Rickmansworth – Away Leg
Report to appear here.
The ladies began the day in style with a glass of pink cava, mementos of the day and to top it all a new rule book encompassing the local rules. The alcoholic start set Julie Smith up in style to win the Lady Captain’s prize and she was heard to say that she should perhaps start each round this way if this was the effect it had on her golf (so look out for her appearing with a flask in future!). Carding a net 69 she dropped only 3 shots in the first nine and despite the effects of the cava wearing off over the back nine, dropped only a further 6 shots. Veronica Mitchell, who has been desperate to cut her handicap and finally succeeded last week, didn’t let it impede her golf and came in with a net 71 to be second on the day.
The ladies also had a putting competition which was a closely fought contest (for some anyway if not the Ladies Captain). There was a 3-way tie at the top with Christine Stewart, Janet Fox and Ros Lake all finishing on 29 putts – well done ladies!
Nearest the pins were won by Cathryn Leftwich (9th), Juliie Smith (16th) and Julie also won the nearest in 3 on the 10th.
Greenside bunkers attracted a 50p penalty for each visit on the day, unless you got up & down in 1 with the proceeds going to Cancer Research. The club collected Â£50 which was not down solely to the inaccuracy of the RPGC golfers, it also included some generous donations. Many thanks to all those who went in the sand and to those who added to the collection.
Stayer Peter Harrington emerged victorious in the final furlong to win a photo-finish from Micahel Rossiter with 67. Congratulations to Peter in a round which included an 8 at 5 but a storming back 9 of 37.
CSS was one under SSS @ 68.
A good crowd congregated afterwards outside the portacabins enjoying the pleasant summer conditions, company, food and drinks and speeches from the Captains along with presentations for most fairways, guessing Captains’ drives etc.
Report due soon.
Trevor Allen Open
The field was limited due to no Putney Park competitors participating. Nevertheless, RPGC scooped the first 5 places with special mention going to John Bennett for a fine 63 and best lady Veronica Mitchell 64.
CSS was one under SSS @ 66.
Ladies Mitcham Friendly Match
The Ladies lost narrowly on the day away at Mitcham but won the two-legged event.
Mitcham (Ladies) – Away Leg
Result: 1Â½-2Â½ Loss
Overall result: 4Â½-3Â½ Win
The second leg posed much more of a challenge to RPGC ladies than the home leg. Conditions at Mitcham are always very different from those at the Park, having to contend with the ‘Mitcham bounce’ as well as greens that run true but which have many more contours than we are used to. But our decisive win in the home leg ensured that we retained the trophy.
Sadly the sun decided not to shine for much of the match and we all got a good soaking before it was over. Despite the weather we all enjoyed our match and the hospitality of the Mitcham ladies and we let their ladies have sight of the trophy during dinner before we took it home for another year.
The team comprised:
Sheena Harrington & Julie Smith
Ann Gardner & Veronica Mitchell
Tracy Wright & Doreen Dolby
Cathryn Leftwich & Cheryl Woodhouse
The winner of the August medal was Cheryl Woodhouse with a net 69 with Lorna White 2nd, two shots behind.
Lee Eden emerged from the pack to claim the medal with a fine 68, just 1 ahead of Paul Grand who suffered a loss of concentration 10 on the 10th.
Conditions provided an unchanged SSS 69 from CSS giving rise to just a couple of playing changes.
In the Grand Medal Trophy, Julian Diamond maintains his lead – just 10 ahead of Lee Eden. With only 5 competitors having returned 5 rounds however, it’s still an open race.
The Men claimed the Bontor Trophy for the second year running. More…
The President’s Putter was won by another relatively new member Osman Chaudry with 45 points.
Both Osman and last week’s clear winner Ged Scott earn healthy handicap reductions for their superb efforts.
The President sportingly offered a premium golf ball to anyone beating her score and carefully minimised her liability with 38 points to just 7 balls. Rumour has it that Julie had a few of dozen standing by â€œjust in caseâ€.
The Centurions Open results are those furnished by Centurion GC. Congratulations are in order to Ged Scott for a 60 in appalling weather conditions. Best lady performance came from Veronica Mitchell.