Dear San Roque members,
Another fine week at San Roque and the condition of the course continues to improve and the greens continue to get quicker (too quick for our interclub opponents, see below!). It was nice to catch up with Stephen and Dimitry last week and they will be back over during the week commencing 24th June. We will hold a Commission Meeting on Tuesday 25th and as you can imagine, we have a full agenda. I think we aim to cover most of the obvious issues, but if there are any specific queries that you would like me to raise, then please let me know.
Group lesson with Mark Emery
I am delighted to say that Mark Emery will be conducting group lessons every other Friday with the first lesson this Friday 14th June. The lessons will be held between 2pm and 3.30pm with a maximum of 6 men (must also be a minimum of 3) at a cost of €20 each. A list will go up on the board for those that would like to participate….first come, first served!
On Tuesday, roll up plaudits went to Matthew Charlesworth with 38 points; David Steele was second with 36 points and Terry Young took third, also with 36 points. As I am sure we all know, you can never take any hole for granted at San Roque, but the ninth is probably one of the easiest….Victor Bjorlow eagled the hole (drive, sand wedge, putt) but was somewhat outshone by Christian Charles who holed his seven iron for an albatross, a very rare bird indeed! Well played Christian!!
On Thursday, the roll up was won by David Campbell with an excellent 38pts – Tony Maycock was second with 37 points and Keith Harmer third (also 37 points). On Sunday, 22 members entered the monthly medal and the honours went to Norman Savitz who carded an excellent net 70 to win the June Medal – very well played! Second place went to Andy Stanford (net 71) and third place to David Campbell (net 72).
On Friday, San Roque hosted the home leg of our Interclub match against Guadalmina. The visitors were the only side to beat San Roque last year and the home side were right up for making amends. Every match went as far as the 17th, but I am delighted to say that San Roque prevailed in all six games, thereby handing Guadalmina their first ever whitewash!! As we enjoyed our lunch in the Members room, it struck me that this is probably the last time that we will take our post-match refreshments in this famous room – we will shortly move to the Tony Jacklin House before moving back to a refurbished & improved clubhouse later in the year. A 6-0 whitewash is a fitting way to sign off!!
Forthcoming competitions & Quadrangular update
This week, we have the usual roll ups on Tuesday and Thursday and then we have the first of the Quadrangular tournaments at Las Brisas on Saturday. I am very grateful to the committees at Las Brisas and Sotogrande who have now changed their mind & allowed me to play in the competition (despite not quite being 50 years old yet!) – that said, it doesn’t ease the selection problems. As mentioned earlier, we are hugely oversubscribed for this tournament and David & Liz will have more time to perhaps consider a qualifying system next year.
For those not familiar with the tournament, the Quadrangular is a 4-week tournament held between San Roque, Las Brisas, Aloha & Sotogrande. Each club fields a mixed team of 20 players with the best 10 scores counting – points are then awarded each week and a league table is drawn up. Whilst not a pre-requisite, it is nice if a nucleus of the team play each week, thereby playing the same opposition at each of the four venues.
For this year’s event, I have worked with Elisa and we have selected the teams in the following manner. Firstly, we agreed that the men/ladies split should be 14/6 and that past captains in the last 5 years should receive a preferential selection should they wish to play. Thereafter, those in the top 10 of the Ranking will be selected for 3 of the 4 tournaments, should they be available; regular interclub players and roll up competitors will be selected for 2 of the 4 matches, should they be available; and then the remaining places are filled via a random draw.
Alicia will send out the teams selected for all 4 matches early this week – we do have plenty of reserves, so should you not be able to play, please contact Alicia asap. I appreciate that many will miss out this year and I can only apologize for this…however there is no selection method that would not upset some members and I truly believe this to be the fairest way of selecting the teams this year.
John and Bob were two of the bitterest rivals at the club. Neither man trusted the other’s arithmetic.
One day they were playing a heated match and watching each other like hawks. After holing out on the fourth green and marking his six on the scorecard, John asked Bob, “What’d you have?
Bob went through the motions of mentally counting up. “Six!” he said and then hastily corrected himself – ” No, no….a five.”
Calmly John marked the scorecard, saying out loud “Eight!” “Eight?” Bob said, “I couldn’t have had eight.” John said,
“Nope, you claimed six, then changed it to five, but actually you had seven.” “Then why did you mark down eight?” asked Bob.
John told him, “One stroke penalty, for improving your lie.”
Keep swinging it well!