Round 16 – Course wins

Bit of a rarity where no-one managed to play to handicap.  Bit odd on a mostly dry day without excessive wind. Enough though to blow away Tony’s card but welcome back anyway, your presence is sorely missed.

Walter and Lance came closest with 35 points, each missing out on one hole.  Then a trio on 34 points, David M, Gary and Richard.

Don’t want to moan, or maybe I do, but that’s joint second in two consecutive weeks for a combined haul of 60p.  Getting a birdie is so much more valuable, taking out the equalisation provided by the handicap system. Will do the stats over the league season.

Predicted surge has happened for Mark, taking over at the top of the league by a whisker from Lance and Simon B, as the top three build a more unassailable position. All’s not lost Arthur.

And Mark also eases ahead in the eclectic with a well aimed birdie on the 15th.  Must be good to be able to nominate which holes to get birdies on.

And Mark completes the hat-trick in the handicap eclectic, moving one ahead.  Lance did the same to vie with Pete for second spot.

And for the record :

Best front nine : Walter with 18 from Arlo and Pete L with 17
Best back nine  : David M with 20 from Gary and Lance with 19
Best gross  :  Mark with 78 from Richard with 80

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Round 15 – Andy within whisker of British Legion

Married life obviously agreeing with Andy.  Slow to get going with 16 points out but then a sparkling back nine of 1 over for 23 points.  Looking at the numbers, 7 shots went on the first 5 holes but then just 4 on the rest. Not a birdie to be had, but who needs them. Almost good enough to get into a tie for the British Legion trophy, just one short of Steve Rogers winning 40.

Old photo from bachelor days sorry, had to rush off to unload tents.

Martyn fizzing as ever, this time 36 points for second place.  Nice steady numbers, nothing worse than 6.  Then a right regular cornucopia in third place, Pete L, Mark W, Gary, David M and Pete G on 35.

Not much change in the League positions, just a bit of a slide for Mike and Dave R as a few more complete their tens.

Beware all, Mark is just one round away from finishing, just needing 32 to rock a boat that’s been stable for a while.

Mark still out in front in the eclectic, improving by 1. Pete nipping up into third place meantime.

Same story in the handicap version with Mark improving by 1 and Pete by 3.  Colin almost doing a dramatic jump up into joint third.

 

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Round 14 – 29 July, Martyn Fizzing

Wasn’t there to see it but Martyn scooped the day’s pool with a magnificent 40 point, starting with 18 out but finishing the last 6 in one-under for 22, the one coming with a birdie down the last.  Could hear the roar in Meldreth.

Lance back in town, and business, with 39 points, untroubled by yellow blobs on Gary’s reporting sheet.  Bit hard on Colin and Arthur to get 37 and come just joint third.

And after reaching 75 two weeks ago Dave R sets his sights on playing to his age as a centenarian.

Simon advances by 1 in the league but Lance reduces his total by a whopping 8 to close the gap dramatically while Arthur goes one better with 9 off for comfy third place.  All still to play for.

Mark holds top spot in the eclectic, unchanged on 60, while Danie knocks of 1 for second place.  Simon and Arthur mark time in third spot but joined by Pete who reduces by 2.

Pete’s reduction by 2 moves him up into joint second place in the handicap eclectic alongside Lance and Simon B, just 1 behind Mark.

Stats for the day

Best front nine :  Lance, Colin and Danie with 19
Best back nine : Martyn with 22 from Lance, Arthur and Walter with 20
Best gross  :  Danie (as ever) with 75 from Mark with 76.

Good to see Arthur back in the 70’s with 79.

 

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Round 13 – The cream rises to the top

Superb golf from our two golfing wizards, Danie and Mark as they drop only 5 shots total between them. Gulp, that took me only two holes.  Looking across at Danie on the down-slope of the ninth fairways as he waited for the green to clear I signalled a question whether we was going to fly the trees.  No, draw round them came the reply. Enough said, one of his four birdies. Then a lost ball on the next, just a bit left off the green but never to be see again. And Mark, just a single 1 pointer, two 3s, then the remaining 15 in par. Stratospheric stuff chaps, well colour coordinated too.

Then Richard, Mr Consistent, a point back with 37 and an excellent gross score of 77 in the mortal men section, joined by Simon B.  Another Mr Consistent in recent times …

… reflected in the league, where Simon knocks off a 30 and gains another 7 point to average 35 a round, great stuff.  Must send the search parties out for Lance to put in another challenge for top spot.

Simon also joins the group at the top of the eclectic as the other three don’t make any progress over the last couple of rounds.

Good to see Colin making a leap up the handicap eclectic.  Wife restored, back in the house, new job lined up, designer stubble coming along nicely, everything smelling of roses again.

For the statisticians

Best front nine  : Simon B and Danie with 19
Best back nine  :  Richard and Pete G with 21 (welcome back to the limelight Pete!)
Best gross  :     Danie with 72 from Mark with 73

 

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Round 12 – Early birds don’t catch the rain

Seventeen out but 15 getting caught in the late shower, with the prudent ones having had the presence of mind to take brollies.

Medal play and a good win for Andy, playing now to a much more sensible handicap and proving he can do it despite three blobs in the Stableford version.  That’s 7 shots dropped on these three and just 6 on the other 15, including a solid birdie on the 9th.

David W, Simon B and Martin nominally in second place with 34 Refos points although Martin’s card as transcribed had some dodgy counting and should have shown 15 back, not 16.  I’ll leave you all to sort it out if bothered.

Simon’s score good enough to allow him to advance by 4 in the league as Lance takes a weekend off.  A 35 by Arthur next time will see him up there too.

No change in the eclectic …

.. nor in the handicap version

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Day’s report by Gary.  Answer to the question was yes, biking back from Newark with two overnight stops and lots of hot sunshine.

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Were you off cycling somewhere? Hope it went well.

So, with 18 players and only 5 start times allocated, somehow everyone managed to squeeze in without any obvious delay to the groups behind.

And it’s Martyn by a margin, coming from behind with a stunning 22 pts on the back nine for 38 total. Simon C & Danie finishing joint second, 3 points back.

Quick starter Mark failing to maintain his 22 pts outward nine, which included 4 birdies and a blob!

And a the back of the field, the response to “How did Colin play?” was “Put it this way, the sheep were shitting themselves”. Thanks to Simon B for that assessment.

Captain’s Day apart, these were the scores

And the league now looks like this, with Simon B completing his 10 and joining Lance in top positions.  It’ll need a good round from Arthur to join them but who knows what’ll happen in the knock-off stage.

Mark knocks off 3 in the eclectic and Danie 1 to move a bit clear in the eclectic.

And 3 off for Mark in the handicap eclectic to Lance’s 2 and Arthur’s 1 to make it a bit crowded at the top. Similar movements by the pack to keep in touch.

 

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1 July – Walter’s practice pays off

Sombre start to the day but warming up enough for the shorties not to regret their choice of apparel.

Walter reaping the benefit of all that practice, coasting in with 20 out and back, gross 77.  Birdie on the first was a nice opener, and good steady stuff followed with just two single- pointers compensated by four threes.

Andy in next with 39, similar story but alas the one that got away on the third.  Then Mark with the best round of the day (as ever unless Danski is there to offer some competition) and a model of consistency with not a 6 to be seen.  Have to say it was a good grinding score, with a chip-in birdie from left of the 11th to add the icing.

Lance first man home in the league and now able to knock off some of those lower scores.  Keep an eye on Simon B though, within spitting distance when he completes next time.

Mark takes over at the top of the eclectic, knocking off 2. Arthur improved by 1 to share second place with Danie.

And Arthur moves another 1 ahead in the handicap version, as Mark joins the SLAM group two behind.

The day’s stats

Best front 9  :  Walter with 20, from Andy with 19
Best back 9 :  Walter, Andy and Martyn with 20
Best gross  :  Mark with 75, from Walter with 77

Won’t be around next Saturday, instead relying on pedal power to get from Newark in fairly easy stages.

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24 June – Unsinkable Danie

Never far from the podium, it’s Danie again leading the way on a quiet Refos day.  Great weather so wonder where everyone was.  Not at the Music Marathon that’s for sure, unlike me, rattling the tin and the voice box in a good cause. Hope to return to more rapid reporting soon.

Succinct summary from Sub Ed Gary

Only 10 out today (where has everyone gone??).A robust breeze, but good conditions, somehow concocted not to produce any scores better than handicap.  Danie proving his quality again with best score of the day and the only two birdies. Lance in 2nd, complaining of back pains (heel ending one off the 4th tee), but still managing to soldier on, just a point behind Danie.

Danie’s golf is a model of consistency, always mid 7os or better, trying to figure out why the rest of us struggle so much. Maybe those of us heading for ages matching his scores have something to blame.  Characteristic flourish over the last few holes with birdies on 14 and 18, and stories about driving three of the par 4 greens.  Yikes.

Lance keeping up the challenge in second place one point behind on 33, an increasing force to reckon with as the scores improve faster than the handicap comes down.  Good to see Gary back from the land of the Shermans, with a respectable 32 for third place

Lance back at the helm in the league but with some strong contenders in the rear view mirror.

The MAD men still holding sway in the eclectic

 And Arthur heading up the handicap version.

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June 17 – 125 Today

… 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.

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Arthur’s Day

Normal email notification may now be back after some trouble in Serbia.  You can always get here via the normal route of www.refosnews.co.uk rather than being spoon fed.

The Beeb got the meteorological prognosis right today, slow to get going but heading up to 23 degrees with strong winds. Twelve regulars out and nice to see Nick back and unable to resist a visit to the course again.

All but Lance opted for the Stableford of the yellows rather than the Club Championship first round.  Colossal drive from him up the first, far further than most of us off the forward tees. More followed, just need to tidy up the finishing, mate.

Great stuff from Arthur with 38 points. and a rousing start of 20.  Two birdies on the way home compensated for the two blobs, and gross 79 to show the old boy still has it in him. Spared you the added gesture by Phil on the retake.

Interesting mini comp between Arthur and Simon C, and a +1 gross score for them on better ball.

Three way tie for second on 36 points, between the Simons and Martin.  Splendid back nine for Simon B with 22, including a glorious birdie on 13 and a more routine one on 18.

Good enough for him to garb the lead in the league as Lance gives us all a chance.  Watch out for Arthur though, within a stones throw with a game in hand.

Arthur joins the exalted company of Mark and Danie in the eclectic with 65 …

… and nips in ahead of Lance in the handicap version, with Simon B moving up to share second spot.

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