February 2024

Marbella GCC 29th February 2024
Thursdays game was played at Marbella with the day kindly sponsored by Leigh Hopper.
After last weeks slick greens at Rio Real we thought we would have some respite with some slower greens but yet again we were met with some fast greens and tricky pin placements.
Results from Marbella
1st, Keith Baker, 35pts, playing off 16.4, now 15.8.
2nd, Robert Bungay, 33pts, playing off 25.2, now 24.7.
3rd, Pauline Fink, 32pts, playing off 29.8, now 29.2.
Nearest the pin in One, hole 3z Larry Byrne.
Nearest the pin in One, hole 16, Keith Baker.
Nearest the pin in Two, hole 18, Stewart Gurney.
One singles knockout match was played with Ian McCarthy beating Ray Critcher.
Next week we are at Miraflores with the first tee time at 9.48, we currently have 1 space available.
Rio Real 22nd Februray 2024
This weeks game was played down at Rio Real which is one of the best courses on the society’s schedule and were kindly sponsored by Bob Sawyer.
As usual the course was in great condition and proved a very tough test especially the greens which were some of the quickest we have played for a very long time added in with some wicked pin positions there was many a tale of woe told about having a putt towards the hole and it sailing by and off the green, with all these factors the winning scores were quite low this week.
Results from Rio Real
1st, Ray Critcher, 31pts, playing off 12.5, now 11.9.
2nd, Gary Sparrow, 30pts, back 9 of 14pts, playing off 8.6, now 8.3.
3rd, Leigh Hopper, 30pts, back 9 of 13pts, playing off 11.8, now 11.5.
Nearest the pin in One, hole 3, Don Crowley.
Nearest the pin in Two, hole 11, Ian McCarthy.
Nearest the pin in One, hole 12, Ray Critcher.
Next week we are playing at Marbella with the first tee time at 10.50, we are currently full for this game and also the next 3 weeks.
Mijas – Los Olivos 15th February 2024
This week we played at Mijas Los Olivos and were kindly sponsored by Gordon Bathgate.
As some may be aware Los Olivos late last year had a problem with the greens due to damage done by contaminated water forcing it to close for a while, a few weeks ago it still wasn’t in the best of shape so it was a great surprise to us all on Thursday that they had done a great job getting them back to normal.
After the golf instead of going back to the Red Dragon we popped into El Golf bar at the end of the Los Lagos course for a drink and some tapas. When all the tales of woe had been told and also the stories of luck about balls skimming across water and onto dry land had been mentioned, the cards were checked and we had a 3 way tie at the top which went to a back 9 countback.
 Eventually our winner was confirmed and the saying of ” If at first you don’t succeed, try ,try and try again” and never was this more appropriate then for our winner who informed us that it was his first win in 7 years of playing with the society.
Results from Mijas Los Olivos.
1st, Steve Thomas, 34pts, back 9 of 18pts, playing off 28.0, now 27.3.
2nd, John Yuill, 34pts, back 9 of 17pts, playing off 27.6, now 27.1.
3rd, Bob Sawyer, 34pts, back 9 of 16pts, playing off 9.1, now 8.9.
Nearest the pin in One, hole 3, Simon Waby.
Nearest the pin in Two, hole 13, Kay England.
Nearest the pin in One, hole 16, Bob Sawyer.
Next week we are playing at Rio Real with the first tee time at 10.00, we are currently full for this game and we are full for nearly all the next 4 weeks.
Please note that both the singles and pairs knockouts 1st round games need to be played by Thursday 21st March.
Santana Golf 8th February 2024
This weeks game we were back at Santana for our first Medal game of the year and were kindly sponsored by Pat O’Connor.
This was our first qualifier for the Medal finals day in November and to try to boost numbers for the final we have decided that the first 2 players in each category ie gross and net will go through.
The course as ever was in great condition with some wicked pin positions.
As usual we had our nearest the pins on various holes and a first as far as I can remember that one was a tie with the 2 playing partners both agreeing there was nothing between them.
There were 2 singles knockout matches played with Pat O’Connor beating Jonathan Furlong and Bob Sawyer beating Dennis “chip in” Regan in a good contest that I witnessed and as you can gather by Dennis’s new nickname just when Bob thought he’d won the hole, up would pop Dennis a couple of times and chip in to win the hole even after visiting the water the previous shot.
Results from Santana
Gross Category
1st, Bob Sawyer, gross 83, playing off 9.6, now 9.1
2nd, Simon Waby, Gross 85, playing off 4.7, now 4.4
Net Category
1st, Steve Moore, Net 70, playing off 19.1, now 17.6
2nd, Colin Bryan, Net 72, playing 22.1, now 21.6
Well done to all 4 of you who are now in Novembers final.
Nearest the pin in One, hole 2, Colin Bryan.
Nearest the pin in Three, hole 10, Andrew Dodd.
Nearest the pin in Two, hole 14, dead heat between Bob Sawyer & Simon Waby.
Nearest the pin in One, hole 16, Bob Sawyer.
Next week we are playing at Mijas Los Olivos which is  currently full.
The following 3 or 4 weeks are also just about booked up.
La Cala – America 1st February 2024
This Thursday’s game was up in the hills at La Cala golf club playing the America Course and were kindly sponsored by Stephen Bestwick.
On a dry but a little chilly day the course proved a tough task as usual with the scoring a little down on recent weeks apart from our winner who managed to put a good round together to win comfortably by 5 shots.
Results from La Cala America.
1st, Andrew Dodd, 37pts, playing off 12.3, now 11.5.
2nd, John Yuill, 32pts, playing off 28.0, now 27.5.
3rd, Ian McCarthy, 31pts, playing off 9.3, now 9.1.
Nearest the pin in Two, hole 3, Norman Walker.
Nearest the pin in Two, hole 16, Dave Lax.
Nearest the pin in One, hole 8, Richard Hookham.
Next week is out first Medal comp of the year at Santana with the winner of the Gross & Net category going through to the final in November.
If you are playing Mijas the week after you will need to bring your money for that game as well at Santana and pay Mandy this Thursday as Mijas are insisting we pay a week in advance now, if you do not pay by Thursday with cash or bank transfer we cannot guarantee you a game at Mijas.