Salamander Golf Society

Tournoi du Printemps 2019

While the Pyrenees managed to halt the threatened rain, apart from a short, sharp shower on Friday afternoon, the Salamander golfers rejoiced in the La Peralada sunshine ! With the almond trees in flower, storks alighting on distant roofs, black kites circling overhead, and hoopoes hooting softly in the background, one could be forgiven for recalling the lines of J. Betjeman “glory, glory everywhere”, even if he applied it to the seaside.

The Torremirona course, to the west of Figueras, on the Friday afternoon was a challenge, not the least for being slightly undulating and the fact that buggies and electric trollies were rather in scarce supply, Tim M resorting to an unusual form of transport. Nevertheless, the petesome formula doubtless helping, four pairs scored forty and over stableford points (Benoit & the rookie Jean-Louis, Mark & Jean-Yves, Guy & Colette, and Klaus & Richard (H). As the numbers were not even, two pairs became threesomes, and Patrick, Simon and Richard (R) brought in 47 points, despite the blustery tramontane wind.

With play starting at 8.20 sharp on Saturday, (see Ruedi and others admiring Torquil’s out of sight first drive), the quantities of La Peralada wines consumed over dinner the previous evening were not vast. The course, well maintained, and longer and more varied, proved quite a challenge for most. Mark was the exception, returning 45 points, a record in the lengthening annals of the Society, leaving Guy 7 adrift, even in gross scores. The ladies scores were just as creditable, Elizabeth winning the Ladies’ trophy with 38 points, just ahead of Irena who recorded the best gross.

The early morning starts allowed the Saturday afternoon to be spent exploring Figueras and La Peralada. The former houses S. Dali’s quirky museum, the latter a most striking castle, the interior of which many of us visited, providing insights into the history of the Suqué and Puig families, and permitting a browse around the 100,000 book library. Even if Jeremy did not manage a hole in one this time, the liberal servings of Cava helped assuage the more acute emotions from the morning round.

Playing the same course again on the Sunday scrambles heightened rather than diminished the interest and no team managed to beat the par, the best three teams each conceding three points. But everyone is to be congratulated in completing the round in just over four hours, allowing time for a decent lunch.

So it was replete, albeit regretfully, that most of us headed off on Sunday afternoon, leaving the happy few to enjoy another day.  Full results below, if you dare to look!


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