A small field of eight ladies fought their way around the course, battling not only the soggy conditions underfoot but also the gale force winds that whipped around from start to finish. The mulled wine and mince pies were a welcome treat awaiting us.
As such scores were much affected and the competition was reduction only. Sheena Harrington, as has happened before when champagne is on offer, emerged the winner on 27 points. Three behind on 24 was Caroline Stilwell.
Windy and quite muddy conditions made it very difficult to score, with CSS reduced two from 36 to 34 stableford points. A very clear winner of the bubbly was Lee Marshall 40 points with Paul Green four back on 36. There were spirited 34s headed by Secretary Peter Harrington from Kim Chaffart and Jim Fogarty. A number of entrants were no shows on the day.
The novel format produced some good golf and scores, notably Roger Rojas who strung together 23 points on the front nine to win overall with 41 points – just one ahead of Richard Owen. Unsurprisingly, 22 â€˜Twos’ were recorded. Some competitors counted strings used as a shot which accounts for a number of low scores.
The competition was regarded as an alternative to the charity day that was washed out in October. Over Â£100 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Trust charity so thanks to all.
Captain v Secretary
The first frosts of winter had arrived with a vengeance overnight and the first few holes for many were a challenge as the ball skittered over the ice, or gathered it as it rolled across the greens. When the sun was out it was a glorious day, but the temperature soon dropped if you were out of it. Conditions also affected most people’s scores with only two people scoring better than the SSS, as such the CSS increased by 2 to 35 points. Top scorer on 41 points was Habib Amir, earning himself a handicap cut of 2.4 down to 23.1. Martin Heinrich was second on 38 points and drops one shot from his handicap.
In the team event, with 25 on each side, the Secretaries somehow managed to bag five of the top six players of the day for their team, helping them to a win by 38 points from the Captains. The overall scores were Secretaries: 719, Captains: 681.
The top 3 places in the Secretaries team were Habib, Martin and Ed Henery, and for the Captains, it was Lee Marshall, Denis Pellerin and Tamas Ladacs. Being supportive partners, Sheena Harrington and Val Riziotis were the top ladies in their respective teams (but some way down the list!).
Midweek Winter Comp Rd 2
Very blustery conditions prevailed and the last games caught some rain as the light dimmed. Unsurprisingly, scoring was difficult with the competition declared a â€˜reduction only’ round with CSS three above SSS. Cream rose to the top when James Barker finished the last 3 holes with birdies to win on count-back with 32 points from Stephen Mason.
Stephen Mason leads the Winter Competition on 65 from Colin Pizzey 63.
Only four players returned scores on all holes in the associated Duke’s Eclectic so Ed Henery leads on 80 from Julian James 84.5.
Winter Comp Rd 2 / Dukes Eclectic Rd 1
For the second week running a Jayne won the competition, but this one has a ‘y’ in her name and just like her namesake last week, she too had a score significantly better than anyone else. With a score of 37 points and five points ahead of Val Riziotis, she earned a 1.2 handicap reduction as the CSS went up by three again requiring just 34 points to play to handicap.
Unsurprisingly in the associated Eclectic table, Jayne leads the way, this time by ten shots from Val. However, only two other competitors holed out on all 18 holes, leaving a lot to play for in the remaining three rounds.
Early wind gradually died down but whilst mud accumulated on trolleys, ball bounce was not impacted significantly, tough conditions overall with CSS raised one over SSS. Clear winner was Danny Deprez with Charlie Whiteman making a late bid with 37 points. Lee Marshall, Roger Rojas and Paul Brown returned strong 36s. Attendance again held up at 46 plus three entering cards for handicap.
The Winter Competition is wide open after two rounds. Denis Pellerin leads on 74 points followed by Charlie, Danny and Stephen Legg.
Roger Rojas leads the associated Duke’s Eclectic by half a shot from James Barker with Danny yet to figure due to â€˜blob’.
Midweek Winter Comp Rd 1
Another mild and dry day greeted 24 competitors for the first round of the Midweek Winter Competition. Overall scoring proved a little difficult with CSS elevated to SSS +1.
The runaway winner was Igor Stark with a two-birdie 41 points which earned him a .5 ESR so now plays off 17.2 – well done Igor! Gina piped Paul Grand for second place 35 on a countback.
The Winter Competition after one round reflects the above results.
In the associated Prince’s Eclectic, Igor has a four shot advantage over Paul Grand.
Winter Comp Rd 1 / Princes Eclectic Rd 1
A balmy Remembrance Sunday saw most of the ladies struggling with the change to winter type conditions underfoot with only 5 of the 12 holing out 18 times, thus leaving plenty of opportunity to improve in the other 3 rounds of the eclectic.
Winner on the day by four and earning herself a cut of 0.7 to 19.8 in handicap was Jane Fraser with 36 points. Jayne Maxwell took second place from Lesley Mason, both on 32. Results…
Jane is of course leading the Eclectic after the first round and Gina Jillett is her closest rival at this stage.
Mild conditions again prevailed and Prince’s held up despite heavy rain the previous day. Attendance for a men only competition in 2015 set a record of 48.
Scoring was average with CSS = SSS but three contested top position on 39 points, and count backs separated Ed Henery winner from Pete Harrison and Denis Pellerin. Ed’s commendable back 9 was achieved in one over par.
The Winter Competition after one round reflects the above results.
In the Prince’s Eclectic Ed and Stephen Legg have a half shot advantage.
Following early rain, benign and balmy autumnal conditions prevailed. Playing off yellow tees in such conditions it was expected that scores would be good for men but in the event CSS was elevated to two above SSS. Early game clubhouse leaders Mike Shabani and Ed Henery posted 72 and 73 for the field to beat. Chris Jones kept his head down and achieved victory on a count-back last six from Mike whilst Alexander Krasnenkov and Paul Grand shared 73s with Ed.
Best lady was Caroline Dewar 74 who but for 11 at 14 could surely have been winner.
Pace of play was at times slow and there was plenty of time to watch the workings on bunkers and chat with greens staff.
All competitions today were abandoned. Some games had started after early fog, and were soon called back when the fog returned. Although the fog did clear again around midday the competitions had by then been declared abandoned.