A combination of the Bank Holiday, an NAPGC match and club knock-out matches kept playing numbers down to 30 on a day that was not quite as promised by the Met office. Not only did the cloud cover keep the sun at bay for much of the day, but there was also a fairly stiff cold wind in evidence. This certainly made it harder to keep the ball on the fairway, which was pretty much a must if you wanted to score, with the rough at its late spring worst.
Despite visiting it a few times Peter Osgood still managed to take the honours with 39 points. Kerry Sargeant was second on 38 with Paul Hackett just one further back on 37. These were the only three to beat the SSS of 36 and the CSS remained the same ensuring that each received a cut to their handicaps..
Midweek Stableford Sweep
Conditions were chilly for a late May day but both light mizzle and wind abated to allow some very good scoring.
Paul Patching shot a fluent 74 gross with one birdie to win on 39 points from Liam Bridger and Peter Osgood 37s. Toby Hunt and in-form Caroline Dewar followed with 36. There were some excellent 9s – Paul 21 front, Peter 22 front, Toby and Caroline 22 back.
Overall CSS was elevated by one from SSS with Paul, Peter and Liam earning handicap reductions.
Bogey Sweep / Committee Cup Rd 2
A mere 6 ladies turned out for the second leg of the Committee Cup but they enjoyed some lovely warm May sun that was a surprise to all. There was no doubt about the winners for the day, with both Veronica Mitchell and Susan Smith scoring 36 points. In a quirk of the handicapping system and no doubt due to the small field, the CSS went up to 38 points, which no one achieved.
The result for the 36-holes Committee Cup mirrored today’s results with Veronica winning the competition on 71 points, followed by Susan who was two points behind on 69.
The challenging bogey format was played in ideal weather – not too hot/cold/sunny but dry and a little wind. Scoring was very good overall with CSS elevated to 2up from SSS 1up.
Tony Bergqvist held the clubhouse lead on 4up until John Ahad trumped him with 5up to win. New member Kyong Lee was 3rd 3up whilst Stephen Mason, Tamas Ladacs and Tim Meyer finished 2up.
Clapham Common v Harefield Place
Clapham Common Shield.
Second Round Match.
RPGC vs Harefield Place.
A fine but windy day greeted both the away and home pairings at Harefield Place and on the Dukes. Another fabulous effort on an unfamiliar course by our away guys saw all three two balls replicate their first round scores of at or close to their handicaps. Remarkable and consistent golf saw both teams tied after the away leg at Harefield Place Leg.
Scores at Harefield Place.
James / Pete D 36 points
Pete H / Roger 35 points
Toby / Jon 35 points
The three RPGC home pairings had their work cut out to match the efforts of the away guys but match them they did.
Scores on the Dukes
Richard / Nigel G 33 points
Julian / Danny 32 points
Nick / Paul B 43 points
Consistent scoring again from all RPGC pairings saw us triumph by the team totals of 214 points to 203. Well done guys and bring on the next opponent.
A very windy Saturday provided the backdrop to this year’s Ladies Invitation with 12 mixed pairs fortified beforehand by bacon rolls and coffee doing battle in an American Greensomes competition.
In third place with 36 points were Jayne Maxwell and Peter Osgood just shading out by virtue of a better back 9 Donna Wilson and Kim Chaffart also on 36 points. In second place on 38 points were Caroline Dewar and Paul Grand. Romping home as winners were Veronica Mitchell and Pete Harrison with 40 points. The day concluded with some well deserved carrot cake for all.
Founders Cup Rd 2
Forecast rain discouraged a number of entrants and when it arrived it impacted the 3 starting time groups differently.
However, James Barker 38 dislodged early leader Paul Green 36 with an excellent round including three birdies to win. Peter Osgood was 3rd with a steady 35. James is cut back to 6.
In the associated best 2 from 3 rounds of the Founders’ Cup, Paul Green leads on 70 by two from Stephen Mason and Kim Chaffart.
Summer Cup / Committee Cup Rd 1
After last Sunday’s glorious weather, some of the ladies stuck with their shorts, whilst others reverted to polo necks and the rest of us spent the day taking jumpers off and on, which possibly accounted for the relatively low scoring.
Veronica Mitchell is leading the way on 35 points after the first round of the Committee Cup, with Susan Smith and Cheryl Woodhouse just two points behind.
There is all to play for in the second round! No one played to their handicap, but enough played within their buffer zones to keep the CSS at 36 points.
Typical late Spring conditions prevailed with a chilly air stream and warm sunshine for the Summer Cup. Bunker conditions were generally poor.
The clear winner was Martin Heinrich 38, one ahead of Nigel Ward. Toby Hunt took 3rd place on countback from Tony Bergquist with 36 points.
CSS remained at SSS 36 points but no fewer than eight playing handicap changes arose.
Persistent recent rain had softened up Prince’s making greens easier to hold but thick verdant grass in rough offset this. Late morning players experienced a long shower.
But there was some truly excellent scoring with Stephen Mason recording 60, one ahead of Kim Chaffart. Peter Osgood and Ted Holt struck highly commendable 64s whilst best lady Cheryl returned a glorious 65 and Habe a â€˜Two’.
CSS remained unchanged from SSS.
In the associated Midweek Grand Medal Trophy Stephen leads on 198 but is the only player with three rounds under his belt [but a 60 and 62 does help].
A fabulous day in terms of weather for early May saw most of the ladies getting not only their arms but also their legs out for the first time in 2016. The change to the weather saw the ball flying and running so much more than it has been, which resulted in fairly subdued scoring. Winning her first monthly medal, and the only lady to play to her handicap was Deborah Potter on a net 69. One shot back were Alison Chadwick and Lia Donath, with Alison taking 2nd place.
CSS remained at 69.
On the warmest day of the year to date, low scores on Prince’s were half expected although many had Hawtree or match play commitments.
In the event Dave FaurÃ© had the best round 67 beating three 68s from Mike Cullinane, Cuneyt Sazer. In form Secretary Peter Harrington led three 70s on countback from Jon Cooper and Evan Samuel. CSS was elevated 2 above SSS to 69.
In the associated Grand Medal Trophy, Cuneyt 209 leads from Mike Cullinane 212 and Peter 217.
Founders Cup Rd 1
On a glorious day, it was Stephen Mason who produced the superior round to win with 38 points – 22 on the more difficult back 9 including two birdies. Paul Green was runner-up on 34 whilst Toby Hunt 3rd on 33 on countback from Paul Cook in his first competitive round for a while and Kim Chaffart. Leading lady was Veronica Mitchell on 32.
CSS was reduced two from SSS to 34.
This is the first of best 2 of 3 rounds for the Founders’ Cup with positions accordingly.