Ladies Club Champion Marja Chapman

A fabulous weekend of golf in some testing conditions on Saturday and a very tranquil Sunday saw a keenly contested men's championship. With any one of eight players still in with a chance of winning Jimmy Cruz proved the more consistent. With rounds of 80 and 79 Jimmy saw of the challenge of Peter Hatherley the overnight leader (79,83).

Ladies Champion Marja Chapman (87,91) had a slightly easier run in over second place Ria Raap (93,98).

Congratulations to all those who worked so hard to make this such a successful event. Also many thanks to the Pestana greenkeepers who presented the course in fantastic condition.

Results:

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A valiant effort from team SdM at the Interclub match yesterday at Pinheiros Altos (PA), we managed a very close second. However, we only lost three of our five games with one win and one half. The three points attained were enough to move us two positions up the league. Boavista and PA occupy the two top spots and are in a unassailable position with just a few games left ( Full details at www.Interclubalgarve.com ).

Just to emphasise the standard at PA, their star player made no less than nine birdies in the first thirteen holes, a superb display of golf. SDM have just two games left to secure a position in league one for next season. Our next game is at Vilasol on 30th September, we only have nine players registered at the moment and I will be naming the team next week. Our last League game is at Parque de Floresta on 8th October, please enter for these games on the website asap. The Interclub Finals Day is on 21 November, details on the website.

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This year's President's Day was one of the most successful SdM has seen. Stunning weather, a large field of competitors and some wonderful food and beverages all contributed to a wonderful occasion.!

Club President Steve Edwards sounded the horn at 09.00 for the shotgun start and what turned out to be the closest contest started. The Seattle Shambles format made for some incredible scoring, and as you will see in the results section below in could not have been tighter for the minor placings. First place however was never in doubt as Wim and Marike Hofmann, Mick McFarlane and Dave Underwood came in with 97 points!

Along the way all groups visited our halfway house, this year's has been regarded as the best ever! A superb array of sandwiches, pork pies and nibbles accompanied by various drinks were provided by Peter, Gloria and Maggie, a fantastic effort.

Well done to all those who made this such a spectacular success.

The presentation dinner and dance was held at the stunning Vale d'Oliverias resort. The ambiance was fantastic, the food superb and the dancing went on late into the night.

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The Ladies from the hills played at Silves.
Pink was the order of the day from the top to the bottom, Pink Flags, Pink Tee box markers, Pink score cards and even Pink holes on the green, not to mention 100 Ladies all dressed in Pink from hair decorations down to shoes, with strawberries & Prosecco, wraps and sangria, the day went down in a blaze of Pink, ably assisted by the team of SDM dream boys.
A superb lunch was enjoyed by 111 Ladies which preceded the auction, raffle and finally the prize giving.
Several Ladies won Nearest the Pins and prizes went down to 6th place. Due to the generosity of all involved including the many sponsors of the event, Pestana, Monchique Spa & Hotel, Blevins Franks, Taste Restaurant, Golf Shack amongst several others made sure that we had a great selection of prizes. But the beneficiary of the event, AOA.pt the Algarve Oncology Association in Faro will receive in excess of 6000€ from the day!
A huge thank you to all involved in a fantastic day.

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A few of the club officers were given a tour of the new clubhouse today. It was agreed by all it's certainly going to be a very impressive building. We all look forward to it opening within the next couple of months. Here are some latest photos:

In an absolute classic matchplay game SdM overcame a very good, and favourites, team from Alto to retain their Interclub Knockout Trophy the so fabulously won last year.

Playing at the wonderful Palmares course no team had home advantage but SdM's recent record here is very good so there were some confident faces on the range before the start. Des Briggs and Chris Zisimides led the way against Alto's strongest pairing and lost narrowly. Second  pair out were Steve Edwards and Les Smith who had a very tough match with the lead see-sawing both ways until late in the back 9 when Steve won 14 and 15 and Les hit a sublime chip at the par 3 16th to halve. Another half by Steve on 17 was enough to take the game.

Third group were Per Lars Tonstad and Mick Girling who had a tough match and lost with a few holes to go. On the other side of that result were out last group Jimmy Cruz and Steve Barratt who romped to a magnificent 6&5 result. This leaves just one group between those two-our trump card- the Girls Duo of Marja Chapman and Julie Barratt.

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Today was Groundhog Day 3 for the Serra de Monchique GC Interleague Team. After Thursdays Algarve Inter-Club match against Vila Sol which was narrowly lost and then yesterday’s SdM and SICG Joint Charity Event raising over €4000, Team SdM dragged their weary aching limbs onto the fairways again to face a very strong team from Pinheiros Altos. PA brought with them two scratch players and 3 single figure handicappers to take us on in the semi-finals of the knockout cup. A tough ask but Team SdM rose to the occasion and with dogged determination put THEMSELVES through to the finals KO match to face either Vila Sol or Alto on a neutral course to be decided. I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of this team, who performed admirably against some awesome big hitters. PA were superb opponents in all areas, including sportsmanship, courtesy and the after match Craic at O’barradas restaurant. The final result was a 3 to 2 win to Serra de Monchique GC as follows:

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