On the 14th of June the annual Summer Mixed Interclub League got underway with Marbella Golf CC attempting to become champions for the third consecutive year. Our defence of the title started slowly at Santa Maria finishing third on the day.

It was our turn to host the event on June 30th and we had a fantastic day. As always, the execution of the event was superb thanks, not least, to the support of the Club’s Management Team and Staff in preparing the course, the buggy fleet, the scorecards and, of course, the excellent meal and service provided at the lunch for 72 players. The host team was invariably the favourite to win the day and, once again, we delivered a winning performance and closed the gap behind the league leaders to 1 point.

The next venue was Atalaya on July 14th, where the scoring was probably the closest ever in the history of the league with just 3 points separating 1st and 6th place, with our team in 3rd place.

On to Chaparral for round 4 on July 28th and Marbella put in a brilliant performance, taking 1st place with a team score 11 points better than the 2nd placed hosts. Jan Zadruzynski & Julie Owen posted 46 points – the best score of the day – with Eduardo Tubio & Angeles Ramirez adding 40 points. This was tremendous scoring on a notoriously difficult track and the result lifted us into a tie for 1st place in the league with 2 rounds remaining meaning that the championship race will go down to the wire again. The last rounds will be played on August 11th and 18th at El Paraiso and La Cala.

Since early July, we have been testing the online live scoring system (Golf Directo) and the Clapphouse App for tee time reservations and competition sign-up as on August 4th was the official launch of the App. For members’ competitions this will mean no more paper sign-up sheets on the Notice Board. It will also mean that it is even more important for members to sign up for competitions by 2pm latest on the day before the competition. The Management Team has already briefed all members by email of how the app works and they will also be hosting Zoom Meetings with members to explain the procedures and answer any questions.

Finally, with Les McGlasson having stepped down from the Club Captaincy in July due to personal circumstances that have meant long periods in the UK, our Vice Captain, Roger Kemp, has now taken over the position of Club Captain.  On behalf of everyone connected with the Club, I would like to thank Les for his excellent service and strong support for all of us over the last year, hoping that he will be back enjoying his golf with us sooner rather than later – and to wish Roger all the very best as our new Captain.

Steve Cullen