Palma.—The English-Speaking Residents' Association(ESRA) golfers played their Annual Inter -District Tournament at Maioris Golf Course recently. After months of scorching weather, it poured with rain the night before and in the morning, the storm clouds gathered ominously as the golfers congregated on the tees. Then the heavens opened just as the hooter went off to signal the ‘shot-gun' start! But, as ever, a little rain didn't deter the golfing ‘Esralites'- they just donned their wet-weather gear and opened up their brollies and prepared to do battle. After all, most of them learned to play golf in the UK and we know what the weather is like there! Despite the heavens opening, the course looked in wonderful condition and everyone was eager to test the beautifully manicured greens.
Each ESRA district was organised into teams of four - North with five teams, South East with two and South West with one. The North teams were all geared up to equal their success from the previous year whilst South East tried to get into the “team spirit” by all wearing the same pale yellow polo shirts!!! After a couple of hours, much to the relief of the golfers, the sky brightened and the weather improved slightly – not that the weather had any bearing to life inside the clubhouse as a few golf ‘widows' enjoyed their lunch! Eventually the wet and bedraggled golfers came streaming into the clubhouse to hand their cards to the organisers. It was difficult to judge from their faces how they had fared on the course – all they wanted to do was to get dry! Eventually the scores were totted up and, in the absence of the ESRA President, Michael Booker, the prizes were kindly presented by Janet de Vries, Chairperson of North District.

The individual prizes were announced first, leaving the golfers in suspense for a little while longer as to which district was taking home the ESRA Golf Cup.

Kaye Roberts (SE) had a very successful day winning Nearest the Pin, Longest Drive and the Best Score from the lady players. Her father Eric Gulliksen (SE) won the Longest Drive, second best score in Division One (1-17 handicap) and the Lionel Clark Memorial Plaque for the Best Scratch score of the day.

South West won the trophy for the best Team Average Score but it was a South East duo, Eric Gulliksen and son-in-law Stuart Roberts, who won the All Island Cup for the best two scores from a team of four, and together with Kaye Roberts and Gary Tubman won the Plaque for the Best Team score from a team of four.

Other prize-winners were Nigel Durran, Tim Webber, Brian Sansby, Paul Gates, May Battersby and Vicky Cartwright. After the presentation, Pat Tubman thanked the Golf club staff, especially Antonio for all his help in the organisation of the tournament, the caddy masters on the day and the Director for the generous prizes which he donated.

So the cup has gone back to the South East until next September when, no doubt, the districts will join together once again to do battle.

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