PETER AND KATE BRADLEY
Are our current Vice Captains and, if the Special General Meeting outcome on August 3rd dictates, they are likely to remain in those capacities for a record length of time. To the end of 2021 indeed. Meanwhile, as part of their learning curve, Captains Damien and Loraine Murphy now step back for July and August to allow our other Irish couple to “take charge”, “learn the ropes”, organise the weekend prize giving’s, and keep Scribbler busy with reports and points of possible interest. We wish them well.
To John and Vivienne Youngs who, back on June 27th., celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary, no little achievement.
OFF TO A FLYING START
It would seem that many of our members must have been swinging away in their gardens or garages throughout the lockdown because there is little sign of rust. Indeed scores have been good-to-excellent and Tuesday’s (3/7) results sheet leaned heavily towards the latter. Not least if your name happened to be Mary Evans! The bare leaderboard stats are as follows:
LADIES = 44 Mary Evans. 40 Jill Davies. 40 Liisa Lindstrom. 36 Laura Thompson.
MEN = (40 Flavio Papa Quesada). 38 David Evans. 38 Hans Linderborg. 38 Peter Robinson.
Flavio is in brackets because he played as a Guest and therefore didn’t qualify to win. It was nice to see him though. At which point it is time to hand over the day’s commentary to Loraine, once more.
“On any normal day coming in with 37 points could almost guarantee you would be in with a shout of the prizes.. not at the moment !
An honourable mention though must go out to Louis Lentelink who with 37 points was just pipped on handicap into 6th place ! The very svelte looking Peter Edstrom, just slipping in ahead of him to 5th place.
For the second week in a row there has been a 3 way tie on 38 points with Peter Robinson managing to get into one of the top spots this week just behind Hans Linderborg. However, a gold star has to go to David Evans for his repeat winning performance... 2 weeks in a row David? in a non qualifying event .. all eyes are definitely going to be on you next week to see if you can make it 3 in a row !!
A very special mention goes out to our very own Flavio Papa who romped home with a fabulous 40 points ! “Boom” ! He will receive a well deserved guest prize for his stunning performance and we look forward to seeing him back in the golf shop very soon.
But, yet again, the Ladies took all the glory with the absolutely on fire Mary Evans making it a clean sweep for the Evans clan with a brilliant 44 points !! All eyes are going to be on Mary next week to see if she can provide a repeat performance!
It was great to see Jill Davies back in one of the top spots with a great score of 40 points earning her second place with the lovely Liisa Lindström yet again claiming a spot on the rostrum but just pipped into 3rd place on handicap. There is an honourable mention to Laura Thompson with 36 points who just missed out on the prizes this week.
Well done Ladies !
As our first qualifying competition is Tuesday 7th July it will be interesting to see how the new World Handicap System plays out over the next few weeks.
Welcome back to our Handicap Secretary David Wilson (and the wonderfully patient Marie ) on 4th July.. your return could not have come at a more opportune moment!“
(ED. Thank you, Loraine.)
CUNARD’S 180TH BIRTHDAY
We start with an irrelevance, albeit a significant one in the history of sailing and cruising. Also, before we get to the point, it was Independence Day in America, July 4th., when our members tee’d off on our Campo of similar name, the majority, if not all, thirsting for a return to shotgun starts for weekend competitions. Captains’ v Vice Captains’ picks was the theme and for the most part matrimonial pairings, thus reducing the number of single occupancy buggies on parade. This first meaningful social battle of the Covid era saw the teams in contrasting red and blue tops and the prize giving in the hands of Kate Bradley for the first time. Her debut went well as she is happy to record:
“Well, delighted to report the Vice Captains have won the Captains v Vice Captains. A big thank you to the Blue team for helping me win my first competition as Vice Captain. Karl Haas kindly gave everyone a glass of Cava to celebrate his 80th birthday which was on the 23rd June.
The Captains/Vice Captains played only 9 holes then set up a half way house where everyone enjoyed food and drinks. It started off as a very grey day but quickly warmed up and became a lovely day.” The result was 4 to 2 in favour of the Vice Captains’ team, with two matches drawn, one by agreement as they had other tasks to perform. Like getting the refreshments ready! The rest of the day’s story is probably best told in pictures."
DIFFERENT ERA. SAME WORDS OF CAUTION.
Daniel Berger, to whom reference was made last month, is not Austrian but American, from Florida in fact. Thanks to Alan Jewett, locked down in California, for pointing this out, and also for a nice email.
For those of us living in this neck of the woods lockdown has been quite pleasurable in many ways. A much slower pace, few schedules to keep, time to enjoy hobbies, tending the plants/garden, re-discovering discarded pursuits of bygone times, reading at leisure, tackling the ever present “To Do” list without pressure, appreciating the views, the tranquillity, the absence of traffic, and not having to mentally dwell on that missed putt. To say nothing of the financial benefits of not going out to eat, to the cinema, concerts, football matches, and so on. Some might disagree but then some people would have the last word with an echo.
The loss of ScrabbleHD was a huge loss in the Perry home, ScrabbleGO a poor substitute, with too much going on at the same time? Seemingly created for a younger generation.
RETURN TO ASIA
Tuesday the 7th was a hot, muggy day with virtually no wind. It also saw the resumption of Qualifying golf and the application of the new Global Handicap systems. Thoughtfully, and essentially, the office had prepared the cards with the requisite information but one suspects there was a certain amount of discussion amongst those who tend to question most things. There was certainly some mumbling about the greens and the ladies’ tee on the 15th. Because of the work going on there David Wilson had gone out early to put two red stakes from which to drive but somehow his kindness didn’t register, with greenkeepers or players it seems.
There was an incident on the 5th about which it is best to ask Louis Lentelink, potentially the hero of the moment. However, it is suggested that you avoid reference to the first green on which our reigning Matchplay Champion is reported to have four putted!
The official “report” on the day comes from Peter & Kate Bradley:
“Weather conditions were perfect for golf, with a light breeze as we played Asia for the first time in several weeks. Through the green was excellent visually and for playability as traffic is down and the turf well rested. The greens were another matter entirely. Recent hollow tining and dressing, making them rather unfriendly, temporarily, thus making putting difficult but also making an excellent excuse for those whose Stableford results did not begin with a ‘3’!!!! It was the very first qualifying Round under the new World Handicap System so we will watch for the effect on handicaps with extra interest.
Some sad news to end in that the new slimmer, boyish ASHLEY, our ex head marshall has decided to go back to the UNITED KINGDOM due to lack of employment availability here in Spain. We all wish him the very best for the future and he will be missed. Good luck Ashley.”
Familiar names dominated the leader boards with Mary Evans maintaining her hot form of late with a 37, just enough to edge out Jill Davies, and Lilly Lagerwerf, both on 36. As indeed was Liisa Lindstrom whose post lockdown consistency has been a feature so far.
Over on the masculine front Arthur O’Connor came in with three points better than Mike Fisher who clocked up 35 for the second successive appearance. 34 earned Vic Hilliard third place."
WALTZING ON ASIA
The wind blustering round Los Altos all day certainly qualified as “howling”, with eolian tones too, but didn’t stop Lilian and me having our fourth BBQ of the week. Whatever else the air was warm. On the course, according to Kate Bradley’s report, which follows, it was less friendly.
“It was a hot, humid day all day long, so made it rather tiring. We played a Waltz and 9 teams competed.
The winning scores were extremely close, with L/R Peter Robinson, Karin Luxon, Wendy Hinds, Damien Murphy just losing out on handicap with 88 points.
Then, in 3rd place were l/r Karl Haas, Karen O’Connor, David Willson, Roy Davis, also with 88 points.
However, the clear winners with 90 points was the team of l/r John Youngs, James Reid, Suzanne Valentin, Danny Rees. A nice start for Danny who returned this week.
Only one “2” was achieved, by David Wilson, who received a generous 18 balls.
Before the prizegiving David distributed a three page document on the new World Handicap System and gave a short speech on its implementation. David Rogers is on holiday currently but hopes to get the new system on our computer up and running very soon. There were a lot of groans from the membership regarding the complexity of the WHS but we simply have to get used to it.
For the benefit to those not there on Saturday a link to his comments is enclosed.
Members were advised that there are now 66 signed up for the Blue Hawaiian evening August 16th and asked to pay at least one week before. 25 Euros for Members, 30 Euros for guests.”
Monies to Kate, please folks.
TWO NEW FACES
It is always nice to welcome additions to the ranks of members and this month we can tell you all a little bit about both of them. Pascale Hall and Barry Curran (later) are our subjects for a paragraph or two and, it being the correct way of things, we start with the lady.
It is a long time since Scribbler retired and job titles have changed dramatically meanwhile, to the extent that one must admit to not knowing what a ‘Sales Performance Consultant’ does! Which is a pity because that’s what Pascale is. What can be reported is that she has dual nationality, half UK and half Belgian, and is fluent in Dutch, English and French. She lived in the South of France, playing her golf at Valcros (next to Bormes les Mimosas), but now home for her is here in Spain, the move prompted by the 2008 recession.
As well as golf, with a respectable handicap of 24.6 (in old language), she enjoys yoga and working out in the gym. Like so many of us she has been smitten by La Cala and the beautiful views. Because she is still a working girl her playing is limited to the weekends but she has already met several of the ladies and owners. We welcome her warmly.
To balance my admitted ignorance, a few questions were asked, and the following learned. Pascale’s consultancy is aimed at helping B2B organisations improve their sales effectiveness and performance. Her clients are large multi-nationals or start-ups with complex sales. Her career has included being a Global Account Director in the office furniture business, a spell in the Yellow Pages advertising world, and real estate for private investors. Along the way she owned a B & B in Provence and it comes as little surprise to learn that she is a very good cook! A member described her as “bubbly” but our paths have yet to cross. A pleasure to come.
Fifty four years ago this very month it was my very real pleasure to be sitting in the old Wembley Stadium watching England win the World Cup, for the first and only time. Three West Ham players in the team, giant and colourful national flags galore, a clear blue sky, a wonderful atmosphere, and the traditional foe defeated. What a wonderful occasion and lasting memory. The photograph of Bobby Moore hoisted on the shoulders of his team mates is still within easy sight above my desk here. However, the reason for bringing the subject up again is to pay a simple tribute to Jackie Charlton, a mighty centre half of the old style, and a colossus that afternoon. A one club man for Leeds United, appearing almost 800 times in their famous white shirts, and later on a more than successful Manager of the Irish national team. His achievements will not be easily forgotten.