Presidents Cup 2023

Despite bright, early morning sunshine, a cold breeze accompanied the 50 competitors in the 2023 edition of the SICG President’s Cup. Every player received a memorial hat clip, and many also took advantage of the various liquid warmers provided on the 1st tee, including whiskey, and after-breakfast (!) port. 
 
As the wind subsided, and temperatures rose to the mid-twenties, some sparkling performances were evident across the lush fairways and greens at Silves. President Tom Callan surveyed the unfolding drama from the comfort of the Buggy Bar, provided for the ​grateful competitors. Scoring was impressive, as players vied to tame the course, including some challenging pin positions. Nevertheless, the winners of ‘Nearest the Pin’, and ‘Nearest the Line’ prizes claimed their awards following very impressive efforts. Finally, with all scores returned, it was then possible to anticipate the prize-giving ceremony and Dinner, scheduled for the following evening at the Pestana Pinta clubhouse.
 
Around 60 members and guests assembled on a warm Algarve evening for the President’s Cup Dinner. Welcome drinks, and a selection of canapés were provided on the sun-drenched terrace before a three-course dinner, including drinks, was served indoors. The typically friendly SICG ambiance was enhanced by the prospect of winners being announced, prizes presented, and music from the renowned musician, Jackson Rivers.  
 
Amazingly, both Gents' and Ladies' 'Nearest the Line' awards were claimed by the same household! Husband and wife, Antje and Volker Lankenau, scooped both prizes for a memorable ‘double’, and the delighted couple proudly collected their awards together. Following very impressive tee-shots, the Ladies' and Gents' 'Nearest the Pin' prizes were won by Leena Pettinien, and Geoff Nevin, respectively. Receiving his award, Geoff praised the condition of the greens, declaring that he "couldn't have done it without them!"
 
   
 
The fierce competition which characterised the 2023 President's Cup is reflected in the final 3 placings being separated by just a single point. Having returned an impressive 38 points, Tommy Struum claimed 3rd place, while runner-up, Markku Hakala, scored 39 points. However, having also returned 39 points, due to a better inward 9 holes, the worthy winner of the 2023 President's Cup was Gerry Murphy! A clearly delighted Gerry was presented with the trophy as fellow members applauded and loudly cheered a very popular winner. Following the prize-giving, a range of fantastic music from Jackson Rivers ensured that the celebratory mood continued, with dancing and singing until late in the evening. 
 
Successful occasions do not, of course, happen by chance, and the significant input from various individuals was deservedly acknowledged on the evening. These included Alan Winstanley for the customary smooth processing of competition Start Start sheets, and the accurate, seamless collation of final scores. Similarly, the important contributions by Events Group members, Captain Margot, Yvonne Nevin, Asa Hedman, and Breege O'Connell cannot be understated. Others, such as, Rikki Huddleston, and Geoff Nevin, were also recognised as having ensured that the both the golf and the Dinner were successful SICG events. Gratitude was similarly conveyed to everyone who played in the competition, and to the members and guests who attended the Dinner. Finally, therefore, congratulations to everyone who participated and contributed to this latest edition of the President's Cup, and especially of course to this year's very deserving winner, Gerry Murphy!
 
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St Patrick's Day 2023

On a very beautiful sunny day on the 17th March 2023, 68 members and guests of SICG celebrated St Patrick’s Day with a Greensomes Competition.  St Patrick’s Day is the feast day of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.  St Patrick was a 5th Century missionary to Ireland who is credited with bringing Christianity into Ireland.  Many legends grew up around him, for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the green shamrock to explain the “Holy Trinity” (father, son and the Holy Spirit).

The competition commenced with shots of Irish whiskey or Baileys liqueur on the first tee.  Yvonne Nevin and Christine Piper did a sterling job in handing out the welcome drinks and the shamrock ball markers along with “Goody Bags” prepared by Breege O’Connell and Asa Hedman.  Geoff Nevin assisted by his wife Yvonne took photographs on the 1st tee and captured the happy band of players in their four balls as they prepared to tee off.  After the competition 64 members and guests headed to Central Cafe in Carvoeiro to carry on the St Patrick’s Day festivities. 

Captain Margot, in true Irish style, welcomed the guests as they arrived and Vice-Captain Stu, Yvonne and Christine collected the lunch money and a tip for the wonderful Central Cafe staff.  Meanwhile Breege and Asa sold the raffle tickets for a selection of different prizes.

Lunch officially commenced at 3pm with a platter of starters, Irish Stew and a selection of desserts.  As the wine and beer flowed throughout the meal, the Irish music and accompanying renditions could be heard across Carvoeiro.
 
After the meal the winners were announced by Captain Margot and prizes were awarded as follows:

1st Prize  ( Restaurant vouchers) - Lars Persson and Graham Wright - 62 points
2nd Prize (Golf lesson for two) - Michael and Helen Boyle - 63 points on count-back
3rd Prize (two 12 packs of Taylormade golf balls) - Arne and Pia Berglund - 63 points

Best Fancy Dress Prize ( Guinness golf towel) - Rikki Huddleston (chosen by Yvonne Nevin and Christine Piper) and nothing to do with the fact that it was Rikki’s birthday 🤣.

Nearest the Line (ladies) (Carolan’s Gift Set) - Hazel Padgett 
Nearest the Line (men) - (Jameson’s Irish  Whiskey) - Tom Callan
Nearest the Pin (ladies) - (Carolan’s Gift Set) - Virpi Simson 
Nearest the Pin (men) - (Jameson’s Irish Whiskey) - Jan Vango

There were raffle prizes of beer, wine and Espumante and €280 was collected for the Captain’s Charity - the wonderful Bombeiros.  In addition a bottle of wine, initially won by John Bataille, was auctioned off and a further €20 was raised for the Bombeiros.

President Tom concluded the celebrations with a few words of appreciation.  All in all it was a fantastic day and many thanks to all the members and guests who supported the event, the wonderful Central Cafe staff, the members of the Events Group and all the other individuals who made the day such a success.
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2022 End of Year Presentations

Over 70 members and guests enjoyed a fantastic evening at Restaurante Rabelo, in Carvoeiro where SICG’s annual Presentation Dinner was held. With music provided by the renowned ‘Vitor’, many of those in attendance were soon making moves on the dance floor even before making their way towards ‘starters’ from the buffet. As a result, the stage was immediately set for a typically energetic, fun-filled SICG occasion.

Cheered by free flowing, festive refreshments, and fine food from a well-stocked buffet, the banter resonating across the spacious venue created an appropriate atmosphere for celebrating our annual presentations. Between food courses - and even during them - the dance floor came alive with many revellers determined to demonstrate that swinging gracefully was not restricted to the golf course. However, with desserts finally consumed, even the most energetic members and guests were compelled to settle down comfortably as the prize-giving feature of the evening commenced.

SICG Vice-Captain, Margot Huddleston, presented the 2022 awards to the various winners, and runners-up in attendance across a range of competitions, most of whom feature in the following roll of honour:

MENS ORDER OF MERIT

1st John Bataille

2nd Petter Barth

3rd Lars Persson

LADIES ORDER OF MERIT

1st Jules Heath

2nd Tuula Nurmi

3rd Heli Ilves

MENS KNOCKOUT

Winner John Bataille

Runner-up Thomas Callan

LADIES KNOCKOUT

Katriina Iho

Barbro Arvidson

PAIRS KNOCKOUT

Winners - Barbro Arvidson & Par Arvidson

Runners-Up – Frank Wilson & Peter Fisher

ARIE VAN DEN BRINK TROPHY

1st Janice Langham

2nd Lars Persson

3rd Par Arvidson

Best Gross Lars Persson

As illustrated in the accompanying photographs, all presentations were gratefully accepted by proud recipients, and who also undoubtedly appreciated the enthusiastic applause and whoops of delight from fellow members. To conclude the prize-giving, Margot then presented a special bouquet of flowers to Sue Hagland in recognition of the tremendous work and organisation by Sue to ensure that the 2022 Presentation Dinner was yet another highly memorable SICG occasion. The evening eventually concluded with yet more dancing, frivolity, and even bouts of community singing to further enhance the lyrics provided by Vitor. A perfect end to a perfect night, and everyone privileged to be in attendance was undoubtedly a winner!

 

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Nordic Day 2023

 
As can be seen from the accompanying photograph, the 2023 edition of Nordic Day took place under a bright blue Algarve sky. On the golf course, not only blue, but also shades of yellow, and white dominated the beautiful landscape, as traditional Nordic colours were proudly worn. Players also enjoyed a choice of national food and drinks from the Starter Table, to guarantee that opening drives were appropriately fuelled with Nordic spirit.
 
No fewer than 72 players (36 pairs) competed for various prizes. In addition to the first three tournament placings, Gents' and Ladies' awards were also presented to the closest to the pin in two shots on the 2nd hole. On the 10th tee, following consumption of yet more food and liquid refreshments, ladies and gents were challenged to land their drive nearest to the line in the middle of the fairway.
 
Following some fantastic golf, around 60 members and guests then celebrated together at Restaurante Ponte Romana, Silves, suitably decorated in blue, white and yellow. The restaurant's fantastic provision included serving the deliciously tasty, traditional dish of Pannbiff, which was gleefully savoured by all in attendance.
 
After lunch, excitement mounted as the prize-giving ceremony commenced, and the worthy winners were announced as follows:
 
1st  Place -  Pia and Arne Berglund (45 points)
2nd Place - Liv and Jens Namtvedt (44 points after count-back)
3rd Place -  Arja and Ralf Edvardsson (44 points)
 
Nearest the pin in two on the 2nd green:
Arja Edvardson and Richard Whiteley
 
Closest to the line on the 10th fairway: 
Brigitte Illig and Ralf Edvardsson
 
Agneta Torgardh conveys her sincere thanks and congratulations to everyone who participated, and enjoyed a truly fantastic day. Agneta and various others, including the Events' Group, also deserve a tremendously well-deserved accolade for ensuring that Nordic Day 2023 was yet another highly memorable SICG occasion. Congratulations to absolutely everyone involved, including of course the very privileged members and guests who joined in the fun, and contributed to a wonderful day. Well done, all!
 
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2022 Don Cox Trophy

 

Sharon Lyons was the very worthy winner of the latest edition of the Don Cox Trophy competition. A proud, and clearly delighted Sharon is pictured here receiving the trophy from Club President, Tom Callan.