San Miguel Golf So­ci­ety

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Roda Oc­to­ber 3 A beau­ti­ful Oc­to­ber day greeted 41 mem­bers and 3 guests at Roda this week. From a dis­tance, the course looked lush and green but fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion re­vealed the greens were very poor in­deed. Ap­par­ently, re­cent heavy rain had caused se­vere flood­ing and the re­sul­tant dam­age left large bare patches, which doesn’t make for easy putting. Just to add in­sult to in­jury we are now in high sea­son with the green fee. There­fore, it’s no sur­prise there were some moans and groans af­ter­wards.

All things con­sid­ered, how­ever, the scor­ing was good – this isn’t an easy course at the best of times and some holes were play­ing long.

An ad­min­is­tra­tive er­ror meant that no near­est the pin mark­ers were de­ployed this week so we re­verted to a 2’s com­pe­ti­tion. As luck would have it there were 4 birdies – the same num­ber as the NTP prizes – the win­ners were Paul Wain­wright, Gor­don Wil­son and Nor­man Pad­more all on the 7th over the wa­ter, and Richard Cleary on the 13th.

Our best guest was Odd Arne Johansen with a cred­itable 32. There were five prizes in each cat­e­gory this week as we had 41 mem­bers play­ing.

In the bronze sec­tion Ron Sten­house snuck in 5th with 27, Nor­man McBride kept up his prize win­ning form with 28 in 4th. 3rd was Mike Jor­dan mak­ing a rare visit to the podium with 29 – well done. 2nd was an­other man in good form Nor- man Pad­more with 30 but 1st place went to Neil Shel­don 32 play­ing the course for the first time – per­haps it helped.

In sil­ver, the scores were slightly bet­ter and 5th place was taken by Colin Rust with 31. Peter Gire­nas 4th and Richard Cleary 3rd had to be split by count­back both com­ing in with 33. Paul Kel­sall 2nd had an­other good week play­ing to his hand­i­cap and scor­ing 36.

The win­ner was Kev Al­bright, an­other man who seems to be hit­ting good form at the mo­ment with a very cred­itable 38.

In the gold di­vi­sion Baz Roehrig, mak­ing a rare ap­pear­ance these days, just took 5th spot on count­back. Then came Matt Tay­lor in 4th who lost out on a scor­ing er­ror – a 5 recorded on the last in­stead of a 4.

It just shows you should al­ways check your gross score at the end of the round. That meant Cap­tain Smale took 3rd on his own with 35. Stephen Jones had a good round re­turn­ing 36 for 2nd and Rus­sell Bai­ley put all the prob­lems with the course aside and eased to a very good 39 for the best score of the day and a de­served win.

Keep up to date with all SMGS mat­ters by log­ging on to our web­site www.smgs.org or sim­ply give Tony Smale a call on 628 227 687. The next three games will be at Vista­bella, Ser­ena and Font del Llop.

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