San Miguel Golf Society
At La Manga South July 4, Muggy conditions greeted the 29 members and 4 guests who travelled to one of Spain’s premier courses, La Manga South. At the 18th tee, there is a stone engraving, which informs players that Arnold Palmer scored an eagle on this hole to win the 1975 Spanish Open by one shot. Sad to relate, none of the San Miguel troupe came close to emulating “the king” of golf ’s feat.
Scoring was low by anyone’s standards; indeed, no-members broke par. Predictably, there was a gamut of excuses: humid conditions, difficult pin positions, sloping greens and hangovers resulting from England defeating Columbia on penalties the previous night (English members over-celebrating and our Scottish contingent over-drowning its sorrows).
To be fair, all agreed that the track was in mint condition and worthy of its high reputation. Fairways were lush and greens very slick. Captain Tony Smale didn’t feature in the prizes but his putting was immense, holing several outlandishly long putts.
Top score went to John Osborne with 36 points.
He won the fourth round of the President’s trophy and received a golf shirt from the competition’s sponsor, Moneycorp. The company also kindly sponsored the nearest the pin prizes awarded to Norman Cahill (x2), Micky Roscoe and John Humphrey.
The day’s results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:
Bronze Category: 3rd Kyrre Skarsmoen (29 on CB), 2nd Mike Kaylor 29 (on CB) and 1st Mick Roscoe (29 on CB).
Silver Category: 3rd Norman Cahill (30), 2nd Steve Belshaw (31), and 1st Dave Blackburn (33)
Gold Category: 3rd Steve Higgins (33), 2nd Matt Taylor (34) 1st John Osborne (36)
Best guest prize went to Andy Forrest (40).
John Rose won this week’s Abacus prize with a record low score for the society, a fine bottle of wine. It would be remiss to divulge John’s exact points tally. Suffice to say that colleagues have been advised to desist from shouting ‘fore!’ in his vicinity lest it reignites flashbacks of his nightmarish round.
Our thanks to the staff at La Manga South for their contribution to the day.
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