Midweek Captain’s Day
Some early rain challenged very early starters but otherwise it was fair, facilitating some good scoring.
The Captain’s Day was won by John Curry with an outstanding 45 points [24 alone on front 9 and 5 birdies overall], just ahead of an improving Paul Grand 44 (cut 3 playing shots). Countback separated Kenny Du from new member Pralb Barua and Graham Swindells 39s. Alison Chadwick took ladies’ honours on 37.
Captain Kim provided challenges for the field of 39:
- Longest drive on the 5th
- Nearest to the pin in 2 on the 7th
Men: John Curry (a rifled 6-iron second to within 2 feet and yes birdie)
- Nearest to the pin 11th
- Nearest to the pin 16th
Men: Kenny Du
Drinks and cakes were taken in the clubhouse and there was even a Midweek Committee Meeting!
Bank Holiday Sweep
The August Bank Holiday and the Ladies away weekend reduced the number of competitors. The field faced some fresher temperatures. The fairways didn’t yield the massive roll from a couple of weeks ago. But it looks like the receptive greens made up for that. An impressive number of birdies were recorded. Peter Harrison and Richard Owen each recorded three birdies just on the front 9.
Pete Harrison’s 39pts made him leader in the clubhouse (again). Brian McMahon and Alan King matched that tally but recorded better back 9’s. The round off the day goes to John Ahad. After a score of 22pts on the front 9 another player may start getting a bit nervous. But the VC remained in total control: 21pts on the way in earn John a well deserved victory.
John’s handicap drops to 17. Well done. James Anslow and Jon Cooper (who recorded b2b birdies on 13 &14) complete the Top6. First lady was Joan Mulcahy (just make sure to keep that form for 6 more days … #HawtreeFinal).
CSS: 38pts (Men & Ladies)
Midweek Club Championship Rd 2
Good mid-season conditions prevailed for round 2 of Midweek Club Championship.
The net (& sweep) for the day belonged to the Ladies with Elaine Elborn carding 65 and just beating Lia Donath on countback. Ollie Maskell shot 66 and best gross for the day followed by Paul Grand.
CSS was reduced by one with Ollie now playing off 6 with 6 other changes.
Division 1 of the Men’s scratch for the 2 weeks sees Ollie 145 crowned champion followed by Jay Barker 147 and Paul Cook 148.
Division 2 saw Stephen Mason emerge clear winner 178 ahead of Chris and Mike Jones (183 and 186 respectively).
The Ladies Club Championship was won by Habe Crocker167, 2 clear of Sheena Harrington.
The overall Handicap (Net) Trophy goes to Ollie 131 with Sheena Harrington just piping Eelco Snijders on countback 135.
The Men reversed the trend of the last four years with a clear win. Report…|
Midweek Club Championship Rd 1
Round 1 of the Midweek Club Championship on Prince’s saw very good scoring generally and in particular from Eelco Snijders who won the handicap (i.e. Net all competitors) with 60 followed by 63s from Mark Rosamund and Avi Murphy with 9 handicappers John Curry and Bruno Clerckx on 63s.
Gross (‘Scratch’) results show Paul Cook leading Men division 1 with 70 followed closely by Eelco Snijders and Jay Barker 71s. For men division 2 John Ahad piping Nat Street by one on 84.
Habe Crocker leads the Ladies scratch on 82 with excellent 83s from Angela Flynn and Sheena Harrington.
Eligibility for the midweek championship is limited to those having completed 3 midweek rounds this year so Patrick Murphy and John Maxwell who did not meet the criteria are excluded from the scratch event but shown on Net result which doubles as a ‘sweep’ tally.
A small group of ladies ventured forth on what had been forecast to be a miserable day and although they did get to remind themselves of what it’s like to play in the rain, it was light albeit with gusty wind at times. For such a small group there was a wide range of scoring and with 3 of them below the SSS, it was enough to drop the CSS to 68.
Susan Smith finally managed to keep a good round going for all 18 holes resulting in a win by 2 shots, courtesy of 7 pars, from Jayne Maxwell in second place. Susan’s winning score of 65 sees her handicap cut by 0.9 to 19.2, Jayne on 67, gets a 0.3 cut to reduce her playing handicap to 14. The last of the good scores was Fiona Coombe on 68.
With the Bontor imminent, it was not good timing to get cut, but does indicate how well some, at least, are playing at present.
The ominous weather forecast led to a couple of last minute defections. The competitors who did show up enjoyed spring conditions: milder temperatures and softer fairways/greens. The competition itself was a tale of two parts/halves. The early pace was set by Chris Lordan and Jay Barker. A cold putter prevented Chris from improving on his 72 (66 net). His stable back 9 allowed him to take the clubhouse lead from Jay. The pair were later split by an in form Richard Owen and Bruno Clerckx. None of the later starters were able to challenge Chris. Except for two players coming from the final two flights. Peter Needham recorded an excellent 79 (63 net) to push Chris into 2nd. But today’s winner is the club’s secretary. Peter Harrington’s round had a little wobble in the middle (7’s on holes 9 & 10). But apart from that he couldn’t be faulted. A score of 81 (62 net) reduces Peter’s handicap to 17.
In the Grand Medal Trophy Jon Cooper (332) has a sizeable lead over Cuneyt (342), Toby (344) and Chris Lordan (347. Some other competitors have only recorded four scores. Of those players Jay seems to be in prime position to mount a serious challenge in the last two rounds.
Midweek Anniversary Accumulator Rd 3
Conditions were at last cooler and players could aspirate and concentrate on their game. Greens and surrounds were immaculate with recent rains having added to green staff’s efforts.
Anyway, Rajinder Sehmi pulled a game out of the top drawer to clinch round 3 of the Midweek Anniversary Accumulator on 66 with Tamas Ladacs a shot behind. Jay Barker had lowest gross and led 68s on countback from Henry Lindesay-Bethune, Jonathan Rivers and Sheena Harrington.
CSS was one below SSS with Rajinder cut two to 20 and Tamas trimmed to 16.
With just one round of the Midweek Anniversary Accumulator left, Sheena Harrington commands a one shot lead from Jay Barker on 213. But it’s wide open and who knows – the winner could emerge from those having only played two rounds.
The field (again) enjoyed incredible weather and Duke’s course seemed there for the taking. Michael Choo put on a master class on the par 3’s. He went -2 gross over holes 7, 10 & 16. Add a birdie on 12 and some damage limitation on holes 13 & 14 and you get to an incredible score of 63 (75 gross). Nobody would better this tally. Michael’s new handicap stands at 10. Well done! Deborah Potter put on a superb display with a 64 net to take second. Good news for the Men’s Bontor team is that Deborah’s handicap gets a massive cut. Deb now plays off 23. Peter Needham is keeping up his excellent form. His net 66 equates to the second score in as many weeks where he scores four better than CSS. An ESR of 1 is well deserved. Toby Hunt’s 67 earns him 4th spot and keeps him in the lead for the Top Dog. Leader in the clubhouse Pete Harrison put in an excellent 68 and hangs on to a spot in the Top6 by the skin of his teeth. Doreen Dolby’s putting skills sent her onto a net 68 and 6th place. It didn’t cross the mind of any of the other Lady Bontor competitors to reduce their handicaps.
CSS: 70 (Men)/72 (Ladies). There is a long list of handicap changes. Please take note of your new handicaps.
Jay Barker wins this the Anniversary Trophy with a score of 204 before Keith Cassidy.
Toby Hunt and Tony Bergqvist share the lead on 20pts in the Men’s Top Dog Trophy.
Recent rains had minimal effect on play and once again there were some excellent scores. Most notable and with a rare 58 to win the August Medal was Oliver Khan. Well done Oliver – you’ve been cut 3 to 20. Ted Holt returned an excellent 63 and was followed by four 64s from Messrs. Ryan, Haworth, Cook and Rosamund, and a solitary 65 from Phil Flanagan. Paul Cook returned lowest gross 69 (one over par) and 2 ‘Twos’. With batteries re-charged from cooler climes, Cheryl Woodhouse waved the flag for the women.
CSS was raised to 38 points reflecting the scoring conditions.
Jay Barker heads the associated midweek Grand Medal on 343, nine clear from Toby Hunt 352. Jay’s lead is particularly ‘strong’ with a 76 to dispose of with otherwise 60s.