… or thereabouts.
Second day of competitions celebrating the club’s reaching 125 years. Yesterday’s was the turn of the Seniors, playing in pairs with guests of other clubs we have matches with. Just shows the home advantage, the visitors’ better ball score winner had 34 points while the Royston pairs reached 44, with 3 more on 42.
Back to the Saturday round and a fine win for Arlo with 35 points as the rest of us struggled a bit. Odd to say it was too hot but an incredibly windless day with non-stop blue sky. Double up on the bottles of water chaps, if this goes on. Arlo’s round was a model of consistency apart from the first and last par 5s, with a birdie on the third as part compensation. Not dressed like this though, had to delve back into the archive of photos.
Mike, Richard and Simon B in next with 34, nice to see Mike there again, bolstered by a birdie on the third. Remove those 3s and an 8 and it’s very respectable. Richard a model of consistency, with a couple of birdies to push the score along nicely. Another good round by Simon B, just running into the start and finish par 5 problems.
But Simon’s round was still good enough to give him a comfy lead in the league, now within two rounds of being able to knock of the ones at the low end. Mustn’t relax though because the pack isn’t far behind when you look at the averages.
Nothing much new to report on the eclectic except for Simon’s progress by 2 to be just one behind the lead held by the MAD men, Mark, Arthur and Danie (temporarily gone missing).
Similarly no progress in the handicap version with Arthur still holding sway.
Nobody’s ever asked how I create all this stuff but I’ll tell you anyway. Here’s the data entry bit, which logs and processes all the scores you’ve ever had over the last umpteen years. Bang in the scores and it does the rest. Must be money to be made with this somewhere.
This was a pivotal part of the reassignment of Stroke Indexes because, would you believe, the Club’s historic data didn’t survive a software update of their system.
I’m sure many would agree it’s not perfect yet, with the 12th being the most conspicuous, a consequence of the insistence on keeping the odds-out, evens-back policy. Not a requirement, just a traditional way of divvying up shots over the two halves. For example, swapping the 3rd and 12th indexes would make sense but there’d be howls of protest from the high-end Seniors who have the luxury of two shots on the 12th. Playing the hole with a putter all the way would just about guarantee 2 points for them.