Eighty-Year-Old Keith Bagnall continued his superb recent form with another monthly win with 35 points off his 20 handicap.

The Altorreal Golf Society, (TATS – Tuesday and Thursday Society), usually has a first tee-off time of around 8.30am every Tuesday and Thursday, which guarantees an enjoyable round of less than four hours.

Altorreal, in Molina de Segura, on the outskirts of Murcia City, is a fair test of golf. The par 71 course has a great deal of variety. It is tight in some areas and open and tree-lined in others. It opened in 1994 and was designed by Dave Thomas, who also laid out The Brabazon course at The Belfry with Peter Alliss and La Manga Club.

“We are a very friendly society and new members, both men and women, will be made very welcome,” says committee member Mike Gardner. “We have a couple of Spanish members too and any locals can join right away. The course is beautiful and fair and the management have passed on to us significant savings for our members of up to 40%. A shared buggy and green fee, for example, will only cost 45€ which is a great deal. The best thing about this society, apart from the wonderful course, is the members. It is always relaxed and friendly.”

TATS organise yearly matchplay tournaments – singles and doubles – and there are several ‘Away Days’ with discounted green fees and hotel prices where non-playing wives and husbands can enjoy the break too. This year, the trips include visits to Albacete and Valle de Este in Mojacar.

There are more than 40 members from all over Murcia with players travelling from as far as Benidorm and Caravaca. Membership fees are 5€ a year. If you need any more information, please contact Mike Gardner on mikegardner@hotmail.co.uk


December 10th

1st Roy Catchpole (27 hc) 43pts

2nd Barry Floyd (22 hc) 34pts

3rd John Porteous (15 hc) 33pts

4th Greg Wickenden (21 hc) 31pts

December 12th

1st Tony Stapleton (20 hc) 37pts

2nd David Normington (27 hc) 35pts

3rd John Porteous (15 hc) 34pts

December 17th

1st David Normington (27 hc) 40pts

2nd Bob Barnes (20 hc) 39pts

John Porteous (15 hc) 38pts

December 19th 

1st John Porteous (14 hc) 38 pts

2nd David Normington (25 hc) 36 pts

3rd Jacob Sharrot (30 hc) 36pts

4th Barry Floyd (22 hc) 34pts

January 7th

1st Keith Bagnall (19 hc) 38pts

2nd Barry Floyd (22 hc) 32pts

3rd David Normington (25 hc) 32pts

4th Chris Fox (26 hc) 31pts

January 9th

1st John Porteous (14 hc) 33pts

2nd Mark Ireland (22 hc) 31pts

3rd Barry Floyd (22 hc) 31pts

4th Bob Barnes (19 hc) 30pts

January 14th

1st David Normington (25 hc) 42pts

2nd John Porteous (14 hc) 38pts

3rd Ken Beesley (30 hc) 34pts

4th Barry Floyd (22 hc) 33pts

Twos: John Porteous and Ken Beesley

January 16th 

1st David Portlock (25 hc) 37pts

2nd Jacob Sharrot (30 hc) 35pts

3rd John Porteous (13 hc) 32pts

Twos: Tony Stapleton

January 23rd 

1st Jamie Richards (31 hc) 39pts

2nd John Porteous (13 hc) 37pts

3rd Paul Richards (17 hc) 35pts

4th Barry Floyd (22 hc) 35pts

February 4th 

1st Barry Floyd (23 hc) 36pts

2nd Bob Barnes (19 hc) 35pts

3rd John Porteous (13 hc) 34pts

4th David Bryant (23 hc) 34pts

February 6th 

1st David J. Portlock (25 hc) 40pts

2nd Tony Stapleton (21 hc) 38pts

3rd Paul Richards (17 hc) 36pts

4th Barry Floyd (23 hc) 36pts

Twos: John Batterby & John Porteous