RYDER CUP 2021
This time of the year the Torreblanca Golf Society normally invade a hotel down the coast for a few days away and our version of the Ryder Cup, North v South. This year with uncertainty of travel due to Covid restrictions we had to make the decision to cancel the trip for the second year running.
We instead decided to run the competition locally, we choose two course that are always heavily featured in calendar. Mijas Golf and Santana Golf (the place we call home).
The two days were hurriedly arranged by John and Lynn Yuill, they both managed not only to arrange two days of great golf with drinks and tapas, but a great evening to celebrate.
Once the teams had been agreed the two captains Simon Waby (North) & Colin Bryan (South), had the task of pairing players and the order of both days.
Day One was played at Mijas Las Largos, front nine was 4 ball better ball, back nine was Foursomes with two points for each pairing it was important that each captain started the ball rolling by picking up their own points for their teams, sadly for the South Colin didn’t manage that!
I would like to say the day was a tight affair, but with the south only bringing in 1 point from the first 6 parings it wasn’t looking good For the South, they did rally in the last four pairings winning 5 ½ points from the final 8 points!
The results for day one finished North 13 ½ South 6 1/2 , the south were going in to day two 7 points down, with only 6 points needed by North to retain the trophy going into day two The South team needed some sort of miracle!
Unfortunately, we lost two players to injury so Friday would be played with just 19 pairs.
Mijas golf put on some very nice Tapa, followed by a few beers at the Red Dragon to discuss the day and debate who was going to stuff who on Friday.
Day Two Singles played at Santana Golf Club, the course was as good as ever apart from the greens had ben Hollow Tined and where quite sandy and a little slower than normal, this didn’t distract from the golf to be played.
Friday saw the battle of the captains, with the North Captain beating the South Captain 3/2 in Singles, Colin sadly didn’t manage to bring a point home for his team!
They’re where a couple of other interesting Pairings Jamie Watkins Taking on Andy Hassall, as we know young Jamie is doing the unspeakable to Andy’s daughter! Andy being the much more experienced golfer and winner of the order of merit you would expect a much closer game, but it wasn’t to be Andy got beaten 6/5. Unlucky Andy!
The other pair of interest was the husband and wife paring of John and Lynn Yuill, this battle of to dominate has been going on for many a year, but once again John ended up badly beaten by his wife! Sorry John she has the trousers on again!
Friday was a much closer affair than Thursday with wins being swooped between North and South for most the groupings!
The final results for Friday was still a win for with the North taking 11 points and the South taking 8 points.
The final score for the two days was a resounding win for the North with 24 ½ points to a south total of 14 ½ points.
Well, done the NORTH!
Santana put on a great set of tapas for us all some great fun was had by all (well the North had fun!), the trophy was presented by a very graceful Colin Bryan and was quietly excepted by Simon!
Friday evening saw more celebrations as not only had John and Lynn organised two days of golf and tapas at short notice they had also arranged for a dinner for over 40 people.
The evening was held at La Nina Bonita, and a great night was had by all, plenty of drinking eating and we even had Elvis to entertain us.
Well, done to John and Lynn another great job by you both!
One notable missing person from this year’s events was our leader Robyn, he is still battle illness! We all wish him well and he is in all our thoughts!