The coldest day of the year so far dawned for the Champagne Chase with temperatures of -4 degrees centigrade and less, frosty fairways even frostier greens and some very strange bounces! But then the sun came out and we all felt a lot better! Lia Donath won with 36 points and Jayne Maxwell was second with 31 points.
A sparkling 40 points earned Tony McCullagh victory in the competition and a bottle of champagne. Bubbling nicely 2 points behind was Jim Fogarty with an effervescent Kerry Sargeant taking 3rd place with 36 points. Conditions were tricky with a hard frost in the ground. Jim saved the comp from being a reduction only round.
Winter Comp / Dukes Eclectic
Nine brave Ladies turned up to play the the first round of the Dukes Eclectic on the day after the night before, the Dinner Dance and Prize giving, of course. In overcast and muddy conditions, the winner was Susan Smith achieving an excellent 37 points. Second was Val Riziotis with 33 points.
Susan also leads after the first round of the cumulative Dukes Eclectic Competition and Val is second.
After all her hard work in helping to arrange the Dinner Dance, Veronica Mitchell was rewarded with a hole in one on the third. Many congratulations Veronica! The hole in one was duly celebrated with a few beers afterwards, even though the cafÃ© shuts early these days!
Conditions were played off white tees in â€˜the wrong kind of mud’ which no doubt distracted a number of competitors. It was just right for heavy going specialist Matt Mandelbaum who won with a very creditable 40 points, 7 ahead of nearest rival Nick Rogers – earning a 4 playing shot reduction.
Nick prevented a QRO round, being the only Cat 1-3 player within 2 of SSS 35. CSS was 3 under SSS 35 at 32.
Paul Doran takes the early lead in the Duke’s Eclectic from Matt, whilst Nick is one ahead in the Winter Competition.
Winter Comp / Princes Eclectic
Val Riziotis made light of wet conditions with an excellent 37 points to win the first round of the Prince’s Eclectic. Rianda Markram came second with 31 points.
Val also leads after the first round of the cumulative Princes Eclectic Competition and Rianda is second.
Somewhat wet and muddy conditions prevailed for the first round of the Winter Competition and the first 5 places were hotly contested. John Morris emerged the winner of round 1 on 40 points followed a point behind by Messrs. Syme, Melville, Hunt and Rogers.
In the associated Prince’s Eclectic, John Morris and Graeme Syme are depicted as the early leaders. The majority of competitors are shown as â€˜NRs’ having failed to hole out at a hole.
The course was again not a measured one and so was declared a non-qualifier.
Monthly Medal / Team Event
Report due soon.
An excellent 64 from Jess Melville secured the November Monthly Medal – just one ahead of another excellent 65 from John Ahad. The field were another 5 shots adrift in less than ideal playing conditions.
The competition was declared a non-qualifier as it was not played over a measured course.
The final of the JH Taylor was also played on the day. A closely contested JH Taylor final saw Richard Owen beating Paul Grand on 18th.