Midweek Autumn Pairs
Fair conditions prevailed with the wind gradually increasing. Playing against ladies’ pars and Sis enhanced scores as did the new 90% handicap allowance in this 4BBB pairs event.
Chris Jones and Richard Owen were the worthy winners on 49 points, one ahead of Tore Burman and Alexander Krasnenkov. Good teamwork earned Paul Grand and Alison Chadwick third place on 46 points.
Six pairs of ladies turned out for the second leg of the Ladies Autumn Meeting playing a 4 BBB. There were some very good scores.
In third place with 41 points were Joan Mulcahy and Sonia Inniss. In second place with 43 points were Maureen Slade and Susan Smith. And romping home with a stonking 44 points the winners were Deborah Potter and Tenesi Karakaneva.
We had nibbles and drinks after and prizes (thanks to Deborah and the Tate) for the day’s performances and for performances in the Autumn Medal were awarded.
Very early rain gave way to sunshine and blustery conditions. Members basked in the autumn sunshine by the clubhouse and toasted Igor Stark for an exemplary 62. But a beaming Habib Amir in the last game revealed that he shot an extraordinary 58. Well done Habib! Nigel Ward and Charlie Whiteman scored 63s.
Overall scoring was to leave CSS at SSS. With an ESR of 2.0 Habib was cut from 20 to 15 for his performance!
In the penultimate round of the associated Grand Medal Trophy, Dave FaurÃ© on 336 has a 10 shot advantage from Charlie Whiteman.
Midweek Anniversary Cup
Perfect golfing weather conditions prevailed although greens pace was variable and many had an overhang of uncut grass. The mid-morning contingent followed a cracking pace set by the ladies for 4 hour rounds. Early starters posted 67s and Toby Hunt and Paul Grand were up to the challenge with just two dropped shots through 9 and net 65s. Toby won on countback. Chris Jones posted 66 for third with Richard Owen and Henry Lindesay-Bethune following with 67s.
50% of competitors were within their buffer zone of SSS and CSS was reduced by one from SSS. Toby, Paul, Chris, Richard and Henry all received handicap cuts with Paul earning an ESR of a further 0.5.
In the associated Midweek Anniversary Cup, Paul emerged the winner on 205, nine ahead of Brett Colley and Cheryl Woodhouse.
Burgess Cup / Monthly Medal & Autumn Meeting
Conditions were definitely softer underfoot after the rain of last week, but scores were pretty much unaffected and the CSS was cut to 72.
The winner by 3 and continuing her recent good form was Veronica Mitchell with a 69 and the only one to receive a handicap cut. Her 0.9 cut reduces her to 18.6. In second place, 3 shots behind was Jane Fraser.
A largely windless day following recent rain provided good conditions. Scoring was excellent with 10 pairs beating 36 points.
The winners on 43 countback were Danny Deprez and Jim Fogarty from James Shine and Shane McGillycuddy. Danny and Jim needed to keep their good form through the last two holes finishing birdie, par for 7 points. James and Shane already had 42 in the bag standing on 17th tee but finished with only 1 further point. James and Shane had 2 â€˜blobs’ overall as did Nigel Gaymond and Jon Cooper who took 3rd place with 42 points so there were more points available.
Fred Hawtree Bogey Cup
Another hot early Autumn day greeted competitors. Ample run was available and greens were in good condition but with some random bounce on fairways.
A challenging format, but 72% of competitors scored within SSS of 1-up resulting in CSS being elevated to 2-up. Early starter Derek Gibbs was the winner on a commendable 5-up with a countback separating Stephen Mason and Toby Hunt who both finished 4-up.
A splendid round of 42 points from the winner Cheryl Woodhouse who additionally earned an ESR and now plays off 21.
There was a glorious eagle from John Ahad on 15. Chris Jones and Pete Davis also recorded eagles this month.
Autumn Weekend Away
Fiona Coombs won the Gill Hibbs Trophy over the weekend. Best man was Jon Cooper.
The September midweek medal was played on a gloriously sunny and warm late summer’s day. Unfortunately for the near 30 RPGC members who turned out to compete on the Dukes course, it was the day that Glendale had chosen (without telling us) that they would be carrying out maintenance on all but one of the greens, providing instead â€˜temporary fairway greens’ for us to play to. Whilst the shortened hole lengths favoured the competitors, the holes cut in the fairway made putting difficult and unpredictable.
Nevertheless, some excellent scoring was achieved by the ladies, with Veronica Mitchell winning the monthly medal glass with an excellent 63. Three shots behind in 2nd place was Alison Chadwick (66) and Cheryl Woodhouse completed the ladies 1-2-3 with a 68. Chris Jones took the top spot for the men on 69 (and 2nd place in the sweep). The competition was, of course, a non-qualifier for handicaps.
Having listened to the weather forecast, most of us were expecting a nice sunny day but were disappointed to be met with squally showers early on, a blustery wind and constant cloud cover. It did however seem to sharpen the focus of many, with 3 people at the top on 41 points.
Taking 1st place on the back 9 was Kyojung Lee, from Pete Harrison and Jon Cooper. One point further back and first placed lady was Lia Donath. CSS went to 37 points for both men and ladies.
Although unfortunately not present for his day, the president Tim Meyer, provided a few added extras, with nearest the pins on the par 3s, longest drives and a drink for birdies on the 1st & 18th holes. Only two people can take up the drink offer – Tamas Ladacs on the 1st and Stephen Legg on the 18th.
Nearest the pin winners were Lia Donath on the 7th, Anis Driaa on the 10th and Nigel Gaymond on the 16th. Longest drive winners on the 15th were Stephen Legg and Cheryl Woodhouse.
After 5 rounds of the Top Dog Trophy, and with minimum points assigned for the unfinished matchplay events, Pete Davis currently leads with 26 points from Peter Osgood 20.