Twenty two of twenty four tennis journalists forecast a win for Nadal over Djokovitch in Paris – and look what happened? Charged up for the task, but seemingly realistic, our voluntary fund raisers expected to struggle in their quest for a respectable financial result – and look what happened? Amazingly Captain Damien Murphy found himself announcing a total, yet to be finalised, but in the region of 11,500 euros, a new record for the Club/Resort. A substantial contribution to Cudeca’s “Join the Sunflower Effect” which campaign is to raise 185,000 euros “to maintain for one year a multidisciplinary Home Care team made up of a doctor, nurse, physchologist and social worker”.
The golf competition, organised by Director Robert Mitchell and his team, was the culmination of an enormous effort on the part of many to raise funds somehow, and our Captaincy felt that this exceptional achievement deserved a “newsletter” of its own rather than a faded memory report in July’s usual issue. So here it is, and let us start with the participants, of which there were 52, and winners, before we turn to the story telling.
Other winners included Floris Berkhout (guest) and Verena Haas who were Nearest the Pin on the 14th. Male and female respectively.
Loraine Murphy and Paul Robinson NtP on the 16th
Bob de Boef and Svetlana Kripaytite for the Longest Drives
(ED. Rather surprisingly diminuitive Maddie Brookes was first announced as outright winner of the driving competition but there was an almost immediate protest. An accusation of having used an illegal club. Captain Damien intervened and asked her to produce the offending weapon. Which she did, to much laugher and some applause. Maddie was more than happy to give a brief demonstration of her swing before returning to her table having enjoyed the joke.
GOLFING star of the day though was our very own Rain Goddess (semi retired) Pauline Hilliard, whose photograph unfortunately doesn’t do her performance justice. Blame the camera men and sun position.
PETER BRADLEY REPORTS
"Sunday June 6th saw the running of the 27th Cudeca Cup with all proceeds going to the Hospice Charity Cudeca which does fantastic work with patients and families facing end-of-life care. The competition was open to all, but La Cala members comprised the majority of the large field.
A shotgun start was addressed by Robert Mitchell, organizer for La Cala Resort, before being sent out to do battle in the individual stableford format. All the yellow, blue and red tees were sponsored by 54 very generous donations.
Damien Murphy Junior was on hand at the par three 16th where participants were invited, for a small fee, to attempt to put their tee ball closer than the Professional, some with remarkable success!
For weeks in advance Marie Wilson had tickets on sale for the raffle to be held later in the day while the “Runners and Riders” betting during the Joan and Peter Stock tournament also contributed to the fund raising".
(ED. Later, having done her bit Marie sat at table checking her accounts whilst Kate Bradley darted about the auditorium toting a large carton, ten times bigger than necessary, inviting people to draw out a ticket. Her visits to the Whelan family table were frequent as prizes drifted in that direction. As they did to Jersey where our Treasurer, Caz Rosselli and husband Rob were virtually part of the whole proceedings and seemed not at all embarrassed by the number of wins they chalked up. Brian Farmer wasn’t with us either but will have been pleased to hear later that his raffle investment had paid off.)
"Both the weather and the America course were perfect for golf with scores to match from some.
At the end of play a barbecue lunch with refreshments was provided. To which end young Jamie and Jesús were busily involved.
(ED. Esther Ráez Martínez is from Cudeca and this was not her first time with us. She was given the microphone and spoke lovingly about the work that goes on in the charity and the current desperate need for financial support).
At this time Judi Lentelink went around with the proceeds of her “shrapnel” collection inviting participants to guess the weight and value of the coins. Those other Cudeca stalwarts June and Derek Steele, having worked wonders prior to the day, and been on parade from crack of dawn almost, cajoled a few more euros out of the assembly with a darts challenge.
Damien Murphy began the auction with more than 30 items ranging from four green fees including buggies on Aloha Golf which fetched E550, to a Rockefeller Centre size Christmas tree for a snip at E10, with golf lessons, Spa Treatments, many more green fees, cookery books, bakery items, as well as restaurant vouchers, La Cala Hotel and Sunset beach Club stays. The auction was conducted in a very lively and entertaining manner with much arm twisting and goading!
This was followed by the raffle for numerous items of clothing, bottles of wine etc. All donations to this great cause."
At last it was time for Robert to conduct the prize giving, the staff to clear up, and the organisers to follow up on those very generous auction winners.
TO THE MANOR BORN
(ED. Having written up this event for some years now it is highly probable that I have used the above expression before but it is hard to avoid. Few auctioneers have Damien Murphy’s charisma, the ‘gift of the gab’ to borrow an English expression, and the genuine feeling for his task or, perhaps not the task but the determination to earn as much as possible for the cause so close to his heart from its very birth. Always supported by wife Loraine who shares his enthusiasm and, this year, by Kate Bradley. Thinking quickly on your feet is a natural skill and came in profitably when two items led to drawn out bidding clashes.) (Back to Peter).
Sponsor Fernando Rengel
As the auction heated up both Barry Curran and Paul Robinson went head to head in an attempt to win this prize of a ceramic protective coating for their cars which lasts a minimum of 6 months ! Our Auction master Damien Murphy pulled another rabbit out of his hat when he persuaded sponsor Fernando to provide 2 vouchers instead of 1 and ensured that both Barry and Paul won the contest and Cudeca benefited to the tune of 600€.
Sponsor Sol Casteran
Another auction battle took place for this family portrait session kindly donated by photographer Sol Casteran.
The lucky winner was Barry Curran who is looking forward to being reunited with his family following lockdown as soon as travel is permitted.
This portrait session will be great fun and as all the photos taken will be presented in digital format will provide great memories for the future.
(ED. Item 14 on the auction list is also worthy of special mention, it being artwork donated by the family of artist Helga Dietrich who died in 2019. All her works were left to the family on the understanding that it was used to raise funds for charity. Cudeca benefited to the tune of 350 euros and the chosen work is already pride of place in Martin and Deirdre Whelen’s home.
(ED. Guests of our Captains were Kevin Moran and his wife Eleanor. Many soccer lovers will remember Kevin for his years as Manchester United’s centre half, a rugged defender for club and country).