RACE TO BUDENS, OCTOBER 2019

1 Rie Cherubini 0
2 Bob Hart 55
3 Graham Harries 58
4 Mark Arundel 65
5 Brian Newsham 95
6 Bob Woodworth 133
7 Malcolm Berry 135
8 Peter McDonagh 135
9 Denise Arundel 138
10 Michael Abbott 146
11 Richard Entwistle 166
12 Brigitte Beck 169
13 Mary Berry 182
14 Pedro Lucas 187
15 Duane Wessels 189
16 Mike Evans 192
17 Lewis Haycock 193
18 Vince Roode 193
19 Duncan Leopold 207
20 Giles Fox 209

LATEST COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

FLORESTA PARQUE GOLF CLUB COMMITTEE MEETING
No 2019-07 HELD ON 14th October 2019

Present Peter McDonagh- Captain
Brian Newsham – Vice Captain
Geoffrey Harnett – Chairman
Giles Fox -Treasurer
Linda Anthony – Secretary
Mike Abbott – Handicap Secretary
1. Company Matters
1.1. Many bunkers now have new sand in them and members are asked to remember to rake the bunkers. The starter will also be asked to remind people to rake the bunkers and to repair pitch marks and divots. Rui will also be asked if it is possible to get some new rakes for the bunkers.
ACTION Mike Abbott
2. Apologies
2.1. Frank Finan, Rod Smith
3. Approval of Minutes
3.1. Minutes approved and signed by the Captain
4. Matters Arising/to discuss
4.1. The Junior section continues to thrive under Rui’s excellent and enthusiastic coaching. The group will be split to enable differing abilities to thrive. There are four or five of the group who have the potential to be Federated next year.
4.2. Water bottles, there are 28 more orders, all from members, and these should be arriving soon.
4.3. Course update. The course is very busy at the moment and as several buggies need new batteries shortages have occurred. The committee are aware of the situation and continue to press for more buggies and batteries.
4.4. As a token of the Club’s appreciation for all their hard work the greenkeeping staff were taken out for lunch and the gesture was much appreciated.
4.5. The Competition Boards. It was resolved to update the boards twice a year, as soon as possible after the Easter and Autumn Festivals. The Hole in One Boards, members will be asked to notify the committee of any hole in one achieved in the last five years in any FPGC competition or one of the Festivals. The boards will be updated before the Captains Changeover on the 11th January 2020.
ACTION Peter McDonagh
4.6. The FPGC board in the Spike Bar is only to be used for Club competitions and Club notices. Should any member have a cause, event or anything else they wish to publicise please contact Giles or Michael through the Club email – pdfgolfclubpdf@outlook.com – and request that it be put on the Club website.
4.7. Group email contact. This is working well so far and has received a positive response from the members. It will be used to publicise future as well as past events.
4.8. The Christmas Hamper is on Sunday 1st December, the entry will be €15 per person for members and €25 for guests and visitors. This event marks the start of the new Advent Festival, which is being run jointly by GSA and the Club. GSA are organising competitions on the 2nd, an AmAm and 3rd, a Yellow Ball. The Sagitarius Salver on the 4th will be a shotgun start at 09.30 and will be organised by the Club, followed by a buffet and prize giving organised by GSA. The Captains Changeover is on the 11th January 2020 following the AGM on the 10th January.
4.9. Charity Update. The charities supported this year are currently NECI, Rui Baptista’s choice as our main sponsor, the Lagos Orphans and Bamboo Donkey Sanctuary. The money being raised by the Captain, Giles Fox and Dave Chicken on their walk to Monte Rei currently stands at around €7000 and will go to Stand Up To Cancer and Madrugada. The Club’s charitable activities are going to be publicised more on the website and in the local press.
ACTION Giles Fox
5. Treasurer’s report
5.1. Total current net assets are €17371.66. It is anticipated that income will increase over the next few months, as competitions are much busier. Membership totals 190.
6. Handicap Report
6.1. Everyone is responsible for knowing their own handicap and this can be found on the Federation website. In future there will be three copies of the handicap sheet, one will be on the board, one in the shop and one by the water cooler. The link to FPG handicaps is below.
6.2. http://portal.fpg.pt/handicaps/handicap/listagem-de-handicaps/
7. Website
7.1. Everything is up to date.
8. Captain’s Update
8.1. All covered under other headings.
9. Vice Captain’s Update
9.1. Brian Newsham raised the question as to whether, in view of the increasing age of the members, it would be possible to have blue tees in competitions. This would involve the slope index of the course being changed so is not possible at this time. There is no reason people can’t play from whichever tee they chose when playing casual golf or roll ups.
10. AOB
10.1. 18th December will be our Carols and Cakes competition with a shotgun start at 10.00, Invisible Pro format. This will be in memory of David Haddon the long time organiser of this event. Geoffrey Harnett has organised for the Salvation Army to come and play for us and Lynette Whittaker is kindly providing cakes and mince pies, mulled wine supplied by Mario.
10.2. It was agreed to try a new 20/20 competition in the next quarter, details to follow.

Next meeting Thursday 28th November 10.00.
Meeting closed at 12.15
Distribution: Geoff Harnett, Mike Abbott, Giles Fox, Linda Anthony, Frank Finan, Peter McDonagh, Brian Newsham, Rod Smith

HOLE IN ONE BOARD

Dear Members,

further to a recent committee meeting it has been decided to retain and update the Hole in One Boards in the Spikes Bar. Some of you will have noticed that it has not been updated for some time and we intend to rectify this before the end of 2019. To that end we require the help of all of you as members.

If you have had the fabulous achievement of a Hole in One within the past 5 years in either a FPGC competition or a GSA event (and it is not on the board) can you please respond to this email confirming the Competition/Date and Hole Number in order for us to cross correlate with ours and GSA’s records and accurately reflect your success. Closing date for responses is 30th November 2019. Please ensure you respond by the cut off date because after this it will not be possible to add your name to the board.

For your reference the qualification for the ‘Hole in One Board’ going forward is as follows:

1) The hole in one must be in an FPGC Competition or a GSA Competition.
2) The successful player must be a fully subscribed member of FPGC.

Whilst writing please note that all of the Boards in the Spike Bar will be fully up to date by the end of 2019 and going forward they will be updated twice a year immediately after the Easter & Autumn Festivals.

Kind Regards

Macca

RACE TO BUDENS SEPTEMBER 2019

September 2019 – Top 20 Places

1 Rie Cherubini 0
2 Bob Hart 13
3 Mark Arundel 48
4 Brian Newsham 54
5 Graham Harries 55
6 Malcolm Berry 69
7 Peter McDonagh 69
8 Michael Abbott 94
9 Denise Arundel 99
10 Bob Woodworth 102
11 Mary Berry 104
12 Brigitte Beck 113
13 Vince Roode 138
14 Pedro Lucas 139
15 Richard Entwistle 140
16 Lewis Haycock 141
17 Giles Fox 143
18 Duane Wessels 143
19 Mike Evans 154
20 John Brodie 156

LATEST COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

FLORESTA PARQUE GOLF CLUB COMMITTEE MEETING
No 2019-06 HELD ON 05th September 2019

Present Peter McDonagh- Captain
Brian Newsham – Vice Captain
Geoffrey Harnett – Chairman
Giles Fox -Treasurer
Linda Anthony – Secretary
Mike Abbott – Handicap Secretary
Rod Smith
1. Company Matters
1.1. Many bunkers now have new sand in them and the supply of sand will be maintained enabling the bunkers to be topped up as necessary.
1.2. The use of buggies on the second is to be permanently banned and the upper path will be tidied up so that buggies can access it.
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. A member has been banned from all Club competitions for a month following a second incident of unacceptable behaviour in the Spike Bar.
4.2. Junior clinic update: The clinic has restarted after the summer break and there are nine regular attendees. It continues to go really well under Rui’s excellent and enthusiastic coaching. Rui would like to extend the clinic particularly to include more local children.
4.3. Water Bottles are all sold out and the members are to be emailed to assess further demand before more are ordered. The cost will be €10 to members and €25 to non-members.
ACTION Rod Smith

4.4. The Traffic light system on the 6th is now working well, Bob Woodworth is going to sort out the problems with the battery. All that remains is for GSA to provide the board explaining how the system works.
4.5. A sign is to be placed on the 15th white tee about a donation to the Captain’s Charity box in the bar if a player’s ball goes into the lake.
ACTION Mike Abbott
4.6. Group email contact: Rod Smith has got this organised and it is up and running. The aim of this is to improve communication with the membership, which is a very time consuming task. In view of this the committee has decided to appoint Mike Abbott as Membership and Federation Secretary in addition to his role as Handicap Secretary with immediate effect. The committee will seek the memberships ratification of this at the AGM.
4.7. Upcoming competitions: Geoffrey Harnett and Mike Abbot volunteered to help wherever needed during the day as neither will be playing. Everything is organised. The Autumn Festival is organised by GSA.
4.8. Charity Update: All is going well and funds are very healthy.
5. Treasurer’s report
5.1. Total current net assets are €21428.13. Revenue was down in the month of August as there were fewer players in competitions.
6. Handicap Report
6.1. Adjustments have been made where necessary and all handicaps are up to date.
7. Website
7.1. Everything is up to date.
8. Captain’s Update
8.1. Monte Rei Charity Walk, the sponsor forms will be available on Captain’s Day.
9. Vice Captain’s Update
9.1. Nothing to report.
10. AOB
10.1. Next meeting Monday 14th October at 10.00.
Meeting closed at 12.15
Distribution: Geoff Harnett, Mike Abbott, Giles Fox, Linda Anthony, Frank Finan, Peter McDonagh, Brian Newsham, Rod Smith

RACE TO BUDENS AUGUST 2019

1 Rie Cherubini 0
2 Bob Hart 17
3 Graham Harries 43
4 Mark Arundel 51
5 Brian Newsham 56
6 Malcolm Berry 71
7 Michael Abbott 72
8 Peter McDonagh 84
9 Bob Woodworth 90
10 Denise Arundel 91
11 Mary Berry 107
12 Brigitte Beck 115
13 Richard Entwistle 127
14 Vince Roode 128
15 Mike Evans 132
16 Giles Fox 140
17 Pedro Lucas 140
18 Lewis Haycock 140
19 Duane Wessels 144
20 John Brodie 146

RACE TO BUDENS, JULY 2019

July 2019 – Top 20 Places

1 Rie Cherubini 0
2 Graham Harries 8
3 Bob Hart 26
4 Mark Arundel 40
5 Brian Newsham 42
6 Michael Abbott 51
7 Malcolm Berry 58
8 Bob Woodworth 78
9 Denise Arundel 80
10 Peter McDonagh 83
11 Richard Entwistle 92
12 Mary Berry 94
13 Giles Fox 102
14 Vince Roode 102
15 Brigitte Beck 128
16 Pedro Lucas 128
17 Lewis Haycock 130
18 Jim Brennan 130
19 Duane Wessels 138
20 Mike Evans 139

CAPTAINS BLOG, JULY 2019

Well- 4 months into our 9 month stay on the Algarve and I am wondering how the time has passed by so quickly! I’m sure its to do with the old saying “Time fly’s when your having fun”.

So, what’s happened in these 4 months-

If we start with the Easter Festival which was really well attended and was once again superbly well organised by Rui and the team. A big hats off to Rui and we look forward to the GSA highlight on the calendar the Autumn Festival –
Please see below a summary of the Easter Results

Good Friday Texas Scramble Team

1st 56.1

SIMON GALVIN
EDWARD GALVIN 
RICHARD PEAKE
JULIO MARCELA

2nd 56.7

BRIAN MATTHEWS
BRENDAN MURPHY 
BOB HART 
SHANE COSTELLO

3rd 58.2

ANN DE JONG
RUSS WILSON 
DUNCAN LEOPOLD 
MICHAEL ABBOTT

4th 59.4

JOOST BOLLEN
PAUL GIBSON 
NEIL COLE 
GEORGE RALPH

Easter Saturday- The Stock Pot

1st 47pts C/B

BOB HART, SHANE COSTELO 

2nd 47pts

MICHAEL ABBOTT, HALLDOR HALLDORSSON 

3rd 45pts C/B

DUANE WESSELS, RIE CHERUBINI 

4th 45pts

ANN DE JONGH, RUSS WILSON 

Easter Sunday- Dubai Stableford

1st Place 112pts C/B

FRANCISCO BORGES 
SHANE COSTELLO
PAUL LESTER 
PATRICK NOONE

2nd place 112pts

TREVOR MORRIS 
LINDA MORRIS
TERRY MURPHY 
ROY GARDINER

3rd place 111pts

ALAN POOLEY 
GLORIA POOLEY
MICHAEL HUSSEY 
PAULA HUSSEY

4thplace 110pts C/B

JOHN BRODIE 
ANDREW PRESSWELL
MIGUEL SANTOS 
MARIAN TROTT

Easter Monday- AM AM

1st 92pts 

SHEILA FLEMING 
STEPHEN FLEMING 
PAUL BROWN
STEPH BROWN

2nd 90pts

THOMAS KARLSTROM 
JILL KARLSTROM 
LENNART ANDERSSON
EVA LENA ANDERSSON

3rd 84pts

FRANK SHARP 
BEN DAVIES
GILES FOX
DUNCAN LEOPOLD

4th 83pts

DAVID WALLING 
MARGARET WALLING 
TREVOR MORRIS
LINDA MORRIS

A huge well done to all the prize-winners and everyone for taking part in a great event

On the 26th April we had the Taca Liberdade (Liberty Day in Portugal). It appears that the winners don’t want to let go of the trophy as once again for the third time in 4 years Foxy ,Bobby, Rie and Duane were the Victors- Hopefully next year they will give the rest of us a chance !!!!!

Moving on we have had the Captain v Vice Captain and the Past Captains Trophy in the month of May and I’m sad to report that Brian’s team gave my team a good old fashioned hiding !!!!

This was followed up the next week by the Past Captains Trophy. Another really well attended event with plenty of wine flowing in the Evening ! Our congratulations go to our 2011 Captain, Graham Harries and his team. Having played for Bob Harts team for the past 5 years I look forward to putting in my own team in for next years event !

On to June and we had the Club Championships on the weekend of 15th/16th. For those who played you will understand how windy the conditions were and congratulations to all those who battled it out for an extremely tough 36 holes. As for the Results we have 2 brand new Champions to go up on the Champions Board- Barry Pussell and Rie Cherubini and my warmest congratulations to both of you and you will no doubt be back next year to defend your hard earned titles.

Also in June we had Members day- Again really well attended with Music and Dancing into the Evening. With regard to the winners I am delighted to report that Chico, Foxy, Bobby and I were the victors pipping the Vice Captains team into 2nd place (Revenge is sweet after the Captain v Vice drubbing I received !).

With regard to other matters of the Club- I am delighted to report that the Junior Initiative that was started earlier this year is moving from strength to strength with full attendance each week and Rui’s Tigers are all showing signs of Improvement under his watchful eye. A great tribute to Rui’s dedication and a big pat on the pack to all our members as essentially you are all funding this through our weekly competitions. Also a big thankyou to Paul Mott for a very generous donation which has been used to purchase very smart Golf shirts for the regular Juniors.

A special thankyou to Bob Woodworth for his expertise in sourcing and installing our new “Warning Light” on the 6th Hole. I’m sure you will agree that this is an invaluable safety addition to our course. Please remember to press the button on departure from the tee and don’t forget to hit the “I’M SAFE BUTTON” just short of the Green !

Please look out for the August edition of Tomorrow Magazine as we have a piece in there outlining our ‘Water Bottle Initiative’ and the reduction of single use plastics. A huge thankyou to Foxy for getting this super idea off the ground and I think that you will all agree that the filling station after 9 holes is a great bonus !

For those of you who are lucky enough to still be in the Annual Knockout Comps, please try to organise your matches at your earliest convenience. Sadly, I have to look forward to next years knockouts having been beaten in the Singles by the “Flying Dutchman” Eduard Daman and then Bobby and I got another good hiding from John (I can’t loose my ball) Elliot, and Ivor (Elvis) Newland in the doubles !

I will be putting the Starting Sheets up this week for Captains Day on Friday 13th September and I look forward to seeing as many of you that can make it. I am pleased to confirm that Ray Van Quentin will be entertaining us in the Evening and I’m sure it will be a cracking day.

Lastly- we have had queries with regards to Handicaps, mainly cutting within the General play rule 3.16. As you will be aware we play fewer qualifiers than other clubs in the Algarve and pride ourselves on having a good club atmosphere. Playing a lot of team events helps create this. However, we need to be vigilant within our team games to ensure we create a fair playing field within our club and others. Looking at the team results over a period of time guides us to observe a player/players who could be ELIGIBLE for a handicap reduction or increase. The handicap committee recently attended a lengthy meeting with the Portuguese Golf Federation who fully support our use of rule 3.16 and agree that we have, and will continue to do so, implement the rule correctly. We intend to play more qualifiers in future. 

Enjoy the rest of the Summer and look forward to seeing you all shortly,

Warmest Regards
Macca

RACE TO BUDENS JUNE 2019

1 Graham Harries 0
2 Bob Hart 3
3 Rie Cherubini 13
4 Brian Newsham 19
5 Malcolm Berry 20
6 Michael Abbott 22
7 Mark Arundel 30
8 Bob Woodworth 41
9 Mary Berry 44
10 Denise Arundel 55
11 Peter McDonagh 59
12 Vince Roode 64
13 Brigitte Beck 69
14 Giles Fox 79
15 Richard Entwistle 89
16 Pedro Lucas 89
17 Gloria Pooley 91
18 Lewis Haycock 91
19 Jim Brennan 94
20 Richard Stead 100

LATEST COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

FLORESTA PARQUE GOLF CLUB COMMITTEE MEETING
No 2019-05 HELD ON 06th June 2019

Present Peter McDonagh- Captain
Brian Newsham – Vice Captain
Giles Fox -Treasurer
Linda Anthony – Secretary
Mike Abbott – Handicap Secretary
Rod Smith
1. Company Matters
1.1. Sand for the bunkers is arriving next week and is being provided by GSA. The hollow tining has been completed and the out of bounds on the 6th will soon be in place.
ACTION Giles Fox Mike Abbott
2. Apologies
2.1. Geoffrey Harnett Frank Finan
3. Approval of Minutes
3.1. Minutes approved and signed by the Captain
4. Matters Arising/to discuss
4.1. Local Rules update: there is no lift and place on the 13th. It was decided to investigate the possibility of the Club providing new cards that will have the local rules on them and provide advertising for the Club. They would show the Club website and the Wednesday and Sunday competitions.
ACTION Mike Abbott
4.2. Junior clinic update: Rui continues to provide excellent and enthusiastic coaching for the juniors and has shirts for them. There is an average of 8 to 9 participants including some Portuguese girls, 3 or 4 juniors show real potential and should be federated in the New Year. The Tomorrow magazine met with Peter McDonagh and Giles Fox and will be doing several articles featuring the juniors, the seniors and the Club’s water bottle initiative.
4.3. Water bottles: They should be here soon. At least 22 non members have signed up for a bottle and it was proposed that if they signed up for membership now, at a reduced half price rate, they could purchase the water bottles for €10. The price to non-members is €22.
4.4. The Traffic light system on the 6th is now working well and all that remains is for GSA to provide the board explaining how the system works.
4.5. Group email contact: Rod Smith volunteered to undertake this. In future all club information will be on the website and sent to all members who have provided their email to the club.
4.6. Upcoming competitions: The Club Championship poster will be displayed on the board and the website. Cost per member is €10. The Sunday competition played from the yellow tees will be available for those not wishing to enter the Championship. Prizes are trophies and vouchers provide by Baptista. Members Day, 21st June, poster and list on the board and website. The day is free to members with a €10 charity donation, format is an AmAm. Non-members to pay €25. Ladies v Gents is 5th July, poster and format to be posted later.
4.7. Shop Day: €420 was raised and has been distributed.
4.8. In response to several recently reported incidents the committee will introduce a disciplinary procedure to be followed when members flout the rules of golf. Members who observe such incidents should report these in writing to the Captain.
5. Treasurer’s report
5.1. Total current net assets are €21744.84
6. Handicap Report
6.1. Adjustments have been made where necessary and all handicaps are up to date.
7. Website
7.1. Everything is up to date.
8. Captain’s Update
8.1. Peter McDonagh stated that the course is in very good condition and had no other updates.
9. Vice Captain’s Update
9.1. Several members have asked Brian Newsham why the tee times are at 11.00 in the summer? GSA have the earlier times for those who do not wish to join in Club competitions.
10. AOB
10.1. It was proposed that a special Lagos Orphans Day should be added to the calendar of events next year in memory of Ralph Griffin.
10.2. The committee is going to try to reintroduce some social events in the winter as it was felt these had been popular in previous years.
10.3. Next meeting 5th September 10.00

Meeting closed at 12.00