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Winter Comp Rd 5 / Princes Eclectic Rd 2
Drizzle overhead and squelchy conditions underfoot did not bode well. But that didn’t seem to bother Sheena Harrington who took the honours with 36 points, which with an increase of two in the CSS, earned her a 0.3 reduction to lower her playing handicap to 14. Jane Fraser was second on 32 points.
The associated Eclectic shows a similar picture with Sheena three shots ahead of Jane after two rounds.
Early light rain petered out leaving some muddy areas on Prince’s. Inspired golf with three birdies on the back nine saw Roger Rojas through to victory on 41 points and a handicap cut to 10, with Stephen Mason 2nd, 38, on countback from Paul Brown and Habib Amir. Mike Shabani joined the Eagle Tree with the shortened 14th.
In the Winter Competition Roger is eight ahead of Stephen Legg and Mason.
In the Prince’s Eclectic Stephen Legg on 65 leads by half a shot from Ed Henery.
Preferred Lies / Winter Rules
Our secretary Peter Harrington clarifies the situation around preferred lies and plugged ball, and this may well differ from the rules displayed by the course managers.
Midweek Winter Comp Rd 5
It rained on and off but conditions were playable with four temporary greens. Manny Hernandez commanded the winning position with 36 points, two clear from Peter Osgood and Tamas Ladacs.
Tamas leads the overall midweek Winter Competition on 101, just a point from Paul Grand.
And Tamas also leads the Duke’s Eclectic on 65.5, two ahead of Richard Owen.
Winter Comp Rd 4 / Dukes Eclectic Rd 3
With the continuing four temporary greens on Duke’s, the competition was a non-qualifier in terms of handicaps. Having achieved her handicap in similar conditions, new recruit Habe Crocker showed the others how it should be done, winning on 35 points from Susan Smith on 32.
In the associated Eclectic, Val Riziotis maintained her lead after three rounds, but Jayne Maxwell, in second place, closed the gap by one.
Conditions were mild but muddy with four temporary greens and a handicap non-qualifier. Tidy golf from Roger Rojas earned victory on 38 points, one ahead of Tamas Ladacs with Alexander Krasnenkov 3rd on 35.
Roger leads the Winter Competition on 107, two ahead of Charlie Whiteman.
Roger also leads the Duke’s Eclectic on 65.5, 1.5 shots ahead of James Barker and Stephen Legg.
Midweek Winter Comp Rd 4
A hard frost made early conditions hard underfoot with ice on the pond in front of greenhouse. But it did not all melt to mud and there were no temporary greens. Scoring was not bad with Loui SuÃ¡rez the winner on 37 points and Caroline Dewar 2nd with 35 on countback from Paul Grand and Paul Concannon. Cheryl Woodhouse came 5th with 34.
In the midweek Winter Competition Igor Stark leads on 98 with a one point advantage from Paul Grand.
And Igor leads the Prince’s Eclectic on 67, 3Â½ clear of Loui.
Monthly Medal / Team Event
The ladies’ competition of the day, a team game, was called off due to the snowy conditions.
Report due soon.
Midweek Winter Comp Rd 3
Conditions were chillier than of late and there was mud and four temporary greens (so non-qualifier for handicapping) to contend with. There were some very good scores – Tamas Ladacs winning with 39 points from Richard Owen 37. Tamas completed the harder back 6 without dropping a shot.
Tamas and Richard share the lead to date in the Duke’s Eclectic on 69.5 – 6.5 ahead of nearest rival Stephen Mason.
Stephen and Colin Pizzey lead the overall Winter Competition on 96 – 2 ahead of Tamas and Richard.
Winter Comp Rd 3 / Dukes Eclectic Rd 2
The rain of the previous day gave way to sunny skies that warmed considerably as the morning wore on, but underfoot was the usual winter challenge. Or was to most of the ladies. There was a significant distance between the first three, Val Riziotis (37), Jane Fraser(34) and Jayne Maxwell(33), and the other eight. With four temporary greens, the competition was a non-qualifier for handicapping purposes.
In the associated Eclectic Val and Jayne have a commanding lead after two rounds, with Val 3.5 shots ahead of Jayne. However, only eight ladies currently have a full eclectic score.
The sun made a welcome appearance and in spite of some heavy rain overnight, Duke’s was not as muddy as some anticipated. However, mud hampered many competitors and there were four temporary greens making putting a lottery at times – a non qualifier for handicapping purposes. At the top of the leader board is Russell Bryan with a commendable 37 points. Four 36s followed with Pete Davis 2nd on countback from Paul Rockett, Lee Marshall and Stephen Mason. Nick Rogers followed up a magnificent drive on 17 with a rifled high iron shot to the green and a putt to claim the first perch on the 2016 Eagle Tree.
In the associated Winter Competition James Barker currently leads by one point on 103 from Stephen Legg.
Both James and Stephen share the lead in the Duke’s Eclectic.
Midweek Monthly Medal
A still slightly chilly and foggy day greeted competitors. A number of holes on Prince’s were indeed muddy. After a shaky start, Colin Pizzey got into his stride returning 39 gross on the back to win the medal with net 67. Richard Owen pipped Manny Hernandez on countback (both 70) to take second place, Richard returning the best gross of the day. CSS was elevated to SSS+1.