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.
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 (email@example.com) 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.