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Famous Grouse Trophy - Estepona

The second event of the 2016/17 Med Golf season was the Famous Grouse Trophy tournament which was held at Estepona Golf on Sunday 16th October 2016 on a course renowned for the quality of its greens and a reputation for being a good but fair test of golf. Played in bright sunshine and a gradually strengthening easterly breeze, the event produced the usual broad array of scores with one or two that stood out from the crowd, as the results outlined below will testify.

For non-golfing readers, when scores are tied, the decision goes in favour of the lowest handicap. The best score of the day was 41 Stableford points produced by Martin Burns taking a step up from winning the Cat 3 prize at the last event. A regular Med Golf player and senior member, Martin won the Famous Grouse Trophy and two 2 green fees on the San Roque Club Old Course. He also significantly hoisted himself up the Jyske Bank Order of Merit as shown below. Naturally, Martin also won the best senior prize.

Mock The Famous Grouse 2016 Tournament Group
Mock "The best score of the day was 41 Stableford points produced by Martin Burns"

Other prizes were won as follows:

Martin, unsurprisingly, also won the best pairing along with his partner Stuart Ferguson. Stuart added a further 39 points to their cause to score an unbeatable 80 points between them.

Adding to his growing collection of best gross trophies, John Hunter scored a very fine 76. Keeping it in the family and adding to his collection of longest drive trophies was John’s son Josh.

Our handicap category prizes were won as follows:

Our handicap category prizes were won as follows:
Category 1 (handicaps 0 to 12): Roger Griffiths was the winner with a score of 35 points beating Ross McQuater into second place. Ross also had 35 points but was beaten by Roger’s lower handicap.
Category 2 (handicaps 13 to 22): the runner up was Jonathan Rix with a fine par score of 36 points; however, that was not enough to stop Stuart Ferguson, a familiar face on the podium, from taking the first spot with a very fine score of 39 points.


Category 3 (handicap 23 and above): taking an early opportunity to throw down the gauntlet was a Med Golf newcomer James Barr with a score of 31 points. Not for the first time, the winner was Ian Wood with a score of 32 points.

Nearest the pin winners were: Dave Hunt, David Macgregor, James Barr and Douglas Casciaro. Martin Burns won nearest the pin in 2 on a par 4 and Nicky Sanchez was winner of nearest the pin in 3 on a par 5. Guests are encouraged and made very welcome at all events. While they are not eligible to win the trophy or category prizes, they can win the many mini-competition prizes and even a Best Guest prize if warranted by numbers and of course the scorecard draw at the end of the prize presentation.

Views from the Black Crow

Med Golf members will be familiar with the Black Crow that keeps an all-seeing beady eye on the proceedings at events. He watches for such transgressions as slow golf, items that might be of particular interest and reports on the antics of members both on and off the course.

At Estepona, knowing how important it is for golfers to get a good rhythm going in their game, he was surprised to see a group of 2 players on the course among the groups of 3 and 4 players. It seems that one player failed to arrive without giving notice so it was too late to re-organise the field. He hopes that this will be an isolated incident as a simple phone call would have helped those two players enjoy their golf as much as everyone else.

Thank you to everyone who supported this event and congratulations to the prize winners. The new season has got off to a good start and there will be many more opportunities to enjoy a great day out on different golf courses and work your way into the Med Golf Masters in August 2017.

The Top Twenty in the Jyske Bank Order of Merit

  • 1. Matthew Gerard
  • 2. Matt Charlesworth
  • 3. Martin Burns
  • 4. Roger Griffiths
  • 5. Stuart Ferguson
  • 6. John Hunter
  • 7. David Pinniger
  • 8. James Lax
  • 9. Javi Hunter
  • 10. Soren Koefoed
  • 11. Joe Sanchez
  • 12. Steve Stonefield
  • 13. Mark Henderson
  • 14. Duncan Quigley
  • 15. Nicky Sanchez
  • 16. Mike Cowburn
  • 17. Louis Calvente
  • 18. Daniel Lomax
  • 19. Ross McQuater
  • 20. Josh Hunter

Only the tio ten will qualify for next summers Masters.
The full rankings can be found by clicking here.

Invitation - Parador de Malaga - stay & play!

Our next tournament is the Acquarius Trust Trophy at The Parador in Malaga on Sunday 13th November 2016. Designed by Harry Shapland (co-builder of Wentworth) the course is the oldest in Andalucia opening in 1925. It was subsequently expanded into 18 holes by Tom Simpson, the creator of Turnberry, Muirfield and Balybunion. The course has a reputation of being a fair challenge for golfers of all standards, lies adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea and surrounds the Parador Hotel. There is an options to combine the golf with a night at the hotel at a special rate for Med Golf members;-

1 night Bed and Breakfast golfer sharing including competition fee €105.00
1 night Bed and Breakfast golfer single room including competition fee €135.00
1 night Bed and Breakfast non golfer €60.00
Golf only including competition fee 65 euros
Book your room now by e-mail jh@medgolf.gi
Book you place for the golf ONLY by e-mail to Ian, medgolf.events@gmail.com
For more details on our full schedule and the benefits of joining Med Golf for just £40 per year or £60 for family membership (limited to two), please visit our website: medgolfmembers.com Happy golfing Ian McNee Events Co-ordinator | Med Golf Ltd

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