Coombe Wood Away Day
Dave Williams has prepared a rather soggy report about the recent successful away day held at nearby Coombe Wood.
Coronation Cup & Monthly Medals
Paul Doran is crowned as both the Coronation Cup and April Monthly Medal winner with a net 66, two clear of Graeme Syme. Best lady was Veronica Mitchell 74 on a count back last 3 from Louise Williams.
The Ladies’ April Monthly Medal, re-arranged from 6th April when the courses were unplayable due to snow, was finally won by Veronica Mitchell on net 75 who beat Louise Williams on the back 9.
The CSS increased by 3 and this was a non-qualifier for handicapping.
The 27th April was also the qualifier for the NAPGC Ladies’ Championship of England which 10 ladies entered. The winners of the Silver (Julie Smith – net 78) and Bronze Divisions (Veronica Mitchell – net 75) are guaranteed a place in the final which takes place at Abbotsley GC on Sunday 17th August.
Paul Doran won the postponed April Monthly Medal by two from Graeme Syme, with Nigel Marsh and Arthur Dolby a further shot back. Paul received his medal after dinner on the Coombe Wood Away Day.
Men’s CSS was reduced from SSS 70 to 69 giving a couple of handicap changes.
Spring Mixed Foursomes
The pairing of Louise Williams & Nigel Marsh won the day in what turned out to be a close competition.
Clapham Common Match v Wycombe Heights
The Club lost their first major outing of the season – in a count back loss against Wycombe Heights.
Men’s Sweep & Spring Meeting BB
With a huge 42 points the winning pair were Sheena Harrington and Susan Smith! In 2nd place with 35 points and a marginally better back 6 were Louise Williams and Janet Fox, who beat Di Jackett and Veronica Mitchell into 3rd place.
Report due soon.
Clapham Common – Rd 1 v Wycombe Heights
Result: Tie on 195 points, lost by count back
Home team (-2)
Dave Winter & Paul Patching
Toby Hunt & Paul Appleton
Tom Scarr & Dave Williams
Away team (+2)
Ian Smith & Graeme Syme
Richard Owen & Jason Loubser
Jon Cooper & Phil Flanagan
We were drawn in the first round against Wycombe Heights, who have a hill top par 70 course on the North Downs, just off junction 3 of the M40. Their course was almost the opposite of the Richmond Park courses, having lightening fast greens with plenty of borrow, numerous bunkers, lots of elevation changes, and very well drained.
Under these conditions our away team of Ian & Graeme, Jon & Phil, and Richard & Jason scored a creditable 95 stableford points, pipping the Wycombe home team by two points.
In the home leg, played on Dukes, our team of Dave Williams & Tom, Toby & Paul Appleton, and Dave Winter & Paul Patching notched up 100 stableford points, but were marginally outshone by the big hitting Wycombe away team, who finally got the measure of the very slow greens on the back 9.
As the overall result was a tie, the back 9 scores were calculated. Wycombe beat us both home and away probably due to their superior fitness (all those hills at Wycombe) and therefore go through to the next round, where we wish them all the best.
Men’s Qualifier & Spring Meeting Medal
The first part of the Ladies’ Spring Meeting, the individual medal round, took place on 13th April on Dukes. Not so unlucky was Lynn Richardson who took first prize with a net 78. One shot behind in 2nd was Di Jackett who beat Joan Mulcahy on the back 9. Other prize winners were Molly Hood for the Best Back 9 (net 34.5) and Julie Smith for the Best Front 9 (net 40).
The CSS increased by 3 (35 pts equivalent) and this was a Reduction Only round for handicap.
Following scrutiny in the Handicap Secretary’s office, the prima facie winners have been disqualified under rule 6-6d for signing for wrong score at the 18th. Revised placings see Dave Winter & Paul Appleton the winners with 40 points, 2 ahead of Toby Hunt & Paul Grand.
As holders of the Men’s Pairs Match Play Competition Kerry & Graeme will qualify in any account, so the disqualification will only affect this week’s sweep results and not the draw for this year’s competition.
White Webbs First Round matches
Both Teams A and B played their first round matches on this day. Team A was at home to Iver and Team B played away to Portsmouth, with mixed results.
Whitewebbs – Team A Rd 1 against Iver
Result: 3-2 Win
In the first round Team A was drawn to play at home to Iver on Saturday 12th April. Captained by Di Jackett the other 4 team members were Lia Donath, Veronica Mitchell, Cheryl Woodhouse and Ros Gray.
In a close fought match on Dukes, Richmond Park held on to win 3-2 and will now be playing either Hoebridge or Blue Mountain in the 2nd Round.
Well done Ladies!
Whitewebbs – Team B Rd 1 at Portsmouth
Result: 3-2 Loss
Richmond Park B team travelled to Portsmouth for the first round of the competition – against last year’s winners. It was a tough draw for Team B, consisting of Tracy Wright, Lorna White, Maureen Slade, Jayne Maxwell and Ann Gardner.
The match was played in wind and rain on a beautiful, challenging Portsmouth course in a closely contested match that went right up to the last game. We lost 2-3 but we all had fun and all played extremely well against tough opposition.
Well done to all the team especially in coming so close against a very good opponent on a difficult course!