Last night saw the FROGS descend on Junglinster one more time for round 6 of the CITCO Grand Prix.
Patch Lowe started off proceedings on the night, but with a few late no-shows he was left on the teebox without a playing partner. There was only ever going to be one winner between the choice of a cold beer and playing a 1-ball flight. Thanks Patch, and someone has a sleeve of FROG balls for you.
Junglinster has traditionally been the home of high scores, but the course demanded a considerable amount of shots from the majority of the 20 players. John Sutherland took 5th place with 13pts, Johan Terblanche 4th place with 14pts (bringing him to second place overall, on 73pts). Our Race to Ducal leader, Jonny Hill, took the bottom step on the podium with 15pts (increased his overall points tally to 78pts). Dennis Robertson took two less shots and his 17pts earned the next step up. Craig Ferreira claimed the highest perch on the night, but that was only by getting his ball stuck up a tree, not by scoring the most points. Disappointingly he didn’t climb & play from the tree, Sergio Garcia-style! More importantly, Mark Houston did claim the highest perch on the podium with a fine 18pts & was there to receive the applause.
When not in the running for winning a second event in a row, John Sutherland was determined to will all other prizes on offer. He earned the right to have his name down on both the longest drive and NTP markers. Johan Terblanche, Andrew Paton and Nathan Sneyd ensured that he didn’t take the clean sweep, but all doing so on the short hole. Nathan put his drive to within a few inches & took the NTP. For the third week running Johnny has been in the prizes, adding last night’s Longest Drive title to his previous 1st place & pink ball!
Tony Whiteman set the early standard on the night for the Pink ball, with 7 pts. He waited nervously until he found another mug to take over the hot seat, with Ian Doherty matching his 7pts & loosing on count-back. Luckily for both, Step Ayache was not showing the form that won him the Race to Ducal title last year. He toasted his 6pts & pink ball victory with a round of ‘Ladies-Tee’ Gin & Tonic’s. Steph did point out that it was not him that failed to pass the red markers, so obviously some stellar golf in that flight!
Standard scratch was 14pts
Thanks to our sponsors, CITCO.
Last night was the deadline for round 2 of the SHRM Matchplay, with 3 matches completing.
Jonny Hill bt Tony Whiteman 4&3
Johan Terblanche bt Ian Doherty 4&2
Ayzo van Eysinga bt Andrew Paton 2&1
It is onwards to the quarter final stages, which are to be played by 16th July.
Thanks to our sponsors, SHRM.
General news & house-keeping:
• Jonny Hill has sent a request for Ryder Cup availability, but technical challenges have conspired not to delivery to all. If you have not received his mail, don’t worry – it is not a reflection on your golf. If you are available, let Jonny know.
• If you have not already got a partner for the Pairs competition, buddy up – it is only 2 weeks away. John Sutherland will be asking for your team & preferred starting times.
• Mark Houston will be in touch later this week to organize the next events running order. We are in Preisch on the 2nd, where those brave enough will playing the Germany course.
• Full results, standings, etc… will be on the www.FROGS.lu website shortly