Club Championships Rd 1
Angela Flynn set the marker in the Club Championship with an excellent front 9 (40). A more subdued back 9 (41) sees her safely into the provisional lead with a score of 81 gross. Following Angela are 3 ladies on 88, Tenesi, Ronnie and Lia. All 3 lost a lot of ground to Angela on the front 9. Five additional minutes of warm-up next week is the message.
In the Handicap Cup there was a little “more” competition. Round of the day goes to Caroline Stilwell who came back in 39 gross. A total score of 84 gross, 63 net sounds like a good day at the office. Cheryl Woodhouse had a nice front 9. But a triple bogey and 3 double bogeys on the back 9 prevented her from improving on a score of 90 gross.
In Division 1 it was Aidan vs the rest of the world. Maybe we do need a hard border between Ireland and the rest of the UK. Sometimes you just need to look at the numbers: 4 birdies, 32 (gross out) and 35 (gross on the way back – all due to to DB on the 12th). Only other blemish was a 5 on the 18th. Aidan moves to 5 hcp. The only guys with some sort of chance of catching Aidan is Jay thank to his gross 72. Angus (74) and the group of Chris, Pete H and Ollie Griffin (all on 75) were the best of the rest. Oliver Maskell turned an underwhelming round into something more entertaining thanks to 4 birdies on the back 9.
In Division 2, as someone said in the clubhouse: What do you have to do to win? Nothing could stop Jim Deisler today: 80 gross – 59 net takes him to the top of the Jr. division. Ned Shanklyn is right on Jim’s heels thanks to his round of 82. Paul Grand 85 gross is good for 3rd.
In the Handicap Trophy it looks it will be a battle between Aidan and Jim.
Midweek Midsummer Trophy
It was Jeremy Ryan vs the Rest of the World today. A gross score of 70 (35 out and 35 back = net 59) translates into 48pts (It’s not a typo!). 3 birdies, 2 bogeys (on 8 and 15), 13 pars. Nothing else to add. Except for 2 things: Jeremy’s new handicap drops to 8.2 and he sets himself up for an ESR in the not too distant future. John Curry was the best of the mortals only 7pts behind today’s winner. 3 players finished on 40pts: Chris Rudkin, Oliver Khan and Hassan Mouilah (who shot +2 gross and moves back to Cat1). Jessy Diasilua with 39pts rounds out the Top6.
Honourable mention has to go Alan King who just misses out on the Top6. The Irish whirlwind went out level par (26pts). 3 no scores on the back 9 prevented him from finishing higher. Last mention goes to the owner of Kilmorey Gardens in a flash of very poor judgement nearly prevented today’s winner from starting the back 9. Don’t copy the professional players and be so polite to shout fore when your ball goes off line. Undeterred as she was Cheryl calmly sank a birdie putt on the 10th.
CSS: 36 (Men & Ladies)
A big field came to battle it out on Duke’s and compete in a few Par 3 challenges.
The markers were put down by the players in the second flight. Ollie Griffin and Chris Lordan went wire to wire for today’s victory . Both players recorded net scores of 68. In the later stages they were joined by in form Cathy Stavely. But the countback rule gave the advantage to Ollie. Both Ollie and Chris get (untimely) handicap cuts in the run-up to the 1st round of the Club Championship next Sunday. Cathy has to settle for 3rd place and new handicap of 18. 4th and 5th place go to Habib and Maureen with scores of 70 net. Ronnie is doing some serious handicap protection by finishing 6-6 on the last 2 holes. Her score of 71 net enables her to finish 6th. The final result could’ve been totally different for Anne Holding-Parsons. She didn’t fare too well on just 2 holes. This took away all her chances of winning today’s comp. The irony of the handicapping system means that Anne’s handicap still drops by 1.2 strokes.
CSS: 71 (Men) / 73 (Ladies).
Captain’s Day Challenges:
- Nearest to the Pin for the Ladies
– on the 7th was won by Tina Neessen
– on the 10th was won by Joan Mulcahy
– on the 16th was won by Angela Flynn
- Nearest to the Pin for the Men
– on the 7th was won by Habib (who narrowly edged out today’s sponsor Nigel Gaymond. Ironically Habib missed his birdie putt with Nigel made his)
– on the 10th was won by AIdan Hurley
– on the 16th was won by Phil Flanagan
Many thanks to Deborah & Nigel for today’s event.
Top Dog Trophy leader Chris Lordan extends his lead over Ollie Griffin (13pts) and Anis (12pts) and 3 players on 8pts.
Much heralded rain held off and just caught the last games as they finished.
Charlie Forrest had an amazing round with 23 on back 9 to win the Sweep with 43 points and a 2-shot reduction in handicap. Round of the day went to Aidan Hurley who shot level par including 5 birdies to finish one shot behind on 42 points and a reduction to a Category 1 h’cap – 5. Henry Lindesay-Bethune completed the 1-2-3 with 41 points and also earned handicap reduction to 8. Leading lady in her birthday week was Ronnie with 37 points.
CSS remained at SSS 37 points.
To say that the weather today was variable was an understatement. The field faced 4 seasons in one day. Light rains. some sunny spells and wind that became stronger throughout the day. The field handled the conditions pretty well.
Alexander Krasnenkov put down the marker with an excellent score of 41pts. He’ll probably regret his DB on the 16th. A new handicap of 12 will serve as small consolation. Peter Osgood was the only other early starter to come within respectable distance of the winner. 19pts on the way out & in earn him 6th spot today. The later starters took the spoils. First of all Anis Driaa followed up an excellent front 9 of 22pts with a steady 20pts to seal the victory. Julian James came 3rd with a very nice score of 40pts. Martin Heinrich and Ned Shanklyn take spots 4 & 5.
Birthday lady Ronnie Mitchell was 1st lady. Guess more alcohol and little sleep is the way to go Ronnie. Quite remarkably Nick managed to not miss his 8.00AM tee-time (although the delay of 10min caused by Putney Park didn’t hurt). If you examine his scorecard you will notice that he completed the front 9 on pure adrenaline. The tank ran completely empty on the back 9 though … Tony Kopczak recorded two birdies (we could’ve used some of them yesterday …). Sea coast tourist Jon Cooper recorded a nice eagle on the 9th.
After two rounds of the Top Dog Trophy Chris Lordan and Anis Driaa both lead by virtue of their respective wins. .
Midweek Anniversary Accumulator
Persistent rain earlier in the week had greened and softened up conditions. By and large rain held off to eventually affect the later mid-morning games.
Early player and clubhouse leader was Bruno Clerckx with 67, just one over par on the front 9 and 2 birdies. Well done indeed Bruno – lowest gross with an ESR in addition to now playing off 6. Two players returned excellent sub SSS 70s – Seong Lim and Lucy Mi Ha. In form Cheryl, Rick Kimber, Henry Lindesay-Bethune and Jeremy Ryan retuned very solid 71s.
CSS remained at SSS (71 men 73 ladies).
This being first round of 4 of the Midweek Anniversary Accumulator first round naturally mirrors these results..
Golfing conditions were near perfect. Mild temperatures, less wind (than yesterday), receptive greens and fairways that still offer plenty of roll. The 17th however proved to very tricky for a lot of the male competitors. All in all scoring proved to be excellent.
Henry L-B played a good round of golf to post a score of 67 and become leader in the clubhouse. Although an outward 9 of 36 gross and a 7 on the 17th will make him feel like he missed out on a (really) good score. Young Son went out 34 gross. But unfortunately he squandered 4 shots on the two par 5’s. Otherwise he would definitely have improved on score of 68 (net) and 3rd place. 1st lady today was Alison. After an untidy front 9 (51 gross) she started with a birdie on the back 9. Momentum never left her on the way in. A score of 70 (Nett) gets rewarded with a 4th place. (very) Early starter Barry Page had a steady round of 70 (net). But he also recorded a 7 on the … 17th. In the end victory goes to one of the later starters: Peter Needham. Fresh off his victory in the Ladies Invite yesterday he managed to record gross scores of 40 on front and back 9. His net score of 65 is good enough for the win and new handicap of 14. And BTW he too recorded a 7 on the … 17th. Kim Chaffert and Alison were the only ones in the Top6 to not record a 7 on that hole (and before you ask Kim did tee it up from the white tees).
CSS: 70 (25/45 in the buffer)
In the Anniversary Trophy Henry takes the lead on 141 followed by Barry (143), Sheena (143) and Kim (146). .
The Ladies Invitation was a very enjoyable day on Saturday 8 June. We had 14 pairs in 7 games on a mainly dry if a little windy day. American Greensomes was an enjoyable fun format, we started the day with bacon rolls, golf in the middle and finished with chocolate cake, all well-balanced.
The first 3 places were very close fought and great scores given the conditions with Gina Jillett and Pete Harrison in 3rd place with 37 points, Veronica Mitchell and James Barker in 2nd place with 38 points and the winners with 38 points on countback were Val Riziotis (Ladies Vice-Captain) and Peter Needham.
Largely grey conditions predominated allowing players to focus on their golf. Greens showed continuing improvement and some bunkers had fresh sand but not always enough rakes.
Cathy Stavely returned a consistently excellent 64 to win the monthly medal with Jeremy Ryan chasing commendable 66. Four 67s followed separated on countback – Lim, Mick Abrams, Henry Lindesay-Bethune and Brian Ransom. Best gross score 74 from new member Umran Ali off 6.
Thierry and Senno were DQ for not entering handicap on card in handicap comp – see rule 3-3.
In the associated best 5 from 8 Midweek Grand Medal, Paul Grand (appropriately) held on to lead after round 4 on 287, five clear from Mike Jones..
Sometimes playing on consecutive days enhances one’s game, and other times it doesn’t. This was very evident in today’s results, with many of the ladies involved in matches yesterday there was a 50/50 split as to whether it helped or hindered. It definitely helped Lia Donath, who was the medal winner with a net 67 and Anne H-P, her partner from yesterday, was just one back in 2nd place.
CSS went to 68, giving Lia just a 0.3 cut to her handicap.
Scoring proved to be tough for the field (except for today’s winner). Most of the players seemed to do pretty well on the front 9. But keeping up that form on the back proved too big a hurdle for the majority of the field.
Secretary Peter Harrington was so looking forward to today’s Committee meeting that he decided waste very little time on the course. A very impressive 63 (net) earned him a well deserved win. As a result PDH’s handicap drops back to 19. Gary Moris (65 net) and early leader in the clubhouse Jan Wilken (66 net) complete the Top3. Our president Tim Meyer had an excellent front 9 (37 gross) but faded away on the back to settle for 4th. Charlie Whiteman’s excellent back 9 (38 gross) earns him 5th and a steady round by Seong allows him to beat Alvaro to sixth. Aidan Hurley recorded the best gross score today (75).
CSS: 67 (13/36 in the buffer).
The Grand Medal Trophy interim results tba.