The first 6 holes were Stableford where men conceded 2 shots to ladies. On a back 3 count back, Jim Fogarty emerged the winner from Graeme Syme.
The next 6 holes were the unforgiving Bogey format with men again conceding 2 shots to ladies. Julian James was the clear winner finishing 3 up from John Morris, Sean Dalton and Richard Owen – all 2 up.
The last 6 holes were Medal with ladies receiving 4 shots from men before the 1/3rd reduction. Paul Patching coasted to victory finishing with eagle 18 for his 20.67. John Morris was second with 22.33 – a sixth of a shot ahead of Ian Smith. Julian James would probably have been in the frame but for a 10 at 17.
The Victor Ludorum prize went to non-participant Kerry Sargeant for 3 birdies and an eagle in a gross 65 net 59 round. Mindful that a general play adjustment for Kerry would require referral to SCGU under CONGU Clause 23.4(b) [becoming a Category 1 player] the Handicap Committee will nevertheless keep his performance under close review.
Fourteen pairs competed in this popular format. Ladies received 4 shots before the 3/8ths combined allowance and 2 pairs produced a score of 37 points.
On count back, Ian and Julie Smith won on the back 6 from Tracy Wright and Kerry Sargeant. New member Mads Bruun accompanied Sean Dalton to take 3rd position on back 6 count back from Captain Richard Owen and Vice Captain Gurpal Sekhon.
Good teamwork was evident from Peter and Sheena Harrington who recorded the only â€˜Two’ at 3.
After a very wet Saturday, there was a good turn out to play on a rather â€œmuddyâ€ golf course for the Christmas Hamper.
The winner, with a very good score of 40 points was Gurpul Sekhon with Jim Fogarty in second place with 36 points with a better back nine from Julian Ratnage who came third. Men ceded 2 shots to the Ladies and the best lady was Lia Donath with 33 points.
Monthly Medal / Ladies Team Event
Report by Jayne Maxwell
Thank you everyone for supporting me on my first day as Lady Captain and what a beautiful day it was. The sky was blue, the sun was shining and the frost on the ground made for a very pretty scene even though it was difficult to see and find golf balls!
The game format was the best score on Par 5’s, the best two scores on Par 4’s and the best three scores on Par 3’s. There was a large turnout and it was a fun event.
The winning team on the day was Doreen Dolby, Jini Beacham, Jayne Maxwell and Michele Mair who had 85 points.
Many thanks to everyone who played. The next team event is on Sunday 4th January.
A frosty start greeted competitors, with many NRing early in the round with lost balls.
Back office staff in the Handicap Secretary’s office mulled over the results, fortified by the wine, there were 3 glorious 65s. On a count back, Graeme Syme took the (ginger) biscuit from Jim Fogarty and Gary Flounders.
CSS was unchanged from SSS 68.
The Ladies AGM is scheduled for Saturday 6 December. The venue is THE DYSART at 135 Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AA.
Tee off is 11 am starting with coffee. The AGM follows at 11.30 and a 3-course lunch at 1 pm.
Now we know what motivates Sheena when playing golf: champagne!! For the second year running, Sheena has upped her game to win the Champagne Chase with 35 stableford points. Michele Mair was 2 points behind in 2nd place and Di Jackett a further point behind in 3rd.
The winter mats were in play on some holes and the summer grass tees on others. However, a calculation of the course yardage showed the length had not been decreased by more than 100 yards from the measured course and hence the SSS remained unaltered and this was a Qualifying round. The CSS increased by 2 (34 points equivalent).
A sparkling round of 42 points off the yellow tees from Toby Hunt earned top champagne prize, two ahead of an effervescent Gurpal Sekhon. Players off the yellow tees ceded a shot from handicap, being designated â€˜NV’ in the results. A bubbly Chris Genasi emerged from the sediment to win the surprise prize.
The four nearest the pins were won as below with corking tee-shots:
NTP 1 Toby Hunt
NTP 3 Kerry Sargeant
NTP 10 Michele Mair
NTP 13 Toby Hunt
Kerry Sargeant uncorked a jeroboam drive from the back tee cellar to win longest drive at the 16th.
As indicated on the results sheet, CSS computed to a specific gravity of 37.
Winter Comp Rd 2 / Dukes Eclectic Rd 1
Though 11 ladies set out, none played more than 5 holes due to the adverse weather conditions so the competition was abandoned.
Winner: Janet Fox (423 aggregate)
2nd: Susan Smith (425 aggregate)
The day started freezing with competitors treating recently fallen snow as optionally casual water or loose impediments, particularly on greens where numerous â€˜paths’ became evident. As conditions warmed up, persistent driving rain set in causing less hardy competitors back to the clubhouse.
Conditions eventually ameliorated and some good scores returned – most notably from a couple of Smiths; Ian being victorious on 35 points, one ahead of Rick. Indeed, Ian single-handedly prevented a reduction only round.
In the associated Duke’s Eclectic competition, Ian unsurprisingly takes the early lead on net 72, 8 ahead of Peter Harrington.
Lee Eden maintains his lead in the Winter Competition just one ahead of Ian.
Winter Comp Rd 1 / Princes Eclectic Rd 1
The winner of the first Winter Competition of 2008 / 09 was Lia Donath with an excellent score of 36 pts which also gives her the lead in this year’s Prince’s Eclectic. Di Jackett was in 2nd place with 34 pts & is also 2nd in the Eclectic.
The CSS remained at 71 and there were no changes to playing handicaps.
Lia also leads the pack in the cumulative Prince’s Eclectic competition after 2 rounds.
Both Julian Ratnage and Gary Flounders stood on the 10th tee with 23 points in the bag – the former with more in reserve having ‘blobbed’ the 9th. Julian held on over the back 9 to emerge the winner a point ahead of Gary with 42 points. Lee Eden finished a creditable 3rd with 40, despite marker only awarding 39.
Playing over a mixed bag of tees, CSS was unchanged from the yellow tees SSS 38 points giving rise to no fewer than 11 playing handicap changes as indicated on the result sheet.
The competition doubled as the opening round for the Prince’s Eclectic in which Paul Appleton takes the early lead on 71, 3 ahead of Messrs. Winter, Meyer, Morris, Sargeant and Syme.
With wintry weather forecast for tomorrow, keen competitors will no doubt be looking for birdies on possible short mat/temp greens combos to open their Duke’s Eclectic account.
2008/2009 Winter Competition
The Men’s Winter Competition starts this Sunday and to get everyone in the right spirit Peter Harrington has produced a note to remind us how the competition works.
Monthly Medal / Ladies Team Event
The first of our Winter Team Events was played on Sunday 9th November on Dukes.
The game format was 6 – 6 – 6 – the best score counting on the first 6, best 2 on second 6 and best 3 on the final 6 holes. It was a fun event with a great turn out of ladies.
The strongest team on the day was Veronica Mitchell, Christine Brazier, Ros Lake and Di Jackett who had 72 points.
Thanks to all the ladies who played.
The next team event will take place on Sunday 7th December
An exceptional back nine 38 gained Toby Hunt the monthly medal on a count back from an increasingly confident Peter Harrington, both recording net 69. Nigel Marsh finished 3rd, 3 behind.
The mix of play was such as to increase CSS 1 to 71 from SSS. Unusually, no changes in playing handicaps resulted.