3 Sixes (S,B,M)
A popular and intriguing format saw different competitors winning sweep monies – and most surprisingly most competitors retuning better than â€˜all square’ in the bogey section. Special mention to Richard Kenwood for returning +5 with a two over gross for the six holes. Lady captain Cheryl Woodhouse found a late turn of form with a net 23 in the medal section.
To the chagrin of some competitors, the â€˜bar’ had (again) no supplies of draught or bottled beers or ciders – but the new year was toasted elegantly in the Portacabin with wine.
A small but quality field of competitors turned out in favourable conditions for this festive event, though worm casts made the course muddy in places. Scoring was expected to be good with this format and it was surprising to note a number of â€˜blobs’ from competitors. In the event, 38 points was good enough to win and 3 pairs had to be separated on back 9s with Gurpal Sekhon & Stan Potts coming out victors from Maurice Bernard & Ros Lake and Richard Kenwood & Phil Flanagan.
With an excellent score of 38 points Lorna White will be celebrating her runaway victory in the Champagne Chase. Maureen Slade was second on 32 pts and Sheena Harrington a further two pts behind in third place.
The CSS increased by three to 35 points.
From the top drawer, Kerry Sergeant selected a level par round for 42 points to be returned the winner. Kerry’s round included 4 birdies and eight 3s. Second was Ian Smith with 40 points – and with â€˜blobs’ at 1 and 5 he could have been the winner. Congratulations on these 2 fine rounds.
CSS was unchanged from SSS 40. Men’s handicap list…
Early frost meant that the first five greens were temporaries and presented challenges to competitors in varying degrees. Graeme Syme mastered them and was one under gross through four holes and finished strongly (back nine 22 points) to win the hamper with 41 points – he’ll not starve on his return from Oz in the New Year.
Richard Kenwood and Stan Potts shot 40 and 38 points to take 2nd and 3rd prizes. Best lady also with a highly commendable 38 points was Ros Lake.
Round times were a very agreeable 4Â¼ to 4Â½ hrs.
The Lady Captain’s net 76 clinched the December monthly medal with Sheena Harrington in second on net 78. Since there were 2+ temporary greens, this was a non-qualifier for handicap.
Overnight rain and wind gave way to ameliorating conditions for the reduced field of competitors in the December monthly medal played in a bogey format. Five players ended one up and the usual count back algorithm was employed to give Osman Chaudry victory being four up on the back nine from Kerry Sargeant, Peter Harrington, Graeme Syme and Nigel Ward.
With four temporary greens, the competition was not accorded qualifying status and so no change in playing handicaps arose.
The Ladies AGM and luncheon was held on 2nd December in St Margarets..
Four Ball Better Ball
Undaunted by the vagaries of the weather, Kerry Sargeant and Paul Grand gave an exhibition of complementary team play racking up 45 points to win by 3. Having the advantage of a better back 9, John Bennett and Tony Pickard just pipped Geoff Foreman and Toby Hunt to second place.
Winter Competition Rd 4
Playing exactly to her handicap was enough for Lia Donath to win the R2 Princes Winter Stableford with 37 pts. In 2nd place was Veronica Mithchell on 36 pts.
The CSS remained unchanged at 37 pts and there were no changes to playing handicaps.
After two rounds of the Princes Eclectic, Lia Donath leads the way on net 75 with Julie Smith not far behind in 2nd on net 76Â½.
After clearance of early frost, a pleasant early winter’s day made for good scoring off mats. John Bennett took advantage of the conditions, romping home to win with 43 points, one clear of Ian Smith. A further point away was Gurpal Sekhon.
Kerry’s round included an eagle at 15 and he joins the RPGC golfing Gods at this hole (over 13 years):
|Eagles at 15 Princes Course|
|B Aldhhahi||26 Feb 96||Winter Competition Rd 8|
|P Grand||9 Oct 05||Monthly Medal Rd 8|
|K Sargeant||19 Nov 06||Winter Competition Rd 4|
With 39% of Category 1-3 players shooting within two of SSS 40, CSS was elevated to 41. Men’s handicap list…
John’s round now makes him joint leader in the Winter Competition with Jon Cooper, 2 ahead of Kerry Sargeant.
Ian’s round now leaves him one clear from Kerry in the associated Prince’s Eclectic.
Winter Competition Rd 3
Di Jackett won the Stableford competition with 35 points, closely followed by Veronica Mitchell (34 pts – BB9) and Rosalind Lake (34 pts).
The CSS increased by two to 35 pts.
After two rounds of the Dukes Eclectic, Julie Smith remains in the lead (net 75Â½) but only by a whisker from Tracy Wright (net 76).
Duke’s played long off the back tees, despite pleasant autumnal conditions – and this affected scoring. A back nine count back separated Julian Diamond from Paul Appleton, both with 35 points. Canny scoring saw new Duke’s Eclectic leader Dave Williams take 3rd position from Lee Eden, again on a count back with each 34 points.
CSS remained at SSS 35. Men’s handicap list…
A new leader has emerged in the Winter Competition – Kerry Sargeant who lies 2 clear from Tim Meyer and Graeme Syme.
In the Duke’s Eclectic Dave Williams takes a two shots second round lead.
With cold conditions and a very slow round, scoring was relatively high plus there were several “no returns”. However, despite a 7 at the par 3 first hole, Maureen Slade got her game back on track to win the monthly medal with a net 71. Di Jackett & Veronica Mitchell were one shot behind, with Di beating Veronica for 2nd place on the back nine.
The CSS remained at 71.
The November medal was the last round counting towards the Dowling Cup. The winner for 2006 was Sheena Harrington with a winning total of 420 (aggregate of 6 best net scores in stroke play rounds). In second place was Tracy Wright on 426.
A slow and at times chilly round saw some excellent scoring – and in many cases even better scoring could have been made.
The winner on 66 was Graeme Syme with 66 and this included a nine at the 7th. Toby Hunt had a storming back nine 37 to finish 2nd on count back from Richard Kenwood, both recording 68s. Rob Urquhart played another fine round with 69, unfortunately dropping 4 shots in the last 5 holes.
With play reverting (pleasantly and surprisingly) to the back tees, CSS was unchanged from SSS 68 giving rise to a 1.2 reduction in handicap for Graeme from 17.2 to 16, with a -2 clause 19.8 adjustment featuring in the calculation. Men’s handicap list…