Midweek Stableford Sweep
A chilly easterly wind persisted but it remained dry; dry enough for mud to be of just the wrong consistency – clinging to trolleys.
With 3 temporary greens, the stableford sweep competition was a non-qualifier for handicapping. I think Glendale had hired some special air-pumping equipment for those 3 greens but don’t take my word for it.
Fresh from a 44 point win on same course on Sunday (and a 3.2 handicap reduction), Robin Thomas’ rich vein of form continued, winning on 38 points from valiant 37s from Richard Norden and Rick Kimber. Class 5 handicapper Hassan (2 birdies) nipped Kamil on countback – both 36s as with Seymour Laird and Henry Lindesay-Bethune (3 birdies). Leading lady was Sheena 32.
Yesterday’s rain made the fairways really muddy. Add to that cooler temperatures and thicker air and you have 3 essential ingredients for winter golf. The greens were uber receptive (a euphemism …) The 12th green was borderline usable. And as is often the case in these wet conditions the greenkeepers had to install a temporary green on the 11th hole. The additional dew slowed the greens down even more.
The early morning starters didn’t enjoy the best conditions. But Mitch Cohen kept up his good recent form to become leader in the clubhouse with a respectable 34pts. New member Damper seemed to enjoy the mud golf: 21pts in and out put him in firm command. But late starter Robin Thomas managed to better that score by 2pts. Robin and Damper both get healthy handicap cuts (down to 20 and 19 respectively). 3rd place goes Gregory with 39pts. Returning boy Lee Marshall (37pts), Richard Owen and Kerry Sargeant complete the Top6. The ladies didn’t enjoy the muddy conditions. The first lady today only clocks in at place 17.
CSS: 36pts (Men & Ladies)
Looks some (much needed) drier weather is heading our way next week.
Midweek Harrington Cup
Conditions were fairly benign but little roll and having just 3 clubs and putter tempered performance. Oliver Khan emerged the winner of the coveted Harrington Trophy with 37 points. He was chased by early starters Rick Kimber 36 and Mitch Cohen 34.
The ‘best scores analysis’ report reveals the few birdies scored. However, the ray of brilliance on the day was provided by Paul Brown with a 90 yard pitch-in at 17 for eagle – and he clambers aboard the Eagle Tree report.
With the restriction in the number of clubs allowed, the competition was of course a non-qualifier for handicapping.
Here is the report for the 2019 edition of the Lissaman Cup, aka 3 clubs and a putter. Jay’s round started in the worst possible manner. His 3 iron snapped in two after 3 holes, so he had to complete the rest of the round with just a mid iron and a wedge. Things improved slightly at the 19th hole when he recovered the putter cover he thought he’d lost.
George Taylor started slowly (45 gross). But 6 pars, bogeys on 11, 12 and 16 on the back result into a score of 36. No less than four players recorded scores of 67 net. George’s stellar back 9 make him today’s winner. Robin Thomas also had a strong back nine. His effort came up just short and he had to settle for 2nd place. 1st lady of the day, JDR, takes 3rd. Keith’s consistent round (+4 on front and back) give him the lowest overall gross and 4th place. Conditions today must have reminded Liam of a rugby pitch . That may be an explanation for his good score off 71 net and 5th place. Kilmorey Gardens completes the Top6. As FYI: Pete Harrison birdied the two par 3’s on the front 9.
Top Dog: We have a tie between George Taylor and Chris Lordan.
Midweek Charity Cup
Showery conditions morphed to sunny intervals and some greens proved soggy.
But Sheena Harrington stamped her authority on the field of 40 from the beginning to win the Charity Cup. A birdie at the first was followed by two pars for 10 point after three holes. 22 on the front 9 with a ‘blobless’ back nine 17 gave a margin of one from Mark Rosamund 38 with 37s from Hassan Mouilah and Alexander Krasnonkov. Hassan had a purple patch from the 13th with four pars, an eagle at 17 and a birdie.
CSS remained at SSS 36 points with Sheena and Hussan trimmed a shot.
Autumn has definitely arrived at the park. “Thick air” and winds that became stronger during the course of the day significantly reduced carry. If you add the total absence of roll on the fairways you can clearly state that the course played long today. Although the rain wasn’t as apocalyptic as feared the players would certainly have preferred a bit more sun.
So much for the Met Office part. How did the players fare in these conditions? Excellent for the Top4, Ok for most (cf. CSS) and miserable for a few. Kerry carved the front 9 up like a Victoria Sponge. He went out in -2 gross. That awarded him a whopping 24pts. 3 straight bogeys at the start of the back 9 must have created a few doubts. But two pars on 17 and 18 earn him 17pts on the way in. For the statisticians amongst you: Kerry was +3 on the par 3’s. Kerry’s handicap gets a massive cut down to 7. Richard Inglis, strong off his victory with Lia in the Mixed Pairs KO, started slowly on the front 9. But a couple of nice 3-pointers on the back set him on route to 21pts and a total score of 40pts. Richard also gets an ESR. His handicap now stands at 15. Patrick Murphy remained really Zen despite the weather conditions and was the best of 2 players on 39pts. Mark Laverty, Evgeny (who birdied the 14th!) and Kamil edge out George Taylor and Kim Chaffart to complete the Top6. Kamil would’ve finished sole 5th had he not missed a tap-in eagle putt on the 17th. 1st lady today was Tenesi in 24th position. Sheena won the battle of the Harringtons (thanks to the countback rule).
CSS: 36pts (Men & Ladies – 16/50 in the buffer)
Midweek President’s Prize
The autumnal nip in the air was accentuated by a strong wind but it remained dry for the Midweek President’s prize.
Two exceptional scores of 41 pts were returned by Tore Burman and Kim Chaffart with countback on last 9 giving Tore the advantage from ‘the Birthday Boy’. Kim shot level par on the front 9 whilst Tore earned an ESR with 2nd net differential of -4 or better since Captain’s day in August. Both have handicap reductions. Richard Owen’s recent good form continued with 38 points with 6 on CSS=SSS 37 points including leading lady Roslyn Williams.
The President’s challenges:
Nearest the pin in 3 on the 5th: Roslyn Williams
Nearest the pin on the 16th: Sheena Harrington
Nearest to the pin 6th: Tore Burman
Longest drive on the 12th: Tamas Ladacs
Monthly Medals / Barton Bowl
It was both monthly medal and Barton Bowl finals today, Sunday 6 October. It was a lean field of 6 which started out but with lots of potential.
Alison Chadwick was first with 74, a close win over second place Veronica Mitchell with 75 and Tenesi Karakaneva also on 75 was third on count back. Just 1 point between 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
There were also 3 ladies competing for the Barton Bowl which Alison also wins, congratulations on a well-deserved double-win today with quite a few pars.
It is the top 8 ladies who have scored higher than the Lady Captain on selected dates over the last few months who play in the Barton Bowl Final.
It turned out to be dry, sunny, warm day and fast round with enough time between shots to enjoy the lovely views and colours across the park if a little damp underfoot in places and puddles in some bunkers which contributed to the downfall of the Lady Captain!
No increases to any players handicaps due to the conditions.
Heavy overnight showers flooded the 2nd green thus forcing the competition committee to abandon the competition (again). As last week the competition became reduction only.
Jay Barker seems to thrive in these conditions. 37 out and 34 in translate into a net score of 66. Well done Jay. Think the Met Office calls for drier weather towards the end of next week. Blame the weather if your scoring experiences a little dip. The best of the rest was a group of four players with scores of 69. Countback places Sean at the top of that pack. Sean O’Sullivan closes out the Top 6 with a net 70.
CSS = SSS = 67
The Grand Medal Trophy goes to Toby Hunt with a score of 334.
Rain finally gave way today. But the course proved to be fairly tricky for most players. Until 2.30pm a score of 70 net was leading. It seems like yesterday that we enjoyed an extra 30-40yds roll. That’s definitely gone. The greens although very receptive turned out to be very tricky to judge.
Strong off yesterday’s win of his favourite football team “Las Putas” (aka Atletico Madrid) Alvaro went out in +1 gross over 8 holes. A 6 on the 9th hole was the first indication of some obvious sandbagging (more on that later). +3 over first 6 holes on the way in was good. Apparently he then sliced his tee-shot OB on the 17th. Weird I always thought his miss was a severe hook. He recovered from that 7 with a par on the 18th. His score of 68 net is still more than good enough for first. Leaders in the clubhouse Mitch Cohen (pipped by a late starter again … just like in the Priory Cup) and Rick Kimber take 2nd and 3rd spot. Top6 is completed by Mike Jones, Seymour and Jeremy.
In the Midweek Grand Medal Mark Rosamond had his hands on this trophy. But the combination of an untimely lapse of concentration and a vicious slice on the 17th tee took him out of the running. Bandit Brian Ransom wins the series. Well done..
Final note: the course may have some extra mud. Therefore make sure you are playing the correct ball.