Golfing in Portugal, 13th - 20th September 2017
It was an early start to this year’s overseas golf trip and despite the hour, 04:30, the queue to drop us off at Terminal 2 was surprisingly long. Everybody however got there on time and check-in went smoothly. We had the usual situation of spouses being split up on different rows of the plane, not sure if some of them actually organised this. We experienced the first real impact of Brexit when we arrived at Faro airport to be greeted with a Disney like queue to have our UK passports checked. Then it was on the coach and off to our hotel the Salgados Palm Village for the week.
We all checked in, had the usual All Inclusive wristbands supplied, and then off to the bar. The rooms were well received with the odd exception, but that’s the luck of the draw.
A motley selection of golfers.
Our first day of golfing was on the Salgados course which was walking distance from our rooms, but a couple of gallant gents hired buggies early to drive back and assist some of the ladies with their clubs. It was tough opening course with lots of water to devour any wayward shots and there were quite a few of them. Some of our members were quite relieved to find a gentleman selling 2nd hand golf balls halfway round, there were a few 10 Euro notes passed over the fence.
Although we hadn’t specified fancy dress three of our party made a noisy entrance
|Results Day 1 Ladies||Results Day 1 Gents|
|Gail Robertson||34||Dave McGovern||34|
|Frances Sinnot||33||Jonny Shepherd||32|
|Chris Waterfield||30||Bob Chadwick||31|
Friday we had our first visit to the Alamos / Morgado courses and 11:30 tee time saw us picked up at hotel at 10:15 ( more about that later). We played the Alamos course that day and a tough opening hole with a huge lake at the bottom of a sloping fairway again caught some of the early golfers out.
|Results Day 2 Ladies||Results Day 2 Gents|
|Carol Aiken||31||Dave McGovern||34|
|Chris Waterfield||29||Colin Melling||32|
|Anne Marie Banks||28||Ian Hopkins||31|
Saturday was back to Salgados and with the first days experience behind us, the dead ball count reduced somewhat. This was a 09:15 start, it looked good on paper but probably a little early in reality.
|Results Day 3 Ladies||Results Day 3 Gents|
|Chris Waterfield||34||Bob Chaddick||40|
|Carol Aiken||30||John Leigh||32|
|Jaqueline Beverley||26||Jonny Shepherd||32|
Sunday was appropriately our day of rest and the beach and pool areas were well populated. The all inclusive took a bit of a bashing again and a few drinks were prevented from going sour in the 29 deg heat.
1st Dave McGovern 20 pints 10 Vodkas
2nd John Leigh 17 Pints 15 Brandies
3rd Phil Lancaster 17 Pints 15 Vodkas (after card playoff, brandy was stronger)
Was back to the golf at Morgados with an 12:30 start so 11:15 pick up. This course was undergoing some work so unfortunately we played three temporary greens. We were expecting this to be the better course of the two but unfortunately due to work going on, not just temporary greens, it disappointed.
|Results Monday Ladies||Results Monday Gents|
|Frances Sinnott||33||Bob Chadwick||38|
|Carol Aiken||32||Frank Burke||37|
|Gail Robertson||31||Ian Hopkins||37|
Final days golf and back to Alamos for 11:30 start so expecting the same as Friday our meeting time was set for 10:00 to 10:15. We all arrived at 10ish and waited, and waited, and waited. Eventually upon asking reception to check on progress we were told that coach had arrived at 09:30, we weren’t there so it left. Some frantic phoning round resulted in 3 mini buses being sourced. Unfortunately for the 8 in the first bus payment had to be made 8 Euros each. The other two buses were sent from the original transfer company and were free. Alls well that ends well and we managed to get to the tees in time. We were a little surprised to find the cost of buggies had risen by 10 Euros since the day before and as a double whammy they weren’t allowed on the fairways. I think we walked
|Results Ladies||Results Gents|
|Frances Sinnott||36||John Leigh||39|
|Chris Waterfield||34||Bob Chadwick||37|
|Gail Robertson||32||Frank Burke||36|
The hotel was good and the acts each evening kept us all royally entertained, though I don’t think anyone watched the magician, as we had our own much better one in the shape of Brendan Brady.
The highlight for the girls was the Elvis tribute act who appeared to be carrying a spare radio mike in his pocket. He gave a good impression of Elvis the Pelvis and you can understand why early in Elvis’s career he was only filmed from waist up. Some of our girls couldn’t tell you if this act looked like him facially as they never got that far up.
A couple of disappointing aspects of the hotel was the fact that tea and coffee were only served in paper cups and all drinks were in plastic cups, that includes all alcoholic ones, not what you expect from an advertised 5 star hotel.
The journey back was a bit tiring not helped by the fact that Faro airport is undergoing some work and the departure lounge had very few seats available, it was described as looking like a refugee camp, bodies everywhere. As you can see from the effects below some people managed to get seats in the bar.
Everyone is looking forward to next year when we will probably return to Turkey, watch the Mancass web space.
Jeff Hindle Memorial Cup at Shrigley Hall, Thursday Aug 31 2017
We were due a bit of luck with the weather after the last two events. It was looking like the rain would catch up with us sometime in the day. But only the lightest of showers was experienced. From our lofty position on the edge of the Peak District we could look down on Manchester and see it getting a good soaking. We did have topographical problems to overcome. The course is long and extremely hilly. Walking both morning and afternoon was an achievement in its own right.
Below is a table of how the morning team event panned out.
Results of morning team event
|2 on hole 3||Dave Baynes|
|Mention 28pts||Geoff Haynes||Martin Claffy||Callum Claffy|
|2nd Place 30 pts||Andy Minshull||Ian Ringwood||John Coburn|
|Winners 30 pts||Bill Harris||Brian Murray||Howard Dickson|
After some nice sandwiches and questionable soup we went out again with a few more of the pm only crowd.
PM Individual event
Nearest the Pins
|8. John Martin
||17. John Martin
|Geoff Haynes||2's|| Andy Minshull
|| John Coburn
Top 5 finishers
|5. Ian Hopkins
|4. Stephen Payne
|3. Mel Garner
|2. Bill Harris||33||8.6||8.2|
|1. Andy Minshull
The layout of the course was very challenging and it has to said tardy in places. Everybody had to play it but having a buggy was a distinct advantage. The top four were in buggies I am not sure about the “hairy” Hopkins he could have been swinging through the trees. It turned out to be one of those days for Andy Minshull. He might be luckier than it appears from the events on the day. At the Portland cup event he announced he could not make the next two events. These turned out to be washouts. He made this event came second in the morning, had a nearest the pin and a two, won the event, the raffle had a bet on himself as well. He had to be Happy. Captain Kevin had some important news. He had lost his vice (well not all of them). Martin Scott was having knee problems and will be going under the knife early next year. Kevin announced his replacement would be Pete Derbyshire. Fans of Only Connect will be able to deduce that in four years Mr World will be Captain of the Portland. The next event is the Autumn Cup I have just heard Terry Tobin is not coming. That should attract a few more.
Ashton Physical Charity Challenge
Ashton Physical Charity Challenge went well. There was a great energy and commitment shown by those involved. The first machines were moving at 06:30 and the last finished at 17:00. The target was to bike the equivalent of the route from Ashton to the BT Tower in London (343km), to row the equivalent of the English channel there and back (64km), and run the equivalent of a marathon (43km), all on the gym equipment. A valiant effort by those who took part but we missed the bike target due to people having to drop out due to business commitments. However we still succeeded on the rowing machine and running machine, so 2 of the 3 targets where reached. The final totals were, bike – 212.6km, rowing machine – 74.2km and running machine – 46km. Thank you and well done to all those that took part and donated on the day. We raised £160 on the day which will go to SSAFA.
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