Play was â€˜Strings’ whereby players played off scratch (stableford) but with string equal to their handicap in yards and free to move ball using cuts of their string.
Organiser Jon Cooper won by a country mile incorporating 5 birdies for 40 points. Second using his full 9 yards was James Barker 34 and 3rd Richard Owen with 31.
An immaculately struck shot from Susan Smith ripped onto the 10th green within 2 feet and Susan used 2ft of string to deem the ball holed – a â€˜hole in one’.
Good scoring was to be expected from the popular format of American Greensomes. Ground conditions were drier than of recent weeks and Ed Henery and Jon Cooper took advantage to win on 43 points, one ahead of Liam Bridger & Mike Shabani with James Barker & Toby Hunt taking 3rd position with 40. Play was off the ladies card for pars & SI.
Early frost made the greens hard but it soon melted and the wind got up. Muddy conditions didn’t help matters and scoring reflected the playing difficulties. It was a reduction only round.
Nigel Gaymond emerged the winner of the hamper on count-back from Murali Reddy – both 33 points. Charlie Whiteman and Danny Deprez were one further behind and best lady was Gina Jillett with 31 points. Incorporation of latest SSSs awarded by England Golf meant that there was no gender handicap allowance.
Monthly Medal & Team Event
Ten ladies gathered for Lia Donath’s, the new lady captain, drive-in and to see if they’d won the sweep as to where her shot would go! Following which a team event was the order of the day and results could hardly have been closer with just one point between them.
The winning team of Tenesi Karakaneva, Deborah Potter and Cheryl Woodhouse with their secret partner, Fiona Coombe scored 75 points, just one ahead of the other two teams.
With the temperature having taken a sudden plummet towards the end of the round, the prize of thermal socks was well appreciated!
Intermittent showers associated with a dying cold front gave way to clearer, drier conditions and a drop in temperature. Final games felt the chill in their hands.
It proved difficult to score well and many competitors lost balls and NRd despite only just being in rough. CSS was elevated to 2 over SSS @ 69. The top of the leaderboard featured 3 scores in the 60s with Julian James the medal winner on 66, James Barker 2nd 68 and Jim Deissler 69. But for a ‘loosener’ 8 at the first, Julian returned a very tidy card.
The Handicap Secretary assures all that the ‘Leaderboard’
touchscreen PC will display scores as competitors complete their rounds this coming Sunday.