Midweek Captain’s day
It was a very pleasant warm late summer’s day with a light to moderate wind. There was plenty of run on the parched fairways but the greens were reasonably receptive leading to the CSS dropping by one requiring 38 points.
There was a four way tie at the top, including the captain, all on 40 points. On countback, the winner was Derek Gibbs, followed by Mark Rosamond, then Richard Owen with Jeremy Prescott last of the four. All apart from Richard received playing handicap cuts.
The early starters again monopolised the spoils, taking 1st and 2nd places in the competition and 4 of the 5 Captain’s Day â€˜hole prizes’. The bacon butties arranged by the Captain were well received.
Nearest the pin winners were Mike Jones (4th) and Stephen Mason (11th). Longest Drive (12th) winners were Kate Emanuel and Joseph Shin. NTP in two shots was Ray Esin (18th).
Bank Holiday sweep
A relatively small field on bank holiday Sunday, but plenty of good golf to be had, such that the CSS went down one requiring 38 points to play to handicap. With a gross 72 and 43 points Nick Rogers was an earlier leader in the clubhouse, and remained there. Tony Bergqvist was just two behind with 41 points, and Jayne Maxwell was the leading lady in 3rd place one further shot back.
Midweek Club Championship Rd 2
The second round of the men’s and ladies’ midweek club championships were played on a still and blisteringly hot day on the Duke’s course. With temperatures in the 30’s Centigrade several members had to â€˜retire’ part way round. We had our highest number of players ever in a Wednesday competition (41), although only a proportion of those playing qualified for the 36 holes club championship competitions.
The best net scores on the day were 67’s by Henry Lindesay-Bethune and Donna Wilson, who both earned handicap cuts of 1.2 strokes, but neither had a qualifying Round 1 in the Midweek Club Championships, so have missed out on the trophies. Coming in net 3rd and 4th on the day were Igor Stark and James Barker, both with 69s and earning handicap cuts (CSS was 71).
In the 36 holes net competition the ladies took the main honours. The trophy was won by Gina with a 137, just piping Alison Chadwick on 138. Third was James Barker (140), one ahead of Richard Owen (141).
In the Ladies’ scratch competition, Gina Jillett (gross 92) maintained her lead from Round 1, again scoring the best of those ladies in the competition, and finished with a winning total of 176. Veronica Mitchell (gross 95) was runner up on 185 and Cheryl Woodhouse 3rd on 193.
In the Men’s scratch competition, Senior Division, James Barker takes the trophy with a second round 76 adding to his first round 78, for a total of 154. James had a classy 2-under front 9 with an eagle, two birdies and four pars. Runner up in the Senior Division was Seong Lim with a 36-hole total of 163 and third was Richard Owen with 169.
The Men’s Junior scratch competition was won by John Ahad with a second round 90 adding to his first round 91, for a total of 181. Runner up in the Junior Division was Parkash Arora with a 36-hole total of 189 (8 back) and third was Mark Rosamond with 192.
Richmond Park Golf Club Open
Another challenging day on the course for many with the wind, whilst not as strong as yesterday, certainly helped a few shots on their wayward path. Although the rough is shorter, it is still too dense to find many of those shots and keeping to the fairway is still advised.
Until last year there had never been a female winner of the RP Open, and now there is another. Donna Wilson has spent her summer weeks well, playing in many opens around the country and timing her peak performance in true Olympic style to win with a net 70. Tony Bergqvist and Alison Chadwick were one shot back on 71.
The nearest the pins were won by Phil Maher (PP) – 7th, Donna – 10th and Jon Cooksley (PP) – 16th. The longest drive for the men was also won by Jon Cooksley and for the ladies by Donna.
After another typically hard-fought contest the result was another amazing draw. Further report due soon.
Midweek Club Championship Rd 1
The day was blessed with glorious sunshine and proved to be the ladies’ day. The net for the day (and round 1 of Handicap Trophy) had the ladies taking 4 of the 6 top positions. Stepping up to the podium for gold was Gina Jillet 64 with Alison Chadwick 65 silver and Dave FaurÃ© 68 bronze. Just outside the medals were Veronica Mitchell 4th 69 beating Pete Harrison on back 6 countback and Cheryl Woodhouse 6th on 70.
CSS remained at SSS with Alison and Gina receiving handicap cuts. The worries arising for the club captains in the men v ladies Bontor on Saturday are whether the ladies have timed their form to perfection or peaked too early with handicap cuts.
In the Ladies scratch round 1, Gina leads the way with 84 over Veronica 90.
In the Men’s scratch round 1, James Barker leads the senior division on 78, four ahead of Seong Lim and Kim Chaffart with 82s.
The junior division is headed by Parkash Arora and John Ahad with 91s – three clear of Mark Rosamond and John Penney who have 94s.
With the Bontor coming up on Saturday, Sheena Harrington’s winning score of a net 63, awarding her with a 1.5 handicap cut, was not good timing. One of those rare days when the chipping and one putting worked. Some seven shots back were Veronica Mitchell and Alison Chadwick with net 70s.
CSS was reduced by one to 68.
Conditions favoured good scoring as sunny intervals eventually merged to sunny periods. An astounding 61 from Dave FaurÃ© was best of the day to win the August medal. Dave earned an ESR of -1 and has reduced his handicap by 4 to 16.0 this month – well done! Mikel Eguidazu Arrien also shot an amazing score – 63 for second place with Nick Rogers recording lowest gross of the day and claiming third on countback 64s from Tony Bergqvist with Toby Hunt 65 and Damian Hacket 67 also beating SSS. CSS remained at SSS 67.
In the good holes stats, Kim Chaffart eagled 9th whilst Roger Rojas nudges ahead in the birdie tree with 30 so far this year.
In the associated Grand Medal Trophy after 6 rounds, Dave has a strong lead on 349, eight ahead of Pete Harrison 357.
Midweek Anniversary Cup
Most competitors found conditions favourable with rough gradually dying back/indeed cut short in places but unpredictable bounces counteracting the additional roll on firm ground. The winner on back 6 countback was Paul Grand from Cheryl Woodhouse and back 9 countback from Tamas Ladacs all 3 with 68s. Ted Holt was 4th with 72 and Seong Lim again recorded the lowest gross 83.
The balance of scores raised CSS to one over SSS with Paul, Cheryl and Tamas being awarded playing handicap cuts.
This was the 3rd round (of 4) of the midweek Anniversary Cup. Kim Chaffart currently leads on 222, 31 ahead of Alison Chadwick but a serious contender will no doubt emerge from the pack who have only played two rounds.
When the sun finally emerged, it brought with it some gusty winds but we are now getting the summer run on the ball. This could well have helped with the very impressive net 60 recorded by today’s winner. Henry Lindesay-Bethune will add his quite lengthy signature to the trophy and gets a 3.3 cut in handicap. Just two shots behind was Habib Amir with a net 62 who receives a 3.5 cut. In 3rd & 4th placez were Deborah Potter and Valerie Parker, both recording net 68s and handicap cuts.
Despite these low winning scores, the CSS was unchanged from the SSS at 71 and 73 for the men and ladies respectively.
After three rounds of the Anniversary Cup, current holder Veronica Mitchell is now two shots clear of Jayne Maxwell.
RP won 3-0 with two 4&3 victories, with the 3rd game being a close fought affair ending 1up.
The 2nd leg was postponed from the original date and will now occur in October.