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Fairway Regular Trip: Algarve (March 2014)

The 2nd Fairway GGCH took place in the Algarve from 16th‐23rd March 2014. Our base for the week was at the lovely Dom Joao Hotel, 5 minutes from the lovely town of Alvor with a great choice of bars and restaurants. The week started on the Sunday night where the 28 guests enjoyed a 3‐course meal with wine included. This gives the ladies and gentleman a chance to meet each other in a friendly relaxed manner, this is also where the host, Sean Coyle, goes through the week's itinerary, competitions, courses, start times, etc.


The 1st day was at the impressive Gramacho Golf Course.Some fantastic holes, and the course was in fantastic condition. The weather was perfect with not a cloud in sight, and this reflected in some great scores on the course. The Men's winner with an outstanding 43 Points was Bob Darlow. The Ladies winner was Kath Barnes with a great score of 31 Points.


Day 2 was at the beautifully laid out Silves, alongside the Mens and Ladies event, we had the Yellow ball team event, which is always a lot of fun, where the aim is to keep the yellow ball till the end of the game so when the host loses it in the water on the 1st hole it's not the best of starts! Once again the weather was superb. The Mens winner was Jim Hickey with 40 Points, with a very impressive 32 Points from Sandra Smith winning the Ladies.The Yellow ball team event went to Jim Hickey, Deirdre Darlow, Patrick O'Neil and Graham Barnes, with 86 Points.


Wednesday is a rest day when the guests can top up their tan, do a bit of sightseeing or even play some extra golf, which a few of the guests did at Alto Golf Club.


On to Day 3, another beautiful sunny day on yet another course in fantastic condition, with a layout to match, the 8 times consecutive host of the European Seniors Tour Qualifying final. On day 3 we also have a Menís Pairs &Ladies Pairs along with the Mens & Ladies individual. The Mens winner with a great score on a testing course was Keith Edwards with 40 Points, The Ladies winner was Bev Davis with an outstanding 30 Points. The Mens Pairs were won by Robin Seabrook & the host Sean Coyle with 45 Points (prize given to 2nd place), and the Ladies Pairs were won by Anne Seabrook & Bev Davis with 38 Points.


Final day of competition, on yet another lovely sunny day on the fabulous Oceanico O'Connor with some outstanding holes. The Men's overall scores going into the final day were very close with Bob Darlow 2 shots ahead of George Masson, with himself 2 shots ahead of Keith Edwards The Ladies scores were also very close with Kath Barnes 4 shots ahead of Deirdre Darlow & Bev Davis. The Men's winner on the day was Graham Barnes with a great score of 36 Points on a Championship Course. The Ladies winner with an equally impressive score of 28 Points on a Championship Course was Bev Davis.

The Men's overall became very close with George Masson edging out Bob Darlow by 1 shot. A big well done to George who was very consistent all week and had a great finish on the last 2 holes, Bob showed that age is no barrier in golf to play so well at 82 years old for 4 days is a credit to him.

The Ladies overall was won by Bev Davis by an impressive 8 shots from Deirdre Darlow, due to an outstanding last day of 28 Points, which won the day by 8 shots. Bev had a fantastic final 2 days and a fully deserved win.

On the final day we have a Menís & Ladies Longest Drive and a Nearest the Pin. The Menís Longest Drive went to Tim Osman, with the Ladies going to an overwhelmed Sandra Smith. Nearest the Pin for the Men was Bob Swithenbank, with Lady Golfer of the week Bev Davis taking the Ladies prize.


Saturday is a rest day when most of the Guests relax in the Sun before getting ready for our 3 Course Gala Dinner & Presentation (Wine included) with Entertainment. This is a very friendly relaxed night when the guests having spent a week together really enjoy themselves. Along with the Prizes for each of the days mentioned we also award a Shot of the Week which went to Michael Trubshoe, and 2s for each day. Following the Presentation your Host Sean Coyle is then obliged to start the dancing off.