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It was Captains week at Los Arqueros Golf starting on Monday 2nd October with four main events: A mixed competition on Tuesday 3rd, Mens’ Captain’s Day on Thursday 5th, Friday Club Night and Lady Captain’s day on Sunday 8th October.

The golf was of a very high standard in all four competitions and was the highlight of a very successful year for the Mens’ Captain, Dean Cox, and Lady Captain, Inna Bladden, who have completely revitalised the Members’ section. Members have enjoyed weekly mixed Amigos competitions with over 40 players every weekend, popular Friday Club nights, unbeaten teams in interclub matches, one of the leaders of La Liga Senior, an outstanding Club Championship in May, and a vibrant social scene including a new Bridge Club, a Padel and Petanque Club, and Spanish Lessons. Luckily the weather was fine and sunny all week and there was an excellent turnout as several members had returned from their summer break.

Scoring was very good in the Tuesday event with the course in tip-top condition as 13 teams of four competed in a mixed Texas Scramble Stableford. The winning team Steve Bailey, Robin Littleford, Matsuyo Etherington and Irene Olofsson with a score of 57.8

The Mens’ Captains’ Day was supported by various guests, visitors, family and friends, and was a combined Team 4 Ball Betterball and Individual Stableford. There was a Gin and Tonic bar with snacks by the 9th green, sponsored by Kevin & Jane Whalley. After the golf there was a lavish dinner prepared by Alvaro and his team from the Restaurante Los Arqueros, which was generously sponsored by George Walker and the Captain Dean Cox, and entertainment provided during and after the meal by Sam Oliver, sponsored by Alan Vowls. A few sore heads were had in the morning!

Gunter Fiedler performed admirably as probably the oldest active player on the Costa del Sol at 87 years young.

Results

Team 4 Ball Betterball

1st Dean Cox / Brian Jones / Kevin Whalley / John Yiend, each winning a pair of Ecco Golf Shoes sponsored by Ranjeet & Neelam Nayyar

2nd Steve Bailey / Dennis Dean / Darren Cronin / Gunter Fiedler, each winning a golf shirt sponsored by Derek Sloan and two sleeves of golf balls sponsored by Mike Moulds

3rd Fran Whelan / Martin Nash / Jon Pugh / Ranjeet Nayyar, each winning a golf shirt sponsored by Derek Sloan

4th Craig Cuthburt / David Sutherland / Tony Cahill / Harald Elgaaen, each winning a bottle of wine sponsored by A&G

Singles Stableford

1st Alan Vowls winning a pair of Ecco Golf Shoes sponsored by Ranjeet & Neelam Nayyar

2nd Craig Cuthburt winning a €50 meal voucher at Prado Halcones sponsored by John & Christi Yiend

3rd John Pike winning a golf shirt sponsored by Shane Jones

4th Steve Bailey winning a bottle of wine

The person who came last, we will mention no names but their score 17 points, received two half hour golf lessons sponsored by M&G Golf Academy

NP Hole 2 Brian Jones: winning a golf shirt sponsored by Kathy Jones

NP Hole 5 Mike McAllister: winning a €50 meal voucher at Prado Halcones sponsored by John & Christi Yiend

NP Hole 11 Luis Fontela: winning a bottle of Moet Champagne sponsored by Jock & Roscoe Jones

NP Hole 16 John Yiend: winning a meal voucher at Legends Bar in Benahavis sponsored by Legends Bar

NP in 2 shots Hole 9 Craig Cuthburt: winning a meal for two at All in One sponsored by Tony & Lynne Cahill

NP in 2 shots Hole 14 Paddy Mullins – winning a bottle of wine sponsored by A&G

Nearest the Captains Drive Hole 6 Dave Francis: winning a bottle of Bombay Sapphire Gin

Nearest the Captains Drive Hole 15 Billy Brett: winning a bottle of Vodka both sponsored by the Captain himself

The Lady Captains Day was the last day of Captains week. It was a double celebration as it was also her birthday. A Texas Scramble was played and afterwards to end the week with a fantastic buffet organised by restaurante Los Arqueros, prize giving with generous sponsorship from Chris Mitas, Neelam & Ranjeet Nayyar, Lynne & Tony Cahill, George Walker, Karen & Ted Stanworth, Paddy & Josephine Mullins, Judy Middleton, Christi & John Yiend, M&G Golf Academy and from the Lady Captain herself, and speeches, which ended with a special rendition of YMCA. The dancing and singing continued until late.

Results

1st Nicky Masters / Lynn Phillips / Karen Cuthbert / Betty Lottenberg winning a bottle of cava and chocolates

2nd Matsuyo Ethrington / Karin Hesse / Judy Middleton / Alison Rowson winning a bottle of cava and chocolates

3rd Inna Bladen / Nicola Whelan / Beryl Pike / Natasha Wood winning a bottle of cava

NP Hole 2 Karin Hesse

NP Hole 5 Christi Yiend

NP Hole 11 Karen Cuthbert

NP Hole 16 Maria Oshkordina – all winning a golf towel

Both Captains, Dean Cox and Inna Bladen, would like to thank everyone for all their support throughout the year and making all events so enjoyable and memorable.