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Marching on Together

After our league triumph here on the Wednesday before, it was great to be able to share the course and the experience with other White Coast Members. 7 of us were looking to recreate the magic, and share it with 13 others, including an Andy Price guest, Frederic Reibel.

One of our team members carried on where he had left off. Ray Gambrill MOT played with Pankaj Bakshi in the league match and they won their game 2&1. Now feeling confident and knowing every inch of the course, he relaxed and played one of his best rounds for a long time. His score of 40 points was ludicrous and way too good for the rest of us. When you get to the par three 8th, hit the green, finish pin high 17 yards to the right, then sink your putt for a birdie to score 5 points, and when you par the 9th for another 4 points, you know it's going to be your day. 9 points in two holes!

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Guernsey Dave and Viv Bacon were left trailing with a miserable 34 points and 33 points respectively, and were awarded second and third places on the day. There is a story here, but more of that later.


Guernsey Dave has seen enough of the new kid on the block and decided to take it seriously this time in a bid to reclaim his Senior status. It worked, but only just. Viv Bacon was also confident following her league match here. She won the last hole on that day to make sure of a win 2UP. She had another great round and lost out to Guernsey by just 1 point.

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Hole 8. Over the water, elevated tee, lovely par three, but intimidating. Ray Gambrill MOT was not intimidated at all. Drive to 17 yards, then sink your putt. Birdie?? Of course. 5 pointer, thank you very much.

Hole 14. Viv Bacon cleared the reeds and left her tee-shot pin high just 7 yards to the left of the flag. Birdie?? Just didn't read the left to right slope. Got her par though.

All our winners are here. 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Both NP winners. Best Senior. Don't know what Gary is doing in the photo?


We must be getting better. This used to be a player x 3 course plus/minus adjustments on the day. Now, we are at player x 2 as a starter. This is where Geoff Silva started his calculation. Knowing that he would be nicknamed Hi Ho Silver, he remembered that the chorus to that famous Jeff Beck song had 5 lines. So it was player x 2 + 5 = 45. He didn't make a fuss, and with hindsight though, it's obvious.


There was one Round 1 match played on the day.

Andy Price v Russ Hedges.

We are not sure if Andy played well on the day, but we do know that Russ played slightly sub-optimal. When asked after the game, Russ did use a two word description, both words beginning with the letter s. Slightly sub-optimal wasn't it, but your Poster Boy doesn't want to get into trouble by the cyber police. A win for Andy Price 3&2. Congratulations Andy.

The Director said "three fingers Andy", and "snarl Russ" to tell the story of the match. Take 2 was no better!

Players Scorecard

Captain Jordan reminded us all in his email on the 25th April, that it is the duty of each player to check and agree his/her score with the marker BEFORE the card is submitted. It cannot be changed after that.

Ben Wilcock did not cross check with his Marker before his score was submitted and entered. The Marker had him down as 31 points. Ben thought it was 34 points. Ben was correct, but it was too late. It should be noted that had Ben's score been entered correctly, he would have finished second.

The Marker on this occasion cannot be named for legal reasons. However, we can all agree that the person should be sacked and flogged. Unfortunately, if the person was to be sacked, there would be no more match reports, so just a flogging will have to suffice.


Ben Wilcock

Just to make Ben feel a bit better about not finishing second, we have to mention his play at the par 5 11th. We all know this one. Really elevated tee, looking down over the lake, the fairway snaking off downhill into the distance but sloping all the way from right left. Ben hit a monster drive some 260 yards, straight down the middle . Then he hit a 7 iron onto the narrow green that has steep banks either side, leaving his ball just 8 feet from the flag. Then he sunk his putt for an Eagle. We don't see many of those.

Tony's Top Tip

This is a great tip from Tony Bowers. When you are asked to move your ball marker on the green, out of another player's line, turn the ball marker over when you place it. That way, you will remember to put it back into it's original position when it is your turn to putt. TBF, it is easy to forget. This top tip was appreciated by John Holgate when it was given to him on the 9th green. It would have been appreciated more had it not been given just as he was about to putt, and from the correct position.


Back in the Clubhouse, our Captain was in fine form and performed his duties admirably. One of these days though we will get him to remember the LBS.

Our next game is at La Sella on Wednesday 8th May.

As ever, this game will be sponsored by Blevins Franks, International Tax and Wealth Management.

BTW, can you guess the significance of the featured image at the start of this post??


Licence to Play

We expect Members to obtain the appropriate Federated Licence valid in Spain. This licence grants permission to play on all the Courses on our schedule and includes the liability and accident insurance required by Royal Decree 849/1993.

As a general guide, resident Members should be looking to obtain an Annual Licence with handicap from their corresponding Spanish Regional Federation. In the Valencia Region the cost is €104.20. There is a one off joining fee of €15.

Non resident Members can also obtain an Annual Licence if they wish. If not, they should purchase a One Day Licence at each course which affiliates them to the Federation for that day's play. A One Day Licence costs €2.

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