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Conditions were perfect for golf -not too hot and a gentle breeze. Most greens played to a higher stimp rating and all tees and greens had a whiff of fertiliser. Random bounce continued.
62% of players were within buffer zone and CSS was reduced by 1.
There were some exceedingly good scores and it was nip and tuck countback-wise with Joe Gonclaves nudging Richard Owen to win. Joe was 2 over gross 35 on back 9 . Well done to both with handicap cuts to 11 and 12 respectively.
Charlie burnt up the back 9 with 35 to finish 3rd on magnificent 62. Richard Hanna and Pete Harrison had 64s - Pete having 3-3-3 for 3 through 5 on his one under par 34 front 9. Warm congrats to Pete being cut to 5 a Category 1 handicap. Jay characteristically shot best gross - 71.
Not quite the weather that a medal round in July might expect to be played in with everyone getting a bit of a soaking when the rain suddenly descended and disappeared almost as quickly to leave sauna like conditions for a few minutes.
Congratulations to Caroline for her net 63 winning by a comfortable four shot margin from Tenesi in her last competition with the club. Somehow with a 1.5 cut, Caroline has managed to hold on to just a one shot playing cut to her handicap. Tenesi also drops to 13, but will be putting three new cards in for a new handicap in the Czech Republic.
CSS dropped by a shot to 68
Interesting conditions out there with a bit of sun, a fair breeze and then for probably most of the field a bit of a soaking for all of 5 mins before the sauna kicked in for a bit.
No one played off the yellow tees today, so just the whites wereused in the results and CSS went down one to 66.
As a result of the lack of monthly medals, or golf in total, for some time we have glasses to award from these events so for the next few months two medal glasses are being awarded, one to the first placed player in each of the Senior & Junior Divisions.
The winner of today's medal in the Senior Division, and overall winner, is Brian McMahon with a 63 and receiving a cut to 11.9 on his handicap. Two shots behind and recording the lowest gross was Ryan Dewar. Adrian Wells in 3rd place overall is the winner of the Junior Division medal with a 66.
In the Grand Medal Trophy after 4 rounds tbc.
Weather was ideal for golf but random bounce persisted. White tees were forward and Glendale being reminded again.
Early clubhouse leader (with 2 'blobs') was Cosmo with a seemingly unassailable 43 points but late player Luke rose like cream to the top with 45 points. Luke had an ESR earlier this month and is now cut to playing off a single figure - 9. Well done! Cosmo is cut a full 2 shots to 22. Damber continues to delight with 42 points with Mike Jones 4th 41 points. Jay returned best gross @ 40 whilst Aung continues to improve with 39 and a 1.5 cut to 30.5.
Colm recorded another eagle at 17 and heads the tree.
Honours Boards: Honours Board
Summer conditions made way for spring like weather: light but persistent rain, swirling winds and fairways that remain as hard as concrete.
For the second week running Top Honours go to a lady. Susan Smith started her back 9 with a nice birdie on the 10th. She kept racking up the points on the way in (24pts). That back 9 made up for more subdued front 9 (16pts). 40pts is an impressive winning score. Susan's handicap drops 0.9 strokes down 19. Well done! Luke Baker and Damber missed out on 1st place by just 1pt. John Perkins and a quite controlled performance by Crocodile Rogers earn them 4th and 5th place respectively. Another lady, Jayne Maxwell, closes out the Top6. Last week's heroes (Cheryl and the LC had a tougher time today).
CSS: 36pts (Men/Ladies)
After five rounds of the Top Dog Trophy James Barker retains his lead over Rick Kimber.
After 3 rounds of the Anniversary Trophy Kery Sargeant (107) leads over Susan Smith (106), Roger Rojas (105), Tenesi (102), Jayne Maxwell (102) and Toby Hunt (100).
Mostly cloudy conditions prevailed with random bounce and associated variable lies for the coveted Claret Jug for the 62 competitors.
The early clubhouse leader seemed to be Angus with 6 but many good scores flowed in and it was Rick Kimber who took the Jug on 61. Extremely tidy play helped Rick keep a six off his card resulting in a cut to 10. There were no fewer than four 62s - Tenesi, Angus, new member Edd Maryon and last years Most Improved Golfer Richard Norden. All superb and special mention to Tenesi who came back in 36 just 2 over par. There were dream starts for Tenesi - birdie and Paul Patching - birdie, birdie.
White tees men received 1 and red tees ladies 3 shots from men’s yellow tees. CSS adjustment was again down 1 from SSS. 10 'Twos' recorded and 8 playing handicap changes.
A chill July wind shivered players tarrying outside the clubhouse.
On behalf of both Captains I would like to thank you all for the big turnout. It was really nice to see of many of you today. Oh and by the way the golf wasn't too shabby either.
The LC showed a bit of nerves on the first tee. She did end up recording a 6 on that hole. A solid par on the 2nd was then followed by an ugly 7 on the 3rd hole. But by the looks of things she had used up all her bad shots by that point (or did she do that yesterday at the Ladies Invite? Sorry John). The LC put the MC and Ladies VC to shame by recording 22pts on the front 9. A nice back 9 (How on earth did her tee-shot not find any of the bunkers on the 16th?) netted 21pts. A total score of 43pts made her leader in the clubhouse. Joe Robinson somehow upstaged the LC (more on that below). Birdies on 4, 9 and 15 allowed him to match the LC's score. But his better back 9 (22pts) give him 2nd place (and he even finished with a 6 on the last hole!).
Tamas Ladacs claims his putter was ice cold today. Drama queen ... A lot of players would swap their round for his 42pts and cold putter. Mark Finnett's strong back 9 lands him 5th place. Rick Kimber closes out the Top6 with another 40+ score.
But nobody was a match today for Cheryl Woodhouse: she scored 3pts on all but 2 holes on the front 9 (on each of those holes she still walked away with 2pts). 25pts on the front 9 would make some people nervous. But quite remarkably she kept her composure. Despite some wobbly knees on the 16th and 17th (she "only" recorded 1pt on each of those holes) she managed to close out the back 9 with 21pts. Congratulations on a great win.
Goes without saying that Cheryl Woodhouse (so close to the Hawtree - bad timing), Joe, the LC and Tamas all earn sizeable handicap cuts. Paul Brown's good round could've been better had it not been for a bit of drama on the ... 16th.
Captain's Day Challenges:
- Ladies NTP on the 2nd was won by Angela Flynn
- Men NTP in 2 on the 5th was won by Lee Marshall
- Ladies longest drive on the 9th was won by Jane Fraser
- Men longest drive on the 12th was won by Joe Robinson
- Men or Lady NTP on the 16th was won by Joe Robinson
The Captains shared some photos:
After four rounds of the Top Dog Trophy James Barker retains his lead over Rick Kimber.
- If you thought you saw an UFO flying over the course today. Don't worry it was Tony Kopczak's club ...
- Has anybody seen Sonia Inniss' putter?
- If anybody found a pair of sunglasses please get in touch with Ed Hall.
It was a sunny Saturday for the 2020 Ladies Invitation. We had 9 games and 18 pairs for the American Greensomes competition played on the Prince’s Course.
We started the day with tea/coffee and bacon/egg/vegan sausage in a roll to sustain energy across the round. Everyone appreciated to be playing in 4 balls and in a fun format, with socially distanced drinks after the competition.
There were many good scores, we had 5 pairs on 42 points. Joint second place on 43 points was Avi Murphy/Patrick Murphy & Elisabeth Piner/Angus Robertson. First place and prize-winners for the day were Sheena Harrington/Damber Thapa with an excellent 45 points. A thoroughly enjoyable day.
Intermittent rain affected all competitors. Whilst it softened the ground, random bounce still featured.
Totally unphased, Raymond Esin and Luke fought it out with astonishing scores of 6 up - Raymond winning The Priory Cup on back 9 countback. Raymond finished the back 9 in level par with 2 birdies. Luke 'blobbed' 12th but earned an ESR of -0.5 so now plays off 11. Well done to both. Gina continued recent good form 3rd 4 up and John Curry 3 up.
With 29 (53%) competitors within 'buffer' of SSS CSS was reduced 1 from SSS (or in bogey terms elevated to 1 up for white and red tees, to 2 up for yellow).
The field faced tough conditions (cf. CSS below). The initial (and unexpected) drops of rain quickly made way for some serious wind (the tee-shot on the 15th felt more daunting than ever). Last year's captain tried his version of a Happy Gilmore and barely made it past the ladies tee. The highlight of the day has to belong to Jay: a nice ace on the 10th provides some consolation for a tough day at the office.
Roger recorded 3 birdies on the first 10 holes. He then safely managed his way through the last 8 holes to finish with a score of 37pts. Scott Sparks's strong 9 (20pts) laid the foundation for a score of 36pts and 2nd place. All the other players used up more than their respective shot allowances. Charlie Whiteman and Ned Shanklyn recorded scores of 35pts. 1st lady Jane Fraser leads a pack of 5 players on 34pts.
CSS: 35pts (only 17 players remained in their buffer)
After 2 rounds of the Anniversary Trophy Bennie Van Heerden takes the lead with 71pts followed by Ray (71pts), Tenesi and Kerry (69pts), Jay and Roger (68pts).
Mostly cloudy adequately described conditions for morning games and there was still plenty of random bounce often operating in player's favour.
Charlie Forrest stormed into the lead with 2 birdies being 2 under through 5th. This was maintained until 15th when 9 recorded. But nevertheless 61 is astounding golf - well done Charlie and a cut to 15. Keeping an eye on him with another stunning round of golf was Jeremy Ryan 64 with glorious 65s from Seymour, Angus and Joe. In 7th just outside sweep was Julie Ryan beaten on back 9 by Colm!
Amongst the NRs, Alison, Captain Kim and Mark avoided 'automatic' 0.1s back with a scrub at a hole being assigned net double bogey for handicapping.
Congratulations to the sweep winners - Charlie £33, Jeremy £27, Seymour £22, Angus £16, Joe £11, Colm £5.
This was round 3 of 7 for the Midweek Grand Medal and Jeremy leads on 203 from Seymour but snapping menacingly at their heels with just 2 played is Charlie on 127 - a mere 76 adrift.
The heat wave of the middle of this week made way for spring weather and some tricky gusts of wind. The drops of rain of the last couple of days still were not enough to provide some extra grip on the greens. Landing the ball short of the green and letting it roll on proved tricky too.
Jay Barker followed a steady front 9 (18pts) with an excellent back 9 (21pts). The only other player on 39pts was Tenesi. But her round was the mirror image of Jay: superb on the way out (22pts) and a bit more volatile on the back 9 (17pts). Therefore the countback rule makes Jay the winner of today's comp. Both players get interesting handicap cuts. Jay's march to Handicap 3 is on. Three players ended on 38pts. Nigel Ward had the best back 9 (20pts) so he beats Rick (19pts on the back) and Roger (17pts on the last 9 holes). Richard Inglis completes the Top6 with his score of 37pts. Bennie Van Heerden narrowly misses out on a Top6 spot despite scoring 24pts (!) on the back 9.
Shoutout to Colm Ivors for birdieing 2 of the 5 par 3's today. And another mention to Roger for his 2 on the 13th.
CSS = SSS = 37pts
The Top Dog Trophy leaders are Jay Barker (30pts), Rick Kimber (18pts), Nigel Ward (12pts), Lee Marshall (9pts).
Appropriately, the sun beat down on the hottest day of the year for the Midsummer Trophy. Some very good scores but CSS was elevated 2 from SSS.
On top form was Gina with 40 points and this could have been better except for e.g. hitting the pin in 2 on 6th and then recording a 5 for 1. Recovering from anger, a beaming Gina professed herself very happy with her game.
Joe Gonclaves shot another good round 39 points and earned an ESR of -0.5 taking his playing handicap to 12 - well done Joe. Raymond Esin played well for 37 including 'Twos' at 7 and 10. Richard Smith shot a solid 36.
On the course, Seymour Laird drove from 3rd hitting one of the white markers AND over the ditch for a workmanlike 4.
The rain of the last couple of days didn't leave too many traces: the field still enjoyed plenty of bounce and roll on the fairways. The greens could do with more grip. The wind proved tricky at times too.
Two players ended on 40pts. Rhys Jarvis came out on top thanks to a stronger back 9 (21pts). Late starter Duncan Taylor came close (2pts less on the back 9) but has to settle for 2nd. They were followed by 2 players on 39pts. Oliver predicted a good round and he delivered in a big way. A strong back 9 earns him 3rd place. It also moves him a step closer to Cat1. Ray Esin torched the front 9 (23pts). A snowman on the last hole prevented him from breaking into the Top3. Jay continued his good form with another solid round (38pts). Long hitter Bennie Van Heerden completes the Top6. 1st lady today is Tenesi.
CSS: 36pts (Men & Ladies). The Top7 all earn small handicap reductions.
Thunder rumbled and serious rain was not far away so the field (including v. late games) were thankful conditions were not worse.
With April's and May's midweek medals decimated by Covid, this was round 2 of 7. Scoring was excellent at the head of the field with no less than 6 glorious 65s.
For the second time in the last few weeks the overall winner was a
lady - Ronnie on countback from Messrs. Bergqvist, Rojas, Heinrich,
Harrison and Ahad. Still below CSS at 66 were Charlie F, Brian M, and
Jay Barker (also lowest gross).
Ollie recorded eagle at 9th.
There was a good sprinkling of 'Twos' and a shout-out to Aung Kyaw for a well-deserved ESR cut of 1 down to 32.8 from 41.1 earlier this year. Aung plays off 30 in our competitions and there's every confidence he'll get below this soon.
Jon Wilson illustrated the point that you can blob a couple of holes, staying in buffer zone and not get raised .1.
Finally in the associated Midweek Grand Medal, Jeremy Ryan hold the lead om 139, 4 clear of Seymour Laird and a further shot from Mike Jones and Tamas Ladacs.
Continuing the greater interest in golf in these post-Covid times we had 20 ladies playing today. As we had only 18 slots in our section you might wonder how, but Donna took a slot the men didn't use and Katherina played later in the day.
Playing in her first competition in considerably better weather than she encountered while putting cards in for handicap, Katherina smashed it today with a net 65 and sees her handicao reduced by 1.2 to a new playing handicap of 19. Lia was 3 shots back with a net 68 and also receives a handicap cut of 0.6 but no change to her playing one of 17.
These 2 were the only ones to beat the SSS so CSS remains at 69.
Report by Kim Chaffart
The field enjoyed nice playing conditions. The fairways still offered quite some roll. But the odd bounce here and there could create some havoc.
Today's winner is early starter Scott Sparks with an excellent 64 net. This was the result of a tidy front 9 (39 gross) and a more volatile back 9 (42). Scott's handicap moves down to 16. Well done. A group of 5 players finished 1 stroke behind today's winner. So based on the countback rule the rest of the Top6 goes as follows: Brian (+4 gross on the back 9), Damber (+4 gross on the back 9 too), Jay, Pete (he will have nightmares tonight over the 17th and 18th hole) and Toby. The lone player on 66 (net) is Roger but he could've leapfrogged all the 65'ers had it not been for an ugly 7 on the 7th hole.
Looks like a lot of players had a card wrecker on their scorecard today (but look on the bright side: there are no pictures on the scorecard). Nick Rogers tried his version of a Dominic Cummings (a shot that goes far but doesn't go OB). On the 10th his tee-shot didn't go far (barely made it past the ladies tee) but thanks to the long rough it stayed in play. He somehow made a 4 from that position. Another player (it wasn't Paul Brown) teed off on the 16th and played his second shot from next to the 6th green .... (if I disclose the name Keyser Soze will come for me ...).
In the Grand Medal Trophy James Barker holds a 4-shot lead after 3 rounds.
Spits and spots developed into more persistent rain for later games. Turnout was good at 62 for the third and final round of the Founders' Cup. We were back on the full back white tees at last.
Conditions clearly suited Lee who edged Damber on the back 9 countback to win the J Hume trophy on 40 points. (another) late player Luke scored a very creditable third with 39 and Alvaro and Jay on 38.
We are so familiar with Lee and Damber grabbing headlines of late - congrats to both for ESRs of -.5 and -1 respectively following recent negative net differentials.
In the associated Founders' Cup Lee and Damber tied on 81 and share the cup. New member Joe Gonclaves took 3rd place 78 from leading lady Jule Ryan.
A Full House to Lee and Damber - with swelling purse balances to boot.
Huge turnout today (83 players). Yesterday's rain made approaches into the greens less tricky. But the odd bounce here and there on the fairways created some confusion.
Spoils of the day go to Jay Barker: 16 pars, 0 birdies (that must be a first for him) and bogeys on 7 and 17 earn him 39pts. 2nd place goes to the man with a plan, Lee Marshall. An excellent front 9 and a birdie on the 10th must have sent his head spinning a bit. 8 holes and 5 dropped shots later he had to settle for 2nd. Still riding high from her win last Wednesday Julie Ryan scored 37pts (23pts on the way in). She beats a pack of 3 other players for 3rd place. Her handicap keeps trending down. Keep at it. Mark Rice, Luke Baker and Tony Bergqvist matched Julie's points total. But based on the the countback rule they finish 4th, 5th and 6th respectively.
Some notable bits today:
- Ronnie walked off the 16th with 35pts and some swag. But the endless hunting for Nick and Greg's and the MC's Titleist balls drained all her energy. She couldn't add a single point to her tally.
- Tamas came out all guns blazing and torched the front 9 for 22pts. Roger and Toby had excellent back 9's (21pts).
- The MC recorded 3 birdies (even missed a birdie put on 12) and still only scored 30pts (Thank goodness there are pictures on the scorecard)
The Top Dog Trophy leaders are Jay Barker 18pts, Rick Kimber 12pts, Lee Marshall 8pts, Gunnar Sundberg 8pts.
A good field of 56 attended for round 2 of the Midweek Founders' Cup. Grey and cooler than of late, allowing concentration on golf and with 2/3 balls - first since lockdown. The courses need rain with hard bounces, cracking of some fairways and grass turning brown. Indeed the depression/pond in front of 10th green dried up from flooding earlier in year (** see further below).
It was a lady who won on the day - Julie Ryan with 41 points; congratulations and a h’cap chop of 2.0! Damber put in yet another good round, beaten on back 9 with 41. Mr Single-Figure Handicap (aka Lee Marshall) returned excellent 40 and is now playing off 9. Solid scores from Jeremy Ryan, Mark Rosamund and Tony Bergqvist. Henry L-B scored eagle at 9th.
In the associated Founders' Cup after 2 of 3 round (best 2 of 3) Lee holds the advantage on 81 ahead of Messrs. Gonclaves 74, Pete harrison and Ryan 73.
Unusually both rounds were played on Duke's due to a mix up with Glendale. With 3 ladies on 36 points last week it was expected to be a hard fought campaign in the second week but resulted in a runaway win for Tenesi, proving that a long layoff from golf does not need to wipe out consistency. Following up with 35 points gave her a very comfortable winning margin of 8 from Veronica in 2nd pace. Her fellow co-leaders after the 1st round experienced very different days, with Deb halving her score this week!
Well done to Caroline birdieing our new par 5 on the 8th hole and to Sheena for doing the same on the 12th.
Report by Kim Chaffart
The new course layout keeps testing us. The extra bounce and roll means that quite a few amongst you are hitting short irons into the greens. That would be helpful if the bounces were not that unpredictable. My wedge into the 18th rolled of the green into the 2nd left hand bunker ...
But enough of that on to honours roll. Rick Kimber eagled the 3rd hole. Even though he ran into some trouble on the 14th hole he came out victorious today. Luke Baker struggled badly last week. But he forgot all about that on the front 9 (+3 gross). His back 9 was a bit more volatile: 1 par, 2 birdies, 1 snowman and a few other bogeys. 2nd place is a small consolation. Yours truly finished 3rd with a net 72. Luca loses out to the MC on the countback rule. Seymour takes 5th. Sean Thomas completes the Top6. Lowest gross score goes to Pete Harrison.
The Grand Medal Trophy tbc.
41 players competed for the first round of the Midweek Founders' Cup in warm but not exceedingly sunny conditions.
Overall, competitors found conditions tough with CSS elevated 1.
A number of players hit the fairways running with new member Jon Gonclaves returning a magnificent 42 points to win in a round including an '8' at 12th. Lee Marshall similarly NRd at 7th with an exceptional 41. Pete Harrison's hand remained firmly on the tiller from recent win with 39. For the literary Chris Jones it was a good walk spoiled with NRs at 5 & 6 - otherwise > 38pts surely. Brian McMahon returned a solid 37 points.
This was the first competition with sweep after the club has gone ‘cashless’. First 6 men found Sweep credited to their new 'Competition Purse'.
Three ladies share the spoils today with a score of 36pts. A birdie on the 2nd and an eagle on the 17th helped Tenesi to 1st place. The LC seemed to enjoy today's conditions a lot more than her male counterpart (any rude remarks will be severely punished). Julie Ryan matched Tenesi and the LC and is rewarded with a 3rd place finish. Given the change to the CSS all 3 ladies earn small handicap cuts. All to play for in next week's round 2.
And he's back. Jay Barker clocked a solid round of +3 gross. His 38pts were enough to claim the win today. Two players ended with 37pts. Pete Needham's birdies on 16 and 18 give him 2nd place based on the countback rule. Pete Harrison opened with bogeys on he first 3 holes. But he steadied the ship (2 birdies and 2 bogeys on the front 9). He then went +2 gross on the back to finish on 37pts. More importantly his competition handicap comes down to 5 and he joins the Cat 1 elite. Well done!
Another comp and another Top6 finish for Damber. And then he wonders why we call him a bandit. Nick Rogers had an "If Only" round. He finished the 17th hole on 36pts. Picks his club on the 18th tee and 10min later he walks of the 18th with .... 36pts. Mark Rosamond was on cloud 9 on the first 3 holes. Reality then hit him quite hard on the 4th tee. But 35pts is good enough for a Top6 finish.
Final note: PB you have my sympathy.
Golf will resume with certain restrictions following the lockdown for the Covid-19 pandemic.
The government has announced the immediate closure of golf course, some quarantine and social distancing measures amongst other provisions to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
Paul Grand provided this picture.
A field of 48 players enjoyed plenty of sunshine (amazing how dry/solid some parts of the course were) but cool temperatures for the 1st handicap qualifier of the year. Hope you all followed PDH's advice and stayed out of the bunkers. What were the greenkeepers thinking with all the forward pin positions on the front 9? On another note: PP managed to form a ... 6-ball just in front of our 1st game. So much for the social distancing guidelines.
Rick Kimber took the honours today thanks to an excellent front 9 (+2 gross) and a solid back 9 (+4 gross). His net score of 62 puts him in a league of his own and 4 clear of the rest. Rick's handicap gets healthy cut of 0.8 strokes. Gunnar Sundberg finishes 2nd and is the only other player to earn a (small) handicap cut. Despite dropping shots on both par 3's on the front 9 Jay came in with the lowest gross score of 71 and takes 3rd place. Nigel Ward's consistent round of golf gets rewarded with 4th place. Early starter Russell and Adrian Wells complete the Top6. First Lady today is Sheena with a net 67. The highlight of Paul Brown's round today was going level par on all the par 3's. Not a small feat if you remember that he went +10 on the par 3's two weeks ago (go and check it out on the results section).
CSS: 66 (Men) / 69 (Ladies)
Rick also takes the lead in the Top Dog Trophy.
30 turned out to compete for the March Medal (first of 8 medals through summer with best 5 counting for midweek Monthly Medal Trophy. Drying conditions experienced on Sunday continue with much less lying water generally. The two loops of 9 made a change from Prince's.
Jeremy Ryan kept a six off his card for 71, edging Brett Colley on countback with 72s for Messrs. Ladacs, Mouilah and Laird. Alison took the ladies' honours.
Hassan shot best gross 77 - 38 out and 39 back.
Report due soon.
Early chill was exacerbated by stiff wind but forecast rain held off for the light field of 26 for the Spring Stableford round 2 and final Winter Competition round. With drying conditions, it felt uncanny for the odd ball to roll and carry but still plenty of mud/slush.
Continuing from last week's one under par, Jay shot four birdies in a level par round and 41 points to claim the final Winter Competition round from remarkably consistent Damber Thap and Rick Kimber 39 points.
Damber's round won him the overall Spring Stableford with 75 points over the two rounds - 7 clear from nearest contenders Pete Harrison and Charlie Whiteman 65.
Needless to say, congratulations to Jay for winning the overall Winter Competition with 126 points - today's round edging him a further three points clear from non-participant today Peter Needham 122. Well done to Damber 3rd 118.
There was a hint of Spring in the air for the final round of the Midweek Winter Competition. But conditions remained particularly soggy for 1st and 18th.
Brian Ransom rose to the challenge of scoring 45 points to win the last round, four clear from Joe Gonclaves and another from Tamas Ladacs.
Brian's effort was rewarded in the overall Midweek Winter Competition as he drew level with long time leader Richard Norden to share 1st prize cash spoils - 124 each and well done to both. Rick Kimber was 3rd 117 with Jeremy Ryan sharing 4th alongside Joe Gonclaves 116.
The master of the associated Midweek Prince's Eclectic over four rounds was Tamas Ladacs with an extraordinary 58, two ahead of Kim, Brian and Jeremy 60s; excellent scoring all round.
A mere 6 ladies ventured forth for the last official team event of the winter - another of our favoured Texas Scrambles. I'm sure her playing partners won't mind their team being labelled as Team Tenesi, but she has recorded her 4th team event of the winter. Their score of net 64.3 winning by 3.5.
Starting off in clear blue skies it was hard to believe that there would be showers before we finished, but the skies darkened and rain which is never far away this winter started to fall for the last 6 holes.
A reduced field competed for the March Medal with later games catching a blustery shower.
The field's quality however, was undiminished with Jay rising to the top with a one under par 67 net 62 to win from Aidan Hurley level 68 net 63. Alan King shot a praiseworthy net 63 for 3rd with Brian R, Damber T and Peter N next net 66s (Peter just one over at the turn).
The above order is naturally reflected in the Grand Medal Trophy.
Interestingly, the order for the first 3 was the same in the Winter Competition R7 stableford results from same round - Jay 42, Aisan 41 c/back from Alan 41.
Judging the timing of his round to perfection, Jay is declared winner of the associated Prince's Eclectic on 60 - just one ahead of Pete Harrisom 61 and two from prior leader Rick Kimber 62. Tamas, Kerry, Paul B and LukeB also had 62s.
Jay also now leads the Winter Competition with just one round left on 123, one ahead of previous leader Peter Needham 122.
Early starters missed the rain that bedevilled players for the Midweek Inaugural trophy played over 2 loops of 9 on Duke's. The worthy winner was Richard Norden with a well crafted 38 points. He was followed a point behind by Jon Wilson, Brett Colley and Mark Rosamond. 36 points was no disgrace in the conditions - for Joe Gonclaves, Richard Hodgkinson, Rick Kimber and Jeremy Ryan. Jeremy held back 9 honours with 21 points whilst Brett and Rick secured 3 birdies apiece.
The Inaugural Trophy results are incorporated in the Midweek Winter Competition with 7 of 8 rounds now played. Richard continues a commanding lead on 124 from Brian Ransom 117 and Jeremy 116.
At least the sun was making an effort as the meteorological spring arrived, though underfoot the depth of puddles to wade through seems to still be increasing. 13 ladies battled forth and most were truly grateful that this once medal round has morphed into stableford.
It was Angela's turn to triumph today with 36 points and beating the 'usual' winner, Tenesi, into 2nd place. Both went out in 16 and were neck and neck until the 14th when Tenesi moved ahead, but was pegged back on the 16th and followed it with a blob on the 17th. So Angela's back 9 of 20 makes her the winner of the spring stableford.
A change of scenery for the field today. Looks like the weather conditions got the better of most of the field. Martin birdied the 1st hole. But then recorded two 7's on the front 9. He capped off a solid back 9 when his pitch from the left side of the 7th green hit the pin and went in for a birdie. Pars on the last 2 holes gave him a score of 21pts on the back 9. His score of 37pts was matched by Charlie Whiteman (birdie on the last hole didn't hurt). But Martin had a better back 9. Pete Harrison was very happy that there only two par 3's today (he did par both of them). But a bogey and no score on the 3rd and 12th (that is the 3rd hole on his second loop) prevent him from improving on his score of 37pts. Bandit Damper (36pts), Aung (22pts on the back 9) and Richard Owen (22pts on the front 9) complete the Top6.
CSS: N/A (but if it had been applicable would've stood at 34pts ...)
Winter Competition (TBC)
119 P Needham, 114 M Heinrich, 112 J Barker, D Thapa, 111 P Harrison, M Cohen, Keith
As per Peter Harrington's missive: the last two rounds of the 2020 Winter Comp will be played over the next two Sundays.
A cold wind greeted competitors but eventually the sun broke through for the later games. Conditions remained muddy but there was the hint of dry patches on the highest ground -Spring just around the corner perhaps.
Brian Ransom outperformed the field to win round 6 of the Midweek Winter Competition (now extended into March so 8 rounds possible) with 43 points (23 on front 9 alone) pushing an excellent 39 from Tamas into 2nd - in turn beating new member Joe Conclaves and club captain Kim Chaffert on countback. Consistent Jeremy Ryan was 6th with a fine 38 points. Hassan shot level par on front 9 (21 pts) only to fall away on the back 9.
The position in the associated overall Midweek Winter Competition shows Richard Norden still in command on 124 but after today's round it is now Brian and Jeremy R snapping at his heels on 117 & 116 respectively.
Jeremy consolidates his lead after 3 rounds of the Midweek Prince's Eclectic on 62, closely followed by Tamas & Mitch 63 and then Kim & Brian 64.
It might not have been worthy of a name from the met office, but at times it was hard to stay balanced as the wind gusted around, making the balls oscillate on the greens and tees. Nothing though can stop the continuing good and consistent form of Tenesi Karakaneva who racks up her 4th first place of 2020 - & we've only played 5 rounds on a Sunday.
With 35 points and winning by two, she also improved her Eclectic by 5 shots, finishing with a net 66.5 and 2.5 ahead of Alison Chadwick in 2nd place. The competition was reduced to 3 rounds due to storm Ciara.
What's not to like about (wet) winter golf? Strong winds (thank you Storm Ellen), mud galore, lots of casual water and to top it all off some showers on the closing holes for the late(r) starters.
Tamas Ladacs used the front 9 to warm up (17pts). But he recorded a very solid back 9:+2 gross (some nerves teeing off on 17 I guess) translating into 23pts. Kerry unleashed another birdie barrage on route to 39pts (and 2nd place). Early starter Rhys edged out Pete Harrison via countback to take 3rd. Pete Harrison managed to go +8 gross on all the Par 3's today. His 3 birdies made sure he was still able to finish 4th. Keith and Tony complete the Top6.
No final standing for the WinterComp as we speak since we are aiming to move some of the cancelled rounds into March (TBC in Peter Harrington's missive).
Current standings: Peter Needham 119, Jay Barker 112, Mitch Cohen 111, Keith Cassidy 111, P Harrison 110.
The field was reduced with no very early starters. 22 competed with mud and some light patchy rain. These conditions made little difference to some with Brian Ransom emerging the worthy winner on 61 with a level par back 9. Also mastering the conditions were Jeremy Prescott 64 and on lowest gross Richard Owen 65. Val pipped Sheena for best lady on the day.
Jeremy Ryan and Paul Grand scooped two birdies each with Paul heading the 'Twos'.
Competitions cancelled as course was closed due to storm Dennis.
Chilly but very breezy and of course muddy conditions prevailed. All credit to winner Jeremy Ryan who kept a six off his card with two birdies for a consistent 41 points. A fiery 39 points gained Álvaro 2nd on countback from Richard Hodgkinson (inspired no doubt by playing with new club captain Kim).
Álvaro's round contained birdies at 4, 5 and 9 with first eagle for the year - at 14. Brett and Jeremy shared front 9 honours with 22 points whilst Paul Grand was best back 9 with 22 (a handicap secretary's natural competitive back 9 instinct showing through heading three 38s). Leading lady was Veronica 35.
In the associated Midweek Winter Competition, today's comp was 5th actually played (two cancelled) and the leader continues to be last year's Most Improved [male] Golfer - Richard Norden on 114 from Mitch 113, Jeremy 112 and Stephen Haworth 111. Barring rain etc. next and final round is 26th Feb on Prince's.
In the accompanying Midweek Prince's Eclectic after two actual rounds played (one cancelled), Jeremy Ryan now leads with a healthy two shot lead on 65 from Stephen Haworth and Mitch Cohen. It is conceivable that in the last round to be played 26 Feb a completely new winner could emerge from the large number of players who have NRd at one or more holes.
Competitions cancelled as course was closed due to storm Ciara.
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This week's 10-hole event was a team waltz with 2 teams of 4 and the third requiring a secret partner. This was the winning team and probably no surprise that it included Tenesi (winner in the last 3 of 4 comps) and Ali was the secret partner who'd also figured in Tenesi's teams for 2 weeks. The team score was 36 points of which 19 were contributed by Tenesi with Cheryl & Sheena making up the team. After last night's additional 9ml of rain Duke's had standing water on a couple of the greens and considerable water elsewhere.
Another week, another comp and another win for Damper. Looks like he's picking up a few too many trick of the trade from the single figure handicappers. Damper was one of 4 players on a score of 42 gross. This resulted in a net score of 33.7. Richard Inglis birded the 7th but then ended with 3 bogeys. Peter Needham's 3rd place proved again that he's quite at ease in the mud. Alvaro was another member of the 42 gang. But a DB on the 7th prevented him from finishing higher than 4th. Bennie and Brian complete the Top6. Jay didn't improve on his birdie tree position but he did record the lowest gross score today.
Final note: just because the comp is a Non-Qualifier doesn't mean you shouldn't sign your card or record your score on the computer. Card marking is your duty not the Committee's.
The weather was dry but conditions still very muddy for the first Midweek Monthly Medal of the year. Tragedy befell the early clubhouse leader Mitch Cohen who posted 63 but then forgot to sign his card.
Brian Ransome took advantage to win with a solid 67 just a shot clear
from Messrs. Rudkin, Ivors, Ryan and Curry.
Best gross on the day went to John Curry 76 whilst Cheryl flew the ladies’ flag with 70.
Five birdies were recorded on 4th whilst it was almost drinks all round from Paul Grand on the 16th 2cm from the hole.
It may have been a gloomy day overhead but down on the ground there were some good scores being recorded. With 3 temps still on Prince's it was another non-qualifier or there would have been some serious handicap reductions.
Tenesi Karakaneva probably thought she'd get her 4th consecutive win with 40 points, but Kinga Nemes played her best round ever to score 41 points, finishing her round with a 5 on her 2nd ball having fired the first one out of bounds. The 3rd good card of the day was recorded by Cheryl Woodhouse on 38.
In the accompanying Eclectic, today's top 5 match the Eclectic's top 5 with Tenesi swaping places with Kinga, leading by just 0.5.
Best way to sum up today's comp: 10 players today recorded 40 or more points. Mitch Cohen put in an excellent score of 41pts. Only 2 players bettered that result. Jay birdied 5 holes (with a chip-in birdie on the 18th), went out in 23pts (33 gross) and finished his round on 43pts (66 gross). Even Jay's birdie barrage were no match for Pete Needham who went out in 25pts, walked off the 16th with 43pts (+1 gross). A few jitters set him up for a bogey - DB finish. Still enough to total 45pts. Three other players recorded 41pts. Countback rule pushes Lee out of the Top6 (playing 18 holes of golf on 2h of sleep may be the way forward Lee ..).
Gunner Sundberg birdied the 8th hole. His reward: 5 stableford points! Gregory came within inches of recording the first ace of 2020. The 4th hole took a real pounding today: 6 birdies were recorded on that hole. Finally a shout-out to El Capitan, Nigel Gaymond, who played his first round of golf after recouping from his surgery.
Pete Needham (119), Jay (112), Mitch Cohen (111), Martin/Keith (107), Ollie Griffin (106).
Mizzly grey conditions persisted after days of welcome sunshine. Contenders for the 4th Winter Comp round actually played completed 2 loops of 9 holes on Duke's.
Rick Kimber posted an early 43 points in the clubhouse which included two birdies in back nine 24 points and overall gross 73; well done indeed Rick. The chasing pack of Mitchell Cohen, Luke Baker and Stephen Haworth had very respectable 39s with Richard Norden next 38 points.
In the associated Midweek Winter Competition (best 3 rounds with at least 1 round on each course), the report confirms that Richard has consolidated his lead on 124 points, now 12 ahead of Mitchell with Paul Brown now 107.
What a contrast in conditions today - glorious sun overhead and rock hard ground underneath for almost all the 10 holes. Today's event for the ladies was a 4BBB partners decided within each game by throwing the 4 balls in the air - except the first game where we had a 2-ball.
2020 has started in a winning streak for Tenesi, recording her 3rd consecutive victory with a new partner this week. 3 points ahead of the next pairing, Tenesi and Val were runaway winners on 23 points. Whilst scoring was predominantly down to Tenesi (20 points including a blob), Val's contribution was needed to secure their victory.... we just need a qualifier to be able to trim Tenesi's handicap!!.
Upside of last night's frost is that we didn't bring half of the
course back home. Downside was that some of the tee-boxes were really
slippery for the early starters and that judging any approach into the
greens became really tricky.
Damper takes the spoils (again) today. He was the best of a trio of players on 20pts. Keith missed out on 1st place after a DB on the 10th (and final) hole. Tony Kopczak decided to hand in only one scorecard. He started off in the best possible manner (birdie on the 1st hole). He kept up his steady golf for 7 holes. Unfortunately he then carded 2 no-scores on the 8th and 10th. Julian James took a bit of time to get used to the settings. A strong finish takes him into 4th. Patrick Murphy, Peter Harrington and Pete Needham also finished on 19pts. But the countback rule awards Top6 finishes to Patrick and the Men's secretary.
Martin had a bad day at the office. It's a minor miracle that he was able to swing a golf club with the 7 layers that he was wearing.
Just 8 ladies played in this month's scheduled team event, which conveniently meant two teams of 4 for the popular format of a Texas scramble. Despite having been told that this was a slow format for us to play, in the event there was much waiting on the tees, either disproving this point or showing that it was the men who were slow today!
This week's winning team has a great similarity to last week's with Deb deciding she had more chance of winning in that team, she and Julie joined up with Alison & Tenesi to beat the others by three points on 43 with three birdies and just one double-bogey.
Overnight rain forced the greenkeeper to maintain 3 temporary greens. The mud and winds that grew stronger over the course of the day created additional complications. Richard Hanna played the round of his life: 42 (out) and 41 (in) for a 21 handicapper is a tremendous result. (Un)Fortunately his handicap won't change today. Anthony Kopczak triumphantly walked into the clubhouse claiming a net score of 61. Turns out his maths could do with a bit of an upgrade. Tom Cook's maths were up to par and he is keeping up his excellent form. A net score of 64 takes him into 2nd place today. Kim Chaffart birdied one of the temp greens (3rd). The latter part of the front 9 was underwhelming. But some clutch par saving puts set up for a respectable net score of 65 (that score could've even been better if birdie puts on 15, 17 and 18 had not shaved past the edge of the cup). Damber makes it into the Top6 - again. Sean Thomas and Brian McMahon complete the Top6. Richard Owen had a round of extremes today: he recorded two 2's but he also recorded 2 snowmen.
32 competitors played a midweek first - the two loops of 9 holes on Duke's. Pace of play was good, in marked contrast to Sunday. Conditions were muddier with recent Monday rain and mud was just the wrong consistency - sticking to trolleys.
New member Bennie van Heerden shot the lights out with a gross 73 (5 over par) and 48 points and 3 birdies. Well done indeed!! Richard Norden again had a stunning round with 42 points and impressive front nine of 24 points to finish second. Paul Brown continued to recover from not playing for a few weeks with 40.
The competition was non-qualifying for handicapping but counted towards the 2019/20 Midweek Winter Competition. After 3 rounds the leader is Richard Norden 115 with Paul Brown chasing 107.
In view of the latest configuration of the two 9s on Duke's, the ladies opted for another team event on the first Sunday of 2020. With 10 playing, the format was the best two scores for the 3-balls and the best and 3rd best scores for the 4-ball. In the end, there was no contest with the team of Alison, Doreen and Tenesi romping away to a 14 point win. They've obviously cracked the mud and club to use with no run on the ball whereas the rest of us need more practice!!
40 players came out to play two loops of an improvised/shortened Duke's course. It was Luke Baker vs the rest today. He went level par gross on his 1st loop. That resulted in 25pts (!). His 2nd loop was marred by a 7 on his 16th hole (the 9th on Duke's). But 18pts on the second loop was more than enough to make him today's runaway winner. Sunny's better 2nd loop allowed him to take 2nd place from Tom Cook. Jay Barker went +3 gross to claim 38pts and 4th place. Pete Needham and Paul Green both had 37pts and close out the Top6.
Cold weather conditions sometimes force players into "weird" club choice. A player who birdied the 8th today (Duke's 10th hole) hit a really long club into the green. Rumour has it it was his driver. Thank goodness he made the birdie putt.
Ollie Griffin 106, P Needham 106, M Shabani 102, A Wells 100.
Not played today
14 competitors showed up for the first competition of 2020. Conditions continued to be very muddy (slushy in places) despite relief from rain for a number of days. Three temporary greens so a non-qualifier for handicapping.
Kamil and Kerry were the early clubhouse leaders on 37 points until Adrian posted 41 to win with 22 on back 9 and birdie at 18.
Kerry's round showed much promise - out in 23 points, 4 birdies and one under par. With one more birdie on the back 9 Kerry is the 2020 Wednesday Birdie Tree leader.
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