Interleague season 2022

Congratulations to all Interleague players who represented the club this year, following SICG's promotion to Division 1.  Achieving promotion is of course a great achievement in itself, but having managed successive promotions last year and also now in 2022 signifies a truly a fantastic performance. Today's team (pictured here) battled against formidable opponents, to draw against the newly crowned champions, Vilamoura, and secure second place in the division. As a result, the runners-up spot secures promotion to the top division. The consistently good performances over the entire season reflect extremely well on every single player who played for the team. On behalf of the club, it is my pleasure and privilege to convey sincere thanks to everyone involved in what has been a tremendous team effort to achieve such success.

While SICG as a club has backed the Interleague team, the influence of Team Captain, Lars, cannot be understated. A calm, respectful approach, along with a determined will to win, has characterised his captaincy. By responding so positively to his leadership, the success achieved by the players representing SICG may be celebrated by every member of our club. Similarly, it is entirely appropriate to acknowledge the overall input of this year’s club Captain, Brendan, whose ongoing support, including the appointment of Lars as team captain, has also contributed significantly to this year’s Interleague success. 

Finally, therefore, I am delighted to reiterate on your behalf our sincere congratulations to the entire Interleague squad on the having secured back-to-back promotions, a truly fantastic achievement. Well done, all!

Thomas Callan

SICG President

Captains Cup


On the morning of Friday, the 9th of September at 07.57,  the first members of SICG took their stand by the club banners for their photo call before moving on to the first tee box.


The first to drive off into the early morning sunshine were three ladies, Hazel Padgett, Katrina Iho and Margaret Morrison. The first three drives were watched by the waiting queue  of golfers and they set the standard for the day. 
Over the following two hours, flights of four balls took off from the first tee in the continuing beautiful sunshine and the Captains Day was well and truly under way.
In just under one hour and 35 minutes,(well one hour and 32 minutes to be precise ) the first golfing group made their way onto the 9th tee box to be greeted by Yvonne Nevin and Breege O Connell where they were served with Cheese and ham rolls, Sangria, White wines, beer water and some well deserved  chocolate. There was great chat and banter a o get golfers at the half way house and food and drinks were were served up with smiles and words of encouragement for the next two hours.
Captain Brendan travelled up and down the course crossing the fairways and the rough chatting and encouraging the players.
It was late in the afternoon when the last four ball arrived at the clubhouse where Lars and Captain Brendan were standing by to receive the cards. A few thirst quenching wines and beers were consumed and then members moved off to get ready to go to the Captains Dinner that evening.
The sun continued to shine as members met at the clubhouse at Pinta at 7 pm for drinks and canapés and chat on the terrace where once again there was great banter and stories about missed putts, long drives and who had won the coveted trophy, but that was Alan Winstanley’s secret, yet to be revealed! 
Dinner was called at 8pm.
As members took their places at the dinner tables, Captain Brendan welcomed everyone to the dinner and outlined the running order for the night.
President Tom Callan was called on to say grace and Tom delivered in his usual inimitable style.
After dinner and as coffee was being served, Brendan and Tom announced the winners for the day.
First and winner of the captains Trophy 2022 Paulo A. Azevedo : 41 points
Second place: David Morrison : 38 points
Third Place : Ilkka Katko : 37 points.
Nearest the pin ladies Katrina Iho
Nearest the pin men Ilkka Katko
After the winners announcements, there were some further  prizes presented to those members who had a lucky red X on their place cards and then we moved on to the table quiz with some great fun and laughter  prizes for the correct answers. 
A round of applause was given to two members who received particular mention, Tom O Neill who celebrated his 80th birthday on a Tuesday and then went on to win the medal on the following Friday and also Heli Ives who was presented with a special winners shirt for her 5th medal win.
After the prize giving and announcements members took to the floor to the music of Vitor, and danced the night away until close to midnight. Just before the bewitching hour, the chariots were called and revellers made their way home ( hopefully) to a well earned rest after a long and exciting day.

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Jubilee Cup 2022

The Jubilee Cup was played on Friday the 3rd of June in perfect golfing conditions. All players enjoyed the day in the sun and the golf. Some more and some less.

The popular winner of the Cup was Asa Hedman with an astounding 44 Stableford points. Paulo Azevedo and Geoff Nevin were 2nd and 3rd.

Geoff also got Closest to the Pin on hole number 15.

Jane Williams Barth was Closest to the Pin in the Ladies division.

InterClub 2022












Dear Members

After having advanced against Quinta do Vale, Laranjal, Pinheiros Altos and Serra de Monchique we went to Palmares on August 27 to play the KO Final against Espiche.
In a close and hotly contested match we lost 2 against 3. My warmest thanks to all players for a great season.

Kind regards,

President's Cup 2022


On a beautiful Algarve morning, almost 60 SICG members took part in the 2022 President's Cup. Fortified on the 1st tee with whisky, or port (or both!), many of the impressive opening drives provided the promise of a keenly fought contest over the immaculate Silves course. By the end of the competition play, the high standard of golf was reflected in the statistical evidence of more than half the field returning scores of at least 30 points. Even more impressive was that the winner and runner-up both scored in the 40s, reflecting fantastic performances in the latest SICG 'Major' competition.
In 3rd and 4th place respectively, Paulo Azevedo and Heli Ilves both returned to the clubhouse with a very commendable 37 points, with Paulo's better inward 9 separating him from Heli. The very top of the leader board, however, was even further enhanced by two players with fantastic scores in excess of 40 points. Early starter, Julian Lyons looked like lifting the cup with his tremendous 41 pound safely secured in the SICG Card Box for most of the day. However, as the competition reached the closing stages, Ken Williams then presented a phenomenal, personal best, score of 42 points, to become the very worthy winner of the SICG President’s Cup.
Ken was presented with the trophy at the prize-giving Dinner on Saturday evening, when members and guests gathered to celebrate another memorable golfing occasion at Silves. Heli, and Paulo collected their awards, with Paulo also receiving the Men’s’ Nearest the Line prize; and the Ladies’ Nearest the Pin award was presented to Breege O’Connell. Other prize winners were Volker Lankenau (Mens’ Nearest the Pin), and Judith Greenwood (Ladies’ Nearest the Line).
We’ll done to everyone who participated in the competition on Friday, particularly the prize winners, and of course with special congratulations to Ken Williams! The presentation dinner was enjoyed by everyone in attendance, and sincere gratitude is extended to various people for their great work to ensure that the event was so successful. In particular, thank you to Sue Hagland for typically impressive arrangements and preparation; also, to Rikki Huddleston, and Vice Captain, Margot Huddleston. Particular thanks are also due to Captain Brendan O’Connell, as well as Breege O’Connell, for invaluable input to both Friday's golf, and also Saturday’s dinner.
It is also appropriate to pay tribute to not only the club members who helped when two members required assistance on Friday due to illness and injury, but also the Pestana staff for their calm professionalism and expertise. Happily, I’m pleased to confirm that both members are now doing well. Finally, it is my pleasure to convey deep, personal gratitude to absolutely everyone who participated in Friday's competition, and/or Saturday's social event, to ensure a highly successful 2022 edition of the SICG President's Cup.
Very best regards.
President Tom Callan
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