Dear San Roque members,

The 4th July is a memorable date in the US Calendar, but it will also go down in the history of San Roque – with refurbishment commencing on the Clubhouse bar & restaurant, pre and post golf refreshments for members and guests are now taken at The San Roque Restaurant in the Tony Jacklin House.

Members have embraced this move and I have received very favourable comments back from those that have already dined there – of course, there will be some minor initial teething problems, but I am certain that Olivier and his team are going to get things right and that the San Roque Restaurant will become a great success. We all want a club to be proud of and now members, their guests, and indeed interclub opposition can enjoy post-round refreshments in style!!

Latest results

On Tuesday, 25 players rolled up and Noel Smith continued his sparkling form with an impressive 38 points, Mark Robertson came second with 37 points and Mekki Abdulla third with 38 points. On Thursday, San Roque recorded a very creditable 3-3 draw in the away leg of the Sotogrande interclub and I would hope that we can complete the job in the home leg later this week.

Also on Thursday, Gary Ward enjoyed one of those rounds that we dream about – he destroyed a competitive roll up field carding a magnificent 46 points and earning a handicap cut from 12.5 to 8.8 in the process – very well played Gary! Neville Kutner was second with an excellent 39 points and Robert Gordon (37pts) took third. Thanks to Noel Smith for assisting with the roll up logistics during my absence on interclub duties.

On Saturday, SRC competed strongly in the Sotogrande leg of the Quadrangular and rather surprisingly, our average of 33.5pts per player was only good enough for third place behind hosts Sotogrande (35.9pts) and Aloha (34.3pts). This leaves the league table very tight and with all to play for when the fourth and final leg at San Roque is held, probably at some point in September. A win at home would leave SRC with 7 points and a probable victory provided Aloha don’t come second – let’s see!

Forthcoming tournaments & events

The London Summer social season (Ascot, Henley, Wimbledon etc.) maybe drawing to a close but the San Roque social season is just gathering pace! This week we will have the normal roll ups on Tuesday & Thursday, before hosting Real Sotogrande in the second leg of our home match on Friday.

On Friday evening, all members are cordially invited to the official opening of The San Roque Club Restaurant in the Tony Jacklin House – hope to see many of you there from 8pm….we then have a fantastic weekend’s golf to look forward to:-

On Saturday 13th July San Roque will stage the Parkinson’s Charity Day and I would hope that we will raise a good sum for this very worthwhile charity – the golf will be followed by cocktails in the Tony Jacklin House and we have some excellent auction items (those that recall last year will be back bidding again I’m sure!).

On Sunday 14th July, the Club will host the enjoyable International Day tournament – this is a pairs stableford event with each pair representing a country – please see the list on the notice board – pairs are encouraged to dress in the colours/national costume of the country they represent and as usual, there will be a prize for the best dressed couple! Afterwards, Olivier will offer a three course Sunday Roast (including wine) for €35pp in the Tony Jacklin House, where you will also be able to enjoy the Men’s Final from Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup Final – I think this is a tremendous initiative and would urge as many of you to support this as possible.

With the TJ House and the San Roque restaurant proving to be a huge success, I would like to introduce a series of Friday ‘Nine & Dine’ evenings….members will play a mixed 9 hole individual stableford from 4pm and then enjoy drinks & dinner at the Tony Jacklin House – dinner maybe A La Carte or a BBQ or a tapas evening – Olivier will decide and I will let you know! I would look to run the ‘Nine & Dine’ evenings on Friday 19 July, Friday 2 August, Friday 9 August, Friday 16 August, Friday 23 August & Friday 30 August – dates for your diary please!

Captains Chuckle
Stevie Wonder and Tiger Woods are in a bar.

Woods turns to Wonder and says: How is the singing career going?”

Stevie Wonder replies: “Not too bad! How’s the golf?”

Woods replies: “Not too bad, I’ve had some problems with my swing, but I think I’ve got that right now.”

Stevie Wonder says: “I always find that when my swing goes wrong, I need to stop playing for a while and not think about it. Then, the next time I play, it seems to be all right.

Tiger Woods says: “You play golf?”

Stevie Wonder says: “Oh, yes, I’ve been playing for years.”

And Woods says: “But, you’re blind. How can you play golf if you’re blind?”

Wonder replies: “I get my caddy to stand in the middle of the fairway and call to me. I listen for the sound of his voice and play the ball towards him. Then, when I get to where the ball lands, the caddy moves to the green or farther down the fairway and again I play the ball towards his voice.”

“But, how do you putt?”, asks Woods.

“Well,” says Stevie, “I get my caddy to lean down in front of the hole and call to me with his head on the ground and I just play the ball towards his voice.”

Woods asks: “What’s your handicap?”

Stevie says, “Well, I’m a scratch golfer.”

Woods, incredulous, says to Stevie: “We’ve got to play a round sometime.”

Wonder replies: “Well, people don’t take me seriously, so I only play for money, and never play for less than $10,000 a hole.”

Woods thinks about it and says, “OK, I’m game for that, when would you like to play?”

Stevie says, “Pick a night!”

Keep swinging it well!
Your Captain
Jon