Dear San Roque members,

The battle of the winds has been won and the poniente wind means we have a very warm week to look forward to – something that Europe’s finest golfers will appreciate as they arrive in the area for the Andalucía Masters tour event at Valderrama (hope to see a few members there later in the week!).

Latest results
On Tuesday, 22 players rolled up and three members played to their handicap, each recording a very steady 36 points. On lowest handicap, Wynne Harcombe took the honours, with Keith Harmer in second and Vincent Nagle in third – well played guys!

On Wednesday, the San Roque men’s team completed a formidable victory against Guadalmina taking the away leg 4.5-1.5 to win the overall match by 10.5 -1.5 – very well played gentlemen! On Thursday, Iain Moodie continued his good run of form to take the roll up with 35 points, holding off challenges from John Tierney (also 35 points) and Paul Symonds (34 points).

On Saturday, Aloha hosted the second leg of this year’s Quadrangular series – as expected the home team, Aloha won – we were hoping for second place, but just lost out to Sotogrande by an agonising 2 points. Rather surprisingly, last week’s winners, Las Brisas, came last and therefore San Roque are nicely positioned going into the home match this Saturday.. On an individual basis, Norman Savitz was San Roque’s start performer – his 40 points winning second place in the men’s net category – well played Norman! Without getting ahead of ourselves, a win at home will see us head the table going into the final leg at Sotogrande – fingers crossed for a strong performance!!

On Sunday, San Roque hosted the ever popular Circuito Revista de Sotogrande golf tournament and I am delighted to report that vice-captain, David MacGregor won the day and now qualifies for the grand finale at Valderrama later in the year – very well played David!

Forthcoming tournaments

This week we will have the normal roll up on Tuesday, followed by a mixed roll up on Thursday, ahead of the home match in the Quadrangular series on Saturday. Looking slightly further ahead, please keep the weekend of the 13/14 July free – San Roque will hold the Parkinson’s Charity Day on Saturday 13th and then its International Day on Sunday 14th – a great weekend’s golf!

As highlighted last week, please don’t forget to put your names down for the free clinic with new professional, Gonzalo Sanchez at 3pm on Thursday – the list is on the members board and you can call the pro shop to reserve your place.

Captains Chuckle

Lee and Gary head out to the golf course for a quick nine holes. On the first tee, Lee turns to Gary and says, “What do you say we make this time worth something. Play you for $5?” Gary agrees, and they start their rounds.

It’s a great game, and the two lifelong friends reach the No. 9 tee box with Gary ahead by one stroke. After Lee hits a great drive, right down the middle, Gary steps up and promptly hooks a ball into deep rough and trees.

“C’mon,” Gary says to Lee, “help me find my ball. I’ll look in this patch of trees, and you look around over there.” They look and look and look, but no ball can be found. The newly imposed three-minute time limit on searching for lost balls is about to run out. Gary gets desperate. He gives a quick glance over to Lee to see if he is looking, then swiftly reaches into his pocket and drops a new ball into the rough.

“Found my ball!” Gary shouts out triumphantly. Lee looks at his friend with great disappointment. “After all the years we’ve been friends,” Lee says, “you’d cheat me at golf for a measly five bucks?”
“What do you mean cheat?” Gary asks indignantly. “I found my ball sitting right here!”

Lee lets out a heavy sigh. “And you’d lie to me, too? All for a tiny little sum of money? You’d cheat me and lie to me, for what? For five bucks? I can’t believe you’d stoop so low.”

“Well what makes you so sure I’m cheating and lying, anyway?” Gary asks.

“Because,” Lee replies, “I’ve been standing on your ball for the last three minutes!”

Keep swinging it well!
Your Captain