Dear San Roque members,

I am learning a lot as Captain of the Club and before now, I hadn’t appreciated the fine art of tree sculpturing on golf courses. The experts in this field are contracted to work at Valderrama in June ahead of the PGA tournament held there at the end of the month – however, they will be working at San Roque from 1 July and they managed to squeeze a week’s work in at the end of May. Members will have noticed the improvements on the first and second holes, which are still only partially complete. I think their work looks terrific – hands up those that knew those two trees approaching the first green were so similar? I can’t wait for remainder of the course to be done (especially that tree on the sixth!).

I also didn’t appreciate how many types of Bermudagrass there are! It is important that we choose the right blend for San Roque and testing will commence on a number of the tees that are currently rarely used (tee on left side of path on 18, tiger tees on 8 and 17 etc). It will be interesting to see which blend works best for us – will it be Latitude 36? San Roque is on Latitude 36, but this type of Bermudagrass cannot be found in Europe and is mainly used is the US.

Captains Tour to Portugal

We now have 21 tourists for the Captains Tour of Portugal (8-13 September) – the maximum number is 24, so three spaces remain – first come, first served!! Please sign up on the board or contact Alicia to register your name.

Latest results
On Tuesday, roll up plaudits went to the youngsters with Zak Karkaletsos (39 points, gross 69) pipping Victor Bjorlow (38 points, gross 70) – I understand both bogeyed the 18th proving San Roque’s finishing hole will always test the nerves! Mike Cowburn took third with 37 points, the same score as Stuart Buckwald (4th and an honourable mention!).

On Thursday, the mixed roll up was won by Terry Young (35pts) who pipped Sarah Cronin (also 35pts) by virtue of lower handicap. Jeremy Sibbons took third with 33 points. On Saturday a strong field of 24 players participated in the June Ranking…with current leader Hugh Richards away for the weekend, this was an opportunity for the chasing pack to close. Brian Samuels won with an excellent 38 points in challenging conditions, Andy Stanford took second place with 37 points and Jeremy Sibbons continued his good form with 35 points – well played all!

Forthcoming competitions

This week, we have the usual roll ups on Tuesday and Thursday and we have a men’s home match v Guadalmina on Friday. With the Quadrangular tournament looming, the June Medal is held slightly earlier in the month and will be staged next Sunday 9th June 2019 – please get your names down, the lists are on the board.

Polite request

A couple of weeks ago, I politely requested that extra care be given to the replacement of fairway divots and to the repair of pitch marks on the greens – there has been a marked improvement in both – thank you! This week, I would like to remind players that it is good etiquette to tap your shoes to remove any sand when exiting a greenside bunker & before heading onto the green – many thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Captains Chuckle

It was a sunny Saturday morning, and Mike was beginning his pre-shot routine, visualizing his upcoming shot when a voice came over the clubhouse loudspeaker, “Would the gentleman on the Ladies tee please back up to the men’s tee, please!” Mike was still deep in his routine, seemingly impervious to the interruption.

Again the announcement, “Would the man on the women’s tee kindly back up the men’s tee!” Mike had had enough. He shouted, “Would the horse’s ass in the clubhouse with the loud speaker kindly shut up and let me play my damn second shot!”

Keep swinging it well!
Your Captain