Christmas Cracker

 
The day commenced at 7.57 am with a maximum temperature of 4 degrees.  Members were greeted by Vice Captain Stuart and his lovely wife Christine on the first tee.  A shot of port, whisky or Bailey's was offered to members along with a homemade mince pie baked by Christine.  
 
On arrival at the Clubhouse of the last four ball, prizes of Espumante, wine and chocolates were presented by Captain Margot and Vice-Captain Stuart.  Sue Mills, dressed as a female Santa, was the worthy winner of the best fancy dress. 
 
Festive music organised by Rikki added to the atmosphere as members enjoyed a drink in the sunshine.  Captain Margot also distributed the Christmas bonus to the bar, reception staff, marshals and greenkeepers. A good day was had by all!
 
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End of Year Celebrations 2023

 A capacity attendance of SICG members and guests packed the Brasserie Rosale restaurant in Carvoreiro for the Club's annual presentation dinner. President Tom Callan conveyed a warm welcome to all, and later assisted Captain Margot Huddleston, and Competitions secretary, Alan Winstanley, with the presentation of prizes. 

Championship Winner Jules Heath and Lars Person

Order of Merit Winner Antje Lankenau and Lars Person

Arie van der Brink Trophy Winner Frank Wilson

Knock Out Pairs Winner Tuula and Villematti Nurmi

Knock Out Winners Ladies Tuula Nurmi Mens Thomas Hormfeld

 

 

The delightful ambience was unmistakable, as delicious food, and plentiful refreshments, were served by friendly restaurant staff, while music from renowned musician, Jackson Rivers, further enhanced the pleasant atmosphere. The lengthy list of award winners is fully detailed in the appropriate section of the website, but special, congratulatory, mention must be made of Lars Persson, and Julia Heath, respective Club Champions in the Men's, and Ladies' categories.
 
The celebratory, party atmosphere continued until late, as Jackson Rivers delivered a full range of fantastic music. Against the background of tunes from ballads to opera, the dance floor was graced by enthusiastic, energetic revellers, as vividly reflected in the various photos here, kindly provided by Sharon Lyons, and Volker Lankenau. Overall, the evening was indeed a memorable SICG experience, courtesy of, in particular, the Events' Group, coordinated by Captain Margot. Congratulations are extended to all prize-winners, but gratitude is also conveyed to not only the organisers, but to everyone who attended, and therefore contributed to the occasion's undoubted success.
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Captain's Day 2023

Captain's Day and Dinner 2023
 
The weather forecast for Captain's Day on Friday 15th Septmber was not good.  Indeed it was evening worse for the dinner on the 16th September where the plan was to eat outside at the GumTree restaurant in Carvoeiro 😱.  Captain Margot was very anxious leading up to the events but the Golf Gods were shining on both days 😀
 
Captain's Day was on its way at 7.57 on Friday 15th September when the first three ball, Alan Winstanley, Mick Girling and Roger Willis arrived at the first tee.  They were greeted my members of the Events Group, Breege, Yvonne and Margot  and provided with a golf cooling towel, a shot of Whisky, Port or Irish Cream whereupon they made their way to the first tee box for a quick photograph in front of the new SICG banners.  Despite a little initial rain, the weather behaved itself and the sun had come out by the time they arrived at the 9th hole for refreshments.  
 
Members were greeted at the Halfway House by Captain Margot and Yvonne with sandwiches, rolls, pastel de nata along with beers, wine, soft drinks and water and of course a chat about their performance so far.   The Captain's Consort, aka Rikki, was very speedy in a buggy chasing after members to ensure they were kept hydrated or, for those that weren't playing particularly well, topped up with beers.  A good day was had by all and it was surprisingly perfect golfing weather. 
 
On Saturday 16th September, members and their guests arrived at 7pm for Welcome Drinks in the beautiful surroundings of the Gumtree restaurant in Carvoeiro.  Dinner was called for 8.00pm and with 68 members seated around the pool it was all rather tight and there was speculation as to who was going to fall in first. 
 
President Tom welcomed everyone to the Captain's Day Dinner and outlined the running order for the night.  After a great meal prepared by Bela the Chef, Captain Margot with help from Vice-Captain Stuart announced the previous day's winners. 
 
Winners
 
Nearest the Line (Ladies) - Helen Boyle 
Nearest the Line (Men) - Jukka Kolho 
Nearest the Pin (Ladies) - Sharon Lyons 
Nearest the Pin (Men) - Frank Wilson 
Best front 9 - Lars Persson - 21 points on countback
Best back 9 - Sharon Lyons - 22 points
2nd place - Mick Girling - 39 points on countback 
1st place and very worthy winner of the Captain's Trophy - Tom van der Ham - 40 points. 
 
Very well done to Tom VDH for a fantastic performance!!  Michael Boyle should also be mentioned in despatches for a great performance.  Sadly he missed out in countback for second prize and also in countback for the best front 9 😩
 
After prize giving, the fabulous band,  'The Basement' who mainly play for charity and the love of music had everyone up dancing between the tables including Chef Bela and her amazing staff. Thankfully everyone, despite the wine and beer flowing, managed to stay on firm ground and there were no casualties in the pool.  A collection of €375 was raised for the Bombeiros, so sincere thanks to the members for their generosity in contributing to the Captain's Charity on night. 
 
There was a very special surprise at the end of the night when Del, lead singer of The Basement handed over a cheque for €1,000 to the Captain's Charity. That was definitely the icing on the cake. Once again many thanks to The Basement for their extreme generosity. 
 
Hopefully a good night was had by one and all!! 
 
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Don Simpson Senior Trophy 2023

The 2023 edition of the Don Simpson Senior event recently took place on the Silves course underneath beautiful Algarve sunshine.​Sixty golfers participated in this annual, Pairs, better-ball, stableford event, with players taking advantage of the sublime conditions to return some very impressive scores. Afterwards, a delicious barbecue lunch was provided in the clubhouse, when various prizes were presented. 
 
President Tom formally introduced proceedings, and conveyed thanks to the Pestana staff for their significant contributions towards ensuring that the day was a success. Don Simpson Junior presented prizes, and also paid tribute to various individuals whose combined efforts had provided yet another memorable SICG event. The work of Captain Margot, for the organisation of such a memorable SICG occasion, deserves particular recognition, while gratitude is also extended to others, including Vice-Captain, Stuart, who assisted on the day; Alan Winstanley, and Sue Hagland for processing scorecards; and Sharon Lyons, whose extensive photography captured the event's delightful atmosphere. 
 
The determination of Don and Ruth Simpson to provide an unforgettable outcome to the 2023 event was reflected in their performance on the course, as they returned a trophy-winning score of 49 points! Congratulations, therefore, to Don and Ruth, and all prize winners on the day, who feature on the winners’ rostrum, as follows:
 
1st     Don & Ruth Simpson                    48 points 
2nd   Alan Winstanley & Alan Wallis     47 points
3rd    Julian & Sharon Lyons                  46 points
 
Nearest the pin on hole 15
Mens:   Mick Girling 
Ladies: Janice Langham
 
The event’s overall ambience was characterised by an unmistakable spirit of togetherness, and enjoyment, typical of Silves International Clube de Golfe. Congratulations, therefore, to everyone who took part, both on and off the course!
 
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Live Scoring Success

 As an old Star Wars fan I am constantly thinking of the motto   for the  Star Wars series "The Mandalorian"

 This is the Way

 And I am thinking of the successful start of Live Scoring.

 We are 100% sure this is the right way forward for the club

 We are live since 29th of May. Your engagement of making it a   success is great.

 Despite some "teething problems" 58% entered their scores the first day, and the second tournament it was 70%.

All using their own phones.

We continuously are solving issues from you players, one by one.
 

I am proud of the club progress

Stay Tuned

/Jan on behalf of the MC

 

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