The annual Captain's drive in for this year took place Saturday. Under beautiful blue skys last year's Captain Mel Huxtable putted out on the 18th and new Captain Des Briggs drove off from the first. . Members enjoyed the pre match prayer of deliverance by Geraldine which should eradicate all the demons of the course, such as air shots, hooks, slices and the dreaded shanks and yips; and also keep the club house beer and wine flowing for the foreseeable future, without interruption!
After the ceremony 86 players took to the course, the views were beautiful, the fairways running and the greens receptive.
Post game entertainment was provided by Baz and the prizes were awarded before the dancing started.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.