Official Opening of RP Golf Courses
Princess Alexandra attended the official opening of the new RP golf courses. The temporary 9 hole Princes course is consigned to the past and from Saturday 1 June the Park is again operating two full 18 hole courses.
Bogey Sweep/Committee Cup Rd 2
The second round of the Committee Cup was the last competition on the 9-hole Prince’s course and I don’t think there will be many who will miss the 9th! Scoring remained low, with the rough eating up numerous balls. Jayne Maxwell took first place with 34 points, followed by Susan Smith and Val Riziotis on 32. CSS went up by 3 shots for the second week running.
Val’s 4 point lead over Jayne after the first round, ensured that despite the reversal in positions this week, she maintained her lead to win the competition by two points from Jayne as the runner-up.
Tidy golf was rewarded in this challenging format – and many scores would have been improved but for penal rough (sometimes in the first cut) and slow greens. But Toby Hunt played an outstanding round – not losing a single hole and returning 8 up. One hole behind was Chris Jones and then Danny Deprez 6 up.
CSS remained at SSS 6 up. This was the last competitive round on Prince’s 9 hole phase 2.
Summer Cup/Committee Cup Rd 1
The beautiful sunny day helped ease the pain of the rough and the consequent amount of ball hunting. The weather also brought out a number of ladies who’d not played for a while and 14 took part in the first round of the Committee Cup.
Most of the field have a considerable task on their hands to catch Val Riziotis, who with a score of 36 points finished four ahead of Jayne Maxwell. Gina Jillett was a further two points behind. The general low scoring resulted in a CSS of 74.
A glorious late Spring day greeted competitors with a southerly/south-westerly breeze at times. For players finding the rough, this proved extremely penal and scores were held back with CSS reduced from 36 and SSS to 35 accordingly.
However, this proved no problem for the outstanding winner James Barker on 43 points. An extremely tidy round earned Steve Cross 2nd place with 40 points. James is rewarded with a single figure handicap.
Val Riziotis and partner Paul Brown conquered all challengers on a glorious day and a toughened course.
A small field of ladies braved the blustery conditions and the ever more penal rough, which resulted in considerable amounts of ball hunting. Despite finishing her round with a 9, the winner by three was Val Riziotis with a net 69 from Kate Emanuel on 72. CSS increased to 69 resulting in a handicap cut to 20 for Val.
Wind and at times thick rough limited good scoring but Liam Bridger was the worthy winner on 64 followed a shot behind by Ken Ukoko and Paul Grand. CSS remained at SSS 64.
In the associated Grand Medal Trophy after 3 rounds, Nigel Gaymond still leads Ahmad by 6.
Whitewebbs – Rd 1 v Hoebridge B
Result: 137-117 win
Report to appear here.
Bank Holiday Stableford
For most at least the weather made up for the golf! The sculpted fairways and the heavy rough made it tough going for most with the CSS rising by its maximum 3 shots. With most of the men forgetting their additional 3 shots for a mixed competition, most won’t recognise their scores on the results sheet.
Leading the way on 38 points were Alan Cinnamond and Mike Shabani, with Alan taking the honours on the back 9. Three shots behind was Joan Mulcahy with 35 points. Mike’s playing partners get their wish as he has been cut from 22 to 20. As a single-figure handicapper, Alan remains off 8 following a 0.4 cut. Only three of the following field played within their buffer zones.
Hawtree Match v Hoebridge
RPGC suffered a loss to Hoebridge in the first round of the mixed Hawtree Trophy.
Hawtree – Rd 1 Vs Hoebridge
The Hawtree competition took place on 3 May on a brilliant sunshine day. The format was mixed Greensomes.
The club was represented by Amy Hocking, Ed Henery, Maureen Vincent-Slade and Richard Owen at Richmond Park. Val Riziotis, Paul Brown, Rianda Markram and James Barker represented the club at Hoebridge Golf Club.
It was a close run affair at Richmond Park as Amy and Ed won their match by 3 points and Maureen and Richard narrowly lost their match. James and Rianda won their match by a single point whilst Val and Paul came up against an in-form home team who ran away with the match.
The final result was 125-112. It was a really fun day and thank you to all the players for representing the club.