Tees the season to be golfing

“Tees the season to be golfing” with Sala Golf at Finca Cortesin!

Last Saturday saw the Sala Golf 2021 season draw to a close, with the La Sala Golfers delighted to be playing at the highly prestigious Finca Cortesin Golf Course in Estepona.

Tensions were high with some nervous golfers at the top of the leaderboard, all eager to put in a good score and push their team to victory. However, Finca Cortesin was not giving them an easy ride as the greens were running away quicker than marble floors!

Always welcomed with a familiar face and smile, the teams were greeted by International Marbella as always on the idyllic 10th tee, always there to entertain, this time they were challenged to a chipping competition into the christmas bucket which was great fun! A huge shout out is well deserved for Tine Haigemeister, Laura Peters, and all of Santa’s Helpers from International Marbella for the huge effort they put into each and every event.

After the challenging 18 holes at Finca Cortesin, the golfers retreated back to La Sala Puerto Banus to enjoy a delicious 2-course Christmas Party lunch with all the trimmings accompanied by free flowing wine to calm any nerves as they eagerly waited for the end of season prize giving to commence.

Before the results could be revealed, the winners of the day needed to be announced.

The individual runner-up on the day was Connor Murphy, scoring an impressive 43 points overall. Connor was rewarded with both La Sala vouchers as well as wine sponsored by Vinomarket. The Individual Winner on the day was Paul O´Grady who played the ultimate “golf of the gods” with an overall score of 44 points, taking home even more La Sala vouchers as well as wine sponsored by Vinomarket.

Ice Slicers came in 3rd place in our team prizes captained by Jere Erkko with 86 points.

The runner up was Team Toys, scoring 94 points overall.

The winning team on the day was the remarkable Prohibition, led by Irish legend Albert Small, with an incredibly impressive 97 points overall.

The on course challenges sponsored by International Marbella were next to be announced, with 2 closest to the pins and 1 longest drive all being awarded with a magnum of wine.

The Closest to the Pin winner on a Par 3 was Thomas Doyle.
The Closest to the Pin in 2 shots on a Par 4 was Mark Berry.
And the Longest Drive was Jake Macintyre.
Congratulations to all of the on course winners on the day!

Now the moment you have all been waiting for…drum roll please!

It’s time to announce the winning Individuals and teams for the Sala Golf League 2021.

The Individual Runner up for Sala Golf 2021 was Micheal Murphy, who over the course of the year, taking his 5 best scores, managed to score an impressive 190 points overall. Micheal won a 2-ball at Alferini, Villa Padierna, plenty of champagne, and the obligatory trophy.

The Individual Winner of Sala Golf 2021 was newcomer Aaron Kavanagh, Captain of the Pink Panthers, his best 5 scores came to a total of 191 points, accepting his prizes over Facetime, with an injured shoulder and a severe hangover, Aaron took home a 4-ball at Villa Padierna, with his choice of the 3 courses to enjoy.

The 3rd place team for Sala Golf 2021 was Gecko & The Bogeymen, Captained by our very own Simon Ness, and scoring a total of 443 points over the course of the season. The boys won a 4-ball at Marbella Golf and Country Club for their great efforts.

The team runner up for the year was The Pink Panthers, scoring 445 points overall and winning a 4-ball at Los Flamingos Golf Course.

The Sala Golf 2021 winners, with a huge overall score of 458 points, captained by Wayne Burton, was awarded to the Benalmadena Bandits, who won personalised trophies, Laurent Perrier, and a 4-ball at the highly prestigious Las Brisas Golf Club.

As Sala Golf is all about comradery, having a laugh and raising funds for charity, the Sala Golfer of the Year, which is based on the individual who shows up every month, supports the team, puts their hand up in the auctions, and has a great attitude was awarded this to Prohibition Captain, Kevin Murphy, who is a regular at La Sala and a joy to be around at all times. Thank you Kevin for your support over the course of the year and we look forward to seeing you next year!

We also want to say a massive thank you to ONE Residencies and Martin Jorgensen, who has been a huge support over the course of this season, and we are delighted to have him involved in our golf society. We look forward to more laughs and plenty more drinks with Martin next year.

On behalf of the Sala Golf Team, We would like to wish all of our golfers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The 2022 Sala Golf League Calendar can now be found on the Sala Golf Website, see the links below.

The first event will be held at the Marbella Club on the 22nd January, if you would like to enter a team please reach out to your hosts.

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