Posted on behalf of Phil
So, off we all trucked very early Sunday morning, the Tour 2015, three new faces this year, Richie, Captain C and Graham Adams, Graham becoming the second ‘Two Tour’ member along with Brian Chamberlain.
No golf on Saturday which was nice and once we’d sorted out who was…or wasn’t sharing a double bed, we settled in to our upgraded suites, unpacked and off to the beach bar for an afternoon of beer and bollox, talking it, that is. A great afternoon in the sun and for myself it probably was a bit too much because I crashed on my bed around 8pm and didn’t move until 8am the next day!
Monday morning, up and off to the The Faldo, a great course but tough, I partnered Chris and apart from his little unmentionable, we had a good game and beat Simon and Sean on the last if I remember correctly, joint singles winners of the day were Graham Adams and myself on 34 points. Off to the famous ‘Chicken Shack in the evening and plenty of food and drink was consumed for very little money.
The O’Connor on Tuesday, a first time there for all of us, a very wide course, in fact the widest fairway course I have ever played on so in theory, relatively easy, certainly the easiest course of the week, if you can call any golf course easy. Jim and myself had a 13-5 win over Chris and Graham A and the singles winners of the day were Jim, Simon and Graham L, aka CC. A poor meal in the evening which was the result of random eating in the marina, always to be avoided, it didn’t dampen the evening though and off to Karaoke for a select few.
Wednesday and the grim weather forecast, sadly, was bang on, another first for us all, Laranjal, the new Quinta course, what a great track, everyone loved it and I think it has become a favourite for some, sadly tainted by the weather, cold, and wet all day, like being in England, thankfully it was only one day. Chris Grubb stormed it with 40 points, what a score in those conditions. We all trucked off to the famous fish shack in the evening, Graham Adams doing a great job of choosing the fish for us, a fab meal with plenty of refreshment for not a lot of money. A few late nights were starting starting to tell on some….
Quinta North on Thursday, another new one and we all looked forward to the revamped course. Graham Adams won the day with 37 points. Casa Vostra in the evening and another great meal in a fab setting
Friday and Quinta South, a stunning course but Friday wasn’t the day to play it, one of their busiest days of the year but turned out ok, Sean won the day with a stunning 39 points, a great score on a tough course. Friday bought the pairs competition to an end and Matt Jaggs and myself tied for the win, the first trophy of the week….or did we, seems that it has just come to light that he pipped me by half a point, cash spent though so unlucky Matt.
Last day and off to the fab Victoria, a great course with fantastic facilities, the top four went out first, Chris Grubb, Simon Bailey, Matt Jaggs and Richie. Jaggsy (feeling a bit under the weather) won the day with 36 pts but it culminated in Chris Grubb keeping his cool and winning the week, justice some would say for his meltdown on the last day last year.
Well done Chris.
Back to the bar for the very complicated but superbly organised prize giving and cash hand outs, well done Sean, a great job. We had the winner, the blob fund, nearest pins, lost balls, pairs and the now favourite of the day, the blind 6 vs 6, selected on the last day in true schoolboy fashion, Chris and Simon as the leader and second place players on the day, pick at their choice the players they want in their team, I think Simon’s team won that one.
A fab meal on the last night at the newly discovered Tuttapanna, apart from Mark falling asleep at the table, it was a lively night after a long and tiring but fantastic week of golf. Plans under way already for next year’s tour which will be booked this week.
A great week with a great bunch of chaps. Thank you to Simon for the flights and cab organising, Sean for the amazing competition itinerary and Jim for holding the whip all week, well done guys.
A thank you also to Ian Purvis at Your Golf travel for all his hard work.
Gentleman to bed, for tomorrow we rise at dawn, or around 8.30ish, or say 8 for 8.30 ish, with a continental breakfast we can probably leave it until 8.15.
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