San Miguel Golf Society
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.
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