Conditions were such that three temporary greens were in play so it was not a qualifier for handicap purposes. But they were clearly suited to Richard Owen with 37 points and a â€˜Two’. Manuel Hernandez 36 and Jon Cooper 33 took 2nd and 3rd places.
Whilst dry, conditions proved very muddy for competitors burning Xmas calories. The leader board became crowded with 35 points with Pete Harrison leading on count-back from Habe Crocker, Toby Hunt and Roger Rojas. CSS remained at SSS 36 points. It was still warm enough to enjoy a festive drink al fresco.
Midweek American Greensomes
Muddy conditions prevailed despite another mild day. This was reflected in the competition being â€˜reduction only’.
Colin Pizzey and Toby Hunt returned 34s with Colin the winner on count-back. Captain Paul Brown was third on 33 with best lady Cheryl Woodhouse 29.
Dry and mild conditions greeted festively bedecked competitors although there were some unexpected sprinkles during the round. On the day, close teamwork between Jim Deissler and Paul Grand earned victory with 43 points (off ladies’ scorecard) – three clear from Ross Hood and Paul Rockett. Four pairs vied for third position with Messrs. Henery and Barker winning on count-back from Gaymond & Owen, Fogarty & Deprez and Davis & Legg. Ross and Paul secured only eagle of day on 17th.
Midweek Christmas Cracker
Air originating in the sub-tropics produced another exceedingly mild day with sunny intervals producing warmth. But following overnight rain, mud produced a significant challenge. Ross Hood shrugged off the inconvenience caused with a three over par 40 points to win by a point from John Ahad. James Barker was third with an excellent 37 points.
Early rain petered out to give a muddy surface but windless and still mild for the 50 competitors. Steady golf was required and the winner of the hamper was Paul Rockett on 38 points with Stephen Legg second on 36. Murali Reddy and Pete Harrison followed with 36s. Best lady was Gina Jillet who headed three 34s on count-back from James Barker and Toby Hunt. CSS remained unchanged from SSS.
Wall to wall sunshine greeted 29 competitors for the Midweek Champagne Chase, a record for Wednesday play. No hint of frost and whilst fair weather cloud built up, it was still possible to bask in the warm sunshine outside clubhouse afterwards.
Conditions which should have seen good scoring generally but in the event it was a reduction only round (see). The runaway winner was Peter Osgood on 41 points – just one over par on back 9 (25 points). His playing partner Shaun Dupreez was 2nd 36 with Ross Hood 34. Peter earned a two shot handicap reduction and Shaun one.
Monthly Medal / Team Event
The ladies played a team game in mild conditions. The winners were Caroline Stillwell, Valerie Parker, Lia Donath and secret partner Val Riziotis.
The wind very gradually abated on another mild winter’s day.
Extremely good scores were returned from Kim Chaffart and James Barker – 64s! Kim won the medal on a back 9 count-back and James’s three over par 71 included four birdies. Fine rounds were also returned from Loui SuÃ¡rez 66, Ed Henery 67 and Captain Paul Brown 68. All above had their handicap reduced by one. The balance of play was to raise CSS to 69 from SSS 67.
Exceptionally mild conditions for early winter prevailed but crisp striking was required in somewhat muddy conditions. Julian James duly obliged and was winner of the medal on 67, two ahead of Brett Colley with Chris Jones a further shot behind. CSS was just one above SSS.