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A big field came to battle it out on Duke's and compete in a few Par 3 challenges.
The markers were put down by the players in the second flight. Ollie Griffin and Chris Lordan went wire to wire for today's victory . Both players recorded net scores of 68. In the later stages they were joined by in form Cathy Stavely. But the countback rule gave the advantage to Ollie. Both Ollie and Chris get (untimely) handicap cuts in the run-up to the 1st round of the Club Championship next Sunday. Cathy has to settle for 3rd place and new handicap of 18. 4th and 5th place go to Habib and Maureen with scores of 70 net. Ronnie is doing some serious handicap protection by finishing 6-6 on the last 2 holes. Her score of 71 net enables her to finish 6th. The final result could've been totally different for Anne Holding-Parsons. She didn't fare too well on just 2 holes. This took away all her chances of winning today's comp. The irony of the handicapping system means that Anne's handicap still drops by 1.2 strokes.
CSS: 71 (Men) / 73 (Ladies).
Captain's Day Challenges:
- Nearest to the Pin for the Ladies
- on the 7th was won by Tina Neessen
- on the 10th was won by Joan Mulcahy
- on the 16th was won by Angela Flynn
- Nearest to the Pin for the Men
- on the 7th was won by Habib (who narrowly edged out today's sponsor Nigel Gaymond. Ironically Habib missed his birdie putt with Nigel made his)
- on the 10th was won by AIdan Hurley
- on the 16th was won by Phil Flanagan
Many thanks to Deborah & Nigel for today's event.
Top Dog Trophy leader Chris Lordan extends his lead over Ollie Griffin (13pts) and Anis (12pts) and 3 players on 8pts.
Much heralded rain held off and just caught the last games as they finished.
Charlie Forrest had an amazing round with 23 on back 9 to win the Sweep with 43 points and a 2-shot reduction in handicap. Round of the day went to Aidan Hurley who shot level par including 5 birdies to finish one shot behind on 42 points and a reduction to a Category 1 h'cap - 5. Henry Lindesay-Bethune completed the 1-2-3 with 41 points and also earned handicap reduction to 8. Leading lady in her birthday week was Ronnie with 37 points.
CSS remained at SSS 37 points.
To say that the weather today was variable was an understatement. The field faced 4 seasons in one day. Light rains. some sunny spells and wind that became stronger throughout the day. The field handled the conditions pretty well.
Alexander Krasnenkov put down the marker with an excellent score of 41pts. He'll probably regret his DB on the 16th. A new handicap of 12 will serve as small consolation. Peter Osgood was the only other early starter to come within respectable distance of the winner. 19pts on the way out & in earn him 6th spot today. The later starters took the spoils. First of all Anis Driaa followed up an excellent front 9 of 22pts with a steady 20pts to seal the victory. Julian James came 3rd with a very nice score of 40pts. Martin Heinrich and Ned Shanklyn take spots 4 & 5.
Birthday lady Ronnie Mitchell was 1st lady. Guess more alcohol and little sleep is the way to go Ronnie. Quite remarkably Nick managed to not miss his 8.00AM tee-time (although the delay of 10min caused by Putney Park didn't hurt). If you examine his scorecard you will notice that he completed the front 9 on pure adrenaline. The tank ran completely empty on the back 9 though ... Tony Kopczak recorded two birdies (we could've used some of them yesterday ...). Sea coast tourist Jon Cooper recorded a nice eagle on the 9th.
After two rounds of the Top Dog Trophy Chris Lordan and Anis Driaa both lead by virtue of their respective wins. .
Persistent rain earlier in the week had greened and softened up conditions. By and large rain held off to eventually affect the later mid-morning games.
Early player and clubhouse leader was Bruno Clerckx with 67, just one over par on the front 9 and 2 birdies. Well done indeed Bruno - lowest gross with an ESR in addition to now playing off 6. Two players returned excellent sub SSS 70s - Seong Lim and Lucy Mi Ha. In form Cheryl, Rick Kimber, Henry Lindesay-Bethune and Jeremy Ryan retuned very solid 71s.
CSS remained at SSS (71 men 73 ladies).
This being first round of 4 of the Midweek Anniversary Accumulator first round naturally mirrors these results..
Golfing conditions were near perfect. Mild temperatures, less wind (than yesterday), receptive greens and fairways that still offer plenty of roll. The 17th however proved to very tricky for a lot of the male competitors. All in all scoring proved to be excellent.
Henry L-B played a good round of golf to post a score of 67 and become leader in the clubhouse. Although an outward 9 of 36 gross and a 7 on the 17th will make him feel like he missed out on a (really) good score. Young Son went out 34 gross. But unfortunately he squandered 4 shots on the two par 5's. Otherwise he would definitely have improved on score of 68 (net) and 3rd place. 1st lady today was Alison. After an untidy front 9 (51 gross) she started with a birdie on the back 9. Momentum never left her on the way in. A score of 70 (Nett) gets rewarded with a 4th place. (very) Early starter Barry Page had a steady round of 70 (net). But he also recorded a 7 on the ... 17th. In the end victory goes to one of the later starters: Peter Needham. Fresh off his victory in the Ladies Invite yesterday he managed to record gross scores of 40 on front and back 9. His net score of 65 is good enough for the win and new handicap of 14. And BTW he too recorded a 7 on the ... 17th. Kim Chaffert and Alison were the only ones in the Top6 to not record a 7 on that hole (and before you ask Kim did tee it up from the white tees).
CSS: 70 (25/45 in the buffer)
In the Anniversary Trophy Henry takes the lead on 141 followed by Barry (143), Sheena (143) and Kim (146). .
Report by Deborah Potter
The Ladies Invitation was a very enjoyable day on Saturday 8 June. We had 14 pairs in 7 games on a mainly dry if a little windy day. American Greensomes was an enjoyable fun format, we started the day with bacon rolls, golf in the middle and finished with chocolate cake, all well-balanced.
The first 3 places were very close fought and great scores given the conditions with Gina Jillett and Pete Harrison in 3rd place with 37 points, Veronica Mitchell and James Barker in 2nd place with 38 points and the winners with 38 points on countback were Val Riziotis (Ladies Vice-Captain) and Peter Needham.
Largely grey conditions predominated allowing players to focus on their golf. Greens showed continuing improvement and some bunkers had fresh sand but not always enough rakes.
Cathy Stavely returned a consistently excellent 64 to win the monthly medal with Jeremy Ryan chasing commendable 66. Four 67s followed separated on countback - Lim, Mick Abrams, Henry Lindesay-Bethune and Brian Ransom. Best gross score 74 from new member Umran Ali off 6.
Thierry and Senno were DQ for not entering handicap on card in handicap comp - see rule 3-3.
In the associated best 5 from 8 Midweek Grand Medal, Paul Grand (appropriately) held on to lead after round 4 on 287, five clear from Mike Jones..
Sometimes playing on consecutive days enhances one's game, and other times it doesn't. This was very evident in today's results, with many of the ladies involved in matches yesterday there was a 50/50 split as to whether it helped or hindered. It definitely helped Lia Donath, who was the medal winner with a net 67 and Anne H-P, her partner from yesterday, was just one back in 2nd place.
CSS went to 68, giving Lia just a 0.3 cut to her handicap.
Scoring proved to be tough for the field (except for today's winner). Most of the players seemed to do pretty well on the front 9. But keeping up that form on the back proved too big a hurdle for the majority of the field.
Secretary Peter Harrington was so looking forward to today's Committee meeting that he decided waste very little time on the course. A very impressive 63 (net) earned him a well deserved win. As a result PDH's handicap drops back to 19. Gary Moris (65 net) and early leader in the clubhouse Jan Wilken (66 net) complete the Top3. Our president Tim Meyer had an excellent front 9 (37 gross) but faded away on the back to settle for 4th. Charlie Whiteman's excellent back 9 (38 gross) earns him 5th and a steady round by Seong allows him to beat Alvaro to sixth. Aidan Hurley recorded the best gross score today (75).
CSS: 67 (13/36 in the buffer).
The Grand Medal Trophy interim results tba.
Cool conditions were maintained through the day but initial light rain became persistent for later competitors.
Shaun DuPreez was the early clubhouse leader with 42 points (24 out, 18 back) but he was eventually pipped by Jeremy Thompson with consistent 21s who won the Sweep on countback. Jessy Diasilua returned a respectable 38 pts for 3rd followed by Kamil Naidoo and Brett Colley 37s. Sheena returned best ladies' card 34pts.
CSS remained at 36 points.
Following a net differential -10 on 21 April to today's -6, the Handicap Secretary's office applied clinical surgery with an ESR of -2 to Shaun who now plays off 14. Shaun started the year on 21 and is now leader for the 2019 MIG award but 7 months left. Well done to he and Jeremy on Duke's for such good scoring.
A good turnout for a bank holiday weekend competition. Conditions proved to be more complicated than expected. It still feels like playing links golf on inland course. Fairways continue to provide extra roll. But you had to judge the bounces well or get lucky. Greens are slowly improving.
Henry continued on his good form from yesterday's Clapham Common to post a score of 39pts and overtake Scott Sparks as leader in the clubhouse. A score of +2 gross on the front 9 and birdie on the 18th are a true reflection of a good day at the office. Henry's handicap goes back to 9. Evgeny came out all guns blazing and recorded 20pts on the way out. A few unwelcome bogeys mean he had to settle for 18pts in. A score of 38pts is good enough for 3rd today. The sting was in the tail (again) today. Kamil Naidoo had an ok front 9 but soared into 1st place with an impressive 23pts on the last 9 holes. By virtue of the countback rule he snatches victory from Henry's grasp. Late starter Carmelo Di Salvo and 1st lady Caroline Stilwell complete the Top6. Cheryl's 22pts on back 9 went to waste since she - in all the excitement - forgot to sign her card. On a last note: Mike Shabani did better than yesterdays' result.
CSS: 36 pts (13 players in the buffer)
Today's facts: four players recording 40 or more points and a useful number of players recording scores in the high 30's. We can only conclude that the course was there for the taking. How do you beat the crowded field? four birdies and a "sandy" eagle on the 15th (more on that hole later) will do nicely. Alvaro "EL Nino" Garcia-Hoz tallied an impressive score of 43pts to overtake the whole field. AGH's handicap drops by a full stroke to 11. Well done. 2nd and 3rd place go to players recording scores of 41pts. Paul's impressive 25pts on the back 9 take him up to 2nd. He narrowly avoided an ESR but his new handicap now stands at 19 (he started 2019 on hcp of 23 ...). Richard gets a consolation prize for missing out on 2nd place (see below). Cathy Stavely didn't miss her return to competition golf with a nice score of 40pts and 4th place. Sheena and Angus (both on 39pts) close out the Top6.
CSS: 38pts (almost half of the field remained in the buffer).
Looks like Richard Owen did just enough (78pts total) to snatch the Founders Cup from under Paul's nose.
NB: usual suspects will have noticed the forward white tees on the 15th hole. Apparently the men have a strong tendency to hook their tee-shot on that hole. Glendale have seen an important rise in the number of balls landing over the fence. Hence the new tees. Going forward this will more than likely have an impact on the SI of this hole.
Unlike conditions at the PGA where the wind has picked up, it was a very benign day at the Park with some good scoring particularly from the first game, who must have egged each other on, the result of which was that they occupied the first 4 places on the leaderboard. On the 2nd hole, Deborah & Val both recorded birdies making pars for the other 2 look very ordinary.
Sheena dropped just 2 shots on the way out, but didn't keep it going on the back 9 and was pipped for 2nd place by Lia who almost matched Sheena's front 9, dropping just four shots. However, more consistency was the winner, with Val beating both by one for a net 65, which included a 7 on the 14th.
CSS dropped by one to 68, with both Val & Lia getting playing handicap cuts.
A smaller field faced more enjoyable golfing conditions: a fair bit of roll on the fairways and improving greens made that the course was there for the taking. 20 of the 32 players managed to remain in their buffer.
Lou Suarez followed up a steady front 9 (43 gross) with an excellent back 9 to take today's honours. His score of 82 (61 net) earns him a handicap cut of 1.7 strokes down to 19. Well done! Early leader in the clubhouse Tom Cook (91, 64 net) takes a well deserved runner-up position. Richard Inlgis' tidy round of 83 (65 net) takes him onto the podium. A group of 66'ers Amir, Aidan and James complete the Top6. Shout-out to Jim Deissler who just missed on a Top6 finish. He would've finished higher had it not been for a couple of "ugly" finishes. His sole reward is a chunky cut of 1.2 strokes off his handicap. If you have the time you should check out the scores on the 16th hole! That hole can bite really hard!
The club will contact those who have signed up/qualified for the NAPGC regional.
The Grand Medal Trophy interim results tba.
The field enjoyed nice weather but the course has been in better shape. The extra roll on the fairways was welcome but the areas the greens remain sticky making chipping tricky (not for today's winner - more on that later). And the greens could do with more water. Certain games had to wait to hit approaches into the green because the greenkeeping staff decided it was opportune to appear out of nowhere and cut the aprons and the fairways. When they decided to let us play they thought it was a good idea to not cut off their engines.
On to the golf. Bruno went out early (and probably didn't get impeded by the Glendale staff). After a tentative front 9 (18pts) he tore up the back 9 (22pts) to become leader in the clubhouse. That score proved too high a high a hurdle for most of the field. Two players managed to post a better number. Susan Hempsell opened her round with a birdie. She could've improved on her outward score of 23pts had it not been for an ugly 7 on the 3rd. An untidy start of the back 9 didn't unsettle her. Although it has to be said that the chip-in from 25yds off the 18th green didn't hurt (Why didn't my Knicks have that kind of luck in yesterday's draft lottery? #NoZionNoParty). A total score of 42pts earns Susan 1st place and a new playing handicap of 24. She also potentially set herself up for an ESR in the (not too distant) future. Richard Norden had a blinder with 41pts. 2nd place and a new handicap of 30 are his rewards. Late starter Jack Evans, Ann Gardner (just bring that form to the course on Saturday) and Richard Hodgkinson complete the Top6.
CSS: 36pts (21/51 in the buffer)
Founders Cup standings after 2 of 3 rounds: Charlie Forrest 73, Oliver Khan 67, Sheena 66, Brett Colley 66, Adrian Wells 66
On another note: The Midweek Treasurer (Kim Chaffert) came to unpleasant realisation that £12 (in entry fees/sweep money) was missing this morning after the 7.00am starters went out. Why does this matter? Every pence that is missing will be taken out of the sweep money. This means less money for the Top6 finishers. So from next week the last of the 7.00am starters are kindly (but with some insistence) invited/ordered to leave the pouch with the money at the Glendale reception and no longer on one the tables in the clubhouse.
The midweek rain had definitely helped with re-greening both fairways and greens, added to that the sun did its best to stay out making for a chance to play in shirtsleeves again. Sheena Harrington was on good chipping and putting form to keep her score going returning 38 points with 21 on the back 9. In second place was Tenesi Karakaneva on 36.
The winner of the Committee Cup was Sheena, with two rounds of 38. The runner-up was Lia Donath with a 37 and 35, with Cheryl Woodhouse just one further back after a 37 and 34.
Today's comp was almost like Brexit: promising at first sight but rather complicated and painful to complete. Milder temperatures created a decent amount of roll on the fairways. But swirling winds and greens that are in dire need of some water (again) provided unwelcoming challenges. Today's round - just like the whole Brexit process - provided chances for some opportunistic individuals to enjoy brief moments of glory. The final twist in today's event came in the very last game (sounds very familiar to the B-saga). Kris Lynch had a fantastic front 9 (22pts). He overcame a sub-par back 9 to take first place today. His margin of victory could/should've been higher had he not recorded no scores on holes 11 and 16. Kris' handicap drops to 28. Well done. Seong Lim was steady as always (19pts in & out). 2nd place is a just reward for a solid performance. Ollie Grffin used an excellent back 9 (21pts) to claim 3rd. Thanks to the countback rule he was able to fend the 4 birdies by Chris Lordan on the way in. Jim Deissler and Tamas both on 36pts complete the Top6.
CSS: 36pts (13/44 in the buffer)
33 competitors braved the rainy conditions with pm players probably having the best greens certainly needed the rain.
It suited Paul Green who romped home with 39 points to win this first (of three) rounds of the Founders' Cup. Charlie Forrest had a very respectable 38 for second with Sheena Harrington nipping Richard Owen on back 9 countback 37.
Reflecting conditions, CSS was pared back 1 to 36 points from SSS 37.
Apart from cool temperatures the field faced a course which was in better shape than last week. The rain of the last couple of days made it easier to hit shots from the fairways. Pitching/chipping became less of a nuisance too. Finally the sand in the bunkers was more playable and the greens were more receptive too.
Jan Wilken went out early and set the tone with an excellent score of 42pts. A steady front 9 (19pts) was followed by an excellent back 9 (23pts) to make him the runaway winner today. Jan's handicap drops to 12. The back-up handicap secretary started slowly. But a better back 9 allowed him to see two other players on 40pts. Aidan Hurley was solid all day (21pts out + 19pts in). Richard Young was the last of the players on 40pts. Toby's excellent back 9 allow him to finish 5th. A birdie on the last vaults Lia into 6th overall and 1st lady.
Looks like that in the space of 25min two eagles were recorded on the 17th. Well done to Mike Shabani and Richard Owen for completing that feat.
CSS: 37pts (15 out 47 in the buffer).
There was little wind and greens showed some evidence of manual watering, hopefully enough to keep them going until the irrigation system is repaired.
The May Medal was won with an exceptional 67 from Oliver Kahn who received an additional ESR for new handicap of 17.0. But close on his heels were Chris Jones and Mark Laverty 68s. Sheena was best lady on 70 and Rick Kimber shot lowest gross 82.
The 'TWOs' were taken by Oliver, Sheena and John Curry.
Spare a thought for the Handicap Secretary who stood on 18th tee with only 10 shots dropped. He proceeded to drop another 10 on the last hole without going out of bounds for a 14. The net double bogey handicapping rule applied an effective 7 at hole giving a net differential of -5 and an ESR marker. Still cut two shots to 20.
Paul Grand held on to the midweek Grand Medal comp to date on 215, six ahead of Mike Jones and Tamas Ladacs.
A few more layers were required in the clothing department today when compared to the shorts & tee shirts of last week! Despite that conditions were more reminiscent of high summer than spring with hard fairways and greens suffering from the broken irrigation system. But conditions seemed to suit most of the ladies, with the average score being almost 35 points from the 13 contestants. As such CSS went to 37.
After the first round of the Committee Cup Sheena Harrington has a narrow one point lead ahead of 3 ladies on 37 and a further 3 on 36. Needless to say, anyone could come through in the second round of the competition to win.
This must have felt like autumn golf to the field today: cooler temperatures (although not as bad as yesterday in the Spring Mixed) and lots of wind made the course pretty hard to play. On top of that the greens showed no signs of improvement and the bounces on the fairways were really unpredictable. Judging distances became very complicated as well. One competitor had the perfect game plan for the 12th hole: drive down the middle of the fairway, 2nd shot leaving him 110yds into the green (as planned according to him). Since the wind was helping he took one less club to pitch the ball short of the green and let it roll up to the pin. What happened: crazy bounce and the ball flew the green! If you wanted to do well today your first name had to be a variation of Christopher (not taking into account winner and runner-up. See below).
Today's winning score belongs to Brian McMahon. His score of 1UP was matched by Keith Cassidy. Unfortunately Keith made a mess of holes 17 & 18 to hand victory to Brian. Chris Lordan, Kris Lynch and Christer Larsson were the only other players not to lose to the course. Peter Needham clsoed out the Top6.
Peter Harrington could've made it very good weekend for the Harrington household if he'd remembered to write his handicap on his scorecard (his wife Sheena won the 1st round of the Ladies Committee Cup).
CSS: All Square (14/32 in the buffer)
Saturday 27 April was the Spring Mixed Random Draw playing American Greensomes and a lovely fun relaxed day and format. 12 pairs played in challenging conditions with the edge of Storm Hannah impacting although it was mainly dry.
The random draw created many new and excellent pairings. Keith Cassidy and Jayne Maxwell won with 38 points, Richard Inglis and Ann Gardner were second on 36 points and Paul Brown and Deborah Potter a close third.
Conditions were somewhat affected by the wind - longer payers e.g. Hussan reaching par 5 9th with driver and wedge. Common to all were the greens (pacy -rare at RP) with evidence still of tining and sanding. Relief could be taken from tine holes. Whilst courses need decent rain, some rough is already thick with fresh growth.
Overall, scoring was average with CSS 37 points remaining at SSS.
Jeannie Chung had an excellent round 40 points to win the sweep comp from Richard Owen on back 9 countback. 37s followed from Jim Fogarty, Brian Ransom and Sheena Harrington.
Ladies (Sheena and Jeannie) monopolised the 'Twos'. Jeannie and Richard receive playing playing handicap cuts.
Near perfect golfing conditions for the field today. Were it not for some weirdly/hastily placed cups on most of the holes. The extra bounce/roll on the fairways was offset by greens that were in dire need of some water and some punishing pin positions (the pin position on 7 was pretty diabolical).
Today's report is fairly simple: the gang of 40's and the rest of the field. James Anslow went out early and kept up his excellent recent form. 20pts on the front and back nines earns him "only" 3rd place today. Shaun Dupreez was quoted recently that he "felt good about his game". I guess that recording 47pts is some way of backing up on that statement. 26pts (!) on the way out can be described as a good start. His only blemish on the back 9 was a six on the 13th (for nil points). He had to settle for "only" 21pts on the way in. 1st place and a new handicap of 18 are just rewards for an excellent morning of golf. Jim Deissler tried to put up a late charge. But his fantastic 44pts are "only" good enough for a runner-up spot today. Jim's handicap gets a healthy cut down 22. Scott Sparks. Sean O'Sullivan and 1st lady Caroline Stilwell complete the Top6.
CSS: 37pts (11/36 players in the buffer)
A big field enjoyed near perfect golfing conditions. Mild temperatures, a little wind and some nice roll on the fairways clearly helped. Guess we'll have to wait a couple of weeks for the greens to become more receptive.
In typical Mighty Mike style Mike Shabani came out all guns blazing. A blistering front 9 was rewarded with a score of 3UP. The jitters then got to him. But an impressive recovery over the last four holes made him leader in the clubhouse on 3UP. Kim Chaffart on the other hand couldn't centre one iron shot or drive. But some clutch chipping and putting put him in an excellent position of 5UP walking off the 16th, whereupon he then managed to record two 7's, recording a final score 3UP. But thanks to the countback he managed to push Mike into 3rd. Victory today goes to the steadiest player of the field. Tom Cook had a steady front 9 (2UP). He kept his composure on the back 9 (3UP) to claim victory by some distance. Tom's handicap gets cut to 27. Mikey and Kim earn handicap cuts too. Tamas, Arthur and Oliver complete the Top6.
A large field gathered at the Park for another round of Winter golf. How cold was it today for the 8.00am starters? Nick Rogers gave up on his shorts and decided to properly cover up. Temperatures close to 0, chilly winds and bumpy fairways and greens proved to a few too many obstacles for most of the field. Only 16 out of 59 competitors managed to stay in their buffer.
Competent ball striking was required. Evgeny Vd Geest provided that for 15 holes. The last three holes uncharacteristically turned into a nightmare. His net score of 70 was still good enough to hold off Robin Thomas. Mark Laverty and Habib Amir earn 3rd and 4th spot respectively. First lady today is Jayne Maxwell with a net 72. Ollie Griffin strong off yesterday's victory in the Clapham Common captured 6th.
Putting remained tricky. Nick and Tamas showed a more efficient way to get birdies by chipping in for birdies on holes 3 & 16. On to the Diamond Jubilee on 9th June.
A chilly vernal nip but glorious sunshine greeted 49 competitors for the Masters Bowl. The sanded and tined greens had settled down after recent rain but sand still flew up on pitches to the greens.
Early scores in the clubhouse were best 38 points and leader-board indicating CSS 35 points but eventually better scores came in and CSS ended 37 points. Louis Suárez was the fine winner on 40 points followed by new member Arthur Clark 39. Countbacks differentiated Messrs. O'Sullivan, Cohen and Shabani 38s. New lady member Jeannie Chung flew the ladies' flag on 37 off a well-handicapped 21.
A large contingent of ladies were away at Donnington Valley for the weekend, more than usually play on a Sunday, so needless to say numbers at the Park were somewhat low. The two ladies who did play had a friendly knock about with some good scoring between them, possibly aided by the lack of pressure of trying to win a competition, this despite reports of the greens being somewhat variable after the earlier work on them in the week.
Until today the greenest beach in the world was the pitch at Camp Nou in Barcelona (not a joke. Non-Catalans do call the pitch of FC Barcelona the greenest beach on the face of the earth). A reduced field (blame the Ladies Away Day) could be forgiven for imagining themselves at Camp Nou. Works by the green staff left huge amounts of sand on the greens. Although not slow the greens proved to be quite unpredictable.
Just ask James A. He did everything right on the first hole: good tee-shot followed up an approach that just made the front of the green. The rest of the hole turned into a horror show. Quite remarkably that 7 seemed to relax JA and he went on to complete the 18 holes with a 65 net. An excellent back 9 allowed him to distance himself from the two other players finishing on 65 (Thomas & Thomas). Simon Malin, Nathan Street and Jan Wilken complete the Top6. Captain Nigel Gaymond made the luckiest birdie ever on the 11th (not bitter ...): a topped tee-shot ended to within tap-in distance of the hole. He didn't miss the putt.
CSS: 67 (14/31 in the buffer)
Sean Thomas takes the lead in the 2019 Grand Medal Trophy (scores of 62 & 65 don't hurt).
The forecast was for a chill and thunderstorms developing but the latter did not materialise giving reasonable golfing conditions. Mid-morning players were somewhat surprised to find 3 temporary greens with work still being carried out tining, aeration on their real greens. Word was that works would have been complete.
So different players played to different greens. The decision was taken to 'abandon' the competition for handicapping purpose only - still counting however for Midweek Grand Medal. In this technical arrangement CSS is set to SSS with reductions only to handicaps.
As it happened, only Kim and Paul Grand beat SSS with 68s and are only players cut. Paul just nipped Kim on back 9 to win the medal and win a new handicap. Cheryl was 'leading lady'.
What a difference a week makes in the UK. Still No Brexit and today the field faced really chilly conditions (did we really move the clocks forward to face this weather?). It was so cool that Nick Rogers decided to wear long trousers today (BTW doesn't cold weather have a negative impact on tennis elbows?). Looks like the conditions got the better of our Captain too ...
Cold weather, swirling winds and men's tees that had been moved slightly backward required some decent ball striking today. Evegeny VDG did just that. He struggled a bit on the way out (6 bogeys & 1 birdie). But an excellent back 9 (36 Gross) led him to a respectable 76 (69 net). Evgeny's handicap drops to 6. He was joined by Kamil Naidoo (you couldn't miss Tangerine Kamil today), Richard Inglis and Carmelo Di Salvo on that number. 1st lady today was Gina with a steady 70 net. Today also confirms the tradition that the ladies (almost) never win the Coronation Cup. The report started with the premise that good ball striking was required today. How about 71 gross? Chris Lordan put on a "Stripe Show". His front 9 read as follows: Bogey-Bogey-Birdie-Par-Eagle (!) - Birdie - Birdie - Par - Bogey = 33 gross. 38 gross) on the back 9 with two more birdies bring his tally for today to 71 (64 net). Chris' handicap moves back to 6. A good day at the office.
CSS: 71 (Men) - 73 (Ladies)
Needless to say that Chris takes the lead in the Top Dog rankings.
Calm and dry but grey conditions allowed 52 competitors to focus on their golf for the Sweep competition. Scoring overall was good with CSS raised to 38 points.
Early player Prlab Barua held the lead until late in the day when Doug Donaghey retuned a stonking gross 80 and 42 points to win. No fewer than four on 41 had to be separated by countback: Pralab, Stephen Haworth, leading lady Susan Hempsell and Hassan Mouilah.
Hassan shot level par 68 in his round and indeed was two under through 10. Well done indeed and Hassan earns Category 1 handicap @ 5.4.
Today was a perfect day for golf and the second round of the Spring Meeting 4BBB. There was a great turn with 12 ladies in 6 pairs.
It was a fun and enjoyable day, the results were very close with all scores between 33 and 38 and anticipation building until the last scores were entered.
Congratulations to Joan and Sonia who won on 38 with a countback and a close second were Angela and Jessamie, with Ronnie and Caroline only 3 points behind on 35.
Nibbles and prizes were the perfect way to finish after the game and lovely to have sunshine all day.
A beautiful day at the Park today. Too bad some of us ruined it by playing golf (myself included). The course is slowly improving: less mud although the greens could do with a truer roll. Most of the field overcame some of the tricky pin positions on the back 9.
Carmelo Di Salvo went out in the last game and overtook everybody with a brilliant score of 43pts (21pts out & 22pts in). John Ahad also played in that game and took 3rd with an excellent score of 41pts. Wedged between these two is Paul Brown who played consistent golf (20 & 21pts) to claim 2nd. Mike Shabani had 3 birdies today. As usual he took out his driver on nearly every hole. But after walking off the 16th with 39pts he - for some reason - decided to play safe. He left the driver in the bag. Result: only 2pts on the last 2 holes. Charlie Whiteman and Nigel Ward complete the Top6 with nice scores of 40 and 39pts respectively. Paul Grand narrowly missed out in the Top6 despite a superb 22pts on the way in. Evegeny Vd Geest recorded an eagle on the 18th in his first competition with the club. A sign of more to come?
The overall Spring Stableford goes to Mister Consistent Luke Baker with a score of 75pts. Last week's winner Kerry had a day to forget, opening the door for Luke.
Having roared in like a lion, March does indeed like going out like a lamb. There was a brief early vernal nip in the air but otherwise cloudy and pleasantly mild. Ideal for golf albeit still muddy in places.
A late card from Álvaro Garcia-Hoz won the medal with an absolutely amazing net 63 proved the worthy winner. Kerry Sargeant headed Oliver Khan on countback 66s. But Kerry shot the lights out on the more difficult back 9 - level par with two birdies.
With 55% overall being within 'buffer', CSS was reduced by one from SSS (men 71->70, ladies and 73=>72). Having scored 41 points on Sunday, Kerry earns an additional ESR (Exceptional Scoring Reduction) of 1 - and now plays off 6 - a reduction of 4 from 10 this year Well done!!
Fortunately the rain stayed away until we had finished our Spring Meeting Stableford competition on St Patrick’s Day with a good turn out of 16 ladies. It was a combination of both fresh and energising if also muddy and depleting.
Tenesi Karakaneva continues her good form with an impressive 39 points and a well-deserved handicap reduction, ten ahead of the next best lady Susan Smith, with Angela Flynn as a close third.
Less wind but more mud. Pick your poison. Looks like the field is really yearning for some better weather.
Kerry's been puting in some extra practice by playing a few midweek competitions. Looks like the practice is paying off. An excellent score of 41pts (20pts out and 21pts in) puts Kerry in a very strong position leading up to Round 2 next Sunday. Kerry's handicap drops from 10 to 8. Luke Baker takes 2nd thanks to a stomping outward 9 (22pts). James Anslow's excellent back 9 (20pts) gets rewarded with 3rd place. Kamil is rediscovering a bit of good form to reach 37pts (he will regret the last 2 holes). Chris Lordan and yours truly complete the Top6.
Oliver Maskell for once controlled his fade to drive the 18th green
with his 3 wood. His eagle putt lipped out. The "Battle of the Shanks"
between Mark Rosamond and Peter Osgood was won by Mark. I stopped
counting the number of actual shanks on the back 9. Looks like the Men's
Captain will need a bit more time to get used to his new driver (full
disclosure: his old one snapped in the boot of an Uber car).
Realistically Luke, James and Kamil are the only ones left with a fighting change to catch Kerry in Round 2 of the Spring Trophy.
Pre-equinoctial gale 'Gareth' provided plenty of challenge but statistically not as much as winds for the past Sunday game. With just 23% within buffer CSS was 'only' lowered one from SSS 37 to 36 points.
Undeflected by the wind, Stephen Haworth shot a solid 40 points to win the sweep from a very creditable 39 from Kerry Sargeant (22 back 9). Pralab and Secretary Peter Harrington filled the frame in the winners' enclosure with 38s. Stephen is cut from 17 to 16 whilst Kerry is just .1 away from getting back to a single figure handicap.
Turnout was again good for midweek at 41.
What a day the ladies chose for their first medal round of the year. The gale force blustery winds didn't exactly enhance anyone's game with the best score being a net 80.
A fair number of ladies withdrew leaving a small group of 7 with only one gross score below a 100. CSS went up 3 to 72 resulting in a reduction only round.
With two ladies recording 80, Tenesi Karakaneva took the honours with the better back 9 from Fiona Coombe.
This was probably one of those days when staying home and not playing golf would've been the right decision. The course was clearly showing signs of the rain of the last couple of days. When the rain stopped around 8.30 there was no reprieve whatsoever for the competitors. The wind decided to pick up some serious speed. Most of the holes played into the wind. Judging club distances proved to be very complicated. Lining up putts turned out to be tricky too. Only way to steady yourself was widen your stance and try as hard as possible to make abstraction of the wind. Numbers will back up these claims. Until Sean Thomas and Paul Brown recorded their scores the Competition was deemed to be "Reduction Only".
Sean Thomas managed to "keep the ball in the middle of the fairway". He did something else right: 39 on the way out and 35 inward - gross. An excellent 74 (62!!! net) earns Sean a massive 1.8 handicap cut all the way down to a new hcp of 10. Paul Brown recorded a very decent score of 68 net to claim second. Bruno, Mike, Richard and Kerry compete the Top6.
CSS: 70 (you are reading correctly)
Blustery conditions prevailed and rain held off until the last few holes for the later games.
Alastair Whyte continued his run of good form to win the 5th Inaugural Trophy with 40 points one ahead of Bruno and two from Alexander. An early five points on the first hole held early promise for Jeremy Prescot.
With 49% in buffer zone, CSS was raised from 36 to 37 points. Alastair is chopped from 29 to 27. No 'Twos' recorded.
Guess we knew it couldn't last and with the forecast predicting rain and wind, the ladies showed more grit than many of the men as their games were decimated whereas we lost only two participants.
Proving that teams of four do not always beat those of three, the threesome of Cheryl, Tina and Julieann were victorious today with a score of 70.3.
Conditions were a lot more challenging than the last scramble as the wind and mud returned, which was reflected in the higher scores and lack of birdies - but it is a fun format enjoyed by everyone, even when none of the team can make a putt of any length!
Despite ominous weather forecast 20 players decided to put on the waterproofs and take out the brollies to play some winter/autumn golf again (I must confess that I preferred last week's weather).
Rain remained light throughout the day but the wind grew stronger as the day went on. Since PP was a no-show the first game was able to finish their round in 3.5h (quite a feat for a Sunday round of golf).
Tony Kopczak dropped the Inspector Gadget rain coat and looked like a decent player today: 18pts out and 21pts in, and enough to win today's comp. TK's handicaps gets cut 0.9 strokes down to playing handicap of 17. Alexander Krasnenkov looked like the real deal for 5 holes (level par gross). Then he decided to lay up on the 6th only to go OB. He steadied himself to finish the front 9 on 20pts. He played a steady back nine but he will deeply regret the missed par putt on the 18th. AK's 2nd place gets rewarded with a new playing handicap of 12. Bruno 'Rain Man' Clerckx didn't enjoy his front nine. But he lost all inhibitions on the way in. A score of +1 gross translates into 21pts and 3rd place. Tamas gets a mention in this report for a chip-in birdie on the 16th.
Finally: how do you from hero to zero in one week? After winning the Winter Comp last week Martin Heinrich decided to game a set of players irons (won't mention the name of the brand). The leader board tells the story.
CSS: 36pts (7/20 players in the buffer).
Summer conditions again prevailed on the penultimate day of meteorological winter. Competitors took advantage with 60% within their buffer zone. In this the last round of the midweek Winter Competition Richard Young shot 43 points to win with Charlie Forrest nipping Richard Hodgkinson on countback 42 points.
All handicap changes were reductions so please check your latest handicap.
Richard's 42 was sufficient to win the overall Midweek Winter Competition with two 42s in his 120, four clear from long-time leader Mike Jones.
Brett Colley prevailed to win the Midweek Duke's Eclectic on 56.5 - a good net 3.5 clear from Tamas Ladacs.
What an amazing day, who would have thought they'd be playing in shirtsleeves in Feb in the UK and a complete contrast to the freezing temperatures of a year ago. As with the previous week it didn't seem to help the golf overly much, but there were lots more scores in the 30s and CSS remained unchanged at 37 points.
The closest anyone got to it was Angela Flynn with 35 points and the day's winner. One point behind was Maureen Slade, showing a long overdue return to good scoring after her knee surgery.
Angela also ran out the Eclectic winner, knocking a fair few shots off her score with today's round. Analysis of her scoring revealed that the secret was to birdie the par 3s, something Angela managed with three of them.
A large field enjoyed some excellent weather. The absence of any wind created near perfect golfing conditions. It should as no surprise then that scoring proved to be very good.
HLB continued his excellent form at the Park and posted a nice score of 40pts. A tidy front 9 (level par/23pts) was followed a couple of 3 putts and "only" 17pts on the way in. Kerry Sargeant did a bit better than HLB and went out in 25pts (that's 2 under gross). An untidy tee-shot on the 10th and a no-score on the 16th (sounds familiar Paul B?) prevented him from scoring more than 15pts on the way in. As the day went on the weather and scoring got even better. Sean Thomas was another player joining the 40pts club. Given today's scoring that is only good enough for 6th today. Four players recorded a score 41pts. Countback ranks them as follows: Toby, Gunnar, Martin and Tony. The first three get rewarded with new competition handicaps
Ollie Griffin killed two birds with one stone today. His score of 41pts earns him victory in the final round of the Winter Comp.
He also win the Prince's Eclectic with a net 57. Ollie's competition handicap also gets a healthy chop down to 9.1.
CSS: 38pts (25/41 players were in the buffer today).
The Winter Competition winner is Martin Heinrich with a score of 120pts ahead of Ollie Griffin on 117pts. Well Done!.
A chilly breeze greeted competitors but it brightened up with mild sunny periods. Rain from a couple of days ago still gave cloying mud. With a 'bucket' hole on 11 the round was a non-qualifier for handicapping.
Richard Hodgkinson struck form with 42 points to win the 6th (of a now 7 possible) round played of the midweek winter comp. He was closely followed by a late 41 from Jack Evans and 39 from Nathan Street. Alastair Whyte continued his good form with the best 38 from Roy Evans and Henry Lindesay-Bethune. Best lady was Sheena 32. A shout-out to Gregory Jean-Baptiste for a birdie net albatross on 17 for 5 points!
This was the last round for the associated Duke's Eclectic which saw Brett Colley wining on 65.5 from Toby Hunt and Henry Lindesay-Bethune both 67.5 (software shows Toby 2nd on 'countback' last 9).
In the Winter Competition Mike Jones continues to lead on 116 now from Richard Hodgkinson 114 but don't discount the in-form Evanses (Roy and Jack) who only need 39/41 to pass Mike's current score on Prince's final round.
The weather might have been bright & mild for February, but it didn't help the ladies much. The course might have been significantly shorter for the men, but the ladies were still off their tees with the lack of run expected at this time of year.
CSS moved by 3 to 33 points at which point four ladies were in their buffer zones, so it was 0.1 back for everyone else. Winner of the last round of the eclectic was Jayne Maxwell with 33 points, beating Angela Flynn by 1 point.
The winner of the Eclectic was Val Riziotis, who improved her leading score of the previous round to win with a net 71.
Mild weather and forward tees were a nice set-up for a large field. In the end 17 of the 46 players remained in their buffer. No idea where Nigel Ward went on holiday but the break did have its effect. 43pts ((21 out and 22 in) made him the runaway winner today. Nigel's handicap gets cut a massive 2.1 strokes to 13. Steady Brian McMahon played an excellent back 9 (22pts) to claim 2nd with 40pts. Richard Owen nearly emulated Brian. But his 21pts on the back 9 means he has to settle for 3rd. George Taylor matched Richard Owen's score but the countback rule puts him into 4th. Countback rule also had to separate the large group of players on 36pts. 5th place goes to Martin Heinrich and 6th goes to Simon Malin.
Winter Competition: Nigel's fantastic score today vaults him into the lead with 115pts. Still all to play for in next week's round.
Duke's Eclectic: Three players finished on net 62. Countback makes Pete Harrison the winner of this series.
The promised mild, dry and sunny conditions prevailed enhancing scoring opportunities. Continuing improver Adil Lalani took advantage to win with 43 points earning a two shot reduction in handicap. A creditable 41 points from consistent Bruno took second place with Stephen Haworth returning best 40 on countback from Mike Jones. Jim Fogarty, Roy Evans and John Maxwell. CSS was one above SSS 37 at 38 points. Ladies returned 2 of the 3 'Twos' - Sheena and Alison.
This was the 5th round played of the Winter Competition with two remaining, with the requirement that at least one round on each course to be played. Mike Jones leads on 116 from Jim Fogarty 109.
In the associated Prince's Eclectic with one round left, Brett Colley 59.5 leads Bruno 62.0.
The start sheet showed another good turn out from the ladies for a Sunday in February, however nearly a third never made the first tee, presumably deterred by the weather forecast. In the event it was the underfoot conditions that were more challenging following the rain during the week.
Tenesi Karakaneva made the best of the conditions with a 35 to take first place today with Fiona Coombe three back in second spot. As such CSS was increased by 2 to 35 and these two were the only ones not to get 0.1 back.
In the penultimate round of the Eclectic, Habe maintains her lead but there was a good shuffle of names behind her with Cheryl moving into second place. Habe improved her score by three shots today.
Threatened heavy rain did not materialise allowing some good scoring and CSS elevated 1 from SSS 37 to 38 points.
Congrats to Tamas who held on through back 9 (22 points) for 41 points to secure victory in round 6 from Martin Heinrich 40. A prile of 39s from Ollie Maskell, Pete Harrison and Sean O'Sullivan completed the five breaking CSS. Tamas and Martin earn handicap reductions.
In the Winter Competition Round 6 itself (attached being best 3 from 8 with minimum one round from each course) James Anslow leads 114 points form Pete Harrison, Martin Heinrich and Ollie Griffin all 112.
Finally, in Round 3 of the Prince's Eclectic the leader is Ollie Griffin 61 from Roger Rojas and Kerry Sargeant 62.
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Heavy overnight rain meant 3 temporary greens (and large holes) and play from mats (from driving range?). Yellow tees. But the weather was calm, mild and dry with some very good scoring. Jim Fogarty had a strong front 9 in his 64 but Alastair Whyte had the stronger back 9 to win on countback. Well done to Alastair for what I believe is his first medal.
A tidy and consistent 69 from Bruno earned best gross in this non-qualifying round for handicap.
Not knowing who might turn up if the courses were open after the sub-zero temperatures of the last few days, the ladies event was decided in the morning when in fact everyone turned up, plus an extra who hadn't booked. The decision was another Texas scramble with the added option to tee up shots on the fairway to assist the injured amongst us - though drivers were banned in this instance!
Overhead it was another fabulous crisp & mostly sunny morning, underfoot it started as frozen making clubbing somewhat tricky and producing as expected some strange bounces. By halfway, things had changed for holes in the sun.
Given the conditions it was quite surprising the number of birdies recorded compared with previous scrambles and all 3 teams were well under par after 18 holes.
The team of 4 of Alison, Sheena, Tenesi & Jess, playing as a visitor, were the winners with a 63.1 that included 4 birdies and just 3 bogeys. Interestingly, all 3 teams birdied the 18th, a hole that can be the nemesis of many a good round.
A reduced field faced a winter onslaught. Given that both courses were closed 24h earlier it came as no surprise that today's conditions proved challenging to put it mildly. The extra roll from the frozen fairways was offset by unpredictable greens. Chipping onto the greens was also very tricky. The Competition Committee decided to make today's competition a Non-Qualifer.
Bruno Clerckx had already proved his skills in the rain. He can now claim the crown as best ice golfer of the day. His victory was largely due to a well managed back 9. 39 strokes on the way in offset a more volatile front 9. Tony Kopczak played solid golf during 14 holes. But a severe brain freeze sent him on his way to a score of 71 net. He'd probably like to have the last 4 holes back. The MoC/Secretary Peter Harrington posted a solid 73 net to claim 3rd place. Damian Hackett did a little better than the Irish rugby team and finishes 4th. My money would've been on a Northerner to thrive in these conditions. But Tony saved the Scandi honour with a 5th place. Alan King completes the Top6.
Scoring conditions were enhanced as a result with CSS being raised to SSS + 1 = 38 points. In the last game Roy Evans romped home with 44 points (and severe surgery to his handicap 15->13) with Brian Ransom 2nd 40 points. First lady Cheryl Woodhouse was beaten into 3rd on back 9 countback but is mentioned in despatches recording a 'Two' and of course handicap reduction 22-> 21.
Secretary Peter Harrington crafted a mild draw to 8 feet on the long par three 14 to post a birdie and a 'Two'. Welcome back to play for Ted Holt who also recorded a 'Two' at 4th.
The AGM was held at the clubhouse after the morning round with the usual officer reports and discussions.
Very different conditions from last week saw the ladies record the first QRO of the winter season. A combination of a strong wind and a wet course after the rain of yesterday presumably the reason that 32 was the highest score. Susan Smith's 19 points on the back 9 was enough to pip Angela Flynn despite her recording two birdie 2s in her 32 points.
Although Habe remains at the top in the Eclectic, things have got a lot tighter after the second round and Lia is just 1.5 shots behind.
The weather certainly didn't help today. Rain of the last days created a good bit of mud and casual water. Add strong winds and rain around midday and you have all the ingredients for a round of winter golf.
Richard Owen certainly came prepared for today's round. In the run-up to today's comp he "bended" the rules a bit. Reportedly he also enjoyed a few good bounces (from certain trees). To be fair he took the opportunities when they presented themselves. 21pts on the front 9 (with a no score on the 7th - which due to the cold temperatures and head wind played like a par 6 today) set him up for a solid back 9. The nerves started appearing on the 18th (a thinned chip from behind the green confirms that). But he miraculously walked off with a par to close on 40pts. Richard's handicap goes straight back to 12. Nigel Ward played a solid round on Prince's again but he was outdone by the smallest of margins on the front and back 9. 38pts is enough for 2nd though. Keith Cassidy and Kerry Sargeant both recorded 37's to take 3rd and 4th respectively. Ollie Griffin and Brian McMahon complete the Top6.
CSS: 37pts (9/35 in the buffer)
Ollie Griffin had a good day on a few other fronts:
Lying snow from a 'heavy dusting' rendered the course sometimes unplayable and the round was treated as a social non-qualifying round for handicap.
Later competitors Jack Evans and Dylan Merchant had amazing 39 and 34 points respectively for the round and associated sweep with Sean Thomas third 33 points.
Amazing results from an unprecedented number of ladies in mid-winter & the weather was also pretty amazing and so much nicer than forecast. Of course lack of wind and having fairways that were not soggy bogs can only have helped.
Lia Donath had a very steady 19 points out and 20 back to beat Susan by some 5 points but was fortunate that her lack of signature was spotted before leaving. Her short game was definitely on form today - one putting definitely helps the scoring.
In the accompanying Eclectic, Lia might have beaten the rest by some margin - but last week's order remains the same. A matter of picking the right holes to improve your score on & Val and Cheryl both improved their scores by 5, but Val maintains a 3 shot advantage with one round to go.
Looks like the field dealt pretty well with the cooler conditions. Four players managed to record a score of 39pts. A Par-Par-Birdie finish vaults James Anslow into 1st place. Over that span of 3 holes he nearly doubled his tally on the back 9. Not much you can do against that. James' handicap drops to 16. Martin Heinrich's solid round (20pts out and 19pts in) earns him 2nd place and a new handicap of 17. The back-up handicap secretary's round was a bit more volatile: 22pts out but only 4pts on the last 3 holes prevented him from finishing higher than 3rd. Last of the 39 gang was Ollie Griffin. But just like the player ahead of him he struggled on the way in (FYI: he went out in level par aka 23pts). Three players finished on 37pts: Barry Page. Chris Lordan and Caleb Mills - who quite shockingly decided to rock up in long trousers! 16 out of 42 players remained in their buffer impacting CSS.
Winter Competition: 1st) Ollie Griffin (108), 2) Tamas Ladacs (103), 3) Peter Needham (103), 4) PHarrington (101), 5) Pete Harrison (101) 6) Chris Lordan (100).
Duke's Eclectic: Pete Harrison (62), Chris Lordan (63), Oliver Maskell (65), Ollie Griffin (65), Kim Chaffart (66).
Grey and at times windy conditions prevailed and for the mid-morning competitors the forecast rain/drizzle finally arrived.
Scoring was average overall with CSS=SSS 37 points but Jim Fogarty eased further into the Wednesday scene with a commendable 39 to win round 4 of the midweek winter competition. New member Charlie Forrest and best lady Sheena Harrington followed with 38s. Both Jim and Sheena are cut a shot.
In the midweek Prince's Eclectic Hassan Mouilah leads with net 65.0 with midweek captain Kim Chaffert tied second with John Curry 68.0.
The midweek Winter Competition is led by Mike Jones 105 from Sheena and John 102.
Another good turn out for the ladies' team event which was another Texas scramble (a bit of a favourite for many). The winning team was Maureen, Fiona, Habe & Jane with a gross 71 and net 63.1. Conditions underfoot were considerably drier than for last month's event, but the wind did its best, picking up as the round went on. However, it obviously wasn't too tricky with 5 more birdies recorded than last month. Interestingly the 15th was the only hole that all 4 teams recorded a par on.
Conditions were quite testing. Mud (again), cooler temperatures and winds that grew stronger during the course of the day proved a bit too much for most of the field.
Luke Baker is keeping up his excellent form (who awarded him an initial handicap of 20?). A consistent round of golf (43 out and 44 in) is enough for Net 66 and 1st place today. Luke's competition handicap drops to 17. Looks like the nerves got the better of him on the last hole. An untidy 7 prevented him from adding even more cachet to his win. Four players recorded Net 68's. The countback rule fills up places 2 to 5 in the following order: Nigel Ward, Brian McMahon, Tamas Ladacs and Jim Fogarty (an unfortunate finish on the 18th prevented Jim from moving clear of the band of 68). Toby was the 1st of a group finishing on 69. Pete Harrison recorded the lowest Gross Score. And Peter Jagger netted an excellent 2 on the 16th. Other golfing highlights were very rare. It will come as no surprise that CSS rose to 68.
You are not mistaken if you heard a lot shouts of Fore. They all came from Mike Shabani who had a clear preference to the left side of the course (aka a severe case of the hooks). Finally one member doesn't seem to like the new drop rule. According to him it is the "gayest" way of dropping a ball.
CSS: 68 (as mentioned above)
Cold conditions prevailed, especially for holes into the wind. Some odd spits and spots (first rain for what must be getting on for a month) meant continuing cloying mud. Sean Thamas mastered the conditions with 39 points to win and recorded the day's only 'Two' and the two birdies on back 9 helped 21 on the difficult back 9. James Anslow fought valiantly for 37 points and was followed by the trio of Messrs. Evans, Shabani and Mouilah on what proved to be a reduced CSS of 35 points. Best lady was Sheena Harrington 34 points.
In the associated Midweek Winter Competition after 3 rounds Mike Jones leads 105 from Oliver Khan 97.
Meanwhile in the Duke's Eclectic Philip Taggart net 70.0 leads Hassan Mouilah and John Curry nett 71.0s.
The relatively benign conditions for the first week of January saw 15 ladies venture forth and the gloom of the first few holes gave way to a sunny afternoon. Whilst a good number struggled to score, at least on both 9s, Susan Smith had no problem. Frequently out-driving her playing partners with her 3-wood she was equally good with her approach shots. Although her driving skills deserted her for a few holes on the back 9, she still managed 18 points, which together with the 20 on the front 9, gave her a four shot victory today and a 0.6 handicap cut.
CSS remained at 36.
In the associated Eclectic report due soon.
Competitors who use trolleys probably wasted a lot of time clearing up the mud they took home. Greens could've offered better/truer rolls. But all in all conditions turned out to be relatively fine. Scoring on the other hand was not very good. CSS decreased to 35pts. Even with the CSS adjustment only 13 of the 40 competitors remained in their buffers.
Mike Shabani was Houdini today. He pulled off escape after escape. On numerous occasions he was hitting shots from "wrong" fairways (needless to say that this didn't improve the speed of play). A steady front 9 was followed by an excellent 21pts on the way in. Well deserved victory and 0.8 handicap cut are his rewards. Three birdies sent Oliver Maskell on his way to 37pts and 2nd place. Fatherhood/lack of sleep didn't prevent Caleb Mills from taking 3rd place with a commendable 36pts. Jay Barker, James Shine and Lee Marshall (whoever recorded Lee's score did a pretty awful job. The recorded score of Keith Cassidy could've been better too ...) complete the Top6.
Pete Harrison recorded 3 birdies. Enough to take the lead in the Duke's Eclectic with a Net 66 (ahead of Oliver Maskell and Barry Page).
In the associated Winter Competition - report due soon.
A decidedly chilly start to the first Medal of 2019 greeted competitors. Whilst no rain had fallen for a week, mud cloyed to trollies and shoes. Carl Latham fulfilled a New Year resolution winning the medal and being cut - well done Carl. Jim Fogarty and Chris Philips-Jones fought valiantly for 67s - CSS and SSS for the course on the day. Congrats also to Philip Taggart for best gross- 79.
Students of handicapping will notice that Oliver Maskell NR'd but did not get raised .1 - how come? A: he dropped just 4 shots but NR'd at 14; a net double bogey was assigned for handicapping at this par 4 SI 12 hole (6 since he gets no shot at the hole) therefore an overall net differential of 4+2=6 being within his buffer zone. Moral: always return your card.
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