Midweek Captains Day
The very first Midweek Captains Day competition was aptly played on a gloriously sunny autumn day on the Princes Course, in near perfect golfing conditions. Midweek Captain Richard generously provided hospitality which included bacon rolls and cakes plus a sleeve of balls for all those who scored better than him. Rising to this challenge thirteen competitors battled it out for the honours. Two players pulled clear of the rest of the field and were three points ahead of third place Phil Flanagan. Kate Emanuel and Chris Jones both tied on excellent scores of 41 points and could only be separated on count back. Kate emerged the first winner of the Trophy and Chris the first runner up. Both players were awarded with cuts to their handicaps, Kate to twelve and Chris to nineteen, congratulations to both of you.
Monthly Medal / Autumn Meeting
This year’s Indian Summer continues with another lovely day for the second leg of the Ladies Autumn Meeting consisting of a 4BBB stableford competition. Seven pairs competed including one with a mystery partner.
The scoring was generally good reflecting the balmy conditions. The winners with a total of 41 points were Susan Smith and Lia Donath and the runners up with 39 points were Jayne Maxwell and Veronica Mitchell.
After the games the ladies relaxed with drinks and various nibbles.
Despite the sun there was a definite nip in the air for the September medal and with the ball not running as far any more, the scores were relatively muted for most. Conditions didn’t deter Nigel Gaymond whose net 63 ensured he won the monthly medal from Julian James and Jim Fogarty, both on 65. CSS remained at 67.
Autumn Mixed Pairs
Jayne Maxwell & Peter Harrison won both the scratch and net competitions.
Midweek Priory Cup
Thirteen intrepid RPGC golfers battled it out for the first Priory Cup. A beautiful Autumns day greeted the competitors and two players pulled clear of the field. The competition was played out in the Bogey Format a format that is clearly a speciality of the ladies as the top two places were as follows – Gina Jillet Winner on two up and Ann Gardner Runner Up on one up. Well done to you both. Gina earned a small adjustment to her handicap.
Burgess Cup / Autumn Meeting & Monthly Medal
The first leg of the Ladies Autumn Meeting including the Ladies September Monthly Medal Competition was successfully completed by eight ladies on a beautiful day. The sun shone down on Kate and Tenesi, respectively gaining first and second places and whom by playing glorious golf significantly reduced their handicaps. Kate is down to 12 and Tenesi to 24. Tenesi was also awarded an ‘exceptional’ scoring reduction bringing her handicap down further to 23 – well done to them both. The rest of the ladies had a very enjoyable round.
Fine September weather greeted 15 men’s pairs as they battled it out for the Burgess Cup. Competition was fierce and some good scores were recorded. Light winds offered some protection to the Dukes Course however James Barker and Pete Harrison took no heed of this and played golf of the highest order scoring 42 points and emerging clear winners, two shots ahead of Ed Henery and Mike Rowe who were in the runners up position. An interesting statistic to note, competition was so fierce in this year’s Burgess Cup, that of the chasing pack and out of an entry of 15 pairs, 9 pairs scored between 36 points and 39 points. A great effort by all and congratulations to the winners.
Midweek Anniversary Accumulator
Conditions varied through the day with the really heavy rain arriving in the afternoon. Some really good golf was played – the winner with a one over par round was Ross Hood 61. Gina Jillett was runner-up on 63 with a fantastic back nine 38. Both Ross and Gina earned handicap reductions.
In the associated midweek accumulator, Gina consolidated her lead to win on 202, seven clear of Julian James.
Martin Heinrich played a blinder to emerge the clear winner with 43 points – 24 on the back! Martin earns an ESR so now plays off 19. Keith Cassidy and Nigel followed with 40s with Jim Fogarty, Danny Deprez and Lee Marshall 39s. Mike Shabani’s 38 included 2 â€˜Twos’ with eagle at 14.
Autumn Weekend Away
Jayne Maxwell took the Gill Hibbs Trophy for the top overall Lady and Pete Harrison was the top Man.
Handicap Trophy Rd 2
Surprise mizzle/light rain impacted early games in this re-arranged 2nd round of the competition, but otherwise conditions were ideal with a light easterly breeze developing. On the day, late pm player Mike Shabani trumped early clubhouse leader by a shot with a very competent 69. Midweek Captain Richard was 3rd with 71 followed by Chris Jones with 72. A shot further behind were Patrick Murphy, Gina Jillett & Kathryn Zally (best ladies) and James Barker (lowest gross).
The winner of the Handicap Trophy on back 18 count-back was Gina Jillett who had same overall score as Ross Hood on 139 with Mike three adrift. Well done Gina!
After a very chilly start, summer returned with glorious blue skies and the field of 61 doing their best to beat the President, thereby earning themselves a free drink. Our President, Tim Meyer, offered to buy a drink for anyone who beat his score & today there were 45 who did. Next year the offer may not be quite so generous! The ladies tried to help out, with no one hitting the green on their nearest the pin.
There was a three-way tie on 39 points at the top, with Roger Rojas taking the honours, from Pete Harrison and Igor Stark. A further 5 were two shots back on 37 – all earning reductions to their handicaps. The highest place lady was Jayne Maxwell back in 15th on 34 points.
As mentioned above, in addition to the opportunity to get a drink on the President, there were also prizes for the nearest the pin in two on the 18th for both men and ladies, Patrick Murphy and Kate Emanuel winning these. A nearest the pin in three on the 17th for the men, won by Paul Rockett and a nearest the pin on the 16th for the ladies.