The Annual Founders Day Trophy was held recently with some remarkable scores, all very close at the top and places decided on 8 levels of countback!!

Two of the original founders of Serra de Monchique Golf Club, Don and Dot Forrester, kindly sponsored the Nearest the Pins prizes and presented those prizes afterwards.

Overall Positions 

1st Ian Wakenshaw & Anne Rodriguez 48 pts
2nd Steve Edwards & Jill Edwards 47 pts
3rd Jens Namtvedt & Liv Namtvedt 47 pts
4th Merja Ronkko & Hans Van De Laar 46 pts
5th David Tweed & Maddy Van Kleef 46 pts

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A fine gathering of Serra De Monchique GC Past Captains congregated at Silves Golf Course on Saturday for the annual past captains trophy. Ably organised by Warren Tennant. As is usual, the scores were poor, however the eventual winner, on count back, was Peter Chapman narrowly beating Desmond Briggs. Thanks also to present Captain Les Smith who ran around all weekend making sure all our requests were met.

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"Not the Ryder Cup" was held on Saturday the 25th September in beautiful sunshine.

The teams were divided in as equal handicaps as Eddie could muster. The USA being dressed in red and Europe in Blue 

As the teams came in it was clear Europe was in complete control and romped home with a resounding 41 1/2 points over the USA  22 1/2 points

Thank you to the wonderful Margaret and Joe O´Reilly for taking some great photos

On the Patio there was a great atmosphere as most members stayed for the presentation.

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What a fantastic day we had! 60 ladies dressed in pink, many with fab pink hair do's playing golf at Silves.

The SdM 'dream boys' did a superb job of looking after the registrations, cards, selling brooches and Mulligans. Not to mention setting up the course with pink tee markers and flags. They happily served us with fizz, water and nibbles. Certainly made it a special day to remember.
The event has raised in excess of €3,000 for the Algarvean Oncology Association, fantastic! This will help fund the mobile breast screening unit and hopefully save Ladies lives.
On behalf of aoa and the SdM Pink Ladies we would like to express our appreciation to everyone who has played in the event, donated a prize, food or drink, given their time to prepare the event in some way and of course the 60 lovely ladies who played.

Each lady received a set of 3 golf balls donated by Nevada Bob’s, Almancil.

There were 6 pairs that scored 47 points! Count back had to go to back 9 and then back 6. Thank you to Richard Emrich and Peter Chapman for collating the results.

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Les and Jackie Smith

Our Captain for this year, Les Smith, presided over his "Big Weekend" and what a fantastic two days in was. Saturday saw the field of 76 play a 2 ball better ball competition with some incredible scores. 

The weather was perfect and the course played well. Les and wife Jackie were ably supported by Don Forrester and Joe O'Reilly in the buggies supplying ample refreshments and taking the photographs.

After the completion of the golf the nearest the pins and fairway centre line were presented.

In his speech, Les thank all those involved in helping him make it such a special day including all of the Pestana staff.

On Sunday evening the presentation dinner was held at the wonderful Luna Diamante Restaurant in Sesmarias Albufeira. The location was fantastic and the food delicious.

After the prize giving, Les once again thanked everyone involved in the organising, Jodie Caudle for the photographs, and with a special mention and a lovely bouquet for his better half Jackie. 

Results:

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The SDM Interclub team took on Levante GC today at Quinta da Cima golf course near the Spanish border. A long fabulous course in good condition but surprisingly preferred lies were allowed.

The 3 course after match lunch with wine and coffee was exceptional and professionally served in beautiful surroundings. All this for just €25 including green fees. If you are a handicap of 24 or less and want to be considered for team selection, please sign up on the website.

Levante put out a strong quality team with a smattering of single figure handicappers. Despite our teams best efforts we succumbed to a 4&1 defeat, highlighting the importance of course knowledge and the difficulty of picking up points away from home. Well done to Dave and Marijke on their win and all the team for signing up, turning out and representing your club.

Results as follows:

Wayne Sinfield and Mel Huxtable - Lost 2&1

Per Lars Tonstad and Chris Zisimides - Lost 8&6

Dave Darling and Marijke Rombouts - Won 2&1

Steve Edwards and Les Smith - Lost 3&2

Des Briggs and Wendy Burns - Lost 3&1

SDM has a talented artist, Maddy Van Kleef, who has generously donated an original painting for auction. All proceeds to the PLD charity, Algarvean Oncológica Association.

The painting is Acrylic on canvas, measures 100cm by 40cm. Originally for sale at €175.
If you would like to place a secret bid for this fabulous work of art please send your bid to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Tuesday 14th September. The lucky owner will be announced on Thursday 16th September at Pink Ladies Day.

To view the painting