5th June 2023

CGQL win Ben Hogan Trophy

PA Captains Steve Coull (left) and Melodie Cotterill (right) hand the Ben Hogan Trophy to CGQL Captains Deb Giles and Peter Shaw.

The annual challenge match with Pinheiros Altos for the Ben Hogan Trophy took place on Sunday on the South Course. Each club had 20 pairings with a two tee start with the earliest going out at 8am. The golf was followed by an excellent light lunch in a convivial atmosphere as we enjoyed swapping stories of golfing prowess – or lack thereof! This challenge series for a bronze statuette of Ben Hogan has now been contested 17 times, with the first event, arranged by then Captains James Aitken & Tim Russell, in 2005. Prior to Sunday’s match the overall score stood at 9 wins to Pinheiros Altos and 7 to Quinta do Lago. Pinheiros Altos were the current holders having won at home last year.
As usual this was a close run thing. Early scores into the clubhouse suggested that it was going to be a good day for Pinheiros Altos with the first results going 7 – 2 in their favour. However, as often happens in this type of match, the tide began to turn and a rush of positive results ifor CGQL left the final score 11 1/2 to 8 1/2 in CGQL’s favour. The Captain and Lady Captain were delighted to receive the Trophy from their opposite numbers, Steve Coull and Melody Cotterill, on behalf of CGQL. The trophy score now stands at 9 to 8 to Pinheiros Altos.

Narrow defeat in League & Cup double away at Quinta da Ria

The fixture against Levante today was played in perfect weather conditions on their Quinta da Ria course that was looking its best – the greens were as good as any we have played on this year.
In addition to this being a league match our progress in the Knockout Cup Competition also turned on the outcome.
In the first flight Keith Collins and Patrick Macklin secured a three and one win. This was followed by a two and one win for Peter Beale and Val Harrison. The remaining match results went against us.  Ralph Whyte and Alan Henderson made a determined comeback from dormie-three down by winning the 16th and 17th only to lose on the 18th.  Richard Harrison and Jane Beale, as ever, gave a good account of themselves only to lose on the 18th.  The in-form couple of Charles and Sally Robson played well once again but encountered a Lavante pairing who were ‘on fire’ and lost six and four.
The result was Lavante six points CGQL four points.  Winning four points in an away match is a good outcome for the team. Those points will prove valuable at the end of the season.  Our quest to earn promotion remains on track. By virtue of this result Lavante will proceed to the semi finals of the Knockout Cup Competition, where we wish them good fortune.

Men’s Matchplay halved

The second series of the annual Captain v Vice Captain Matchplay took place over the South course on Wednesday.  There were many close matches with two halved (including the Captain/Vice Captain’s match). The result looked as though it was heading in the Vice Captain’s direction until the last two matches produced wins for the Captain resulting in an overall 5 – 5 tied match, leaving the five match series 1 1/2 to 1/2 in favour of the Captain. 
Nearest the pins were won by Russell Crichton #7 and Martin Wilson #1.We welcomed two guests, Billy Maloney (guest of Derek Hickey and a member at Castle Troy) and Derek Sheehan (guest of Donald Dempsey and also from Castle Troy where he is the current Captain). We were especially pleased to see amongst the welcome backs Anthony Esse and Saleem Chaudhry. And Maurice Boyle very kindly made himself available to play following a late withdrawal and celebrated by winning his match!  The field enjoyed complimentary nibbles as they enjoyed the convivial post match atmosphere on the terrace. No doubt it will get less convivial as the series progresses and the tension increases!

Ladies news

The Ladies with the Academy Professionals

Thirty two ladies enjoyed our Regressive Waltz on the North course on Tuesday morning. The runners up with 85 points were the team of Julie Heel, Val Harrison, Irene Howarth and Therese Collins. First place with a great score of 88 points was Slaney Mullen, Jane Reason, Stella Ferreira and Jeanie Donnelly. 
On Wednesday, thirty ladies gathered at the golf academy for a golf clinic organised by new professional Tara Gribben. Three pro’s – Tara, Tomas and Ionut – facilitated skills based coaching covering long game, chipping and putting. Following the clinic we moved to the members putting green for a fun putting competition. 
The event was part of an annual, international golf initiative to encourage and support women’s golf. 
Thank you to Tara for spearheading the day and all the ladies who participated, which included some of our friends from Laranjal Golf Club.

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Portugal Day (Saturday 10th June)

There is no Sunday competition at the end of this week, as the Club is hosting its normal celebration of ‘Dia de Portugal’ the day before, together with the Sporting and Cultural Association of Quinta do Lago (ADCQL). Over the many years that this competition has been a joint venture between the 2 clubs, many friendships have developed and it always nice to rekindle these on an annual basis. The competition is a fourball betterball with a twist – the twist being that your Stableford score will be coupled with the score from another pairing to make an aggregate score.

The competition is a shotgun start at 8:30am followed by a buffet lunch in the CGQL Clubhouse. The entry cost is €75 for members and €100 for guests – with the proceeds from the day going to ASCA who run the old people’s home in Almancil. Put on your red and green and join us for a fun day celebrating our host country.

This week’s schedule

The schedule of events for the coming week is listed below. For further details on individual golf competitions please refer to the members only website.

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29th May 2023

Robsons win Grayson Trophy with 47 points

Left to Right: Peter Shaw (Capt), Denise Grayson, Charles & Sally Robson & Deb Giles (Lady Capt)

Today 76 players took on the annual Grayson Trophy challenge, a competition inaugurated in 2004 when Eric Grayson retired from his term as President. In this the first time that the competition has taken place since Eric’s recent passing, it was an opportune moment to recall Eric’s numerous achievements within CGQL and the Portuguese Golf Federation as well as the great debt owed by the Club and  all its members.

Scoring today in the Better Ball format was good with an average of 36.8 seen across the field. There were ten scores of 40 or above with Martin and Paulette Wilson coming fifth with 41 (beating Richard and Val Harrison, and Malcolm and Gill Wyman on countback). In fourth with 42 were Peter and Julie Heel. In third with 44 were Svetlana Lavery and Mark Till, just behind Jim and Vanessa Renwick with 45.

Winning this year’s Grayson Trophy, which was presented to them by Denise, with an outstanding score of 47 points (26 on the back nine including a birdie, birdie, birdie finish) were Charles and Sally Robson who both clearly played some outstanding golf.  Nearest the pins were won by John Clark, Sally Robson, Roz Morrisey and Terry Williams.

David Allsop wins Past Captains Classic

David Allsop (left) receives trophy from Brian Murphy

28 current and past Captains and Lady Captains today played the North Course on Friday for the annual Stableford competition. We were delighted to welcome back so many friends including Kingsley and Jackie Borrett, Judith Greenhalgh, Malcolm Dodd, Seamus and Ann Elmore, Anita and Ewald Rottland, David Proctor and Diane Evans. In addition it was lovely to see Janet Dodd, Barbara Steinberg, Sheila Murphy, Gwenda Sumner, Geoff Evans, Peter Beale and Richard Harrison for the traditional post-competition beach lunch at Izzy’s.

Brian Murphy as this year’s Chairman of the Committee of Past Captains welcomed everyone and passed on our best wishes to Diana Mucklow, chair for this year of the Committee of Past Lady Captains, who was unable to be present. This led on to further toast to all Past Captains and Past Lady Captains who were unable to join today’s festivities.

44 players took up the challenge of the North Course on a day when the rain stayed away but the wind proved challenging on the back nine especially.The golf would have been closely contested if David Allsop had not recorded an outstanding score of 43 points, winning him the Trophy by some way. In second place with a very solid 36 points was immediate Men’s Past Captain Alan Henderson who took the runners up Trophy.

Past Captains and Past Lady Captains annual photo

Men’s Day win for Tom Barry & Bernard Dempsey

Bernard Dempsey (left) and Tom Barry (right) congratulated by the Captain.

Men’s day on Wednesday was played as a fourball betterball competition. Scoring was very bunched with an average score of about 40 points. Five pairs were grouped on 41 points (Peter Shaw & Peter Johnston, Patrick Macklin & Ole Jesperson, Alan Henderson & Miguel Guterres, Charles Robinson & Colin Reed and Richard Harrison & Gerry Campbell). However in fourth place with 42 (22/20) were Bernard Collins & Russell Crichton. In third were Michael Hickey & Denis O’Callaghan (21/21) also on 42. In second were Bob Burton & Sean O’Neill with 43. And winning with 44 were Tom Barry & Bernard Dempsey. Nearest the pins were won by Gerry Campbell and Chris Gardner. There were only two 2s bizarrely on the same hole in the same group – Patrick Macklin and Bernard Dempsey. At the prizegiving all present raised a glass to our dear friend Gerry Porter whose funeral took place in the UK this morning. 

Lady Captain v Lady Vice Captain series starts with a halved match

Lady Captain and Lady Vice Captain with their playing partners.

Despite the rather unsettled weather on Tuesday we managed to complete the 9 matches scheduled today on the South course.  The Lady Captain’s team took an early lead in the clubhouse, although the tide started to turn and the last group coming in had the final say in the outcome. Rather sportingly on their part they halved their match which meant the overall challenge was halved 4 ½ each. There was some excellent golf played and hard fought matches, with tales of birdie putts but above all a lot of fun had by all. Thank you to all players for supporting the event and entering into the spirit of wearing team colours. We hope you enjoyed the complimentary pokey bowls which we are trialling as a menu special.  

This week’s schedule

The schedule of events for the coming week is listed below. For further details on individual golf competitions please refer to the members only website.

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22nd May 2023

Tilmouths win on countback

Oonagh & Graeme Tilmouth with Head Pro Callum Burgess

This Sunday we treated everyone to American Foursomes on a day when the forecast promised us rain and thunderstorms. Fortunately no thunder was reported in the sky or on the course and everyone really enjoyed the event, even though a strong breeze at times provided a challenge.

Scoring was strong with an average score of 36 points being recorded. A spread of 20 points covered the field, but winning with an outstanding score of 45 points, on countback (20/25), were Graeme and Oonagh Tilmouth. In second on the same excellent score (25/20) were David and Philippa Newman. And in third were Greg and Jo Boothright on 42.Nearest the pins were won by Jacqui Barry (#4) and Sean Cleary (#11).

We were delighted to welcome back Will and Amanda Dunn, Greg and Jo Boothright, Malcolm and Irene Howarth, and David and Philippa Newman. We were also delighted to have Head Pro Callum Burgess join us. Callum and Tara (our new Lady Pro) are intending to try to join us once a month on Sundays which will be warmly received by us all. 

Revenge on Serra da Monchique

Current League standings

A determined CGQL team played Serra de Monchique (SDN) in a home fixture on Friday morning.  The team was anxious to recover the ground lost to SDM in the away match last week. CGQL secured nine of the ten points available with a four and a half to a half win.In the first match Keith Collins and Philippa Clancey won 4 & 2.  In the second match Club Captain Peter Shaw and Patrick Macklin won 2 & 1. Jackie Barry and Tony King won a valuable point in coming from two down after 16 holes and then winning holes 17 and 18 to secure a half in their match.  Ever dependable Jane Beale and Richard Harrison won 5 & 3. Sally and Charles Robson dealt commendably with a significant shot disadvantage to win 2 & 1. Congratulations and well done to each player. CGQL leads the division league table having now secured 46 points followed by Serra da Monchique on 39 points. Our next match is a ‘Knock Out Cup’ and League double away to Levante on the 1st June. 

Derek Hickey and Bernard Collins win May Stableford

Derek Hickey (left) and Bernard Collins (right) with the Captain

A large field of 51 players played in the monthly Stableford over the South Course on Wednesday.. The overcast conditions took a few degrees off the temperature but a strong wind proved challenging. Scoring was mixed, although there was a very strong performance in Division 2 where 11 players played to par or better. In third place on 38 points (bettering Brian Murphy on countback) was David Haigh. Sunder Advani was second with 39, but winning, and maintaining his excellent run of form, with 40 points was Derek Hickey.

Division 1 scoring on average wasn’t so strong with only two players playing to par or better. In third place with 35 points (and bettering both Stuart Watson and Ralph Whyte on back nine scores) was Chris Whitfield. In second was Peter Beale with an excellent 40 points and winning with the best score of the day, an outstanding 41 points, was Bernard Collins. The best gross Stableford was won by Chris Whitfield with 30 points on countback from Bernard Collins.

We welcomed four guests. Aidan Goulding from Galway (a guest of Sean O’Neill), David Graham’s brother Robin from The Nevill, and  two guests of Stuart Watson – John Nevens from St George’s Hill and Steven Hall from Burhill. 

Phillipa Clancey & Aileen Hickey are Stableford winners

Aileen Hickey and Phillipa Clancey

A field of 26 ladies took part in the stableford competition on Tuesday on the North Course. The Division 1 winner with 39 points was Aileen Hickey, who had a fabulous front 9 with 22 points! In the runners-up position was Sian Stonehill with 35 points, who pipped Jane Beale at the post on countback.   Our worthy  Division 2 winner, scoring 40 points, was Pip Clancy. Runner up was Gill Wyman with 36 points. NTP’s Div 1 Diana Mucklow #8 and ‘nil point’ for Div 2 ladies #14. Lots of two’s today including, Aileen Hickey, Jane Beale, Sally Robson, Tracey Williams, Diana Mucklow and Emilia Keladitis.  

We have lots coming up over the next several weeks, over and above the normal competitions, including, 31st May Ladies Golf Clinic and Putting Competition, 4th June Ben Hogan at Quinta, 10th June Portugal National Day, 12th June Vila Sol Ladies friendly match at Quinta, 21st June Ladies Summer lunch at Casa do Lago. Information about these will be posted out on the group chat and posters are up in the clubhouse. 

This week’s schedule

The schedule of events for the coming week is listed below. For further details on individual golf competitions please refer to the members only website.

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15th May 2023

Appropriately hot weather for a Mexican Scramble 

Very pleased winning team: Colin Reed, Brian Cusack, Sean O’Neill, Vince Ford.

On Wednesday we had 27 players for the Men’s Day Mexican Scramble on North, which was played in very hot weather. The scoring was strong with 6 shots separating the whole field. Winning with a net 60 were Vincent Ford, Brian Cusack, Sean O’Neill and Colin Reed. In second with 61 were Denis O’Callaghan, David Allsop, Graeme Tilmouth and David Haigh. And in third with net 62s were Maurice, Colin, and Iain Boyle with Ken Hanley, and David Graham, Ian Williams, John Clark and Jorrit Feldpausch. Nearest the pins were won by Peter Shaw on #14 and Brian O’Connell on #8. We welcomed three guests –  Maurice’s brothers Colin (from Dubai) and Iain (from Cottesmore). We also welcomed Sean Sexton, a guest of Brian O’Connell from Milltown. It was great to see Ken Hanley and Danny Geoghegan joining us and look forward to seeing more of them.

Small field for Ladies Scramble

Part of the winning team: Agatha Merry & Dee Garvin.

A relatively small field of 19 ladies took on a Mexican Scramble on Tuesday morning in hot and breezy conditions. A really fun format with lots of good team tactics resulting in some very close scores ranging from net 65 to 59 points. The runners up, losing on countback,  included Jane Reason, Buffie Wilson, Joyce Clark and Therese Collins, which left the winning team of Slaney Mullen, Dee Garvin, Sue Pearson and Agatha Merry, to take first prize!  Nearest the pin winners: Div 2 #11 went to Buffie Wilson and sadly no Div 1 players on the green on #7. 

Small but select entry for Sunday’s competition

Sunday winners: Andy & Rosie Macfie, Deb Giles & David Haigh

A small field of 12 players stepped onto the 1st tee on North on Sunday morning for an AM-AM Stableford. It was beautiful weather, thankfully slightly cooler than the recent heatwave we have endured.  Nearest the pins’s went to Emilia Keladitis #8 and Andy Macfie #16. In second place with 73 points, Chris Whitfield, Emilia Keladitis, Dermot & Agatha Merry. The winning team scored 87 points, Andy & Rosie Macfie, David Haigh & LC Deb Giles. A most enjoyable morning! 

Loss at Silves in the League

On Thursday we travelled to Silves for what we knew would be a challenging match against Serra de Monchique Golf Club (SDM). We had a much changed team with three members making their league debuts (Andy Macfie, Matt O’Driscoll and Nick Bryan). We also welcomed back Emilia Keladitis after an absence of several years.

Once again everyone played very well, but we found ourselves on the wrong end this time of five close matches, once again with handicaps playing a key role. Four of the matches finished on the 17th or 18th with narrow defeats for Keith Collins and Philippa Clancey, Andy Macfie and Brian Parker, Maurice Boyle and Jim McCormack and Peter Shaw and Emilia Keladitis (the last pair undone by a 22 handicapper who had ten gross pars). Nick Bryan and Matt O’Driscoll overcame a slow start to take their match to the 16th. I understand that generally all of the CGQL teams played to or near their handicaps so whilst it was a disappointing clean sweep in favour of SDM, the team should be pleased with how they performed.

We have the return match next week with SDM coming to Quinta, so we hope for a very different outcome!

Charity Dog Walk 

On Friday May 19th, join us for a charity dog walk in the Ria Formosa nature trails. A great opportunity to connect with nature and our furry friends while supporting a good cause. The entry fee is simple – just bring a bag of dog or cat food, and you’re in! So, lace up your most comfortable shoes, and let’s hit the trails!

10:00 | Meeting point at Quinta do Lago Beach Bridge

Free attendance. Registration required

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Course Closures 2023

Members should be aware that the courses will be closing for their annual maintenance from the middle of June through until the end of July. the exact dates for each course are are follows:

  • South Course: Tuesday 13th June through until Monday 3rd July.
  • North Course: Tuesday 4th July through until Monday 24th July.

During this period the Club will receive 24 tee times per day, twelve in the morning and 12 in the afternoon. There are no special arrangements for the use of Laranjal.

This week’s schedule

The schedule of events for the coming week is listed below. For further details on individual golf competitions please refer to the members only website.

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8th May 2023

Inaugural Coronation Cup

Winner Chris Whitfiled and Emilia Keladitis with the Captains and Brian Evans

The first Coronation Cup to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III took place today on the South Course on Sunday. The event was generously supported by SGQL and Denis O’Brien, who provided prizes, complimentary drinks and snacks on the terrace, as well as arranging a special decoration of the clubhouse. The format was a two ball Texas Scramble Stableford which provided a fun day for all. Scoring was reasonably strong amongst the 34 pairs given everyone was playing off 25% of the combined handicap. The average score was 38 points and in fourth place were three teams each with 41 points – Maurice and Colin Boyle, Peter Shaw and Deb Giles, and Greg and Jo Boothright. In third and losing on countback on the back 6 with 43 points (and winning a shirt each) were David Allsop and Denise Grayson. In second also on 43 points (and winning a wedge each) were Chris and Jane Gardner. And winning the Cup, plus a golf bag each, on 44 points were Chris Whitfield and Emilia Keladitis. The two professional teams (who came in with 45 and 43 points respectively) did not compete for the Cup. Nearest the pin prizes were won by Joyce Clark, Maurice Boyle, Greg Boothright and Tara Gribben – Tara very nearly had a hole on one on the 11th. Guests included Martine Murray and Stuart Baseley from Laranjal, Dave and Mai Markey from Pinheiros Altos, Colin Boyle (Maurice’s brother). We also welcomed Rob and Dawn (Brittany’s parents) and baby Olivia after the golf. This event will now be an annual event which will no doubt be keenly contested in years to come.

First Nine and Dine of 2023

Barry & Suzanne George with Malcom and Gill Wyman

Forty players enjoyed the first Nine and Dine of the season on the North Course on Friday evening. The clubhouse was decorated in red, white and blue for the weekend events and looked fantastic. The breezy weather impacted some of the scoring, but not everyone found it quite so tough as will be seen below! The average score was 36 points. In third place with 41 were Keith and Therese Collins with Byron and Philippa Clancey. In second with 42 points were Derek and Aileen Hickey playing with John and Joyce Clark. But winning with an extraordinary score of 50 points were Barrie and Suzanne George playing with Malcolm and Gill Wyman. Nearest the pins for all players were won by Suzanne George on #2 and Aileen Hickey on #8. An enormous thank you to Gareth, Cristiano, Katy, Rafael and team for looking after us all so well. The food and service were outstanding and everyone was delighted that the popular Nine and Dine Season is back with us. 

Ladies Monthly Medal

Sally Robson and Deb Giles

The ladies medal took place this Tuesday, on another hot and breezy day. Amanda Dunn, Patricia Gray, Marian Keary, Svetlana Lavery, Rosie Macfie, Agatha Merry, Laura Nettleingham and Trish Parker returned to the competition. In Division 1 runner up was Charlotte Johnston with a net score of 72 (net 36 on the back 9), who was pipped at the post by the winner Sally Robson with a net score of 72 (net 34 on the back 9). In Division 2 runner up was LVC Dee Garvin with a net score of 71 and the winner was LC Deb Giles with a net score of 68. Val Tassell won best gross with an 86. Nearest the pins for Division 2 was Joyce Clark on #16 and for Division 1 was Charlotte Johnston on #8. Well played ladies

Men’s Monthly Medal

The Captain with the medal winners: Andy Macfie and Ian Williams

Last Wednesday’s medal on the South Course was challenging due to a strong breeze and some tricky pins. The 38 players had to deal with some very slow play by green fees ahead of the first pair in the afternoon groups which has already been discussed with SGQL. Despite this, there were some very good scores across both divisions. Andy Macfie won Division 1 with a splendid net score of 69, with Ralph Whyte in second place with 71 and Paul Cooney in third place on countback from Martin Burns (both scoring 72). In Division 2 Ian Williams won with a very strong score of 70, with a resurgent Derek Hickey in second place with 71 and Peter McManamon in third place with 73 on countback from Peter Johnston and Brian Hubbard. Jim McCormack’s son Tom won best gross with a score of 77 on countback from Ralph Whyte.

Lost & Found

Over the past year or so we have amassed an assortment of headcovers and head coverings that have been picked up by members on the golf courses. We have published a document with photos of the found items. If you wish to reclaim one then please come to the club office as soon as possible. Thank you.

Portugal Day (10th June)

On the 10th june the Club will hold the annual Portugal National Day celebration where we will be raising money for the Social and Cultural Association of Almancil. This association is the primary charitable institution in the town, running an old people’s home as well as looking after the elderly in the area through activities in the in-house community centre as well as extensive outreach programmes. This year we are reverting to the pre-COVID set up of a shotgun start and a lunch afterwards. Entry is €75 per member and €100 for guests. The guest fee includes their green fee. Also as usual we will be joining forces with our friends from ADCQL who will count among them a number of the golf course staff.  Members may enter as usual via the booking system. However, if you are intending to bring guests then please fill out the entry form by following this link.

Preferred lies

Following last week’s golf committee meeting it was agreed to end ‘preferred lies’ for the 2022/23. For all competitions starting this week you must play the ball as it lies. 

Team 5 emergency number

Members will be well aware of the numerous campaigns in the golfing media regarding the advisability of having access to defibrillators on the golf course. In Quinta do Lago there is a specially trained team of defibrillator operators among the Team 6 personnel who can get to anywhere in the resort with a response time of between 3 to 6 minutes. We urge all members to record the following Team 6 emergency number –   289 394 494 – on your mobile phones so that should your playing partners need assistance then you have the number readily to hand. 

This week’s schedule

The schedule of events for the coming week is listed below. For further details on individual golf competitions please refer to the members only website.

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24th April 2023

St.George’s Day celebrated on Sunday

Overall competition winners Tony and Lisa King and Alan and Lesley Henderson receive prizes from the Captains.

The annual celebration of St George’s Day was today given its customary CGQL twist by our English fellow members. Almost 100 golfers plus numerous additional guests for lunch were treated to some outstanding hospitality throughout the day.  

Bacon butties (or cup cakes!) provided welcome sustenance at the halfway house, and more English fare such as sausages, pork pies and twiglets were available before lunch on the tables on the terrace. Everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch of cottage pie followed by blackberry and apple crumble. Afterwards several knights of the realm who bore a striking resemblance to some of our English members, served some digestifs. To round off the entertainment, the organisers had arranged for a skit revealing varying degrees of ball control! Their audience was most appreciative! (see video https://youtu.be/eA8OAKB2uLg

Turning to the golf competition the winners of the St George’s Day Trophy with 87 points were the team of Alan and Lesley Henderson and Tony and Lisa King. In second place with 85 were Charles and Sally Robson with Graeme and Oonagh Tilmouth. And in third were  Tom and Jacqui Barry and David and Cathy Shubotham with 85.

Winners of the yellow ball competition: Chris & Judith Tarmey playing with Rupert and Diana Mucklow.

Winning the St George’s Day yellow ball prize with 37 points, on countback from Terry and Tracey Williams and Peter Shaw and Deb Giles, were Chris and Judith Tarmey and Rupert and Diana Mucklow. Nearest the pins were won by Jacqui Barry, Robin Voet, Leslie Hughes and Chris Tarmey.

Sincere thanks to the organising committee of Peter and Jane Beale, Charles and Sally Robson, and Richard and Val Harrison for all their hard work and of course thank you too to all their many helpers. A great day was had by all.

Early win for the Captain in fourball matchplay

A large field of 52 embraced the challenge of the first of the series of Captain v Vice Captain matches of the season on South. There were a number of decisive victories for either side, coupled with a number of very close games. Two matches were halved. The final count showed a win for the Captain by 8 points to 5. Twos were recorded by Richard Harrison, Michael Hickey, Desire Stadsbader and Chris Gardner.

As with the ladies the previous day all of us fondly remembered Eric Grayson, with sincere thanks from all of us for his immense contribution to the club over the years. A spontaneous round of applause from everyone was a great indication of the esteem in which he was held. 

Strong win for Lady Captains Team

Forty ladies battled it out in the beautiful morning sunshine for the first in this year’s series of Lady Captain v Lady Vice Captain match play. The Lady Captains team prevailed winning eight of the ten matches! There were some very close finishes, with some coming down to the last putt on the last hole!  We enjoyed delicious complimentary food after the round and the winners were rewarded with a bottle of wine each. That said, our thoughts and prayers are with Denise Grayson at this very sad time. All the ladies send their love, hugs and best wishes.

Coronation Cup (Sunday 7th May)

SGQL are sponsoring a special tournament for Club members to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III. The format of the competition will be a 2 ball Texas Scramble on the South Course with starts from 07:44 through to 09:36 on South 10. Sign up via the booking system as usual.

Wine and Dine’s start next week

This week’s schedule

The schedule of events for the coming week is listed below. For further details on individual golf competitions please refer to the members only website.

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17th April 2023

David Begg and Derek Hickey win Veteran’s Trophies

David Begg (left) and Derek Hickey (right) win the Veteran’s Trophies for 2023

The annual combined Medal, Veteran’s Championship and Veteran’s Vase took place on the North Course on Wednesday. The day was beautiful but slightly windy. The Veteran’s Championship (strokeplay for members aged 65 and over) was won by David Begg with a score of 78. David Graham and John Farrell were just behind with 79’s. Derek Hickey won the Veteran’s Vase (net score for members aged 75 or over) with a superb net 66 from Donald Dempsey (69) and David Graham (71). David Begg won Division One Medal with a net 69 from David Graham (71) and Peter Shaw (71). Derek Hickey won Division Two medal with a net 66 from Donald Dempsey (69) and Kevin O’Malley (71). Best gross was David Begg (78) and there were three twos for Alan Henderson, Jeremy Richards and Gerry Campbell. Everyone agreed afterwards that it is a shared and collective responsibility to ensure that we keep pace with the groups ahead which clearly didn’t happen today – this is an issue that we will keep an eye on as we move forward out of courtesy to all our fellow members. Congratulations to David Begg and Derek Hickey for their wins.

Julie Heel wins Medal and Ladies Seniors

Ladies Seniors and Div 1 medal winner Julie Heel (left) with Patricia Gray (right) Div 2 medal winner.

The competition on Tuesday was blessed with glorious weather. 29 ladies competed in the April Monthly Medal and some very good scores were recorded across the field. Patricia Gray was the clear winner with net 69 and Gloria Hafeman was the Division two medal runner up with net 72. Julie Heel won Division one with a net 69, piping Jacqui Barry at the post with the same score but winning on countback on the last three holes. Jacqui won the best overall Gross score with net 85. Congratulations to Julie Heel who won the Ladies Senior Trophy for the best net score for lady members aged 65 and over. The NTP’s winners were Marian Keary for Division two and Jacqui Barry for Division one. Congratulations to all winners and well played!

Another home win in the League

Peter Shaw sent in the following report from the Algarve League match last Friday: Today saw our second successive home Friday match in the Algarve Interclub League, with our opposition being Carvoeiro over whom we had prevailed in the Cup last month. Both teams were significantly changed from that occasion, and the weather was also very much improved. Once again the team played very well, as did Carvoeiro, and the final result did not reflect how close all the matches were. A win for Peter Shaw and Suzanne George (4 and 2), was accompanied by three matches where the CGQL teams were 1 up at the end. Well played to Ralph Whyte and Philippa Clancey, Keith Collins and Maurice Boyle, and Barrie  George and Sally Robson – strong nerves needed by all! The final match also went to the 18th where Richard Harrison and Jane Beale halved another titanic struggle. Final score 4 1/2 to 1/2 and an excellent nine points leaving us top of the division. I’m pleased to hand the reins back to Patrick on his return from holiday for the next match away to Castro Marim at the end of the month. Well played once again to everyone.

Heels take home all the prizes

Sunday winners Julie Heel, Zandra Hogan, David Hess and Peter Heel hold up the painting presented to Peter for his 2019/2020 Captaincy.

Once again, 44 players were greeted by a swirling but very warm wind which made scoring a challenge on the North Course for Sunday’s AMAM Stableford. The wind certainly dampened the scoring today with an average of 78. After the game, 2020/1 Captain Chris Gardner presented 2019/20 Captain Peter Heel with a stunning print of 15th South as a thank you for his outstanding year of captaincy. The end of Peter’s year was significantly affected by the beginning of the COVID lockdowns and it was great to see his pleasure at receiving his gift.

Back to the competition and In fourth place with 81 points, and losing out on a last 3 count back of 14, were Chris and Jane Gardner with Pam and Kieran Duggan. In third place, also on 81 with 15 on the last 3 were Ross and Jane Reason with Stella Ferreira and David Haigh. In second place with a great score of 85 were Simon and Marianne Pile and Bob and Jane Pickles. And winning with an outstanding 86 points were the final group to come in of Peter and Jane Heel with David Hess and Zandra Hogan.

Eric Grayson (1929-2023)

Eric in 2017 receiving the Gold Medal merit award from the Portuguese Golf Federation.

It is with great sadness that we report that Eric Grayson died on Sunday night at the Monte da Palhagueira care home near Loulé. Eric and Denise have been members of the Club almost since its inception, joining in 1986 and being an integral part of Club life ever since. Eric was always a keen golfer, but in his retirement years he also became an accomplished golf administrator, which proved highly advantageous to the present and future members of CGQL. In 1993, he was elected to the Executive Board headed by Jorrit Feldpausch, that was determined to finalise negotiations on a new agreement with SGQL that a) granted the Club golfing rights in perpetuity, and b) clearly defined what those rights entailed. The concluded document, expertly negotiated on behalf of CGQL by Eric in Portugal and Harold Leake in London, was the Transaction, signed in 1995. This agreement still forms the basis of the exclusive tee time arrangements that the Club enjoys today. In 1999 Eric succeeded Jorrit as Club President, a position he held until 2003. It was only correct that when the good and the great, including founder member André Jordan, gathered at the Quinta do Lago Hotel in 2009 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Club, Eric was awarded a Life Honorary membership.

Not content with sorting out CGQL, in 1999, as a member of the newly formed Portuguese Golf Federation Handicap Committee, he also took on the Herculean task of ensuring fair and sensible handicaps for all Clubs in Portugal. This started with the introduction of centrally sourced software throughout Portugal, and went on to the creation of the European Golf Association handicap system, the basis of which was very much influenced by the Portuguese delegation. In 2017, in recognition of the joint efforts of Eric, Denise, and CGQL member, Julio Mendes, they all received the Gold Medal merit award from the Federation for their unique contribution to amateur golf in Portugal.

In listing these achievements and these awards one can forget the person behind the position. Eric was a gentle giant who was always warm in his greeting, enthusiastic in your endeavours, and with a range of knowledge and experience that he was all too willing to share. We all send our love and best wishes to Denise who, after years of assiduous care, has lost a life long partner. In a much smaller way, CGQL has also lost one of its greats.

Details of funeral arrangements will be made known to members on the club website as soon as possible.

This week’s schedule

The schedule of events for the coming week is listed below. For further details on individual golf competitions please refer to the members only website.

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10th April 2023

Callebauts and Clarks win on Easter Sunday

Easter Winners: John Clark, Nicolas Callebaut, Marie Callebaut & Joyce Clark

On a beautiful spring morning, 44 players gathered for the Sunday Easter competition. The top three teams were especially excited for some Easter eggs in addition to vouchers! Many members returned for the holidays, and several guests joined us as well. We welcomed Archie Renwick and his friend Henry Smith, Rob Harrison, Sally Cearns (guest of Val Harrison), and Ross Barry. We were extremely grateful to John and Joyce Clark who stepped in at short notice following a withdrawal, and also to Mark Till who made himself available if needed.

As ever with a ‘Shambles’, we were expecting some high scores but most of the good scores came in the last few groups. The average score today was 90 points. Some challenging pin positions kept the scoring slightly lower than anticipated. Tom, Jacqui, Ross Barry, and David Haigh came in fourth place with 93 points (47/46) and 28 points on the last 6. Alan and Lesley Henderson, together with Chris and Jane Gardner came in third place with 93 points ((47/46) and 32 points on the last 6. Tony and Lisa King together with Paul and Sue Fitzsimons came in second place with 93 points (a popular score today). And finally, John and Joyce Clark together with Nicolas and Marie Callebaut won with an outstanding 97 points ((48/49)). Joyce Clark won nearest the pin (#4 South) while Paul Fitzsimons won nearest the pin (#11 South).

The field was very kindly treated to champagne courtesy of Jane and Chris Gardner who were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.

Another win at home against Morgado

With Captain Patrick exploring South America, the Captain was in charge of the Algarve Interclub League (AIL) team for our home match against Morgado today. The team had Maurice Boyle making his AIL debut, and Ian Buckley returning to the fold after a few years away. So far this year, 21 players have represented the club in three matches.

Morgado are familiar opposition and the matches tend to be close. Today was no exception and as if to prove that our opponents were in good form, three of their team had cuts from their club competition on Wednesday this week – one by three shots. Nevertheless, the Quinta team prevailed and produced a very strong performance with wins for Ralph Whyte and Philippa Clancey (3 and 1), Ian Buckley and Lesley Henderson (3 and 2), Peter Shaw and Jacqui Barry (2 and 1), and Richard Harrison and Jane Beale (1 up). A narrow defeat for Maurice Boyle and Val Harrison meant the final score was nonetheless a 4-1 home win to add to last month’s similar result against Levante.

Normality returns to Men’s Day

After the Club Championships, Men’s day was back to normal on the South Course for an AmAm with 55 players. With Easter approaching, there were many welcome backs and two guests – Noel Shannon, a guest of Oisin from Milltown, and Weston Desmon, a guest of Bernard Collins from Dublin.

Scoring was variable with most of the field coalescing around 80 points with an average score of 81.5 points. In third place were Vince Ford, JD Buckley, Paddy Buckley, and David Haigh with 90 points (47/43). In second place on countback (46/44) were Ralph Whyte, Alec Jones, Sean Cleary, and Miguel Guterres. Winning with an excellent 91 (43/48) were Desire Stadsbader, Brian Cusack, Peter McManamon, and Derek Hickey. Nearest the pins were won by Peter Brown (number 7) and Miguel Guterres (number 11). Twos were recorded by Alan Henderson, Bernard Collins, Jeremy Richards, Vince Ford, Desire Stadsbader, and Peter Shaw.

Ladies celebrate hole-in-one for Pam Duggan

Pam Duggan receives her case of Whispering Angel from Lady Capt. Deb Giles.

LC Deb’s first Ladies Competition of the season was enjoyed by 42 competitors despite a few spots of rain this morning that fortunately came to nothing. The event (a two ball Texas Scramble) was a welcome change of pace from last week’s Club Championship & Mimosa Cup, with a more relaxed and fun format. Pam Duggan had her first ever hole in one on the 2nd hole, earning congratulations from all present. Many thanks to our hole in one sponsors, Greg & Jo Boothright, for their support.

In Division 1, Katrina Davis won NTP, while none of our ladies from Division 2 made the green! In the Scramble competition, there were some very nice scores posted today with eight pairs in the 60s! Third place went to Julie Heel & Doris Soldani with a net 66 (with Irene Meier-Boehm & Lady Captain, Deb Giles, losing out on countback), runners-up were Slaney Mullen & Gaye Costello net 65, who also lost on countback to the winners, Katrina Davis & Stella Ferreira! The ladies enjoyed a glass or two of champagne provided by Pam for her hole in one and Lady Captain, Deb Giles, to celebrate her debut.

Thanks to everyone who made it such a special and memorable day!

Reminder of Financial Seminar (14th April)

Blevins Franks will be hosting a financial seminar in the Clubhouse at 17:30 on 14th April. The seminar will cover a range of topics related to personal finance and wealth management. All members are welcome to attend this informative event. For more details we refer you to the notice in the newsletter in March.

This week’s schedule

The schedule of events for the coming week is listed below. For further details on individual golf competitions please refer to the members only website.

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3rd April 2023

New Captains Peter Shaw and Deb Giles

The ceremonies of the change of Captaincy. From left to right: Alan & Lesley Henderson give their final address, The new Captains are presented with their jackets, Peter Shaw and Deb Giles give their opening speech and finally get ready for the Drive-In.

At the Annual and Captains Dinner at the Quinta do Lago Hotel, held on Saturday 1st April, the Club bid farewell to outgoing Captains Alan and Lesley Henderson and welcomed in its 39th pair of Captains – Peter Shaw and Deb Giles. The members present at the dinner gave Alan & Lesley a rousing send-off and thanked them effusively for the efforts they had put into their year of office. Peter & Deb were equally warmly welcomed in as they spoke of their plans for the year. The next day they faced the daunting prospect of Driving-In off the first tee of the South course into a stiff breeze. Now their year of Captaincy begins.

Simon Blair and Florence Mourgue D’Algue crowned Club Champions

Simon Blair & Florence Morgue D’Algue.

Many congratulations to our Club Champions for 2023: Florence Mourgue D’Algue (169) , and Simon Blair (155). Both mens and ladies competitions were very close and the runners up were Val Tassell (171) and Jim Renwick (156).

Jim Renwick led the Men’s Championship after Day 1 with a 76, one shot ahead of Charles Robson (77) and 2 ahead of Paul Hammond (78). Eventual winner, Simon Blair, seemed well out of the frame in 8th place with an 82. The leading three on Day 1 played in the last group, and were engrossed in a tight battle, but none matched the one over par 73 scored by Simon Blair to claim victory. Jim Renwick won the runner-up position with an 80 on the second day. One other notable Day 2 score was Ralph Whyte (77).   

L to R: Chris Moore (Blevins Franks) , Lady Captain, Jim Renwick (2nd) ,Simon Blair (Champion), Paul Hammond (3rd), Dan Henderson (Blevins Franks) and the Captain.

Val Tassel (84) led the championship after the first day (played on Tuesday 28th March) on the South Course, but her lead looked precarious as there were 6 other ladies within 3 shots of her score. In the second round the best gross score was an 81 registered by Lesley Henderson, but hot on her heels was Florence Mourgue D’Algue who combined her 87 on the first day was combined with her 82 on day 2 to produce a winning score of 169, 25 over par. Val Tassel was the only other of the Day 1 leaders to score well on Day 2, and she took the runner-up position with a total score of 171.

From L to R: Lesley Henderson (Lady Captain), Florence Mourgue D’Algue (Champion), Dan Henderson (Blevins Franks), Laura Nettleingham (3rd), Val Tassell (2nd)

It was lovely to see such an enthusiastic crowd gather on the 18th green to see the final hole of the championship played out. Many thanks to our sponsors, Blevins Franks, for organising the drinks bar, as well as supporting the entire week. Also thanks to Mark and Andrei for providing live scoring for the final round. For more photographs of the end of the Club Championship and the Captain’s Drive-in please follow this link.

Ria Formosa Cup won by Peter McManamon

From L to R: Charles Robinson (3rd), Lesley Henderson, John Clark (2nd), Chris Moore, Peter McManamon (Winner), Dan Henderson, Alan Henderson.

Running concurrently with the Men’s Club Championship was the Ria Formosa Cup – a 2 day net medal competition. After the first day there was a clear leader with Brian Parker (63), with Charles Robinson (67) in second place and Maurice Boyle (68) in third. Peter McManamon was lying 4th on 69 and John Clark was 13th on 72. Friday’s round on the North Course changed things completely, with Peter McManamon and John Clark both scoring 66, overtaking all ahead of them to take 1st and 2nd place respectively. Good scores by Rob Thomson (68) and Barrie George (69) were not enough to overhaul Charles Robinson, whose 72 on the second day earned him 3rd place. 

Philipa Clancey lifts the Mimosa Cup

Left to right: Jo Boothright (2nd), Phillipa Clancey (winner), Laura Nettleingham (3rd)

The Mimosa Cup was also a close run competition, with only one stroke dividing first and second and 7 ladies finishing with 6 strokes of the winner. Philippa Clancey (141) won the Mimosa Cup thanks to very consistent scoring over both days. Day 1 leader Gloria Hafemann (68) failed to make her advantage stand as she was overtaken by both Jo Boothright (69 & 73) and Laura Nettleinham (70 & 75) who took second and third places respectively. A shout out to Lesley Henderson in her last competition as Lady Captain who, with a net 68, scored the best net score on day 2.

The new Captains drive into office

From L to R: Peter Shaw (Captain), Sally Robson, Nick Phillips, Karen Phillips, Charles Robson and deb Giles (Lady Captain).

A gloriously sunny day welcomed the first Sunday competition of the Captaincy of Deb Giles and Peter Shaw. It was wonderful to see 92 players  enjoying the nine hole blind pair competition, and also to see so many friends on the terrace afterwards.  We were joined by professionals Callum Burgess and Tara Gribben (her second day with SGQL) who each played a tee shot on either the par 3 7th and 15th with each group which could be selected by the players.   After golf food was provided by our sponsors Blevins Franks and there was a fun putting challenge hosted by Callum and Tara which showed off the new TaylorMade putter range.

The new Captain and Lady Captain were very touched to be given a guard of honour from the Past Captains and Past Lady Captains as they made their way across for their Drive In.   The Captains charities benefited from the €1645 raised from the sticks that members placed (mainly) on the fairway to guess where the drives would finish. Suzanne George and Judith Tarmey each won a bottle of champagne for their guesses.

The blind pairing competition saw third place with 45 points go on countback (24/21) to Tom and Jacqui Barry with Barrie and Suzanne George. Second place also with 45 points (23/22) went to Peter and Julie Heel with Karim and Sally Khalil. First place with 46 points (23/23) went to Nick and Karen Phillips with Charles and Sally Robson. Thank you to everyone for making it such a special and enjoyable day.

Annual General Meeting

The Club held the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 29th March with 45 certificate holders in attendance and a further 7 represented by proxy. The meeting confirmed the appointment of Peter Shaw and Deb Giles as Captains for 2023/2024 as well as their respective Vice-Captains, Patrick Macklin and Dee Garvin. Brian Murphy and Jacqui Barry were elected to the Executive Board for 3 years, and Nick Bryan for one year. They join Tony Brown, Stuart Watson and Val Harrison to make up the Executive Board for the year. Keith Collins joins David Proctor and Graeme Tilmouth on the Fiscal Board for a new 3 year mandate. Peter Shawyer, Alec Jones and Richard O’Toole were elected for 3 years to the Assembly Board. Minutes of the meeting will be published shortly and be made available on the members‘ website.

Charity Donations over the Captaincy year 2022/23

The Captains (Alan & lesley Henderson) would like to thank everyone for their huge generosity throughout their year.  Members have donated an amazing amount of money and we should all be very proud of ourselves for the good work done and the difference we have made to many people’s lives.

This week’s schedule

The schedule of events for the coming week is listed below. For further details on individual golf competitions please refer to the members only website.

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27th March 2023

Tricia Greig wins Ladies Captains Plate

Captain’s Plate winner Tricia Greig receives the trophy from Lady Captain, Lesley Henderson.

It was a beautiful warm, sunny day for the Lady Captain’s Plate Competition and LC Lesley’s last “normal ” Tuesday as next week will be day one of the Mimosa Cup/Club Championships. To make it a bit of a special day complimentary soup was served and enjoyed by all on the terrace before prize giving began. Scoring was tight with a countback needed to separate 2nd and 3rd places, both with 38 points. Karen Phillips was pushed back into 3rd place by Suzanne George who won the countback to take 2nd place. One point ahead with 39 points meant that Tricia Greig was on the top step of the podium as the Winner of the LC Plate 2023. A countback was also needed to separate the best gross Stableford score of 21. Suzanne George scraped ahead and beat Laura Nettleingham to take this prize.

Prizes for competitions run throughout the year were also presented today. In the Eclectic the overall best gross was Diana Mucklow with 64. Best Net Div 1 was also Diana Mucklow, 59 and Div 2 Best Net was Philippa Clancey 61.3. The Birdie Tree winner was the Lady Captain, Lesley Henderson with 18 birdies. Val Tassell won the most NTP competitions with 7, and Diana Mucklow scored the most ‘two’s’ with 5 plus an Eagle. The lowest number of putts recorded in a single medal competition was Jane Beale in Divison 1 with 26. In Division 2 it was Pam Duggan with 30. Denise Grayson played in 43 Ladies day competitions – the most of any player. Thank you to all the lady members who have participated and supported both myself and the competition calendar on Tuesdays over the last 12 months. 

The Men’s Captain’s Plate is won by Charles Robinson

Charles Robinson received the trophy from the Captain, Alan Henderson.

The Captain’s final Wednesday competition, saw 62 members compete for the Captain’s Plate on the South Course. 13 players scored par or better with 3 players breaking the 40 point barrier. Members from West Yorkshire took the top 2 places. Winning the  2023 Captain’s Plate with 42 points, was Charles Robinson. Runner up was Frank Prust on 41 and third place went to Brian Murphy 40 points . Best gross / scratch prize was won by Ralph Whyte who scored an impressive 33 points.

The Captain took the opportunity to wrap up 2022/23 competition season by recognising those members who posted the best scores of the season across the  different formats 

  • Monthly Medals Division 1 Tom Barry  66 September & Division 2 Byron Clancey 64 November .Best gross Jim Renwick 71 August.
  • Singles Stableford Division 1 Keith Collins 43 points September , Division 2 Rolf Eckhoff 46 points April 
  • Fourball Stableford John Rowe & Miguel Gutteres 48 points, May .
  • AMAM Stableford Donald Dempsey, David Hess ,Frank Lavery & guest 92 points May 
  • 20/20 Stableford Richard O’Toole , Brian Murphy, Peter Beale & Alan Henderson, 105 points in January .
  • Captain Flutter (South) Donald Dempsey & Ralph Whyte 47 points on 26/5 
  • Captain Flutter (North) Peter Beale & Alan Henderson, 48 points on 3/11 .

The Captain thanked all members ( both those present & those outside of Portugal) who have  supported the competition calendar in the 2022/23 season and commended them for the  excellent spirit in which all the  Wednesday & Thursday games were played. 

The Hendersons sign out of Sunday Competitions with a memorable Captain’s Day

Ladies winners: Deb Giles, Suzanne George & Isabel Loat. Men’s winners Peter Shawyer and Kingsley Borrett

A big thank you to the 112 players and the  130 members who joined us for lunch at our Captains’ Day 2023. The golf was played in glorious March sunshine with the temperature climbing to 23 degrees. The ladies played a Shambles. Winning with  97 points the team of Deb Giles, Slaney Mullen, Suzanne George & Isabel Loat. Runners up were Diana Mucklow, Dee Garvin, Gloria Hafemann & Trish Parker. Third spot went to the team of Jane Beale, Aileen Hickey, Philippa Clancey & Orla O’Donohoe. Fourth spot went to Caroline McGeorge, Olivia Watson, Joyce Clark, & Lisa King.

The Men’s competition was a Better Ball. Winning with 45 points the pair of Kingsley Borrett & Peter Shawyer. Runners up Brain Parker & Jamie Henderson 44 points . Third spot Greg Boothright & Gerry  McNamara with fourth place going to David Graham & Peter McManamon .

Captains & Vice Captains 2022/23: Peter Shaw (Vice Capt), Lesley Henderson (Lady Capt), Deb Giles (Lady Vice Capt.) & Alan Henderson (Capt.)

The Captains would  like to thank everyone who attended the day and made it such a memorable occasion  Special thanks to Vice Captains Deb Giles & Peter Shaw who coordinated the day along with the House Committee. A terrific atmosphere was generated throughout the day both on the course, at the Half Way House, on the Spike bar terrace as well as upstairs for the meal & presentations.  Attending the event was Sid Richardson the founder of Animal Rescue Algarve ( ARA). Sid was presented with a cheque for a further €8,200 Euros making a total of €16,535 raised for ARA in our Captains’ year.

The day closed with the Captains thanking members for their continued support over the  year. As Captains we are truly in the Final Countdown. We look forward to a successful Club Championship week to wrap up our year. 

Alan & Lesley Henderson

PS Photos of the day can be found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/QeWLUNCoDJ12DtE98

Quinta do Lago Bombeiros Tournament (27 August)

Quinta do Lago will hold the 2nd annual tournament in support of the local fire and civil protection services. Last year we were all galvanised by the fires around Quinta do Lago in the middle of July into supporting many activities and fund raisers raising money for local firemen. This year we ask for your support once again for this important event. 

It is scheduled for Sunday 27th August. The competition will be a team event played over the South Course. It will be a shotgun start at 9.30 followed by lunch. The cost of €1000 per team to include the entry fee, buggies and lunch. There is a maximum entry of 25 teams. CGQL members have preference until the end of June to sign in their team. Please make any enquiries directly to Mario Vitoria (912611343) or email him at mvitoria@quintadolago.com.

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Blevins Franks Workshop (14th April)

To coincide with their sponsorship of AGM Week, Blevins Franks will be holding a workshop in the CGQL Clubhouse exclusively for members on Friday 14th April from 5.30pm – 7.30pm:

  • 5.30pm – Registration
  • 5.45pm – presentation start
  • 6.45pm – drinks and canapes
  • 7.30pm – end

Core information to be covered will  regard Strategic Financial planning with Blevins Franks covering topics such as:

  • Pension, property & tax planning
  • Post Non Habitual Residency planning
  • Succession
  • Q&A

 Please join us after the presentation for drinks, canapes and talk to our team.

AGM Wednesday (29th March)

Just a reminder that the AGM will take place on Wednesday 29th March in the CGQL Clubhouse. Although the meeting is officially called for 17h00, it will actually start at 18h00. If you are attending please make sure to allow at least 20 minutes for registration. Documents for the meeting can be found in the Documents section of the members.cgql.com website.

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Easter Events at Quinta do Lago

Easter is just around the corner, and we have everything you need for an absolutely bloomin’ marvellous Easter, including fun egg hunts, family Peddy Papper Adventures, bike challenges, workshops such as Macramé and Candle Making, sports activities, and junior camps. See our handy Easter Calendar for more ideas on how and where to celebrate!

Discover our Calendar: https://www.quintadolago.com/en/easter-holiday-break/

This week’s schedule

The schedule of events for the coming week is listed below. For further details on individual golf competitions please refer to the members only website.

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