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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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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Don Simpson Snr Trophy 2021

 

On 27th September after we played for the Don Simpson Snr Trophy  we had a fantastic lunch and presentation at the prestigious O Barradas restaurant . Goran and Anna were the winners !  Don Simpson Jnr presented the trophy.

Closest to the Pin were Katarina Dahlberg and Tom O'Neill.

 

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Captains Cup 2021

Last Friday the 10th September was the date for our Captain Tom O Neill’s Captains Trophy golf outing.

It was a beautiful sunny cloudless morning when 59 members of SICG took to our beautiful course in Silves to play for the honour of winning the Trophy.

Although it was an early start, the first fourball was off at 07.57, however, fortified by swigs of Irish Jameson whiskey or calmed by sips of Baileys Cream and armed with Captain Toms goody bags, each group of four stood on the 1st tee box at the allotted time to get their photograph taken in front of the SICG banners and then each player in turn stood between the markers to drive their ball down the fairways to the squeals of delight and a chorus of good natured banter from their companions.

During the course of the day Captain Tom drove around the course meeting with the various groupings chatting and encouraging and plying them with his bottles of beer.

There was great competition among the players and it was all done in true golfing spirit.

There were challenges for nearest the pin, however Don Simpson pipped Julian with his shot on the 15th to win the men’s nearest the pin and Agneta Torgardh pipped Jane.

Later that afternoon at the clubhouse there was some great excitement as score cards were being tallied, checked and signed for, hopes were raised and dashed as the clear winners for the day were announced.

Robert Haller was the winner of the Captains Cup.

The following evening the players and guests made their way to Brasserie Rosal in Carvoiero for the Captains Dinner and the presentation of prizes.

President Tom Callan welcomed everyone to the dinner

With good food good, good chat, good music and great comraderie, Captain Tom and President Tom presented the prizes to the winners.

A great days golf and a great night out was had by all.

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