A cool and breezy day set the conditions for competitors who on balance played well with CSS being reduced 1 from SSS (increased to 37 stableford points for both genders. Following good recent form, Julian James proved a worthy winner on 38 points two points clear of Ann Gardner with Mike Shabani and Molly Hood next with 35 points. Indeed, it was a good day for ladies taking 3 of the first 5 places.
An inclement July Sunday, but the forecast was for once pretty accurate ensuring that we all got a good soaking. After Friday’s downpour the course was considerably softer underfoot than it has been. The two elements combined to make scoring a challenge for everyone except Mike Shabani who was the runaway winner by seven shots shooting a net 67. With the CSS rising by three to reflect the difficulties everyone else found, he also earned himself an ESR to reduce his actual handicap to 15.7. Jay Barker took second place from Tenesi Karakaneva both on 74.
Report due soon.
Midweek Claret Jug
Hard ground conditions and variable bounces prevailed with the wind again providing challenge. A sure and steady 63 from Handicap Secretary Paul Grand earned him the Claret Jug and a handicap reduction. Continuing her recent good form, Molly Hood shot an excellent 67 to finish 2nd from 5 on 68 – early clubhouse leaders Richard Owen and Gina Jillett, Julian James, Colin Pizzey and Igor Stark.
Paul Grand remarked that he had recently laid down some Bordeaux claret and so the jug will be used!
There was some interesting play amongst the groupings today and notably the 28 handicappers seemed completely unaffected by the fairly gusty conditions overhead and the bare lies underfoot. The three ladies on 28 took the first three places, with Lesley Mason scoring a very impressive 63, beating Deborah Potter by some six shots with Tenesi Karakaneva one shot further behind on 70. Lesley is on a good run of form and in addition to the 2.4 shot handicap reduction, she has been awarded an ESR of 1, to take her handicap down to 24.
A gusty breeze provided the challenge with overnight rain barely dampening the terrain. Glorious sunshine greeted competitors in the clubhouse with Paul Brown playing yet another captain’s innings to win the July medal on 65 – well done Paul! Toby had carded an excellent 67 to finish 2nd on count back from re-joiner Mike Rowe and Paul Rockett. Paul Patching with a 76 secured best gross.
In the associated Grand Medal Trophy, Paul clings on by his fingernails to the lead by three from Toby.
Midweek Anniversary Cup Rd 2
A fine controlled round from Toby Hunt earned victory on 68, one ahead of Mike Shabani. Best lady was GinaJillet on 72.
In the associated accumulator Julian James leads on 138, two ahead of Gina after 2 rounds.
Putney Park Open
Phil Maher won his club’s open with a score of 68. RPGC’s best finisher was Paul Patching on 71 for third place.
Graham Terry and Veronica Mitchell claimed top spot with an excellent 42 points.
Midweek Monthly Medal
Conditions were markedly different from last Wednesday – a fall in temperature of 15-20C but there was some fine golf, particularly from our â€˜Mr. 59′ Igor Stark who earns a three shot reduction! But for a couple of holes, Rochard Owen would have joined Igor with a superlative 63 and lowest gross score 77. Stephen Mason and Kathryn Zally also shot below CSS/SSS earning handicap reductions (latter administered by White Lodge).
In the associated best 4-from-8 Midweek Grand Medal Trophy Richard Owen has opened a 12 shot advantage from Liam Bridger after 4 rounds.
A good contingent of the ladies’ section turned out to support the Captains on their day, with particular welcome to Christine, Jini, Rianda and Christina whose visits are rare these days. The Lady Captain, Lia Donath, gave each of the ladies a clip-on towelling bag containing a ball, a ball marking gadget and pen – either in pink or purple. Hours of fun stencilling – thank you Lia!
The heat of the previous week was noticeably absent, and many started in showery conditions. The dry conditions of the previous week or so certainly made the ball run, unfortunately, not always in a helpful way, at least, not for many of us. This didn’t seem to affect our occasional visitors as Christine Stewart was the runaway winner with a net 62, some seven shots below her handicap. In second place was Rianda with a net 66.
The CSS remained at 69 as most of use found the conditions somewhat trickier to deal with.
Veronica and Susan won the nearest the pins and Lia, herself, won the ‘nearest the hole in two’.
Honours Board | Top Dog
There was some very good scoring in ideal golfing weather albeit with light intermittent rain early. Tamas Ladacs had a spectacular 61 to win but just a shot behind was Martin Heinrich and Captain Paul played a suitable captain’s innings for a 63! New member Mikel Eguidazu Arrien fired a 64 whilst Alan Cinnamond scored lowest gross 75 but lost two balls with very unlucky bounces.
A large field of 41 competed and the overall balance of play was such to raise CSS one from SSS to 68. Tamas and Martin earned ESR handicap reductions and Paul Rockett joins the eagle tree with a three at the par 5.
John Ahad was nearest-the-pin at the 2nd, Tim Meyer won nearest-the-hole-in two at the 8th and Mikel Eguidazu Arrien was nearest-the-pin at the 16th.
In the associated Top Dog Trophy, after three events, Martin leads by one point on 14 from Tamas, Tony Kopczak and Graham Terry.