It’s a tie! Andy comes from behind!

Just when we thought it was all over …

Fantastic round by Andy, needing to improve by 9 to catch up and getting it! Gross 79 for 39 points, knocking off a 30 as Pete doesn’t quite advance.  And that with two blobs, on 5 and 12, not usually problem holes.  But otherwise 22 points back, including 4 pointers on 10 and 17. And that’s enough for Andy to win the Battle of Britain comp by all accounts, and immortality courtesy of the honours board, well done!

Don’t have cards for Pete or James so can’t analyse what didn’t happen for Pete.  But the long and short of it is it’s a playoff for the Summer League top spot!  So you two play together when you can, normal Stableford with sudden death if needed.

Good to see Andrew and Jonathan among the prizes, both with 36 points

Here’s the final position, with Andy and Pete gazumping long time front runner Lance in the home straight.

No question who’s top dog in the Eclectic as Mark cruises in with 57 and a massive 17 birdies – blimey, that’s more than I’ve had in total since the leagues started all those years ago.

But the same campaigners appearing for second and third places, ie Andy and Lance.

Autumn recess now, until we resume on 3 November assuming everyone’s still up for it.

So enjoy the rest of the late season, time to work on all those finer points of the game, maybe.

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22 September, Last but one, Danie leads the MAD men

Running out of superlatives as Danie completes a round with nothing higher than a 5, 2 over out, level back, gross 72 including 2 birdies.  The group of Mark, Andy and Danie disappeared off towards the horizon as we in the last group bided our time.

Great round by Simon too, slowish start and couple of 1s on the way home but 19 points each way and a birdie on the last to round off.


Timely spurt from Pete, swapping one of his 30 point rounds with today’s 35 to open up a commanding gap at the top of the league.  One more score of 30+ should be comfy unless Lance comes back from his world tour and puts in a whopper.


Mark also looking comfy in the eclectic, looking to have birdied 12 of the holes but bizarrely not having bettered 4 on the 1oth.  Probably close to the lowest total since records began.  Must check.

One more round before the Autumn Recess!

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15 September – Mark on fire, not inflammatory

Privileged to see at first hand this great round by Mark, holding it together admirably after whizzing one o/b on the 11th but recovering with a second ball par.  This after an unbelievable shot on the 9th – watched in trepidation as he switched from a lay-up club to a 3 hybrid for a tricky shot out of the long rough on the right. Miracle instead of melt down as the ball cleared the valley by a stretch.  Another possible disaster on the 17th, but finding his cut drive had cleared the hump leaving two comfy shots to a birdie chance.  Glorious drive to within a few yards at 18 and a worryingly bold eagle putt followed by a dead centre next one.  That for 72, with 3 birdies along the way.

Must be the winning shirt

Great stuff from Martin for 38 points, one back, looked like a round of no problems with 18 out and 20 back.  Good to put the woes of recent weeks behind you, Martin, even worth a nibble off the handicap.

Then Gary, also on a good run of form, needing just to have shaved a few shots off that ugly 9 on 9 to have challenged for the win.

Pete now leading the league after skipping a shot clear of Lance and having two 30s to knock off compared to Lance’s 31 and 32.

No question who’s in charge of the eclectic as Mark skilfully aims two of his three birdies at qualifying holes, surely now in an impregnable position with two rounds to go.


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8 September – Pete’s back

Brief report as I’d deleted a burgeoning WhatsApp list with Gary’s set of cards in it.  Now resent, at least as many as he had.

And it’s Pete back on the winning trail, in fact continuing a spell of good form showing in some impressive singles wins in club comps.  Flaky start with no score on the first but then a solid run of mainly 2 and 3 pointers for what would have been a gross 79.  Walter 2 back with 37 points then Simon a further 1 back for third.

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1 September – We few, we happy few, we band of brothers

Gary goes once more unto the breech with a solid round to handicap, his 36 points keeping newbies James and Henry at bay.

Lance not able to advance in the eclectic but holding onto his 11 point lead over Pete.

Nothing much to add regarding the eclectic as the front runners have a day off.

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August 25 – Lance wins again

Fairly quiet day on the scoring as the previous day’s outing to Oundle (very nice, tricky, free) takes its toll on four energy levels or uxorial tolerance.  Fewer than half crossing the 30 point threshold so must have been a bit tougher than it looked.

Steady stuff from Lance with 34 points to win by 1 from Jonathan. Gotta get that handicap down to a sensible level, and getting rid of the 8s and 9s would be a big help.

Our new intake of Refos members seem to be adopting the Colin model of big muscles and hitting everything flat out.  God help the rest of us when the rough dies down, might take up bowls instead.

Lance knocks off another low score in the league to put on a sprint for the finishing line with just 5 rounds to go to the end of the Summer League.  At present showing 5 consecutive scores of 34 would do the job for me if Lance comes off the rails.

Two birdies a week would also put me up with Mark in the eclectic, so long as they’re not on the 15th.  Can Andy do it – just a couple more well aimed ones might do.

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August 18 – Kim Kardashian

Sorry, all behind.

Brief update and Phil rises to the top with a very tidy 38 points to win from a trio on 35, Andrew, Walter and David W.

Lance forging ahead in the league …

Mark still one ahead in the eclectic but Andy lurking.

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August 11 – The new guard show their teeth

Blimey, hot scoring from the newcomers and 39 points only good enough for tied third.

Henry’s king with 41, not bad for a 19 handicapper to get pars on SI 1 and 2. Oh, and a birdie on 18 for another 4 points.  Then came Jamie with 40 points on a hit and run visit; 19 after 11 holes then wham, level par from there and 7 consecutive 3 pointers.  Again, not bad for 18 handicap.  James in joint third with 39 after 23 out, followed by a couple of misfires on the back nine.

Andy also in with 39 off his 12 handicap, and the lowest gross score of the day with 79, helped along by a birdie on 10.

The 6.30 start took its toll on Danie, not waking up until the back nine, level par, and doubling his outward points.  Exotic card from Phil in this trio, 4 consecutive 4s on the way out, then 4 x 5 and 4 x 4 on the way home (for breakfast?). The third member, the good Doc, was clearly saving himself for his second 18 of the day, after lunch.

All change in the league as Pete completes his 10 and shares top spot with Lance, benefiting from reaching the knock-off stage in the league.

Mark still on top of the eclectic table, with Andy in hot pursuit.  Everyone now with at least 1 birdie after getting news that his missing card contained 2 from a few weeks ago.

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4 August – Mark’s Reminder

There was James sitting pretty with 37 points when in walks the Man in Pink with 39.  Glorious round of 73 with 4 birdies and an eagle to finish off, for a 39 point total, best in the club competition too when we all headed off home. Level par back and a shiny new tooth means life is really good for the young maestro.

Pleased as Punch

Solid stuff from James for second place, 19 out, 18 back, no blobs.  Then Martyn, no doubt inspired by Mark, and Gary next with 35.  Gary looked to be heading for a big score, being 4 ahead of handicap after 15 then suffering the curse of the last 4 holes, often the destroyers of good rounds.

More now reaching the 10 qualifying cards in the League, with Richard and Pete poised to grab the lead when they do the same.

Giant leap up the Eclectic table by Mark.  Now just Martyn to break his birdie duck.


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28 July – Bit fragmented

All sounded terribly slow.  Three late starters including me and what turned out to be the best score of the cards I’d received. Then Pete 1 back, and James and Lance a further 3.

Full report next time 

Lance is first to 10 rounds and can now start to tidy up.

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