CITCO report round 7 – 18 July 2018 – Junglinster

What a beautiful evening it was!

First of all, thanks to our starter Maarten, who clearly knows how to organize things. 22 FROGS members and 4 guests were welcomed with a good layer of “huzarensalade”, which is probably the best of Dutch cuisine you’ll ever experience, followed by a shot of nice old Dutch “jenever” and a draft beer. And on top of that a cold beer for during the round, which I’m sure everyone finished before reaching the tee of the second hole. I like this Burgundy style start of our rounds and challenge every next starter to be as original in their choice of food and drinks on the first tee. Just make sure it contains alcohol…

The whole evening seemed to be dominated by many elements of the Dutch culture. Before going to the first tee, I went to the driving range to warm up, but of course without “jetons” for the ball machine. Fortunately Steve B was there. I went up to him and asked how it works here with getting practice balls. The trick worked: he offered me his card so I could buy balls… without spending a dime… I owe you a beer for that Steve!

The round itself was a dream, the course in good condition… or did I hear complaints about the greens…? Anyway, they worked for me… and for Ayzo (another Dutchman – I think we outnumbered every other nationality yesterday), who sank every putt within 4 meters. Junglinster is in my view a course where you leave your Driver in your bag, except maybe for one or two holes. Nevertheless, I did hear many trees being hit around me, by those who couldn’t resist.

I always like seeing so many staying for dinner, like Wednesday evening, and I also say this as a representative of our sponsor. Drinks and dinner after the round are at least as important, and at least as much fun, as the round itself. It is that combination that makes the FROGS. And as a bonus we were treated bottles of a nice Rosé – thanks Craig, much appreciated, hope you had a nice Birthday evening!

The results:

Bijnens LEARY: Jess
NEARY: Maarten, who also scored well, despite the starter stress
LONGEST DRIVE: Jess too

The Undersigned – 16 points (to which I agreed with mixed feelings….)
Paul G – 15 points
Maarten – 15 points
Andrew – 14 points
Craig – 14 points

And then there is the unavoidable Pink Ball, which surprisingly went to one of our best players: Bottie. And also surprisingly, our leader Steve B, whose goal it was to get rid of his worst round of this season, was also in the race for Pink Ball with the same 9 points as Alan (and Rob), but based on countback (I think?) got away with it. Guest Pink Ball went to Paul Cornet, who hopefully didn’t have too much of a traumatic experience joining us.

AKD Match Play: the Final is known! The semi-finals were close matches: Paul G needed 10 holes to beat Dennis, and Craig beat Jess 1up by winning the 9th hole.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Frogmittee and Jess, on behalf of the players and the sponsor, for all the work they are doing. That sort of work is needed to keep a group like ours going, but these volunteers don’t always feel appreciated, partially caused by unawareness among our members, of the amount of efforts behind the scenes.

Three more rounds to go…..hope to see the same number of players as in the first 7 rounds. We are having a nice season so far, in good spirits…cheers!

Tim

CITCO report round 5 – 20 June 2018 – Kikuoka

Tree golf by Rupert Birch

Tree golf by Rupert Birch


Bonjour mes copains!

Yesterday evening +/- 30 FROGS gathered at Kikuoka CC to demonstrate their golfing skills in round 5 of the CITCO Grand Prix. With the mercury heading towards 29C our starter’s cool box full of chilled beer was greatly appreciated – thank’s Martin!

What did we learn?

1) It’s not how you start it’s how you finish!
2) Luminous green FROGS shirts are not recommended attire when there’s a plague of flies of biblical proportions on the course – ask Roby!
3) 6 points is more than enough to progress from the group stage of the World Cup but sadly not sufficient to avoid the ‘pink ball’!

So to the golf…

As usual there was a mixture of the good,the bad and the ugly! As for the golf shots played these followed along the same lines. A topped,low and left tee shot on the 1st tee from yours truly found the the first bunker. 5 hacks and a couple of club slamming tantrums later and a scratch was safely in the bag! Meanwhile my 2 playing partners (Stevie B & Steph) placed 2 great drives straight down the middle.

From there on in things improved or deteriorated depending on your perspective.

Hole 6 – longest drive…Myself and Stevie B decided to lay up short of Jessica’s LD marker in order to leave our favourite approach distance to the pin – 225 metres! Mr B creaming a 3 wood to within 8M below the pin and myself hitting an even more impressive 5 wood pin high. Unfortunately Steve walked off with a par 🙁 but fortunately for me I sank my put for an eagle!

The half-way house was a welcome sight after 9 holes in the sweltering heat and the vending machine rapidly sold out of ice-cold beers so after sharing each others stories of missed putts, swarming flies,eagle putts, scoring 21pts the previous day, we adjourned proceedings to the terrace for food and drinks.

The aftermath

The atmosphere on the terrace was great with the beer & wine flowing but the usual chaos with ordering continued however everyone eventually getting what they ordered….. I think?!!

A gusto rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ was belted out for Denis’s birthday and his generous offering of Rose wine for everyone was much appreciated – Cheers Dennis!

So to the important stuff (for some of us anyway!)

First of all a big thank you again to our starter Martin!

Standard Scratch on the day was 15.

1. Nick 18
2. Chris McKenzie 17
3. Franco 17
4. Dennis 16

Longest Jessica
Nearest: Nick – prize went to 5th place (Chris Juste) under the ‘1 prize/person’ rule
Bijnens Leary: Dave Winters
Pink Ball: Colin Cameron 6

Other results:
Ronaldo beat Morocco 1-0
Scotland 161/3 – Netherlands 160/6
England 481/6 – Australia 239 all out!

Matchplays:
Paul won against Botty
Craig won against Delboy
Gregor won against Colin

Dennis to play Gregor winner to play Paul in the semis!
Joost or Arnaud to play against Jess with the winner to play Craig in the semis!

Matchplay – message from committee:
Players are responsible to play their match before the deadline. If you cannot play your match by the deadline, you must give your opponent a bye.

Round 6 takes place on 4th July @ Junglinster. Your starter Marco will no doubt be in touch nearer the date.

Cheers!
Nick

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 CITCO round 10 – Grand Ducal – 24 August 2017

Well then, that was that. Another FROG season has come and gone. It hardly seems possible. Just as some of us were remembering which held of the waggley stick to hold, it is all over…

Firstly, the bad news. Despite all entreaties, Donald J. Nightingale has refused to go for the hattrick and Tweet last night’s results, and so unfortunately (and unexpectedly) you are stuck with me… so expect more banality than inflammatory… here goes…

The evening was seen of to a splendid start, with Top Gent and Top Golfer Gregor, offering what can be only described as “a Full-Arnaud” on the first tee. Very impressive and so official-looking, that some of us thought we’d wandered into the wrong country club by mistake! But no, it was all for us… Nice nibbles, nice crisps, nice hat and (oh dear) warm beer….so nearly perfect Gregor, so nearly…

Under Gregor’s stern gaze, the golf got underway, with the FROGs showing that they were in no way intimidated by the prospect of a tight tree-lined fairway, and a longest drive mark to chase… especially worthy of note were Will “one-leg” Heath, attempting to take out a couple of the slower members on the 6th tee, and Johnny “Dangerous” Sutherland trying a sneaky “Tin Cup” road shot to improve his distance (top tip John, next time try a path that runs along the fairway… not across it…). A suitable prize was awarded to the latter of these.

And so the evening unfolded, with the many FROGS desperately competing for the almost as many prizes. In fact, such was the allure of the prize fund, that we were able to tempt back to the course such breeds of FROG as the rarely seen Stefano “Milan catwalk” Ciccarello and the Russel “nice tan, nicer teeth” Edwards… good to see them, and all FROGS on the night.

Eventually, the crowds gathered at the bar, marveling at the tales of the shots that got away, and happily surprised to find out that there are still things we even we can learn… things like i) you can hit a sand wedge 200m, even if you don´t want to (thanks Mark), ii) Johan will travel an enormous distance to get a free beer, and to show of his “double-black” combination, and iii) Botty bears a striking resemblance to Nicola Sturgeon at certain angles (although I´m not allowed to say which ones…)

And so, thanks to the various offered drinks from a retired bloke (Russell) and an old bloke (Steve B), it was a happy and relaxed crowd that sat down for an excellent meal and the prizes…

The top 3 were a showcase of experience vs. youth, with Dennis claiming 3rd with 16 points, and yours truly holding off a resurgent Luc on countback with 18 points.

The special prizes went as follows

LD – Russell
Leary – Marco
Nearest – Luc
LD – Mark G
Nearest – Peter B
And the final Bijnens Leary went to yours truly on the 9th (drive and a ¾ lob wedge if you´re interested, I know you’re not, but I´m telling you anyway), which also claimed the overall Bijnens Leary, with a grand total of two. Thanks to Serge for the excellent sponsorship (and beer).

In the AKD Matchplay final it was a reversal of form, with experience losing out to beauty, as Botty beat Peter B 3&2.

And lastly, the overall seasons standings, and the Order of Merit:-

Overall Order of Merit
Rob – 82
Nick Felfoldi – 80
Tony Nightingale – 79 (Botty to double check if he is borrowing a Tony Whiteman score)
T4 Jess and Craig 78

Thanks of course to Citco and AKD, for their excellent and continued support.

Did I say “lastly”??? Of course I’m missing something, the one prize that everyone has at the back of their mind from the carpark onward, the notorious “Pink Ball of Truth”. I must admit, there was some confusion as to who had one this one…. was it Catweazle, was it a caveman, was it our very own Craig … was it Conor McGregor … be honest, have you seen them in the same room? All we can say is that one of them is a ginger-bearded, foul-mouthed sporting icon, and the other is a Irish wannabe-boxer … Whatever the truth, whoever it was, with a magnificent 7 points, they certain PLAYED like Conor McGregor, so we must assume it was he.

After that a word must go to GCGD. While many of us are “conflicted” at the prospect of forking out EUR 60 for 9 holes (especially as “they who shall not be named” get a lower rate), I think we should all acknowledge that the course was in excellent condition, the food excellent, and the service was absolutely first class, in fact the best all year (apart from the hour it took Neil to get his first beer, but that was the exception!). Gregor informs me that collectively we left nearly a grand and a half in their coffers, so hopefully that might help us get a better rate next year!

And so, that only leaves the lessons learned…

No 1 – when showing off your photos, DO STOP at the “me and my mate Richie McCaw” shots … DO NOT get carried away and go onto the “me as a Victorian Hippy” ones… (thanks Stuart)

No 2 – do not hand your camera over with the words “now this is private, just for us” and expect to ever see it back (thanks again Stuart … did you get it back)

No 3 – and finally, Peter Baxter is very old.

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Report CITCO round 9 – Kikuoka – 9 August 2017

Oh no, surely not him again! Can’t we do something? Grumble, grumble. Surely we can. What do the bloody statutes say? Ho hum. So…ramble or results first? Results or ramble? Ok, you win let’s go ramble. Those of you looking exclusively for the results section are advised to fast forward about…Now! And before you go, a great big thank you to our sponsors, Citco! Now then, off you go…

To the results… Several traditionally friendly Frog faces were absent since they had been on a dedicated golf day trip to darkest Germany. The truly dedicated returned to follow up their 18 German holes with the extra 9 at Karaoke so a big well done mention must go out to Dennis, Craig and Jess for making the effort. That’s the spirit, chaps. Merve was down to start but suddenly became a Dan K lookalike on the first tee yet there they both were in the bar afterwards. It can be hard to keep up sometimes. In the end, 23 dedicated Froggy type people (which included two guests; the gloriously named Allard Fontein (could be a fine wine, no?) and Eric Masset) tip teed off having been wined and dined by the returning to the big time ever pheasant/effervescent Luc. Gone (for now) are the days of foie gras and Chateau Margaux, it seems. These things will almost certainly return. Small bags of very plain Jane Ready Salted crisps and cans of local beer offered a pragmatic current compromise and were thoroughly welcome. Some sort of odd tasting Dutch cough syrup that Luc was frantically talking up somewhat was also offered and generally gleefully accepted. Not exactly a class A product in my view but we’ll try anything at least once. Well done Luc!

Despite fine playing conditions throughout, there was a standard scratch score of just 14 [15, Ed.] points. Certainly not great. Maybe that English idiot friend was right? Oh rats. As James, suitably supported by Jess, eloquently intimated during the presentation over an efficiently served dinner of fish and chips or steak and chips, this can largely be explained by the significant battle that went on for last place. Although both John and Will recorded uncomfortable single points figures, Delboy elbowed his way in to the reckoning with a miserable but well deserved 8 points. Meanwhile, we all recognise that Colin has all the attributes to be an excellent golfer. Nice shoes, colour coordinated outfit, smooth swing, regular practising. Looks the part in fact. Keep it up, matey. His mammoth 6 points took the pink ball. Thanks for coming, Colin. Our two guests, Allard and Eric came home with 15 and 3 points respectively. Respect and another pink ball respectively!

The prize for Nearest the Pin went to Will, the Bijnens Leary prize to Daniel and the Longest Drive to Craig. Congratulations to all of you.

Dennis came in at 6th with 14 points. Ayzo and Mark both hit 14 but nudged ahead on countback for 5th and 4th places. Craig made 18 points in perfect fashion. Playing off scratch, he made 9 pars. Morally, Craig was easily the real winner of the day by far. Quality stuff. That fluffy ginger beard is starting to look slightly ridiculous and should be attended to urgently, however. Dan and myself both managed 19 points and when I left the club, poor Dan was still analysing the scorecards seemingly trying to work out just how he didn’t manage the overall victory. It’s tough when you care deeply about something, isn’t it? Oh well, I assume that he found the answer somewhere. On the plus side, coming second at this level leaves room for improvement, Dan. Stay focused and you’ll get there. Life can be so very tough and unfair at times, don’t you think?

My particular flight involved the two winners of pink balls and the winner. A rare combination. An opportunity? I think that the attached photo recorded this moment appropriately.

The next Frogs event will be critical to those looking for pomp and ceremony and honour. It will be the decider. I have no idea when it is but I know it’s at Grand Ducal. Hopefully, someone will tell you all about it when they’re ready [24 August, Ed.].

Enough is enough.

Tony.

Report CITCO round 8 – Kikuoka – 26 July 2017

Morning All,

Firstly big thanks to or starter Arnaud for arranging a great French feast for sending us out to do battle on course…..with the mantra of constant desire for improvement, referencing Big B, I think this can only be beaten by the style of the Italian contingent and maybe a young stunner serving the produce…. Females at the start, is that permitted by the constitution?

A few stats:
Standard Scratch: 14
NTP 3rd hole: Ayzo
NTP 7th hole: Arnaud
Bijnens Beer Leary: Arnaud
Longest Drive: Jess
Best Guest: Richard
Worst Guest: Phil

1st myself 19 – shows no practice can work…..Christiane was happy to receive the voucher, nice return after her giving grace for me to participate on the 20th wedding anniversary…..burger girls are great.
2nd Big Rob 17
3rd Peter B 14
4th Ayso & Arnaud 14
5th Will H

Pink Ball….young Gerry took the honours again…..with Marco, Richard and Colin following closely.

Matchplay results (after all the young bulls in a paddock type facing off over email pre the evening)….Peter B pipped Big Rob on the 10th hole, Craig hammered Simon and Big B’s pre match jousting got to the Dutchman and he ended 1 up….were you teasing him Big B?)

In answer to Big B….maybe we are all “selfish fuckwits” out on sunny Wed evenings trying to get the competitive juices flowing when we should be at home with family……on reflection after a minute or 2 I concluded these evenings are great and I look forward to the next one.

Cheers and happy holidays

Tony

PS….if any of the results from last night are presented incorrectly then apologies for my transposition from the hand written evening notes attached…..

Bijnens 3 Club Challenge – Kikuoka – 21 June 2017

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On a sweltering Wednesday evening 10 Frogs contested this year’s Three Club Challenge, generously sponsored by Bijnens Beer. (order yours directly from Serge! One e-mail is all it takes and he delivers to your address, or so I am told!) Everyone gathered at the first tee to check out the protagonists’ selected weapons of choice, where we were welcomed by Colin our starter for the evening. He made sure we were well hydrated before embarking on the challenges ahead.

And challenging it was; tropical temperatures, hard, fast greens and only a few clubs to choose from! Most people did bring a putter as one of the clubs selected, hover Franco managed to use his 3-wood quite handily off the tee as well as on the putting surface.

Returning to the clubhouse terrace Serge had arranged some very fetching polo-shirts to commemorate the event. The shirt-changing ceremony did solicit a varied but generally enthusiastic reaction from the crowd! Some high-pitched shrieking from the female members of the crowd could be heard when Steve’s first polo-shirt turned out to be a little tight in places! When it was Nick’s turn they could barely contain themselves!

There was plenty of Bijnens Beer to go around to quench the thirst that was generated by our endeavours on a hot summer’s day, and several prizes to be won on the night; leary’s on the 2nd (if no-one managed to hit the green it would be contested on the 6th) and the 9th. Steve missing out on both by only the narrowest of margins. The leary went to David on the 2nd and to Serge on the 9th. As one would expect on a beer manufacturer’s sponsored event; the price was some Bijnens Beer! As Serge obviously has (free) access to this he did not claim his leary.

The overall prize was fiercely contested with 3 people coming in with 13 points. Nick lost 4th place to Mark, who in turn lost 3rd place on countback to Colin.
Simon came in with 14 points and yours truly claimed the number 1 spot for a third time with 15 points. A chip-in for birdie on the 5th for 4 points certainly helped!
Which leaves the pink ball………Serge tried his best but 9 points proved to be too good. As a result, Gerry took the honours with 7.

Now I believe this is a first: There was some live music on the terrace and lo and behold: We all witnessed a dancing Frog! Simon Baker showed us some sharp moves that certainly impressed a local damsel…… Is this going to be trend, I wonder?

All in all; it was a very enjoyable event, thanks to our starter Colin, and of course our generous sponsor Serge Bijnens!
See you all next week in Preisch!

Paul