72.5 years ago. The handicap has improved a bit since then, but not by that much.

We gave Andy the prize today for his fine score of 79 gross, 37 points.  This was with a couple of birdies and otherwise very tidy golf.  But by my reckoning Jonathan had the same 37 not the 36 reported, with a final 5 being worth 2 not the 1 on the card. Lance in third with 35, regular visitor to the prize money.

Lance best going out with an enormous 22, Jonathan and Birthday Boy best with 19  coming back, and Andy best gross with 79.

With a fair amount of recent chat about Refos rules I do think in Medals everyone should enter the club comp or not participate in the prizes. Medals do bring extra pressures, with every shot counting.

Giant leap up the league table by Andy as predicted, with an 8 point improvement on his previous lowest score.  Something dramatic needed for James, Mark and PinkSocks in the final two rounds. Could be a costly visit to the vet by Mark, in more ways than one.

But Mark looking really comfy in the Eclectic A.

One step closer for David M in the Eclectic B but a few contenders for the lead held by James.

Salutary thought that it’s taken many of us a whole season’s scores to match the Medal winner’s 66. Still, he’s only a young lad by comparison.

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Colin Copes

Very tidy round by Colin, five 3-pointers ont the way out, 3 more on the way back, and 39 points, gross 79 for a single point win.  Andy second with 78 gross and 38 points, just to prove the new 10 handicap is pretty comfy so single figures to come soon.

No card for Richard, whose on-course 36 points turned into 37 in the club house.  No card also for Henry and one other.

Colin and Andy topped the best scores in each direction, and Danie and Andy shared the best gross of 78, Danie just relying on birdies to ensure a profit on the day.

Definitely tightening up at the top of the league, with Mark joining James and Andy completing his 10 scores to zoom up to third place.  The Simons still in with a chance, given some solid scoring over the last three rounds of the season.

Mark and Simon B knock of one each in the eclectic A

No change in the eclectic B, James still 2 clear.

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Unstoppable Mark

Mark shines on a day that started a bit cool then got a bit windy. Lost ball on the first but only two dropped shots after that.  Just one birdie, come on lad, get your act together.  But brilliant stuff, well done.

David W and Lance in joint second with 33 points, one birdie on 17 for David and a whopping three for Lance on 3, 17 and 18.

On the day Mark was best on the front nine and overall by a huge amount, David M best on the way home.

Giant leap of 11 up the League for Mark, with James hanging on as we enter the last four rounds before the Autumn recess.  Andy could still do some damage with a couple of good rounds, so all to play for.

Mark stays totally in control of Eclectic A.

And James holds on to the lead in the B version.

As above, just 4 rounds to go!

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Memories, of the way we were

2012 players, from the archives.  Days when we played off 3/4 handicap too.

16 still remaining of the 23!



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Hot, hot, hot, weather and golf



First a welcome to Sarba, joining us for the first time and bringing a ready smile.  Hope to see you as regular.

Great scores by David W and Andy, both with 41, rewarded for keeping the ball going straight.  Lots of opportunities to get into thick rough, as a few of us will testify.  The heat must have got to the marker for early starters Andy and Simon, five holes where the points didn’t match the scores but the results came out right.

Storming 1-over par front nine by Andy, followed by 5-over back for gross 76.  Even better back nine by David with 4-over for 22 points.  Great stuff from Arlo too, 20 points out and 18 back, much more what we’d expect.

Andy and David top the day’s best lists

Andy looking good in the league too, second place on averages with one more round needed to get to the knock-off stage, with a 29 as the prime candidate.

  No change in the Eclectic A, Mark still able to take a week off.

Same in the Eclectic B with James holding on, just some movement up the table for the two Dr Ds.


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James Goes Berserk

Fantastic round by James under difficult conditions, enough to bring some mighty golfers to their knees.  Just 2 x 1 but 3 x 4 points, 21 out, 22 back, fantastic!

Amother solid performance from Simon B for second with 38, with 5 over on the way out, same on the way back, birdie on 5 and having to cadge a fag to keep body and sole together.

Colin and Lance next with 36, good steady stuff from each.

Pretty challenging conditions, with the Heathland appreciating all the recent rain and making the course’s naughty bits pretty naughty, leading to 5 LBs in our trio.

Not surprising to see James continuing the good work in the best scores  results, including best gross of the day, which says something with Mark in attendance, best out, best back, all round great stuff, well done!

Big surge up the league table by James, knocking off his lowest score by a whole 12 points to achieve an average score of 35 and give himself a comfy margin of safety for now.

One more off Mark’s total in the Eclectic A, moving him off into the sunset, with birdies galore.

Three off James’s total in the B version, and 3 extra birdies to make him a definite promotion candidate for next time.

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Lance not suffering from wind

One of those fiercely windy days even before the Heath amplifier.  Lance full of beans without ill effect, winning with 33 despite a triple-bogey at the first, then pretty steady and in fact to handicap, with a birdie on the last to cap a good day’s work.  James in close attendance with 32 after a blistering birdie on the first followed by steady scoring.  Arthur and James next with 30, then everyone else showing the effects of battling the wind on the first half.

All reflected in the ‘day’s best’ results, with James best going out and Lance storming home with 20.  Pete and Lance the best of breed with 86 gross.

Simon slipping back with his last of ten qualifying scores, soon to be amended I’m sure, but leaving Mark in top place on average.  Could all get a bit tight as low scores are knocked off.

Not a day for changing the eclectic results, so cracked record stuff.

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Jonathan leads the league entrants

Good to see Jonathan holding it all together, 17 out then 20 back despite a bit of bad luck on the 16th that led to the only blob of the round.  No card for Richard but reportedly 37 points too.  Then Andy on 34 including 7 consecutive 4s from the tenth, and might have expected another 0n the last hole.

Jonathan best on the way out, Pete on the way back and Mark overall.

Simon C still holds the lead in the League, in absentia, with Mark poised for attack.

Mark comfortably ahead in the Eclectic A, and miles ahead in the birdie count.

James still in charge in the Eclectic B.




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Doc Rules Repeat

Rare occasion in my life, to report a win!  Thirteenth round of the Summer League, some question about the word Summer as we get soaked, is this what it takes?  Well that plus picking up tips from our Willowy Wonder, Richard.  Modest 15 out but 20 back, starting with a glorious birdie on 10.

Only just squeezed in aheard of Colin’s 34 and his altogether better round, similarly the 33s shared by Arthur and Simon C.  Apologies to the club for leaving a set of soggy seats after our departures to warm up and get into something dry.

Simon C holding onto top spot in the League after his ninth and Mark’s eighth round, both with titchy scores to knock off.  A lot could change with a few others still to get to ten and having some low numbers to beat.

Couple of well aimed birdies for Mark, turning up again to show us who’s boss after leaving a few chances to make hay in the Eclectic A.

Think I got it about right with the A-B split, James being the only one in the promotion zone.

Roll on summer …

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Doc Rules

Great to see David W back on top after a bit of an absence, 35 points despite two blobs but rescued by a well aimed birdie on a shot hole. Pete second with 33 and no fewer than 3 birdies at either end of the round.  Then Paul with 32, still to see the win that must be coming soon.

Pete getting two best-ofs, with Paul and David sharing the other one.

Bit of a glitch in the league average calc last time, for anyone with more than 8 completed rounds.  Legacy of the Winter League computational magic, now promotes to 10 qualifiers.

Cracked record commentary on the Eclectic A, Mark now taking another week with gay abandon.

Bit the same with Eclectic B as James nudges further ahead.

Great stuff from the genial Irishman in The Open and pleased to see Tommy hang on for second when he was starting to crumble a bit.  Great venue, more of a test than some of the American hit-it-anywhere courses.  Westwood L needs to come for a putting lesson with our very own Westwood M, more than good enough tee to green to have one lots of majors.


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