Orba Warblers Golf Society
Wednesday October 31, at El Plantio Golf Resort, Autumn Trophy Despite heavy overnight rain El Plantio was in a playable condition, there were some very wet patches off the fairways but in the main, it was good. The competition this week was the Autumn Trophy generously sponsored by Steve Cliffe, with some excellent bottles of wine as prizes.
Taking home some of the prizes and the beautiful glass trophy with a score of 35 points was John Daniels, in second place was Steve himself with a score of 33 and in third spot with 32 was Chris Williamson beating David Brown on countback, Steve found himself with a couple of bottles over so he awarded one to Barbara Pollitt for managing a four putt and was eventually badgered into awarding the other to Arthur Sullivan for coming in fifth with a score of 30.
There were nearest the pin prizes on all four of the par three’s, on hole seven it was one of our guests, Stewart Robinson, hole nine, Malcolm Monti, who also sank the putt for a two, Steve Cliffe was closest on the fourteenth and David French on the eighteenth.
Next week, Wednesday November 14 the Warblers are at Bonalba, the first tee is at 09.44 so we need to be there at 09.00.
Guests are always welcome with a current handicap certificate. For more information or to book in contact Michael Taylor on 639 242 896 or “E” the mail Fixtures Secretary and the ViceCaptain. Altorreal October 31 All 32 members and 2 guests managed to find their way to Altorreal, north of Murcia, without mishap, a rare occurrence as usually at least one person ends up in Molina de Segura. Therefore, no frantic phone calls seeking directions for the day’s organisers, but just so they could not rest on their laurels, tremendous confusion over buggy keys and how many had been given out related to the number needed.
With this finally resolved, all players finally took to the course, a course which in fact buggies were not allowed on (with the obvious exception of the buggy paths) due to the heavy rains the day and night before. With a variety of clubs having to be carried across fairways, distance measurers then showing that the right club had not been included in those taken, a large number of members regretted buggying and wished they had walked. In addition, for those that really did require a buggy the constant need to walk left them tired, with some 90degree fairway entrances taking place towards the end of a number of rounds.
The very damp conditions were a main reason behind the generally poor scoring, with only three players breaking 30 points, but the course is relatively long set up and recently hollow tined and sandied greens con tributed. Chris Hamblett returned the day’s best score of 33 points, followed by Brian Mulligan on 32 and John Osbourne on 31, each winning their respective categories.
Results, by category and in reverse order were the following:
Bronze category: 3rd Mick Seymour (27), 2nd Charlie Harkin (28) and 1st Chris Hamblett with 33 points and the day’s best score.
Silver category: 3rd Mike Kaylor (30 on CB), 2nd Adrian Roberts (30 on CB) and 1st Brian Mulligan with 32 points.
Gold category: 3rd Andy Shaw (30 on CB), 2nd Noel Bannon (30 on CB) and 1st John Osbourne with 31 points.
Nearest the pins (balls sponsored by Property Shop): Hole 5 Scotty Philips, Hole 8 Ivan Hanak, Hole 10 Charlie Harkin and Hole 17 Willie Fenn.
Abacus (sponsored by Mike Kaylor): Kyrre Skarsmoen (the true winner having not stayed for the prize giving)
Best guest winner: Spencer Andrews (28)
Our thanks go to all Altorreal staff for their contribution to an enjoyable day. Next week we will be at La Serena, then on following weeks at Mar Menor and La Torre. Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Captain Tony Smale a call on 628 227 687.