A small but quality field competed in a stableford sweep the day after Boxing Day with the competition winner being Yuki Horo Ushido (40 points) and sweep winner Paul Grand (38) – with men ceding 2 shots to Cheryl Woodhouse the sole lady.
Paul Doran and Stewart McDonald triumphed with 40 points, five ahead of Paul Grand and Cheryl Woodhouse.
The popular format of American Greensomes incorporated a first for the club – play off own tees but score using the ladies’ par and SI. Confusing for some, but the orthodox recommendation of CONGU, the national governing for handicapping in the UK, is as follows –
â€œâ€¦â€¦use of the Ladies’ Par and Stroke Index is recommended as this does not then require ladies to play holes than have a lower Par than CONGU would recommend. It does mean that the men will return somewhat higher scores than against their own Par however to do otherwise would militate against ladies making an appropriate contribution.â€
With men and ladies playing off mats, men ceded 2 shots. The winner was Philip Midgeley-Carver with 39 points on a back 9 count-back from Aidan Hurley. John Morris and Matt Mandelbaum posted creditable 38s to take 3rd and 4th places. Kate Emanuel played well to take best ladies’ position.
Captain Richard Owen, playing in the same game as Philip and Aidan, was treated to a fine display of golf and competition – Philip shooting 1 under par gross and Aidan level par. Philip had an immaculate start – 3333.
CSS remained at SSS 40 points. Men’s handicap list…
2010 Fixture List
Next year’s fixture list has been released. It is available as a PDF file for easy viewing and printing.
It is pretty much a full release. For any changes during the year please refer to Fixtures Changes.
Monthly Medal / Team Event
It was meant to be the last team event of 2009, but the Lady Captain vs the Lady Secretary’s team event was abandoned due to lack of ladies to participate. Perhaps too many enjoyed one too many wines at the AGM the day before. Instead 8 ladies were present to witness the new Lady Captain’s drive in. As there was no formal competition for the day, the Lady Captain decided to be generous and all attendees will get a new Lady Pinnacle ball just for turning up.
The best card for the day was Jayne Maxwell with 33 points, closely followed by Veronica Mitchell, Susan Smith and Alison Chadwick, all with 30 points each.
A non-qualifier due to 2 temporary greens, the competition was nevertheless hotly contested with Itsawat having the better back 9 from Peter Harrington – both 64s.
Ladies’ Annual General Meeting
The Ladies held their AGM Luncheon on Saturday 5 December. One important item of business was the election of their Committee for 2010. Report…
2010 Annual General Meeting
The Secretary has posted notice of the 2010 AGM in January. Notice…
Wellington boots would have been useful! The rain was pretty steady but seven players made it round the course battling with lake-like greens and soggy fairways.
Alison Chadwick found the pot of gold at the bottom of the rainbow and led the ladies field with a 33 followed closely by Ann Gardner also with 33 but Alison had the better back 9.
Conditions were characterised by showers and sunshine. Indeed, on the back 9 competitors had the surreal experience of persistent rain with bright sunshine and a double rainbow.
Perfect for debutant Steve Cross who shone with 41 points to earn a bottle of bubbly. Steve was followed by the triumvirate of Messrs. Kenwood, Ward and Syme with 39 points.
Winter Comp Rd 2 / Dukes Eclectic Rd 1
Sunny periods interspersed with very heavy rain and strong winds meant that no one completed all 18 holes and most competitors walked off after the 6th! The winner was Ros Gray with 23 points and second was Sheena Harrington with 19 points.
This was a reduction only round.
The passage of a period of inclement wind, rain and graupel eventually ameliorated and for those competitors remaining some good scoring resulted. However, it was all water off a duck’s back to Jim Fogarty who returned 42 points and no blobs. He was followed 6 points behind by Toby Hunt.
It has been resolved to â€˜abandon’ the competition within the meaning of CONGU Clause 18.6 – the course being unplayable for some competitors. This means a CSS of SSS and reductions only but results stand for Winter Comp and Eclectic.
Jim and Toby lead the associated Winter Competition.
Jim and Toby also lead the associated Duke’s Eclectic.
Winter Comp Rd 1 / Princes Eclectic Rd 1
This season’s first eclectic took place on a lovely sunny day albeit a bit soggy underfoot after the previous day’s heavy rain and high winds. Kate Emmanuel won with 34 points, second was Susan Smith with 31 points.
Prince’s absorbed the heavy rain in the preceding days and conditions proved pleasantly mild. Playing off the yellow tees, Graeme Syme emerged the winner piping Toby Hunt by one with 41 points. Ole Leon-Martin and Stuart Nash finished well to claim 3rd & 4th places with 39 points.
In the associated Prince’s Eclectic, Graeme leads Toby by two. Ole can relax on the first tee in future rounds – having posted the only birdie at the hole. Surprisingly, no birdies were recorded at 18.
Kerry Sargeant continues his domination of the Birdie Tree.