Winter Comp Rd 6 / Princes Eclectic Rd 3
In mild but really rather sticky conditions (the balls were just not running), Lia Donath’s 35 points were enough to win with Jayne Maxwell in hot pursuit with 34 points.
The CSS was 71 (36 stableford points) with no changes to playing handicaps.
Lia looks like running away with the cumulative Princes Eclectic competition with a net score of 71 after 3 rounds followed by Di Jackett on 82 (net).
Nigel Ward conquered Prince’s, inspired no doubt by a birdie at the first hole. His winning score of 45 points was two clear of Matt Roadnight with a count back separating Richard Owen and Mike Smeal with 41 points each.
CSS reflected the balance of play being 66 (39pts), one less than SSS 67 (38 pts) – both Nigel and Matt were cut 2 shots for their efforts.
Indeed, Matt and Nigel now lead the Winter Competition with 117 points. John Morris and Julian Ratnage are three points behind, but Paul Robinson only needs a â€˜reasonable’ round to catch up.
In the associated Prince’s Eclectic, Nigel, Dave Winter and John Morris lead with 64 each.
Winter Comp Rd 5 / Dukes Eclectic Rd 3
Ten ladies competed in round 3 of the Dukes Eclectic in spring like but rather muddy conditions. Two excellent scores led the way. Jayne Maxwell was the winner with 36 points closely followed by Julie Smith on 35 points.
The CSS remained at 71 (37 stableford points) and there were no changes to playing handicaps.
It looks like this will be a three horse race for the cumulative Dukes Eclectic competition. Julie maintains her lead with 75 with Jayne close behind on 77 and Sheena Harrington third on 79.
Pre-springlike conditions prevailed, with the first large field of the year competing. Some excellent scores were recorded with Brett Colley emerging the winner with a very creditable 42 points, one ahead of Paul Robinson. In third place was Kerry Sargeant with 39 points and now just 2/10ths of a shot from coveted Category 1 handicap.
CSS remained at SSS 68 (36pts) with Brett being cut 1 and Paul 2 shots.
Winter Competition, Paul Robinson now has a commanding lead being 5 points clear of Lee Eden and Paul Doran but there is still time for a dark horse to emerge.
Master of strategy Ian Smith remains Duke’s Eclectic leader improving by 4 to 64. But Paul Doran may have timed his finishing run perfectly with an improvement by 9 to 65 and focused final rounds from others on the leader-board may yet bring a surprise result.
Monthly Medal / Ladies Team Event
Three teams battled it out for the honour of a box of three golf balls as the prize given to each of the winning team, which turned out to be Jini, Lia and Veronica.
Well done to these three musketeers! The rest of us plodded along in their wake but a good time was had by all. The weather, although chilly in the morning, turned out to be a glorious day to play golf and even the sun shone.
It is the last of the team events until November and from the beginning of March, the serious business of medal rounds begin!
Favourable playing conditions on Prince’s induced some good scoring, with Mike Smeal the winner of the monthly medal on 65. Nigel Ward and Toby Hunt were just one off the pace with 66.
CSS computed to 1 less than SSS @ 66.
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Cognisant of the need for team-work, the Handicap Secretary and Lady Secretary delivered a fine performance with a net 68. The former putted poorly, particularly on the last hole having driven the green – and then 4 putting! Partner came to the rescue with a 5 net 3 which was enough to see off 4 other pairs on 69.