April 2024

April 2024

30 Apr '24

2024 Toprock Salver Round 1 vs Rickmansworth

On a warm and sunny day, Brian Ransom and Richard Owen played on Prince’s against Rickmansworth C’s seniors captain Glyn and his playing partner Rob in this 4BBB matchplay competition. 3 and 8 shots had to be given to the Ricky pair. Good golf was played by both teams and it was a very close and friendly contest. On the front 9 Ricky twice took a 1 hole lead, only for that lead to be quickly cancelled out. On the back 9, Richard’s long birdie putt on the 11th put RP 1 up and Brian’s par on the 12 put RP 2 up. However by the 15th, we were all square again and the 15th -17th were all halved, so all to play for on the 18th. Rob had a shot but made a mess of the hole, Glyn sank his par and Richard followed with his par; time for Brian to sink his 3 foot downhill birdie putt – which he duly did. RP win 1 up. Next up Tilgate Forest or Addington Palace.

26 Apr '24

Friday Sweep

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Competition played on yellow tees in lovely weather. With a strong back nine Richard Hodgkinson won with 37 points, Richard Owen was second with 36 points, closing out with a birdie on 18th, and Julian James was 3rd with 34 points, beating Brian Ransom on countback. Two more birdies for Brian at top of birdie tree and William Balakrishnan storms in with 3 today.

24 Apr '24

Founders Cup – J Davidson (1/6)

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A more pleasant day weather wise but with a cold northerly wind.
The competition was again switched over to the Princes course to allow it to be a counting comp. It also meant that we didn’t have such long carries off the tee to reach the cut fairways.
Scoring was steady with Mike Jones winning with 37 points. Close behind in second was Ed Robinson. Third place was a contest between three players on 35 and Paul Giles pipped the others on countback over the final six holes.

21 Apr '24

Coronation Cup (Top Dog 1/7) & Winter Comp Rnd 8 D4

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Sunny periods at first but it clouded over and there was persistent north wind. It was the composite course on Duke’s and hopefully the last after the wet winter.

2 sets of results from the scores:
Coronation Cup & men’s Top Dog Rnd 1
Final men’s Winter Competition Rnd 8.

The Coronation Cup saw Mel Dun shoot 40 points to win with best front 9 (19) and back 9 (21); he was followed by Richard Inglis with a consistent 37 ; Charlie Whiteman and Gunnar Sundberg in the last game vied for 3rd place with Charlie having the better back. Best woman Jenny Lawrence 26.
For men this was first Top Dog 2024 round and in senior division Mel leads 12pts from Kerry Sargeant 8pts; in junior it’s Richard 12 from Charlie 8 and Gunnar 6. See manual pdf attached with comps lined up for the rest of 2024.

This was last round of Winter Competition which sees Tamas Ladacs the senior division winner 125 from Kerry Sargeant 116. In junior division Mel is winner 126 from Paul Green 117; well done to all who played in sometimes horrible conditions.

19 Apr '24

Friday Sweep

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Not a very springlike day with rain and a cold wind – those Friday regulars who were playing in Turkey had much better conditions!

White tees in their summer positions on many holes. So altogether a difficult golfing day and only one player was above 36 points, Russell Stewart, playing early, who won today’s competition. Brian Ransom came in second and now tops the Friday Birdie tree. Third was Chris Rudkin.

17 Apr '24

Priory Cup

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A fine but blustery day which threatened to shower several times but only once for a minute or two managed to.
The wind was cold which reduced the temperature by a few degrees.
Except for Peppe Monterosso who had the only positive score the rest of the field struggled to score consistantly and finished with minus scores.
Some of the field were playing this format for the first time and found it an interesting test.

14 Apr '24

Men’s Monthly Medal (GMT R2/8)/Women’s Centenary Event

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The 14th April was the Centenary of the inauguration of Richmond Park Golf Club and the women’s section celebrated with a mystery partner four ball better ball game.  There was a good turn out of sixteen women.   Sheena set up the game for a single’s stableford for signing in and we all played this accordingly.  We returned to enjoy our refreshments and draw a random partner.   Once the partner was drawn out, she could not take part in the draw and could only be selected once.  Sheena, in the meantime, had changed Masterscoreboard for our entries as a 4BBB.  A bit of chaos ensued while we queued to enter our scores, which held the men up who had completed their rounds.  Everyone agreed it was fun.  It was good to see Ali and Ann playing again after injuries and Gina made an appearance to say hello.

In first place was Susan and Jenny  42 pts, 2nd Jayne and Katharina 40 pts, Angela and Pat 38 pts.  Prizes were awarded.  There was also a prize for the best individual score which went to Jayne Maxwell with 37 pts. 


A great dry day for golf although not as warm as yesterday; the course had dried significantly from the winter months and just 2 temps.

A good turnout for the April Medal and some good scores especially taking into account the new course handicap calculation.

In the senior division Peter Needham led the way with net 67 with Alan King and Toby Hunt returning respectable 68 and 69. On 71 came Peter Abbott 71off 4 – lowest gross of the day and a level par front 9 gross. Richard Back secured 3 birdies and heads this year’s birdie tree with 11 (see attached). Paul Kamerling would surely have been in the running but lost ball on 9th; he had 3 birdies on back 9 just 1 over par 34.

The junior division medal was won with a super 62 from Charlie Whiteman aided by superb putting. Nigel Ward , Robin Thomas and Paul Green chased with 66s. par.

This was 2nd of 8 rounds in The Grand Medal which is now headed in senior division by Tamas Ladacs 143 and then Toby Hunt 143 and Kerry Sargeant 145. Nigel Ward leads junior 130 from Tony Kopczak 135 and Charlie Whiteman 138.

12 Apr '24

Friday Sweep

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Very much a summer vibe on the course. Field depleted by rival events at Roehampton and one organised by Pat Dalton. 14 cards and the clear winner was Gerrard Quinn with an impressive 40 points, second Pralab Barua playing early with 34 points and third was Craig Johnson on 32 points.

10 Apr '24

The Masters Bowl

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The Princes course only had 2 Temp greens hence WHS Counting. The course was in good conditions but the green were a little slow. That said Uli Katte found them just to his liking it seems. I am attaching a good scoring report which shows just how dominant he was today, spendid golf indeed.
Peter Harrington was hot on Uli’s tail but after a 9 on the 1st hole and 6 on 18 finished 1 shot back. Paul Green and Chris Jones took 3rd and 4th places.
It was nice to have some sunshine although the wind came up on the back and light showers appeared on the back nine. But not too much to affect the scoring.

7 Apr '24

Spring Plate & Winter comp rnd 7 D3

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Very windy but mild for the Spring Plate on Duke’s Composite course. Grass on fairways uncut and so long.

Scoring was lower than recent weeks but Ashley Stephens shot an excellent 38 pint to win (21 on front 9) from Nigel Ward 36 with Charlie Whiteman and Mel Dunn following with 34s; Mel Dunn and Peter Goodall had 33s with Peter’s having 22 on back 9.

Best woman Silvia Bortoli 30 points playing off 9.

For men this counted as 7th round of 8 Winter Competition and positions are unchanged from round 6 with Tamas Ladacs ahead on 125 from Kerry Sargeant 116 and 3 on 110 : Paul Kamerling, Richard Smith and Peter Needham.