Competition Reports

Competition Reports

14 Jul '24

J Q Robertson (Top Dog 4/7)

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Perfect conditions for the J.Q. Robertson trophy – sunny start with cloud building to stem the temp. and little wind.

This suited the clear winner on the day – Alan King 42 points – 21 out and 21 in (40 gross out and in) with reduction in HI. Another fine score from Will Balakrishnan of 40 captured 2nd place from Justin Bradford. Ben Dickey 39 beat Louis who as best of 37s from Henry Lindesay-Bethune and Peter Needham, Peter had best front 9 22pts and Ed Hall the back also 22 pts. Of interest 25 men played off white tees and 21 yellow.
Best woman was Reiko Hashimoto 33 pts.

This was 4th comp in the men’s Top Dog:
In Senior Division Will maintains his lead 28pts from Kerry Sargeant 16 ; In Junior Gunnar Sundberg still leads 18 pts from Richard Inglis 16.

10 Jul '24

The Claret Jug

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A pleasant and warm day with a gentle breeze. Fortunately no rain for a change.

38 players competed and only 6 No Returns. Staying out of the long grass was definitely the order of the day. The early starter Raymond Esin set the early target of net 66 off 10 handicap and nobody could overtake him. Paul McGrath was just 1 off the pace with his net 68. There were 4 players with net 89’s. Among them was Gina Jillett who had the best female score on the day.

7 Jul '24

July Monthly Medals

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The forecast wasn’t great and no doubt everyone had rain at some point. Unfortunately as the women played the 18th there was an ominous clap of thunder. Shortly after they finished there was a cloudburst followed by some fierce thunder & lightning. Glendale then closed the course (the klaxon sounded) and as the men would have been unable to mark their balls to restart from the same place, their medal had to be abandoned.


That was an interesting day on the course and perfect timing for our 2 games – we saw quite a few drowned rats eventually making their way into the clubhouse after the klaxon went. Undoubtedly the wind played a part in some of the scores recorded today and it certainly wasn’t what we’ve come to expect from conditions underfoot in July at the Park.

Congratulations to Sali who recorded a net 69 to win from Silvia with the comfortable margin of 4 shots and will get a small cut in her handicap tomorrow – as we know, not a given with WHS.

There were 2 birdies on the 16th par 3, 1 for Sali and 1 for Elisabeth whose shot your author saw and what a good one it was. Barely a 6″ putt required to slot away her 2, which had it been a stableford comp would have given her 5 points!! Sali’s may have been just as close but unfortunately I didn’t see yours.

3 Jul '24

MW July Medal (MGMT 5/8)

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A warm cloudy day with the odd quick shower. A choice for the men of White or Yellow tees which only really made a difference on 3 or 4 holes.
Division 1 winner is Gina Jillett and a net 69 followed closely by Sheena Harrington with a net 71 on countback with Kim Chaffart and Richard Owen.
Division 2 winner is Peter Harrington with a net 67 with Adrian Wells in second with net 69.
Dave Cato was in line to win until recording a 10 on the 11th hole but maintained his form to take 4th Place.

Gina and Peter each win a glass tumbler for July’s medal day.

30 Jun '24

The Centenary Trophy

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It started cool and there was drizzle before the sun eventually broke through for the new Centenary Trophy.

Well done to the winner Paul Kamerling with 64 – 6 ‘3s’ , 3 birdies out in level par, best gross and a likely reduction in HI to single figure. The long-standing leader in clubhouse with an excellent 67 was Joan Mulcahy. There followed outstanding 68s from Mel Dunn, Richard Inglis and Paul Green.

Special mention to Aidan Hurley for his eagle 3 off the whites at the 17th making 4th men’s Sunday eagles.

This was the 2nd competition in the Anniversary Cup which sees a tie after 2 events Gunnar Sundberg, Mike Assender and Paul Kamerling 147s.

26 Jun '24

Midsummer Trophy

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The round was played in bright sunshine and little wind. The temp was around 29 degrees for those who weren’t among the early starters.
The top 8 scores were all 36+ points with two ladies leading the way. only 3 holes did not have a birdie scored and only hole 7 had no pars either! The easiest hole for scoring was 14th with 3 birdies and 16 pars.

Very well done to Avi who made it look easy for her 40 points with 21 on the front 9 and 19 on the back. She also had a blob on the 10th!!

23 Jun '24

Shaw Cup (Top Dog 3/7)

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Sunny periods to start and it warmed up until clouded over; good conditions and turnout – 62.

Scoring was extremely close with 4 37s and 5 36s atop the leaderboard. Overall winner being Toby Hunt [could have been better but for ‘blob’ on 8th] on a back 6 countback from Will Balakrishnan again 1 under par gross for back 9; James Burr’s 37 edged Richard Smith’s on the last 3 holes. Fine 36s from Paul Fulham [22 back 9], Justin Wildman, Niamh Grace (best woman), Ben Fisher and Dilip Mailvaganam.

Gunnar Sundberg shared front 9 honours with Dilip despite ‘blob’ at 2nd. Lady Captain Cheryl recovered her ‘lost’ wedge and well done for a birdie at the difficult 7th

This was 3rd in Top Dog [attached] for men with Will leading the senior division 20 from Kerry Sargeant; Gunnar Sundberg leads the junior 18 from Richard Inglis.

19 Jun '24

Founders Cup – Mrs Millidge (5/6)

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A glorious summer day, for the 5th round of the Midweek Founders Cup!
Below the final result sheet and some additional competition related reports.

It was the first midweek comp this year on Dukes with a choice for the men about whether to tee off the white or the yellow tees.
The field split roughly half, with a slight majority on the yellow side.

Oliver made best use of the rapidly increasing firmness of fairways and greens, closely followed by Reiko.
The top five results are all in a range between 38 and 36 Stableford points and interestingly we had no ‘outliers’ in the 40s this time.

16 Jun '24

The Captains’ Day (Top Dog 2/7)

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A good turnout of 73 for Captains’ Day – the odd shower/ spots early but otherwise sunny intervals and a cool wind for mid-June.

Best score came from new member David Grace with 46 points (22 out 24 back) but depicted as DQ since must have 6 completed WHS scores before can win comp under RPGC rules.
So Will Balakrishnan the winner on 37 points on countback from the in-form Kerry Sargeant; Will returned a fantastic one under 35 par gross on the difficult back 9 off whites whist Kerry kept a six off his card for his 37 despite 2 ‘blowouts’ .A steady 36 points from Joe Gonclaves edged Captain Uli Katte [3 birdies] on countback whilst Paul Kamerling shot 35 points and indeed was 1 under par gross after 6.

Of interest 38 men played off white tees with 21 yellow.

For the women there were indeed some good scores -with Sheena Harrington winning on countback 34 points from Gina Jillett and next fresh from foreign lands was Avi Murphy 33 points.

Thanks to Cheryl for the ‘libations’ on 10th tee….

Novelty prizes were as below (I think correct but original flags in white cupboard).

2NTP in 2Aidan Hurley
7NTPMichael Hayden
10NTPGina Jillett
15Longest DrivePaul KamerlingSheena Harrington
16NTPMel DunnDeborah Potter
18NTP in 2Greg WrightKatharina Katte

Gunnar Sundberg 18
Richard Inglis 1

For the men this doubled as round 2 of the ‘Top Dog’ by division.
Leaders per report below:
Kerry Sargeant 16
Mel Dunn 12
Will Balakrishnan 12

12 Jun '24

MW June Plate

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The course and weather combined to make very pleasant playing conditions. The greens were more like true greens that we could putt on with confidence.
Scores generally were good but not exceptional. Both Fhorkan Uddin and Alex Braun scored 22 points on the back nine with Fhofkan edging out Alex on a countback of the last 6 holes. Alex must rue not scoring on the first hole.
A similar story for third place with Russell Stewart taking it from Chris Rudkin on a last six hole countback.