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Who wasn't timid??

We had a full house at El Saler. It's good to see 24 players on the start sheet and better still when we are playing a quality course. It deserves a full turn out. And it didn't disappoint. It was in great condition and the fairways, in particular, were immaculate. We know it's tricky at the best of times but add in the effects of Storm Nelson, and it wasn't a day to be timid.

But, 23 of us were. So, who wasn't? It just had to be. Peter Dymyd wasn't timid. No, he battled the elements on every hole and came away with a very impressive 34 points to win the day.

Left behind were Martin Oddy and Ilona Matthieu finishing second and third with 33 and 32 points respectively.


Peter didn't realise how lucky he was to win. The newish kid on the block was also battling the elements and on course for a 36 point round. That is until he suddenly became really timid at the 16th. A great drive, followed by an equally impressive second shot, saw him just off the front of the green. An easy pitch on and one putt for a 4 was the plan. The pitch on was ridiculously timid into the green side bunker. This was followed by two hopelessly timid bunker shots, that left the ball still in the bunker. And that's how Peter won the day! 33 points was still good enough for a second silver in as many games, but, really?


Hole 9. 2 clubs more than normal, Merrick Robinson sussed it out, and hit his shot to 3 yards. Birdie? Allowed for the wind with the tee shot, but not the putt. Had to settle for par.

Hole 17. Peter Dymyd hit an unbelievable tee shot just two feet passed the hole. Nobody had a chance of beating it. His only timid shot of the day saw him miss his birdie chance.


Everybody was predicting a big number but Penny Barden took a chance. She went low with 46. Most were in the 80's. She was right. We only lost 47. Frustratingly, she missed out by just one. She did say she would never have chosen 47 anyway, even though it was available. Wonder why?? Anyhow, Ray Stone has organised for Securicor to handle the sweep at FDL now that the pot has grown to €74.


Christoph Dünwald v Gary Stone

Christoph had 14 shots on Gary but even with those, he was 4 down at the 11th and it was looking like game over. Then came the fight back, starting at the 12th with an amazing tee shot which hit the flag and stopped dead for a birdie. He went on to win the next few holes to come within touching distance of the mother of all comebacks. But, it wasn't to be. Gary stopped his timid run, steadied the ship when it mattered, and went on to win 2&1.

Viv Bacon v Penny Barden.

Penny Barden is now the Bunker Queen of El Saler. She went in so many of them. She went three down very quickly but with her bunker shots improving through repeated practice, she clawed her way back to all square before the turn. Thereafter, it was nip and tuck, one way then the other. On the 18th tee Viv was 1 up and she had a shot. But, she thought she had blown it having to take three off the tee. She was even planning the re-match assuming the game would finish a/s. But then, the Bunker Queen of El Saler did what she had been doing all day. Penny recovered well but the hole was halved. A win then for Viv by 1.


Back in the clubhouse, Captain Jordan did his thing. Then he reminded us all that our next game is the Ryder Cup Qualifier at Font del Llop. We have a full house again to play a pairs betterball format. The winning pair will go forward to play in the final qualifier at Oliva on the 15th June. The winning pairs on that day will go forward to represent Team Spain v Team UK in the Ryder Cup on 22/23 June.

So, next game at FDL on Wednesday 10th April.

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

Btw, it was Watford 2 Leeds United 2.


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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