A momentous day in RPGC history as we entered our own results into the computer provided by Glendale down at the Park – no errors were found when the handicap secretary (ladies’) checked them over.
As has become a bit of a tradition, the ladies’ provided mulled wine and mince pies for all players
After a dismal start, weather-wise rather than golf, the last day of November turned out mild and sunny. Unfortunately the same could not be said of the state of most of the ladies’ golf! The best lady of the day, and winner of the champagne, was Fiona Coombe on 32 points. The runner-up was Jayne Maxwell on 28 and on count-back, Sheena Harrington beat Susan Smith into 3rd place. As a consequence, it was a reduction only round.
Early conditions were grey and chilly but conditions ameliorated with some welcome sunshine. Ground conditions were very muddy in places and accurate crisp striking was needed.
Overall, stableford scoring was low with the round being declared a reduction-only one with CSS being raised +3 from SSS. Murali Reddy was the worthy winner playing consistent golf returning 36 points. James Barker was runner-up 3 points behind
Captain v Secretary
It was almost literally captain v secretary today! For once the forecasters were correct, and it rained from before we started to well after the finish. Out of 35 on the bookings sheet, 19 entered the competition and 9 completed the full 18 holes.
Putting was a lottery with the ball sometimes skimming across the green or alternatively going nowhere until the draw of the water pulled the ball into the hole – until the new greens that is, where you needed to remember how to judge a putt!
Under such conditions, it seems harsh to call it a competition and scores were such that no one was near their buffer zone and hence it was a reduction only round. But with flooded greens it would otherwise have been a non-qualifier.
Paul Brown has obviously been heeding the encouraging words he sends out to the rest of us and was the clear winner on the day with 32 points from Peter Harrington on 27, but a toss of the coin meant that the top of the alphabet belonged to the Captain and Paul’s scoring ensured that the Captain beat the Secretary.
In view of the conditions, a fairer result is that 9 RPGC players beat he weather to complete 18 holes!
Winter ComP Rd 1 / Dukes Eclectic Rd 1
A grey but still day for the first round of the eclectic for Duke’s, with the after-effects of all the rain ensuring there was little run if any run on the ball gave rise to only two complete rounds to score for the eclectic.
The winner of the day, was Sheena Harrington on 32 points, with Fiona Coombe eight points back on 24. As a results the competition was reduction-only for handicapping purposes.
In the Eclectic, Sheena was one of the two with a complete round and thus leads after the first round by some 14 shots from Cheryl Woodhouse. However with three more rounds to go, it is fair to say that the competition is wide open!
In the second round of the Winter Competition the winner was Danny Deprez with a masterful 38 points. CSS was 35 points and Danny now finds his playing handicap trimmed from 15 to 14 – possibly his lowest recorded handicap. Second last Sunday, losing out on the count-back, was another masterful score of 38 points by Mike Shabani. Mike was followed in third spot by Tony Kopczak with 36 points.
After two weeks of the Winter Competition the top of the leaderboard looks like this: Jim Fogarty 70 points; Martin Heinrich 70 points; Ed Henery 70 points – i.e. no run away leader so ere mortals still have something of a chance.
In the first round of the Duke’s Eclectic Danny leads Mike Shabani by 2 but with the number of NRs exceeding full cards there is everything to play for in the remaining rounds.
Winter ComP Rd 1 / Princes Eclectic Rd 1
A still misty moist morning greeted competitors for the first winter competition. Conditions which should favour good scoring.
Competitors basked in the unseasonably warm November sunshine after the round, tucking into some exceedingly good hand baked chocolate brownies courtesy James Barker. Not to feel left out of the feast, two Egyptian geese gobbled up the ample supply of green algae on the pond at speed.
Six Ladies optimistically turned up to play after torrential rain on Saturday night but Sunday was a beautiful, sunny day. The ball did not roll but it did not deter some excellent putting from the winner, Kate. Her handicap would have been cut had we finished on the 17th! Still no mats but the tees were muddy. We all sat outside after the game and ate brownies! Let’s hope we continue with the bake off throughout the winter.
Conditions certainly appealed to the winner Ed Henery who shot level par 24 points on the back nine for a score of 40 points, nipping Martin Heinrich (who has his first handicap reduction) with Jim Fogarty a further point behind (Jim also scored 24 points on back nine).
Former member Shaun Feldon played a social round and will be submitting cards for handicap. A former plus 2 player, Shaun showed he had lost none of his skill by ripping 262 yd drive uphill on 14 onto the green and then putting his eagle in. Possibly the greatest hazard for Shaun is navigating the pitch-marked greens particularly on the â€˜new’ Prince’s greens.
Monthly Medal & Team Event
Early rain was not conducive to good scoring and a number of players walked in or had no returns. For those returning complete scorecards, the balance of play for both men and ladies determined a reduction only round. For later games, the sun just emerged to give long silhouettes. Two clear winners emerged.
For ladies Jayne Maxwell was winner on 79, two clear of Joan Mulcahy.
For the men it was Raymond Esin on 74, one ahead of Nick Rogers and James Barker.