Paul Grand

Paul Grand

22 May '24

Founders Cup – J Hume (3/6)

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The threat of rain discouraged a number of players who had entered the competition from playing and the start sheet was almost constantly being updated. However, the main threat of rain did not materialise although conditions were extremely tough if one strayed off the fairways into the very wet rough and usually resulted in a lost ball!!


The fairways had been cut and the 1st cut area had been widened to assist but the overnight rain still make life difficult.
Scoring was unsurprisingly on the low side but Richard Norden showed everyone how to play the course with a fine 37 points.
Mention should also go to the two players who managed to get a two on the par threes.

After 3 rounds of the Founders Cup Bill Norman is in the lead from Gina Jillett.

19 May '24

Summer Cup, Women’s Committee Cup – Rd 1 (& NAPGC/UKPCC Qualifiers)

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Women

Staying out of the rough was definitely the secret today & one that Sheena appeared to manage for the front 9 with 20 points and then came the back 9!! Jenny though scored 19 of her points on the back as she kept it down the middle. For the first time since last year playing on the full 18 holes of Duke’s was a salutary reminder of the effect that not only the rough but the ditches can have on your score. Now we have to hope for some hot days to burn off all that grass where there are no doubt a lot of golf balls nestling down.

Men

Overnight cloud cleared quickly to leave a bright sunny day with variable wind for the Summer Cup.

Very tough conditions on Duke’s with thick rough sometimes just off fairways with attendant time looking for balls many of which were never seen again.

Greg Wright had predicted winning with his ‘bandit’ handicap before being apprised of our 6 rounds first rule (& today’s results has seen his handicap cut by several shots). With the better back 9 the system showed that he would have won from Paul Kamerling both with 37s. Paul is therefore the winner of the Summer Cup.
Umran shot a super 36 points with a gross 78 off 7 and Iker Lanzagorta had the best front 9, 20 pts with 35 points overall. Well done to Aidan, Sam and Will for their 3 birdies.

8 May '24

Founders Cup – E Bailey (2/6)

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It was the second day of bright sunshine in a row, when we played the second round of ‘The Founder’s Cup – E. Bailey’ competition.
Even first sightings of golf shorts were made … 😉

The Duke’s course had been closed for almost 5 months and was still in a less than ideal state: narrow fairways, with punishing high grass left and right … lead to extended ball searching and a rather slow round.
And, unfortunately, because of the 5 temp greens, the competition had to be changed to ‘non-handicap-qualifying’!
But it was good to play on Duke’s again, after such long ‘abstinence’!

Gina and Justin both played later in the afternoon and managed to navigate the difficult course very well to come in with respectable over-30-points results. Gina clocked a stellar 20-point back 9 to take the win!

7 May '24

County Card Foursomes Match against London Scottish

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On Tuesday May 7th, BrianR and UliK played their Surrey Golf Foursomes match against London Scottish.
After the usual initiation rites (both had to borrow the mandatory post-office-red shirts), the game proceeded, in beautiful spring weather.
It went up and down, in the end LS were 1up on the 18th tee.
Our team managed to claw back that last hole and went on to win on the first extra hole.
Next opponents will be either Drift GC or Couldon Court GC.

5 May '24

May Bank Holiday Plate

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A bright sunny start for the May Bank holiday plate – and despite clouding over it remained dry after recent course closures. .
Scoring conditions were tough with little roll and odd fairway not reachable off back tees with good drives.

Silvia Bortoli rose to the top winning with a very creditable 35 points off 7; Silvia had a steady 18 pts out and 17 back with 11 scored on the 4 women’s’ 3 par 5s. Joe Gonclaves chased a point behind and had best of hard back 9 – 18 points.
Julian James came 3rd 33 points just 1 ahead of Mel Dunn whilst Gunnar Sundberg had best back 9 to win countback fro Duncan Taylor both 31. Alan King had very promsing front 9 – 20 points.

1 May '24

MW May Medal (MGMT R3/8)

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For a change the weather was warm and sunny with virtually no wind at all. There were a few drops at the end of play as it threatened to rain but fortunately it held off.
Staying out of the rough was the order of the day and only three players managed to have net scores below par.

In division 1 Russell Stewart won on countback on the last 6 holes by virtue of a birdie on 18 to push Toby Hunt into second place. Sheena Harrington took 3rd place ahead of Alan King and Kevin Prendergast in 5th all on net 70.

In division 2 It was much clearer with yours truly with a net 64 ahead of Paul Giles on net 66…and also The MW Grand Medal series on 202 from Chris Jones 207.

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.

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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Women

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. 

Men

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.