Report – CITCO round 6 – 22 June – Kikuoka

The sun came out for the Grand Duke. Unbelievable but true. A smaller field that usual – can’t believe that fireworks held greater attraction that golf especially as a number who played went off to watch them (or at least drink lots) after their round.

First order of the day was to award Colin his pink ball from round 5 – the pink ball never gets away Colin even if start the next round.

The sun didn’t appear to improve scores very much though, standard scratch was one shot better than the week before at 13.

Nearest the pin went to Paul Goes who was pleased to tell everyone who didn’t ask that he got the birdie.

Longest drive went to Jonny.

The leary – yes there was one on the 9th hole as there is now every outing with FROGS and as notified by Colin in his starter’s email so stop making excuses that you don’t know about it or on which hole its on. ASK THE STARTER, went to Botty.

Minor Committee moan – if you know you will not be at prize giving please don’t put your name on the NTP etc…

Worst (and best) guest went to Michael Lee with 11 points.

First place went William for the second time this year – he seems to be the only one with a realistic chance of catching Fred on the overall.

Second was Paul on 17 with Delboy Who??? in third on 16.

Craig and Stevie B!!! taking the minor placings on 15 and 14 respectively.

The pink ball was not quite as close as before with Frank and Fred (its way past his bedtime) Sudret not winning it on 6 points (even if Fred’s was only after 6 holes). With a remarkable 4 points the Italian stallion Andy P took the honours.

For the CITCO overall Fred still leads (boring) on 77 followed by Paul on 68, Botty on 65 and Craig on 63.

There’s one Stibbe matchplay result to report Mark H beat our starter 1 up.

Second Committee moan – FROGS depends on volunteers to survive so we were pleased to be inundated not with offers to assist at events. Without this we will not continue.

The next event is CITCO round 7 at Preisch on 29 June and will be started by William.

You will also have received an email from Gregor regarding the Ryder Cup. Get your names into him ASAP.

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Report – CITCO Round 5 – 15 June – Preisch (France)

Wanted new reporter to cover FROGS events – no experience necessary, doesn’t need to write particularly good English, helpful if a paid-up member of FROGS. Look at the below for the dubious level of writing ability needed.
Wellies should have been the order of the day as we set out onto a very very wet course. Arnaud’s comment “I don’t know where all this water has come from as it wasn’t this wet at the weekend” wasn’t particularly helpful. As at Junglinster in the previous round rule 25 was waived as it affected the whole course. At least following a brief monsoon soaking for the first flight the rain abated and one could almost say it became a perfect evening for golf. Almost being the operative word looking at the scores.

Thanks to Rob for the beers and munchies on the 1st.

Standard scratch (average score plus 2) of 12 for the evening doesn’t bode well for the Ryder Cup however.

The winner was a late entrant for the evening on 15 points – Danny K. Not closely followed by our sponsor on 13 who beat Arnaud and new member Jens Buch into 3rd and 4th place on countback. Paul Goes completed the leaderboard on 12.  

 Don’t forget results, overall positions and handicaps can be found on www.frogs.lu at the top of the CITCO Leaderboard page. They are normally updated a few days after an event depending on how busy Ernest is – what with a wife, au pair/nanny and two kids to worry about its not surprising he doesn’t have much time for golf with the FROGS now.

That reminds me there is another vacancy.

Wanted one or two people to learn how to use the FROGS laptop for scoring. Again no experience needed although being an ACCESS expert might help sometimes. Full training given – 5 minutes needed.

NTP went to Luc whose prize was gratefully accepted by Jens.

Paul G got the leary although one or two of the later staters didn’t seem to realise there was a leary. Guys this year the leary has replaced the longest drive to give more people a chance to win therefore there will always be a leary normally on a par 4. If you ask the starter nicely he may even tell you on which hole. Otherwise look out for the markers other than at Kikuoka who want to charge us for using them when scorcards will be used.

The longest drive (exceptionally being continued for the moment to clear some stocks of balls) went to Jess (thanks for looking after the website) Have.

As you might expect the pink ball was more closely fought than usual. Mark. Gerry, yours truly all just missing out on 7 and 6. The winner again and a clear contender for the Bernard Biggar award 2016 was Colin on 5. Don’t worry Colin we’re keeping it warm for you.

In the STIBBE Matchplay I think there were two matches played. Gregor beat Mark and Stephane stuffed Botty.

 I may have missed some other non FROG night results but please check the latest spreadsheet attached and let me have any updates.

If anyone found any of Mark’s dozen or so (bit like the size of a fisherman’s catch it gets ever bigger) PRO V 1s that he lost during the evening please let him know as he’s missing them lots.

Next event is Round 6 of the CITCO Grand Prix at Kikuoka on 22nd June. Your starter will be the esteemed Colin Cameron.

 Please let Gregor know your availability for the Ryder Cup on 23rd July.

Also start thinking about your partner for the MixVoip pairs at Junglinster on 3rd August.

NB the 3 club will not be held on 20 July as Bijnens beer will not be ready.

Please forward any complaints to the captain of the Golfaholics.

PS thanks to the Hotel de la Frontière for their generous restocking of Mark’s ball supply with some logoed Ultra 500 balls which went to all the non prize winners.

Report – CITCO round 4 – 1 June 2016 – Junglinster

In spite of a forecast of heavy rain and knowing that Kikuoka had been closed for the previous 2 days, numerous FROGS went out to play on a course on which Rule 25 could not be applied as nowhere on the course was dry enough. Even all the bunkers were GUR. Real frogs loved it though.

Ice cold corporate beers from the part owner of Redbridge www.ccbc.lu were again available at the start thanks to Tony.

All things considered scoring wasn’t too bad (standard scratch was 13) with the jet lagged South African FROG flying in from 45c in Arizona to win with 15 points on countback from Mark Houston and Peter Baxter in second and third places respectively. By the way Craig you still owe me the green fee. Mark “under the thumb” Houston though had to leave early as he’d also played the previous day thus forfeiting his prize. This meant that Duncan on 14 points got promoted into 3rd place on one of his few remaining FROGS outings before departing for somewhere almost as wet as Junglinster – well humid anyway. In 5th place and winning precisely nothing was Steve on 13 points beating Andy, Frank and Dennis on countback.

Nearest the pin was our starter, Dennis shot the leary and Danny K kept it on the fairway to snatch the longest. Danny’s partners claim it was the only fairway he hit in the 9 holes.

The pink ball was again a closely fought affair, Neil Underwood dropping in from Sweden to not win it with 7 points and Jess wasn’t quite bad enough on 6 losing out to Rob Mac on countback. Clearly Neil took it to heart and scored 45 points to win his category of the Italian Open on Sunday – don’t think there’s a sombrero big enough. Also winning his category was Mauro with 41 points.

Best guest for the second week in a row with 16 was Jens Buch. Worst guest was Phil Williams with 2 but as Phil had had to leave we gleefully gave it to his partner Tim Cosby who scored 5.

It was also good to see a founding FROG present in the bar and we were pleased to present Mike Lowe with an honorary umbrella. Not sure how he was going to use it as he was on crutches having allegedly fallen off a wall and the King’s horses etc… couldn’t help enough to get him out to play.

For the CITCO overall Fred is still doing a Stephane on 66 points not very closely followed by Dennis on 50 and Craig / Paul on 48.

Two results from the Stibbe Matchplay to complete the first round.

Andy beat Ian 2 & 1
Jess beat Steve on the 1st extra ( I’m sure this would have been different had Mike been able to drive Steve round the course but unfortunately buggies are like golf trollies and don’t float)

The updated schedule is now on www.frogs.lu along with handicaps and the schedule.

As I mentioned earlier today we may postpone round 6 scheduled on 22 June.

The MixVoip Pairs is confirmed for 3rd August in Junglinster.

The Bijnens Beer 3 club challenge will be in late August / early September once the brewmeister has finished his work.

Round 5 of the CITCO Grand Prix is on 15 June in Preisch – hopefully playing France. Rob is starting and dinner should be at Hotel de la Frontiere.

We are still missing a few starters. You only need to do it once and then will not be hassled for a year or two. FROGS cannot survive without then. We have 15 or so events a year and there are over 60 members.