Capurro Insurance Trophy
Fifty three players set out to contest the Med Golf Capurro Insurance Trophy event at El Paraiso on a course that was set up to play its full length off the yellow competition tees to provide a serious but fair challenge. Played on the final day of the US Open, any of the players who had been watching the world’s best golfers being humbled by the harsh set up of the course at Shinnecock Hills on Day 3 must have been pleasantly reassured to find that golf really does not have to be that difficult.
The course at El Paraiso was in great shape with greens that were receptive and presented at a very manageable speed; all of which led to scores that were much better than of late.
The champion of the day was David Murphy. David won the Capurro Insurance Trophy and a 60€ Med Golf voucher with an excellent score of 43 Stableford points off handicap 22. An outstanding performance that will certainly earn him a well deserved handicap reduction. David also won the best team prize along with his partner Gavin Grimes with a combined score of 78 points, and Gavin also had the second best guest score as reported below.
The best gross score was 74 by Peter Warren. Peter was playing as a guest with his father Chris who was the Category 1 runner up as shown below. Peter also was the best guest with a Stableford score of 36 points off handicap 4 which earned him a one year free membership of Med Golf. Ironically, Peter was a past long time Med Golf member back this time on a flying visit from the UK, so we hope we might see him back here more often.
The best gross score on the par 3s was won by Bill Fletcher with a score of one under par, and the best senior was Brian Thompson with a score of 37 Stableford points. Matthew Bruce Smith won the longest drive, as well as the Category 1 winner’s prize as shown below.
There were 10 guest players and the top two guest scorers were presented with a one year free membership of Med Golf. The winner, as described above, was Peter Warren with 36 points followed by Gavin Grimes with 35 points.
Our handicap category prizes were won as follows:
Category 1 (handicaps 0 to 12): The runner up with a score of 36 points was Chris Warren off handicap 8. The winner on handicap difference with a handicap of 4 was Matthew Bruce-Smith also with 36 points.
Category 2 (handicaps 13 to 22): Simon Dyson was runner up with 38 points and the winner with 39 points was Daniel Lomax.
Category 3 (handicap 23 and above): Eddie Diaz took the winners prize with 36 points and the runner up was Lee Scares 28 points.
Nearest the pin winners were: Roy Azopardi, James Barr, James Stevenson and Mike Walliker. Nearest the pin in 2 on a par 4 and nearest the pin in 3 on a par 5 was Jordan Brown.
All the players were welcomed to El Paraiso Golf Club. Capurro Insurance, who sponsored the event, were given a round of applause for their support and Nicholas Capurro presented the prizes on their behalf. Nicholas also presented the card draw prize of a litre bottle of Johnnie Walker whiskey donated by Saccone and Speed Gibraltar to Gavin Grimes.