Although cloudy our first day started out dry for our golf and coaching and we went to the range for our loosening up session. For several players with the winter being such a long one, they had little golf, so this week is a real kick start to the new season. Some people along with David and I have been fortunate to be golfing in the warm most of the winter, but I didn’t mention that!
We looked at the fundamentals and tried out some swing drills and ideas, which everyone could try out, not only on the range but on the course too. After a break for lunch we tackled the short game and looked at pitching and chipping and although the sand was damp, bunker shots. The cloud did turn into what our Scottish friends would call mizzle, so that brought a natural end to a good day.
After some time on the range on Monday, we looked at some pitching and few ideas on short chips and negotiating tight lies around the greens. We finished off the morning with work on our putting, although looking at everyone’s stroke, I concluded this group were all naturals on the greens! Quinta da Ria was to be our first game this week and a beautiful sunny day greeted our golf, with a little bit of a breeze just to keep us concentrating. Two scores from four was the format today and the scoring was very close. Ruth had the honour of scoring the groups first birdie of the trip with an excellent putt on the 2nd, which never looked anywhere else but the centre of the cup. There were some good shots all round and I witnessed another super deuce on the scenic 13th, which was providing a stern test into the wind, however Steve demolished it with a superb 3 wood followed by a short putt for another 2! The tricky 17th was also and challenge and John R rose to the challenge with an amazing shot to within 5 ft. The winners on a very sporty 71 points were John & Jan, Stephan and Chris. Some nice food and Robinson’s unique entertainment rounded off an excellent day.
We had a productive morning on the range, followed by some short game practice which definitely paid off in our second game on Quinta de Cima in wall to wall sunshine. A pairs event was the format and as ever it was very competitve. We had Jan popping in a lovely pitch into the hole on the third for a super birdie. Trish then played a nice chip and run into the hole on the 4th for a par. After some excellent dove tailing Chris and Tom triumphed with 20 points on the back nine holes.
Our day off was a magnificent sunny day, so options taken up were, lazing by the pool, visiting nearby Santa Clara for a fish lunch and golf at Monte Rei.
We returned to Quinta de Cima on Thursday in more excellent weather, so shorts and shades were on! Simplifying our pre shot routine and trusting our instinct on the course were discussion points on the range in the morning and we looked to implement a few of the ideas on the course. Bunker play was another favourite and as a group everyone was gradually improving here. Some super scoring here with Trish, Stephan, Tom and Steve barnstorming 47 points on the back 9 to accumulate 84 points to tie with John, Jan, John and Ruth. Steve’s two birdies in four holes was the highlight of the day.
The weather turned a tad cooler for the final day and after a recap on the range in the morning, we reviewed our putting. We had a very pleasant game at Quinta da Ria and enjoyed the course and its wonderful views one last time.
An excellent week with fun and learning on the course and more fun and great food off it!
Look forward to seeing you all again.
All the best
The Lopesan Links Open Championships Mar 2020
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