming season.
My congratulations go to our brand new Club Champions in Barry Pussell and Rie Cherubini . I am sure that they will be back in 2020 to defend their hard earned titles.
Finally, I am told that my Captains report at the AGM is an opportunity to talk about the highlights of my year
Before I talk about the Highlights I must mention the sad passing of our former Captain & Handicap Secretary but above all else our dear friend Ralph Griffin. His wit, charm, golfing prowess golfing knowledge and wonderful smile is and will continue to be sadly missed
Anyhow the Highlights, the trouble is that there have been so many that I could keep talking for a long time, but I will just pick out a few that I feel are worthy of special mention.
My Captains Day in September will live long in my memory with 122 people playing golf and 160 people at the dinner. A big thanks to My Daughters for running the Bar on the 10th, Sharron & Helen for running the Buggy Bar and Mario and the team for the Bifana & Beer!!!
Sincere thanks to Jim/Bobby/Terry & Mikey (All Former Captains) for advising me not to play on Captains Day- You were right!
My Captains away trip to Monte Rei – great course, great golf, great weather, great company and great fun (Plus Rod’s Hole in 1)
The Captains Changeover with Friends and Family.
St Patrick’s Day, Taca de Liberdade, Past Captains, Captain v Vice Captain – Where I got a good beating From Brian, Ladies v Gents, Members Charity Day, Captains Birthday Charity Day Sagittarius Salver
There were 3 Fabulously Well Supported Festivals Easter/Autumn and the New Advent Festival- Please support next year
ON TO THANKS
Committee –
Geoffrey- our chairman
Linda – our secretary
Foxy- our treasurer
Mikey-our handicap secretary
Brian- our incoming captain
Rod & Frank our former captains
As is customary Frank Finan is stepping down- Thank you for your service, thank you for nominating me and having faith in me.
More thanks to:
Mick Berry and the Card Rota Team-
Mario and all his staff for their continued loyal service
My work partners for their understanding with my sabbatical
Sharron and my girls for everything
Above all else each and every one of you members for making Sharron and me so welcome in my special year
I am delighted for Brian and Mary and I know that I am walking away leaving the club in very safe and popular hands
From the bottom of my heart thank you to everybody and I wish you all a happy and healthy new year
6 Approval of Vice Captain
Mary Berry was proposed by Brian Newsham and seconded by Peter McDonagh. Approved.
Mary Berry thanked Brian Newsham for asking her to become his Vice Captain and said how honoured she was and how much she was looking forward to the coming two years.
7 Membership Secretary
The new position of the Membership Secretary and the responsibilities involved was explained to the meeting. Mike Abbott who has been fulfilling this post along with his position as Handicap Secretary for the past nine months. It was proposed to make the position a formal role on the committee with Mike Abbott continuing as both Handicap Secretary and Membership Secretary.
Proposed Brian Newsham, seconded Giles Fox. Approved
8 AOB
David Walling raised the subject of pin positions, particularly on the 13th; the committee do speak to the green staff about this and will do so again.
Mike Abbott explained the new out of bounds areas, which will be in position soon on the 5th and 6th holes.
Ian Galloway requested that results sheets for qualifying competitions be posted on the Club board.
Terry Jennings raised the subject of pace of play. Many ideas were put forward as to how to improve this. Members should be pro active in maintaining a good pace of play. A letter will be drafted to GSA requesting that the marshals take a more active role in maintaining pace of play.
Competition sheets will be left on the board until the day before the competition is to be played. GSA will be asked not to remove them earlier.
The date of the next AGM is Friday 15th January 2021
The Chairman closed the meeting at 19.25

RACE TO BUDENS 2020 – JANUARY

January 2019 – Top 20 Places

1 Mark Arundel 0
2 Carol Newland 6
3 Michael Shropshall 13
4 Ivor Newland 19
5 Michael Abbott 21
6 Graham Harries 30
7 Ian Galloway 35
8 Rie Cherubini 35
9 Filipe Da Silva 36
10 Malcolm Berry 37
11 Lewis Haycock 45
12 Janice Galloway 46
13 Simon Thomas 47
14 Margaret Thomas 49
15 Duane Wessels 49
16 Mary Berry 59
17 Benjamin Davies 59
18 John Whittington 59
19 Francesco Borges 60
20 John Brodie 61

LATEST COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

FLORESTA PARQUE GOLF CLUB COMMITTEE MEETING
No 2020-09 HELD ON 3rd January 2020
Present Peter McDonagh- Captain
Brian Newsham – Vice Captain
Geoffrey Harnett – Chairman
Giles Fox – Treasurer
Linda Anthony – Secretary
Mike Abbott – Handicap Secretary
Rod Smith
Mary Berry
1. Company Matters
1.1. The paths from the 9th to the 10th and the 14th to the 15th are much appreciated by those that walk the course, a great improvement.
1.2. The proposal to make the areas behind the 5th green out of bounds has been agreed with GSA and the white stakes will shortly be in place.
1.3. GSA has also agreed to the proposals to move the Festival boards into the restaurant, the trophy cabinet and a larger FPGC board and the Club will be organising these improvements.
2. Apologies
2.1. Frank Finan,
3. Approval of Minutes
3.1. Minutes approved and signed by the Captain
4. Matters Arising/to discuss
4.1. Drone update: Peter McDonagh and Giles Fox will meet to attempt to provide a commentary for the footage.
ACTION Peter McDonagh Giles Fox
4.2. Course update. The Duck House is ready to be installed on the pond as soon as the signage is ready. Peter McDonagh is organising this.
ACTION Peter McDonagh
4.3. AGM structure and running order: Geoffrey Harnett went through the detail of how the AGM will run and the order of the agenda. The accounts will be sent to members in advance of the meeting using the group email contact. Any questions must be submitted, in writing, before the AGM.
4.4. Captains Changeover: The music for the evening is organised. The prize giving, speeches and Charity distributions will take place after the dinner. Peter McDonagh and Brian Newsham are organising the table plans.
ACTION Peter McDonagh Brian Newsham
5. Treasurer’s Report
5.1. All accounts are in order and ready for the AGM.
6. Handicap report
6.1. The annual review has been completed and all handicaps are up to date.
7. Website
7.1. All is up to date.
8. Captain’s Update
8.1. Peter McDonagh thanked the committee warmly for all their help and support during his year as Captain and said how much he had enjoyed the experience.
9. Vice Captain’s Update
9.1. The Captain’s Away trip will be at Rompido on the 5th and 6th of November, with the option of an extra night on the 4th. Details will be displayed on the website and with a poster on the club board.
9.2. It is proposed to hold a “Welcome Spring” competition on the 20th March followed by an evening entertainment.
10. AOB
10.1. There were no matters raised under this heading.

Next meeting Friday 21st February 2020 at 09.00
Meeting closed at 12.15
Distribution: Geoff Harnett, Mike Abbott, Giles Fox, Linda Anthony, Frank Finan, Peter McDonagh, Brian Newsham, Rod Smith, Mary Berry.

 

FLORESTA PARQUE GOLF CLUB COMMITTEE MEETING
No 2019-08 HELD ON 5th December 2019
Present Peter McDonagh- Captain
Brian Newsham – Vice Captain
Geoffrey Harnett – Chairman
Linda Anthony – Secretary
Mike Abbott – Handicap Secretary
Rod Smith
Mary Berry
1. Company Matters
1.1. Paths for the members who walk the course have been created from the 9th to the 10th and from the 14th to the 15th. It was suggested that stakes are placed at the entrance to the path from the 14th to 15th to deter players from attempting to drive buggies along it.
1.2. It is proposed to make the trees and bushes to the left, right and behind the 5th green an out of bounds area that would also extend along the side of the 6th tee. Mike Abbott to speak to Rui about this.
ACTION Mike Abbott
2. Apologies
2.1. Frank Finan, Giles Fox
3. Approval of Minutes
3.1. Minutes approved and signed by the Captain
4. Matters Arising/to discuss
4.1. Juniors update. They continue to thrive under Rui’s excellent and enthusiastic coaching. There are four or five members of the group who will be Federated next year and will then be eligible to play in Junior tournaments.
4.2. Course update. The Duck House for the pond between the 11th and 17th is being sourced from ebay and Peter McDonagh is organising this.
ACTION Peter McDonagh
The sign for the 15th indicating that this is the Captain’s Charity hole is being organised by Mike Abbott.
ACTION Mike Abbott
The bunkers are much better now that the sand is starting to settle. Private buggies must now be insured.
4.3. Competition boards and the FPGC board. Peter McDonagh is sorting out the list of names for the Hole in One board. It was suggested that all the GSA Festival boards could be displayed in the restaurant as there is a lot of empty wall space in there. This would allow more space for a larger FPGC board in the Spike Bar. It was also proposed to make the area where the trophies are displayed into a proper, glassed in Trophy cabinet. Mike Abbott to speak to Rui about these matters.
ACTION Mike Abbott
4.4. Group email contact. This is working very well and will be used to remind members about renewing their membership before the AGM.
4.5. Upcoming Competitions. The carol singing on Decemeber 18th is organised and will begin at 3.00 o’clock. The Captains Changeover music is organised, Peter McDonagh and Brian Newsham will organise the dinner menu with Mario. The prizes are Baptista vouchers and a trophy. The charity monies will be distributed. The Race to Budens and Knockout prizes will be presented and a table plan is needed.
ACTION Peter McDonagh Brian Newsham
4.6. Charity Update. There is good coverage of the Captain’s Charity Walk in the December issue of the Tomorrow magazine. The total raised so far by this event is €14,455.33.
4.7. Water Station. This has proved very successful and will probably be made available for the Friday roll ups.
4.8. GSA intentions. At this time there seems to be no prospect of a sale.
5. Treasurer’s report
5.1. Total current net assets are €15501.55.
6. Handicap Report
6.1. All handicaps are up to date. The annual review will be available after the next Medal.
7. Website
7.1. Everything is up to date.
8. Captain’s Update
8.1. The Advent Competition is a good idea and, should attract more support if it is promoted earlier next year.
9. AOB
9.1. There were no matters raised under this heading.
9.2. Next meeting Friday 3rd January 2020 at 09.00
Meeting closed at 12.15
Distribution: Geoff Harnett, Mike Abbott, Giles Fox, Linda Anthony, Frank Finan, Peter McDonagh, Brian Newsham, Rod Smith, Mary Berry.

RACE TO BUDENS 2019 – THE FINAL STANDINGS

December 2019 – Top 20 Places

1 Rie Cherubini 0
2 Bob Hart 84
3 Mark Arundel 132
4 Graham Harries 159
5 Brian Newsham 183
6 Bob Woodworth 199
7 Denise Arundel 204
8 Michael Abbott 212
9 Duane Wessels 214
10 Malcolm Berry 226
11 Peter McDonagh 226
12 Vince Roode 246
13 Brigitte Beck 256
14 Richard Entwistle 259
15 Pedro Lucas 269
16 Lewis Haycock 271
17 Mary Berry 278
18 Mike Evans 278
19 Giles Fox 288
20 Ivor Newland 296

LATEST COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

FLORESTA PARQUE GOLF CLUB COMMITTEE MEETING
No 2019-08 HELD ON 5th December 2019
Present Peter McDonagh- Captain
Brian Newsham – Vice Captain
Geoffrey Harnett – Chairman
Linda Anthony – Secretary
Mike Abbott – Handicap Secretary
Rod Smith
Mary Berry
1. Company Matters
1.1. Paths for the members who walk the course have been created from the 9th to the 10th and from the 14th to the 15th. It was suggested that stakes are placed at the entrance to the path from the 14th to 15th to deter players from attempting to drive buggies along it.
1.2. It is proposed to make the trees and bushes to the left, right and behind the 5th green an out of bounds area that would also extend along the side of the 6th tee. Mike Abbott to speak to Rui about this.
ACTION Mike Abbott
2. Apologies
2.1. Frank Finan, Giles Fox
3. Approval of Minutes
3.1. Minutes approved and signed by the Captain
4. Matters Arising/to discuss
4.1. Juniors update. They continue to thrive under Rui’s excellent and enthusiastic coaching. There are four or five members of the group who will be Federated next year and will then be eligible to play in Junior tournaments.
4.2. Course update. The Duck House for the pond between the 11th and 17th is being sourced from ebay and Peter McDonagh is organising this.
ACTION Peter McDonagh
The sign for the 15th indicating that this is the Captain’s Charity hole is being organised by Mike Abbott.
ACTION Mike Abbott
The bunkers are much better now that the sand is starting to settle. Private buggies must now be insured.
4.3. Competition boards and the FPGC board. Peter McDonagh is sorting out the list of names for the Hole in One board. It was suggested that all the GSA Festival boards could be displayed in the restaurant as there is a lot of empty wall space in there. This would allow more space for a larger FPGC board in the Spike Bar. It was also proposed to make the area where the trophies are displayed into a proper, glassed in Trophy cabinet. Mike Abbott to speak to Rui about these matters.
ACTION Mike Abbott
4.4. Group email contact. This is working very well and will be used to remind members about renewing their membership before the AGM.
4.5. Upcoming Competitions. The carol singing on Decemeber 18th is organised and will begin at 3.00 o’clock. The Captains Changeover music is organised, Peter McDonagh and Brian Newsham will organise the dinner menu with Mario. The prizes are Baptista vouchers and a trophy. The charity monies will be distributed. The Race to Budens and Knockout prizes will be presented and a table plan is needed.
ACTION Peter McDonagh Brian Newsham
4.6. Charity Update. There is good coverage of the Captain’s Charity Walk in the December issue of the Tomorrow magazine. The total raised so far by this event is €14,455.33.
4.7. Water Station. This has proved very successful and will probably be made available for the Friday roll ups.
4.8. GSA intentions. At this time there seems to be no prospect of a sale.
5. Treasurer’s report
5.1. Total current net assets are €15501.55.
6. Handicap Report
6.1. All handicaps are up to date. The annual review will be available after the next Medal.
7. Website
7.1. Everything is up to date.
8. Captain’s Update
8.1. The Advent Competition is a good idea and, should attract more support if it is promoted earlier next year.
9. AOB
9.1. There were no matters raised under this heading.
9.2. Next meeting Friday 3rd January 2020 at 09.00
Meeting closed at 12.15
Distribution: Geoff Harnett, Mike Abbott, Giles Fox, Linda Anthony, Frank Finan, Peter McDonagh, Brian Newsham, Rod Smith, Mary Berry.