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Following the previous week's snow, conditions were good for early Spring. Rain plagued the early starters whilst later competitors suffered an unexpected hail shower.
Henry Lindesay-Bethune started as he ended with a birdie and scored an outstanding 43 points to win the Midweek Inaugural Trophy (with a 'blob'). Lesser mortals were led in 2nd place with a fine 40 from John Curry and workmanlike 39s from Jeremy Ryan and Paul Grand.
CSS remained at SSS with 6 handicap changes including a 1.2 cut for Henry to 7.0.
As the weather appeared to continue to deteriorate as the week drew to a close, a few names disappeared from the booking sheet. The start sheet of 8 ladies soon dropped to 6 and by Sunday morning to just 4 players. Those 'hardy' few found a course free from all but a few pockets of snow, little wind, and positively balmy temperatures compared with those we played in for the last few weeks.
Since all four would have been winners with the prize allocation for the Spring Meeting, the competition was abandoned and a 4-ball better ball match ensued. Habe & Lia played Doreen & Sheena in a close game that was halved on the 18th. A very fair result celebrated with drinks and biscuits all round.
There were no doubt many at home, regretting their decision to pull out of the opportunity to win this 36 hole competition! Not that many would have believed golf would be possible after the snow that was still falling on Friday. After the temperature finally rose above freezing, the snow had all but gone and conditions underfoot were surprisingly good.
So it was a small field of 28 who entered the first leg of the first of the new 2018 season competitions. Giving the rest something to chase, Alan King takes a 3 point cushion into the second round. His winning score of 41 points, which included 2 blobs and 3 birdies, sees him rewarded with a 1.2 cut to his handicap. Paul House continues his recent run of form to lie in 2nd place on 38, with a 0.2 cut and there are a further 3 players one shot further back.
CSS went to 37 points.
Piercing blue skies, an icy wind but a much drier course underfoot did nothing to inspire most of the ladies - let's blame the number of layers being worn restricting movement. None of this stopped Joan Mulcahy whose 35 points gave her a run away victory by four from Lia Donath.
With no one achieving the SSS, the CSS dropped to 34 points awarding
Joan with a 0.4 handicap reduction and most of the rest of us a 0.1
The final round of the Eclectic saw a number of scores improve, with Habe Crocker and Val Riziotis on net 70, but Habe took it on countback, making her the winner on both courses.
Another round of winter golf at Richmond Park today. The extra roll on the fairways was largely offset by polar winds and the fact that chipping/pitching around the greens and judging the speeds of those greens was pretty tricky. Quite obvious that these conditions would suit a man playing in his ... shorts.
Caleb Mills played a really steady round of golf (17pts out and 19pt in) to cruise to victory. The late morning starters put up a decent challenge but Habib (35pts), Martin, Christer and Michele (all on 34pts) came up a bit short. All 3 of them played excellent back 9's. Roger, also on 34pts, completes the Top6.
CSS: 35pts. Caleb is the only player to earn a handicap reduction.
Nobody was to improve on their respective scores. With a score of 116pts Paul House seals his victory. Add that to his win in the Midweek Winter Matchplay and we can safely say that it's been an interesting couple of months for Paul "yellow tees" House.
James Barker wins this competition with a net Score of 59 just ahead of Roger (net 60).
Chilly with mud summarised the conditions. Some very good scores were returned with Jack Evans the winner of the penultimate midweek winter comp round on 43 points. Jeremy Prescot had a purple patch returning 42 beating Sushant Lal on countback. Kerry Sargeant returned a creditable 39 returning to single figure handicap.
SSS remained at yellows/reds 37 points with no fewer than 10 handicap changes (mainly reductions).
Brett Colley is declared the winner of the associated Duke's Eclectic on 62.5 beating Paul House by a clear shot.
In the overall midweek Winter Competition Eelco Snijders leads on 114 from Peter Harrington 113 and Paul House 112. With at least one round having to be played on each course, the results have been compiled manually and attached report has an additional column showing what competitors would need to score to beat Eelco on the final Prince's round.
Positively balmy conditions in comparison to last week encouraged a few to some good scoring on the front 9 with the ladies who finished in the top 3 spots all recording 17 points. The back 9 wasn't so kind to them resulting in another reduction only round. Tenesi Karakaneva took first place with 31 points, followed by Habe Crocker on 30.
After the final round of the Duke's Eclectic, Habe emerges the winner, having taken five shots off her previous total. Her winning score of 72 beating Susan Smith the previous leader by three.
At first sight the field didn't seem to face the harshest conditions. Mild(er) temperatures, less mud/casual water and ever receptive greens might have given the impression that the course was there for the taking. The early starters failed to capitalize. Oliver Maskell overcame a sluggish front 9 with an excellent back 9. Three birdies put him en route to a score of 22pts on the way in and 38pts was good enough to become leader in the clubhouse. To give an idea about the struggles of the early starters until 1.30pm CSS was estimated at 35pts.
The later starters put on a show. Jim Fogarty had three birdies to total 39pts. Michele Prencipe's round was a mirror of Jim Fogarty's 18 holes: 19pts out and 20pts in take him into 1st place thanks to the countback rule. Michele sai che è già la seconda volta che fai un punteggio di 39 punti su Duke's? Questo corso di golf e quasi fatto su tua misura.
Other late starters Chris Lordan, Paul House and Peter Harrington complete the Top6. Michele's handicap gets cut 0.9 strokes and he now plays of 18. Auguri!! Jim Fogarty and Paul House also get new handicaps. Thanks to the flurry of good scores CSS went back to 36pts.
In the Winter Competition Paul House had to record a score on Duke's to keep a chance of winning these series. Today's score allows him to retain his lead with 116pts. Michele Prencipe is 2nd on 113pts. Oliver Maskell and Jay Barker are a little further back.
In the final round of the Duke's Eclectic - report due soon.
Conditions varied for competitors - common in winter. Early frost greeted the first games whilst increasingly gale force winds affected the later games. Early players seemed to have the advantage with Alan King taking the honours on 39 points with countback separating Jonathan Rivers, Brett Colley and Kim Chaffart. Only 'Two' recorded was by a lady Joan Mulcahy on 2nd.
CSS reflected difficult winter conditions @ 36 points.
In the associated Prince's Eclectic, Henry Lindesay-Bethune shares lead with Brett Colley on 65.0 from Jonathan Rivers 66.0.
In the Winter Competition Jonathan has a lead of two on 112 from Peter Harrington.
In addition to the mud underneath, today we had to contend with a biting wind, helping to make club selection a challenge. From the scores, it was obviously a challenge to which most did not rise. With 32 points, Jayne Maxwell was probably not overly impressed with her score, but she was way out of reach for everyone else and cruised to a 5 point win over Jane Fraser and Val Riziotis.
CSS went to 34 points, Reduction-Only round.
Habe Crocker has returned to the top of the Eclectic, kicking her round off with a birdie, but there is rather a chasing pack with Jayne one shot back, and Val and Sheena two back. All is left to play for in the last round.
The field faced some real winter conditions: cool temperatures, muddy fairways and swirling winds to name a few. Paul House had a decent start to his round (18pts) but sealed his win today by notching up 22pts on the way in. The only blemishes on the back 9 were bogeys on the 12th and 13th hole. Paul's handicap gets cut to 11.5. Barry Page earned a well deserved runner-up place with 39pts (20pts out & 19pts in). Scott Sparks (21pts on the way in) and early clubhouse leader Peter Harrison finish on 37pts. Tamas Ladacs (20pts on the back 9) and Caleb Mills complete the Top6.
Jay Barker retains the overall lead in the Winter Competition since Paul House hasn’t yet recorded a score on Duke’s.
Jay retains his lead in the Prince's Eclectic (Net 59) ahead of Pete H (Net 61) and Kerry Sargeant (62).
Early snow flurries evaporated to leave a largely sunny but cold day. Mud from the weekend was not so prevalent and there were some very good scores for some. Early clubhouse leader Jonathan Rivers shot 66 and in the event this remained the lead until the last game produced the winner. Charlie Renton produced an outstanding 62 to win from Jonathan with Brett Colley 3rd 67 one ahead of Henery Lindsay-Bethune.
Well done Charlie who had a three shot cut to 19. CSS remained at SSS 69.
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Cold temperatures and the aftermath of the annual dinner created a list of last minute cancellations. It has to be said that the ladies field lost a lot more players: only 5 out of 10 (!) players showed up for their competition.
On to the matter of the day: Keith Cassidy played an excellent front 9 (where he left an uncountable number of birdie putts short). His back 9 was a bit more volatile. But a scrambling 4 on the 18th allows him to to take 1st place today (based on the countback rule). Peter Harrison's round was pretty similar (excellent on the way out - shaky on the way in). But bogeys on the last 3 holes push him into 2nd. Oliver Maskell on the other hand proved again that he's very comfortable on the back 9 on Duke's. He posted the best score on the last 9 holes to finish 3rd. Barry Page, Jay Barker and Martin Heinrich complete the Top6.
Just 6 players played to their handicap (aka their buffer zone). CSS: 72
Today proved to be a stern test of the players' resolve and patience. For once the weather forecasters were right. Conditions were not great to use an understatement: rains showers, hail, casual water and gusting winds to name a few.
Two birdies on the shorter part 3's on the back 9 put Angela Flynn on her way to an impressive 38pts to win today's comp. One of the other early starters, Jon Cooper, finishes 3rd with 35pts. Paul House's practice sessions with Jay Barker continue to pay dividends. 2nd place (36pts) is his reward for a consistent round of golf. Michael Choo, Kim Chaffart and Hassan Mouilah complete the Top6.
The AGM was held at the clubhouse after the morning round with the usual officer reports and discussions.
What a difference from last Sunday although the effects of the rain then and during the week, made conditions underfoot decidedly muddy, but it was at least mild. Some of the ladies made light work of the mud and there was some good scoring on the back 9. With 3 ladies scoring 15 points out, it was all to play for on the return. Two months away from the game seemed to work for both Val Riziotis and Fiona Coombe, but both were piped by Jayne Maxwell, who with 21 points back scored 36 overall, with Val on 35 and Fiona on 34.
CSS went to 38 points.
It was all change in the Eclectic after 2 rounds, but 5 ladies are within 3 shots of each other leaving all to play for in the remaining two rounds. Val is currently leading by one from Jayne.
Despite the wind and mud the RPGC men came out to play. 22 of the 49 players remained within their buffer zone. The contest was over before everybody knew it. Jay Barker managed to score 21pts on both the front and the back 9's to win today's comp. Jim Fogarty, Martin Heinrich and Barry Page all recorded 39pts to finish 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively. Another three players finished on 38pts to complete the Top6. The first 10 players posted excellent results on the back 9 (shout out to the handicap secretary for his 21pts on the way in). The back-up handicap secretary was unlucky on the last two holes preventing him from moving up the leaderboard and cutting his handicap (don't believe the vicious rumours being spread by his playing partners - Mike Shabani, Tony Kopczak and HLB ).
CSS: 37pts. A whole list of handicap changes. Please take note of your new handicaps.
Jay Barker is also the new leader in the 2018 Winter Competitionon 112pts followed by Oliver Maskell 110pts and Alan King 109pts. It is a best 3 of 8 competition and with 3 rounds to go there is plenty to play for.
In round 2 of the Prince's Eclectic - report due soon.
7 mainly soggy cards were returned from competitors braving the atrocious wind/rain. Congrats to all! With at least one green under water the competition was abandoned for handicapping purposes and there were no exact playing handicap changes. Raymond Esin would have won with 37 but like Michael Choo omitted to sign his card. Honours fell to Paul House with a commendable 32 points followed by Tamas Ladacs 31 and Chris Jones 30.
The impact on the associated Winter Competition was minimal with Peter Harrington leading 110 from Paul House 109.
Paul ties with Michael in the Duke's Eclectic.
With the forecast predicting (& proving to be correct) rain, sleet or snow for most of the day, all bar a few hardy souls cancelled. Of the 5 who made it to the Park, one didn't venture forth, two more called it a day after 5 holes, leaving the hardy duo of Susan Smith and Habe Crocker to battle the elements and course to make it round all 18 holes.
Less said about their scoring the better, but with the men reporting flooded greens, the competition was abandoned, but Susan did manage to increase her lead by one shot in the Eclectic as well as finishing ahead of Habe.
22 brave/foolish players faced some real winter conditions. Getting out as early possible was the way to go. The flags on some of the greens became surrounded by water deeming the course unplayable. Therefore the Competition Committee had no choice but to make today's competition a Non-Qualifier. Keith Cassidy posted a respectable score of 35pts to become leader in the clubhouse. Oliver Maskell put together an impressive back 9 (20pts) with birdies on 11 and 18 to overtake Keith with a total of 36pts. Tamas, James, Peter Harrison and Alan complete the Top6.
Oliver also becomes the new leader in the Winter Competition with 109pts. Alan King matches that score but the countback rule pushes him into second.
In round 3 of the Duke's Eclectic - report due soon.
A cold nor'wester chilled competitors to the bone. Gust at times almost blew competitors over. Enter stage right Secretary Peter Harrington who led from the rear in the last game. Peter took full honours:
- Winner 40 points.
- Leader Prince's Eclectic on 69.5.
- Leader Winter Competition on 110.
- Joint leader on Men's SI 1-4 ('new' report available on system).
Peter is cut 2 shots 21->19. Jonathan Rivers played well for 38 and Cosmo Liefting-Moore for 37.
Three teams of three took to the Princes course for a Texas Scramble. A fine time was had by all, enjoying the absence of rain and wind chill. One team stood head and shoulders above the rest. Congratulations to Sheena, Jane F and Deborah who scored gross 74, net 64. The other teams trailed behind on net 68 and net 69. Sheena continues her winning streak in the Winter team events being on the winning side for the last 3 months. With just one team event to go the ladies are all angling for a spot on Team Sheena!
A big field battled away on a muddy Prince's course. The stars were clearly aligned for Damian Hackett. It was his 55th birthday today, his beloved New England Patriots, aka cheaters (Spygate, Deflategate), and rugby team won this weekend. Truth be told he did play an excellent round of golf: 36 gross on the front 9 (2 birdies) and 34 on the way in. End result: 70 gross (60 net). Things could even have been better had he not raced his eagle putt past the cup on the 9th (he did 3-putt to make a par ...). Damian's new handicap now stands at 9.0 and he's set up himself up for an ESR. Martin Heinrich deservedly finishes 2nd thanks to a wonderful 82 (63 net). Mike Shabani had an excellent front 9 (36 gross) but struggled a bit on the way in. A score of 76 (64 net) earns him 3rd place today. Phil Flanagan, Paul House and Scott Sparks complete the Top6.
A long list of new handicaps. Please take note of your new handicap.
Whilst muddy underfoot, the sun surprisingly endured. With little wind, conditions were positively spring-like.
Some good scores resulted and it was tight at the top. Michael Choo emerged winner on 39 points - having only dropped two shot through 10th. Richard Owen finished 2nd with 38 whilst Meesrs. House, Rivers, Cepeda and Mason returned 37s.
In the associated Duke's Eclectic Michael is 1/2 a shot clear from John Curry on 66.0.
In the 3rd round of the associated Winter Competition Brett Colley shares the lead with John Curry on 103 points.
Report due soon.
In the associated Eclectic report due soon.
A raw, biting nor'easter persisted through the day mitigated by weak winter sunshine; the going was soft - heavy in places.
Not surprising that CSS was reduced by two from SSS 36 to 34. Some players mastered the conditions so congrats to the winner Danny Deprez 37 followed by Pete Harrison and Oliver Maskell with 35s. Both Danny and Pete receive a cut to playing handicap.
In the associated Winter Competition - Alan King 102 leads from Kerry Sargeant 99.
In round 2 of the Duke's Eclectic Alan Cinnamond leads on 70 from Roger Rojas, Kerry Sargeant and Alan King all with 71.
Mud provided challenges but chief challenge was the wind in the aftermath of storm Eleanor. A crisp 67 with a back nine 36 secured Oliver Maskell victory with Chris Jones four behind 71 and Stephen Mason 3rd 72.
The competition was 'abandoned' for handicapping purposes by the Committee due to Glendale staff cutting fresh holes during the competition. Under such conditions CSS=SSS with only reductions to handicaps; no handicap changes arose.
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