Where do we start with the superlatives for a truly memorable day?  We celebrated our captains’ day “Terry Fitzgerald” with a fantastic day of golf at La Serena last Saturday.  The weather was ideal ideal for golf with 25 degrees with a gentle breeze keeping us cool. The golf course again is in excellent condition and we must thank Wayne and his team for their efforts, the greens the fairways and the general presentation of the course makes playing golf at La Serena a pleasure.  To the staff in the pro-shop thank you, Jean and Paul for preparing the cards, collating the results and also for erecting our banner on the 10th tee. 

Our competition committee are doing sterling work with a special thank you to Camillus and Philip who organised the 92 players.  It was a fantastic team effort (all two of you), well done.  Can I again remind players to please return your cards as soon as possible to the shop on the open days so that they can generate the results on the computer and return the scores to Madrid.  If you fail to return your card you cannot have your handicap adjusted and it also impacts on the days handicap, or CSS. 

We had our presentation dinner in Meson El Prado in San Miguel.  What can we say it worked like clockwork, to perfection with everybody enjoying a sumptuous dinner in their outdoor patio.  We were entertained by the dulcet tones of Steve Clarke, with our very own Jackie Whyte performing some of her favourite songs.  We had 92 appreciative members and guests who attended the dinner and I would like to thank them one and all for showing their support to Terry.  It truly was a one of the most enjoyable social evenings we have hosted.

The results on the day were as follows, NTP’s Tony Edwards (2), Ian Howie, Pat Baker, Kenny McGeehan and Camillus Fitzpatrick.  Nearest the Captains’ drive, Kevin McBride and nearest the white line hole 11, Kevin Fitzpatrick. Visitors prize went to Eldon Carey with 35 points. 37.  Cat III. 1st Jane Knight 38. 2nd Myra Coull 32. 3rdJohn Coholan 31.  Cat II. 1st Alisdair McLean 38. 2nd Bill Thomson 38. 3rdPhilip Mountford 38.

Cat I.  Eddie Wall 37. 2nd Pat Coyne 37. 3rd Robert Smith35.  Best gross went to John Doyle O’Brien with a 74.  2nd overall to our Vice Captain James Hayes 39.  Enid is particularly happy with her vase however James now feels compelled to buy her flowers on a weekly basis.  The overall winner with the fantastic result of 41 points Sheila Coyne.  Sheila was surprised and delighted to win the captains’ prize and it was made all the more special as her mother was there to watch her receive her trophy.  

Lastly can I thank Terry for his kind words about our junta directive, it is very much appreciated to have the work carried out by the junta acknowledged. 

 We have a waiting list in operation at the moment for membership at La Serena, however membership of The Celts is always available.  If you would like information about joining our club or entering a team in any of the federation events why not send an e-mail to johnobrienalicante@gmail.com or call 615466398?