It is now 10 years since Richard and I conceived the Refos leagues for Summer and Winter months.
Richard developed a reporting system on Excel and I then took it a stage further by recreating it as an Access database – partly to get more facilities and partly ‘cos I enjoy a bit of programming. The reporting has evolved with addition of eclectics in particular, recently split into two divisions to spread the winnings a bit, best scores on front, back and overall, etc.
The leagues have been well supported and I think enjoyed, so well worth the weekly hours needed for the calculations and reporting involved.
I feel it’s now time to pass the baton to someone else, perhaps giving the opportunity to develop some new ideas.
The Refosnews website runs on WordPress which does have ongoing running costs that I haven’t been passing on. So I really appreciated your generosity, initiated by Danie in particular, in paying for my and Hilary’s dinners at the last two presentation evenings. I’d also mention that big thanks need to go to Neil S for allowing me in recent years to move the hosting of the website from a paid provider to his private server, all free of charge and leaving just the domain name costs remaining.
The last few weeks of lock down have done two things amongst countless others, the obvious one being to offer an extended break from reporting. The other has seen the emergence of WhatsApp as a free alternative with one huge advantage, that of making for far more interactivity. This is something the WordPress comments system never seemed to achieve.
We also have some clear WhatsApp experts amongst us, judging by the constant streams of postings, from one person in particular!
Refosnews.co.uk will stay around for a while and I’ll put this message onto it as a sign-off. There are quite a few subscribers who have long since left the club haven’t unsubscribed so continue to get each new message. The site will then quietly leave the stage.
Are we down-hearted – No! Sixteen intrepid golfers turned out for the start of the Corona League.
Conditions were really tough and the virtual green staff had to enlarge the holes so much there were an astounding 32 birdies! Don’t expect this each time as the word is they’re working hard to get the greens back to normal.
Fast out of the blocks were Mark and Jonathan (no surprises there!) with 34 virtual points, closely followed by Paul D with his magic putter and 5 birdies. Extra claps for the Good Doctor for getting 4 birdies.
Sorry, Mark and Jonathan, you’ll have to share the e-loo-roll prize, so no squabbling who gets first go.
Each round promises to offer new challenges so don’t think repeating your e-scores will guarantee the same results next time!
Entries for the next round will close on Wednesday, so get scoring again!
I’m suggesting creation of a ‘virtual league’ while we’re off proper golf.
The simple procedure will be to choose a number from 1 to 9 for each hole and put your card onto Refos Scores, so they don’t interrupt the flow of videos on the main Refos group. A card will look something like this (spaces will make them easier to read and copy)
3 6 7 6 9 3 1 5 8 3 4 7 7 1 2 4 9 2 7 3 1
You don’t need to know this but the database will do an analysis behind the scenes
- translate these ‘v-scores’ into normal Stableford points in the range 0 to 3, (or blob to birdie), so there’ll be more than one v-score for each level
- there’ll be a different translation each time so the smart-asses won’t be able to remember that a 7 is a par, 5 a blob etc
- I’ll state the weather conditions for each new round and change the allocation of points to reflect the difficulty; this might split between wind-with and wind-behind halves
- the Stableford scores will appear in a Corona League that you’ll get by email as for normal rounds
- each week’s winner will be receive a ‘v-loo roll’, and/or ‘v-hand-sanitizer’ for a birdie!
This is all conditional on enough people sending cards. Anyone on the Subscriber list can enter, including Big Bruv Marsh in Adelaide.
Will decide on the frequency of rounds depending on responses, but at most weekly.
Get scoring, first round weather will be sunny and calm!
Scores by Sunday evening please so I have some time to work out and test the process.
Great controlled golf from Arthur, continuing a steady streak in recent weeks. Nothing too flash, just steady scoring. No winners’ pot or birdies because of unusual circumstances of clubhouse being closed and people going straight home.
Andy next with 32 and then Jonathan with 31, after that nothing above 29 showing how tough the condition were. Having the wind the other way round took its toll on the normally easier back 9.
With the lock-down we are left with just one round to go in the League, and Andy and Mark separated by 1 shot. I suggest we hold things over until we can next play, and allow the two of them to battle it out for the cup in proper manner. Would be a shame for it just to be a walk-over.
The A eclectic is pretty much a done deed with Mark so far ahead and keeping the title yet again. Bit more competition in the B eclectic, with Jonathan ahead by a single shot and a few in close attendance.
So that’s it for the foreseeable future as we hear that all courses are to be closed. Can’t understand that but for sure Joe Public would be up in arms if we continued playing, despite social distancing and getting needed exercise.
Happy lock-down, everyone, stay safe, stay healthy, we’ll meet again some sunny day.
Just two single-pointers for Colin as he puts in a masterful performance for a clear win with gross 78, and 41 points split 20, 21 and a birdie on 15.
Andy and Mark keep going head to head with 38 each for joint second. Gary’s card looked like a profile of the Alps with three of the peaks yielding birdies, big wow for the one on 9, matched only by the young maestro.
The front and back nine best score made it look as though it was easy, alas the advancing years of some of us.
Despite the bar chat between the League top dogs there’s a change in the lead as Andy advances by 6 to Mark’s 4 to top the table. Just 2 rounds to go!
Mark opens up a huge gap in the A Eclectic as a result of a whopping 19 birdies (beware your amateur status!).
And Jonathan holds onto a slender lead in absentia. Thinks, just 5 birdies in each of the last two rounds might just do the trick for me.
Our infant prodigy does it again. Apart from winning, a second eagle in a row on 18. In fact the last three holes in 9 shots! No names, no pack drill for the highest scorer over these three but don’t lose heart Martin.
In Mark’s wake (don’t worry, he still lives and kicks so don’t rush for the black ties) came James with 34 and Gary with 33.
A few cards missing( eg those for Pete, Colin and Henry) but can add them as and when.
Mark’s surge of 4 birdies has swept him into top position in the League, leaving three rounds for the pack to catch up.
In fact it’s getting to be a Westwood cavalcade as he knocks two off his A Eclectic aggregate to stand 3 clear of Pete, with Andy one further back.
No real change in the B version, with absent Jonathan still 3 clear.
Just to put last week’s 5 stalwarts’ minds to rest, their scores are in the database. Bit of tidying up of scores and totals needed but without changing the winners, as below.
And Paul D, your glorious 21 from the week before are now safely recorded for you to enjoy in later life.
Buried in the above note there are three weeks to go for the League!
Another tough day as the wind shows no sign of abating. Allocation of winnings needs a bit of adjustment with three cards having errors.
Pete wrestles a win from Andy after the first of them, so 33 best, then Andy’s 32 and now a trio in joint third after Arlo was denied an extra point on 14.
Net hole in one for Mark on 12 and genuine eagle for Pete on 18.
Clearly tougher going out than coming back …
No change in the league, Andy still hangin’ in there by a small margin.
All three leaders in the A Eclectic knocked one off their totals so no relative change.
And no change in the B version.
Away next week, this time Madeira, so make sure you mark cards properly!
Ten plucky souls turned up on a day that promised far worse than actually arrived, at least until we’d finished. Wouldn’t want to have started then, as Storm Dennis built up.
Arthur showed how managing the weather pays off with a gloriously steady 36 points, good enough to win the Medal if he’d signed up for it. Not surprising he didn’t given the conditions, and pretty amazing we weren’t driven to quit early as feared.
Not a blob in sight on Arthur’s card, 17 out then just one over for the last 7 holes. Rare appearance for DM in the winner list, second with 30 ahead of James, Simon B and Martin (promoted ‘cos of counting errors on his card) with 29.
Arthur top man in day’s best scores, sharing front nine with adjusted Martin, otherwise clear winner.
Arthur also jumped up by 4 in the League to get close to the top
No other significant changes to report so will make a quick exit from reporting.
Pivotal day for me, will explain later. Nice mild one but the forecast is pretty grim for tonight and onward. Good day for Andy (yet again!) and lovely to see Sarba up there sharing top spot. Andy really looks the part now, very high power to weight ratio, very tidy card for 77 gross. Sarba recovered from a shaky start and then blitzed the second half with 21 points. Ever steady Arthur in third, one point back with 37.
Huge field of 21 players, almost clocking up a birdie each on average, not in reality.
All round good scoring in the Day’s Best lists, Danie top dog as usual, a mere 3 birdies his time.
Giant leap of 6 up the League table by Andy, to Arthur’s 5 and Mark’s 4, putting the three at the top but with a few pretenders close behind.
No change in the A Eclectic
Nor in the B Eclectic
My pivotal moment was reaching my highest ever handicap in the half century since being allocated 16 as starting point. Time and tide.
Big thanks to Andy and Jonathan for organising Saturday’s gathering and dinner. The constant buzz of conversation said it all.
Might need to borrow a box to stand on next time, Andy. You two might be evidence of Einstein’s theory that (mass * handicap/kg) is a universal constant.
Missed the Chariots of Fire bit and wondered why so many set off out to the road, making a lot of noise. Video clip to follow, maybe.