Today proved to be a stern test of the players’ resolve and patience. For once the weather forecasters were right. Conditions were not great to use an understatement: rains showers, hail, casual water and gusting winds to name a few.
Two birdies on the shorter part 3’s on the back 9 put Angela Flynn on her way to an impressive 38pts to win today’s comp. One of the other early starters, Jon Cooper, finishes 3rd with 35pts. Paul House’s practice sessions with Jay Barker continue to pay dividends. 2nd place (36pts) is his reward for a consistent round of golf. Michael Choo, Kim Chaffart and Hassan Mouilah complete the Top6.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM was held at the clubhouse after the morning round with the usual officer reports and discussions.
For easy reference click for the Secretary’s Report for 2017.
Winter Comp Rd 5 / Princes Eclectic Rd 2
What a difference from last Sunday although the effects of the rain then and during the week, made conditions underfoot decidedly muddy, but it was at least mild. Some of the ladies made light work of the mud and there was some good scoring on the back 9. With 3 ladies scoring 15 points out, it was all to play for on the return. Two months away from the game seemed to work for both Val Riziotis and Fiona Coombe, but both were piped by Jayne Maxwell, who with 21 points back scored 36 overall, with Val on 35 and Fiona on 34.
CSS went to 38 points.
It was all change in the Eclectic after 2 rounds, but 5 ladies are within 3 shots of each other leaving all to play for in the remaining two rounds. Val is currently leading by one from Jayne.
Despite the wind and mud the RPGC men came out to play. 22 of the 49 players remained within their buffer zone. The contest was over before everybody knew it. Jay Barker managed to score 21pts on both the front and the back 9’s to win today’s comp. Jim Fogarty, Martin Heinrich and Barry Page all recorded 39pts to finish 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively. Another three players finished on 38pts to complete the Top6. The first 10 players posted excellent results on the back 9 (shout out to the handicap secretary for his 21pts on the way in). The back-up handicap secretary was unlucky on the last two holes preventing him from moving up the leaderboard and cutting his handicap (don’t believe the vicious rumours being spread by his playing partners – Mike Shabani, Tony Kopczak and HLB ).
CSS: 37pts. A whole list of handicap changes. Please take note of your new handicaps.
Jay Barker is also the new leader in the 2018 Winter Competitionon 112pts followed by Oliver Maskell 110pts and Alan King 109pts. It is a best 3 of 8 competition and with 3 rounds to go there is plenty to play for.
In round 2 of the Prince’s Eclectic – report due soon.
Midweek Winter Comp Rd 5
7 mainly soggy cards were returned from competitors braving the atrocious wind/rain. Congrats to all! With at least one green under water the competition was abandoned for handicapping purposes and there were no exact playing handicap changes. Raymond Esin would have won with 37 but like Michael Choo omitted to sign his card. Honours fell to Paul House with a commendable 32 points followed by Tamas Ladacs 31 and Chris Jones 30.
The impact on the associated Winter Competition was minimal with Peter Harrington leading 110 from Paul House 109.
Paul ties with Michael in the Duke’s Eclectic.
Winter Comp Rd 4 / Dukes Eclectic Rd 3
With the forecast predicting (& proving to be correct) rain, sleet or snow for most of the day, all bar a few hardy souls cancelled. Of the 5 who made it to the Park, one didn’t venture forth, two more called it a day after 5 holes, leaving the hardy duo of Susan Smith and Habe Crocker to battle the elements and course to make it round all 18 holes.
Less said about their scoring the better, but with the men reporting flooded greens, the competition was abandoned, but Susan did manage to increase her lead by one shot in the Eclectic as well as finishing ahead of Habe.
22 brave/foolish players faced some real winter conditions. Getting out as early possible was the way to go. The flags on some of the greens became surrounded by water deeming the course unplayable. Therefore the Competition Committee had no choice but to make today’s competition a Non-Qualifier. Keith Cassidy posted a respectable score of 35pts to become leader in the clubhouse. Oliver Maskell put together an impressive back 9 (20pts) with birdies on 11 and 18 to overtake Keith with a total of 36pts. Tamas, James, Peter Harrison and Alan complete the Top6.
Oliver also becomes the new leader in the Winter Competition with 109pts. Alan King matches that score but the countback rule pushes him into second.
In round 3 of the Duke’s Eclectic – report due soon.
Midweek Winter Comp Rd 4
A cold nor’wester chilled competitors to the bone. Gust at times almost blew competitors over. Enter stage right Secretary Peter Harrington who led from the rear in the last game. Peter took full honours:
- Winner 40 points.
- Leader Prince’s Eclectic on 69.5.
- Leader Winter Competition on 110.
- Joint leader on Men’s SI 1-4 (‘new’ report available on system).
Peter is cut 2 shots 21->19. Jonathan Rivers played well for 38 and Cosmo Liefting-Moore for 37.
Monthly Medal / Team event
Three teams of three took to the Princes course for a Texas Scramble. A fine time was had by all, enjoying the absence of rain and wind chill. One team stood head and shoulders above the rest. Congratulations to Sheena, Jane F and Deborah who scored gross 74, net 64. The other teams trailed behind on net 68 and net 69. Sheena continues her winning streak in the Winter team events being on the winning side for the last 3 months. With just one team event to go the ladies are all angling for a spot on Team Sheena!
A big field battled away on a muddy Prince’s course. The stars were clearly aligned for Damian Hackett. It was his 55th birthday today, his beloved New England Patriots, aka cheaters (Spygate, Deflategate), and rugby team won this weekend. Truth be told he did play an excellent round of golf: 36 gross on the front 9 (2 birdies) and 34 on the way in. End result: 70 gross (60 net). Things could even have been better had he not raced his eagle putt past the cup on the 9th (he did 3-putt to make a par …). Damian’s new handicap now stands at 9.0 and he’s set up himself up for an ESR. Martin Heinrich deservedly finishes 2nd thanks to a wonderful 82 (63 net). Mike Shabani had an excellent front 9 (36 gross) but struggled a bit on the way in. A score of 76 (64 net) earns him 3rd place today. Phil Flanagan, Paul House and Scott Sparks complete the Top6.
A long list of new handicaps. Please take note of your new handicap.
Midweek Winter Comp Rd 3
Whilst muddy underfoot, the sun surprisingly endured. With little wind, conditions were positively spring-like.
Some good scores resulted and it was tight at the top. Michael Choo emerged winner on 39 points – having only dropped two shot through 10th. Richard Owen finished 2nd with 38 whilst Meesrs. House, Rivers, Cepeda and Mason returned 37s.
In the associated Duke’s Eclectic Michael is 1/2 a shot clear from John Curry on 66.0.
In the 3rd round of the associated Winter Competition Brett Colley shares the lead with John Curry on 103 points.
Winter Comp Rd 3 / Dukes Eclectic Rd 2
Report due soon.
In the associated Eclectic report due soon.
A raw, biting nor’easter persisted through the day mitigated by weak winter sunshine; the going was soft – heavy in places.
Not surprising that CSS was reduced by two from SSS 36 to 34. Some players mastered the conditions so congrats to the winner Danny Deprez 37 followed by Pete Harrison and Oliver Maskell with 35s. Both Danny and Pete receive a cut to playing handicap.
In the associated Winter Competition – Alan King 102 leads from Kerry Sargeant 99.
In round 2 of the Duke’s Eclectic Alan Cinnamond leads on 70 from Roger Rojas, Kerry Sargeant and Alan King all with 71.
Midweek Monthly Medal
Mud provided challenges but chief challenge was the wind in the aftermath of storm Eleanor. A crisp 67 with a back nine 36 secured Oliver Maskell victory with Chris Jones four behind 71 and Stephen Mason 3rd 72.
The competition was ‘abandoned’ for handicapping purposes by the Committee due to Glendale staff cutting fresh holes during the competition. Under such conditions CSS=SSS with only reductions to handicaps; no handicap changes arose.