Report – CITCO round 3 – 20 May 2015

The reporting from Round 3 of the CITCO Grand Prix has to start with the starter! Arnaud Bouteiller hosted the players in what can only be described as the pre-game dining suite, with tables set-up to offer wine, cheese, salami’s, baguettes and home-made tapenade. Rumor has it the olives were lovingly crushed between virgin’s thighs, but it was not clear if the thighs were his own or not. Surely he is much too handsome to still be … never mind! We look forward to seeing how the next starter is going to follow that gastronomic display. No pressure Dennis Robertson!

Suitably fed and watered, 29 FROGS and guests hit off from the first eyeing a podium finish, improving their standing on the CITCO leaderboard, and avoiding the dreaded pink ball. Fear is a great motivator and raised the standards across the entire field – SS was up 3 points this week to 16.

It was crowded at the top last night! Philip Zimmer was the best of 6 FROGS on 15 points, but this was only good enough for 5th place. Mark Houston went one better with 16 points.
Gregor Dalrymple and Paul Goes both had fine evenings about the Belenhaff hillside, bringing home 18 points with Gregor pushing Paul down into third place on countback.
The stand-out performance goes to Leon Marks … QUADRUPLING the winner’s round 2 score (5 points) with just one lesson! Leon was disappointed with the shakey start scratch on the first, but was pleased with 5-over par for the rest of the holes giving a stellar 20 points. Unfortunately Leon could only make a brief appearance in the clubhouse so his student was called on to collected the prize on the night.

Mark Gillies hit a couple of sprinkler heads to skip down the fairway to collect the long drive award.

Nick Felfoldi was not on form on the night but was lucky that he was the only guest. His pink-ball matching score was unchallenged and left him claim the spoils in the best guest category, along with a pink ball for good measure.

James King was called up for the NTP award, but was disappointed to find it was only to present ‘his’ prize to the FROG who pitched it an inch closer to the pin. A fine shot from Franco Mastroddi took the prize.

Steve Kaiser and Ian Doherty put themselves in contention for the pink ball again this week with 10 points, but Ayzo Van Eysinga (yes – Ayzo Van Eysinga – that’s not an autocorrect error) saved their blushes. Succumbing to match-play pressure he blobbed his way down the hill on the 1st, blobbing through the kink on the second and blobbing his way around the corner on the third! A handful of pars and a bogey on his way back up from the pit of despair saw him amass his 9 points & earn the coveted pink prize.

After three rounds the top of the overall CITCO Grand Prix leaderboard looks something like this:
Andrew Paton on 45 points
Duncan Tippin on 41 points
Peter Baxter on 40 points
Mark Houston on 39 points
Gerry Mullen on 39 points

I am not sure where John Sutherland is on the overall leaderboard, but the 20 points Leon earned him last night will certainly do his standing no harm. Congrats on your win John J. A McIlroy-esque dominance of the field.

Thanks of course to our main sponsor CITCO for the continued support.

SHRM Matchplay
Plenty of SHRM Matchplay results were decided in the last fortnight, three of them on the night:

Rupert Birch was match-play rusty having received a walk-over in the last round & fell to Simon Baker, all be it after fighting until the 3rd extra hole.
William Heath tonked Stuart Rowlands 4&3
Andrew Paton was equally ruthless with Paolo Tarakdjian. Another 4&3 victory
Jess Have put his feet up after seeing Ayzo Van Eysinga’s shaky start, put was nearly caught napping & scraped home 1up.
Daniel Kaiser needed an extra hole to beat Graham Paul on the night to keep some link to SHRM
Duncan Tippin was not kept suffering for too long. Arnaud Bouteiller did the descent thing & finished him off 4 up after 6 holes.

All Preliminary matches have been settled at this point. There are 7 remaining round 1 to be played on or before 3rd June…..tick-tock! Round 2 matches have until June 24th to be settled.

Thanks to SHRM for their continued support of the Matchplay event.

The next event is Round 4 of the CITCO Grand Prix, back at Junglinster on June 3rd. Dennis Robertson will be sending a telex asking for time preferences.

Report – CITCO round 2 – 6 May 2015

After the storm...
Round 2 of the CITCO Grand Prix saw 3 flights teed-off in beautiful sunshine, the next two teed-off into the teeth of a raging rainstorm, and the flights after that had to reach for their sunscreen before teeing off.
Craig Ferreira’s par/scratch/par/scratch/par/scratch/par/scratch/par round was even more split-personality than the weather. A standard scratch of 13 points on the night indicates that the bulk of us spent time in the company of Craig’s less talented persona … but his more talented personality was clearly dominant when he hit his drive on the 7th, to claim the NTP award.

Steve Marrón managed to shepherd his long drive on the 8th within the boundaries of the tall grass to claim his annual appearance amongst the big hitters.

While the build up to battle for the Pink Ball didn’t have as much media hype as the Mayweather v. Pacquiao faceoff, it did prove to be a much closer fight. Neil Underwood, Frank Maitry and John Sutherland put in a lot of hits below the belt, out of bounds, and in the pond to amass their 5 points. By unanimous decision, John’s zero points on the last three holes gave him a hard fought victory. Another one to add to the nest of pink balls which is building up in the bottom of your bag, John.

Merve Herneman was the bridesmaid again this week, keeping claim of 5th place on 14 points.
Having returned from Vegas, Alan Botfield’s lighter pockets made for easier movement around the course & allowed him to score a solid 15 points.
Rob McCorduck played a very steady round. He doubled his points tally compared to last week, with 16 points, & claimed third spot.
Andrew Paton nearly doubled his points tally compared to last week, scoring 18 points to secure second place.
Scoring 19 points more than he did in the first round, Gregor Dalrymple topped the leaderboard on the night with 19 points. Congrats Gregor.

The players present on the night appreciated & accepted Alan Botfield’s apology for the scoring palaver during round 1.
The adjusted scores leave the overall leaderboard with a point each between the top three:
Merve Herneman on 31 points
Andrew Paton on 30 points
Luc De Vet on 29 points

Many thanks to our starter Francis Parisis, who (despite almost everyone’s best attempts at disrupting the schedule) saw us all off in good time and well refreshed. Cheers for the beers, Francis.

Thanks to the continued support from our main sponsor CITCO.

SHRM matchplay
Plenty of SHRM Matchplay results were decided on the night:

Rupert Birch, Jess Have & Derek Sinclair did not have to hit a shot to accept their respective walk-overs from Tony Whiteman, Willem Van Rooyen & Paul Goes.
Frank Maitry, Neil Underwood & Mark Gillies all hit too many shots to concede their respective matches 4&2 to Luc De Vet, Johan Terblanche & Dave Winters.
Rob McCorduck beat Ian Doherty on the 8th, winning 3&1.
Gregor Dalrymple beat Steve Brązowy 3&2.
Gerry Mullen fought Craig Ferreira down to the last, only to take advantage of the pond for an early bath & lose 1 down.

Any remaining Preliminary changes are to be played on or before 10th May & Round 1 to be played on or before 3rd June.

Thanks to SHRM for their continued support of the Matchplay event.

The next event is in Junglinster on May 20th. Arnaud Bouteiller will be in touch to receive your preferred tee times.