Report by Andrew Jones
The late d’Arcy Orders, one of the founding members of Tagus, established a unique format for this competition, which remains part of his extensive legacy to golf in the Lisbon area. This strokeplay competition begins with each player being given a numbered metal “flag” which is to be “planted” when the player has used up his/her allocation of shots (the course par of 69 plus the appropriate handicap allowance).The player getting furthest round the course before “planting” is the winner.
In 2018, conditions were very testing. Many weeks of rain culminating in a downpour 90 minutes prior to tee off time had bunkers, fairways and greens at Estoril golf course in treacherous condition. Combining that with the medal play format (no gimmes, no pick ups) resulted in several players racking up truly impressive numbers on some holes. However, we were fortunate that the weather relented during the actual event (if we ignore a couple of hailstorms and the odd gale force blast of wind) and the newly christened “Tagans” battled their way through.
At the head of the field our oldest player, Denys Stormont, got his ball to just short of the 17th green to take a very creditable third place. Normally the medal format favours the steady/reliable golfer but on this occasion our two resident “pistoleros” took the honours. The Captain, David Wright, got to within 50 metres of the 18th, only to be beaten by in form Erik Herter, 5 metres short of the pin. The remaining members look forward to a continuing and, hopefully, rapid reduction in the handicaps of both!!
Straightest drive was achieved by Karin Dekker, nearest the pin for Ladies by guest Eva Agmen and for Men by Andrew Jones. The guest prize was won by Eva’s husband Arne Wallin.
In the evening , the Captain welcomed players, associate members and guests to dinner in the Hotel Baia. The meal was excellent and in the writer’s opinion the curried clam soup was the highpoint of the day, closely followed by the succulent Beef Wellington.
The Captain then introduced our new “Max” balls and presented the first sleeve to Max Zimmerli for his enthusiastic approval. Before announcing the winners David advised members that the draw for the Tagus Singles and Pairs Knock Out competitions would be made, FA Cup style, at our next dinner on April 20.
With 12 members already registered for the Away Trip, to El Rompido in Spain May 21 to 25, Vice Captain Paul Guerault, who is leading the project, will shortly issue a detailed itinerary and remains open to further sign ups for the trip.
Finally, David advised members that there will be an addition to the 2018 playing schedule in the shape of a fun event (format to be advised later) on 3 August.
All in all, a day that tested our resources and our resolve, capped off by a truly convivial evening of fine food and splendid service from the staff of the Hotel Baia.