Golfing conditions remained pretty grim (I don’t think I was the only one who couldn’t grip my clubs “properly” at the start of the round). On top of that the fairways were fairly muddy. This was partly offset by a) (cold) winds helping (slightly) on the 5th, 9th and 12th and 14th hole and b) the men teeing off from the yellow tees (should’ve read the notice board Jay …).
Chris Phillips-Jones was in a league of his own today: 3 birdies (2nd, 12th and 18th), points scored on all 18 holes and 23pts on the back 9 allowed him to finish on 42pts. CPJ’s handicap gets cut by a very impressive 1.5 strokes. From now on his stroke allowance will be 13. Mark Andrews gave CPJ a serious run for his money. Unfortunately he scored no points on 2 holes. Still 40pts (21pts out and 19pts in) is a very good result. Mark’s handicap drops to 17. Jack Evans started out slowly (16pts out) but came alive on the back 9 (21pts) to finish 3rd. Jon Cooper sprinted around the course (he was finishing his 3rd pint when the next games came in) to match Jack’s score. Countback pushed him into 4th. Charlie Renton and Jeremy Ryan complete the Top6.
CSS: 37pts (Men) – 36pts (Ladies)
Team Blue (alphabetically ranging from Mark Andrews to Peter Jagger – average stableford score 29) beat Team Red (CPJ to Cheryl Woodhouse – average stableford score 28.71). Winners of the team event will be contacted individually.
Winter is definitely doing its best to hamper good scoring from the ladies, starting as we did today with frozen ground and ice on the greens. It was at least another beautiful sunny day overhead and we had some internal warming on the 7th tee as the ladies’ committee, and more particularly Habe Crocker, supplied us with mulled wine and mince pies. Several scores improved from the 7th onwards!
It was nearly another QRO, but with 33 points, Sheena Harrington managed to play in her buffer zone and CSS went up 2 to 34 points. Susan Smith and Doreen Dolby both scored 30 points, with Susan taking 2nd spot with the better back 9.
The field didn’t enjoy the best golfing conditions. The early starters faced some frozen greens (the 3rd to name just one) and icy temperatures. Starting late(r) clearly proved to be the better course of action. Darren Enthoven went out really early and set the pace with 33pts. How tough were the early morning conditions? When the first couple of games finished around 1.45pm Lee Marshall was the only player who had actually played to his handicap (36pts). CSS at that time was estimated to be 33! A whole list of players struggled to score double digits points (on either front or back 9). Damian Hackett finishes in the Top6 with just 33pts. Today’s comp would’ve been reduction only had it not been for the late morning starters. Three of the 10.00 am starters Tony Kopczak, Alexander Krasnenkov and Stephen Mason managed to stay within their respective buffer zones and sneak into the Top6. The only player to play better than his handicap was Chris Lordan. His score of 37pts earns him victory and a handicap cut of 0.6 strokes. His new handicap now stands at 9. Well done.
Mild but very windy conditions prevailed with mud in places. A ‘Waltzing’ team competition was complemented by an individual non-qualifying competition. All players played from the men’s par & SI for the team event but (due to the software) with ladies receiving 2 shots whilst the individual comp was as normal with no such shot allowance.
Due to the incidence of playing numbers Peter Osgood and Toby Hunt were selected at random to partner Jeremy Ryan & Paul House and Michael Choo & Peter Harrington respectively.
In the team event, two teams each had 79 points with Paul House, Jeremy Ryan and Peter Osgood winning on countback from Kim Chaffart, Alexander Krsnenkov and Tamas Ladacs.
Peter Osgood won the individual comp on countback from John Curry – both 39 points with three birdies – and John being level par at the turn.|
Winter Comp Rd 2 / Prince’s Eclectic Rd 1
The cold, crisp and sunny overhead conditions of the day did nothing to inspire the ladies unfortunately. There was a lot of good scoring on individual holes, which will help in the Eclectic, but not in the stableford event for today. Habe Crocker came alive on the back 9 to score 20 points and win the competition with a total of 34. Two points back was Elaine Elborn who looks to be back to form after her injury layoff.
The positions are the same in the accompanying 1st round of the Eclectic.
Eric Lit seemed to enjoy today’s muddy conditions. A solid front 9 (20pts) was followed by an excellent birdie on the 10th. Looks like Eric got a bit carried away because he didn’t finish the 11th hole. He recovered quite well to finish the back 9 with 19pts. A total score of 39pts earns him victory and a new handicap of 13. Gefeliciteerd! Kerry Sargeant had an even better front 9 (with birdies the 6th and the 8th). His 22pts on the way out are even more impressive since he didn’t score a point on the 9th! 17pts on the back 9 prevented Kerry from overtaking Eric. Midweek transfer Chris Jones enjoyed an excellent round (38pts – 20pts on the way in) to finish 3rd. Oliver Maskell played consistent golf (19pts out & in – he even had 3 birdies) to finish 4th. Our secretary Peter Harrington and Michael Choo complete the Top6.
– no shortage of birdies today (Dennis Pellerin chipped in from off the green on the 4th for his birdie)
– Also note that the last Putney Park game was able to pull 3 holes away from the 1st RPGC game (the source is a highly unreliable though …).
Alan King retains the lead in the 2017/18 Winter Competition (76pts). Kerry Sargent moves into 2nd (73pts) and Eric is now 3rd (69pts).
In the associated Prince’s Eclectic – report due soon.
Midweek Winter Comp Rd 2
A still late autumn day albeit with pestering gnats allowed players to focus their game. Play for the men moved to the yellow tees and first signs of inevitable winter mud appeared.
Eelco Snijders shrugged off any distractions and for the 2nd week running won with 41 points. Well done to Eelco who also had an ESR of one shot so now plays off 9. Chris Phillips-Jones came second on 40 with Richard Owen and John Curry following with 39.
In the 2nd round of the associated Winter Competition Eelco on 82 points leads John and Darren Enthoven by 10.
Eelco is also one shot clear on 71.5 from John in the Duke’s Eclectic.
Winter Comp Rd 1 / Dukes Eclectic Rd 1
We thought last week was cold, until we stepped out today into the arctic winds. The one plus was the way the sunlight lit up the autumn leaves. Something certainly lit up Susan Smith, who having played 12 or so holes well in many recent weeks, finally managed it for 18, scoring a whopping 44 points to beat the rest of the small field by some 8 points. Reportedly, she didn’t need her putter for the first few pars and continued to chip and putt well for the remainder of the round. In 2nd place was Habe on 36 points. CSS went to 37 points.
In the accompanying 1st round of the Eclectic, the half-handicap allowance moved Habe into a 1/2 shot lead over Susan.
A big field (45 players) didn’t enjoy the best weather conditions. Rain the previous day made the fairways very muddy and the greens too receptive. Add to that icy temperatures and swirling winds and you’ll agree that the best word to describe today’s conditions is: Brutal.
All of the above brought the best and the worst of the field. Let’s start with the worst. Only 7 (!) players managed to remain within their buffer zone. Peter Osgood took out his driver on the 2nd hole to have a shot at the green (wind was helping – so you could excuse his hubris). A full shoulder turn and complete weight transfer later he realised that his tee-shot ended just past … the ladies tee (that’s what you get when you study videos of Damian Hackett’s swing for too long). Quite stunningly he managed to par the hole! Mike Shabani had a brain freeze and mixed up the greens of the 7th and 11th hole. To use the words of a long serving member: I have never in the x years at the club seen anybody go that far left.
On to the good. Kerry Sargeant and Alan Cinnamond used excellent ball striking control to score 34pts. Michele Prencipe was totally at ease in today’s weather. His score of 39pts earns him 2nd spot and new handicap of 19. Auguri! While a lot of players struggled to score 26pts over 18h holes (yours truly included) Alan King reached that target after just 9 holes! A no-score on the 18th forced him to settle for “just” 16pts on the back 9. Alan gets a massive handicap cut of 2.4 strokes and will now play off 18. James Anslow and Gunnar Sundberg complete the Top6.
CSS: 34pts (I told you it was brutal out there).
The positions in the Winter Competition are the same as the results in Rd 1.
In the associated Duke’s Eclectic – report due soon.
Midweek Winter Comp Rd 1
An autumnal nip in the air accentuated by a light wind greeted competitors for the first round of the midweek winter competition.
Scoring favoured early starters with Eelco Snijders claiming victory by 1 point on 41 from Secretary Peter Harrington who in turn was 3 ahead of Jon Cooper.
CSS was unchanged from SSS at 37 points and Eelco and Peter had handicap cuts.
Concurrently with the Winter Comp are the two course eclectics (which tend to favour low handicaps since only 1/2 handicap counts). At this early stage for Prince’s Eelco leads on 69.5 from Jon 72.
Monthly Medal / Team Event
With a number of the regulars away for the weekend, the first team event of the winter season was hotly contested by 3 teams of 3. To coincide with this event the temperatures had plummeted overnight and there was a good number of Uniqlo gilets on the course. The format was best score on a par 5, 2 on a par 4 and all 3 on a par 3. Scoring was not at its best, also reflected in the men’s comp with the CSS going up, so it wasn’t just the Ladies. The winners by six were Jayne Maxwell (who played to her handicap) and Alison Chadwick & Sheena Harrington who didn’t but at times came good when needed.
Golfing conditions were OK except that the competitors could’ve done with a few more degrees Celsius/Fahrenheit. Darren Enthoven went out as one of the early starters. He played the front 9 the “despacito way” (43 gross). But he really came alive on the back 9 with a score of 34 (gross). His total score of 66 (77 gross) made him leader in the clubhouse. New member Chris Lordan put up an excellent challenge. He matched Darren’s score: 42 out & 34 in. But bogeys on 16 and 18 prevented him from claiming his first win. Keith Cassidy was excellent tee to green. But his putter was ice cold today. A handful of missed birdie putts forced him into 3rd. Late starters Toby Hunt, Jim Fogarty and Alexander Krasnenkov complete the Top6.
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Midweek Monthly Medal
Habe Crocker asserted her authority from the start being one under through 5 and just one over at the turn in her net 67 to clinch the medal. An excellent challenge from Alexender Krasnenkov net 69 followed which included two birdies and an unfortunate 7 at par 3 7th due to a lost ball. Kim Chaffert followed with a captain’s innings of 73.
The weather was amazing for November with a mere hint of a zephr but very difficult ball-finding conditions despite little or no mud. Habe and Alexender receive handicap reductions, the former to playing 7. CSS: 71 (Men) – 73 (Ladies)