Report – CITCO Round 9 – 27 July 2016 – Kikuoka

Dear Golfers,

Thank you to Mark Houston for being our starter yesterday evening. He welcomed us on the first tee with beers and crisps. Mark has also raised the bar on starter duties by including on the starter spreadsheet each player’s handicap and whether or not they are members.

The course and the weather were both perfect for 9 holes of golf and the quality of play reflected this. The standard scratch score was 15, to be confirmed as there was a computer issue last night. At least this time we had the computer, which is a step in the right direction.

As concerns the results: Arnaud hit a laser like 5 iron on the 7th for Nearest the Pin. Gregor got all of it on the 2nd to win the Longest Drive. Will Heath got it done to take the Leary.

We were honoured to be joined by two guests, Stuart Hamilton scored 12 points, but was beaten by a point by Stéphane (Arnaud’s father).

I was fortunate to take first prize this time with 17 points. Alan was second on 16, narrowly beating Arnaud into third on count back. On the same total of 16 points was Johan who came fourth on count back. In fifth place was Delboy on 15 points.

In case we needed proof of how fickle golf can be: Peter, the winner of round 8, walked away with the Pink Ball.

As concerns the Stibbe matchplay: Arnaud beat Stephane Ayache, 3 and 2. Mark Houston beat Paul Goes, 1 up.

I failed to make a note of the updated standings in the CITCO Overall; but you will find them on the website soon. Sorry.

The next event is the MIXvoip Pairs at Junglinster on 3 August. Paul is your starter.

Please Note: The computer issues that we have suffered the last couple of weeks are being addressed. Ernest has offered training, which should help. Thank you for your patience.

Further: by some miracle there were no issues last night with unpaid food or drinks.

Thank you.

James

Report – CITCO round 7 – 29 June 2016 – Preisch (Luxembourg)

A little bit of sun and the scores improve – well done guys.

20 FROGS and a guest ventured cross border (will we be able to in a couple of years’ time?) to play Luxembourg. The course was in amazingly good condition certainly compared to the last outing.

Thanks to a William and Richard starting combination.

Standard scratch was an unbelievable 14.

NTP went to Merve who reluctantly handed the wine to Jess.
The leary to Neil Underwood (maybe we should all use a driving iron off the tee) shame it was followed by a three put including a second from only four inches
The longest drive to Will I Am who beat Botty by a mile.

The winner with 18 points using his new, well Jonny’s old, ex Leon’s, driver was Merve.
Second on 16 was Botty with Duncan in his penultimate outing beating Jess into 4th place with 15 points on countback.
Richard on 14 made up the role of honour.

Keith Derby won the best/worst guest on around 7 points.

The pink ball could have been very hotly contested with Neil, Steve, Rob, Mark and myself all on 10 points but fortunately Simon came in with 8 to win thus avoiding lots of complicated countback calculations. Thanks Simon.

In the CITCO Overall, Fred still leads on 77 but is being caught by Botty on 72, Paul on 70 and Craig on 66. As said last week Will I Am is catching fast now with 4 events played on 64.

In the Stibbe Matchplay

Paul finally beat Simon 4 and 3 at the umpteenth time of asking.

Jonny played his best golf of the season so far to win his matchplay 3&2. The record doesn’t show who he beat however.

The next FROGS event is round 8 of the CITCO Grand Prix at Junglinster on Wednesday 6th July.
Your starter will be James.

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.

Report – CITCO round 2 – Preisch – 11 May 2016

24 or so intrepid FROGS set out on an adventure to the land of fois gras, snails and, heaven forbid, frogs’ legs even if it was to play Luxembourg and just a Fred Sudret drive over the border to play the second round of the CITCO Grand Prix.

Thanks to Chris Juste for getting everyone off on time even though he couldn’t stay for the results and dinner. You can have your reward next time.

Scoring was the usual Froggie mix with a standard scratch of 14.

Botty was out in the first flight and almost cleaned up claiming the NTP and the Leary. The longest drive going to Ayzo.

Winning with 18 points and about to be drastically cut was the aforementioned Fred who beat Botty into second place with 17 points. Gregor snuck into 3rd place on his own with 16. The lucky FROGS in 4th and 5th place winning prizes due to Botty’s all round golfing luck (sorry ability) were Arnaud and Luc both with 15 points.

The usual suspects were up for the pink ball: Jess a sparkling 7, Drunken a slightly less sparking 6 but the clear winner in the absence of Jonny D was the KPMG Most Honest Golfer Colin Cameron with a wonderful 5. Clearly the prize of a lesson with Jonas from KPMG wasn’t sufficient.

Several Stibbe matchplay results to report:
Stephane beat Nick 1st extra hole
Lux beat Peter 2&1
Simon beat Ayzo 1 up
Colin beat Mark w/o

The only thunder that threatened play came on the 9th hole were Johan have fought from 3 up with 4 to play against yours truly managed to sneak a ten at the last having been just short of the green in 2 to lose. Johan, as Botty said in his masterful presentation speech we promise never to mention this again.

The next CITCO Grand Prix is this Wednesday at K-ikuoka. Your starter will be Richard Neale.

Keep playing the matchplays.

Following Dave Fisher’s (one of the FROGS founder members) attendance in CITCO Grand Prix round 1 it was noted that another founder member was regretfully overlooked. We are more than happy to correct this and welcome Mike Lowe as an honorary FROG joining Dave and Dave Moody.