With the clocks coming forward an hour overnight, and early morning rain ceasing shortly before our first tee off time, it turned out to be a lovely sunny Spring day at the park for those who didn’t go on the Weekend Away.
Scoring was generally good with CSS being increased from 38 to 39 stableford points.
The winner with 40 points was Captain Richard Owen who earned a further handicap reduction to 12. Kerry Sargeant and Stuart Nash returned fine scores of 39 to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively – the former recording a birdie 3 at SI 1 7th.
Playing from the white tees for the first time, Paul Doran proved the worthy winner with 39 points (38 per CONGU recommended depiction of mixed results) and achieved a 2 shot reduction in handicap.
CSS computed as a Reduction Only round @ +3 (34 points).
Winter Comp Rd 8 / Dukes Eclectic Rd 4
Only 9 ladies ventured out in the cold & rain for the Stableford competition & final round of the Duke’s Eclectic on 16th March.
Lia Donath’s 32 points were good enough to win, from Susan Smith in 2nd with 29 points who beat Jayne Maxwell with a better back nine.
The CSS increased by 3 shots to 73 (35 points) and this was a Reduction Only round for handicap.
Improving her previous score by 1 shot, Lia also won the Duke’s Eclectic on net 70. Julie Smith came a close 2nd on net 71, half a shot ahead of Sheena Harrington in 3rd.
Chilly and wet conditions combined to produce a round in which handicaps could only increase with CSS remaining unchanged from SSS 38 points. Stuart Nash, Paul Doran and Jon Cooper proved the hardiest competitors on 37 points each with Stuart winning on a count back. More delicate souls headed for the clubhouse and shelter with relief after the round.
Lee Eden held on to win the Winter Competition from Stuart Nash who made a strong challenge, catching up 3 points on the day. The final margin was Lee 117 points to Stuart’s 116.
In the associated Duke’s Eclectic, Ian further increased his lead from Paul Appleton to finish with a net 59 picking up a couple more birdies at 3 and 16 to bring the tally to 6.
Mixed Foursomes Qualifier / Sweep
Osman Chaudry was the winner with an impressive 44 points, piping Paul Robinson by 1 point. Four others played to better than SSS (40 points for men): Gary Flounders, John Morris, Nigel Ward and Paul Doran.
A qualifier was not needed for the Mixed Foursomes and many pairs played their first round match on the day.
Coombe Wood Away day
The Club has arranged an away day to Coombe Wood Golf Club for Wednesday 30th April. There are places for the first 40 applicants.
In a closely fought contest for the first LGU Medal of the year, Jayne Maxwell took the spoils with a net 73. Julie Smith was one shot behind in 2nd place and then came 5 others on net 75, Jini Beacham coming top of this group on the best back 9.
This was a Reduction Only competition for handicaps and there were no handicap changes.
Blistering performances from Graeme Syme and Osman Chaudry resulted in 62s with Graeme clinching the medal on the back 9.
Another fine performance from Captain Richard Owen with 63 earned 3rd place and a subsequent General Play Adjustment by the Handicapping Committee resulting in a further 1.0 reduction in handicap to an exact 12.4.