August Monthly Medal
A combination of the middle of summer holidays and matches both Saturday and today kept numbers low as the rock hard conditions continue
A mere 5 women played in the medal today with one playing an introductory round! Yesterday’s annihilation by the men obviously taking its toll.
The newly refurbished heart of Cheryl seems to be working well. She sometimes forgets how ‘high’ her handicap is with complaints about getting a bogey rather than par. Playing off 22 she dropped just 4 shots on the back 9!
It was all a bit slow being 3-balls behind the men in 4s but perhaps the relaxed chatty round that we had encouraged the good golf from Cheryl who with her net 68 beat the rest of us by 5 clear shots. Think the cost of drinks afterwards has outweighed the value of her prize today!
Another warm, sunny summer’s day with plenty of extra run on the bone hard fairways and we have a “New Winner”!
It’s not often that Graham Babington-Smith enters the competition and I can’t see any record of a previous win on his scoring record, however his intuition was good this morning (or did he enter the competition ‘by mistake’ ……… ?). Anyway, a very solid round, scoring on every hole resulted in a winning total of 41 points (20 out; 21 in).
The 3 players in 2nd, 3rd and 4th places all scored 39 points and, based on countback were Sheena, Peter Flint and Pralab.
Sheena’s round was pretty faultless, with 10 pars, except for the opening blob and the finishing double bogey. John Ahad will certainly have his work cut out tomorrow playing matchplay against Sheena in the annual men versus women competition.
It’s good to see Peter posting a good score again after a bit of a barren patch; he too could have challenged Graham B-S if he hadn’t blobbed the last hole.
Another steady round from Pralab (the best front 9 and the best overall on the par 4’s) – however blobs on the par 3 2nd and par 3 11th were his undoing.
A mention must be made of Andrew Brown’s round: a good looking 24 points after 11 holes and then only one more point on the remaining 7 holes – looks like a nightmare.
And finally, after his round Richard Norden (see picture attached) declared “I just don’t seem to be able to play golf anymore” – I’m sure his next win is just around the corner.
Sweep payout to top 4 : £9, £6, £4, £3
Midweek Captain’s Day
Humidity increased as temp nudged 29C for the Midweek Captain’s day – and there was a wind with which to contend; sunny intervals developed into sunny periods.
The individual winner with an outstanding 46 points [26 out!] followed by Chrs Jones (24 back). It was a pleasure to welcome best woman Mayumi Takahashi into the winners’ enclosure (24 back) In 4th position on countback was Ronnie from Rob Wilhelmsson and Seymour. Both Ronnie and Chris Newman had a couple of birdies whilst Teddy had the only 2 on 10th.
Captain Henry arranged some novelty challenges :
Nearest the Pin (NTP) after 2 shots – Hole 2 Pralab Barua
Nearest the pin after 1 shot – Hole 7 Paul Giles
Nearest the pin after 1 shot – Hole 10 Henry!
Nearest the pin after 1 shot – Hole 16 Angus Robertson
Henry also arranged a mystery [random draw] teams comp with all 3 stableford points counting. A separate results report file is attached confirming the team of Pat Dalton, Chris Jones and Rob Wlhemsson to be winners 125 pts 9 clear from ante-post favourites Seymour, Ronnie and Sheena.
6 shared in sweep and with some non-participants 9th place earned last prize.
Club Championships – Rd 2 (Duke’s)
Windy but humid conditions greeted players for round 2. Ground continued to be bone dry with random bounce etc. but greens watered and green. Some ‘old’ scorecards were initially issued by Glendale.
A very impressive round today from our new club champion, Silvia, which I’m sure will be no surprise to anyone. Recording a gross 77 which was a net 70 she also included a pair of 7s but 3 birdies effectively wiped them out. Silvia’s total score is 156, just 14 shots ahead of Ronnie who was sinking putts all over the place (apparently just 10 on the front 9). A few loose shots on the back 9 though did her no harm at the end of the day as she finished back in what had almost become her usual spot as winner of the Handicap Cup (last year being an aberration for her). In this handicap event Silvia and Ronnie swapped places with Silvia the runner-up.
In the junior division for the Pembroke Cup, Jenny was 2 behind Katharina at the start of the day but a very impressive net 67 saw her steal the win by just 1 shot. In doing so she is rewarded with an ESR of 1 shot to drop her HI by 2.2 to 25.2. Katharina had a net 70 which also reduces her HI tomorrow.
Special mention to Ros Williams, playing just her 3rd round of the year with us who was pin high for 2 on the 17th, duly sinking the putt for her eagle.
Lots of good scoring in from the 5 women just playing today. Joan also got a net 67 also giving her an ESR to drop her HI 2.2 as well to 19.8
Richard Back held his lead from round 1 to win the senior division scratch with 2 round total 151 from Jay Barker. Richard had 74 first round and started Rd2 with front 9 36 but Jay piled on the pressure with 37 out 37 back for 37 – so winning margin of 1! A classic finish…Roger R also had 36 front 9.
In the junior division scratch another great round from Julian James saw him the overall winner 176 from Dave Chilvers 177; first round leader (and 2012 champion) Tony K saw a 3 shot lead fade away.
The Handicap Trophy (net 2 rounds) saw a deserved win for Kevin P 131 from Dave C 133 and Roger R 135
In the net for the day Sean O’Sullivan led the way with a glorious 65 from Ryan Jones 67.
It was another hot summer’s day, hardly a breathe of wind, and incredible distances achievable on the hard dry fairways.
Fresh from his win on Wednesday on Prince’s, Justin Wildman was again on the winner’s podium, with a very solid 41 points, 22 points out, 19 back, 5 pars and a birdie on the 12th. Justin has trimmed 3 shots on his Handicap Index in the past 2 months – well done to him.
It was good to have Cheryl back playing with us again, after her recent operation, and the ‘rest’ certainly hasn’t done her golf any harm, as she came in 2nd with 40 points (17 out and 23 in). 3rd and 4th places, both 39 points, were Pralab and Ann Gardner, respectively. Going out earlier, Pralab certainly had the cooler conditions and as usual played a very solid round, 19 out and 20 in, with 6 pars. Ann started both the front 9 and the back 9 with 4-pointers, had just the one blob, and kept it going well considering she was suffering with the heat (and had to withstand Rannesh’s barracking).
Sweep payout to the top 4 (£8, £6, £4, £3)
Midweek July Plate
A cooler day than of late with just literally a few pits and spots. some of the drainage small ditches on 1st/18th had been filled in – now needed is rain.
Very early clubhouse starter Justin Wildman remained atop the leader-board throughout with fab 43 points to win ( 24 points on harder front 9 alone!]. He was ‘chased’ hard by 2 women – Jayne and Gina both 42s. Chris Rudkin was 4th 40 [24 on bacl 9] on countback from Seymour and Paul Giles.
With a reduced field and also sweep pool, first 5 had sweep payout and with a number of non-sweep entrants, 9th position received prize.
Club Championships – Rd1 (Prince’s)
First of the 2 rounds of the Club Championship for the men and women and another hot day on the barren fairways of the Park cooled by a wind that could be somewhat blustery at times.
Silvia had a great front 9 usually the harder of the 2 9s on Prince’s, dropping only 2 shots her double bogey being compensated for by the 2 birdies. She is 2 shots clear of Ronnie in 2nd spot who has timed her return to form with perfection.
With a nett 65 Ronnie also leads in the Handicap Cup on a pretty healthy cushion of 4 shots going into the second round.
In the junior division for the Pembroke Cup, things are a little closer with Katharina leading the way on a 72, 2 shots ahead of Jenny.
In the CC1 scratch, Richard Back (37 out 37 in) emerged the leader 74 in the Senior division- well done! Brian McMahon and Chis Saloway followed with 75s; these followed Roger Rojas and Henry L-B 76s Roger had 5 birdies and this also propelled him to the top of[detailed] men’s Sunday birdies below.
The Junior division is headed by Tony Koczak 85 from Phil Flanagan and Dave Chilvers 86s and no fewer than 4 88 so tight for round 2.
Best front 9:Paul Kammerling 36 , best back 9 Brian.
In the handicap trophy , Pat leads with his amazing 62 pursued by Tony K and Kevin Prendergast 63s.
NAPGC Women’s Championship of England
This was played on 23rd July at Sherfield Oaks. Richmond Park ended up with just one representative, but we didn’t need any more! Caroline won the Bronze Division with a net 66.
The promised ‘heavy showers’ did not materialise and it was a very pleasant summer’s day with a light breeze. Scoring was pretty good and you had to be well off-line to get into significant trouble.
The clear winner was James Deissler (43 points) with an impressive round which included no less than 11 pars, 21 points out and 22 points in. The round caused James’s HI to reduce by 1 shot – a new ‘Low Index’ for him of 18.2, but I’m sure it will soon be even lower. Runner up was Veronica Mitchell (40 points), a very steady round 20 points out and 20 points back and the comment “I didn’t used to like Prince’s but I quite like it now”.
In 3rd and 4th places were Adrian Wells and Pralab Barua, both 38 points, with Adrian winning out on countback and also the only one in the sweep to record a 2 (although in Richard Owen’s singles matchplay with Uli Katte, Uli had a birdie 2 the 2nd and Richard had a birdie 2 the 16th). Pralab’s front 9 was very good, 5 pars and 21 points but only 2 pars on the back 9 were his demise.
Sweep payout to top 4 : £7, £5, £3, £1
Founders’ Cup – J Nicholas (6 of 6)
Conditions were a lot more pleasant after record breaking temps of Mon & Tues; max 27C and gusty breezes per bottom of results.
Ali Chadwick continued her recent good form (best 5 from 8 within last 2 moths) to win 6th Founders’ Cup with 4 2points. Well done Ali who also share d best back 9 (thinks – Vinny shot a consistent 41 for 2nd and Stephen Haworth 3rd 40. Richard Hodgkinson and Secretary Peter Harrington played well within themselves for 39s – both ‘blobbing’ 2 holes.
This was last (best 4 of 6 rounds for the Founders’ Cup and Tamas lifted the Cup victoriously having last round 22 June 42 points. Well done Tamas! Runner-up was Richard Hodgkinson 153 and Juho 3rd 151. Detailed breakdown by player in attached results.
Sweep was awarded to 6 going down to 7th position.