Winter Comp Rd 5 / Prince’s Eclectic Rd 4
After coming second in each of the previous 2 weeks’ stableford competitions it was 3rd time lucky for Lynn Richardson who notched up a winning score of 35 points. Di Jackett was 3 points behind in 2nd place.
The CSS increased by 3 (34 points) and this was a Reduction Only round for handicaps.
Lynn’s excellent round, which included 5 pars, also clinched the Prince’s Eclectic for her with a net score of 73Â½ off half handicap. In 2nd place was Cheryl Woodhouse on net 76.
Captain elect Richard Owen shot an exemplary round with 40 points, just beating Lee Eden on a back 6 count back. Stanley Hunt and Richard Kenwood were just 1 behind.
The balance of play delivered CSS 38 vs SSS 40.
Richard’s round gives him the lead in the Winter Competition, 2 ahead of Ian Smith with Peter Harrington 1 further behind.
Toby Hunt and Jon Cooper are now tied in the associated Prince’s Eclectic with just one round left.
The portacabin roof seems to have sustained the heavy shower on Thursday. For members who hitherto can only visualise the damage, attached are a couple of snaps.
Winter Comp Rd 4 / Dukes Eclectic Rd 2
Lia Donath’s 34 points, a good score in the wet & muddy conditions, were good enough to win the day’s stableford competition. An in-form Lynn Richardson came 2nd with 33 points.
This was a Reduction Only round for handicaps.
Half way through the Duke’s Eclectic, again the scores are very close. Julie Smith leads on net 75Â½, followed by Louise Williams on 77, Sheena Harrington on 77Â½ and Lia Donath on 78.
Improver Julian James took advantage of the short winter course to win with 40 points, just one ahead of Paul Appleton who continues to demonstrate why he is current Top Dog. A further couple of points behind were consistent Winter Competition contenders Ian Smith and Peter Harrington.
CSS was unchanged from SSS 38 with again no changes to playing handicaps.
In the Winter Competition to date, Stuart Nash remains ahead on 106 from Peter Harrington on 104. And Francois Lemaigre and Ian Smith trial both on 103.
In the associated Duke’s Eclectic Ian Smith is a clear leader by 4.
Perched on a homemade ladder, a handyman patched up the portacabin roof following a partial collapse during the previous week.
Changes to the Rules of Golf for 2008
There has been quite a few changes this year to the rules of golf. Captain Jon Cooper has helpfully given some pointers in this report.
Stableford Sweep / Prince’s Eclectic Rd 3
With everyone struggling in the mud particularly on the front 9, nearly everyone had a better back 9 score. Julie Smith (32 points) just pipped Lynn Richardson by 1 point to win the stableford competition.
This was a Reduction Only round for handicaps.
With 3 rounds played in the Prince’s Eclectic, the results are very close and there is all to play for in the final round. Julie Smith has a narrow lead on 80Â½, followed by Lynn Richardson and Di Jackett both on 81Â½, then Cheryl Woodhouse on 82 and Maureen Slade on 83.
Some excellent sores were returned in wet and muddy conditions off winter tees. Gurpal Sekhon triumphed with 43, followed by Francois Lemaigre 42 and Ian Smith 41.
CSS was reduced from SSS 40 to 38.
The Committee has shuffled the fixture list for February to align with the new date for the Dinner Dance.
The Ladies have made some further alterations, moving forward the remaining Princes Eclectic rounds. It now finishes in January.
Monthly Medal / Team Event
The first competition of the New Year was a team event. Three Sixes (1 score counts at holes 1-6, 2 scores count at holes 7-12, 3 scores count at holes 13-18). The Lady Captain’s team of Doreen Dolby, Lynn Richardson, Christine Stewart & Di Jackett won the day with 83 points. In 2nd place was Christine Brazier, Ros Gray, Sheena Harrington & Norma Lynch with 80 points.
For the first time in living memory for January, play was off the grass tees and normal greens. Early frost melted but it was very muddy. All credit then to the winner of The January Millennium Monthly Medal with a glorious 65 – Richard Kenwood. On a count-back over the last 6 holes, Treasurer Dave Williams on 68 claimed 2nd from Kerry Sargeant.
As the new-style results depict, a high % of Category 1-3 players for the second week in a row (50%) returned within 2 of SSS, resulting in CSS being reduced to 67. A statistical quirk – no changes to any playing handicaps.
Dinner Dance Date Change
The Committee has decided to move the date of the Annual Dinner Dance. In short, one of us had to shift – it was either RPGC at The Winning Post, or the RFU and 80,000 spectators for the England vs Wales 6 Nations International at Twickers. We decided in the end that discretion is the better part of valour and the Club’s dinner dance will now be on the comparatively ‘quiet’ Saturday, 23rd February 2008.
So, armed with this information, your immediate actions should be –
- to print off the Dinner Dance reminder,
- to grab your diary and scribble through the old day (
2nd Feb) and plant a big DD mark for 6:00pm on Sat 23rd Feb at The Winning Post, and
- to email me by return and say how many extra tickets you want for all the guests that you will be inviting along for the evening!!
The good news is that there is no limit to the number of guests that you may wish to bring along.