The ‘Movember Shave Off’ took place on Tuesday 3rd December, after golf. A staggering 756€ was raised on the day and through sponsorship. Money raised for Algarvean Oncology Association, Captain’s Charity.
Many thanks to Nuno and Andre of Hellgoz Barbers, Algoz for performing a professional shave outside Silves clubhouse.
Huge thanks to the guys who willingly had their facial hair removed in cool conditions! Mel Huxtable, Steve Edwards, Des Briggs, Richard Emrich, Pete Lawrence and Nigel Cotterill, to raise awareness of Prostrate Cancer. Thank you very much to all who donated.

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Another year another fabulous St Andrews Day celebration. This year may well have surpassed all others. Our Scottish members always push the boat out and today was no exception. From the incredible costumes to the superb halfway house, then an array of wonderful prizes and the odd dram of malt whisky! What a day, what a brilliant event.

Many thanks to all the organisers but especially Stu and Kath Deans who excelled even their previous high standards.

The format was a two ball better ball and the leading three groups all came in with 45 points.

Photos and results below:

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Club Captain Mel Huxtable

SdM completed their 2019 season at the annual Finals Day held at the Vila Sol golf course.

Six players who had represented the club throughout the year were drawn from a hat to play. Those that were lucky enough to be there had to have their waterproofs with them as the weather was not good. The buffet in the club house afterwards at the presentation ceremony was however fabulous.

SdM did not come in the prizes on the day but they did pick up the Interclub Knockout Trophy -again! having won the same cup last year.

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SdM's Got Talent

Have the SdM got talent? I'd say they have! And what a tasty smorgasbord of songs and sketches they served up for us. It would take too long to mention all the actors who were involved but clearly each and everyone of them had taken trouble to burnish their credentials. The talented players were headed by Mags Taylor with a humorous take on Maurice Chevalier's Thank Heaven and then with David a reprise of the vintage Flanders and Swann classic ”The Gasman Cometh” and I noticed many in the audience nod their heads at the appropriate local connection. Des Briggs finally managed to perform “Old Shep” and very funny it was too with Shep stealing all the laughs. Maggie Cooper, once she had clambered onto the stage gave us her very humorous “On Benefits” skit. I'd hate to be her social worker! A powerful song followed by John of The Poor Man's Band accompanied by Euan comparing Edinburgh to Glasgow.

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Our Pink Ladies Team


Wendy Emrich, Marja Chapman and Karen Huxtable met Maria De Lurdes of the aoa.pt to present the cheque for €7,170 raised at SdM Pink Ladies Day 2019.

The ladies all met at the Centre De Saude in Albufeira where the mobile breast screening unit was available to assess many ladies from the local area. Maria arranged for the SdM ladies to have a look inside the mobile unit at the equipment. Maria De Lurdes was incredibly proud of the recent award she had received to recognise the work of her late husband, Dr. Santos Pereira. The founder of the aoa, 25 years ago, was awarded a Medal of Merit (posthumously) from the Order of Doctors of Northern Portugal.

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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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