San Miguel Golf So­ci­ety

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - SPORT - La Mar­quesa Jan 2, 2019

Chest­nuts roast­ing on an open fire, Jack frost nip­ping at your nose, could have been very apt at 08.00 when La Mar­quesa emailed to say the course was closed due to a sharp frost.

Our 12.26 start was look­ing like a no go un­til the sec­ond email, con­firm­ing only a 30 minute de­lay.

By the time we ar­rived no one dressed like an es­kimo was in sight. Shorts and tee shirts were the main at­tire.

What a change a clear sky and bright sun can make! 25 mem­bers and eight guests teed off, some from the 1st and some from the 10th.

With the threat of dark­ness cur­tail­ing the last groups rounds ev­ery­one fin­ished in day­light, just. The new 2019 rules help­ing to speed up the rounds.

Scor­ing was not so good. Robin (B) East­man was the only player to play to his hand­i­cap with 36 points. Ken (INWN) Fla­herty posted a cred­itable 34 points, win­ning the Sil­ver cat­e­gory.

The av­er­age score was in the high twen­ties across both cat­e­gories. With no breeze to blame the scor­ing was low­ered mostly by bob­bly greens, patchy fair­ways and pins placed near the edges of most greens. The course was not play­ing any­where near its best. Still, well done to the La Mar­quesa ground staff for do­ing their best on such a well trod­den track. So many pitch marks left un­re­paired must be very frus­trat­ing for them.

Re­sults in re­verse or­der Guests: Third Bob Kemp 29 points, Sec­ond Keith Lit­tle 32 points, First Steve Hart 33 points

Near­est the pins: Spon­sored by the Prop­erty Shop, Hole 11 Kyrre Skarsmoen, Hole 15 Brian Mul­li­gan, Hole 17 Phil de Lacy.

Sil­ver: Fourth Gor­don Wil­son 30 points, Third Nor­man McBride 31 points, Sec­ond Chris Ham­blett 32 points, First Ken Fla­herty 34 points.

Gold: Fourth Brian Mul­li­gan 31 points, Third Adrian Roberts 32 points, Sec­ond Steve Hig­gins 33 points, First Robin East­man 36 points.

Aba­cus: Spon­sored by Glen­dale En­gi­neer­ing, a fine bot­tle of vino tinto was pre­sented to John Rose

Our thanks go to the staff at La Mar­quesa for their con­tri­bu­tion to an en­joy­able day. Next matches are are at Vil­la­martin, La Ser­ena and Vista­bella.

Keep up to date with all SMGS mat­ters by log­ging on to our web­site or sim­ply give Cap­tain Tony Smale a call on 628 227 687.

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