Skipped a few, now Round 17 and Phil’s back

Thanks to Gary for filling in first time, then the weather intervened.  Back now to something like Spring and 15 out to celebrate and take advantage of fewer people being out ahead so a nice quick round.  Good to see Muddy Paws Man back in shorts and polo shirt, maybe a bit premature though.

Good day for Phil, cleaning up with 38 points in the Hospital Cup, despite two 7s but compensated by a total of 10 pars.  Nice of you to change your shirt for the photo.

Then a couple of 37s from the non-leaguers Danie and Richard (no card), Danie doing his usual magic in the shape of 4 birdies.  His genius knows no bounds apart from the occasional ones to the left of the first.

Colin still in the clear in the league, and now all but out of sight for the following pack.

Andy has caught up in the eclectic …

… and Lance and Andy take up the running in the handicap version.

Stats for the day :

Best gross  –   guess who with 74 (assuming a double on 5), from Mark with 70
Best front 9  –  Phil with 20 from Mike with 19
Best back 9  –   Danie with 21 from Andy with 20
No blobs  –  Mark, Pete and Andy

Just 3 rounds to go now in the Winter League so every point counts!


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Round 15 – Heading for spring

Cold to start and some frozen greens still.  But the woollies started coming off half way round except for Martyn who had them off from the start, one outfit for all four seasons.

Rare win for your  humble correspondent with 36 including (NB Bruv in Adelaide, another par on the 9th).  In fact a real purple patch of 24 points in 9 holes from the 7th, helped along by a zinger of a birdie on 10.  No camera available so a view of enjoying the ski slopes in Samoens.

Moment of reflection going down the 8th when I hit one of my best drives only for Andy to go 60 yards past despite a slight draw into the light rough, then Pete to go a further 15 yards straight on.  Old age doesn’t come alone eh.

Pete and Walter in second with 31 then three on 30 but the last nine not reaching the third decade.

Colin still miles ahead in the league …

… less of a mile ahead in the Eclectic

… but the pack gathering at the top of the handicap eclectic

But less pressure in the Net Birdies count

The day’s stats were

Best front nine  :  Andy with 17 from David M with 16
Best back nine :   David M with 20 from Lance with 19
Best gross  :  David M with 84 from Richard with 85
No blobs  :  Mike and David M

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Round 14 – Roll on Spring

Report from Gary on a day that took its toll on scores.  Looks like the new 54 handicap limit mightn’t be a bad idea …

A very cold and frosty day resulting in a trolley ban. The aforementioned points reduced the 17 turn-out to 15 starters.

With the ground so hard and wind & rain increasing as the morning progressed, there were no scores better than handicap (or even close).

31 pts was good enough to see Andy & Simon B top the class, Pete L in 3rd, one point behind.

Only 4 birdies suggests the greens were giving nothing away.

Some debate about Martyn’s handicap. 17 proposed, but the club website says 16.

Richard’s score seems to have gone AWOL!

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Round 13 – Pete back and refreshed

Just shows, a cruise around the Caribbean does wonders for the swing as Pete storms home with a very tidy 37, gross 79, despite no birdies.  Looks like 3 over for the back nine, and no biggies apart from a double on 7. Loads of pics to choose from in the archive and could have added a bit of Photoshop suntan if time permitted.

 Martyn and Andy in second with 35, Martyn’s a steady accumulation of points with no mishaps, and Andy’s with a one-over surge on the back nine to tidy up.

Wow, something to report at last as Lance shares top spot with Colin in the handicap eclectic.

Don’t worry lad, the rest are looking pretty secure still.

Not looking good for joining you chaps on Saturday mornings for a while if I obey doctor’s orders after more skin excavations.  Will see how it goes.  Thanks to Gary meantime for keeping the cards flowing my way.


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Round 12 – Mike wins

Judging by the scores this wasn’t an easy day but great to see Mike mount the winner’s rostrum again after a bit of an absence.  Good steady 36 points and a valuable birdie on 8 to get home 3 ahead of David W in second.

Colin and Richard in third, never far from the top of the pile.

Then the usual Colin cavalcade, with Lance the only possible threat in the handicap eclectic.





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Round 11 – Master Class

Ten out on a cold, grey, drizzly day, enough to scare off the early squad so nice quick round –  at least for the first group.  Just 8 cards found their way to me so I’ll add Colin’s and Simon’s when they arrive.

Great display of controlled golf from Richard, making it all look very easy with long straight drives, solid irons, good putts – and above all great composure for 35 points.  Bit fortunate to hole a long chip for birdie on the first without being able to see it go in, then another after a putt from just off the 8th.

David M in second place with 34, including (take note Bruv in Oz!) a very rare par on the 9th despite not getting over the big dip in 2 but fixed with a good putt.  Then Martyn with declared 32 that looked more like 33 on the card really.

Here’s the league, with Colin still looking comfy  …

… and in everything else

… including net birdies

Signing off now for a couple of Saturdays, going on the piste in the French Alps.



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Round 10 – Doctor Yes

Stirring stuff from our favourite GP with a glorious 38 points, let alone choosing a Medal day for it and getting third place in the club competition.  Bit of bunker trouble on the 7th led to a strong recovery with par on the 8th and scintillating birdie 4 on the 9th, good long drive, huge second with Sandra’s 3 wood, pitch to pin high, nowhere else for the putt but in.

Told you I could do it

Another solid round from Steady Eddy Lane with 35 points including 19 back despite a glitch on the 10th.  Then irrepressible Martyn with 35 and 18 holes of no stop fizzing.

And then another four episodes in the Colin chronicle


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Round 9 – Delayed arrival

Here are the results from a week ago, will elaborate on the latest results soon.

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Goodbye 2017

Another great year for Refos, with more regular players than for a long while, if not longer.

Lance joined us in March and Colin came back from New Zealand, great to see you both and that you are now turn out so regularly and win so often.

We played all possible Saturday rounds in the year, I think just missing the one when the course was closed recently.  The two leagues continue to go well and keep people’s interest going.  There’s been some comment that we perhaps need some new categories, particularly to reward the higher handicappers who contribute regularly but see very little in the way of winnings.

I did add a Handicap Eclectic as a start, but it hasn’t done as much as I thought it might.  The latest addition is a count of net birdies as well as gross ones.  Miraculously Colin at the moment defies all my efforts to give everyone else a chance!

Here are a few stats about the leagues in the year, from left to right

  • total shots played in the leagues
  • average numbers of shots per round
  • birdies
  • net birdies


So, just remains to say Happy New Year to you all and here’s to health and happiness in 2018 and the continuing success of Refos.


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Round 8 – Five see the year out

Yes, because of the dodgy state of the course and whether it had reopened, just five turned up on what turned into a fairly mild and sunny morning despite a strong wind.

And wonder of wonders, Trev is top man with a stirring 32 points, first win since goodness knows when.  Well done mate, something to remember on the long flight to Dubai and the Far East.  By the way, I think that’s the same jumper you wore on 28 November 2015 …

Full reporting next time but as a clue, everyone item starts with Colin.

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