CITCO report round 4 – 29 May 2018 – Preisch (Luxembourg)

Last dinner at Hôtel de la Frontière...
On a stunning summer (yes, I have now officially jinxed us for the rest of the year) day, 23 FROGS members and 0 guests (that’s more like it!) crossed the border to the land of “le strike” to strike unsuspecting little white orbs into strange places (except Gerry on the 5th tee: am sure that I heard his Pinnacle giggle: thanks for the (unsolicited) G&T, it seems that there is only one golf playing Irishman in the entire world who hasn’t heard of this little tradition – for avoidance of doubt, I am not referring to Gerry but if you don’t know yet, a subtle clue lies below).

Steph was mistaken for a 70s “low budget” San Fran movie producer (grow it back) but shot a respectable score. Craig was mistaken for Calamity Sam after an unfortunate backfiring incident (shave it off) and didn’t score so well… The rest of the mob looked and played pretty much as expected. Standard scratch was a pretty decent 14 points.

A big thank you to our starter, Neil, not only for the cold Norwegian beer [The beer was Danish, not Norwegian, Ed.], even if it wasn’t Aass (look it up) and for allowing me to join the second last flight without a pre-booking: the early bird catches the worm, but the eagle shows up and has himself a freshly fed bird(ie).

AKD Matchplay: Jess made FROGS history by winning two matches, both going into sudden death, all in one easy(?) step: out go No G&T Baxter and Lots of G&T Tony. BTW, a great number of matchplay matches are behind the OFFICIAL scheduled dates, sort it out ASAP, over the w/e or before or after work if you must, the ‘Mittee seem to be getting jittery and if previous decision-making is any indication, some (but probably not all) of us will face some sort of unpleasant consequences. Joost, stop faking injury, I have now been cut so you have a (small) chance if you play really, really well…

Pink ball: guess. If you have a kind heart and half an hour to waste, please offer help. No one? It can’t be the half an hour requirement ??

NTP: Mark Gillies
Longest: Jess
Bijnens Leary: Johan, closely beating Rob McC, but the hand back prize mysteriously went to Tim (who was unlucky to only score 16, to be fair)

Top 5:

5 – Dave with 16 on countback
4 – Tim with 16
3 – Stephane with 17 came within a whisker… (2 puns in there, work it out)
2 – Steve B made a solid (?!) 18 and probably only lost 2 balls (in addition to his patience)
1 – Johan made an almost godly 19 with lots of help from the angels and a can of Norway’s 4th finest – good bye any chance of breaking 12 points in FROGS ever again

Next event is on the website already, your starter will be in touch whenever it takes his fancy, if at all (yes, we truly empower our starters)

Report from Casa4Funds Frogs Individual Championship

Casa4Funds Frogs Individuals 2018
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Hello gentlemen !!

Yesterday we played the Individual Championship and our thanks for this lovely and pleasant day go the sponsor Casa4Funds represented by Arnaud.

At 9 o’Clok we had smooth start thanks to:

– the starter Johan
– a delicious breakfast
– the course in perfect condition
– the sun which shined bright in the clear blue sky
– the hot sticky weather that maybe favoured golfers coming form southern Europe used to “tropical climate conditions”

Talking about results:
– Starting from gross, the winner was James with 28 points who scored one point more than Craig.

– A special mention should go to Arnaud who closed the round with a remarkable 76 !! However, being a sponsor he kindly left the stage to other players.

– Moving to the net scores, James was ranked third with 30 points, number two on the chart “il Maestro”… Marco and the winner was Mauro… the student becomes the Master.

To complete a “glorious” day for Italian golf Francesco Molinari close the third round on the first place in Wentworth (Craig, I apologize if might not pronounced it correctly, I hope at least the spelling is correct). It seems that the world is changing drastically because Italy is “gaining ground in golf course” and loosing it in soccer field; apparently we will attend the World Cup on TV from the couch.

Concerning contest prizes:

Nearest
7th Marco
12th Natham

Longest
2nd Steve
11th Nick

Leary
18th Jess

Last prize pink ball, the honour was for Martin Shapiro with 13 points.

The “Ch’ti” Richard won best guest and pink ball awards at the same time

Finally, a special thank to one star “Goodyear” Chef John who cooked delicious fish and chips.

Thanks to everyone e alla prossima !

Mauro

PS: JFYI writing this email took me exactly the same time as playing 18 holes… David, I hope you appreciated my efforts.

CITCO report round 3 – 16 May 2018 – Preisch (France)

Morning Frogs,

Firstly, a big thank you to all who took part with a special mention to our starter Christopher Juste.

Round 3 took place at Preisch, in what very nearly became aquatic golf for the later starters, with the earlier starters feeling smug in the Hotel-Restaurant de la Frontière

After an unexpected flash of decent golf, which had everybody screaming bandit, I give you the results:

The Days Results:

1.     Chris L – 23

2.     Joost – 20

3.     Graham P – 19

4.     James K – 16

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Willem – 6

Martin – 5

Frank – 4

Special Prizes:

–       Nearest the Pin: Will H

–       Longest Drive: Jess (by 30m!)

–       Leary: James K

Match Plays:

–       Alan B beat Merve

–       Delboy beat Simon B

–       Arnaud beat Gerry

–       Paul G beat Frank

Next event in the Citco Grand Prix event is Kikuoka, May 23 with the Casa4Funds individuals on May 26 also at Kikuoka.

Cheers

Chris L

CITCO report round 2 – Kikuoka – 2 May 2018

Sunset at the fourth hole


Fellow FROGS,

The month of May is upon us, the sun is shining, and 2nd May saw the FROGS landing at Kikuoka for the first time in the 2018 season.

There was a distinct buzz in the air as your humble scribe wandered onto the practice ground this Wednesday, and he was met with some very strange sights indeed… not only was there Mark “Medicine Man” Gillies dancing wildly round the scattered contents of his entire golf bag, obviously deep in some ancient golfing ritual, but there was Tony Nightingale … PRACTICING … (I assure you, this is genuine!)  What could all this mean?  Would Mark be guided by the Golfing Gods to the winner’s circle (spoiler alert – Nah) would Tony be practicing his way to the top?  Watch this space.

Up on the first tee, it way mayhem! The place was rammed, the beer was flowing, everyone was happy (or should that be “Hoppy”?)  All that was missing was some US of A-style walk on music…..What should we have chosen ……”What a difference a day Starter makes”?  “Grandad Hoppy we love you”?  Whatever, this “Starter” thing all seemed a great success, and I for one think that we should make this a regular feature.  Why the Committee didn’t think of it earlier, I don’t know…

Anyhooo, everyone was too busy to do any actual golfing, so yours-truly was rushed with indecent haste onto the tee, only to disappoint everyone by failing to hit his usual “where the **** did that go”, and instead launch one a goodly way down the middle… (cruelly robbed of LD by petty rules…)

And so they were off. And very soon they had all thrashed and cursed their way round, and made it to the 19th (do we officially have to call this “the 10th in the FROGS”? Ruling please…..) where the usual entertainment was laid on by the Kikuoka cabaret team (or “staff”), who did their usual routine of wilfully misunderstanding drinks orders, and ostentatiously showing that yes, there are 70 religious / cooking channels, and some very interesting lawn mower programmes on, but no we won’t let you watch the football (which is playing on the TV in the other corner)…..

Anyway, who wants to see part 2 of a 13-goal thriller, when you can be enjoying the FROGs Grand Official Prize giving ??!! There was a hushed anticipation in the room, with the atmosphere being only soured by a certain Fat Frog, who insisted in conducting the entire (let’s face it, semi-religious) ceremony, wearing a “they-who-shall-not-be-named” jumper!!!  Through shame, the offender shall remain nameless here… just remember that he is a dead ringer for Nicola Sturgeon, from a shallow angle…

Back to the results, and at this point I must thank Jess, (my saviour), who obviously heard me mutter “why the ****** would I want that” when the Fat Frog handed me the list of prize winners, as he took a photo of it (after I had left it behind) and sent it to me, which is why I know the following…..

Bijnens Leary               Catweasel (this is sticking, even if he does get a house and a shave sometime)
NP                          Nick
LD                          yours truly, but with the prize going to….
5th                         Dave, with 15 points
followed by
4th                         Nick (again…did he get 2 prizes?) 16 points, off Bugger-all handicap
3rd                         Rupert (who obviously needs the balls, as he was risking his life on the range to nick a couple)
2nd                         Stuart “sneaky-long” Rowlands, an excellent 17 points off just 2 handicap
1st                         Yours truly [18 points]

Being the FROGS, the contest for the pink ball was tight, and at the wrong end of the single digits (as is depressingly common in the FROGS).  The list tells me that Gerry and Will were contending, on 5 points (which means that my scoring of Will’s card was way off … Sozz), but in the end, no-one could compete with Tony “Practice” von Knittingale, on a range-improved 4 points.  Gents, there are as many theories on pre-round practice, as there are FROGS, but this should surely be a warning…

Finally, I’m glad to report, that with this victory, I have achieved a lifelong ambition, having actually earned more from golf, than from regular employment this year (although I would have preferred it to be from turning pro and winning a Major, instead of being sans employ / en chômage, and winning EUR 150 in golf vouchers … but c’est la vie!!)

In the match play (and I’m winging it slightly here) I believe the following occurred:

Catweasel beat Ayzo

Jess beat Marco

If I’ve missed any, feel free to tell your missus / any close relative… they might care.

All in all, a successful FROGGIE evening. The thanks were both numerous, and given out on the evening, so no need to repeat here, other than to say well done again to Hoppy, who we hope to see on the course again soon (if only to give Tony “Two-Pink” some competition).

Next event is, I believe, 16th May, at Preisch.

TTFN, and may the Frog be with you,

Steve