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.
Osman Chaudry hit the course running after a break from golf to emerge the winner with 38 points, one ahead of Kerry Sargeant, Ole Leon-Martin and John Morris.
Kerry seemed to have things in the bag standing on the 18th tee – 2 under par for the back 9 when a loose drive caught the ditch near road. Best lady was captain Di Jackett a point further behind in a competition where men conceded a shot to the ladies.
CSS was 36 pts vs 37 SSS.