Dear San Roque members,

Can you imagine not loving sport? What on earth did those poor people do on Sunday?!

The Men’s Wimbledon Final went to a deciding tie-break at 12 games all in the fifth set and the England Cricket team won the world cup in a SuperOver after the scores were tied in the greatest game of one day cricket ever staged. While congratulations go to England and to Novak Djokovic, the class and dignity that both Roger Federer and the New Zealand cricket team showed in defeat will also live long in the memory.

San Roque members were able to enjoy all the action on the large TV behind the bar in the Tony Jacklin House, having enjoyed an excellent Sunday Roast dinner that followed a thoroughly enjoyable International Day – more of that below! All in all, Sundays don’t get much better!

Latest results

On Tuesday, we had a bumper field for the roll up when 32 players locked horns in blustery conditions – David MacGregor continues to get better and better and his winning score of 42 points (a gross 73) earnt him a healthy cut to a handicap of 3.6 – well played Vice! David Campbell came second with 37 points and Michael Gaarde third, also with 37 points.

On Thursday, David MacGregor pulled off the double with an excellent 35 points (despite his handicap cut!), second place went to Brain Samuels (also 35pts) with the Captain making a long-awaited return to the podium in third (also 35 pts).

On Friday, the San Roque men’s interclub team registered another victory by beating a very strong Sotogrande team 3.5/2.5 at home to win the overall match 6.5/5.5 – well played gentlemen! There was barely time to digest the excellent lunch in the TJ House before we were back for the official opening of The San Roque Restaurant on Friday evening – thanks to Olivier and his team for hosting an excellent evening – over 150 members and guests attended a very enjoyable soiree and it was fantastic to see so many familiar faces….there is definitely a feel good factor returning to the Club!

A later than envisaged finish on Friday night did not deter a large field of 67 players who came together for the Parkinsons Charity Day Tournament. Huge thanks go to Bruno and Erna for organising another excellent event and I am delighted to report that we raised around €5,000 for this very worthwhile charity! Thank you to all sponsors for the prizes and auction items and thank you to all those that contributed to a very successful auction and raffle. On the course, congratulations go to the day’s winners – Pip Vincent (Ladies), Geoffrey Turner (Men), Javier Hunter (Junior) & Sebastian Trujillano (Parkinsons).

On Sunday, 20 pairs competed in the ever-popular International Day and there were some fantastic costumes on display – none better than Ireland (represented by Noelle and Billy Casey) who were rightly nominated as the best dressed couple. The winning nation was Poland (represented by David Campbell and John Groszek) with a great score of 45 which included no less than 11 birdies! Second place went to Wales (Huw Jones & Christina Williams) with 42 points and third place went to Jamaica (Anne Middlehurst & Norman Savitz) with 41 points. An enjoyable competition was followed by an excellent three course Sunday lunch – a great end to a great week’s golf!!

Forthcoming tournaments & events

This week we will have the normal roll ups on Tuesday & Thursday, and we host a mixed interclub with Alcaidesa on Wednesday. We then have the July Ranking to look forward to on Saturday 20th July.

This Friday (19 July), we launch the first of the planned ‘Nine & Dine’ series – we will hold a mixed stableford over the front nine with sequential tee times from 4pm….there should be time for a couple of drinks before Olivier & Christina will prepare a BBQ for 7pm – entry fee of €40pp includes €5 entry fee to the tournament and €35 for the BBQ including starters, dessert & wine/beer during the meal. Please contact the pro shop to register your names – there will be a list on the board later in the week.

Captains Chuckle
The relationship between a golfer and his caddy is hugely important and the following exchanges raised a smile:-

Golfer: I’d move heaven and earth to break 100 on this course.
Caddy: Try heaven, you’ve already moved most of the earth.

Golfer: Do you think I can get there with a 5 iron?
Caddy: Eventually.

Golfer: You’ve got to be the worst caddy in the world.
Caddy: I don’t think so sir. That would be too much of a coincidence.

Golfer: Please stop checking your watch all the time. It’s too much of a distraction.
Caddy: It’s not a watch – it’s a compass.

Keep swinging it well!
Your Captain