LOOKING BACK AT THE STOCK MEMORIAL EVENT
A few people have asked about the association with horse racing and betting. Who better to provide the answer than Captain Loraine Murphy who was there at the beginning and has this to say:
“The “Runners and Riders” was set up in 1993 the first year of the competition. Joan Stock wanted to raise some funds for Cudeca during the week of the Peter Stock Memorial Trophy so Damien Murphy was allocated the task... understandably there were already friendly bets taking place between the members so it was a natural progression to make it “official” and after that Merv Coombes took on the role of the bookies bag carrier!
The Peter Stock Memorial week always started with the Murphy Texas Scramble... when everybody was guaranteed a prize... and the first reviews of handicaps took place. It changed to a Sunday the following year and was discontinued after 2014. Wednesday was the Coombes Plate - also followed by handicap revisions. Ranchos Reunidos sponsored a Greensomes competition on the Tuesday. This too was discontinued after a short life but the trophy is still to be seen in the display cabinet in the clubhouse. The Two day Peter Stock followed on Friday and Saturday - played originally Day One on America and Day Two on Asia..remember...Europa didn't exist then.! This moved to Saturday and Sundays from 2015. The week was then topped off by dinner and dancing on the terrace at the Club House... the ladies resplendent in evening attire and the men in jackets and ties... the men were able to start breathing again once Joan announced "Men may now remove their jackets" and the party got into full swing... many a late night was had!”
Loraine has also dug out a few photographs taken in 2011 and containing a mixture of familiar faces plus a few who are no longer seen around, for various reasons, some sad.
“A total of 56 players took part that year. The first day, a fun get-together which sets the tone for the week for Members, visitors and invited guests, in the shape of a Texas Scramble and, as usual, was sponsored by Loraine and Damien Murphy of ‘Amigo Property Services’ and ‘Dream weddings in Spain’. The top three teams then were:
Thanks are due to Judi Lentelink, a quite remarkable custodian of the club’s history, and trophies, who has helped “polish up” some of Loraine’s contribution.
RACING SILKS EXTRAORDINAIRE
Clearly not the least bit bashful are the couple who came third THIS year, not the least bit distracted by their colourful appendages.
PAT REID IS DIFFERENT
These two photographs should have been in May’s edition of the newsletter but somehow got lost in the wealth of emails to-ing and fro-ing. Sorry for that, Pat, but now all can see the peculiarity, the very effective oddness of your putting grip.
THANKS TO THE PANDEMIC
Cribbed from a UK national newspaper but pleasant statistics?
“Total adult golfers on a full-length course (nine or 18 holes) increased by 2.1 million to 5.2 million.
- The average age of golfers fell by five years to 41, with the majority of new participants aged under 55.
- 25 per cent of female golfers were debutants and tried it because of the pandemic.
- Driving range use increased from 2.3 million to 4.3 million players.
- Golfers who only used par-three courses more than doubled, and those who only played on pitch and putt layouts more than tripled.
In Ireland, the advance has been just as eye-popping. Golfers on full-length courses more than doubled from 219,000 to 540,000 with a third of the first-timers aged under 25. These are spectacular numbers.”
June busted open on America and was greatly enjoyed by many according to Vice Captain Peter Bradley, to whom we are indebted for this report:
“Summer is here at last!! A perfect day for golf was enjoyed by 14 ladies and 23 men on a very playable and enjoyable America course. We now have a Stimpmeter measurement for the speed of the greens posted by the buggy desk. Tuesday’s was 9. Not fast by PGA standards but reasonably quick for us. Incidentally the aforementioned meter is capitalised as it was invented by one Edward S. Stimpson in 1935. It is a very simple device consisting of a length of wood with a groove down which a golf ball is released when the device is held at an angle. The distance the ball travels on a flat green is the Stimp rating. All those who scored 36 points plus obviously already know about Stimp ratings but are in the minority as only one lady and five men fell into this category! For the men a recently returned John Brooks was third with 37 points, Seppo and David Wilson both scored 40 but Stimpologist – in-chief David was placed first.
For the ladies Kate and Laura both returned 35 points but honours went to Laura. Susanne Valentin obviously grasped the Stimpmeter by the throat and returned 36 points to win. Susanne has found the secret!!!
That’s it Jack. Who said I couldn’t come up with something original?“
ED. Wasn’t me, Peter, honest.
SIXTY FOUR YEARS LATER
“Jack Kerouac's ‘On the Road’ can be considered among the most important novels of the twentieth century. It holds a great deal of historical significance, showing an underbelly of American culture full of sex, drugs, and lost youth, a culture that received little public attention during the 1940s and '50s.”
Hard to believe my first reading of this remarkable book was that long ago. Read at the time with a certain envy possibly. Living in the East End of London at the then age of 21 the world of “sex, drugs, and lost youth” hadn’t passed me by. It hadn’t even reached where we lived. To my knowledge. Now, having just finished it for a second time, it is difficult to believe that any humans could live their lives at such a pace, with total disregard for those outside their circle, and with an indulgence level which ultimately could only lead to early death. However, this time the theme of the book was of less interest than the literary skill of the author, and central character. A constant flow of the right words linked with a memory for detail which tends to make one suspicious but, an enjoyable step back in time for me, and available on Amazon Kindle Books at only £0.99
Truce is better than friction.
A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T LIKE MONDAYS
Vice Captain Peter Bradley, who is helpfully lengthening his literary style, would have us believe that:
“The Monthly Medal is always a struggle for some but the conditions of both course and weather were certainly not to blame! Having run up some seriously high scores the average amateur golfer is inclined to say something I can’t say and tear up the card! This cannot be done anymore hence the large number of DQs. and DQRs.
Being a medal competition with the first failure to post a hole score the player is disqualified from the competition. Hence DQ. If he continues to play and a minimum number of holes are played the player remains disqualified from the competition but has an acceptable score for handicap purposes hence DQR, disqualified with result.
Once the card is submitted to the RFEG the maximum score per hole is adjusted to net double bogey remembering the handicap index of the hole. (Clear as mud?) This explains the SEVEN DQs or DQRs by the men and FOUR from the ladies. Lecture over!
The results from the ladies saw (net 77) Jill Davies beating Verena Haas into third place on handicap. Second (net 76) Isabella Rippinger and worthy winner Liisa Lindstrom (net 75) all three suffering no handicap adjustment.
The men scored better with the writer squeezed out of third place on handicap with (net 70) beaten by Louis Lentelink who was in turn beaten on handicap by Simon Buddery also on (net 70). The winner (net 68) was recent returnee Martin Whelan. The first three named receiving cuts of 0.4, 0.6 and 0.5 respectively with the winner brought down to earth with a deserved cut of 0.8!!”
AMERICA. TUESDAY 15TH
As if they don’t have enough to do Loraine, Kate and Peter are having to be supportive in terms of golf reports/comments in my enforced absence from the action. For this we are grateful even if a handful of adjectives would make for less statistical reading!
Over now to Peter but too late for this week.
“Another beautiful morning for golf! Hot initially but moderating later, the course was also conducive to scoring but no-one tore it up.
For the men third went to Damien Murphy with 37 points, second on break of tie a very steady Hugo Verheyen with 38 points, and winner on the same score, Simon Buddery, flying high as usual!
Ladies, certain names just keep popping up? Third on 36 was Jill Davies, second Isabella Rippinger, 37, but the winner with the same score was Pauline Hilliard. Not before time Pauline gets her handicap cut by 0.8!“
ORDINARY FORMAT. EXCELLENT WINNERS
"AM/AM/AM was the format for today’s competition. (ED. To Peter! Today being Saturday 12/6?). Nine fourballs chose their two best stableford scores on all par 4s and par 5s with three to count on par 3s. Team combined handicaps ranged from 80.6 to 115.8! Perfect weather and America course in fine condition produced some very good scores.
Third place on break of tie was the team of Roy and Jill Davies, Louise Homewood and Paul Robinson with 96 points. Having seen her swing the club Louise’s 36 handicap will require some surgical intervention!!
Second with 99 was Sten and Susanne Valentin, John Youngs and Isabella Rippinger Muller.
Winners with 105 points were Barry Curran, Derek Steele, Vivienne Youngs and Loraine Murphy.
Nice to see the Youngs again, if only for a couple of weeks, and quickly into their winning stride too. In a brief “Welcome back. How did it go?” conversation in the car park as they were unloading their buggy Vivienne was all doom and gloom about her game. Then steps up for a winner’s prize!!
THANK YOU MOTHER NATURE
These pictures have nothing to do with golf but bring Lilian’s open air utility room alive with daily colour and joy. As poinsettias usually do. The remarkable thing is it has been doing so since early December last year!
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL
Peter Bradley was clearly in gastronomic mood when penning this report?
"The first scirmish with an outside club in well over a year took place with Mijas Golf Club hosting La Cala in a friendly (sure!) fourball betterball with a very healthy twelve participants on each side. The Lagos Course, in excellent condition, was the scene of battle as teams met on the first tee and sized each other up warily. However, as is usual in the game of golf, as the rounds progressed and players interacted, the frost was melted, congratulations or comiserations exchanged on the 18th and by the time lunch ended all were new friends. Lunch was top rate with entradas of jamón y queso, gambas pil-pil, ensalada con huevos y pollo before the main of solomillo de ternera or bacalao followed by desert of helados. Copious wine was supplied to aid the bonding process.
The Mijas team captain welcomed us in his post prandial speech to which our own captain responded. Damien announced the results as two matches won, two matches lost and two halved means a tie is carried forward to the return a La Cala on July 7th.
A most enjoyable day out!"
Peter omitted to mention that our à la carte team comprised Damien Murphy & Peter; Cees Lagerwerf & Mike Fisher: Arthur O’Connor & Peter Edstrom; David Wilson & Louis Lentelink; Roy Davies & Barry Curran; Brian Garvey & Paul Robinson.
Diplomatically he also didn’t mention who won/lost/drew?
Captain Damien accepts responsibility for the absence of photos on this rather historic occasion.
BACK TO EUROPA
StIll at his keyboard for us is Vice Captain Peter Bradley, to whom we are indebted for the following:
“It was back to the Europa course after a long absence to play a very soft bramble with minimal complications. The day (SATURDAY 19/6 !) began cool but improved to very comfortable for golf without draining temperatures. The course was presented in good condition and scores, in general, reflected this.
We are delighted to see the return of Alan and Wendy after a pandemic enforced absence of over a year and a half.
The winners, profiting from a 15% raise in handicap, were l/r David Wilson, Loraine Murphy, and Pat Reid, with an impressive score of 130.
The format and moderate temperature led to a most enjoyable day!“
No sign of Midsummer Madness has been reported.
THINGS AIN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE
Past Captain Cecelia Massey introduced many members to Plates, very noisy lunches in crowded restaurants. Waiters shouting their dishes as they made their way around the tables. These were coach outing occasions so no reason not to have a second glass of wine. Great fun at the time although a trifle vague in detail a few years later. Cecelia stumbled across photographic evidence of one table recently. It shows the Elmores, Brian & Muriel, plus the then be-spectacled Scribbler and wife Lilian apparently enjoying themselves despite the difficulty of conversation in the face of high decibel menu offerings. Former owners and members, Brian and Muriel are now back in Kinsale, Ireland, in a lovely location but suffering somewhat with health issues, a sign of the times for folk of our vintage unfortunately. We are in regular touch and they claim to read the newsletter, which is nice!
GOOD SCORING DAY
A look at the “Results” list shows most had decent rounds, as indeed they should have with conditions as friendly as described by Vice Captain Peter Bradley:
"The member's competition on Tuesday June 22nd was a qualifying stableford held on the America course. The weather was cool early, warming as the day wore on but with it the wind also rose making scoring for late starters more difficult. The course was in excellent condition with smooth, slick greens and freshly raked bunkers meaning the temporary local bunker rule could be dropped. Despite the wind, first and second men and first lady were all at the tailend of the field.
Ladies results: Third with 35 points was the consistent Laura Thompson. Second the always reliable Jill Davies with 36 points but a clear winner with a stunning 40 points was Liisa Lindstrom who also received a whopping 0.9 handicap cut.
No ladies were available for prize giving time.
For the men a surprise 36 points gave fourth of Keith Luxon and, with 38 points, Les Wicks third. Both returning 40 points were Louis Lentelink and Barry Curran with Barry winning on handicap, both receiving substantial cuts of 0.9 and 1.0 respectively."
Locked down in Sturgeon country young Cameron Bewley Doyle continues to write the golfing headlines and thereby spread the name of La Cala. He featured in May’s newsletter and here he is again. Winner of the Junior Club Championship at Braehead Golf Club in Tullibody. Age 13. Handicap now 13.
The trophy was presented to him by Club Captain Derek Doyle... who bought Cameron his membership as a Christmas present and is Cameron’s uncle and Arlene’s big brother!
When Cameron left to spend Christmas in Scotland his handicap was 17.4. Lockdown followed and since the courses have reopened it has reduced to 13. His winning card shows no less than four birdies in his net 75 v par of 70.
We are unable to include a short video of him driving off with more swing than Rory. Still a way to go before he gets below his father but he would seem to be heading in the right direction. His parents seem happy enough with his progress?
A VERY WARM WELCOME BACK
Members and owners will already be aware that the Hotel is to re-open on June 30. All the once usual facilities will be available. La Bodega, the Spa. Familiar staff faces will re-appear. A lot of ground has to be made up so let us all do our bit and give support where we can.
SPOTLIGHT ON THE CAPTAIN
America’s 16th hole provided Damien Murphy with a hole in one during the RollUp on Thursday 24th and off the white tees too! A 7 iron was his implement of choice and some were unkind enough to suggest it was not a particularly good stroke but, come on, the ball went in the hole. That’s all you need to earn a certificate. Well done, Damien. Third such achievement it is understood?
GOLDEN BALL CROSS COUNTRY
Exciting prospect but a tiny turn out. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday golf for some probably took its toll? Pity because Saturday 26/6 was another lovely day of weather. Those who did take part on America turned in some rather good scores as the top three places showed.
To some extent the proceedings were overshadowed by Keith Luxon’s miraculous escape from injury following a buggy incident on the 7th hole. Basically his foot slipped off the brake and onto the accelerator. Instead of slowing down before the targeted bush he drove into it and the buggy toppled over. Part of the vehicle detached itself and would have done damage had not a friendly branch of substantial proportions got in the way and acted as a buffer. Buy him a beer and set aside some time and Keith will gladly go into further detail. Meanwhile we do have some pictures!