A balmy autumn day after overnight rain set the scene for the first Harrington Trophy with only 3 clubs and putter allowed. Colin Pizzey was the winner on count-back from Mike Shabani with Julian James a shot behind. Ross Hood was fourth with lowest gross score. The competition was non-qualifying for handicap purposes.
Shop and Start Times
Following the clock adjustment last weekend the shop has advised us of revised shop and start times.
A chilly start saw 46 compete for this 3 clubs and a putter competition. The ladies proved dominant, picking up 1st and 2nd places – Gina Jillet 67 and Jane Fraser 69. Leading men were Toby Hunt and Stephen Legg 70s.
The last event of the Top Dog Trophy saw Pete Harrison confirmed as winner although final of JH Taylor outstanding which can only increase Pete’s points.
Midweek Charity Cup
What a contrast from Sunday! The inclement weather put off all but four stalwarts and sadly Charity Day was the big loser. All four deserve a mention in dispatches, but it was Brett Colley who took first place on 35 points, closely followed just one point behind by Igor Stark. Both Mike Shabani and Kim Chaffart were five further adrift on 29 points.
The glorious autumn colours of the trees together with sunny and benign conditions resulted in some good scoring, enough to bring the CSS down by one and requiring 37 points from both the men and ladies to play to their handicaps.
With 39 points, Ed Henery was the early clubhouse leader and remained there until the last few games came in when he slipped to 3rd, with Susan Smith having a better back 9 to take 2nd place and Kim Chaffert winning the day on 40 points. John Ahad also on 39 points was the only other contender to be awarded a cut in handicap.
Midweek President’s Prize
18 competitors turned up to contest the Midweek President’s Prize on a slightly nippy autumnal day.
The winner by 9 was Tamas Ladacs with 45 points. The Handicap Secretary’s office is beginning to run out of superlatives so the facts speak for themselves: Net 59, level par front 9, one birdie, CSS elevated +2 to 69 (35 stableford points), second ESR this year, playing handicap now 13.5, leading male contender for Most Improved Golfer of the year with a USGA Improvement Rating of 1.3333. Well done Tamas! Second was Toby 36 followed by Kim Chaffart 35.
The October sunshine was still strong and many basked outside the clubhouse afterwards.
Tenesi produced another stunning round of 63 to win by nine from Kate who is clearly at ease with her handicap. Cheryl and Gina were separated on count back with 73s. Tenesi’s round prompted an ESR of 2 so now plays off 18!
With the Barton Bowl playoff happening alongside the medal, only 3 of those who had qualified were present. Gina just pipped Kate to take the bowl, both on 34 points with Doreen in 3rd place on 29.
Alan Cinnamond shot a masterful 6 over par for net 66 to pip Murali on count back. Solid 67s followed from Tony Kopczak, Paul Massie and Evan Samuel.
Stephen Legg had another consistent round of 68 off 8 and deservedly won the associated Grand Medal Trophy on 332, five clear from Ed Henery.
Simultaneously on Duke’s, Patrick Murphy and Paul Grand retained the Men’s Pairs KO finishing one up in a very tight match.
There was a little intermittent drizzle but the course was quite playable, having soaked up recent rain. Early clubhouse leader Tamas Ladacs held on to win with 72 followed by Kim Chaffart 74. Maybe the field lacked quality ladies for Tamas was the only Category 1-3(4) player to score within SSS buffer zone for handicapping purposes. This just avoided a reduction only round but CSS elevation was the maximum +3 to SSS. Tamas earns a handicap reduction.
In the associated WGMT final round, Richard Owen is confirmed winner on 271, four ahead of Igor Stark.
A lovely late summer’s day for the first round in October saw some good scoring and associated reductions in handicaps. The sun also brought the ladies to the fore, with them taking four of the top five spots.
In first place, was Veronica Mitchell with a net 66 and earning a reduction of 1.6 in handicap. Splitting the ladies, was Julian James in second place on 68 and a 0.9 reduction. Kate Emanuel and Caroline Stilwell were one shot further back, also reducing their handicaps further.
Julian James recorded what must have been a stunning eagle 2 on the 5th.
With the final jubilee having been played, the winner of the Anniversary Cup is also Veronica with a total score of 212.
Rusper Away Day
The ladies swept the top three places on a glorious day out with Jayne Maxwell winning on 36 points.