A Few Frogs Moments…
A Few Frogs Moments…
A Few Frogs Moments…
25 FROGS turned out for the final round of the 2015 CITCO Grand Prix.
Thanks to Stuart Rowlands, our starter, who bought out the EIB sandwich supplier and offered us a tasty range of fillings plus a beer to help us on our way.
I take the opportunity to thank all the starters this year: plenty of volunteers, all of you respected your commitments and the development of the culinary side much appreciated by all. Botty, you have high standards to maintain for the final event. Get in that kitchen or supermarket!
So Round 10, the moment of nerves for the leaders while others could just go out and enjoy the fine conditions. And this time there were no reports of FROGS firing balls at each other — Colin Fraser having decided that his first appearance of the year had left an indelible impression declined the invitation to stalk another victim.
There were a number of manly efforts for LD and Steve Brown walked off convinced he had it in the bag but John Brophy, not far behind, somehow found enough extra space on the fairway to outdo him. NtP went to our South African lover boy, Craig Ferreira, and while the temptation is strong to mention that he has been recently putting in a lot of practice at aiming for the hole I will show a bit of good taste and refrain from doing so!
But neither were eligible for the prizes as their outstanding efforts for the LD and NtP were simply part of two class performances over 9 holes (can’t get away from it, Craig, I am afraid but I am not sure you want to!).
Standard scratch was back up to 16 but that was not good enough to win any prizes so Johan Terblanche’s and Steve Kaiser’s fine efforts went unrewarded for 5th and 4th place respectively. John Brophy was 3rd with 17 points and Craig Ferreira piped our multinational, Dave “Hoppie” Hopwood, on count back both with 18 points. Fine effort from Craig which means he will start next season on +1!
Best and only guest went to Dave Sparvell with a solid 10 points.
And now the Pink Ball. Two worthy efforts were made to win it both with 8 points, which in the past many would have felt safe with, but not now. Duncan Tippin showed that a long weekend of golf does not always help your game. But he was saved on the count back by no less than our sponsor, Luc de Vet. Should there not be some kind of decent rule that means sponsors can’t lose?
So, having started way back in April, the 2015 CITCO Grand Prix after 10 events has now come to an end.
55 players played in at least one event (Steve Brown played in all 10!) and 25 players managed to get in 5 scores, which count for your final total score.
And the final classification for 2015 is:
Many thanks to the Grand Prix sponsor, CITCO, for its years of support and generosity.
The next event is the KPMG FROGS Individual championships— the memorial to the late Ken Reid, one of the founding fathers of the Society — at Kikuoka on Saturday 29th. As you already know — and if you have not replied do so asap — Botty will be welcoming you with his usual excellent banter and some fine delicacies, no doubt fruit of his labour?
And don’t forget the SHRM Match play final is also expected to conclude on Saturday 29th: Jonny Hill v Simon Baker.
Thanks to SHRM for their continued support of the Match play event.
Round 9 of the CITCO Grand Prix saw 21 FROGS and their two guests start proceedings last night with an air of sophistication, after been hosted by Steve Brown on the 1st. Steve’s blazered wait-staff served G&T’s & canapés to the field before they were sent off down the hill with a doff of Steve’s fluorescent day-glow turquoise baseball cap … OK, well, it was mostly sophisticated until Steve got involved!
Cheers Steve, good effort.
Mark Edmonds picked a bad night to target winning the Best Guest prize. Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, did make a late appearance in the club-house but he was too late to play so there was only one other guest for Mark to beat. Unfortunately for Mark, this was an ex-international golfer. Having previously represented France “many many years ago”, Stephane Bouteiller was always going to be a tough opponent to outplay. Stéphane took the Best Guest honors with some ease. Equally importantly, he also retained the bragging rights chez-Bouteiller. His 15 points was more than the young pup could earn (despite 5 birdies over the 12 holes) so Stéphane went home happy confirmed as top-dog, as well as earning 6 new FROG logo’d balls for his efforts! It seems the secret is to have a conversation with your ball before each shot & come to an amicable agreement with it regarding its trajectory and direction. There are still lessons to learn from Papa, Arnaud Bouteiller!
Mark Gillies proved that his Longest Drive earlier in the season was no fluke, splitting the fairway with the best of all efforts on the 8th. Congrats Mark.
It took until the last flight for one of us to hit the dancefloor on the par 3, 4th hole. Even if a few more of us had managed to get on the short stuff, judging by the fact Danny Kaiser got his birdie I think he might have been closest anyway. Congrats Danny.
Frank Maitry & Steve Kaiser both put their hands up for the Pink Ball award, with 8pts & 7pts respectively but their efforts were only average in comparison to the eventual winner’s 4pts. John Sutherland is the proud owner of a shiny new pink ball after an exceptional round.
Colin Fraser must have passed the Glacis en-route to Junglinster! Inspired by the Schueberfouer, he expertly show-cased his proposal for a new prize category for next year – The Dane Shoot. He carefully set-up his stall, placing his target Dane behind the trees on the left, approaching the 8th green. He patiently stalked his target from back up on the hill, waiting for Jess Have to pop his head out from behind the bush before letting loose & … BULLS-EYE! A superb shot, catching him square on top of the bonce. The new game looks like great fun, Colin. The FROGmittee do fear the US airlines will now include big-Danes on their banned-Trophy list, but even still it might be a regular event next year. Watch this space.
Despite the perfect conditions, Standard Scratch fell to 14 points so there was plenty of room at the top of the leaderboard.
Even still, Peter Baxter’s 16pts was only enough for 5th place.
Ian Doherty & Mark Gillies both managed to score a tidy 17 points, so Mark took the 3rd place on countback & donated his long drive prize to Ian as compensation – what a gent.
Most FROGs hit the driving range before a round to sharpen their aim, but Steve Brown discovered that relaxing on the 1st tee for a few hours & liberal application of Gin to be a more rewarding approach. He hit some wonderful shots on his way to scoring 18 points – hopefully he can remember some of them.
Dave Winters was keen to restore some dignity on the Belenhalf hillside, and he did that in some style scoring 19 points and taking the top spot on the night. Congrats on the win Dave.
Despite the fact the Andrew Paton decided to rest himself (& give the chasing pack a chance) all of last night’s efforts left the overall CITCO Grand Prix leaderboard mostly unchanged.
Dennis Robertson slid down a rung to 4th, on 77 points.
Steve Brown has given himself a chance off glory, joining Arnaud Bouteiller in second place on 81 points.
They will both need to improve their score by at least 5 points to catch Andrew Paton at the top (86 points).
The last round of the CITCO Grand Prix is in Canach on August 19th. All pretenders to the throne need to bring their A-game in order to have a chance. Stuart Rowlands will be in touch to get you down on the timesheet.
Thanks CITCO for their continued support.
The KPMG individuals is on Saturday 29th of August. Pencil it into your diaries. Alan Botfield will be in touch to arrange the flights.
The SHRM Matchplay final is also expected to conclude on Saturday 29th. Jonny Hill and Simon Baker will go mano-a-mano to crown our 2015 champion.