Levante Golf August

Levante Golf Society Friday 20th August 2010


Villaitana Golf Club


High summer weather did not deter members or guests from taking part in what was an excellent day’s golf.  There was enough light breeze to temper the heat, and the super value for money of Villataina’s summer deal contributed to a thoroughly excellent day.  There were few obvious signs of the recent torrential rains – indeed golf carts were allowed on the fairways.  The course looked and played well, although the bunkers needed more sand.


Three pairs did battle in the quarter-finals of the Syd Smith match play knock out, and the remainder played a drawn pairs under the European Nations Cup Valencian Rules, otherwise known as the Chapman System.  It is like a Greensome except that the decision about which ball to select is made after the second shot on par 4s, and the third shot on par 5s, meanwhile, until that decision time arrives, each player plays their partner’s previous ball for each additional shot.  Simples, isn’t it!  Players were divided over the merits of the format, but generally it was considered a worthwhile experiment as a ‘fun’ competition.


Prize winners from left to right:  Martyn Philipson, Alan Turpin, Keith Price, Terry Collins, Roger Mallaburn, Rob Westlands Brian Clark-Sutton and Malcolm Nash.



Arriving in the quarter-final of the Syd Smith Trophy having not yet played because of two opponents conceding, and with the benefit of 5 shots, Graham Hutson beat Mike Harding 2 & 1.  In the Plate, Dick Temperton beat Fred Betteridge 3 & 2 despite having given Fred 7 shots, and Dave Geeson beat Jim Thomas 4 & 2 also having given 7 shots.


The Pairs competition produced some excellent scores and the first place had to be decided on handicap, which was the average for the two players.  In 1st place Alan Turpin and Terry Collins had a gross 82 and net 64; 2nd were Roger Mallaburn and Keith Price with a gross 83 and net 64 and 3rd were Anne Edwards and Rob Westlands with a gross 84 and net 68.5.


Nearest the pin on the 3rd was Martyn Philipson and on the 14th was Brian Clark-Sutton.  No fortunes were won from the twos, with four sharing the pot, being Mike Harding, Peter Hunt, Roger Mallaburn and Malcolm Nash.


The next competition will be on Friday 3rd September at Oliva Nova meeting at 8.15.  Non-members wanting to play at our events may do so either by telephoning on 669 351 043 or by making contact via the website at www.levantegolfsociety.com.


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