Midweek Club Championship Rd 1
Conditions could be described as blustery with the odd spitting shower. Recent rains had softened the course a little.
In this first round of the Midweek Club Championship, net (handicap) was won by new member Ed Hall with a handicap-cutting 64 followed by another great score from improver Alison Chadwick. A controlled 66 from Teddy Holt took 3rd place, whilst Kamil Naidoo shot lowest gross of the day 78 net 67 for 4th place.
CSS remained at SSS, a change from recent Prince’s rounds, with 6 handicap changes.
In the scratch first round, the ladies are led by Sheena Harrington whilst for the men Kamil leads the senior division and the junior division has two leaders – Teddy and Dylan Merchant.|
After the heat wave of last week, the deluge of the previous day helped to soften the course up a little, but the cooler temperatures combined with a freshening wind seemed to be keeping scores on the lower side with our dawn starter, Scott Sparks holding the lead until Kerry Sargeant came in with a better back 9. With Richard Owen also on 39 it seemed that might be the top score of the day and so it remained for a while. These scores were rendered pretty average once Ned Shanklyn got to the clubhouse to record his 45 points. He even managed to 1-point holes in this!! Peter Needham and Carmelo di Salvo joined him in the 40s with 41 and 40 respectively.
Cheryl Woodhouse appears to have been the only one of the Hawtree players scoring well today and was the first lady on 39 points.
CSS went to 38 points and there are a number of handicap changes.
After 5 rounds of the Men’s Top Dog Trophy Chris Lordan retains his lead with Ned now in 2nd place after today.
Midweek Edward Cup
Hot conditions prevailed but scoring on Duke’s was excellent with CSS being raised to 37 points. Early starter Mark Rosamund was winner of the Edward Cup 42 points with Alison Chadwick returning 39 points to finish 2nd on countback from improver Adrian Wells, Graham Swindells and Richard Norden..
The field enjoyed some pretty good golfing conditions. The rain of the last days made the greens extra receptive and added a bit of speed. The extra bounce and roll on the fairways was still present. Swirling winds on the back 9 made life a bit trickier than expected.
Keith Cassidy was struggling with his swing but still posted a 69 net to become leader in the clubhouse. He was soon followed by Henry L-B, who enjoyed a very good front 9 (-1 gross) but an untidy 13th hole prevented him from improving on a 4th place finish. The 3rd player with a score of 69 was first lady, Tenesi. Only one player managed to better that result. George Taylor recorded an excellent front 9 (39 gross) and held it together on the back 9 to win the Golden Jubilee. George’s handicap gets a nice chop down to 14.
Early starter Chirs Lordan and Peter Osgood (let’s hope for the club’s sake that he can keep this form for one more week …) complete the Top6. Nick Rogers took 5 shots to just get his ball on the 7th green. The quadruple bogey he recorded on that hole must have liberated him because he played excellent golf on the back 9. His score of 72 net translates into 37 stableford points thereby reducing his competition handicap by one stroke. Unfortunately he has developed a pattern by which his new clubs only perform every other week. So if the Hawtree captain wants to drop him: now’s your chance.
CSS: 71/73 (20/51 in the buffer)
In the Anniversary Trophy the race seems to be over. Henry leads Nick by 13 and Kim by 14 with one round to go.
Henry (210), Nick (223) and yours truly (224).
After 4 rounds of the Men’s Top Dog Trophy Chris Lordan (24pts) maintains his lead over Ollie Griffin (13), Anis (12) and George (12).
Midweek Claret Jug
Humidity was high but cloud gradually increased to take the edge off the sun’s heat. Greens were being watered manually but hard sand in some bunkers and impenetrable ball-losing rough sometimes one foot from fairway proved Prince’s only natural (unfair?) defences with ample run on the short course.
But this in no way takes away the brilliant golf from improver Cosmo Liefting-Moore winning with 61 from early leader Russell Stewart 62. Indeed, focus on a 5 iron for most holes paid dividends for Cosmo. Last week’s winner Russell earned on ESR of 1 to now play off 11 – well done! Jack Evans and new member Chris Courtney took 3rd & 4th places whilst the flame still flickered for Jeremy Prescott 64.
Glendale employed some contractors digging a trench on 15 meaning a further forward tee from that already in place. As a result the hole was ranked 16 for the day’s round (SI =6 for men with 6 birdies recorded as per attached report).
Alan King added an eagle to the tree at 14.
As expected. 49% were in buffer zone resulting in CSS being pared by one from SSS.
Conditions didn’t suit the ladies as much as the men it seems, with no one managing to play to their handicap, although it was close with the first 3 places all net 70.
A consistent front and back 9 pushed Lia Donath back into 3rd place from Jenny Lawrence & Doreen Dolby. This was Jenny’s first game back with the club after a long lay off for injury, but it has obviously done her game no harm as she took 1st place with a back 9 to match Lia’s gross 43.
CSS remained at 69
The (unexpected) morning drizzle made the greens a bit more receptive and created some extra zip on the greens. The fairways still remained bone dry. Some pin positions were quite tough again (the pin on the 7th was quite cruel).
Patrick Murphy absolutely mastered the Par 3’s. He was-2 gross over the five par 3’s. He would’ve improved on his winning score of 63 net had it not been for 7 on the SI 1 and two 6’s on the back 9. Brian McMahon had a very consistent round of golf (+5 gross on the front and +4 gross on the back) to take 2nd place. Brian’s new handicap now stands at 12. Christer Larsson’s back 9 prevented him from finishing higher than 3rd. A score of 64 net does take his competition handicap down to 26. Cuneyt and Richard Inglis finish 4th and 5th respectively with scores of 65 net. Adrian is confirming is good recent form with a 6th place.
The novelty of Nick’s new clubs wore off very quickly. From hero to zero in less than 24h. Kerry had 3 birdies on the back 9 (4 overall). But a bit of misfortune on the 18th hole annihilated his winning chances.
CSS: 66 (16/29 in the buffer)
In the Grand Medal Trophy standings Mike Shabani takes the lead (mainly because he’s the only one to have recorded 5 scores). But Pete Needham, Richard Owen and Toby Hunt are within striking distance.
Midweek Anniversary Accumulator
Increasingly humid conditions were moderated by a breeze. Early starters Russell Stewart and Brett Colley took the first two honours with Russell winning with a super 65, Brett taking second from Dylan Merchant on countback – both 68s. Kim Chaffart followed with a commendable 69 piping improver Adrian Wells on countback, both 69s.
Ollie Maskell took best gross honours with 78 and best lady was Ronnie net 70. Reflecting the balance of play, CSS was trimmed one from SSS.
Recycling King Oliver Kahn had an ambulatory round for a change and sported an old manual trolley acquisition with one wheel about to drop off playing to handicap.
This was round two of the Midweek Anniversary Accumulator. With two rounds left, Kim and Jeremy Ryan share the interim lead on 143 with Henry Lindesay-Bethune chasing hard on their heels one shot adrift..
Club Championships Rd 2
The chase for Angela was on today. Lia, Tenesi and Ronnie gave it their best shot. But in the end they had to make up too much ground. Angela’s gross score of 93 coupled with an 81 from last week make her the winner of the Club Championship by 4 strokes over Lia and Tenesi who shot the same score both weeks with Lia having the better back 9.
The net competition for the lower division (Handicap Cup) goes to Ronnie on 145, retaining the cup from last year. The runner-up was Lia just one behind.
There was a similar story for those playing for the Pembroke Cup (handicaps of 19 and higher). Caroline Stilwell had a five shot lead going into today and whilst only recording a net 78 that lead ensured that she would win comfortably by four shots and also record the best net across both divisions of 141.
In the Senior Division first round leader Aidan decided to impress the chasing pack with a birdie on the 1st hole. He was immediately matched by Jay who birdied holes 1 and 2. After 9 holes Jay had made up just one shot of his round 1 deficit. The pressure was starting to build up nicely when both of them bogeyed the 10th. On the 11th 3 players of their game had to hit provisional balls after errant tee-shots. Jay then crept a little closer with a par on the 13th. Game on now! 14th hole was “halved” in 5’s. Another birdie by Jay on the 15th! Hat trick dream back on? Stalemate on the 16th (2 pars). 17th: hardly any wind. Surely advantage Jay (especially with Aidan’s driver misbehaving – at least his miss is a hook so not too much trouble …). But Aidan came up with the goods: his 1st straight drive on the back 9 resulted in a timely birdie. With Jay having to settle for par the hat trick dream disappeared. Well done Aidan.
Round of the day has to go to … Peter Osgood (of all people). 76 gross (63 net) slices (no pun intended Peter – we all know your misses go left) 2 shots of his handicap down to 11. Looks like an ESR is on the cards (just when the Hawtree is around the corner …).
Less drama in the Junior Division. Ned Shanklyn did what was required to see off the competition. A steady round of 89 crowns him Champion of the Junior Division.
Round of the day goes to Mark Rosamond (what a time to play a round in your buffer zone …). An excellent round of golf takes Mark into 2nd.
The Handicap Trophy goes into Peter Osgood’s trophy cabinet.
CSS: 71 (19/40 in the buffer)
Perfect conditions for golf prevailed with much additional run.
Three players absolutely mastered the conditions with 64s. Congrats to Rajinder Sehmi, (first comp this year), Roslyn Williams (first lady), Aidan Hurley (lowest gross @ 1 over par, continuing a good run of form). A warm welcome to the winners’ enclosure to Treasurer Peter Jagger 66 winning on countback from Henry Lindesay-Bethune.
Reflecting condition, CSS reduced by 1 from SSS.
Mike Jones now leads the associated Midweek Grand Medal with 361, 7 clear from Paul Grand with 3 possible rounds remaining..