Well, the result was not what we hoped for, but congrats to the Golfaholics on retaining the Cup this year.
Ryder Cup 2019
Well, the result was not what we hoped for, but congrats to the Golfaholics on retaining the Cup this year.
Ryder Cup 2019
30 frogs were well warmed up for the MIXVoip pairs in Bellenhaff on Wednesday evening. The hottest day of the year was enough warmth for most but some even took to the practice area to work up a sweat. Thankfully Dance Caller Martin and Sponsor Frank had chilled brews on hand to keep us cool.
Luc and I were accompanied by last years Pairs winners James and Dennis for a very pleasant round, with Luc and myself taking the honours this year. As usual I scratched my fair share but Luc filled in the blanks on those holes very well to give us 22 points, and two nice bottles of G’vine gin. Kaj & Graham with 21 came 2nd, followed by Craig & Chris on 20.
Craig had the longest drive on the 3rd and Johan hit the longest on the 12th. Nearest the Pin also Johan (multiple prize being allowed in this event!). Craig won the leary, but multiple prizes in excess of 2 not being allowed this nice prize went to Martin for his organising skills.
Non-alcoholic beverage (aka Pink ball) went to Steve & Simon with a quite respectful 13 points.
The next Citco event is in Preisch next week with Neil Underwood taking care of the dance card (and let that be the end of Martin’s witty dance metaphors…)
Frank, thank you for sponsorship of this event
Martin, good job on starter duties
Johan, the Frogmittee extend their thanks for the shirt sponsorship
All the best
Luc & Gerry
Rob handing the trophy to Dennis and James…
Thanks to our sponsor MIXvoip.
Gudde Moien Dear Frogs,
Round 9 CITCO.
Wednesday September 12 was a perfect evening play golf. There was a great Frogs turnout and it was well organised by our CITCO started Tim van Dijk, despite his e-mail issues.
Last night was also the final of the Matchplay event when Paul Goes beet Craig Ferreira by the slender margin of 1 up. Paul was one up after the first hole and he held on to the lead on the ninth tee. Craig could only half the ninth, so Paul was a worthy winner. The Dutch will be celebrating this victory for some time to come.
Paul Goes is leading the overall competition with the final event to be held on October 6, probably at Kikuoka, but the venue has to be confirmed. October the 6 is also the FROGS annual dinner. Please respond to Rob McCormack regarding the dinner, partner are invited too.
Round 9 ended with my fist FROGS victory. It was hard fought with Mark Gilles. Both of us had 19 points, but I had a better count back. In third place was Stephane Ayache with 16 points. The standard scratch for the event was 14. The pink ball prize was just as competitive. The pink ball almost went to my playing partner Frank Maitry, but actually went to Bruce McKay who had a very low score!!
The longest drive went to Steve (muscles) Brown, Nearest the pin went to Andrew Paton whose birdie effort just lipped out of the 7th hole. That was one of Andrew’s three 3s that evening. The Leary went to Gregor Dalrymple.
21 Frogs and 5 guests ventured to Junglinster on a rather humid summers evening. The clouds were dark and thunder could be heard way in the distance (way way in the distance) Our starter, Marco, and showing his, as always, sartorial elegance bolstered spirits with fine wine, champagne, beer and some sausage. As Botty said there is nothing like a good bit of Italian sausage.
Play started with a matchplay (NB: please ensure all matchplays are played as per the schedule or risk disqualification) between our very own Lord of Montrose, Dennis, and our Ryder Cup highheedyin, Gregor. They were joined by Neil who had the unfortunate role of running behind the buggy of Lord Montrose.
The groups were tightly packed, each struggling to reach the bar before the rain started. One group, who will remain nameless (Botty, Goes and Mastroddi) saw a flicker of lightning in Belgium and decided on safety first and sprinted walked to the bar.
Dennis and Gregor were closely matched but started to slow up as the pressure mounted. Would the Menace be able to put off our low handicapper enough to secure a victory? Dennis took advantage of his captive audience in the buggy and in his inimitable style managed to get Gregor to agree to:
A lifetime membership of the BCC;
Selling 25 books of raffle tickets for the British Stand;
Establishing a Luxembourg arm of the Montrose Boys FC
Collecting the Merc from the airport car park, do a quick valet and delivering it to his house…
Back in the clubhouse the lightning quick trio had secured ample seating and the stories were, as always, around what could have been… Steve Brown apparently “could have” finished more than just 3 holes but felt the home course advantage was unfair and used his time helping his playing partners. Well done Steve.
Prizes on the night went to:
Longest Drive – Maarten de Groot
Leary – Marco Bus
NTP – Chris Lowe
4th place – 17 points, Rob, where is my fleece, McCorduck
3rd place – 17 points, Jess I Have a fleece
2nd place – 18 points, Luc de fleece is too large Vet
1st place – 18 points. Mark, I still need a fleece, Houston
The Pink Ball was hotly contested but the honours on the night went to Daniel Kaiser [with 6 points, Ed.].
Best guest went to Jarvis Smith.
Finally our Ryder Cup Captain, Gregor, announced the team for the 14th July, the full list I’m sure will be on the website in due course. There was some consternation as no one seemed to know the location of the actual trophy itself. Who had it last? Did it ever get engraved? I’m sure we will hear more on that later…..or perhaps Confucius will have the answer.
The requested dress code for the 14th shows a Scottish hint with the Blue Frogs top and white trousers/shorts being order of the day. Anyone wishing to complete the ensemble with Braveheart facepaint are welcome.
Well done to all who finished the round in such dangerous conditions and thanks again to Marco for starter duties.
I almost forgot, the matchplay on the night was won by The Menace, well done Dennis! [Jess beat Arnaud to move to the semis as well, Ed.]
Look forward to seeing everyone on the 14th!
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 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
Nearest: Nick – prize went to 5th place (Chris Juste) under the ‘1 prize/person’ rule
Bijnens Leary: Dave Winters
Pink Ball: Colin Cameron 6
Ronaldo beat Morocco 1-0
Scotland 161/3 – Netherlands 160/6
England 481/6 – Australia 239 all out!
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.
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
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)
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)
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:
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 !
PS: JFYI writing this email took me exactly the same time as playing 18 holes… David, I hope you appreciated my efforts.
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.
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.