Cold April conditions prevailed with the odd wintry squall. Bogey is always a challenging format but Brett Colley was winner one-up with Toby Hunt and Kin Chaffart all square. Tamas Ladacs and leading lady Cheryl Woodhouse were just one-down.
CSS remained at SSS one-up with no handicap decreases.
The return of more wintry conditions did nothing to enhance the scores today. The winner was Val Riziotis with a net 71, followed two shots higher by Jane Fraser. The CSS went up by 2 to 71. Despite no one managing to play to the SSS, 5 two’s were recorded on the par 3s, which must be something of a record for the small field of 11 ladies.
Winter returned for the day and conditions were suited to hardy competitors used to Russian Steppes/Scotland. And so it came to pass that Alexander Krasnenkov shot a glorious 65, two ahead of very early starter Keith Cassidy. Peter Osgood and Lee Marshall shot 70s. Yet again CSS was two above SSS at 69, earning Alexander a 1.2 reduction but an ESR below a further .5 to 17.0.
In the associated Grand Medal Trophy after two rounds, Tony Bergqvist leads on 138 with Peter Osgood 139 and Alexander third on 140.
Clapham Common v Haste Hill
In this first round match we were very unfortunate to draw last years runners up in the National Final, Haste Hill. As you can imagine Haste Hill fielded a very strong team who were rightly full of confidence after last year’s success. We fielded three pairs who played away at Haste Hill and three pairs at home on the Dukes course.
Haste Hill is a difficult and tight course and the Dukes was at its toughest, both cold and windy. We did indeed have our work cut out! Competition was fierce as you would expect from the National Runners up, but the winter golf at the Park had prepared us well.
Our away pairings of James and Pete Davis, Pete Harrison and Roger, and (the seasoned campaigners) Jon and Toby all scored a fabulous 36 points each, meaning we led the tie by five points on the away leg. An absolutely incredible effort by our away guys.
Our home pairings of Richard and Nigel Gaymond, Danny and Julian and Paul Brown and Nick certainly had their work cut out to match the heroics of the guys playing away. But manage it they did! With very credible home leg scores of Richard and Nigel 31 points, Danny and Julian 31 points and Paul and Nick 43 points we managed to overcome the very stern test of Haste Hill by the team total of an amazing 213 to 208.
In my time as Captain easily our most impressive performance in this competition. Well done guys what a result !
This years Annual Spring mixed event was greeted by some fresh breezy but bright weather.
Fourteen mixed pairs took part in a very sociable but keenly fought contest of American Greensomes. We were all welcomed to the competition with bacon rolls and coffee which set everyone up nicely for a competitive days golf.
Scoring was not easy on a challenging Dukes course which gave points sparingly in the stiffening North Wind. Four pairs were in contention for the honours with James and Susan narrowly missing out on third place on count back to Tenesi and Mike who hit a solid 35 points. In second place on 36 points was the strong pairing of Jayne Maxwell and Martin, well done to you both. Pulling away from the field with a staggering 40 points were our champions of the day Peter Osgood and Jane Fraser. An absolutely fantastic score in challenging conditions which included 3 birdies on the inward nine. A big congratulations to you both.
An excellent days golf concluded with a nice slice of chocolate cake as we raised a glass to our new Spring Mixed Champions. See you all at next years event.
Midweek Captain Richard Owen posted an early clubhouse score of 74 on a gloriously sunny day. He held the winning position on countback from Anis Driaa, Seong Lim and Chris Jones. Ed Henery and Toby Hunt followed with 75s.
Club captain Paul Brown made a surprise appearance in the clubhouse putting finishing touches to arrangements for Saturday’s American Mixed Greensomes whilst honing to perfection his 2-iron to keep a long ball under the arctic wind expected to prevail.
CSS was again increased by two from SSS.
The associated Midweek Grand Medal Trophy is led by two competitors who have played two rounds so far – Stephen Mason 138 and Igor Stark 147.
A field of 60 competed for the Shaw Cup on a typical early Spring day. Peter Osgood seemed to have it in the bag until Charlie Whiteman was declared winner on a countback 36 points. Danny Deprez and Raymond Esin fought for third and fourth with Danny third on countback. With a back 9 of 20 Veronica Mitchell won countback on 34 from Stephen Legg and James Barker, and was best lady.
The balance of scores was to reduce CSS to 34 points from SSS 36.
For the ladies the competition doubled as the NAPGC qualifier. For the men it was the second round in the Top Dog Trophy, with Pete Davis and Charlie currently leading with 12 points.
With sunny and warm Spring conditions The Priory Cup was closely contested. The winner was Raymond Esin with 38 points on countback from Alexander Krasnenkov and Anis Driaa. Paul Grand challenged with 37 and was atop the leader board for 15 minutes.
Paul Massie emerged the winner from a field of 31 with 37 points, three clear of Lee Marshall. Paul Green and Julian James challenged with 33. Paul earned a handicap reduction to 22 with CSS reduced to 35 points from SSS 37.
Spring Weekend Away
Deborah Potter was the comfortable winner of the Lockie Trophy over 36 holes at Dale Hill in the High Weald.
Early light rain dissipated but interspersed with sunny intervals one heavy shower challenged 25 competitors. The winner of the Masters Bowl was Peter Osgood 70 on countback from Stephen Mason. Two shots adrift were Ted Holt, Chris Jones, Ed Henery and Paul Concannon. Leading lady was Gina Jillett.