Midweek Captain’s Day
42 turned out on a cooler day for the Midweek Captain’s Day.
Tore Burman convinced as winner on 43 points from Toby Hunt 41 and Sheena playing well again 40. Chris Jones earned 4th place 38.There were no fewer than 11 ‘Twos’ and many birdies – some back-to-back eg Toby 3rd & 4th (4 overall), Sheena 2nd & 3rd (3 overall).
Overall CSS remained at 37 points, all 4 above having handicap cuts (Tore by 2).
Midweek Captain John Ahad posed some challenges:
- Putting – 6 on 27 putts
– Alastair Whyte winner on countback
– Brett Colley
– Julian James
– Toby Hunt
– Sheen Harrington
– Hassain Mouilah
- Nearest to the Pin
– Men 2nd Tore Burman
– Men in 2 15th Richard Smith
– Ladies 16th -not awarded
– Ladies in 2 14th Veronica Mitchell
What a joy it was to play Prince’s in timely fashion with little, if any, waiting on any hole on a glorious sunny day. It also meant that everyone could see the amazing finish of the Test match. The Bank Holiday had kept many away from the course with only 33 playing.
Mark Bean, returning to golf after several years away and playing his first round since regaining his handicap earned himself an immediate 1.5 cut with 42 points to beat Nick Rogers and Peter Harrington, both two back on 40 points. One point further back was first lady of the day, Veronica Mitchell.
CSS remained at 37 points and all of the above receive cuts to their playing handicaps.
Midweek Anniversary Accumulator
39 competitors turned out for the 3rd round of the Midweek Anniversary Accumulator.
The first two positions were taken by late/very late starters. Dylan Merchant maintained recent form with a glorious 65 whilst Oliver Maskell knew what he had to beat and blasted home with a 68, just 2 over par gross. Another steady round 68 gained Teddy Holt 3rd place ahead of consistent improver Adrian Wells.
CSS remained at SSS.
With just one round left in the Accumulator, the position is tied with Kim and Jeremy Ryan 217 ahead of Henry. But note that e.g. Dylan needs to get net 84 to level with Kim and Jeremy with Russell Stewart just 79 – so it’s all to play for in last round..
Richmond Park Open
Those starting later were probably blissfully unaware of the deluge that the rest of us endured, so there was a combination of soggy and missing cards & checking if those missing were NRs or no shows. There were however, 114 cards processed and the booking sheet had been full from start to finish.
In the competition for those with a CONGU handicap, for a long time the best score in was a 70 from Mark Laverty with Habib Amir next on 72 (this despite his tee shot on the 10th not reaching the ladies’ tee!!). Then some of the late starters arrived back. Seemingly the usual adage of ‘beware the injured golfer’ holds true in this instance. Reportedly Loui Suarez left his driver in his bag as he’d been suffering a bad back and recorded a net 64 to take 1st place by 6 shots. His playing partner, Doug Donaghey also played well scoring a 70, but Mark took 2nd place with a better back 9.
These 3 were the only ones to play better than the SSS of 71 (for the men) and CSS went to 72 for the men and 74 for the ladies.
Loui also gets an ESR of 2 shots to reduce his playing handicap from 19 to 15!
Last year’s ladies’ winner, Angela Flynn takes the honours again with a 75 (ladies get 2 additional shots because of the difference in the SSS) and runner-up was Cheryl Woodhouse one shot behind.
The winner of the non-CONGU handicap competition was July Myat Tun with a 69, playing off 26.
The nearest the pin result was sewn up before most of us had arrived at the Park, with Allan Richardson from Putney Park putting his ball to within a couple of feet. The longest drive went to one of our visitors, Luca Ioppa and well done to Glendale for interpreting the soggy sheet!
This year the Open was topped and tailed with a bacon roll to start and burger to finish. Sadly, the weather did not incline many to stay around for long.
A much reduced field started their medal round and even fewer finished! 7 of 40 were no shows and 10 of those who did NR’d and walked in after 9 or 10 holes. The rest were made of sturdier stuff, coping with the almost incessant rain, at times light and with little wind it could change in an instant to heavy in a gusting wind.
Possibly the early starters had the better weather and occupied the top 3 slots for most of the day. It certainly didn’t put Mark Rosamond off, so much so that his winning score of net 63 earned him an additional ESR of 0.5 to reduce his playing handicap by two shots to 15. Teddy Holt was the one to demote Adrian Wells (66) and Angela Flynn (68) to 3rd and 4th places. His 65 put him 2nd, earning him a 0.6 handicap cut, Adrian was also cut by 0.4.
CSS remained at 67 for the men and 69 for the ladies.
In the Midweek Grand Medal it was all change at the top. With two more rounds to go, Mark now leads the way by four on 353 from Kim Chaffart and pushing previous leader Mike Jones down to 3rd place on 360..
There may have only been 11 ladies in the medal but a further 5 were involved in other competitions which is a pretty good turnout on the day after the Bontor. The winds of yesterday had quietened, but picked up as the day progressed to make it still a challenge.
But it was one to which a few of the ladies were up for. Tenesi Karakaneva, Alison Chadwick and Jayne Maxwell all went out in 43, but aside from handicaps making a difference, Tenesi’s back 9 of 38 gave her a net 65 and 1st place and a reduction in handicap to 15. Two shots back on 67 was Alison, with Jayne a further two behind.
With CSS moving to 68, Alison also had a cut reducing her playing handicap to 20.
The field faced nice golfing conditions: receptive but pacy greens and a bit of bounce on the fairways. The gusts of wind became stronger and more frequent as the day went on. Some pin positions again were pretty cruel. The general feedback amongst the members on the new 15th tee is not very positive. At first the feedback was that the hole became too easy. Based on today’s results the field should reconsider: a few competitors experienced some real horror shows on that hole.
Toby Hunt uncharacteristically went for an early start. And the results speak volume. His round started with a wobble (6) on the first. But he only dropped one more shot on the way out. The back 9 was a bit more challenging. But a gross score of 77 (64 net) earns him a well deserved victory. Adrian finished 2nd (mainly thanks to a good back 9). Sean Thomas steady round (and the countback rule) means he finished 3rd. Ned Shanklyn keeps piling up the Top6 finishes. Brian McMahon and in-form Peter Jagger complete the Top6.
Lowest Gross Score goes to Henry. His highlight must be the chip-in birdie on the 7th hole today (quite a week actually after birdies on SI 1 & 3 on Duke’s on Wednesday and a new handicap of 6). But he will deeply regret the 17th hole.
Toby Hunt takes the lead in the Grand Medal Trophy (341). Mike Shabani (351) and Pete Needham (353) are the closest followers.
The Ladies recaptured the Bontor over the Men.
Midweek Club Championship Rd 2
Odd spots and a strong breeze were the order of the day. In the 2nd handicap round, Henry Lindesay-Bethune continued his good form to win with an exceptional 64 (1 over par, 1-over front 9, 2-under back 9, consolidating an eagle on Sunday). Veronica Mitchell shot an amazing 66 to finish 2nd. Rick Kimber was on his own 3rd with 67 whilst Cheryl 68 led Jon Ramphul and Pralab Barua on countback.
CSS remained at SSS but 12 handicap changes arose.
Veronica’s 66 was good enough to win the overall Handicap Trophy over two weeks on 134, two ahead of Henry.
Veronica also won the ladies’ scratch over 2 weeks on 172 – 7 ahead of Sheena Harrington.
Henry won the men’s senior division scratch on 152 – 3 clear from Angus Robertson.
In the junior division Dylan won with 174, three clear from Pralab Barua.
33 competitor contested this Sunday’s round which was a sweep due to cycle ride blocking many surrounding roads.
5 iron specialist Richard Inglis shot a commanding 42 points to win. A remarkable card – 2 ‘blobs’ including 8 at 18. But back 9 was 3 points a hole except ‘just’ 2 points at the SI 1 par 4 14th. Keith Cassidy had a superb 39 points, shining on the front 9 (with an eagle on hole 6) 21 points (one-over-par ). Henry Lindesay-Bethune, first lady Caroline Stilwell and Martin Heinrich followed with 37s.
CSS for the day was an elevated 37 points from SSS 36.