22 FROGS braved the heat wave conditions of Preisch for round 7 of the CITCO Grand Prix.
Mark Houston, our starter, decided that the FROGs needed to be reminded of their roots and offered up cold beers – or coolish for the last flights – and crisps on the 1st tee. Much appreciated by all.
Although there was another fall in the standard scratch to 14 points, the scoring was close as the FROGS tried to take advantage of a light warm wind and dry fairways. Arnaud Bouteiller tried to claim that the wind stopped him winning the LD but in reality, using his natural abilities and local knowledge, James “Le Roi” King left all trailing in his wake on the 5th. Mark Houston attacked the tight pin position on the 6th but and would have been the worthy winner but…
And now for the results:
Danny Kaiser picked up 5th with a solid 15 points. The next three places all shared 18 points so the count back mechanism came into play: Mark Houston took 4th place, Andrew Paton was pushed into 3rd by Arnaud Bouteiller.
But where was our French FROG? Still on the course trying to work out how he had messed up his round with a double bogey! In any case, he was not there.
Unperturbed, Dave Winters took control of the situation: Mark Houston handed over his NTP to Danny Kaiser and then accepted the voucher for 3rd and Andrew Paton moved up to 2nd.
But our worthy winner was Simon Baker who showed that his 18 points of the previous week was no flash in the pan and followed up this 3rd place by taking the winner’s rostrum with 19 points. And this was while taking on Dennis “The Meance” Robertson in his match play (result below), which included a memorable 6th hole: playing his second shot from the water and with Dennis safely on the green and in contention for NTP, Simon halved the hole! Dennis, as you can imagine, was gob smacked!
With 37 points and having only played 2 events could Simon Baker be a dark horse for the CITCO? Just make sure you are there for the next 3 events, Simon!
New candidates put themselves forward for the Pink Ball: Graham Paul, after a beer, sneaked off hoping that this would take his 7 points out of contention and was lucky… (this time!) He was saved by the efforts of Mark Lowe and Colin Cameron, who tied on 6 points. After a very careful [reverse] count back, the Pink Ball was awarded to Mark Lowe. But Mark too had disappeared. Don’t worry, Mark, you cannot escape the Pink Ball and it is being carefully looked after so that you can use it on the 1st tee of your next outing with the FROGS.
With Nick Felfoldi having retired from the role since becoming a proud member of the FROGS, Best guest award went to Keith Burman.
With 7 events complete, Andrew Paton has managed to increase his lead from 7 to 9 points over Dennis Robertson, who is still in second place with 77 points. Arnaud Bouteiller on 76 points has taken over 3rd place from Duncan Tippin.
Despite Dennis, in a moment of depression after his turbulent evening and as he drowned himself in bottle after bottle of rosé, ceding his title, there is still all to play for in the last 3 events.
Thanks to our main sponsor CITCO for their support.
The next CITCO event is at Kikuoka on July 22nd. Will Heath will be in touch.
But the next FROGS event is the MIXvoip Pairs on 15th July sponsored by Frank Maitry. Rob McCorduck will be contacting you next week with details including confirmation of where the event will be held.
SHRM Match play
Quarter finals of the SHRM Matchplay are underway.
Dennis “The Menace” Robertson was beaten 3&1 by Simon Baker Graham Paul’s timely announcements of the scores was also much appreciated by both players.
Jess Have and Stephane Ayache are going to battle it out this Friday while Daniel Kaiser is taking on Jonny Hill over the weekend!
The date and time for the Alan Botfield v Arnaud Bouteiller clash remains a mystery.
Thanks to SHRM for their continued support of the Matchplay event.