San Miguel Golf So­ci­ety

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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.

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 to find out more about the so­ci­ety and its weekly golf get-to­geth­ers.

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