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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 2020 Top Dog ranking.
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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