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Issue No.26

August 2001

Allsop and Brittain take over the Captaincy ”The King is dead; long live the King” – and so at the end of May each year the Captaincy at CGQL changes hands. At the Captain’s Dinner Malcolm Dodd and Anita Rottland bowed out with generous speeches thanking all those who had made their year so special, and receiving applause for a job well done from all the members. Then it was the turn of the new Captains David Allsop and Janet Brittain to don their green jackets and start their reigns. The changeover period is filled with serious golf, traditional ceremony, and plenty of good humour. The Captain’s Plates, won this year by Noel Hume & Charlotte

For one of last year’s Captains, peace at last..Malcolm and Janet Dodd looking relaxed at the Drive In.

Hume & Waters – handed trophy on a Plate

Janet Brittain and David Allsop in full regalia as the newly appointed Captains for 2001/2002.

Waters is one of the most important competitions of the year. This is followed by the Captain’s Dinner, a sumptious affair at the Hotel Quinta do Lago, organised splendidly by Thelma Angel. On the Sunday morning there is the Captain’s Drive-in, traditionally a Bogey Par Event. And whilst all that is in progress, the salubrious ceremony of the changeover of Captain’s photographs occurs at 12.00 precisely. After the Bogey/ Par comes the drive-in, with water balls, flour balls and even golf balls, and then its time for a little rest before the Past Captains Classic and beach lunch on the Monday. After that any other weeks work will seem quite easy.

Singles Matchplay Championships

Experience Triumphs over Relative Youth To the delight of many the Singles matchplay championships were won by two of the clubs more senior members, Dora Smith and Peter Finlinson , who can count a far few years of golfing experience between them. Despite the punishing schedule and the full heat of summer, they both came through testing early rounds to be declared matchplay champions. Peter Finlinson can count some famed scalps along the way, beating Roger Mortimer 4 and 2, Michael Hickey 4 and 3, and Frank van Ettinger 7 and 6 (a dog’s licence). In the final he came across Malcolm Dodd, who had seen off Darrel Quirk, James Kidd and Trichur Ranganathan. On the day Peter was too good for Malcolm and claimed the trophy winning 4 up on the 15th. On the Ladies side Dora Smith showed huge

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stamina by progressing through all the bye rounds to reach the final. On the way she narrowly defeated Barbara Steinberg on the 19th, and went onto to win over Thelma Angel 3 and 2, and Linda Einwallner 5 and 3 to play Liz Healey in the final. Liz had had a rather easier route as having defeated Lenny den Toom 3 and 2 in the first round she received a walkover in the semi-final. The final was a classic battle with Dora winning on the 19th.

New York, New York Almancil travel agent, Solseta, in conjunction with British Airways is offering a trip to New York on Concorde for a hole-inone on QL11 in the Singles Stableford of Gala Week.

It was a very hot day in May, when 63 starters lined up on QL1 and QL10 to play for the Captain’s Plate. And at the end of the day it was Noel Hume and Charlotte Waters who lifted the trophies. Noel Hume, playing off a handicap of 13 showed good consistency over the front 9, only to burn up the back 9 with a gross 39, to register a net 68 in total. This was too good for Robin Thomson , whose solid round of 13 pars and 5 bogies, left him with a net 70. In third place was Rod Sumner, net 71, who but for an 8 on the short 13th may well have won the tournament. In the ladies event, Charlotte Waters, with birdies on 13,15 and 6, registered an excellent gross score of 77 (net 68). She was one shot ahead of Janet Dodd, who recorded pars on all the par 3 holes. In third place was Barbara Steinberg with a net 71. Captain’s Drive-In

The Course wins yet again. In the traditional Bogey/Par event that preceded the Captain’s Drive-in only Gordon Greig, Pam Bruford, and Sheila Partington. managed to beat the course. Pam Bruford was 2 down after 9 but an excellent back 9 saw her claw back 4 holes to win 2 up on the 18th. Gordon Greig, on the other hand was 2 up at the turn, but that old static golf course fought back hard. A net birdie on the 17th set him dormie 1 up, and clinching a par on the 18th he won the match. Other notable scores on the ladies side came from Sheila Partington who went 3 up after 11 but then fellback on the 17th to win by 2, but with a less dynamic back 9 than the winner. Mention should also be made of Dorothy Leake who came in 3rd having been one down on the 15th she drew level on the 17tth George Farrall registered second in the Men’s competition, remaining all square with the course after 18, as was Roger Mortimer who came in third place.


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Great Team Effort Shown At Portuguese Open Since the last Quarterly update, at the end of April to be precise, Quinta do Lago hosted the Portuguese Open. Many members volunteered as Marshals for the event. Those of us who took part had a great time being close to the Professionals and seeing how golf should be played. More importantly was the fun we had and the spirit which prevailed with all the club members. Congratulations go to Bill and his able assistant Edwin Bisset for taking on what turned out to be a mammoth task. As a thank you, the organisers of the event, João Lagos Sports, organised a Shotgun Texas Scramble on the Monday which was much enjoyed by all who took part. The club also received a commemorative plaque from the Portuguese Golf Federation for the assistance given by the members to the successful running of the event. The Captains Drive-in was another fun day. The water-filled and exploding golfballs certainly helped to start the year with a bang. Contributions on the tee and the sweepstake to guess the length of the Captains drives were donated to charity.

Thanks to everyone’s generosity we were able to give a cheque for Esc 150000 to Caroline Thomson of the Associação das Crianças do Algarve, committed to helping the deprived children of the local community. Our donation will go towards providing some of the children from the poorest homes with a short holiday. During July and August we are experimenting with playing Men’s Day competitions in the morning to avoid the heat of the afternoon. With the numbers who are supporting the competitions, it would appear to have been, with one or two complaints, a success. The Sunday mixed competitions continue to be very popular and have been well supported even though we are in the quiet season and many members have returned to their native cooler climes. Applications for Gala Week are rolling in and it looks as if we will have another full house for the week. Do send in your applications if you haven’t already done so. After Gala Week George Farrall will again be organising the Captain’s Charity day and I would ask as many of you as possible to support the Captains so that we can at least equal last year’s total of Esc1.7million. Keep your eyes on the notice board for details. Concerning the notice board, please do take a little time to read the notices when you are in the Clubhouse. Together with this Update

A distinguished panel view the Lady Captains Drive-In

it is an important method of communication to you all and can resolve many questions and dispel many rumours, which arise from time to time. In addition there is a copy of the Procedures for Captains and Competition Rules Manual in the Reception area for all to use for information and clarification. This manual is updated as and when necessary. Finally a plea to new members and those of you who visit your homes in Quinta do Lago infrequently and perhaps are short of people to play golf with. Do come along to any of the competitions on Ladies Day, Men’s Day and the Sunday Competitions, and meet up with other members. You will be assured of a warm welcome, a friendly game of golf, a few drinks afterwards and the opportunity to make new friends. Enjoy your golf and I look forward to seeing many of you in Gala Week. David Allsop - Captain 2001/2002

Drive-in Blues - Alls Well That Ends ! A somewhat interesting drive-in certainly started my year as Lady Captain with a bang. The ball, placed on the tee for me by my Vice Captain Jackie, was hit from the middle of the club but it exploded in a cloud of white dust. I was a little surprised but quite relieved to have hit it well and though all augurs well for the real ball that follows – wrong! The next ball, also placed on the tee for me by Jackie, exploded with a long streamer of pink ribbon trailing behind. Now I was nervous. I had hit two balls from the middle of the club, surely the next would be a proper ball and I would send it miles down the fairway – wrong again! I decided not to accept any more balls from Jackie and placed my own ball on the tee. This was the one that mattered and of course I failed miserably and sent it about 50 metres down the fairway

but my year had started. That was over months ago now and the time has flown by. So far so good, there have been no signs of any more exploding balls. The Ladies’ competitions have been well supported and at a time when most people seem to flee the Algarve, we are still having over twenty ladies playing each week. We have played a variety of competitions, the medal and single stableford being played as normal on the first and third Tuesdays respectively. Congratulations to Denise Grayson and Sheila Pease, winners of the June medal in their respective divisions and to Denise again and Barbara Steinberg who were winners of the June Stableford competition. July saw success for Marika van der Duim and Thelma Angel in the medal competition and for Linda Einwallner and Pat Morrison in the stableford competition. The remaining Tuesday competitions have been a variety of games designed to be light-hearted fun games. I am not sure that everyone believes this though. Some of us, myself included, have found them to be very hard work!

I am looking forward to holding a Lady Captain’s team versus Lady Vice Captain’s team match each time there is a fifth Tuesday in the month. The first of these falls in July. Unfortunately, Jackie will be in England but she has seconded Jackie Borrett gives rather Janet Dodd as her more help than needed stand-in, to be “Vice Captain for the day”. We look forward to the match and to the planned “beach lunch” to follow. The hot weather continues and August is set to be another quiet month but September is fast approaching and I look forward to seeing everyone in Gala Week. Janet Brittain - Lady Captain 2001/2002


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LEGAL AND CONTRACTUAL Qualifying Properties In a recent exchange of correspondence with Quinta do Lago, S.A., some doubt was cast on the status of São Lourenço Apartments and Lakeside Village as Qualifying Properties as defined in the Club’s Agreements. Following constructive discussions with Quinta do Lago, S.A., it is accepted that these properties must be regarded as Qualifying, although the current policy will not permit the sale of new Member Titles to owners not currently possessing one. At the latest count, 407 fully paid up members are now registered, and the rate of increase in new members appears to be slowing somewhat.

Litigation The judge who is trying the case against the Club brought by David Chalk has not yet set a trial date, and the hearing now looks to be in September at the earliest, or more likely, even later.

Consolidation of the Club’s Agreements Nothing further can be reported on this subject, and in view of the public announcements by the parent company of Sociedade do Golfe we must assume that with changes in shareholding under active consideration, consolidation of our Agreements has a low priority. Rumours are plentiful about who is bidding for what, and we await some solid information with great interest.

C.G.Q.L. Statutes The sub Committee appointed to review the Club Statutes has now concluded its deliberations and submitted its recommendations to the Executive Board. An announcement on possible changes may be made shortly, with full opportunity for Members to express their views before the matter is put to an E.G.M Eric Grayson

COURSE CONSULTATIVE Summertime, as we well know, is maintenance time and this year has been no different. Frustrating as it may be to play on less than perfect courses, hollow tining and scarifying are necessary to keep the course playable throughout the rest of the year. The work on Ria Formosa is now virtually complete, and currently work is proceding apace on Quinta do Lago so that everything is ready in time for September. The committee has expressed its continu-

ing concern over the irrigation problems on Ria Formosa and will continue to monitor the situation. In the meantime Paulo Viegas, the Greenkeeper, has kept up a policy of heavily watering the fairways in case of a breakdown in the system, or a general shortage of water. A full report will be included in the next Update at the end of October.

HANDICAPS Since the last Quarterly Update, the Handicap Committee has had a re-shuffle. Eric Grayson has resigned and Nick Shailer has taken his place. Pat Bisset and myself remain in Office and of course we now have Mark Foot also on the Committee. Gala Week is almost upon us and once again we need to remind you of your handicap responsibilities. It is very important to a smooth running Gala Week to ensure that handicap problems do not feature. I know that the conversion from the CONGU to the EGA Handicap System caused some confusion in the early stages, but hopefully by now you are getting used to the new European system. This Gala Week, of course will be the first one to apply the EGA

System and it is important to all of us to have a problem free week. As in previous years, we ask you to ensure that your CGQL Handicap Committee is kept fully informed of all your Qualifying Scores played elsewhere. Please submit an up-to-date Playing Record in good time. A Handicap Certificate from other golf clubs is insufficient to justify a handicap increase. Before participating in the Gala Week events, please check that your EGA Exact Handicap is correct and reflects all your “Away” Qualifying Scores. Playing off a higher handicap than the one posted on the Notice Board will result in automatic disqualification. Denise Grayson - Secretary

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INFORMATION BULLETIN Since the AGM the Board has undertaken a thorough review of its methods of operation and has decided to adopt a committee structure similar to that, which is common in most private golf clubs. It is felt that, by introducing this system, the Board will be able to operate more efficiently and effectively. It will also allow the responsibilities to be shared more evenly between members of the Board. There will be two Executive Board members on each Committee, one of whom will be the Chairman, which will ensure continuity of operation in times of absence and will provide succession from year to year. With two Board members per committee it will also mean a full flow of information to the Board. Committees will meet monthly and report to the Executive Board meeting. The Committees are as follows: GOLF COMMITTEE Responsible for: 1) Competitions Programme(Formats,Rules and procedures) 2) Interclub League & other representative teams and/or competitions 3) Local rules Course Consultative Committee – responsible for liaison with SGQDL with regard to condition, maintenance and repair of the golf courses. Handicap Committee – responsible for all matters relating to handicaps, qualifying competitions and liaison with Portuguese Golf Federation. HOUSE COMMITTEE Responsible for:1) Buildings and amenities 2) Car and Buggy Parks 3) Clubhouse management 4) Bar and Food franchise 5) Gardens and courtyard 6) Library 7) Cleaning contract 8) All social functions with or without golf FINANCE COMMITTEE Responsible for: 1) Financial and Management accounts 2) Budgeting 3) Liaison with external auditors 4) Liaison with Fiscal Board 5) Presentation of accounts to AGM 6) Recruitment of staff LEGAL AND CONTRACTUAL COMMITTEE Responsible for: 1) Clubs contracts and agreements 2) Members titles 3) Application process for membership 4) Statutes 5) Members guide and rule book A sub-committee has been formed to review the club statutes to include the Chairman of the Fiscal Board and the Chairman of the Assembly Board. The Executive Board feels that these major changes will allow the Club to go forward positively into the future with openness and accessibility.


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Mixed Foursomes Matchplay

Hickey/Graf pairing prove too hot to handle. The mixed Foursomes matchplay final was a match up between the pairing of Michael Hickey and Elspet Graf and Peter and Shelagh Pease. After a excellent match, held in perfect conditions on the 17 th June, Michael and Elspet took the honours 1up. Hickey & Graf reached the final with wins over the Dodds (6/5), Fitch & Bruford (3/ 2) and the Mortimers (7/6). Peter & Shelagh won matches against the Partingtons, the Den Tooms and Johnston & Waters.

Hole in One Congratulations to Rob Thomson for a hole-in-one on QL 11, in the Captain’s Flutter on Thursday, 17th May, 2001 Thanks for the Champagne !!

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lived on Madeira for 12 years and leaves behind a young son and daughter who will be visiting the Algarve as regularaly as time permits. Mark is fluent in Portuguese and French, trained as a financial manager with Coats Viyella, and claims relative wizardry on a computer. He plays golf off a 9.1 exact handicap. We welcome him to the Algarve and look forward to his participation in the continued good administration of the club.

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Social Event Opening Cocktail Gala Week

Golfers Paradise Fourball Betterball Sovipral Singles Stableford Lusitania Texas Scramble Quinta do Lago SA AM-AM Hotel Quinta do Lago Singles Medal Lifestyle Properties Foursomes Charity Day Oktoberfest Vikings Day (Scandinavia) Ladies Lladro Competition President’s Putter St.Andrew’s Day Ladies Christmas Competition Birmingham Dribbler Men’s Christmas Competition Boxing Day Mixed Competition

New Manager Appointed Following the departure of Andrew Johnson from the position of General Manager last December, the Executive Board has completed its search for a replacement and has much pleasure in announcing that Mark Foot has been appointed in this position. Mark comes to us from the island of Madeira, where he has been working as the part time Club Secretary for Palheiro Golf Club. At the same time he was working for a graphics design studio and writing internet sites. He

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Cocktail & Barbecue

Gala Dinner Includes buffet dinner

Includes lunch

Flutter Dinner Champagne Brunch

www.cgql.com Ever trying to improve on our communication with such a widely dispersed membership the club has set up an internet site. As the months progress more and more information will be put on the site, and we hope that for many of you it will become your primary source of information about the club. The site address is www.cgql.com

Roll Call of New Members Ernest & Rosemary Banks Naunton Downs Golf Club, England * John & Anne Bentley Castletown, Isle of Man * Mark, Victoria, Samantha, Tom, Emma & William Chitty St George’s Hill, England * Iain Clark Royal Ashdown Forest, England * Paul & Gabrielle Costelloe Castletroy Golf Club, Ireland * Matthew Donnelly Manor of Groves, England * Luis Galvão * Michael & Judith Greenhalgh Bolton Golf Club, England * Paul Hogan Ashton-on-Mersey, England * Barry & Huw Jones Moor Park, England * Sean & Bernadette Keohane

Peter & Kathleen McManamon Edmondstown Golf Club, Ireland * John, Barry & Killian McStay Cilldara Golf Club, Ireland * Gerardus & Pamela Montanus * Martin Myers * Ian Russell Effingham Golf Club, England * Henry Tee Hanbury Manor, England * Alan Thompson Driffield, England * Gisela Terfehr & David Homersham * Hendrikus Vooijs Vila Sol, Portugal * Horst Werner Golf Club Hoisdorf, Germany * Michael Williams * Catherine Wolters

Quarterly Update Issue 26  

Newsletter of Quinta do Lago Golf Club (2001)

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