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THE TRI-SOC CHALLENGE
The TRI-SOC is an annual golfing contest between 3 long established societies based in the Cascais/Estoril area: PINGS (originally a NATO based society now with broader membership), Tagus and the Royal British Club Golfing Society (both based at Estoril Golf Club).
The event has been running since 1996, interrupted occasionally by the weather. This year there were again weather concerns with heavy rain in the days before the tournament, which was held at Estoril GC on 13 October. However, on the day, the weather gods were kind and the competition was completed in dry, warm if somewhat humid conditions, the course having stood up well to its drenching, though of course ground conditions were not perfect.
Each society contributed a team of 8 and the outcome was closely contested. RBC GS actually topped the points scoring table with an aggregate 239 points for their 8 players, with Tagus on 232 and PINGS on 226. However, following the long established format for the event, the result was determined only by the total of the best 5 out of 8 stableford scores of each team. On that basis the winners this year were PINGS by narrow margin from RBC GS and then Tagus.
Ewan Rankin (RBC GS) deals with a tricky bunker shot.
There were a number of fine performances notably John Hagan (PINGS), Ron Goddard and Mans Hoglund (RBC) who all scored 33 points. However, clearly the best round of the day, and the deciding factor in the outcome of the event, was the round of Peter van den Berg, playing for PINGS. His round of 41 points, playing off a handicap of 11, was described as a master-class by his playing companions and a joy to watch.
Friendly Rivalry - Cindy Weeks (PINGS) and Selwyn Kennard (Tagus).
At the lunch following the event, held in the Estoril GC Restaurant, host Andrew Jones (Captain of RBC GS) and David Thomas (Captain of Tagus) offered their congratulations to PINGS and to Peter in particular. Winning Captain Ian Bolwell praised the spirit in which the match was conducted and we all look forward to next year’s event.
Peter van den Berg, David Thomas, Andrew Jones, Ian Bolwell
The Royal British Club Golfing Society
The Association of Barmen of Portugal
The 28th playing of the annual tournament between the RBC GS and the ABP took place at Estoril Golf Club on 9 July. The event pits two teams of 12 against each other in a pairs combined-stableford, matchplay format. Teeing off at 7.30 am on another gorgeous Lisbon Coast morning, the players were able to make considerable progress before the building heat started to drain reserves of concentration and energy.
This tournament was long dominated by the Barmen – no-one knew how they found the time in their long shifts to hone their skills, but year after year they built up a substantial lead in the fixture, winning 9 out of the first 10 outings. Since then, gradually, the pendulum has begun to swing and after a 4-2 victory this year the standings are ABP 15, RBCGS 11 with 2 tied matches. RBCGS retain the trophy for the fourth straight year.
Initial signs for 2015 were good. After a tight match David Gray and Ad Hüttl took a 3 and 2 victory in the first four ball. Ron Goddard and Bill Buxton in the second flight had arrived at the 15th tee dormy 4, but their opponents won the next 3 holes. However, Bill held his nerve to hole a tricky downhill 3 footer for the win on the 18th. In the third match Derek McIvor and Chris Goulding met a team in less good form and won very comfortably.
The Barmen struck back in the 4th flight with their best combined score of the day to defeat Ewan Rankin and Ed Robbins.
So, with RBCGS needing half a point for victory, this year’s fixture hinged on the 5th match. On the 16th tee the match stood all square. Players Richard Evans and Selwyn Kennard had been 4 holes down and fought their way back to parity. To their great credit they reeled off the last 2 holes as well to finish 2 up, having won the last 6 holes! That decided the overall contest but the last match was equally exciting – Hans Ludolphi and Paul Guerault had been 3 holes behind but fought back to only 1 down with 2 to go, then they won the 17th! The Barmen showed their determination, though, by wining the final hole and that match.
Andrew Jones receives the trophy from Joaquim Ribeiro
At the prize-giving lunch in the Restaurant Braga awards were presented to the two highest scoring individual players – Belmiro Rebeiro of the Barmen (and brother of Captain Joaquim Ribeiro) and Hans Ludolphi of RBCGS, both players amassing a very creditable 38 points. Joaquim Ribeiro then presented the trophy to RBCGS Captain Andrew Jones, congratulated all the players on the spirit in which the competition was played and looked forward to recovering the trophy next year. Andrew took credit for the tactical masterstroke that relegated him to the reserves bench and thanked Joaquim and the Barmen for a thoroughly enjoyable day.
Hans Ludophi receives his trophy for the best RBCGS score.
The Gordon Young Putter Competition
Early this year RBC’s favourite golf professional, Gordon Young, suggested a new event for the Society. He drew attention to the importance of putting in the game of golf and the relative lack of practice time spent on that crucial skill. The Gordon Young Putter is a knock-out competition which has been played for the first time this year, between February and the final on 1 June. Twenty four members of the Society participated in the event.
Despite the Society’s name 3 of the 4 semi-finalists were not Brits, The finalists were Mans Hoglund and Paul Guerault and their match was played out over 18 holes on the putting green of Estoril Golf Club. It was an exciting match. Mans took an early lead after three holes, almost holing out from 20 metres. On hole 5 Mans did hole out from about 8 metres and look set to double his lead. But Paul is made of stern stuff and he followed Mans in with a beautiful putt.
Not content with that, on the 6th, Paul repeated the one putt strategy and squared the match again, before going on to take the 7th with a 2 putt. After sharing the next two holes it was Mans’ turn to apply the one putt pressure on the 10th and again on the 12th to gain a two hole lead which he never lost, ending the winner by two and one.
Gordon Young congratulated both players on really excellent putting and the enthusiastic supporters added their applause to mark the completion of a very enjoyable and exciting event, RBC GS Captain Andrew Jones presented the prizes and both finalists, in their remarks, acknowledged the contribution that Gordon Young’s advice had made to their improved putting.
Captain Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones(Captain), Paul Guerault, Mans Hogland, Gordon Young
RBCGS v ABP GOLFE
Joaquim Ribeiro (Captain ABP) presenting the cup to Eddie Leitao (Captain RBCGS)
The annual contest between the Royal British Club Golfing Society and the Associacao de Barmen de Portugal took place on July 17th at the Clube de Golf do Estoril.
The format, as has been traditional, was combined Stableford matchplay and it went down to the final fourball and a win for the RBCGS to result in an overall tie in the match. This enabled the RBCGS, as the existing holders, to retain the trophy for another year.
At a lively and convivial lunch at the Restaurant Braga in Monte Estoril, the respective Captains presented prizes for the best score in each team – Ewan Rankin for RBCGS with 39 points and Joao Roquette for ABP with 37 points. Best wishes were also given to Ormond Fannon who was celebrating his birthday on the day.
RBCGS Members honoured at Annual Presentations - 1st March 2014
Winners of the Estoril GC Mixed Foursomes Competition
Sally Buxton & Ron Goddard,
Kate Scheier & Chris Goulding
Sally Buxton, Chris Goulding, Kate Scheier & Ron Goddard