CONDOLENCES

WITH SORROW WE HAVE TO ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF OUR PAST CAPTAINS WIFE JACQUELINE JENNINGS. OUR CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO TERRY AND HIS FAMILY AND OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH HIM AT THIS SAD TIME. 

LATEST COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

                FLORESTA PARQUE GOLF CLUB COMMITTEE MEETING

No 2020-06 HELD ON 6th October2020

 

 

Present             Brian Newsham – Captain

                          Mary Berry – Vice Captain

                         Geoffrey Harnett- Chairman

Linda Anthony – Secretary

Mike Abbott – Handicap and Membership Secretary

Giles Fox – Treasurer

1.     Company Matters

1.1.    There have been no further developments since the email that was sent to members regarding the situation with GSA.  

2.     Apologies

2.1.    Rod Smith and Peter McDonagh sent their apologies.

3.     Approval of minutes

3.1.    The minutes were approved by the Captain.

4.     Matters to Discuss/Arising

4.1.    Nelson is ordering the ball lifting devices.  Geoffrey Harnett and Rod Smith have kindly agreed to share the cost of purchasing these.

5.     Treasurer’s Report.

5.1.    The club is on track to meet our end of year target to protect our reserve.

5.2.     Vouchers issued after April 19th 2019 and before June 2020 are valid until September 2021. Any vouchers issued since June 2020 are valid for one year.  The shop will be made aware of this ruling.  Vouchers can be donated to the Captain’ Charity.

5.3.    Current net assets €19,803.04.

6.     Handicap Report

6.1.    Members are urged to put more extra day cards in to keep their handicaps current.

6.2.    If anyone hasn’t yet logged on to myfpg and is having a problem doing so please contact Mike Abbott. Members are able to view the whole of their handicap history there.

7.     Website

7.1.    This is up to date.

8.     Captain’s Update

8.1.    The difficulties in arranging future events e.g. the Christmas Hamper, Members Day, The Newsham Trophy were discussed, we can only take things a week at a time and hope for a better year next year.

8.2.    Members are asked not to rub their names out once they have entered a competition unless there are extenuating circumstances and they find they are unable to play in the competition. Should members have particular people they wish to play with please arrange this in advance so that all names can be entered on the sheet at the same time.

8.3.    It was decided to reintroduce the proposed allcomers qualifying competition on the 11th November, a singles stableford.  This will give everyone an opportunity to play off their true handicap.

8.4.    The Captain and Vice-Captain will arrange the teams and pairs for the competitions taking place for the “away trip”.

9.     Vice-Captain’s Update

9.1.    Mary Berry asked Brian Newsham and Mike Abbott to assist her with the interleague matches next year.

10.  AOB

10.1.   The committee were asked if they would support Kelvin Whittakers’s proposed sponsored walk which will take place in lieu of the Pink Ribbon competition. The Pink Ribbon is usually held in October and organised by the LEGS and sponsored by the Whittakers. The committee are happy to support this, further details will follow.

 

Next meeting: 10/11/20 at 10.00

Meeting closed at 11.50

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

RACE TO BUDENS SEPTEMBER 2020

September 2020 – Top 20 Places
           
1 Rie Cherubini   0  
2 Duane Wessels     81  
3 Carol Newland     114  
4 Mark Arundel     120  
5 Ivor Newland     125  
6 Ian Galloway     127  
7 Janice Galloway     128  
8 Brian Newsham     152  
9 Malcolm Berry     158  
10 Brigitte Beck     174  
11 Mary Berry     177  
12 Michael Abbott     190  
13 Bob Woodworth     207  
14 John Brodie     215  
15 Filipe Da Silva     227  
16 Denise Arundel     227  
17 Jim Brennan     239  
18 George Chadwick     239  
19 Phil Russell        246  
20 Jim Reid     246  

SAD NEWS

WE ARE SAD TO ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF FORMER MEMBER EILEEN RICHARDS. EILEEN AND CLIVE ENJOYED TAKING AN ACTIVE PART IN CLUB COMPETITIONS , SOCIAL EVENTS AND AWAY TRIPS DURING THEIR MANY VISITS SINCE 1992. EILEEN PASSED AWAY ON THE 27TH OF SEPTEMBER.

MINUTES OF THE LAST COMMITTEE MEETING

                FLORESTA PARQUE GOLF CLUB COMMITTEE MEETING

No 2020-06 HELD ON 3rd September 2020

 

 

Present             Brian Newsham – Captain

                          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.    There have been no further developments since the email that was sent to members regarding the situation with GSA.  

2.     Apologies

2.1.    Geoffrey Harnett gave his apologies.

3.     Approval of minutes

3.1.    The minutes were approved by the Captain.

4.     Treasurer’s Report

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

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

4.3.    The Captain will provide the prizes for Captain’s Day and these are all organised.  The cost of the meal will be €25, which can be paid for in vouchers.

4.4.    Members Charity Day on 16th September.  The cost is €10 for the Captain’s charities, the club are providing prizes up to the value of €500.  A fully subsidised Members day will be held later in the year when the Covid 19 situation improves.

4.5.    Net assets available are €19,630.77

5.     Handicap Report

5.1.    The new Handicap system is now in place.  A new handicap list now cannot be printed until the day after a qualifying competition but members can look up their handicaps on the MyFPG website on the morning following the competition.

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

5.3.    Rod Smith has had an email from the R&A setting out the position for those members who have handicaps in the UK and in Portugal, this will be posted on the website.

6.     Captains Update

6.1.    Bunkers, the local rule enabling players to lift and place in bunkers if their ball is in a footprint or repair scrape remains in place until the end of the year.

6.2.    In conjunction with Mario and awareness of the Covid 19 regulations the evening meal will be restricted to tables of six which will be placed by the open windows.  The prize giving will be at 18.30 and will be held outside on the area behind the 18th green.  Members will be emailed immediately about these arrangements.

6.3.    With regard to the Captain’s away, Brian Newsham will visit Rompido at the beginning of October to discuss what may be possible. A decision as to whether or not to postpone until next year will be made then.

7.     AOB

7.1.    The drop zones on holes 11, 12 and 15 are defined by the closely mown areas of grass.

7.2.    Members are asked to email the club if they have any queries about any club matters and the query will be passed to the committee member best qualified to answer.

7.3.    The Captain v Vice Captain match will take place on the 25th September, there will be no food afterwards.

 

Next meeting: 06/10/20 at 10.00

Meeting closed at 11.50

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

 

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