The rain forecast for morning/lunch duly arrived making for difficult conditions for the Bogey competition.
The emphatic winner was Richard Owen with a personal best gross of 77 and 5-up. Well done Richard – and a handicap reduction! Shaun Feldon sported a new handicap and was 2nd on 2-up. Colin Pizzey and Ed Henery followed all-square and best lady Cheryl 1-down.
The overall balance of play was such that CSS was elevated from SSS one-up to two-up.
Shaw Cup & NAPGC Qualifier
A chilly wind and the overnight rain seemed to dampen most people’s scores such that the CSS went up by 2. However, conditions didn’t bother Graham Terry who was the clear winner on 42 points, earning himself a 1.4 reduction in handicap. In second place, as she was last week, was Tenesi Karakaneva on 37 points and who after many weeks of playing to her handicap has finally achieved a handicap reduction of 1 shot.
Breezy early Spring conditions greeted 18 competitors in three tee times through the day.
A count-back separated 36s from Richard Owen and Toby Hunt in favour of Richard with Mike Shabani 3rd on 34 points. Ladies’ performance was good with Gina piping â€˜birthday girl’ Cheryl to 5th place on 32 points. Handicap Secretary Paul Grand bucked statistical trends and scored relatively heavily (20) on the more difficult back 9.
Clapham Common v Brent Valley A
The Club prevailed 143-130 in a fine performance from each of its 4 pairings. The next round will be either Ruislip or Wexham Park.
In what is probably a first the ladies occupied the first four places in today’s competition. One of the first mixed events of the 2015 calendar on Duke’s where the ladies’ SSS has increased to 73 meaning there is no longer a shot allowance in favour of the men. Although a goodly number of the usual contenders in the men’s section were absent due to club commitments elsewhere…. watch out chaps this could be the year that the ladies prevail in the mixed competitions.
But good try from Peter Osgood who entered his stableford score rather than gross score, to record 71 points, which in reality was 32!
The winner was Caroline Stilwell with 39 points earning her a 1.2 handicap reduction, followed by six people on 36 points with Tenesi Karakaneva in 2nd place and Sheena Harrington in 3rd and Lia Donath in 4th. Nigel Gaymond was 5th and the first placed man.
Surrey Fives v Limpsfield Chart
Our RPGC Mens Surrey Fives Team entertained a fine Limpsfield Chart side, on a sunny but blustery Saturday on the Dukes course. What followed was a tight and hard fought match.
The game consisted of five single two balls playing stroke play. The RPGC team consisted of Surrey Fives Captain Pete Davis, James, Paul B, Pete Harrison and Liam.
Each two ball went to the wire, clearly the Limpsfield Chart team had come to play hard and were not going to go down without a real fight. Obviously, as would be expected from any of our teams, our chaps met fire with the fire and came away with an excellent 3 games to 2 victory.
A big thank you to Peter Davis our Team Captain who not only led from the front on the course (with some excellent golf) but also arranged the food and co-ordinated the match. Also a big thank you to all the guys for representing the club with such passion and with great sportsmanship!
We meet Royal Wimbledon in the next leg.
Glorious conditions greeted competitors with wall to wall sunshine. The overall winner with an astounding 63 was Gina Jillett, three ahead of Ed Henery with Kate Emanuel 68. Kate earns a handicap reduction to 18.5.
With the course conditions much improved it was the wind that provided the challenge, getting, it seemed, ever stronger throughout the day.
Eight ladies took part in the competition, and our latest recruit, Jane Fraser, took the spoils with a net 66, reducing her handicap by one in the process. In second place, and four shots back was Sheena Harrington with Tenesi Karakaneva taking third spot just one shot further back.
Following the passage of a cold front, the wind got up as forecast and provided Prince’s a degree of protection. This proved no impediment to Jon Cooper who was the clear winner on 62 – two ahead of Lee Marshall and three from Paul Green.
Jon dominated the statistics, including a level par back 9.
Overall, the elevation of CSS to SSS+1 68 reflected the conditions – only four Category 1-3 scoring within buffer before the application of Clause 19.
In the associated Grand Medal Trophy, a 3-way tie exists between Paul Grand, Martin Heinrich and Toby Hunt. But it has to be said that this is more due to having played just two rounds than exemplary play!
Spring Mixed Pairs
Gina Jillett & Paul Brown emerged winners with 37 points three clear of Sheena Harrington & Stephen Mason.
The competition was played in pleasant early Spring conditions with play off the grass, but not yet full back tees. A reduced field was headed by Liam Bridger 36 points, three ahead of Andrej Moxnes.