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.

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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End of Year Presentations


Once again we have come into the festive season and to the SICG end of year presentations and dinner.

A large group of SICG members gathered together in Brasserie Rosal for the annual Christmas Dinner and to congratulate the winners of The Cox, The Phoenix The Arie van den Brink, The Knock Out Trophies and the Order of Merit Trophies from the competitions played out during the year.

Captain Tom welcomed everyone and outlined the running order and the prize giving for the evening.

Members took their places for dinner and around the many tables there was great camaraderie, with story telling about missed putts, long drives magical chips onto the green with good music in the background  and some fine food served up by the attentive staff.

After dinner, Captain Tom took to the  floor to start the prize giving and he was ably assisted by President Tom, Alan and Frank.

Players came centre stage to accept their prizes and each gave short speeches complementing the course and their fellow golfers.

Graham was presented with his prize and accepted it to the cheers from the group of speech speech and he rose to the challenge.

The winners on the night were:

Men Order Of Merit

1st Howard Ridgway

2nd John Bataille

3rd Hermann Schneider

Ladies Order Of Merit

1st Heli Ilves

2nd Margot Huddleston

3rd Katriina Iho

Men Knock Out

Rikki Huddleston

Ladies Knock Out

Agneta Torgardh

Pairs Knock Out

Frank Wilson & Peter Fisher

Arie van den Brink Trophy

Asa Hedman


The night was a great success and thanks as always to Sue for all her work in organising the event.

We wish everyone a very happy safe and healthy Christmas and good luck good fortune and good golfing in 2022.

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St. Patrick's Day


The first Saint Patricks Day (or as we say in Ireland, La Feile Padraig) was celebrated on the 17th March  in 1601 with a parade in St. Agustine, Florida. Now, over four hundred years later, on the 17th of March, Saint Patricks Day is celebrated around the world with marching bands, huge parades, rivers dyed green and a longstanding Irish tradition, "The Wearing of the Green", wearing a Shamrock or green ribbon in ones hat or lapel

In Silves Golf Course, SICG members celebrated Saint Patricks Day in true style and spirit.

Captain Brendan and his wife Breege were at the first tee passing out the early morning drinks, the goody bags and a piece of green ribbon for the golf bag and  encouraging each group of players as they stood on the tee box for their photograph as they waited to drive off under a beautiful blue sky.

There were  74 SICG members in the field last Friday,  playing for the Saint Patricks Day trophy and a host of other prizes. The first tee time was at 07.57, and players fortified by measures of Jameson Irish Whiskey and in many cases accompanied by further measures of Baileys Irish Cream, drove off in 7 minute intervals in an effort to get such a huge field through in time to make the festive apre golf lunch in Brasserie Rosal. It was amazing in  that most of the 74 golfers had completed their round by 2 pm.

After the golf competition, 64 members and partners headed out to Brasserie Rosal and the drinks reception which was set for 1.30pm

Vice Captain Margot welcomed all to the lunch and then handed over to Captain Brendan who gave the running order for the afternoon and also a short story about Saint Patrick wherein, the answers to the after lunch table quiz could be found!

President Tom said "Grace" and then everybody settled down to what has been described by many on the day  as a fabulous tasty lunch. Over lunch there was the usual  high pitched chatter and laughter from friends and colleagues who were enjoying stories of huge drives, chips around the green and that missed putt!

The fine lunch was followed by the presentation of prizes to the winners and also a special prize to Anders Lijsing for his earlier course record score of 67. This was followed by the table quiz and some great fun.

The winners on the day were:

  1. Dean Merrick and David Charles with 47 points

  2. Arne and Pia Berglund with 44 points

  3. Antje and Volker Lankenau 44 points

  4. Max Nyman and Richard Harling 44 points

    Longest Drive Ladies Jane Williams Barth

    Longest Drive Gents Petter Barth

    Nearest the Pin Ladies Tuula Nurmi

    Nearest the pin Gents Geoff Nevin

    Best Saint Patrick Outfit Jan Vango

The lunch and chat ended around 6pm when people made their way home after enjoying yet another great days golf, food and SICG company.

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