Results of CITCO Grand Prix round 9 – Kikuoka – 23 July 2014

The Citco round 9 saw another day of brilliant weather and 27 FROGS and a record 3 (yes, some of us have friends outside of the FROGS) guests. The intrepid hacks were sent on their way, following a nice variety of “tinnies” (real Australian for beer, never mind the Fosters blurb…) by starter Mark Gilles (* note to members – Mark is one of the senior FROGS and not even a member at Kikouka (they still have standards)) – wink, wink, nudge, nudge – we don’t expect any problems with getting starters sorted for 2015…

Notwithstanding near perfect conditions, scoring was about as mediocre as is usual for the FROGS. Scoring was initially done the old fashioned way, but has now been confirmed by our infalliable software and guess what: at least two people are going to be surprised:

Drunk and Tripping (aka Droopy – he claims the hair is for professional purposes – honestly…) made the most of conditions and managed 17 points but was beaten on countback by someone who thinks that he’s scored 15 – Fred Sudret actually scored 17 to win on countback. Next came no less than four frogs, vying for third, with Willem van Rooyen, John Brophy, Steve Kaiser (notwithstanding 7 on the last 3 holes!) all being pipped by Danny Kaiser who scored no less than 8 on the last three. Duncan did, however, manage to move right to the top of the Citco Order of Merit.

Longest drive was Jess Have, who finally managed to find a fairway (and almost the green) at the 9th and Bottie finally won something with a splendid shot on 7 to take the nearie. In the SHRM matchplay Craig got rid of his extra hole habits and beat Jess while Ayzo practically demolished Bottie to book his place in the final. Following Simon Baker’s concession and a hammering of Craig, Johan will take on Ayzo in the final at Grand Duchal – two previous champs, showing that certain people are simply wired for matchplay for which SHRM are gracefully stepping up to the plate with a new Trophy since Bottie won’t let go of his precious…

Best guest was Ivor J.

No prizes or matchplay balls were given out – now that results have been verified we’ll hand the prizes (including a shiny pink ball to Delboy) out at Ducal.
This Thursday, final round of the Citco – can anyone catch Droopy? Dennis certainly thinks so, he’s foregone the great Scottish links to hack it around Duchal in a bid to steal it at the end, with Duncan fishing in Finland, but both Jonny and Johan can snatch it too and don’t forget the dark horses either….

Last but certainly not least, the RYDER CUP happens this weekend and captain Jonny Hill has been strategising for weeks – he’s be in touch to tee you up – dress code is 2014 (green) shirts and khaki shorts/trousers (with black as a back-up) – let’s go one better and take it off of those ‘holics this year – it came down to a single shot the last two years, this year it’s ours!!!

See you on Thursday!

Results of CITCO Grand Prix round 8 – Belenhaff – 16 July 2014

In stark contrast to last week (which saw the MIXvoip FROGS Pairs rained off) 23 FROGS descended on Junglinster in near perfect conditions for round 8 of the CITCO Grand Prix, not that it was evident in the results!

The birthday boys, Messrs Jonny Hill & Craig Ferreira, were encamped in a shady spot by the 1st to see us all off safely. A choice of perfectly chilled beers offered relief from the heat, followed by some brandy to light the fire again. Much appreciated gents, thank you.

Having hit a perfect drive on the 5th Ayzo van Eysinga, was surprised not to be called on by the master of ceremonies for the LD award. No-one else was surprised to hear that Craig Ferreira managed to retain the longest FROG title. The fact that Craig wasn’t awarded his prize hinted that he was to be called on later for another prize. Pink ball maybe?

Despite putting the Nearest to the Pin on the generous 80-yard deep 4th green, the putting surface was left unblemished by all 22 drives. Nearest to the Pin (version 2.0) was set-up on the 11th. Mark Gillies challenged all to pitch it closer, but no one could beat his efforts.

Count backs were needed to decide all the steps on the podium. Simon Baker netted 15 pts, but gathering the majority early doors, saw him loose out to Dennis Robertson. Dennis’ third place last night sees him leap from tied 7th in the overall GrandPrix to tied first with Jonny Hill on 78 points. Despite bagging 5pts on the 6th with an eagle 2, Ian Doherty lost out to Craig Ferreira, both scoring 16 points. This brings Craig’s overall GrandPrix scoring up by 3 points, but he remains in 4th place, tied with Dave Winters. Duncan Tippin & Johan Terblanche both managed to better their overall scores, and are tied for third behind the two joint leaders.

Jonny Hill has to revisit his Ryder Cup team sheet after the critical PinkBall-to-EventWin selection criteria saw a turn for the worse. Having eked ‘ahead’ of Jess Have’s 8 points, Johnny Sutherland’s 7 points saw the pendulum swing back into the Pink. His P-2-W ratio now standing at 2-1, & this might see him warming the bench!

BREAKING NEWS: Those of you who caught the headlines this morning would have picked up the lead story of the appearance of an image of Christ at the Junglinster clubhouse. His image was visible to staff this morning, Shroud-of-Turin like, on the gable end French doors. The Vatican dispatched an expert to verify the image & declare it a modern miracle. An estimated gathering of over 6,000 worshipers were disappointed that the miracle, now dubbed ‘The Pane-of-Belenhaff’, was proven not to be The Lord. A reconstruction of the shattered pieces of self-esteem which were found at the site helped identify the image as the impression of Jess Have, having walked face first into the window. Jess, the club have requested you come clean yourself off the window.

CITCO Grand Prix standings
Hill/Robertson 78 points
Tippin/Terblanche 74 points
Winters/Ferreira 69 points

Thanks to our sponsors, CITCO.

SHRM Matchplay
There were two SHRM Matchplay results on the night.

Duncan Tippin’s request to have the final played on a different date because he was on holidays was guaranteed to result in losing his quarter final match last night. Ayzo van Eysinga dispatched him 2&1.
Simon Baker & John Sutherland settled their match 4&2, with Simon advancing.

Alan Botfield & Jonathan Hill still need to decide who plays Ayzo in the semis.
Jess Have plays Craig Ferreira to see whose is faces the winner of Johan Terblanche & Simon Baker in the other semi.

Bonne chance gentlemen. The final is due to be played on July 31st, so pressure is on to get the remaining matches played.

Thanks to our sponsors, SHRM.

General news & house-keeping
· The MIXvoip FROGS Pairs is rescheduled to Wednesday Aug 13th. John Sutherland (john@sutherland.lu) will remain on point to organize the flights. Check if your partner is still willing to buddy up for the new date. Johnny will be in touch for preferred tee times, and whether you are eating? For those in need of a partner – let John or Dave Winters know and they can facilitate. Thanks to our sponsors, MIXvoip.
· Round 9 of the Race to Ducal is in Kikuoka on the 23rd. David Hopwood (or maybe Mark Gillies) will be in touch.
· Full results, standings, etc… will be on http://www.frogs.lu/ shortly.

Results of CITCO Grand Prix round 7 – Preisch – 3 July 2014

20 brave FROGS hopped across the border on Wednesday night to make an assault on the Germany course at Preisch, for round 7 of the CITCO Grand Prix. The majority of tee-boxes saw Drivers being left to gathering dust & (t)rusty long irons brought out in their stead. The scoring proved that was unnecessary & that we are as equally ‘talented’ with our safer clubs as we are with our No 1’s.

Dave Winters needed a lie down after having to work out the standings, without the computer, to cope with pretty much every possible overlapping combination of prize winner, NTP, LD, & non-attendance at the awards ceremony. Craig Ferreira smashed his driver the furthest on the night to claim the Nearest to the Pin award!. He got a pat on the back for his efforts, but left empty handed. Andrew Paton stuck an 8-iron closest to the pin, on the wrong hole, to win the longest drive! There were even more confused looks as the master of ceremonies again refused to award the customary FROG-logoed balls as the prize!
A countback ensued, starting on 11 points for 5th place, and saw Mark Houston pip Steve Kaiser to receive a two sleeves of balls. Thanks to Johan Terblanche being unable to make the prize-giving, Andrew Paton claimed 4th place and was awarded two sleeves of balls. Craig Ferreira managed to hit more than one decent long shot and claimed third place, with 13 points. Mark Gillies was happily bumped up to second place with 14 points. Proving that fortune favors the brave, Stuart Rowlands tamed the course. Germany 0 – Stuart 18! Despite one of his points being disallowed by the database it was still a great performance that earned him 1st place & a date with the handicap cleaver. I am sure you will retain at least one of your 4 shots.

Mark Houston looked after us all on the night & received 6 balls for performing starter duties so capably. Adding these to the 6 he won for 5th place will go a long way to returning the pocket at the foot of his bag to its original state. Thanks Mark & merci pour les bières.

With scores that would normally guarantee for the pink ball, the contenders all sat confidently around the bar expecting the course to save them. As cards arrived back, Dave Winters and Daniel Kaiser grew increasingly more concerned. Their 6 points & equally floundering finishes were going to mean a close run fight. In the second to last flight, Rupert Birch just managed to eclipse them. It was an emotional moment for him as his 5 points earned his first ever pink ball. Welcome to the club Rupert.

CITCO Grand Prix standings
Hill 78
Terblanche 73
Tippin 72
Ferreira 69
Thanks to our sponsors, CITCO.

SHRM matchplay
Only one SHRM Matchplay result to share, from the preceding night. Mark Houston committed harakiri with his own putter to allow Alan Botfield stride onwards to face Jonathan Hill in the quarters. The other quarters see Duncan Tippin take on Ayzo van Eysinga, Jess Have goes toe-to-toe with Craig Ferreira to see whose is longest, while Johan Terblanche awaits the winner of Simon Baker & John Sutherland.
Bonne chance gentlemen. July 16th is the deadline to complete the matches by.
Thanks to our sponsors, SHRM.

MIXvoip FROGS Pairs
The next event is the MIXvoip FROGS Pairs at Kikuoka. Please email John Sutherland john@sutherland.lu know your partner and preferred tee times, and whether are eating?
For those still in need of a partner – let John know and he can facilitate, or there is the Grinder app, depending on your particular needs.
Thanks to our sponsors, MIXvoip.

General news & house-keeping
· Jonny Hill has 30 FROGS who put their hand up for the Ryder Cup availability. Negotiations are underway with the Golfaholics to see how many they are willing to put into battle.
· Round 8 of the Race to Ducal is in Junglinster on the 16th. Messrs Ferreira & Hill will be in touch to take your order.
· Full results, standings, etc… will be on the www.FROGS.lu website shortly.