Here’s a novelty, Jonathan won!

No stopping Jonathan, winner again with 41 points, hope no stopping the handicap reduction too!  Sorry, not meant to detract from another great score that we old folk can only remember from decades back. Much better control evident after the first and from there I make the points 1 x 4, 8 x 3, 5 x 2 and 3 x 1.  Well done and just as well I took a recent photo.

The group is going like tennis players with the average height shooting up.  Now at least three over 6ft 3, or 1.9m for the modern generation.  Still time for you Andy!

Great to see Martin up there in second with 37 after a sizzling start of 22 points.  Just a pity about the Sunset Strip in the middle of the back nine.

Danie in third with 36 and best gross score by a considerable stretch, ie 74.

First update on the league, with the lead held not surprisingly by Jonathan, looking to match James as an overall winner.  Thinks, just need to score 56 next time to draw level.

Refos Qualifiers

Much debate whether scores outside of normal Refos hours are allowable for league purposes.  The general mood is to say no, that all have to be in Saturday morning events in the true spirit of the Refos name. There are about 25 possible Saturdays in the season, with only the best 8 counting over the winter months when the weather may intervene.

Danie goes further and suggests that to qualify the scores need to be in club competitions.  Either that or have Refos handicaps.  Any other views?

More widely my observation is that the present system favours those playing to handicap and/or getting birdies. Not belonging to that group a simple calculation says that getting a shot back typically costs over £60 if including the £3.50 club entry fees.

Also, with healthy numbers each week and to balance things up a bit maybe we should consider having two divisions, with first, second and birdie payouts for each.  The split would be under 13 for one, 14 and over for the other, or thereabouts. This would be for weekly divvying up purposes, with the league staying as is.

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Captain’s Farewell – Welcome Back, Pete

Nice autumn day and 18 out for this but only 15 cards received.

Great scoring despite some greens being pretty rough in places, surely an argument for GUR areas.

Pete L is winner again with a very classy 40 points, 19 out, 21 back and no passes. Could say it was the par 5s that made the difference, with Pete getting all in par to second place Arthur’s 4 over.  But Arthur excelled on the par 3s, with five out of five.

So Arthur in joint second with David W, both on excellent 38 points.  David’s was a triumph over adversity, starting with two blobs then zooming back with birdies on 3 and 4, and commenting ‘that’ll do the eclectic some good’.

No chance for anyone to challenge the overall winning score of 48 points by a junior, 25 out, 23 back, 2 shots a hole, two blobs.

Full reporting of League and Eclectic soon, once we get a few more rounds in.  Getting close to full sign-up for the league, so charge up the wallets for next time.

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Start of Winter League – No stopping Jonathan

Much more comfortable day than last Saturday for the start of the Winter League.

And it’s Jonathan again!  After last week’s 40 it’s another Hollywood Handshake for today’s 39.  Blimey, if it weren’t for two 7s, an 8 and a 9 it would have been even more sensational.  Well done indeed, good work in knocking off big lumps of handicap.

Richard in second with an excellent gross 78, back in 2 over, for 36 points.  Delightfully steady scoring, continuing the consistency of the last however long.

Nice to get entry money up-front from almost everyone, just two not having quite enough pocket money and needing to have words with their financial controllers.

Can’t make it to the 5 birdies we paid for, can whoever’s missing let me know.

 

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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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