Kim Chaffert played a captain’s innings to win the midweek sweep with 39 points. Mike Jones made a valiant effort on back 9 with 21 points but Kim’s score was good enough to beat Oliver Kahn and Chris Phillips-/Jones’ 38s. Alison led the women’s challenge on 34.
CSS remained at SSS 37 points. Chris, Oliver and Mike earn handicap reductions.
Bank Holiday Sweep
A (very) small field braved the near apocalyptic weather forecast by the BBC (#FakeNews to use the words of The Donald) to compete in today’s sweep. The 24 competitors were rewarded with beautiful golfing conditions. After a few rain drops the initial clouds made way and the sun decided to stick around for the rest of the day. The overnight rain created a lot of casual water in the bunkers and on the 16th green. The ditch between the 3rd and 18th actually filled up with water creating a “real” water hazard. Also the greens were very receptive. Finally the fairways still offered a nice bounce and roll.
Today nobody was a match for Keith Cassidy. Two opening birdies set him on his way to 23pts on the front 9 (34 strokes gross). After a birdie on 17 the prospect of a level par round was on the cards. But an untidy 5 on the last hole translated to “only” 21pts on the way in. Keith finished on 44pts (72 strokes gross). His playing handicap now stands at 8! Well done! The best of the rest (5pts behind the winner) were leader in the clubhouse Caleb Mills (who had an excellent back 9) and Kim Chaffart (who couldn’t hit a green in regulation and whose putter totally abandoned him on a tap-in on the 10th and short putt on the 13th). Paul Neuhardt, Ray Esin and James Anslow complete the Top6. First lady today is new member Jennifer Wood.
CSS: 36pts (Men & Ladies)
Midweek Founders Cup Rd3
A cool and persistent wind eventually abated to give Spring sunshine. Generally, rough had thickened but course and greens in good condition.
The winner of round 3 of the Founders’ up was settled with countback separating Steve Tyrell, Martin Smith and Jeremy Ryan – all 38s, Jeremy Prescott and Jay Barker were next with commendable 36s. Anne Holding-Parsons flew the ladies’ flag on countback 35 from Gina Jillet.
The Founders’ Cup was won by Dylan Merchant 79 from Chris Jones. Hassan Mouilah and Oliver Khan with 76s.
Just a small group of eight contested the medal this month, a combination of the previous day’s invite and a Whitewebbs match. With a net 66, including a birdie at the first and a 9 on the seventh, it is likely that the winner would still have been Alison Chadwick even with a larger field. She finished some six shots ahead of Tenesi Karakaneva. Alison sees her handicap cut by 1.6 to 20.9.
CSS remained at 69
The field enjoyed some very nice weather. But scoring proved tricky for most of the field. Jay Barker started on the front and back 9 with a bogey. But he calmly offset those with birdies on 2 and 17 to finish on gross 68 net 63 to wrap up victory. Jay’s handicap moves back to 4. After 36 holes in one day he supposedly had enough of golf for a couple of days. Pretty sure he will be out on the course every day of the coming week. Cuneyt Sazer had a very strong front 9 (41 gross). A setback on the 13th prevented him from improving on a net score of 65 (85 gross). 2nd place is a well earned consolation. Despite a horrendous 10th hole Phil Flanagan used an excellent back 9 to finish 3rd on 66 (84 gross). Caleb Mills, Christer Larsson and Simon Malin (who b/c of the stableford adjustment sees his handicap drop back to 7 just ahead of his singles KO match) complete the Top6. Peter Osgood performed a minor miracle by losing the shanks that had been holding him back over the last couple of weeks. Too bad all the other parts of his game let him down this time.
The round was the third of 8 for the Grand Medal Trophy.
Midweek Founders Cup Rd2
The chill on a late Spring day was accentuated by a persistent wind, providing a stern test on Duke’s but greens were even-paced. A good Wednesday turnout (47 + odd match) was in evidence with the winner emerging late from the afternoon pack. Congratulations to Dylan Merchant on 44 points with 23 and just six shots dropped on front 9. Five behind was early clubhouse leader Hassan Mouilah with Kim Chaffart and recent new members Oliver Khan and Stephen Haworth with decent 37s. Gina flew the ladies’ flag with 34 points.
Dylan earns a handicap cut from 22 to 19 and leads the Founders Cup after 2 of 3 rounds on 79 points – 3 clear of Chris Jones, Hassan Mouilah and Oliver Khan.
Summer Cup / Committee Cup Rd2
No one was expecting to play in the dry today so were pleasantly surprised to see blue skies and despite yesterday’s downpours the course had absorbed most of it. With the greens playing much faster than they had on Prince’s last week, it took a while to adjust.
Almost half of the field in the first round of the competition didn’t participate in today’s round including the leader. With only a few points separating the leading group there was all to play for in this round. Cheryl Woodhouse lost no time in staking her claim with three 3-pointers in the first 4 holes helping her to 20 on the front 9. At this point the golfing god switched allegiance to Veronica Mitchell who began her back 9 with a birdie 2, blobbed one hole and still managed 20 points to be both winner today and over the 2 rounds with 36 points today and 70 in total. Sheena Harrington had a consistent 17 out and back to take second place with 34 points today and 67 overall.
The dream/hope of playaing the national final of the UKPCC at St Andrews was full on today. A big field enjoyed near perfect conditions to play golf. The course was still dry enough to offer an extra bounce/roll. Yesterday’s rain on the other hand made chipping/pitching less complicated. The effects of the rain were also noticeable on the greens which proved a lot less unpredictable than last week.
The pace today was set by 4 early starters. Lee Marshall’s golf was totally dialled in today. 33 strokes (gross) on the way out resulted in 25pts! A slight wobble on holes 13-15 were swiftly dealt with. 19pts on the way and a total score of 44pts (!) seem like a good day at the office. Lee’s handicap gets cut by a massive 1.6 strokes. His new (playing) handicap now stands at 8. Jon Cooper’s round was a mirror image of the winner’s. 23pts on the way in (2 birdies in a row on 16,17) and 19pts out earn him 2nd place. Roger Rojas rediscovered his touch on route to an excellent score of 40pts. Pete Harrison’s highlight of the day was a “tap-in” eagle on 17. 39pts (21pts in) allow him to hold off Cuneyt Sazer (who will regret the 18th hole though) based on the countback rule. Chris Lordan had a “birdie free” round but still finished on 38pts to complete the Top6. Ray Esin came out all guns blazing and ended the front 9 with 24pts. His sub-par back 9 prevented him from sneaking into the Top6.
CSS: 36pts. Although the winning players’ scores were impressive only 13 out of 42 players remained within their buffer zone.
Final note: Lord give strength to the person who has to partner Peter Osgood in the mixed pairs (poor Deborah), men’s pairs (poor Tammy), Hawtree/Ladies Invite (SOS Cheryl), Clapham Common (Wait a second … That’s me. Thanks Nigel …)
Midweek Founders Cup Rd1
Conditions remained favourable for round 1 of the Founders’ Cup although for those straying into the semi-rough a lost ball was a possibility. Playing to the top of their game were the winner Chris Jones and Habe Crocker. Well done to Chris who triumphed on a countback back nine 24 points dropping only four shots. Even paced John Rivers was 2nd with 42 whilst new member Oliver Kahn returned 39 points but no card and so DQ.
This is the first of three rounds of the Founders Cup.
There’s a saying that goes that Golf is nothing else but a good walk spoiled. I think that saying describes the feeling of the vast majority of the field. Astonishingly the summer conditions at the Park proved to be a massive obstacle. The extra carry & roll on the fairways proved to be of very little use. Arguably the faster greens caught a lot of competitors off guard too. Finally the pin position on the 7th green was pure evil. To resume: 34pts was enough to finish in the Top6 today.
Davide Oddone coped very well with today’s conditions. Consistent golf (20pts & 21pts in – with a no score on the 15th!) allows him to see off a resurgent Steve Cross. The latter scored points on each hole (22pts out) but he arguably let victory slip away with a double-bogey on the 16th. Both Davide and Steve get healthy handicap cuts. Davide’s new handicap stands at 19 and Steve will from now play off 22. Paul House was on fire on the front 9. An eagle on the 9th vaulted him to 23pts on the way out. 16pts (with just 2pts on the last 2 holes) prevented him finishing higher than 3rd. Paul also gets a new competition handicap (11). Jonathan Scriven (36pts), Charlie Whiteman (35pts) and James Anslow (34pts) complete the Top6.
It was quite an eventful day for Ray (again). He managed to ace the 2nd, scoring 8 stableford points on the first two holes! First lady was Tenesi.
CSS: 36pts (Men & Ladies)
Finally it is with regret that we had to say goodbye to Eric Lit who was forced to return to Holland (to be precise the return was not Brexit related). Here are a few words from Eric:
“It is with great sadness that I have to say goodbye to you all. I have to go back to Rotterdam. It was a great pleasure to meet you all and i had a lot of fun playing golf with you. You take care of yourselves and keep ’em straight :-)â€
Atrocious conditions of rain and wind prevailed for morning competitors. This takes nothing from the superb gross 72 crafted by Jay Barker who whipped the field by 4. Well done Jay! Commendable 71s were returned by Hassan Mouilah and Cheryl Woodhouse flew the ladies’ flag with 73.
Jay ventures further into Category 1 territory being cut to 4.2 and incidentally also leads the Wednesday Grand Medal Trophy on 209 from Toby Hunt by three.